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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Wishes....

With Christmas upon us again, I can't help but thank the Lord for the greatest gift He ever gave us in Jesus Christ.  The birth of Jesus is an example of how God does extraordinary things through very ordinary people.

 I look at what an awesome woman of God that Mary was.  When I think back to how I was at her age I marvel at her closeness to the Lord.  Can you imagine what it was like for her to have an angel appear to her and tell her that she was going to give birth to God?  Then she asked the angel, "How can this be?  I have never been with a man?"  The angel went on to explain that the Holy spirit will come upon her and the power of the Highest will overshadow. and the Holy One that is to be born will be called the Son of God.  How did Mary respond to this?  She sang her worship to the Lord.  She sang of His provisions, she sang of His love, she sang of His faithfulness and she sang in great joy!

The Magnificat: Mary’s Song of Praise
 46 Mary responded,
   “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
    47 How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
 48 For he took notice of his lowly servant girl,
      and from now on all generations will call me blessed.
 49 For the Mighty One is holy,
      and he has done great things for me.
 50 He shows mercy from generation to generation
      to all who fear him.
 51 His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
      He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
 52 He has brought down princes from their thrones
      and exalted the humble.
 53 He has filled the hungry with good things
      and sent the rich away with empty hands.
 54 He has helped his servant Israel
      and remembered to be merciful.
 55 For he made this promise to our ancestors,
      to Abraham and his children forever.”  Luke 1:46-55
What an example she is to all of us on what it means to truly be a woman of God!!

When the Magi came to visit the baby Jesus they brought three very special gifts to Him.  Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.  At church on Sunday we studied what these gifts really represent.
Gold:  Represents the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ as the King of Kings
Frankincense:  Represents His sinless life.  He was Holy and anointed.
Myrrh:  Represents the death of Jesus for our sins.  It is used in burials. 

When Christmas comes around each year I always have a special feeling in my heart.  I think almost everyone does.  There is a joy in the air and people seem to be smiling more.  I love putting up our Christmas tree as a family and remember that our Savior died on a tree so that we might live.  As We put the beautiful lights and ornaments on the tree, I am reminded of the glory and wonder of what Jesus did on the cross for us.  When we exchange gifts it represents our thanksgiving for the greatest gift that God gave us with His precious Son Jesus Christ.

My Grandchildren love to make their care packages every year for Operation Christmas Child.  They do it yearly and really look forward to picking out all the essentials to place in those boxes.  Our Boxes are going to Africa this year so they put a towel, washcloth, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush, shampoo, school supplies, a bag of candy, a shirt, shorts, underwear, slippers and a toy that each child picked out.  They put a note and a picture of themselves in the box, then they carry each box carefully to the table at church to have it sealed and their name placed on the outside.  When I see their little eyes light up knowing they are going to make a difference in someone else's life it really brings the true meaning of Christmas home to me.

I am so humbled and blessed when I think of what Jesus has done for us.  I cannot imagine a Christmas without Jesus Christ in it. Sometimes we all get so caught up with the hustle and bustle of trying to balance our family, work and the season that we lose track of what it is really all about.  have you ever noticed that when you are out Christmas shopping and it is so crowded and everyone is in a hurry that one smile in the crowd can change your whole day?  Those are the things that warm my heart.  As Christians these are the times we have to remember who we represent while out in the world.

 I can remember a night out with my grandson picking up some last minute gifts.  We were was in a specialty store and were waiting in line to pay.  There was a Hawaiian woman and her toddler son in front of us.  Her son was looking at my grandson's soccer trophy. Alaka'i told him that when he got older he would be able to play soccer too.  The mother looked at me and told me that her little boy, whose name was Pu'uwai, which means heart in Hawaiian, would probably never get to play soccer because he had something wrong with his little heart.  She went on to tell me that she had cancer.  I asked her if I could pray with her and we laid hands on her and asked the Lord to heal her and her son so that they could live and rejoice in the healing power of God.  We felt so blessed when we left them.  My grandson Alaka'i felt the power of the Holy spirit that night.  It is so awesome when we leave ourselves open to the Lord.  He will use us if we let Him.

When you are out there this Christmas season, getting all the things that you need for the celebration, keep this thought in the back of your mind:  The only reason there is a Christmas is because we are all sinners.  If we were perfect Jesus Christ would have never been born.  He is the reason for the season.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Roses For Mama...

Today is a hard day for me.  I am thinking about my Mama.  She would have been 84 years old today and she was  probably the most important woman in my life.  She was born at home October 24, 1927 in Seattle Washington.  She was the last child of ten and the only one my grandfather got to name.

 He used to be an artist and a sign painter for the big advertising signs you see in the Mainland.  He was a part time driver for the Coca Cola company and the last stop he made every day was the End of the Line Grocery Store on Fauntleroy in West Seattle.  He came home and held my mother gently in his arms and decided the name for her would be Endoline Mae Munday.  Endoline because she was the end of the line of ten children and Mae for Mae West one of my Grandparents favorite actresses.

 To me she was just Mama.  I loved her so very much and felt so lucky to spend her last summer with her.  My mother was beginning to get forgetful and she had COPD so she was in and out of the hospital.  My sister Chrystal who took such wonderful care of Mama called me and asked if I could fly home to help with her.  I talked it over with my husband Peter and he told me to get on the next flight. I can't begin to tell you what it means to have a husband like the one I was blessed with.

 This summer would become one of the most illuminating summers of my life.  A summer I am so very grateful and blessed  to have had with her.  She was living at a wonderful Christian Home on the South Sound called Judson Park.  Her room overlooked beautiful evergreens and Puget Sound.  Living in Ballard most of her life Mama loved the water.   It seemed like the most natural thing in the world to do so I picked her up and we went on field trips to all the places she loved. Capital Hill, Madison Beach, Port Townsend, Hood Canal, Sulton and I would drive to Ballard and go to Totem house to get the best fish and chips in the world!!  Then we would take our treasures to Golden gardens and I would wheel her right to the water and we would sit and talk for hours. Eating the fish and chips that would melt in out mouth and appreciating the crispness of the cold lemonade as it quenched our thirst.   She wasn't able to remember what happened five minutes prior, but she could remember everything from her youth in great detail.  I realized that God had given me one of the greatest gifts ever.  I could write down every story she had to tell me and share them with my family.  In my Native American background from my father there was a person in every family who had the job of "The Storyteller"  This gift was mine alone for my family.  I could weave a story like no one else.  I have to give my Irish Heritage  a little credit for this as well.

While letting the warmth of the sun shine on us, Mama told me that when I was born, my sister Janis got to  name me.  She liked the name Teresa.  So my parents named me Teresa Marie Delaney the fourth child born to Endoline and Henry Delaney.  My Mother who was a Catholic convert had me baptized when I was one month old at Holy Rosary church in Edmonds, Washington.  She confided in me that day that she had laid me on the alter and given me to the Lord.  I don't think she had a clue to what she had done!!!    The Lord had taken over my life even then.  My name Teresa means "The Harvester"  and she told me that day on the beach that she was never so shocked when I came home one night when I was seventeen  years old and a Junior at Ballard High School and told her that I had been saved.  She looked at me and said "saved from what?"  I was so young and so passionate about what I heard that night that I told her that I was born again and free from the fires of Hell.  I told her that Jesus had come into my heart and He was living inside me!!!!  I was so excited that night that I was  flying  and not with drugs.  It was the Holy spirit and it was life changing!!!

I think that because my other siblings had problems with drugs and alcohol, she was so grateful to have one child she didn't have to "worry" about.  I had some of the best friends in the whole world.  Colleen McLellan will always have a very special place n my heart.  We will be sisters in eternity!!!  Mama was happy to hear that my Friday nights when I wasn't in plays at Ballard High School were spent at Evangel Temple on 8th avenue and 80th NW at the Eye listening to The Brethren play Christian music and lead many young people to Jesus Christ!!!  It was so much fun and we were reading the Bible and praying and listening to really good Christian music.  It was an AWESOME time of my life.

I asked my Mama that day on the beach if she knew Jesus.  She told me that she did.  I asked her if she had asked Him into her heart as her Savior and she said she had done this with my other sister Christina.  I asked her if she minded if I prayed with her too.  We held hands and thanked the Lord for coming into our hearts and blessing us so richly.

She would tell me stories of going to Madison Beach as a child and climbing on the Ferrys that used to go to Mercer Island before the bridges were built. Her and her brothers and sister would scream penny, dime nickel, quarter and the people on the ferry would throw coins into Lake Washington where the kids would dive into the water to get their treasure.  it is a good thing my grandmother had no idea what they were doing. I had quite a collection of stories when that summer was over.  My Mama graduated from Garfield High School in 1945. She was a wonderful mother and the strongest woman I ever knew.  No matter what happened in her life, she knew that the Lord would always get her through and that is what she taught me.

I will never forget her eighty first birthday in 2008.  I sent her flowers and called her as I always did every week just to talk.  mama was my touch stone.  I could tell her anything and she would be honest with me and tell me exactly what she thought and believed.  On this day when I called her, she told me very calmly that the ambulance was coming for her to take her to the hospital.  She told me to come to her.  I told her that I would be on the first flight I could get out of Honolulu.  She told me to hurry.  That she might not be there when I got there.  I told her, "Mama, if you need to go home, you go.  Don't stay and wait for me.  I don't want you to suffer.  She just told me to hurry.  I was so blessed with a daughter who has so much talent on the computer and got me a flight within the hour.  As I was rushing through the airport I heard Terry!!!  I turned around and it was a good friend who worked at Hawaiian Airlines.  Our daughters had gone to Kamehameha School together.  I told her what was happening and she upgraded me immediately to first class round trip.  I hugged her and she told me she would pray for me and my family.  The Lord was right there with me through it all.

Off I went into the wild blue yonder to say goodbye to the most important woman in my life.  I thought Lord, how am I going to get through this?  He just made me feel that everything would be all right.  He was with me.  I arrived at the hospital and had time to talk to Mama tell her what she meant to me and how I loved her.  My Mother was so strong.  They thought she would die that night, but she wasn't ready.  She was waiting for my brother to come in from Norway.  Then she looked at me and told me she wanted to talk to my husband Peter.  I called him right away and Mama told him that she loved him and wanted to see him one last time.  Mama was looking after me.  She knew that I would need him when she passed.  People look at the elderly as being useless and deficient but they are not.  They are filled with wisdom, love and experience. If we are lucky enough to listen to them and care for them, they will give us gems that are more valuable then gold!!!  My husband and brother came in an hour apart from opposite sides of the world and made it to Mama's bedside to say goodbye, to tell her they loved her and to watch her pass into eternity and the arms of the Lord in peace. Only the Lord could have orchestrated everything so perfectly. When ever I read this verse it makes me think of my Mama:
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
      and she laughs without fear of the future.
 26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
      and she gives instructions with kindness.
 27 She carefully watches everything in her household
      and suffers nothing from laziness.
 28 Her children stand and bless her.
      Her husband praises her:
 29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
      but you surpass them all!”
 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
      but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
 31 Reward her for all she has done.
      Let her deeds publicly declare her praise. Proverbs 31:25-31

It was three years ago and even though I know Mama is in Paradise with Jesus I miss her!!!  On her birthday I always sent her roses, roses for Mama!  A Hui Hou Mama, until we meet again, I love you with all of my heart!  God bless and keep you until we are together again!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Jesus Meets Us Where We Are

As Fall begins this year I have so very much to be thankful for in my life and my walk with Jesus Christ.  The end of this month marks a two year anniversary for me.  As of September, I am two years cancer free for lung cancer.  Praise the Lord!!!  As a born again Christian I experienced many ups and downs in my walk with the Lord.  I noticed that I was in a place in my life where I was putting the things of the world before the Lord Jesus.  I had just come back to Hawaii from my mother's funeral and was so sad and felt like a piece of me was buried along side her.  I prayed and spoke to God daily but I wasn't spending time with Him through His Word and I was missing out on so much. I wasn't aware that I was starving the Holy Spirit inside me.

 Then a few months later a nagging cough that wouldn't go away was the first signs  of my getting lung cancer and the redemption of my soul through the Lord Jesus Christ.  I am continually amazed at how Jesus meets right where we are.  We don't have to go in search of Him.  He is right there with us through everything.  Cancer had become my road to Damascus.  Like Paul I needed a reminder of what was truly important.  Jesus was giving me another chance to recommit my life to Him and serve Him.  Instead of the bright sun causing blindness, mine was a PET scan.  When the tumor lit up and looked like the sun blazing inside of my body, I knew that there was no place to turn except to Jesus.  I can tell you that He was right there with me through every single second of it.

The next phase was when we had to speak with the surgeon. He told me that he may have to make a 12 inch incision that would take out the lat muscles. I told him that I loved to swim and if he cut that muscle out it would make it impossible for me to swim again. He then told me that possibly if every single thing went perfectly he may be able to use a scope and then the incision would be much smaller.  I was sitting in that chair listening to a man tell me how he was going to carve my body up very much like I would butcher a rib roast.  I felt completely numb.  Like I was on auto pilot and in a very real sense I was, Jesus was in charge now and I was just along for the ride of my life.  My husband Peter was terrified and he was asking about getting second opinions.  I just told him no we need to take care of this right now.  We scheduled the surgery for the following week.  I went home and prayed with my husband.  My faith was being tested to the limit.  I knew that even if I died as a result of this killer inside of me, how I shared Jesus would determine if my family would come to the Lord in the event of my death.  I am blessed with some of the best friends in the whole world who prayed and fasted for me.  Colleen you mean the world to me as a cherished sister and I will never forget what a truly loving friend you have always been to me.

On April 27, 2009 I had my surgery.  I prayed with my husband before going into the operating room.  I was so terrified and I was waiting for them to get everything ready.  I was sitting on the gurney shaking and I heard this voice and it was audible.  It told me "The Breath of Heaven is holding you in His arms"  I looked around to see if anyone else heard this voice. That phrase was from a song I sang as a young girl. I think Jesus said that so I knew it was Him. I stopped shaking and felt such a peace come over my body and mind.  I knew in that instance that no matter what the outcome was I would be fine.  I opened my eyes around 8 hours later and my surgeon was right there.  He told me that I was incredibly lucky and that someone up there really liked me.  He told me that I had two types of cancer in my tumor.  Non-small cell and small cell cancer.  He told me that the small cell cancer should have spread throughout my chest, but it didn't.  He said it was like my tumor was encased in glass.  He then went on to tell me that I was also very lucky that he didn't have to cut into any of the muscle tissue.  That my ribs bent very easily and he was able to go in and scope out the tumor.  I have a 3 inch scar under my right arm.  My Jesus had given me every single thing I asked for in prayer.  My doctor told me that when I healed I would be able to swim every day if I wanted to. I just started to praise the Lord in thanksgiving!  They had me take an MRI to check to see if any cancer had spread to my brain.  There was none!!!  Then I had a bone scan to see if there was any cancer in my bones.  There was none!!!  I felt so  humbled before the Lord.  Jesus was showing me that when He does something it is complete.  I went home in three days.  I had to get ready for the storm that was to come.

When people talk about cancer, you listen with a dread hoping against hope that you never ever get it. It is a very exclusive club that you never want a membership to. It was June and it was time for me to begin my Chemo Therapy.  I had Cysto Platinum  Chemo therapy.  It is very strong.  Lung cancer is the number one killer in the United States of both men and women.  There is only a 15%  chance of making it through this dreaded disease. My Oncologist was Dr. Ian Okazaki who is one of the greatest doctors I have ever had. The Lord really blessed me by giving me this amazing Physician.  he is one of the most caring doctors I have ever known aside from being very skilled he has the gift of gentleness like I have never ever experienced.  He told me that my chemo was going to be rigorous and could be very hard on me.   Unlike many other people I was heading into my chemo with Jesus. There He was right by my side helping me to get through what would be one of the hardest times in my life.  When I was getting the poison put in my IV I could feel it.  There was a slight burning.  Each day for me started early and went for about eight hours.  I would have an IV of  water, then chemo then  water.  The sickness was bad and it was during one of these days that The Holy Spirit filled me was such joy that I wept.  In the midst of all of this suffering the Lord was showing me His love, His Comfort and His joy.  It was unlike anything I have ever felt in my life.  Again Jesus was meeting me right where I was.  He was teaching me how to love through His actions.

As the weeks of chemo went on while taking a shower I noticed huge clumps of my hair in my hands while washing my hair.  I looked like a monster and I just sat in the tub and cried out to Jesus.  When I was done crying I got out of the tub and asked my son to buzz my head.  The Lord was again teaching me that I was beautiful to Him no matter what I looked like.  I was amazed at how freeing it is not to have to worry about doing my hair.  When I was out with my scarf people would know I had cancer.  They would look at me with the "Oh you poor thing" look.  I was so happy to be alive, that I was beaming!  I was able to share Jesus with everyone.  No one was mean or nasty to me because I had cancer.  I think that people know in their deepest part of them that there is a God whether they admit it or not.  Facing death is a great equalizer.    It clears the table of all the intellectual clutter and it becomes just me and my Maker.  All of a sudden the Bible becomes more then just a book that collects dust on the shelf it becomes your manual for real life.

As I was reading the Bible on day shortly after going through my chemo therapy the Lord gave me this scripture and it has become my life scripture.  I think each Christian has or will get a life scripture and this one is mine.
4 When Jesus heard that, He said,  "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God,  that the the Son of God may be glorified through it."  John 11:4
The Lord was letting me know what He wanted me to do.  He wanted me to share the love, healing, comfort and joy that He was giving me with everyone I met.  He was letting me know that there was a reason that He didn't take me home right away.  Jesus has a plan for each and every one of us.  Sometimes if you are a hardheaded stubborn knucklehead like me you have to have something drastic happen to open your eyes up much like Paul did on the road to Damascus. All of us have this little piece inside of us that we try to fill with things that we think will satisfy the longing in our soul.  Sometimes it is sex, drugs, education, money, position in life, and material things.  Nothing satisfies that longing in our soul except for Jesus!!! Jesus loves us all so very much and he doesn't want even one of us to be left behind.

 If you want to have a new life in Jesus Christ ask Him to come into your heart today.  Simply pray this:  Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that you took the pain of the cross to give me a new life.  I ask you to come into my heart and give me your peace and joy.  Please forgive me for all of my sins I receive you now as my Lord and Savior.  Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit.  Help me to love you and serve you all  of my life.  Thank you, in Jesus name I pray, Amen!  If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ!!! You are born again!  If you ever need to talk to me please feel free to comment.  I try to answer all of my comments  May the Lord Jesus bless you and keep you safe even until the end!!!  God bless you! :):)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Take Time To Smell The Water...

I was listening to a Pastor speak to a prostitute today and my eyes were opened up by what I heard.  She told the Pastor that she had never chose to be a prostitute and would love to get out of the "life".  Then she told the Pastor, when I walk into your church your people never let me forget where I came from.  When I heard that it broke my heart.  As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ that should never happen. We should be welcoming to all who enter the church no matter where they come from. We should look at everyone as we would like them to look at us.  look at them as Jesus would.   I was reading the Bible today and found the most wonderful scripture. 
9 Yet at the scent of water it will bud
  And bring forth branches like a plant. Job 14:9
In this scripture I see the Lord as the water and us as the plant.  We are so hungry for the love of God that just the scent of His water will make us grow.  This is how the church should be in these last days.  We need to be so full of that water that they are attracted to that scent the pure love of Jesus Christ.

As a Christian I had to take a hard look at myself and see if I am looking at people with the eyes of Jesus.  When I was reading the Bible I came across one of my favorite scriptures:
7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. John 8:7-9
When watching the Passion of the Christ this scene in the movie moved me so very much.  It brought the scripture alive in my heart and made me want to apply it in my own life.  The Bible says that we should be doers of the word and not just hearers.  In my walk with Jesus I want to be so filled with the Holy Spirit, that the Lord will allow me see with His eyes, hear with His ears and speak with His words.  If even one person finds their way to Jesus Christ as a result of that, then this life is worth living.  I want to be that little plant in the garden that is sniffing just for a whiff of the scent of the Water so that I might grow strong in the beautiful love of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Friday, April 22, 2011


On this Good Friday, I am reflecting on all that my precious Savior has done for all of us.  I couldn't help but sing that old gospel song  Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe, sin had left its crimson stain and He washed me white as snow.  During the life of Jesus, thousands came to Him for healing and teaching, but the religious leaders scorned Him. They were jealous of Jesus and they arrested Him and charged Him with blasphemy for claiming to be the Son of God (Luke 22:70). mobs who used to follow Jesus and profess their love for him, now cried out, “Crucify Him!” The Roman Soldiers beat, mocked, and crucified Him.
On the cross, Jesus bore the punishment of all sin for all time. At His death, He cried out, “It is finished” (John 19:30b). Jesus finished paying the punishment for sin, as the perfect Lamb of God.  It is finished, probably the most famous three words of all time.  The happiest three words a Christian could ever hear!  Now heaven is open to us and because Jesus paid it all we could go to heaven and be with Him for all eternity! What a happy debt we owe to our Savior, our Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!    

Jesus died for believing sinners. We cannot reach paradise on our own merit. Remember, God will not let sin go unpunished. If we bore our own sins, we would suffer judgment in the flames of hell. But God sacrificed Jesus as the believer’s perfect Substitute.   When we go to be judged someday God will not see our sins.  He will just see the blood of our Lamb Jesus and we will get a free pass to heaven.

The Scripture says, “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified (made righteous/good) by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation (restored relationship).

“Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned. . . . So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:6-1218-21). Oh what a precious gift our Jesus gave to us!

God created us in His own image so we can know Him personally and have a joy-filled life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him, but gave us a will and a freedom of choice. Since the beginning of time, we have chosen to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God and ends in misery. The Bible says that disobeying God results in being separated from Him.  Our attempts can never unite us with God. Through the ages, people have tried many ways to bridge this gap and reach God – without success.  I believe that each one of us has a little puzzle piece in each of our bodies that only the love of God can fill.  We try to fill it with all kinds of things like sex, boyfriends, children, drugs, alcohol, education, clubbing, partying and everything else that you can think of.  The thing is, nothing fits right in there.  Only Jesus can quench the longing of your soul.
If you want a new life in Christ Jesus, ask Him into your heart today.  Simply pray this:  Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that you took the pain of the cross to give me new life. I ask you to come into my heart and to give me your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner -- that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive you now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow you and to serve you all my life. Thank you, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.  If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus!  You are Born Again!  

Next, you really need to read the Bible if you are serious about your walk with the Lord Jesus.  The Bible is your spiritual food.  You need to read and meditate on the Word of God daily to be fed as a Christian.  When you don't spend time daily in the Word of God your spirit withers and dies.  Just like all “living things” your spirit needs food to thrive and grow.  God communicates to us through prayer and His word.  I would like you to set aside time every single day just for Jesus. I want it to be at least 15 minutes and I want you to read the Bible everyday during this time and pray.  If you need a little more direction go to cbn.com (and no I don't work for them) they have a sight that I use every single day.  I signed up for their read the Bible in a year.  They will e-mail you 2 scriptures every single day.  One from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament.  I promise that if you do this you will see a marked difference in your walk with Jesus Christ.

As we reflect on the love of Jesus on this Good Friday, rejoice and be glad that the Kingdom of God is ours through the love and sacrifice of our perfect lamb Jesus Christ.  His love is precious.  He will never leave you, deceive you, forsake or hurt you.  he will be with us even until the end of time.  I think Jesus is coming soon.  May God bless all of you during this Easter season and remember that without that cross of Calvary there can be no salvation.  God bless you all! <3

Sunday, April 3, 2011

My Secret To Life...

I was asked today what I think the secret to life is. I had to answer that my secret to a blessed wonderful life, is a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  I was totally living in sin and He died for me, He forgave me all of my sins, He healed my body of lung cancer, He is bringing my whole family to the Lord, He meets all of my financial needs, and He reveals Himself to me through His Word every day!  I mean life just doesn't get better than that!  Do I have problems?  Yes as a human living on this earth we all have problems.  The difference is how I choose to solve mine.  I give everything over to the Lord.  God declares both His ability and His willingness to be our strength and support—mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. He is able (and best of all, willing!) to take everything that threatens to overwhelm us and use it for our benefit. He has promised to “work all things together for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Even at times when we doubt Him, He is still working for our good and His glory. And He has also promised that He will allow no trial to be so great we cannot bear it and that He will provide a means of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). By this, He means that He will not let us fall, I can tell you from personal experience when I thought the worst thing in the whole world happened to me, Jesus was there as He promised in Psalm 55:22“He cares for you”—gives us the motivation behind His other promises. Our God is not cold, unfeeling or capricious. Rather, He is our loving heavenly Father whose heart is tender toward His children. Jesus reminds us that just as an earthly father would not deny his children bread, so God has promised to give us “good gifts” when we ask Him (Matthew 7:11). 

In the spirit of asking for good gifts, first we must pray and tell the Lord that we hear what He's saying in John 16:33, where Jesus says, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." Then we should ask the Lord to show us how He has "overcome" our problems, our worries, our anger, our fears and our guilt.

The Lord reveals to us through His Word, the Bible, that we can be of good "cheer," that we can

1) rejoice in our problems because God will use them to our benefit. "Knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope" (Romans 5:3-4);

2) see our "worries" as an opportunity to practice Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths";

3) counteract our anger by obeying Ephesians 4:32, "And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you"; and

4) deal with any sinful feelings by believing and acting upon the truth of 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." All of our problems can be dealt with through simple faith in God's Word.  We are new creatures in Christ Jesus.

God is bigger than all our worries and problems put together, and we must realize that if we are to have any victory in our lives. Everyone suffers with these difficulties, because the Bible teaches that temptation is "common" to mankind (1 Corinthians 10:13). We must not let Satan deceive us into thinking that all our problems are our fault, all our worries will come true, all our anger condemns us, or that all our guilt is from God. If we do sin and confess, God forgives and cleanses us. We need not feel ashamed, but rather take God at His Word that He does forgive and cleanse. None of our sins are so heavy that God cannot lift them from us and throw them into the deepest sea (see Psalm 103:11-12).

In reality, feelings come from thoughts, so, even though we can't change how we feel, we can change how we think. And this is what God wants us to do. For example, in Philippians 2:5, Christians are told, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." In Philippians 4:8, Christians are told to think on things that are "true," "noble," "just," "pure," "lovely," "of good report," and "praiseworthy." In Colossians 3:2, we are told to "set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." Therefore, as we do this, our feelings of guilt diminish.  We begin to walk in the spirit of Jesus Christ!

So, each day, taking one step at a time, we should pray for God's Word to guide us, read or listen to God's Word, and meditate on God's Word when the problems, worries, and anxieties of life come along. The secret to giving things over to Christ is really no secret at all—it's simply asking Jesus to take our burden of "original sin" and be our Savior (John 3:16), as well as submitting to Jesus as our Lord in day-to-day living. Who could ask for anything more!  Then when this life is over i get to be with Him for all eternity in heaven!!! Wooo Hooo!!!   May our Lord God bless you all! <3

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy New Year!

I hope that all of you had a Blessed New Year!  I haven't written on here for a while because the Lord has led me to a new area of ministry that I am very excited and blessed about.  My daughter actually first told me about Tumblr.  At first I didn't really give it a thought I was very busy in my own life with work, family and a new granddaughter.  I prayed and asked the Lord what He would have me do on Tumblr.

He told me that He wanted a page there.  So I went on to the website and opened my page exactly as He wanted me to.  At first I was going to put a picture of Him up and then post .  He stopped me and said no.  Put your picture up.  I want them to see a woman of God.  So I put my picture up and started my tumblr page.  I post pictures with scriptures.  The Lord told me that no scripture would come back void.  So I went to a sight called bibleleadme.com and I had a treasure trove of scriptures for every problem under the sun. Halley's Bible Handbook (which I absolutely love) and Biblegateway.com. I use cbn.com for their read the Bible in a year program, where they e-mail scriptures everyday to people.  Two from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament and I also found a sight with doctors and therapists that are Christians that help people with depression and other problems.

On Tumblr they are able to ask you questions.  I allow anonymous questions and I got one from this guy who had an addiction to porn.  I gave him Bible scripture and prayed with him and he came back a few weeks later to give me a progress report.  I just wanted to share this with you.  I am amazed and blessed at what the Lord is doing.

Hello :) I told you a while ago that I've been addicted to porn, and how I took your advice and started a daily Bible reading. You told me to update you, so I thought I would! I just wanted to let you know that I've stuck with my Bible reading plan, and even signed up for a free program that is totally based on the Word of God that is dedicated to helping people like me free themselves from porn and other sexual impurities. It's a daily program, and I get a daily lesson, at least ten passages of scripture to read and comment on, and even a mentor to help me along the way. I really think that I'm slowly freeing myself and getting closer to God, and I just wanted to say thank you for listening to me and helping get me started. :)
Hallelujah!  Oh what a night!  I am going to praise Jesus all night long!!! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!  What an inspiration you are to people everywhere! Jesus is alive! and is right here waiting for us to let Him in our hearts so He can make us complete!!!  I am crying here with tears of joy!!!  God bless your sweet heart!!!!

(Again from the soon to be ex-porn addict. :]) I was just thinking, I’ve seen a lot of others who are struggling with the same thing I have, and I just thought I’d post the program where I’m finding help. It’s totally free, and it’s found at settingcaptivesfree.com. It helps people of ALL sexual impurities, and they will set you up with your own mentor and will personalize your lessons and scriptures to help with your own personal struggle. I hope that this’ll help anyone who is interested. :)
 Anonymous I am proud to post it right here on this page!  I am taking a step in faith and calling you an ex porn addict.  Jesus Christ has worked a mighty miracle in you life and I am praising His name!!!  What a great person of God you are!  So proud to call you my sibling in Jesus Christ!!!  May the joy of the Lord Jesus continue in your life!!! :)

This is where the Lord has lead me.  Now tell me where the Lord has been leading you?  I would love to get any comments from all of you in this new year.  May the Lord Jesus Christ richly bless all of you as He has me!  


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