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Change … The New Things


Tuesday at Ten again! Follow the Link at the end and check out the rules … there aren’t any really =D {It’s also day 7 of 31 Days of Writing.}

Just follow the word prompt where it takes you. Write … take pictures … sing us a song … whatever and where ever the prompt goes.

Let it lead you by your heart!

Today’s TT Prompt: Change!

Farewell Summer

Farewell Summer

Change.

It often means a farewell to something. The change of seasons, both in nature and in ourselves. Ah, what season is this?

Autumn. It’s literally Autumn here at the Jersey Shore {my favorite season} and it’s autumn in myself, I think. A little over 3 months and I reach the big 50. No drama in that, just a weird sense of, “how did that happen”. =)

I do not feel 3 months from a half century of life!

 

Other changes in this sweet Autumn of mine …

Went to the oncologist yesterday and the cancer on The Hubs’ liver continues to shrink. I know I’ve told you all that Hubs had decided to quit chemo. Well conventional chemo has been stopped! Yay! He’ll start to feel better and his hair will grow back. His hair falling out really bothered him, to his own surprise. It’s already returning.

The Doc did say things, again, that thing I didn’t want to hear; things we know to be false, with God! So we simply don’t accept that part of the report and continue with our life and choices in the faith of God.

We are standing on The Word of God; our indestructible foundation!

Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed save me and I will be saved,for you are the one I praise.” Jeremiah 17:14

 

Standing on The Word

Standing on The Word

We are ever changing. We are not who we were when we drove to Hamilton yesterday for this appointment. The news was good! They are changing his treatment and sending The Hubs to find out what NEW oral treatment trial he fits into {and Miraculously The Hubs agreed! Praise God} … New technology in chemotherapy medication. Doc says he CAN’T ever tell us that this cancer will be totally removed. What they know of this type of cancer mutates … the doc says. My take: If it can mutate it can die … and it will die, because …

GOD!

Well what we say is this: Nothing is impossible with God!

For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37

Nothing is impossible with God.

Nothing is impossible with God.

So what hasn’t changed?

Our faith has not changed. It has not wavered … because our faith is in God; not medical tests or even the doctors knowledge – though we do firmly believe that God sent us to the best doctor for The Hubs and God is using him greatly, despite the protocols and science that says things outside of God’s promises. We, in the faith of our God, believe that God’s promises are going to make changes in the doctors, for His glory!

I do so love watching the amazement they get when they see The Hubs living and thriving; God’s been working on these professionals for over a year now!

Our schedule has not changed … yet … but in about a month it should slow down to a more normal, livable pace.

So there you have it … Change as I see it, today. Obviously my vision of change will not be the same tomorrow, because I will have been molded more by the hand of the Potter. After all it is His plan and I am just the dust of the earth miraculously alive by His breath!

“Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven …” Ecclesiates 3:1

Autumn Sunlight

Autumn Sunlight

Thanks for reading.

Andrea

Andrea

 

 

31 Days: A Journey to Healing

31 Days: A Journey to Healing

 

 

31 days of Five Minute Free Writes

31 days of Five Minute Free Writes

 

 

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Expecting Everyday Miracles: Beginning Something New


Morning

Morning

I wrote the fifth post for this 31 day challenge basically on the stroke of midnight last night. I really didn’t think I’d rise and be ready to write the sixth. But God ….

He speaks to me, audibly, as well as through … His Word, Devotions and Others … even Others who are not believers. The Word does convey that He will use anyone and any situation to His good will.

So today’s five minutes came in a scripture devotion this morning.

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. – Psalm 19:8

 

Today we go to the oncologist and get the report from the last CAT scan. I already know The Hubs’ intentions to quit all treatment. My eyes are open, but I am surprised that I am calm and have a joyful heart.

It feels as though we are starting something new today!

And that has me feeling expectant and a bit excited. Not a normal response to the “somethings new” in my life, for me. Yet here I am … feeling as though we are truly done with this cancer trial. And I’m ok with that. I don’t feel apprehensive or frightened.

Maybe it’s that The Hubs has tempered me with his consistent, if not always soothing, reminders that he is done with chemo.

(as I once again remind myself that chemo is not medicine; it’s poison.)

He is done with chemo. He is done feeling trapped by a disease that our faith in God assures us cannot live within him. He is done feeling tired and worn out and old. And he is tired of having no hair.

So I’m going into this day with that joyful heart and open eyes knowing that God goes before us and makes a way in this fallen world, that accepts illness and death from sickness as a norm.

KNOWING that I know that God is about to glorify Himself through a miraculous healing.

YOU see, I believe that we should not be surprised by God’s healing of our illnesses and disease. WE shouldn’t see it as a miracle; in the way the world sees His miracles.

Because the world defines a miracle as an unexpected and an unexplained phenomenon, and it is not.

God’s miracle of healing and of prosperity and of protection, and so many other things are most assuredly explained! And what’s more God’s miracles SHOULD be expected.

All anyone need do. to begin to expect God’s miracles. is to read THE BOOK.

Miracles are an everyday occurrence in the life of the believer who walks in his faith daily. That is not to diminish the wonder of God’s work … I continue to stand in awe daily of God’s amazing work! God’s miracles are amazing, EVERYDAY!

I find God’s daily miracles as amazing as the next man, as much as the non-believer is amazed, or more.

Why?

Because though I’ve come to expect God’s miracles; like my waking and breathing each morning, a miracle is a miracle! I just have the assurance of daily miracles. It’s as amazing as if you received a beautiful gift each morning wrapped in light and gentle breezes, just for your joy.

Like a beautiful fall morning.

Autumn Morning

Autumn Morning

Because even though as a believer I’ve come to expect God daily. I continue to be excited even as I expect Him to amaze me, and He does EVERYDAY!

Expectation does not drain the wonder for seeing God’s hand move in this life. Expectancy simply magnifies the Everyday Miracles!

So today we begin something new here in Hutchland … We move forward EXPECTING His miracle … I can’t wait to see and experience what that might be.

Thanks for reading!

Andrea

Andrea

 

 

31 Days: A Journey to Healing

31 Days: A Journey to Healing

 

 

31 days of Five Minute Free Writes

31 days of Five Minute Free Writes


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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

Andrea

 

31 Days Journey to Healing

31 Days Journey to Healing

 

31 days of Five Minute Free Writes

31 days of Five Minute Free Writes

 

 

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I was going to write this morning…


and then a friend questioned something I had decided within myself.

No…not a truth, rather something I had decided had been said by someone else.

I am working out my placement in Christ.

Where exactly He has me and why…

I know the where, yet remain uncertain in my flesh, and I know the why and am ok with that.

Yet there remain…questions, resentments…

things that I think should be. Things that I cannot change and yet, still, I THINK…which does not matter in the larger scheme of things!

So I must focus…

My steps are ordered of the Lord and He delights in my way. Psalm 37:23

Because of this ordering of my steps, God knows where I am going when I begin to Think

                              ~more highly of myself than I should! Romans 12:1-8

From Paul’s letter to the romans we learn true humility: “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.

Sober Judgment…to think and decide with a sound mind.

That is how I end up, now, most times, stopping and considering where I am in my head. What are my motives…

Why exactly do I feel this way…

because silly…You have allowed someone {yourself??} to make you feel lessTHAN.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

I am guilty of jealousy, envy and judgment!

I have decided that someone is smarter than I. I have decided that, that someone(s) spends time thinking about how un-smart I am!

Ahhh the arrogance and self-importance of that decision. I should be so important to others! 🙂

 I say I don’t care about titles…lies!

I want to be somebody that is remembered for something…

Faith and Deeds: James 2:14-24

 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

   Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

 20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[a]? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[b] and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

but do I do those things, the things I want to be remembered for, with the faith of good old Abraham?

                    Sometimes…

 then there are the times that the Andrea just rears her ugly little head and wants the recognition she can garner for herself! { no bold here…because this is the weakness and I don’t want you to see my weakness…} I do not think very highly of myself, way too often.

Therefore I remain so very grateful that my steps are ordered by God, Himself.  When I walk in this truth, God knows that I am going to His Word or to one of His hand chosen Shepards for me…to see me like He sees me.

You see I am on a path, that He has chosen, that I have agreed to walk…{one of my better decisions!} and He guides my steps. Therefore, when I am in trouble, even the troubles I create for myself I go to my God,

                                                                                            and He…sees to those things that concern me. He sees to it that I do not even stub my toes on a rock! Psalm 91:12b

 

I was going to write today…but I became entangled within the disturbance within myself…

…so here I am, doing a 12 Step; Christian style. 😉

Blessings Loves

 


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5 minutes of Understanding from the Holy Spirit


HOPEannFAITH hosts ‘Few Words Thursday’

I had heard and saw the blogging community participating in ‘5 minute friday’. Clicking on the picture will take you to the blog of origin, I believe .

Anyhow, the rules…5 minutes of writing…no editing…no over time!

So here goes! {This introduction does not count!}

Last night and this morning I have been a bit miffed at my LOVE! Yes…it happens. Let’s be honest any relationship JOY is a choice we make each day! Even the best of them!

and…My Love and I DO enjoy the BEST of THEM…and never forget that we are blessed in this.

I am leaving this evening for a Women’s ConferenceFCM’s 5th Annual ~ Moving Forward!

It’s a time with God and His other Daughters…getting refreshed just in time for this new season…

When I say season it does not escape me that this season is not only Spring…but also of NEW THINGS God is doing in our lives and our church. It has been a long winter of angst and stretching…

but back to the miff…I don’t want to leave with my LOVE in a grump! So I’ve spent the last 12 hours entered into his mood…and I got miffed. Dinner date last night was strained and I was disappointed…

This morning, rain and all, his mood is no better…and then it came to me.

This is how I behaved and worse, in the past when he had to be away any amount of time…I saw in his demeanor how I felt when he would be leaving soon…

And with that I felt bad…that I had created that feeling in my LOVE…ever.

A Lesson for me…so this morning when he left I kissed him and smiled, hopefully that will bring the sun to this rainy day for him.

I don’t even know if his grump is attached to my leaving…but when the Holy Spirit shows you something in this manner…well the true reason for his mood is of no concern to me, in the lesson, it’s the understanding that I need to be understanding!

Blessings Loves.

 


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Inscribed upon my Heart by God: Andrea, Writer.


Quotes

Originally uploaded by The Casual Photographer

I’m having a slow, tired, rainy day. Most of us experience these. However, mine, in the gloom of an overcast, rainy Jersey day, becomes a thing of negativity. Having slept in due to fatigue, and this Wednesday being the first day in two weeks where I was not bound to an errand based schedule, I inadvertently slipped into a depressive state.

At noon I forced myself up and moving. I am always amazed at how quickly I slip right back into my old man.

Instantly…

I begin with I’ll take a twenty-minute rest and two hours later that rest has turned into a sleep that sets me off track.

Off track in body, mind and spirit.

Yes…that is all it takes for me.

Those who have suffered with depression, and I do not participate in depressive states of being any longer!, understand that sleep is an enemy. A symptom, not a remedy!

I grabbed my cold cup of coffee from earlier…I know, some don’t understand cold coffee 🙂 I was raised to nurse a cup of coffee all day! Got dressed, folded some laundry and headed to the office feeling fatigued.

An over-sleep induced fatigue, I was not feeling well…

Depression!

I ditched a few of my e-mail devotionals as they were not speaking to me and then opened Kim Potter’s , A New Thing Ministries motivational for today, “Write it Down”. I also read part of Sarah Markley’s blog for this morning; “Sarah Who?”, but stopped because I felt it didn’t speak to me…that is until I coupled it with Kim Potter’s!

Depression makes me feel invisible, unnoticeable, unWorthy…all lies. I know these lies intimately and the masquerade as truths. Truth Imposters spoken by others….angry parents, the school yard bullies, the popular girl in class, the cute boy who laughed when you bought his attention for something it was not…LIES of invisibility and scorn.

As I lay there in my late waking, trying to motivate myself into being productive, I thought about all those productive things God has gifted me with.

ONE stands, mocking me…because I know it was a restored gift, and I cannot figure out by what (who) or how the brick wall of fear was erected!

ME…

*ANDREA, WRITER.

Sarah in her post this morning, found that being one of a zillion Sarahs on the planet caused her to always lead with her last name to identify herself. She found it demeaning that people didn’t recognize her voice or know which Sarah she was.

I think I am in a different place. I find myself demeaning myself in regard to the gift I know I have been called to use.

I believe it is the title; WRITER… How pretensious of me to believe that I am a Writer…see I couldn’t even put it in bold.

…then I think, or the Holy Spirit rises and speaks…how sinful is it that I don’t believe what God has given me…

I love to write. I am good at writing.

I’m not exactly a Story Teller, I am a Life Teller.

I share from where I am, I write from my heart, perspective and life.

I have been given an assignment to write. To write a specific book. Yet I cannot put the pen to paper, or the words on the screen.

I sit, in sadness; depression and think “maybe tomorrow”!

And then….

I just feel less than. Not able, a nothing…a nobody. NOT WORTHY!

I am choosing this, I know…

In my morning (afternoon) devotions I was given another, more personal assignment, from God.

“Write the vision down and make it plain; that YOU, ANDREA may run when you read it.” Habakkuk 2:2, adaptation.

Kim’s motivational explains that when we write these things down they become registered in the Kingdom. While God instructed that things be written, engraved or inscribed on stone, wood or metal, today we have to our avail, as well, the permanency of the internet.

We all know that once something is in cyberspace it is there for all time!

In Habakkuk 2:2 the definitions of the key words are these:

Write: inscribe, engrave, describe or detail in words, register, record and decree

Vision: see, perceive, prophesy – BEHOLD

Read: call out, proclaim, summon, appoint

Oooo I forgot to add this quote from Kim Potter’s blog, very important:

 “Just this morning I was reading something that confirmed this action; I want to share it with you ~ KP”

            It is from Bill Burns, he said the Lord said; I would have My people to once again be a people of faith.  My challenge to you now is to begin to walk in an absolute faith that refuses double-mindedness and negativity; a faith that refuses to allow the enemy to gain the victory over you. So rise up, you people of faith, for it is by faith that you overcome the world. It is by faith that you enter into a fullness of life in the kingdom of My Son, says the Most High.  Come forth in faith and walk in the power of it.  Demonstrate the kingdom and manifest the supernatural and the fullness of that which I am doing.  Begin to decree and to declare and to write a thing, for as it is written it is released in to the heavenlies and it shall come forth as My word and My word does not return to Me void, says the Lord. 

            As it is written it is released in to the heavenlies and it shall come forth.  I encourage you today to write your vision and make it plain – in doing so, you guarantee its release and it’s coming forth.  Remember, His word does NOT return void.

Today I will engrave in words and on my heart that I am Andrea, Writer. I will see, I will behold the gift and assignment given me by God, done; completed. I will proclaim and thank my God for the gift that He has graced me with, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thanks for reading Loves.

Blessings ♥


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Peace~Quiet~Wholeness


“Let My Words be Few” Thursday

Here at HOPEannFaith I am challenging myself to be concise in my writing, and I invite you to join me. It is my hope to write spirit filled, inspirational posts touching our Spirits, not just our minds and flesh. I also hope this will improve my writing skill set, while deepening my spiritual walk. If you would like to join me in this challenge simply leave me a link to you ‘Let My Words be Few’ blog post or simply leave your post in the comments, and I will link your post into mine for that week. Your post can be about anything positive! The goal is to be inspirational while using the fewest words. You can see I’m still working on that, so there is NO word count requirement. You may use the Thursday if you like, but it is not a link…I don’t know how to do that! 🙂 I’m a writer not a techie! Just manually link the picture to my blog from yours and we will be good to go, and your readers will be able to join us.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Thanks  for reading Loves!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I welcome the company.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Blessings ♥           

This will be a true “Few Words” post. Finally! 🙂

I’ve been working all day. I sit here now well into the afternoon as the winter light begins to shift into the uneasy light. That seasonal sensation professionals now call a disorder. It causes me to feel ill at ease…

Then I remember…

I was not given a spirit of fear…

That is what this uneasy light is really. Fear. So much causes fear and unrest.

Devotionals today were about righteousness…one was about rest, then I read one about righteousness which led me to the concept of quietness which can mean rest. 

However, what I got was Peace from both. 

Peace with myself…my work…my gifts…me…Peace.

“…the fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. ” Isaiah 32:17

Peace*Shalom ~ complete soundness {a sound mind….}, prosperity, Wholeness, quiet, safety, literally….

NOTHING MISSING OR BROKEN FROM MY LIFE.

The fruit of righteousness is Peace ~ My right standing with God will be Peace.

Where is this quietness in me? That undisturbed rest, safety, the peace to be carefree?

I wonder why I am tired often….My heart? My mind? My lonliness…

Then I return to my devotions…

“…for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and showers righteousness on me.” Hosea 10:12

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

“Blessed is the woman who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is the Lord. She will be like a tree planted by the water…She will not fear when the heat comes, she will not be anxious in the year of drought (my desert!), nor cease to be fruitful.” Jeremiah 17:7-9

{Each link is my paraphrase, that is if it is not consistant with the NIV translation, and linked to the blog post devotional from which it was recieved.}

I find my rest…my peace…my Shalom is disrupted off and on these days. I am truly grateful that it is not continually dried up in that desert place I was for so very long. Although I do recognize that when my Peace is gone and I am nolonger the fruit of the righteousness God has given me that I have returned, somehow, to that desert.

My solution…SEEK God…CRAVE after GOD!

I bought ‘one thousand gifts” by Ann Voskamp; the book arrived today. I am going to go relax, rest and begin reading this treasure of gifts from God that Ann has given us to unwrap. I’m thinking of joining the book club…but it causes deep unrest in me. I want to belong to this blogging community. I want my gift of Words on the Whitespace to be profound and quoted. I want to be like these women!

I guess I’m comparing like the Bonnie @ Faithbarista said…

I write! I am a writer! It is both my calling and my gift! I want to honor God with this gift…I hope that I do…

Blessing Loves ♥