Thursday, August 7, 2014

Heart Pour

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
Easting 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.
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Friday, August 1, 2014

Don’t Store Up Treasure on Earth

I am writing this one so we can ponder along together. I was thinking about the stock market crash not too many months back when most of those invested in it lost 1/3 to ½ or more of their investments. I am thinking from a Biblical perspective about what we know.
Matthew 6:19-20 (New King James Version)
Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
We have already read the final chapter and know there will be one world government and one monetary system which probably means that our US dollar will be worthless, especially since they are printing it so fast and there is no gold or anything valuable to back it up.
So, the interesting idea which popped into my head is why not take what amount we have and give to missions, God’s work, the spreading of the gospel now, while it is still worth something.
God provided manna in the wilderness. He provided food for Elijah at the Brook Cherith.

1 Kings 17:1-5 (New King James Version)

Elijah Proclaims a Drought
 1 And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”2 Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 3 “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. 4 And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” 5 So he went and did according to the word of the LORD, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan.
So is it too much of a leap to trust Him to provide our needs while we take what we do have and entrust it to Him, partner with Him in spreading the Gospel to all nations?
Whew. That was a thought that brought a smile to my face, then a knot in my stomach and trembling to my hands.
My greatest gifting side kicked in, you know, the GREAT WHAT-IFer. I know, when I “what if” it shows my lack of faith, trust, yieldedness, peace, giving up “control”…. Like I said, it is probably my greatest “gift”. OK what I really mean is my greatest challenge.
Mick and I have many friends in ministry. We know who they are and what they are doing and how they are touching many. Our Youth With A Mission friends and the many internationals I am blessed to call friend from my over 9 years working at Every Home for Christ. We know people personally working with and sharing the Lord in practical ways with children all over the world, people in Muslim countries, children delivered from prostitution, adults who have no work and are taught how to grow food, raise animals or do a small business. The opportunities abound.
One of the greatest joys in my whole life was being able to pray over some inherited money and see where the Lord wanted it to go. To bless those who were “full time” working for Jesus in countries all over the world, including the US and pastors here. We have actually become a great mission field in our nation.
BUT who doesn’t save for retirement? Who thinks social security is, well, secure? Never mind that Mick and I totally trusted the Lord with finances while we did short term missionary work. I recall a time when I didn’t even have a quarter to make a reverse the charger phone call. Yet there was no lack. God provided abundantly in the most incredible and creative ways.
Lord, is this really You laying this on my heart? Could it be possible while our money still has value to spend it hilariously for Your kingdom business? Could we really turn loose and depend upon You?
So I take my wild and crazy idea to my dear, sweet husband who loves Jesus and has walked many of the same paths filled with provision and miracles that I have over the years.
“Jo, we already give enough” was his initial response.
Now mine is to pray and seek the Lord and if it is really Him and His will for us, He will speak to Mick’s heart. This has definitely happened in the past and it spares up both from the “dripping wife” routine. What, you don’t know about that one? It really is in there:

Proverbs 27:14-16 (New King James Version)

14 He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, 
  It will be counted a curse to him.
 15 A continual dripping on a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike; 16 Whoever restrains her restrains the wind, and grasps oil with his right hand.
So while I am praying I thought I would toss this idea out to you. What do you think? Do you think God is able to take care all of our needs through His riches in glory? Do you think this might be a most incredible investment? Investment in the eternal rather than getting, accumulating and buying more “stuff” here on earth? Do you think it might be a way to reach out to those suffering and less fortunate and be the Lord Jesus’ Christ hands reached out and His arms extended?
What have I learned over the years about God’s provision? You simply cannot out give the Lord. Mick and I have proved this over and over. He is faithful and provides and blesses in so many ways.
We look at the recent loss in the market and it hasn’t all come back, has it? and jus think what could have been done if that had been KINGDOM invested before it was lost.
I know, some of you are going to think I am meddling once again. Actually I am think that is becoming my new gifting rather than “what-if-ing”. Not a bad trade off is it? GRIN
If you don’t know the Lord Jesus as your Savior you probably already think I an nuts by definition and that’s OK, we can, once again, agree to disagree.
So what do you all think?
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Misunderstood Martin Mortenson Mouse

Misunderstood Martin Mortenson Mouse
Eek! Why does everyone call me Eek? Don’t they know that I have a real name? It is not some exclamation. It is Martin Mortenson Mouse. Now I know that might not be very pretty but it is a name of substance, not some shrill syllable like EEK….
Why do I upset so many people? It was rats that carried the plague and they are much nastier than I am. Cute, furry, I have been known to be even cuddly at times. then there is their C-A-T. No, I will not say it out loud as it might summon that terrible beast. Yet they pet and coo over that horrid thing with his 10 sharpened weapons which try to do diabolical damage to me and my family.
Perhaps they should be afraid of him? He sends out his purring signal and within seconds can be using those sharp talons to wound them. Why can’t they see who the treacherous one in the house really is? Surely it cannot be me – I really don’t eat THAT much. And what comes out the other end is so small I don’t even need one of those terrible boxes filled with “sand” and  phew, the smell, whew.
Harrumph. I wonder how we mice have gotten such a bad rap for such a long time?
Mama mouse never knew the answer to this either. We don’t enjoy instilling fear into the hearts of women everywhere. I could see it if we were poisonous like a crawly thing, snake is what they call them or an arachnoids type spider but sweet, furry and with pretty blinking eyes? Such misunderstanding and abuse – there has to be an answer.
“Hey. Mom, Jenny’s white mouse had some babies, can I have one for a pet?”
Not likely to be a question in this household in my lifetime…. Oh, I could dream about this, being cuddled and pampered with my favorite mouse snacks from the mouse deli…..
“Sam, get that peanut butter and the mouse trap! I think I just saw another one scurrying under the piano – quick…”
 Well, at least they got the peanut butter part right but I know what happens if I want even the tiniest little taste – “WHAP!” Oh, no, here comes the Samari C-A-T, sniffing and prowling around my little door yet again. If anyone should have a persecution complex it should be me, Martin Mortenson Mouse in this terrible, twisted house. They really do not understand!
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Getting Ready to Praise the Lord

What prevents praise? Have you ever thought about those times when you would think about praising God and then think of many reasons why you shouldn’t?
One of the things which “prevents” praise is unconfessed sin. Sin – whatever the sin is: repent and confess and ask the Lord to cleanse you. He will meet you there and forgive you making your sins “white as snow”. When you are feeling fresh and clean then praise will, once again, flow freely.
Self Abasing – pride prevents praise: renew your mind in the Word. Confessing the pride is good too as that is also sin. Actually, pride is what got satan “kicked out” of heaven. A most beautiful angel, leader of worship and music and guess what, the leader of praise until he decided he could become like the Most High. He has been trying to tempt us to be tripped up by the same thing ever since, pride. We need to nip this in the bud.
Problems – our focus on problems rather than Jesus prevents praise: renew your mind in the Word. The Lord God is bigger than any problem we have. He is our healer, provider, deliverer, banner, covering, counselor. Books have been written just about the names of Jesus and what they mean to us. Can we trust Him? How can we not?
Wrong Concept of God – our wrong concept prevents praise: Jesus=God=Jesus: renew your mind in the Word. Come, taste the Lord and see that He is good. He is able. He is our all in all. You can rest in that and praise will flow.
Fear – opinion of others rather than what God thinks, rejection, ridicule prevents praise: renew your mind in the Word. Remember that we are “but dust”. Satan accuses. Sometimes we can agree with him. Yep, I am weak but in my weakness God is made perfect. It is a wonderful partnership; God and me. I am lacking and He more than makes up for anything missing in me, alleluia!
Prayer is always appropriate. We are so blessed to have a Father that we can come to with ANYTHING. Try taking those things mentioned above; sin, self abasing, problems, wrong concepts of God and fear directly to Him who is able!
Praise puts God between you and your circumstances!! Praise involves a choice, an act of our will. Think of a cross. The vertical piece represents God’s Word and His will. The horizontal piece represents our will. Our will appeals to our intellect, reasoning and our flesh. We need to surrender our will to Jesus. Surrender daily, probably or even more often that that! 
Yielding our will becomes a sacrifice of worship and we are free to praise! 
Psalm 9:1
To the Chief Musician. To the tune of “Death of the Son.” A Psalm of David. ] I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. (NKJV)
Psalm 9:2
I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. (NKJV)
Psalm 54:6
I will freely sacrifice to You;I will praise Your name, O LORD, for it is good. (NKJV)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please help me to get ME out of the way so I can freely and clearly praise and worship You. You alone are worthy and You alone are able to keep this captive captivated only by You! AMEN
This was written in February 2011 partially from notes taken by Marijo Phelps in May of 1980 Virginia Parks speaker Women’s Aglow Fellowship in Modesto California.
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