Friday, 23 November 2018

Well, here it is November 23rd and I forgot to sent October’s blog out



Well, here it is November 23rd and I forgot to sent October’s blog out.

My oh my, what this new diagnosis is doing to me, I am not sure I like it???

And I have not had any inspiration about what to blog about???

When all of a sudden, (since I did not feel like starting my Saturday morning stuff), I decided to sort and put away lying around things.
You’ll never guess what happened!

So I will tell you.

A long time ago, while listening to WDCK on the radio, one of the speakers gave us something to ponder on. It was about the word HABIT.
I had lost track of where I wrote it down, and of course when I wanted to use it, to explain it to someone, I could not remember the exact order. The year I wrote it out was 1995.

I found it this morning…
The article is about…how to get rid of a habit. And we all have them. So here it is…I hope you will all share it, maybe it will help others to try to get rid of these sometimes nasty things!
Here goes………………………………………..HABIT.

Only one way……………DROP it.
Doing it gradually is harder.
When you get started
getting rid of your habit,
you feel good and
drop the H.
then you only have ABIT left.
You keep trying and
manage to drop the A.
Then you only have a BIT
to contend with.
Going on you get to drop the B.
Then you are left with IT.
Eventually you drop the I.
Now all your left with is T.
Which stands for TEMPTATION.
And that’s a lot harder word to get rid of than
                                                                          HABIT.

I laughed and so did people on the radio. After sharing this information, the pastor started his sermon. I got a real kick out of this and thought I would be able to share it with others. I tried, but I kept getting it wrong, so I quit.

Do you have habits that you would like to get rid of?  Let’s work on them.
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
I am now going to try to get my Saturday chores done!
See you later…………………………………………………………………………………………….
October 18, 2018
I’m back…
Have you given the word some thought??? I hope you got a chuckle?
Send me some thoughts if you care too!
I have gotten rid of some and it feels good, and have more to work on.
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Therefore let’s get on the next subject that came to me, of course it is more about our Lord and Saiour.

Roman’s 5, 1 – 11


God IS

When words are not enough -- GOD IS
When we do not know where to turn -- GOD DOES
When love seems so far away -- GOD IS NOT
When people let us down -- GOD WON’T
When our hearts need re-filling -- GOD WILL
When we hurt -- GOD KNOWS
And if we respond as best we can in any situation
we will feel His gentle touch and we will heal
to carry on His will for us.

November 1998


God has a unique plan for each of us to serve Him in this world. Gradually He prepares us to do the good works He had long ago planned for us to do. Amongst other things, they include kindness, mercy, compassion and help to one another. This is important as well, meeting one another’s needs when asked.
Sit with God for a while, talk with Him, ask questions, then listen. Is He leading you somewhere today? Nudging you to go forward with what He has in store for you!
This next one is hard to do…it is something that I need to go through and accept.
I have been diagnosed with CAA,(cerebral amyloid angiopathy).
What does this mean? There is a possibility that I may be a candidate for seizures and or dementia umbrella???
It seems to be coming in spirts that I call episodes – they are different each time they show up and so far last approximately 10 to 15 min.
But God is in charge whether and when it will show up, right?
Am I worried, no! Concerned, yes. Little episodes have been showing up for some time. How it will affect me and our family, only time will tell. I will keep praying for victory that all will go well.
And also keep asking God for the strength, courage and wisdom to handle what does happen.
I am happy to say that last Monday at our morning bible study we took some time for hands on prayer.  The symptoms disappeared for a whole week, praise the Lord. I give God the Glory and claim victory for any kind of healing He gives me. Thank You Jesus. It is in His hand. That is all I will say for now about my problem and keep you informed as I will find out.

I would rather talk and discuss about our faith walk together, instead of me.

Around lunch time, I decided to put God first for a while and we had quite a discussion and prayer time about all the forgiveness I had to own up to in the past. God has been accepting all of them and even let me know in His way that He has no condemnation. Thank Jesus, Praise God. We have a loving, caring Lord and Saviour.

Extra added. put where???
I might die to night, but it will not be prematurely. (Face illness gradually and gracefully, face eventually of death. Live like you are not dying!) This was said to patient from her Doctor, to a friend of my sister who was dying of cancer. She really was dying gracefully. And she loved our Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus, praise God.
The devil is at checkmate as far as God is concerned….He is going to win.

Another statement that is very profound is we are worthy. We must concentrate on this to keep on the straight and narrow in order to work on our faith the way God wants us to.
If we do not work at any of the above, self-idolatry could come into play. I slammed into that myself, but I was lovingly nurtured by people when I took Wholeness Through Christ. I did not realize this until it was explained to me, that is what it means when I said I thought my love could handle our problems if they surface. Guess what? They did, because I kept leaving God out of the equation. I thank God He urged me back into the fold, because I always loved Jesus.

I am so grateful
for all the blessings
 He has bestowed on all
of us as believers,
aren’t you?

Susan


Saturday, 6 October 2018

I am having an oops month ???




SEMPTEMBER 2018

First, I must try to find out how to single space this crazy machine....for some reason, I push a button I should not.??? /could not find it, so I found a new second hand one instead. So far so good

My blog assignment....in other words, what to talk about?
I was reading someone elses' blog...this is the question that popped out at me. What does God want me to do? Think about it...What does He want you to do?
What do you hear over and over again, when you read scripture? I have taken a lot of bible studies and heard a lot of sermons in my life. Can you guess???
Be obedient”.
I have a little secret first. You cannot do it, if you do not love our Lord and Saviour (God). Does this make sense to you? The second secret, which I also took from the same book series that I have been re-reading is this...!
Sometimes when the bottom falls of our life circumstances, (is this). God wants to put His arms around us and pick us up again. So...let Him, He loves us so nuch. (Thank You Jesus!) ! For instance, when a person tries to comfort someone, for feeling sad, asks...what’s wrong? And then says you can't cry! You gotta be strong, so I don't cry!
That is such a strong statement. Especially when both people are needed nurturing. I hope you hear nurturing when I write in my blog!

You may have noticed, that I do enjoy collecting sayings that come from our mothers or fathers, family or friends at one time or another. Even when reading articles or books, especially faith based. Here is one I really liked, a mother telling her daughter, (I will use my name), “Hold fast to God, Sue, and remember, that He's holding on to you too.” Isn't that sweet for a mother to say. Easy too!

When I need a friend, I call Jesus Yada.
When I do not know where to turn, I call out to my Jehovah Sabbaoth.
When He answers, I thank and call my Lord - Yahweh.



Prayer:
Our Heavenly Father,
What is it that You want for our Life that should be on our hearts day and night?
You created us to worship and serve You.
So when we are in our down modes Father, give us strength to sustain till it passes.
We ask for continued blessings on us, our families, friends and Church family.
With Your help Lord we will be ever mindful of what You have done for us.
We pray this in Your Precious Hebrew Name of Yahshua Hamasiach. Amen 

I need to be honest with you…September and October (so far), have been not very pleasant for me.
I am not going to explain the health issues at this time, but God is with me.

Therefore, I will sign off for September, till I am feeling better.

My Lord and Saviour is in charge
And He is also looking after all of you.
Love and Blessings.

Susan

Saturday, 8 September 2018

August blog 2018


A little extra short blog I wrote in July.......before I start something for August. (do you think we could blame the weather???)

It is now July 23, 2018, my husband and I are patiently waiting for July 25th, the morning he goes into surgery for his left knee.
Are we anxious? Of course we are! But...God is here! Therefore, we are going to put our trust in His judgement, as to the outcome. The peace and calmness should be evident in our life, letting the world know, we belong to Him heart and soul. We thank You Lord for Your blessings of healing and remove any lies from the enemy that bring us fear. We pray that fear will be gone in the Name of Jesus.
Give us the strength, courage and wisdom to deal with all the stress that goes with this kind of surgery for both Alex and I, including out children and grandchildren.
I will now put all that I have prayed for in Your loving hands Father. Praising God in all circumstances. Thank You Jesus.
It is now August 5th, the operation is over and the healing is slowly taking place. Praise the Lord. My husband is working very hard on his exercising which is very important. People who do not exercise, do not have a good outcome. So I have heard over and over again from others who have had the same operation. We are claiming victory for complete healing for my husbands knee. So far so good and the bruising is disappearing, thank you Jesus.

Psalm 95; 1-2
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.

Right...what would a happy prayer sound like? I am going to try.


Proverbs 15: 13a
A happy heart makes the face cheerful.


                                                                A HAPPY PRAYER”
God our Redeemer
and Sustenance.
Happiness and Joy are ours
for the asking.
Won't you change our sad
to happy in all
circumstances as we
worship, thank and
praise You for all Your
many blessings?
In Jesus Name we Pray.
BE HAPPY”
Amen.




August 1st 2018
What next? I do not know about you, but with all our extra heat we have had and are still having, the year is still going by, way to fast.
But I do have some food for thought. It comes from a song and it starts like this... “A saint is just a sinner who fell down...and got up”. I am going to see if I can find the words and tune to this one. I like the tittle. What about you? Lets talk it up!
Words are good when they are used to raise people up. The part that bothers me, are the hurting words that degrade us by people who do not really know they are hurting, (forgive them Father, they know not what they are doing.)
How about us? Have we ever felt like that when we make mistakes? Are we able to get back up? I do not know about you, but if I do not go to God right away, and ask for His help, it does not always work.
Therefore, my suggestion to all sinners, is just that! (big or small) Go to our Lord and Saviour, He is always there for us, anytime...anywhere. What do you think? Have you tried it?
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O.K. It is time to update you on my husbands left knee!
August 22...4 weeks now, and doing well. Exercising as he should, stitches are out and just using the cane to get around. The rest of the healing is also in God's hands. We are confident and claim victory for no more pain, thank you Jesus. Amen
We are having another rain day, which our farmers need, another thank you to our Lord.


Another step for my husbands knee, The 6 weeks are finished, but the knee has still got a long way to go before completely healing and stability is finished. Therefore we will keep asking God for complete healing of his left knee/
I am a bit off sending out my August blog, due to a few glitches.


Thank You Lord
for all Your blessings
during our warmth and rain
of summer.
Susan

Friday, 13 July 2018

It is going to be a very busy July, 2018

It is going to be a very busy July, 2018

July 13, Friday

Besides our 58th anniversary on July 9th, we have different things going on health wise, nothing scary, just knew teeth and knee cap for hubby this July, but all going well

I am thinking about putting something in that is very prevalent on my mind at this time of my life.
Being very grateful to getting to the age that I am, I have more time to think of all the blessings God has bestowed on our entire family. Yes, there are life happenings to all of us, but the on going blessings
of our Father's love are for ever in the forefront of our life. We should be forever grateful and thankful at all times, don't you think?

Is that why I want to keep sharing what our Lord and Saviour has shown and taught me from young
on? Besides the good happenings of life, there have been struggles, but each time His love became greater in my body and soul and I came to love Him more. How great is that!

I am looking forward to our life in Heaven with our Lord and Saviour, either when my life ends on this earth or when we see His second coming.

By the way, my prayer life has improved as well. Why? I am thanking and praising God and His Son more and more. I have said this before...change is inevitable, growth is a choice. Our love,...our forgiving and all the beatitudes should come first in our life so that everyone will see Christ in our lives. Wouldn’t that be grand!

Die to self...until we do that, it is very hard to worship God properly. Either by myself or openly in public. Right at this moment, I am trying to have a pity party. Why? The bible studies, choir practise nights are done for the summer and here I am without a lot of people to talk too.

So what am I doing to get over this summer slump? I am reading over for the third time, a book series called The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson. The book is about life. The ups and downs of life with a lot of praise, prayers and worship stuck in between life's happenings. And all the ladies are of different cultures. I love it!

Why am I reading it over again? It keeps me in touch with my feelings and thoughts that the ladies in the book are going through, so often entwined with things that I am experiencing. Therefore: When they are in there prayer group time, twice a month, I am there with them. Sharing in their happiness and sadness, wishing that I had a prayer group of my own, not just a bible study group which I facilitate and enjoy by the way.

Why am I bearing my soul? It helps me come out of this shell of loneliness, because of other peoples fun in the sun, during this summer or travel plans. Thank goodness God is sharing this time and getting me through. That is why I want to talk about, sharing, praising and worshipping our Lord and Saviour. It is so neat the way the ladies, nurture each other and pray openly and in so doing, helping the weaker and new believers of their group to do the same. It works, when you work it. What? Our faith!

When they started their prayer group after being at a woman’s conference for 3 days, each morning they started their time, with worship, just praising God, worshipping Him, being glad to know Him...no strings attached. I admired it, it reminded me of all the conferences that I went to in my younger years, I enjoyed them all.

That is what I am missing the most. I am a people person, does it show?

Prayer:
Anyway, now that I have vented Father, help me to get over this time of me and use this new found peace and calmness you have given me anew; so that this anxiety will dissipate. Thank You Jesus!

O.K I need to take a break, and figure out what to make for lunch, plan grocery list and shop. Plus
all the rest of household stuff, and it is all small stuff. See you later!

Done...
Actually, it has been three days and here I am, a little more stable and I have even got a lot of work done of all kinds. Thank you Jesus! I still have not had a lot of talking with people, but I am talking and praying with my Saviour. He is listening!

It is time for a poem...telling why, I am feeling like I am!

Jesus asks:

Day by day, abide with Me.
I love you more than I can say.
I died a death that I may pay
for all your sins on that one day.
I also ask, you die to self...
learning why I had to die.
I also want, all to worship Me.
Do not feel shame,
share My love
from day to day!
1998


I feel I need to share more from Yada Yada...

I want to seal it in my heart and mind. Same reason we read, or should be reading our bibles on a more regular basis, right! It is called precept on precept. It does help. Changing the subject sort of, (not really). After all, my blog is mostly about love and forgiveness, isn't it?

I am going to quote one of the ladies in the book I am reading. I have said it in my blog somewhere, more than once. I want you to hear it in someone else's words.

Quote -“When we hold on to our anger, we allow the person who hurt us to keep hurting us again and again, every time we think about what happened. That gives satan way too much power! That's why the 'Jesus way' points us to reconciliation and forgiveness. But She held up her hand like a stop sign...maybe that's something for us to think and pray about. God understands we need time. Why don't we pray for this person and her mom, and all of us who are still struggling with the after-effects of said happenings and also for the offender involved.” (I have changed the names and circumstances)

A few chapters after this incident that caused the hurts to all 11 women involved at the next prayer group time...this is what came about. One of the new believers questioned it...when they don't say sorry that forgiving gets hard. Still, sometimes you have to do it for our sanity. Maybe that is why Jesus told us to forgive our enemies, more for our sake than theirs. A little forgiveness goes a long way and it takes the sting out.”

Thank you Neta Jackson, for writing this series.

This scenario, they were talking about has helped me over and over again. Why? Because God is good all the time. All the time, God is good. (I took this from the movie...God is not dead, (one and two). Loved them both.

Psalm 34: 1-9
I will extol the Lord at all times, His praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called and the Lord heard him; He saved him out of all his troubles. The anger of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him and He delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. Fear the Lord, you His saints, for those who fear Him lack nothing.

Hence;

My latest mantra that I use to stabilize my fear and anxiety is (fear gone in the name of Jesus!) It has helped me tremendously. I thank my Lord for that too.


All right this blog is getting too long! Time to quit.


Therefore, I will ask for your prayers. Father God, it is getting closer to my husband's knee surgery and I am having panic attack’s which I do not want. I have Your peace and calmness, but the enemy is picking on my weak spots again and I need Your help with putting Your armour on when it starts. Thank you for answering my prayers and all that are going to join me in Jesus Name we pray.


I love You Lord.
Bless the people
reading this blog,
they love You too!


Susan

Monday, 4 June 2018

TIME...

June 4th 2018

This is something that I have dug out of the past, in fact 2006, and hope to continue to use the spiritual wisdom I’ve gained to help others connect with God. I just happened to be in charge that year, of Women in Service, a start up meeting, 2006 at our church.

Psalm 31:15 “My times are in your hand: deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.

Time... The one thing we seem never to have enough of...is rarely thought of as a gift from God. Yet, If we believe scripture, each of us is given an allotment of time to use productively for God. However, many of us seem to behave as though time itself is the “enemy,” as in the Psalm above.

Time is a gift from a generous and loving God, a commodity and an important reality for us to seriously consider.

We hope you will be challenged in your faith as you wrestle with the concept of time; how it is tithed and how it is used to usher in God’s kingdom here on earth.

Have I misused it? Yes, I think I have. Therefore I tried to make a mental note of what I had all accomplished in my life if anything! You know what I came up with? I have done a heck of a lot, even in my infirmity, but that still did not answer the question – have I misused it and here I mean, time with God and for God.

I think you all know the answer to that – yes I did, for had I been concentrating on God more instead of myself, I might not have gotten so far down in my well.

Needless to say what brought me to this point of thought? What would God have done, lets say, (if Jesus had said to His Father) no, not now or, I’ll do it later. Wow! We would not have the salvation we have now...Serious thought isn’t it?

Jesus did not have a choice, because He loves us and neither do we have a choice, if we want a healthy relationship with God. Or imagine where we would be; if the prophets and disciples would all have said, let someone else do it, not know, or even asked the question why me?

Our jobs for God are never finished no matter what our age, there is always one more thing, over and over for us to do if we love our Lord and Saviour!

This is a quote I took from the Upper Room devotional – July/Aug. issue page 32, year 2006???

Quote -
“Even the saints or people we look up to never see themselves as having arrived at a state of sinless perfection. Like them, the closer we get to God, the more we will realize how far we have to go. At the same time the journey with God is worth it all. For nothing can replace a deep and abiding relationship with God through Jesus Christ.”

Getting back to time – Time with and for God.



I had to stop wasting it. It was not easy to give up bad habits I picked up through the years. I am not an over organized person, but I can be, if I put my mind to it. In fact; I sound and look down right vexed sometimes and the next time every thing seems to go right and I do not look over anxious. I have to accept and like myself but still try to change the things I can.

I have been healed from some of the things that had me bound and am now free to serve my Lord and Saviour and use every minute of the day if need be; such as...pray to get myself back on track when I falter. Time with God is precious to me now and I get guilty pangs when and if I misuse it.

As Christians, we are so blessed; we can go to Him in prayer any time day or night.
We do not need a statue, cross, or shrine etc.

The following poem spoke volumes to me. I love it when God does this for me, and I am blessed once again. Thank you Lord!

God Speaks

You had a whispering in your soul!
Was it God?
What did He say?
Was it in words or
gentle prodding of our mind,
to tell us if we were right or wrong?

I feel most times
God speaks in silence, as does the land
where we see the wonder of His great hand.
Do we listen with our heart
when God tells us how
we must impart
the love of Jesus to all around
bringing with it Joys that abound?

Do not fret is most often heard
by those of us His love have felt.
I cannot count the endless times
I asked for help along the way
but not an answer would arrive
till I did drop my stubborn pride.
Again my heart would skip a beat
and soon my soul was calm and free
to know my Saviour loveth me.

October 6, 1996





Here is another quote from the Upper Room – September/October issue - from the editor. His title is “from harried living to Holy Living”. I like that statement.

“Do you find yourself running from place to place? Impatient and angry with those who get in your way, living in a hurried and harried state? If so, you probably also feel trapped on the surface of life, out of touch with your depth from your soul.”

In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul tells us to redeem the time, which can also be translated “making the most of the time:”

To redeem the time means to live as children of light. Read daily, the following verse. trusting God each and every day in exchange for the highest possible return; a life of enduring quality.

Ephesians 5; 8 For you were once...darkness, but now you are light in the Lord,
Live as children of light.

In a relatively short span of years, Jesus lived in God’s will, a life of enduring quality. A quality we should continue to celebrate and imitate. Jesus did not waste God’s time, He couldn’t, He only had 3 years of ministry at best. (End of quotes from that page.)

How much time do we have? The enemy is always at work around us, giving us a thousand excuses as to why we cannot give God more time. And here, I don’t just mean doing things for Him. Are we spiritually in tune as we do our work or play?

As you may have already perceived this particular blog is not a regular one. It was taken from our opening meeting for Women in Service. It was going to be our theme for the year, and ended with a prayer. Therefore, I decided to leave the rest in also. All this could also be used for a men’s group, as far as I am concerned.

As we start this new year of Women in service, let us not presently think of how much we are doing for missions, we know we are doing the best we can. But, are we spiritually connected to God, (that is to say), is Jesus our mentor? Do we show Christ in everything we do and say? Are we doing our part to further His Kingdom with our thinking time, our sharing time, as well as our work and play time? Do we take the time to ask each other how God has blessed us today, or how has He used me to help Him in His work to further His kingdom today?

Let us bow for prayer,

Holy Father, thank you for the gift of time. It all belongs to You! Help us to keep looking up and not waste our time with and for You.
Father – we so often misuse it – forgive us and help us to consider our priorities. This year, we will be concentrating on how to use this time for Your glory, for that is the reason we were put on this earth. To fellowship with You and to nurture each other thereby ministering to You.
Thank You for loving us. We ask Your blessings as we start our new season. May our minds and hands be and work for Thy glory. Amen

This blog is lengthier than usual. I did not know how to shorten...I felt it was all necessary.


Gracious God
Our Lord and Saviour
Thank you for the Gift of Time,
So precious to us Your Children
Help us not to waste it.

Susan