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God’s Prayer Warriors

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As I have grown closer to the Lord over the past several years, I have become more of a prayer warrior than ever. There are times when I am awakened at 2:00, 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. with a driving need to lift up to God whomever He lays on my heart. The other night was one of those nights that I was wide awake at 4:00 a.m. and was so burdened by so many needs and petitions. One of which was one of my younger sisters who has battled breast cancer for more than 10 years, being told that they found a mass under her left arm with tendrils that go out in all directions. They said they would do an MRI to confirm and see how far and how deep the tendrils went. They were certain that she would need massive surgery to remove tissue under her left arm, her left breast and tissue beneath it, followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatments. These are all creditable cancer doctors in the Oklahoma Cancer Center who know their stuff. I remember how she had described the hell she went through, when she was first diagnosed years ago, with the chemo and how each treatment made her deathly, physically ill, and what it did to her body. She now deals with crohn’s disease and lost her gall bladder because of it.

I prayed for many who came to my mind like my Pastor’s wife who’s spine was injured during a car accident 2 years ago, and she is in a wheelchair and cannot stand or walk. She is now a paraplegic. Then there is another friend and sister in Christ who has degenerative arthritis who needs yet another surgery. Of course there are the prayers for loved ones, grown children and grandchildren, who by their fruits show that they have forgotten their first love in Jesus Christ our Saviour and gone the way of the world. I prayed for the state of our country and the rampant complacency and acceptance of sin, and on and on the requests went up to my Lord. I do not share this as boasting in any way. I am not more special or better than any other Child of God who is called as a prayer warrior. One thing about this calling is that we can become very overwhelmed and weary at times, if we allow ourselves to think in our own human capacity, “Your thoughts are not my thoughts.” and take our eyes off Jesus. Only God in Heaven knows all of our futures and He has plans for each of us for His splendid purpose. But at times, my human self feels overcome with sadness when I cannot see the answers that I think should be given.

I began pondering what Heaven is really like and how my mother, father, miscarried child, best friend, and many others are doing in Paradise. I asked the Lord if he would say hi to my momma for me and wondered if she ever goes to Him with petitions for me. Just pondering different thoughts and hoping and asking for God to send Jesus back for His church soon.

God responded with thoughts to my mind, “Remember that Heaven is Paradise, and there is no worry or sorrow there. Momma and the others are living a joy-filled life, that is beyond my comprehension as a human to understand. They are praising the Lord constantly as they do whatever they do in Heaven. It would not be a blissful, sinless place if they were able to look down on this earth and witness all the sinful abominations that take place here.” I decided that I would not want them to be able to witness what this world has become, and I began to feel the great hope and yearning that God has placed in all of His children for our home with Him in eternity. “This world is not my home, I am just a passin’ through!”

Then He said, “Read my Word.” I keep my Kindle Fire by my bed for reading before sleep at night, and many times when I awake I feel the need to read my Bible app on it. I had no idea where I had left off the last time that happened. This is the Scripture I believe God had saved for me at just this moment in time: 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

I was then led to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

There are no words to express the peace God blessed me with. I decided I would continue in prayer, asking for miracles in people’s lives, because Yahweh is the God of miracles. I leave the outcomes in His most wise and capable hands. I have prayed fervently since then that God would please be merciful and take this fearful, dreadful outcome that the cancer doctors were predicting, from my little sister because she has been through so very much already. I received word this morning that the team of surgeons and doctors met with her yesterday and were totally in awe and had never been able to give such good news to one in my sisters’ condition. The “mass with its tendrils” is now just a lump that they will remove next week. She will not have to undergo massive surgery nor chemotherapy, but she will have some radiation. Praise be to God Jehovah and to Him only!

I am deeply encouraged to stay fervent in my calling as Prayer Warrior, and I will strive to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to any and all who will hear! Time is indeed short, and God would that NONE should perish! I ask of all who God leads to this to MAKE YOUR CALLING SURE IN JESUS CHRIST! Do not be one left behind when Jesus calls God’s church home in the soon coming Rapture! We think the world is an evil place now, just wait until His prayer warriors are no longer here to bring petitions to Him for you.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in God's Love

 

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How to Find the Will of God

“…that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2b

Sometimes in our zeal to seek God’s will, we can make it much more difficult than it really needs to be. The first step is to continuously die to our selfish flesh, that God’s Spirit may move in us and through us. George Muller laid it out quite simply, but powerfully:

“How I Find The Will of God”

I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the trouble with the people is just here. Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little while to the knowledge of what His will is.

I seek the will of the Spirit of God through and in connection with the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures, and never contrary to them.

Next I take into account the providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God’s will in connection with His Word and Spirit.

I ask God in prayer to reveal His will to me aright. Thus through prayer to God, the study of the Word and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge, and if my mind is thus at peace, and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly.

In trivial matters and in transactions involving most important issues, I have found this method always effective.

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2015 in Truth and Common Sense

 

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God is Longsuffering BUT His Judgment is Sure!

No matter how those of this world would twist God’s Word to try and appease themselves in their sin, His Word is still infallible and His Judgment is Sure!

NOTE: I am not writing this to open up debate. There has been enough debating and arguing about all of this! But, I, the same as all other citizens of the United States, have a right to voice my opinion and stand on my Biblical beliefs. I will not allow any hate comments or arguing, so don’t waste your time.

If I let myself, I could become terribly callous about the way our country is turning its back on the One and Only True God Jehovah, as it gives in to the demands of those who would try to force us to give our blessing for their sinful choices. I must say that I am weary of “loving the sinner, but hating the sin.” If this small group of homosexuals wish to live a life of abomination to the Lord, even after God’s righteous try and shine His light of truth from His Word for them to see, that is their choice, so be it. It is not our love that they want, it is our acceptance and tolerance of their sin. And if we are not accepting and tolerant of their sin, they wish to destroy us and our lively hoods as a way to force us into agreement. Right now, I feel as though I am part of a very small minority who would stand up against this wrong. Why do I feel this way? Because too many of my fellow Americans are burying their heads in the sand, singing “Kum-ba-ya!” “Do what feels good, God loves you.” Of course God loves all and would that none should perish. Do we read anywhere that Jesus said those things when He took a stand against those who defiled God’s House!? Of course not. It is not a matter of whether God loves us or not, it is a matter of living a life of obedience to God and letting our lights shine for His truth and glory. It is our love for God that should lead us to stand for His truths. It saddens me to the core to see that too many have taken the ‘easy’ road of silence and complacency, and therefore let their lights go dim.

I heard a report the other day that 60% of the American people are ‘okay’ with gay marriage because they do not speak out against it. REALLY! If that is true, this country is indeed in for a rude awakening as God steps back from our back-slidden country and lets each one of us face the consequences. I do not believe that 60% of the American people are okay with this abomination, I believe that 60% have let their lights for the Lord go out. Perhaps it is because of fear of what these who are used by evil are inflicting on those who would take a stand against them. Businesses are being fined hundreds of thousands of dollars and losing their business and then being slapped with gag orders from the corrupt judges to shut them up from voicing and acting upon their own beliefs. How sad that this corrupt legal system bends to the evil doers’ ways and strips the righteous of their rights! Things are definitely backwards!

When I hear the CEO of a big-name coffee bistro bully a Christian shareholder, who points out at a shareholders’ meeting that their profits are down perhaps because of the CEO’s declared stance for gay marriage, and no one stands up for the Christian shareholder, my righteous indignation boils over. I say, since many of us do not agree with gay marriage and many of us do own guns (he has also tweeted “if you own a gun, we do not want your business”), we will honor your request, Mr. CEO, not to give you our business! “Gasp!” Some would say, “You mean boycott them? But there are so many companies who spend our money to further their agenda for evil! Do we boycott them all?” When it is blatantly shoved in my face that my money will be used by a business to further the agenda of gay marriage or anything that goes against my Biblical beliefs or rights as set forth in our Constitution, why would I spend my money there! If more of us would do that, I guarantee that there would be a change in this country. It is a way for “Christians” to let our lights shine and take a stand for our Godly beliefs; for what is right!

This battle about gay marriage is but one spoke in the wheel of the fall of this great nation. It goes along with what has happened in so many of our churches over time – to pacify some, not hurt their feelings, and keep them coming through the doors, we give in on one small principle. Before we know it, it is another principle, then another, until we are no longer Bible principled churches, but are worldly, feel-good places for those who say they are Christians to go and ‘fulfill’ their duty each week. I believe the corruption of so many of our churches has been a pre-cursor to where we are today, just as the breakup of our families is.

Yes, I know that these things have been in the works for centuries; all happening gradually, as is satan’s way. I know that the stage is being set for the day that Jesus will call God’s church Home. I get my hope from that promise and look for that day, knowing that it is indeed very soon! But, while I am still on this earth I refuse to give up my right to my own beliefs and opinions which I do base upon God’s Holy Infallible Word, and I will not be silent about His truths! If more of us would stand up and say, “Enough!” we could change these atrocities. The gay community is but a very small percentage of the American people, but why is it that they seem to be winning this evil battle? Because too many have taken a back seat and kept silent. Remember the old saying, “It is the squeaky wheel that gets greased?” That is what is happening today, but it is the squeaks of the few who have chosen a worldly, instead of Godly lifestyle, that are being heard and catered to. Do we not know that this minority is being used by the liberal progressives who are forcing their agenda to change this country into what they want it to be – socialist! Do we learn nothing by watching what is happening to Greece!? Actually, a part of me feels sorry for the gay community being used this way, and they do not even see it. They are micro focused on trying to force those who do not agree with them to agree because they do not like to face their sin. Somewhere deep down inside themselves, they know they are going against what God wants for them. If they can shut us up, they do not have to deal with those convictions that God’s Holy Spirit places in their hearts.

One of the attributes of our Great and Merciful God is that He is indeed Long-suffering. God’s judgment is sure – Revelation 19: 2, 11 “For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand…And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” God is called “longsuffering” because He does not execute judgment immediately. He waits – Isaiah 42:14-16 “I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once. I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools. And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” God does not wait; to see what happens–He knows what will happen; not to see more clearly–He sees perfectly; not to gain more information– He knows everything. God waits because His priority is self-revelation, not judgment.

Longsuffering is not the absence of anger, but being slow to anger – Psalm 145:8 “The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.” God’s longsuffering shows an infinite amount of power, mercy, patience, and love–all of which He has in abundance – Numbers 14:18 “The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.”

God, for a while, tolerates insults, rejection, and indifference in order to draw people to repentance – Romans 2:4 “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” His longsuffering is linked with His great compassion and becomes active in order to draw us to Himself – 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Romans 1:18-32

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Let us not take God’s mercy and longsuffering for granted! It is only for a time! While we are here and call ourselves His:

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2015 in God's Truth

 

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Please DO NOT Wait! The Time Is Now!

I call to all who have been or are being deceived by satan and the false doctrine of his minions. There IS a Hell and you will spend ETERNITY in its torment if you continue to reject the Saviour we all need in Jesus Christ.

This is my plea today and every day till my death for those who continue to WAIT…

“Prayers: Too Late”

“Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.” Jeremiah 7: 16 (Something our country must understand before it’s too late.)

“There are two great prayer meetings in the Bible, where none of the participants got their requests. One took place in Hell (cf. Luke 16:24) and the other will be in the future, and will include some very important people (cf. Rev. 6:15-17). The rich man was praying to a saint, Abraham; and the people in the Tribulation are praying to rocks and mountains. Isaiah said these were “…a god that cannot save” (Isaiah 45:20).”

“It is a tragic station to arrive at when God has been so ignored that He will not acknowledge one’s prayers. P. T. Forsyth said, “Prayer is the greatest use of language possible.” Prayer is the key that unlocks the vaults of Heaven for the needy saint. Prayer is the prospector that discovers the golden vein of spiritual prosperity. Prayer is the powerful, personal possession of the redeemed. Prayer was the main course of study and lesson the disciples desired to learn (cf. Luke11:1).”

A young woman lay dying and said to her father, “why did you not tell me there was a lost world?” “Oh,” he replied, “God is merciful; there is not such place as Hell.” “Ah! But I know there is,” she moaned, “I feel it now, my feet are slipping over the brink. Why did you not tell me?

You may be careless in your prayer life, but conscience will awake sooner or later–Don’t wait too late to pray!” —Dr. Tim Green

It is totally your choice:

Eternity in Heaven with the Saviour OR Eternity in Hell and torment with satan!! ETERNITY IS FOREVER!

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Posted by on June 24, 2015 in God's Truth

 

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Forget Jade Helm: Obama quietly implementing OUTRAGEOUS rule against gun owners

Anna:

“Now of course the Obama defenders will say what does this have to do with infringing on the right to keep and bear arms — much ado about nothing. But here is the objective: the government is seeking to restrict the free speech of American gun owners and the gun industry in sharing information pertaining to their ability to keep arms. Furthermore, the government is using regulatory coercion and threat of imprisonment to create behavior modification — not exactly a positive reflection on our governing system.”

Originally posted on Whiskey Tango Foxtrot:

I already posted an article on this, but this is much more detailed with an explanation of what it means. There is a lot at stake here. This is a double threat, towards the 1st and 2nd Amendments. Here’s why we need to focus on the threats in front of us more and the conspiracy theories less.

The Second Amendment to our U.S. Constitution states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

That statement is pretty clear to understand and comprehend, yet some folks just can’t seem to get over it. There are liberal progressive folks of the left who feel it is their mission in life to relegate the Second Amendment as meaningless. Now, what I am about to say will probably anger some people but so be it.

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Posted by on June 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Mealtime/Family Time

Descriptions of food are found throughout the Bible from the fruit of the Garden of Eden in Genesis 2:16 and 3:3, to the elements of the Lord’s Supper in the New Testament in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. Careful dietary laws are given in Leviticus 11:1-47. Mealtimes were often celebrations:

Luke 15:11-32

11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

As in Solomon’s day, so it is in today’s high-stress society: peaceful mealtimes aid both the digestion and the disposition. Perhaps the most meaningful and effective way to bring an air of peace and grace to mealtime is to make a habit of inviting God to be present. To offer a prayer of thanksgiving together before you begin to eat creates an attitude of gratitude and peace:

Psalm 100:4, 5

4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Turning off distracting noises creates an air of calm and allows conversation to focus on building relationships, generating peace, expressing love, and providing encouragement:

Proverbs 15:17

17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

James 3:18

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Even when dining alone, mealtime can be a time to rest, to reflect on God’s blessings, or to enjoy scenic beauty.

Women have long been associated with mealtime in a special way. For example, the virtuous wife or woman of strength described in Proverbs 31:10-31 is willing to expend great effort to provide physical nurture for her family.

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Scripture also emphasizes that food must be shared in a regular and timely way:

Psalm 104:27 – “These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.”

Matthew 24:45 – “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?”

There is no more beautiful time to nourish the family and others than in those regularly appointed gatherings that provide physical sustenance and spiritual nurture.

Brother Lawrence, a member of the humble barefooted Carmelite monks in the 1600s expressed the special opportunity in service at mealtime in his prayer: “Lord of all pots and pans and things…make me a saint by getting meals and washing up the plates! The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen…I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.”

In this hustle, bustle, instant gratification world we live in, the family mealtime has gone by the wayside in many homes. What a great loss that is. It would behoove us to bring it back and have great quality time with our children and each other.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2015 in Godly Women

 

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Relaxation and Fun in Jamaica

My husband and I just returned from a much needed romantic vacation to Jamaica. We decided we will never go 5 years without another vacation. The first couple of days were a little different since we had never taken a vacation without our son, who just graduated high school, and we missed his presence. He was on a Senior/Mission trip with our Pastor in Asia while we were in Jamaica. Once we talked on Skype, things were okay. ;-)

We had been to Jamaica before on tours while on cruise-ship vacations, but never to an all-inclusive resort.They are indeed very different, though they both have their perks. We were ready for a more laid-back time together. We stayed at the Carlyle near Montego Bay, and were greeted, “Is this your first visit to Jamaica?” We replied, “No.” “Welcome home!” They said with a sincere smile.

We actually did a zip-line at the Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios. The strong native guys helping us at each of the 5 stations would say, “Come up mumma.” One of their Patois words for mother. I am sure that was a compliment, right? It was not so scary until the station with the sudden vertical drop. It’s a good thing I did not know about that before hand. I screamed, and Ron laughed, of course. Well, now this 60-year-old woman can say she actually accomplished a zip line before she goes Home.

The best thing about the whole time, aside from the wonderful fun with my hubby, was the native people. They truly have a heart for taking care of their guests. In talking with them, we learned that their economy continues to decline since they voted the Labor Party in (just another term for socialist). They say 75% of what they earn goes to the government. They are very happy to have a job, and told us that if they lose it, chances are, they will not find another for a very long time.

We contributed at one of their craft markets just down the street from the resort (buying some very unique gifts and, of course, I love their dresses) where many do not have jobs and these markets are their only source of income. It was fun haggling with them over price, and doing so respectfully they were very fair. We only took what money we were willing to part with ;-) and did not stay too long because of the strong smell of ganja (marijuana); did not want a contact high. It is legal for them to have 2 ounces on them now. We even got offered some on the street, but politely said, no, we do not want that. As always, legalized drugs do contribute to some of the problems.

Even though these hard-working people in the resorts lead difficult lives, they keep smiling and asking, “You okay? How you doin? Can I help you?…” The most awesome thing about it is, they are genuine, not just because it is their job.

When we left, they gave hugs and some even had tears saying, “See you next year.”

We left with a list of brothers and sisters in Christ, and some not, to pray for. The Scripture 2 Timothy 4:2  “..be instant in season and out of season…” was driven home for me.

 
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