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“Hemmed in Prayer”

Previously posted May 1, 2008.

A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to…

Unravel.

Ever have one of those days? Where they seem to unravel before your very eyes? I have had several. Lately. All at once.

Where do I run?

To the Master Tailor. He stands at the ready with needle in hand. Ready to put things back in order for me.

All I have to do is “stand still”…..and see the salvation of the Lord. Hemmed in by the Master. Best place to be in my opinion.

What you see here on this page was a wonderful discovery.  One of those “rare” discoveries, found when we “listen”.

Two Wednesday nights ago, I came home deeply burdened for a family problem. Wasn’t mine. But it hurt as if it were. As I was preparing for a small Bible Study session of just two, I began to talk to the Lord.

He heard. He listened. He answered in the most unique way. I told Him this:

“Lord, Wanda would love to be here to pray with us over this. This is exactly what she loved to do. Pray for the needs of others.”

And I began to cry. As I do fairly often.

As I loaded the dishwasher, the prayer and thoughts were still on my mind. And all of a sudden I had an urgency to go to the little study room where I had unloaded the things from Wanda’s “sewing room” the week before. I had not looked at “everything” yet.

As a matter of fact, the thread boxes were the last thing to look into. I had plundered the cross stitch pages and packets. I had touched all the hoops, felt of all the fabrics, but had left the thread box. Why? Well, it was a clear box…and clearly full of thread. Why open it? Why indeed.2008_blog_etc_053

When the urgency to “do something” comes over me, I generally obey. So I left my dishes as they were, dishwasher still open and walked to the room and grabbed the box. I just looked at it.

Pretty colors all neatly lined up like jewelry ready to wear.

Then I noticed in one corner of the box what looked like several folded pieces of paper. I opened the box for closer examination. When I unfolded them and began to read, I began to weep. I said, “Lord, this is exactly what Wanda would say.”

Every single verse was about prayer. She was using them to “hide in her heart” as she stitched. She was hemming her day in. She was closing the gap in all of our lives. The seam was strong. The Threads unbreakable, because she used the Thread of the Holy Spirit in her life.

When my visitor arrived, I fixed a cup of tea for each of us and we settled in to pray, share and read some Word. After she spilled her heart, I began to unfold the neatly clipped papers and spread them out on the table. As I read each one, she began to see the “thread of hope”.  The thread of consistency. The lifeline of salvation available to each of us….through prayer.2008_blog_etc_054

Although I love each member of my family, I am most in love with Jesus. And I am so thankful for Salvation, and for the grace and mercy extended to this wretched sinner. Thankful too, for the prayers of many when I was far from God—and they didn’t give up—even though the years of praying got long. 

I am thankful that when I begin my day as my grandmothers did, and as Wanda did,  hemming my day —with prayer—it does not unravel. It holds strong.

After all, I have just sat before the Master Tailor.

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Ready-Set-GROW!

Last year I met a new friend.  She graciously allowed me to take pictures to my hearts content–and I did.  Both Connie Haile and myself—snapped shots of God’s goodness in another life.  Rene was a blessing then, and she continues to be.  Thank you Rene for opening your heart and home to me!  I love you dearly! Sister of FAITH!

In 2008, I wrote a post for Sisters of Faith-“90 Days with Jesus Only”, and it directly tied in to the picture that I saw 2 years later.  That’s God.  I have tweaked the post–and you can find it on Laced With Grace.

I hope and pray that as you read, God reveals His heart and plan for your life as He has unfolded daily, His heart into mine.

© The Knightly News 2007-2011


What’s Around the Bend?

Only God knows the next details of our lives.  We must keep on track.  We must stay focused on HIS WILL, not our own plans and purposes.
There have been some news updates regarding the upcoming missions trip.  Please read this post carefully.

IMPORTANT Update:

I was sent an e-mail this morning regarding the trip (I will not even mention the location). We have been informed that we cannot “blog, facebook, or tweet” about the trip.  I was told, this is very different than our trip to Honduras.  I won’t share the “name” of our location before we leave, but if you are a regular reader, then you already know.

SO, since you know where I am headed, I am asking for BIG PRAYER. She (our missions trip coordinator) said it was for the protection of the ministry that already exists there. She also said that the AG have pulled many of their missionaries over the past few years from surrounding areas, as well as there.

So–if you are getting the very needed items for the children (some of you have asked for a list, if I have forgotten to send it to you, please remind me), please don’t share the location for the items via facebook or your blog. I thank you so much! If you have blogged about me “going there”, I ask you to please remove the post, as I have had to do so myself.

I will glady share the details about the trip when I return, although, I will not jepordize the ministry there in any way.  God has shown Himself to us all along this journey! God is moving and working! We must be diligent in our work as well.

All funds for the flying portion of the trip were raised–TOTALLY by God’s hand. I believe the needed supplies for the children will come in like manner. Through the hand of God. He already has those in place that He wants to use for His glory. It’s all about HIS GLORY. No one else.  I’ve already been hearing from some, and I am incredibly thankful.  You have no idea what it does to me to get a card with a verse of Scripture and a note from you!

So, if you planned to “keep up” with us while we traveled via my blog, I will not blog the trip work while we are there. I  WILL be able to take pictures–and can share from those when I return (possibly only in person though)! 

I ask you to please write “Mission of Mercy” and the “name of the location of where we are going” on your refrigerator. (You can stick my name there too!) and pray for us all EVERY DAY. Before we leave and while we are gone.

Again, I so appreciate each one of you who have played a major role in my life. God has already used your love and friendship to me in amazing ways to “grow” me to where I am today. (And He’s not done….because I am so far from where He wants me to be! BUT I work toward that goal!)

IF the LORD impresses a particular passage of scripture for me, please send it–either via e-mail–text me, or through the mail! It is always amazing how HE uses each of us to help another. Through His Word!

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV

Have a blessed week!

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Who do YOU look like?

I have heard many times that we all have a twin.

Someone that we look like or favor.  I suppose that could be true—especially since I often get called, “Aimee”.  But a few weeks ago, I attended a Women’s Ministry Christmas Tea in Panama City, Florida, and saw my daughter’s twin!not tiff

This is Anna, from New York. Not Tiffany from Bethlehem 🙂  (Where my girls –and myself grew up!)

I was so surprised when I sat looking at this precious servant of God.  Anna is serving Panama City First as a minister intern—doing anything and everything asked or required of her.  With a happy heart!

 

We are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and therefore should “reflect” HIM by our attitudes and actions.  Do we?  Always?

I confess, there have been times I failed.  BUT I get up and try again.  Not content to stay in the slime of the world—but I want to be fully reflecting His love and nature.

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This is Tiffany.  Formerly of Bethlehem.  Our first born daughter.  April’s sister, and Jared’s wife.  Mommy to 5 beautiful children.tiff-glasses

 

 

Do YOU SEE the resemblance between Anna and Tiffany??

I hope that when the world looks at me, and at you—they see Christ. 

In the days that will follow our time of fasting, I hope to share with you what God has done on this incredible journey to “more of HIM”.

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The Direction for 2011

Are you still wondering?

The Way is marked.  The line is straight.  There are no stopovers—no places of slowing down.  We are almost at the end now. 2010-12-31 RR Tracks2010 Connie 004

Keep your focus on the goal. 

Grab that bottle of Water and refresh your tired soul, but don’t stop.

This morning, I met a dear friend and former co-worker.  When our eyes met, I saw instant jubilation!  With much excitement, she shared the details of what God had been stirring in her heart and soul. 

Her age?  Well, she may not mind me sharing—but she is closer to 70 than 60. Over the half way mark.  Why do I tell you this?

To let you know that NO MATTER YOUR AGE…God still has a work for you to do!

You can be like another friend of mine, 11 year old Andy Smith, who with much joy, told me Sunday night at his church, that he had received a “Fire Bible” for Christmas!  He also told me how “big” it was—I know his hands will grow as his heart grows with as much fervency for the call God has placed in his heart.

So…how about it.  Do you have a direction from Him for this year?  Have you experienced all you want to experience of the Holy Spirit moving in your heart and life?

I haven’t.  Far from it.  MORE PLEASE! I shout as I hold my cupped hands toward heaven—More PLEASE!

Would you like to share what He’s doing in your life?  We would love to join you in prayer and thanksgiving about it! 

“If you look for me wholeheartedly,

              you will find me.”

                     Jeremiah 29:13 NLT

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Wake UP!

It’s 1:22 a.m.  It’s 2011.  I’m awake.

As I lay there I heard “wake up!” in my head.  Maybe in my heart.  Whichever one–it worked.  I’m awake.

We have a message to tell.  For too long we’ve sat back in our recliner’s of “do nothing” and complacency and let someone else do the telling.  Time is up on that one friend.  You are of age.  I grinned when I typed that one because some of you waited to become of age for a lot of things.  For me it was only voting.  I never was a drinker.  If any of my school friends were to read this they might laugh, but then they would agree. 

Back to the message.  I think I know why I woke up with such ferocity.  Today I join probably thousands who will embark on a “fast” for more.  More of God.  Our church calendar arrived in the mail yesterday marking the days off for a church wide fast.  However, I had decided to do this long before I knew our church was doing so.  My hunger for more of God is far from filled.  As a matter of fact, it has only just begun.  The more I get–the more His Spirit is in me–the more I want of His Word, His strength, His power, His anointing.  Whatever He has for me–I want it.  And I want it in 2011. 

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We have sat too long in front of the fire of someone else and become satisfied with warming ourselves on the embers of the Spirit of God moving in them.   Get UP!

Wake UP!  We’ve been lulled to sleep by the enemy even while sitting on the church pew.  Sunday after Sunday, purely satisfied with mediocre Christianity—or religion.  Whatever you want to call it –it will not do anything for you. 

You will have no strength when you need it.  There will be no comfort of your own when life throws you a nasty curve.  YOU—WE MUST WAKE UP!  Search the Word for ourselves!  Grab the horns of the altar for OURSELVES and not depend on Sally and Susie to do our praying for us!  (I have no clue who Sally and Susie are—they were just the first names that popped in my head.)

What we are doing is wasting precious time.  If I were behind a pulpit—I might do like many ministers have done when they see a member or two—or seven nodding off to sleep.

SLAP!  (The pulpit) Heads pop up.  “What’s going on?”  Quizzical faces look up, pretending to have just “looked down” for a second.  We are not asleep.  Surely not! 

Oh but we have been.  We’ve gone to sleep and allowed the enemy to steal away the hearts of our children and fill them with desire for “things”.  More things.  More things.  Bigger toys. More More More!  They only react the way they are taught.  What is wrong with us?

I say us because I’ve found myself in the same boat at times.  A few years ago I made resolute determination to allow God to work in me, through and me and use me in whatever manner He chose.  So, blame Him if you don’t like what you are reading :).

Today—I promised I’d type what He dictated.  EVEN if it meant I lost every single reader.

Last year (I can legally say that about this particular event now), I was in a BGMC service (Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge).  A passionate group of kids raising awareness of the circumstances and needs of children around the globe.100_1582  They have the right idea. 

Their preacher for the event?  An eleven year old young boy who has the call of God on his life and already knows God wants him to serve as a missionary. 

As Andy Smith shared his heart and how God reminds him, an eleven year old boy with all the normal eleven year old things on the brain to pray for others, my heart was pricked.  Deep.

Do we go to the trouble of remembering those with life’s hardships?  Do we think of those that are lost without Christ as their Savior?  What about the babies who never make it to become 11?  Those whose life has been struck out by their very carrier, who didn’t think “one time” would make a baby.  Do we remember the emotional scars they bare?  Do we turn our backs on them who, years ago made the mistake of changing the course of their own lives by taking the life of another in their hands?  They all believed a lie.  And we are guilty too right now, and every time we turn our backs on their emotional need and don’t love them into Christ.  What is wrong with us?

Oh right.  It won’t work into our schedule.

I had a friend who needed prayer several few weeks ago.  We had set the date and time, however when it came down to it, several things had happened in her life and was now bringing hindrances to her life.  She was in a state of minor panic.  I could sense it. 

I had a schedule.  I had some things I had planned to do.  An upcoming test—and a job of house sitting for my folks.  She was more than an hour away. I had my schedule down to the hour I would leave.  But she needed prayer.  I’m not saying this to pin any flower—but to make a point.

In order to help another—we MUST rearrange our schedules some times to be a blessing and benefit to them.  As it turned out, 3 other situations happened while I was there.  I had an opportunity to pray for several areas of her life and two of her family members.  I think it did more for me than it did her.  Wake UP!  Get UP! Go OUT OF YOUR WAY!

How often do we do that?  Go out of our way to help.  To bless.  To Give.  If we are doing so only when it’s convenient, well—anyone can do that.

I think…that in 2011…we will face some decisions.  Will I pray for those who need prayer –even when I have to RISE EARLY?  Will I type out that message for who knows who—even if the message might offend “another” reader?  Will I read my Bible and memorize as much of the content—EVEN WHEN IT MEANS I WON’T BE WATCHING TV?

Will I allow God to move in my life as never before –taking OUT the unnecessary clutter and replacing it with MORE of His Spirit? Oh friend.  I hope and pray so.  I really do.

When the end of my days comes, I want Him, Jesus, to throw His arms around me and proclaim, “Angie, you did everything I required of you!”  I want to lay down at night knowing that I did all He asked of me that day.  So….we start even harder today.

Last year?  Just a warm up.

Oh and the time? 2:16 a.m.  I’m done.  You can go to sleep now.  Wait.  Better yet, make an altar right where you are.