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What A Wonderful Counselor!

Posted by Mimi on March 6, 2011 at 12:43 PM Comments comments (0)

I will be very clear: as soon as I feel a worrisome thought creep into my head, I am learning to immediately release the thought to God.  If a problem arises, I am learning to (instead of saying "How will I solve this?") say "God, I am in your hands.  You will lead me through, please show me the way."   The more I do this, the easier it becomes.   I cease to seek my own solutions.   Instead I seek God's solution.


These days, my prayer is mostly: God, you know what I need.  Please show me what I need to see, when I need to see it, and give me understanding at the right time - Your time.  Keep me humble and full in your love.


I do pray for specific things as they arise, but as far as my personal prayers go, I just am asking God to show me the way.  I just wake up and surrender, first thing, and declare each day to be the LORD's day, that He would be glorified through my thoughts, words and actions.  I tell you, God has shown me how to live, so I can share what I have learned.  I know that most Christians go through life without ever living so fully in Christ, because I used to be one!  I grew up in a family and church full of them!  Not that there's anything particularly wrong with simply living as a Christian, but that's not how God would have us live.


If you are not living fully for Christ, you are not living to your full potential.  GOD is the only way to reach your full potential, and He will only bring up those who wish to get there.  If you are willing to commit everything to God, He is faithful to bring you more [blessings, wisdom, comfort ~ what do you need?] than you will ever need.  We all have different needs, and God is there to fill them all.


How amazing is the LORD our God, who is able to give me His undivided attention; that He would bend down to hear my cries, and that He would care so much for me, to die for me?  How much more amazing, that He has done the same for you, and for all believers everywhere!


GOD IS SO GOOD!  JESUS, I LOVE YOU!


And Don't Forget!

Posted by Mimi on March 3, 2011 at 12:28 PM Comments comments (0)

I just had the most amazing experience, and have a message to share: Don't forget to ask God to bless you!  I have been trying for over a year to reduce and eliminate stress in my life, by giving situations over to God, and by learning how to take care of myself.  Yes, caring for my temple is an important part of maintaining a low-stress environment!  When we are unhealthy, we are not equipped to handle stress, because our bodies are trying just to keep us from being diseased, sick, and broken.  Have you ever noticed that when you are not eating well, not exercising, overworking, and over-stressing, you seem to get sick a lot more?  Maybe you stay sick? 


I was very sick... but God healed me!  This last year has been such an eye-opener, and such an inspiration to me, that my life went from "I wonder if this is going to be it... if I am destined to be crippled for the rest of my life?" to "I HAVE EVERYTHING TO LIVE FOR!!!  AND IT DOESN'T MATTER IF I HURT TODAY!!!!!!!"  I had to take a healh and fitness class fall term, because it was going to be required to get a degree from PCC.  There, I got back into stretching, and into regular cardio, endurance and strength training, and I felt so much better.  I thank God for rescuing me from an evil workplace (literally, a lot of folks who work there were either wiccan or Christian haters, etc.,). 


I thank Him that my new job is to learn about Him, to learn about people, and to share the message of Jesus Christ with people.  I thank Him that I had to take that health class, so that I would have a jump-start back into regular exercise again, after physical therapy earlier in the year.  I thank Him that I always did home exercise videos after giving birth (Tae-Bo after Adrian, and Yogalates after Millena), and walked, so that I would know it makes me feel better, to have regular exercise and stretching.  I thank Him that after Millena, I was obsessed with losing baby weight; as a result, I learned how to enjoy eating raw and whole foods, so now this change back to whole foods is an easy transition.


I am thankful that last April, when I began reading the Bible, I stopped by the book section in Goodwill one day, and found "The Prayer of Jabez", by Bruce Wilkinson.  I am thankful that God taught me to ask for my blessings, because that is what I've been doing ever since I read this verse:

"Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, 'Oh that Thou would bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast [territory], and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou would keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!' And God granted him that which he requested." 1 Chronicles 4:10


Now, the book even says that you might not be able to handle praying the prayer every day.  Some days I feel like that.  Not that I don't want more blessings, but territory can get overwhelming :/.  However, I love this verse, because it shows that even for a man who only starred in a few Bible verses, Jabez knew how to touch God's heart; Jabez figured out that if he asks God for what God wants to give, then He will.  God is faithful!


Just now, I got done exercising.  I started doing the Yogalates video again, last month.  I realized that I don't have to be so rough on myself, trying to do all of the fitness things I want to do, right now.  Notice how I said "I"?  God is faithful.  God is my strength.  I know God can do more wonders on my body than any video, so I know that I can trust Him to make me strong again, by just being faithful to do the video.  There are four exercises, about 12 minutes each.  I don't have to commit to doing them all, every day.  I just need to do one, on three days.  If I get in to do one, I will usually do three.  And when I regularly exercise, I usually want to do it every day.  If I will just do a little bit, God will do a lot.


As soon as I was done with the video I came to plug my phone in, next to my bed.  I nearly fell to my knees, the need to pray was so strong!  As soon as my hands were folded, head bowed, my ears were filled with muffled static... like a buzzzz but only wwsshhhshshshhhsh.  I couldn't hear anything.  I couldn't think anything.  I could only think that God is here.  God is going to speak.  I didn't know if I needed to pray for someone, so I got about two names out before it was clearly not that. 


"Blessings".  Who needs blessings?  Yes, I prayed blessings over the house, the family, the kids, Rico... all of this today, this morning already.  "Blessings.  Your blessings."  MY BLESSINGS!  YES, LORD, PLEASE BLESS ME!!!  PLEASE BLESS ME TODAY, LORD!!!


As soon as I spoke those words: Bless me today, LORD, the sound stopped.  The prayer was prayed.  Now I am here to share the message.  I am so excited too, because my first thought was: YAY something to blog about!!!  Instead of posting the Jabez verse on FB ;).


God is good.  Amazing.  Amazing isn't even good enough.  Supercalifragilisticexpialidotious.  And then some.  He's Heavenly.  He's my Dad :D.


Walking In The Spirit (By Bob Hoekstra)

Posted by Mimi on February 25, 2011 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This is from the Feb. 25, 2011 daily e-votion from Blue Letter Bible, Day by Day Grace.  I didn't write any of this, but this is what life is all about ~ Walking the walk.  I couldn't not share the whole thing:


Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh…If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16, 25)


The term "walk" is used dozens of times in the New Testament to describe the manner of life a person is leading. Many of these occurrences depict the Christian life: "walk in love… walk as children of light… walk circumspectly" (Ephesians 5:2, 8, 15). In our passages, we are told to "walk in the Spirit."


Walking is a very insightful description of spiritual life. A walk has a beginning and a destination. Our beginning was in new birth: "born of the Spirit" (John 3:6). Our destination is heaven forever with our Lord and Savior: "And thus we shall always be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:17). A good walk is steady and progressive. We are called to be faithful: "Well done, good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:21). We are called to press ahead: "forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal" (Philippians 3:13-14). In addition, a walk has many potential adventures along the way. We are likely to encounter stretching challenges and paradoxical blessings: "in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness…as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things" (2 Corinthians 6:5, 10).


Ultimately, a walk must have an available resource that provides sufficient vitality, strength, guidance, and assurance. Here, our passages offer special hope through the injunction to "walk in the Spirit." Day by day, each step of the way, we are to rely upon the presence and work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Every issue of life (whether at home, office, school, or church) is to be faced in this manner. Otherwise, the influence of our flesh (our natural humanity) will prevail. "Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." In ourselves we are not able to overcome the inadequacies and improper tendencies of the flesh. However, the Holy Spirit is more than able to become our sufficient provider of whatever we need for an effective and fruitful walk.


This perspective on Christian living makes complete biblical sense, when we connect our daily walk to how we found spiritual life in the first place. "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." It was strictly by the work of the Spirit that we received life initially; therefore, let us take each step of life, "walk[ing] in the Spirit."


Lord God Almighty, I am so weak and so easily enticed in my flesh. I cannot produce what is needed for the spiritual walk to which I am called. O Lord, I cry out to You for the indispensable work of Your Spirit within me. Lord, teach me to walk day by day by the grace that Your Spirit alone can provide, Amen.


My Friend

Posted by Mimi on February 23, 2011 at 8:56 PM Comments comments (0)

I actually wrote this to a friend the other day, but ever since have been feeling that someone else could use it too...


OK well if you don't know by now, I'm gonna cut to the chase; also, I Iike to "fix" things, lol. It drives Rico nuts, but I must share how I got better!  God works :-) [internet] sure isn't the right medium for some of this, but hey it's here ;-).  I've spent the better part of the last year just getting better.  So that's what I suggest you do: worry about you!  Get greedy!


Yourself is important, the most important in fact, because you are in charge of your relationship with God!  Get greedy for time with God.  If you like music, listen to [Christian] music you like. Youtube is great for seeing what artists you like.  Also 1041thefish.com has a bunch of music videos from the artists they play.


Read the Bible, if you don't already. One Year Bible Online is awesome.  If you already do daily Bible study, even better.  But for sure, you need to read the Word, because the Word is God, and God speaks to us through His word.  So dig in, as much or as little as you can, but try to read some Bible every day.


On prayer. I had to read books on prayer to figure out how it works lol.  But here's the idea:


Forgiveness is a must.  Prayers won't be heard by God if we are harboring unforgiveness. However, God WILL hear our cries for help.  He will help you forgive.  He will give you a forgiving spirit, and replace any hate / resentment / guilt or anything with love for yourself, and anyone who has hurt you / your family.  You must ask for His help with this.  Forgiveness is so freeing.  Once I started to forgive people who I was harboring bad feelings towards, and when I forgave myself for my own poor actions, I started to see people differently.  I started to feel bad for people who were so mean, because I understood that they are just hurting themselves. 


God showed me even more people that I needed to forgive, too - ones I didn't even know I secretly had bad feelings towards. And now I can honestly say I don't have negative feelings for people anymore.  Yes, I can get mad, but I don't harbor bad feelings.  I am able to forgive, even when the offender isn't remorseful. I know that God has forgiven me for everything I have, and ever will do against Him, and he calls me to be just as forgiving.


There is a lot that probably cannot be changed in your life - stuff you yourself cannot do anything to change.  But prayer is unleashing the power of God to do mighty things in your life.  Ask God to heal you.  Ask God to show Himself to you.  Speak these things out loud.  Speak scriptures that you like, speak them over yourself and your family.  Ask God to bless the people who have hurt you and your family, and ask that He would work a miracle in their life.  Ask God to give you love like He has.


I know this is a lot just kind of bla at ya. I'm not saying either, that you should do all of this right now!  But these are things I know, if you are able to start with one small change, then you WILL get closer to God.  We have to seek Him before He can be found. Start chasing God, whichever way you enjoy best.  But most of all, seek to just bless God by telling Him how much you do love Him and want Him close, and how much you need Him.  When we are broken and needy, that is when we are most "attractive" is the Bible word used :-) God is drawn to brokenness, so don't be afraid to cry.  Crying feels really good sometimes.


Just focus on God and you.  Forgiveness will make the hurts go away, and it will give you the strength to make more changes. Just take baby steps.

More Valuable Than Gold

Posted by Mimi on January 24, 2011 at 12:34 PM Comments comments (0)

Psalm 119:72 Your instructions are more valuable to me than millions in gold and silver.   73 You made me; you created me.  Now give me the sense to follow your commands.


You are indescribable, LORD God Almighty!  Your infinite wisdom, and endless fountains overflowing with love, showering blessings on Your beloved.  How patient You are, to endure my constant wanderings.  No sooner do I seek you, then to find I have reverted to my own agenda...


LORD, keep me hungry for Your Word.  Guide my eyes, ears, heart, and mind towards Your will.  Keep me from the Evil one, safe in the shelter of Your wing.  You have placed my feet on solid ground, and given me everything I need to succeed in You.  Give me strength to follow You, to resist temptation, and to endure until You take me home.   In Your Name, Amen.

 


I Will Pray

Posted by Mimi on January 18, 2011 at 3:16 AM Comments comments (0)

Psalm 116:1 I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.  2 Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!


Heavenly Father, Thank You for your limitless mercy and grace.  Thank You for Your infinite love and affection.  Thank You for hearing my humble cries, LORD.  Words are inadequate to express the gratitude that overflows from my heart.  I will praise You every day, as I anxiously await Eternity.  You are enough for me.  You are all I need.  Please keep me in the shadow of Your wing.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Take These Tears...

Posted by Mimi on January 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM Comments comments (0)

Psalm 126:5 Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. 6 Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.


If you are in pain, anguish, and grief, then be grateful! Know you are blessed, and that one day your cup of sorrow will be replaced ~ overflowing with JOY.  Your life is your testimony – your message to the world of what Christ has done for you.  No matter what has happened to you, or what you have done, God knows the reason for it.  He will also show you how to take joy in your struggles, for nothing compares to the price He paid on the cross.


Take JOY today, for your ransom has been paid!   Give Jesus your broken pieces, and let Him rebuild you from the inside out. Let Him heal your hurts. God knows you, down to the very number of hairs on your head!  He also knows the time when He will call His children home to Heaven.  At that moment, when the entire earth acknowledges our LORD and KING, JESUS CHRIST, we will cease to know any pain and sadness.  There will be no more tears, only songs of praise to the KING of KINGS.


LORD God Almighty, Jesus, Savior, You alone are worthy of our praise, every day!  Please bless us, Jesus, and give us peace. We are but people, weak and needy.  We need Your love, Your wisdom, Your guidance, and Your protection in our lives.  Use and keep us, Your vessels, to do Your good will, that we may experience joy in pleasing and honoring You, LORD.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

 


Can you make manna?

Posted by Mimi on January 11, 2011 at 1:34 AM Comments comments (0)

I love learning through the eyes of my children.  Tonight I was reading with Millena in her Beginner's Bible, and we were at the part where the Israelites were delivered from the hands of Pharaoh, King of Egypt.  She was pretty impressed that God led the Israelites by a cloud of smoke during the day, and a pillar of fire at night (as her eyes grow wide)!  Perhaps what was most impressive, though, was that God fed His people.


"I want to try some manna.  Can you make manna, Mommy?  It's bread and honey".  I'm smiling just thinking of it again.  She is seven, and just so innocent and sweet, and everything should just be that simple, right?  Well, she's also smart, because when I told her No, I don't know how to make manna, she immediately knew it was because "God makes it".  :-)  Yes honey, it is.  "I will just have to wait til I get to Heaven to taste manna then... I can't wait to get to Heaven!"  Yes honey... ME TOO!!!!!


I like to remember how my kids see things, because I've forgotten how to see the world through the eyes of a child.  I've been through too much... seen too much... remember too much, to be innocent again.  But God sees me as His child.  His beloved.  His chosen.


Father God, thank You for choosing me.  I am anxious and hesitant and overflowing with energy, all at the same time.  I trust in Your plan and I pray that Your will be done.  Keep me safe in the shelter of Your wing, safe from harm and disease and negativity.  Now is the time, Satan cannot come near me.  I am ready for the next adventure.  I know You are with me, and I submit to Your guidance.  When I am weak, Father, You make me strong.  I cannot deny my love for You, and I cannot live without You.  I NEED YOU, JESUS!  Take my worries, take my fears, insecurities, inhibitions, complexes, and any other thing that will keep me from carrying out Your will.  I have fixed my eyes on You, LORD.  Thank You for Your unconditional love and faithfulness.  I ask You keep me close to Your heart, LORD, and show me which way to go.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Why memorize scriptures?

Posted by Mimi on January 7, 2011 at 3:53 PM Comments comments (0)

OK so I was going to post this in the Favorite Verses but I guess I can't post there anymore... don't know what's up with that ~ I closed my own topic LOL.  Anyhow it's time for a New Year's update anyway. 

I just got back from the doctor's.  There was about an hour of waiting, which was killer.  I got through by reciting Psalm 23 to myself.  There was a time not long ago, that I wouldn't quote scripture.  But now that I have read it, and understand it, I know how powerful it can be to alter thoughts and actions.  Instead of checking for the clock every 15 seconds (and by the way, there were no clocks - only signs to "turn off your cell phone" so it felt like I was being held captive LOL) I kept repeating the verses.  Instead of feeling nauseaus about the procedure, I had a calm over me.  I know that everything is going to be OK, and God is going to be there to see me through it all. 

God is going to be there to see me through to eternity.  That's where I choose to place my focus: upward towards God and towards eternity with Him.  No matter what happens on earth, I am living for the day when I can shed this casket of a body, and be transformed into the perfect being that God intended me to be, from the beginning of time.

God is everything I need.

Psalm 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

 

 


My prayer over you...

Posted by Mimi on December 31, 2010 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Plus I wanna see if this blog connect thingy works... but fo real this is what I will be praying tonight over myself and my family, which includes all my Brothers and Sisters in Christ.  PRAISE GOD!


(NIV 2010)


Psalm 91:1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. 

3 Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.


5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.


9 If you say, The LORD is my refuge, and you make the Most High your dwelling,

10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.


13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 Because he loves me, says the LORD, I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy Him and show him my salvation.



May you experience all of these blessings in the years to come.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

 


Seeds sown WILL grow!

Posted by Mimi on December 30, 2010 at 12:44 AM Comments comments (0)

Revelation 3:8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door [to advance the Kingdom of God] that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.


READ: God will work through any effort you give to share the Gospel, and to advance the Kingdom of God. Even when you don't see the result, seeds sown WILL grow!


I am a results driven person.  All my life I have enjoyed being employed, so that I could count on a paycheck for my efforts.  I used to expect verbal accolaids for works that I deemed "well done"; accomplishments I had achieved "on my own".  I chose paths towards physical and financial burdon before turning to God.  He is faithful though, and showed me how He will make all things work towards His own good.  When we, as Children of the King who acknowledge and accept Jesus Christ as our One and Only LORD and Savior, choose to seek and do God's will in our own lives, God Almighty will bless that effort.


When we put our faith in God and accept Jesus into our hearts (or rededicate ourselves to Him), God will guide our lives.  He will send His angels to protect us, and He will not let the enemy (Satan) hurt us; see Psalm 91.  God will save you from a bad situation, WHEN you submit to His will for the situation and for your life (your ministry for the Kingdom in the manner in which HE leads you, for we all have different gifts!).  Understand, God already knows when each of us will choose to live for Him; it is already in His plan, and He is not surprised when we turn from our worldly ways and seek to be His vessels.


God is waiting for you to choose to Live for Christ!  He has a plan for you that is far greater than any plan you have for yourself.  His plan for you is already complete, it is up to you to heed His calling.  Through prayer and reading the Bible, you can gain a better understanding of God's plan for you.  You can also read about spiritual gifts in the Bible, if you are not sure of your gift.


Here is a website to read more about spiritual gifts; it is not an end-all, be-all, but it is a good place to gain understanding about the different types of gifts.  Check it out to see which ones you might have, so you can research in the Bible and pray about them.


Blue Letter Bible is an awesome site that probably has the answer to any Bible question you have, and can definately point you in the direction of verses RE spiritual gifts, plus any other topic that you feel led to read about.


You are ready!  There is no better time than now.  Ask God to show you what you can do for Him... how you can bless Him by bringing glory to His name and increasing His Kingdom!


LORD Jesus, thank You for choosing me, and saving me.  I am honored to share Your message to any and all who will hear it, whether online or on a phone or in person, thank You for giving me Your Spirit that gives me the words and the prayers.  All of this I do, so that You may be given Glory, and Your name would be known throughout the earth!  But most of all, I long to hear you say Well done, good and faithful servant.  I love You LORD Jesus!  Amen.

Moving forward...

Posted by Mimi on December 19, 2010 at 8:33 PM Comments comments (0)

Had a wonderful day today, beginning with a Spirit-filled service at Rehoboth World Healing Center.  I was blessed to be invited to share in a Christmas service, and I am so glad I went!  Everything that has happened was leading to today.  I am God's chosen.  Today is my day.  I have the VICTORY in JESUS.  God is with me.  I have a mission.  And now, I have been given an opportunity. 

I pray for Your guidance, Father.  Show me what to write about.  I want Your message to shine through.  You broke me, Father.  And now I am Your bread.  Thank You for Pastor Derrick, for his message today.  You have given me a gift.  You have already done Your part.  Now it is time for me to do my part.  Please use me, Father.  Speak through me so that Your Name is given ALL THE GLORY, and that Your Kingdom would increase.  Take this seed, Father.  Make it a 100 fold seed.  I have time... I have love... I have a voice.  I give it all to you, Father.

Jesus, keep me close to Your heart.  I need You, always and forever.  Live in me.  Shine through me.  Feed Your children through this offering of Daily Bread.  Bless this opportunity to honor You.  I admit I am intimidated.  But I know You will perfect my imperfect effort.  As Ambassador says, I'll leave it to You to make a message "something all cats can feel". 

Please give me my daily bread, Father.  Tell me what to say.  Please send angels to keep my family safe.  In Jesus Name, Amen.





Here it is...

Posted by Mimi on December 14, 2010 at 2:46 PM Comments comments (0)

LORD please hear me.  All I want is a family photo.  Life is short and I would like everyone who is important to me to have a picture of my new family.  Your family.  We love You.  Thank You for holding us together through everything.  I am grateful for it all, and I know we are stronger for it.  Thank You for my beautiful children.  They are a blessing to me, and I am thankful for each and every day that you let me have them.  Help me to see them as You do, LORD, as You see us all: as children of the KING.


All of the planning, scurrying, weighing options... all for nought.  We have nothing without You.  We ARE nothing without You.  You Are the Master Weaver.  You Are the Almighty One.  Bright Morning Star.  I love that My Jesus has so many glorious names.  Wonderful Counselor.  Everlasting Father.  Prince of Peace.  King of Kings.  LORD of Lords.  Faithful One.  Maker of the Universe.  Holy.


Saying Your name brings me peace, Father.  Abba.  Daddy.  How quickly you bring me back down.  You are EVERYTHING I need.  Thank You, Daddy.  I LOVE YOU.  Your will be done, Father.  Your Plan is Perfect, and I will delight in Your ways.  I can't wait... please bless me today, Father God.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Jesus Prays.. John 17

Posted by Mimi on December 10, 2010 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

John 17


Jesus Prays to Be Glorified


1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.  2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.  3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.  4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.  5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.


Jesus Prays for His Disciples


6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.  7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.  8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them.  They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.  9 I pray for them.  I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.  10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.  11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you.  Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 


12 "While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.  13 I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.  14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.  15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.  19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.


Jesus Prays for All Believers


20 “My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.  May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.  24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.


25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.  26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

 


(from www.oneyearbibleonline.com, NIV 2010)

It's a spiritual battle...

Posted by Mimi on December 10, 2010 at 11:26 AM Comments comments (0)

I am not speaking out agaist you, a person.  I am speaking out about the dark spirit that is keeping God's Children from seeing the Light.  The dark spirit who has clouded their vision, so they do not know which way to turn.  I am here to say that you, spirit, have been defeated in the name of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.  You do NOT have power over God's Children.  You do NOT have power over this city.  YOU DO NOT HAVE POWER.


Jesus is the way to the Father.  Only through grace are we saved.  YOU ARE SAVED BY GRACE.  JUST CHOOSE JESUS.  BELIEVE IN HIM, REPENT OF YOUR SINS, AND ASK HIM INTO YOUR HEART TODAY AND FOR ETERNITY.  HE WILL MAKE YOUR PATH WIDE.  HE WILL NOT LET YOU FALL!  HE WANTS TO CARRY YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


LORD give me patience and seal my lips.  Use me to accomplish Your will, Father.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

My God is BIGGER

Posted by Mimi on December 8, 2010 at 4:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Father, thank You for being Faithful to me.  When we obey, You answer prayers and You bless us.  I believe in YOU, and that You are at work in me, and through this website. YOU ALONE are bigger than me, than the internet, and this big ball called Earth, You lent to us.

I will continue to write for You: God, the Father, Creator of Heaven and earth, Alpha, Omega, I AM; Jesus, the Christ, Son of Man, RISEN ONE, Savior of Nations and my Beautiful Savior and LORD. 

LORD, use me.  Tell me what to say.  There is so much I want to say, but I don't want to talk about me.  I want to talk about YOU.  Lead me God, so that in all of this YOU alone may be given the glory.  Bless everyone who is reading this, members or not.  Take my pain, God, and their pain.  I release pain, hurt, sadness, despair, depression, anxiety, frustrations, worries, fears, guilt, and DOUBT into Your capable and loving hands.  Satan is near, but You LORD are nearer.  Keep us, whom You chose for YOUR Kingdom.  Strengthen us, make us bold in our Faith in Jesus Christ, so that we are not afraid to share Your Message: JESUS.  Make us humble, so as to boast only of YOUR work in our lives, and not of what we have done for You or for ourselves.  For we are NOTHING without You, LORD!

Thank You for showing me what you are doing.  I can see Your handiwork changing attitudes and actions, reactions of myself and others.  Every time You show Yourself faithful I am uplifted, with renewed encouragement to continue, press on, finish the race, fight the fight.  Thank You for making me who I am, and for leading me to today, tomorrow, and forever.  Oh, how I tire of living this life... pain in my body, disappointment at people, frustration at situations... but I love to be near to you, God.  I love to be still in Your presence; to sing Your praises.

I love it when You break through, pulling back the veil to show me Your face.  When Your Spirit knocks me down like a train, and I am instantly laughing and crying and praising and thanking and hoping ~ all at once.  Thank You, My God, for choosing me. To live is to die, and to die for YOU is gain.  I will live for the day when we see You in Your Glory.  When we hear that trumpet blow... we will know :-D

You are my strength when I am weak, You are the treasure that I seek, You are my all in all.

Seeking You as a precious jewel, LORD to give up I'd be a fool, You are my all in all.

JESUS, LAMB OF GOD, YOU ARE MY ALL IN ALL!

I give it all to You, Father.  In Jesus Name. Amen.



Gratitude

Posted by Mimi on December 7, 2010 at 11:36 PM Comments comments (0)

This song touched me so much ... the lyrics are powerful.  I can't get over them... so here they are, ready to speak again, and again, and...


Gratitude, a Nichole Nordeman song; lyrics from: http://www.christianlyricsonline.com/artists/nichole-nordeman/gratitude.html


Send some rain, would You send some rain?

'Cause the earth is dry and needs to drink again

And the sun is high and we are sinking in the shade

Would You send a cloud, thunder long and loud?

Let the sky grow black and send some mercy down

Surely You can see that we are thirsty and afraid

But maybe not, not today

Maybe You'll provide in other ways

And if that's the case . . .


(Chorus)

We'll give thanks to You

With gratitude

For lessons learned in how to thirst for You

How to bless the very sun that warms our face

If You never send us rain


Daily bread, give us daily bread

Bless our bodies, keep our children fed

Fill our cups, then fill them up again tonight

Wrap us up and warm us through

Tucked away beneath our sturdy roofs

Let us slumber safe from danger's view this time

Or maybe not, not today

Maybe You'll provide in other ways

And if that's the case . . .


(Chorus)

We'll give thanks to You

With gratitude

A lesson learned to hunger after You

That a starry sky offers a better view if no roof is overhead

And if we never taste that bread


Oh, the differences that often are between

What we want and what we really need

So grant us peace, Jesus, grant us peace

Move our hearts to hear a single beat

Between alibis and enemies tonight

Or maybe not, not today

Peace might be another world away

And if that's the case . . .


(Chorus)

We'll give thanks to You

With gratitude

For lessons learned in how to trust in You

That we are blessed beyond what we could ever dream

In abundance or in need

And if You never grant us peace

But Jesus, would You please . . .


For You

Posted by Mimi on December 3, 2010 at 3:21 PM Comments comments (0)

Knees down, hands high.  No words required.


Merissa would not have thought she would be on the internet trying to save souls, but she chose Jesus.  And despite procrastination, here's a website.  Jesus will make you want to do things you never thought you would want to do, and He will make you want to stop doing things you thought you'd be doing forever.  Let the journey begin.


LORD, I rest in peace knowing I am in Your hands.  I will not worry about what the future holds.  Carry me.  I am but a vessel.  Use me.


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