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.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

My Mama Used to Speak of “Borrowing Trouble”



When I was a child I used to think, actually I used to stay awake at night “thinking” from the time I was a toddler. I am sure this dismayed my parents. “My tummy hurts, can you bring me a drink of water?”

“What are you doing still awake?”

We found out later I did have food allergies which validated some of the “my tummy hurts” times. But other times I was “thinking”. Sometimes I was thinking about good things, events to come that I was excited about. Trips to our cousins, birthday gifts or saving enough allowance to finally buy the doll for myself were some of those wakeful thoughts. Other times I was “what-ifing”. I am going to Sue’s house tomorrow after school, what if this happens or that. What if I miss the bus. If I talked to my mom about these “what-ifs” she sometimes told me that I was borrowing trouble.

As an adult I continued to do this. When I became a Christian the Bible teaches us to not worry but to pray about things and then turn them over to God. Great idea that sometimes isn’t easy to implement. I’d give something or someone to God and pretty soon find I’d taken them back again to “wart” over. I wonder if that’s where the term worry wart came from?  As I grew older in the Lord, I got a bit better at releasing worrisome things to Him. I had seen His faithfulness in circumstances and learned that I really could trust Him. There were always the relapse times too. It was one of those times when I felt He was whispering to me:

You are so filled with questions – some necessary and pertinent.  Some you’d do better without, for your own anxiety.  You are learning the difference even now.  Your mind shall be refreshed and renewed as you focus on Jesus and ask.  I am with you to teach, strengthen and empower you in His name. Be flexible in my Spirit and when in doubt, ASK ME. I won’t leave you in doubt. Praise be to God most High for His incomparable gift, His Son, Jesus Christ, your Lord.

 

He and I have come a long way together over the years. I am still learning and growing but am thankful that my trust in Him has grown so that I am not “borrowing trouble” nearly as much as I used to. Mom lived to see this era in my life and I am sure she was definitely relieved, I know I was.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Closing Doors Opened Unwittingly into the Occult

Closing Doors Opened Unwittingly into the Occult
I have always loved fireplaces and so had FuFu our mama kitty. Every time I began to get ready to make a fire she was right there in the middle of the whole process., first trying to get into the fireplace and mess with the logs and then to park her furry hide in front to soak up the warmth..
This particular day was strange in that Fufu saw me getting ready to light the books and she took off. I couldn’t see her anywhere….
I had been thinking about my astrology books, tarot cards and books like “Tibetan Book of the Dead” and the “I Ching”. Since I had asked Jesus to be my Lord and savior I had been examining my lifestyle and things that really did me more harm than good. I had decided the best way to take care of these books would be to have a little bon fire in the fireplace. I didn’t want to give them to anyone else because I didn’t want my friends influenced by things I now considered a detriment.
So, without the help of my fur ball, I grabbed the long fireplace matches we had used ever since we had fireplaces (several years). I got all the books placed so they’d be easy to light with pages flayed open and struck a match. It went out. I struck a second match. It went out.
About this time I sensed a very strong evil presence in the room. Nothing like this had ever happened before. It was almost overwhelming evil. I grabbed the third match and light it – the head broke off and went under the rocking chair starting the rug on fire.
For those of you who think Satan is in the category of Santa and the Easter Bunny don’t stop reading….
Being newly born again (not even going to church yet at that point) I called out the only prayer I could think of “Help me, Jesus, help me, Jesus”.
I had stomped on the fire and the scorched rug was no longer burning as I picked up the 4th match repeating “help me, Jesus….” This time the pages caught fire and burned vigorously. Each and every page burned. When the fire was all over out came mama FuFu. I still don’t know where she had been hiding.
I had inadvertently plugged in to the wrong power source. Things I did and choices I made had opened the door to legally give Satan areas of control in my life. Those choices had led me down a pretty miserable path for some years and I was anxious to close those doors and “turn on” to the best power source, Jesus.
When I was thinking on that event and talking to some of my friends we came to the conclusion that the enemy was not happy with my getting rid of those books. They had been a way that I was snagged and reeled in. Hooked into things of the occult – things which plugged in where a relationship with the Lord Jesus was lacking and non-existent. Yes, the enemy was angry to be losing that foot hold in my life and I guess he thought I could be scared into backing off.
His tactics didn’t work that day and my newly claimed Lord showed up in a big way to protect me and help me do what I had started to do with that fire in the fireplace.
Lest I thought it was all just my imagination…. Mama FuFu showed me that day something was going on neither of us could see but she certainly sensed too. She never missed another fire-lighting as long as we had a fireplace and that was for two more houses after this one.
I also prayed and asked the Lord Jesus to break any ties I had to these things which were not of Him and to forgive me for opening myself up to them in the first place. I had never actually read either of the two books.
This was just one of many steps in being set totally free in Jesus.
Philippians 3:13
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead……
Isaiah 43:19
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
Colossians 1:19-22 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—

Monday, March 6, 2017

God is Talking to US!!



Nope, this isn’t some science fiction fantasy piece. It is about hearing the voice of God, the very God who created the universe and set those stars in place. It still boggles my mind that He would desire a relationship with us as individuals, but He really does. He has expressed this in His Word, the Bible. That is one way He can and does talk to us, through His Word. Have you ever been reading along and had a particular scripture almost jump off the page at you? HE is trying to make something real and clear to you.
The Bible also mentions that God speaks to us with “a still, small voice” – that gentle nudge and knowing in your heart, that peace after prayer about a decision or that unrest when you know this is a turn you shouldn’t take.
Or that person who mentions a scripture and says that they were praying for you and that scripture came to mind. They might not even know what you are praying about and the give you the same scripture which “jumped off the page” while you were reading His Word the day before.
Yes, it sure helps if we read His Word. Then it is fresh in our minds and He can highlight things He really wants us to absorb. It also helps to have praying friends.
Have you ever run and sat in your Daddy’s lap? Just to let him surround you with his arms and hug you close? You still can, figuratively, with your Heavenly Father. Maybe you never had an earthly Daddy you were close to – well, your Daddy God would like to be that Dad even today, the one you thought you never had. He is waiting, ready and willing to hug you close with His everlasting arms.
Following are some scriptures to think about.
Romans 8:7
the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. (NIV)
Romans 12:2
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)
1 Corinthians 14:15
So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind. (NIV)
1 John 4:4
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (NIV)
Psalm 135:5
I know that the LORD is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods. (NIV)
2 Timothy 2:3
Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. (NIV)
Prayer: Oh, Father God, please help us to be good soldiers.  Help us to be equipped by You to fight the battle in our minds and to pray always without ceasing in the Spirit and in our understanding, to grow up to be like our Jesus.  AMEN.