Right Side Up and Upside Down Birthday

Posted: February 16, 2015 in Prayers

In Honor of my Right side up and upside down Birthday! Today…February 16th

Since this is the year I get to celebrate this particular Birthday…Yep, when you write the numbers it is the same whether it is upside down or right side up…but not backward.

Today I want to look backward first. I want to share some of the things I have learned in the years past because they are the things that changed my life and made me who I am today.

First remember…When God has a plan for your life, YOU will live until you complete it! The day I was born, my parents called in a pastor to baptize me, because they did not expect me to live. I remember none of this, but only know a portion of the story.

I am pleased that cameras have existed in my lifetime. I remember going out into the frigid cold one year on my birthday when the snow was so deep you could not walk through it. My Dad somehow managed to take a picture in the middle of a snowbank.

I am trying to remember the birthdays and only a few stand out. The snowbank is the first I remember. The second I remember was when I was 16. It was the year that my Dad lay in a coma from being shot in the head in the cold of winter. It was a very hard year. I was living with my old 8th Grade Teacher and her family. That day, was special because my Mom called me from the hospital to tell me to listen to the radio because she had dedicated a song to me to be played that evening. I don’t remember the name of the song…and it is not important, but what it did mean, was that My Mom made me feel loved, even though I was really all alone. And I REALLY wasn’t all alone, because God was with me, and I KNEW that my Dad would be OK. It had been only a few days before that Birthday, I had kneeled at the end of my bed and prayed. I had told God, how much I loved my Dad, and I asked for a miracle. I was so specific in the prayer. Dad had suffered a gunshot wound to the forehead. Whether it was accidental because he kept the gun loaded all the time and the safety was bad, and it went off when he went to climb in the car, or if as some said….He had attempted to take his life. (I never believed that, I was his beloved daughter, and I knew how much he loved me and the rest of our family)

Whatever the case…I prayed…God I said, You are the only one who can fix my Dad. I ask you to spare his life, I prayed that he would be able to see, I prayed that he would be able to hear, and that his memory would be good so that he could recall our history, I prayed that he could think and plan. I prayed that he could walk, although that wasn’t as important. I prayed that my Dad could continue to be my Dad…The Dad I always knew. When I stood up, I KNEW that I knew, that I KNEW…my Dad would survive and he would be fine. Many Days later, he opened his eyes…yes, he could see, but had triple vision, Yes, he could hear, Yes, he remembered who we were, Yes, he could remember our history, but didn’t remember what had happened to him. Many days after that he would learn to walk again, but would need a 5 pronged cane for the rest of his life. He knew how to play checkers, and pinochile(his favorite game), he could tell a joke and laughed when you told one. This divine touch of God was the 4th time in my life that God had declared himself GOD! And JESUS had revealed himself in a very unique way..

So where this story goes, and what I have learned from it…and I want desperately to have you believe and understand and count on, is that NO MATTER WHAT happens in your life, Jesus will be there for you and will provide what you need! He should never be the last resort when you are in trouble…Go to him FIRST. In the end… JESUS is the one you can count on…nobody else can do what he can and will do for you! He is the one who loves you more than life itself. He is the one who wants to be your friend, who wants to share your life, and take you where you never dreamed!

Next I want to tell you something so important. Very few people in this world care much about your life, and what you think or what you have done. The awards and the degrees and the milestones in your life are almost totally unimportant to those you spend time with, or who come into your life. It is just how it is, and you shouldn’t feel bad about it. Those people, however, will never forget how you made them feel. My Mother used to say….”If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all!” It’s funny because though God says it so many other ways, it means the same. So when you are speaking to someone, be kind, say nice things that are true, look for the good….but never ever “flatter” someone, because it comes across as “hurt”!

Being kind, and caring could also be called LOVE. Love those around you, those you come in contact with, and be strong and courageous as you love the unlovable ones, because they too will be brought into your life. This is not to say, that you must allow those who seek to do you harm to hurt you. You must not. Do not let those people into your circle, do not let those people take vengeance upon you. You have a God-Given right to defend yourself.
That God-given right of defense, is how God built you. Watch for the signs of danger. Is the hair standing up on the back of your neck? Is your head telling you to get far away? Is your heart beating wildly? Are you concerned about this person? If so, you must get away, and if you cannot, than you must defend yourself or someone else if that person is trying to harm them. How do I know that self-defense and protection of family and others is a right from God. I know this because God created all things and all animals. We can look to nature to find our rights. A mother animal will protect her child against all attacks, even if it means her life. The King of Jungle, a lion, will run off all the other males, to keep his Pride safe. That Pride is where the women and children or baby lions live. He will die, defending them.

So, what that means is IF you are wondering what is right or wrong, look to God’s creations to see how they act. If their natural instinct is to do it, then you too are allowed by God to do it. You should never be in doubt as to what is right when you can look to the animal kingdom to see how they were designed and what their natural instincts do.
One other thing to remember is that….there are going to be people who do not, will not, and no matter what are never going to like you! It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you do what is best for you and your family. Don’t be offended because some person doesn’t like you. There is a reason and they don’t belong in your inner circle anyway. Even Jesus, who never did anything wrong, and loved everyone, was hated so badly that he was crucified. Just remember that when someone doesn’t like you, you and Jesus have a lot in common.

It is important that you don’t take what doesn’t belong to you. It isn’t yours, and was not intended to be yours. If it was, than you would already have it.

It is important to be grateful for what you have. It is never ok to “want” what someone else has. You are not going to be any better, or more respected by those who count in your life, if you have this or that. If that is what it takes for someone to respect you, then find a new someone to be your friend.
It is important when you are living your life to be open to possibilities. If you are “feeling” like you need to do something and it isn’t illegal or detrimental, then pursue it. At least do the “Ben Franklin” plan for determining if it is right for you or not… Old Ben taught us to make a list of pros and cons. If the cons were longer…then don’t do it, but if the pros side was longer, go after it. The Bible teaches us to “count the cost” of the things we do. Will it hurt someone? Will I be able to finish it? Will it make a difference in a hundred years? I find that the things in life I regret most are the things I failed to do, not so much the things I did! In the end, we are only responsible to God for what we did and didn’t do. Choose wisely, and don’t waste your time on “rabbit trails!”
Don’t let revenge destroy your life. Forgiveness is important. Someone, sometime will do you what you perceive to be a great wrong. Take that to Jesus, give it to him, and let him deal with it and with that person. He will then take it, and you can let it go. Harboring unforgiveness will get you an ulcer and a hardened heart. LET IT GO! Turn it over to Jesus…His judgments are right… Some people call it Karma…but what it boils down to is, watching what God does in the lives of others. You can’t do that if all you want for them is destruction. I remember reading in a Sunday Paper when I was about 17 years old…I knew I had to remember it for the rest of my life so I put it to memory. “Hating someone is like BURNING down YOUR OWN HOUSE to get rid of a rat!”

When I was a teenager, I was abducted but some guys, one I had briefly met before, but knew a friend of mine. That was a humiliating and devastating experience. I am not sure how long I was gone, the very first part I remember….I remember going to a friend’s house who that one person also knew, but she could not come along. That is good! So glad she was safe! After that, I am blank until I remember waking up on the floor in the backseat with 3 guys feet on top of me, and listening while they decided what they should do with me. They considered killing me and dumping my body… I suggested they just drop me off near my home and I would go home. They finally decided that would be the best, but I was warned that if I ever told anyone what they had done, they would come back and kill my entire family and burn my house to the ground with everyone in it. I kept my mouth shut. My Mother was furious when I got home and told me how disrespectful and irresponsible I was.

For years and years after this I lived ashamed…I had done nothing wrong, but the shame was there. One day I heard that I could go to Jesus and ask him to help me through this. I did…and asked what he wanted to say to me about that…. I listened…and I heard his voice. He said just 3 words. “I LOVE INNOCENCE!” Those were healing words…and for the first time in my life I shared the story. At last, I was FREE!

Well, I think there are many other things, I could say on my right side up or upside down Birthday…but you can take these and know that the most important thing I have learned in my life is that God is the answer. He…..God the Almighty, Jesus who is God come to Earth as a man, and HOLY SPIRIT, sent when Jesus returned to heaven…will always be there for you. In the good times and bad, during floods, devastation, hunger, persecution, loneliness, sorrow and great loss. He will be the one who brings comfort and love in the midst of trials and difficulties. You just have to do one thing…Call upon JESUS!

Blessings to each of you…and thank you for reading my posts! Prayyior

It’s late, I should be sleeping. Tomorrow is a busy day, so much to do and it seems the older I get the faster the days go by. Tonight, I am troubled. I am concerned about our nation, I don’t trust our president and I don’t trust our government. I am appalled Read the rest of this entry »

We aren’t who we sometimes think we are….

It seems sometimes, that as Christians….Christ Followers, we forget who we are because of who we know. One day we will fully understand but until then we need to continue to remind ourselves of who JESUS says we are. Believe it…because it is true! Here are a few of the things /character/ people, we are according to Jesus…

1. We are the salt of the earth. (Food without salt is very bland. Sometimes so bland you don’t want to even eat it. Add a little salt and it become yummy!) We are called to add “flavor” to the lives of people around us.

~~~~~~~Mat 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

2. We are the light of the world…Because we are in Jesus (who is the light) we contain that light, and it is designed to send the darkness scurrying away. Let your light shine in your family, workplaces, in the Walmarts of the world…You make a huge difference because the Light of Christ shines forth with brightness. Make someone’s day….SHINE!

~~~~~~~Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

3. We are children of God! What a profound announcement….God is my Father…Your Father…Our Father. Perhaps a father we never had in the physical, or one we lost early, or never knew. Our real Dad is God, provided we have asked him to be. He forgives our sin when we ask, He loves us unconditionally, He smiles when he thinks of us, and he laughs out loud as He watches us grow strong and mighty in Him. We are who he came to earth and died for…so we could always be with him in this world and His Kingdom to come…Kids of the KING….with all rights of the “family.”

~~~~~~~Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

4. We are part of the true vine and Christ’s life flows through us. Jesus is the root in our life, he brings food, nourishment, allows our leaves to absorb sonshine. Without the root, we couldn’t live.

~~~~~~Joh 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Joh 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing

5. We are His Friends! A true friend is one who knows our secrets, has seen us fail, has seen us struggle, has seen our bleakest moment, and our greatest triumph…We are chosen to know His secrets, though he will never fail, if he did, we would know, we have seen him struggle with the heartache of his “friend.” We know of his pain and suffering on earth…and we KNOW of his Great Victory over death and sin and hell…There is no better friend to have than Jesus!

~~~~~Joh 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Jesus also says…

6. I am chosen by Christ to bear fruit….and so you think of this correctly…remember when in past games that sides were chosen as to who would play against who…In my day and age it was “Red Rover”…Well You were the FIRST person chosen…not the middle or the last…and you were chosen because of Jesus Love for you and that you would be successful in bringing forth fruit…You are productive member …so believe it!

Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

7. You are Christ’s personal witness sent out to tell everybody about him So our job is to get out there and brag about Jesus! Put your Holy Spirit swagger on…You may be the only Jesus someone will ever meet….what you say and do will determine where THEY spend eternity!

Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13,14

Luke 18:14 …….for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

It seems appropriate that we should be praising God for what has occurred at the midterm elections. We prayed and we watched as God moved in a way seemingly impossible. The entire structure of the Congress and Senate was changed in a day. Our God has given us one last chance to proclaim the Name of Jesus throughout the land. If we fail to do that, we will be worse off than what we would have been without the election miracle.

Don’t lie to yourself….God and God alone did this. He brought forth deliverance because his people called out to him…They humbled themselves and prayed and sought him, and turned from their wicked ways. They prayed again and again and they fasted, they watched as God went to battle for America.

I thought back to the Democratic convention and remembered how there was a major call for God to be added to the platform and it was voted down, and voted down and then forced into acceptance. The hearts of those who booed the addition of God to their platform…..Well, It was a sad day for America, when part of the nation turned away from him….officially!

Today we have a new group of people who will be taking their place in the halls of congress…but it will not officially occur until January. Between now and then especially we are in a very dangerous time. It is the time when those who have lost their foothold will be in utter rebellion to the wishes of the American people who voted to stop the fiasco that is Washington DC. It is a time where anger and vengeance will rise and whatever can be done to undermine the action of God and the people will be done. It may be an “in your face” rebellion or it may come more in stealth…but it will come.

Our job as Christians, is to not allow the rebellion to destroy our nation. We must pray all the more for God to intervene in the lives of the leaders; both those who will leave office, those who have been defeated and those who will take their rightful places in January. This will be a dangerous time because those who have suffered this defeat will be more vengeful than ever before. This is the spirit of antichrist who came to kill, steal and destroy.

We can see clearly that God is on the side of America…He has given us one last chance to proclaim the Name of Jesus in our land. Failure to do so will bring destruction to our nation. We must pray that the name of Jesus is proclaimed across Capitol Hill and in the White House. There is no other name given, by which salvation comes.

Today, we must declare in our own lives that we will pray for the lawmakers, the leaders, the justice department, the president and vice president and their advisors. We must pray that their eyes will be opened and their hearts softened so that we have a future nation of freedom for our children and generations to come.

We must also go to battle against the powers of darkness which seek to destroy this nation. What an affront to those powers to see their power slipping away. Satan fights all the harder when he knows his time is short.

Today, I ask you to Pray for America…Thank God first for the battle he waged on our behalf on election day and continues to wage. The Battle is the Lord’s. Praise him for the people he has chosen to represent us. Pray they will be full of honor, truth, justice, compassion and character that honors God.

Stand your ground. Declare victory over the powers of darkness. Declare that evil will not prevail. Declare that God is in control even over Washington DC, the Congress, the government, the leaders, the white house.

Use your authority to bind and loose….Use your authority to cancel the enemy’s plans and reveal those plans in the light so that everyone can see. Pray that people will awaken to what is happening in our nation and will not be so focused on their own issues but will hear of, and see, the actions of those who seek to destroy. Pray for Wisdom from God that we may see and know what is coming and Wisdom to know how to pray. I am reminded that when WE DON”T KNOW HOW TO PRAY, we can ask the HOLY SPIRIT to pray for us.

So many times, I have no clue how I should be praying…I am guessing you struggle with that too. I do know that God gave us his Word, and praying what HE says is effective, and Trusting him to keep his Word, may be difficult for us (don’t we all want to call the shots?) God knows what we need, how we should pray, when we should pray and what the outcome of our prayers will be.

As Frank Peretti infers in his book…”This Present Darkness”…the darkness is real, and the prayers of the saints hold back that darkness.

Let us stand in the gap for America, and hold back the darkness by hearing and praying and doing what God instructs us to.

Here is my prayer for today….Join me if you choose, but it is always your choice.

Lord Jesus…Oh Most Holy God…How we thank you for intervening in our nation’s election. We sought you and prayed and fasted and asked forgiveness for our sin, and turned from our wicked ways, and you heard from heaven and forgave our sin and are healing our land. We give you all the praise and all the glory for this mighty move. We are not deceived! YOU and only YOU accomplished this action.

Father, we stand in the gap for America, for our Children and Grandchildren and generations far off, we stand for the hope in You. We stand that the mighty Name of Jesus…that NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES will be proclaimed throughout the land. We stand lord, when the powers of darkness try to kill us, to steal from us and destroy us. We stand with our armor on…fully clothed in your Word and protected by the blood of Christ which was shed for us. We stand with the Word of God as our Sword of the Spirit and we stand with our Shield of faith, wearing shoes of peace, a belt of truth, a helmet of salvation and a breastplate of your righteousness. We stand unafraid….courageous in this battle over right and wrong.

We ask for you protection in this battle. We ask for your protection over our families, our homes, our animal and pets, and all the “stuff” you have given us. We ask for protection over our nation, from any person or persons, terrorist groups, false religions, evildoers, liars and cheats, deceivers, revenge seekers and any other evil entity.

We declare and decree that America is one Nation belonging to YOU, and YOU are our strength and our future. YOU are our hope, YOU are our help in times of need, YOU are our giver of Wisdom, and YOU provide knowledge to those who seek it. Father we pray that we will ALL seek your wisdom and knowledge and we will ALL seek YOU.

In that Name above all Names, JESUS, we cancel all the plans of the enemy to destroy us. We declare that no weapon formed against us (Ourselves and our nation) shall prosper or prevail. And we sing praises to you Lord God.

In the words of Psalms 149, we are filled with joy in knowing you, and we take the authority you have given us to execute repayment upon the heathen and to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. We stand in the gap…We declare it accomplished…We give you all praise and declare your Glory to the Nation! We pray that your TRUTH will rise, and your GLORY fall upon us!

We pray these prayers for Israel…Oh Lord let there be peace in Jerusalem…and Father we pray for our brothers and sisters in foreign lands who are being killed all the day long in the most horrific of ways. We pray for your courage to fill them, fear to be far from them, and your witness to touch the hearts and souls of those who take their lives. We proclaim the Great and Mighty Name of Jesus…Amen and AMEN

Psa 149:1 Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
Psa 149:2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
Psa 149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
Psa 149:4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Psa 149:5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
Psa 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;
Psa 149:7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
Psa 149:8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
Psa 149:9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.

My Prayer for this election day!

Posted: November 4, 2014 in Hope, Prayers
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This is my prayer for today…you may join or not…your choice.

Heavenly Father, Oh Glorious Lord…How we praise you for this nation called America. You know the heaviness of my heart over what has become of her. You know my desire to keep her alive for our children and grandchildren and future generations.

Lord, I look at the lies that have been spoken, and repeated to deceive people into thinking “all is well.” I so disagree with that…All is not well, and without you at the heart and head of this nation, it never will be.

Lord you have heard my prayers, you have heard the battle cry of my heart and the words from YOUR WORD that I have prayed. You know I have stood against the evil, and called out those who pray, to pray fervently for your protection for our citizens, for the safety of the children, for the defeat of the powers of darkness which seek to kill us and destroy our peace.

Today, is the day we vote…I want to call out to you, and beg you to save us, but I know you have heard our prayers, and I know that since you have heard, it is now time to trust you. It is time to watch as you fight this battle that has to be won in order for us to keep Liberty in our land. It is only You who can sabotage the voter fraud that is going on all over the country, and the back door sneaky illegal actions that are designed to destroy the freedoms of the people. It is only YOU who can heal this land and today I praise you for doing that. I expect to see the elections pronounce hope. However, I bow to your plan…your direction and your future. I know that above all that you will turn to good anything that comes against your people. I am reminded of 2 Chronicles 7:14 which says that IF your people will humble themselves and pray and seek you and turn from OUR WICKED WAYS, then YOU will hear from heaven, will forgive our sin and will HEAL OUR LAND. Father…I certainly do not sit on your throne, or know if enough of us have done as you directed, to affect change in this nation. I don’t know if enough of your people have prayed, have sought you, have sought forgiveness. I don’t know your plans…but I trust you. I will fight the fight of faith to trust you through this election. I pray that none of the plans of the enemy will come to pass. I pray that you will intervene, that you will save us.

My heart breaks with the possible loss of more freedom, my heart breaks that against your word our president tries to make peace with our enemy. I long for your Kingdom to come…On earth as it is in heaven….

I long that Christians will not be persecuted(such a sanitary word)…when what I mean is that…I long and my heart breaks that children are being murdered, beheaded, raped, married to muslim men when they are as young as infants….I am horrified that muslims are not OK with vaginally raping babies, but it is OK to sodomize them…I am heartbroken that Mother’s and Father’s are killed, and their children kidnapped for evil purposes. I hate that evil exists in our world…Horrified. I so long for your children to be at peace. I thank you that you care for them, and in my heart I know that even as they are called into death, you are there and you are protecting them and providing all they need at that moment. Yes, Lord, I trust you.

I will watch tonight as election results come in…I will praise you today…I will step back and watch as you fight the battle…The battle is yours Lord. Thank you that tonight that your children get to rest and watch you in action! You are such an awesome God…We are so thankful for the Beautiful and Powerful name of Jesus…There is so much POWER in his name….THANK YOU…

I ask you to place your peace in my heart and head as we watch the battle. I pray that should you request us to pray, that I will hear you and understand exactly what and how I am to pray. I am here Lord…if you can..Use me…and the the Glorious Name of Jesus be Praised! I am reminded that is not by power or might but by YOUR SPIRIT…says the Lord…

Amen and AMEN

It seems every one of us has heard of the “death panels” that will be going into effect sometime in the future when a government bureaucrat will determine who gets to be treated, and who will be left to die.

Death panels are something we have never had to even consider in the past…We must consider it now!

If our State can prevent them from affecting our citizens before they are in place…then we stand a great chance of keeping our Mom and Dad or Grandparents a little longer. This also may be effective in defending against the government denying kidney transplants, or extreme care for young cancer patients, babies born with serious costly medical needs, or even a knee replacement because life expectancy is only 5 more years.

You have heard it said that there is nothing “sure” in life, except death and taxes…. I for one want to pay taxes as long as possible and I surely do not want some corrupt IRS agent telling me that my health is too bad, and they won’t pay for medicine for me any longer.

End of life choices are already the law in North Dakota, but there is no law that will protect us from future death panels…this one might!

Please vote YES on Measure 1

Measure 1 reads….
Constitutional Measure No. 1
(SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
NO. 4009, 2013 SESSION LAWS, CH. 519)
This constitutional measure would create
and enact a new section to Article I of the
North Dakota Constitution stating, “The
inalienable right to life of every human being
at any stage of development must be
recognized and protected.”

Abortion is NOT an unforgivable sin…..

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