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    12 DAYS UNTIL EASTER

    Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 10:23 AM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]

    IF I BE LIFTED UP I WILL DRAW MEN UNTO ME....

     

     

    IN THIS... I KNEW NO SHAME... FOR THIS CAUSE CAME I INTO THE WORLD. 

    Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into headquarters and gathered the whole company around Him.  They stripped Him and dressed Him in a scarlet robe.  They twisted a crown out of thorns, put it on His head, and placed a reed in His right hand.  And they knelt down before Him and mocked Him: "Hail, King of the Jews!" Then they spit on Him, took the reed, and kept hitting Him on the head.  (Matthew 27:27-30)

     

    12 Days until Easter

    Tuesday, March 31, 2009

      JESUS SHAME DEALT A DEATH BLOW TO ALL OUR PRETENTIONS!

     

      "They stripped Him."

     

    This interesting phrase describes the trial of Jesus.  Why did they strip him?  Why this naked abuse?  Perhaps because when the accused is naked and the accusers are clothed, shame and humiliation are most intense.

     

    Solzhenitsyn was once interrogated naked before a Russian tribunal.  He said it was very hard to reply to any question before one's clothed accusers.  To be forced to reply naked is the most irrational of humiliations.

     

    Humiliation!  How rightly Francis de Sales reminds us that we cannot gain the virtue of humility without humiliation.  Considering all that Jesus has done for us, I am amazed that we are so reluctant to bear any sort of embarrassment for His name.  We want to be humble without enduring a cross of any loss of self-respect.

     

    Yet Jesus, who was longsuffering in his tolerance of human abuse, waited through the naked mockery.  Even this humiliation could not keep Him from holding on  to His identity.  No level of taunting or torture could force Him to forget who He was --- the Messiah of salvation for which He now stood trial.  He knew that on the cross, He would endure the mockery of Satan that He might destroy it forever.  In his nakedness, then, then, he really knew no shame...because shame comes from knowing you have done something wrong.  Thus ethe endurance of this humiliation pleased God.  Obedience always does.

      

    PRAYER

     

    [My dear, precious, loving and gracious]  Lord, I am ashamed that in your lonely hours of persecution, the full weight of my sin fell upon you.  It was my sin for which  you were hated, mistreated, and abused.  As I think of the pain and humiliation that followed you to the cross, may I desire more than ever to be pure.  Help me see in your vivid example that there is a purity of life so real, it is incapable of shame. 

     

    For additional Bible reading: 1 Peter 2:20-25

     

     

     

    Taken From:  THE CHRIST OF EASTER,

     Readings for the Season of Resurrection ~ 48 days of Devotions

     by Calvin Miller.

     

     

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    13 DAYS UNTIL EASTER-ONE LIFE AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE LIVED.

    Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 12:16 AM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]

     

    Pilate: After he had said this,

    he went out to the Jews again  and told them. 

    "I find no grounds for charging Him."

     

     

    13 Days until Easter

    Monday, March 30, 2009

     

    ALL DEATH WAS SHATTERED BY THE SHEER FORCE OF ONE LIFE AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE LIVED.

      

    "You are a king then? " Pilate asked.  "You say that I', a king,"  .  "Jesus replied I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify of the truth.  Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice."   "What is truth? said Pilate.  After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told then.  I find no grounds for charging Him."

    John18:37-38

     

    Which doctrine of Christ is most important?  I would say the doctrine of his sinlessness.  Some would argue.  "What about his resurrection?  Surely that is more important than his sinlessness?"  Of course, in many ways the Resurrection created Christianity.  If the Resurrection created it, though, the sinlessness of Christ authenticated it.   If Jesus arose from the dead but only as a sinning savior, could he truly save?  In what way could a sinner's resurrection liberate the rest of us who need to be set free from our sin?  To help us, Jesus must first be our moral superior. 

     

    Humankind has always struggled with sin.  Even though the Greek religions carved their gods and goddesses to be ideal --- well formed in body, strident and tall, a picture of what humankind was supposed to be --- their gods were capricious and indulgent.  No wonder their religion did not live.

     

    Jesus, however, was sinless.  Even Pilate could see that this man was not a criminal deserving of death.  After hearing the witness against Jesus, Pilate said, "I find no grounds for charging Him."

     

    Pilate may not have believed Jesus was sinless, but in some way he seemed to sense that Jesus was morally superior to him.  Pilate spoke more than he knew.  There was literally no fault at all in Jesus.  He was, indeed, a lamb without spot and without blemish.  He was the sacrifice offered once and for all for our sins.

     

    Almost every religion has some sense of sin and has devised some ritual of forgiveness --- always to no avail.  The writer of Hebrews admitted that the ancient blood-sacrifice system of the Jews was also ineffective. If the sinner's trust was merely in the ceremony:  "For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins" (Hebrews 10:4).  What can be done, then?  The apostle Paul wrote that God made one "who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him"  (2 Corinthians 5:2.1)

     

    Jesus truly is the no-fault Savior.  Because He was the perfect Son of God, your imperfections are covered by His blood.  You are forever free!

     

     

    PRAYER:

     

    Lord, have we forgotten that it was your perfect life, which covered our imperfections?  Have we forgotten that the blood of your perfect sacrifice healed our sin?  Because I am so sinful, I treasure a Savior who was tempted in all points like I am and yet lived without sin.  Because of your sacrifice, my own sin is now removed as far from me as the east is from the west.  [It is now in that perfect blood of the lamb and whose name we pray.] Amen!

     

    For additional Bible Reading:  Hebrews 7:23-28

     

     

     

     

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    14 DAYS UNTIL EASTER - FEAR IS A GOOD COUNSELOR!

    Sunday, March 29, 2009, 9:47 AM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]

     

     

     

      

    SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2009

     14 DAYS UNTIL EASTER

     

     

    FEAR CAN BE A GOOD COUNSELOR

    WELDING OUR FRIGHTENED SELVES TO

    GOD'S SUFFICIENCY.

     

    When they had lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down together, Peter sat among them.  When a servant saw him sitting in the firelight, and looked closely at him, she said, "This man was with Him too." But he denied it: "Woman, I don't know Him!" After a little while, someone else saw him and said, " You're one of them too!"  "Man, I am not!" Peter said, .... "I don't know what you're talking about!"  Immediately, while he was speaking, a rooster crowed.

    Luke 22:55-58, 60

     

    Throughout the coming days, our focus will be on the most notable, most gripping events of the Holy Week.  Again, we'll be contemplating these happenings so that we can live with them longer than a half hour or two at a Good Friday Service --- so that we can awake on Easter morning with a surer sense of our salvation, with a deeper awe at the glory of t the resurrection.

     

    So, . . . come, let us wander into a torch-lit courtyard in Jerusalem, abuzz with all the electric intensity of a developing news story:  Jesus is on trial.  His unorthodox chickens were coming home to roost (so the Pharisees thought).  He is lined up in the crosshairs of mob justice.  His disciples are scurrying into the shadows ... to see without being seen. 

     

    Peter is among these lurking stragglers ---- Once, twice, three times he denies having anything to do with Jesus.  Then he runs.  He falls to his knees.  He weeps.

     

    But lo, these are good tears!  Our best tears are a sign of strength and not of weakness.  When we reach into our hearts and see what our betrayals have cost Christ, we ought to weep.  Such well-spent tears measure not our betrayal but our authenticity.

     

    We are never more real than when we weep for what we know is wrong at the center of our lives.  We have only to contrast Peter's tears with Judas's suicide to see why godly sorrow redeems us, while self-pity only condemns us.  There is not a great deal of difference between what Judas did and what Peter did.  The difference lies in how they reacted to it.  Judas only grieved over his loss of place in the kingdom; Peter knew how much he had hurt his Savior.

     

    Do your tears flow because you feel bad about your self-image?  Let them flow because you know that your sins have hurt the heart of God, who has called you to be faithful to his Son.

     

    PRAYER:

    Dear Lord, help me never to see my sins as having so little consequence that they may be dismissed without tears.  Help me to feel some bit of Calvary in every offense.  I ask this in  your name, my precious Savior.  Amen

     

    For additional Bible reading: 1 John 1:6-9

     

     

    Taken From:  THE CHRIST OF EASTER

    Readings for the Season of Resurrection ~ 48 days of Devotions

    by Calvin Miller.

     

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    15 DAYS BEFORE EASTER - "IS IT I LORD?"

    Sunday, March 29, 2009, 9:02 AM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]

     

     

      

    Saturday, March 28, 2009

    15 DAYS UNTIL EASTER

     

    While Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, suddenly arrived, with him was a mob, with swords an clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders.  His betrayer had given them a signal.  "The one I kiss," he said, "He's the one; arrest Him and get Him securely away."  So when he came, he went right up to Him and said, "Rabbi!"  --- and kissed Him. 

     (Mark 14:43-45)

     

     

    LIVE IN SUCH GENUINE SIMPLICITY

    THAT WHO YOU ARE IS WHOM YOU SEEM TO BE

     

    Betrayal and hypocrisy often dance together.  Don't we see them intertwined in Judas --- betraying Jesus while pretending to be his dearest friend at the same time?

     

    The kiss of Judas! Long the theme of poetry and art!  Long the arch symbol of treachery!  Our fascination is not with the kiss.  We are fascinated as to how Judas felt about what he did. 

     

    On the night of Christ's betrayal, Judas arrived in Gethsemane and kissed the Savior.  This was nothing that the other disciples would have thought unusual.  Kissing was the way people in ancient times greeted each other.  But what the kiss said was that the person being kissed and the person doing the kissing were great friends.  It was a loving gesture, an expression of warmth and familiarity.

     

    Truly, the ones who are most guilty of keeping the church in splints and bandages are usually the out-and-out enemies of Christianity.  More often the pretended friends of Christ do it ---- those who project one kind of loyalty yet demonstrate another.  The Judas kiss is a strong issue of duplicity that tasks us to offer up our own definitions of testimony and loyalty.  Sometimes we may actually give the impression that we don't know Jesus at all.  Or we may be caught at some activity, which others see.  Then they wonder why our profession of faith and the living out of our faith dwell so far apart from each other.

     

    The only way to be of much use to God is to be sure that the image we project and the one we live out are the same.  In our Gethsemanes we ought to be found as lovers of Christ.

     

    Then hypocrisy and betrayal will not keep company in our lives.  Then what we profess to be and what we are will be the same thing.  Then the Jesus we name in public worship will also be the Jesus of our private worship.  Then our love will be as declarative in the darkness as it is in the light.

     

    PRAYER:

    Dear Jesus, did Judas kiss you with a blatant lie of open faithfulness?  Help me to learn from his treachery.  Help me take this bitter Easter moment deep into my heart, immunizing my loyalties from ever being able to declare my love while defying your right to rule over me.  Keep me honest in the ministry I offer you.  This I pray in Your sacred name.  Amen

     

    Additional Bible reading:  Proverbs 3:1-4

     

     

    Taken From:  THE CHRIST OF EASTER,

     Readings for the Season of Resurrection ~ 48 days of Devotions

     by Calvin Miller

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    MY MORNING PRAYER - ON FIRE FOR GOD!!

    Thursday, March 26, 2009, 4:14 PM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]

     

     JESUS, YOU ARE THE CENTER OF MY JOY!

     

     ON FIRE FOR GOD....

     

    What does it mean to be on fire for God?

    -It means that He is the center of your life and of your joy.

    -It means that He is your first love.

    -It means that you have a passion for Him, His will, and His purposes in your life.

    -It means that you are indeed in love with your creator and wish for His presence with every breath you take, for you realize that He is your creator, who is your heavenly Father, and the lover of your soul.

    -It means You are so in love with Him that you want to talk about Him all the time.

    -It means You want to tell all your friends and family about Him.

    -It means You want the world to know Him, for there is none other like Him - and absolutely no one can take the place of Him in your life, or do the things that He does, or make you feel the way you do!

     

    Do you remember your first love experience?   All day you would think about the one you loved.  You would long to hear the voice of your loved one.  You couldn't wait to be near that person again.  You were excited, thrilled, and totally absorbed by the feelings of love you felt!

     

    When you learn to love God in this way it is extremely rewarding because the feelings are more than mutual, and even more, He will never leave you nor forsake you.... for you are at the center of His heart.   There may be times that it may feel that He isn't there; but on my dearly beloved friend, He always is.  The more you get to know Him, the stronger your desire grows to know more of Him, and long for Him to be close to you. There is nothing created in this earth that compares with the Love of God for you, and what that love does to lift you higher and give you peace, joy, and freedom in spirit!

     

    It was because of those feelings that caused me to kneel before Him this morning.... It was almost as if He were calling me to Him.... and so I write to you today to share my prayer. 

     

     

    Heavenly Father, Abba Father,

    Thank you for a new day and another opportunity to praise Your Holy name, and to praise You for all that You have been, and continue to be in my life.  I want to praise you for all that You have done, and continue to do in my life...... But most of all, Father, I want to thank You for Your faithfulness to me, even during those  times I have not been faithful to You! Please forgive me when I experience those moments of doubts as to Your love.  Thank You for not letting go of me!

     

    Today, Dear Lord, I pray that by the power of Your Holy Spirit, that you rekindle that first love experience - when no matter what the circumstances, or the distractions, or perceptions of what felt I needed to do.... I could not wait to be alone with You and Your Word, and enter into Your presence.   Every free moment I had.... I was seeking You. 

     

    So I ask You today Father, please make it like it was, when hungered for your love endlessly.  I know that you are able to make it like it was.  There is no one, or nothing in this world that can compare with You, or how You make me feel when I have entered into that intimate relationship with You and enjoying Your Holy presence in my life!

    I ask this of You, Dear Father, in the name of Jesus, with whom You are one, and who lives in my heart today. Amen!

     

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    MY MORNING PRAYER - LOOKING UNTO THE HILLS

    Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 1:35 PM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]

    TO WHERE OUR HELP COMES FROM!

     

     

    The Lord Our Provider and Shepherd, the God who leads us and supplies our needs. (Yahewh-jireh), the LORD Our Shepherd (Yahweh-rohi), the God Who Sees ('El-Roi), the LORD who provides (Yahewh-jireh), the LORD is our Healer (Yawheh-rapha), and and The LORD is Here (Yahweh-Shammah).. Psalm 23.

     

    KEEP LOOKING DEAR ONE - FOR SEEING WILL REWARD YOU! 

      

     

    HE GIVETH MORE GRACE

    "He giveth more grace as the burdens grow greater,

    He sendth more strength as the labors increase.

    To added affliction, He added His mercy,

    to multiplied trials - His multiplied peace. 

    When we have exhausted our store of endurance,

    when our strength has failed ere the day is half done,

    when we reach the end of our horded resources,

    Our Father's full giving is only begun. 

    His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,

    His power no boundary known to men. 

    And out of His infinite riches In Jesus,

    He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again." 

     

     

    Dear Friends,

    I am writing to those of you who are facing great challenges in your life today.  With the present recession and so many unemployed, there are many of us who wonder how we will conquer our present situations.  We live in a world of uncertainties, and the truth is we always have.  If you think about it, every day of your life is a faith walk, whether you realize it or not.

     

     Our unconscious presumptions are:

     

    -We will awaken to a new day and prepare to face the obligations and objectives of the day.

     

    -That our families and we will experience the routines associated with the business of living and that life will go on.

     

    These suppositions could be considered as a form of faith, as most of us rarely fear that an airplane will fall upon our heads as we walk out of our doors.  911 was a devastating wake up call for the American people.  This grave tragedy prompted American citizens of all faiths and denominations, and of all races and creeds to publicly join in corporate prayer for America.

     

     

     

    2 Chronicles 7:14 - I

    If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, "then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

     

    A personal belief and quote of mine is:  "We have but one moment to the next in which to live our lives, as we have not been promised more."  What we think and do during each and every second of our lives is of utmost value, as we do not know whether it will be our last moment of life on earth.  It is my hope that in the seconds you use to read this morning's prayer you will meditate on the significance of what the Almighty God is saying to you. 

     

      

       THERE IS A LIFTING OF OUR HANDS! 

     

     

    THERE IS A LIFTING OF OUR HEARTS!  

     

     

      

    AND THERE IS A LIFTING OF OUR EYES!   

     

      

     

    TO WHERE OUR HELP COMES FROM!

     

     

    Psalm 121

     

    I will lift up my eyes to the hills ---

    From whence comes my help?

    My help comes from the LORD,

    Who made heaven and earth.

    He will not allow your foot to be moved;

    He who keeps you will not slumber.

    Behold, He who keeps Isreal

    Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

     

    The LORD is your keeper;

    The LORD is your shade at your right hand

    The sun shall not strike you by day,  Nor the

    Moon by night.

     

    The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;

    He shall preserve your soul and your going out

    And your coming in from this time forth,

    even forevermore.

     

     

    MY DEAR GRACIOUS AND LOVING ABBA FATHER,

     

    We come today in the Majestic Name of Your Son, and our redeemer, Jesus Christ; who indeed has met mankind's upper and foremost need in that we needed a savior.     Oh how we thank you today for His sacrifice.  Oh how we give thanks for our salvation purchased by His blood and His saving power. 

     

    We come giving you our reverence and our praise.  We come saying Dear Father, as we lift up our hands, and as we lift up our hearts, and as we lift up our eyes to You, oh Lord our God, who is all powerful, we know where our help comes from - for there is none like You.  You have invited us to be Your own dear children, and our prayer today is, in this day, we will give You cause to smile and say, "well done My good and faithful servant, for it is You we seek to please.

     

    We know that YOU are our provider and our sustainer.  You are our source of help in a time of trouble.  It is not our government, nor companies created by men who sustain us. We know when men abuse the power and authority given to them by Your grace, it is an offense against You.   It is You Father who created men and it is YOU who use men as your vessels.  We pray for those who do not have this understanding.  

     

    We know that YOU have the power to both change the hearts of men, and to stop the hearts of men from beating.

     

    We do not place our trust in our bank accounts or in other hoarded resources, but we put our faith in the one who is the God who leads us and supplies our needs --- the LORD who provides (Yahewh-jireh). 

     

    Thank you for the lessons You teach Your children.  Trying times cause us to truly learn in whom, in what, and where we have placed our trust.

     

    We hear your call today to prayer and to trust in You.   You are the Lord our God who seeks us that we may know You.   You are a good, loving, and righteous Father who cares for the needs of His children.  If we seek first your kingdom and its righteousness, then all things will be added to us.  For all of our needs will be met by Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Father, we believe, help thou our unbelief.  Amen.

     

    SCRIPTURES TO MEDITATE ON AS YOU FACE HARDSHIPS AND CHALLENGES

    You will find in the scriptures the loving heart of our Father.  He tells us over and over again that He is there for us.  He literally pleads with us to put our faith and trust in Him.  

     

    Psalm 46:1-2   God is our refuge and strength,  A very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains  be carried into the midst of the sea

     

    Mark 9: 23-24   Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!"

     

    Isaiah 45:22   Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth!  For I am God, and there is no other.

     

    Philippians 2:4  Let each of you look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interest of others

     

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    WELCOME! JOURNAL GUIDE - TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Sunday, March 15, 2009, 8:14 AM [MY JOURNAL INTRODUCTION]

      

    JOURNAL GUIDE - TABLE OF CONTENTS  

     

     

    IT IS MY PRAYER THAT

    YOU WILL FIND COMFORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT HERE!

    May God continue to bless you and shadow your life by the provision of spiritual enlightenment, health, prosperity, and love.  May you experience blessings followed by even more blessings!

     

     

    TODAY'S FEATURED POST - Category: MY VIRTUAL WORLD!

    THE BUSINESS TRIP

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    MY DEAR BELOVED FRIEND:

    Since the new Beliefnet upgrade, I have found it necessary restructure my Journal to accommodate working with the new system, in hopes of making it easier for the readers to find those posts that most interest them.  The Beliefnet system automatically places all posts in chronological order (by the date of the last post). 

     

     

    RECOMMENDED READING SEQUENCE OF THIS JOURNAL

    1.        JOURNAL INTRODUCTION  - Category:  Journal Introduction

     

    2.        MY MORNING PRAYER - Category:  My Morning Prayers

     

    3.        I AM SEARCHING FOR YOU! - Category: Encouragement and Comfort

     

    4.       MAKE A QUALITY DECISION FOR YOUR LIFE - Category: HOW TO KNOW GOD

     What Jesus has done for you!

     

    5.       TODAY'S FEATURED POST 

     

    INSTRUCTIONS:  TO MAKE YOUR SELECTION

     

    • Access my journal
    • Please go to the right side of the first Journal entry and locate Journal Categories.
    • Click on the category title of the post you wish to view.
    • The most recent post in this category will appear, and prior posts under this category will follow.

     

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

     

    Below, I have listed the current categories.  You may access these journal posts by following the instructions above.

      

    Journal Category Name                                                       

     

     General 

    (During the upgrade many of my journals were lost - when they were restored they were placed in this General file - it is now a work in progress file until I can edit them.)                                                                                

    MY MORNING PRAYERS (45)
    MY PERSONAL QUOTES (1)
    HOW TO KNOW GOD (6)
    ENCOURAGEMENT AND COMFORT (11)
    PERSONAL LIFE EXPERIENCES (2)
    MY JOURNAL INTRODUCTION (3)
    ABOUT PRAYER (2)
    ON FAITH (2)
    ON FRIENDSHIP (4)
    ON PETS (Pictures) (1)
    WEEKEND PRAYER (3)
    WHEN SOMEONE HURTS YOU (3)
    LOVING AND ACCEPTING OTHERS (1)
    BIBLICAL WISDOM (1)
    HUMOR-LIFE ON THE FUNNY SIDE (3)
    WOMEN OF FAITH IN BUSINESS (1)
    CELEBRATING FAMILY - WITH LOVE (1)
    MY VIRTUAL WORLD (Comic Book) (4)
    RECOGNITION - HALL OF FAME (2)
    WISDOM FOR THOUGHT (5)
    MY POEMS AND SONGS (4)
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! (4)

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    TO ALL WHO WERE BORN IN THE MONTH OF MARCH

    Sunday, March 15, 2009, 8:05 AM [HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!]

     

    A BLESSED BIRTHDAY WISH

     

    FOR 

     

    MARCH FRIENDS 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Yet Thou art He who didst bring me forth

    from the womb;

    Thou didst make me trust when upon my

    mother's breasts.

    Upon Thee I was cast from birth;

    Thous hast been my god from my mother's womb.

    (Psalm 22:9-10)

     

    Listen to God's Heart Regarding Your Birthday

    Your birthday is a special day to Me. 

    When I considerd your birth

    I took many things into account"

    the time, the climate, the events of the day,

    the lives of those whose world you'd share.

    I considered all these thngs,

    and finally sent you to the world to be:

    to take your place among theliving,

    and to live your days for Me.

    I purposefully gave you the life you the

    life you have in order to fulfill the plans I have for you.

     

    I decreed the very day, hour, and moment

    when you would enter the world ---

    tiny, blinking and wet.

    Can you still hear the angels,

    and the welcome song they sang?

    They sing over you today ---

    and every day of the year.

    Your heavently Father

    Who gave you life

    Kisses you on the nose....

     

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    ECCLESIASTES 3:2; ISAIAH 44:3, 43:7

    With all my love! Kifany

     

    Taken From:  Discovering Joy

    Daily Meditations For Friends of God

    Marie Chapian

    A Heart For God Devotional

     

     

     

     

     

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    MY MORNING PRAYER - CONSIDER THE WONDER

    Friday, March 13, 2009, 3:01 AM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]

     

     

      

    Dear Abba Father,

    To  You who are gracious, plenteous in mercy, and whose generosity is boundless, we bow our hearts before You in the majestic name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

     

    Today, we come pondering Your wondrous creation which spans far above and deep below this earth.  We praise You who hung the sun, the moon, and the stars.  You have created the depths of the oceans and seas.

     

    One need but hold up one hand that is attached to one's own body to become acutely aware of Your great creative and thoughtful intelligence.  You have structured a world of beauty and of infinite wonders.  How much we take for granted.  How often we seem blinded by the brick and mortar of our private dwelling places, that we forget that You have given us the world.

     

    So this day, dear Lord, we bow in humility and say thank you.  Thank you for the great and awesome wonders, and  we thank you for the simple and common comforts that Your hands have provided.  You have put before our eyes a type of heaven, and we have been ungrateful and slothful in being good stewards of that which has been entrusted to our hands.  So we come asking Your forgiveness. 

     

    When I was a young girl singing in my church choir, we learned a song called "Open Our Eyes."  I think of that song today, Lord, as I come to You.

     

    "You have given us hills and mountains, you have given us level places, You have given us food and clothing, given us shelter from the storms and rains, and with all that you have provided it seems that we just cannot be contented."

     

    It does seem that we are always fighting to gain more and hurting ourselves, and one another.  So as I sing that song today dear Lord,  "Please look down upon your helpless children and open our eyes." 

      

    "Look upon us with compassion, and please hear us, Lord, hear us when we cry, and smile down on your helpless children, and oh, Father and Master, OPEN OUR EYES."

     

    Open our eyes to You and Your great love for us.  Your love is endless, deep and eternal. Your provisions are bountiful without limitation and shall never cease; for you change not, and your compassions they fail not..

     

    Dear and gracious Father, help us to consider the Wonder of all that your loving hands have provided  today with grateful minds and hearts.  Amen

     

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    WRITING IS MY REFUGE

    Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 11:35 AM [MY POEMS AND SONGS ]

                                           

    A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD YOU!

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    WRITING IS MY REFUGE

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       I have a passion that is ever so true....

     And it is one

    that I would like to share with you.

     

    On more than a few sleepless nights,

    I have a passion to think, pray, and to write.

    It seems that at night, when the world

    Is quiet and still...

    It is then when I am inspirationally filled!

     

    There are many things I should be pursuing,

    The things that always need constantly doing...

    But I am compelled to sit at my desk,

    And in the refuge of writing find solace and rest.

     

    I hope as I write and create the new pages,

    Others will find blessings, for those are my wages.

     

    It is a talent and gift, sent from above,

    And another way of saying

    that God is Love!

     

    It is a labor of love, and a love of the labor;

    A way to express my love to my neighbor.

      

     (by Kitfany)

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