A Whisper For The Heart……

As I contemplated life and the multitude of relationships that God puts in the paths of myself and those that I know and love and how we act and react as conflict arises in those relationships, I realized that most of us tend to want to remove ourselves from conflict or anything that might lead to it.  As I prayed for God to help me learn how to face and resolve conflict in my life He whispered wisdom to my heart…..

Conflict is a part of life…..

How we approach the path to the resolution of it and how we walk out our part of the responsibility to do that work reveals what we believe about God, about His word, about others and ultimately about ourselves……

Our Fears, our Ego and our Pride tempt us to become defensive, to shut down emotionally, to walk away or even sometimes to act as if we do not care about the person or persons we are in conflict or potential conflict with.

God asks us to Love one another and to Love ourselves, to forgive one another and to forgive ourselves.  When we do what He asks us to it gives Him the opportunity to do what He does best, to transform our minds and our hearts and the minds and hearts of those we are in conflict with to become more like Him……

Our choice to give and to forgive in the spirit of humility, love, kindness and compassion in the midst of conflict ultimately brings Resolution and Peace to our relationship with others, with God, and with ourselves…..

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A Whisper For The Heart….

Most situations and circumstances in Life

Are not about what what they appear to be about….

The Purpose of Life is not about

what we sometimes think we would like it to be about

or believe it should be about……

In the Bigger Picture of the unveiling of the reason we exist…

Most of us eventually come to the end of ourselves

and our own understanding and realize…..

We don’t really want what we thought we wanted at all…..

We come to realize that Life is not about the purpose

of the pursuit of pleasure and pleasing ourselves….

No, We were born for a Purpose Greater and Grander and more Gratifying than that….

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,

who have been called according to His purpose ~~ Romans 8:28

Life is not about what we want and sooner or later we will realize that we don’t want that anyway….Max Romines version 6/18/10

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A Whisper For The Heart…..

Be Prepared for the Waves of Life to Rise and Fall…..

Expect them….Face them….Embrace them…..

In the long run it never works to run away from them…….

In Every Wave of Joy And In Every Wave of Adversity

Raise Your hand to Heaven for God Is With You….

You are His Child and He Loves You……


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A Whisper for Your Heart Today…..

Mathew 7:13-14

Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Oh Father, You are Faithful indeed.  We ask and you answer, whether in prayer or in our thoughts all of us at some point in time wind up acknowledging You and crying out to You for Your help.  Sometimes we voice our words to You in Prayers and sometimes  we cry out from our hearts without words.  Because You are our Loving Father who Created us and You Love each of us with an everlasting and unconditional Love, You hear our voices and You answer us. You are Sovereign and Righteous and Just.  Thank You Lord.

We don’t always see and acknowledge nor comprehend or understand Your hand at work in our lives. Perhaps we don’t see You  answering our prayers and we don’t always acknowledge Your Power and Presence in taking care of us and those that we know and love because we don’t take the time to be still enough to remember yesterday and the cries of our hearts and the voice of our prayers from the past and so we don’t remember or acknowledge or see or connect how You have worked in our lives answering prayers of yesterday and integrating them with today,  for we are on to this day and the next and crying out to You to answer us again.

Forgive us Lord, we acknowledge that the answers to our prayers are not always answered in ways that are magical and mystical and instantaneous or even through some formula that guarantees success.  No, Your ways are not our ways and it is when we enter into Your Presence and seek Your Wisdom and Your Purposes and Your Will for our lives that the gate that enters into life is no longer overshadowed with fear and doubt and it is then that the narrow gate that has challenged us for so long is used as the tool that helps us connect yesterday with today and see Your hand at work.  It is then that Faith begins to be birthed and is increased and we are encouraged to forge ahead through the gate that You have prepared for us.  A mustard seed of Faith is all it takes according to Your Holy Word.  Thank You Lord for Your Patience with us and Your unique ways of answering our prayers to You.

We ask for patience and You give us difficulty.  We ask for more discipline for our lives and you put tasks and assignments in front of us that require order and sacrifice.  We ask for loving relationships and you challenge us and provide opportunities for us to give of ourselves to others in ways that stretch us beyond our human capabilities…..We are Your Precious Children.  You are Faithful to complete the work that You have begun in us.  We give our hearts and minds and souls to You, Have Your way in us, we want life in You.  We will do what it takes to enter in……amen

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It is Memorial Day and it is the final day of the Forty Days that I committed unto the Lord to intercede in the Power of His Holy Spirit and record those Prayers on this blog.  I began this spiritual discipline not really knowing why or what the purpose of it was and didn’t even think about the fact that I started it on the 22nd day of the month until after I began.  The 22nd day of the month will always be significant to me in some way because it is the day of the month that my husband Steve passed away 5 1/2 years ago.

This morning I realized that I started this journey on the 22nd of the month and am finishing it on Memorial day.  How interesting, I thought to myself, I am certain that the Lord put this project on my heart with these dates in mind in order for me to connect a Spiritual application in my heart and mind and soul.  There are no coincidences for God is in control of everything.  He is always at work in our lives transforming us and shaping us and molding us according to His Plans….I am quite certain He is well pleased with us when we inquire of Him of what it is He is up to….We know that All thing work together for His plans and purposes and that His Plans for us are Good.

God’s Word teaches us so much …. Persecution…Sacrifice…….Death……Resurrection…… NEW LIFE…..I am so thankful for His sacrificial Love for us….the gift of His one and only Son.

On this Memorial Day I am reminded of all who gave of themselves to serve our Country in the Armed Forces, of those who lost their lives in their selfless acts of protecting our Country and of all of those who are mourning the loss of loved ones who are no longer with us here on earth, whether they were a part of the Armed Forces or not.  As I think of the reality of the pain of loss and the heart of sacrifice that those in the Armed Forces and others have died for I wind up thinking of Jesus Christ.  I think of  His sacrifice and obedience of carrying out the Will of His Father.  I think of the New Life that I have because of that.   As I rest in that thought, a lump rises up in my throat and I am humbled greatly at the gift we have been given through Jesus Christ.  The same lump that always rises up in my heart along with the tears that slip down my cheek when I stand at attention with my hand on my heart and sing the National Anthem to honor those who gave their lives for our freedom rises up in me as I think of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ…..

I am so thankful for those that live their lives to give of themselves in ways beyond their understanding or human abilities.  I am so thankful for Jesus Christ.  For, it is the Heart of Jesus Christ that lives in us that gives us the ability to sacrifice our lives for the lives of others and it His heart is us that draws us through the Power of the Holy Spirit to live a life that Honors and Glorifies God and not just ourselves.

Lord, it is our final day of forty days together seeking to draw closer to You and to feel the Power of Your Presence and the Peace of a life that lives to Honor and Glorify You.  You are with us, You have been with us, and You have met us in our desires and in our needs. You have answered the cries of our hearts in so many many ways.  We thank You Lord for that and We Praise Your Holy Name.  You have whispered to our hearts of Your Love and Your Truths and You have Faithfully intertwined and divinely aligned our Hearts with Yours..

We have been humbled, we have been convicted, we have been encouraged, we have been challenged, we have been inspired and we have been transformed by the Power of Your Love and Your Mercy and Your Grace.  We acknowledge You in all our ways and we ask that You would continue to keep Your hand of protection on us protecting us from ourselves, our enemies, and the enticements of the World and its entanglements.   May Your Holy Spirit continue to draw us closer and closer to You and  keep our hearts in alignment with You, our paths straight, and to live our lives in accordance with Your Holy Word.

We lay down our tendency towards selfishness, any ambition that is rooted in pride, and our habitual habits of  trying to live and breathe and move in the power of our own strength and not Yours.   We are sinners Lord and we acknowledge our inability to live our lives without Your continual outpouring of power, strength, wisdom, knowledge and understanding.  We thank You for Your Faithfulness in renewing us daily as we spend intimate personal time with You.  We repent of our sins and we accept Your Forgiveness.  Through the Power of Your Holy Spirit may You continually remind us of our need to repent of our sins that our hearts might be dept free of the clutter that is caused by sin.  Help us prioritize our time and set aside time for You.

I am in awe of the blessed reality of the truth that tho I lost my husband and the father to my boys You Oh Lord  have given me  new life, You have healed my heart and I shall live an abundantly blessed life of  Hope and Joy and Peace because of what You have done in my life.  I shall have many new adventures and new opportunities and an even deeper and more profound understanding of who You are Oh Lord and I shall continue to see the miracles You are doing in the lives of Your precious Children.  Thank You Lord that no matter what the hurt or what the loss or what the pain, You are the great Physician….You heal our hearts, You heal our wounds, You heal our health and You heal the damage done by the lies of the enemy and the world.  Thank You Lord God for all the ways You are healing the hearts and minds and souls of Your Precious Children who have journeyed on this blog for the past forty days.  We all have hurts, we all have habits that do not Honor and Glorify You, we all have needs that need to be given to You and not held on to, and we all have at least one person in our lives that we know is not right with You that we have been interceding and praying for..  There is none like You Lord God…We give You all the Glory and all the Honor for what You are doing in our lives and the lives of those we know and love and those we have not yet met.

I will never forget this picture that is forever etched in my mind of my husband Steve’s last few days here on earth.  He was laying on the hospice bed speaking the words that would become the legacy that certainly he never planned.  He looked me deep in the eyes with a softness and a gentleness and a love I had never seen through him and he asked me to use his life to make a difference after he was gone.  He asked me to be his voice to speak the truth to others of what God brought him to understand through the pain and sacrifice of giving up his life here on earth to go home to be with God.  He gave me permission to use all of his life in complete and total vulnerability of the truth of it to make a difference in the lives of others.  He was one who did not believe in Jesus Christ or Heaven or Hell…..it didn’t make sense to Him…In the end these are the words that He spoke and I quote….. “It is easier to believe than not to believe and when you believe you have Peace.”

Steve had told me several years before he ever got sick that he wanted to be remembered as a man who owned big airplanes and flew them, that was the legacy he wanted to leave behind because those were the passions he pursued all his life.  Little did He know that God was pursuing Him all of those years and in the end He died as  a man of God leaving behind a legacy alright, a legacy of Faith and not airplanes.

You see, Steve spent his life choosing to honor and glorify himself, his abilities and the pursuit of his pleasures  rather than Honoring and Glorifying God.  He continually put his needs and desires ahead of others and lived a life to serve himself.   As Cancer took his health and his strength he was faced with more regret than anyone should ever have to embrace for all the choices he had made throughout his life, but through the process of his rapid decline in health He found the Acceptance, Forgiveness, Love and Peace that he had spent years trying to find without success.   He found an Intimate Personal Loving Relationship with Jesus Christ…..

He asked me to speak for him and so I choose today, Memorial Day to grant him his dying request..  “Tell all the men out there that love and family and friends are more important than anything in life and not to spend their lives trying to pursue what they believe is important…… Listen to your wife.”

A I contemplated bit and pieces of these thoughts asking God what He would have me speak on this fortieth day of Prayer on this blog, He whispered to my heart Luke:24  Luke 24 is the story of the Power of believing….and it is the story of the power of Jesus Christ to open the eyes of our understanding to see Him in every way.  I watched God do that in amazing and miraculous ways in the life of my husband Steve.  It was a painful and yet glorious gift to watch a man give up his will and his life and to surrender himself to Jesus Christ knowing that he had had the opportunity and gift many times before and refused to accept it.  Steve died with regret.  I pray that you would have no regrets and would be at complete and total Peace with God and those you know and love if your life were to end today.

My heart for this blog and for the reminder of my life left here on earth no matter where that may take me or what I might do is….that all of God’s Children may come to know the incredible depth and width and breadth of the Love of Christ, that all may see Him at work in their lives in all ways and believe that His plans for His Children are good and He is not finished with any of us yet…..

My prayer is that somehow God has used me to be his hands and heart extended to you and that You in turn continue to take the time to pray each day and intercede for those that you know and love and those that you haven’t met yet.  I pray that God will bless your lives abundantly and intertwine them through many divine interventions of His provisions, opportunities, circumstances and relationships.

I pray that each of us will continue to pray for this Country that we call The United States of America and that we would all pray that the words In God We Trust  become the foundation of our Nation just as Jesus Christ is the foundation of our lives.  In Jesus Name…..Amen

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It is Sunday Lord……Move through Your Holy Spirit in our hearts and lead us in our thoughts to remember to make this day all about You and not about ourselves. ….May Your Will and Your Ways be the passion and purposes that motivate us today as we go about our plans with family and friends….

We come before You with Thanksgiving and Praise.  We worship You..We rest in the Power and the Peace of your Presence that rests like a warm blanket on our shoulders as we proclaim with all our hearts and mind and soul that You indeed are Lord of our Lives.  You are our strength, our courage, our hope and the giver of every good and perfect gift.  We belong to You….Apart from You we can do nothing according to Your Word.

We give Praise to Your Holy Name.  We live in the world and yet we are not of the world.  We are Your Precious Children set apart and called by Your Holy Name.  You are Our Lord and King.  We bow down on this blog in Reverence of who You are in our lives.  We give this day to You Oh Lord….Whisper to our Hearts through Your Still Small Voice in ways that we can sense and feel and understand…..We long to live our lives with all of our hearts and minds and souls surrendered and in alignment with Your Will and Your plans for us which You established in us before You birthed us in our mother’s womb.  We Praise You for the bread of life which is Your Holy Word that gives us the ability to live our lives for You.

Keep us vertically connected to You Oh Lord looking up and looking forward as we take each step with You on the journey You have prepared for us and drawn us to.  Align circumstance with needs in every area of our lives……Thank You that You are answering our prayers and the deepest desires of our hearts are being revealed to ourselves and to others as we continue to faithfully and obediently spend this precious time with You seeking Your Face and Your Will…..

Seek Yee First the Kingdom of God and all things shall be added unto You is the desire of our hearts and minds and souls as we persevere in Faith on this blog interceding for ourselves and others Your Wisdom to be imparted and Your Will to be done here on earth as it is in Heaven…..May the Wind of Your Holy Spirit ignite a fresh flame of Passion and Purpose in our lives today….  In Jesus name…..Amen

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We come before You Lord God.  We bow down to You. We breath in a fresh breath of Your Spirit.  We Rejoice that You call us Your Precious Sons and Daughters.  We Rejoice that we are gathered together in Prayer seeking to draw closer to You and to feel Your Power and Your Presence and Your Holiness in our lives.  We Rejoice that You are God of the Universe and that You are in control of every detail here on earth.  We Rejoice that You are allowing each of us to be a part of the book of life that has our names written in it.  How blessed are we to know You intimately and call You Lord.

We Rejoice that just as You will, in Your good and perfect time and in Your good and perfect ways, grant victory and stop the gushing oil from destroying the ocean that You created, You will grant victory to each of us gathered together on this blog over all of our attitudes, actions, thoughts and deeds so that we may unconditionally, authentically and purposefully extend Your heart of Love through our own hearts to those that You have allowed to be a part of our lives. We know that there are purposes for each relationship You forge between us and that in each of them You are working all things together to encourage us, to inspire us, to challenge us, to correct us, to teach us, to mold us, and to help shape us into Your Precious Children that will in surrendered humility and love reflect You and Your Love to the world.  Whisper to our hearts Lord of Your Ways and convict us with Your Love when we do not act or think or speak in the ways You would have us to.  Give us chapter and verse to remind us of Your Word and use our friends and family members to remind us too.

We are being transformed by our time with You and by Your Spirit and by our relationships with one another.  Your Love is the source and the Power of our lives. Your loving kindness, forgiveness, grace and mercy are being extended to each and every individual You put in our lives.   You are our God, You are our King .  You are Omnipotent and You are Faithful, Faithful indeed.  We desire to have our lives be an offering unto You and to leave behind a legacy of Faith.  Strengthen us Lord God where we are weak through the Power of Your Word.  Give us Chapter and Verse to study and to digest and to direct our hearts and minds and souls.

Your Love is everlasting and it flows unconditionally.  We Rejoice that we know that You are good and that it is You within each of us that gives us joy and peace and the ability to live our lives as a reflection of You…..You created each of  us, we are Your Precious Children, you long for us to do our part in drawing others to You that they may come to know You and choose You as Lord.

Your word Oh Lord says that whosoever believe that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.  And His commandments are not burdensome.  For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world….our Faith…..Who is he who overcomes the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.  I John 5:1-5

In this promise we Rejoice for we know that we have Faith and we believe that Christ is born of God and we believe that we are Your Precious Children. You, Oh Lord give us the Power to keep Your commandments and to live as overcomers of the world extending Your love to ourselves and to those You connect our lives with.  There are no accidental coincidences in who You allow to be a part of our lives.  “Let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”  I John 4:7-8

Love begets Love….We are loved and we extend that Love  from God through Christ first to ourselves and then to one another.   We are all connected by Love.  God is Love, He created and connected us all.

We Rejoice that Faith is what gives us the ability to trust in that which we cannot see and to believe in that which is hard to believe, we Rejoice that Faith is being birthed, re-birthed, refreshed,  renewed, restored,  increased and bestowed as a gift upon us and those we know and love and those we have not met yet even now as we gather together in one voice and in one accord on this blog on the internet.  Thank You Lord God for what You are doing in the lives of Your Precious children whom You love so very very much.  We are in AWE…..We REJOICE…..

Lord You know our hearts, each of them.  You know our needs, all of them.  You know every hair on our head and every thought that we think.  Forgive us our sins Oh Lord and renew a right spirit within us where we need an attitude adjustment.  We surrender to You and we repent of our sins.  Thank You for Your grace and forgiveness that is without end.  We are free in Christ because of the Cross and we Rejoice that our sins are wiped as far away as the east is from the west.  Thank You Lord for the Peace that we have because of You.

WE put on our Armor according to Your word in Ephesians 6…..We are prepared for Your good and perfect plans.  We put on and wear our helmet of salvation, we are free in Christ, we put on and wear our breastplate of righteousness, we put on and wear our belt of truth, we put on and wear our shoes of peace, we put on our shield of FAITH to protect us from the fiery darts of the enemy, we take up the sword of the Word, which is the Bible and we proclaim that NO weapon formed against us shall prosper.  We are united in Christ in Faith Rejoicing that He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world.  We have Victory in Jesus to be and do and think and act in accordance with Your  Word Lord God that we are hiding in our hearts that we might not sin against You.

We ask for Your hand of mercy and grace and lovingkindness to be on our loved ones and keep them safe and protected from all evil that they might be effective and not distracted by the enemy.

We ask for provisions for those that are in need, we ask for relationships to be forged in ways that unite gifting and talents and purpose, we ask for restoration in broken family relationships,, marriages, and friendships.  We ask for supernatural healing for those with broken hearts and those with diseases and ailments and fractures and conditions that have not been diagnosed yet.

We ask for truth to be unveiled for each of us and those we love in every situation of our lives, we ask for compassion, love,  forgiveness and empathy to be revealed to each of us in each situation that we are a part of or that we are put n that we might see through Your eyes Oh Lord and not our own.  We ask for wisdom and knowlege in every area of our lives that we might not lean on our own understanding and purposes but instead be in sync with You and Your ways, we ask for justice to prevail where the enemy has divided, destroyed and stolen from us.

We ask for hope for the hopeless, joy for the joyless and provision for those who have need.  We ask for perfect divine alignment with those who have with those who are in need whether that be finances, or job opportunities or time or childcare or a meal prepared.  We trust You Lord God to work all things together in our lives and to be Present in our thoughts as we go about our nights and days.

May Your Holy Spirit cause each of us to stop and Rejoice at the wonder of who You are.  Pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us that we might be filled to overflowing with Your Love for us.  We need You Lord….We Rejoice that You chose us to be Your Precious Children and sent Your Son as sacrifice of YOUR LOVE….In Jesus name…amen

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