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Faces Passing Through My Mind

Published February 27, 2015 by birdieklh

I must warn you that if you go to this site and view this video you will never be the same – and now I learned that another 220 Christians have been captured in Syria!

Last night when I posted the blog about my heart being grieved, I did not post any photos – thought it was enough – but all through the night their faces kept passing through my mind. And then this morning, several passages in our Bible Study / Devotional time brought them back to my heart once more. I wish to share what the Lord has been showing me about these precious Christian brothers of ours.

Philippians 2:14-15 from The Message “Do everything readily and cheerfully – no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night…” When we read this, I saw their faces again. Not a word of any anger or anguish or pain escaped their lips . . . just quiet peace-filled prayers. This verse described to me their example!

Proverbs 3:21-26 NIV “My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble; when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence…”Even now, as I have typed this in, the tears flow freely – their necks were graced with God’s loving grace . . . they walked to their death showing no fear . . . they were made to lay down yet instead of seeing fear, we saw peace . . . we could tell that God was their strength, their confidence . . . they were ready to be welcomed into the loving arms of their Lord and Savior! They WERE an example to all of us of God’s peace that passes all understanding, and the hope we have in our eternal Home with Jesus!

Later on in our reading times, one of the devotionals we use had us reading about Daniel and his choice to continue on in his regular routine of worshiping God even when he knew that it had been forbidden. He boldly faced the open window, looking out towards Jerusalem and worshiped! As we were reading this familiar passage once more the tears flowed as the Lord brought these faces before me again . . . God showed me that these dear ones were all Daniels! They KNEW the risks, yet they remained faithful to the Cross of Christ.

You see, to be absent from body is to be present with the Lord! Paul wrote this truth for us to grasp in 2 Corinthians 5 – this whole chapter is so very rich – while we are present in this body we have to contend with things – but that is NOT our final destination – verses 6-9 says, “Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.” I believe these men definitely knew this, clung to it, and personified it as they slipped from this life into their own Eternal Home and into the loving arms of their King, Jesus!  from http://www.graceindianfellowship.org/

from http://www.graceindianfellowship.org/

Yes, my heart is grieved over this, and I don’t doubt that as the days progress we will be hearing more and more of such things, but there is also a great expectation and anticipation to the return of our Lord Jesus to rule and reign. We ARE in the process of the fulfillment of Scripture prophecies concerning the end of the age. To be a part of this time is both horrible and wonderful. Let us all be strong, determined to stand strong for our faith – no matter what the enemy may throw at us – remembering that the VICTORY is ALREADY won! Our victorious King, Jesus, conquered it all at Calvary!

(c) klh 4Given Ministries

My Heart is Grieved

Published February 26, 2015 by birdieklh

No “media” today – no “photo” – no poems – no ‘encouraging’ words . . . only tears . . .

 

We need no photos, we see them on the news; we see them on line; we see them on the headlines of newspapers and magazines . . . the capture, torture, persecution and death of those who are refusing to denounce their faith.

 

One thing comes to mind – when Stephen was being stoned to death, the Bible tells us that Jesus Christ “STOOD” to receive him – I believe with my whole heart that Jesus has STOOD up for these dear ones that had their fleshly bodies sacrificed.

 

The only other thing that is tugging at my heart strings is that we need to pray like never before – pray for their families – pray for peace – pray for God’s Truth to prevail – man can kill the body, but the spirit – it belongs to God and NOTHING or NO PERSON can ever separate us from His love!

 

 

When He Says, “Be Still”

Published February 22, 2015 by birdieklh
from irational.org

from irational.org

There are going to be times in our lives when storm clouds rise up; when winds blow uncontrollably; when the ‘thunder’ of life is roaring so loudly that we hardly can hear oursleves think. What is our normal response to these ‘storms’?

1. We rant and rave, often towards someone close to us, as if it was their fault, or as if they should / could DO something to change it.

2. We run away and try to ‘hide’ or ‘ride-out’ the storm, hoping it won’t touch us.

3. We fall apart completely, crying ‘whoa is me’, questioning “why, Lord?!”

What should we do? Very simply . . .

“Be STILL and KNOW that I am God.”

Psalm 46:10

Remember that, like the disciples who were IN the boat WITH Jesus (while He slept), we can turn to Him for help with any storm that comes against us!  “He (Jesus) got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” Mark 4:39

What does that really mean – be still?

Sleep? perhaps . . .

Taking time away from your ‘busy-ness’? most likely . . .

Getting quiet before the Lord, with your spirit ears at full attention to Holy Spirit for guidance? Y E S !

It is not always easy to do so, but it is essential that we do! You see, dear ones, we can so easily get caught up in the ‘busy’ (yes, even in ministry work!) that we miss out on the Source of our very existence! And when we do, the storms clouds that gather, the winds that blow, that thunder that roars, all seem to be completely overwhelming – threatening our peace – robbing us of our joy – capsizing our dreams, hopes, future . . .

S T O P !

Remember that He NEVER changes and that He is ever present! Don’t allow yourself to become like that ‘seed’ which allowed the weeds to choke the life out of it! (Mark 4:18-19)

Keep your eyes, your spirit, your heart, upon Jesus – upon Who He IS and who you are IN Him. Realize the victory in ALL things is already yours and with your feet firmly planted, stand firm, be still and with NO fear or uncertainty allow Him to speak to your storm “BE STILL.”

As WE are obedient, and still before Him, trusting in and relying on Him, He will do the rest . . . turn your troubles into triumphs by turning your questions into praises of His goodness! Remind yourself of all He has brought you through in the past – worship Him for Who He IS and you will find yourself lost in His presence as all else around you becomes but a fading mist instead of a mighty storm!

(c) klh 4Given Ministries

Is Love in the Air?

Published February 16, 2015 by birdieklh

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Ah, love . . . we associate it with that warm feeling that overwhelms us at times as we gaze into the eyes of one who holds our heart . . .

We often find ourselves, however, falling ‘in and out’ of love at the drop of a pin! How quickly the ‘feeling’ fades away when that certain someone says or does something that may conflict with your perception of how things should be!

Mercy, we are fickle people!

However . . . there is One Who NEVER changes . . . His love is deeper than any ocean, higher than the highest heavens, wider than the universe . . . completely beyond measure! And, dear ones,

it is OURS!!!

Every moment of every day all we need to do is turn our hearts towards God – we have to but whisper His Precious Name! Our blessed Triune God . . .

Abba Father –

We can crawl up on His lap, be enfolded in His loving arms, feeling His strength, peace, encouragement wash over us. He IS our Elohim – our Creator,

Jesus Christ –

God made manifest in the flesh, Son of God, our Savior, Redeemer, Friend – example of how to live this life!

Holy Spirit –

Our Teacher, Guide, Comforter, Constant Companion, Revealer of the hidden mysteries of God!

He – God (in every part of His triune sovereignty) IS love! And like His peace, it is beyond our comprehension! But it is constant, never changing, ever active towards us . . . the question remains . . . is Love in the air? Are you breathing in His Love every day? He desires us to have that intimate relationship with Him, so give Him all your concerns. Rest in and trust in His Love for everything, everyday – in that you can never go wrong, for He is faithful in His love and care for you!

(c) klh 4Given Ministries

Songs of Joy in Times of Sorrow

Published February 10, 2015 by birdieklh

Music backgroundYesterday I learned that a very special lady was on life support, but the brain activity had gone completely. They took her off of it today and she went Home to be with the Lord a little after noon. She is joining her husband who went before her just a short time ago, but has left behind two beautiful grown daughters and numerous loved ones (friends included) who are both rejoicing at her freedom from the bondage of her illness-ridden body, but mourn the emptiness of her gregarious personality.

In times of sorrow God’s word promises that The Comforter (Holy Spirit) is ever present, and over and over again we are directed to turn our sorrow into praise, our mourning into dancing. However, at times like these, it is often difficult to break out into songs of worship, let alone put on dancing shoes; but -God is still God, still worthy of our worship AND worthy of our gratitude for allowing us to be blessed with the presence of the loved one in our lives for the time we had her.

Every one of us have (or will) face the passing of one so dear to our hearts. A parent, a grandparent, a friend, a spouse, a sibling, a child. That is the course of life. We are born, we live, and we die. But, be of good cheer, for Jesus Christ HAS overcome even death, hell and the grave, and those of us who have accepted Him as Lord of our lives WILL live on in spirit with Him until that time when we receive our new heavenly bodies and are like Him – GLORY!

If thinking about that isn’t something to sing songs of joy about, I sure don’t know what is!

So, today, my dear sister, Anna, I wave these flags2015-02-09 16.24.27 in praise, honor and worship to our King (in Who’s presence you now are – you are blessed) thanking Him for the gift of you – thank you for your joy – thank you for your humor – thank you for your friendship – until we meet again, I will honor God and thank Him for taking you Home, now free from pain and suffering!

My prayers are with the family, for peace, for comfort, for strength and for the JOY OF THE LORD to overwhelm them during this time of transition! Love you all so much….

(c) klh 4Given Ministries

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