Remembering

We are remembering Veterans today; as well we should.  (If you will, visit Who’s With Me? for more.)

Many lives have been given; much blood has been spilled for Freedom; and, we are deeply saddened that it was necessary but grateful to those who gave and those who are continuing to give to the Cause of Liberty.

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 we 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 for America and Other Lands. Help us celebrate today with gratitude, peace, praise, honor and dignity for them and most highly for You, LORD JESUS.

Kathie

The Christmas Box (again)

I’ve been saving this (again) post. Initially I thought to save it till Christmas but I’m not. 🙂

We are how many days from Christmas 2013? At this writing – 78 days.  Still time for us to pray and plan. Not so much about the gifts we will buy and the foods we will prepare; although perhaps that is not an unwise thing – to begin even now to plan so we can circumvent a less than peace-filled Holy season. As you will read below I have yet to perfect this. But there is hope.

I’d like to center this year on the Prince of Peace rather than participating in the practices of paganism – please don’t be offended or take that as an insult; it is not meant to be. It comes from a heart who really would like to have the courage to go against the culture and give my family and friends a gift of love deeper than ever before, to impart the eternal love of GOD to every person in my world and bless them with a lasting gift that will contribute to the rest of their lives being holy, healthy and happy. I would like to have the courage this year to give not one gift just for the sake of giving a gift out of obligation but for every gift given to be given with prayer, love, thoughtfulness and for money to be not a factor.  Will it happen? I make only the promise of asking ABBA to give me the courage and grace to surrender to Him and see it happen.

And so without further comment here is The Christmas Box (again).

IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2009

The Christmas Box

Well, it’s here and I’m not ready; so I am in that process of readjusting me. It’s a quiet on the outside process followed by a flurry of activity once I have determined what can be done and what will be left undone before family arrives for Christmas dinner.  It’s a time of confirming within what is really important.  I am grateful I am not left alone in this process.  One thing for sure the Christmas Box is in place beneath the tree waiting to receive the written prayers (Birthday Gifts for Jesus) of any Christmas Day Guest at the Thompsons who wants to contribute.  I have already been thinking about the year of 2009 and the summing up of it and what will 2010 bring which is annually the basis for my birthday gift to Jesus and hopefully I will get it in the box on time this year.  

And speaking of time, it would behoove me to finish up here.  Jerry and I wish you all a blessed Christmas celebration.  We wish for you Peace, Joy and Holy Laughter to ring in your hearts and your homes. May it be that you know more than ever before that the Child born in Bethlehem more than 2000 years ago is today ALIVE in you!

John 6:38-40 (New King James Version) 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” [source]

Let it be so, ABBA, raise me up to more than I can be, more than I am for Jesus sake alone.  Comfort and protect our IDOK Troops I pray; I pray for Christmas Miracles for them.  I pray they will experience You this Christmas as they are so far from home and family.  And I pray for Christmas Miracles for families grieving, those in these recent days and those of us having our first Christmas absent ones we love so much.  I pray You will shelter and guard our hearts and minds this Christmas.  I pray we will allow You to be our comfort and I pray we will give your comfort away as gifts to others.  Please continue blessing all these spoken here and, ABBA, watch over and shine Your Face upon every IDOK and Reader and bring us all together again. Amen and amen in Jesus Matchless and Holy Name.

Kathie

Pups

This excerpt from my You Version Reading Plan prompts this post.

Two puppies were thrown into a backyard wading pool by their playful master. One yelped hysterically while the other romped and played in the cool water. The master observed that the difference was not in the pool but in the pups.

via Day 348 – Draw Near – 365 Guides to Greater Intimacy with God | YouVersion.com.

Same pool. Same water temperature. Same environment, but what a difference!

Lets say we are pups.  How will we respond when we hit the water today? How have we already responded thus far?

The pups’ master in our little story we assume loved his pups; he is characterized as playful; meaning throwing them into the pool was a benevolent act. An act not to harm them but to give them an opportunity to enjoy being a puppy. Perhaps he had a plan; a plan to take them on a journey that included a much larger body of water – the pool was preparatory.

We have a Benevolent Master and He has a plan: that we enjoy being a human AND He definitely has us on a journey and He definitely prepares us for the next large body of water. Question is . . .

Which pup am I? Which pup are you?

The MASTER speaks:

John 10:10 The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure.

via John 10:9-11 KJV;CJB – I am the door: by me if any man enter – Bible Gateway.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

via Jer 29:11 NASB;CJB – For I know the plans that I have for – Bible Gateway.

Be Hidden in CHRIST,

ABBA, thank You for this story, thank You for the prompt, thank You for the lesson; thank You for forgiveness since I already messed up BUT in this moment I can begin again and not only me but all of us; thank You for being more than benevolent toward us! I pray for each person who comes here to read and pray or just to read for whatever reason; I pray, HOLY SPIRIT, all will experience You as a benevolent, playful, serious, all-wise, loving, kind, perfect Master, Savior, Friend and ABBA.  And with our praises and our thankfulness we come with our petitions for Others and as we bring their names and faces before You we trust You to do all things well concerning them. {Jamie, Terri, Jill, Nicole, Dori, Kerri, Lance, Anna, John, Valerie, Perry, ________} And we pray for Others to receive strength to repent and believe on and in JESUS name. 

 

Common Types

Day 31 of 35 – Soul Detox

1 John 3:1-24

Devotional

There are three common types of toxic relationships: negative, controlling, and the tempters. Chances are you have experienced all three of these toxic relationships in your life. Chances are that you have been toxic to someone else in one of these three ways. Do as God’s Word says and don’t let yourself be deceived and led astray by toxic relationships. More importantly, don’t be toxic to others because you will lead them astray.
What types of toxic relationships do you currently have more of in your life?

via Soul Detox | YouVersion.com.

The truth hurts!

For sure on the negative here; confessing there are some negative toxic relationships in my world; have to give the controlling and the tempters some thought. And oh my goodness! I don’t want to be ANY of these to any one else! I am grateful for this Soul Detox session!

And now to the TEXT. 

I have asked myself and now I have to ask you. Seriously! What will you do with these verses?

3 And everyone who has this hope in him continues purifying himself, since God is pure.
4 Everyone who keeps sinning is violating Torah — indeed, sin is violation of Torah.
5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and that there is no sin in him.
6 So no one who remains united with him continues sinning; everyone who does continue sinning has neither seen him nor known him.

via 1 John 3:1-24 CJB;NIV – See what love the Father has lavished – Bible Gateway.

And this one. How do we reconcile what we see in people and what we read here? And the  politically correct phrase thrown around: ‘don’t judge me’ – how can we not see what is clearly before us? And how is that we are accused of judging when ABBA has clearly given the judgment right here in these passages?

10 Here is how one can distinguish clearly between God’s children and those of the Adversary: everyone who does not continue doing what is right is not from God. Likewise, anyone who fails to keep loving his brother is not from God.

via 1 John 3:1-24 CJB;NIV – See what love the Father has lavished – Bible Gateway.

This is strong and sobering! If it does not make a difference in us, we have surely disbelieved it.