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GOD IS LOVE

God is Love

by T. L. Wiens

A few days ago, I read a blog that dealt with 1 John 4:8, “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

And even though I’m not sure I totally agree with the blog author’s path, our conclusions are the same; the definition of love in many Christian circles is not God-like.

Jesus is God. Do all of His actions reflect the human definition of love? If you look at some of His words, love isn’t the first thing you see. He refers to the Pharisees as hypocrites and vipers. In Matthew 12:49, Jesus’ statement “Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?” when his mother and brother come looking for Him doesn’t seem kind. Matthew 23 is filled with condemnation of the Pharisees.

“I want to walk with Jesus. I want to be like Him.” How many times have you heard people say that? How many churches would accept you if you spoke like Jesus spoke to the Pharisees? And yet, every one of these words of our Saviour is spoken out of love because He is love.

If Christians took a closer look at Jesus and the Bible, they would see our human definition of love is often not in line with the character of God. His is a righteous, holy love that defies our understanding. But His love works.

So the next time you pray for those around you, pray for them with true love as defined by God. Pray for their eternal destiny instead of their immediate comfort. Pray for God’s will truly to be done.

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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, “Vi’s First Christmas” will appear in Christmas Chaos coming out in October of 2010. Visit her website.

 

WHEN MY HEART IS WRONG

When My Heart is Wrong

By T. L. Wiens

The lack of love in the conversation hurt. I felt disrespected and the anger followed. It didn’t take long for my prayers to turn against this enemy.

And I could justify it. Didn’t some of the Psalms have this same tone? Psalm 59:1 says, “Deliver me from my enemies, Oh my God; defend me from those who rise up against me.”

I had an enemy that I needed protection from. Verse 5, says, “You therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel. Awake and punish all the nations; Do not be merciful to any wicked transgressors.”

I was praying for what this enemy had coming.

Then I calmed down and realized I had no more love for my enemy than they for me. I was twisting scripture to my advantage. I prayed for forgiveness and changed my focus.

In Matthew, we are commanded to love our enemies. Beyond that, we are to “bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use and persecute you”( Matthew 5:44 NKJ).

I’m not going to say this is easy. It’s especially hard when the enemy is a fellow believer. But when I can start to pray in a loving way, I know my heart heals. I can leave the revenge to God’s complete discretion and walk in the knowledge that my Heavenly Father cares for His children.

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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, “Vi’s First Christmas” will appear in Christmas Chaos coming out in October of 2010. Visit her website.

 

PRAISING GOD

Praising God

by T. L. Wiens

I recently attended my sister in-law’s wedding. During a lull in the activities, everyone made small talk. We were asked repeatedly how long the drive was. That was followed by the comments about how boring it is to drive across Saskatchewan. There’s nothing to see but flat land.

For me, it’s a comment that gets under my skin—I find plenty to look at. I see fields that are already seeded that I can pray for a bountiful harvest. Fields that have yet to be worked get prayers for strength for the farmers. I know what a tiring season spring is on the farm. Sometimes you see lovely green pastures and I sing for joy that we’ve had rain. Other times even the trees can’t hold onto their leaves in the drying winds and I pray for rain. As we pass by small towns, I see churches, businesses and houses. There are clues on the yards as to the nature of the people dwelling there. I pray for them.

For me, there isn’t a dull moment of driving wherever I am because there is no place that God can’t be seen in the landscape or called upon in the clues left by the ones who reside in those passing places.

 “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thessalonians 5:16-18 KJV).

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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, “Vi’s First Christmas” will appear in Christmas Chaos coming out in October of 2010. Visit her website.

REACHING THAT ANTICIPATED MOMENT – WHEN A PRAYER GETS ANSWERED

Reaching that Anticipated Moment—When a Prayer Gets Answered

By T. L. Wiens

My brother, my sister and I were scheduled to provide special music for the church service that Sunday. I can’t explain it, but there was an excitement as we practiced. We’d decided to sing “Nearer My God to Thee.” It wasn’t very often that we chose hymns but on this occasion it felt like the only song in the world that we could sing.

I remember being nervous. I sing harmony so I’m not center stage or anything. My nerves usually don’t bother me but there was an electricity in the air on this morning.

We hadn’t sung very long when I noticed a man sitting in the back rise. My heart went to my throat—was he leaving? The whole congregation had prayed for this man for many years. I guess in a way, it had become a ritual to pray for him. He had tears streaming down his face as he stumbled to the steps that lead to the stage. He collapsed there and wept. Someone got up and went to him. We kept singing.

Then I heard the hallelujah. When the man we prayed for raised his head, I knew—I had a new brother in the Lord.

Did I ever hope to live to see this moment? No. I want to say my faith didn’t waver and I stayed the course but I didn’t. I’m not sure very many in church that day would be able to make any different claims. I am so thankful that God stayed the course.

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3 KJV).

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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, “Vi’s First Christmas” will appear in Christmas Chaos coming out in October of 2010. Visit her website.

WHEN GOD SAYS DON’T PRAY

When God Says Don’t Pray

by T. L. Wiens

There are times when the Bible leaves me with more questions than answers. That is the case when I read  1 John 5:16 in the KJ which says:

“If any man sees his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.”

 There are times when we are not to pray and that time according to this verse is when someone commits a sin that leads to death. What is that?

God tells Jeremiah not to pray for the people.  It’s like He doesn’t want to hear petitions to plead their case and become compassionate. Jeremiah is true to God and He will hear His prophet’s prayer. But the people waste their time with their cries to God. Are there times when we also need to silence our prayers and let God judge?

Romans 1:24-25 tells us:

 “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”

Are these the people that have committed a sin leading to death?

I don’t have many answers but there have been times when I’ve been led by the Spirit not to pray for a person. Even though I don’t understand the whole process God applies, I do know He is love. If He tells me not to pray, there is a reason and I accept He sees parts of the picture that I don’t.

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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, “Vi’s First Christmas” will appear in Christmas Chaos coming out in October of 2010. Visit her website.

THOSE URGINGS IN MY SPIRIT

Those Urgings in My Spirit

By T. L Wiens

About a week ago, a name kept coming up in my head. It wasn’t the name of someone I see a lot but I do know her. It isn’t the first time this has happened to me and I know when this happens, I need to pray for that person. That’s what I did. Life went on and I forgot about the incident.

Then two days ago, a neighbour asked if we’d heard what had happened. The person that I felt urged to pray for had fallen through the ice. She spent a half an hour paddling around in the water, clinging to a chunk of ice before help arrived. And that help couldn’t have arrived by chance to say the least. There is no denying God’s hand at work in her survival.

Did my prayers make any difference? Would the outcome have been different if I wouldn’t have been obedient to that urging? I don’t know.

In Exodus 32:32, Moses makes a plea for the Israelites. He asks God to blot his name out in place of theirs when God wants to destroy them for their sin. Does Moses’ plea make a difference? God doesn’t destroy the Israelites.

We can’t say how much our prayers make a difference but I’ve seen it too often when I’ve felt that urge to pray for someone, the person on the other end is in need of that prayer. And I think it makes more of a difference than we’ll ever know. It might be the difference between life and death.

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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, “Vi’s First Christmas” will appear in Christmas Chaos coming out in October of 2010.

Visit her website.

SAYING THANKS

Saying Thanks

by T. L Wiens

    “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 KJV).

I listened to Charles Price talking about giving thanks in our prayers. How often don’t we resort to pleading? But this verse says our requests should come with thanksgiving.

When my son lay in bed, his small body being ravaged by meningitis, the pleads went up. Watching your one year old hang one step from death is hard. I didn’t feel any peace. Then I started to sing praises to God. His Peace followed.

That was more than twenty years ago and I’d forgotten how much thanksgiving changed my prayer life until Charles Price reminded me.

Thanksgiving should be a major part of our prayer life. For me, the reminder hit home and my prayer life is taking a turn back towards thanksgiving.

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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, “Vi’s First Christmas” will appear in Christmas Chaos coming out in October of 2010.

Visit her website.

Our First Guest Blogger

Today’s post is written by 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, “Vi’s First Christmas” will appear in Christmas Chaos coming out in October of 2010.

Here is her first post:

When Prayer is Your Only Action

When my son came home and announced, “If the bullying doesn’t stop, I will make it stop; not matter what it takes,” I knew we had a problem. I went to prayer, desperate for some way of diffusing the situation before my son did something we all would regret.

My prayers led to a path that I wasn’t prepared to take—pray for the bully and his family. But what other solution did I have left? My son and I bowed our heads together that evening. It was hard. Praying for someone is viewed as bringing good into another life and I wanted no such thing for this young man.

Then God did an amazing thing with these prayers—He changed my heart and my son’s. Instead of hating this young man, we became empathetic to his plight as God revealed things in his life. As God brought more things to light, we kept praying for solutions.

In the end, we did very little in the physical sense but God was moving and shaking all around us. In the end, the young man who bullied my son ended up asking my son to become his friend and confiding some of his pain to me.

All we did was pray!