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Posted By Harolene

God has given us so many promises and yet it seems that when we pray we actually doubt that He will answer us! 

He supplied water for the Children of Israel in the middle of the desert and sent meat when they tired of the Manna that He had provided for them every day. 

For forty years their shoes did not wear out and they didn’t have to have new clothes!  

                                  Provision?

Yes, I would say so. 

He protected them when the army of Pharaoh was chasing them into the sea and when the army kept coming God simply opened the sea for them to walk through on dry land and then closed it again when the army got in the very middle of the water,

                          right over their heads, 

horses, chariots, and all! Yet we shake in our boots over things every day that He could easily take care of for us.

We are promised everything that we need in Psalm 23, look at God’s promise and hear Him as He says, “I will never leave you, I will never forsake you, I will be with you until the end of time”.

"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."

I don't want Him to have to tell me more than once; He already did that on the Cross...

 
Posted By Harolene

Have you ever hard the statement "I'm between a rock and a hard place"?

 I searched to see what anyone else thought and found that it means exactly what I was thinking; the dilemma of being in a position where one is faced with two equally unwelcome options appears to lie deep in the human psyche. Language always reflects people's preoccupations and there are several phrases that express this predicament. The first of these quite literally conveys the uncomfortable nature of the choice between two choices you would rather not make.

 Other phrases that compare two less than desirable alternatives are 'the lesser of two evils', and 'between the devil and the deep blue sea

If you turn to the Bible you see people faced with hard choices… 

Moses must have thought, "Should I remain a Prince in line for the throne of Pharaoh, or go lead my Hebrew people?"

Abraham had to choose to stay in his home with all his possessions or journey to a faraway land he didn't know because he heard a call from God. 

Ruth was a Moabite that sojourned to a foreign land after the death of her husband with her mother-in-law and stayed, probably under the stares and gossip of the local women at the well.

Esther took her life in her hands to go into the King and plead for her people when she could have chosen to remain in her chambers with beautiful clothes, plenty of food and servants to wait on her. 

There were other choices where right and wrong was clearly marked but a decision had to be made…

Peter made the choice to deny Jesus, to His face, because he feared for his life, and Judas who chose a purse with thirty pieces of silver in it in exchange for the life of Jesus.

We know how that ended; Judas' guilt made him hang himself. But think of the choice that Jesus had to make while kneeling at the rock in the Garden of Gethsemane.

 Matthew 26:39-42 He fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done." 

He had to make the choice of suffering a torturous death rather than returning to His life in the heavenlies with His Father, God, or saving our souls for all eternity.  

In your personal life are your choices hard or easy? 

Probably the former, so my advice would be to make no choices without much prayer! 

 
Posted By Harolene

 

There are moments in your life that you will never forget for as long as you live. One of those was the day that our President, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated and more recently the day the terrorists attacked us from inside our own borders.  

They are both etched deep into my mind and heart to remain, for life.

The day President Kennedy was shot, I was young and suddenly it felt like the whole world was crashing to a halt. I was sitting at my own desk, my first job, when a man came and said, “My wife just called, she was watching “Days of Our Life” and they made an announcement that President Kennedy has been shot!” How was it possible that the charismatic young man with his beautiful wife in the pink suit… and our country, had been violated?

Looking back on September 11, 2001 I was having my morning coffee, watching GMA with my parents. Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer were talking about a reported fire in one of the Twin Towers…they had a camera trained on it and were turned in their seats watching. Suddenly we saw coming into view at the side of the TV screen, a low flying airplane. As I opened my mouth to say “That plane is flying too low” the same sentence was being echoed by Ms. Sawyer and then it happened…

                        the plane sliced right into the side of that monumental building…

the realization began to settle in that it was an attack! This attack on our land, in one of our countries most beautiful cities shook our world the way the Japanese airplanes bombing Pearl Harbor in 1941 shook the people of that day. 

It was a different feeling than the day in November that the President was killed, that was an attack from within our walls, and this, like the December day in ’41, was an attack from without…

                        we had been invaded!  

When things are quiet, I imagine that you can still hear the screams of the people running and looking for shelter, trying to call home one last time. They were not able to imagine what had happened and they couldn’t get away, they were crushed, burned, melted into the ground so completely that some were never found.        We must not let their death go un-noticed or forgotten!

 We must pray for our country to be restored.  

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 

At least for this one-day let us unite and pray for the families of the ones that died and pray the words of this song:

God Bless America, Land that I love, Stand beside her and guide her thru the night with the light from above. From the mountains to the prairies to the ocean white with foam, God Bless America My Home Sweet Home, God Bless America My HOME SWEET HOME!

         (Lyrics by Irving Berlin) 

Pray for America to return to God, Amen!

 
Posted By Harolene

 

Recently I watched a video that was made many years ago. I watched as my mother spoke with clarity about the Bible lesson we were all discussing, her cheeks were smooth and her square chin was firm. I could see how blue her eyes were even through those great big glasses so popular in the early 80’s. 

Then my began to dad speak, wow what a powerful voice that man had! When he spoke, it was like hearing the very voice of God. He looked into the eye of the camera and said, “Let me pray for you, put your right hand over your heart while I pray.”  In the background I could hear myself playing the organ softly as he prayed. 

I looked at my computer screen and his black eyes were seeing right through me as I placed my hand over my heart and listened to him pray, it felt as if he were praying just for me alone. 

I thought how odd it was, when that prayer was prayed originally, I was listening to it from the organ stool, watching the back of his head and trying to see the countdown for the end of the program we were taping. Little did I know then that the prayer prayed so long ago would find me so many years later sitting at my computer feeling a little down, well honestly a lot down, and minister to me making me feel so much better.  

If you think about it every word, we have ever said is still a sound bite somewhere in the atmosphere and that prayer was as fresh and good for me today as it was the day he said it. 

This incident reminded me of something that happened back when we were recording those programs; we were close to the end of a program, we recorded 3 or 4 at a time, and were at ending recording the program to be shown that coming Sunday night at midnight when my dad spoke with authority and said, “Wait a minute I see someone grieving right now and I want to pray for you."

He began to pray the most wonderful and comforting prayer I had ever heard him pray and I wondered who would be seeing that program on Sunday night that the prayer would be for or was it something he was feeling right then and maybe wouldn’t apply to anyone on Sunday… at least those were my thoughts as he prayed. 

Sunday came and everything was good all day until we got a call that my grandfather, my dad’s father, had a heart attack and was in the hospital. My dad began to prepare to get a flight out to Los Angeles to be with him. As he was getting his suitcase ready, our program was on and suddenly we heard daddy speak from the TV saying, “Wait a minute I see someone grieving right now…” as he was speaking those words the telephone rang and it was the news that my grandfather had died. 

My dad stood and cried as pitiful as a little boy would at losing his dad, the way I cried eight years ago when I lost him, and I realized that the prayer he was praying was for himself and for our family.

There is no time or distance in the Spirit, when a prayer is prayed over you, it works for you in the future the same way it does now.

When I am praying, I call on all the prayers that have ever been prayed over me because I know that God is still working through them on my behalf. 

Matthew 26:39 Jesus prayed in the Garden “If it can be Your will let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not my will but Yours be done.”

Jesus knew the suffering that was coming, that He would be beaten beyond recognition and then hung on a cross to bleed and die for the human race who would revile and reject Him. He didn’t want to do it, but He was willing to do it if it was the will of His Father, God. 

Then I look at myself with so many things that I need to know, and I am grateful that the prayer my dad prayed today, his voice ringing out so strong was for me now, right now, and if I listen to it again tomorrow or the next day it will still be as relevant then as it was all those years ago.

The Bible is the same, it is as fresh and relevant for us today as it was when it was inspired and written so long ago. 

Hebrews 13:8 says it all, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever."

 

                         And to that I add Amen!

 
Posted By Harolene

 

Recently I watched a video that was made many years ago. I watched as my mother spoke with clarity about the Bible lesson we were all discussing, her cheeks were smooth and her square chin was firm. I could see how blue her eyes were even through those great big glasses so popular in the early 80’s. 

Then my began to dad speak, wow what a powerful voice that man had! When he spoke, it was like hearing the very voice of God. He looked into the eye of the camera and said, “Let me pray for you, put your right hand over your heart while I pray.”  In the background I could hear myself playing the organ softly as he prayed. 

I looked at my computer screen and his black eyes were seeing right through me as I placed my hand over my heart and listened to him pray, it felt as if he were praying just for me alone. 

I thought how odd it was, when that prayer was prayed originally, I was listening to it from the organ stool, watching the back of his head and trying to see the countdown for the end of the program we were taping. Little did I know then that the prayer prayed so long ago would find me so many years later sitting at my computer feeling a little down, well honestly a lot down, and minister to me making me feel so much better.  

If you think about it every word, we have ever said is still a sound bite somewhere in the atmosphere and that prayer was as fresh and good for me today as it was the day he said it. 

This incident reminded me of something that happened back when we were recording those programs; we were close to the end of a program, we recorded 3 or 4 at a time, and were at ending recording the program to be shown that coming Sunday night at midnight when my dad spoke with authority and said, “Wait a minute I see someone grieving right now and I want to pray for you."

He began to pray the most wonderful and comforting prayer I had ever heard him pray and I wondered who would be seeing that program on Sunday night that the prayer would be for or was it something he was feeling right then and maybe wouldn’t apply to anyone on Sunday… at least those were my thoughts as he prayed. 

Sunday came and everything was good all day until we got a call that my grandfather, my dad’s father, had a heart attack and was in the hospital. My dad began to prepare to get a flight out to Los Angeles to be with him. As he was getting his suitcase ready, our program was on and suddenly we heard daddy speak from the TV saying, “Wait a minute I see someone grieving right now…” as he was speaking those words the telephone rang and it was the news that my grandfather had died. 

My dad stood and cried as pitiful as a little boy would at losing his dad, the way I cried eight years ago when I lost him, and I realized that the prayer he was praying was for himself and for our family.

There is no time or distance in the Spirit, when a prayer is prayed over you, it works for you in the future the same way it does now.

When I am praying, I call on all the prayers that have ever been prayed over me because I know that God is still working through them on my behalf. 

Matthew 26:39 Jesus prayed in the Garden “If it can be Your will let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not my will but Yours be done.”

Jesus knew the suffering that was coming, that He would be beaten beyond recognition and then hung on a cross to bleed and die for the human race who would revile and reject Him. He didn’t want to do it, but He was willing to do it if it was the will of His Father, God. 

Then I look at myself with so many things that I need to know, and I am grateful that the prayer my dad prayed today, his voice ringing out so strong was for me now, right now, and if I listen to it again tomorrow or the next day it will still be as relevant then as it was all those years ago.

The Bible is the same, it is as fresh and relevant for us today as it was when it was inspired and written so long ago. 

Hebrews 13:8 says it all, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever."

 

                         And to that I add Amen!