Heaven Rules!


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“God gave you a gift of 86, 400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say ‘Thank you’”? (William Ward )Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/
868. “You are my Beloved Child. I chose you before the foundation of the world, to walk with Me along paths designed uniquely for you. Concentrate on keeping in step with Me, instead of trying to anticipate My plans for you. If you trust that My plans are to prosper you and not to harm you, you can relax and enjoy the present moment.” – Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
869. On Sunday afternoon our family came within about a literal  2 seconds from a potentially terrible, high sped head-on collision  We were on our way home from church and someone coming from the opposite way was trying to pass another car and still in our lane and coming directly toward us in a blink of the eye.  We barely saw it coming, it all happened so fast. God gave John quick reflexes and probably there were a bunch of angels involved in working things out so precisely.  I’ve never been so close to a near crash like that and can only imagine the horrific details of what would have been had God not intervened.  I don’t see how any of us  could have survived it had that accident happened..  Thank You Lord for your protection and  that our times are in YOUR Hands and You’ve numbered each of our days.
870. Last Friday night my daughters had their final game in the Upwards Basketball season.  I’ve never been so excited at a sports event in all my life as watching these young ladies.  The whole team pulled together for an outstanding game and they beat an undefeated team: 13 to 12.  All the girls improved tremendously over these last months and it was a joy to watch their sportsmanship and see them play their hearts out.
871. Direst quote from: http://www.truewoman.com/?id=2032
“No situation is so desperate that God cannot redeem it.
If ever there was a situation that seemed hopeless, it was Esther’s. Orphaned as a girl, taken into a Persian harem, married to a cruel, arrogant, alcoholic husband, then faced with an edict intended to exterminate her entire race. It was a desperate situation, both for her and for her people. Her plight seemed hopeless. But the heavenly Kingdom rules over the earthly kingdom.

When we are in the midst of that earthly drama, facing dire circumstances, we must keep reminding ourselves of this ultimate reality: Heaven rules! As Pastor John Piper reminds us, “In every situation and circumstance of your life, God is always doing a thousand different things that you cannot see and you do not know.” Never forget that. Write it on the tablet of your heart. And learn to wait for God to act, to wait on His time. The fact is, all the pushing, nagging, screaming, yelling, badgering, manipulating, whining, and shaming in the world won’t solve your problems. Those tactics may help you get your way in an immediate sense, but they will not win victories for the Kingdom of God. Making things happen is His role in your situation, and He is sure to act in His perfect time, according to His good, sovereign, and eternal will. It will be worth the wait, I assure you.”

872. I am thankful to be well enough that I have been able to be super busy with things other than medical appointments lately 🙂


Adding to my Running List of Songs That Inspire in Tough Times

Q: Why do they say ‘Amen’ at the end of a prayer instead of ‘Awomen’?
A: The same reason they sing Hymns instead of Hers!

Adding to my running list of songs that inspire me in tough times: http://jpoliver.com/wordpress/archives/902
His Eye is on the Sparrow/I need Thee Every Hour : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTB0Ej9bV00
“Hold On” Cancer Outreach video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3kk31V4CZA&feature=related
Give Until There’s Nothing Left: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO4zSTqvf9M

Go-To Scripts From Made To Crave

“God gave you a gift of 86, 400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say ‘Thank you’”? (William Ward )Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/
862. “Go-To” scripts on pp 215-216 of “Made to Crave: Satisfying your deepest desire with God. not food”” by Lysa Terkeurst (Direct qutes):

” 1.God has given me power over my food choices. I’m supposed to consume food.
 Food isn’t supposed to consume me:

 2 Cor 12: 9-10

 His grace is sufficient. His power is made perfect in weakness. When we are
 weak, then we are strong.

 2. I was made for more than to be stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat.

 Deut 2:3
“You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north.”

 3. When I am considering a compromise, I will think past this moment and ask
myself, “How will I feel about this choice tomorrow morning?”

 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you,
whom you have received from God? You are not your own: you were ought at a
price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Cor 6:19-20

4.When I am tempted, I either remove the temptation or remove myself from the
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall. No
temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful: He
will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,
he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. Therefore, my
dear friends, flee. 1 Cor 10:12-14

5. When there’s a special event, I can find other ways to celebrate rather than blowing my healthy eating plan.
See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. Rev 3:8
6. Struggling with my weight isn’t God’s mean curse on me, but an outside indication that internal changes are needed for me to function and feel well.
Forget the former things: do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!   I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. is 43: 18-19
7. I have these boundaries in place not for restriction but rather to define the parameters of my freedom.
I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves.  Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. Romans 6:19″
863. Stories of success and hope like this to inspire me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vr4CZjBRnA and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM41J2o6xw8&feature=relmfu 
864. Fun lunch date with John at Chinese restaurant
865. A sparkling van vacuumed by Joy
866. Nice chats catching up with Carrie, Nita,  Jan, Kelley, Nancy, and Kath
867. Sometimes He Calms the Storm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ti1SULYteI