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In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah:  “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.

Isaiah 38:1-6 (NIV)

 

Many years ago I believed that Hezekiah changed God’s heart so that he would have more time on this earth. Later, I saw that God was using this to strengthen Hezekiah for God’s Will. God didn’t need to be enlightened by Hezekiah’s beliefs or to know what was really on Hezekiah’s heart. God knew. God wasn’t changed but Hezekiah’s faith was strengthened. This same ribbon of God’s love is seen throughout the Bible. Just as Abraham was called to offer his son as a sacrifice, God didn’t need to know Abraham’s heart—Abraham did.

 

Trials are not there for God’s benefit but for our own. He knows what is on our hearts. He knows our minds. Was Hezekiah in his last days? I believe so if he had accepted Isaiah’s message but he knew he had more to do. He didn’t accept the news…he pushed on 🙂 . Isn’t this what God really calls us to do? To be prepared to leave this earth at any time but we are called to do His will until we go.

 

May your day be wonderful and bright and may you always have God at your back! 😀

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Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

James 4:7-10 (NIV)

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In the past week I have spoken to many people who do not believe that there is a God of any type. I am not accustomed to speaking with so many unbelievers and nonbelievers. My witness is my faith, my life, and my spiritual wholeness. My witness is about the miracles that have occurred beginning with the ones that brought me into the world, and then the ones that have sustained me thus far AND finally, the miracles that have happened for my children.

 

I believe one must truly accept to believe but people will not allow themselves to accept because they do not want to believe. To know God is to experience God. This is my belief but it is echoed in John 8 beginning with verse 42:

42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” – John 8:42-47 (NIV)

 

This is powerful scripture. It may not make sense the first 10-100 times you read it and only will you understand it when you are ready. God’s wisdom does not come until one is ready—prepared in the heart, mind, and soul.

 

Back to my witness… Not everyone has a multitude of miracles to share. We each have our way of reaching others. Sometimes my witness is not about the miracles but only about the love God has for us. It varies depending on the situation and the person. I am not a pushy witness. I believe in planting seeds and allowing them to find fertile soil in which to grow and germinate. Take care and may you find your way to witness that is pleasing in God’s eyes.

 

 —  garden2day

 

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I need your help if you would. I will be so grateful…

 

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.  —  Matthew 7 (NIV)

 

19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”  —  Matthew 18 (NIV)

 

There is a certain man whom I have asked to spend 5 minutes of his day each morning and 5 minutes each night praying. In each of his prayers I have asked him to find 5 things that he sees as blessings in his life. This is an attempt to get him back to the altar of God. Now, I can ask this of him until I am blue in the face. I can’t make him do anything he doesn’t want to do. However, I know that if this man opens his heart and turns it toward God, he will be redeemed and renewed. He has to have a true heart and he has to make time for this. It is a sacrifice. It is obedience not to me but to God. Can he do it? It is up to him.

 

I would like to ask you to pray every morning and every night if you will that this man will do this, for his protection, and for help to overcome his demons. I ask you to pray that this man’s heart be opened up to God. He is lost. He used to know right from wrong but he has forgotten what it is like to walk with God or as close as it gets in this world. This is for this man and his family particularly his children. He used to care so deeply for others that he was willing to give others the shirt from his back.

 

I have seen miracles happen so I know anything can happen provided it is God’s Will. Please pray that he opens his heart before God and receives HIM and then is protected to do His Will so that God will be glorified.

 

Belief —  Faith  — Prayer

Repeat until answered and thanksgiving when it is.

 

This is nothing short of a miracle. I feel compelled to ask this. Thank you! From the bottom of my heart—thank you!

This man is my husband. I know how far he has fallen.

 

May you be so very blessed–always and forever! 😀

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16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. — Luke 2:16-20 (NIV)

 

To ponder…what does it mean? From the American Heritage Dictionary:

  • To think about (something) with thoroughness and care.
  • To reflect or consider with thoroughness and care.

 

Mary pondered them in her heart… She treasured up first and then pondered. Why is this written this way? Why is it important? Can anyone really understand what this means if they have not given birth? I believe pondering is important here. Let’s put ourselves in Mary’s shoes. Look at what all she has experienced in the past 9 months before she gave birth.

 

Before a baby is born today, there may be baby showers where gifts, tokens, and all types of things for this precious soul that is about to come into the world are given. A mom will not only treasure these things but will pay (or should) close attention to the gifts and the attitude the gifts are given—the attitude of the heart.

 

I believe Mary was overcome by the outpouring of attention to her beautiful little baby. She kept these things close to her heart. More than likely she thought quite frequently about this time as her son was growing up. It was a momentousness occasion. It gave her peace and joy. I wonder if while watching her grown son die on the cross she thought back to that time when He was born and so much attention was on her son and his future. I suspect Mary also pondered at the cross, too.

 

Do you treasure? Do you ponder? The attitude of the heart… It matters so much. It matters everything. Mary pondered these things in her heart…she treasured and pondered…she kept what all people did for her son in her heart. She did more than think about it all—more than making a scrapbook of memories. The actions of others and that moment in time was forever emblazoned on her heart both at the birth and at the cross.

 

Please understand the Lord, the Love we are supposed to share, and please tattoo it on your heart.

 

Have a most blessed day! 😀

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Love

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrongsuffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. — 1 Corinthians 13 (New American Standard)

 
This is love and can be applied to love in marriage…

Even after the “feeling” of love has melted away many years down the road in marriage, LOVE never fails because it is what we want it to be–what we make it. Love between a husband and wife is the physical embrace of God’s arms. When the two grow old or cannot do for whatever reason, what is left between the two? Love is there to carry them through. At times one or the other must carry the spouse but it should be done without complaint and reservation. As long as a couple has been true to each other, love will carry them through to the very end. And, if they aren’t true to each other then they pick up the pieces and put them back together–not throw the other away.

 

God speaks to us very clearly but are we listening? 

 

Life is precious. Love is even more so. And, love is the fuel that is supposed to take us not just to the end of this world but into the next. Our whole lives we are supposed to be giving of love–not taking–ensuring that the other is emotionally and spiritually taken care of no matter what. Only we know what is in our hearts…and God.

 

We must each walk with God to have peace. God cannot live outside of our hearts, he must live inside and own it completely.

 

Note:  I believe this was my dad’s favorite passage in the Bible. I can still hear him recite this and the last time I heard it in person was over 30 years ago. I carry this memory with me in my heart especially verse 7.

 

 May your day be richly blessed today and the next! 😀

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