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New Author Showcase: Robin Tidwell’s release of Reduced!


Novelist – Robin Tidwell

I am excited to introduce fellow Helium Writer and

New Author, Robin Tidwell!

Robin lives in the St. Louis, Missouri area with her husband, Dennis, and their youngest son. She has a rather eclectic educational background, and finally finished her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has held a plethora of jobs, appointments, and volunteer positions, and tries very hard to make it through one week at a time without a crisis. 

Recently, August 28, 2012, Robin has published her first novel:  Reduced.

Back Cover

“REDUCED is a breath-holding, page-turner! The intense journey that author Robin Tidwell takes the reader on demands us to both care and ache for the characters as they bond together to confront an unsettling future by forging honest, loving, and sometimes painful relationships. This is an exciting tale told with enormous humanity and passion. Do yourself a huge favor and read REDUCED. It will leave you wanting more.”
– Bart Baker, novelist and screenwriter, author of Honeymoon with Harry.

Teaser: 

   A devastating biological agent is about to be released, to be tested in remote areas. Rumor has it, though, that there is more to this than meets the eye. One group makes plans to hide out, and survive, in case that rumor proves to be truth. Meeting at an abandoned summer camp near St. Louis, Missouri, a dozen old friends gather after the alarm is raised. Life becomes more precious, more tenuous, as time passes. Government controls tighten, people are herded into the city…or killed. Towns are obliterated. And soon, the enemy agenda becomes obvious. Abby, like the rest, has special skills – each member of the group was chosen not only because of past ties, but also for their unique training and abilities. She will come face-to-face with death, bear the responsibility for a young girl, and endure the severing of childhood relationships in the most terrible way imaginable. From mere concealment to reconnaissance to aiding a rebellion, where will it end? Will the entire region be decimated, and who will be left alive to know?

Excerpt: [This is where I got hooked – the very beginning!]

   She took the phone call out in the hallway.

“No names. It’s time. Are you okay?”

“Yes. I’ll be taking the side roads.”

“Good. Someone needs to be picked up. See you soon. Good luck.”

Abby tapped her Bluetooth and disconnected. She stepped back into the locker room and cautiously peered around the corner. The office at the far end of the room had the curtains pulled shut tightly; she knew what that meant. She closed her eyes for a moment, saying a prayer, but only for a moment. It didn’t pay at all to be unobservant.

   She jumped when the curtain in the shower cubicle to her right moved slightly. A scarred, bleeding face looked out, directly into Abby’s eyes, and a pale hand clutched at the curtain.

“Go,” said the dying girl. “You can’t help us.” Abby turned and left.

Hooked right from the beginning the story engages the reader and the characters and scenes are fully fleshed out, ready for the emotional connection that draws the avid reader in! I am loving reading Reduced! ~ Me. 🙂

Review: 

Post-apocalyptic novel or prescience? Reduced is a world where mankind’s worst enemy is itself, and survival seems an impossible, distant hope that is buoyed and sustained only by the unexpected love of a child. Robin Tidwell makes you look at today’s world and wonder where humankind’s future lies.” ~ MJ Logan

Reduced is on sale now and can be found at Amazon.com, where the Kindle edition is also available … you can start reading Reduced in minutes using whispernet! Just click this link and get Reduced!

Still More Reviews Here!

Places to find Robin Tidwell and her writing:

Reduced – the Novel

All on The Same Page Bookstore

@ReducedtheNovel

https://www.facebook.com/#!/tidwell.robin

happy reading my friends. 🙂

 


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One of These Days… … …


Because of and inspired by a wonderful writer I know…My favorite Miss M; please hop on over to her blog Quips and Quibbles… and show her some love…

I am here to consider, quickly, right off the top of my heart, what I want…desire… and strive to do…

One of these days… … …

I am going to understand…

Be more than okay with me…

Write the book, the history, the biography of a life like mine…

Be a real writer without the angst of whether or not I am good enough.

Visit Ireland with my Love and learn fluent Gaelic

Be the mother of the groom(s)…

See my children prosperous and happy…REALLY HAPPY!

Be the best grandma on the planet…

Know that I have pleased God…

One of these days I am going to look back on this life and be pleased with my accomplishments, know that I have made a mark and a difference…

One of these days…I will tell stories of the JOY experienced, here in this, MY life…

OK…so it’s 11…but I was never really good at math…

maybe one of these days…hehehehehe

Tell us what you are going to do …

ONE OF THESE DAYS… … …

Blessings Loves ♥


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Unconditional…Focus: The Cross


 

 

For Good Friday…Inspired by God…Written for His Glory:

Unconditional by Andrea Hutchinson – 2008

Flash fiction: Unconditional

 

Happy Good Friday Loves

 

June 20, 2008

Every nerve and sinew in his body screams in pain. Unimaginable pain, with the intensity of the heat of the midday sun. The thought of one more step assaults his senses. Yet the consequences for stopping sets a chill in his blood. This sacrifice was always beyond his human control, yet he had chosen, still, to come. The heavy, rustic beam he bears upon his back literally carries the weight of the world. The dead weight of a lost world. Scraping and tearing at his raw skin, the weight of it bears upon his very soul. Sweat and blood pour into his eyes, blurring his vision as he looks up and begins to pray. Determinedly, he raises his eyes to the heavens, in prayer, dismissing the pain racking his body.

Throngs of people bustle about. Some entertained, still others appear to be in mourning, somehow. Do they understand? Can they possibly know the cost of what is happening? Sadly, he thinks, most do not. Worse, some never will. It is for those, the very ones who do not know, that he endures this to the end. A necessity, he knows, for humanity.

From the very beginning he knew the outcome of his last three years on this earth. The consequences of the choice he made. His humanity takes him aback, astonished to realize the fear and the desire to be released from this task. He begins himself asking why; just like a man, he thinks to himself. Yet, the ultimate knowledge of the necessity of all of this remains the reason he came to this place, after all.

Finding himself at his destination, a sigh of exhaustion escapes. Very soon now, he thinks to himself. God’s will be done, he prays. Silently his glance grazes the crowd. Brutally he is thrown upon the beam he carried to this ravaged place. The loud din of the crowd molest his ears. He senses familiar presences in the crowd. They are here, doing just the things that were spoken at their dinner on the previous night.

His brothers do all of the things prophesied, to their horror and shame. They look on in sorrow and revulsion. Ashamed of their acts of denial and their human inability to stop the looming end to this saga. Not able to truly understand the necessity. These chosen followers remain unaware of their importance in this history of the world. Yet they stand upon the threshold of that understanding.

Intense flaming pain pierces his thoughts. His prayer is continual now, he seeks the end of this ordeal. Fiery pokers of shoot from his fingertips up his arms with lightning speed, as they are secured to the beam. His feet and legs feel this immensity of agony next. Then the bottom falls out.

He is raised above the crowd. A sense of vertigo takes hold as he is swung from ground level to the heights of heaven. Audible gasps and cries are clearly heard, even a familiar scream, muffled in fear. The weight of his slight frame assaulted by the pin point agony in his hands and feet, as all of his weight is bore by his agony weakened limbs, being held by only course nails. Cramping pain begins to pulsate within the muscles of these limbs. Vibrating through him with each beat of his heart.

Aware of those to each side of him, he looks to his right. Anger and disdain assault him from this side. A soul, unclean with anger, shouts obscenities and accusations his way. Turning his eyes and head from this sin, his sights meet those of a repentant man. This man acknowledges him in a way many have not. Somehow in his own repentance, he knows. Knows the identity of this middle man. This sacrificial life.

The thief begs his forgiveness, unashamed. Admitting that this fate was earned by his own choice of actions. The man in the middle reassures this repentant soul. Promising that the kingdom of God would be his fate. Assuring the thief that they will be joined there this very day, in paradise. With no doubt the repentant man believes.

With that the skies muddy to gray. Flashes of lightening, that only an angry God can create, lights the dank atmosphere. The wind picks up and the clouds move violently across the sky. The man looks up, with every ounce of energy spent. With his last bit of life he cries out to God. Forgive them Father, is his first intercessory prayer, they know not what they do! With that intercession complete he looks forward into the crowd. As the first drop of rain falls from the Creator‘s eye, the man gives up his life and cries out, ‘It is done”. And he is gone.

Faintly in the distance a rending can be heard. A veil, thick with the blood of the Son of God, is rent from top to bottom. Fulfilling the words of the prophets and saving the world. With the fulfillment of the law a new covenant begins. The law obsolete and the old gone away.

All things are new. A new faith is born. A new hope is sown in the field of humanity. Three days will prove the words of the prophets of old. The keys to heaven will be restored to the rightful heir.

One act of unconditional love saves all of humanity.

One act of unconditional love moves the hand of God.

One act of unconditional love, from brother to brother, saves a world of souls.

One act of unimaginable and unconditional love provides the inheritance to all, each and everyone.

You can read the original, if you’d like, at this link: http://www.helium.com/items/1086022-unconditional-love-salvation

Blessings Loves :)♥ 

 


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Take Possession Of Your Land!


 

Let My Words Be Few

 

Thursdays here on HOPEannFAITH we try to write concisely. Getting a profound message to the reader in the least possible words…

                 …I have not mastered this! 🙂 So there is no wordcount limit, except to try and stay within the 500 words they say a blog post should be to hold the reader…Most times I miss the mark…so write my loves and join me…please!

Just leave the URL link for your post and I will update the current Few Words Post to add your link for the readers to follow!

It would be awesome, too, if you would go and read those who join us and show them some love on their blogs! If you don’t have a blog…leave your piece right in the comments and we will all check back for you!

This week, my words will truly be few! Because I am directing you to a blog post by the most inspirational women I know personally! She has taught, encouraged and guided me spiritually for 10 years, and thanks be to God will continue to do the same with her new blog and website! Praise God for spiritual parents!

Now go get fed…Carol offers quite the spread of spiritual food at her place! It will rock your world!

Please enjoy this blog post and check out the site…

A Powerful and Postive Message from my Spiritual Mother…it will change your life!

Living Life With Purpose – Change your thinking~Change your life! http://www.livinglifewithpurose.

via Take Possession Of Your Land!.

Blessing Loves …♥


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and now, My MMM Update #2 (should be #3…) Psalm 91


and now, MMM Update #2

Devotions and the MMM Challenge

I have decided to utilize the same memorization tool that I used last year. It worked, yet I didn’t manage to fully memorize my verses. So I try again!

The memorization tool I uses is the first one on this list that Ann Kroeker provides at the MMM Headquarters.

 This is Psalm 91, set up for Verbatim Memorization.

I also write it out longhand, yes with a pen and paper, at least once daily, and I read it several times daily.

I try to remember to read it out loud and with conviction. It really is a great Psalm read aloud! The Power of God fills the room when read aloud.  

The words in Red  are the words I had to look at.

The words struck out  are the ones I got wrong altogether.

I will now attempt to type this jewel of God’s Protection from my very, very stressed mind! J

Psalm 91 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

1. W l u t s o t M H w r i t s o t A.

Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High will remain in the shadow of the Almighty.

 2. I w s t t L,“Y a m r a m f, m G i w I t.”

I will say to the LORD, “You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”

 3. H i t o w w r y f h’ t a f d p.

He is the one who will rescue you from the hunters’ trap and from deadly plagues.

4. H w c y w h f, a u h w y w f r. H t i y s a a.

He will call cover you when he with his feathers, under his wings you will find refuge. His truth is your shield and armor.

5. Y d n n t f t o t n, a t  f d t d,

You do not need to fear the terrors of the night, and the fiery darts arrows that fly during the day,

 6. p t r t d, e t s a n.

plagues that roam the dark, epidemics that strike at night noon.

7. T w n c n y,e t a t m f d b y o t t a y r s.

They will not come near you, even though a thousand may fall down dead beside you or ten thousand at your right side.

 8. Y o h t l w y e t s t p o w p.

You only have to look with your eyes to see the punishment of wicked people.

 9. Y, O L, a m r! Y h m t M H y h.

You, O LORD, are my refuge! You have helped me have made the Most High your home.

 10. N h w c t y. N s w c n y h.

No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your house.

11. H w p h a i c o y t p y i a y w.

He will put his angels in charge of you to protect you in all your ways.

 12.  T w c y i t h s t y n h y f o a r.

They will cover carry you in their hands so you never hit your foot on a rock.

13. Y w s o l a c.Y w t y l a s.

You will step on lions and cobras. You will trample young lions and snakes.

 Not too bad, so far. But obviously more work needs to be done…

Now my favorite part…God’s personally speaking to us! Let us see how I do…

 14. B y l m, I w r y. I w p y b y k m n.

Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name.

15. W y c t m, I w a y. I w b w y w y a i t I w s y a h y.

When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble I will save you and honor you.

 16. I w s y w a l l. I w s y h I w s y.

I will satisfy you with a long life. I will show you how I will save you.

 Wow! Only 3 words I had to look for…good, but a bit disappointed, this is my favorite part. The part I show to others how much God loves us.

So how are you doing?

Blessings Loves ♥


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in Christ ALL things hold together ((†))


Sleep Studies at night and God in the Morning

Last night I has a sleep study performed, because the Cardiologist @ Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Brownsmills, NJ., felt it was necessary. Why? Because, sleeplessness is a major cause of hypertension. So I was wired like a science project, plugged in and sent to bed. At 10:30 pm no less!

Blessedly the the room was very much like an old hotel/motel room, teal green carpet and drapes to prove it, with just a tv and a few lamps. Worried that once I turned off the tv I wouldn’t be able to sleep, in the very noisy silence. Did you ever notice how noisy and active silence is? Try a sleep study! I turned out the lamp and settled in for the night and God helped me out with the silence! He is always faithful! Like with the carpet and drapes my room had the old style wall mounted airconditioner and she was not quiet! Ahhhhh….

I guess I slept ok, felt like I slept the normal 5 or 6 hours, but I won’t be certain until I return to Deborah for my follow-up.

So anyway, I call home at 5:05 am, to find that the boys had not awakened to the alarm, and woke Don up to pick me up, (he had a 45 minute ride ahead of him, just enough time to meet the 6am checkout (NO) discharge time!). I’m glad I got to call home!

So the techie unwired me, explained when I would be contacted (about 3 weeks, ehhh.) and off I was to dress and leave. I walked out to a slowly illuminating sky with bright sun edging the slowly brightening clouds. Unlike the brutal mornings of July, there was a crisp chill in the air and the birds were joyfully singing in the trees, as far off, it seemed, traffic traveled up and down Trenton Road, even so early on this Saturday morning. I wondered if I was going to have to sit on the cement stoop when I saw a picnic table in a break area for employees. I walked the block to the table and sat reading Michael Cunningham’s The Hours waiting to be picked up. It was quite nice really, I enjoyed the time.

Don arrived on time, just 6:05 am, and we enjoyed the ride home. I asked if I could turn the heat on low and he laughed, saying that was something he didn’t think he would ever hear me say. I had to laugh too, he was right. As we drove east for home the sun was finally on the horizon. Huge and bright it made certain areas very hard to navigate for the blinding rays of unadulterated light. We both began to watch what we could see of the road ahead of us. It’s these times of working together that I realize God’s design for our lives, Don’s and mine, that is.

Although He, God, has designed and planned ALL life. I’ll explain that more in a bit, with visual aids!  😉

When the sun got so bright we couldn’t see an inch ahead of us I handed Don my sunglasses, his are lost again I guess, and convinced him for once to use the visor! I scanned  the road ahead and warned him of curves and other cars (moving and parked), as he attempted to keep his eye on the road ahead of him. From Route 70 in Brownsmills, to First Street in Pinelake Park, the sun would be a flaming ball to light our way, even though we couldn’t see. This reminds me of a facebook post I recently shared here.

There was no aggrevation (Don) or anxiety about the aggravation (me), we just worked together and got home safely, after checking Dad’s house and caring for the animals because he is at his cabin in NY this weekend.

Home safely and assaulted by our three Dachshunds, who always act as if we’ve been gone for years, we got  kissed and jumped on and when all were content everyone settled into a bright and peaceful Saturday morning. Don and the Dachies settled in for a continuation of their snooze. Then I got my yogurt and granola and began my Coffee time with God.

My devotionals seemed out of sync, which is unusual these days. It was not until I read the post of a woman, MEB, on facebook, a friend added about a year ago. MEB is an actual friend, who lives in the area, of one of my actual friends on FB, and MEB accepted my friend request for prayer for her family. The tragedy for which we had been praying rounded itself and has been absorbed by the family, who is now in a constant struggle, finally causing our friend to become quiet and unresponsive. Even showing resentment and anger at some of our scripture posts. We continued to reach out to her, encourage her and pray.

I don’t know much about what is going in her life except for her children. I do know, from her fb posts, that she is a great mother who is now basically  functioning, amazingly, as a single parent. She reached out just recently and I grasped the chance to minister to her. She has been reading my blog posts on facebook, which I had been unaware of, and they were encouraging her. I was humbled and answered a few of her questions. She once again became quiet, I don’t know whether I was too forward in my joy or that she is just quite busy with her life, but I pray and check the fb posts.

This morning, after my devotion scriptures were read,  I wandered over to facebook, and was shown favor by God and my friend,. MEB was getting God…she was responding to posts that spoke to her. I could only hope she had been able to see God in her day. Here it was, she was seeing God!  

While backtracking to last night’s posts, so I could see what all my friends were up to, I found this in MEB’s posts! I was overjoyed that she had found this!

Please watch it will amaze you!

Now I was introduced to Laminin many years ago by my children’s Youth Pastor, and I remembered this morning as the Holy Spirit rose in me while I viewed this particular video, how amazing the information really is. Christ really does, literally hold each of us together, and with this imformation how does one deny it?

God is good, Let everything that has breath praise His name!

So, with the scripture used in the video, I look down to my journal and realize that all 4 scriptures were forming my prayer for today, and everyday!

The Scriptures are : Philippians 1:9-10; Mark 12:30; Romans 8:28 and Colossians 1: 16-19. In the order I received them, in the order I wrote them in my journal and in the order I wrote this prayer. God simply made them hold together! Amazing

My Prayer:

Thank You,Father God, that my love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that I may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless, until the day of Christ. I will love the LORD my God… with all my heart, all my spirit, all my mind, and with every ounce of strength within me. I know that You, God cause ALL things to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to Your purpose for them. For by You,  ALL things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; ALL things were created by You and for You. You are before ALL things, and in Christ ALL things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn among the dead, so that in ALL things He might have the supremacy. For You, God was pleased to have ALL Your  fullness dwell in Christ. Amen.

Good Morning¸¸.•*¨*•☼•*¨*•.¸¸and be blessed  loves! 🙂


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In My Words, simply…Romans 8:31-39


So what do you think?

With God on our side, like the book says, how can we lose? Look at this…

If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition. Exposing Himself to the worst thing for a person, human, parent!; by sending His own Son, is there anything else that He wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?

…and this being True…Who would dare to stand against God, messing with His chosen? Who would mess with the children of God?

Who could even possess the courage to point a finger?!

Check it…The ONE who died for us ~ Who was raised to life for us! ~ is in the presence of God the Creator, God the Father, at this very moment, sticking up for us! Acting as our pro-bono Defense Attorney, our Advocate!

Do you think anyone is going to have the ability to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us?
THERE IS NO WAY!
Not trouble.
Not hard times.
Not hatred.
Not hunger.
Not homelessness.
Not poverty.
Not bullying threats.
Not backstabbing.
Not medical death sentences.
NOT even the worst sins listed in the scriptures!

You say…”…well they kill us in cold blood because they hate Jesus. Christians are picked off, at large, one by one!”

None of this fazes us! Because Jesus does love us.

I AM absolutely pursuaded-convinced that nothing ~NOTHING~ living or dead. Angelic or demonic. Today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable.

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING can seperate us…You…Me…Everyone…from God’s love. Simply because of the way that Jesus, the Master, has embraced us.

Our worst deeds have been paid for. Each one of us has been chosen, adopted by God!
Nothing can touch us!

Keep heart…be courageous!

As posted by Pastor Luffman…
Courage defined is the capacity to stand by our Core. Whatever has your heart is at the core of your being and determines your courage.

Jesus is my core…and I courageously call His Name!
What is at your core????

Blessings Loves ♥
†ღ Andrea

***adapted from the Message Bible!


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The Positive Mind…


Quality Time with God…

Romans 12:2

“Be not conformed to this world, but BE TRANSFORMED  by the renewing of your mind.
mind: the intellectual, thinking power in man; the power that Conceives, Creates.
transformed: to be turned, to become something completely different.
Transformation is the process of metamorphasis…like the Catapillar to the Butterfly!
Like the butterfly that never goes back to the pupal state, a transformed mind never goes back to thinking as it once did. Oh, the mind will try, unlike the butterfly, however, once transformed the Spirit will rise up to warn, deter and assist the mind to stop the reversal! Jesus did promise to send the helper, He is the Holy Spirit!
DID YOU EVER NOTICE?…
 
When one thinks negatively one begins to feel confused, angry, and fearful. The body, mind and spirit of a man tells him that these thoughts are wrong with these symptoms. It’s amazing that God provided us with a triune system that rises to tells us that we are straying from His will for our lives?
One must believe this was on purpose…Triune…hmmmm. Could it be it is directly because the Trinity cannot reside where these negative abide. Is the rise a type of notice that things will be moving out and that we should be paying attention? Be aware of your thoughts, they could be giving the land LORD notice of your moving out!
BE AWARE OF YOUR THOUGHT LIFE! :
When one thinks, dwells on, positive things the body, soul and Spirit REST. One is calm and happy. The man stops questioning and searching.
Hmmm…One’s body, soul and Spirit KNOWS and tells the man that HE IS HOME!
The bible says to take every thought captive:
2 Corinthians 10:5
“casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”
This is the obedient and diligent act of The Positive Mind! Remain AWARE of your every thought!
 
BLESSINGS LOVES! ♥ † ♥


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No Thing Can Seperate Me from the Love of God ♥ † ♥ † ♥


Quality Time with God...

Good Morning~or should I say afternoon?   🙂

I spent my morning with God, as usual. I am happy to say that it has become such an integral part of my day that if I miss it, or cut it shorten than God would have it, I actually feel it. My intimate time with God has become as important, or more important, really, than my time with my husband and friends. Like I have stressed before, it sets a tone for my day, and without my date with Father, my intimate relationships with my husband, children and friends are greatly affected. It is nolonger the caffeine that causes me to rise…it is the Spirit of God from which this woman arises each morning.

That is the most wonderful feeling. Words are simply not sturdy enough a vessel to hold what this feels like long enough to express it fully.   ♥

Like yesterday, I am still deciphering all I received from Father at the FCM Women’s Conference that our church hosted this past weekend. This morning God expounded on all that He has given me that last several weeks. Each installment that He gives brings clearly to understanding these days. Making it easy to apply it to my life; and see the areas in which He simply put things into being and effect; without any work on my part.

Yesterday I tried, as best I could, to explain that certain things were given or graced to us; and that they are ours to own. We OWN them. Two of these is Health and Healing.

The first devotional I received this morning was from one of the many sites that simply send you a scripture each morning; this one was from KLove.com.

1 Chronicles 16:11      Search for the LORD and for His strength; continually seek Him.

Quite simply this scripture discribes my lifesyle, now. I have put this into practice and the effects are coming to light as I type! I urge those of you searching for God’s hand in your day to day life to begin to spend time, daily, with God…first thing if you are able. I would tell you though that I began doing this last thing at night; it was the only time in my day that I could (maybe would) allot to God. As I became obedient to and dependant upon this time with Father, He changed my schedule to accomidate what He intended to be our relationship.

That being said, I will get to todays point. Nothing ~ NO THING ~ can seperate us from the Love of God. Once again, in several weeks, He set me in Romans 8:38-39; and at His urging, once again, I will put it here…

I am convinced that nothing can ever seperate us from His love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to seperate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

My focus with God has been my physical health; for quite awhile.  I am a mature Christian, I believe and have been told. I understand the concepts and precepts of God and His Word. However, each of us get to a revelation or an inner knowledge when we are supposed to. Things, circumstances and people have molded our minds; eventually affecting our personalities. How and where we are brought up; circumstances and situaltions of this upbringing; and the love or lack of love from those who raised us; changes us, we think. Does it; or do these things lead us directly to where God would have us be.

The concept is that God allows, does not cause, those things that are not of Him, because of free will. Whether that be the free will of a parent or an abuser or ourselves and our choices is neither here nor there. We get through these things because of God. The semantics of this no longer causes me pause. I now look into my past and on into my future with the knowledge that I am not, was not and cannot be seperated from the love of God. Therefore whatever is in my path, no matter who I love and lose, no matter what; there is something I need to know there.

Health. As I have told my readers I am obese. Most of my life it did not effect me, not physically, emotionally or even relationally. However, when I landed in my 40’s I began to feel it. Physically first and then, oddly I feel, emotionally. I had started to feel heavy; or should I say I began to distinctly feel the heaviness I was carrying each day.

There is scripture that say do not touch God’s anointed. This means that one is never to harm, in anyway, God’s anointed. It goes on to discribe who these “anointed” are. His shepards, prophets and teachers…etc.

Let me see; looking at the list, you don’t find yourself, do you? I attribute that to the translations. You and I are one of these anointed! I assure you, we, both fall into the category. Therefore no one is to touch or harm us, His beloveds. Now pay close attention! We are not permitted to touch or harm His anointed. You would never, you cry, so did I…until I realized that if I fell into these anointed I could not harm myself!!!! That is right! If we have chosen Christ as our Lord and Savior; if we have become Born Again, in Christ, we are nolonger permitted to harm or disparage ourselves!!!

OH MY! What exactly does that mean? That simply means those things we do to and think about ourselves must stop. No matter what we see in the mirror, or that person we love so deeply says we are or are not; no matter what we must learn to see ourselves as God sees us. We MUST begin to see ourselves as God’s Beloved! To me this is just beautiful.

Beloved and Well-beloved means: dearly loved, dear to the heart,sincerely and deeply loved, sincerely respected!

WOW! That is how God sees us! This is who we are to Him…AMAZING!!

This changes everything for me. He knew years, months, weeks ago that I would reach this understanding. He put things in place that would happen prior to this understanding that would come directly to mind to illustrate that He had begun implementing things in my life that would reinforce the revelations of yesterday and today!

We are taught, often, to apply the Word of God to our lives, which I have done, to the best of my ability. When we begin to do this; like my mornings with God; and then sharing what I have learned and been given; God begins to apply His precepts and principals in our lives for us.

Often we are taught that God has done all He is going to do. That it is up to us to have faith and apply that faith and the Word to and in our lives. That He is not coming down to lend a hand…the is the biggest untruth!

Yes He has provided all we need for life; and that life more abundantly. Everything needed for life has been provided. However, when your child begins to do the right things, do you not come alongside that child and assist? Do you not step in and physically and emotionally show them you are willing to do these things too?

Well so does our loving Father God.

So what are you doing today to yourself, or saying to yourself that is harming you? I beg you to STOP right now, forgive yourself, because God has already! and pray with me…

Now, I’m going to fill my sin in, in bold….you place yours there…ok?

Father, I confess OBESITY as sin before you. I recognize it as sin, because it harms me, and I repent of it and ask you to forgive me of it and cleanse me of all unrighteousness. According to your word, I receive forgiveness and cleansing right now, in Jesus’ name. Today I forgive myself and release myself from all guilt and shame knowing that Jesus bore my shame on the cross ~ therefore I refuse to bear it ~ I am free and forgiven from this moment on ~ I will never pick up the guilt again, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

This prayer is important because you must choose to forgive yourself or you cannot move forward. Because God’s mercies are new each morning and He wants you to succeed and prosper more than you even want to, yourself. That is His plan!

We can have peace that passes all understanding through any circumstances, if we keep our minds stayed on God!

** circumstances do not change God’s plan and purpose for me; unless I allow it!

So how did I attain this level of understanding? I got to the next level ~ literally this weekend because I:

  • Believed God
  • Forgave myself
  • and
  • TRUSTED GOD!!!

Nahum 1:9 is an interesting scripture that I found in one of my devotionals this morning.

  What do you  [the enemy] conspire against the Lord? He [GOD] will make an UTTER END to it! Affliction will not rise up a second time.

Like the scripture in my post yesterday this reinforces that when we put the things in our lives, that are contrary to God and His Word, away from us, they cannot return again! We do this by feeding on God’s word.

  • READ IT
  • STUDY IT
  • MEDITATE ON IT
  • APPLY IT TO LIFE

Here is where I received my confirmations today: JfH Weekly Devotional #583 and A New Thing Ministries. I encourage you to check them out.

Blessings Loves!  ♥ † ♥ † ♥

 

 


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‘Be ye removed and cast into the sea….”


Quality Time with God...

† † †  Happy Day after Easter~Resurrection Day everyone.

The Son  ☼ has risen and it is a bright new day!

My devotions were marked this morning by a brand new joy. Actually, a joy that has been building for several weeks now. Odd, how the mourning turned to joy…just checked it and I am right!

That is Isaiah in 61:3  To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, 
The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” 

There’s proving the scripture in Romans 8:26-28…the Holy Spirit will most definitely bring to memory those things that God taught us!

Obviously the writer’s block is gone…Praise God. I guess my inability to write anything but dark or mourning poetry was just that, mourning. A very spiritual friend on one of the artistic sites I frequent returned. He’d been gone for a few months and he brought with him encouragement, honesty and mostly friendship. So I am back on track with a plan, that I believe God is manifesting in me.

My plan is to continue on my path to wellness…to wholeness. This God has confirmed, reinforced and proven is my current path…The Word @ the River of late has been journey and wellness…most of my friends/church family are seeking wholeness and remaining on God’s path for their lives. We appear to be of likemind and in unity…in all areas. I must say these things; lifestyle changes, are easiest when it is done with a family attitude and atmosphere.

So the key scripture is this today: Mark 11:23  

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

As a practicing Christian, who has matured quickly, this powerful scripture is one we learn to rote very quickly. In that rote I think, sometimes, we lose the power of it. The true message in it. We believe it for others, see it happen in others; maybe even ourselves and our lives here and there. However, we should practice this daily…not to have it be rote, rather to have it be a tool…a well sharpened response to roadblocks and well, mountains that set themselves in our path.

Mark 11:23 says that when we believe what we say – that we Will have what we say!

Prayer and communion with God, in reference to the goals we have for our lives, is pertinent. However, that is not enough.  We must believe that we have what the promises and scriptures we are praying say. God cannot lie, the bible tells us this, so if he said it, it will be done. Though, only if we trust him to do it…to keep the promises.  We must believe what we have declared and refuse to accept, tolerate or even look at any other possibility.  This is the condition of obtaining what we’ve declared.

Revelation 12:11 clearly states that; “they overcame him [the dragon; problem] by the blood of the lamb and by the Word of their testamony., and they did not love their lives to death.

In english…to move those mountains we must overcome all doubt; whether that be our mindsets and habits, other loved one’s views and opinions and what the world instills in us.

It stresses that it is by the Word of our testamony that we do not love our lives to death.

In english….our testamony must be the Word of God; what God says about our situation. This means read the bible and locate the promise that covers your situation or insures you goals. Then have it be God’s Word, that promise, be your testamony!

What exactly does “they did not love their lives to death” mean? Does that part confuse you? I know it did me for awhile.

In english…that I do not demand to remain in my fleshly lifestyles and attitudes and expect God to keep His promises. Each promise has a task or condition…this one is that we can overcome ANY situation in our lives; blocking our way, IF we are willing to change the way we live. IF I am willing to live and change into who God intended I be.

The Word Promises that we have those things that already belong to us.

  • We must KNOW this.
  • We must take FIRM HOLD; STAND FIRM to see it come to pass and become fruitful in our lives.

I now FIRMLY take hold of this and DECLARE this mountain moved:

I speak to this obesity and command it to die, at the root source. At the source that gives it life. I command the obesity die and come out of my body, NOW, in JESUS’ NAME. I decree, today and for eternity, that obesity will NEVER come back on my spirit, mind or body, EVER again. Obesity is, at this very moment, cursed at it’s source and I claim it dead. I command it NEVER again can it come against me. AMEN

I once told someone that I was trusting God to take care of my obesity problem, because I could not do it myself, which is obvious.  Another woman, sharing fellowship with us that day, turned while passing and made that scoffing sound some people do, and asked “Do you really think God can help you with that?” while she looked me up and down.   🙂     This was how she spoke to her friends, regularly, very discouraging, especially if you heard it all the time. My response was simple and polite, you see the friend I was speaking with was her mother! I looked at my young friend and asked, “You don’t?!” As she turned back to respond, she said something else disparaging while realizing that not only had we heard her, so had the whole room and her husband, who was appalled. She turned and saw her husband and turned back to me as if to say; did I say that outloud?! Again?!

 I tell you this to show you this; we reveal ourselves by the words that come out of our mouths…so don’t speak disparaging doubt over your situations, or anyone elses, for that matter; it will only delay your victory. 

So back to work I go! I have finished my writer’s lunch…Here is what I enjoyed, really enjoyed, while writing this post:

A cup of freshly cooked Jasmine rice with lightly sauted in olive oil and just a touch of butter; lemon peppered mushrooms, shallots and asparagas tips. A large glass of homemade black iced tea; in my grandma’s mason jar glass. Ending with a beautiful, but almost flavorless red delicious apple…out of season fruit I guess. A bit of salt cured the dullness.

  

A good and healthy meal. I have prayed for more stamina and a desire to move more; and the purpose to move more when I do not feel like it or up to it. Thus far God has fulfilled these requests.

Food on Friday Carnival hosted by Ann Kroeker

God is Good. Life is Good…. Enjoy the lovely spring weather…I know I am. Blessings Loves