Monthly Archives: April 2010

And the Fire Bible Winner is….

Drum roll please….
(This is a day earlier than planned—but I will be computerless tomorrow)

IRIS! Of Grace Alone!!!

Congratulations Iris!!!

I know you will enjoy this awesome Bible! I have enjoyed mine!

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The Junk Pile

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To the average eye, this pile of junk appears to be just that.  A pile of junk.

But to the recycler…it is so much more!

That’s us too friend.  Sometimes we may feel as if our lives are just a pile of junk…but to the Recycler…we are so much more!

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.  I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt…” Jeremiah 31:3(b)

“They will be like a well watered garden, and they will sorrow no more….I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.” Jeremiah 31:12(b) & 13(b) NIV

“For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness for my people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert!”  Isaiah 43:19 NLT

How great is the love of the Father!  He takes us just as we are.  Rust, dirt, broken pieces, covered in the debris of the world—just as we are.  He removes all the ugly and replaces it with His Light—which comes from His Son!

Thank You Father! For removing the ugly—for removing the “me”—the selfishness of my life and replacing it with the beauty that comes only from the Light.  Thank You Father for the heart transplant I have received through the life, death and resurrection of Your only Son, Jesus Christ!  Thank you for saving those we love who are lost without You!  Thank You for taking them by the hand and pointing them Home.

Take the remainder of my days and make them pleasing only to You!  Keep my feet planted firm and sure on the straight path!  I give it all up to You Lord.  In the name of Your only Son I pray—believing as I have prayed—it is accomplished!~Amen.

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Sunday Praise!

My daughter, April shared this choir with me a few weeks ago–and I listen to this song over and over—and the power and anointing they sing with comes from the ONE true Source of all power!

Enjoy this song today…”When I Speak Your Name”, by the Southeast Kentucky Mass Choir.

Then listen to Janet Paschal, who will be at our Women’s Campmeeting at Carmel Assembly of God Church in JUNE!

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From My Devotions Today

Truth be told…this was from yesterday’s devotion.  I read today–then read yesterday again.  There was much meat to be digested.  Have you ever read something and then had to go back again and again to completely get the full message?  It happens to me very often when reading the Bible.  Actually…most all the time.  I rarely get the full impact the first run through.  Hmm. Maybe that is why I have to repeat so many classes of learning with the Lord…..

“In the first phases of Christian life disheartenments come, people who used to be lights flicker out, and those who used to stand with us pass away, we have to get so used to it that we never know we are standing alone.”  (2Timothy 4:16-17) “We must build our faith, not on the fading light, but on the Light that never fails.” My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers.

Oswald Chambers is one of my favorites.  I can read it one day–go back and read it again and still get more.  Yesterday he spoke of “standing alone” in God.  My prayer to my Father this morning is when my focus shifts, help me realign my sight with the vision of what must be seen, what must be accomplished before I journey home!  There is much yet to be done! He is calling on YOU to step out in faith–believe HIM for the impossible–LOOK to Him alone! 

Stand in the waterfall of His love and allow Him to clear your mind, open your eyes and heart to what He has in store!

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I’m at Laced with Grace THURSDAY!

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The devotion is not about tax day–so I hope that makes you feel better!

Don’t forget if you want to enter the contest for the Fire Bible, be sure and read the Mary DeMuth interview and comment and post on Facebook as well!  (Just below this post!)

Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement over the past few weeks of my life changing experiences!  Yes, I did promise to share all–and I will. 

Changes are coming here too!  Soon.

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Interview with Mary DeMuth, author of “Thin Places”

 Mary, I want to thank you for sharing your heart and allowing me to post this interview, via our  e-mail back and forth!  It has been such a blessing in so many ways correspondiMary DeMuthng with you over the past few weeks.  I will have to say, because of something I am praying over now, page 166 and 167 are marked up and dog eared in my book.  Because of what it says to my heart.  The seeking heart of us all.  (And yes, I put the page numbers in because I want our readers to GET the book and read it for themselves!) 🙂

 

Your book begins with a traumatic childhood experience.  Can you share with us how God uses this trauma in your life to impact others in ministry? 

Because He has healed me and continues to heal me of the trauma and He’s given me the ability to share it openly, I often get in discussions with folks about their own secrets. It’s a privilege to see them set free. I also get a lot of correspondence about Thin Places, which enables me to continue a dialog.

As a parent and wife?

I’m more aware of gratitude. Because I had a difficultThin Places upbringing, I don’t take my current family for granted. I’m often astounded that God has given me three amazing children and a dear, dear husband. All these folks, I cherish.

I know one of my daughters tells me I am so “over protective” sometimes with my grandkids–worrying about various things.  Do you find yourself worrying excessively?

No, and I don’t really know why. I figured if I could survive such a mess and God was big and capable of healing me, I didn’t need to worry excessively about things.

Mary, throughout your book, I had a sense that you and your husband share a very open and communicative relationship–was this hard won for you?

No, we started our relationship that way. Of course we are like everyone else, in that life interrupts. Money and stress and schedules make a mess of things. We have to choose to interact.

Do you find it difficult at times to express your feelings?  (I am speaking as a wife that DOES experience the difficulties of communication at times)

No. Why? I think part of how God made me to cope with my upbringing was an ability to share exactly how I felt (later in life). I’m pretty in touch with that, and I’ve had lots of practice as I’ve shared my heart with friends.

As I read the parts in the book of your love of music and singing–I wanted to HEAR you sing!  I imagine that God used your love of music to bring healing to your heart.

So much so. Even today as I was painting our front door, I had music on to listen to. It completely mesmerizes me, reorients me. I love to sing worship songs. For a short time, I led worship when we lived in France.

Mary, I deal with self-esteem issues at times–I know that there are more women who do as well–those who may or may not recognize this–I have friends/acquaintances who react in an abrupt manner at times, maybe not really meaning to, simply because of the way we view ourselves–can you help us understand how we can change our focus–or maybe how we can pray for one another in this area?

Maybe more about prayer. I believe every woman struggles with inferiority and insecurity. Just look at the magazines lining the checkout lines. We never measure up. The best way we can be there for our girlfriends is to offer grace as often as we can. Even harder: Train yourself to offer sweet grace to yourself.

I just want to encourage our readers, get this book.  “Thin Places” is not just about Mary’s life–it’s about looking into the mirror at our own.  –At the places where God has been nearest–but perhaps seemed the most distant.–

Can you leave us today with some parting words of wisdom–something that perhaps the Lord has done in your life since the publishing of your book?

He’s shown me that telling my story was a gift of love to others. In telling it, folks don’t feel so alone. I’m thankful for that. It was painful to write and put out there, but the rewards are that many women are being set free. Freedom is such an important thing!DSC_0002

Thank you Mary, for your time and most of all for   sharing such an amazing  journey with us!  I believe with all my heart, as you continue to be the voice God has called you to be,  that HE  will continue to use the tragedy in your life to bring triumph in another life!

Now, before you go any further, just a little surprise for our readers!  For every comment and link back here, you will be entered into a drawing for a “Fire Bible” purchased from Gospel Publishing House just for this interview!  I would love it if you shared on Facebook as well!   Send friends over to Mary’s web page which you can find by clicking on the picture of her book!

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Thank you FATHER! For connecting the hearts and lives of Your children, so that we can find strength and our faith is renewed in the journey of another!

 

 

Following Him,

Angie

Contest ends April 30, 2010


WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR CHOSE # 9!!!

THAT WOULD BE YOU MISS BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS!

(A.K.A. RACHEL!)

Your book will be mailed to you this week!!!  Please send me an e-mail with your mailing address–or a note on facebook!

Love you girl!!! and ENJOY!!!

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