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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 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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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.

 

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

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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.

DIFFERENT METHODS

Different Methods

by Rose Harmer

God uses many ways to instruct us along the path He wants us to go.  Sometimes we form habits which help us in one stage of life yet may need to be changed in other stages.  One of the methods I have used to focus my attention during private prayer time came out of a book by Dick Eastman entitled “The Hour that Changes the World”.

Loosely, my process includes praising God for who He is, confessing my failures or asking for His help, then listening for His still inaudible voice which speaks to my heart. By reading scripture and then meditating on that passage, thanking Him for at least three blessings each day including answers to prayers, praying for others and for my own needs keeps me connected to Christ and in tune with His purpose. I recite scripture, sing hymns and choruses throughout the day, and then once again in the evening I listen to God’s voice and then finish my prayer with praise.

Each day I have written out my prayers because I’ve found that writing helps me keep my attention centered on God.  The listening portion has blessed me very much and I wish to share one of these Listenings  with you.

My child, I use many different methods to teach you My ways.
Each day you can learn, if you are willing, a new dimension of wholeness.
I want you to be healthy and complete.
Is it not exciting to be a pupil in My school of wisdom and knowledge?
I have intriguing ways to teach you:
quiet time with me, reading scripture, nature, books and even television shows.
My teaching methods are abundant and diverse.
Learn to be flexible and not rigid,
loving not condemning,
And always remember
I love you.

Have you heard from God today?  Were you reassured of His love for you?

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.

RELINQUISHMENT

Relinquishment

by Rose Harmer

In our morning family devotional time, we read Luke 14, where, at the end of the chapter, Jesus talks about the cost of being His disciple.  When we ask Christ to be Lord in our lives, I believe for some people He orchestrates circumstances to help us remember our commitment.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight……… and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1 KJV).

In the Living Bible the same verse says:

“Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down.”

In 1995, perhaps it was our dream home built on a two hundred foot canal complete with a large swimming pool and all the possessions which people accumulate over the years that prevented us from “running the race set before us”. My husband Bob was given a diagnosis of ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis with only one to three years to live.  His prominent symptom was he could not lift his arms straight up – perhaps the “weights” we had accumulated was weighing him down.  It is a disease which seems to occur more often in men involved in a career involving physical strength.  Lou Gehrig’s is the street name for this disease and he was a very popular baseball player in the early days.

Bob’s dream, encouraged by the many postcards of traveling friends, was to take early retirement, buy a fifth wheel and travel throughout Canada and the United States.  Since God is Lord, it seemed as if I needed to consent.  At the time, I was the director of a nonprofit Christian counseling center which I had founded with 15 employees.  However, my pastor and board encouraged me to take a six month leave of absence.

We did exchange our lovely home, gardens and possessions for a used fifth wheel and a new truck. God kindly allowed us to sell the house furnished in a short time.  We adopted a simpler lifestyle for ten years – living in 300 square feet instead of 2400 square feet.  But we have traveled to every province and state in Canada and the United States.  We have seen God’s mighty hand at work in our lives with many prayers answered.  Bob is still living after sixteen years with the disease.

Christ wants to be Lord.  Relinquishment comes in many forms.  Is there anything in your life which you feel God wants you to lay at the foot of the cross?

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

 

 

 

 

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, to a missionary family.  She speaks on many subjects related to marriage, family and mental health and still counsels but travels throughout North America in the spring and summer and winters in Cape Coral, Florida. Her published works 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.