Galatians 2: 20 (nevertheless I live…)

Verse 19 says For I, through the law, am made dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me`, and gave Himself for me.

Faith

Me and my sedentary lifestyle were able to go and do things in public 4 days in a row. That’s unheard of. Don’t judge me, that’s just how it is, for now at least. After 2 days, I was getting the house ready for company and a dinner. My feet and legs were DONE. It was before noon and I was changing shoes, doing insoles, without insoles, putting my feet up for a time, and more. I expected company at 4 and then we were to go to the church production of “Messiah”. I contemplated the wheel chair. My son was coming in from an hour away and I like to seem mobile to him. I prayed. I claimed by Jesus’ stripes I am healed and more verses. After a few hours, and Crocs with insoles put in them, my legs and feet were sort of tolerable. There was the steady stream of company, the dinner, we got ready and went to church and got home. Ah, the day was basically done.
My son decided to spend the night. We were sitting at the table after we got home. We were talking. My hubby and I really liked the church production. My son had his verbal disputing how he doesn’t believe Jesus could or would heal. I was rubbing my knee as he talked. I got out our big pharmaceutical box. I casually took a pill. I kept smiling and told my son good night.
The next morning, I was able to go to church, come home, change clothes, tend to cats,and go to my cousin’s dinner. We got home after renting a movie from Redbox. Keep in mind, I was on my feet this whole time. We leisurely watched the movie and called it a night. I mulled over my son’s words. I kept thinking of “nevertheless I live”…..
Thank You, Jesus.
We commemorated Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Resurrection Day traditions and dinners, church productions and I lived to tell about it. Jesus heals…….

Consuming Fire….

God is an all consuming fire….I’ve been mulling that over lately. Fire is dangerous. He even says no one can look on Him and live.

I put my trust in Him…
See Hebrews 12: 29 “For our God is a consuming fire”.

Consuming!

Deuteronomy 4: 24 “Because the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, a jealous God”.

I’m jealous, and will do anything for my “family” too…..

Consumed!

John 18: 5 and 6….I Am He

Verse 4 has Jesus, knowing all that was about to befall Him…..comes forward, asks the guards who they are looking for, answers He’s the one they are looking for with the words I AM He……

As in the great I Am??? They fall to the ground in awestruck-ness

One way or another, the great I Am is still in control and knows all that’s about to befall Him and His kids……

I was heartbroken last pm when I came across someone who I’ve not seen in awhile. She’s not much older than I but, she’s had a double mastectomy…..She’s still beside herself, too. No matter what’s going on in our lives, someone, some where may have it worse…..The great I Am is still in control, though. Praise God!

Matthew 24: 6

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Wow! Isn’t that heavy?
Amidst our waiting to close on house number one, we got blessed with another windfall of money, we didn’t expect to get. When Rob changed schools, he found out he hadn’t been getting enough of his earned pay at the other school. This was news to us. We checked one of the deposits from school: his paycheck, and were pleasantly surprised. We know it was God. We shouldn’t have been too surprised to find that the previous school wasn’t doing their jobs properly. We knew they weren’t. Now we know, many of them weren’t.
That being said, we got through paying on a dead horse, I mean, making the monthly payment on the house we have been hearing was “sold”. We have 2 weeks till we go in and sign official papers, bless God, and it will be out of our hair and we will have the monies to get our debts out of our hair too…. God has shown us at least 3 different ways He’s provided for our monies to make the mortgage payments. Amazing. We make our plans, but final outcome IS in God’s hands. (Proverbs)
As time has been going by, we have heard of more terrorist attacks, my acct. on here has had folks from another country putting comments in one area, and they are communicating to each other in a language I can’t read. Keep in mind, while I live out in the country, my internet is slow. I have a button on here where I can translate the messages……Thank God. I translated some. They are weird things about microsoft and word and internet companies. These folks refer to “pressing a button” and who knows what all…..
We hear North Korea wants to bomb America, as do many terrorists. Suicide bombers are bombing places in other countries. Christians are being killed openly, in other countries and some are in America.

We see a big production of The Passion on our televisions. It’s a modern version, but all I could think of was, we in America, are still making big displays of Christ and His death and resurrection. We are thinking of Him and love Him. “If My people, which are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, I’ll…..and heal their land.” YES! Genesis 18: 30 has Abraham begging God to spare Sodom is he can find some righteous people there. He keeps narrowing the number down….God promises to spare the land, though, if he can find some righteous people there…..

We are blessed, by God, to have the ability to go to Easter productions, Easter egg hunts, and to plan big dinners to gather friends and family to share in celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. We know it’s not just about the “bunny”. We are the remnant. God always protects and provides for His remnant.

Hallelujah! (no matter my thoughts about waiting for the rest of the answered prayers…..)

“I Will Walk By Faith”

“Walk By Faith” is a Jeremy Camp song with the chorus containing lyrics such as:
I will walk by faith, even when I can not see
because this broken road, prepares Your will for me……

Tomorrow I will run to the bank and deposit money Rob made doing lawns today. If I don’t, our tithe to the church check will bounce when it hits the bank tomorrow. We didn’t know this in advance. We are still walking by faith.

I saw the movie: “Miracles From Heaven” today. Don’t get excited, it was on a gift card from months ago….$ The movie is based on a true story. It helped increase my faith. People in the theater were laughing and crying together. Applause at the end….it was really good.

Freebies!

Those in the U. S.: I will send /pay for a junior, Andes’ mint shake from Arby’s to the first 5 people who comment.

Arby’s may have these till the end of March. Time is running out.

I guess I’ll send an Arby’s gift card to the first 5 people who contact me…….
(I guess you could have your choice of milk shake flavors, but I thought the green, Irish inspired one would be “gift-like” for St. Patricks Day…)

Comment……

Ps…..offer is good till April 17, 2016

I voted…

I went to the polls and did my civic duty to God and to man. I cast my vote for U. S. president in our primary election, today. I feel the lyrics to the song: The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword. His truth is marching on.
Glory hallelujah….His truth is marching on….

I’ve been mulling over the term “saved”. Yes, I have salvation. I know where I will go when I die. I am sensing there will be more to the term as time progresses, though. Here, in these end times, I feel there could be “saved” as a term for safe. The definition for those who know Jesus may be able to use the term safe/saved from troublesome times. There may be times when we will have to go offensively and go forth proclaiming we are Christians, despite threat of…”who knows what all”. The time for God to send Jesus back to earth is soon approaching.

We still await closing on house number one. Bills are still coming in. God is still providing. We trust God will let us have our answered prayer before time and end of times is upon us.

We remain positive, though my hubby mentions some “what ifs” now and then…..No!! We will close on house number one in 3 weeks or less….in Jesus’ mighty name.

Prophecy over yourself

I admit, I go to a church where the gift of prophecy is very alive and well. This is good. I have looked at others and seen pain and God has brought scripture to my mind at that time. I pray for that person and claim that verse for them. I haven’t begun to do this out loud yet, except over my daughter.

Today is a different day. I had another “trial” 2 days ago and have been recuperating ever since. The trial concerned our showing of the big house and asking God to sell it.

As I watched a Christian show today, the speaker said to “prophecy over yourself”. He said to stand up, believe and prophecy (as if I was Elijah.) Prophecy as if I had the Holy Spirit in me….It struck me as so real, I did it. I claimed the authority through Jesus’ blood and joint heir-ship. Don’t mind my making up words. You get the message. I put my 3 fingers on the top of my head and prophesied two major aspects. I felt power. I was thanking Jesus.
Right then, my hubby texted me there was to be another house showing in a couple hrs. Woot! Surely this was in lieu of answered prayer and prophecy coming true….I called my hubby to tell him I just prayed and prophesied. I was so happy. I wanted to share the happiness with him. Almost as I spoke, he told me he got a text saying never mind. No house showing today. The agent canceled.
I got off the phone, asked God what happened, and claimed this as spiritual warfare and I bound the Enemy out of our lives and plans in Jesus’ name.

We await closing on house number one while God provides. Our faith is growing and I am not as prone to lose my sanity as months ago.

Eye of the storm?

We still have at least 30 days till we are told we will close on house number one. Lately it’s been different, though. I’ve been praying for peace. I’ve been peaceful sometimes. I’ve been claiming peace. I’ve exhibited it sometimes. We have been praying together for our finances. We are seeing not as much strain. It could be seen as a miracle.
We could be merely oblivious by now. We could be exhibiting denial. It’s really weird. We are more joyful and less stressed. We chuckle together more now. I chuckle alone, too. It’s unbelievable. Is this truly the peace that passes understanding or are we merely in the midst of the storm and can’t see the tumultuous waves?
We are claiming Philippians 4:7…”And the peace of God which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Thank You, Jesus!!!

Major Pain

Did you know that if you suffer allergies, they can manifest in more than one area of the body?
I try not to take my OTC, once a day pill every day of my life. I’m finding I’m taking it more often now, though.
I was blessed to have what some could call a normal day, I took no pill, and I ran a few errands. I got ready and went to a Prophecy Conference at church, too. The next morning, I was plastered to the bed with pains every where. I am very familiar with the sinus/allergy headache, but this was in my back and legs, feet, elbows….I told my hubby I might not even get up. He said that’d be ok. I knew I had to get up, then, for him and cat obligations. I love hubby.
We started the day a bit slowly, then got the “call”. There was to be a showing of the big house between 2 and 3. It was 10 am. and we had plenty of time. My hubby had to be at work at 1. I was going to wing the showing and answering questions alone.
You know, for a smaller house, you can leave and let potential buyers look on their own. For larger houses, with extra edifices, land, etc… you need to be present. We learned this. No one told us. I have my doubts about our real estate agent.
With my back giving me major pain, I took Ibuprofen and set about bending over litter boxes, going upstairs several times to ready and spray Urine Gone, and run the vacuum. Our vacuum used to be my mom’s. It is 50 years old, I mean, surely she got a new one when she came to Fla. in 1989. (1993?) The driveway has 1989 in the concrete where my uncle built the Spring Hill home.
My hubby finished nailing floor boards in one bathroom he’s been working on for some time.
Sometimes potential buyers come early. I was ready by 1:30. I sat down to stop sweating. 2:00 came. 2:20 came. 2:30 came and I texted hubby, “No one yet.” I texted him the same message 20 minutes later and he told me the agent told him the “lookers” were running late, give them till 3:30. My anxieties were on overdrive, of course. I asked God for peace. I turned on Christian television and watched a couple half hour shows and tried not to look out the window. I focused on what I was being taught and prayed with the tv hostesses. I thought of the Shunamite woman, in the Bible, again. She and her faith: ok, I’ll agree “everything will be alright.” I debated lighting a scented candle. That would look too obvious. I had all sorts of ideas and…..No! I’m in the moment focusing on what I’m hearing from these teachers of God.
The 2 ladies came. I smiled peacefully and greeted them. They briefly walked through the house, without going into the kitchen, and said they were going to walk around outside. Umm, ok. I said I was available for any questions. Suddenly, they were gone. I went down the hall to close bedroom doors they’d gone through, and came back to find their car was gone.
Is that all there is? Can I let the cats be free to come back in the house, off the lanai? I’d been preparing for some 5 hours and I didn’t get an agent card, a smile, a “thank you…good bye.”? Geeeeeeeeeeeee!

Healed for Life

Jo Naughton has written books and does retreats on being healed for life.
We can be free to fulfill our purpose, in Jesus’ name.

How we handle stuff, how we wait, and so on…is partly because of what we have or haven’t completely overcome from our past. Things can be lying dormant, and forming you to not be the best you God wants.

Jo has 2 day retreats. They are in the United States and in the United Kingdom. It seems like these could really be healing and beneficial.

New Month

This is a new month with 31 days in it.
We went to sign extension paper work again, today, to be told it might not be that house number one is completely sold till 37 days from now.
As they say in church, “…and all God’s people said…?” We say, “Are you kidding me?”
“God, You have to see to it our bills are paid and the monthly mortgage payment is made.” “We can’t fix our thoughts and worries on this.”
I went to prayer group, at church.
Life will go on during these 30- something days. God advised me to trust Him more than ever before. He reminded me, I’ve been looking up “love” words in the thesaurus, randomly, for more than one reason. He reminded me of Matthew 6:33. He wants me to love on Him more and seek His face more, even as when He was new in my life. He wants my affection like a new relationship. He reminded me of when Rob’s and my relationship was new and when I was young and couldn’t wait to tell my cousin I found Jesus.
I thanked God for lessons on Savior-ship, Lord-ship, Abba-Fatherhood.
He said, “You are welcome. Now, here are lessons in Lover-ship”
I recalled the old hymn “Jesus, Lover of my Soul” by Charles Wesley. (1700’s) We sang old stuff when I was growing up.
Then, I recalled the newer version by Hillsong United, and its lyrics. “Jesus, lover of my soul, Jesus, I will never let You go, You’ve taken me from the miry clay, You’ve set my feet upon the Rock and now I know. I love You. I need You. Though my world may fall, I’ll never let You go. My Savior, my closest friend, I will worship You until the very end.”
We will wait on God and come through this as refined by fire, in Jesus’ name. Our relationship with God will have grown immensely. Rob’s and my testimonies will encourage others.
We rejoice in our Savior in the midst of trials and waiting.

Attack dream

God is showing me I have spent years in the trenches battling spiritual forces of evil. After hearing a message about being brave, I dreamed a big, evil creature was trying to kill me and my aunt. The creature had evil “underlings” with him. (demons?) My aunt and I were running. We got weary. I ended up carrying her, for a time, till she told me to just go on without her. I put her down and she literally gave up the ghost.
I finally stopped running, confronted the evil with scripture, and shut my eyes to merely praise the Holy Spirit of God.
The evil ones kept after me. They hit my knees, hard, with ball bats. The big leader tried to strangle me with long, claw-like fingers and nails.
I felt none of this attack. I knew it was happening but my eyes were physically shut. The evil creature kept telling me to “look at him”. I didn’t. I was totally “in the spirit” and focusing on my Maker, His love and protection, and His beauty. John was in the spirit when he wrote the book of Revelation.

God, alone, deserves the glory

Matthew Hagee spoke how God has always known Who He is. He’s always known He deserves glory and praise.
One day Lucifer decided he wanted some glory. God kicked him out of heaven. (Isaiah 14:12)
Some people want glory or attention. They may say, “I am having a bad day. Do something for me. I’m having a rough time.”
This is different from the beggar on the street with no home and no feet.
I admit to having had a good day yesterday. I got some unsettling news and had to wait 24 hours to get further information about it. This planted the seed of making my day a mess. I know we make our choices as to how we react ourselves,and how we take info., but, I am still definitely a work in progress.
God is maturing me from the pity party spirit as Elijah had in 1 Kings 19: 4.
Realizing from whence I came, I wasn’t born into a family that had to scrimp and bite hard for every dollar. I thank God for that. When I was murmured against, laughed at and had gum put in my hair by girls on my High School bus, I was floored. I still haven’t completely recovered. I hate to admit, but I think I’m owed something like I am special. God help me.
Since I had evil girls trip me, kick me, put soup in my hair in High School, surely I deserve good now.
God, why are we still waiting more than a month for house number one to close? We are obedient kids.
God asks me why I still refer to myself as a kid. He is maturing me. I thank and praise Him. It’s an ongoing process, though. I won’t “arrive” till I reach heaven, but I must contemplate every detail of this process in order to write my book.
We are all writing the books of our lives just by living.

Bishop T. D. Jakes

Bishop Jakes spoke about feeding what feeds us. Yes, we are to feed the ministry that feeds us, but we can take this to the aspect of feeding positivity. Negativity takes from us. Let’s feed positivity.

Jesus cursed the fig tree that didn’t feed Him. (Matthew 21: 19) After being cursed, it never produced fruit ever again. It withered and died.
We need to feed on God’s Word.
Wives need to be fed from their hubby’s words.
Children need to be fed from parents’ words.
Employees need to be fed positivity and encourgagement from employers, then they will want to do their best.