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A Walk in the Park

Published May 30, 2014 by birdieklh

Yesterday I began walking. True, I was in a hospital when I did, but it was a new beginning for me. I walked several times, around the floor, going completely around all the ‘stations’ and back again. Not much to look at, but the strength I found was amazing.

Today, thinking I would be going home early, my husband joined me. We found out I had to wait a bit longer due to some issues with my potassium levels not being right. Anyway, he joined me on my walk. We paused at the lovely wild life photos that were hanging round the floor, as well as gazed out several windows trying to calculate where exactly we were looking – LOL, you think we could figure that one out easily!

Now, praise God, I am home, and looking forward in the coming weeks to actually take our walks out to the park – the beginning of a new and healthy lifestyle.

However, did you know that every day, figuratively speaking, can be a ‘walk in the park’ no matter where you are? No matter what you are facing?

It is true.

If we look at our lives from a spiritual perspective, live our lives on a spiritual plane as much as possible – the Lord walks with us, never ever leaves us, is our ever present help in times of need. He takes our burdens, our yoke upon Himself, and gives us His . . . peace, life, joy, provision, protection. How can it not be an easy walk, a pleasant stroll in the ever fragrant garden of His love?!

One of my MorMor’s (Grandmother) favorite Hymns, and therefore one of my own is “In The Garden” it goes like this:

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.
Refrain

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

Refrain

I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

Refrain


Words: Charles Austin Miles (1912) – source http://www.hymnlyrics.org/mostpopularhymns/inthegarden.php

I love His peace! I love His presence! I love EVERYTHING about my Lord!

(c) klh 4Given Ministries

Out of pocket for several days.

Published May 27, 2014 by birdieklh

4gmtmcrosslogoHello all, I am going to be “out of pocket” for a few days . . . Lord willing, the blogs will begin again on Friday or Saturday. I will really miss being here – but there are many others out there ministering His Truth in love . . . visit some of the people I follow . . . I know you will be blessed.

Until I return – I pray the Lord’s richest blessings upon your lives. May His joy overflow your spirit and His hope flood your heart as He keeps you in His perfect peace.

Karin aka FOGwalkerBirdie

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~ Memorial Day ~

Published May 26, 2014 by birdieklh

flagbootsFor centuries brave men and women have served their country with a passion that those of us who have not been touched by it cannot even begin to comprehend.

Some returned home to their families, some did not – they paid the ultimate price – their lives, leaving in their wake only memories, the flag draped around their casket and perhaps a few other mementos.

This day has been set aside to honor them – for that passion, for their bravery, for their sacrifice.

Although our nation (which I still love and am proud to be a part of) has fallen greatly – not anywhere near what it was meant to be nor anywhere near the potentially great nation it could be, we still (and I pray this WILL continue) are a nation who is free to come and go as we please.

Free to choose our places of education.

Free to choose the places we shop.

Free to choose where and how we live.

Free to choose which church to worship at.

And, still free to own Bibles and to pray (although these places have been limited some, we still are not killed for our beliefs as in other countries).

I will never give up on America. I will forever be grateful for the men and women who have served our country, and I will forever pray for the families of those who have sacrificed their sons or daughters in the service of this country of ours.

God bless them.     God bless their families.    God bless America!

 

I must add this – many, many of those who did return home to their families and friends have scars so deeply embedded that we will never know just how wounded, physically, emotionally and spiritually they have been. Let us never ever forget to cover them in prayer. The healing process is a very long and hard journey – true healing and restoration for these precious souls will only come through the Great Physician – Jesus. Pray for them, pray for them to open up their hearts to His healing, His love – and that they would allow Him to touch those parts of themselves that have been shattered and restore their hope. That is my prayer, I hope it will be yours also.

 

– note – above photo, I’ve had this for so many years, I cannot remember the source. Please forgive if  it is yours, if you give me the reference, I will add it. Thank you –

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Never the Same

Published May 24, 2014 by birdieklh
from chattbranchyw.blogspot.com

from chattbranchyw.blogspot.com

Gentle Shepherd, You lead, You guide

You are my All-in-All

I follow Your voice

Your voice, alone

Although my thoughts

Try to wander, I know

I am prone, yet

I reign them in

Telling myself – wait –

Focus on Him!

On Christ above,

His Hope of Glory

And in His love

I tell my story

To those who will listen

Far and wide

Of how Christ came

Lived and died

To give us life

To free us from fear

He did that for us

He holds us ‘dear’

It cost Him everything

It costs us a choice

To be obedient

To His voice

And then to follow

As He leads

And then share with others

In their times of need

So the cycle continues

It blossoms and grows

This life of faith

Full of hope He bestows

So let Him lead you

Let His Spirit guide

And draw you near

His wounded side

To be complete

In Him, remain

And my friend,

You’ll never be the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frustrations Abound

Published May 23, 2014 by birdieklh

girl kissing Jesus feet“Oh Father, forgive me – frustrations are surrounding my heart, my mind, I am struggling to hold back tears. I KNOW that You are in control! I KNOW that You ARE Jehovah Rapha, my healer! I KNOW that You are Jehovah Jireh, my provider! I KNOW that You ARE the Great Shepherd, and I shall have no want…Lord, I believe (help Thou my unbelief).

“I am here, Lord, once again, at your feet, pouring out my heart before You . . . it seems that I am so strong, and then all of a sudden that strength seems to fly away . . . but Your Word says that when I am weak – then – I am strong. Your Word says that the joy of the Lord IS my strength. Lord, I delight myself in You, for in You – You alone – do I find all I need for every situation.”

Dear ones, it is so difficult sometimes to not be overwhelmed at life’s circumstances. It is when that happens that we must run to our Savior, fall at His feet, and allow His precious love and tender mercy to wash over us. His peace, that passes ALL understanding is there – it comes in to our being – we can rest there – our burden is lifted – His joy becomes our strength –

“Oh thank You, Abba!”

“You are my all in all . . . there is no fear when I am here with You. The horrible things that are attacking us on ever side are still there, but in Your presence, they seem to vanish into the background instead of at the forefront. Oh, Lord, how can I thank You?!  These mountains WILL be removed. Your provision WILL abound. We are faithful to You, and You lovingly take care of us – how dare I even doubt for a moment?! You are gracious beyond compare – awesome in power and great in mercy. Bless the Lord, O my soul – He is more than able to make a way where there seems to be no way!”

I am choosing, this moment, this day, to cast off the spirit of heaviness and put on the garment of praise!

I am choosing, this moment, this day, to rejoice in the Lord, and again, to rejoice!

I am choosing, this moment, this day, to trust in His amazing grace!

I am choosing, this moment, this day, to keep my hope in His promises!

I am choosing, this moment, this day, to block out/reject the depressing, doubting, fearful thoughts that the enemy tries to throw my way, and turn my thoughts to God’s Word!

I am reminded and proclaim the Scripture over my life that “NO weapon forged against me will prosper!”

In all these things, I am encouraging my own heart this day, and I pray that they may also encourage your faith walk as well – as we are open and honest with one another – we all have moments when our flesh becomes weak – sharing our weaknesses as well as our strong and encouraging words, we will all be better able to grow in His grace. This is my desire . . . may we inspire one another, and help spur us on to further growth in His Kingdom, now, as we press on toward the goal – His glorious return – our prize – to be with Him.

 

(c) klh 4Given Ministries

 

Are You LISTENING?

Published May 22, 2014 by birdieklh

Not just hearing people’s voice as they speak, but REALLY listening to what they are actually saying?

from kgguide.blogspot.com

from kgguide.blogspot.com

The main reason I am asking this is due the fact that the other day I spent around an hour on the phone with a lady who was helping my husband and I get some assistance for things as he has now been unemployed for a number of weeks.

She seemed very informative, actually promised to send us information to help us with contacting people who would assist us with my husband’s VA information.

Anyway, she concluded the conversation saying that all the paperwork is done, and she would send everything to us for our signatures (highlighting where we needed to sign), and this would all be expedited. That was last Friday, the company is local, today is Thursday – it finally arrived. Why? The street “South Flores” somehow became “Salt Waters”.

Now, I am a person who is fairly articulate when I speak. Most people can clearly understand me. I do not rush when speaking, especially when I am passing along information to someone who is typing or writing it down. However, that, along with spelling my husband’s name wrong (even though I spelled it for her), means that we now have to start all over again.

I am honestly flabbergasted that the mail actually arrived at our destination – kudos to the postal service!

Then, last night at Bible Study, and again this morning during our personal Bible Study/Devotional/Prayer time, my husband and I were reminded of the power of our words and how to speak and how to listen. So . . . that is why today I am bringing up this subject to you.

The questions I wish to pose to myself and all who are attentive to this subject are:

1 – When someone is speaking to me, am I already forming an answer before they are finished speaking?

2 – Am I focusing on the words they are speaking? Their body language? The tone of voice they are using?

3 – Do I repeat back to them what I believe I heard them say? Along with my own question as to “Am I understanding you to say/mean…..?”

4 – Do I smile, nod my head occasionally, yet not really taking to heart the meaning of their words?

5 – Do I tend to interrupt with my own input on the subject?

O U C H !

Many people have told me “thank you, you’re such a good listener”, and I honestly had to keep myself from choking because there were times when these words were said to me and I realize that at various points in our conversation, that their voice was only on the periphery of my mind. But their words sincerely impacted me and my own mindset began to change and I absolutely began to keep the words people were speaking at the center of my own focus. I began to hone in on their words and begin to LISTEN.

Although I have become better in the listening department, I must confess that the Lord is still working on me when it comes to interrupting. Mercy, this has been a really tough one for me. An idea, quote, Scripture, example, etc. comes to me while someone is speaking and at times it feels so important that it simply wants to burst forth right out of my mouth . . . with God’s help, I will overcome this obstacle, too!

Something for all of us to think about today . . .

(c) klh 4Given Ministries

 

Windows and Doors

Published May 20, 2014 by birdieklh

So many choices! Which one do we choose to enter into? Which one? We choose, we go towards it, it is either open or shut.

Perhaps it is open and you breeze right on through it like the wind . . . then you may turn and gaze out of it and notice there are others open . . . did you make the right choice? How do you know? You run back out, go the next one that is open, go inside – unsure, you test the atmosphere . . .

Then again, maybe you chose one that you just KNEW was the right one, only to find it locked and bolted – sealed up tighter than a drum. You keep trying. You keep gazing at it, willing it to open wide for you, it doesn’t. You get angry. You get frustrated. You just do NOT understand, it ‘felt’ so right. It ‘looked’ so right. You are tenacious, you refuse to give up and so you keep trying to pull and tug at that door or window, straining with all your might to get it open because you truly believe this is the right one. It won’t budge.

You try one after another after another – if it is locked you are disheartened, you begin to feel discouraged. You are tempted to throw up your hands and say “I quit!” If it is open, you still may find yourself in turmoil – unsure if you have chosen the right one.

You turn, you look back over the choices, and somehow the choices seem to have all turned into rubbish.

from all-free-download.com

from all-free-download.com

How did that happen? Where were the beautiful doors and windows that you had tried to find as yours? Locked or unlocked, the choices seemingly are gone . . . you question yourself . . . why didn’t I stay and work within the one I was able to enter into instead of always looking for something else?

Now, you can’t go back. You can not try that particular door or window again. Their time has passed, and your time to participate in that distinct opening has passed. Now what?

P R A Y !

It is what we should have done in the very first place!

When we try things on our own, we often allow ourselves to get into places and situations that are not meant for us to actually be in.

God has a specific plan for each one of us . . . yes, we do good things, we try to be a person that people can look up to, but there are ‘good ideas/good plans’ and there are ‘God ideas/God plans.’

When we submit our lives to Christ, when we make that decision to live for Him, well, that includes seeking HIS direction in ALL things. So, let us pray, seeking Him first, asking for His guidance – what path does He have for us?

from all-free-download.com

from all-free-download.com

Then, trust that He will lead you to the very place He has for you . . . Let HIM swing open that door or window and then follow Him through it!

His peace will flood your being.  His strength for all that lay ahead will be yours. Your vision (spiritually) will be clearer. Your understanding of His will, sharper. Your direction, sure.

“Seek ye first, the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, then all these things will be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

“Trust in the LORD  with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11

“For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.” Psalm 48:14

 

(c) klh 4Given Ministries

A River of Reflections

Published May 19, 2014 by birdieklh
from eofdreams.com

from eofdreams.com

Before I even begin to share the first reflection that is flowing through my heart today I must confess to you that I’ve been weeping – deep, free weeping. Why? Because of various conversations I’ve had recently with people and their own faith walk.

There are so many people that are hurting – I am beginning to believe that there are more people hurting than not, or so it seems, with those I’ve encountered over the past few days.

I guess that would be my FIRST reflection – let’s call them ‘walking wounded.’ There is a song that is from the production called “The Bride” (Reba Rambo-McGuire) which was out back in the mid-late 80’s, which starts out . . . “see all the wounded, hear all their desperate cries for help, pleading for shelter and for peace.” Then it shares about how we, the body of Christ need to gather around them and “come, let us pour the oil, come let us heal the hurt, let’s minister healing to them, let’s cover them with a blanket of His love . . . ” – it is a powerful song; one I used to often close out women’s retreats with – a lot of healing did take place as those precious women realized that they each had Christ in them and His love to help pour out healing balm into the wounded areas of others.

The SECOND reflection – let’s call this one ‘damaged goods.’ Another reason for my weeping. What goods are damaged? Us, our country, our very existence . . . Our country has gone SO far away from what it was intended to be . . . we NEED change . . . but how? WE must use our voices, our votes . . . our time, our money . . . and most of all our prayers. We can no longer sit / stand idly by and watch – we must speak up and help be apart of the change. The reason we’re in the mess we’re in is because we’ve been silent too long!

The THIRD reflection – let’s call this one ‘lost in the crowd.’ Simply take a look around next time you are out and about. What do you see? A flood of people rushing here and there with blank looks in their eyes. They seem so busy, yet so empty and without  purpose at the same time. It is almost as if they were out there completely alone, lost in the crowd. What can I do to help change that? Hmmmm…..

This river of reflections flows freely with the ups and downs, the rapid waters of life, the twists and turns the rocks . . . on they come flooding through my thoughts . . . as each new thing comes to me, the time of reflection upon them causes me to weep. I can feel the Father’s heart for these precious ones who are struggling to stay on course. Struggling to find a purpose, some sort of meaning for their lives. His heart is breaking . . . He already took care of it all on Calvary . . . anyone who calls out to Him, puts their trust FULLY in Him, He will rescue them from the dangers of these rivers of destruction . . . but they don’t even think to ask!

Oh Abba Father, that song from a year or so ago that says, “break my heart with what breaks Yours” hit home with me, and I asked that those words apply to my own heart . . . You answered, Lord, You answered, and now I am overwhelmed. Show me what to do next. Give me the words to speak. Lead me in how to reach out to those around me with Your compassion. Oh Abba, my heart IS breaking for these things you have brought to mind, but it is not enough for me . . . now . . . Lord, I need wisdom and direction as to what steps to take next. For Your glory, Lord, and for the furthering of Your Kingdom. Amen.

(c) klh 4Given Ministries

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