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October 12, 2016, 8:36 AM

A Miracle


Many of you have been praying for me all summer asking God to help me, hold me, and heal me.  Thank you all for your prayers.  God is so good.  Yesterday was may Kidney Transplant evaluation and testing day. Since July, I have entered a new program through the health system that allows me to see test results and messages from my doctor so I printed off the testing that I had done in July and the most recent one on Sept. 26.  I still have to have some explanation of the results and so I took them with me to the evaluation.  As we began with the post transplant people coming in to fill out forms and ask me tons of questions, it was time for me and my daughter-in-law, Erin, to have an opportunity to ask them questions.  I brought out my last result which they didn't even have in their system yet and asked them what the new GFR (which is how the measure your kidney function) reading meant because the July and Sept. were so different.  There was quite the pause. And then the co-ordinator said, "YOU DON'T NEED A TRANSPLANT!  In fact this reading would not even put you in the preliminary stages of kidney transplant discussion."  It seems that my kidney function had improved 15%.  They asked me what I was doing differently.  Well!!!!!!!  First I said that I was annointed with oil and my family and church have been praying non-stop since I told them about my condition in July.  Then they noticed the difference in some of my other readings and ask if my meds had changed.  There was a reading in July that alerted my family  Doctor to a high potassium level and she had called to tell me to discontinue a blood pressure pill that I had been taking for 4 years to see if that would lower the potassium level.  So this was the explanation that the medical team grabbed onto.  But I know that It was all God!!!  I had been taking this medicine  for so long and had never before caused the potassium level to raise.   I have had bloodwork every 3 months for this last year and every 6 months prior to this year for the last 4 years as they watched my kidney functions fall into stage 4 and 5 kidney failure.  The doctors will continue to monitor me every 3 months but I am trusting that God has this in His hands.  He is the one that has my days numbered and I will be here as long as He has work for me to do.  PRAISE GOD.

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August 23, 2016, 9:26 AM

Are you rowing?


I Cornithians 4:1 "So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God." NIV

The word servants here denotes subordination - people in positions of less power or authority; submissive or controlled by authority.

In the Greek New Testament the word ministers was used - translated from the Greek word,  huperetas the very lowest class of criminals.

In ancient times these criminals were sent to the lower deck of the ship and chained to a bench and to each other to take up the oar and move the ship.  All would have to use all the strength in order to move these heavy oars in order for the ship to move.

When I put that into thoughts of myself and the jobs I am placed here to do for Christ. I begin to realize that Paul is telling me, I can't do my job alone.  

Within the family unit, I cannot keep the family together without the aid of my husband and all the members of the family.  It takes all our strength beginning with my husband and myself to the great grandchildren, to move the family forward. Putting God and only God first will keep this family together.

It is the same within my church family; it takes all the members to move the church forward. and all the members must be servants first to Christ.

Take this blog as an example; it has not seen an entry since June 8th of this year.  It is not moving. it is at a standsill. So I challenge this team of which I am a member to once again, take up our oars and move this blog. 

I am drawing on some questions I recently read by Rick Warren and adapting them to this blog. 

 1. Do you know what boat God has called you to jump into and start rowing? What church, organization, ministry, or mission are you supposed to be helping?

2. When you look at your own life, can you see that it has taken the combined efforts of many faithful people to get you where you are today? 

Dear God, as I blog and share my recent state of mind and draw on others and their understanding of your word; help me and those reading this blog to consider the "oar" we are to take up. Help us to draw on you and each other and the strength we have together to move our faith; our families; our employment; our church; our communities and our country forward. I ask this in Jesus' name, Amen.
 

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June 8, 2016, 8:28 AM

Diabolos - Devil


Diabolos is the root for the English word devil.

Being a compound word the Greek meaning for dia is through; bolos means to throw a net it also means to beat over and over.

Diabolos literally means to cast through.

There a many types of nets, but for this blog, picture a cast net, which is a lg. net round in shape with many sinkers all round it. Causing the net to pull the fish down to put a hold on them they cannot be freed from. The fish must be seen before a cast net is thrown; this leads me to believe they are swimming in shallow waters.

The devil uses his nets to catch us and to pull us down. He puts strong holds on us to bring us down. To give us lies that we begin to believe as truths.

A strong hold would be like a prison, a fortress this is quality construction. One that has taken time to build, one that is not easily torn down.

When these strong holds of the devil get into our minds, they are like quality construction that puts prisons of untruth in our minds! They have taken time, sometimes years to build and we believe them.

A few strong holds would be doubt, fear, anxiety, hopelessness, overeating, lack of self-worth, you can add your own strong holds to the list.

When we receive the Holy Spirit into our lives we receive a whole army to wage war against the strong holds of Satan.

II Corinthians 10: 3-5 "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh; (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"

Be encouraged through these verses; we do not need to be entrapped by the devil. We have weapons through the Holy Spirit that will break down these strong holds on us.

For a list of these weapons see Ephesians chapter 6.

Back to the picture of the fish caught in shallow waters.  We can’t swim shallow with God, we must dive deep and swim with Him.

Get into the Word of God, pray and study accept the weapons the Holy Spirit has provided and the Devil cannot keep his strong hold on you!

Dear God, as we live and breathe here on this earth, may we swim with your Word, be in your presence daily, hourly if necessary to win the Spiritual Wars within us. You are greater than anything the Devil places on us. Thank you Lord for your perfect love, hesed, a love completely undeserved. In your Son’s name I pray, Amen

bjz



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06-09-2016 at 10:32 AM
Barb Crisenbery
Great analogy! Another reminder to be in the Word of God.
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May 11, 2016, 9:22 AM

Graduations


"Train up a child in the way he/she should go and when he is old he will not depart from it".  As our teens graduate from high school and begin their independence, we hold on tight to this promise from Proverbs 22.  We truly need to cover them in prayer because along with the uncertainties and decisions they are making there is also the physical changes that are taking place in their bodies.  The world seems to be at their doorstep with so many possibilities to choose from.  If we as parents and grandparents have expressed to our children how important it is to follow the Lord in all their ways, we have finished the training.  Now just to let them go!  How difficult that is!!  But as we look back on our own lives the lessons were best learned by making mistakes.  Even our muscles grow stronger when we fall down and pull ourselves up a few times. 

If you have teenagers graduating in your circle of family and friends, PRAY HARD for them.  This world needs Godly young people with new and fresh ideas to witness to this ever increasing sinful world.

 

Submitted by Barb Crisenbery

Grandmother in training.




April 1, 2016, 9:02 AM

SPRING WINDS


Here we are in another awesome season.  SPRING!!  This year it seems to be the story of the high winds in my area.  I have a wooden sign on my back porch that bangs against the house.  I had to take it down the other day because I thought it was going to come right through the wall.  And on this old house that would probably be possible.  But I'm thankful for those winds because it dries up the yard and mud puddles that all the rain has created.   I know pretty soon I'll be ready to plant  flowers so I appreciate the dryer soil.  I have already seen some farmers in their fields and I'm sure they are thankful for the wind as well.

          I remember when I was a young mother and the high winds used to frighten me.  I was always worried about a tornado coming through.  Over the years I have learned that there is nothing I can do to prevent the winds so I have learned to embrace them and just be careful to look for shelter when it's necessary and remember that God is beside me. 

          Hey, is that what we do with the storms of our lives?  We seem overwhelmed at times when our situations are more than we can bare.  But we need to remember that God is beside us to help us find shelter in his word, in our devotions, and through our prayers.  ( " If we will trust in God’s sovereign care for us in life’s storms, He will use us to bear witness to many." ) Quoted from Steven J. Cole 2002.  Weathering the Storm.

          In every season of the year as well as the seasons of our lives we should always be ready to give an answer for the reason of the hope that is within us.  (1 Peter 3:15)  So when the high winds or even the tornados of life try to bring you down, remember that sometimes the Lord is clearing up muddy puddles so that you can plant flowers of hope.  He is always beside us helping us through so that we can give testimony to his faithfulness.

Submitted by:

Barb Crisenbery, Living Hope Secretary

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