STRENGTH FOR TODAY – HOPE FOR TOMORROW

    Sunday, January 31, 2010, 8:39 PM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]

     

     Hello, My Dear Beloved Child of God.

    Today you and I will take a walk together by the ocean.  I want you to picture yourself walking with me in this beautiful special place…. Just for a moment in time, I want you to stand and gaze into the clouds.  If you look closely you can almost see a heavenly city.  Jesus once said that heaven is just a stone’s throw away.

    As we stand here, I want you to quite your anxious thoughts, surrender your entire being to our Heavenly Father, and let the silence and stillness prevail in your heart and mind as you listen to His voice … for He is speaking to you, right now in this moment.

     

    What follows is Taken from Discovering Joy – Daily Meditations For Friends of God – by Marie Chapian – A Heart for God Devotional:

     

     

    “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

    And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.

    When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,

    Nor will the flame burn you.

    For I am the LORD YOUR GOD,

    The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

    (Isaiah 43:2-3a)

    Do not be afraid of suffering.  You are born and nurtured by My Spirit, equipped for every situation: Do not accept suffering as your lot in life.  You were born to overcome.   Understand this, in wisdom:  You are in a transient world where evil abounds.  You will never eliminate pain, but it cannot defeat you.  No suffering goes unseen by My omnipotent eye of mercy.  Suffering that is born with Me must in time bring joy, and deeper communion with Me.

    Joy will not always reward your activity in My service, but it will come when your suffering is patiently and bravely borne.

    1 Peter 4:12-13; 2 Corinthians 12:9: John 16:33; Isaiah 61:7; Hebrews 2:10

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    Response Prayer:

     Most Gracious and Adored Heavenly Father – Our cherished Abba –

    As we travel through this life, there are many thorns along our paths.  Please hold our (sometimes trembling) hands as we walk the roads we must travel.  We know that Thou art with us… we know that there is nothing that can overtake us and hold us captive – for in You is our deliverance and comfort.   Yes, we have, and shall experience pain, but Your love and mercy keep us and heal us.  We, like little children, cling to You as we enter unknown passages in our lives.  It is in You that we live and have our being.  We thank you again, and again, for your faithfulness, mercy, and love.  We ask that you strengthen us in our growing faith in You – for You alone are our salvation.  To You alone be the glory, the honor and the praise,

    For YOU are our

     LORD and our GOD,

    The Holy One of Israel, our Savior.

    We come to You in the name of Our Lord and Savior – Jesus the Christ who is our Redeemer.  Amen

     

    From His Daughter’s Heart:  Kitfany

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    YOUR GREATEST GOAL FOR 2010

    Friday, January 1, 2010, 2:21 AM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]

     

     

     

    WHEN WE FAIL TO PLAN -

    WE IN ESSENCE PLAN TO FAIL

     

    As we greet a brand new year, let us, while making our plans,  consider our eternal  goal and align our hearts, minds, actions, and activities  accordingly.   Remember, we must acknowledge God in all our ways, and He will direct our paths.

     

    Heavenly Father... you have purposed that we enter into a brand new year.  You have purposed that we live, for you have given us a reason and a purpose for living.  We thank thee, we give you praise and honor.  Help us to go forth in this brand new year with the joy of the Lord in our hearts and the strength that your love supplies to our souls.  In Christ Jesus, our savior, we pray.  Amen

    May you have a blessed new year!

    From His Daughter's Heart - Kitfany

     

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    LIVE THE MIRACLE

    Monday, December 21, 2009, 6:56 AM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]

     

     

     

    LIVE THE MIRACLE

     

    Hello loved ones.  I have been greatly challenged lately with many obstacles… how about you?  I have missed being here for you and in the spirit, I am embracing you and telling you that I have missed you… and I am deeply sorry to have been so inconsistent in my encouragement.  I am saying to you… I love you.  As I sat in church today, I had a sense of remorse over having not taken the time to write to you… Please forgive me.   I have come to share a message that I pray will bless and give you insight and joy!

     

    I want to share a work that has blessed me and others recently.  It is taken from DISCOVERING JOY – DAILY MEDITATIONS FOR FRIENDS OF GOD – A HEART FOR GOD DEVOTIONAL BY MARIE CHAPIAN.

     

    As you read this message from our Heavenly Father, I want you to personalize this message by saying your name at each new paragraph.

     

     

    Scripture:  “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you; surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”  (Isaiah 41:10)

     

    The Message

     

    I want you to be called strong.  Be ready to handle snags and hindrances.  Prepare yourself to be full of My grace.  Understand what patience means.

     

    I want you to inspire and emanate goodness;  to live in honesty, to handle the unmanageable, solve the unsolvable,  calm the unruly, love the unlovable.

     

    No one can accomplish these by human strength.  But you are able because you and I are one.

     

    Do not miss the joy of discovering My abilities in you.  Live your life as a miracle, even in imperfection and chaos ---- live each moment as a unique event.

     

    There is life and purpose.  Live in Me,

    And you live the miracle.

     

    Zechariah 4:6; Philippians 4:13; Colossians 3:12; Romans 10-12-13

     

     

    Our response prayer:

     

    Father God,

     

    How patient you are with us.  You know us much better than we know ourselves.  You designed us to look to YOU, to love YOU, to be one with YOU, and we miss the mark so often.  Please forgive us.  We give You last place on our personal agendas so often, and when we are in trouble, we want your instant attention!  Lord God, we praise YOU today for your patience, your kindness, and YOUR great intelligence and ability to teach us ---- please help us pay attention.   

     

    We say thank YOU.  We ask that YOU teach, guide and lead us in being constantly aware of our most important and highest goal.  Our goal is to seek first YOUR KINGDOM and all things will be added to us.  Please continue to remind us that entering YOUR KINGDOM is our primary goal. 

     

    This we pray in the name of JESUS CHRIST, our Redeemer and Savior.  Amen

      

    Loved one, are you ready to live the miracle?

     

     

    From His daughter’s Heart - Kitfany

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    DON'T CLING TO THE FIREWOOD!

    Thursday, November 5, 2009, 11:56 PM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]

     

     Life is unpredictable - change is constant - God never changes!  

     

    A dear friend passed this on to me, so I am now passing it on to you!  The lessons we can learn from God can be found all around us.... even in the home of a mouse!

     

    Abba Father,

    We thank You that You never change - in an uncertain world, we can be certain that You remain our constant source for all we need.  We may not know what tomorrow holds, but we know WHO holds tomorrow.  Let us always take comfort in Your ceaseless love and faithfulness to your children.  In Christ we pray, In Christ we remain.  Amen.

     

     

                  Don't Cling to the Firewood
                      by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
           www.joyfulheart.com/maturity/dont-cling.htm
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    They're just a young couple, I can tell. These mouseholders who
    have taken up residence in the woodpile are just starting out in
    life. They've built a nest under the pile of oak firewood I am
    loading into the back of our station wagon.

    We had our first frost a few days ago, and had spent several days
    winterizing our house. So had this mouse couple. At the bottom of
    the woodpile their nest would be dry and warm in all but the
    wettest of storms, ready for the young ones that would surely be
    coming soon.

    I think of my wife and me in our first apartment 32 years ago. So
    excited, so optimistic.

    These are tiny mice, equipped with miniature jumping legs, their
    little bodies only 2-1/2 inches long -- if you don't count the
    tail. I must seem like a huge giant as I deconstruct their
    carefully built lives, one log at a time.

    I feel sorry for them. Such cute little creatures, so hopeful for
    the future, yet so filled with terror at what is happening to
    them.

    "What's going on, dear?" the mouse bride cries.

    "I don't know," her husband answers. "Nothing like this has ever
    happened before."

    He's wrong, of course. Change happens -- constantly. But,
    thankfully, it's not too often that our entire lives are altered
    forever by external events.

    A few weeks after my bride and I had moved into our first
    apartment, I received a draft notice: "Greetings from the
    President of the United States." Yes, greetings to you, too, Mr.
    President. Our carefully constructed lives suddenly took a sharp
    turn.

    You've had some of those turns, too.

       The death of someone very close to you.
       Divorce.
       Loss of a job.
       Failure of a business.
       An illness or injury.

    Suddenly, life is not the same and never will be again.
    Everything's different. And we try to cope -- sometimes in healthy
    ways, sometimes in self-destructive ways.

    I keep loading the firewood into the back of the wagon. I'm about
    to stack it higher yet when I see one of the tiny mice clinging to
    a piece of firewood in the back of the car. Another few seconds
    and he would have been crushed. I pick him up by his long tail,
    set him on the ground, and go back to get more logs. When I return
    he is still at the same place on the ground where I put him --
    stunned by these events, barely able to get out of harm's way.

    We're so mouse-like sometimes.

    Life goes on. The props change, sometimes all too often. We're so
    tempted to cling to the props as they are being dragged off the
    set. And sometimes we're hurt because of our inability to let go,
    so attached to the accouterments of the past that it's impossible
    for us to welcome the future.

    Change requires courage, great helpings of it. My mind goes to
    Joshua in the Bible. For nearly forty years he has been an
    understudy to the great leader Moses. Now Moses is dead and
    leadership is thrust fully upon Joshua. Ahead is the Jordan River
    running at flood stage, and beyond that the fortified cities of
    Canaan -- the "Promised Land" that seems so elusive. Talk about
    change? Joshua has change swirling all around him.

    And God speaks to him a word: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be
    terrified, do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be
    with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9).

    Our mouse couple looks up as their world is trembling. One by one
    the logs that comprise their shelter are disappearing, and soon
    only open sky is above. What do you do?

    Do you cling to the firewood and risked being crushed by it? Or do
    you cling to God's promise to you?

    God has promised to be with you wherever you go. He has promised
    never to leave you or forsake you. What he asks of you is faith to
    overcome your terror. Courage to meet your discouragement. And
    confidence to draw on his strength.

    Change is a constant. No part of our lives will endure unchanged
    for more than a few years, a few decades at most. But the LORD our
    God is unchangeable. He is forever. You can put down your roots
    into him, knowing that in this way you will never be utterly
    uprooted again.

    I think of Mr. and Mrs. Mouse. My heart goes out to them. I've
    been where they are, and so have you. And I hope that, even as I
    am writing these words, they are dragging their nest into another
    shelter in the woods to keep them dry and warm this winter. I hope
    that Mr. Mouse has finally got over his shock and got with the
    program. Older now, and wiser they are.

    And if I could offer just one word of advice for them and for you
    -- and for me -- it would be this: Don't cling to the firewood.


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    GOD'S GIFT TO THE WORLD

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 6:44 AM [MY MORNING PRAYERS]

     

     

     A place to meditate

    My morning prayer:

    Good morning Heavenly Father,

    We greet YOU this morning with thankfulness that YOU have chosen that we live today.  May we honor YOU in this day - may we feel YOUR hand upon our lives, and may we see our world, and the people in our world through YOUR loving eyes.... This we pray in our Savior and Redeemer's Name, Jesus the Christ.  Amen

     

    GOD'S GIFT TO THE WORLD

     

    Christ has said - "what you have done to the least of these, so you have done it unto me."

    "There are no accidental births - no children of a lesser God -- there are only those who were meant to be here in our world and who have a special purpose in this great tapestry of life." By Kitfany

    I would like to share with you a song from my personal library.  It is song by Al Jarreau and Vanessa Williams on Al Jarreau's CD - TOMORROW TODAY; I love the lyrics of God's Gift to the World:

     

    This one - That one - Each One

    Is God's gift to the world.

    They are - We are

     Each one is God's gift to the world.

    There are no extra people in a mansion or a ghetto -

    Each heart and soul is counted, though they're different than you.

    So look across the ocean - see those on distant corners -

    or see the one beside you. 

    Look in their eyes and you'll know that it's true

    This one - That one - Each One

    Is God's gift to the world.

    They are - We are

    Each one is God's gift to the world.

    And all the lonely people - first ones and the last ones

    All the great and small ones the ones that win and lose -

    All of the remembered -

    Even the forgotten

    From every single nation

    You know its true ... true for me and you

     This one - That one - Each One is God's gift to the world.

    They are - We are - Each one is God's gift to the world.

     

     

     

    Remember, loved one, we always have a choice

    in what we will think, do, and become.

     From His Daughter's Heart:  kifany

     

     

     

     

     

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