#Throwback Thursday - 11/15/17 ⠀
I am so grateful for trusted friends who are there for me no matter how much time has passed or how far apart we are. What a blessing to know these friends are holding me close in their hearts and frequently petitioning the Father on my behalf! ⠀
I’m so thankful for God’s perfect timing! How gracious He is to send me the gift of a phone call from one of my most treasured friends and to hear her sweet voice say, “Martha, you have been heavy on my heart for the last few weeks.” I know God compelled her to call at exactly this time. Hearing her pray for me before we said goodbye was like a dose of medicine for my weary soul. And God added to that blessing; Just as she said she wanted to pray for me, Rusty walked into the room and was able to hear her prayer for me, for him, his business, our marriage and our family. ⠀
Soon after I hung up the phone, I checked my messages and saw one from another precious friend. Though we are many miles apart, there is a sweet bond of friendship. Her message began with these words: “Father, thanks for hearing me pray over my sister in Christ no matter the miles between us for you are omniscient. Please cover us both as I write this prayer and when Martha and Rusty read it.” ⠀
The time of the phone call from one friend and the time of the message from the other was about 15 minutes apart! Our God is truly an awesome God! ⠀
My heart feels lighter than it has in weeks! Father, I praise You and adore You for Your love for me! Your timing is always perfect!
Escutei hoje essa canção... Tão linda! falou tão profundo... porque já passei por tudo isso 😔
Aaah! Mas aprendi, que é no silêncio do seu quarto no lugar de intimidade com Deus que se vence todas as suas batalhas inclusive as que o maior vilão é você!!! Eu e Deus @cantorleandroborges
Não conte os teus maiores sonhos a ninguém
Não mostre a sua ferida para quem não tem
Remédio pra curá-la e forças para te erguer
Não, não, não, não
Não se lamente para quem quer ver tua dor
Não mostre sua fraqueza aos inimigos seus
Mostre só pra Deus
Não chore para quem não sabe decifrar
A lágrima de sofrimento em teu olhar
Existe um lugar que é próprio para isso
É você e Deus, é no altar
Quando eu contei meus sonhos para alguém
Me disseram são grandes demais pra você
Quando falei onde queria chegar
Me disseram pare por aqui não vá além
Mas com Deus foi bem diferente
Ele me disse vá em frente eu contigo estou
Quando eu senti medo de seguir
Disse: Prossiga eu te fiz pra ser um vencedor
Desde então eu nunca mais me limitei
Eu guardei no coração as palavras de Deus
Descobri que os planos Dele para mim
São muito maiores que os meus
Eu vou chorar pra Deus, vou contar tudo pra Deus
Vou fechar a porta do meu quarto
E ficar a sós com Deus só ele e eu
Eu vou mostrar pra Deus todos os sonhos meus
Tudo em seu altar eu entregarei
A partir de hoje é Deus e eu e mais ninguém
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Day 15 of the #happydiabeticchallenge .
Diabetic Cost of Living
I am blessed to now be on insurance that covers everything that I need. However, when I was first diagnosed, I did not have insurance. I had to get my insulin from Walmart and, since I didn't work at the time because I had to quit my job from being so sick, my parents paid for my supplies. Which wasn't cheap. I had to use just a vial of insulin and syringes because we couldn't afford pens. .
I know managing type 1 diabetes can cost upwards of $1,000 a month. That doesn't include the purchase of a pump, which is a game changing device for type 1 diabetics. And the price of insulin is increasing all of the time. Even though the liquid has not changed over the years.
All of this for medication that we literally need to stay alive. For a disease we did not cause and could not prevent. People have died because from not being able to afford their insulin. This should not be...
James 1:22-25 --> But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. #Bible#BibleStudy#Christ#Yashaya#Jesus#God#Ahayah#Hope#Faith#Love#Christianity#Hebrew#Israelite
Turn it over to God
Thursday November 15 “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.” Ps 55:22 NIV
Sometimes the best thing to do is—turn the situation over to God. “Yes, but what about all those go-getters who rise with the sun, skip breakfast, and break records while I’m just ‘giving it to God’?” you ask. Good question. Look at Jesus; He didn’t start His ministry until He was thirty. What about all those “wasted” years? He left them to God. And how did He react to those who heard His message, shrugged, and walked away? He left them to God. And what about those nitpicking Pharisees who gave Him so much grief? He left them to God as well. In The Finishing Touch, Charles Swindoll describes a time in his ministry when he felt driven and drained by never-ending demands. He writes: “If folks weren’t changing, I felt responsible. If some drifted, somehow I was at fault. If there wasn’t continual growth, I acted as if I needed to make it happen. If a sermon failed to ring with clarity and power, I struggled all of Monday and half of Tuesday. Talk about wasted energy! Time has helped; so has age. Virtually all of the things that once stole my joy and assaulted my motivation—I just leave to God. Don’t I care? Of course I care. But those cares are now placed in the hands of One who can handle them. What once bothered me, I’ve learned to give over to Him who doesn’t mind being bothered. Whereas criticism used to cripple me for days, I now do my best to sift, shift, and sail. I learn what I can—and turn the rest over to God.” #TodaysMorningDevotional#DailyDevotional#Devotional#TodaysDevotional#WordForYouToday#Religion#Christian#Christianity#God#Jesus#JesusChrist#Christ#Activatein18#October#HelloNovember#November
“The gospel is all His work. All we contribute to the gospel is the sin that makes it necessary. Our God is a God who doesn’t crush rebels. Instead, he sends His Son - our hero, our champion, our Lord, to live a perfect life that we could never live and die a perfect death in our place, on our behalf, to pay the price for our forgiveness, so that we can be reconciled to God. It is all His work.”
Almost 5 years ago now I went to Uganda for 3 months. It was good. It was hard. I realized how selfish I was. God showed me just how much I wanted people to give me the glory and how proud I was. .
5 years later I can’t say I’m perfect, but I can say God has worked on me so much; there had been such a transformation in my heart about food and body and even anxiety around traveling. In a big way those months in Uganda were some of the very hardest and very best in my whole life. This is my reminder and encouragement to you that wherever you are in recovery, cry out to Jesus. He hears, and He delivers from chains! He is truly the CHAIN breaker!!!
Psalm 72:12-14,17 KJV
 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.  He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.  He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.  His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.
Daily #haiku and #Bible journaling
Rocks strewn in the path
Interrupting easy steps
Water flows through [end]
I’m taking a break from daily #Biblejournaling and the entering into The Tao of Pooh.
Chapter 5: The Pooh Way
This is described as the "most characteristic element of Taoism-in-action." The Wu Wei -- Pu-in-action. Benjamin Hoff calls it the Pooh Way.
Wu Wei means "without doing, causing, or making." In terms of nature, I might say that the Wu Wei means that we would not make dams for power for the short-sighted need of power. Because we have learned that creating dams, here in the PacNW, has decimated salmon. It goes against the nature of things.
The Wu Wei is like water flowing over and around rocks--it just goes and gets there. Rarely is that happening in a straight path.
Tao Te Ching says: "Tao does not do, but nothing is not done." Somehow, this also reminds me of Yoda from Star Wars. "Do or do not, there is no try." Hoff further describes Wu Wei as "Indefinable and practically invisible…flows like water, reflects like a mirror, and responds like an echo." This made me think of the concept of grace. "Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part." Philip Yancey. I'll probably never quote Yancey again, but this is the idea. Grace, like water, flows first into the lowest part. As I fill with grace, I am enabled to act with Wu Wei and to let grace rule my choices rather than letting the Clever Brain make short-sighted choices.
Hoff says, "Never is force opposed with force; instead it is overcome with yielding." We would say yielding to grace. But there is Matthew 5:39-41 that says: But I say to you that you must not oppose those who want to hurt you. If people slap you on your right cheek, you must turn the left cheek to them as well. When they wish to haul you to court and take your shirt, let them have your coat too. When they force you to go one mile, go with them two.
Yielding can be a radically political act. Here, it is yielding to forceful powers and in yielding, it becomes an act of #resistance . That's a study for another day.
God! You have promised me peace, and I don’t have it! I am an emotional basket case. My insides are churning. My hands are trembling. My thoughts are so confused that I don’t know whether I’m coming or going. There’s a lump in my throat that just stays there. I am hurting so badly, and I certainly don’t have any semblance of peace! My world is completely haywire! Why, Lord, why? And it was almost like He whispered to me ... “Anabel, what are you setting your mind on? What are you thinking about?” How many times have you accused Him of being the reason for your problem, for not coming through on His end of the bargain? No. You must understand that He never promised an unconditional peace. It comes with instructions: I will give you peace if you will stay your mind on Me.
I guess I’m a slow learner, Lord. I still think of peace as freedom from problems. No. That’s not it, is it? Peace is resting in You. Peace is knowing You can face the day through me. Regardless. I remember, Lord, when I used to wake up and say, “My God! Another day! How can I possibly get through it?” It’s different now. Oh, I still wake up and call on You, but I say, “My precious God. Thank You that You are going to meet today for me.” That’s peace. Perfect peace.
I pray that this thought will cause you to rest more completely in His arms today.
A Stillness in the Storm