Archive | August 2008

Need Washing?

 

My friend Marie sent me this cute story today.  I don’t know who the original author is, but it is so simple and sweet in it’s message. (i added the video above and a few pictures of people in the rain, click play then go below and read the story) I will warn you ahead of time, you may want to have a few tissues in hand as you read it, I know I did.  Take care and God bless you,

Briggie ^i^

 

 

NEED WASHING??

imageA little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence.  It was pouring outside.  The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout.  We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Target.

We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day. image I am always mesmerized by rainfall.  I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world.  Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

The little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in, ‘Mom let’s run through the rain,’ she said . ‘What?’ Mom asked.  ‘Lets run through the rain!’ She repeated.  ‘No, honey. We’ll wait until it slows down a bit,’ Mom replied.image

This young child waited about another minute and repeated: ‘Mom, let’s run through the rain’ , ‘We’ll get soaked if we do,’ Mom said.  ‘No, we won’t, Mom.  That’s not what you said this morning,’ the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom’s arm.  This morning ?When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?  ‘Don’t you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ‘If God can get us through this, he can get us through anything!’image

The entire crowd stopped dead silent.  I swear you couldn’t hear anything but the rain.  We all stood silently.  No one came or left in the next few minutes.  Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say.  Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly.  Some might even ignore what was said.  But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child’s life.  A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

‘Honey, you are absolutely right. image Let’s run through the rain.  If GOD let’s us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing,’ Mom said.  Then off they ran.  We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles.  They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case.  They got soaked. But they were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars.   And yes, I did.  I ran.  I got wet.  I needed washing.

image Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health.  But no one can ever take away your precious memories… So, don’t forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday.  To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.image

I HOPE YOU STILL TAKE THE TIME TO RUN imageTHROUGH THE RAIN.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them. Take time to live, keep in touch with your friends, you never know when you’ll need each other — and don’t forget to run in the rain !

Praise Report!!!

Okay, so by now, most of you know that God answered our prayers to approve Ian’s college loan, and that He did not answer my prayer to get the job I interviewed for last Wednesday.

You also know that my update from Monday was filled with sorrow and hurt but all the while I knew the Holy Spirit was telling me that God is in control.

I received so much encouragement via email, phone and comments here on my blog, and I am so very truly thankful for everyone that has kept me and my family in their prayers. 

I wanted to let you know that Yes, God is in control, He always has a plan, and when He closes one door, He opens another, we must remain hopeful and have faith in Him.

When I woke up on Tuesday, I decided that I had cried and mourned enough and I needed to continue searching for a job.  As I was searching the web, I received a phone call from a company I applied to (days before I applied for the other job I didn’t get) and they were interested in interviewing me, was I still interested in the position…Uhm, let me think for a moment…YES!!! (even though I wasn’t sure what position this one was for, where it was or what the company did, because I had literally applied to about 50 jobs online in the past few weeks).

She told me the starting salary (which granted is half what I made with my former employer – but most likely it’s also half the amount of stress and half the travel time and since right now I’m not bringing in anything, half sounds just fine to me!)

She told me they would be meeting with several other applicants over the next 2 weeks and gave me some options for interview dates, I picked today, this way it wouldn’t be too early, and not to far into the process either.

I have to be honest, I wasn’t too excited and didn’t want to get my hopes up, so I didn’t tell anyone aside from my husband, kids and my mom.  I almost didn’t go because I was not able to get to sleep last night (the menopause is raring it’s ugly head again) and a headache that started yesterday was gaining momentum.  I hemmed and hawed and tossed the idea of rescheduling, or not even calling them, but all the while I felt something urging me to get up, have my coffee and get my butt in the shower.

So, I got ready, got my paperwork together and headed out the door with a ‘oh well, what have I got to loose’ attitude.  When I pulled up to the building, I felt as though I didn’t stand a chance, this place just seemed too cutting edge and the fact that I’d been out of the loop for a few years made me feel as though I was wasting their time, but through the doors I went.

After introducing myself to the receptionist, I was given what looked like 10 sheets of paper to fill in.  This, and the fact that I noticed a few other “visitors” that had been there the past few days that were there for interviews set my nerves to high alert.  I started filling in the paperwork, made stupid errors, like putting information on the wrong line – duh – and then as I finished page 2, noticed the other papers were not for me, but for other applicants.  Great, just great, now I know this isn’t going to go well and figured if nothing else, at least I was up early and dressed!

I met one of the managers, great guy, very nice, easy going and I felt like I made a good impression on him.  (before I forget, let me interject here – if you use Monster or Yahoo or any other online job search, make sure your profile is up to date and correct.  it appears mine was from 2006, and said I was looking for a position as a Supervisor/Manager which I while I was back then, I’m not right now, so this probably explains why I probably haven’t gotten any return phone calls!!!)  Well, I guess I did make a good impression, because he wanted me to meet his director and she too was so nice, easy going, up front, business savvy and smart and I really enjoyed talking with her.  I felt like we connected and she said I should be hearing from them sometime next week.

I left feeling much better than when I arrived and I could see myself working there.  It’s such a nice building, everyone seemed so friendly and happy to be there.

Well, I drove home thinking if I get it great, if not, no problem – except for the traffic because their office is just a few blocks from the NJ Turnpike which gets a ton of traffic.  I called my hubby and told him it went good and I should know in a few days, then when I got home, I told my sons about the interview.  About 20 minutes after I got home, the phone rang, my son picked it up and handed it to me.  I asked who it was and saw on the caller ID it was the company.  Oh my gosh…could it be??  So soon??  Oh yes it could, they offered me the job and wanted to know if I needed a few days to consider the offer!!!  Hmmm, uhmmm, how about NO I don’t need time to think it over and YES I want the job!  Their next question, when can I start?  My answer, what time do you want me there I’m only 15 minutes away!! 

I start Tuesday!  Can you believe it?  I can!  PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSING FLOW!  He had His plan all along, I let my plans get in the way.  Granted, I won’t be able to walk to this job, but even with traffic it was only a 15 minute ride, and this place is so much bigger and there is room for advancement and the benefits are excellent (at least the ones I know about so far) and I’m just so excited – can you tell?

How awesome is God?  This is where the song, “sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers” starts playing in my head, followed by, “God is in control”, along with some, “yes Lord, yes Lord, yes yes Lord” and  rounded out with “our God is an awesome God, He reigns from heaven above, with Wisdom, Power and Love, our God is an awesome God!!!!!!!!!”

So, I said all this to say, for those of you out there who are saying, “when God, when?”, know that He does hear you and has a plan for you.  It is in His time.  On Monday, I did not want to hear these words, even though I heard them in my spirit.  It’s okay to cry out to God, to tell Him how you feel and let yourself mourn for a bit.  It’s important to remember that while you are crying and mourning that He is in control and to submit your will to His.  He will give you beauty for ashes, and joy for your tears (Isaiah 61:3).

Stay encouraged, reach out to friends and fellow believers and grab the hem of His garment and don’t let go!

Father, Master of the Universe, Creator of all things seen and unseen, I humbly thank You and praise You for blessing me with this new job.  I thank You for blessing Ian with his college loan so he can continue his education.  You have blessed me and my family in so many other ways this past week and for so many years, no words could ever express my joy and thanks.  Help me Lord to seek You first and to remain hopeful and stand in faith that no matter what I see, what I hear or think, You and You alone are in control, have my best interests at heart and want to bless me.  Lord, help those who cry out to You and bless them according to Your will and riches in heaven, in Jesus’ mighty name, amen.

Urgent Prayer Request For Orissa India





 

Imagine how you would feel if a mob broke into your home, raped your wife and daughters, tried to kill you and then burned your house down-all because you are a Christian. That’s exactly what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Orissa, India, right now. Read the latest update on the continuing volatile situation here.

Dear friend, I have seen a lot of violence against Christians in my more than 30 years of sharing the Gospel with the people of Asia. I have even been on the receiving end of some of those attacks. But the events in Orissa are by far the most orchestrated and horrifying atrocities I have ever witnessed. Please join me in praying for these persecuted brothers and sisters in their time of great suffering.

Yours for the unreached,
K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
Founder & President




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A Message From Joel Osteen

So, I’m sitting here going through my email and come across today’s inspiration message from Joel Osteen.  I know that this message was meant for me and what I a going through right now in my job search.  My heart is crying, but my head keeps reminding me that God is in control, He has something for me, His desire is to bless me and in His time it will all come to pass. 

joel osteen

Without Wavering

Today’s Scripture

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23 NKJ).

Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria

God knew there would be times when we would be tempted to waver in our confession of hope. Maybe you are believing for something and you’re starting to think, “Is this really for me? Will this really ever happen?” If that’s you today, remember, He who promised is faithful! And His faithfulness doesn’t depend on your ability to figure it all out. His faithfulness doesn’t depend on the plans we can make or the scenarios we can come up with; He’s faithfulness depends on His Word which never changes! Declare His Word and hold on to your confession of hope today. Be confident that God can make a way when there seems to be no way. Even when your mind may waver, don’t allow your confession to waver. Declare that God is working behind the scenes on your behalf. Declare that He Who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it. Remember, there is power in your words and power when your words are in agreement with His Word. As you hold on to your confession of hope, you’ll see His faithfulness, and you’ll move forward into victory in every area of your life. 

A Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your faithfulness. I choose to guard my confession, and I will declare hope in Your Word. I trust that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf and thank You for victory in every area of my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

( I am always more than happy to pray for anyone that reaches out to me via email, or leaving a comment on my site, and you can also click HERE to ask Joel Osteen and his prayer team pray for your needs as well.)

A Message From VOM

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Pastor Bike and Anna

Pastor Bike standing with Anna, an orphaned Christian girl also persecuted by the Chinese government.

Pastor Bike, as he is affectionately known, is considered to be one of the most outspoken evangelists in China. He is a bold believer willing to cross borders, hand out Christian literature and Bibles, share Christ with those under age 18 and lead thousands to Christ. All these actions are considered “illegal” in communist China.

On August 6, just two days before the Olympics began, Pastor Zhang “Bike” Mingxuan was arrested, along with his wife and a coworker.

In response to these arrests, The Voice of the Martyrs and China Aid Association have launched a petition drive to free these three Christians and to let the Chinese government know that the world is aware that these Christians are being detained.

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Why We Love Children

I received this via email from my dear sister in Christ Betty who thought it would brighten my day, and make me smile.  Well it did all that and more so I’m sharing it with you, enjoy.

1) NUDITY   I was driving with my three young children one warm summer
evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my
5-year-old shout from the back seat, ‘Mom, that lady isn’t wearing a
seat belt!’

2) OPINIONS    On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his
teacher a note from his mother. The note read, ‘The opinions expressed
by this child are not necessarily those of his parents.’

3) KETCHUP    A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the
jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old
daughter to answer the phone. ‘Mommy can’t come to the phone to talk to you right now. She’s hitting the bottle.’

4) MORE NUDITY     A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself
in the women’s locker room.  When he was spotted, the room burst into
shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little
boy watched in amazement and then asked, ‘What’s the matter, haven’t
you ever seen a little boy before?’

5) POLICE # 1   While taking a routine vandalism report at an
elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years
old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, ‘Are you a cop?
Yes,’ I answered and continued writing the report. My mother said if I
ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?’ ‘Yes, that’s
right,’ I told her. ‘Well, then,’ she said as she extended her foot
toward me, ‘would you please tie my shoe?’

6) POLICE # 2    It was the end of the day when I parked my police van
in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner,
Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me. ‘Is that a
dog you got back there?’ he asked. ‘It sure is,’ I replied puzzled.
The boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he
said, ‘What’d he do?’

7) ELDERLY     While working for an organization that delivers lunches
to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my
afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various
appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs.
One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a
glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she
merely turned and whispered, ‘The tooth fairy will never believe this!’

8) DEATH    While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church,
our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar
wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead
robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured
a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the
disposal of the deceased. The minister’s son was chosen to say the
appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of
what he thought his father always said: ‘Glory be unto the Faaather,
and unto the Sonnn, and into the hole he goooes.’ (I want this line
used at my funeral!)

9) SCHOOL   A little girl had just finished her first week of school.
‘I’m just wasting my time,’ she said to her mother. ‘I can’t read, I
can’t write, and they won’t let me talk!’

10) BIBLE    A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was
fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something
fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What
he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.
‘Mama, look what I found,’ the boy called out. ‘What have you got
there, dear?’  With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered,
‘I think it’s Adam’s underwear!’

Prayer Request for Kiarah

Dear prayer partners, my friend Rita from Florida has asked us to put Kiarah Bowley on our prayer lists.

Kiarah is a sweet little 8 year old living here in New Jersey.  She is in need of surgery to remove one of her kidneys due to cancer.  As my dear friend Doris said to me in her email today, it is hard enough for an adult to undergo this kind of surgery, let alone a small child.  Her grandmother, who lives in Florida and is friends with Rita is flying up so she can be with her family during their time of need.

I can only imagine what Kiarah and her family must be feeling right now, so I pray that the peace that only God can bring fall upon them all right now, in the mighty name of Jesus, Yeshua Ha’ Mashiach.

Father God, Master and Creator of the Universe, please look upon your daughter Kiarah and her family.  Send Your angels of mercy and peace to stand guard over Kiarah and those who will be caring for her.  I pray that if it be Your will, that she be healed and not need surgery, and if You want to heal her through surgery, let Your hands guide those of the surgeons as they operate on her.  In the name of Jesus, we bind every germ, disease, cancer and illness that is invading her body.  Your blood flows through her bringing life, restoration and healing to each cell and organ and tissue in her being.  I pray for a quick and painless recovery for her and ask that You send The Holy Spirit to minister and bring comfort to Kiarah and her family.  Precious Jesus, hold her in Your loving arms and shelter her.  I ask all these things in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.