Success, Strength, Encouragement

Last Wednesday night Lynette and I returned from our ministry/vacation trip out west.

The week out there was very successful. We brought strength to her aging parents who have lived faithful lives for Jesus and who have been very dear to me over the past 20 years.  We hung out with them for 6 – 8 hours each day and attended church with them on Sunday.  We prayed with them, had long talks, and encouraged them in the Lord as God directed… it was a wonderful visit.

Our flights were perfect going out; coming back, the planes were a little late, but everything worked out fine; it was good to fly above our Father’s world and see the activity of His angelic hosts going to and fro to accomplish His will.  He showed me the angels specifically protecting our aircrafts, and it made me tearful and grateful during each flight. God kept the house safe and sound in our absence, posting ministering spirits even before we left – He is faithful.

Those who encourage and lift up the saved and unsaved will, themselves, be lifted up and encouraged.  Without God, we are nothing. With God, we are and have everything.

Thank You, Jesus.

SHAMMA 🙂

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The Blessing of Suddenlies

When life changes abruptly – you know, the “suddenlies” – a part of you says, YES! It’s finally here!!!  And another part of you wants to put on the brakes, even for things you’ve been praying for forever.  That’s us humans for you.

I’ve been annihilated by the “suddenlies” over the past 18 months, and I’m glad… from my heart I can say honestly that I am joyously overwhelmed by the about-face changes God has made in my life.  But there are also parts of me still recovering from emotional wind-burn and jet lag.

Jesus enables me to do all things through faith in Him; when I look around I feel entirely blessed.  God in me handles the blessing, because my coffers have been enlarged and so has my territory.  He is the complete Guardian against my flesh, pushing it backward and beckoning my spirit forward.

God is my shock absorber – He’s the only One Who can be – I cast my cares on Him.

The sun comes out again, and I say, “Thank You, Jesus, for the warm beams that change me and saturate me with nutrient life.”  Jesus is the “Son” that never sets, and He carries me through the suddenlies until my legs and feet are rested, and then I am just fine.  Then, in Him, I am contentedly braced for more suddenlies, and my being is evenly browned by the light of His Love.

SHAMMA 🙂

 

So, what’s going on?

Short stories continually capture my heart, as does the urge to write them. Still tinkering.

What may end up happening is the blog, “The Theater of My Mind” will become a forum for experimenting with the short stories in my heart and mind’s eye.

The summer’s in full swing, and one thing that never quits – other than the love of God – is my desire to write and write and teach and teach and write and teach some more.  God put it in me, so it’s staying there.

The website’s doing well – Glory Shield Ministries is growing and glowing; so are all the blogs.

The testimony blogs have pretty much run their course but haven’t completed God’s work. Many readers still access them, so I know why God won’t let me take them down.  I’m immaculately blessed!

The stuff I’m writing flourishes, and ideas are promised to come.  One thing, though…

I’ve started mentoring – mostly online – and it’s all-consuming when it’s going on.  The lives of individuals reaching out and trusting God and asking me for prayerful admonitions and words from the Lord.  Mentoring (it’s really Pastoring), keeps you on your knees, but also on your toes!

I take God’s heart seriously, and I don’t neglect time on my knees asking Him to adjust, cleanse, and purify my own heart… so that I can be of help to Him in helping those He’s assigned to my hands and heart.  In addition to still writing the blogs – and writing in general – it’s a fresh new challenge He says I’m worthy of and I am blessed to undertake.

That’s what going on with me, to date… and I solicit your prayers and bless His Holy Name!

Amen.

SHAMMA 🙂