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MORNING of JOY
Apr 18, 2014

It was a dawn that would change the world– forever.
” After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance looked like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, ” Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples. He has risen from the the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.” Matthew 28:1-7
Women who were devoted…
Women who came out of Love….
Women who came looking for Jesus.
Timing….
The right place at the right time.
Now they are women on mission.
What a wonder for their fluttering hearts!
What expectancy as they ran to tell the disciples!
What privilege to be chosen to be the Bearers of the Risen Lord!
In their rush to find their way, HE met them on the road.
Imagine the awe of encountering HIM on the road!
They “clasped his feet and worshiped him.” Matthew28:9b

When was the last time you went looking for Jesus?
Is your Stone of Circumstance too large for Him?
Can you believe He can give you a new beginning?
Do you understand that your sin can be forgiven– washed away by JESUS!

Nothing is impossible to him who believes.

Come to the Cross.
Visualize the Sacrifice.
Embrace HIS LOVE.
His Blood purchased our liberty.
A borrowed Tomb was only temporary.
Grave clothes were left behind.
HOPE was birthed.
Life was made brand new.
Possibility is ours forever– because HE AROSE!!

And it was the women who came looking for him that received the commission to tell the world!
Remember.
Think about what He has done for you when the suffocating darkness of life tries to settle in upon your soul.
It will for a time.
Disappointment, financial reversal, illness, brokenness, thwarted dreams– even death will attempt to swallow up your life
But morning comes for the one who believes in the Risen Lord!
JESUS brings break through, blessing and His beauty.
HE knows all about our lives because HE walks the path with us.
Today HE says, ” Come.”
Look for Him.
He’s looking for you.

” I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.”
HE is able.
He will keep you.
The Tomb is empty!
He Is Risen!
Come!
Easter is a state of mind.
Meditate
Trust and obey
What a morning of joy!

HE Reigns
Billie

Fort Hood: Prayer To Pierce The Darkness
Apr 03, 2014

 God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all.. 1John1:5

Holy Father;

Mourning has descended at Fort Hood…again.

We the people of faith relish the days of sunlight and ease in our lives and linger there… but we also KNOW the power of YOUR COMFORT when darkness enters… and it has.

Therefore we come as one voice in prayer to seek YOU as we bow down in our hearts and  lift up the deceased victims’ families and the wounded.

We love and cherish the military family for they live with sacrifice.  They hang on to faith when deployments come. Facing war and  dealing with risk are intrinsic to their training. How difficult when tragedy erupts on a base at home where families live the ordinary days of commissary shopping, going to school, work and chapel… just processing life.

Fort Hood has been brutalized… again… with senseless tragedy and we gather to grieve and pray because we can.

There is a place of refuge … YOUR WORD.

” God is our refuge our very present help in time of trouble.”

YOU ARE OUR REFUGE  ( Psalm 46: 1-3)

We pray for the wounded to be healed. We pray for the grieving to run into YOUR WORD. We pray for answers to questions and safety procedures to be reviewed once again. We know devastation comes. “I  have said these things to you that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation but take heart ;  I have over come the world.”  (John 16:13)

Tribulation has come again to Fort Hood.

Peace in the midst of darkness only comes from God.

It is a promise in YOUR WORD that we pray for the anguished and grieving, the fearful and desperate.

No, we do not understand many things but we the people of faith do understand how YOU comfort in tragedy.

Music comes to this prayer. ” Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost  but now am found. Was blind but now I see.”

We pray these words and sing them in our souls.

Draw us all back to faith… ” You are near to the brokenhearted” ( Psalm 34:18

We are broken once again… but YOU are our comfort.

Stir up random acts of kindness for these families.

Stir our nation to  purpose to honor the military where ever they serve.

Stir us to become more IN YOU so that we can be an ever present voice of prayer to pierce the darkness with the Light of Christ found in YOUR WORD.

HOPE will rise in prayer.

In Jesus’ Name we pray, the Name that brings Eternal light to the world.

 

 

The Unfolding Light of Easter
Mar 29, 2014

The unfolding of Your Word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple…

 Righteous are YOU, O Lord…

 Your promises have been thoroughly tested and Your servant loves them… YOU ARE NEAR.

Psalm 119: 130, 137a, 140, 151a

 

Flowers unfold in sunlight.

Birds sing their hearts out  in early  morning light.

Star shine emerges in  moonlight.

Clouds are ribbons framing our days.

Winds roam about rustling the trees of the earth.

Rains and waters replenish the soil.

The heavens declare God’s  Glory… But in one dark night long ago…. there was an agony so profound that  CREATION must have groaned helplessly until dawn.

It was a night of shadows and shattered dreams and the earth quaked with fear.

The Jesus of scripture was crucified on a CROSS for the sins of the world, all people, all generations, all races … ALL.

A borrowed tomb, a broken people were hopeless.

The disciples ran.

Three days passed.

Did flowers bloom?

Did birds sing?

Did anyone care?

Beloved women came to the Tomb in early light  to bring spices to anoint Jesus’ Body.

The mammoth stone had been rolled away. Surprised  by a  holy light as they entered the sepulchre, a luminous angel on watch said; He is not here. He is risen… Go quickly and tell His disciples He is risen from the dead and behold He goes before you into Galilee. There you shall see Him.  Matthew 28:6-8

With great amazement and  joy, they ran to tell the disciples this incredible news.  Along the way they encountered  Jesus. With awe they touched His feet and worshiped Him before they continued the journey to Galilee.( v9-10)

DARKNESS MET UNFOLDING LIGHT!

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD CAME FORTH STREAMING FROM  A BORROWED TOMB .

THE WORLD CHANGED.

CREATION  CLAPPED THEIR HANDS IN RENEWAL.

MAN COULD BE DELIVERED FROM THE DARKNESS OF SIN.

The Resurrection of Christ is the cornerstone of Christianity.

Even Josephus, a Jewish historian wrote convincingly about the evidence he investigated supporting this miracle.

Those who follow Christ learn to live in His Light.

For with you is the fountain of light; In your light we see light. Psalm 36:9

We have relationship.

We have the Word of God.

We can ask for His guidance.

Blessed are those who acclaim you; who have learned to walk in the light of your presence, O LORD. Psalm 89:15

The Righteous Light of Christ leads the simple to understanding.

We are simple and need understanding.

Conquering death, HE became the UNFOLDING LIGHT OF EASTER.

As we embrace this LIGHT, we discover that HIS PROMISES are thoroughly tested and we grow to love them.

We hold on them.

We proclaim them.

We live them out.

We create through them.

We rest in them.

We die in them.

Light dispels darkness.

Truth uncovers deception.

A cleansed heart knows light.

Sin fears discovery.

THE CROSS BRINGS PARDON, FORGIVENESS…  HEALING LIGHT THROUGH THE LOVE OF GOD!

Have you experienced the UNFOLDING LIGHT of EASTER?

It is incredibly life giving, glorious, gracious and grace filled.

It is a a Finished work.

What then should we do?

Open your heart to Christ.

Ask Him to come and be YOUR LORD.

Confess all the ugliness you know.

Take your time.

His Light will make you brand new.

If you do, welcome to the family of God.

A Blessed Easter  will be yours.

HE IS NEAR…

Acts 17:28

Billie

 

 

 

Starting Over
Jan 30, 2014

January has come and gone.

February is not long.

A year records our time,

As bells of memory chime.

Are we older, bolder, blessed?

Did we leave behind a mess?

Is the answer yes, Yes, YES?

It is…our hearts confess… but God is with us… YES, once more.

Starting over is not a chore for One whose promises are true.

 Behold a new thing I’ll do.

I’ll make a way for you…

In snow and ice, in rain and sleet, my love will hover as you sleep.

In desert places hope will rise.

And springtime joy will find blue skies.

Storms also will appear… but remember He is near.

Starting over is the way… for faith to bloom in us each day.

Embrace this moment.

The past is past.

The future awaits.

His Love will last.

He watches all with plans galore.

Breathe in His Love and ask for more.

As winter leaves, spring will  call ” Our God Reigns over all.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer Tears for Perseverance in The Philippines
Nov 11, 2013

Be merciful to me, O Lord ,for I am in distress. Psalm 31:9a

Holy Father;

We CRY UNTO YOU for a precious people who have been decimated by this horrendous disaster. There are no words to describe devastation.

The reckless havoc of such a mammoth storm creates a personal storm challenging sanity.

We are reading, praying , watching on video, imagining and weeping.

Oh God resurrect HOPE!

Open the blocked roads for those ready to bring supplies.

Provide for food , clothing,  shelter. medicines, first responders– assistance of any kind.

Speak to nations about what they can and should do.

Speak to YOUR People about prevailing prayer and response for these severely  crushed and homeless.

Speak to the broken.. a word of LOVE.

Communications, transportation links, structures, homes, businesses, schools and lives have been washed away.

In this dark place of  death and utter hopelessness, a baby girl named Bea Joy was born.  Just her name makes me weep… for the irony of True Faith in  YOU is this: we cannot live through anything with out YOU. There is no TRUE COMFORT outside of faith.  “Blessed are those that mourn for they SHALL BE COMFORTED.” ( Matthew 5:4)

This baby girl  Bea Joy is a picture of life continuing …a new birth of returning JOY.

Therefore we pray for faith to rise in hearts which know YOUR amazing security. It is  a gift to those who live in it and KNOW it… in spite of all circumstance.

YOU  sent Jesus to the world to rescue us from ourselves … bringing us into relationship through pardon, forgiveness and establishing HOPE.

“In this world you will have ( trouble) tribulation but I have overcome the world.”

( John 16:33)

Trouble comes to all… but  YOU are with us in it.

WHAT A CONFIDENCE!

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ( Hebrews 13:5)

The only peace that is eternally ours  is found in Christ Jesus ALONE. For the blight of hopelessness has descended upon the Philippine people attempting to drown their future.

Loss, grief, confusion, despair, isolation,  are shades of  hopelessness deposited by the fury of this catastrophe .

LIFE IN CHRIST IS HEALING LIGHT.

The sun will rise again…. day after day as it always has and so will the SON OF GOD!

HE brings His Healing Presence to all who call upon His Name.

” The Son of righteousness will rise with healing in His wings. ” Malachi 4:2

Therefore we are banding together to pray for the people of the Philippines with love, expectancy, belief, monies, man power, resource… as they purpose to reclaim  the land of their heritage.

Come , Holy Father to this place of utter annihilation and rebuild it first in the hearts of the people and then as they walk out all that must be accomplished on a daily basis, increase their resilience, and faith  to believe a new beginning has come.

Break out Holy Spirit in song and praise . Call voices to sing of their Redeemer!

Now we thank YOU for this gathering together in prayer as one voice unto YOU HOLY FATHER , OUR GOD EVERLASTING!

In Jesus’ Name we pray.

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