Week Of January 24th, 2011 January 25-26th, 2011
AWE- ALMIGHTY GOD!
Make My Life A Constant Conversation With You!
Today, I will cling to the miraculous possibility and not lose hope. Yes, I will dream-expect-believe in my AWE-GOD! I, Kimberly Ann McCarthy am destined to live in the glory of Your strength and not worry or fear anything, because all things belong to You.
Verse Of The Day@biblegateway.com
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." - Philippians 4:8
Notes From Listening To Philippians 4
Agree with each other in the Lord… Rejoice in the Lord… rejoice… the Lord is near… in everything by prayer and petition…with Thanksgiving present your requests… peace of God with superintends all understanding will guide your hearts in Christ Jesus.. Excellent or praise worthy..think… what you see in me, put into practice…. God of peace will be with you. Learn to be content whatever the circumstances..need or plenty content secret is you can do everything through God who gives you strength… the gifts you send are a fragrant offering… God will meet all your needs according to His riches in glory…The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit! What a sweet #prayer!
I like the part where it says with Thanksgiving present your requests and I wonder if when I talk to God about my needs if I am presenting them with thanksgiving, I need to do that more.
A Seasoned Servant Of God Has Encouraged Me Today
Ephesians 4 ~ Message Bible
1-3In light of all this, here's what I want you to do. While I'm locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don't want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don't want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.
The thought that comes in my head is that you have to do everything you can do to make peace and then when that is done, it is up to the other person to do the same, if they don't want to, then you are free to walk away to pray and wait in hope!
Study: Know God/know hope? hosea 4:1-6:3
In these verses we see God's people refuse to acknowledge their sin.
What particular sin does God expose in this accusation of His people [v.7]?
What is the response of God's people to His accusation [v.8]?
Is there a particular area of your life in which you currently stand in prideful rebellion against God's revealed will and declare your innocence?
Ask God to search your heart & expose your own prideful assumptions of innocence.
God spoke about cheating and taking advantage of others! He talked about Jacob that even before he was born he cheated his brother and then after he was born he was very independent from God and very willful. The response of the people to God's accusations was that they did it on their own and they did not sin while doing it, they became rich on their own. Pride is a huge stumbling block for me at times when God wants to change my life, especially in this season of my life, I had to overcome pride. I had to become a brand new shape and in order to do that I needed to become willess, and responsive to the touch of the Master… sit on the potters table as responsive clay. I did not want to change, I did not want to give up my occupation, I wanted the success of the world more than I did the calling of God on my life. I kept on saying I was doing what I was doing to help people, but all along in my heart I wanted to succeed, I wanted to make a lot of money. I need to change, I need to be willing to be exactly what God wants me to even if it is not making money, even if it is an online ministry that He is shaping me for, even if it is different than anything I could ever imagine… I need to be willing…
Exhortation- The Shepherd's Communicated Love-Wisdom!
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A Seasoned Servant Of God Has Encouraged Me Today
James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Lord, today I know most of us will face some kind of trial or testing. It may be sickness of body, disappointment in a loved or trusted one, or some crisis of faith. But Father, I believe the biggest trial we will face today and everyday is to resist doing nothing.
Father, renew us all today in mind, spirit, and body. Renew us all in our resolve to serve You with all our hearts, souls, strengths, and minds. I pray You will be glorified through our obedience to every detail of what we know to do according to Your Word and Will. Bless the faithful, O Lord our God. Convict and urge the spiritually lazy. Stir the soul of the procrastinator. All for Your glory and honor through the Lord Jesus Christ.
My Thoughts About This Verse:
Yes Lord Jesus, help us to use our time wisely today by Your Spirit and truth… so be it Jesus.
Yes it does produce perseverance in belief and strength in hope and so much AWE-GOD! Yesterday Bob called Directv and he told them we have to shut off our Directv and they said, you all have been great customers for years did we do something to offend you and Bob explained that he has to be a good steward and he was not sure he could pay for it next month, because he had lost his job… the person on the other end said: hold on for a minute… he came back on the phone and said we have credited your account with 220 dollars, so please use the Directv service for the next five months for free and then call us back after that and let us know how you are… Yes… if you honor God and persevere in doing what is right, He will work out every, every detail for you! AWE-GOD
#poiema Gospel Of John Study http://www.biltmorebaptist.org/poiema
http://www.biltmorebaptist.org/Poiema Wednesday 9:30 AM At Biltmore Baptist Church
John 1:35-51 The next day, John was there again, and two of his followers were with him. 36 When he saw Jesus walking by, he said, "Here is the Lamb of God!" 37 John's two followers heard him, and they went with Jesus. 38 When Jesus turned and saw them, he asked, "What do you want?" They answered, "Rabbi, where do you live?" The Hebrew word "Rabbi" means "Teacher." 39 Jesus replied, "Come and see!" It was already about four o'clock in the afternoon when they went with him and saw where he lived. So they stayed on for the rest of the day. 40 One of the two men who had heard John and had gone with Jesus was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother and tell him, "We have found the Messiah!" The Hebrew word "Messiah" means the same as the Greek word "Christ." 42 Andrew brought his brother to Jesus. And when Jesus saw him, he said, "Simon son of John, you will be called Cephas." This name can be translated as "Peter."
Jesus Chooses Philip and Nathanael 43-44 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. There he met Philip, who was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter. Jesus said to Philip, "Come with me." 45 Philip then found Nathanael and said, "We have found the one that Moses and the Prophets wrote about. He is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth." 46 Nathanael asked, "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip answered, "Come and see." 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said, "Here is a true descendant of our ancestor Israel. And he isn't deceitful." 48 "How do you know me?" Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, "Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree." 49 Nathanael said, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God and the King of Israel!" 50 Jesus answered, "Did you believe me just because I said that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see something even greater. 51 I tell you for certain that you will see heaven open and God's angels going up and coming down on the Son of Man."
Contemporary English Version Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society
Jesus sees them and asks them what are you looking for? What is it you want/wish for? They did not answer the question!! They said Jesus where do you live or teacher where do you live? It kind of says to me that they did not totally trust Jesus to open up to Him yet, they took the focus off themselves personally and put it on Jesus…. If God asked me that question right now I would say: I need your direction, I need the path of your will, I need you to open the doors that You want open in my life.
When Jesus said Come and See to John and He accepted that invitation with the other disciples it was the beginning of a three and ½ year adventure of their lives. Jesus said, Come and See and today He says that to us everyday, everyday in our daily relationship with Jesus, in our constant conversation with Him, it is a new adventure
****My Prayer! I Place All My Expectation In You, Almighty God!*****
Psalm 62:5 (amplified) My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him. He only is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Defense and my Fortress, I shall not be moved.
RT @bcsisterhood: @Kmac4him It's like a veil has been lifted. A huge burden. I know James is w/God, but I didn't feel any peace until yesterday. So grateful! Father God be the continuous peace in her heart by Your Spirit. Jesus!
@mcProdigal Love it! God bless @cvallejo64 with the strength of His Might! Lift her up to You Jesus, where she belongs above her situation
Father, I pray for a job for Tom and Mary's Son, open the door for them Jesus
Father touch Carol and Jim, hold them in Your healing hands. Jesus!
Father touch Shelia- restore her health-renew her body
Father touch Mickey, heal her body and bring strength to her
Father God, touch Janie, heal her body, be the final say in her diagnosement
Father touch Lisa, heal her of Hodgkins disease, Jesus name above all Names
Lord open the doors for my husband Bob, the doors to Your perfect will
Jesus heal Cathy's marriage draw them both to you. Create a three strand cord
Father God, heal Kimberly's marriage draw her husband to You- Create a three strand cord
Praying for God to hold her in His healing hands RT @ChristianRep: Pls: #pray 4 @Brenda_Northway - had a stroke last night @worldprayr
Praying for you today! Hoping Huge in God for you! I love this song, it brings me so much hope, I hope this feeling for you too, and I hope for God's healing and strength in your life!
Lord touch Sherri heal her legs, touch Bob, Mike draw them to You
It feels like Redemption
Words are empty, not containers of power. The heart of the gospel is real change! Jesus! Change Us! #prayer @worldprayr
QUOTES THAT INSPIRE GROWTH AND CHANGE
The great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. -- C. S. Lewis
\ / TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT -- http://www.heartlight.org/
For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.
-- 1 Peter 2:19
Unjust suffering! Ouch, even the sound of those words sends a chill up and down my spine. Such a thing doesn't seem fair or appropriate -- and it isn't. Yet we have many brothers and sisters bearing up under pain and unjust suffering because of their commitment and loyalty to the only True God and to his Son, Jesus Christ. Wouldn't it be incredible if those of us who are not touched by terrible persecution or hardship would begin each day praying for those in our spiritual family who do face hardship, persecution, suffering, and mistreatment? As they display the grace of Christ to honor God in the face of such difficulty, let's pray that our Father will not only give them strength to endure, but that he will also deliver them soon!
Holy and merciful Father, please bless your children today who suffer pain and hardship while displaying the grace of Jesus.
Whether these problems are because of persecution or because of life's difficulties, I pray that you strengthen my brothers and sisters who are suffering. But Father, I know the only permanent answer for this suffering is for Jesus' return, so please send him soon. In the name of the Coming Lord Jesus I pray. Amen.
Jesus, I think of You, how you suffered so much and so unjustly for me, before you even knew me. I know that I have suffered unjustly too at times, but not like You, Jesus… the King of Heaven Who chose the way of suffering. It blesses me so when I think of how much You loved us, how you were betrayed by a kiss from a close, close disciple and you still went to the cross, you loved like you had never been hurt or betrayed. AWE-GOD! I do think that unjust suffering is the hardest to bear, when people suffer who don't deserve it, it stretches our faith like no other suffering. I think because we don't understand it with our finite minds. Unjust suffering is something we can't wrap our minds around and it stretches our faith-sharpens our belief. The finite mind just can't comprehend the infinite plan, especially when it comes to unjust suffering.
Worship Wisdom! Songs Changing My Heart-Life! AWE-mazing God!
Have You Bowed Today Choose Life! Bow To God In Humble Obedience! Choose Life!
Praying for those who are not saved. Hoping Huge they choose life, God's true-infinite life!
We can't do it! God can! Humble #Prayer Is The Way Of The Day! AWE-GOD
If My People Pray
Everyday! Everyday in our daily relationship W/ Jesus-our constant conversation W/Him is a new adventure! Come and See: http://kimberlymac.blogspot.com
talk it up! twitter
Father God, I believe the biggest trial we will face today and everyday is to resist doing nothing.
That is so true, very different heart attitude RT @coachjanet: There is a quite a difference between I "choose" to versus I "have" to...
WE-GOD! RT @cwalker1379: Stop telling God how big your problems are & start telling your problems how BIG your God is!
In God's Waiting Room!! http://youtu.be/Bb7TSGptd3Y I will serve You Lord... while I am waiting
AWE-some! RT @feemccloud: RT @dvogel7921 The person who does things that count, doesn't usually stop to count them. ~ Unknown
Opinions based on prejudices reflect back as judgements! Look deeply in the mirror and fully face God. Make sure to examine your heart- take a long look in the mirror and make sure it is truly open.
Opinions based on prejudices reflect back from your heart as judgements! Look deeply in the mirror fully face God- reflect His Image!
I do think unjust suffering is the hardest to bear-when people suffer who don't deserve it-it stretches our faith like no other suffering.
How is your devotion to the Lord? Moment by Moment or Trial by Trial?
Unjust suffering is something we can't wrap our minds around and it stretches our faith-sharpens our belief.
How F.A T. are you? Faithful To God- Available To God- Teachable By His Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit of God dwells in us! Do we acknowledge Him 1st in our all and everything?
The nation did not repent Hosea 6 and Prov 14:34 judgment came!
Be thankful God judges us, convicts us by His Holy Spirit, it is for our good. He loves us!
WE are called to FOLLOWSHIP not fellowship with the world! Jesus 1st!
#Poiema! Be a masterpiece, a work of art that resembles God!
Do we choose fellowship in the world over FOLLOWSHIP – God 1st!
Be careful not to flip-flop your calling with your occupation! Provision comes from God!
Don't fellowship with the world unless your FOLLOWSHIP with God is 1st! Have you bowed today?
God is our 1st priority, we are called by Him for Him to FOLLOWSHIP!
God is our provider! Followship acknowledges our call to Him 1st and our occupations 2nd
Don't concentrate on the list of do's instead of Acknowledging God in all you do!
We think the money in our bank account can get us through, Only God can grow us through!
The human condition is drawn to what you can see-faith is fixed on the unseen God
The lawlessness one generation tolerates is the lawlessness the next generation celebrates in. Break The Cycle
Get Back To The Basics Of Life! GOD! Mich 6:6-8
The Lord God has told us what is right- see that justice is done- let mercy by your first concern- humbly obey your God
Trust God with your whole heart! Believe in Him with an undivided heart! Ps 86:11
Willessness looks like this: Believing God has the final say as we continue to hope for a 29-59 miracle!
If I am not acknowledging God throughout my day. Who am I acknowledging? Bill Jenkins #SGleam
Holiness focuses on God in a trials, human want focuses on changing our position
God is a Holy God, Who will not put up with impurity. Why? Because He loves us!
Repentance 2 Purity 2 Holiness 2 Obedience = FOLLOWSHIP!
The finite mind just can't comprehend the infinite plan, especially when it comes to unjust suffering.
Jesus! Renew us all in our resolve to serve You with all our hearts, souls, strengths, and minds. Pastor Elliott
Bring Us Back To Fully Face Our God! Bring Our Hearts Back To Undivided Love For God.
Pray For Each Other Today! Pray For This Country! Talk To God Right Now!
If My People Pray #prayer #pray
Worship Wisdom! Songs Changing My Heart-Life! AWE-mazing God!
My Heart Thoughts From This Song:
First Love By Avalon
Long to hear Your Voice… Win God's Heart! Bring Your Life From Where It Is To Fully Face God. Bow Your Life Before Him! Burn In Us Your Holy Fire… Give Us A Desire For You Lord Jesus!
Restore Us To Loving You 1st! Lord give us a desire to do our best for you!
Father Take Us Back- Give Us A New Start! We have failed, fallen in our pride- lead us back to You!
Our occupation is of a Kingdom Trade as He works out His purposes through our lives to others
Sometimes your situation is not about you, it is about the kingdom purpose flowing out of you through to others God is trying to reach…
I am in a holy alliance with god- his word
Psalm 81:10 I am the Lord your God. Who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it
Exhortation- The Shepherd's Communicated Love-Wisdom!
To My Family:
I am an exhorter for God, I have the gift of exhortation given to me by God and it is through this that I in all humility and obedience write. This has been my place in this family, I have been an exhorter used by God, always the one that had to say the hard things God wanted said, to move this family in the direction of deliverance from the generational curse. God showed me despite the way it all looks, we can be the root of His infinite love planted right now to stop the Cycle in this Generational Curse…
I found a treasure yesterday, something God put in my hands for a time such as this. I can't believe I have had this treasure in my possession for years and did not see it; it was in a box of stuff that Dad left at my house years ago. It came out into the light last weekend as I have been going through old boxes, Oh My Gosh, I shudder as I think I almost threw it out… I went to toss it in the garbage and when I did, I saw a flash of white, I turned it and saw that someone had cut out magazine letters and glued them on the end of the VCR Tape: Cocuz… Immediately I knew that is something my dad would have done! So I set the VCR tape aside, that was a week ago! I put it under my TV stand and thought I need to check that out when I have time. Yesterday during all the family strife going on, towards the end of the day, Kiele found it and handed it to me: Grammy? What is this? Grammy… Let's look at it and see what it is…. Oh My Gosh! Talk about a treasure of God put in your hand for a time such as this! I sat with my granddaughter and watched my great-grandfather play on the beach!
Yesterday God set in motion the breaking of the generational Curse in our family by moving us forward in obedience to Him; us leaving the past behind and deciding to be a family that lives, laughs and loves together. We decided to leave behind all bitterness and hatred and cling to Jesus, dig our roots deeply in His Love. We communicated, some good, some bitter and at the end of the day, some decided to go and some decided to stay. This family is moving with God- from the past of what happened in our human conditions to the future in Christ-we are done; done with the bitterness, done with the strife, done with the hatred and deeply desiring to set a Godly family foundation for those behind us! Setting our stake in the ground, turning and fully facing our GOD and following after Him.
We decided as Jesus did, so therefore we are doing… He loved us in our weaknesses even though it hurt him to do so, cost Him His life. He was not bitter about our sins, He died for them. Jesus after He had been hurt-betrayed and beaten by us went to the cross and died for us. This King of Heaven came to earth and spent most of his time on this earth homeless and with nothing, only to be betrayed for silver that would eventually tarnish. He loved us like He had never been hurt or betrayed and because of this act of love, we live today in hope! He, This Jesus has spoken: "This is the time for the bitterness, strife, hatred to be done- quieted and shut up!" It is a time for this family to move on without the generational curse of enmity -this family is moving forward with God in His direction of healing and hope!
The miraculous treasure that God purposely saved to put in my hand yesterday, was my father's old reel to reel tapes that were put on a VCR tape. Incredible! On this tape was the family of our foundations, living, laughing, loving…. My great grandparents- grandma-grandpa … My Grandfather and My sweet Grandmother- My mom, My dad, My Great uncles… My Great aunts… all living, laughing and loving…I saw the foundation of our lives… it was good. The last scene on the VCR of my great-grandparents before the tragedy that hit our family was so sweet. My great grandfathers birthday party with My grandfather looking on over his shoulder as he blew out his birthday candles and all of the family, my mom, my dad and all of my brothers and sisters and family together around this table as the patriarch blew out the candles… playing and having fun together… living, laughing, loving….
Then the enemy struck our family, My great Aunt Alice killed my Great Grandparents that next weekend, Easter weekend…. Interestingly so… in a fit of physiological rage. Instead of all of us turning to God, some of our family turned on each other, pointing fingers of B- LAME! Brothers split from brothers… Aunt Alice was sentence to life in a mental ward, our family was on the news, shame came in, pain came in… it hurt so bad! I will never forget that day, I will never forget the pain, I will never forget the blood all over the walls, the press in our face and the shame that came in my soul. The enemy took advantage of this and a generational curse ensued, brothers in enmity against brothers… Great Uncle Bill and My Grandfather Lee split apart in anger- the pain from that as a child was awful, it messed so much with our family life, made it hard, so hard. Then Uncle Ted and Uncle Bill split, anger and family separation ensued and more hard times within the family, when brothers have enmity against a brother; the whole family suffers. My Great Uncle Bill died of a massive heart attack and my Pop Pops grieved like no other, he had not reconciled with his brother who lived right next store to him. After that my PopPops who had disowned my Great Aunt Alice, went to the mental ward and forgave her, was reconciled to her… what an impression that left on my soul. My Great Uncle Bills funeral, it was the saddest funeral ever, a family split down the center of the church, not speaking to each other and so much family strife ensued at that funeral, yelling and screaming and hateful things were said as my mom rushed us from there… heaping sadness upon sadness. Yet my Grandfather's heart was broken and he confessed to all of us, he began to break the cycle of enmity.
God showed me where this generational curse began one that is still affecting our family with brothers holding such bitterness toward brothers in my family line. This is the year God has said enough. No more bitterness! No more enmity. No more generational curse! This curse is ending!
As I sat and watched that VCR, I realized that we grew up in a home with a foundation of love, laughing and great times, caring and loving each other. I saw joy and family fun from the top Lee to the bottom Joe. I watched scenes of us as children at the lake, at home, at church, at play… things that brought my memory to life and saw great love and peace. I saw family joy. God spoke to my heart, He said, this is the foundation of your family, this is what I have intended for your family generations to be.
Since mom died, I have tried so hard to diffuse the bitterness that is deeply set in our family right after her death and to no avail for years I have listened to bitterness; you can't change a person who wants to sit in bitterness, only God can change a heart. I have spent most of my adult life listening to bitterness that doesn't really matter. Bitterness over stuff, money, rights that doesn't make a hill of beans difference with an eternal perspective. It all burns up!! You go to heaven with no stuff!!!!
My 2011 started at Finley's 1st birthday party. What Joy in that precious little one! What a gift she is to us! She is the next generation! God spoke to me that day and said: "stop chasing those who do not want to be caught, it was just an open door to allow bitterness and hatred to continue to infect this family." He said I was to separate myself from the bitterness and move forward into being a Godly foundation, a root of God's love in the real future… the future of this family is about these children and their families… celebrating with them living, laughing loving and caring…. Loving each other through the human condition, through weakness and being a family… Just like I saw in that VCR… generations of family celebrating Great Grandpa Peters birthday! Yesterday, God drove a stake in the ground of this family and said: "No more generational curse. It stops here." 2011! Done! Finished! WE are moving on, those of us in the family who want to love like Jesus loved, to live, to laugh and to love… this family is moving forward. This old VCR tape showed me that our foundations in this family were set in unconditional love, in joy and in care for one another. That is where it will be restored in Christ Jesus. We are moving forward, putting the past behind and stepping out in God's unconditional love and care. This family, those who decide to come, those who leave all the past, the bitterness and hatred behind, we will grow forward with God, with His wisdom, with His unconditional love. I only pray we all come, but those that don't will be left behind in God's capable hands and those that do… will live, laugh and love in His Presence from generation to generation. AWE-GOD!
This family has a bright future a great hope and an awesome inheritance in Christ Jesus. This is the most powerful thing we can do now as a family- being a pebble dropped in a pond that peacefully ripples the joy of family life, the love and encouragement of God from God and to each other. God Bless You Much!
Week Of January 24th, 2011 Wednesday, January 26 2011
AWE- ALMIGHTY GOD!
Make My Life A Constant Conversation With You!
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Jesus is Walking alongside us extending His mighty arm to steady our weakness on every leaning side of our lives. (Streams In Desert)
Thank You Jesus For The Freedom We Know AWE-GOD #tworship
"When fear shapes our lives safety becomes our god." Max Lucado
They were not available for God to use because they were not quiet enough to hear Him.
http://triumphoversuffering.com/ I uncovered a lot of hidden strongholds of exchanged lies I had in my mind. I replaced them for real freedom-truth,
Our occupations, our political adgendas are all keeping us from hearing and seeing the compassion of God, the Heart of God.
Battlefield Of The Mind By Joyce Meyer
This is really a spiritual principle of God at work. We can find the devil in the noise and the shouts. We can find the devil with big attractions to lead us astry. But God likes to speak in the still, small voice – the voice that not everyone will hear—the voice that only the committed will listen for.
My Thoughts About This:
I could not listen to the Presidents speech last night because I knew it would be more words, empty words full of political reteric. He is not truly hearing the heart of God, or seeing the real condition of this county. It is hard being unemployed one step from losing our home and looking around and seeing this country being painted from city to city with empty homes, empty bank accounts, empty businesses and our government can't see past their political adgendas to the heart of this country, to what truly is our reality. In our country, the political atmosphere of arrogance is trumping compassion- the essence of servant leadership! Jesus Change This In Us! #prayer
Exhortation- The Shepherd's Communicated Love-Wisdom!
It was so great to hear from you! Oh my gosh, you just have no idea how much we are traveling the same path. My husband lost his job December 27th ! It was such a shock… we were not ready for it! He has put in over 60 applications since then. I have tried to get a job for the last year, I have put in over 30 applications. No doors have opened yet. We have never filed for unemployment in our entire 32 years of marriage! But we had too, because we need to be able to get food! Our unemployment just started this week! I can completely relate to that human condition of wondering what God is up too. Everyday we have to get up and put all of our fears, hopes and expectations in God's hands and ask Him to use us in whatever way He can. All I can say is that we are learning a willessness and a trust in God like I have never had and God is not disappointing us. He is taking care of us ever step of the way. We have exactly what we need today. Our lives don't look a thing like what we had planned for them to look like… nothing. My husband is one of the most amazing contractors you would ever meet. He is trained, experienced and a great employee for anyone. I have 30 years of administrative skills and experience. We both can't get jobs! We never imagined we would be in this position…. Yet the last 3 years the construction business, our 30 year trade has hit bottom. We lost our business. Bob began traveling with other business and doing projects. In the last years, he has been laid off three times. Yet God keeps assuring us that He is with us, He is in this and that the position we have in Him has not changed, He is still in control even though we can't see a step ahead. He keeps encouraging us that He has a kingdom purpose in what He is growing us through. Not only for us, but for everyone around us, He is working out His Kingdom purposes through this trial. Honestly we have nothing left of this world, we lost our retirement, we lost our savings, we lost our health insurance, we lost our jobs… and everything is paid up until end of February and then there is nothing left. Yet there is everything left… Jesus is still with us. That is what He is trying to show us! We have flip-flopped our occupations with our calling to Him. He is our provider. Our bank accounts mean nothing. He is the Provider. WE are putting our hope and expectation in Him, we are learning a willessness that says show us more of You, Lord God… that knows the He is our Provider, that is teaching us how to walk with nothing, yet be completely satisfied and know we will be provided with everything we need each day. We are learning to live with joy in each day, despite the fact we are not in the "know" and that all of "our" dreams have died. We are learning to look beyond our situation to His face, to fully face our God and be His even if our situation is not what we planned. Little miracles keep happening, like the other day my husband called Directv and said we have to discontinue our service and they asked why and he said because I won't' be able to pay for another month, so I want to turn it off now, it is the right thing to do. So there was a pause on the phone and he came back on and said we have just credited your account for 5 free months because you have been such good long standing customers, call us back in 5 months and let us know how you are. Oh my gosh… that was just a miracle. We are learning to fight the good fight of faith not only to say we believe in God, but to actually believe that He has good Kingdom purposes at work in the unseen. WE are either going to believe Him or we are not and you have to choose that every day. You have to put aside the doubt, the fear of your future and believe that Your God is working in the unseen for your good and you have to be satisfied with the situation He has you in today, and be grateful that He has provided what you needed in your today. This past weekend, we got a check in the mail for 100 dollars, enough to give us food money and gas money for the week. We are a family who used to go to the grocery store and just pile in whatever we wanted in our cart, we have become a family now, who is realizing just how much excess we have lived in and we are grateful for the basics, God is using this trial in our lives, I wouldn't wish it on anyone, but I would not change it, I have grown more in love with God in the last month, gotten to see more of Him, gotten to see more of me, made changes in my heart that I would never have seen without this trial.. so my advice is to roll with it… your first step out of bed in the morning should be down… hit your knees, bow before God, lay your life willessly at His feet and be in AWE of Him Who is in complete control of your life and WHO will take care of you! Catch you Saturday!
Exhortation- The Shepherd's Communicated Love-Wisdom!
Thanks! We both have complete peace, at first it was very hard but as we worked through it we found that no matter what kind of situation we found ourselves in, the common denominator had not changed! God was with us! He has a purpose in allowing this and it is good. I had that same feeling… of being punished… don't chase it… it is not the truth. God does not punish! You have to keep saying to yourself… God Loves Me… say, listen to songs that say it, read the word the says it… God is in this, we are the happiest we have ever been. We used to go out and spend 100 dollars on a meal eating out… and now we are managing a week on 50 dollars… our life situation has changed, but the Lord of the situation has not… He is teaching us so much and I appreciate that He cares enough about us to do that…. but punishing no… that is not the nature of Jesus, Jesus came to take our punishment, to take the stripes upon His back for our sins… He does not punish so tell the liar to shut up… God loves you, He is allowing this to touch your life with great significance… the best thing to do from what I am learning is to seek Him to know Him more, to be changed by this trial to what He wills, instead of focusing on your situation and asking Him to change it, focus on God and the situation, it work out when He wants, by His will. I find that this Sovereign Will in play was hard to swallow, my whole life changed, but I swallowed it because God's sovereign will is never far from His Infinite Love, the two go hand in hand… So cling tightly to His Him, dig your roots deeper in His love… His Kingdom purpose is at work… and you know what… LOL… it is all eventually good! Take Care… praying for you too, been praying for you all week!
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Joel 2:11-13 The Lord gives voice before His army, For His camp is very great; For strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; Who can endure it? "Now, therefore," says the Lord, "Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning." So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.
In this prophetic passage the critical question is immediately followed by the powerfully convicting answer. Joel prophesies the Day of the Lord, and asks, "Who can endure it?" The next word "therefore", is followed by the prophet's urgent counsel: "Turn to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping and with mourning!" Real repentance -- not some superficial, wimpy, "I'm sorry God", but a deep, sorrowful, heart wrenching cry with fasting, that means business and recognizes the terrible danger ahead -- is what is required.
I have to ask myself, how willing am I to enter into this depth of repentance in order to restore, or deepen my relationship with my Lord, or to cry out in identification with a dying world full of lost souls. Are my emotions and my soul willing to be passionately engaged with the grim reality in and around me? How does this affect my prayer life? or my attitude toward my sins? As I look at this world, I clearly see the Day of the Lord looming on the horizon. This prophecy may never be more applicable than it is now, in our very day.
Kimberly, let's take a serious account of things, and allow ourselves to be truly, profoundly moved by what we find. If, as the Lord told us, those that mourn are blessed, then let's not shrink back from what we see in ourselves and in the world around us.."There is a time to mourn"...the Lord will be rejoicing. For He is seeking those who will recognize and deeply repent of their sin...and He longs to forgive and restore us.
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How willing am I to enter into this depth of repentance in order to restore-deepen my relationship W/ my Lord. Worthy Brief
God He is seeking those who will recognize-deeply repent of their sin. He longs to forgive-restore us.
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January 26, 2011 Session Notes:
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
In the old testament, the priests ate the showbread off the altar everyday and the bread was replaced. Jesus said He was the Bread Of Life, an offering done once for all. The old way of atonement Jesus fulfilled-satisfied as the Bread Of Life.
35 Jesus replied, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But you haven't believed in me even though you have seen me. 37 However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. 38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. 39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. 40 For it is my Father's will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day."
Notes From Lori Frank's Teaching At Poiema January 26th
Looking to meet a physical need, the people came to Jesus. We are tempted to meet God given desire in an ungodly way. Our enemy tempts us to trade the Ultimate for counterfeit
John 6:27 But don't be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval."
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2 Cor 5:15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
Enemy Cackle Can Be So Discouraging And Lead You Down A Path Of Discontentment Right To Unbelief! http://www.thebridegroomscafe.com/author.htm
In our country, the political atmosphere of arrogance is trumping compassion, which is the essence of servant leadership! Jesus Change This! #prayer
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