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Take Care

Be careful about what you receive.
A few weeks ago, I decided to go see my doctor after a dream and a couple of conversations. (Getting me to go to the doctor is probably more difficult than geting a bill through Congress!)
He ordered a couple of diagnostics, including a chest X-ray, since I am at risk of lung problems.
My first X-ray showed a nodule in my left lung. As soon as I heard that, I called some friends and asked them to agree with me in prayer. My sense: I was not to pick this up; I was to stand in faith and not fear.
I had to get a second set of “pictures.” They came back “normal.”
This is the second time in my life that I have heard God say very clearly that I was not to own a diagnosis. The first one was in 2000: I had been told that I had FibroMyalgia. Immediately I heard, “Don’t pick that up; don’t own it. It is not yours.”
I had symptoms for almost a year.
Then, I was praying and fasting in preparation for a conference I was going to.
Most of the time, I clean house or work in my yard when I fast: It helps me to focus. This time was no different.

In the middle of cleaning the cat’s litter tray, I heard, “If anyone says you have Fibromyalgia, they’re lying: You have been healed.” I didn’t have a single symptom after that.

This time, the possibility of a life threatening condition challenged me to reaffirm my zeal for living. I’m searching out new goals and dreams; I’m pressing into prophetic words that still need to be fulfilled.
I will have a long, joyful, prosperous life; I will not accept anything less than that!

Now to be clear, I am not talking about Mind Over Matter or the power of positive thinking; I am standing on the word of God and declaring to you that you have choices to make: Will you receive curses, even “benevolent” ones – negative characterizations, predictions, diagnoses, general opinions – that are not in line with God’s plans for you? Will you hold to lies, such as, “God has made you ill…or poor…”
OR
Will you seek God, his Kingdom and righteousness? Will you agree with blessings?

Take care: Choose what you will receive or not. Being able to say, “No” is vital to prosperous, blessed living; saying “yes” to the good things that God has for you is even more important.

By the way, it is equally important to guard your lips: Take care not to utter curses about yourself and others; be diligent in proclaiming blessings.

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So Many Treasures

The people who came to our feast today;
The ones who helped and gave.
The lovely flowers brought to us;
The treats we were pleased to have.

 

Expressions of warmth and gratitude;
People who showed they care;
Hope, excitement, joy and pleasure;
All we were privileged to share.

 

Sometimes, I have to dig and search,
Other times, blessings just come.
Either way, I give thanks for them:
God, friends, family, home.

SEEDS SOWN TODAY

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May the seeds I sow today
Bring blessings tomorrow:
Love, hope, peace;
Kindness and generosity;
Faith, goodness and joy:
May the harvest be so abundant
There is plenty to share
With everyone around me.

RENEWABLE RESOURCES

“This I recall to mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses
indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore
I have hope in Him.’ The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him” (Lamentations 3:21-25).

God’s love, faithfulness and goodness are the most renewable resources around!  Do you need peace?  It’s immediately available.  Are you short on joy or hope?  Just ask; a fresh supply is yours.  Protection?  Provision?  Name it, God has it for you.  His gifts are not stale old things that have been in storage for years; they’re new every morning, just like the manna He supplied to His people when they walked through the wilderness to the Promised Land.
Even greater and deeper, do you want to know Him better and feel His presence more intimately?  He is as close as your heart and breath.  If you ask Him and pay attention, you’ll notice Him:  Some thought or impression might come to mind; perhaps you will feel heat on your face or body; a picture might pop into your head…He loves to talk to us, show us things and touch us.
Because HE is so consistently good and loving, we have hope – confident expectancy.

SO MANY REMINDERS

Sunlight reflected in water;
Stars and moon above;
Fragrance of trees and flowers;
So many reminders of God’s great love!

Warm embraces and loving words;
Fit like an old glove;
Giving such encouragement;
So many reminders of God’s great love.

Jesus is born in Bethlehem;
Gentle as a dove;
Died and rose to set us free;
So many reminders of God’s great love!

Look around and count all the ways
You find examples of
His ever faithful presence;
So many reminders of God’s great love!

YOUR HEART

Give Jesus your heart – your whole heart:  All you believe, look to for filling and comfort, adore, value, serve and trust.  Do this every time you are tempted to look to someone or something else.
What will happen is:
*Every idol will fall to the ground
* circumstances will bow to Him.
*You will experience God’s presence and power like never before

My challenge is to people of all ages, nationalities and walks of life; those who have not yet invited Jesus into their hearts; long-time believers; everybody in between.
Faith is a journey; belonging to Jesus is a relationship.  While there is one moment of giving a life to Him, there are many points of further healing and commitment, just as there are many times when couples heal and recommit themselves to each other in marriage.

“What is this thing about idols?”
I’m glad you asked!
Most of us think of them as ugly stone relics or shrines to the god or goddess of “whatever.”
In reality, an idol is anything, person, place, principle, thing, activity or power that we serve, trust in, worship or look to, other than God.  That could be money, romance, work, worries, fears, self helps…  You get the point, yeah?
The problem is, none of these things work; they’re dead.  They take us away from the only One who gives and sustains life, hindering our relationships with Him.

When we turn to God, however, trusting in Him, resting in His presence and giving Him our full attention, all of the blessings that He has for us are poured into our lives, until we overflow with His goodness.

Give Jesus your heart, all of it:  Watch lies, fear, doubt, depression, worry, fatigue and every other dark thing fall away;  receive love, joy, peace, wholeness, prosperity, truth, light and all of the fullness of God’s Kingdom.  Find solutions to circumstances that you didn’t even know about or think of; come to know the Lord more intimately and discover who you really are in Him.

ONE MINUTE

Here’s a question:

If you had 60 seconds to tell the whole world one thing, what would it be?

For me, I think it would be this:

God loves you so very much! He knows everything there ever was or ever will be to know about you and treasures all that you are, from the tiniest, most minuscule particle to the greatest and most glorious aspect of your being.
He loves to bless you; His will is for you to be whole.
Draw close to Him; He will gather you up in His arms and pour out His affection on you.
God really is good, all the time, every day!
His provision, protection, healing, forgiveness, gifts and salvation are as much for today as they were for the Apostles in the Book of Acts.
Come, taste and see that the Lord is good; put your trust in Him and know the wonders of His love.

Okay, that would probably fill my minute and the powers that be might be cutting me off at this point, but if one person gets even one point, I will have accomplished an important work.