A Part of Me


Yes, It could be me...or, could it be you?

Yes, It could be me…or, could it be you?

The trees are bare, the sky so still, Seems only yesterday leaves were gold,

Fall to winter, winter to spring, The season’s change can be so bold.

A certain sadness is felt in the air, And yet with renewal beings hope,

With each new bud and leaf of green, Lays optimism within our scope.

Seasons come and seasons go, As years go drifting by,

We must change as life must change, Until the time we die.

Mary 1988

Let my heart break once more, If it brings me still nearer

To the One who can heal me, And take away all my fear.

Oh, Jesus what you did on that old rugged cross

Makes my pain so little a loss.

Let my heart break once more, If it takes me back to Calvary

To the tree where your blood flowed, And slaves to sin became free.

Oh, Christ, the sacrifice is so not comprehended

Take your sheep you’ve so tenderly tended.

Let my heart break once more, It it brings honor to the Master

Showing praise to Him to linger, And remain towards others long after.

Oh, Savior, accept my most sincere adoration,

My joy, my song, my jubilant elation.

Mary 2000

Praise be to God!

Sovereignty of God: The Disposal Proposal


Is it not true that we say we believe and know that God is sovereign, then turn around and doubt that He knows everything about us, including the future?  It isn’t funny at all, except that I am shocked almost to laughter sometimes of how I presume things.  If you are anything like me, you may be dumbfounded when things of the past glare at you when you reflect back on them.

Our heart is full of deceit.  Even before we sin, the propensity is there.  Our study and preparation for life is not for just a one-time race that we think we are starting.  It is for later on…the “moment” in the race when we feel like throwing in the towel, giving up on church, blaming God for pain and loss.  The Holy Spirit nudges that will and spirit of your own and gives you the strength to keep going.

God had to save me from myself, as well as from hell.  I didn’t understand this for many years.  I think I do now.  The more I see of His goodness, the more I see of my sinfulness.  I was a slow learner, even though I accepted Christ as a child.  It was the in-between years that got me.  I must have thought that I could be disobedient until I got tired of it and would change my course.

So, here I am, still asking Christ to help me with my baggage…after all, it’s heavy!  It gets in the way, and I am tired of it even more than other people are.  I know He will help me rid of it when He knows I am one hundred percent serious.  Serious is when you fall on your knees and say you know you have been stupid, accept His “disposal proposal” and move on.

“Lord?  I am ready.”

 

When a Woman finds her Voice, by Jo Ann Fore


When A Woman Finds Her Voice

When A Woman Finds Her Voice

About This Great New Book by Mary Young Robinson

It didn’t take long for most of us to learn to put the mask on, protecting ourselves from more shame and pain. And then there were those well-meaning non-victorious Christians who just encouraged that type of living filled with pride.

Well now we know! That’s definitely NOT what Christ wants for us. Jo Ann Fore is able to plainly articulate why that plan always fails. With grace and experience, Jo Ann seeks to point others to the real answer and how to apply it Biblically.

Using her own war battled wounds and scars, Jo Ann genuinely hugs each reader with her insight and encouragement. It is amazing how God is still raising up special people like Jo Ann to melt our hearts and strengthen our spirits through Jesus Christ.

I won my book through a give-away on Good Reads. (a great place to read reviews and leave reviews)  I would have bought it anyway…and now I want to get it into the vision of other wanderers…you will love her stories! You will love how God has helped her overcome!

Friends, don’t you agree that when you are depressed, ashamed, and nursing wounds, you wish you could talk to just one person who understood?  Jo Ann does, and she surrounds herself and ministry with other vital women who are learning the process that will make them free.  Read it, make notes, and treasure your outcome as you serve others.

You Gotta Get The “Want To”


Colossians 1:13-14:  He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved son in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”  ESV

Do you ask the Lord for the tools that you need to accomplish things?  And I mean everything your heart desires to do or you have been called to do?

If you are called to do a job, don’t you ask the Lord to help you do it efficiently with His help?  No? Yes?  Don’t think on something that you know you should do for years without asking Him to give you “the want to.”  If you do, you will not succeed in the way you hoped and you may suffer more than you could ever have imagined.  Pain manifests itself in so many ways.

My father was a sick man.  He was physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally ill when I was growing up.  I dreaded a day when he didn’t take his tranquilizers.  It was either black moods, bleeding ulcers, or temper tantrums that kept me from sleeping at night.  He was rude to my mother and made our lives very hard.  He had a heart attack and died right after I turned fifteen years old.  But something happened that last year before he died.

Our small church in middle Tennessee had a 24 hour family prayer chain.  Each family had to take an hour and pray at our church in the sanctuary.  He had just started going back to church a few months earlier when we took our family time.  I watched him come out of the church with his face “glowing”.  I knew God did business with his heart that night.

Although I was happy, I was still angry at all the years he fought God, caused stress and tension and then died.  I stayed angry for another 13 years until one day I took a chair in my kitchen and pretended that he was there and I talked with him audibly and asked him to forgive me and I told him I loved him.  I needed that closure to end that chapter of my un-forgiveness.  I now believe my Daddy will be in Heaven when I get there.  I did want to do that for a long time, but when I did it, I meant it.  But if he had still been alive I am not sure when I would have done that.  And if I had missed out on years of relationship it would have been sad.

I have recently been on a journey re-examining my life, my goals, my inner thoughts, and my personality/behavior traits.  Just because I am a Christian doesn’t say that I don’t have wounds that still need to be healed, that I don’t have forgiveness I still need to extend, and all kinds of “Jesus adjustments” to be made.

I also realize that I need to ask Christ for the “Want to” to go forward and obey.  I cannot be released from old baggage, introduced to new life, and keep growing to touch others if I do not seek the work of the Redeemer.  One part of this new life is “Forgiving”.

No matter how deep the wound, how big and tough the scab, Christ paid the price for ALL sin.  He forgave us.  We must forgive them!

For more on “Forgiveness” go to:

http://joannfore.com/forgiveness/

or on Face Book:  “Write Where It Hurts” with Jo Ann Fore.

Voice Your Failure And Your Redemption


When A Woman Finds Her Voice

When A Woman Finds Her Voice

I asked Jesus Christ into my heart.  Yes, He was real to me.  But His truth was not nourished and embedded in my heart.  The battle raged on.  I was thrust into the struggle without the proper armor.  I was young, I was weak, I was confused.  Through relationships, I became controlled and manipulated to succumb to Satan‘s invitations.  My insecurity ruled me, after all, this was what the fallen angel wanted.  I listened to the  Wrong Voices.  

I failed.  I scraped my knees while falling.  But I can get up.  With God’s power I am being made whole again.  It is a journey.  I will NOT be controlled again by anyone or anything but Christ.  Do I believe this?  Now, Lord help me with my unbelief!

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The Lord wants us to be as healthy as we can be even though this world is so desperately flawed.  Sickness in so many forms resonate from the original fall, but our present sins are also influencing these developments every minute of the day.  Strive for perfection, say ye?  NO, of course not, because that is not attainable on earth.  But listening to the Holy Spirit to allow His guidance, is here in this present day world, as Jesus promised before He went to be with the Father God.

Emotional and mental illness is a complex issue.  Educated doctors are still baffled over which pill will calm you, which pill will keep you centered on life, what therapy will help you get well.  I am certainly not against help.   But the counsel and therapy offered through Jesus Christ and the Bible should be sought first and foremost for the Christian.  And remember what the Bible says about fellowship?  This is so important, I believe, especially for women of today.  (ALL AGES)  This includes mentoring, praying together, laughing together, grieving together, etc.

Jo Ann Fore has been a “wounded woman”.  Through God’s Grace, she has found her voice and wants to be involved with healing of other women, partnering with the Lord.  She is offering information and experience for today’s women to help them find their voice.  Have you been to her Face Book site “Writing Where It Hurts“?  And where does it hurt?  Only you know where it hurts and how it hurts.  Why not journal and write about it to help get your thoughts down before you and God as you pray.

Look for Jo Ann’s new book, When A Woman Finds Her Voice: Overcoming Life’s Hurts & Using Your Story to Make a Difference, soon to be released.

Is it Polite to discuss Religion and Politics? Daily Prompt


DV03-0511Number 1:

Who brought the subject up?  I believe if the other person brings the subject up, you actually have a duty to either share the GospelGood News” or your own Godly view of the world.  Be sure you quote Bible verses and truths correctly.

Number 2:

You must give the other person their say, even when you know it is opposite of God‘s Word.  It is polite, and they might listen to you better if you treat them kindly which is commanded and shows your obedience.

Number 3:

Know when enough is enough and have a plan in mind of how to escape before anyone is actually angry.  Once a person has built up too much steam, they may decide to never talk to you in a personal way again.

Number 4:

Always show God’s love by using respect for where the other person has come from, or walked.  You have no idea how they came to think what they think.  Will you be the instrument that God will use to spread the gospel?

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND NOEL TO ALL


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI cherish to remember that it doesn’t matter who you are, who you are with, or where you are, you can savor the savior. It is Christmas morn, a little snow on the hills and our porch. The cat is happy by the fire and the dog is happy to jump around in the new fallen snow. No matter how you feel or what your lot in life is, you can grab the joy that Jesus Christ brought into this world. A fallen world of bad choices and sin wear and tear on our souls and everyday lives. But HE OVERCOMES! No matter what is under your tree this Christmas, may you reach for His hand and celebrate His birth and His relationship…today, tomorrow and into the future He has promised…Merry Christmas.

YOU HAVE BEEN HIGHLY ESTEEMED AND THE JUDGE SAYS “NOT GUILTY”!


How do you see yourself today?  Do you depend on how you feel about yourself or do you take what people say about you and apply that to your mind and heart?  Who has the right to say anything about who you really are?  Who sees the inside and who tells you the truth?

Paul says that the mark of a true believer is that we put no confidence in the flesh; we put no hope in our selves.  He explains all the things he could have ‘esteem’ in about himself, his heritage, his passion for the Church, his knowledge of Scripture, or being a good person is not how  a Christian or God bases esteem.

You hear people talking about our journey with Christ must be a relationship.  That relationship involves a Holy God, His son, His Holy Spirit imparting knowledge into your heart.  Heart knowledge…heart esteem…heart relationship.  So, we allow these God personalities to block what the “Evil One” or flesh would say to us as individuals.

Those of us who are married or have been married, know that relationships involve open honesty and transparency.  The same applies to the ultimate relationship with God.  Listening to the Holy Spirit (thereby gaining insight and strength), telling Him the secrets of your heart (He will not condemn), He will encourage and speak truth, and responding in obedience.  (You can only be in relationship when you submit)

Healthy Esteem?  God provides that.  Will you accept it?

Today I Worshipped


When I was a little girl attending church on Sunday mornings I remember singing “Holy, Holy, Holy” probably more than any other song.  I am now so thankful for that as I believe at an early age I grasped the Holiness of my God and Savior.  It was written by Heber during the years of 1783-1826.  This morning, we sang it for our first hymn.  I am 61.  Doesn’t it give you cold chills to think of all the people who have sung this song in adoration?

Then today we moved on to a song written in 2003.  “My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness“. by Keith Getty & Stuart Towned

“My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him who bore my pain; Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace and gave me life again.

Who crushed my curse of sinfulness and clothed me in His light, and wrote His law of righteousness with pow’r upon my heart.”

 

We all struggle with the woes of this natural life.  Oh, if I could in all honesty say these words every day with no anxiety or fear.  In the year 1876, the sister of a missionary to China who died a martyr, wrote the words to a song so loved.   Jean Sophia Pigott, “Jesus, I am Resting”

“Jesus, I am resting, resting, in the joy of what thou art,  I am finding out the greatness of your loving heart.  You have bid me gaze upon You and your beauty fills my soul, for by your transforming power, You have made me whole”

 

The ending of my Sunday was tucking my 94 1/2-year-old Christian mother into bed at the Assisted Living before returning home.  The perfect ending to a perfect Sunday.

 

 

 

“Wildflower Bride in Dry Creek, by Janet Tronstad


So many times in real life, the Holy Spirit chooses family members or close friends to show someone visibly how Christ came into their world and accomplished an overhaul on their lives.

Tyler Stone, as did his brothers, went through the first part of his life with low self-esteem based on poverty, lifestyle, a dysfunctional family and without God. He seemed to feel that no matter what he did or how good he did it, he would never be a stable or loving husband or father.

When he finally visits his former hometown, he sees miraculous changes in other people’s lives. He also is at his point of need and begins to note that God does seem reachable.

A young woman whom he served as a body-guard in their teens still shares a special relationship with him. After a family secret is revealed, he begins to understand more about the root of his insecurity and then opens his heart to God’s care and redemption.

It is amazing how so many people have trusted Christ in this small place and how the power and strength of God permeates and continues to reach others.

This story by Janet Tronstad, from the “Return to Dry Creek” series, is again one that could easily be real and in any Montana cowboy town. I recommend this easy and enjoyable read! Continue reading