Friday, June 30, 2006

Happy Canada Day!

Our God is an AWESOME God!

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On Intercession

I have read these verses many times .... today they tenderly have come to me afresh. What a treasure we have been given in Jesus!

Romans 8:26,27
In the KJV

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:26,27
In the NASB

26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;

27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

In due time...

Willing to Weep
Artwork by Bobby Horowitz

God values me when I am broken... brokenness is a good thing... as I humble myself under His hand, He will lift me up.... in due time.... The plan is set... The waiting is hard....How long...??

Unchanging One

I looked for love in every single situation,

For something, for someone

That would last a lifetime, a love that never dies

And I find

You know when I wake, when I rise, when I pray, when I curse You

And You love me the same

And You know when I stumble and fall

And You're there through it all

The only Unchanging One

I looked for faith on the edge of my roof

No fear, Daddy's here

Still I struggle to trust You with the rest of my life

When I could just fly

You know when I wake, when I rise, when I pray, when I curse You

And You love me the same

And you know when I stumble and fall

You're there through it all

The only Unchanging One

I looked for You

You know my inmost being

You know my deepest scars

You know my darkest secrets

You know and You love me the same

The only Unchanging One.

Todd Agnew

Friday, June 23, 2006

My Cave, my refuge.

I have been thinking of moving. What do you think?

Romans 8 : 35-39

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Contrite and broken

Psalm 51:17

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,

A broken and a contrite heart -

These, O God, You will not despise.

Isaiah 57:15

For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity,

whose name is Holy:

"I dwell in the high and holy place,

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

To revive the spirit of the humble,

And to revive the heart of the contrite ones."

James 4:8-10

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Cleanse your hands, you sinners;

and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Lament and mourn and weep!

Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord,

and He will lift you up.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Hey Dad

So it would be Father's Day today.

Went over to visit with my parents today. My dad is not this dad in the picture. Not even close.
It has taken me a lifetime to understand this. It will take me the rest of my life to understand this. My dad is having some serious health issues right now. He is passing out, falling and hurting himself when he falls. Right now he sports a shiner from a fall. This man is too proud to let us know this is going on. The evidence is hard to hide as of late. He is an isolated, lonely man who pretty much has been angry and bitter all of his life. He lives in his world unwilling to show emotions. He has always had a critical, judgemental, demeaning spirit about him. Growing up was difficult with such a man. Add alcoholism and an abusive nature....this is the picture. You get it, right? Tough man to love and trust and honour needless to say.

I have asked God to change my heart about this man who is my earthly father. Today, I saw the results of those prayers....He is older and tired and sad and scared and I felt Christ just showing me a new kind of love for this man today. As with all relationships ...... if they do not end up being what you long for, desire, expect and pray for.... they disappoint, tear apart and leave wounds that never heal without a holy balm. This is what I have to own...accept and know that in this and through this life with this man who is my father... he never would ever have measured up to my heavenly Father, anyway, and I could never have been the perfect daughter for him. God knows his heart, and God knows my heart on this ... My dad needs some help to see God.... he needs to see Jesus now, in this one simple vessel....and he needs to see Jesus reach out to him through this vessel.

It has taken way too long for me to come to this.

I like what Malcolm Smith says in his book, "Let God Love You".

"Once God's love has been communicated to us, we no longer need to look for approval from others or seek after their love to fill the emptiness and loneliness of our soul. We now know and understand that He is the love we have looked for all of our lives. His presence alone can satisfy and fill us at all times.... It is apparent as we live in the knowledge of God's love that the sadness, crabbiness, and meanness that is exhibited in people either arise from their ignorance of God's love for them or because they have rejected God's love. They do not know they are loved. However we do and treat them as such. We are able to love them because we are loved. We actually become God's love to them.....Living in the love of God through Jesus Christ is the life of a whole person. You rise each day knowing the meaning of your life and joyfully go about your business with a purpose. Your complete reliance on the One who supernaturally fills the limitless, eternal cavity in the center of your being makes every day a miracle!"

Interestingly enough, this is something that extends into every relationship in our life... parents, spouses, kids, friends and those people that are so difficult to love in our own strength. How cool that God brought this to me after talking to a good friend and sister in the Lord about the brokenness in our marriages and then today after seeing my dad....He knows just what I need to hear and when.

Jesus can do the loving of these people through me. He is changing my heart.... it is His heart within me that sees these people in the light of His love. In Him, this is possible, even when I think it is impossible.

Happy Father's Day! To my Heavenly Father, Abba .... and to my earthly dad....I pray he will come to an understanding of the love of the One True Father through this circumstance. Pray with me to this end, saints of God. Every day He brings me closer. Thank You, dear wonderful and loving Father.

Friday, June 16, 2006

The Gate Seldom Found

Thoughts and quotations drawn from a historical, fiction novel...THE GATE SELDOM FOUND by Raymond Reid. This book is a keeper and I am finding that it is a gem that God pointed out to me alone although the interweavings of this revelation are far-reaching. He is an amazing and wonderful Father.

Are we not simply Christians following the path set down by Jesus? Part of a brotherhood of believers. Free to serve God without any tradition. The New Testament believers never took a label. Do we need one?

"Jesus' last prayer was a plea that His followers might all be one. Having a label promotes a sense of ' I'm different than you' or even I'm better than you. That kind of thinking leads to divisions. If people would abandon their labels and dogmas - and come together in the Spirit of Christ - we'd have unity."

More on this book to come, for sure. Not quite done reading but it is for me, not fiction to me but a Truth inspired work on living this life that is Christ.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Gotta love this one....

I needed a smile and found this one today. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

And Furthermore

Can you see it?
Why is it that what is good is always shadowed by that evil one prowling around like a lion. There is not one...not even one ....except the Holy One. I delight to see Him in His children, and rage when they fail to let Him shine through the muck. Unbelievers have an understandable and sad excuse. Those who know Him..... He is able to save to the uttermost. Perfectly, eternally. We are secure in Him and He will show through our limited earthen vessels. He continually represents us... when we really know Him. Do you really know Him?

Ranting is done (for today). I see I am so not willing to give up that looking at others. He can do this through me. Why will I not let Him?


You know what .... I am not under any code of conduct, behaviour, style, methodology, list, rules to live by.... and that means I am gloriously free to rant today.

Some people really rile my unusually calm demeanor and today is one of those days. I shall not go into any particular detail because Jesus has asked me not to .... but I am weary of stupidity in and around my life. Sorry.... that is the way I feel at this particular moment in time today.

I shall continue to stomp my feet and lift my voice in total and absolute frustration for a little while longer and then, I know He will gently and lovingly remind me of who I am in Him, and how the things of this world....shall pass away.... and I shall accept again how forgiven I am for being so human and all will be well.....again, soon.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Gleanings in the Fields of Boaz

This is a poem written by a friend of Watchman Nee and a saint deep in the Lord (his words).
I happened upon it while reading 'Gleanings in the Fields of Boaz' by Nee. The book is a short compilation of some letters, revelations to and thoughts by this man who I have come to love and admire. His understanding and love for God was great. This book I came upon after reading about this passage in the Word and finding this title..... I love it when Father weaves together the next thing and the thing after that. May this poem affirm and bless you as it did me.

If the path I travel

Lead me to the cross,

If the way Thou choosest

Lead to pain and loss,

Let the compensation

Daily, hourly, be

Shadowless communion

Blessed Lord, with Thee.

If there's less of earth joy,

Give, Lord, more of heaven.

Let the spirit praise Thee,

Though the heart be riven;

If sweet earthly ties, Lord,

Break at Thy decree,

Let the tie that binds us,

Closer, sweeter, be.

Lonely though the pathway,

Cheer it with Thy smile;

Be Thou my companion

Through earth's little while;

Softless may I live, Lord,

By Thy grace to be

Just a cleansed channel

For Thy life through me.

M. E. Barber

Thursday, June 08, 2006

This is way too cool!

This is my webpage as a graph.... I don't understand it all but it is very interesting...Sort of reminds me of wildflowers...and yet it means something to someone out there. I really am a flower child of the decades of the past. Hard to teach an old dog new tricks...but I appreciate the trick, for sure.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Colissians 3:11 Amplified


[In this new creation all distinctions vanish.] There is no room for and there can be neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, (nor difference between nations whether alien) barbarians or Scythians [who are the most savage of all], nor slave or free man; but Christ is all and in all [everything and everywhere, to all men, without distinction of person].

Sunday, June 04, 2006

The coffee's on!

From an awesome blogger's site ... back a few days... Hey Pastor Mike... you don't know how much what you share on your blog inspires my thoughts, makes me laugh and makes me think ... thanks!

"john o'keefe @ ginkworld
was watching "ghost whisperer" tonight and heard a line that i think is the coolest line i had ever heard - it dealt with forgiveness and the actor said [winging it], "not forgiving someone is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die" - oh, how cool is that?

I think I heard Neil Anderson say that on his beta series

The source is not what's important, but the priority of living and walking in forgiveness. Jesus said that if we do not forgive others, God will not forgive us. Or in other words, forgive, or your unforgiveness will kill you."

Like the poison, unforgiveness eats you from the inside out. Oh so true!