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Posted By Harolene

Recently as I was putting away the groceries I had bought for the week-end Sunday lunch gang I leaned my head against the cool wall of the pantry and said "Lord help me, give me strength", my head snapped up as I heard that familiar voice in my heart saying "Are you on the edge of a break-down or a break-through?" I said, "Lord is that Your Word to me? Is it for someone else? Am I supposed to write about it?" Of course I already knew He was speaking to me because I was the one asking! But I know that anything He speaks to us is for anyone that might need it so I am sharing it with you!

We live in a super fast microwave world where everyone wants everything instantly! We multi-task and try to get all the things required of us done in a day but like some people run out of money before they run out of month, I generally run out of day before I run out of my work load. This causes stress and that leads to a system that is run down and leaves us vulnerable to sickness, which then causes other problems, it's like Dominoes falling one on top of the other! So what do we do? The Psalmist said, 34:6 “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.”  Psalm 38:8 “I am feeble and severely broken; I groan because of the turmoil of my heart.”

David wanted to give up, but he had already written an assurance in 34:18 “The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” We know from reading that promise that if our heart is broken God is near to us and if we are sorry and take responsibility for our sin, He saves us!

Sometimes when we are having problems we tend to pull into ourselves and shut out those that might be able to help us, the One we should never shut out is God, He knows it all. There is a song I listened to today I want to share with you, (thanks for Bill and Renee Morris for teaching it to us) it's called "So I wouldn't let go" "I almost let go. I felt like I just couldn't take life anymore. My problems had me bound Depression weighed me down, But God held me close, so I wouldn't let go. God's mercy kept me, so I wouldn't let go. I almost gave up. I was right at the edge of a breakthrough but couldn't see it, the devil really had me; but Jesus came and grabbed me, and He held me close, So I wouldn't let go. God's mercy kept me, so I wouldn't let go. So I'm here today because God kept me. I'm alive today, only because of His grace. Oh, He kept me, God kept me, He kept me, So I wouldn't let go."  Psalm 3:3-4 But you, GOD, shield me on all sides; You ground my feet, you lift my head high; With all my might I shout up to GOD, His answers thunder from the holy mountain. KJV says, "You are the lifter of my head!"


Posted By Harolene

Yes, he propped up my leaning side by lifting my head! Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness, leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn't. So we need to pray, 'Lord, prop us up on our leaning side, so we will stand straight and tall again, to glorify the Lord.

As a woman who has given birth twice "au naturale", the worst pains, the ones that make you think you will die if they don't stop, come right before the baby is born, suddenly the pain is gone and you are filled with love and joy and not thinking about or remembering the pain! I know it is cliché but it is true, the darkest hour comes just before the dawn, then all the darkness is dispelled! You might be right on the edge of your own break-through, don't give up; don't give in, definitely a break-through not a breakdown! Beware Satan; this is a No Quitter Zone here!

Posted By Harolene

Does it hurt? Someone facing a small surgery asked me recently knowing it was one I had just experienced. No matter how many times I explained that I didn't feel a thing and how very simple it was, until this person went through the experience for himself, he couldn't imagine what it was like. When you talk to someone about a problem you are going through, it makes sense to talk to someone who has already "been there, done that". How does divorce feel? At first you are humiliated, sick at being cheated on and not knowing it. Then you get angry that you have been such a fool, after that you start feeling guilty, because if you had been a better wife/husband, it wouldn't have happened to you. Then there is a recovery period with people treating you like you have had a death in the family, dancing around the subject and, don't forget this, your married friends quit inviting you to anything, they either don't want their spouse to think a divorced person is happier, or they are threatened by your, single, presence. People ask when you will start dating and your children are afraid that you will! Does that pretty well sum it up for you? Why am I "going there"? Because I can only speak to things I have experienced and if I am able to help anyone, I have to speak from my heart about things I know. Need to know what the filling of a "generation sandwich" is? Sometimes you feel bad that you have just treated your parent like a child, you have spoken too quickly when they didn't understand or they have repeated the same thing more than twice. While you are dealing with that, your children and grandchildren have things they need help with and there you are, stretched to the limit and no energy left for yourself.

There is a quiet place, in my mind, where I can go. Psalm 23 "God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows; you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I'm not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd's crook makes me feel secure. You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I'm back home in the house of God for the rest of my life." While I am in this quiet place the Shepherd has prepared for me, I remember Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Best thing is that I talk to a Man; One Who knows exactly what I am going through! Hebrews 4:14-16 Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let's not let it slip through our fingers. We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let's walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. After that, I come and sit at my computer and I ask God to show me something that will help someone and put my fingers on the keys. I don't take credit for what is good, but if I miss, then it's all me.

God has always talked to me, shown me things to come in visions and dreams, I am grateful. I am a sinner saved by Grace and I appreciate His mercy. The angel said "Fear not behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people." He knows...

Posted By Harolene

Around 800,000 to a million people die by suicide every year, making it the 10th leading cause of death worldwide. There is never a good enough reason to take your life; it is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. We all have problems; here is what I have been dealing with…

The past three days have been very hard ones with my mother. She has been searching for her “two babies” and is convinced that if we can’t find them something terrible is going to happen. The sad thing is that in her mind it is very real and she is actually terrified about these two faceless, nameless children. Tonight I gave some thought to mothers and decided to write about our “mothers”. 
When my grandmother Mushegan died, my grandfather married a lady named Alice. Alice was a widowed doctor's wife from Boston and had that wonderful Bostonian accent. It was hard for the family to accept this new lady, such a vast contrast between this petite lady wearing red lipstick and my grandmother, wearing the apron. My grandmother had birthed nine children, eight boys and a daughter, my Aunt Mary, Alice never had a child, but when my Pob married her, he wanted the family to call her Mom, quite a pill for most of them. Something I don't think any of them understood, I know I didn't, was that he always referred to her as "Mother to the Nations." What that meant, I don't know. Alice succumbed to cancer and on her headstone was engraved: "Alice Mushegan, What a Mother is to the Nations". 
Giving it thought, Eve, wife of Adam and Sarah, wife of Abraham were called "Mother of the Nations", I decided to "Google" it and found this poem written about "The Great War" (1914-1918) here are two verses from it: So the Mother of Nations has risen in might At the word of the onward call; She has shaken her banners forth to the light, And marched to the front of the people's fight Like the van of a tidal wall. And the future shall say of her sons who died wherever their feet have trod with millions of comrades in arms allied; "They cast the treasures of earth aside and marched to the goals of God." Albert D. Watson. These beautiful verses are speaking of our great Mother Nation, America. As mothers and fathers today, are we protecting our rights the way a mother protects her child? Do we stand up for what we believe and the principles for which our forefathers died? 
Closer to home, are we protecting the children we have borne with our watchful eye and prayers? I always said my mother had eyes like an eagle, with vision that had a 360-degree view, seeing the least infraction of her rules! I remember that she jerked her dress on and went to my sister's school to face the teacher who left her on the play yard to be bullied and thrown in a ditch by two boys without realizing she was missing from class. It wasn't until she returned home that she realized her thin, nylon dress was on INSIDE OUT! Psalm 31:28 Her children shall rise up and call her blessed.

Posted By Harolene

Proverbs 1:8 My child hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother. 30. Charm is deceitful and beauty passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.  I realize there are times a woman bears children that is never a real "mother" to them, as there are women having never borne a child, that are natural born mothers, filled with love for all. I have daughters, not of my flesh, who call me "Mama H" and it thrills my heart to give them the love they have lost through the loss by death, one by suicide, of their natural mothers. If you haven't felt the love of a mother, I pray God will fill that place in your heart yearning for the tenderness of a mother's love. Reach out to someone needing YOUR loving touch, today! 

Psalm 113:9 He gives a childless woman a family, making her a happy mother.  There is a saying, “A happy wife means a happy life”, but another way we could say it would be “A caring mother means a happy family!”