In The Shadow of Your Wings Prayer

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Father,

You have called me in Your unfailing love. Keep me under the shadow of Your wings. Watch over me as I sleep. Let Your word illuminate my path, by day, do that I can clearly see every obstacle in the revealing light of Your truth. Open doors that no man can open and close doors that no man can shut. Anoint me to do Your will. Empower me to walk according to the plans and purposes You have for my life. Go before me as my shield. Follow behind as my rearguard. Wherever my feet tread today, give it to me as a portion of my inheritance. My desire is to bring Glory to You, Lord, in all I do this day.

Amen

The Lord Is My Shepherd

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Psalm 23:1-6 (AMP)
Verse 1- “The Lord is my shepherd [to feed, guide and shield me,] I shall not lack.”

What do you lack? Nothing!
Thank you, Lord, that I lack no good thing. You feed me and you show me where to go.

Verse 2- “He makes me lie down in (fresh, tender) green pastures; He leads me beside still and restful waters.”

Sheep won’t drink out of troubled, moving, water. God knows this. He leads His sheep to waters that are calm. Only goats eat tough, dry grass, so God provides pasture that is lush and green for us.
Thank you, Lord that you are the only one who really knows what I need and you provide it for me.

Verse 3- “He refreshes and restores my life – myself; He leads me in the path of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him – not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.”

God knows this world can be distressing, taxing, and tiring. So, He refreshes us, shows us how to stay right with God. He leads us on the path we need to be on to have a transformed life.
Thank you, Lord, for time of refreshing.

Verse 4- “Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless,] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil; for you are with me Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide] they comfort me.”

We don’t ever have to taste death! Only walk under its shadow. Even then we don’t walk along. We go through and He is there to protect, guide and comfort us along the way.
Thank you, Lord, that you always bring us through.

Verse 5- “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.”

God is preparing a wonderful feast. We will sit and eat right in front of Satan and his minions. Every demon that has ever plagued us will witness our victory celebration.
Thank you, Lord, for not just anointing me, but giving me more than enough so that I can do what you’ve asked me to do.

Verse 6- “Surely or only goodness, mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life; and through the length of days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.”

A boat leaves a ‘wake’ behind it. A jet leaves a stream in the sky. We leave goodness and mercy, only, in a wake behind us! If we are moving forward.
Thank you, Lord, that I dwell with you in Heavenly places, forever!

Book Review for “Outside”-YA Dystopian Fiction

http://www.amazon.com/OUTSIDE-post-apocalyptic-novel-Outside-Series-ebook/dp/B005DLQC0I/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_i

I was given a copy of “Outside” by the author, Shalini Boland, in exchange for an honest review. This is a YA Dystopian book, which I tend to like. She understands teens, and the intricacies of family and relationships. The story is set in England and enjoyed the difference in the way they talk compared to our American lingo. Great main characters. I give it 5 stars. I can recommend this book for teens and up.

Because He Loves Me

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Psalm 91:1-16
“He who [a]dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent. For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service]. They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot. Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never]. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.”

There are great benefits for loving God. Not just recognizing that He is, not just believing He took away your sins, but LOVING Him.

In verse 14 God promises to do all of these things, to rescue us, and protect us, because of our love for Him. Do you want long life? Love Him. Do you want Him to answer when you call? Love Him.

There are many people who say, “God has never done anything for me.” They have spouted out a few requests, maybe even begged and wept, tried to bargain or broker a deal. But do they love Him? Or are they just going thru ‘drive thru’ and placing an order on a fast food deity they expect a quick fix from? They don’t know Him, They don’t have “personal knowledge of My mercy, love and kindness.” He has done everything for them. He has made a way were there was no way, reconciled them back to Himself by shedding His own blood. He has loved them, even in their sin, and misunderstanding of who He is. All they have to do is accept His love and love him back and He is so easy to love.

I love Him, because He loves me.

Book Review for “Martyr’s Moon” Fiction/Allegory

I was given a copy of this book by the author, J.E. Lowder, in exchange for an honest review. I thought I like the first book, but this one is even better! They both were long reads and you have to pay attention, not a light weekend read. I will now have to finish up the “War of the Whispers’ series to find out what happens to our unlikely heroes. This is a wonderful allegory that reminds me of “Lord of the Rings” and “Narnia.” I find myself rooting for the characters. The story is told from many angles following several key players who’s parts take them in different directions, thus the Tolkien feel. I highly recommend this book. I give it five solid stars.

http://www.amazon.com/Martyrs-Moon-War-Whispers-ebook/dp/B00BIAJ3NG/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

End Days?

This was originally written for a family member several years ago that asked this question: What is your opinion of the days we are living in? And can you give me some scriptures. My Answer was: “I don’t just want to give you a bunch of scriptures to read that you may or may not understand. God says that unless you are from His Kingdom, you can’t understand His word. His Kingdom is His family, His Children. Everyone is not part of His family. Only those who have asked Jesus to come into their hearts and to be their Lord are His Children, He loves EVERYONE! But they are not all His. Believing in God isn’t enough to enter the Kingdom. The bible says that demons believe and tremble, but they are not His (and defiantly not part of His kingdom). So first I must ask if you have asked Jesus to be your Lord. You don’t have to do anything to earn it, just tell Him you need Him, that you are sorry for the wrong that you have done, against Him and others, and then simply ask Him for His love and forgiveness.
Now to answer the question, I do believe there isn’t too much time left on this earth. The Bible says that even Jesus doesn’t know the exact hour, but I believe we can know the “season”. By looking at everything that is going on in the world, I would have to say that we are in the season for Christ’s return. He will be coming back for His Family and we need to be ready. If it ends up being hundreds of days or hundreds of years, we live like He is coming NOW. There are literally hundreds of scriptures that talk about His return, the last days, and what will be happening in the end. I have chosen a few for you to read. Please look them up in the Bible and read the whole chapters. Some Bible’s have cross-references and they tell you where to look for the same subject. Some scriptures that talk about what will be going on in the world are: I Timothy 3:1, II Peter 3:3, Isaiah 9:2, Isaiah 58:10, and 60:2, Joel 2:31-32, Mica 7:8 Hebrews 1:2. It would benefit you to read the whole chapter of Matthew 24. My favorite “end times” verse is Revelation 3:10-12 “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.” Then to give you even more hope and security read all of Psalms 23 and Psalms 91! God will take care of those that are His! He loves us more than we love our own children! and more than our parents love us. I hope this was helpful. Just remember one thing, the world may be bad and scary, but God is GOOD!”