MORNING MANNA - MAY 15, 2009 - THAT PRETTY MUCH COVERS IT!
Psalms 103:22 (KJV)
Psalm 103 begins with the psalmist, David, telling himself, actually sort of ordering himself, to praise the Lord with his whole heart. (Psalm 103: 1) Sometimes we just have to talk to ourselves about praising God, lest the circumstances of our lives cloud the fact that He is still in control and He has brought us this far by His grace! David goes on to tell himself not to forget those good things God has done. (Psalm 103:2) In the challenges of life, isn't it true that we periodically concentrate on the down times instead of reminding ourselves of all the good things that God has done in our lives?
To cement his resolve to remember what God does for us David goes on to list numerous things in Psalm 103. We might want to write some of these things down so that we will constantly remember too. God forgives our sins and heals our diseases. (Psalm 103:3) If we didn't remember anything else, that would be enough! But, there's much more! He saves us from eternal separation from Himself and puts a crown of love and tender mercy on our head. (Psalm 103:4). He fills our lives with good things and, of special interest to those of us who are aging, He renews our youth! (Psalm 103:5) How many things is that, so far? And, there's much, much more.
Throughout Psalm 103, David recounts all the wonderful things that God does for us. (Psalm 103:6-18) If you're a bit discouraged today, go to Psalm 103 and read about those things. They are many and the implications we find there are too many to count! Yes, God's thoughts to us are just too many to number! Psalm 139:17-18) 17 How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! 18 I cant even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me! As David goes on, in Psalm 103, reminding us that even the angels praise God all the time, we can be encouraged to do the same. I don't think there's anything that God has not covered in His words, through David, regarding our welfare! No matter what your situation is this morning, you can be encouraged by the fact that your Father in Heaven is, not only able, but willing to handle everything concerning you. He's laid it out for us so we can be reminded in Psalm 103 and all through His Word. In the very last verse of Psalm 103, David brings it all back home. Everything that God has made in every place of His dominion should bless the Lord. The Lord has made everything. John 1:1-3 (TLB) 1 Before anything else existed, there was Christ, with God. 2 He has always been alive and is himself God. 3 He created everything there isnothing exists that he didnt make. The Lord has dominion over everything. (Psalm 103:19)
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Divine Intervention Story
This is a story about how I came to live in my new home in Stanwood Washington.
Seven years ago I retired after teaching elementary school for 30 years. The decision was made to sell the house in Clallam Bay because at that time Craig was living in Duvall where he would be closer to medical care therapy which he needed after some on-the-job injuries. Clallam Bay, which is a very small town in a secluded area, was 4-5 hours away from such medical care.
Since Craig was unable to work beyond doing some yard work and home maintenance for his landlady, he was living in a very small run-down trailer on her property. This meant besides giving up my beloved home on the straits, I would have to leave behind all of my furniture and most of my belongings since there would be no room for them in the small trailer. I also figured since I would no longer be working, the possibility of some day buying another home was slim.
I was left feeling upset about all my possessions I would be giving up. But finally I came to the realization that what was really important was having God in my life, and no matter where I was, what I had or didn't have, didn't really make any difference, because God was there. I proceeded to give all my furniture (except the piano) to my son, and got rid of a whole lot of other belongings.
During this period of time my older brother had bought a home in Oregon close to his own home. He moved our elderly parents to Oregon near his home. Our parents had lived in Stanwood for many years. He had sold their home in Stanwood, but at the last minute the buyer backed out and my brother was left with an extra house. He called and asked if we'd like to buy the house. Although I said we couldn't afford it, he said he and my brother would make us a very good deal and would accept the money we had made on the sale of the house in Clallam Bay as the down payment. This story about my new home in Stanwood is true, and I thank God's divine intervention.
So two weeks after moving into the little trailer, I suddenly owned a beautiful nine-room home that included an extra room that would become my commercial kitchen, a two-room shop, large shed, and 20 acres in Stanwood!! I thank God for this beautiful home.
I believe that when I realized the insignificance of "stuff" and relinquished it all to God, He in turn blessed me with a beautiful home and more than I ever dreamed of having. That's the way He is.
The most important lesson learned from this period in my life was the assurance that it doesn't matter where you are or what is going on in your life, as long as you and God are walking that journey together, everything will be just fine.
"But see first His kingdom and His righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow..."
Matthew 6:33 and 34a
MAY 14, 2009 - CAN YOU HEAR THE ANGELS?
Psalms 103:20 (KJV)
20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
There is a lot of talk about angels these days. Much of it is sentimentalized and totally untrue. We like to look at cute pictures of angels, yet, if we really saw an angel up close and personal, we might not be so enchanted. In fact, we might be afraid! In scripture, when an angel would appear to a person, one of the first things they would usually say is, "Don't be afraid." This happened with Mary, the mother of Jesus. (Luke 1:30) Look what happened when the angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds in the field on the night of Jesus' birth. Luke 2:9-10 (NLT) 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. This sort of reaction to seeing an angel occurred in the Old Testament, as well. Daniel saw an angel and he fainted but he was revived with those reassuring words, "Don't be afraid...." (Daniel 10:4-12)
Yes, God's angels are powerful creatures. Some words to describe them are warrior, champion, chief, giant, and valiant. Vine's Dictionary uses the word, "hero," to describe the strength of these angels. They are proven warriors. This sort of creature can be very formidable to look upon. No wonder people were afraid when they were visited by an angel, in person! Yet, with all of their fighting ability, they are subservient to God Almighty. They carefully listen to His Word and carry out everything He says. We might take a lesson from these angels! They use their strength to carry out God's Word. How are we using our strength? Mark 12:30 (NLT) 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’
While these magnificent creatures are listening to God and carrying out His commands, they are blessing Him. They are saluting Him, they are praising Him. They are congratulating Him! Should we not do the same? Psalm 103:21 (KJV) 21 Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Although they are mighty warriors, they attend to the Lord as servants. They do His will and follow His commands, all the while pouring out blessing upon Him. The Lord has sent them as messengers to you and me. They help us and even serve us so we can inherit salvation. We are protected by them because God has chosen us! Hebrews 1:14 (NLT) 14 Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation. Did you realize that you were that important to God? He sends these mighty warriors to watch over you and care for you. Nothing can happen to you that God has not planned. And, although some things may not feel good, they will turn out for good if we will trust Him and keep on following Him. (Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11) Even before you knew you would receive salvation, God had you surrounded by His mighty hosts. The angels were guarding you, all the while they were blessing God and doing things His way. He counsels them and they listen. Then they guard us in all of our ways. Psalm 91:9-13 (NLT) 9 If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, 10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. 11 For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. 12 They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. 13 You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! The next time you feel threatened by anything, just imagine hearing those mighty angels blessing God. Imagine you hear them conversing with Him about just how to protect and guide you. Imagine their obedience to Him. Then know that, with all that going on in your favor, you have nothing to fear. Can you hear the angels?
Divine Intervention Story
God Keep Us Safe
About eight years ago on a Sunday evening, my husband, Orville, our 14 year old granddaughter and I were driving home to Camano Island from Snohomish after visiting our daughter. I was driving slow to keep us Safe.
We were going westbound on Highway 2 and it was dark out. There was a lot of traffic that night so both lanes were very busy and all the cars were traveling at the speed limit of 50 mph. I kept in the right lane as it would bring me to the on ramp to the freeway heading north.
Towards the exit of Highway 2 the road curves to the right. All of a sudden I saw the blinking lights of a truck stalled in the right lane. I quickly checked the left lane wanting to pass the truck, but all the cars were coming so fast there didn't seem to be enough room to move over. I couldn't slow down in time without hitting the truck. It was a big, heavy truck and I was driving a little Volkswagen Rabbit. If I tried to go into the left lane I was sure to be hit by traffic that could result in a multi-car accident.
Since I didn't know what to do I prayed aloud, "God, Please keep us safe!" After saying those words, we were somehow in the left lane, I couldn't believe it. I didn't have control at that point and I was expecting to hear a big crash with us in the middle.
My granddaughter asked, "What happened?" My husband said, "Wow, I didn't think you would make it." I replied, "neither did I, in fact I didn't do it." I asked God to keep us safe and the car was in His control.
All the way home, I kept trying to figure out how we got into the left lane so quickly. But, I thank God for taking care of us. I felt safe all the way home. In fact, every time I get into the car now I say a prayer to keep me and any passengers safe, and I say a few extra prayers during the drive too.
Thank You God, keep us safe always.
The light of God surrounds me;
The love of God enfolds me;
The power of God protects me;
The presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is.
He is Great!
This divine intervention story God keep us safe,
was written by Norma Ferrel.
MAY 13, 2009 - HIS THRONE AND HIS KINGDOM
Psalm 103:19 (KJV)
Wow! The Lord has prepared His throne in the heavens and His kingdom rules over everything! How spectacular and encouraging is that? But, even more encouraging is this. He has given us access to His throne! That's because of Jesus who is our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Revelation 19:16) There's no way we could have access to the throne of Almighty God if, Jesus had not overcome the enemy for us and given us salvation. Yes, to those of us who will follow Him and overcome this world's system, which is run by the enemy, we will be able to sit with Him on His throne. Revelation 3:21 (NLT) 21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. This is what He tells the church in Laodicea. I want to be victorious. Don't you? Jesus had a complaint against those in the Laodicean church. He was not happy with their lackadaisical attitude. They weren't hot and they weren't cold. In the world we live in, that's a very great temptation. We're so busy about our worldly business that we take the Lord for granted. Most of us do things like go to church and some read the Bible every day and some have a time of prayer. But, are we operating in a rote manner, without the passion that our Father desires. The promise to sit on the throne with Jesus is made to those who would overcome such an attitude. Will we? Revelation 3:19 (NLT) 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.
Yes, we may have the opportunity to sit on the throne with our Lord Jesus when we get to Heaven. But, what about now? What a great God we serve! He established His throne in Heaven and then He sent His own Son to die for us because He wanted to give us access to that throne. Today, you and I, if we have received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, have access to the throne of God! If we are weak this morning. If we are faced with challenges we cannot overcome by ourselves. If we are suffering. If we are sorrowing. No matter what our condition, we can go boldly before the throne of God and find help and mercy in our time of need. Jesus fixed it that way for us! Hebrews 4:14-16 (NLT) 14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. If that doesn't make us want to burst out singing, "Amazing Grace," I'm not sure what will! Right now, you can bow your head and head up to the Throne. Your Father is waiting there to give you that thing that you need most today.
Then, there's the matter of His Kingdom. Although we may have some fears today about the kingdoms of this world fighting amongst one another to rule, those fears can be quenched in a moment's time when we remember that God's Kingdom is supreme. There may be some struggles now but we have read the end of the Book. We know that God's Kingdom will overcome and outlast every other kingdom. We know that God's Kingdom never suffers lack. We know that God has invited us to be a part of that Kingdom. What an invitation! The enemy will try to force us to be a part of his kingdom. But, God, Mighty God, is gentle enough to extend us an invitation. We can choose to receive it or not. Who, in their right mind, would pass up an invitation like that? The Kingdom of Heaven is very near to all of us. The way to accept the invitation to become a part is to repent of our sins. Jesus told us that. (Matthew 4:17) Are you seeking His Kingdom this morning? He promised that anyone who would seek His Kingdom first would be supplied with everything needed to operate here in this world. Matthew 6:31-33 (NLT) 31 So dont worry about these things, saying, What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Again, I have to say, "Wow!" Almighty God has established His throne in the Heavens, given us access to it right now, and made it possible for us to sit with Jesus there in the future! He has given us the knowledge of His Kingdom and extended an invitation to us to enter in! If this world is beginning to wear on your nerves this morning, just remember that, if you have not taken the opportunity to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, the invitation is extended and you will then have access to the very throne of God. If you have already accepted that invitation, remember that, by faith, you are now seated in the Heavenly places with Christ and you can look down on your challenging circumstances instead of using that awful phrase, "under the circumstances." God is willing to share His throne and His Kingdom with us right now and forever! Wow!
Divine Intervention Stories The Deer and God Story This is a testimony of God's presence and the power of His Word in the midst of difficulty. God's divine intervention, this is my deer and God story. It was a cool, dusk, November evening and as I walked towards my parked vehicle, my heart was deeply grieved. Some troubling events caused my head to swim with fear and doubt and my mind was crying out the question, "God where are you in this?" As I looked up towards my van and blinked away tears I was startled to see a beautiful, large, deer standing a few feet away from the back of the vehicle. I fully expected him to bound away but instead he stood there very still and just stared at me. I started telling him what a beautiful, pure, piece of God's creation he was. I don't normally talk to animals although I have been known to sing to my cats--but, nonetheless, he just stood, peaceful and still. As I looked into those large, brown eyes, the Lord spoke some verses into my ear that I had previously studied in Women's Bible Study. They are from the book of Habakkuk chapter 3. He said, "The Sovereign Lord is my strength. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on to the heights." quivering, his legs trembling. But, he proclaims, "though the fig tree does not bud, and there are no grapes on the vine, though the olive crop fails and there are no sheep in the pen, or cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior." I stood there with a tremendous sense of God's presence and sovereignty over my life. He would enable me to keep standing and it was my choice if I was going to be joyful. Then that magnificent creature of a deer slowly walked away and I drove home praising God. I share this so you may know that God will help you to have the sure footed ness of a deer and enable you to also stand firm in the midst of your trials and slippery places. This divine intervention story, the deer and God, was written by Pam Mitchell
Divine Intervention Meaning
A miracle and divine intervention having the same meaning. Miracle is derived from the old Latin word miraculum meaning "something wonderful". Divine intervention is disruption, (by a supernatural being in the universe) of the ordinary course and operation of nature, either being created, overruled, suspended, or modified. Although many religious texts and people confirm witnessing or prophesying various events which they refer to as "miraculous", it is disputed whether there are scientifically confirmed occurrences of divine intervention or miracles. People in different faiths have substantially different definitions of the word "miracle". Even within a specific religion there is often more than one usage of the term.
MAY 11, 2009 - GOD EVEN MAKES DUST FLOURISH!
Psalm 103:14 (KJV)
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
We have all probably been to funeral services where the words were spoken, "from ashes to ashes, dust to dust," as the body was lowered to the ground. Sometimes, when life is good and we are vibrantly healthy, we forget that we are but dust. Genesis 2:7 (KJV) 7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. We forget that, in and of ourselves, we are weak. I mean, just how strong is dust? We know that we can blow on dust and it will disappear into the air. We should always keep that in mind. God remembers how He made us - entirely of the dust from the ground! So, why do we feel so alive and vibrant at times?
What gives us that strength and energy that we sometimes feel? What brings that dust to life? Today, those who do not acknowledge God think that it's something inherent in mankind. Yet, how could energy and vitality come from mere dust? What makes us alive and strong is the fact that, after God formed us from the dust, He gave the breath of life to that intricate clay figurine. It is only by the power of God's breath that we remain living souls in this earthly dust tent. 2 Corinthians 5:1 (NIV) Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. We all have a purpose here on this earth and God has placed His purpose within each of us. When His purpose for us being here is finished, the breath of life will leave this body of dust and return to the dust. Psalm 103:16 (KJV) For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
In the meantime, even though our days are very short compared to all of time, we were meant to flourish. Psalm 103:15 (KJV) 15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. Young or old, God has created you and me to flourish while we're here. Have you ever looked out on a field of fresh green grass? How beautifully alive it looks! How about on a field of wildflowers? The colors are dazzling and they wave strongly in the breeze, bringing color to the world and delight to the observer. That's exactly what God wants us to be like while we're here! We are never too young to bring glory to God like the grass and the flowers do. (Psalm 8:2) Sometimes we think of young people as being rebellious and looking more like a weed than a wildflower. That doesn't have to be the case, as Paul told Timothy. (1 Timothy 4:12) When we begin to age, we might think that we're not able to flourish. But, that's just not so. Moses did not grow sick or weary. He did not stop flourishing. He merely was taken Home when God's purpose for Him was finished. (Deuteronomy 34:7) Yes, our days are short and we are wise to take that into consideration, using them judiciously. (Psalm 90:12) And yes, God has promised to allow us to flourish just like that grass and those wildflowers in the field, even into our old age! Psalm 92:12-15) 12 But the godly shall flourish like palm trees and grow tall as the cedars of Lebanon. 13 For they are transplanted into the Lords own garden and are under his personal care. 14 Even in old age they will still produce fruit and be vital and green. 15 This honors the Lord and exhibits his faithful care. He is my shelter. There is nothing but goodness in him! Yes, we were made of dust, we are still dust, and to dust we will return but God has placed His breath within us. From conception to the grave, we will flourish because God has placed His own breath of life in us. He has done a glorious thing with this dust of His. What can we do but turn right around and give the glory back to Him! Psalm 139:13-16 (NLT) 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mothers womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marveloushow well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
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danandsandycan wrote today at 7:18 AM
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danandsandycan wrote on Mar 23
MAY 10, 2009 - NOT JUST TODAY, BUT EVERY DAY!
Psalm 103:13 (KJV)
How often does God think of you and me? Watch this! Psalm 139:17-18 (NLT) 17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! 18 I cant even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! That pretty much indicates to me that God's thoughts about you and me are constant! God is thinking of you and me every day and all through the night! In the United States, where we are celebrating Mother's Day today, we might think of how much our mothers have thought of us. They thought of us before we were ever born. Good, and real mothers, protect and cherish their children, even before they are born. That sort of love can remind us of our Heavenly Father.
God is mighty and powerful but He is also loving and nurturing. He even tells us that He will take over for our mother if she should happen to fail us! Isaiah 49:15 (NIV) 15 "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! How awesome is it that the Creator of this vast universe should promise to never, ever forget us! His love for us is so great that He promises to be the perfect Parent, whether or not our parents on earth have lived up to our expectations and hopes. Psalm 27:10 (NLT) 10 Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. Although we may not have our parents alive on earth today, God will take us in. No matter how old we get, we never lose that need to be held close. Whether or not our parents met that need and, whether or not they are still alive today to give us those needed hugs, we can know that we have Someone that will hold us close and protect us. Constantly. Our Heavenly father never loses sight of us!
There is a sad aspect to the fact that our Father wants to hold us close and nurture us. Luke 13:34 (NLT) 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones Gods messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldnt let me. The sad aspect to that is that we may not be willing to let God take us under His wings. If you are a parent, you may know how sad it is when your children do not respond to your great desire to love, nurture and protect them. To teach and guide them so that they will not experience the harsh consequences that may come from unwise decisions. Can you imagine how our Father grieves when we turn away from His open arms? Jesus wept over Jerusalem because her people were unwilling to come to the Father through Him. You, as a parent, may have had your times of weeping also. You may have wept time after time for that child who has gone astray. You may be that child who has gone astray. (Luke 15:11-24) We have all gone astray at some time. (Isaiah 53:6) If you are that parent of a prodigal child, God knows how you feel. He has prodigal children too. He has seen your tears and wept with you. He has recorded each one in a book and collected them in a bottle. Psalm 56:8 (NLT) 8 You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Your weeping may endure for a night but God has promised you His joy in the morning! (Psalm 30:5) We know that He is not willing for anyone to perish. He wants everyone to have eternal life. (2 Peter 3:9) So keep on believing for His will for your child! (Matthew 6:10) Keep on believing, as you pray, that all things are possible! Mark 9:23 (KJV) 23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Maybe you're that one who is still wandering far from home. If so, today is the day that God wants to help you. (2 Corinthians 6:2) Today is the day that He is inviting you to come back home, no matter what it is you have done. He is offering to forgive you and bathe you in His healing love. (1 John 1:9) He's been thinking of you all this time and watching at the door for your return. Many of our mothers are like that too, but our Heavenly Father is the perfect parent, able to make us good parents and able to fill in when our parents may have made some poor choices. He tells us that we should honor our parents. (Exodus 20:12) As we honor mothers today, let's remember all the while, that our Heavenly Father is due the greatest honor. Not just today, but every day, our God is thinking thoughts of love, compassion, and mercy for us. He is the one that put those nurturing, loving ways in our mothers. Those should be our thoughts toward our children, our parents, and others around us. Every day!
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