Day: February 23, 2008

Time For Change

I apologize to those of you who visit on a regular basis and wonder if for some reason you’ve been directed to the wrong blog – I’v been playing around with different themes and can’t seem to make up my mind.  I’m going for a new look, but I want to be sensitive to you, my readers so if you come across a theme you don’t like, leave me a comment telling me what you don’t like – such as the color of the theme, the size or color of the font, etc…  If you come across a post that doesn’t appear properly, please let me know.  I’m going to be editing previous posts so that they can all be read – it appears that with some of the themes any text with a dark color doesn’t come through very well.

Prayer Request – Marge Yenner

Dear friends, please lift Marge up to the Lord in prayer for healing.  She has recently been diagnosed with Leukemia and on Monday she will speak with her doctor to discuss the various options for treatment.  She is very frail and will have to undergo chemo, and perhaps a bone marrow transplant, all of which is painful, costly and stressful. 

Father, we come to you on behalf of your daughter, Marge and lift her up to you.  We speak to her bones and marrow and declare them free from disease in Jesus’ name.  Lord, we make a demand on her blood to produce healthy marrow and bone that is free from sickness and disease and declare that her bones will refuse any illness to enter in.  Father, Your Word says that anything we bind on earth, is bound in Heaven, and we bind the enemy and every germ and disease and illness that is trying to claim her in Your Mighty Name.  In the name of Jesus, we forbid her body to be deceived in any way, and declare that Marge is redeemed from the curse of the law and death and that the Spirit of God’s Word flows through her veins cleansing her blood from all impurities.  The law of the Spirit has made her free from the law of sin and death, therefore she will not allow sin, sickness or death to be lord over her.  The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, dwells in Marge and sends His life through her body sending healing to every cell, artery, muscle, bone, marrow and tissue.  We believe in His Word and stand in faith in His promises in the matchless and wondrous name of His Son, Jesus, Amen.

De-cluttering – Getting Back On Track!

So, while I may not have been blogging, or much of anything else the past few weeks, I did have moments where I accomplished some de-cluttering and at one point I had the clarity of mind to record my efforts for posterity.

I went through more of the magazines that I have had laying around the house and while I haven’t gone through all of them, I would say that I only have about a dozen left to go through.

I had put up a post some time back about a neat little gadget I found at the local craft store, the iSlice, and I can’t say enough about it.  I use it to go through my magazines, newsletters, coupons and newspapers.  I love it!  Just to show you how useful this little cutter is here’s a picture of the stack of magazines (on the left)  I went through recently and the end result (on the right) of my “slicing”.  Please keep in mind this is probably only one-fourth of the magazines I’ve iSliced over the past few months.

P2020054 To stay on top of the magazines that make their way into my home, I’ve decided to let them linger for one month beyond their issue date before I iSlice them.  This will allow for ample time for everyone to browse through them and keep them from piling up.

Once I’ve gone through all the magazines still floating around from months past, I’m going to begin scanning the pages onto a flash drive – this will reduce the amount of clutter even more and I’ll make sure to snap a photo or two!

The Concert

Marie and I have been friends for over 20 years and even though she has been living in Florida for the last 14 years, she has never lost contact with me and she remains one of my dearest and truest friends.  We stay in touch through email and she has sent me some funny ones, some serious ones, some thought provoking ones and some pull on your heart string ones; but this one was so poignant, I knew I had to share it.  I’m not sure who authored it, but it’s worth sharing.  May it touch you as it did me and may your desire to know Him grow with each passing moment.

The Concert

When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin a mother returned to her seat and discovered that her child was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage.

To her horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out,”Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance then quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy’s ear, “

Don’t quit . . . keep playing.”

Then, leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child, and he added a running obbligato.

Together, the old master and the young novice transformed what could have been a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience.

The audience was so mesmerized that they couldn’t recall what else the great master played. Only the classic, ” Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

Perhaps that’s the way it is with God.

What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren’t always graceful flowing music.  However, with the hand of the Master, our life’s work can truly be beautiful.   The next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully.   You may hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear,

Don’t quit . . . Keep playing.”

May you feel His arms around you and know that His hands are there, helping you turn your feeble attempts into true masterpieces. Remember, God doesn’t seem to call the equipped, rather, He equips the ‘called.’

Life is more accurately measured by the lives you touch than by the things you acquire. So touch someone by passing this little message along.

May God bless you and be with you always, and remember,

“ Don’t quit . . . Keep playing.”

Messages From Joel Osteen – Confirmation Of God’s Word

Okay, if you read my blog you know that for the past few weeks I haven’t blogged and I haven’t been in my email very much either.  So, today I’ve been catching up and this evening I’ve been going through my daily messages from Joel Osteen.  It’s amazing how so many of his messages spoke to my circumstances and even though I did not read them until now, God was still conveying His message to me through what I’ve read in His word and through other messages of encouragement I’ve been given over the years.  It is written that, “God’s Word will not return to Him void” and this is ever so present and real for me.  Here are a few messages I received over the past few weeks from Joel Osteen Ministries that I want to share with you, may they bless you as they have blessed me.

Observe to Do

Today’s Scripture

“This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success” (Joshua 1:8).

Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria

Did you know that when you speak the Word of God, it activates power in your life? In fact, this verse says do not let it depart from your mouth. In other words, keep speaking and confessing the Word of God—no matter what your circumstances seem like. When you keep God’s Word in your mind, heart and mouth, it empowers you to obey all the Lord commands. Do you need strength today to overcome temptation? Do you need to be empowered to walk in love? Get the Word of God in your heart and declare what the Word of God says about your situation. Declare that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Declare that you have God’s grace for all things. And notice what this verse says will happen when you are walking in obedience to God’s Word: The key to having abundance and success in every area of your life is found in the Word of God. As you continue to speak the Word of God, you will be empowered in every area of your life, and you will live the life of victory the Lord has in store!

A Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word which gives me strength. Fill me with Your power so that I can obey Your Word. I bless You today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Keep Asking

Today’s Scripture

“For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:8).

Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria

Is there something you are believing God for? Does it seem like it’s taking a long time to come to pass? Be encouraged today! The Bible says that through faith and patience you will inherit the promise. You can trust that God’s Word is true. Submit your prayers to the Lord, and keep an attitude of faith and expectancy. Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep knocking on the door, and it will be opened to you. It may seem like it’s taking a long time, but know this: God is working behind the scenes on your behalf. He is orchestrating things in your favor. He is perfecting whatever concerns you. Don’t give up! Start thanking God for His faithfulness in your life. As you stay faithful in your prayers and thanksgiving, the Lord will move mightily on your behalf. He’ll take you places that you’ve never dreamed, and you will live the life of victory He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

Father in heaven, thank You for giving me a diligent spirit. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Give me strength to stand until I see Your promises fulfilled in my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Give Thought to Your Ways

Today’s Scripture

“A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps” (Proverbs 14:15).

Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria

Do you consider yourself to be prudent or wise? The Bible says that one of the characteristics of a prudent person is to give thought to their ways. So many people today just act, or re-act, based on their emotions or circumstances. They let the world around them determine how they should feel or what they should do. They believe everything they hear in the news. When the economy is up, they are up. When the economy is down, they are down. Don’t let that be you today! Give thought to your ways. Submit every decision to the Lord in prayer and allow Him to direct you from inside your heart. Don’t believe everything you hear. Let the Lord guide your steps. As you take time to meditate before the Lord and submit your plans to Him, Proverbs says that your ways will be established. You will find supernatural peace that passes understanding, and you will live in success all the days of your life!

A Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your faithfulness to me. Thank You for guiding and directing my steps. Help me each day to give thought to my ways and follow the good plan You have for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Be Strong in the Lord

Today’s Scripture

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10).

Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria

Everyone has times when they feel weak or discouraged in life. But you don’t have to live that way! You can be strong in the Lord and in His power. You don’t have to walk around defeated and depressed. You can have joy today! In fact, the Bible tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength. God’s joy isn’t based on circumstances. It isn’t based on the news, the stock market or the housing economy. God’s joy is based on Him. When you think about what He’s done for you—that He’s given you life, that He’s cast your sins as far as the east is from the west—you can’t help but get happy! You can’t help but have joy inside of you. That supernatural joy on the inside of you is supernatural strength. The enemy can’t take away what God has given you deep on the inside. So put a smile on your face today and rejoice in the Lord no matter what battles you may be facing. The joy of the Lord will give you strength, and you’ll live the life of victory God has promised you!

A Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, thank You for joy which strengthens! Thank you for empowering me today no matter what I may be facing. Fill my heart with Your supernatural joy so I can stand strong in all things. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.