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Month: May 2010
Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? Song of Solomon 8:5a
I used this passage this morning in my prayer letter to our Psalm 19 Intercessors and it just keeps being in my mind, so I will write a bit here about it. This speaks to me of a believer who has a measure of maturity in their relationship with their Lord. They have moved from being a person whose prayers are primarily “beggar” prayers and/or “wormy” prayers. Those who beg are usually those who have not yet understood they are truly co-heirs with Christ Jesus, and the Father is always listening and always moving on their behalf. Those who pray “wormy” prayers are stuck in the “sinner” but never “saint” mode and can not quite get their heads up to trust anything much but their own flesh.
However, a somewhat mature believer who understands, at least in some small measure, their position and the great gift of forgiveness and grace we have been given, are those who rush into the the Throne of Grace, knowing help is already flowing and the Father has already heard and is already moving on their behalf. So here in the Song, the lady is trusting her lover – she leans on his arm as she moves up from the wilderness. She leans to walk.
During the past 6 weeks, as I have been healing from a broken shoulder, I have needed a lot of assistance. The arm could not be set, so a sling was all the support that I had for the arm. In the first week or so, every movement was very painful and there was no movement without assistance. As the weeks have passed, and healing is flowing, I do most things by my self – most of the time. However, there is a bar on the bath tub – to hold to – lean on, and often an arm of a friend or family member. The equilibrium of my body was affected as I sought to always protect the arm.
So as we walk up from the wilderness, we must to lean and to allow Him to hold, support and lead. In order to do that, I must trust Him and His support. He is trustworthy. Thank you Lord, you will hold me in the middle of all. You will stabilize everything in my life so my walk is steady and paced. Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy Name!
The Wonders of God’s Love
I am amazed as I read the Scriptures at the provision our Lord has made for us. Romans 1:19-29 says:
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (KJV)
Before we were created, the Almighty God made provision for all to know Him – even if all they ever had was the creation. He is not, and never has been, willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance in Him.
What an awesome, magnificent God. He is worthy of all our lives and our thoughts. I am just constantly amazed at His beautiful creation – intended to teach me of Him. So as I look at this iris in my front yard, my heart is filled with wonder.
Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded and they were created. He hath also stablished them forever and ever: he had made a decree which shall not pass. Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word: Mountains, and all hills; frutiful trees and all cedars…Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.” Psalm 148:1-9,13 KJV
This was my delight this morning – just sharing our Lord’s wonderful creation!
The Cry of Faith
“I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. Attend unto my cry: for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name; the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.” Psalm 142:5-7 KJV
This is the psalm of my daily reading schedule for today. In the first four verses the Psalmist talks to the Lord about his trouble and how he is very alone. People are trying to “get him,” and “do him in,” then in verse 5 he pours out this beautiful cry of faith.
The Lord is all we need in the land of the living. He does hear our cries at all times and is deep comfort and encouragement to us when all around fail us. He is our portion. There are times we are brought very low, yet He is always with us to deliver and to be strong for us. Eventually righteous people will be our fellowship circle and the Lord will deal with us in a way of bounty.
These are awesome, faith-filled words. May we take them to heart and enjoy their truth today – regardless of our circumstances. Matters may be good or we may be struggling – yet He is there with us always to be for us and to work matters for us. How wonderful is our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through Faith & Patience
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister: And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:10-12 KJV
We have such a wonderfully, good God. He never forgets those who struggle and labor to do His work of love on this planet. To serve others is known world-wide as a high calling, but to serve one another in Christ Jesus is much more than an high calling – it is the empowerment of God through His own. He has given us all we need to minister (serve, love, care for) to one another and then turn and minister to those in the world as well. We are not adequate for such things, but praise be to God – He is more than adequate through us.
All His promises are ours through Christ and they are accomplished through faith and patience. To act on His behalf, having no hidden motive – just wanting to bless because we are blessed, is His joy to empower. The promises become real in our situations as we patiently trust Him to manifest them. Resting in Him enables us to grow and minister once again.
May we find great delight in Him as we ponder such wonderful things!
I have just published our up-dated web site with a video on the video page. This is the entire teaching of our last Friday Fellowship on May 7. My daughter, Lauren Godfrey is teaching the last half of Romans 8. I think you will enjoy it. I accidentally put two copies of it on the video, so it is a bit large to put here. Hopefully as I get more acquainted with my programs I will be able to insert one here. Please go and watch. Next time I won’t copy it in there twice. Oh well, I am learning.
Weekly Prayer Letter
I am reproducing here my weekly prayer letter. I send this out weekly to all who wish to receive it. It will bring you up to date as well as share some Word. Thank you so for reading.
Beloved Partners in the service of Jesus our Lord and King,
This morning (Friday – May 14) the Lord has been speaking to me about grace. More specifically He wants me to know about the “essentials of grace.” The scripture quoted above is given by the Holy Spirit through Paul in a context of learning to be giving people. He speaks of giving to others as “this grace.” The Spirit wanted us to know that there is more to grace than just receiving. Grace is a power and as such it is intended to teach us how to live godly lives (Titus 2:11-12), and to be used as we learn to live in the “perfect law of liberty’ (James) and it is also called the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:2).
So we know that as we receive grace, there is something to be done with it. In the case of our scripture, it is the action of being bountiful in giving. Because in grace, all bounty is given to us through Jesus, then in Jesus we are empowered to give to others bountifully. This is a grace to abound in. Isn’t that wonderful?! He give us grace and the bounty and then tells us to “flow” in it. Well, those are my words, but that is it in a nutshell. Learning the principle of giving because I have been given to is a grace journey. It is true we have a harvest because we have sown. But before our sowing, we were ministered seed by The Sower. So because we have been ministered the seed, we therefore minister it to others in many ways – but it is speaking specifically about money in the context of the passage.
Our Jesus is so wonderful! He loves us, includes us, provides for us and gives bountifully to us. Thank you for being a part of that bounty in prayer, friendship in Jesus, Spirit and in funds as the Lord leads. You are a special gift to me and all of us here at Psalm 19. Your bountiful gifts are a part of His bounty to us. Thank you!
I am improving! Of course, with all the prayer and love extended to me, what else could this body do?! Nothing but heal. Thank you for continuing as He is continuing His healing and His rest in me. I am using both hands to type now (a major break-through in communication) and decreasing meds as well as doing physical therapy three times a week. It seems my calendar now circles around therapy appointments, Dr.s appointments (only a few of those), and time for medication. The latter is becoming less and less an item. So progress is being made. I am trusting the Lord to allow me to be present at Stella Maris and a part of the teaching team of the day. Pray with me to that end. I do expect it to be realized through our prayers and the healing of Jesus.
I am send this out early again, because tomorrow Lauren is speaking for the Binghamton Aglow and I want us to remember her and her team (note below) as they travel in Jesus to proclaim His goodness. Be certain and read all of this letter. I have enlarged the “Coming Events” with some items you will want to know about for prayer and to participate in as well.
Thank you for all the cards and love sent to me. You are such precious partners in our Jesus! I am a grateful woman as I watch and see what goodness the Lord is performing through us as we wait and listen.
Now for this Week’s Schedule:
Saturday – AM – Lauren speaking in Binghamton Aglow. Tina leading worship; Desiree, Dale and “precious Patty” will be with her to do the worship, tech responsibilities and our Psalm 19 table. Pray for their travel mercies and for their worship in His heart and Lauren as she teaches. It is wonderful to see the young faces now a vital part of Psalm 19. We are blessed!
(I give Patty the “precious” from my heart, as well as the Lord’s. She has been His hands and feet as she has been with me and done for me what the body could not and can not do for itself. What a wonderful gift she has been and is in her servant heart. Thank the Lord for her with me. My life has been wrapped in provision through her sleepless nights and loving care. I am so thankful I am well enough for her to be a part of the “going” team this time. Bless you Patricia!)
Monday: Patty in Office (10-4) Unless needed with Iris.
Tuesday: Linda Cronin in office (10-4)
Wednesday: Greek – 10 am; 12:30 pm – Prayer; 1 pm – Bible Study – Joe Godfrey teaching; Faye in office (10-4)
Friday: Friday Fellowship – 7 pm – Lauren will be teaching – continuing the study of Romans. Tina & Michael will be leading the worship ensemble. Come and be blessed! Faye in Office (10-4).
Be certain to check our web site: http://www.psalm19ministries.org and my
May 25, 26, 27 – John & Diane Hernandez at Elim Leadership Conference to be with our Psalm 19 Ministries demonstration table. Pray for them and for their meeting many people and being able to sow the Word into many lives. Tom and Nancy Clarke will also be with them at the table and with Tom’s books. Pray for open doors for his books and for them meeting many who will be bless by the Word through them.
June 2 – Stella Maris Retreat – REGISTER NOW either by mail, phone or on-line (Here)– Iris & Joe, Lauren, Tina & Mike, Tim Stogdill, John & Diane, on and on — come and be a part of the wonderful day in Jesus! – entire team planning to be there and planning to participate together in the program. Plan now to be with us and pray that Iris will make good progress and be able to be with us.
July 16-17 – Summer Event – This is going to be an awesome event. Diane and Robyn will be with us for a day of worship in the presence of our Lord Jesus. If you have never been with this worship ensemble, then you have a special time in Jesus waiting for you. It will be awesome in His presence and joyful in our hearts. Plan now on being with us. Church of the Resurrection Fellowship Hall, East Syracuse (Details listed soon on web site)
Continuing To Make Progress
I am now able to type with both hands! That is really good progress in my ability to communicate. Now if I can just get some of those thoughts to co-operate and get in order – I will be able to blog something that will encourage others.
Thank you all who read here and are praying for me. I am beginning physical therapy this afternoon, so all that says is progress. I still have a way to go before I can inter-act with others much, but the meds will be lessened soon and that will enable my life cycle to adjust to itself again and not just to the timing the body needs with the medication. I appreciate your journeying with me here.
My first great grand baby is being born today. Mom is in labor as I type. Lord bring them all through this in health and safety. Baby’s name is Mackenzie – a sweet little girl.