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May 1, 2017, 8:56 AM

Brokeness


Goodmorning followers of Living Hope Free Methodist Chruch,

Here at Living Hope we have had a spirit filled weekend. Beginning with a Ladies Conference on Beautifully Broken. Followed by a concert with Hope's Journey; Steve Bridgmon and Tracy Kelley Byrd.

Why brokeness you may ask? Why not, I say? If we were to take a survey; I believe we would find that every individual has been effected by some form of brokeness. Death; loss of home or job; loss of a friendship; are just a few I can mention.

Brokeness comes in many ways and effects each one differently.

What I believe is that the depth of your brokeness is no different than the depth of mine or anothers.

So what is brokeness; Merriam Webster defines it as: 

violently separated into parts; damaged or altered; not working properly;  being irregular, interrupted; violated by transgression; discontinuous; disrupted ; made weak or infirm; subdued completely; crushed; cut off; disconnected; not complete; disunite by separation, or desertion.

When broken especially within your heart it may be hard to understand; grasp and know where to find comfort and peace.

Embrace the fact that we have a loving God who cares beyond human understanding.

Romans 8:26 says: "In the same way, the Spirit helps un in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."

If you are broken today, ask God to send the Spirit to abide in you and allow that Spirit to intercede for you. 

I personally testify that when I was in dark days of brokeness, the Spirit did exactly that for me and He will do it for you too.

Dear Lord,

For those who are broken today I am asking that you intercede on their behalf; may your Spirit bring the pain; the hurt the seperation and lay it before you.  And may the Spirit come down and embrace each one with comfort; peace and love.  In Jesus Name Amen.

bjz

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February 22, 2017, 9:10 AM

Another Grandma Blog


The funniest thing happened on the way to bed last night.  As you may know, I have a new granddaughter born January 4, 2017.  Such a precious little one.  Her Mommy and Daddy are so proud that they are often sending me pictures of her for my picture gallery in my new Smart phone.  I have 3 other grandchildren that are teens and 1 that is in his 20's.  I am just as much in love with them as I am my newest granddaughter but for some reason I don't hear from them as often. Has it gotten to be that we take each other for granite so much that we forget to communicate and say I love you more often and to remind each other that we are a blessed family? So yesterday afternoon I challenged my grandchildren to keep up with baby Samantha.  Just as I was heading to bed, my phone started beeping.  Before I went to bed, I had a whole gallery of grandchildren pictures.  All I needed to do was ask. 

Now my question is, "Is that the way we are with God?".  When God was new in our lives, we wanted to communicate with him everyday.  But as the years went on we just said, "Oh well, God knows my need without me asking Him and He knows I love Him and I know He loves me. So I'll just go about doing the best that I can for Him and not take so much time away with communicating."  No, friend.  That is not what we should say.  We should be so anxious to talk with Him each day that it should be the first thing on our mind when we wake up and the last thing we think about before we go to bed.  (I think that is Biblical, isn't it?) 

Lord, I want you in my gallery of pictures just as much as I want my grandchildren.  I love you Lord and you are so good to me.  All my needs are provided but I still want to talk with you about how thankful I am.

 

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Barb Crisenbery

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January 12, 2017, 10:44 AM

Grandma



I just became a Grandma again at 72.  Not a Great Grandma but a Grandma that wants to be GREAT.  I already have 4 other grandchildren that are the best that any Grandma could have.  Now I have the opportunity to have another bestie!!!!  God has blessed me so richly that I get so overwhelmed within when I think of my family.  It is so sad to see broken homes where Grandparents are not able to share in the lives of their children.  My dear sweet husband and I decided a long time ago that we could not raise our children without God in our lives.  He has since gone on to be with Jesus but I am sure he is looking down on us with great joy.  I hope that someday I can have "GREATS" but if that day never comes for me, I know that I have already had a very full and blessed life.

 

Grandma Crisenbery

 




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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