Monday, April 30, 2012

This puts it in perspective, doesn't it?
Be a blessing today!

Because of Him and Unto Him, 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

My First Officiate

What a day I had on Tuesday!  As Martha would say, "It was my joy for the day."  In this case, I think it was my joy for a month!

It was my second day of "class". I started my studies at 7:30 AM. About 8:05 the phone rang. Must be the devil to distract me. No one calls me that early. So, I completed what I was working on and when I took a break, I checked the answering machine. The message was from a woman in my new church. Wow...someone from church called me!  She asked me to call her back as soon as I got the message.

I did.

Fran is more of a newbie to our church than even I am. She is in her seventies (and proud of it!) and leads a Tuesday morning Bible study at a nursing home. "I'm going to do something special today, would you come?"  I wanted to support her, so I said yes. I quickly hopped in the shower and took off for the 45 minute car ride.

I prayed in the Spirit all the way over there.

Background Info:

A couple of weeks ago I attended a women's prayer meeting. There was seven of us, including Fran. There was a woman there who needed prayer for her marriage. After we prayed, I shared this Scripture with her:
For your Maker is your Husband,The LORD of Hosts is His Name; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of The Whole Earth.  ~ Isaiah 54:5 
I shared with the women about my covenant ring. I wear it on my thumb. It's the ring that symbolizes my commitment to Jesus as my Husband. It's a constant reminder of His Love for me. Song of Solomon 6:3 is embossed in Hebrew on the ring.
      I am my Beloved's and my Beloved is mine. 
My covenant ring always adorns my right thumb.

Back to Tuesday:

The "special thing" she wanted to do Tuesday morning was "marry" Jesus in the presence of the precious men and women she ministers to each week. She purchased a beautiful ring and even brought a red rose to hold. She asked me if I would come up and pray over her, anointing her as she accepted Jesus as her Husband. I was so very thrilled.

In all my years since I did that all alone in my own living room, I've never known another woman who has done that. I was honored and blessed beyond measure to not only have witnessed it, but to have participated in it.

I praise God from Whom all blessings flow!  Hallelujah!

If you have never done this, women of God, I exhort you to do so! It doesn't have to be a James Avery ring.  You can use a pipe cleaner if you so desire.

You are your Beloved's and your Beloved is yours!  The LORD God Almighty, your Creator, is your Husband!

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Thursday Morning Bible Study

Welcome to

All Scriptures will be from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Feel free to take your time reading and meditating on the Scriptures and questions. Don't be in a hurry. You can print it out and have it to do at your leisure. Allow The Holy Spirit to minister Truth to you. If you are comfortable, share your thoughts and answers to the questions in the comment section. Don't feel pressured to do so if you don't want. Maybe check back during the day or on Friday to see what others are thinking and feel free to discuss it. And please don't hesitate to ask questions! 

So, grab your Bible, notebook, and a cup of coffee/tea and join in the Circle.

Okay, here we go with Lesson Three:

Good Morning!

Let's open in prayer: 

Father, in The mighty Name of Jesus, we come thirsty to drink from Your Well, hugry to feast from Your Table.  Oh, Father, nourish our souls and in so doing cause us to be free! FREE! Thank You, LORD, for this opportunity to feast from Your Word. Amen!

A Friend With Benefits

King David, a man after God’s own Heart, does not resist temptation and falls knee-deep in sin. He commits adultery with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife. After learning that she is pregnant, he has Uriah killed on the battlefield so that his secret would never be found out. But, he forgot that God knows all things!

So, The LORD sends Nathan, a prophet, to declare the Word of the Lord to the king. It was a strong word and David comes face-to-face with his sin. Nathan tells him that he is going to face the consequences for his sins. His son, born to  Bathsheba, would die. You can read the accounting in II Samuel 12:1-22.

David, a man after God’s own Heart, cried out to God in repentance. He sang Psalm 51, then Psalms 32 and 38, pouring out his heart before his God and crying out for His Mercy. It might be beneficial for you to read these Psalms first, so you can see the agony of his soul. After David repents of his sin, he then sang Psalm 103. (The progression of the Psalms, intertwined with II Samuel is found in The Chronological Bible.)

Please turn to Psalm 103 in your Bible and read it.

Psalm 103 is about our God (Who is our Friend), and the list of His Benefits, hence the title A Friend With Benefits.

Psalm 103 starts out with:  
Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: 
Once we ask for forgiveness, God throws our sin as far as the east is from the west, remembering it no more (vs. 12).  But, we remember, and sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to forgive ourselves and to move on. That is what Psalm 103 is all about.

After realizing the depth of his sin and how he hurt the Heart of God, he commands his soul to bless and praise God (vs. 1) and to forget not all God’s benefits – all He has done (vs.2). He's muttering to himself, "Soul, forget not all God's benefits". Singing to himself. Maybe shouting to himself, "Soul, remember!"

Maybe he was truly scared at this point of what God was going to do; desperate to change God's mind. So, he puts his own soul, and God, in remembrance by singing out loud God’s wondrous benefits.
The word “benefits” means: benefit, recompense, that which He has given, reward.
 Here is a list of thirty benefits found in Psalm 103: 

Verse 3  He forgives all our sins
         3  He heals all our diseases
         4  He redeems our lives from destructio
         4  He crowns us with loving kindness
         4  He crowns us with tender mercies
         5  He satisfies us with good things
         5  He renews our youth like an eagle
         6  He executes justice for the oppressed
         7  He makes His ways known to us
         7  He makes His acts known to us
         8  He is merciful and gracious to us
         8  He is patient - slow to get angry with us
         8  His mercy and grace abounds to us
         9  His rebukes to us are temporary
        10 He doesn’t hold a grudge
        10 He is merciful in His dealings with our sin
        10 He does not punish us as we deserve
        11 His infinite mercy is to those who reverentially worship Him
        12 He removes our sins far, far away from us
        13 His Fatherly compassion is toward us
        14 He understands our humanness
        14 He keeps our humanness in mind
   15-16 He allows the brevity of man, because Heaven awaits us
       17 His mercy toward us is eternal
       17 His eternal mercy is toward those who reverentially worship Him
       17 He honors His righteousness (right standing) to even our grandchildren
       18 He honors His righteousness to covenant-keepers
       18 He honors His righteousness to the obedient
       19 His Throne of Grace is dependable
       19 He has given us membership in God’s Kingdom

King David winds down this Psalm with praising God’s angels who heed the Word of God, knowing the angels would act upon his speaking of The Word (vs. 20-21). He even commands the angels to bless God!

Then he speaks to himself once again, commanding his soul to bless The LORD.

Have you ever done that? Many times I've needed to take authority over my own soul and do like David has done because the enemy is always on top of us to condemn and accuse us.  

Can you imagine knowing that your child would surely die because of choices you had made? PHEW! That's heavy-duty! Can you imagine living with that?

King David was facing the death of his child as a result of his sin and yet he got to a point where he could sincerely bless God; no doubt, hoping that God would retract His “sentence”, but was OK if God did not.

When King David heard that his son was dead, he went into the house of The LORD and worshipped (II Samuel 12:20). 

He went and worshipped.  A man truly after God’s Heart.

If you read II Samuel 12:24, you will see that God blesses David with another son soon after. A son that would be renowned for all of history as the wisest and wealthiest man that ever lived - King Solomon. 

It is very difficult to live with the knowledge that our actions or choices have severe consequences for those we love. You ask God to forgive you, you may even ask the parties involved to forgive you, but now, you have to forgive yourself. You have to live with guilt or you can choose to be free of condemnation, like it says in Romans 8:1.

Don’t let Jesus’ death be in vain. “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  Surely, there are times that we know not what we are doing!  I believe those words, cried out from a Loving Heart, were for every man, woman, and child, and every sin that we would ever commit, not just for the people who crucified Him. If your Heavenly Father can forgive you, then you can forgive you. 

Forgive yourself if you have to and then live out your life in freedom! But, never forget all of God's benefits toward you. If you'd like, make your own list of God's benefits toward you personally. Keep it in your Bible and refer to as needed.

The peace of God be unto you!

Because of Him and Unto Him, 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Don't Touch the Catapult Button!

Suddenly out of nowhere, my life is on a new trajectory. I feel like I've been catapulted into space. It's exciting, yet at the same time challenging as I'm out of my nice, little, square box that I've been in for seven years.

As you know I have a background in nutrition. I've studied since The Lord healed me through the avenue of nutrition 30 years ago.

About ten years ago I wrote a 26-week curriculum for churches called Health for Life, incorporating about 45 minutes of the Word of God on the subject of food, eating, and health with 45 minutes of practical nutrition.

Since writing Health for Life, I've wanted to further my education to become a certified Health Minister, which incorporates what I already teach in Health for Life. 

Life got in the way and I took a seven-year trek through the wilderness. Teaching my courses was put on "hold". During this time my eating habits took a turn for the worse. Food of the wrong kind became my comfort. Inactivity and hormone changes caused weight gain. And my body, which has been sustained with the SAD diet (Standard American Diet) through this time, has been screaming for change.  Change it will have.

Exiting the wilderness and coming into a clearing, has already been life altering for me:
  • I'm serving in my new-found church
  • Interacting and building relationships with people again
  • My blog writing
  • Writing the journaling devotional

And then on Thursday morning, God catapulted me out of my safety zone completely. It happened suddenly, without warning, which was a good thing otherwise, I may have said to The Lord, "Please don't touch that catapult button!"

Early on Thursday I had complained to The LORD about pain in my body, telling Him I'm willing to do anything for relief.  I repented AGAIN for my disobedience in regard to my everyday diet. A little later, I opened my email and the nutrition school for Health Minister that I've wanted to attend for years, was now - for the first time - offering the course online. Without a second's hesitation, I enrolled. God's Hand of grace and mercy were extended to me.

I didn't sign up just for educational purposes, but for my own physical health as well. I'm sick and tired of being in pain. And I know that God created these miraculous bodies to heal. So, I'm not only going to just study, but be a doer of what I am learning.

School started yesterday and runs for 6 weeks with a minimum of two-three hours per day required (for the average student). Phew! That's a lot of work and studying for someone not used to school. And I'm definitely not am not an average student!

At church on Sunday I spoke with a woman who is a week away from getting her Masters degree now that her children are grown. I so respect anyone who can go back to school at an older age. Never thinking it would be me...

Yet, here I am...back in school...not getting a master's degree as the world knows it, but to me, it is like a master's in health and Biblical studies of foods and health. It has been my heart's desire for many years and I'm so grateful to Jesus for this opportunity! And I pray that He will use me once again for His Glory; and that I may have the privilege of teaching my courses again and helping others be restored to health.
Those who unlock your compassion are those to whom you've been assigned. ~ Mike Murdock 
Those who are in pain and in ill-health unlock my compassion. I can't imagine what path God will lead me down once this is education is complete and my health is restored.

I hope you will keep me in prayer. My main concern is since having the mini-stroke three years ago, my short-term memory has been affected.  This is one of items on my health list that needs to change. So, hopefully, I can retain the daily information in order to pass my quizzes and tests.

Thank you to all of you in my Circle!  I appreciate you so much!

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Friday, April 20, 2012

What Pain CAN'T Do

PAIN, whether physical or emotional, is a bitter pill to swallow. None of us desires to be in PAIN.

But, sooner or later this force called PAIN must be reckoned with. It usually comes unexpectedly, bursting through our door as a thief in the night. It is an unwelcome intruder invading our souls and bodies.

For a time, we may allow emotional PAIN to mooch off of us like a parasite or leech. But, sooner or later, we kick that old moocher off the couch of our hearts and say to it, "Enough is enough. Be gone!" Healing starts to flow.

Physical pain isn't as lazy as the mooching emotional pain is. It digs its heals in good, fighting for territorial rights. It wants us - every aspect of us. But, there are things PAIN cannot have unless we relinquish our rights.

This poem is dedicated to Martha, Judi, Caroline, Steve, and all those suffering from the ravages of emotional or physical PAIN. This post is meant to encourage you. I pray it will do so.

I've adapted the poem What Cancer Cannot Do, author unknown.

What PAIN Cannot Do

Pain is distressful but LIMITED.
It cannot cripple LOVE.
It cannot shatter HOPE.
It cannot corrode FAITH.
It cannot eat away PEACH.
It cannot destroy CONFIDENCE.
It cannot kill FRIENDSHIP.
It cannot silence COURAGE.
It cannot conquer the SOUL.
It cannot shut out MEMORIES.
It cannot quench THE SPIRIT.
It cannot reduce ETERNAL LIFE.

If you are in a battle with PAIN - whether physical or emotional - you know very well that it definitely tries to shatter, corrode, eat away, etc. as it invades who we are. It sure tries. Some days it is more successful than others because we get so weary.

The Rock on Wading River Beach
But, Child of God, know this: Greater is He Who is in you, than he (pain) that is in this world! (I John 4:4)

You will get through this. YOU WILL be victorious over this tormentor in your life.  For if God be for you, who (or what) can be against you? (Romans 8:31)

I can attest to this: God will not let you down! He is the Champion of your soul! He has not forgotten nor forsaken you, as PAIN would like you to believe. He is right beside you. He has placed you on other's hearts and they are interceding for you and your families today.

So, stand strong on The Rock!  I am rooting for you, praying for you, holding you close as I come before our Father; praying you will not relinquish the rights to your soul.

You may be in the battle of your life, but be comforted with the knowledge that others are warring in battle on your behalf!

If you, or someone you know, are in PAIN, and you would like to be added to our Circle of Prayer list,  please email me at: Feel free to go to Martha's and Judi's blogs. You will be uplifted and encouraged in your daily battle.

God bless you!

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Thursday Morning Bible Study

Welcome to

All Scriptures will be from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Feel free to take your time reading and meditating on the Scriptures and questions. Don't be in a hurry. You can print it out and have it to do at your leisure. Allow The Holy Spirit to minister Truth to you. If you are comfortable, share your thoughts and answers to the questions in the comment section. Don't feel pressured to do so if you don't want. Maybe check back during the day or on Friday to see what others are thinking and feel free to discuss it. And please don't hesitate to ask questions! 

So, grab your Bible, notebook, and a cup of coffee/tea and join in the Circle.

Okay, here we go with Lesson Two:

Good Morning!

Let's open in prayer: 

Father, God, we thank you for another opportunity to come to Your Table to feast on Your Word. Speak to us. Show us things we do not know. Reveal Your Truth to us, in Jesus' Holy Name.  Amen.

Not Lost, But Yet Found

As mothers/fathers/grandparents, we can gasp when we hear stories of missing children. Sheer terror and panic can grab us when we lose sight of our children or grandchildren out in public. I had it happen to me when my firstborn was young. I lost sight of him in the clothing department of Sears.  Frantically calling his name, he didn’t come out of his hiding place. Finally, I found him sitting under a circular wrack of clothing. Just sitting there. Smiling at me.

But, can you imagine losing THE Son of God?  

Turn to Luke 2:39-52 in your Bibles and read through this passage of Scripture.

Now, close your eyes and picture Joseph and Mary in a panic for three days while searching for their Boy.  Running from market to market, home to home. Calling His Name, asking anyone and everyone they passed by if they had seen Jesus.

Three days of nightmarish terror, as they head back to Jerusalem, where they just came from. It’s approximately 65 miles from Jerusalem back to their hometown of Nazareth. Remember there were no cars, trains or buses, just feet.  Try to imagine their physical and emotional exhaustion.

Try to imagine what their prayers must have been like during those three days. Do you think they prayed religious prayers? Do you think they took time to formulate the perfectly-worded prayer?  I’m sure not. I’m sure they cried out to God Almighty with everything in them.

Rants, apologies, vows. 

Unless we have experienced such torment we truly cannot imagine what the anguish of their souls must have been like.  

Can you picture Joseph and Mary going back and forth with each other, “I thought you were watching him!” “I thought you were!”?

Finally, they get back to Jerusalem and head into the Temple. You wonder were they going there to pray – to beseech God to find their/His Son or did they go to the Temple because someone on the street told them they thought Jesus was in there?

They run into the Temple and spot Jesus sitting in the Temple among the teachers and scholars.

HUH?  Glitch.   

He’s just sitting there. Conversing.

He was well and seemed happy. Unharmed, uninjured.  I can imagine the parent’s initial confusion.

Can you imagine Mary’s heart, as she blurts out, "Son, why have You done this to us?” (vs. 48)

Jesus didn’t answer her.  He replied with a question to His mother, “Did you not know I’d be about My Father’s business?” (vs. 49)

He wasn’t being disrespectful to Mary. He was under the anointing that would become Jesus’ distinctive signature during His three ministry years. Disciples would ask questions, Pharisee’s would ask questions, but He would reply with a question back to them. Even at this young age, Jesus' teaching style was evident.

Jesus was not lost. He purposefully “lingered behind in Jerusalem” (vs. 43).

JESUS WAS NOT LOST.  He knew His potential, His destiny. He knew Who He was. He knew that He was more than capable of sitting with the Jewish teachers and scholars teaching them.


And YET.

Yet, in verse 51, Jesus, The Christ, submitted himself to his parent’s authority and went home with them.  He “was subject to them”.  
That word “subject” means to be under the authority of.
He was God incarnate.  Physically young but still God, yet He submitted Himself to earthly authority.  He honored and respected His human parents and thus He “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men”. (verse 52)

These were three days of emotional torture for Joseph and Mary. Years later, Mary would once again go through emotional torture for three days after Jesus was crucified. This time without her Joseph to brace her. But, I'm sure all that she kept in her heart (vs. 51) from this three-day trial came back to her during her next three-day trial. It was His Words that came back to her that strengthened her to believe she would see Him again. She did not forget God's benefits (Psalm 103), therefore she was filled with hope. He was once again about His Father's business: He was not lost/dead, but alive!

There can be much to glean from this portion of Scripture. There are no specific questions to answer - just like “His mother kept all these things in her heart” (vs. 51), let the Scriptures speak to you heart. Meditate on this teaching. What is God showing you?
Thank you, Dear Circle, for coming to our Father's Table this morning. May His Word be a feast unto your hungry soul.  I look forward to your sharing. And I look forward to meeting the same time next week at our

God bless you and have a wonderful week!

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

God's Welcome Mat

Photo by Shannon Merryman
Card Design by Me


Because of Him and Unto Him,

Monday, April 16, 2012

Don't Forget The In Between Times

I love sharing inspiring writing. I came across Robert's blog, Everyone Listen, and asked his permission to reblog his post. This poem is very deep. Worth reading a couple of times, allowing it to speak to you. 

It's my pleasure to share it with you.
Don't Forget The In Between Times 
by Robert J. Gerryts
Don’t forget the in between times.
Because life isn’t all carousels or lollipops, weddings or baptisms.
Don’t forget the boring bits.
Because life isn’t all graduations or birthday cakes, church bazaars or Christmas day.

Don’t forget the waiting.
Don’t forget the wondering.
Don’t forget the empty canvas.
Don’t forget the long stretches of time sitting in a chair beside someone as they heal.
Don’t forget the pen, the paper, and the muse elusive.
Because life isn’t all moments of euphoric inspiration.
Don’t forget the delayed flights, the cancelled flights, the loved one far away.
Because life isn’t all instant, even though we want it so.
The grey days, the cloudy days, the rainy days, the darkest days.
The nothing days, the moody days, the lonely days, the empty days.
Don’t forget the in between times.
As we journey from one great life event to the next.
Don’t forget the in between times.
Because we need to be prayed over then too.
Sometimes more…
So much more…
As time stretches…
I hope you enjoyed it! If you did, stop over at his blog and tell him so!
Because of Him and Unto Him,

Friday, April 13, 2012

Love Is...

Do you ever doodle? I do.

All the time.

I found a new app for my iPad. It's called Paper.

In trying out my new app, I doodled. Of course.

And then i thought of Veronica. Yes, THE Veronica from
Shtick by Veronica Anderson
Doodle by Diane (hehe)

In the past, we had a few lines of communication about my doodling, so I emailed her my first doodle from my new iPad app. It was a flower.

She emailed me back with her doodle.

Isn't she so talented?

"Love is" taking the time to smell my doodle flowers!!!

Thank you, V, for sharing your gift and taking the time to smell my doodle!

I picture The LORD doing the same thing. Every little thing in our lives He cares about. He, too, would have stopped EVERYTHING to smell my doodle flower.

I'm feeling loved!

Because of Him and Unto Him,

(My other doodle)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Thursday Morning Bible Study

Welcome to Our Very First

All Scriptures will be from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Feel free to take your time reading and meditating on the Scriptures and questions. Don't be in a hurry. Allow The Holy Spirit to minister Truth to you. If you are comfortable, share your thoughts and answers to the questions in the comment section. Don't feel pressured to do so if you don't want. Maybe check back during the day or on Friday to see what others are thinking and feel free to discuss it. And please don't hesitate to ask questions! 

So, grab your Bible, notebook, and a cup of coffee/tea and join in the Circle.

Okay, here we go with Lesson One:

Good Morning!

Let’s open in prayer:

Father, we thank You for this day, for this is the day that You have made. We do rejoice and are glad for it.

Thank You for the privilege of coming to your banqueting table this morning to feast from Your Word. We ask You to nourish us by Your Living Scriptures. And we ask You, Holy Spirit, to lead this on-line Bible study; that You dig deep in us and show us things we may not know about Your Truth or about ourselves. And we ask You to make Your Truths an integral part of us. 

In Jesus’ Holy Name, we pray. Amen.

Our Inner Hearts

One of the things that I love about blogging is that through our writing others can truly get to know our hearts - the essence of who we are. It has been my honor to come to know all your hearts through your blogs.

Our blogging community doesn’t see all our imperfections though - all the times during the days and nights that we fall short.  They don’t see how we react when someone hurts us or when traffic is heavy and we are in a hurry. They don’t see those “flesh” moments when we are cranky or angry; when we say or do something we later regret; or poor choices that we make that can wreck havoc.

If we are truthful with our written words though, bloggers get to know one another by our spirits (II Corth. 5:16a), just as God knows us, which is so very rare and special.

Heart to heart.

I believe every human being desires to be known - truly known - and loved. And to be truly known via our inner man, not just our outward actions. Because those two aspects of us can be very different.

A person can have a truly wonderful, loving heart, but due to circumstances or upbringing their outward behaviors aren't so loving or wonderful.  If we only get to know a person by their outward behaviors, we don't really get to experience who they really are; who they were created by God to be.

The potential to be better human beings lies within our heart - our inner man. 

A person can, also, do good deeds but have a heart of evil intent, right? The 9/11 Support Group woman is an example.  She did very good deeds helping those who survived the Twin Tower massacres. But, eventually, her evil heart was discovered.

And any one of us can get up on the wrong side of the bed. (For our Filipino friends: that is an American saying. It’s something we say when we’re having a bad day or when we are in a foul mood."I got up on the wrong side of the bed.")

Anyone can sin. Everyone does.

So, let’s start with discussing this one Scripture: I Samuel 16:7, in the Old Testament.

In I Samuel 16, The prophet Samuel was given the assignment from God to anoint the one who would be the future king of Israel. He travels to the house of Jesse and meets Jesse’s sons to discern which one will be king. He stops before one son, Eliab, thinking this was the one. But, The LORD speaks to Samuel in verse 7 and tells him,
Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him.  For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance but The LORD looks at the heart.
Obviously, they are two separate entities – who we are deep within us verses our physical appearances, actions, words, decisions, choices, sins.

How do we want to be known, by our hearts or by our appearances?

1. What is your initial reaction to reading that verse?  Is it comforting or not to know that God looks deep within you to your heart therefore He does not judge just on our outward man?
That word “heart” in this verse, in the original Hebrew, means: the very center of our being. 
God looks at our inner man. Yet, for the most part, we look at man’s outer man. Based on appearances or actions, we form our opinions and judgments. 

We also tend to compare our inner man to someone else’s outer man, don’t we?

Joyce Meyer once said, “Your appearance is the way you appear to be and not who you really are.”

Who is the real you?

2. Do you want to be known by appearances or by your true inner heart?  Why?

God chose David to be the king. Yet David was the youngest of Jesse’s sons – a mere boy at the time. He was off for months at a time tending the sheep, so he wasn’t even around his family that much. But, God knew David’s heart. He knew he had a heart after God’s own Heart and that he would be obedient to God (Acts 13:22). He knew the kind of king, young David would be - one with a Godly heart

But, was King David’s actions always Godly?

No. He made wrong choices. He sinned.

King David took Bathsheba (another man’s wife) and committed adultery, then had her husband killed to cover his own sin. His sin just compounded as he made poor choice after poor choice. His outer man didn't align to his inner man.

      3. Sound like you and I?

Even the Apostle Paul wrote about his personal struggles with his inner man verses his outer man. I suggest you read Romans 7:15 - 8:11 later. This is an awesome portion of Scripture, full of hope and grace.

Yet, David was known as "a man after God’s own Heart". God extended His Grace and Mercy to David because He looked past David's actions to his heart.

I know I would like that same mercy and grace extended to me when I screw up. I want people to look past my actions or words to my heart.

We all want God to look at our hearts rather than our actions on a bad day, don’t we? Don’t we want people to know when we screw up, that it wasn’t necessarily the intent of our heart? That’s why we say, “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it” because it wasn’t the intent of our heart to hurt someone. Do you want grace and mercy extended to you when you make poor choices - not only by God, but also by those in your life?

We all want grace.  We all want mercy. But, do we all extend grace and mercy to others?  Are we willing to sow that which we desire to reap?

Here is a final question for you to ponder throughout your week:

        4. How can you and I become more of a people with hearts after God’s own Heart?
    Thank you, Dear Circle, for coming to our Father's Table this morning. May His Word be a feast unto your hungry soul.  I look forward to your sharing. And I look forward to meeting the same time next week at our

Have a wonderful week!  

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Monday, April 9, 2012

Urgent Prayer Needed

Our beautiful Long Island is on fire. Over 2000 acres so far. Towns around us are being evacuated.

Update 4/10:

As of this morning, the news is reporting that although the fires are still raging, they are contained at this point.  Hallelujah!  News reports they are hoping for rain, but it doesn't look like any in sight. Please pray for rain.

The Long Island Railroad that transports Long Islander's into New York City is shut down.  So, all those people have to drive into Manhattan today!  You have no idea what that means traffic wise...truly, no idea what that means...

Update: 9 AM:

Came out of the shower to hear the fire whistles in our town going off.  It must have spread to Wading River.

Update: 10 AM:

News reported that at 7:30 this morning, the firefighters were very concerned about how the fire would go today. By 10 AM they announced that they are really surprised because suddenly the fire stayed low to the ground where they could attack it more aggressively.  The said that if it stays low to the ground as it is now they are optimistic that it will be pretty much done by end of today.

And I didn't hear them mention our town at all. So, I have no idea why the fire whistles went off, as all firefighters are already at the fire.

Thank You, Jesus!  Thank you all who prayed!  The effective, fervent prayer of the righteous avails much!  WAHOO!

Update: 4/11:

The fires are out!  And the news report is that it is going to rain today!  Yeah!!!!

Thank you so much for all your prayers!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

And the stone was rolled away!!!!


Friday, April 6, 2012

Oh, That Wonderful Cross

Years ago, I was praying with a woman who had some issues with her father. You see, she considered her father to be her best friend, but there had been a betrayal. So she was betrayed by her dad/her friend at the same time. She didn't have a problem forgiving her dad, but she struggled to forgive the friend part of her dad who betrayed her. Her scars ran long and wide. As I was praying over her for The LORD to heal her, I had a vision. 

It was an old, rugged, wood cross with flesh stuck to it and blood splattered all over it. A word was inscribed on the crossbeam. 

Immediately, The Holy Spirit quickened Matthew 26:50 to me: "And Jesus said to him, 'Friend, why have you come?' Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him."

Do you know who this friend was that Jesus was talking to?

Judas. Judas Iscariot. The one who betrayed Him with a kiss.

Even though Judas betrayed Him, Jesus still called him "Friend". 

The vision I had of the cross - The word inscribed on the crossbeam was "Friend"
No matter what we've done or haven't done.
No matter what we feel or don't feel.
No matter if we struggle with the Lordship of Jesus Christ or not.
No matter if we've turned our backs on Him as Peter did.
No matter if we have doubts like Thomas.
No matter if we curse His holy Name.
No matter if we do not love Him as we should.

He still calls us "Friend".

Only Love - True Love - can say such a thing.  How blessed we are to experience His unrelenting, extravagant Love toward us!

P.S. In case you are wondering: The woman was able to forgive the friend side of her father and was glorious healed and set free.

May you have a wonderful celebration of The Resurrection!

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Circle in The Word

Every Thursday morning at 10:30 I teach from God's Word to a group of senior citizens. Most of which are in their 70's and 80's. For an hour and a half we delve into God's Treasure Chest. 

This morning as I was up preparing, my thoughts kept creeping back to you, my Circle of Sharing. Today we're going to read Jesus' last days up through His Resurrection. As I was preparing, I kept picturing you all at our tables with us.

So...I think this is a God-thing:

Beginning next week, every Thursday morning I'll post 

It will be our

You are invited to join in a short study of God's Word.

Every Thursday Morning.

You can all meet here. OK? Bring your coffee. 

If you desire to set a time with each other, and you have IM or G-mail Chat or Tweet (or any others of that kind of thing), you can chat with each other about the teaching.


Just comment to each other.

Let The Word spark conversation.
Let The Word join hearts.  
Let The Word cause a Circle of Sharing. I'm feeling this is a crazy idea and no one will actually do it... I'm scared, as I don't really write anything out for Bible Study, just a few brief notes. So, it will be very challenging for me to write out a teaching. 

Oh, man...


FEAR get behind me! I will give it my all.

The rest is up to The Holy Spirit...
 and you. May you look forward to meeting each other in The Circle.

Have a wonderfully, reflective Holy Thursday!

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Day Before

The day before "Holy Thursday".

The day before Jesus would have His last supper with His beloved friends.

The day before His agonizing decision in the Garden of Gethsemane.

The day before...

Do you think He was thinking about you and I?

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Monday, April 2, 2012

Tell Me Your Story

Remember the old record: I love to tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love?

This week leading up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, is a great week to tell someone our stories - whether we write them or speak them.

Tell your story!

I heard this line in a movie, "Sometimes our own stories are the ones we can never tell, but if a story is never told, it becomes something else...forgotten..."
~line from movie: Sarah's Key

We need to tell our stories of what Jesus has done for us. We don't want them just forgotten do we?  If you have no other outlet, why not do so on Tuesdays over at Tell Me A Story.  I had considered putting such a page on my blog. But, The Lord brought me to the Tell Me A Story site and I'd rather support Hazel's blog.

So, why not write out your story and post it on her site?  I look forward to reading your story.

Because of Him and Unto Him,