Declaration of Hope

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Declaration of Hope —By Keffer

“I declare God’s faithful love over you and bless you with His love that never ends!

I declare over you God’s mercies never cease and bless you with His mercies raining down upon you in this time!

I declare over you, “How great is the Lord’s faithfulness!” and bless you with the greatness of His faithfulness towards you in the midst of all that surrounds you!

I declare over you that the Lord’s mercies begin afresh each morning and bless you with His new mercies for today!

I declare over you that the Lord is your inheritance and bless you with all He has to give and provide you in this very moment!

I declare over you that your hope is in the Lord!

Yes!! I bless you that your hope is in the Lord!

I declare over you that the Lord is good to those who depend on Him, to those who search for Him.

And so I bless you with the goodness that comes from waiting quietly for His grace, His daily saving grace, His deliverance!

Yes! I bless you with the Lord’s daily mercies raining down!

I bless you to stand with ever-renewed hope in Him!

I bless you with the goodness that comes from quietly waiting upon His grace, His daily saving grace, His mighty deliverance!

Because your hope is in Him!

I bless you that He and He alone is Jesus!

Lord of Lords! King of Kings!

Your Champion in the seen and unseen realm!

Yes! I bless you that He is your Faithful and True One who rides the white horse!

I bless you with daily hope arising! Hope, hope, and more hope.”

 

Trusting God to do His Job Well

“We fear because ultimately we wonder if we can trust God to do His job well.

Would you be willing, with me, to give God His job back?

Would you be willing to try, to take one brave and faithful step toward fearless living, by taking captive any and all thoughts that fabricate a future we do not yet know will come true?

—–  by Maria Furlough  http://annvoskamp.com/2018/03/a-4-step-battle-plan-to-destroy-fear/

 

Have no fear for what tomorrow may bring. The same loving God who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. He will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
FRANCIS DE SALES

(Thanks, Deb for passing this quote along to me)

This song, based on 1 Peter 5:7, is one I taught my kiddos long ago and am posting it in honor of my dear Gerson Gal Buddy from the past Esther (only we sang “STUFF Satan lower instead of stop):

 

 

 

 

 

A Fierce Hearted Woman

“A fiercehearted woman . . .

looks life in the face and says, “You can’t beat me.”

Knows love is risk but reaches out anyway.

Understands kindness takes real courage.

Believes the impossible.

Fights like she’s unstoppable.

Dares to find beauty in a ragged soul.

Scandalously picks warm over cool.

Tastes life as a brief, salty-sweet miracle.

Skins her knees, has scars that bear witness.

Defends like a warrior and weeps like a girl.

Makes gentle the new strong, small the new big,

ordinary the new extraordinary.

Sees wrinkles on a face as lines in a victory story.

Never gives in, never gives up, never lets go.

Chases Jesus with a tender, world-changing wildness.

Lives in your neighborhood or not even on your continent.

Looked back at you from the mirror this morning . . .

and has yet to fully see the force her star-scattering,

mountain-moving, water-walking God created her to be.”

—–By Holley Gerth

 

 

 

 

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Before the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea;
A great High Priest, whose Name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
2
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart;
I know that while with God He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.
3
When Satan tempts me to despair,
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look, and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
4
Because the sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free;
For God, the Just, is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.
5
Behold Him there, the risen Lamb!
My perfect, spotless Righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace.
6
One with Himself, I cannot die;
My soul is purchased by His blood;
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ, my Savior and my God.
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“Girl, Whose Your Daddy?”

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Jokes about German sausage are the wurst. 😉

 

“Girl, whose your Daddy?”  A good reminder of truth to think about!

 

“He is the First and the Last

The Beginning and the End

He’s the Keeper of creation

And the Creator of all

He’s the Architect of the universe

and the Manager of all time

He always was,

always is

always will be

Unmoved,

unchanged,

undefeated

and never undone

He was bruised, but brought healing

He was pierced, but eased pain

He was persecuted, but brought freedom

He was dead and brings life

He has risen to bring power

and He reigns to bring peace

The world can’t understand Him

Armies can’t defeat Him

Schools can’t explain Him

and leaders they can’t ignore Him

Herod couldn’t kill Him

Nero couldn’t crush Him

The new age cannot replace Him

and Oprah cannot explain Him away

He is Light,

He is Love,

He is Longevity

and He is the Lord

He is goodness

and kindness

and faithfulness

and He is God

He is holy

and righteous

and powerful

and pure

His ways are right

His word eternal

His will unchanging

and His mind is on us

He’s our Savior

Our Guide,

Our Peace,

Our Joy,

Our Comfort

Our Lord

and He rules our lives

I serve Him because

His bond is love

His yoke is easy

His burden is light

and His goal for us is abundant life

I follow Him because

He’s the Wisdom of the wise

The Power of the powerful

The Ancient of days

The Ruler of rulers

The Leader of all leaders

His goal is a relationship with me

He’ll never leave you

Never forsake you

Never mislead you

Never forget you

Never overlook you

and never cancel your appointment in His appointment book, never!

When you fall He’ll lift you up

When you fail He’ll forgive you

When you are weak He’s strong

When you are lost He’s your Way

When you are afraid He’s your Courage

When you stumble He will steady you

When you are hurt He is going to heal you

When you are broken He will mend you

When you are blind He will lead you

When you are hungry He will feed you

When you face trials He is with you

When I face persecution He shields me

When I face problems He will comfort me

When I face loss He will provide for me

and when we face death

He will carry us all home to meet Him

He is everything

For everybody

Everywhere

Every time

and in every way

He is your God

And that sisters (and brothers) is Who you belong to.”

–Priscilla Shirer

Grace to That

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“…Grace to that. Can you say that to yourself? Step back and take a good look at yourself in the mirror, ignoring the pimples or wrinkles or hair that won’t behave and say grace to that. Ignore the job you hate, the relationship status that’s lacking, and say grace to that. The sin that has you reeling? Grace to that. The habits that stick, the ones that both show on your exterior or quietly lurk in your conscience? Grace to that. The unmet hopes and desires that drive you to despondency, anger, to distrust God. Grace to that. You know what needs grace, even right now.

 

 
Grace is what God is good at. The Message tell us from Ephesians; “Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus.” All the time in the world. There’s oceans of grace to be had, and its got our names on it.

 

 
Regardless of our vanity or self-deprecation, our lack of grace with others or even our hobo-blow in the middle of conversation, we need that grace. Sometimes we listen to the myriad of voices that get piped at high volume into our hearts and minds that say “there’s no hope for you. You’re not worth much. You’re a lost cause. You’ve made a mess of things. You have nothing to offer. You’ll never be enough,” among other soul-crushing garbage. And, just like love covers a multitude of sins, love made us alive with Christ, and love is the greatest, love says “grace to that.” Grace to that.

 

 
Say it with me. Grace to that.”

 

–Kate Merrick

 

Today, as “stuff and such” comes up, let’s  remember that freeing truth that is ours because of Him, so that we can say,”Grace to that”.

 

Ephesians 2:7 (AMP)

[and He did this] so that in the ages to come He might [clearly] show the immeasurable and unsurpassed riches of His grace in [His] kindness toward us in Christ Jesus [by providing for our redemption].

“Worry is Practicing the Absence of God’s Presence”

 

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Last week  my precious Hannah Banana turned 18…my youngest chickadee is now an adult.  WOWZA!  How’s that happen so fast?! 🙂 I would have loved to have given her and each of my children the gift shared  in the link below. I wish we had thought of it!  I’m passing along this great idea for all you with little ones:

 

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Here are some quotes by Ann Voscamp:

 

“…so, here’s the thing, God — just thank You for spreading
Your protecting shield over us at the end of this day.
Shielding us from the worry that keeps on pressing in,
from the fear that creeps in from behind,
from the dark that seeps up the edges. 
Thank you that right now, even now, You “spread Your protection over … You cover with favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5
Just, really — thank You for shielding us tonight, so we can rest 
and not be worriers — 
because You are our protecting Warrior.
For we know that worry is practicing the absence of Your presence. 

 

 

And that might just be the best secret to a good night sleep:
lay all those fears & worries to rest in Him.”

 

“Go slow. Be God-struck. Grant grace. Live Truth.

Give Thanks. Love well. Re – joy, re- joy, ‘re- joys’ again

Share Whatever Is Good. “

 

 

Philippians 4:6-7The Message 

6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

 

Philippians 4:6-7J.B. Phillips 

6-7 Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus.

 

Philippians 4:6-7Contemporary English Version 

Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.

 

Philippians 4:6-7New Living Translation 

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

 

Philippians 4:6-7New King James Version 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

This morning I was worrying about some things.  Here’s my take-away on Phil 4:6-7 a la Paula:

 

Do not: worry, fret, be anxious or allow my mind  the uneasiness of dwelling on real or imagined or anticipated troubles and difficulties.  If worry is practicing the absence of God’s presence which is sheer crazy, false nonsense and I know the truth that God is ever and always present, then knock it off.   Quit it. Decide to stop worrying when anxious thoughts creep in and choose to replace it with something far better.

 

 

Instead: pray.  Do it with thanksgiving and praise.  Tell God about every thing.  Thank Him for all He’s done and will do.  Let Him know what I am concerned about.  He already knows everything about everything but get it off my chest and out in the open and  talk to God all about it anyway. Praise Him.

 

 

God’s peace which is beyond mine or anybody’s comprehension will guard,keep, and protect my heart and mind through Jesus.  His peace will rule what and how I think and feel and do.

 

 

 

Thank You, Lord for the truth of Phil 4: 6-7 for me to grab a hold of and apply!

 

 

“Finding I Am”

“The Swiss have an interesting army. Five hundred years without a war. Pretty impressive. Also, pretty lucky for them. Ever see that little Swiss Army knife they have to fight with? Not much of a weapon there. Corkscrews. Bottle openers. “Come on, buddy, let’s go. You get past me, the guy in back of me, he’s got a spoon. Back off. I’ve got the toe clippers right here.” 
—Jerry Seinfeld



The photo below reminds me of my dear Mom’s fridge with her re-purposed margarine containers.  How I miss her!
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“Jesus, You are the satisfaction for every deep longing in my heart.

 

When I’m hungry for quick fixes or starving for affection or craving lesser things, Jesus, You are my Bread of life.

 

When I’m confused and anxious and exhausted from all my fragile efforts incapable of fixing my struggles, Your light brings clarity. Your light chases away my darkness. Your light of hope dispels the shadows of hurt.

 

You are the Good Shepherd who will find me no matter how lost or off course I wander. You speak tenderly my name and whisper wisdom I need. And then You encamp at the gate of my heart. You are the Sheep Gate, always there during my coming and going, protecting and providing for me.

 

When I get afraid of the daunting things that feel impossibly dead to me I will not be consumed with anguish or grief. Jesus, You are my Resurrection and my Life.

 

You are the Way when there is no way. You are the Truth in my life that silences the lies that scream in deafening tones. You are Life, certain and secure.

 

You are the true Vine I cling to and receive from all that’s needed to not just survive but to thrive. What I am facing today may be a delay or a distraction or even a devastation for a season, but it is not a final destination. For You, The Great I AM, will have the final say. You will write the final words to my story. And because they come from You-the source of all that is good and right and true-the words of my life will be glorious.

 

This was never about finding my answer. This was about finding You, the Great I AM.

 

 

(excerpt taken from “Finding I AM” by Lysa TerKeurst, LifeWay Press)

http://s7d9.scene7.com/is/content/LifeWayChristianResources/FIA_Declarationpdf.pdf

 

I am nearing the end of a ladies Bible study at church,  “Finding I Am” by Lisa Tykerst.    Here is the intro and first chapter free on line if any one is interested in checking it out: https://s3.amazonaws.com/p31obs/Finding+I+AM/Reading.pdf, A big kudos to my friend Karen who does such an awesome job facilitating the study. She’s is such a fun, funny, loving, kind, caring, and thoughtful person who keeps us laughing. Thanks for being wonderful you,  Karen! It’s been a great time of fellowship with other women and I’ve learned some neat things about God in the study: a blessing to me. 

 

 

God’s Boot Camp

Even If (Mercy Me)

 

“They say sometimes you win some
Sometimes you lose some
And right now
Right now I’m losing bad

I’ve stood on this stage
Night after night
Reminding the broken
It’ll be alright
But right now
Oh right now I just can’t

It’s easy to sing
When there’s nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I’m held to the flame
Like I am right now

I know You’re able
And I know You can
Save through the fire
With Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone

They say it only takes a little faith
To move a mountain
Good thing
A little faith is all I have right now

But God when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Give me the strength
To be able to sing
It is well with my soul

I know the sorrow
I know the hurt
Would all go away
If You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone

You’ve been faithful
You’ve been good
All of my days
Jesus, I will cling to You
Come what may
‘Cause I know You’re able
I know You can

It is well with my soul”

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 Here’s the song:
 
 
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We got an email recently from friends also battling cancer.  I like the quote they shared by Charles Swindoll: 
“In a very real sense, God has designed a boot camp for His children, but it doesn’t last just 8 weeks or 10 weeks. Nor is it a weekend seminar we can take or a day-long workshop we can attend. God’s boot camp takes place periodically throughout the Christian life. And there, in the very center of obstacles and pain and solitude, we come to realize how alive God is in our lives—how alive and in charge. He will invade us, reduce us, break us…so that we will become the people He intends us to be.”
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2 Timothy 2:1-7The Message (MSG)

1-7 So, my son, throw yourself into this work for Christ. Pass on what you heard from me—the whole congregation saying Amen!—to reliable leaders who are competent to teach others. When the going gets rough, take it on the chin with the rest of us, the way Jesus did. A soldier on duty doesn’t get caught up in making deals at the marketplace. He concentrates on carrying out orders. An athlete who refuses to play by the rules will never get anywhere. It’s the diligent farmer who gets the produce. Think it over. God will make it all plain.


 

2 Timothy 2:1-7Amplified Bible (AMP)

So you, my son, be strong [constantly strengthened] and empowered in the grace that is [to be found only] in Christ Jesus. The things [the doctrine, the precepts, the admonitions, the sum of my ministry] which you have heard me teach [a]in the presence of many witnesses, entrust [as a treasure] to reliable and faithful men who will also be capable and qualified to teach others. Take with me your share of hardship [passing through the difficulties which you are called to endure], like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service gets entangled in the [ordinary business] affairs of civilian life; [he avoids them] so that he may please the one who enlisted him to serve. And if anyone competes as an athlete [in competitive games], he is not crowned [with the wreath of victory] unless he competes according to the rules. The hard-working farmer [who labors to produce crops] ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. Think over the things I am saying [grasp their application], for the Lord will grant you insight and understanding in everything.

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I’ve been going through the rigors of God’s Boot Camp training, how about you?
May we learn and grow and not waste a single thing in the “Bootcamp” God’s got for each of us! 🙂
God’s Beloved Paula
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Intentionally Building Our Best Word-Robe

"When we tested this drug on mice, nobody noticed any side effects." ...too funny ~ Reader's digest:

 

 

 

There are some excellent thoughts in this article:

http://annvoskamp.com/2017/02/how-to-be-intentional-about-building-our-best-word-robe/?utm_source=email+marketing+Mailigen&utm_campaign=daily-newsletter&utm_medium=email

 

“If today were your last, would you do what you’re doing? Or would you love more, give more, forgive more? Then do so! Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity. Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.” —Max Lucado

 

Thanking God for the gift of every day,

Paula