Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tracks in the carpet

Hey Everyone,
We had a great anniversary party. The Lord has blessed us with great friends. Some couldn't make it, but we know they were with us in spirit.
It's taken me a couple of days to recover from all the busyness of last week. I've also caught a 'bug', but it's not bad.
It was great having our family together. It's the first time since Christmas. Our 'grands' are growing so quickly. It was cute to watch Nolan and Nate play together. They hugged each other before they left. This grandma's heart was so blessed!
When Lynn was here this weekend, she told me a story about herself. She was helping me to vacuum the house before guests arrived. She said that when we was younger, on Sat. mornings when we would clean the house, she would pretend that she vacuumed our bedroom.
One day her critical thinking kicked in. She had been running the vacuum over the floor to give it 'marks' so I'd think she had vacuumed. Then she realized that she had 'vacuumed' the floor, just without the machine turned on! What a hoot. Kids.
I thought how we as Christians 'play' at being obedient, but really aren't. On the outside we look good, but on the inside we're not. We have to be careful and remember that God looks on the heart, while man looks on the outside (1 Sam. 16:7). We need to be careful and not be counterfeit Christians.
The Lord wants us to be honest, true, moral, loving, get the idea. So, do you make tracks in the carpet, but don't really vacuum?

Vacuuming daily,

Thursday, April 24, 2008

No time to blog

Hey Everyone,
My life is set on 90 mph the next 3 days. So, I'm not going to blog, much. I just want you all to know that I'm praying for you all and that I'll write next week.
Also, please keep my friends Jean (car accident) and Diana (cancer) in your prayers. I know you don't know them, but they really need to be brought before the Lord. Neither is doing well.
It's a good thing that our Lord is Sovereign, because I know He sees the whole picture of not just my life, but all His children. He wants the best for us and we can trust that.
I was reminded of Proverbs 3:5-6 today when I was praying about something. So, travel there and read, and trust.

Love to all,

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Rev 19:7

Greetings on this sunny day,
Isn't our weather wonderful? Tucker and I have walked already and enjoyed the birds singing, the breeze blowing and the flowers showing their magnificence.
Yesterday I went through our cedar chest looking for our wedding album and memory book. In the process I decided to get my wedding dress out. I hung it up and have been looking at it every time I come into the office. So many memories.....
There's wrinkles in my dress and on my face because it's been 35 years come the 28th since we were married. Chuck and I have a history of love, friendship, anger, promises kept and broken, sharing our coming to the Lord just 2 days apart, children, grandchildren and so much wonderful ministry to Him.
As I look at the dress I remember the young 21 year old who wore it. I was so old, yet so innocent in too many ways. I had emotional scares from my childhood that made me old, yet I knew nothing about marriage and went into it with starry eyes, expecting everything to be wonderful.
I thought I was ready for marriage and in some ways I was. I was independent of my parents, so I knew I could take care of myself. I thought I could handle all the emotions that come with marriage. I wanted friendship, unconditional love, support and encouragement. I also wanted to give those things.
Even though Chuck and I have a similar background, we were also raised quite differently. So we came into our marriage with ideas and patterns that needed to blend. It wasn't easy, but we did it. We worked hard and made ourselves ready to be the marriage partners that we needed to be. And, this took years!
As I look at the scripture today, Revelation 19:7 I can identify with it. "Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready."
We are the bride. We are ready. How? By trusting Christ as Savior. By understanding the message of salvation and believing it. Also, by studying the Word and applying it, we continue to make ourselves 'ready'.
The "Supper of the Lamb" will happen when we reach Heaven, during the tribulation period. It will be a time of rejoicing and we will give Him the glory. We'll been given fine linen to wear, representing our righteous acts (vs. 8).
I don't know about you, but I'm really looking forward to this wonderful celebration with our Lamb. I can't wait to see the many wonderful things the Lord shows us, about others and ourselves. I know there are people there, that because of my sharing Christ with someone they know, they've trusted Christ. It's a trickle down effect.
The Jews had a betrothal period where they were basically married/pledged/engaged and remained faithful to each other. That's what happened to us when we trusted Christ as Savior. The actual marriage ceremony will happen in Heaven. We are pledged to Christ, He is our bridegroom. Isn't that so very special?

Waiting for the ceremony,

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

2 Corinthians 3:18

I hope you all had a good weekend. We did. We went to Sunday school. The teacher was teaching on church history and was very interesting. Isn't the Lord wonderful to bless us? Did you see His hand of blessing on you? If not, think about the fact that you survived the weekend!
Yesterday was a really good day, but long busy one. In the morning Sandy, the new disciple came and we got better acquainted. I'm going to enjoy teaching her. I think that she thinks she knows more than she does. It will be interesting to hear how she learns something, or better understands what she knows.
She shared some things to help me better understand how much 'excess baggage' she has. She's saved, but hasn't been living an obedient life. But, she wants to! Please continue to keep her in your prayers. Thanks!
As I was thinking about a blog today, the Lord led me to 2 Corinthians 3:18: "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
The foot notes in my Bible tell us: Believers are "in process" - looking more like Christ all the time, but not finished until after their earthy life. To express this, Paul borrowed language from two prevailing views of his day: (1) Mystery religions believed a divine revelation would immediately transform a person, (2) Jewish prophetic teaching taught that personal transformation occurred at the end of time.
Romans 12:2 talks about being transformed by the renewing of your mind (studying the Word). Here it teaches that by the Spirit, He is transforming us and that it's a process. I didn't enter my Christianity a mature believer. It's taken years and I'm still not done.
For Sandy, she knows some things, is willing to learn more things so that she can be transformed by the Word. Her eagerness is delightful. I know that the Spirit has been working on her because of how she explained that she "has" to learn more. She's amazed at how the Lord has been drawing her, protecting her and rejoicing with her because He's on the throne of her life.
Do you still have an eagerness to study His Word? Are you being transformed? Who is sitting on the throne of your life? Spend some time today before the Lord and seek His face and desire a closer walk with Him so that you will be 'transformed'.

Rejoicing in Him,

Friday, April 18, 2008


We were woke up this morning by an earthquake. Tucker wasn't happy about it all. I don't know when she came into our bedroom, but I could hear her as I became conscious of the quake itself. They say animals know these things before people do.
In my reading through Matthew, chapter 24 talks about earthquakes increasing as the end times draw near. Read Matthew 24 to get the whole picture. Verse 7 starts the portion I'm talking about. "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (8)There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains."
So, are we in the end times? I think we are on a slippery slope headed for the tribulation. Thankfully, the rapture of the saints comes first and we won't go through 'hell on earth'. That being said, we are in for more trouble and I think we are all feeling it.
If studies are correct, the U.S. won't be a major power in the end times. I think that financially we will lose strength. Possibly because of leadership we'll lose credibility too? Who knows. I'm getting into an area that I've studied, but there are so many unknowns.
So, are you prepared for what's ahead? Are you sticking close to the Lord daily so that you are not taken unaware of what's happening? Another book to read about the end times is 1 & 2 Thessalonians.

Waiting for the Lord, and not very patiently,

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A Green couch

I've had a busy day, but thought I'd blog just a little. We had the volunteer's for prison ministry today and enjoyed ourselves. We got to meet the new warden and he seems nice. He's made some changes at Graham that are really good. It was really great talking with Chaplain Denise; we don't get to spend much time socializing with her and she's so delightful and dedicated.
My friend Jean is holding her own, but still is facing back surgery. Keep her in your prayers please! Thanks.
Back at Easter time, when Chuck and I were going to visit Lynn's family, we encountered a green couch in the middle of the interstate. Even though it was big, it was hard to see because of all the traffic. We were able to move over, but a lady behind us didn't seem to 'see' it and almost hit it.
We could see the guy from the pickup truck that 'lost' the couch walking down the interstate. I remarked to Chuck about the fact that he wasn't in much of a hurry. Also, he seemed to be alone and this was one big couch. My brain said: word picture for the blog. You know me :)))
This guy lost his couch because he hadn't strapped it in. He didn't do what he needed to do because.......who knows. Lazy, didn't have a rope, whatever. He was careless no matter how you look at it.
Do you ever find yourself 'careless' in your walk with the Lord? Do you let your daily Bible reading slip to once or twice a week? How's your prayer life? Do you let a little white lie pop out of your mouth? Have you had a hard time holding your temper (lack of self-control)? The list does go on.
What does the Lord teach us to do? His precepts teach us to be obedient to the Lord. Not just some of the time, but all the time. 1 Corinthians 11:31 tells us that if we judge ourselves rightly, we should not be judged. So, judge yourself so the Lord won't have to do it.
Moral of this story? Tie the couch down so it doesn't land in the middle of the interstate. Someone could have been killed by a careless act.

Tying the couch,

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

2 Peter 1:20-21

The sun is shining and warm temps are promised. Yeah! I always feel like the Lord is smiling on us when the sun shines.
I wasn't able to meet with my new disciple, Sandy. She promises to come next week. Satan is doing lots to keep her away from finding freedom in Christ. I was able to explain this to her after she made the comment about really odd things happening. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. Thanks!
When Christ was born, many prophecies were fulfilled. The end of times prophecy will be fulfilled, according to God's time line. I've been reading through Matthew and enjoying knowing that the Lord will keep His promise to take us home, for eternity.
This teaching brings me to 2 Peter 1:20-21: "Above all, you must understand that NO prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." See also: 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Corinthians 2:13.
Prophecy fulfilled, is by God's divine hand. But, He used men to write it down. Deuteronomy 18:22 says:"If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has NOT spoken. The prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him." In other words, if God gives the message, it will come true. And many have and many will.
Back to man. God used prophets in old times to relay (verbally) His message. He used men to write the Bible. The key here is: "carried along by the Holy Spirit. " That's one of His many jobs.
Have you ever "heard" from the Holy Spirit? Have you sensed in your spirit that the Lord is telling you something? Has the Lord taken you to scripture and shown you what He wants you to know? Has He brought someone into your life to tell you something?
We can sit in church and something the pastor says convicts us. Should we get mad at the pastor? No, he's just a messenger. Should we get mad at God because we don't like the message? No, we need to repent (turn away from).
Prophecy in scripture is for us to see some of what the Lord has done, is doing and will do. He has not left us deaf, blind and dumb. So, as you study scripture, see how it applies to you, take encouragement from it and teach it if the Lord directs you to.

Listening to Him,

Monday, April 14, 2008

God's Names

Hope you all had a great weekend. I know Betty and Jack were/are busy with Aunt June; she needs prayer.
I think that we've finally decided on a church, but because of Chuck's job we haven't been able to attend anything other than the 9:00 service on Sunday's. Pray please for him a job. He sent out a resume today. God will open and shut doors. Thanks!
Many of you know that Chuck and I volunteer at Graham Correctional Center. We have a wonderful time of celebrating Jesus with the guys. I told you about Chuck's missing wallet. The chaplain, Denise, called on Thursday and told me that what happened was a blessing in disguise.
The lieutenant actually went to the guys and explained what happened and gave them Chuck's apology that they had to be searched. But, the best part is that NO contraband was found at this impromptu search and that spoke volumes to the administration and guards. The credibility of the chapel went up a thousand fold. Isn't the Lord wonderful to take something that Satan wanted to destroy and make blessings come from it? Yes, He is!
My friend Jean is doing well, considering the circumstances. Thank you for your prayers. Her back is broken, they've stitched up her belly and everything seems to be working well. Continue to pray for no infection. They took out her intubation and that's a huge milestone.
We got to take care of two little bundles of energy Friday night. Fun! Our cup overflows with blessings.
Today's scripture is from Ruth. Remember ladies from our S.S. class when we studied that wonderful book? My reading led me there this last week and I was reminded by notes I'd made in the margin about God's names.
In the first chapter alone His name: Lord is used 7 times. Lord means: Yahweh, I AM Sovereign. He is in control, of everything, always, He alone.
His name: God is used 2 times. It means: Elohim, plural noun, meaning 3 persons, one God. It also means Creator and Everlasting.
The last name: Almighty is used 2 times and it is: El Shaddai which means: Everlasting, all sufficient Father.
There are more names for our wonderful Lord and you can study them to help increase your understanding of who He is. Try a Google search or find a book at the book store. Then, pray over His names, asking Him to reveal to you what you need to learn about Him and what His names mean. Spend time thanking and praising Him for who He is and all that He does.
By having all His names and finding verses about these names, your wisdom, knowledge and understanding will increase, along with your awe, wonder and thankfulness of Him.

He is Lord,

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Good Morning All,
I have an update on my friend Jean. She came through her surgery last night much better than expected. They anticipate more surgery because they could only attach a few things, but she's doing well under the circumstances. Please continue to lift her up in your prayers. Thanks.
Yesterday after noon when I was doing some work, even though I wasn't praying or thinking about Jean, my spirit was. Suddenly I knew that she was going to be okay because the Lord's peace settled on me and I just knew.
I shared this later with Chuck and he was so pleased. Then I shared it with my friend Rita as she was giving me the latest update. I don't think she understood. Her faith is growing and her knowledge the same. Her lack of understanding tells me where she's at in her growth.
I know that the Lord wanted what I told her to be a witness to her and anyone she shares it with. Please pray that it will help her and others faith to become trust and grow through this horrible circumstance. Thanks!
I chose Philippians 4:7 because of the peace the Lord gave me yesterday. It's a perfect example of what He does according to the verse: "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Rita didn't understand what I was sharing, I think, because she hasn't experienced it herself, at least in this way. There are times when His peace is all we have in the midst of a terrible 'storm'. We don't understand what's going to happen, or what we should do.
That's where trust comes in. I was trusting God for a miracle; for the doctor's to have complete wisdom, direction and understanding of what to do. God provided that. Could God have healed her without them? Yes. Did He? No. He used modern medicine and wisdom to work His will. But, it's still His miracle and healing.
The most important part that I prayed was for His will to be done. It could have been her time to go home. Do you remember that our days are numbered? Obviously her time isn't now. I think what's the most important, and knowing Jean she'd agree, is that God be glorified through all of this. I think He is and will be. The families testimony before the medical staff will be wonderful.
So, when you need something and are praying, wait for the Lord to work His divine will and then His peace will come, in His way and time, to your hearts delight.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A friend

I'm writing on a sad note today. A close friend from back home was in a terrible accident last night and is in critical condition. Her insides were basically destroyed. She's had surgery and received 35 pints of blood.
A guy t-boned the side of the car she was riding in and she only had a lap seat belt on. The two ladies in front weren't hurt to badly, the guy died.
Jean and her husband were close friends in the early days of our being believers. They were with us in a small group that started a church in our small town. We raised our kids together and I babysat hers for years.
She's in Iowa City, which is a teaching hospital and probably the best hospital in Iowa, so if anyone can help, they can. But, is it God's will that she live? I don't know, so I'm praying for Him to work His good, pleasing and perfect will. I'm asking for a miracle, but that's secondary to His will. He knows what's best, I don't.
I don't want to lose her, but I know that we'll spend eternity together. Jean is just a little younger than me and has so much more life to live and give. She has two daughters and two grandsons. Her husband Don has a severe heart condition and almost died a couple of years ago. They love the Lord and I'm sure want His will, but they need your prayers. So, I'm asking you all to lift Jean and Don before the Lord. I'll have to let you know more, when I know more.
Thank you all for being prayer warriors and for being people I know I can call on when I need help.


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Matthew 18:1-9

Good Morning Everyone,
Are you seeking Him, even if for a few minutes today? Is He first in your priorities? When Tucker and I walked this morning, it started to rain. Because of the wind I didn't take my umbrella with me, so I was starting to get wet. I prayed that the Lord would stop the rain until our walk was over, and He did! Isn't He wonderful?
When we were at the prison Sat. night the head guard, Jim, told us a story that makes a great word picture for the scripture today. Jim is a believer, but his faith and trust in God has been fairly weak.
About a year ago his grandson was playing in the back yard and he'd been trying to run up the slide that was built onto his jungle gym. He'd been trying for about 20 minutes when he asked Jim how he could get up the slide. He calls Jim: Crappy. "Crappy, how can I run up the slide all the way?"
Jim told him that he needed to pray to God for help and strength. So, bowing his head the grandson prayed: Dear God, help me to have the strength to run up the slide. Thank you Jesus."
Then, he took off running and ran right up the slide!
Jim was flabbergasted! He said that he didn't believe that God would help his grandson up the slide, even though that's what he told the boy. Trust, Jim didn't have it, but his grandson did.
Later, the grandson was sharing with his cousin, a girl one year older how to get up the slide. They bowed their heads and she prayed and she then ran up the slide. We've all heard: out of the mouths of babes; have faith like a little child.
Because of this incident, Jim is stepping out in faith to get Christian films for the guys at the prison. The process is lengthy with lots of opposition, but it's slowly going forward. Please pray that it would happen. Many lives are touched through good films. I also want Jim to see fruit to his growing faith and trust.
Matthew 18:1-9 talks about little children and their faith. Please read it and join me.....This portion is broken into four paragraphs. The first one deals with pride. Wanting to be the greatest in Heaven. The Lord answers that in the second paragraph. We must have trusting, little child faith.
When we come to Christ for our salvation, we need to set aside everything that will keep us from trusting; mostly as adults all the questions that we think we need answered and our lack of trusting people, in general and it spreads over to God.
The third paragraphs is talking about babies in faith. They are saved, but need to be tenderly discipled. I've met a few people through the years that have had their faith in God ruined because of fellow believers who weren't walking with God as they should have. Woe to them, He basically says.
The fourth paragraph is about not letting anything that leads you into sin be allowed to control you. Get rid of the evil. It may be a habit, attitude, whatever. It's all spiritual, the beginning of sin. By the way, God isn't telling you to cut off your arm because you ate ice cream and shouldn't have :)))).
I looked out the window and a black bird was drinking from the bird bath and on the deck there was sitting a female cardinal! Word is getting around about "bath time". Thank you Lord.
So, do you have faith like a little child? If you know someone who needs to come to Christ, do they too need this type of faith? How can you share with them what they need to do? Taking them to this scripture (verses 1-4) might help.

Bathing in His presence,

Monday, April 7, 2008

Isaiah 42:7

Monday Greetings,
Another wonderful sunny day. I hope you all had a good weekend. We were able to get some things done outside. We got a place made for the bird bath, but so far, no birds! There are birds around here, just none of them has figured out it's a bath for them.
I was supposed to have my first discipleship with Sandy today, but she called and her daughter was sick. I haven't been able to meet with her at all and give her the information that the evil ones will use things like sick children to keep the disciple from getting to their appointment. She wants to come next week, so everyone, please keep Sandy in prayer so that nothing will hinder her coming. She really needs discipleship. THANKS!
We had an interesting time at the prison on Saturday night. Just as we were finishing up a wonderful evening of listening to Michael Ginn and praying with 2 guys to accept the Lord and 5 re dedicated, Chuck found out that his wallet was missing!!!
So, the guys had to be taken to the gym and searched and the chapel was searched, even the garbage. Meanwhile, Chuck was able to get a hold of our son and have Josh go to our home and thankfully, the wallet was here. So, at 9:30 we were finally able to head home.
Chuck would do anything rather then offend someone and he felt like that's what he has done. He was able to apologize to the watch commander and some of the guys, but he feels so bad. Thankfully the guys are used to having searches done and they really didn't think much of it.
There's more to the story, but nothing earth shattering. The core believer's and the Sargent Jim (who's a believer) handled everything really well and we had lots of prayer opportunities.
I chose this scripture because of the guys that came forward Saturday night. Isaiah 42:7 "open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness."
These guys live in a black hole (prison), but the Lord opened their eyes as Michael shared from the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7). They aren't 'free' from prison, but they are free from the prison of sin. 2 trusted Him and found salvation's freedom. The other 5 found Him again in their re dedication. These guys had been sitting in darkness, and the Lord set them free.
Are you sitting in darkness? Do you need to be set free from something, a sin, thought pattern, habit(s)? Only in Him will you find freedom, freedom in Christ. The Lord promises throughout scripture that He will set us free, open blind eyes and provide when we trust Him.

Set free,

Friday, April 4, 2008

Luke 12:15

As Chuck would say: Howdy!
Chuck's home and we've gotten some things done today. I had bought curtains for our bedroom and the living room, but finally got the rods bought yesterday. So today we put the rods up and we have two rooms that look so much warmer and friendlier. It's surprising how something a simple as curtains could do that, but visually it made a difference.
As I've been in the buying mode, I've been really curious about my attitude. A few years ago buying decorating things would have thrilled me. I really like to decorate because it fills a need for my creativity. But, as I have some Scotch-Irish in me, I'm very tight with money. So spending it is sometimes difficult. As you can tell, I'm a mixed bag.
My attitude since we've moved has been, so-what. I have to buy the things and I have looked for the best bargains and found some sales. But I have also bought things that are pleasing to my creative eye. I should be enjoying the process of shopping more, but I'm not. It's like: this is something I have, so-what. There's that so-what again.
I think my attitudes comes from the fact that earth is not my home and the Lord is more important than 'things'. I haven't always thought that, but I'm really glad I do now. So, when I was looking for a verse about possessions, Luke 12:15 seemed to fit the spot. Although, as I read the whole section, I realize I really am bending this verse, somewhat.
Than he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." Please read verses 13-21 to get the whole picture.
In a materialistic world, we need to be careful in our priorities. Is God first? Do we give Him the first fruits of our labor? Do we seek Him in our decision making, especially in how we spend and save our money? Are our possessions more important than Him?
Where are you at in this equation? Do new possessions control you? Do you obsess over the things that you don't have, but want? Do you realize that Satan uses 'things' to keep our eyes off the Lord and on what doesn't matter, in light of eternity.
I guess that I am pleased and grateful to the Lord that through the years He's changed me so that 'things' aren't the priority in my life. Does this sound like I'm bragging? No, and the Lord knows I'm not. It's a victory that He's helped me to obtain.

Victory in Jesus,

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Ephesians 4:25-5:1

Sunshine! Makes me want to run outside and yell: Yippee!!! It seems like all it does is rain. And tomorrow is more rain. Where is spring? I'm praying for you all.
Today's been another good day. I was able to see Dr. Sean and he says I'm doing well. My bout with my kidneys is calming down and that's good. He's started me on something new for another problem. So, I'm making progress, slowly. Thanks for all your prayers.
I'm borrowing the idea for this blog from the Our Daily Bread. It's been awhile since it was part of my daily reading, but I really liked the scripture and what the article said. So, after you've read the scripture, come and join me.....
The article emphasized the word "let" which means: to permit. So, in vs. 26 when it says: do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, we are not to permit anger to continue. Stop it early and not linger. In other words: FORGIVE.
I'm the kind of person that it takes a lot to make angry but when I do, I explode and it's over with. I usually don't hang on to the anger either. It separates my fellowship with God and the person I'm angry with (usually Chuck :). But, before the Lord started to change how I am as a person, I was constantly angry and would hold that anger, sometimes literally for years. It turned into depression for me. Thankfully the Lord has changed me.
In verse 25 it tells that we should speak the truth. That does not mean that we blurt out everything, especially if it's hurtful. But, we need to have integrity.
Verse 28 talks about personal responsibility: don't steal, work. Verse 29 is one that I've had to remind myself of, especially early in my Christian walk. I've also had to share it with others who were babies in Christ: do not "let" (permit) any unwholesome talk. We really need to have proper conversation. No swearing, gossiping, berating someone verbally, etc.
Verse 31 talks about bitterness. That's something that we can have and not realize it. We really need to examine ourselves and see if we have bitterness against someone. It all goes back to the heart attitude. Are we pure in heart? Not with bitterness controlling we're not.
Verse 30 talks about grieving the Holy Spirit. What grieves Him? When we are unfaithful or disloyal; sin whether by thought or deed. Our sin drives a wedge between us in our fellowship. The relationship is still in tact (Hebrews 13:5b and John 10:28-30).
The last verse is 32. It's a great way to live. When we do what it says, life will be better, easier and we will please the Holy Spirit and the Father greatly.
I have found that if I live for Christ and not myself, I am living as the Lord wants and I don't grieve the Holy Spirit and am not disobedient to the Lord. It's not easy. It takes daily choices, but it's doable.
So, "let" the Lord lead and guide you and be submissive to His will, not yours.

Letting Him lead,

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Ephesians 6:10-18

Hope you are all well. I've had a busy day, but a really good one. I had tea with a new friend, Patty. And then got my hair cut by Sandy. She's younger than me and has long red hair. She's very open and in our discussion the word discipleship came up (I wonder how???:) and she asked if I'd disciple her. She also cuts Josh and Tiffani's hair and they know her fairly well.
So, on Monday we have our first meeting. I'm excited to see the Lord bring me work to do, so soon. Isn't He wonderful?!
This portion I'm sharing is nothing new to us. But I have a word picture to share that might help make the scripture come more alive. So, please read Ephesians 6:10-18 and then join me.....
As you know, the verses talk about the whole armor of God. He wants us protected against the wily schemes of the devil. Daily we should be praying this section for us and our family. Satan wants to discourage us and intimidate us and he uses psychological warfare for that.
When we were at a conference in Slovakia one time, the warfare was so 'in your face' that it was just annoying. But, many people there couldn't see the warfare and it was changing how they normally did things.
One day, after being worn out by the warfare fight, I went for a walk. The further away from the building I got, the more freedom I felt from the 'blackness'. I was frustrated and discouraged and that's not a normal me. I started singing praise songs and praying. The Holy Spirit helped me to understand that Satan was trying to defeat my in every way and that I could fight back, simply by not caving, and deciding to fight.
So, out loud I prayed and asked the Lord to bind Satan and I told the Lord that I wasn't going to let the negative thoughts rule me. The Lord gave me freedom and helped me.
A short time later it was decided to do a prayer walk through the conference building that night. When people gathered later, after the walk through, they told of stories of the warfare and how it had been affecting them. You see, their eyes were opened to what had been happening, when the power of the Lord was unleashed to drive the demons away.
What changed things? Prayer. Asking God for help and deciding that He was stronger, bigger and could defeat the wily one.
The next day, even the staff at the center were different. They were nice and we saw smiles on faces. Some of the staff was able to share Jesus with some of them.
So, when you're feeling discouraged and defeated, remember that Satan wants you like that, not God. He's given you the tools, so sharpen them and use them.

Covered by His shield of faith,