Daily Bible Verse
1 Peter 3:8 (peshitta)
Finally, live in harmony, share the suffering of those who suffer, be affectionate one to another, and be kind and gentle;
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My friend harry

John Abela+
published . 1 min read
I have a friend, by the name of Harry. Harry is not hairy. Harry has been with me on every major adventure of my life for the last 25 years. Harry is a lizard. Harry is a plastic lizard. I have no idea why Harry is a friend, he just is. I have no idea why Harry has gone with me everywhere, he just has. I am not sure one could even say that Harry is a friend. Harry is a plastic lizard after all. But I can see Harry. I can touch and pick up Harry. I can put him in a suitcase or my Bible pouch, or on my truck dashboard. We cannot see God. We cannot reach out and touch God. Like with Harry, God does not audibly talk back to me. Harry is something I can see, something I can touch, something I can only have a one-way conversation with, yet I call it a friend. So how can something that I cannot......

Prayer for the home

John Knox+
published . 1 min read
Heavenly Father I call out to Jesus to be Lord of my home.  I cover the doorposts; the roof of my home with the blood of Jesus and with the keys of David I lock the doors that can gain Satan an entrance. Father I decree and declare that the peace of yourself will flow through this house; that the love of the Holy Spirit will dwell with its walls.  I declare and decree that the fire of Jehovah will burn within this house and destroy any falsehoods and idols erected against the living God.  I ask that the cloud of your glory will cover this house. I bring home into this house the peace and love of God to dwell here and be my constant companions.  I restore into this house the salvation and redemption that I have lost through neglect and the focus on other things.  I long to being......

I just love you!

K Reynolds+
published . 1 min read
A friend of mine posted a blog today here on CB about what I like to refer to as challenges. We all have them. They may come in different packages, they may be different sizes and some hang around for a lot longer than others but they are still challenges that like to threaten to bring us down. Sometimes those challenges are external but often they are internal and truthfully I believe those are the most challenging of all. A comment another friend posted on her blog struck a chord with me. She told our mutual friend, "I just love you." She went on to say, "That's it. Just love you." I sat back and thought about that response. I know both of these women and I can say with confidence that the woman who said it, meant it with all of her heart. Then I heard God......

3am ramblings.

Shani+
published . 1 min read
It starts like an itch, and then my face is wet. It is not raining. The sky is clear, especially for this time of night. I am crying. Barely five minutes ago, I was fine.   The depression drowns out the mania and sometimes they mix like a cocktail, having the effect of making me sick. These mixed states are one of the very worst parts of my illness. I m at two different poles of my bipolar. Right now, it s nearly 3 a.m. as I am writing this, and my mascara is blurring because I am raw, vulnerable and simply do not know what to do but write. I write because I am scared. I am scared of my own mind. Am I truly feeling my emotions, or is it my bipolar disorder? Am I happy, or it is onset of hypomania? Am I angry and irritable because the situation warrants it, or am I nudging into a manic......

Take joy in serving

K Reynolds+
published . 1 min read
My daughter-in-law posted this quote on her Facebook page earlier today. Unfortunately I have been unable to locate the original author of this quote in order to give them the credit they are due so for now it must remain anonymous. The thing that struck as I read her post however, wasn't the post itself. It was a comment someone made. They wrote: Well, I don't like the word "serving" in this, because for me it has a negative connotation. But I do believe in being kind and compassionate. Someone quickly posted the definition of serving which is "to perform duties or services for another" but I couldn't get the first comment out of my mind for it reinforced the idea that in our modern and self-serving society the word "serving" has become a dirty......

Do not rush into 2018

John Knox+
published . 1 min read
I am bringing you into a new season, but it may mot look like much has changed but be assured I am working in the background.  Therefore, I say to you stand form on the truth that I am bringing you into a new calling.  For this reason, I say to you take time.  Take time.  Take time; this is my word to you my beloved.  Take time to watch and wait for me to open the next chapter.  Take time to wait for me to call you forth.  Take time for my word to dance before your eyes saying, This is the way walk in it. Take time to stand firm on my promise to you that you are moving forward.  Take time to withstand the temptation to move forward yourself.  Wait on my word for my word will propel you into the calling I have prepared for you during last season.  Take time to put on my armour so......

Not as I do

joyce+
published . 2 min read
It is almost two twenty in the afternoon here in school and up to now it has been a rather nice day.  The kids have so far been behaving themselves and the Library is cosy and warm despite the best intentions of this winter storm trying to upset my bodys central heating.  When I say that the kids have been behaving I need to clarify that most of them have been behaving.  One boy whom I had not encountered before due to not being in senior school has been sent here for the duration of the junior internal exams .  For one reason or the other he is not sitting them now. So I have him for an entire week and he.. he has me !   Im not saying we have gotten off on the wrong foot but what i shall say is that he very nearly was on the end of said foot earlier.  Twice I moved him from......

Birthday my kirkus, birthday.

Beth+
published . 3 min read
Oh my Love, Oh my Love, So much has happened. So much. I do not recognize the person I am. I would have thought that God would have helped me become a better person. He has not. I still cannot hear him most of the time. You were my man of God. You heard him so well. I can't do this on my own. I don't know how to get close to God again. You made everything so easy for me. You even made my spiritual life easy. So this person I have become. I used to be really nice. At least most of the time. Now I don't care. People tell me their problems and I don't care. Really I don't care. Where has the empathy gone? Died with you. Where has the compassion gone? Died with you. Thought maybe the Lord allowed you to die so I would learn to stand spiritually on my own two feet. Well, if......

When there are no words

Les B+
published . 2 min read
Eph. 5:16 - making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (NIV) This past week at our men's group, an individual shared of great heartbreak and grief. My second time around him, 'Bill' always wore a smile and is quick with kind words. I shared a situation where I felt greatly abandoned. Speaking I gained clarity not expected and needed to speak with the others. Too not allow it to become an item big item but failed. I must confront and repent. My time completed the group and 'Randy' spoke of additional challenges. He needs the Holy Spirit to guide him in forgiving a man who tried to kill him. Suffering brain damage, no longer able to recall things clearly or express ideas in speech. 'Bill" then spoke up telling of two years ago his wife......

Satan challenges our faith

deepa+
published . 1 min read
Starting from the very beginning of our creation, Satan keeps challenging us about our Faith in God's Love for us. Jesus Christ taught us to look back into the eyes of Satan when he questions us of our Faith, to look straight into his eyes and say that my faith is not built on my strength, but by the strength of the my Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross. And Satan already knows the answer to that by the victory on the cross which is eternal, everlasting, unchallengable and unquestionable for someone who believes in Jesus Christ. In the old, He used to put us to shame and guilt by questioning the Faith based on our own strength and he used to be victorious and have his say in our hearts and our mind, making us feel terrible, hurt, lonely and helpless. But now, through the......

Depending on God

Les B+
published . 1 min read
Psa. 62:5 - Yes, my soul, find rest in God my hope comes from Him. (NIV) Dependence upon the Lord is being reinforced in life. To the extent God desires everything or all encountered brought before Him. It becomes easy after years of walking with the Lord or being around His ways; to be conditioned to respond in situations without consulting God. After all, this situation has been encountered before and we are familiar with the scriptural guidelines in dealing with the matter. What the Spirit emphasized is a new encounter involves different people. He wants to deal with and tailor in sensitivity to each person individually. The letter kills while the Spirit gives life. The Spirit leads through prayer, word and truth. Becoming so dependent in Him ensures all hearts are specifically......

Shelter - a testimony

Kristen Gray+
published . 2 min read
Recently, in my prayer time with the Father, the Holy Spirit gave me one word of knowledge that unfolded into greater understanding and revelation.   The one word was SHELTER .  Immediately, I began to battle negative thinking in my mind. These thoughts were trying to establish wrong thinking by tempting me to believe that something negative was going to happen to me.  I resisted these thoughts with the truth that Jesus loves me and He wants to share something important with me ( ¦Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7).  You see, we are not to be ignorant of Satan s tactics (2Cor. 2:11). He attempted to deceive me, and mentally torment me with fear. As I meditated on the word, shelter, I decided to review its meaning.  In the Greek translation, a shelter is......

There is an end. which is beautiful because of Jesus

deepa+
published . 1 min read
There is an end to everything that begins. There is an end to every task that we do, there is an end to every day we start, there is an end to every Journey, there is an end to every relationship, there is an end to our human thought and dream. Jesus Christ makes this end Victorious by His blood and the victory He won on the cross. With the end of everyday, He makes our Sleep filled with Promise that our mourning will turn into dancing. With the end of every task, He makes our task end in victory, but making us the head and not the tail, by the wisdom and the Spirit He blesses us with. With the end of our every Journey, He makes us be filled with Joy and Peace, through His saving Grace and Loving care. With the end of every relationship, He makes us filled with Hope of everlasting......

The bubble has popped - the widow m on her birthday

Beth+
published . 3 min read
The Bubble Has Popped Today is my Birthday. Not just any birthday. The Big One. I said Good-Bye to my fifties last night and said Hello to the Big Six-Oh. I am not ready for this. But not at all for the reasons you presume. I care not a whit about getting older. I wish I were turning 99. I was 58 when Kirk died. And he was 63. Five years between us. And now there are only three. For you see, I am getting older but he is not. He should be here. He should be here for my 60th. He always made my birthdays so very special for me. Not with gifts bought with money. But with a homemade dinner of a filet (between raw and rare, thank you very much) and crab legs (2 pounds of butter please) and asparagus with homemade Hollandaise sauce. And to think he couldn't boil water when we first got......

Are you really a christian?

John Abela+
published . 3 min read
Christianity What is it that describes that word? It is a matter of Romans 10:9? if you will confess with your mouth our Lord Jesus and will believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. Or what about Acts 16:31? And they said to him, Believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, and both you and your household will be saved. Or maybe Matthew 10:32: Everyone therefore who will acknowledge me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. Or maybe as some within Christendom believe, the answer is in Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace that you are saved through faith There are also those who claim that Acts 2:38 holds the answer to this question: Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of the Lord Jesus for the remission of sins, so that......

Lessons from the looney bin

Shani+
published . 6 min read
When people hear, I ve been admitted to the looney bin, their automatic response is usually to stutter, change the subject or frown apologetically. It isn t exactly typical water fountain conversation. The problem with this response is that it would usually trigger shame in someone.    I ll let you in on a little secret.   I am not ashamed of being in the mental hospital. (Anymore)    When I entered here, I expected to fight the monsters inside my mind, but what I didn t expect was to fight alongside the bravest and most genuine people I ve ever come across.   I awake to the sounds of chattering nurses, high-pitched beeping machinery and rolling wheels against the grainy carpeting. Time for vitals! I hear as I will my eyes to open to the nightmare that is my reality.    Another......

Written in my heart end time harvest of souls-dream 1

Dorothy von Lehe+
published . 2 min read
  Written In My Heart: End Time Harvest of Souls Dream 1  (#19)   As promised, I will discuss specific end time dreams God chose for me to receive. In my previous writing titled Written In My Heart: End Time Dreams with Messages, I shared the four dreams I had that carried with them a spoken message from the Holy Spirit.The first dream from God: Experienced during the early morning hours of Monday, February 19, 2002Dream with MessageThroughout the early morning hours I had this on-going dream that involved soul after soul after soul going through the process of becoming saved, repenting of their sins and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I woke up three times during the night. The first two times I was still in the midst of this same dream. The third time I woke up, the Holy......

3 things I have learned more about God the older I've gotten

joyce+
published . 1 min read
I remember myself as the young christian, constantly running around doing things for God and trying to split myself in two simply to please Him. I would like to have the opportunity to go back and tell my foolish self these things I have over the years come to realise and learn. My darling you do not have to work to gain God's Love.  You do not have to work at every organisation there is. You do not have to be the last out the door.  You do not have to beat yourself up if you dont read your scriptures every day.  You see my little one God loves you simply because he chose to love you. 1 John 4 :19 tells me that we love God because he first loved us.   Don't strive for love that is already yours.  Sweetheart, you spend so much time hiding who you really are that you are......