A Friend Suffers so I Suffer

My band family sister is a beautiful woman, loving and kind, an amazing hostess and loving friend. She has suffered with leukemia for some time and now is going to go through chemo. Our band family is hurting because she is hurting and we are praying for her healing and no pain to plague her. We are praying in earnest for when my friend/adopted family suffers, I suffer and when I suffer, I will 100% of the time, as I have always done when I have sufferred, will be exhaustively in prayer. It is my go to. When I hurt (or any time really) I pray. I go to the Great Physician God my Father for illnesses to leave. I heal through God because I have faith that He heals and know full well He does and wants to. I pray when I suffer so here I will be praying. We will pray during school, for every meal and in conversations in between. God knows and cares but responds to faith because of His goodness and not because of me. I love her and so does God so I will pray. I will also cook for her and clean if she will let me and do whatever else I can but I pray for those I love, knowing it is the very best most powerful and most effective thing I can do. I am just a little girl but God is enormous and powerful and has proved His love to me over and over and over. I count on His love. Sometimes it is all I have. And I have His love and fight for those I love. God is so very good!!!!

Romans 8:1-8

“So now, those who are in Christ Jesus are not judged guilty.  Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit that brings life made you free from the law that brings sin and death.  The law was without power, because the law was made weak by our sinful selves. But God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son to earth with the same human life that others use for sin. By sending his Son to be an offering for sin, God used a human life to destroy sin.  He did this so that we could be the kind of people the law correctly wants us to be. Now we do not live following our sinful selves, but we live following the Spirit. Those who live following their sinful selves think only about things that their sinful selves want. But those who live following the Spirit are thinking about the things the Spirit wants them to do.  If people’s thinking is controlled by the sinful self, there is death. But if their thinking is controlled by the Spirit, there is life and peace.  When people’s thinking is controlled by the sinful self, they are against God, because they refuse to obey God’s law and really are not even able to obey God’s law.  Those people who are ruled by their sinful selves cannot please God.” – Romans 8:1-8 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans8:1-8&version=NCV

There is God

When anything happens, good or bad, there is God there with you to thank or reach out to for help. Jesus Christ paid the ransom, paid your fee for not being perfect and when we humbly ask Him, He saves us! God’s grace is enormous!! His love for us is unexplainable. His goodness is unfathomable. And nothing can separate us from His adoption of us when we are saved. We are to use the gifts He purposefully and lovingly gave us for Him!!! So do it. Be saved, do good works for Him, love on Him as He has always loved on you! He and you are an unbeatable team. When you are weakest, He is strongest and nothing is impossible in His provision and care. Today is the day to be His!!!! Yay!!! ❤❤❤

John 4:46-53

John 4:46. ‘Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47. When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death. 48. “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” 49. The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50. “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51. While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52. When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.” 53. Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed.’

The Start of Something

When my throat hurts, I am very sleepy for no reason and feel got, I know I am fighting a bug and need to rest. When the air is windy, tree frogs croak and clouds come billowing in, I know rain is coming and I need to reschedule outdoor events. When Jerusalem is surrounded by enemies, evil is at an all time high and the earth is rumbling and quaking at greater frequency, I know Jesus is Coming soon and we need to get right with Him. Do not ignore the signs of it. Prevent disaster by doing what you need to do to get your house in order spiritually and in every way. Throw out distractions and things taking too much time, they are not worth losing heaven over. Nothing on this planet is worth separation from God. Cling to Jesus Christ, our hope and salvation. Love Him for He loves you more than anyone else can ot will. 

Prayer & Power 

To gain power over anything, negativity, attacks, bad habits, addictions, hasty actions, gossip, fear, unforgiveness, anger, whatever it is that is your particular weakness/sin/blunder, prayer is the answer. God is powerful (she said casually, as if it were not the greatest understatement in history). He is also our loving Father (equally amazing) and longs for us to go to Him asking for help with what we need. Prayer is proof of humble spirit and faith and this winning combination delights God to answer. He reads your heart, your motives for the prayer. When faith mixes with humility, oh how that moves Him to lovingly answer you!!! 

When God is First and Home is Second

When things are in this proper alignment, God first and home second, you have peace at home. You have peace in life and contentment in any circumstances. God being first is actually the key. That means God comes before everyone. My time and conversation with God is first priority, His Word is first read of the day, His worship is first priority of life. This is clicking into the power source of truth and appreciation and love and, well, power. Then family in the home is next, those entrusted to your personal care. They get first dibs on your time and energy, and because of the time spent recharging with God, you have more energy and proper perspective and outlook for them. Then what is left of you goes to help serve those around you and the church. There should be many to help there, so that is lower priority for me personally. And when things are difficult, what you give up first is the outside world, never time with God. You cannot run long on high power without recharging, so you cannot fight a difficult battle without recharging with God daily. Just a thought.