Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thankful Life - May 21, 2015

I was reminded today, that growth is continual in my life, and thankfully this is true.

This has been a week of events I definitely would not have chosen, yet I am thankful to know that there is always light at the end of every trial. Although, it is over, my heart is still reeling and ready for respite. It is a time to reflect and reconnect to what the Holy Spirit has encouraged me to do for these last seven years, and I am in need of His encouragement and wisdom in so many ways. 
"The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our High Tower and Stronghold). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!" ~Psalm 46:10-11 (Amplified Bible)
So help me Lord to follow through with the commitments I make. Help me pursue them lovingly and full of joy of the process.
"Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." ~ Hebrews 10:24 (New International Version)
Yes, it's been a heart-wrenching few days... I will not lay down and forget "whose" I am.
When we are called, and others question that calling, TRUST in the LORD's leading... the work of the Holy Spirit in your life and pray. Pray, and pray some more... head into the Word, and KNOW that God is present.

We are fortunate people to know God's love, forgiveness and mercies every day - in every way.
The Samaritan at the well - and Jesus met her where she was... and in His love she saw the changes necessary to be His.

Oh to be His... thank You Jesus. 

None of us is Selfless, or wholly Christ-like on this earth - and will not be as long as we draw breath. Our job is to love one another... ask questions, allow the Spirit to work in our lives, to submit and glorify every work in our lives to the glory of God.
All to His glory...
Help Your people be like You. Let our character reflect You in our daily activities and toward the Hope that is ETERNITY WITH YOU. Let no part of what I do hinder another brother or sister. Protect my heart Father, as only You can.

HEALING INCLUDES ONIONS...
Peeling, evaluating and correcting the many layers are tough, many tears - but God is good and faithful to those who live for His instruction and obedience.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thankful Life - May 7, 2015

I stayed home today to rest... did I? Rest? NO! My head would not stop - the pounding, the ringing - constant and unceasing ringing, the lack of concentration... yes! But more than that the thoughts, the fears, the scenarios, the anticipation of not knowing what any of this means... that I am no farther along than I was before. So, I called my doctor to let them know what was going on.

And, the words, "Be still...." "Do not be anxious!!!" " Trust Me"... I hear and sense, yet the flesh screams... HOW? I believe I know the why... but in this flesh, I plead, "how?"

As this process progresses, and my thoughts digress so much, I find it very difficult to know what I am supposed to do. Today, I am tired and so weary.

But as I said before, I have the support of my family and friends... and God is with me - so I am not alone in this - despite the fact that I sometimes loose sight of that.

Father, thank You for showing Yourself in the hearts and "fight" of others.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Thankful Life - April 30, 2015

 


There are so many things today that draw my sights toward thankfulness. I could go on and on... and on listing them - and I will. My husband is the greatest, and this is not an affirmation, this is truth. After 17 years (almost), we are well with one another. I have the most loving and caring daughter, who loves God and is on her journey... I woke up this morning, and despite the fact that I wanted to stay in bed - I got up and went to work... we can pay our bills this month.... I can help a friend out because we have a roof over our heads... I work with amazing people,

But this "list" of gifts is not the "why" to this journey of Giving Thanks Daily. My greatest thanksgiving today is knowing that the Holy Spirit's work in my life, heart and soul gives me hope beyond measure, and that makes me see things new daily. So really the list is a list of One.

"How lovely is Your temple, Your dwelling place on earth,
    O Eternal One, Commander of heaven’s armies.
How I long to be there—my soul is spent,
    wanting, waiting to walk in the courts of the Eternal.
My whole being sings joyfully
    to the living God.
Just as the sparrow seeks her home,
    and the swallow finds in her own nest
    a place to lay her young,
I, too, seek Your altars, my King and my God,
    Commander of heaven’s armies.
How blessed are those who make Your house their home,
    who live with You;
    they are constantly praising You." ~Psalm 84:1-4 (The Voice)

That's it..



Friday, April 10, 2015

Thankful Life - April 10, 2015


Breathe...

Stand firm in the midst of storms and fires... they will never stop coming AND GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU!

Sometimes when you are fighting for something and pleading and begging God to resolve it... He's already worked it out, you just haven't seen it yet. That is called HOPE. Often, or most of the time, we are instructing God to our fleshly and human desires, which seem like needs. I am overwhelmed by how good, and how perfect God is - timing, plan, purpose...

"For Christ is our living peace. He has made a unity of the conflicting elements of Jew and Gentile by breaking down the barrier which lay between us. By his sacrifice he removed the hostility of the Law, with all its commandments and rules, and made in himself out of the two, Jew and Gentile, one new man, thus producing peace. For he reconciled both to God by the sacrifice of one body on the cross, and by this act made utterly irrelevant the antagonism between them. Then he came and told both you who were far from God and us who were near that the war was over. And it is through him that both of us now can approach the Father in the one Spirit." ~Ephesians 2:14-18 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)


I have been truly needing to know God's presence, His encouragement and have boldly asked for just that.

I have been much more limited with my activities, and how I engage outside of work - I do the minimum most days. This "social butterfly" goes through withdrawals on occasion, when I actually have the energy to think about it.

Anyway, this is getting long (especially in my head, and what I want to share). I have been asking God to help me be encouraged, as I just can't do what I expect myself to do... help me to be still in a new way, listen in a new way, and trust HIM wholly... and with that said, I know I'm human and there are true issues I am dealing with.

With the onset of new and unwelcomed neurological symptoms, including anxiety attacks, waves of being overwhelmed and feeling stuck in this nightmare that lasts, and lasts... well, you're getting the picture.

So, you with me on the mindset?

With one simple email from a fairly new friend, and sister in Christ. I knew that God is with me AND I was amazingly encouraged!

God always answers His children... and I know that it's when I am an avid pursuer of Christ that I can actually see Christ in and around my life. I go before Him and jump up and down, call His name and just PURSUE His answer... according to His will and purpose.

No matter what you are going through today, KNOW that God is for you. Lay "it" down and let Him have it... not just part, but all that makes you weary, worried and weak.

"Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls." ~Matthew 11:29 (Amplified Bible)

... And every time, I know I can count on Him.

“Therefore, everyone who acknowledges me before people, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.  But everyone who denies me before people, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven." ~Matthew 10:32 (Common English Bible)

Confessing Christ... not just the "idea" of Christ and all that "He can do for you" in treasures here on earth, but for WHO HE IS, WHAT HE GAVE, WHY HE DID IT.

Mighty and perfect God. You are my everything, and I pray to share all that You are daily.


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Thursday, April 2, 2015

My Life is a Prayer - April 2, 2015

Heavenly and mighty and perfect God, the love of my life, my light, my hope and all of joy come from You and what You have given me... and what You have planned for me. Help me Father to stay in step and on this path - which is so narrow, and such an honor to be on. Help me LORD God to uphold Your instruction, heed Your correction and revel in Your promises.

Thank You for living again, and giving me the greatest gift - YOU IN THIS LIFE and LIFE EVERLASTING. THANK YOU, THANK YOU... HOLY SPIRIT LIFT MY EYES TOWARD YOU IN THIS FIGHT... comfort me in this life. For these are things I am grateful for every day.

This morning as I come to You, I thank You for the night's mercies, the morning's hope and this days desire to pursue You more and wholly. Please help me Lord Jesus in Your strength to guard my heart and seek truth. Shield my eyes and mind from WHAT IS NOT YOU, to not be swayed, tainted or desirous of that which glitters and appears to shine, but is not You. Help me to see justice and share righteousness that exudes Christ in my desires, my thoughts and my deeds. I love You LORD God, and seek to trust You with "all of this", it's just way too much for this child of Yours to handle. Thank You for carrying me through thus far, and I trust You will carry me through to the end. This race is Yours in both my weariness and my moments of full physical strength. Help me mighty and perfect Savior to remember where my strength and perseverance truly comes from.

I am not alone, thankfully because I cannot do this without You. I lay my heart, my fears, my doubt, my life before You King Jesus - thank You for taking what was mine to the cross. Thank You for redeeming me, although I deserve nothing. Thank You for giving me life - LIFE WITH YOU in this life and in eternity.

Thank You for my strength and courage undergirded and wholly powered by my Holy Spirit, because of my Jesus and accepted by my God - for because of this, I am saved. I am saved. Thank You, thank You. Amen.

[ Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection a Third Time ] And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples by themselves and said to them on the way, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and will hand him over to the Gentiles to mock him and flog him and crucify him, and on the third day he will be raised.” ~Matthew 20: 17-19 (Lexham English Bible)

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thankful Life - March 31, 2015


It has truly been a day to pray... pray for others, pray for wisdom, pray for strength... prayer for discernment. All in all, a good day.

"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men," ~Colossians 3:23 (English Standard Version)

Today I ask, "How can I do what I am supposed to do?" Is this part of my prayer? You bet! And, part of what I have been called to do is to lead our online ministry group, and with that comes great responsibility. And with responsibility comes a great need to seek God... not just in difficult times, but in all times. As a leader, I am very committed to deliver God's truth through His Word and uphold to the highest standards as humanly possible. And, what I have discovered, is that none of us can lead alone, there must be others around us to keep you on track, correct us and encourage us... With this said, as a group, we are here to coach, listen and "in the Spirit" give correction to our team. As always, we are not saying we have all answers, but we will be firm when it comes to ministry-biblical integrity at all times. Is this tough? You bet! Is it hard? Harder than anything else I have ever done. Is it worth it? More than worth it!

One of our leaders, Barry put it perfectly, "There can be no compromise. I asked someone I consider to have a lot more insight and experience with these situations than I have and was told you give them the choice, 1. They turn around and get back onto God's path or 2. They continue on alone."
In a nutshell, there is no compromise and the ROAD IS VERY NARROW.

I am grateful for having access to the greatest leaders, and team with our Ps139 group team of edifiers. I am truly blessed!



As my own reminder today, and as we work to minister to those who visit our pages, I will share what is heaviest on my heart tonight in God's Word..

TRUTH!

MATTHEW 7 (Lexham English Bible)
The Sermon on the Mount: The Narrow Gate
13 “Enter through the narrow gate, because broad is the gate and spacious is the road that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it, 14 because narrow[c] is the gate and constricted is the road that leads to life, and there are few who find it!

The Sermon on the Mount: Recognizing False Prophets
15 “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inside are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits: they do not gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles, do they? 17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree is not able to produce bad fruit, nor a bad tree to produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 As a result, you will recognize them by their fruits.

The Sermon on the Mount: False Followers
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many miracles in your name?’ 23 And then I will say to them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you who practice lawlessness!’

The Sermon on the Mount: Two Houses and Two Foundations
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain came down and the rivers came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it did not collapse, because its foundation was laid on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain came down and the rivers came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it collapsed, and its fall was great.”

The Sermon on the Mount: Response
28 And it happened when Jesus finished these words the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he was teaching them like one who had authority, and not like their scribes.

Thank you Father for Your Word, and the wisdom that the guide of the Holy Spirit provides daily, as well as moment to moment when we seek Your truth. 

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Thankful Life - March 30, 2015


My birthday month is almost over. I cannot believe I am not 50. And, regardless of the day, I will rejoice and celebrate for mine is a life of blessings and favor. TODAY I am covered in prayer - those who pray and I know, and those who pray and I do not, thank you.

"who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with loyal love and mercies,
who satisfies your life with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s." ~Psalm 103:4-5 (Lexham English Bible)



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I am grateful for having a short memory, especially these days - it serves me well so often. There are moments in this life when I feel like I have gone through so much, and others that feel like the blessings never cease. I much prefer the latter outlook and pray for that every day. I truly am grateful for this life of lessons and challenges, FOR WITHOUT THEM, I WOULD NOT KNOW MY GOD - MY SAVIOR - MY SOURCE.

I grow daily in my understanding of "treasures", His treasures! Today, for example - as I felt the overwhelming sadness and fear start to creep in, I heard familiar voices who I knew would pray for me... help me overcome myself and reestablish the armor of my heart... guarding in all that He has provided, and provides - while fending off all that this life delivers; that this world has to offer.

"When He called His disciples and the people around him, and said to them, “If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me. The man who tries to save his life will lose it; it is the man who loses his life for my sake and the Gospel’s who will save it. What good can it do a man to gain the whole world at the price of his own soul? What can a man offer to buy back his soul once he has lost it? If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this unfaithful and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in the Father’s glory with the holy angels around Him.” ~Mark 8:34-38 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

By no means do I believe my physical suffering is 'my cross to bear', but it is the reality of the life we have hear as we are earthbound - I believe He carried it already, and I live to appreciate Him for that. I say this, and share that I cannot focus on what challenges are 'a cross' or what challenges are here to teach me and help me grow toward Him. Someday, if it's important, He will let me know the different. I am grateful to know my King and His work that was freely given, freely offered, yet accepted not near enough. There are so many I pray for, and it is in the hope of sanctification that I live in HOPE and trust in HOPE.

This journey, although not what I would have chosen for myself is perfect and necessary... it is pre-determined and covered by a mighty and faithful God. Even as I mess up, and get sidetracked - He knew and prepared and continues to prepare me... Thank You LORD for never leaving me and giving me more than enough daily. It is my pleasure to seek You more, TRUST You MORE and believe Your plan more diligently.

TOMORROW, I return to do a follow up visit with my LLD office. For the last 26 days I have been taking, and ramping up dosage of an antimicrobial (Lyme formula developed by my LLMD) and a microbial balancer. Overall, I am no worse for the wear.

The first 17 days were met with some herx reactions, which included increased symptoms (headaches, face and neck numbness, lightheadedness and a little more exhaustion, muscle twitching, skin and muscle burning). Plus some new, not threatening, but annoying symptoms (nausea/vomiting, sweats-even lower BP and lower body temperature 95.5 +/-, irritability, extreme sore muscles, anxiety and left eye pain, oh and the rashes...). I also had a decrease in the stabbing pains... going from 60 +/- to under a dozen per day.

TODAY IS A GOOD DAY - and I am confident that the LORD will work out all the financial details, along with all the restorative details.

Prayers appreciated, not just for me but my fellow Lyme Warriors:
And, help if you can.
and so many more.

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