An Incredible Read

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http://www.nationalreview.com//article/393232/romes-extraordinary-ecumenical-event-maggie-gallagher

This is an incredible read ... in support of marriage and family... many faiths came together to discuss the crisis...
There is a crisis in the human ecological environment, he told us, in both the spiritual and the material foundations of the family. But he also urged each of us “to lift up yet another truth about marriage: that permanent commitment to solidarity, fidelity, and fruitful love responds to the deepest longings of the human heart.”
About the next generation he said, “It is important that they do not give themselves over to the poisonous mentality of the temporary, but rather be revolutionaries with the courage to seek true and lasting love, going against the common pattern. This must be done.”

http://www.nationalreview.com//article/393232/romes-extraordinary-ecumenical-event-maggie-gallagher

God Came Through

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I read today in Isaiah 64:5 "You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways." I thought about this last year and how God came through for me in outstanding, unbelievable ways! I remembered the struggles I was facing, not knowing what the answer was or how God would "fix it". But He did. He fixed everything. He helped me just as His Word says. He had mercy on my soul and showed up with a vengeance in my situation, as He promises in Isaiah 35:4-5. I also remember that I had decisions to make about how I would conduct my attitudes and actions while in the midst of the storm. I felt the temptation of bitterness, anger and despondency, but as David declared, "Why so downcast oh my soul, put your hope in God." I chose to declare the promises of God. I chose, with gritted teeth, to do right when wrong was being done to me. I chose to love and not hate. I chose forgiveness when I would be justified to retaliate. God came to my side! He rescued me from the pit. Psalm 40:2 (NIV) "He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand." God saves us because that is what God does. It is His nature; He cannot be untrue to Himself. He rescues those who turn to Him. He did not do it on my timetable, but He did it and He did it well....in fact it was beyond miraculous and left my jaw dropped in disbelief at how He orchestrated my victory. He will do it for you. He is not a respecter of persons...God's promises are for all of us! If you're in need of help, the kind of desperate situation where it will take a God size miracle... it is on its way... Simply do right and remember His ways. He is worthy of your trust. He will come through. It's a promise to those who walk humbly before their God.

Remembering Israel...

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This was in a field ... a natural cave not far from Bethlehem where perhaps shepherds watched their flocks by night as the angels descended to tell them the greatest story ever told... I miss this sweater... I accidentally left it at the Sea of Galilee ... I wonder if it will have a story to tell? Did someone need it for the cold nights? I bought another one today...so I will not forget :)

Now I Love To Laugh!

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I love to laugh NOW... but when WJOF asked for my life story...I told them about the days when I could not laugh because of the pain and brokenness. Here is a small bit of the true journey from devastation to destiny. I'm grateful that God doesn't need us to be perfect to love us. He's perfect ... we're forgiven.

Your Faith

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When you are in the process of waiting for the conclusion of a difficult season and when you cannot fathom how it will all end well ... it is a beautiful gift ... it will teach you to walk in the purest form of faith. It takes no faith to believe that your dining room chair will hold you up when you haphazardly plunk yourself down in it, but to strap yourself to a zip line and fly across a deep valley hoping the wires will hold ... takes a little more trust. Even more faith is needed if circumstances require you to jump with a parachute from an out-of-control plane just before it crashes. You would have no choice but to trust that the apparatus on your back would save your life, as it has for countless others, when you pull the rip cord. Your HOPE would be that in spite of the dire and stressful crisis you are experiencing, you would live to tell the story. Although you may never have parachuted before, your CONFIDENCE AND ASSURANCE would be that it would hold you up and carry you to safety. Sometimes we face the magnitude of a parachute size problem, which causes us to have to jump into darkness, with no other solution but to trust in that which we do not see. Hebrews 11:1-2 "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for." Sometimes God will show you His greatest power by allowing your own strength and ingenuity to completely fail, causing your only CONFIDENCE, HOPE and ASSURANCE to be firmly rooted in Him alone. This is the only possible way for you to truly understand faith in the power of your God. If you can fix it, you will not see God. If you can scheme and manipulate your way to a solution, it will teach you nothing about His deliverance. If you are able to strategize your own victory, you will learn to trust yourself and not the God who heals the impossible. This would be a disservice to you. If you can see how it will all work out for your good, you will not fall to your knees, bankrupt of yourself, poor in spirit and in need of a God-sized miracle. As you walk through your pain ... broken and in desperate need of an answer you cannot provide...it is your greatest hour to hope in the assurance of the promises God has given, though you cannot see how He will bring it to pass. It is the hour of surrender, which leads to the refinement of your soul, the knowledge that God is truly in full control and your rescue is from Him alone. It will require you to admit you are incapable of maneuvering the triumph...it is a precious and beautiful gift. YOU WILL SEE THE HAND OF GOD ... As David, the Psalmist declared in Psalm 20:6 "Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand." It is not our right hand...It will be by His right hand alone, which will bring victorious power. If it is too big a problem for you to fix...you are in the perfect position to experience a massive, unprecedented God ordained conquest. It is on it's way ... stand in faith

Israel!

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I haven't been posting lately because we have been taping The 700 Club Canada in Israel! It's airing in December so stay tuned. If you would like to experience Israel for yourself there is an incredible opportunity with WJOF and a fabulous lady named Lisa Braunnext year from March 5-19, 2015. If this is something you have been thinking about....do not delay to sign up and secure your spot. Lisa is a warm, passionate and funny lady who will lead you in an unforgettable journey in the footsteps of Jesus. Her tour guide is incredible and you will be changed. I can only say that I was truly unprepared for the magnificent impact that going to Israel would have on my life. It is more beautiful than I ever imagined. This pilgrimage is something that everyone should do...I felt completely safe and joined thousands upon thousands of other visitors who were there last week. There is no need to put it off...your soul will never be the same...my heart still beats for Israel!

All Things Are Possible With God

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When a situation seems impossible and we cannot see the way out, there is a place we can run to... a frame of mind, in which we decide that we will not believe what seems hopeless before us. We need to cling to the unwavering truth that with God all things are possible. It will require putting away fear, anxiety and disbelief. Our hope is in the name of the Lord, who is faithful, above and beyond every accusation or circumstance that would rise against us. Zechariah 9:12 says, “Return to the stronghold [of security and prosperity], you prisoners of hope; even today do I declare that I will restore double your former prosperity to you." We can become imprisoned to 'hope'. When we discipline and secure our thoughts to a place where we cannot become dislodged, that is when we will see our victory. The Word of God says that our enemy is strategic in his desire to derail us. He hates us. I’ve heard people say they don’t believe in the devil and guess what, he’s just fine with that. If you don’t know he’s there, he can run roughshod all over your life. It’s like electricity, we can’t see it, but if we play with some live wires, we’re going to get burned. The Bible warns us not to be unaware of the enemy’s schemes. He whispers in your ear to say you’re unloved, a failure and useless ... he may even tell you to take your own life. Ephesians 6:11 says, ”Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” When you become a prisoner of hope and put on that armor, no weapon formed against you will have victory. God is your Protector and Defender. Any assault by evil forces will just bounce off of you...