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Rising from the Ashes

Today’s testimony by my dear friend Josette is a beautiful example of how God restores broken lives: “Rising from the Ashes” http://truthrejoices.com/

Little Things

A couple of days ago I made a quick stop at the dollar store. As I was standing in the checkout line, I felt the Lord’s leading to pay for the purchases of the young woman in front of me. The total was only four dollars. Since it was such a small purchase, I was surprised at the woman’s reaction. She must have thanked me ten times. When she asked me why I paid for her items, I told her it was because Jesus loved her. Her friend who was with her exclaimed, “She knows Jesus!” As they left the store I heard the young woman say to her friend, “Now, that is how MY God works!

When I paid for the young woman’s purchases I had no clue that something that seemed so little would be so big. I left the store thinking, “Yes, That’s how MY God works!

Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (NIV.)

Have a beautiful, blessed day!

Jeannie

 

 

Giving Your Change Away

change in hand 1A couple of years ago, after making a simple purchase, God led me to give my change to a man standing outside the store. As I pressed the coins into his hand, the Lord spoke to my heart, “I am taking you into a season of change. I want you to start giving your change away.”

As I continuously gave away my change, I entered into a season of continuous change that has often resembled a roller coaster ride—a ride that has taken me through both the frustration and pain of sickness, injury and loss, and through the joy of new opportunities, friendships, healing, and restoration.

The challenges in the midst of the changes have definitely changed me!.

Early last week, I woke up with a certain goal in mind. As I walked out of my room into the hallway, I felt the presence of God so intensely I almost fell down. (Maybe that is what is meant by the “weight of His glory.”) As I grabbed the door jamb to keep my balance, I heard in my spirit, “Everything just changed!” In my mind I saw a picture of a clock with both hands on the twelve. Later that evening I received a phone call informing me that God was answering some of the prayers I had been praying for almost 30 years.

Today, the Lord reminded me about the day He led me to start giving my change away. He then said, “It’s time for you to give your change away again.” This time I knew He wasn’t taking about money.

When God changes us in the midst of change, He equips us to bring change to others. Have you, like me been in a season of change? Have you been changed in the midst? Has God softened your heart, or given you wisdom and revelation? Do you have testimonies of answered prayer or of His abounding grace to see you through? If so, are you ready to start giving your change away?

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NIV).
Have a Blessed day!
Jeannie Diane

But God Knew

This morning, an old friend mentioned that her daughter missed reading my posts. Hmmm. I didn’t realize anyone was disappointed I hadn’t written a blog in a while. It’s not that I haven’t had anything about which to blog. I have made notes concerning ideas for future blogs and books on just about everything from journals on my computer to grocery store receipts. But I have been so busy caring for sick family members, investing in new relationships, and getting my book ready for publication, that I put my blog on hold for a bit. Guess I should have written a blog to inform my readers that I wouldn’t be blogging until after the new year, except maybe for Christmas….and New Years…and …well who knows.

Actually, I am excited about some of the ideas the Lord has given me for future blogs. I am also excited about some future adventures He has put in my heart. The first being a trip North Carolina I will be taking to see my sons and daughter-in-law. Spending time with my children is something I never take for granted. My youngest son came for visit in September. Since he had been stationed overseas, I hadn’t seen him in almost three years.  My oldest son will be returning from Afghanistan this week. I haven’t seen him in almost two years. Although it’s a rare occurrence, both of my sons are now stationed on the same base. Thank you, Jesus!

I also plan on visiting my youngest daughter and her husband and my grand babies in Washington. I don’t know how the provision for the trips etc will work out, but God does. If it is His will, it will be His bill.

1204131447a(1)Once again, I saw evidence of this the other night when a Christian brother gave me a twenty dollar bill wrapped around a money order for over a hundred dollars. The twenty was an answer to a specific prayer (I will write about it later), and the money order was for my trip. Before I announced it during the study that night, he didn’t even know I was going on a trip or that I had been praying for “trip money.” But God knew.

North Carolina here I come!  But first I have to find caregivers for Mom and my special needs sis Judy, line up people to bring meals for three weeks, figure out how to network my computer to Dad’s so I can do his office work from another state, take Judy to the rest of her doctor and dental appointments, attend a few Christmas get-togethers, pack ect. Did I mention I needed to work on my book? Yep. Looks like you won’t be hearing from me again until Christmas. Until then take hold of all God has for you, count your blessings, and expect the unexpected!

                                                                                                God Bless,

                                                                                                Jeannie Diane

 

I Stand Amazed!

When I wrote about my fall in “The Wrong Shoes” this past September, I had no idea I would still be suffering from my injuries five months later.  After icing my shoulder and keeping it in a sling for a few weeks, I began using my arm for simple tasks. Although my range of motion was limited, and any reaching, lifting more than a few pounds, or accidentally rolling over in my sleep, would cause me to cry out, since I wasn’t in continuous pain, I thought my injuries were improving. 

But the past few weeks, every time I went through a gymnastic routine, complete with “Ouch! Ouch! OWWWWW! sound effects in order to force my arm into some kind of position which didn’t feel like it was being repeatedly stabbed, every time I changed clothes, it was obvious that my injury was getting worse instead of better.

Since I don’t have health insurance, I began to pray for God to give me a message or a miracle.  He answered with both.  The message rang loud and clear last week when a loud crack, resulting in my screaming/yelling brought my father from the other room. 

The following morning, when Dad told the chiropractor that the cracking sound from my shoulder sounded like a bullet went off, I thought to myself, “Yep! That’s pretty much how it felt!” After looking at my x rays, the chiropractor informed me that he couldn’t help me, handed me an x ray (see picture below), and  told me to take it to an orthopedic doctor right away because I might need surgery.  Not exactly what I wanted to hear, 

My miracle began last night at a Single’s Bible study, when one of the men suggested I go to his chiropractor before continuing to take steps toward seeing an orthopedic doctor.  Today, when I went for my appointment, not only did I discover that this brother in the Lord had made arrangements to help me pay some of the expenses, his chiropractor specializes in rodeo injuries.

Apparently, when I fell in September, I tore ligaments which resulted in both my clavicle and my humerus being displaced.  The chiropractor said he could reset both, but it would be painful since tissue would have to be torn.  I assured him I had a high pain tolerance and remarked how I had even had 4 children with out pain killers. Ummm—can you say “childbirth revisited?!”  Since I  almost passed out when the Good Doc reset the shoulder, we decided I shouldn’t attempt to deliver twins and set an appointment for next week to set the clavicle. 

Although today’s experience was painful (that’s an understatement), and I will be hugging an ice pack and popping Aleve and Tylenol for awhile, I am so excited and I feel so incredibly blessed that I won’t be needing surgery!  I am also amazed how the Lord provided and led me to someone who is used to resetting shoulders. I might also add that when I returned home, I opened a belated Christmas card that arrived from a friend in Washington.  The card contained forty dollars—the exact amount needed for my next appointment.  Yes, Lord!  Your love, protection, and provision continue to amaze me!

Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.(KJV)Image

 

 

God’s Economy…Part II

If there is one thing I have learned about God’s economy it’s that although it makes “perfect sense” …to God, it often makes little sense to me…except … sometimes in hind-site. Therefore, since my little finite mind has difficultly understanding the greatness of my God when I am calculating a situation, I often begin not only to question my ability to hear Him, but, at times, I am even tempted to doubt my sanity.

An example of this would be the second job that I am now working. Let me back track a little bit to bring some clarity.  

A few months ago the Lord impressed upon my spirit that I was to go that afternoon to a certain building in town and fill out an application.  And, although, at first, I was apprehensive, after calling a few friends for prayer, I became excited at the prospect of not only a new opportunity, but the possibility of a full-time position with medical benefits.  Certainly, this is God’s answer to how I am going to pay my bills when my child support ends. 

Later that afternoon, when I entered the specified facility and saw an empty desk in front of me, I was certain, that at some point, I would be its occupant. So I nonchalantly walked over and stood behind it in an attempt to gain some insight as to what my future employment might involve. That is when I heard in my spirit I need you here.

So with visions of financial security and possible ministry running through my head, I approached a young woman and asked her who worked at the desk.  Her unexpected answer made me laugh…and not a HA HA kind of bubbly laughter either…it was more like the kind of laughter that Sarah exhibited in Genesis 18:12 when she was informed by the angel that she was going to give birth to a son in her old age.

Well, to make a long story short, after orientation, a blood test, mandatory shots, and the juggling of the company’s schedules, I am now working my volunteer desk position once a week. And I have to say that I have been tremendously blessed, for not only has my desk become a prayer altar, but my life has also been touched by the amazing people around me.

As I am writing this, I am reminded of a testimony a missionary shared with our congregation quite a few years ago.  When God told him to buy a swamp, not only was he ridiculed by the populace but even his church members had a difficult time believing him.  Little did any of them know, that a few months later that swamp would be drained as the result of a building project up the road and would become a multimillion dollar property.  Yes, God’s economy…give when you don’t have it…work for free..buy a swamp.  No, it might not always make sense…but with God in the equation… it always makes a difference!

Let me clarify here, I belive that God’s economy has more to do with hearts and purposes than it does finances. When He calls us to give or do; He is really calling us to trust and love Him as he gives us opportunity to allow Him to pour His love through us to others.

Lord, thank you for reminding me in Isaiah 55:8-9 that your thoughts and ways are much different and higher than mine.  When I think security and comfort; you are thinking love and destiny. Lord, You are truly amazing!