13 thoughts on “Our Heavenly Father,

  1. “ Your will be done,..”
    I want to add a clarion call for faith, trust and hope from an experience I have recently witnessed of the birth of a healthy newborn. I am thankful for sonograms, genetic testing and all the medical help God has given the world. Forever grateful. A child I know was tested and monitored by skilled professionals often and more than one. There was one young Dr and one tech in different offices that saw what could be and gave a glimmer of hope to hold on to faith and continue with God leading the way when others were not quite sure because of testing numbers and views that were not clear. A very young Dr assured us that only God has the final say. We make our prayers known and allow Him to know best. For He told Jeremiah,

    “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” NLT Jeremiah 1:5 That’s awesome isn’t it?

    I want to bring this to the fear, stress and hopelessness so many are feeling today throughout the world and I at times feel it too. Hard to pray in the face of this coronavirus but prayers need to be made. I have no real answers of the outcome. I didn’t with Prayers for unborn child either. Yet, her little life in the womb knowing God knew her before she was formed gave me a knowing whatever He decides will be His best and her best. God knows and He is at work throughout the world. Someway John 3:16 feels more real today than ever. “God so loves the world…”

    Psalm 121:1-8 “I lift up my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? ²My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. ³He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; ⁴indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. ⁵The LORD watches over you- the LORD is your shade at your right hand; ⁶the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. ⁷The LORD will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; ⁸the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. And, Jeremiah 3:23 “Surely, the idolatrous commotion on the hills and mountains is a deception; surely in the LORD our God is the salvation…”

    We are blessed to have scriptures to pray and sing unto God in the days of our troubles. Let God arise and His enemies be scattered. Hold on….We have witness from His Word…The songs of Psalms, songs of Zion…Results:
    The gates of hell were stormed.
    The devil’s strongholds began to crumble
    God’s people won great spiritual victories as they went forth with fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit on them and in them
    Souls in great number were added to the church

    Let us join the prayers from around the world,

  2. “That’s awesome isn’t it?”

    Yes, I agree that is an awesome revelation of God’s care and oversight from Jeremiah 1:5, Sara.

    And your account of child above, your shared scriptures and words of how you “bring this to the fear, stress and hopelessness so many are feeling today throughout the world “ is a lighthouse and anchor for hope and prayer.

    I would like to agree to “Let us join the prayers from around the world,”

  3. As I read the words written by writer Kenneth H Carter, Jr. I am reminded of The Table from Psalm 23, God prepares a Table before us in the presence of our enemies…If I read on in this Psalm God has goodness and mercy following us around.

    “In a culture that hungers for the Spirit, we have not maintained the centrality of the Table as the source of life-giving food for the soul. We have allowed our spiritual lives to become isolated from the body of Christ that sustains it, and we have become anemic in our response to the great challenges of the world. The Table is a reminder of our human need for communion with God and with one another, so that we might engage with the world that also needs this grace.”—Kenneth H. Carter Jr.

  4. ”Psalm 121:1-8 “I lift up my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? ²My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. ³He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; ⁴“ encouraging Words in uncertain times, from Scripture 🙏. Beautiful photo shared above💕

      1. Yes, Sara. When I saw the sky in the picture it reminded me of some of the words my grandmother Furlough might say, that went something like this….”the handy works of the Lord”. She always had a word of encouragement about her Heavenly Father.🙏💕🌞🌎🌝🌈⭐️⛅️🌧

      2. Tammy, your grandmother sure did have words of encouragement right from the Father’s heart for her family and all that came into her orbit. She was doing that when I was a young girl. And, never stopped. She lived in very difficult times in our nation. She knew hardships but she lived in the ethereal of heaven. A grand lady. I’m sure as you walk a difficult road with your earthly father her words of hope are nuggets to pull from your heart pocket. Many prayers for you.

      3. Yes, Sara, “her words of hope are nuggets to pull from my heart pocket”. 💕✝️ I give thanks to God, for blessing me with a grandmother, that knew where to place her faith and trust, her “Heavenly Father”. Thank you for prayers.

  5. As the Coronavirus circles the globe, peace has turned heart and minds to fear. It is certainly a concern of mine.

    I am reminded of a story of a man in the Old Testament who faced death by Jezebel. He was a prophet of God and ran and hide in a cave. God asked “What are you doing here?” The Lord said go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord.” He did just that! The wind came and tore the mountain apart and shattered rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. Then came an earthquake, but God was not in the earthquake. Then came fire, but God was not in the fire. ……but then came a still small whisper. Elijah pulled his cloak over his face and stood at the mouth of the cave.

    The still small whisper of God is so so needed by the world as we hear daily count rise. Instead of the whisper, we hear news ripping through the earth with the advancing destructive path of Coronavirus.

    Lord your voice wasn’t raging with Elijah’s fears. The earth hammering our emotions and minds, we run from store to store to gather supplies. Fear is confirmed as we hear cancellation after cancellation. We’d love to hear the still small voice and not words of earthquake proportions. Lord we ask that the people everywhere focus on God’s still small voice as we lean forward in our chairs to take in His Words for this very hour. I join Sara, Debi, TAMMY and numerous others as we pray

    Oh God, Hebrews 13:5 reads I will never leave you or forsake you!

    Isaiah 41: 13 reads For I am the Lord your God who takes your hand and says to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.”

    John 14:27 says Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

    Mark 5:36 says Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.”

    I repeat the scripture Sara used.

    Psalm 121:1-8 “I lift up my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? ²My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

  6. This article sounds to me like it echoes what is written in this blog as well as a previous one.

    Reviewing the blog from March 4, “A Perfect Thought”, Sara also posted a picture of Jesus carrying someone in His arms with the quote, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. I love you forever. – God”

    And Sara’s statement from the same blog, “don’t leave faith and trust home in a dresser drawer as use for a rainy day” is surely a great reminder to follow on a daily basis.

  7. I’v heard many churches are closing their doors on this prayer day. I’m thinking maybe good for mega churches with wall to wall people. But, a large church hall with a handful of people that could set 20 ft or more apart seems strange. Aren’t we asked to maintain 6 ft?

    What ever happened to gathering at altars for prayer? I imagine it’s a lonely spot there. Maybe could use a few knees.

    I really believe people are searching for answers. The Sunday Morning preachers should have a few I would think. Should they lay hands on the sick anoint with oil and they recover? It is wise for the hand healer to wear surgical gloves and mask? And, the sick to wear face covering?

    I’m just wondering have any of you given thought to this? I know hospitals and Dr’s know glove therapy. Even gardeners know the value of gloves.

    What about a funeral service?

    Churches might need to take into account the times we are living. Some say end times. Not sure but it’s sure a trying time from what seems like for the whole earth. Now, I would think ones reading or writing on this blog believe the Bible as God’s Word. Maybe not. Yet, what risk might God be asking you to take for the sake of others?

    “One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, “A youth here has five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that for a crowd like this?”
    Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.”…They sat down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the bread. When he had given thanks, he distributed it to those who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, each getting as much as they wanted.—John 6:8-11 (CEB)

    As we think and pray outside our weekly dutifully box what are we doing differently that makes a statement for…
    “Your kingdom come, Your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

  8. Sara, you commented, “But, a large church hall with a handful of people that could set 20 ft or more apart seems strange. Aren’t we asked to maintain 6 ft?”
    I would think church doors could open for this type of gathering.

    You also stated, “It is wise for the hand healer to wear surgical gloves and mask? And, the sick to wear face covering?
    I’m just wondering have any of you given thought to this? I know hospitals and Dr’s know glove therapy. Even gardeners know the value of gloves.”

    Yes, I would say gloves are a standard part of what many do for sanitation in food service to gardening and applying pesticides.

    I had not thought much about hand-healers wearing gloves. I went on a scripture search to look at some healing cases and protocols.
    I found:
    Jesus reached out and touched someone with leprosy and he was healed. Matt 8:3

    Jesus touched the hand of Peter’s mother-in-law and she had a high fever. The fever left and she got up and cooked a meal for them. Matt 8:14

    Jesus took a dead girl by the hand (we don’t know how long she had been dead or what she died from) and she stood up. Matt 9:25

    Jesus touched a sick man with swollen limbs (and He did it on a Sabbath). Luke 14:2

    Peter gave Tabitha (a sick woman who died) his hand and she got up. Acts 9:41

    Paul laid his hands on a man in Malta who had a fever and dysentery and he was healed. Acts 28: 7-10

    Reviewing many healing acts by Jesus, his disciples and the apostles, I think they took a lot of what we might say today, risks. I did not find any info on them wearing gloves, etc.

    Did God give special healing power and protection to those that hand-healed because there was a need (maybe a lack of doctors, nurses and medical advancements and technology)? Or is that the norm of what God wants to do? Or is it His prerogative of how He chooses to heal and whom he uses and what method(s). Shouldn’t we still be available today to do the same if He wants us to reach out and touch as part of His healing plan? Maybe He would direct to wear gloves if some were available or maybe not.

    Sara asks, “Yet, what risk might God be asking you to take for the sake of others?”

    I am left thinking that I would pray that I want to be willing to if that means obedience to Him and part of His perfect plan.

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