We pray that You will pour out upon the leaders of Your Church that spirit of self-denying service

O gracious God, we remember before you today your servant and apostle James, first among the Twelve to suffer martyrdom for the Name of Jesus Christ; and we pray that you will pour out upon the leaders of your Church that spirit of self-denying service by which alone they may have true authority among your people; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

via The Book Of Common Prayer

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Testifying of God’s Love ~ Remembering My First Surgery #Lupus Related

During the Summer of 2001, I  was on the road to discover that I had lupus.  After a series of weekly blood work and lab work, it was time for my kidney biopsy. That day was July 24, 2001.  What an experience that was.

What led me to have surgery? Doctors were trying to figure out what was going on with me. Some of my symptoms; I would get out of breath while walking. I was in PAIN and had trouble sleeping. My joins were swollen.  Yes, I was a very sick girl and in sorry shape.

But, through it all,  my diagnosis was acute lupus nephritis IV. It was full-blown lupus. I’m thankful that God was with me. I felt His love. I’m thankful for family and friends along my journey. Thank God for doctors and medicine.

As I look back during this time in my life,   I wasn’t as scared as I thought I would be.  I didn’t know what to expect. One thing for sure, I was praying. Yes, indeed!

I did learn a lot by going through what I did. I don’t know how, I did what I did. But, I know for sure, I’m thankful for whatever God placed in me, it helped me to get through what I had to go through to get me where I needed to be. Thank You, Jesus!

Yes, it’s good to reflect back over what we’ve been through. We can than see how God had His hands on things as He guides us through. And how, all things worked out together for the glory of God’s goodness.

I’ll share what happen next Sunday on the outcome of what I had to do next. It was scary. But, it was the beginning of a process that I had to go through.

May we celebrate milestones in our lives.
May we learn from what we have experience on our journey.
May we be thankful that God guides us through life.
Amen.

Thanks for reading.
Susan

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer via The Book Of Common Prayer

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Mercifully grant that by His grace we may be healed and know You in the power of His unending life

Almighty God, whose blessed Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of body and of mind, and called her to be a witness of his resurrection: Mercifully grant that by your grace we may be healed from all our infirmities and know you in the power of his unending life; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

via The Book Of Common Prayer

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Ideas For New Inventions: May we use our imagination for the good of things

I would joke about this idea to a friend. Only if this could be. A device that we can carry to control the weather that we were in and surrounding us.

When it’s too cold mainly in the Winter months or too hot in the Summertime. We can have the temperature that we wanted. Oh, how great that would be.

It would be like a little thingy we could carry on us with an on and off switch. It would be an automatic thing. This device would be small enough to carry in your hand.

Or maybe it can be a force field around us as we go about our days. It wouldn’t affect what surrounds us. Nor bring harm to the temperature surroundings.

The atmosphere would be the same. But we wold be comfortable as we were out and about. Oh how this could be with no hassle about the weather. Being too hot or too cold.

This is just a wonder. Only if it can be so. How things can come about as going through life. We wouldn’t have to worry about the temperature changes. But the temperature would be what it is.

I had other thought of inventions.
A photo like video that would be flat like a photo. But can be like a motive picture at the touch of the screen.

Transportation: We would be able to speak the location and be there. It wouldn’t be as speaking things into being. If this was so there would be a lot of weird things going on.

May we use our imagination for the good of things.
May we be creative and just imagine.
May God bless us with creative ideas.
May we think good thoughts on the things of heaven.
Amen.

Thanks for reading.
Hope you do use your gift imagination.
Peace be with you.
Susan

Blog from Monday, 21 May 2012 « Journaling_Susan’s »
Ideas For New Inventions

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May God refresh us and grant us strength

He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good. NKJV Proverbs 19:8

I was looking over some of my blogs. I thought to share this one. The LORD is my strength and my song.  I have found strength in singing songs unto the Lord.

May we not grow weary in doing good.
May we remember that the Lord is our strength and our song.
Amen

Thanks for reading.
Susan

Notes from Saturday, 19 July 2008
My Strength And My Song

I had a great day today. I had a lot of time to write and think about some things. It’s like a had a day off to myself so to speak.

Yes, God is my strength and my song. Without God, I am nothing. He is my source for all things.

Hope you are doing well. May God refresh you and grant you strength. God Bless. Have A Great Week Ahead.

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On My Journey of Transformation:
A Prayer of Repentance / Psalm 51:1-19 NKJV

Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies. Blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me.

Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight–That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part of You will make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice.

Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.

Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.

O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and a contrite heart– These, O God, You will not despise.

Do good in Your good please to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem.

Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, With burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

Amen!

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My Book Of Remembrance: Pressing on this 17 Year Journey

Happy Day to you! This is the day that the LORD has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.  I hope you have a Great Week! But, first, I hope you gather with the church. Be a blessing wherever you are. Peace of God be with you.

My 17 Anniversary of My Book Of Remembrance:
I began to record some of my blessings  in a notebook on July 17, 1999. I got the idea from on a Joyce Meyer’s program. I thought that it was a good idea.

Through the years, I didn’t record everyday. There were times, I misplace my booklet. Yes, I have some blank spaces. However, I added some in as the years with by.

I have to start another book on January 1, 2017. I’m almost filled my first book up. I have been adding my blessings. And at some point, I started to add events or happening in my booklet. I’m find that interesting.

I look back over my booklet from time to time. I see where I was. How I have come along my journey. I noticed that I recorded some simple things in life.  Every good thing in our life is a blessings

May we record our blessings to look back on how God has been good to us.
May we learn to thank God for the simple things in life.
Amen

Thanks for reading.
Susan

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer via The Book Of Common Prayer

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Still Journaling: But, Slowing Down

I can’t recall when I started to jot down things. Nor can I recall when I set aside time to journal online. I like to journal.

I’m aware that there are times when we need breaks. I come to a season to where I’m slowing down on my public blogging. I know I have a voice. And I know I have things to share.

I’ve been blogging every day for I don’t know for how long. I write everyday. I have something to record. Indeed, I  have a paper trail.

I’ll still continue to post here on Word Press and my other websites. But, I won’t post a blog 7 days a in a row. I missed one day this week on Word Press. I don’t know when I’ll get back in the mode to post everyday.

I’m slowing down.
I’m not burnt out.
I’m pressing on in this season.

May we know when to slow down on things that we do.
May we take breaks from time to time.
May we learn to enjoy everyday life more on our journey.
Amen!

Thanks for reading.
Susan

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