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THE UPPER ROOM: Answered Prayer!

Monday, June 03, 2013

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Read 2 timothy 1:3-10

Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds. Heb. 10:24

My family believes in God but will not attend church with me. At times, I become discouraged, and my attendance becomes irregular. One sunday instead of going to church alone. I decided to stay home with my family. I was feeling out to God about my loneliness and my longing for family worship. not long after I prayed. I heard a knock at the door. My brother stood on our porch with his five-year old daughter. Emma. he asked if she could go to church with me. Emma had gotten up that morning, dressed, and told him that she wanted to go to church. My brother doesn't attend church: but he did not want to discourage Emma, so he drove he en miles to my home to send her to church with me.

That day, I did sit alone in church. As I held Emnma's hand, I realized that God had spoken tome through this child. Emma helped me not to feel so alone. God showed love to both of us that day.

Prayer: Almighty God, thank you for your love and case. Help us to see that sometimes our prayers are answered in unexpected ways. Amen.

By Susan J. Rankin (Michigan)

  
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THE UPPER ROOM: Life's Seasons

Friday, May 31, 2013

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John 3:1-7
Jesus said, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born above." John 3:3

The day after my brother's funeral a "Nor'easter"' blizzard blew in with winds that whipped the snow into twisting funnels. That was in April. the following day I trudged through the cemetery. It all seemed surreal; my brother's death, me at his grave, and mounds of snow burying the flowers. Where was spring-the season we associate with rebirth, regeneration, and resurrection?
When my brother died, I entered a season of severe depression. I was 40 years old and didn't attend church or even worship God. But God still heard my desperate cries for help. A desire to attend church came over me, and I began searching the telephone directory. I made an appointment with a pastor for grief/spiritual counseling. In compassion, God had led me there, and I entered a new season of life when I heard the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. My life and my spirit were transformed. I was born again.
Our loving and merciful God "desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim.2:4) No matter what we've done, God offers each of us rebirth through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Hope, redemption, and eternal life are God's priceless gifts to us.

Prayer: Thank you, loving god, for seeking us before we knew that we needed you.

Debra Pierce ( Massachusetts)

  
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63KEEPONGOING 6/3/2013 7:38AM

  Sorry about the loss of your brother. I know what it is like to lose a mother, father, and child. Through each loss, I felt God's arms embracing my heart.

I am so glad even in that time of loss that the Holy Spirit lead you to the place of salvation. Praise His Holy Name; there is no one so great as our LORD!

Thank you for sharing,

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FAITHGIRL91 5/31/2013 9:31PM

    I went through similar depression when my Mom passed a few years ago...I had a hard time for a while... but God is so understanding and loving and just plain good. He always hears us and He always comes running to us. emoticon emoticon

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CARMEL_466 5/31/2013 9:22PM

    Thank you for the post. I am still struggling with the death of my sister but when I read blogs and articles like this one, it helps a lot. Thank you so much for sharing.

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RACEWELLWON 5/31/2013 10:40AM

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear brother. Yes - I understand what your saying , he always hears , it whether we act and listen is the question - seems you listened and that is lovely. Hugs Karen

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THE UPPER ROOM: Life's Seasons

Friday, May 31, 2013

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John 3:1-7
Jesus said, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born above." John 3:3

The day after my brother's funeral a "Nor'easter"' blizzard blew in with winds that whipped the snow into twisting funnels. That was in April. the following day I trudged through the cemetery. It all seemed surreal; my brother's death, me at his grave, and mounds of snow burying the flowers. Where was spring-the season we associate with rebirth, regeneration, and resurrection?
When my brother died, I entered a season of severe depression. I was 40 years old and didn't attend church or even worship God. But God still heard my desperate cries for help. A desire to attend church came over me, and I began searching the telephone directory. I made an appointment with a pastor for grief/spiritual counseling. In compassion, God had led me there, and I entered a new season of life when I heard the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. My life and my spirit were transformed. I was born again.
Our loving and merciful God "desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim.2:4) No matter what we've done, God offers each of us rebirth through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Hope, redemption, and eternal life are God's priceless gifts to us.

Prayer: Thank you, loving god, for seeking us before we knew that we needed you.

Debra Pierce ( Massachusetts)

  
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PLATINUM755 5/31/2013 9:45PM

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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 5/31/2013 12:08PM

  There is a due set time for each of us for every season of life and our Lord is there to walk with us through and over them all.

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JESS0107 5/31/2013 9:36AM

    God knows what He is doing. It just goes to show that we need to listen when he calls!!

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PILGRIM125 5/31/2013 8:50AM

    So true! So glad He found you!

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MIMIDOT 5/31/2013 8:27AM

    Amen! Thank you for sharing. God is truly great!

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THE UPPER ROOM: Faith rather than fear!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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Luke 12:13-21
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven. Matthew 6:19-20

Today in my country, we are suffering from tremendous insecurity because of widespread violence. This has caused many of us to avoid owing automobiles or jewellery because having them exposes us to the danger of losing our possessions or even our lives. Living under these extreme circumstances reminds us of Jesus message not to store up treasures on earth but to seek rather the kingdom of heaven. Even with al our precautions not to appear wealthy, a young man wielding a gun stole my wife's car. My wife was no harmed, thank goodness; and the thief did not take her purse or the keys to our house. However, we have not been able to forge this incident. My wife reminds me, "We did not lose only the car; we lost our security and sense of peace."
Today, we live modestly our of necessity rather than conviction. The disciples of Jesus went a step further. For their faith, they left everything the knew to seek the kingdom of heaven. Our challenge is to nurture our spiritual growth and to place it ahead of absurd accumulation of riches-to act our of faith rather than fear.

Prayer: Faithful God, give us strength to place you first in our lives, above all that we own. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen!

By Magdiel Martinez (Nuevo Leon, Mexico)

  
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RACEWELLWON 5/28/2013 7:07PM

    Absolutely , good message - living in a very Urban area myself - I to see the violence for material possession - I will stick with what can Love me back !!! Hugs Karen emoticon

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FAITHGIRL91 5/28/2013 6:10PM

    Amen! Fear is faith in reverse... fear is faith in the devil.

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus always emphasized the importance of faith, to 'fear not' but "believe only." Great blog, Sis! emoticon Karen

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CIERAPOET 5/28/2013 6:04PM

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I refuse to operate in fear. I walk in The Faith of God! His LOVE never fails and He loves us just as much as He Loves Jesus! He Will NEVER leave or forsake us. Thank God for His Word That will NEVER return void! He has NOT giving us a spirit of fear! We are filled with Love, Faith and a Sound Mind! That's How I walk!!! He has given us EVERYTHING so that we need NOTHING!!! Thank you for sharing this blog!
Blessings!
Deb
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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 5/28/2013 11:50AM

  Jesus has been reminding me daily to fear not believe only.

He wants us blessed so as to be a blessing to all the families of the earth.

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TRINIITY1 5/28/2013 11:42AM

    Not only that, but we seem to be serving the God of entertainment! The sizes of TV's to buy are out of control!

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JESS0107 5/28/2013 10:14AM

    Amen!!

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THE UPPER ROOM: The right tools!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Read 2 timothy 3:14-17
YOUR WORD IS LAMP TO MY FEET AND A LIGHT TO MY PATH.
Psalm 119:105

I arrived at the kindergarten with my daughter and was asked to assemble some new furniture for the children. The screwdriver they gave me was too small and unsuitable for the job. It slipped out of the screw head several times and injured me. I went home and brought back more appropriate tools and completed the work without problem.
I often try to use the "wrong tools" in life too. I try to handle tasks in my own way, relying on my own experience and don't work out; even worse I get hurt. But when i use the right tools-reading and acting on the word of God and seeking God's direction in prayer-I can complete my tasks with pleasure.
God has given us the tool of Holy scriptures as "lamp to (our) feet and a light to (our) path." It is a primary tool to help us keep our life together and make us strong and useful for God's work.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, we thank you for your word. thank you that it gives answers to the questions we face and wisdom to preserve us from being overcome by the hurts and disappointments of life. In Jesus name!

By Yevgeni Tarasov (Moscow, Russia)

  
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63KEEPONGOING 5/27/2013 6:37PM

  There are always blessings to be found when we walk in his path.

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AVANELL 5/24/2013 1:22PM

    Life just goes better when you have the Master Builder, Repairer, Restorer, Deliverer, Healer, SAVIOR and His word guiding you and giving you wisdom!

Thanks for sharing your blog with us!

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CIERAPOET 5/23/2013 11:54PM

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Happy Thursday Audrey!

I Thank God That He Says The Entrance Of His Word Gives Life. It's Easy To Understanding As We Lean On The Holy Spirit Who Takes Away The Veil So We Can Rightly Divide The Word. I Also Love The Verse "Open My Eyes So I Can Behold Wonderful Things Out Of Your Law!" My Aunt Gave Me A Bible When I Was In My Early 20's And Engraved That Scripture On It. I LOVE The Word of God. I SEE The Father, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit and I See ME In The Living Word!
Thank You For Sharing And Supporting Me!
Blessings!
Deb
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AGAPEJOY 5/23/2013 9:35PM

    Praise God! Yes, the Word is the instruction we need for each day. emoticon for this word of encouragement. Bless you.




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FAITHGIRL91 5/21/2013 2:18PM

    Amen! If we follow after the Lord, He will not lead us on a wrong path! So important to dwell in the secret place of the Most High! emoticon emoticon

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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 5/21/2013 12:13PM

  If we don't put Him first by asking for His direction for each new day we can count on having problems that steal our peace. Great blog.

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TRINIITY1 5/21/2013 11:52AM

    Amen to that!

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SWIMLOVER 5/21/2013 9:46AM

  Thank You so much for this inspirational blog! Yes, we should rely on GOD and HIS WORD and HIS POWER instead of our own.

GOD BLESS!
Louise

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