Gloria Gaynor sang the popular song, “I Will Survive” in 1978. She sang it the other day on Facebook and Twitter, changing the words, “Texas, you will survive”. She appeared on “Fox and Friends” yesterday morning. She said she wanted people to feel uplifted and encouraged. She’s giving away thousands of teeshirts to the survivors, . but they are selling on Iwillsurvive.org. and 100 % of the proceeds will go to them. When asked what the story of her song was she replied. “It is the core of my purpose and I am so honored to have a song that seems to be doing so much for so many people. Brian asked her what was the message. “The message is that you have the ability – God has placed in each and every one of us something deep down inside that we can reach in and grab and pull up and use to overcome whatever adversity we find ourselves in.” Then she was asked what was her secret to do it so well for so long because she’s been singing this song for 40 years in her career. “My secret is not really a secret. It is a divine appointment. God gave me this song to help each and every one of you and that is what I purposely do.” There are cancer survivors and other people who have survived other things. She said there is actually a group called “We Will Survive” and they have stories that they have told her throughout the years of how they have survived different things through this song.
The Holy Trinity is so very special to me. We should actually live it in our daily lives, in order words, be completely immersed in it. As I was worshipping the other morning, He gave me this little but precious song.
“It’s my Father
and His Son,
It’s the Holy Spirit
Three in one.
How you love me,
Through and through
Now I give myself
Totally to you.
Oh, I love you
Completely I do
And ever love you.”
Aaron Mitchell was just reunited with his Dad two years after aestrangement and now he thought he lost him again. Up until two years ago, Aaron and his father hadn’t spoken for many years, so their reunion held special significance for a father and a son who had already spent so much time apart. He left his home in Aransas Pass, Texas to reach his Dad in Rockport. He walked 12 miles in the dark but his father was forced to evacuate to Austin. Aaron was so emotional when he said he lost everything that he had worked for in an interview with CNN. There was no cell phone to contact anyone. So CNN let him use their satellite phone and he tearfully reached his Dad. They appeared on CNN after their reunion. In tears Aaron said he had been taking people for granted and got so involved in materialistic stuff. He said he was changing his lifestyle after Hurricane Harvey, and that his Dad was his hero. It seems that all too often when we almost lose someone or something so precious to us, we realize what an integral part they played in our life and how they should have been treasured.
My precious son in the Lord really blessed me yesterday morning. He texted me Psalm 112 in the Contemporary English Version. I liked it so much that I pulled out my Learning Bible in that translation. I used to read it years ago but I have been reading the New International Version. Well, it was like I found an old hidden treasure. It is packed with all kinds of nuggets. Here is one of them on being blessed (happy). “Many people today think of being blessed as having possessions or money, and being happy as simply feeling good. In Psalms and elsewhere in the Bible, to be blessed or happy means receiving God’s gifts and doing what God wants done. Sometimes blessing or happiness does involve possessions. For example, having food to eat, a place to live, and a family are signs of God’s blessing. All these things are gifts from God that make life and a future possible. But there is more to life than that. True life means to be connected to God, and true blessing or happiness involves being open to God’s teaching and living as God Wants. Psalm 119:14 says, ‘Obeying your instructions brings as much happiness as being rich.'”
Elizabeth of the Trinity’s correspondence is full of advice concerning the presence of God: “May your soul be His sanctuary, a resting place for Him on this earth where He is so grievously offended. May He make of your soul a little heaven, where He may happily rest. Take away from it everything that might offend His divine eye. Live alone with Him. Wherever you are, whatever you may be doing, He never leaves you. Therefore, stay always with Him. Enter into the depths of your soul; you will always find Him there, longing to do you good. I say a prayer for you that Saint Paul used to say for his converts: he asked that Christ might dwell in their hearts by faith, that they might be rooted in charity (love). This expression is so deep, so mysterious. Yes, may God Who is all love be your unchanging dwelling place, your cell and your cloister in the midst of the world. Remember that He abides in the inmost center of your soul, as in a sanctuary and He wills to be loved there even to adoration….Think of the fact that you are in Him, that He makes Himself your abode here below. And then that He is in you, that you possess Him in the very depths of your being, that at every hour of the day and night, in every joy or sorrow, you may find Him there, quite near, within you. That is the secret of happiness, the secret of the Saints. They knew so well that they were the temples of God; that when we unite ourselves to this God, we become ‘one spirit with Him’, as Saint Paul says, illumined by that light they faced everything.” The mystery of the Trinity became the predominant truth of her life. —-An excerpt from the book, “The Spiritual Doctrine of Sister Elizabeth”
In 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Lord declares, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” We are standing for an awakening unto God throughout America. Pastor Terri Copeland Pearsons and her special guest Michelle Bockman will be praying today at 8:30 am CDT as they lift up America and pray for President Trump and our leaders. Michele is a former member of the House of Representatives and is known for her strong stand as a believer. You can join the Prayer Conference Call by dialing 515 739-1539. The Input Access Code is 275432#, or you can listen to it on www.emic.tv. It will probably last for 45 minutes and be replayed later during the day. If this is an inconvenient time, it will be replayed during the day. Plan to add your faith to this endeavor as we come together to pray for America.
With school starting and new friendships beginning, I thought this article was especially good. However, it doesn’t just apply to students. In fact, I just heard of a group of Christian people who were struggling with unforgiveness, not realizing how they just keep feeding that spirit of unforgiveness by the repetition of all that their common enemy was supposed to have done. “The company you keep has such an influence on your spiritual life. Fellowshiping with godly people will help speed you on to victory, while fellowshiping with those who are ungodly will drag you down to defeat. That’s why the Bible has some things to say about your friends. That’s why it tells you to separate yourself from the world. Because evil companions will corrupt you. Now, I’m not talking about ministry. Jesus Himself ministered to sinners. You have to mix with them to preach to them and pray for them. What I’m talking about here are the people you choose for friends. If you want to walk in the things of the Lord, don’t choose friends who walk in the things of the devil, people who talk and act ungodly, who don’t give God any place in their lives. They’ll pull you down. As you rub shoulders with them, you’ll expose yourself to temptation. You’ll get so familiar with sin it will start to appear less repulsive to you. Sooner or later, you’ll fall into it. So choose your friends wisely. Fellowship with those who call on the Name of the Lord out of a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:22). Expose yourself to their love and peace. Let their faith rub off on you! “I wrote you in my [previous] letter not to associate [closely and habitually] with unchaste (impure) people. – 1 Corinthians 5:9, The Amplified” Kenneth Copeland’s Faith to Faith
Brianna Siegel served a couple the other day in a restaurant in Woodbridge, New Jersey. After they paid their $20 food bill, they handed her an envelope and told her to open it when she got home. It contained a $1200 check with this note. The couple wrote “God cares for you. This is not a coincidence. 1 Peter 5:7 ‘Cast your cares on The Lord.’ I pray you’re the best RN ever. P.S. Whenever it gets hard, know God’s got you.” Brianna ‘s going to use the money toward nursing school and a new car. She said, “This shows that there are still nice people in this world.” Amen!
Adam Greenberg in his first major league appearance in 2005 was hit in the head with a wild pitch. He suffered from vertigo and his brief career as a Cub was ended. In 2012, seven years later, the Miami Marlins signed him to a one day contract. He had such a feeling of gratitude and appreciation, and even though he struck out, it highlighted his story. It enabled his friends, family, and fans to connect with his struggles and obstacles and his long journey of overcoming them. He wrote all of this and his brand new book, “Get Up: The Act of Perseverance”. He says, “It was important for me to share my story through this book because I’m not a hero hero. I didn’t sacrifice my life. I am just a guy who played baseball at a high level and had an unfortunate incident happened to me. The main message that I try to share is just a message of perseverance – having a goal and overcoming the obstacles that get in your way. The heroes are the people that can pull from my story and my experiences and relate to what I’ve gone through.”
This story brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. It’s about 5-year-old Kevin Will, Jr. in Tomball, Texas. It was his first day of kindergarten. But his walk to school was extremely unique. More than 100 police officers came together the other day to send Kevin, the son of a fallen police officer, to school. Sitting on an officer’s shoulder, Kevin Will felt on top of the world. His grandmother said. “We are really, really thankful for all the police officers that turned out, to support Kevin Jr., when his dad couldn’t be here.” Kevin’s dad was tragically killed in 2011 after being hit by a drunk driver while responding to an accident – just months before Kevin was born. Since then, his blue family has stepped in. “It’s been good, it’s been a good relationship, from both sides, from a pretty bad situation,” said Sgt. D.N. Egdorf, with the DWI Task Force.“We’re all a family, a blue family, and in this time, we all need to come together and support each other,” said Sgt. B.K. Klev, with the Houston Police Dept. How very sweet and touching!