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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Having A Need

Having A Need

2 Timothy 1:12
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

A Closer Look
Paul is in prison at the time in which he writes this letter. It is a hard time for him, as prisons back in Paul's time were completely different than the ones that prisoners have today. Dark, dirty, smelly, and chained to soldiers. 

Paul writes that he wasn't ashamed of being in prison because he knew for sure who he believed in. None other than Christ. And he was persuaded that Christ was able to guard what Paul had entrusted to Him until the day of Christ's returned.

We too can commit our suffering to Christ. Paul continued to do good by witnessing to anyone that came into his cell. We too can do good and witness or tell those around us about Christ. We can have the faith that Paul had and know that Christ will 
guard what we have entrusted to Him until He returns. 

Prayer
Father, may we be as bold as Paul was and have the kind of faith that he had. May we be not afraid to tell others about You. Also that we would know without a doubt that whatever we have entrusted to You that you will guard it.  We asked this in the Name of Jesus. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Desires Of Our Hearts

Desires Of Our Hearts

Psalm 20:4 (NLT)
May he grant your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans.

A Closer Look
I found a copy of Beth Moore's Praying God's Word Day by Day. And the prayer for this morning has to do with three different aspect of our lives.

Children In Our Lives
  1. Discipline your children, and they will give you happiness and peace of mind. (Proverbs 29:17)
  • Discipline of children when they are small is most important. Some of us are older and it may concern working with our grandchildren. When we correct children this produces wisdom in them and shows them right from wrong. I am afraid this is lacking very much in today society. 
Divine Guidance
  1. When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is happy. (Proverbs 29:18)
We are a better person when we chose to go with divine guidance and not our own way. Seek the Holy Spirit to guide the way for each day. 

Today I was thinking about how I was going to work the same schedule after I get back to work. Then the Lord reminded to take a day at a time. Enjoy today, follow Him, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide me this day. Important thing is for me to accept the divine guidance that is given me. 

Reputation
How long will you people ruin my reputation?  How long will you make these groundless accusations. How long will you pursue lies?(Psalm 4:2)

Here Beth is thinking about how God's glory is turned into shame. How we love delusions and seek false gods. She prays, "Expose the delusions and false gods in my life. O Lord, and set me free." That is my prayer also. I hope that it is yours also.

Desires Of Our Heart
  1. May he grant your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans. 
Isn't it wonderful to know that if we have a heart desire, and it goes along with God's will that He will grant that desire? This is the exciting part for me.

One desire of my heart is to keep writing this blog as long as long as I possible can, and try to give you helpful information that will led you closer to God. 

You are all loved by God and also by me. You are my family. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Expectation

Expectation

Philippians 1:20
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, to now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

A Closer Look
With all of the things going on in my life these few weeks this verse struck me as being a verse that I wanted to memorize.

The reasons:
  1. I don't want to be ashamed of my life or the Lord.
  2. I want to be bold. 
  3. I want Christ to be magnified in my body.
  4. It doesn't matter whether I am alive or if needs to come through my death that is alright. 


How About You?
Will this verse be a goal, a prayer, doing it, or all three?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Update On Hit And Run Accident

In my last blog I shared with you about the hit and run accident that my husband and I were in. Wednesday, August 20, 2014 I went to my regular doctor for a follower up. He confirmed that I have a nodule on my right lower lung and we will have it checked in three months. He said he didn't want to put me through anymore radiation at this time since I had CT scan on Friday and again on Monday. Monday I was back in the ER for chest pains. It wasn't heart just soreness yet from the seat belt. I also was having severe back pain on my right side. So that is when I got the other set of CT scan done.When they did the abdomen area they found that I was developing two kidney stones. Today, Saturday the 23th,  is the first day I haven't had to much pain. He told me to stay on the muscle relaxers as that would help heal the muscle spasms that I have been having.

Our car will be fixed the second week of September and will take about four days to fix.

Again, I want to praise the Lord for all of His protection and that my husband was not hurt and that more damage was not done to the car.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hit and RUN Car Accident

My husband and I were on the way home from work on Friday afternoon and around 4;00 pm a pickup truck decided that he didn't want to make a left-hand turn. We were driving in right lane at the right speed around 35 miles and the truck pulls over in our lane.The truck hit our car and pushed us into a parking lot. The driver sped up and just kept on going. Neither myself nor my husband got a good description of the truck or license plate number.

My husband had to move the car a little bit so it would not be in line of traffic as the back end was not totally off the road. I told him that he needed to go into the store and call the police. He did so and within a few minutes the police officer came. He told us that we could have the car towed away but to him it did look driveable. My throat, left shoulder hurt but didn't think I needed an ambulance. However the more we stood around it began to hurt more. The officer said that my husband could drive me to the hospital so that is what he did.

In the meantime while the officer was taking our information he had to leave and go to another accident down the road not even a mile away. Then he came back. A person who heard screeching tires who had made the left-hand turn came over to make sure we were alright and give his description of what they saw. Which we thanked them for many people don't stop and get involved. They didn't see to much themselves but they verified that it was a red truck.

My husband got me to the hospital and the kind of pain that I had the first think they did was put a collar on to protect my neck. Then I had a CT Scan of my head, neck, and spine. It turned out that everything was alright and he gave me a muscle relaxer and pain pills to help me through as I was still hurting. Of course yesterday was even worse.

Now the good part. I could really see how the Lord protected us. First, my husband was not injured at all. As the truck hit him on his side and he was driving. Second, when we were pushed into the parking lot there was a fire hydrant right in front of us and if my husband had not had good control of the car we would have hit that. Third, there were no cars behind us so we didn't get hit from behind. Fourth, the parking lot that we were in was empty so no other vehicles were involved. Also, I am on vacation from work all next week so don't have to go into work.

Later, when we went to the drug store to pick up the medicine I needed the woman who was in the other car accident was waiting for her medicine. She had more injuries and it looked to be more of a head on collision.

Just now I put on my neck brace as moving my head up and down is causing my neck and shoulder to hurt.

So I am praising the Lord even though over the wheel is smashed in, and the fender is a little damaged and the hood was pushed up a little it could have been a lot worse.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mental Illness

At the time of this post Robin Williams has just died. He was depressed and committed suicide. How sad. I just want to take a moment and address mental illness.

Most people don't want to admit or ask for help when they are going through severe depression, Post Traumatic Stress, Bi-polar and other types of mind illness. Why? Because most people don't understand what kind of illness this is. In fact a mind illness is no different then if you had cancer, heart disease or other illness. It is just that this illness affects the mind and not other organs in your body.

Because people have never really understood the mind many bad things have happened to those with mental illness. They have been put away and many have drug treatments that they might not need. Fear is the biggest factor here for those who don't understand.

For the last ten years I have been treated for Post Traumatic Stress and Anxiety disorder. I have medicine that helps me keep it under control. However, occasional I do have panic attacks. The first time it happened it felt like I was a whole different person. I would be calm then my mind went into this mode and took over my body. I lost my speech, my walking was all off, my arms would swing back and forth. It was horrible. Once I understood what was happening I can now feel an attack coming on. It is usually when I have had a extreme event happen. Like just a month three major events happened within hours of each other. For the first time in sixteen years I had to ask to leave work early as I could not get things under control like I usually can.

The reason I am sharing this is so that if you are depressed (lasting awhile) check with your doctor or tell someone you trust. Seek help. Mental illness is not a bad thing. If you have someone who can council you let them do it. In some causes, such as mine, I had to get to the root problem. Mine was abuse in childhood and the loss of brother-in-law who was the same age as I was at the time of his death, and the death of one of my abusers who gave me severe problems as the caregiver.

Reach out to those who have mental illness. Knowing that someone accepts you even though you have this illness is a great help in their recovery or helps them to stabilize the condition.

If you are a believer, you too can have mental illness. I know because I am a believer and for many years I would not go for help or got the wrong kind of help. Now I have great people helping me. A verse that has helped me a great deal is the following:

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me." John 14:1. The Greek word here means to be disquieted, restless, cause of inward commotion, taking away the calmness of mind, to stir up, to strike one's spirit with fear and dread, to render anxious or distressed.

One other thing I want to mention. Satan attacks you in your weakest area.  If you have problems with mental illness or your mind that is where Satan is going to attack first. So sometimes he causes the restlessness and inward commotion. That is when you have to put on your armor and have your shield held high to fight off those evil darts that come your way.

Mental Illness is not always caused by Satan and in most of the cases it is chemicals in the brain that are not working right or trauma. So please don't put a label on Mental illness.

Thank you for letting me share this with you.

Prayer
Father, I know that there are many of Your children in the world that have mental illness and that You look after them. You made us all and some You have allowed to have this illness. My prayer is that people will better understand this illness and help those with it. I pray this in the precious Name of Jesus.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Great Joy

Great Joy

I Kings 1:40
And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them. 

Thoughts 
David makes Solomon king in I Kings 1. All the people returned with Solomon to Jerusalem, playing flutes and shouting for joy. The celebration was so joyous and noisy that the earth shook with the sound.

Question
Have you ever been in a crowd that was so joyful that the whole place shook? That is how we should be when we think of God. Joyful and shouting for joy.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Rejoice-Be Glad In The Lord

Rejoice

Psalm 40:16
Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Rejoice Because Of Trust

Rejoice

Psalm 33:21
For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.


A Closer Look
Our hearts can rejoice in Him because we are trusting in His Holy Name. 

How precious this is that we can be rejoicing because of trust. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Rejoice In Salvation

Rejoice
Psalm 13:5
But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. 

A Closer Look
We can trust in Christ faithfulness, kindness, and goodness. Because we can do this our hearts will rejoice in His deliverance, welfare, prosperity, and victory, salvation.  

Trust, Hearts, Rejoice, and Salvation are sweet words found in this verse. 

What a great promise!