Friday, July 30, 2010

Please Don't Forget the Persecuted Church

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weekly prayer updates
"Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the condition of the heart. The sin of prayerlessness is a proof for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness." - Andrew Murray

"praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints" - Ephesians 6:18 
VOM-USA Prayer Update for July 30, 2010
On Tue. Jul 27 2010 at 10:31 AM Moderator wrote:
NIGERIA — Attacks on Christians Continue — Agence France Presse

On July 17, Muslims killed eight people in the predominantly Christian village of Mazzah, near the city of Jos, according to Agence France Presse (AFP). In addition, seven houses and a church building were burned. “At approximately 1:30 a.m., Muslims entered the village and began shooting sporadically in the air to lure sleeping residents outside their homes,” AFP reported. “They then attacked people with machetes, including children.” Seven people died at the scene, another died on the way to the hospital and three others were seriously injured. During this attack, Reverend Nuhu Dawat of the Church of Christ in Nigeria escaped with one of his children, but his wife and two other children were killed. His grandson, Nanfa, was shot in the foot, thrown into a bathroom and left to die. Fortunately, he was found by the police and taken to a hospital, where he is recovering. Local villagers told AFP that although security forces arrived in time to stop the violence, they waited until the attack had ended before entering Mazzah. The area is currently reported to be “quiet but tense.” Some residents have fled the area in fear of further violence. Pray for peace between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria. Ask God to comfort those who have lost loved ones, and pray that believers’ testimonies will draw nonbelievers into fellowship with Christ.

Revelation 2:9–11

RUSSIA — Pastor Murdered in Dagestan — VOM Canada /Barnabas Fund

On July 15, Pastor Artur Suleimanov was shot to death by a gunman as he was leaving the Hosanna House of Prayer in Makhachkala, Dagestan, according to VOM Canada and Barnabas Fund. Dagestan is a federal republic of Russia in the North Caucasus region. Pastor Suleimanov was known as a dynamic leader of one of the largest Protestant churches in Russia. “Pastor Suleimanov was a wonderfulChristian brother, and his shocking death is a devastating loss for the Dagestan church,” a coordinator with Barnabas Fund said. “He and the Hosanna House of Prayer church were very active in ministry and outreach in particular. We see his murder as an attempt to put further pressure on Christian converts in Dagestan.” Pastor Suleimanov is survived by his wife and five children. Pray for Pastor Suleimanov’s family as they grieve his loss, and pray that God will touch the heart of Pastor Suleimanov’s murderer. Pray that Christians in Russia will be emboldened to spread the gospel despite opposition.

2 Corinthians 1:5

UZBEKISTAN — Authorities Crack Down on Christians — Forum 18 News

Authorities in Karakalpakstan, an autonomous region ofUzbekistan, have renewed a crackdown on Protestant Christians in recent weeks, according to Forum 18 News. On July 8, two Christians were sentenced to 10 days in prison for religious activities. One of the imprisoned believers, Lepes Omarov, had previously faced opposition for his Christian activities. According to Forum 18, only state-registered Muslim communities and one Russian Orthodox parish are allowed to operate in Karakalpakstan. All other religious activity in the area is illegal. In May and early July, police raided the homes of many Protestants, confiscating Christian books, DVDs and computers. Pray for believers in Uzbekistan who face these ongoing hardships. Pray that God will grant them the boldness and faith to preach the gospel without hesitation.

2 Timothy 1:7–12 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thankful Thursday- Creation

I took this while driving across the Mobile Bay on afternoon with the family. I love sunsets! I'm amazed at how beautiful our God can make things. The light shines through the clouds just right and hits the water just right. How can we not believe there is a high power-God- everyday?

I'm thankful for God's beauty in creation. I love nature and taking photos. No matter what you look at in nature it has God's hand prints all over it. What is amazing,is we are part of that creation. God made us beautiful too! What is more pleasing to our Father,than seeing His children walk in that beauty? I think nothing. Lynn @ Spiritually Unequal Marriage has been our host for this month of July. Check out her awesome picture and post today. Have a wonderful Thursday!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Will You Pray For Them?

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weekly prayer updates
"Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the condition of the heart. The sin of prayerlessness is a proof for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness." - Andrew Murray

"praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints" - Ephesians 6:18 
VOM-USA Prayer Update for July 23, 2010
On Tue. Jul 20 2010 at 01:49 PM Moderator wrote:
PAKISTAN -- Two Christians Killed -- VOM Contacts

Two Christians who had been arrested and accused of blasphemy were killed on July 19 in Faisalabad, according to VOM contacts. Rashid and Sajid were attacked and killed by a young Muslim while walking from court to a police van. Following their murders, angry Christians and Muslims began to throw stones at one another in the streets, and one Christian boy was injured. Police have used tear gas to control the situation. Rashid and Sajid had been accused of distributing a pamphlet "against Islam and Mohammed." "[There is no] evidence that these two brothers were distributing against Islam," VOM contacts said. Pray for the families of Rashid and Sajid and for the protection of Christians in the area, including VOM staff. Pray that tensions between Christians and Muslims will be diffused and that Christians will behave in a way that glorifies God.

Romans 8:34-36

NIGERIA -- Eight Killed in Sectarian Violence -- Agence France-Presse

On July 13, violence erupted between Muslims and Christians in Eastern Nigeria. "Eight people have been killed and 40 others seriously injured in the violence, while six mosques and one church were burnt," Taraba state police commissioner Aliyu Musa told Agence France-Presse (AFP). A local observer told AFP the violence was caused by the "construction of a mosque at a police headquarters." A Christian mob opposed to the construction of the mosque razed it. Muslims responded by attacking a nearby church, leading to the eruption of violent clashes between the two sides. Pray that the situation will not escalate. Pray that the testimony of true believers in Nigeria will draw both nominal Christians and their Muslim neighbors into fellowship with Christ.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

IRAN -- Christian in Solitary Confinement -- Farsi Christian News Network

Ali Golchin, an Iranian Christian, has been held in solitary confinement in Tehran's Evin prison since he was arrested in his hometown of Varamin, according to Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN). After appealing to authorities for weeks, Ali's father was finally allowed to visit him on June 17. "Ali's father shared that he was distressed to find his son ‘crying uncontrollably' and in obvious pain," FCNN reported. Sources believe Ali has been treated harshly during interrogations because he is suffering from "weakness and severe stomachaches." The Iranian government has not filed criminal charges against Ali, and no lawyers have been appointed for his defense. "Ali's wife has been warned not to attend church and told that she will only be able to negotiate with the authorities about Ali's release if she converts to Islam," according to FCNN. Please pray for Ali's release. Pray that the Lord will sustain him and his family and that Ali's testimony will strengthen the faith of other believers.

Psalm 91:1-6

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Lynn @ Spiritually Unequal Marriage is our host this month,check out her post this morning!

It is thankful Thursday,but my heart is very heavy. Yesterday afternoon as I was in Wal-Mart with my precious son,Daniel, having a good time one family was about to loose a Father,husband,Grandfather,and friend. As I drove home from the goat farm a good friend of ours called me looking for my husband. He sounded serious and angry as he told me our hometown Sheriff had been ran over at a roadblock and was in serious condition. He was south flighted to USA Medical Center only minutes from our home and they did not expect him to live. I immediately started praying for the Sheriff,who is a close friend of ours and my husband's former boss. We had not seen him since last summer,but were planning to go see him next week for my husband's birthday. I got home as fast as I could to tell Mike,who I knew would be very upset. Not long after Brian had called us, the Sheriff died. He left behind a wife,3 children,7 Grandkids,and many friends. He was trying to serve a warrant on a young guy,when the girl driving struck the Sheriff,then ran him over. It is a sad day in George County,Mississippi.  My husband left that afternoon to go on the massive man hunt. He made it back home around 2:30 this morning and they were still looking for them.

What is even more sad, is we know the girl personally. She is a cousin of a very close family we are friends with. It it a very tough situation. The county is torn between it all. My flesh wants them both to fry,that is harsh,but that is honest. But my Spirit grieves for their souls. What could one be thinking when intentionally hitting someone with your vehicle? They are SO young to be in this kind of trouble. The hood of the truck look like they hit a deer. I feel for the Sheriff's family and the 2 accomplices families. What a tragic thing! So today I am thankful for Law Enforcement. Not many like them because they give tickets,but that is their job,to keep us safe. The guy was wanted on drug charges and has been in a lot of trouble. What those 2 kids do not realize is the Sheriff was trying to help them also. You can compare his job to God's job. God does not punish us because He hates us,He loves us. From knowing the Sheriff personally, he had a passion for justice and to help people. He wasn't trying to hurt that boy and girl,they both needed help. Jail is not a pretty place,but sometimes it is a low for people and God really does touch them there and they are changed forever. My husband is a State Trooper and he loves it! He has a passion for justice and helping others too. People think all they do is write tickets,but they don't. They have to go to horrible wrecks and see people from all walks of life mangled and battered. They are the ones who go to the door steps of the family that lost a loved one and tell them their child,husband,or Mother isn't coming home. It is a hard job and a stressful job,but I am thankful someone does it. I am safe a lot of times because these people go out and look for those who are harmful and a lot of them do it because they want to simply help. It saddens me that so many look down on them. No they aren't perfect,they are human. We hold them and Pastors up way too high. They are human and will make mistakes.

So be praying for the Welford,Baxter,and Williams families. Be praying for the Sheriff Department of Lucedale,MS and for the town. It will be tough. Garry was a Game Warden for 30 years and has been Sheriff for awhile. Pray for your Law Enforcement Officers too,they need it. Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

How well do you know God?

I started the study by Beth Moore called- Breaking Free: Making Liberty in Christ a Reality in Life 2 weeks ago. I did this one about 4 or 5 years ago,but wanted to do it again. I love any of her stuff! I just did my lesson for the day and had so many thoughts running through my head,so here it goes!

This week we are talking about knowing God,not just with our head,but with our hearts. Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. Isaiah 43:10 In this verse the Hebrew word for know meansyadha, which was often used to illustrate the relationship between a husband and wife. How well do you know God? Not the know that you were taught in Sunday School through stories,not the know from testimonies you heard from others about them knowing God,but from your own walk with Him. How well do you know Him? It's a tough question and one that can always bring about improvement in our relationship with Him. I can tell you I know God pretty good,but I desire to know Him even more. I knew God when I was spared from 2 horrible wrecks. I knew God when I was joyous to marry my husband. I knew God when I endured long hours of labor to bring His angels into this world. I knew God when we got offered free rent right when we needed it. I knew God when my Daddy's back was healed supernaturally. I knew God when I was rejoicing over things only God could have done for our little family. I also am knowing God as I learn to be a Godly wife and Mother. I have come a long ways in my relationship with God,but not without some trials. There are plenty of other areas I want to know God in that I do not yet. Our relationship should always be flowing with the Lord. I want to know Him more and more as I grow older and see His glory in my life. 

Speaking of glory, you know we were created for His glory. Glory,such a majestic word for a small mind to comprehend. Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. Isaiah 43:7 What do you think created for His glory looks like? I used to think it was big,miraculous things,but as I have grew older my idea and perception of that is changing. Being kind to a neighbor who may be aggravating at times is displaying His glory. Seeing a child born is His glory displayed. Looking out your window after a rainstorm and seeing a rainbow is His glory. Letting God live through you in all you do is His glory. Who says you have to go across the world to be His glory? You can be His glory in your own home with an unsaved spouse or a bitter parent. You can be His glory at your work to your co-workers by not laughing at their off color jokes or even thanking God for the food you will eat. God wants to make Himself recognizable to you and the whole world. Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Colossians 1:24-27 I used to think I had to do huge things for God,like go overseas or write a book(which I do want to do),but I don't have to do those things to live for Him or display His glory. Simply, being the Mother and wife God wants me to be is displaying His glory! Why do we make it so hard? 

The Hebrew word for glory is kavodh means to "be renowned.. to show oneself great or mighty." How has God shown Himself great or mighty to you lately? He does it everyday and I am learning to look for it and not wait for it. 

Here are some quotes from the past 2 days in the study:

*The ability to believe God develops most often through pure experience.
*We were created for the purpose of giving His invisible character a glimpse of visibility.
*Remember, He never sheds His light on our weaknesses or shortcomings for the sake of condemnation. He makes us aware of hindrances so He can set us free!
*A life that glorifies God or makes Him recognizable is a process that ideally progresses with time and maturity.
*God protects is from pride by keeping us somewhat unaware of the degree to which we are effectively glorifying Him at times.

I know there are areas where I am being held captive by the enemy and myself. I want those areas to be unleashed and I want to be completely free! I lost my desire to encourage and pray for others there for awhile. It just seemed every way we turned we were hit with something that was discouraging. I lost my faith and my sight. But glory to God He has been drawing me back to a place of deepening my faith and a desire to be that light He made me to be! What the devil means for bad,God always intends for good and will make it that way if we let Him. I can't do everything that I want too,but I can do what God calls me to do. I can be in an intimate relationship with Him,be a wonderful wife to my husband,be a loving Mother to my boys,and be salt in this world. Sometimes it is not easy not conforming to the world. My flesh cries I WANT TO BE NORMAL. But I am not called to be normal,nor are any of you. We are to be able to relate with others,but still live distinctly different. God is doing some amazing things in my life and family! I have the best husband one could ask for that adores me more than the days of dating! I have 2 boys that are so healthy and full of life who adore me also. I have a wonderful family(extended and in laws) that God is working in and I have great friends (not many,but that doesn't matter) I want to be closer too. I am blessed beyond belief. I just take it fore-granted too often. I want to see others as Jesus sees them- broken,bruised,and torn- then be the light to them that only I can be with him working in me, molding me and breaking me. The process of making poetry is slow,long,and hard,but the outcome is beautiful,breathtaking,and magnificent! So I want to be that clay again and I want my unbelief helped! 

Don't think you are too far gone or beyond help,God reaches in ugly pits and we all are in them from time to time. No one is better than the other and God is not a respecter of persons. Don't wait on Him to pursue you, pursue Him!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Not Forgotten

Here is the persecuted church update. Please keep them in your prayers! I cannot imagine going through what they have to go through for Jesus.

VOM-USA Prayer Update for July 16, 2010

On Tue. Jul 13 2010 at 09:24 AM Moderator wrote: 
INDIA — Assailants sever Christian's hand in India — VOM Contacts

On July 4, unknown assailants attacked a college professor, severing his right hand and part of his arm in Kerala, India. According to The Voice of the Martyrscontacts T.J. Joseph, a professor at Newman's College inThodupuzha, was returning from a Sunday service at his church when a van pulled up beside him. The assailants forced him from his car and attacked him with knives and swords, amputating his lower arm and inflicting deep wounds to his body. At last report, doctors were attempting to save his limb. According to reports, several Muslim students were offended by test questions on an exam T.J. Joseph gave two months ago. After protests by Islamic groups, T.J. was suspended from his job and apologized for his “unintentional error.” Nevertheless, he continued to receive threats. T.J.’s assailants in the July 4 attack are suspected to be members of the Islamic militant group, thePopular Front of India, but the attack was condemned by other Islamic groups. The media in India reported that T.J. Joseph forgave his attackers. Praise God T.J. has forgiven his persecutors. Pray for his full and speedy recovery. Pray that the misunderstanding which led to the attack will be resolved. Pray for peace among India's religious communities.

Psalm 5:11-12

IRAQ — Christian killed in bomb attack — VOM Canada/ Asia News

On July 5, Behnam Sabti, a Christian, died instantly when a bomb exploded under his car in Mosul, Iraq. According to local reports, Behnam was killed because of his “religious identity.” In recent months, Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq have faced violence because of their beliefs. Pray for Behnam’s wife and three children as they mourn the loss of husband and father. Pray that those responsible for this attack will be found and brought to justice. Pray for peace in Iraq and that Christians will be able to live their faith in freedom. Pray Christians will forgive their persecutors.

Joshua 1: 8-9

INDONESIA — Christians face death threat and increasing opposition — Compass Direct News

In recent months, Christians in Bekasi, Indonesia have faced growing opposition from Muslim extremists opposed to “Christianization,” according to Compass Direct News. Compass reported that on June 27, Muslim organizations in Bekasi announced they would establish “paramilitary units in local mosques” to oppose “ongoing attempts to convert people to Christianity.” Muslims have accused Christians of “aggressive proselytizing.” Church servicesthroughout the city have been interrupted repeatedly and Christians have been threatened. In June, the Bekasi Islamic Congress met and set up a “mission center” along with a youth army to oppose Christian efforts. There is also a push for Shariah law in the region. Pray for protection for Christians in Bekasi. Pray the authorities will protect the Christians against opposition from militant Islamic groups.

Revelation 2:9-11

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thankful Thursday- the provision of God

Welcome to Thankful Thursday! Lynn @ Spiritually Unequal Marriage is our host for the month of July. So don't forget to check out her inspiring post. Also, write a post of your own sharing what you are thankful for! We would love to have you join us today!

I am thankful for God's provision! He provides right on time and is never late! Even when we don't deserve it,He still meets our need. He has yet to fail us and not provide our needs. Has He always given us our wants? No,but that does not mean He doesn't love us. Some give in order to get with God and I used to do the same thing. I learned then, what if He does not give back each time? Does that mean I should not praise Him? No. I praise Him no matter what! Like in the movie Facing the Giants, we will praise Him whether we win or loose. God isn't looking for those who are only willing to go through the good times of blessing with Him,He needs those who will walk through those dark times too. We have learned to praise Him in the storm! God will never not give back,but He will not always do it on our time schedule. He is God and it is up to Him when he gives back and blesses us. The Word says He rains on the just and unjust. So always be thankful for His provision!

We were blessed with a toddler race car bed for my oldest son for FREE! She is a lady we go to church with and she gave us everything,but the sheets and bedspread. We had been putting it off because we needed other things,well God our meet our need,but went above that and gave Daniel his want- a race car bed. He loves it so much and sleeps in it every night! When we got it,we stopped and prayed to Jesus thanking him for the blessing. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

What are you thankful for today? Have a great day!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

At the Well- If We Are the Body?

Join Gina our host At the Well for the We Are the Body study! She has some great insights today about the crucified life we are called to live.

We are called to live the “crucified” life.  What does this look like to you? How does this play out in your daily life?

A crucified life to me is not just on Sunday or when others are watching,it is a daily thing, even when you are at home all by yourself. Crucifying in my mind is to die to self. If my self wants to watch this sitcom,but it goes against God's Word or teaching,then I should crucify my self/flesh and not watch it. If my self wants to say something bad about my husband because he made me mad,but it is obvious in God's Word to turn the other cheek and love him, then I should do so and crucify my self. Our flesh is naturally stronger than our Spirit. We have to work at getting our Spirit stronger by prayer and time in the Word. 

I am a stay at home Mother of 2 little boys. Daniel is 2 1/2 and Aaron is 8 1/2 months and they require a lot of attention like all kids. So I don't get much time to myself AT all. My husband has crazy shifts and needs sleep to do his job. There are times where I get annoyed and frustrated and just want to throw my hands up,but that would be selfish of me. I used to think I had that right,but as Gina posted the quote from Beth Moore, I have no rights except to be filled with the Spirit and led by the Spirit. I also get so frustrated with my husband's job,I saw we have a love/hate relationship. He gives more than he gets it seems. I am learning to hold my tongue and crucify the flesh when I want to say negative things about his job. When I do get a time of peace and quiet I am tempted to turn on the t.v. and catch some news (we're big huge news people) or see if John Hagee or Charles Stanley is preaching on t.v. I have been trying to not do that and just pick up my Bible and a notebook. I would benefit from the preaching,but the quiet time to just read the Word and write down prayers is more important for me right now. Crucifying our self is not easy at all. Not when your self cries what about me?! I think mine cries that out a lot!! In the mornings when I just want to get a shower before I start the day,but Aaron is crying for a nap and Daniel is wanting more drink. Or when I really want to just lay down while Aaron naps,but there are things my husband has asked me to do. My latest thing is, not staying out to hear the sermon. We don't leave our babies in the nursery or even toddlers until they are 2 or older. So I stay in the nursery with Aaron because he gets so loud. My self cries out BUT I haven't sat through a whole church service since 2008!! I just want to sit through worship and preaching!! But I am taking care of my baby and I get to fellowship with other believers,so it isn't that bad is it?  At first I thought it was! I thought what good is it for me to just go straight to the nursery? But God will use me where I am at for the time being. It's hard! But our Lord came to be a Servant and we are called to serve too!

I pray you are blessed by the study today and everyone's thoughts!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Don't forget the persecuted Church

 This is something new I will be doing on Friday's. I want to make people aware of the persecution that our fellow believers in Christ go through just for Him. You can found them on Facebook as well. Hope everyone has a blessed weekend!
VOM-USA Prayer Update for July 9, 2010
On Tue. Jul 06 2010 at 10:55 AM Moderator wrote:
INDIA — Pastors Attacked — VOM Contacts

On June 23, two Assemblies of God pastors, Shiju Kuriakose and Jayan, were attacked by unknown assailants, according to VOM contacts. The pastors were beaten with iron rods while leaving a prayer meeting at a Christian’s home in Bangalore, India. Both pastors were badly injured and were admitted to the hospital. Pray that God will heal their injuries and give them wisdom and strength to continue sharing the gospel.

Ephesians 6:18–20

NEPAL — Pastor and Church Members Beaten by Maoists— VOM Contacts

On June 13, Maoist rebels in Nepal attacked Christians at an evening prayer meeting, according to VOM contacts. The rebels ordered them to stop the meeting and then assaulted the pastor and believers when they refused. Before the attack, the pastor had asked the Maoists to leave and return the next day to talk with him, but the rebels instead began to beat him with sticks. When church members, including the pastor’s father and women in the church, tried to defend the pastor, the Maoists attacked them, too. The rebels also burned Bibles and hymnals during the attack. The following day, local villagers accused the Christians of not paying the “temple tax” and of “converting the local people to Christianity.” Each family was ordered to pay the exorbitant tax, and Christians have been warned that they will be expelled from the village if they do not pay. Some believers have voluntarily left the village, and those remaining risk losing their homes. Pray that God will heal the pastor and others who were beaten during this attack. Pray that they will look to Christ for strength and direction and that their testimonies will draw nonbelievers into fellowship with Christ.

Psalm 5:11–12

PAKISTAN — 20th Court Hearing for Asia Bibi — VOM Contacts

Asia Bibi’s 20th court hearing is scheduled for today, July 6, in Pakistan. According to VOM contacts, witnesses for the prosecution again failed to appear in court on June 29. Pray that the judge will rule in Asia’s favor and all charges will be dropped. Praise God for her courage during this difficult time.

2 Corinthians 1:8–9

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I hope all had a wonderful Thursday! I wasn't feeling so great yesterday or this morning,but I am back on track this afternoon! Praise the Lord! Check out Lynn @ Spiritually Unequal Marriage,she is our host this month. The blog is very inspiring!

Today I am thankful for healing,God's healing. I felt like an 18-wheeler ran me over yesterday and all throughout the night. I don't know what it was or where I caught it at,but I am very thankful I feel much better as I am typing this! My sweet husband let me sleep in this morning,even though he had been up since 10 pm yesterday working. The Bible is a lot like medicine,you can stare at it all day long,but if you don't take some or apply it, then there is no affect. Don't just wait for God to come to you,go to God daily with the Word and prayer. God's Word is healing for the physical and spiritual!

God Bless!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thankful Thursday- Conviction

Happy Thankful Thursday! I pray everyone has had a wonderful week and hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday. Lynn @ Spiritually Unequal Marriage is our host.

Today I am very thankful for the conviction and guidance of the Holy Spirit. I hope this doesn't offend anyone,because it is not meant too. God guides us all in different directions and sometimes calls more from others as I have heard it. When my oldest son was about 8 months, I joined the site My Space to keep up with friends. Some horrible, scary adds were on the side of the picture upload section. It disturb me and soon after that, my son would just scream if he was in his room. I couldn't figure it out at first,but then the Holy Spirit reminded me of those scary images. I immediately cut off the My Space and asked forgiveness for grieving the Spirit and letting such evil in our home. I got the anointing oil and prayed over Daniel and his room.

This past November I decided to get Facebook. (If I would have listened to my husband's advice to begin with, I would have been better off in both cases). Why? I have no clue. I should have known it wasn't much different from My Space. My husband said he would rather me not,but he trusted me as a woman of God to make the decision. Last week I deleted it too. I had a horrible dream about a month or so ago and felt an awful presence in our home,as if someone was watching me. I was living in fear. I had struggled with that at my parent's home because of all the scary things my Father watched on t.v. But I had never felt that here in my home,not even with My Space. I still don't know what it was,but I said Lord forgive me and I prayed that whatever it was would be gone in Jesus name and I started pleading the blood over our home. After deleting my account-or deactivating- that horrible presence was gone. I was not in fear anymore. I actually felt better and the tempo in our home was much better. I don't know what I would do without the Holy Spirit guiding me! I would probably live in fear like I did for many years.

Just this week I went to a mommy site/forum and was going to join it. I wanted to just get to know some Mother's in my area and such. In one of the forums, the guidelines was to leave your God for the Spirituality section. I wasn't sure about all that either. I went to check that part out and it was all sorts of religions. I felt a check in my Spirit,so guess what I did? I deleted that site from my bookmarks too. Call me crazy,but I believe we should follow the Holy Spirit's guidance. I am VERY big on what we allow to come in our home that can allow evil spirits and strivings into our home. If I am wrong one day,I am pretty sure I am not missing out on not having FB or any other type of connection site. Be very sensitive to the Spirit's guidance! Now, I'm not saying everyone should get rid of their FB or My Space,but for me it was something God wanted. Like I said, if I would have taken my husband's advice first,but I guess we have to learn the hard way first.

Don't forget to go to see what Lynn @ Spiritually Unequal Marriage has to offer today.