Friday, February 27, 2015

Holy Love

Since ancient times no one has heard,
​ ​no ear has perceived,
​ ​
no eye has seen 
any God besides You,
​ ​
who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
Isaiah 64:3,4 NIV

Holy love, flow in me, 
fill me up like the deepest sea
Like a crashing wave pouring over me, 
holy love flow in me

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Keep on Praying

 .
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord
in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, 
and will look up.
Psalm 5:3

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My Redeemer Lives


As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, 
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.

Job 19:25

My Redeemer Lives
Martin Nystrom 
My Redeemer lives
And I will see His glory
As He works all things
Together for my good
Whatever things occur
Of this I can be sure
I know my Redeemer lives

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Nickel and Two Pennies

As I went to buy a Cola, I saw a nickel and two pennies in the coin return of the soda machine. What on earth would anyone hope to buy with that? I wondered. Okay, Lord, this is so unusual. Are You saying something to me through this? At home later, I began to read the story where a small boy gave Jesus all that he had, which was not nearly enough; two fish and five loaves could not feed five thousand men. But, Jesus accepted it joyfully.

Jesus looked up to heaven and blessed it, broke it, and gave it to the disciples to hand out. Jesus performed the miracle of enough...and twelve baskets of left overs.

The nickel and the pennies reminded me that Jesus takes what seems impossibly insufficient and works miracles that I cannot imagine. It is not up to me to make things work; it is up to Him. When I admit that I'm less than enough, then He has an opportunity to be more than enough. When I hand things over to Him, He blesses, breaks and then distributes the abundance. Isn't it interesting that when He broke the bread, it multiplied.

I need to remember that sometimes when things seem to be breaking, that is because Jesus is trying to help me see Him as Jehovah Jireh, my provider. More than enough for every need.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fear or Faith

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

I'll be honest. I read about attacks, social unrest, crime and terror threats, and sometimes I want to just hide away. At times I let worry distract me from even praying.

One of my favorite Bible teachers, John Paul Jackson, passed away this past week. I listened this morning to his sermon, "How God Kills Fear". God planned that we would be here at this time in history and He is not shocked at the problems that confront us. He is able to carry us until He carries us home.

Lord Jesus, 
Don't let my love for you and for others grow cold. Through Your Holy Spirit, give me grace to pray for our enemies and to trust that You are my life. In my weakness, be my strength.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sunny Saturday

Everything was glittering with ice in the morning sun, but by afternoon, snow and ice were melted away. There were birds flitting about, and seagulls circling over the lake. I was ready for a sunshiney day and a nice walk!

Oh, Lord God, you made the skies and the earth with your very great power. There is nothing too hard for you to do.
Jeremiah 32:17

Friday, February 20, 2015

Comforter

O spread the tidings ’round, 
wherever man is found,
Wherever human hearts 
and human woes abound;
Let every Christian tongue 
proclaim the joyful sound:
The Comforter has come!
by Frank Bottoms, 1890

Comforter: Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby, Holy Spirit

Interesting fact: This hymn was a favorite at the Azusa Street Revival  in Los Angeles 1906-1909

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Divine Appointment

When I have an important appointment, I can hardly sleep the night before with anticipation. I try not to let anything prevent me for being where I am supposed to be.

Isn't it amazing to think about how God thought of you and me before he ever created the world. He wrote our names in His appointment book for this time in history?

"In spite of escalating turmoil in our world, there remains one last, great outpouring of mercy during the end times. This supernatural season of grace has been predetermined. It is an 'appointed time' of the Lord."
Francis Frangipane

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14

It shall be said in that day, Behold our God upon Whom we have waited and hoped, that He might save us! This is the Lord, we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation. Isaiah 25:9

Heavenly Father,
In spite of the troubles around us, help us to focus on Your mercy and grace, knowing that Your are ears are open to our prayers. Thank You for the privilege of having a front row seat as we behold Your glory.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

SET APART FOR GOD

I felt that God wanted me to share this with someone today.

When my son died, after calls were made, and friends started coming in, I felt desperate to get alone with God. I went to my bedroom and knelt down. The words I heard in my spirit were,"Be ye holy for I am holy." 

In just a moment, Father showed me that He is love,  He never changes, and He has drawn a circle around His children, setting them apart through the truth of His Word for His purpose.

He knew the number of our days before we were born. No man can pluck us out of His hand. When we leave this world, we are still His.

The death of His saints is precious and holy to Him.

I had a glimpse of my loved one with Jesus' arms encircling him.
God loves us. Oh, how He loves you and me!

Prayer for Iraq

Listening to David Brymer worshiping this morning and praying for Iraq, for persecuted Christians around the world, and for the salvation of those who don't yet know our precious Savior.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 NIV

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Shoe Repair Shop

In the 1950's, up Main Street from my grandparents' house was a shoe repair shop. It was a tiny building with a coal heater. The retired men would gather there in winter and talk about the latest news or tales of days gone by.

Grandmother would send me up to the shoe shop to fetch Grandpa when she had dinner ready. "Dinner-time" was exactly noon every single day, but Grandpa needed a reminder to tear himself away from the lively talk at the shoe shop.

I remember how the wooden floor would creak under my feet, the smells of leather and shoe polish, the warmth of the fire, the row of shoes lined up on the shelf, and the row of men crowded onto a wooden bench.

Looking back, I am amazed at how the owner welcomed so many guests as he was busy working. He didn't just fix an old pair of shoes; he would clean and shine them and until they looked like new. He greeted young and old as if they were his most important customer.

I am so thankful that in our Heavenly Father's eyes, all are welcome and He treats each of us is His favorite

Friday, February 13, 2015

Prayer for Our Nation


Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord
A friend in our prayer group shared this link with me. I wanted to pass it along to those who are also praying for our nation. Capitol Hill Prayer Partners


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Intently Watching

Wait calmly for God alone, my soul,

    because my hope comes from him

Psalm 62:5
A friend at Bible Study pointed out that "wait" in the passage we were studying, didn't mean to be resigned and passive; it meant to watch intently like a cat getting ready to POUNCE!

I remember waiting for Daddy to come home when I was a child. I would ride my bike around the corner and wait for him to come into view as he was driving home from work...at exactly 6:15! Then I would pedal as hard as I could up the hill and try to beat him into the driveway. ( I suspect he let me win!) I knew I could count on a wink and a smile as I told him all about my day.

So, next time I read "wait on the Lord", I will realize that God is delighted to see His children eagerly watching and waiting for Him.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Old Oak Tree


"Great oaks from little acorns grow" - Well, that might take some patience! Oak trees don't produce acorns until they are 20, 30 or more years old - but if you walk under an oak that is seventy or eighty, you might need to open your umbrella to keep them from bouncing on your head. The trees can produce thousands of acorns.

The sight of big old oak trees encourages me because God said His people will bear fruit even in old age - ESPECIALLY in old age.

The seeds that fell on good ground are the people who hear and understand the message. They produce as much as a hundred or sixty or thirty times what was planted.
Matthew 13:23

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Countdown to Spring


While the earth remains, 
seedtime and harvest, 
and cold and heat, 
and summer and winter, 
and day and night 
shall not cease.
Genesis 8:22

We had another beautiful day in KC, and I was encouraged to see buds on the branches and a bright blue sky.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Lord, Lighten My Load

We had purchased every item on the teacher's list and packed it all in my 7 year-old son's backpack on the first day of school. I helped him put it on, only to see him tumble backwards from the weight of it!

I remembered that long ago scene as I read the Bible this morning, realizing that Jesus longs to lighten our loads. He daily bears our burdens...if we will let him.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30\


There have been times when God has removed me from a situation, location or responsibility, just because He had something better just ahead. And He assured me: If it is His will for me, it will be a blessing to those I love also.

Lord Jesus, I need You every hour! Help me not to be so "responsible" that I miss out on what YOU long to do in and through me.

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