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For This I Have Jesus

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

In an evangelistic meeting in Ireland, the speaker was explaining what it means to abide in Christ and to trust Him completely in every trial. Concluding his message, he repeated several times, “It means that in every circumstance you can keep on saying, ‘For this I have Jesus.’ ”

The meeting was then opened for testimonies. One young woman said, “Just a few minutes ago I was handed this telegram. It reads, ‘Mother is very ill; take train home immediately.’ When I saw those words, I knew that tonight’s message was meant just for me. My heart looked up and said, ‘For this I have Jesus.’ Instantly a peace and strength flooded my soul.”

Three or four weeks later the evangelist received a letter from this woman. It read, “Thank you again for the message you gave that day. Life has become an uninterrupted psalm of victory, for I have come to realize that no matter what life brings, for this I have Jesus.”

That believer in Christ had found in her Savior the One who would be with her “through fire and through water,” and who would bring her “out to rich fulfillment” (Ps. 66:12).

If you are enduring a great trial of affliction, remember—for this you have Jesus! — Henry G. Bosch

I’ve found a refuge from life’s care in Jesus,
I am hiding in His love divine;
He fully understands my soul’s deep longing,
And He whispers softly, “Thou art Mine.” —Christiansen

If every circumstance finds us abiding in Christ, we will find Christ abiding with us in every circumstance.

Our Daily Bread

I need to remember that in every circumstance that I can say “For this I have Jesus.” How powerful is that! Christ abides in me every moment of every day. He fills my life with joy.

  
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NELLIEBLUE 4/7/2010 12:48AM

    As with the others, thanks for sharing, sometimes we forget that he is always right there with us always.


Jesus loves me all the time.

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GRAMMAP1 4/6/2010 10:40PM

    We need to always keep this in mind. It doesn't matter the circumstance we need to remember "for this I have Jesus" I have had a pretty difficult day, but God kept me on track and I knew Jesus was there! Thanks for posting this. Day of Discovery is a good, reliable reference spot.

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SWIM_2_SLIM 4/6/2010 7:37PM

    Thank you so much for posting this blog. Sometimes when we are in the middle of a trial, we do forget this valuable insight. I will definitely remember to remind myself of this. What strength we can gain from this simple truth!!!

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VALI_T 4/6/2010 5:35PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It's something that I always know....but sometimes you might look at me and wonder if I remember it emoticon This was a nice reminder for me.

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MRSJERRYBUSH 4/6/2010 2:06PM

    What a beautiful piece and beautiful message. Thank you so much!

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TLROYER 4/6/2010 1:49PM

    Thanks for sharing. It's good to be reminded of this. Terry

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JENGRAMMER 4/6/2010 1:39PM

    So true and such an inspirational piece.

Thanks for posting it.

Jen

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RITAROSE 4/6/2010 10:56AM

  Beautiful! Thank you for that inspiration today! I agree, no matter what we go through, "for this I have Jesus!" Have a super day knowing that He is with us and will take care of all of our needs. No reason to stress about anything. emoticon

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The Blessing of Thorns

Saturday, April 03, 2010

The Blessing Of Thorns

Sandra felt as low as the heels of her shoes as she pushed
against a November gust and the florist shop door. Her life had
been easy, like a spring breeze. Then in the fourth month of
her second pregnancy, a minor automobile accident stole her
ease.

During this Thanksgiving week she would have delivered a son.
She grieved over her loss. As if that weren't enough, her
husband's company threatened a transfer. Then her sister, whose
annual holiday visit she coveted, called saying she could not
come.

What's worse, Sandra's friend infuriated her by suggesting her
grief was a God-given path to maturity that would allow her to
empathize with others who suffer. "She has no idea what I'm
feeling," thought Sandra with a shudder.

"Thanksgiving? Thankful for what?" she wondered aloud. For a
careless driver whose truck was hardly scratched when he rear-
ended her? For an airbag that saved her life but took that of
her child?

"Good afternoon, can I help you?"

The shop clerk's approach startled her.

"I....I need an arrangement, "stammered Sandra. "For
Thanksgiving?

Do you want beautiful but ordinary, or would you like to
challenge the day with a customer favorite I call the
Thanksgiving Special?" asked the shop clerk.

"I'm convinced that flowers tell stories," she continued.

"Are you looking for something that conveys 'gratitude' this
Thanksgiving?

"Not exactly!" Sandra blurted out. "In the last five months,
everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. " Sandra
regretted her outburst, and was surprised when the shop clerk
said, "I have the perfect arrangement for you."

Then the door's small bell rang, and the shop clerk said, "Hi
Barbara...let me get your order." She politely excused herself
and walked toward a small workroom, then quickly reappeared,
carrying an arrangement of greenery, bows, and long-stemmed
thorny roses.

Except the ends of the rose stems were neatly snipped...there
were no flowers.

"Want this in a box?" asked the clerk.

Sandra watched for the customer's response. Was this a joke?
Who would want rose stems with no flowers!?! She waited for
laughter, but neither woman laughed. "Yes, please," Barbara
replied with an appreciative smile.

"You'd think after three years of getting the special, I
wouldn't be so moved by its significance, but I can feel it right here,
all over again," she said as she gently tapped her chest.

"Uhh," stammered Sandra, "that lady just left with, uhh... she
just left with no flowers!"

"Right...I cut off the flowers. That's the Special... I call
it the Thanksgiving Thorns Bouquet.

"Oh, come on, you can't tell me someone is willing to pay for
that?" exclaimed Sandra.

"Barbara came into the shop three years ago feeling very much
like you feel today," explained the clerk. "She thought she had
very little to be thankful for. She had lost her father to
cancer, the family business was failing, her son was into drugs,
and she was facing major surgery."

"That same year I had lost my husband, "continued the clerk,"
and for the first time in my life, I had to spend the holidays
alone. I had no children, no husband, no family nearby, and too
great a debt to allow any travel.

"So what did you do?" asked Sandra. "I learned to be thankful
for thorns," answered the clerk quietly. "I've always thanked
God for good things in life and never thought to ask Him why
those good things happened to me, but when bad stuff hit, did I
ever ask! It took time for me to learn that dark times are
important.

I always enjoyed the 'flowers' of life, but it took
thorns to show me the beauty of God's comfort. You know, the
Bible says that God comforts us when we're afflicted, and from
His consolation we learn to comfort others.

"Sandra sucked in her breath as she thought about the very thing
her friend had tried to tell her. "I guess the truth is I don't
want comfort.

I've lost a baby and I'm angry with God."

Just then someone else walked in the shop.

"Hey, Phil!" shouted the clerk to the balding, rotund man.

"My wife sent me in to get our usual Thanksgiving arrangement
....twelve thorny, long-stemmed stems!" laughed Phil as the
clerk handed him a tissue-wrapped arrangement from the
refrigerator.

"Those are for your wife?" asked Sandra incredulously. "Do you
mind me asking why she wants something that looks like that?

"No...I'm glad you asked," Phil replied. "Four years ago my
wife and I nearly divorced. After forty years, we were in a
real mess, but with the Lord's grace and guidance, we slogged
through problem after problem.

He rescued our marriage. Jenny here (the clerk) told me she
kept a vase of rose stems to remind her of what she learned from
"thorny" times, and that was good enough for me. I took home
some of those stems. My wife and I decided to label each one
for a specific "problem" and give thanks to Him for what that
problem taught us."

As Phil paid the clerk, he said to Sandra, "I highly recommend
the Special!"

"I don't know if I can be thankful for the thorns in my life."
Sandra said to the clerk. "It's all too... fresh."

"Well," the clerk replied carefully, "my experience has shown me
that thorns make roses more precious. We treasure God's
providential care more during trouble than at any other time.

Remember, it was a crown of thorns that Jesus wore so we might
know His love. Don't resent the thorns."

Tears rolled down Sandra's cheeks. For the first time since the
accident, she loosened her grip on resentment. "I'll take those
twelve long-stemmed thorns, please," she managed to choke out.

"I hoped you would," said the clerk gently. "I'll have them
ready in a minute."

"Thank you. What do I owe you?" asked Sandra.

"Nothing." said the clerk.

"Nothing but a promise to allow God to heal your heart. The
first year's arrangement is always on me. "The clerk smiled and
handed a card to Sandra.

"I'll attach this card to your arrangement, but maybe you'd like
to read it first."

It read:

"Dear God, I have never thanked you for my thorns. I have
thanked you a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my
thorns. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear; teach me the
value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed closer to you
along the path of pain.

Show me that, through my tears, the colors of your rainbow look
much more brilliant."

~Author Unknown~


Have a blessed Easter.

  
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GRAMMAP1 4/4/2010 5:48PM

    We have seen God healing broken emoticon over and over in our Grief Share Class. Many come in thinking they can't be helped, but little by little we observe great healing by God. Some don't stay the 13 weeks and we often wonder if they ever heal. But truly our trials (thorns) can be stepping stones to spiritual growth if people allow God to do His work. Jesus experienced the thorns to give us joy and salvation.

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TLROYER 4/4/2010 9:37AM

    What a great reminder that God is with us at all times. Thanks for sharing. Terry

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What Jesus did for me.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Love sent the Savior to die in my stead.
Why should He love me so?
Meekly to Calvary's cross He was led.
Why should He love me so?
Harkness

Jesus died such a horrible, painful death on the cross and yet the physical death was nothing compared to His separation from God. When He cried out “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” that must have been much worse. Jesus, who had never been apart from God, was separated from God because of all the sins that I have committed and will commit. When I think of the pain He experienced, it is overwhelming.

I have so much to be grateful for. He chose me for His own. He loves me so much that He died for me. He rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. He is coming back for me. Hallelujah, He is risen!


Wishing everyone a blessed Easter.

  
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TLROYER 4/3/2010 10:53AM

    I thank God everyday for sending His son to day for me. He has truely blessed my life. Have a great Easter! Terry

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JEANSHEP2 4/2/2010 3:10PM

    Thanks, Yvonne. Another special reminder of how much we need a Savior and how God loved us so He was willing to separate Himself from His Beloved Son.

Blessings to all.
Jean

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TODAYSAGIFT 4/2/2010 12:08PM

    Faith makes ALL things possible.

Have a blessed Easter!

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GRAMMAP1 4/2/2010 12:21AM

    The Resurrection theme is so horrible, and yet beauty came in Jesus raising from the dead and providing eternal life to those that accept Him. And a lovely Easter to you. emoticon emoticon emoticon Hugs, Jane

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CPTANNE 4/1/2010 11:46PM

    When we stop to think about what Jesus did for us, how can we not want to stay healthy so we can serve Him? Thanks for the timely verse and blessings upon you.

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Feeling Better

Monday, March 29, 2010

I new week and a new start. After last week, I have spent a lot of time thinking about what I have been doing. I will be re-doing my goals for April and make them more realistic for me. I am changing the way I'm exercising starting today. I have found that I really enjoy exercising and it gives me more energy and I feel sooo much better, but it can be overdone.

I will continue to exercise for 65-85 percent of max heeart rate for 10-20 minutes a day. I still want to get in more walking, but at an easier pace. I want to continue to enjoy what I am doing.

I also want to get some things done around the house that I have been procrastinating about. I am going to have to cut back some on my Spark time to get them done. I still want to encourage others. That is very important for me to do. I may not post on the message boards as much but I will still be around. I need to join a challenge or two to keep me motivated to keep improving. I want to be the best and healthiest that I can be. Sparks is helping me change my life and I love the changes.
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GRAMMAP1 3/29/2010 10:42PM

    Good for you Yvonne. We can push ourselves some, out of our comfort level, but when we try too much, we fizzle. Or at least I do. I have that procrastination tendency too. I wish you well!

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TLROYER 3/29/2010 7:16PM

    I recently re-evaluated my exercising goals too. I was doing 60-90 minutes a day of a combination of weight training and cardio. I have decided that I am going to do a total of 'something' two times a day. I'm going to keep doing my weights 2 days a week but the rest can be walking, hiking, biking, gardening. Whatever I feel like doing at the time. And, I agree with you, I am not going to push myself so hard that I don't enjoy it. I have a lot of gardening to do this week and if I don't get in some other aerobic exercise, that's fine. I think you are right, you can do too much. Good luck! Terry

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I'm tired - no exhausted again.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I am exhausted and discouraged! I have been working very hard to meet my goals this week. On Thursday I worked out in the morning and in the afternoon I was so tired I was just a couch potato. Felt much better Fri. so I worked out in the morning and walked in the afternoon. Walked over 10,000 steps for the day – my goal is 7-8,000 a day. This week I have had 3 days over 10,000. I found out Thursday that it doesn’t pay to get so tired. I ate over 2400 calories. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I know, enough for two days. Every other day was within my calorie limit.

I have to figure out how much exercise I can do without getting soooo tired. I also need to stop bingeing when I fall down the first time instead of giving up for that day.

Sorry about the whining, but I had to vent.

  
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SLENDERELLA61 3/28/2010 9:29AM

    At first exercise can make you tired, and you may need to cut it back a little or take a day of rest. Then, as you get stronger, exercise gives and gives and gives you energy. At least it worked that way for me. I loved Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds when I first started. I went from being a couch potato to a very active person -- I now do elliptical, pilates, step aerobics, and Zumba. It took a couple years to build up to it. I now not only do them, I look forward to doing them!! It is an amazing good feeling. Keep up the good work! I almost guarantee you will feel better and start to enjoy it. -Marsha

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DEE_LITED 3/27/2010 11:37PM

    Yvonne, thank you for venting!

It is easy for me to get started with cookies and just never quit until they are all gone and I am sick.

We are all in this together! You are trying hard to do the right things, and will learn when to push yourself and when to take it a little easier.

We've never been in our seventies before; it's a whole new learning experience. I'm so glad we have each other.

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GLORYB2014 3/27/2010 7:06PM

    This is the place to vent Yvonne, you write, we listen! emoticonThat's what friends do!

I don't know what's making you so tired, are you doing anything else, like extra cleaning, etc? Why not just take the tiredness as a sign to relax and rest?

Giving in to food is normal once in a while, we're humans not robots! :-) Just don't let it get to you, get back on track as quick as possible and let that binge GO! Forget it! It's done and gone!

Today is the only day to think about. You're going to make it!

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IUHRYTR 3/27/2010 3:18PM

    All we can do is take it one meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time and forget what is in the past. Hang in there. -- Lou

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FRENCHYFEVER 3/27/2010 2:56PM

    Hi Yvonne. I t certainly sounds like you may be doing too much exercise and your body is trying to compensate by enticing you to overeat. Maybe if the 7,800 steps has worked out for you, you should consider staying at that limit until you're comfortable with a gradual increase. Going from 7,800 to 10,000 steps is quite a steep jump!

As for the binge, well, it's history and can't be undone. It happens to all of us at times, so get that big bright Spark back in your step. You can do it!! BJ

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PEEDLE 3/27/2010 2:54PM

    Yvonne,
You have done terrific in the walking dept., but perhaps limit yourself to around 10,000 steps. Maybe you are overdoing, and then pay the price in how tired you are the next day.
I find it so admirable that you walk that many steps! I have never come close to 10,000 paces in years.
So you will be my inspiration. I may not walk that many, but surely can do better than I have.
Thanks for inspiring me.
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GRAMMAP1 3/27/2010 2:36PM

    Hey Yvonne,
I think your problem is normal for this time of the year. Not quite Sp[ring fever, but close to it. I think Jean had a very similar post last evening. And I learned with all my exercise and eating of veggies, that I am not losing and DH who occupies a chair much of the day and eats as he pleases has lost weight.
You could get discouraged, but don't give up. Keep plugging along and eventually it will happen. You WILL have to give up binging or binge on fruits and veggies. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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