I have said this before and I’ll say it again–People are funny. Actually it has been kind of interesting having a bandage on my nose. I know you may not understand especially if you aren’t sanguine. Since sanguinis like to be the center of attention we will do and go most any place just to have a chance to chat, and a bandage gave me an edge.
Back to the nose, some people talk and talk and never say one word about “the nose.” Now I know they see it but they are polite, they figure the right thing to do is be quiet. Others the minute they see me they ask about my nose and proceed to tell me they had something taken off some place on their body. My piano students, they are the funny ones, most of them ask if I fell down. LOL
This wound is just a little thing compared to what others are going through. For me it’s big because it’s on my nose. Compared to my friends Joe, Leon and Shelly, who are all fighting cancer, my nose is nothing.
If you are praying for someone will you please add my friends to your list? Prayer is mighty and I know God answers. Perhaps if we combine our prayers God will hear us even better. Do you believe that? IDK
She is only a small woman but the energy that escapes from her is unbelievable. She practically jumps with joy. Don’t get her started talking about prayer or you won’t get away from her any time soon. Especially don’t ask to see her buttons, you for sure will still be talking this time tomorrow.
Her name is Geri. She lives in a small town in Colorado and she is excited. She has a button ministry that has changed her life. She is a nurse and every day she wears a button that says, “May I Pray For You.” I can tell you this, if I was going into surgery and saw my nurse wearing that button, I would grab her and never let her go until she did pray for me.
Geri has many prayer stories and loves to tell them. Her stories are incredible and she not only loves to share her stories she loves to share here ministry. Geri makes these buttons to give away. She will make a few buttons or hundreds of buttons at no charge. It’s her ministry.
I love it when someone finds a ministry to be excited with and runs with it. What a blessing Geri is to everyone around her. If you are interested in getting some buttons please comment on this blog and I will put you in contact with her.
I already knew this, why has it taken me so long to really comprehend the idea that if I want to hear from God I have to stay close to Him. Oh be quiet, I can hear you say right now, “no dah.” Well, have you thought about it? I mean really thought about it?
There are two people who I know who really do seem to hear from God on a fairly regular basis. Both of these ladies have a very close relationship with the Lord. Close relationship does not mean, saying your usual prayer and reading your usual 2 chapters of the Bible. It means thinking about Jesus, studying, spending time with Him and praying about everything. Even more than that it means communicating with Him as your best friend. Then and only then will we hear directly from Him.
I lost my cell phone on my way home from the Rocky Mountain Retreat, I asked the Lord right then and there to help me find it. I haven’t heard from Him so I think it’s lost forever. (The first phone I have ever paid extra for) I wonder if I knew Him better would He have told me where I left the phone. IDK
My dream is not about finding phones, or even getting rich, it’s about hearing from God. Making Him my best friend. I want that, I want Him to trust me to witness for Him. I want Him to ask me to do odd things, to ask me to stretch my brain, to . . .to. . .well, to do what ever it is that He wants me to do.
Right now I am headed to Sprint to buy a new phone.
Does prayer change anything? I’m confused and I must confess I have had this confusion for a length of time. Here’s how I see it, if God is all knowing (in other words if God already knows what is going to happen) why pray? Or how about this, if everything happens according to God’s will, and he has willed a certain thing, then can prayer change it? IDK
Some say it has nothing to do with God, prayer changes the person praying. That may be true but what if I want it to change God’s mind?
I have a friend who just found out she has a cyst, I am praying for her. Please Lord don’t let it be cancer! Am I changing anything? Again IDK.
I do know if we look at stories in the Bible God is affected by people. Jonah, Abraham, Sarah, Hannah, I mean God certainly answered each of these. I read things like, “ask and it shall be given to you”–that’s what I want to believe but I have seen too many times when it wasn’t true.
My only conclusion is this, God answers90 in his time, in his way. He knows what is best and I hope on some occasions God can be swayed. If he isn’t swayed by prayer I have to believe he has a very good reason. Now am I just finding an easy way out or do you think this is a fact?
How can we go on with business as usual when there is so much suffering in Haiti?
I am asking you to do something to help our brothers and sisters in this poor country.
What can you do?
2. Spread the word on giving to help.
3. Give. Just this morning I sent an article about ADRA to my sister in law and she responded. She has been praying the Lord would show her where to give her contribution.
I am adding the information I received this morning and in this article you will find a link to donate through ADRA. If you don’t like ADRA find another place to give of your money.
- Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is heavily involved in response to the disaster in Haiti . Contributions are needed and can be made at www.adra.org/haiti or by calling 1-800-424-ADRA (2372). We have 1,000 Adventist churches in the area and about 330,000 members. We know that two of our largest churches near the presidential palace were destroyed. Five congregations met in these churches. One of those churches had a school and there are serious concerns for the children who were attending school at that time. It is believed that the Union president is alive but contact has not been made. The Union office is not damaged seriously. One Union worker was killed when a wall fell on him. There are two Adventist missionaries in Haiti and they are alright but shaken. Serious damage has been sustained by our university but the lawns of our university and hospital campuses are being used by many for a sleeping area as a place of safety. Fortunately, despite the economic challenges, our churches did take out earthquake insurance and that will help some. ADRA will be working to assist members and the public alike. Your prayers for the people of Haiti and those who are working to assist them would be much appreciated. DO NOT gather food or clothing as it will be impossible to get it to Haiti . ADRA will use the cash to accomplish what is needed at this time.
Some of you know Jeff and Sylvia. This is a portion of the journal Sylvia writes about Jeff. I am asking each of you to pray for this little family. As you can see their pain is great and their love and dependance for Jesus is even greater.
Sitting at the office trying to get caught up on my pile of work. I’ve managed to get two charts completed in the last 8 hours. Obviously my mind is not with me today. Yesterday I stayed home for a while to do a little Christmas decorating. I just wandered around the house instead.
I’m the kind of person who, when the closet is a mess, will pull everything out of the closet and put it in a pile on the floor, make a survey of what needs to go back in and what my space allows, then start putting things back. Currently my mental closet is all dumped on the floor. I haven’t figured out how to acceptably arrange it in my new space.
Jeff has spots of cancer throughout his liver- too many to count. He has a lymph node or two affected also. He feels mediocre. Not much else to say right now. Just a heavy heart.
Our pain is great, but not without hope for a future. “I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “…Plans for a future.” We look forward to an eternity and praise God for the hope we can have in Him. He will carry us through the days ahead. My head sometimes forgets that, but my heart clings to it fervently.
Just thought I’d include the words to a great song that most of you probably know. Jeff likes it best sung by Elvis. 🙂
Without Him I could do nothing
Without Him I’d surely fail
Without Him I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail
Without Him I would be dying
Without Him I’d be enslaved
Without Him life would be worthless
But with Jesus thank God I’m saved
Oh Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don’t turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost I would be
Have you ever known a person who takes everything to heart. If they find out someone has cancer it is almost like they have cancer. If they found out someone has a marriage problem, they feel the pain all the way to their bones. I have a friend like that, she just feels other people’s pain so very much. It makes me feel sad for her because her own life is less than it should be because she is in pain over someone else’s problems.
Having said all of that, I feel a little bogged down myself. There is so much pain in this world the best place for me to go with this pain is to Jesus and yet I have so little faith. We have talked about this before, you already know my faith is weak, I have not seen a ton of intervention by God. Oh wait a minute, I should say, God hasn’t done what I think He should do. Oh, oh wait a minute, so does that mean He isn’t listening, He isn’t working miracles? I don’t know I am confused.
Here is the deal, my friend, Terry Schwartz has cancer. The doctors have not given him much hope especially since his PSA has doubled since he finished his radiation treatments. I am praying for a miracle and I ask you to pray for him too. I don’t know what God has in mind for Terry, I do know God is plenty capable of healing. I just don’t have the answer that I am looking for and I know you don’t either. Please join me in praying for Terry and his family as they walk this walk.
I am headed to MN for the last women’s retreat of the season, it should be a lovely weekend. I am doing a seminar on Women’s Ministries and I am looking forward to it.
Here is your Thursday recipe on Friday–I love these apples, they are great to use in muffins, or on your oatmeal. Next week I will give you a muffin recipe that you may use them in.
1 pound each of Granny Smith and Pink Lady Apples–core and cut into about 1 inch pieces. 1 Tbs. cinnamon, 1/2 cup Agave Nectar, 1/4 Cup fresh lemon juice. You can get Agave Nectar at Walmart or a health food store or Costco. Line your cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper. Mix apples and all the rest of the ingredients together and spread on cookie sheet. Bake 35 minutes, rotating the pan after 20 minutes. The apples will be soft. Let stand for 30 minutes or until cool. These will keep in the refrigerator for a week.