Tag Archive | love

Where You Choose to Dwell

Rest in My Love–it is there for you always–even when you don’t feel it. If you will trust, in these times of uncertainty, you will surely find My Presence; for I AM here.

A cleansing must come to the Body of Christ–My Body.

The impurities of the world would cling to you. Continue to be washed in My Word, dwell in it!

Do you see?

You don’t walk through the Word–you dwell in it.

You walk through the world, but you don’t dwell in it.

Those who get the two mixed up, stumble–

should you stumble, become aware–assess your situation . . .

“He who loves his brother abides in the light, and in it there is no cause for stumbling. But he who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” I John 2:10-11

Where are you walking, and where do you dwell?

It is a decision you make, for the path that you take.

It is a decision you make, to veer.

You decide!

Come–ABIDE

“–for once you were darkness, but now you are light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord” Ephesians 5:8-10

“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

“And this is love, that we follow his commandments; this is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you follow love. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, men who will not acknowledge the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh; such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Look to yourselves, that you may not lose what you have worked for, but may win a full reward. Any one who goes ahead and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God; he who abides in the doctrine has both the Father and the Son. If any one comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into the house or give him any greeting; for he who greets him shares his wicked work.” II John 6-11

“No one who denies the Son has the Father also. Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he has promised us, eternal life.

“Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance, who exult in thy name all the day, and extol thy righteousness.” Psalms 89:15-16

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

A Lifetime of Devotion

It is interesting to me that on this commemorative day, June 19th, a most important day of freedom, my parents chose to renounce their independence–committing their lives to each other.

I am thankful for both!

Thankful, the slaves were finally freed from an atrocity that should never have been. Thankful, that my parents made a commitment that has lasted a lifetime!

I honor both celebrations this day, in much thankfulness to God!

My latest book, “His Voice in My Heart the Journey,” is dedicated to my parents, Tom and Grace Bloxsom. In this dedication, I wrote that they are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this year. I was mistaken–should have done the math! This year my parents are actually celebrating their 72nd year of commitment and devotion to each other. A rare feat these days! I commend them and give thanks to God for giving them this strong foundation of tenacity and love for each other.

My dad, drew strength from strong, deep roots. His parents, Ottie and Addie Bloxsom (yes those are their real names and not nicknames or shortened) maintained the same devotion and commitment to each other until death. These same roots carried into a lifetime family business.

My brother, along with my cousin’s son are still maintaining Bloxsom Roofing Company; a business my grandfather started with his four sons back in 1925. My dad was just 12 years old when he began his lifetime career in roofing. Two of my brothers, cousins, and a second cousin all committed their life’s work to this company as well. It is a company built on a strong foundation of honesty, integrity, and hard work . . .

In just four years, Bloxsom Roofing, will be 100 years old!

Still going strong. Still based on integrity, honesty and hard work. I honor my grandfather, grandmother, dad and mom, who’ve lived a lifetime of strong values.

I honor my brothers and cousins (male and female) who worked hard, and continue to carry the baton–long after my grandfather, uncles passed and my dad retired.

I honor the Lord, their True Foundation, Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone.

Thank you, Mom and Dad! May you live out the remainder of your life in peace and contentment. May you find joy and blessing in every day!

Happy 72nd Anniversary!

I love you forever


A fellow blogger, Mr. Teague McKamey, author of the blog “A Voice of One,” has recently posted a review of two of my books, “Comfort in the Challenge” and “His Voice in My Heart.” He has been a follower of my blog for several years and one of the rare few that I follow as well. There are many, many good blogs out there, but I rarely follow; simply because I don’t have the time to spare. However, I was intrigued with the multi-faceted talents of Teague McKamey.

What I have learned over the years is that, not only is he a family man, enjoying a wife and two children, but he is a songwriter, singer, and guitar player; a Bible teacher, preacher, poet, and published author. He is active in his church and maintains a blog; displaying a myriad of thought-provoking subjects, contemplation of ideas, thoughts and inspiration. Yet, if that isn’t enough, I just learned through Teague’s review that he is a Social Worker by trade. I expect that I cannot do justice to this man’s inquiring mind, so why don’t you inquire for yourself and get to know him. Click the link below to read the full review, and while you’re there–take a look around!

https://thevoiceofone.org/2021/04/29/his-voice-in-my-heart/

Thank you, Teague, for your thoughtful and wonderful review of my books. In it, you have written my heart, greatly honored the Lord; and you witness in your spirit, the Holy Spirit, confirming that this work is truly not from me but from Him! I so appreciate how well you understand that, and how beautifully you have expressed it to the world.

Several other readers have provided heart-felt, encouraging reviews of my books. You may read them posted on my publisher’s website by clicking the (Home) link below and searching out each book under shop or author. Thank you, everyone, that has taken the time to read my books and express your experience of them. It is helpful to those interested in purchasing and a great blessing to me! In taking the time to review, you are honoring the Lord and giving support to His work. May the Lord bless you, abundantly, in return–ALL Glory be to God!

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Many thanks to you all ❤

Lori J. (Bloxsom) O’Neil

Daily Bread

Listen

So many do not listen . . .

  • within
  • to others
  • to Me

I AM searching for those who choose to listen–really listen.

Accept who you are and move on to others; for when you accept yourself, you have time for another, and another, and again . . . another.

You are not busy speaking of yourself, to affirm yourself through another. You are, rather, listening to them–affirming them.

I need you to do that–will you listen?

As you take on the active role of a listener, I AM revealing to you their need. Not to expose them, but to reveal the needed seed.

  • Food for the multitudes.
  • Bread for the eater.

For they are hungry–meet the need . . . plant a seed.

You are not required to meet their every need, not even many. Just plant a seed. You will know them, for they will be hungry!

Give them fresh bread.

Meet the need.

“Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11

“‘Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan, I will now arise,’ says the Lord; ‘I will place him in the safety for which he longs.’ The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure, silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.” Psalms 12:5-6

“The end of all things is at hand; therefore keep sane and sober for your prayers. Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins. Practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another. as each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace; whoever speaks, as one who utters oracles of God; whoever renders service, as one who renders it by the strength which God supplies; in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” I Peter 4:7-11

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature. For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these things are yours and abound, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” II Peter 1:3-11

“Do thou, O Lord, protect us, guard us ever from this generation. On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the sons of men.” Psalms 12:7-8

“The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know thy name put their trust in thee, for thou, O Lord, hast not forsaken those who seek thee.” Psalms 9:9-10

 

Rooted in the Cross

Prepare your heart to receive the depth of the Cross.

It is not to be taken lightly, that terrible event–the affects of which man shall never know in this generation–yet, its root remains in thee.

You see, that is the core of Christianity.

One calls themself a Christ follower; yet, that cannot be without receiving the depth of the Cross–it is the core of Me. I came to die–to extend My Life to you.

It was the plan to restore.

“You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was destined before the foundation of the world but was made manifest at the end of times for your sake. Through him you have confidence in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.” I Peter 1:18-21

I had not sinned, yet I took your sin upon Me.

I cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” (Mark 15:34)

We had never been separate before. But your sin turned Him away from Me–your sin closed the door.

My Father cannot remain with sin in His Presence.

When I took your sin upon Me, He had to turn away.

You are innocent, you are holy–the Breath of God in you!

“–then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7

But, the day you choose to sin, you turn your back on Him.

The plan is in place–it all happened at the Cross. The great exchange–I suffered for your loss.

“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 you can remain–as if you’d never sinned.

All you need do–repent, and ask Me in.

That is the start–ask Me into your heart. But there is so much more, once you open that door!

Don’t stay at the Cross, but take time to learn of it–let its root run deep into the core of you!

For at the Cross I paid the price–the Perfect Sacrifice.

Your foundation is the Cross–you need not suffer loss. Learn what that means–let those roots run deep!

The grave, it could not hold Me–I left, that you not stay!

Simply walk away.

Walk away from sin and shame. Walk away from blame. Leave your past at the grave–

My roots remain in thee!

I was lifted up at the Cross, for all the world to see. Now, lift up your devotion to Me!

My Father says, “Welcome Home!”

From the Cross–Walk Free!

“–and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” Luke 24:46-47

Kick Off Your Shoes

There is one condition for you to enter My Kingdom–

that you receive My Blood.

That may seem harsh, but I died a bitter death that you may be made alive, with Me, once again.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace which he lavished upon us.” Ephesians 1:7-8

Do you understand that you are dead in your sin? I once was dead but I AM alive again, that you may enter in . . .

The path is through the Blood.

Every baby is born through a pathway of blood.

Then . . .

Washed, cleansed, and comforted.

You may be born again, through the pathway of Blood–

Mine.

Then washed–

Made clean by the Word.

“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

And comforted–

Receive the Holy Spirit . . .

He is your Comforter and Friend.

“If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:15-17

Will you enter in?

Repent of your sins and leave them behind–

as if, taking off your shoes.

You will be standing on holy ground . . .  leave them behind–

There is no remorse or lack in My Kingdom.

But, these things are learned . . .

As you grow to discern, for the first washing is only the beginning. Without roots in good soil, you’ll find you’ll always toil, and that is not Kingdom work!

Enter in, that you may grow . . .

Enter in, that you may know . . . the Kingdom Rules–

For this Kingdom, RULES!

“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word,’You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” Galatians 5:13-14

Don’t be left standing at the door . . .

Kick off your shoes–take the first step!

The Cross is the Family Tree.

Come, be ALIVE in Me!

“He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be pre-eminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” Colossians 1:18-20

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will thwart.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.” I Corinthians 1:18-21

“But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God–not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:4-10

“But what does it say? The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach); because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips, and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and bestows his riches upon all who call upon him. For, ‘every one who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.'” Romans 10:8-13


I invite you to scroll down to the message, “Books for Inmates,” to learn how you may 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 soon to print, “His Voice in My Heart, Vol II” 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!

Thank you, for prayerfully considering partnering with us to touch the hearts’ of this hurting nation! All donations are tax deductible. Scroll down to or visit the page “Books for Inmates” for more information. Again, thank you!

Reflection Direction, add Salt

There’s fire that burns within–

This is a new chapter in your life, and yet there is much of the old that carries through–as seasoned wine–it is wisdom learned. So, embrace the new but weigh the old, all are good to prepare you for what’s ahead.

You will flourish if you look to Me for guidance, and keep a check on your heart; it tends to wane if there is not fresh activity, but rest is necessary. Take time to be calm and replenish–stay in peace.

This season can be volatile, especially, if you focus on the events taking place in the world. It is important to be informed, but what are you feeding on? Will it bring life or speak death to your spirit?

Balance is imperative

My Word is your plumb-line.

Connect with those of like-faith, but do not neglect to be among those you don’t agree with. You are a light for them to see–in you, they see Me.

Be You!

Be genuine and leave their hearts to Me. It is not for you to change and rearrange–that is My place–I AM the One they must face.

“As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions.” Romans 14:1

“Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:7

So, you want to be about My business . . .

Begin by asking yourself this question . . . When they see you, do they see Me?

Who are they? —Everyone you see–they’re looking back at Me. I dwell within

Show them I AM!

“Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.” Colossians 4:5-6

“So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ.” Romans 10:17

“Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. 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 4:29-5:1-2

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13


I invite you to scroll down to the message, “Books for Inmates,” to learn how you too may 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 soon to print, “His Voice in My Heart, Vol II” 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 money 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!

Thank you, for prayerfully considering partnering with us to touch the hearts’ of this hurting nation! All donations are tax deductible. Scroll down to “Books for Inmates” for more information. Again, thank 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

Books for Inmates

The Gift of Compassion

The Gift of Love

Your generous donation provides vital books to inmates in jails, prisons and rehab centers nationwide! All donations are tax deductible and will be used for printing and shipping thousands of books; offering hope, healing, and comfort to a nation of people hidden from society but not hidden from God!

Thank you for being a part of this life-giving ministry outreach. In partnering with us in this mission, you are partnering with Jesus and helping to set the captives free!

The Gift of Comfort

To Donate go to: http://www.nationofwomen.com/contributions. Scroll down to the ‘Books for Inmates’ image as shown above. Click on the donate button and type ‘prison books’ in the comment section, when it takes you to the fill-in page.

Please give confidently and with a joyful heart. This author is not taking anything from the proceeds of her first three published books. Please make checks out to Nation of Women Ministries, 619 Roberts Cut Off Rd., River Oaks, Tx 76114, and write ‘For Prison Books’ on the check.

Donations will be handled by the publisher, Cindy Neathery, of Nation of Women Publishing, Fort Worth, Texas, for printing and shipping books. Thank You!

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

For further verification, you may visit Prison Book Project of Titusville, Florida. There, Joyce and Ray Hall will be glad to answer any questions or concerns you may have. You might consider partnering with their ministry! Thank you so much and may God Bless you!

To visit Prison Book Project go to: http://www.prisonbookproject.org


“Lori O’Neil’s latest book, His Voice in My Heart, is so well written and truly penned with God in her heart. Her Testimonials are especially significant to me along with all the love she conveys in every word, sentence, and book she has written. Lori is an amazing writer and I look forward to book four. Thank you, Lori, for this gift!”

Barb Z.

All proceeds, from ‘Comfort in the Challenge’ books ordered, will be sent to Canaanland Ministries of Autaugaville, Alabama. An amazing ministry with a 40 year history of restoring men from a life lost to addiction, to a new life in Christ. Please consider a tax deductible donation directly to Canaanland Ministries as well, by visiting https://www.canaanland.com. Your generous contribution will be helping them to fulfill the vision the Lord has placed on their heart–a Canaanland in every state!

All contributions and proceeds from orders of ‘His Voice in My Heart’ and, soon to print, ‘His Voice in My Heart Volume II,’ will be invested in books placed in inmates hands. Thank you for opening your heart to this ministry and its mission!

“‘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


Bill’s Unshakable Hope

The world lost a great man today and if you have not met him, I am sorry for your loss. I have only known him for a short time, but very few people have affected me more.

He is the author of the blog, Unshakable Hope, here on WordPress, and you may find his many years of messages at http://www.unshakablehope.com

Bill Sweeney, suffered for over 24 years with ALS; a terrible disease that slowly takes a life away, but keeps the person trapped in a body they can’t use as it progresses. You may read about the disease elsewhere, but what I want you to read here is about the man inside. He is the one that couldn’t speak to you, but spoke to thousands from his computer. He maintained his own blog through modern technology; a computer program that would type each letter that his retina rested on. That in itself is a miraculous discovery. I Praise the Lord for the insight for this that He gave, and am thankful for the person that developed it– truly an amazing gift to the world–as is Bill!

I can’t imagine how painstakingly and tediously long it must have taken to type out a post, one focused letter at a time, but Bill never took pause or shortcut. His ministry to the world brought compassion, insight, love, respect, humor and most of all tremendous encouragement! He was a friend to all, and thousands were refreshed by his timely messages. It was a ministry of love that took him to the Throne of God, and then out to the world and back again. It took him out of a body that wouldn’t respond, to a Body that responded–the Body of Christ.

The old adage of “behind every good man is a good woman,” may not be politically correct anymore, but it certainly is correct for Bill. He would not have been able to do all that he has done without the loving support, strength and tenacity of his wonderful wife, Mary. My heart goes out to this sweet woman, a valiant fighter, a strong woman of God. My heart cries out for the years ahead, as Mary carves this new path. I have lived it, am living it, and I so wish I could spare her this!

Mary, Lauren and Leah, may God’s peace and comfort surround you now. May you be comforted, always, with the knowledge that Bill stands before the Throne of God, in worship. He is singing!!!

May you all find strength for the days and years to come. May you be surrounded with love!

Thank you for sharing your husband, dad, with the world and your extended family of God. He truly is a gift to us all

With much love and prayers, Lori J. O’Neil

Planting His Garden

I had a special visit in the night from a reader in Nigeria, to a post that was published in 2013. The title of the post is “Unending Harvest.” Not remembering what it was about, I decided to pay a visit myself. The post is so perfect for “Giving Tuesday” that I decided to re-post it today. “Unending Harvest” speaks God’s heart of what “Giving Tuesday” is all about.

Ironically, last night I said to my son,

“Who started this “Giving Tuesday” thing that everyone joins in on?”

It is like I was led again to that post in answer to my question. . . God started “Giving Tuesday” (long before man made it a day) and Giving Sunday and Monday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday and Saturday and well, you know.

It is wonderful that everyone rallies on a special day to give, but I join God’s heart in the matter–every day it is special to give.

Every day is a gift that’s been given to you–a gift to be shared.

This “Giving Tuesday,” is the perfect time to thank those that have given funds to help us place “Comfort in the Challenge” and “His Voice in My Heart” books in prisons, jails and rehabs all over the country–Thank you, God Bless you!

Linking arms with you has been a wonderful blessing!

I am so thankful, and delighted to report that ‘together’ we will be “planting” 3,310 books. I believe the harvest is unending that will come from these books; as God’s Messages speak to hurting hearts–bringing hope, healing and freedom to a nation hidden from society, but not hidden from the Lord.

“‘Now I will arise,’ says the Lord, ‘now I will lift myself up; now I will be exalted.” Isaiah 33:10

There is still time to give. The order has not been placed yet and after it has, the publisher will hold all donations for the next book “His Voice in My Heart, Vol II.” It has been written, now being edited and scheduled to be published and placed in the spring. Thank you, to all who link arms in planting the Lord’s Garden–It is colorful, it is beautiful, it is Love!

Unending Harvest (previously published December 11, 2013)

Do you know that My Garden produces year-round?

And I invite all to come and plant in it. When My Body joins together to tend, My Garden, there is never any lack for harvest.

Blessing flows–continuous abundance!

Plant seeds every day, not vicariously but purposefully, joyfully–given at every opportunity. Give of your time, money, talents, a kind word, a helping hand and more.

Plant every variety of seed you can think of, for I love a colorful garden.

Plant with joy,

for I love a cheerful giver–it brings Me great joy and the joy of the Lord is ‘your’ strength!

‘Prepare’–to–‘receive’

“I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging bread. He is ever giving liberally and lending, and his children become a blessing.” Psalms 37:25-26

“From the fruit of his words a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.” Proverbs 12:14

“I know, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness; in the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen thy people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to thee. O Lord the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep for ever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of thy people, and direct their hearts toward thee.” I Chronicles 29:17-18

“The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.

As it is written, ‘He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever.’

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” II Corinthians 9:6-10

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:3-4

“In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.” Ecclesiastes 11:6

Below are links to order books for yourself or donate to send books.

A project that is bigger than we know, and has only just begun. Thank you for your generosity. Your donation is tax deductible, and will be used entirely for books sent.

Book Order Link: https://www.nationofwomenpublishing.com

Prison Book Donation Link: https://www.nationofwomen.com

*Donate at the butterfly link. Please designate in the comment section that your donation is for the prison books. Thank you!

*You may also visit the Prison Book Project, contact, for further verification of this project, by clicking the link below.

Prison Book Project Link: https://prisonbookproject.org

Canaanland Ministries Link: https://www.canaanland.com

*All proceeds for “Comfort in the Challenge” books purchased, that are not for the book project, will go directly to Canaanland Ministries of Autaugaville, Alabama. Thank you for supporting this vital ministry!

Contact: wordscroll@gmail.com

Do not hold back from supporting ministries that are preaching the gospel around the world. They serve the Lord and are reaching places you may never see. When you support the preaching of the Gospel, you support the Lord’s work and hasten our coming Lord, King Jesus

Human nature tends to shoot their best supporting foot, just because it steps a little different than the other. May we all take on the ‘nature’ of God and receive His peace and understanding for one another!

Thank you for sharing this and for your generous donations, in partnership, to reach the world!

Lori J. O’Neil