Let Your Anointing Cover Me 2

God Gives Songs in the Night, but you may sing this one at any time!!
Let Your Anointing Cover Me
Let Your anointing cover me
In Your presence let me see
Your Glory and Your righteousness
Now and always I will bless
Your precious name, Most Holy One
Your precious name, Most Holy One

Verse I:
Oh, Father God, I honor You
With humble heart and worship true
You alone forever reign
I praise Your Holy, Mighty Name

Verse II:
I know Your Name, I trust Your Word
And when I pray, I know I’m heard
Your loving kindness cannot fail
You are God – You shall prevail!

Verse III:
You’ve sent me forth, to be Your hands
Meeting needs, as Love demands
To enter in, Your Hope I bring
Until Jesus Christ becomes their King!

Nancy Kehr  03-17-2011
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Entitlement Mentality Meets Reality! 2

I just about fell off my chair today, when I read a friend’s Facebook post.
Now mind you, this friend is young, doesn’t work much, and uses her boyfriend to buy her high dollar dates, purses, shoes and jewelry.  She lives like she has a never-ending supply of cash, yet she’s always poor-mouthing about how she can’t afford anything.   
A few days ago she wrote, “I hate being always being broke”.
Her boyfriend wrote back… “I’ve been broke since I met you!

Of course I snickered to myself, because that probably won’t ever change.  Why?  Because this girl thinks she “deserves it”, and because her guy is being lead around by his pants, not common sense!
The thing that really irked me was her post for today, (I could hear the “Valley-Girl” voice)

“So happy I got into all the classes I wanted.   Even  more happy that my sister has all the books that I need. . . this which means the boy friend and I can go on vay-cay with my financial aid check.  Hooray.”
Honestly, my not-so-holy reaction was that I wanted to slap her silly!   So, just WHO, exactly, is paying for this vacation? 

This girl – a late twenty-something – should have joined the ranks of responsible citizens by now, but she’s still acting like she’s seventeen! The real problem is that she feels entitled to this money.  She has no scruples and no remorse.  Just wait until that mentality gets put in check by Reality.  It may take a while, but it always happens.  

Our society has lots of “users” who seem to get by with things while the responsible among us have our noses to the grindstone.  But as things go, change is inevitable and they are in for a rude awakening!
I know of several of God’s kids who handle their lives in much the same manner, only they call it “God’s Blessings.”  
One Christian couple fudges the truth about their income so they can get a rent reduction.   Yet, they seem to have the latest and greatest technology as soon as it is on the market!    “Isn’t GOD good?” they say (Which God, I wonder?)
Another family in our church has thinks it’s okay to have their children say they are 12 years old or under so they can get into the movies or the fair, or eat at Denny’s for less.  While they wouldn’t think of having a friend hold the back door open for them so they could sneak into the movies, they sneak food and candy into the theater for their kids.  Any they wonder why their kids are deceitful and sneaky at home …..

Someone else in the church has received disability for years, yet works “under the table” and makes great income.  If she is so “disabled”, then how does she manage?  She seems to be able to see well enough to do all that computer work from her home office!  Of course she doesn’t report it because her benefits would be reduced.  I find it hard to fathom how she expects God to get in there and actually bless that type of dishonesty. 

A friend from another church complained that they were so broke they could not afford their electric bill.  At first I felt sorry for her and started to think about how I could help.  That is, until she began complaining about the new Smart phone she just bought and how hard it was for her to understand. 
Excuse me?  You can call me narrow or too practical, but if you can’t afford your lights and gas, you have no business contracting for a service you cannot afford.

We can’t just decide we are going to do one thing or another and then ask God to bless it.

Fred Price wrote a Book called, “Faith, Foolishness, or Presumption?”  Foolish thinking and presuming upon God are dangerous for a believer.  When a believer manipulates his own circumstances, God is left out.  So, what happens when circumstances go bad?  Where is faith if it hasn’t been exercised and developed?

A mentality which says, “But I deserve….” Or “I really need,” has to be kicked to the curb. We cannot afford to feed that beast any longer!

The Flesh hates to be restrained or told what to do!  Really, it has to do with a mindset more than anything. 
It won’t hurt God’s kids to learn to be lean-and-mean for the fight!    Living on the skinny helps us train and control our physical senses as well.
As God’s kids, what does HE expect?   He expects us to live by different principles.  The exercise of Faith and good stewardship bear lasting fruit! 
We have to earnestly ask God for help and then start the thinning process.  It begins in the heart and then filters out to the rest of life.  Practically speaking, it is a life-style change that may stick long afterward.  (Start the Weed-eater!)
Money, things, food…. God knows we have need of all of these.  His reality for us is that He is The Provider.  He is The Vine; we are the branches.  God is. . . and when we are in HIM, we are entitled to everything He says we can have.  
The bottom line? It’s not by my might…it’s not by my power.
In Him I live and move and have my being.
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Believing for Healing

Ramblings…… on Believing God for  “Healing or Anything”

When I asked God what was my part in believing for healing, or anything for that matter, He led me to Luke 18:1, where it tells about the reason Jesus was going to give this parable…so that men should always PRAY and NOT faint!  
So we don’t get a pass to stop enforcing righteousness or using the Word….I think we just get lazy.  I suppose that is why we have to lay our foundation while it is not raining.  It is hard to stand during a storm otherwise. 

When flesh is weak, it is easy to give up.  That’s also why we have the Body of Christ to stand by us in agreement, pull down strongholds and believe for victory!

The other thing that has helped me is to know that we are fallible—God is not.  
We are human people, and one of the facts seems to be that God’s people can perish for a lack of knowledge.  
I know that God has given us all the tools we need, but often there appears to be a time element involved.
Lifestyle and inner thought-life also emerge to play a part.  I am sure when God shows us exactly what was up, we will recognize where the Holy Spirit was working and where we might have missed hearing Him speak. 
All I can see is to keep on keeping on…considering Jesus…thinking on those things which are pure, lovely, and of a good report! 
Of course that means there’s a lot of worldliness that has to go, and that’s where a lot of God’s kids can get bogged down.   
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Rollin’ Dough 2

Sorry Wrong Number
My day hadn’t been going particularly well and I felt very behind in terms of accomplishment.  Some days are just better than others!
It is during those times that it never ceases to amaze me how I can lose something on my desk, right in front of my face!  Yes! Right in front of my own face!  Yet, I can’t remember where I put it !!
Some of these little nuances of habit just drive me nuts.  My forté is organization, and I hate it when my own little bit of sloppiness gets me in trouble!  Such a time-waster!
Over the years, I have learned NOT to do certain things while talking on the phone.  The reason?  I end up with segmented memories that won’t allow me to put my finger on where I might have “filed” something.  It could be anything, but my rings are a good example!  My rule is to never take off my rings while I’m on the phone, especially if I am walking around.  Who knows where they’ll end up? 
This time it was my checkbook, and a supply list.  I had just handled both items, so where could they be??  I needed that checkbook! 
Because I know myself, I have created a few “neutral” areas in my office and home where I can dump things, and still be sure to find them later.  While this usually works out well, it was not working today.  I checked all my spots – nothing!
My doorbell had been busy all morning.  In the middle of all my searching, these interruptions tend to make me fretful when I need to concentrate on something.
Then there was the phone. The phone was another story!  This particular morning held the record for the world’s best-and-brightest asking dim-witted questions, and then calling back again because they didn’t listen the first time. 
I was in a snit and knew it. 
Honestly, I have asked God to help me recognize when things are off- kilter so I don’t sit in a pit for very long.  I picked up the signal!  It was time to back off and give things a prayer break.
No sooner had I finished than the phone range again.
I answered my phone, “National School of Dental Assisting.”
The guy on the other end says, “Is this the Rollin Dough Pizza?”
Annoyance tried to creep up my back. 
“No sir.” I replied.   “This is the National School of Dental Assisting,”  I said, in the nicest voice I could muster.
He hung up.
A few minutes later, he called again and asked the same question.  I guess he couldn’t hear or wasn’t paying attention ….twice!  He sounded a little miffed, like it was MY fault that HE did not reach the correct number.
My phone rang again. I noticed it was the same number.  This time I was ready.  I answered with my usual greeting, and he asked about Rollin’ Dough once more.
I told him this was not the number he wanted, but that I had a number for him.
The internet is such a lovely research tool!   I had already looked up the pizza place and pulled up the website with all the information.
He burst out laughing. . . and so did I! 
Once I gave him the number, he thanked me profusely.  I was no longer feeling overwrought, nor was I the least bit irritated by the interruption.  In fact, I was feeling rather liberated.   No circumstance was going to hold me hostage.
As I was sharing with a few friends, one mentioned that I had provided a lot better service than 411. 
Another said, “You’re always there to help someone out!”
Still another mentioned, “That is such a “Nancy” thing to do! You are ALWAYS SO kind to others.”
After hearing these comments, for just a moment, I felt a little guilty because I knew how I had initially reacted, and it wasn’t so wonderful or kind!
My daughter responded, “That’s my Mama…always prepared.  That guy will always remember the dental lady connecting him with the pizza number”
I hope he does.  He must have reached the pizza place because he didn’t call again.
There is a proverb that talks about a person who shows mercy.  It says that mercy will also be shown to that person.  I know I need mercy … and lots of it. In fact, I cannot do without it!  God has certainly been merciful to my ignorance and stubbornness, and I want to be sure to extend it to others.
“Please Lord – – help me remember where I put my checkbook.”
Well, I finally found my checkbook.  It was right there on my desk all the time, hidden by a skewed piece of paper.  Even though I could have sworn that I searched everywhere, it suddenly became visible.  I decided not to contemplate that any further.
Thank God for prayer, and for a change of heart.  
Maybe all that was a test?  Maybe it was!
I think I passed.
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One Love Guest Post by Aaron


One love – God is!

Bruised and broken, battered and shattered
Never lost sight of the true meaning of love
. . . that’s all that mattered.

My scars , a souvenir of a the past is real
But there is only One who’s scars
. . . can truly, deeply heal.

I could never take the nails from His hand
The depth of His love is more
. . .than any can understand.

Love is more, maybe you’ve heard
More than a feeling, actions really do
. . . speak louder than words.

To lay down my life for others in love
I purpose to follow His example, in tribute
. . . to the God up above.

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