Monthly Archives: February 2016

Keep it. Share it. Trash it!

Day 56
310 days remaining after today.

I am fresh here at my temporary desk img_6515from prayer journaling in one of my favorite places on earth: our still in the process quiet room. I am here with thoughts yet to be sorted within the lines of this screen.

I was praying about the stuff in this house. Lots of stuff, more stuff than we have used in many a year, stuff and more stuff that I have grumbled over more times than is holy (you know what I mean). This morning I prayed differently, acknowledging that obviously I had been going about this the wrong way. So we (I say We because I’m pretty sure it was not me alone here that) came to this kind of praying: ‘The stuff in this house needs a home; either here in this home, in someone else’s home or in a trash bin somewhere so I pray for You to help us sort this stuff in our house.’ And that did it!  I was off with if my house needs this so do I. The stuff in me needs sorting.

And since thoughts birth actions, lets begin there. Some of my thoughts I need to keep, ponder, expand, let them ripen until they are ready to share or not (some thoughts never need to be shared 🙂 if you know what I mean); some just need to be trashed at the onset. And there you have the key to sorting stuff – in the house or the sanctuary

Keep it. Share it. Trash it! 

Item by item we must decide: does this need a home inside these four walls? Or is there someone else that would REALLY benefit from it? Or is it just trash, period? 

There is a Scripture that came to mind when this post was embryonic. . . . and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Here’s the whole of it:

 For although we do live in the world, we do not wage war in a worldly way; because the weapons we use to wage war are not worldly. On the contrary, they have God’s power for demolishing strongholds. We demolish arguments and every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah. And when you have become completely obedient, then we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience. [source]

For though I live in a cluttered house, I do not handle it in a messy way – I handle it beginning today with real weapons that will be effective – the weapon of prayer over my stuff, all my stuff! I could take those verses one by one and paraphrase to fit this sorting business but perhaps you’d like a try at it. 

Who would have thought you could take 2 Corinthians 10: 3-6 and find a message for cleaning house?  HE DID! 🙂

Happy Thursday my Friends! 

Until Next Time ~ ~ ~ Kathie
Your Prayer requests welcomed

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Saturday Morning Prayer Request

Day 51
315 days remaining after today.

I’ve been away – from blogging this week tending an allergy episode that has kicked me to the sideline BUT this prayer request is important so I am asking my Friends to pray. His name is Sgt. Al. That’s all I know other than he was taken to the hospital yesterday and he is termed as ‘family’  and someone close asked me to get my IDOK people to praying for him that he would get better. So Sweet Folks I am asking you to pray for Sgt. Al.

ABBA, You know the depths of tenderness in this, You know the gratitude abounding and I ask You to intervene on Al’s behalf and raise him up from his hospital bed to continue to serve this Country and give support to his unit, family and friends. I desire to see Your Name exalted and glorified in this and see faith and trust and love for You to grow mightily in the hearts of all these. Thank You ABBA in JESUS name.

Until Next Time ~ ~ ~ Kathie
Your Prayer requests welcomed

Another Look at Toddlers & English 101

Day 46
320 days remaining after today.

I’d like to cut, copy and paste a devotion I wrote in 2007 and share it with you again today. I titled it Toddlers and English 101. It helped me then; it helps me now. Perhaps it will you too.

IDOK DEVOTION for Monday, August 27, 2007

Pray for the Peace of Israel

It has been a back to back weekend and today may be short – a little rest is in order.

As Jerry and I were driving to Sunday morning service I was reminiscing other Sundays, lessons taught, comments made and etc. On the movie screen of my memories, I saw myself as immature and silly – even embarrassing. And before I could change scenes it was if the Holy Spirit began to correct and instruct me. He played another scene for me – a little girl learning to walk. She held on for the longest time to the coffee table and the sofa, gingerly inching her way around and then finally letting go she took a wobbly step, halted to balance herself and then a big smile; a wobbly step, halt and a big smile. And on and on she went. And me, what was I doing? Watching with glee, clapping and cheering. It was as if Father gently said, you watched your babies (and now your grand-babies) grow and every little step, every accomplishment was celebrated, even the tiniest achievement was applauded — remember? You would not have dreamed of being embarrassed by their efforts, nor would you have described their efforts as silly or immature. Why are you accessing your spiritual advances any differently? Why can you not humbly applaud those steps you made? I do.
And with that my thoughts turned to you, my dear IDOK Family. And I wondered if you have done the same; if you have criticized yourself as you remember your spiritual journey from infancy to where you are today? Have you looked back with embarrassment? Have you criticized your progress? Have you bemoaned that as a toddler you could not complete English 101?
Don’t!
Humbly applaud every step you have taken toward Jesus; humbly applaud every courageous step you have taken in Bible Study, in sharing The Word with others, every word of encouragement you have spoken to another, every unclean joke you refused to listen to, every gossip session you refused to take part in, every television program you turned off because of the unholy content, every movie theater you walked out of for the same reason – etc. Etc. Humbly applaud your progress and keep going – keep on keeping on!

Father, thank You. Thank You for Your Daily Words to us. Thank You for your encouragement, thank You for the applause, help us accept with humility and gratitude, for we know any steps to maturity in You we owe to You. Thank You. . . . And we bring those we love for whatever is needed today and thank You that we can come and receive Your help. . . . And our IDOK Troops we have them on our hearts too – wherever they are and whatever they need, You have for them and we ask You Holy Spirit to help them depend upon You. And we pray for their protection in mind and body and spirit and we pray that each of them will come home safe and sound and more in love with You than when they deployed. And all this we ask solely on the merits of Jesus our Lord.

10 “He found his people in desert country,
in a howling, wasted wilderness.
He protected him and cared for him,
guarded him like the pupil of his eye,
11 like an eagle that stirs up her nest,
hovers over her young,
spreads out her wings, takes them
and carries them as she flies. Deuteronomy 32:10-11[source

Philippians 1:And I am sure of this: that the One who began a good work among you will keep it growing until it is completed on the Day of the Messiah Yeshua. [source]

2 Peter 3:17 But you, dear friends, since you know this in advance, guard yourselves; so that you will not be led away by the errors of the wicked and fall from your own secure position.18 And keep growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Deliverer, Yeshua the Messiah. To him be the glory, both now and forever! Amen. [source]

Until Next Time ~ ~ ~ Kathie
Your Prayer requests welcomed

He Stays!

Day 40
326 days remaining after today.

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26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? [source]

This picture is special. It was not taken with a high-powered take the pic from a distance camera. It was taken with my phone on Sunday afternoon. You know what’s remarkable? When I approached, the bird stayed – it didn’t fly away. I’m still smiling about it. I hope it brings you a smile today too. Especially as you remember – YOU are of more value to HIM than this beautiful bird and when we draw near to ABBA, He stays! 

Until Next Time ~ ~ ~ Kathie
Your Prayer requests welcomed

Precious Souls

Day 39
327 days remaining after today.

Okay. I want to think this through with you. It comes from Matthew Henry ministering from the Text of Matthew 9.

Precious souls faint when duty is to be done,
 temptations to be resisted, 
afflictions to be borne, 
being not nourished up with the word of truth.

Henry, M. (1994). Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole Bible: Complete and unabridged in one volume (1658). Peabody: Hendrickson.

Let me unpack this with you the way it has spoken to me. First all souls are precious to our GOD and all us souls have duty(ties) to do; day in and day out, morning till night and beyond there are tasks and chores and work and stuff to get done. With me? And all us souls while we are pushing through these tasks and chores and stuff, we are going to be tempted to do them just to get it done, any ol way will do, or non-ethically, or by some means other than the righteous way. Added to that, afflictions will come and we are expected to bear up under them, to take them in stride, to deal with them. This is the lot of all souls on this planet since the beginning of time. Well, since the fall of man in the garden, actually. So all of us we get this. This is life. Right?

Now we get to the best part of what I think Matthew Henry saw in Matthew 9. Something has been provided. Because without it, all us precious souls will faint! 

With the nourishment of THIS WORD – HIS WORD we live! And we live well! 

I’ll tell ya, this precious soul feels loved and instructed and comforted and  flat-out happy about this little nugget of truth. I am a precious soul. You are a precious soul!  ♥

Here’s our takeaway for the day: He has given us His Word to nourish us and keep us from fainting in this world that is often hard on us, precious souls. 🙂

Click HERE for a link to open to read Matthew 9. 

ABBA, thank You. Thank You for men of old that loved You and gave themselves to the study and teaching of Your Word; thank You for teaching them and for the recordings of those teachings and thank You HOLY SPIRIT that You continue to teach all us precious souls. Thank You. Thank You for loving us. Thank You for providing every nourishment we need to live well in YESHUA’s mighty name. 

Until Next Time ~ ~ ~ Kathie
Your Prayer requests welcomed
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