Nothing new? Neither is God!

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Dear God…

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From the massacre of thousands and injuring of hundreds of thousands during the desolation of the World Trade Center in New York City…

Comfort us.

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From the legalized butchery of millions of unborn babies in America and around the world…

Forgive us.

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For teaching and legalizing the lie of sexual immorality…

Forgive us.

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From the destruction of millions of lives, seduced and held captive by the power of drugs and alcohol…

Comfort us.

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For the breakdown of the family unit once held together by a common thread called love…

Forgive us.

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From the vicious slayings of innocent children by sadistic perverted persons…

Comfort us.

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For the abominations perpetrated upon the innocents of this world by “holy” ones…

Forgive them.

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`For the broken hearted who have lost their focus on the Healer of Broken Hearts, Jesus…

Comfort them.

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For the millions of people addicted to immoral and violent forms of entertainment…

Forgive us.

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For the thousands of our military troops drawing a “line in the sand” for peace…

Protect them.

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For the millions of frail elderly folks lying and dying in sliding-door facilities as ancient and neglected as they…

Comfort them.

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For the millions of caring, compassionate volunteers reporting for duty

Praise your name.

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For the millions of parishioners mislead by pulpit wolves in sheep’s clothing

Enlighten them.

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For the shepherds standing in pulpits, presenting the gospel with dirty hands…

Forgive them.

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For America, our beloved country, that is slowly deteriorating before our eyes…

Comfort us.

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For America, who has exported such vile and immoral commodities to the world…

Forgive us.

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For the World’s millions upon millions upon millions of starving and ignored people…

Comfort them.

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For the world’s incessant cry for more and more abominable toys

Forgive us.

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Please read this Scripture. Perhaps we may see that what is going on in our little world today is nothing new. Yet…neither is God.

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Amos 4(NKJV)

Amos 4:1 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who [are] on the mountain of Samaria, Who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to your husbands, “Bring [wine,] let us drink!”

2 The Lord GOD has sworn by His holiness: “Behold, the days shall come upon you when He will take you away with fishhooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.

3 You will go out [through] broken [walls,] each one straight ahead of her, and you will be cast into Harmon,” Says the LORD.

4 ” Come to Bethel and transgress, At Gilgal multiply transgression; Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days.

5 Offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, Proclaim [and] announce the freewill offerings; for this you love, [You] children of Israel!” Says the Lord GOD.

6 ” Also I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities. And lack of bread in all your places; yet you have not returned to Me,” Says the LORD.

7 “I also withheld rain from you, When [there were] still three months to the harvest. I made it rain on one city; I withheld rain from another city. One part was rained upon, and where it did not rain the part withered.

8 So two [or] three cities wandered to another city to drink water, but they were not satisfied; yet you have not returned to Me,” Says the LORD.

9 “I blasted you with blight and mildew. When your gardens increased, your vineyards, your fig trees, and your olive trees, the locust devoured [them;] yet you have not returned to Me,” Says the LORD.

10 “I sent among you a plague after the manner of Egypt; your young men I killed with a sword, along with your captive horses; I made the stench of your camps come up into your nostrils; yet you have not returned to Me,” says the LORD.

11 “I overthrew [some] of you, As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a firebrand plucked from the burning; yet you have not returned to Me,” Says the LORD.

12 “Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!”

13 For behold, He who forms mountains, and creates the wind, who declares to man what his thought [is,] and makes the morning darkness, who treads the high places of the earth — The LORD God of hosts [is] His name.

~Shalom

Are You Marked?

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“Though lonely be thy path, fear not, for He

Who marks the sparrow fall is guarding thee.” 

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From dangers you crawl

Clutching your prayer shawl

Tremble you may

God still holds sway

Marking your soft place to fall.

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Winds may knock you down

Rains drench you and drown

Soaked like a sparrow

Sight becomes narrow

God marks you safe and sound.

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Peace shall forever reign

Turn frowns to joys again

Look upon His face

Fears shall displace

Your worries God shall restrain.

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Amen

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Haggai 2:4 “Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work…for I am with you, saith the Lord.” (KJV)
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“Be strong, all the people of the land, says the Lord.”

This is something we need to take personally. Write our own names here and REST in the Lord’s promise, “I am with you.”

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Are you lying in a bed of pain and woe? Do you groan because you no longer are able to drive yourself here and there? Do you need someone to help you get dressed in the morning and undressed at night?

“What is the sense?” you ask. Because the Lord says, “I am with YOU!”

You may be unable to do many things, but you can always sing and pray. And that, dear women, is your REST.

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When Samuel Rutherford lay in Aberdeen prison, Scotland, ages ago, he wrote at the top of his letters, “God’s Palace, Aberdeen.”

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When Madam Guyon was imprisoned in the castle at Vincennes, France, she said, “It seems as though I were a little bird whom the Lord has placed in a cage, and that I have nothing now to do but sing.”

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And prisons shall palaces prove, if Jesus abides with me there.
~from Mrs. Charles E. Cowman’s “Springs in the Valley”

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The past two years I have been at rest, thankfully in my own home and with family. A muscle disease has burdened me with pain, depression and many devastating side effects from the medication. All through this I have had this mighty ally, yet lost sight of Him off and on due to my missing the target of hope. Instead I focused on tomorrow, the next day, and the next day. And the day after that. I lost sight of my Lord. Many a time.

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Patience is a hard virtue to master; faith can be an elusive routine to secure

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“I’m learning, Lord!”

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A Little R & R

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Resolutions, everyone?  How about a revelation then?  I’m not a great resolutionist of idle thought, but give me revelation of a gap within my relationship with God, I’ll report for duty every time.  This New Year I have resolved to intensify my closeness to God.   My spirit tells me I need to; my heart rejoices with the thought.

Where do I begin this trek?  I think I’ll start with my prayer time. I’ve rather become a mite flippant, a little fiddling instead of a lot of communicating.  With a bit of introspection, we could all draw closer to God, don’t you think?

A favorite hymn that always causes me to ponder with wonder:

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I Know Whom I Have Believed

~Daniel W. Whittle 1840-1901

I know not why God’s wondrous grace

To me he hath made known,

Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love

Redeemed me for his own.

 

Refrain:

But I know whom I have believed,

And am persuaded that he is able

To keep that which I’ve committed

Unto Him against that day.

Refrain:

I know not how this saving faith

To me He did impart,

Nor how believing in His Word

Wrought peace within my heart.

Refrain:

I know not how the Spirit moves,

Convincing us of sin,

Revealing Jesus through the Word

Creating faith in Him.

Refrain:

I know not when my Lord may come,

At night or noonday fair,

Nor if I walk the vale with Him,

Or meet Him in the air.

Refrain:

BUT I KNOW WHOM I HAVE BELIEVED,

AND AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE

TO KEEP THAT WHICH I’VE COMMITTED

UNTO HIM AGAINST THAT DAY.

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Happy New Year, my friends in Christ.

Shalom,

Jeanne & family

Jeanne & Walter

 

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Annie & Jo

Heavenly Lullabies

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Heavenly Lullabies

 

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“Happy New Year!” is on its way; it’s knocking at the door.  Are we ready with some tried-and-true resolutions to spruce up the old BODY?   Weight loss, new job, quit smoking, kick the drugs and booze habit, smile more at the world, spend more time with the family, lean harder on the budget, sock more money away each month . . .these objectives will certainly tidy up our persona for a better year ahead. 

What about our spiritual features?  Are they on extended vacation from the divine practices and nourishment our sacred nature requires?   Hopefully not. The world distracts our focus away from godly nutrition, pleading instead to the louder more sensual intonations of our carnal nature.  Instead of developing a deeper faith in our Creator, we find ourselves tossed about, clinging to life on a slippery slope and being slapped by one fear after another.

Everywhere we look there is turmoil, anxiety, fear, tension, and dread.  What are we to do? Is this what life is all about?  To put it succinctly, NO!

Life is relying on the Lord for strength and sustenance in the physical body AND in the spiritual body. 

Jesus warns us to quit worrying about things that hinder our walk in the spirit. As Christians, we have precious encouragement, “Don’t worry about what tomorrow will bring you, for it will take care of itself.” (Matt. 6:34)

What’s He saying here? Do not worry or become over-anxious.  Ok, but why does He say this when all about us are fearful distractions? Are we looking in all the wrong places for help?

He adds:  Matt. 6:33: Don’t worry about what you will eat, what you will drink, or if you will be clothed.  Non-believers worry about those things!   “Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness…and all your needs will be provided to you.”

In summation, Jesus tells us that God is still in charge of our lives; He knows our every need. “For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of these things.” (Matt. 6:32b)

What assurance! What RE-assurance! Our heavenly Father knows. Think about it. God is the creator of all things, even us, and planned the world’s itinerary from its beginning onward. And here we are, worrying about what’s going to happen tomorrow. “O ye of little faith!” (Matt. 6:30)

Phil. 4:6-7 “May I be anxious for nothing, and in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, may I make my needs known to You; and I know that Your peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard my heart and mind through Jesus Christ.  Amen.”

 

May the melodious wisdom of our Father saturate and strengthen our hearts and minds as we feast on His bountiful promises.  Let us relearn the heart songs of His Word as heavenly lullabies that trickle into our inner realm, releasing our fears and weaknesses. 

Joy to the world; the Lord has come!  Be refreshed!  Be renewed!  . . . by His peace and joy. 

Alleluia and Amen!