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Posted By Harolene

If you are really in love with someone, or with family or friends that you love, you want to have the best communication with them that you can, to talk and find out what is in their mind and heart, to really learn their hopes and dreams and know what is inside of them, Perfect love desires communion, the sharing of life together and it cannot be expressed from a distance.

1John 1:3 We saw it, we heard it, and now we're telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. To have communion with a person you need to be close, it goes for your relationship with God and His Son Jesus.

Into our emptiness, Jesus brings fullness and completion (Colossians 2:9-10)

Into our deficit, Jesus brings supply (Philippians 4:19)

Into our death, Jesus brings life. (Ephesians 2:1,5)

Into our separation, Jesus brings reconciliation (Romans 5:10-11)

Into our imperfect love, Jesus brings his perfect love (1 John 4:10)


When you know that God loves you completely then you can follow the advice of Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

When we don't believe that God loves us perfectly, we end up living like our best choice is to take care of ourselves and then we become so busy taking care of ourselves that we don't have any time for real, transparent and loving relationship with God or our loved ones.

I woke this morning dreaming that I was saying to someone "I don't want advice, I need instruction" that is what I am giving you, instruction to stay close to the Father and the Son by praying, which is merely another word for "conversation" with God.  How can you be close if you don't know Him?

Posted By Harolene

I saw the movie "Forrest Gump" when it was in the theater and watched a little boy being ridiculed for wearing braces on his legs and I felt so sorry for him. As a crowd of bullies was chasing Forrest, Jenny, his close girl friend, was yelling to the top of her voice "RUN FORREST RUN!" He was running for his life and as he ran the braces began to fall away from his legs, all the while Jenny continued to yell encouragement to him! I was overwhelmed and to my embarrassment I burst into crying out loud tears.

Why did it hit me that way? Because in this life there have been many times that I identified with Forrest and other times that I was Jenny, calling out encouragement to someone who seemed to be sinking. We all go through heart aches and heartbreaks for one reason or another and I have heard it all, from abusive, alcoholic mates, victims of rape, rent due with no money, no groceries, to the heartbreak of a sweetheart saying they can't "do this anymore"! I have been the encourager and the there are time I have had to be encouraged! It reminds me of an old song from my radio days by Joni Mitchell, "I’ve looked at life from both sides now, from win and lose and still somehow its life’s illusions I recall I really don’t know life at all."  Looking at life from both sides can give you perspective on what the "other" side is thinking, meaning: When you are in a disagreement with someone, honestly try to put yourself in their shoes to see if they are really being unreasonable. Think about the way a lot of people blame God for everything that goes wrong in their life, from bad relationships to losing a job. Maybe you actually did something to bring it on, yes that is possible! Jesus gave His life for us, why would He want us to live in misery. Hebrews 12:1-3 “Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”

When I think of the people who have gone on before us, like my parents, watching and looking over the ramparts of heaven, I can almost hear them calling encouragement out to me “RUN Harolene, RUN!” So I pick myself up and keep moving! God was talking to Jeremiah, 12:5 "So, Jeremiah, if you're worn out in this footrace with men, what makes you think you can race against horses? And if you can't keep your wits during times of calm, what’s going to happen when troubles break loose like the Jordan in flood? I think He might be asking us that same question today! As we read the news and see so many things going wrong in the world and all around us, up close and personal, if we want to give up now what would happen if you were to face a terrible tragedy such as the floods, fires, earthquakes or tornadoes? What if your dearest loved one died? We have to learn to put our hand and our cares in God's hand, 1 Peter 5:6-7 So be content with who you are, and don't put on airs. God's strong hand is on you; he'll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you! 


Posted By Harolene

“Familiar” is an adjective meaning, well known from long or close association: “a familiar voice”.  I have seen pictures of the fiercest looking dogs laying with small kittens and sleeping babies peaceful as a lamb. There is no fear in the owner of these beasts because they have raised them, and they know them well. If a stranger walks into the room that loving dog can with one growl and the baring of it’s teeth create fear that would cause the would be assailant’s knees to go weak from fear. My dad in the prime of his life was a giant of a man, one man described his hands as being the “size of a ham”, but God never created a more tender hearted man than he was with us. He held the babies in those big hands and cooed sweet sayings, songs and prayers into their tiny ears and they responded by smiling and relaxing into sleep. I am thinking of these things because I want to show you from my point of view, God the Father. As sweet and kind as my dad could be if he thought you were going to do harm to one of his own you better watch out, you would see fire in those black eyes. 

As any parent that wants his child to obey and do well God has a way of keeping us in line, but when you are willing to listen He does it in love and with the tenderness of a parent. God sent Jesus in the flesh so that He would be tried and endure the same temptations that we do so that there would be a High Priest that could identify with our sufferings, then Jesus went back to the Throne and sent the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter and Guide. 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.

When you are familiar with God you know what to expect from Him and you know that all He wants from you is your love, for God is love. One of the most precious photos I ever saw was of John-John Kennedy hiding under his dad, the President's, desk unafraid because his dad was the President! You can run into the Throne room and slide up to the Throne of Grace boldly and ask for mercy in your time of need, now you in the no fear zone!

Posted By Harolene

The last conversation I had with my Paternal grandfather he gave me some excellent advice, it was to read Deuteronomy chapter 28 and see all the blessings that God has for us! Here is what it says, Deuteronomy 28:1-6 "If you listen obediently to the Voice of God, your God, and heartily obey all his commandments that I command you today, God, your God, will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world. All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God, your God: God's blessing inside the city, God's blessing in the country; God’s blessing on your children, the crops of your land, the young of your livestock, the calves of your herds, the lambs of your flocks. God’s blessing on your basket and bread bowl; God’s blessing in your coming in, God’s blessing in your going out."

I hope you read that very well to see the promises of God to us ARE blessings, but sometimes, even after you have done all you think you can to do to be "right", things don't work out, you feel out of sight, buried. In dirt! Who can see you if you are under the dirt? On top of that, when things start coming in around you, you feel that you are drowning, feeling that you can't swim or claw your way out of all the trouble and despair you are in. "Where is God in all this?" you ask, you have prayed and reminded God of all His promises to you. You might say, “What have I done to deserve this? God promised me blessings and here I am all covered in dirt!" 

There is promise in a seed, a grain of corn or wheat, but just one grain of corn or one stalk of wheat cannot feed your family, so what to do? You have to bury it so far beneath the ground that you cannot see it; it is completely submerged in DIRT. On top of that, you have to water it! The seed is under dirt, and then drowned in water, it dies, but built into that dying seed is the ability to stretch and grow to try to find the light, like us! You struggle to rise above it; you press upward in spite of your is then that you realize the meaning of 1Peter 4:12-13 "Friends, when life gets really difficult, don't jump to the conclusion that God isn't on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner."

When body builders work out their muscles, they sweat and hurt a lot before it shows in ripped abs and biceps, but their motto is "no pain, no gain". When a seed is brought forth from the ground, that one seed can bear thirty, sixty and a hundred fold. When we are in our darkest times, God is always there whether we can see Him, or not. Psalm 139:1-6 "O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel, and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!"

Don't be afraid of the dark, and don't be afraid of getting wet because you are getting ready to bloom!


Posted By Harolene

I was talking to a friend today that told me of his little dog that had gone blind and had (I kid you not) a “seeing-eye-cat” that lead him everywhere, it reminded me of another story that touched my heart. It was about two horses.

One of the horses had gone blind, and the owner couldn't bear to have him put down. If you watched him, he was always with a companion and if you were close enough you could hear a little bell ringing as the smaller horse moved around. As he trotted to different areas of the field he would look back for his companion, whose ears were at attention listening. In the evening when it was time to eat, you would notice that the horse with the bell would wait until his friend caught up before he went into the barn to eat. Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we aren't perfect or because we have problems and challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way.

I think there are times when someone is put in our life to test us, to see how we act and react. Ecclesiastes 11:1 Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours. Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.