During the second world war a beautiful statue of Jesus in France was badly damaged. The villagers gathered the broken pieces of the statue and repaired it, but they never found the hands. So they had a bronze plaque attached to the statue engraved with these words, “I have no hands but your hands.” “One day a visitor saw the repaired statue of Christ, without hands, and wrote a poem. ‘I have no hands but your hands, to do My work today. I have no feet but your feet, to lead souls on the way. I have no tongue but your tongue to tell them how I died. I have no help but your help, to bring them to God’s side….YOU ARE HIS BODY NOW!” ——An excerpt from T. l. Osborn’s book, “You Are God’s Best”
Doctor Mary Neal, an orthopedic spine surgeon, was kayaking in 1999, hit a waterfall, and was pinned under water without oxygen for 24 minutes. She went to heaven and met Jesus. He said everything would be alright and she went through a life review. She said.”Heaven is absolutely real. It’s not just a state of mind. It is a place where God’s love is so intense and so pure that no one ever wants to go back.” She had every reason to come back – 4 young children. But because of God’s intense pure love, she never wanted to come back. She felt that she was home. Her life-after death experience, not only changed her life, but can be applied daily to others in their lives to create joy, she exclaimed. Her new book is “7 LESSONS FROM HEAVEN: How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joy-Filled Life.” In it she offers offers practical insights and inspiration for how each of us can experience God every day and begin living without regret, worry, anxiety, and fear.
“Proverbs 19:2b says, ‘Impatience will get you into trouble’ (GNT). It’s frustrating when you’re in a hurry and God isn’t. God is never in a hurry! The Bible says a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day to God. One of the most useless things to try to do is to speed up God. When we try to take matters into our own hands and help God out, we get in trouble. When you get a dream from God and make the decision to go for it but then are forced into God’s waiting room, you start trying to figure out ways of doing God’s dream on your own.
But the Bible says to trust God’s timing: “Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for him to act. . . . Don’t fret and worry — it only leads to harm” (Psalm 37:7-8 TLB). Resting can be an act of faith. It means you’re waiting on God. When Jesus and the disciples were in a boat that was caught in a big storm, Jesus just kept sleeping through all the ruckus while the disciples freaked out. When they woke him up to ask, ‘Why are you sleeping?!’he responded, “Do you think God is going to let the boat sink with me in it?” By sleeping through the storm, Jesus was saying that we can trust God even in the middle of a storm. When we get into a storm, we tend to lie awake all night and fret about it. But that means we’re not living by faith. We can’t get any sleep because we don’t really trust God to work it out. God says, ‘Don’t fret. Remember that I’m always with you, and you can trust my timing.’ Worry only makes you miserable. So stop worrying, and start trusting God to work in you and through you while you are in a delay on the way to your dream.” —–An excerpt from Pastor Rick Warren’s “Daily Hope”
“God wants to do something extraordinary with you. When He calls you, go. Do whatever He ask you to do. All you need to say is, ‘Here I am. I’ll do whatever makes You happy.’ Whether you are an engineer, scientist, musician, dancer, preacher, teacher, Kmart employee, waitress or a restaurant owner – whatever you do in life, do it with all your might for Jesus’ glory. It shouldn’t be anyone’s goal in life to just be average or mediocre. Why? Because we are children of the King. We are children of Our Father, and He wants to fill us so we can burn brightly for Him. Too many people burn out in life because they are busy doing the wrong thing or busy trying to do the right thing in their own strength, through self-effort and striving. Sometimes doing the right thing doesn’t get us anywhere because we birthed the idea, and God had nothing to do with it. Stop. We must allow Him to fill us, to overflow our hearts with His love and power, to call us forth into what He has specifically for us. . As He calls us, He feels us some more and empowers us to do what we are meant to do for Him. And He fills us with joy. Unstoppable joy characterizes those who have surrendered their all to Jesus and him and been filled by Him to overflowing. When we seek to be filled by Him, first and foremost, then we will be happy doing what we do, and we will be effective. We will burn brightly wherever God has placed us, and people will stop and notice. If you feel as though you have lost your way, stop. Go to Jesus and ask him to fill you up fresh. Allow him to reignite you and set your heart flame again.” ——An excerpt from “Reckless Devotion” by Heidi and Rolland Baker
The day before yesterday I was listening to a CD by Kenneth Copeland talking about Psalm 91 and how it provides divine protection. He told the story of a general overseas that had gotten orders for his men to go into a high casualty area. Brother Kenneth told him to have all the men study and memorize the 91st psalm and then require them to quote each day a particular verse as the order of the day. After their tour was over, there was NOT one casualty. However, when the general left and another took his place, that same battalion start having casualties because Psalm 91 was not said by everyone. With this story so fresh in my mind, little did I know that that same day I would have a hard fall in the house. (I should have placed a non-skid mat under a new throw rug on my hardwood floor that I thought could be slippery.) As soon as it happened I watched my first words, which are so important, and refused any injury. All I had was a small red mark on my knee. My body had quite a jolt and I felt a little discomfort in some areas. The next morning the Lord woke me at 2:45 am and inspired me to read Psalm 91 in the Contemporary English Version which I have retrieved from my shelves after quite a few years. It has really been blessing me, and verse 14 of this psalm really touched my heart. “The Lord says, ‘If you love me and truly know who I am, I will rescue you and keep you safe.'” God has really been revealing Himself to me in the Trinity, and He used this verse to remind me how I am in the Trinitarian covenant and in the palm of His Hand, and He will always protect me. The accident incident immediately left me, and I am so very thankful that I was protected from all injury and even the little red mark was gone. Praise be to the Father, the Son,and the Holy Spirit!
“Officer Tori Matthews of the Southern California Humane Society got an emergency call: a boy’s pet iguana had been scared up a tree by a neighbor’s dog. It then fell from the tree into a swimming pool, where it sank like a brick. Officer Matthews came with her net. She dived into the pool, emerging seconds later with the pet’s a limp body. As the Arizona Republic reported, she thought, ‘Well you do CPR on a person and a dog, why not an iguana?’ So she locked lips with the lizard. ‘Now that I look back on it,’ she said, it was a pretty ugly animal to be kissing, but the last thing I wanted to do was tell this little boy that his iguana had died. The lizard responded to her efforts and is expected to make a full recovery. Tori Matthews didn’t see a waterlogged reptile; she saw a little boy’s beloved pet. We may never see the beauty in some people, but when we realize how much they mean to God, we’ll do what we can to keep them from drowning.” —-An excerpt from “1001 Quotes, Illustrations, & Humorous Stories by Edward K. Rowell
By Father Mike
” In his daily meditations, Fr. Rohr is currently exploring ideas and themes about the Trinity from his new book, “The Divine Dance”.
In his first meditation, Fr. Rohr suggested that we begin thinking about our Triune God by praying the following simple prayer. I commend it to you today for your own contemplation and for any discussion you might want to offer.
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God for us, we call you “Father.”
God alongside us, we call you “Jesus.”
God within us, we call you “Holy Spirit.”
Together, you are the Eternal Mystery
That enables, enfolds, and enlivens all things,
Even us and even me.
Every name falls short of your goodness and greatness.
We can only see who you are in what is.
We ask for such perfect seeing—
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be.
Christine Caine wrote this really good article on letting go in her “First Things First” devotional. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6). I think one of the greatest struggles people have is when we try to hold on to what we cannot control. We want a certain relationship to work out. We want a certain job. We want our lives and our circumstances to look a certain way. That was my biggest struggle the day I found out I was adopted. For 33 years, I had not known the truth of my origins. So when this unexpected news came, it hit me hard. But I knew in that moment, I had a choice to make. I could either choose to trust in the Lord, or I could question His goodness. I chose to trust the Lord and let go of my need for answers, despite the questions that came as a result of such shocking news! During that time, God taught me a very important principle: It is only when we let go that we can lay hold of what He has in store for our lives. We must keep our trust in the Lord and lean on Him for wisdom and understanding, for He will make our paths straight. He will show you the way forward!”
“When God produces in the soul this act of transformation surrender between them, (they) are possessed by both together. They say to each other what the Son of God spoke to the Father through St. John: All my goods are yours and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them [Jn. 17:10]. In the next life this will continue uninterrupted in perfect fruition, but in this state of union it occurs, although not as perfectly as in the next, when God produces in the soul this act of transformation.
How gently and lovingly
You wake in my heart,
where in secret You dwell alone;
and in Your sweet breathing,
filled with good and glory,
how tenderly You swell my heart with love.
The soul here addresses its Bridegroom with deep love, esteeming Him and thanking Him for two admirable effects sometimes produced by Him through this union….But in this awakening of the Bridegroom in the perfect soul, everything that occurs and is caused is perfect, for He is the cause of it all. And in that awakening, which is as though one were to waken and breathe, the soul feels a strange delight in the breathing of the Holy Spirit in God, in which it is sovereignly glorified and taken with love. Hence it says in the subsequent verses:
and in your sweet breathing,
filled with good and glory,
how tenderly you swell my heart with love!”—–An excerpt from “The Living Flame of God,” by St. John of the Cross
I remember Kenneth Hagin giving this prophecy way back in 1982. My oldest son sent it to me the other day, and I just had to pass it on. There are 1,440 minutes in a day, and a tithe or a tenth of that is 144 minutes or 2 hours and 24 minutes. Here it is: “Don’t take up all your time with natural things. Some of these things are legitimate and it’s all right to take a certain period of time there, but see to it that you give heed – watch, listen to, pay attention – unto your spirit. And you give your spirit opportunity to feed upon the Word of God, and you give your spirit opportunity to commune with the Father above, and build yourself up on your most holy faith. It doesn’t take a lot of time – just an hour or two out of 24. Just pay a tithe of your time unto Me”, saith the Lord, “and all will be well. Your life will be changed. It will be empowered and you will be a mighty force for God.”