"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

APOLOGY to READERS who followed a SEARCH to HERE & didn't find it

On July 18, 2017, I drafted almost 3000 blog posts that I had published since 2008 when I began blogging, rather than edit each one. So if you clicked here from somewhere else and ended up with the post unavailable or error, I am sorry but this is why. It'd be too much work for me to go back and fix them. There's an explanation on 7/19/17 as I'm still learning.

Sunday, July 14, 2024

2nd July FOCUS: One Word - PRAYER

For the month of July, these will be the 4 One Words for us to "Focus" on:


PRAYER
July 14

JOY
July 21

MOVEMENT
July 28

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This week's


 FOCUS 
 
One Word: PRAYER

with the devotional's main verse from

1 John 5:14 NIV

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

3 of the other verses this week do use the One Word: PRAYER

and the other one has PRAY from James 5:13

So the other Scripture verses are:

Philippians 4:6 ESV; Ephesians 6:18; Mark 11:24 NIV

I'm sure that there are plenty of verses (over 400) for the 

One Word: PRAYER (or PRAY)

The topical search has much on PRAYER: definitions, articles, 
occurrences, Greek (proseuche) and Hebrew (Tefillah) and others;
much more.

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Again as I look at the combination of One Words for July,

I like that there seems to be an interesting correlation

between RELEASE (letting go) and PRAYER

resulting in JOY and propelling us toward

MOVEMENT

(perhaps a PRAYER MOVEMENT)

(perhaps a MOVEMENT of the Holy Spirit)

both are much needed in our world

and in our personal lives

since PRAYER is 

not just communication

but communion 

with

our Creator

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Hopefully

your PRAYERS are more than just "asking" for something from Him

(although 'supplication' is an important part of our prayers)

for our Father to supply our needs

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As I'm sure you're aware of there are many acronyms and formulas

for how we should pray and that you already know the best one

is when Jesus taught the disciples to pray the

"Our Father"

yet He never showed us that our Father, was just a "genie" 

or a "vending machine" to go to with our many needs.

The structure of the "Our Father" basically gives us:

Adoration, Consecration, Supplication, Intercession, Protection

I read that "the prayer itself is composed of 7 petitions:

3 "Thy (Your) petitions"

[Thy Name, Thy Kingdom, Thy Will]

 and 4 "us-petitions"

[give us, forgive us, lead us not, and deliver us]

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PRAYER

is vital to me!

PRAYER

is the most precious tool I have been blessed with -

to spend time communicating in communion with God

any time, any place, any circumstance.

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I have plenty of PRAYER resources but I'll try to refrain.

And probably like you, I have more than enough needs to stay in PRAYER:

Supplication/INTERCESSION

for family & friends, for others, for our nation & others, for myself

but I want my arsenal of

PRAYER

to start with Adoration and so much Thankfulness

yet I'm sure I have much to Confess, too

{I did these out of sequence, but they compose one of the 1st acronyms that I learned}

A.C.T.S

Another one is 

P.R.A.Y.

for 

Praise, Repent, Ask, Yield

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Let's do a word search of our devotional

(because I don't read it until after I post this)

to find PRAYER in context

and present some quotes from the author (CCR)

"What would our lives look like if PRAYER became our way of life rather than our life support?"

That's a great question to begin our reflection!

with the following part

"... Prayer is the portal to success of every kind; it it also in the communication of PRAYER and understanding our Father's heart that we learn what true success means ...  "

{I was thinking of stopping after "that we learn ..."}

CCR continues her thoughts about PRAYER

(much more than and better, I'm sure with the full devotion)

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Here are a couple more snippets that stand out:

" ... PRAYER can be the way that our soul sings ... " AND "If we allowed PRAYER to become our go-response ... (because) "... the more we turn to Him, the more our heart looks like His." 

one is these snippets is my favorite part so far (I think)

Looking forward to the Focus Tip

and repeating this 

PRAYER

daily:

"Jesus, help me to PRAY.

I know You're listening."

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now that's 

the confidence in

1 John 5:14

(since this came to me as I finished I am sharing it here, 
but I know that there are so many great songs on PRAYER)

"... This is my confidence ..."

You're in it with me



Maybe you have one that you'd like to share too!

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NOTE: there are many YV reading plans on PRAYER; but I chose a 7 day one that looks good

"No Prayer, No Power"
(sample of a (2017) 365 book)



Saturday, July 13, 2024

RELEASE

It's seems like it's been such a long season (week) of RELEASE or maybe that's just how it is or was for me! If you did the FOCUS TIP for this week (and I guess if your life is similar to mine) then you might better understand what I mean about this week (season - lifetime) being long. Here's the FOCUS Tip from CCR:
 
... "This week, when feelings of shame or uncertainty start to come to mind, think of the (One) Word release and ask God to fill you with His love, comfort, and peace instead." 

I can recall in seasons past in my life that I would have spent much time with my mind thinking of and heart feeling those feelings of shame; but not this week - it was feelings of uncertainty, as it has been for quite some time for me (not just this year, or even the last decade, yet more and more in this last season). So let's just go with, I have plenty of practice and God has been with me through every moment of uncertainty (and I believe He still is)! I have been filled moment by moment some times but let's just say often ... daily ... weekly ... yearly - faithfully by His sweet Holy Spirit with His love, mercy, comfort, peace and His aMazing Grace! 

I decided that I couldn't just leave this One Word: RELEASE - without posting one more blog, perhaps this devotional this week but for sure this One Word resounds and resounds in my spirit, and may be the most significant one for me and actually correlates to my One Word for 2024: CALM. To be CALM, one must find a way to RELEASE ... and be filled ...

I'm guessing that it might me because of one of my early morning You Version readings that I came to this decision to write one more RELEASE post yet I'm sure this will continue for me even beyond this weekend ... 


There was so much more in this "letter from God" (day 23 of 30) about "letting go"; keeping my FOCUS on God, not on things, nor circumstances, nor situations or difficulties, because they WILL come ... NOR any things of this earthly world ... {God help us!} ... BUT I am to keep my focus on God, with God; as HE will go through the REFINING PROCESS with me ... continually as I hopefully become more and more like His Son, Jesus. 

Yes, Lord ... I will let myself go and grab hold of You! In "letting go" I am able to receive more of You. I will let go - RELEASE myself of the world's ideas, thoughts, concepts and ways to grab hold of You (more completely), Your Word and Your ways. You are the Way, the Truth and the Life! (John 14:6)

Based on that reading, I went back through the verses from the book (given in the first post) and that I chose this past week on RELEASE. Unknowingly to me, but not to God, there seems to be a thread tying them together ... when I choose my One Word verses, I just do it randomly each day so there's no intention or plan or reason to it. Perhaps this thread will be apparent or significant only to me, yet I know these verses will speak anyways to you. This week, I felt it was important to capture and share these chosen verses with the One Word: RELEASE, along with the four given in the book (that don't contain the One Word: RELEASE) in reverse order, which means the most recent first and the ones with dates are from the book:

[7/12/24] Turn your burdens over to the LORD, and He will take care of you. He will never let the righteous person stumble. Psalm 55:22 GW 

Insert here of another verse not from me, but a special sister 
who shares with me, although I won't be sharing all of hers:

πŸ’šTo RELEASE the waters (to speak rashly) is the beginning of contention; therefore, leave off strife before it gets started. Proverbs 17:14

"Forgive us the wrongs we have done as we ourselves RELEASE forgiveness to those who have wronged us." Matthew 6:12 TPT

"RELEASE us from the things we have done wrong, in the same way we RELEASE others for the things done wrong to us." Gift from Creator Tells the Good Story (Matthew) 6:12  FNVNT

[7/11/24] "Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you." 
Isaiah 46:4  NKJV

"Even as you grow old and your hair turns gray, I’ll keep carrying you! I am your Maker and your Caregiver. I will carry you and be your Savior."
Isaiah 46:4 TPT

"Give careful attention to your spiritual life and every cherished truth you teach, for living what you preach will RELEASE salvation inside you and to all those who listen to you." 1 Timothy 4:16 TPT

"I’m glad because I know that this will result in my RELEASE through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:19 CEB

Actually it was between the 9th & 10th that I shared my 
Blog Verse (above always) under my heading of my title

"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim 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 ... " Isaiah 61:1 NIV

and portions from the Summer book club book "Still Standing"
about promises from God's Word to heal & restore you if
you will RELEASE to Him (Psalm 147)

[7/9/24] "Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy." Proverbs 28:13 NIV

“Listen to me, my people; pay attention to me, my nation. For I RELEASE my teaching to the nations, and I will cause the light of justice to rest on them."
Isaiah 51:4 TPT

"Release your heart's joy in sweet music to the Eternal. When the upright passionately sing glory-filled songs to Him, everything is in its right place."
Psalm 33:1 Voice

[7/8/24] "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV 

"I am saying that anyone who has been joined together with the Chosen One is now part of the new creation. For in the Chosen One the old creation has faded away and the new creations has come into being" FNVNT - Second Letter from Small Man to the Sacred Family in Village of Pleasure (2 Corinthians) 5:17

The Chosen One is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father

Chosen One is chosen by the First Nations in their new NT translation.

(in case, you might have heard this spoken or written in the current media, 
and may be confused because of this as to WHO is the Chosen One) and
we all have been chosen by Him and appointed to bear fruit
according to John 15:16; no one else in particular is

πŸ’š"Through Jesus, everyone who believes is set free from all sins-sins which the law of Moses could not RELEASE you from." Acts 13:39 Voice

the above was another verse chosen by my dear sister/BFF
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[7/7/24] "Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead ..." Philippians 3:13 NIV

"Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “When you continue to embrace all that I teach, you prove that you are my true followers. [32] For if you embrace the truth, it will RELEASE true freedom into your lives.” John 8:31-32 TPT

"I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven; and whatever you RELEASE on earth will have been released in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 WEB

"I will give you the keys of heaven’s kingdom realm to forbid on earth that which is forbidden in heaven, and to RELEASE on earth that which is released in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 TPT

"... until we RELEASE what has been holding us, we will not be able to experience the anticipation of the bright, exciting future God has in store. We know our best is ahead of us, so we may run forth, RELEASING all that is behind." Cleere Cherry Reaves

[7/13/24] "We are {I am} writing these things to you because we {I} want to RELEASE to you the fullness of joy." 1 John 1:4 TPT

What more can I say?!

{there's over 400 verses on RELEASE}

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{I was thinking of adding snap shots I took of the actual devotion in full from my book by CCR but I'm sure that's a violation; and not only do I not want to do that, I also don't want to loose or have to draft this blog post. If not for you, for me. I really believe we each have to go back and read the words again of CCR; if you have the book, (if not I recommend you get it) as well as going back to read the comments in that 1st July blog post}

GOD

REDEEMS

what we

RELEASE!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Soul of Our Nation



"Jesus, What I RELEASE,
You redeem."


I RELEASE THIS TODAY!

I'm a prayer warrior. And in this blog post I am sadly aware of a few things (only listing 3 now):

[as a Christian, who believes strongly in Jesus Christ; and as a blogger under the title of "aMazing Grace...", I am asking for God's Grace & yours, as I share this. I have no political agenda, except my hope to save our democracy & the division in our country. In short, I care very much about the soul (and souls) of our nation.}

1) ... that even though I don't have a significant readership, I do have people that do read here, and have read here through many years or show up, but that does not mean that they necessarily agree, or have to agree with everything that I write. I'm not so naΓ―ve to believe this but I also am open to hear anyone's differing perspective & respectful discussion/comments. I do not blog here for readership, and only intend to present my opinions, thoughts and beliefs. I do not mean to write anything to offend another person, or their beliefs. I care very much about anyone who takes the time to read what I write.

2) ... that in recent years, I have shared some concerns that are political. So fair warning: this is another one of 'that kind of post'. This is not an attack on you or your beliefs or choice. I want to attempt to prevent further attacks in our nation, our capitol, our government & people.

Yet I have given much prayerful consideration before writing to post and frankly I do believe that God is letting me know that I should make more well-meaning people aware (in case they do not already know) because many of you try to avoid watching any news, or listening to all that's going on. I don't blame you. I respect that choice, in some ways, but it is so important to make a well-informed decision and this is my only means of sharing since I don't do other social media. I also believe strongly in separation of church and state. 

In these days, too many churches (in my opinion) have sided & promoted their political views. Some have even chosen to follow and support publicly politicians. I am saddened by this, and how it has impacted my personal church life and choice, because of their blatant sermon points of said candidates and their support, or saying that they choose based on the platform. I don't believe that they are aware of all that their platform entails. I care very much for the truth & all souls in our nation.

3) ... that generally I do not 'Mess' with others, or don't think I am, in such a way to change their mind or beliefs; I just share mine. [the '...Mess'... in my title, does not refer to this at all - it has to do with my own 'Mazes' and 'Messes' and perhaps 'Miracles' in my own life that God's aMazing Grace has helped me through and greatly impacted my life because of Jesus. 

My foundational beliefs have not changed. My spiritual relationship has not either. My biblical reading and belief in the bible as God's Word has not either. My religious or spiritual life has not changed based on any political person or party or platform. I do not follow any human person, especially not a self-proclaimed person, each Christian's identity says "we are chosen" - every one of us. (see the biblical verses at the bottom of this blog that declares who we are in Christ Jesus, not because of ourselves). I do not idolize any human, especially one who has little to no morals or good character of integrity, but I shouldn't judge him and won't. This doesn't mean that you need to agree, nor should you judge. I also know that many have misperceptions of the person on the other side also. 

My strongest point is that no political person is with or without faults but I have heard this one person declare that "he is our retribution" and I clearly don't need him to be that, and if he truly believes in Jesus Christ, he should give this up and declare that Jesus is the only one that paid the price for us. God's Word in Romans 12:19 lets us know that we are to leave it to the Lord, that God is the ultimate judge. My intent is not to debate each side or against any one side but to point you to sources to help you make an informed decision and not to refrain from your privilege to choose. In fact, here is a link for all choices. We need to protect our democracy of our republic, in the midst of a crisis from being dismantled. I do not want to live in an authoritarian, corrupt government. Democracies are struggling everywhere. We need to push back this tide toward autocracy. 2024 is a critical election for our future! Because this is a spiritual battle & more; I care for each & every soul but even more greatly for the soul of our nation, and the fear & uncertainty being unleashed. It's from the enemy and we need to call it out & expose these spirits that have taken hold & risen in our midst to pit us against one another. 


So I am sharing what I plan to share because I think there are too many people being deceived and that they are not aware or really know what one party in the election of 2024 is planning in their agenda (hidden to most) but has been blatantly exposed and out there now - in fact, there is one part actually called Agenda 47 (this link is not to his personal site, but to wiki) [you can go to his certified site and click on the tab on top for Agenda 47 - which contains video after video of his misinformation repeated over and over again, but it is what he states for his proposals; as the former, he was 45 and this 47 is because that this term would be for the 47th] Of course, you could just google that for yourself and while you're at it; be sure to check out Project 2025, which he recently (a day ago) declared that he knows nothing about it (which again is not true) nor his claim he has "nothing to do" with Project 2025. There is a book and/or a pdf (linked here previously) that was/is available with an exorbitant amount of 900 some pages to read;  which in itself is overwhelming, however you can look through the 30 policies (and click on any that might interest you, in particular). The About part tells you how this candidate relied heavily on this. I only see "D" words related to this as far as deception, division, deceit and down fall, but the only word I do not see is (lower case) democracy. All of this is so depressing, disappointing, disillusional, discouraging, and on & on...

Never in my life, did I believe that I would be in a position to defend our freedoms and democracy. I am not a politically inclined person but I have been sure to always participate in the privilege of voting, and traveled back to be here to exercise that privilege. I don't take it lightly. I generally was not the person who shares who or what political party I am affiliated with or voting for, I consider this a private matter. Much is being done in our country now, to take away our rights, freedoms and privacy; I can hardly imagine how our children or grandchildren will be able to live. I have never read as many political books and material as I have since January 6th ever. I have searched and researched and daily seek God's wisdom as I pray. I have participated in many places of prayer for our nation. I will not stop praying. I will continue to seek God and God's kingdom but truly see this downfall in our country; however I do not buy into Christian Nationalism (video); now becoming what we must do and believe. Not for me.

I do believe that we, as Christians, are to share Jesus but sharing (even like this post) does not mean that I impose my beliefs on any other person. Most religions, but for sure the Christian ones that I have been part of my entire life, insist that God (a supreme, omnipotent, omniscient, etc. being) has given each human being free will. The Great Commission (Matthew 9:37-38) needs to be understood to go and share Jesus, with the hope to disciple and baptize as a result, but just as the Holy Spirit gently coos us, and never pushes us, we too should continue in this way of gently showing through our words and actions as Jesus did, the value of becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ, and the value of having a relationship with Him & in His Word to learn & grow, yet we are to allow the Holy Spirit to work in their lives and hearts; not us, not by our force "but by His power". A free will means that this person has their own encounter and choice to follow Jesus and be a disciple. We can plant and we can pray. We have a choice that will affect our destiny and our earthly lives meanwhile. 

Here is a site that I encountered today but still need to look into better: How to Protect Democracy; and a couple of others for the conservative side: (1) and (2) since I have linked to others above. Reading this helped me and perhaps might do the same for you. Actually I read quite a few in Substack that at least let me know that I'm thinking clearly, when I am at times so lost, it reassures me in some ways. I also turn to the Lincoln Project. There's just so many.

Because this week, I am reading "Faith over Fear" along with so much more and the One Word FOCUS Word is RELEASE. I felt compelled to RELEASE myself of all this that weighs heavily upon me and truthfully should on every person the absolute importance of our vote (like never before - I'm sure that you've heard often that "this is the most crucial and critical election" but this one IS, I guarantee). At least 64 countries globally will be voting in 2024. 

I had many thoughts that I wanted to incorporate into this blog post because of how crucial I have decided this election is. "The Spiritual Danger ..." with 30 essays... Christians on Justice, Truth and Moral Integrity (outdated a bit; still contains many points that are true). I should find a way to capsulize and share because I really, believe that the truth and God's Truth needs to be known; and the news media (especially social media that younger people rely on) is forming the basis for our decisions and that many no longer can be relied on giving the facts (I am aware that there are some that still declare that they do, but all news & info need to be fact-checked for truth & accuracy; and credibility of source.)

All of what we hear, read or listen to is forming who or what we believe or how we are being influenced (for some of us, in our churches, too). Anyways, the essays in this book are still speaking to me as I near the end and go back to reread specific ones. Chapter 23 (of 25) is where I was today when I decided that I must write (so it's been postponed for now) but not the words of the title "Three Prophetic Voices against Silence" ... You might think it's the first part that would cause me to dive right in and read or that's what spoke to me & stopped me to come and write this; yet it was the word "Silence" so that I could no longer be Silent and that I needed to RELEASE my thoughts about how impactful our political choice is. Now is not the time to remain silent. 

Both of our two major choices are old (and the others or the 3rd, I'm not commenting on). But one of these people is truly a politician with a history and a lifetime of experience, moral, honest, and has a compassionate heart for all people (in my opinion, I understand) but the other is immoral, very dishonest, and quite selfish (even this run for office is a way for him to escape his own convictions & charges against him; avoiding accountability). I really do not concur, or believe that any one of us is above the law.

In the 2016 election, a Pastor and author that I respect wrote an important article that I kept:


I guess out of all the links that I have shared in this blog post
this one is the one that I hold close and hope it's still available.
This is what I too hope for in any politician
but especially in our
President

I only trust one to keep us safe:
 God
(but also only one of these people)

I sincerely believe that we are entrusting the safety of our nation as well
(though yet to be determined, I think one has jeopardized this also)

I have not yet written all that's on my heart and my concerns

but I will close with a historian's quote 

"How, then, in an hour of anxiety about the future of the country, at a time when a president of the United States appears determined to undermine the rule of law, a free press, and the sense of hope essential to American life, can those with deep concerns about the nation's future enlist on the side of the angels." Jon Meacham, "The Soul of America..." (2018), 6

RELEASE Your angel armies to fight on

for the precious "souls of America" 

to be directed and guided by the Holy Spirit

with a clear conscience in their choice

with "liberty and justice for ALL"

Peace

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"in this battle for the soul of America"

may democracy prevail

I will keep

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God's Will be done, on earth as it is, in heaven



Sunday, July 7, 2024

FOCUS: July One Words - 1st One: RELEASE



For the month of July, these will be the 4 One Words for us to "Focus" on:

RELEASE
July 7

PRAYER
July 14

JOY
July 21

MOVEMENT
July 28

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I will RELEASE the
One Word 


 FOCUS 
which is

RELEASE

{ta daaah!}

and the devotional's main Scripture Verse is from

Philippians 3:13 NIV

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.

but no RELEASE in that verse

As you know by now, when I prepare this blog post,

I still have not read the devotional yet

sometimes, I do a quick search of the FOCUS: One Word

in the devotional, but not for this week

as I think of the One "Word

RELEASE

and ask God to fill me with His love,

comfort and peace"

However, I will link to my topical search of RELEASE with the definition, etc.

and let you know that there are plenty of verses available with this

One Word: RELEASE

The other verses given for this week's RELEASE devotion are:

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV; Proverbs 28:13 NIV;
Isaiah 46:4 NKJV; Psalm 55:22 GW


"Jesus, What I RELEASE,
You redeem."

Thank You Redeemer!

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Let's RELEASE some of those feelings - old & new - honestly; 
and allow 
Jesus in
to walk with us through these as 
He redeems & restores 
our brokenness 
and reaches into our hearts & minds 
to set us free as we actually let go.


There is nothing too big or too small or impossible

that Jesus can't carry (and fix).

After all, He's our Burden Bearer! Our Redeemer!

I have much to

RELEASE

(perhaps you do also)

stuff that you've allowed to get stuffed inside

pent up 'old' past baggage

that you thought you

either dealt with then or somehow it disappeared

(but not really)

it was still there and it's time to let it go

RELEASE

empty it out and be filled anew

it might not be the "new year" time of resolution

but we can always resolve & start again

each moment of each day

a new heart
 

for the heart of stone

a new spirit

FREE

from the old flesh:

thoughts, habits, emotions, struggles

everything

that you might need to

RELEASE

still

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It's OK

it's time to experience

being filled by the

Holy Spirit

breathe old out

inhale new in


HOLD

BE STILL

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{not sure why I chose the C.S. Lewis quote & image, but it's good, so I left it}

Now to read the devotional by Cleere Cherry Reaves (CCR)

to be blessed & encouraged by her wisdom

to see how far off my own blog post on

RELEASE

may be

Nonetheless,

I clearly need to let go of much:

RELEASE and be REDEEMED

by the Spirit's power

in Christ Jesus!

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Thursday, July 4, 2024

INDEPENDENCE DAY - the 4th of JULY 2024

On this 2024 

4th of July

please take the time to pause 

and

PRAY for our NATION

my Call to All

(actually I believe it's God's Call to All!)

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I thought long and hard about this 4th of July as I prayed & decided to share this

 instead of what I previously posted (reverted to draft now for various reasons)


clip from "Independence Day" (1996) of
President Whitmore's speech, in this film, came from the inspiration of Robert (Bobby) Kennedy's speech made shortly after finding out Martin Luther King, Jr. had been shot

"Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind."

"'Mankind.' That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July and you will once again be fighting for our freedom … Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution … but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist."

"And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice:

'We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive!'

Today we celebrate our Independence Day!" "


 I reflected much on our

INDEPENDENCE


May the words of this speech cause you to reflect on how very precious

our democracy of this republic really is



STAY ALERT
Mark 13:33-37 AMP
1 Thessalonians 5:6-11 AMP
1 Peter 5:8 ESV
Ephesians 6:18
Matthew 24:42-44
Luke 21:36
PRAY ALWAYS
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Again I ask you to consider taking a look 
at any of the 920 page pdf or project '25 manifesto
before voting in the 2024 election.

We have too much to lose!

We already are seeing

some of this.


[Even Yahoo had this recent article]

We need to make an informed vote in 2024.

Know everything about your candidate before you vote!

"Letters from An American"
(a source I read & can count on)

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We celebrate the

4th of July

because 
it's when the 2nd Continental Congress
established the United States of America
(the separation of the colonies from Great Britain)
with the adoption & ratification of the
Declaration of Independence
on July 4th, 1776


We do not need 

a king, a dictator, an autocrat!

We already declared our independence from this!

We cannot go backwards!

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Let's hope we still move forward and will commemorate

INDEPENDENCE DAY

in 2025

and our 250th in 2026!

Happy INTERdependence Day! 

seems a better word than just

 INDEPENDENCE DAY

because God created us to depend on Him & one another

 

Monday, July 1, 2024

HOLD STILL & REMAIN in CHRIST

During last week's FOCUS on PACE, I mentioned that we would be "Taking Inventory" this week, with the 4th of July being Thursday (thinking this past weekend, not next weekend would be the holiday weekend - so it's probably the entire week)πŸ˜‰ but so many times I wanted to come back and share more about PACE, from my own PACE experience and various readings that crossed my path, but I wasn't able to do that then. And the previous week with SILENCE, it was the same, however I was able to sneak in one blog post (because of an image that fit the theme of SILENCE from a great Summer Book Club) yet I remained in SILENCE when I was inundated with so much (and also at the same time, much of our state and others in this area were being inundated with flood warnings, watches and serious problems of rising waters) which gave me much to contemplate; so LITTLE and HONESTY (One Words) all came to mind with more to write, but I didn't and I don't think I will today either, even as "taking inventory" of those FOCUS One Words ... my heart is drawn in another direction. 

Last week was week 2 (Part 2) of the "Still Standing..." book club with Courtney Joseph Fallick and it was a jam-packed week of emotions (at least that's what I'm calling it) but this week - Week 3 looks like it will be even more impactful! [Courtney shares on her blog "Women Living Well"(WLW) and her WLW Facebook (FB) page daily and also "Good Morning Girls"(I think, since I don't have FB)] Plus see this page on 10 VERSES on her website (blog)


Let me go back and share some of Part 2 first "Overcoming the Darkness", which is definitely a need in this world in which we live, yet this was more on a personal level. In fact, the rest of the title of her book "Still Standing..." is "How to Live in God's Light While Wrestling with the Dark". WOW! I think for much of my life, I have tried and pursued to "live in God's Light" while surrounded what I perceived as darkness, and not nearly to the extent that is prevalent today (and in my personal life). I'm sure that there were (are) many times that I felt like I was "wrestling" alone with my darkness, even while being very active in the church and church life & volunteer activities (yet I did learn to PACE myself eventually-probably not soon enough for the two children (and at times dogs) that I towed along with me to many of these church events. Often though, I did go alone for just me & God times! I truly have always greatly needed more God time and to surround myself with God's people (community). 

I'll give you a glimmer into last week's readings just through the titles and that the opening Bible verse for the week was Psalm 139:1-18 NIV, but each of these sections ended with "Ten Verses for When You are ..." (in her book but also available in an excellent download provided by Courtney (the author) at Women Living Well in "100 Scripture Declarations"

6. "I'm So Scared"
7. "I'm So Angry"
8. "I'm So Embarrassed"
9. "I'm So Worried"
10. "I'm So Sad"

{I can't say which one I needed most, because I needed them all and the 10 verses,

which I still need to pray and read and list in my prayers}

Here's an example from the "Ten Verses for When You Feed Sad" from me:

(I had quite a few moments of overwhelming sadness)

Courtney writes: "God sees your tears and sleepless nights. He is for you."

The Scripture verse is: Psalm 56:8-9

My Prayer:
O Lord, "You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in Your bottle." ...
Thank You. Thank You for always being with me, and caring, 
even before I know how much I need You sometimes.
I give thanks that "when I call" You turn back my enemies.
"This I know, that God is for me."
I'm grateful to know that You are not against me.
At times, in my sadness (or other feelings) I feel like You are,
yet quickly I return to Your Word that assures me
You are for me. I am confident as I sing and declare this:

{In fact, I now sing this song (and there are others) "God is Not Against Me"}
Elevation Worship or Brandon Lake

Week 3
July 1-5

Part 3
in "Standing Still ..."
with Courtney Joseph Fallick

"Standing in the Light"

I'm so looking forward to this (reading 11 -15) but mostly in my life!

These are this week's readings:

11. "Finding Peace When... "
12."Finding Strength When..."
13. "Finding Contentment..."
14. "Finding Your Way Forward When You Feel Stuck"
15. "Finding Joy When..."


I just finished a YouVersion (YV) plan on PEACE for the month of June: Pause: A Month of Peace in Five Minutes a Day so today's reading on "Finding Peace..." is a good refresher and application, especially because Courtney once again adds "Ten Verses for Finding Peace ...". For the YV plan, the focus verse each & every day of the 30: Philippians 4:7. The verses from Courtney's book are: Psalm 34:18; Isaiah 26:3; Ephesians 6:10; Deuteronomy 31:8; 1 Peter 5:7; Matthew 11:28-30; Romans 15:13; Romans 5:3-4; John 16:33; Psalm 46:1 {certainly many of my favorites!}

The best things I can recommend, for today, are: 1) follow Courtney's blog (or Facebook or both); 2) get a copy of her book, and the free workbook & scripture declaration download and 3) participate with her Facebook or your own group & do the Reflection Questions (for yourself & if possible by sharing at least one with someone else). 

I know that I need #11, #12 & #15 for sure but as I read I always find something in each chapter and thankful & glad I am doing this book this summer. Thank you Courtney for your invaluable words! and emphasis on God's Words in "Standing Still". I hope that when I finish, that I too will be "Standing Still..." better than I have before and that I remain in Christ always.

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I might be back as I read this week!

(and "take inventory" starting with my PACE)






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