Friday, April 13, 2012

Happy Birthday Betty

Ephesians 6:2-3

“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—  “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Today is my little sister's birthday.  Twelve days ago on the 1st of April,  on my birthday she sent me a message that read:
You can't imagine how blessed I feel to have you as my sister. Do you know one memory that I have when I was a little girl? When it was time for us to go to sleep I was afraid of the dark and you would tell me, just pray. This was the prayer. God help me sleep everyday and every night. That prayer has come along way. Here we are 41 years later and I could still
turn to you and say I am scared and you are there to comfort me.

Today I want to to tell you about this special lady.  She is the youngest of three girls. I'm the oldest :) She has the gift of service. She is a giver and her heart is big with love.
Betty, being the youngest in the home was the last to leave my parent's house. She worked side by side with my mom & dad when my brother Moses came along.
I know today is bitter sweet for her because she was my mom's little girl.  A big hole has been left in her heart with the passing of my mom just 8 months ago, and I know today is somewhat painful.

My sister has lived Ephesians 6:2-3, the command that the Lord left us to honor our parents. Now that my dad is alone, she continues to to serve my dad as a good daughter. My other sister & I are available for my dad too, but not like Betty.
So today on your birthday, I want to honor you and let everyone I know, that I am PROUD of YOU! Remember that God is pleased in how you care for our mom and how you continue to care for our dad. We understand that our hope is in the fact, that we will see mom again because she anchored to the
promise of God.

So....Happy Birthday little sister!! Enjoy this day.  On this day someone really special was born---that's

Seek the Lord, press into him.  Continue to pray and search him out...he is not far off.

God bless you!~Liz

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Are you Injured?

Proverbs 10:9 

The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out. 

Psalm 78:32-39 
In spite of all this, they kept on sinning; in spite of his wonders, they did not believe. So he  ended their days in futility and their years in terror. Whenever God slew them, they would seek  him; they eagerly turned to him again. They remembered that God was their Rock, that God  Most High was their Redeemer. But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him  with their tongues; their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant. Yet  he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he  restrained his anger and did not stir up his  full wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return. 

Yesterday as I was returning home from shopping with my husband, I had to slow down the car  because all cars in front of me came to a halt. I saw two cars in front of me go around an  obstacle. When it was my turn I saw a creature, possibly a possum; he had been hit by a car  and was struggling to scurry to the side, perhaps hide in the bush, die or try and survive.  I began to cry because I could see the little thing was in pain; he was hit and did not even see  the danger coming. My husband tried to comfort me and said, don't be upset you did not hit it. 

But that wasn't enough to bring me comfort. I began to tell my husband, "that little creature is where it's suppose to be, we are the ones that have intruded and put this crooked road in the  middle of his territory". I was hoping that the little creature had stayed in the green, safe, tree populated area of his little world; but he had ventured out. We drove home as I quietly whimpered. 

Later on that evening I thought about the incident again and again this morning, but  this time the thoughts were about us; yes, you and me. It was as if the Lord was ministering to me about our own "hit" that came in the garden. We stepped out of a place of safety and we were hit;  hit with temptation; and we entertained it and rolled out the welcome mat. Temptation that lead to sin with no possibility of escaping the repercussions. 

Our sin would immediately lead to death, no room for recovery or healing somewhere in the bushes. God himself would call us out and remind us of what we did. He himself would have to mend and fix this mess we made when we moved out of his protection and took the crooked road. 

This morning I thinking of the many, perhaps you, that are either entertaining sin, thinking of compromising or anything else you think "you can handle" 

DON'T DO IT! RUN--RUN FOR YOUR LIFE...Literally! Sin ALWAYS leads to death. It may not  be a physical death...but it is death. It separates us from God. God HATES sin and God LOVES  us. The worst death is when we find ourselves without God....we are walking but not living.  It's not too late to confess our sins and welcome the life giving mercy and grace of the Lord. We  don't have to stay injured and separated from confess...he is merciful!  Hallelujah! 

I'd love to pray with you if you need someone to join you or feel tempted to turn from what you  know is right. 

God bless you!~Liz 

Mercy Seat Lyrics | By Vicki Yohe 
In the darkness, where everything is unknown 
I faced the power of sin on my own 
I did not know of a place I could go 
Where I could find a way to heal my wounded soul 
He said that I could come into His presence without fear 
Into the holy place where His mercy hovers near 
I'm running, I'm running, I'm running to the mercy seat 
Where Jesus is calling, He said His grace would cover me 
His blood will flow freely, It will provide the healing 
I'm running to the mercy seat, I'm running to the mercy seat 
Are you living where hope has not been 
Lost in a curse of a lifetime of sin 
Look, the illusions, they never come true 
I know where there's a place of mercy for you 
He said that you could come into His presence without fear 
Into the holy place where His mercy hovers near 
Come running, come running, come running to the mercy seat 
Where Jesus is calling, His grace will be a covering 
His blood will flow freely, It will provide the healing 
Come running to the mercy seat

Monday, April 2, 2012

Seeking His Face

Exodus 33:21-23 
Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”

John 14:6-9
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

Wives, do you remember what your spouse wore on Wednesday?  Husbands, do you know what kind of perfume your wife sprinkles on every morning and if possibly this week she changed the scent on you?   Why all the silly questions?

It's been over a week know that I changed my eye glasses.  I swapped them out for an older pair, you know, just for variety. And guess what, NO ONE NOTICED; I mean no one.  Not my son, not my friends, not even my husband.  So last Sunday at church, I looked at my husband and said, "notice anything different"?  He looked straight at my face, and said, no, I don't think so. To that I replied, " I changed my glasses and you did not even notice".  Then he said, " yeah, yeah, I was going to say that". Of course we both laughed and we knew he was fibbing.  My reply was "yeah right"  :)

All week the Lord has been speaking to me about seeking his face. Really, spending time and looking into his face.  We have to make sure that we don't miss God.  Sometimes the Lord will speak specifically to us through a friend or a song; sometimes via the Sunday message and even through an unbeliever.

I'm asking the Lord, Father let me know you more.  Lord help me see the fullness of your character. God doesn't change; his Word says that he is the same yesterday, today and forevermore (Hebrews 13:8), therefore I have my entire lifetime to get to know him. He's not going to change but by his grace, I WILL! I want to know all that the Lord wants to show me.  I want to recognize him wherever I am; wherever he has me.  I don't want to take it for granted that I am familiar with all the different attributes of my Father. What I desire is that my eyes and ears be attentive and very well acquainted with the character of God.  I will only learn this as I sit at his feet; as I meditate on his Word day and night.

If God were to speak to me through my son, would I recognize him?  I hope so, I really do.  Just yesterday my son and I were talking about the Lord, his Name and his character.  A few minutes into the conversation, I said to myself, ok Lord, I recognize you.  My son and I spoke about Yahweh, God's name and it confirmed to me yet again, that I must recognize him; my God and my Lord!

As I was getting the worship song list ready for this Sunday, once again, it was about his face and knowing him. I pulled out an old song, "Awesome in this Place".  Some of the lyrics go like this:

As I come into Your presence
Past the gates of praise
Into Your sanctuary
'Til we're standing face to face
I look upon Your countenance
I see the fullness of Your grace And I can only bow down and say You are awesome in this place Mighty God
You are awesome in this place
Abba Father
You are worthy of all praise
To You our lives we raise
You are awesome in this place
Mighty God

Yes to know him; we have a short time on earth to know him more and enjoy him until he calls us home to be with him forever.  Even in "forever" I wonder if we will ever fully know our Savior; the fullness of his Grace and Mercy!

Join me in seeking his face more and more each day. I trust you are in the Word, if not, pick it up today.

In the midst of our search ( though he indeed is not far away) ; in the center of our exploration we find that we become worshipers of the One who gave us Life.  We encounter the One we desire to know more and our hearts begin to sing, something like the song above and we find that in the midst of worship the transformation that we desire is actually occurring. Praise be to the Living God!

God bless you!~Liz


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