Friday, July 29, 2011


There will be wars and rumors of wars...

Matthew 24:36
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
   36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.

According to a map I was sent by AM BEST Company in an insurance magazine we received, it documented 19 disasters due to wind, snow, and rain in the year 2010.  Also on the world map are symbols representing high risk areas for insuring that are called natural and man-made hot spots.  These problem areas are risky due to wildfire, piracy, terrorism, political unrest, major earthquakes, volcanic activity, flood-prone zones, drought, probable storm paths, and major fault lines are plotted over the whole Earth.  It is important to the insurance industry to know these things, since they have to accept the risk for policies held by individuals.

I never realized that all these events were followed so closely and documented by this group of people.  When I looked at the areas of piracy it is quite a coincidence to find that they are centered along the same lines of latitude around the world.  Mexico and Central America, on the borders of Columbia and Brazil, the Caribbean, off the coast and all through Central Africa, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Papua New Guinea.

Another stunning fact was that most of the natural disasters were sent to the United States or Europe this past year.  That really makes me think that there is a definite design in those events.  Record breaking cold temperatures and snowfall in Europe that killed so many.  Hardest hit with flooding, tornados, fires, and hail hitting mostly countries that are a democracy or that have freedom of religion.

If my radar is telling me the truth, I would say that we are getting warnings of a magnitude through this onslaught that we should have our spiritual house in order.  We need to be praying for revival of our own hearts, as well as the revival of our country from the grass roots up through the government.  Then pray for the world.  Pray for those missionaries who labor in danger zones that many will receive Jesus as their savior!

We need to be sowing and reaping more now than at any time because we are running out of time.  Even world leaders in Israel, say that it will not be long... not even many years until all out war in the Middle East will break out.  It is a miracle that Israel has stood strong with so much fighting, terrorism, and pressure from all around it since it reclaimed it's statehood!

The signs of the times are upon us.  Do not be idle.  Open your heart up to God to be the funnel from him to all around you through whatever gifts he has given you.  If it is in speaking, then speak; if it is in raising money, then raise money for the kingdom; if it is in writing, then write whatever and where ever God opens your mind to do this.  If you are a psalmist, let the songs flow out to the congregations.

The body of Christ needs to be strengthened by the fresh winds of the Holy One upon us.  We need to walk, breathe, eat, sleep, talk, sing, and move always in this fresh anointing each and every day.  There are lost souls all around.  We have to care about their destiny.  We have to be his hands and feet today.  Today is all we are promised.  Live it like it is your last before we walk out into the rest of eternity.

This is a little heavier than my other blogs, I realize.  I just had such an urgency today to write and this is meant to be encouragement that will motivate us out of our slumber.  I am the first to hear and heed this warning.  I want to push myself out of my comfort zone and on toward the heart of God.  Blessings!

The Message (MSG)

1 Thessalonians 5

 1-3I don't think, friends, that I need to deal with the question of when all this is going to happen. You know as well as I that the day of the Master's coming can't be posted on our calendars. He won't call ahead and make an appointment any more than a burglar would. About the time everybody's walking around complacently, congratulating each other—"We've sure got it made! Now we can take it easy!"—suddenly everything will fall apart. It's going to come as suddenly and inescapably as birth pangs to a pregnant woman.  4-8But friends, you're not in the dark, so how could you be taken off guard by any of this? You're sons of Light, daughters of Day. We live under wide open skies and know where we stand. So let's not sleepwalk through life like those others. Let's keep our eyes open and be smart. People sleep at night and get drunk at night. But not us! Since we're creatures of Day, let's act like it. Walk out into the daylight sober, dressed up in faith, love, and the hope of salvation.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Way of Love

I can not say this any better.  This is from The Message version.  I love to read this in the morning and in the evening.  If I follow this, I will be a changed person that will radiate the presence of God.  Have a great day!

1 Corinthians 13

The Way of Love
 1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love.

   Love never gives up.
   Love cares more for others than for self.
   Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
   Love doesn't strut,
   Doesn't have a swelled head,
   Doesn't force itself on others,
   Isn't always "me first,"
   Doesn't fly off the handle,
   Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
   Doesn't revel when others grovel,
   Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
   Puts up with anything,
   Trusts God always,
   Always looks for the best,
   Never looks back,
   But keeps going to the end.

 8-10Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
 11When I was an infant at my mother's breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.
 12We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
 13But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Who Am I Today?


A follower of Christ and trying to reflect him

Focused on many tasks that need attending to

Faithful to my husband, and learning more each day

Full of dreams and hopes though Satan tries to squelch

Flourishing in worldly possessions, but they are just dust

Finishing and checking off some things on my list which feels good

Forgiving myself for shortcomings and praying for strength each day

Forging ahead to assist my dear daughter in Africa which tears me up

Funding this and that so that life can go on as normal for us all

Forgetting to read the Word and meditate daily-so getting back to basics

Fixing the flower beds feels like something in life is in order

Fretting over the rush of summer and time with the kids almost gone

Fiddling with trip plans so that we can have a few days to play

Finances taking up much time and energy, but worth it

Funny how things work out if we trust God to handle things

Frantically finishing another load of laundry and clean up in the kitchen

Whipping up ideas for a delectable supper of gourmet kielbassa for my hubby

Fragile emotions with tears while I have been writing this week

Father, come hold me near and never let me go!