Saturday, August 02, 2008

MannaWord

I am moving my blog to www.MannaWord.typepad.com. Please reset your links to that address. I have found blogger more and more difficult so am choosing to move.

BibleDude.Net Excellence Award

I have been awarded the BibleDude.Net Excellence Award by Jeff at Scripture Zealot. It is a privilege to be considered as one who loves the Creator (I do because He first loved me and poured - better translation = "gushed," His love into my heart - Romans 5:3- and one who loves the creation. I do and enjoy taking pictures of His beauty revealed to us through the glory of the creation. 

Thank you Jeff for passing it to me. I pass it on to Singing Owl who also loves our Creator very much and loves to put beautiful photo's on her blog. 

I have been unable to embed the logo here or on my side bar. However, if you will go to the box under the award statement on the side bar it will take you to the original post about the award. 

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Learning To Rest

There is much activity in my personal life right now. My daughter will shortly be closing on a two family dwelling and my husband and I will be moving into the lower flat of the home. My daughter will move into the one upstairs. This is wonderful! It will put her near us as we get older and it will put her in a home of her own -- yet not alone. Her Dad always knows how to do things (we have not found things he cannot figure out how to work or make work) so he will be near to help her. All in all it is awesome of the Lord to allow and make provision for this.

Yet, because so much seems up in the air (so to speak) I find my body not wanting to relax. I see so much to do and so much to think through that I have a tendency to stay tense. This was pointed out to me in a big way this morning as I went to see my chiropractor. Her office always puts us in a room for 10 - 15 minutes before she comes in, and that is good, because we are instructed to lie on the table and wait. Well, I got there and did as instructed and my body began to tell me "No!," Nothing in it wanted to relax. This relaxing is essential so she can adjust the body appropriately. She is excellent and I always feel so much better after a visit, but my body did not want to let go and just rest. Well, before she came into the treatment room, my body did relax and she was able to work her miracle.

I know we are all very much alike. We get tense when life gets busy, or excited, or even difficult. Relaxing or resting is one of the most difficult things to do when we first try. But, as with my body this morning, when we choose to rest and allow ourselves to do so, then matters find their priorities and we are able to rest in the middle of whatever.

Our Lord has called us to "rest" in Himself. It is a call purposely out of tenseness and work. It is a call to trust -- to rest and let Him exercise His role as Lord of all. That "all" means me and my body and my life. It is a call out of trial and past. It is a call out of stress and worry. It is a clear call to trust Him and to allow Him to order our lives. It is a call to Sabbath (Jesus is that Sabbath as the day in the Old Testament was a prophetic statement of the role of the Christ in our lives).

He loves us so very much. He knew from the beginning that being tense and stressed would work against health and well-being, so He provided Himself for that peace and that rest. "Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry." Matt.11:28-30 Net Bible

(Photo of some of my flowers on my balcony. Taken yesterday).

Friday, July 25, 2008

Prayer as Foundational

Prayer is not an option for a person who follows Jesus Christ. My students know that I even hesitate to use the word "prayer" because so many do not know what it means. It is not a form, it is not a set of words (though it involves words some of the time), it is not a formula. Many, many books have been written on prayer and I have a lot of them in my library. However, everyone of them fall far short of the truth of prayer. 

It is impossible to describe and it is impossible to live in the Holy Spirit without it. However, it is the easiest so called "discipline" of the Christian life. It is the easiest, because all one does is just turn the mind and the heart and say "Jesus." Amazingly it can be said out loud, silent, or simply an impetus of the heart -- and He's immediately alert to us. Now He is is always with us so we do not have to summon Him. He is always listening, so we do not have to get his attention. Just a turning of the attention and He is very present. 

Verbal prayer is needful at times, but not always. Sometimes the sweetest time with Him (which is what I call prayer) is simply becoming quiet and listening to what He will share with me. His Word is always His springboard and the main source of His sharing, yet He is exceedingly personal (since He knows the number of the hairs of our heads) and brings deep contentment in our moments. 

I would just encourage you to let Him love you and include you. He will and much more than that! His word just makes it very simply "Draw near."  His throne is called "the throne of grace" in Hebrews. Now what could be better than that?!

Use a form, or a formula, or whatever you choose, or none at all. Just be with Him and share yourself. That is all He wants from you in any moment. 

Monday, July 21, 2008

His Sufficiency

(These "bleeding hearts" are from a friend's garden. I think they are (were) beautiful).

Our Lord has done all that is needed for the entirety of the human race! That sounds a bit like heresy, but it isn't -- it is good theology. Our Bibles tell us that He entered into the Most Holy Place of the eternal sanctuary "once for all" just like His sacrifice was "once for all." Sometimes we protestants have fought the catholic people over their words in their liturgy without realizing we do the same thing when we do not understand that all sins have been forgiven. It is true that everyone must accept our Lord and what has been done for each and every one of us, but our sins were taken away over 2,000 years ago!

No one will be eternally separated from God because of their actions. We, however, will be separated from Him if we do not receive Him and move into relationship with Jesus Christ. The lesson of Romans, Galatians, and Hebrews (I do not believe Hebrews was a Pauline book -- due to internal textual evidence) sin was paid for on the cross and mankind is now free to relate to God freely and very personally.

When we try to impose "law" upon one another, we undercut the work of Jesus. I think Paul makes that very clearly. We cannot live by law and by grace. Titus 2:12 tells us that "grace teaches us to say 'no' to ungodliness." So we do not even need the law to teach us right and wrong. Grace does that.

Just how grace does that, I am studying and working to find out its pieces parts. It is exciting so far and oh so life giving. I am hearing the Good News all over again in newness and freshness. You are welcome to come on the journey with me.

"Jesus loves me this I know, For the Bible tells me so" -- He is not mad at me or at you. Isn't that wonderful?!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wordle

I just had www.wordle.net create a "wordle" for MannaWord. I am sorry it came in so small, but it is really quite nice . I think I'll keep it. 

Monday, June 30, 2008

Sweetness!

Sweetness!

The sweetness of fellowship with our Lord is so very precious. It is awesome, majestic, healing, renewing etc... all of those things and more, but the remembrance of the Friday Fellowship of Psalm 19 this past Friday -- is just Sweet!

The worship was precious, then then Spirit began to teach us that we have been given the righteousness of Christ Jesus. The title of the message was "Wake up to Righteousness" from 1 Corinthians 15:34 KJV. I used the KJV simply because it said what the Greek says here. The context is that by waking up to righteousness (becoming aware of it, receiving it and its power in our lives) we will be empowered to live lives that are full of peace, love and goodness! The righteousness He gives is not something we work for in any way, but simply a gift that He is more than pleased to give to all who receive Him. Our lives are empowered by His righteous nature to reflect the love and goodness of Himself.

Passages highlighted were: 1 Corinthians 1:30; Romans 4:25; Romans 5:13-19; and the main scripture was 2 Corinthians 5:11-21. A CD is available. Just go to www.psalm19ministries.org and call the office (10-4 M-F) for instructions. (We will soon have the ability to order on-line, but for now we need you to call - sorry for any inconvenience, but I think you would really enjoy the CD).

After the service, there was such richness in the fellowship together that our facility was not closed until near 11:30 pm. We had such sweetness in our hearts about the Lord's gift to us and it was clearly empowering us to fellowship together much more deeply. Nothing here was shallow. Awesome -- truly awesome!

He is so good to do for us all needed for "life and godliness." (2 Peter 1:3) "...their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness." (Titus 1:1 TNIV)

Monday, June 23, 2008

A Bride Yearning


The following prose was written by one of my very bright and insightful students, Tina Hook. She and her husband are part of the Psalm 19 Staff and she regularly shares prose with me the Lord has inspired through her. I wanted to share this with you -- with her permission, of course. (The photo is from the collection Diane Hernandez took during a recent retreat's quiet time, again used by permission).



A bride yearning
Dressed in white
Hair gleaming down back
Unfettered, glistening
Curling down around
Feet upon the ground

Upon her head the bridegroom
Has set a circlet of pure gold 
Above her heart sapphires gleam
Upon her feet sandals of silver

Her face shines
showing the glory
Of the love within her
Raised in yearning
Chin tipped
Focus above

Upon the bridegroom
Who has come
To fetch her to His heart

His hands pierced 
Raised to embrace her face
In loving caress
Eyes of fire looking
Burning with intensity
Upon the face of His beloved

She decked in white
Drenched in oil
Running off the hem of her gown
To be ignited by His love
Always burning
Never consumed
In refining
Not destruction

Love shines
From burning eyes
Upon the head of His bride

Waiting, ready, prepared
And preparing for the return 
Of the King.

Friday, June 13, 2008

A Day Away

What an absolute wonderful day in our Lord's presence we had last Wednesday at Stella Maris Retreat Center in Skaneateles, NY. The house is a house of prayer, so very suited to embrace us and allow us very special time with our Lord Jesus Christ.

The photo is of my daughter leading us in worship with a small portion of the crowd showing. Lauren is a very special young woman with a heart very sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. (She is in full-time ministry in her church). If one looks closely, my husband is also seen to the left in front of the window on the keyboard. What blessings the Lord gives to me to work with my family in the ministry. It is a total joy to me. 

These retreat days are rich in worship, Word, and fellowship. There were prayers for healing and we had the delightful presence of Dr. Margaret Nikol and her anointing through her violin. She graciously played with our ensemble during the worship and then later for our offering. How very precious. 

We allowed the Lord Jesus to unfold Himself out of the Song of Songs 4-5 + some other parts of that beautiful book. It was a delightful time in Him. 

This past week-end I was in Nazareth, PA with Living Waters Fellowship for a special teaching Conference. The Lord gave me three words for the three times I would speak: Cleansed; Empowered; Released. He was ever so faithful -- always is. 

I am now busy getting the text-book ready for the coming Institute course on the Book of Hebrews. I will be teaching that this fall. 

Prayers are always appreciated. 

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Amazing!

This is just one of the many, many blooms from my Azeliea plant my daughter gave me for Mother's Day. It is a beautiful plant. What is so amazing is the detail in design and color in each one of the little blooms. How great is our God! He has created such absolutely beautiful things both in tiny expressions and in large expressions. I am constantly amazed, and the older I grow it just continues to impress me over and over again of His great love for each one of us. He lets us live in such a beautifully created world. It is absolutely amazing to me that He, being the great God He is, has such love for me.
I have the great joy of being quite busy in ministry during this next week and week-end so if I do not post again for a bit -- that is why. Just a bit overwhelmed right now.  I so appreciate your comments. Some of you write them; those of you who know me personally usually just let me know when you see me. Thank you for reading and come back soon. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Glory

The Sunday Morning Session of our Spring Conference was spent in the understanding of "Glory." We have been working with the theme, "I have come to bring life..." and as we worked with the various themes it was a discovery of the kind or type of life the Lord Jesus Christ has brought to us. 
We are very familiar with Isaiah 42:8 where the Lord states, "I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another." (TNIV) We have heard sermon after sermon on how we must not steal the Lord's glory and that always makes us "feel" really good (or bad -- depending). However, there is a scripture that is in a very famous chapter that either is overlooked or not believed or both. 
John 17:20-23 "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me that they may be one as we are one -- I in them and you in me-- so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me." (TNIV)
In our Lord's High Priestly prayer He clearly stated that He has given His glory (the glory the Father had given Him) to those who follow Him. We have been given the glory of God. We have become through His action in us --  His glory! 2 Corinthians 3:18 states that as we behold the image of the Lord we are transformed from glory to glory. How have we missed this aspect of His gifting? In the passage above it also states that this is part of the unity of being one with the Lord and with the Father. The glory was given so we would be one in Him as He is in us. 
When we receive the Lord, we become one with Him and with one another. The Father answered Jesus' prayer for unity when He poured out the Holy Spirit on the church on the day of Pentecost. How have we missed it? The life He came to bring is a life of the glory of God, the empowering of God, the breath of God and the love of God. We are one in His glory. It is accomplished in the new birth. Our God is an awesome God!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Revelation

This is another picture taken in my neighbor's back yard. I have done enough gardening to know this is a lot of very hard work. I know you will enjoy the photo as much as I do. The reality is even richer. 

The Second session in our recent conference was taught by my daughter, Lauren. Lauren is a very fine Bible teacher and continues to amaze me as she grows in our Lord Jesus. She is in full-time ministry and working on credentials through her denomination. Our theme (as state below) was "I Have Come to Bring Life..."and we spent our time discovering what kind of life the Lord Jesus has brought to us. She worked the theme: He has brought us a life of Zeal. It was wonderfully done, and I have asked her to write a summary for us. When I get that, I will share it with you. In the meantime, below is another summary of my 2nd session.

REVELATION

There are (were) two primary scriptures worked. The first is Matthew 6:17 where Jesus tells Peter, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven." As I have studied this passage the ramifications of its truth have been astounding to me. Even though Peter had walked with the Lord for almost 3 years, yet he had not understood that Jesus was the Messiah of God until the Father supernaturally revealed that fact to him. This is awesome. It means we believe because of a supernatural insight that Jesus is who He says He is. All the preaching and teaching in the world by me or anyone else will not reveal what needs to be revealed in the heart unless the Holy Spirit uses that preaching/teaching to illuminate another heart. We walk in a supernatural way. To teach the Word is to enter the realm of the supernatural and to interrelate with the Holy Spirit in such a way that the truths of God can be perceived through the Holy Spirit in the heart and mind of another person. 

We have argued in the church over what is the "rock" that Jesus builds His church upon. Most of us in a Protestant expression believe that "rock" is the confession that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God! I believe this is true. However, I believe we have missed a part of that confession. If the confession is not the result of a Holy Spirit revelation in the heart of an individual, then we do not have a Christian. Oh we may well have someone who doesn't want hell to be eternity, or some other reason, but if the conversion is a matter of reason and logic, we probably have someone who will quickly fall away from the central issues. To truly have a believer, we must have the revelation of the Holy Spirit.

Along with this, in Ephesians 1:17, Paul begins a pray for the people asking "... that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better." After enumerating many spiritual blessings that we have automatically in the Lord Jesus, he then prays for them to have a special relationship with the Holy Spirit so they can receive wisdom and revelation (beyond what he has written), so they can know the Father better. I am stunned. It is the Holy Spirit through the Word who will instruct our hearts in the nature and focus of the Father. It is really a supernatural occurrence to know Him and then to know Him better. 

We have been birthed (again) supernaturally, and the only way we grow in Him is supernaturally -- all through the agency and work of the Holy Spirit. Lord help us allow you to illuminate your own Word so we may truly see and know you more and more!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Eternal

I thought I would begin this discussion with one of my spring pictures that I took yesterday. One of my neighbors has absolutely lovely flower gardens. I was taking some pictures from edge of his yard when he invited me into the yard, and then into the back yard where the myriad of color continued. I thought this most unusual daffodil was strikingly beautiful. So as we begin to work with some of the topics the Lord led last week-end at Conference, I thought I would share with you this lovely creation. 

Conference Lessons Summary: Friday Evening Session

Most conference sessions (that I taught) began with a reading of John 17 either by the congregation or by my daughter (who also taught a session). I had given them a copy of the text, so all of us could read together. Normally I teach "word by word" through a given text. This time the Holy Spirit led me to topics within the text. One of those words was "Eternal". I listed all the words that "popped" in my study in a post below. I found that even though I touched on all of them a bit, I took three main ones and let the others mold themselves around that one. 

The first word was "Eternal." We observed that our God is eternal in His very nature. He does not think in beginnings and ends, because He has neither. So His thoughts about us are eternal also. (Ephesians 1:4; Rev. 13:8) When we "create" something, it comes out of our person and will reveal our person in its structure. Years ago I did creative needlework, and if you look at my work closely, it will tell you quite a bit about me. Now when God created the visible, He was revealed in that creation. (Psalm 19 and Romans 1) So the created world and mankind was eternal in its origin -- for that is what He is. 

We know sin entered the scene and due to the willing exchange of that which was eternal for that which was passing, the entire creation fell into corruption (Romans 1). But of course we know our God was working all for His eternal plan. Jump forward many, many years and we have a "new Adam." (Romans 5) The New Covenant is full of this understanding. 

John 1:3-4 reads, "Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men." We know that our Lord Jesus was the creative agent of all that is seen. (John 1:1-3) Here also we are told of two creations: 1-in the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth through Jesus Christ -- the one that was corrupted and finds its end in death; 2-the new life in Jesus Christ.

We brainstormed together in describing (with me writing it all down on the white-board) our Lord Jesus Christ. Then we work with the fact of the New Covenant and that we are in Him and therefore these items are about us in Him. (1 John 4:17b)

Our conclusions for this lesson was really the runway for the sessions to come. The grasping of the eternal fact of life in Jesus Christ and all its ramifications. I find we spend a lot of time in Christian circles, (writing, talking, teaching, preaching) trying to get our flesh to obey. In reality, I believe if we begin to absorb the truth of in Him, our flesh is no match for our Spirit. I believe that is what the Bible says. (Galatians 5:6)

There was much, much more to this lesson, including the understanding of the "new birth" makes us "bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh," and the true meaning of the "adopted" passage in Ephesians. But this is just a summary for now. The total teaching was app. 1 hr. and 15 minutes. 

Friday, April 25, 2008

Trying Something --

I am experimenting with a video program for my MacBook. I would love to be able to video a short teaching for the blog. That would take the place of the podcast -- would be a webcast instead and nicer and easier to do. Let's see what we have. 

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Vacation Days

After our time  at Conference (summary posts to come soon) my daughter (Lauren) and I took several days away in the mountains (Adirondack) and thoroughly enjoyed our time of rest, relaxation and discovery. I have put a small video in of one of the creeks, just so you can enjoy a bit with us. The waterways were overflowing most places as the snow was melting in gallons with the warm weather. 
We napped, ate, enjoyed the Lord's beauty in our state, and just rested and rested. It was good for both of us. Tomorrow I hope to blog on some of our work at conference. I enjoyed the time thoroughly but it is good to be home and even good to be back in the office. 

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Truly Focused

I am preparing for teaching three sessions at Psalm 19 Ministries' Spring Conference this coming week-end, so my mind is totally focused that direction. Our theme is from John 10:10 where our Lord makes this statement, "I have come that they may have life and life abundantly." The Lord has led me to John 17 for the time of our discoveries. As I pondered this section of Scripture I wrote down the concepts that came "at me" as I read. These are the words I wrote in answer to this question: "Just what are the characteristics of the life Jesus has given us?"
Eternal
Word/Name
Protection
Revelation
Presence
Inter-connectivity - Unity
Full of Glory
Sacred
Sent
Witness

In only three sessions???? Well, the Lord is able, so we will work with them and allow Him. I am having a wonderful time with Him as these are developed. What an unfolding of this section of Scripture. I have never looked at it just this way before.

He truly leads us in wonderful pastures. I pray you have a blessed week-end. I know I am going to enjoy myself in our Lord. Wonderful Spirit-filled worship, allowing the unfolding of His Word, sweet remembrance communion time, and deep, precious fellowship (People from at least 8 different denominations will be present -- wonderful)--don't know of anything better. I will try to post some of the discoveries after the conference is completed. I will be on vacation with my daughter the first three days of the week, but after that I will try to post some of His leadings.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

What is my focus?

I am changing the title to "What is My Focus" simply because I think the other phrase does too much pointing of the finger at others and therefore basically dishonest. Whatever the Lord's item of conviction in me probably is also in others, but one should not apply the thoughts to others, but to one's own self. 
My focus in my life makes all the difference. As I live and work and listen I am easily distracted from the single focus of the Lord Jesus Christ. I know the events in my life lately have tended to distract me. Even the joy (absolute joy) of my ministry going into our own meeting place has the potential to distract me from my primary call. Every good matter, and ever matter of circumstance that has little to do with anyone but me, still is potentially distracting from my call and purpose in Jesus. 
Even my call and purpose can distract me. That seems like an odd thing, but it is true. I can get caught up in what "I" am to be doing and saying etc... so that my time with our Lord is consumed in talking about "me," and ends up with no time for Him.  
Health concerns, family concerns, ministry concerns, church concerns and on and on it goes. Now in my time with my Lord Jesus, He, of course, is very interested in all of this that is going on in my heart, but where is my focus. Is it in me, or are my prayers directed at finding out about Him and His heart? That is why the Word must always play a vital part in our prayer time. How can I spend time with Him and never concern myself with Him. Somehow I seem to manage -- I bet you do to.
I know this is a lot of rambling, but I just wanted to write it out for myself and whoever might be reading. The Lord is to be our focus and gives us every power to allow that. I once again choose Him to be that focus of my moments and days. Everything else will fall into place when that is done.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Every Need. . .

I noticed something this morning in my reading that fits with some insights the Lord has been giving me in regard to our need. Go along with me and see if this does not ring true in your spirit.

"Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing and afterward when they had ended, He was hungry. And the devil said to Him...."(Luke 4:1-3a NKJV) You know the rest. What I want to look at is the role of "need" in opportunity for temptation. Now it is not exclusively linked to need, but I see here that when Jesus was hungry the enemy used the "need" to give an easy out. It was first of all the temptation to prove who He was (if you are...), and the secondary point of it was to satisfy Himself -- since He could. Isn't that the way the enemy still works? Think about it. He waits until I begin to think I have a need and then he presents to me a way to take care of it.

Now the answer to the opportunity is not what it would seem to be. Needs just are and we all have a record before the Lord of them. However, there is a way in Scripture to work here and to eliminate opportunity for temptation through a need.

In Philippians 4:11 in the process of thanking the church at Philippi for their assistance in sending Paul help, he makes the bold statement, "Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:..." and then he goes on to site several circumstances which are extremes from one another. We spend endless time and energy on trying to likewise "learn to be content," forever missing the point that contentment is a by-product of having no need. Now just how is this possible?

I believe the text reveals the secret. Because Paul trusts the Lord with his life, and abides continually in the awesome care of the Almighty, he could not possible have a need. Each and every circumstance is just an opportunity to magnify Christ in his life, so it really does not matter what that circumstance turns out to be. This is the secret he had "learned." The Lord really is Lord and really does love us and really does care for us. So there can not possibly be a "need," just an opportunity for Christ to be glorified.

What an awesome lesson to allow the emotions to learn! Just think about it. That means all the "needs" that present themselves are really not needs at all for me -- but just opportunities to live out the reality of His care. Now this causes me to begin to re-evaluate the way I perceive my circumstances and I have long way to go. If I persist in holding on to my need and His need to answer, then the enemy has the opportunity to cause me to doubt the care of my Lord and to offer various opportunities to take care of matters myself . I have learned enough to know that doesn't work.

So here goes. I will try to let you know as I learn. How about joining me.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tonight is pure fun!!! Our Institute of Biblical Studies meets and I am teaching on Philippians 1. Can you imagine my joy on getting to teach for 2 1/2 hours on this absolutely marvelous chapter. I love this book and will enjoy this delightful class of 15 or so students loving to inter-relate with our Lord through His Word. What more could a Bible teacher want?!

Friday, March 21, 2008

RESURRECTION

On Sunday we will celebrate Resurrection Day! It is my favorite day of the year and I enjoy it totally. Leading up to that wonderful celebration, we mark Good Friday in Psalm 19 with a Good Friday Service tonight. We will spend time in Worship, both singing and listening to our Choir (The Singers). Then we will experience the Word as it is read and received. We will soak in our Lord's presence and remember.
Then we will turn to what this means in our lives and explore the dynamic truth of living in the Spirit according to the Word. 
I pray you enjoy Him during this special season.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Grand St. Pat's Day!

My husband and I were gifted with tickets to hear The Three Irish Tenors yesterday and how very much we enjoyed the entire concert. My husband is a musician and an Irish Tenor, so we enjoyed in many ways. 
The evening breeze was brisk but not too cold, so even the walk to the beautiful Landmark Theatre was refreshing. I always forget what a grand and ornate place that theatre is. I am so glad it has been saved and restored. Anyway -- just thought I would share a really good, good time.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Looking Toward


I know it is a strange title for an blog entry. I wanted it to be that way. I am finding as I live my life in Christ that what I am looking toward (at) will determine my focus for that day. What I am looking toward will determine how I view my circumstances, the people around me, the world's events, and the most dangerous item -- my view of Christ.

It is dangerous because if I view Him well everything changes. If I am looking toward Him and His nature of beauty and love; if I am impressed with His glory and ability to interrelate with me in my moments; if I am caught up in awe of the preciousness of His love that purchased me (and all of mankind); if I am aware of His breath on me and through me in each conversation; if I am looking to see Him at every turn and in each unfolding event; then my moments and days are full of brightness and hope. (I think He has called that grace). If, however, I take my circumstances as my cue and daily live bouncing emotionally on and off of them and the folk that create them, then I will reflect that in my fear, confusion, and hopelessness. That will create discouragement and a feeling of being unloved and uncared for.

So, what am I looking toward? I am coming to believe that my ability to become obedient in my moments is determined not by my will power, nor by how much I know or comprehend (understand), but by my image of Him as I "see" with the eyes of my heart. If He is indeed bigger and better and more glorious than anything, then I am empowered in His nature lived in me (by my birth in Him through the Holy Spirit) to communion with Him in His glorious nature and become as He is, (1 John 4:17) seeing with His eyes and able to live a life of abundance -- having nothing to do with my circumstances or the people around me.

Oh it will affect my circumstances -- but my circumstances will not effect my communion. This is true emotional stability.

Now just how "cool" is that!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

One More Time

I wanted to post one more picture of our moving and getting settled in the new facility before I move on (in writing) into posts that hopefully have eternal value. In this photo Bjorg is behind me kneeling on the floor working. And I am sitting in my new "mercy seat." The room was full of ladies working diligent to get my books in my bookcases. (My, my lots of books). They are all really good books -- you know what I mean.

We are functioning very well in the facility. It is sweet and our Lord's presence prevails everywhere. I am so very grateful for it all.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Celebration!!!!!


The faithfulness of our Lord is awesome! We met on February 8 for our Friday Fellowship in our new facility. It was so blessed by our Lord in presence, praise, worship, word and fellowship between and among believers. Our Lord's love and grace to us is beyond our ability to comprehend. How we praise Him! The facility is light, warm and inviting. The volunteers have done it all in love and have served their Lord faithfully. May He hear their every prayer and bless them beyond blessing. May those the Lord brought to professionally do plumbing, carpet, and code inspections also be blessed with the warmth of our love in Jesus.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

My schedule is intensely busy right now, so no real time to think through a post. I am teaching and have much to say -- need to do some condensing and put it down here. Will do that in a day or so. The office (picture tomorrow -- hopefully) is getting organized and I am really enjoying having a space dedicated to study. I have used a spot in my home for many, many years and so this is really neat. The platform and pulpit above is so nice to teach and preach from. I enjoy the space very much. For those who do not know me personally, I am quite vertically challenged, so even in small spaces need a bit of a platform to be seen and heard, so this is just perfect! The pulpit was built for me several years ago by a craftsman in my church. I so treasure the little item. It now has a home and doesn't go back and forth from storage to be used. 

Must get home for supper and then ready for class tonight at church's mid-week. I am teaching "Walking In the Spirit -- a study in Galatians." Overall having much, much fun. Our Lord so so very good to me! 

Friday, February 08, 2008

The Bible Learning Center


Welcome to Bible Class! A warm, loving and beautiful classroom awaits you as you enter to enjoy our Lord. Our Friday Fellowship meetings begin tonight, so the tables will be put aside and chairs arranged so many of us can worship and study together as we gather from many denominations to enjoy our Lord and given Him praise and thanksgiving for all He has done and is doing. Absolutely awesome! Join us if you are in the Syracuse, NY area, otherwise, pray as we begin that our Lord will be praised and magnified in all we do in this miracle of a facility.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Certificate of Occupancy Given!

On Friday, February 8 at 7 pm, Psalm 19 Ministries will have its first Friday Fellowship of the Spring Season at 6138 S. Salina Street at the newly renovated site of The Bible Learning Center! I will have interior pictures here for you in the next few days, but just wanted to share this good news with you. I am away in ministry this week-end, but praise God for the internet so I can keep in touch and update the blog as well.

Thank you for praying for us as we have been working so hard to get the space ready. When you are in the Syracuse, NY area, be certain to drop in or if you can be with us on Friday night, please do so. Our Lord is so very good toward us! How I praise Him.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Making Awesome Progress


I am posting a picture I took some time ago of an office in our new facility. Much, much progress continues to be made but a lot of it (most of it) has been "hidden" work. It is much like our Christian lives, most of the work doesn't show at first. We pray and study the Word and the Lord begins to change the outward things in us after the adjustment has been made inside. So it has been with the facility. At first there was a lot of visual change. Then came the time that things underneath had to be done like the electricity, the plumbing, the tile laid, bathroom re-done into a handicap accessible one, and on and on. I will have some really good pictures up soon, because soon, and very soon, most will be finished and the inspections completed. We still plan to have our Friday Fellowship here on February 8. Stay tuned for our progress reports.

It has been a joy to see the outpouring of love, support (both financial and personal) we have received as we have progressed. Many, many have come and helped. Many, many have supplied expertise and wisdom from the Lord. The facility has been covered in prayer, love and Holy Spirit presence. When those working, work in love for their Lord Jesus, instilling His love in every coat of paint, every floor tile, every ceiling tile, the hanging behind the platform created by gifted hands in love for Him -- more and more and more -- all in love for the Savior, so much that my soul is literally engulfed with His love and care. I know you join us in praise and thanksgiving for such generosity of God's people. He continues to pour and we are so grateful.

More is needed, more will come. It is just His way. When the Lord told Abram to leave Ur and go to a land that He would show him, Abram was not told where the land was or what to take for his journey. The Lord wanted to show Himself strong so He led Abram in a new way.

So He has with all of us in Psalm 19. We have not been this way before, and we are watching as our Lord unfolds what is next in this journey of renting our office and meeting place. It may sound like a small matter, and we may have thought it was, but it has unfolded as an awesome journey of much love and labor. The facility is developing into a thing of comfort and beauty for our meetings and classes. If you live in our area, we pray you will come soon and be a part of a function -- and enjoy with us.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Plenty of Faith

"The apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith.'
'If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, the Lord said, you can say to this mulberry tree, "Be uprooted and planted in the sea," and it will obey you.'"
Luke 7: 5-6 HCSB

It seems to me we continue to make the same mistake when it comes to understanding "faith." I think in the Scripture above we have an instance where the Lord actually rebuked the apostles for not recognizing that it was not the size of their faith that counted, it was instead its life.

The mustard seed is very small, yet because its life is in its seed, it will when planted, respond to the elements and produce more mustard seeds. Its nature is life. It's size is determined by the seed's DNA. Its effectiveness has nothing to do with how big it is.


"For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one." Romans 12:3 HCSB


Since Greek does not have an indefinite article the "a" measure of faith probably should be "the" measure of faith. When we accepted our Lord as our Savior the Father place the "seed" of His life in us -- He calls it faith. It is His life and His DNA. It is the ability to trust Him in all aspects of our lives and to follow His leading as He instructions. It contains all the "God Life" one needs to be obedient to and in all that is asked. Our faith is not lacking.

However, we do not know this, so instead of reading the Word, we read everything else. Instead of trusting our Lord, we trust our family,friends, etc.... Instead of spending time with Him in communication, we watch TV or surf the net, or.... you fill in the blank. Then we think our "faith" is weak.
No there is nothing weak about the life in the seed. However, we must trust the seed and choose to be the good soil for that seed.

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6 HCSB
There is so little done in faith -- that is because we choose another life source. That other source always disappoints. Yet we keep at it and pray for an increase in faith. How our Father must weep and feel helpless to help us. He has already told us. Yet we do not hear and we do not know.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Rest in God Alone!


Let me introduce you to "Peanut." She officially belongs to Patty, the administrative assistant in Psalm 19. However, most of us who know her claim her as our own in one way or another. She is a very sweet 5 year old puppy and weighs 9 pounds. As you can see, she enjoys sleeping. In this picture I caught her napping on the shoulder of Patty's husband, Tim.

Rest in God alone, my soul
for my hope comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation my stronghold;
I will not be shaken.
Trust in Him at all times, ou people;
Pour out your heart before Him.
God is our refuge.
Psalm 62:5-8 HCSB


I used this text to encourage our on-line Intercessors this morning, and thought I would write about the passage a bit here. As Peanut is perfect content to "rest" on Tim's shoulder, so our lives are supposed to be spent, not in stress, not in anxiousness, not in busy rush-rush, but in rest.

The fact that Jesus is resident within us seals this fact. He said, "Come unto Me and I will give you rest." The act of coming to Him is in itself rest. However, if in His presence all we do is act like "beggar children," very fearful He will not do what we deem is necessary, then in our very pouring out we reveal we do not trust Him. There is no rest in that.

To rest in Jesus is to keep or observe "Sabbath." In Genesis 2 where we read that Elohim rested on the seventh day, it was a prophetic statement of what the Messiah would be when He came -- total rest for His own.

I believe (and have found that for my body it is essential) a day of rest is necessary for our bodies to work at optimum. However, I find when we observe our weeks, our modern life does not help us with this concept. In revealing the Sabbath to us, the Scriptures are very clear that the day set aside was intended for rest. Many of us have turned that into a day of corporate worship. I do not have a problem with that, unless our corporate worship + family meal + teaching children + preaching etc... ends up being more work than any other day. We really need to return to a day of rest. I do not think our New Covenant Lord cares which one, but the principle of rest is still a part of the creation.

A true Sabbath is described in Matthew 6 -- the entire chapter. Read it and list the ways of "being" described there and you will find what and how rest is described. This is in line with the Law and the prophets. Jesus is the Sabbath -- our Sabbath. This is trusting in God alone.

This photo of peanut was made in the middle of a loud and fun filled Christmas party. But all the excitement and food was just set aside in her little heart as she "rested" on Daddy and just let the party happen. If we would only rest on Daddy's shoulder and let our world go on in its swirl, we could really rest. Oh, how we need that heart.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Love Works Like Paint

1 Peter 4:8 "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."
(NIV)

Paint, paint, paint! I have been covered in paint! Those who have been working to get this facility ready have all looked the same -- all our clothes smeared with paint. As I have worked and painted and worked and painted, it occurred to me that paint works like love. It covers "stuff."

You see the outside interior walls of this place are old. I mean old. They have been gnashed, pounded, filled, and scraped. They had been painted, but the paint, like the wall board, was old and looked it. Before we painted those walls, we filled the places that needed it and wall board was patched when the holes were large. This was done several times to make certain it was filled. Then the sanding, then more filling, then more sanding, and more filling, eventually all the wall was even with itself (or almost), and then the walls were wiped down so no dust remained. Then it was time for paint.

Now those of you who regularly re-decorate somewhere know the process better than I do. I was following instructions. As we began to put the primer on, an amazing thing happened. All the walls (new and old) took on a new look. It was hard to tell them apart. Then when we put the paint on top of the prime -- they are beautiful -- they are spotless -- they are level -- they are even -- they are covered and they are absolutely beautiful in their clean new look.

Now our Lord Jesus does all this to us and for us in one fell swoop -- His blood -- His love. (Of course He makes the inside of us new too -- but that is another post sometime). BAM! It is a completed work. Then He tells us to treat others as He has treated us. That means we use love like paint. We fill in the holes others have (make up for their lack--hummm its called "grace" I believe) and then cover them with the love the Lord has given us for them.

WOW! I just think that is wonderful. So I encourage you to do some painting in the lives of others. Our love covers a multitude of wrongs, if we will paint with it.