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Not Forgotten

English: First 4 digits of a credit card

A note to my faithful friends with which I share some blog space.

Who knew that a seasonal part time job,

and a fund raiser and would take up so much precious writing time?!

I do not like only sporadically reading your blogs.

I do not like only sporadically writing on my own.

I do like paying off credit cards though and I’m almost there.

Can’t wait to be with you all again soon.

I miss you all.

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Lord, Redeemer, Savior

 

God IS the Creator.

We can’t change that.

In order for God to be in us,

In order for Him to be our Shepherd,

In order for Him to be our Peace,

In order for Him to be our Provider,

In order for Him to be our Firm Place to stand,

In order for Him to be our Healer,

In order for Him to be our Light,

In order for Him to be our Strength and Protector,

In order for us to be with Him forever,

He must first be;

*Jehovah – The Lord – Exodus 6:2   God also said to Moses, “I am the LORD.”

*Jehovah-Keren-Yish’i – Horn of Salvation – Ps 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield  and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

*Jehovah-Hoshe’ah – Lord Saves – Psalm 20:9 LORD, give victory to the king!
Answer us when we call!

*Jehovah-Go’el – Lord My Redeemer – Is. 49:26b all mankind will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

*Isaiah 60:16b  you will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

*Jehovah-Yasha – Lord my Savior – Isaiah 49:26b all mankind will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

His desire is to rescue us from this world of sin.

He made that possible through the blood sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ.

In His great, infinite love for you,

He leaves you with the choice.

Won’t you choose him now?

The “Rescue” tab at the top of this page can help you to make that choice.

Persoanl God

What do need God to be for you today?

Here is a beginners list of God’s wishes for you, with Him in your life.

He is a personal God.

  • Jehovah-‘Immeku – Lord Is With You – Judges 6:12  When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”

He chose you, He wants you to choose Him as your Refuge.

  • Jehovah-Eli – Lord my God – Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield  and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

He wants to be your shepherd (leader, guide, protector)

  • Jehovah-Rohi – Shepherd – Psalm 23 A psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.  He Guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

He wants to be peace for you.

  • Jehovah-Shalom – Peace – Isaiah 9:6  For to us a child is born, to us a sn is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful COunselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

He wants to provide everything you need.

  • Jehovah-Jireh – Provider – Gen. 22:14 1So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”
  •  Philip 4:19  And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

He wants to be your firm place to stand.

  • Jehovah-Sel’i – Lord my Rock – Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shieldand the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

He wants to be your healer.

  • Jehovah-Rophe – Healer – Isaiah 53:4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering.

He wants to be a light for you in the storms of your life.

  • Jehovah-‘Ori – Lord my Light – Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

He wants you to be with Him for eternity.

  • Jehovah-Helech ‘Olam – Lord King Forever Psalm 10:16  The LORD is King forever and ever.

The Importance of Story Part Two


Your story should have been better.  Not a nightmarish fantasy.  Your story should have given you a better sense of yourself. 

Your true self.  Created by a God who loves you.  Created for a specific purpose.

Remember Sam’s words~

“And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why.”

To be sure, things cannot go back to the way they were, back before the trouble.  Time has gone on too for that.  That would be fantasy.

But here’s what I know for sure.

If we must ask “Why?”, then this is the answer.

Genisis 50:20 (NASB)  As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.

Psalm 30:11 (NLT)  You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,

We should however, stop asking the “Why?” question, and begin to ask a few different questions so that healing can begin.

These new questions that can be answered right here where we live;

1. What does this mean?

2. What do I need to do now?

3. What can I learn from this?

How do I know this works for sure?

I apply these questions to every circumstance that would have my story go dark again.

The sting of rejection.

The suspicion of those who promise to help me, then don’t.

The abandonment I feel when I don’t receive the love and care I desire from the people I love.

The shame I feel when someone’s sarcastic remarks, or proclamations make me feel small.

The anxiety I feel when situations leave myself or my loved ones in a vulnerable spot.

 The answers to these three questions are always the same.

This means that; Old habits die hard. Old scars can still cause pain. Wounds not properly addressed, come back again and again, full of infection.

What I need to do now is; Get quiet.  Forgive the transgressor. Repent, if I had a part in it. Forgive Myself.  Ask God to use His healing word to repair the wound.  Since I don’t live in the Lord of the Rings fantasy world, I need to read the truth. The truth of God is the only True Healer. I can find that in my Bible.

What I can learn from this; I can learn the truth about just how much God loves me.  I can learn His true feelings towards me.  I can learn to recognize the attack as quickly as it occurs.  After I have found these truths, I can use them as a tool to rewrite the story from the enemy of my soul.

Here are some scriptures to help you begin your process.

Rejection: 1 Peter 2:4 (NLT) [ Living Stones for God’s House ] You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.

Mistrust: Isaiah 45:19 (NLT)  I publicly proclaim bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner. I (God) would not have told the people of Israel to seek me if I could not be found. I, the Lord, speak only what is true and declare only what is right.

Abandonment:   Nehemiah 9:19 (CEV)  Because of your great mercy, you never abandoned them in the desert. And you always guided them with a cloud by day and a fire at night.

Shame: Psalm 25:2 King James Version (KJV) O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

Anxiety:  Psalm 139:23  (NASB)  Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts.

 This is what we’re holding on to!!

There is only one caveat to gaining this help.

His eternal help is available only to those who trust in Him.

                Psalm 37:28 (NLT) For the Lord loves justice, and he will never abandon the godly. 

He will keep them safe forever, but the children of the wicked will die.

If you have not trusted Him with your heart yet, please visit the “Rescue” page of this blog by clicking the tab at the top.

The worlds help, is a fix that does not have eternal effects.

Gods help, is a fix that lasts for eternity.

What are you holding on to?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Show Up

A while back, one of our pastors told us that if we did not have a time and a place to meet God, the chances of actually doing it were slim.

I had to agree with him wholeheartedly.

I had established a time and a place,

and meeting God there was on some days the only place I wanted to be.

This intentionality caused my heart to yearn for Him even more.

The more I knew Him, the more I wanted to know Him.

This is still true today.

In fact, many of my Significant Encounters happen in this very place..

What I’ve learned is that when I put myself into the position to find Him,

suddenly, I see Him.                       

Not with my eyes, but with the peace of Him that settles in my heart.

Whatever might happen the rest of the day,

is not as likely to ruffle me as much as if I haven’t spoken to God first.

Note, I said spoken to God?

Well, know that some days I say not one word.

Some days I read my Bible.

Most days I write in my journal.

Somedays I read an inspirational or instructional book.

I even have a little devotional that I like to peruse.

Whatever I sense that is right for the day.

Sometimes it’s an hour or more.

Some days it’s ten minutes.

Long ago, Tommy Barnett taught us that you should “Read until you burn”.

What he meant was simply to stay in that place until you sense His burning in your heart.

In my case, I sense His pleasure with our time together.

There are no set of defined rules.

If there were, these times would grow flat and boring very quickly.

But a time and a place?

Any time best for you.

Any place you can be undisturbed.

What a difference this makes.

Psalm 27:8 (NASB)

When You said, “ Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD,

I shall I seek”.

Then really, all you have to do is show up!

Do you have a time and a place?

Care to share?

It’s Always There

Lately I’ve been noticing a certain topic that keeps repeating itself.

Whenever I turn on the radio, it’s there.

Whenever I’m in church, it’s there.

When I wake up and when I go to bed, it’s there.

When I speak to my family, it’s there.

When I’m driving to town, it’s there.

When I’m working and when I’m playing, it’s there.

When I’m cleaning my house, it’s there.

When I’m doing my laundry, it’s there.

When I’m reading or writing, it’s there.

                                What is this thing you ask?

                                What is this thing that I cannot get away from?

                                No matter what I’m doing, it is there?

                                                                                           It’s the ability to choose!

If I choose not to turn on the radio, I can live in silence.

If I choose not to go to church, I can miss out on community.

If I choose to wake up too early, I can be tired all day.

If I choose to stay up too late, I can be crabby tomorrow.

Either of those choices effects how I treat my family.

The way I choose to drive to town determines if I am late for my appointments.

If I choose to work too much, then I won’t get rested.

If I choose to play too much, then I won’t accomplish my goals.

If I choose not to clean my house, I’ll likely be embarrassed if company comes unannounced.

If I choose to do no laundry, that will bring on a whole lot of loud talkin’!

If I choose not to read, my learning will suffer and

If I choose not to write, well then, I’ll explode.

Can I tell you that I never really had any concept of choice until I was an adult with children!

That’s a long time.  So sad.  So much time wasted on choices that OTHERS made for me.

There’s the silver lining.

Every cloud has one you know.  

God is restoring FULLY every one of those choices for HIS glory!

What the thief has stolen, he has to give you double for your trouble.

                     Wait.  Stolen?  What does that mean?

Simply this.

I was not taught that I had a choice.  I knew nothing of choices.

Since I knew nothing of choices, I did not know that even in the not choosing, I was making a choice.

By not making a choice, I was in essence, making a bad choice.

Proverbs speaks of the wise woman building her house. 

The unwise woman tears hers down and she knows it not.

I knew it not.

Our good choices, our bad choices, or our no choices at all,

cause us to live with or without the very things that are ours through Christ Jesus.

The enemy of our souls, uses our indecision and our unawareness of Gods plan for our lives

 to steal away the gifts that God our Father wants to lavish on us.

What does God want to lavish us with? (Lavish = generous or abundance to the excess !)

*         Grace

*         Peace

*         Mercy

*         Love

*         Prosperity

*         Provision

*         God’s Goodness

These things become more and more evident in the life of a believer as they seek His face.

We can look forward to these things growing in our lives when we make the choice to follow Him.

(If you have not made this choice yet, please visit the “Rescue” page on this blog for that opportunity)

So. 

What stands in the way of making good choices?

Can I perhaps help you make better ones?

The choice is yours.

Proverbs 14:1  The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

John 10:10  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Exodus 22:7b  the thief, if he is caught, must pay back double.

Job 36: 11, 16, 21, 26.  If they obey and serve Him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.  He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.  Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction.  How great is God – beyond our understanding!  The number of His is past finding out.        

A Word For Christians

SO.  You’ve got the fire insurance. Your forever home will be Heaven.

“But I thought that everything would change when I met Christ.

Nothing’s changed.

In fact, it’s gotten worse!”

Psalm 13:1-2 (NIV)  How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?  How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day has sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Even the most notable Christian leaders of our time have experienced the same thing. 

It does not matter who you are. 

Well known or unknown, weak or strong, rich or poor.

It doesn’t matter where you are. 

In a house or in a hut, on a boat or in a plane, in a big city or the smallest of towns.

It doesn’t matter whether you are well-educated or not educated at all. 

The same thing is common for all of the types listed above.

Things can get worse after receiving Christ. 

“Why?” you ask.

Simply put, you now have an enemy. 

 He would like to destroy the potential you gained by saying “Yes” to Jesus.

If you have not said “Yes” to Jesus , please see the “Rescue” tab on this blog.

Why would I want to say “Yes” if this is what is going to happen? 

We’ll look at that shortly.

In the following scriptures, you will read what God says about

you and your struggle.     

Romans 8:37-39 (NASB)  But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing can separate us from His love.  What can separate us from the love of God?

Nothing.  No thing.  This love is shown to us through Jesus Christ our Lord.

So how can we ever stand up against this enemy of our souls? 

Ephesians 6:11-13 (NASB) Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

Ephesians 6:13-15 (CEV)  So put on all the armor that God gives. Then when that evil day comes, you will be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm.  Be ready! Let the truth be like a belt around your waist, and let God’s justice protect you like armor.  Your desire to tell the good news about peace should be like shoes on your feet.

 

OK.  How do I do this?

 

Read God’s word.  He sent this love letter/road map to guide us in our days here on this earth.  It is …. The Truth.  If we read it, we will know what He thinks about all the things that concern us.

Repent.  What does that mean?  The easiest way I’ve ever heard it said is this way.  Recognize your wrong doing, and turn around and go the other way.  A change of   direction.  God’s word is full of directions for this change.                          Righteousness begins here. 

Be obedient.  Submit your will to God (not as in door mat submit, but as in I love You God submit) Reading His word will show us how He thinks. The first thing we’ll notice is that what He thinks and what the world we live in thinks are very much opposite.  This is why this new life with Christ can be so difficult.  His word never promises it will be easy, it does promise however that it will be worth it.         Strength comes from obedience.

Be intentional.  You’ll have to choose to be intentional.  The enemy of your soul won’t like it one bit.  He’ll distract you at every turn.  You’ll need to choose again and again.  As you choose though, you will see that the choosing becomes easier.           We are beginning to be ready, the gospel shoes are beginning to fit. 

Receive God’s peace.  God’s word gives us peace in our heart.  No matter what goes on in our daily lives, the peace of God lives in our hearts.  When we are in the center of His will for us, He will fully provide for us, no matter how things look.   This means that even in extreme circumstances, we can be at peace.

So here we are, regarding to your question about saying “Yes” to Jesus.

Isn’t it a most amazing idea to have a peaceful heart in the middle of, well …. everything?

Right?