Archive for February, 2007


Here are a few quotes about fear that I find interesting and encouraging.  Do you know that about 90% of the things we worry (fear) about never happens?

The most drastic and usually the most effective remedy for fear is direct action.   William Burnham

Fear is the dark room in which negatives are developed.  

The man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.   Michel de Montaigne

I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.  Psalms 34:4

Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.   Brendan Francis

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.   II Tim.  1:7

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“My Grace will be sufficient unto thee.  Soon the veil will lift my child and you will clearly see, that I’ve ordained a higher place for you to reach in me.  But until then, it’s not the end!  My Grace will be sufficient unto thee.”  words and music by: Bill Stephen Henry

 Paul wrote about Grace Sufficient in II Cor. 12: 8-10.  If God’s grace can be sufficient for Paul then His grace is sufficient for you and me.  No matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, God IS there.  If you find yourself walking alone and you are crying out for someone to love you, let the still small voice of Jesus whisper to you, “that someone is me”.  We cannot have a better friend than Jesus himself.  He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother, Prov. 18:24. 

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I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several times a day?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?
What if we gave it to kids as gifts?
What if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?

This is something to make you go….hmm…where is my Bible? Makes you stop and think “where are my priorities?”

Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill. And no dropped calls!

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Off to a conference for a few days.  I may post and I may not.  Talk to you all later.


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One of the great privileges of life is the privilege of choice.  We can choose evil or good.  We can choose to do right or choose to do wrong.  We can serve God or Mammon.  If we live in America, choices abound.  We can choose where we live, work, who we marry and even where we will be buried.

Many of the situations we find ourselves in today is a product of a choice we made.  Be careful about complaining of where you live because you probably chose to live there.  You more than likely chose the place you work.  This is why we need to be very careful of the choices we make today because they will effect us tomorrow.

One choice that has long-term ramifications is our choice of friends.  Since we are known by the company we keep, we should choose carefully.  Our friends will have quite an impact on us and will play a vital role in our lives.  If we want to live at peak efficiency for the Lord, we cannot let our lives be randomly affected by people.  Instead we must choose our friends carefully and prayerfully. 

One friend cannot meet every one of our needs.  We need a variety of friends. 

May God Bless you with Good Friends who love at ALL times.  May you have friends that are there through the good and the bad.  If you stumble may they be there to help you up.  Even if you fail, may your friends be there to restore.  May you have friends that make you laugh, and laugh some more.   May you have friends like Proverbs 17:17 says, who “loveth at ALL times”. 

I thank God for my friends.  Maybe one of these days I will tell you about some of them here.  However, for now they know who they are and they know I am forever grateful for them. 

God Bless my Friends!

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3 John 4:  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 

I write this today because I watched in our services yesterday as the Spirit of the Lord touched so many young people in our church.  As I and others was praying with and ministering to different ones I would see the Lord touch them in such a precious way.  There were tears of repentance and also tears and shouts of joy.  I have no greater joy than to see, not only my natural children, but also my “children” in the faith, love God and His truth.   To see them with hands lifted in total surrender to God is more joy than I am able to contain.  May God continue to bless them and keep them.

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“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16

 In 1917, Frederick M. Lehman penned the words of a powerful hymn based on the Jewish poem Hadda mut.  He realized that words are not adequate enough to express the love of God, nor is the world big enough to contain it.

“Could we with ink the ocean fill,

And were the skies of parchment made,

Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade,

To write the love of God above,

Would drain the ocean dry.

Nor could the scroll contain the whole,

Though stretched from sky to sky.

O love of God, how rich and pure!

How measureless and strong!

It shall forevermore endure

The saints’ and angels’ song.”

 I am overwhelmed by God’s love on a daily basis.  Not that I always “feel” it, however I am always aware of it.  There is no words to describe it.  There is another song that my brother use to sing that was penned by Tony Roberts, “Can’t Find the Words” and this is how I truly feel. 

I’ve tried wonderful, marvelous, incredible too,

Unbelievable, inconceivable but these words would not do.

They all fell so short when I tried to convey the greatness of Jesus

So I’ve just come to say:

I just can’t find the words to really express,

The greatness of Jesus so I must confess

I’ve tried big words and small words but none that I’ve heard

Could describe Him.  I just can’t find the words.

I took down my dictionary,

I searched it all through.

I did a lot of lookin’ in some other books too.

But, when my search was over, I came right back around

To what I knew from the beginning, No Words could be found. 

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We found another good restaurant.  Thanks to Rod and Mindy and Kirk and Tina.  They gave us a gift certificate at Christmas and we used it this past Tuesday Night.  The  Shadowbrook is a phenomenal place to eat.  WOW!  It is built on the side of a hill and the way to get to it is on a little trolley.  Or you can take the steps through the beautiful garden but I don’t recommend it in high heels.   It is absolutely beautiful.  If you live close to Capitola, CA (Santa Cruz) it is well worth the time to go and enjoy this dining experience.



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The Man I Love

The man I love was sent from above,

He is perfect for me.

I love his height, his hands and eyes,

His smile still mesmerizes me.

Oh, how precious that he can preach,

And one of the best when the Word he does teach.

I love how he prays,

And connected to God stays,

I love him in so many ways.

A great father is he

This man of my dreams,

I hold him in highest esteem.


Happy Valentine’s to my one and only, Nathan J. Hurst

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Who am I?  Why am I here?  Where am I going?  These are all questions we have asked ourselves at some point in time and I think they need to be answered.  I am pleased to say that when I repented of my sins, was filled with the precious gift of the Holy Ghost and baptized in the saving name of Jesus that all these questions were answered.  There is something about complete surrender to God’s plan and His will for one’s life that brings such peace and contentment.  The rhetoric of “I don’t know who I really am” and “I need to go find myself” is nothing more than an old spirit of deception that has re-surfaced with a new face on.  I like to say it like this,  “the same old woman dressed up in a new dress”.  This attitude of ME, MYSELF and I is nothing more than good ole’ selfishness. 

The scripture tells us in Luke 9: 23-25–Amplified Version: 

23And He said to all, If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself [disown himself, forget, lose sight ofhimself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself] and take up his cross daily and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also].    24For whoever would preserve his life and save it will lose and destroy it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he will preserve and save it [from the penalty of eternal death].

    25For what does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and ruins or forfeits (loses) himself? 

Luke 14:26 (Amplified Bible)
If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his [own] father and mother [in the sense of

indifference to or and [likewise] his wife and children and brothers and sisters–[yes] and

even his own life also–he cannot be My disciple.

These scriptures and many more let us know that we need to totally surrender to God and His plan for our lives.  This may sound harsh or even cruel if we don’t understand what the Lord is saying, especially in Luke 14:26.  Our love for our loved ones should in no wise even compare to our love for the Lord Jesus Christ.  I have seen it way to many times, (as I’m sure you have), people will give up living for God or turn their back on His plan for their lives because of family (mother, father, sister, brother, grandparents, etc.).  How tragic this is.  I wonder if they know the benefits of the surrendered life. In Luke 18: 28 I think Peter might have started to complain a little bit to the Lord when he said, “We have left ALL to follow you”.  And I love the Lord’s response in the next 2 verses (read below).

Luke 18:29-30 (King James Version)
 29…..There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom

of God’s sake,

 30Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

I have also seen (as I’m sure you have) people who have learned how to surrender to God’s plan for their life and seen the blessings of God overtake them.  You cannot out-give God!  He will not be indebted to any of us.  I love how Jesus used the word “manifold” in verse 30. In the Noah Webster 1828 dictionary, manifold is defined as: Of divers kind; many in number; numerous; multiplied.  O Lord, how manifold are thy works!… Ps. 104:24    2.  Exhibited or appearing at divers times or in various ways; applied to words in the singular number; as the manifold wisdom of God, or his manifold grace.  Eph. and I Pet.

So, I like to think that if we “leave all” to follow God’s plan that we can expect to receive many different kinds of blessings in many various ways and at different times.  I love it when God just gives us unexpected blessings! I know sometimes we all get a little selfish but I pray sincerely for a heart that is willing to follow after Him and not get into the selfish, “ME, MYSELF and I” syndrome of the modern day we live in.  This attitude is not of God as is well seen through scripture but is the “spirit” of the selfish age we live in. If we want to “find ourselves” and “find out who we really are” we must surrender to God’s will and plan.  He is a loving master and knows us better than we know ourselves.  He will not ask us to do or be anything we cannot.  “I can do All things through Christ who strengthens me.” 

 I am: a child of God, a wife, mother, friend, etc.  that’s WHO I AM.  I am not my own! I am bought with a price! and I am happy about it!    

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