Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AT THE CROSS by HILLSONG



THIS DAY'S THOUGHT - PASSOVER


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
Jesus has forced open a door that had been locked since the death of the first man.  He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death.  Everything is different because he has done so.
C. S. Lewis

This Day's Verse
When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him.  He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”  Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”  Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”

Luke 22:14-20

Saturday, March 28, 2015

DEEP THOUGHTS

There is a Chinese story of a farmer who used an old horse to till his fields. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer’s neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?” A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”
Then, when the farmer’s son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”
Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg, they let him off. Now was that good luck or bad luck?
Who knows?
Everything that seems on the surface to be an evil may be a good in disguise. And everything that seems good on the surface may really be an evil. So we are wise when we leave it to God to decide what is good fortune and what is misfortune, and thank him that all things turn out for good with those who love him.
Author Unknown

SERENITY

THE SERENITY PRAYER

"God, grant me the Serenity to 
accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things that I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.”

~*~

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; 
for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
~Matthew 11:29

~*~

For all of my life, I have been a very, and perhaps even overly sensitive individual.  I have spent years fraught with worry about one thing or another. I have tried and tried to find a place of peace.  But it seems that as soon as one thing is settled or forgotten, I always find something else to worry about.  Do you know how it feels to have a "knot" in your stomach?  That's how I feel way too much of the time.

Therefore, I chose to immerse myself deeper into my Faith, Catholicism.  I learned and am still learning a great deal about The Church because I am a convert. Catholicism is quite complex in some areas, and I try to choose the things that affect my daily life the most. Those being reflection, confession, and deep, meaningful prayer.  I cry out to my Lord sometimes in my frustration with my circumstances.

I talked at length several times to a very trusted man and his wife who are like my second parents.  They have gone through so many trials with their children and grandchildren. They are the greatest friends and down-to-earth good people, and they are Christians. What She told me was that she learned to keep the Serenity Prayer in the forefront of her mind, and she recites it every day, sometimes several times a day.

And then I think of Matthew 11:29.  What greater comfort can you find?  Jesus is asking us to literally give up our heavy load unto him, and that he will gladly take it.  He asks that we learn about him and refers to himself as lowly and meek.  He was not lowly. He is, after all, the son of the Alpha and the Omega, God Almighty.  I do not find his sermons or activities to be meek, but gentle and loving.  All he did while living on this earth was to talk of his Father and the great things that await the faithful when they die.  He performed many miracles, so I believe he can still, and does, perform miracles in all our lives, although we may not recognize them.  I'll call them "small miracles".

I am so full of gratitude and thankfulness that it is impossible to describe or aptly offer it up to Jesus Christ and Father God, but I do my best in every prayer.  Think of what you do have, the good things, none of the bad. Do you not feel blessed in any way or in many ways? I find it impossible to imagine anyone not having one thing they can think of for which they are thankful.

I ask of the Lord, let me forever live with gratitude and thanksgiving in my heart; help me to give up what is not good to you and release it forever; and help me to live a productive life in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.  It is there that real PEACE can be found.



God  Bless

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY

Friday, March 27, 2015

HEAR YE, HEAR YE, YOUR SALVATION IS AT STAKE

ISAIAH  1:2-7

2 Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: "I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. 
3 The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner's manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand." 
4Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. 
5 Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted. 
6 From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness-- only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil. 
Your country is desolate, your cities burned with fire; your fields are being stripped by foreigners right before you, laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.
~*~

What do these verses of 1 Isaiah bring to mind? If you said "the turmoil in the Middle East", then we think alike. Isaiah began writing over 700 year B.C. And today, these verses seem to describe the current state of affairs. God smacks Israel for being so naive. He accuses them of several things, but most of all, for forsaking the LORD.

In Matthew 10:32-33 Jesus preaches " If anyone publicly acknowledges me as his friend, I will openly acknowledge him as my friend before my Father in Heaven. But if anyone publicly denies me, I will open deny him before my Father in Heaven."

And you are wondering "where is Abbey going with this?" I admit as I write, I am not certain how it will end, for The Holy Spirit guides me and gives me the words that I put down here.

Again, think of the current turmoil in the Middle East. America sent troops into Iraq to bring down Saddam Hussein, which they succeeded as he ran and hid for several years before being caught. America taught the people in Iraq how to live freely and how to teach their children, grow crops for food, etc. What did they do? They have taken up the weaponry give to them by The United States of America to protect their country against others, and turned them toward American troops.

As I have "heard", and I cannot confirm or quote the scripture, the Middle East will forever be in turmoil. It is growing and the prophecies of Isaiah are coming to pass. Russia wants the Ukraine, America wants they to stay separate but getting involved would bring a bad light on us in Russia's government, which could be deadly. ISSIS is taking over Iraq and Iran and the appear to be succeeding. Terrorists are flocking to every nation in the world. It has been said that there are terrorist cells in every state of the United States. It's only a matter of time before we endure another deadly attack, and who knows, at the price of our democracy.

Dear Ones, if you have not come to conversion, complete conversion, please, please do it now! Turn your heart to Jesus and God! It is imperative to your personal salvation. Teach your children about the Lord and take them to church every week so they may be instructed in the way of Christian Life! If your child were dying, you would want to save him any way that you could, right? If you have not saved them by now, shame on you, and you have no salvation of your own.



God does not mess around; neither does his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is waiting for us ALL, all the people in this world. How many people would you guess have not given their souls to Christ? It is impossible to know, but I do know that with Communism, it forbids any type of organized religion. Sadly, people must pray and teach in seclusion. Woe be unto the family who is caught! However, their precious souls will surely be with Jesus the very moment that they die.

I can't lie, I am very concerned about the world and what I read in prophecy, etc. And you should be, also. I realize that this may be a depressing subject for you, but it is not depressing if you are certain of your Salvation, because you know that the instant sting of death is only that, a sting. Then you will live in the place that the Lord has prepared for you.

Heaven is an indescribable and unimaginable place. Have you read the book "90 Minutes in Heaven"? You would get a glimpse from reading this man's account of his heavenly experience. God sent him back after allowing him to see parts of heaven and you can almost feel his excitement and his "out of breath" when he is describing parts of Heaven. All I know is what The Bible tells me and I BELIEVE, and I have FAITH, and I have unconditional LOVE. I have seen the hands of God working in my life; I've had prayers answered; I have talked personally with God, believe it!

Things are happening so quickly with fighting, death, desolation, and fear in the Middle East, and we know that terrorist cells have punctured the country of France and possible England, out biggest ally. I feel they have punctured our country but we just haven't seen it yet. All the safety precautions in this world and still, they will escape into the United States after being trained in Yemen, where ISSIS seems to be headquartered. Why do these young people, Americans, try to go to Yemen and pick up their deadly warfare I will never understand.



People, stop what you are doing and close your eyes, get on your knees if you can, and lift your hands and heart to Jesus Christ! Please, please save yourself and the lives of your children. Pray for others in need. And, ask forgiveness for not coming to the foot of the cross sooner and you WILL be forgiven. Jesus WANTS you, He wants all of us, so do not be afraid. Jesus Christ and our Father God are gentle and loving. But remember, no one will go to the Father except through his Son, Jesus Christ! Fear not, saith the Lord! His Word is our truth, our hope and our faith.

God bless you who turn to Christ after reading this. Leave me a comment about how you felt after reading this piece. I love hearing from you. God bless and keep you and yours always. Amen.

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
ABBEY

Thursday, March 26, 2015

THIS DAYS .......

This Day's Thougjt kinda relates to what I was trying to say in my last piece.


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
Here I sit in the middle of eternity.  This wheelchair has helped me sit still.  I’ve observed with curiosity the way we Christians grasp for the future, as if the present didn’t quite satisfy.  How we, in spiritual fits and starts, scrape and scratch our way along, often missing the best of life while looking the other way, preoccupied with shaping our future.  In my least consistent moments I too try to wrest the future out of his hands.  Or worse, I sink back into the past and rest on long-ago laurels  But God is most concerned with the choices I make now.  God, standing silently and invisibly and presently with us in the middle of eternity, is interested in a certain kind of change.  He brings us choices through which we never-endingly change, fresh and new into his likeness.
Joni Eareckson Tada

This Day's Verse
For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
1 Chronicles 16:26

Lovingly in our Lord JESUS,💜
ABBEY 🙏

THE REAL PRIZE

"But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and 
straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward 
the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." 
~ Phil. 3:13-14

~*~

This has been the story of my life. I have been unable to forget what lies behind me and look forward to the future that leads me to Jesus Christ.  I would think that you do this also.  It is a common human failing.

It takes a lot of prayer and devotion to remember why you are here; the plan that God has chosen for you.  I have wasted literally years worrying over what happened years ago and wishing I could change it.  You cannot change the past, you know that.  Even one nuance changed would change all the places, things and people that were touch by this experience.

Don't waste your time thinking you know "what if?", because you cannot be sure of the past.  Even if you were allowed to go back and change things, you cannot be absolutely certain that it would change your life for the better.

I'll give you an example. When I was in my 20's and lived the decade of the 70's in California, this man and I fell madly in love.  We had the most loving relationship and we never argued. He would express his love all of the time and he made me feel very dependent on him for he became a sort of svengali over my life.  The pitfall was, he said he never wanted children and I had a little girl. He was good to her, too, and helped me in daily care for her.  But he didn't want children??  Of course, this was confusing because we were in a full blown state of love and devotion toward one another.  You can imagine my confusion because he was my boyfriend for four years, and the whole time I thought "As much as he loves me, he will change his mind."  But no, he met someone else and gave me the boot, telling me it was time to live on my own, that HE had given me all the tools and didn't want me dependent on him any longer.

This is one of the biggest hurts of my entire life.  Moving coupled with sharing him with another woman (because he continued to see me for a time) tore me up on a daily basis.  But I made it through, but not without comparing every future possible love interest to him, and of course, nobody would ever match up.

I look back on this time in my life with fondness, but I KNOW that God did not intend us to be together.  The biggest factor is that he was an atheist, and this was my time when I felt agnostic. Deep down, I knew better; I was not raised like that.  He was a man who loved good debate, and thus every day there was something to debate.  We may have become heated in our debate, but it didn''t last. Soon as the conversation was over, so was the heat about the topic.  .He never saw the inside of a church, had never read The Bible and refused to, and because I still have familial connections, I know that he and the "other woman" are still together and that nobody likes to be around him because he is so rude about insisting his was was the right way. Basically, he is a 65 year old angry man.

There was a time when I wished I could change my behavior so that he and I would be together. But I have come to know Christ Jesus and our Father God, and I see that it would never have worked. He was an atheist, Abbey!  For crying out loud, that should have been the first sign of his true character. I used to want to go back and do it all over again. I wouldn't let go and for years, I suffered for it.

So you see, God is with you, ALWAYS.  He has plans for you but you have to open your heart fully to Him in order to travel the right paths.  God allows us to suffer small incidents (they look big to us) for His Purpose, and His Will is the ONLY way for me.  It was predestined that this man and I could never be; ultimately, I saw all the reasons why.  I love God so, so much that sometimes I can't wait to see him, although I admit, to do that I would have to die and I am not ready to leave my family.

If one engages in daily prayer, deep prayer with God, God will send The Holy Spirit to guide you. I can feel in my heart when I beg for The Holy Spirit and he comes into my heart.  He IS my guide, and I still get it wrong sometimes, but there is no fear "for thou art with me."  

Life is good and wonderful, and there are many places that you can give your time, give back, and help those less fortunate if you are so inclined.

Find something that makes you feel fruitful for God.  Start today and give your all to everyone you know so that they know your first and last loves are God the Father and Jesus Christ. There is no greater love known to man, and everyone can have it if they just ask.

Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
Abbey

♥Peace Love & Blessings to You and Yours♥

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

THIS DAY'S .......


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which everyone in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves.  The essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride.  Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison.  It was through pride that the devil became the devil.  Pride leads to every other vice; it is the complete anti-God state of mind.  If I am a proud man, then, as long as there is one man in the whole world more powerful, or richer, or cleverer than I, he is my rival and my enemy.  As long as you are proud you cannot know God.  A proud man is always looking down on things and people, and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.  The real test of being in the presence of God is that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small dirty object.  It is better to forget about yourself altogether.
C. S. Lewis

This Day's Verse
What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Romans 8:31-32
The English Standard Version

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AT THE CROSS

I stumbled on this group of young people, Hillsong, who sing songs of worship. You can find them on You Tube, but I plan to buy some CDs.  I wanted to give you one of the songs, my gift of love to you, and pray you will be moved by The Holy Spirit as you listen to their songs.

Lovingly,
Abbey




VOICE OF THE MARTYRS


Friday, March 20, 2015

THE CROWN OF LIFE

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because,
having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life
that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
~James 1:12
 
~*~
 
The verse that I chose to place above is one of the greatest verses in the Bible. Yet how quickly we forget and we extend our agony in the face of our prayers.  Our prayers to Almighty God must come from a sincere heart.  In James 1:6, we learn "But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind."
 
There is that word: DOUBT.
 
My grandchildren's Godmother is a very faithful child of God.  She said that when she has a need, she literally GIVES it to God and then doesn't even think about it again. WOW!  How difficult this is; I know!
 
I had reached that plateau in my relationship with God quite a while ago and what a feeling! It is indescribable.  This means placing your trust to the inth degree into someone you have not seen or met.  That is what we refer to as FAITH.
 
I know a couple who had known one another for years from going to the same parish.  Both had bad marriages that ended in divorce, unfortunately.  But they were the best of friends long before the doom of their marriages and remained so afterward.  The man wanted to date the woman, not just as friends, but with the possibility of a lifetime union in mind.  However, he was afraid that people would "talk", "gossip", whatever you want to call it. Yes, even the pillars of The Church engage in this reckless pastime.  He finally went to his mother and told her there was this woman at church that he wanted to date, but that he was afraid people would talk maliciously about them.  His mother told him, "Son, if you want to date her, date her. Don't let what fools there may be in your Parish stop you."  And thus, they began seriously dating.  The woman resisted, but the man was best friends with the woman's daughter and Godfather to her 3 children.
 
The daughter began playing cupid, much to her mother's angst, but the two ended up starting a dating type relationship.  A year later, they married and that was 13 years ago.
 
The marital relationship took on tons of warfare.  They were trying to blend two families and there were some personality issues.  It caused many a fracas and the couple sat up in the dark one night and wondered if they had made a huge mistake.
 

 
In the end, they stayed together and weathered more battles and upheaval than I've ever seen in a family.  All couples have their differences, but these involved the people they loved the most - their children.  Eventually, those things were ironed out, but the battles between them continued.  It was as if the husband was deliberately sabotaging the marriage, yet when the wife talked divorce, he said "there will never be a divorce in this house!"
 
All these years later and they hit another rough patch about a year ago. But it didn't last for a week, it has lasted over a year.  The wife is a Godly woman and she prayed and prayed, and gave her husband to God and told him "Thy Will Be Done".  She had been praying for her husband for almost 13 years, she gave him to God, but still no answer came. She changed herself, her personality, trying to be more pleasing to him.  Still no changes and no answers.
 
The wife came to the end of her rope and discussed separating for a while.  The husband, being manly and all, acted like he didn't really care, he would welcome it.  She had been thinking about how to divide up furnishings, etc., and I guess that made him realize that his wife was serious. He stopped the sarcasm, he told her he would no give her a divorce nor a separation, and with a serious kiss, he said "I love you with all my heart. Maybe I just don't know how to show it."  And with that, all talk of separation or divorce flew out the window.
 
I happen to know that the wife had prayed fervently to God that day. She felt the NON-answer meant that God didn't want them together.  But that was the very day that her husband turned around and recommitted himself to changing and going back to the days when they were friends and enjoyed one another's company, laughed and did things TOGETHER.
 
This story is a perfect example of God placing huge burdens on us to teach us, sometimes we do not know what, but I feel that the answer to the prayer came at the breaking point.  God chose that time for the two of them to recommit to their marriage, and thus, the prayer that came from a pure and trusting heart that day was answered.
 
Isn't God just so amazing?
 
So when you are in the depths of despair and you feel that nobody in heaven is listening, you're dead wrong and I want you to remember that and the scriptures above.  God is ALWAYS there, 24/7.  He is so mighty that he never needs a break or needs to sleep.  He is keeping watch over this enormous flock and taking care of everyone - Thy Will Be Done.  I want my own Crown of Life and you should want yours, too!  It is promised and there for the taking.
 

 
I hope you enjoyed the story and scriptures, and I pray that you have learned from it.  If one person's life changes because of it, I have done my duty as an Apostle to Jesus Christ.
 
God bless and keep you, and hold you in the palm of his hand.
 
Lovingly in Jesus Christ,
Abbey 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

THIS DAY'S THOUGHT AND VERSE

This Day's Thought from The Ranch
It is well to let prayer be the first employment in the early morning and the last in the evening.  Avoid diligently those false and deceptive thoughts which say, “wait a little, I will pray an hour hence; I must perform this or that.”  For such thoughts a man quits prayer for business, which lays hold of and entangles him so that he comes not to pray the whole day long.
Martin Luther

This Day's Verse
Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
Proverbs 20:22

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

THIS DAY'S THOUGHT AND VERSE


BEST MEDICINE 4 ME!

I'm still reeling from the side effects of Influenza B (I'll live) and my mind is rather scattered. So, my favorite, number one thing of interest is music! I AM IN LOVE WITH MUSIC! So, I put a custom made CD into the player today and this is what I heard, turned up, and sang five times in a row! Enjoy


Thursday, March 12, 2015

PRAYER .....

I AM LED ...... DEEP THOUGHTS

Christian Greetings All,

Abbey has been absent once again. What can I say? When it rains, it pours! My husband and I both began to feel peckish the end of last week and were in the ER first thing Monday to have me checked out. I thought "lung infection" AGAIN, but as the world turns, we both have been fighting Influenza Type B.  This is the one that the wasted flu shots doesn't phase. I was given a shot and five prescriptions.  My husband saw his own doctor there and pretty much received the same treatment and me.

We have been cloistered inside our home with blinds drawn, sleeping in separate room all this time. We disturb one another so it's best.  I believe we are on the mend; the lingering "washed out" feelings is about all that is left.

~*~


So often our primary ambition is to escape pain or feel good or be delivered from a problem when instead we need to keep our focus on the big picture of what God is doing in our life and the lives of others through pain or problems.  Our primary aim should be to glorify God, not be honored or to be healthy or to be happy.
Anne Graham Lotz

~*~
The above is so apropos and it is unfortunate.  I was touch distantly by a suicide just this week and that particular act is something I cannot wrap my brain around the state of an individual's mind that commits that final act against himself.  And then, in my family, there could have been a suicide except for the individual woke one of his grown children and said "put my pistols in your safe and lock it".  He was fine one day and had a bad dream and woke wanting to end his life.  He is a VICTIM of PTSD; one of the forgotten veterans who is shuffled in a horrible medical situation in this country.  I am thankful he woke his child and he was taken to the hospital.  He is very sick and it just pulled the rug out from under me.  

I cried. Yes, I'm very sensitive and I cry about things such as this even if it's someone I do not know. Then I went into prayer mode and that's all I've prayed about, him and his family and that God make him well.  So an already low ebb has come crashing in like a tidal wave. It compounds the already bad physical and mental feelings I was dealing with, but it is not about me.

I'm curious, what do you do in times like these?  How does it make you feel?  I've done the turn and run before, and as far as I run, when I stop and turn myself right, the pain and problem is still there. It's natural and human, so don''t go thinking you're abnormal or selfish. NOBODY like bad news or bad things to happen around them.

But as I examine these two separate incidents, I cannot help but follow the chain in each case to first one, then two, then many that these people have touched.  In my case, I pray the man will finally get the real help he has needed for over 40 years of suffering. That is not fair, suffering that long.

What is left? God! It may sound repetitious, but you MUST learn to turn your heart and your eyes to God in ALL THINGS.  He is in control; he is the only one who can take care of you and your problems, your highs and your lows.  The fact remains that God is responsible for your happiness and good health and you should give thanks daily.  The fact remains that we will all suffer pitfalls in our lives and are touched by pitfalls in those close to us.  But again, turning to God in this time is the only RIGHT thing to do; anything else is a waste of time.

Living life as best you can. with all of it's ups and downs, means that God is ALWAYS at your center.  He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end in ALL things.

What a wonderful world it would be if we could all be Apostles and brings souls, by many or one by one, to the cross and to complete conversion.  I know heaven is magnificent, and I feel sorry for those whose eternal lives may be at risk.

Don't wait! Turn to him in all things, ALL!

Hopefully I will be better in the coming days and my writing will rise up to par again. God bless each and every one of you, and He will. Start by talking to him and just asking.

Lovingly in Christ,
Abbey

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

AN APOSTLE FOR CHRIST

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home.
Philip D. Noble
 
~*~
 
 Recall the July 2, 2013, message to the world from Our Lady through visionary, Mirjana:
  
BE APOSTLES ... MESSAGE FROM MEDJUGORJE

July 2, 2013 Message to Mirjana


 
"Dear children, with a motherly love I am imploring you to give me the gift of your hearts, so I can present them to my Son and free you – free you from all the evil enslaving and distancing you all the more from the only Good – my Son – from everything which is leading you on the wrong way and is taking peace away from you. I desire to lead you to the freedom of the promise of my Son, because I desire for God's will to be fulfilled completely here; and that through reconciliation with the Heavenly Father, through fasting and prayer, apostles of God's love may be born – apostles who will freely, and with love, spread the love of God to all my children – apostles who will spread the love of the trust in the Heavenly Father and who will keep opening the gates of Heaven. Dear children, extend the joy of love and support to your shepherds, just as my Son has asked them to extend it to you. Thank you."
 
This particular message from our Holy Mother really struck a chord in me, which is now a blazing fire!  This is THE message from Our Lady that hit me so hard that I felt she was speaking directly to me, "Abbey, you have a request from the Holy Mother; use it to bring souls to her Son!"  I was bowled over at the words spoken as I sat there thinking, "You mean I can be an Apostle for Jesus Christ?"  I  in my heart right then and there that was going to answer that call from Our Lady. I don't know how many people around the world accepted Our Lady's begging for more Apostles, but I'm sure it is a long list.  She has also said that she begged her Son when time was growing nigh to allow her to continue her apparitions for a while longer to try and convert more souls. And if I, you, all of us don't step up to the plate, some very good people who were misguided by the devil will not be saved and will suffer the wrath of Almighty God. We must help them, little by little.

The quote at the top of this writing says you do not have to speak to an individual if you are doing your job as an Apostle. Being an Apostle means that your great love for Jesus Christ resonates within your very soul and you can't help but show it in your body language, that smile "that lets people know you are home", being a shoulder for a friend and leading them through a problem with the love of Christ, and in countless other ways.

While visiting my parents and since I returned home, I'm seeing more good than I ever have - could it be I'm paying more attention?  Absolutely, without a doubt.  And with this plea to become an Apostle for Christ coming from our Holy Mother, how could I refuse this beautiful and fully perfect lady, "Mama", the Virgin Mary, who sits to the right of her Son, Jesus Christ in Heaven.

The world, in my opinion, in the beginning stages of the end of days. Look at Israel primarily because they are God's chosen people. Someone is trying to destroy every one of them from their homeland taking so many innocents from the world, and they're coming after us, too. These times all around the world have been in the planning by evil for a very long time.  How did Obama get so passive? He is not made of the same cloth of some of our great Presidents, such as a personal favorite of mine, Ronald Reagan, nor George H.W. Bush and George Bush, and not to forget John F. Kennedy.  These are the greats of my time.  Obama has run our country into the ground. By virtue of being a Muslim and studying the Qoran and quoting it to the American people, his inaction and passiveness to ISSIS or any other anti-Christian, God loving human being is a target. Obama does nothing to protect pour country.  Maybe he has a plan? Maybe he gets down on his knees and prays to our God Almighty, you think?

People HAVE to come to the foot of the Cross and complete Conversion now! Or they will suffer great trials.  Christ and God Almighty will take care of their children, I KNOW that! Do you?  Do you truly believe it?  Then you must LIVE IT!  Every day of your life, LIVE the WORD and engage yourself to live the life of a holy person in union with the Father and the Son.  Pray, pray, pray!  And you cannot be in this half-hearted, Jesus Christ and our Father God are always watching and listening; they know if you are committed in your heart or not.

Please, stop right now, close your eyes and meditate for a few minutes, and ask yourself "am I doing all that is possible for me? What more can I do? Jesus, please send The Holy Spirit down to my heart to guide me through my life as I walk in your footsteps on the path to Heaven."

No, it's not easy to change your life patterns but I think if you keep with it, in just a few short weeks you will see yourself evolving into an Apostle for Christ.  And that revelation, when it happens, will bring chills all over your body, a huge smile on your face and you will be so thankful, more than you  ever imagined.

So, get on board the love train with the rest of the followers of Christ and our Father God. It's an amazing ride, but not without the normal pitfalls of life.  But, you know who to call? That's right ..... Go with God, my friends, and just work on yourself first; the rest will come when its right and you will absolutely know it. 

To make it easier, it is truly a "What Would Jesus Do?" thing.  I used that as my mantra.  Why,  just today, this lady drove up to face me in the middle lane and had her blinker on 1/2 block from where she wanted to turn and when she saw me, she then turns on her right blinker to get out of the lane. I sensed her agitation but I WAS at a left turn in that lane for that street, and when an oncoming driver slowed to a stop and flashed her headlights to me for the kind gesture of letting me make my turn, I began to make the turn cautiously. As I did, I glanced up and this lady who had three children in her car and was trying to move back over into traffic, proceed to give me the "international HI sign."  You know, that kind of thing really gets me and I just wanted to get out of my car and give her a lesson between right and wrong, AND IN FRONT OF HER CHILDREN!  Goodness gracious, no wonder our children, so many of them are growing up with an attitude.  Remember: Your children are a reflection of YOU! That should keep you on your toes!

I pray that I have made my point and backed it up as seen in my own behavior.  Please! Follow me on the narrow path of the cool, soft earth, stepping in the footsteps where Jesus is leading us all. Don't get left behind.

A life with Christ and the Father God is like ..... well, I was going to describe it but there are too many ways, let me count them!

PEACE, JOY AND LOVE,
ABBEY




Tuesday, March 03, 2015

IN UNION WITH GOD, ALMIGHTY

Revelation 4:7-8 (KJV)
And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf,
and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him;
 and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying,
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty,
which was, and is, and is to come.

~*~
 
Since reading these verses of Revelation, it is not my mission to interpret the descriptive words of the four beasts, but rather, to focus of the constant state of praise of the beasts.  God knows and has His reasons.
 
Imagine being in constant praise of our Lord God Almighty. You think it impossible?
 
Here, in our earthly lives, we carry on our lives that are divided there are 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week.  Could you be in constant praise of the Lord God Almighty ALL of that time?  YES!  Each of us has the opportunity to be in complete union with God and to praise him constantly.  How?
 
By living a holy life; by living with God, the Father, God the Son, and The Holy Spirit.  When you give your whole being, heart, body and soul, to Jesus Christ, and you go about your day's activities,  every hour and minute of your life you live should be one of a holy existence.

God Almighty is not with you only in times of prayer, God is with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, since before the time you were born. God has you underneath His protective wings so that nothing can harm you, IF you have committed your life and soul to Him and to his Son, Jesus.  And speaking of Jesus, can you imagine putting YOUR son on a path to crucifixion?  God loved us so much that he allowed His Son, Jesus, to walk many paths and preach to His people, knowing what his son's future would hold.  Therefore, Jesus sits at the right hand of God because God loves him so much and is so pleased with him.  And just as God is with us always, Jesus is also by our side.
 
Living a holy existence does not mean doing as the beasts surrounding God are doing - that would be impossible.  However, if those words are branded onto your heart, you will think of "Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come."  That will resonate within your thoughts every day, it will direct your ways, your thoughts, hopes, and how you interact with people as you go about your days
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When you give all of yourself to God, He will never dessert you.  Remember, He is with you always, and he also knows your thoughts.  You can mentally pray to Him or acknowledge Him in thought and deed every day, and if you are praising Him and He sits on the throne in your life, you will give Him all of you every day.  Being devoutly committed, God will always care for you and answer your prayers.
 
Let me give you an example:  I had a very deep concern that weighed my heart to tears.  I prayed and cried out to my God every day as to what I wanted.  I asked with the fullness to capacity in my heart, "Lord, why do you not answer me? I have prayed to you for a long time!"  Still I did not see the answer.  I'll say it again, I did not see His answer, which came slow and is still working in my life.
 
I learned through a friend that if you can GIVE IT TO HIM AND THEN LET HIM DO HIS WILL, NOT YOURS, your life is going to be richer and happier without the stress of your concern.  This is called FAITH!  Oh, but this is the most difficult thing for us to do.  Do you mean actually give your intention to God and leave it in His care? Yes!  Remember, we cannot possibly think like God.  I tried and tried, and still could not let go, so I asked God to help me to give it, all of it, to Him and know that He is going to answer my prayers by His will, not mine.  So  yes, I waited and waited, and as my relationship with the Holy Trinity grew deeper and deeper, I began to see HOW He was answering my prayer.  It takes time.  And you have to give it to him.  I could recall times and incidents where He was working on my prayer and I could see it, and it didn't include just me. His work in my life touches one or two (for example), and the lives of those two touch several, and several to many, and so on.  But the immediate concern of mine has touched several people in my life, most of all, me.
 
Accept that you infallible, you are helpless without Him, and give yourself to Him, completely!
 
Today, I've seen a number of things where He arranged things to happen in a special way, and it has been through several incidents and seeing others that my FAITH grew in leaps and bounds. Oh the issue is not completely resolved, but I see it getting closer and closer, and then, all while others are taking its place. So I pray and give it to Him and have FAITH that He is going to see it through by HIS WILL, not mine.
 
If I were not praising him all through my days, and in prayer before I rest at night, I don't believe I would have seen it all unfolding before my very eyes. Now THAT, dear friends, serves to open my heart to a new and greater existence, one without fear, one where I do my part for Him in return, and the relationship grows and grows, and your heart is so full of love that you think you would burst.
 
I want to touch the face of God, the Face of Jesus and the face of our Holy Virgin, Mary. To do that, I must live a holy existence - sharing, caring, giving, receiving, all with Love and Faith in my heart.
 
"Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever:
for wisdom and might are his"
Daniel 2:20
 
 
PEACE, LOVE, & JOY,
ABBEY