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Monday, March 23, 2015

True Story Blog Party 03/23/2013


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English Bull Dog
HUNGRY?
 
Saving money especially when grocery shopping, is a priority with me.  About once a week I stop at our local Thrift Market to scope out what is interesting and a good buy.

While shopping there, one must watch the pull dates; lest you end up with something that will later need to be tossed.
 
The other day, I visited the Thrift Market, and viewed a good brand of canned dog food. 

It was plastic wrapped in small cases of 12 cans each and the price was $4.00 per case or three cases for $10.00.  If you can do the math, that is approximately 33 cents a can or less.
 
The pull date was a few days past, but the cans still looked salvageable and I placed six cartons of 12 in my basket to make my three dogs very happy.

Then I needed to go to a popular Grocery store for a few other items, also at a bargain. 

As I left the parking lot, a woman walking with a small bull dog, crossed my path.  I stopped to let her pass.

I could see she was carrying a cardboard sign, and she was headed for the grass where often people sit hoping for money. 
 
I noted her sign which said, “Homeless and in Need.”  

Now, I don’t usually give out money as some will do, but my heart went out to that small dog. 

Exiting my van, I opened the back and started to pull away the plastic and remove one can of dog food, but instead the Lord said, give her the entire carton of 12 cans, which I did.
 

She seemed happy to receive the cans of Turkey with brown rice with a convenient pull top lid.   

Her dog also knew there was something in that can for her, because that tail began to wiggle violently. 

The woman proceeded to open the can and use the lid to feed her puppy.
 

Honesty, that can of dog food looked good enough for human consumption, and it is a safe bet that some of it might end up that way. 

I am reminded of the prodigal son, who was so hungry that he ate from the pig slop that he was paid to feed the pigs. 

Fortunately he came to his senses and decided to return home to his father where there was a bountiful supply!
 

So many today are eating Religious Slop that they are finding here and there instead of going direct to the Father and reading from His Book – The Bible.   

Opinions are everywhere but they will not satisfy the hunger that is in aching hearts. 

Only God’s Word, full of Holy truth will fill that need.   

The Good news is that Jesus is the Answer to all of our needs, and he is the Bread of Life to satisfy hunger, and he is the Living water that quenches our thirst.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Tell Me a True Story Week of 03/16/15



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We Were Disappointed - But there was a Reason

 
Disappointments are Often for a Good Reason
 

Our Pastor asked my husband to teach a Sunday morning class on “Discovering Who You Are in Christ.”  The Pastor requested an outline prior to allowing my husband to teach his lessons. 

My husband and I had attended some classes held by Dr. Charles Solomon, where he taught on the “Exchanged Life.”  Dr. Solomon illustrated with diagrams that we were first “IN Adam,” and needed to be translated into the Kingdom of God’s Dear Son, and to become a new creature, “IN Christ.”

My husband had decided to present the Old man with his emotional feelings of rejection first, and lead up to the New Man who is “Accepted in the Beloved.”  The Pastor was not sure he liked this approach and made it very clear to my husband that he felt this was a negative view. 

My husband told me God revealed to him, that something else was going on, and it was time for us to back out, and allow the Pastor to teach the class the way he wanted to by using some materials that we did not adhere to.  When the Holy Spirit speaks, it is time to move on.

We ended up paying a visit to the Pastor at his home and telling him that next Sunday would be our last Sunday.

We parted friends, and the Pastor told us that the door swings both ways, and we were always welcomed back.

Later we heard that the church closed down because of some sort of scandal. 

Praise God, we were not a part of it, and the Lord protected us, because we listened to the inward witness.

Ephesians 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Ephesians 5:8  For you were sometimes darkness, but now you are light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
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Monday, March 9, 2015

True Story Blog Party - Week 03/09/15


 
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My story below "A BEAR IN THE WOODS"  is from my book,
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A Bear In The Woods 

A big piece of twine stretched from my bed all the way to the pull chain in the light on my wall.  First, I would look under my bed to make sure there wasn’t a big hand going to grab my leg.  Next, with a quick hop into bed, I would pull the covers over my head, and yank the twine to switch off the light!  I’d lay there with my heart pounding wildly for a few moments!

It was silly, but as a teenager, I had a vivid imagination and this was my reassuring process to help secure a good night’s sleep.

Where did all that fear come from?  Was there something that happened in my past that caused these fears?  Could I blame one of my parents for this dread?  Perhaps !!

There was a time when I was very young; it was a dark night and we were traveling in Dad’s old car, headed for home.  The country road was lined with orchards on either side and there were no lights other than the headlights of our car.  Also, there were no gas stations for a pit stop.

“Mommy I have to pee,” I whispered to her.  Mother asked my dad to stop the car and let me out.  Now I was used to a potty chair or our outhouse, but my Dad told me to go over to the ditch and do my business.  I was extremely frightened just to be in that forsaken place and was not at all certain that I really wanted to do this.

Naturally, I was taking too long and Dad was impatient to get home.  He called out, “You better hurry because there might be bears out there behind those trees!”  Bears in the woods!  “Oh dear God, please don’t let them get me,” I yelled as I sprinted for the car, “I can hold it until I get home,” and that was that!

Many of us experience fear in various forms.  Usually it is fear of the unknown.  Putting my trust in Jesus was my solution.  It could be your answer too.  He is as close as a whisper.”  I call upon Him anytime I am in trouble and so can you!

Yes - - I suppose I might be able to attribute some of the blame to my Dad for, in a way, he unknowingly planted the seed.  However we truly can’t blame parents or people for our terror. The source of all fear is from Satan who is the deceiver and destroyer.  He is the one who desires to rob you of your peace. 

Since those childhood days, I have filled my heart with scripture verses that I repeat when I feel afraid.  The Bible instructs us many times:  Do not be afraid and do not worry!  Here are a few of my favorites: 

2Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

1Peter 5:7  Casting all your care (fears and worry) upon him; for he cares for you.

1John 4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear hath torment.   

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Tell Me a True Story - week of March 2



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The BETRAYAL story below is from my book, Rescue the Stories Book Two. 

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Please Step Out of the Truck !!
BETRAYAL
 
The morning was bright and it was a good day for installing new roofs.  The trucks were loaded, and only one more detail needed attending.  Robert left the yard and ran up the stairs planning to enter the office for a quick note.  

Almost in midair, my husband stopped his stride, as he heard the voice of the Lord speak so clearly, “Go back to the yard and fire your cousin Jimmy.”  

WOW, he thought to himself, “What is that all about?” 

Without hesitation, he ceased his flight into the office, and returned to the yard.  In a voice quick and unwavering he requested Jimmy to step out of the truck.  

“Jimmy, I do not know what this is all about, but the Lord just spoke to me and said to let you go, so take your tools and leave; you are fired.” 

No questions were asked by Jimmy, it was as if he already knew, and we were soon to discover. 

Within a few days we received a telephone call from a lady telling us that the roof we had recently installed for her was leaking.   

We had no record of this roof installation!   

It appeared that on the week ends, our trusted cousin was using his access to our yard and was working on the side for his own profit.  He was using our truck, our contracts, our materials, collecting the payments, and all without our knowledge. 
 
The Lord was kind to us and put a stop to it! 

In life there are many forms of betrayal. 

Perhaps the worse kind is that of a beloved relative or friend.  Wounded souls strive to recover from the effect of damage from unfaithful spouses, cheating fianc√©es, abusive parents, rape, drug and alcohol abuse and a list too numerous to name.  The effects of betrayal ripple through the entire family as they are all injured in the holocaust.  

Disloyalty from a person who was admired, idolized and loved is so very difficult to fathom.  Where is relief for those aching from such treachery?  Where is there a solace for the deeply hurt? 

In his final hours prior to the crucifixion, Jesus was betrayed with a kiss by one of his closest disciples, Judas. 
 
A short time later, his beloved Peter, denied knowing Jesus and to prove his rejection, he cursed Jesus.  Then at last all the disciples fled in terror, leaving Jesus alone, abandoned and betrayed.   

About that time, Jesus took on himself all the sins of the world on his body, including your sins and mine. 
 
His Heavenly father could not bear to look at Jesus and darkness covered the earth. To have His Heavenly Father turn His back, intensified Jesus’ anguish and suffering. It was simply too much. 

In our human aching, we may desire to blame God for the failures of our loved ones.  We may even end up cursing God because we hurt so horribly.  We might even say, “Oh yes, they knew perfectly well what they were doing and I will pay them back by punishing them in my own way.”   

What was the reaction of Jesus to all this mental, emotional and physical rejection?  Finally His words rang out, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  

Forgiveness may not change the circumstances, but forgiveness frees up the forgiver. It begins a healing process that may have been long needed.

The persons who have done the wrong deeds will do doubt suffer a lengthy and lingering regret.  Ultimately, they will experience the consequences of their actions.  

If you are hurting and angry today from betrayal, kneel at the feet of Jesus and allow Him to take you in his arms. He understands it all, and He loves you very much!!  Then, permit the gentle Jesus to show you His love and His forgiveness for your own rebellion and betrayal.
 
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Tell Me a True Story Week 02 23 15


 
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Blood Donor
 

“Sorry, but we can’t use your blood, it is just NOT acceptable,” were the words I heard on the other end of the telephone line.

The news was on and I had just heard an appeal for blood.  Seriously injured, a young motor cycle rider had lost a great deal of blood.  The news continued with a telephone number to call to become a volunteer.  Hastily I phoned the number and was ready to offer my blood for this young man.

The lady at the call center told me that first she needed to ask me some questions.  She inquired if I had ever had a life threatening ailment and I answered, "Yes."

I told her that when I was 12 years old I suffered a very bad case of jaundice. Her concern was that it might have been a form of hepatitis which would eliminate me from being a donor.  She thanked me for calling but told me that they just could not use my blood because it was 'not suitable.'


I felt rebuffed and rejected when I realized that NO one wanted my blood!

A short letter to the boy was quickly composed.  I conveyed my earnest desire to help, and that I was so sorry that I could not, because the fact was my blood was not good enough.

Then I told him how the blood of Jesus was also not wanted by so many.  Briefly, I explained how Jesus was rejected but that we can choose to accept Him. The blood of Jesus will wash away our sins and we can become a believer in Christ.

There are religious organizations today that do not want the Blood of Jesus mentioned in their sermons, their songs, or in their literature.  They are repulsed by the suggestion that a blood sacrifice was necessary to pay for our salvation. It is sad, but true, that His blood is still being rejected today by some.

Each time we receive communion, let us always remember that His body was broken for our healing, and that His blood was shed for our total salvation.  

The entire sum of human blood on earth would not be enough to reconcile us to God.  Only the precious blood of Jesus will do - - - ours isn’t good enough!

Jesus spoke in the book of; Matthew 26:28  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Suggested Books you might be interested in: 

The Power of the Blood (paperback) by H.A. Whyte
The Hidden Power of the Blood of Jesus (Paperback) by Mahesh Chavda

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Tell me a True Story Week of 02/16/15


 
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HEALING ANGER

Proverbs 29:1 The man that with a stiff neck despises him that reproves him, shall suddenly be destroyed: and health shall not follow him.

It was a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon, and as a child of 10 years old, I wanted to be playing outside, but for some reason, I was told to stay in the house and to sit on the couch. 
 
I can’t remember ever being that angry before, but I was violently ticked off.

Reaching over to the Sunday funny papers that lay along side of me, I hastily grabbed them, and viciously and quickly, tore them into small shreds.

My dad was in his chair, reading the sports section and he jumped up with a hop, into the kitchen, grabbed “the belt,” and with a skip he jerked me up and submitted a sound whipping to the back of my legs and back side.

When he had fulfilled his own anger, he explained to me that I did not get the thrashing because he had not read the funnies, but it was because I had destroyed something in a fit of anger. 
 
The lesson here of course was not to break, hit, tear or destroy something while angry.  I learned a personal lesson, and that was not to display anger, but to hold it in.

When my children were growing up, I took out my anger on them.  To hear them tell it, they received a beating every day of their early lives.  Later as they grew older, the punishment turned to a short “time out,” giving them time to ponder what they had done.

Usually apologies were quick, and that would settle it, and it was considered closure.

My anger continued, turning into resentment and depression, with no outlet in sight.  Repentance did not solve it, and I was at a loss for a cure!

One eventful day, I read a pamphlet written by Derek Prince.  He spoke of all the emotions inside of us that could, and would destroy our peace.  His solution was a Spiritual plan that involved, “Binding and Loosening.”  The steps were simple enough.
 
I must honestly tell you these steps brought me complete victory and set me free !!

Step 1.  Find a quiet place where you can be alone and when time is not pressing!

Step 2. Desire to be set free from the disturbing emotion, or habit that is troubling you.

Step 3. Ask the Lord to show you the name of the problem you seek freedom from.

Step 4. Pause and wait. – There is no hurry.

Step 5. As you begin to realize an unwanted emotion, confess to God that you do NOT want to keep it, and release it to Him.  Name it.

Step 6. Ask the Lord to show you a replacement attitude and trade the bad with an opposite and good emotion to take its place.  Name it.

Step 7. Tell God that you receive the new, and then thank Him for his peace.

Step 8. There may be more emotions that you are not aware of, so begin again until all that might be troubling you has been released, and replaced with the new and better.

It is extremely important to replace the old attitudes and emotions with the new, because you cannot afford to have a clean but empty house!  

Matthew 12:43 - 45 When the unwanted spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.  Then he says, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and clean.  Then goes he, and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
 
Now fill your spirit with praise and worship to God and fill your mind with his Word.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

True Story Week 02/09/2015


Enjoying a True Story


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Stoning the Prophet
 

Don't Stone the Messenger

"I don’t want to hear it!!  I’ll do as I please!  Don’t tell me what to do!"  

This is the way some people act when the messenger brings something they do not want to accept.

Young children should be instructed to respect and listen to their elders, but when they are older, they often decide to go against what they have been taught.  It is just plain old fashioned rebellion and stubbornness which is in the heart of many of us at times.

The Prophets and messengers in the Bible were often censured and criticized, and sometimes stoned and killed. 

People do not always appreciate the words “REPENT,” turn from your wicked ways and serve the Lord.”  If they had planned to sin, no one was going to mess with their decisions or their lifestyle.
 
As a young lad, Joseph had dreams of grandeur that were opposed by his brothers.  In fact his dreams caused much family friction, and the brothers hated Joseph.  One ill-fated day, they decided to kill him because of his message. 
 
Joseph’s brothers declared; Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.”
 
Joshua, and Caleb, tore their clothes because the people would not receive their words. The congregation was so angry with their declaration that they challenged everyone to pick up rocks and to stone Joshua and Caleb to death.   God stopped their foolishness by appearing as the “Glory of the LORD.”

 I am reminded that at church not all the messages preached by the minister are received by everyone.  Some of the congregation will listen and receive, while others are not willing to hear, and are not ready to apply the ministry lesson to their lives.
 
Not all words from God are heard at church.  God has many methods to get his point across.   Some messages coming at us through the gate of the ear or eye cut across the grain, and pull up the hairs on the back of our necks.  Ouch!
 
In today’s world we do not stone the messenger, or kill them, but we can stop up our ears and not pay attention.   Some will say, La, La, La, I can’t hear you!!

If some of these Words from the Lord are coming your way by what ever means, and the Holy Spirit is urging you to make some changes, please do not hesitate to hear His Voice.  Listen carefully and then by all means obey.

Proverbs 29:1The man that with a stiff neck despises him that reproves him, shall suddenly be destroyed: and health shall not follow him.
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