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Archive for May, 2008

 Acts 28 :31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.

Eph 3:12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.

 

1 Thess 2:2  But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict.

Luke 10:27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

 

This post has been on my heart the last couple of days because of a message I heard my father preach on Sunday morning and then an encounter with God working on Sunday night.

The sermon Sunday morning was one that stirred up much conviction in me and afterwards much introspective thinking. He preached on loving each other. Doesn’t sound threatening, however, when you are asked to think about someone you would not want to say ” I love you” to, and you can think of not just one but several, there may be a problem. This was the case with me. I justified it at first with the thought, well, I wouldn’t ever have to tell these people I love them, ….. well, I am sure you know, that didn’t please the Holy Spirit. I moved on to, ” It’s not that I hate them, I just don’t care for them”. Yeah… that didn’t work either. So, Deanna, what does it mean to “love your neighbor as yourself?” This is something, that has been left heavy on my heart since Sunday morning.

Sunday Night… I had a late flight back home. At the beginning of the flight, I was an emotional mess as I HATE saying goodbye to the people I love! However, I felt God pulling my attention to Him, so I put on my Ipod and got my bible out of my bag. I started reading in Proverbs and Psalms and it was one of those awesome times where the words were leaping off the page and straight into my heart do the sanctifying work that only God can do through His word. I was sitting, reading, and journaling, feeling the fire being fanned into flame! Shortly after we are in the air, the stewardess, who spoke very broken english, started making her rounds. As she got to me, her face lit up as she looked down and saw the bible on my lap, she gave me the peanuts and walked on. At once I felt drawn to her, which turned to a pounding in my chest to give her a small purse sized bible I had recently purchased. Instead of immediate acceptance, I questioned whether this was from the Lord or just me. ( Silly, like my flesh or the enemy wants me to do such a thing .) I went on with my reading and journaling, finished up and closed my bible, Sitting listening to worship, I dozed off. I awoke to her standing over me announcing that I was cold. Now, if you know me at all you know that I am ALWAYS cold, but on the aircraft… good grief! It was freezing! She handed me a blanket but as I started to recieve it, she decided that she would cover me herself! I laughed and told her thank you, to which she replied with a huge smile! As soon as she walked away, again the pounding in my spirit. This time I did not question, I reached down into my purse and pulled out my small bible. I looked at it knowing that I was to mark it some way and was wondering if I should give her my phone number or address. This was a quick answer from the Lord, as “no, turn to John and put the ribbon in place, tell her to start reading there”.  “Ok, Lord”, I said, “this is your thing”. : ) As we landed I let everyone else off the plane first and then made my way towards the exit. As soon as she turned and saw me she again lit with joy. I took her hand and told her that I wanted her to know that I was blessed by her gentle spirit and I had something for her. Her eyes grew large as I handed her the small bible. She held onto the small book and onto my arm with a vice grip. Her eyes looked up at me and saw tears that filled to the brim aand started flowing from them. She told me in very broken english that she had met the Lord two weeks ago and did not have a bible. She prays all the time, but did not have the ” words of God”. My heart was overwhelmed with love for this dear sister in the Lord! I showed her where I had marked the bible and told her to start reading there. She answered with her head nodding quickly. I then asked her where she was from and she answered “Turkey”. The pilot started wanting to get out of the cockpit, so I told her ” God bless you” and started  to leave. She grabbed my arm again and asked that I pray for her as she flies, pointed at her name tag and pronounced her name for me. Tears were in both of our eyes as I walked away amazed at what God had just done.

My lesson for this week has been, that to share the love of Christ with others, we must be willing to have a equal measure of Boldness and Love. Without Love, boldness is hateful, without boldness, love goes no where.

Pray for me,  as I pray for you ,that I will continue to share with equality of both of these charateristics.

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Our Heavenly Home

Psalms 116: 15

Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his saints.

I lost some one very near and dear to my heart this past weekend. He was a good friend to many people and reached out to whomever God placed in his path with never one complaint! From young to old, this man reached out to all and blessed lives.

When I first heard of his death, shock set in and then immediately following was the memories that I had of him. I knew him for almost 6 years and during this time both of us have been stretched to grow beyond what we thought humanly possible! David had an uncanny ability to take even the most serious situation and not only put a common sense spin on it, but also with much humor!

This passing of this great friend has made me think of my heavenly home more than I have in a while. You see, I believe that even as I write this post, David is in the presence of Christ, where there are no tears, no sadness, no pain. All he sees is the Light of the glory of God! He is walking on streets of gold, beside a crystal sea. He has walked through gates of pearl and is having fellowship and rest that he has only dreamed of.

My prayer turn towards those who do not have this awesome hope and I wonder how they even keep their heads up during such trying circumstances. How do you get up and deal with another day without knowing that you will see your loved ones again? Or how do you go through a day without great fear that you will meet your Maker and not be washed in the blood of His Son?

David knew where he stood, David knew that his eternal rest was coming. What about you? Will you have eternal rest or eternal suffering? My aim is not to make you fear but rather question and stir up an examination into your soul that makes you ask yourself and others hard questions.

May you find the peace that my friend David found and because of this, has eternal rest!

 

 

 

 

 

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My Path

Proverbs 5 :21

For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord,
and he ponders all his paths
.

 

As I read this passage this morning I was struck by the truth of God’s all knowing power. What does it mean that He ponders all of my paths and how should this affect my life and how I live it?  As a mother I am constantly aware of my children watching my every move and how I truly strive to live in front of them a life that honors not just the Lord, but therefore, them. But what a concept to keep in mind that my ways are always before the Lord. He sees everything, not just what I would naturally consider “before Him”. He sees the thoughts and intentions of my heart, He sees the ideas about Him and others that I struggle with. He sees my need for grace and mercy. I am so taken with this thought… Yesterday in class I read the following scriptures… Keeping in mind that none of this I am able to do, unless the Spirit gives me the grace to do it… So dependant on Him for how I live my life. My prayer is that I may show Him the honor that He so deserves on my life’s path.

 

Romans 12:9-17

 

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,  serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.  Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.

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Psalm 18

18:1 I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.

The cords of death encompassed me;
the torrents of destruction assailed me; [1]
the cords of Sheol entangled me;
the snares of death confronted me.

In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.

Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the foundations also of the mountains trembled
and quaked, because he was angry.
Smoke went up from his nostrils, [2]
and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him.
He bowed the heavens and came down;
thick darkness was under his feet.
10 He rode on a cherub and flew;
he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him,
thick clouds dark with water.
12 Out of the brightness before him
hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.

13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
and the Most High uttered his voice,
hailstones and coals of fire.
14 And he sent out his arrows and scattered them;
he flashed forth lightnings and routed them.
15 Then the channels of the sea were seen,
and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at your rebuke, O Lord,
at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.

16 He sent from on high, he took me;
he drew me out of many waters.
17 He rescued me from my strong enemy
and from those who hated me,
for they were too mighty for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
but the Lord was my support.
19 He brought me out into a broad place;
he rescued me, because he delighted in me.

20 The Lord dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
22 For all his rules [3] were before me,
and his statutes I did not put away from me.
23 I was blameless before him,
and I kept myself from my guilt.
24 So the Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 With the merciful you show yourself merciful;
with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
26 with the purified you show yourself pure;
and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
27 For you save a humble people,
but the haughty eyes you bring down.
28 For it is you who light my lamp;
the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
29 For by you I can run against a troop,
and by my God I can leap over a wall.
30 This God—his way is perfect; [4]
the word of the Lord proves true;
he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

31 For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?—
32 the God who equipped me with strength
and made my way blameless.
33 He made my feet like the feet of a deer
and set me secure on the heights.
34 He trains my hands for war,
so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You have given me the shield of your salvation,
and your right hand supported me,
and your gentleness made me great.
36 You gave a wide place for my steps under me,
and my feet did not slip.
37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them,
and did not turn back till they were consumed.
38 I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise;
they fell under my feet.
39 For you equipped me with strength for the battle;
you made those who rise against me sink under me.
40 You made my enemies turn their backs to me, [5]
and those who hated me I destroyed.
41 They cried for help, but there was none to save;
they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.
42 I beat them fine as dust before the wind;
I cast them out like the mire of the streets.

43 You delivered me from strife with the people;
you made me the head of the nations;
people whom I had not known served me.
44 As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;
foreigners came cringing to me.
45 Foreigners lost heart
and came trembling out of their fortresses.

46 The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock,
and exalted be the God of my salvation—
47 the God who gave me vengeance
and subdued peoples under me,
48 who delivered me from my enemies;
yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me;
you rescued me from the man of violence.

49 For this I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations,
and sing to your name.
50 Great salvation he brings to his king,
and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
to David and his offspring forever.

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