Monday, December 4, 2017
I pray that during this season of celebrating the birth of Christ that ALL will know that Christ is the Lord, thy Savior and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One! (Isaiah 60:16)
I pray that ALL will believe and trust in the inspired Word of God from John 1.......... “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus) and the Word (Jesus) was with God and the Word (Jesus) was God. He (Jesus) was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through him (Jesus) and without him was not anything made that was made.
In him (Jesus) was life, and the life was the light of men. The light (Jesus) shines in the darkness (humanity) and the darkness has not overcome it. (Jesus is bigger than the darkness!!)
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light (Jesus), that all might believe through him. He was not the light (Jesus), but came to bear witness about the light (Jesus).
The true light (Jesus), which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. (THIS IS WHAT WE ARE CELEBRATING) He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. (Have you received Jesus into your life?)
BUT ALL WHO DID RECEIVE HIM, WHO BELIEVED IN HIS NAME, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God!!
And the Word (God) became flesh (Jesus) and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH.
For from his fullness we have all (Believers in Jesus) have received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses (set of guidelines to live your life by): GRACE and TRUTH came through Jesus Christ!
No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made known (Jesus).....God became flesh and blood for us, JESUS!
This is a season to celebrate God becoming "man" so that we can SEE Him. I so Hope YOU SEE Him (God as man, Jesus) this season of celebration!
If you do not KNOW him (Jesus) or have not put your full trust in him (Jesus) I pray that you will read on through the Books (Gospels) of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. In this season of celebrating HIS (Jesus) birth, I pray that you will come to KNOW HIM and trust HIM (Jesus) with all your heart and soul! I PRAY THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE JESUS IN YOUR HEART AND GO, FOLLOW HIM
Christ is the Lord, thy Savior and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One! (Isaiah 60:16)
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Wow! I look back on my blog and realize it has been awhile since I wrote. I pondered the question of Why? Why so long since I blogged? The answer that came to me is that I’ve been busy “unfolding”, putting off the old and putting on the new! Lots of praying, reading, growing and watching how God works J
My mind is filled with HIS wisdom, HIS Truth. My God has taught me what is from him and what is not. He has revealed to me the spiritual battle that rules this world and how to navigate through with HIS wisdom and power.
I’ve prayed for the ability to "SEE" His Truth. I’ve prayed for clarity and purpose of life. I’ve prayed for wisdom. I’ve prayed for peace. I’ve prayed for grace and mercy. I’ve prayed for forgiveness of past ways. I’ve prayed and asked for God to show me LOVE, true LOVE.
Today I sit praising God!!! HE has answered my prayers!!! He has placed me in a variety of situations that he could teach me these attributes. He has placed the right people in front of me to guide and teach me. He has humbled my heart and chipped off the pride so that I can "SEE" His Truth.
I walk in confidence knowing that whatever tomorrow brings, My God will never leave me or forsake me. I know 100% that I can trust the wisdom that HE gave me in scripture to guide my life! I know if I have questions, HE will answer. I know that my God is molding me into HIS image! I know that I will spend eternity in HIS presence!
Now, finally at 55 years of age, I journey with a sense of Peace, Clarity, Purpose, adventure and the Desire to Serve My God!!!! Some may think this is a time of retirement, I say that it is a time to LIVE!!!
I send out HUGE THANK YOU’S to all that are praying and financially supporting me and the mission of Mercy Ships!!!
Lives are being TRANSFORMED DAILY, MINUTE BY MINUTE!!
Patients are SEEING HIS LOVE!!!
We are all blessed as we serve our God!!!
FACES OF GOD’S BLESSINGS J
Each coming with a Story of Perseverance and Answered Prayers :)
A little Glimpse of Life in Cameroon
Lush Green Mixed with Extreme Poverty
Day Trip to Absorb God's Majesty :)
I LOVE THIS PLACE in LIFE AND TIME!!!
Friday, August 18, 2017
I was blessed with time for reflection on the sail. I worked every other day in the dining room and was blessed with every other day off! I had lots of time to look out into the vast ocean that He created and ponder "my place" in all of this.
A group of us ladies began a Bible Study and chose to begin with Ephesians. The first week, Chapter 1. I read, prayed and read again. I even pulled a few commentaries to add to the wisdom that Paul was attempting to share with the people of Ephesus. Then, on the last day of the sail, Ephesians 1:4 stood out to me and these words came alive.........
"I was chosen before the world began TO BE HOLY AND BLAMELESS IN HIS SIGHT"
These were a few of the realities that I gleaned from this week's study and my time spent with God during the sail :)
- We are created and chosen for HIS purposes, not for MY purposes!
- There is a much bigger picture going on than what I can see with my own eyes.
- HIS Will for my life is to be an active participant in HIS plan, not my plan
- HE did not choose me because I am good, He chose me to do some good for HIS purposes!
- Through the Blood of Christ he Justified me (accepted and forgave me) and is in the process of sanctifying me (cleansing me)
- HIS purpose is to unite all things in HIM, things in Heaven and on Earth.
- HE is working everything together for HIS good! We are to trust in HIM!
- We are created in HIS image......HIS plan moves forward as more and more surrender to HIM. Our part is to Reflect HIM......to be Holy and Blameless in His Sight.
- This, is a CONTINUOUS WORK IN PROGRESS....THIS CLEANSING/SANCTIFICATION IS HIS WILL FOR OUR LIVES. HE GIVES US LIFE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS!
- He places me in situations that opens the door to cleansing. It is up to me to choose for the cleansing to be done or to rebel against it!
For me, the sail has been a challenging time, a time of cleansing my soul and humbling! I was assigned to work in the Dining Room for the last four weeks. My first thought was "no problem, I can do this". My thoughts quickly changed the first day. We started our days at 5:15am, set up, served, and washed dishes for 200+ crew 3 times a day. After each meal, I was hot, sweaty and exhausted. It was only through the Grace of God that I could keep a smile on my face and keep up the pace. We were a team of four with only one having experience in this role. We were blessed to have 2 extra helpers every day, but this also created a challenge. This meant training two new people everyday and being faced with "humbling" myself knowing that there are multiple ways of getting the job done!
I admit that I went through a period of pridefulness that ate at my soul. Rambling thoughts included why me? Why should “I” have to do the dishes, why am “I” reassigned and not doing something related to nursing. Why was "I" not involed in the team building trainings and nursing meetings? Why was “I” the one who is filled with years of nursing experience and a master’s degree not chosen for lead positions? I admit feelings of envy, jealousy, anger, frustration and feeling like I was not being used appropriately. Yet, in the midst of the sail, God broke me down and humbled me. I was reminded that HE Chose Me to be Holy and Blameless in HIS Sight. It really does not matter what “role” I am doing, it is more about seeing, learning, growing and engaging IN JESUS! Doing what I already know how to do (aka, nursing) is not really pushing me outside of my comfort zone and providing me opportunities for growth in HIM. The use of wisdom is not in the job itself, the “wisdom” is the ability to get the job done, regardless of what it is, reflecting the image of God!
I end the sail and my assignment in the Dining Room and enter into the Unknown Land of Cameroon. I will be working as a Ward Nurse feeling Blessed to have been challenged in my role in the dining room and given the opportunity for growth in HIM. J
Glimpses of the Sail and Entering Cameroon
|Leaving Las Palmas|
|Tug Boat attached and leading us out of the port in Las Palmas|
|Worhsip on the Bow. We saw dolphins swimming beside us the first night :)|
|Every Sunday Night we joined to Worship and Pray! This was my favorite part of the sail!!!|
|Always in AWE!!|
|Even got in a little coloring time :)|
|We are Blessed with a Crew filled with Musical Talents!|
|Strict Orders........NO OTHER WASTE PRODUCTS BESIDES FOOD AND DO NOT DROP THE BAG ITSELF IN THE OCEAN!! The pressure was on. I had to pick through the trash first to make sure there was only food in it! YUK!!!!!|
|We had to declare ourselves lowly polliwogs, then drink the green, yukky concoction and THEN we could announce that we were officially "Diamond Shellbacks"|