Tag Archive | christianity

Limits Stretched to HIS Power!

Last week, a friend left a message on my phone, when I was serving the homeless. I didn’t hear it come in, and had I not stopped in a parking lot to send a text, I wouldn’t have realized that I didn’t even have my phone; it was left behind at the shelter. I would have went all the way home and not known she had called. My phone was so close to a dead battery when I picked it up, that I couldn’t even call her back. My internal battery had run out as well–

I was exhausted!

The last thing I wanted to do, was add anything to my night; but her message was so long, and there was so much pain wrenching her voice, I just couldn’t turn my back.

I am so glad that I didn’t!

She suffers from severe cellulitis in both legs, but one leg was so bad it had turned black. Her toes looked like she might lose them in front of me, and there were large open sores absolutely covering her lower leg. She was in so much pain it was heart-breaking, but seeing her like that, actually helped me to stomach what I normally would not have been able to. My kids can tell you that I had trouble putting on band-aids when they were growing up. You know, it’s not easy trying to bandage a wound while looking the other way–especially when pretending to be an adult!

Somehow the Lord gives us grace for things we can’t cope with! His mercy trumps self. It’s a mystery how He manages to stretch us beyond our limits. Maybe because He can’t see limits–they don’t even exist with Him!

Stretching is good exercise, right?

So, I sat on her walker seat, parked right in front of her, because I was already in the, ‘beyond standing’ sorta tired!

–but God!

He took over!

When I started to pray, my whole being became filled with tangible energy and strength. It was amazing! I wasn’t there for me, but He generously filled me too!

After the prayer, she coached me through bandaging her leg and then I said, goodnight.

The next day she called me. She had gone to the wound clinic for a scheduled dressing change and wound check. They unwound that bandage and exclaimed over her leg–it was healed!*

I had bandaged open wounds at 10:30 the night before; but sometime between 10:30 pm and the next morning God did what only He can do–what He does best–a Miracle!

Glory to God!!!

I had nothing in me, it was ALL HIM!  –but then, It always is!

Thank you, Jesus

All Glory be to God, AMEN!

*In reading this over, I realized that it may give the impression that the entire case of cellulitis was  gone. Please understand that the wounds were healed overnight, which is miraculous; but we patiently wait for the skin to be completely renewed. I am sorry if this misled anyone, that was not my intention. My friend reports that she has absolutely no pain!  – Praise God!

*Further updated: My friend now feels tickling on the bottoms of her feet;  formerly she had lost the ability to feel sensation there. – Thank you, Jesus!

His Healing Power

On July 25th, 2022, I posted the story of Peppi’s miraculous healing of cancer. This stage 4 cancer was his third round and it was in his brain, face, neck, shoulders and was going into his bones, but not anymore! To date, 4 CT scans and a PET scan are proof that God has given him a new life.

There is no longer cancer anywhere in his body!

Glory to God!!!

You may read about it in the post “Nothing is too Complicated for God.” At that time I had said that there were two others that I would write about at a later time. I had intended to, much sooner, but I have been totally focused on getting my next book finished. I am very happy to announce that the book is now written and edits are complete. It is now ready for the cover designer and then a sample will be ordered for approval. Almost there! I expect it to be out in early to mid December.

Patty has given me permission to share the goodness of God and of His unsurpassed Healing Power in her life with you.

I was shocked the day I heard that Patty had breast cancer again, for she was a survivor from many years ago. Eighteen years, she tells me. Who would have thought, after all that time, that she would be facing that vile disease once again. I am so proud of Patty, because she was prepared and she faced this giant with her hand firmly tucked in Jesus.’ Though she chose to do chemo, her faith was in God to see her through.

There was a time when that would have bothered me, as if giving a mixed message. Wavering, so to speak, but Keith Moore, of Moore Life Ministries said something one time that set me free. He said, “You don’t deny it’s there, you deny its right to stay.” “You use every tool you’ve been given.” That so helped me to see sickness and disease in perspective. Jesus took sickness and disease upon Himself that you not have to have it. Therefore you are healed. When you put your trust in Jesus, and receive what He did for you on the Cross, you are no longer a victim. You are victorious in Christ Jesus!

You are the healed–sickness and disease the trespasser!

You have God-given rights to demand it to leave!

“He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross [willingly offering Himself on it, as on an altar of sacrifice], so that we might die to sin [becoming immune from the penalty and power of sin] and live for righteousness; for by His wounds you [who believe] have been healed.” 1Peter 2:24 AMPB

So, each one of us must look into our tool belts to see how, and with what we must fight, when faced with the tough decisions in life. That is not the time to find you have an empty tool belt; for you can be taken under while you are out gathering what you need. If you are a Christian, you have been given everything you need to live victorious in this life. It is all written there for you in the Word, the Holy Bible. It is filled with promises and tools that are yours to keep, know and to wield, when the enemy would try his best to take you down; but it is up to you to dig them out, sharpen what you have and be prepared. Don’t wait until you need them. Find them, sharpen them every day, make use of them and be ready!

So, Patty asked for her Church to lay hands on her and pray. When her doctor spoke the c word to her–she took it immediately to God. During this prayer, she felt the Fire-of-God Anointing shoot through her breast and it is with this physical manifestation and the assurance of the Word, that she knew it was going to be alright.

This was her belief and confession and she stuck to it!

Halfway through treatments her platelets dropped dangerously low. A drug they were giving her, seemed to be attacking her adrenal and pituitary glands and she became very dizzy and was passing out. In this weakened state, she was hospitalized and was found to have Covid. They kept her there until the Covid was over its course. Sending her home, a steroid she had been on was greatly reduced, and after just a couple of days she became too weak to lift her head. An ambulance was called and thankfully they were there, for her heart stopped and they brought her back to life. She died again in the hospital, and was brought back to life and now suffered with three broken ribs from coding.

When Patty was finally able to be home and become strong enough to return to her doctor, he ran a PET (positron emission tomography) scan to determine how far the cancer had spread. It had been a month with no chemo at all and the last they had looked it was still in her breast; and had spread to the lymph nodes in her arm pit.

This scan however was different, for it showed that there was no longer any cancer anywhere!

Glory to God!!!

Patty is doing well and getting stronger every day. She still has some issues, caused from the drugs that she was given, but no cancer. There are side effects to medicine, but each must make their own decisions of the path they will take when faced with sickness and disease.

Be a support, not a condemning voice.

The other person is someone also very near and dear to me, but I forgot to ask specifically if I may say who she is, so I will leave it anonymous.

This person had cancer in the lower intestine/upper colon area and chose to have surgery. Her situation is a mystery because, post surgery, her surgeon visited her in her hospital room and gave her ‘the talk.’ He told her they got 50% of the cancer and that it was in the lymph nodes. They talked about the fact that she didn’t want to go the chemo route and he concluded that the cancer would then just take its course. Many people had been in prayer for her, as were for Patty. The next time she saw the surgeon, she asked him what she was to expect, as far as pain, and if it would likely go into her bones etc. His reply was puzzling, but great news . . .

“You don’t have any cancer, go and live your life!”

Glory to God!!!

We’re still not exactly sure what happened, but conclude all good things come from Him! Three different people took three entirely different paths, but all three put their trust in Him and all three are cancer free!

Again I shout–

Glory to God!

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He saved them from their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And rescued them from their destruction. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His wonderful acts to the children of men! And let them offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And speak of His deeds with shouts of joy!” Psalm 107:19-22 AMPB

You may read about Peppi’s full transformation testimony in my new book about to go to print. Peppi is a former prisoner, and it is an amazing testimony of God’s loving redemption. God stopped my writing, for He had Peppi on His heart, and He wanted him to be in this book! I had never met and had not even seen Peppi before, but God spoke to me to take my books to a coffee shop. He said He had someone He wanted me to give them to. Peppi’s, is the final testimony in the “His Voice in My Heart” series; a message appropriately titled, “Peppi’s New Life.”

All Glory Be to God, Amen!

Nothing is too Complicated for God

In my last post, “Nothing is too Insignificant for God,” I wrote about the seemingly insignificant things that are important to God, because they matter to us. The testimony in that post declares His unending love for us. Even that which would seem foolish to others matters to Him, if it matters to you.

You can trust Him with your heart!

Likewise there is no concern that you may have, that is too big for God to answer. From the tiniest need to the biggest fear and concern–He is there!

The following testimonies are, joyous, living proof of the goodness of God! They each received terrible news from their doctor. Each took a slightly different path, but each put their faith and trust in their Heavenly Father and the Healing power of Jesus Christ. I will write of just one testimony today, the other two will follow another day.

You can trust Him with your Body!

Please allow me to introduce you to Peppi. It is with his permission that I write his testimony and use his real name.

I was writing the third book in the “His Voice in My Heart” series last June, when the Lord stopped my writing. I blogged about it then, but at that time had not yet known the full purpose in His stopping me. At the time, I had been working toward a goal of publishing by Christmas of that year, 2021; when He spoke to me and said, “So, why don’t you think more toward spring.” “Ok, sure.” was my reply. I had thought He was just wanting me to slow my pace, and not work so hard. I was really enjoying the writing though, so I slowed down but kept dabbling at it. He then pulled the anointing. It was like trying to write in the dark without Him. No, not happening! What I didn’t know at that time was that He had someone that He was soon going to introduce me to and it would forever change this person’s life. His testimony has become a crowning Glory to the Lord, completing the book series, “His Voice in My Heart.” It declares the Lord’s Love, Compassion and Healing Power to all who will receive!

Glory to God!

I won’t go into the whole testimony here, you may read it when the book comes out. I won’t venture to say for sure, but again my hope is in time for Christmas; but I’ll just leave that up to the Lord!

Knowing that there will be many that don’t venture to read a book, I will tell you much of what happened. Spoiler alert for those of you that will read the book, but then it bears repeating . . . again and again and again!

One can never stop rejoicing in the goodness of our wonderful Savior!

So one day I was going to meet a friend for coffee and the Lord spoke to me and said, “Take your books with you; there is someone I want you to give them to.”

I obeyed without question, and went to meet my friend. She texted that she would be late, part of God’s plan I expect, and so I sat there looking around for the person He had in mind. My spirit had been drawn to a man that was sitting behind me but he had gotten up and left, so I looked around and finding no clues, asked the Lord, “So, who are they for?” Just then that same man came back in, and this time sat at a table to my right. “It’s him.” the Lord replied. and then, as if to make sure I didn’t miss it, He immediately repeated, “It’s him.”

I didn’t need courage, because the Lord was so clear, but asked the man if he liked to read. His responsive yes was all I needed. I jumped up and told him the Lord had asked me to bring him my books and then told him, “They are written for prisoners but please don’t take that personal, because they are for anyone.” “We all have things in our life we’re working on.” I said.

“No,” he replied. “I am one.” “Well, I’m out now, but I’ve been in prison in Chicago for years.”

He then seemed to want to talk, and told me of his life in prison. He spoke of cancer, an aneurysm, stroke and seizures in prison that he had overcome, without the help of the prison system. Then he proceeded to tell me that he now had cancer for the third time. When he said that, faith came out of me like a roar and I said, “Oh, NO, that’s got to go!” “Can I pray for you?” I took his hands and commanded that cancer to leave his body, in Jesus Name.

He received his healing right then and there, but it was January 21st that he texted me and said the doctor could hardly see any cancer on the scan. March 3rd, the doctor couldn’t see any cancer, and this past week it was confirmed with a pet scan. There is no cancer anywhere in his body!

Glory to God!!!

I found out later why the Lord had cut me off and I didn’t wait to hear where he had the cancer, but prayed. I may have been daunted by the report for he had cancer in his brain, face, neck, shoulders and it had started in his bones. I learned that day that the Lord is not daunted by any report!

It was his 3rd round of cancer and stage 4 but that’s not too big for God!

God is the healer, I am not. I was there to connect with him to God. Sometimes we need someone with us to bolster our faith and believe with us.
I explained to him that day that many don’t receive their healing because they don’t believe it until they see it. They keep praying and asking but never “receive” it. Some healings come instantly, but others take time. Faith is the “substance” of things “hoped” for and the “evidence” of things “not” seen.

I told Peppi, that he is healed right now!  “Expect to see it, but not be concerned about when.” “Praise and thank God daily for your healing.” “Write healing scriptures on sticky notes and put them where you will see them though-out the day.” “Read them out loud to get them in your ears and down into your heart.” I encouraged. “I’ll do it!” he replied with conviction and a sharp nod of his head.

He wasn’t disappointed!

I rejoice with you, Peppi, and thank you for allowing me to pray with you and for being a shining star to complete my book. You represent all that I write for and I hope that others will take courage from your testimony to trust the Lord with their heart, body and life.

I want every reader to know that no matter what you’re going through, no matter where you”ve been, you’re important to God!

Reader, He knows right where you are, and you are not alone–simply reach out to Him.

Peppi had met the Lord while in prison and was out now and studying to become a prison minister. He told me later that he had planned to go into the prison systems to minister when, suddenly, Covid hit. “Lord, how am I going to get into the prisons now?” he prayed. The Lord answered his prayer bigger than Peppi could imagine. He answered this dying man by healing his body, giving him a testimony of victory to share and now, with God’s help, Peppi’s testimony will be going into prisons all over the country via the next “His Voice in My Heart” book.

If the Lord hadn’t stopped me from finishing that book, June 6th, 2021, it would have already been to the publisher for editing by the time I met Peppi.

I had never met or even seen Peppi before. God introduced us, because He has a plan for Peppi’s life. He not only knows Peppi, but he knew he would be at the coffee shop that day, arranged to have my friend delayed, and sent me to pray with him. Peppi was not forgotten. He may have messed up in life, but God will use his testimony for His Glory!

You are not forgotten either . . . you have a future waiting to unfold.

God’s timing is perfect–listen to Him–He knows just what you need!

Peppi told me later that prior to all this he had been discouraged and had thought about going back to Chicago. He had trouble finding a place to live because no one wanted to rent to him, given his record. His sister, Lois, told him, “Peppi, if you come back to Chicago you will miss your blessing!”

Lois was right! Soon after, someone did take a chance and offered Peppi an apartment, 5 minutes away from his church. That was the stipulation Peppi had put in his prayer and God answered that prayer!

Peppi, you’re on your way–Your future is bright!

Thank you, God, for allowing me to be a part of his story.

I pray for God’s Blessing to be upon you, Peppi, all the days of your life and I know that God has already answered my prayer!

All Glory Be to God!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5

Nothing is too Insignificant for God

Yesterday, my daughter and I spent the entire day together. It is rare that we can carve time together and this time was one of the best! We went to Glen Arbor, our favorite summer getaway, had lunch and shopped in the village’s quaint little shops; topping this peaceful, sunny day off at the beach with a picnic. It was a tranquil day that was healing to my heart, and that’s right where I’ll keep it!

The Lord gave my daughter something else to remember from that day. A glimpse at how much He cares for us, by an answer to prayer that only He could do!

As we enjoyed our picnic, in a sheltered space that was surrounded with beach shrubbery and hidden from people, a sudden little gust of wind took our grocery bag away. It was held down with a heavy object but this didn’t seem to bother the wind as it quickly snatched it from us. Before we could get up and down to the water, it was already out way too deep and steadily heading out in spite of the waves heading in. It bothered me that we had just littered, but there was no way to reach it as we watched it, amazingly, continue to stay afloat. I was troubled that my receipt went with it, thinking that my name was probably on it. It troubled me so much that I prayed and asked the Lord to bring it back, and then commanded it to come back to me, in Jesus Name! By now 20 minutes or more had gone by and we had walked up and down the beach, continuing to marvel that we could still see the bag bobbing on the waves; as far out as our eyes could see.

I was standing on the edge of the water when I looked down, just as a receipt arrived from the water and met my toes.

You know, my name wasn’t on that receipt after all, but everything I had bought was. It was my receipt, and it spoke volumes to my daughter about answered prayer. About our wonderful Lord, who loves us so much that He cares about the little, seemingly, insignificant things–significant enough to bother us.

That’s our King!

His Name is Jesus!

“Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.” I Peter 5:7

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14

Assigned to Love

You will receive more and more blessing in your life as you, simultaneously, lead and follow with My directives.

You are following Me . . .You are following others–as they follow Me. In this you lead others and they, in turn, do the same.

It is My plan that no one be an island unto themself.

Others are watching–and they should be; in you, they learn of Me. For you know many that don’t know Me. Many would be lost, had they not known you; but you’ve opened their eyes to the Truth–you’ve shown them the Way.

I AM–follow–to lead.

Do you notice, more and more, those attempting to irritate you?

I led you to them–do not run–lead!

I lead you to the ones that need Me the most. . .

Show them, I AM, the Way. . .

Learn to be–their friend!

It’s your assignment.

I AM!

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. there is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” Ephesians 4:1-7

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2

“Show yourselves in all respects a model of good deeds, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech that cannot be censured, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us.” Titus 2:7-8

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word; but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.” II Corinthians 2:14-17

“Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere love of the brethren, love one another earnestly from the heart.” I Peter 1:22

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

Be Waiting–Ready!

There is a Day of Reckoning coming on the Body of Christ. . .This is not judgement, for judgement was–to begin.

No, rather, this is a reckoning for idle words they have spoken–thoughts they’ve kept within–thoughts of evil and not good; even, thoughts they didn’t know was sin.*

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God , and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” II Corinthians 10:3-6 KJV

For, you see, you are accountable for your intent and actions; you are accountable for your sin–accountable for within.

Yes, there is Mercy.

Yes, there is Grace.

Yes, there is Forgiveness.

–but this is not ‘license’ to sin.

For, any, can say they are saved but transformation must take place–to change the heart within.

My Blood is sufficient, yes, but that is where you begin!

Read!

Cleanse your mind and heart–by the transforming power of My Word!

“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

Daily:  Read. . . Pray. . . Act. . .

Meditate–to cleanse the heart within.

“Therefore gird up your minds, be sober, set your hope fully upon the grace that is coming to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; since it is written, ‘You shall be holy for I am holy.'” I Peter 1:13-16

I AM coming for a Bride, cleansed, prepared–READY!

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:25-27

Would you be unprepared for your Wedding Day?

Cleanse the heart inside!

So, My Reckoning, is for those who do not wait for that hour late. . .

Who live as though it will not be–and yet, ‘declare’ they belong to Me. (Ephesins 4:17-24)

“–God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are his,’ and, ‘Let every one who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.'” II Timothy 2:19

“Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same thought, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer by human passions but by the will of God.” I Peter 4:1-2

“Beside this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light–” Romans 13:11-12

I AM!

Do not be one that is caught unaware–that is not My Bride to Be–

Be Ready!

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17

“Therefore, be on the alert–for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, at cockcrowing, or in the morning–lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!'” Mark 13″35-37 NAS

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalms 1:1-3

*One might wonder, “How could it be sin if you didn’t know it to be?” Ever have a negative thought about someone or something they did? It may have seemed an innocent thought but God calls it judgement. You are responsible for guarding your mind. If this message seems harsh, read it again. It is His Love that warns all who call themselves, Christians, but make no attempt to leave carnality. He is coming for His Bride–‘prepare’ to be ready! (Note added to amplify).

This WILL Be Forever

Yes, there is a crimson Note, written in Blood–written for your life.

It is written on your heart.

“-and you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” II Corinthians 3:3

A new start for all who will receive!

Once received it is yours to keep, for now–for ALWAYS.

For the Blood does not return to Me–I never take it back.

“He entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.” Hebrews 9:12

You see, you never did anything to earn Me, just received as you believed. Therefore, you’ll never lose Me–I’ll never turn away; our relationship may wane–if sin is to blame, repent–renew again, time spent with Me.

Cast away the sin that so easily besets you–

Again, follow Me.

“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16

I AM not fickle–as the world. I don’t love you one moment, tire of you or belittle you the next. I AM Rock-solid, joined for life!

A union.

United by My Blood, written in a Love Letter for all to see–The Bible.

The New Testament, written to all who believe–all that will receive–it is, My WILL, that you receive–

to My Bride!

“-Christ has obtained a ministry which is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion for a second.” Hebrews 8:6-7

“Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred which redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant. For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive.” Hebrews 9:15-17

“For Christ has entered, not into a sanctuary made with hands, a copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the Holy Place yearly with blood not his own; for then he would have to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:24-28

“Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” II Corinthians 5:17-21

“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21

In the Still of the Night

A drop of water falls on a still pool and leaves rings. Some would call them ripples, as the action affects the water in the immediate surrounding of the drop. One drop can create quite a stir–an impact.

Why?

Because it broke the silence–interrupted the solitude–one tiny drop.

I came–a tiny babe in the quiet of the night.

Most would not see the ‘ripple’ effect.

Most would not believe.

“Why would the Messiah come to shepherds?” “How could this be a King?” They argued amongst their neighbors and families–they argued about Me.

Nothing has changed. . .

There are still those who are unaware–still those who don’t believe. Still those arguing about when I’ll come again–for it’s been a long time, you see.

I did what I said–I came!

I’m coming again, but this time ALL will see. There’s no room for arguments–

I AM!

BELIEVE!

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David, and over his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and for evermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” Isaiah 9:6-7

“With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord! Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.” Psalms 98:6-9

“For as the lightening comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man.” Matthew 24:27

“–and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory; and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:30b-31

“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” I Thessalonians 4:16-18

“–Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, every one who pierced him; and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:4-8

“He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come Lord Jesus!” Revelation 22:20

 

Turn on the Light Please

There’s darkness all around–deep darkness. Yet, many do not notice, cannot discern, the cause or purpose that this might be.

“But the wicked walk in thick darkness, like those who travel in fog, and yet don’t have a clue why they keep stumbling!” Proverbs 4:19 TPT

What reason?

The gross magnitude of sin threatens to consume. Brave is the one praying in the dark–the cold, the night.

Turn on the light!

What is the purpose?

Time is running short–for all will see the Glory.

The purpose of the enemy is to push back the Light, but he has no righteousness in him. Therefore, he has no power to perform. He creates an illusion; for if he can persuade you to accept a lie, you hand him power. For it is Light–Truth that overcomes darkness, all else is a lie.

Do not hide the Truth–I AM!

Shine!

“Do not detour into darkness or even set foot on that path. Stay away from it; don’t even go there! For troublemakers are restless if they are not involved in evil. They are not satisfied until they have brought someone harm. They feed on darkness and drink until they’re drunk on the wine of wickedness. But the lovers of God walk on the highway of light, and their way shines brighter and brighter until they bring forth the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:14-18 TPT

“For God, who said, “Let brilliant light shine out of darkness,” is the one who has cascaded his light into us–the brilliant dawning light of the glorious knowledge of God as we gaze into the face of Jesus Christ. We are like common clay jars that carry this glorious treasure within, so that the extraordinary overflow of power will be seen as God’s, not ours.” II Corinthians 4:6-7 TPT

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” Isaiah 60:1-3

“Light rises in the darkness for the upright; the Lord is gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered for ever. He is not afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.” Psalms 112:4-7

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” II Corinthians 3:17-18

Cutting Edge or Cutting a Hedge?

Some are following like scissors–you are closed, you are open, closed, then open; but moving forward in this way only cuts ‘your’ path, it is not following Mine.

To follow ‘like scissors,’ it is your hand that controls, your mind that plans, and I AM not in the project.

Shake the scissors off–set them down.

You don’t need to ‘cut’ a path, for that is forging through–it is toil and I AM not in it.

Lay it down–follow Me.

Be ‘open’ to My plan for your life. . .

I will give you a Key, it doesn’t include strife!

Follow Love, for I AM–

follow Me!

“Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17

“The plans of the mind belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. Every one who is arrogant is an abomination to the Lord, be assured, he will not go unpunished. By loyalty and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil. When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:1-7


I invite you to participate in sending the Lord’s Compassion to inmates in prisons, jails and rehabs nationwide. Please consider joining this ministry to place “Comfort in the Challenge,” “His Voice in My Heart” and, “His Voice in My Heart, the Journey” in the hands of those hidden from society, but not hidden from God. These books are filled with messages from the Heart of God. Messages of love, hope, healing and freedom; as well as many amazing true testimonies of the miraculous power and love of God. This author is not taking anything from the first three published books. All donations will be invested in books to help those struggling to find new life. We offer hope and the Good News of, truly, a new life in Christ!

Proceeds from purchases of “Comfort in the Challenge” will be sent to “Canaanland Ministries” of Autaugaville, Alabama. You may read about their wonderful restoration ministry by visiting their website at: https://www.canaanland.com.

Thank you, for prayerfully considering partnering with us to touch the hearts of this hurting nation! All donations are tax deductible. To donate, go to: https://www.nationofwomen.com/contributions. Scroll down to the “Books for Inmates” image (hands clasped through prison bars). Click on the donate button and type “prison books” in the comment section when it takes you to the fill-in page.

Checks may be made out to “Nation of Women Ministries, 619 Roberts Cut Off Rd., River Oaks, TX  76114. Write “For Prison Books”, on the check. Donations will be handled by the publisher, Cindy Neathery, of Nation of Women Publishing, Fort Worth, TX, for printing and shipping books.

To order books, go to: https://www.nationofwomenpublishing.com/authors Scroll down to Lori J. O’Neil.

Again, thank you and God Bless you!

“‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'” Matthew 25:37-40