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Reasons Why My Heart Sings 18

What creates a lop-sided Gospel?

Trying to dot all of my I’s and cross each of my T’s but failing to walk in love.

Self-loathing is not spiritual and does not create super-saints nor does it produce points for us in the here-after!

In order to walk in love we must first accept Gods love in the form of salvation and then allow the depths of this Agape love to flood our being ( body, mind, soul and spirit).

Once this occurs then we can love the UN- lovableness in ourselves and then as this love overflows our being we can extend it to others!

How?

Because we learn to look past flaws and see the need that lies underneath.

I can not always love each personality ( some of us have personality traits that are not functioning from a healthy space) but I can love each soul and want what is best for them:-)

We must minister the gospel to a dying world from a place inside  of  our hearts where our ” cup is running over”!

Praising/worshiping God is my hearts desire but I cannot even praise and worship GOD without the ability to love otherwise I’m just making noise and moving around without purpose and power!

The enemy’s greatest point of contention?

Your praise!

Saints, did you not know that it is always your praise of  The Most High God” that the enemy wants to steal?

Our praise of GOD brings forth senseless envy from the enemy, pointed in our direction to hurt and further challenge GOD.

We can even go about the business of  ministry and church ( big or small) the enemy does not mind this as long as there is not genuine praise of GOD going forth.

When one ministry or church  competes with another and one child of God is jealous of and competes with another it only serves to tear down the office of ministering and works of GOD on this earthly plane.

How can a kingdom divided against its self stand?

The Holy Spirit in me would never attack the Holy Spirit operating in you or in another ministry!

When this is going on the Holy Spirit is not the driver but instead it is a demonic or familiar spirit.

In Lucifer’s ( aka ) Satan‘s fall from heaven in Is 14: 13-14 you will find the 5 ” I Wills” highlighted below.

13       You said in your heart,
      ‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
14       I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’

Friends, do you see a sick, twisted and dark pattern in those five I wills?

Satan (covets) wants to be or take the place and identity of The Most High God!

When we want what another has or to take their place we are operating from the principles of the kingdom of darkness and not in agreement with the Christ ( or Holy Spirit).

Let me say it again, “the enemy can’t stand your true praise and worship  of GOD!”

Just like when we are ensnared by envy we can’t stand to see or hear of another receiving attention and praise we feel we deserve!

Remember, we must worship God in the Holiness of HIS  Spirit and in Truth!

We cannot posses or own the Holy Spirit or His gifts but we must surrender in love to HIS Ways, Will and Teachings!

Lord, here is my incense of gratitude, praise and worship in written form as You know each and every moment I have breathed Your name in love and adoration this past week:-)

168. Lord, I am thankful because your Holy Spirit lives within me and I can praise you from the depths of my soul!

169. I am thankful for when the enemy comes in like a flood YOU oh Lord raise up a standard!

170. I am thankful that I am YOURS and YOURS alone oh Lord!

171.  I am thankful that only YOU can tell me who I am and this flows from who’s I am.

172.  Thank you for teaching me that it is most important how we play the game. A superficial win at the cost of Your glory and my soul is NOT winning at all!

173.  Heavenly Father I am thankful for the process of consecration unto YOU Glorious One!

174.  I am thankful for Your showing and modeling in me that to win I must decrease as You oh Divine One increase!

175.  I am thankful for the fact that Life,love, grace and mercy got up when You rose on that third day.

176. I am thankful for the ministry of The Holy Spirit and may I love the truth and the Gospel more than the sound of my voice!

177. I am thankful for learning that being right is my standing with you; nothing more and nothing less!

178. I am thankful that You have chosen to carve Your image and likeness within the person known as Jennifer Boddie and that You can do anything but fail!

I submit to YOUR Holy Work in my being, life and affairs. All of my business is YOUR business!!

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Is 14:12–21). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
      “How you are fallen from heaven,
      O Day Star, son of Dawn!
                  How you are cut down to the ground,
      you who laid the nations low!
            13       You said in your heart,
      ‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
14       I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
            15       But you are brought down to Sheol,
      to the far reaches of the pit.
            16       Those who see you will stare at you
      and ponder over you:
                  ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
      who shook kingdoms,
            17       who made the world like a desert
      and overthrew its cities,
      who did not let his prisoners go home?’
            18       All the kings of the nations lie in glory,
      each in his own tomb;
            19       but you are cast out, away from your grave,
      like a loathed branch,
                  clothed with the slain, those pierced by the sword,
      who go down to the stones of the pit,
      like a dead body trampled underfoot.
            20       You will not be joined with them in burial,
      because you have destroyed your land,
      you have slain your people.

                  “May the offspring of evildoers
      nevermore be named!
            21       Prepare slaughter for his sons
      because of the guilt of their fathers,
                  lest they rise and possess the earth,
      and fill the face of the world with cities.”

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Reasons Why My Heart Sings-8

Keeping a commitment like this one makes the enemy mad! It Wednesday and we’re celebrating. Has this week been a  Holy Experience?

Have you been with us from the start of this journey? Yes! No:-(

Either way, I’m glad you’re here with me now:-)

If you missed any of our pervious blog post in this series just stay  tuned and we’ll fill you in a bit later.

 

76. I’m thankful for intercessory prayer

77. I’m thankful for have a heart that is willing to praise God.

78. I’m thankful for being able to be a blessing to others.

79. I’m thankful for taking the time to honor GOD this way.

80. I’m thankful for the blessing and benefits ‘fasting’ can bring.

81. I’m thankful for the fact that God has given my gifts in which to praise HIM

82. I’m thankful for my health!

83. I’m thankful for red PJ’s.

84. I’m thankful for healing hands!

85. I’m thankful for God’s peace which surpasses natural understanding!

86. And Lord, I am so grateful for your unfailing love and companionship!

87. I am honored ,blessed and grateful Father that You share your thoughts with me!!!!

 

Reasons Why My Heart Sings-5

Wednesday’s are a Holy Experience on this blog!

It’s been a super activity filled “hump-day”. Normally it seems although I find myself a bit on the tired side by Wednesday things are pretty status quo but no so today!

But, this “Divine Appointment” with God I did not want to miss even thou it is now 8:12 PM and I’m ready to pick-up a good book ( that I’ll fall to sleep on)!

You know, God is very real!

Do you ever have your moments of doubt?

Like when you ask for things that are not forth coming? Or when you hear of some terrible happenings in different parts of the world or maybe in your own life?

God has given mankind free will and many of the upsetting things experienced in this world are the end result of us ( people) going our own way and wanting our way no matter the cost.

Why do we blame God when we experience the natural consequences of our actions?

Anyway, please excuse that venting/ rambling session I just went off on! I confess, I do enjoy rambling at times but I promise to tie all of that into my gratitude list for this week:-)

Okay, just in case you missed my last four blog post on the “ Reasons Why My Heart Sings”, links will be provided at the end of this blog post.

43. I am grateful for… God giving me the ability to love ( even when at times it has been a challenge) love is not a feeling but it’s a choice to act with integrity even when you do not receive the same treatment in return. And I am learning how to do this directly from God because of HIS Character/ integrity when we expect and want everything of HIM while giving very little in return and then we often blame HIM for our own choices that have turned out to be’ mistakes’.

44. I am grateful for… the fruit of humility as it keeps my focus primarily on myself when in conflict with others. If I focus on your character flaws more than the lesson God desires for me to learn then I retard my own spiritual growth!

45. I’m grateful for… turning point moments or divine appointments where God meets me and pulls back the shades that have covered my eyes in a given situation. A fresh revelation makes the difference!

46. I am grateful for… young green coconuts! God provides two foods from this one source!! Young green coconut water which is full of electrolytes ( better than Powerade) ! And let’s not forget that delicious coconut spoon-meat. For those of us that are can not consume dairy products this young green coconut spoonmeat makes a wonderful probiotic pudding.

47. I’m grateful for… quiet moments! We don’t have enough of these in our home. Why? Because oh how my older son loves music and if he had it his way music would play 24/7 in our home:-)

48. I’m grateful for… sweet kisses.  Honey, did you hear that?

49. I’m grateful that the fan belt on my van has now been repaired. Did you know it caused my son to miss a day from school last week? Bad, belt!!!

50. I’m grateful for “Walking with Women Through The Word” this is the group of women headed up by Wendy Pope that I read scripture with daily Monday-Friday. This has been a tremendous blessing to me in countless ways!

51. I’m grateful for… my favorite color purple! God creates so much beauty:-)

52. I’m grateful for hot and cold water so that I can enjoy really warm showers!

53. Most of all I’m grateful that my name is in “The Lamb’s Book of Life”!

It’s Celebration Time…Come On!!

In Dec. 2009 Whole-listic Christian Ministries began blogging! This first year has been a process of us becoming familiar with the world of blogging. It has been fun!! We have been blessed to learn much and to share our love of Jesus Christ with all of you:-)

Here’s to celebrating the wonders that Christ has yet to show to our physical eyes but in faith we walk on and stand firm on the ground and paths that our Lord has already paved for HIS greatest glory! 

We love each and every one of you. Knitting you into a Holistic Christ centered daily living mold will bring VICTORY. We were given life to make HIS praise glorious!!!!!

Thanksgiving History

 Click to listen to… Thanks To GodIt may come as a surprise to learn that the “First Thanksgiving” was really not a “thanksgiving” in the sense that the Pilgrims would have used the word. Rather, it was a traditional English harvest celebration (the Pilgrims’ use of the word had more religious overtones).*

Even more surprising is the fact that this “First Thanksgiving” was not even associated with our national Thanksgiving holiday until the nineteenth century!

According to historian Jim Baker, the former director of research at the Plimoth Plantation:

“Although the Pilgrims’ 1621 harvest celebration had been identified as the first American Thanksgiving** as early as 1841 by [historian] Alexander Young, the common Thanksgiving symbolic associations in the 19th century centered on turkeys, Yankee dinners and an annual family reunion, not Pilgrims.

“Moreover, whenever a Pilgrim, or more accurately, a generic 17th-century puritan image, appeared in popular art in connection with Thanksgiving during the nineteenth century, it was not the now familiar scene of English and Indians sitting down to an outdoor feast. On the contrary, the image almost always portrayed a violent confrontation between colonist and Native American. It was only after the turn of the century . . . that the romantic (and historically correct) idyllic image of the two cultures sitting down to an autumn feast became popular. By the First World War, popular art (especially postcards), schoolbooks and literature had linked the Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving indivisibly together” (Jim Baker, “The ‘First Thanksgiving’: Facts and Fancies,” 1998).

Though the association of the Pilgrims with the Thanksgiving holiday has a “complicated history,” there may well be a historical connection. The Pilgrims are probably responsible for spreading the practice of thanksgiving throughout New England. For what began as “a routine Puritan religious observation, irregularly declared and celebrated in response to God’s favorable Providence” eventually evolved into a “single, annual, quasi-secular New England autumnal celebration” (Jim Baker, “The ‘First Thanksgiving’: Facts and Fancies,” 1998).

By the time of the American Revolution, the Thanksgiving celebrations so common in New England began to spread south as Congress issued eight separate Thanksgiving Proclamations beginning in 1777 (www.pilgrimhall.org).

In 1789, Congress urged President George Washington to issue the first presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation. It is, in part, as follows:

“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor . . . . Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection” (see the full text of Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation).

Though subsequent presidents made thanksgiving proclamations (see www.pilgrimhall.org), the holiday was essentially a regional observance until 1863. The adoption of a uniform, national holiday is generally credited to Sarah J. Hale, editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, who spent many years campaigning for it – writing letters to governors and presidents, as well as editorials (she her inspiring 1863 editorial).

President Lincoln responded in 1863 by setting aside the last Thursday of November as a day of thanksgiving. Lincoln’s proclamation has special significance when considered in its context. America was in the midst of a Civil War. Though the tide of war had begun to change, there had been a tremendous loss of life on both sides. And it would be two more long years before the Civil War would end.

During this difficult time in American history, President Lincoln sought to begin the healing process for a divided nation with a call to unite in giving thanks to God. Here are his words, in part:

“The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God . . . . No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy” (see the full text of Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation).

Historian David Barton notes that this “remarkable Thanksgiving Proclamation came at a pivotal point in Lincoln’s spiritual life. Three months earlier, the Battle of Gettysburg had occurred, resulting in the loss of some 60,000 American lives. It had been while Lincoln was walking among the thousands of graves there at Gettysburg that he first committed his life to Christ” (www.wallbuilders.com).

Lincoln wrote in a letter to a clergyman:

“When I left Springfield [Illinois, to assume the Presidency], I asked the people to pray for me. I was not a Christian. When I buried my son, the severest trial of my life, I was not a Christian. But when I went to Gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ.” (Abraham Lincoln, The Lincoln Memorial: Album-Immortelles, G.W. Carleton adn Company, 1882, p. 366).

For the next 75 years, American presidents faithfully followed Lincoln’s precedent and annually declared a national Thanksgiving Day. However, dates varied, so in 1941 Congress permanently established the fourth Thursday of November as the national Thanksgiving holiday.

By the 20th century, Americans began to look back to their early history to better understand the “the spirit of Thanksgiving.” Without doubt, the Pilgrim story is one of the most inspiring. The Pilgrims serve as a shining example of gratitude to God, even in the midst of great hardship.

Furthermore, the tradition of giving thanks as a community may well be traced to their faithful practice of “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).

The history of thanksgiving in America is, without a doubt, rooted in religious devotion; it is a time to give our thanks to the one and only Almighty God for his blessings. May we ALWAYS remember him as the source of all good things and heed his words in Deuteronomy:

“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 8:10-14a).

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For more on the Pilgrim story, see historian Jim Baker’s articles.

*The Pilgrims (or more specifically, the Puritans) had “three allowable holy days: The Sabbath, the Day of Humiliation and Fasting, and the Day of Thanksgiving and Praise. The latter two were never held on a regular basis but only in direct response to God’s Providence . .  . . Each of these days were held on weekdays and meant an extra day of church services and devotion in addition to the Sabbath. The Day of Thanksgiving was often concluded with a feast, while the fast days saw voluntary privation.”

“The harvest celebration of autumn, 1621, was quite plainly neither a fast day nor a thanksgiving day in the eyes of the Pilgrims. Rather it was a secular celebration which included games, recreations, three days of feasting and Indian guests. It would have been unthinkable to have these things as part of a religious Thanksgiving. The actual first declared Thanksgiving occurred in 1623, after a providential rain shower saved the colony’s crops” (Jim Baker, “The Pilgrims as People: Understanding the Plymouth Colonists,” 1998).

**Many historians deny the claim that the 1621 harvest celebration was the first thanksgiving on American soil. Other earlier thanksgiving celebrations are: (1) 1541 at Palo Canyon, Texas with Coronado and 1500 of his men, (2) 1564 at St. Augustine, Florida with French colonists, (3) 1598 at El Paso, Texas with Juan de Onate and his expedition, (4) 1607 at Cape Henry, Virginia with the landing of the Jamestown settlers, and (5) 1619 at Berkeley Plantation, Virginia.

Article reprinted from: http://www.celebratingholidays.com/?page_id=1330

Praise and Thanksgiving

From The Valley of Vision:

Praise and Thanksgiving

O my God,
Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects,
my heart admires, adores, loves thee,
for my little vessel is as full as it can be,
and I would pour out all that fullness before thee in ceaseless flow.
When I think upon and converse with thee
ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,
ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,
ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,
crowding into every moment of happiness.
I bless thee for the soul thou hast created,
for adorning it, sanctifying it,
though it is fixed in barren soil;
for the body thou hast given me,
for preserving its strength and vigour,
for providing senses to enjoy delights,
for the ease and freedom of my limbs,
for hands, eyes, ears that do thy bidding;
for thy royal bounty providing my daily support,
for a full table and overflowing cup,
for appetite, taste, sweetness,
for social joys of relatives and friends,
for ability to serve others,
for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,
for a mind to care for my fellow-men,
for opportunities of spreading happiness around,
for loved ones in the joys of heaven,
for my own expectation of seeing thee clearly,
I love thee above the powers of language to express,
for what thou art to thy creatures.
Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity

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