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Sunday, 07 April 2013 17:39

Pushing through the dirt

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This morning is one of those I've longed for over the winter months. My deck overlooks a glorious forest of evergreens, purple mountains and vast blue skies. It's almost heaven, to mimic John Denver a bit. To sit in my rocking chair, sipping hot coffee, reading the Psalms and talking to my Father is the best day I could ever hope for. I can hear in the distance the sounds of my girls laughing, some rather strange bird calls down the hillside somewhere, and the sizzling of bacon as my husband prepares it.

Oh yes, and the smell of bacon wafting out onto the deck is pretty nice too. Yesterday I began my annual gathering of flower pots and found some marvelous lilac petunias to initiate the flowering of the deckside. Now, if only my little hummingbirds would make their return, all would be in place. It's my perfect picture of peace....for today. Maybe for only this morning.

 

This was a rough week for us. We got the dreaded phone call from the doctor that my husband's cancer had again reared it's ugly head. We have been down this road with melanomas in the past, and now will face it again as he goes in for more surgery. We, of course, just pray over those lymph nodes and believe God all the way. One day at a time, one hour at a time.

 

I don't know about you, but I am at a place where as I lay my head on the pillow each night, if we've had a day where everyone is in their beds, breathing normally, and the house is still standing, I am praising God with my whole heart. We never know what a day will bring. My friends and acquaintances all over the world send prayer requests each day for one traumatic event after another in their lives. I don't think I know anyone who isn't going through some hard things. We no longer take for granted the precious blessing of a non-eventful day, a healthy body, or an intact family.

 

Yet, in the midst of the crazy world we live in, our Father grants us peace. He comforts, strengthens, encourages and often even reveals His higher purpose for our trials. Sometimes we don't get to know the reason, but He still gives the peace. It comforts me to know that He is in control, and at the age I've reached, I am also comforted in realizing that His purposes are far more important than my momentary comfort. I am reminded of an old saying, “every flower that ever bloomed had to push through a lot of dirt first.” I just keep pushing through the dirt, toward the Son who shines with healing and hope, knowing I'm going to bloom out of all my trials. So are you.

 

Be encouraged dear ones. Take time to go outdoors, breathe the fabulous spring breezes, look up and rejoice! He has it all under control, and we don't have to have the answers. We only have to trust and relax, entering His rest and looking forward to what is ahead. In the end, it will prove to be good.

Sunday, 07 April 2013 00:00

Pushing through the dirt

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This morning is one of those I've longed for over the winter months. My deck overlooks a glorious forest of evergreens, purple mountains and vast blue skies. It's almost heaven, to mimic John Denver a bit. To sit in my rocking chair, sipping hot coffee, reading the Psalms and talking to my Father is the best day I could ever hope for. I can hear in the distance the sounds of my girls laughing, some rather strange bird calls down the hillside somewhere, and the sizzling of bacon as my husband prepares it.

Friday, 05 April 2013 01:25

BEWARE OF WOLVES IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING

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BEWARE OF WOLVES IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING


Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing. There are many powerful leaders around the world working together, and they are operating with total deception. Their words and deeds are not based in the truth of My Word, and so many are being led astray. They only speak death and destruction to your eternal souls, poison from the evil one. They label good evil, and evil good. Woe to you who do not heed My warnings and give ear to My voice. I have told you do not fear those who can destroy the body, but rather them that will kill your soul for all eternity. Pay attention. Much is occuring and for the sake of My elect and faithful, these days will be shortened, but you must focus on Me now! Complete systems are crumbling as I told you they would. Pay close attention to Israel and what is taking place there, as well as the new, powerful influence from Rome. Remember, all is not as it seems. Do not be led astray by promises of safety and comfort, and prosperity. Your only refuge is in Me. I am tearing down strongholds, but the process will be painful for a short time My faithful. Do not lose hope. Do not lose faith. I will rule and reign in the hearts of all men once again. You will see. Pray for a conversion for your leader America, for those in lofty positions will be brought low. My Father will only allow so much evil to be perpetuated before His mighty arm sweeps the globe, and your time to repent is drawing to a close. But My sheep hear My voice, My sheep know Me, their Master, and they will walk without fear, and with peace and joy and security. I am ever faithful and true. The earth is literally trembling at what My Father is about to do here. Remain steadfast and pure in your hearts dear children, and I will lead you home.

Your Messiah


Matthew 7:15

King James Version (KJV)
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Isaiah 5:20

20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!


Matthew 10:28

28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 24:22

22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.


2 Corinthians 10:4

4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)


John 10:27

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Monday, 18 March 2013 16:05

The state of affairs in the church

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Wanted to share a blog from someone I highly respect in the Christian world.  Welcome any comments.

 

MICHAEL BOLDEA -DIMITRU DUDUMAN'S GRANDSON -THE STATE OF AFFAIRS IN THE CHURCH

Friday, March 15, 2013

The State of Affairs

If I write one more article on the state of the world or the state of the church for that matter, I think I may need a cup of hot cocoa and a quiet chair to sit in for a few hours. The alternative to that would be clawing at my own head and mumbling to no one in particular, ‘why don’t they get it? Why can’t they see?’

Even to my own ears the words of warning seem to ring hollow because try as the few might to stir the hearts and open the eyes of the many, the pull toward compromise, indifference and a feigned imitation of true worship are just too strong.

It has come to the point that men are openly mocking the one true God while claiming to be His servants and followers. We try to justify their actions, we try to find the good in their endeavors, but all we’re really doing is finding excuses to put off confrontation or heaven forbid stand for truth.

It hasn’t come to blows, it hasn’t come to prison terms or the threats of violence, and the church is already caving in, and averting its gaze from the monstrosity it is becoming. We can pretend all we want. Reality is stubborn and unmoving, and eventually we will have to face it.

Maybe I’m missing it. Tell me if I am, but the way I see it, the church has actively been silenced by a handful of entitled, obnoxious, overly loud and in-your-face proponents of sin, and not much else.

As yet, we’ve not seen the legislation that is soon to come making it a crime to speak out against sin, as yet we’ve not seen pastors imprisoned, churches shut down, and militant activists turn violent, and we’ve already given up the battle, acquiesced to the enemy, all the while telling ourselves we just need to pick a better spot, bide our time and find a better opportunity to stand our ground.

With everything that’s happening and the speed with which it is happening, the church is alarmingly indifferent, sedated by the promise of wealth transfers, and pre-tribulation rapture. The household of faith seems too busy packing their bags to raise their voice, and too busy counting their money to see the darkness spilling into their homes, and churches, and communities.

How many times and in how many ways do you try to wake someone up before you write them off for dead and move on to the next individual?

Yes, I know, Jesus left the 99 and went back for the one sheep, but what if the sheep keeps kicking you in the face while you’re trying to pull it out of the muck, as though it enjoyed its present existence and you were nothing more than a nuisance and inconvenience?

At least when judgment descends we will have no moral ground to ask ‘why’ of God, knowing full well why judgment had to come, and clean and purge and upturn the temple, and the inner courts.

I will be guilty of no man’s blood upon my hands when that day comes, and that is why I continue to do my utmost to stir men to repentance.

For a while there, the name calling didn’t bother me anymore, but once supposed Christians started calling me what those of the world have always been calling me, well, that stings a little.

I know I’m not the only one feeling this frustration. I know I’m not the only one feeling as though he is tilting at windmills, and although I could try to placate you with some inane platitude that seems to work wonders for Joel Osteen fans, I’m not to the point of selling out quite yet.

Having known these days would come doesn’t make it any easier, but at least those of us who heeded, are spiritually prepared, having fasted and prayed up as we knew we ought to have done.

No one ever said it wouldn’t get difficult, painful, tragic, and heartbreaking. God just promised He would get us through it all if we clung to Him. I fear the days are soon upon us, wherein brother will betray brother, and father will betray son, and that, I believe, will be the true test of our faithfulness and steadfastness.

May we stand and never waiver in Christ.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

Monday, 18 March 2013 00:00

The state of affairs in the church

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Wanted to share a blog from someone I highly respect in the Christian world.  Welcome any comments.

 

MICHAEL BOLDEA -DIMITRU DUDUMAN'S GRANDSON -THE STATE OF AFFAIRS IN THE CHURCH

Thursday, 07 March 2013 17:15

What are your favorite books?

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I love books!!  I especially love it when people are willing to share their life experiences and what they have learned from them.  We need each other.  Sometimes when I'm at my lowest, God leads me to someone's testimony that I can really relate to, and it gives me that little booster to keep on keepin on.  I love it when others tell me that my experiences have encouraged them or motivated them to keep looking toward the goal, or to keep seeking God, regardless of the obstacles.  Aren't we blessed to have the Book of all inspiration, our Bible, which brings us that inspiration daily, and then we can share with each other what we've learned along the way and it blesses God's heart as well.  I'd love to hear of books that have recently blessed you, or even Bible stories that have been illuminated in a new way for you.  I'd love to have a place here for people to share some life experiences, so let me know if you want to do that.  Guest bloggers are more than welcome.  I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, 07 March 2013 00:00

What are your favorite books?

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I love books!!  I especially love it when people are willing to share their life experiences and what they have learned from them.  We need each other.  Sometimes when I'm at my lowest, God leads me to someone's testimony that I can really relate to, and it gives me that little booster to keep on keepin on.  I love it when others tell me that my experiences have encouraged them or motivated them to keep looking toward the goal, or to keep seeking God, regardless of the obstacles. 

Friday, 25 January 2013 17:03

Waiting Rooms

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This week I once again found myself sitting in waiting rooms.  Waiting rooms are an entity all their own.  Though I generally bring along a book, I've noticed that I am more fascinated by people watching.  People just have a natural struggle against waiting.  This week almost everyone waiting along with me had an electronic device of some sort that they were glued to.  I wonder if it's my age that causes me to think that looking at the beautiful Sandia mountains out the large picture window was more meaningful than texting or reading.  I think that many do not know how to be still or meditate on things deeper.  Not judging here---because after all, I always have a book and my cell phone with me.  And my kindle.  Waiting is a concept that finds most people murmuring and complaining, straining against the will.  I wonder how many times God may have chosen just that opportunity to speak to an otherwise busy or frantic soul.  Many times we wait alone.  Perhaps He orchestrated that wait in order to convey a specific thought or message.  Don't you think we miss prime opportunities to hear from God? Or to just breathe deeply and rest our soul for a time?

We all have symbolic waiting rooms in our lives.  We are usually waiting on something.  Our tendency is to plead with God to hurry it up!  His timing is perfect, but to me it usually appears to be quite slow.  Waiting on God is the ultimate lesson in patience.  For me, it's a season of exploring the meaning behind the wait.  What is He teaching me about myself, as well as about Himself?  It's a refining time.  Who enjoys that?  The fruit of it, however, is celebrated with richer insights and a deeper peace.  I'm reflecting today on past waiting rooms and the joy that results when the Surgeon walks in, calling my name, to say "all is well."

Friday, 25 January 2013 00:00

Waiting Rooms

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This week I once again found myself sitting in waiting rooms.  Waiting rooms are an entity all their own.  Though I generally bring along a book, I've noticed that I am more fascinated by people watching.  People just have a natural struggle against waiting.  This week almost everyone waiting along with me had an electronic device of some sort that they were glued to. 

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