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It’s A New Season and Moving Right On!

It’s a new season – and moving right on!

“I worship you

I worship You

The reason I live is to worship You!”

I thank God for my journey and for bringing me to a new milestone, a new era of my life, WOW! Glory be to God!

I celebrated my 70th birthday a week ago with my family and it was a lovely beautiful time. I thank God that I got to celebrate this milestone with the people I love the most; that Corvus 19 lock down happened while we’re all together as a family. I’m ever so grateful to you Lord!

And now, moving on to face this age thing “head on”. The world talks a lot about 70 being the new 60, 50 being the new 40 and so on. Whatever that mean, I think for me it is time to call a “spade a spade”.

What does turning 70 mean for me? Is it time to give up on living life like I used to? Is it time to lose interest in the things that I have been passionate about? Does it mean I will be “swept into the corner” to gather mould, dust until I finally fade away?” Is that what aging is about?

From my own perspective, turning 70 is arriving at a new threshold of this territory called ‘getting older’. I believe in aging gracefully without denying the age fact; like slowing down, reducing work hours, revive, revisit old interests. Getting older is a time for new adventures -new discoveries, new learnings!

Anyway, “Who am I?” I am thankful that I’m not defined by my relationships, by the people I love, by my mistakes, misgivings, fears, or regrets or by my good works.

I believe I’m defined by who Christ has called me to be. “Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

The following scriptures mean a lot to me at this time:

• “For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

• “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus. Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)

In closing, let me say that “these are the best days of my life” and I’m looking forward to meet that new ‘me’ as God continues His work in me.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I commit this part of my journey to you. Thank you for Your joy and goodness in my life. Nothing can compare to the lasting satisfaction You bring to my soul. Lead me as I follow You…

In Jesus Name, Amen!

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Time of refreshing…

“In your presence there is fullness of joy.” Psalm 16:11

Raquel and me at Mercy Spirituality Centre.
Welcome to my new blogpost – “Time of refreshing”
The peace and beautiful surrounding at Mercy Spirituality Centre was just what I needed to get away from everything!

My New Year’s Day devotional reading was from (Ephesians 2:6) and it says, “God has already raised us into new heights in the spirit but, to understand the joy and power of what God has for us, we must be willing to let go of old trappings.” What do I need to change?  I’m sure the answer/s to that question will come but all I wanted to do  was to rest, read my bible, talk to God and to have more rest. 

I love this quote, “Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” We all need fresh strength and passion to do what God has called us to do. We can’t go into the new year without a good rest.
 
When I met 84 years old Raquel from Chile at the Centre, I knew God put her in my path for a reason. Raquel was the only other person at the units I was staying at. She spoke Spanish and French and very limited English.   But I got to know Raquel and we had a lot of fun trying to find ways to communicate to each other. We used sign language, wrote words down and their translation.  Praying for each other was special. Raquel prayed in Spanish/French and I prayed in English.  We listened to CD music during our meal times. It was such a joy to spend time with this delightful little lady. The bible says, “Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25)
I have no doubt God was in the plan!  Oh, and what about those changes that I need to make? I’m absolutely sure God has all that covered. I believe the best is yet to come!I pray that you will let the Lord lead you this year and let it be the best year of your life! 
God bless you abundantly this new year!
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“Daughter, your faith has healed you…” Mark 5:34

The story of the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25-34)

The bible tells us that “she had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.” And when the woman heard that Jesus was coming to her town, she went and came up behind him in the crowd and “touched his cloak” because she thought “if I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately, her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering(Mark 5:36-29).

God is moved to action by our faith.

The woman was part of the large crowd that were pressing through to get closer to Jesus. She was desperate and the grief from 12 years of suffering became the courage she needed to reach Jesus. When Jesus asked “who touched my clothes?” She knew Jesus was talking to her. Trembling in fear she fell at Jesus’ feet and told him the whole truth. Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering”.

The woman was healed and set free!

If you’ve been waiting for your breakthrough, don’t give up!

Be encouraged!

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Speak to the darkness

 How do we keep our spiritual passion burning?

I believe that ‘prayer’ is fuel for the fire…

God gifts every saved person for service (Steven J. Cole @bible.org “Saved to serve”).

Here’s the Apostle Paul speaking to Timothy,

This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.” 2 Timothy 1:6

Over the years, I discovered that prayer is a tool that I can use to introduce God during conversations I have with strangers I meet.  Through praying for others, I have grown closer in my relationship with God.  It’s been an amazing journey of learning how to humble myself and be kind to strangers and poor people.  God uses both our strengths and weaknesses to make us better witnesses for Him.

Here’s how Paul encourages Timothy,

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

‘Fear’ is one of the biggest giants that stands in the way to keep us from reaching others for Christ.  We have to slay this giant if we want to conquer and occupy our promised land. The devil is a liar and accuser and he loves to keep us hiding in our comfort zones where we cannot serve and glorify God.  In 1 Samuel 17:26, David dared Goliath and said, “Who is this pagan Philistine anyway that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living GOD?” That’s a bold statement to make in the face of the fierce intimidating Goliath!  And with a tiny stone and the sling, David killed him.  WOW!  Victory! What about us?  Paul encourages us from Philippians 4:13,”For I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

Fear keeps us from developing our gifts and from being fruitful in our lives. But the good news is, God is able to deliver us from our fears and transform us by his Spirit. There are no queues of people lining up to be prayed for or to hear the good news of the Gospel.  We have to be willing to go and find them!

Talking to strangers opens up opportunities to pray, share a scripture or give a personal testimony of God’s goodness in my life.  I believe there will be fewer strangers in our communities if we as Christians will give  some time to talking to  people they’ve never met before.  In my experiences, ending a conversation with a prayer opens up opportunities to give hope, to point people to God, give encouragement and allow God to heal them. Some give their hearts to the Lord, some say they will think about going back to church or some say they will find a church to visit. Prayer helps people to reflect upon where they are in life. People listen to the words of the prayer.  Some  cry while being prayed for. Some say, “Thank you… that was just what I needed!”

God heals our fears as we take small steps of faith.  Of course we are to expect disappointment.  But it does not have to end there.  Keep on going.  There are more strangers wherever we go.  I recently heard the following quote from Joyce Myer,

“I’d rather give something to someone and be wrong than to give nothing.”

What a great challenge!  I would rather offer to pray for someone and be rejected than lose the opportunity altogether.

And yes, more prayer… more fuel to keep our spiritual passion burning.

God bless and thank you for visiting!