Monday, February 28, 2011

Ransomed by the King



Lately I have been trying to figure out the meaning of ransom. I am learning to play the guitar so I play this verse over and over, as I learn to switch between chords and I sing repeatedly the words...My chains are gone, I've been set free My God, my Savior has ransomed me And like a flood His mercy reigns Unending love, amazing grace. The Lord has promised good to me  His word my hope secures He will my shield and portion be  As long as life endures
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Wondering and believing that I have been ransomed, was I worth the price?
In God's eyes we are all worth the price, but was I showing Him that I understood the sacrifice? Was I serving Him in a way that was humble, righteous, loving, was I sharing about Him and how He wrote my name in the Book of Life. 
Ransom:  1a. The release of property or a person in return for payment of a demanded price. b. The price or payment demanded or paid for such release.  2. A redemption from sin and its consequences. 


Yes, that was it, redemption, God never required nor demanded anything from me, He set me free so that I could live a life of eternity. Now all legalism aside, yes I understand the need to read and pray, and serve and live a life according to the gospel, but if I did nothing, after accepting Him as my Lord and Saviour I was worth the price. In His eyes, I was, but in my heart I heard a resounding no! I am so overwhelmed at the mercy, grace, forgiveness, protection, provision, love, and daily strength that HE gives me, I am speechless. He without wanting nothing for ransom, rescued me, and opened the floodgates of heaven to rain down on me.  I remembered a line from a not so famous pastor but a good one that spoke on Sunday and he challenged us, "When was the last time you did something for the first time?" 
Am I listening to the still, small voice of the Lord and in obedience seeing what amazing things He can do through me, Lord I hear your whisper to my spirit and today as I go about my day I pray that I am put in a place to share about You, encourage a sister or brother in Christ to seek more of you and stand firm in the power you have given me through your spirit to be a witness to the ends of the earth!


It is going to be a great day, Happy Monday!
Grab the Kleenex, this is one of the most powerful songs and watch and remember He died for you!





Monday, February 21, 2011

Over the Moon....God why I am always amazed...

We have been so blessed after the most amazing night of sharing by our church family and their heart for missions. Missions today is not only those that go to the far corners of the earth but those that serve here, there and everywhere.
Last night we had the awesome opportunity to share and host a missions night., The theme was to ..see what God was stirring in the hearts of our family..

Knowing that God had orchestrated the amazing group He had set before me, I still was nervous, and wanted everything to be just right. I prayed Lord please give me twenty people, and then sunday morning I was reminded to go bigger and I said I would be over the moon, if 40 people came. Well as you have probably guessed, God desires to blow our minds. At one point I looked out and started to count and after I got to forty and still had part of the centre of the church and the entire group on the right hand side,  I could only smile, stop counting, say a prayer of thanks and allow the blessings to make my heart expand in gladness.

I hate it when I limit God, and then HE reminds me, the moon should be the limit. That when I put a ceiling on things, God shows me that I set my sights too low. The sermon on Sunday was so cool, I can't possibly capture it all, but the main theme, was Jesus set the bar and ever since, we have been resetting it and settling for what comes.

Jesus said in John 14 "Ask me for anything in my name," and He said this after setting the bar, with miraculous healings, loaves of bread that fed thousands and signs and wonders of God incredible power within Him. We all have that same power, the Holy Spirit lives in us, and as we walk out our daily lives we can use it.  Just because the standard that we see isn't happening in accordance to our prayers, the opportunity is there, it is for everyone, to see miracles and be the hands that raise the dead, heal in Jesus name.

Listening to the fellow speakers last night I was so blessed and humbled, and touched at the sheer beauty of God's light shining through them.  The light in their eyes, the ache their voices shared, and the tremor in their voice as they shared about the sheer size of the issues facing marginalized people, and especially children around the world . It was so powerful.

Thanks for opening the eyes and the hearts to those that came last night. To Pastors Ken and Eunice for supporting and praying for all that wanted prayer for their future, for  wisdom, discernment and knowledge to follow God's lead and His place for them in the Great Commission.

Christine for sharing about her love of Africa and the incredible power of one...Lisa for sharing about life as child on the mission field and that of a MK leaving Africa to the harsh Canadian winter, and her desire to pray for missionaries...Gene for sharing about local missions and the ability to find your place here, no matter what your age is..Steve for sharing about India and Nepal and how God has called him into ministry and Supply Line..Brenda for sharing about the Dalit women in India and one of the world's most vulnerable people groups...Ruth for sharing about being senders...those incredible solid rocks that hold those of us that go up daily in prayer, in letters and care packages...Randy for sharing about the travesty that is facing our young women today in Canada and in North American, the tragedy of child trafficking, incompressible when compared to the young women we all know and love...For Jussi for sharing about the injustice of children being actively engaged in combat in over 30 countries, accounting for 250,000 children that have been kidnapped from the safety of their families.
Yes It was a night to remember, and I am humbled at the future that God has entrusted into the hearts of those I am blessed to call my friends.

Join me in keeping all of these stories on the radar...
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Pray for the Dalit families in India


Allow your hands to be part of what God is doing around the world



A letter when you are away from home is a like a long distance hug


He is the potter and I am the clay...

Isaiah 64.8
Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentines day reminds me...

Valentines Day reminds me about love, chocolate, roses, funny cards and the take your wife out for a nice dinner evening thing. That kind of Valentines Day was in our youth and early dating years. Now we celebrate with purchases of storage solutions! WAHOO! Yep you guessed it, two Rubbermaid cupboards for the deck to store things and two tall pantry cupboards and a laundry drawer for our laundry room. Nothing says love quite like storage solutions.Okay so I am a sentimental gal, and I can be wined and dined with roses etc. But get me organization and my heart sings. Now Jussi always gets leery around celebrations where there may quite possibly be an expectation. He never plans in advance, well Kelsey used to help with that, but normally he arrives home on Valentines Day and says we weren't doing anything for today were we? Ha Ha he makes me lol, too late if we were, the surprise you got me something doesn't have the same value when he comes home and then jumps back in the vehicle to run to town to buy something simply for the sake of buying something. So why try and beat that, decide before "the day" what I would really like. This year it was a toss up between storage solutions and a vacuum. Now I can hear a few people guffaw out loud, yes I would like a vacuum too, but not because I use it, because he does. We need a new one but I am consumer shopper and have not found the deal I am waiting for. 

So as we head into Valentines Day I am so thankful for all that we have, thankful that my husband doesn't think roses and fancy dinners are worth it, (I like my own cooking ) and that he understands my need for order. Now all my new cabinets cost way more than roses or dinner so it is not about being cheap it is about knowing me. To know me is to love me...so celebrate Valentines Day with family, friends, your kids, coworkers or neighbours. Let someone in your world know you appreciate them just the way they are.  Just because this is his favourite picture....I love you!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

This is the Day the Lord has made....

It seems to me that it is easy for many of us to wake up and rejoice in another day that we are alive. I know for myself I think some days I would rather stay in bed. Some days I have a pity party before I even get up and wonder why I can't be somewhere else, living my life on the mission field. Today was one of those days. I spend hours and hours reading books, watching documentaries and researching opportunities to go. Funny thing is, maybe every time I get the urge to look up opportunities and that is often, I should draw into HIM. I should read the word instead of hearing the daily plights of life in Uganda for child soldiers, life in Sudan for women with hiv/aids, life for babies and children in Haiti. I am not ignorant to the needs. Oh my soul, I wish I could sing it is well, then I remember the circumstances of when it was written and I need to snap out of it and praise and rejoice and be thankful. I live in a land of abundance, a land of beauty and a land where safety nets are available, where law is kept and we have freedoms and a democratic government. So I need you to be my accountability partners and check in with me and make sure I am spending as much time researching opportunities to serve as I am in the word and in prayer. God give me the strength I need to filter my thoughts and energies for Your will. As a side note if you know of books, videos or websites I may be interested in, please pop them into the comments, I always want to learn more.
Rejoice today, throw on some worship music, pray that spring is around the corner and that GOD will use in 2011 in a way that you did not see, imagine or ever hope for. I am....


Psalm 118:24 KJV This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. 


See the accent on the "is". Stay in the moment...don't look too far ahead...I am preaching to me now!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Prayer

Still struggling with the power of prayer. I know, without a doubt that God can and will move mountains to protect the children of the worlds. What I struggle with is why He has not yet? Every child that lives in poverty or abuse or in hunger is completely innocent, and born into the culture of their birth will all the ancestral baggage. Now don't get me wrong I believe these children are also born into the riches of HIS glory, and as sons and daughters of the KING. I just wish the barometric pressure of fair was fair. I believe in many things, God is not always fair but He is always just. There are some that believe He allows things to happen and others that believe that HE lets things happen. I am not here to argue questions of who is to blame, I wish I was here to fix the world's atrocities being committed to children but I am not. I am here because it says in his word to care for the orphans and children, the sick and the poor, the oppressed and the captives. That I can do. IT is my desire to see signs and miracles move in the area of legislation and politics in countries where children are not protected. To see a difference in one life, to have faith like Davids'. I want to slay lions in His name in prayer and intercession, in politics and world affairs. I want to be a person of prayer. I want to call in my inheritance and believe in the things I cannot see.....



Pleas join in me in praying for all the children of the world!