Prayers of God’s People

For the past week I’ve been watching Mark Lowry’s Attitude of Gratitude videos where he shares different things that he is thankful for. He’s is starting to have other people come on the broadcasts and share things that they are grateful for as well.

I had missed it but yesterday he was live on Facebook. While I was watching it today he was asking others what they were grateful for. Just in that moment the some words came to my mind which were: “Prayers of God’s People”

I’m going to put it into a much more personal category prayers of our church family. That includes those who have started going elsewhere who we have contact with.

To our church family:

I would like to say thank you for all the prayers that you have prayed on our behalf from the middle of 2017 until the present.

May God bless and keep you and make his face to shine upon you.

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Asking For What You Need

One afternoon as I was washing some dishes I was listening to some music. The first song was “Thou O Lord” based on the third chapter in Psalms. The song says that he is a shield for us. Another song came on saying that he is our relief in time of stress. As I was listening to these songs a lot of other thoughts flooded my mind about God being whatever we need. God knows what we need but he’s waiting for us to ask him to give us what we need. Like Blind Bartimaeus sitting blind along the wayside. Jesus knew he was blind. But Jesus waited for him to ask him for something only Jesus could give him. Sight to his eyes. If he hadn’t taken the opportunity to ask Jesus for his help he would’ve lived the rest of his life without the joy of being able to see.

Sometimes God allows things to happen in our lives that will make us realize that we need him. There are needs that only he can meet.

But he’s waiting for us to ask him to meet that need. Don’t miss the opportunity to have him meet your need by not asking him.

This verse of a song that I used to sing came to mind would like to share it with you.

In his presence there is joy beyond all measure

And at his feet peace of mind can still be found

If you have a need I know he has the answer

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Celebrate God’s Promises

All Gods promises celebrate his promises.

These are the words I had in my mind one morning as I was fixing my breakfast.

One of Gods promises that we are celebrating this time of year is: “And she shall bring forth a son and his name shall JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” That’s found in God’s word in the book of Matthew chapter one verse twenty-one.

The promise is two-fold. The part that has been fulfilled is she shall bring forth a son and thou shall call his name Jesus.

The second part is: For he shall save his people from their sins. That started when he gave his life on the cross to save you and me. Salvation is a gift that he has given to us. With that gift we also can receive another wonderful gift. The gift of eternal life. Have you received that wonderful gift of salvation? You can experience the true meaning of Christmas by accepting and receiving what he did for us on the cross.

Here is a little chorus I sung when I was little with a children’s choir.

God sent his son to everyone at Christmas time at Christmas time.

Tell the news to everyone at Christmas time at Christmas time.

If you will receive him there is one other promise that I would like to share with you.

It’s found in God’s word in Hebrews chapter thirteen verse five the latter part of the verse. It says, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.

That’s another promise to celebrate. He will always be with us to guide us, to comfort us and he loves us. He never withdraws his love and we are always in his care.

Whatever problems we are having we can bring to him. He is there to help us.

Here is a few words of a song that is about that very thing.

Bring him every question in your heart

The doubt that’s tearing you apart

Your deepest hurts your greatest scars

God can take it

Bring him all the bitterness inside

Shame that you wish you could hide

The fear that keeps you paralyzed

God can take it

You don’t have to be afraid

Cause he won’t turn you away

He can take whatever’s broken make it just like new

You won’t even recognize it when he’s through

He will use it for his glory

Use it for your good

If you let it go

He can take it

Words sung by Brian Free and Assurance.

Name of song that the words are from: He Can Take It

Hope you can celebrate the true meaning of Christmas this year. Merry Christmas!

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A Thanksgiving Memory

In a few days we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving.

I believe that it’s based on thanking God for him providing for needs that we have.

My mind goes back to when I was a teenager and my family was going through a hard time in our life.

God sent someone to help our family. We moved to a different state that we had been living in and they helped my dad by giving him a job and helping us find a place to live.

We lived there for a little while. The time we lived there was around the end of the year. When Thanksgiving and Christmas happen.

I think God brings to our mind times where he has blessed us in the past to help us remember that he can and will provide for us in our time of need.

His name is Jehovah-Jireh that means “The Lord will foresee and provide”

I looked up the word forsee and it means “to know in advance”. He already knows before you know what needs you are going to have. Sometimes he provides for us and surprises us with things we need but he also waits for us to ask him in prayer. But whatever or however he does it he wants to have all the glory and praise.

I pray that this is an encouragement for you this Thanksgiving.

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Answered prayers

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick but when the desire cometh it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

Read today that the delay of something that someone wants very much is like a lingering disease but when that something that you’ve wanted happens it’s is very reviving to the soul.

There is a family that we are acquainted with that here recently the head of the household had lost his job.

A few months ago one of their family members became real sick and had to be put into the hospital for a good length of time. It changed this persons life and his families as well.

A lot of families have been praying for God to provide in their time of need.

Received word today that the need of a job had been met. Which was a joy to hear how God blessed them.

In my own life their are prayers that haven’t been answered yet or answered in the way that I would like them to be. God does answer prayers. The timing in which I would like things to happen may not be His timing for that answer.

When I heard the good news concerning the job situation this family had. It was reviving to my soul.

I will continue to pray and wait upon the Lord to answer the prayers for the needs in our families life.

I read Psalms everyday and I read this in October and it has been on my heart since then.

Yea let none that wait on thee be ashamed. Psalm 25:3

Here are parts of a song that came to mind today after hearing the news.

While I’m waiting God is working he is working over time

When I think the battle’s over and my back’s against the wall

While I’m waiting God is working he is working through it all.

Hope that this is an encouragement to you in your life.

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Knowing that God Cares

Oh yes my Jesus cares

Oh yes I know my Jesus cares.

Oh yes my Jesus cares. I know my Jesus sees and cares.

These are the words to a song that I heard my father sing with a choir singing behind him. The name of the song was “Does Jesus Care” it was a old choir arrangement that he had.

Sitting in church one Sunday I heard someone playing beautifully a song that lets us know that no one can ever care for you like Jesus can.  He loves and cares for us like we are. A few articles back I shared a song “He  Will Carry You”.  As I was listening to it that same day I got to really listening to the words. The words that stood out to me were: You don’t have to pick up the broken pieces. You don’t have to cover up the scars. You are loved and you can always run to Jesus just as you are. While hearing these words. The picture of a little girl dropping and breaking a very prized possession came to mind. She didn’t have to try to clean up the mess herself but with tears running down her face she runs to her father and tells him her trouble.  He picks her up and carries her and while consoling and comforting her he helps her to pick up the pieces and puts it back together again.

Like to share now the words of the song that I heard so beautifully played on that day.

I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus, 

Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true.

I would tell you how

He changed my life completely; 

He did something no other friend could do.
No one ever cared for me like Jesus; 

There’s no other friend so kind as He.

No one else could take the sin

And darkness from me; 

O how much He cares for me.
All my life was full of sin when Jesus found me; 

All my heart was full of misery and woe, 

Jesus placed His strong arms about me

And He led me in the way I ought to go.
No one ever cared for me like Jesus; 

There’s no other friend so kind as He.

No one else could take the sin

And darkness from me; 

O how much He cares for me.
Ev’ry day He comes to me with new assurance; 

More and more I understand His word of love.

But I’ll never know just why He came to save me, 

Till someday I see His blessed face above.
No one ever cared for me like Jesus; 

There’s no other friend so kind as He.

No one else could take the sin

And darkness from me.

O how much he cares for me.

The Butterfly


This picture was produced by my dad. It was a quote that he had said quite a bit in his messages that he would preach. The picture has the butterfly going through its metamorphoses, its changes that it goes through from being a caterpillar to a very beautiful butterfly.

Different thoughts come to mind as I think about the butterfly.

It had to experience the changes nothing else could take its place in the process to become that butterfly. That’s how it is with life no one else can feel or experience the changes that you are going through because they are not you. But there is someone who has experienced far more changes and suffering that we could ever face and if we know him as our personal Lord and savior he is there to help us go through those changes to become that beautiful butterfly and soar like we never have before.

The one I am writing about is Jesus Christ God’s Son.

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