Sunday, February 24, 2013

What Lies Ahead?

"If God has shown us bad times ahead, it's enough for me that He knows about them. That's why He sometimes shows us things, you know - to tell us that this too is in His hands."
Corrie ten Boom - The Hiding Place

From before time began
You were on Your throne
You are God alone
And right now
In the good times and bad
You are on Your throne
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
And that's just the way it is

Unchangeable
Unshakable
Unstoppable
That's what You are


Saturday, February 23, 2013

NO DARKNESS

Truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full. This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
1 John 1:3b-5

I know that we sometimes question whether God is truly a God of Love. When tragedy strikes, and the innocent suffer, doubts arise in our hearts.

I thought about this: If God is NOT a God of Love, then how is it that I am showered with so many blessings that I do not deserve...and how is it that I am spared from the punishment that I do deserve? And why are there so many who give of themselves tirelessly, with no expectation of being repaid, to people they don't even know?


When the storm rolls in,
And the clouds are gathering low,
Bless those who curse you;
They cursed Me, too, you know.

Entreat Me to pour out my kindness
For my goodness draws men to the light.
It is only my light that scatters the clouds
And shatters the blackest night.

Overcome darkness with light.
Overcome evil with love.
For the deepest longing of My heart is
More children around My table above.
Karen

Word of Encouragement

Yes, you've grown,
And you know it, too.
That is my plan for you.
And you've been faithful 
to pray and to do.
You have no idea how many things
Are avoided because you prayed,
Because you stayed together.
And I'll use you 
more and more!
You have come through another door,
You are there now.
Praise the Lord!!!
Billye Brim

Without Fault in His Eyes

Even before he made the world, 
God loved us and chose us in Christ 
to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 
God decided in advance to adopt us 
into his own family by bringing us to himself 
through Jesus Christ. 
This is what he wanted to do, 
and it gave him great pleasure.
Ephesians 1:4-5 NLT

When my son Cameron was four, he set off to church preschool with a box of brand new crayons. The very first day, the little guy who sat next to him borrowed his red crayon and pressed down so hard that it broke in two! Cameron came home really upset about that.

Later, we met our new neighbor, who happened to be the grandmother of the "offender". She greeted Cameron with a smile and said, "You will have to come over and play with my grandson."

"Oh, NO!" Cameron bluntly replied. "He is a bad little boy!"

Apparently, this grandmother saw her grandchild through eyes of love, not as a former "crayon-breaker"!

I am thankful that God has forgiven me, and sees me as holy, set apart as His very own, and "without fault" because of Jesus' sacrificial love.

Friday, February 22, 2013

You Sing Over Me

The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17Amplified

Beautiful comforting song by Dennis Jernigan and choir

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

SHINE JESUS SHINE



The mighty One,
GOD, THE LORD,
speaks and calls the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God shines forth.
Psalm 50:1-2 Amplified

Fill this land with the Father's glory
Blaze Spirit blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow river flow
Flood the nations
With grace and mercy
Send forth Your Word, Lord
And let there be light 
Cliff Richards

I like to drive along the banks of the Ohio River and watch the colors constantly changing as the sun sets.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sweet Hour of Prayer

As a child, our family went to church on Sundays and Wednesday nights for prayer meeting. I liked prayer meeting - except when it was a quarterly business meeting! Our church secretary, a stickler for details, would read long lists of committee members including their phone numbers!

I heard about a little girl who heard the words to the last verse of the hymn Sweet Hour of Prayer:
I'll shout, while passing through the air,
“Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!”

She thought it meant that when we go to heaven, we'll be happy that we don't have to go to Wednesday night prayer meeting any more!

I thought that was funny. Then I started thinking about it. In Heaven, there will be no sick folks, or families in need, or grieving, or lost people.

But we will still be singing the praises of the LORD.  We can put our name and number on the choir list right now!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Nothing Lost

Let nothing move you as you busy yourselves 
in the Lord’s work. 
Be sure that nothing you do for him 
is ever lost or ever wasted.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Phillips NT

In my reading this week, there seemed to be a theme: I can never boast that I have "great faith", but I can always be confident that I have faith in a GREAT GOD.

God is good and just and merciful all the time, when my prayers are answered in the way I planned and when I don't understand God's ways at all.

I heard about a woman who prayed for a long time for her friend's healing, but her friend died from his illness. In anger, she cried to the Lord, I feel as though all my prayers were wasted. Then God reminded her that none of our prayers or our service to Him is ever wasted. There are mysteries and purposes that God has that we can not know about in this life.

The LORD reminds us: 
NOTHING YOU DO FOR ME 
IS EVER LOST OR WASTED.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Don't You Know?


Don’t you know?
    Haven’t you heard?
    The eternal God, the Lord
the Creator of the ends of the earth,
    doesn’t grow tired or become weary.
        His understanding is beyond reach.
He gives strength to those who grow tired
    and increases the strength of those who are weak.

Isaiah 40:28-29 God's Word 

This is sunrise as I was taking the girls to school last week. It didn't show up in the photo, but a pink cross appeared in the clouds for a few minutes that morning!

Psalm 23 set to music


GOOD NEWS!

There is so much GOOD NEWS out there that we don't hear about. I learned about this missionary to India, Dr. LeAnna Cinquanta . She heads up a missions organization in Northern India and God is MOVING among the people there. Thousands are being saved. This is a short video about what OUR GOD is doing today. If you are inspired by LeAnna's testimony, here is a short video on how Jesus revealed himself to her - a girl who was taught by her Dad that there is no God.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Early in the Morning

photo credit

Singing Time

I wake in the morning early
And always the very first thing
I poke out my head
And I get up in bed
And I sing and I sing and I sing!
Rose Fyleman

It is nice to wake up with a song on my mind. This morning it was

UPON THIS ROCK.

 Upon this rock, I’ll build my kingdom  
And on this rock, forever and ever it shall stand 
Upon this rock of revelation  
I’ll build a strong and mighty nation  
And it shall stand the storms of time, 
upon this rock

I felt that the Lord was reminding me that it is the Holy Spirit who reveals God's plans to us. We can't earn His love, buy His forgiveness, understand His ways. or even love others in our own strength.  But whatever the day may bring, I can sing, because "His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me".

P.S. Lord, when I get to heaven, I want to sing like Sandi Patti!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Little Whine?

Once I tutored a little guy in reading and math, who often spent the first two minutes of any assignment moaning, "This is to-oo-oo ha-a-ard!!" When he finally got started, he usually did okay!

Sometimes when I am going through a "test", I sit down to pray, but instead, find myself spending several minutes whining to the Lord: "This problem is impossible!"

Does God ever wring His hands and say: "Ooops, I didn't see this coming! What on earth will I do?"

No, He is a mighty God, a loving Father, who cares about the things that concern us.

God doesn't play hide-and-seek with us.
He's not remote; he's near.
We live and move in him,
can't get away from him!
Acts 17:27-28 Message

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Do I Want God's Help or Not?

As a teen, trying to make decisions about college and career, I knew I could go to my Dad for advice. Dad prayed for me, but he told me to always remember that I can pray and hear from God for myself. I can picture him in the den reading James chapter 1.

If...any of you does not know how to meet any particular problem, he has only to ask God—who gives generously to all men without making them feel foolish or guilty—and he may be quite sure that the necessary wisdom will be given him. But he must ask in sincere faith without secret doubts as to whether he really wants God’s help or not.

I will always have hard decisions to make as long as we live. It's good to know that God sees around the next corner the things I cannot see, and He is eager to steer me in the right direction.

Kathie Walters is one of my favorite writers. I was so blessed by the story she told about hearing from God when facing a move.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Facedown

Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there. Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly,

"The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. 
If the LORD is pleased with us, 
he will lead us into that land, 
a land flowing with milk and honey,
 and will give it to us.  
Only do not rebel against the LORD. 
And do not be afraid of the people of the land, 
because we will swallow them up. 
Their protection is gone, 
 but the LORD is with us. 
Do not be afraid of them."  
Numbers 13:5-9

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

FACEDOWN
Matt Redman 

And I'll fall facedown
As Your glory shines around
Yes, I'll fall facedown
As Your glory shines around


Welcomed in to the courts of the King
I've been ushered in to Your presence
Lord, I stand on Your merciful ground
Yet with every step tread with reverence


  Who is there in the heavens like You?
And upon the earth, who's Your equal?
You are far above, You're the highest of heights
We are bowing down to exalt You

So let Your glory shine around
Let Your glory shine around
King of glory, here be found
King of glory


Monday, February 11, 2013

Taking a Stand

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Albert Einstein

This is how my nine year old grandchild began her persuasive essay for her school assignment. She came up with the title: Why People Should Believe in God. She told me, "I cannot convince people to trust in God, but I can say that I do, and I can pray that they will accept Him, too."

We spent the weekend reading about some very successful people who agreed with her. She related a true story about Sir Isaac Newton, a Christian, whom many consider to be one of the greatest scientists of all times. She wrote about  Corrie ten Boom, and how her faith enabled her to love her enemies even during the holocaust.

She especially liked the last lines of The Star Spangled Banner:

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.


Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto:  

"In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Francis Scott Key


Thursday, February 7, 2013

My Spirit is Abiding in Your Midst


‘As for the promise which I made you when you came out of Egypt, 
My Spirit is abiding in your midst; do not fear!’ 

For thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts.  

‘The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the Lord of hosts. ‘The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘and in this place I will give peace,’ declares the Lord of hosts.”

Haggai 2:5-9 NASB

Father God,

Burden my heart with the things that are dear to Your heart. May Your will be done on earth, and Your name glorified. Shine Your light on Your people like the sunrise over the mountains on a clear new day.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

God Is Listening


Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray,
and cry aloud: 
and He shall hear my voice.
Psalm 55:17

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Spring


As I was walking in the snow this morning, I passed a young man, who was praying out loud, "Lord, send the Spring, and I promise not to complain about the heat this year!"

Almost every day, my three year old granddaughter asks, "When can we go out and swing?" Her little pink swing looks lonely in the snow!

I came across a post by Theresa Phillips this morning. She said the Lord spoke to her heart, "It's Springtime in Heaven!"

I thought of the words to this old hymn:


- Haldor Lillenas, 1885-1959

Friday, February 1, 2013

Howell

When I was a kid, we had a next-door neighbor who was really a worker! In her seventies, she was still constantly working in her yard, and could be seen wearing her sunbonnet, climbing up on the roof to repair shingles.

Whenever she had a big pile of leaves, she would throw a match into it and then go busy herself in the house. Too many times to count, the wind would whip up the flames and the fire would spread to the grass and creep over to our yard.

There was a neighbor who lived behind us named Howell. She would glance out the window and see the flames leaping and we would hear her hollering, "Howell! Howell!" He would come running to try to swat at the flames with a broom. The fire would get away from him and be lapping at the corner of our house and the volunteer firemen would come driving the fire engine across Daddy's prized lawn to put it out.

I was thinking about this in light of our present economic crisis. I am no economist, but it seems to me that our nation was not paying close enough attention to the growing debt. Now the wind has flamed the fire out of control.

Like the lady next door, we are shouting, "Howell!! How-will we ever get out of this mess?"

I am thankful for some leaders who realize that we need to call on Almighty God. It may be too late to rectify the damage that has been done, but it is not too late to strengthen our relationship with God, individually and as a nation, and to turn to HIM in repentance and prayer.

 The Lord God says: 
“I permitted Myself to be sought 
by those who did not ask for Me
I permitted Myself to be found 
by those who did not seek Me. 
I said, ‘Here am I, here am I,’ 
To a nation which did not call on My name.
Isaiah 65:1

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