Month: February 2008

Jesus, Lover Of My Soul

It’s all about You, Jesus

And all this is for You

For Your glory and Your fame

It’s not about me

As if You should do things my way

You alone are God

And I surrender to Your ways

Jesus, lover of my soul

All consuming fire is in Your gaze

Jesus, I want You to know

I will follow You all my days

For no one else in history is like You

And history itself belongs to You

Alpha and Omega, You have loved me

And I will share eternity with You

 

Word and Music by Paul Oakley

Lyrics found at www.higherpraise.com

I see Angels

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I see Angels watching over me, high up in the sky, I see Angels.

I see Angels watching over me as I sleep at night, I see Angels.

My spirit longs to fly and be high up in the  Go to fullsize imagesky, with the Angels.

 

Flying higher, flying faster, Go to fullsize imageclimbing up to meet my Savior.

Flying higher toward my Savior, I long to be free.

Go to fullsize imageI am free, because Jesus gave His life for me.  Jesus has set me free.

He placed my feet upon solid ground, Go to fullsize imageI once was lost but now I’m found.

I’m already free, I’m already free.

Jesus I long to fly, take me higher through the sky. 

Take me higher, let me fly.

You gave me wings, Your Word is my wings. 

Watch me fly, watch me fly. 

Higher and high, higher and high, Go to fullsize imageup through the sky.

Angels, watch me fly.

A Seed

Years ago the Lord gave me this poem, His Word, which I shared with my church.  While going through some papers I came across it again so I’m sharing it with you today.  It is just as relevant today as it was then.  Take care and God bless you.

A Seed

I’ve planted in each of you a seed, that does not grow through worldly deeds.

It needs the water that brings forth life, the water that washes away sorrow and strife.

It grows each day it’s fed My Word, and nurtured through the love of a shepard.

This seed is rooted in My love.  I’ve sent it down from up above.

Through it’s vines flow the Blood of Christ, each vine contains the source of life.

The fruit it bares depends on you,  the things you say, the things you do.

Treasure this gift and you will receive, more than your mind could ever conceive.

I’ve planted in each of you a seed.  A living, breathing piece of Me.

A Clean Mammogram – Praise God

Last year this time I was taking all kinds of pre-tests in preparations for my Gastric Bypass.  One of the things I had to take care of was my annual Mammogram, which was about 2 years over-due.  I hate, no, I detest having to get this done. 

I am very large breasted and though they have gotten smaller with the weight loss, they are still big.  I hate that I have to try and stand there while the technician has to pull and push and move and stretch my “girls”, then watch her flatten them beyond recognition anywhere from 6-8 times and then pray that the films come out okay so we don’t have to submit to a command performance and do it all over again. 

I’ve never worried about breast cancer, no one in my family has it so it never crossed my mind that I would ever hear the words, “we’ve found something and need to take more films”. 

Well, last year, I was told they found a small lump and wanted to take care of it right away.  What??? Wait a minute, you found what?  Well, things happened so fast, one minute I was having more films taken and the next I was speaking to a Breast Surgeon.  A BREAST SURGEON!!!  I was still trying to funnel all this in and now they were talking about finding not one lump but two and they were connected and peanut shaped and they tend to present cancer when they’re shaped like this and it’s best to just remove them and biopsy them rather than have to biopsy them and then find you have to remove them so let’s get the procedure scheduled today………Uhm, uh, wha-, uh, who, uhm, huh?

Now I have another reason to hate my breasts.  Well, the good news here is that they do a Needle-Loc prior to removing the lumps.  This procedure involves them taking digital pictures of the breast to locate the lump(s), then they mark the spot with a laser, insert a needle where the lump(s) are which makes it easier for the surgeon to locate them and then they take more digital pictures to make sure the needle is in position.  All was going great, they took the shots, found the lumps, inserted the needle and took more shots but couldn’t find the lumps anymore.  They were all pretty much amazed – they were there one minute, we all saw them, and then they were gone!  They checked and re-checked and checked again and no lumps – PRAISE GOD!!  Everyone was shouting and excited and saying it was a miracle and how wonderful it was that I didn’t have to go through with the surgery and wasn’t I so happy!!??  Happy, I was floating!  I was told I would have to have follow-up Mammo’s every six months, but since it was only the left one that would be a walk in the park. 

Well, the first follow-up showed the lumps had returned.  This didn’t dampen my spirits, it just put me back into caution mode.  They had me go back 3 months later and that follow-up showed the lumps were still there, but there was no change in size or shape so they determined that I could resume annual check-ups and would just take extra films of the left breast to make sure nothing significant happened, which brings me to today. 

I was pleasantly surprised to find they had upgraded to digital machines which means less tugging and pressing and immediate results!  She took the first set (one on each side) and she was gentle and quick.  Then she took the second set which was a tiny bit uncomfortable but nothing compared to past experiences.  She wanted to take one more shot of the left breast, but not because of the lump – it was because since I’ve lost so much weight (apparently a lot of it in my boobs) there was extra skin that caused a shadow and she wanted to get a better shot.  Well, that went off without a hitch and when I asked her how the lumps looked, she said – “what lumps?”  I said “the ones in my left breast!”  She invited me to check out the monitor and guess what – NO LUMPS!  The images were so clear and there was no denying it – the lumps are GONE!  PRAISE GOD, THANK YOU JESUS! 

I don’t have to go back until February 2009 and since they’ve gone digital, I’m not dreading making that appointment or keeping it for that matter!!

Father, Master of the Universe from Whom all blessings flow, thank you for  my healing.  Thank you for Your grace and mercy and for all You are doing in my life.  I give You all the glory and honor and praise and know that You are in control over every area of my life and give You permission to use me as You see fit.

Closer

While cleaning up my bookshelves I came across a notebook that I used years ago to keep notes from church or meetings as well as Words from the Lord.  I came across “Closer” which the Lord gave me on April 28th, 1996.  It’s message is just as true today as it was back then, proof to me that His Word never returns to Him void.

Closer

Closer…Every step taken, is a step Closer.

Even when you stumble, you are a step Closer.

Even when you fall, you are a step Closer.

Though your back is turned, you can see the Prize.

Though your eyes are closed, so can you still see the Prize.

Though you’ve lost your way, you are still a step Closer to the Prize!

Why?

Because of who you are to Me.  Because of who I Am.

I Am He that lives in you.  I Am He that calls to you.

I Am He that breathed on you, formed you and gave you life.

I see your heart.  I know your heart.  I Am the Blood that flows within.

As long as I Am in you – you are a step Closer to the Prize.

The Prize – what is the Prize? 

It is Me.  It is Peace.  It is Righteousness.  It is Joy in the Holy Ghost.

Interesting Facts About The Bible

While searching for Bible facts I found this (http://www.holybible.com/resources/poems/interesting_facts.htm) and thought you might find it interesting reading.

The Bible is the life and tree of knowledge which contains:

* 66 books
* 1,189 chapters
* 31,173 verses
* 810,697 words
* and 3,566,480 letters.
* The longest chapter is Psalm 119.
* The middle verse is Psalm 118.8.
* The longest name is in Isaiah 8.
* The word “and ” occurs 46,627 times.
* The word “Lord” 1,855 times.
* 2 Kings 19 and Isaiah 37 are almost alike.
* The longest verse is Esther 8:9 with 90 words and 426 letters.
* The shortest verse is John 11:35; “Jesus wept”.
* Ezra 7:21 contains all the letters of the alphabet except 2.
* Ezra the scribe was the first to preach from a pulpit.
* The words “boy” and “girl” “chapel” “coffin” “eternity” and “reverend” are only mentioned once – read on until you find them.
* The finest piece of reading is said to be in Acts 26.
* The name of God is not once mentioned in Esther, although it contains so much holiness, knowledge, love, and wisdom.

Read the Bible diligently in preference to the trash of the present day. All who may doubt these words and figures, count them for yourselves.
The above wonderful calculations occupied much time, devotion, study and perseverance to complete the work, and it is said to have originated from either an afflicted invalid lady or from a convict long confined in prison, thus enabling him to help pass away the solitary hours, and who must have been blessed with the patience of Job to complete the task.

The above was taken from a print over 250 years old. The Friendly Companion, Vol CXIV November 1989

Interceding For Our Children Week of Feb. 17th

Leigh Ann over at IFOC posts a new prayer every week for our children and it has been on my heart to put that prayer here as well.  I know I did not do any blogging the past few weeks and while this prayer is from last week, I still wanted to share it.  When she has this weeks prayer posted on her site, I’ll update my site as well, or feel free to visit her site and view all of her weekly prayers!

Most loving Father, the example of parenthood, we seek You this week to teach us what to give and what to withhold. We ask that You show us when to reprove and when to praise. Help us be gentle and considerate yet firm and watchful. Keep us from weak indulgence, or from great severity. Give us wisdom to seek your guidance each day this week.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Colossians 1:9

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5