002.jpgIt is the ordinary aspects of life I am now beginning to see God’s miracles.

Coming away from the crowds which Jesus did so very often is one of the best sure ways of hearing God’s still small voice.

We need to hear this voice because without it we live in perpetual drought.

We need His presence because He is the Bread of Life and without His Word, His Spirit we are dead, walking zombies, aimless and without purpose.

Last week you name it everything happened. Part of my bedroom ceiling room came in, the radiator burst and the living room was covered in water. We thank the Lord that Cindy my dog was not near here as the scalding water could have caused great harm. Our boiler completely broke down 3 weeks ago and still we have no hot water except what we boil in the kettle. But as I explained to my husband Ray lets’s be thankful in some countries they have to walk 20 miles just to get water! There are roadworks continually out at the back, and we came home today to find scaffolding outside our main window! Well I praise the Lord for that because at least we have an exit route if there is a fire! I jest not even the fire alarms do not work!!

For all of this I love my home, I have never been in one place long enough nor had the views to which I have the pleasure of. I have three walls instead of four! The Bay of St. Ives Cornwall is spectacular it is truely a blessing to see the sunsets and dawns come and go. It is a miracle to watch the rainbows sometimes a double rainbow majestically spread from one side of the window to another. The words that have been springing to mind recently is what satan meant for harm God has took and turned it into a blessing. We just have to see it and rejoice.

I have been ill for sometime and yes of late my hope had been dwindling smaller and smaller. One thing I have learned through my illness is accepting help, admitting how you really feel. Holding my pride together has denied me both love from God and who he choses to bless me with. The truth of it was I was ashamed of my illness, thinking I was a bad person and deserved it. This is where satan our greatest enemy would have us stay. In the dark.

I knew in my heart of hearts that the Lord would heal me. I just didn’t know when or how. This is where faith comes in. I have had confimations come through such different sources, firstly I heard the Lord’s voice myself one morning as I was waiting for the kettle to boil for my usual cup of tea. I was barely awake and interruping thoughts for the day were non-existent at that time and I heard “I am the Lord that healeth thee”. It was clear and precise.

Then we had a barbecue in our town with other christians speaking and singing the Gospel. There a friend of Ray my husband was miraculously healed. He had been on crutches for over 10 years and the doctors didn’t expect him to be healed. My husband had witnessed the healing in our local church in front of his eyes and saw him walk away without his crutches.

That evening we all met up for fellowship and worship and I saw Glen. I had to take a double take look because he wasn’t the same man. His face was so full of light and joy and yes running around without any aid. I so sensed the Lord then placing hope in my heart and that He is a God of miracles. It wasn’t just events that happened 2,000 years ago. Jesus is alive and is still healing miracuously!

So clinging on to God’s promises of healing in faith came to fruition the other evening. A very loving brother whom I have got to know and share with on-line through 360 came on to say hello. Although I was very bad this day and I had physically felt the pressure inside my head I decided to say hello. Not only that I decided to be honest when he asked me how I was. I told him I was bad today that my depression was actually hurting my head.

 

He asked me if I believed that Jesus could heal me. For a split second I had a doubt then remembered the parable about the mustard seed and knew my faith at that point was very small but still it was there.

 

I said yes I believed. Through his love and concern he guided me by the Holy Spirit to leave my depression at the foot of the cross of Jesus. I said to my beloved brother would God take it all away for good? Again he said to me do you believe he can? A step of faith and I said yes.

 

So there and then he prayed with me.

Over the next hour or so the Holy Spirit released the pressure in my head. The clamp like vice was easing every minute. I had grown so acustomed to the physical sensation of depression it was strange to feel light.

I found myself on my knees praying and singing to the Lord, the pressure getting lighter and lighter.

It has been 3 or four days and my head is still light and the depression has gone. I have had depression since I was 19 years old I am now 44 years old.

Today I went shopping with my husband and met my friends and Kenny our local pastor at church today and when they asked me how I was I could truely say I was better. It was a lovely feeling!!

Yes satan has had a go at me but I’m learning quickly to take it to the cross of Jesus. Everything in our lives today is because of Jesus and what He has done on the cross.

Yes I was tired this afternoon and for the first time without guilt I gave my self permission to rest and I slept.

Tonight more miracles came, my daughter has her old job back which she loves. She’s had months of financial difficulties and my best friend shared something so personal I felt so privileged and honoured.

God knows our hearts, He knows what we need when we need it. If I were to write all the blessings down his week that God has showered I would never stop writing.

He is wonderful our God. He so loves us even when people let us down our God will never let you down ever!

Praise His Name Forever!

Taste and See that the Lord is Good!

He is the God of all Hope, Peace, Righteousness.

God is good!

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Parting of the Red SeaExodus 14 v 13-14

Moses answered, “Don’t be afraid! Stand your ground, and you will see what the Lord will do to save you today; you will never see these Egyptians again. The Lord will fight for you, and there is no need for you to do anything”

Psalm 34 v 4-7

“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me; he answered me;

he freed me from all my fears,

The oppressed look to him and are glad;

they will never be disappointed.

The helpless call to him, and he answers;

he saves them from all their troubles,

His angel guards those who honour the Lord

and rescues them from danger”

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Whatever your situaton today the Lord is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow. The Lord never changes.

Are you trying to do God’s work in your own strength and with your own reasoning.

On reading the final victory of the Israelites leaving Egypt the Lord wants to show both the Israelites that He is their God and will deliver them and He wants the His Glory to show the Egyptians.

I found it amazing that the words of the Lord through Moses was “Don’t be afraid!”

“Stand your ground”

“.. save you today”

“The Lord will fight for you”

(notice the Lord WILL FIGHT FOR YOU and not you fight with the Lord on you situation)

and this part just shouted at me this morning

“there is no need for you to do anything”.

I have so many issues going on in my life at the moment if it wasn’t for the Lord who gives me such peace most people would crumble including ME!

“THERE IS NO NEED FOR YOU TO DO ANYTHING”.

I know over the past three years I have done everything humanly possible to get out Landlord to put things right in the flat. It has been one big nightmare. Crazy parties in the building, drug dealing, water coming through the ceiling, no fire alarms, now there is no boiler working we have no hot water or heating and finally yesterday the radiator blew and all the water in the system went all over the carpet. There is no water stop tap either and no-one not even the Landlord can find it. It’s complete stale mate. All because the Landlord won’t spend the money and he is the richest landlord in Cornwall UK.

We praise God that our dog Cindy was not under this blast of hot water (thank you for those who have prayed for her she is getting better! we have a new vet who cares!)

My husband has just gone for glasses we can’t afford, no idea where the money is coming from. Debts up to our ears and no way more money can be found.

“THE LORD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU, AND THERE IS NO NEED FOR YOU TO DO ANYTHING.”

Well as I read this piece of scripture in bed this morning I knew it was a word for me and I also knew the Lord wanted me to write it on my blog to encourage you all that this word applies to you too!

Our God is Great.

Let Him be Honoured.

Let Him fight for YOU!

JUST PRAISE HIM AND WATCH HIM PART YOUR RED SEA!!

God Bless Jacqui xx

March 10, 2007

014.jpgTHE BUZZARD…

If you put a Buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by
8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in
spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner.
The reason is that a Buzzard always begins a
flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet.
Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not
even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner
for life in a small jail with no top. 

THE BAT…

The ordinary Bat that flies around at night,
a remarkably nimble creature in the air, can not
take off from a level place. If it is placed on
the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle
about helplessly and, no doubt painfully, until
it reaches some slight elevation from which it
can throw itself into the air. Then, at once,
it takes off like a flash.

THE BUMBLE BEE…

A Bumble Bee, if dropped into an open
tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it
is taken out. It never sees the means of
escape at the top, but persists in trying to
find some way out through the sides near
the bottom. It will seek a way where none
exists, until it completely destroys itself. 

PEOPLE…

In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat and the bumble bee…We struggle about with our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look UP !!!  Halleluiah !!!

Called to a Holy Life

March 9, 2007

008.jpg2 Timothy 1:9
God has saved us and called us to a holy life — not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.

Thoughts on today’s verse

Before the beginning of time! How do you understand when that was? God first thought of us at a time we cannot even begin to understand! His reason for thinking of us was to demonstrate his grace and call others to his side. Jesus has always been God’s plan, and we have always been his goal. Let’s make sure we respond by living that holy life!

Prayer:

Thank you so much, Father, for knowing me and thinking of my needs, even before there was a world. I dedicate this day to your honor and pledge to live a life that reflects your righteousness and grace. Through Jesus, the one who had no sin, I pray. Amen.

columbine-tragedy.jpgDARRELL SCOTT TESTIMONYGuess our national leaders didn’t expect this, hmm? On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.
 
They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript:

Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.“The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.

“In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent.

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy — it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best. This was written way before I knew I would be speaking here today:
   
   


Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You’ve stripped away our heritage,
You’ve outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question “Why?”
You regulate restrictive laws,

Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need! 

  
  AMEN! 

Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational
systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.
“As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America, and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA — I give to you a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!”

Do what the media did not – – let the nation hear this man’s speech.. Please send this out to everyone you can.

cats06.jpghttp://www.sga.org/

Went to a church gathering tonight where the visitors were from the Slavic Gospel Association. This church is part of many churches scattered around our small town of St. Ives Cornwall. I haven’t been for a while but I have seen some of the christians around town, now that I am a married woman I think I’m more noticed strangely enough. I say this with humour not as a criticism. I cannot remember the guy that spoke or how to spell his name but he is a christian pastor in one of the biggest baptist churches in Romania and talked of his family and the growth of the christian community.

Before the growth one particular pastor came into the church and recognised straightaway what was lacking and why at that point there wasn’t any growth ……. PRAYER.

As a believer I believe our first calling is prayer. I’m just beginning to realise this myself.

This Romanian church at that time was stuck in a communist society and anyone preaching the Word of God was imprisoned and this Pastor’s father had been in prison for a year many years ago.

What struck me about prayer that I wanted to share was that when we pray we should name them one by one. I realised that when I asked Carol for a list of this group’s salvation list I knew when I was praying that it had to be name by name. I wanted to share this with you and to encourage you to believe for salvation for your family.

The pastor said tonight (forgive me for not remembering his name) PRAY EVERY DAY, EVERY NAME AND PRAY FOR BIG THINGS IN YOUR CHURCH.

Their church in Romania went from 500 to 1500.

He expanded on the work out there particularly with a leprosy colony which is the last hidden place left in Europe. My heart went out for them. I will try to remember their name and let you know to pray for them.

I just wanted to share this with you to encourage you that you are on the right track with prayer. I also want to thank you that because of the list from your group and to be honest at first and said the Lord how can I do it there are so many. But I have broken my prayer lists into days. I am not perfect but there are blessings which I have seen which help me persevere. SO PERSEVER BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND WAIT FOR THE BREAKTHROUGH OF YOUR FAMILIES COMING TO KNOW THE LORD. THE LORD WILL OPEN DOORS FOR THEM TO HEAR THE GOSPEL WHETHER FROM YOU OR BY OTHER MEANS. HOLD ON KEEP PRAYING.

As another note of encouragement as I was praying for Romania this week I was drawn the name ‘Graham Herbert’ on the top of a cut out piece of paper and said to the Lord whoever he is I pray for him.

TONIGHT AT THE CHURCH MEETING HE WAS THE VERY MAN WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF SLAVIC GOSPEL ASSOCIATION.

PRAISE HIM! He went ahead of me and is involved with every tiny little details of our lives. How Great a God is that!!

The Blind Horse

March 5, 2007

037.jpgJust up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it.
From a distance, each looks like every other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing.
Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing.
If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to her halter is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.
As you stand and watch these two friends, you’ll see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray. When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.
Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see.
Good friends are like this. You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.
Please listen for my bell and I’ll listen for yours.
God Bless You!

(received through 360) God Bless xx Jacqui xx

005.jpgO My Father, I have moments of deep unrest — moments when I know not what to ask by reason of the very excess of my wants. I have in these hours no words for Thee, no conscious prayers for Thee. My cry seems purely worldly; I want only the wings of a dove that I may flee away. Yet all the time Thou has accepted my unrest as a prayer. Thou has interpreted its cry for a dove’s wings as a cry for Thee, Thou has received the nameless longings of my heart as the intercessions of Thy Spirit. They are not yet the intercessions of my spirit; I know not what to ask. But Thou knowest what I ask, O my God. Thou knowest the name of that need which lies beneath my speechless groan. Thou knowest that, because I am made in Thine image, I can find rest only in what gives rest to Thee; therefore Thou hast counted my unrest unto me for righteousness, and has called my groaning Thy Spirit’s prayer. Amen.

– Rev. George Matheson (1842-1906)

I found this on beliefnet this morning and I so related to this and thought I would share it with you.

The scriptures that come to mind are:

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words”.  Romans 8:26

God Bless Jacqui xx

March 3, 2007

equador08.jpgA MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR YOU
I received this from a friend, and I’m passing it along to you. God bless you all!(forwarded through 360 Yahoo)

God has kept me here for a reason.
I survived because He has a plan for me.
All my bad relationships, the consequences, the hard times, the sad times, the death of my loved ones, the back stabbing from my friends, the negative thoughts, or the lack of support; I made it because I am blessed!
I release and let go of all past hurts, misunderstandings and grudges because I am abundantly blessed! I recognize them as the illusions they are, and sent from the enemy to kill my spirit, steal my joy, and
destroy my faith; For God is all there is.
All else is a lie! Now give yourself a hug, wipe your tears away and walk in victory!!!!!!!!
I love you, but more appropriately God loves you BEST! Be blessed and know:
That you are at one with THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD!
And may The Lord keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other. Genesis 31:49. Amen!

Now since you are a true child of God, you know that with every blessing, a blessing is required! So be a blessing to another, by passing this on.

“The Will of GOD will never take you where the GRACE of GOD will not protect you.”

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