Friday, July 30, 2010

WHEN THE PRAISES GO UP...

the Glory comes down!! (an old hymn I used to sing)



And it is the truth! Tuesday we went to Palm City Nursing and Rehab Center - and

we were met with such enthusiasm - by a woman, who, according to the nursing

staff there, hasn't spoken a single word in almost one year!



Geraldine saw us coming in the front door, and she began to sing out very loudly-

"you are here to sing to me, m...e......me! Praises to God! you are here to

sing to me, m...e... me!"



It was wonderful and encouraging and joyful and we did rejoice!!!!



Sometimes, you go through all the motions, doing what God instructed you to do,

and you wonder, am I making any difference?



To Geraldine, the hour or so we spend with her, singing and sharing the word of God

with her, is having profound effect on her physically and spiritually! Where once, there

was a sense of waiting - waiting for her to "pass on", there is new LIFE as she praises

God with us every Tuesday morning!



WHEN THE PRAISES GO UP! THE GLORY COMES DOWN!

Praise God Almighty, His word is a HEALING word! Daily reading of the word of

God is not drudgery! Daily reading of that living word brings LIFE to us! Just

ask Geraldine and the folks at Palm City Nursing and Rehab Center.



Till next time, Remember NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION, GOD CAN TURN THE TIDE!!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Keeping in TOUCH!

It amazes me in this technological age of INSTANT messages and INSTANT
information just how BUSY we all are!! It seems there STILL aren't enough
hours in each day, even if we skip all the "small things" - those very things
that make LIVING any fun at all - to do everything we THINK we need to
do.

This very morning, I took time to sit and send a text message to each one
of our children, just to let them know we are thinking of them and love them.

God, too, waits patiently to hear from each of us. It isn't because He needs
to know our thoughts or catch up with what we're doing. He already knows!
It's because He knows how DESPARATELY we need to know HIS thoughts and
catch up with what He's doing!

TAKE TIME EVERY SINGLE DAY TO READ A LITTLE OF HIS WORD, PRAY TO HIM
ABOUT YOUR NEEDS AND THE NEEDS OF OTHERS YOU ARE AWARE OF - AND -
TAKE A MOMENT, JUST A MOMENT, TO LISTEN TO WHAT HE HAS TO SAY TO YOU!

Praying for EACH of you regularly and without ceasing, that you might KNOW HIM!

God bless you! HOW GREAT ARE YOU ALLOWING GOD TO BE IN YOUR LIFE TODAY?!?!

Clay, Marie and JackDog!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Divine Timing!

We all know that feeling, waking up and realizing without even looking at a clock that we’ve slept past the time we intended to get up! It didn’t make any sense, I had set the timer same as I did each night before a work day. So, I just made the best of the situation. Once I was in the car and on my way, as is my custom, I greeted the Lord and sought direction for prayer.

Kathleen, my dear friend and beloved sister in Christ came to my mind. As I began to pray for her in earnest, I heard my own voice begin to thank God – THAT SHE PRAYS FOR ME! Hmmm, I thought that seemed a rather selfish thought where did that come from? And then I saw it.

On the highway in front of me, everyone slamming on their brakes and slowing down. As I rolled slowly past the 10 car and tractor trailer truck that had been involved in this crash, I distinctly heard the Holy Spirit “Kathleen prays for you and the result was you were kept from this. You would have been in the middle of this mess if you’d left the house on time this morning.”

God is always watching out for His children. We won’t always know why or what the outcome of certain things are, but we can always trust that He is in control and knows exactly what is best for our lives. I am one very thankful child that God not only allowed me an extra 20 minutes rest on Tuesday evening, but kept me from further harm.

Ahhh- sweet surrender that gives room for the Spirit to have it’s perfect way. Opening line from the new song we’re writing…



Blessings to all of you! PRAYER IS POWERFUL! DO IT DAILY, CONSISTENTLY AND NEVER DOUBT IT’S EFFECT ON YOUR LIFE AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS!

Friday, July 9, 2010

HOLD ON

In Genesis we find the story of a young and in this case, foolish man named Esau.
Esau had been out working in the fields and came in hungry. His twin brother, Jacob, had spent that same time cooking - a delicious lentil stew! Esau requested some of the stew, and Jacob, never one to miss an opportunity, SOLD the bowl of stew to his brother for his brothers birthright. See, Esau was the firstborn twin, and therefore according to custom of the times, his "birthright" was that he was entitled to his fathers estate and titles and blessings.

Without giving a thought to the actual cost of the stew he was purchasing, Esau callously agreed to an exchange that would detrimentily affect the remainder of his life, and future generations of peoples as well. The Bible tells us that Esau "despised" his inheritance. It had no value to him, for he never considered what it really was. A promise to him. He disregarded the promise, and it cost him the benefits of that promise.

Then we find in I Kings _________ the story of another man by the name of Naboth, who also had an inheritance. Like all the Israelites at the time God brought them into the promised land, Naboths ancestors had inherited from the Lord a piece of land that was theirs by birthright, as the chosen people of God. Eventually, Naboth inherited that piece of land, and he planted and harvested and sacrificed to the Lord his God from the increase of that land. He was thankful for the land, so grateful to God in fact, that when the King of Israel, Ahab, came to him and wanted to purchase the land, he told the King no. When the King persisted, even offering Naboth another piece of land instead, Naboth VALUED the inheritance he received, recognizing the blessing of God that was given to him, and he turned the King down, knowing that it might cost him. Certainly the Kings good will, and as it turned out, his very life!

We, too, have an inheritance that is ours by "birthright". When we acknowledge our need of a Savior to deliver us from our separation from God, a separation caused by our own sin against God, when we admit it and declare Jesus Lord of our lives we become Sons of the Living God, and our inheritance is ETERNAL LIFE.

Our behavior-obedience or disobedience to the Lords commands, found in the book we call the Bible-determine how we value our inheritance. Do we "despise" it, devalue it, like Esau did, and sell it for momentary fleshly pleasure and desires? Or are we like Naboth, recognizing the worth and refusing to let it go?

When we are offered "alternatives" to obeying God, alternatives to living according to Gods standard, will we value our inheritance and say "NO" to those alternatives? Or will we decide that we are going to do whatever "feels" good to us for the moment, whatever we "feel" is the right thing? The choice always belongs to us, but so do the consequences and outcomes.

If we want the full benefit of our inheritance, made available to us through Jesus Christ, we need to value it enough to protect it, HOLD ON to it and not let go even when the way seems hard. When things just don't seem to be going in our favor, HOLD ON and put your trust in the God who created the universe and declares that He loves you. HOLD ON when the ways of sin are offering a "different" piece of land. HOLD ON when someone offers you a bowl of lentil stew for a price and your starving. HOLD ON to the inheritance you have as a son of God!

If your not sure you are a "Son of God" - HOLD ON! Here's what you need to know:

We have ALL sinned and come short of the Glory of God - confess to God that you are a sinner and in need of His Salvation.

The ways of a man seem right to him, but their end is destruction - admit that God knows more than you do, so doing things His way makes sense! He says you need to "born again" or "born from above" - which simply means, a "spiritual birth" needs to take place. (see John chapter 3 for Jesus' declaration concerning this)

To be born of the spirit, confess Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead! (see Romans chapter 10 verses 9 and 10)

MOST churches will assist you with understanding what is taking place in your heart concerning the things of your inheritance. (I say most, for some DO NOT TEACH THIS TRUTH WHICH IS FOUND IN THE BIBLE!)

iF YOU HAVE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS, WE'LL GLADLY ANSWER THEM AND HELP YOU IN ANY WAY WE ARE ABLE. www.turnthetideministries.com or turnthetideministry@live.com or you may call 1-720-261-1790. GOD LOVES YOU AND HE IS FOR YOU SO HOLD ON!