Good morning, beloved,
Yesterday I pleaded on behalf of my hubby, I thank you. Here’s the updated email I sent out in the afternoon. :)
The neurosurgeon feels the radiologist was quite hasty in his report. So…
1. Joshua went down to have blood work.
2. He will have an MRI in one month. Both of these will tell the surgeon what line of cyst this is…
The doctor is, at this point, pretty positive. Meaning, this little cyst is not the source of his headaches. This is not the cause of his issues. Back to the neurologist…to help with the root. We will continue with dietary and environmental…
Thank you for praying. If you are on Facebook, then you might have seen some pictures of our Luke. He had been complaining of pain in his wrist. He had fallen off of his scooter. So, since we were at Rush, we took him to the ER, and five hours later, they did find he had broken his wrist. So we would gratefully appreciate your prayers for him as well.
Friends, before I go on, I have received some comments lately and I need you to hear this very clearly. God gives each of us our own burdens, trials and sufferings. God knows. I ask how someone is doing and people almost feel bad telling me. I ask dear ones how life is going and things are hard but when they look at my life…friends, God gives us one another for blessing for life. Don’t feel bad for me. Don’t pity me. Pray for me. When you see those around you going through hard times, walk with them. My God is close to me. He is my ever present help and strength. I am strengthened when I can pray for you. My faith is strengthened when I know that I am not alone.
My eldest son got an award at AWANA last night for finishing the next book in the Junior High series. He is on track to get the Meritorious Award. We are so proud of him. He is pressing forward even though this has been a hard year to get him there every week. He did it. God has given me a blog to allow me to proclaim His word and if only one person reads it and is blessed by it…rather, if I am only blessing my God by proclaiming His Word and He knows my heart, it is good. God’s gifts are so good.
If you are struggling and you are tired, allow me to pray for you. I love you. I love your heart. I am so thankful for you. God never meant for us to compare our burdens. He meant for us to share them with one another. He meant us to share them with HIM!
24But He holds His priesthood unchangeably, because He lives on forever.
25Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.
26[Here is] the High Priest [perfectly adapted] to our needs, as was fitting–holy, blameless, unstained by sin, separated from sinners, and exalted higher than the heavens.
On another note, lest you think me some kind of perfect Mom, drop by sometime. Or ask my Mom. Or my kids. I’m not. Or ask God when you get there. Don’t put anyone in an elevated place in your mind. Keep Jesus there. He’s the only one who deserves your praise. When Ella walked in with her pinky toenail ripped off and then Luke trailed in after with his wrist limply in pain…I didn’t handle that well…I’m a disciple, friends. I am on the same road as you, my sweet loves. Let this be our cry today!
Pray on. Pray on.
Good morning, beloved,
There are sometimes when I would like to just jump over passages in the Bible and not wrestle with them in my life. Yet, if we allow the Word to do more than just be nice words in our life then we grow..(actually the first time I typed this I typed groan…not to far from the truth, or shall we say Freudian slip..).
As we dug out our garden plot yesterday, I was amazed at how my first impressions of the plot were so wrong. When we had visited the plot weeks ago, the dirt had looked so rich and beautiful and easy to work with…now as my hands were in the dirt, my shovel was making contact with the six inches underneath, it was hard clay. Yet, I know that we can still do much with this soil and we can add things and crumble stuff..(scientific terms, don’t ya know..) We have to stay with the garden. I could up and leave the plot. It’s too much work, but I want a garden this year. So we put in a fence, plotted out the squares and are getting going. Will it be work? Oh yes, but I judge it absolutely worth the time and effort.
And I know my God feels infinitely more about His beloved children than I do about my silly little garden. We are worth His time and effort. We are sent into each other’s lives to love and care for one another, even with our weeds and thorns. We aren’t meant to build fences that don’t allow others into our little plots of life. Yet when we spend our time looking into each other’s gardens criticizing the layout, the plants, the structure, the plan…good grief, I am criticizing another brother or sister of God!
Romans 14:10Why do you criticize and pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you look down upon or despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.
11For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God [acknowledge Him to His honor and to His praise].
12And so each of us shall give an account of himself [give an answer in reference to judgment] to God.
I look at these two flowers. They are not long for this world and I realize that truly, neither am I in God’s economy. (No, I”m not proclaiming anything..) I am dust. I have one life to live and what I do with my one life is crucial, it is critical and God forgive me for the times I have been critical of my brother or sister. When I have held them in judgement, as we are made in the image of God, we are not beautiful, we are marred by the sin of judgement or attempting to run around being God. That never works very well for me.
13Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother.
Only one thing I would add, I can be an example for this world in my treatment and care of my brothers and sisters or not. I believe a good example is this Hands On Originals company, standing with this man and his defense of his faith. We have a chance to show the world to be the encouragement he needs in the fight ahead. He is our brother.
Another thing, before I finish, we will beginning the book of Daniel as a family soon and I wanted to share some resources we have found with you. First of all, we will be studying Daniel with Kay Arthur and have found her teaching on TuneIn Radio. Now you can get the app on your Ipad, Ipod, Android, etc or even through your computer…just google search: TuneIn Radio. Then once you have the “radio” type in the search box, Kay Arthur: Daniel. And yay! 50 or so 1/2 hour teachings on the book of Daniel! :)
Then if you would like to follow along with a free study guide from Precepts…here’s a link for that!
Then if you would like your kids to have their own study…Kay has written a study of Daniel…:)
Just thought I would mention it…she’s done so many books of the Bible like this. She’s an amazing teacher…
Pray on. Pray on!!
Good morning, beloved,
I have been jolted out of my nice little pasture. I should have known better. I should never listen to Janet Parshall. Then, I wouldn’t know what is going on in the world and then I could be like an ostrich and stick my head close to the ground and hide. (I’ve heard lately they don’t actually stick their heads in the ground…bugger.) You see, it’s safer to be in a cocoon and pretend that America is safe and nice. Yet, I had time in the car yesterday and turned on the radio. I could not turn it off. I was revolted. Have I your attention? :) First though, I want to work through who are Jesus’ sheep. It’ll make sense. I promise.
27The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.
28And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand.
29My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all [else]; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father’s hand.
31Again the Jews brought up stones to stone Him.
Sometimes, I have to be honest, I’m not thrilled that I’m compared with a sheep in Scripture. Yet, you must throw yourself into the context of Scripture! Always! And in the context of Scripture, sheep were their life. They lived with, near, around..you get the picture. For Jesus, this is a term of sweet, loving endearment.
The Bible describes close relationships between shepherds and their flocks. The sheep recognize the voice of the shepherd. They follow him (or her). The shepherd protects his flock and would give his life for them.It is known that animals can instantly recognize the voice of a familiar trusted person. Sheep have excellent memories for faces. They remember their handler. Sheep 101
All I can do is smile. And yet it is very convicting. Isn’t it? We need to be listening…
a) to perceive by the ear what is announced in one’s presence
b) to get by hearing learn
c) a thing comes to one’s ears, to find out, learn
d) to give ear to a teaching or a teacher
e) to comprehend, to understand
So we can’t just listen. We’ve got to follow and understand where He is telling us to go! Right?
to follow one who precedes, join him as his attendant, accompany him
2) to join one as a disciple, become or be his disciple
a) side with his party
Where did Jesus go, Cara? Jesus went to the Cross. Ahem. To suffering. Ahem. He went towards suffering on behalf of all of us. That is the example set be for us. For us to follow that mean we join Him, as a disciple!
Yet, Jesus then says, I know them. I know them.
1) to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel
a) to become known
2) to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of
a) to understand
b) to know
3) Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman
4) to become acquainted with, to know
Friends, He knows us intimately. He knows every part of us. He loves us. He treasures us.
Can we sing that song? Belt it out??? Here I am!!!! Knees to the earth. Be blessed. Be loved. Be treasured here.
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand.
Jesus says this twice in this verse and the next. I’m sure you’ve caught that when the Word says this it’s kinda important. Jesus wants to emphasize this to His beloved.
snatch: harpazō 1) to seize, carry off by force
2) to seize on, claim for one’s self eagerly
3) to snatch out or away
1) by the help or agency of any one, by means of any one
2) fig. applied to God symbolising his might, activity, power
a) in creating the universe
b) in upholding and preserving (God is present protecting and aiding one)
c) in punishing
d) in determining and controlling the destinies of men
So who is really in charge here? What is Jesus really saying? ;) My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all [else]; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father’s hand. Not only that, but just so you know, beloved, I and the Father are One.
Daniel 4: 35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing. And He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay His hand or say to Him, What are You doing?
I think we need to declare the power of God when considering the events I’m about present to you. I have brought before you current brothers and sisters who are being persecuted because of the blood of Christ. Rather than try and give you the story in my words, I’m going to give you good article on the current status of the ongoing persecution of this man in Kentucky. Kentucky, you say? Yes. Kentucky! Not, Iran. Kentucky. This man and his company has chosen to take a stand against a powerful enemy, Satan. Bottom line, friends? We need to be in prayer. We need to support this man. Write the mayor of Lexington..Anyone need any t-shirts? Please be in pray for this man. Please be considering how you could be supporting this man and his company as he boldly took a stand for Christ.
Here’s the company webpage: http://www.handsonoriginals.co/
Here are a list of contacts to get you on your way:
- Jay Blanton, UK Dir. for Public Rel./Marketing; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jim Gray, Mayor Lexington, KY; email@example.com
- Andy Cunningham, Reporter for WKYT; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tom Shelton, FCPS Superintendent; email@example.com
- Scott Sloan, Herald-Leader reporter on GLSO/HOO articles; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sally Scherer, Herald-Leader Life + Faith section editor; email@example.com
- WLEX18 news, local news station with ties to HOO and Wildcat Wearhouse; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Melissa Bacon, Fayette County Board of Education, vice chair; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Doug Barnett, Fayette County Board of Education; email@example.com
- John Price, Fayette County Board of Education, chairman; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Amanda Ferguson, Fayette County Board of Education; email@example.com
- Daryl Love, Fayette County Board of Education; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Linda Gorton, Lexington City Council Member, Vice Mayor; email@example.com
- Chuck Ellinger, Lexington City Council Member, at-large; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Steve Kay, Lexington City Council Member, at-large; email@example.com
- Chris Ford, Lexington City Council Member, 1st District; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tom Blues, Lexington City Council Member, 2nd District; email@example.com
- Diane Lawless, Lexington City Council Member, 3rd District; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Julian Beard, Lexington City Council Member, 4th District; email@example.com
- Bill Farmer, Lexington City Council Member, 5th District; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kevin Stinnett, Lexington City Council Member, 6th District; email@example.com
- KC Crosbie, Lexington City Council Member, 7th District; firstname.lastname@example.org
- George Myers, Lexington City Council Member, 8th District; email@example.com
- Jay McChord, Lexington City Council Member, 9th District; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Doug Martin, Lexington City Council Member, 10th District; email@example.com
- Peggy Henson, Lexington City Council Member, 11th District; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ed Lane, Lexington City Council Member, 12th District; email@example.com
- William Reed, CEO, Kentucky Blood Center; firstname.lastname@example.org
Pray on. Pray on..