Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday!


Summer garden flowers abound, vibrant colors inside and out

 My favorite Stargazer lilies
flash six petaled, deep pink
beauties with a heavenly scent throughout my garden, blooms facing up toward the sky, hence their name, as given by cross-breeder Leslie Woodriff in 1974.

Wednesday mornings are a special blessing to me starting with my Skype talks with a most engaging Chinese couple. For an hour, that goes by so quickly, we share each others cultures, while learning some grammar too. I learn far more from them than I impart-our friendship grows each week.




How's your garden zucchini? Overwhelming? Yes, me too, but I'm finding different recipes to put our surplus to use. But today, my granddaughter and I used my favorite zucchini recipe, "Italian Zucchini Pie", yes, you see the date,1984, in my mother's handwriting. I remember she told me it was from a magazine. I actually make it without the crust-less time consuming, less calories!
Sassie falls asleep everyday doing her computer work!

Blessings of the evening, friends!

It's a Summer for Compassion!



please continue here, love having you visit! Please silence blog music and listen to these precious children thanking their sponsors for caring and loving them enough to share their time and God's gifts with them.
This is a summer for Compassion; a time to consider sponsoring a child in need.

My newest sponsored child, Ishimwe, will be 5 years old next week and Compassion makes it so easy to send a monetary gift, which goes to the child development center and they buy the birthday gift, locally, for my child. Wish I could be in Rwanda to give him a hug on his birthday.

The blessings of child sponsorship are beyond measure; why would we not sponsor? What is holding us back? God has blessed me with three trips to Africa, and I will be forever grateful. I have seen extreme poverty; thatched roof, dirt floor huts,children fetching brown colored water in yellow containers to supply the family's daily need ,the faces of hunger, the protruding bellies of children, infected, red, runny eyes, open sores on shoeless feet, fly infested fish and meat on display in open markets in sweltering heat, destined for a family's dinner. Thirty-eight dollars a month can do so much for a child's physical needs, but more importantly, his spiritual need- hearing that God loves them and sent His Son to pay the penalty for sin, and desires a personal relationship with them. Compassion provides this spiritual training for the children and their family. Oh, to know these children came to the Lord and are being nurtured in the Gospel because of a small monthly sacrifice is amazing!

When in Africa, one of my most treasured times, was riding in old, dilapidated trucks with villagers going to 3 hour praise and worship gatherings. I will never forget the smiles on faces, the tears streaming from eyes, sweat on brow from heat of the day- yet singing;

Soon and very soon,
 we are going to see the King!
                                Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
 we are going to see the King!
 No more crying there,
 we are going to see the King!
No more dying there, 
we are going to see the King! 
                                Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
we are going to see the King! 
 
One day I will stand before the King and see His eyes upon me. What will He say?

please consider   www.compassion.com  

"And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'"    Jesus, as recorded in Matthew 25:40

Monday, July 28, 2014

Finding Joy Amidst Such Pain



please continue here, love having you visit! Please silence blog music at lower left and praise God with me in song with Hillsong. I was so blessed to sing this for the past two Sundays in our church choir. God used this song to break through the heaviness in my heart, the heavy weight pushing on my shoulders, keeping me from lifting hands high in total praise to my God.

How to cope with planes falling from the sky, with rockets flying in Gaza,
 with torturous detention camps in North Korea,
        with young children detained at our borders, no one to care for them, with fierce fires in Washington State, with our religious freedoms in America being challenged, with Ebola deadly virus in Africa, with tragedy after tragedy all around. How to cope? For one month now, and two more to go- grand jury duty- case after case of ruined lives because of drugs.
The world is in pain!
                                So in need of a Savior!

"The sin of man and wrath of God
          Has been on Jesus laid''

                                 And my own sin nature...
"Oh that rugged cross my salvation
          where Your love poured out over me "

 Sunday morning, as every morning previous, had been hard to begin on knees asking His strength, His care over all world sorrows, often not sleeping, hours of praying, crying for our deeply hurting world, so in need of Jesus.
While every fiber in me sang this song, tears flowed, hands lifted high, I no longer felt the weight on my shoulders or the heaviness in my heart- I was lost in lifting praise and honor to my King!

"Now my soul cries out, Hallelujah
          Praise and honor unto Thee"

"He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which He is called is The Word of God...
    On His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, 
                                         King of kings and Lord of lords."
                              Revelation 19: 13,16 

I always welcome your comments, readers. What is heavy on your heart? Please respond here,leave comment.

Friday, July 18, 2014

His Love Compels

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Thursday night, I was so excited to be a Compassion advocate volunteer, telling others of the joy, of being a Compassion sponsor to God's precious children, 1.3 million children in 26 countries through Compassion.
This took place at the Casting Crowns Concert at the Akron Civic Theater.  I'm the one wearing picture buttons of my sponsored children! 















 Lifesong  by Casting Crowns

"Empty hands held high
Such a small sacrifice
If not joined with my life
I sing in vain tonight "




"Lord, I give my life
A living sacrifice
To reach a world in need
To be Your hands and feet

So may the words I say
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing
Bring a smile to You"
  
song by John Mark Hall










Let me share with you my sponsored children

Esmeralda lives in Nicaragua
This is the first photo I saw of her when I chose her to be my sponsored child in 2011.
She's a changed, smiling young girl now because of Compassion intervention into her life and that of her family.
Esmeralda will be 10 years old this month.




My joy was overflowing as she smiled at me during my visit to her church-based Compassion Center last year!
I saw first-hand the love and care given by Compassion staff to all the children attending.
I also became aware of how much letters from sponsors inspire and are treasured by the children,kept safe for years.  I listened as older children spoke of being encouraged and loved by their sponsors and how this affected their lives. To be told that they are loved by someone in another part of the world, gave them courage to press on in light of such overwhelming obstacles. Thirty-eight dollars a month is such a small sacrifice for releasing a child out of poverty, and providing Biblical training, education, nutritious meals, health care, clothing, developing their self confidence, life skills training, vocational programs, and much more, all centered around the love of Christ for His precious children. The joy of knowing a child that you sponsor has accepted Jesus as their Savior is beyond compare.
600 million children live in extreme poverty!
For one reading this blog, maybe the Lord has a child waiting for you to sponsor in His name.
www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child
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This is Fedeline who lives in  Haiti and is now 10 years old.

Grace lives in Rwanda and is 8 years old.
Compassion provides for her at the Rubona Student Center.
The letter I just received from her tells about attending Sunday school and  learning about the love of God for her.













Elizabeth is 5 years old and lives in Tanzania where she attends school.
I told her in my recent letter, how beautiful she looks in her school uniform.





Lord Jesus, I ask Your protection and care over my precious
sponsored children that you have given to me.
May You shepherd them, keeping them safe in Your loving arms. May they grow deeper in love with You as they learn about Your love for them at the Compassion Centers.













This little guy, Ishimwe, is 4 years old. He lives in Rwanda with his grandmother and uncle.
Ishimwe likes to play ball and attends Nyarubue Student Center. I started sponsoring him just this week!
Time to send a letter to Isimwe, today!

Your steadfast love, oh Lord, compels us to reach out with our open hands, to be Your hands and feet in a dark and hurting world, "to bring a smile to You."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Opened Hands, Opened Doors

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Today, I spent several hours at the Stow Public Library while our Traverse had extensive recall work done. A quick jaunt over to the Stow Library, and my morning was set before me in my own private office space. I could get used to this quiet, comfortable setting.

What's the song title, "The Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer"?  Yes, it has been all that with an added "rainy days".
Days have been crazy, calendar filled.
Three months of scheduled Grand Jury duty, two days a week carved out . Hearing case after case to determine indictment status.  My thought: without Jesus we're so fallen, searching for the something to fill the God size hole in our heart.  This time has afforded an open door to getting to know 11 other jurors. Asking God to use me as He wills.

Monday mornings  at Camp Learn a Lot at Leggett School







 This week's Bible verse is John 3:16
The children repeat the verse several times with a word missing each time and soon it's committed to memory.
Days of  Gospel presentation, games, learning, two meals, playground time, reading time and math.

Wednesday mornings are special!  Skype call to China teach conversational and grammar English to a lovely couple. Our conversations take us in various directions where we are learning about each others' culture.
So blessed with this privilege!

Wednesday gift of granddaughter visit.
 Learning watercolor pencil drawing



Our summer read, together


Finished mountain and water scene ready to hang in her playhouse.







Wedding plans are underway for our daughter. We spent a fun-filled day last week searching for blue vintage Ball jars to be filled with baby-breath flowers for reception tables. A find at the Hartville Marketplace and Flea Market!
We found the perfect, boxed wedding invitations at Hobby Lobby, she will design them, then inexpensive printing at Office Max.  Topped the spree off at Kohl's  and Starbucks. Blessed day with daughter!

Saturdays begin with two faithful friends as we study and read our present selection, The Storm Inside, and bring our prayer requests before the Lord.
Soon to begin our next selection, Downpour, by James MacDonald, seeking personal revival, a down-pouring of the presence and  power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Sunday's St. Joseph's Festival watching granddaughter with her "just caught" pond frog
                       Frog Jump Race!

Yes, and my hands are open, too, open to His filling, and His open doors-my daily privilege to communicate  with world-wide seekers of the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Global Media Outreach.

                                            Take my life and let it be
                                            Consecrated, Lord to Thee.
                                            Take my moments and my days
                                            Let them flow in endless praise.
                                            
                                            Take my hands and let them move
                                            At the impulse of Thy love,
                                            Take my feet and let them be
                                             Swift and beautiful for Thee.
                                                                                           Frances R. Havergal  1874 
                                       

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Stop and Think (The Movie) - Featuring Francis Chan



please continue here, love having you visit, please silence the blog music, lower left, and take 15 minutes to stop and think about God's enormous love for you!  Francis Chan explains, let's listen...

Joy of Friendship


Our Saturday morning Bible study, book read, and prayer time has blessed each of our lives these past years.
We have seen how the Lord has grown us in our walk with Him through difficult times, joyous occasions,
memorable moments, and deep need.







Our most recent book, The Storm Inside, by Sheila
Walsh has opened our eyes to the very real possibility of growing deeper in love with Jesus through the storms we all face in this earthly life. Yes, the same Jesus who called the storm for His fearful friends, can and does calm the storms in our own hearts.

We have been blessed with;
    answered prayer
     deeper love of the Word
     joy of lasting friendships
     refreshing atmosphere of Moore than Coffee, in the Hartville Plaza, and new friendship with the owners.
To God be all the honor, glory and praise!

Friday, July 4, 2014

HAPPY 4th OF JULY, AMERICA!


 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord...
                                             Psalm 33:12
Oh, heavenly Father, I pray on this celebration day of our Nation, one Nation under God, please draw us back to You in repentance, and may we humble ourselves and turn to You for wisdom, may Your grace flow over us, wash us of our sin, turning our hearts to the redemptive grace of Your Son, Jesus Christ.


I pray with Anne Graham Lotz and all who have been fasting and praying for our Nation- An Urgent Call To Prayer-Day Four

"We worship You, Lord Jesus Christ, on this our nation's birthday, as the All-Mighty, our breathtaking and all-powerful Lord. You measure the waters in the hollow of Your hand. You weigh the mountains on scales. You stretch out the heavens like a curtain. Your immensity is impossible for us to comprehend. You make a way when there is no way. You are a prayer-hearing, prayer-answering God! Our nation's history gives testimony to Your strength to establish, preserve, and prosper us."
http://angelministries.org


This week I was privileged to be with a neighborhood VBS, sponsored by the Chapel, called Summer XP,  hosted by a Chapel  couple, who opened their home to about 30-40 eager young children, who experienced hours of fun, games, Bible story telling, crafts, painting,water-fun, and the joy of the Lord!


 Matt, a young volunteer, told the children the story of the Prodigal Son, of the father's forgiveness, and our Heavenly Father's forgiveness given to us.

All the children had fun learning the week's Bible verse, Matthew 7:24;

"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock."
 "Now they were bringing even infants to Him that He might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called  them to Him, saying, 'Let the children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the Kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive  the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.'"   
  Luke 18:15-17

 Another highpoint of the week, which will go on for 3 months is my call to serve on a Grand Jury-a Constitutional right provided by the Fifth Amendment.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Urgent Call To Prayer

Anne Graham Lotz has received from the Lord an urgent call to prayer for our Country, a revival to begin with us, each individual before the Lord. A call for 7 days, July 1 to July 7 to fast and pray, to humble ourselves before the Lord. Please join me on bent knees as we seek the Lord's face in our lives, empowered by the Holy Spirit to manifest His gifts in our hearts. Change me, Lord, I want to be like Your Son, Jesus.
www.angelministry.org    Under events on her site go to Urgent Call To Prayer

"I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. with justice He judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns... on His robe  and on His thigh He has this name written: King of  Kings and Lord of Lords."              Revelation 19:11-12, 16

Monday, June 30, 2014

"For the love of Christ compels us...


because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and He died for all,
            that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and
                       was raised."  2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Days of endless rain

            Summer is upon us, and I
contemplated these verses today, amidst the busyness of each week's schedule and thought, "What is my compelling source?"
Why do we do what we do?
Why do we add one more thing to our already full schedule?
We all have to set our priorities; what is important to us, individually.
What compels me, what compels you?

For me, it's the love of Christ and nothing more. This is why I volunteer at The Chapel's Camp Learn a Lot  every Monday, Leggett School, Akron, sharing time with precious children in all kinds of fun activities and hearing the Gospel message of Jesus' love for them, and God's plan for their salvation.



 Last week the children planted  and watered flowers to decorate
the school grounds. One precious child told me that he had never planted
flowers before.
The love of Christ compels!
Singing Praise!

"Miss Maureen, can I wear your sunglasses?"

Thank You, Lord, for this privilege to share summer days with Your little ones.

This week The Chapel is also hosting neighborhood VBS in my own area- another opportunity to share Jesus with children while enjoying fun and games.
The love of Christ compels!












 I joined an online group that is memorizing  John Chapter 15 this summer. We encourage each other in this endeavor and use Scripture Typer as a memory tool.
The love of Christ compels!

                                      http:// biblein90days.org
My summer reading of Randy Alcorn's books, Heaven , and Safely Home and The Bible in 90 days.
All three read in years past, but heavy on my heart to read again.
                                                           The love of Christ compels!

Every Thursday morning East meets West with my Skype call to China teaching English grammar and conversation with a Chinese student. During this 12 week session, I am blessed to work with a lovely, young woman and her husband, both desiring to increase their English vocabulary and grammar. Our relationship has been building during these past weeks, while learning about each others culture.
                                                    The love of Christ compels!

My most honored and greatest joy is my privilege to answer emails,daily, and communicate with seekers world-wide, seeking God, peace, joy, happiness, love, forgiveness, a relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior, a peace that only comes from knowing the Prince of Peace, Jesus. www.godlife.com
Only by the Holy Spirit's leading in my responses have I been able to minister to 623 God seekers these past two years. Prayerfully, the Lord will let me continue in this work for years to come because
                                                     the love of Christ compels!

 I found this quote by Sister Anne Shields SGL, a noted speaker,author, evangelist, who so pointedly penned these words.
 "I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees,
           colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, frivolous living, selfish giving,
                and dwarfed goals. I lean on Christ's presence."