Just a Dream…or?

I was awakened during the early morning hours by a dream…ever been there?  It wasn’t  a nightmare.  I didn’t wake up afraid but the dream was as vivid as if I were still dreaming.  Lying there I began to roll the footage through my mind again.  I won’t go into all the detail of the dream, but it reminded me of a dream I had several years ago.

Tclip_image002[4]he dream I had about 6-7 years ago was of my husband and I during one of our walks around Harrison Bay and as the day moved toward dusk, I began to see serpents along the trail…some would strike out and almost reach us, some would slither across the path in front and behind us, but never touching us.  At the time of my dream I wasn’t under any great pressures of life that I was aware of.  But our Awesome, Holy, and never failing God was warning me of a “strike” of satan in the future.  The old serpent struck, and attempted to strike out at my husband’s ministry.  Unsuccessfully, but hurting babes in the Lord who didn’t understand why someone would do that.  God prevailed!

Early this morning I had a similar dream, while not as dramatic as there was only ONE poisonous serpent involved.  I woke up realizing that the serpent was coiled and not in a striking position, but ready!  In my dream, I gently removed myself from the strike zone.  Another warning LORD?  I believe so!

1 Peter 5:8 reminds us:    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Observing through many years of walking in the truth…I have seen the LORD begin to move and then the old serpent sticks his ugly head with beady eyes into the mix.  It doesn’t take much for him to strike…an unkind word, a mistaken interpretation of words or actions, offenses though small build into bitterness…the old serpent knows how to do it!  When people began to seek a closer walk with God and desire to be revived, refreshed and have kindled the fire…the old serpent can’t resist…he slithers in and around…seeking the weakest and attempting to devour and destroy.  A pastor soon sees who has and is maturing and growing.

We must be very careful with our words, conversation and actions.  This is a testing time.

Ecclesiastes 10:11 tells us:  Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

Psalm 140:3  tells us:  They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah.

We must, I must be very careful to intercede prayerfully and not be a hindrance to His Will keeping the desire for More of HIM and less of me!  Time is brief…our lifespan is God-given!  We don’t know the hour or the day our journey in this world will end.  I certainly don’t want to be a stumbling block or have strayed from the path called straight.

My HOPE for the future is to be with my Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.  He is the one I want to please and that He will “know” who I am and say “well done, thou good and faithful servant”.

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.   (Matthew 25:21)

~ Prayerfully submitted,

Pam

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Dry…Thirsty…Drink the Living Water

“If you’re DRY then you probably need to CRY.”

I woke early Monday morning this past week with these words vividly printed on my mind and I was reading and re-reading them over and over again. My mind became full of words, phrases, and Scripture that needed to be compiled into some sense of order to satisfy my heart.

Lord i'm emptyTheir heart cried to the Lord.
    O wall of the daughter of Zion,
let tears stream down like a torrent
    day and night!
Give yourself no rest,
    your eyes no respite!

(Lamentations 2:18 ESV)

So here goes my feeble attempt to make sense of what I felt was the “nudging” of the Holy Ghost.

Psalm 18:6 tells us: In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

I understand that all the cries or cried in the Bible does not always mean tears…but it does mean a desperate crying from the heart.

I searched for scriptures that had the word cry, cries, cried, tears and weep or weeping. It’s worth your while to take the time to look them up in a concordance and just read through them.

Everyone has their own manner of prayer… many do not cry tears, but still cry before God. I personally am a crier with tears. When I feel His presence, it is so awesome to me that after all these years, I still cannot stop the flow of tears. I have also discovered, that I do not cry about everything that occurs in my life. I attribute my tears as a gift from God. Tears refresh my soul. I can read His Word and as His Spirit flows through the Words I’m reading and connects with my spirit I become so full that my tears flow freely. I hope and pray I never lose the tears or the awe and reverence of God and His Word.

Now back to dryness. As I write, please understand that I have had times of dryness, so I speak from the experience. Did I leave God during those times? NO, I persevered through them. Did I need a large church or conference to remedy my dryness? NO, I continued to worship, yes, I said worship even though He felt so far away. Why? Because I knew that He wasn’t far away, but was calling me closer to Him. However, when the opportunity presented itself in a conference or large church, I did and do take full advantage of the praise time. But those services are not what will provide the day-to-day connection with God. It’s not the size of the church congregation that causes true worship.  It comes from our hearts!

May I say that a dry spell could be a time of testing? God wants to see how we are going to handle it. Will we walk away or trudge on through the barren desert searching for the Water? We have the choice of letting our spirit dry up and become dehydrated or seeking the Living Water that will refresh our souls.

Physical dehydration is horrible and can be painful. Dehydration often affects the internal organs. One can even have hallucinations. Dehydration that is not reversed in time  can quickly  bring DEATH.

Spiritual dehydration is also a painful malady and can cause the inner man to wither away. Just like physical dehydration is generally a slow subtle process until the body starts to break down and becomes weak, Spiritual dehydration occurs the same way…slow and subtle. The lack of hearing the Word causes the dehydration process to begin and we fail to turn our praise into true worship. Worship comes from knowing and connecting to the one we worship.  The adversary sees our lack of response to the Spirit and goes immediately to work to keep us from drinking the living water.

So, once we’ve diagnosed that dehydration is or has occurred what do we do to remedy it? Physically we must re-hydrate ourselves…we must drink water and restore the fluids in our body. If serious enough, we may even require Intravenous intervention. I’ve experienced this physical dehydration a couple of times in my life that required the IV’s. It’s not a pleasant experience. You do not feel like yourself, you think strange thoughts (hallucinations) and your body begins to shut down (very harmful to the kidneys). It also affects our appearance.

What is the Spiritual remedy? First, we must admit that we were responsible for the dehydration. It was our choice not to drink water and keep our body hydrated. Second, we must drink in the living water that will restore our soul and replenish the spiritual nutrients to our inner spiritual man. Third, it may require us to be more diligent and consistent in daily seeking His presence in repentance and worship. Fourth, we must realize it takes our effort to lift the cup of living water to our lips and drink that is what God is looking for. He will provide living water to those who are thirsty.

Personally, I have been a part of large congregations and small. I have found that neither one, large or small made me any drier than the other. Yes, I enjoyed praising and worshipping with music. Yes, I enjoyed being in a large group feeling the Spirit sweep over. But I have more often than not reaped the most when I forgot those around me and only concentrated on worshipping my God. Just me and God.

My private times, my quiet times with my God, have been the sustaining factor in my walk with God these past 54-years. I can always count on Him to be there. I may not always feel His presence, but I know He’s there!This is my desire

Usually, when I submit myself totally to praising and worshipping Him, forgetting about myself and my supposed needs is when I find Him to be the closest.  I can reach out and touch Him as He passes by.

I can almost hear Him whisper,

“My daughter, this is how it should be”.

 

He will draw near if we seek Him!  That’s a promise.

 

Whispers from my heart,

Pam

 

 

Morning Songs of the Heart

 

The last few mornings I have been awakened with a song(s)…this is not a regular occurrence for me. 

This morning it was with the following and the particular phrases of the song that woke me up are in bold print.  I’ve not heard this song sung in many months.

Draw Me Nearer  (Frances J Crosby – 1875)_1-Fanny J Crosby

1.  I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
    And it told Thy love to me;
   
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
    And be closer drawn to Thee.

  • Refrain:
    Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
    To the cross where Thou hast died;
    Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
    To Thy precious, bleeding side.

2.  Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
     By the pow’r of grace divine;
    
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
     And my will be lost in Thine.

3.  Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
     That before Thy throne I spend,
    
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
     I commune as friend with friend!

4.  There are depths of love that I cannot know
     Till I cross the narrow sea;
     There are heights of joy that I may not reach
     Till I rest in peace with Thee.

I totally understand the call to prayer and I’m so thankful God still keeps me sensitive and alert to heed this call.  I know there are many times I’ve missed it (and knew it later)!  Did He tell me what to pray for…Not always, but whether it’s for myself or someone else, it doesn’t matter…it’s the communication with Him that is important.

Out of curiosity I googled Frances J. Crosby and here is a list of songs written by her.   Note the word in bold lettering after each song.  Clicking on each song title will take you directly to the lyrics. 

clip_image002All the Way My Savior Leads Me | Frances J. Crosby, 1875

Faith

All the way my Savior leads me, / What have I to ask beside? …

clip_image002[1]Blessed Assurance | Frances J. Crosby, 1873

Assurance

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! / Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! …

clip_image002[2]Close to Thee | Frances J. Crosby, 1874

Devotion

Thou my everlasting portion, / More than friend or life to me, …

clip_image002[3]Draw Me Nearer (Crosby) | Frances J. Crosby, 1875

Supplication

I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, / And it told Thy love to me; …

clip_image002[4]Give Me Jesus | Frances J. Crosby, 1879

Jesus/Savior

Take the world, but give me Jesus, / All its joys are but a name; …

clip_image002[5]He Hideth My Soul | Frances J. Crosby, 1890

Refuge

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, / A wonderful Savior to me; …

clip_image002[6]Jesus Is Tenderly Calling | Frances J. Crosby, 1883

Invitation

Jesus is tenderly calling you home / Calling today, calling today, …

clip_image002[7]My Savior First of All | Frances J. Crosby, 1894

Jesus/Savior

When my lifework is ended, and I cross the swelling tide, / When the bright and glorious morning I shall see; …

clip_image002[8]Near the Cross | Frances J. Crosby, 1869

Refuge

Jesus, keep me near the cross, / There a precious fountain— …

clip_image002[9]Never Give Up | Frances J. Crosby, 1903

Exhortation

Never be sad or desponding, / If thou hast faith to believe; …

clip_image002[10]No Cross for Me? | Frances J. Crosby, 1910

Consecration

No cross for me, O blessed Lord and Savior? / No cross for me, when Thou Thine own didst bear, …

clip_image002[11]Only a Step | Frances J. Crosby, 1873

Invitation

Only a step to Jesus! / Then why not take it now? …

clip_image002[12]Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior | Frances J. Crosby, 1868

Supplication

Pass me not, O gentle Savior, / Hear my humble cry; …

clip_image002[13]Praise Him! Praise Him! | Frances J. Crosby, 1869

Praise

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! / Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim! …

clip_image002[14]Rescue the Perishing | Frances J. Crosby, 1869

Missionary

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, / Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; …

clip_image003Safe in the Arms of Jesus | Frances J. Crosby, 1868

Refuge

Safe in the arms of Jesus, / Safe on His gentle breast; …

clip_image003[1]Saved by Grace | Frances J. Crosby, 1891

Anticipation

Some day the silver cord will break, / And I no more as now shall sing; …

clip_image003[2]Savior, More than Life to Me | Frances J. Crosby, 1875

Supplication

Savior, more than life to me, / I am clinging, clinging, close to Thee; …

clip_image003[3]Sing On | Frances J. Crosby, 1885

Praise

Sing on, ye joyful pilgrims, / Nor think the moments long; …

clip_image003[4]Steadily Marching On | Frances J. Crosby

Loyalty

Praise ye the Lord, joyfully sound hosanna, / Praise the Lord with glad acclaim; …

clip_image003[5]Tell Me the Story of Jesus | Frances J. Crosby, 1880

Gospel

Tell me the story of Jesus, / Write on my heart every word; …

clip_image003[6]Though Your Sins Be as Scarlet | Frances J. Crosby, 1887

Invitation

“Though your sins be as scarlet, / They shall be as white as snow; …

clip_image003[7]’Tis the Blessed Hour of Prayer | Frances J. Crosby, 1880

Prayer

‘Tis the blessed hour of prayer, when our hearts lowly bend, / And we gather to Jesus, our Savior and friend; …

clip_image003[8]To God Be the Glory (Crosby) | Frances J. Crosby, 1875

Praise

To God be the glory, great things He hath done, / So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, …

clip_image003[9]To the Work | Frances J. Crosby, 1869

Work

To the work! To the work! We are servants of God; / Let us follow the path that our Master has trod; …

clip_image003[10]Tread Softly | Frances J. Crosby

Worship

Be silent, be silent, / A whisper is heard, …

clip_image003[11]Unsearchable Riches | Frances J. Crosby, 1882

Encouragement

Oh, the unsearchable riches of Christ, / Wealth that can never be told! …

clip_image003[12]Victory Through Grace | Frances J. Crosby, 1890

Victory

Conquering now and still to conquer, rideth a King in His might; / Leading the host of all the faithful into the midst of the fight; …

clip_image002[15]Watch and Pray | Frances J. Crosby, 1885

Watchfulness

Watch and pray that when the Master cometh, / If at morning, noon, or night, …

clip_image002[16]We’ll Work Till Jesus Calls | Frances J. Crosby

Work

We are marching on with shield and banner bright, / We will work for God and battle for the right, …

clip_image002[17]Will Jesus Find Us Watching? | Frances J. Crosby, 1876

Watchfulness

When Jesus comes to reward His servants, / Whether it be noon or night, …

***(You can go to this website for the lyrics: http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/_/Crosby_Frances_J/?sortby=author )

 I have been overwhelmed with His presence this morning.  My heart is full of His love, mercy and longsuffering toward us and our world.  Time marches on and soon will be no more!

In His Presence there’s fullness of JOY,

PamCreat in me a Clean Heart

2012 – Alive or Zombie…

 

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A New Beginning, another opportunity to make the known necessary changes in my life. Could this be my last chance? We are not privilege to that information. God alone holds our life in His hands.

My responsibility is to change the things in my life that need changing. He won’t do that for me…there has to be ACTION on my part. He wants to see my intentions become more than mere words or thoughts. Active consistency…a determined effort and desire to make those life changes, he will honor. He desires our response to Biblical commands of living, not end of year resolutions written down (usually the same ones year after year), but a real response to His Word and our knowledge of what we know to do! Honestly now, we do know!

What’s the old quote: It takes 21-days to develop a habit…and so, conversely it takes 21-days to break one too!

The soon ending of a year of my life always puts me in a contemplative mood. My thoughts move through idealistic dreams and goals…to the pattern of real life and on to the attempt of combining the two into something feasible and realistic. We will never accomplish anything if we stay in the unreal world of idealism! Hiding our heads in the sand does not diminish or make the real world disappear!

REAL LIFE is an everyday challenge!

Ever feel like a Zombie? And no, I’ve never seen the movie, nor do I know much about the Zombie groupies/phase. But I have seen the photos of the lifeless Walking dead with the blank stare, just going through the perfunctory motions of life. How boring…to be emotionless and without feeling, numb to life!

Have you ever looked deeply into someone’s eyes and saw NO LIFE there, blank eyes, no sparkle, no interest in their surroundings… robotic body movements? Speaking in general phrases…no depth of thoughts or emotion…just there…body is there…but mind/spirit is disengaged!

What causes this to happen? Tragedy, complicated life situations, loss of HOPE, loss of trust, unfulfilled desires…?

I think loss of HOPE and TRUST are the biggest issues causing zombie living. Next, is the inability to follow through with intentional living. Consistency of intentional living…it’s so easy to fall back into old habits…consistency is the key…and when that is not accomplished then the hopelessness of never changing becomes a weighted albatross. The feeling that change can’t be accomplished becomes the norm and hope disappears into the black cloud of zombie-ism!

I recently read an article about Zombie Bees!

imageThe parasitic fly lays eggs in a bee’s abdomen. Several days later, the parasitized bee bumbles out of the hives often at night on a solo mission to nowhere. These bees often fly toward light and wind up unable to control their own bodies. After a bee dies, as many as 13 fly larvae crawl out from the bee’s neck. The bees’ behavior seems similar to that of ants that are parasitized and then decapitated from within by other fly larvae from the Apocephalus genus.image

“When we observed the bees for some time the ones that were alive we found that they walked in circles, often with no sense of direction,” Andrew Core, a graduate student who works with Hafernik and a co-author on the new paper, said in a prepared statement, describing them as behaving “something like a zombie.” (Read about other parasites that turn their hosts into zombies in the article “Zombie Creatures.”)

It made me think about the parasitic influences we are bombarded with daily and how they can become buried deep within causing us to lose our sense of direction …walking in circles, directionless, becoming Zombie-like instead of Christ-like!  Floundering off-track influenced by worldly parasites. The adversarial parasite uses us as a host, laying the larvae of joylessness, bitterness, prayerlessness, a what’s-the-use attitude, incubated in our very being until the larvae is ready to spew forth its sinful dialogue! Leaving us drained of life, debilitated, a Zombie, a shell of what we once were. The adversary knows exactly what he is doing!

I refrain from continuing the Zombie thought, (I have more notes on the subject) but I refrain because I KNOW  THE ONE who says WE CAN BE OVERCOMERS.  ALL HOPE is NOT lost!

This is not one of my typical NEW YEAR greetings… I truly am happy to be ALIVE and entering the year 2012!  I feel this is going to be a crucial year for The Church body…we need to be ready, not lacking in our prayer, fasting, absorbing the WORD (our nourishment), drinking in the LIVING WATER!  We need to be on guard, watchful and walking on the straight path.  Staying ALERT and keeping our directions in hand!

There will be OVERCOMERS…those who have endured!  Many Overcomer’s have left us this past year.  Those who led us in the path called straight!  Will we continue to follow?!  I plan to keep on keeping on…how about you!  I’m not promised my next breath…but I am promised a home in glory if I endure to the end.

LORD JESUS, Come Quickly!

Many Blessings in 2012,

Pam (Heartwhispers)

 

What a DAY…

imageBeautiful Day…Sunshine and already 59 degrees and rising!

A little chill to the wind, but otherwise very energizing!  This past week was a long one for me…in many ways!  I am ready for this weekend!  Lots to do…but plan on some “chillaxinCoffee cup time too!  I really need it!  Getting ready for our Tennessee District Ladies Conference…11-days from now!  Anticipating Great things!! from God!! Praying for a powerful anointing to fall on all who are attending!  Somehow, I feel this is a very important year!

I am so thankful for the WORD of GOD that encourages, guides, and keeps the imageflame of HOPE lit!! 

When we are bombarded from all sides… image

“WE” must put on the Whole Armor of God…so that we will be able to stand firm against ALL strategies of the devil! For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places… Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.  STAY ALERT and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (NLT) Ephesians 6th Chapter

The element of surprise is always the adversaries best weapon!  When he uses this method he hopes to catch us at a time when we are NOT ALERT

That is why complacency is so dangerous!

To be subtly lulled into acceptance puts us traveling in a dangerous territory!   We might end up wandering in the wilderness and desiring to return to the fleshpots of Egypt, content with bearing the burden of sin, making our own bricks, gathering our own straw…working long hours for this World.  Our Choices are important!

I’m NOT talking about the necessity of providing for our families.  So…don’t even go there!  Thinking smile

I am concerned with the “pull” of this world and where we are headed!  The past 50-75 years have been progressive in so many ways of which I’m thankful for some and enjoying!  But in other aspects I am appalled at some of the historical events, ideas and laws put into place!  Freedom of speech is only allowed for some of the population!  Tolerance is DEMANDED for some, but for others, it is NOT!  These are supposed to be intelligent people who are orchestrating these ideas and laws!  I just don’t see them thinking the concepts and ideas all the way through!  I believe they probably know precisely what they are intending to achieve with them.

I AM encouraged when I read His WORD and realize this is all we have been warned would occur!  And that is where my HOPE lies!… in HIS WORD, knowing that all things will work for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them… 

THERE IS COMING A DAY…

There is coming a day,
When no heart aches shall come,
No more clouds in the sky,
No more tears to dim the eye,
All is peace forever more,
On that happy golden shore,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

There’ll be no sorrow there,
No more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no pain,
No more parting over there;
And forever I will be,
With the One who died for me,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

Chorus:

What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

Are we really looking forward to that day… I do believe the time is at hand when we will be crying out…

LORD JESUS,

COME QUICKLY!

Be Encouraged…Stay ALERT…READ His Word!

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A Good Report…

God is good all the time, all the time God is good…

Even as we journey through trials and hard places in life… Yes, God is STILL good!  He’s still in charge and still is Master of our lives.

This has been a tumultuous week for me.  Again, I had to endure the process of “cancer or cancer free”? 

Thursday I was scheduled for my quarterly Cystoscopy and biopsies.  Always, with the negative thought trying to invade my mind, “will they find invasive cancer this time” ??

  • 5:25 am  Up and getting Bud (husband) ready and off to work.
  • 6:25 am  Good Bye Kiss, Bud tells me, “I love you and you know I’ve been praying for you and will be thinking about you today.”  I observe the “worried” look behind his expression.   He’s going to work this morning and will be back around 11:30 am to take me to the hospital. 
  • 6:30 am  I sit in my recliner reading and trying to calm my mind.  Jesus and I have a wonderful conversation.  I am assured that all is in HIS HANDS and nothing is going to happen to me that is not His Will.  We will go through this together, Hand in Hand!
  • 8:00am  The craving for my morning coffee (I can do without the FOOD… just give me my coffee!!!) is strong… I have to get up and DO something to avoid the Caffeine URGE! 
  • 9:00 am  The URGE passes…
  • 10:45 am  Start to get my things ready… pack my little black bag.
  • 11:00 am  Shower, fix hair… and I’m ready to go when Bud gets here.
  • 11:30 am Bud’s home and changes clothes, grabs his Bible and a book.
  • 12:15 pm Dad, Mom, Bud and I have prayer and we’re off for the hospital’s Same Day Surgery Department.
  • 12:45 pm Nurse calls and says can I come in NOW… he’s got an early opening.  YES, I want this over with… “I’m in the parking lot now… will be up in 10 minutes.”

And thus the day goes on… I was back in the preliminary surgery area and the man next to me was having a complete Cystectomy done and the bed across from me was to have a Nephrectomy.  I am lying there calmly, basking in the love of Jesus and feeling his peace enfolding me with the comfort I need for this circumstance of life! There’s nothing like KNOWING JESUS!  Nothing!

I hate to be anesthetized!  I don’t like NOT being in control of my person!  But once given “the injection” … I quickly fall asleep. 

  • 3:30pm  I peek out from under my heavy eyelids… “Yes!!! …I’m still among the living.”

When I’m finally able to answer questions, the nurse asked… “Do you want something to drink?”  “YES…strong black coffee!”  And she brings it to me, “Freshly brewed.”  Ummm, so good!  Could this be a sin?  🙂   I sincerely hope not!

Finally, I’m back in the room and they are getting me ready to leave in an hour or so.  I’m not nauseated this time… wonderful!  I feel pretty good… Actually, I feel wonderful!  It’s GOOD NEWS… the surgeon did find a small spot of cancer… but feels he got it all and took the usual biopsies of different areas of the bladder.  He told Bud he felt all is well… and nothing to worry about!

  • 5:45 pm  HOME… home never looked so good to me!  Bud fixed a wonderful dinner of yellow squash, corn on the cob, carrots, peppers, cabbage, candied sweet potatoes, and Italian meatballs.  It really is a pleasing combination…    😀

Yes, God is good all the time.  Even had I received a BAD report… God would still have been there… and He still would have been GOOD!  He is ever present with us!

 

PS ~  A bit of humor:  While getting ready for surgery… the nurse told me that I would have to take off my hairpiece!   🙂    Bud quickly told her that was NOT a hairpiece.  You could see the look of disbelief in her eyes.  So, I took out the two clips holding my hair up and down it fell… she said… “Oh my gawd…that really is all yours.”     😀

2008

crd_NewYear08_title_1024x768 copy It’s here… 2008…are we ready?

I believe this will be a year filled with many changes in this world and even in our individual lives.

We’ll soon be going through a Presidential transition that will mean many changes for all of us.  There are serious situations, politically, and otherwise, bubbling and boiling in our nation and in the WORLD at large… that we really don’t know what to expect. 

All I know… I must be READY!  I must STAY READY!  I must be on GUARD and ALERT day and night.  I don’t want to be subtly wooed into the mold of this world’s thought patterns and trends.  I want to adhere to the WORD of GOD and be found acceptable in His sight.  Not one of us knows the day nor the hour that we will meet our creator!  We’ll all (most likely) meet that moment at different times.  It would be wonderful to RISE to meet HIM as a Body… but I know I just want to be READY whenever that time reaches for me.  I don’t want to be found complacently drowsy, lukewarm, or heaven forbid ASLEEP! 

There’s so many things I want to see take place and want to be here for… things I’m believing God for.  But His WILL is all important to me and if my time is shortened on this earth…then so be it.  He knows why and I won’t question God.

Our blessed HOPE…His soon appearing.

How GREAT is our GOD… How GREAT is His NAME…He’s the GREATEST ONE, and forever the same.  (Oh yes) He rolled back the waters of the mighty Red Sea, and He said (a promise) I’ll never leave you, so just put your TRUST in me.

What a beautifully true old chorus that is!  GOD is great and greatly to be PRAISED!

Have a blessed NEW YEAR with JESUS!

Complete Trust

Complete Trust

 

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

 

How many times have we read, memorized, and quoted the above verse of scripture to ourselves and others? Numerous times, I’m sure!

 

Whenever we face a problem or circumstance that is beyond our reasoning ability or maybe one we just don’t want to deal with…. we grab the above scripture as consolation, as we should.

 

But have you ever thought that maybe these problems and seemingly insurmountable circumstances come our way to give us the opportunity to put our TRUST in God and God alone. 

 

As long as WE can figure it out, we don’t trust anyone but ourselves. I think there are times that God has to remind us… HE put us on this earth, HE can take us out of it too! 

 

If you have an independent type personality… this can be difficult! We like to think we can figure out the answer to every situation that comes our way. But there comes that particular circumstance when “WE are not in control” at all.

 

Yes, of course, we are given brains for a reason….to reason! But our dependence is on our Savior Jesus, not in our own abilities. After all, who gave us this wonderful brain in the first place? 

 

Yes, we are to help ourselves… we are to show active not just passive interest in our circumstance or situation. But there is a place we come to, when “IT” is beyond our control and we have to “GIVE UP” and give the control completely to God. When we partially “hang on”… the problem or circumstance is never solved or resolved. It becomes a hindrance and we never gain VICTORY over IT.

 

God gave us the Holy Ghost…why? To lead and guide us in everything we do. He wants our complete TRUST and to trust Him above all else. Our reasoning abilities are not infallible, but God is!

 

So, next time… when you think God isn’t hearing your prayer, or you just can’t go another step or down a seemingly rocky path… LOOK UP… He’s there, just waiting for your heartfelt cry… “I can’t do it alone God, HELP me!” When we fall on our face before the one who created us and knows our limitations… then we will see the answer as if it were written directly on our hearts and minds.

 

Oh, for complete trust in the one who loves us beyond measure!

 

The old song came to mind as I was writing this:

 

Trust and obey,

for there’s no other way,

to be happy in Jesus,

but to trust and obey.

 

True contentment and joy in Jesus

is a product of complete trust!

 

 

 


 

My prayer:

O compassionate God, creator of mankind, make me what I ought to be, help me to be more like thee, bid me come up higher, ‘till thy face I see.  Oh, Lord, make me what I ought to be. In Jesus’ Name.

 

Originally published for:  Heart2Heart Women’s Ministries © 2004 – 2007  (Heart for Truth Ministries) Pamla K Childers.    All rights reserved.

Prayer Meeting

Wow…this weekend sailed by!  Bud and I left right after work for Bon Aqua, TN (which is on the west side of Nashville) for an all night prayer meeting.  The attendance wasn’t great (the weekend after conference), but the POWER of God was present.  I’m glad we went.  The adversary tried desperately to get us to turn around and go home.  We hit all kinds of traffic jams… it took us over an hour just to get out of our city (Chattanooga).  And then … it’s a long story.  But neither one of us spoke our feelings of turning around outloud to each and persevered  :)… I’m so glad we did.  We were two hours late… although people came and went during the meeting as their schedule allowed, we had wanted to be there from beginning to the end.  It was worth it.  To be in prayer with believers filled with His Spirit and to feel the presence of God is like no other. As you probably have experienced… it came in waves…  I’ve seen that occur at conferences and camp meetings and even in our own church.  It’s awesome… no words can explain or express the presence and power of God.  I’m expecting prayers to be answered.

Satan doesn’t want the Church to really PRAY.  He will do everything in his power to keep us from praying, personal and corporate prayer.

The speaker that was scheduled canceled at the last minute because of tragedy in his family… his brother died suddenly and his young grandson spilled boiling oil on his head.   Please remember this family in your prayers.

I am looking forward to the 30-days of Prayer in January.  Our church has always participated and we see God move during this time.  That alone ought to teach us something, right? 

I’m looking forward to what God is going to do… what He’s doing right now, and Praise and THANK Him for all He’s already done! 

16 Hours of Prayer

Bud and I will be leaving right after work for the Tennessee District Campground on the southwest side of Nashville.  It’s in Bon Aqua,TN.  We have a beautiful campground with a large dining hall and a tabernacle for the Youth Camps.  We need a larger one to hold family camp there.

Our district has Tenneesee Revival Fire Prayer Meetings in each section with a sectional leader.  My husband is our sections TRFP leader.  Our district leader has scheduled a 16-hour prayer meeting at the camp from 8pm Friday to 12 noon Saturday and ending with communion.  We are excited and anticipate the LORDS presence.  There will be a speaker and I don’t have the flier near me and do not remember who he is or where he comes from.  But I’ll let you know how it turns out.  We will have the dorms open and also the rooms in the lodge for rest breaks  🙂  Bud and I have reserved a room in the lodge. 

So, I’ll be off here for awhile, it’ll be late Saturday before we get back.