Isaiah1:17

The Grace and Mercy of God

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Long Time No See

Wow.
It is amazing how hard it is to remember to look at and write in this blog. Yes, you know by now I am not a true blogger.

Never the less, I like to be able to write something from time to time. God is so very good. Recently the Lord has sent people to me to confirm his word to me. I'm excited about how He is moving.

I am excited about serving the Most High God and I am excited to be used by Jesus to help serve others.

Let's pray for one another. Let's pray that the Lord will help us tell others about the saving grace of Jesus. Last week a man who is a former Black Muslim spoke at my church. He fasted for 42 days and read the Bible. The Holy Spirit fell on him and he is a believer now. God is moving throughout the world and transforming peoples lives. He can do anything.

The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Pray for more laborers.
Pray that we can help save others for the terrible times which is about to come through our stiff-necked disobedience.

Blessings to all.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

God's Great Mercy

Last weekend was such a blessing. On Friday I went to my grandson Johnathan's 8th grade graduation. We traveled to Freeport, Illinois.

On Saturday I went to a baby shower. It was amusing because the couple has a grandchild and their youngest is in high school. To see them oogling baby clothes was something to see. God bless you Jerome and Gwen.

On Sunday I taught the Adult Enrichment class at New Zion Christian Fellowship in Dolton, IL and it was wonderful. I'm so thankful to God for how the Holy Spirit moved.

My husband Rev. Bob brought the message for Sunday Worship and it was so wonderful. He taught from Jonah. What a blessings. I am so proud to be married to a man of God who continues to grow in the word and his faith. I am thankful to be married to a man for 30 years and still be in love with him. I look at him sometimes and say to myself, "Lord I am a blessed woman." I have a handsome, loving and strong man who is not a wimp but is a soldier for the Lord.

My husband did not march in the 60's or 70's. He went to the Navy as a very young man. He grew up in a wonderful family with a hard working father and a loving but sickly stay at home mother. As a middle child he struggled for attention and though he was extremely smart he wanted to fit in so he made some poor choices.

What a blessing to know that God can take us even with our poor choices and make us brand new. I am a blessed woman and I praise God for all the blessings he provides for me.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Redemption

The Random House College Dictionary says that redemption is 1) the act of redeeming 2) the state of being redeemed 3) deliverance; rescue. 4) deliverance from sin; salvation 5) atonement for guilt 6) repurchase as of something sold 7) paying off, as of a mortgage, bond, or note 8) recovery of payment as of something pledged and 9) conversion or exchange as of paper money for specie.

By all accounts redemption is a good thing. We have been redeemed from our sins through the shed blood of Jesus. We have been delivered, and set free. We have salvation. That's a good thing wouldn't you say? How wonderful to know we have been rescued. Our debts canceled. Now don't you feel good? When was the last time you helped someone else feel good? When was the last time you said, "you know it doesn't matter what you did to me...I forgive you -- You don't have to worry about a thing - we're straight? Isn't it time you let somebody else off the hook for hurting or disappointing you? Why not try it today. Give someone a little grace, provide for them a way to be redeemed from the negative state they are in and help them through the redemption process. Ah-ah-ah I feel better now.

Redemption is a good thing. It is a very good thing.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Wailing Women

I believe it is time for women to come together and pray. Most people of faith know that prayer changes things, but when do we actually spend time in prayer? Our lives are so busy we get up and from the time we open our eyes until we close them to sleep, we are in a hurry.

We tend to put prayer on the back burner. Most of our churches have some time devoted to prayer but generally there are only a few people who attend prayer services.

I recently spoke with someone in Philly who told me she went to a church and during their service someone came up to pray. Instead of the quick minute most of us devote to prayer during our worship service, the person prayed for over an hour. We both agreed most people would have walked out if someone prayed that long during service.

Ask yourself...Would you have walked out or would you join in to pray for the extended time?

We need to pray more folks, we need to pray and seek God's face because this world needs it terribly.

Jeremiah 9:17-18 says, "Thus says the Lord of Hosts: consider and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for skillful wailing women, that they may come. Let them make haste and take up a wailing for us. That our eyes may run with tears, and our eyelids gush with water."

When was the last time you cried out to the Lord to help us live in a way that is pleasing to Him?

Two weeks ago our Wailing Women's group prayed from 9 pm to 9 am. That was a first for many of us but it was a wonderful experience. In fact it was incredible. If you would like to learn more about the Wailing Women intercessory prayer ministry let me know.

Lord help us to seek your face and pray more. We need you Father. We need you desperately.

New To This

Greetings to all,
I am new to this blog thing but very excited. I view this as an opportunity to do just what Isaiah 1:17 says, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

There are many people who need justice to prevail. There are many who are oppressed.

Who is willing to speak truth to power and stand up for those who need to be defended?

It's time to get it right -- its time to care about each other.