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Thursday
Dec122013

Snow Covering

This picture reminds me of the first time Chuck, Chris, my mom and I saw Jerusalem. The bus pulled over to a spot where we could get our first overview of the city, looking down on the western wall. It was snowing and the ground was beginning to be covered. Snow in the land of Jesus is something I never considered.

In winter, cold and dry weather conditions slow down the growth of living things in nature. Weak and fragile life forms die off, and only that which is strong remains to be set aside and planted to create new life in the spring.

In the cold winter most plant life lies dormant. Dormant means asleep/resting, alive but temporarily inactive. If you look at a rose bush after the first freeze you could think it was dead, never to have beauty again. But all is not as it appears.

Sunday December 8, 2013 during the worship time at church I saw in a vision a thick covering of snow. The amazing part, to me, was the blades of bright green grass coming up out from under that snow covering. It was as if the Lord zoomed in my vision to emphasize the plush green blades. I have not been able to get that picture out of my mind. I think it is a picture of my life the last 9-10 years as well as many other Christians and even the church as a whole.

I have experienced the presence of God in mighty ways, my passion for chasing after him was unquenchable, my prayer life was at an all time high for me. Then came the cold reality of life and it began to snow. My love for God did not waver, my spirit was still full of life but things went dormant. Like a big fat bear I went into a cave to hibernate to wait for the pain of the bitter cold to pass.

As in nature there are seasons, so it is in our spiritual lives. We think of the breath of God blowing fire of angry judgement which is biblical, but Job 37:6-12 also proclaims "He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ So that everyone he has made may know his work, he stops all people from their labor. The animals take cover; they remain in their dens. The tempest comes out from its chamber, the cold from the driving winds. The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen. He loads the clouds with moisture; he scatters his lightning through them. At his direction they swirl around over the face of the whole earth to do whatever he commands them."

TO EVERYTHING there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1 AMP). For many of us and I believe for the church as a whole it has been a long cold winter. But I have seen that plush green life pushing out of the snow. As winter in the natural is only beginning and snow is covering many places The Lord is proclaiming spiritually that spring is at hand.

My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” (Song of Solomon 2:10-13 NIV)

Monday
Nov042013

Bait and Switch

Chuck and I set out on a path 13 years ago with great expectations of doing exploits for God. The fact that we would be working in the background made no difference to us. Obedience to the call of God on our lives to move forward was our burning desire.

We had experienced the power of God that was life changing at the beginning of that path and excitement filled our hearts for what was ahead. We sold or gave away most of our belongings, left our good paying jobs, said our sad goodbyes to our family and friends and off we went.

Like Joseph, the path to our dreams and expectations was not what we expected. It was certainly not all bad. We had many God encounters. divine appointments and moments we felt we made a difference.  We also experienced much disappointment, heartache and betrayal also.

Never in a million years would we have thought our path would take us there. If we had known I am pretty sure we would have judged it not of God and we would have stayed where we were and probably died on the vine. So this is where what I call God tricking or what a friend classifies as bait and switch comes in to play.

We have all seen the picture of the carrot dangling in front of the mule. He keeps his eyes on the carrot which is held just out of reach while moving in the direction that the master is leading. What the mule does not see is the heavy burden waiting ahead.

Five years later we were called to move again and once again we thought we knew where this path was headed. Excitement and relief filled our hearts as we once again moved with the cloud. We were not here long before we knew that which had brought us here to SC was not the real reason.

Suddenly there was a drastic turn in the road. We had been bait and switched again. It is not that God is playing games or trying to deceive. Could it be that He uses what we like or the desire He puts in our heart to move us forward to what He has planned. He has a plan and a purpose for our lives and the path that leads to that purpose may be filled with pain and disappointment as well as moments of joy. If he had revealed to Joseph all that would happen and the places he would end up before his prophetic dreams came to pass Joseph might have run the other way. But God put those dreams before him and as Joseph kept his sight on them as he went through the bad times he was brought into his destiny as well as bringing his family and Israel into restoration. Romans 8: 28 We are assured and know that [[a]God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

Chuck and I are not the same people who left Mississippi 13 years ago. We are stronger from the workout we have received on this path. I think now this journey was not as much about what we could do for our Lord as what He could do within us.

I have been thinking about this whole bait and switch thing in relation to our local church. I asked Sunday how many came here from out of state and many hands went up. Then I asked if they moved here to be a part of this particular body and not a single hand was raised. Even our pastor moved here for a different reason. The magnitude of the purpose of God to move people from all over the World to end up in this time and this place is mind boggling. We are all here for such a time as this. That does not mean the path ends here for all of us, it probably does not matter of fact. But God has brought us here for a purpose.

So I am seeing that we can't judge the path by what pot holes are on it but we must keep the dream He has given us in sight and trust God to bring us into His ultimate purpose.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

 

 

Sunday
May122013

IF WE DO NOT LOOSE HEART - Frances Frangipane

The prophet Daniel warns of a time when Satan will “wear down the saints of the Highest One” (Dan. 7:25). How this occurs in the final hours of the age remains to be seen, but this battle is already occurring today. The final effect of what seems like never-ending delays is that believers are worn out.


Do you know anyone who is weary with his or her battle? Are you yourself weary? I know many who seem trapped in situations that should have been remedied months and even years ago, but the battle continues against them. Situations and people, often empowered by demonic resistance, stand in opposition to the forward progress of God’s people. As a result of constant demonic opposition, many Christians gradually accept a quiet, but weighty, oppression on their souls.


This battle to wear out the saints may be rooted in conflicts with children or spouses; perhaps it is some unresolved issue or division within their churches. It may be a work conflict or health battle, yet on and on it goes. Like a skilled and masterful thief, the enemy daily steals the joy, strength and passion of Christians, and many do not even realize what they have lost or how much.


The scale is actually larger than our personal struggles. Consider the various conflicts in the world. Some have continued for generations. We can understand why, even in the midst of great worship and praise by the redeemed, there is a place under the altar in Heaven where the saints continue to ask, “How long, O Lord?” (Rev. 6:10). Fifty-eight times in the Bible, from beginning to end, the phrase how long is echoed by those who grew weary with waiting.


Sometimes the delays are God-ordained to perfect faith and character. On the other hand, there are also occasions when Satan seeks to resist the fulfillment of God’s plans until we grow weary and quit. Satan is the dragon whose goal is to “drag-on” the battle with draining, wearying delays. He persists until we wear out, give up and quit praying.


Additionally, as situations stretch beyond reasonably expected conclusions, weariness of soul can also exacerbate the original situation, leading to fleshly reactions or just overreactions, which also need resolution. We lose patience, eventually seeking relief rather than victory. This compromises the standards of God and conscience.


Perseverance
There is a reason the book of Revelation mentions the word perseverance seven times. Over and over again we see those who persevered and overcame. It is one thing to have vision, another to have godly motives, but neither will carry us to our objectives by itself. We must also persevere.


The root of the word persevere is the word severe. We must face the fact that en route to victory our trials may get severe. Likewise, it is with severe faith—severe or extreme steadfastness—that we inherit the promises of God (Heb. 10:36). James tells us: “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4).


Endurance. Perseverance. Steadfastness. These are the qualities that breed character, that transform the doctrine of Christlikeness into a way of life. “Let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect.” The key to true maturity, to a life “lacking in nothing,” is perseverance.


Character before Breakthrough
We mentioned Daniel earlier as a prophet who warned about Satan’s ploy to wear down the saints. God gave him a vision of the end of the age. Here is what he wrote: “I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them” (Dan. 7:21). This is the nature of the battle. There are times we feel war storming against our souls, overpowering us. But the prophet said the sense of overpowering continued only “until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom” (v. 22).


There is a principle here that, once understood, will lead to victory in our battles. If we endure, if we climb higher into God, if we refuse to lose our trust in God, a time will come when the Ancient of Days enters our circumstances. Looking at our newly developed character, which has grown strong through perseverance, He will pass judgment in favor of our cause. God looks at our character, forged in the fire of overpowering delays and battle, and says, “Good, this is what I was waiting for.”


Whatever your battle, whether you are praying for your country or standing for your children, whether your cry is for the lost or for the end of some local or personal conflict, remember: it is not enough to sow the right seeds or even have the right soil. We will only reap “if we do not lose heart” (Gal. 6:9 NKJV).


The preceding excerpt is from the book This Day We Fight, by Pastor Frangipane available at www.arrowbookstore.com http://www.frangipane.org/
 

Saturday
Mar302013

Sacrificial Lamb

“This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the door frames of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs. This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord ’s Passover. “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. (Exodus 12:2-9, 11-13 NIV)

This Easter as Christians call it or Passover as the Bible and Jewish brethren more accurately proclaim has been a more revelatory season for me than many of my past. Of course since I am confined to a chair most of the time I have a lot of time to watch and listen.

Not only do I have three breaks in my left shoulder I find I am in a season of brokenness. I have had an overwhelming sense of God's love and tenderness toward me. Not because of anything I have done or deserve but despite all I have been, done or presently am.

Yesterday at the urging of my dear friend, Frances, I watched Rabbi Jonathan Cahn who is a Messianic Jew explain the Passover and Jesus the Passover Lamb. Two things that really enlightened me was: 1) God instructed the Jews in Egypt to put the blood of the Lamb in three places, the door frame and both sides forming a blood covering that points to heaven for covering. On the cross Jesus, our Passover Lamb, was nailed in three places both hands and His feet. That blood covering pointed down to man from Heaven. Jesus then became the door to enter for deliverance.

2). Each household slaughtered the lamb and not only used it to cover the entrance to their home they roasted it and ate it ALL. We enter the door(Jesus) to the Kingdom of God through the blood of the Lamb but that's only the beginning. We choose to consume or take within us ALL of who He is. We can't pick and choose which part of the Lamb of God we want and leave the rest to sit and spoil. We must take ALL.

Last night our Church who has the privilege of having a Messianic Jew as a pastor celebrated Passover. Peter Wyns too explained the meaning of Passover and how it pointed to Jesus our Passover Lamb. It was a special and meaningful experience to learn and participate.

Sitting there listening my mind went to Psalm 91.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (Psalm 91:1-16 NIV)

How do we get into this shelter? Through the blood of the Lamb. What grabbed me so strong is that when we enter and remain within this shelter then death, pestilence, attacks of the enemy, etc must Passover us. The key is entering in and remaining. Had the Israelites done all commanded about the lamb and then ventured outside they would have made the sacrifice of none effect. Oh My Lord help me to abide in you continually!

 

 

Tuesday
Jan222013

Called to War

Just because God gave you a promise, a word, or a glimpse of your destiny does not mean He will hand it over without a battle. We do have enemies who want to steal what is promised. He equips us for war. He goes before us, with us and is our rear guard. He is the Captain of the Host or as the message Bible says "God of the Angel Armies". Raise your sword and take the land!

And so God gave Israel the entire land that he had solemnly vowed to give to their ancestors. They took possession of it and made themselves at home in it. And God gave them rest on all sides, as he had also solemnly vowed to their ancestors. Not a single one of their enemies was able to stand up to them – God handed over all their enemies to them. Not one word failed from all the good words God spoke to the house of Israel. Everything came out right (Joshua 21:43 - 21:45 MSG)

Friday
Jan182013

The Inheritance

The people of Judah came to Joshua at Gilgal. Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite spoke: “You’ll remember what God said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me back at Kadesh
Barnea. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of God sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land. And I brought back an honest and accurate report. My companions who went with me discouraged the people, but I stuck to my guns, totally with God, my God. That was the day that Moses solemnly promised, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance, you and your children’s, forever. Yes, you have lived totally for God.’ Now look at me: God has kept me alive, as he promised. It is now forty-five years since God spoke this word to Moses, years in which Israel wandered in the wilderness. And here I am today, eighty-five years old! I’m as strong as I was the day Moses sent me out. I’m as strong as ever in battle, whether coming or going. So give me this hill country that God promised me. You yourself heard the report, that the Anakim were there with their great fortress cities. If God goes with me, I will drive them out, just as God said.”
Joshua blessed him. He gave Hebron to Caleb son of Jephunneh as an inheritance (Joshua 14:6-13 MSG)

Caleb was promised his land of his inheritance by Moses at age 40. He had to walk in the wilderness with the rebellious until he was 85 before he could go in and take the Land. Miraculously, in that 45 years of waiting in a dry place Caleb remained strong physically and in his faith.

Today this land is part of what is called by the world "the West Bank" but is really Judaea and Sameria. Hebron is also where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Leah, and Jacob are buried.

We are forced to have tolerance for the Muslim religion even if they are our enemies and in our prisons. This is how much tolerance they have: Following the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, and the invasion by Arab armies, Hebron was captured and occupied by the Jordanian Arab Legion. During the Jordanian occupation, which lasted until 1967, Jews were not permitted to live in the city, nor -- despite the Armistice Agreement -- to visit or pray at the Jewish holy sites in the city. Additionally, the Jordanian authorities and local residents undertook a systematic campaign to eliminate any evidence of the Jewish presence in the city. They razed the Jewish Quarter, desecrated the Jewish cemetery and built an animal pen on the ruins of the Avraham Avinu synagogue.

Today the Jews are still not permitted to visit the tomb of the patriarchs. But I guarantee that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has not forgotten the promise and inheritance of Caleb. We serve a God who never forgets His promises. Soon it will return.

Wednesday
Apr042012

Jesus Feast Day 3

1 Corinthians 13:3-7 MSG

"If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn't want what it doesn't have. Love doesn't strut, Doesn't have a swelled head, Doesn't force itself on others, Isn't always "me first," Doesn't fly off the handle, Doesn't keep score of the sins of others, Doesn't revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end."

Day 3 started with me asking the Lord what He wanted to talk with me about today. Immediately the word "love" came. Love has been a subject we have dwelt on for sometime. The more I look into the mirror of love the more I see I lack. I mean before I could even get out of bed, Chuck and I had a misunderstanding and I reacted out of my flesh rather than love. Yes Lord, I know, more of me has to die.

Over the past few weeks I have been thinking of a book I read several years ago by Bob Mumford called Agape Love: Journey to Intimacy With The Father. I looked everywhere for it and could not locate my copy. I even loaned it out or packed it away somewhere. It came so strong that I needed to read it again that I ordered a kindle copy for my iphone.

Yesterday, I was reading about Eros which he explain essentially means " the desire or intention to possess, acquire or control". Totally opposite of the Love of Christ. Eros can have a sexual connotation but not confined to that meaning. He writes "Eros is the mother of all sins. It can be recognized because it is always self-referential. It is not only self-centered, but it becomes self-consuming, turning increasingly inward upon itself in a tighter and tighter spiral.

The greek symbol for Eros is actually a serpent consuming its own tail. It is a highly refined form of self-interest and self-seeking. It is a love that has become so distorted that its only purpose is to meet its own needs. When Jesus referred to the religion that turned us in upon ourselves, He said, "How great is the darkness!: Matt 6:23

If you follow Agape to its fullest extreme, you find God. God is not faith or hope; God is love(Agape). If you take Eros out to the full end, you come to satan who wants to possess, acquire and control. The father of lies passed the whole package of evil desires on to us when Adam and Eve sinned against God." (quoted from Bob Mumford's book)

One thing I have learned is that even though the Lord loves us with a love we can hardly phantom, that love never forces you to do anything, that love gave us free choice. It never manipulates or intrudes. It is never self serving or haughty. It is always gentle and even when it comes to your door it will not come in uninvited, you have to open the door. It is the love that I so want to personify.

Tuesday
Apr032012

Jesus Feast Day 2

Hebrews 4:12 NIV84
"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double‑edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."

Day two of my journey started as I woke up hearing my spirit singing "Blessed be the Name of the Lord". It continued being filled with worship music that connected me to the heart of my beloved and an emphasis He had on praying the Word of God. Chuck was gone most of the day and I once again decided to go back to the barn for some quiet time. I was told that it would be open all this week as some volunteers read scriptures and prayed.

Ironically, the only ones there when I arrived was one faithful couple and the man was the same man I walked with from the parking lot Sunday afternoon. They stood up when I came through the door thinking that I was their relief. They had been there in that big room reading the Bible out loud starting with Genesis 1 since 9 AM and it was now 11:30. They desperately needed a potty break and after explaining my mission I agreed to continue reading so they could take a break. You know, God has a sense of humor. I know He was giggling about the mission He had prepared for me. He is funny some times.

Fred and Mary originally worked for the Lord at PTL and are part of the remnant left behind to pray. They are what you call true watchers. They were very humble and unpretentious. They explained that people would be reading the Bible all week because they wanted the Word of God to penetrate the very walls of the building and it would accomplish what it was sent to do and would not turn back void. Isaiah 55:11 NIV84 "so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."

When they returned they continued on reading as I walked the large room praying. At one point two large geese came to the glass door from the outside and honked so loud it sounded like a freight train. When we paid them no mind they started pecking at the glass as if to say "let me in". Creation has no problem recognizing the Creator's presence.

When I left Mary and Fred, I felt like I had experienced a Divine Appointment. That sweet couple did not appear to have some elaborate blitzy ministry, but none the less they have a very important one. They have been faithful to do that which the Lord gave them to do and seemed very content. I could hear the Lord saying "well done, my good and faithful servant".

I spent about 30 more minutes walking around the property and joining in agreement with the faithful remnant that the Lord would once again visit this place with His goodness and glory. I am asking of Him Gold (purity, strength that endures, beauty and value). I am asking for His will, His word, to be done on this land and in my life and the lives of my family as it is in heaven.

Isaiah 55:10, 11 NIV84 "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."


Sunday
Apr012012

Jesus Feast

Over the past few weeks I have been listening and studying a teaching series that some dear friends gave me called Healing School by Katie Souza.  One thing that Katie was advised and thus she advises others was to concentrate her study on Jesus.  She and her staff went on a Jesus fast for 5 months determined to find out all they could about Him.  It really quickened in my spirit that I was to pursue this, however, the term Jesus fast somehow just did not click.  After all when you fast something, that indicates you are giving it up.  Well, I knew she was not encouraging people to give up anything that had to do with Jesus, so I set my heart to start a 40 day journey as of April 1, 2012.

Yesterday was the beginning of my journey.  After a great sermon at church on what Jesus did on the cross for us and His redemptive love, I decided to go to the old PTL barn that reopened April 1 with 6 hours of praise, prayer and worship.  I have heard about the barn since we have been living on the grounds. It is the place where the Bakers had conferences, church, and filmed the PTL show. As I got out of my car in the parking lot I met a gentleman who had attended meetings at the barn in it's prime.  I thought of the time in the scriptures when the temple was rebuilt and the younger people rejoiced and the older ones wept, remembering what it was like in it's former glory.  However, I did not perceive this was the case because all those whom I came in contact expected the latter glory to be better than the former.

Yesterday the worship music and the prayers were beautiful and the theme that stuck out to me was restoration of dreams. I even had special prayer twice for this.  Just like what happened to the barn and all the elaborate buildings on the property, many of our dreams have fallen apart or have become buried in the pile of debris.

There was a man leading worship when I arrived that moved here 28 years ago with a dream of leading worship on the stage at the barn.  April 1, 2012 his dreams were fulfilled for the first time.  What an awesome picture of God's faithfulness and restoration power.  The barn lay in disarray for many years with walls out, ceiling open, and glass broken. Then "suddenly" God raised up a people to restore the building making it possible for this man's dream to be fulfilled.

Sitting in the presence of the Lord and joining into worship the words "Jesus Feast" came to my mind.  That's it, that's what I should call it,  that's what I desire.  Not a fast, but a feast.  I want all of Him that I can contain. I want to know His thoughts, His ways, and His character. I want to love what He loves and hate what He hates.

So my first day of feasting on Jesus showed me He is the restorer of dreams, or you could call it visions.  The word says that without a vision people will perish. When God puts a dream or vision in our heart, a timetable is usually not attached.  When it is deferred(withheld for or until a slated time) we start to loose hope and question if it will ever happen. With faith you hold on to those dreams by threads. The Lord encourages us to pray and faint not(Luke 18).

Below is a video that I found online that shows the Barn and the Upper Room, as it became, after being abandoned. It could be a picture of our lives full of abandoned dreams.

Here are a couple of pictures that I took inside the barn as it was yesterday.  It is not completely finished, but well done.  Someone donated the sheetrock, the paint and the carpet. I believe this was accomplished because of the prayers of the saints that moved onto this property because God called them to be a part of PTL.  After PTL was gone and the buildings decayed, they remained and faithfully prayed. 

 

 

Thursday
Nov032011

Gifts From My Dad

Psalm 5:12  For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

The last two months has been like a whirlwind for Chuck and I, but in the midst of it I have had moments of obvious blessings from heaven. There were little things that I have desired for a while and suddenly as if I could see the hand of God extended from heaven with my desire in His palm, there it was. This has not happened just once or twice.  It has been a shower of blessings.

To many it would seem that these things are very little and insignificant.  To me it has been a delight. Mainly because I know my father knew my desire and chose to make it available to me. One hundred and twenty dollar curtains for my bedroom, living-room and kitchen for forty dollars.  Curtains that were exactly what I wanted.  Doors of ministry that have opened up suddenly, trips to places I wanted to see with little expense and good fellowship...etc, etc, etc.

Have you ever seen your child in a hard place and you bought them something they wanted just because you love them and wanted to bring them joy.  Well, that is what my Dad has been doing for me. What a Dad!

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.