PLEASE PRAY FOR BELLA

bellaBella’s going back to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to begin a new chemo treatment – and we’re all praying for healing – thank you for joining us in prayer for this sweet brave soldier.  ❤

Precious Lord,

We know You love us.  Jesus is our Good Shepherd and encourages the children to come to Him.  He carries these little lambs in His loving arms and gently cares for ones who are afraid and weak.  It’s so difficult to watch Bella go through this and not be able to do anything to help – but Lord, we can and will pray for this sweet baby as she goes back to St. Jude to begin a new kind of treatment.  We pray that You will intervene and give her a complete healing – as only You can.  We will be careful to give YOU the glory for this good news.  Please carry Bella through the chemo with minimal discomfort, Lord.  Please tend to her as only YOU can.

We lift Bella up to You and ask for Your healing power to permeate her frail body and return her to complete health and strength.  Please surround her with Your angels and protect her from further danger.

Lord, You love the little children and You hear and answer our prayers on her behalf.  Keep this sweet lamb wrapped in Your arms and resting on Your bosom.  Restore Bella back to full health, we pray.  We thank You in advance for what You will do and praise You for You alone are worthy of our praise!

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Aren’t we thankful we can talk to Dr. Jesus on behalf of our friends and family?

My God is going to heal me.  – Bella

Thank you, Amber, for sharing this too cute pic of Bella on facebook!  I’m going to print her photo and put it in my purse so I’ll be reminded to pray often for her.  🙂

WORLD HUMAN SPIRIT DAY

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Today is WORLD HUMAN SPIRIT DAY.  This holiday was started by Michael Levy of Point of Life in 2003 to promote a human spirit that lives the creative, peaceful, loving life that it was meant to live.  People all over the world are encouraged to take 2 minutes at 3pm ET to meditate and find the true spirit of freedom and peace that lives within each of us.

Of course, I’d say it would be a good idea to pray for those 2 minutes.  Be thankful to God for all the blessings He’s given you.  Thankfulness is not just for the month of November, you know!  It’s good to give thanks to the Lord year-around with a humble and contrite spirit.  That’s the way to find peace, love and compassion within.

PRAYER TO SEEK GODI PRAY BEFORE I PLAYThe most difficult part of being a pianist in church is playing the invitation hymn at the end of the service.  That is when God’s Holy Spirit speaks to everyone – it’s a solemn time and I was always afraid that I would do something to distract from that precious work – for I am so very, very human at times.

It’s good to celebrate the strength and courage of our human spirit – but how much better to acknowledge the source from which we glean those characteristics!  How much better our own spirits become when mulled with the precious gift from God – His own Holy Spirit, which Jesus promised us when He ascended into Heaven!

May we take 2 minutes today to bask in the warmth of His amazing love.  May we stay silent and listen to what He is saying to us.  May we willingly have our spiritual batteries recharged by Him and lift our hearts and hands in reply, letting Him know we love Him.

Join me today to celebrate the human spirit, yes – but more importantly, to celebrate the power source – God’s precious Holy Spirit.A BIG CUP OF A BIG GODIf God (and His Holy Ghost) came in a coffee cup…  hmm – interesting!  🙂

 

LUKE 7:13 ON 7/13

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When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”  – Luke 7:13

I love the writings of Dr. Luke!  He observes and writes about the awesome and tender moments between Jesus and women.  The compassion that our LORD extends to us goes beyond any other, and there are times when I need to read these accounts and be reminded that there is a friend who sticks  closer than a brother.  He loves me above anything that I can ask or think.  He knows me better than anyone.  He comforts my aching soul and encourages me with the words, “Don’t cry.”

I wish Jesus could come and sit beside me and hold my hand – I mean really hold my hand, you know?  But we heard him say He would not leave us alone, didn’t we?  Before He ascended to heaven, we heard Him say He would leave His Holy Spirit with us.  It is His Holy Spirit that tells us that it’s going to be okay – and we need to stay strong until the end.

Can you imagine the grief of this mother?  Her only son was being carried out – dead.  She feels so hopeless and can’t believe this is happening to her again.  Dr. Luke said that she is already a widow – so she has gone through the funeral for her husband.

The good doctor tells us that there is a sizeable crowd from the city weeping with her.  We’re thankful for neighbors and friends when we suffer loss, aren’t we?  They were there to support her, and she’s so glad because she apparently has no other family left.

Then there’s verse 13 – When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.”

The story doesn’t end there…  Jesus was not finished yet.

And He (Jesus) came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt.  And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!”

This mother got her son back.  She was no longer alone, but better still, she and the large crowd witnessed first-hand the miracle that Jesus performed.  He went about doing good to glorify His Father in heaven.

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So hear God’s Holy Spirit speak to your spirit today…  don’t cry.  God has every situation under control.  We’re broken today – but one day in heaven, we will be whole and together.  🙂

 

 

BUTTERFLY AWARENESS DAY

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On a September afternoon long ago, I was made aware of butterflies.  I knew that God sent miracles on request because He loves us.  Today is BUTTERFLY AWARENESS DAY!!!  Thank You, God, for butterflies and the joy they bring.

In those moments where I’ve thought, ‘I need a sign,’ a butterfly appears, whether it’s a real one, an image on a T-shirt or a tattoo on a waiter’s neck.  – Roma Downey

I spent a week with my mom in the hospital.  On high doses of morphine for pain, she was blissfully unaware of anything, sleeping.  I sat and thought, “This is it.  I have to say goodbye now.”  I put Vaseline on her lips once in a while and tried to focus on a book.  I think I read each page about ten times.  I couldn’t think about what I was reading.  My mama was dying, and my life was about to change in so many ways.

Prayer:  The world’s greatest wireless connection.  – @JesusGraces on Twitter

You know, those phone calls you get at 3 am?  Those phone calls are never the Publisher’s Clearing House letting you know you won.  They are never good news.  No – and if someone passes in the night, what good does it really do to wake the family while they are sleeping and fortunately unaware of what has transpired?  Can this news not wait until the next morning?  At any rate, the phone call came.  My mother went home.

Her home going celebration was simple, as she wanted.  She was never one for fancy doings.  I knew what to do because she told me many times.  What dress she wanted to be buried in and what kind of flowers to order.  It was as if I was just carrying out the orders she’d given me.  I did it without much effort because I was so numb.  I tried not to think about the fact that I’d never get to have a talk over tea with her again on this earth.  I couldn’t think about that.  There would be time to grieve later.  Right now – details.  I have to attend to the details.  It must be right.  I had to make her proud.

At the viewing, friends and family were kind.  I just kept thinking I wanted to jump in that casket with her.  Dive right in there and go with her.  They frown on that though – turns out those caskets are made for one.  They don’t do twofer funerals.  So I moved on to plan B.  Wait…  what was plan B?  Oh…  well – prayer.  I prayed.  I prayed for a sign.

Dear God,

I am so sad today.  Would you mind just sending me a small sign to let me know that You are here and that you still love me – and that mama’s ok?  Thank You!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

God answered that little prayer.  I looked up from praying and saw some turquoise blue butterflies right around the bouquet of turquoise blue hydrangeas I arranged in a large vase beside the casket.  I’ve never seen turquoise blue butterflies in Kansas before – and I have not seen them since that day.  It’s my very special sign from God that everything is alright – with me – and with my mom.

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Oh – did I mention that the dress my mom wanted to be buried in was a turquoise blue dress?  Did I also mention that turquoise blue was her favorite color?  And – all of my family and friends honored that sweet woman by wearing turquoise blue to her graveside service.  Yes – God made sure those butterflies were the perfect color.  Don’t even try to persuade me that there is no God – and that He does not care deeply for His children.  I know better.  🙂

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.  – 1 Corinthians 1:3-4

O spread the tidings ’round

Wherever man is found;

The Comforter has come.

Comfort:  to cause (someone) to feel less worried, upset, frightened.

Our Father in heaven is compassionate toward us when we are facing sorrow and pain.  He is awake when everyone else is sleeping.  He hears every prayer we pray and wraps His loving arms around us.  He speaks peace to our spirit and lets us know it’s going to be okay.

 True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.  – Dave Tyson Gentry

God knows our pain and He understands when we don’t even know how to formulate a prayer in our mind.  He knows how hopeless we feel and provides indescribable comfort every day.  We are not alone in our troubles, struggles or deep-seated pain.

 Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.  – Emily Kimbrough

We pray for each other.  We laugh together and cry together as God’s Holy Spirit helps us all.  It means so much to know that a Christian friend is praying for me.  May we support one another in prayer, knowing that God’s Holy Spirit will sustain us with warmth and protection.

Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
– Author Unknown

God’s precious Holy Spirit is An Added Gift!

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No matter how much sorrow and pain touches our lives, we know that comfort from God’s Holy Spirit will see us through until we reach heaven’s shore.  Of course, once we cross over, we will never cry.  There will only be love, joy and peace.  In God’s heaven, perfection will prevail.  🙂

 

1 JOHN 4:16 ON 4/16

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And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.  – 1 John 4:16

Aren’t you so thankful for the love of God?  We can’t always depend on friends or loved ones to have unconditional love – but God understands us when no one else does.

Hurt people hurt people.  That’s how pain patterns get passed on, generation after generation.  Break the chain today.  Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion, cruelty with kindness.  Greet grimaces with smiles.  Forgive and forget about finding fault.  Love is the weapon of the future.  – Yehada Berg

Yesterday a “friend” on facebook disapproved of an opinion I had.  It’s no secret that I’m a conservative Republican and there are certain hot topics that push my buttons.  I’m not a fan of socialism at all.  My parents lived through WWII and I’m well versed on the benefits of living in a free nation.

My “friend” told me she thought I was hard-hearted and didn’t think my opinion was very Christian like.  Sometimes “friends” can be downright judgmental and cruel.  It’s funny that a person who does not know the real me (we’ve never met) has the nerve to say those things.  Well – I think she completely misunderstood what I was saying – but we know misunderstandings happen between friends – sadly, even between Christian friends.

Those comments really hurt me and I asked God to help me be kinder and softer – and I asked Him to help me forgive and forget.  The faster I can do that – the happier I will be.  God knew what I was trying to say on my timeline – and I guess that’s all that matters.  Should I not voice an opinion on facebook?  Sometimes when I bite my tongue, I almost bite it in half!  Believe it or not, I’ve shown great restraint!

I don’t think it’s wrong for me to have an opinion about the direction our country is going in.  If we just stay quiet, does that help?  Has it helped so far?  We all need God’s strength and His comfort.  His light and His guidance.  The future frightens me and I love liberty and freedom.  I see it slipping away bit by bit and oh yes – that scares me.  And yes, I know God is in control.

At times like this I’m reminded of this familiar verse:

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.  – Unknown

Unknown sure does write some good stuff!  It’s a shame we can’t give someone credit for those wise words.  They are so true!  Because God loves us so much, He will help us do better and be better.  I still don’t think it’s right for Christian brothers and sisters to browbeat each other into “submission” – that’s not our job.  Instead, we need to pray for one another – even when we don’t agree with each other.  God can deal with each of us so much better than anyone else.

Look, nobody is perfect – and I’m like at the very TOP of that imperfect list.  I do my best to be kind and loving, and if something I say doesn’t come across that way, I do apologize.  I hope you will forgive me.

YOUR VICTORY IS WON

On Easter we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  He is our example and He is the one who will help all of us be better human beings.  Criticism from other Christians really doesn’t do much to help anyone.  But God – and God’s patience, His guidance and His love – will stay with each of us – forever.  He will make me better.  I listen to His gentle prodding.  His Holy Spirit helps me, comforts me and sustains me.

It does my heart so much good to know I’m not the only conservative in the country.  I’m in good company!

We drove around in an old Pontiac…  towing a one-wheel trailer.  We weren’t itinerant:  It wasn’t The Grapes of Wrath, but it wasn’t uptown either.  It gives you a sort of conservative background, being raised in an era when everything was scarce.  – Clint Eastwood

Well – we had an old 1968 Chevy – when I got my driver’s license, mom and I shared the car.  I drove to school and when I got home, she drove to the grocery store.  We were not a wealthy family – and yes, when material possessions are scarce, you appreciate and take better care of what you have.  People make me feel like I have to apologize for that – and no, I won’t.  I’m so very grateful for all I have.  Today I don’t want for anything because I know what it’s like to have nearly nothing.

Shouldn’t we be adult enough to discuss political differences without name calling? If I have a political opinion that you don’t agree with, don’t poke at my standing with the Lord!  That’s not cool.  I’m praying for your enlightenment on the matter.

The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day He created Spring.  – Bern Williams

To the sister who wants me to grow a more tender heart:  you really don’t know me – but instead of criticizing and judging – try praying for this ultra-conservative Republican Christian.  I need it – I really do!  Wink!  😉

 

FEBRUARY IS HEART MONTH

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February is AMERICAN HEART MONTH!!!  Because I am a type 2 diabetic, I have a higher risk of heart disease.  My friend who happens to be a nurse at a cardiac clinic told me that over half of their patients have type 2 diabetes.  That means I need to be just as careful as I can about my diet and exercise.  There is one more thing, and I believe it is as important to the equation as any of the others…  I try to have a positive outlook and be happy! 

I have made no secret of the fact that I claim joy from God’s Holy Spirit.  Joy is the unique feeling of contentment in all circumstances that only comes when God’s Holy Spirit lives inside.  He is the one who provides comfort and confidence no matter what is going on around me.  There is a calm that I really cannot explain, but I definitely feel.  No, I do not have my head buried in the sand – I’m perfectly aware of the situation in the world around me.  I know about current events, but I know I serve a God who has it all under control.

It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love.  – Billy Graham

The Holy Spirit does more than convict – he navigates me through this maze called life.  When I pray and in turn listen to His leading with faith in my heart, I know God will make a way where there is not a way I can see.  He’s done it so many times for me in the past and I know He will do it again.

Where your heart is concerned, it’s very important to eliminate as much stress as you can.  Once you decide to put your life in God’s capable hands, you also put all the problems at His feet.  Just because we lean on God does not mean that troubles and stress will not come our way – um…  no!  We just know what to do when it shows up.  I know without a doubt that I can rely on Jesus to take those burdens and then take care of me.

I submit to you today that the way to a happy, healthy heart begins with a relationship with Christ and the conscience and comforter, the Holy Spirit.  When Christ ascended to heaven He did not leave us alone to flounder – He left the Holy Spirit with us to help us.  I’m so grateful for this precious gift from Jesus – aren’t you?  🙂