Posted in Everyday News, Living in Today's World, The Joy of His Love, The Power of Prayer

~~Prayer Warriors Needed~~

I know we have a very strong prayer community within this “blogging” space– so my dear brothers and sisters within the True Body of Christ, I’m reaching out today on behalf of two very special people in my life.   Tomorrow morning (Tuesday 7:30 CDT) my second youngest daughter Mandilyn (27) is having a very serious surgery, while 100 miles away, at the same exact time my youngest granddaughter Joeie (2) is having hand surgery.

I’ve requested prayer for Mandilyn before that the trial birth control would shrink the mass on her right ovary.  (for a little history Mandi had a mass removed from the left ovary July 2011)  The previous mass was created by a ruptured egg , however this one is completely different.  And… it hasn’t shrunk at all, it is the size of a golf ball.  Her doctor has no real idea what the mass is but it’s not the same as before and we know that the doctor may have to remove the entire ovary.  Mandi understands state and has accepted that God is in control of the situation (she knows Him as Savior— but is not walking with Him). 

Little Joeie has a strange condition for an infant.  Both of her thumbs has extra tendons; causing the thumbs to always be bent.  It looks like arthritis would.  A hand specialist is going to snip the extra tendons to release the thumbs.  Her mother, my youngest daughter Missy knows the Lord and trusts all will work well.

I am asking 1) prayer for Mandi that the doctor may have true wisdom; for Mandi to be impressed by God’s love for her through this; and finally that it is not ovarian cancer!

For little Joeie 1) that there won’t be any difficulties with the surgery and that recovery be minimal, as you can imagine a 2-year-old with bandaged hands; also prayer for my daughter Missy and daddy Justin. 

*** As I been doing my study through the Gospel of John I am finding the most beautiful, blessed truths about the love of the Father in heaven and how He loved us so much to send His ONLY begotten to live as we, die a horrible death without any sin of His own (of course Jesus was God in the flash) for the sole purpose of reconciling man to the Himself– The LORD God Almighty.  This past week I’ve been reading and studying the words Jesus spoke to His disciples just previous to His death.  I found none of these recorded in the other 3 gospels.  There is so much there— I’m craving the Word!  This I’d like to share, as it concerns me asking you for prayer support.***

John 16: 20-24  “Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament , but the world shall rejoice : and ye shall be sorrowful , but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.  A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come : but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.  And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice , and your joy no man taketh from you.  And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you , Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask , and ye shall receive , that your joy may be full .

Oh how I love you my Savior Jesus and my Forever Father in heaven.  Bless all those who will believe your words… and crave them!  Thank you all for considering, as the Holy Spirit leads to pray.  ♥ Streim

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Posted in Living in Today's World, Seeking Truth?

A Journey Through the Gospel of John 1

John 1:1-5
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Interestingly, John’s first 5 verses seem repetitive but they are not.  Rather they are defining.  Jesus IS God.  Jesus has been with  and is God since the beginning of all things. (Revelation 21:13
“And He said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him
that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.“)  In verses 2 and 3, John simplifies verse one perfectly! Everything and all things were made by God the Father and the Lord Jesus.
Verses 4 and 5, I cherish richly:  Jesus was/is/always will be the “Giver of Life” and the “Light of the World”.  If ever the word “awesome” could be used honestly (and not flippantly) it’s after reading these five verses.  Verse 5 tells us that because man is born with a sinful nature, there is darkness in our hearts and we are unable to understand within the limitations of our humanity who God/Jesus Christ/The Holy Spirit is.

In these opening lines (verses) of John’s Gospel;  he introduces us to Jesus by creating a beautiful vision
as only the Apostle John could do.  I say that because as I read and studied the statement ‘the Word’,
I found that when John wrote the Revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ (the book of Revelation)
in chapter 19… in verses 11-13 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that
sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war . His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  And he was clothed with a vesture (outside garment) dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”

I want to interject here, I believe John was the “apostle whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23; 19:26; 20:2; 21:7; 21:20).  John had a very special relationship with our Savior.  The final verses of John’s Gospel lend themselves to this belief’ John 21:15-25 when our Lord spent time, after His bodily resurrection, dining with several of the twelve.  Sharing that special love with Jesus shows in every word of John’s Gospel.

The summation of  the Gospel message to man starts here.  In these verses John sets the stage for the prophecies of the Messiah (from the Old Testament prophets) to take place. Blessed be the LORD God Almighty who gave us an opportunity to “see the light of the SON”  ♥ Streim

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The Fruit of the Vine

John 15: 1-7  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine dresser.  Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”