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Seek He tells us. I will God.


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He tells us to seek His kingdom first. Matthew 6:33

He tells us to seek His righteousness. Matthew 6:33

He tells us to seek Him with all our heart and soul. Deutoronomy 4:29

He tells us to seek Him in the morning. Proverbs 8:17

He says if we seek Him and pray to Him He will hear us.

Jeremiah 29:12-14

He says if we seek Him we will want for nothing good. Psalm 34:10

He says that blessed are those that keep His testimonies and seek Him with a whole heart. Psalm 119:2

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I vow to seek Him in all things. It’s all I’ve got. It’s all that works. Life today is not doing what I want it to and I stand before Him disappointed in what I see and hear. I seek Him for solace and for serenity in this testing journey my love and I are on. I seek peace and comfort in what is. I seek calm and patience in what I have no control over. I seek Him to strengthen this faith which He works in and through me.

I’ve been told that God has done all He is going to do for us. This is taught from the pulpits. But it’s deeper than that simple and frightening lesson. He’s not done. He sent Jesus. He gave us the Holy Spirit to guide us. He is the trinity; He is Jesus and the Holy Spirit. A triune God who does not leave nor forsake His children. He is the quintessential Good Father. The father who never hurts, never leaves, never condemns. He is Abba Father. He is Daddy. He is Creator. He is Infallible.

And He loves us.

I seek Him.

I seek Him with all my strength. I seek His face continually.

1 Chronicles 16:11

O God, You are my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsts for You, my flesh longs for You  in this dry and thirsty land, where no water is; Psalm 63:1

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He says.

See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.

Deuteronomy 3:15-16

I seek life according to God’s will. I do this in light of what we go through in this life of ours. In light of what we are being told. I grasp onto His Word, His commands, laws and decrees. I seek life for us, in all of this talk of medicine, treatments, clinical trials. I seek life despite the negative reports of what they see as “professionals”. I seek life in God the Father, in our Jehovah Rapha, our healer.

I will fight to seek … turn my eyes to see His face.

I seek God. Nothing else.

I am looking up.

Within God is all that I seek. Within Christ is healing life and salvation.

Thank you for reading. Blessings to you.

Thank You for Reading. Andrea

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Prayer Changes Everything! | day 22 of 31


Prayer Changes Everything

Prayer Changes Everything

Yes, yes it does. Prayer changes minds, lives and situations. It changes one’s health, we actually get healthier when communing, communicating with God the Father.

Because … Prayer changes our minds! We literally begin to think differently about everything.

Why? Because when we pray to the Father of the Universe we come into His presence and are caught up in the enormity of Who He is and His LOVE for us and we begin to believe the truth of our situation.

Like some of us felt about our parents when we were younger.

Don’t get me wrong, I know not everyone had a secure parent/child relationship … I didn’t, however … God fixed that in me as early as 5 years old.

My childhood was a, let’s say, rough one. My dad was gone, well worse … he was voluntarily absent and my mom was ill. When I say my childhood it is more of a reference to a time or age in my life. I didn’t really have a childhood.

No, I’m not looking for sympathy; it’s just a fact of my life. One that others may need to know to be able to continue with what I am saying in this post.

When I was 5 some of the more traumatic events of my childhood occurred. My dad left when I was four … but I don’t really know how close to 5 I was at the time, and mom was sick and angry and sad and not taking care of herself, or us kids, very well.

I don’t remember what was going on specifically at the time, but that’s because what I experienced during the situation was so much more dynamic than the trouble that precipitated my amazing experience with Jesus.

We were sent outside to “play”, this was normal for most families at that time … it was 1970. But I didn’t play …. I grabbed my favorite pillow and a book before I was ushered out and the door was closed behind me. I went to our huge maple in the middle of the front yard and was reading (???) it had to be a children’s picture book, I was only 5! and at some point I fell asleep ….

Sometime later minutes, hours (?) I don’t know I was awakened to a very bright light and when I opened my eyes I saw feet in gold sandals and the hem of a white dress (that was my take on it) with blue trim and I heard a booming voice. I remember feeling funny, like a floaty feeling, but no fear or anxiety. I looked up into the light and heard him say …

“You won’t hurt any further. They cannot hurt you anymore.” Just that and a feeling of peace and comfort.

I tell you all this to tell you that this was the beginning of healing for me. I would not be where I am today; I would not be mentally, emotionally and spiritually healthy if God had not revealed Himself to that child I was. Over many, many years of running and hurting I never forgot that visitation. Even when my faith or my religion, which was not being fed in any way, I still prayed to this God, this Jesus (I did know it was Jesus) in my times of desperation.

He wasn’t done … He visited me again when I was 19 in a very tragic, life altering situation. And that visitation cemented me in my belief that there was a God and He knew who I was, though cement or not I continued to run amok for another 18 years, praying to Him when I was at my wits end!

All that praying … it changed me. Little by little it made me stronger, it drew me closer to Him and this path He has me on.

You see I had to do and experience all of that life and lack therein to come to this place where I can tell you that praying can heal you, if you let it!

I encourage you. Don’t let the circumstances of your life stop your relationship with God. As hard as some of  life is, as the tragedy and trauma feel as though they are molding us; trust me when I tell you it is God molding us, in spite of those circumstances, those worldly realities; into the amazing sons and daughters He loves so very much. Keep talking to father, keep sharing your heart and your hurts. Keep communing, communicating with Him; it will change your world. I promise.

I pray today that this post, that once again feels disjointed, is understandable to those who need it. That we all will continue to pray and communicate with God the Father and receive the enormous love and purpose He has for us! In Jesus name, I pray that we will shed the religion and press into the relationship of child to father and bask in the vision He has for us. That we can shed the world and embrace heaven the way that He originally planned for us. Amen.

Thank You for Reading. Andrea

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Healing Focus … do not lose sight of these things … God Instructions


A quick reminder to keep God’s healing Words in Your sights … so that His healing Promise may stay in your body.

His Words

His Words

 

 Proverbs 4:20-22 ~Stay Focused on Wisdom

My son,
    pay attention to my words.
    Open your ears to what I say.
Do not lose sight of these things.
    Keep them deep within your heart
because they are life to those who find them
    and they heal the whole body.

It’s Saturday and it’s late; but I’m going to make it! 😉 31 Days of Healing and 16 Days of Prayer for Healing.

My Dear Father,

I will pay attention to Your words. I will open my ears to what You say, and close them to what the world says. I will not lose sight of these things; these healing words of promise. I am burying them deeply within my heart; where I will treasure them because they are life to me when I find them; find revelation knowledge within them and they will heal my whole body. They will manifest healing in the marrow of my bones. In Jesus’ name, I pray all the Glory for my manifest healing to You, God, my loving Father. All the glory and honor to You. May my (our) healing prove You true and honest before all men. Amen.

 

 

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The Patience of Waiting on God … A Healing Thing | tuesdays @ ten


Waiting ... Patience ... Perseverance

Waiting … Patience … Perseverance

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”
Winston Churchill

And there it is … the truth! True patience and perseverance.

Romans 5:3-8

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

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So shouldn’t we be patient and wait on God?

Patience is the ability to accept and wait or suffer on something or someone without becoming angry or upset!

Be still and know that I am God … Psalm 46:10-11

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

11 Jehovah of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Selah means to sit quietly and meditate on this … in other words have patience and wait on the Lord to reveal the meaning to you. Not your understanding, but the meaning of what God is saying to you, individually, right now, about your circumstance.

Waiting on healing that the Word says is already complete is a conundrum to say the very least. To understand the promise and to manifest that promise are two very different things! And it can be frustrating.

Yet, Patience says we must suffer that wait without that frustration. Even though that frustration can only delay, not stop, that manifestation.

So how do I have patience enough to endure the process. How does one accomplish this ethereal task within themselves?

” … suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God has been poured out into our hearts …

I believe this is about us and our response to God in the hard situations. Circumstances like cancer and heart failure and addiction.

Because at “just the right time” when we are truly powerless and surrendering all to God … God then demonstrates Himself: LOVE, for us, to us and through us. Even as we are still sinners.

Like I said this morning in a scripture status on our favorite Social Media vehicle:

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. – Ephesians 4:22-24
* Note: WE were TAUGHT … it’s a walk, a process. WE MUST read and learn and fellowship and CHANGE the attitudes of our minds. As wonderful as it all is the Love and Grace of God … we are human in a fallen world and we must LEARN and be GUIDED to this place of TRUE righteousness and Holiness in God.

It’s all a process, in patience and perseverance, to Righteousness and Holiness … to getting what we KNOW down in our Spirits for true Understanding.

I simply need to remember that my Manifest Healing was completed the day I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and that I must wait patiently on my human-ness to catch up with my acceptance.

True Serenity.

We call that “Speaking those things that are not (in the natural/the flesh/what is tangible to us here on earth) as though they are. Speaking FAITH; because what we KNOW is promised must be KNOWN in the heart …

That short 18 inch trip from the head to the heart.

And that takes Patience and Perseverance … so I fight the frustrations and do what I know I should do and wait, patiently on God.

Trust me I know this is hard, a LOT. We all live it. We all struggle to be patient in this instant gratification world of ours … but what is it you need to hand to God and be patient and trusting for Him to complete today? Know you are not alone in this virtuous struggle with Spirit and Flesh.

For me, today, I’m handing God the obesity and asking that He conquer it … even as I set out to start Nutrisystem so that I can get my dietary lifestyle under control.

It’s letting God work in me, while I do what I know to do … leaning on Him and not my understanding (or anyone else’s understanding) of what NEEDS to be done to conquer this underlying and deadly dis-ease within me.

Thanks for forgiving the length (this went just a bit over 5 minutes, didn’t it!) and for reading, my faithful friends.

Andrea

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re-New Your Mind and Receive a New Heart.


Jesus CrossIt’s Five Minute Friday again …  FMF + 31 Days of Writing = A Five Minute Daily Journey to Healing in the Word!

Check at the bottom of the post for links to ALL of the blog link ups for this 1st of these Very Special FMF posts! My plan for these special FMF posts in October is to do my best to use Kate’s prompt within my chosen 31 day theme ^^^.

Kate chose an awesome one this week …

Let’s Go with this weeks prompt! NEW …

Yesterday I shared my Heart Story with y’all. The scripture was Ezekiel 36:26 … the promise of a NEW heart! I actually first got that scripture when a dear friend had a heart attack a few years before my heart event. It was the first scripture the Holy Spirit ever “brought to my memory” as we are told would happen when we diligently re-NEW our minds with God’s Word, putting it  into our hearts.

Ezekiel is now one of my favorite books. I actually did a term paper on the book for bible college, not easy.

Scripture says to re-New our minds: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Romans is my other favorite book!

Renewing our minds in the Word truly creates in us a NEW heart. Re-Newing softens and strengthens our hearts simultaneously with God’s truths and promises. It creates us aNew. It changes our minds and our attitudes and our view of things. Bringing light to our understanding.

Re-Newing our minds helps us to see what God meant when he asked: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:18-19

You see illness is in the past. Healing was attained at the exact same time as our Salvation! When we accepted Jesus into our hearts, our hearts became NEW and we were completely healed. Restored … did you know that restoration means: NEW, better than the original!

OH! This healing promise … it’s truly attained in our body, soul and spirit by the re-NEWing of our minds in His Word.

Haven’t re-NEWed your mind today? Well, it’s a good thing God’s mercies are new every morning!

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:23-24

Stop!

Thanks for reading my friends! Now tell us what’s NEW with you! Join us … in any of the prompts below!

Andrea

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I Know Where My Hope Comes From*Looking UP | Tuesday@Ten


Nothing is Impossible in Him

Nothing is Impossible in Him

Welcome. Tuesday is the day I join the writers over on Karen Beth’s blog, Finding the Grace Within for her Tuesday at Ten blog Link up.

It’s simple, be creative with the prompt: writing, art or whatever your craft may be, you have 1 week to create and link up at that bottom of Karen’s page so that others can link up with you. Be sure to visit your “link up” neighbor and spread the joy of connection! Just follow the link above. Looking forward to your post.

Today’s Prompt ….

HOPE!

 

OH, how I’ve hoped these last 12 months.

Hoped and prayed and prayed and hoped. All the time knowing where my hope was founded. My hope is firm on the Corner Stone.

He is Lord … Lord of All!

I have vacillated though, back and forth, in my faith … forgetting to rely upon the faith that is based on the grace of God, but rather relying on the building of my own faith in my exhaustion. Forgetting that Jesus said to roll my works upon Him and to trust Him wholly. Proverbs 16:3.

You see we forget in our human-ness. We forget that He is made strong in us when we are at our weakest! Oh how the relief and peace of His tenderness cascaded over my physical and spiritual self when I remembered.

Amazing Love! Amazing Hope!

The Hubs shared something last night that I’ve been praying and hoping for! I’ve been praying that he would use God’s wisdom in his decision making about his treatments. I finally came to the place that all good and supportive and God guided helpmeets come to. I came to a place that allowed me to, no matter what, no matter how scared or selfish or heartbroken, support whatever decision he made.

You see he wants to quit the chemo, even if the doctor advises against it. He’s terribly frustrated and hates to be down and sick and tired. These things are his kryptonite. He says cancer isn’t killing him that the chemo is killing him and these things are products of the chemo.

His Laughter - My Favorite Sound.

His Laughter – My Favorite Sound.

And then hope … He gave me a glimmer of hope with what he shared last night. He said: “Stopping is my intention, we will see.”

Now let me give you the full picture here. The whole year, especially when they told us that it had moved to the liver, he’s been saying he was going to stop; and each time my heart would sink and my head would spin. I sometimes actually felt faint. I knew that this statement was stealing my peace, my sanity and my hope.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

That statement was stealing my faith. I was forgetting. Then something woke me up. “The chemo is killing me, not the cancer.” The Hubs had decided from day one that this was not going to end him. He declared that and God heard him. But I had begun to fade … I was relying on my faith … not the faith I was given through grace. I was trying to have faith in my own power and I’d hear him say that he was going to stop and I would fade some more.

But then he gave me HOPE! God had heard my prayers too! He always does and he always answers often immediately.

Faith and Trust allow us to hope for what we see as impossible. We mustn’t let these things fade! We mustn’t forget about that faith we were given by grace. And we must not forget that Grace is a person!

I am grateful for Grace and for the hope The Hubs gave me last night! This is the last week of scheduled chemo and then there are some tests and the doc will return with a report.

My HOPE is that that report will come back as no further treatment needed, even as I cannot see it.

Because I know where my Hope comes from … My.HOPE.Is.In.The.LORD.

Psalm 121

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

What is your hope today? Please join us and share your hope today.

Andrea

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A Wordier Wednesday Post ~ Jesus… the PERFECTER of my Faith {Day 2}


…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. ~ Hebrews 12:2-3

Fixing My Eyes on Jesus ...

Good morning, or is it ; yes it is, afternoon. I’ve spent the better part of last night and this morning working this post.

I know it’s Wordless Wednesday … but no day is complete without the WORD … so this Wednesday will be Wordy! 🙂 … so please bear with me … this is important, I believe.

As you probably know, from my ramblings, there are a few lady bloggers I follow regularly. I find from time to time that some I move on from; but there are a few whose delicate renderings of the heart just move me; move in me … transport me to the place in me that God wants repaired.

The precious words of these Wise and REAL women; walking out their salvation for all to see and share, help to keep me on my journey with God … with them.

We don’t do any of this alone. And I am blessed that these ladies allow me to hang on their skirt tails!

What got me yesterday was delicately placed within a blog post by one of my favorite photographer/writers at A Restless Heart.

Kelly said: “Only He knows what that looks like in today. Faith is His business, the growing of it, the deepening of it, the counting of it as our righteousness.”

How many times have I wondered “what’s wrong, is my faith not strong enough?” or “How can I increase my faith.” We’ve all had these thoughts or thoughts along these lines.

FAITH … Is the business of God!

I make faith; what I see as my faith, much too complicated. I’ve been proud and boastful of  my faith. Yet it is not mine, really, is it?

The Bible says that if anyone has the faith the size of a mustard seed one can speak to a situation and change it … move it! ; and yes, that means EVERYONE … even the seemingly unsaved souls we encounter; and I say seemingly because until we offer ministry to a soul we know not their relationship with God.

Faith is SIMPLY BELIEVING God! That’s it … nothing more. We don’t need to expend the effort to grow or increase faith … God does that … WHEN WE BELIEVE HIM!

Now understand … this does not say believe IN Him. I can believe in a ladybug, while not believing the old adage that when I harm a ladybug my house will burn down! My mind is quite capable of believing in the existance of a Soverign God while not believing His promises are true … or for me {like I am the one person the book that has “Except” by my name!} … or for today.

I believe what God says is true … and He promises that He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow!

My life is either a statement of faith or of unbelief!

I recently grasped the concept of my healing … I had not given this area over to God; and somehow did not realize it. I would pray for others to be healed and they would get well … but I was not recieving my healing. The healing I wanted was a reversal of obesity, and it was not reversing.

I thought I believed God at His word … but somehow, now, I think I was believing IN His word, rather than IN Him. I believed He promised this illusive healing, yet I wasn’t getting it, so I set about increasing my own faith. I was putting in the WORK of faith …

WORK is a fatal futility when the job is not mine to perform!

 “Only He [GOD] knows what that [my faith] looks like in today. Faith is His business, the growing of it, the deepening of it, the counting of it as our righteousness.”

Romans 4:3-5 tells a story of Abraham, it states that Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to Him for righteousness. Now to him who works the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes God, who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.

I am not the author of my faith … I can not increase, grow or perfect my faith!

When I spend my time working my faith to come into something that is GRACE; I find myself in debt. I find myself borrowing an idea or concept of how to increase faith {and faith that is not mine does not work for me.}… the debt I find myself in is delayed receipt of the provision God has provided at the Atonement … at the moment of my salvation.

…that healing I want was provided by the Atonement! At the moment of my salvation … So, my salvation {and my healing} were not attained in 2002 when I awoke to God’s Love for me … rather it was attained 2011+ years ago on a cross at Calvary.

My faith is not something I produce. My faith is me believing God so strongly that I am willing to go and to endure whatever it is He requires of me. Abraham did this … Sara did this … Just read Hebrews 11! Each person in the Faith Hall of Fame went home to God without receiving what they believed God for. Yet they believed to the end; and it was accounted to them righteousness!

They simply believed what God said and did what He asked of them.

Jesus teaches that faith in IN God – it is not an ability to produce faith.

For whoever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – FAITH. ~ Hebrews 11:4

Just one more thing … the Bible says that we do not battle against flesh and blood, but against powers and principalities.

I believe that in Hebrews 11:4 we can say that the world we overcome is not the literal world we lives, all the time, rather the belief system of that world. The belief that God does not heal us anymore, that the gifts and the promises of God are not for today …

So I gotta choose Christ … I believe God … not the principalities of this world we live in.

After all of this, Love, what do you believe?
Are you believing or believing in?

Share with me your thoughts. I so want to take this journey with you.

Blessings.