Entertaining Angels unawares….

We never know just who is around us who might touch our life in a profound way. When someone does, we might feel this person is an angel. Indeed this story really made me feel that this was an act of God.

‘Rose’, who suffers from anorexia, was on a train going to hospital for treatment. Someone on the train saw her obvious condition, and wrote her a letter which touched her and uplifted her. Here it is for you to read:

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You can read the whole story here: Link

I hope it brings you a moment of joy and hope. Life can be so hard – today I pray that if you need a hand, that God will bring someone alongside you. If you are free, would you let God move you alongside someone who needs you? I pray you will.

God Bless

Lis

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Prayers needed please….

My dear little old dog, Harvey, is very poorly right now – and he’s back off to the vet again for the second time this week with breathing difficulties and not wanting to eat. Please pray he gets through this – his medication has messed up his electrolytes badly, and I think this is the problem. Please pray for an affordable solution for him, so that I can keep him with me for at least a while longer.

Oh, and please pray my exhaust on my car holds up on my journey there and back tonight (it’s broken, and I can’t get it fixed until tomorrow).

Thank you all.

God Bless you

Lis

UPDATED to add: The vet called and wants to do a blood test, so said to come tomorrow when his meds have worn off. At least this means the car exhaust will be done first. Please pray he has a comfortable night – he seems really uncomfortable at the moment, so it’s hard for him to rest. Thank you all. x

The invisible sticking plaster of prayer

I wrote this a couple of months ago, and left it in my drafts folder. When the Elder emailed me again, and again didn’t respond to me, I felt it was time to brush it off, and post it. If you are in a church and you do this to people – if this is church policy, to pray and not ACT to help those in need, then SHAME ON YOU! I’ve had more care and support from online ministers I’ve never met than from a church just three short miles from where I live. I am blessed that God has improved my situation and my health, because I have done everything I could to LISTEN to Him. However, a parishoner in need is a parishoner in need. So here’s what I wrote in full (and unexpurgated).

I’m going to have a little rant, do excuse me. This is what occured to me when I wondered at the complete lack of ANY pastoral care from my local church.

“I’m going to sit at home and pray for you. I have emailed you and asked you how you are, that’s enough isn’t it? I’m not going to do anything practical. I’m not going to do anything face to face or physical. I’m not going to even tell you that I am thinking of you – I’m not even going to reply to your reply to me. No, I’m going to apply the invisible sticking plaster of prayer. And I’m applying it to myself, because your pain, your illness, your need is just too f****** real for me, and I cannot bear the thought that I could, or might need to rock up and show myself as a fellow member of the body of Christ and DO SOMETHING for you. Something practical – that I might have to put out my hand, or put my hand in my pocket for you. You can’t pay your bills? I’ll PRAY FOR YOU.”

Now, I’m not saying that God doesn’t hear those prayers. I’m not saying that heaven and earth cannot be moved by prayer, because thankfully God has been working all this pain for my good, and things are better than they were, but you know God does expect us to DO something.

Let’s take a real-life example. If you’re on the way to the shops and you see a homeless person, do you walk past them and ignore them and think ‘I’ll pray for them.’ Or do you give them some change, and have a chat with them – find out their story? Do you stop on the way back from the shop with food for them (if you’re worried that money might be all spent on booze)?

If you would walk past and pray for that person then you are like the majority of the Body of Christ – applying invisible sticking plasters of prayer to those in need, in fact to your own discomfort when faced with their need. Because to communicate with a person in pain is just too, well, uncomfortable for you.

Let me rip that off you now *rips*

OUCH!

Good – now think about what you could practically do for the person in need who you know in your congregation, while you have the chance to reach them – before they leave, as I just have.

Churches have opportunities to reach those who are struggling, alone and vulnerable. If that person is strong enough they will hold on by their finger tips awaiting a little inclusion, a little support.

If that doesn’t come, they will leave.

I don’t think I need to express why – but I know many who are not Christians who know better how to care for those in need than those in the church do.

/rant.

God Bless you

Lis

What are you doing to counteract the darkness today?

Just a thought, because 12,000 misguided idolaters went to Stonehenge today (apparently the solstice was yesterday due to the leap year, but no matter!). They went to Stonehenge today and, inadvertently or not, gave their energy, their time, their fealty to the demonic realm.(source)

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Across the world, satanists use this important day as a day to sacrifice humans. It does still happen, even if we hate to think of it.

The occult draws energy from these activities and this time is celebrated. A churchyard was ‘vandalised’ – defiled, to be more correct, just a couple of days ago, with satanic symbols. (source)

So did you choose to do something differently today? Was there something you thought you should do differently to counteract that darkness?

I won’t share what I chose to do – what I felt God put on my heart for today, but this day is a particular time to take more effort to pray – we can only use the weapons we have against the ever increasing darkness!

One good snippet from the Stonehenge article was that 25,000 people were expected, yet only around 12,000 came on the day – one reason mooted for this is that English Heritage had banned alcohol there this year. So perhaps booze was the main attraction for some….

Let’s all remember on this day the need for prayer vigilance, remembering to proclaim that Jesus has overcome the world!

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God Bless you

Lis

Prayer request for me

Would you please pray for me? Tomorrow I am going to the dentist for an extraction, and I would just ask that you would guide the dentist to make the right decision about my tooth and other teeth, and that God would guide me and the dentist, and protect me through the process. I’d rather not be having this done, but it looks as though there is no alternative – I’ve tried everything I can think of, including of course, lots and lots of prayer!

Thank you everyone!

God Bless you

Lis

Profoundly moving – human goodness can shine in the darkest places and times

When was the last time I posted something in the category ‘Good News’? Ages ago, and this really isn’t so much ‘good news’, because it begins with pain and loss. So often the greatest stories of human goodness start with loss, pain and suffering. I just wanted to share this moving moment, and let’s all be reminded (particularly us UK based believers) to reach out with the offer of prayer in the dark times in other’s lives. It’s so easy to assume the person in pain is not open to God, or not a believer (here in the UK for sure). Let’s always try to remember to reach out and give a hand of support and offer prayers for those in pain.

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I quote for the article: (Link)

This is the touching moment three staff members at Dutch Bros Coffee prayed with a young wife after discovering her husband had died the previous day.

Barbara Danner, from Vancouver, said she was waiting in her car at a branch of the coffee chain when she noticed three workers leaning out of the service window.

Danner took a picture as the staff joined hands with the woman in front and prayed with her after noticing she was upset and learning that her husband had died.

Posting the incredible images on Facebook, Danner wrote: ‘Turns out the young lady in line ahead of us lost her 37-year-old husband last night. 

‘When the DB guys & gals noticed she was falling apart, they stopped everything and prayed with her for several minutes, invited her to come back for prayer and support, as well as anything else that she might need. 

‘Prayers for the young family, and you know where to stop for coffee!’

Let’s take a moment to join in prayer for that young widow, and offer thanks to God for these young people who displayed the beautiful workings of God’s Kingdom on earth in their moment of reaching out to support her.

God Bless you

Lis

Personal needs versus spiritual needs

How many times do we fail someone else, as Christians because of our own personal needs, or even their personal needs?

What do I mean by that? I have talked before about the need for rebuke (Link) – my spiritual needs were not met in that very English church – no, my, and their personal needs were being met. The personal need was to have everybody appear in agreement, to have everyone not offended, and have no-one upset! That doesn’t fulfil anyones spiritual needs. Love confronts – godly love must always confront that which is wrong!

Yeshua came and upset a LOT of people. He said what needed to be said for their spiritual needs.

So I ask you now, and I hope you’ll comment – if you were in a church and met someone who you knew was in sin, perhaps they’re happily telling you how great it is that all religions worship the same god, or perhaps they are dowsing with a pendulum (I know someone who has a friend who dowses with a pendulum and talks to ‘Jesus’ – I did point out that wasn’t the real Jesus…) – what would you do? How would you handle it? Or would you avoid handling it at all?

I know the local Vineyard church here instructs those praying for people to avoid offending people who come up for prayer! Yes really! You are not allowed to tell that person that they have a demonic influence, a stronghold? Really? This is placing personal needs above spiritual ones! It won’t wash.

The body of Christ is really not about unity and homogeneity – it’s really NOT about all agreeing and being nice. It’s about learning, correcting, rebuking and building one another up! It strengthens us.

As an example let’s just take a quick look at Psalm 23 – so well known. It goes like this [emphasis added]:

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. This is often overlooked, but as far as I understand it, the staff had a hook on the end, and was used to rescue sheep who got in trouble, and the rod was to tap or strike them to stop them wandering away and keep them in the flock.

We NEED God’s rod and His staff – we need to have both His discipline and His rescue – they comfort us.

If we won’t be honest with our fellow man, what hope does the church have but to accept more and more false doctrine to keep people ‘happy’ and in ‘agreement’?

I’ll leave you with this brilliant video from Mark Gungor – very funny, but his point is VITAL – we can’t just pray for people – we need to rebuke that which is wrong! His sermon starts around 15 minutes into the video. I hope you enjoy it!

God Bless you

Lis