Cynthia’s Farewell

This is an oldie, but goodie. Some office history.

This may be harder than I thought it would be.

I began work at Abba’s Heart Ministries in October of 2000. The office was an extra back room of a chiropractic office, with one window and it was into the hallway. I was the Office Manager of this cute little hole in the wall. I worked three days a week while I attended my first semester of college. I hand wrote donation receipts and did data entry to start the Abba’s Heart Mailing List. Soon we followed Sandi’s dream and started a newsletter, Abba’s HeartBeat. In this first year I handled the calendar, the book-keeping, the donations, some of the bills, the newsletter and eventually the 2001 Ladies’ Retreat. I would spend hours, sometimes 18 at a time on the floor of that little office, organizing newsletters, labeling them, sorting them, and doing the postal paperwork for mass mailing.

Soon Abba’s Heart became Abba’s Heart Ministries, Inc. we had a steady Newsletter, Sandi was traveling all over the United Statesand we began a tape ministry while Sandi began work on her first book ideas. She half wrote a couple and then got a publisher and some guidelines. Then came the beginnings of The Prayer of Job and Brenda Deason was hired! Brenda took over the tapes and as I focused on retreats, she took over the receipts as well. After “sharing” a desk and a few times tripping over each other — literally – with me being at the computer, Brenda being on the little chair in the corner with the tape copier on her lap and Sandi sitting on the footstool while on the phone it was clearly time to move. The chiropractic office was kind enough to allow us to use the back bathroom as a storage room, but this arrangement was not going to work for long. We now laugh about those times in the first little office, where we could reach out and hand each other a paper or touch at any time no matter where we were in the office. In 2003, just before Common Ground, we moved two blocks to a new beautiful, bigger office and I finally got my own desk.

At this time I had my minor degree in Social Science and I was attending FresnoStatefull-time. The Prayer of Job was now published, Abba’s Heart Ministries, Inc. had a full working website and online store – Abba’s Max, and we were pumping out two retreats a year. With the new demands, Becky Jensen was hired! Becky took over the bookings, all the travel and the calendar, my main focus was the bills, accounting and retreats; I was back to sharing a desk.

Things at this point were rolling right along. Retreats were growing, the website was growing, the tape ministry was growing, Abba’s Max was growing, the mailing list was growing, the revival meetings were growing; Sandi began to travel overseas and to new states all the time. The insurance company that was in the bottom story of our office building was kind enough to allow us to use their storage room and space, but this would not last for long. In 2005 just before Queen Camp we moved one block away to our new MinistryCenter. After weeks of renovation and rebuilding, cleaning and the like – we were ready for our new home. I finally had my very own desk.

Then comes the Hunger to HopeRevivalCenter, we are embarking on this new undertaking; things are still growing, and then Dora Harris was hired! Dora is helping out wherever needed, she has a couple of projects going all the time … and … I am now sharing a desk.

December was a big month for me. I finished at FresnoStatewith my Bachelor’s in Communication and I got engaged to my boyfriend of almost nine-years! When it rains it pours – in January I was offered a job by the office I interned for in the Fall. I accepted the position and February 14, 2006I started work as a Congressional Field Representative for Congressman Radanovich. As the Congressman is in DC voting in Congress I will attend events and meetings, on his behalf and assist voters with certain issues.

I have truly been blessed by this position, by this place, by this ministry. I have worked here for over five years and I have been able to watch exponential growth, it has truly been amazing! Some things have changed, the characteristics and heart of this ministry has remained the same, it is just bigger. Dreams have been realized in these past couple of years. From the little front office in my house to the chiropractor’s, to the insurance building, to this, Abba’s Heart Ministries – Hunger to Hope Headquarters in downtown Kingsburg.

I have had so many good times with my co-workers. I LOVE my job. It is hard to say good-bye to this place, to this position, to you. I am not quite sure how.

I now know that I will finally be able to be a true fellow Queen Camper. As my life changes Dora is going to take over retreat coordination. We will work together on Common Ground 2006 and then Queen Camp 2006 is all hers.

Brenda – it has been a long and wonderful road; you have grown so much and I will seriously miss our conversations and laughs. Well, now you are left with only one “socializer” in the officina.

To my fellow “socializer,” Miss Becky time spent with you was sweet. I have been blessed to watch you grow. I appreciate you, I appreciate your sense of humor, I appreciate your heart.

Dora, your time here is such a blessing. Those who know me know that I am very protective over this ministry and over my job, retreats. Dora, Thank you for your time and for being so fabulous; you make this so much easier on me, I know that I am leaving things in very good, and capable hands. I am so grateful for the time that I did get to spend with you and with all of us together. Now training is over and we can go shoe shopping!

Ladies and Gentlemen thank you for all of the hugs, for all of the encouragement, for all of the laughs. I hope that I get the opportunity to thank you all and to tell you how much you have meant to me. Please pray for me, this is an exciting transition, but at the same time I mourn my time here and my time with you.

THANK you Jesus for your blessings. Thank you for your strength. Thank you for life.

And thank You Abba’s Heart supporters for being wonderful. Thanks you for seeing God’s heart in this ministry and what it tries to accomplish. Thank you for following the vision that God has set before this place. Thank you for supporting, uplifting and encouraging Sandi Querin, My Boss, My Mom, My Friend.

Mama – times were not always easy, things got hot more times than one back in that little office. I have learned so much from you. This position has prepared me for the world, thank you for trusting me. Thank you for understanding me and what I need. Thank you for setting me up to thrive. Thank you for teaching me. Thank you for encouraging me. Thank you for blessing me in so many ways. I was made for this job and I could not love another more, it has been so right, it has just been so right.

I will see you all “around” hopefully and I will be attending retreats. Thank you for everything! All I can say right now is Thank You …………………………………..

A Stone’s Throw Away ………..

Enrico Caruso, the famous Italian Tenor, was told by his voice and music teacher to “give it up, because your voice sounds like wind whistling through a broken window!”  Sometimes failure surrounds us and more times than should be, others encourage us to fail. I don’t suppose they mean to, but there it is.

What of those times when we encourage ourselves to fail? The Lord warns us when failure is near, but often, there are more “user friendly” things to do than listen!

Jesus warns Peter in Luke 22:31-34 that the enemy is trying to destroy him and that he will surely even deny Christ, his Savior and Friend, shortly.

“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.  And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.”

Simon Peter didn’t take seriously the warning that he was given. This wasn’t a buddy coming with a thought or a brother coming with an idea. This was Jesus, coming with the truth! Jesus told him, “…and when you have been converted…” These were words of truth and life. Peter missed these words because he began to defend his position so quickly that he didn’t ponder the truth that was being presented to him. The Lord just finished telling him that his faith was at risk to fail and that at some point he WOULD BE converted!  Would be converted?   That should have made him stop where he was and instead of making declarations, start asking some questions.

Luke 22:39-46 “And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, saying, Father, if thou be from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them, Why sleep ye? Rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”

A stone’s cast. That means a simple toss of a rock. That’s how far Jesus was from his Disciples, “A stone’s throw away.” That’s within hearing distance. That’s within seeing distance. That’s close enough to hear your friend Jesus agonize in torments and pain. That’s close enough to run a few feet to Him and hold His head up as He prepares to accomplish the triumph of the ages. That’s close enough to see Him sweat blood as you fall asleep. That’s close enough, but yet, too far away …………

They were told to beware of the looming temptation. They were warned. Sleep called louder and the reward seemed greater.  However, in just a few brief moments, the one they held more dear than their own lives would disappear with pain and agony and they have this testimony: they did nothing to encourage Him, not even when asked to. They didn’t pray for Him, they didn’t pray for themselves or the world around them.

Luke 22:54-57 “Then took they him, and led him,and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off. And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them. But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him. And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.”

Peter sat down! He sat down because he first followed “afar off” and was then separated from the cause of Christ.  Jesus is in the house of the High Priest and for no “good reason.”  How could Peter be so distant in such a time of need and simply sit down?

It appears that Peter failed because he prepared for failure.  He could have prepared differently, but this was his choice.  Peter prepared for failure in three ways by:

1. Following “Afar Off.” The word of God tells us that many people followed “afar off” on that day.  The gospels say that many people followed “afar off” and watched “afar off.”  Are we “afar off”, lest the pain of what we will see and hear change us?  Walking with Jesus “close up” has it’s privileges and requirements. Sleeping, so often, is much easier. But, there are no rewards for resting in a time of war.

2. Doing Nothing.   Luke says Peter “sat down.” John says he just “stood there. “John also says that Peter was standing by the door to the entrance where Jesus was being abused and yet he never entered the building, he stood outside and got warm. Again, consumed with the needs and desires of this body.

3. Denying Jesus.  We deny Jesus in different  ways throughout our lives. Sometimes, it’s as simple as not giving Him His way. Maybe you have never told someone you don’t know Christ, but let’s not worry about your mouth for a minute ……….What does your life shout?

Luke 19 says that “ the enemy will come upon us on every side and lay us even with the ground when we do not know the time of our visitation from God.”   Our visitation is now, when Christ is talking to us and urging us to get prepared.  Paying attention during a time of preparation will ensure our victory and secure the Glory and Honor of God in all that we attempt for His sake.  Revelation 12 says that “ the enemy knows his time is short so he comes with wrath.”

What is the Lord telling you to do? Is He provoking you to get prepared for the task at hand.  Listen, whether you are prepared or not, the task is still at hand!  The event is still on the way.  The calling still has your name on it.  Preparation will makeyou excellent as you lean upon Jesus.  Let it not be said today as it was in Jeremiah’s day (8:20) “The harvest is past, the summer is ended and we are not saved.”

Preparing for success looks a little different for each of us.  What are you doing to succeed?  Are you going to the movies on Saturday night, or are you staying home to read and pray in preparation to meet the Lord in the “congregation of the saints” the next day?  Are you preparing to be a blessing, or preparing to simply be blessed!  Are you coming to be served all the time, or are you coming to serve another?

Don’t prepare for failure by being consumed with your own desires or the words of others.  The Lord is the only one around here that REALLY knows what He’s talking about and He says that we can do it!  May we be able to say, “Bring it on, I’m ready in the name of Jesus!” Truly,when we have done all to stand, then all that’s left to do is stand!  He will cause you to be glorious in what you attempt for Him!

Anti Fear Factor

by Keith Carroll

What is fear? The Dictionary defines fear as: the feeling one has when danger, pain or trouble is near; feeling of being worried or excited or of wanting to run and hide.

What are a few examples of what we tend to fear?
Harm – fearing something bad will happen to you
Embarrassment – fearing you will do something others think is foolish
Failure – fearing you will not be successful

Loss – fearing you may lose what you have
The Future – fearing what will come
The Unknown;   God – the judge

There is a healthy type of fear which we refer to as concern and caution. These are not really fear.

There are many motivations causing us to fear. The Scriptural use of the word fear usually comes from two basic meanings. One is a “dread” producing worry, anxiety, and stress. The other is a “reverence” producing feelings of respect, trust and love. The following are examples of both, given as a fear of God.

A. 2 Chronicles 20:29 NASB: And the dread (fear) of God was on all the kingdoms of the lands when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. This dreadful type of fear has many ill side effects like worry, anxiety and depression; placing huge restrictions on our ability to live in peace. 

B. Proverbs 9:10 NASB: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. The Hebrew word translated fear here means reverence, which is a deep respect mixed with awe and wonder. A reverence of the Lord creates in us a trust and confidence in God.

We can observe each of these fears in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve’s first relationship with God was in reverence. After God formed Adam into male and female, Genesis 2:25 describes their life experience as; the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. Their reverent trust and confidence in God brought feelings of love and respect, left no room for dreadful fear, and kept their exposure from producing fear and shame. Proverbs calls this fear: reverence, the beginning of wisdom.

When Adam and Eve accepted the tempters word over the Word of God, they developed a different life focus (me centered, I am as God). When they allowed a “me first” focus to became predominate, they lost the intimate relationship they had with God. A dreadful fear quickly developed. No longer knowing God as before, they shrank from His presence and allowed a dreadful fear to replace their reverence. We are not God and are created with a deep need to rely on God as our Father, protector and provider.

Scripture records their change in Genesis 3:7-10 NASB: Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked. . . And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the Garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God . . . Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound Thee in the Garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”

Now their nakedness relates to fear and shows they no longer have a reverent trust in God. God had not changed, but they had. Adam and Eve now feared the Lord as the nations noted above feared, thinking surely God will hurt, harm or destroy us. Fear uprooted their reverent trust and confidence in God.

The Good News Jesus Christ proclaims is a call back into a reverent trust of God. A reverent trust in God actually counters fear and is our most basic remedy to fear. As our relationship with God develops and matures, our reverent trust and confidence in God uproots all dreadful fear factors, restoring our Father’s intention for us.

Our release from fear can come in phenomenal leaps and bounds, and it can come a little bit by bit. The stronger our reverent trust and confidence in God becomes, the less we will fear other factors.

Joseph’s testimony capsules the real over-riding affect God can have on anything that happens to us. 

Genesis 50:19-20 NASB: But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result.

How does this affect our everyday life? Our reverent trust and confidence in God can and does affect how we respond to daily situations, circumstances, challenges, trials, and each other. How fully do we trust in our God’s ability to bring good out of our life experiences? The level of our reverential trust and confidence in God is what keeps us from falling under the fear of worry, stress, and anxiety.

The following Scriptures will encourage our confidence in God, and turn us away from fearfulness.

Psalms 56:3-4 NASB: When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee. In God, who’s Word I praise, in God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me? 

Psalms 34:1-4 NASB: I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.          

Hebrews 13:5, 6, 7 NASB: For He Himself (Jesus) has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I shall not be afraid. What shall man do to me?” . . . Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes, and forever.

2 Timothy 1:7 NASB: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline.

Luke 12:32 NASB: Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the Kingdom.

What is the Kingdom? His rule and reign in your life, producing reverence and trust.

Isaiah 44:1-2, 8 NASB: “Thus says the lord who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you, ‘Do not fear, O Jacob my servant; . . . . Do not tremble and do not be afraid; have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are my witnesses. Is there any God besides Me?’” 

Romans 8:28, 31 NASB: And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God . . . . What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

Proverbs 3:19, 21-25 NASB: Then you will walk in your way securely, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden fear, nor the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; for the Lord will be your confidence.

Read: Matthew 6:25-34


1. How and why did “dreadful fear” become part of the human experience?

Fear came as a result of Adam and Eve loosing their reverent trust and confidence in God.

2. How can we overcome fear, and keep from being its victim?

Develop more confidence and trust in God.   In each other?

3. How do we approach our existing fears? Such as: Harm; failure; loss; the future; the unknown; God

Copyright 2004, KEITH CARROLL   717-423-6621

Are you a Control Freak?

Luke 18 “A certain ruler asked the Lord saying,
Good Master, What shall I do to inherit eternal life?
And Jesus said unto him, “You know the commandments:
Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not streal,
Do not bear false witness and honor your Father and Mother.”
And the ruler said to the Lord, All these have I kept from my
youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, He said unto
him, “You lack one thing and it is this: Sell all that you have
and distribute it unto the poor and you shall have treasures in
heaven and come and follow me.” And when the ruler heard
this, he was very sorrowful; for he was very rich.”
This story is not about what the ruler had, it’s about what he
didn’t have. God doesn’t say everyone must sell all they have,
to qualify for the Kingdom of God, but God used this man’s
riches to reveal his heart.

What would he do if he sold everythng and then following
Jesus wasn’t what it was cracked up to be?
Where was his safety net? How would he ever regain all that
he had given away? He was a young man and very rich. So, it’s pretty safe to say that this was family money. What would his family say as he walked away and possibly even gave away the fortune they had worked so hard for? The fact that he cared more about that than following Christ exposes the crisis of his faith.

Losing control to someone else and trusting them is
called true love! We must have that in order to fully follow and
please Christ. Submitting to Christ says I will do what you say. BUT, yielding to Him says I don’t want my own way. We must not stop at submitting, we must Yield.

This story exposes a need and a lack:

Very Rich is not the problem here. A need for control is.
Very Sorrowful is not the problem here. A lack of trust is.

A lack of trust is really just the exposing of a weak faith. You see, mature faith has trust cradled within it, weak faith does not; it cannot trust. Here’s why:

A need for control is a product of a lack of trust. A lack of trust reveals a lack of faith(weak faith)and a lack of faith is caused by fear. An abundance of fear means that there is a lack of love. How do we know this is true? “Perfect love casts out fear and love makes faith operate”
(1 John 4:18 and Galatians 5:6) If you have a need for control in your life, it’s safe to say that more than likely you can’t trust very easily. This is often because of a fear. Perhaps you have been let down or disappointed by people or maybe even by God Himself? Maybe your pain and your wound is greater than your ability to trust God. “If you trust Him, it could happen again.” your soul tells you.

A lack of trust often manifests itself as a need for control, but the root cause of it is a lack of love, which creates weak faith, which in turn, prevents trust. How do we know this is true? Because the Bible says that “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” If we don’t love the Lord more than ourselves, we will not read His word. “Perfect love casts out fear”, the Word says, as we have read above. Where there is perfect love (a love that exalts Christ above ourselves in deed and heart)there will be trust, because fear cannot exist there. Isaiah said that those who trust in the Lord will have perfect Peace. What a great and fantastic attribute of trusting God: True and Perfect Peace!

Here’s a “trust test”for you: “I have Faith to believe for someone else but not for myself.” If that statement is true, then possibly you are a control freak! Is this statement also true?:
“I believe God heals, saves and delivers, but not me.” Do you believe God can do it, but not today and not for you? If these are your statements, then ask the Lord to forgive you and please, forgive Him, for whatever your hurt has been. He loves you and wants to control the waves that surround your life, let Him, won’t you?

Just as this story of the “rich young ruler” expresses our need to let Jesus have control and shouts at us to Trust God in all things, so too it is an expression of the 2 key elements of love: “Being able to not be in
control and to trust.”

My prayer is that you find the place of trust without fear today so that you can truly lean upon the One who holds your hand, and let Him have control. It is Jesus!

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Who is this King of Glory?

The following is taken out of the Book of Job. God is asking Job questions birthed out of Job’s inability to remember the greatness of His God. It is a fantastic testimony of Who God is, out of His own mouth! Remember Him! Ponder Him! Know Him!

“Did you give the peacock her wings, did you give the ostrich her feathers? Do the eagles mount up at your command? Does the hawk fly because of your wisdom? Did you make the horse strong? Where were you when I formed the foundations of the earth? Did I take counsel of you when I formed the earth?

When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy, where were you? Have you commanded the morning to come forth since the beginning of your days? Have you walked in the bottom of the sea and have the gates of death been opened up unto thee? Where does the light dwell? Where is the place of darkness? There is no man who can cause it to rain! Do you know the ordinances of heaven and can you set the dominion of it in the earth? Can you lift up your voice into the clouds and cause the abundance of waters to cover you. Does the lightning come and speak unto you and shout, “Here we are!”? Do you hunt the prey for the lion and provide food for the raven when their young are hungry? Do you have an arm like God and can your voice thunder like His?”

To fear God is to understand Who He is and to respect Him. To fear anything else, proves a lack of trusting Him to be as big as He says He is! He is big enough, let Him show you. I know you say, Sandi, I’m trying. I ask Him to do this or that. The key is not to ask Him, but to let Him ask you. What does He want? Give that to Him and you will be truly “seeking first the Kingdom of God, so that all these other things you need will automatically be added unto you…..” Be blessed.

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If the Lord is my Shepherd ……..

Psalms 23 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For You are with me, Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

If, If, If, the Lord is my shepherd, then all this is true. He will comfort me. I won’t have need. I will hear Him tell me to lie down and take comfort in Him. I will let Him lead me and restore me. I will behave righteously. I will honor Him. And, when I’m walking through the valley of the shadow of death, I’ll understand and remember that to make a shadow it takes LIGHT! Jesus is that light. In your valley, it is He who casts that shadow, right there, over to the right. It’s Him. Walking with you.

If, If, If, the Lord is my shepherd then I will be comforted by His correction — take it and run with it — I won’t be hateful or confused because of it. I will love it and the messengers who bring it. I will see the table that He has set before me, right in the midst of my enemies, right in their camp in complete safety. In the middle of my trouble I will hear Him say, “Come and dine, the trouble will wait!” I will rejoice in the Lord as He anoints me head with oil in front of the enemy! My cup will overflow with the goodness (glory) of who He is. I will walk as the anointed of the Lord. I will be merciful and behave myself according to the fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23)

“… Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control……” Yeah, that stuff is fruit – you have to eat it and choose to behave like you’ve got it in you!

THEN, mercy and goodness will follow me as I put it out to others. THEN, I will dwell in the house or the presence of the Lord forever. Forever is such a huge word and when God says it, He REALLY means it! Count on it! Is He your Shepherd?

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The Yoke Of Christ

There are 7 main and particular gifts of Christ to Believers.
They are:

1. Rest
2. Keys of the Kingdom
3. Power over evil spirits
4. Living Water
5. Bread of Heaven
6. Eternal Life
7. Legacy of Peace

I want to talk to you about coming into the “rest of the Lord.”
Hear what Jesus has to say in Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

If the Yoke of Christ is so easy, then why is Christianity sometimes so hard? Rest in the Lord, trust upon Him and you will believe in your hard time.

Hebrews 4 says that coming into the rest of the Lord is part of our believing!

Yoke according to Strong’s Greek is: “To be joined to, servitude, the beam of balances that connect the scales.”

These “balances” between you and your Spirit, are the difference between what we are and what the Lord is trying to make of us.

When we don’t “Come”, we grieve the Lord. As He said in
(Matthew 23:37) “O Jerusalem, you that kills the Prophets and stone them which are sent unto you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you would not!”

Sometimes we are so busy stoning one another and working up a sweat in other things, that we forget to come unto the Lord and find rest. Lay the rocks down, set those “things” aside and come unto Him. Let him gather you unto Himself.

Aren’t ya weary?

Psalms 23:2 and 116:7 “Return unto thy rest oh my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifullv with thee.”

Exodus 33:14 “My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.”

He who walked upon the water is walking with you today, take time to notice that! You ARE loved! It’s okay to take a minute, really.

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Don’t Misunderstand What God Understands

2 Chronicles 8:11 Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David, King of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the Lord hath come.

Solomon has been king about 20 years. He could have had any woman, and frankly Scarlett, he did! This was not his first wife, nor his last. We are talking about hundreds of them. Isn’t one headache enough?

I guess the wisest man in the world, Solomon, is having a glitch in his
“system.” He begins to do whatever HE wants to do and forgets about the consequences. In spite of his great giftings, God never took his ability to choose away. He hasn’t taken ours away either. Choosing is important. Choosing dictates our future.

Sometimes, when we get wrapped up in what WE want, we can begin to misunderstand what God understands. We begin to justify our sin and make a way around it without getting rid of it. Hebrews 12 says that we can’t run the race very well because we haven’t gotten rid of our “besetting sin.” That thing that just won’t go away. That thing that is constantly present and continually attacking us. Hebrews also tells us (12:4) that we “have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” This means that sometimes we just kinda, sorta wanna get fixed up! Blood! To draw blood and lots of it, you have to cut deep. It’s all about destroying the work of the flesh, so that the work of Calvary might reign and rule in our lives. But we don’t want that if it’s going to cost us too much! Walking the race, not running it; never really costs too much! That’s why there is so much weak Christianity, we try to manipulate situations so that we can hold on to our sin. Makes weak runners. We were told to run the race, not walk it. The Word says we go from “Glory to Glory” “Christ in me the hope of Glory” “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength…” We begin to say things like, “Sex before marriage is okay, God knows we love each other and we’re going to get married anyway.” “My addiction is okay, God knows how weak I am.” “God understands my hatred for my enemies, He hates them too and I’m just moving in Him….(Ahem…)”

Solomon knows that this wife is bad. He won’t even bring her into the City of David. He organizes a whole new zip code for her. A house separate from everything and everywhere else. He KNEW that it wasn’t right to marry the daughter of Pharoah. Solomon is basically saying, “…. I can’t bring her here. This place is holy. Heck man, the ark of the covenant of the Lord is in this place! I’ve got to get her out of the City. Dad will roll over in his grave. God may throw fire. I just have to move her away from the holiness of God and this sanctified place….”

Is there something in your life, in your house, that you can’t bring into the presence of the Lord? Don’t create a new place for it. Don’t build it it’s own house. Get rid of it. It’s holding you hostage whether you know it or not. There is greatness in you. Go find it! How? Start by admitting to God that you’re messed up. In Leviticus the Lord makes this statement “…If my people will confess their sins, then I will remember my covenant (promises) to them….” Let’s go God! The next thing to do is to read the Word of God. Everything stems from the Word of God. You will learn how to worship there. You will gain passion for prayer and purpose in your decisions there. Romans says to “Renew our minds daily by the reading of the word.” Okay, daily read and your desires and purposes will be changed into God’s. That’s renewal! Renew your mind daily and the rest will follow. God’s waiting for you. The daughter/son of Pharaoh in your life is even waiting. If you weren’t such a compromiser, maybe she/he could have a shot at the truth! Live it Loud. The Holy Spirit of the Living God whom we serve will help you as you make an effort and reach toward Jesus. It just takes an effort, even a small one to give Him permission to awesomize you!

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My Three Sons

Give God what He wants, not what you think He wants!

Three sons left home, they went out on their own and prospered. After several years, they decided to honor their dear old Mother who had helped them along so much in their youth. So, they decided to send her gifts. One afternoon the brothers got together and discussed the great gifts that they had sent to their Mother.

The first said, “I built a big mansion for our Mother.”

The second said, “I sent her a Mercedes limo. with a driver.”

The third smiled and said, “I’ve got you both beat.

You know how Mom enjoys the Bible and you know she can’t see very well these days. So, I sent her a brown parrot that can recite the entire Bible. It took 20 monks in a monastery 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for 10 years, but it was worth it. Mom just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will recite it.”

Soon thereafter, the Mother sent out her letters of thanks:

“Milton” she wrote the first son, “The house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house.”

“Marvin,” she wrote to the second son, “I am too old to travel. I stay home all the time, so I never use the Mercedes; and the driver is so rude!”

“Dearest Melvin.” she wrote to her third son, “You were the only son to have the good sense to know what your Mother likes. The chicken was absolutely delicious!”

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Fun For Women

Laugh a little!

A friend in Canada sent me this and after a long trip back from Central America this week, it made me laugh. Thought you could use it as well!
Love to you, Sandi


“When I was in my younger days, I weighed a few pounds less,
I needn’t hold my tummy in -To wear a belted dress.

But now that I am older, I’ve set my body free;
There’s comfort of elastic -Where once my waist would be.

Inventor of those high-heeled shoes My feet have not forgiven;
I have to wear a nine now, But used to wear a seven.

And how about those pantyhose- They’re sized by weight, you see,
So how come when I put them on -The crotch is at my knee?

I need to wear these glasses As the print’s been getting smaller;
And it wasn’t very long ago -I know that I was taller.

Though my hair has turned to gray -And my skin no longer fits,
On the inside, I’m the same old me, It’s the outside’s changed a bit.

But, on a positive note… I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or
how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she
handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents,
you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve
learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People
love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made
them feel.”


A middle aged woman had a heart attack and was taken
to the hospital. While on the operating table she had
a near death experience. Seeing God, she asked “Is my
time up?” God said, No, you have another 43 years, 2 months and
8 days to live.”

Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the
hospital and have a facelift, liposuction, and a tummy
tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair
color. Since she had so much more time to live, she
figured she might as well make the most of it.

After her last operation, she was released from the
hospital. While crossing the street on her way
home, she was killed by an ambulance. Arriving in
front of God, she demanded, “I thought you said I had
more than 40 years left. Why didn’t you pull me from out of
the path of the ambulance?”
God replied, “I didn’t recognize you.”

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