“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 KJV
Lord, how grateful I am that You think of me in such loving ways. That You whisper sweet words of tender care just when and where You know that I need them. And that even if I forget them as quickly as I heard them, that it did not take that moment away from me, that I did not disappoint You or anger You, and that You are faithful to continue whispering (shouting if You need to) the words, the sermons, the songs You know I need, because You know the battle is far from over. It will never be completely settled until we are settled in at home… with You.This night You had allowed me to make it to Breathers ladies bible study. It was night 2 of the 3 we will have this 2018 summer. In the Cool of the Evening was the title for this night. Many things tried to hinder my making it, but You were so protective to get me here. There would be the sadness of not having Sarah with us, which meant no Sarah hugs. But I know You were with her while You were with us, and were giving her all the hugs she needed from You.
You allowed me to make it in time enough to stop by the ladies room. As I looked to see if it was occupied, I noticed the door slightly open with the light off. Slowly opening the door, I heard a voice in the dark say, “Oh! Hello!” Immediately I went to close the door while apologizing, but again heard the voice in the dark say, “Oh no! I want you to come on in.” That was kind of creepy, but I knew I was in the ladies room at church, so I entered carefully. A lady was putting her lipstick back in her purse, as she insisted I take the room. As she left, I thought of how skilled she and her eyes must be to put lipstick on in the dark. She was facing the mirror to do it.
After that laugh, I got signed in, was given a pen from the church, got a Keitha hug 🙂 , and found a seat at the table. On the table, I found a little bag with a cute little message,
“There is always room for Smore love.” ❤How adorable! I will finally get to try one of those things I’ve heard so much about through the years! It takes a lot of discipline not to open it so I can get a picture of it first.
I also see a paper reminding us of a guest speaker,
and a place to take notes on later while she is speaking to us.
I look up and see a couple of ladies preparing music for us. **GASP** Tracey will be singing for us! ❤ What a delightful surprise! I watch as they prepare, but try not to interrupt. Instead, I pray for them. Later, Tracey would make my day by saying hey and sharing a Tracey hug! 🙂 After meeting a couple of new sisters in Christ, Keitha opens the night with prayer and instructions. We go get snacks. I ate a couple of sleeping bags. 😉 Yes, that’s right! 2 of the cutest little pigs in the blankets I have ever seen.
The message was so You meeting me where I needed it, even if I didn’t know what I needed, or where I was for You to find me with what I needed. That has been the theme from You lately. As this issue with falling asleep everywhere, and the brain fog, and memory struggles continue even while I am here and listening. I started to struggle with staying upright. I’m most worried about offending the guest speaker.
These are the notes and verses I managed to get while half awake:“And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee. And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.” – Exodus 4:1-2
What’s in your hand? God is a God who sees and hears. Even when you can’t voice your needs/cries to Him because you don’t even know what they are. God hears and is helping against whatever has been your taskmaster.
“And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows.” – Exodus 3:7
God has a divine strategy to alleviate the suffering of humanity and it involves you.
For the glory of His salvation!
What’s your stick? What are you holding on to?
Depression – just don’t enjoy anything anymore.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” – 2 Corinthians 4:7
Cracked pots. There is one word that we CAN do in trying to do something for Jesus:
YES. We can say yes.
What are you holding on to?
What’s in your hands?
You feed them.
Free them of their taskmasters.
Dear, Lord, how discouraged I am at this moment in wondering how you can involve me in helping alleviate others’ sufferings when I can’t even stay awake. How can I even know what is in my hand to let go of when I cannot even think straight from struggling to stay awake? Surely I will just keep messing things up.
And then You remind me with that little blue box on the paper. “If you think you’ve blown God’s plan for your life, rest in this:
You, my beautiful friend, are not that powerful.”
– Lisa Bevere
At the end of the night, I grabbed a banana pudding on the way out, and managed with Your help to wait til I got to the car and take pictures before I ate anything.
Worth the wait!! 🙂 Thank You, Lord!
The Smore was worth waiting to try, but was so messy trying to eat that I think,
“Nope. Not me. Especially not while camping and with no napkins.”I don’t really care for snacks or foods that are so messy that it’s a struggle not to get it all over the place between each bite, or just to hold it. Yes, I could taste why people like it, but unless I am in a setting with plenty of napkins, maybe even one or two wet ones, and a drink to wash it down, I will pass on it.
On the way out we grabbed a card for next month.
Gathering on the Back Porch
There’s so much I wanted to blog and share, to love on Keitha with, to share with Sarah, but my sleep, memory, and health issues just won’t accommodate. So I am doing what I can do… still praise You with what You will allow. I share the blessing You gave me with the very mind I am still working with. I may not be able to remember everything, and trusted Your whisper to leave my camera in the car to better focus on You while I was present there. But I KNOW I was blessed. I remember that with absolute! And I share as honestly as I can. I leave the blessings meant for others to You. You can do anything.
For Your word says:
“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” – Luke 1:37
And I believe!! ❤
Thank You, God! Thank You!
Please bless each lady!
If you would like to read the other nights, they are here below:
What a glorious way to celebrate a day that You have given me, Lord! The gift of the being thought of by my dear Jesus, and my dear Tasha! Thank You, Lord, for the gift that Tasha of Pain Warrior Code is to me in the fight of every day life and the pain that comes with it. Thank You for whispering in her ear to think of me with the nomination for the Liebster Award. Thank you, Tasha, for thinking of me! May the Lord richly bless you and your blog, and give you as much pain free days as He will allow!
Me and God love you! ❤
This version of the Liebster Award comes with 6 rules, they are:
1.Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Share 11 facts about yourself
3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gave you
4. Nominate 11 bloggers who deserve the award
5. Create 11 original questions for the nominees to answer
6. Let them know they’ve been nominated
11 Facts About Myself:
1. I love Jesus.
2. I love God.
3. I love the Holy Spirit!
4. I love hymns.
5. I love the Holy Bible
6. I love church.
7. I love fellowship with the brethren.
8. I love watching baptisms (especially river baptisms).
9. I love missionaries.
10. I love kids.
11. I love the WordPress Community
Tasha’s Questions for Me:
- Where are you from? (heritage/where you grew up)
Western North Carolina (USA)
- What does your name mean?
Well in Googling to find out I am told it means: Lively
- What inspires you?
The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost
- What is your funniest memory/experience that you can recall of?
well the one that comes to mind first was when one of my college professors and I were flirting back and forth very openly in class, but I was lucky to be in the back of the room behind everyone. One of the guys in the class was so convinced the professor was flirting with him that we could not convince him that the professor was married with kids and very straight.. He kept saying, “I knew you girls would think because he has kids he can’t be gay, but if you could have seen the way he was flirting with me… the things he was doing… he had no shame in making it clear right there in class how much he wanted me.” LOL! Me and the girls who later knew laughed so hard.
- What is your favourite quote from a film?
Ernest Borgnine as the Centurion in Jesus of Nazareth, “No! I am unworthy that you should enter under my roof. I know that if you say the word, my servant will be healed. I am a man under authority, but I, myself, have authority over a hundred soldiers, and if I say to one of them ‘Do this.’ I know that he will do it. And if I say to another, ‘Go there.’ I know that he will go. I need not see. I know. So it is enough that you give the word, and it will be done.”
(This references the story of the faith of the Centurion in Luke 7:1-10, with verses 6-8 being the actual words the Centurion spoke.) ❤
- What gift or talent do you wish you had?
singing for the Lord
- Which countries have you traveled to?
just around my own a little
- Would you ever consider living abroad?
if the Lord wanted me to
- Do you have a particular food that you can’t stand?
I don’t care for coffee.
- What is the most valuable lesson you have learned recently?
We never know what God has planned in our lives to make us who we are, to save us from our troubles, to save us from ourselves, and to change our lives for the better. God can rescue us in ways that the world would never allow.
- What made you want to start blogging?
Having a private place to go and talk with God originally. He would later lead me to trust Him by going public while doing a challenge for a friend.
Every Small Voice
Trying to Resurrect Hope From a Broken Marriage
Run With It
My Father’s Symphony
Scribbles and Sustenance
A to Z Mom
One Mom’s Journey with Crossfit
Enjoying the Single Life
Questions for the Nominees:
- Do you have a favorite Bible character?
- Anything exciting happen this week?
- What is your favorite color?
- Do you have a favorite number?
- What was your last post about? (Link it if you want to)
- Do you have anything I can pray over for you?
- Do you prefer night or day?
- If someone asked for your autograph, what would you write?
- Apples or oranges?
- How often do you blog?
- Is there a particular blogger award you would like to be nominated for?
Congratulations to the nominees. Please don’t feel pressured to participate. If you do the award, please do not worry about rushing. Do in your time and your way. Just trying to share a little bit of God’s love, and let you know that you and your blog are appreciated.
God loves you!
Thank you again, dearest Tasha! May the Lord continue
to bless you and your blog!
Me and God love you too! ❤
My Loving Father, You have again delightfully surprised me with the Mystery Blogger Award! How generously You share Your pleasures and expressions of thoughtfulness with me! And through such dear friends! You have allowed Abbey of An Anonymous Escape From Life to nominate me for the Mystery Blogger Award! What a treasured soul she is! I love her poetry and personal writings. Thank you for my Malaysian-Chinese Australian sister. I love her cute picture on her About page too! 🙂 She gives life such a Happy Sky! 😉Thank you, dearest Abbey for thinking of me! May the Lord continue to bless you and your blog! I look forward to reading more of your poetry. Me & God love you! ❤
WHAT IS THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?
Established by blogger Okoto Enigma, the “Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”
~ Okoto Enigma
- Thank whoever nominated you and include link to their blog.
- Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
- Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
- Personally nominate 5-10 bloggers you feel deserve the award.
- Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one.
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
Abbey’s Question For Me:
- If you could go back in time and change one decision you’ve made in your life, what would it be and why?
While there are so many decisions I would love to change, I would be too afraid to take away something God has used to make me who He wants me to be. I trust Him with everything… my mistakes and all.
- How do you deal with feeling lazy and unmotivated?
Going to God… in His word… In His music… His sermons… encouraging others.
- Neat freak or mess maker?
I definitely prefer cleanliness and order.
- What is your weirdest habit?
When traveling in the car after I finish drinking a water or anything bottled, I use the empty bottle to put all my trash in… snack packages… tissues… napkins… anything that will fit.
- Do you know what a viola is? (please say yes…if you don’t, what do you think it is?)
Yes and it sounds pretty.
Questions for the Nominees:
1.Do you know how much God loves you?
2. Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
3. Where in the world do you live?
4. What is your favorite food today?
5. Do you have any weird advice?
Congratulations to the nominees. Please do not feel obligated to participate. If you do, please do not worry about rushing! Do in your own time and own way. It is meant to be a blessing, not a burden. Just wanted to share a little of God’s love with you, and let you know your blog is appreciated. God loves you!
Thank you again, sweet Abbey! Me and God love you too!
Prayer Warriors, fellow Cancer Survivors and Patients, and dear friends who have been helping me to pray for my friend Shian since mentioning her prayer need back in December of last year when I posted Gifts 2017 #21 Prayer Warriors, I have a praiseworthy update and a request for continued prayer.
Shian has given me permission to share
her update from her Facebook page with you.
Praise God for the smiles on Shian and Darryll’s faces! 🙂
Five months ago today, I finished my fourth round of chemo, and then we decided to stop treatments. I have been in remission since December, but the doctors remind us there is no cure and much more treatment is needed to keep the cancer away longer. We, and many of you, prayed for weeks about this decision. We know God works through medicine but we also know He can heal without it, it’s all miraculous. So today, we celebrate five months of leaving it with Him. We pray constantly for encouragement, for confirmation, for direction and we give praise for every single day my remission continues. Don’t stop praying over us and praising with us. #fullofGodnotfear
I am so excited for her good news and absolutely continue to pray with and for her. I LOVE her hashtag #fullofGodnotfear (Full of God, Not Fear). Many of you really loved her picture from her announcement of her diagnosis and the beginning of her battle. So I share it again below along with a link to that post for those who may have missed it or joined us since, as I know you praise and pray with me!
Thank you again for helping me to pray for her! Me & God love you! ❤Gifts 2017 #21 Prayer Warriors
❤ Me and God love you too, Shian!! ❤
An update for everyone helping me to pray for my Cousin Kimberly while she hikes the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) from Mexico to Canada:
Kimberly needs prayer!
She has a stress fracture in her left foot
and a sprained ankle on her right foot.
Below are her updates:
July 16, 2018
Trail Update: I made it to South Lake Tahoe on Friday and kinda zeroed in town (still hiked 12.4 miles that morning). I was going to get back on Trail Saturday morning but my foot wasn’t having it. So… I’m not on trail 😳 I’m in Florida resting my bones/feet. I decided it was best to completely get off trail for a few days, go to the Dr and hopefully get answers about what’s happening to my poor feet. My hike was starting to become a painful hassle and chore instead of a beautiful, fun adventure. I’m hoping that with some real rest, time away from Trail towns (can’t really rest there) and a Dr visit that I’ll be good as new soon and back at it asap. Thank you to everyone who’s been keeping me in your prayers and sending good vibes with this foot jazz. It is much appreciated and still needed. I’m already trail sick and miss it so much I can’t stand it but I have to get feeling better if I’m finishing this year. I’ll keep you guys updated when I learn more. Thanks again for following along and all the support!!
July 18, 2018
Feet update: Went to the Dr yesterday to get answers… didn’t like either one I got. I have a stress fracture in my left foot and a sprained right ankle 😩😩 I’m resting for now. Figuring out life tomorrow. Missing the trail and my trail family like crazy!!
Kimberly has achieved so much!
On July 8th she made her 1000 mile marker!
That means she has walked 1,000 miles of her 2,650 miles.Here are a few of her recent trail pictures as she has been hiking through the Sierra Mountains. I want to focus more on Kimberly needing prayer as she takes some time off the trail for much needed healing for her feet.
And to try to make things easier on updating, and hopefully take pressure off any dates to keep up with I have changed the title of the blog and updates to correlate with what day they are being updated. That way everyone does not feel like they are missing out. I know you are with me on wanting Kimberly to be able to take all the time she needs to heal so that she will be strong on the trail. She has certainly earned it!!
And for fun, here is a flashback from Kimberly’s Facebook memories that celebrated Kimberly being recognized for being the first woman to YO-YO the MST (Mountain to Sea Trail) here in North Carolina! That meant she hiked from the Tennessee/North Carolina border to the east coast and back!!
Lastly, I leave you and Kimberly both with the song God still has me thinking on her with… God Leads Us Along. Whenever I am on the Parkway and I see sunsets, sunrises, a glaring sun, the beautiful river, or different things He allows me to see on my walk (which He used Kimberly to inspire me to do) that she may have even shared a similar picture of, He allows me to lovingly see Him walking His dear child along her trail, whether through the desert, the Sierra Mountains, or anywhere she journeys!
God loves you, Kimberly! ❤ And so do I! ❤
And We love each one of you! ❤
Thank you for helping me praying for her.
Oh.. and Kimberly left a personal message in my Facebook Inbox to share with you who have been following her updates here, and leaving such loving encouragement and support in your comments to her!