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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I Have Much to Teach You

I have much to teach you
You have much to learn!
The only way I can teach is for you to be still
and know that I am God.
I want you to know I really love you.
Intellectually you know I do, yet you are busy
and don’t take time to talk together.
Even now, it is almost as if you want to fly away.
Take time to study my creatures – happy, playful and joyful!

I want you to be joyful.

As I looked at these words this morning, I thought about a little chorus we sang as children: “The birds upon the treetop sing their song. The angels chant their chorus all day long, the flowers in the garden blend their hue, so why shouldn’t I, why shouldn’t you, praise Him too.” He wants us to wait upon Him and praise Him until we are full of the joy of the Lord.

 It is true as I watch the squirrels chase one another up and down the trees and see the beauty in the cardinals and blue jays, my heart overflows with joy. When we are joyful, people are more interested to know about the joy and want to spend more time in our company.

“…for the joy of the Lord is our strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)

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Light and Love

 

My child, I came to bring you light! Enjoy the things I have supplied for you. I am more interested in you becoming all I created you to be, instead of doing things. Be cheerful and agreeable. Enjoy my love and peace. You will do well. I am with you and will never leave you or forsake you. I am coming for a people who desire to love Me.

 God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Gen. 1:3 (NIV)  Sometimes, I find I cloud my days with too many scheduled things. I look at the list of duties to be performed and often feel overwhelmed and out of sorts. Fortunately, when I take the time to listen to God, He reminds me, He is interested in me being a Christian instead of doing the tasks I think I “should.” Together, in the mornings, God will help me purge the list of unnecessary tasks. I truly feel He takes delight in us simply expressing our love for Him. When we toured Billy Graham’s library in Charlotte last year, one interviewer asked him if there was anything he regretted. He said he would not have been so busy if he could live his life over. He would spend more time, sitting at the feet of Jesus loving Him. “But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details. There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41,42 (NIV)

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Be Encouraged

I will never leave you or forsake you.
When things look the bleakest, there is always golden sunshine
behind the cloud and a silver lining.
I have blessed you.
You read the story of Daniel who had
been in mourning for three weeks.
He was discouraged!
Then, God sent an angel, who asked him to listen carefully
to his message:
“Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God.
Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” (Daniel 10:19 NLT)
Do I not speak to you in the same way?
I want you to listen carefully to my still small voice telling you
I love you and will continue to do so always!

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)

 One of the blogs I wrote recently was on “Discouragement” which is part of the human journey. Daniel was discouraged as he prayed for the children of Israel. He knew their captivity had been brought about because they refused to walk God’s way. Even in the land of Babylon, many turned to the idols of the Babylonians.

Today, in America, we see many laws being enacted which are against God’s commandments. We, like Daniel, need to earnestly pray for our nation. I know God is once again able to send a spirit of revival to us.

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I Provide

I provide all you need!
Much has been given, be faithful with little things.
The prayers which you faithfully pray for your family
are being answered.
You feel genuine affection for all of them.
Let your actions reflect your love and concern.
Allow Me to do my work in all their lives.
Your work is simply to show the actions and say
the words of love!

 ” But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (KJV)

 Aren’t you glad that God does supply all we need? There were so many times as I raised our children, I needed his direction. I am more aware of my failures than the successes. However, they are all grown up now and we are very proud of them.

One of our priorities throughout their lives was prayer. As they grew up and left our home, we still took the time to remember them each day, asking God to guide them in the challenges they faced. Now, not only do we pray for our children, but we have the privilege of praying for our grandchildren. At times, I believe, all the Lord wants us to do is to pray for their spiritual, emotional and physical needs as well as to show our love in our actions. We do this by trying to visit each year, lending a hand, and remembering all their special days. We need to allow God to do his special work in each of their lives. We are God’s children and so are they and He loves them far more than we can even imagine.

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