Building walls from ‘words’? Be open-minded!

Building ‘walls’ from ‘words’ of the imagination! So, who really is the one who is ‘closed minded?!’

People can use the words, “religious people” and paint a whole lot of pictures! Thus building a wall, brick by brick. So, I ask that you ‘suffer’ from me 500 words or more and take a peek over the bricks that might be there. Think about a math problem in which you did everything right, but still  got the wrong solution!  All because the problem was completed without obeying the ‘order of operations!’

So, some put themselves on one side and the ‘religious people’ on the other, because it’s just the order of the day…agreeing with the thoughts of man streaming from all the avenues of  media, without taking even a moment to ‘check out’ to see… To check out a Book – The Book, that’s been written – of history and battles,and prophesy fulfilled. Of wisdom and knowledge and  poetry and science. A Book of mystery, and future events,  and even above all that, a Book of Love and even, a Book of romance.

Yes, I’m talking about the #1 Bestseller of all time, forever – the Bible … but PLEASE give me 500 words, don’t roll your eyes, JUST breathe! If people took time to walk  with Jesus in the curriculum of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John, they would discover that Jesus was angered INTENSELY by the ‘religious people’ of His day! So reading the Bible and living by it’s Power does NOT make one ‘religious’, not one bit, Not in ANY WAY!

“That Book is ‘religion’ –  all about do’s and don’ts – and being ‘good’ and all that!” The Bible is boring and, well,… it’s ‘religion, and fables, and doctrines of men, –  it’s for women!  And it’s got the ‘J’ word all written within it! I can have God, He’s everywhere, you know. I believe in the mountains, the oceans, the snow!”

” Well, let’s talk about food, that’s something you know! Our physical bodies need food! For example, if the only food you KNOW are gummy bears and grilled cheeses… And someone invites you to walk through the door of  a house presenting  fresh fruits, and breads, (or, fish, eggs, and veggies), will you say, “I only believe what I know, and you’re a ‘health nut, and so,… you do what ‘feels good’ to you, and I will just be happy – on my own.”

“How sad is that, you can clearly see in this picture that so much is missing just by ‘being closed minded! “Please Excuse my Dear Aunt Sally” is the acronym for the order in math! It doesn’t make sense, but to get the problem right you have to multiply before division! So it really doesn’t matter if addition comes first and you ‘feel like’ adding, whatever lies in those parenthesis must come FIRST or it’s like ‘striking out’ while you’re batting!

‘What does someone need to do that you might ‘taste and see’ that there is so much more! What would it take for you to be willing to ‘walk through the Door?'” Failure to Love? or Failure to be Kind? or Failure to have Self- control? You really can’t ‘see’ these things in each and every day, but when they are lacking, you KNOW! And the lack of them, well,…

you see, an apple tree with just leaves – who wants that?! No, you want the tree with the fruit! So if the order of your operations are just a mess, and you’re sick of running from vise after vise – don’t you worry one little bit – it’s not ‘religious’ to be ‘poor in spirit’…it’s the first step to paradise.

Walk a few steps with Jesus, read the Book of Matthew chapter 5…(OK, even in secret, if you must, He’s aware!) But I’ll share what He expressed to the crowd in my words: “Oh how happy you are when you are ‘poor in spirit’ for the kingdom of heaven is yours!”

You have ‘No Power to Love’? ‘No Power for Patience’? ‘No Power to have Self-Control’? ‘No Power for Joy’? No ‘Power for Peace’? You are ‘Poor in Spirit’, you are. But the Door is Jesus, and if you call out His name…He will fill you full with His Spirit! (You see, He walked out in the open for you and for me, and took the punishment for every wrong turn we made on the cross. He rose again, He is alive!)  Walking with Jesus, this is NOT RELIGION – this is LIFE!

I really must go, I’ve gone over in words…but please don’t ever call me ‘religious’. But yes, you can surely say, that – I truly – love – Jesus! It’s kind of like doing a math problem, and following the order of operations! Parenthesis first! Parenthesis (FIRST)! No objections!

 

 

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I didn’t know…but I ‘knew it all!’

I didn’t know –

but I ‘knew it all!’ I was self-propelled. I was living, so I thought… and the theme to my rhythm was,”Nothing’s gonna rain on my parade” and “I’ll do it my way!” My thoughts were loud and clanging inside my head and they ‘breathed fire’ I suppose and when I looked in the mirror the reflection was often, “I am woman hear me roar!” …yet deep, deep inside, where no one could see, not even myself in all my complexity –  was a pit so dark and empty and I didn’t know…

but it was filled to the brim with doubt and insecurity.

Why do I struggle to write these words? What’s the purpose anyhow?

If I can spare one single soul from ‘walking the hell’ of internal insanity- it is worth it! It is worth it! I will fight for the words that might keep some interest. I will fight because…

fear and doubt enveloped me and there was NO POWER to escape their snare. My ‘goals’ were but vapor, I was standing on ‘sinking ground,’ I was ‘grasping for the wind! My dreams…they had wings. My mind at times felt spinning and chaotic, without being sound. So I ran in ‘self-destructive’ path each and every day. Two steps forward and 5 the other way!

I hope you don’t know this place in which I’m writing. I hope you don’t understand a single word I say…but I write, just in case there is even, just one –  who can  end up writing the very same story. So in 500 words I plan to write a novel, because we just don’t have time for these things. So we race and rush to keep up with the ‘urgent’ that we don’t even have time for our ‘dreams’.

A song written years ago by Warwick to Alfie, asks the same questions as I, when the road I was on suddenly split 2 directions: “What’s it all about Alfie? Is it just for the moment we live?…Are we meant to take more than we give? Or are we meant to be kind?”

“And if, only fools are kind, Alfie, then I guess it is wise to be cruel.”

“And if life belongs only to the strong, Alfie, what will you lend on an old golden rule?”

So I listened with intensity to the words of the song, hoping for some answers to find: “I believe in love, Alfie. Without true love we just exist…until you find the love you’ve missed, you’re nothing Alfie.” So I pondered this thought …’Until you find the love you’ve missed, your nothing Alfie, …your nothing Alfie,… your nothing… until you find the love you’ve missed…

I was  missing ‘true love’. ‘Without ‘true-love’ we just exist…’ I didn’t know, but I had to KNOW True Love.

But then I learned, that in all things ‘bad’,  in the chaos, the sickness, the great loneliness inside – True Love held out His Hand… to me. I was hungry, I was broken, I was a mess, beside… But True Love reached way down in that deep- dark pit, and He said, “Let there be light,!”  and there was light!

Even when no one else would, True Love held out His Hand, and He forgave me and He took my old-hard stubborn heart, and He gave me a new one and He breathed in me life.  And, He says to me daily, “I love you. Will you be my Bride?”

“What’s it all about, Alfie? Alfie, it’s all about True Love- His name is Jesus. He  – will –  never –  leave your side!

A preacher’s daughter called a prayer meeting for our nation:

Today…like never before, WE MUST PRAY FOR OUR U.S. of A!

Anne Graham Lotz has recently had  9 days set apart for prayer for those willing… “MAYDAY! MAYDAY! A Distress Call For Prayer” was what it was called. Day 6 entered into a time of confessing National sin. God has used the daughter of a preacher, in a prayer written for us to pray, to inform us of all the ‘wrong turns’ our country as a whole has made. Personally, individually, one by one we must choose to ‘turn’ around in our thinking, in our actions, in our ways – God doesn’t look at nations…He looks at individual HEARTS! But, the ‘prayer’ myself always comes easy, but for the nation…I need some help!

May the prayer for Day 6 of MAYDAY! MAYDAY help us find the words to pray:  (by Anne Graham Lotz) “…Now, Lord God of our Fathers, we turn to You and confess the sin of our beloved nation, United States of America.

We are appalled by the blatant sin that is all around us. We dare not lift up our faces before You. We are covered with shame. How could we, in our arrogance, pride and rebellion, dare to even think, much less discuss and legalize defiance of your institution of marriage? How could we publicly celebrate relationships that are an affront and a contradiction to Your Creator’s instructions for living the life You have graciously given us?

How can we willingly, intentionally exterminate life that You created and that bears Your image…for our own convenience? Life is still precious…to You. All life. Your rules still apply. Your principles still work. Your instructions are still valid. Your opinion still matters. More than anyone else’s. How could we even imagine that nine Supreme Court justices could overturn what You have said? How could we have reached the conclusion that…

What we want is so vital,

What we think is so critical,

What we feel is so crucial…

That we elevate ourselves over You?…

We are so ashamed that our nation that was founded on faith in You has turned its back on You. And we know better. Our history records the faith of our fathers. If You do not judge us, then You will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. We have had so much more truth than the Sodomites did, and therefore we are more accountable for our sin. We have heard Your warning. The Day of the Lord is near and it’s going to be ugly. In response, we fall at the foot of the Cross and repent of every sin that made the death of Jesus necessary. Every sin that even now is provoking Your judgement.

We confess national addiction to sex. To money. To pleasure. To entertainment. To pornography. To technology. To drugs. To alcohol. To food. To television. To popularity. To ourselves.

We confess we no longer fear You, and thus we have not even the beginning of wisdom with which to handle the vast knowledge we possess.

We confess our foolishness of denying You as the one, true, living God, our Creator to whom we are accountable, living as though our lives are a cosmic accident with no eternal significance, purpose or meaning.

We confess our greed that has run up trillions of dollars or national debt.

We confess our arrogance and pride that has led us to think we are sufficient in ourselves.

We confess to believing that the prosperity of our nation is because we are great while refusing to acknowledge that all blessings come from Your hand.

We confess that we depend upon our military might and our weapons systems to protect us from harm and danger, while denying, defying, and ignoring You.

We confess that we have succumbed tot he pressure of pluralism in our desire to be inclusive so that we honor other gods as though You are just one of many.

We confess that we have allowed the material blessings You have given us to deceive us into thinking we don’t need You.

We confess that we feel entitled to what someone else has earned, instead of taking responsibility for ourselves and our families as we trust in You.

We confess that we live as though material wealth and prosperity will bring happiness.

We confess that we have marginalized truth and mainstreamed lies.

We confess that we have become one nation under many gods, divided and polarized, with license to sin and justice that no longer follows the rule of law.  (Some of these confessions have been taken with permission from the Daniel Prayer, Anne Graham Lotz, Zondervan Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI 2016).

Therefore, we turn to You with tears of shame and a heart of fear for the judgement we are provoking. The Spirit within us witnesses to the truth that the Day of the Lord is soon! You are backing away from us as we tell You to get out of our national life. We are losing Your blessing as a nation. So we turn to You with humility. With sincerity. Out of necessity. With a desperate sense of urgency. 

We turn to You with ___________

Hear our prayer. Forgive our sin. Heal our land. We are standing in the gap for our nations. In the name of the One who was with You in the beginning, the One to whom our forefathers looked, and the One who is with us today. JESUS

We come to You…

we bow before You….

in His name and for Your glory.

                                            Amen.

Amen. Amen.

Thank you Anne Graham Lotz for sharing your prayer that we may all pray.

And forgive me, that I did not include the beginning of her prayer 6,  but for those who are interested, Anne begins her prayer as we all must in acknowledging the Father, and ‘hallowing His name: “We worship You, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You are the living God of our nation’s founding fathers: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, and many others. We pledge allegiance as one nation under You. Every time we use American money to buy or sell, we make the statement that in You we have placed our trust.

We acknowledge that You are the One who has set us high above all the nations on the earth. You have made us the head and not the tail. We have led the free world. The whole world has known that we are identified with You, and they have respected us.

Again and again, You have given us victory over our enemies. You have blessed us when we have gone out and when we have come in. You have blessed us in our bustling cities and in our beautiful countryside. You have blessed our “fruited plain” so that we have had an abundance for ourselves and for others.

You have opened up the storehouse of Your bounty, and have blessed the work of our hands.

You have given us unprecedented prosperity so that we have lent to many nations but been debtor to none. ( this paragraph from, Deuteronomy 28:1-14). Until now. O Lord God of our Fathers, what has happened to the United States of America, the land that we love?”

Thank you Anne for encouraging us in our praying for our nation!

A gift for the King? I have only one theme – but it’s not just for one day only!

(Christmas thoughts at the middle of August? Only to give the children a song! What song? What theme? O God, what should the children sing? Better yet, what do You want from …me?)

(Five years ago, a diagnosis of cancer – evasive and large and SCAREY! But the prayers carried me and God got me through faithfully- changing each cell in my body! For worse with the ‘cure’ but better for my heart, because He took the critical and filled me with ‘thanks’. “O God of Heaven, You changed me completely – I live each day as my last. So ‘Today’, ‘today’…I try to stay, but we also must look ahead. But maybe not!… maybe each day… should be lived, as if,  as if the day were Christmas!”)

A gift for the King, this Christmas coming soon… what do I give to the King? I have only one theme, but it’s not just for one day, it’s for each new day of the year. So I write a prayer, as I wait on the Lord, as I wait…on the Lord, forever:

“Take my life, and let it be, separated to You – to You, and You only. “Search me O God, and know my heart, try me and know my fears…” (Ps. 139:23). Let me not be afraid to be whole-ly Yours. Yet, You see that I am… I am afraid of man!

Give me courage! Give me strength. You are ‘my strength and my song'(Exodus 15:2). May I not be afraid to stand for You Lord, the True God of heaven, Holy and sure. Not just at Christmas, when it’s fashionable and ‘safe’, but even now in the Fall or the Spring – O God help me not ‘cave’.

“Be near me Lord Jesus, I ask You to stay, close by me forever and love me I pray…” This is the song the children sing each year, instead, let it  be my every waking prayer! Your promises God, like a sheep I forget! Help me, my Shepherd stay ever so close, keep my eyes on You Jesus, following near to Your feet …”prone to wander, Lord I feel it! Prone to leave the God I love. Take my heart Lord. Take and seal it! Seal it for Thy courts above.”

You abound in mercy and chase me down with Your love, giving me presents with mountaintops and ocean waves and spectrums and more, giving me peace beyond my comprehension and hope in the dark, giving me life everlasting that I can’t even conceive – but God through Your Son, I receive, I believe…the door of my heart is now open to You…

May I be Your soldier and follow You true. But you see every thought, every word of mine,You know. Like the weeds in my garden that grow new every day,  what a mess it becomes…weed it and prune it and wash it a-new.  If You were willing to die on the cross for me, let me make the choice Jesus, to do the ‘hard things’.

‘How Great Thou Art’ is the theme of my heart! But what did the angels sing? “Light and life to all He brings, Risen with healing in His wings…” Each day I rise, may this be my phrase:  “Joy to the world, the Lord is come… let every heart, prepare Him room.” How could it be the world today? Pushing You so far away? You are the remedy it so badly needs! “God and sinners reconciled…Hark the herald Angels sing, glory to the New born King!”

“Glad tidings of great joy I bring to you and all mankind…” Lord have mercy on us all, Your people who grow dull. May our hearts grieve over the wrong we have done. May we confess all the sin and ask for clean hearts. Father of lights, not just Christmas, but even every-day:  “See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in Your way.”I will hold fast to what is True and pray without end with hope: “You rule the world with truth and  grace and make the nations prove…

the glories of Your Righteousness and wonders of Your love!’ Your face is what I seek’, Your grace all sufficient! “No more let sin and sorrow grow, nor thorns infest the ground. You come to make Your blessings flow…”

I’ve made room in my heart, for You dear Lord, “Be near me Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay, close by me forever and love me I pray. Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care, and take us to heaven to live with You there.”

Amen, amen, He’s let me live. Of course I will say, Amen. No fear of man, when Jesus heals. Amen, again, amen!”

(This is my prayer, this is my heart. Thankful for a brand new start,toni)

“Like a river glorious…”

When we feel the need to ‘get away’ and hang a hammock on a tree…

Perhaps a hymn will be enough for me:

“Like a River Glorious”
“Like a river glorious, Is God’s perfect peace, Over all victorious In it’s bright increase; Perfect, yet it floweth Fuller every day, Perfect, yet it groweth Deeper all the way. Stayed upon Jehovah, Hearts are fully blest; Finding as He promised, Perfect peace and rest.” 

“Like a river glorious, is God’s perfect peace!”

Hidden in the hollow Of His blessed hand, Never foe can follow Never traitor stand; Not a surge of worry, Not a shade of care, Not a blast of hurry Touch the Spirit there.”

Speaking the words of this hymn out loud, are actually helping me to ‘get away from it all!’ OK, I can’t hear the birds and the leaves of the tree, but this hymn speaks truth to my heart  and brings ‘rest’ to me: “Stayed upon Jehovah, Hearts are fully blest; Finding as He promised, Perfect peace and rest.” 

Hanging up the hammock on page 335, to ” Rock of Ages, cleft for me let me hide myself in Thee,” who would have thought that ‘the water and the blood from thy wounded side which flowed, … would wash me and cleanse me and refresh me enough, to look across the page to “Like a River Glorious!”

These words are living! There is hope! There is revival! There is power in the Spirit to  strengthen me again: “Stayed on Jehovah, hearts fully blest! Finding, as He promised, Perfect peace and rest!”

Now, you and me together, with hearts united, hearts ONE, let us go out a ‘be a blessing’ to all we meet and MORE!”

 

“I AM so much more than you could ever know…

God speaks: “Don’t you remember the warning? I gave it to you in My word, “In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer…”(John 16:33). I made it quite clear- don’t be tempted, don’t be afraid, don’t be in such a great hurry- to run to the vices so near!”

“This world is broken. This world is a mess. Since the beginning when Satan did tempt. ‘In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.'(John 16:33). Believe these words, when you’re tempted – when your tempted to give up and be overcome by the stress!”

A heart-broken child: “I’ve been taught through the years. I grew up with reminders: “Hear the words of the Savior, He’s talking to you”.

“The eyes of God are open, He sees you in full view.”

“He will light your darkness. Even if for a time you can’t see.”

“He IS Immanuel, God with us -you can trust Him in your darkness- He IS gracious and full of mercy.”

“I do remember these words, but the world seems to be what is ‘true.’ I’ve got to work to make money, I’ve got to get the job done. I have to do this, I have to do that! Who has time for the Son?”

God speaks: “But, I’m  so much more than what you can imagine. The glory, the majesty, the mystery is all there…in everything you see, and in the things that you don’t:  in the precious little baby, in the ox in the field, in the eagle soaring above the mountains and the lion in the field…”but you don’t ‘see’ these anymore, in an average day, but my glory and mystery are ever present, ever sound – ‘you believe in God, believe also in Me…'” (John 14:1), look then to the blue in the sky and the puff of the white cloud. Let Me in, as you look around!”

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you know not of.” (Jer. 33:3).

A heart-broken child: “Who are you God, and who are You, Jesus? The trials come,… somehow You grow very small. As the beat of my heart struggles, as the weight of the world weighs down- it seems my eyes have been blinded and I don’t seem to know You at all!”

God Speaks: “God, is My Title, the Father of all. Jesus is My name, in which you need call. The Holy Spirit then will come to live in your life,  if you do not ‘quench Him’ by anger and doubt – of Me, He will ‘tell all!’ The mysteries – let them become  spectrum of color before your eyes. The spectrum… surrounds Me, on the throne of glory – Turn your eyes on Me – disregard the lies!

“Line upon Line, precept upon precept”(Isaiah 28:10), as the tortoise, not the hare, begin your walk with Me again. Talk to Me and bring Me in…does the sun not rise every morning and set every night? Take notice of the faithfulness of his return each new day – and remember Me… I am faithful as the sun, I AM the light, the spectrum and all it’s glory! I AM more than you could ever imagine – I AM the King of All Kings, and the Rock of all Ages, I AM the Lord of Hosts and the Father of Light. I Am Wisdom and I Am True, and may you never forget my child…I delight in you!”

(God’s word, in James): “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.” (James 1:17,18).

(Fanny Crosby speaks for the child of hope): “Take the world, but give me Jesus. All its joys are but a  name; But His love abideth ever, Thru eternal years the same. 2. Take the world, but give me Jesus, Sweetest comfort of my soul; With my Savior watching o’er me, I can sing tho billows roll. 3. Take the world, but give me Jesus. Let me view His constant smile; Then thruout my pilgrim journey, Light will cheer me all the while…” O the height and depth of mercy! O the length and breadth of love! O the fullness of redemption Pledge of endless life above!” (Give Me Jesus, by Fanny Crosby).

“Abide with me! Fast falls the even-tide…”

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“Abide with me! Fast falls the even-tide. The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide!” This is a cry of Henry F. Lyte in 1847. This is a cry of ours besides: “When other helpers fail And comforts flee, Help of the help-less, O abide with me!”

Swift to its close, ebbs out life’s little day. Earth’s joys grow dim; Its glories pass away. Change and decay In all around I see; O Thou, who changest not, abide with me!”

“I need Thy presence Every pass-ing hour. What but Thy grace Can foil the temp-ter’s power? Who, like Thyself, My guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.”

“I fear no foe, With Thee at hand to bless; Ills have no weight, And tears no bitterness. Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?

“I triumph still, If Thou abide with me.” (“Abide with Me…

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“Do you have an ear?

“To all who will hear, this day and the next,  I speak every day, in My word tucked away. Behind an old, and boring and plain black, dark cover –  are riches divine and beauty so glorious. I wait and I wait with long-suffering, oh that My child would open again and discover, and even hunger, to  spend time with… Me, that once again, his heart would sing.

The Words don’t always flow, in the minds made of dust, and the Words are a mystery and at times make man bust – But I, the True and Living God, the One who is The Way, I AM the One who creates and blesses, I Am the One who gives and takes away. I AM the One to Trust, I am the One who breathes understanding. I AM the ONE who …loves. I AM the strength and the song you are seeking!

I am gracious and compassionate and so slow to anger’,(Psalm 103:8), yet the lies never cease to paint a picture of Me that is hard and cold and far-removed from it all, ready to take away life – yet that is what I give – to the child that calls.

Come, my children both young and old – speak in My hearing, call on My name, spend time with Me, I miss you the same…OH, how I long… to hear from your voice. I long for you. Can you hear My words above all the noise?  

My words are clear, and to a heart that hears, there is refreshing and peace more costly than gold , “The LORD is near to all who call…to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him…He hears their cry.” (Psalm 145:18). There is no lie in Him, ‘no shadow of turning’ I AM –  the – Truth!

I am Creator, and though some don’t believe, I’ve put a blank spot in each heart that is void. I wait, and I wait until I hear My Name called – I won’t force My way in…I am ‘GentleMan’ after all! Does your heart long for God? I know that it does, I made it that way! ‘Call unto Me, and I will answer and show you great and mighty things you don’t even know!’ (Jer. 33:3). 

My children, you are lied to and deceived and mistaken. Do you want to hear the Truth of the Story? The whole awful mess that My children are in, has all been written, as early as Chapter 3. I Am ‘Ever present’. I AM full- aware. My heart DOES break, but I have provided the cure – My One and Only Son, I have given to you, as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,” He died on that tree at Calvary.

I am Creator, I am Father in Heaven,  I Am Holy, yet, I AM – full – of – mercy!

The time is short…days have grown evil. Evil upon evil, ’tis true. But take heart, My children, who choose to hear My voice – take refuge in the pages that have been written. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says…”(Rev. 2:7), To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of Paradise…”(Rev. 2:7). “Thus saith the LORD.” Take heart My children, simply open up your ear, and take refuge in ME – (for ALL have been bitten!)

My children, I have called, and I have given you choice…“Let the little children come unto Me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14). I Love you forever, because I AM love, to all who believe and all who receive,  and call on My name – I HEAR your voice!

I  give you direction, I give you protection. I  give you provision, comfort, and LIFE. But don’t make up your own truth, the way you would like it… the Father knows best…I am Holy… I am Holy… I – AM – Holy…Obey the words that you read in the pages! Yield to the Spirit – OH how blessed you will be!

Take time to know Me – in the best curriculum yet – in Matthew, and  Mark, and Luke, and John. Walk with My Son, and you will discover ‘what is love’. Obey Him, surrender, and seek HIS Way, not yours. And you,  My child, you will discover what it truly is,  and even far above, above your own understanding, what it is to be happy and blessed and to be held in the very Hand  of the One you’ve been seeking all along, the One whose very  nature is LOVE!

“Peace I leave with you…” I must tell you more about Jenny…

Jenny couldn’t move a single muscle below her neck, not one! Jenny couldn’t DO ANYTHING, not even BREATHE without the help of machines, and all of this over a VERY LONG period of time. In August 2013, all provision for 24 hour home health care had vanished…Jenny found herself in a hospital bed…But Jenny had hope in God, and with all her strength she kept her faith in God, and God filled her with love…I share a letter so you can see a little what that looks like:

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“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you;not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27. This is the peace that Jesus can give.

my friend Jenny, … she has this peace.

Though unexpectedly, in one day 5 1/2 years ago, for some unknown reason, (not sure exact causes, virus of the spine, etc.) caused paralysis from the neck down,

though having a tracheotomy and  needing help with breathing, thus making communication difficult,

though now, unable to be home, around her family and her girls, because of need of  a new home health care rotation and provision for it, has been in a hospital for 9 weeks,

and because of that, (being in a hospital) now has issues with excess fluids from simply being in a hospital bed had to be rushed to…

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A mamas poem…

On the mantle –  is a picture of you…a precious moment, a precious time. But so much more, a mama sees… she sees love so deep, and she ‘feels’ it too! A mama’s love is much like God’s you know – but yet it’s not – a ‘best-friend’ she may not be, but loving you most, next to God – THAT’s what mamas DO – on the mantle of her heart, is a picture of you.

I want you to know that if I could, I would- give you so many gifts, SO much, you know. If I could just wrap up a gift, just for you, so you could see, how very special you are to me…so unique, filled inside  – and  – out with SO much beauty. On the mantle of my heart is a picture of you, near or far, on this side of heaven or the other side…always and forever, your mama  – loves  – YOU!

Each day I have breath, I wake up to see, …that on my mantle is a picture of you. Do you know what else hangs on that wall of my heart?  Its a picture of a church with a steeple and all. You see, God is the beginning of ‘being alive’  in this life. Before I had Him, I was filled with fear and great strife.

I held it all together with my own feeble ways, until it all crashed, and I was all broken inside. I asked Him to come  in. “Jesus, who are You? I don’t know You at all. Please show me and heal me, forgive me of sin.” – So He came into my heart and He abides with me still, each and every day, for all eternity as well!

So I write you a poem from the depth of my heart,  just arranging  some words on a page. But they aren’t just words, and they aren’t just pictures, they are the heart beat of a hug even when there’s great distance.  A mamas heart is near beside you  – on those cold and hard days,  and when there is great happiness. You see, on the mantle of my heart is a picture of you, hold on to this truth, whatever you do.

So in thinking of the ‘best and most perfect gift’ a mama can give, I’ve come to this conclusion: That I paint for you a picture  that points to the cross, and I sing some notes that stay on your mind. I point to the King, because He loves you best! And I sing of His glorious love and forgiveness. On the mantle of my heart is a picture of you, near or far – on this side of heaven or the other side – trust in Him and seek His face – He loves you most – keep your eyes on Him as you run your race!

And as a comforter, (not as perfect as God’s, I must say), pull up to your chin when you feel sad and lonely, that on the mantle of mamas heart is a picture of you. I love you. Now go…and be a blessing to others!