Already an interesting year

From 2016… a good reminder.

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Some new readers may have missed the following post, originally published on December 25, 2015:

2016 – what will it be like?

Praying before sleep one night last week, I asked the Lord about next year. “What will it be like? Worse than 2015? More disasters, chaos, tragedies? More wars?”

“Appointments met,” he said. “Promises kept. Prophecies fulfilled. A year of kairos moments.”

Kairos – the appointed time, in due season, the fullness of time, at a fixed and definite time, for a certain time only.

It’s going to be an interesting year.

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2016 has already been an interesting year. I’ve met many new people online, read many interesting articles and blog posts, had the privilege of praying with many people in person, on the phone or online, and seeing God at work everywhere. Almost every day…

Thinking about that, the Lord reminded me of an occasion some weeks ago…

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Remember the Three R’s?

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Remember the 3 R’s? Reading, wRiting and aRithemetic?

Here are a few other R’s, some that I use when praying for other people, and even when praying for myself.

You may think of a few more…

Father, please —

  • Reveal – who You are, creator, Savior, Father, empowerer, healer, provider, lover of my soul, comforter, guide, teacher
  • Restore – what the enemy stole, including health, job, reputation, finances
  • Recover – what was lost, self-esteem, sense of your presence, confidence, life itself
  • Repair – what was damaged, broken relationships, any cell in the body no matter where it is, bones, blood vessels, organs
  • Remove – what shouldn’t be there, such as tumors, cysts, infections, parasites, even splinters; also doubt, fear and unbelief
  • Replace – what shouldn’t have been removed, such as broken friendships, relationships, even physical items in the home
  • Recreate – what is missing, whether natural or supernatural, body parts…

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Testimony: Adventures with the Holy Spirit, Part I

I was thinking about that night again today… still seem amazing, all these years later.

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“April 16, 1974. Last night I went to bed at about 10:00. Usually I pray while lying in bed but I needed God’s help so much just then, I got down on my knees by my side of the bed and prayed. Very simply, I said, Lord, help me. I promised to be still and to wait upon God, asking Him to speak to me if it was His will. Then I got into bed and shortly fell asleep. Paul had not come to bed at that time but did soon afterward.”

These handwritten notes from April 16, 1974 recount the events of the evening of April 15th. Today is June 19, 2011 and my memory of that night is as vivid as it was back then. A little background:

I usually prepared our family’s tax returns, and usually at the last minute. In previous years we had gotten a…

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7 REASONS

Today’s post by Mario Murillo. Well worth reading, thoughtfully and prayerfully.

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Every day someone comes up with a new reason for believing that Trump is finished.  However, the FBI found out that conspiring against the President backfires.  The media went for ratings by bashing Trump, only to lose ratings and credibility.

  • Mueller’s witch-hunt investigation has flamed out as a political disaster.  Americans saw the insanity of it.
  • Comey said his new book would do Trump in.  Instead, it was as effective as shooting spit balls at a battleship.
  • CBS believed it had the silver bullet that would end Trump.  Recall how they gleefully believed that a Sunday night interview with a porn star would be the end of Trump.  Monday came, and they joined a long list of disappointed Trump haters whose weapons did not prosper.
  • 400 newspapers declared war on Trump. Now many of them are up for sale and the survivors are fighting to stay in business.

I could…

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Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, but… there’s a party going on!

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I received a lovely card one day from some friends, and I truly appreciated the card and the handwritten note on it. Printed on the inside front cover was a familiar Bible verse:

“But as it is written (see Is. 64:4), Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

That’s where the quote ended on the card. But that’s only part of the Apostle Paul’s statement in I Corinthians. Without the “rest of the story,” that part is really misleading.

Paul’s statement continues in verse 10, “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit…” How neat!

If we pay attention to the voice of the Holy Spirit, we can have a glimpse of the things God has prepared for us who love him, wonderful things. Reunions. Parties. Worship. Assignments. Fellowship…

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Why does God love us?

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EarthBlueMarbleLargeJan2012Lone.

Not lonely, lone. Sole. Only. One. A plurality of one. Singleness. Unity. United.

Agreement. Always. Peace. Always. Perfection. Always.

Is that the why of creation? Perhaps. But one day God decided to not be lone. Alone. So he took steps to do something different for a change.

Be un-alone. Create a being that would be fit for him to be un-alone with. A beloved. A treasured fellowship.

First, meditate. What kind of being? Composition. Appearance. Size. Longevity. Ability. Goals? Purposes? Aims? Decide. Don’t create yet.

Next, design. Decide environment for that being. Appearance. Size. Composition. Next, plan. Decide how and in what order to proceed.

Begin process. Create building material for environment. Photons. Particles. Quarks. Electrons. Protons. Ions. Atoms. Element. Only one element was necessary, every other element comes from rearranging particles in that first element.

Materials that would serve as building blocks, supplies, habitat, for the beloved treasure…

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A gifted fellow blogger commented that my post (https://estherspetition.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/why-does-god-love-us/) reads like poetry… such a touching compliment. Here’s part of my response to her.

That post wasn’t written as poetry, it’s a very, very shortened version of a conversation I had with the Lord some time ago about space – like why are there so many galaxies in the universe, are there more than one universe, etc. If I posted the entire thing it would be many pages long, way too long for anyone to wade through.

LeafEdgesIt was sort of like the night I was wondering about grasses, and trees, and shrubs – why are there so many shades of green? The Lord asked if I had ever considered the edges of leaves… weird, huh?

Not just leaves, the edges of leaves. All were carefully designed and constructed, so many different types, configurations, thicknesses, textures, colors, purposes, right down to…

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