"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 aMazing Grace. Show all posts
Showing posts with label aMazing Grace. Show all posts

Monday, May 23, 2016

aMazing Monday ~ HEARING HERE 1

at least per recent tradition around here
that's what it should be

And
in many ways
it is still

aMAZING!



I'm back in Mexico
SAFELY

and
that's 
aMazing!!!


I
was able to enjoy the presence and celebration
of my Uncle's Homecoming
with my cousins, my sister and her husband
and others

that's aMazing


[me in the middle of my older siblings]

I was able to see my oldest brother who I have not seen in years
and meet Cathy
{sorry, don't know if it's a "C" or a "K"}
(however, it was not under good circumstances for them to be up in MN from TX. for Cathy's dad-yet another story, but it's theirs)
yet it's still

aMazing
{and praying for God's divine intervention and healing if it's His will}



I
was able to have many doctor appointments and even take someone else
actually two people to theirs
which believe it or not
was

aMazing

and also eye awakening in many aspects



REMEMBER
when
I thought my Word for 2016
was
HEARing GOD
(so I tuned in to LISTEN to His Whispers)
then I teetered between
BE and CHANGE

{which I still believe it could BE all of these 3}

BE
HEAR
CHANGE(s)

because

if you remember back at the end of January
or maybe I did not tell you publicly
I had an episode here in MX
and landed in the ER
after having a
dizzy spell
vertigo
and
nausea
until I became dehydrated
{which does not take much for me, I don't drink enough water}

the end result of most of my 6 or 7 medical appointments in these last 2 weeks
is that

I have or am loosing my 
HEARING
mostly right ear
and
high frequency
which
does not mean just high tones
but also letters that fit in that frequency

So
my dizziness and off balance
seems to have been
related to that
which 
could be from
aging
genetics
and
a head injury 
(skull fracture)
I had back in the early 80s

The only other time I can recall having had a vertigo experience

They even sent me to Physical Therapy
and I have exercises to do

I was surprisingly quite off balanced
and from what I understand in part
has to do with some crystals in
our complicated inner ear
and
structure

and
that's
AMAZING

the sad part is that I (we) cannot afford hearing aids at this time for me
{between $3,800 and $7,000}
so I've been assigned to check out pricing here in MX

(but as most of you know, I don't trust anything or anyone in MX)
especially with something as precious as my

HEARING

I thought I could start out with one, but I've been told that isn't a good option
for
balance

and the cost is not in the hardware but the software
{yes, it's in the programming in the chip in that device}

which is 
aMazing

so
how do I feel about all this?

Thankful

and

discouraged 
that I had to come back to MX and make transitions
so hopefully I can start
getting ready to travel home and go

which will be
aMazing

before
I have any other

aMazing
things to add

yet

I'm so very thankful for
God's
aMazing
GRACE
that
safely brings me to and fro
[image credit: Ann V.]

and 
that's really
all the
aMazing
I need today
Monday
or
any day of the year


I will so miss
HEARING
especially music
but deaf friends I know told me long ago
that they can feel the music



I do have some advantages
I do know some ASL
starting with the alphabet
and
some Christian signs
God gave me
{and they were right}
back in the late 80s and 90s
He was preparing me
for such a time as this


It's just that only some Mexicans understand ASL
and they have their own
It's not as simple as just changing the sign for the letter to the letter 
for that word in Spanish

so I pray
God gets me home
(whichever home)
long before I can no longer
HEAR

His Voice or any voice

[interesting personal tidbit]
part of my own self discovery of this was on the plane
going up to MN

You know how your ear plugs and you can chew gum
or stretch your mouth to open your ears so you can hear

(well, I tried that and it did not 'pop')

then the pilot came on with an announcement
and I did not understand a word

so

on my way back here
I informed them of this
and
my first plane marked my ticket
'deaf'
(didn't have other choices)
and
so I just explained this to the flight attendants
on my 2nd plane and
 moved so my right ear was toward the aisle


Yep, it's still an
aMazing Monday
(even if it's not with Holley Gerth's book, "You're Already Amazing" or my Uncle Jack's aMazing testimony)

Moments of Hope

I hardly ever link up anymore
but since I met
Lori Schumaker
through
Holley Gerth's 
she has inspired and spoken (written)
such wonderful encouragement
"Searching for Moments"
where she now has this weekly link-up
to share HOPE with others
and so
I hope this post brings hope to someone
like Lori does for me

Friday, May 13, 2016

"LONGING for GOD'S GRACE" continues with "In HONOR of a GREAT MAN"

"Grandpa Wally" (yes, my Uncle Jack) and Great Grandpa Wally {from Wallraff}

I found it curiously interesting this week in our "LONGING" Online Bible Study of Sheila Walsh's book "The Longing in Me" ... that this week's "longing" was for "God's GRACE" (only God) ... and since we celebrated that aMazing GRACE in the 'home going' of my dear Uncle Jack on May 5th, which was also the National Day of Prayer (appropriately) as well as a little bit of spice from me with "5 de Mayo" bringing us to this past Monday, gathering to worship and remember how truly aMazing God's GRACE is ... in fact, as his immediate family gathered with him in his final hours joined later by my oldest sister and her husband ... they were praying and even sang this dear old hymn of "Amazing Grace" and it's pretty awesome and special that his latest new edition to the family (great grand daughter in the 1st photo) was named "Grace". So, so much GRACE ... when his heart stopped and the tears flowed graciously and freely with joy and heavy hearts ... when they all believed it was finished ...  my uncle came back once again momentarily {I just happen to believe, since I was not there to witness this resurrection with them, that this was my Uncle Jack returning briefly to let them all know how beautiful, wonderful and peaceful he was and it is so that they can let go and know ...

GRACE
and where

"HEAVEN is a WONDERFUL PLACE

FILLED WITH GLORY and GRACE

'cuz Heaven is a wonderful place"
{I wanna go there}

[this is actually a little children's song, my 2 sang this to my mom before she passed away]


And so I will only briefly add the "LONGING" part of the study this week and the link,
because as far as I'm concerned
His aMazing GRACE
and
any LONGING I have
was glorified
in 
LIFE after DEATH
(even for a split second)

to give us
HOPE
in all we believe
in our
ETERNAL LIFE
in and through
Jesus Christ

testified
by the life lived
and
the last breath of my Uncle Jack
followed by yet another
(ahhh) (sigh)

who knew the
Father's love
and reassured affirmingly
his fatherly love once more given to my
4 cousins and their children
expresses our own
"Longing for God's Grace"
beautifully exemplified 
this past week

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SO

this week's
Online Bible Study
at
Faith Gateway
{and also via a YouVersion 6 day reading plan for each of the 6 sessions/weeks}
of
Sheila Walsh's
new book
"The Longing in Me"
{there's a study guide and the book, which is optional with FaithGateway, but not really because it's so vital to what Sheila has to share}


"THE LONGING FOR GOD'S GRACE"

{Day 5 of 6 with You Version Bible reading plan}

Psalm 17:7-8 MSG


6-7 I call to You, God, because I’m sure of an answer. So—answer! bend Your ear! listen sharp! Paint grace-graffiti on the fences; take in Your frightened children who Are running from the neighborhood bullies straight to You. 8-9 Keep Your eye on me;


{You cannot imagine how perfect these words fit my past week}

longing-for-gods-grace-video
{a short snippet of this video is an unlisted You Version one at You Tube }

[You need to create a free account with Study Gateway to have temporary access to view the 20 minute one]


"God's love is never based on our behavior, good or bad. It's always been based on His nature. Understanding that kind of grace is the work of God in our lives, and we each walk our own journey to understanding it. In my own life, I realized I'd been coming to God with hands full of things I'd done for him for years. It was an exhausting, punishing way to live. Ultimately, it became clear to me that I had no rights as a believer. I was a sinner saved by grace, called to live a surrendered life.
It's amazing how sometimes God takes you through a dark, confining place before you are able to be set free by seeing the light. I'm talking about seeing reality and accepting the consequences of the impact of your actions on those around you. King David experienced this. He was by now a powerful king, and he had carried out the sin he had committed against Uriah and Bathsheba mostly in secret.
Yet David's sin had clouded who he was. He was no longer the one who sat under the stars praising God for divine protection in dark and lonely places. This king was a liar playing damage control with his life and the lives of others. But what was really going on inside his heart? We find out almost a year later when the prophet Nathan confronts David by telling a story that helps the king confront his sin. David finally acknowledged his sin and was heartbroken over what he had done.
After Nathan reminded David of the lavish kindness and faithfulness God had shown, he described the drastic consequences of David's sin. David's response? "I have sinned against the Lord" (2 Samuel 12:13 ESV). That's it. That's his whole response. No rationalizing or trying to blame others. David understood the one he had greatly sinned against was the Lord. Had he wronged others? Absolutely. But God felt the weight of his sin most acutely.
There were serious consequences for David's sin. The baby born to David and Bathsheba would die. David shed many tears over this loss, but eventually redemption bloomed with the birth of his son Solomon.
In this we see it is the mercy of God that allows us to feel the impact of our sin. Until we fully understand the weight of our sin, we can't truly celebrate the beauty of our costly redemption through God's grace. Until we feel that weight, we hold onto sin. Grace is amazing, as the song goes, but it doesn't erase the effects of our deliberate sin. Yet the pain of these consequences serves a purpose when we turn to God in repentance. We have real hope and wisdom to offer to those who come after us.
God is so much bigger than our past. He is so much more merciful than our sin. He is so much stronger than our weakest moment. His plans for us are so much greater than our failures. He is for us. Always for us! He restores us so you can walk from that renewed place and share our story with others who are broken. It's a message this world is longing to hear. And when we've been shown that kind of grace, we can't wait to share it with others." from the YouVersion

This is GRACE!

This is what's so
aMAZING!

Since we have been shown this kind of GRACE
and since people like my
Uncle Jack
extend that "grace" so that others may know
and receive
we truly become overwhelmed
in just trying to grasp

like the song my cousin Carrie's husband Dale and their son Grant sang so beautifully, touching me with just a glimpse of the glory that I know my Uncle Jack entered into ...

"I can only imagine ..."


{hey cousins, did anyone record that day's songs and words spoken?}

Back to the rest of the "online bible study" for Week 5 and You Version Day 5 ... I'm sure that you can see some parallels in my week between what's happening being "home", my dear Uncle Jack, his story and my cousins ... and much of my own with this
"Longing for God's Grace" and receiving GRACE!

"Respond
How would you describe the beginning of your journey to understand grace-the point at which you knew grace was for you and you needed it? How would you characterize the condition of grace in your life right now?
How would you characterize the heart that embraces grace versus the heart that refuses it? In what relationships, circumstances, or struggles are you most aware of your need for God to bring about or enable you to do something you cannot do on your own?
How would you describe what it means that God is for you? How has God shown His compassion and loving faithfulness specifically to you?

Don't miss the link to Faith Gateway and all Laurie McClure shares
ending with this prayer

"Lord, create in us clean hearts, repentant hearts. Thank You for giving us David’s example of taking full responsibility for our sins and humbling ourselves before You when we’ve done wrong against You and against those around us. Help us to hear the Nathans in our lives and pierce our hearts, Holy Spirit, when we need rebuke.  We love you, we trust You, and we want to be men and women after Your own heart. Amen. "

{I am sure that I am not yet finished with "...Honor of a Great Man" ... I'm just getting my second wind, which means I'm just getting started. Let me assure you that I am not trying to make (or canonize) my Uncle Jack as a saint because God's Word has already done that and declared that "we are saints in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 1:1-3) not of our own doing, but because of all Jesus is and has done for us. This is part of our identity in Christ (see the "Bell" below with Scriptures as you scroll way down this blog page) and know that an ordinary man becomes extraordinary when you make Jesus, Lord of your life {and mean it in every way} Although in many ways, my Uncle Jack was not all that ordinary, as a father (and a mother) as he put his life on hold to raise 4 children, ages 3-10 alone at first for 9 years, until he started over. But I'd like to add, that my oldest sister was there to care for our aunt and then help with their kids that first summer in August, back in 1965. So you see that is why my story, or his story, and His story in my Uncle Jack's life is so important to share as a testimony and a tribute "In Honor of a Great Man". But clearly this is meant for another blog post here on aMazing Grace ... maybe on "aMazing Monday" (we'll have to see).

A Blessed and Grace filled weekend to you all in Jesus' peace, comfort and love ~ Peggy

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

"aMazing..."

I am almost ready to declare 
AMAZING
as the 
2016
ONE WORD
for me
{since it's the other part of my blog title, and already did GRACE in 2015}
especially after I explored and looked into this

You're Already Amazing

I already knew about
Holley Gerth
and
her book
"You're Already Amazing"
but 
today
she is launching a
LIFE STUDY GUIDE
to this book
{I signed up to review this so we'll see if I get it}

the clincher for me was when I re-read this part of the title

... Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be ...

Do you see that ONE WORD?

then read what the book description says for this new 
Life Study Guide

"With her bestselling book You're Already Amazing, Holley Gerth dared and empowered women to discover who God made them to be and pursue His purpose for their lives. Now Holley helps you build on that foundation and experience even greater life transformation. 

In this interactive LifeGrowth study, Holley will guide you through an engaging process that helps you apply heart-freeing truths to every aspect of your life, from relationships to work to how you pursue your dreams. God's plans for your life are better than you can imagine, and you'll see them unfold in new ways as Holley guides you to embrace this life-changing truth--that you truly are already amazing."

plus
Holley Gerth
is planning on doing this as a
BOOK CLUB
starting soon in
March
for 6-8 weeks
{I'd love to facilitate a small group on my blog but I think she asked for the other social media sites and I did not see "blog" listed}
you can read more here and sign up for the Book Club
{it's at the very end of this page after "Coming Soon"}

I'd love to invite you or help you
discover just how
AMAZING
God made you
to
BE


I find Holley, her blog and her books 
to be
AMAZING
I am blessed to have quite a few of her books

I'm really considering
aMazing

but
for sure
I'm ready to take the dare
to make
2016
aMazing
and
see some
LIFE GROWTH
in me
by sharing in
Holley Gerth's new book and book club

Can't wait for the announcement!


PROMO
and
letting 
YOU KNOW

how aMazing
You are

[image credit]

to
GOD
and
me, too
Let's 
Embrace who we are 
already 
and become all
God created
us to
BE

[I'll let you know as soon as I hear the news on Holley's Book Club]


Let's make
MARCH
aMazing!
together


Just found out that Holley's Book Club will start
March 21st
probably on her blog

"You're Already 
aMazing"

LIFE GROWTH

we all need to be reminded of this!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

"GRACE" with MAX and CAROLING CANCELED

I recently discovered that I can see *TBN online (this was back in Sept.) ... woo hoo! And this was the first one I saw ... (after this brief introduction video) even though this was in Sept. of 2013, and I was in the midst of various 30 day series so I could not post these, which makes them "old" ... somehow anything on GRACE never is too old, especially from one of my favorite authors, Max Lucado ... well worth the time!



"You Can Rest Now"
Sept. 17, 2012

"Grace. We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means. But do we really understand it? Have we settled for a wimpy grace? Grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you. It rewires you. From insecure to God secure. Couldn’t you use more grace like this? What about your family, your city, your whole world? Have they been shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Saved by grace? New York Times bestselling author, Max Lucado, invites you to settle in and consider God’s best idea—grace. It’s more than we deserve, greater than we imagine. And it’s all we need. "
"We don't need a merit base system ... we need a Savior"
"Compare yourself to Jesus Christ ..."
~Max Lucado~


I discovered 13 other videos on "GRACE" with Max Lucado here, which most definitely is a high priority on this blog ... 
His aMazing Grace!

Ephesians 2:8



I considered posting each one (and I still may) after all, this is the main ingredient in this place, but as for now, I am just linking them here so I keep them all together for future reference or series. 

I was thinking that perhaps GRACE may be my new ONE WORD for 2014 but I heard another one that I'm holding on to still and thinking that GRACE definitely is a huge part of the one I'm leaning towards, so perhaps they somehow go together... "**** and Grace" (we'll just have to see) Shhh, don't give this away ... but show as much GRACE to others as you yourself have been given and shown 

Sept. 24, 2012 "The God Who Stoops"
Oct. 1, 2012     "O Sweet Exchange"
Oct. 15, 2012   "Grace on the Fringe"
Oct. 22, 2012   "Coming Clean with God"
Oct. 29, 2012   "Heaven Guaranteed"
Nov. 5, 2012    "Fear Dethroned"
Nov. 26, 2012  "The Grace Shaped Life"
Dec. 3, 2012    "Chosen Children"
Dec. 10, 2012  "In the Grip of Grace"

Max makes chapter 16 of "In the Grip of Grace" available here 
and "Grace" Chapter 1 at his site

Jan. 3, 2013     "When Grace Happens"
Jan. 10, 2013   "Unscrooged Hearts"
Feb. 7, 2013     "Wet Feet" Episode 4

***

Although this is the SOS (Soaking On SONday) and (Study On SONday) post place for Sundays, this is not a beginning of a new series for December. 


If you recall, I had hope to launch CAROLing JOY once again for the entire month of December (yep, 31 Carols). In fact, I had many of them prepared and ready to go starting today. 

However, in the middle of November, I received some very sad news ... and on that day, I decided that I would CANCEL my 2013 CAROLING JOY, especially this first week of December, in honor of my mom and her youngest sister, who passed away that day in November. Tomorrow is the day, we said farewell to my mother many years ago and at the end of this week, there will be a memorial service for my favorite Aunt and a celebration of her life.

CHRISTMAS JOY 2013

I'm sorry that the weight of this just will not allow me to share that "JOY" that "comes in the mourning(lol ... morningof singing CAROLS and songs for Christmas, because I'm just not there in this season but back in another place that's become all too familiar to me. I realize this is when I should praise and thank God even more as I prepare my heart for Jesus' coming.

But my CAROLS have gone into draft for now, as I will "pause", reflect, and grieve, so I'll just be posting one special post tomorrow and perhaps a special tribute to my Aunt. (here's a link to a post, photo and prayer for my aunt - at the very end that I shared when her husband passed away in 2008 and I was relatively new to blogging.) I'm really at a loss for words and I really had hoped I could be there with my cousin during this time and show respect for the dearest aunt, who remains in my heart. We'll see where God leads me.

Definitely a time to soak in God's Grace!
Thankful 

I have His aMazing Grace
and 
all the recent books on
HOPE
like
Max Lucado's
"You'll Get Through This"
and
Pastor Rick Warren's series
"How to Get Through..."
what you're going through

Life sure jolts you into the reality of "we are just passing through... " and not to waste any moment, telling or seeing that others realized how much they are loved by you and valued. 

I am offering 5 wonderful alternatives to my CAROLING (joy):

1) Starts today (follow link) to learn more:

Good Morning Girls
Facebook
You Version

3) She Reads Truth: Emmanuel (God with us) You Version and on their SRT blog for Advent

4) Songs of Christmas (You Version 15 day plan)

5) Linking to previous years until I discover if they are doing it for 2013 again (which I should find out today) 

Countdown to Christmas
[indexes for each day of Dec.]

2013
(I did not find a new one yet)

2012
2011
2010

·        25 Days of Christmas - 2005 - Index



* Tonight, I was able to watch "Christmas with a Capitol C" on TBN after listening to "Praise the Lord" with Joseph Prince. Praise the Lord, and thank you TBN! Maybe it wasn't "Christmas in Conway" that was on Hallmark tonight but at least I saw a quality movie in English!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

SOS ~ PEACE

His 
PEACE
leaves me
"SPEECHLESS"



I'm so aMazed
by His Grace and His Peace 
(this song definitely fits my blog theme and probably should be my theme song)

VERSE 1:Unending, But always on timeUnfailing, but never unkindUnmerited, favor is mineUndeserving, oh but I receive Your…

CHORUS:
Grace, Lord Your GraceOh I need it, I receive itI’m amazed, so amazedWhen I see it, I am speechless
You take my breath awayYou take my breath away, whoa

VERSE 2:Unending, But always on timeUnfailing, but never unkindUnmerited, favor is mineUndeserving, oh but I receive Your,I receive Your…

CHORUS:
Grace, Lord Your GraceOh I need it, I receive itI’m amazed, so amazedWhen I see it, I am speechless
It’s Your Grace, Lord, Your GraceOh I need it, I receive itI’m amazed, so amazedWhen I see it, I am speechless
You take my breath awayYou take my breath away, whoaYou take my breath awayYou take my breath away, whoa

BRIDGE:And You breathe, life into me,I’m nothing without You,Without Grace, where would I be,Nowhere without you,
And You breathe, life into me,I’m nothing without You,Without Grace, where would I be,Nowhere without you,Nowhere without you,

CHORUS 
Grace, Lord Your GraceOh I need it, I receive itI’m amazed, so amazedWhen I see it, I am speechless

CHORUS:It’s Your Grace, Lord, Your GraceOh I need it, I receive itI’m amazed, so amazedWhen I see it, I am speechleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssss
You take my breath away, whoaYou take my breath awayYou take my breath away, whoa

BRIDGE :And You breathe, life into me,I’m nothing without You,Without Grace, where would I be,Nowhere without you,
Nothing without You(You take my breathe away)- 3 Times
Nothing without you

Read more: ISRAEL HOUGHTON & NEW BREED - SPEECHLESS LYRICS 



NO
Study On Sunday
tonight
however, 
I share one that starts tomorrow
and
a while back I shared a new
Beth Moore
series
so
I've added the most recent parts if you missed them
"From Cast Down to Ecstatic Joy"
Psalm 42
What is your soul panting for?


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