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God's Healing Grace

Sunday, August 07, 2011

This week's sermon was "Healing Grace" - but it was about the healing of your mind/soul/spirit rather than physical healing. Not that there's anything wrong with asking God for physical healing. All the Scriptures below are from the New International Version (NIV).

Psalm 147:3-6 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit. The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.”

How does God heal a broken heart?
How does God perform miracles in your life?
By changing the way we think. Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

I. Because of God’s grace you are accepted. Romans 15:7 “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”

God accepts us with no strings attached.

I Peter 2:7 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, (so) that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”

Psalm 27:10 “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive (accept) me.”

II. Because of God’s grace you are valuable. I John 4:4 “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Luke 12:15 “Then He said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.’”

Value is determined: 1. By who owns something, and 2. By what somebody is willing to pay for it. God owns us, and Jesus gave His life to pay for our sin.

III. Because of God’s grace you are lovable. Isaiah 54:10 “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”

There are two characteristics that make God’s love different than human love:
1. God’s love is always consistent
2. God’s love is always unconditional – you do not have to do anything to earn God’s love.

IV. Because of God’s grace you are forgivable. Isaiah 43:25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” God not only forgives your sin, but He forgets it.

V. Because of God’s grace you are capable. Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through Him, who gives me strength.”

How much more precious is God heart-healing grace than physcial healing.

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IAMWINNING 8/7/2011 7:13PM

    I would add that I wish I'd heard this sermon every few months during my growing up years. I was not acceptable to my parents, growing up; and it took awhile after I became an adult before I could grasp that I had (have) value and am acceptable just because God made me.

I was finally able to forgive my parents for making me the family scapegoat, and I even wrote my Dad a letter to that effect. (We were living in different countries at that point). He never mentioned it, and neither did I, but the first time I saw him again after that letter, Dad gave me an extra long hug, and I knew God had worked in his heart to take my letter as it was intended.

Due to my upbringing, I firmly believe that perhaps the most important thing a parent can do is to make sure their child knows (s)he is valuable and acceptable.

Is there any doubt why I found this message so close to my heart? God loves each one of us, very much.

God see us as we can (become) but loves us as we are.

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MISTYRIVER64 8/7/2011 4:31PM

    Thank you so much Nancy - beautiful!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 8/7/2011 2:12PM

    "How does God perform miracles in your life?
By changing the way we think." I ABSOLUTELY love this!!!!!! I'm going to be sharing this with my kids! WONDERFUL words and thank you so, so much for sharing!!!!

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God's Sustaining Grace

Sunday, July 31, 2011

We're in a series of sermons on God's Grace. Today's was entitled "Sustaining Grace"
The basic Bible reference was Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this, that He Who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ." (NIV - as are all the verses below).

God's Sustaining Grace....

I. Helps me to keep standing when I am tempted. "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." {Note to self: this means that even when I'm tempted by food - which is all the time - God provides a way that I do not have to yield to that temptation}
I Peter 5:8-9 "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings."

II. Helps me to keep standing when I am tired. II Corinthians 1:21-22 "Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He appointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come." Don't be weary in well-doing. It is Supernatural power that enables us to keep on. Isaiah 40:30-31 "Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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."

III. Helps me to keep standing when I am troubled. Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

How to Receive God's Sustaining Grace

I. Call out for God's help. James 4:6-10 "But He gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: 'God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.' [see also Psalms 138:6; Proverbs 3:34; and Matthew 23:12] Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up."
Jeremiah 33:3"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. "

II. Fill your mind with God's word. Psalms 119:25 "I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word."
Psalms 119:165 "Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble."

III. Accept support from God's people. Galatians 6:2 "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."

IV. Hold on to God's promises. II Corinthians 4:16-18 "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. "

The sermon ended with these thought-provoking questions:
Where do you need God's sustaining grace today?
Where are you being tempted? Being pounded and can't seem to get rid of the temptation?
Where are you tired? You don't think you have the strength to put one foot in front of the other?
Where are you under tension - in trials and troubles that you cannot fix?

Praise the Lord!!!

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CYCLINGSANDY 8/1/2011 2:12AM

    His grace is always enough just like His strength. I just always need to call on the help when I first need it instead of waiting until I am frustrated. His grace keeps me daily!

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MEYLOSE 7/31/2011 4:27PM

    Wonderful Pastor to give such a sermon, TY so much for sharing.

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ANNROMINES 7/31/2011 3:20PM

  I truly wish I could have been there to hear the sermon. Thank you for posting this.

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What day/month is it again? (7/30/11)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

So here it is Saturday again. Not that days of the week mean a whole lot to me now that I'm retired. Except for Sunday's when we get to attend Sunday School and worship service, and Thurs. mornings when we volunteer at the animal shelter, and Thurs. nights when I go to stitching group, and.... LOL ok, so only SOME days blend into others.

For some strange reason, I was way off yesterday. I awoke and told my DH, "Wow! August is almost over already!" He gently reminded me that it isn't August yet. Ok. Moments later, I started adding dishes to the dishwasher and he, again gently, asked what I was doing. "It's Saturday." I was making progress, going from a month wrong to only a day wrong. emoticon

You ask, 'what am I talking about waiting until Saturday to load the dishwasher?' DH has all kitchen duties during the week (his desire) and I have the weekends. He hates the dishwasher so washes them by hand, and I always run it once on the weekends.

Among other errands yesterday, we went grocery shopping; and after coming home, I started wrapping meats to go in the big(ger) freezer in the basement. (We only shop every other week). I always label what's inside the package and the date. This morning, I realized I'd labelled everything with 7/30.....I was STILL a full day off. Ok, brain check this morning.

I was too lazy to treadmill yesterday (yeah, yeah: bad me) but this morning after breakfast, I got on the emoticon and 56 minutes later stopped. I was tired by then, but felt invigorated. I'd warmed up, then spent 5 straight minutes at 4 mph. I dropped back for a couple of minutes, then went up and down until I had a total of 15 minutes at that speed. This is GREAT news for me: means my stamina is building and building. emoticon

I'm planning a more sedate rest-of-the-day until our grandsons come over for the evening. We're going to take them to supper at TGI Friday's. I've already checked the menu online and have my dinner planned. (Yea! for me!) That's something I don't always do before we go out to eat.

So, today I'm doing good things for myself. Tomorrow might be a different story, but I am right now planning on at least 10 minutes of exercise tomorrow, or maybe 30. emoticon. Since I'm cooking tomorrow, I'm planning a good breakfast and lunch (which is our Sunday big meal). Sunday suppers are catch-as-catch-can, so I can still eat reasonably.

I'm not clinically Bi-Polar (although a few of my near and dear relatives are), but sometimes I wax UP and sometimes DOWN. I'm trying to learn to enjoy the ups, and not let the downs get me permanently down. And yes, I do take anti-depressants to just take the edge off my depressive times.

So how does all this translate to my weight/size/fitness? On the plus side, I have much more stamina (a huge plus), I'm generally pleased with myself for making better food decisions (except when I totally blow it), and I'm not giving up and becoming even fatter than I am.

On the negative side: My scale and measuring tape both seem to have stopped working. Oh yeah, 'at least they aren't getting worse' but neither are they getting any better. So, I figure I need to re-evaluate my life, figure out exactly what I need to change, then starting small, make those changes. Sounds like a good idea, doesn't it? But I'm not real big on self-discipline. I mean, I've had over 60 years of eating as I please and not exercising. So, just how much do I want to lose more weight? Enuf to overcome my 60+ years of laziness and self-indulgence? We'll see.

Y'all have a great weekend.

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FLAFLUTTERBY 7/30/2011 4:33PM

    I happen to lose entire months ... still wondering what happened to March and June ... and I'm still working, so my days do not necessarily all run together. I have discovered that without the events of youth to mark time, I lose large chunks of time. For instance, school starts soon (and apparently sooner and sooner each year). When I was in school, we measured everything to the next long break. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring, Summer ... and then it was back to school. Since we have no children, time is marked in different ways ... and not the same way for everyone. I guess some adults mark time to the next major sports season ... so many days to opening day. Living in Florida also keeps me confused because we don't have the normal seasons experienced by other areas ... living on the coast, we have "hurricane season" and the "end of hurricane season." Or we have "season" (winter when rates are higher and places are more crowded) or "off season" the rest of the year when folks think it's too hot to go to Florida. LOL

Loved your blog!


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DIZZYDOC 7/30/2011 4:15PM

    No problem with the date. Just tab it up to senior moments. Loved your blog. Have a great weekend. emoticon

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    Hey, I enjoyed your blog! And I almost forgot! Merry Christmas! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Mixed Blessing Today

Monday, July 25, 2011

We planned to take our grandsons miniature golfing today, but just as we arrived on site, it started lightening and the first few drops of rain fell. So, I spent the afternoon with them at their house while DH got the afternoon 'off'. He had them this morning.

It was a tremendous blessing to have the rain. I can't remember the last rain we got, and while we were still ahead for the year (thanks to almost-non-stop rain in April), we were almost 3 inches behind for this month. This evening, the newsman said the official reading for today (to that point) was 2 inches, so we're almost caught up for the month. Since the ground was so dry, there wasn't as much run-off as there could have been; even with the heaviness of the rain.

Sorry, folks, I'm not gloating that we got rain. I know vast portions of our nation are in drought. My prayer are still with you for relief. I know many people are suffering financially because of the drought.

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    Didn't that rain smell good? I wish I could have bottled some of CO's rain and brought it home so I could open it up and smell it when all I can smell is dust! emoticon emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 7/26/2011 2:15PM

    Enjoy the rain. emoticon We had a short shower her on Sunday, it was so hot afterward that it seemed more like steam. I'm happy that you were able to enjoy those Grand sons.

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IUHRYTR 7/25/2011 9:35PM

    I, too, enjoy miniature golf emoticon and rain emoticon. Never have understood why storms fascinate me so much. -- Lou

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PURPLELVR7 7/25/2011 9:29PM

    glad you are getting the rain, hope you had a good day

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Temperature corrections

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Ok, now that I watched the 11:00 p.m. news last night, I need to correct a couple of things I blogged late last night.

First, the 5 a.m. temperature yesterday was 81 degrees, not 89. Secondly, the Weather Service took another look and decided Harrisburg's high for the day was 103 degrees, not 101. Not that that two degrees made any real difference. When it's 101 degrees, what's a couple more? emoticon

Today is supposed to be a tad less hot, but again, with high humidity and temps near 100 degrees, what's another couple of degrees? Sigh.

Much earlier this morning, we took our dog to the dog park for about 1/2 hour. She loved racing around and socializing with other large dogs (Darby's 50 pounds of pure muscle). I was ready to leave after 1/2 hour, even though we had been in the shade of a big tree most of the time. Still, it's important to us to let Darby socialize with other dogs and people. She races around and around the house (outdoors), but the wide open meadow is a whole other experience.

Y'all have a wonderful day. Stay hydrated, try to not have to do anything outdoors today.

Have a great weekend.


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