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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In praying this morning about the happenings of the last few days I was reminded by the Lord of His own experiences in trying to minister to those that He loved in His family and home town. Many times those closest to us are the ones to whom we have the most difficulty ministering. Jesus made the statement in Matthew 13:57 “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” Again in John 7:5 we see that “even His brothers did not believe in Him.” I'm sure Jesus was saddened by the fact that His family and closest friends did not believe that He was the Son of God sent to purchase salvation for them, spirit, soul and body. But He did not let that shake Him or move Him away from the plan and purpose of God for His life. We know that some of His family eventually believed because the authorship of the book of James is attributed to Jesus' brother, James. It is assumed that James did not believe until Jesus appeared to Him and others after His resurrection. Then, of course, we have the story of Mary at His first ministry event at the wedding in Cana of Galilee where He turned the water into wine.

The apostle Paul made the statement in 1 Corinthians 3:6, 7 “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.” It is evident here that some of us plant the seeds of God's saving grace into the hearts of those around us and others water those seeds. But God is the One who knows how to bring the seeds into full harvest in that person's life. He is the God of individuality. Some are converted through out of body experiences, some have a Damascus Road experience like Paul, others receive through people that God places around them, but we can be assured that He will take those seeds that have been sown and bring them to harvest.

If you have been discouraged in trying to reach lost relatives and friends, do not feel that you are responsible for saving them. That is God's job. We have our part to play and He has His. If we will be faithful to speak when He says to speak, to love as He loved us and to offer compassion and help when it is needed we will open the door for Him to move in and do His part. Jesus said in John 5:19, 30 that He didn't do anything of Himself, but only what He saw His Father doing or heard His Father saying. He didn't do His own will, but that of His Father.

So, today, be encouraged that God knows where each one of us is; He is capable of speaking to us in ways that we will receive and He loves us so much that He will go to great extremes to reach us and make us His own!

  
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JOANNS4 3/21/2012 6:54PM

    Thank you for these words. They meant so much to me today.


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SLIMLEAF 3/21/2012 4:51PM

    Thank you for writing this. Even though I already knew it to be true, I need to hear it again and again until it really sinks in. It's such an important subject.

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BITTYGIRL51 3/21/2012 4:09PM

    Very good blog and very encouraging. I have many unsaved family members that I pray for daily and minister to whenever the opportunity presents itself. It's not in my timing, but in His. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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ADJQUILTER 3/21/2012 3:46PM

    You've planted the seed in your brother's heart, and in His time, God will cause it to burst forth into new life. You've done your part, and continue to do it. The rest is up to God.
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CYCLINGSANDY 3/21/2012 3:08PM

    God is an amazing God! It's amazing to me that a perfect God would love imperfect people. I am so thankful for that. I trust and have a hope that He will use me every day to point others to His son. I am planting as many seeds of love, kindness and all the other fruits of the spirits as I can. Thank you for being bold in your faith.

I appreciated this blog.

Sandy

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KAYYVAUGHN 3/21/2012 11:36AM

    Thanks for the meaningful words. Those were words that I needed to hear today.
Kay

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A Love So Great!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

God loves us so much that He will go to extreme measures to give us every opportunity to receive His great salvation. Today my brother is one of those that has been given another opportunity. His heart bypass surgery was done yesterday and the last report I had this afternoon while I was on my way back home was that he was doing great! Thank You, Father, for bringing him through this surgery and giving him another opportunity to choose You while in this life.

Once again God has done "exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think". "To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." (Ephesians 3:20,21)

Thank You, Jesus! To God be the glory great things He has done! And thank You, Lord, for a safe trip to Missouri and back home!

  
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KAYYVAUGHN 3/21/2012 5:38AM

    I'm glad that you and your husband had a safe trip to be with your brother. It is good news that he came through the surgery well, and is on his way to recovery. God is giving him time to find himself.
Kay

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ADJQUILTER 3/21/2012 5:35AM

    Praise God that your brother has been given another chance at life! I claim the promise in 2 Peter 3:9 for him! Perhaps what he has been through will allow him to turn to the Lord in gratitude. Make sure you let him know about all of the people who were praying for him. I will continue to pray that he come to receive God's gift of salvation.
So glad you both had a safe trip home. Try and get some rest. A day like that takes a lot out of you.
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FREELADY 3/20/2012 11:38PM

    Thanks be to God!

I am reminded of James 5, " . . . you have seen the outcome of the Lord's dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful."

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VINGRAM 3/20/2012 11:07PM

    So glad to hear. Wonder if him knowing there were people all over SP land praying for him it would make him at least consider the power of prayer?

One of my cousins daughter in law had pancreatic surgery today in Tn...Nashville. She has an inherited pancreas problem. Her 3 year old dau also tested positive for the gene. She did well with the procedure today.

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My Hope is in the Lord!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Psalm 38:15 For in You, O LORD, I hope; You will hear, O LORD my God.

I'm so thankful today that I can take my concerns to God and know that He hears. My hope is placed in Him.

My brother is undergoing open heart surgery today. My husband and I have driven almost 600 miles to be with him. I was not sure of his spiritual condition and have talked with him twice about giving his heart to Jesus. He has declined my offer to pray with him to receive Jesus. I can only put my trust in the Lord at this point and pray that all will be well with my brother.

Thank You, Lord, for watching over my brother as he goes through surgery today. I know that Your word says a man must be born again in order to see the kingdom of God. Today I will trust You to speak to my brother's heart and share Your love with him in a way that he will receive. I commit this concern unto You, Lord, knowing that You hear my heart's cry. Thank You, Lord, for Your healing power that flows through his body as I pray for him. I thank You in advance for healing him both physically and spiritually! In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

Today I choose to trust God! If you have not placed your trust in the Lord Jesus for your eternal security please pray and ask Him into your heart today. He will not fail to come into your life and make you spiritually whole. Jesus said in John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." Salvation is a free gift, but a gift is not yours until you receive it. Jesus was made sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Open your heart to Him today and receive the gift of eternal life. If that is your heart's desire, pray with me this morning: "Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Son of God; that You died for me to pay the price for my sin. I ask You to forgive me and come into my heart, to be my Savior and Lord. I believe that You died and rose again to secure my salvation. Thank You for saving me. I confess You now as my Savior and Lord. In Jesus name, Amen"!

If you prayed that prayer you now have eternal life. The Word says in Romans 10:13 "For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." He will help you through life's difficulties. He will give you peace in your heart when you go through trials and He will see you safely through into eternity when it comes time for you to cross over into Heaven.

God bless you. May you have a wonderful day in the Lord!

  
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SLIMLEAF 3/20/2012 3:22AM

    I joined in with your prayer for your brother too. (and added in a similar prayer for my husband - thank you for lending me the words to help me pray).

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LITTLEBJANET 3/19/2012 10:33PM

    I saw an update from Kay that your brother had three bypasses today. I pray that the medication helps his heartbeat improve and that he opens his spiritual heart to the Lord.

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SCOTTCOGAL 3/19/2012 4:23PM

    I just saw this blog and read your comment that your brother is out of surgery now. I am praying for him and for you and your witness to him during this time. No matter how things appear we can trust that our Lord has everything under control and it's all in His timing. I'm not saying that's always easy though!!
Sincerely, Carlene

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AVANELL 3/19/2012 1:55PM

    My brother is out of surgery. They did three bypasses. They are giving him some medication to cause his heart to beat strongly because it is weak. Thank you for your prayers and notes of concern. I appreciate all of you so much!

God Bless you all!

Avanell

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VINGRAM 3/19/2012 11:59AM

    Thinking of u & bro today. Prayers also. God is in control! Vista emoticon

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BITTYGIRL51 3/19/2012 11:30AM

    It's in God's timing, not ours. So just be a witness and be there for him, as you are. I'm praying.

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VISUALLYRICS 3/19/2012 9:31AM

    praying for your brother....trusting in the Lord! emoticon

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LITTLEBJANET 3/19/2012 8:34AM

    Prayers for your family today as you wait during the surgery. Prayers for the medical team working on your brother. Prayers for healing of both his physical AND spiritual hearts.

Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.


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GABY1948 3/19/2012 7:52AM

    I am agreeing with you in prayer for your brother! My son also has been going through a medical crisis and God is bringing him back and I am praising Him for it and in advance for your brother's surgery! Jesus SAVES!

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ADJQUILTER 3/19/2012 7:32AM

    My prayers are with your brother and also with you. God will heal his heart, physically and spiritually. Just continue to be there for him, and witness by your love and your life.
May God grant you the peace that you need today!
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PURPLELVR7 3/19/2012 7:23AM

    Keeping you in prayer

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KAYYVAUGHN 3/19/2012 7:10AM

    Just turn everything over to God. His Hands are strong, and He will handle this situation.
He likes for us to ask for His help, but He knows our requests before we ask.
Kay

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God is With Me!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Deuteronomy 31:8 "And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed."

I am so thankful that God has already traveled the road that I take. Not only has He gone before me, but He then says He will walk with me through those days. He will never leave me nor forsake me so I do not have to be afraid of anything. Do you realize that as we face tomorrow it is uncharted territory? It is somewhere that we have never been before. The Israelites were preparing to go into their Promised Land, but there were giants in the land and they had never been there before. There was much reason for them to be fearful. But God loves us so much and wants us to be assured of His presence with us so we will not be afraid of what tomorrow holds.

Today I am thankful that My God is with me. The challenges that I face He has already faced for me. He has taken the sting out of disappointments and gives me His peace in their place. He prepares me for the road ahead by assuring me that He will not leave me. He guarantees my success by His continuing presence. It's just as if you were preparing to send your child across a busy highway. You wouldn't allow that child to go by himself because you would want him to reach the other side safely. So you would take him by the hand and walk with him through the traffic to guide him safely to the other side. So, our Heavenly Father does the same for us.

Thank You, Lord, for preparing me for the challenges of this day! And thank You for going with me through it. I know that I can be successful in it because You are with me helping me to make the right choices, say and do the right things. Thank You for Your Presence that gives me peace.

Today I choose to face my day unafraid, ready to meet the challenges placed before me and excited about the success that I will have!

  
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BITTYGIRL51 3/18/2012 10:23PM

    When God became manifest in the flesh he bore my burdens for me. It gives me great comfort in knowing there's nothing I will go thru that he won't or hasn't gone thru also. Just to know that he understands and feels my pain sustains me in my times of need.

Thanks for reminding us, friend.

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KAYYVAUGHN 3/18/2012 11:49AM

    Thanks for giving some peace to face the tomorrows.
You are in my prayers as you face in the morning.
Kay

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ADJQUILTER 3/18/2012 11:18AM

    It's so wonderful that Jesus went before us, and knows what we face each day. He knows, understands, and cares. We do not travel this journey by ourself! Praise God!
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MISSPEACHES3 3/18/2012 10:53AM

    Thanks for this post today. It was needed.

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JEANNE229 3/18/2012 10:14AM

    Anavel, may I add my good thoughts to your brother's surger (we are joined in hearts from the Over 60s team!

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The Victory is Mine!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Philippians 4:13 AMP I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].

I love the picture that the Amplified Bible gives me of this verse. In thinking about the power that I receive from Christ Jesus I picture a funnel at the top of my head with Jesus pouring His power into me. With that kind of an infusion how could we fail to win the battles that we are facing? We often think that it's up to us to fight in our own strength but the Word tells us that we do not have to be self-sufficient because we have Christ's sufficiency. That sheds a whole new light on the challenges of life. It's not up to us; we can depend on Christ Jesus to give us the strength to win.

The victory is guaranteed according to 1 Corinthians 15:57 "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

So, how do we arrive at the victory? The battle is fought and won in the mind. If we think we can't do it, then guess what? We won't be able to. But if we come the the Lord asking for strength for the battle and then follow His directions to win, we will be guaranteed of the victory. This morning as I was praying I heard the Lord softly speaking to my heart "Exercise self-control when necessary so that you make right choices about what goes into your temple. You have been bought with the price of My blood. You are not your own. Your body houses My Spirit. Glorify Me in your body, Child. Don't allow your body to rule over you. You rule over it. Bring it into submission!"

Today I will be mindful that I need to feed my body the fuel it needs to sustain life. I will feed my body, not my emotions. Thank You, Lord, for the strength to fight and win this battle. To You be the glory, Father! Thank You for helping me make the right food choices. I yield myself to Your will for my life. Thank You for the victory! In Jesus Name, Amen.

  
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VINGRAM 3/21/2012 3:36PM

    From your lips to God's ears...feed our bodies..not our emotions!!!

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FREELADY 3/17/2012 1:35PM

    Thank you for the crucial reminder that it is a spiritual battle, not merely a physical challenge!

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JEANNE229 3/17/2012 11:59AM

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ADJQUILTER 3/17/2012 10:34AM

    Your witness and ministry are a light to my heart! Bless you, dear sister!
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VINGRAM 3/17/2012 9:54AM

    I agree.....your blogs are wonderful and are a part of daily devotions for me, also! Thanks!

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BITTYGIRL51 3/17/2012 9:38AM

    Great thoughts, friend, and so true. emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 3/17/2012 9:16AM

    Your blogs are becoming part of my devotions.
Kay

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