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on respect

So,
yesterday I was reading a new book (It made me cry more than once.)
&
my brother was chatty…

:)

he asked some questions about my past…
I think that’s what led to me sharing some of the below with an online Bible-study group today.
The question of the day after our reading in Ecclesiastes was about respect:
“I was hired once to a job & was told by one of my co-workers that she didn’t think I should have been hired…
3 years later, she became my boss.
She tried to fire me at least 4-5 times over the next 10+ years.
It was quite a time in my life,

and

I certainly grew closer to the Lord.
I memorized scripture when I could not sleep at night.
I listened to scriptures while I walked before work, during breaks and after the day ended.
I listened to the Word while ironing, cooking, gardening and mowing the lawn.
I don’t think I would have survived without it.
Almost EVERY evaluation was her pushing me to quit – or – threatening to fire me.
It was exhausting, but thru it all, I ‘liked’ her – strange, I know,
but

I think it was God helping me submit in the face of adversity.
I respected her.
I worked hard, often 12-14 hour days.
I found peace in the beauty God provided all around me… flowers & clouds, sunsets & sunrises… etc.
I stayed involved in church, participated in small groups and mission trips… volunteered – all of it helped.
I asked God to let me be at home more, and He showed me financially how to do it.
I saved. I humbled myself.
After several more years, I was ‘released’ from the job after God showed me what He wanted me to do next.
I felt underqualified for the next step,

but

I was willing.
That was almost 5 years ago, and now I get to stay home most days.
God is faithful.
Our desires, I believe are His desires.
Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a house-wife,
but
I got good grades, so college was a ‘go’ since I was on scholarship…
jobs came regularly, sometimes I worked up to #6 jobs at a time. Now I have #2.
God is faithful.”

:)

I also shared about how submitting & respecting my hubby has led to MANY answered prayers.

:)

God is faithful.

Lamentations 3:22-23

22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.

New Living Translation (NLT)

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On my 1st encounter with God

For the last several months, I have been participating in an online Bible study that a lady at my husband’s church invited me to attend. At first I just read it… it led to me WANTING to read the Bible again, EVERY DAY. Praise God. Since getting married, I have not been as disciplined.

Then the original leader asked another lady from church to take the study over, and I was even more engrossed in the words on the screen. People shared daily what God was showing them, and it was deep.

This new leader asked me over for lunch, and I went…

the year before when my husband 1st met her at church, he liked her instantly, and oddly said as she walked away, “you can be her friend.” He had never said anything like this in all the years I had known him, so I felt it was significant. We had talked as a couple with her and her husband shortly after, and they too seemed to be open to a connection. I was happy for the lunch-invite. I do better one-on-one… not in groups.

For the current study, another member of my husband’s church is now leading the group. She is one of those amazing women who is ALL female: loving & encouraging, kind & gentle… always, AND she home-schools. She has a loving-husband that is gentle & kind, super hard-working, and a leader to his children.

She reached out to me previously after learning about my 1st miscarriage. She invited me over – loved on me in many ways… shared food & drink, asked & listened… shared her own experiences & losses. Then invited my husband to join me, for dinner & a movie with their family that same evening.

It helped. It all helped. All of them… each step of the way.

Acceptance in a new place.

Being let into people’s lives & hearts, some of which I have never even met.

Hearing & reading God moving in the lives around me… answering prayers. He is an awesome God!

Today, I’m catching up on my Facebook Bible-study group, reading several days worth of entries as the week was full, and I was gone for most of it. I tried reading some of the posts while I was at the hospital,

but

that didn’t work.

Home. I needed to read it while I am home. Peaceful, quiet home.

Alone.

God still works that way.

:)

I wrote this several days ago, but it would not post on WordPress… then when I went back to my draft a few days later, I had lost over 900 words of my original post…

so

here’s what I wrote on Facebook on the 17th:

My 1st encounter w/God – I had an experience at kid’s camp one summer when I was 12 that forever changed me. I had already asked God into my heart, I had already been baptized in water… but this was different. I remember feeling happier than I had ever felt before… dancing with the other children – feeling free & weightless. I had already lost all but one grandparent by the time I was 10, and grade-school was a fierce-place… full of bullies & discrimination based on wealth. Middle-school was unpleasant, full of hormones & unkind words to any who didn’t fit into the herd… so this was refreshing to say the least. I had not particularly liked the camp or activities (only time & fellowship with the girls from church) until that night, when I asked God a question, and He opened my eyes. Then a few hours later, after the nightly sermon, I was angry… again, but He met me at my obedience … even though I didn’t want to obey… even with my friends from church encouraging me.

Humbling yourself is never easy.

Repeating the same thing… night after night is not easy for me either,

but God

met me in the aisle.

After being given the beautiful gift of speaking in tongues & dancing with other camp-attendees, I wanted some alone time with God. My Mom found me in the kids’ dorm – checked on me as the rest of the camp was still praising God. .. Pentecostals can go for hours. :) She prayed with me, then left me to seek God alone as I had desired.

My favorite times with God are still my alone times with Him. He is so loving & kind, gentle & strong, protective & encouraging. I cannot imagine life without Him.”

:)

Interesting enough,

But God” was on my cousin’s T-shirt earlier this month. She had gotten it at a gospel concert,

and

a week or so later I found it in scripture:

Ephesians 2:4 – NLT: “Made Alive with Christ

2 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world.[a] He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.

8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Oneness and Peace in Christ ”

:)

I LOVE how God’s timing is perfect in ALL things. This month has been VERY interesting, and “His grace & kindness toward us” has been most beautiful. He is an AWESOME God!

 

 

 

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on Christmas cards

My husband and I got this sweetie today:

“Christmas is more than a day

at the end of the year

More than a day

of joy and good cheer

Christmas is really God’s pattern for living

To be followed each day

by unselfish giving

Then peace on earth

will come to stay

when we live

Christmas every day.”

:)

A perfect reminder.

:)

Our first family-gathering for the holidays was yesterday,

and

it was sweet.

:)

Thank you Jesus for helping me enjoy this year’s season when I could be sad about last year’s bleeding…

and

loss.

Today a friend wrote about Ecclesiastes which led me to my Bible,

and

in my Message Translation intro was several VERY nice reminders:

“Ecclesiastes sweeps our souls clean of all ‘lifestyle’ spiritualities

so that we can be ready for God’s visitation revealed in Jesus Christ.

Ecclesiastes is a John-the-Baptist kind of book.

It functions not as a meal

but

as a bath.

It is not nourishment;

it is cleansing.

It is repentance.

It is purging. … The author’s cool skepticism, a refreshing negation to the lush and seductive suggestions swirling around us,

promising everything but delivering nothing,

clears the air.

And once the air is cleared, we are ready for reality – for God.”

:)

Wow.

Thank You God for reminding me of what You told me last year…

“in Your timing” (see Eccl. Chapter 3).

:)

I trust You.

 

 

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on Rich Mullins

“Awesome God”

one of the songs I find myself humming, often.

Written by this man.

Katie introduced me to his music,

for

which I am forever grateful.

His songs have ALWAYS helped me,

especially

when going thru hard times.

I watched “Ragamuffin” – the life of Rich Mullins last night with Kurt.

Wow.

“He lived honestly and did not conform.”

He never knew how much he made,

he didn’t want to know.

His accountant donated the majority of his money to churches and charities.

Amazing.

I also learned he died 5 months to the day after my Dad in 1997.

That summer the world lost Mother Theresa and Princess Di too.

What a year.

The year I graduated from college.

Then today

on my Faceook memories –

In 2011

at my aunt’s church,

the assistant pastor was preaching:

“Pharisees had it all right doctrinally,

but

they looked in the face of Jesus Christ and rejected Him.”

– Pastor Steve Moreno

There’s live-scenes of Mullins

at his concerts

talking

during the credits.

Good stuff.

He reminds the audience that going to church is better than buying a ticket to a concert. “They love u and care for you.”

One of my in-laws got to see him live.
It affected him.
He really did go around bare-foot!
:)
His story
reminded me of my desire to work on an Indian Reservation
after
I got my nursing degree… my Dad died weeks before I graduated,
changing my life forever.
I didn’t have another plan,
but
clearly God did. Romans 8:28
His life… I’m so curious…
My Dad was from Indiana too.

I can’t believe he died in Peoria, IL…

at age 41.

I was 41 and 1/2 years old, to the day, the night I watched the movie about his life…

God?

I sense there is something You want me to do, to be… I will do my best to obey.

I love You.

He was born October 21,

I watched the movie about his life on the 22nd.

:)

He would have been 60 his year.

Did they ever release his Jesus album?

He wrote and recorded

on cassette

in his boyhood church (the songs for it) before he died.

Not in a studio.

I still cry whenever I hear Michael W. Smith sing his songs… crying now. Cried last night watching the movie.

I found this while researching:

 Michael W. Smith said of Mullins, “His life and music has impacted me more than anyone I know.”

“…Rich refused to let his struggles… tear him away from a God he was determined to love.”
I’m so glad Katie & I went to all those Christian concerts. They helped me.
I’m so glad Mom had me in church in the womb.
I’m glad I’m still in church… where people want to know God more.
:)
Off to watch the deleted scenes,
and
there’s a message from Dave Mullins (?brother?)…
commentary too.
:)
Lots about his life, I want to research… what is God trying to tell me? I will seek until I find.

It’s raining…

God is good.

I’d like to bake today too.

update:

I think God has called each of us

to live for Him

to fulfill the call He has on our lives

to spread the Word about Him.

:)

In my research I found more I want to see and hear:

Homeless Man,

a video documenting Mullins’s life,

includes the testimonies of hundreds of people,

from Colombian and Navajo Children

to pastors and pop musicians,

who were deeply touched by time spent with him.

Recently Myrrh records released

The Jesus Record.

It features ten demos recorded by Rich in an abandoned church just nine days before his death.”

Katie says this record is one of her favorites.

:)

She’s been listening to him since high school,

but

never saw him live.

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on your armor

My friend Josiah shared a message he heard … here’s my notes. I hope u too r encouraged:

:)

“We sit with Christ in Heavenly places.

Submit to God, resist the devil.

 Walk in obedience – obey His Word.

 Our sword is the Word of God.

I belong to God.

He interrupts your schedule.

flesh says, ‘I’m too tired.’

<Paraphrased: Can He trust u?

Will u obey Him?>

 C/o = the flesh <Truth.>

 Church produces soldiers = learn to endure hard-times, when it doesn’t go your way”.

The devil is your enemy. 2 Cor. 2:11=his schemes… discern, see with your spiritual eyes.

Holy Spirit is a spy in the enemy’s camp.”   

  • James Bolin
  • “<>” = is me.

:)

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on Freedom

Conference I’m currently attending… so 2 more days of highlights to come:

W8-5-15:
“Snot is a gift of the Holy Spirit.”
AND
“You don’t know how stuck u r until u try to have relationships with others.”
R8-6-15:
“The WAY you know something matters more than WHAT you know. Do you bring life or death with what you know?
Whatever you are filled with, you broadcast.
God is never going to ask you to do anything for Him. You were designed to do things from God. We stopped being receivers and became initiators. God is the Author and Finisher. We contain and broadcast.
When your source is life, you will live.
You can’t plug yourself into yourself and still have power. Data is not power and knowledge is not life.
Only He can come to you… we can’t KNOW our way to Him.
WAY matters more than the WHAT.
You do things FROM God, not FOR God.
Sin isn’t about behavior. Sin is about your source: yourself or God.
Romans = Whatever is not faith is sin. Faith is God… comes thru u, not from you.
We r living a counterfeit-life, He has a life He wants to give us.
Emotions r not the truth, they r indicators of truth or lie.”

– Bob Hamp

on Freedom

at Gateway:61

:)

We were told to listen to a series of his videos online before attending the conference… I took pages of notes on the 1st video, and I was less than 10 minutes into it:

It’s the 1st of 5 in a series.

Enjoy!

:)

Thank you Hannah for inviting me.

Thank You God for giving me an opportunity to learn more about You and people.

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on 3 characters…

Listen to Bishop T.D. Jakes about 3 basic types of people…

I listened twice the first day I heard it…

just listened to it two more times.

Best 8 minutes of my day.

I saw it first on Facebook.

Here’s my notes:

God uses lots of people in your life. A blessing.

Watch character.

1. Confidant. Like Jonathan was for David… taught him the protocol of the palace.

They weep with you when you weep.

They rejoice with you when you rejoice.

You will have few of them in your life.

They are for you.

They love you unconditionally.

They are into you – whether you are up or down, right or wrong.

You can share everything with them.

God sends people to help you.

They mentor you for what you do next.

They confront you.

They get in your face.

They tell you when you are wrong.

Pray for the people He sends.

We don’t get ‘here’ by yourself. They teach us how to stand. They encourage us.

 

:)

Most of us spend our time feeding people who can’t feed us… they drain us/

We need to feed others…

We need to be fed.

<Read the Bible. Spend time with God. Worship Him… let Him feed you.> = These r my thoughts.

 

:)

2. Constituents.

They are not into you, but they are for what you are for. The 2 of you agree. Walk & work with you until leave you for someone else.

No not mistake them for confidants.

You will fall in love with them, but they will break your heart. They are not for you. They are for what you are for.

<Live and learn.>

:)

3. Comrades.

They are not for you. They are against what you are against.

Team up to fight a greater enemy. Only with you till victory.  With you until purpose complete, like scaffolding on a building, but the building remains.

:)

#2 & #3 will leave you. They don’t react to your dream because they are not for you. Be careful who you share your dreams with… watch their reaction when you are happy. If they are not happy with your good news… if not happy for you, do not share your dreams.  You want lovers, not haters praying for you.

God will always send you someone.

:)

 

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