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What God says: Pearl Nisiah-Kumi

Today we welcome Pearl Nisaih-Kumi and learn how how she listens to God and can hear what God says. She is a member of the John316MarketingNetwork.

What God says: Pearl Nisiah-Kumi

Pearl Nsiah-Kumi

Tell me a little bit about your church background. How did you come to faith in Jesus?

Growing up, my family was what you’d call nominal Christians—we attended church because it was the right thing to do, I guess. However, when I got to high school, I went away to a boarding school, and that was where I heard the gospel for the first time. I accepted Christ for salvation, and have not looked back since.

I have attended a number of churches over the years, but for the past nine years, I’ve been a member at Grace Baptist Church in Bowie, Maryland, where a close walk with God is preached and encouraged. We have about six hundred members. In addition to Sunday morning services, members are encouraged to join Sunday School classes and smaller cell groups for support, encouragement, and accountability.

When did your interest in writing start? Can you look back and see God working through and with you in your desire to write. If so, explain your thoughts.

I’d say, maybe some forty years ago, I wrote two articles about things the Lord laid on my heart.

[Pearl was listening to what God says.]

I wrote them, but didn’t do anything with them, and didn’t think much about that being a calling to write. A bit over ten years ago, make a long story short, I started writing short articles for friends in a prayer group at work. Before I knew it, we were sharing these articles outside the group. One brother suggested I compile them into a book because they were helpful. I took his advice and my first book, Get On Board and Stay On Board, was published in 2012. I have since published three more:

The Last Train at Sunset,

Time Is Running Out,

Time is Running Out - What God says

 

 

 

 

 

Living For Jesus Until He Returns.

Living for Jesus Until He Returns - what God says

 

 

 

 

 

They all contain salvation messages and the Christian’s walk with the Lord. They are very simple to understand and helpful for both believers and unbelievers

What is the best thing you have written? Describe it. Tell me why you think it is the best. (so far)

The best thing I’ve written—I’ve used Scripture to challenge popular thinking, and concluded that only God’s way of doing things matters. For example, in chapter two of Time is Running Out, I argue that God says we are sinners, and that fact does not change even if we disagree with Him. According to the Bible, we are sinners because we are born with a sin nature.

The Bible is the final authority! (click to tweet)

It is counter-productive to argue with what it says. I raise similar arguments in all four books, and support them with Scripture.

What new project/s are you working on? Why do they seem important to you? Are you compelled to write or do you need to find inspiration? How do you deal with interruptions?

I am currently working on a little booklet/article on the subject of abortion. My target readers are single girls and women experiencing crisis in pregnancy; however, anybody who might be a part of this crisis (family, friends, and boyfriends) who doesn’t know the facts will benefit from reading it. This article/booklet is important because I believe our teenagers and college-age girls often don’t have enough information or education prior to engaging in pre-marital sex, or else they choose to ignore what they know. Also, one of the books–Time Is Running Out, is in the process of being translated into Spanish; it is my prayer and hope that it will work out well. The Spanish- speaking population needs to hear this message as much as the English-speaking population does.

I get the inspiration/burden first, and that compels me to write. I need both components to write. Interruptions can rob you of the thoughts you need to put down, and consequently lead to you forgetting them. I like to screen my interruptions and assess where they are coming from, and how urgent they are. I can then decide to respond or ignore them. I personally believe the enemy can use interruptions to distract us.

What is one deep desire that you would like God to fulfill for you? What Scripture could you find that could help you accomplish that goal?

One of my deep desires is to be able to market my books effectively.

The topic of salvation through Jesus (which is what I write about) is very important and urgent. People are dying every day: unfortunately, many without Christ.

I wish Christians would purchase these books for unbelieving family and friends. Time is short. Anything can happen in an individual’s life– early death, health changes–it’s better to be saved now than leave the future to chance.

Too many people are trusting in themselves and their good deeds to get into heaven, but that is not biblical. Paul reminded the church of Ephesus, “God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God” (Ephesians 2:8 NLT). The Scripture that keeps me hopeful in this situation is, “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13 NLT). Hence I’ve been asking and will continue to ask, because He who promised is faithful!

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank You for revealing Yourself to me. I know You are preparing mansions for all Your children, and very soon You are coming back to receive us unto Yourself. But Lord, many are dying without You. Please open their eyes and understanding to enable them to choose life through Your Son Jesus. Please show us all the steps we can take, all the things we can do to make a difference in the lives of unbelievers. Help us to share Your word with passion, compassion, zeal, and with urgency. Thank You in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Pearl Nsiah-Kumi

 

Pearl is a retired registered nurse, and a Christian author. She came to the United States from Ghana, West Africa. She has lived in Maryland for over forty years. Pearl has three children, a son in-law, and four grandchildren. She loves to write poetry and short articles based on Scripture, and has authored four books:

Get On Board and Stay On Board;
The Last Train at Sunset;
Time Is Running Out;
Living for Jesus Until He Returns.

These books contain salvation messages to reach the unbeliever, and messages about the Christian walk to encourage all Christians. The books are suitable for use as devotionals and also helpful in witnessing.

They are all available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and also on her Website:

Pearl may be reached by email at Pearl.

Hope Stream Radio – My Word For 2016 and how I figured it out

Hope Stream Radio – My Word For 2016 and how I figured it out

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This past Saturday on Word of God Speak, I revealed my Word for 2016. It was a complete surprise to me but when I looked at the thoughts that had been coming to me it made perfect sense.

I talk a little more on my podcast about how I found my Word and what it means to me.

Tune in to Hope Stream Radio – My Word for 2016

Each week on Tuesdays and most Saturdays Hope Stream Radio plays my recording. You can listen directly on their website to my podcast and any other ones you want. Please visit Hope Stream Radio. Please listen to others on Hope Stream Radio. Kimberley Payne, Stephanie Nickel, Ron Hughes, and Carol Ford met together at Write!Canada.Some of team from Hope Stream Radio

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Scripture and a Picture – What is the Unseen?

Scripture and a Picture – What is the Unseen?

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On the weekend I looked at 2 Corinthians 4:17-18.

I am working at memorizing this verse. It is LONG. I have been taking it in short sections:

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far out weighs them. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

I see the entrance to the unseen as a portal. I wrote about 5 Ways to Stronger Prayers and as I read this over I realized that these also help us to find a portal to the UNSEEN.

The Scripture that also has been on mind this week is James 1:17:

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

That is what is unseen  – our heavenly Father.
In order to fix our eyes on Him we need to have a strategy.

It’s not easy to fix our eyes on something we can’t see, is it?

That’s why we have to be intentional about our faith. With all the hubbub in our lives, we need to make time for the quietness of God. He is found in the silence. Some may argue that they can hear Him at all times – in noise and quiet. I say – good for you. But my brain is not wired that way. I am too stuck in this world to hear God when noise is going on and my head can’t focus on connecting with God.

So I make my time in the morning – that is my quiet time of prayer, study and listening to Him.

What is the way you hear God?

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How can we actually connect with the unseen? (click to tweet)

 

 



Sunday Stillness – What is REST? – LINK

Sunday Stillness – What is REST?

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This has been on my mind for some time. What is REST? Last Wednesday I found out. I think it means to spend some quality time with God.

R – Restore

E – Everything

S – Sit

T – Tight

I had trouble doing this the past few weeks. On Wednesday,  I still had trouble but had the time to persevere – until I heard that quiet voice with some answers. I loved Oswald Chambers from August 5.

A Christian is one who trusts the wits and the wisdom of God, and not his own wits (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, August 5)

If I am going to trust in His wits, then I have to be close to Him, listen to Him and follow His directions.

Tweetable:

Are you trusting in your wits or God’s? REST in Him. (click to tweet)

Today is Sunday Stillness.

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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Sunday Stillness – By wisdom a house is built

Sunday Stillness – By wisdom a house is built

For the past month I have been reading a Proverbs a day with an online Facebook group. This exercise proved to be a great discipline. Reading through each Proverb I would see where God led me. On day 24 I read this verse.

Watercolour painting by Janis Cox

Watercolour painting by Janis Cox

By wisdom a house is built,
    and through understanding it is established (Proverbs 24:3, NIV)

Through skillful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation] (Proverbs 24:3, Amplified Bible)

In my journal I had sketched a picture to remind me of this Proverb.

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As we can see from the Amplified Bible, house can mean your life, your family, your home. So taking a look at my life I know that I need to continue to grow by reading the Bible, following discussions and listening to God. I believe I am filling my mind with knowledge that will become beautiful treasures. I find even now I am using Bible verses to encourage others.

We started a Bible study back in Haliburton, using my SIMPLE Method of Bible study. For the past two weeks we studied a verse a week.

I shouldn’t be amazed but I am – how God can use the same verse to say different things to each of us.

We discuss the questions that come into our mind, and then we each take a time of quiet prayer to talk to God and most importantly to listen to Him. Then we come back and whoever wants to share what they heard, may.

If you are interested these are the two Scriptures we used:

Romans 8:6

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

Proverbs 28:19

Those who work their land will have abundant food,
    but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

Prayer:

Lord, thank You so much for the power of Your Word. Every time I read a verse and study it – really study it, You bring so much into my mind. You can convict, inspire, lead and guide us through Your Word. Thanks for this marvelous discipline of studying the Bible. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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God amazes me how each verse of the Bible can mean something different to each of us. (click to tweet)

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

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Sunday Stillness – How to hear God’s gentle whisper

Sunday Stillness – How to hear God’s gentle whisper

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I had a hearing test a few weeks ago. Bottom line –  I can’t hear very well. There seems to be a problem with my ear drums not vibrating – so maybe fluid behind my ear drum.

My hearing is the worst when there is other noise around.

I thought about our lives – and all the stimuli that we deal with on a day to day basis. Are we so overloaded with noise that we can’t even hear God speak?

Thinking again about my life – what can cause me to stop listening to God?

I came up with these but I am sure you have different ones:

  • working on the computer (my mind focused on the task at hand)
  • making meals
  • cleaning
  • listening to music
  • watching a movie
  • talking with friends
  • errands
  • reading a good book
  • relating to friends and family

Then I came up with times that I could listen to God:

  • driving by myself in my car
  • lying in bed in the morning and at night
  • on a walk by myself
  • waiting for an appointment
  • working on a watercolour picture
  • during my morning study and prayer time
  • stoplights
  • grocery lineups

So although we lead busy, active lives we can find the time to listen to God, don’t you think?

We know that God is in all things
but it is much easier to hear Him when we are silent.

Remember Elijah. He didn’t hear God in the wind, or earthquake or fire – but in the gentle whisper.

A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper (1 Kings 19:11-12, The Message).

 

Prayer:

Lord, we need to be quiet to really listen to You. Help us find the minutes to slow down and hear Your voice. Show us those moments that will help us relate fully to You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

For you this Sunday – In the Secret, In the Quiet Place by Andy Park

Tweetable:

How to hear God’s gentle whisper. (tweet this)

We know that God is in all things but it is much easier to hear Him when we are silent. (tweet this)

Lord, in the secret in the quiet place I want to know You more. Andy Park. (tweet this)

Today is Sunday Stillness – others join me to link their posts about what God is teaching them. Enjoy.

 



How Does God Prompt Us to Pray?

How Does God Prompt Us to Pray?

by Sandi Somers

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Paul wrote to his protégé Timothy,

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them (1 Timothy 2:1 NLT).

Mr. Meller came to our church only occasionally, and I didn’t know him well. However, I did know that his first wife and children had been killed in a plane crash many years before.

On one particular Sunday when he visited our church, I wondered if he still had open wounds or unhealed memories from that tragic loss. Later during the service, he stood up to share the story of his family’s accident. Choking back tears, he said that this day was the anniversary of their deaths and that losing them was still a painful memory for him.

This was a powerful experience for me. It was no coincidence that I had thought of his loss before he mentioned it.

God had been nudging me to pray.

I became convinced that God brings specific people to mind because we are meant to pray for them.

He prompts us, sometimes with a thought or question about their welfare.

Who is God prompting you to pray for?

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, guide us today to pray when we think of specific people. Teach us that thoughts of people are a call to pray for them. Amen.

Tweetables:

God brings specific people to mind because we are meant to pray for them. (tweet this)

Who is God prompting you to pray for? (tweet this)

Sandi Somers

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Sandi  is a former teacher and Instructor of English as a Second Language. She has lived in Colombia, South America, and has travelled widely. She now lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Her current passion is writing about faith, prayer and the writing life. Sandi also enjoys reading, quilting, gardening, walking and connecting with friends and her extended family.  She belongs to the InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and The Word Guild.

 

HOW CAN WE LEARN FROM THE FIRST PRAYER IN THE BIBLE?

How Can We Learn from the First Prayer in the Bible?

by Ron Hughes

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If you accept the idea that prayer is a conversation with God, the first prayer recorded in the Bible is found in Genesis. The context suggests that human/divine interaction “in the cool of the day” was a regular feature of life in Eden.

However, this conversation was different. It was the first one to take place after Adam and Eve’s disobedience. If you’re unfamiliar with it, take a moment to read it. Genesis 3:8-13.

What strikes me here is that God was the initiator of the exchange. And I suspect that God is the one who prompts prayer in our lives, too. We may think it is our love for Him, our concerns for people and situations, our fears, our pain, our hopes, our desires, or some other personal motivation that drives us to open the conversation. However,

it is the Holy Spirit who moves us to cry out
“Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6)
. (Tweet this.)

Whether we are experiencing feelings of joy or distress, it is the Spirit within us who initiates our prayer—in a sense with the same words of Genesis 3:9 “Where are you?” Hiding in fear? We need to talk. Struggling with a relationship? Tell me about it. Flying high? I’m here. Concerned about a friend or a situation? Me, too.

In Adam’s response (the first recorded words of a human directed to God) we find the recognition of God’s presence, a confession of fear, a statement about his condition and his personal response to the situation.

Adam had things figured out. His initial response to the situation was fear. I think he really expected God to take him out on the spot. When that didn’t happen, he tried to shift the blame, first to Eve, then to God.

God let both Adam and Eve have their say, then, unperturbed, He set in motion the whole plan of redemption, something that Adam and Eve couldn’t possibly have conceived of. I can’t help but think they were left shaking their heads and asking each other: “What just happened?”

We are surrounded by a humanistic world-view that makes each of us responsible—responsible for everything from the condition of the planet to getting positive outcomes in our personal lives. These days it’s easy to get the idea that the Christian’s job is to engage in “prevailing prayer” with God to get things done.

Perhaps we take too much on ourselves. Maybe we try to hard.

Possibly we get in the way with our insistence
on getting our will done. 
(Tweet this.)

God’s Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. He is the One who helps us in our weaknesses and takes over when words fail us. (Romans 8:26)

How much credit do we give God for what we sense
as the desire for prayer in our lives? (Tweet this.)

Today, when you respond to the urge to cry out to God, rest in the conviction that He is the One who started the conversation. He is the One with the plan. He is the One with the power to make things right.

Ron Hughes

Ron is president of FBH International , a multi-language media ministry and maintains an active itinerant speaking ministry in churches and conferences.  Ron is a professional member of The Word Guild and has one published book, “Refresh: 19 ways to boost your spiritual life”, and is working on several other writing projects. Much of his writing is published on the ministry website and has been used in radio broadcasts.

Ron has been married to Debbie since 1976.  They have four children, one of whom is married.  They live on a 100 acre farm in the Niagara region which they share with a few horses, chickens, cats and a dog.

FOOD FROM THE FIELD

Food from the Field

Yesterday I had the privilege and pleasure to pick up my first foodbox of the harvest. I joined a food farm co-operative this summer and each week we receive a portion of the bounty from the fields.

When we arrived at the farm we couldn’t locate the farmer (it was our first time and we had forgotten to bring a bag or box!). We followed voices that we heard from behind the farmhouse. There in the field my farmer friend and her farmer husband tried in vain to round up their lambs.

Watching the lambs scamper up and down the hills reminded me of how we humans follow each other and not the Shepherd. We ask for advice from friends instead of seeking God’s.

How easy it is to follow man’s advice – to do the normal thing, to be one of the crowd. Remember how in the book of Job, Job asked advice from three of his friends. Then Job said:

“But my brothers are fickle as a gulch in the desert
— one day they’re gushing with water
From melting ice and snow
cascading out of the mountains,
But by midsummer they’re dry,
gullies baked dry in the sun” (Job 15, The Message).

It reminded me, too, of Craig Groeschel’s book Weird, how Normal isn’t Working.

Can we, as Christians, be different from the crowd?

Choosing to buy from a local farmer is, for me, choosing to be different. The amount of produce is uncertain – as all depends on God.

The quality may not be supermarket perfect (protected with pesticides or waxed or shelf-life extended) but neither are we. And yet everything belongs to God and He considers us special.

That night as I returned with my bounty, I joyfully washed my greens and cut my radishes; extruded my garlic; washed the kale and the garlic tops; washed and cut the strawberries and rhubarb. Then I stir-fried my kale and baked my garlic tops; and baked a strawberry-rhubarb crumble for dessert.

What a feast we had as we added only rainbow trout and beans!

As I set the table with the flowers from the farmers’ field I felt blessed to be a part of God’s creation.

SIMPLY SATURDAY- Itchy Ears

On Saturdays I take only 5 minutes to write. Trying to free myself from editing and preplanning. Just writing what the Spirit leads me to write. Try it.

Prayer:

Lord help me to convey what You want to be heard. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Itchy Ears

We were blessed to travel to Arizona for the winter months. Clear sunny days, great friends, time to relax, write, read and paint. In the spring, however, my allergies started. Itchy eyes and sneezing – even breathing problems.

This got me thinking about itchiness. Sometimes I get a notion about something and plunge right in. I scratch it right away. And this can lead to pain. Even in my writing I get edgy and worried about what I am going to write.

Instead I need to take time, pray and listen to what God wants me to write – not what my readers want to read but what He wants me to say.

I remember the Scripture about itchy ears. (I did take time to look this up.)

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” (2 Timothy 4:3).

Sometimes it is not always the best time to do something; we need to be prepared and our hearts need to be ready as well.

Many thoughts roll through my head. But my time is up. That’s it for my rambling this Saturday.

What do you think about scratching before thinking what that might do? Or jumping in before you have thought something through or prayed for wisdom. Please comment and feel free to add your blog link if you have written about plunging in… before prayer.

And by the way – I did pray – before plunging into this Simply Saturday.