Be United In One

Heavenly Father, whose Son prayed that we all might be one: Deliver us from arrogance and prejudice, and give us wisdom and forbearance, that, following your servant Charles Henry Brent, we may be united in one family with all who confess the Name of your Son Jesus Christ; 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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Looking Straight Ahead

Looking Straight Ahead
By S.A. BLakley

Looing straight ahead, Crossing over soon
Feeing an unrest, But, staying in tune

With the Spirit man, Who’s leading the way
Another years comes, Dawning a new day

Awake beginning Create works of art
Clean slant, blank pages Fresh ink, learn by heart

What’s right, from the wrong By changing mind set
Looking straight ahead, Another door shuts

Thanks for reading
Poem # 2221

Idea on September 7, 2013 at 9:59 PM in chair by south window
Re read and made some changes on 6 March 2015

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Staying On The Journey

It’s been 32 years, since I welcome Jesus in my heart.
He is the LORD over my life.
I called upon the Lord on March 25, 1983.
It was a Friday.
I’m thankful that the Lord heard my voice.

If you don’t know Jesus or have fallen away from Him,
He wants to have a relationship with you.
All you need to do is open up and ask Him.

If you don’t know how to speak to Him;
Say, LORD Jesus, come in to my life…and confess your sins
Confess you can’t give yourself.

Or if you have fallen away:
Say, LORD take me back, to that place where I first received You.
Ask the LORD to guide you on the journey with Him.

The Lord hears your heart.
Be open to Him.

May we know that the Lord will never leave us.
May we learn that when we fall away from Jesus, we can turn back to Him.
May we humble ourselves and acknowledge our sins.
May we continue on the journey with Jesus.

Thanks for reading.

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While In The Garden 14th day

Notes from Sunday, 25 March 2007
While In The Garden Entry Date: 5th Sunday of Lent/ 84th Day of 2007 / 14th Day Till Easter Sunday. The Dawn of The 8th Day is coming…
While I was my garden last week, I centered myself and focused my prayer time in thanksgiving, praise and worship. I asked God if there was any unforgiveness in my heart, let it be know to me. So He did and I forgave.
One time after I was about to end my prayer time with God, I looked at my watch and was “quick to stop”. I was in a “hurry “after praise and worship because it was “time” for me to stop. As I thought it was…

Then I believe that the Spirit of the Lord spoke to me and said “Don’t rush out in prayer.” So then I lingered a little longer in prayer. I am learning to linger more.

Then there was another time when I felt freely to release some other things that I just wanted to release…. only God knows about. I forgave and repented and I believe that I am forgiven by God.

I have released a lot of things as I am continuing in surrendering things to God, questioning some things about my life, gaining insights about some things and making more discoveries as I am “entering in my garden” of prayer.

This week I am entering into some things that I am accepting in my life. May the Lord help me as I journey along this week before Holy Week. I am excited about Easter! I am REALLY excited. This Easter is very special for me. This date will fall on Easter again in the year 2012.
Billy Graham said “When Christ is out of order or way down on your priority list your whole life is upside down.” Lord help us live a life of order. And to set our priority to our Father’s will. May we confess Lord… Psalm 119:105… “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Guide our lives Lord so that we will see where we need to go. In Your name I pray Amen.
Something to think about: What is on your top priority list? May the Lord our God be the top priority on our daily list. Amen.
Heavenly Father I thank You that we are alive in You. For You are our strength in all that we do. I thank You for this first day of the week where the body of Christ gather together to celebrate Jesus’ victory. I thank You, Jesus for the total VICTORY that You accomplished at the cross. I give You praise.

I thank You that we have the opportunity to come to You and seek You. We can find peace and rest in You as we come to You at anytime in our day. I thank You that You love us. And that we can feel Your love enfolding in us ass we are in Your presence. Help us receive Your love.

Your presence is so wonderful to be in . I thank You for Your presence. May we trust You for the cares that we need. For You know what we need. I thank You for holding us together and holding us up when we don’t think we can do it. I thank You for strength.

I thank You that You have prepared a way and continue to prepare the way for us. You continue to light our paths. You fulfill our desires as we seek after You. Help us to accept the good of things in our lives. And for the good that is to come. Help us to listen with our hearts. For it’s You that makes our hearts beat.

You are in our hearts, Lord. We belong to You. Fill our lives anew and refresh our spirits. Let there be encouragement that flows within us. We can’t breathe without You. We depend on You for helping us to live out our lives. We love You. We are Yours.

I thank You Father God for the covenant blessings of WISDOM, LIFE and ANOITING that You have put on our lives. The life of Jesus and His anointing that You give to those who call upon Your Son for salvation. I thank You for the wisdom that You give us in the chooses that we make. For You are our GOD. In Jesus’ name AMEN.
Special Note: Via Dolorosa….Experience the Way of the Cross. In yesterday’s blog I wrote down what’s on the banners in the Upper Room at the 24/7 prayer and worship center : Word of Life Church St. Joseph, MO.

I hope that you will take part in the experience. My friend angiewashington said that she was wondering what was on the banners. She can not make it to the Upper Room. She lives in another country. Also I believe that my friend cyndymac will take part too. Thank you girls for your comments.Thank you my friends.

Most of you can not make it to the Upper Room to take part in this experience of the Way of the cross. So I copied what’s on the banners so that if you are interested you can take part wherever you have your quiet time with God. I hope you join in.
I will re read the banners again. See if I copied correctly. Also read pastor’s blog for information on “Christian Mysticism.” March 22, 2007. He preach on this on March 23, 2007.
I hope that you plan to go to your home church today. Mine is Word of Life Church Sundays 9AM or 11AM CST. ( June of 2014 the Sunday gatherings: 10 AM only)

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Note To Self

Hope you’re coming along okay on this Lenten Journey.
We are about in the final two weeks of the journey.
Keep pressing on.

May the Lord reveal to us things.
May we experience things in new ways.
May we see the beauty of the cross.

Here’s an old post:
Written on Sunday, 25 March 2007

Some Thoughts Of Today

We are in the last week of March. I am resting and relaxing more as I do what I do. I am taking more breaks. Normally, what I do is ….wanting to accomplish things but I am wearing myself out in the process. Well sister “Susie” has woken up and “smelled the coffee.” The coffee is very strong. By the way, I don’t drink coffee.

For the pass three weeks, I have been doing some things a bit differently… especially on the weekends. I am more refreshed by doing what I have been doing. I am continuing on rethinking my life day by day. I am moving forward into what I believe that God is leading me to do and is creating me to be.

Today, I took extra time in doing some things. I took a long nap this afternoon. I woke up feeling so GOOD! As I reflect back over my day, I noticed some things. I will share a few of them. I came in a few minutes after the first service started today. I am normally in my seat ready to enter into praise and worship with the congregation.

I walk into sanctuary and notice what I notice last week. How others praise and worship God. What I am aiming at… is that I was at the Leeland concert on March 21, 2007 in the MYC in St. Joseph, MO. We arrived about ten minutes late. At first I decided to sat down on a stool…way in the back. There were a lot of teenager and people there.

What I experienced for about 15 minutes was just sitting on a stool and watching people. Some people where entering into praise and worship. [Others were just… I don’t want to say it]. God forgive me. I was not into what was going on. I did not know most of the songs. I could not hear the words to the song….even though the words were on the screen.

While I was there for about twenty minutes, one of the head worship leader in the group said something that I saw. I wanted to enter into praise and worship but my spirit was not into it. It was were I was. I did not feel a part of what I normally do. By this time my friend and I found our “party” who saved us some seats. I thanked God. Yeah, we moved.

What I saw at the concert was some of what I saw when I came into church just a few minutes late. I don’t want to listen to others worship and sing to God. I want to be a part of praise and worship… not looking at others doing what I should be doing. It took me a while to get where I am at now as I entering into praise and worship. I pray that we all will enter into God’s presence and welcome Him in our praise and thanksgiving.

Believe it or not. There are some things that I don’t like about praise and worship. I don’t like to interrupt others as they are in the presence of God. Nor do I like it when others watch others sing and praise God. And especially I don’t like it when I am interrupted as I am trying to give my all to God during praise and worship. I believe that God wants us to worship Him. We should not be “onlookers.” or “distracters.”

Now, I am at the point when I am interrupted in praise and worship especially at church, I have to brace myself. When I am at church, I could move from “my spot”. I have thought about it. But I am still where I am. Lord help me.

I could be bold enough to tell others who do this that it irritates me when they do what they do… I thank God for the ones who do not interrupt other in praise and worship. Right now, I am just enduring this when it happens to me. I am learning from what I am experiencing. I say Lord, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.

Most of my friends that know me, know not to sit by me to closely. They know that I need room to praise and worship. I do get a bit “wild” at times. Not too many people sit by me. I say only the “bold” and “courageous” are the ones who sit near by me. There was a time when I hit a guy who was about 6′ 3″ in the head. He does not sit in front of me no more.

Well, I have some other thoughts but, I don’t want to share them. I believe I have said enough. I am rethinking my life. I had some thoughts to do some things today. I said to myself NO! I am not going there. There are things I have to say NO to. If I am wrong, I believe that the Lord will forgive me. I will repent and move on.

Yeah, today’s message in church was a “word” in season. About Jesus, His Invitation for us believers and followers….to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Jesus. Yes, I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back …Amen.

Stay on the Journey with Jesus….

P.S. The next 14 days will be a bit different …for me.

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Where True Joys Are To Be Found

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; 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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Spring Is Slowing Coming Back

Hello Springtime!

Hope you are enjoy your weekend. It’s the first Full Day of Spring 2015! God’s creation is beautiful as the days pass by. The land is coming alive. The grass is turning greener.

We have been having light showers from time to time for the pass days. The land has as been dry. We had some grass fires last week into this week. Thanking God the rain and that the temperature is above freezing.

I’ve heard the birds singing. I’ve been seeing squirrels eating anything they can. They must have run out of nuts. lol. Birds are eating dog food. And so are the cats.

There are some flowers coming up. There are buds on the trees and brushes. God’s creation knows when to come back to life. It’s been a long Winter. Things look like they fell asleep. Now, they are awaking up.

Well, at last life is back for some. More people are coming out to public places. It’s like people were hibernating during the Winter months. When I go to the store, I can’t find some of what I’m looking for. They are sold out. People are buying.

Spring is slowing coming back. In due time, it will make its full arrival. The joy of the season is here. The changing from Winter to Spring has come. Thank You, Jesus!

May we be aware of our surrounding.
May we enjoy the season as the make their transition.
May we enter into what God has for us.

Thanks for reading.
Enjoy the season.

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