Friday, August 28, 2009
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
When my healing started long ago from years of abuse, it was like bursting through a dark, dreary hole and when the that door that kept me hidden broke open, this amazing light shone all around me, my sorrows started to lift and the joy that had been missing appeared. My heart was becoming full of God's blessings, and love. My love for others became quite clear to me, even those who hurt me. The joy of my salvation and healing came for the Lord.
His protection and presence became clear to me and I started to grow and live everyday.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.
Here David argues in support of his faithfulness to God. Separating himself from any further dealings with those who are enemies of God. He even goes a far as to wish that God would kill them. How raw and personal is David's feelings for his love of God. This is how we should be with those who hate God and speak evil about him.
God still wants us to love on others, we don't have to like what they do but show them God's love through us.
If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.
Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord, and abhor those who rise up against you?
I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.
A prayer for every believer. We must hate unrighteousness in the world, but we must also be aware that there may be something in us the grieves God.
We need to ask God to put us through any test that will help and further his work in us through sanctification that is in us. Dig down deep into our inner thoughts and see if there is any evil way in us. Seek him, find him, grow in him through prayer, serving, loving. Living a servant life with a servants heart.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
My heart is heavy and my mind over flooded with thoughts, sometimes doing the right thing can be very hard. For some people may think your just being negative instead of standing up for what is right. I have had much prayer and I know what I have to do; for it's the right thing. Satan is trying to put those thoughts of your causing trouble in my head, but my heart and mind are one. Meaning with more prayer and understanding that things need to be brought out into the light might be hard, uncomfortable doing it, with in God' s love and grace to understand rules and circumstances. This is hard for me to speak but God is truly working in my heart and I know what I have to do.
On a happier note, I will post the Psalm 139 conclusion in the morning.
Blessings, Peggy Lee
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
You knit me together in my mother's womb. God is creative and active in the development of our lives, from the start when a baby is first conceived.
I remember when I was caring Olivia, how I would cover this unborn baby with much prayer and sing praise to the Lord. To help me and Lee be the parents God wants us to be.
Our days have been ordained for us before one of them came to be. God had a plan for us before we knew it.
You were fearfully and wonderfully made, we are specially made with God's love and desire for us.
In verse 17-love this; How precious to me are your thoughts, O God.
We need to be comforted knowing God is concerned with our needs, thoughts, and our sufferings.
Paul writes, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love them" (1Cor 2:9).
In doing this study, there has been so much going on in our lives and dear ones close to us have been going through things. With our needs, thoughts and sufferings really needs to be given to our Lord, and our Trust in Him for taking care of us. Seek him and know him in all that we do and say.
Trusting that he will provide for us in all, even in our emotions that come and go in our lives. Even in the ways things turn out, because they don't turn out the way we want, it's his way not ours.
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
Have you seeked him today?
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thanks for everyone for praying for him and his family.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Please keep our Pastor Jim and his wife Jody in your prayers, as they await to find out what's wrong.
This morning as we were worshipping, tears and prayers were flowing from each person for our Pastor Jim.
Church members become very close that's why God calls us his children. We are FAMILY through the thick and thin of our lives, when one of us is hurting; we all are hurting.
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him for God is our refuge.
We need to pour out our hearts to him.
Blessings in Him
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Hey ladies from and near Lancaster Assembly of God Church in Lancaster, NH who would like to attend this years Women's Fall Retreat. Let me know by email or call me. Ladies we already have one room full lets get another full amen.
All this to say my heart is full of joy this morning, even though my fibromyalgia is acting up so I am in pain. But our life seems to be happy, yes we still have those speed bumps, I will call them. But God is pulling our family together. Today we are having a family BBQ for my nephew (not Dylan) who is leaving again to go overseas for another 6months to year. I plan on taking some pics today to share. Please keep George in your prayers with the other soldiers that are overseas away from their families.
Here is some scripture that was brought to my attention from a dear friend. Enjoy
Encouragement from my Psalm 139 study that we are doing right now.
Psalm 30:5 (NIV)
For his anger lasts only a moment, but is favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Psalm 33: 20-22 (NIV)
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.
note from me: years ago I thought I had no hope in my life, but God was there even when I couldn't see or feel or understand him. God was carrying me along in life, when I was crying his name and curled up in a ball in the corner he was holding me in his arms. Something down deep in me, held onto the concept that there was hope for me. And there was, today I stand saved, healed, loved by my Lord.
everything rides on hope now
everything rides on faith somehow
when the world has broken me down
your love sets me free...
(words to a song, can't remember who signs them, but beautiful)
Blessings, Peggy Lee
Friday, August 7, 2009
You hem me in,-behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
There is so much in these four verses, God is truly speaking to me through this morning study. I pray that you will open your heart, mind and soul to what God has for you today. Let's begin.
Verse 5 - He cares for us by laying his hand of favor upon our heads. His hand of favor is surrounding us with love, protection and guidance.
Verse 6 - God's knowledge of us is too massive for us to obtain. I know that if we devoted our time to studying God's Word and spending time in prayer with him, he will show us insights to help us with our relationship with him and others. Knowing who he is, is great reward of knowledge for us.
Verse 7 - We as children of God can never move beyond his care, guidance for us. His strength supports us through life situations that come our way. The ups and downs that we face everyday in our walk with him and in our everyday lives in the world. We need him more than we can imagine.
Verse 8 - Where ever we go in our lives, he is there surrounding us with love, joy and peace. Even though there are times we don't feel like he is there. That most likely our doing, we have pushed him aside (sometime unaware that we are pushing him aside) He awaits for us, he never leaves us, his arms are open and awaiting us.
As I sit here typing this out, my heart is full this morning of joy, love and peacefulness. Don't get me wrong my life is full of ups and downs right now. But this I know, that my God is for me, who could be against me.
God loves you and me so much that He sent his one and only Son. For US!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise, you perceive my thoughts from afar,
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.
I love this chapter in Psalms; through my years of searching for healing of my painful sufferings. Learning how to discover God's love for me, I read Psalm 139 many times, highlighted much in my bible, underlined to death to the point of almost not being able to read the words on the page. That's how much I love this chapter and have found peace between the lines.
This psalm describes various aspects of God's attributes, about his omnipresence and omniscience as these characteristics relate to his care for us.
He created us knowing the perfect knowledge of each of us, he is always with us and his thoughts are always directed toward us in our everyday situations.
Verse 1-he knows me completely (wow my God has searched my heart and knows me, how exciting that he cares so much for me that he takes time for me).
Verse 2/3-he knows my every move of my day and night (he knows my deep inner thoughts and feelings, my desires and fears that sometimes overtakes me, he already knows them) why do I worry so?
Verse 4-he knows what I am going to say before I speak it (oh wow that scares me, because I know that sometimes my own thoughts scare me to repent of them, to know that he knows my words before I speak, that tells me to really think before I speak).
I have decided to do a blog devotion on this psalm, this is part one. Please stay tuned in for part two in a couple of days. A lady from another blog is going through a hard time, my heart was touched and God led me back to this Psalm to reread and pray on it and He wanted me to share from my heart. Thank you Lord for your wonderful love and peace that you have given to us.
With the economy, they way it's hitting people is so sad, we need each other more and more, most importantly we all need God in our lives.
Blessings, Peggy Lee
Sunday, August 2, 2009
This morning I am reading from Proverbs 4:23-27
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.
Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
This word is for me today, it's hard in this world not to get caught up in everything going on around us. Through tv, schools, our kids, peer pressure, keeping up with the Jones. Sometimes I find my self there wishes we had this or could do that. I need to be thankful for what God has supplied to us and know that I am blessed.
blessings, peggy lee
Saturday, August 1, 2009
We have a busy day around here at the Baker's home, dump runs, wash, girls have things to do, fixing the walls in our living room. But next weekend starts a vacation for us and we are planning some day trips, and Lee and I are getting away for one night together long over due.
Well I better get busy, (drinking another cup of coffee), Lee will be home from our Church's men's breakfast that they have monthly what a great ministry for men.
more to come later. peggy lee