Found on Josie’s Pinterest

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Many people have opinions that social media is a tool of the enemy, so they avoid it like a plague. 

I have  come to believe that Satan has no creative abilities, only those that may corrupt, pollute or distort something beautiful that God created, because I believe God is the almighty Creator- and that all things were created BY God and FOR God (Colossians 1:16).

No one person can ‘create’ something totally by scratch.  They can use the creative abilities bestowed upon them and inspired by God.  

However, in order to do so, they are using ingredients or supplies or materials…already created by the Creator.
It is humanly impossible to create something that never before existed, using a substance that they alone created, out of nothing.  
Only a Creator can do this, and only God is the true, one and only, Creator.
For something to be made, reproduced, invented, etc, something had to already previously existed or be created- then, using the creativity one possesses, an individual could potentially assemble something unique… using materials already created by the Creator.
Everything has potential to be used for the good, or to be used for bad.


Jesus said this:  ‘The thief comes only to kill, to steal and destroy, but I have come so that you might have life more abundant.’  (John 10:10)

We choose to use social media for either good, or bad.  
  
We can promote good (God) in all we do and say, or we can promote bad (Satan) in what we do and say.
I think you understand my point.
This morning, I read a post on Facebook from a friend.  

This friend suffered a tragic, sudden, unexpected loss of her beautiful, young, carefree, talented, full of life, full of God, daughter, 7 months ago. 
We lost our youngest daughter in a tragic, sudden, unexpected bizarre hurricane related accident 6 years ago next month from severe brain injuries when a tree fell on our van, but only for 6 minutes…somehow, supernaturally, God restored life and healing to our daughter…, whereas for my friend- her daughter’s death was sudden, complete- yet her daughter is complete, healed, restored, and alive as well, only living in Heaven.
So I can relate, to a degree, of the emotions a parent feels seeing their own child lifeless…& my heart still aches for my friend… Sonya… and for all of her family who each one is still affected by the shock, still grieving from the unexpected, so I am still covering them in prayers for God’s supernatural comfort.
But back to the post I read this morning on Facebook…

It simple said ‘found on Josie’s Pinterest’ and included a picture of a beautiful poem that brought my friend, this grieving parent, an unexpected positive memory… 
I’ve since googled this poem.   I wanted to read the whole poem, and to learn who penned it.
It’s called ‘After a While’ by Veronica A Shoffstall.


Simple.  Yet profound.  Healing balm to a wounded soul.

Intrigued by these beautiful words, I was prompted to research more about the poet, and this particular poem that captured Josie’s attention on Pinterest that my friend shared this morning on Facebook…

And in doing so, discovered the rest of the poem.


It’s called “After a While You Learn” and actually is part of the authors wordpress blog, copied below in the link.  
I encourage all to read, as it’s beautifully written and contains more gems of wisdom.  Here’s a link to do just that, if you’d like.

https://purenourishment.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/after-a-while-you-learn-by-veronica-a-shoffstall-1971/amp/



Social media was used in a positive way this morning.  It gave my friend a glimpse into the past of her precious daughter’s life- and shared a precious moment of a mutually appreciated poem…

Through Facebook, a Pinterest ‘like’ temporarily connected a departed daughter, now living in Heavens eternity,  with a grieving mother, still passing through life’s journey here on earth, in a beautiful God moment. 

All because of social media.  
Something God created to be used for good, not evil.  It’s up to us to choose how.   

Today, I choose for good.

Homeless Center: it SHALL come to pass

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When God gives you a vision… when God gives you a word… when God gives you a promise- then you can believe it shall come to pass. 
We founded and lead a 501 (C) 3 non profit ministry, ‘Helping The Homeless.’ 
God gave a clear vision plan, and step by step over the last 7 years it’s been unfolding into existence just as He said. 
 Every step has been laying the foundation, strong and sure, for its purpose. 
People are God most precious and valuable asset. 

Yet in our world we have people starving, hungry and thirsty, homeless. 
And people with the means to change this often walk right past them. 
We treat animals with better provisions of shelters and humane societies than our struggling neighbors, and this just is NOT OK. 
I’m not talking about applying a bandaid to a gapping wound- I am talking about a plan to resolve this problem for good.   I’m talking about a solution. 
A bible based plan, one that God Himself implemented and illustrated for us. 
We are by faith calling our 12 month Christ-Centered discipleship center, ‘CAMP RESTORATION’ into existence- a place where the hurting and broken people struggling with homelessness can come restore their lives and hearts freely, build a firm foundation of faith, learn job skills, anger management skills, money management skills, receive the love and support needed to get back in their feet and become independently dependent on Christ, then assist with finding transportation, employment and own housing during transition into being back in their own… 
I can see it.  Can you visualize it? I’ve been seeing it, ever since God gave me the vision in a dream.  And it SHALL come to pass!
It’s all about loving our neighbors and caring for others the way God said to do, changing the life of homelessness one person, one family at a time. 

Consider our ministry when praying over giving. Be part of making a difference in lives spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Give securely you online Tax deductible contributions here
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 #homeless #homelesscenter #solution #camprestoration #helping #helpingthehomeless #peoplematter #changealife #faith #GodsWord #believe #unwavering #iamjesusgal #iamjesusgalministries   

Patience:  A fruit to ripen

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#Patience
Patience isn’t something most of us are born with. It surely doesn’t come automatically the moment we take a breath-it’s developed. It’s a process. It takes time.
Children are not automatically patient. As mom looking back, I can’t even count the number of times I told my children “just be patient” or “in a minute!” When you stop to analyze that statement it’s actually quite funny. A little child? Be patient? Most adults struggle with being patient, yet we expect our children to ‘be patient.’
Most people, including children, truly don’t understand what this word means. “Patience.” Yet we expect it from everybody. But are WE being patient?
Children learn patience when it’s demonstrated. They live what they see demonstrated. It is learned over time but so are other characteristics.  

I know as a mom, there were times when I demonstrated patience with my children, yes; but there were MUCH more times when I didn’t. I wish I could change that now. I can’t. I was still ‘fruit’ in the process of being developed at the time I was raising my children… 
Webster defines it this way:
Patience:
“the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. The ability to wait, or to continue doing something despite difficulties, or to suffer without complaining or becoming annoyed.”
The word “patience” historically comes from the Latin, patientia, meaning suffering, which also gives us the word patient, referring to someone who is suffering from being sick or injured.
“Patience” is one of the fruits of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22) Fruit takes time to ripen. So does patience.  
The Strong Concordance for the original Greek word translated to our English language for patience is:
#8318 pa’-shens (hupomone, makrothumia):
“Patience” implies suffering, enduring or waiting, as a determination of the will and not simply under necessity. As such it is an essential Christian virtue to the exercise of which there are many exhortations. 
We need to “wait patiently” for God, to endure uncomplainingly the various forms of sufferings, wrongs and evils that we meet with, and to bear patiently injustices which we cannot remedy and provocations we cannot remove.
PATIENCE: The quality of forbearance and self-control which shows itself particularly in a willingness to wait upon God and his will. Believers are called upon to be patient in their expectations of God’s actions, and in their relationships with one another.
Patience is often hard to gain and to hard to maintain, but, in Romans 15:5, God is called “the God of patience” as being able to grant that grace to those who look to Him and depend on Him for it. 
It is in reliance on God and acceptance of His will, with trust in His goodness, wisdom and faithfulness, that we are enabled to be patient, endure, and to hope stedfastly.
“Patience” is a form of #Love
In 1 Corinthians 13:4, “LOVE is patient.”
Ahhhhhh.
This is key.   
“God is love.” (1 John 4:8)
We are to walk in love. (Ephesians 5:2)
When we are patient with one another, 

we are demonstrating Gods love. When we are patient with ourselves, we are receiving Gods love.  
While we strive to be patient all the time, to be loving all the time, we fail.
Progress takes time. We’re all human.
Praise God that HE never fails! He is ALWAYS patient with us, ALWAYS loving towards us.  
Join me today to commit to exercise our patience with one another.
#FaithActs!

Be the Fuel!

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“The Acts of the Apostles was written because the apostles acted!” (Smith Wigglesworth)

God is waiting on us to act.
He is waiting on us to catch the holy fire so He can spread through us.
Revival is NOW HERE.

It requires hearing by the Word of God.
It requires sent ones to go.

It requires senders to send.
It requires the body of Christ responding as a whole while each part DOES its part.
“There had never been a revival without the preaching of the Gospel.” (Reinhard Bonnke)
When a fire starts, there are coals, or sticks.  When they are spread apart, the power of the fire is weak, and quickly expires.

However, when the heat of each piece of coal, or each stick that unites comes together?
Oh. My. Goodness.  What a fire!
I want to be part of a church on fire!
I want to add my supply to a Holy fire that will not expire.
A Holy fire that will burn for God, will burn OFF impurities, and rescue souls from a hellious fire.

“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38)

Who wants to join us?

You can pray.

You can send.

You can go.
Iamjesusgal Ministries will be in Cincinnati Ohio in July, in Tanzania Africa in September, and in Nigeria Africa in November.

Contribute to this revival fire and join our movement at http://www.iamjesusgalministries.com

Iamjesusgal

Help send us.  Be the fuel.
#smithwigglesworth

#reinhardbonnke

#acts #faithwitoutactionisnotfaith

#lightafireinmysoul

#investinsouls #goye

#supportAfrica #harvestisready

#iamjesusgal #iamjesusgalministries

Her smile was worth waiting for…

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Doesn’t matter how many times I see pictures like this… my heart stirs every time with love for the incredible people of Africa, and longing to be back… and soon I will be back! I return this year, the end of August.

My ❤ is for Africa … and her smile was worth waiting for..  Her name is Malaika, or, ‘Angel’ in English.  She was ‘dirt poor’ but ‘heart rich.’   Her tummy wasn’t full of food, but her heart was full of love.  Her stick & mud hut with a thatch roof wasn’t full of toys, but it was full of joy.  One thing that I’ve witnessed about these precious people, they have a deep sense of family bonding, and community.

Malaika is only 9 years old, but she was a ‘mother’ to this little one on her back.  She was devoted to the care of her brother, and did a great job of it.

While I was in Gulu, Uganda February 2017, with the Joyce Meyer’s Ministries “Hand of Hope”, she caught my eye.  Primarily because the first few times I was drawn to her, she kept her distance, and did NOT smile, not even a hint.  Several days there, she’d come by the ministry tent I was serving in, and hover around, listening.  I always smiled at her, hoping to engage her.

Finally, on the third day, she was still there, (a local whose family lived in the bush in neighboring village), when I had my camera in hand, she paused.  I held the camera out to her, saying ‘kamera?  Picha?’  Which in English is, Camera, Picture. Or Photo.   So, she nodded her head, stopped and posed.

But didn’t smile.  Not at first.  Like the previous days, she just starred at me.  (Later I was told by my interpreter that I was the first ‘white’ person she’s ever seen.) So, I made a face back at her, similar to the expression she had on hers, which is just like the one of her baby brother on her back’s face, and then stuck out my tongue, and laughed…and that’s when she smiled at me!

She followed me over to the ministry tent, cause I asked her if she wanted a ‘treat.’   While there, I had my interpreter help me in finding out if she had received Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hadn’t.  Praise God!  She was open, and since she had heard me preach the gospel multiple times before, and because she heard me sharing my testimony many times before, she was ready.  Faith came to her in the hearing of the Word!  (Romans 10:17 ‘Now, faith comes by hearing, and hearing of the Word of God.’ I enjoyed thoroughly praying with her after taking her picture,  and then was successful in leading her to Jesus!!!   Oh, how I enjoyed that!  That, and giving her sweets …though Jesus is the sweetest sweet ever!

I can’t tell you all enough how THANKFUL I am to you all who support our ministries, because without your help, people like Malaika may never get to hear the gospel, or have opportunity to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior!    THANK YOU for helping to send me to Gulu, Uganda!  THANK YOU for your faithful prayers!  THANK YOU for your caring and partnering with us!  YOU MATTER!  Your support matters!  Thank you so much!

 

Love,

 

Wendy

 

 

The body of Christ

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Joseph, a disciple of Jesus, secretly asked Pilate (because Joseph was afraid of the Jews) to takeaway”the body of Jesus”… and Pilate gave him permission.

So, Pilate came, and “took away the body of Jesus.”

Nicodemus, who earlier came to Jesus by night (see John 3) came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about 75lbs.

So, they (Joseph and Nicodemus) “took the body of Jesus” and bound it in linen clothes with the spices,  as is the burial custom of the Jews.

Now, in the place where He was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden-a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.

So, because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they “laid Jesus there.”  (John 19:38-42)

Three times j  this passage the words read “took the BODY of Jesus” (emphasis mine).

Three days, His “body” was in the tomb.  But, while the “body of Jesus” laid in the tomb, where was His spirit and soul?

We are a three part being:  We are an eternal created spirit, we possess a soul as we live temporarily on earth in a physical body.  Jesus, when He left Heaven and came to earth, became flesh and dwelt among us.  He is a spirit, as well.

We read scriptures to determine the answer.  Right before He died on the cross, He declares “It is finished!”

Luke 23:46 we read, “Then Jesus called out  with a loud voice, saying, ‘Father into Your hands I commit my spirit!’  ”

So, we know He trusted God with His spirit., and He took in His own body on the tree all of our sickness, disease, and the weight of all our son… He paid the wages of our sin, death.

We also read in Colossians 2:15 “He (Christ) disarmed the rulers and authorities (demonic rulers) and put them to shame openly, by triumphing over them in the cross.”

1 Corinthians 15:54-57 “when the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immorality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

‘Death is swallowed up in victory. Oh, death, where is your victory? Oh, death, where is your sting?’  (Isaiah 25:8)

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Sin carries a massive cost.  DEATH.

Eternal death-eternal separation from God. A HOLY God.  In a HOLY Heaven.

In a holy heaven, where THE Holy God dwells, there cannot be a trace of sin.

When God created the heavens and the earth, He made it a perfect place.

God desired a family, with intimate relations with a family; so God created man, Adam; and then out of man, God created woman from the side of Adam, Eve- a perfect match, his helpmate, to complete Adam. He instructed them to be fruitful and to multiply; and they walked upright with God.

God gave them free will, and gave them every good plant to eat of; with the exception of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil-actually commanded them not to eat of it, or they’d surely die.

The serpent deceived Eve,  and had her questioning what God actually said, and lured her into eating from the forbidden tree…then she gave some to Adam who knowingly knew he was eating forbidden food.  They committed high treason and surrendered legal authority and dominion on earth to Satan.

Genesis 1-3 gives account of this.  Through they didn’t die at that moment physically, spirituality they died, and were separated from God. A great chasm divided them.  An animal sacrifice was required with shed blood to cover their sin.

The Bible tells us without the shedding of blood there cannot be remission of sin.

Each year, prior to the ultimate sacrifice of Christ- at Passover, a sacrifice was made, with shedding of blood.

2000 years ago, Jesus became our blood sacrifice-the spotless, pure, sinless Lamb of God, (John 1:36) once and for all-and He conquered death, defeated Satan and took BACK the keys of the Kingdom, and gave them to us, His believers- to use His Name . (Matthew 16:18-19; 18:18/Mark 16:18-20).

Hell was never intended for mankind.  It was created for Satan and all his evil cohorts.  Heaven (3rd Heaven where God dwells) was created for all born again believers and followers of Jesus Christ.  However, those who reject Christ as Lord and Savior, and live for self as their own god-those who are outside of the blood covering that remits sin and makes them the righteousness of Christ, choose to remain in their trespasses and sins- which cannot enter a holy heaven.

God loves the world, all of us, even while we were yet sinners, God gave us a free gift of salvation, through Jesus His only Son.  But though it’s a free gift to us, it cost Christ His very life.

He choose to go to the cross, to stand while spit upon, beaten, tormented with his skin, and muscles torn to shreds, ridiculed, then be nailed to a heavy, rugged cross, with nails through His hands and feet…and die in all of our place.  The nails didn’t hold Him on that cross- His love for us did.

Then He died, and while His ‘body’ was placed in the tomb, His spirit and soul descended into the depth of the earth, where He battled Satan, with a river of His precious blood flowing crimson- and arose victorious over the dark domain.

On the third day, the day celebrated as ‘Easter’ (Resurrection Sunday), the REAL Jesus, His spirit and soul, reunited with His ‘body’ , He neatly folded the linen shroud He was wrapped in after His body was removed from the cross (Luke 23:54) and laid it where His body previously laid, and He left the tomb, “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene.” (Mark 16:9)

Matthew 12:40 “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

Romans 10:7 “Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)”

Ephesians 4:8-10  “Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)”

John 6:62 “what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? How can He ascend unless He be descended first?”

Only a loving, POWERFUL God can overturn death, take upon Himself the weight of the worlds sins, sicknesses and diseases in their entirety, defeat Satan and all His evil cohorts, resurrect Himself and everyone who hides themselves in Christ, and then turn around, ascend to Heaven, then send the ‘Promise of the Father’, the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, to come dwell WITHIN us, His Holy Temple!  The miracle of Easter is this:  the same mighty power that raised Jesus from the grave IS IN US, as His body!

He is risen!!! Hallelujah!!! And He has raised us up with Him, oh, glorious day!

Jesus gave it ALL for us.  Sacrificed EVERYTHING for us.  Suffered the absolute worse pain and agony known to man, because He demonstrated His love for us.   Can we in turn sacrifice a ‘day off’ to assemble together and worship Him, to give the only One who is worthy all the glory and praise due Him?

Consider the ‘body of Jesus’… broken for us…lying in the tomb that should have our names written on it- instead, He wrote a love letter of crimson, written in red… and died for me and for you.