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#UTCOP – A prayer and an answer

A prayer and an Answer

by Rose Harmer

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Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for accepting and loving me! I also thank You for Your family of believers who consistently obey Your heavenly calling and teach us so much.

I confess I long for those wonderful days of camp meetings when we, as young people, would seek Your face until almost midnight. We witnessed the outpouring of Your Holy Spirit through many decades.

We long for revival now in our lives and in our churches.

Rose hears this answer:

My child, I long to fill you each day with My Holy Spirit. You will find peace if you follow My ways and My direction. I am the Potter and you are the clay. As you pray, I will make and mold you after My will. Stay yielded to Me. Seek to really know Me, the giver of life, peace and joy.

Thank You, Lord, for Your direction both in Your Word and by Your Spirit speaking inaudibly to me.
Thank You for my husband and the fact we both desire Your will in our lives.
Thank You for Christian writers, such as Catherine Marshall and David Wilkerson, who inspire us.

Help those people who have asked for prayer. Teach me to know what You want me to do.

I love and praise You, Amen.

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Rose prays a prayer and hears an answer. (tweet this)

 

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.

Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.

What is God’s Healing Counsel?

What is God’s Healing Counsel?

by Rose Harmer

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This morning as I was having my devotional time I came across a wonderful scripture which has stayed in my mind. (I generally follow a format I learned from the book “The Hour that Changes the World” by Dick Eastman. He breaks up the hour into sections and my devotional blog utilizes the “listening” portion. This one covers the reading of the Word and my thanksgiving.)

All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us (2 Corinthians 1:3 -4,The Message).

 

Then I prayed:

Prayer:

Dear Father, I thank you very much for loving and accepting me as your child. I have experienced your healing counsel from the first day I asked you to be Lord and Saviour of my life.
Thank you so much for the healing which sometimes seemed a long time in coming but included lessons imprinted upon my heart with your great love.
Thank you for the opportunities you bring my way to share your love with others. It is an awesome privilege! Help me to speak your words of love and grace to them. I love you. Amen

I remembered a time when God brought opportunities for me to share His love.

 

Here is what I remembered.

I thought of someone who had come across my path as I was walking. We had conversed a couple times when she shared that she was having a biopsy done of her breast and was thoroughly frightened as her sister had just been diagnosed with cancer.

I told her I would pray for her. Then she said she wished she would know how to pray. We stopped at a pavilion in the park and as I held her hand, she prayed for God to come into her life and also to let the biopsy be negative.

God did answer her prayer in the affirmative and she is cancer free.

Although we parted that next week I pray God will bring someone else into her life with His healing counsel.

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How to use God’s Word to help others. (tweet this)

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.

Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.

 

How to Enjoy the Journey with God

How to Enjoy the Journey with God

by Rose Harmer

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Enjoy the Journey

Your life is devoted to Me,
Yet so often you struggle to know My will.
Following Me isn’t complicated.

Simply bask in My love.

Others will recognize you have been with Me.
Keep to My path and My way.
Remember not to get caught up with only the concerns
and affairs of this life.

Your journey is much greater.

Follow Me!

Set your sights on My heavenly home
and away from your worries.

Enjoy the road I have set before you.

One of the Bible verses I memorized as a child is:

King James Version:

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (Psalms 119:105, KJV).

And these verses speak to me as well:

Guide me down the road of your commandments; I love traveling this freeway! Give me a bent for your words of wisdom, and not for piling up loot. Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets, invigorate me on this pilgrim way (Psalm 119:33-40, The Message)

Now listen, you who say, “ Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year, carry on business and make money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes (James 4:13-14, NIV).

Although God’s way is not the rose garden some people imagine, it truly is best. Many of us have known a life for a few years without God being Lord and Master, we know we never want to be without Him again. He truly is love and peace.

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.

Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.

 

Do We Enter His Gates with Praise?

Do We Enter His Gates with Praise?

by Rose Spillenaar Harmer

English: The gates to St Deiniol's church, Haw...

I love you dearly!

I know how much you love hearing of my love each day.

It is the same in the throne room of God.
Your praises and love are like perfume in our courts.

We receive many petitions and requests each day.

But, many people have not chosen to “enter into my gates
with thanksgiving and into my courts with praise.”

Remembering to be thankful and loving is the key.

If you practice this formula in your daily interactions,
you will find relationships grow sweeter and richer.

Let’s read:

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him and bless his name. For the Lord is good: his mercy is everlasting and his truth endureth to all generation (Psalm 100:4-5, KJV).

Many years ago, when I read the book “The Hour That Changes the World,” by Dick Eastman, I determined to always begin daily devotions by praising God for who He is.

Continue to read Rose’s post at Listening to Hear.

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.

Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.

Will You Rest?

Will You Rest?

by Rose Harmer (reprinted with permission)

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I have been encouraging you to learn to rest –
to not take on many responsibilities, but do one thing well.

 I know you better than you know yourself.
Rest in Me.

Whatever I want you to do,
I will give you the strength to accomplish.

You are My beloved child – a daughter of My kingdom.
Do not worry!

Rest in Me and in My goodness.

Last week I read a book entitled “Anonymous” by which talked about the twenty-nine hidden years of Christ.

To read the entire post please visit Rose at Listening to Hear.

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.  Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.

 

HOW DOES GOD SAY, “I WILL HELP YOU?”

How Does God Say, “I Will Help You”?

by Rose Spillenaar Harmer

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Why Do We Pray?

Reading Psalms 139:13-14 (NLT) is amazing:

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it.”

Of course I will help you.
Do not be afraid for I am your true strength.
You draw wisdom, understanding and knowledge from this hour with Me.

It is a quiet understanding that I will help you with all things,
Because I love and care for you
I will give you courage and boldness.

Remember the old adage ‘there are no stupid questions’.
It is only when you neglect to ask Me or others that
you stop growing and learning.

I know you feel comfortable with Me because we have had
a meaningful relationship for many, many years.

The times we walk and talk together are precious to Me.
I know you wonder how that can be since I am King of all kings.

However, I am the God who fashioned you in your mother’s womb,
and knows your inner thoughts and needs.

I love you, My precious child.

Sometimes, it is hard for me to comprehend that God truly is interested in everything we do!! Yet, He does care and wants to help us accomplish those tasks he planned for us to do.

Each day as I talk to God about even trivial concerns,
He helps me choose a better perspective. (tweet this)

Since we live in small places, it sometimes is difficult to entertain guests easily and I often feel stressed.

Yet one time, in the midst of a situation, God directed me to a scripture 1 Peter 4:8, 9 (NLT):

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay”. 

Reminders , such as this scripture from the Lord, are very wonderful as they encourage rather than discourage us and assist us in learning His way of living lovingly and peacefully.

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.  Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.

DOES GOD SAY “I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU”?

God Says, “I Will Never Leave you”.

by Rose Harmer

Does God say, “I will never leave you”?

Listening to God during my devotional time is inspiring to me, as His words always illuminate my thinking and help me choose His way. I trust they will strengthen you today. 

I Will Never Leave

Yes, I do love you.

Your feelings come and go!
Your commitments are not based on feelings,
they are based on the hope you have within you.

You have faith to believe!

I love you and will help you in spite of your feelings.
There are always battles that rage against your mind.
However, you know My Word which is truth.

Remember the many, many miles we have walked together.
You have been on mountaintops and down in the valley of despair.
But together we have always been victorious in the end.

I love you and will never leave you.

You have My promise.

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Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.  Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose. Visit her blog Listening to Hear.

IS GOD IN A HURRY?

Is God in a Hurry?

by Rose Harmer

How long does it take for an oak tree to get this big?

One day as I took time to listen to God, this is what I heard!

 I do things slowly.

When you look at an oak tree,
know it takes years to mature,
yet when it is fully grown, many people will enjoy its shade,
birds will build their nests in its branches, 
and squirrels will gather its acorns for their winter food.

Moses was eighty years old before he was requested
to lead the children of Israel.

When you walk and work with Me, it is not speed that is important
but it is learning to know what I want you to do – in the moment.

In today’s journey, enjoy my sunshine,
and I will arrange your life to flow together without tension or worry.

Watch how projects can be done graciously, without hurry or frustration.

You have seen beautiful, peaceful rivers running through mountain valleys
bringing necessary water to the lush farms along their banks.

I came to bring living water to you and to those whose lives you touch.

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Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.  Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.

HOW DO I REST MY SOUL?

How Do I Rest my Soul?

RESTING in the Lord

by Rose Harmer

‘He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, he restores my soul (mind)” (Ps. 23:2 KJV).

“He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams.  He gives me new strength” (Ps. 23:2,3 TLB).

As I glimpse the tranquility of nature in this picture, I am reminded to go to a place like that when my mind gets cluttered with the problems of life and my eyes see the garbage dumps of life.  We can journey with God to these secret places as we picture them in our mind.  The Lord is our constant companion but too often we visualize Him far up in the heavens and not in our daily lives – walking and talking with us.  Yet, when we have asked Him to be our Saviour, Guide and Friend, He is truly ever with us.

A passage from one of my favourite hymns which describes this is:

 “I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear,  falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses,
And he walks with me, and he talks with me,
And he tells me I am his own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known” (Public Domain).

Here is Anne Murray singing He Walks With Me.

The joys can be with you today as you take some quiet time, imaging a beautiful garden, green grass and a babbling small stream with the Lord Jesus Christ coming to be with you.  He will tell you He loves you very much.

 

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.  Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.

GIVE – DOES GOD WANT TO GIVE TO US?

Give – Does God want to give to us?

by Rose Harmer

Listen

Listen by Jan Cox

As I was doing some writing on my computer, I wondered about meeting anyone in the deserted campground we were in that evening, and then I heard a knock on the door.  It was the camp hostess with a coupon for an extra night stay, so I invited her in for a visit.

Soon I was explaining a book I’m writing on “Listening”, listening to the still, small voice of God speak to our minds and hearts.  Right away she was interested to read some of the entries I’ve made over the years as I’ve heard God speak to me when I prayed and then listened.

We had a wonderful conversation sharing our stories of life and walking with God.  After about twenty minutes of an engaging connection, she left with an inspiration to draw closer to God and for her also to listen to the voice of God speak in her own life.  Again I discovered God will bring the people he wants into our lives, and that God can use us to touch, hear and talk to others.

Here is an entry I made one morning some time ago as I listened to God in the hush and quiet of the dawn:

Yes, my child, I love to give to you.
I love all my children everywhere,
and so many perceive lack and need.

If only all could see the abundance and wealth all around them.
Please live so others can see my love and compassion,
my offers of help.
I realize this doesn’t come easy for you.
I want you to know I fully understand your feelings,
emotions and thoughts of limitation.

I left the glories of heaven
to be born as a baby in Bethlehem
to experience humanity’s frailty,
to be obedient to my Father
and to rise above it all –
overcoming every situation, even death
so you can do the same.

Love richly and deeply
and give to my world.

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.  Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.