Sunday, January 28, 2007
I'm posting this ... in honor of one of the most Faithful people in my life... and that is my Brother Anthony. He served in the Gulf War both Desert Shield & Desert Storm.... He holds the title of Marine in both the Spirit and the natural. He is one of the most treasured gifts that i have recieved from Abba. He has stood with me on endless posts... gone to the "wall" for me time and time again.... He is one that I know always takes my back ... as well as taken point during some of the hardest times of my life. My love for you Bro is beyond words... it is as deep & as stubborn as YOU ARE! You know i will Always go to the "Wall" for and yours dear one. So it is with tears and a sacred place of honor that i post what you sent to me this day. Semper Fi, Lovingly, Cathryn
A Soldier's Prayer
God our Father,
Help me to remain true to my ideals
during my service to my country.
Help me be what is in America,
the land of the free.
May I realize that I represent
what our country stands for.
My uniform is a symbol of duty and valor
both in peace and in war.
I take up arms to defend what all Americans hold dear:
life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Grant me the strength to live according to these ideals,
the courage of my convictions, and the resolve to endure whatever dangers threaten.
With you at our side I fear no evil
and resist every enemy,
secure in the knowledge
that you hold me in the palm of your hand.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
1:9-11 Lord, I pray for your abounding love, knowledge, insight, and discernment so that I may be pure, blameless and filled with the fruit of righteousness to your glory and praise. 1:27 I pray for strength to conduct myself in a manner worthy of the gospel.
2:1 I pray for unity with my family, friends, co-workers, and fellow believers. I commit with your strength to do nothing out of selfish ambition and to look to the interest of others as Jesus as my example. 2:11 In light of unity, I will continue to work out my own salvation with fear and trembling. 2:14 I commit to do everything without complaining or arguing, 2:15 so that I may shine like a star in the universe as I hold out the word of life.
3:3 I put no confidence in my flesh, 3:7 and whatever was profit I consider loss for the sake of Christ Jesus, and knowing Christ in the fellowship of His sufferings. 3:12 I press on taking hold of that which Christ took a hold of for me, forgetting what is behind, I press on towards the goal, 3:15 living up to what I have already attained in Christ Jesus.
4:4 I chose to rejoice in the Lord always. 4:5 I pray that my gentleness will be evident to all. 4:6 I chose not to be anxious about anything! But in everything I will pray. I will be thankful. I will make my prayers/requests known to God. 4:7 And the peace of God which transcends all understanding WILL guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
4:8 I choose to think on things that are TRUE, NOBLE, RIGHT, EXCELLENT, LOVELY, ADMIRABLE, OF GOOD REPORT, AND PRAISE WORTHY!
4:9 Lord help me to put into practice whatever I have learned. 4:11 I confess that I will learn to be content no matter the circumstance, 4:13 because I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. 4:19 And I believe and do not doubt that MY GOD will meet all my needs (PHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL, and EMOTIONAL) according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. AMEN!
Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
John 6:63 “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life…” (Jesus)
1John 2:14 The word of God lives in you and you have overcome the evil one!
Chaplain Peg Guill (girl you ROCK) sent this to me ... and it was really worth sharing. P.S. I'd really much prefer HIS word anyway.
shalom, let it go to the deepest places.!!
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Mysterious Toast to this year... filled with wonder, new wine and light.
This year has come in with a fast and furious pace. New CD's being released.... Stephen Roach, Brandon Willett & Mark Stoney just to name a few. New birthing of home churches... Way to go Rebecca & Tim! Hit my link to "twentyfour/7 church"-
Travels and Travails- Wow.... All i know is God's got something really cool up His celestial sleeve.
However... there is the "tilling" process that i'm feeling and sensing at this moment. Some of the major rocks need to be dug out of the field. Things like bitterness, anger, fear, rejection & unforgiveness is what i'm seeing, not just in my own space on this cosmic neighborhood plot, which i'm seeing VERY clearly. (despite the Merlot that is clamoring for attention.)
I'm seeing the terrain and it's slope & grade... where the irrigation ditches need to be developed. For most of US... (those that i know well... and some i'm getting glimpses in the Spirit)- these past 3 years in particular have been very dry... wadi like in it's vast expanse. What i'm seeing is that when those rocks are removed...
God's got WELLS in the Spirit... where fresh, pure and refreshing water is bubbling just beneath the surface. For some it is like the water at the place of Bethesda... and Angelic Host of the Most High God are stirring them so that the lame will walk. Some are like sulfur- mineral baths... that will sooth achy joints and muscles. Some are wells of revelation of His Spirit... and a deeper communion where the water will become wine and a portent of the New Wine in the Heavenlies.
This can't happen without FORGIVENESS.
Which sound rather simple... (yeah right)
Jesus said something to me ... not too long ago ... about Forgiveness.
"If it were not for the forgiveness extend on the cross... (Father forgive them for they know NOT what they do)... the Resurrection could NOT have taken place."
That stunned me... I just sat there as HE downloaded the revelation that ... if HE didn't forgive FROM the cross... He would have been bound by the sin of
I had NEVER looked at it that way.... and i'm still pondering that one liner. But the verse ... "that He who knew NO sin, became sin for us"- smashed into my spirit like a wave, that He had to forgive the sins against HIM as well.
We have all known either by sins of omission or sins of volition... the pain that it has caused... The grief, the anguish, the sheer injustice of it. Sometimes i have to say... Lord, i believe,HELP my unbelief... because I can't do it ... it hurt too much... and it's even changed how i relate to people.
But then that verse in Hebrews 4 comes with it's salient point...
"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but we have ONE who was temped in every way, just as we are- yet was without sin"
Ok... so it's not just me.... sins of generational proportions have filtered down. Judas was not confined to one of the twelve... but we all have been kissed by betrayal. So how do i do this.??? So how do WE do this?
It says "to confess our sins to one another that we may be healed"..... interesting that it doesn't say forgiven. But the point that sticks in my spirit... is that by the act of confessing our unforgiveness... and imparting that forgiveness... HIS hand can come with Healing.
OUR HEALING IS MADE MANIFEST.
I could go on for days on how i see the emerging church needing to "confess the sin of unforgiveness" to their/my forefathers of the faith. For what we judge - we become. But i'd rather keep it personal. For we are all in the process of Emerging...
I really want the "rocks" out of my garden ... so that HE can plant deeply His plans and destiny in the fruitful field that it was intended to be from the beginning of time.
But for me... that means allowing him to till the field and co-laboring in the digging out the stones that cover His wells... First i need to ask HIM to give me eyes to see them and then choosing to lay them down... before i hurl them at someone in a "fleshy" moment.
(he that is without sin cast the first STONE thing)..... Perhaps older and wiser laid them down first.... or was it they just had a longer list?
I long to see the wells of HIS goodness and mercy uncapped in your lives!!!
Love to each of you.... shalom, cathryn