Wednesday, July 31, 2013

You Are God Alone

You're the only God whose power none can contend
You're the only God whose name and
Praise will never end
You're the only God who's worthy
Of everything we can give
You are God, that's just the way it is

-William McDowell

After Hezekiah had read the note from the king of Assyria, he took it to the temple and spread it out for the Lord to see. He prayed:

Lord God of Israel, your throne is above the winged creatures. You created the heavens and the earth, and you alone rule the kingdoms of this world. But just look how Sennacherib has insulted you, the living God.

It is true, our Lord, that Assyrian kings have turned nations into deserts. They destroyed the idols of wood and stone that the people of those nations had made and worshiped. But you are our Lord and our God! We ask you to keep us safe from the Assyrian king. Then everyone in every kingdom on earth will know that you are the only God.

2 Kings 19 CEV



Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What's Next?!!

As long as there are children going back to school, parents and grandparents will be praying for them. If anything, we need to pray more fervently than ever before.

I was shocked to see a report that a group of atheists based in Wisconsin is threatening to sue people in Alabama for gathering to pray for the new school year.

Here is the link to the news article. about  CULLMAN, ALABAMA

Rooted


They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.
Jeremiah 17:8 NLT

Monday, July 29, 2013

Cold Feet

Because of a shortage of maids, the minister and his wife advertised for a Man-servant. The very next morning a nicely dressed young man knocked on the front door of the parsonage.

"Can you start the breakfast by seven A.M.?" quizzed the minister.

 
"I guess," answered the man.

"Can you polish all the silver, wash all the dishes, do the laundry, take care of the lawn, wash windows, iron clothes and keep the house neat and tidy?"

"Say there, preacher!" said the young fellow. "I came here to see about getting married but if it's going to be as much work as all that, you can count me out right now."

Sunday, July 28, 2013

God Is Holding Onto You

You are asking, seeking, knocking...questioning the Lord about something in your life, and then it seems that you hear a sermon, read an article, get an email, or have a conversation, and they all relate to the question.... and give you the same answer!

I know there are times when a Bible verse or passage "comes to life" for me, but I believe God confirms His Word in these other ways, too. Of course, I have to be careful not to depend on circumstances alone. I need to see if something lines up with the Truth of Scriptures.

I have also have had a scripture verse, a song, or a "picture" that I couldn't get off my mind and then the Holy Spirit tells me to share it with the next person I get to pray with, and it means a lot to them.

Once, in my quiet time, God reminded me of living in Atlanta when my children were small. I learned the hard way NOT to depend on young children to keep their eyes on me in a busy parking lot or shopping mall. I started holding onto their forearms instead of letting them hold my hands.

The very next day, I was asked to pray with a person, and the Holy Spirit urged me to share that story...that God is like that with His children. He doesn't depend on us to always keep our eyes on Him or to hold onto Him. Instead, He holds onto us. The person told me that her main fear was that God would take His hand off her life if she made mistakes.
 God promises:

I am the Lord your God 
 who takes hold of your right hand 
and says to you,
 Do not fear;  
I will help you.
Isaiah 41:13 NIV

Isn't God good?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

God Keeps His Promises to Israel


I, the LORD, have spoken,

and my words will come true.

You will have such a harvest

that you won't be able

to bring in all of your wheat

before plowing time.

You will have grapes left over

from season to season;

your fruitful vineyards

will cover the mountains.

I'll make Israel prosper again.

You will rebuild your towns

and live in them.

You will drink wine

from your own vineyards

and eat the fruit you grow.

I'll plant your roots deep

in the land I have given you,

and you won't ever

be uprooted again.

I, the LORD God, have spoken.

Amos 9:12-15

Monday, July 22, 2013

My Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus, 
Thank You
for showing us the way of life, 
granting us the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with You forever.

Based on Psalm 16:11 (NLT)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Give it to God

My son Cameron has a way of encouraging me at just the right time. Here is an email he sent me a while back when I was going through a transition:

When we endure loss, and decide to give it to God, that becomes our seed for the harvest. We gain authority to pray for others to be vindicated and healed and delivered. This is why so many times, when God brings someone out of something, he gives them that thing as their ministry.

I believe that God has a special place for you, one where you will see awesome victory and breakthrough. Because you have not hardened your heart towards God (and even if in some ways you have), if you give up that offense, He will give you a place of intercession that will produce fruit. You will see the power of God manifest because it will be the Spirit's will established through you.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

This song was the theme song of a revival meeting in Lisbon, Portugal in 2001. I had the privilege of going with Steve Hill's prayer team. The large enthusiastic choir was made up of members of Teen Challenge Lisbon, many of them new believers in Christ. We got to pray with hundreds of people at the altars every night, hungry to know the God of forgiveness and love.

Here it is sung by Kimberly Rivera.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Medical Records ?!

When I took my youngest child to the pediatrician for his six week checkup, the pediatrician asked me how many children I had.
"Four," I replied.
"And is this the youngest?" he asked. (He was serious.)
We changed pediatricians!

Here are some more blunders. (Taken from frangipane.org humor page.)

The following are actual medical records taken from patients' charts:
- The baby was delivered, the cord clamped and cut and handed to the pediatrician, who breathed and cried immediately.
- Rectal exam revealed a normal size thyroid.
- She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life until 1989 when she got a divorce.
- I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.
- Patient is numb from her toes down.
- While in the emergency room, she was examined, X-RATED and sent home.
- The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.
- Condition of boy who swallowed quarter: Still no change.

Knowledge


This is a photo of hundreds of thousands of stars taken from Hubble. A few of you may remember standing out under the night sky as a child hoping to catch a glimpse of "Sputnik".

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite, which was about the size of a beach ball, and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth. The thought of space travel was mind-boggling at that time.

My grandparents remembered as children, being in awe the first time they saw an airplane fly over their little north Georgia town.

I marvel at how rapidly knowledge has increased in my lifetime. How puzzling it must have been to Daniel when God revealed in a vision the events of the last days.

Daniel 12:1-4

And at that time [of the end] Michael shall arise, the great [angelic] prince who defends and has charge of your [Daniel’s] people. And there shall be a time of trouble, straitness, and distress such as never was since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the Book [of God’s plan for His own].

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake: some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt and abhorrence.


And the teachers and those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness (to uprightness and right standing with God) [shall give forth light] like the stars forever and ever.


But you, O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the Book until the time of the end. [Then] many shall run to and fro and search anxiously [through the Book], and knowledge [of God’s purposes as revealed by His prophets] shall be increased and become great.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Today

Someone said that continually bemoaning the past, or dreading the future, is just a way to get out of hearing and obeying God right now....Ouch.

Lord, Thank you that you have given me the gift of the PRESENT! Help me to enjoy and love the people who cross my path today - one at a time.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Cost of Getting Even?



George O. Wood posted this:

A visitor to Yellowstone National Park observed grizzly bears feeding. The park service guide explained that the grizzly bear can whip any animal in the West with the exception of the buffalo and the Kodiak bear.

Later the visitor noticed the grizzly allowed one animal to eat with him—the skunk. Could the bear have taken on the skunk and won? By all means. He probably resented the skunk for barging in on his meal, but he did not attack the skunk. Why? He knew the high cost of getting even. It would not be worth it.

Click on his name to read Dr. Wood's complete post.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Brand New

When I think of Grandma, I usually picture her at the sewing machine in her cozy den, scraps and strings littering the floor under her feet. She was quick as lightning as she sewed for people in town.

I remember a lady who brought her a dress that had been torn, and she said, "I'd rather make you a new dress than try to repair a tear. It will never be 'right'"!

When I gave my sinful broken heart to God, I am glad that He didn't just patch me up. His Word says that when we come to Him, He makes us "right" with Him.  We become born again - brand new.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV


Friday, July 12, 2013

The Night Shines as the Day

Years ago, we hosted a party for families from church who also had young children. After supper, the kids went upstairs to play games, while we gathered in the living room to chat. 

A sudden storm blew in with a big crash of thunder and the lights went out on our street. The kids were screaming as they made their way down the stairs to their parents' waiting arms. Soon the storm blew over, and we walked out on the porch to see hundreds of fireflies lighting up the yard. We all had to laugh at God's "emergency back-up lighting"!

I thought about that night the next time I read:
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
Psalm 139:11-12

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Make Yourself at Home


Years ago, I had a dream that I went to God's house. It was a normal house and He looked like a kind grandpa. He invited all who came to get a plate of food from the kitchen and have a seat at His table. He seemed to delight in listening to the conversation about everyday things.

Our Heavenly Father wants us to know that we are "family". He wants His children to gather around His table and have a conversation with Him.

You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.

Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I'm back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.
Psalm 23:5-6 Message

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

WAVES OF MERCY


Waves of mercy
Waves of grace
Everywhere I look
I see Your face
Your love has captured me
Oh, my God, this love
How can it be?

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Good Things


Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    with my whole heart, 
I will praise his holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    may I never forget 
the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins
    and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death
    and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things.
    My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
Psalm 103:1-5 NLT

Saturday, July 6, 2013

God's Unfailing Love


Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
Isaiah 54:10

 beautiful piano instrumental

Friday, July 5, 2013

Creatures Great and Small

Chiggers, ticks, lightning bugs, June bugs, bumble bees, mosquitoes, and armies of tiny ants. Yes, summer is officially here! And there are kids everywhere you look.

My brother's two kids are close in age to my first two.  He would call and tell Carl and Kathren, "The swimming pool opens today. I'm sure your Mother would want to know." Then I ended up taking the four of them!

But to you young parents: Enjoy these summer days. Kids don't stay little very long! We only have a few years to encourage their wonder and love for learning about God's creation.

I'll let you in on the sweet old truths,
Stories we heard from our fathers,
counsel we learned at our mother's knee.
We're not keeping this to ourselves,
we're passing it along to the next generation—
God's fame and fortune,
the marvelous things he has done.
Psalm 78:2-4 Message

"I'm Sorry"- A short anecdote by Pastor Frangipane - This is so sweet!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Strong Arm

My child I knew you
before the world began

And I was there every time
you put your name on the sand

But lately I know
you've been through quite a storm

My child I've been there,
since the day you were born

Oh, and I rule the wind.
O yes, and I calm the sea

And the sun won't go down
until I say that it can leave

Just as sure as my Word
I stand here right by your side

And if you're just too weak
to go on

Remember child
that I'm your strong arm

The people will wonder,
and they'll stand amazed

They say you are a miracle
and I will be praised

And even though your pain
has been too hard to bear

Just know that I am with you,
there's no need to despair

Monday, July 1, 2013

Reagan Quote on Israel


"Israel exists; it has a right to exist in peace behind secure and defensible borders; and it has a right to demand of its neighbors that they recognize those facts.

I have personally followed and supported Israel's heroic struggle for survival, ever since the founding of the State of Israel 34 years ago.

In the pre-1967 borders Israel was barely 10 miles wide at its narrowest point. The bulk of Israel's population lived within artillery range of hostile Arab armies. I am not about to ask Israel to live that way again."

Ronald Reagan, September 1, 1982

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