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11 As long as Moses held up his hands, Israel prevailed; but when he lowered them, Amalek prevailed. Don’t believe it? His timing is always perfect and He has a beautiful plan for each person He has ever created. If by earthly friends forsaken. In the midst of pain, choose to run to Him, instead of from Him, and trust in His perfect love. Also, if there would have been anyone coming behind me, they could not have avoided hitting my car, which would have caused considerable damage. (1 Corinthians 15:44-57). “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. He was just as angry. The president then appeared to attempt to hold Ms Trump’s hand again, but the first lady moved it away, before he put his hand on her lower back as they walked down the steps in windy conditions. Suddenly a large dog jumped out in front of me. Eternal life can be found in Christ alone. I will praise You, because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. I'm still holding on. One evening, following the resurrection of Jesus, Peter decided to go fishing. For example, it would be very discourteous to invite a friend to our home and then leave him to sit alone in a corner while we go ahead with our own activities, ignoring him completely. “I falsified the report,” former Benton Harbor police officer Andrew Collins admitted. God is there. https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/holding+his+hand. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. many things we have to quit. God had a reason for sparing my life. 2. Trust in Him who will not leave you. This new year’s list includes (the left side from 2018, the right side this year, 2021): After reflecting on the 2018 list, I decided to be more specific in my goals for 2021 and to be more intentional in my spiritual life. A voice from the shoreline shouted out, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” They replied, “No.” Then He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. “And I just started weeping because he doesn’t owe me that. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. New Living Translation Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. Tell her to help me!”, 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. The nurses later told me the technical name of the device: Bair Hugger, or as I now affectionately refer to it as Bear Hugger. He said the doctors gave little to no hope of survival for their precious little girl. At this point in the game I really thought the Dodgers would take it to the bank, as I think many of the Astros had the same gut feeling. John, the beloved follower of Christ, was the first one to recognize his Savior’s voice. For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who … There is just something about getting your hands held that gives off a comforting feeling. I couldn’t believe my simple fear of being cold was eliminated in an instant. I think it's so sweet how Jenny holds Tim's hand when they walk into school. Sometimes others will recognize the Lord’s tender voice before we do. Driving daily to and from the hospital or the nursing home, some of the trips were in torrential rain and the dark of night. But the glass, filled … My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth. While talking with Katie’s dad, tears filled my eyes as he retold the frightening hours/years following Katie’s birth. And to be quite honest, it’s not only our young families who have fallen prey to “this world’s system,” many older adults are chasing after the wind as well. In fact, the personal definition truly defines the person we are or who we desire to become. Such couples know how to respect each other's space and privacy. First of all, God revealed to me that I did not know Him. It’s the other two I seem to struggle with–being completely Christian and genuinely happy. Elijah had demonstrated courage before Ahab in the king’s palace and on Mount Carmel. And while confessing their anguish and fearfulness, they came to an altar of total relinquishment and trust, by praying for God’s will to be accomplished through Katie’s fragile life. That is, until their starting pitcher, Justin Verlander rallied his team onto victory. As I look back, I see the hand of God as He led me each step of the way. Jesus felt the pain I was feeling. Francis Jane Crosby went on to write more than 9,000 hymns, some of which are among the most popular in every Christian denomination. 10 Inspirational, Motivational, Uplifting, Reassuring & Encouraging Bible Verses, Scriptures, Quotes & Passages about God Holding us: God holding us in His hands, God holding us in His arms, God holding you, and God holding your hand. The basic spiritual disciplines remain our core: prayer and Bible study. Music video by Chicago Mass Choir performing Hold to God's Unchanging Hand. Yes, we had insurance and it paid a large portion of the expenses, but I was responsible for several thousand dollars on the hospital and doctor bills, plus nursing home and dialysis center expenses. 5 people found this helpful. Comment Report abuse. After my family prayed with me, the nurses wheeled me into the surgical room. Though the road has been rough And the goings been mighty tough, still I ain't going Nowhere, I'm right here to stay. I believe we will always experience God during fearful moments of life, if we will simply listen and watch for His unfailing presence in times of darkness. Maybe a little too small. My garage door failed to stay down. The refrigerator quit. Please click on this link: https://holdinghishand.org/receive-jesus/, I encourage you to share your pain with a trustworthy Christian (friend, pastor, counselor). I’m so sorry for everything I put you through.” Jameel said “That’s all I need!”. God was present then and God is here now, ready to welcome you home, ready to love you and ready to help you find healing. I know I would not be here today without Him! 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! The Bible says that Christ is preparing a place in Heaven for all who have received Him. [Refrain] Several other disciples joined him. I remember my biggest worry was not so much the impending procedure, since I desperately wanted relief from the inability to breath, but of being cold. It may not be a cave or a surgical room, or it may, but wherever it is for you, know that God’s presence is with you…just listen. God continues to show His faithfulness to me in so many ways. (John 21:6). (1 Corinthians 15:21-22). When I cried out in agony, He was by my side. Many families find themselves running from one activity to the next, and purchasing things that will only ensure longer work hours or require a second job. Scoring 2 runs in the top of the 10th, I’m sure the Astros thought perhaps the game was theirs to keep. Melania Trump has a really hard time holding her husband’s hand. I began to panic, thinking I would be stuck for hours…and possibly plunge to the basement floor. Think about (no, pray about) how you might prioritize your life this year in ways that will help to ensure a happy new year according to the sweet pleasure of our LORD and Savior. As a victim of rape, I thought the rape was my fault. Ha! “Stop putting your trust in human rules, devotional exercises, and acts of penance. I worked in various areas for the Church of the Nazarene until December 2008, when Daryl fell on the ice and became disabled. “How many blessings I enjoy That other people don’t, To weep and sigh because I’m blind I cannot, and I won’t!”. I started attending St. Paul’s Church of the Nazarene and am still attending the same church today. I did not fully understand that I was experiencing the result of sin until years later. When we respond to life’s difficult, and at times, reoccurring situations the same way over and over again, and keep getting the same undesirable results—possibly it’s time to cast our net on the right side. I'll support him up to a point but I can't hold his hand forever. Where, O death, is your sting?”[i], 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. A few weeks later, I was finally admitted into the hospital with a suspected coronary artery blockage. Possibly someone will remember you after you have breathed your last, as someone who cared enough to “yell” into your life, “Come on! Read on: (Parentheses added. GOD IS FAITHFUL! I know that there will never come a day in my life that will present challenges that He can’t handle through me. In time the principal asked her to avoid such “distractions” in favor of her general instruction. Unfortunately, the family doctor was away, and another man—pretending to be a certified doctor—treated her by prescribing hot mustard poultices to be applied to her eyes. When you fully surrender your weaknesses to God, through prayer, He will teach you to cast your net on the right side, and will fill your net with His abundant and gracious provision. Jesus holding the world in his left hand World Environment Day concept: hand holding plant on blur green nature cross background. How are you spending the gift of time God is entrusting to you? Those were eye-opening days for me and experiences that enriched my life. Build your hopes on things eternal. “Basically, at the start of that day, I was going to make sure I had another drug arrest.” And in the end, he put an innocent guy in jail. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. While vacationing in Michigan with my husband Jeff, we purposely arranged to meet and talk with two amazing men. Her mother was forced to find work as a maid to support the family, and Fanny was mostly raised by her Christian grandmother. I never considered myself an extravert because I enjoy my “personal space.” Space to simply relax, read, work in my yard, meditate on God’s word, etc. About a month after Daryl was hospitalized, I received a call from his sister. The immense pain I was experiencing as a result of sin was the same immense pain Jesus felt on the cross as the result of sin. His name is Charlie Cox.) Just being honest here. Hold (to his hand) to God's unchanging hand. The child who survived the longest lived to age 14 and was unable to sit up, walk, talk, or feed them self. He never moved. “My only goal was to seek him when I got home and to hurt him.”. He said the doctors gave little to no hope of survival for their precious little girl. “Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I was born blind?” said the poet, who had been able to see only for her first six weeks of life. She is the author of New Doors in Ministry to Women, A Fresh Model for Transforming Your Church, Campus, or Mission Field and Women’s Retreats, A Creative Planning Guide. We're headed to Salt Lake again, and this time we're sharing the train with two teenagers we knew who were caught HOLDING HANDS! My family surrounded me while I awaited my turn for a heart catheterization. For a deeper understanding of this Scripture passage, I invite you to follow the link to Bible.org ministry. This word will define the person you are and who you desire to become. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. The farm had been on the market but hadn’t sold and we all wondered why and when someone would buy it. I needed to stay home and care for him, and again, God was faithful to give us strength and supply our needs. [c] 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. and faithful in all he does.” (Psalm 145:13), View charme.fletcher.7’s profile on Facebook, “Come on! Did I wait long enough, or did I rush off to work or jump right into the next project on my list? God is opening new doors for Jameel and Andrew to tell their story of forgiveness and redemption to schools, churches, and other organizations across the country. Fast forward just a “few” years. I was born blue in the face. No way am I going to hook up with this dude…he’s the one who sent me to prison.” But after meeting Andrew face to face, he felt God’s forgiveness fill his heart as they shook hands. When we place our trust in the hands of the Savior, we can rest fully upon His guidance without fail. Hold to God’s unchanging hand. I experienced pain, but God has redeemed every single tear I cried. Andrew admitted, he hadn’t recognized Jameel’s name when given his new mentorship assignment, but quickly realized this was the man he falsely accused and sent to prison. GOD IS FAITHFUL! During those long days, weeks, and months, I remained by Daryl’s side. If you’re walking in the mall, slide your hand down his arm and grab his hand as you … The physicians’ non-encouraging consultations continued throughout Katie’s young childhood, and yet, hope and peace came through an ever-present awareness of Christ’s nearness and faithfulness. Share on Facebook. Sung by The Haven Quartet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEOtFEs0Jos. All images are also avaliable in digital download for projection or other media use. It was delivered and the old one removed. Covenant Heirs Encouraging parents and grandparents to intentionally pass down their faith in Christ to the next generations. When the doctor was revealed to be a quack, he disappeared. COVID-19 ICU Nurse: 'I was the one holding his hand while he died, and not his family.' “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11. We were blessed with two children in the next two years. Today I am nearly 30. The cost was minimal because I had purchased a maintenance agreement with the company. Daryl, knowing I’m not a good driver and have no sense of direction, worried about me and always said, “be careful” or “is the car running okay?” I didn’t have a single accident or any car trouble during this time. this life one day, but it’s how. When I saw the final cost (nearly $600.000), it was breathtaking. Prayerfully evaluate your life. Of course McGee was exonerated, but he still spent four years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Whatever you may be dealing with, an unsaved loved one, a difficult boss/coworker, financial woes, fear of an uncertain future, or XYZ, you don’t have to end up with an empty net. After returning to Benton Harbor, Jameel was referred to the Mosaic Café ministry and was told that he would be mentored by Andrew Collins. God often allows us to experience darkness in our lives (illness, a job loss, sin, etc.) Spending time with Jesus is my highest priority. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man (Adam), so shall we[g] bear the image of the heavenly man (Christ). If so, I encourage you to quiet your spirit and listen for God’s gentle whisper. The Practice of the Presence of God—the title given to the collection of “conversations” and letters” by Brother Lawrence. Since then, I ‘ve had the wonderful opportunity getting to know Mary Alice as a friend and sister in Christ. Her illness eventually relented, but the treatment left her blind. Like Joy, prior to her rape, you may not know Jesus as your Savior. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 4:6-8. The chorus has the following lines: Hold to His hand, to God's unchanging hand. The church I grew up in was quite legalistic and I found myself at the altar many times. It’s easier said than done…to love our enemies and pray for them. People would absentmindedly reach for his right hand to shake, and by holding the pen he was avoiding them the embarrassment and awkwardness of surprise. (John 21:5-6). Christian art of "jesus holding out his hands". “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8. The Interlocked Fingers. About Mary Alice: I first met Mary Alice when my husband was interviewing for the lead pastor position at St. Paul’s Church of the Nazarene, KC., MO. Live as though he were beside you and with you all the time—as indeed he is. The Christian’s biggest, most important job on earth is to live and die with the LORD. Thousands of dollars are spent on finer lifestyles, while yearning for retirement days spent listening to the ocean waves rather than the voice of our Creator. Approaching the age of becoming a senior, the purpose of my life is taking on greater urgency. The Lord had instructed His disciples to meet Him in Galilee, which helps to explain why they were at the Sea of Galilee. Trust in Him who will not leave you, Whatsoever years may bring, If by earthly friends forsaken Still more closely to Him cling. I couldn’t even see my hand in front of me. You can do this!”, At the Home of Martha and Mary – Luke 10:38-42 (NIV), 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. “I think it is a great pity that the Master did not give you sight when he showered so many other gifts upon you,” remarked one well-meaning preacher. If by earthly friends forsaken, Still more closely to him cling. You can choose to blame God for rape, since He allows suffering to happen, or you can blame sin. Holding God’s hand most often leads to holding the hands and hearts of family and friends. Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus - The Free Dictionary, the webmaster's page for free fun content, hold with the hare and run with the hounds. Every time I received a bill from the hospital I called to make arrangements for monthly payments and most of the time they were very cooperative. This type of hand-holding means that both of you prioritize your independence. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. She demonstrates a strong and dedicated faith in God. Recently, I was trapped by myself in an elevator during a storm. Jeff and I recently watched the movie, A Dog’s Purpose,* a family-friendly movie with some human-life applications. Also, when you hold his hand, you could make eye contact and smile meaningfully, letting him know you aren't just messing around. *For movie review of A Dog’s Purpose, go to Focus on the Family’s Plugged-In: http://www.pluggedin.com/movie-reviews/a-dogs-purpose. “Not just us, but for our sake.”. It is all a question of priorities, really. I did not know about Grace. Used by permission*. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But unless God oversees this gift it can become more of a burden rather than a blessing, to myself and often to others. On another occasion, I found myself clinging to a sales clerk’s counter at Walmart. It was in this dark and quiet place that Elijah heard God’s voice. Mary Alice is the prayer coordinator for our church and is always reaching out to those who need encouragement, including me. God HATES rape and will punish those who commit that sin. She said, “We sold the farm.” I told her that was an answer to prayer and I would use the money to take care of Daryl. You can do this!” 2017 World Series Game #2, http://www.pluggedin.com/movie-reviews/a-dogs-purpose. Andrew told us that at first he didn’t think this would work out, and wouldn’t blame Jameel for refusing to be paired up with him. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. The delivery man said he needed to turn off the water for the ice maker on the old fridge, so he went downstairs and turned it off, supposedly. God’s timing is perfect. He keeps asking the question, “What is my purpose?” “Is it eating, playing, sleeping, working as a police canine?” At the end of the movie, Bailey returns to one of his original owners, the one who loves Bailey simply for being his companion. Order grave marker, Ministry and Missions                                        Lead a discipleship group, Medical and dental appointments                    Take care of physical body, Retirement (future and ongoing…)                   Trust in the LORD for future, Vacation and family outings                              Same, according to God’s will, And so much more! 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:2-4), “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4, Personal testimony written by Joy Pedrow. Sin entered the world through one man, Adam, and we now live in a world filled with the effects of sinful man. While waiting for Andrew to join us at our table, I overheard Andrew sharing words of hope and encouragement to a man who had just sat down at the counter to order some coffee. One day God will supernaturally bring our human bodies together, breathe into us His Spirit, and empower us physically for eternal life. More about Brother Lawrence a little later. Eventually, that crooked cop was caught, and served a year and a half for falsifying many police reports, planting drugs and stealing. God may allow rape, but He is not distant, uncaring or uninvolved. Even at the movies a few nights ago it was us and one other couple in the movie theater, we sat on the bottom and the other couple was all the way up top making out . (Only the genuine abiding daily presence of God in my life will ensure my true happiness.). Jeff and I sat across from Andrew and Jameel in the Mosaic Café as they reiterated their story of forgiveness and redemption. Hands holding Corona … Seek to do what he wants, as and when he commands it, and make his command your joy and chief pleasure. It breaks my heart to think of the agony and pain they are going through as they fight this horrible disease, and likewise, their loving parents and family. For me, at this stage in life, spending quality and quantity time with family and friends, and everyone else God brings into my life is very important. If the grip is firm but not interlaced, it suggests, "One person [is] holding onto the other more tightly," says Coleman, likely because the holder is offering comfort or reassurance. Holding His Hand: Mike and Katie Celebrating Christmas with Katie’s Family. You have recorded each one in your book” Psalm 56:8. Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began” Psalm 139:13-16. God places people in our lives to love and support us when we need them the most. It’s not easy in this extremely loud world, so it will take intentionality. Do not place blame somewhere other than where it rightly belongs. Being fully human is the easy part. My blood sugar was extremely low, in the single digits. Through every surgery, hospital stay, and seizure, I’ve never had to face it alone. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do” James 1:2-8. https://bible.org/seriespage/16-restoration-elijah-1-kings-195-18. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Those were difficult times financially and physically, but God was faithful and provided our needs. “Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior.”. Praise be to our LORD and Savior. I’m always cold! Oh, did I mention that I’m a list keeper? Such close friends, not long ago McGee actually told Collins he loved him. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. I stopped immediately, but I hit the dog. 1. GOD IS FAITHFUL! And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”, 10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Scripture clearly shows us where Martha was amiss. Remember, if you keep doing the same thing over and over and over again, and continue getting the same undesirable negative results, maybe it’s time to try God’s way…even if it doesn’t make sense. Two that stand out to me: Playing outdoors with our young granddaughter (4), I found myself gasping for breath, while wondering if I would even live through the moment, or get to see my granddaughter grow up. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Read more. Have a very blessed New Year, trusting in God. I was up and running within an hour. http://blogs.bible.org/engage/sue_edwards/does_god_allow_rape. For me, this is an ongoing journey, of which I suppose is true for most of us. I am attempting to raise some financial support for Andrew and Jameel to speak in our community. Because of my hurt and pain, I often wondered why God would allow His children to suffer. Covet not this world’s vain riches The plumber came and discovered all the wood flooring under the kitchen was water-soaked and the kitchen floor needed to be pulled up and the wood dried out. Born in Putnam County, New York, Fanny Crosby became ill within two months. Because of the resurrection of Christ, the process of death will one day be reversed, and death will be swallowed up in victory. “It’s not that we have to quit. Hold to His hand, to God's unchanging hand.

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