Guests of my life, you have come in the early dawn of the morning; and you have stayed with me until the night passes. Your name was uttered to me by all the Spring flowers I view, and also by the blessed showers of rain you bring into my days. You have brought the harp of Thanksgiving into my house, and you have brought the lamp of God’s loving presence unto me. When I view the crystal prism of the Rainbow Maker affixed to my window I see, when the Son-shine of Jesus Christ comes into my Living Room: actual Angels are then, to me, dancing around the room. And after you had taken your leave of the room; I have found God’s footprints on the floor. How can I possibly thank you all enough for just being a friend? someone who really, truly cares. When the Lemon drops of troubles make things a bitter experience to bear, or that cough drop (Cherry flavored) has to completely dissolve in your mouth before you can go about your business of living; then maybe all the very real intense aches and pains that suddenly shoot throughout your body are but imaginary, gas pains or Kidney malfunctioning reactions to medications. Yet, miraculously you smile your prayers for me and others to Our Heavenly Father, the Goodness Itself, and all is well. My Lord and Savior Jesus, even when blood comes out of me, or I find I can’t take another day; Your Children who I have met by Your hand and divine happenstance make my days worthwhile. I am lost to my own, very lonely little world without them. But then, I, like them HAVE YOU! Without you there are sorrows innumerable. I don’t know, we don’t know, how to cope. We ALL without exception need you. Without you, whether we choose to admit such or not; We don’t have the strength to be ourselves. We just are not capable of directing our own lives. Thank you for being YOU! With all my love always. Amen.
MY DEAR BLOGGER FRIENDS,
THERE ARE 2 THINGS I NEED TO MAKE CLEAR AGAIN.
FIRST POINT, NOT EVERYTHING I POST IS WHAT I STRONGLY BELIEVE IN, ALSO, THE POSTS THAT ARE MINE, ARE SIGNED AS, LATER, PAT, CHILD OF GOD.
SECOND POINT, SOME OF WHAT I POST IS CONTROVENTIONAL SO I JUST WANT TO PRESENT DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW TO YOU SOMETIMES. OUR MIND CONNECTED WITH OUR HEARTS AND SOUL WILL BE STIMULATED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO SEE THE TRUE. AS WE READ THE BIBLE AND LEARN MORE ABOUT JESUS, WE WILL BE ALE TO DISCERN MORE BUT, MOST OF MY POSTS ARE FOR UPLIFTING ALL WHO READ AND HOPE THEY WILL TURN TO JESUS SOON. I LOVE YOU ALL AND I MEAN IT. I AM HERE FOR ANYONE THAT NEEDS PRAYERS OR TO TALK. YOU CAN EMAIL ME IF YOU WANT TO BE ANONYMOUS.
P.S. I sign all my personal posts the rest is my research
CHILD OF GOD
“And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.”—Galatians 6:16-18 (NKJV)
Every day the Lord reveals His amazing grace as unmerited favor, lovingkindness, mercy, and forgiveness. Paul could wish for nothing greater. God created you for relationship, and His Son Jesus paved the way of grace so you could live in harmony with Him and others.
Paul’s letter to the Galatians is a beautiful message of freedom given to us through Christ. In that period, many Christians were falsely led to believe they had to keep all of the old Jewish laws and traditions to be saved, even after Christ came and fulfilled the law. That’s like a prisoner staying in his cell and refusing to leave after being cleared of his debt and set free.
We are no longer under the Old Testament law of rules and regulations. We are in a permanent love relationship with God and His Son, who made a way for us to have this relationship.
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV), “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” We measure ourselves as new creations in Christ by changing and growing into His image by His grace.
Paul reminds us of his suffering (Acts 9:15) and even describes his suffering (2 Corinthians 11:23-30). William Barkley writes, “What Paul endured was enough to leave scars. Most likely what Paul meant is the scars of the things he had suffered for Christ are the brands which show him to be Christ’s slave. Paul was able to by God’s grace.”
Maxie Dunnam writes, “We may not be called on to produce the marks Paul showed, yet there must be marks which identify us. If we belong to Christ we are branded. It is revealed by the fruit of the Spirit in us and through us. Lord, that I will be a sign of your presence to others, your love through my love, your forgiveness through my forgiveness, your acceptance through my acceptance . . . that my heart will be a place of welcome . . . . that I will enter into the pain and joy and the tears and laughter of others so completely I will be one with them and because I am one with You that they will receive You, O Christ, from me.”
DIG: How are you living your life in the wonderful freedom given in Christ?
DISCOVER: Every day as you face this difficult world, know with confidence the grace of Jesus Christ will enable, comfort, and strengthen you, just as it did for Paul.
DO: People need to see your grace-filled life. Someone once said, “I would rather see a sermon than hear a sermon.” Your God-honoring life and how you treat people sends a strong message of grace to people.
A Prayer of Boldness for the Quiet Christian
By Heather Barr
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14 ESV)
In my journey with the Lord, as I get to know Him in the Secret Place, not only am I discovering the truth of who He is, but also the truth about who He created me to be. He is teaching me about who I am in Him, and has truly surprised me. For the “quiet” Christians, who may struggle to find the strength God promises through Himself, here is a reflection on truth and a prayer for boldness and courage.
As part of my own adventure with the Lord, I face a lot of fears and life challenges as an “introverted” and often “quiet” Christian. For most of my life I’ve never considered myself to be “bold” or “courageous.” In fact, I have dealt with a lot of fear and intimidation in my lifetime, often running away from facing my fears.
But how He longs to empower us to be His hands and feet, and to communicate His loving heart to a hurting world. To this we must grow to be “bold” and “courageous” – and no matter who we may think we are, our Father placed the capacity for courage within us before the foundations of the earth.
Guess what? The God of Creation lives within you and He lives within me. He empowers us to “roar” with courage. No matter how we may feel, this is the truth. As a child of God, I can boldly declare that I am victorious through Christ Jesus who leads me into victory.
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)
A Prayer for Boldness and Courage:
As I face my fears, when I am feeling afraid, when I am feeling timid, remind me of who YOU are, and who I am in You. You are strong and courageous, the Almighty King and loving Father. You have said in Your word that as I wait upon You, I can “take courage,” because I know You are with me, You are for me, and You will empower me with the courage and the strength I need for whatever is placed before me. Remind me of who You have created me to be and what You have empowered me to do.
Lord, You are the Courageous One! And so right now, as I wait upon You, as I face fear and intimidation, I trust that You will keep your promise. I trust that I am who You say I am. I trust that You will give me the strength and courage I need to face this circumstance, and I trust that victory is on the other side.
I boldly declare that I will not let fear or intimidation stop me from being obedient. Help me to endure, Lord. Give me grace. You’re a good Father, and You are faithful. I trust You!
Thank you, Father.
I pray this in Jesus name,
Heather Barr is a simple country girl living in North Carolina alongside her husband, Jason. They have two Blue Heeler pups, two cats, and eight chickens. Heather enjoys photography, spending time in the garden, and curling up with a good book. Heather loves writing about her journey into the Father’s heart, as she faces her fears, discovers who she is in Christ, and learns how to live life in the Secret Place of His presence. You can follow her daily journal at Life in the Secret Place, and connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.