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Geni

Geni is my blog subject today.  This chick is one of those people that you love to be around.  She is funny and happy and REAL and SHE LOVES JESUS!

She has stories that crack you up and stories that make you think.  The relationships she has with people in her life like the love/hate one between her and her brother will make you seriously LOL.  I love to just hang out with her and LAUGH.

Geni is my c0-teacher for our youth class at church.  We GET TO lead youth in the pursuit to know God, love God and serve God. It’s an amazing mission we get to do!

God sent Geni to me!  He seriously did.  I prayed for a renewal in spirit and for support that I knew only HE could give me when it came to teaching/directing the youth.  I wasn’t sure what I was praying for, but when Geni said she wanted to help with youth…I KNEW SHE WAS THE ONE GOD WAS SENDING TO ME!  Prayer is power!!! (That deserves THREE EXCLAMATIONS!) Serious.  It is.  God gives us so many things in this life and when those things include people in our paths that bless us so—I just want to tell everyone!

Some people do not look at others like this.  Some look at circumstances as coincidences or at encounters as just something that happens.  That is so untrue.  God knows who you need when you need them.  It’s our job to accept our divine appointments as such and PRAISE HIM!

So, I praise God for Geni today.  She has been a major blessing to me and I know to the students in our youth class.  I’m so blessed to call her my friend.

This is our totally un-digitally edited picture below.  Hehe!  We are naturally glowing, because JESUS has got a hold of our hearts!  Amen!

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Thanks Geni for being my partner in crime, comrade in arms, teammate in our youth cohort and super awesome amazing friend!

 

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We all have our demons…

What demons are you battling this week?  this month?  this year?  this life?

We all have our demons.  We have those things that get to us.  We have that sin we hold on to.  We have that struggle we just can’t ever seem to overcome.  We all have SOMETHING.

I know a young woman who is absolutely beautiful.  She is tall, just the right size, big beautiful eyes, and a list of other physical attributes that would definitely have anyone judging this book by it’s cover as a classic read.  She has it all, right!?  NOT.  When you look a little deeper, you see a frown.  You experience a horrible attitude.  You are subjected to a foul disposition and an ugliness that makes you feel like you might be looking at the dark one himself.  It truly is a classic case of beauty being only skin deep.  God made this young woman.  He made her beautiful.  He made her intelligent.  By the way she is clothed and carries herself, she doesn’t seem to want for anything.  Apparently, though, she wants more of something.  But what?  Who knows.  Only she would be able to tell you this IF she feels as if you need to know which probably won’t happen.  It’s sad to see.  Why someone can be put together so perfect physically yet lack all the heart.  She is battling some kind of demon.  Perhaps it is her home life, friend status or the horrible self-esteem issues which may compound from the former two.  Again, who knows, but she is in a battle.  The world does not see her battle.  The world sees her beauty and counts her as OK.

BUT GOD…WHAT DOES GOD SEE? What would Jesus say to her?  Would he remind her of her beauty and help equip her with the tools she needs to fight the demons?  I believe this would definitely be the case.  Due to God’s immeasurable love for us, He sent Jesus to cover all of our sins, take away our fears and shortcomings  and create a new person in us–washing away all the old!

How does this young lady (or how do we) get to the point where we can fight our demons and WIN?

First, YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE!

Also in the story below, the disciples want to know why they couldn’t help the young boy get rid of his demon and JESUS says, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”

Read the entire story:

 

Mark 9:14-29

New King James Version (NKJV)  from BibleGateway.com

A Boy Is Healed

14 And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. 15 Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running toHim, greeted Him. 16 And He asked the scribes, “What are you discussing with them?”

17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit.18 And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”

19 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” 20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.

21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”

And he said, “From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”

23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it:“Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” 26 Then the spiritcried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”

29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”

WE MUST BELIEVE….

WE MUST PRAY…

AND WE MUST FAST!

We must do this in order to keep our faith.  I believe that sometimes we come to a point where our walk with God becomes routine.  We say the same prayers.  We throw the same stuff at God.  We don’t take time to listen to him.  We don’t pray and fast.  (Definition: To fast is to do without food.  Its purpose is to experience the effects of not eating.  It also serves to be a penance or a sacrifice – for the purpose of strengthening us.)  We especially do not do this in America where food is something we tend to worship and is most always taking the place of GOD.  We need to push away the things that hinder us from a true relationship with God even if it is our dinner plate.  As Jesus said, this, along with prayer, is how we can really get rid of those demons.

I know you may not see your struggle as a demon like the story above, but this is what I took as I listened to this story through the Daily Audio Bible this last week.  I’ve read this story several times since this day and totally believe it has helped me with my “demons.”  THIS KIND CAN COME OUT BY NOTHING BUT PRAYER AND FASTING.

I thank God for His increase.  He shows me Himself more and more as I read and study His word.

If you have stories of how He has shown you something through the scripture, I would love to hear it!  If you don’t want to reply here, email me: rlk3c@etex.net

 

 

Crowded Mind

I cannot watch scary movies.  I don’t like to watch CSI or Criminal Minds, because I think about the episodes way too much after I view them.  I hate to see sad things on the news.  I try not to read stories which make me cry.  I hate to think badly about people or situations.

I know things like this are all around us.  It’s the world.  I know this.  For the most part, I can steer clear of such things.

I try to keep my mind free and happy AND DO NOT ALLOW the funky stuff to crowd my mind.

BUT

WHEN

Creepy weird things happen to you or your family —that is when the mind gets crowded seriously.  I can’t stop thinking about it.  I think I’m ok, keeping busy with everyday life or even going on a trip to “get away,” but those funky things creep back up and take the front of my thoughts.  It’s like they were just waiting in line and all of sudden decided to cut!  I wish I could CUT IT out of my mind.

I know prayer is the best thing above all to help a mind that is crowded with funky thoughts.  I know this.  I protest and confess this to everyone.  I praise God for giving us that ability.

Right now, I’m mainly asking Him to ease my mind, to push those ugly thoughts out and replace them with smiles and sunshine.  The day is so beautiful here.  I hate for someone or something to take my opportunity to enjoy this day.  I am allowing this to steal my joy at this moment and I want to stop that!

You know we all have times like these.  It might be an embarrassing time we shared with a room full of on-lookers.  It might be a death you just can’t seem to get over.  It might be a situation that you just can’t seem to smooth over at all.  It may be an event that rocked you to the core and you just can’t seem to stop thinking about it.

In my case, without getting into a lot of detail… it’s another person doing something just plain creepy.  It could even be compared to one of those bad cop shows.  NO NORMAL person of  good character, conscience or morals would do this AND IT IS BOTHERING ME like crazy!  I’m trying to push it out of my mind, but it’s crowding out all the good stuff.  I can’t imagine how parents who have had children murdered or abducted, live and stay -for real- sane.

I’m praying!  I’m praying for this individual and for this to get out of my head!  If you have a minute, please pray for me to get rid of this  CROWDED MIND!

My BLESSING through Prayer

Prayers are answered.

Prayers are so versatile.  You can say them anytime, anywhere and in any posture.  They can be poured out while kneeling by your bed, voiced out loud while driving down the road or whispered as you begin a new endeavor.  There are so many ways you can speak to God!

For me, I try not to break the communication between my God and I.  I strive to speak with Him no matter what I’m doing.  That is a peace that is like no other.  I know circumstances sometimes pull me away from this stream, but I do my very best not to allow that.  God and I talk.  I don’t just spout out requests and demands.  I talk to Him right out.  I ask Him for guidance in the every day decisions like I would a very best friend.  Oh and strength He gives me to do so many things is amazing!

I admit, I do send out petitions for good health and comfort especially for others.  I believe intercessory prayers are so important for those in need around us.  Just the other morning, a sweet man talked to me in the grocery store.  He told me that his wife had left him and he was having a tough time buying food for just himself especially since she had always done the shopping and oh, how expensive things had gotten since the last time he had to do this.  I’m not sure the words I uttered back to him.  I tried to be supportive and kind, but what I do remember is that I went straight to the Lord for this man…I asked the Lord to take care of that man over and over for a few aisles.  I saw the man in a check out line as I crossed the front of the store on my way to something I’d forgotten and began my prayer again.  I’m not sure the man could feel it, but I know God is going to do something awesome in his life.  I believe prayer is power and it WORKS!  I promise, it works.  You may not know how or what exactly happens with a prayer you utter, but IT WORKS!

The blessing I want to share that was given to me today through prayer was a song.  I heard Amazing Grace sung in the tune of House of the Rising Sun several weeks ago thanks to a cd gifted by a friend.   When I heard it, I immediately fell in love with the uniqueness of the rendition.  It is to me such a strong praise to God.  It touched me so.  I said then, I want to sing this song, Lord.  I want to sing this song like THIS!  I had text a friend who played the guitar, but wasn’t able to make that happen.  I wasn’t sure how I was going to sing the song, at all.

The Lord knew He was going to do this for me!  That is what is amazing.  Friends of our family came in for the holidays…and one of them plays the guitar…and no joke, this blessing basically fell from the sky and landed right there in my in-laws living room.  I didn’t let them see how absolutely excited I was, but I was giddy–light headed even!

So, my blessing was this song.  I recorded it today when we were practicing it before church.  I have posted it below.  Please realize that it’s a recording I created with my phone so it’s not the super acoustical you might get with a pro-job, but for me, it is my super blessing from God!

PRAISE GOD…PRAISE GOD…PRAISE GOD!!!

I need prayers!

It has most recently dawned on me that I am the mother of a teenager. I mean, I knew it the day she left the 12th year, but everyone warned me about the “terrible twos” and those weren’t so bad, so I really was not concerned about these teenage warnings.

I’m not saying my child is bad.
She’s not a bad kid…no not at all, BUT SHE’S A TEEN.
So many things come into factor…more school, friends, boys (gag), getting involved with sports and such, etc.

This is the time, I know, bodies change, minds move toward defiance and secrets get kept. I remember this time. I remember not knowing what I wanted or who I liked or didn’t like. I depended so much more on my friends than on my parents and family.
I don’t want to go through this with my child.
I want her to love me and tell me what is up all the time.
I don’t want her to feel her worth from what others tell her.
I want her to stand up and keep in mind she is God’s child.
I want her to be confident in who she is and that GOD MADE HER who she is for a purpose.

I know that purpose is not apparent and that is what makes these next few years so confusing. This confusion will lead to self esteem issues and drama. Oh, the drama. I detest that word although I know that is what life is…”an exciting, emotional, or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances.” I like exciting and know life is emotional, but I do prefer peace in my days. When I think of the word “drama,” I think of teenage girls or worse, people who seem to be stuck in that teenage state who love to create and/or have constant chaos in their lives. Adults who act that way are most disturbing. BUT BACK TO MY TEENAGER…

I need prayers! I will stay in a constant state of prayer for her and for her friends who are going through the same roller coaster type ride of life, but I ask you to please pray for me. I know my patience will be tested, I will be let down, disappointed at times and maybe even on edge of insanity. I will pray and pray some more keeping in mind that PRAYER DOES WORK. I am not going to deny that this time may be more than I expect, but I will be prepared with my sword of prayer. PRAYER IS POWER!

So, again, I ask you to please pray for me as I continue to experience this time in my life (and hers).

I need prayers!

I take comfort in this verse:

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Missed Opportunity…a prayer.

Why do I miss the opportunities to tell others or show others through my actions that I believe in GOD?

I continue to do this and I’m asking God out loud to correct me.  Open my eyes.  Show me when to lead a group in prayer.  Push my hand to assist, my words to comfort and prompt me to use my prayer power to further your work.  Help me and move me to stand up for YOU God.

I let anger take over my brain and situations, but most of all, I miss opportunities to share that my God is real!

I’ve allowed the devil to whisper in my ear and stir up my crazy.  That only drives out all the GOOD.  That makes what I should have done go out the door and let what could have been a perfect example of the attitude of Jesus fall to the ground like a discarded piece of trash.

I ask for forgiveness, Lord.  I ask that you YELL AT ME, honk your horn, beat the drum and poke me!  Get my attention.  Point my eyes and guide my mind in the direction that will give YOU glory.

I get so confused by this world and know that I should always overcome.  I know this, but images, sounds and feelings get in the way and try to push you to the back burner.   I do not want you to be second hand or my second thought.  I want you to be first, foremost and number one.

I do not want to miss another opportunity, because I can’t see the situation through the eyes of Jesus—I want to see CLEAR and grasp the opportunity with two hands, wrap my mind around it and do what is right in YOUR eyes, Lord.

Please help me Lord to be bold for you, in you and through you—and never have another missed opportunity.

Even the Pretty People Need Prayers

 

When you see pretty people—those who look like they have it all together… you don’t think about them needing anything, really.

When I say “pretty,” I’m talking about people that have nice skin, hair and they definitely don’t look like they need to worry about their weight.  They have a nice tan and a white smile.  Their eyes are bright and their tummy is flat.  They are “PRETTY.”

Do you really know them though?  Do you know how their parents treated them or where they had to grow up?  Do you know what mental anguish they go through?  Do you know their past?   Do they have something they must overcome or battle everyday?  You don’t know what they see when they look in the mirror. Are they happy?

We don’t know what is behind that “pretty.”  We tend to judge pretty as being perfect.  That’s where we go wrong, in that one word: judge.  No matter the person or how “pretty” they are or what we THINK about them–they need prayer just as much as the next person.  We all need support, encouragement, people who guide us and especially people who will PRAY for us–no matter what we look like on the outside.

People always say it’s not what’s on the outside that counts, but on the inside.  Another one is not judging a book by it’s cover.  Most times those types of quotes are referring to some rough exterior that you might have to work through before getting to the actual character and personality that is most important.

Most of us don’t think about the pretty people having some type of rough part on the inside.  Pretty people are flawed too.  They need just as much love and confidence as we all do.

I just believe that we assume, because their outer exterior is pretty, their inside is pretty great as well.

Perhaps it’s even jealousy that we hold on to that makes us hold back prayers that pretty people may really need.  We should not compare ourselves to each other.  That only makes the big green monster grow like a vine that will choke out the caring we have for others.

No matter what we look like…

We all need love.

We all need others.

We all need prayers.

(Even the pretty people!)

 

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