Monday, April 30, 2007

The Lord's Presence

The picture is of a precious sister in the Lord, Lois. She is one of the people I have watched learn and use in her life the awesome Presence of the Lord. She has learned the secret. What you see in the picture is real.

We often love the "feeling" of the presence of the Lord, without realizing its deep and intrinsic value for our lives. As we gather to worship, His presence is felt, is known and is enjoyed. This is wonderful. However, the work that Presence wants to do can most generally not occur in a corporate worship service. We can "feel" Him there, and learn what that is like, but what our hearts must have in order to change and move into healing, forgiveness, hope and life above our circumstances will not be known in the few times a week we might be with others to "feel" that blessed Presence.

If we, however, are intent on Him, focused on Him, concentrated on Him and His word, we will find that same Presence meeting us daily in our time with Him, and it is there that over time wonders in our interior person occur.

Recently I was struggling with an emotional response that I needed deep release from. I needed to not respond as I was responding, and to move into peace with the circumstance that was creating the emotional reaction. I had prayed, I had worked, I had repented (we often need to repent of our emotional reactions to people and events -- must be another post -- not this one). But it all seemed to no avail. Then I just reached to my Lord, and trusted His Presence to descend in manifest form, for He was really all I needed. What happened then was absolutely awesome.

HE CAME! The Word says, "The one who has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. And the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father. I also will love him and will reveal Myself to him." John 14:21 (HCSB) It was marvelous. I have never in my life felt such peace and the situation in my heart was settled. The circumstance did not change, but I was changed. An impossible (in flesh) thing occurred inside me. I actually felt the movement inside and it was done and has stayed done. No new information was given to me, no new anything -- just His awesome, marvelous Person in Presence form -- a feel-able, knowable Presence.

I want to encourage you to learn (as I am learning) to allow His Presence in that manifest form as promised in Scripture, to be a part of your daily time. Just think how He could and will change us in His glory. He so loves us.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Such Encouragement!

Violet over at "Promptings" (www.vnesdoly.blogspot.com) has given me the "Thinking blogger Award." Thank you Violet. I am encouraged to keep writing. Your sweet responses to what I scratch out here are a deep, deep encouragement. Thank you. Now I am to give it to five more bloggers.

I send it to Better Bibles blog at www.englishbibles.blogspot.com, and although they may choose not to participate in the award, they really bless me with their daily insight into the language of the Scriptures.

Then to Rev Abi at www.vicarofwadley.blogspot.com for she always thinks through problems and issues with the heart of Jesus Christ and even though I might not always agree with her, she blesses me with her gentle spirit and her thinking.

To Candy at www.candyinsierra.blogspot.com, who like me is infrequent with her posts, but they are always worth reading and enjoying and then to Bonnie at www.macroments.blogspot.com. Her gentle musings and stunning photography are always soothing to me.

I know I could do 5, but most of the others I read already have been tagged with this at some point, so I will just do these four.

You all bless my life almost every day! You are from all over this continent, yet you reach into my life with goodness as you share your heart in Jesus with me. Bless you one and all.

To award winners:- Install the graphic somewhere on your own blog.- Now if you like you may pass the Thinking Blogger Award on to five more bloggers.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Yesterday's Sermon

If you wish to listen to the sermon I preached April 22, 2007 at the Church of the Resurrection in East Syracuse, NY, go to www.churchoftherez.org and click on the link to This week's sermon. It is the 5th one listed and has my name and Matthew 6 beside it.

Hope it works for you and thanks for listening!

Today . .


A week ago today. . .
Unbelievable -- such a change in one week. This is a scene off my balcony. A week ago we were covered in snow, but today it is 81 degrees. What a change in just a week. If you look carefully at the first photo, you will see some trees in beginning bloom. Also you can see some remaining snow in the parking lot.
I would really like to remember that when it comes to the "scenes" in my life. For some reason, we all have a great tendency to see today as if it will be here next week. Things can really change quickly when it is time to change.
I love the seasons in this part of the country -- but sometimes they seem a bit strange -- such is now and the past couple of weeks.
Lord, help us remember our circumstances will change when it is time -- until then, help us to lean onYou and know all is in Your hands. That way, we will not be disappointed, nor will we fall into despair for You are truly in charge of all.

Saturday, April 07, 2007


"He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of suffering who knew what sickness was.
He was like one people turned away from;
He was despised and we didn't value Him.
Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses,
and He carried our pains;
but we in turn regarded Him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on Him,
and we are healed by His wounds.
We all went astray like sheep;
we all have turned to our own way;
and the Lord has punished Him
for the iniquity of us all."
(Isaiah 53:3-6 Holman Christian Standard Version)
On the first day of the week Mary Magdaline came to the tomb early, while it was still dark. She saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb....
"Woman," Jesus said to her, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" Supposing He was the gardener, she replied, "Sir, if you've removed Him, tell me where you've put Him, and I will take Him away."
Jesus said, "Mary."
(John 20:1 and 15-16 HCSV)
My heart overflows today with the awesome love our God has lavished upon us in and through Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank you Lord for all you have done for me -- especially for saving my soul and making me Your own!
He is risen!
My your resurrection morning celebration be rich in His beautiful, alive, presence!