the gem of all gems.. the HEART!!!!
the gem of all gems.. the HEART!!!!
Hey Wayne, I went thru something similar with my grandmother. I watched her die of ovarian cancer. Its tough, but you want them to be at peace and pain free again, even if it means being in heaven and away from you.
Father, we lift up our brother, Wayne, to You today. And ask that You give him peace and strength to get thru this. The loss of a father is a hard thing, but we that are in Christ dont mourn as those who dont. Because we know that he is going to a better place, which is with You. Please give Wayne the words that are needed to comfort the rest of the family. Words of wisdom and assurance. Be in that room with Wayne's Dad, Lord, and use his final moments to touch someone else's life for You.
hey, i have a prayer request too my uncle has cancer and depression. he has tried drug after drug but to no avail the cancer keeps coming, and now he trying a new one. pray for his faith that it will continue to remain, and that the Lord heals him, gives him a peace of mind, since hes so worried about wads gonna happen to his wife whose not working, if he ever dies.
Hi, all! I know I have been gone from this scene for awhile, but it has not been bad. It's all been for the good. I have been seeking God, reading, meditating on His Words, and becoming more intimate with my Heavenly Father. I've known this was what I needed to do for a long time. I have gained lots of advice and information on this forum, but information, nor formulas will bring you into intimacy with God. A lifestyle of intercession has to be cultivated and it has to be maintained. This is what I learned by reading a book I picked up called Beyond the Veil by Alice Smith.
I had such a longing for more of God and realized I needed to get away from my many questions and the advice I was receiving to find my peace with Him.
Boanerges had consistently told me to take it slow this time and build a firm foundation, and not to try to learn all at once. So, when I read the following sentence in this book, I was reminded of that advice:
"Just as with any garden, time is needed for growth to appear. Seasons of difficulty and sunshine will be part of its life-long development. But these seasons will force the roots deeper into the source of your strength - Jesus Christ. The following illustrates this principle:
A student asked the president of a school if he could take a shorter course than the one prescribed. "Oh yes," replied the president. "But then it depends upon what you want to be. When God wants to make an oak, He takes a hundred years. When He wants to make a squash, He takes only four months."
God wants us to be an oak tree, not a spiritual squash. To become an oak, your roots must sink down deep. If you are only willing to be a squash, your root system will remain shallow and you will not have the vitality to linger very long in the Holy of Holies with God.
See, I realized that in order for me to satisfy the hunger for Him I had, I needed to develope a love relationship between me and Heavenly Father. And the only way to do that is to spend time with Him, no matter how uncomfortable I felt learning to pray. It no longer feels strange to go before His presence in prayer. I no longer feel unworthy because He tells me Himself He loves me no matter what. And that He will never leave me or forsake me. NEVER!!
I also learned as I read this book that we are in a priesthood as Christians and this was somewhat of a surprise because in the Mormon church, I was taught that all men 12/yrs and over became part of the priesthood and had authority over all of us and could pray over us and even baptize us. So, I was familiar with this verse, but not in this way. I read the following scripture:
To paraphrase: They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. . .and you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. Isa. 61: 3, 4, 6 That's US.
The Old Testament priest had several duties in the Temple. Yet Exodus 28 repeatedly says that the priest's primary duty was to minister to GOD!:
And take thou unto thee Aaron they borther, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office. Ex. 28 1, 41 I believe it is our duty to "minister to God" in our prayer time.
We can easily become so involved in the "work of the Lord" that we overlook the "Lord of the work." Our priority each morning at prayer time should be to "minister unto our Lord." Sing to Him, brag on Him and read the Word back to Him.
This one way, by living in an intimate relationship through prayer at increasingly deeper levels, is how the world can see our royal priestly lives and want to know Him through our representation of Him.
When we enter in, the fragrance of what Jesus did in conjunction with the praises and prayers of the saints becomes an incense before the Lord. We are then functioning as true priests.
I know I don't sound like the same SweetSurrender, but I have learned a lot, just by sitting at the feet of Jesus in my times alone with Him. Not that I won't be "peaking in" once in awhile. Ha! But I just wanted ya'll to know what I have been up to. . . or is that 'down', as in down on my knees.
I just appreciate everything you have taught me on this site, leading me where God ultimately wanted me to be. You have all been such a blessing to me. I'm sorry this has been such a long post, but it was necessary, as I have been gone a loooonnnng time. You can read my thread on the General topics that I wrote earlier about this book.
Thanx for letting me vent and I'll be talking again later. Love and prayers to ya! Sweets
A big Alleluia and Praise the Lord from New York how God is working in Bonnie's life.. and praises to Bonnie for being obedient and seeking him!
Another fabulous post!
That is soooo wonderful, Robin! I know I have been wanting to be like you and lead someone in the right direction. And I know that sometimes we are just the first contact in their lives. We made some kind of impact, and now the next person needs to be obedient and listening to His voice to speak to them. I forget what that's called, has a name for it. ??
There are so many babies at my new job with Early Headstart whose mothers are still in high school, 16, 17, or 18 yrs. young. I am starting by just being a friend to them and showing my concern for their lives and the great responsibility they have for this tiny one. I want them to know I am there for them if they ever need someone to talk with. God is giving me wisdom to see thru their facades and is helping me to break down their walls of mistrust. I need to pray for them each morning and watch as the Holy Spirit draws them to Jesus.
I pray that your willingness to take on an assignment each day will become the fulfillment for what you have given up to God, and that you will find your losses to be gain. Hugs! Bonnie
Ok. so you all know my prayer in the morning.. Lord put people into my life today that may need to know of you, a smile, word of encouragement, prayer etc.. and Lord put people in my life that will continue to uplift me to you.
I could ramble for hours of things that have happened and the people the Lord led me to lately.. the bald headed guy, the 65 year old woman who is afraid she won't go to heaven because of her past scandulous life, the young 26 year old gal that does not Jesus what soever.. the events that led to these meetings were quite interesting.
Today's happenings though proved no different. It started by a message left on my machine by an ex boyfriend of years ago. . you see he said he knew God, went to church with me.. he was older.. after dating for 6 months, I found he was still looking elsewhere. he confessed and said he wanted a woman his own age who was retired and was financially stable with money.
Well he found this woman who supposedly had money, she was a con artist and took him for everything he had.. we are talking mega money here. He is in the process of pressing charges. Again he was saving his storehouse up for himself and the Lord showed him. He asked me about going to dinner sometime and I said sure.. but first know I am no longer the gal you use to know.. I am a woman of Christ.. if you need encouragement and prayer in your life, I can give you that.. I can give the love of Jesus.. nothing else..
At the doctor’s office while waiting for an appointment, I saw a young gal reading a book. I started the conversation.. well I should say the Lord started the conversation by what interesting book are you reading? She said a book of the Left Behind series. It is kind of a religious book. I said just my kind of book. She said well I really don’t know God, but have learned from this series.. Well now you all know.. if someone says to Robin, I don’t know God,, Robin jumps right in. I got to share about Jesus who is is , how my life was before having Christ , and how it is now after accepting him. I shared my cell number with her and told her if she ever wanted to walk, have dinner etc. I would love to do that. I also invited her to attend church with me. She is getting married in October. Her husband is not a believer as well. They are engaged and living together currently in a home they bought. Oh Lord, help the young ones of this world.. She did state that she was enjoying this 10 book series. Her mom is starting to question more of her own faith as well. Her mom read the series first.
My point is this… No one should be left behind not knowing Jesus. It is imperative that we as believers keep looking for every opportune moment to share of his love and who he is. Whether it be bald headed guy, the 65 year old woman who feared not going to heaven, the young gal in the doctor’s office, a past ex boyfriend of years ago, it is up to me to continue to share of his love, grace mercy and forgiveness. Believe me there are people every day in your life. Just open your eyes and your heart.
Lord Jesus, may we take the focus off ourselves , focus on you, and focus on leading others to you.
PS.. I got a thank you note in the mail today from the 24 year old cocaine addict , thanking me for being in her life. On the front of the envelope was my name and address and she had written in Bold big letters- THE GREAT .. before my name, I am not great but Jesus is .. all praises to him!
PSS.. are you leaving anyone behind today?