Sunday, March 20, 2011

And the Winner is....


Thank you to all to all of you who signed up!

Thank you for reading the blog!

It was a tough process picking the winner...

I had great difficulty keeping up with the magnitude of response!

Just for the record I want to assure each and every one of you that I used a secure and scientifically proven method to select the winner...

I have documentation and four witnesses
(two cats, two dogs...the cats are a little sneaky, but the dogs are quite reliable...)




Drum roll please.......






Congratulations Angie!

I will be contacting you soon and deliver your Oprah style prize!!






Sunday, March 13, 2011

Blogaversary


On March 17th I will be celebrating my first year as a "Blogger".

Blogging has really been rather therapeutic for me.
I've discovered a lot of things about myself.
It has been a journey...

(a meandering, back-tracking, one-step forward/two-steps back, crawl, run, fly, fall down/get up, fast, slow, lead/follow, stop, look and finally LISTEN kind of trip)

So I thank each of you for listening to me as I have a tendancy to periodically rant, rave, and make a few inappropriate or downright stupid comments!

In celebration of my first year I am doing a GIVE AWAY!

It will be, "A few of my favorite things" give away.
Just like Oprah!
(not really)

If you would like to be eligible for the drawing you will need to make a comment and just state your name and provide your e-mail address.  It is that simple and virtually painless...

Good luck!


Annette




Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Whisper a Prayer

A Whispered Prayer...

Father,

"We thank-you that you have provided redemption and healing
throughthe precious blood of your Son, Jesus.

God we ask that you would touch Jenny's body with your healing power.
 God speak life, strength, and healing on her behalf."

~Amen
 
 
I know He hears me even when I whisper...
 
But I know that I am not always so great
a listener for His response.
 
The Lord said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by."
Then after a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord,
but the Lord was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake,
but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 
After the earthquake came a fire,
but the Lord was not in the fire.
And after the fire came a gentle whisper...
I Kings 19:11-12
 
Dear Lord,
 
We know that you reveal yourself in the powerful and the miraculous but I thank you for this reminder that sometimes it is easy to miss you in the bustle of the everyday.
I pray that as Jenny and Luke return today that you pour out an abundant measure of peace
 and a release from the busyness of life,
as they humbly listen for your gentle whisper.
 
Amen
 
 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Yahweh Tsuri:::The Lord is My Rock



α’ β  β  ά
Father,
"We thank you that you have provided redemption and healing through the blood of your son Jesus."

EL ROI 

The God who sees her...

"We ask that you would touch Jenny's body..."

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Physician,

"Touch her with Your healing power."


Yahweh Rophe

The Lord Who Heals,

"Speak life, strength and healing on her behalf".


Amen

Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus,
 "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed".
Luke 8:50


Elohim~El Roi~Yahweh Yireh~Yahweh Nissi~Esh Oklah~El Kanna~Shophet~El Elyon~Yahweh Shammah~Philos

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Pray for Healing...


Father,
"We thank-you that you have provided redemption and healing through the precious blood of your Son, Jesus.

God we ask that you would touch Jenny's body with your healing power.  God speak life, strength, and healing on her behalf."

~Amen

Saturday, March 5, 2011

::wrestling:::

"Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrested with him until daybreak." Genesis 32:24

Okay, I am going to keep this short folks.  Mostly because I am very uncomfortable with what I am about to say.  For the record, I don't do stuff like this, I don't say stuff like this. So I am going to quickly set this out there and then slide back into the periphery.

So here goes...


I have ALWAYS struggled with prayer.  No secret there.  And it is not that I don't believe in prayer.  I do.  I do.  I do. 

But I am critical by nature and I have been known to judge the church and religious tradition harshly...

What I've witnessed in church and heard as others share their "outloud" prayers has always fallen flat to my ears and my heart. Nothing but sanitized salutations in my opinion.

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Okay, I had to take a break from this.  What I am trying to say is really not coming out well and I am getting too worried about offending people...

Here it is.  Prayer in my life does not exist in the WORD realm.  I wish it did.  I long for verbal eloquence or beautifully scripted prose...but sadly that is not how I am wired when it comes to prayer.  It has taken me a long time to figure this out. 

Since I don't pray like I've historically witnessed others to do I figured that I was flawed, just another short-coming.  So prayer fell into the realm of bowling.  Yes, I said "bowling".  I suck at bowling; therefore, I do not bowl...and since I didn't pray appropriately, I never openly prayed for others.

Well about 2-3 weeks ago, I woke up in the middle of the night (which I rarely do) and felt the oddest emotional, heart-gut wrenching compulsion that I was to pray for Jenny & Luke Norbie.  Now I hardly know either one of them.  I worked with Luke for a short time many years ago and I don't believe that I have ever directly spoken to Jenny.  So this was very odd.  So in the middle of the night I lay in bed weeping, arguing, crying out...for healing, hope and mercy.

A lot of times when I pray out of my heart-gut it is not pretty.  I cry.  I rage.  I stomp my feet.  I do lots of things that I'd rather not let people see or hear...

AND honestly, when I see the FaceBook petitions for prayer I cringe a little...it is just not me.  You know the FB entry that looks like this:
 


Jane Doe

"Praying....Praying...Praying!"

              
             3 Like
             
            


It is hard for me to wrestle with God on FaceBook and maintain any semblance of dignity.  But then I am reminded that dignity is closely related to pride and we all know where pride got me...

Okay, Jen & Luke need prayer.  AND I am going to embrace social media and take up their cause.  Please check out their CaringBridge site: Click Here 

They are currently in California and asking that a specific prayer be lifted on their behalf.  So this is easy folks you don't even have to invent the words...

"Father God we thank you that you have provided redemption and healing through the precious blood of your Son, Jesus.  God we ask that you would touch Jenny's body with your healing power.  God we speak life, strength on her behalf.  Amen"


I am Stepping down from the podium now...


"Biblical prayer is impertinent, persistent, shameless, indecorous.  It is more like haggling in an outdoor bazaar than the polite monologues of the church"~Walter Wink

(thank-you Mr. Wink)

"And behold, I am with you, and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you untill I have done what I have promised you" Genesis 28: 15