Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
This is a perfect scripture to my heart, detailing the LOVE of a TRUE MOTHER. A mother’s love is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. Thank you Jesus!!!!!!!
What a great Mother’s Day this has been. I was curious as to how this day of recognition for mothers began. Here is what I found from Chiff.com. Enjoy!
Julia Ward Howe, who wrote the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic, suggested the idea of an International Mother’s day to celebrate peace and motherhood in 1872. There were many other women who were active with local groups holding annual Mother’s Day remembrances, but most were more religious gatherings and not the holiday that we know today.
One of the women, who was working on establishing Mother’s Day as a national celebration was the mother of Anna Jarvis. Mrs. Jarvis held an annual gathering, Mother’s Friendship Day, to heal the pain of the Civil War. After she died in 1905, Anna campaigned for the establishment of an official Mother’s Day to commemorate her mother.
“Miss Anna Jarvis was as good as her word. She devoted her entire life to the struggle to have Mother’s Day declared a national holiday. In the spring of 1908, Anna wrote to the Superintendent of Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, where her mother had taught Sunday School classes for over 20 years. She requested that a Mother’s Day service be held in honor of her mother.
Thus, the first official Mother’s Day celebration was held at Andrew’s Methodist Church on May 10, 1908, with 407 persons in attendance. Anna Jarvis sent 500 white carnations to the church in Grafton. One was to be worn by each son and daughter and two by each mother in attendance.
Another service was held in Philadelphia later that afternoon where Anna resided with her brother. Anna had requested that the first official service be held in Grafton, where the Jarvis family had lived so much of their lives and where her mother had served for so long as a teacher and public servant.” ( Mother’s Day Shrine.org)
Anna Jarvis’ campaign is the reason we have a formal holiday. In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson declared that Mother’s Day should be celebrated as a national holiday on the second Sunday in May.
It didn’t take very long for Mother’s Day to change from a semi-religious occasion of prayers for peace and appreciation of the work and love of mothers around the world to a gifts, flowers, candy and dining out extravaganza. Anna Jarvis was actually arrested at a Mother’s Day festival while trying to stop women from selling flowers. Jarvis said “I wanted it to be a day of sentiment not profit.”
Wow! “..a day of sentiment not profit.” This is what mothers deserve, sentiment. Too bad the world has turned the special day dedicated to mothers into a profit making business.
True mothers just enjoy being around their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and greater and greater grands, family and friends. A true mother doesn’t want or need all the hoopla. She didn’t bring you into the world with all the hoopla, right? She loved you while you were still in the womb being just as quiet as you wanna be, and loves you even more when you are born until forever with all your noise.
We’ve gotten so far away from the natural instinct of doing out of love. That’s the world for ya! We do the same with the Easter and Christmas holiday. We lose our focus on the importance of and the reason for these holidays. If you want to give something on these holidays, give of yourself, give of your time, share Christ with someone during the Easter and Christmas holiday, and even on Mother’s Day.
In celebration of Mother’s Day, and I will take it upon self to speak for ALL mothers. Listen Up! We just want to be honored with respect, your love, and your presence, because as children of ours, we will love you until forever. Forget the cards, the gifts, and the flowers. Your time and Your love is the most cherished gift we want to receive. It is all that we need. Soooooo….When the next Mother’s Day roll around, skip the wallet. Give your mother Your Love. No amount of money, dinner take-outs, vases of flowers, or stock of cards can measure up to you giving your mother YOU. Remember, there is a part of her in You.
In the famous words of the Beatles….All You Need Is Love —–> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydfH7iuLR0I
Happy Blessed Mother’s Day!
I LOVE YOU
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My apologies beloved ones. In error I pasted the wrong link in the original post. The correct link is below.
Someone emailed this to me and I just had a chance to take a look. It’s about 28 minutes long. Thought I’d share. I have no opinion other than I just want us, those who have faith and believe in HIM, to GET READY, BE READY! BE READY TO OVERCOME. He has already SPOKEN.
1 Timothy 2:3-7 “…God our Saviour, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men – the testimony given in its proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle – I am telling the truth, I am not lying – and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles.”
TRUE REMINDERS TO BE READY- READ THE WORD OF GOD
King James Version (KJV)
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
King James Version (KJV)
1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Those who are in Christ will Win. PRAISE THE LORD. DON’T FRET! FOR GOD IS.
I LOVE YOU
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While reading Ezekiel this morning I felt a lightning bolt aka Holy Spirit. I know we read and read AND read the stories in the bible several times over and receive different enlightening messages via the Holy Spirit. I want to share with you beloved ones, my lightning bolt from Ezekiel 36(NIV).
Fun to know per Wiki:
On Earth, the place where lightning occurs most often is near the small village of Kifuka in the mountains of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the elevation is around 975 m (3,200 ft). On average, this region receives 158 lightning strikes per 1 square kilometer (0.39 sq mi) per year. Other lightning hotspots include Catatumbo lightning in Venezuela, Singapore, Teresina in northern Brazil, and “Lightning Alley” in Central Florida. (Talk about God speaking to things, that’s a lot of talking! )
Hmm, I wasn’t in any of those areas, so I know I was struck by the Holy Spirit concerning this message to see His grace and love for His people from an inanimate angle. Let’s ride and read! Let me begin with verses 6-15 in Ezekiel 36, the place I was struck.
Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I speak in my jealous wrath because you have suffered the scorn of the nations. Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I swear with uplifted hand that the nations around you will also suffer scorn.”
“But you, mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, and I will cause many people to live on you—yes, all of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. I will increase the number of people and animals living on you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord. I will cause people, my people Israel, to live on you. They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance; you will never again deprive them of their children.”
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because some say to you, “You devour people and deprive your nation of its children,” therefore you will no longer devour people or make your nation childless, declares the Sovereign Lord. No longer will I make you hear the taunts of the nations, and no longer will you suffer the scorn of the peoples or cause your nation to fall, declares the Sovereign Lord.”
My Lightning Bolt- God speaks to things to provide for and protect His people. After all the destruction of wars past and more wars and tribulations to come, God has never given and will never give up on His people coming home to Him. He and ONLY He will provide. The scriptures I read this morning were pure and as clear as the River of Life and even more confirmation to me that God Loves Me. He Loves You. The reminder to me this morning with things weighing so heavy on my heart, was in a clear quiet voice. God said to me after the bolt… “My child, I Got this.” Thank you Holy Spirit for the reminder!
Before Adam was formed, “God said” to things. Read Genesis 1. Sometimes I forget, don’t act like you don’t…. that He spoke to things in the Book of Genesis to provide for our coming into the world. We often get lost in the creation of man. Of course, throughout the ages and still so today, we are not so thankful for His provisions given to us on this earth, things that He chose to speak to, things He knows we need for survival. Now if He spoke to money( a thing) and said money jump in that wallet or purse, we’d be more than thankful, right? Just putting it out there!
Isn’t He the greatest Father? We surely need more earthly fathers as He. (that’ll probably be another blog) Let me ask…..As a parent, does one not make provisions ready for their children they are bringing into the world with things? If we don’t know by now or if it is hidden somewhere in our cerebrum (you have one unless you are a jellyfish or sea sponge) God is the best example of how and what a parent should be and do. The bible is your best source of info on parenting.
Ok, back on sub…..I decided to look up Matthew Henry’s commentary on these verses, it was pretty neat. Let’s take a read. Ezekiel 36:1-15
“Those who put contempt and reproach on God’s people, will have them turned on themselves. God promises favour to his Israel. We have no reason to complain, if the more unkind men are, the more kind God is. They shall come again to their own border. It was a type of the heavenly Canaan, of which all God’s children are heirs, and into which they all shall be brought together. And when God returns in mercy to a people who return to him in duty, all their grievances will be set right. The full completion of this prophecy must be in some future event.”
Because God will speak to things, to me, five additional wings of the lightning bolt flew out…… We, His people, in the near future:
- We will have a place prepared for us, a HOME, not a house, where there will be no more wars and tribulations
- We will be well fed and dressed ( Lord I hope I can still wear boots)
- We will be fruitful and multiply as children of the Almighty Living God ( so will the animals)
- We will be prosperous in whatever we do in the name of Jesus
- We will be in the most beautiful and serene landscape of things that God speaks to
And to the things, mountains, hills, rivers, desolate ruins, deserted towns, and ravines, in order for them to provide for His children He says: “No longer will I make you hear the taunts of the nations, and no longer will you suffer the scorn of the peoples or cause your nation to fall, declares the Sovereign Lord.” It’s all about HOPE for these things and LOVE for His people. These things are alive in God.
God Speaks To Things just for us. He has ALWAYS PROVIDED and PREPARED THINGS just for us, His children. And I’ll ask it again. Isn’t He the Greatest Father ever? Hmm, perhaps this should have been a Father’s Day post????? Enjoy your lightning bolt!
MY GOD is AWESOME. Listen to where the Spirit directed me. I typed in Brain on God looking for a jpeg, and this came up. It appears that the Spirit sometimes drives in the left lane.
I don’t know of this person, but He sounds good , it’s my testimony, and I was truly blessed
I LOVE YOU
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I was thinking about strength today, how sometimes it wears you down, and pondered, if one could exist in this place called life without it?
I came to one conclusion that if one has a heart which bleeds and pumps faith, then one cannot be weak.
I don’t think I answered my question, the mind is still wandering, but that’ll do for now.
Incoming fables, quotes & scriptures!
The Thrift of Strength
A weak man going down-hill met a strong man going up, and said: “I take this direction because it requires less exertion, not from choice. I pray you, sir, assist me to regain the summit.”
“Gladly,” said the Strong Man, his face illuminated with the glory of his thought. “I have always considered my strength a sacred gift in trust for my fellow-men. I will take you along with me. Just get behind me and push.”
The Belly and the Members
ONE fine day it occurred to the Members of the Body that they were doing all the work and the Belly was having all the food. So they held a meeting, and after a long discussion, decided to go on strike until the Belly consented to take its proper share of the work. So for a day or two, the Hands refused to take the food, the Mouth refused to receive it, and the Teeth had no work to do.
But after a day or two the Members began to find that they themselves were not in a very active condition: the Hands could hardly move, and the Mouth was all parched and dry, while the Legs were unable to support the rest. So thus they found that even the Belly in its dull quiet way was doing necessary work for the Body, and that all must work together or the Body will go to pieces.
The moral of the story: Unity is Strength.
“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.”
- “It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more ‘manhood’ to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.” – Alex Karras
- ”There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” Booker T.Washington
- “ Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi
- “If God sends us on strong paths, we are provided strong shoes.” – Corrie TenBoom
- ”Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
- ”For an impenetrable shield, stand inside yourself.” - Henry D. Thoreau
- ”The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi
- “He who gains a victory over other men is strong; but he who gains a victory over himself is all powerful.”-
- “My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure.” Alfred Lord Tennyson
- ”A person is strong only when he stands upon his own truth, when he speaks and acts from his deepest convictions. Then, whatever the situation he may be in, he always knows what he must say and do. He may fall, but he cannot bring shame upon himself or his causes.” Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin
- “The deeper we look, the more we shall be convinced that the one thing wanting, which we must strive to acquire before all others, is strength physical, strength mental, strength moral, but above all strength spiritual which is the one inexhaustible and imperishable source of all the others. If we have strength everything else will be added to us easily and naturally.” Sri Aurobindo
The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God.
- Exodus 15:2
God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
- 2 Samuel 22:33
Glory and honor are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.
Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
- 1 Chronicles 16:27-28
The joy of the LORD is your strength.
- Nehemiah 8:10
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust.
- Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my strength and my shield.
- Psalm 28:7
Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
- Psalm 71:21
Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee.
- Psalm 84:5
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
- Philippians 4:13
..fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
- Isaiah 41:10
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
A Simple Prayer
Heavenly Father, Give Us All Strength In the Name of Jesus
I LOVE YOU
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- Strength Comes From God Bible Verses (placeofthelord.wordpress.com)
These past two months back to back, week to week, I’ve experienced once again on a personal level death among several close family members and friends. I also turned 52 or 53 in April. Yipee! I’ve also become a grandparent to # 8 and # 9 grand gifts graced with life. I’m at the age of forgetting the grandkids name, so I’ll give them a number, forgive me.
I’ve been MIA here because of these events and have lots of reading and blogging to catch up on. I also missed you all who follow this blog and those that I follow.
Now that the good stuff is out of the way, let me began somewhere. Allow me to refresh our memories with definitions. Both words are nouns, correct? A noun is a person, place, or thing according to my 1st grade language teacher eons ago. I’m going to go into the colorful mind of mine and discuss these items from the “place” point of view. Stay with me even if it becomes confusing, ok?
Life-(n)- (1)the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally. (2) a corresponding state, existence, or principle of existence conceived of as belonging to the soul: eternal life.
Death-(n)-(1)the act of dying; the end of life; the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism. (2) extinction; destruction
While practically living at the hospital and nursing home these past months, I was reminded of several things. There are lots of women, young and older bringing children into the world without the male parent present. Life is funny, they obviously where there during the seeding. There are lots of elderly or disabled people lying in hospital beds, nursing homes and even their homes, without family members being present or any family at all. While the birth of my two grand gifts (grandkids)in January and April brought joy, it also brought sadness because I know of the heartache and pain they will eventually experience right along with others who have been given a place in life.
I think I cried for most of April because I just felt the sadness, disappointment, and pain of others. I cry when people do wrong even after I’ve spoken my peace.(not piece) I cry when I am overblown with anger of wrongdoing to others. This is why sometimes I try hard to stay away from people because I get tuned into their spirit. It’s draining and it’s weird sometimes, because I can’t prevent them from experiencing heartaches and death and can’t make them heed advice. I can only give of self and time and pray for a healing for all, and even that at times becomes draining. Thank you Jesus! Thank you Holy Spirit!
When my aunt’s days in this place of life were dwindling down and she was hospitalized, family members started telling me a whole lot of things I was not prepared to hear and expected me to put people in their place. I made sure they knew it was not my job and that I was not God, and reminded them that God knows it all and He will take care of the issues. It was very saddening to hear a lot of those things. All I can say is this…if you have parent(s) that have been a true parent to you, don’t ever neglect them or show disrespect towards them while they have been given a place in life.
One day last week, I cried the whole day and a friend of mine, of whom I call my younger brother in Christ, Wellington, who also works with me teaching the youth Sunday School class at church. He sends out these uplifting emails daily. He sent one out about spiritual gifts on this day, and I responded and just told him that I had been crying all day and I didn’t know why. I will share his response here and pray that he doesn’t mind:
“…didn’t we just have the conversation with Me-Me Sunday that crying was a cleansing process. It’s also the start to healing from hurts and pains, etc. Rather it be physical or emotional. Right now is a very emotion time for you and the type person you are must always be in contact with their emotions. But you also know that the time will come when you’ll know why you cry and eventually the tears will be tears of joy. Because it’s all the love that flows through you and love never is meant to be a lasting hurt. It’s the greatest gift we were given and once we start to reminisce on things that concern the loss of a love one, we’ll also be reminded that death isn’t forever to those who believe in our lord and savior Jesus Christ….and one such as yourself knows better than I can say: Don’t be so concerned with why you’re crying, just remember if Jesus can cry, so can I!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I will continue to pray for you and your family…just as I know you do for me and mine!”
“Love ya big Sis!!”
Now….The reason I shared this personal email is because I wanted all to know if you don’t already know, that no matter what the outcome of this world, God still has angels placed among us on this dirt we call our earthly home that gives us comfort with just true Christ given words in this place we call LIFE. The devil has his minions roaming the earth and God has His angels roaming in full force even more powerful.
It was saddening to me to find out that there are elderly and disabled people that receive care and visits only from staffed members. I was in awe, to learn that even family members did not spend quality time visiting with their relatives in the hospital and nursing homes. Where oh where have we gone wrong in this world, in this place of Life, with compassion, respect, and love for others? Let me be honest, it actually made me more angry than sad.
How do I know this you may ask? I’m nosey when I see a need not being met or an absence of love being felt. Most of the times, I just feel the presence. Whenever I would walk down the halls of the hospital or nursing home, I’d see patients just lying there in their beds looking lifeless or their mind seems to be elsewhere and they were lying there or eating alone. I started praying as I walked the halls and peeping in rooms for the Holy Spirit to be with and help these people. I don’t know what wrong they may have done to others during their life and I don’t and didn’t care. What mattered each time I saw this, was that the individuals needed prayer and to be shown someone cared and to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives me great insight into the pain and need of others and boy did it hurt. The biggest thing I felt inside is that though these people are breathing, they are actually dead in a sense in the place of life and most are awaiting death without any hope or faith. It’s so sad. Some were under the delusion that somebody in their family was “coming to get me” and “coming to see me”.
These things reminded me of something I read in the Book of Isaiah 43: 7-13 and Ephesians 2: 7-13 about why we are given or have life. This is just my thought, you may think otherwise.
Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
And now, with that being my scriptural documentation and belief, let me almost finish this up. We, even us who call ourselves Christians, have bouts of forgetfulness of what God requires of us. We either don’t have time or make time, we don’t know or don’t want to know about the lack of love and care given to others, we don’t want to take on the burdens of others when it is clear they have family available, we have lost the true meaning of compassion and what it means to truly and wholeheartedly give to others via the Holy Spirit and in the name of Jesus and might I add, in the eyes of God in this place we call Life.
Since the Holy Spirit lives within us as Christians as our Helper and Comforter, whom the Father sent to us in Jesus’ place for a set time in this place called life, should we not share and give of that help and comfort to others?
The church of today which is the Body of Christ that includes you and I as a Christian, place way too much focus on financial stewardship via financial giving so much so, that members are forgetting that giving of time and self to others is hiding and buried under the last row of pews in the church crying to be heard and done. We forget that giving of self, time, and helping others is also a form of stewardship. Wake Up! What did the verse above in Ephesians say?
WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS UNTO GOOD WORKS, WHICH GOD HATH BEFORE ORDAINED THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM.
I ask self and I ask you…Are we as Christians really walking in the way that God ordained that we should walk in this place called life? Jesus was given life by God to live on this earth for a set time. Per our bible studies, what is the one thing that stands out about Jesus’ life to you and God? We are also given a set time on this earth, what is the one thing that stands out to others, self and God about our being? If we call ourselves Christians, Followers of Christ Jesus, and/or Children of God…Folks we KNOW, without a doubt what should be or could be done to walk in His ways. We have been given a place in life to do such. We have been created for His glory. God said so. When we are in the place of death, we can do NOTHING in His ways.
Let us be reminded, we are God’s witnesses per Isaiah’s verse above. He and only He is our Deliverer. Satan has NO power over your place in life or in death. He is not the deliverer of your soul of the place in death, nor is he the one who has given you a place in life. See how weak he is? God is ALWAYS in control and in charge in the place of life and death.
Recognize and Remember..…GOD IS….He told Moses in the Book of Exodus 3:14, so Moses told us via the scriptures,
“I AM WHO I AM, tell them I AM sent you”. He also told Moses that “I AM” is his name to be “called from generation to generation.”
So the next time somebody try to shut you down, do wrong against others or self, or speak ill will, you tell them Shelia said, The God who is I AM is listening and watching everything you say and do.
He told John in the Book of Revelation to relay the message to us in the first chapter, after the introduction “I AM THE ALPHA AND OMEGA, SAYS THE LORD GOD, WHO IS, AND WHO WAS, AND WHO IS TO COME, THE ALMIGHTY.” And if that wasn’t enough as a reminder, He reminds us again in Revelation 22, the final chapter of the bible.
“I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, THE FIRST AND THE LAST, THE BEGINNING AND THE END.”
Doesn’t that prove He and only He is over the place of life and the place of death?
And then there is the place called Death. What can we do in the place called Death? We can’t reach out to others. We can’t cry for others. We can’t give to or love others. We can’t show good works in the place called Death. We can’t even gossip anymore in this place. We can’t even go shopping. Everything we need to do as children of God should be done in the place called Life. Jesus took care of and paid for our biggest burden through His place in death. The least we can do is partake of this same act (easing a burden) for those who are in this place called life in His name before we are given over to the place called death.
I don’t recall who said “find a hurt and heal it”, but I beg of you all to find one and began the healing process for yourself and for others. Don’t fret over end times and signs, be watchful, believe in the Lord and have faith in His will as the Lord says, but do not fret. It is my opinion, that if you fret, you lose sight of His will and eventually lose faith in Him. We know the outcome. Those who are in Christ will overcome. Stay in Christ while in this place called Life. Do what needs to be done in the name of Jesus while we are in this place called Life before being given over to the place called Death.
His will shall be and will be done regardless. Be absolutely sure that you have done well for and with others in the name of Jesus in the place called Life before reaching the place called Death. Thank You Holy Spirit!
And thank you my brother in Christ, Wellington if reading this. Those words are/were powerful life giving Holy Spirit filled words. And I thank my Pastor, for suckering me into teaching Sunday School class with my brother, otherwise I would probably not have known he existed in the church, cause he’s kinda quiet, and I see through his actions that he is a great servant of the Lord in this place called life.
OMG, I think she is about to close this out. I hear ya out there. It’s been a while so forgive me for such a long post. I know my fingers are happy this is over. I pray that it blesses, enlightens, and brings to remembrance just WHO is in control of the places called Life and Death. Lastly and finally, I want to share with you portions of Psalm 139.
1 You have searched me, LORD,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, LORD, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
I LOVE AND MISSED YOU
LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS
I'm obsessed with these verses. They're so so great. Today was kind of hard, so I needed this little pick-me-up from the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
I love this, because it contains three commands. I think it's great when the Lord tells us exactly what to do and what not to do so then we can better understand how to live like Jesus did.
I was thinking about the Apostles today. So I ventured out to my favorite time machine spot, Nat Geo. I’d never thought about it deeply before, but today I was in deep thought wondering, if all the original 12 apostles that were chosen by Jesus were Jewish, then why was/is it a hindrance for most Jews to believe that He was the Son of God? Perhaps a post will come out of this thought at a later date. In the meantime, back to the Bat Cave of Thoughts.
Try to catch this on its next airing, April 4th, @3 PM ET. Twas an interesting episode. Amazing how all “3 main religions holiest” sites are huddled so close together in Jerusalem. It was odd to see that under the Church of the Holy Sepulcher building it is supposedly the cave where Jesus was buried, but years ago, I saw somewhere that the cave was located elsewhere.
What’s truly amazing is all the hoopla over a rock or rocks and several walls and temples. (Things!) No disrespect intended towards anyone. He is no longer there per my biblical readings. Ya know how I know? Because….. SIN is ever present, people are not worshipping together as ONE, the Twelve Tribes are no where in sight, plus there is no river of life running anywhere near those sites AND when He returns there will be a New Jerusalem per Revelation 21, not to mention verse 22-”And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
I believe that these 3 religions actually worship the same One God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but due to hard headedness and a primary lack of communication down through the ages (as today) leads others away to various beliefs and misinterpretations of who HE is. The day shall come when all confess, every knee is bowed, and believe or poof. Ok, Shoot Me!
Enjoy when it comes on again.
EU TE AMO
AMOR COBRE UMA MULTIDAO DE PECADOS
Note- Original post disappeared, reposting.
I was talking with my daughter today about the costs of having babies and how it increases as the child grows even after the age of 21 and between the ages of 21-30 for most folks. She mentioned that her last pregnancy hospital stay for 3 days was 360k. GASP! So I said to her you didn’t cost that much 29 years ago, actually you were cheap. I told her she was worth 9.2k, my 31 year old was worth 6.7k, and the youngest one, who is 22, was worth 35k per the hospital bill.
Yes I kept copies of the hospital bill. Didn’t I mention that we hold on to things in one of my last posts? So I told her, only the youngest of my three was worth the most and it appears they were worth mere pennies per the youngest child. She said “Oh hush Mommie, I am worth more than them both, I’m your only daughter”, and we laughed. I expected her to say that…”I’m the only girl” was always her reasoning for things.
So, anywho…..It got me to thinking about some things…. just how much are we worth to ourselves and others? Do some of us realize how much we are worth to God? I know how much we all are worth to God. Our worth is immeasurable to Him, for He sent His ONE and ONLY begotten Son to us and to die for our sins, just to save us. After an earthly death for us, His Son returns to Him, and then what does God do? He sends us the Holy Spirit as our Comforter. Is it worth your life to die for an ungodly person? Is it worth anything to you to give your child’s life for another? Aren’t we a hallowed bunch of humans? God’s Grace is amazing!
Then I said to self…. “Self, lets write a quick blog about what we are worth to God, and the Holy spirit will jump in when He wants to.” Self said “ok”.
You read it here folks! Extra! Extra! Read all about how much you are worth to God!
God gave Joshua a wonderful pep talk to let him know how much he and future generations are worth to Him.
Joshua 1:5-6 -No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
I will make this post message kinda between short and lengthy, depending on where the Holy Spirit leads me, I promise. Did you catch it? Let me point it out once more.
- “I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU”
God told Joshua, just as He is telling us to day through reading, and the hearing of His word. Whoever has ears, let them hear, huh? If one cannot hear, hopefully they can see or have sign language. If one cannot see or hear, then what? I’m thinking. (Jeopardy music playing) Come on Holy Spirit! Yes! Yes! Yes! One can FEEL and understand His Word with their heart.
The Lord gave Moses a pep talk too when he thought he would be afraid and alone. Let us read what He said to Moses.
Exodus 4:11-12-The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Oh! Thank you Holy Spirit for leading me to the following scripture:
Matthew 13:15-17- For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
Remember, this is from God’s mouth….“I will NEVER leave you or forsake you.” In French, Spanish, German, Greek, and all other languages and in layman’s term…it still means no matter what others think of or say about you, you are worth more than you know to Him and you are NEVER alone. God is ALWAYS available to you and for you. That’s how much you are worth to Him.
2 Peter 1:3 – His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.
- “YOU WILL INHERIT THE LAND I SWORE TO YOUR ANCESTORS TO GIVE THEM”
Not only was this mentioned in the Old Testament, but also in the New Testament. Only God can give life and call those things into our life when it is not even evident to us. Who else is going to give you anything of earthly or heavenly value and ask for no taxes? Who else will keep a promise forever and ever through all generations? What’s exciting to know, here comes the Holy Spirit again guiding us to scriptures. God mentions this first in the Book of Genesis, the books in between AND He mentions it last in the Book of Revelation. Here we go riding and reading with the Holy Spirit!
- Genesis 1:27-31
- Genesis 9: 1-17
- Genesis 12: 1- 3
- Genesis 3: 7-8
- Isaiah 45: 2-8
- Isaiah 49:8
- Isaiah 51:8
- Romans 4:13-17
- Romans 6: 9-10
- 2 Corinthians 1:20
- Galatians 3:29
- Revelation: 21:1-8
- Revelation 22:1-5
- Revelation 22:19
Let me tie it up here with a pretty yellow ribbon around the Tree of Life to prove what you are worth to God.
…that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
And that my beautiful beloved sisters and brothers in Christ is what you are worth to God. EVERYTHING. And might I add that what God has for you is tax free. Jesus paid for it all.
In the memorable words of George H.W. Bush, 1988 – “Read My Lips- No New Taxes.” I’m done. Amen.
I Love You
Love Covers A Multitude Of Sins
The Lord has really been great in blessing me with great gifts (grandkids and kids). This past Thursday after a year long prayer was answered, I SHOUT to the world that I am so grateful for the Lord’s mercy and goodness to me and mine and His will. He always answers my prayers. I am still having a praise fest. Wanna come? So my beloved ones, I will share with you quotes, proverbs, and scriptures about FAMILY today and leave you with this thought….Whatever the Lord gives to you, cherish it with nothing but LOVE, and always be in prayer, thanking and praising him, not just asking. Family members are not mistakes. – Moi I think? If not moi, it’s what I feel and think about family.
- Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts. -Author Unknown
- Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules. They’re not like aches or wounds; they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material. – Anonymous
- The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. - Erma Bombeck
- You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. ~Desmond Tutu
- Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted. -Paul Pearshall
- The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family. -Lee Iacocca
- If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable – each segment distinct. - Letty Cottin Pogrebin
- Are we not like two volumes of one book?-Marceline Desbordes-Valmore
- A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian… and most of all, his family ought to know.-Dwight L. Moody
- Adam was the luckiest man; he had no mother-in-law.- Mark Twain
- He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows.-Jeremy Taylor
- A farmer who had a quarrelsome family called his sons and told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him. Then, after laying the sticks parallel to one another and binding them, he challenged his sons, one after one, to pick up the bundle and break it. They all tried, but in vain. Then, untying the bundle, he gave them the sticks to break one by one. This they did with the greatest ease. Then said the father, Thus, my sons, as long as you remain united, you are a match for anything, but differ and separate, and you are undone.-Aesop
- In a broken nest there are few whole eggs.-Chinese Proverb
- Man is the head of the family, woman the neck that turns the head.-Chinese Proverb
- Look for the good, not the evil, in the conduct of members of the family.-Jewish Proverb
- None but a mule denies his family.-Arabian Proverb
- The family is the most basic unit of government. As the first community to which a person is attached and the first authority under which a person learns to live, the family establishes society’s most basic values.-Charles Caleb Colton
- “The same Jesus Who turned water into wine can transform your home, your life, your family, and your future. He is still in the miracle-working business, and His business is the business of transformation.”- Adrian Rogers
- Psalm 137:3-5 - Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.
- Romans 8:16-17 – The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
- Proverbs 11:29 -Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.
- Proverbs 18:19 – A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
- Psalm 103:17 -But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children
- Ephesians 1:5 - Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
I Love You
Love Covers A Multitude Of Sins
After having a dream last night, I woke up this morning praising and thanking the Lord. I was thinking about a few of the attributes of God. He is AMAZING when He reminds us of who He is and what He can do. I realize I have not listed them all, only the ones shown to me in my dream to share with others. I’ve pulled scripture from the Book of Psalms per the dream. Thank you Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit’s message to me………. “Be still, God Is in Control no matter which way you turn. EVERYTHING is going as He planned.” Wow! I’m guessing this was a reminder to me as the testimony of those who wrote various Psalms. This also is the testimony of those that realized HE is GOD, per Psalm 46:10- Be still, and know that I AM GOD; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
Voila, here we go folks. We are apprehensive at times when things are not going so well within our homes, our jobs, our churches, and in the world. For those of us who believe in Him, even in our feeblest and sturdiest moments, we still need to be reminded that HE is:
- Powerful- Psalm 19; Psalms 33:6-11
- Loving and Merciful- Psalm 136/36:5/63:3
- Wisdom and Omnipresence- Psalm 139
- Goodness- Psalm 138:3, 7-8
- Collaborative- Psalm 121
- Forgiving- Psalm 32/86:5
- Gracious- Psalm 78
- Salvation- Psalm 71
- Joy- Psalm 63
- Faithful- Psalm 105
So to my beloved ones who are reading this, as I was instructed by the Holy Spirit, I shall pass it on…”Be Still….” He-God is the beginning and He-God is the ending of all things. He-God is in control. Have a blessed March 2013, Spring is a coming round the mountain, over the valleys, and through the woods.
Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall NEVER permit the righteous to be moved.
I Love You
Love Covers A Multitude Of Sins