I Was Adopted: Here’s My Story

An amazing story of God’s Mercy, love, and passion, especially for little ones. This truly is a story worth telling and showing the world, especially that there is indeed a God – the One true God – who never sleeps nor slumbers but is continually pouring out his Grace and protection. He is passionate about Families!!!

Justified And Redeemed

I’m letting you into another part of my life that defined who I am, and this one isn’t down or gloomy, but some may think the beginning part is, but I have come to terms with my past, and I want to share it.

God blessed me with loving parents, and even if they weren’t my biological parents, they loved me as their own daughter, and I want to share the wonderful joys of adoption or in my case, becoming the daughter of my biological grandparents who are the most wonderful parents I could have ever asked for!

My “adoption” story is different, as I stated above, for I was adopted/legally raised within my own family, but they still loved me as a daughter. God blessed me with loving grandparents who then legally became my mom and dad at age 3, so I still saw my family growing up, but…

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Communicating with God – A Personal Relationship!

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Many Christians, when they are asked by non-Christians; “Is Christianity not just another religion….?”, would  then, of course, respond almost immediately with the popular and well-learned apophthegm ; “…Christianity is not a religion; it’s a Personal Relationship with God…”

Well, perhaps that would be true for some but, the question is; is that honestly true for the rest of Christendom?   A personal relationship, just as it should be between a man and his wife, should be one of natural communication. It should never be a one-way monologue. If it was then surely that could never be deemed as a relationship, could it? I suppose, in some sense, that would be one of the reasons marriages do not last these days – among many other reasons like infidelity, abuse, and the list goes on and on.

Now, we are told that when we want to speak to God, then we go to Him in prayer, right? Again, the prayers of so many Christians are a practice that is made only at dinner time, bedtime, at a prayer meeting, or when there is trouble and the flare-gun-prayer is shot off into the sky, and so forth.   But, is that really communication with God? Is our communication with God relegated to specific times (ingrained) because of tradition and habit – as if God listens only at those moments [of prayer]?

I think of David who spoke to God about anything and everything. He did not just leave it to “a prayer meeting” but, rather communicated with God all the time because he knew that God was always with him and he was always with God – even when he sinned. David knew how to communicate with God and not just “Pray” only at certain times but perpetually and fervently spoke to God continually – impassioned with a need to communicate with his Creator, God!

Yes, we are most definitely called to pray and, we are most definitely are called to do it together as Christians should be doing. But, if a genuine “Personal relationship with God Christian” is what we describe ourselves to be then surely, we are then meant to speak to God without having to close our eyes at specific times like we have been taught by the bidding of traditions. Imagine closing your eyes and praying while you are driving your car? That probably would be the last prayer you would ever be saying and, perhaps for the other person or people you have just driven over because your eyes were closed.

Our personal relationship with God is communing with Him all day long; speaking to Him and knowing that He will speak back to our heart, mind, and spirit.   Listen to David’s communication with God and how naturally it pours out of his mouth. This is just one example out of so many other examples. There are just so many Psalms one could read and realise how David communicated with God.

I could have probably even have used Job as a good example as well, and it would be good to even go and read about his communication with God. Moreover, there are even many, many more characters in Scripture that I could have used, but I have Chosen just this one;

Psalm 86

“Incline your ear, O Lord , and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O Lord , to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. Teach me your way, O Lord , that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life, and they do not set you before them. But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant. Show me a sign of your favour, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.”

Notice how naturally David is communicating with God. Yes, it is still called prayer but, it is not just at a specific time but all the time.

My question once again is this; and, by the way, it includes the writer as well – me. Are we really Christians who have a Personal Relationship with God and are speaking to Him continuously and pouring out our thoughts and hearts to Him vocally? Notice how David speaks to God. This is what I would want to encourage every “Personal-Relationship-with-God Christian” to do. Speaking to God should never be a monologue or a shopping list but, rather, “Deep crying out to Deep” and having our hearts and souls filled with His presence!

Lord, Jesus, give us hearts that are like David’s heart and a longing to be with You, speak with You, and glorify You!

 

 

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My People Perish because I (God) have been Removed. 

PSALM 82.
TO THE GOVERNMENTS, PRESIDENTS, AND RULERS OF NATIONS!

God has taken his place in the divine council [For there is no authority except by God – Romans 13:1b]; in the midst of the gods [Presidents and Rulers] he holds judgment:

[This is God’s questioning of them] “How long will you [Rulers and Presidents] judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked [and overlook the rest of the people]?
Selah [Stop and think about this; let this sink into your head and heart].

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked” [Many times, you, yourselves. oh rulers, are, in fact, the wicked ones]. “They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness [for they love the darkness more than the light because their deeds are evil – John 3:19]; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.” [There is war, racism, and hatred because there is no fear of God and knowledge of God within the goverments and the land]!
I said, “You are god’s [Presidents and Rulers], sons of the Most High [You are but mere men, created by God like all other human beings], all of you; nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.”
Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!

Psalms 82:1‭-‬8 ESV

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Weakness Becomes Your Biggest Strength……………

Very well written, riveting, and inspiring!

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205376_468289056514635_1108292152_n.jpgYOUR BIGGEST WEAKNESS BECOMES YOUR BIGGEST STRENGTH –  A JAPANESE STORY:

A 10-year old boy decided to study Judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. The boy began taking lessons with an old Japanese Judo Master.  The boy was doing very well, so he could not understand why, after three months of training the Master had taught him only ONE MOVE.

The boy was a little perplexed what his Master was doing and said, ‘Sensei (Master), shouldn’t I be learning more moves?‘This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you will ever need to know,’ the Sensei replied.  Not quite understanding but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training.  Several months later, the Sensei took the boy to his first tournament.  Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches.

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CAN A SAINT FALSELY ACCUSE GOD?

“All the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen…” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

Jesus’ parable of the talents recorded in Matthew 25:14-30 was a warning that it is possible for us to misjudge our capacities. This parable has nothing to do with natural gifts and abilities but relates to the gift of the Holy Spirit as He was first given at Pentecost.

We must never measure our spiritual capacity on the basis of our education or our intellect; our capacity and spiritual things are measured on the basis of the promises of God. If we get less than God wants us to have, we will falsely accuse Him as the servant falsely accused his master when he said, “you expect more of me than you gave me the power to do. You demand too much of me, and I cannot stand true to you here where you have placed me.”

When it is a question of God’s Almighty Spirit, never say, “I can’t.” Never allow the limitation of your own natural ability to enter into the matter. If we have received the Holy Spirit, God expects the work of the Holy Spirit to be exhibited in us. The servant justified himself while condemning his Lord on every point, as if to say, “your demand on me is way out of proportion to what you gave to me.”

Have we been falsely accusing God by daring to worry after He has said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”? (Matthew 6:33). Worrying means exactly what the servant implied – “I know your intent is to leave me unprotected and vulnerable.” A person who is lazy in the natural realm is always critical, saying, “I haven’t had a decent chance…” and someone who is lazy in the spiritual realm is critical of God. Lazy people always strike out at others in an independent way.

Never forget that our capacity and capability in spiritual matters is measured by, and based on, the promises of God. Is God able to fulfil his promises? Our answer depends on whether or not we have received the Holy Spirit. (April 20)

 

Oswald Chambers, Scottish Teacher, 24 July 1874 – 15 November 1917.

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Fear Not! For I am with you….

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Psalm 91-1Whoever dwells in the shelterof the Most High
will rest in the shadowof the Almighty.[a]

Darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people. But I have good news for you, Good news of the promises in God’s Word that will fortify you and equip you during these times. Good news of His protection and His favor upon you.

Good news that declares that you are in this world, but not of this world! Isaiah 60:2 does not end with deep darkness. It goes on to declare this: But the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The darker the world becomes, the brighter YOU will shine. As gloom and despair cover the earth, your light will become increasingly radiant. You will be His beacon of grace and glory in the midst of deep darkness.

The world…

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VIDEO The Focal Point of Spiritual Power – Why Most Christians are Powerless, Spiritual Warfare

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The Focal Point of Spiritual Power

If you want to know the power of God (that is, the resurrection life of Jesus) in your human flesh, you must dwell on the tragedy of God. Break away from your personal concern over your own spiritual condition, and with a completely open spirit consider the tragedy of God. Instantly the power of God will be in you. “Look to Me…” (Isaiah 45:22). Pay attention to the external Source and the internal power will be there. We lose power because we don’t focus on the right thing. The effect of the Cross is salvation, sanctification, healing, etc., but we are not to preach any of these. We are to preach “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). The proclaiming of Jesus will do its own…

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