Remembering

We are remembering Veterans today; as well we should.
Many lives have been given; much blood has been spilled and, we are deeply saddened.

And while we look to mortal men and women who have given blood for temporary freedom, let us look to the ONE who gave His Blood that we may have Eternal Freedom.

And YESHUA said:

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 

14 I am the good shepherd; I know my own, and my own know me — 15 just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father — and I lay down my life on behalf of the sheep. 

17 “This is why the Father loves me: because I lay down my life — in order to take it up again! 18 No one takes it away from me; on the contrary, I lay it down of my own free will. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it up again. This is what my Father commanded me to do.”  John 10 [source]

Luke 4:17-19

17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
19To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
[source]


Thank You, ADONAI YESHUA, for eternal freedom, for eternal liberty; ONLY You could set us the captives eternally free and You did. Just words are not enough to say thank You. And thank You for men and women who loved freedom so much that they would lay aside their own lives. Help us celebrate today with gratitude, peace, praise, honor, and dignity for them and most highly for You, LORD JESUS.

Kathie

Perfect vs Persistent (again)

IDOK DEVOTION FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2009

Perfect vs Persistent

We are not fully back to normal around here, whatever normal is. We have had days filled with love, laughter and lots of food and this morning it’s quiet, for a little while  anyway, unless you count the sound of the washing machine and distance traffic.   I like it! My beloved is safely to work and I am slowly getting started – no surprise to you since you don’t have an IDOK yet.

Let me share with you again today from my gift book: Jesus Lives by Sarah Young (published by Thomas Nelson ISBN-13:978-1-4041-8695-8), pages 214 and 215.

Assurance

BRING YOUR ATTENTION GENTLY BACK TO ME WHENEVER IT STARTS TO WANDER. Find relief in the truth that I look for persistence-rather than perfection-in your walk with Me.

Are you amazed at how quickly and how far your mind can wander from Me? When you recognized this has happened, don’t be shattered by disappointment or distracted by discouragement.  Instead, simply return your attention to Me and to the truth that I accept you in all your imperfection.

Not only do I accept you as you are, I love you as you are.  I died a criminal’s death so I could adorn you with My own perfection.  That’s why bringing your thoughts to Me is so important: It is My perfect righteousness that saves you, and it will never be taken away from you!

You can easily fall prey to self-rejection if you have unrealistic expectations for yourself.  When you fail, I want you to bring your focus back to Me gently, without judging yourself.  Instead of doing further harm by putting yourself down, persist in setting your sights on Me.  I always welcome you back with unfailing Love.

Hebrews 10:12-14  12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

Luke 10:41-42  41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (source)

Psalm 36:7  7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. (source)

And we thought picking on ourselves was a good thing, didn’t we?  No, not really – it’s just the easier thing to do.  This is an encouragement to me; I hope you don’t need it but just in case you ever do – remember DADDY GOD is not looking for us to be PERFECT yet just PERSISTENT in the right direction.

Thank You, ABBA, for these days we have enjoyed; thank You for the love and laughter we are now treasuring.  And thank You for the food we relished and thank You now for courage to ‘pay’ rather than ‘play’ in our consumptions.  Just a few more days and we will mark a new year and we are already thinking about promises we may make to ourselves; don’t let us do that again. Don’t let us make promises we cannot reasonably keep; don’t let us set ourselves up for that guilt; You’ve told us already that is not what You want for us.  Get us passed that mental trap of waiting until January 2 to begin or next week or tomorrow; help us begin today, doing just one thing we know would bless You, others and ourselves. Again, we pray for protection from all harm for our IDOK Troops, we pray for heart and mind peace for each of them in hostile places; we pray for Peace for Israel and to see them occupy the LAND You have given them; we pray for America, for space and grace to repent; we pray for each name written here with every need of spirit, soul and body and we ask You to grant relief from pain and healings and rescues as You will for Jesus Name Sake.  Amen and amen.

Kathie

Endings and Beginnings (again)

IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010
Endings and Beginnings
            Because I am starting this at 1:25 on Wednesday afternoon and because I still have to make a visit to UPS for copying and to the store for elastic, I am hoping to be brief.  It’s not that I have not been studying today.  To the contrary, I think I have put in much more than I have digested.  But let me give you two points, I think, and then it’s out the door for me. 
            I finished my JESUS, 90 Days with the One and Only journal today.  I started it on April 6, 2009 and wrote my last entry a little earlier today.  I was happy and sad to reach the last page and I’ve already picked my next 90 day journal – who knows how long it will take.  It’s entitled, JOHN, 90 Days with the Beloved Disciple.  And following that will be 90 Days with David. So looks like Beth (Moore) may have about 2 years to get another one together as I’d like to have a least 4 of them done before I’m too old to do them.  But I’m off track here.  
            So here’s a paragraph that gave me some sweet emotions and I thought you might like to share them with me.
            “Thirty-three years earlier, the feet of God toddled their first visible prints on earth, a young mother’s footprints chasing close behind.  The walk grew rough, the path strewn with stones and thorns.  Now God incarnate stepped off this planet with feet scarred and bruised.  As God predicted at the fall, the ancient serpent struck Christ’s heel, but on the day He ascended, all things were under Christ’s feet.  Jesus Christ walked the way of humanity so that humanity could walk the way of God. How beautiful the feet that brought good news.”
            Amen and amen! How awesome is that on the screen of our minds?!
            Romans 10: (NKJV)15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “ How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
            Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
            Luke 24: 50 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51 Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.
            I said two but I think I’ll save the other one because this one is just too good to move on from – we need to linger over it for at least a day!  Sweet blessings to you my sisters and brothers in the name of our Holy Jesus!
            (Just as a side note – my Baby Girl’s name came from this passage.  I named her Bethany to always remind me and hopefully her that He left from a place called Bethany and He would return to a place called Bethany and for her – Bethany.  I am without words to say how grateful this Momma is that my Bethany is looking to ‘Bethany’ for His return… so’s her Momma.)
ABBA, You know even better than I how grateful I am that You have given my sister Beth such words to give me these pictures of You.  This is so good!  These 2000 plus years since Your nailed scarred feet were lifted off this planet that You chose to come to for us – it’s more than I can take it but I am so grateful for what I have been able thus far to comprehend.  My request to You is to comprehend more and more of You, to fully give You all my heart, soul and body, to be utterly head over heels, fully gone, ‘crazy’ in love with You and occupying myself with Your Business while I keep a watchful eye longing for You to come again.  And, Holy Spirit, I pray that too for our IDOKs and Readers.  Thank You that You are forever watching over us and that nothing touches us that You have not already made provisions to cover.  Thank You that no illness or disease or hurt or pain or wayward child, or bondage, or grief, or IDOK Troop, or family, or crisis in Washington or anywhere else or anything else we could name is beyond You – You have it all covered and redeemed for us if only we will believe.  And praise You, praise You we are learning to believe.  Thank You, DADDY.  Thank You in Jesus Name. Amen and amen.
Kathie

Taking it Personal

Luke 1 26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,

Can you imagine the stir in heaven as God the Father gives instruction to Gabriel to go to earth with this news??

27 to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. via Luke 1:26-38,42-48 HCSB – Gabriel Predicts Jesus’ Birth – In – Bible Gateway.

So personal!

The GOD of this Universe is PERSONAL. Take HIM personally!!

HE does you.

What glorious news!

Every soul acts out their desire for personal attention and GOD came down from Heaven to give it – what could be more sinful and horrid to refuse Him??

Praying (PFT)!

We have the Right to do right in this wrong World,

On this Friday Evening in March

I am pondering as I look at LUKE. 

I am just starting to read Warren Wiersbe’s the Bible Exposition Commentary (via Logos) [as relates to the book of Luke – not the whole thing – yet 🙂 ] and right out of the gate I began chasing rabbits, part of which is coming to The White Stone to share with you.

Wiersbe said the key theme of the book of Luke is Our Lord’s journeys as the Son of man

May I tell you I immediately liked the way that read and then I was off. Here’s where:

When we are anticipating a journey, we make plans. Plans as to when we will leave home, where we are going, what we will do while we are there, what we will need while there and when we will return home. So tell me, did God do this as well as He prepared for His journey from Heaven to Earth and back to Heaven again?

Something to ponder, isn’t it?

And by the way Wiersbe said the key verse in Luke is Luke 19:10

10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
via Luke 19:10 KJV – For the Son of man is come to seek and – Bible Gateway.

Have a wonderful weekend dear Friends.

Praying (PFT)!

We have the Right to do right in this wrong World,