Monthly Archives: April 2014

Inside and Out

Another empty roll of parchment paper to discard. So I did. But not without injury. ūüôā Not much of a cut but I know it’s there on the left side of my left thumb as I turn it to look. Always something to give thanks about – it wasn’t my right.

And today I noticed it is beginning to heal; another thanks. And I noticed it is healing from the inside out. I can still make a gap in the surface skin but inside it looks better, like it’s coming together.

I think true medical science will bear out that we are designed to heal from the inside out. Sure putting a band-aide on the outside is of some benefit; it shields the wound from further injury and dirt. But without the inner workings of our cells to heal, our injuries and illnesses remain.

It works that way in the Spirit too. We heal from the inside out. Sure good works, changed habits, a friend’s encouragement and accountability helps; they shield the wound from further injury and dirt; but, only the working of the HOLY SPIRIT within the heart of man (woman) will heal the broken, wounded soul.

Truth is all we Christians are a bunch of broken, wounded souls in varying degrees of healing. Odd until you think about it, a soul can have a completely healed wound with only a precious scar remaining and at the same time have another gaping, seeping wound. You know why? Each injury, each wound has its own healing time and most often each healing comes in portion to the time we have submitted that gaping, seeping, hurting, ugly, nasty wound to the GREAT PHYSICIAN, taking every bitter pill He prescribes to be applied to the heart for our healing.

Yes. We heal from the inside out – inside and out.

Jeremiah 8:22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

via Jeremiah 8:21-22 KJV;CJB РFor the hurt of the daughter of my РBible Gateway.

It’s a bitter pill to dispense and a bitter pill to take. There is a Balm in Gilead and we are only soul-sick because we have refused to be healed.

From Jeremiah 8:22 I read on, if you would like to do the same, click HERE. I highly recommend the CJB version for its bold clarity.

ABBA, thank You for Jeremiah; for the WORD You have given us there; I pray to learn it and teach it in YESHUA’s name. And, ABBA, I pray for the sick, that we will be healed, spiritually and physically; and I pray HOLY SPIRIT that You will revive the Church, bring Peace to Israel and repentance and salvation to America.

Day 120 of 2014, praying for revival in the Body of CHRIST.

Kathie

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Cool and Not Cool

poor excuseFrom 92 Moose, Central Maine's #1 Hit Music Station Facebook page
(an acknowledgement, not an endorsement)

This appeared in my Facebook feed this morning and it brings one of my pet issues to mind: modesty.

Correct me if I am wrong but the woman’s attire¬†has little, if anything, to do with rape. Rape is about power and control. Rape is what sin-sick men do in an attempt to satisfy a perverted¬†need which is¬†not primarily related to testosterone. ¬†

Similarly, immodesty is an attempt to satisfy a valid need that has been perverted; the need to be appreciated and noticed; to be valued. When I see a woman dressed immodestly my first reaction is grief and sadness. Sad that whether she¬†is conscious of it¬†or not she is saying my body is all I have to offer you; it’s all I have to be proud of.¬†

I shall now brave the flack: The showing of cleavage, thighs and more is common in this culture and in summer months the excuse it is hot is as good as any other; but it is still an excuse. Not only is it an excuse it is a fallacy that wearing little more than bra and panties in the heat of the sun will make one cooler. Give me a calf length full flowing cotton skirt and a white cute kicky blouse/shirt (no cleavage showing) and I guarantee you I will be cooler than the one in a tank top and shorts. Sun beating down on bare skin is not cool – in more ways than one.

So why do women dress with cleavage, thighs and more exposed? You tell me.

I am not advocating that it takes head to toe garb to be modest. Modesty does not start with clothing, it starts with the heart. It starts with a woman or girl determining that JESUS is the one I am to please. HE gets to decide what I walk out the door wearing.  I wonder how many Christian women look in a full length mirror before they leave the house and ask HIM is this modest, LORD? Does this speak well of You and me?

I tell you from experience, you ask Him honestly and sincerely for clothing guidelines – He will give them to you.

There are some women at First Baptist Church of Satsuma, the local congregation of which I am a part, who carefully dress and some who don’t. One in particular who is younger than me even, every Sunday she is dressed modestly and attractively – she sings in the Praise Band. I have not told her; perhaps I should. She blesses me greatly!

Want a public figure as an example? Beth Moore. I have yet to see her dressed in anything but modest and flat-out cute clothes. And no she does not shop at high $ stores. 

So there’s my soapbox for today.¬†

1 Timothy 2:8-10 The Message (MSG)

8-10¬†Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray‚ÄĒnot shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.

via 1 Timothy 2:8-10 MSG РSince prayer is at the bottom of all РBible Gateway.

Day 119 of 2014, praying for revival in the Body of CHRIST.

Kathie

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ABBA, You know my heart; You know where I have come from; You know the hot pants and heels I once wore; and in Your Grace, You redeemed me; I can never say thank You enough and I pray for others to be redeemed too in Yeshua’s Mighty Name.¬†

Soul Talk

Truth to speak to our souls so we won’t believe lies this week.

Psalm 103
(1) Bless Adonai, my soul! Everything in me, bless his holy name!
2 Bless Adonai, my soul, and forget none of his benefits!
3 He forgives all your offenses, he heals all your diseases,
4 he redeems your life from the pit, he surrounds you with grace and compassion,
5 he contents you with good as long as you live, so that your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.
6 Adonai brings vindication and justice to all who are oppressed.
7 He made his ways known to Moshe, his mighty deeds to the people of Isra’el.
8 Adonai is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in grace.
9 He will not always accuse, he will not keep his anger forever.
10 He has not treated us as our sins deserve or paid us back for our offenses,
11 because his mercy toward those who fear him is as far above earth as heaven.
12 He has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west.
13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, Adonai has compassion on those who fear him.
14 For he understands how we are made, he remembers that we are dust.
15¬†Yes, a human being‚Äôs days are like grass,¬†he sprouts like a flower in the countryside ‚ÄĒ ¬†16¬†but when the wind sweeps over, it‚Äôs gone;¬†and its place knows it no more.
17 But the mercy of Adonai on those who fear him is from eternity past to eternity future, and his righteousness extends to his children’s children,
18 provided they keep his covenant and remember to follow his precepts.
19 Adonai has established his throne in heaven; his kingly power rules everything.
20 Bless Adonai, you angels of his, you mighty warriors who obey his word, who carry out his orders!
21 Bless Adonai, all his troops, who serve him and do what he wants!
22 Bless Adonai, all his works, in every place where he rules! Bless Adonai, my soul!

via Psalm 103 KJV;CJB РBless the LORD, O my soul: and all that РBible Gateway.

11¬†and every tongue will acknowledge¬†that Yeshua the Messiah is Adonai ‚ÄĒ¬†to the glory of God the Father.

via Philippians 2:10-12 CJB Рthat in honor of the name given Yeshua, РBible Gateway.

Day 118 of 2014, praying for revival in the Body of CHRIST.

Kathie

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Join the Choir

How often have we been counseled to keep our eyes on Jesus? And in the telling and the hearing, have you wanted to say, how? How do I do that? This week someone told me how. She said,”Giving thanks to the LORD is what keeps my eyes on the LORD.”

Thank you, Ann Voskamp. Particularly for One Thousand Gifts. The book, the study guide, the DVD and this reminder from The Word. 

The enemies were pressing in and King Jehoshaphat said to the LORD:

12 . . .¬†For we haven‚Äôt strength enough to defeat this huge horde coming against us, and we don‚Äôt know what to do, but our eyes are on you.‚ÄĚ

via 2 Chronicles 20 KJV;CJB РIt came to pass after this also, that РBible Gateway.

We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you. ¬†

And what did the king order? A choir! 

21¬†After consulting with the people, he appointed those who would sing to Adonai and praise the splendor of his holiness as they went out ahead of the army, saying, ‚ÄúGive thanks to Adonai, for his grace continues forever.‚ÄĚ

via 2 Chronicles 20 KJV;CJB РIt came to pass after this also, that РBible Gateway.

And what did GOD do? 

22¬†Then, during the time when they were singing and praising, Adonai brought a surprise attack against the people of ‚ÄėAmon, Mo‚Äôav and Mount Se‚Äėir who had come to fight Y‚Äôhudah; and they were defeated.

via 2 Chronicles 20 KJV;CJB РIt came to pass after this also, that РBible Gateway.

Mostly likely I will not be joining the choir at my local assembly, BUT I am heeding this wise counsel and with practice my eyes will be more and more on JESUS. 

Day 115 of 2014, praying for revival in the Body of CHRIST.

Kathie

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Double Minded

Double-minded.

One opined it was saying one thing and doing another.  Perhaps.

But I am inclined to think ūüôā it is failing to settle on one opinion about a matter. As long as we contemplate differing actions regarding one matter, we will ¬†accomplish nothing toward that goal.¬†

8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

via James 1:7-9 KJV РFor let not that man think that he РBible Gateway.

So I have to ask myself Рwhat am I double-minded about? Truth is I know. And now that ABBA has spoken so clearly, I have this choice Рkeep my double-mind or choose a side and get on with it! 

Anybody tracking with me out there? ūüôā

Thank You, ABBA, and for all our double-minded situations, I pray we will choose wisely and lay aside our double-minds for the Mind of Christ and get on with what You have called us to.

Day 114 of 2014, praying for revival in the Body of CHRIST.

Kathie

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