Month: October 2012

The God of Angel Armies…

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Fortress of the Îlette of Kermovan, Britanny (France) by Llorenzi

Good morning, beloved,

Around me, the wind is blowing. The trees are dancing, the sky is dark. Wind reminds me of His Spirit, His power and His work. All point to Creator God. Our God.

As I wait for appointments, wait to have a plan, I realize that it is very easy for me to place my trust in what I know. I know the diagnosis. I know. Yet, what do I really know? I make plans..when we get this money, then we can pay of this and that. When we…when they..what I am doing, friends, is placing my trust and hope in what I can do. What a doctor could do. I make a plan for how our family should run…yet, my God who faithfully supplies all that we need, has given me blessing in the form of my husband who has God’s blessing to guide this family. Me, me, me.  Trust, trust, trust.

Today I was reading the Word and came across some beautiful passages that speak to the importance of trust. Trust in the plan He has. The structure He has in place. The timeline He has for us. The resources He has in store.

“For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]” Ephesians 2:8-9AMP

Friends, I am striving! I am working. I am not accepting the free gift of God by this. Oh, Father, cleanse my heart, give me a desire to trust fully in You.

I found this prayer:

O Lord,
we ask for a boundless confidence

On August 31, 2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT. The coronal mass ejection, or CME, traveled at over 900 miles per second. The CME did not travel directly toward Earth, but did connect with Earth’s magnetic environment, or magnetosphere, causing aurora to appear on the night of Monday, September 3. Pictured here is a lighten blended version of the 304 and 171 angstrom wavelengths. Cropped NASA

and trust in Your divine mercy,
and the courage to accept
the crosses and sufferings
which bring immense goodness
to our souls and that of Your Church.
Help us to love You
with a pure and contrite heart,
and to humble ourselves beneath Your cross,
as we climb the mountain of holiness,
carrying our cross that leads to heavenly glory.
May we receive You
with great faith and love in Holy Communion,
and allow You to act in us as You desire
for your greater glory.
O Jesus, most adorable Heart
and eternal fountain of Divine Love,
may our prayer find favor before
the Divine Majesty of Your heavenly Father. St. Pio of  Pietrelcina

I love that image, as we climb the mountain of holiness. As we carry our cross, heavenly glory…behold the picture..our God made, He controls the heavens and the earth. Our God reigns!

My heart falls heavily for the people on the East Coast. My heart is heavy for our dear friends..the wife, my dear beloved friend, has been struggling desperately with liver cancer. She received more crushing news yesterday. So this is when faith must pour in. This is when prayers giving His Word back to Him become critical..

The God of Angel Armies is always by my side! My heart strengthens when I hear this song.  Whom shall I fear? Whom will you fear? You know who goes before us!!

Proverbs 3:

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

Isaiah 40:

31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.

Isaiah 41:

10 Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.

The God of Angel Armies is always by your side. Pray on. Pray on.

 

What a Friend We Have In Jesus..

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“Speak out to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise with voices [and instruments] and making melody with all your heart to the Lord, At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.” Ephesians 5:19-20AMP

Good morning, friends, beloved of God the Father and Lord Jesus Christ!

These two verses are instrumental in my life today. I have struggled to balance physically and as a result, a balance in my life has tipped. What I thought to be the most important, well, has been slowly stripped away as this disorder has overwhelmed me. This morning, early, early, my husband and I were awake and turned on Moody Radio‘s Music Through the Night, every song was exactly what we needed to hear, every testimony Mike Kellogg included spoke directly to our hearts and we joined in prayer. I have had great stress on caring for my children and caring for them well. God reminded me this morning of where my focus truly needed to be. I have been so panicked that they get their schoolwork done, checked off a list, kept a clean house, that I forgot the most meaningful call I have, which is to guide them to Jesus first. Keep their eyes focused on Him, all else will fall into place.

Elephants (Loxodonta africana) crossing the Luangwa River, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. by Geoff Gallice

Well, friends, I’m here to tell you today, my greatest calling is to speak out these psalms to my family…

such as Psalm 1, Psalm 139 and Psalm 127:

Except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; except the Lord keeps the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of [anxious] toil—for He gives [blessings] to His beloved in sleep.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

As arrows are in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.

Happy, blessed, and fortunate is the man whose quiver is filled with them! They will not be put to shame when they speak with their adversaries [in gatherings] at the [city’s] gate.

To play the music of the hymns (quietly), ahem…

such as...Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing, Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus

Whisper praise to God instead of continually pointing out where they are not working hard…

Making melodies in their hearts and mine…

I am always amazed when I start singing a song how all of a sudden I hear the kids singing while doing their little things…

Giving thanks in all things…teaching one another to give thanks…Ann Voskamp comes to mind..

There I found a free gift of a 100 days of thanksgiving chart..

I know not what the future holds, I know who holds my future.

God bless you today. Pray on, pray on.

 

 

 

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Five burrowing Owls by travelwayoflife

God has put these verses on my heart..He has used them mightily in times past, He brings it up again. I do not think it an accident that Habakkuk heard…many of you have been asking for a better understanding of what is going on. God, in His great mercy, gave me these two YouTube videos. Time and time again, He shows me, His eye is on the sparrow.  Allow me to share these two videos. If you listen carefully, you will hear the name of my surgeon. How amazing is that? We have the same surgeon.

I had my family listen to this, I want them to understand. This next video is after the surgery. You can find it on her little youtube site. :)

Do I think that Habakkuk meant my disorder? No way. He was given prophecy from the Lord and he was awaiting the judgement on Israel, his people. They would not listen, they turned their backs on the Lord. He alone had to endure the waiting.

Now, that’s the amazing part of my story. I am not alone. Jesus took my judgement, my sins upon His shoulders and all people as well. He became sin who knew no sin that we might become the righteousness of God. I have Jesus interceding on my behalf on the right hand side of God in heaven..always. You as well, nothing special about me…it is all to the glory of Him.

He has dear friends call to check up on me. He has my dear husband by my side. He has my Mom coming today to help. Friends, if we only look at the sadness, then we will never see how much we can exult in God. Remembering to keep our eyes on Him. So how can I do this? I am memorizing these verses.

 

Habakkuk 3

16 I heard and my [whole inner self] trembled; my lips quivered at the sound. Rottenness enters into my bones and under me [down to my feet]; I tremble. I will wait quietly for the day of trouble and distress when there shall come up against [my] people him who is about to invade and oppress them.

17 Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls,

18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation!

19 The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!

Habakkuk rejoiced! He remembered His God. Our God! So times are tough, people are telling you how hard your life is..and your chin goes up just a little. And you think, you know what my life is hard. Yes, this one understands! This is not fair. Why is God allowing this? What have I done? Friends, I am hear to tell you whether you are the one listening to this or giving it as advice…stop. Listen to Habakkuk! Pray, rejoice in the Lord, your personal bravery! What friends on the battle line need to know is you are praying. Interceding on their behalf, He alone can carry their burden, your burden. Run to the Lord,  He will make your feet like deer’s feet.

You are “at your best advice” when you are guiding them to the Lord. Not to focus on how hard their trial is, but how great our God always is. It is subtle, because you, as a friend, want to sympathize and say the right thing. Yet, the perfect thing when someone shares their trial? Pray. Pull the person aside and pray..God is the best sympathizer.

Pray on. Pray on.

 

Finding Him..

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Psalm 37:

Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.

A stormy sky, with mainly Stratocumulus lacunosus clouds, photographed just before a stormy shower in June. Maine-et-Loire département, France. The lacunosus variety is rather uncommon. The typical “holes” punched in the cloud are downdrafts of cool, dry air in a layer of warm, moist, and ascending air.

Good morning, beloved,

I have a song in my head from a musical, Bye, Bye Birdie, running through my head this morning.

Grey skies are gonna clear up, put on a happy face..

I just don’t think that is possible on my own strength. I know it’s not.  I can’t put any of hope in what I see. I see chaos, I see frustration, I see…and so I arrive at the end of myself. I just have to ask the Lord to give me Jesus. Whether the skies clear up or they remain grey for awhile, God is still so very good. I lift my eyes to the heavens, for that is where my help comes from. I arrive at a place of complete surrender.

I know that behind those grey skies, the sun is shining.

Last night, my hubby called to report that the car died on his way home from Rush Hospital. 6 hours later, he was home. Oh, I had to look very hard for the Son last night. But I found Him, I found Him in a message by John Piper, God is most Glorified in Us When We are Most Satisfied in Him..I found Him in my Mother and eldest driving to get my hubby and son. I found Him in people responding and praying. I found Him in knowing Joshua’s car died at a car repair shop that can do the repairs today for a reasonable price. I find Him in worship music. I find Him in my kids’ humor and disposition.

But you know what? He found me. He finds YOU. He loves you and longs for you to love Him. Won’t you join me today in..

Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.

Pray on, pray on.

Stay…

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Good morning, beloved,

In the night, I listened to a new program for me with Susie Larson called, Live the Promise. I get posts from Susie frequently on Facebook, loving her morning and evening prayers. In the mail yesterday, I received a package from a dear friend, which included four wonderful CDS..one was Aaron Shust‘s latest. Her program featured an interview with him. It was not lost on me the coincidence.

What resonated so strongly with me was the reminder, faith that is based on our feelings can never be trusted. Faith built on what we know to be true, i.e., God‘s Word, is our firm and solid foundation.

Our feelings change, what we think, what we see…I am reminded that is not our basis of truth.

Psalm 27

Light, space, zest—
that’s God!
So, with him on my side I’m fearless,
    afraid of no one and nothing.

    When vandal hordes ride down
ready to eat me alive,
Those bullies and toughs
fall flat on their faces.

When besieged,
I’m calm as a baby.
When all hell breaks loose,
I’m collected and cool.

4 I’m asking God for one thing,
    only one thing:
To live with him in his house
    my whole life long.
I’ll contemplate his beauty;
    I’ll study at his feet.

That’s the only quiet, secure place
in a noisy world,
The perfect getaway,
far from the buzz of traffic.

God holds my head and shoulders
    above all who try to pull me down.
I’m headed for his place to offer anthems
    that will raise the roof!
Already I’m singing God-songs;
    I’m making music to God.

7-9 Listen, God, I’m calling at the top of my lungs:
Be good to me! Answer me!”
When my heart whispered, “Seek God,”
my whole being replied,
“I’m seeking him!”
Don’t hide from me now!

9-10 You’ve always been right there for me;
don’t turn your back on me now.
Don’t throw me out, don’t abandon me;
you’ve always kept the door open.
My father and mother walked out and left me,
but God took me in.

11-12 Point me down your highway, God;
direct me along a well-lighted street;
show my enemies whose side you’re on.
Don’t throw me to the dogs,
those liars who are out to get me,
filling the air with their threats.

13-14 I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness
    in the exuberant earth.
Stay with God!
    Take heart. Don’t quit.
I’ll say it again:
    Stay with God.

Do you think David saw God? Visibly saw God? Or perhaps was David holding onto the truth that His God was near. His God was protecting him. Keeping him. Holding him, therefore, he could be fearless. Even though he is surrounded by enemies, he is calm. Friends, that does not come from looking at the world through our own eyes. It is putting on the lense of truth and declaring, I am not afraid because God is with me!

No matter how noisy life can be, peace can be found. No matter how busy, God can be found. He sings praises to his God. We can sing praises! We can look to God for our present and future and know that we can…

Stay with God. I can think I know what is going to happen. I can think on how I will react to getting my head shaved for surgery. Or what the epileptologist will say on behalf of Danny today. These thoughts do not bring peace. However, if I work with the understanding of Scripture, peace.

So I encourage you, no matter how bleak things appear, hope is here. God is here. Immanuel…God with us.

Pray on, pray on…

Autumn scene at Woodleigh by Thomas Tolkien

 

Love your neighbor..

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Mariner’s cave, Vavaʻu Islands, Tonga by Stefan Heinrich

Good morning, friends,

A quiet morning over here..quiet has become a refuge to me. With all that is going on with my head (see earlier posts), noise challenges my balance.  Today, I have a high resolution CT Scan at Rush so hopefully, this will continue to give us answers.

There has, for me, been great hope as i join communities of people who deal with vestibular disorders. Hearing how people struggle like me, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, seeing how people cope with the different issues, has brought me understanding. I appreciate those that have gone before me in this and being able to glean from their experience and wisdom.

I believe there is a greater lesson for me in this. When we as a body of believers, a community are asked by trusted members how we are doing, how can we pray..to respond with a superficial “I am fine” we lose comfort, prayer and community. When storms hit, our first response must be to run into the shelter of the Most High. Then, make sure you get the order right, sharing your experiences with the body of Christ can bring you perspective! People can say, hey I’ve been there. I’m here for you. I’m praying. Being real with those you can trust.

I tell you, in my experience, when there were none of those people, there was the comfort of Abba God. When there were no people to text, God’s word was and is my refuge. God has placed people in my life that extend help. People who are walking the same road with their kids.  People who understand and pray.

Psalm 19: 

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and bright, enlightening the eyes.

The [reverent] fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, even than much fine gold; they are sweeter also than honey and drippings from the honeycomb.

CALIFORNIA–SIERRA FOOTHILLS, by Daniels, Gene, photographer

This song popped up just now, resonating with me. Keeping my focus on Him, pouring out my heart to Him..

Friends, there is such great blessing in community. There is pain as well. Hurt feelings…yes, I get that, but I also understand that from the beginning of time, the evil one has sought to destroy what God gave us as a gift. One another.

Love the Lord your God with your heart, soul, mind and strength. Love your neighbor as yourself.

Thank God for the people in your life. I am this morning. Join me?

Pray on, pray on.

 

Joy

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Dodecatheon pulchellum ssp. pulchellum alongside Calico seep, Calico Basin, Spring Mountains, southern Nevada (elev. about 1100 m) by Stan Shebs

Good morning, beloved,

Starting my morning off right, playing the praise music and studying Scripture, the best way to begin a day. Overnight, I found resources in coping with a vestibular disorder and I know, confidently, God gave me that gift. I was not alone in my bed last night looking at the pages. I have this picture of Jesus in my mind, light, pointing to each article and saying, Here, look here.

There is freedom in understanding.

What are your struggles?

Read on because I could go on and on..but I think Paul says it quite well.

Romans 12:

1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.

Go to church, beloved. Be with the community of believers today. May God bless your steps. May His beautiful face shine upon you and keep you. Pray on. Pray on.

How is Joy in Suffering Possible?