A JESUS ENCORE!

NO PITFALLS AS HE HOLDS MY HAND BY JIMMIE SCOTT1

“An Encore sweeps the Remembrance of Hope” quote by Joan G. Pfeiffer

The definition of encore is like a reappearance of something.  Many people have experienced a musical show where the people clap their hands in demand of another look at those who were seen.

Yes, Jesus’ reappearance, His Second Coming! There is more to understand. Sometimes God just says…slow down…be still…He is patient, and I am not so much. Patience is a virtue; it actually is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Prayer is an answer to the times when we become impatient.

Proverbs 25:2  (KJV)
“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.”

Although, God does not conceal Jesus’ return, He makes it a mystery. For instance we do not know “when” He will return, so He tells us to always be watching for Him.  He tells us to never keep our eyes off of Him.  This is the decisiveness of expectation for His glorious reappearing to this earth.

Have you ever experienced an “encore” in your life? Certainly in your studies, you reasserted the knowledge of some subject. Algebra is one that I remember doing this with. In fact I studied this mathematics challenge as many did. You could just sleep with the A+B=C in your mind at night, with nothing else visible in your dreams.

Or maybe you experienced like many have, the encore of a second date with someone you felt attracted to. Then when you finally marry the one you love, you have experienced the vows of an encore everyday that you spend with one another. The couple loves each other, again and again, even when the times are pulling you away from each other. My vows with my husband said, “In sickness and in health, for rich or for poor, till death do us part.”

Is it any wonder that God calls us His Bride and He our Groom? We have made a vow with Him, He has made a vow with us, and however, death will never part us from Jesus.
Revelation 21:2 (KJV)
“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

That is the sanctification of our inexpressible and glorious joy with Him. He gave us our marriages as man and woman to understand the intimacy of oneness with Him. This is on the spiritual level, not the fleshly level. This is His perfect Love for us.

Yes, recently through all of the trials of these past three years with my brain tumor and unknown brain disease, my marriage has experienced a journey not many spouses will. My marriage has changed in the past thirty years. Not only to this time of disease, surgeries, and pain with sorrow.

I have watched many husbands and wives at several hospitals and treatments. One of them may have changed so physically, they can only look at each other’s eyes in adoration, because the hugging days are hurtful to the injured. It is unfortunate that I have watched many of them separate or divorce. Communication is so very important, and like many, my husband and I missed a great deal of it. Do we understand this whole thing? No, it is again a mystery. We just have to be patient and learn while holding hands in prayer.

Although God created the man and woman for a physical drive together, He also gave us the spiritual thriving that is the glue to our oneness. In the new reappearance of our marital journey, the spiritual closeness is searching for a connection as well. Satan has tried to use his lies to deceive us. A lack of trust through these lies has caused harmful forces to permeate our oneness. Through prayer and faith, I believe our marriage is finding a new plane just like our spirits do in Christ.

The encore is very different with new expectations of a more solid and enjoyable grounding. Jesus is the leader and I have left my disappointments at His Cross. Just keep our eyes on Him for His encore, He is coming again, remember His mystery.

Revelation 10:7 (KJV)
“But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.”

His Encore – His Reappearance will be finished as beautifully and powerfully as God planned.

HOPE GOES ON!

Giving to ReceiveHebrews 11:1 New International Version (NIV)
11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Yes, the journey I have been on in the past three years involved me start blogging. The Hope after my first brain surgery, caused more than one incision. The horrible memories of my past were much like Paul’s. Although my deepest sins were not hurting others, I was hurting myself. The second incision was spiritual. God held me again in His arms, asking me where have you been daughter? Like Paul, I was deeply ashamed. Also, just like Paul, since then, I have not stopped giving Him thanks. Every morning, I have always awakened thanking Jesus for a new day with no mistakes in it yet. Every morning when it is still dark, I have thanked Him for those miracles all around and through me.

I cannot say that every morning did not involve tears, because there is an ocean next to my bed that cannot be seen, except by my heart. Not just tears for myself, but so many tears for those I have met and have not met yet. God continues to bring them to me; those who need His Hope.

A few months ago, another tumor was found, this time in my neck, not my brain. This time I went to different offices because the physical area was different. Now I was going to new offices, new tests, and a new hospital. What do you suppose happened?

The same things that happened to me before, occurred again. I had those special encounters God planned ahead for me. Yes, I still believe that is why I am not completely healed from my rare brain disease. One of my friends said to me recently, Joan, this is your ministry. God has planned for you to be where you are through your disease.

I tend to understand that now. I tell people, “I am a walking Miracle.” How many people would be able to say, that they have been through so many surgeries, and be as intact as I am? Yes, His Purpose for me right now is to offer hope to those who are suffering to heal. Their healing is needed from the inside out.

His most recent inspiring moment was at the last hospital I attended for surgery. I had an appointment for a check up for my scar. The office was full of patients. Many were in wheel chairs, had chemo bags attached to them, and half asleep. This hospital is a cancer specialty Center. Since I was in the ENT room for my neck, these are the type of patients who were with me.

Sitting across from me during my wait, was a younger couple in their late thirties or early forties. I could immediately tell which one was the patient. She was bent over holding a tissue to her mouth with some tears dripping on her hand. God spoke to me in a whisper. “Yes, Joan, this is the one for today that I sent your way.” I prayed to let them see Him in me, for I cannot do anything on my own.

I smiled at the husband who had his hand cemented to his wife’s. He was in a great deal of stress. He smiled back at me though, and said hello. I asked him how long they had been waiting, and then the conversation took off. He finally mentioned to me that his wife could not speak. They had removed a softball-sized tumor from her tongue. She had lost most of her tongue and it was cancerous. She was there for her last chemo treatment, and next week was to be the end of her radiation treatments. She was in extreme pain, he said, and the medication would wear off before she was allowed to have more.

I looked at Robin, and asked her, if she liked to read, she nodded her head. I took the book out that God had helped me publish, “Fluttering Poems of Hope”, and handed it to her. She smiled a bit as she wiped the dripping saliva from her mouth. Then I asked her, “If you can still read, can you still write?” She again nodded. Then I smiled a big smile and said, “Then this is what you can do. Even though you cannot speak, you can share your journey and write it like I have.” She almost jumped off the chair. It was like a light bulb was blinding her and she smiled again. Her husband beamed. He gave me his business card and wanted to stay in touch. I told them as I was called to the appointment, “I will be praying for you.”

The next day, sure enough, I received an e-mail from him. Here is part of what Bruce shared, “Your book was with Robin’s Bible this morning for daily reading. I’ve read the forward and your first poem with your cousin, It’s a blessing!” God’s Blessings! His Hope revealed through a hospital office. Amazing!

Oh, my tumor? Yes, it is not cancerous! Actually, I knew that, and told the doctor before surgery what my other doctors and I thought. I told him it was probably connected to my brain disease. His reply was that could not be, he had done thousands of these surgeries and had never experienced this. So, what do you think happened? God’s message was correct, and now the doctors there met about something they have never seen before. Surprisingly they want to see me again, even though they are a center for cancer. What do you suppose God has planned this time? They are waiting for His blessed hope.

Titus 2:13 New International Version (NIV)
13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,

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WE ARE NOT DONE

Baking in Peru 1

Baking guinea pigs in Peru

Philippians 1:6 New International Version (NIV)
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

A message of great eagerness

Acts 17:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

The scents of baking breads, cookies, sweet potatoes, and meats, assert powerful memories. A revolving spiral in our minds holds the visual, musical, and tasty morsels once again. Then our mouths are filled with an eagerness of the delectable tastes. We are in that moment of merriment on the first bite, and we desire more. This is a hunger that will not let us escape. Have you ever heard, “I bet you can’t eat just one”? This is how I perceive the Bereans. Then they were not done. They wanted more. They needed the recipe, the sources of ingredients, and tools required. Once they received that recipe, they were still not done. They wanted a full cookbook filled with amazing and immeasurably more knowledge.

They would taste and see, then share for others to take on this journey of fulfilling promise. Together they would become chefs, suppliers, and readers of the word fully equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 4:6-7  New International Version (NIV)
6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Are you done? Or are you continuing the race until you finish? We will all depart this time on earth someday. These are the questions that entice me to persevere even when my own recipes are incomplete and I ask Jesus to start me openly again. Trust Jesus, He is running the Bakery.

 

DO YOU KNOW THE WAY?

Bridge Over Troubles Waters by Jimmie Scott What we really need to know is the Way for our eternity. Jesus told us the exact pathway to get there.

John 14:6 New International Version (NIV)

6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Today is not like every other day. When is any day like any other day? When I wake in the morning, I thank Him for a new day. Then my mind starts to wander a bit in prayer, maybe He takes me there. Pictures of so many people, old, young, men, and women, babies, boys and girls sweep into a slate of chalk-like appearance. Who among them know you, Jesus? Who among them need you, Jesus? My heart cries out, who needs you, again and again, Jesus? Please use this vessel, please let your light shine, so they can see You in me.

I am human, yet through all the sins, all the wrong choices, all the correctness of this unworthy worm, You live in me, and make a home of your Spirit in me. Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus, oh for grace to trust You more.

The trials in this current time tell me, You are coming soon. The Word you have given is heard. Hasten those spirits to know You. I think more of my tears have been spent for them, knowing that if they face the hardships ahead, they will fall without You, Jesus.

Hope in the Lord,
Be of good cheer!
From Him life is poured,
You will bloom again here.

With Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, we will bloom in His Kingdom again here.

Often, I have wondered, after all the years He gave me this poem above in part….if anyone really would “get it”. He gave me this poem 43 years ago.

So many times the message is somewhat hidden, it must be read more than once to really understand it. Every time we read His Word, He gives us just a
little more wisdom. It seems to be His way of saying, talk with Me some more, there is always more.

King David did this so many times.
Psalm 119 – some suggest that Ezra, the priest may have written this, but in my heart, I like to believe it was King David…his heart was that large in God.
God’s Word is true and wonderful!
This Psalm is constructed of all the letters in the Hebrew alphabet. They all repeat the beauty of God’s Word and how it purifies our faith in Him.

Sometimes I detect exasperation. I seem inept to get the point across that is needed; or the clarity to be needed. I remind myself, He is in control, not me. He says; “you are needed”, He has given you that passion to be needed. Being faithful and trusting in Him is like no other need in our hearts. Forgive me if I seem trite, I say this humbly, because I know my defects, I know my sins, and daily I am reminded to let Him know. I worship His Love for how much it cost Him to cover my sins.

He says in His Love, “Come to me, as you are.”

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