7/30/10

~ I Am ~ R U?



I am NOT a sinner (although I may still sin)!  According to God's Word, I am a saint already seated in the Heavenlies!

Praising Him today!

Saint:

Ephesians 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:

1 Corinthians 1:2
to the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ their Lord and ours:

Philippians 1:1
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:

I am seated in the heavenlies (it's already done):

Ephesians 2: 6-10
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

7/28/10

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7/26/10

WOW! I feel ignited today!!!!

I took a nap this afternoon (no, that's not what ignited me) and when I woke up, I was instantly singing the chorus of this song. (I suppose my spirit was singing it while I slept!) I searched it out on YouTube and found this awesome video!

This has totally ignited me today! I watched the video and as the people came up out of the water, I got Holy Spirit bumps all over!! (AKA: goose bumps)

I hope that as you watch this, you get ignited too!

He holds you together - Laminin

Did you know? The Bible says that God holds all things together.
"He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." (Colossians 1:17)

7/25/10

Do you remember?



Tonight at the dinner table, our family was talking about the day we accepted Jesus.  The day that we gave our lives to Him and became followers... a Christian.

I was 5 and had heard the Gospel message in Sunday school.  After church, I was laying in the hatch back of my parent's car (no seat belts back then) and decided to give my life to God.  Nobody led me through a "prayer" or recorded my name on a card.

I was a 5 year old girl who, on her own with Jesus, made sure her name was written in the Lamb's Book of Life.  The Holy Spirit did the work.

Do you remember your day?






You can get your own print of the photo here.

I bet I can say it louder than YOU!

7/23/10

Samuel 2


So, I was reading along in 1 Samuel chapter 2 and decided to dig in via eSword (Strong's Concordance) and THIS is what I found!

1 Samuel 2:6-7 (NASB)

The LORD kills and makes alive;
He brings down to Sheol and raises up.
The LORD makes poor and rich;
He brings low, He also exalts.

The word poor means:
to occupy (be driving out previous tenants, and possessing in their place); by implication to seize, to rob, to inherit; also to expel, to impoverish, to ruin

No kidding?

God never ceases to amaze me!

As We Wait

 
People have asked how it is going in the search for a house so I will post an update. 
 
  • Still waiting on God to move (He may be waiting on us but ???)
  • Our rent here is paid up until August 15
  • It is difficult to find housing in the area that we live because:  1. very expensive to live here (cost of living is high)  2. housing needs to be near the church as we only have one vehicle  3. houses are so small and rent is high  4. houses that meet our needs are $_ _ _ _  a month and we are at $_ _ _ a month  5. many houses have been foreclosed on and are sitting empty which has caused a shortage of rentals
 
We are doing as we know we ought to while we wait on Him to move in our circumstances.  We aren't sitting still or being lazy as the Bible clearly instructs us not to.  Over and over Scripture says to "go" so we do.
 
We continue to serve God as we wait.  We continue to praise Him even when down.  We continue to be blessed by Him everyday.  We continue to tithe and give offering as we are called by Scripture to do.  We continue to worship Him all week long and in other churches and are blessed to hear from God through other pastors.  We continue to read Scripture and pray.
 
 
I praise my God as we wait....
 
To be continued

News from the other side of the world

Please pray for Christians in persecuted countries. 

"IRAN -- Christian in Solitary Confinement -- Farsi Christian News Network


Ali Golchin, an Iranian Christian, has been held in solitary confinement... according to Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN). ... Ali's father was finally allowed to visit him on June 17. "Ali's father shared that he was distressed to find his son ‘crying uncontrollably' and in obvious pain," FCNN reported.

Sources believe Ali has been treated harshly during interrogations because he is suffering from "weakness and severe stomachaches." The Iranian government has not filed criminal charges against Ali, and no lawyers have been appointed for his defense.

"Ali's wife has been warned not to attend church and told that she will only be able to negotiate with the authorities about Ali's release if she converts to Islam," according to FCNN..."

7/21/10

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7/19/10

Meal Planner

 
I reviewed The ULTIMATED Mom's Meal Planner eBook on my homeschool blog and thought I'd share a little about it here.  The is definitely a money and time saver for those who love to cook (or don't like to cook).  I thought you all may benefit from it too!

Features and benefits:

The work is done for you
Easy to follow recipes
Healthy food
Food from scratch
Helps cut down on food bill
Each week's meals planned out
Easily adaptable to your family
Helping hands ideas

7/18/10

Beware of scammers

Don't be scammed! Tell your friends and family.


Some got busted.


other scams

7/17/10

What a Let Down! (house scam craigslist Nigeria)


I try to post as many encouraging and uplifting posts as I can.  I'm not feeling so encouraged but am thankful and I'd like to share with you.  Sorry for the "downer" post but I need to get this out and I'd also like to warn people!

We found a house for rent on Craigslist and contacted the owner of the house.  (I know Jen, you are boycotting them. Read about that here.) The owner responded and it sounded so good.  The more we thought and talked about it the more fishy it sounded.  The discernment that God provides started to kick in.  He is THE amazing Creator and I am going to continue to praise Him even though I don't understand His ways!  Praise Yahweh!

It's so strange, the email we received from them (the "owner") sounded so "Christian".  That email could have been sent to anyone and it was sent to us!  The devil knows exactly what bait to use on people!

I googled "house scam craigslist Nigeria" and came up with a whole bunch of articles saying similar things about Nigerian scams going on all over our country.  They sweep through our country concentrating on one area or state at a time. 

I sent the info to the newspaper hoping they will run an article to alert others. 

Meanwhile, our hopes have been dashed again by the enemy.  I will not walk by sight; I must walk by faith.  Faith in my God - Faith in the Creator of the universe - Faith in Yeshua (Jesus) - Faith that He has our best interest at heart - I must trust Him even though His ways aren't my ways. 

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NASB)
8"For My thoughts are not your thoughts,


Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD (Yahweh).

9"For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

So are My ways higher than your ways

And My thoughts than your thoughts.


Just for your information and curiosity, here is a copy of some of the email that we received. (I put spaces in so that it is easier to read. I also put some bold type in.)

Hello Dear,


Sorry for the late response!!!! Calvary greetings to you,also to your house hold..I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist... .

I am the owner of the house you are making enquiry of.I am looking for responsible tenants that he/she is going to take care of the house as if it were your own and he/she will be willing to make the Property clean as we left it.Actually I resided in the house with my family,such as my wife and my only daugther before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place and now situated in the (West Africa Nigeria)and won't be coming to the House until Four years now and that means we are renting the Property for long term and short term lease is also acceptable.

and presently my house is still available for rent for $800 which the deposit is $800 dollars including the utilities like Heat, A/C in wall/window, Hydro, cable, Garbage Disposal, Fireplace , Fridge, stove, Dishwasher, Dryer, Breakfast Bar, Dining Table and Sofa Set,Refrigerator,Canopied deck overlooking nature.,internet access e...t.c ..,

it is furnished or if u wish to move in with your furnitures no problem..

Moreso Now, i went for a Crusade in West Africa .Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent alot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute mentenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken, it is not the money the main problem but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.i do that once in a while...

I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.

please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everythinginto Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.


THE HOUSE IS FOR RENT NOW TO A GOOD CHRISTIAN AND A GOD FEARING FAMILY.

If you have read this far, bless your heart.  Please be in prayer for our family.  The enemy keeps attacking us through lies and even more than what I've put in this post.

Praise God we didn't send money and alerted others.  I praise Him for His discernment and care.  He is awesome!

Thoughts?




7/16/10

What Do You Need?


Matthew 8:14-17 (NASB)
14 When Jesus came into Peter's home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever.

15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him.

16 When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.

17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: "HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES."


John 14:12-14 (NLT)
12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.

13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.

14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

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7/8/10

7/7/10

I write this to you today with urgency in my spirit. 
 
Make sure your lives are right with God.  He is our King and Creator; He has the final word.  Revelation may be unfolding before our eyes. 
 
Don't say in your head, "I've got plenty of time to get right."  God wants you to get right with Him right now.  He isn't playing church; it's not a game. 
 
Don't say, "But I have to take little Johny to practice."
Don't say, "But people are going to think I'm a holy roller nut."
 
When the trumpet sounds, I GUARANTEE you won't be worrying about taking Johny to practice or what people think of you.  It's time to worry about what God thinks of you.  It's time to KNOW what God thinks of you.
 
By the way, His name isn't "God."  It's YAHWEH!  He said so Himself in Exodus. 
 
Praise Him.  Glorify Him.  Be a radical for Him.  Stand up for Him.  KNOW Him not just about Him. 
 
He will come and He said to be ready or else; or else it will be like a thief in the night.  He doesn't come like a thief to His children who are expectantly waiting for Him and watching the signs, only to those who are going about their own business.

7/6/10


Romans 15:4 & 13 + 16:20 (bold type mine)

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.


Meanings of Words From Strongs Concordance

Perseverance: G5281
From G5278; cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy: - enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting).

Hope: G1680
Fromἔλπω elpō which is a primary word (to anticipate, usually with pleasure); expectation (abstract or concrete) or confidence: - faith, hope.

Peace: G1515
Probably from a primary verb εἴρω eirō (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication prosperity: - one, peace, quietness, rest, + set at one again.


Are you waiting cheerfully for anything?

7/5/10

Do you see? Can you smell what is brewing?

I found this article  when searching for articles about the oil spill looking like blood (Revelation).  http://www.newsweek.com/2010/06/04/blood-in-the-water.html

This poor woman... I actually feel sorry for her.  She paints Christians who believes the Bible to be total nut cases.

She uses words like white evangelicals, Christian fundamentalists, warriors on the side of God: a cosmic battle—culminating in apocalypse,  members of the right,
the religious right, and Republicans on the far-right fringe to describe "Christians".

Miss Miller quotes Scripture from Revelation several times and then in the end (last paragraph) tries to look at things through a "biblical" lens. (No one can see or understand the Bible without the Holy Spirit.)

I feel like Miss Miller was painting Christians, who believe the Bible to be the Word of God and Revelation to be true, to be total nut cases who think the world is coming to an "end" soon. 

As I read this I am transported in my mind to all of the "end times" movies that I have seen in my lifetime.  As I watch the news I feel like I am watching a movie on TV but reality check... it's real! (I watch Christian news.  I rarely watch secular news on any popular networks because, "What goes into the mind, comes out in life.")

I feel like John the Baptist, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord!" (Matthew 3–4)  I guess that's my whole point.

Do you have thoughts on what you smell brewing?

7/3/10

People to Meet and Things to Try This Weekend

Butterflies Graphic #123
Butterflies | Forward this Picture


Splash around with Sara ~ She wants to know what's ON your fridge!  Splashin Glory

Make some sour cream from yogurt this weekend!  Homemade sour cream

Meet Miss June at "A Wise Woman Builds Her Home" ~  She reminds us that we need to lift the ones we love most up, not tear them down.

Old Navy is having a sale on flip flops today ~ $1 ~ They're almost FREE!


7/1/10

Unbelievable! ~ House Saga


We got a visit from a key player in the house "situation".  The man who purchased this house that we rent came to us without his realtor.  ??  We thought that was strange.  Apparently, he purchased and closed on the house on Friday.  No kidding.  With us still living here.  He was told that we were moving out over the weekend.

We think, but aren't sure yet, that he bought the house through an illegal process that I am not going to go into right now.  My husband is seeing a lawyer tomorrow.  This is getting real messy.  The seller thinks that it is over since he sold the house but it is FAR from over!

No one told us until Tuesday that they sold the house on Friday.  Not only that - the previous owner cashed our rent check Monday and essentially stole over $1000 from us and or the new owner!  He even told the guy purchasing the house that he was going to give our rent check back to us AFTER he had already cashed it!

The whole experience of us living in this house has been based on lies.  We've been lied to for the past 7 months and now, the new owner has discovered that he has been lied to on numerous occasions by the previous owner.  He has a lawyer also.

I don't know what is going to happen but I am putting my trust in my God.  He loves us and we WILL get His best whatever that is. 

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