July 4th-Thought Provoking Words

These July 4th thought provoking words were written by my friend, Curt Haney. He shares his opinions and concerns about our USA and the current events taking place throughout our land.

It’s well worth your time to read. And I agree with everything he said. (Pictures are mine.) Happy July 4th to you and your family.

Words of wisdom written by Curt Haney:

Twice a year, on Memorial Day and Independence Day, I write about one of the things I love dearly, and that is my country. Two years ago, I noticed in our nation a terrible trend of acrimonious and vitriolic sentiment toward one another amongst our populace, in fact I wrote the following words in my 2018 Independence Day blog…

… My friends, we must come together and learn to work together and get along despite our differences for the good of our nation and not just for our own personal and selfish agendas. If we can do that, it will benefit us all.

Otherwise we’ll just keep traveling down this road that we’re on, where one side takes advantage of the other, and then they switch around every so many years. And that only serves to keep us where we are, divided…

But folks, nothing could prepare me for what I see happening in my country today. Today, just two years after writing those words, I see lawlessness at a level that I never thought could exist in my country; I see persons in authority ignoring that lawlessness, and in some cases even encouraging it; I see blatant corruption in our government at all levels that dares to be called out and when it is, it’s simply rationalized away as being necessary and therefore justified.

I see disrespect for authority at a level I never thought I’d see, and disrespect for each other at an even greater level; I see disrespect for our own flag and nation at a level that I find incomprehensible and offensive; and I see the gap of division between the right and left and among the races growing larger, deeper, and with more disdain by the hour. The sad thing is that it doesn’t have to be this way. In my writing from 2018 I ended the above paragraph by saying…

… Let’s get back to the basics of helping each other no matter our political leanings, of helping each other no matter the color of our skin, and of helping each other no matter our station in life. Let’s get back to practicing human decency, and let’s get back to what we were founded upon, the Judeo-Christian beliefs of one nation under God. E. Pluribus Unum – Out of many, one.

Folks, never in my time have any words carried more weight and truth than today. Today we have certain well-funded groups on both sides that have agendas, and they will do everything they can to achieve their goals at the detriment of those who disagree and at the destruction of the very ideals this great nation was founded upon. There is a timeless strategy in war that advocates to divide and conquer, and that is exactly what these groups are doing.

They are dividing our nation in order to conquer or achieve their goals, and they’re doing so by changing the way we think. And if they change the way we think of something or someone or a class of people; in other words, if they control our thinking by convincing us that their way of thinking is the only “right” way, then they control everything about us from out our beliefs to our actions, and they usher in a new order, a new ideology, and they install themselves in places of power and in the end, we lose and they win.

So, let me speak to a few things that’ll probably anger some of you. Folks, no matter what you hear or read, there are white nationalist groups like the American Freedom Party, the Aryan Brotherhood, and the Ku Klux Klan that are nothing more than white supremacist groups that subscribe to the same belief as slaveholders, and that is that people of color lack the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Well, I disagree.

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There was a gentleman and statesman by the name of Frederick Augustus Washington Baily, or you may know him as Frederick Douglas, and he proved by his oratory and by his writings that he was a living counter-example of those prejudiced beliefs. Folks, people of color have the same value and intellectual abilities as any other person, and Mr. Douglas was a fine, fine example of that fact.

But likewise, Black Lives Matter is nothing more than a socialistic organization that by their own words strive to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another.”

To put that into plain English, no longer will you have the power to be or to raise your family to be independent thinkers, but rather you exist only as “collective citizens” of their specified idealism. Folks, that’s Marxism. Their founders have admitted to being trained Marxist and followers of that ideology.

Now, I know they proclaim that they exist simply to stop the systemic violence against people of color (actually they don’t mention any other color except black), but does that really exist? Is there really a policy of violence against black citizens that is secretly promoted by the national authoritative system? I don’t think so.

Have I seen police do terribly wrong things when it comes to arresting or detaining some black people? Absolutely. Do I see them do the same terrible things to people other than black people? Absolutely. And I’m not trying to water that down at all, wrong is wrong and needs to be corrected and punished where necessary, no matter what.

But let’s face it, there are some bad people in every organization and unfortunately, they get all the attention. Their actions are the very ones the agenda driven, biased media promotes ad nauseam, and all it does is encourage distrust and retaliatory violence.

But please tell me, how does burning your own neighbors’ livelihood to the ground, or looting your neighborhood businesses help you? It doesn’t, it only hurts you. And I’m not just pointing my finger at our African American community, no, we’ve fostered a whole segment of our populace into this “cancel culture.”

But think about it, if there was truly a national policy of violence against black people by the police, why then would black people be a part of that organization? Now, there was a time in our country that, unfortunately, there was systemic racism again the African American community and all people of color, and it was wrong.

But great leaders like Frederick Douglas and Martin Luther King, Jr. achieved far more for their race than anything BLM has done, and they did so through non-violent methods. Violence, my friends, only causes more violence and statements like “give us what we want or we’ll burn the system down and replace it” does nothing but cause people to circle the wagons in preparation for that confrontation.

Could police use an upgrade to their methods and better training in how to handle certain situations, sure, there’s always room for improvement. And they need to weed out the bad apples who are giving that organization a bad name.

But, folks, if we continue down the path of defunding or dismantling the police, chaos will prevail. Believe it or not, there are certain violent criminal elements in our world that would simply take over if we replaced the police with daisy pushing public liaisons who simply hand out gold stars to those who do right, and ask the criminals to “pretty please” stop.

Folks, we don’t need a bunch of hall monitors to keep us safe, we need the police. We need a police force ready and strong enough to handle the worst of the criminal element. But they also need to be well trained to handle incidents where there is less danger.

Never should a citizen of any color lose his or her life because they were impaired and stupid. However, if they are threatening bodily harm or the lives of the police or people around them, then then should be dealt with accordingly to maintain the safety of the innocent.

So, here’s the bottom line, we are all valuable and deserve to be treated as such. Like Frederick Douglas, we should all have the firm belief in the equality of all people, whether they are black, brown, white, female, Native American, or any other immigrant. We should understand that we don’t all believe the same things, but we should also understand having those differences shouldn’t make us hate each other.

If we all believed exactly the same things, then we’d be like lemmings following our leaders right off the cliff. Having different opinions is okay; violently trying to force them upon each other is not. We should instead believe in dialogue and making alliances across racial and ideological divides so that we will become united and therefore stronger as a nation.

This country has been a beacon of hope for 244 years. It affords opportunities that people around the world only dream of. Every person, regardless of their station in life can better themselves, better their communities, achieve goals and realize their dreams with hard work, and enjoy life, liberty, and their own pursuit of happiness. No one is going to stop you if you try.

You see, if we keep heading in the direction we are heading, it will end in another civil war and we will become nothing more than a fading memory known as the late, great country of the United States of America. How sad that would be considering we all have the power to stop it.

You know, Frederick Douglas was criticized by other abolitionist because he was willing to have a dialogue with slaveowners. But he replied to their criticism, “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.” I think Mr. Douglas was on to something because, folks, wrong is wrong and right is right; and right is never wrong, and wrong can never, ever be right.

Maybe we should consider taking those words and the words of Frederick Douglas to heart and returning to become the UNITED States of America, E. Pluribus unum – out of many, one.

I hope you have a wonderful Independence Day celebrating all this great country is and is to come. May God bless you and yours, and may God bless the United States of America.

Written by Curt Haney

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Can USA be saved?

Can USA Be Saved?

Lord, can USA be saved? Is there any hope? The USA looks as though it’s headed toward the end. The Bible doesn’t mention the USA. So are we headed toward the end of our country?

No My child. USA can be saved. After all, I have promised.

Can USA be saved?

Then if My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.                                                                             II Chronicles 7:14 NLT

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Lord, there’s violence throughout this land, riots, looting and killing. In addition, they’re tearing down statues pertaining to history. And they even tore down a statue of a rock singer. What did he have to do with their conflict? Nothing that I know of. It seems they just want to destroy without purpose.Chaos Everywhere

Now Lord, they’re planning to destroy statues of Jesus and break stain glass windows of Jesus. Why? I know You don’t care about statues of Yourself especially due to the 2nd of the Ten Commandments (See Exodus 20).

But Lord, they are planning to break the stain glass windows depicting Your life. These stain glass windows are so beautiful. I hate to see them destroyed.

The children of Israel cried when their temple was destroyed. But I was still with them. And I’m still here with USA too. My Presence is still here.

When the Israelites went into captivity, I brought them through. Now My Israel is a strong people. They have many problems, but they are strong nonetheless.

Yes, there is hope for the USA for I am their hope. Statues are not their hope. Stain glass windows are not their hope. And certainly politicians are not their hope, no matter how popular or powerful.  I AM THEIR HOPE.

Lord, what about all these cities that have bad people taking over and declaring themselves to be a country within our country? Can USA be saved from them?Can USA be saved?

Child, know that I am in charge and I am in control no matter what you see. How many times do I have to tell you? “Don’t look at what you see. Instead, look at Me.”

Yes, there is hope for I AM THEIR HOPE. If they will turn back to Me I will save them. I will deliver them. 

You heard of revival in Iran and how millions are turning to Christ. I can do the same in USA. There is hope for USA, for I am the hope. 

Can USA be saved?
Take a Knee before Christ.

Pray without ceasing. Yes, My child, pray constantly throughout your day. And fasting wouldn’t hurt you either. As a matter of fact it would make you stronger and increase your faith. So pray and fast for an increase in power and strength.Also quit looking at what you see. Instead look at Me. I will save the USA for I am their hope. Look to My Word and you will find peace. 

No matter what man does, he cannot destroy ME. For I am victory. Statues and stain glass windows are just things, but nothing, nothing can destroy My kingdom or My power. Remember that, for I am victory. And I win over all.

When the people turn their hearts to Me, I’ll save the USA. I will save the people, even the so-called bad people. Watch and see what I will do. (See Exodus 6:1)

Words of Hope

Be strong and let your hearts take courage, all you who wait for and confidently expect the Lord. Psalms 31:24

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. Deuteronomy 31:6 

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you  up with My victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 

The godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed form the land. Proverbs 10:30 NLT

Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of Me, you can be sure that I’ll be there. Matthew 18:18 MSG

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. –           I Corinthians 15:57 NKJV 

 

Healing Begins Today

Healing begins today, Child. In fact, I’m going to use all the destruction and death you see now, even wrongful death, to bring about My healing for this land. And it begins today.Healing Begins Today

Lord, we all need You. So can You turn all this around? To begin with, we need revival. Specifically, we need a great move of Your Holy Spirit across this land.

Today, my own son plans to complete a prayer walk around his city’s courthouse. Likewise, maybe we all should do a prayer walk around our cities and throughout our land.

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         He is the living God, and steadfast forever, and His kingdom which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall be even unto the end. Daniel 6:26

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 To begin with Child, no matter what you see, My kingdom will never be destroyed. And My dominion will be for eternity. 

So Lord, can You turn all this around?

Yes Child, I can turn all things around and I will. Now watch and you’ll see what I will do. 

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And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. Romans 8:28 AMP

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Again Child, I tell you I’m going to use all this destruction and death, even wrongful death, to bring about healing to this land. Yes, healing begins today.

Healing Begins Today

Thank you Lord.

Yes Child, healing begins today. 

Also, I did not cause all this strife and heartache. No, Satan did for He is the cause of all destruction and death. His desire is to kill, steal, and destroy. But I am going to turn all things around. 

Lord, You’re our only hope. Only You can bring healing to hearts, broken hearts, grieving hearts, and even sick hearts.

Child, soon you will hear testimonies of those who once looted and destroyed with hearts full of anger and hate. Soon you will hear them say, “But God. But God intervened and changed my heart. Now I want to serve Him and spread forth the message of His love for mankind.”

Today healing begins. 

Lord, I look forward to hearing these testimonies. We all need to hear a good report of some kind.

First, we had CV-19. Then we witnessed unmerciful death. And then we witnessed riots full of destruction with more unmerciful deaths. Lord, it all looks hopeless.

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But My child, wait until you see what I now will do across this land. Watch and see what I do. 

Look throughout My Word. Every time things looked hopeless for My people, I stepped in and brought  forth My victory. Every time.

So from now on, every time things look hopeless, look to Me. Remember what I’ve told you many times. “Don’t look at what you see. Instead look at Me.”

Look to Me, for I am peace and joy. I am real love, love that can’t be explained. Never look to mankind for true love. They are incapable. But always look to Me, for I AM LOVE. 

When My love enters a heart completely, then a life can be changed, truly changed. 

So keep your eyes on Me and what I do. You are going to see and hear of many miracles of changed lives. Watch and see what I do.

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He is the living God, world without end. His kingdom never fails. His rule continues eternally. He is a Savior and a Rescuer. He performs astonishing miracles in heaven and on earth. . .  Daniel 6:26 MSG

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Child, no matter what you see, know this. I WIN. In fact I always win. So trust Me for I always win. And I am victory indeed. 

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I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 NIV

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Yes Child, I win. Because I always win the victory. Indeed I have already won.

God's mercy

Chaos Everywhere

Lord, it seems the world has gone crazy, chaos everywhere, heartache, suffering, sickness, death, confusion, people attacking one another without even thinking about it. Hatred, it seems abounds throughout. Sometimes I think, “Jesus, come take me out of this mess.”Chaos Everywhere

But then I remember all those who are lost. Some were never taught about You or Your love for them. Therefore they never had a chance to know Your love. So what can I expect from them except hatred?

Chaos Everywhere

They look at this world’s situation too. They see the chaos everywhere and they have no hope. Lord, send someone into their lives that will share Your love with them.

And Lord, I ask for forgiveness because sometimes I respond in anger to these haters, especially on social media. I forget they don’t know You.

How can I show Your love for them if I respond in hatred back at them? So what am I to do?

Child, pray before you respond to others. Up to now you’ve just responded without thoughtful consideration. In fact, you responded through your emotions many times.

Yes Sir. (Hanging my head in embarrassment)

Now Child, I’m instructing you to pray and seek My guidance before you open your mouth in response to others. Pray before you speak, type a word, or even before you “share” the thoughts of others.

God help me.

I want all My children to be witnesses of My love and not respond to others out of hatred. So pray before responding. Take a minute of your time before you respond to anyone. No more immediate responses. Seek My wisdom first.

Lord, help me. A while back, I saw a sign that said, “Lord, put Your arm around my shoulder and Your hand over my mouth.” I need this. Help me.

Child, if you seek My wisdom before you respond, then I will grant you words of wisdom to share. I will put My Word in your mouth. I will lead you and I will guide you. 

Yes Sir. Thank you Sir.Chaos Everywhere

Lord, it’s going to be hard. This is a year of politics. You know my feelings.

Yes Child. That’s why I’m giving you instructions. This year is going to be a war of words and chaos everywhere. But it’s always been that way since sin first entered Eden.

So remember to pray first before responding to others. Keep your focus to seek My wisdom before you speak.

Also, follow these same instructions before you eat too. Pray first. Then seek My wisdom. Do this before opening  your mouth either to speak or to eat. Then you will have victory.

Yes Sir. Thank you Sir.

Lord, I also ask that Your love wash over this land and all people groups. Fill all of us with Your love and mercy. Help us to show Your love and mercy to each other. You are our only hope. Thank you for hearing our prayers.

Words of Wisdom

Be ANGRY [at sin-at immorality,, at injustice, at ungodly behavior],  YET DO NOT SIN; do not let your anger [cause you shame ,nor allow it to] last until the sun goes down. Ephesians 4:26 AMP

God, give me grace to guard my lips from speaking what is wrong. Guide me away from temptation and doing evil. Save me from sinful habits and from keeping company with those who are experts in evil. Help me not to share in their sin in any way, Psalm 141: 3-4 TPT

I leave the gift of peace with you-My peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but My perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts- instead, be courageous! John 14:27 TPT

Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything! Romans 8:37 TPT

 

Turnaround Victory

Turnaround victory“Turnaround victory”

Child, remember those words I spoke to your heart?

Yes Lord, You said I’d have a turnaround victory.  Then You instructed me to complete 40 days of semi-fasting. But I don’t think I can do it.

 Child, know you can do all things with My help. My instructions are simple. Complete 40 days of just three meals a day, half portions, and no snacks. You’ve fasted in prayer before. So now consider this a 40 day fast.

You can do this. For I am with you and I am on your side. 

Lord, there’s so many suffering now with so much heartache. And yet, here I am talking to You about food.

Child, when you give up extra food and eat half servings it’ll be a form of fasting. This’ll increase the power of your prayers. Just think how powerful your prayers would be for those suffering. Your prayers could bring a turnaround victory in your life and all those you intercede for.

I’m calling you to life of submission before Me. The real question is . . . are you willing to give up your food pleasure in exchange of an increase of My Presence within you? 

Instead of being sedated, drugged, or sleepy due to overeating, you’d have an increased alertness of My Holy Spirit within you. This’ll increase your strength and power to pray without ceasing. Then your eyes and your ears would open to see My power working throughout the earth and to hear My voice speaking within your heart.

So what do you want, a life of sedated apathy or a life of alertness with excitement? If you’re looking for excitement, then live in My Presence with your life yielded to My Holy Spirit. That’s excitement indeed. Everyday is full of joy, peace, and miracles. An open heart sees many miracles of turnaround victory. 

Fasting, even semi-fasting increases your ability to pray without ceasing. This doesn’t mean constantly praying your requests. Yes, I want your requests. But to pray without ceasing means constant communication with Me, not just during your so-called quiet time. 

You’ll be aware of My Holy Spirit every moment of your day, guiding you every step you take and with every word you say. Eating in submission helps you focus on real life, not sedated life. As a result you’ll have turnaround victory. 

So Child, what do you want? 

Oh Lord, I want a life full of Your Presence.

Then you must surrender your life, along with your eating, to Me. I’m calling you to a full, exciting, fulfilled life, not a sedated life full of apathy. I’m calling you to a life on fire with excitement, peace, and joy. So what do you choose?

Lord, I want You. But I’m so weak and defeated.

Child, let the weak say I am strong. 

How many people in the Bible were weak? But I used them in great and mighty ways to bring about turnaround victory. Just think, if all the weak people yielded themselves completely, I could fill them all with My Holy Spirit power. Now that would be a true turnaround victory. Turnaround Victory

If only they knew the victories I have planned for them. . . If only they knew. 

Child, I want you to live a life of victory, not defeat. I want all My children to live in complete victory, not defeat. That’s what I offer, turnaround and victory. 

I long for My people to wake up and walk in victory, the victory I have planned for each one. They don’t have to trudge through this life of clay, instead they can walk through an exciting life of victory. And they get to choose. 

Now Child, what do you choose? Choose well, My child. Choose well.

New VictoryGod's mercy

 

 

 

I Can Do The Impossible

I can do the impossilble
I Can Do The Impossible

I can do the impossible. You know why? Because My Lord told me so. Here’s how the conversation went:

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Lord, here I am today. Overall, yesterday was awesome. Thank you.

To begin with, thank you for the weight loss. That’s a huge surprise considering what I ate yesterday. Amazing.

Child, if only you had followed My will for your eating. Then you would have seen more weight loss.

Well Lord, what do You want me to eat today? Or do I fast today, given what all I ate yesterday?

But . . .  can I have ice cream for breakfast first?

Yes, a measured amount.

Can I have it now?

So you want to have ice cream before our time together?

How about during our time together?

Yes, you can have your way. But realize what you are choosing – ice cream – ahead of Me. 

Oh Lord, I’m sorry. Help me choose You.

In fact Child, I’m trying to help you. But first, you must believe and you must change your self-talk. How many times a day do you say to yourself, “I can’t”?

A  lot.

Faith Comes By Hearing –

So haven’t you heard, “Can’t never could.”? To begin with, change your self-talk to “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Then repeat that to yourself several times a day.

Faith comes by hearing. Change your self-talk and then listen. First of all, say to yourself, “I can do all things through Christ.” Then you can resist the stronghold of ice cream before Me.

Lord, help my unbelief.

Child, I am here for you. And yes, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. For I am the Almighty, Most Powerful God of All, of everything. And I AM on your side helping you. Consider that. Think about that. 

Yes Lord, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

 

I can do the impossible
This has always been a stronghold all my life. But no more, for I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Now I can do the impossible.

I Can Do The Impossible

. . . From where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121: 1-2 AMP

For with God nothing [is or ever] shall be impossible. Luke 1:37 AMP

But He answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and My power finds its full expression through your weakness.” So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ moving in me. 2Corinthinans 12:9 TPT

I just want to obey all You ask of me. So teach me, Lord, for You are my God. Your gracious Spirit is all I need, so lead me on good paths that are pleasing to You, my one and only God! Psalm 143:10 TPT

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

 

Peace of Heart and Peace of Mind

God is your victory
The Presence of God is your victory.

Peace of heart and peace of mind is the greatest prosperity there is. And My plans are to give My people a hope and a future, not to harm them, but to prosper them.

So come to Me. For I am always here for you . Yes, I know all about the needs, and heartaches throughout the world. And I am concerned over each individual right where they are. Each story is different and each life is different. But I am concerned over every minute detail of each and every life. 

I am immediately by the side of all who cry out to Me – to provide comfort, strength, knowledge, and yes, even healing.

I am not a God who chooses which person to go to. No, instead each person chooses whether to invite Me to come be with them or not.

I do not go where I am not invited. But I am the Almighty All and everything to those who do invite Me to be in their life. I bring hope where there is no hope. I bring comfort where their is no comfort. And I bring love where there is no love. Above all, I bring peace. Peace of heart, Peace of Mind

Some people can’t forgive themselves. Therefore they resent Me and blame Me for the way their life turned out. But I offer complete forgiveness and a new beginning to all who invite Me into their life. 

Yes, the world is in trouble. But I have come to bring peace, true peace to hearts and true peace to minds. If only they would invite Me in, then I could bring them peace within the storm.

Lord, there is so much hate.

Child, there is always hate and there will be until I bring forth the new heaven and the new earth. 

Although, . . . hate  can be destroyed one heart at a time.

As they open their hearts to Me to receive My Presence, I will remove their hate and replace it with My love. 

But it takes an invitation and a yielded heart before I will enter in with My Presence. Otherwise, I do not go where I am not invited. 

God gives true peace
God gives true peace.

I am not a God who forces Himself on individuals. Instead I am a God who waits to be invited in. But to those who invite Me in, I am everything they need. 

Mainly I am peace, peace of mind and peace of heart. I am peace, strength, courage, and most of all I am love, not hate.

When you see hate, know that I am not there. 

There is a war happening now, a war over minds and a war over hearts. But know this – I will win! I always win for I am the Almighty!

And My plans are to give My people a hope and a future, not to harm them, but to prosper them. The greatest prosperity is peace, peace of heart and peace of mind. 

Now come to Me. Then you can watch and see what I will do within your life. Look for Me. As you open your eyes, you will see My love for you. I AM your Victory!

Peace of Mind and Peace of Heart

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefor we will not fear, . . . Psalm 46:1-2

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

God’s Mercy – We All Need It

God’s mercy, we all need it, worldwide. At times, it seems as though the world has gone crazy. I don’t understand any of it. Do you?

God's Mercy

All I do know is that we all need God’s mercy. So I’m posting a prayer for all of us. Why not join me in prayer where you are now. Let’s pray together for our world.

Our Prayer:

‭‭‬‬Lord, we need Your mercy.

Provide healing for those who are sick. Also provide comfort and peace to those who have lost loved ones. Bring Your healing power to our lands.

Grant provision for those who have lost jobs due to this CV-19.

In fact Lord, we need Your help, strength, and peace just to get through our daily lives. Everything seems so fearful or despondent for now due to the influence of CV-19.

We hear reports of those who sacrificed unselfishly of themselves to help others. They served in hospitals, or as first responders, or truck drivers to bring our supplies, or as store employees so we could purchase our needs. They are real heroes of this time.

Help the rest of us, who still have our health and homes to get off our duffs and out of the refrigerator. Let us be filled with hope and reach for Your love instead of our cookies and chips.

Help us to reach out to others in need and show them love. Lord, help us to love one another no matter our differences. Help us to forgive each other and forgive ourselves too.

We all need healing.

Lord, we praise you for You are our source for all we need. Cover our lands with healing, hope, and Your love. Lord we all need healing of some kind, either from physical sickness, or emotional despondency.

Our lands need healing. We need leaders who will seek and follow Your will versus their pocketbook. We need leaders who will follow Your agenda versus their own.

Lord we need revival across our lands. But mostly, we need revival in our hearts. Overall, we need Your love and Your forgiveness for our many failures.

Again Lord, we need You and Your mercy. Help us, for we are a stubborn, foolish, and needy people.

Without You, there is no hope. So Lord, fill all of us with Your love so we can minister to one another in love . Thank you for Your mercy and helping us cope with this day.

We praise You for the victory we know You’ve already planned and provided for us. Amen

God's Mercy Feed on God’s Word

Let Us Feed On His Word

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭NLT

. . . Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. . . Matthew 6: 9,10 NKJV

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:1,2 

We all need God’s mercy.  God has the whole world in His hands. And we can trust HIM.

Our Coronavirus Experience

Thought I’d share our coronavirus experience. It’s not over yet, but what a month it’s been. Hope this never happens again.

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Overall we do have a lot to be thankful for. To begin with, we’ve escaped getting the virus. Although a friend went to the hospital for emergency stomach surgery, he didn’t get CV-19. Although a sister-in-law went to the hospital for emergency surgery due to a kidney stone, she didn’t get CV-19. To me, the worst part of their hospital stay for over a week was that they could not have any family with them. Both are safely home now. Thank you Lord.

At this time, our city has the highest number of cases in our state. But no one I personally know has gotten the virus. It seems the greatest number of cases are in the rest homes. (Lord, bring Your healing power to these precious elders.)

Hubby’s niece works as a speech therapist in a quality rest home. Although the report is they now have 45 cases, she has not gotten the virus. For this we are thankful. She has two small children to care for. (But Lord, please intervene in behalf of these elders who have served others throughout their lives.)

To begin our coronavirus experience story, we must begin at the grocery store. At the beginning of our story I was still working part time. So I wasn’t able to go grocery shopping at that time. But when I did go, was I ever surprised. I’ve never seen the shelves this empty in all my life, not even when a hurricane was coming.

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The milk case- Almost no milk

I was shocked. It took seven trips to purchase what I thought we might need. What if we were quarantined in our house for two weeks and couldn’t even leave for groceries? Getting sick didn’t make me panic  or fearful, but seeing empty food shelves did.

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The lunchmeat and sliced cheese case.
The orange juice case-
The boxed goods case

And you couldn’t find toilet paper anywhere. Why? There were no extra rolls at my house. So I bought boxes of Kleenex. It was all I could find and I felt lucky to find that.

One afternoon, Hubby came in and said he had a gift for me. Then he handed me this package of toilet paper. I was so thrilled, you’ve thought he gave me diamonds.

Diamonds

For me, one of the worst parts was not being able to see my grandchildren. We did use facetime, but it just wasn’t the same. I like hugs from my grandbabies.

Watching her jump on her trampoline via facetime.

And we weren’t able to be there to help granddaughters celebrate their birthdays. So we made a video for each one on their birthday.

 

 

 

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We  watched as the Stock Market crashed. Goodbye Hubby’s IRA, 25 years of his life savings disappearing daily.

But overall, the saddest event of our coronavirus experience was the death of Hubby’s brother. No, he didn’t have CV-19. He was cutting limbs out of an oak tree at his church. Somehow he fell off the ladder. We suppose he hit his head on some landscaping rocks. Even though they rushed him by helicopter he passed away on the way.

At his funeral we could only have 10 people and we had to social distance one another. In the chapel, we had to sit on every other pew. They did livestream the service for others to watch. So sad and so surreal.

After the funeral we ate a family meal together and hugged each other in his home. To heck with social distancing. We were grieving and didn’t care about social distancing at all.

Later that night I developed a fever of 100.6. I cried myself to sleep thinking that I had exposed the entire family to CV-19. It turned out to be a bad tooth. Thank God and antibiotics, it quit hurting. But I’m still waiting to see a dentist.

Drive-up church

One of my favorite holidays is Easter. But this year was the saddest Easter ever. Two days after the funeral.  It felt so strange, having no grandchildren to give a basket too. No dressing up for church, no singing in the choir, and no family celebration.

We did go to drive-up church which was nice, but it just wasn’t the same as having Resurrection Sunday celebration in the sanctuary.

Now media has been talking about a possible food shortage due to CV-19. After hearing that a full-fledge panic set in. After all, I am a Foodie. But then I had to remember- faith. God provided manna. So I need to keep the faith.

Regardless of all, God is still good. There’s no reason to fear for God has promised to be with us. We can trust Him, no matter what.

WORDS OF FAITH

And we know that all things work together for good to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust. Psalm 91: 1,2 

The red ribbon represents praying for our USA and all CV-!9 sufferers.

“Stay Home”- Victory Plan

Here’s part of my Victory Plan journal for the “Stay Home” order. Due to this mandate, for several weeks I’ve mostly ate and watched TV. So now I’ve gained over 10 pounds. How depressing.

Then last week God gave me a dream- I was in my classroom, my students were acting crazy, I had no lesson plan, and the principal walks in to observe me. I panicked. What am I going to do?- Then when I woke up and God spoke to my heart, “You need discipline and a plan.” (Note: I am a retired teacher.)

So I’m sharing my Victory Plan Journal for your “Stay Home” mandate. Hope it helps you as well. It’s free for you to print and use for yourself.

My goal is 40 days of victory, in eating and in life general. So here’s my plan, to work through this journal for 40 days. Presently I’m working on Day 5 and I’ve already lost 2 pounds. Yay!

I’ll post more Victory Plans next week. Hopefully this’ll help you begin 40 days of victory for your “Stay Home” mandate. I’m hoping soon we’ll be released from this order soon. Some states are opening up slowly and some states are extending their stay at home order. Hopefully soon, we can return to our so-called normal lives again. What is normal, anyway? What is our new normal?

May God bless you and keep you safe. May you experience success from this day forward. Let me know what you think.

Lord, help them prosper in all their endeavors. Keep all well and safe.

Deborah

 

 

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God can turn our mess into a miracle