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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I was visiting Gennas blog yesterday, and she had asked that if anyone was in need of prayer, to please email her. This touched me. What a precious thing to do and what another great use of the internet!
James 5:15,16: And the prayer of faith shall heal the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The unceasing prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Galations 6:2: Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Matthew 18:19,20: "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in Heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

I encourage you, if you stumble across this post and you are in need of prayer, please let Genna or I know so that we may pray for you. You do not need to leave your name if you don't want to. Just let us know your need and we will stand with you in prayer.

God bless you and keep you.

I confess my sins before You Father and ask for Your forgiveness. I thank You for Genna, and her heart to serve You and to do Your will in her life. I thank You for her sweet and gentle spirit and her desire to help others. I want to join her, Lord, in this form of servitude. I pray that anyone that comes across this post and is in need of prayer would let us know, that we may lift them up to You. Where two or more are gathered in Your name, there You will be also. Your word is true. I also thank You for anyone who will stand with us and lift those in need up to You today and always.
I thank You for Your ever lasting and never failing love. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Turn The Page

There was such a great message this past weekend at church. The title of it was called 'Page Turner', and was taught by Janay McDonald. You can watch it here. Janay compared our lives to a book, a novel, that we write ourselves. The first part of the book would be the prologue, the small start of the book that would catch you up on all things before the true story begins. This part of 'our' book would be our life before Christ. Though it's an important part of our book, it's not the main story. It's the explanation of what leads us to the main story.

Page one, chapter one, is the day we accept Christ. It is at that moment that our 'book', our life begins. Everything up to this point was merely a means of getting here. This is where our true story begins. It's where our life begins.
As in all books worth reading, there are highs and there are lows. A book without some twists wouldn't be worth the purchase price. A great price was paid for our 'book' and it's well worth the read. There are trials, there are tribulations and there is triumph. There is a villain, there is a Hero. There are choices to be made. There are mysteries, there are revelations.

As with every book we pick up and read, there is one goal. The ending, the finishing of the book. I've never bought a book and only wanted to read the first 3/4 of the story. No, I pick it up to ultimately know the ending. Through a good book, sometimes I want to jump ahead and read the ending because I just can't stand not knowing how it all turns it ends.

Well, with our book, we all know our ending. We already know our epilogue. It's our forever after with our Father. Our epilogue was known to us at the beginning of Chapter one. It's life everlasting with Christ. It's the happily ever after that we hope for in every book we read, but for us, it's real. We know that we have a happily ever after, that we will reside in Heaven with our Father.

Every story has a prologue, story and an epilogue. The prologue gets us to our main story. The story, though different for every author, will eventually have an ending. My epilogue makes the prologue and the story worth writing...each and every page, to get to it.

If you have a few minutes, I encourage you to visit the link above and hear this message yourself. I apologize for not having done it justice, just did the best I could. :)

I am sorry for my mistakes. For the ones I've made knowingly, and for the ones that I've yet to understand or realize. I thank You that You are a forgiving Father, that You understand the element of human error and love us in spite of ourselves.
I thank You for Janay's message, I thank You for the means it took to bring it to me, and that my family and I were able to be present to hear it. I thank You for each and every life that I was able to bring it to with this post. I know, Father, that regardless of what I've written, that Your Holy Spirit will breathe the message You have for each person that reads this, into it. Your ways are amazing and I am in awe of how You will use each of us, if we will allow You. I give You my life willingly, Father and ask You to use me.
Thank You, Lord. I love You with all that I am and all that I will be. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Smallest Of Candles

We are each called to follow Christ and to shine His light in a world of darkness. The Word tells us that we are not to hide that light, but to let it shine in world of darkness. There is so much darkness in our world, and yet regardless of how black that darkness and that void can not help but succumb to the light. God is that light, and we are His candles carrying that flame to a world that is lost.
Regardless of the well intentions, the candle can not be the flame. The candle is but a servant to the flame, a carrier of the flame. It is not the candles purpose to be a light, but to provide a way for the light to be. God is the only flame that can bring light to darkness. A candle without flame is useless. Yet, I see a lot of candles believing they are the flame and therefore plumping themselves up like a rooster in a hen house. They forget that they, in themselves, can do nothing. Without conceding that Christ is their light, their flame, they are useless and in fact can do more damage to a world that is already bumping into things in this vast void of darkness.
The smallest of candles, once lit, provides a way to many. Regardless of the size of the candle, the flame gives light to darkness.

I come before You with a humble heart. I acknowledge that I am a sinner, and ask that my sins be forgiven me as I repent, Lord.
I thank You that You love me, that You gave Your only begotten Son for me, and that Your Holy Spirit dwells within me as a lamp unto my feet. I pray Father, that that Light within me will be a beacon to others that are lost and hurting, that it may be a compass to the only real and everlasting source of joy. You, Father, will I serve.
I thank You for anyone whose path will cross this page today. I ask that You would bless them and encourage them in all their ways.
I praise You, and I thank You in Jesus' name, Amen.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Different But Equal

I love God with all my heart, and I have since 1982. God loves me with all of His heart and has since the beginning of time. His love is strong and His love is forgiving. He knew my shortcomings before I was born, He knew my strong suits too. I had to learn them on my own, and the lesson is ongoing. But I will trust Him to guide me, to lift me up when I fall, to comfort me when I'm hurt and to reprimand me when I err. Because He not only is my Creator, but my Father. He loves me with a Fathers love. There is no sibling rivalry, God loves all His children equally. Sometimes we bring Him tears of joy and sometimes tears of sorrow. But regardless of the cause of tears, He will not turn His back on His children. We may, of our own accord, place a wedge between ourselves and our Father, but when we call, He will still answer. It's who He is.

I come before you with a humble heart. I acknowledge the errors of my ways before You and ask You for Your forgiveness.
Father, I pray that Your Holy Spirit will make Himself known to those that call upon Your holy name. I pray that their old man will be laid to rest and their new man will rise, filled with Your Holy Spirit. Glory be Your name forever.
In the blessed name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.