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Now Remember It!

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

Regardless of  your weight or size …

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You are …

Not Too Big for GOD!

Perhaps you remember the following chorus …

Jesus loves the little children,

All the children of the world.

Red and yellow, black and white,

All are precious in His sight,

Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Well …

I hadn’t thought of the song in years until …

One day as I was praying God spoke to my heart and said:

“I have sons and daughters of different skin colors …

and of different body shapes, sizes and weight.

And I love each one of them the same.”

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”—            Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)

NOTHING can separate us from God’s love

        and that includes our weight and size!!              

(Now remember it!)

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Here’s “Jesus Loves the Little Children” in entirety.

                 Words by C. Herber Woolston (1856-1927);

                    Words by: C. Herber Woolston (1856-1927)

Music by George F. Root (1820-1895)

Music by: George F. Root (1820-1895)

Jesus calls the children dear,
“Come to Me and never fear,
For I love the little children of the world;
I will take you by the hand,
Lead you to the better land,

For I love the little children of the world.”

Refrain:
*Jesus loves the little children,
[*Jesus died for all the children,]
All the children of the world;
Red and yellow, black and white,
All are precious in His sight,

  *Jesus loves the little children of the world.
[*Jesus died for all the children of the world.]

 

Jesus is the Shepherd true,
And He’ll always stand by you,
For He loves the little children of the world;
He’s a Savior great and strong,
And He’ll shield you from the wrong,
For He loves the little children of the world.

 Refrain

I am coming, Lord, to Thee,
And Your soldier I will be,
For You love the little children of the world;
And Your cross I’ll always bear,
And for You I’ll do and dare,
For You love the little children of the world.

Refrain

*Alternate text for refrain.

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Do You Keep Returning to the Prison of Familiarity?

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

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Earlier this week I was deeply distressed by the fact that I had begun overeating again. For more than three weeks I had controlled my appetite and then seemingly, out of nowhere and for a reason which I still don’t completely understand … I had lapsed back into the unhealthy habit of overeating.But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. To make matters worse … I have a series of videos posted on YouTube and here on my blog titled: “I’ve Taken Back Control of My Appetite and so Can YOU!”

For a couple of days I mope around the house and resisted the Holy Spirit’s nudges / promptings to pray. In my heart, I know … that I know … that I know … that God has called me to help others overcome overeating. Yet I had started back overeating! I felt like a complete failure and a total hypocrite.

Finally, out of desperation I went to my bedroom, knelt on the floor next to my bed and cried out to God. “Father God, help me in the midst of my pain. How can I help to deliver others from overeating—if I can’t help myself? Lord, I know that I can’t deliver myself. I can’t deliver me. But You can and in truth, You already have. Teach me. Show me how to live in Your deliverance—free at last from my carnal desires and lusts. Free from the strongholds … those things in my life I’ve allowed, even granted to grow strong in my life. Habits, traditions, behaviors, desires, cravings, actions … those things that are not beneficial to me and my walk with You. Things in my life that I’ve allowed … even encouraged by my lack of action to stop or limit … those things I’ve allowed to dominate me. Many of which harm me and my witness as a Christian.

Father God, forgive me for running back to the familiarity of the prison cell of overeating. Just as prisoners who’ve been locked up for years in prison will oftentimes commit other crimes when released from prison in hopes of being arrested again and sent back to prison … to that which he or she is ‘comfortable or familiar with’ … I’ve returned to that which You’ve set me free from. Forgive me for returning to the ‘prison’ of familiarity. Father God, teach me and help me to overcome overeating once and for all. I pray this in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.”

The very exact moment I finished my prayer … while I was still on my knees … the Holy Spirit began reminding me of various Scriptures in the Bible that instruct God’s people to shout to the LORD with the voice of triumph before obtaining the victory. So you better believe I began shouting to God with the voice of triumph and thanking God for helping me win the victory over overeating. And I continued shouting to the Lord and thanking God for several minutes … until suddenly an indescribable presence of joy, peace and love settled on me, strengthening me. Truly, I believe it was the Presence of God.

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If there is a ‘prison of familiarity’ that you find yourself running back to … I encourage you to begin shouting to God with the voice of triumph. You will find that as you shout to God with the voice of triumph (not self-pity) … that the walls to the strongholds in your life will come down. They may not come down right away … just as mine haven’t yet. Nevertheless, keep on shouting to God with the voice of triumph. In doing so, you will be strengthened and empowered to keep on … keeping on, until the day comes when suddenly you discovered the walls have indeed come down. Start today praising God for the victory!

“O clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph and songs of joy!”—Psalm 47:1 (AMP)

 “But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.”—Psalm 5:11 (AMP)

“Now Jericho [a fenced town with high walls] was tightly closed because of the Israelites; no one went out or came in.

“And the Lord said to Joshua, See, I have given Jericho, its king and mighty men of valor, into your hands. You shall march around the enclosure, all the men of war going around the city once. This you shall do for six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns; and on the seventh day you shall march around the enclosure seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. When they make a long blast with the ram’s horn and you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the enclosure shall fall down in its place and the people shall go up [over it], every man straight before him.

“So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. When the people heard the sound of the trumpet, they raised a great shout, and [Jericho’s] wall fell down in its place, so that the [Israelites] went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”—Joshua 6:1-5 & 20 (AMP)

Father God, we praise You today for the victory.  We thank You Father God that the strongholds in Your peoples’ lives are coming down and Your people will once and for all recognize themselves as the victors they are in You.  Hallelujah! Glory to God in the Highest! In the mighty and matchless name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God Almighty. Amen.

 

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My Purpose

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

I LOVE trees And creeks, streams….and sunrises. My favorite place to pray is in the field behind my house. I’ve been told my paternal grandmother used to pray while walking in the woods. That it was something she did quite often. 920022_10151608290524448_1777760_o(Perhaps that explains my love for the woods.)

I want to communicate in an articulate and convincing way…that people can ‘talk’ with God and ‘hear’ Him. People need to know that God is ALIVE and He’s speaking to His sons and daughters! It is my heart’s passion to introduce people to a God that perhaps they’ve never known. In that, God is very much alive and interested in evey facet of their lives. God the Father, God the Son, Jesus Christ and God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit.

I want people to know that God really will HELP them with their problems, needs, etc. That “God will help you” is NOT a lame statement but rather a statement of great truth.

I want this to be a place where people are encouraged to sit on a rock on the edge of a stream and dangle their feet in the cool, refreshing water. Or walk a trail deep in the woods and breathe in the fragrance of pine and spruce. Both places being solitude in nature where they can meditate on God’s Word, His goodness, love and faithfulness. Both places promoting the essence of God’s Word…”Be still, and know that I am God.”