Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Forgiveness What It Is- What It Is Not and Why Do It


My friend and I were having tea at the kitchen table and she looked into my eyes and began her story.
“My mum brought her boyfriend home when I was 17 and still a virgin – she, she was drunk and she let him rape me……I got pregnant and then lost the baby……. I have never been able to forgive my mum…..”

I got out of my chair and went to hug her with tears streaming down my face. A mother who is supposed to be a place of safety, the teacher, the comforter of her children, the example…. I simply couldn’t understand. We were both sobbing as I prayed and asked the Lord Jesus to comfort and draw my friend ever so close to Him. “I just held her and let her cry and was saying “I am SO sorry, I am so sorry….”

Their relationship has been rocky over the years. Her mum is still an alcoholic and taking many things out on those around her. She is really negative about the Lord and the fact that my friend calls Jesus her savior.

After that time, when we were back to writing to each other, we’d talk about forgiveness.
We discussed about how it is not a warm fuzzy feeling but an act of your will to choose to forgive.

We talked about some of the reasons you should choose to forgive:
*bitterness coming from unforgiveness eats away at the person who holds it
*unforgiveness breaks God’s heart
*we might initially forgive in obedience to God
*by forgiving we release that person to the Lord to deal with
*forgiveness is freedom to the one giving the forgiveness
*to forgive frees one from the enemy

We also discussed what forgiveness is not:
*it is not necessarily giving our trust to that person, trust needs to be earned
*it is not an act leading to becoming friends again, although that could happen
*it is not a feeling, although feelings may follow; it is an act of our will

Forgiveness can also come in stages – maybe because the Lord knows we can only handle so much at one time. It is not uncommon to sense “I thought I had forgiven that person – so what’s this then?” That might not mean you haven’t forgiven, only that there is more to the ongoing process, a further relinquishing and letting go.

Some of the best mental health examples and solutions are spoken of in the Bible. I am listing them in two versions for those who would like something in more modern English than King James.

For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. (KJV)

Hebrews 10:30 

For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"[a]and again, "The Lord will judge his people." (NIV)

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath (KJV)

"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry (NIV)

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins (NIV)

With regards to Mark 11:25, it is like the law of gravity in a way. It is either functional or it is not. With forgiveness, if it isn’t functional on a horizontal level in our lives with us forgiving others then apparently it isn’t functional on a vertical level with us obtaining forgiveness from God. Perhaps it is something like electricity and the switch being off. That is not a place where I’d want to find myself.

Several years went by and my friend was looking at representations of Jesus during the crucifixion and the Holy Spirit began to move on her about forgiving her mum, she was able to. Her depression lessened and she sensed a freedom she hadn’t known. Her mum is still an alcoholic who is hateful to Christians, including her own daughter. They haven’t become bosom buddies but there is a liberty in my friend. Though her mother is in her 80s she could still come to Jesus and that is just what I am praying for.

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Challenge for My Readers

Not sure about any of the rest of you but there is so much which is an abomination to the Lord - whether done seriously or "in jest" - I am thinking it is time to make a comment about His love and His provision for us and to call most of this what it is - sin.... God gave a very dear price to set us free and to walk in freedom (His SON!!!) Why should we tinker and tor around with that? So much of what is "out there" today is an absolute abomination to God... We need to honor Him and the sacrifice made on our behalf. Once again, I am hoping the "silent majority" will no longer be silent - when we are "silent" it is perceived as our tacit stamp of approval... God forbid... DOES THIS STRIKE A CHORD WITH ANYONE?
TIME IS SHORT.... I want to make it count for JESUS!!! Please join me?





Friday, June 2, 2017

GREAT new book on end times written by a long time friend - his life work!!!


The very best Sunday School class I ever participated in was taught by Cliff Kelly and was his first venture into the book of Revelations. We all were kept on the edge of our seats hanging on to what the Lord Jesus Christ would reveal to us the next time we met. This became a “life work” for my dear brother, Cliff. I highly recommend this easy to understand yet riveting “dig” into the Word of God. So much of this is making “front page” headlines today. A most incredible, Biblical work! - Marijo Phelps
"Entire forests have been cut down to provide paper for books on the end times, especially since the publication of The Late Great Planet Earth, by Hal Lindsey in the 1970s. Very few of them have combined piercing biblical exegesis with a broad understanding of the cultural and political situation in the world as a whole. In The Sixth Seal, Cliff Kelly provides a brilliant biblical understanding of the entire basis of the concept of ‘end times,’ as well as of the political and cultural challenges facing the body of Christ and the entire human race all over the world. No matter what kind of Millennialist you are, Kelly’s book makes more sense of the Scriptures and current global actuality than anything you are likely to read in the near future." – Dr. David Aikman, author and journalist
“Cliff Kelly has crafted a masterpiece in his book, The Sixth Seal! This riveting story should come with a warning on the cover: CAUTION! DO NOT READ IF YOU NEED TO SLEEP OR EAT OR WORK! Kelly’s Sixth Seal is a spellbinding work written for such a time as this!! It will stick with you for days after you read the final page and lay the book down!” – Bodie Thoene, author and film consultant

You may get a copy on Amazon
Get ready – it was really difficult to put down!! Marijo

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Heart Pour


Foggy mist filtering forward
Rolling down resident mountains
Mountain meadow montane mysteries
In You, my incredible Lord Jesus

Your peace permeating, prevailing
Pure air, poppies waving gently
Quietness envelopes tiny humming baby
Eating while calico watches safely inside

Fog of white velvet forwarding
Covering evergreens, grasses, flowers
Color rioting- yellow, orange, purple
13 striper chipmunks nibble bird scattered feeder seeds

My Jesus, Your penetrating peace
In early morn of coolness
Touching my heart and spirit
In this surrounding place called today.


REJOICING I AM, in You!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Perfect Timing Devotional (Word from the Lord Series)


You are my child and I love you. My timing is not your timing but be not dismayed at that revelation. I AM yours and you are mine. 


Keep on seeking Me and mine for you. You shall find and learn beauty through delay. I vacillate not nor waiver in My purpose/plan, plans I have for you, fear not but meet each day, maximize on it and keep focused on Me. Sometimes it is not so much where you are but WHO you are, wherever you are.

If you maximize on Me and stay pure/holy/ready I can use you in a vast variety or circumstances. Know I love you (both) and have a plan. I still go before you and prepare the way/ways/doors. I AM THE door. 

Do all without anxiety and live that moment for itself, taking advantage of that opportunity as it is there. Then, you, at that moment have no other to be concerned (focused on, anxious or speculating about). Use it to My advantage and I'll bring forth the increase in them and you. 

I AM undertaking, fear not. I also have several plans which allow various "wills" and choices and I have My best. Sometimes it doesn't come about even if you and I are on target because of others. 
But and still "all things work together for good for those who love me and are called.....". You can't lose. Selah


For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. (NIV)


But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (NIV)


Prayer: Dear Lord, we cannot being to comprehend your mind or your times so please help us to live for today and learn more of You and Your wonder. AMEN

My Bride, resplendent in Holiness (Words from the Lord sieres)

My Bride, Resplendent in Holiness Devotional (Words from the Lord Series)
My busy child, quiet your heart before me. I desire to give you focus, to bring order to confusion as Jesus did when he spoke forth life to you. Let not your mind wander. Look to your first love for direction and being. I help you focus on Jesus.
Receive my counsel and look to the Lord who is your strength, your everything. The Spirit and the Bride say come. I say the time is at hand for those words to be fulfilled. Is the Bride ready or in a state of disarray?
Let Jesus teach you His peace. Be ready/willing to learn and you shall. You need peace before you can be a finished Bride, resplendent in Holiness, clothed in His robe of righteousness, without spot or wrinkle. Then shall He come, your awaited, your beloved. Tarry, that you might fulfill His plan for you, take time to come apart often with the Son. Dwell in His Word and His Word shall dwell in you.
Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.(NIV)

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. (NIV)

2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (NIV)

Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (NIV)

Revelation 22:7  “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” (NIV)


Prayer: Dear Jesus, you are our everything! Please help our choices daily and our very breath that we breathe to reflect that fact. Beyond the fires we seem to be rushing to put out, we DO want to be Your Bride, without spot or wrinkle. Only You can accomplish that work in us. We yield. AMEN.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mama Fufuka Kitty (supposed to be Greek for Princess)


 
We had decided to get a kitten. After we got to the Humane Society I began to think about how the older kitties might be euthanized….
“Hey, look at that Tortie over there, she looks about 9 months old….”
The kitty in question was curious and came to the door of the cage to sniff our fingers and she was purring!
“OK, maybe we shouldn’t get a kitten……. She’s SO unique and seems really smart….”
We took her home to our one bedroom apartment in hot Stockton California – you remember, don’t you, the one with the hardwood floors and no air conditioning.  Stockton, where it never rains from April until October and there is nothing but blue skies.  No clouds, not ever., Never. And HOT, did I mention the summer it was 114 at 4PM daily for a week in the shade? Or the time my sister and I fried an egg on the blacktop?
Well, Fu-Fu was quite the kitty.  We fed her on the utility sink after placing a piece of plywood on top of it. I’d never had a female cat before and had just decided she was gaining too much weight , diet time. She  was having trouble jumping up on the utility tub to get her food, when it occurred to me that maybe she was “with kittens”.  That began the process of scrambling around to see what the gestation period was for cats. 62 days.  She must have been in heat and gotten out and the owners took her immediately to the Humane Society. We had adopted her 60 days prior to that.  Pretty soon it became very evident that SOMETHING was happening.
“Yowl, rorow….. Meow….”,Was what she was saying as she moved around the kitchen in a very uncomfortable pose. Pretty soon she dropped a little bundle in the middle of the linoleum floor. (Did I mention this was a very old apartment?) The tiny package was totally wrapped in the placenta. Oh, I forgot to mention, I am also an RN.
By that time, I knew the kitten would die if Mama Fu-Fu didn’t chew off the band of placenta, quickly. Well, my roommate decided it was probably time for us to go to the Laundromat so I would live through this delivery.
When we came back 1½ hours later Mama Fu-Fu had delivered 3 pretty huge kittens. She had moved them into the back corner of the hall closet, totally ignoring the box with its towel lining we had fixed for her.  She was no dummy, it was HOT and the hall closet at least had a cooler corner.
“Look at those little guys, nursing and purring and kneading…”
It was a while before we could touch them as Fu-Fu was pretty productive. Several weeks later we noticed that the kittens were nursing only on one side and the other side was getting red and inflamed.
It was time for a vet to see our girl.  The vet wasn’t in and his assistant recommended using hot packs with Camphenique and warm water to ease the discomfort. We did this (hot packs on a cat? It was quite a sight to see, believe me) for several days and she seemed even more miserable.  Her ears were hot and the thermometer said 104.  Yes, poor Foof had to put up with that indignity too.
We were trying to wean the kittens (at the suggestion of the vet’s assistant).  Fu-Fu got so creative in trying to get to those little orange boys she even learned how to open a heavy sliding wood door.
I did some reading and discovered phenol was lethal to cats.  That was a major ingredient in Camphophenique. 
“I think it is time to see another vet and write a letter….”
I composed a letter to the vet telling him that the sign of a good professional is to look things up and not suggest things with lethal ingredients in them. We never received a bill from that vet.
We took Fu-Fu to a vet who had to give her a shot to bring her temp down.  He said it was a good thing the kittens weren’t nursing because as small as they were the phenol could have gotten to them really fast.
Finally Fu-Fu’s mastitis subsided and she began being perky again.  We found a home for all 3 of her boys.
Old Foof was spayed and lived a happy life until she was 15 and went into kidney failure.  She was a wonderful cat who went outside with a harness and leash on (we walked when it cooled down almost every night.
I remember well one day when a neighbor lady went by walking a German Shepherd on a leash and Fu-Fu  ran knocking open the screen door and chased the dog, with the lady attached to the leash for over a block until I could catch her and intervene.
Yes, old tortie Fu-Fu can still bring a smile to my face.
See “Sketch of Muffy” for another glimpse of this wonderful kitty.