Another Lie We’ve Believed?

Is that meWelcome to another look into my musings. This week I was listening to Pastor Bill Johnson from Bethel Church in Redding, CA on YouTube titled: Trusting God When You Don’t Understand. He used this Psalm to show the goodness of God toward us, His children.

Psalm 103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
14 For He [a]knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 For the wind passes over it, and it is [b]gone,
And its place remembers it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You [c]ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

he is awed by God Let’s start a reformation: God-good, Enemy-bad. Stop attributing the bad in this world to God. Let’s stop fighting spiritual battles with physical weapons. Remember when the man brought his demon possessed son to Jesus and said the disciples hadn’t been able to heal him? Jesus said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:29  Pastor Johnson suggests Jesus at this moment was already full of prayer and fasting from His habit of getting alone with the Father. As Jesus did, let us develop intimacy and power. Let’s sacrifice through worship; giving high praise unto the LORD. Let this be joined with prayer and fasting. May we all dig in to experience Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

May Musings

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Dearest readers, is May always such a busy month for you as it is for us? In our family we currently have one anniversary and 7 birthdays as well as Mother’s Day, spring cleaning, Grandparent’s Day at school… We’re busy planning our garden, moving the raised beds again; this time we’re lining most of them up along our garden fence to give the climbing things a place to climb. We’ve bought our seeds, seed potatoes and onion sets and are deciding which tomato and pepper plants to buy. I spent two evenings moving our compost pile, husband John spent two afternoons moving the compost & soil to the new bed placements after we spent one evening moving the frames from the raised beds. John made frames of plastic wood and we’ve raised/moved them each year we’ve been at this house. Whew! what a job it’s been already and the real work of weeding, feeding, mowing and such hasn’t begun yet! I’m very thankful to get out in the fresh air amid the rainy days we’ve been having.

Crossroads Prison Ministries

Do you have a heart to encourage/minister to those in prison? Do you have an hour or two a week you could sacrifice to mentor a student in the Crossroads Prison Ministry courses? The ministry has recently begun paying postage for the students to send their lessons back to the office and the number of students has multiplied greatly, which makes the need for new mentors great as well.  It takes so little to minister hope and encouragement to those in prison.  I’ve been an Instructor for about 7 years and have gotten much more than I’ve given to these students! To find out more go to: https://cpministries.org/

On another front: yesterday was a big YouTube day for me. First I watched Dan Mohler’s video You can’t stop your mind from wandering so harness it! reminding me to quickly forgive anyone who offends me. Pray for that person because they need it; or else they wouldn’t have hurt you. Also, don’t try to empty your mind; turn to the Lord and fill your mind with God thoughts!

Next was a couple of Kevin Zadai’s  Agenda of angels videos. A couple things stood out from that: first, stop grieving the angels. Your prayers cause Heaven to send out angels to bring the answer to them, but if you doubt- James 1But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. -you cancel out your prayers and the angels can’t deliver what you were asking God for.  (also see Daniel 10:12-14) The second thing that stood out is praying in tongues is what Kevin calls Stealth Language” because the devil can’t understand what we’re praying when we pray/speak in tongues. The Apostle Paul said when we pray in tongues we give thanks well. It also causes you to speak out your destiny. When Kevin was in heaven, the Lord showed him book cases filled with books and many gathering dust. He was told those were books about our lives that hadn’t been accessed and the plans of God for those lives hadn’t been fulfilled because the people didn’t access them.  Listening to these videos, I found a new release to pray/speak in tongues, to stand steadfast in my prayers and to quickly forgive and pray for those I’ve forgiven. I leave you to sort out these musings and ask Holy Spirit to open your understanding. That chapter in James I mentioned above also speaks about asking for wisdom. Until next week:

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Evil exists. And God is not a joke.

Sorry, busy week. I’ll get back to my own blog next Friday; just spoke with a young mother who was also abused as a child; she saw lions coming after her children; found out it was the Lord as a lion, lioness; showed her He’s got them safely in His mouth, nothing can take them away from His safety.

Just Salt

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My therapist recently challenged me to view God as a lion, as C.S. Lewis did in one of his famous works. And when I think of Him as a lion; am I excited about that? Or afraid?

I admitted I am still more afraid of God than I’d like to be. Having all trust broken in my family of origin made trusting God difficult. I know what it is to live vulnerably and helplessly with predators as caregivers — to be hyper vigilant because the fangs could come out at any second. The sense of evil I felt in childhood was also strong. So the idea of drawing close to a lion doesn’t give me the best feeling. Yet, given that God describes HIMSELF as a lion (never mind what a fiction writer once came up with), it became something that I knew I…

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The Deep Love Of God!

Good, Good FatherGood Friday to you, my dear readers! Did you know that “Three out of four Americans don’t believe that God loves them.”? (quote from Kyle Winkler; info@kylewinkler.org) In this time of remembering Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, the ultimate display of God’s love for us incarnate, let’s pause and think about the quote I just shared.

If a person doesn’t believe God loves them, how will they believe He wants them to be healed and whole? How will they understand why Jesus had to die for our sins while we were yet sinners? How can they joyfully follow where He leads? How can they freely give tithes and offerings? How can they truly love themselves or others? Let me share some Scriptures that impressed me this week.

Psalm 50:7 “Hear, O My people, and I will speak,
O Israel, and I will testify against you;
am God, your God!
I will not [b]rebuke you for your sacrifices
Or your burnt offerings,
Which are continually before Me.
I will not take a bull from your house,
Nor goats out of your folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the mountains,
And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.

I break in here to acknowledge: God created every living animal, person, plant and tree; the earth and all that is in it. He doesn’t NEED anything from us, but because He is the epitome of LOVE, He wants our company; wants to love us and have a relationship with each and every one of us.

12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.
13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
Or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer to God thanksgiving,
And pay your vows to the Most High.
15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

Whoever offers praise glorifies Me;
And to him who orders his conduct aright
I will show the salvation of God.”

His Love EternalGuess what? From the moment Adam and Eve severed their relationship with God the Father, He has used blood to repair that relationship. We think of blood in terms of death, but how does God see it?

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’

atonement

noun

atone·​ment | \ ə-ˈtōn-mənt  \

Definition of atonement

1reparation for an offense or injury SATISFACTION a story of sin and atonement He wanted to find a way to make atonement for his sins.
2the reconciliation of God and humankind through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ

The first blood was shed to prepare animal skins to cover Adam & Eve’s nakedness; to give them life to cover their relational death. The next blood I want to point out is the blood of Abel, the first person murdered. His blood cried out from the ground to God; it was his life calling to Father God. On the first Passover, the blood of the lambs and goats was shed to bring life to the Israelite’s first born. Next I want to look at the blood of Jesus.

John 6:53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

In Hebrews 9, Apostle Paul speaks about how the blood was used for remission of sins; atonement for the soul. Jesus Christ was the ultimate sacrifice, used of God to wipe out all sins, even what the blood of animals could not cover. (see Leviticus).  This takes us back to John 3

John 3: 14 …as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,15 that whoever believes in Him should[c]not perish but have eternal life.16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

he thinks of meSo, God out of love for all of us, came down in the form of a human baby; fully God/fully man. This perfect sacrifice was God-Father/Son/Spirit’s- idea from the beginning. The eternal love relationship among the parts of the Godhead created humans to join in that love relationship. Through doubt, disbelief and disobedience, we all mess up and can’t believe God could love us as we are. We try to buy the grace Jesus gave freely as part of the Zoe life He talks about in John 10:

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Did you know there are churches that refuse to have blood mentioned in their midst, especially sung in their hymns? Did you know most of the hymns that speak about the blood were written during the Azusa Street Revival in the early 1900’s? During that move of God, the people gained a revelation of the blood of Jesus, grace, and the heavy presence of the Lord. Even back then there were many who did not want to hear about the blood of Jesus, grace, or the tangible presence of God. Let’s press in ever closer to the relationship that’s available with the Creator of the Universe, one of the precious things we gained through the blood of Jesus Christ. He IS a good, good Father, and YOU are loved by HIM! Experience it yourself, then share it with others who need to know the hope you’ve found in Him, the freedom in His love.

Is that me(from a song a friend wrote) ‘Friday’s here, but Sunday’s coming. Friday’s here, but the story doesn’t end! He who was crucified has now arisen and His glory days will be forever without end!’ Spread the good news far and wide and let’s join together to change the statistic quoted at the beginning of this post.

 

Another Look At The Meaning Of Tolerance

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Here’s a very important topic covered by my fellow blogger Victor put in an excellent way. So much is being toted as “tollerance” in our society; do we REALLY know what it means??? Check out Victor’s post via Another Look At The Meaning Of Tolerance

Catch you again on Friday morning!happy nerd

 

The Navy Hymn Part II

Many verses have been added to Eternal Father Strong To Save, so I share them here. I didn’t realize there are so many! Please pray with me that those who serve would truly know the Lord that keeps them as they serve. Amen!

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For the Naval Aviators:

Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
Through the great spaces in the sky.
Be with them always in the air,
In darkening storms or sunlight fair;
Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,
For those in peril in the air!
Mary C. D. Hamilton (1915)

Oh, Watchful Father who dost keep
Eternal vigil while we sleep
Guide those who navigate on high
Who through grave unknown perils fly,
Receive our oft-repeated prayer
For those in peril in the air.
Emma Mayhew Whiting (1943)

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The Marines:

Eternal Father, grant, we pray,
To all Marines, both night and day,
The courage, honor, strength, and skill
Their land to serve, thy law fulfill;
Be thou the shield forevermore
From every peril to the Corps.
J. E. Seim (1966)

Seabees

Lord, stand beside the men who build,
And give them courage, strength, and skill.
O grant them peace of heart and mind,
And comfort loved ones left behind.
Lord, hear our prayers for all Seabees,
Where’er they be on land or sea.
R. J. Dietrich (1960)

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Submarine/scuba divers

Lord God, our power evermore,
Whose arm doth reach the ocean floor,
Dive with our men beneath the sea;                                                                                          Traverse the depths protectively.
O hear us when we pray, and keep
Them safe from peril in the deep.
David B. Miller (1965)

For female sailors

O God, protect the women who,
In service, faith in thee renew;
O guide devoted hands of skill
And bless their work within thy will;
Inspire their lives that they may be
Examples fair on land and sea.
Lines 1-4, Merle E. Strickland (1972) and
adapted by James D. Shannon (1973)
Lines 5-6, Beatrice M. Truitt (1948)

For Winter/Summer

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Creator, Father, who dost show
Thy splendor in the ice and snow,
Bless those who toil in summer light
And through the cold antarctic night,
As they thy frozen wonders learn;
Bless those who wait for their return.
L. E. Vogel (1965)

Coastguard

Eternal Father, Lord of hosts,
Watch o’er the men who guard our coasts.
Protect them from the raging seas
And give them light and life and peace.
Grant them from thy great throne above
The shield and shelter of thy love.
Author unknown

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Astronauts

Eternal Father, King of birth,
Who didst create the heaven and earth,
And bid the planets and the sun
Their own appointed orbits run;
O hear us when we seek thy grace
For those who soar through outer space.
J. E. Volonte (1961)

Wounded and Caregivers

Creator, Father, who first breathed
In us the life that we received,
By power of thy breath restore
The ill, and men with wounds of war.
Bless those who give their healing care,
That life and laughter all may share
. Galen H. Meyer (1969)
Adapted by James D. Shannon (1970)

comforting friendFor Loved Ones left behind

God, Who dost still the restless foam,
Protect the ones we love at home.
Provide that they should always be
By thine own grace both safe and free.
O Father, hear us when we pray
For those we love so far away.
Hugh Taylor (date Unk)

Guardians of ocean & land

Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
And those who on the ocean ply;
Be with our troops upon the land,
And all who for their country stand:
Be with these guardians day and night
And may their trust be in thy might.
Author Unknown (1955)

Ship dedication

O Father, King of earth and sea,
We dedicate this ship to thee.
In faith we send her on her way;
In faith to thee we humbly pray:
O hear from heaven our sailor’s cry
And watch and guard her from on high!
Author/date Unknown

IMG_20180728_202647338Ship’s farewell & Eternal Life

And when at length her course is run,
Her work for home and country done,
Of all the souls that in her sailed
Let not one life in thee have failed;
But hear from heaven our sailor’s cry,
And grant eternal life on high!
Author/date Unknown

Taken From https://www.navy.mil/navydata/nav_legacy.asp?id=172

The Navy Hymn

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Today I share with you the hymn my mother chose as my father’s favorite hymn for his funeral. He was 46 when he died of sudden heart attack in January 1975, making my mom a widow with 5 children at the age of 44. Dad was in the US Navy for two years between the major wars, went to a Lutheran church growing up, we attended a Presbyterian church without him when he died. Here are the original verses, with more I’ll share in my next post. We’ve never been sure of where Dad stood in relation to his Eternal Father when he died, but this gives me hope.

Eternal Father Strong To Save

Verse 1: Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Verse 2: O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked’st on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Verse 3: Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Verse 4: O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

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The “Navy Hymn” is Eternal Father, Strong to Save. The original words were written as a poem in 1860 by William Whiting of Winchester, England, for a student who was about to sail for the United States. The melody, published in 1861, was composed by fellow Englishman, Rev. John Bacchus Dykes, an Episcopalian clergyman.
The hymn, found in most hymnals, is known as the “Navy hymn” because it is sung at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. It is also sung on ships of the Royal Navy (U.K.) and has been translated into French.
Eternal Father was the favorite hymn of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and was sung at his funeral in Hyde Park, New York, in April 1945. It was also played by the Navy Band in 1963 as President John F. Kennedy’s body was carried up the steps of the U.S. Capitol to lie in state. Roosevelt had served as Secretary of the Navy and Kennedy was a PT boat commander in World War II.
(Information from The Presbyterian Hymnal Companion
by LindaJo H. McKim, Westminster/John Knox Press, Louisville, Ky. 1993)
https://www.navy.mil/navydata/nav_legacy.asp?id=172