Taught by Life or The Giver of Life?

I spent some time watching shorts on YouTube this morning and I want to share a bit with you. In this first video, Dan Mohler poses the question, “Were you taught by life, or by the giver of life?” God says there is a way that seems right to people, but its end is destruction. [Proverbs 14:12 & 16:5] Are you living the way that seems right to people on earth? Are you living the way of life that is right in God’s sight? How can you tell? Examine the fruit of the way you are living this life. I encourage you to watch this YouTube short for more.

Most of us are in a quandary about what’s going on these days. We know God has a plan, but things look messy, precarious, and doomed. I like what Kim Robinson shared on Elijah Streams. God showed her He is shaking out the rug. Think about how dirty things are around us. So much turmoil, so much buffeting from the enemy. God likes to get down to the nitty gritty, the root of the problem. I envision women using a rug beater back in the day, Kim sees a washing machine pounding the dirt out of the rug. I also remember when we pulled up the old rugs in our Victorian house. They had been down for a decade or more. What a mess of sand, dirt, detritus underneath -not to mention- what was on top and fell out when we rolled it up to dispose of it! I vowed never to have wall-to-wall carpet again after that experience. Let Kim Robinson encourage you with her vision.

I haven’t shared anything about my book publishing lately, so I’ll do so here. My daughter-in-love Jenn just sent me the photo she took for my author photo, and I just got the booklet Why Tongues by Kenneth E. Hagin. I want to recommend this booklet to go along with sharing my own experience with the Holy Spirit in my book. Did I mention the book is called: Musings Along Life’s Journey Discoveries On The Path Of Life. Here’s the photo:

Amazing what a good photo editor can do! I told Jenn to pick the one she thought was good because she knows what I look like better than I do. She’s looking for photo shoot jobs if you’re interested.

Oh, one last thing to mention, I am going on a mission trip. I have not been on one since February of 2015, so it’s time. John Wicks of Faith Builders Ministries came to our church on November 12 & 13 to share a need for workers for a construction team and encourage those God was not calling to go to pray and give toward those who were to go. So, it was clear to me that I should go. The Lord provided the money for the down payment for the trip in my savings and I am working to raise the rest by mid-December.

We will be building the women’s dormitory at the Kilimanjaro Bible College in Moshi, Tanzania. Terry & Marilyn Weaver, Elim missionaries for over 25 years, established the college and John Wicks traveled there with a team in 2000 to construct the library and administration building. The campus now has seven buildings but needs a dorm for the group of women who are attending classes. Faith Builders received the building permit and are granted permission from the Moshi government to proceed building the women’s dorm.

I will be going as a laborer and another woman from my church also agreed to go. There will be two teams, one leaving about February 10th, returning about the 23rd. A second team comes about February 21 and leaves about March 4th. Trip days are variable depending on ticket prices.

First, I ask you to pray for all of us going on the trip, that God will provide all our needs, even though it’s short notice to raise funds to travel, get paperwork and immunizations, etc. Pray for favor for all of us, since the Tanzania government is not always easy to please. Second, if you feel the Spirit pulling you to go, contact John Wicks cell (315)380-3725, email wicks444@gmail.com and if you would like to donate, send donations to Faith Builders Ministries Inc, PO Box 15173, Syracuse, NY 13215 putting “Tanzania 2023” in the memo on your check.

How much does it cost? $2,950.00 covers all trip expenses except: visa, airport food and additional luggage costs for the plane, immunizations/malaria meds. Note: we are staying in a 4-star hotel that is air-conditioned, has a fine dining facility serving American/Indian/African foods, outdoor dining with view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, a pool, and wi-fi. Daily schedule starts at 6:00 a.m., lights out at 9:00 p.m. Did I mention a sightseeing trip during the team overlap? Oh, don’t forget the 30% DEET insect repellent and lots of broad-spectrum sunscreen and a broad brimmed hat!

Winter is just beginning… what will you be doing in mid-February?

A Burning Bush Moment

A burning bush caused Moses to turn aside to investigate. God spoke to him, and Moses began a new phase of his life, one he tried to break into forty years earlier by his own strength. Jennifer LeClaire in The Prophet’s Devotional referenced this portion of Scripture and shared her own burning bush experience in her back yard that led her to a new level of her calling.

Last weekend, we had a winter weather event in New York State. We laid low, and I uncharacteristically dressed in sweats except for the times clearing snow and getting vehicles uncovered. Before I really woke up Sunday morning, my husband John came in from working outside and said the wind was really strong and blowing snow around, so I should not go to church and watch online.

I got up and dressed in sweats again, did my exercise, had breakfast, and finally was able to get the church service just after 10 am. I worshipped with them, was reminded that the turkey dinner giveaway and Operation Christmas Child boxes were being delivered, and Pastors Paul and Cheryl were back from two weeks away. Pastor Cheryl got up and said this is a day of importation. People that have not had words spoken over them fulfilled, that need to be released into what the Lord has for them next, would be prayed for at the end of service.

I knew immediately that I had to go into church! I quickly dressed, found John out cleaning off solar panels, and asked if he thought it had settled down enough for me to go. After a bit of incredulity, I left with his cautions to drive safely following me.

I spent the 20-minute drive praying in tongues and acknowledging I was in God’s timing. I arrived just at the end of service, walking in as people were hurrying out with turkey dinners to deliver. I went straight to the front of the sanctuary where Pastor Josh was praying for a woman friend of mine, and I joined in on her other side, and the Lord gave me a word for her. Then Pastor Paul prayed more of my destiny over me, and then Pastor Josh prayed over me, confirming some things.

I count this trip to church prompt as my own burning bush. I was able to encourage several other people and connect with a woman I met at our Women’s Conference in the spring. I safely arrived home earlier than usual and rejoiced that obedience has its own rewards in God’s economy.

So, what about you? I’d love to hear testimonies from my readers of how God has drawn you, you have chosen to turn to him, and he has met you there. May you all grow deeper into a relationship with the maker and sustainer of us all. Until next week, blessed Thanksgiving and true Shalom from Father God.

Snow, God’s cleansing!

God With Us

Last post I told you about reading Chad Gonzales’ devotional Think Like Jesus and today I would like to share another day with you. Day 35: The Father Is Always With Me.

Don’t be obsessed with money but live content with what you have, for you always have God’s presence. For hasn’t he promised you, “I will never leave you, never! And I will not loosen my grip on your life!” So we can say with great confidence: “I know the Lord is for me and I will never be afraid of what people may do to me!”

Hebrews 13:5-6 TPT

Emanuel, God with us… soon we will hear Christmas carols proclaiming this message. What does it mean in reality? Because Jesus came in the flesh, fully man and fully God, he showed us what it’s like having the Father dwelling inside a human body. Thanks to Father sending us the Holy Spirit after Jesus rose from the dead, we have Father God inside of us, Father God all around us, once Jesus Christ comes into our being by faith.

So, even if everyone leaves us or turns against us as Jesus foretold the disciples all would in John 16:32-33, the Father did not leave him and will not leave us. In our small group, we are reading Present Perfect Finding God in the Now by Gregory A. Boyd.

This book is all about inviting God into every moment of our lives. It’s remembering that Father is always with us, waiting to join with us to bring Heaven down to earth. This means we can live full of peace, always have joy, and always overcome because in Christ, we always have the victory.

16 Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.

Romans 14:16-18

This passage is about food and drink and Jewish Law, but in the midst of it, we see our portion in Father God here on earth as it is in Heaven: righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If we abide in Christ and he in us, no matter what state we are in, we can be joyous, peaceable, and firm in our standing with the Father.

My comment posted on Hannah’s A Grateful Life Lived blog:

Oh, Hannah! Brokenness brings wholeness in the Lord’s mighty hand. Tears are from the overwhelming move of the Spirit on our human bodies that can’t contain it, whether from joy, pain, or conviction. Remember, the Lord is always with you and in you. The light within us is the light of Christ! Let it suffuse your being until there’s no room for anything but God’s presence and thanksgiving for all He has and is doing in your life. Shalom, precious sister!

You can quickly read her post by clicking here:

My dear readers, may you be broken, overwhelmed by the presence of the Lord inside and all around you. May this lead to new revelations of who you are in Christ, and boldness to step out in the plans and purposes He has for you, so you can do your part in bringing Heaven culture -and the Father’s will- down in the midst of your life here on earth.

Here is a view of God’s bounty harvested from our garden and settled in our storage cabinet. This was taken before all the chutneys and apple sauce I processed in October and November, which displaced things and filled up most of the top shelf. It’s satisfying seeing the fruits of our labor and know we are able to bless so many people besides ourselves with what God has provided. May you experience God’s abundance so you can bless others as well. Shalom dear ones!

Blood moon, Elections, Full moon!

It is said that the sky is God’s billboard. Angels like to hide in cloud shapes and what did God say in Genesis? Let’s look.

Possible angel clouds?

Genesis 1:3 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness

So what might the Lord be saying with two significant types of moons at either end of this momentous election day? Well, I hope you voted. There were many emails, texts , Facebook posts, and messages, as well as phone calls flying around the past few weeks. Oh, I forgot the mailings we’ve received!

Some things to think about: I’m happy to exercise my right to vote, but I’m glad when campaign season ends. God wants us to work with him to decipher his signs in the firmament, but we’re not to delve into astrology or worship the heavenly lights. I’ve heard teachings that point to blood moons aligning with major happenings for Israel and the Jewish people. You can look up John Hagee’s ministry:www. jhm.org, he did a whole series on blood moons.

This morning’s blood moon taken by my husband

In other realms of thought, yesterday we had quite the bustling group at our church for our Operation Christmas Child packing party. Almost 240 boxes got done, and one dear saint did another 100 boxes at her home and brought them all to church to add to our tally.

My current second devotional book is using the book of John as well as some other scriptures to show how Jesus didn’t do the signs, wonders, and miracles on his own, they were accomplished through him because Father God was in him causing these to happen through him. This means we also have what Jesus did because we are the temple of God that He dwells in. So, if signs are not happening, it’s because we think it comes from our efforts rather than doing the things the Father is doing as Jesus did here on earth. It’s a partnership.

Well, you can see I found out how to use photos on the WordPress app. I will end this here. I plan to share another preview of my soon-to-be published book next week. Until then, I bless you with shalom from Father God and pray God’s will be done through these elections and all the COVID 19 and other illnesses attacking so many of us cease and desist soon. Amen.

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.