THE EMBER NIGHTS

 

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I Corinthians 12:9 “to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit.” (Spiritual Gifts)

Ember is a nurse that covered many of my night times at the hospital. This time through my brain disease journey, I had two weeks of Rehabilitation. Unlike the other four surgeries I have had from this disease, I needed a little more care.

Anyone who has spent a night in the hospital knows the regime of nursing. The hours of awakening and sleeping are unlike the home you live in. This is extremely so if you have a roommate. Voila, this was my status.

Ember nights were few but so appreciated on occurrence. Her name alone should tell us that she is like a light in the night shining. The times for my medications and IV checks became so minute. Many times I never awakened at all. Refreshed in plenty of sleep, I easily started healing.

I had several roommates in two weeks. God brought them in one by one. There were ones who encouraged, the ones who were crying in pain and sorrow, and others who prayed with me in full belief of a complete healing. Ember oozed healing covering us under her wings. We became known on that tenth level as “the Fun Room”!

The nurses told us that anytime our button was pushed for help, they argued who was going to the “Fun Room”. Two ladies I am in close contact with are still surprised at the times we shared together! One attended church with us yesterday. Jesus walks with her.

We would laugh and smile, pray and sing, and drink coffee. We had treats to share, flowers around us, and we seemed to giggle like children. The other nurses would come in and start dancing around while taking our vitals. Yes, Jesus was in this room where many stopped along their way peeking in. I loved it when they would smile into our doorway saying, “You are not allowed to laugh.” They meant it in complete joy.

There was Ember floating around the several rooms while still making more time for us all. Yes, we will always be thankful for those nights with Ember. She shared so much with us. She knew God’s presence with her and is journaling about her “Glory Moments”. Now she will write them too in a journal.

Smiling is a prescription to healing.

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THE SPIRITUAL BREATH OF GOD At Christmas

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Luke 2:25-32 New International Version (NIV)
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss[a] your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”

The Holy Spirit is with us throughout the Bible. He starts from the beginning in Genesis through all eternity. “Even though you have not seen Him, you love Him…..” This verse I have memorized as I Peter 1:8-9. We recognize the supernatural part of God in us.

Job 33:4 New International Version (NIV)
4 The Spirit of God has made me;
the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Prayer….oh, prayer…have you ever thought of prayer as a swirl of deep desires? These desires to spend a personal time with Jesus, are a clapboard that bridges our Love for each other.

In my prayers for a Christmas message, He brought a song to me. Then I prayed for how to accompany Holy Spirit with His Word. Now, here is a start of that result:

Luke 1:34-35 New International Version (NIV)

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God.

So here we are looking at the supernatural relevance of God releasing the Holy Spirit bringing Jesus our Savior to the world. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.   This is the Trinity all working together for Their Perfect Gift to the World. How can this be? God gave us an explanation simply said.

Isaiah 55:8 New International Version (NIV)

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.

The next time you are in a “pickle” and you are frightened, remember the song that Mary sings about her own. She calls on Holy Spirit, the breath of life from Heaven to help her. Jesus left us messages :

John 15:26New International Version (NIV)

The Work of the Holy Spirit

26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.

 

Can any better explanation be said than the Word of Jesus? No, there are no better words than His.

John 20:22 New International Version (NIV)

22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit”.

 

This Christmas ask Jesus Christ our Savior to breath Holy Spirit into your life. As Masterful as our God is for all He has created in this universe, He made it very easy for us to have eternal life with Him. He paid it all through the blood of Jesus, to cover our sin that separates us from Him. You have that free choice now to ask Him to take over your life.

Romans 10:9

New International Version (NIV)

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

 

What happens next? Jesus Christ becomes your Savior forever, He will never leave you for all eternity. He has saved you from all your sins through His forgiveness by grace.

Then the angels will rejoice!

 

 

ABOVE THE SERVICE OF SELF

 

1 Kings 3:16-28 New International Version (NIV)

16 Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 17 One of them said, “Pardon me, my lord. This woman and I live in the same house, and I had a baby while she was there with me. 18 The third day after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us.
19 “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him. 20 So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I your servant was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast. 21 The next morning, I got up to nurse my son—and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t the son I had borne.”
22 The other woman said, “No! The living one is my son; the dead one is yours.”
But the first one insisted, “No! The dead one is yours; the living one is mine.” And so they argued before the king.
23 The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.’”
24 Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. 25 He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”
26 The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!”
But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”
27 Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman.
Do not kill him; she is his mother.”
28 When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.

Isn’t it funny how some people think that they can gain something in lies? My most recent study is with a group of women about this. The book is called, “Lies Women Believe”.

In this story I wondered why they were prostitutes. Why indeed. If these women had been in a higher position with husbands, there would be no equality amongst the two of them. In this case they were already guilty of the same shame. The difference is in their heart.

Where is the wisdom when the acclaim for selfishness is masterful? Would the child cut in two be a solution? No, then both of the baby boys would have died. The mother in grief of her loss would not care about the other son. She just wanted the other mother to suffer like she did.

This could also be said about fathers and their children. It is not necessary to be blood related to call someone your mother or father. Many people develop a strong relationship without the same genetics. I have many I call family because we share a spiritual bond.

What would you do if someone said they were going to put your loved one in jail? If you knew the crime was not any part of theirs, but a lie from someone else, what would you do? You would find out who the real law-breaker was.

I am not a detective nor do I think I would be very good at the job. It seems to me if I wanted to find the accuser, I would pretend that I believed my family member was guilty. To do that you would need to turn your back on them. This must be done in secrecy to protect them during the search. Sadly, it would mean that your family member would think you lied to them and resented them.

“Well worth it,” you would say no matter how many tears were shed, because they would be free. They could hate you for the rest of your life, but they would be free. Free because of their Love. Let your life be the proof of your self-sacrifice in Love.

We all have the capability of giving “above the service of self’ as Jesus did. How many other stories are in the Bible about this one purpose? Good reading ahead of you, I think.

HIS LOVE IN THE STORM

 

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2 Chronicles 20:21 “Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him….

“Give thanks to the Lord, for His Love endures forever.”

As the armies were out there against Judah and Jerusalem, here is Jehoshaphat believing His voice to all who would hear.

2 Chronicles 20:15 “He said, Listen King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem, this is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

The battle is not ours, it is God’s. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever.

Have we forgotten the battles of Gideon, of David, of Jericho? Whose were they? Certainly no one could have won those battles the way the Lord our God did.

I notice in all of these times, God wants our praise, our songs, our prayers, and our adoration of the one true God! This is what we can do, because He has made us with the availability to love Him.

I have been through many storms. I thought I could fix them on my own. I thought it was me who had the answer. Since when did I create the world, or make the man of God? Who makes the sunshine, the moon glow, or the stars sparkle? God forgive me when I forget who You are!

When Peter was falling and slipping into the waves, He took his eyes off of Jesus, and became afraid. Jesus held His hand out and raised Peter. We will not sink if we keep our eyes on the One who saves. He is our all in all.

Our pastor just gave us a service that involved the story of “Cinderella”. Aptly there were great comparisons that would meet our understandings of God. The one that stood out the most for me was when the Prince was searching for his love. The beautiful princess he had met at the ball.

The stepmother of Cinderella locked her up in the tower. She knew it was Cinderella that the Prince was searching for. Cinderella refused to assist the stepmother of all her plots if she let her go. The stepmother was angry and left Cinderella.
Then the men met the two stepdaughters and knew they were not the one they were searching for. The Prince asked the stepmother, “Are these all of your daughters?” The Stepmother lied saying, “yes”.

The Chief was moving his men to leave when he heard the most beautiful song he had ever heard. He asked, “Who is that singing?” The stepmother lied that it was some worker. The leader of the men, said, “No, I think we need to examine this more”.

In the end, the Prince found Cinderella, in her clothing of rags. He loved her still, and asked her to marry him. She of course said yes. As they were leaving her stepmother, Cinderella said, “I forgive you”.

This story reminds me of one specific scripture written.

I Samuel 16:1 “The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you mourn for Saul since I have rejected his as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, I have chosen one of his sons to be king.’

Here it is as the time that the Prince rejects the stepdaughters, and says there is another.

I Samuel 16:10-13 “Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.” So, Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power.” Samuel then went back to Ramah.”

Are these all of your children? We cannot be hidden from God. We cannot hide from Him either. Even in the storms of the highest waves, the strongest winds, the quaking of the land, the Lord knows where His sheep are.

We will always see His Love in the storm. We belong to Him and He belongs to us. God is all we need.

SHARING A BROKEN COMFORT

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2 Corinthians 1:3-7 

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; 7 and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.

My three daughters and I were baking cookies. The dough becomes messy on the counter, and half of it goes into their mouths before we can bake it. It did not take much time before we removed those delicate savoring chocolate chip delights. After they had cooled, I handed each of the girls a scrumptious cookie.

One of them cried out, “Mom, their cookies are bigger than mine”. Inside I was moaning and thought this was going to be quite a row. What happened next, became a glory moment of God’s intervention. My oldest daughter broke a piece of her cookie off and handed it to her sister. Then the youngest one did the same. Now, in fact the daughter, who had less, now had more.

These acts of kindness worked in my heart. It was the brokenness that was required to give and share. The adorned cookies were broken.

What was the comfort coming now? They ate and enjoyed their self-made desires. Instead of a fight, they enjoyed moments of glee. They looked with yearning into my eyes asking me to give them more.

What a great way to look at our Lord Jesus. The one who broke Himself on the cross to give us all He had. He gave His all to give us life eternal with Him. Jesus suffered Himself on the cross to share His Love with us.

In His sharing we are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. Joy in such a rapture we want to share Him. In order to do so, we need to break off a piece of ourselves. The break requires a broken suffering that results in scars and lessons in pain. Jesus has taught us that the outcome is of great light and loves in the giving.

In Psalm 19:7-14 the Lord gives us His designed recipe to prepare for this. When we read His Word, He says think about such things. The contents of the recipe are His law, His statutes, His precepts, His commands, His pure fear, and His ordinances. Verse 11 says, “By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”

The spiritual lesson I learned from my daughters is that brokenness can supply comfort.
Can I share this devotion without giving? No, it both breaks my heart and comforts my heart reliving my children in their suffering. This is the suffering that turned into gladness.

Our Father loves us so much, He watches over as we suffer and holds us tight. He knows His Promise will be right there for us to bring His comfort. He will make His Joy in the morning live in us.

How can we ever forget Jesus’ suffering to bring us comfort? We are to be like Jesus.

Our Father loves us so much, He watches over as we suffer and holds us tight. He knows His Promise will be right there for us to bring His comfort. He will make His Joy in the morning live in us.

 

How can we ever forget Jesus’ suffering to bring us comfort? We are to be like Jesus.

RISKY BUSINESS

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Romans 8:38-39 New International Version (NIV)
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

It was a cool December morning and the ice was perfect on the local pond. Rachel grabbed her ice skates. She had finished her chores as fast as she could. Now, the walk in the feather of snow with the sun glistening was luring her.

The local forestry workman had started a fire in the round rocks on shore. The flickering flames gravitated her to warm her hands there. Some of her neighbors were there already. Most of them were about the same age between 8 and 12 years old. They were already wet from melting snow on their legs.

Soon it would be Christmas, and they were all so excited about the plans that were made. Some were going to visit relatives out-of-town. Linda, her best friend was staying and decorating with lights. They had already planned a Christmas Caroling Party.

This tight friendship began at their church. They were part of the younger choir group. At school, they both were persecuted for their beliefs in Jesus. They would not go to the wild parties these kids would attend with teenagers using drugs. They would not date or sleep with boys as other girls did. So they were mocked.

Rachel and Linda started singing and skating in circle eights and left and right turns, enjoying the easy gliding. Rachel had taught Linda how to do some figure skating. What a contest they started amongst the group.

A loud cracking noise was heard throughout the whole pond. The ice had broken, and Linda had fallen into the icy water. Rachel rushed over to where Linda had last been seeing being very careful herself. Where was Linda? She had floated under the ice. Rachel could see her, but could not reach her.

There was no time. Rachel made a quick decision. She jumped into the freezing water and held onto the unbroken ice. She grabbed for Linda. Someone threw a rope to Rachel and she went under the ice. Rachel grabbed Linda. She brought her above water and tied her to the rope so she could be pulled out.

Linda was safe. Rachel however started sinking into the icy water. Her woolen clothing had soaked up so much water, and her hands were so frozen she could not hold onto the edged ice. She disappeared.

Many people were asking “Why, why Rachel?” Why did God let her die? Why did Rachel risk so much? Her Pastor was engulfed at the service with these questions.

Rachel risked her life for another whom she loved. Linda was her best friend. She read books with her, laughed and cried with her, and had planned a Christmas Caroling Party with her. Now, she was gone.

It is not really the why we should ask God, but for what purpose. He has a purpose in everything. Rachel knew Jesus as her personal savior. She knew Jesus had “risked” His life for her.

She knew He would always be with her. Jesus had taught her the real value of risk. Risk for life. His death on the cross was for eternal life. Her risk had enabled Linda her life.

The Christmas Caroling Party was still celebrated. The group met at Rachel’s parents home. There was a table full of yummy cookies, Rachel’s favorites. Each of the 20 children lit candles and sang, “Joy to the World” in her memory. They said a prayer together and as they walked down the sidewalk to town, the snow began to softly fall. They sang, “Silent Night”.

There is a poem I love written about this time of our lives. If you have not heard of it, please read it here: “The Dash Poem”
http://www.linda-ellis.com/the-dash-the-dash-poem-by-linda-ellis-.html

I ask myself everyday, “How much am I willing to risk for Jesus?”
I will admit some days I fall into a mess of me. Most days though, He grabs me with Joy in the morning! I stay there until I go to bed and thank Him for a beautiful day.

Are we willing to believe His Words in Romans 8:28-29? Many of us have memorized this and say it often. In reality do we really understand what it means? To risk our lives with Jesus includes so much. He tells us this in His Words.

Matthew 5:11-12 New International Version (NIV)
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Are you ready to take that risk?

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PRAYING FOR OUR VETERANS

STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND

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Good Morning!  Good Morning JESUS, Good Morning FATHER GOD, good morning HOLY SPIRIT.  Good Morning and thank you for all Your blessings!

Shhhhhhhhh, did you hear Him?  Try it again, empty all other thoughts….shhhhhh

Good Morning JESUS……He whispers…“g o o d morning my child”….Good Morning FATHER GOD…. He whispers…..“g o o d morning my daughter” (or son)…..shhhhhh,

Good Morning HOLY SPIRIT……shhhhhh….“g o o d  m o r n i n g my Love”.

He takes my breath away not physically, but spiritually…..shhhhhh, “just hold me”; He says.  He takes my out stretched hand and holds me close.  At that moment, it is only He and I in total peace.

Is there possibly more that I could want or need?

Jesus says, “ I have given you everything.  Everything you need.  He says, “I am your great supplier of all there is”.  Dare I say what He says next….shhhhhh listen.

“Now let’s go my child, let’s pack your bag.  It will be for the long haul.  It will not be ready anytime soon, we will carefully fold, cover, and bring gifts I will provide along the way.  There will be songs, words, smiles, laughter, tears, righteous anger, unfailing love and compassion I am providing all of these supplies for our packing.  Before, I bring you Home again to me, the bag will be full of all My riches needed in Heaven.  Just take hold of my hand.”

We have all heard about the Red Sea and Moses, what do you think God said to him?  The Lord speaks to him more than once, about the Red Sea, this one is very well known.

 

Exodus 14:15-16New International Version (NIV)

15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.

 

Then much later, Jesus uses this same scripture phrase to show the strength and power of His mighty Will.  These are His miracles and yet many denied every one of them.  From the beginning to now, they still do not believe because they have no faith.

Mark 3:1-6New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

3 Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”

Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.

He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

In my devotions today, it was not the usual way.  I normally read a written message provided through one of my sources I receive.  Not today.

Yes, our Father told us more than once…stretch out your hand.  This is His message to us.

I awoke this morning praying for faith in this world.  God has provided faith in each of our spirits.  In the time of Moses He was showing us how to stretch out our hands in faith to Him.

Moses stretched out his hand in great faith to God.  This was not the first time God told Moses to stretch out his hand.  In God’s dealing with Pharaoh, Moses was commanded to stretch out his hand in six of the 10 plagues.  These were the plagues where God was insisting, “Let my people go.”  The final plague became known as “The Passover”.

Through reading these plagues again and again, we watch Pharaoh in our desperation of his cruelty.  He allowed such devastation, and was so hardened, he would not stretch out his hand, to his own people.

The man, whose withered hand was incapable of working, accepted faith, only God could give.  Jesus told him to stand up for all to see.  Does this sound familiar?  Moses was in front of everyone too.  Why do we suppose they are in front of everyone?  Both of these incidents could have been done in private.

Jesus had already healed the man’s hand and by faith showed everyone this miracle done on the Sabbath.  God had already shown Moses His power many times.  These times were to elevate the source of His Miracles.  Not the men, but God Himself.  He shows us this:

2 Corinthians 5:7New International Version (NIV)

For we live by faith, not by sight.

 

“What is more important”; Jesus had asked the Sadducees and the others.  Is it more important to watch this man in pain and work as you do in the Temple, or to show compassion for his need?  He also asked them if their own animals who fell on the Sabbath would not be taken care of.  They too would have to stretch out their hand in this care on the Sabbath.

I wonder what these two were thinking.  I wonder what they thought with this commandment, “stretch out your hand”.  They could not do anything out of their own hand.

His Word lives, He stretches out for our hands.  “Open the God breathed scriptures in faith”; He pleads.  Can you hear Him asking you: “My child, stretch out your hand”?

Ephesians 2:8New International Version (NIV)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

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HOW MUCH MORE?

Bridge Over Troubles Waters by Jimmie Scott

Romans 5:9-10 New International Version (NIV)

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

 

How much more can we be saved? Is there more justification than the blood of Jesus? God planned the only solution of our salvation. He gave all His Love, His only Son, Jesus. There is no boundary. God is Love.

 

How would we tell a child? How can be simply share the understanding of His uncondtional Love.

 

My daughters needed to learn right from wrong. They had to experience what sin is. When that time happened, He let my spirit know. My chastisement of their wrongness usually caused tears of admissible sin. I hugged them in His forgiving love. Gently I held their head to look at my eyes and say, “There is someone who will always love and forgive you more.” They would shake their head no, not believing yet.

 

This is the time for God’s Word. I read the Bible about God’s love for His children. How Jesus died for them. This is how He forgave the sin they just did. (John 3:16)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believeth in Him, shall not perish but have ever lasting life.”

 

To make a better understanding of His eternal Love, I asked them to listen to my heart. “Thump thump”, they would say. “Yes, I would tell them. That is the sound of Holy Spirit within me and He has carried my “thump love” in my new life with Jesus.” (the heart has two different, S1 and S2 sounds, I call them “thump love”.) I would read:

Psalm 8:2 New International Version (NIV)

Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.

I would tell them; “Now, you know what sin is. This is when Jesus will save you. All you have to do is ask Jesus to come into your life. You will be forever His child and forgiven of all your sins. Forever is like sun, moon, and stars we see”. They would smile and say, “Yes, Mommy, I want Him to stay in my life”. So, we prayed, we prayed the most precious prayer of their life. “Dear Jesus, I know you died on the cross for my sins. I ask you to forgive me, to be my Lord and Savior all my life. I want to know you forever. Thank you, dear Jesus for loving me.”

 

I happen to have a stethoscope, and let them hear their own thump love. “See, I said, Jesus is in you now”. They would jump up and dance around singing. “Jesus loves me”. (I taught them that song from early childhood.)

 

How much more? There is no more. Jesus paid with everything God needed. He was no longer separated from us.   Jesus came in the flesh to cover our sins at the cross.

 

A few years ago I asked Jesus a question. (He likes our questions.) My question was, “How many more blessings are there? You have given me so many, there must be a limit.” God’s answer is written below:

Ezekiel 34:26 New International Version (NIV)

26 I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing.[a] I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.

 

God is telling us that He showers us in blessings. There is no ending there is no limit. He does not charge us interest in our relationship with Him.

 

HOW MUCH MORE?

By Joan Allen Pfeiffer

 

How much more,

Will there be wars?

How much more,

Struggle at the oars?

 

How much more,

Could God display?

How much more,

When we pray?

 

How much more,

Could Jesus pay?

There is no more,

His Love will stay.

 

Jesus paid it all for our sins.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DdgkvnsHjM

 

REMEMBERING 9/11

A 505 foot by 255 foot American Flag was flown from the downstream face of the dam. The flag weighed 3,000 pounds and was hoisted by three separate cables located at the top of the dam. The flying of the flag was part of a ceremony in which the 1996 Summer Olympic torch, on its way to Atlanta, Georgia, was carried across Hoover Dam.
A 505 foot by 255 foot American Flag was flown from the downstream face of the dam. The flag weighed 3,000 pounds and was hoisted by three separate cables located at the top of the dam. The flying of the flag was part of a ceremony in which the 1996 Summer Olympic torch, on its way to Atlanta, Georgia, was carried across Hoover Dam.

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE WORLD STOPPED TURNING?

Today, 15 years ago now, people still ask where were you on September 11, 2001. Where was I? I was living in Maryland at the time, 17 miles from Washington D.C.

At that time, my husband and I owned a small auto repair shop. As usual, we had several appointments in the early morning, and the television was on. Our customers would sit having coffee and watch the news. I was always behind the counter.

One of our customers said, “Oh my God, a plane just hit the World Trade Center.” I turned from the counter to see the television. We all were thinking this was just an unfortunate experience. As the news continued to show the smoking building, another plane hit the other tower. It was then decided by everyone in the room, we were under attack. The United States of America was being attacked.

Shock, is not the total evaluation of this immense violation. The question in everyone’s mind became, “Now what? What is next? Where do we go that is safe? Should we stay here, go home, go to our children’s school, call our loved ones?” On and on these questions were being asked. Then….then the Pentagon was hit.

 

I had an ensign in our office waiting for his car. He immediately picked up his cell phone attempting to call his office. His phone did not work. There was nothing but static.

I handed him my Nextel phone. He tried it, and got through. His office had been hit. He did not know who was injured. They told him to stay where he was.

We were located between Andrews Air Force Base and the Patuxent Naval Base. Normally we heard the military jets flying over the area. Then, that sound left us. There was an eerie silence.

Our first thoughts were about the President. Where is President Bush? He needs to be safe so the country can still stay under command and order.

He was shown to be in a school with children. He was reading to them. Sitting quietly in a chair, a man came up to him and handed a note. President Bush just quietly looked at it, with a bit of a flinch appearing in his eyes. Then he quietly and eloquently pardoned his need to leave.

The governor of Maryland came on the news. He was almost choking when he spoke. All retail businesses not considered necessary were to close. He told us to drive home and stay there. All the schools were evacuated and parents took their children home.

Washington D.C. became a war defense appearing. There was complete chaos to get the firefighters, police, and the military at the Pentagon. Many people were doing that stomp of a cattle drive.

The National Guard was ordered to protect the Pennsylvania Street around the White House and the city. Traffic was stopped in many areas. People abandoned their cars after the news announced a fourth plane crashed in the state of Pennsylvania. The news was a plane in Pennsylvania had been rerouted.  The destination was headed straight for Washington D.C.  A massive fear grew feverishly.

That is where I was on 9/11/2001.  My husband and I felt like we were in a center of the bulls-eye for this attack. Our children were at home with us. The television was on constantly.  My neighborhood was busily checking on everyone. I had knocked on our neighbors door.  Phones were still not working. The husband was an Air Force Pilot stationed at the Pentagon. His wife had not heard from him.  Later he arrived home very tired and worn.

Our neighbors further down had a grand-daughter we knew. She was one of our customers on a regular basis. Mr. Stone was concerned since no one had heard from her or her fiancé.  They were both Naval Ensigns assigned in the targeted office of the Pentagon.

The Pilot lived, the two young people died. Their funeral service was filled outside the doors of the church. The parents of the couple decided to bury side by side. They were to be married in the next month. The 21-Gun Salute and the bugle playing TAPS was surrounded in silence. The mourners pressed their hands over their hearts. Their eyes were fixed on the America Flags draping their caskets. They were only 21 years old.

Over the following days, weeks, and months, the world changed immensely. There was no hatred between our political officials.   Everyone was flying flags in their yards, on their cars, and anywhere there was space. All retail stores were running out of the American Flag.  I flew my father’s flag presented to me at his memorial service. I knew he would want me to.

NATO was on the positive side for all the countries. So many people in the towers were from other countries, not just America. They had experienced loss as well. For that short shearing time of shared grief, the world stood in love together.

Our country was singing every song they could in patriotism. There were new and old songs alike. Every item in red, white, and blue became the number one in sales. Yes in the singing, even Congress sang on the steps of our Capitol Building in unison.

GOD BLESS AMERICA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB2_j7c0d70

 

 

 

NOT A LIKELY EVENT/CONGRESS UNITED/SINGING “GOD BLESS AMERICA”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Izb459vJ-8Q

 

Where were you? Serving our country? Many today were in school as a young American learning history. We are still in “His Story”, there is more coming our way. God has told us what to expect in His Holy Bible. We should be ready and waiting for the next plan of His.

 

 

GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q65KZIqay4E

 

Many people around our country of America have forgotten not only our attack, but how many others were also attacked that day. Good or bad, right or wrong, painful or pleasant, all history is to be remembered. When we forget, there is that canon that is readied at the wrong end. Who is our enemy?

 

1 Peter 5:8-11 The Message (MSG)

He Gets the Last Word/Believe Jesus Gets The Last Word

8-11 Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.

The Message (MSG)

 

 

THE WORLD REACTED

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJfBilvJkyU

 

 

 

SETTING THE WORLD FREE

World Globe

America’s Independence Day stands strong for the Freedoms of the World

John 14:27 King James Version
27” Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Setting the World Free
By Joan G. Allen Pfeiffer

This is not where I belong.
There is time ahead to see.
Our heart is singing a song,
That may set the world free.

That is all the words that the poem has, but it says so much!

How can you set the world free? Aha, now the real excitement kicks in! Sound waves have been said to be faster than light waves by some physicists. They call it “superliminal”.  Imagine, how fast your favorite song could even reach the angriest places to make it enjoyable.  Let’s start talking about traffic tie-ups. Listen:

I know a Buttercup song may not be exactly what you expected.  If you listened you realize a song like this shines in delight! Do we ever really wonder about the melodies that light up our hearts? A song can make you happy, and full of joy in a second. When you sing a lullaby to your babies, you soothe them to sleep.

The American National Anthem’s words, brass instruments, and drums shout a huge pride for our country.  All the world’s countries applaud and cheer at the end of their national anthems. We have seen it at the Olympic Games. How beautiful to each citizen in valor.

King David sang so many songs to God in praise and thankfulness. The sounds of strings and horns lift up to Heaven and raise the highest sounds so the angels can sing along. Can you hear them in your hearts? Can you hear the whole world singing with all of us praising God?

How great is our God setting the timetable on earth to glorify His Holy Name.  Now lets hear the world sing: