~Isaiah 59:1-2 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

We know that God hears everything – He even knows what we are thinking!

~Psalm 94:9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?

There is nothing that gets by Him. We can’t slide something passed Him so let’s not deceive ourselves. But how many times have we heard that God doesn’t seem to hear our prayers? Could it be that we have allowed sin to separate us from Him? When your child is continuously disobedient, does he get everything he wants from you? Why should it be any different with God? It’s not that God doesn’t hear our prayers, it is because we have not been meeting the criteria for answered prayer. The Word says:

~John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Ouch! So what’s our excuse? Are we praying with selfish motives? Are we praying but yet still clinging on to sin in our lives? Just as our earthly parents won’t reward us when we’re defiant, neither will our Heavenly Father. Our earthly family can be used as a good learning tool when it comes to the born-again believer’s relationship with God.

I cannot say:

“Our” if my religion has no room for others and their needs.

I cannot say:

“Father” if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily life.

I cannot say:

“Who art in Heaven” if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly things.

I cannot say:

“Hallowed be Thy name” if I, who am called by his name am not holy.

I cannot say:

“Thy kingdom come” if I am unwilling to give up my own sovereignty and accept the righteous reign of God.

I cannot say:

“Thy will be done” if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life.

I cannot say:

“On earth as it is in Heaven” if I am not truly ready to give myself to his service here and now.

I cannot say:

“Give us this day our daily bread” if I am not expending an honest effort for it or by ignoring the genuine needs of my fellow man.

I cannot say:

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” if I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.

I cannot say:

“Lead us not into temptation” if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.

I cannot say:

“Deliver us from evil” if I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.

I cannot say:

“Thine is the Kingdom” if I do not give the King the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.

I cannot say:

“Thine is the power” if I fear what my neighbors do or say to me.

I cannot say:

“Thine is the glory” if I am seeking my own glory first.

I cannot say:

“Forever” if I am anxious about each day’s events.

I cannot say:

“Amen” if I don’t honestly say “cost what it may, this is my prayer.”

~Author Unknown

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~John 18:1-2 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. 2 And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.

Sometimes we forget that our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, was human, just as we are human.  The Lord Jesus needed to retreat to a quiet place often and He taught His disciples to do the same. Verse two says he ofttimes resorted going to the garden.  Not only did Christ need some quiet time for Himself, but He also knew His creation and their need for rest – both physically and spiritually.

It’s so important for me to take time out of my busy schedule so I can refresh my spirit and renew my walk daily.  As my body needs water daily, so does my spirit need the water of life! (John 4:14) Our Shepherd knows how important it is for us to spend time praying, reading and meditating. So much so, He gave us Psalm 23:1-3 to outline this time of need. Notice the pattern? Psalm 23:1 teaches us to go to a place of rest and peace; Psalm 23:2 teaches to read the Scriptures (drink from the fountain of life); Psalm 23:3 shows that after we have done so, our paths will be directed to righteousness! What a blessing 🙂

So where is your garden? I can retreat to my garden any time I want and I live in an apartment 🙂  I have CD’s of beautiful instrumental hymns and songs set to nature’s sounds which I play while I am reading.  I may not be in an actual garden but the beautiful songs of birds and crickets, ocean waves, etc. set the atmosphere for my reading.  You can have your garden anywhere.  If it was that important for the Lord Jesus and His disciples, it is that important for us!

 

~Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

I absolutely love this verse! The Lord could have picked a different word than sup here. He could have said, “I will talk with him,” or “I will sit with him.” Instead, Christ picked the word sup. There’s nothing more intimate than a meal together. Family meal time is a precious time for me. I look forward to sitting down with my family after a long day and reconnecting with one another. I love to hear the chatter and laughter – it’s music to my ears.

One of Jesus’ names is “the Word of God.” I truly believe that Christ picked every word written in the Bible and chose each word very carefully. I believe He had every intention to use the word sup here. The Lord desires to make entrance into our lives and meet with us. Not just to talk, but to actually have an intimate time – a meal, if you will. He desires to sit with us for more than just a few minutes but for the time it takes to have a meal. He desires to have that chatter and laughter, and sometimes even tears, in our time with Him.

Today’s hymn is also one of my favorites. It really should be accompanied with Revelation 3:20 whenever it is sung, don’t you think? The songs we sing should stir our hearts and bring the Scriptures to life, stirring our hearts. This beautiful hymn was written by Charles Austin Miles. Mr. Miles was born on January 7, 1868, and passed away on March 10, 1946. He started out his career as a pharmacist but left it to write Gospel music. His first song was “List ‘Tis Jesus’ Voice.” I loved this quote by him,

It is as a writer of gospel songs I am proud to be known, for in that way I may be of the most use to my Master, whom I serve willingly although not as efficiently as is my desire.

His desires were fulfilled, I would say! We sing a few of his songs in our own church.

In the Garden
Charles Austin Miles

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

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And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

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He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

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I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

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(Psa 5:3) My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

(Joh 10:27) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

(Psa 128:1) [A Song of degrees.] Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.

(Joh 10:29) My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

(Mar 4:39) And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

(Php 4:6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

(Php 4:7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

When I sing this song, my heart is stirred to the Word. I think of my Saviour’s voice calling to me to get saved – Praise the Lord! I think of how I was placed into the Saviour’s care by the Father and no one can remove me from that care. I can meet with Him any time I want – any where I want and He is there. The One who created me and all that is around me can still any storm in my life and provide the peace which passes all understanding.

It is a joy being saved, amen?! It is a joy to meet with the Saviour in our “garden”!

Take a moment to read Genesis chapters 18 and 19 before starting today’s devotional. Now, let’s look specifically at:

~Genesis 19:29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

I absolutely love the account of Abraham’s intercessory prayer for Lot and his family in Genesis chapter 18. You remember … Abraham asked God if He would spare Sodom and Gomorrah if there could be 50 righteous people found; then 45; then 30; then 20; and lastly, ten. Abraham was so persistent, wasn’t he? God’s mercy was revealed in this chapter. Despite the vile sin of sodomy, God was willing to spare the cities if ten people were found that loved Him. We all know that not even ten could be found so God spared Lot, his two daughters and his wife. Lot’s wife, however, knew exactly what needed to be done to be saved from the destruction but she just could not let go of the world and turned around. Sadly, her desires for what she was leaving behind took priority over her eternal soul. 🙁

Now back to topic – Abraham’s persistent prayers influenced Lot’s destiny. He and his entire family would have been destroyed had it not been for Abraham’s prayers on his behalf! How are we influencing our family members’ lives with our prayers? We know that the Father listens – He listened to Abraham and changed His plans to destroy all the inhabitants of both cities. This is serious stuff, amen?

I think of the needs in my own life and my own family members. Is the Father going to change His plans for them because of how I pray … or even worse, of how I don’t pray? Ouch! I want that kind of relationship with my Heavenly Father, don’t you? I want to be able to come to Him in prayer and plead my cause, just as Abraham did.

I also noticed that Abraham didn’t just pray his prayer and stop there. He continued … just in case his petition wouldn’t encompass the whole situation! 🙂 I love it! God is teaching us that we can push our prayers to the ultimate limit! We don’t have to think that He will get angry. Abraham’s humbleness prevailed and God accepted his prayers and agreed to Abraham’s request. I wonder how many times I’ve “stopped short” on my requests?

It’s not any different for you and I. Abraham didn’t go to the Lord demanding … in fact, he humbly petitioned God – he pushed his limits but always remembered Who he was talking to. I’m “preaching to the choir” today. I have so many requests before the Throne of Grace and find myself overwhelmed at the intensity and vastness of each one of my requests. They are all so important to me, just as Abraham’s request was important to him. Our requests always seem overwhelming when they involve our family! I can go to my Father with the same confidence that He hears me because of His precious Son’s righteousness over me! I can boldly (Hebrews 4:16) go before the Throne and speak to my Heavenly Father of all my needs and those of my family and friends. I love the word “boldly”! Christ’s blood covers me and all the Father sees is His Son’s righteousness, not mine! Praise the Lord for this because my own righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6)!! The Father loves me as He loves His own child!

Let us go boldly, therefore, Christian, and humbly petition our Heavenly Father with all those requests. Just as Abraham did, let’s influence the lives of those we are praying for by talking to the Father about their needs! Let’s not stop short – let’s keep petitioning!

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A Soldier’s Prayer

Written by an anonymous confederate soldier during the civil war of the United States

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health, that I might do greater things,
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things….

I asked for riches, that I might be happy,
I was given poverty, that I might be wise….

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men,
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God….

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things….

I got nothing that I asked for – but everything that I had hoped for,

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among all men, most richly blessed

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Psalm 113

1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord. 2 Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. 3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’S name is to be praised. 4 The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. 5 Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high, 6 Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! 7 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; 8 That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people. 9 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.

After 11 years of marriage and begging the Lord for a child, I came to the realization that I would not have the privilege of being a mother. I use to question the Lord – why aren’t You giving us a child? Your word says that one is blessed if she has a quiver full of children. Today’s text was always a tough pill for me to swallow and I would wonder why I couldn’t claim that verse for me. I finally resolved to the fact that my ways are not God’s ways, that He had a reason and I would trust Him. I can remember reading the following verses and deciding that I would make these my “life” verses:

~Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

If I wasn’t to be a mother, then I decided to redirect my thoughts. My thoughts were consumed with having a baby and they should have been consumed with trusting God and not dwelling on my lot in life.

Verse 6 gave me the guidance that I needed: in all my ways I was to acknowledge God. Acknowledge God? In what way? I believe that the Lord wants us to fully trust Him for every area of our lives. I also believe that He wants us to realize that He is the God of all creation and our Heavenly Father – His way, His path, is perfect for us. The Lord Jesus Christ taught us how to petition our Heavenly Father:

~Luke 11:2-4 When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. That’s it! It’s not my plans that I should be seeking after but God’s will. I remember praying day after day, “Lord, please bless me with a child!” After that, I was praying, “Lord, if I’m not to have a child, please show me what You would have me to do.” My focus turned from my circumstances to Him.

Why am I sharing this with you this morning? There may be someone reading that needs encouragement today. You may be disappointed that God has not given you what you thought was the desire of your heart. Today’s text reminds us that we are to praise Him in all things, whether they are blessings from Him or an answer of “no” to our petitions. The Lord desires to direct our paths. In fact, Proverbs 3:6 says that when we acknowledge Him in all our ways, He shall direct our paths.

At that point in my life, I had acknowledged that motherhood was not to be one of my many hats. I remember telling God, “OK, Lord, I’m over it. I have peace over this matter. Show me Your way.” The end of this story is that I was pregnant not too long thereafter and was blessed with a beautiful baby boy. Four years later, he blessed me again with another boy!

Is this to be the same ending for you? Maybe, maybe not. The point is that we are to praise the Lord for all things. Our circumstances may not be what we had hoped for but they are what they are. We must learn to accept God’s will for us. Granted, we may not be happy about it, but once we begin to praise Him, as in today’s text, we see there are so many things for which to be grateful! Our thought life changes from the negative circumstances to thoughts of hope for what is in store for us!

Maybe you feel you’ve been cheated in life – your health is bad, you’re childless, your spouse is not who you thought you married, you’re going through financial troubles, etc. I don’t mean to be harsh but, get over it and move forward in your walk with the Lord! He knows you’re disappointed – He knows you’re hurt.  Let Him direct you!

Heavenly Father, I thank You for always being watchful. Who am I that You would be mindful of me!? I’m so grateful that the Lord Jesus Christ’s blood covers me and that I can come to You as a child to her Daddy. I can’t even begin to thank You for all that You have done for me. Whatever Your will is for my life, may I accept it and live it in a manner that brings you honor and glory! For it’s in the Lord Jesus’ precious name I pray! Amen!

~Philippians 2:14-15 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Can you imagine what the Church would be like if everyone followed these verses?  The world laughs at the Church because it sees the Church bickering, fighting amongst ourselves, backbiting.  What difference is there between the Church and the world, then?  They do not see a light – they see the fruits of darkness.  That should not be so.

Instead, the Church should be doing everything without murmurings and disputings so this crooked and perverse world could see the light of Christ shining through us.  What exactly are murmurings and disputings?  Today’s understanding would be grumblings and arguments.  How many times have you done something for the Church and were not recognized for your work?  Did you grumble about it?  Did it matter to you?  How many times have you argued with another Church member because you did not agree with their opinion?  One grumble or argument isn’t much.  But what happens is that “one” sets the heart into that mode and then grumbling and arguing become easier.  It then becomes a way of life.

The believer who is guilty of this is not growing in the Spirit.  The spirit-filled believer is allowing the Holy Spirit to access his life and control it.  The Holy Spirit would not be the author of grumbling and arguing.  How can we get out of this mode and into a spiritual mode once again?  Prayer!  If we are praying for others, praying for the Church, praying that we may be the light of the world, praying for salvation of others, we are not busy grumbling and arguing.  Prayer changes our hearts and puts us in an attitude of gratitude.  A grateful heart does not grumble or argue… they do not go hand in hand.

“Ten minutes praying is better than a year’s murmuring.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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~Psalm 61:1-2 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

What would we do without prayer? No matter how desperate our situation may be, we can ask the Lord to lead us to a place spiritually that will encourage us and lift us up. Without Christ as our Saviour, we cannot pray this. However, with Christ we are able to cry out to God and He will lead us to the Rock.  That Rock is our Shepherd – it is He who will lead us to water – lead us to green pastures – forgive us our sins – lift up our spirits and raise us up!

You’ve been there, haven’t you? Tears wet your bed in the night. But with prayer, the sun rose the next morning and a new day came with all the blessed hope of renewed peace and joy. It is Christ who brings us this precious gift. It is He who loves us so much that He cares for us as a parent cares for his child. Thank You, Lord!!!

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101_1314Prayers are awesome.  They are the Christian’s wonderful connection to God.  But just think about it for a moment.  How would you feel if you knew that Jesus Christ was praying to His Father for you?  If anyone knows you inside out, it’s Christ.

I don’t know about you, but I would rather have my Saviour praying for me than a thousand people!!

~John 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

~Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

I love this quote:

If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne

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One of my catholic readers wrote to me and told me that catholics do not pray TO the Virgin Mary and that I could not prove that they do. Although a previous blog post covered this topic, I thought I would let you readers determine for yourself whether the catholics do or don’t pray TO Mary. These are but a few.

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. ~Matthew 6:6

Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? ~Matthew 26:53

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. ~Matthew 6:9

And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. ~Luke 11:2

No where did Christ tell us to pray to anyone else but the Father. But yet the catholic prayers below leave no doubt to the reader that they pray TO Mary.

No one deserves our prayers, worship and admiration than God. No where did any of the people in the Bible pray to anyone other than to God Himself. Just in Psalms alone, David made it clear that he prayed right to the Source – he did not have to go through Abraham, Moses or any of the early fathers of the faith.

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. ~Psalm 5:3

Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were. ~Psalm 39:12

O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. ~Psalm 65:2

But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation. ~Psalm 69:13

Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry; ~Psalm 88:2

But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee. ~Psalm 88:13

Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee. ~Psalm 102:1

But yet read a few of the prayers that catholics pray TO Mary. How can the catholic reader I spoke of say that they do not pray TO Mary?


THE HAIL MARY

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed are Thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God; pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.


HAIL, HOLY QUEEN

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!


My Queen, My Mother

My Queen, My Mother, I offer myself entirely to Thee. And to show my devotion to Thee, I offer Thee this day, my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my whole being without reserve. Wherefore, good Mother, as I am thine own, keep me, guard me as Thy property and possession. Amen


The Angelus

The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary. And she conceived of the Holy Ghost. Hail Mary, …
Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to Thy word. Hail Mary, …
And the Word was made Flesh. And dwelt among us. Hail Mary, …
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but, in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.


Regina Coeli (Caeli)
Queen of Heaven

O, queen of heaven, rejoice! Alleluia. For He whom thou didst merit to bear, Alleluia, Hath arisen as He said, Alleluia. Pray for us to God, Alleluia. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia. For the Lord hath risen indeed. Alleluia. Oremus


Prayer to the Virgin Mary for Assistance

O, most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, Fruit of the Vine, splendorous of Heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O, Star of the Sea, help me and show herein you are my mother. O, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succour me in my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power, O, show me here you are my mother. O, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee. Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. Amen.

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. ~Acts 5:29

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My beloved was in too much pain during the procedure yesterday. So he has to return on Thursday after the PETscan to try it again. This time they will put him to sleep! MUCH better I would say. 🙂 I have to admit that I wanted to come out with my dukes up and punch this guy out for hurting my husband! 🙂 Wouldn’t that have been a sight? LOL! Seriously though, I’m thankful that the Lord protected my beloved and that he won’t have to suffer through that procedure again. The wait is for a reason and the Lord knows it – that’s enough for me!

As I was waiting to see John, the Lord gave me the following verses. What a tremendous blessing to be able to turn to God’s Word and have Him reveal something that He picked out just for me to encourage my heart! Isn’t that just like our Abba Daddy? 🙂 (Psa 16:8-9) I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. (8 ) Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. (9)

I was meditating on how each born-again believer must carry a cross of some kind as we serve our Lord. We all have one, but what do we do with it? Do we grumble and moan because of the weight of it? Or do we follow the Master’s example and carry our cross and glorify the Father? We are promised that He will not allow us to be tempted more than we can bear (1 Cor. 10:13). Therefore, our cross will never be too heavy or more than we can carry. The Lord will not allow it to be so. It may feel like it is too heavy at times, but it isn’t. We are comforted knowing that we are placed in the most secure place anyone can be during trials and that is under our Father’s wings. We run there when times are troubling; we are shielded when we feel that we can bear no more; we are protected from the enemy there when God sees that “just one more thing” will throw us over the edge.

(Rth 2:12) The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

(Psa 17:8 ) Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

(Psa 36:7) How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

(Psa 91:4) He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

When we are at that point where we just can’t pray for ourselves, we have the Blessed Holy Spirit who prays fervently for us. (Rom 8:26) Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. I have reached that point many times and I am so thankful to know that the Holy Spirit will tell my Father exactly what I need and what my husband needs. I think of my dear friend who has fibromyalgia and most times is in such excruciating pain that she just cannot pray. Praise the Lord that God saw the frailty of His creation and did not leave us in desperation. Instead, He provided His Spirit who lives within us and intercedes during those times we cannot pray for ourselves because due to our frailties! What comfort! I truly feel as though I am under His wings when I encourage my spirit this way!

Thank you for your continued prayers for John! This lady truly appreciates it!

Kate

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11. February 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Cancer · Tags: , ,

My beloved has been diagnosed with colon cancer. To that I say, “To God be the glory, great things He hath done”! (Eph 5:19) Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; (Eph 5:20) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee, how great Thou art, how great Thou art. Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee, how great Thou art… how great Thou art!

I think of all the people we will have an opportunity to speak with which we would not have had otherwise. I thank the Lord that we were here in Virginia where we could be with our church family and amongst friends! Thank You Lord!!! 🙂

Later on this afternoon we find out if John’s cancer can be removed through surgery right away or if he will have to undergo radiation first. We are praying that the tumor is completely gone when the ultrasound is done this afternoon. If the Lord sees fit to leave it there, then we are praying that surgery will be performed quickly with no need for radiation. But let it be known that should the Lord choose anything else for my beloved, our prayer is that we will draw nigh to Him even more so!

Pray with me as we embark on this path. Pray that the Lord would present blessed opportunities to witness to the lost along the way!! That would be awesome!!!

Thank you!

Kate

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Things have a way of changing before your very eyes 🙂 The surgeon’s office called and has to reschedule our appointment due to an emergency. It is now scheduled for Noon on Friday. Thank you all for your prayers in the mean time.

Kate

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05. February 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Cancer · Tags: ,

Good morning!

My husband’s appointment with the surgeon (second opinion) was moved to this afternoon. I won’t be writing a devotional on the Word of God today but, Lord willing, I will do so tomorrow.

Today, I ask that should the Lord lay us on your heart, please pray for my beloved. Unless the Lord sees fit to heal him completely, we are looking at surgery on his lower colon to remove a polyp in the not-too-distant future. As many of you know, one of the polyps removed on January 11th was cancerous. This surgery may result in either a temporary or permanent colostamy, which would change his life. Please pray for God’s perfect will because that is what we are praying for! Being in the center of God’s will, even sick, is better than being out of His will and healthy, amen?

Thank you for your prayers!

Kate

(Pro 3:5) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (Pro 3:6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.These have been my “life’s verses” since I found them shortly after salvation. I have lived by them and am determined to continue in them. Should I begin to sway, I ask you to remind me of them and hold me accountable! 🙂

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17. January 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Cancer · Tags: , ,

Well, today is January 17th. My dear husband had a colonoscopy done last Friday (the 11th) and three polyps were found, two of which were removed during the procedure. The other one, however, was too large to remove. A biopsy was done on the remaining polyp and we were told that if it came back negative, we would receive a card in the mail – otherwise the doctor would call my husband. At 12:40, he received a call from the doctor requesting to see him at 3:30 tomorrow.

So how do I feel about all of this? If I were to say that I am not apprehensive, I would be lying. But I am going to trust in my Lord and Saviour because He loves us and nothing is happening to us that He has not already allowed.


(Psa 4:5) Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.(Psa 37:3) Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

(Psa 40:3) And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

(Psa 73:28 ) But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

(Psa 115:11) Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

(Psa 118:8 ) It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

(Psa 118:9) It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

(Psa 125:1) [A Song of degrees.] They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.

(Pro 3:5) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

(Pro 28:25) He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

(Pro 29:25) The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

So I ask those of you who love the Lord and pray, to pray for my dear husband. Beseech the Lord that He would give us exactly the right amount of grace we need to go through this trial together.

(Php 4:6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Php 4:7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The Lord tells me to be thankful for all things. (Eph 5:20) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; How can I be thankful for possible cancer? How can I be thankful to see what lies ahead for my dear husband? We must remember that the Lord has allowed each of us to go through a trial so that we may be of help to another – all for the purpose of leading the lost to Him and to glorify the Lord, Jesus Christ! (2 Cor 1:4) Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. May this be our prayer at this time and may John and I rest in His care in the upcoming weeks.

I am documenting this so that we can share in the joys together as family. Thank you for praying, my brothers and sisters in Christ.

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The 1994 Catholic Catechism states the following about praying to Mary:

“By asking Mary to pray for us, we acknowledge ourselves to be poor sinners and we address ourselves to the ‘Mother of Mercy,’ the All-Holy One… May she welcome us as our mother at the hour of our passing to lead us to her son, Jesus, in paradise.” Pg. 644, #2677

Hmmm, let’s break this apart and compare it to the Word of God:

1. Mary is the Mother of Mercy:

Jesus said, (Mat 9:13) But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (emphasis mine)

God said to Moses, (Rom 9:15) For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. (emphasis mine)

(Eph 2:4) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, This does not mention Mary at all.

(Heb 4:16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (emphasis mine). Why would we be commanded to personally and directly go before the throne of grace to obtain mercy? We are told to go boldly – one can only go boldly before the Father when one has the Son. Mary is not mentioned here.

(Jud 1:21) Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (emphasis mine). We are not commanded to look for mercy of Mary but of Jesus Christ our Lord!

“From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of `Mother of God,’ to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs…” Pg. 253, #971

Turning to Mary in time of need is not commanded in the Bible. Jesus repeatedly told us to come to Him!

(Mat 11:28 ) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.(Mat 19:14) But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

(Mar 10:14) But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

(Luk 18:16) But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

(Joh 6:65) And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

(Joh 7:37) In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

That was just Jesus saying this in the New Testament. Since Jesus is God, look at some verses where God said in the Old Testament to go to Him:

(Jer 33:3) Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

(Psa 50:15) And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.(Psa 91:15) He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

(Jer 29:12) Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. (emphasis mine).

I was told by a catholic that I was pompous and full of myself because I thought I could go directly to God Himself in prayer! What???? Does the Word not say to call upon the Lord?

(2Sa 22:7) In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.(1Ch 21:26) And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon the LORD; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt offering.

(Psa 18:6) In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

(Psa 99:6) Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.

(Psa 118:5) I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.

Not a single verse tells us to pray to Mary but there sure are plenty that tell us to call upon God and He will answer us! He is the One to turn to in time of need, not Mary.

(Psa 37:39) But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.(Psa 46:1) [To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.] God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

(Isa 33:2) O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

(Psa 41:1) Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.

(Psa 55:22) Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. It does not say to cast our burdens on Mary.

Christ is all sufficient. He alone can carry our burdens. (Mat 11:28 ) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Jesus tells us who to pray to in the New Testament:

(Luk 11:2) And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. This says to pray to the Father.

(Joh 16:23) And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Obviously Jesus taught that we could pray to the Father – in His Name! No praying to Mary – no asking Mary to pray for us – we can go to the Father ourselves in Jesus’ name!

Phil. 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Again, let your requests be made known unto God – not Mary!

Uh, either the Bible is wrong or catholicism is wrong. Why go to God through Mary when you can go to Him directly as Jesus commanded? Mary told the disciples to do what Jesus told them to do. If you believe in Mary so much, why are you not obeying her? (Joh 2:5) His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

Who will you believe? God or man? (Act 5:29) Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

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But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. (Luk 18:16) Jesus loved when children came to Him. Their faith and trust are so simple and innocent. Children do not need complicated explanations or dissertations about God. They just simply trust – no questions – just action. Is it any wonder that Christ wants us to come to Him like children? God desires to be a Father to us. He desires for us to come to Him like a child – with child-like faith, knowing that our Father loves us and will take care of us. Is this too much to expect from your own child? Of course not! Why, then, do Christians struggle in this area of prayer?

Christ wanted us to have an intimate relationship with God. Christ did not want to leave us without power or empty-handed. Christ is our Shepherd and wanted to lead us in the perfect direction so He taught us how to pray. He gave us the perfect prayer. Since perfection is symbolized in the number seven, why does it not surprise me that the Lord’s Prayer would have seven points! The Lord teaches us that we have the most perfect and complete prayer as a pattern for our own prayer life. Some religions teach that you have to repeat this prayer over and over. However, if this were to be so, it would have appeared word-for-word in Luke (Luke 11:2-4) as well but it was worded differently. Christ used this as a pattern to teach us how to pray.

Our pattern has seven points:

(1) Who we are to pray to:

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. (Mat 6:9) Recognize who you are praying to. Notice that Christ, from the beginning, tells us that we are able to pray to our Father. My friend, because we are born again, we are now able to go to God like a child to his own earthly father! Does this not amaze you? Three times, the Word uses Abba, Father. The number three symbolizes the Godhead. How appropriate that “Abba, Father” appears three times. I simply stand amazed at the perfection of God’s Word!

And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. (Mar 14:36)

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (Rom 8:15)

And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (Gal 4:6)

This verse continues and teaches us to honor our Father in Heaven. This first verse beginning our prayer time with the Lord teaches us to start with Him; recognize Him for who He is, our Abba, Father; and recognize that He is holy. This sets the mood for our spirit to pray. The number one symbolizes “beginning, one” – how appropriate that this first verse of prayer symbolizes the beginning of perfect prayer to the only One we should pray to!

(2) Acknowledge His Kingdom:

Thy kingdom come. (Matt 6:10) As we are looking forward to His Kingdom and being/reigning with Him, we must also remember that we are to work diligently in building that Kingdom through winning souls. Our Shepherd guides us but it is the sheep who make other sheep, my friend. Isn’t it interesting that the number two symbolizes witnessing and the second verse of our perfect prayer talks about the Kingdom? Whew! I stand amazed at the spiritual beauties and gold nuggets found in my King James Bible.

(3) Desire God’s will:

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (Mat 6:10) Why would anyone want anything but God’s will for their lives? It is in His will that we can find perfect peace and rest. God’s perfect will is found in His perfect Word. What do we know to be the will of God? We know that God’s commandments reveal His will. God’s will is taught in the Word through His precepts, statutes and His commandments. God did not leave us empty-handed – we can easily find His will – His perfect law – through His Word. He has given us the Word, in flesh, and left us His Spirit to teach us. What a perfect example of the Godhead – the triune God! Amazingly, the number three symbolizes the Godhead and this verse depicts the Godhead in the perfect will of God.

(4) Petition your Father for your needs:

Give us this day our daily bread. (Mat 6:11) I truly do not believe that Christ is teaching us to pray for our daily physical needs here – otherwise He would be contradicting Himself in the following verses: Mat 6:25-26, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? (25) Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? (26) Instead, I believe that Christ is teaching us to ask the Father to feed us spiritually. Christ did not want us to worry about food, housing, clothing (earthly, physical needs). So much so, He stressed it again in Mat 6:31-32, Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (31) (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. (32) I believe the Lord was teaching us to seek after the things of God as He did. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? (Luk 2:49) The number four symbolizes “earth-creation-world” – how appropriate that the Lord would be teaching us not to be concerned about the things of the world but to be concerned about God – about His Kingdom – about His will – about His Word.

(5) Seek forgiveness and forgive:

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (Mat 6:12) How appropriate that the One who gave His life so that we would be forgiven would teach us to seek forgiveness through Him and then forgive others for their transgression. The Provider of forgiveness faithfully goes to the Father seeking forgiveness on our behalf so why should we not follow His pattern? Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. (Luk 23:34a) How can we expect to receive forgiveness and yet not forgive others who have sinned against us or offended us? It was by God’s grace that we’re sent a Saviour to die for our sin so we could receive His forgiveness. It is by God’s grace that we are saved. Nothing we could possibly do would take us even one step closer to Heaven! How appropriate it is that this fifth point of prayer is about receiving God’s grace and the number five symbolizes grace! Thank You, Lord!

(6) God’s protection:

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: (Mat 6:13) This is such a beautiful request depicting a child asking his Father to protect him from evil’s way. This child is asking his Father to show him the path that he should take where he will not be tempted. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (Jam 1:14) But if he is tempted because of his own lusts, he can also ask his Father to deliver him and provide a way out of this temptation. There hath no temptation taken you
but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Cor 10:13)
God is so good to us, my friend. Again, how appropriate that the sixth point of prayer deals with man’s sinful nature and the number six symbolizes man!

(7) Praising God:

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (Mat 6:13b) The seventh and final point of prayer teaches us to praise God and acknowledge who He is, that all power is His, and all glory is His, eternally! God’s kingdom will be perfect because He is perfect. His power is complete because He is perfect. Our God deserves all the glory because He is the perfect and holy God. The one and the only God! Again, how appropriate that God’s perfection is reflected in the seventh verse and the number seven symbolizes perfection!

Does it surprise you that the Lord would teach us this perfect pattern of prayer and have it outlined in such a way that it completely reflects the meanings of the numbers from His Word? It does not to me! I stand amazed each time that I dig my nose into His Word, I find something that brings these Bible numbers out! Thank You, Lord!

A Blessing in Prayer
Eliza E. Hewitt

There is rest, sweet rest, at the Master’s feet,
There is favor now at the mercy seat,
For atoning blood has been sprinkled there;
There is always a blessing, a blessing in prayer.

Refrain:
There’s a blessing in prayer, in believing prayer,
When our Savior’s Name to the throne we bear;
Then a Father’s love will receive us there;
There is always a blessing, a blessing in prayer.

There is grace to help in our time of need,
For our Friend above is a Friend, indeed;
We may cast on Him every grief and care;
There is always a blessing, a blessing in prayer.

Refrain

When our songs are glad with the joy of life,
When our hearts are sad with its ills and strife,
When the powers of sin would the soul ensnare,
There is always a blessing, a blessing in prayer.

Refrain

There is perfect peace tho’ the wild waves roll,
There are gifts of love for the seeking soul,
Till we praise the Lord in His home so fair,
There is always a blessing, a blessing in prayer.

Refrain

11. August 2006 · Write a comment · Categories: Poetry · Tags: ,

Give me strength Lord so I can do Your will
Give me sight as I climb those difficult hills
Give me ears so I may hear You speak
Give me love for perfect Your love I seek.

Give me knowledge when I’m short for words
Give me peace when that old enemy hits hard
Give me words when I need really need to pray
Give me love to for each glorious new day!

Take my life and place it in Your Mighty Hands
Take my heart and make it to understand
Take my mind and fill it with Your Wondrous Love
Take my soul to Your wonderful Home above!

Take my dreams and show me Your perfect way
Take my sins to that cross where the debt You paid
Take my days and consecrate them for you I live
Take my heart and all that this lady can give!

Given to me by the Lord
Kate Plourde

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