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My Favorite

DAILY PROMPT: what’s the most time you’ve ever spent apart from your favorite person?

I, like many of you, have many favorite people, my husband, Bob, the love of my life, my beautiful children (all 6 of them), my Dad and Stepmom, my Father-in-Law, my brother, my sister-in-law Kris,  my mom, and Bob’s mom(who both passed away this year), and all of the body of Christ, the many Pastors & their wives that have been such a blessing to me…too hard to choose for any mortal woman!  So, since this is a blog, I think I’ll share a story….about the most wonderful person I have ever known.

We didn’t meet till I was 40.  I had heard of him, but never really knew him.  People talked about him, but I hadn’t really seen him for myself yet.  Then, when marriage #3 was falling apart, (here we go again), there was this sweet woman that would come by my trailer and sing these old hymns, Grandma Pat.  She’s a handful, very direct, but under her brass exterior is a woman that loved him.  She told me she knew someone who could help cheer me up.  And she was singing ALL the time.  My life was falling apart, my ex refused to work, or keep a job any longer than 3 months, I had 2 babies, I was behind on my child support for the older two kids I already lost, we were losing the trailer, the power was going to be shut off,  and she was singing  – about him.  She told me I should go with her to meet him.

I thought, yeah right, who would want to talk to me?  Here I am, no job, no money, living with psycho-man (very hot headed), and I’m supposed to go meet somebody?  She must be crazy.  I knew I was. For some strange reason I said yes, must have been desperation.  She wanted to take me to church to meet him.  I wasn’t really a church girl, if you know what I mean.  I didn’t really think God wanted anything to do with me anyway.  But, she was still singing.

Grandma Pat brought me to Abundant Life in Janesville, WI.  I met Jim and Linda Moses, (Yep, I met a Pastor, and lived to tell about it, there was no lightning from heaven that came down or nothin!) And yes I was kinda shocked – they were married for like –  forever….that was new to me. And they weren’t fighting.  People always got divorced in my family, or at least fought alot so you wish they would have.

Anyway, I met him, yes, the Him, Jesus,the big guy in charge,  one Sunday morning in Janesville, WI.    I couldn’t see Him with my eyes, but I felt Him all around me…my heart was turning into mush, I was crying, and all these people I had never met, came and gave me a hug.  Verrrrry strange, for a girl like me. That was the beginning, of the most important relationship I have ever had, and we are still learning about each other every day…

So, I guess it took 40 years…

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.   Luke 11:9-10

” For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord, I ask You to draw us closer to You. You have called us, You have chosen us,  we are Your children.  I ask You to continue to touch our  hearts and change our lives as only You can.  Thank you for giving us hope when we had none,  for making a way when there was no way, and thank you for not giving up on us, even when we had given up on ourselves, in Jesus’ name. 

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Call Me Ishmael

DAILY PROMPT: CALL ME ISHMAEL

Heaven and Earth

1 First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see.    (MSG)

The History of Creation

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (NKJV)

The Beginning

1 In the beginning God made from nothing the heavens and the earth. (NLV)

Yep, you know I had to go there. Yep, my favorite book is the Bible.  I don’t care what translation, let’s not go there.  Funny, I think this line comes into our minds unconsciously, In the beginning….We just seem to know deep within our souls that it is.  It just echos throughout our being….in the beginning…God…

I like that God made everything from nothing.  I wasn’t raised in the church, so by the time I crawled in I really felt like “nothing”.  Most of us don’t just wake up one day and say, “Hey, I think I’ll go to church.”  It’s not till our world falls apart that we finally seek help.  Just how it is, thank goodness God is patient.

And I like that He made everything we see, and everything we don’t see.  I’m glad that He rules over the seen and the unseen, good to know He gets the final word.  Don’t know how it is in your neck of the woods, but here in Wisconsin the s#$% has kinda hit the fan, excuse my “french”.  No, I’m not going political today.  That’s a fun subject with family get togethers….we’ll save that for another day.  Don’t know about you, but I have seen both angels and demons, and I’m glad God has things under control, the seen and the unseen.

I have to admit, I am kinda a self-help junkie, I’ve read alot of “those” kinds of books.  But since I have come to Christ I have to say that the Bible has come to life.  Everytime I read it I swear there’s something new in there that I didn’t catch the first time.  Guess that’s why they call it the Living Word…

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

“Blessed be your glorious name,
    exalted above all blessing and praise!
You’re the one,
    God, you alone;
You made the heavens,
    the heavens of heavens, and all angels;
The earth and everything on it,
    the seas and everything in them;
You keep them all alive;
    heaven’s angels worship you!”  Nehemiah 9:5-6 (MSG)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord, I ask that you would reveal yourself in a mighty way to us.  Give us a spirit of wonder and awe at what You have made. You are the Author of life, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  Let us bless Your Name above all that You have made, for You are God alone.  We worship and adore You, let us come to know You and Your ways, lead us Lord, in Jesus name.

Keep a Notebook by the Bed

Daily Prompt: Keep a Notebook by the bed

This is so true. I have notebooks everywhere. It seems that I get the best inspiration when I am NOT trying.  I was surprised to learn that God speaks to us in dreams and visions. I was one of those people that hardly ever dreamt, or I didn’t remember them.  After I found scripture, the Living Word, I asked God to restore my dreams.
 Wow, that’s sure a statement, “God, restore my dreams”…
Well ,He did…in more ways than I could have ever imagined possible.

 PROMISES  TO YOU FROM GOD:

  • “he said, “Listen to my words: “When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams.” ” Numbers 12:6
  •  “For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it.   In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, While slumbering on their beds, Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction. In order to turn man from his deed, And conceal pride from man, He keeps back his soul from the Pit, And his life from perishing by the sword.”  Job 33:14-18
  •  “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy,  your old men will dream dreams,  your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women  I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”  Joel 2:28-29

Just a thought: Maybe this is the only time that I am quiet enough to listen…to just be…thank you Jesus, for sleep!

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord Jesus, I pray that you restore our dreams, our visions.  Speak Lord, your servants are listening.  Quiet our minds and hearts as we rest in You, and open our eyes to see You, and our ears to hear what the Spirit is saying.  Jesus, you redeemed us at the cross with Your blood, You have paid the price for our sins, we accept your forgiveness and salvation. 

Come Holy Spirit come,  Show us how to dream again…

Finding Shelter

When you think of the word “shelter” what comes to your mind?  Sometimes when I am sleeping God will put a word in my head . Last night it was the word “shelter”. Throughout the day I started wondering…what kind of shelter?  There are alot of shelters out there…

homeless shelter – been there

animal shelter – been there too

emergency shelter – nope, haven’t been there yet

house/home/tent/car/rv – yep, I’m there now, thank God, it’s coldin Wisconsin tonight!

Usually when I get a word in my spirit like that, I search it out in the bible.  Yep, I really do that, that’s how I get alot of lyrics for my songs.  God says He’s my shelter. Hmmmmm, how does that work?  Then I remembered…

I remember a fight with my ex (well ok, more than one fight), he was screaming and in my face.  I silently prayed and asked God to protect and shelter me.  Then, it’s as if a wall of mirrors surrounded me.  He was still screaming but his ugly words couldn’t get through.  Everything he said got reflected back to him.  Well guess what, he stopped screaming! I was in God’s shelter that day, and my spirit was strangely calm in the midst of the chaos.

Has that ever happened to you?

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

PSALM 91

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,  my God, in whom I trust.”

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord, I ask you to step into the life of whomever is reading this post.  Let them come to know you as their Protection.  Shield them from any ugly, hurtful words that come from others.  Fill them with your Spirit of Truth so that they may know that these hurtful words are NOT TRUE.  Let these hurtful words fall to the ground like dust, in Jesus’ name.

Healing in 2013

From:RAPE,ABUSE, & INCEST NATIONAL NETWORK
There is an average of 207,754 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year.1
Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.
Here’s the math. According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey –there is an average of 207,754 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year.
Yes, you probably know someone who was raped…but she may not have told about out it.  We survivors are often reluctant to talk about it.   We think that it will go away someday…denial is often a coping mechanism.  But when we bury the pain, it only festers, and comes out in other ways.  For me, it was bad relationship choices.  I was unconciously playing the “victim”, and as a result, I chose abusive men for partners.  Not a healthy way to deal with things, that’s for sure.
From my experience, it took over twenty years for me to seek healing.  I pray that if you have been raped, you would seek help sooner.  I know that God put people in my path that I could trust to tell them the truth.  There is healing in sharing our pain, and there is freedom.   And yes, Jesus, can heal the hurt and restore your heart and mind.

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

I ask you to step into each of these women’s lives, reveal your healing presence.  You saw what happened, you know that it was not their fault, and they did not ask for it.  Lord, let them come to trust you, and put someone in their lives that they can talk to, and share the truth.  You have promised to give us life, and life more abundantly.  I pray that you would restore their hearts, minds, hopes, and dreams as only You can.  Bring them new life Lord,  in Jesus name. 

PROMISE FROM GOD TO YOU:

Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

(Romans 12:10 NKJV)