You Might Be On An Extended Fast If…..

You’re at work and 3 people graciously decide on the same day to bring donuts for everyone.

 

The food in the dog bowl is actually looking and smelling pretty good.

 

You’re a woman going through menopause, and you suddenly start having “cold flashes.”

 

The refrigerator is on lock down.

 

Hot water is what you’re drinking just to keep warm.

 

While at a client’s house, you smell something sumptuous cooking in the oven.

 

Your baby face suddenly starts to disappear.

 

And the list goes on .On the more serious side, our church just recently completed an extended fast(for those who were physically able to do it)coupled with prayer, and God is already blessing the sacrifice. We know the Bible has a lot to say about the subject of fasting, but I also found some insightful quotes about fasting too, that I will share here. Believe me, fasting is not one of my favorite things to do, but I know it does make a difference for me personally, and I have seen in the past after a season of prayer and fasting how God has given us spiritual breakthroughs that we desperately needed. I’m thankful that God honors the sacrifice  of prayer and fasting!

 

Fasting confirms our utter dependence upon God by finding in Him a source of sustenance beyond food.

Dallas Willard

 

Is fasting ever a bribe to get God to pay more attention to the petitions ? No, a thousand times no. It is simply a way to make clear that we sufficiently reverence the amazing opportunity to ask help from the everlasting God, the Creator of the universe, to choose to put everything else aside and concentrate on worshiping, asking forgiveness, and making our requests known-considering His help more important than anything we could do ourselves in our own strength and with our own ideas.

Edith Schaeffer

 

Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God.

Andrew Murray

 

Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God.

Andrew Murray

 

In Shansi I found Chinese Christians who were accustomed to spend time in fasting and prayer. They recognized that this fasting, which so many dislike, which requires faith in God, since it makes one feel weak and poorly, is really a Divinely appointed means of grace. Perhaps the greatest hindrance to our work is our own imagined strength; and in fasting we learn what poor, weak creatures we are – dependent on a meal of meat for the little strength which we are so apt to lean upon.

James Hudson Taylor

 

Our greatest victories are won on our knees and with empty stomachs.

Julio C. Ruibal

 

When the devil, the foe and the tyrant, sees a man bearing this weapon [fasting], he is straight-away frightened and he recollects and considers that defeat which he suffered in the wilderness at the hands of the Saviour; at once his strength is shattered and the very sight of this weapon, given us by our Commander-in-chief, burns him.

Isaac of Syria

 

Do you have a hunger for God? If we don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because we have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because we have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Our soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great. If we are full of what the world offers, then perhaps a fast might express, or even increase, our soul’s appetite for God. Between the dangers of self-denial and self-indulgence is the path of pleasant pain called fasting.

John Piper

 

The Touch That Changed Everything

The Touch That Changed Everything

 

Desperately she crawled through the crowd

At the end of her rope, last hope

Reached out and trembling, touched

Border of his garment

Knowing in herself

At that instant

With no doubt

She was

Whole.

 

10/13/16

 

Matthew 9:20-22  And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

 

This type of poem is called a Nonet. Click the link to see how to write one.

http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/nonet.html

 

 

 

The Gift I Haven’t Received Yet


It has been over 5 years since my oldest brother Tom passed away. About a year after his passing, my elder sister announced to the family that she wanted to start a new Christmas tradition. She had had his Bible for a whole year. This was the Bible that our former pastor, Derrald Hilderbrand, had given to Tom as a gift before he left to attend Apostolic Bible Institute. I went to the same college at the same time as Tom and also received a Bible from our pastor, which I still have. 

Anyhow, my sister thought it would be a nice idea to have a different family member receive Tom’s Bible as a Christmas gift for a year, and then pass it on to a different family member the following Christmas. Last year my daughter had the Bible, and she decided she was going to pass it on to her cousin Nick in Wisconsin. Since I don’t know when it will be my turn to receive it, and we live in the same house, I asked her if I could look through it before she sent it off. I couldn’t resist taking a few pics.


This Bible is a KJV Cambridge Wide Margin-perfect for adding notes, which Tom did.


I really enjoyed perusing his Bible, looking at passages he had underlined and reading through some of his notes. I’m glad my brother was into the Word, and although I still miss him, I would not want him back on this earth. Now he is with the Word, and one day, whether by way of the Lord’s coming or the grave, I look forward to seeing him again.

New Year’s Day Surprise

Yesterday morning we were having our end of the quarter “fun day” during kids’ church. As we were about to have the children start doing the various activities that were set up for them, I noticed the sanctuary door open. I looked up and saw Fernanda, the lady to whom Maria and I have been teaching a Bible study in Spanish. I was pleasantly surprised! I had talked to her 2 weeks prior about visiting our church sometime but had not said anything to her since that time. Earlier that morning I had prayed too that God would continue to work in her heart and that she would come to a service in January. I guess I wasn’t expecting God to answer so quickly. LOL

I thought later about what a big step that must have been for her to come to our church. She is not fluent in English, and the only 2 people she would know is Maria, who is bilingual, and me, who reads and writes Spanish pretty good but has trouble conversing in it. I know God is definitely working in her life, and I’m believing Him to lead her in the ways of repentance and that we will see her filled with the Holy Ghost and baptized in Jesus’ name.

Later on, I also received a phone call and a text from a lady I dearly love who has not been to church in a long time. She promised me that she was going to be in church on Thursday. Another answered prayer!  Thank you, Jesus!!

Simeon’s Secret

My pastor’s(husband) preaching last night concerning Simeon brought this post back to mind. I’m so glad Jesus came the first time, and I am longing, waiting for and planning on being ready for His second coming. Wishing all our friends and family a very Blessed Christmas!

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Psalm 25:14

The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

Simeon had a secret. It was something that God had revealed to him. We don’t know exactly how God told him. Maybe it was a dream. Perhaps he heard and audible voice. The Bible does not say, but the Bible does tell us what God revealed to him.

Luk 2:25,26

And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

Simeon had a wonderful promise that before he died, he was going to see the Messiah. How thrilled he must have been on that…

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That’s The God I Love

I thought of this post recently and did not realize that it had been 8 years since I shared it. My how time flies! Anyhow, I still feel the same now as I did back then concerning the incarnation. Jesus is truly wonderful!

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What if God were to come to earth as a law enforcement officer?  I’m sure I would have the utmost of respect for him, being taught at a young age to have respect for those in authority. I’ve no doubt He would do a wonderful job at keeping law and order, but I wonder what kind of relationship I would have with Him. Somehow, it seems like it would be stiff and cool, and I think I would have a hard time feeling like it wasn’t “official business” every time we met.

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What if God decided to come to earth as a superhero? Considering the fact that He is all knowing and all powerful, I’d expect Him to be a superhero that is unequaled.  He would be there to rescue me from the most dire circumstances and always in the nick of time. I’m afraid I…

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Luisa’s Baptism

  1. Yesterday was a happy day for Luisa and our church as we witnessed her being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of her sins. For me, it never gets old to see someone getting baptized or receiving the Holy Ghost. There is nothing like this precious Acts 2:38 new birth experience! I’m looking forward to seeing what God will do in Luisa’s life as she continues to grow in Him!!