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Prayer Warriors …Pray! with Team – Ewan.


This link will take you to the blog of Ewan Eliezer’s Team. Standing on the Word of God for this child and his family!

♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ † ♥ † ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ TEAM – EWAN  ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ † ♥ † ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪

Kirsten and James ask that we agree with them in pray. Please follow the link and read (at least) her last 2 posts. I am posting the scripture that Kirsten and James are standing on today for their precious son Ewan Eliezer so that we can remain steadfastly in agreement with the family.

Pray continuously without fail and in thanksgiving for the mighty hands of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Psalm 33:10-22 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

 10The Lord blocks the plans of the nations.
He frustrates the schemes of the people of the world.
 11The Lord’s plan stands firm forever.
   His thoughts stand firm in every generation.
12Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.
Blessed are the people he has chosen as his own. 13The Lord looks down from heaven.
He sees all of Adam’s descendants.
14From the place where he sits enthroned,
   he looks down upon all who live on earth.
15The one who formed their hearts
   understands everything they do. 16No king achieves a victory with a large army.
No warrior rescues himself by his own great strength.
17Horses are not a guarantee for victory.
   Their great strength cannot help someone escape.
18The Lord’s eyes are on those who fear him,
   on those who wait with hope for his mercy
    19to rescue their souls from death
         and keep them alive during a famine. 20We wait for the Lord.
   He is our help and our shield.
 21In him our hearts find joy.
   In his holy name we trust.
22Let your mercy rest on us, O Lord,
   since we wait with hope for you. Thank You and many, Many, MANY blessings loves.


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Please Pray…


Team Ewan needs prayer…We are storming the gates for this little fighter!

Blessings Loves


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…ღ……ღ……Love Simply……ღ……ღ…


God's Thoughts

This morning I wrote a note on facebook. The note was long and explained what’s been going on lately in my life and emotions. I was finished and content with the journal like post. I felt it would help someone and as usual I would adapt it for here, Hopeannfaith’s Well, then my browser froze.

I’d say “ain’t that just the way!”, but that is negative thinking and while I spent that last hour or so cleaning and letting the computer rest, I let God change that attitude. I was certain that the post would remain in drafts and I could retrieve and post it later. I was simply frustrated that I had to wait. I thought ‘all that work and now I have to wait. Plus I have other things to do and I need my lap top to work properly!”

I prayed and cleaned. I prayed and made a healthy omelet and had that and an apple for lunch. My eggs and omelet skill are getting better flavor wise due to the assistance of many cook, chef and foodie friends, as well as experimentation. Plus! For some reason all of a sudden I am a skilled omlet folder. See God honors diligence and obedience! 

I turned on my lap top and sat down to lunch while it loaded (I need more RAM for speed). After lunch I checked my e-mail and then went to facebook notes to retrieve, proof read and post the note. I wanted to get this done as I had some announcements that needed posting on my church’s fan page there. Writer/Church secretary at work!

The note was gone.

 The note is gone!

I literally cried in frustration. I’m tearing up just thinking about it now. Ehhhh!

Part of the note contained the theory that the way I feel is partly due to the blood pressure condition and medication. I really do not like being on this medication! Honestly, short of the medication, I am frustrated with many things in my life right now.

Transformation, as explained by my Pastor @ FCM Church service yesterday, is not an easy thing. While that is true I say it’s easier than living with a diagnosis, such as the three the doctors spoke to me, therefore, I choose the transformation!

So as  I am working toward this metamorphosis, I am battling the frustration that goes with it. I find that I truly detest these new, immediate complaints that come to my mind these days, “why me?” and  “what about me?”. I dislike this twist in me because I find it offensive. Wow, I am offending me!  😀

I cannot afford to indulge in this attitude. I refuse to fall into the family’s generational trap here, and this particular attitude feeds that trap. So far it has family members in it’s maw, well not me! I continue to refuse it!

The only solution is to allow God to change my mind. There is only one self-improvement book that can help here and that is the Word of God. When I woke this morning, not quite joyful to have my eyes open, I went to my devotions to refocus my mind on God.

My status,  from the Daily Bible Verse (dB:V) e-mail, and prayer were there to get me through until teaching devotions were in my inbox. I prayed thankfully for this day God made, even if I wasn’t rejoicing in it at the time. Then there it was: A New Thing Ministries: Open Your Eyes and Your Heart post. www.ANewThingMinistries.com.

Todays focus is things unseen, as I posted six hours ago on my page.

“(insert my name here)  is fixing her eyes not on things seen, but on things unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but the unseen is eternal. Expecting God today…Good Morning. ♥”

This is the Joyce Meyer‘s way of getting where one needs to be, “Do it Afraid”, adapted to “Do it Anyway”, which may very well belong to her, as well! NOPE!

 Just googled it!  “Do it Anyway” is Mother Theresa‘s. Not too shabby, a couple of dynamic women to follow, I’d say.

The first unseen thing God  presented was: LOVE

Did you ever notice that when you are frustrated you don’t feel love. You don’t feel  like lov-ING anyone or anything. You dont feel lov-ED by anyone. You can’t be frustrated and experience love! It’s impossible!

But God…

RENEWING THE MIND

You can allow God to replace your worldly (frustration)  thoughts with His kingdom (what God thinks about a thing) thoughts. This simply means to change your attitude, mood and thoughts to what God says you should be feeling/thinking. We kind of do those things, feeling and thinking; we call it reasoning, simultaneously, so we must train them apart, with God’s Word.

“If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” ~ Maya Angelo

I also learned @ church, yesterday, that believing  is much more than what we preceive as believing.

To believe in God one must believe everything that God is by Faith, (the unseen).

One must be persuaded to believe that everything that God says He is, He is, (again, the unseen). 

God's Thoughts

 God is love.

Love is the foundation of all things.

Love never dies; therefore,

Have FAITH: Trust completely in God.

Have HOPE: Expect, steadfastly, in the things of God.

Love: Extravagantly, the way God loves you.

The GREATEST of these is LOVE.

~ my adaptation of 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 – NIV & Message

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Be the MIRROR of God’s Love in someone’s life.

“A baby is born with a need to be loved, and never grows out of it.” ~ Frank A. Clark

I am off to get some more work done and rest (doctors orders! ehhh!).

Soon they will see that I have none of the things they spoke to me…they will see God’s Hand in my healing! Amen.

This is sticking with me so I just want to share it wiht you. I know it will continue to encourage me, I hope it encourages you, my pastor said in the message yesterday: “Anytime we are not following God, we are following man.”

I’m going to follow God. Going to listen and talk to Him in my work today. ღ

 Be Blessed Loves and …ღ…Love Simply…ღ…

~A.


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Simply…Psalm 91 A Personal Prayer ♥


As I come closer to my follow-up Cardiac appointment, the battle against fear has intensified. Angry, because I have always enjoyed a firm fearlessness in most areas of life, I am faced with battling confusion, as well.

I won’t go into and give voice to my exact fears, again, but they rose to the surface when my Pastor, Santhosh asked how I was. Feeling weak and even silly, I confessed my fears, while in front of a friend, I trust without reserve, and my oldest son.

First we prayed beginning with 2 Timothy 1:7…For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. I stayed still, quiet and in agreement, I absorbed the requests and declarations over me, while they layed hands on me. All in agreement. My pastor went on to pray over me, reminding God of promises and things He has said in regard to the lives of His children. Like many I cannot recall exactly what was prayed or said, as I was absorbing the presence of God that comes when 2 or more are in agreement! I allowed God to wash a moment of peace over me…

Then Pastor Santhosh shared how he handles a worrisome situation in his life…He told me, us, that he looks toward the character of God. This resonated because throughout my week I had been forcing myself to focus on God and had written or rewritten a couple of verses, in simpler terms, that related directly to the character of God. Some of you may have read them…

What Pastor Santhosh said was; “this is just one of the Characters of God” and he opened the bible to Psalm 91; which I have rewritten into a personal prayer format. Which Pastor actually told us he did with the end of the chapter.

 

Before you read the entire chapter in prayer form. Consider what Pastor revealed to me, us.

Psalm 91: 14-16

“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

~ imagine this! El Shaddai, the All Sufficient One, will rescue me, YOU, because we love Him. Because we acknowledge who He is to us, He protects us. That is it…all we must do! Love and Acknowledge who God is.

15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.

~ The All in All answers me, You!, simply because we call His name. He stands beside us when we are in trouble and He, God Almighty will deliver us, and Honor Me, YOU! Just because we call on Him in our times of trouble!

16 With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

~ and after all of that, as if it were not enough! God, our Father, provides me, You, with a satisfying life and His Salvation!

All of this soothed my fear. I am not saying the battle is over, but I am saying, what I knew in my head is now dropping into my Spirit. With this new shift of revelation, I am realizing what I have stood on for many years; Exodus 14:14 “God will fight for me and I will keep my peace.” has another level.

God will fight my battles, against the adversary, if I quiet my fears with obedience to His Word. If I remember to call upon His name, His might! Like this scripture says Zecheriah 4:6 ‘ Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.

I am tremendously grateful to have been given such a caring and Godly Pastor ! I thank God that He has provided us with this Man to shepard us forward in the kingdom. I am thankful for my friend, who can be trusted with praying for any area of my life, according to the will and Word of God, at any time and for my son, a God fearing man himself, who obediently prayed with us.

So like the last two blog posts, this is what I was lead to do in my after church studies today. The study of Psalm 91 lead me to the desire to define the particular character and name of our God, El Shaddai. Then I was lead to put Psalm 91 into a simple personal prayer format. Psalm 91’s author is unknown, but believed to be Moses, and the text of the psalm indicates that this is written by one who knew God intimately and had practiced what he preached in the scriptures. It is safe, it is thought, to believe that Moses was indeed the author of Psalm 91 as he experienced these things.

Like all of these things I am lead to share, I believe if I need it, there are others who have need of it as well. This is all about obedience, to what God leads me to share and do. As well as the sharing of the Good News with those who are searching for Who I have been blessed to know better and better each and every day!

I am 8 years in the LORD…just a child, come let me introduce you to my friend, my Dad, our Father!

Let me show you Jesus.

Blessings Loves.

 

Psalm 91

You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in El Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!”

 

Repeat after me and Believe and Receive this…

He rescues ME from hidden traps, shields ME from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect ME— under them I AM perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm.
I Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day,
NOT DISEASE THAT PROWLS THROUGH THE DARKNESS, not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze ME.

I WILL stand untouched, I WILL watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses.

Yes, because God is MY refuge, the High God MY very own home, evil cannot get close to ME, harm cannot get through MY door.

He ordered his angels to guard ME wherever I go. If I stumble, they’ll catch ME; their job is to keep ME from falling. I WILL walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.

 

~This Psalm ends with a personal note to us from Father God; a loving father to his child…

Dear Child,

If you will hold onto me for dear life, I will get you out of any and all trouble, big or small. I will give you the very best of care, if only you will get to know and trust Me. Call Me, at any and all times, I WILL answer you, I WILL be at your side in the worst times; I WILL rescue you, then I WILL celebrate over you, the victory. I WILL GIVE you a long life and a long drink of SALVATION!

Love,

Father

 

Blessing Loves, again…All Manner of Blessings, say the LORD, Your God! 😉

 

 

 


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If I Could Relive Any Day of My Life


I would not want to relive any day of my life. Why, you ask? Well let me tell you.

The past is past and regrets cannot be considered. When one looks on the past, either with longing or regret, they simply delay the treasures of their future. A wrong cannot be returned to and reversed and a joy cannot be reentered if allowed to lift.

The universal Law the controls all things does not permit a return to the past, for good reason.

Because time is linear, the past, present and future are all entwined and in consistant motion. The human nature is to move forward. Yet the world has said stop! Look back, lest you forget…

Yet we are not spiritually bound to the world. The spiritual says the old things pass away and all becomes new when are minds are forward thinking. Forward thinking involves not the past…but the future alone.

I am who I am, and for the most part, I love who I am. I got here moment by moment by learning from my mistakes and practicing my successes. To look back delays me from creating, prevents me from going forward and making a mark in this life.

Do you really want to go back into a memory that loses the full inpact while in the memory? Or would you rather move forward and create a new experience that holds passion and joy? Or even a not so great moment that opens your wisdom's eyes wider in understanding.

I, for one, am moving forward. Leaving my footprints in the sand and my touch on the lives that I am blessed to come into contact with. Moving into the bright future and closing the door on the storage of my past. No need to visit, my work is done there.


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My Life, Ten Years From Now


In ten years I plan to still be free.

Free from strife, a peaceful me.

Ten years from now I will rock on my stoop.

Watching the waves on my lake loop-de-loop.

Ten years from now, me and mine,

We plan to happy and very fine.

In ten years, with grandbabies at our knee

My love and I will look on our family…

Ten years from now what I see…

A great love, we built, my Mr. and Me!


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The Last Time I Thanked Someone


Gratitude is an attitude. One that is vital to good living and loving. Each day I thank someone. Each day I thank God.

The Word of God tells us to be thankful continually in all things. To be thankful even in the worst of times! You question this, I will assume, how does one show gratitude in times of worst?

Well I'll tell you truth, but you must still listen. Thankfulness is a mission. It takes diligence and fortitude to sport this gracious attitude. One must work at this each and every day. Say thank you when it's the very last thing you would possibly say.

Your diligence, I promise you, will pay off. It changes your mind and it changes your heart. Thank the LORD, it is He you must obey. He will reward you with the greatest of days.

Even when your day is much too long. When you've taken all you can take and you have no more. Even when you are weary at heart, thankfulness will cause a fresh spark.

Look at what you have, and know there's much, much more. Look to the sky and thank God once more. For the air that you breath, and the roof overhead. Thank Him for love and the ones that you have. Thank Him for anything, thank Him for Him. The praises He hears, while over you He sings.

When was the last time I thanked someone, dear?

Well, this morning I thanked God that I wandered here. I thanked my sons for what they did this morning, for what, even I have forgotten. I thanked my friends last night for their encouragement, love and support. I thanked my love for checking the cat, and then I thanked myself for remembering that!

I thanked God last night for the life I enjoy. I thanked Him this morning for this day I rejoice in. I'll thank Him tonight for the glorious day I am having and I'll repeat it all, again, tomorrow morning.

Being thankful allows me to enjoy this life, that a month ago was in jeopardy of voiding. I am thankful to God for the doctors and nurses. Most of all for the beating of my heart. The diagnosis that is conquered in Christ's name. I'm thankful for each and every day.

and…

I thank you all now for reading my answer.

Be Blessed Loves!♥