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The Heart

I have to believe all Christians desire to know God, serve Him and pray to Him. All of these innocent desires have a need of one important ingredient, and that is the heart. Who can stand in His holy place? He that has clean hands and a pure heart. It takes a life- time of serving and practice. Is it  worth it? Yes! Have I arrived? No. I’ve spent more than a few hours with the Lord over the years, and I don’t regret one moment we’ve spent together. I know I repeat myself, but one touch, one word from His lips, is worth it all. The sweetness of His presence, I can’t even describe.               All this to say, it’s an issue of the heart. To love, forgive, repent, to have compassion, or to weep with someone is a good starting point to enter the life of prayer with Christ. The secret of the prayer life, is to pray in secret, and God will take care of the outward work. By His signs and wonders, He receives the glory, while we simply walk in His footprints. Be Blessed

Answering the Father

Finishing my shower, I walked into our bedroom and my wife was already in bed. I sat down on the stool to read our daily devotional. While reading, I read a line telling about people being crushed under their afflictions, and suddenly  I was pressed in my spirit. I was so full of tears and sorrow, all I could do was whisper a cry of prayer over these needed souls. After a while I rejoiced in thanking God for allowing me the privilege of giving this prayer. I found a treasure, for under my tears was joy, and I mean great joy, and again it humbled me. The Holy Spirit showed me that when I was starting to pray  He took my hand and we bowed together under His wings, and he said,” Pray my child, for the Lord has need of this prayer.”

   This is what God wants all of us to realize, that when we pray in earnest we are not left to our own devices. He is always with us as we make our petitions before Him, and He is the faithful witness. Rejoice my friends that we have a helper and great intercessor as our prayers are taken before the Father. Beloved, do not give up seeking God. Pray always with all prayers and believe, because it takes a prayer to make an answer.

My God

My God is not a God, my God is the only God, the creator and author of all living things. He is the beginning and ending, author and finisher. His word is not maybe.When He says it’s finished, it is finished.

  His compassion has no boundaries. He loves the young and the old, rich and the poor. He sees not the color of skin, but hears the need of the heart. He heals the sick, lifts up the lame, gives sight to the blind and raises the dead.

   He is my God, my Savior, my Lord, my Healer, my Redeemer, my Father, my Friend, and my Counselor.

   My God walks, talks, leads, guides and prays with me. He knows my every need, therefore I shall not want. His name is called the great I AM. He shelters me under His arm and watches over me day and night, never sleeps nor slumbers. His only Son, Jesus, name above all names, loved you and me so much that He gave up His life that we may live. My Savior came out of the grave on the third day, conquered death and defeated Satan.

   What a glorious Savior. Who would not serve this God, this mighty king of glory. What a friend I have in Jesus. Is it any wonder that I should make my boast in Him? Knowing when I speak His name, He comes, not because of who I am, but because He loves me. He and I walk in the forest together and talk, and He tells me I am His own. He alone teaches me to pray, how and what to pray. His ways are not my ways, but He is patient and is helping me to know His ways.

   His Holy Spirit is teaching me to be sensitive to His promptings, His gifts and most of all, to His voice. He is my God, my King. Have I told you this? He is teaching me to watch and pray, to be still and listen, wait and obey.

   Rejoice, be happy, shout unto God with the voice of triumph. His sweet voice is always in my heart, the words for all to hear. Call unto me all who are weary and I will give you rest, I love you and I am listening for your prayer. Where are you? Hello, are you there? God says, come to me, and walk with me, learn of me, that your life should be full.

Eugene Holstein

Noise

Everyday or so I like to go out and take photos of birds, flowers and landscapes. Sometimes, especially in low light, photos will have what is known as noise, little colored specks, sprinkled about much like salt and pepper. I look at forums sometimes and one thing that is continually mentioned about photos is noise. What I don’t understand is that a lot of those photos are very good. Of course I’m not a pro, but I hope we look beyond the noise and see the beauty.

    I am a person who likes to observe life in the wild, and that carries over to my life around people. Observing people, looking and listening, helps me (through the Holy Spirit) know how to talk with and pray with, or for, these people. We need to look beyond the noise, facade or mask that we sometimes see, and try to see and love the real person.

     The only way we can reach anyone is by praying and seeking the help of the Holy Spirit. There is beauty in just about everyone if we take time and see through the noise. Be Blessed and Remain a Blessing.

Spoken Well

Sunday morning as I waited in the foyer my wife, I overheard a person talking about this young couple. They had been married for a few years and were hoping to have a child and yet had none. I took that need to heart and began to pray to the Lord that He would give them the desire of their heart. A few weeks went by and hearing no more about this young couple, I continued to pray by faith, believing God. One Sunday morning, walking around in back of the sanctuary, a strong anointing rose up inside of me for this couple. I knew I was to put a question to the husband, hoping and praying he would give the right answer.

   As God would have it, the husband walked right in front of me, “Excuse me, can I ask you a question?” He said sure, I asked him, “If you could have anything in this world, what would you desire more than anything?” He said a baby.” “You have said the right word, you shall have a child as you have spoken.” I have never spoken like that to a person in my life. Concern about what I had just said never entered my mind because I knew God was working through His Holy Spirit. Well, that young couple moved out of state shortly after that, and I never saw them again for several months.

  One morning walking into the foyer, a lady in our church came up to me smiling and said so and so has come to visit and wants to see you. I walked into the sanctuary to find them, and turning to look around, there she stood in front of me. “It’s good to see you.” She blurts out with a big smile, “I’m pregnant!” Well I praised God, for there is no other that can give such a miracle but our God. I still give God the praise, and once in a while, looking at Facebook, I now see they have two children. All I can say is, trust God and lean not on our own understanding. Be Blessed and Remain a Blessing.

Walking On the Fire

Sometimes God will give you a word and no matter if it’s for the future, the word sometimes comes from events of the past. The  word I received  was a”fire” and it came through a friend in our bible study.  She was talking about Africa where the people in most locals had to cook over an open fire.

When I heard the word fire, it brought a happening up out of the past, afresh in my spirit. My wife and I had only been married a few short years. Sitting at home my wife told me that she had been talking on the phone to her friend whom she had not seen for many years. Her friend was now married and living in upper Pennsylvania and they wanted to see each other again, and so they made plans for us to visit them.

After driving from our home in West Virginia for several hours we finally arrived at their home and planned to stay about three days. One morning everyone wanted to go to a local park and have a picnic. On arrival we located a nice area that had a few empty tables and set up our food. We were  having a great time of sharing  stories and my wife spoke of funny things that happened in their childhood. This precious couple had two beautiful little girls and while we were talking, the two girls were playing around one of the other empty picnic tables. One of their daughters, in playing, stepped on some coals laying on the ground.  Someone earlier in the day had poured out the hot coals on the ground. As the daughter stepped on the coals she cried out in great pain.  All of us leaped over to her picking her up, and her daddy put her foot in the ice chest to help lessen the pain. I began quietly to ask God to work a miracle and not let her little foot be scarred. We all rushed her to the hospital. After about twenty minutes the doctor came over to us and said he could not find anything wrong with her foot. Her foot was completely free of any pain and there was no sign of any kind of burn. Praise the Lord! He answered the prayer exceedingly beyond what I had even asked. Glory to His wonderful name. May the good Lord help us all to always be watching and praying in season or out. His works are far too numerous for my feeble words. Be Blessed and Remain a Blessing.

Pray With Your God

Starting a relationship with anyone takes a lot of time. When we begin to talk or share together, we talk about our likes and dislikes and as we do so, our relationship will begin to grow. It is the same way with God, we share all those things that are mentioned above as we talk together. The greatest way to increase our knowledge of God is through His word. We converse with God by reading, praying, and even singing His word. A good place to start doing all of these is in the book of Psalms. We gather knowledge and wisdom and most of all, we come to a place of trust in our new relation with God. In this new found trust we are not afraid to tell God all our inner most feelings. Being able to share all these things with God can bring us the peace  we have sought all our lives, and it’s a peace that passes all understanding. Be Blessed.