A Choice

By Rena Oynes © April 3,  2018

The powerful eagle gently calls her chicks to awake, awake, awake.

They will need food to grow into fledglings, and be ready for take off.  

They will need strength, courage, and faith to fly high.

Our powerful, Almighty God calls – Awake, awake, awake.  You sleepy ones, I’m coming soon. Eat of the food of the Word that you may be equipped to fly like the fledging you are to become.  Pray for strength and great faith to fly like the eagle.  Pray and God will be with you.

Are you now ready for take off?  Are you ready to soar?  Jesus is waiting. With confidence and Jesus you begin your flight. Know you may fail to soar in the beginning, but know the Master Lord Jesus Christ is there to take you in His hands to release you again on your adventure with Him. With faith, further training in the Word, encouragement you will fly higher and higher with Jesus.

Oh people of the earth, do not fall into the Fowler’s trap.  He is looking for whom he can entice to eat of His earthly poisons which trap and then kill, steal, and destroy. With glee he says, “You silly fool, you’re trapped forever!

A choice is made.  Flying high with Jesus or caught in the Fowler’s trap.  Which do you choose?

 

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FORGIVEN

   By Rena Oynes © March 25, 2018

Two donkeys walked down the road on Passover Day.

Celebrations abounded in the city of Jerusalem as many people had amassed for the week long celebration. Many either kept their distance or teemed around one called Jesus.  Some were Pharisees who didn’t want others to note their allegiance to King Jesus.  Others boldly proclaimed Jesus was King, the Messiah prophesied in the scrolls given to prophets (Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”)

The priest were astounded by the crowds.  They were much heavier than usual.

They came to see the man they opposed and to see what all the fuss was about.

The path took on a heavenly welcomed glow for Angels surrounded the special one, the chosen one of the most high God who was called to save all.

On the path were thrown cloaks of every hue (2 Kings 1:19 They quickly took their cloaks and spread them under him on the bare steps. Then they blew the trumpet and shouted, “Jehu is king!”). Rich men cloaks and poor man’s cloaks were thrown were intermingled and unrecognizable as with joy they paid homage to Jesus.

Palm branches were thrown across the path (symbolizing submission).)

Others waved their palms to exult Jesus.  Many among them had gathered to hear Jesus. Like sheep they followed their shepherd.

The masses formed as they had heard Jesus was coming on the path soon. They had already planned the words in their hearts to sing as soon as He appeared: “Hosanna!” Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord – the King of Israel!!”  They could hardly wait to hear His voice of Hope once again.  Others gathered out of curiosity.  Still others were like vultures waiting to catch  some word or wrong doing of the law.  They were in their attack mode.  

Those who followed their King from place to place hearts began racing, they only hoped they could catch a glimpse of Him this day.  Thank goodness it was a sunny day with sunbeams filtering through the palm trees.  Having arrived early, people started stripping palms leaves from the the trees and throwing them on the path along with their cloaks.  Anything for their King.  Some palm leaves were retained to wave when Jesus past by.   Joy was mounting and songs arose among the people.  Tears rolled down the cheeks of many as they stood and waited.  

Straining their necks, they saw a mature donkey leading the way. What, no Jesus.  Their King should be riding this donkey who had held many kings and royalty before.  

Eyes searching, they saw Jesus riding on a foal. (Ezekiel 9:9 …See, your King comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a foal of a donkey.)

The mature donkey walked ahead with no one on his back.  Some people thought the Lord in the scrolls would be a warrior king to destroy the enemy, their enemy, Rome. .  That type of king would have ridden the mature donkey as many had ridden in times past.

Jesus, was a different type of king, who touched the sick and healed everyone who believed.  Jesus who performed the miraculous.  One example was multiplication  of five loaves and two fish to feed thousands.  Jesus who turned around lives who were outcast due to their sin.  Jesus who forgave their sins.  People who had had no hope, now filled with hope.  They became like their master, Jesus, always serving God, always giving Him the praise.  One example was the woman at the well, a woman of ill repute.  She believed in what Jesus spoke and He forgave all her sins.  She ran back to her village and told everyone about Jesus.  She a women who no one wanted to have anything to do with became one of the first evangelist.  Forgiven! Forgiven!

People who were forgiven were anxious to tell everyone around about Jesus, the one who saves people from their sins!  The one who gives life and life eternally.  “Go tell everyone you know about Jesus” became their calling.    

That day the many who had had their lives changed by Him and were forgiven  their sins were at the the celebration to honor their King.  No longer was an animal, a spotless animal needed to carry the sins of the people and be killed.  Before the people stood Jesus who would bear their sins on the cross in a few days.

Are you the ones who are forgiven and “Tell people everywhere you go about  Jesus” or are you the ones who yet need to be forgiven by Jesus?  He’s waiting!  Are you ready to hear the word, “Forgiven”.

KING JESUS

By Rena Oynes © March 25, 2018

The rustling in the trees

The birds excitement mounts

The plants lift up their leaves to announce

The coming of the King

       King Jesus,

       King Jesus

       Is HERE!

The white clouds cushion each step

As the King comes for those who heard the shepherd’s CALL

In His Presence love falls

In excitement they shout, King Jesus, King Jesus is HERE!

     They bow to the one who cared enough

To come from heaven to earth to save

and pay a debt they couldn’t repay

A whispered silence crescendos to majestic heights

        King Jesus, King Jesus Is HERE!

   Now heaven’s hall was finally complete

With ALL who had called Jesus Lord of Lords

Each person took their rightful place

As King Jesus walked through that majestic hall

welcoming each one

They then cried King Jesus, King Jesus Came for Us!

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Rocking With Jesus

By Rena Oynes – (c)3/23/2018

As I sat with Jesus in my old rocking chair

The pain of brokenness was unbearable

Tears flowed as I bent in prayer

Your love gave me hope to get through another day.

As I sat with Jesus in my old rocking chair

You promised you’d never abandon me

Your hand reached down and strengthened me

Your love gave me hope to get through another day.

As I sat with Jesus in my old rocking chair

You hide me in your arms

And reminded me you would guide me.

Your love gave me hope to get through another day.

As I sat with Jesus in my old rocking chair

You bent down and heard my pleas

That you would never turn away from me.

Your love gave me hope to get through another day.

As I sit with Jesus in my old rocking chair

I give you all the praise Jesus

For your love has brought healing to my brokenness

Your love will always get me through all my days.

My love song

  Hate versus LOVE… By Rena Oynes

Hate is verbal and physical abuse...Sandwiched between extensive porn and other women…Breaking apart a family….Hate is the enemy who did this to kill, steal, and destroy a family.

Love is painting a picture of an angel that looks like one’s grandchild and seeing tears run down the friend’s cheeks when given to her.

Love is painting a picture for each child who is baptized with Jesus’s arms around her and she is wearing the same colored dress upon accepting Jesus as Savior.

Love is seeing a painting you painted of Jesus and seeing a small child touch and saying Jesus my Jesus.

Love is painting a newly adopted child a sign with a beautiful flower and her little shoes had the same flower.

Love is painting a picture depicting God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit which gave hope to those in a nursing home and another one for a mother who had a son in prison.

Love is painting a picture that looked like one’s father’s church who was thinking of him as you delivered it to her door and as she was grieving with having lost her husband and being her first year without her husband.

Love is making and painting a doll for a women who on the day she received, her husband had a heart attack and she slept, cried, and held the doll and prayed to Jesus to bring him through.

Love is painting  a wall picture of Jesus with wonderful help of friends, saying, “Let the little children come unto me,” and seeing the children’s face light up, touch Jesus, press their bodies against the painting, and touch Jesus’s foot which is on a power outlet which says to them get plugged in.

The painter weeps to see God’s loving hand touch peoples lives.  Also touching hers by sending people to pray for her in her brokenness.

The God who turned tears of hate into tears of joy. God is the God of miraculous love for His children.

Thank you God for the gift that has lifted me and others whatever they are going through.

The Looking Glass

Through the looking glass of nature we can learn much about the spiritual things of God.

The other day I had just come home and I walked out to the screened in porch. I heard a slight commotion on the screen. When I looked closer there was a tiny hummingbird with his beak caught in the screen and his little wings beating frantically trying to free himself to no avail. I tried to ease his beak out of the screen but it wouldn’t budge. I didn’t know if I should touch him or not.
In an instant I thought he will die so I rushed to the other side to free hm. I gently pulled him out of the screen. He flew away as fast as his little wings could carry him.

Earlier this summer I was pruning bushes and down among the limbs, I saw something yellow. When I picked the pile of limbs up the yellow was a yellow butterfly. I thought I had killed him when I picked the branches up. I proceeded to pull the branches away from his body. Oh no, was he dead. He laid e perfectly still with wings extended. I gently placed him in the palm of my hand and said a prayer for him to be healed. Suddenly his little body climbed from my palm and up my wrist and flew away.

With all that has been happening in Houston and Florida and adjoining states, we can certainly see the same kindness shown to the beautiful people who needed help so desperately and the loving helping hands that snatched some from certain death or carried others from a bad situation, giving a loving touch and prayers to God to give healing and hope to each person and freedom to fly again. Thank you God for those who serve others tirelessly and lovingly.

Philippians 2:4 …not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

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Children’s Prayer Guideline for Sunday School

The first day of Sunday School, I was as excited as the children. The class was made up of all girls. I asked the girls, “Do you think prayer is important?” They said, “No, not so much.” The girls quickly learned that was not the right answer in Ms. O’s class.

I’m sharing what worked for me in getting children excited about talking to Jesus. It took the whole Sunday School year. The growth which occurred is amazing. Blessed to have them again this year.

The chart below gave the girls structure for praying. Before beginning we sing one of their favorites: “Good Morning God”. It goes, “Good Morning God, this is your day, I am your child, show me your way, and teach me to obey. Each part of the song is accompanied with sign language.

1. First step in our journey in talking to Jesus was to write prayers the girls wanted to pray on sticky notes. Their prayers were for teachers, safety in schools, missionaries, others, family, and pets. Wow, some pretty good prayers.
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Prayer Chart on Poster Board Paper
2. First couple of weeks, I role modeled the entire prayer, beginning with praise, prayer request, and closing the prayer which I always did.
3. After many weeks of this type of placing prayer request on sticky notes and my role modeling of talking to Jesus, one of the children
asked, “Ms. O may I pray my request.” Then another asked and then another.
4. The following weeks ahead, they all
wanted to pray their own request, after I modeled talking with Jesus on the items on the circular chart.
5. A short time later the students asked if we could discontinue the sticky notes and they would just pray their own request. I role modeled talking to Jesus still at the beginning and end of the prayers.
6. After a few more weeks, near the end of the Sunday School term,
the students started saying can we pray for the world, the USA/those in authority. Can we pray for President Trump and staff, missionaries who are suffering for Christ, teachers, school safety in school, weather disasters, missionaries, unsaved friends and people they knew, parents, people who were ill and in the hospital, pets, safety in travel, and what they wanted Jesus to help them in their own personal lives. They were growing in their own personal relationship with Jesus. They, in other words, were walking and talking with Jesus. This process takes the whole Sunday School year.
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This is part of our group praying. This is what it looks like in our classroom as we pray. We bend down before the Lord Jesus. We pray with one hand on top of another as a sign of agreement in prayer. When we end the prayers, we say 1, 2, 3 Praise the Lord (the latter was suggested by a student.)