Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The LORD is known by his acts of justice. Psalm 9:16

How do you discern who tells the truth? When everything is swirling how do you peek in and make sense of the chaos?

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. Psalm 11:10

The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
Psalm 25:14

I've learned that the loudest voice is not the most trustworthy one. I have also learned that the biggest crowd isn't reliable. The closer I try to peek in, in my tight squint, I realize I have to be careful that I am not looking for fault. Instead, truth comes to me when I am looking at what is good and what is right.

When I worship Him in His truth of who He is, leaving behind all of my thoughts or concerns, I hear Him speak and it is soft and beautiful and it is gentle and holds peace. I am not left feeling angry because I know He is in control of what He spoke to my heart. If I looked to Him in that truth and if I did not seek to prove a thing, than I can rest that what I don't know right now, will soon be made known.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15

What are they saying? How are they speaking?

Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.

4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:1-7

When the crowd gathers, is it in a spirit of unity, leaving self behind, for the sake of what Christ is doing? Or is that crowd bringing self to circle where gossip, innuendo, and accusation rule? Does anger reign or tears for righteousness? Does prayer join them or scheming?

If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.
Matthew 12:7

I took the picture above when it was completely dark outside. Amazes me how that little flash of the camera reveals so much.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Being the Hands and Feet

Immediate prayers and support are needed for this precious family. Bob and Diane Higbie have been in process of adopting a little girl from Russia and have been met with several setbacks. It has been a weary journey of jumping through hoops and many long waits. After much prayer and the Lord's leading they were provided with everything necessary to go to Russia. Finally feeling relief and anticipation they soon found out that the funds that were raised for their adoption to Lera would not be released to them. Today as we prayed as a group and have been rallying efforts to bless them and love them through this, Lillian, their youngest became very sick and was airlifted to Mayo in Rochester where she is now critical but stable condition with pneumonia. She already has a heart condition and prayers are needed that her lung condition will not press on her heart causing anymore problems.
Bob and Diane are humble people and I have been blessed to call Diane my friend for two years now. I want to tell you from my heart, a bit about this couple because I want you to understand why I am moved as I am. Every interaction I have ever had with Diane has involved praising God. EVERY TIME! In her exhaustion, in her celebrating, through her tears....she thanks God and she trusts Him. And why I can trust her word is because the grace on her lips for even those who have harmed her brings truth and peace to my spirit. She has not sought self defense and often has even drawn criticism for sharing less than others would like but she is steadfast in faith. If it doesn't glorify God, she doesn't want it.
My own heart has grown from her friendship and so I stand by her as she faces attacks from the enemy because it is an HONOR to be at her side. Over and again I have felt in this battle that like Jehoshaphat, they would stand firm and watch God deliver them from their enemy. This battle belongs to him. Just as Bob and Diane have chosen a life to be the hands and feet for Christ to care for the least, so we have an opportunity to be the hands and feet for Bob and Diane in their time of need.
Many who have heard of their plight have been convening on their behalf to discuss how to help. After discussions from leaders of other ministries and organizations have not brought forth the release of their funds as was hoped, a new rally has been established to breathe new life and to let them know that we haven't given up on their little Lera in Russia. Project Hopeful has an ongoing fund that is building and you can read and find out more how to donate that way through Bob and Diane's blog at Grace Haven also has a matching grant up to $1,000 of which $580 has been raised. You can help match at and click on the Donate button. Please specify Lera when you donate. Our prayer tonight is that Bob and Diane can keep their focus on Lillian and that we can bless them by carrying the cause for Lera. Please pray for this family, their daughter Lillian, and for Lera so far away yet growing right inside of Bob and Diane's heart as we speak. And please pray for their enemies too that they would turn to God and humble themselves and receive forgiveness. Cries of mercy with judgment touches the heart of God.
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