Prayer Book-John Yera

Our beloved friend, Mary Grace Henry, spent the last couple of years in a Wednesday Morning prayer group lead by Pastor John Yera at our Community Baptist Church, Leesburg, Va. He still holds those prayer meetings and all are welcome. 🙏🏻

I got to know him well when MG was hospitalized and later rehab and then her Heavenly home going. A few months after her death he shared a signed copy of his newly published prayer book with me. I guess we had been watching one another closely from his heartwarming message to me.😱

Truly, I was watching him and he showed himself to be a man of integrity of character. He was faithful in his visits and being a part of prayer on a steady basis in the rehab facility touching many that were going through their own struggles. He walks boldly in his wheelchair carrying the aura of solace to the needy. His prayers are prophetic in nature as they drill into the hurt of the heart to heal and comfort.

If you would like to know more about him, his book and/or buy a book I am providing an Amazon link below.

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Forgiveness Fully Formed

WOW! Congratulations to those that have been faithful to finish the course. We are in the last Chapter.

“Forgiveness Fully Formed”, Chapter Eleven. “Forgiveness the Passionate Journey” by Flora Slosson Wuellner. A great study on The Beatitudes. Wuellner walks us up Nine steps to forgiveness. Read with us opening page of our last chapter. Chapter Eleven!

I just have to share first sentence of next page; “These characteristics make forgiveness feel living, organic, active and moving.” Yes, give yourself a big hand! I’m giving you and me one👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Fourth Beatitude

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”—Matt. V. 6.

The first thought that comes to my mind is, Whoa, do I,❓do I know anyone, ❓does our Nation(s)❓hungry and thirst after righteousness❓What does it feel like❓ What does it 👀 like❓Does it have a color❓

The title from our Study Book for this beatitude, “Release to New Healing Choices” sorta test my first thought to search for answers. Sure need your help in breaking this power thought down.

Beatitudes-Matthew 5

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I, with some others, are going to be studying a book titled, “Forgiveness, the Passionate Journey” by Flora Slosson Wuellner. It is on the Beatitudes.

I have been reading chapter two, “Facing Our Hurt, Naming Our Need” on the first beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:2-3. The author gives us a more accurate translation of this scripture that she found from the root meanings: “Blessed are those who recognize their total need of God.”

In laying the framework for healthy forgiveness, Wuellner tells us that there are four questions we need to honestly ask “within the presence of God’s love: (1) What happened? 2) Who is responsible? (3) How do I feel about what happened? (4)What is my need right now?”

One thing I have gotten out of this chapter so far is that I have to be able to clearly name what happened in order to experience change. That is not easy and I am having to work on it.

The author ends the chapter by leading us in a meditation designed to help us enter and grow in the healing process. Even without Wuellner’s book, one can take on the study of the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5 from The NT. I think it is a good way to start 2018.

Link to Amazon for book if anyone is interested.https://www.amazon.com/Forgiveness-Passionate-Journey-Forgiving-Beatitudes/dp/0835809455/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1515413351&sr=8-2&keywords=flora+slosson+wuellner

Take a Test on Compassion

I stumbled upon an interesting book that taught me how to take a test on my compassion by taking my PULSE! Thought you might like to try it!
Frank Rogers Jr. “Practicing Compassion” Take your PULSE!

“P – Paying attention. Cultivate a nonjudgmental, nonreactive awareness of whatever agitation is present within you.

U – Understanding empathically. Listen for and be moved by the suffering hidden within the cry of this agitation – the fear, longing, or aching wound in need of tending.

L – Loving with connection. As you are moved by the suffering within you, extend tender care toward the need or wound that presents itself.

S –Sensing the sacredness. Recognize and savor the expanse of compassion that holds and heals every suffering within you.

E – Embodying new life. Notice the gifts and qualities of restored humanity that are being birthed within you.

In taking our PULSE, we not only relax the reactivities, repulsions, fears, and drives that distort our natural humanity but also tend to the wounds and needs hidden within them. In so doing, we are restored to ourselves – selves that are naturally compassionate.”

As I completed my test, I thought my family of fur babies, our doggies, are the perfect example of what compassion should be! And, how I treat them might be a even better test for me. Look at the wisdom of my thoughts; Proverbs 12:10 ICB, “A good man takes care of his animals. But even the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.”

Book Thoughts

Philip Yancey has written a new book, “Vanishing Grace.” One of his faithful followers writes, “…provocative, thoughtful book exploring thorny issues within our faith and church.” Philip, “tackles the diminishing popularity of Christianity in postmodern America over the past several decades and suggest ways believers can cut through today’s rampant cynicism to proclaim the gospel in word-much more important deed.”

I am reading very slowly with heart wide open as I am on a journey to follow St. Frances’s advice, “preach at all times and when necessary use words.” As I read, search and pray I find that I am not alone in looking to understand church. I am bicycling in tandem with Yancey that we are experiencing an awakening grace. I am thinking grace will awaken when our deeds are seen and people begin to rejoice in glorifying Our Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16) I can just hear chorus of voice in unison singing a prayer, “Our Father Which art in Heaven…”

I do so desire Heavenly Father’s will be done on earth as in heaven.  I would like to hear your thoughts on the new today’s church that you are walking out daily.

Review of sermon notes by Rena Oynes

Sunday evening I had the wonderful privilege of hearing Dr. Fred Wolfe do a revival service at Jubliee Baptist, Dalphne, Al on the topic – Ministry to the Brokenhearted.  It was a powerful and timely message to so all who are brokenhearted.

 Right away he said:

1.  Jesus understands and feels your broken heart.

2.  Jesus is present today to heal the broken hearted.

3.  He invites the broken hearted to come to Him.

He read John 11: 1-7 telling the story of The Death of Lazarus.

Also; MATTHEW 11:28-

Jesus can do the following:

1.  Heal a heart broken by grief (grief is not a sin) by prayer and the Word of God.

2.  Heal broken hearted of guilt.  We need to confess, accept responsibility, get honest about our part

3.  Heal a heart broken by rejection.  This is when someone who is important in your life rejects you.  They have turned you off.  (Rejection is a root, anger is the fruit.  If you suppress the anger you get depression).

4.  Heal heart broken by abuse.

To get healed, you need to:

1.  Come in Faith

2. Come with an obedient heart

3.  We have to forgive whatever or whoever broke our heart.

It is hard to forgive.  The pain is real that is why it is so hard.

Why should we forgive?  God told us to forgive.  

You have to go over your emotions to be healed.  

If you choose to forgive God will heal your broken heartedness.

Forgiveness does not mean approval.  The action was/is wrong and always will be wrong.  Remember God forgave us of our sins and he never approved of any of them.

Three Ways to Forgive

1.  Cancel the debt.

2.  Cut the cord.  (If you don’t cut the cord you will have a rope around your neck and a rope around the person’s neck which links you together and you drag him/her around with you wherever you go.)

3.  Let them out of the cage.  (We need to let them out of the cage for good, instead of taking them out of the cage and beating them up and then putting them back in the cage.)

Remember in Colossians 2:14 NLT He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross.

Therefore we should do the following.  Let them out of the cage and throw the cage away.  

Remember forgiveness is a lifestyle.  Forgiveness is not an emotion it is a choice that is why it is hard.

 Dr. Wolfe then led us in prayer of forgiveness for anyone we needed to forgive letting them out of the cage and throwing away the cage.

What a power teaching we need to implement in our lives.