Breathe

This week I’m linking up with the Five Minute Friday. The prompt is ‘Breathe.’ If you’d like to join in the fun, press this link    http://katemotaung.com/2017/02/02/five-minute-friday-breathe-lisa-jo-baker/

 

PEACE. Hold up a hand, with the first two fingers in a ‘V .’ I wish people would just breathe when it comes to the state of our political/social issues. So many marches, sign waving, shouting, protests, angry rants on blogs, etc. I grew up in the sixties and seventies and I feel like we’re right back there again. The thing about this that bothers me the most is people stating their opinions in the news and on social media. I used to think my beliefs were pretty black and white, but lately that isn’t so for many. It’s one thing to have a strong belief that you are following what Jesus would do. I am disheartened by Christians, hurling bible verses at one another like flaming arrows to try to justify why they feel the way they do and why everyone should believe the same. I don’t think we’re supposed use the bible this way. They’re on both sides of issues, and many think they’re right in God’s eyes, even using evil words and actions. It makes me sad and I don’t wonder why unbelievers think we’re a bunch of hypocrites. I’ve consciously tried very hard to stay out of the political arena by not liking or posting anything political. I know I’ve made mistakes too. It’s really hard to get away from the bombardment.

Together now, 1,2, 3, 4, please take a deep breath in and blow it out. Breathe.

 

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Eyes of Your Heart

Would you please give me just a couple minutes? Look hard into my hazel eyes and listen.  Don’t be angry, the reason I’m saying this is because I love you so much. What I want to tell you is that I’m not perfect, I’m very prideful. I’ve made so many mistakes. Jesus is the only one who has those things ironed out.

Jesus really really cares about you. He’s preparing a huge dinner feast for us. Yes, you and me. I really want to see you there. I can’t begin to describe to you how much I long to see you there. You see, Jesus invited many many people to heaven, the great and important. Many of them said no, I’m too busy or you are not real, you’re a fairy tale. So then he invited people like me and you. He opened the gate and said, come in, all you who are weak and have heavy burdens.

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You don’t have anything to lose by saying yes to Jesus. He loves you with such an abiding and everlasting love. He created you and knows every hair on your head. He will never leave you or forsake you. YES, YOU. My heart aches for you and I want to hold your hand as we walk together. I’m only going there because of his great grace. He has infinite amounts of grace left for you.

Why are you walking through life saying you don’t need him, that you’re too young, too old, too busy, too many dreams to chase, my sins are too bad, or I’ll accept him later? Why is it so risky for you? Why is it that you are running from the Holy Spirit? You knew him, he knows you. All shame and guilt can be erased. He knows everything and yet he loves. He’s holding his hand out to you.

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It takes one whispered word- Jesus.

He loves you much more than I ever could. Again I’ll love you. Again I’ll pray that he opens the eyes of your heart. I’ll never stop praying for you. Forever in his arms is an incredible place to be.

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Control

This week, I’m linking up again with Kate Motaung for the “Five Minute Friday!”

I know, I’m a little late and it’s already Saturday night…that’s ok!

You can take part in the fun here .http://katemotaung.com/2017/01/26/five-minute-friday-control-a-guest-post/

The prompt this week is “Control.” Hmmm…..lets see…

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When I first saw the prompt word, “control,” I thought immediately of giving God control over my life. As if I ever had control to begin with? No, I really don’t. My life and all my activities, words and actions are totally in His hands. But then, He did give us free will to choose how we want to live. Each of us has a choice, will we live for Christ or for ourselves?

The Holy Spirit is gentle and loving and does not come crashing in on us. He’s never forceful and He doesn’t push His thumb down on us. He is the soft whisper in the dead of night, the tender voice in our heart that leads us to make good decisions. He is never a controlling task-master. I have known the Lord since childhood, but just really coming to a full internal knowledge of how much He loves me lately.

Yes, I decide every day to give Him control. When I keep a tight grip over my life I make lots of mistakes. It involves trust, to place the control back where it belongs.

He is a gentleman waiting for me at the door of my heart.

I had this song going through my head the whole evening. It’s performed by Hillsong in this video. Here’s a few of the lyrics… “In my heart and my soul, I give you control, consume me from the inside out Lord.” Enjoy the song here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-afZJ9_TIM

STOP.

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Word of God Speak

The apostle John records…”the angel said to me, Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb…these are true words that come from God.” Revelation 19:9 (NLT)

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The written word was so important to God, that he gave us the Bible. It was recorded by over 40 authors who lived during a 1,500-year period who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is regarded as a highly reliable book by Christians and historians alike.
In John 1:1, it says, “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (NLT) God is the very essence of the writing.

There are many references to writing, words, speaking and relaying messages in the bible. It is amazing that the Holy Scriptures are God’s actual words for us to read. He loves us so much that He revealed Himself to us in the Bible so we can know Him intimately.

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When Jesus came to earth, he fulfilled many prophecies from the Old Testament. In Micah 5:2, the prophet Micah prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel…”

Isaiah 9:6 says, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” We can have complete faith in God’s word because he has proven Himself trustworthy.

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In other places, God shows his concern for accurate speaking and writing to make things clear to people. Habakkuk 2:2-3, says, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” (NIV)

In Acts 2:17-18, it says, “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”(NIV)

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God is interested in what we speak and write. We need to let Him infuse His Holy Spirit through us so that we are saying exactly what He desires.

My prayer is: Word of Life, help me to write and speak the words you want to convey. May I be a vessel of your Holy Spirit. AMEN.

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Remembered With Love

Today I’ve been reminiscing about my dear sister, who passed away 40 years ago. It is her birth date today, November 3. One sister texted “Happy Birthday to Audrey.” I sent emoticons, finding some that reminded me of her and things she liked. No words, just the pictures. The other sister said “She would have been 58 today, and she was born in ’58, does that count as a golden birthday of sorts?”

It brought a chuckle. We each have our gifts, interests and talents.

Audrey certainly had exceptional talent. A sister dearly loved remains a treasure in my heart. Imprinted there for life. I’m sure she impacted many people profoundly in her short life of 18 years. Even my two oldest brothers comment on her birthday occasionally if I go out to the fields for a combine ride.

The pictures I found were:

Four sisters.

Snow skis.

A painting easel and brush.

A plane.

A beach umbrella.

Books.

The flag of Germany.

A telescope.

Reel-to-reel movie projector.

A necklace with a golden pendant.

A tennis ball.

A taco.

The globe.

A chicken.

Two girls dancing together.

Painting fingernails.

A red heart.

My last look from upstairs, spring of 2015.

I would pick a few more…. baton, white boots with huge black pom-poms, a German high school textbook, record player, friends, bonfire, the Hamilton High school band playing, “Victors” as they marched, homemade pizza, big roomy cardigan sweaters, German exchange students, clarinet, TV, sisters doing hair, macrame with twine, MSU symbol, tall shiny brown fashion boots, scarf, suitcase,  journal…

A white Bible.

Did you get a picture in your head? Do you hear something? Can you smell them? Are you able to imagine a texture? Does your mouth water? Anything bring a tear to your eye?

I celebrate the gift of Audrey today. I thank God for the experience. I praise Him for the hope of heaven.

If you knew Audrey, you’ll know what some of these symbols mean and I welcome you to comment…

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I’d love it if you commented on a loved one who went on ahead; share what reminds you of them? Pictures, objects, smells, sounds….

I’ve written other stories about Audrey-you can read them if you wish…

https://myrnafolkert.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/a-summers-day-which-burned/

 

https://myrnafolkert.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/save-a-painting-for-me/

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Five Minute Friday–Eat

I’m linking up with Kate Motaung for her five minute Friday. It is http://katemotaung.com/five-minute-friday/  Every Friday she posts a word, and bloggers are welcome to do a five minute free-write on the topic and then link up with other bloggers on her site. After you write and link up you’re also supposed to go to the person who was just before you and give them encouragement of some kind. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and I’m going to try it tonight. Hope it works, it sounds like fun!

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The topic immediately reminds me of the bible passage we are studying in BSF this week. Jesus had just talked to the woman at the well in John 4. He had a discussion with the Samaritan woman at a well and after Jesus reveals some things about her life,  He even tells the woman who He is. She immediately runs to tell the whole town about Jesus. While he had been talking to the woman, Jesus’ disciples were buying food for all of them. When they returned, the disciples urged Jesus to eat.

Jesus said, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” The disciples were confused and wondered where He had gotten food while they were gone. They were only thinking about physical food. Jesus was thinking about spiritual food. He was filled with joy that the woman believed in Him and it was even causing the town’s people to come out to see who He was and listen for themselves. It makes me think that I need to be filled with joy when I witness to someone and they show interest in Jesus. I need to be more Christ-like.

STOP.

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A Prayer On the Shore

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Quench my thirst, Living Water.

Help me trust you God, when I doubt.

Remind me of your faithfulness.

Enable me to be your vessel of healing.

Advise me with Your Holy Spirit.

Ease my anxiety when I feel can’t make it.

Give me faith when I am fearful.

Attend to me when I am downcast.

Lend me Your ear when I cry.

Enjoy my praise when I sing to you.

Wind and waves obey you.

Hear me when I talk with you.

Send your angel armies when I feel defeated.

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Smile when I return to you.

Heal my loved ones when I plead.

Accept my thanks for your sacrifice.

Forgive me when I fail.

Release everything that needs to be relinquished.

Laugh with me when I’m elated.

Comfort me when I mourn.

Convict me when I need to forgive.

Reveal things I need to see.

Guide me with your right hand for decisions.

Direct my mind and words to follow Your will.

Protect me from evil I need to rebuke.

Rejoice over me with singing.

Hold me when I’m lonely.

Fill me with a sound mind.

Make my crooked places straight.

Give contentment in the desert place.

Teach me to be compassionate.

Assist me to proclaim Your mighty works.

Fill me with love at all times.

Streams of abundance flow.

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