Monthly Archives: June 2008

Thankful it is ready….or at least, as ready as it is gonna be!

Hey ya’ll! It is 1:25 a.m. here —and I am pooped! I have just finished printing…I am packed. All except shoes. Aimee told me that she has an entire suitcase devoted to shoes! Where am I going to sit!!! Oh, yeah, that’s right. I’m drivin’. Did I ask you to pray? Well, pray.

Okay, Iris, I am thankful for EVERYTHING! Now, since I am tired, and have a LOOOOOOOOng drive ahead tomorrow…in less than 5 hours, I am headed to bed. I will post from the conference!!! That way, you can feel like you are there!!!!

Love you all!

P.S. If you don’t know where we’re headed…scroll on down. I am too tired to type anymore…..


She Speaks/She Writes/She Leads

Calling all praying friends! We are North Carolina bound on Thursday morning of this week! Headed to the She Speaks Conference! This conference offers something for everyone! From Women’s Ministry Leaders, Speakers, Writers, as well as workshops for bloggers!
To read more about She Speaks Conferences (click here).

If you didn’t get the information in time this year to make your plans…start planning and saving now for next year!
Can I just say we are excited!!!
So, I won’t be posting any devotions this week in preparation for the coming conference. But we would like to ask you each to pray daily for us. As we prepare, travel and absorb all that God has for us. Pray for traveling mercies and for His direction in our hearts and lives as we lay ourselves before Him daily to be used for His glory!
We love you all!

THANKFUL for HIS WORD!

This morning…as every morning–I begin my Bible Study while traveling. Yeah, I know. But—let me tell you with the life changes that have gone on…this is where I am less rushed. Before—at home, sometimes I would hurry through them to get ready for work. There is no hurrying this. I drive the same 42 miles every.single.morning. So God has ALL My time and attention.

I do it differently almost everyday. Most days I start out praying. Some, though begin with a song of praise. But today—started out with this: “Help me Lord. To be what You desire. Totally. Fulfill Your purpose in my life. Totally.”

I prayed a bit more and then pressed play on the devotional CD that belonged to Wanda by “Women of Faith”. As I drove, I was thinking on some issues I was praying about, but not fully listening to the CD. A short part of a song came on —followed by a verse—then a very distinctive and soothing woman’s voice came on with the message for my heart for today. Her voice spoke with untold experience in trusting the Father. She spoke with such authority—I felt the Holy Spirit immediately in my heart—filling up my truck—flooding my mind. After she shared a brief testimony, she shared these verses…. (I am going backwards one verse to give you what I read when I opened my Bible. (while driving. Yeah I know.)

Psalm 138:7-8 NIV (Her verse was 8!)
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You preserve my life; You stretch out Your hand against the anger of my foes, with Your right hand You save me. (vs. 8)The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your love, O Lord, endures forever–do not abandon the works of Your hands. (emphasis mine)

Can I tell you what an incredible time I had? OOOO—if only you could have been there! Then I pulled out my little devotional that mother gave me for Christmas and read Psalm 63:3 “My lips will glorify You because Your faithful love is better than life.”

He has a purpose for our lives! Mine and YOURS! AND—are you ready for this—-His love endures—-and we are the work of HIS HANDS! HIS creation! His faithful love….His enduring love—-is far better than life!
He shares His love throughout His Word with us! He shares His desire to help us and bless us…and gives us the plan and direction for our lives in HIS WORD! All we have to do is read it!
Thank you Iris for pointing us in the direction of the WORD with thankful hearts! We have the privilege and honor of owning as many Bibles as our shelves will hold! Do we READ them? Do we APPLY them? Well? Hey, I had to ask myself that same question before I laid it out to you!
The answer? Found in your heart. (You know…the one that beats to the tune of His)


If God. . . .

does not move your mountain….

girl, you are about to get some awesome climbing gear!
~Angie

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. Isaiah 40:4-5


Pray for Denise (of Shortybear’s Place)

She lost her brother today. Unexpectedly. She needs all our prayers and encouragement. My heart goes out to her today having recently faced this same heartache.

Her heart is breaking, her health is not good, but the LORD is sovereign. He is our Guide through this vapor called life. If you have a moment, go over there and pray with her. If you feel lead, place something on your blog encouraging others to pray for her as well.

We must all lift one another up as sisters-in-Christ.
Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galations 6:2

“The LORD is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 (NIV)
“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” Psalm 59:16 (NIV)
“From the end of the earth I call to Thee when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2 (NASB)
“For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help, The afflicted also, and him who has no helper.” Psalm 72:12 (NASB)

God, Your word says, ‘You are a very present help in times of trouble…’ Denise’s family needs Your help right now, for this is a time of trouble for them. Please let Your Presence become very real to them. I ask that you would lift the heaviness of their heart, and that You would bear their burden of sorrow and begin to exchange it for peace and hope. Father, shower them with unexpected tokens of Your love, so they would know how much You really do care.
God, we do not understand suffering, but we are grateful that You have promised to be with us in the midst of it. Let Your words be a comfort to my friend in this time of tears.
In Jesus mighty name~ Amen

Adapted from the “Pray-it-Say-it” Cards (top right of my blog)


Tables of Love

at Grace Assembly of God Church!

A wonderful time of fellowship and joy in the Lord, as we gathered together at Grace Assembly of God—at the Women’s Ministry annual “Tables of Love”. Several women created tables of thought provoking ideas of prayerful hearts and fruitful lives. Of course my favorite was “As the deer panteth for the water”… (my sweet girl’s table)

Encouragement in the word and song was brought to us by Nysa Wilkins of Panama City, Florida—with her testimony and the ministry of her heart for the children in the Ukraine. (Sorry, because of where I was seated, the pictures of Nysa were not as clear)

http://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf

It was a special time of love….true love in the body of Christ as they shared their tables of love with all of us. Thank you sweet ladies of Grace Assembly of God!


Thankful for Gentleness

“You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip. I pursued my enemies and overtook them, and did not turn back till they were consumed. ~ Psalm 18:35-37

I have seen “gentleness” in action. I have witnessed the sweet spirit of the Lord in others. I have been blessed with gentle spirited sisters. They were not so blessed.

I was the one with the “physical strength” growing up. The one that helped mother “re-arrange furniture—before school” (ya’ll see where I get it from?), on a morning when it was time for a “change” in the house.

I was the one that learned from Pa-pa how to crank the “chain-saw” (small one) so that I could cut wood for the fireplace in the winter. I LOVED doing that! I know that sounds crazy. He also taught me the correct way to chop what we called “lightered” –from an old “lightered stump” to start a fire with. Now, it seems you can buy “starter” wood!

I was not the gentle one. But my two sisters were. I was the “doer” —Action—must have been my middle name—still today—-I like staying active. But I love the gentleness in others…and wish it for myself.

God has a gentle way with me…in my “not-so-gentle-way”. He directs my thoughts when they turn harsh about certain things—back to a gentle flow. Just this week—I had trouble with my “gentleness”—especially when I heard that family that is near and dear was spoken of with un-Christ-like feelings —my gentleness meter plummeted. My “chain-saw” meter went up! Words can cut like a saw—leaving the affected one ragged and torn.

Lynn, of Spiritually Unequal Marriage prompted me to “watch closely” my words and thoughts. In her post “The Water Drop Experiment” (which we all need to read—again–especially me!) Her post reminded me of things I tend to “forget”—especially when someone I care about is attacked —by the enemy. And the enemy uses anyone willing to be used. I don’t want to be the used. I want to be the “gentle blessing” in someones life. As my dear sisters always have been to me.

The best example of gentleness I have ever witnessed on this earth, was from the marriage of my sister Wanda and her beloved Mark. You never really know what a person is made of until they are tried in the fire. As Mark stood by her bedside—with unwavering faith—the gentleness of his love poured from his heart by his actions, words and deeds. He has a very gentle spirit with those he loves and I am thankful that my dear sister was the recipient of such…for almost 26 precious years. Today would have marked that 26th year. Thank you Mark, for your loving gentle ways—and for everything you have been and continue to be for each one of us. She is celebrating with the LORD today.

I am thankful for my family. For the gentleness of the Holy Spirit—as He guides and directs my heart and mind. I am thankful for healing in broken hearts and homes. I am thankful for the loved ones that will be making that all important commitment to Christ….soon. By faith they are on their way!

Visit Iris… for more gentle—but thankful hearts!