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Abandon: Five Minute Friday

We are given 5 minutes to write without editing on a word every week. This week’s word is ABANDON.

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Sometimes I want to abandon what I am doing. I ask myself why am I doing this? This is especially true about my writing and art. Sometimes I get discouraged and feel like giving up. But then I read God’s Word and He tells me to persevere, to not give up. He speaks to me about telling others how awesome it is to give ourselves to Him.

In a way that is abandoning too.

Can we abandon ourselves to Jesus?

Can we let all our cares be given over to Him?

That’s what He asks us to do.

How are you doing in that department? Most of the time I can do it – but sometimes I know that emotions and self get in the way and make me want to take control again.

Thank You Lord for Your Word – because Your Word always brings me back to the centre – to You. You remind me again and again that You are the Lord. That you are working in and through everything.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28, NIV).

That You have all things under control. That you know my thoughts and you know when I start to falter. I love it when I know that I can trust in You completely.

By abandoning myself to Your love and care, I can relax in body and spirit. (click to tweet)

You flood my being with Your Presence. You help me heal, get strength, have wisdom and see the direction You are heading me in.

I may feel tired and frustrated sometimes but I know You will never abandon me. I read Your Word and I know what is true.

 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed ( 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, NIV).

Time’s up. 5 mInutes goes fast when you are typing and thinking. It’s your turn. What are your thoughts on the word abandon?

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Manifesto – One Way God Might Change You

Manifesto – One Way God Might Change You

If you know me you will know I love a challenge. Jeff Goins set up this week as a Blogging Challenge Week. He will give prompts every day and we are to write and post them. The challenge today was to write a manifesto. See more about that below.

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The first challenge was to do this on Monday. It is still Monday here in Arizona – about 8:27 pm.

Challenge One – to write a manifesto.

A manifesto is a short, shareable document that makes an argument, that tells the world what you’re about. It’s something that picks a fight, makes a stand, gets people to stand up and say “yes I agree with this” or “no way!”.

I have been working on my Manifesto to give as an ebook for subscribers who join my newsletter  (and to all those who are already subscribed). So I have taken just a part of that manifesto to share with you today. My whole manifesto is called 5 Ways God Might Change You.

One Way God Might Change You

 God Can Change Your Health

Fifteen years ago I lived a different life. I was a different person than I am today. [edited: My hubby reminded me that really that was over 20 years ago. God started to work in me a number of years before I acknowledged Who Jesus is.]

Fifteen years ago my back ached, my shoulders were sore; I couldn’t raise my hand to write on the blackboard; I couldn’t lift a teapot to pour a cup of tea. My knees could not support me well enough to let me climb stairs. I tightened my jaw and had to wear a dental brace to prevent me from biting down during my sleep. This caused a condition called TMJ [1] My joints in my fingers developed bumps and they swelled often.

Physically I was a mess.

Today as I write in my journal, type on the computer, and watercolour, I thank God for the healing He has provided. As I take the stairs, walk, tap dance and play pickleball, I feel blessed to have the ability to do these things. And I am 15 years older.

When I decided to start a relationship with Jesus, He healed me. (click to tweet)

BLESS the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:1-3, NIV).

 I can’t tell you how but I know these things:

  1. God gave me peace.

This is the first scripture I memorized.

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

  1. God took away my fear.

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7, NIV).

  1. God led me to people who helped in all areas of healing my body.

I know God leads me to people who can help me. From massage therapists to physiotherapists, I had people help me, and friends who taught me Who Jesus is. We have read many books on healthy eating. Now we plan our meals around vegetables, meats, fruits, nuts, and good fats – no processed foods. We are much healthier. We also are disciplined in walking every day.

But most of all God is the One who healed me. (click to tweet)

[1] – The temporomandibular joint acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.

Are you in need of a physical makeover? I know that Jesus can help you. Just ask Him to.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

 

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Looking for a Breakthrough?

Looking for a Breakthrough?

by Susan Harris

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A clip from the Science Journal on December 20, 2002 read:

A molecule called RNA has long been regarded as a big player in the drama of the cell, acting only as a helper for the more dominant DNA. But new studies show RNA actually controls key actions by turning genes on and off, directing embryo development and, perhaps, playing a role in cancer. This new understanding has been named the No. 1 breakthrough of the year by the Science Journal.

A breakthrough in technology in 2002 was the cyber knife. The caption was, “Georgetown University unveiled the Cyberknife this week at Georgetown University Hospital. The latest breakthrough in cancer treatment is surgery with no scalpel, no blood, and little or no post-operative pain…”

A headline in sports read “Latest breakthrough in Olympic Sports Pioneering Spirit.  Arab women make breakthrough at Games: — After Fatima Gerashi, their very presence represented a huge breakthrough for Arab women, whose freedoms have traditionally been severely curtailed…”

In the Bible there are breakthroughs that are more miraculous, greater, and more complete than the ones quoted above.

Mark chapter 5 highlights a breakthrough for a woman who had a bleeding condition. She had been to many doctors, had exhausted her options, and was desperate for a cure. The Scripture tells that while Jesus was on His way to heal Jairus’ daughter, the woman saw Him and resolved to get healed.

Jesus always drew crowds, and on this day, the crowds were thick. It was a negative strike against the weak, sick woman, because it made it near impossible to get Jesus’ attention face to face. Made even worse because she had probably heard that He was on other business, going to heal a little girl. But she was a trooper, and activated Plan B.

“All I need to do is touch his clothes…” Stretching out her skinny arms, and still being pushed, she managed to touch Jesus’ robe. At the same time, Jesus felt some power go out from Him, and in that moment, the woman was healed. Never to hemorrhage again. That’s a breakthrough…

It’s never too late for a breakthrough.

Friends, you must not give up on your situation. Set Plan B in motion, get passionate about the victory and go after the breakthrough you desire. No cause is too lost to pursue a breakthrough. Moses went before Pharaoh seven times before the breakthrough came for Israel’s freedom. Elijah would tell you that he prayed seven times before it rained. Don’t give up after a few times, Friend,  press in for the gain.

Remember too that Lazarus was dead for three days; he stank according to his sister’s description, yet he was raised back to life. No situation is too dead for Jesus because He Himself came back to life after being buried for three days. And He wants to break through for you. Will you let Him?

(An excerpt from Golden Apples in Silver Settings, Ch 3, Breakthrough, by Susan Harris)

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It’s never too late for a breakthrough. (click to tweet)

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Susan Harris

Susan is a speaker, wife, mother, and former teacher. Prayer is her passion, and except for salvation, it is the subject on which she has spoken most frequently over 20 years of Christian ministry. She is also the author of three books – Little Copper Pennies for Kids, Little Copper Pennies: Celebrating the Life of the Canadian one cent piece (for adults) and Golden Apples in Silver Settings. She loves kittens, pennies, and making new friends. Find her at www.susanharris.ca, on Facebook at SusanHarrisCanadianAuthor, and on Twitter @SusanHarris20.

Do You Doubt the Power of Prayer?

Do You Doubt the Power of Prayer?

by T. L. Wiens

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It’s strange. After all this time of waiting for that one phone call that I didn’t want to receive, today I don’t wait. It’s not because my brother has passed but been healed.

My brother was diagnosed with a heart condition for which there was no treatment. His diabetes made it impossible. He was weak. His wife would sit on the edge of her seat every time he went to the bathroom fearing he would collapse from the effort the most basic of bodily functions took out of him. My brother has always been a musician and to see him too weak to play and sing was hard.

That was last year.

Today, my brother stands on a stage with a guitar in his hands, his voice strong and clear. It doesn’t even hit me at first—something has changed since the last time I saw him. Then I read his response to his Facebook birthday wishes—“Looks like I might get to enjoy more of these than I thought.”

My brother has been healed. Praise God! Praise Jesus Christ!

I know people doubt the power of prayer. It’s funny that even with the claim of healing, they mock. My brother had a genetic condition. It showed on his tests. It’s gone. This is not something a doctor could do. Nature didn’t just right something. My brother was healed!

Jesus Christ heard our prayers and touched his body.

The Bible warns about seeking signs and wonders. (Matthew 16:4) However, when God chooses to intervene in our lives beyond that which is natural, we need to praise Him. My brother spent the last year preparing to die. Now, he has the chance to use all that he learned, the relationship he developed with Jesus Chris to live.

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Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.