More Words of Wisdom & Encouraging Days

I have been having a hard time, especially lately with Mark off work, keeping myself supplied with clay.  I started thinking about who I could ask if the mfg’s offered discounts to the disabled who used clay as part of their therapy.  One of my doctors has already confirmed for me that it was.  So i asked one of the polymer clay associations/guilds/groups that I’m linked into.  It never ceases to amaze me just how many great people I have met on the internet.  First I start out writing this blog and meet a wonderful group of faithful new friends and now these people.  Within a short amount of time iIreceived: 4 offers to send me some clay and one lady who designs tools for handicapped artists, called “Sculptools,  has sent me tools for free.  Here’s some pics of them :

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-This is her company: 

~ Blog: www.skulptoolstoday.blogspot.com
~ Facebook: www.facebook.com/Skulptools
~ Email: skj@skulptools.com
~ Twitter: @SkulpTools
YouTube Channel: skulpterAZ 

-All I had to do was pay the postage!  I pray that God will bless her abundantly for her generosity too!!

.  🙂  Love and hugs to all and now some more Facebook words of wisdom:

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A Few Wise Words For Your Day & Update on Dad and Mark

Well, dad seems to be doing great since the surgery!  He didn’t even take a pain pill yesterday mom said; he also walked straighter and was more alert that what he had been lately.  thank you God!!

Mark sees his surgeon, same one as dad, tomorrow and will be released to go back to work with restrictions for a couple of weeks.  He went last week to the hip doctor to see about the pain in there but he said it wasn’t the joint, so it must be nerve damage is my guess.  Don’t know that there’s anymore that can be done about that.

And I forgot to tell you about all of these new critters and such.  A few weeks ago on Etsy, I made an $80 sale, woo-hoo!!!  That gave me some supplies money.  I got a few ring blanks and findings but mostly got clay.  Isn’t that great?!  I about dropped my teeth when I saw the email telling me that I’d made a sale.

The following is from a web page that my cousin posted off of on Facebook called: “Lessons Learned in Life” and I thought I would share some of them with you.

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Some Facebook Posts to Share

Facebook Challenge From Kellie

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I know that many of you know the lovely Kellie Elmore.  Today I saw that she put out a challenge on Facebook to find out what a number one song was in the year you were born and post the youtube link on your wall.

Well, Kellie dear, I don’t know if I did it right but here is what I said and sent you:

I fudged a little with this one because my song that I am including was actually produced in 1968 instead of 1958 but, as everyone knows, I love rainbows and this song is more suited to who I am.  Watch, listen and I hope you enjoy it 🙂

 

She’s Like A Rainbow by The Rolling Stones

 

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A Re-Posting of This Story: Please help find Tosin! Help bring Tosin home.

Please help find Tosin! Help bring Tosin home.

14 Wednesday Dec 2011

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Tosin Oyelowo went missing on Friday, December 9th in Charleston, South Carolina where she is working as a resident after graduating from the University of Charleston West Virginia School of Pharmacy last summer.

According to the blogger who publicised Tosin’s disappearance, “I am hoping we can use the social media to circulate this news and help bring her back home. We might not be powerful enough to have this on every TV news channel, but I believe we can use the power of the internet to bring Tosin back home. Pls, post this link and let people see her face. Make sure every friend or family member of yours does the same.”

This is heartbreaking. Imagine what her loved ones must be going through right now, especially during this festive season. She is still young as her future has just started. Please Keep Tosin in your prayers. Reblog this. Post this on Facebook, Myspace or wherever. Dial 911 to alert the police if you see anyone that looks like her or hear anyone talking about her whereabouts. Below is the link to the “Help find Tosin website”

http://www.helpbringtosinhome.com/2011/12/help-bring-tosin-home-everyone-is.html?spref=fb

Please share this with everyone and on your blogs please. :( My prayer is that Tosin spends this holiday with her family unharmed. Amen

This Week’s Sermon From The Ranch – Holding The Rope

(This Day’s Thought is pleased to bring you Eric Elder’s new sermon series, “Romans: Lessons In Renewing Your Mind.”)


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Holding The Rope

Lesson 23 from Romans: Lessons In Renewing Your Mind

By Eric Elder
The Ranch

 

When William Carey was raising funds in England to support his missionary work in India, he told people he felt as if there was a man drowning in a well and calling out for help.  Carey said he was willing to go down into the well to save the man, but he needed some people to hold the rope for him while he went.  

Several men volunteered to help Carey in his work, “holding the rope” for him back home, raising funds and praying so he could do the part God had called him to do.  

While the way people do missions has varied throughout the years, the idea of “goers” and “senders” has not.  God continues to call people to go and preach His message to people throughout the world, and He continues to call others to help send people on their way.

The Apostle Paul talked about this idea in his letter to the Christians in Rome, written almost 2,000 years ago.  Paul wrote:

“…for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” (Romans 10:13-15).

In the past, these verses have conjured up in my mind a vision of missionaries climbing over the top of a mountain in some remote jungle, bringing the good news of Christ to the people in the valley below.  As the villagers would hear this good news being proclaimed to them—news that they had been longing to hear for years—they would exclaim, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Today I read that passage with a different vision in mind.  Why?  Because, in many ways, I’m now a missionary myself, writing to people all over the world to encourage them to put their faith in Christ for everything in their lives.  The scenery has changed, but the principle is the same.  

Instead of climbing a misty mountaintop, I’m sitting at my desk in my bedroom, looking out over miles and miles of wide open spaces.  I’m on the second floor of a two-story, traditional American farmhouse in the heart of the great midwest.  There are no mountains to block my view, and only a few other farmhouses dotting the ground in the distance.  The corn and soybean fields have been harvested for the year, so all that’s left is a clear view of the horizon in every direction.  

Yet when I push the “send” button on my computer, I realize that this message I’m writing will make its way over the plains, across the country, under oceans, into the sky and back down to the earth again.  

Within an a instant, this message will show up in places like Papua New Guinea, an island half-way around the world in the South Pacific, where someone just signed up to receive these messages on Monday, saying, 

“I will be very much excited to receive the news & also pray to strengthen each others faith.”  

Almost simultaneously, this message will also show up in an inbox in Nigeria, a country in western Africa where someone wrote to me last week saying, 

“I have been far from God.  Most times I start and end my day without praising or praying to God.  My bible is always beside me and most times I don’t open it. How do I strengthen my walk with God, how do I make him priority, and how do I become consistent with my maker????  Please advise me on what steps to take.”

At the same time, it will appear on someone’s cell phone in the UK, where a woman wrote to me this week saying, 

“You are so right about thinking of Jesus as a saviour and sometimes not having Him as Lord of our lives too. Today’s reading made me take stock of what you said, and I recommitted and surrendered my life afresh and asked Jesus to be Lord of my life also as well as being my saviour.”

Missions is changing, but the message stays the same.  When Jesus told His disciples to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation,” (Mark 16:15) He didn’t put any limits on where to go, how to go, or who to go to.  He just said to, “Go!”  He wanted them to take the message as far as they could, starting in Jerusalem, spreading out to Judea and finally to the ends of the earth.    

As we’ve been looking at the book of Romans for ways to renew our minds, I want to remind you that the goal of a renewed mind is not simply to renew your thinking but to renew your actions, too.  Jumping into God’s plan regarding missions is one of those actions that God wants you to take, whether it’s as a goer or a sender or both.  God wants you to be one of those people about whom it is said:  “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

For some of you, this may be a reminder of what God has already called you to do.  For others of  you this may be a confirmation of what God has been stirring in your heart in recent weeks or months.  And for some of you, this may be a totally new thought—a totally new direction that God wants you to take in your life.  Whatever the case, I want to encourage each of you to get involved in whatever mission God has put in front of you.

I was privileged to see an evangelist this fall named Reinhard Bonnke, as he was speaking at a youth conference in Chicago.  He’s ministered to millions on the African continent, with crowds so large that in just one meeting, his team saw over 1 million people fill out decision cards to put their faith in Christ.  

Yet, at age 71, he recently got onto FaceBook.  At first, he wasn’t sure he was interested.  But when someone showed him a demonstration of how it worked, the connections he could make with people around the world and the ease with which he could get a message out, it dawned on him.   He looked at the screen and said, “It’s a pulpit!”  

Now he personally posts several short thoughts each day on Facebook.  Over 381,000 have “liked” his page and several hundred people now comment and interact with him and his ideas on a daily basis.  His mission is the same as it’s been his whole life, it’s just taken on a whole new dimension!

A few years ago I read a conversation between David Yongii Cho, the pastor of the largest church in the world—located in Seoul, Korea—and Rick Warren, the pastor of one of the largest churches in America.  As they were talking about their next steps for future growth, they both pointed to the same thing:  the Internet.  Pastor Cho, who had over 750,000 members in his congregation at that time, said “we are so jammed that we have no way to keep growing except by going into cyberspace!”  

Pastor Warren responded, saying, “No matter how much land you have it eventually fills up.  We were running over 10,000 in attendance before we built our first building. So we know how to grow and minister without buildings. But what we are trying to learn now is how to do it through the Internet into the homes.”

Now, several years later, both churches now have strong and vibrant Internet ministries, providing spiritual support and encouragement to members in home groups around the world.

As the world grows, God wants to use every means possible to reach as many as possible before the end comes.  Considering that the world has added another billion people in the last twelve years, and is expected to add another billion in the next ten to twenty years, it’s no surprise that God is using all kinds of new technologies to reach more people in an instant than ever before.

Amazingly, you don’t have to be a famous evangelist or the pastor of a huge church to have an impact on people all over the globe.  I’m surprised some days to think of just how many people I reach from my little bedroom office here in central Illinois.  To put it in perspective, consider that Reinhard Bonnke once had a tent built for his crusades in Africa that could hold 34,000 people.  It was the largest tent ever built in the world.  

Yet when I finish writing this message tonight and push the “send” button, God will take these words and send them out to more than 35,000 people in more than 160 countries who have signed up for these messages over the years—that’s more people than can fit in the world’s largest tent!  That’s amazing!  

It’s more possible today than ever before to fulfill Jesus’ command to “Go into all world and preach the gospel to all creation.”  And if you’re a follower of Christ, God wants you to be part of the process.

Whether you’re a goer, a sender, or both, God wants you to be involved in His mission.  God doesn’t just want to renew your mind—He wants to put your faith into action.  As the Apostle James said:

“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17).

Let me encourage you to get involved with God’s mission, whether it’s going, or sending, or both.  Try starting a spiritual conversation with a friend on FaceBook.  Look into missions trips with your church or with other groups who are taking the gospel to others.  Consider supporting a missionary or two or three or more with your prayers and financial gifts.  

Without trying to sound self-serving, I’d love to have your help with our ministry as well!  We’ve been richly blessed over the years to have many people come alongside us and support our work so that we can do the part God has called us to do:  encouraging as many people as possible to put their faith in Christ for everything in their lives.  In many ways, I feel like William Carey as he was going off to India.  I’m willing to go down into the well to save as many as I can, but I need some rope-holders to help me as I go.

If you’d like to help “hold the rope” for us, I’ve posted a video on YouTube that will give you an update on our ministry and an idea of what goes on behind-the-scenes.  I think you’ll enjoy the update, whether you decide to get involved in our work or not.  

But whatever God puts on your heart to do, let me encourage you to do it.  When you do, people will say of you:

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:15b).

Will you pray with me?  

Father, thank You for making it more possible than ever before to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”  Show us how we can be involved in Your mission in the world, today and in the days ahead, and give us the faith to do what You’ve called us to do.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Eric Elder Ministries UpdateP.S.  Whether you’re able to help with our mission here at The Ranch website or not, I’d still love for you to watch the update on our ministry that I’ve posted on YouTube.  I pray it will encourage you to step out and do whatever God is calling you to do in the world.  I also ask that you would keep us and our ministry in your prayers.  We’re currently trying to increase the number of monthly donors to our ministry to help keep us going strong in the upcoming year.  If you would be willing to send a monthly gift to our ministry, or even a one-time donation by the end of this year, that would help us greatly.  In appreciation of gift of any size, I’d be glad to send you your choice of one of the books from our giftshop as our way of saying thanks.  Just use the links below to watch the video or to make a donation.

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Questions for Reflection
1.  Read Romans 10:13-21.  In verses 13-15, what steps does Paul say are involved for someone to put their faith in Christ?
2.  If you’ve already put your faith in Christ, can you see how each of those steps might have been involved in your own decision-making?  If you haven’t yet put your faith in Christ, which step do you think might be needed next?
3. What steps could you take in your life right now to get more involved with God’s mission in the world?
4. Read Philippians 4:19.  Ask God to give you the faith, strength and resources to be involved in His global mission in ways that go beyond whatever you’ve done so far.

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My Monday Thoughts – If We Listen

He prays well who is so absorbed with God that he does not know he is praying.

Francois de Sales


This Day's Verse

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 23
The New International Version


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Faith isn’t faith until it’s all you’re holding on to.

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This was my e-mail for today, how appropriate!  God is always speaking to us if we are just willing to open our hearts and ears to listen for Him!  I posted a poem today that I wrote last night for my daughters and son’s ex-fiance.  Though all of the circumstances are different, the details aren’t what’s important, the message applies to them all.  They each have their own insecurities, worries, doubts, guilts, etc.  What I want them, and anyone else that this might speak to, to understand is this; God is only a prayer away.  Don’t be in a rush for an answer though, be patient and diligent and listen.  Of course, there are times that what He says is not what we want to hear and we dismiss it as not being what was meant for us.  You can receive your answer in many different forms and you might miss it if you are too focused on Him not answering you in some profound way!  Here are a few ways that He has spoken to me of late:

A “This Day’s Tought” e-mail such as this one; e-mails from other sources; comments left on this blog; a sudden rush of peace when I am praying about something; tweets from followers; Facebook posts; a seemingly random phone call from one of my ministries asking if there is anything that they can pray with me for, etc.

We don’t have to hear the audible voice of God or have a vision to receive from Him.  He is faithful to answer us, we need to be faithful to Him as well and expectant to hear it.  What have you prayed for lately and might you have missed your answer because you were looking for it in the wrong place?

Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us!

Praying with expectancy,
Teresa Marie

New Facebook Tid-bits

 

A fitting tribute for a brave Navy SEAL.

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Fallen Navy SEAL Honored With Warship Bearing His Name
 
 
 
Free Christian Wallpaper likes Jesus Daily‘s link.

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The chatter continues on the social network this week, and we are here to track all of the hottest trends and pages filled with budding conversations. From the most popular religious pages to your favorite sports teams, this week’s engaging page countdown includes something for everyone…
 
 
 
Story of the Week: Two years after finding a link to a stem cell registry on a friend’s Facebook page and making a bone marrow donation, a Canadianman met the father of three his donation saved.

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TORONTO – When Mike Hogman clicked a Facebook link back in 2009, the British Columbia native never imagined that two years later he would be standing in a Toronto airport meeting a man whose life he had save…
 
 
 
 
Thanks to the Navy SEALs for a job well done. And let’s not forget the victims on that fateful day in 2001, avenged at last.

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Tribute to the Victims of 9/11
 
 
 
 

 
The welcoming committee was ready for this soldier’s return home.

 
 
Looks like that’s about it for today!
Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us!
 
In Christ,
Teresa Marie
Beagles Welcome Soldier Home

From Wednesday’s Facebook Posts

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President Obama’s Birth Certificate
 
 
 
 

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‎”The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.” – Psalm 9:9 nkjv
 
 
 
 
 
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Veterans Protect Fallen Hero From the Westboro Church
 
 
 
 
What does getting older really mean? We all know that physical issues ultimately… arise. For those who never wore glasses a menu, a book or a newspaper can be meaningless without them; in fact passing them around the table becomes part of the norm. But getting older also means this-you are smarter and wiser than ever before because of your personal and professional experiences. You have learned that the small stuff is insignificant on the big picture–and what matters most are the people in your lives. You’ve dealt with loss and have a much more thoughtful view of love. Most of all, you should take all your learnings and never feel handicapped about starting something new–a hobby, a business, a new relationship. What you’ll give back to it are all the things you’ve learned through the ups and downs of past years; that can not be taught in the classroom; that are the gifts not the hinderances of age. Never feel it’s too late; only that it’s time to start. Love is Light.See More
 
 
 Well that’s it for those!
Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us!
 
Peace be with you,
Teresa Marie
 
 
 
 
 

My Tuesday Thoughts – How Great Thou Art!

As it was with Daniel in the lion’s den, I rely completely on my LORD, my God.  I cannot get Carrie Underwood’s voice out of my head singing “How Great Thou Art”.  My God, my God, truly HOW GREAT THOU ART!

The words keep echoing in head, “then sings my soul my Savior God to Thee, how great Thou art, how great Thou art” and He is!  As I said on my Facebook post, I have never, ever in my entire life heard such a beautiful and moving performance of that song as the one done by Carrie and Vince Gill.  I never knew that a guitar could sing like that and it sang this one almost as good as she did.  But, honestly, as I watched Carrie I could feel the presence of my Lord within my being.  He was in me, around me and through me as I cried at the magnificence of it all and the way it moved me.  It without a doubt touched my heart, soul and spirit.  Thank you LORD for everything.

I’ve done numerous other posts today, so this one is short and sweet.  Until tomorrow…

Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us!

Live in the splendor of the Lord today,
Teresa Marie