Finding Relief

Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed with all the changes going on and all the negative news? Wednesday was one of those days for me, so I sought out a favorite song on YouTube performed by The Martins: “The Promise”. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=YouTube+The+Martins+singing+%22the+promise%22+song

After that song played, a medley of songs by Mercy Me and other artists came up, one after another. I remember “Holy Water” by We The Kingdom and Tasha Cobbs started and that is a praise and worship song. I must have pressed the +50 button. Some of those spiritual warfare songs rising up got me dancing. The next one was Mercy Me’s “Even If”.

In the Bible in the Psalms somewhere close to Psalm 150, it mentions fighting the adversary of our soul. I believe I learned that singing to Jesus and dancing for Him makes the enemy flee. Lisa Bevere taught many years ago at a Ladies’ Retreat offered by Bethel Full Gospel Church on East Avenue in Rochester, NY. The ladies traveled to Watson Homestead in Coopers Plains, west of Corning, NY. Maybe that’s when I learned it.

The next song may have been “Raise a Hallelujah” by Bethel Music. I remember “Chain Breaker” performed by Zach Williams and “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave and “Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson and “Surrounded (Fight My Battles)” by Michael W. Smith.

Earlier, I was asking God, “What’s the matter with me?”

Were tears brought on by being overtired, not getting the right nutrition, because after all this alone time-meetings starting three to four a week, what was it? Or maybe a combination of it all? Company staying over for days on end, as much as I love the people involved? Reading the book of Job in my daily devotions?

Heart breaking from my country attacking itself from within. Disbanding police is the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard of. Dear God.

After a few songs, a few worshipful dances I began to realize whatever was bothering me was completely gone! Lifted! As long as I’ve been a Christian, there are still times when I don’t recognize spiritual attacks. The enemy of my soul threw salt into wounds. Looking to God, Who is in control-even if I can’t see the way things will work out for people, gives me back my peace and my joy. Repentance and then prayer moves the hand of God!

May God bless you!

Amanda and That Boy

Do you ever buy a book and then take some time to get to it? Like I did with Lisa Bevere’s book, Lionness Arising? But when the timing was right, suddenly I read it and passed it quickly to my youngest daughter.

The second book, a novel by Barbara Sutryn entitled Amanda and That Boy, copyrighted in 2019 and published by Outskirts Press, Parker, CO, graced a shelf for months. Then, I felt an urgency to read it a couple of weeks ago, just before the race riots. I consumed that tome and ignored chores, social media, and most everything in my life to find out what happened next.

Amanda and That Boy

(photo from web address: https://outskirtspress.com/bookstore/?search=Amanda+and+That+Boy#)

When I closed the back cover, a quiet thought came to me. Give it to your youngest daughter.

She looked into foster care, but the way did not open. She works with teens so parents can have a respite from their care.

This book, Amanda and That Boy is about a youngster from the projects. An inexperienced woman steps in to care for a grown child. My daughter became an instant mother when she married a man with children.

I asked her how she liked the book. She really liked it, but she got frustrated with the main character. I may not react like Amanda in this book and my daughter certainly wouldn’t respond as this believable character did, but the story got us thinking.

I asked God what He wanted me to do with the stories I’ve been seeing and hearing about that touch my heart. It’s too much, I can’t do everything. He might have said, “Write.”

And so, I do.

May God bless you.

Learning From History

I began reading another Bodie and Brock Thoene book this week entitled Second Touch from the A.D. Chronicles series. It was copyrighted in 2004 and published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL in association with the literary agency of Alive Communications, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO.

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Part of the story deals with leprosy and its affect on major characters. I began to cry at one point and then decided to pray for a real situation. A young lady I know posted a prayer request on Facebook. She contracted the Corona Virus and wants prayer for the pain to leave and for her sense of taste and smell to return. So, I did pray and called other pray-ers from our church.

Before writing this post, I checked on the internet. Leprosy does exist in the world, but is treatable by antibiotics. If caught soon enough, there are little to no effects. If not, then there may be damage to skin and nerves, etc. We are blessed not to live in times of hopelessness for this dreadful disease.

I’m enjoying this book, Second Touch. I feel like I’m understanding Scripture better because of the examples of the Jewish and Roman cultures when Jesus was in Israel as a man in His early thirties.

I’ve not read the first book in the A.D. Chronicles series. I’ll have to search for a copy. Do you have a favorite author or two you’d like to name for us?

May God bless you!

“I Know the Plans I Have for You,” Says the Lord

I’m feeling overwhelmed today because my schedule is off and I’m missing friends. I made a list of activities to do on a four-quadrant sheet from 10 time management choices that can change your life by Sandra Felton & Marsha Sims, © 2009. It was originally published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, MI. Spire Edition published a paperback in 2015, and the quadrant paper is described on pages 128 and 129.

Ten Time Management Choices That Can Change Your Life by [Sandra Felton, Marsha Sims]

https://www.amazon.com/Time-Management-Choices-That-Change-ebook/dp/B00MBTYBW6

It helps me when I’m having an overloaded schedule. So, I prayed today, “God, what would You have me to do?”

I decided to finish a quilt today for a baby, which I started months ago. Two of my three attempts at it went wrong. That’s when I got wondering if I chose the wrong thing to put my hand to. Then, “write” came to mind. So, I put the sewing away.

I’ve been reading Lioness Arising by Lisa Bevere, copyrighted in 2010, published by Waterbrook, New York, NY.

 Lioness Arising: Wake Up and Change Your World   -     By: Lisa Bevere

Lioness Arising: Wake Up and Change Your World   -     By: Lisa Bevere

https://www.christianbook.com/lioness-arising-wake-change-your-world/lisa-bevere/9780307457790/pd/457790

I bought it over a year or more ago in Hobby Lobby, prompted by the Holy Spirit. Then last week, I read a book by Brock and Brodie Thoene, copyrighted in 1997, the first novel in The Galway Chronicles about people’s lives in Ireland, Only the River Runs Free.

Only the River Runs Free (The Galway Chronicles, #1)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30053.Only_the_River_Runs_Free

Between reading the Bible and these two books, I got stirred up! God is a miracle-working God and He has a plan for every person’s life. (Jeremiah 29:11 ASV): For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith Jehovah, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end.

Why did I choose to write out a four-quadrant list a few days ago? Because I wasn’t sleeping, I got up to talk to God and I felt as if He directed me to do about 10 different things.

At 1:20 a.m. I’m jotting down short sentences. “I want you to go to the store and buy grape juice to have communion with your friend.”

After a few more directions: “Make a list, and keep it before you-work your list. I will help you.”

Which I did and got some things done. Did I do it today? No, and then I felt down after reading Facebook earlier in the day. Maybe that’s why I’m writing, to be reminded of God’s plan for me today.

I know one thing, as I’ve been writing and typing, “Jesse Duplantis Live with Sid Roth” on YouTube has been airing, with two other men at the end of the presentation. I’ve been blessed watching that program, from 2017, I think, for the first time. I feel better when I include God in my plans.

May God bless you!

End Times Explained

I’ve been pretty much convinced that this Corona Virus is not as bad as publicized. I’ve been concerned at the curtailing of life activities. I happened to mention it to a foot Dr. in my little town and the Dr. got upset. “This virus is aggressive!”

So I stopped talking, because I didn’t think he would hear me.

I’ve been noticing a push for trusting in science all over the media. And that we’re supposed to wait for 12 months or more for a vaccine. Just 12 months or maybe 18 months housebound. What is that? Such a tiny amount of time-who are they trying to kid? Suicides are higher than ever. Then the threat that there will be a stronger or different variation of the Corona Virus. Fear, intimidation, treating people like sheep. I hope you’ll watch this video.

I saw a post on Facebook from a YouTube sermon on April 19, 2020 by Pastor Danny Jones: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=biblical+sermon+explains+lots

called “Biblical Sermon Explains Lots”.

Jesus said, “Come unto Me, all who are weary and I will give you rest.”

Not from suicide, that is a lie from the pit of hell. He gives you rest because He is the author of peace even in the midst of chaos.

God bless you, my friends!

THE SOWER AND THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF SOILS – Luke 8:4-15

I needed to read this again at this time of life and in these circumstances. 🙂

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Jesus spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When He said this, He called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” (Luke 8:5-8)

The first thing to note is that Jesus was teaching about a subject that was very familiar to the Jewish people. In ancient times people passed through the countryside, walking everywhere they went or riding on an animal, and they had to…

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The Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11 in the New King James Version

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Luk 11:1  Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” 

Luk 11:2  So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 

Luk 11:3  Give us day by day our daily bread. 

Luk 11:4  And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.” 

Luk 11:5  And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 

Luk 11:6  for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 

Luk 11:7  and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? 

Luk 11:8  I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. 

Luk 11:9  “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 

Luk 11:10  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 

Luk 11:11  If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 

Luk 11:12  Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 

Luk 11:13  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

I felt as if God said to blog on Luke 11. I cannot say more than what Jesus is saying here. I know that I feel such a need to pray for our country and our world and politicians and the media and tiny babies lying on the floor in a public laundromat and for those who are sick and for those helping the sick. I hope you are looking to God, the author and finisher of our faith.

As it says in (Heb 12:2-4, NKJV): looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
Heb 12:4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.

May God bless you.

Jesus Cares for Us

Our church plays the song, “I Surrender All” on rare occasions. Every time I sing it with my family of believers, I cry. Why? Because I picture people and things I’m letting go of: family members, friends, possessions, health, youth- “all to Jesus, I surrender, I surrender all.”

I cry every time because over the months, “having my way” creeps back in and then I go back to the place of sacrifice. There’s an advantage to this letting go, this dying to the flesh, this sacrifice of praise to God.

When hard things come along, some of the sting, its power got muted months or years ago because I laid people and things at the foot of the cross.

Part of my coping ability with the COVID 19 virus is not listening to news and shielding my eyes on the Internet, for most of the day. I read (Proverbs 1:32, 33 NRSV) today in regards to the call of Wisdom: “For waywardness kills the simple, and the complacency of fools destroys them: but those who listen to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.”

My husband minored in math in college. After hearing the number of those afflicted by COVID 19 in America yesterday, it’s less than 2/10 of one per cent of the population. I am being careful, but I’m doing my best not to be overtaken with fear, and hearing those statistics helps.

Stress can cause disease. That’s why Jesus said in (Matthew 11:29 NRSV) to take His yoke upon us and learn from Him…and He will give us rest. The apostle Peter reminded all with a little different phrasing: (1 Peter 5:7 NRSV) “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.”

I pray for God’s blessing to overshadow any anxieties that may try to rob you and me of peace and joy in this life. I’m also praying if people discover their previous activities were stifling their lives, that we’ll take time to consider new opportunities that will benefit ourselves and others.

God knows how we’re all wired. Jesus says to seek Him and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you, in Matthew 6:33, speaking of food and clothing and peace of mind. There are Scriptures that speak of God blessing believers by all sorts of folks in the world. I have a blessing I want to share. My neighbor hired a landscaper to plant daffodils in their side yard which I can see from my house. I didn’t do the work, I didn’t pay the bill, yet I get to enjoy the beauty. Hopefully, the picture I took to show you will copy here.

Daffodils in the Spring

Yay, my husband helped me!            

May God bless you!

All-powerful God and His Truthful Word

Hi! I hope this finds you well and coping in a positive manner during this COVID-19 pandemic.

                   I have to admit, I’ve had a couple of times when I felt panicky for a minute or two, which felt longer since I rarely panic. I immediately turned to activities that decompress stress.

                   One time, my husband was at home, so I told him my fear. He has a calming type of personality and he gave me a hug. Words of assurance accepted, big breath, I regained equilibrium.

                   The second time, he wasn’t home, so I spoke out loud (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV), “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 

                   The Bible says in (Rom 10:17, NKJV), “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

                   Speaking God’s Word over whatever I’m dealing with does something in the supernatural realm that I can actually feel in the earthly realm that I’m inhabiting. My anxiety lifted after I spoke 2 Timothy 1:7.

                   When I hear other people’s angst over the phone, I’ll mention something that helped me and God’s perfect peace that passes all understanding envelops me so I don’t take on their distress. I’m able to pray for them or share a Scripture and then rest in God afterwards.

                   My mother-in-law’s favorite Psalm was Psalm 91 and last night I read it out loud, as Marilyn Hickey suggested back in 1986, when I was in the midst of a trial and she was speaking via the radio. This is the gist of what she said, speak Scriptures that pertain to your predicament and see God move according to His Word. The Bible says God can’t lie. If He spoke it through His Word, it comes to pass in the context of the Scriptures.

                   Malachi 3 tells of God scolding the Israelites for stealing from Him by not paying their tithes. He said to prove Him now in this. Give to God’s work and He’ll open the windows of heaven and have man pour into your bosom.

                   Having re-dedicated my life to follow Jesus in the early 1980’s, I read this Scripture and then said, “God, You said to test You in this,” so I put $15.00 in an envelope and then in the mailbox to send to a televangelist. The mailman hadn’t picked up the mail yet when my youngest sister pulled into our driveway. She loved to give gifts to people. She beeped the car horn and called for me to come outside. Her trunk lid was open and a large television set was inside.

                   “Look at this color television set I just won at Sears! I’m giving it to you!”

                   We owned a smaller black and white television set. “Why don’t you keep it for yourself?”

                   “I just bought one and it’s nicer than this one, but only by a little bit. Don’t you want it?”

                   “Sure,” I said. “Thank you!”

                   Then it hit me, Malachi 3 said to give unto God and He would have people give to me! Oh, hallelujah! What a blessing!

                   Over the years, I’ve experienced God’s Word is true. When I worry about health, immediately I pray to thank God for His Word that says, “I am the LORD Who heals you,” (Exodus 15:26c, NKJV).

                   I am practicing safe distances from folks, washing my hands, staying home way too much for an extrovert and actually getting things done that have been weighing me down. I’m also imploring God to let this pandemic disappear as soon as He wants it to, the sooner the better from my perspective.

         Last night, I prayed the “Our Father” as taught by Jesus and found in (Matthew 6:9-13, KJV):  “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 

Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 

Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread. 

Mat 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

Mat 6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” 

“God’s will be done and deliver us from evil!”

May God bless you and yours!

HE WHO HAS AN EAR LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYS TO THE CHURCHES – Revelation 2 and 3

My friend recommended this post and I read it and wanted to share it with others. Be blessed!

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Hearing and listening are synonyms but have different implications, because, you can hear someone without actually listening to what is being said. 

Listening requires a person to pay attention to the speaker and requires concentration, it means to understand what is being said and providing an adequate response to it, because when we do not listen there really is no communication and no understanding of what was conveyed. 

Jesus talks about “Whoever has ears, let them hear” many times in the Gospels (Matthew 11:15; Mark 4:23; Luke 14:35). “Having ears to hear” was a common expression that referred to those whose hearts were ready to act upon the truth they were given. 

Thousands were impacted by Jesus’ earthly ministry, but only a few people had “ears to hear.” In John 6:66, Jesus had again explained about who He is, but John records that, “After this many of…

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