Remain Yielded

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 While touring Bethsaida, we noticed the marker in the above photo. As well as the inscribed words depicting Jesus’ invitation to Simon Peter and Andrew, it also pointed to the excavation of a fisherman’s house. Surprisingly, it appeared quite spacious and comfortable.

“One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, ‘Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!’ And they left their nets at once and followed him.” Mark 1:16-18 (NLT)

 You are my hands and feet down on earth.
Others will only see Me through you,
when you yield your days to Me.
I will use you to spread the message of my love.
In every life surrendered to Me, I help.
I can accomplish more in your life
as you remain yielded to Me.

When the disciples left the fishing family business to follow Jesus, they left behind a comfortable lifestyle and a good livelihood. Somehow, I had never imagined fishing to be a lucrative business until I met people engaged in the profession and saw this particular house. Yet, these disciples obeyed Christ and followed Him. Simon Peter remained yielded to Christ until the day he was crucified upside down as legend tells us. I know in my father’s generation, many left the comfort of homes to preach the gospel. I am thankful for their sacrifices. Christ’s commandment to us is to follow and obey Him. I do want to remain surrendered to the Lord.

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Dark Nights

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  The above picture shows the ruins of the town of Capernaum. Although Jesus lived there during his ministry, many people would not accept Him as their Messiah. The crowds had witnessed the healing of the Roman centurion’s servant, the healing of the paralyzed man and other miracles. Actually the leader of a synagogue asked him to bring his daughter back to life, which Jesus did.

However, many people, even religious teachers, who said He received his power from Satan, would not believe and Jesus rebuked them.

 “Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn’t repented of their sins and turned to God.” Matthew 11:20 (NLT)

 These were the towns of Korazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum. We had toured Bethsaida and Capernaum and learned all three cities were in ruins. The State of Israel is excavating them now and trying to depict the towns as they would have been during Jesus’ ministry.

 Dark nights are soon approaching.
Many people have not heard the message of my love.
Even religious people have not been taught
I desire to love and help them personally.
Tell others of my great love.

 America has enjoyed many years of religious freedom since Pilgrims sailed here on the Mayflower to escape from the oppressive laws of England. They wanted to worship God and live by Biblical principles. I believe God is trying to wake us up and to realize we must pray for our nation and vote for leaders who believe and want our nation to be guided by God’s Holy Word.

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Harmonious Relationships

When you obey Me, relationships deepen.
You have sought out relationships and have nurtured them.
Similarly we have a relationship;
You seek Me in the mornings,
When there is no noise and clutter.
You come daily to my side.
Like Mary, you willingly sit at my feet to learn from Me.
All relationships take the same time –
Talking and listening and learning to know each other –
helping and caring.
I help through my Holy Spirit – giving you guidance.

 “How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!” Psalm 133:1-3 (NLT)

 We have been traveling through Ontario, Canada, visiting family. Last week, we arrived at my sister’s house in Tiny. We have a motor home and a car which we tow and we were literally covered with sand and mud when we got there. Road construction and rain for a couple days along with other muddy roads had made for slow driving. After we parked and had lunch, my husband started to clean things up, I soon joined him and then my sister Grace came out and later my brother Dan. One washed, another rinsed and the others dried it very well using many microfiber cloths. Soon it was done. It was a great time of working together in harmony and it enabled us to finish the job quickly. These moments are a joy, but I have also come to understand it is through more difficult times that the Lord is able to teach me. Our dismay at traveling through the mud yielded a treasure in the support and love of family.

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Insignificance

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The first thirty years of My life down on earth may have seemed
insignificant to some people.
Many of your years seem unimportant and without relevance.
Yet, when you do as I ask, your work has eternal value.

Jesus often withdrew from the crowds to find a place to pray. We were told this was one of the “lonely” places where He prayed. While we were there we had a sandwich on the rocks bordering the Sea of Galilee. In my mind, I tried to picture Christ walking there and finding a place to pray to his Father in heaven. I did feel his presence!

There are many times in our lives where it seems we toil at our jobs not really seeing much accomplished of eternal value. I don’t think Jesus felt that way as he worked as a carpenter in his earthly father’s shop. He was willing to wait until God, his heavenly Father would show Him when He was to start speaking, healing and doing miracles. He talked daily to his Father, similarly to us praying for wisdom and obedience in our lives. There is a time and place for everything in our lives. We want to take the time and listen!

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I Am Relevant

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I am as relevant today as I was two thousand years ago.
Yes, I still heal people as you have experienced so clearly in your own lives.
Even more than physical healing, I came to heal broken lives and hearts.
I came to show people true love which breaks the bondage of the past,
the chains of addictions and heartaches of today.

 “Jesus and his companions went to the town of Capernaum. When the Sabbath day came, he went into the synagogue and began to teach.” Mark 1:21 (NLT)

 The picture above is an excavated synagogue in Capernaum which may be where Jesus taught many times. We heard that it may have been built by the Roman centurion whose servant had been ill. In Luke 7, we read that this officer loved the Jewish people and when he heard of Jesus he sent respected Jewish elders to ask him to come and heal his slave. Yet, after Jesus was on his way, the Roman said, “Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.” Jesus was astonished and said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel.”

The Lord has healed so much in my life, some illnesses, depression and also given Bob my husband, who was diagnosed with ALS, 18 more years of life than the doctor predicted. God does heal and teaches us through his precious Word and Holy Spirit today.

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Sunrise over the Sea of Galilee

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For a short time, I am changing the format of “Listening to Hear” for you to enjoy the pictures we took when visiting Israel in May.

                “When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee…and lived by the lake.” Matthew 4:12,13 (NIV)

Our timeshare was in Tiberius and our balcony overlooked the Sea of Galilee. We were told that Herod had a large palace here during the time of Christ and it was where John the Baptist was imprisoned.

The sea is about the size of a large lake, seven miles wide and fourteen miles long. Most of Jesus’ miracles and teachings took place right around this area. Like many who have gone to the Holy Land, the experience has made the scriptures lifelike and real as we visited many of the towns and locales described in His Word – what a meaningful experience! This picture was taken at 5:30 am of the sunrise over the Sea of Galilee.

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SLEEP RESTORES

I love you my child.
Rest is important to the mind, body and spirit.
Anxiety brings a disturbance to your mind.
It depletes your energy and strength.
However, your body, mind and spirit quickly renews itself with rest.
I set an example for you throughout my life on earth.

 “It is vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of anxious toil – for He gives blessings to His beloved in sleep.” Psalms 127:2 (Amp. Bible)

Without proper rest, many people experience a variety of physical and emotional difficulties in their daily lives. It is a well-known fact that many people in North America try to burn the candle at both ends. We work longer and harder than most people in other countries. Many of our recreational activities are often over-scheduled and we miss opportunities to re-create by resting.

When people came to my office for counseling, one of the first priorities was to check how well they were sleeping. Many symptoms that were presented often cleared up with two or three weeks of sleeping well seven or eight hours nightly.

God gives us a pattern in His Word and when I broke that pattern this week, I found I was irritable, I complained about things and found simple tasks difficult to perform. After even one good night of sleep, I woke refreshed, wanting to get different projects accomplished. I wish you good, health-giving sleep!!

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No Easy Answers

There are no easy answers to your spiritual life.

You have a purpose and you are to pursue My way.

Each person has different talents and abilities.

You are an ordinary person.

I do not ask you to achieve goals beyond your limitations.

However, little is much in My hands.

I want you to recall the miracle of the five loaves and two fish.

They multiplied until there were twelve baskets of food left over

after the multitude had eaten.

I take things some call foolish and change the world.

Christianity began in a humble stable and on a cruel cross.

Men in power were afraid of an itinerant teacher

who had no worldly possessions.

My disciples had nothing either.

Yet, Christianity became known in all parts of the world.

Christian principles change lives, even countries.

Stay true to My Word!

Do not be concerned with the world’s opinions and ways.

 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9(NIV)

When the disciples distributed the loaves and fishes they were only each given a small portion. It is entirely probable they never saw more than what they held in their hands until the task was finished and people had eaten their fill. Faith pleases the Father. The full picture of what He has accomplished through our obedience and submission to the place and time where He has put us will only be seen when the race is finished.

Listening by Rose Harmer; Comments by Sandy Grauer

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Stay Close to My Side

 My child, I am with you always

even to the end of this world.

I will never leave you or forsake you.

You are not alone

for I go ahead to make your path straight.

You will know what you are to do,

because you are my much beloved child.

You may feel you are still in the wilderness,

but even here you are learning what it means

to have a fire by night and a lamp to light your pathway.

You have my counsel.

Do you not think that I know the way?

I came to give you life and that more abundantly.

Abundance is not defined by the quantity of earthly possessions, but rather by a life lived in the richness of God’s love and grace. Each of us experience times in the wilderness. It is through suffering our characters are formed and we are made in the image of Christ, our Redeemer and Lord. Patience is learned in trying circumstances. Mercy is learned when justice would be satisfied. Kindness and generosity is learned in the midst of great need. Perseverance is learned when life is challenging and failure beckons.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) Never doubt the leading of God. Those times when life seems to have taken a wrong turn are instead a time to know God holds us by our right hand.

Listening by Rose Harmer; Comments by Sandy Grauer

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I Will Never Let You Go

My child, never think that your time with Me is not

“molding you after my will, as you wait, yielded and still.”

Your prayers are being answered.

Your prayers to live for Me each day;

to let go of the things that would take you

from this closeness are heard.

Daily, I take things out of your life which might draw you away from me.

You must not fear I will let you go, my precious child.

 The words in quotation reference the hymn “Have Thine Own Way, Lord” written around 1902 by Adelaide A. Pollard. She had an idea of what she wanted to do for God, but circumstances did not turn out as she planned. Feeling distressed about the uncertainty in her life, Adelaide attended a prayer meeting, where she heard an elderly woman say to God, “It does not matter the things You bring into our lives, simply have Your own way with us.”

We can trust God with our prayers to shape and mold our lives to bring Him glory. The Bible contains several passages describing God as our potter, we as the clay. Adelaide meditated on Jeremiah 18 and Isaiah 64:8 which reads, “O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (NIV)

Note: ‘Listening’ by Rose Harmer; Comments by Sandy Grauer

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