Struggling to “Feel” Christmas?

Published December 23, 2017 by birdieklh

This year, I admit, it has been a struggle for me . . . yes, me . . . Miss Christmas . . . always one of the first to decorate – always singing the great carols of days gone by. Not this year.

Last year, our new kitten was fascinated by our tree and ended up destroying it – we did not replace it.

This year I was dealing with various health issues that kept me from even decorating my windows (I usually paint them with “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”, Snowflakes, Bells, etc.) . . . then, when we went to get our lights and items to put up around the inside of the house we discovered that our outside storage area had been so badly damaged that water had gotten in, thus causing mold to destroy all things inside – so into the dumpster they went!

On top of all of that . . . four people close to my heart are no longer present in this world but in the next, all within the course of a three-week time span . . . add to that the songs I am hearing all around me are NOT the songs I have such fond memories of singing but similar with ‘added’ twists and/or completely different lyrics and/or melodies, plus the newer songs which almost hurt my heart altogether . . . needless to say, it has been difficult for me to GET into the usual ‘feel’ of Christmas . . . until late yesterday afternoon, when my beloved husband put this YouTube video on for me while I was preparing our supper . . . ah . . . down memory lane I went.

Memories of years spent up in the upper mid-west, snow falling, walking down streets dressed in our long coats, hats, scarves, mufflers, singing Christmas carols, others joining in, stopping in front of stores, houses, people bringing out hot chocolate, or hot cider, it was such a joy-filled time. Everyone celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior! Peace on Earth, good will toward ALL!  Even in the malls . . . this type of music was played, people would sing along, smiling at one another, some gathering around a live piano player, singing at the top of their voices while young ones played together, such a wonderful time – not anything like the malls today, loud, rushed, fighting . . . sigh . . . people forget that it is JESUS we celebrate!

JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

 

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Grieving Together

Published November 6, 2017 by birdieklh

We find ourselves the nation on our knees today after yesterday‘s horrible shooting in Sutherland Texas. It is a small town not too far from where I live. I don’t know anyone from that church but they are still my brothers and sisters. I do however know many who have gone down there to minister to those who are affected by this disaster, this tragedy, this horrific thing that should not of happened. Our heart aches, our tears flow freely yet there’s a part of us that knows beyond any shadow of any doubt that these precious ones who went from praising the Lord in their church home to praising Jesus in Person in their heavenly home with their Heavenly Father! Yes, that that does bring some comfort to our souls, yet the more mourning process is still heavy on our hearts. Yes Christians do grieve, Christian still mourn, Christian still cry. Remember, even our Lord Jesus Christ mourned and wept at the graveside of his dear friend Lazarus …

We drop to our knees, allow our tears to flow, ur hearts to cry out our anguish before the Throne, then we get up and be one His arms extended. We become His voice of love, speaking words of Hope and comfort and compassion. We start to help rebuild one moment, one step, one hug at a time. Through His LOVE. 

WE…the body of Christ need to act with one heart, linking arms together….we are planning on bringing down Thanksgiving meals to the community, continued prayer and counseling….please join with us in praying for their faith to remain unshattered and for their healing to be quick; for the Lord to somehow turn this tragedy around into a glorious triumph for His Glory and the good of this precious tight-knit community. 

Grieving Together

Published November 6, 2017 by birdieklh

We find ourselves the nation on our knees today after yesterday‘s horrible shooting in Sutherland Texas. It is a small town not too far from where I live. I don’t know anyone from that church but they are still my brothers and sisters. I do however know many who have gone down there to minister to those who are affected by this disaster, this tragedy, this horrific thing that should not of happened. Our heart aches, our tears flow freely yet there’s a part of us that knows beyond any shadow of any doubt that these precious ones who went from praising the Lord in their church home to praising Jesus in Person in their heavenly home with their Heavenly Father! Yes, that that does bring some comfort to our souls, yet the more mourning process is still heavy on our hearts. Yes Christians do grieve, Christian still mourn, Christian still cry. Remember, even our Lord Jesus Christ mourned and wept at the graveside of his dear friend Lazarus …

We drop to our knees, allow our tears to flow, ur hearts to cry out our anguish before the Throne, then we get up and be one His arms extended. We become His voice of love, speaking words of Hope and comfort and compassion. We start to help rebuild one moment, one step, one hug at a time. Through His LOVE. 

WE…the body of Christ need to act with one heart, linking arms together….we are planning on bringing down Thanksgiving meals to the community, continued prayer and counseling….please join with us in praying for their faith to remain unshattered and for their healing to be quick; for the Lord to somehow turn this tragedy around into a glorious triumph for His Glory and the good of this precious tight-knit community. 

Gasping For Breath!

Published September 18, 2017 by birdieklh

 

Ever feel so crushed that you can hardly breathe? That is where I am at the present moment! Coming off an incredible, power-packed 3 weeks filled with ministry and pressing ahead to another 2 weeks of Seeking God with the 10 Days San Antonio . . . starting on the 20th . . .  I find myself at the moment sitting here, slightly overwhelmed, feeling the loss of a new but dear friend who flew off back to his home in Kent (the UK) this morning and the last minute crunch time of preparations for the 10 Days – oh – not mention the amazing Beauty for Ashes Conference held Saturday where many women were set FREE from years of bondage’s!!! Karin at Beauty for Ashes Conference 9-16-17God is so GOOD!!!! Hallelujah! It is strange that all of a sudden I find myself feeling (ah, there it is! ‘feeling’) like I am gasping for a breath! So much has happened in such a short amount of time – it seems as though a few years worth of ministry work jam-packed into a few short weeks . . . that is what it is . . . the pressure . . . condensing a LOT into such a small amount of time . . . BUT GOD!!! What am amazing God we serve!!!

He is our Breath! He is our Strength! He is our Hope! He is our Joy! He is our Peace! He is ALL we need, for EVERY situation!!! I give Him ALL the praise, honor and glory!!!

Lord, God, thank You for giving me the opportunity to speak into the lives of those whom You strategically placed in my path these past few weeks . . . even the one you brought across the ocean, Abba Father, You amaze me!!! received_480907932308868Yes, it has been draining, but it has been powerful, it has been good and I would not trade it for anything in the world!!! How I love You, Lord!!! How I praise You!!!! You are my EVERYTHING!!!!! Now, Lord, I ask that You SEAL the work that You have done in the lives of these precious ones . . . every one of them, Lord . . . continue the work . . . let the roots go down deep, and the the branches grow strong, and the fruit be rich and beautiful, my God, all for Your Glory!!! in Jesus Mighty Name, amen!

 

HOLY SPIRIT BREATHE ON ME, IN ME AND THROUGH ME . . . NOW AND ALWAYS, AMEN!

© klh 4-Given Ministries

A RUSH TO RE-FUEL?

Published September 2, 2017 by birdieklh
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image provided by Mark Lugo, San Antonio

In San Antonio we rely upon gasoline resources coming up from the Huston area, however with Houston being underwater from Hurricane Harvey there is a bit of a panic among most residents here. I’m telling you, I personally have not seen such a rush on gas stations since the 1970’s!  As I was out and about in the last few days I was in shock at the cars practically on top of one another, some coming in at all types of strange angles vying to get to the pumps before another person. Really? There is NOT a shortage, just a delay. What are people thinking?!

There are literally fights breaking out, from what I’ve heard, it is a total mess. Stores are still wiped out of regular supplies, which is not necessary whatsoever . . . in other areas, perhaps, but not ours.

What DOES break my heart, however, as I observe all of this ‘rushing to / panicking after’ fuel is this:

(and here begins the waterworks of my own soul, my eyes are filling once more as they have since the first observance of this phenomenon)

THIS FUEL IS SO QUICKLY USED UP!

IT DOES NOT LAST!!!   IT IS ONLY TEMPORARY!!!

We, as believers in Jesus Christ have an everlasting fuel . . . an Oil in our lamps that never burns up or vaporizes away into oblivion . . . we have Water from the Well that NEVER runs dry . . .  we soak up, we breath in, we read, we meditate upon, we

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Photo provided from Jay MacFarland, San Antonio

bask in, we ‘refuel’ (if you will) all the time . . . we invite others. They TOO can partake for themselves.  Seems as though they are not interested . . . but here they are today . . . FLOCKING and FIGHTING over a seemingly (concocted / stretched / imagined) shortage or crisis of possibly running low on fuel for their vehicles which will only get them going for another few days or perhaps a week . . . I am simply heartbroken.

What about the very thing that will help get them through their WHOLE lives?! Why don’t they care about that?!

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Courtesy of Mennonite Historical Churches

Meanwhile, our church parking lots often (even on days when services are being held) look like this . . . What am I missing here? Can someone enlighten me?

 

 

 

 

 

© klh 4-Given Ministries

 

#Don’t Worry Just Pray!!!

Published August 30, 2017 by birdieklh
 • We are not beggars, we are BELIEVERS.
• We don’t pout, we PRAY.
• We don’t worry, we WORSHIP.
• We don’t complain about hardship, we CONFESS our victory.
• We don’t give up, we GRAB ONTO GRACE. 
• We don’t doubt, we DARE TO LIVE by what we know.
• We don’t retreat, we REBUKE AND REBUILD.
• Above all, we know WHO IS FOR US, WITH US, IN US, AND NEVER AGAINST US. HIS NAME IS JESUS. 
As Christians and as The Church of Jesus Christ, we know what to do. #DontWorryJustPray – Grace Gonzalez

August 27 near Houston · (used by permission, Grace, I thank you for your strong spirit, and I bless you, in the Name of Jesus for the encouragement, grace and love you pour out to others each and every day! Thank you for allowing me to help spread this prayer message of HOPE!)

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A Word for TODAY 8-21-17

Published August 21, 2017 by birdieklh

I do not usually, publicly post words that the Lord speaks to my heart, but feel prompted to do so today . . .

While watching the eclipse live on Twitter the moon covered the sun . . . momentarily . . . then BOOM the sun burst out on all sides, brilliant in its glory . . . the Spirit spoke loudly to my spirit saying, “Behold, NOTHING can cover what I Am about to do! Nothing can block what I Am about to BURST FORTH upon the Earth in POWER to do My Will . . . I Am changing the atmosphere and My bride will be brought forth, brilliantly arrayed in the glory I have prepared for her, walking boldly in every aspect of love she has learned through the times of training I have brought her through – humility, hardship, hunger. Things that have fashioned within her a restraint of the fleshly things that hinder and a releasing of the things of the Spirit. The weapons she uses are mighty – they are My Weapons, and she wields them with an incredible skill. She is ready. She has been on the battlefield of intercession, she arises up on the wings of worship and is powerful in her meekness with her brothers and sisters in Christ. She is learning to link arms and her heart with ALL races, lifting up voices as ONE before the Throne of Grace! YES, I AM DOING A NEW THING!!!! Behold, as the moon covered the sun, but could not block it but for a moment, so the enemy cannot block the move of MY Hand!” says the Lord.

© klh 4-Given Ministries

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