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HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush‘s condition continued to improve Saturday, prompting doctors to move him out of intensive care, a spokesman said.

President Bush’s condition has improved, so he has been moved today from the intensive care unit to a regular patient room at The Methodist Hospital to continue his recovery,” family spokesman Jim McGrath said Saturday. “The Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes.”  Source:  Associated Press

Praising God!  He will do it for you, too!!


So What is it to You?

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We have all heard this expression…So what’s it to you?  Do you know where it originated from?  Actually, it originated from Jesus and has been whittled down to a “slang” term meaning “How is this any of your business?”  My mother teaches a great lesson on this when she teaches on healing.

Years ago, the enemy really attacked our family in the area of health!  My dad was diagnosed with a terminal liver disease just one week after my grandfather died of a heart attack with no forewarning.   My daughter was thought to be a down syndrome baby.  My grandmother was hit from behind while she was at a dead stop to turn to go home and a woman rear-ended her going sixty miles per hour and paralyzed her from the neck down.  All of this happened in a four-month period.

I will tell you, dear reader,  you either go crazy or you get into the Bible and find out what God is willing to do for you!  Those are your only two options and I know because I lived it!  My mother and dad dug into the Word to find real answers not some silly theologians opinion!  The Holy Spirit taught my parents about healing and my dad is alive and well today because of it!  My daughter graduated sixth in her class in high school, went on to Texas A&M and graduated ”cum laude” with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences.  When the doctors said my grandmother would never walk again, she did!   Am I bragging?  YES!  But, I am bragging on God and what He will do if you will do what He says.

During this time while Mother was learning about healing one of her big stumbling block questions which kept coming into her mind trying to rob her of God’s promise of healing was   “Well, if it is God’s will to heal everyone, then why didn’t so and so get healed?  They were a good Christian and had faith!”  There is a passage in the Bible where Jesus was speaking to Peter.  He told him he would one day be tied and taken to a place he did not want to be.  That he would suffer for the gospel.  Peter then looked at John and asked Jesus what about him?  Jesus then replied, “What has John to do with thee?”

I have said all of this to say something about a completely different subject.  I am a little miffed right now, so please bear with me.  I NEVER write anything other than what God lays on my heart.  I don’t just sit down and think, “Well, this sounds good.  I’ll just go with it!”  I wrote on President Bush who is hospitalized and I got a very nasty comment.  Amazing, it happens to be only the second since I have been blogging since March so I am thinking I am pretty blessed.  They criticized something President Bush allegedly had done when he was president years ago.  I don’t know if it actually happened or not, therefore we will not broach this subject.  But to this accuser and criticizer I would like to ask and ask with a smile on my face, “What has he to do with you?”  For all you know, he could have prayed and set that straight with God and you are now pronouncing judgement on what God has forgiven!  That is not a good idea.  For when you accuse someone God does not even condemn, you answer to God Himself and there are no debates with Him that you will win!! 

This is the problem with the world today.  We have too many chiefs and not enough indians as my dad always says.  Instead of bringing up everyone’s past, why don’t we work together to find solutions.  I say we ALL begin on our knees in prayer!!  I have blocked  this commentator with great pleasure!  My first problem is fixed there.  But our country faces much greater adversities than a silly person that is trying to get noticed.  Instead of criticizing, pray!   Prayer is more powerful than complaining, gives better and faster results, and brings great joy because it brings answers!  It is so simple, if we aren’t paying attention to the right things we will almost miss it!  Almost!

The White House chaplain himself said on the 700 Club when asked for what should we pray responded the most necessary thing was for America to pray for is WISDOM for our leaders!  Wisdom for ALL of our leaders!  The wisdom that comes from God!!  He wrote a book on it.  His name is Barry C. Black.   It is titled From the Hood to the Hill: A Story of Overcoming.

I think Reverend Black is worth listening to since he works with the senate every day of his life, instead of going on hearsay!  Prayer should begin immediately.  Division has gone on long enough!

I appreciate you, precious reader.  I wish you every blessing!  To my critics, thanks for the message you caused me to pray for God to give me!  This would not have been written if not for you!  And, I say that with a very big smile on my face!


Acts 14…Growth and Persecution in Iconium

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Acts 14

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Growth and Persecution in Iconium

14 The same thing happened in Iconium; they entered the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed.2 But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up and poisoned the minds of the Gentiles against the brothers. 3 So they stayed there for some time and spoke boldly in reliance on the Lord, who testified to the message of His grace by granting that signs and wonders be performed through them. 4 But the people of the city were divided, some siding with the Jews and some with the apostles. 5 When an attempt was made by both the Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to assault and stone them, 6 they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian towns called Lystra and Derbe, and to the surrounding countryside. 7 And there they kept evangelizing.

Mistaken for Gods in Lystra

8 In Lystra a man without strength in his feet, lame from birth,[a] and who had never walked, sat 9 and heard Paul speaking. After observing him closely and seeing that he had faith to be healed, 10 Paul said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet!” And he jumped up and started to walk around.

11 When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in the form of men!” 12 And they started to call Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the main speaker. 13 Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the town, brought oxen and garlands to the gates. He, with the crowds, intended to offer sacrifice.

14 The apostles Barnabas and Paul tore their robes when they heard this and rushed into the crowd, shouting: 15 “Men! Why are you doing these things? We are men also, with the same nature as you, and we are proclaiming good news to you, that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and everything in them.[b] 16 In past generations He allowed all the nations to go their own way, 17 although He did not leave Himself without a witness, since He did what is good by giving you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons and satisfying your[c] hearts with food and happiness.” 18 Even though they said these things, they barely stopped the crowds from sacrificing to them.

19 Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and when they had won over the crowds and stoned Paul, they dragged him out of the city, thinking he was dead. 20 After the disciples surrounded him, he got up and went into the town. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

Church Planting

21 After they had evangelized that town and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, to Iconium, and to Antioch, 22 strengthening the[d] disciples by encouraging them to continue in the faith and by telling them, “It is necessary to pass through many troubles on our way into the kingdom of God.”

23 When they had appointed elders in every church and prayed with fasting, they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed. 24 Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. 25 After they spoke the message in Perga, they went down to Attalia. 26 From there they sailed back to Antioch where they had been entrusted to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. 27 After they arrived and gathered the church together, they reported everything God had done with them and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they spent a considerable time[e] with the disciples.


“Please, Put Your Harps Back In The Closet”

 

President Bush and barbara                                                          President Bush

I love President Bush!  There,  I have said it!  I have been to his library on the campus of Texas A&M and spent hours just reading about him when he was a boy, when he and his wife fell in love and the political career that ensued after that.  I have especially lingered at the pictures where they greeted dignitaries with their springer spaniel sitting,  waiting patiently for them  until  they were through with all that official stuff.  You know you can really tell a great deal about a person by the way they treat their pet!  And that pet, with its body language, will tell you everything about their master. 

When I heard President Bush  was ill and in the same hospital my mother was in for her open heart surgery to correct a valve problem, I immediately remembered the furniture, where you check-in, the doctors and nurses, the feeling of getting out of the car when you visit to be met by the valet and the feeling that comes over you as you walk in knowing what you are going to see.   My heart went out to him and his entire family! 

Yesterday, I grabbed hubby and said, “We have to pray for President Bush,  now!”  I felt such an urgency in my spirit.  We did pray and for a while after that I continued to pray in the spirit.  I was truly downcast about the whole thing!  Today, as I looked at the news I saw where his spokesman said, “President Bush says, “Please, put your harps back in the closet!”  I hooted!!  For those of you that don’t know what that means, in Texas terms it means I had a really good laugh.  Then the blog came to me.

God spoke to me and said, “I have told people to come to me with thanksgiving in their hearts and to enter my courts with praise.  Instead many come in cast down, crawling and begging, and playing their harps to the tune of ‘Woe is me’.  When do I get the praise I have commanded and that I deserve?” That stopped me in my tracks!  You know you can tell a lot about a person by what they say and how they act.  It doesn’t take long either.

  I had someone write me not long ago.  Not a word he said made sense and at he end he put beside his name “wounded, weary, warrior” and called himself the “www”.  He tried to sound so spiritual, but I knew immediately this guy was full of ‘whoeey’.  If he is weary, he hasn’t spent time in prayer and praise.  He hasn’t spent time with God.  How do I know?  Because the Bible says, in His presence is FULLNESS OF JOY, not weariness!  The Bible  says those who follow God will mount up with wings as eagles, THEY SHALL RUN AND NOT GROW WEARY  THEY SHALL WALK AND NOT FAINT!  He told on himself  by what he labeled himself!  Always judge the fruit, not the person, by the Word of God!  But, you better use discernment, too….that is why God gave it to you!  God does not want His children fooled or partnering up with people who are all show and no go.  In other words, for the rest of their lives they will live in the dumps and you will NEVER be able to pull them out.  I know this from experience.

Everyday is a different symptom, a different catastrophe, a different trauma and they are grabbing you “wanting help” and not doing a word you say.  I know a woman who is always in some kind of mess.  One day the Lord spoke a word to me to give her.  I gave it.  Now, this woman is a prayer warrior, she has spoken words to other people and they have been right.  But when it comes to her life, she stays in a “begging, woe is me” mode.  God told me how she could get free and be happy and full of joy even in the worst conditions and see those conditions turn totally around!!  I went to her and told her what He said.  She had been sobbing quite a bit, the tears were just streaming down her face.  When I told her, she wiped her eyes and with a voice as steady as you can get, she looked at me and said, “I’m not going to do that!  It just isn’t me!”  Well, now we see the problem.  She is going to approach her problems and God according to the comfort zone of her personality, not according to obedience to God and His word!

Precious reader, it isn’t my personality to raise my hands, say “Glory to God!” or sing praises!  I cannot sing, raising my hands is something I put my personality down and lift my spirit up to do to surrender to my King, and saying, “Glory to God” is what flows out of MY SPIRIT NOT MY PERSONALITY!  If it is in the word, you better get it in your spirit and then you better start living out of YOUR SPIRIT instead of your PERSONALITY.  Stop and look back and see what your approach to God through what YOU THOUGHT got you  instead of living out of what HE says!  Besides, what do you have to lose???

Put your harp back in the closet!  Get out the timbrel!  Truly set aside your personality and problems and worship!!  Thank God for what has gone right if the only thing you can find is you are breathing today!  “Let EVERYTHING THAT HATH BREATH, PRAISE THE LORD!”  What is the meaning of praise in the Hebrew?  It is “to praise, to thank; rejoice, boast about someone.  Halal  which is where we get hallelujah, usually conveys the idea of speaking or singing about the glories, virtues, or honor of someone or something.  It does not mean to bawl, squall and beg.

 Please don’t forget to praise and continue to thank God for President Bush’s healing and full recovery! You are blessed, dear reader!  Let that be your preoccupation in your mind today!  See you soon!!


Acts 13…Preparing for the Mission Field

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Acts 13

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Preparing for the Mission Field

13 In the church that was at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen, a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

2 As they were ministering to[a] the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work I have called them to.” 3 Then after they had fasted, prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them off.

The Mission to Cyprus

4 Being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they came down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 Arriving in Salamis, they proclaimed God’s message in the Jewish synagogues. They also had John as their assistant. 6 When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came across a sorcerer, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus. 7 He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul and desired to hear God’s message. 8 But Elymas the sorcerer (this is the meaning of his name) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul away from the faith.

9 Then Saul—also called Paul—filled with the Holy Spirit, stared straight at the sorcerer 10 and said, “You son of the Devil, full of all deceit and all fraud, enemy of all righteousness! Won’t you ever stop perverting the straight paths of the Lord? 11 Now, look! The Lord’s hand is against you. You are going to be blind, and will not see the sun for a time.” Suddenly a mist and darkness fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand.

12 Then the proconsul, seeing what happened, believed and was astonished at the teaching about the Lord.

Paul’s Sermon in Antioch of Pisidia

13 Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. John, however, left them and went back to Jerusalem. 14 They continued their journey from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia. On the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. 15 After the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have any message of encouragement for the people, you can speak.”

16 Then Paul stood up and motioned with his hand and said: “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen! 17 The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors, exalted the people during their stay in the land of Egypt, and led them out of it with a mighty[b] arm. 18 And for about 40 years He put up with them[c] in the wilderness; 19 then after destroying seven nations in the land of Canaan, He gave their land to them as an inheritance. 20 This all took about 450 years. After this, He gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. 21 Then they asked for a king, so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for 40 years. 22 After removing him, He raised up David as their king and testified about him: ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man loyal to Me,[d] who will carry out all My will.’

23 “From this man’s descendants, according to the promise, God brought the Savior, Jesus,[e] to Israel. 24 Before He came to public attention,[f] John had previously proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 Then as John was completing his life’s work, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not the One. But look! Someone is coming after me, and I am not worthy to untie the sandals on His feet.’

26 “Brothers, sons of Abraham’s race, and those among you who fear God, the message of this salvation has been sent to us. 27 For the residents of Jerusalem and their rulers, since they did not recognize Him or the voices of the prophets that are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled their words[g] by condemning Him. 28 Though they found no grounds for the death penalty, they asked Pilate to have Him killed. 29 When they had fulfilled all that had been written about Him, they took Him down from the tree and put Him in a tomb. 30 But God raised Him from the dead, 31 and He appeared for many days to those who came with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now His witnesses to the people. 32 And we ourselves proclaim to you the good news of the promise that was made to our ancestors. 33 God has fulfilled this for us, their children, by raising up Jesus, as it is written in the second Psalm:

You are My Son; today I have become Your Father.[h][i]

34 Since He raised Him from the dead, never to return to decay, He has spoken in this way, I will grant you the faithful covenant blessings[j] made to David.[k] 35 Therefore He also says in another passage, You will not allow Your Holy One to see decay.[l] 36 For David, after serving his own generation in God’s plan, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and decayed. 37 But the One God raised up did not decay. 38 Therefore, let it be known to you, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you, 39 and everyone who believes in Him is justified from everything that you could not be justified from through the law of Moses. 40 So beware that what is said in the prophets does not happen to you:

41 Look, you scoffers, marvel and vanish away, because I am doing a work in your days, a work that you will never believe, even if someone were to explain it to you.”[m]

Paul and Barnabas in Antioch

42 As they[n] were leaving, the people[o] begged that these matters be presented to them the following Sabbath. 43 After the synagogue had been dismissed, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and persuading them to continue in the grace of God.

44 The following Sabbath almost the whole town assembled to hear the message of the Lord.[p] 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to oppose what Paul was saying by insulting him.

46 Then Paul and Barnabas boldly said: “It was necessary that God’s message be spoken to you first. But since you reject it and consider yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles! 47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us:

I have made you a light for the Gentiles to bring salvation to the ends[q] of the earth.”[r]

48 When the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced and glorified the message of the Lord, and all who had been appointed to eternal life believed. 49 So the message of the Lord spread through the whole region. 50 But the Jews incited the prominent women, who worshiped God, and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas and expelled them from their district. 51 But they shook the dust off their feet against them and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.


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