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I am a 50 yr young disabled woman with many chronic painful physical afflictions & a illness. I am married to a wonderful man with 2 adult children. I grew up in & out of church. One of my Uncles is a recently retired Pastor . I have been saved since 1996. I love serving the Lord & fellow-shipping with my church family,family/friends! I started this blog because I was inspired and encouraged by a couple of friends blogs and felt the Lord prompting me to start a blog page after our Women's Retreat in August 2009 to use the gift of encouragement he has given me to journal what he is doing in my life and to pass on to others articles that encourage me and help me in my walk with the Lord. My prayer is that you will feel the love of Jesus and that you will be inspired and encouraged by my post. I'm just a servant Girl and a Broken Vessel called to be a Heiress of Light for the Lord. The things I post will be from my heart and things that speak to my heart. Sometimes I will just journal about Life,Family etc. My prayer is that my blog will be a source of encouragement to all my friends, family members and followers.

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Sunday, October 31, 2010


In a world of much uncertainty one thing is true, God knows everything about you: everything you have ever done; everything you have ever said; and every thought you have ever had. He is an awesome God! Here is a love letter to you.
My Child, You may not know me, but I know everything about you (Psalm 139.1)

I know when you sit down and when you rise up (Psalm 139.2)

I am familiar with all your ways (Psalm 139.3)

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered (Matthew 10.29-31)

For you were made in my image (Genesis 1.27)

In me you live and move and have your being (Acts 17.28)

For you are my offspring (Acts 17.28)

I knew you even before you were conceived Jeremiah (1.4-5)

I chose you when I planned creation (Ephesians 1.11-12)

You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book (Psalm 139.15-16)

I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live (Acts 17.26)

You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139.14)

I knit you together in your mother's womb (Psalm 139.13)

And brought you forth on the day you were born (Psalm 71.6)

I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me (John 8.41-44)

I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love (1 John 4.16)

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you (1 John 3.1)

Simply because you are my child and I am your Father (1 John 3.1)

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could (Matthew 7.11)

For I am the perfect father (Matthew 5.48)

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand (James 1.17)

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs (Matthew 6.31-33)

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope (Jeremiah 29.11)

Because I love you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31.3)

My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore.(Psalms 139.17-18)

And I rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3.17)

I will never stop doing good to you (Jeremiah 32.40)

For you are my treasured possession (Exodus 19.5)

I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul Jeremiah (32.41)

And I want to show you great and marvellous things (Jeremiah 33.3)

If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me (Deuteronomy 4.29)

Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37.4)

For it is I who gave you those desires (Philippians 2.13)

I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine (Ephesians 3.20)

For I am your greatest encourager (2 Thessalonians 2.16-17)

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles (2 Corinthians 1.3-4)

When you are broken-hearted, I am close to you (Psalm 34.18)

As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart (Isaiah 40.11)
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes (Revelation 21.3-4)

And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth (Revelation 21.3-4)

I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus (John 17.23)

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed (John 17.26)

He is the exact representation of my being (Hebrews 1.3)

He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you (Romans 8.31)

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins (2 Corinthians 5.18-19)

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled (2 Corinthians 5.18-19)

His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you (1 John 4.10)

I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love (Romans 8.31-32)

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me (1 John 2.23)

And nothing will ever separate you from my love again (Romans 8.38-39)

Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen (Luke 15.7

I have always been Father, and will always be Father (Ephesians 3.14-15)

My question is "Will you be my child?" (John 1.12-13)

I am waiting for you (Luke 15.11-32)

Love, Your Dad.

Almighty God

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Dear Friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. (1 Peter 4:12-13) 

Are you facing troubles so difficult you feel one tiny straw more added to your load could cause you to break? Do you find no matter which way you turn, there is no escape and the walls of tragedy are closing in? 
Tell it to Jesus.
When you bolster all your strength and courage and try to carry the load, do you succumb to it instead and crumble beneath the weight?
Tell it to Jesus.
Think of how Jesus carried the cross and took upon his shoulders the burdens of all humankind. Jesus didn't remain under that load. He went miles beyond the cross. By dying and rising from the grave, He set us free from all this.
He invites us to take His yoke upon us so he can make our burdens light. When we do this, we allow Him to shoulder our load. Before Long, we learn to synchronize our actions and motives within His will. The massive burdens may not lift right away, but be assured Jesus is near. In the same way He carried His Cross, He helps us carry our loads today.

                                    Taken from the book:
                        "WHEN GOD SEE'S ME THROUGH"
                             Devotional Thoughts on God's
                                   Faithfulness for Women
                                 BY ANITA CORRINE DONIHUE

                               LEAVE IT THERE:
                         Leave it there, leave it there,
                        Take your burdens to the Lord
                                  and leave it there.
                        If you trust and never doubt,
                       He will surely bring you out.
                       Take your burden to the Lord
                                and leave it there.
                          (CHARLES A. TINDLEY, 1916)

                     MAKE MY BURDENS YOURS, LORD
These burdens I carry are too heavy for me to handle any longer, Lord. I am going to break under the load. Shoulder them with me, I pray. Make my burdens Yours.
             I don't have to worry about giving you a load that's too heavy. You, Lord, are greater than all. Now I wholeheartedly give You this burden and thank You. I already feel relieved, as though hundreds of pounds have been removed from my shoulders.
In Jesus Name Amen.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Daily Promises

This encouraged me today. Hope it encourages you.

"Daily Promises
Blue Letter Bible
October 27, 2010
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. (Psalms 34:15)

God recognized us. Often times we do not see any sign of God answering our petitions, yet He hears our cries and deals with them specifically in His own way. Though we might not be constantly thinking of God, we are always in His thoughts as He hears our requests for help."

Sunday, October 24, 2010

This Journey

This Journey:
By Meg Massey, Morning Cup With Meg
Posted: 23 Oct 2010 10:10 PM PDT

When I received word that I would be writing a guest post for (in)courage, my heart was overcome with emotion. The literature major in me came alive. I imagined the poetry that would spring from my heart. I would be wise like Lewis, as contemplative as Thoreau, and as in awe of the very stuff of creation as Dillard.

But when I put pen to paper, the words did not come.

As I struggled to share the thoughts that were in my heart, I turned to previous posts and comments shared by so many wonderful women at (in)courage. Posts and thoughts that have touched me, encouraged me, caused me to move forward with hope.

And then it hit me.

Many of us are struggling.

Many of us have hurts from wounds of the past.

Many of us are searching for purpose, wondering what the future holds.

Many of us feel afraid to share our pain, fearful of rejection. Fearful that no one will understand.

I myself fall into all of the above categories.

It’s strange how often we feel alone in our struggles. That thought, No one understands what I am going through, is dangerous and painfully isolating. And it is from the enemy.

When we become convinced that we are alone in our trials, we begin comparing ourselves to those whom we perceive have better lives, jobs, healthier marriages, closer walks with the Lord…

And that’s when the real trouble starts.

Resentment builds walls around fractured hearts.

Bitterness consumes our thoughts.

Communities, the friendships we so desperately need, fall apart.

And that’s when guilt creeps in, peaking over our shoulders, whispering, “Aren’t you a believer? Shouldn’t you be happy all the time? Aren’t you supposed to love your brothers and sisters in Christ?”

All the while, the reality is that we are all walking this journey. No one has “made it” or “figured it out.”

But there is One who has walked this journey. He “figured it out” before you and I breathed our first breaths. There is One who knows the answers. And His name is Jesus.

When we don’t have the strength to continue on, He does.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped. – Psalm 28:7

When we don’t know the next step, He knows.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11

When we are hurting, He understands.

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows. – Isaiah 53:3-4

When we can’t even put our needs into words (or on paper!), He intercedes for us.

The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. – Romans 8:26

And when we need a hand to hold, the Lord has provided us with friends who share in our struggle. Friends who share our fears, our desires, and our search for joy and purpose.

We don’t need to travel this journey alone. Let’s walk together.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


This encouraged my Heart today so I am passing it to all of you.

I see you sitting there. You’re wondering what do to with yourself aren’t you?
You’re thinking – again – that you’re not enough.
You can’t remember the last time the laundry was caught up or the last time your brain worked at full capacity.
That stain on the couch? The one from the spilled juice? It’s still there.  Those dust bunnies have now had babies.
You aren’t happy with your hair, or your house, and definitely not your attitude.
You know that these things are like this – these areas you’ve “failed” – because you’ve been sacrificing lately.
But it doesn’t make you feel better does it?
You wonder what it all was for. You wonder what you were thinking.
Don’t you remember? You had to sacrifice right now. This is the season for upheaval, and God’s plans weren’t your plans, but you obeyed and trekked on and it is well.
God loves you so much, you conquering woman, you. You victorious daughter. You princess. You warrior.
And then.
I saw that look in your eye. That spark of recognition. That knowing of God’s grace and precious sovereignty.
You’re reminded that sometimes sacrifices are right – necessary.
That they don’t always look like the sacrifices others make, but they’re yours and they’re good. Yes, hard even.
Especially that.
with every victory step you take towards truth, there are those voices. They try to reel you backwards.
They try so hard.
They want you to believe they love you. It’s only for your good, they say. It’s so you can be holy, they say.
They tell you your choices aren’t right. Aren’t up to snuff. Aren’t pleasing.
They bring out the rule book and prove your faults.
And you don’t know what to do with yourself.
But Jesus whispers sweet nothings. He calls you by your real name.
You shake off the lies and dress to the nines in truth and love and know that you
By Arianne, To Think Is To Create

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

He Knows Me

God laid it upon my heart to post this to all those hardworking people out there who need encouragement today. God Bless You.

He Knows Me
Posted: 11 Oct 2010 10:00 PM PDT

A few weeks ago, I met with my boss. Not my manager, not her manager, but the Big Boss.
My company’s not that big, so I’ve talked with him many times over the past few years. But this meeting was different. I was putting in notice to leave the company.
For about 30 minutes I sat in his office, nodding my head and mmm-hmm-ing, as he lectured me about how to behave in the weeks between giving notice and leaving. He reminded me that my actions in this crucial time would determine how the management team remembered me; in other words, how they would respond if contacted for a reference check.
I understood why he would have these concerns – in general. But with me? Had I done something to make him think I’d slack off during this interim period or badmouth the company while I was still there?
As my husband put it when I told him about the meeting later, Had I acted like that in the previous two and a half years?
After thinking about this meeting for a few days, I realized that my boss’s lecture wasn’t the part that bothered me. It was the fact that he didn’t KNOW me.
  • He didn’t know that I have kept my mouth pretty much shut for more than two years of being less than satisfied with my job.
  • He didn’t know that I take pride in my work, even when it bores me, and I will do my best right up to my last day.
  • He didn’t know that quitting a job to be a stay-at-home mom is completely out of character for me.
  • He didn’t know that I’ve agonized over this decision and desperately wanted a chance to explain.
But those things are understandable. After all, he’s the CEO of an international company. He shouldn’t be bothered with the details of one employee’s exit. Still, I was hurt.
  • He should have known that I did great work while I was at his company.
  • He should have known that I could have done more if only I’d been given the chance.
  • He should have known that I’ve done great things in the past and would jump at the opportunity to do them again.
  • He should have known . . . me.
But he didn’t. And that’s okay. Because after I [finally] calmed down and got over the whole thing, I remembered: God knows me.
Did you catch that? The Creator of the entire universe knows ME. The One who knows all knows ME.
How amazing is that?!
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 139:13-14
I don’t need to wave my resume around like a banner. I don’t need to take credit for every project I’ve ever worked on. I don’t need to defend my honor – or, at least, my work ethic – in an exit interview.
God knows who I am. Even if my boss doesn’t.
He knows you, too. He knows you better than your best friend, your husband, your children, your therapist or your priest. He even knows you better than your mom. And He loves you anyway.
No, He loves you BECAUSE He knows you.
The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”

Jeremiah 31:3
Have you ever felt like nobody gets you? Do you know that God has known you since the beginning, that He created you, that He loves you with an everlasting love?
And He will never stop sending out just the right people to minister to you.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Saint Must Walk Alone By A.W. Tozer

This really spoke to my heart today and encouraged my spirit. I hope it does the same for you. Have a blessed day.


 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. (Hebrews 6:10)

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever--  the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

 (John 14:16-18)



The Saint Must Walk Alone

Most of the world's great souls have been lonely. Loneliness seems to be one price the saint must pay for his saintliness.
In the morning of the world (or should we say, in that strange darkness that came soon after the dawn of man's creation), that pious soul, Enoch, walked with God and was not, for God took him; and while it is not stated in so many words, a fair inference is that Enoch walked a path quite apart from his contemporaries.
Another lonely man was Noah who, of all the antediluvians, found grace in the sight of God; and every shred of evidence points to the aloneness of his life even while surrounded by his people.
Again, Abraham had Sarah and Lot, as well as many servants and herdsmen, but who can read his story and the apostolic comment upon it without sensing instantly that he was a man "whose soul was alike a star and dwelt apart"? As far as we know not one word did God ever speak to him in the company of men. Face down he communed with his God, and the innate dignity of the man forbade that he assume this posture in the presence of others. How sweet and solemn was the scene that night of the sacrifice when he saw the lamps of fire moving between the pieces of offering. There, alone with a horror of great darkness upon him, he heard the voice of God and knew that he was a man marked for divine favor.
Moses also was a man apart. While yet attached to the court of Pharaoh he took long walks alone, and during one of these walks while far removed from the crowds he saw an Egyptian and a Hebrew fighting and came to the rescue of his countryman. After the resultant break with Egypt he dwelt in almost complete seclusion in the desert. There, while he watched his sheep alone, the wonder of the burning bush appeared to him, and later on the peak of Sinai he crouched alone to gaze in fascinated awe at the Presence, partly hidden, partly disclosed, within the cloud and fire.
The prophets of pre-Christian times differed widely from each other, but one mark they bore in common was their enforced loneliness. They loved their people and gloried in the religion of the fathers, but their loyalty to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and their zeal for the welfare of the nation of Israel drove them away from the crowd and into long periods of heaviness. "I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children," cried one and unwittingly spoke for all the rest.
Most revealing of all is the sight of that One of whom Moses and all the prophets did write, treading His lonely way to the cross. His deep loneliness was unrelieved by the presence of the multitudes.
'Tis midnight, and on Olive's brow
The star is dimmed that lately shone;
'Tis midnight; in the garden now,
The suffering Savior prays alone.
'Tis midnight, and from all removed
The Savior wrestles lone with fears;
E'en the disciple whom He loved
Heeds not his Master's grief and tears.
- William B. Tappan
He died alone in the darkness hidden from the sight of mortal man and no one saw Him when He arose triumphant and walked out of the tomb, though many saw Him afterward and bore witness to what they saw. There are some things too sacred for any eye but God's to look upon. The curiosity, the clamor, the well-meant but blundering effort to help can only hinder the waiting soul and make unlikely if not impossible the communication of the secret message of God to the worshiping heart.
Sometimes we react by a kind of religious reflex and repeat dutifully the proper words and phrases even though they fail to express our real feelings and lack the authenticity of personal experience. Right now is such a time. A certain conventional loyalty may lead some who hear this unfamiliar truth expressed for the first time to say brightly, "Oh, I am never lonely. Christ said, `I will never leave you nor forsake you,' and `Lo, I am with you alway.' How can I be lonely when Jesus is with me?"
Now I do not want to reflect on the sincerity of any Christian soul, but this stock testimony is too neat to be real. It is obviously what the speaker thinks should be true rather than what he has proved to be true by the test of experience. This cheerful denial of loneliness proves only that the speaker has never walked with God without the support and encouragement afforded him by society. The sense of companionship which he mistakenly attributes to the presence of Christ may and probably does arise from the presence of friendly people. Always remember: you cannot carry a cross in company. Though a man were surrounded by a vast crowd, his cross is his alone and his carrying of it marks him as a man apart. Society has turned against him; otherwise he would have no cross. No one is a friend to the man with a cross. "They all forsook Him, and fled."
The pain of loneliness arises from the constitution of our nature. God made us for each other. The desire for human companionship is completely natural and right. The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorption in the love of Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share inner experiences, he is forced to walk alone. The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord Himself suffered in the same way.

The man who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. A certain amount of social fellowship will of course be his as he mingles with religious persons in the regular activities of the church, but true spiritual fellowship will be hard to find. But he should not expect things to be otherwise. After all he is a stranger and a pilgrim, and the journey he takes is not on his feet but in his heart. He walks with God in the garden of his own soul - and who but God can walk there with him? He is of another spirit from the multitudes that tread the courts of the Lord's house. He has seen that of which they have only heard, and he walks among them somewhat as Zacharias walked after his return from the altar when the people whispered, "He has seen a vision."
The truly spiritual man is indeed something of an oddity. He lives not for himself but to promote the interests of Another. He seeks to persuade people to give all to his Lord and asks no portion or share for himself. He delights not to be honored but to see his Savior glorified in the eyes of men. His joy is to see his Lord promoted and himself neglected. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and overserious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none, he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.
It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. "When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up." His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else. He learns in inner solitude what he could not have learned in the crowd - that Christ is All in All, that He is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption, that in Him we have and possess life's summum bonum.
Two things remain to be said. One, that the lonely man of whom we speak is not a haughty man, nor is he the holier-than-thou, austere saint so bitterly satirized in popular literature. He is likely to feel that he is the least of all men and is sure to blame himself for his very loneliness. He wants to share his feelings with others and to open his heart to some like-minded soul who will understand him, but the spiritual climate around him does not encourage it, so he remains silent and tells his griefs to God alone.
The second thing is that the lonely saint is not the withdrawn man who hardens himself against human suffering and spends his days contemplating the heavens. Just the opposite is true. His loneliness makes him sympathetic to the approach of the brokenhearted and the fallen and the sin-bruised. Because he is detached from the world, he is all the more able to help it. Meister Eckhart taught his followers that if they should find themselves in prayer and happen to remember that a poor widow needed food, they should break off the prayer instantly and go care for the widow. "God will not suffer you to lose anything by it," he told them. "You can take up again in prayer where you left off and the Lord will make it up to you." This is typical of the great mystics and masters of the interior life from Paul to the present day.
The weakness of so many modern Christians is that they feel too much at home in the world. In their effort to achieve restful "adjustment" to unregenerate society they have lost their pilgrim character and become an essential part of the very moral order against which they are sent to protest. The world recognizes them and accepts them for what they are. And this is the saddest thing that can be said about them. They are not lonely, but neither are they saints.
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Monday, October 11, 2010


A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side."

Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know."

"You don't know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?"

The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing; I know my Master is there and that is

May today there be peace within you. May you trust
God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us
to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering
how to fly.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Cast Your Cares Upon The Lord

This really spoke to my heart today. Praying it speaks to yours and encourages you.

Cast Your Cares Upon The Lord by Roy Lessin

Today’s posting is a quote by Octavius Winslow. It has been said of his writings, “They are richly devotional, warming the heart with sincere love, reverence, and praise to Christ."
“Cast your burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain you.” Ps 55:22

It is by an act of simple, prayerful faith we transfer our cares and anxieties, our sorrows and needs, to the Lord. Jesus invites you come and lean upon Him, and to lean with all your might upon that arm that balances the universe, and upon that bosom that bled for you upon the soldier’s spear! But you doubtingly ask, “Is the Lord able to do this thing for me?” And thus, while you are debating a matter about which there is not the shadow of a shade of doubt, the burden is crushing your gentle spirit to the dust. And all the while Jesus stands at your side and lovingly says,
“Cast your burden upon Me and I will sustain you.
I am God Almighty. I bore the load of your sin and condemnation up the steep of Calvary, and the same power of omnipotence, the same strength of love that bore it all for you then is prepared to bear your need and sorrow now. Roll it all upon Me!

Child of My love! Lean hard!

Let Me feel the pressure of your care. I know your burden, child! I
shaped it—I poised it in My own hand and made no proportion of its weight to your unaided strength. For even as I laid it on, I said I shall be near, and while she leans on Me, this burden shall be Mine, not hers. So shall I keep My child within the encircling arms of My own love. Here lay it down! Do not fear to impose it on a shoulder which upholds the government of worlds! Yet closer come! You are not near enough! I would embrace your burden so I might feel My child reposing on My breast. You love Me! I know it. Doubt not, then. But, loving me, lean hard!“


Today my Dad had a heart attack and this was my daily promise in my e-mail. God always knows exactlly what I need for the day.
Dad is totally in God's hands, he needs a triple bypass but not sure he wants to have it. God is doing a great work in his heart. Please be praying for him and my stepmom. Thank you.

: "Daily Promises
Blue Letter Bible
October 8, 2010
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (John 14:18)

Despite times of sorrow and loneliness, the Lord will ever be our Father. We who believe shall never be forsaken and shall never lack His provision. Praise the Lord for His lovingkindness. Praise the Lord for His unbounded mercy upon your soul. Praise forever the Lord who has delivered you from death into His everlasting and princely family. Praise the Lord and rejoice O you peoples of the Almighty God!"

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Meet Me In The Meadow: For the Good

This encouraged my heart today so I'm passing it on to encourage your heart.

Meet Me In The Meadow: For the Good

For the Good

No one is good but One, that is, God. Matthew 19:17 NKJV
 Because God is good, everything that comes to us from Him is meant for our benefit. God’s good is the highest good; after His goodness there is no better or best. The Gospel is the “Good News” because it comes to us from God. We are also assured that He will not withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly before Him.
We are told in the Scriptures that God is able to work all things together for the good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. In ways that we may not fully know or understand, God is able to take even the hard and difficult things we go through and use them for the good. Goodness, not evil, will always have the final say in our lives as we trust God to fulfill His purposes for us.
After years of hardships, unfairness, rejection, and isolation, Joseph was able to say, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Genesis 50:20 NKJV. Joseph understood the goodness of God because he was able to witness the purpose of God fulfilled through all he experienced. The good purpose of God was something much greater than just the life of Joseph, it was to save the lives of the children of Israel and the lives of the Egyptians, in whose land they had come to dwell and grow into a great nation.
Our lives are not just about God being good to us, but also about God using us to extend His goodness to others. We can see this in the lives of people like Corrie Ten Boom and Amy Carmichael. God used the incredible hardships of Corrie Ten Boom for the good purpose of bringing hope, comfort, and encouragement to people all around the world. Amy Carmichael came to understand that God was able to use her pain for the good purpose of ministering, with empathy and compassion, to others who were hurting and going through great suffering.
Whatever you may be going through today, no matter how dark the sky may be, or how deep the valley takes you, be assured that God has not abandoned you, and because He is with you, goodness has not abandoned you…it will follow you all the days of your life, and goodness will prevail in the end.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Lessons Learned Through A Childs Creative Gift

Usually for my blog posts I post a poem,scripture a story or another blog post that has been passed onto me through e-mail, a devotion or a book I have read that has encouraged me. Today I'm going to share a poem that was written by my 16 year old daughter when she was around 8 years old. My husband and I would usually give our daughter a set amount of money for Christmas so that she could purchase a Christmas gift for each of us. One particular year we didn't have the finances to do that. I noticed one day our daughter was in her room for a very long time with the door closed and asked what she was doing, "She said don't come in Mommy I'm wrapping you and Daddy's Christmas Gifts."  I remember chuckling and thinking we didn't give her money to buy gifts where did she and how did she get us gifts?? I know she hasn't received money from any relatives or friends??? Well I will just have to wait and see. At the time I was a Girl Scout leader and the Girl Scout Neighborhood Manager for our Community, so I often recycled jars cans etc for craft projects for our troop and collected poems and kept scrap booking supplies on hand to make appreciation cards or framed poems for gifts for the leaders, family and friends to show appreciation or to encourage them. I learned how to make inexpensive gifts as I was on a tight budget and their wasn't alot of money in the Neighborhood account or my personal account to buy appreciation gifts for the other leaders,parents or my family and friends. So that Christmas after our kids opened their gifts our little 8 year old girl says "Mommy and Daddy I have presents for you from me." So she hands us each a very odd shaped gift she had wrapped herself the week before. When we opened the gifts we each had a piece of paper that had been rolled up and it appeared to have some objects inside. I was thinking she had drew each of us a picture and stuck some candy in there for us. We both proceeded to unroll our papers half way and inside was a very long string that seemed to go on forever, a eraser and a pen. My hubby and I looked at each other puzzled as our little girl waited in anticipation for our reaction. Her dad  asked her "What is the string for?" "She says you have to unroll the paper all the way Daddy and read it."So we both proceeded to unroll our papers that had been decorated at the bottom with stickers. When we had completely unrolled our papers there was a poem that our little girl had written to us. She had titled her dads My Daddy and mine was titled My Mom.To me this is the best Christmas Gift I have ever received besides the baby Jesus. I take it out every so often and read it. Every time I do it ministers to my heart.  I remember that day when I read it for the first time I was so overwhelmed by the wisdom of this precious child of ours and thinking Lord how can she be so young and be so wise about matters of the heart. Then I felt our Heavenly Father say "She is watching your example ."  "Then I said but Father we mess up sometimes. "He replied yes my child and you have taught her that you don't just love her when she makes good choices or hold her mistakes against her, you assure her she doesn't have to be perfect, that everyone stumbles, everyone one needs forgiveness and unconditional love. You have taught her that when people act unlovable that is when they need love ,mercy and grace the most. You have taught her that relationships and love are the more important than material things." I have often taken this poem out and read it in the preteen & teen years to remind myself that when she  stumbles I need to remember she needs  mercy,  grace, and forgiveness from me espeacially in those times when she really blows it and to remind me that God is near  when  I struggle with those thoughts that all parents do,  What am I doing wrong ? Where have I failed? How do I get through this? Is she getting it? How do I deal with this?? What was she thinking? I can't believe she did this? I can't believe she is behaving this way and talking to me like that! Maybe I'm not being strict eneough. Maybe I'm being too strict? I'm  not equipped for this.  God  I'm a mess please help me get through to her I can't do this alone. Then I hear  my Abba say "My precious child keep doing what your doing, seeking me and trusting me with all your heart."
Below is the poem written in it's original form.

My momy takes care of me
My Momy Loves me. No matter what
I do, even if I cry "boohoo".
My momy Loves me for the things I do even when I yell :"yoohoo". For me and you I couldn't Say better I love you more no matter
the weather.
  1. A string for how long our Love Lasts.
  2. An earaser to earase all the mistakes we make.
  3. and a marker to write down how much We Love each other.


The Crown that I wear does not tarnish;
It's not made of worldly ores. I don't need to polish and store it in a vault or behind metal doors. The Crown is a gift from my Father whose Son died so that I could be free. What a honor it is just to wear it, For His last thoughts on Earth were of me. The Crown has speacial meaning; It's not about worldly success. It stands for the Love of My Lord and Saviour,Which I wear every day like a Princess.