VOTE!!!! And Forgiveness!

If you are a citizen of the United States of America, it’s time to get out and vote next Tuesday, October 8th. Maybe you already did early voting or posted an absenee ballot. If you did, thank you! I’ve heard that if every Christian exercised their right to vote, the outcome would truly change. Don’t believe the lie that your vote doesn’t count.

Getting back to my 2022 focus on forgiveness and adding the topic of faith, my devotional used the 11th chapter of Mark today. I’m reading it in The Passion Translation and found some deeper clarity to the chapter.

Lessons of Faith

This begins with the morning after Jesus cursed the fig tree “… which was completely withered from the roots up.” Verse 20-21.

22-23: Jesus said, “Let the faith of God be in you!” He told them whoever has great faith and does not doubt… and believes that what he says will happen, it will be done.

Verse 24: “This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe for whatever you ask for in prayer-be convinced that you have received it and it will be yours.”

Now comes the forgiveness part:

Verse 25: when praying, “… if you find that you carry something in your heart against another person, release him and forgive him so that your Father in heaven will also release you and forgive you of your faults.”

Verse 26: BUT…” if you will not release forgiveness, don’t expect your Father in heaven to release you from your misdeeds.”

Have you noticed that when Jesus talks about praying, He adds the topic of forgiveness?

It is said that God is more than ready to move in His glory, but He needs willing vessels. If we don’t understand the power and authority we have in the name of Christ Jesus, His blood, and our faithful prayers and declarations, we will continue to ask for more power. We will continue to yearn for people to be saved, healed, and set free.

May we be the mighty army of manifest sons and daughters of God that Jesus paid the ultimate price for. Rise up sleepers and march forth in victory! I expect to hear wonderful testimonies of great exploits and glory as you contemplate the things I’ve shared today.

Forgive me for not having pictures today. I’m experimenting with the WordPress app on my phone and haven’t found how to do that yet. Shalom to you all, in the precious name of Jesus.

New Era/Living Waters

Wow! This is the first day in months I actually have a day to myself at home! John and son Chris are out hunting deer and I’m just working to accomplish some taskers and listen to YouTube, which I haven’t done for almost a week. Oh, my book, Musings Along Life’s Journey, is still on track to publish mid-December, so here I share my Introduction as a teaser.

INTRODUCTION

      When I was born, fourth child and second daughter to my parents Harry & Ellen Stahl, the nurse said, “That’s such a beautiful baby, she needs a name,” a couple days after my birth. Thus, my given name, Heidi Ellen Stahl, came to be. Two meanings of Heidi are: battle maiden and princess. Ellen, which means shining light, was my mother’s name, and Stahl in German means steel. When I was eighteen, my husband John added Honey to my name. I don’t think my parents realized the portent in the names I received, but I love to find name meanings. So here goes: I am a battle maiden princess, shining light, hard as steel and sweet as honey.

As of this printing, I have been married to John for forty-one years, blessed with four children and their spouses, and nine grandchildren. John and I have “retired” to Henderson, New York. I put retired in quotes because I have never stopped working odd jobs and my husband always has a project -or six- in the works. I am an editor, blogger, caregiver, an ordinary woman made extraordinary by the power that resides within me since I accepted Jesus as my savior and became a Christian.

This is my first book, based on my blog that can be found at: www.musingsalonglifesjourney.blog Join me as I share my musings and adventures, vignettes of my journey over nearly six decades of life on this earth. I pray that my testimonies encourage you and stimulate your desire to taste and see that the Lord is good, giving thanks to the Father and glory to the Son.

Also known as Succot or Feast of Booths

Our Pastor had to fill in on short notice for this weekend’s services. He said he has a three-part message ready to go on short notice but asked the Lord what He had for the church. The upshot: Holy Spirit connected that today is the 8th day of Tishri. Also, that it was the 8th day of Tishri, the feast of Booths, which was re-instituted by Nehimiah as the Israelites returned from captivity in Babylon:

Nehimiah 8:17 So the whole assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and sat under the booths; for since the days of Joshua the son of Nun until that day the children of Israel had not done so. And there was very great gladness. 18 Also day by day, from the first day until the last day, he read from the Book of the Law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day there was a sacred assembly, according to the prescribed manner.

The Holy Spirit connected this Scripture in John was also the 8th day of the Feast of Booths:

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

John 7:37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

We are entering into the new era the Prophets have been talking about. Pastor asked if we have living water pouring out, or deathly water. What is coming out of us? The Spirit of God, or fleshly works, words, actions/reactions? Our church is being led to repent of the former things and renewing and refreshing for what is upon us.

God is on the move, waking up the sleeping church. Tim Sheets is seeing the Church stepping up into what God has for us, coming together, building on all the great revivals before us. God has not stopped/cut off the things He did in previous generations, but is building on the previous revelations and urging us forward. Are you joining the movement of Heaven merging with earth and stepping out as manifest children of God for this kingdom age? It’s time we had a new dousing in Living Water of the Spirit and rising up in the power and authority we have in Jesus Christ! Join me as I step out in faith, trusting that all the promises in the Bible are true and active. May you experience true Shalom in the days to come and become the “Shining Ones” as Moses was!

Here’s a Gray Jay my husband found in Saskatchewan, Canada

The Goodness of God

Welcome to another of my musings. While I was with my family in Vermont, I found how to scroll YouTube shorts. I found the same song by different artists about six times in fifteen minutes. This song has been running in my head and been on my tongue for over a week, so I share it with you here and will add my own comments as it goes.

Bethel Music

I love You, Lord
Oh, your mercy never failed me
All my days, I’ve been held in your hands
From the moment that i wake up
Until i lay my head
Oh, i will sing of the goodness of God

Do you believe God has never failed you? Is it fathomable that you have been held in His hands every day of your life?

And all my life you have been faithful
And all my life you have been so, so good
With every breath that i am able
Oh, i will sing of the goodness of God

What about you? How many of your breaths do you use to sing of the goodness of God?

I love your voice
You have led me through the fire
And in darkest night you are close like no other
I’ve known you as a Father
I’ve known you as a Friend
And i have lived in the goodness of God, yeah

What fire has the Lord led you through? Have you found Him close in your darkest nights? Do you personally know the Lord as Father and Friend?

And all my life you have been faithful, oh-oh-oh
And all my life you have been so, so good
With every breath that i am able
Oh, i will sing of the goodness of God, yeah

‘Cause your goodness is running after, it’s running after me
Your goodness is running after, it’s running after me
With my life laid down, i’m surrendered now
I give you everything
‘Cause your goodness is running after, it’s running after me, oh-oh
‘Cause your goodness is running after, it’s running after me
Your goodness is running after, it’s running after me
With my life laid down, i’m surrendered now
I give you everything
‘Cause your goodness is running after, it keeps running after me

Can you lay your life down and surrender all you have, giving it all to our Father God? Does His goodness lead you to deep surrender?

And all my life you have been faithful
And all my life you have been so, so good
With every breath that i am able
Oh, i’m gonna sing of the goodness of God
I’m gonna sing, i’m gonna sing

‘Cause all my life you have been faithful
And all my life you have been so, so good
With every breath that i am able
Oh, i’m gonna sing of the goodness of God
Oh, i’m gonna sing of the goodness of God

Songwriters: Jason Ingram, Ed Cash, Brian Mark Johnson, Jenn Louise Johnson, Ben David Fielding. For non-commercial use only.

So, this song is still running through my head and coming out on my breath going on two weeks with only minor breaks. The Lord is wooing us. Can you sense it? He’s asking us to be humble and lay everything down. It’s difficult to crucify this flesh, but oh, so worth it! Let Jesus fill your whole being. This way there is no room for anything the enemy has put on you to stay, no room for anything to come into you.

I met a woman standing outside Hannaford. She had two layers of knee braces on one leg and was waiting for a ride home. I went with Holy Spirit’s prompting and said, “Hey, can I pray for your knee? Mine has been healed and I know Jesus can heal yours too.” She was very willing to have me pray and eager for me to lay my hand on her knee while I did it! Well, my knee is not totally restored, but boy, did I find overflowing joy as I got in the truck! “Lord, does it heal my knee when I speak that You healed it and pray for someone else while my healing is in the process of manifesting?” I’m thinking something supernatural is happening and gaining boldness to step out more often in faith.

I’ll leave you with a YouTube video of this week’s song so you can sing along:

Moving on!

Shana Tova! The day of atonement and the feast of trumpets on the Jewish calendar are happening this week. Time to enjoy apples dipped in honey again! Thanks for being patient with me not positing regularly dear readers. This is a busy summer coming to an end and I’ll get you up to date.

Currently, I am holding down the fort at my son Chris’ home in Vermont, spending time with his wife and my two granddaughters while he hunts moose in Canada with John (my husband). So far, their very sick dog Walter had to be put to sleep, which is very hard with the family not together, Sunday we went to try a new church together. We’ve also celebrated three family birthdays in two days and had a good outing for Nataleigh’s 12th birthday with her aunt and youngest cousin, having lunch at Olive Garden and hunting for bargains at Good Will and the Habitat for Humanity resale store. A great trip for my granddaughter who is growing quickly into a woman. After a day home from school to mourn the death of the ‘puppy’ and another with tummy aches, the girls got back to school this morning, Natty finally gets to take her cupcakes to school and make up her I-ready tests. THe men are working to relax now they have their moose tags full, waiting to hear from the two that flew deeper in to hunt and hoping to make it home amid the hurricane threats.

This quiet day in Vermont without the girls, I finally sit to write while my laundry is going and Jenn and Rainey, the girl pup, rest. I am on Day 25 titled Same Job, Same Results in Walking in the Miraculous by Chad Gonzales, concentrating on:

John 14:12 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

and

Acts 10:38 God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Jesus died so we could be God’s representatives of His kingdom here on earth, as it is in heaven. Chad says, “You could pray for God to touch [your neighbor’s] life or you could stand up in your authority as a believer [in Jesus] and touch them for yourself!”

Join me in stepping out in faith and in the power and boldness of Holy Spirit and experience signs, wonders, healings and miracles following us as they did Jesus and the first Disciples!

Moving on… my publisher now has my manuscript and my check for the publishing. Have I shared my money blessing story here? Just in case, I’ll share my testimony sparked by my friend Cindy’s testimony.

Hey Cindy, Thanks for sharing! Keep praying/singing in tongues. It gives the devil a headache because he tries to understand the God mysteries we’re praying, but tongues is a language our enemy cannot interpret or understand. I prayed with someone on a YouTube video last winter. She said to ask God for a certain amount of money and then pull it down from heaven. $3,000.00 came to mind and I didn’t know why-what it was for- or how God would give it to me, but I pulled it down from heaven.

Glory! I got a book to edit for a local Vietnam vet, my publisher I work for told me to write a check for $35.00 each month whether I do any comp mailings for her or not. I got asked to help at my neighbor’s motel again and she’s paying me $17.00/hour instead of last year’s 12. John has been paying for most of my gasoline, and the Lord gave me another person that wants me to help clean her house and visit. 

By June I had over $3,000.00 in my savings and sent my manuscript to Sabrina Adams at Zoe Life Communications. I asked how much to publish? $3,000.00! I just mailed the check to her last week, [July] and I still have over $1,000.00 in my savings, which should be enough to pay for the rest of the incidentals.

We will always proclaim the faithfulness of our Father God who is always with us and always shows us the way we should go- just in His perfect timing!

Shalom my dear sister Cindy, Heidi 

Now I have the timeline for publishing and will share the cover with you and some excerpts as we go. We will do a virtual launch between December 21 and 22. I will keep you posted on this site when dates are finalized and give you a link to join us!

Another amazing display of God’s glory as the sun sets in Henderson, New York

Forgiveness, Thankfulness, and Release

If you’re following my posts, you know God gave me the word forgiveness to concentrate on in 2022. This morning I listened to another of Randy Kay’s interviews with an NDE person and she gave me insight into forgiveness, putting together several things I’ve already discovered like thankfulness and release, in a way that’s easy to understand. Here’s the video link:

Imagine being a single mother of six children with no visible means of support. You have lots of people you don’t trust, including your ex-husband, and don’t know how to forgive. You are in a horrific accident, freed by the jaws of life, medevacked to a big hospital with a trauma unit, and slip into a coma. This woman met Jesus and experienced the true love contained in heaven. What is the main message she brought back from heaven? Forgive and be thankful and this will release you as well as those you forgive.

Muse with me about what life could be like if we spontaneously thanked God for everything. Thank You God, for my laptop so I can share Your great news with others through email and this blog. Thank You God, for the catchup I just processed from our bountiful garden. Thank You Father, for my husband John and thank You that he does not acknowledge You as Lord yet… Thank You God, for the hot, humid weather and that I have the ability to sweat. Thank You for the food I just ate and that You provided the dark chocolate treat! Thank You for my brother in the nursing home and all the people who care for him. Thank You…

I’m thankful for sweating because I have a friend who cannot sweat, and his wife has to keep an eye on him in hot weather. I’m thankful that my husband has not found a relationship with Jesus yet because God’s timing is perfect and it’s not quite time yet. While I wait, we are both learning many things about relationships. I’m thankful for the rain and that before it came, our well ran low and we’ve been working off a 500-gallon water tank for over a week. It’s giving us a chance to find creative ways to conserve water while I’ve been canning!

I forgive my husband, my brother, people who have made my life difficult and challenging, because I do not want to keep them away from the good things God has for them. I also realize it hurts me when I hold on to unforgiveness. Ignoring people or walking on eggshells around them puts stress on me and may be keeping me away from fulfilling God’s plan for my life and for His glory.

So, I choose to forgive, choose to be thankful, and find release for myself and those around me. It paves the way for me to experience more of the love of God in Christ Jesus and to walk in the light. As the light of love grows, I can’t help but let it shine! We are to dwell in Christ and shine the light to draw people to kingdom realities, including freedom, faith, and healing.

This week I also began a new 30-day devotional, Walking in the Miraculous by Chad Gonzales. Chad says, “Miracles are normal for the one who walks in their union with Christ.” These devotionals focus on renewing “…your mind to who you are in Christ and the powerful, victorious life God has designed for you to live.” The video I linked goes well with this book. I encourage you to watch it and get the first-hand account.

In closing, I pray you will find it in your heart to truly forgive others, to give thanks in all things, and find release for yourself and those around you. I offer you Shalom which comes from trusting that God’s got your back!

The Glory of God surrounds us if we only look for it!

The Peace of God & Free Will of Man

Welcome to another collection of my thoughts. By the way, my manuscript is in the hands of Zoe Life Christian Communications and projected to be published in December of 2022. I’ll keep you posted as my first book’s publishing progresses.

I have been listening to Destiny Image with Randy Kay interviewing people with near-death experiences (NDEs). Randy’s desire is that the things his guests share will convince you of the great love of God for all of us. Today I was intrigued when I read: “Three die in fatal crash – he sees his wife who speaks to him on the other side and his toddler-alive”. Since I was busy slicing and freezing sweet banana peppers from our garden, not realizing I need to wear gloves even with sweet peppers, and my fingers began burning as well as the end of my nose I must have rubbed, I enjoyed the company listening to Randy and Jeffery share about the love of God, free will, and no condemnation from the Lord’s side. I encourage you to listen to Jeffery’s message of hope, forgiveness, love and how we can live this life in light of Eternity, walking with Jesus here and now.

I am reminded of Romans 1:8, titled:

Free from Indwelling Sin

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Then in John 3:17 Jesus said,

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

So, if God does not condemn us and Jesus does not condemn us, then who does? The world and people in it, the devil and his minions, and we condemn ourselves to the point we believe there Is no forgiveness possible.

The Blessing of Returning to God

Deuteronomy 30:1“Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God drives you, and you return to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you.

God is gathering His people in Israel, showing His faithfulness in keeping His promises. So, what is the aim for this life on earth? To love God with all our heart, soul, mind, strength and understanding, and to love others as we love ourselves. You know, because of this ‘free will’ the Lord created us with, we carry heavy loads of condemnation and regret for things we’ve done, things others have done, things we have not done, things others have not done to/for/with us. God did not mean for us to live in condemnation, depression, addiction, or doubt. God has compassion on us and the love that brings that compassion is what God wants to share with us, so we can share it with others.

I have sticky notes hung on my wall above my desk. First one says, “Lord, what are You saying?” Second is: “Discernment… No Compromise and No Apologies!” Third is “Nobody owes me anything!” Then I see: “What happens in our lives is 1.5% our individual control, 16% our influence, and 82.5% totally beyond our control or influence.

I cannot control another person [1 Samuel 15:23 for rebellion [control] is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.] Think about that! Jesus’ obedient, loving sacrifice left us with the fullness of Christ and Holy Spirit to indwell us, making the way for us to use the same power that raised Him from the dead and the same access to Father God He had here on earth. All this turns me back to Philippians chapter 4 where the Apostle Paul advised/commanded us:

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

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.

Do you trust that God is always good? That Father, Son, Spirit, angels and saints watching us from heaven have no thought of failure? God uses the choices we make with our free will to work things for good. I think that’s why Paul penned the next verses:

This life we live is all about learning how to love well. This means trusting God has good thoughts about you, great plans for your life and all that concerns you, and He has given you choices to make. Choice means we can choose to not worry or be anxious, that we can say as Jesus: “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.” The joy of the Lord truly is your strength, so rejoice in the Lord all ways! Note: Faith actually means trust. See how the Roman Centurian trusted that Jesus would heal, even without Jesus physically going to the man’s home.

Meditate on These Things

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

I pray you grow in your relationship with our Savior and experience the peace and forgiveness found in His love.

I leave you with a picture of my granddaughter Ashlynn exploring the water creatures next to the wading beach at Beaver Camp in the Adirondacks. Her sister Nataleigh and I had a good time at Grandpaent & Grandchild camp at the end of July. Check out the website for more pictures and information.

https://beavercamp.org/
[photo taken by Heidi Honey]

SHALOM!

Practicing His Presence

Interesting how the Lord connects things in our lives if we just take a minute to assess what’s happening each day. Call it coincidence or God incidents, I prefer to see God at work in my life rather than fate. I share instances I’ve encountered through my Godly musings the last ten days or so.

I awoke thinking of a rhyme from my childhood I couldn’t quite remember. The next morning, I went to a garage sale for the woman I cleaned for. Lo and behold, I found a tin with the verse on it:

“Monday’s child is fair of face,

Tuesday’s child is full of grace,

Wednesday’s child is full of woe,

Thursday’s child has far to go,

Friday’s child is loving and giving,

Saturday’s child works hard for a living,

But the child who is born on the Sabbath day

Is bonnie and blithe and good and gay.” https://dayology.com/2017/02/26/the-mondays-child-poem/

This got me thinking about what days my four children were born on and what day my siblings were born. I have not delved into those dates to find the days, but probably will another day to see if any of this poem is true.

Saturday after evening church service, I went looking for a packet of seasoning for the greens I picked [from our garden] that afternoon. The woman I currently help gave me a packet her daughter uses, but I read the recipe wrong, thinking I needed two pounds of prepared greens, but that meant two pounds of greens straight from the garden, which were then prepared. Walmart being the closest store, I started there, although Price Chopper had come to mind first. They had the right brand of packets, but not for greens. I managed to buy a small packet of bacon crumbles to add to the pot and came back to the produce section just in time to see Joe, the 94-year-old man I mentioned last week, with his daughter & granddaughter, also shopping after church.

I proceeded across the road to Target, and having to use the facilities, I found a young girl who didn’t know how to use the automatic soap or water faucet. I was able to guide her, and she looked much relieved.

Next, I stopped at Hannaford and cruised the aisles, not finding what I needed, but was able to share a few smiles. When I got back in my car, I surrendered to the Lord’s original prompt and went to Price Chopper, where I was able to encourage a woman in the produce section, then found a rack with the brand of seasonings I was looking for. I found one packet of the greens mix, obviously one that had fallen off the rack and been put on top. I realized Father provided for my needs. I had a good interaction with the young man at the checkout and was able to share how God put it there for me.

Remembering the Monday’s Child episode, I realized the prompts were God speaking to me, so the next morning’s episode trippily blessed me! I had a mental picture of us eating at Cracker Barrel, which we do fairly regularly, but we were seated in the far section of the dining area where we haven’t sat in some time. Yesterday, John decided we’d go to Cracker Barrel for brunch after looking at storage sheds. Lo and behold, the hostess sat us at a table on the far end. It was a blessing seeing things we hadn’t and meeting a new waitress.

I don’t think I’ve told you readers, but I am doing two devotionals at once. I have The Prophet’s Devotional by Jennifer LeClaire, which is a one-year devotional, and recently finished Kevin Zadai’s 60 Day Healing Devotional and began Beni Johnson’s The Joy of Intercession, A 40 Day Encounter. It’s a real God- instance when they frequently jibe.

Genisis 28:16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.

Jennifer used this scripture to point out that “God wants us to walk in an awakening that makes us aware of His presence not just when we are in a worship service or when we hear His voice or when we have a dramatic encounter.” (pg. 221, July 17) She mentions Brother Lawrence and the book The Practice of the Presence of God, how he learned to see God in the mundane tasks of everyday life. Her prayer:

“Father, in the name of Jesus, help me to crucify my flesh so I can be more sensitive to Your heart. I want to know when You walk into a room and when You leave. I want to be aware of what You are doing in and around me. Help me practice Your presence.”

This was Day 7 in Beni’s book, a section titled: “No Agenda Required”. She stresses coming to God without our own agenda, making room for an interaction with Him, agreeing with His will and His Word.

1 Corinthians 1:20-22 Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete. The Message

Added to these devotions was the sermon from Saturday evening, fighting our giants. God has provided just the right weapons, talents and skills for our battle. King Saul tried to put his own armor on David to fight Goliath, but it was not the weapon God had trained him to use. The slingshot he’d used in the fields was the demise of that giant.

My takeaway from these two devotionals and the sermon is: Don’t bring your own agenda when you want to spend time with God and feel His presence. Our Father in Heaven has a lot to say to us, His children. Let us open ourselves to practicing being in His presence, first reading His Word, then taking time to realize where He is in our daily walk. Adding on the sermon, God has brought us through things in our life that have given us the skills for the plans He has for our lives. What weapons do you have to fight your giants? According to 1 Corinthians, knowing what God has said “Yes” to and adding our “Amen” to it is the way to victory.

By the way, Beni Johnson has gone on to be with the Lord recently and I count it an honor and privilege to have the Lord choose this book for me to use at this time.

Honoring the Life of Beni Johnson

Jul 15, 2022
PRESS RELEASE

On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, Beni Johnson, beloved wife and Co-Senior Leader to Bill Johnson, passed away surrounded by family and friends after a prolonged battle with cancer. As Pastor Bill communicated that evening on his personal Instagram account, “She is healthy and free.”

In our prayers for Beni, our community felt called to fight the good fight, full of faith to the end. Beni powerfully modeled this way of prayer for us. Upon her death, we declare with all God’s Church that He is good, even as we grieve together.

Thank you for your prayers for Beni, and for continuing to pray for the Johnson family. We look forward to honoring and remembering her impact, and celebrating her life at a memorial service in the near future.

https://www.bethel.com/news/honoring-the-life-of-beni-johnson

The Glory of the Lord is found where you look for it.
Our back yard is testimony to His glory and abundance.

God, Our Help

Welcome readers to another musing, a hymn the Spirit brought to mind from my youth. As we go through these challenging times, let us reflect on where our help comes from.

GOD, OUR HELP, IN AGES PAST
TEXT: Isaac Watts
MUSIC: William Croft

1. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home!

2. Beneath the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure.
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

4. Thy word commands our flesh to dust:
“Return, ye sons of men!”
All nations rose from earth at first
And turn to earth again.

5. A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone.
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

6. O God our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.
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Yesterday, today, and forever, our God is our help and guide through the deepest waters, the hottest flames, the tallest mountains, the lowest valleys. Jesus is always our grace for today and bright hope for tomorrow. Don’t trust in governments, stay away from the fake news, and fill your life with prayer and God’s Word. Our joy truly comes from no other place but the Lord God Almighty.

I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help, for my help comes from the LORD, maker of heaven and earth!

Today’s Musing

My dear readers, forgive me for not posting sooner. Life is busy and so much is coming to me that I haven’t settled down to write, but early this morning the Spirit brought some clarity I’ll share here.

I have been following Randy Kay on Destiny Image [YouTube] interviewing people about their NDEs. The one I watched/listened to Saturday while I was ironing pillowcases at the motel was:

Rosemary Thornton was bleeding to death from a surgery in France when she was taken up above the bed, away from her body, and saw Jesus face to face. The things she said about her visit with Jesus brought revelation to me. Rosemary described being so intimate with Jesus that she was the only one He was with.

I know that in Him I live and move and have my being, that I am no longer my own because Christ lives in me. I know the fullness of God in Christ is within me. All these things I believe because that’s what the Bible says, but I am gaining deeper understanding.

Being made in God’s image, Kat Kerr says, “Your soul has layers like the pages of a book.” It holds parts of everything you put in it, which is why we have emotional ties, both good and bad, from the people we interact with and the things we spend our time on. This is the same with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each has layers. Because of this, we have a layer of the God Head inside us when we accept Jesus and Father, Son, and Spirit are in each Believer. Note: each layer is a full part of God, not just a piece! The layers of God are infinite, which is how He can be all over heaven and earth at the same time He’s in our own hearts. Remember, heaven has no clocks and no time restraints!

So, the revelation that came early this morning is each of us has a personal audience with Jesus all the time. Think about that! All you need to do is accept Jesus as your personal savior, then you have access to Him all the time. This relationship means I can turn to Him like He’s walking beside me, attentively listening and responding. I believe when I sit, He’s also sitting with me, which reminds me of a book I once read called Two Chairs.

As we grow in relationship with the God of the Universe, let us grow more intimate with the One who created us. He knows all about each one of us, everything that’s going on and everything that will go on. Psalm 139 tells us He has been from the end to the beginning, has come behind us to shield us from the hurts of our past, and goes before us making the way clear. [my paraphrase of The Passion Translation]

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.
Psalm 139 NKJ

On another note, have you ever thought about living to be 120 as God stated in Genesis?

 Genesis 6:3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

Saturday evening, after finishing work at the motel, a quick supper, and getting to church by 5 to help with worship at our 6 PM service, I met a man named Joe who is 94 years old. I would have guessed he was in his late 70s. We chatted for over an hour after church and I observed he has his own teeth, a good mind, hears well, and sees well with glasses, walks upright, and doesn’t have “old man” breath! He still has a car and drives once in a while and was telling me he’s got a sore spot on his back from a chair giving way from under him at a picnic he was at with his daughter’s family, but it’s healing well. The joy of the Lord was evident, and I believe he has grown close like Moses did and is healthy and glowing from being in the Presence. I have friends who are 84 & 85 and still healthy and getting around well, which is making me think more about living to be 120!

I am using Kevin Zadai’s 60 Day Healing Devotional for my quiet time and gaining faith that I can live in divine health and share with others to encourage them that they also can be healed and healthy. Yes, some days I look at being eleven months away from 60 years old and can’t conceive living twice this long, but then I get excited and contemplate how many great-great grandchildren I would meet and what mighty works of God I would see. Dream with me, dear ones! I’ll leave you with another sky photo. Shalom!

A view past our garden and solar panels in the back yard

The Comforter/Pentecost

Musings Along Life’s Journey

This is my original photo I want to use for my book cover. I connected with a man on LinkedIn who is working up the actual cover for me.

In my soon-to-be-published book, Musings Along Life’s Journey, I am currently writing about my experiences with The Great Comforter Whom Jesus sent down to us on the day of Pentecost. I share some of what I am finding here. Keep up with my posts and I will give progress reports on my debut foray into the publishing world. I’ve hit the 50-page mark and in deciding what else to include, the Spirit impressed on me to flesh out the chapters/stories I already have in the manuscript. Of course, it’s a challenge going from a weekly blog snippet to a full chapter!

John 14:25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Before Jesus suffered and died, He told the disciples about the Helper, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father would send. This helper would teach and bring to remembrance what Jesus had said. The Helper would also be a strong comforter so hearts would not be troubled, and they would not be afraid.

From Jesus Christ Stock Photos

John 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

This verse was Jesus’ commissioning of the Believers after His resurrection. He breathed a portion of Holy Spirit on them at this point, then directed them to tarry until the fullness of the Spirit would come upon them. The 120 in the upper room did not know what day Jesus’ promise would be fulfilled, but they may have had an inkling. After Passover, the Jews would “count the Omer” for fifty days to the “First Fruits” celebration. This is what happened:

Acts 2:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

This is the event that changed the world, turning it upside down, as God’s Kingdom enablement came upon the Believers. Note that they were all in one accord, 120 people in the upper room. Amazing things will happen when we lay down our differences and come together in one accord, lifting up Jesus in our midst.

As you read on in Acts, there were people in Jerusalem from many different countries and languages. Each of them heard the Believers speaking in tongues but understood them in their own languages. About 3,000 came to believe in Jesus as Messiah that day. It was the fulfillment of God’s word which the Prophet Joel saw and spoke from the Spirit, which is still for us today!

Acts 2:16 “But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
21 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.’

These are the basic Scriptures; in my book I will also share my own first experience with The Holy Spirit along with some testimonies. I leave you with another photo of God’s glory in the skies around Henderson, NY. May you all experience the comfort and communion of Holy Spirit and join with the Lord’s Body, rejoicing in His provision for us. Shalom, dear readers!