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Setting Priorities

Friday, December 12, 2014

The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted.

“Set priorities in your life according to My will. You will not be able to do all the things you want to do -- or all the things other people would like you to do. Setting priorities helps you make good decisions about what gets done and what does not.

Your time and energy are limited, so you may be able to accomplish only a small percentage of what you would like to do or feel that you ‘should’ do. Therefore, seek My Face and My will as you look at the possibilities before you. Let biblical principles and promises guide you in determining what is most important.

Being intentional in this way will help you make the best use of your time and energy. It will also protect you from feeling anxious or guilty about all the things you are not doing. In order to do something well, you need to feel at peace about the many other things you could be doing – but are not. When you have set your priorities according to My will, you can relax and focus on accomplishing what I deem important. As you seek to please Me above all else, you will grow more and more into the workmanship – the masterpiece – I created you to be.”

Psalm 105:4 NKJV “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore!”

Psalm 119:103-105 “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

Ephesians 2:10 NKJV “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them”

  
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TXGRANDMA 12/12/2014 7:18PM

    Thanks so much, Nancy, for posting this blog! It should be fodder for thought and meditation especially at this time of the year! emoticon

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FROSTY99 12/12/2014 5:08PM

    How very appropriate as we experience the hustle and bustle of the holidays. We are all trying to do too much and this helps to make us think and look inward as to what God would have us make our priority.

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COLOR-BLUE 12/12/2014 4:30PM

    Thank you for feeding my spirit and making me FAT and PHAT!!! Either way, with the scriptures and the little lesson it's all GOLD!!!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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God uses our suffering

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted.

“Your light and momentary troubles are achieving for you an eternal Glory that far outweighs them all. The Greek word the apostle Paul used for light means ‘a weightless trifle.’ Yet he had endured tremendous affliction: He had been imprisoned, beaten, and stoned – received thirty-nine lashes five times, was beaten with rods three times. He had been shipwrecked three times and spent a day and a night adrift at sea. He had often been hungry, thirsty, and cold. Yet Paul considered his massive troubles a weightless trifle because he was comparing them with eternal Glory. I am training you to view your problems this way too – from an eternal perspective.

I don’t waste anything in your life, including your suffering. I use it to teach you important lessons here and now. But there is more. Your troubles are also accomplishing something in heavenly realms. They are achieving eternal Glory – contributing to the reward you will receive in heaven. However, for that to happen, you need to handle well the adversity in your life, trusting Me no matter what. When troubles are weighing you down, try to view them as momentary, weightless trifles that are producing endless Glory!

2 Corinthians 4:17 “Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

2 Corinthians 11:24-27 NKJV “From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, inn perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.”

  
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FROSTY99 12/9/2014 8:10PM

    We all should be "in training" for the day we go to our eternal home. What we do here on earth is going to really be meaningful and this is the time to get ourselves ready.
God Bless you for the reminder and sharing this story.

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COLOR-BLUE 12/9/2014 3:33PM

    Oh my GOSH!!! Thank you so much for sharing, as I had no idea, this is what I was actually doing! All the JUNK that's going on in God's temple, the struggle land fight, has been WON, by His Glory, but still stumbling blocks and mountains have been placed in my way of relief. I was reporting this to the Lona, the secretary of my Sunday school class. Below is our interaction with each other, as I'm attempting to cut and paste the conversation, via email. To give you a bit more history, at the end of this year it will be 7 years I've been waiting for this procedure, which was just turned around from a no to a yes on October 15, 2014.

Hi Nancy Jean,

I think you went to see Dr. Harrington on Dec. 3rd. Did you get an appt. for your breast surgery. Prayers uplifted that you will get relief soon. Love and miss you.

Lona


Lona,
R>No, I didn’t, because my cardiologist didn’t do what he said he would do on the 26th of November, which was to send clearance to her and Dr. Groves that I was able to have the surgery. I finally got that straightened out and got that clearance, praise the Lord! Then while I was at the VA on Thursday, Dr. Harrington’s office called me and told me that they needed clearance from my pulmonologist, also. I got a bit upset, and in my head wondered why they didn’t mention this before. Anyway, I told Jennifer, that I was right here and just finished my appointment with him and he had cleared me and that she could talk with him, right now. She said that she needed the permission in writing. So, my VA doctor told me to call the very next morning and he would have given Randy the letter to fax to Dr. Harrington. Well, I did just that and Randy said he had no idea what I was talking about, even though I talked with him before I left the VA and gave him the fax numbers. He looked and didn’t even see where Dr. Matthew had even written a letter to be faxed. I was a more than a bit miffed! Randy had Dr. Matthew call me and he said that it was all in the chart but not in a formal letter and he thought that it would be good, but I explained that they wanted a letter. So, he said he would dictate a letter.

Well, I called Randy back at about 12:15 and he wasn’t there, but Moshi was, and I asked her to please check and see if Randy had faxed the letter. She told me that she wasn’t able to get into what Randy was doing, as the VA doesn’t give access to both of them to do that, which I thought very strange, as they make appointments and faxes and everything for the same group of doctors. She told me that Randy had gone to lunch, and for me to call back. I did call Randy back and again he said that he had no idea what I was talking about, so more frustration came up inside of me and I just told him that he was blocking my surgery and I needed to get it done now. He also told me that he still didn’t have a letter from Dr. Matthew.

After Valerie, my CNA, left on Friday, I used my electric wheelchair to go and get myself groomed at the nail salon, next to Best Buy. Guess, who called me when I was being waxed? RANDY! He told me that he had the letter, and he needed the fax information to send the letter. I told him that I gave it to him yesterday when I was there and then again this AM. He told me he couldn’t find it and needed it again. I explained that I wasn’t at home and he asked if I could give it to him, when I get home. I let him know that he would be in his meeting with the staff, and I wouldn’t be able to reach him. He told me he would look for the information and I told him thank you. I asked him to call me to let me know if I needed to call him on Monday or not to make sure he found the information. He did indeed call me back 15 minutes later and told me he found the numbers, and then asked me if he could just fax it to one of the doctors. I let him know that the doctors practiced in different cities and they both needed the information.

So, of course both doctors offices closed at 1 PM on Fridays, so I won’t know anything until next week. It’s frustrating, but you know what, it’s such a blessing in disguise, because I was told by the doctors that the better shape I’m in the easier the surgery would be and the recovery time would be less also. God has given me the time to get with Him and drill some really good workouts, to give me a better chance at surgery and recovery! Thanks God, You ALWAYS KNOW what’s best for me!

Blessings!


So sorry that things have not gone as planned. Please know many are praying for you. Keep me updated.

Lona,


Please don’t be sorry, as it’s all for HIS GLORY!!!! I’m not looking at where I’m at, because it’s temporary! However, what GOD has for me, is PERMANENT! Would you just praise Him with me, concerning my situation! It’s all GOLD!!! LET’S REJOICE TOGETHER!!!

Blessings!
R>- Nancy Jean -


I love your ability to see things in this light. I will rejoice with you. So glad you came into my life.


So, that's just a fraction of my story, and how God is doing what is best for me, and I'm waiting patiently, until His Word is fulfilled, and I'll continue to praise Him in the midst of the storm!!!!

Blessings!


- Nancy Jean -
GA



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REALTYLADYLISA 12/9/2014 12:13PM

    "Paul considered his massive troubles a weightless trifle because he was comparing them with eternal Glory. I am training you to view your problems this way too – from an eternal perspective." Sure enough, I am in a training ground! But praise God, everything is for HIS purposes!

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Don't miss the beauty and brightness!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The following devotional is taken from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, and is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. The scripture is from the NIV.

“This is the day that I have made! As you rejoice in this day of life, it will yield up to you precious gifts and beneficial training. Walk with Me along the high road of thanksgiving, and you will find all the delights I have made ready for you.

To protect your thankfulness, you must remember that you reside in a fallen world, where blessings and sorrows intermingle freely. A constant focus on adversity defeats many Christians. They walk through a day that is brimming with beauty and brightness, seeing only the grayness of their thoughts. Neglecting the practice of giving thanks has darkened their minds. How precious are My children who remember to thank Me at all times. They can walk through the darkest days with Joy in their hearts because they know that the Light of My Presence is still shining on them. Rejoice in this day that I have made, for I am your steadfast Companion.”

Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 116:17 “I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord.”

  
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    I have the same book and I use it as just one of my devotional aides. I LOVE THAT BOOK by Sarah Young. It was given to me when I was in the hospital back in Sep 2012 through Feb 2013. That was a hard time for me, as I was in a bad car accident, and it was even another 18 months recovery, when I got home, after the 6 months in the hospital. That book and what God showed me and taught me during the time I was an inpatient turned my whole world around, for the better.

I went to the VA yesterday, and when the van came to get me there was a man I had never met and his name is Joe Martinez. I introduced myself and gave him a goodie bag. I make goodie bags for everybody on the van, which there are only myself and 3 other all the time, as the van isn't capable of holding anymore with 2 wheelchairs in there. Anyway, when we were waiting on one of my appointments, we were all talking and out of Joes mouth comes, "You're such an upbeat person! I've never met anybody like you before." He went on to explain how all the people that he knows are down and negative. I told him that there's no reason to be that way, each day is a gift from God, as we're not promised it. When I wake up in the morning, I always say good morning to Him and others, and then I always thank Him for a day that was never promised. How can you not be happy getting another gift from God? Joe then told me that he was happy that he got to spend the day with me.

I was the first one to be dropped off and Joe thanked me again for the goodie bag, and I told him that I would see him later God willing! I gave him my card, so we could keep in contact with each other. What a FANTASTIC/Tiring Day I had yesterday, and it was a special Gift from my DADDY!!!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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FROSTY99 11/26/2014 6:18PM

    emoticon Every day we have a choice as to how we greet the day-I say greet it with joy and Thank God for all his bountiful blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving.
Pat

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Peter, Paul, Silas and Jody

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Early this month our church emailed a request for prayer for missionaries Jody and Ruth Miller. They have served the Lord for 16 years in the country of Jordan. They could only minister to people who came to them, but surprisingly, a large number of Muslims attend their church each Sunday.

There are too many details to list here, but Jody was aware it was a trap one day when he was visited by the Intelligence Service. The I.S. man asked for a Bible which was sitting on a table. But Jody is obedient to the Lord and told him he was welcome to take a copy.

A few days later, the Embassy called Jody in and said a complaint had been filed against him for distributing Bibles (half true - they have Bibles on a table inside the church for anyone to take). This was a heads-up to Jody, so he wasn't surprised a few days later when he received a phone call to go to the I.S. office (they don't come get you). Knowing he had a 50/50 chance of being detained, and having already visited a number of people in jail, Jody knew to wear long johns under his suit. (If you don't wear a suit, they don't take you seriously).

Sure enough, Jody was arrested and put in jail. Just about the first thing he did was to pray, and another Christian in the cell with him asked Jody to pray aloud for him, too. Then Jody offered to pray for the other men, and they agreed, even tho' at least most of them are Muslim.

A jailer asked why Jody was praying and Jody said, "When you're in trouble, don't you pray?" "No" was the response.

See, God can use you anywhere you are. And Praise the Lord for Jody's faithfulness.

After a couple of days, Jody was released and deported. Ruth stayed long enough to pack up their things, then she joined Jody here in the States.

This morning the Millers were in church with us, and Jody spoke during the Sunday School hour (and briefly in the worship service), talking about his experience. What a blessing to us, and an example of God's power.

  
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DJ4HEALTH 11/24/2014 8:17PM

    Amen!!

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    I don't know where they were, but happy they made it out!

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GOLFGMA 11/24/2014 9:29AM

    Praying for Jody and Ruth and all those they were able to minister to in the Muslim community. Our God is real, alive, and in all places at all times. Praise God!

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TXGRANDMA 11/23/2014 9:30PM

    Oh wow! What a testimony! So glad that they deported him instead of holding him forever and worse. Are they going back or are they going to stay here, now? I think we could use people like him in the US, too! emoticon

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YICHE12 11/23/2014 8:48PM

    I am glad for the happy ending.

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FROSTY99 11/23/2014 7:34PM

    So thankful for a happy ending to the story. We must go to minister to the masses but often it doesn't end well for those who put their lives on the line for Christ. In this case his faith brought him thru-God prevailed. Hallelujah, Praise God.

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ICECUB 11/23/2014 3:39PM

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

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ANICEANNIE0725 11/23/2014 3:39PM

    Thank-you so much for sharing this with us! Another thing to be grateful for this Thanksgiving for sure! So glad Jody made it home. I am praying extra prayers that Pastor Saeed will become part of the Iran negotions the 24th. Please remember him too and all the others in prison for being a Christian. It is so good to hear a first hand account like this! Blessings to you all! emoticon Praise the Lord always!

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RHOOK20047 11/23/2014 3:02PM

    thanks for sharing the story. It is a shame how Christians are abused world over.

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COLOR-BLUE 11/23/2014 3:00PM

    I choose to praise the Lord for Jody's faithfulness and then God also keeping His WORD!!! What a mighty God we serve! Thank you for sharing.

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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NEPTUNE1939 11/23/2014 2:31PM

    A-men

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How Close Are You To God?

Friday, November 07, 2014

The following devotional is taken from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, and is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. The scripture is from the NIV.

“You can live as close to Me as you choose. I set up no barriers between us; neither do I tear down barriers that you erect.

People tend to think their circumstances determine the quality of their lives. So they pour their energy into trying to control those situations. They feel happy when things are going well, and sad or frustrated when things don’t turn out as they’d hoped. They rarely question this correlation between their circumstances and feelings. Yet it is possible to be content in any and every situation.

Put more energy into trusting Me and enjoying My Presence. Don’t let your well-being depend on your circumstances. Instead, connect your joy to My precious promises:
I am with you and will watch over you where you go.
I will meet all your needs according to My glorious riches.
Nothing in all creation will be able to separate you from My Love.

Philippians 4:12 “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

Genesis 28:15 “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  
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FROSTY99 11/7/2014 7:08PM

    Thanks for sharing. I really needed this today. Have been wrestling with an issue for the last 24 hours and this morning on my walk I gave it to the Lord-I can't solve it but I know He can.

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    Thanks for posting.

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