I believe a Word from the Lord

Isaiah 55:6-9 "Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.  Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.  For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts."  (I would suggest reading the entirety of Isa. 55 to get the fullness of this Word."  If you don't have a bible, go to www.crosswalk.com, and they have a bible available there online. 

On July 8, 2009, I was in prayer and meditation in the Word, and I believe I received a Word from the Lord.  "In times of both old and new, people looked to the stars, psychics, fortune tellers, tarot cards, astrology charts, etc., for guidance.  Look to the Lord Your God and not these false idols when you don't get your answer quickly enough, or easily enough — at least as you think.  If you are looking for a "sign" from the Lord or a "Word" from the Lord, ask the Lord to speak to you through His written Word — the BIBLE and/or through His servants." 

Always test any word from the Lord from someone claiming to be from the Lord and a servant of the Lord, with the Word of God.  If it does not line up with scripture, and is telling you something that would contradict scripture, don't accept it as necessarily valid.  A word from the Lord will confirm something that is already deep in your heart anyways, it will also encourage you, and uplift you. 

I hope this post blesses you.  I know as He gave it to me I was encouraged and blessed as always through His written word.  Many blessings and love to you ~~ Michele

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Please pray…

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/mtuominen

 

For my friends out there who pray — please pray for an old friend of mine.  Her name is Mari, and she recently found out that she has breast cancer.  I have posted a link to her caring bridge website if you want to visit it.

Mari lived up the street from me while I was growing up, and we played together quite often.  She is a very sweet person, and always loving and caring.  Please pray for her, her husband and two daughters during this time.  Thanks all!

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Sultan Shindig — come on down!!!

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When we hear that the Sultan Shindig is coming to town, many things come to mind.  Rides, logging games, food, food, food, antique car show, motorcycles, parties, etc., but the last thing people usually will think about is Jesus.  Well, not the last few years anyways thanks to several local churches who come together and have church at 10 am at the Gazebo in downtown Sultan pretty much on Highway 2. 

So if you want to come and join the town of Sultan for worship and a great word — head on down to Sultan, Washington, be there by 10 am, and start your day off with a bang!  If you've never heard of Jesus, or maybe you just want to know more about Him — come on down.  Everyone is welcome.

I am so proud to be apart of a community of Believers that come together in such a way for our community, and just plain flat out love on people.  I LOVE IT!  I'm so excited to go this year.  I haven't been able to go in years past, so this will be my first time.

If you have no idea where Sultan, Washington is — google it, map it, get it? got it? good!!  :-)  So then, after you've started your day off with the Lord, then you get to go on and do some shopping, maybe try some of the local eats, go on some rides (maybe before you eat tho, just for the sake of the other guests!), and get entertained by the logging contests.  They really are fun to watch!

I love my little town.  I love my church.  But most of all I love my God, who is Lord over all!  God is large, in charge, and in control.  Be blessed.  Hope you come on out!  Love, Michele

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Momly Advice — thought I’d share!

My mom shared with me a recent sermon that they got at church, and it was good so I thought I'd share with others.
 
"Jesus comes to bring health and wholeness in everything.
 
God has promised that He will always answer the cry of our heart – if it seems He hasn't answered it's because He's working a deeper work than that physical healing.
God will reveal greater issues than the physical – issues in our heart.
 
The physical ailment is to get your attention – to get you to turn to Heaven and pray.
 
Exodus 15:23-26 vs 26: I AM the Lord your healer. 
 
God is the only one who can bring order out of chaos. Jesus did what He did because of compassion. He was putting things back in order.
 
Isa 53
Heb 2: 14-18
 
No matter what the need (pain, suffering) Jesus understands it because He lived it but without sin. Jesus bore it ALL so when we come to Him – He is the Healer.
 
When physical healing doesn't readily come ask: "What else are you doing Lord?"
 
The gyst of what the pastor was talking about is that Jesus wants to heal and make us whole, but He is also interested in our souls…..our character….what's inside our hearts.  He wants to take out the garbage, burn off the dross, set us free.
 
Anyway……I thought this was good. I look back on times of my suffering and I know it was good for my character. It drew me closer to God and He showed me things about myself that needed His cleansing and then He set me free again.
 
Hope this encourages you…….just remember…..everything that touches your life is filtered through the mighty Lord; He hasn't forgotten you or forsaken you, He's doing a work in you!
 
Love you!!!  MOM"

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Today is the Day that the Lord has made ….

 

This is the song that has been going through my head all day, so I wanted to share.  It is an awesome and amazingly upbeat song.  Please listen to it.  It's VERY good!  Psalms 118:24 "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." 

Psalms 118 in itself is awesome (well the whole Bible is), but thought I would share some scriptures that have touched me tonight, and given me comfort.  Psalms 116: 7 "Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you."  Today and yesterday I made a list of all my thanks to the Lord.  If you are struggling today, I would suggest to make a list of thanks to the Lord.  When you do this, it comforts you as you begin to realize the many blessings you have from the Lord.  I know it helped me.  It comforts during times of trials.  James 1:2-4 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

My study bible (which is amazingly awesome) says in its notes "The word 'trials' (Greek peirasmoi) refers to persecution and troubles from the world or Satan. (1) The believer must meet these trials with joy (Matt. 5:11-12; Romans 5:3; 1 Peter 1:6), for testing will develop persevering faith, proven character and mature hope (Rom. 5:3-5).  Our faith can only reach full maturity when faced with difficulties and opposition (v. 3). (2) James calls these trials a "testing of your faith."  Trials are sometimes brought into  believers' lives so that God can test the sincerity of their faith.  Scripture nowhere teaches that troubles in life are always an indication that God is displeased with us.  They can be a sign that He recognizes our firm commitment to him (Job 1-2). 

Temptation and trials are different.  James 1:13 says "When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me."  For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone:  but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.  Then after desire has conceived, it gives full birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death."  My study bible says in the notes "No person who sins can evade guilt by throwing the blame on God.  God may test us in order to strengthen our faith, but never with the intent of leading us to sin.  God's nature demonstrates that He cannot be a source of temptation to sin."

I John 1:8-10 "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives."

James 5:11 "As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered.  You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.  The Lord is full of compassion and mercy."

Psalms 116:12 "How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness to me?  I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord."

Psalms 118:1-8   "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever."  4 "Let those who fear the Lord say:  "His love endures forever."  5 In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and He answered me by setting me free.  6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?  7 The Lord is with me; He is my Helper.  8 I will look in triumph on my enemies.  It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man."

Psalms 118:24 "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

So if you're having trouble finding things to be thankful for — let me help you get started:  1)  Jesus saved me; 2)  my sins are forgiven; 3) I am promised eternal life in Heaven with my Savior and Lord; 4) I have an awesome family (both my biological family and my married into family — they are all amazing!); 5) I have the BEST kids on the planet; 6)  I have a house to live in; 7) I have warm water in which to get clean, rest in, soak in; 8) I have the most amazing husband ever, who is so kind, warm, caring, compassionate, loving, funny, HOT; 9) I have an amazing church, pastor, friends (both old and new); 10) I have food to eat; 11) I have a computer and internet for being able to communicate the message of the gospel, talk to my friends, meet new friends, etc. 12) I have health insurance; 13) I have a bed to sleep in; 14) I have a husband who sleeps very soundly so that I can be on the computer when I can't sleep, or I can read in the middle of the night when I can't sleep; 15) I have pets that are so much fun, loving, great companions; 16) I have some of the most amazing friends on the planet! 17)  Icy hot Cream — ahhhh. 

Just doing this right now has helped me tremendously tonight.  These thanks are not to brag on me — but to brag on the Lord.  He is the reason I have these things to be thankful for — He is the reason for my everything.  (2 Corinthians 10:17)

Today I had one of the best days I've had in a long time.  It was one of those home run, hit it out of the parks, going down in the records kind of days.  I was so full of the JOY of the Lord.  Filled to overflowing.  It was awesome.  My pain was manageable enough today that I was able to get out and do stuff.  The Lord allowed me to minister to so many people today, visit with some awesome friends, had coffee with another awesome friend who is understanding and kind.  Just a lot of GREAT things.  God also gave me some more ideas for ministry opportunities that I'm very excited about.  Can't wait to do it, if it is His will! 

Then I get the slam.  This one felt like a kick in the gut, ripped off an old scab, open, bleeding, raw, and then rub salt in it kind of slam.  Processing this one has been a bit of a challenge — I wanted to scream, vent, give into my flesh and blast outwards.  Instead, I cried out to the Lord.  Put it down on paper.  Then made my list of thanks.  When you go through trials, how you handle them is what matures you.  How you handle conflicts with people is what matures you.  Don't avoid them — face them, gracefully, tactfully, calmly.  Accept responsibility for your part.  Go to the person as it says in the bible, don't just tell others so that it gets back to the person who has offended you.  Return people's phone calls so that things can be made right.  Don't ignore emails from people just so you don't have to answer for whatever.  Do the biblical thing.  

So what happens if you have a person on the other end who won't return your calls, emails, you hear them saying things about you?  What then?  You forgive — Jesus said 70 times.  Sure, there are two sides to every story, so get the other side out with the person on the other end, not go behind their backs. 

Yes, I have made the choice again to forgive, but this is definitely something I need help with from the Lord on  — my prayer through many of these things is "God, don't let me get bitter, let me get better."  And "Help ME!"  Please pray for me because I feel stuck, and need His help even more than ever.  I always need Him, and can't do my life without Him — but this one is a tough one.  Thanks, and much love to all.  M  PS. I do feel much better now than I did a few hours ago, and this is ALL because of Jesus Christ and His Power, His Amazing Love, His Amazing Forgiveness, Mercy, gentleness, kindness, love and compassion.  For that, I am also thankful for.  When people disappoint, and I will guarantee you they will, God will never disappoint.  He promises to never leave us nor forsake us.  During these times, I draw closer to Him than ever.  For that I am thankful — and for that closeness, I am thankful for the trials.  So, God bless these people.

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