I Choose You, I Choose Us

This is a line from the movie Family Man. It stuck out to me and it is something I say everyday now to Jesus. I am learning in my Bible Study that to walk in the light everyday we have to choose to. Walking in the light means choosing Jesus and the example He gave on how to live. Darkness is immorality, anger, lust of any kind.

I read yesterday on Pinterest that whatever we are spending our time doing from day to day is what we are worshiping and that is our idol. I have thought a lot about that. It matters what we give our time to. Then on a movie yesterday the narrator said that most days of a person go unnoticed to never be remembered again. That was sad to me.

In the last 3 weeks I have had a wake up call. Thank God nothing bad had to happen for me to wake up. But something amazing has come over me and all I can think of is that it’s God’s power. I have prayed it doesn’t go away because it has been  the  most fulfilling 3 weeks! Jesus doesn’t ask us to spend a dull lifeless life with Him, like people who aren’t doing it believe. He says He will give us life to the full and I’m here to witness to the fact that when you really hand your life over to Him it is full!

It has been over the course of 4 years that God has been revealing things to me. They have come to a head now, this morning it has come to me what a full life in Jesus means.  When I embarked on the 1000 gifts challenge with Ann Voskamp I stopped. But for February I am doing the challenge again and I want to keep going for the rest of the year. Being thankful is the first thing we should be doing. I look at what she says to be thankful for in the morning and I spend my day like a treasure hunt looking for those gifts but I also am being mindful to thank God for other things as well. Then God’s dunamis power has been brought up from my church and from Rick Renner. Dunamis is Greek for dynamite. I learned that we need to ask for this type of power so that the armor of God appears. Without His power the armor doesn’t come. The thing that keeps your armor on is the belt of truth, which is the Bible and now I’m learning prayer is another one. I got a book called Fervent and it is so awesome! Prayer has been on my mind since May 2017 when I had a dream about it. God has been trying to show me all this time how important prayer is. I know we can tend to think of it as boring but this book I got has stirred up a fire in me and it helps you to write strategic prayers. The other point God has been making with me is love. This has been over the course of about 2 years. It has been summed up for me in this study I’m doing about how to love people. To love people we have to honor and respect them. Encourage and build them up. Never judge or criticize.  All of what I’m saying is not appealing to our natural mind but that’s just it, these are spiritual things that only our spirit understands but I’m telling you that if you do these things your life will change. Mine started 3 weeks ago and I’m still there, thank God!

Choosing to be thankful, praising God, doing Bible Art, doing Bible studies, praying, walking in the light with armor, going to church, memorizing scripture, loving people the way the Bible says, this is what the full life with Jesus is. You won’t have time to be idolizing anything, you will be worshiping the One True Living God, what we were created to do in the first place. I pray you choose to join me!

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From Nothing Comes A King

This is a line from the King Arthur movie King Arthur: The Legend Of The Stone. I watched this recently and it touched me spiritually. Not only that but it has a song in it called The Devil and the Huntsman. I looked it up on You Tube and some one correlated the lines of the song to scripture in the Bible. I looked up the scriptures and the Word pierced my heart. The other strange event was after I watched it I was on Face Book and something led me to a book, I don’t remember the name of it now but it talked about the Holy Grail and how the stories of King Arthur relate to it. All this is very interesting and really it’s a lot to take in.

The scenes that spoke to me was when Arthur has the sword in his hand. He said the sword controlled him, he didn’t control the sword. In the Bible the Word is referred to as a sword in Ephesians 6:17,  and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…

As I watched him wield the sword he was in another dimension letting himself go and letting the sword work on it’s own power. I related this to letting go and letting the Holy Spirit work in me. If I could let go of myself and let myself be controlled by the Holy Spirit I could accomplish so much more than what I’m doing alone. God is speaking to me saying what His Word says, you can do nothing apart from me. This allowing and following of the Holy Spirit is a great adventure, like Arthur. He was a king and didn’t know he was a king. We as followers don’t know who God created us to be until we begin searching and looking for our true selves. I read in that book that we like King Arthur stories because we long for something more than what we are seeing and experiencing. King Arthur stories correlate to the searching of the Holy Grail.

I have figured out that all the searching I felt in December has ended up being that I was looking for God’s will in my life. I’m doing a Bible study called I am Loved and today we talked about walking in the light. I was in darkness and she describes that as walking in our own way which is sin. Choosing wrong thoughts and actions, not aligning with God’s character and thoughts and actions. Walking with the Holy Spirit in control is walking in the light.

The Holy Spirit then directed me to watch Rick Renner on You Tube about Spiritual Warfare. He specifically talks about the armor of God and how the Bible is our weapon. The belt of truth is the Bible and without the belt the rest of the armor falls off. He said this was true of the roman soldier’s armor and that’s why Paul said the Word (Truth) is the belt because without it the rest of the armor falls off and leaves you open for attack.

Satan doesn’t want us to know who we really are in Christ. We can defeat him with the knowledge of knowing who we belong to. We can wield our sword ( the Word) against him and be victorious! Those of us who feel like we are nothing or that our lives amount to nothing, we need to get in the Word and start believing truth and not the lies! Arthur didn’t want to accept who he was and I think sometimes we don’t either. But when we finally accept who we really are the power of God comes on us and we can slay the Devil!

 

In Awe of God

A little over a week ago, I encountered God’s presence and power in an unexpected way! If you have read my previous posts you may know I was in a depression, darkness. Even though I was in that place I still tried to pursue God, I struggled to keep myself reading and praising God. I was searching for something, for Him, I felt empty and couldn’t fill myself up.

My son has started talking about joining the marines. As my husband and I have been having talks with him I realized something about myself! I figured out that I wasn’t missing anything in my physical life. I knew the moment I was saved that God would use me but I have never felt like He has used me. It has made me feel useless and like a nothing. I was saved 7 years ago, that’s a long time to feel like you haven’t progressed in the kingdom. I used to be a member of a church I loved and I helped clean. I quit 4 years ago because of different reasons that I really don’t even remember now. I have had moments of wanting to go back but my husband didn’t want to so I would be back where I started. I just continued doing church at home and doing things online.

Well, my son asked me to watch boot camp videos. I didn’t want to but I did it anyway for him. As I watched these videos my spiritual eyes were opened. I correlated the marines to Christianity. I suddenly realized I needed to be back at church! That was my answer! I admired my son’s love of the marines and because of that he wanted to join. I knew that because of my love and passion for Jesus that I needed to be with other believers. I need them and they need me!

That night I had a dream of being back at my church. When I woke up I knew God’s will for me is to go back but I also knew my husband wouldn’t want to go. Well, I brought it up anyway and told him about my dream with tears in my eyes. He told me if that’s what I really want then he would go with me, for me. I was so excited! I called my friend from church that I cleaned with and told her everything. Come to find out she had not been cleaning for some time and said she had been procrastinating about going back. I immediately felt God and knew He was in this.

When I was driving the car that day my song on my mp3 player came on In Awe Of You. I bawled my head off in the car. I have been delivered from darkness into His marvelous light! He has made all things new! I see a bright future ahead for 2018 in my church! I will be rededicating my life to the church in March and I can’t wait! I look forward to living my days now with anticipation of what God has in store! No more fear!

I’m also doing a Bible study on Revelation and another one online with Proverbs 31. I am fulfilled experiencing God’s presence and power in my life and there is nothing else like it! Nothing can take the place of God! Nothing!

 

More On Silence

Unbelievably I read all of Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist and the main theme of the book is silence. After all the signs from God pointing me to silence this book gave me peace. There were so many unbelievable quotes that I have saved and so many similarities to my own life that was really hard to fathom. The one difference though is Shauna was a workaholic and overspent herself. The life she longed for and has now is the life I already have. She made me realize that I already have what matters the most. My family. She mentioned her brother telling her how brave she is to be married and to be raising a family.  This was significant to me because I had a dream where I said my life was boring. The title of her chapter was When Brave Looks Boring. Her brother is single and does a lot of adventurous things that make him look brave but he was telling her that the life she chose was displaying bravery. I liked that because of the dream I had and the way it made me feel. I feel brave now! I feel content. I see from the book how important being in silence is. This is really where God can speak to you and you can actually hear Him. I tried it and it brought tears to my eyes to feel His raw presence with me, just God and me. To hear Him speak to the depths of my soul was not only satisfying but filling also. I wanted to share some meaningful quotes from her book and they might inspire you to read it also. Present Over Perfect quotes:

Present is choosing to believe that your own life is worth investing deeply in, instead of waiting for some rare miracle or fairy tale.

Present means we understand that the here and now is sacred, sacramental threaded through with divinity even in it’s plainness, Especially in it’s plainness.

The only way through the emptiness is stillness.

Be very careful that you are not giving yourself to a pale imitation of life with Christ- life about Christ or life generally near to Christ.

These are only a few of my favorite quotes, there really were so many. Very valuable book.

Something she talked about was asking yourself what you are giving yourself to. I liked how she put that. The scripture that we are bought with a price and we are living sacrifices to God was what she was referring to. The way I understand it is, if I think of living, my body and soul a living sacrifice to Jesus, and thinking of it as giving myself to whatever,  then it really has a different meaning to me as to what I’m doing. Think of everything you do as giving yourself to whatever it is. If we are valuable to Jesus, which we are, then it becomes a living sacrifice. We shouldn’t want to give ourselves to just anything. I’m valuable to Him and I should give myself in value to others.

I was watching T.D. Jakes the other day and he said some interesting things as well. He said success doesn’t feel like success, a good marriage doesn’t feel like a good marriage, a good job doesn’t feel like a good job. Because we see the problems in it. But he quoted Jesus telling the disciples, “The harvest is white.” He said Jesus wouldn’t have had to state the obvious so why did he say it. Because their perception was off. Sometimes you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. I loved that because Satan fogs our perception so much sometimes that we lose our way. He gives us lies in our thoughts and we begin to believe them instead of the truth.

It’s up to us to make time in the silence to connect with God, thank Him for all He has done, is doing, and will do and to hear His voice in steering our lives in the right direction. This is the only way to fill our days with meaning and to not waste the time we have here.

Being is more valuable to God than doing. Everything comes from just being.

Advent 2017

As Ann Voskamp says: “Advent, it’s made of the moments.”  Here are my thoughts after my first day of Advent with The Greatest Gift book by Ann.

Be aware, be awake, be whole, be still, be in His presence. This is the gift of Christmas, being open enough to receive the gift of His presence. Stay tender, stay in love with everyone and everything.This is how we experience Him in this realm, this world. What is Christmas without Him, nothing but stress. He makes it what it is meant to be, beautiful. He is coming for us because He loves us. Feel His love, this is the ultimate gift. Meet with Jesus in the realm of silence, your own mind and heart. You have to be willing to choose to take time to go there and visit Him. He’s waiting for you there.

I have been sort of love sick lately for Jesus. Every so often He does reveal Himself to me personally, like it says in the Bible. Some people may argue that faith isn’t feeling but without faith you won’t have feeling. Since the Bible speaks of experiencing God then that’s what I want. The Bible speaks of being flooded with God’s presence, if I can’t make myself aware of His presence then what’s the use? God intends for us to feel Him, feel His love and I will always search for Him. In Ann’s book she asks this question: When we’re blind to grace, is the miracle we get that we get homesick for Him? I’m here to say YES! I have felt this way lately! Here is my answer to overcoming the feeling, recognize His grace towards me. This leads me to counting all the ways He loves me. This is what makes me aware of His presence with me.

Ann Voskamp quote,” Jesus invites us into the Real Story if we’re willing to let Perfect Love kick a poisoning fear to the curb. ”

Choose to live in the God Story, not what we hear on the news, see on the streets or what we hear people say that is negative. Be present in God’s Word, what He says is the Story to read, to live, to stay in. All the rest is counterfeit, untrue living, dead life. No Life. There is only life in Jesus! Perfect love, perfect peace.

The Sound Of Silence

During the week of my wilderness I came across an old song called The Sound Of Silence. It’s actually a remake and it’s really good. The band Disturbed remade the song, here it is on You Tube

I liked it because I felt it.  As it starts out saying, hello darkness my old friend, I sank into the song. I was so moved by this video, also I looked up the meaning to the song and was amazed at what I found. I am going to insert what I found on songmeanings.com.

My Verse by verse interpretation:

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence
—–
~
Hello Enlightened people,
To me, this song also represents the improper communication with our mind.
Our mind is The sound of silence.
It is ON when you close ur eyes.
It has to be listened, respected to believe and followed.
As the writer did, and we get this ultimate song.
—–

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
Beneath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence
—–
~
Now we open our eyes.
We look everywhere around us.
We switch on our TV.
We get majority of our thoughts from Screens(TV/Movies) i.e. Neon god.
We fill ourself with thoughts of People, Lifestyle, War, Fashion, Money, Cars,etc.
This makes our mind ponder to a thought.
—–

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one deared
Disturb the sound of silence
—–
~
When we watch TV, we find that we try to follow it in our life to completeness.
We follow it even though its fake and manipulated
to fulfill some person’s financial needs.
In screens, Actors just speak lines.
In screens, Actors just hear lines.
In screens, Actors dont express their actual thoughts.
Everyone is afraid to touch what one’s mind feels like speaking.
They are mere spectators, powerless and hollow from inside.
As they dont touch their own mind(sound of silence).
So we follow them too by being spectators and powerless in our life too.
We dont touch our what our mind(sound of silence) say.
——
“Fools,” said I, “you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed
In the wells of silence
—–
~
The writer here ask us to act(Hear my words,take my arms).
Because if we keep only following screens
and dont listen to our own mind(sound of silence)
Then we will run after things dictated by screens our whole life.
We have no idea why we are doing that way and complain till end.
Because we have no idea what we really want and where our happiness lies.
Thats why everyday, we feel so hollow inside.
This hollowness(cancer) grows bigger and bigger.

But still nobody wants to touch that sound of silence(mind)
We look out for solution even though every solution is inside us.
We dont listen, we just hear it.
and its accumulated in the sound of silence(mind) which we never listen.

—–
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the signs said the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence
—–
~
But still we go on with our screens(Neon god).
Neon god laughs here and says to the writer
“Throughtout ages, all the prophets of all the religions have been saying the same things. Earlier it was kings then society, now its screens.
Their have found their place in outside world only (on walls and books)
not inside (the mind).
If they werent successful, where do you stand?
You will also find yourself at the same place i.e. outside the mind”

Thats why millions may have listened to the songs.
Thousands have sung.
Hundreds have interpreted it.
But very few will follow it even then.
We will still follow our neon gods,
And not listen to our sound of silence.
Thus this song will hold significance till mankind remains,
and we will just laugh at this paradox.

shiningdeadon November 15, 2009   Link
So, after all this I decided to start Advent with my Ann Voskamp book The Greatest Gift. The very first entry  stood out to me. She quoted Frederick Buechner, ” In the silence of a midwinter dusk, there is far off in the deeps of it somewhere a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of silence itself. You hold your breath to listen. You walk up the steps to the front door. The empty windows at either side of it tell you nothing, or almost nothing. For a second you catch a whiff in the air of some fragrance that reminds you of a place you’ve never been and a time you have no words for. You are aware of the beating of your heart. The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment.”
I couldn’t believe I saw the sound of silence again! I feel this is God speaking to me to go inward, inside myself to meet with Him. I read somewhere yesterday that there is a place in your heart that remains pure, untouched, this is where Jesus lives. We have to find that place and go there often. We have to share what we know of the unseen world with others so they know that it does exist! Let’s wake up to what is happening to our souls, what the world is trying to do to our souls. Stay connected to yourself and God and then connect with other people! This is essential for the growth of humanity! Our spirits need connection and to feel love, God’s love. We ache for it and don’t even know it. I’m here to tell you this, ” UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” From The Lorax movie.

I Pray Your Faith Doesn’t Fail

Jesus said this to Peter, “but I have prayed [especially] for you [Peter], that your faith [and confidence in Me] may not fail; and you, once you have turned back again [to Me], strengthen and support your brothers [in the faith].” Jesus knew Peter would deny Him when He went to the cross but He prayed that Peter would return and strengthen his brothers to keep moving forward in the faith.

I had written previously about my Bible Study on Faith and how I got sick and couldn’t complete the little books I was making. I had said then that I didn’t understand why that was happening to me. I have since figured it out. It came to me in a song from Elevation Church, my flesh failed. It wasn’t my faith in God to help me complete it that failed, it was my flesh. The name of the song is Give Me Faith. I also stumbled across something on You Tube about following your flesh that helped me. I had felt so bad, like a failure for not finishing the books but now I see that I was working against a force beyond my control. If I knew then what I know now, that Satan is a flesh devil and this is the only way he can tempt us, then maybe with my faith in practice I could have been strong in Jesus and defeated him.

I have had a sort of wilderness experience this past couple of weeks. During this time I felt sad and distant from God. I have felt like I have lost Him. But I learned that Satan is spiritually dead and can only come at me through my flesh. With God’s Word I can defeat him like Jesus did. This is why it’s so important to know God’s Word. We really don’t know when we are going to need it. When you are in a place of distance it’s hard to get back. You know what you need to do to get there but you can’t make yourself do it. It’s like Satan has a grip on you. If you are ever in this situation I recommend asking other believers for prayer. I asked my sister. Night before last my husband told me the next morning I was having a nightmare and woke me up and all I said was ‘thank you’. I don’t remember any of it, all I can guess is I was fighting demons because I feel so much better now. I also had a dream before that where I said that I’m bored with my life and my days aren’t fulfilling. This is Satan again trying to bring me down. Boredom is evil. God showed me a book that looks interesting called Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist . It’s about slowing down and stopping yourself from the pride of trying to be perfect. It’s about having a soulful relationship with God, meaningful. I’m going to give it a try.

I listened to Jim Caviezel  the other day and he said every time we sin we are denying Jesus. He is the guy who played Jesus in the Passion Of The Christ. I thought how right he is but Jesus knows ahead of time that we will do this and He loves us anyway. That’s the Good News that Jesus died WHILE we were and are still sinners. That’s the beauty of His love! We only have to have faith in Him. Faith that He is who He says He is and He is our way to heaven. If our faith doesn’t fail Satan can’t touch us. As it says in Hebrews 2:14, 14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil. Jesus broke the power of Satan over us, we have to choose life! God has given us authority over our own choices, it’s up to us to kick the devil out!

Psalm 6

I am continuing on with praying the Psalms and I’m now on Psalm 6. It has been awhile since my last one but when I write I don’t force myself, I wait on the Lord to direct me. So, it may have been awhile since my last one but it’s not because I have abandoned my idea. I always try to write what I hear God saying to me.

Psalm 6 is dealing with trouble. Trouble that may be caused by people, evil in spiritual realms and the kind of trouble that you ensue on yourself through thoughts you may have that aren’t life giving. David goes through a process of recognizing his troubles and figuring out the answers to these troubles. I want to go through them as they present themselves from verse 1.

In verse 1 David is asking God to not discipline him in anger. David must be experiencing some kind of difficulty and knows that some trials are brought on by God for discipline. God disciplines His children because He loves them. Discipline isn’t punishment but a time for learning. This learning brings about the character of Jesus in us. We should follow God’s teaching and accept whatever discipline we are experiencing.  In verse 2 David is recognizing his weakness and his need for God. When we go through trouble or trials we want immediate comfort and consolation. We recognize we are weak and we need God. Sometimes this is what God wants, for us to see we need Him. Even in favorable times we should know and recognize our need for God. Verse 3 is about God being silent. David not only has trouble in his circumstances but he doesn’t have peace inside either. Having trouble can make us feel distant from God but He knows everything and sometimes He is silent to test our faith. These are the most important times to trust God and believe. We should embrace the silent moments to prove our faith. God says that we can not please Him without faith. In verse 4, David is pleading for relief. He wants to see God’s love and mercy in his situation. In hard times it’s easy not to see or to overlook the goodness of God. In these times is when we have to choose to experience God’s love and mercy. We have to look for it more intently. I read something the other day that said we need to make a list of what we are thankful for because as we make the list we become more aware of what we do have to be thankful for. This leads us into verse 5 which is about being thankful. We need to thank God for what He has done, is doing and will do. In other words thank Him always! Verse 6 addresses the trouble that we have within ourselves. Things like worry, fear, anger, sadness, anxiety. These are troublesome things that if they are focused on can bring great turmoil and there can’t be any peace. Instead of focusing on the negative feelings we are having we need to shift our focus to God’s presence. It’s another choice again. We have to choose right thoughts and choose to be in God’s presence. We do this through reminding ourselves that we aren’t alone. He has promised us that we are not on this journey alone. Believe it! Verse 7 tells us we can communicate with God whenever we need to or want to! We don’t have to feel hopeless when we have the Holy Spirit to commune with.  Verse 8 expresses confidence in God’s protection. I take “workers of iniquity” referring to people but I also see it in the spiritual realm . We should address them when we feel their attacks and remind them who is in control. When we pray prayers of trust and belief, God hears us and acts according to His purpose for our lives. When we feel attacked we should be praying for His protection. Verse 9 is also referring to having faith in God. By David saying that God has heard his prayer and receives it, shows he has faith and confidence in God. When we pray, God is on alert to answer us. We have to do our part in believing that He will do it. Lastly in verse 10, David knows he has to give his enemies to God. He is asking God to be on his side. We should always leave vengeance in God’s hands. He will take care of whoever is coming against us. When we are living in accordance to God’s ways, He works on our behalf because we are His.

Prayer: No one likes trouble, plain and simple but Jesus has told us that we will have trouble in this life so we have to face it head on with a plan in place. Jesus is the answer to our trouble. I thank you for Jesus. I thank you for discipline that makes me more like Jesus. Help me remember that I am not alone in my trouble and I can access Your presence by the Holy Spirit. Help me remember that no weapon formed against me shall prosper and no good thing is withheld from the upright. I am the upright because of my faith in Jesus. Thank you for showing me ways to deal with trouble, so the next time I am faced with it I can find peace in Your presence, Amen.

God Is In This Place

A little over a month ago I decided  to join a Bible Study on Hebrews with the topic being faith. I knew before I began I was feeling a lot of resistance but I went anyway thinking it would be a blessing to attend. I found myself experiencing what I was studying about faith. I was learning how God disciplines His children. I read about the “faith heroes” in Hebrews. I like to make what I call little Bible books. I pick a topic and make a little book on that topic with scriptures and pictures. I wanted to make 19 of them for the people in my class. Because of the short time I was going to have to make 4 of these books a week each with 10 pages. The topic was faith, of course. As I began making these books it just so happened that people came up in my life that I gave these books to, so it would put me behind. Then I got a problem where it was painful for me to sit down to make the books and my arm was hurting. This took a week away from making them. Then I had some family issues come up with my son and I was unable to do it. I felt like I was being attacked by Satan and I was determined not to give up but that’s exactly what I did. I gave up. I felt like a failure for not finishing what I felt like God called me to do. Everything got so crazy that I couldn’t even do the last 2 weeks of the study! I thought God wanted me to make these books for these people but I guess I misunderstood, I’m still trying to figure this part out. Anyway, the last week of the study and it was just this past week, I pulled a hang nail and my finger got infected really bad. It was so bad that I couldn’t stand the pain and there was pus that I had to release or I wouldn’t even be able to sleep. I woke up this past Saturday with my finger swelled with my ring on and I was afraid about the swelling and more pus. I decided to call the walk in clinic and asked if they were busy. She said ,”No.” When I got there I was the only person and I didn’t even have to wait in the waiting room. When the doctor saw my finger he told me he would have to drain it and I would need a tetanus shot. I was left in my room to soak my finger and I was thinking how I couldn’t afford that along with the visit and the antibiotics I would have to get. So, I sat there and prayed for God’s favor and for Him to work in the hearts of those people to help me. I didn’t know what I was going to do or how it was going to turn out. I knew I had half of the money for the shot and I had already paid for the visit. I prayed until they came back. I told the lady my situation. She left the room and then the doctor came in. He told me I would have to sign a paper about refusal of treatment and the tetanus was dangerous. I told him I could pay half and bring the other half later and he said okay and I’m not going to charge you for the drainage. After it was all over and the lady gave me the shot, I was overwhelmed with God’s presence working in these people. I was crying and I told her how I just witnessed God. She was a believer also and we talked about how good God is. She told me when she told the doctor my situation, he said,”I’m going to help her.” I have to go back in a week and he isn’t charging me for that visit, what a blessing! I called and told my mom how I witnessed God working through those people and she made me realize I practiced my faith in that situation. I saw where I was like the people I had been reading about in my Bible Study. I got the idea when I go back to give them some of the faith books I made since it didn’t work out for the class. I don’t understand why this all happened but yesterday I was thinking about that lady at the doctor’s office. She was a believer but I didn’t know it until I revealed that I was. And I was asking God how do I live in this world and be what I am now as a believer. When I got home a book was revealed to me called Sacred Compass. I’m going to read this book but what I read in the sample was awesome! The Sacred Compass is the Holy Spirit. All I have to do is follow the voice of the Holy Spirit. I know this may seem like rambling but I need to get out what God is doing in my life. He really IS in this place.

 

You CAN Take It With You

Recently I spoke about taking care of my mother-in-law in my home and also shared her passing. What I want to talk about today has to do with when she was staying with me. One night when we were talking about God and Jesus I realized how much of the Bible I really had inside of me. She asked questions that caused me to spew at the mouth about stories in the Bible. She told me she didn’t know the Bible like I did. I thought that was sad considering she was 86 years old. I thought about this because at the end of her life, about the last 2 years, she was blind in one eye and couldn’t see well out of the other and she couldn’t hear well either. I felt God telling me to read the Bible and learn what I can WHILE I can. I don’t want to get to the end of my life and not have His Word engraved on my heart, so I can turn to it when I need it, even if I can’t see or if I didn’t have a way of reading it. I have not forgotten this experience.

Now recently I began reading a book called How To Study The Bible by Dwight L. Moody. He is emphasizing as  Christians how much we need the Bible. We need to be reading it to be more effective in our lives. I have read several times the scripture Matthew 24:35, 35 Heaven and earth [as now known] will pass away, but My words will not pass away. God spoke to me about this in my sleep last night. He has revealed something, a message that I thought was awesome!

We know the Bible states that everything in this world will pass away and we have always heard the phrase, “You can’t take it with you”, right? Well, since God’s Word will never pass away that is the one thing that you CAN take with you! So all the studying and insight you get is not a waste when you pass on. Sometimes it feels like doing Bible study is useless but its the only investment in your life that’s going to literally last for eternity! Not only do you benefit from it in your life now but it’s going to benefit you in the future and for all eternity!

The Bible has answers to everything and is alive and changing. It’s the only book that changes every time you read it. Because every time you read it you are in different circumstances than before and you have more life experience, so you can never stop learning from it. The best news is that it’s not like learning in school, when you pass, that knowledge is gone. This Bible, God’s Word will live forever, go on forever , stand forever. I for one want to take it with me! It’s a precious thing and I was so happy when I realized it’s the one thing we take with us and it’s the one thing we can count on.