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22 Jan

 

Sometimes its difficult to come up with a card for a guy, especially if you’re fond of making girly looking cards wit lost of curvy lines and scallopes.  I made this card for one of my sons friends who has experienced some very challenging physical issues and is heading back to college.  Hope he finds the scripture to be encouraging.

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A good devotional for when we don’t think God is moving quickly enough.

29 Nov

Jairus is in a hurry. If you have children, or even if you don’t, you can probably sympathize with his plight. You see, his little daughter is dying. Or, as the Message paraphrase puts it, his “dear daughter is at death’s door.” (Mark 5:23)

So you can imagine why he’d be more than a little perturbed when, the Lord tarries on the way to Jairus’ house. “Who touched my clothes?” Jesus suddenly asks the crowd. The disciples, perhaps a bit anxious themselves given the gravity of the situation, reply “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ?Who touched me?'”. Then Jesus proceeds to leisurely engage the woman in conversation. It turns out that she’s suffered from a medical condition for the last twelve years.

“Twelve years?” thinks Jairus, “My daughter is dying! Surely this woman can wait a little longer!”

Then, while Jesus is still talking with the woman, messengers arrive with the most dreaded news imaginable: “Your daughter is dead.”

“Oh Lord, why couldn’t you just have hurried?” Jairus probably cried to himself. From a human perspective, all was lost. But from a heavenly perspective, “all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27) Jesus responded immediately: “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (Mark 5:36)

God’s timing is not ours: “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (1 Peter 3:8). But we can be confident that whenever and however God chooses to respond to us, it will be good, just, and to His glory.

Attention!

26 Feb

Those of you who have expressed an interest in the Word of Promise audio New Testament…..it is on sale at Family Christian Bookstore for $25

This is a great buy and a wonderful way to get into the Word when you are just too tired to read.  I go to bed with earphones lots of nights.  Check it out.

Wonderful devotional

24 Jan

I received this email devotional and  todays was particularly good so I wanted to post it–especially since we are going to be starting the study on prayer.  I love this story.  Hope you enjoy.

We were the first ones to come upon the accident. My quick thinking husband, always good in an emergency, calmly took charge while we waited for the ambulance to arrive. I watched as a little boy was lifted from the wreckage.Feeling helpless and with a knot in my stomach I did the only thing I could do at that moment. I prayed for that little boy. I asked God to intervene in that young life and to spare him and heal him.Several years later I had my own two boys at swimming lessons. I chatted with one of the moms as she marveled out loud that her son was able to be in swimming lessons. She told me about the terrible accident he had been in and the extent of his injuries. As we talked I realized this was the little boy I had prayed for as I stood on the side of the road.

I told the mom I had been there… that my husband was the one who had helped her husband from the wreckage. I told her that I had been there praying and was so excited to see how God had been at work. She too believed in God and was thankful for the miracle of healing in her son’s life.

God positions His children in places where prayer is needed. Have you ever wondered why you came upon a desperate situation? Or found yourself along side someone at work who is going through great hardship? Or discovered a neighbor is battling a difficult circumstance in health, relationship or finances?

God positions His children to pray. He knows the ups and downs of every life. He knows when there is little or no influence of God in a life or a situation. He works on this earth through the prayers of His people so He puts His people where prayer is needed.

 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests”  (Ephesians 6:18).

Look around with fresh eyes today. Take note of the situations that come onto your radar screen as you walk through your day. Pray for those needs you become aware of. Even dare to tell someone you will be praying for them. Ask God for courage to offer a prayer out loud with someone when He presents the opportunity. It may be the very reason your life is in this very place today.

~Father in Heaven,

My Favorite Christmas Gift

28 Dec

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I love this audio version of the New Testament.  It is NKJV and there are lots of top choice actors and actresses playing the various roles.  Jim Cavizel (sp?) plays Jesus.  There is a top quality orchestra doing the soundtrack and it even has special effects – the sound of horses, water running, footsteps, etc.  It is just like a movie with no picture, but it really brings things to life.  I love listening to it with headphones when I go to bed.  If anyone would like a set, Wal*Mart sells them for about 29 bucks.  That’s cheaper than anywhere else I’ve seen them.  (Lifeway had them ON SALE for $39). 

Anyway, for someone who wants to get more of the Word into your heart, but just don’t feel like reading, its a great alternative.

Cj

God’s Word for me today…..

22 Sep

Do not be anxious about anything, but in EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.  And the Peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Phillippians 4:67

This season of life ( really every season of life) offers so much to be anxious about,  but God says the Peace of God, TRANSCENDS all understanding (for a girl who just needs to know that’s hard) and this peace will guard my heart AND my mind in Christ Jesus.  Lord help me to hold tight to this promise and do so with thanksgiving and praise!  AMEN.

Psalm 91

31 Aug

  

 When I got home last night, I was doing some random reading and came across an article in a magazine which referred to this Psalm.  I don’t read this one enough—I think I’ll have to make something pretty to put in my bathroom 0n the counter to look at every day—–I want THIS truth engrained into me.  Read and let this wash over you.  It is so appropriate for our discussion last night:)

Psalm 91

 1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
       will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

 2 I will say  of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
       my God, in whom I trust.”

 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
       and from the deadly pestilence.

 4 He will cover you with his feathers,
       and under his wings you will find refuge;
       his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

 5 You will not fear the terror of night,
       nor the arrow that flies by day,

 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
       nor the plague that destroys at midday.

 7 A thousand may fall at your side,
       ten thousand at your right hand,
       but it will not come near you.

 8 You will only observe with your eyes
       and see the punishment of the wicked.

 9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
       even the LORD, who is my refuge-

 10 then no harm will befall you,
       no disaster will come near your tent.

 11 For he will command his angels concerning you
       to guard you in all your ways;

 12 they will lift you up in their hands,
       so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

 13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
       you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

 14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
       I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

 15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
       I will be with him in trouble,
       I will deliver him and honor him.

 16 With long life will I satisfy him
       and show him my salvation.”