"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Showing posts with label Mazes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mazes. Show all posts

Monday, August 2, 2010

MAZES... this too is my story...


... MAZES ...
yes this was a true depiction of my LIFE ...

[source]

... that is ...
B.C.

BEFORE CHRIST
[source]

HE straightens out my life,
takes away confusion and going around in circles
HE makes the MAZES aMazing
no longer with dead ends, cut offs or repeated patterns
HE directs my steps
MOVING FORWARD


3 Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting,
“Clear the way through the wilderness for the Lord
Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!
4 Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills.
Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places.
5 Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The Lord has spoken!”

ISAIAH 40


I'm in the process of trying to share a personal life testimony, parts of this MAZE in other posts:

more parts are coming
STAY TUNED

Saturday, August 23, 2008

I AM BLESSED

THEN SINGS MY SOUL SATURDAYOoh, ooh (ooh ooh)

I may never climb a mountain
So I can see the world from there.
I may never ride the waves
And taste the salty ocean air,
Or build a bridge
That will last a hundred years;
But no matter where the road leads
One thing is always clear...

I am blessed, I am blessed.
From when I rise up in the mornin’,
’Til I lay my head to rest
I feel You near me.
You soothe me when I’m weary.
Oh Lord, for all the worst and all the best
I am blessed.

All along the road less traveled
I have crawled and I have run.
I have wandered through the wind and rain
Until I found the sun.
The watching eyes ask me why
I walk this narrow way...
I will gladly give the Reason
For the hope I have today!

I am blessed, I am blessed.
From when I rise up in the mornin’,
’Til I lay my head to rest
I feel You near me.
You soothe me when I’m weary.
Oh Lord, for all the worst and all the best
I am blessed!




You’ve given me joy (joy).
You’ve given me love (love).
You give me strength
When I want to give up.

You came from heaven
To rescue my soul...
This is the reaon I know,
I know...

I know I’m blessed, (I am blessed.)
From when I rise up in the mornin’,
’Til I lay my head to rest,
I feel You near me.
You soothe me when I’m weary.
Oh Lord, for all the worst and all the best...oh,
Oh Lord, for all the worst and all the best
I am blessed! Oh, yeah




"I AM BLESSED" by Rachael Lampa


I crossed these mountains[2003Photos 1, 2, &3] once from Durango to Mazatlan, where I now live...it was the first and the last time that I will do that...

for I've been through the valleys and now I've seen the mountaintops, even with a rainbow through the clouds, when I was at my weariest part of crossing...

and shortly thereafter I arrived at the part I had dreaded the "Espinazo del Diablo" (which means The Devil's Backbone). And this was not the worse part!

It took nine hours to cross what seemed like a short distance on a map, a distance of about 240 miles...most people take 6 hours.

Here is James A., a biker's description: "Highway Mex 40 from Mazatlan to Durango is approximately 310 kilometres of spectacular mountain riding over the gorgeous Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains. The winding road through the mountains is positioned significantly higher than most of the mountains peaks in this range so the rider is provided with amazing panoramic views of forest covered mountains and everywhere the views are stunning. Most of this highway is a series of up /downs and very tight curves and switchbacks which proves to be a blast to ride and the view is always highly scenic. Portions of this highway was dynamited out of sheer rock to provide access to this part of these coastal mountains. Spectacular - Terrifying - Memorable. That WOW feeling has once again returned - This has to be one of the top motorcycling and scenic roads of North America. In one area known as El Espinazo del Diablo - Devil's Backbone the road crosses a nine kilometre narrow bridge of rock with near vertical drop-offs on both sides. There are also some scary parts which occur when you are going into a blind switchback corner and are just ready to pitch the motorcycle into the curve you see an 18-wheeler coming the opposite way but as he swings wide and taking half to two thirds of your lane as well as all of his. Then you are just barely able to squeeze around him."


I AM BLESSED...

I have been to the mountaintops that reach the Heavens...along the roads less traveled, and I felt His Presence all the way, I have known the depths of His Faithfulness to me, I have seen the Glory of His Majesty...and know that because He helped me cross these peaks, I AM MORE THAN A CONQUEROR and there is nothing I CAN'T DO IN HIS STRENGTH & POWER! HE BRINGS ME REST when I'M STRESSED and I AM BLESSED by HIS MERCIES & GRACE!

I had never heard this song before last weekend when Melissa @ Mel's World shared one of Rachael's songs "Live for You" that I really liked. I did not know this artist nor her songs but this one stayed with me after I went to explore her music. Her words just seem to speak to me.



What "MOUNTAINS" has the Lord helped you cross successfully?
or What "VALLEYS" has the Lord led you through?

Whichever..."for all the worst and all the best" ...we each are "BLESSED!"

Monday, June 9, 2008

MAZE, MESS & MIRACLE MONDAY

IN THE OLAS ALTAS which means "HIGH WAVES" here in Mexico~


Footprints In The Sand sung by Leona Lewis

You walked with me
Footprints in the sand
And helped me understand
Where I'm going

You walked with me
When I was all alone
With so much unknown
Along the way

And just when I
I thought I'd lost my way
You gave me strength to carry on
That's when I heard you say


I promise you
I'm always there
When your heart is filled with sorrow
And despair

And I'll carry you
When you need a friend
You'll find my footprints in the sand
When I'm weary
Well I know you'll be there
Cause I can feel you
When you say

I promise you
I'm always there
When your heart is filled with sadness and despair
Oh, I'll carry you
When you need a friend
You'll find my footprints in the sand
(choir)
When your heart is full of sadness and despair
I'll carry you
When you need a friend

I promise you
I'm always there
When you need a friend
You'll find my footprints
In the sand


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This is what the Lord has been speaking to me.
I have always loved this poem:

"FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND"

Without going into specifics so as not to lay blame or shame,
back when I came to Mazatlan in 1996,
-which was my second trip-
this POEM became a reality and a cry to the Lord
in a deep and depressed prayer to God from me.

My heart was indeed overwhelmed
and though I wasn't lost- I knew the Lord,
I could not overcome the "rut" I felt my life was in
...and had little hope for living any longer.

It was during Easter week, the week preceding Easter known in Mexico as
"Semana Santa" Holy Week.

I had been to Mazatlan in 1995 as a tourist with my adopted son, and his friend. And felt I had heard the Lord speak to me and call me there. But in 1996 when I returned, I was very burned out, exhausted and hopeless after a very serious medical crisis with our adopted daughter, which I dealt with alone, like a single parent for 6 months of life-making decisions, except for the fact that my church family gathered around me
and that they did much beyond the call of duty.

So when I came to Mazatlan, I was really searching "aloneabout what was my purpose for living.
It looked to me like I had failed at everything:my marriage, my job(s), "motherhood"...
I so longed to be with the Lord yet I knew that would not happen if I took it into my own hands again...

I walked along the beach, along the Mazatlan coast many times, but on Good Friday, when I walked, I cried out to God:
"Give me a reason to go on living..."

And I watched as I walked how the waves rescinded and there were no footprints in the sand.

And so I cried out again...

"Look, Lord...not even now, when I'm at my lowest do I see you walking with me. I don't even see my own steps-they are just as washed out as I am, the waves come crashing in against the rocks, rippling along the sand, not leaving a trace of my steps, not even like my favorite poem, so even You have given up on me...
I could walk out into those waves and never be missed, the current will pull me under and someday I'll wash up on the shore somewhere."

Please, Lord, just show me You care! Give me Your Purpose, for me to go on living".  I was very much without HOPE and saw very little purpose left in my life. I saw no resolution for my problem(s), in fact, I was told that I was the problem.
YET
Our Lord was ALWAYS THERE
HE IS ALWAYS THERE!
He doesn't give up on us
He's just waiting for you
to notice how much He cares.
I don't know WHY I decided to share this
except
to let you know

THERE IS HOPE
in Christ JESUS!
HIS PROMISES & HIS WORD
ARE TRUE!

I walked through many MAZES like this one above throughout my life,
I caused many MESSES and many MESSES caused me undue stress,
heartache and desperation,
but I am alive and living for Jesus,
a PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE,
a MIRACLE of
HIS aMAZING GRACE!

FOR
"I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, April 26, 2008

PSALM FRIDAY! Psalm 18:20-28 Boasting/Pride

"Today we will spend our time together digging into verses twenty through twenty-eight of Psalm 18. Here’s today’s question~ Is it wrong, prideful, or boastful to be proud of who we are and what we are doing? Are you ready? Let’s dig in..." To see and learn more about this GREAT study, please go to By His Grace

MY REFLECTION for today will center on WHO I AM not on WHAT I AM DOING?

I have often identified with David. I loved the fact that David was a "man after God's own heart". I want to be a woman after God's own heart and at times, I feel like I have a heart of God,

when I look with compassion at others and their situations,

when my hearts breaks for others,

when I cry or weep for the "lost",

when I see so much happening in the world around us,

when I look at the life of Jesus,

when I try to identify with others,

when I pray,

and then I realize that my heart isn't even close to the immense heart of God, Our Heavenly Father.

I recently encountered a precious site on the internet: http://www.fathersloveletter.com/.

They have literally heard thousands of stories from people around the world who have been impacted by the message of God the Father's love. This new section on their website is dedicated to the telling of some of these stories. A testimony is a powerful thing.
The Father's Love Letter is available in 81 languages. It truly blessed me and will you or others you may know, who need a better view of a father that loves them for who they are...taken directly from His Word!

Neil T. Anderson wrote many excellent books, "The Steps to Freedom in Christ", "Bondage Breaker," "...Spiritual Warfare...", "Living Free in Christ"...etc.

I grew most in my walk when I adopted these truths and put them into effectual prayer:

WHO I AM IN CHRIST

I am complete in Him, Who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10).
I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
I am far from oppression, and fear does not come near me (Isaiah 54:14).
I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me (I John 5:18).
I am holy and without blame before Him in love (I Peter 1:16; Ephesians 1:4).
I have the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5; I Corinthians 2:16).
I have the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world (I John 4:4).
I have received the gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17,18).

I have received the power of the Holy Spirit to lay hands on the sick and see them recover, to cast out demons, to speak with new tongues. I have power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means harm me (Mark 16:17,18; Luke 10:17,19).

I have put off the old man and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him Who created me (Colossians 3:9,10).

I have given, and it is given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, men give into my bosom (Luke 6:38).

I have no lack for my God supplies all of my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with my shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16).
I can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13).
I shall do even greater works than Christ Jesus (John 14:12).
I show forth the praises of God Who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light (I Peter 2:9).
I am God’s child for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, which lives and abides forever (I Peter 1:23).

I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).
I am a new creature in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17).
I am a spirit being alive to God (I Thessalonians 5:23; Romans 6:11).
I am a believer, and the light of the Gospel shines in my mind (II Corinthians 4:4).
I am a doer of the Word and blessed in my actions (James 1:22,25).
I am a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).
I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me (Romans 8:37).
I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).
I am a partaker of His divine nature (II Peter 1:3,4).
I am an ambassador for Christ (II Corinthians 5:20).

I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (I Peter 2:9).

I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 5:21).
I am the temple of the Holy Spirit; I am not my own (I Corinthians 6:19).
I am the head and not the tail; I am above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).
I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
I am His elect, full of mercy, kindness, humility, and longsuffering (Romans 8:33; Colossians 3:12).
I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood (Ephesians 1:7).
I am delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13).
I am redeemed from the curse of sin, sickness, and poverty
(Galatians 3:13; Deuteronomy 28:15-68).
I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:7).
I am called of God to be the voice of His praise (II Timothy 1:9; Psalm 66:8).
I am healed by the stripes of Jesus (I Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53:5).
I am raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places (Colossians 2:12; Ephesians 2:6).
I am greatly loved by God (Colossians 3:12; Romans 1:7; I Thessalonians 1:4; Ephesians 2:4).
I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power (Colossians 1:11).
I am submitted to God, and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the Name of Jesus (James 4:7).
I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward (Philippians 3:14).
For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7).
It is not I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20).

So, I will not speak about my teenage "PRIDE" that was broken
nor my "SELF CONFIDENCE" that was crushed, robbed or stolen,
but I WILL BOAST in WHO I AM IN CHRIST
for in my self
there are many MESSes, many failures,
many MAZES of my life's stuggles, trials, tribulations and achievements,
but none compare to WHO I AM in HIM and because of HIM,
and WHO I am becoming IN HIM as I empty out my self so HE can flow through me, use me and be glorified in WHAT I may DO because HE GIVES me strength, ability, wisdom, and I AM MORE THAN a CONQUEROR...and battles will be won for HIM.
Still watching for the MIRACLES!!! For I have seen SUCH "AMAZING GRACE!"

Thank you, Lord Jesus, as I grow each day in my walk with you. Never allow my heart to harden. May my character be more of YOUR character and less of me, but use all of me and what you have blessed me with and what I am/have learn(ing)(ed) in Christ Jesus and
Your Precious Word! Amen

Thursday, April 3, 2008

What's in a NAME?


"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
Shakespeare ~ Romeo and Juliet


I'm
NEW TO BLOGGING
on
April 3rd, 2008
so
Why MazMagi.blogspot.com?
... and Mazes, Messes & Miracles?...
... aMazing Grace[added later]

Today is my first day of entering the BLOGGING world officially! Up until now, I have just been enjoying reading inspirational blogs of others, mostly Christian women. Today, I launch mine:

Mazes, Messes, Miracles ... aMazing Grace
now
aMazing Grace... Mazes, Messes, Miracles

But instead of giving a purpose for my blog,
or rationale of what I hope to accomplish or post,
I will explain the NAME.

First MazMagi and then aMazing Grace ... Mazes, Messes, Miracles!

MazMagi comes from
Maz for Mazatlan
the place I call home in Mexico
away from home in Minnesota
and
Magi a nickname for my real name.

In Spanish, my real name is a drink or a flower:margarita. I never used my real name in English, except for legal matters or when my father was upset with me, then I heard the whole name!!! Margaret Mary Teresa Anderson... but especially "Margaret Mary" from my dad. It was not a name of endearment but it came to be somewhat more precious when I studied the life of the saint, for which I was named
(a French nun devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

Since I can remember, I have gone by "Peggy". Most people don't even understand how it derives from my real name, but it does. My dad would say that there is no "saint" Peggy, so I pray that I'm the first. (Although I believe when I was young, I read a pamphlet on Saint Peggy.) Anyways, my real name Margaret means "pearl" and from there, and other derivatives, comes Peggy.

In Mexico, many with my real name go by "Maggie" which in Spanish is pronounced and spelled Magui. I chose to go by that at first, but I wrote it "Magi" on purpose. The reason was because of Jesus and The Magi at Christmas! The Three Kings, who brought gifts to the baby Jesus were known as The Magi. I added the background from "The Cutest Blog on the Block" for Christmas in honor of this.

2010 and 2011

When I come to Mexico, each trip, I usually try to bring gifts, because the needs of the people are so many! I don't have enough financially, as I found out on my first trip here, to meet so many needs, but my heart just broke with wanting to leave something, whatever I had to those who had less. I quickly decided that the reason I would come back every year was because I had a gift to give: me. Whatever I am, I would give, in the name of Jesus. Be it teacher or friend, I must stir up whatever gift or gifts lie within me to serve the people here in Mexico.

Of course, having a teaching degree, I thought it would be with CHILDREN, because children have held such an important place in my heart and God's, but I was soon to learn that God would use me, mold me, and minister through me with whomever He chooses.

The spiritual gifts that He has enabled me with, He will stir up, exactly what I need in the moment He needs it. If we are open to His Holy Spirit and willing to be used, He will speak to you and through you. His Word will be made real in your daily living!

So I am Magi...His gift...and my gift to Him is wherever He calls me to serve. That is the reason I live! That is the reason for MazMagi...

I really wanted to have my Blog have an inspirational name that reflects God's work in me and my life. I have found such beautiful and meaningful names that others have chosen. Than there are others that are comical and creative! So I wanted one, that one day I would be able to use as a ministry with what I post. I don't know if and when that will happen, so I chose:

...aMazing Grace

Mazes, Messes and Miracles 
because I guess that pretty much capsulizes
MazMagi's life.

I have MESSED up many times. I have gone through many trials, tribulations and temptations that have led me through this MAZE, called life or journey and I am aMAZED how God has seen me through the good and the bad.

But, I must admit I want to see many MIRACLES still in my life! I feel that the greatest miracle is the one God does each day in my life...because JESUS, His Son, not only did miracles in His 3 years of ministry, He still CAN do miracles today, through you and me by the power of His Holy Spirit. He is the greatest MIRACLE that came into my life and has had His hand upon me daily still, even when I may not have acknowledged Him or have strayed, HE was THERE & HE IS HERE reaching out, forgiving me, holding me, carrying me, filling me, leading me, completing my journey through this life by and through His Holy Spirit alive in me. The greatest miracle is how Jesus gave His life in exchange for mine, and Rose from the dead, conquered death and sin for me, or YOU-or anyone & everyone who puts their faith in HIM.

"For God so loved YOU and me, that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in Him, shall not perish but have LIFE EVERLASTING! "John 3:16

The additional phrase aMazing Grace was added soon after I began, because I am saved by
HIS AMAZING GRACE!
...but for the grace of God, go I...

I am who I am
because
HE is who HE IS!
and by
HIS GRACE
I am being changed
to reflect JESUS!

I added this as my THEME SONG: Amazing Grace: My Chains are Gone by Chris Tomlin and now His aMazing Grace is my main focus, not the mazes, messes or miracles. It is through His Grace that I am free.

I love the original *Amazing Grace but this one by Chris Tomlin tells more of the Freedom I have found in Christ Jesus, which is available through HIS GRACE! Not because I earned it, not because I fought the battle alone to gain this freedom, but because Jesus fights the battle along side me daily, as I put on the FULL ARMOR of CHRIST, HE goes before me and HE already won the victory so that I may have it: aMazing Grace! How sweet the sound!

Isaiah 61 is the one from which I have chosen parts as my Mission verse on top of my page
"...to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor!"

You need to click on Isaiah 61 to read the full 11 verses & have a context to understand better to whom I pray that I will minister or touch with some of God's Grace as He pours through me and my words on each post. I pray that they will be anointed!

..."I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. 
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, 
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, 
so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations."
(verse 10-11)



* this version of Amazing Grace is beautifully sung by this 8 yr. old phenomena Rhema Marvanne





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This blog is ALL about HIM, for HIM, not about me!
I hope that is what you see
this is why I am



To my faithful visitors;
all of you who spend your valuable time here with me
I do appreciate you so much!

Thank you for taking your time to visit!

Love, Sweet blessings & Hugs!

DIOS TE BENDIGA
GOD BLESS YOU

always

Peggy