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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hearing God Speak

Praying for a Girl - with Jesus Close By

Hearing God Speak

 I tilted my head so that I could hear,
But the voice came from deep inside me!
“I have sent you to teach
So others may reach,
Those suffering in pain
That they might gain - -
Hope, peace and rest in body and soul,
For my goal is that many be made whole.

Be ready to speak my words for I shall reveal
‘HOW’ - - so they too will move with me,
A small army sent forth with my sword and shield,
Anointed by power and sent by my will.

Out to the streets, not performed in a temple,
But reaching their world as they follow by example.
Seek and find those in need,
and results will happen indeed!

Let them come to you my army, as they come to me,
and you will see
God’s power materialize
before your very eyes.

Be not afraid, but boldly speak out in faith,

Say, “Are you hurting today?”
“Let me pray for you and pain will be taken away.
Are you troubled and concerned?
God will bring you hope and peace by his Son.

Often you will immediately know results,
But other times the outcome may occur slowly
Be amazed at the domino effect,
For even the lowly
Will do exploits in my name.”


Heavenly Father, I ask that your healing power will flow to this person, and all pain will be removed.
Also I ask for their troubled spirit to be calmed and that the peace of God shall reign in their soul.  I ask this in Jesus Name.  Amen


However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. John 16:13


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Laughter is Good for your Health

Healthy Laughter is Good for You !!
When my children were small, they often watched cartoons, but one day they were watching The Three Stooges on TV and my sister-in-law was visiting.  She said, she did not allow her children to watch that show because “The show teaches children to hit each other and think it is funny.”
As I thought about it, I realized she was right, so that program became off limits. 
The cartoons of goofy Duck being hurt was not the same as real people in pain. 
I do not like the videos of people banging themselves up while others laugh.  As long as it isn’t us getting hurt – many think it is funny, but seriously it is NOT funny.
What does make us laugh?  Robert and I enjoy a good clean joke, and many movies and TV shows are truly funny.  We also laugh out loud at some of the cartoons in the newspaper.  Mr. Pickles is our favorite.
Actually a good belly laugh is good for your health and there is much good humor available.
The Bible instructs us to have a cheerful and happy heart and to rejoice.
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
The Benefits of Laughter (taken from HelpGuide.Org)
Physical Health Benefits:
  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease
   Mental Health Benefits:
  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience
     Social Benefits:
  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding
Did you know that even God laughs? 
The Bible says, when people plot against God and his plans, he just doubles up with laughter and boos in derision at them.
Psalms 2:4  He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.
Psalms 37:13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.
This one made me laugh and then I praised God for I believe it is true!  God is protecting Israel and He is probably chuckling too!
Overheard - -Gaza Hamas were Complaining, 'Their God Changes The Paths Of Our Rockets In Mid-Air'.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Divine Agriculture

Each Sunday, I usually post a digested sermon by our Pastor Jerry.  Today my post will be brief due to unfortunate circumstances.

On Saturday there was a wedding at our church and the sound system was changed for the wedding, but was not put back as it should have been.  When our Sunday service began there was harsh feedback and regrettably I was not able to hear most of the sermon.  Fortunately I had the bulletin.

When it was time for the Joys, I had been impressed to share my story about the California Water situation and how we should speak to the rocks to bring forth water as Moses was told to do.

As the service progressed, one of our ladies was asked to read a Scripture from the Psalms, and I was amazed because this particular selection was a confirmation to my sharing.

Psalm 65:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
You visit the earth and water it,
You greatly enrich it;

The river of God is full of water;
You provide their grain,
For so You have prepared it.
You water its ridges abundantly,
You settle its furrows;
You make it soft with showers,
You bless its growth.

The bulletin contained the Sermon Title and the scripture and thus I present the digested subject from Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43.  DIVINE AGRICULTURE

Jesus came preaching the Kingdom of God and he often spoke in parables.  On one occasion, He spoke about a man who went forth to sow good seed, but soon weeds sprang up.   

The servants asked if they should pull up the weeds. 

The tares will be gathered and burnt
The man said, no an enemy has sowed the weeds; just allow them to grow together until the harvest and then the weeds shall be set aside and burnt and the good grain will be placed in my barn.
His disciples asked Jesus to explain the story and briefly this is what He said.

1.The sower is the Son of Man (Jesus.)
2. The field is the world.
3. The good seeds are the sons of the kingdom.
4. The weeds are the sons of the wicked one.
5. The enemy is the devil.
6. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.

Pastor encouraged us to understand that good and evil happens to us all.

Tragedy, sickness, and death touch many of our lives, but we have a choice to decide the way we will turn.  We are free to make good decisions and we are also free to choose the wrong path.
We are free to serve and trust God through it all.  Our hope is in Christ Jesus.


Friday, July 18, 2014

The Headlines Read – Wells Drying Up

Water from a Rock

Our Lake Oroville, the main water source for Southern California is very low.  A sobering thought is that there was not sufficient rain and a good snow pack to fill it.

A couple months ago, I suggested NOT to pray for rain, but to speak to the rain clouds to come and bring rain.  Yes God did send some rain, but not enough.  Then we all relaxed.  Many are thinking "maybe next year will be a better season."

The alarm and cries of the media and newspapers are; “We are in a draught – the crops will fail, we need water for our animals and for the people.
I am reminded when Jesus told his disciples to SAY (not pray) - Mark 11:23

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Consider another scripture story about Moses - - - God gave him specific instructions to SPEAK and sadly he did not obey and SAY as he was told.

Numbers 20:7, 8  Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together.  Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.”

Just for a moment let us expand our thinking and our believing and understand that God does cause water to flow out of rocks.  This is evidenced by tiny springs that bubble up from rocks and turn into creeks and by huge water falls that cascade into rivers.  It is a fact that water does come from rocks.

May I suggest not to pray for rain, but to SAY to the ROCKS in our mountains to crack open and pour out water to fill our lake.

What I am asking is for you to open your mouth and with your voice to speak to the mountain rocks to rip open and to flow forth water.

To some this may seem silly or foolish, but I am reminded that Jesus did many things that seemed irrational, and he was called all sorts of crazy names. 

If you are embarrassed to SAY in public, just SAY with me now, and continue to SAY:  “Rocks split open and gush out water into our Lake.” 

Not prayen but just SAYEN !! 

"If two or three agree as touching anything on earth, it shall be done."


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Tricks for Old Dogs

Old Hound Dog Still Running
Apple Cider Vinegar has been publicized for many purposes including marinating meat over night before cooking it, to unclogging drains, killing weeds and even beauty aids such as a hair rinse. 
A popular use is to drink a tablespoon full in a glass of water daily to help with joint pain.  My brother and also brother in law both claim this helps their arthritis pain and is a simple and inexpensive aid for their health.

I have been giving my dog Bragg ACV with the Mother.

From reading the labels I discovered that the Heinz quart size is the real apple cider vinegar and is the most reasonable in price.  Heinz also puts out a larger bottle, but it is flavored and not the real apple cider vinegar.

I said all that to say this:  Our old hound dog has been limping and for months we have been giving him a baby aspirin morning and night.  It did seem to help, but I wanted to try something else.

 He gets 1/2 can of dog food and a cup of dry crunch morning and night, so I began to add a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to the wet food and mixing it in well. 

After a few days, I am amazed that he eats his food with no objections and is walking better than ever.

In addition I ordered some Joint soft chews from Entirely Pets  
“Joint MAX: Chewable Tablets pet joint supplement, containing Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, EPA, DHA, Creatine, Zinc, Manganese, Vitamin C and N-acetyl-cysteine in one tasty, chewable tablet.”

Also I ordered some capsules of Bromelain from Swanson Vitamin Company and I break open a capsule and give him 1/2 twice a day stirred in the wet food.  Bromelain is from pineapple and helps with pain and also digestion.

I believe that the most help is coming from the Natural Apple Cider Vinegar, and if your dog is limping from time to time, Vinegar might be something you would want to add to his food. 


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tending the Seed

A Sower Went Forth Sowing Good Seed - - but - -

Pastor Jerry was reading from two portions of scripture.  Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23  was The Parable of the Sower and the types of ground that received the seed.

Isaiah 55:10-12 New King James Version (NKJV) God’s Word is the Seed.
10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower, And bread to the eater,  11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. 12 “For you shall go out with joy,  And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills, Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Does the Word of God make a difference in your life? 

Let us consider a few definitions of the Word of God”

1 A decree from God – His breath or a whisper.
2. An address to humans, a voice from heaven
3. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh.
4.  The written word was first given to Moses written with the finger of God.  Then Holy men of God wrote as they were given the words to write.

Does reading or hearing God’s word stir your spirit?
Have you ever heard from God and doubted?  Were you receptive? 

When the Word of God does not inspire or stir you that is sad. 

Often the reason we are not stirred, is we have heard the word before and it is not new, so we are bored. 

Likely the speaker failed to deliver the word in an exciting way, or the listener was not paying attention.  Perhaps we failed to zero in and focus on the meat of the Word.

Are we the church on Fire, or simply simmering along.

Now about the seed.  Are you ready to hear or to rearrange your receiving?  The seed was good seed and was randomly scattered.  It is ready to grow.

The Parable Jesus told addressed different types of soil. 
The wayside with shallow ground so birds devoured the seed; the ground with stones and no root, and ground with weeds and thorns to choke, and the good ground where those who understand and received the word with gladness.

In Jesus day, many of the hearers were farmers and they understood sowing and reaping.  The stories Jesus told were tools to reveal truth.

Human hearts are unpredictable, and we are the soil.  Often a bit of each type of soil is found in us.  We must arrange our thinking and be receptive.

Then at times we are the sower, and we cast forth the seed.  We can’t predict the soil will produce and there are many reasons.  The season must be right, and the seed must be watered, weeded and cared for.  The final results are left up to God.

To some people the message is offensive, others find it liberating, and encouraging.

The seed is precious and valuable, and as we sow, may we sow deliberately and extravagantly scattering widely and hoping for a result.

God has a different way of sowing.  He sowed to us Jesus so that we might enjoy newness of life and eternal life.

The message may at times be inconvenient when we are told to love our enemies, our neighbors and our families.

Are we really listeners and are we stimulated allowing our hearts to be stirred?

There are limits to sowing.  At times we tire and have no energy.  We select an easier place to sow where it is more comfortable.

The disciples of Jesus argued, and were not too happy when Jesus ministered to outsiders.

How about you?  Let those who have ears to hear receive what the Spirit is saying.  God has a purpose and His plans are accomplished by His Word.

Scatter the seed whether it is convenient or not. 
The word must be planted and then God brings the harvest. 


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Prophesying a Blessing

May God Bless This Child !
The baby Shower for my granddaughter, was a long traveling distance away and I had agreed to drive my daughter and my niece to the destination. 

The day before the shower, we drove part way and arrived at our hotel where reservations had been made. 
The next morning after a good nights rest and a leisurely hotel breakfast, we journeyed 50 more miles to the place where the party would take place.

In the back yard, women, young and old gathered in the shade of trees and under large umbrellas while soon, the invitation was given to partake of salads, chips and small sandwiches that were ready and waiting.

My pregnant granddaughter sat across from us chatting with another young lady who was also obviously pregnant.   In my spirit I knew that I must give the unborn child of my granddaughter a blessing. 

My thought was to not be obvious but it seemed impossible.  A third young lady joined the two and she also was pregnant.  The three women were in a small cluster and at once it occurred to me to bless them all.

God had given me the words for my granddaughter, “May this child learn to love Jesus at an early age; and may she mature and become a mighty woman of God.” 

As I viewed the second friend, I knew her child would be full of joy and be used of God.

Quickly I approached the three, and said, “I would like to bless your babies, and when you hear a blessing that is for someone else, you may also claim it for yourself. 
Then I touched my granddaughter’s protruding stomach and made my declaration,
“May this child learn to love Jesus at an early age; and may she mature and become a mighty woman of God.” 

Then I turned to the second woman and said, “Your child will love Jesus and be used of God and will be a person full of joy.”  For some reason she laughed and seemed to be sharing a secret with God.

At times making a proclamation or a declaration over someone, might seem to be a risk. 

What will people think?  Will I be received?  Is this what God is asking me to do?

Be sure the words are given to you by God and not just made up off the top of your head. 

The Apostle Paul said NOT to despise prophesy and rather to encourage and participate in the divine forecast. 

1 Corinthians_14:1  Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may  prophesy.