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~ I'll climb to the lookout tower and scan the horizon.
I'll wait to see what God says ~ Habakkuk 2:1-2
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Jan 4, 2014

Day 3: God's LOVE is WIDE and HIGH and LONG and DEEP








"I have made this day; Rejoice and be glad in it!"

~ Your Heavenly Father

taken from Psalm 118:24 



In Loving Memory 
of Eric Matthew 
who left this earthy world 
TODAY...
after a lifelong battle 
with a very rare disease.
It took his strength
and put him 
in a wheel chair.
He was in his mid 20's.
His Mother and Father's 
only child. 

He passed 
after I had posted 
this scripture today.
I thought of removing it.
I was not rejoicing 
in the sorrow.
But the Lord 
quickly reminded me
of the reason to rejoice.

Rejoice for Eric Matthew!

Eric didn't profess Jesus.
But his mom recently
shared with Auntee...
that Eric accepted Christ 
as a young boy.
Eric professed a God,
but didn't think
He was a caring God.
If He was a loving God,
Why would God
allow him to have 
such a devastating disease?
Eric's questions
were echoed strongly 
by his Dad.

We almost lost our Eric
more than a month ago
after weeks in the hospital.
He was hospitalized
with sepsis...
his organs shut down 
his heart went into A-fib
The hospital staff 
prepared the family.

His only Auntee -
and her only nephew -
read scripture to him.
Leaning over the bed
looking into his eyes...
she said, 
"Eric, Jesus loves You."
Eric's face became wrenched
with a definite sadness...
he responded with...
" No...I don't think he does!"

We kept praying!
We had him on 12 or more
prayer chains and numbers
of individuals were 
interceding on his behalf. 
During this stay
in the hospital...
Eric shared that
he saw God!
God asked him if he
wanted to go to heaven
or stay on earth??
Eric wanted to stay.

He got well enough 
to enter hospital rehab...
and then to go home.

Auntee spent Christmas 
with him and his parents.
Building Legos together,
Eric reminded Auntee
that he saw God.
That's all he would say...
it was between he and God.
But he had tears 
in his eyes 
with remembrance. 

His parents 
were reading a book that
a nurse had given him.
She told him to read it...
and to get his parents 
to read it too.
His parents were in the room
when she gave it to Eric. 

The book?
'Proof of Heaven'
They were reading it 
at Christmastime!
Eric made certain
that Auntee had 
her own copy too!


Monday, he went back
into the hospital with H1N1
Today, he is no longer
present with us...
but present with the Lord! 
Ironically...
it wasn't the disease
that robbed him,
but the deadly H1N1!


I feel certain ...
that Eric Matthew 
left this earth...
clinging to Jesus!
Jesus had prepared him!


Just two days 
before his passing -
he told his mama
that he was ready...
for HEAVEN!!!

It always amazes me 
how God leads...
moves...and directs -
bringing individuals 
into our lives -
even in the lives 
of unbelievers... 
to get us 
where His loving heart
wills us to be. 
On earth, as it is...
in Heaven.

It was a given 
that the Lord prepared 
Eric for Heaven's gates!
In the end...
Eric KNEW 
where he was going! 

He was going to HEAVEN
to be with the 
HEAVENLY Father.

It will be harder 
for Eric's earthly Dad
to see God...
especially after taking
his only child! 

But God....

I feel certain 
that Mom and Dad 
will see Jesus too! 

What a testimony
to the faithfulness of God!
O how WIDE and HIGH
and LONG and DEEP
is God's LOVE 
for you and me! 

shalome....

Eric Matthew
dancing with God!!
The ultimate healing...
for ETERNITY!

selah...
patrina

Matthew 28:19 compels me to ask...
Do YOU know where you are going...
when your earthly life is over?
I assure you...God knows!
Don't miss the opportunity
to SEE God in a new LIGHT.
Our days are numbered.
Its a given ....
that YOU will die.
Will YOU live eternity
with your Heavenly Father?
Do YOU know?

O how WIDE and HIGH
and LONG and DEEP
is the Father's LOVE
for YOU and ME! 

Choose this day..
whom you will serve!

Jan 3, 2014

Day 2: God's LOVE is WIDE and HIGH and LONG and DEEP





 

 

"I am your Salvation; trust in Me and do not be afraid. I am your strength and your song."

~ Your Heavenly Father


taken from Isaiah 12:2


One of my favorite examples
of God's finite
and detailed Love for me
is through His lingering Presence...
whilst I slumbered through the night.
It is not uncommon for me to awaken
with an old hymn
running through my mind.
I'm  usually not even focused on it.
Rarely recognize the words...
but the melody...does not cease !
When I stop
to bring the words into focus...
they spring forth into SONG!
That song follows me all day long!
God has hidden those sacred hymns
in my mind and spirit -
as He hides scripture in my heart.
Many of those great Hymns
are inspired from scripture -
and therefore carry a double impact
on the hearer as well as the singer.
When I focus on the words


They resonate in my heart.
I've learned to STOP and LISTEN ...
so the words can speak to me!
His words are life...
they are my salvation...
they strengthen and encourage.
He empowers me
through this gentle -
very very specific LOVE for me. 
His Song  to me for that day
has a specific purpose.
It opens my mind's eyes and heart
to see what He's prepared for me -
things I might not have seen
in the correct light,
without His simple planting -
the seed of awareness
planted through His SONG.
I am grateful to have learned
the hymns at an early age.
They are a part of the fabric
of my spiritual being.
I rejoice for God's choice
to rejoice over me with singing.
O how WIDE, and HIGH
and LONG and DEEP -
Is His love for YOU and ME!


The Hymn 
"God is our Refuge and Our Strength"
- Scot­tish Psal­ter, 1650 -
is new to me but look at the words!
Empowering lyrics for such a time as this.
It can be sung to the tune of 
"America the Beautiful"


God is our Refuge and our Strength,
Our ever present Aid,
And, therefore, though the earth remove,
We will not be afraid;
Though hills amidst the sea be cast,
Though foaming waters roar,
Yes, though the mighty billows shake
The mountains on the shore.

A river flows whose streams make glad
The city of our God,
The holy place wherein the Lord
Most High has His abode;
Since God is in the midst of her,
Unmoved her walls shall stand,
For God will be her early help,
When trouble is at hand.

The nations raged, the kingdoms moved,
But when His voice was heard
The troubled earth was stilled to peace
Before His mighty Word.
The Lord of Hosts is on our side,
Our safety is secure;
The God of Jacob is for us
A refuge strong and sure.

O come, behold what wondrous works
Jehovah’s hand has wrought;
Come, see what desolation great
He on the earth has brought.
To utmost ends of all the earth
He causes war to cease;
The weapons of the strong destroyed,
He makes abiding peace.

Be still and know that I am God,
O’er all exalted high;
The subject nations of the earth
My Name shall magnify.
The Lord of Hosts is on our side,
Our safety is secure;
The God of Jacob is for us
A refuge strong and sure.

Jan 2, 2014

Day 1: God's LOVE is WIDE and HIGH and LONG and DEEP













 

" May you grasp how wide and long and high and deep My love for you is; a love that surpasses knowledge...you cannot ask or imagine the things I am planning for you!"

~ Your Heavenly Father

from Ephesians 3: 18-21

 

For those who say...
"I cannot HEAR the voice of God"...
"He doesn't SPEAK to me!"
I say...

LOOK UP! 

God actually has His very own 'skywriting'.
Nothing ...
could ever duplicate His Creative Hand!  
He is the air that you breathe...
The warmth upon your face,
The Light that leads you...
through the dark.
He speaks in ways unscaled by man!
In this age...
or ages past...
His authority reigns above all others. 
He is the 'I AM' ...
of all our YESTERDAYS...
our TODAY...
and our TOMORROW!
EVEN...
if you do not acknowledge Him!
He acknowledges YOU!!
You cannot hide from God.
You cannot NOT be known by God!
Believe it or not...
He created YOU!
Every nook and cranty...
of every human being
- NOT 'Hybrids' -
belongs to His Copyright signature.
His love gives us choice...
But every choice...
is KNOWN to HIM!
Choose this day
whom you will serve...
~ God or man ~
while you still can - 
 CHOOSE
while there is still
Daylight!


I am HIS!
He is MINE!
My Beloved,
His warrior Bride.

Patrina

"HEAR The Word of The Lord"

Prayer Changes Things

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” ..... Romans 12:12

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DEVOTIONALS

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The 'I AM' over our yesterdays ~ our today ~ our tomorrow

Elohim: The All-Powerful Creator

Jehovah: The Self-Revealing One

Adonai: The Owner of All

Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord Who Provides

El Shaddai: The Almighty Sufficient One

El Elion: The Most High Ruler

Jehovah Nissi: The Lord’s Banner of Victory

Jehovah Shalom: The Lord Our Peace

Jehovah Mekadesh: The Lord Who Sanctifies

Jehovah Rophe: The Lord Who Heals

Jehovah Tsikenu: The Lord My Righteousness

Jehovah Robi: The Lord My Shepherd

Immanuel: God With Us