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Super Bowl

At this typing the Super Bowl is nearly done. Perhaps the commercials have rivaled the game. I understand this year’s Half Time Show was considerably tamer than Janet Jackson of years passed and was it Beyoncé last year? I missed both of those. But I did see tonight’s. I’ll try to be wise and harmless here – made me sad and then I marveled at the Grace of GOD. His marvelous grace as He looks over planet earth and does not annihilate us. Oh what a gracious and slow to anger GOD He is!

The Budweiser commercials were indeed heart warming; just flat-out made you feel good. I suppose we should surmise from that if we drink their product it will make us feel good. And did you notice the caveat?   This was my Facebook response to their plea to us.

Cleaning the dishes, hearing Budweiser advise their consumers to drink responsibly and I thought has it ever occurred to them to produce, promote and distribute a product that alters the senses so much that they would release a warning to not imbibe too much all the while wanting to sell more and more so they make more money is the height of hypocrisy and irresponsibility.

So where am I going with all this? I’m not sure. Perhaps I’m just soap boxing this evening. And perhaps I am marveling at how corrupt we humans are and GOD keeps on loving us and keeps on giving us opportunities to change our minds and allow Him to change our lives for the better.

And behind the scenes of the Super Bowl was the Sex Trafficking. I do not have words that could even come close to delving low enough to depict the depravity, the perversion, the heinousness of the souls of those who operate and support this abominable business.  Here is an excerpt from an article; I hope you will use the link below and read the whole article:

Sex-trafficking has evolved into a lucrative business in the US and around the globe. The industry grosses $9.5 billion annually in the US, and an additional $32 billion worldwide. Trafficked women are constantly moved throughout the country so as to avoid drawing the attention of law enforcement officials.

Sadly, many of the women enslaved by the practice are children. Estimates project that there are between 100,000 and 150,000 underage sex workers currently active in the US. On the whole, these women do not enter into the profession willfully, but are lured and kidnapped by pimps and massive sex rings who enslave them in the practice.  via The Ugly Truth Behind The Super Bowl And Sex Trafficking | Elite Daily

The good news is there are organizations out there doing everything they can to rescue as many of these children/women as they can. One such organization is Shared Hope International. I hope you will check them out. Another organization is Pearl Alliance an arm of Messenger International (John and Lisa Bevere) . Let us all pray and seek ABBA for His direction as to what He wants us to do personally. Perhaps it is only to become informed and pray. Perhaps it is more. Let HIM tell us and let us be faithful.

Perhaps there are more Organizations out there working to rescue women and children from this damnable industry; if you know of others and would like for me to post them here, please let me know.

For now let me wrap this up. The Super Bowl has been over now for a while and it’s sleep time. I am grateful for a comfortable home, clean sheets, and a loving husband.  Others are not so fortunate. 

Thinking of them on this 34th day of 2014,

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

via Matthew 25 KJV;CJB – Then shall the kingdom of heaven be – Bible Gateway.

ABBA, I am listening for Your Voice and watching for Your Leading. I pray I will not fail to obey You and I pray You will encourage and provide every resource needed for those out there on the front lines working with You to rescue those enslaved. I pray for others to come alongside and help. I pray You will move me to help however You choose. And I pray for our Readers here, that they will receive Your encouragement, Your comfort, Your love and the many gifts and provisions You have for them and, ABBA, in YESHUA’s Mighty Name there are some close at heart that I am asking You to heal and there are others, again close to heart, that are suffering and I pray for Your Way of relief for them. Thank You for hearing and thank You for answering.

And we in agreement say Amen.

For me to personally pray with you, send me an email.

Kathie

Fresh Again

Surely I knew this. Surely I have seen it before. But today it is fresh again.

16 You did not choose me, I chose you; and I have commissioned you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last; so that whatever you ask from the Father in my name he may give you.
17 This is what I command you: keep loving each other!

via John 15 KJV;CJB – I am the true vine, and my Father is – Bible Gateway.

It’s a popular doctrine in Christendom: when two of us agree and ask (pray)  in JESUS name then we get what we prayed for.  Right? I mean we like that doctrine and we readily accept it but are we right to believe it as I just stated?  Based on today’s fresh again, I think not necessarily. I think there is a condition to the ask what you will in HIS name and we will receive. And I think if we do not meet that condition we can agree all we want, but we do not have a guarantee that we will receive.

So what is the condition?
I’m glad you asked.
Read again the Text.
What has He commissioned us to do?
Bear Fruit. Fruit that last.
What kind of fruit last?
The kind that receives an eternal reward. (I Corinthians 3:14-16)

Am I bearing such fruit? Perhaps reading verse 17 will clarify.
What does it say?
Do I love people? (John 13:34-36).
If I am not loving people, especially my brothers and sisters with me in the Christian Faith, then I can be sure that I am not bearing fruit that last. I can be sure if I am not loving others I am not demonstrating Galatians 5:21-23.

Yikes! All this could be depressing; a real downer! Because I can tell you right now I DO NOT LOVE PEOPLE PERFECTLY ALL THE TIME! I do not always bear good fruit that will last! There are some days, I am a REAL STINKER by anyone’s standards, especially mine!

But today I have hope! Today I am encouraged! Why? Because He has again shown me this Scripture. He has again reminded me what He requires of me. Which means He is NOT done with me and today I have the opportunity to do well in His name!! That is good news! Today I am assured there is hope for me that I can bear good fruit that will last and I can be trained by the HOLY SPIRIT to love as He has commissioned and the day will come when I can be assured that when I ask in His name I will receive!

Please, please take this little nugget with you today: If the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD is still speaking to you, if a little light has come on in your heart today as you have read His Word, that is a SURE PROMISE that HE is NOT finished with you. Today you can lift your will to HIM and start again!!

Blessing Friends on this 6th day of 2014.

Kathie

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The Day After

As I open this Add a New Post page it is 8:49; late to be starting a post but ….

Yesterday’s birthday celebration was beyond lovely! To have my beloved JT with me all day just the two of us to do whatever we wanted was a tremendous gift to me. I am blessed and grateful.

And now it is December 18 with no Christmas tree in the den – wonder if I could just enlarge this picture and hang it by the fireplace? 🙂  wpid-IMG_20131217_140804_725.jpgNo place like the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama.

And no place like HERE. Here where a few more gifts are waiting to be purchased and more than a few to be crafted, furniture to dust, shrimp to pick up, shrimp to clean, gumbo to make – that’s the most important food item according to my Babies – mousse pie, chicken and dressing, etc. etc. oh and a new dish: Dijon potato salad – got to find a recipe that seems close to the one at yesterday’s lunch. Oh I have plenty of time 🙂

For many days now I have been thinking about my Christmas Prayer gift to place in our JESUS gift box. A tradition started 13 years ago.  There is some preciousness in that box!! I treasure what this box means to us – I never put it away; it’s an all year-long presence at the Thompson house. There’s a lesson there, I think.

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I’ve rambled on enough – the morning is getting away.  Christmas Love to you my Friends.

ABBA, I pray these verbal ramblings will be acceptable and useable to You, HOLY SPIRIT, to encourage, inspire and draw us all nearer to Your Holy Manifest Presence, LORD YESHUA. Thank You for coming and for always being with us. Amen and amen.

Joyous Celebrating of the Savior’s Birth!
Kathie

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

via Isaiah 9:5-7 KJV;CJB – For every battle of the warrior is with – Bible Gateway.

Right

Is there anything harder in this Christian Life than giving up your right to want to hurt someone who has hurt you especially when they did it knowing it was hurting you but did it anyway?

I am in the process and it is wildly hard.

The mind plays and plays the evil they did; moreover, you told them to stop, even explained the pain and they kept on and finally you are stuck paying the consequences for their sins.

As I said is there anything harder?

And so you pray and you work remembering Scripture and you pray more and at some point you surrender your right to want to hurt them because you know that is what is best for you and that is what JESUS desires for you.

Does it make what they did right? Does it cancel their sin? Absolutely not!

Does it make what they did any less malicious? Absolutely not!

Does it mean they will not reap what they have sown? Absolutely not!

Does it mean I will not rejoice when what goes around comes around? Actually yes it does! That is how I know forgiveness has come.

Does it mean when I think of what they have done to me, I will hurt less? Yeah, actually it does.  ONLY JESUS can work a miracle like this!  And I’m looking for a miracle.  It is CHRISTMAS!

James 5:16 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

16 Therefore, openly acknowledge your sins to one another, and pray for each other, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

via James 5:16 KJV;CJB – Confess your faults one to another, and – Bible Gateway.

Ephesians 4:32 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted; and forgive each other, just as in the Messiah God has also forgiven you.

via Eph 4:32 KJV;CJB – And be ye kind one to another, – Bible Gateway.

Joyous Celebrating of the Savior’s Birth!
Kathie

Let and Let Not

I picked up John 14 to read this morning, preliminary preparation for Sunday, and I am stopped at the first five words.

“Don’t let yourselves be disturbed.

via John 14 KJV;CJB – Let not your heart be troubled: ye – Bible Gateway.

As you may know this is Yeshua speaking to His Disciples and obviously He is speaking to me and I hope to you this morning. I suppose I could see this as a choice; I can choose to let not that or this disturb me and I am certain that is true. There must be a choice because I have done both – Let and Let Not. And having a choice theology feels good; we like that free will thing. Free to Choose.

But for the Disciples and for me this morning I am sensing more. I think I hear a Loving Command here. As in you are My Disciple so don’t let yourself be disturbed by this and that because I AM here with you.

I like choice. But I think I like this command more. It’s personal. It’s the Voice of the Savior speaking to one of His Own.

Perhaps you’d like to listen and see if you hear a loving command beyond a choice.

Joyous Celebrating of the Savior’s Birth!
Kathie

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