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Monday, April 27, 2015

TURN AROUND

Jesus was at the last supper and he declared this to Peter "But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers" (Luke 22:32 NIV).

It was a pleasant reminder that Jesus intercedes. 

I prayed for Jesus to intercede for my family so that our faith may not fail  each of us.

Have you prayed this before?

Make a list for those that you want Jesus to intercede for. 
I am perplexed at how I don't remember these words of Jesus. Yet as I read them they are so comforting. Jesus knows the future. He knew Peter would indeed turn back and strengthen others even though he denied Jesus.

Turn around and be restored.

Father I pray for____________that their faith may not fail them. Intercede Jesus for them to be restored. Amen.

I feel as if God is my personal cheerleader that wants me to succeed. When others don't always cheer me on, Jesus does. He prays for me. How awesome. He's got my back.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

FLOW

I was alone as I entered The Wolf Rive Refuge and I didn't know what to expect when I entered the wooded area where my cabin, Dove, was to be located, I unload my car and then decided to go down to the river. There were big rocks all around at the water edge so I sat down on one. I opened my journal and began to write "Lord now is a good time for you to talk to me."

Looking out at the water I continued to write.
I love you Lord.
How awesome is the beauty of your creation.
How awesome is the river that speaks your praises and peace.
How awesome is this view that I should be entertained by it.
How awesome are your birds that sing your praises.
How awesome that you love.
How awesome is it that you heal.
How awesome is it that you calm our bodies.
How awesome it is that you speak through nature.
How awesome is this rock I sit upon.
How awesome is your heart.
Oh my Lord!
How awesome you speak out of love.
How awesome you act out of love.
How awesome you shine and your glory is upon the earth.
How awesome that you spring life out of the dead earth.
How awesome you spring new life.
Lord you say you lead us by still waters. The waters are not still. The water is flowing. Flowing on a journey. Oh Lord let me hear your message that I may not miss it. Let me be warmed by your words. The whisper within.
I am moving you Elaine.
you don't always stay still.
You have gone where I have led you. You have been my friend.
I reflected...Life seemed simple.
I went back to a memory of the days when we took our kids camping. I picture us sitting by a campfire singing songs with friends. All of us together with guitar music strumming we would sing "Father I adore you. Lay my life before you. How I love you. We sang the same song in rounds where groups started at different time. We continued on starting next time with Jesus I adore you and then Spirit I adore you.
There I sat broken-hearted and confused I came to find peace but now I wanted to just write what I'm thinking about what is going on in life.
After the list I stopped and brought truth to this list. Phase of life stuff happens. I can't let this get me down.
The sun set so I proceeded to go back to my cabin. Just what you imagined in your mind for a cabin to be...it was adorable. Beautifully decorated with simplicity, a fireplace, a quilted perfect bed, chairs to sit that you could cuddle up and read a good book. On the night stand there was a book called Equip Your Mind with the Word of God. I asked myself, why would they put this book here? I know the staff here and they would not endorse a book unless it was worthy. These scriptures stood out to me as I paged through the book:
"Sanctify them by truth, your word is truth (John 17:17 NIV).
"He will guide you in all truth" (John 16:13-14 NIV).
"Set your mind on things from above, not on earthly things" (Colossians 3:2 NIV).
I was reminded I can't rush phase of life stuff.
This place is a refuge, protection from danger or trouble. Life has troubles. Where do we go when there is trouble?

"Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge" (Psalm 62:8 NIV).
I can run back to my life at home or go back to the river again to rest. I run away often and forget to rest. Rest in a place that reminds me of Him.
I could not help myself but go back to the list I started the day before.
How awesome is the Son of God who gave His life for me.
How awesome nature follows you. 
How awesome the river moves just the way you set it to go.
How awesome the warmth of the sun feels on my face.
I prayed for those God brought to my mind. 
Retreat.
Find Rest.
Refuel. Renew. Safety.
Do I lock my burdens up? 
The Holy Spirit draws me to Him. People have an inner sense of this drawing. We deny. We run. We get distracted.
I feel as if I must confess. Confess my distance and other things brought to my heart at that moment...
I have to be able to come here.
I have to find you Jesus.
The fact that the waters are not still but moving. I want to just be able to walk with Jesus and have a connection and flow, flow as the water flows. Let it happen...flow. 
The Lord speaks...
You sit for a while.
You get up for a while.
You move around for a bit.
You listen for a bit.
You question.

I went willfully, openly and I had no expectations.
When we go to a place of refuge. We must not force it.
JUST LET IT FLOW. FLOW LIKE THE RIVER.
THE RIVER IS NOT STILL FOR A REASON.
AT TIMES WE JUST NEED TO FLOW...FLOW WITH JESUS...



Thursday, April 9, 2015

JESUS IS ALIVE!

We cause a chasm...between us and God by taking control and separating ourselves from Him.

Someone needs to fix it...

Can you?

God saw us in our separated condition...troublesome chasm

God so loves...

Where do we go when we died?

Everyone has their idea of how to earn their way across the chasm to God. Leaders, religious men and women of God. They died. They stayed in their graves.

Jesus gift...

He authenticated His identity by not staying in the grave...

HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD!

He made things right to close the gap. He used the gap.

It is finished.

If you except this plan and believe you will
have life here on earth with Jesus...and when you die you will have eternal life with Him in heaven.




Monday, March 30, 2015

BLOWN AWAY


He has risen! He has risen indeed!


"So the community of the Lord will not be like sheep without a shepherd." Before leaving earth Moses was asking the Lord to appoint a leader for the people.

I remember when I was in my late twenties. I was lost. I was searching for meaning for my life. I wanted someone to help me. When I picked up my bible and read these words "I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." I was blown away! I was discovering that I needed Jesus to be the center of my life. I was lost and now I was found. In my weak and lonely state I knew I was loved and not alone. 

As I grew in my faith I understood as Moses understood that everyone on earth was created with a need for a shepherd. A good shepherd desires is to lead, protect and care for every one of his sheep. Moses was such a great leader that he did not think about himself. His concerns was for the people that he was called to lead. 

Easter is a time to reflect on God's final loving sacrifice when he brought his son to earth and let him die on the cross for you and I. 

I cannot say it enough, God's grace "blows me away."
God in his infinite love held out his hand and beckons us to Him with the deepest desire to lead us. You no longer need to be a stray sheep.


Look at the cross this Easter and know how much Jesus loves you. As you pray for others to know Jesus personally you will be blown away of how God answers your prayer.  Never give up praying for each person to know Him.

Prayer:  Jesus thank You for being my good shepherd. I pray for ____________(name the people) to discover that You can lead them too. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

I find it hard to not get submerged in Easter from the stand point of cooking, cleaning and picking out trinkets for my grandson. While I prepare I think of family time, each of us sharing and enjoying all that God provided for us.  I picture us singing in church “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” where we will be submerged in the story and glory of God.

Have a blessed day!

Love from above,

Elaine James