The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

O, Christmas tree

Looking for the perfect tree.
Dad likes this one...
Maybe this one?
Thumbs up!
The perfect tree
Now let's decorate!
Or hide behind the tree? haha
Lovely tree

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Laddie- Gene Stratton Porter- Book review

I read this book awhile back and thought I would tell you all that it was a good book! It's a little slow at first, but the middle and end are fabulous. Completely different ending! Oh and you can read it on for free. I liked what Meg said about it... :D
This is a delightful book for readers of all ages, especially girls and women; however, an adult more easily understands the limitations of the young narrator's point of view, and therefore more fully enjoys the plentiful humor in this story of a large farming family in post-Civil War Indiana. Little Sister, the narrator, is the youngest of the family, and the special pet of Laddie, one of her older brothers. Laddie is almost too virtuous, handsome, wise, and manly to be true, but the other major characters are not quite so perfect--brother Leon is a lovable scamp, and Little Sister herself is no goody-goody but a nature-loving tomboy who always tells the truth, even at the worst possible moment. Much of the plot has to do with Laddie's romance with the Princess, a forthright and winning young lady whose family hides a sad secret. Female readers (and this book is written for them) will enjoy the intelligent, independent-minded girls and women; Ms. Stratton-Porter was clearly a feminist in her thinking. There is more "preachiness" and overt religious talk than modern readers may like, but for the era and the setting, it rings true. As a side light, this book is very informative about the birds, insects, and wild life of rural Indiana--if, in fact, any of it survives into the 21st century. The story is fun to read, the plot moves smoothly along, and all the mysteries are unraveled at the end in a most satisfactory manner. --Submitted by Meg Mitchell Rosenfeld

Journey to the Heart -Sept 11-21

Sarah our assistant team leader
Kathleen our leader, Amanda my teammate
Rebekah styled my hair, then put a beautiful flower in.
My flower teammates :D
Yay for pretty flowers!
Happy day!
Btw, these pictures are not in order.
We went on a very cold, very long walk!
Do we look cold?
I made an ebenezer to God.
This is Hannah, my TEDDY.
Sorry guys I had to remind you! I found this
on my walk as well.
At least my 4 friends were bundled up in
matching adorable brown hoodies.
As a team we sang and played the piano...
It was wonderful!
We enjoyed pampering each other through
out the Journey. Here's a picture of the hair
style I did on Amanda.
The picture.
My Spanish "teacher" Merci! :D
Amariah, a dear friend
Sarah and Amanda
My roomie (Jordan), Amanda, me
More friends
Saying goodbye is SO hard!

5 Day Challenge- Anger

My friend sent me this information on anger. I asked her if I could share with you all and hopefully you can benefit from it.

Verses warning us about anger

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil (Psalm 37:8).

A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult (Proverbs 12:16).

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing (Proverbs 12:18).

A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless (Proverbs 14:16

A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated (Proverbs 14:17).

A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly (Proverbs 14:29).

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (Proverbs 15:1).

A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel (Proverbs 15:18).

Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city (Proverbs 16:32).

A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered (Proverbs 17:27).

It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel (Proverbs 20:3).

Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you (Proverbs 20:22).

Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control (Proverbs 25:28).

Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger (Proverbs 29:8).

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control (Proverbs 29:11).

An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins (Proverbs 29:22).

You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, "Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment." But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment ... first go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:21-24).

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,it keeps no record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:4-5).

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions (Galatians 5:19-20).

"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:26-7).

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:29-32).

Let your gentleness be evident to all (Philippians 4:5).

But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips (Colossians 3:8).

And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful (2 Timothy 2:24).

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires (James 1:19-20).

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing (1 Peter 3:9).


an'-ger: In the Old Testament, the translation of several Hebrew words, especially of 'aph (lit. "nostril," "countenance"), which is used some 45 times of human, 177 times of Divine, anger (OHL). The word occurs rarely in the New Testament (Mark 3:5Ephesians 4:31 Colossians 3:8 Revelation 14:10), its place being taken by the word "wrath" (see WRATH). As a translation of words denoting God's "anger," the English word is unfortunate so far as it may seem to imply selfish, malicious or vindictive personal feeling. The anger of God is the response of His holiness to outbreaking sin. Particularly when it culminates in action is it rightly called Has "wrath." The Old Testament doctrine of God's anger is contained in many passages in the Pentateuch, Psalms and the Prophets. In Proverbs men are dissuaded from anger (Proverbs 15:1; Proverbs 27:4), and the "slow to anger" is commended (Proverbs 15:18; Proverbs 16:32; Proverbs 19:11). Christians axe enjoined to put away the feeling of self-regarding, vindictive anger (Ephesians 4:31 Colossians 3:8), and to cherish no desire of personal revenge (Ephesians 4:26).

Noah Webster's Dictionary

1. (n.) Trouble; vexation; also, physical pain or smart of a sore, etc.

2. (n.) A strong passion or emotion of displeasure or antagonism, excited by a real or supposed injury or insult to one's self or others, or by the intent to do such injury.

3. (v. t.) To make painful; to cause to smart; to inflame.

4. (v. t.) To excite to anger; to enrage; to provoke.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

5 Day Challenge- Sabbath breaking

Today is number 3 of the 5 day challenge. I read this in my wisdom booklet about Sabbath breaking. I realized how much I do not delight in God on His holy day.

1. Lean the single focus of delight through persecution.
One of the signs of maturity in the Christian life is the ability to enjoy the fellowship of Christ's sufferings in the same way that we delight in another person.

Definition: To take great pleasure in, to be greatly pleased by, to enjoy thinking and talking about.

As a verb–delight
I delight to do Your will, O Lord. (See Psalm 40:8)
As a noun–delight
Has the Lord as great delight in sacrifices as in obedience to His voice? 1 Samuel 15:22
As an adjective–delightful, delighted
God's Spirit is grieved when fellowship with the Lord ceases to be delightful to us.

Verb: please, fulfill, fascinate, cheer, satisfy
Noun: pleasure, happiness, joy, satisfaction, enjoyment, fulfillment
Adjective: enjoyable, pleasing, fulfilling

Example: Nehemiah endured much persecution in rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem and seeking the welfare of God's people. He knew that God's blessing would not continue if the Sabbath was not honored.

In fact, it was precisely because the nation had not kept its Sabbaths that God carried the people into captivity.

When Nehemiah observed people buying and selling on the Sabbath, he contended with the nobles of Judah. "What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day? Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath." (Nehemiah 13:17-18).

Application: God promises that if we delight ourselves in Him, He will give us the desires of our hearts (Ps. 37:4).
The first step in delighting ourselves in the Lord is giving Him a day in which we can set aside our work and pleasure to delight in Him and His Word. As with our money, He desires that we give the first part of our time back to Him.
Memorize Isaiah 58:13-14. Then list all the activities that you normally do on the Lord's Day. Check off the ones that do not pass the threefold test of the verse.
Look up the following verses to discover what David, the man after God's own heart delighted in.
Psalm 1:2
Psalm 40:8
Psalm 94:19
Psalm 119:16, 24,35,47,70,77,174

Monday, December 6, 2010

5 day challenge- gluttony

Blessings be to you!

After identifying what gluttony is and repenting of it, replace the sin with truth from God's word! Focus on making Him the delight of you heart. This is the main thought I would like to emphasize: Replace the delight in food, with delight in God.

Here are some verses that stood out: Psalm 1:2 But His delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law doth he meditate day and night. Psalm 119:15-16, 1 Cor. 10:31, Gal 5:1. Matt 6:25, John 4:27-38, 6:27.

I found this off a website that seemed to strike home. Proverbs 23:20-21 warns us, “Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.” Proverbs 28:7 declares, “He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.” Proverbs 23:2 proclaims, “Put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.”

Physical appetites are an analogy of our ability to control ourselves. If we are unable to control our eating habits, we are probably also unable to control other habits, such as those of the mind (lust, covetousness, anger) and unable to keep our mouths from gossip or strife. We are not to let our appetites control us, but we are to have control over our appetites. (See
Deuteronomy 21:20,Proverbs 23:2, 2 Peter 1:5-7, 2 Timothy 3:1-9, and 2 Corinthians 10:5.) The ability to say “no” to anything in excess—self-control—is one of the fruits of the Spirit common to all believers (Galatians 5:22).
God has blessed us by filling the earth with foods that are delicious, nutritious, and pleasurable. We should honor God's creation by enjoying these foods and by eating them in appropriate quantities. God calls us to control our appetites, rather than allowing them to control us.

The chief error about Gluttony is to think it only pertains to food. Some people can't have enough toys, television, or entertainment. It is about an excess of anything.

There are at least three forms of Gluttony:
1) Wanting more pleasure from something than it was made for.
2) Wanting it exactly our way (delicacy).
3) Demanding too much from people (excessive desire for other people's time or presence).

More Pleasure Than It Was Made For

The world is full of good things, from the beauty of the stars to the ever-changing and never-changing oceans to the pleasure of human company. We are free to enjoy these things without becoming focused on any one of them to the exclusion of all else. It is possible to become so caught up in a pleasure, whether food or fun, that we can no longer enjoy other things, and would be willing to sacrifice other pleasures for the one.


In "The Screwtape Letters," C.S. Lewis describes delicacy as a desire to have things exactly our way. He gives the example of food having to be prepared just right, or in just the right amount, but it isn't limited to food. We might complain about unimportant defects in a product, the temperature in the room, or the color of a laundry basket. There is a certain amount of discomfort to be expected in life, but the Glutton will have none of it. Instead of becoming strong by suffering the minor inconveniences of life, the Glutton insists on being pampered. No one dares to point out how petty or foolish they are. In fact, some celebrities are praised for their excessive perfectionism, as though it were a virtue.

Demanding Too Much From People

There can be a healthy and natural enjoyment of time spent with friends and acquaintances, but some people just can't get enough. They make demands until the other person moves away or explodes in anger. The Glutton is wounded that someone would take offense at their "love" for them. At least some people can get away. Far worse is when a parent demands too much from a child, requiring too much time or too many accomplishments from someone too small to grant so many pleasures. Even pets get excessive attention at times, but they don't seem to mind as much.

The Good News

The cure for Gluttony lies in deliberately reducing our use of pleasurable things, not in eliminating them. When eating, quit before feeling stuffed. When snacking, don't just keep stuffing, but quit after a while. With people, allow some quiet time together, and also get some time alone. Of course, if time alone is very pleasurable, get out more often. And if the toast is a bit too brown, eat it anyway.

I liked this outlook, but also realize that we could start believing lies about the body, God gave us!

In battling this sin, do not believe the lies of the enemy and think you are "fat." Instead, believe the truth that God has for us. God delights in you (Jer. 32:42). God cherishes you (John 3:16). You are precious to him (Isaiah 43:4).

Remember the promise that when we drink from His well, we will never thirst again (John 4:13).

As you spend time with God in prayer and read His word, your hunger for Him will grow. You will begin to crave His presence more and more. Nothing else will satisfy or fill you up!

Jeremiah 15:16 says, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.”

God’s words and His presence will fill the emptiness in your soul, and replenish you when you need strength and rest. It will renew you, rejuvenate you, and empower you for each day’s tasks. This is why Jesus told His disciples to take the bread and eat, and take the wine and drink. He is exactly what we need and desire. Nothing else will do!

Whatever your need is today, just ask Jesus. His love for you never runs out. His mercy is new each morning. His grace is an ever-ready supply.

“He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear as the learned.” (Isaiah 50:4)

He brought me forth also into a large place; He was delivering me because He was pleased with me and delighted in me.” (Psalm 18:19)


Praying for all of you!

~Kim Krause

5 day challenge

Hey there!
Today I wrote down my five "big" sins, that I never seem to conquer. Well, I thought I would share it with you and challenge you to work on them with me! God's grace is sufficient to conquer all sins! Anyways, if you want to participate, please do! If not, please pray for us who are, that God would help us conquer sin through his power. I know not all with struggle with the same thing, but I'm sure there's one in which you can work on. And, I would encourage you to write down the 5 "big" ones in your life. Here's the ones I wrote down.

1. Gluttony
2. Procrastination
3. Sabbath breaking
4. Unkindness and impatience
5. Pride

Each day I will send out information on each one to read. Let's ask God to give us strength and endurance to fight sin and live for Him!

~Kim Krause

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

God's grace is sufficent

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

I was reading in my wisdom booklet number 12 about what is means to glory in the midst of tribulation.
Definition: As in "the glory of God," brightness, splendor, magnificence, the highest honor, renown, fame, divine excellence. As an action, "glory," boast, be proud of, give direction.

As a verb–glory
Let him that glories glory in the Lord. (11 Cor. 10:17)

As a noun–glory
If you are buffeted for your faults, what glory if it? (1 Peter 2:20)

As an adjective–glorious
They refused deliverance that they might have a more glorious entrance into heaven. (Hebrews 11:35)

Verb: rejoice proudly, take pride, revel, boast

Noun: adoration, homage, eminence, distinctions, prestige, grandeur, magnificence, majesty

Adjective: resplendent, glowing, lustrous, celebrated, distinguished, majestic, supreme, grand, radiant, brilliant, illustrious, preeminent

Example: Paul learned to glory " infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, than am i strong" (2 Cor. 12:10)

Paul's glorying in the midst of tribulation is based on the abundant desire and power that God gave to him for spiritual achievement. The Lord said to Paul, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9)
Paul responded, "Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me" (2 Cor. 12:9)
By glorying in tribulation, Paul was given the grace to write the epistles that now benefit us.

Application: List one or two examples of each of the following trials in your life:

1. Infirmities (physical weaknesses)

2. Reproaches (unjust criticism)

3. Necessities (daily responsibilities)

4. Persecution (rejection for Christ)

5. Distresses (pressures)

Determine how God is using these trials in your life to develop Christlike character, to reveal deeper understanding and insights from Scripture, and to strengthen your fellowship with the Lord and with others.

The consequence of refusing to glory in the Lord is regret.

Definition: To grieve, to lament, to be sorry for, to feel distress over a desire unfulfilled or an action performed or not performed.

Verb: bemoan, deplore, mourn, lament, be remorseful, be ashamed of, rue

Noun: sorrow, grief, remorse, contrition, woe, self-reproach, grievance, repentance

Adjective: sorrowful, grieving, remorseful, contrite, repentant, penitent

We can rest in the fact, that God uses our weakness' for His glory. Look back up the the list in bold. There are so many things that actually apply to our life!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Centurion's Faith

Matthew 8:5-13 & Luke 7:1-10
This common passage about the Centurion and Jesus struck me today. It screamed out in rhema's and passages to underline. In my bible, I underline interesting things in either orange or blue. Now these ten verses are coated in orange pencil. I do not think I had ever read the same account in the gospel of Luke, which is probably why it struck me differently.

Jesus had just finished speaking to the people and was coming into the fishing village of Capernaum. The village is located on the northwestern shore of the sea of Gallilee. As Jesus entered, there came a Centurion who had heard about Jesus and how He healed. This Centurion had a beloved servant that was paralyzed, in a lot of pain, and near to death. He beseeched Jesus on behalf of the servant. Jesus graciously answered this frantic plea with "I will come and heal him." The Centurion was stunned and so grateful that this healer would come to heal his servant. Humbled, he said that he wasn't worthy of Jesus even coming to his house.

I love the fact that he could have had a lot of "pride" because of his position in the army but he HUMBLED himself by calling him Lord and respectfully admitting is unworthiness. Then the Centurion continued on and replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” This Centurion probably command 80-100 men, so he knew what it was like to BE authority and BEING UNDER authority.

Jesus responded in wonder at the Centurion's faith, that He had not found such great faith in Israel. Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee." As Jesus spoke those words, the servant was HEALED. When the centurion returned to his house he found the servant was whole.

This story couldn't be complete with one last insert. In my bible, there is is a cross reference to Matthew 27: 54, which is the reference to when Jesus was crucified. We open up to the middle, the centurion and others that were with him, guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, "Truly this was the Son of God." At this moment the centurion was changed. From his earlier words with Jesus, he had believed that Jesus was the Son of God. But when he standing there, hearing the last words of Christ, he realized that Jesus IS TRULY the Savior! Because of Jesus, the centurion was forever changed into a new man.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Heart Cloud

Today I was out laying on our deck outside, trying to get a small cat nap, when I looked up and saw a cloud shaped like a heart! It was most significant to me because I am fasting breakfast and lunch. I was just soaking in the sun, when the Son gave me a special gift. Unfortunately, I couldn't get my camera in time, but this close to what it looked like.

When I looked up and did a double take on the heart cloud, I was reminded of something a very special friend said. She shared how when the wind blows, she feels God giving her a big hug. :D My God is an kind, loving Savior ready to love, if you let Him.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Meditations of Psalm 119:1-8

Sept. 11-21 I went to my second Journey to the Heart. My loving teammate "Teddy" (aka, Hannah) got a group together to memorize Psalm 119. Thank you Hannah for motivating us to hide Gods word in our heart! Today as I was memorizing these beautiful verses, I thought I would go ahead and post about it. The first section is Matthew Henry's Commentary on the first eight verses.

This psalm may be considered as the statement of a believer's experience. As far as our views, desires, and affections agree with what is here expressed, they come from the influences of the Holy Spirit, and no further. The pardoning mercy of God in Christ, is the only source of a sinner's happiness. And those are most happy, who are preserved most free from the defilement of sin, who simply believe God's testimonies, and depend on his promises. If the heart be divided between him and the world, it is evil. But the saints carefully avoid all sin; they are conscious of much evil that clogs them in the ways of God, but not of that wickedness which draws them out of those ways. The tempter would make men think they are at them out of those ways. The tempter would make men think they are at liberty to follow the word of God or not, as they please. But the desire and prayer of a good man agree with the will and command of God. If a man expects by obedience in one thing to purchase indulgence for disobedience in others, his hypocrisy will be detected; if he is not ashamed in this world, everlasting shame will be his portion. The psalmist coveted to learn the lawsof God, to give God the glory. And believers see that if God forsakes them, the temper will be too hard for them.

1Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.

Blessed: Happy, prosperity or happiness that comes when God bestows his favor on one. Fully satisfied, joy from salvation.

Undefiled: Not defiled (defiled: sully, mar, or spoil), pure.

blue = our responsibility

2Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

3They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.

Not doing iniquity is a conscious decision. The people who keep his testimonies and seek him with the whole heart, they do no iniquity.

Iniquity: immoral or grossly unfair behavior.

4Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

Diligently: having or showing care conscientious (wishing to do right, esp. to do one's work or duty well and thoroughly) in one's work or duty.

5O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

My prayer for today!

6Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.

Respect: admire someone or something deeply, as a result of their abilities.

7I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.

8I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Dear Bloggers,

I am excited to be able to share with you what God has been teaching me about compassion. Compassion is not just an action; it depends on your heart. We are able to have compassion on others only when our hearts are brimming with joy and love. That joy and love come from God. Freshly put, compassion is, with a willing and cheerful spirit, giving to a suffering person whom God puts in my path. What would happen if we sought to show this kind of compassion in our everyday lives?

The Bible is full of stories about compassion, but the one I find inspiring is the story of Ruth, found in the Old Testament book of Ruth. What really stands out to me is the depth of Ruth’s radiant compassion. Only ten years into her marriage, she lost her husband. On top of this tragic loss, she chose to follow her widowed mother-in-law to a foreign land, instead of staying in her own home and with her own people. Unhindered by pride or selfishness, Ruth gave her mother-in-law what she needed the most: love, respect, and kindness. In time, God blessed Ruth’s compassionate spirit with a generous husband, a good life, and a son.

Convicted by Ruth’s compassion, I have been compassionate to an elderly widow from our church. She was very lonely after the loss of her husband. The first time I visited her, we talked and spent the afternoon together. Another time, I brought her a homemade piece of apple pie. More recently, this dear grandma had back surgery and has been in a lot of pain. I went to see her and to bring her freshly baked cookies. I wish to give to her some of the love that God has lavished on me. I regularly try to bless her with my smile, full of joy and love.

Can it really be as simple as a smile to a suffering person? Yes, sometimes a kind word and a smile are just enough to brighten their day and let them know that someone cares. My advice to you, reader, is to have compassion on the suffering. It seems to be becoming more and more acceptable to ignore those that are hurting. Let’s follow Ruth’s example and stir up a revolution of compassion by looking beyond ourselves to the needs of others.


Kimberly Krause

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Father's Love Letter

The Father's Love Letter is a letter written directly from God to YOU!
It will change your life, if you let it. Please watch and soak in the love of God.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Samuel Rutherford 1600 – 1661

Samuel Rutherford 1600 – 1661

Samuel Rutherford was a dynamic preacher from Scotland. As a youth he was reckless and careless. However, God got a hold of his heart and changed his life. Samuel attended a university and not long after, was licensed to preach. His work began at Anworth. He poured his heart and life out in service there for nine years. Sadly, his wife and two of his children died in the midst of serving. Life continued to be tragic for him. After the deaths in his family, he was banished to Aberdeen for writing a book! They warned him not to ever preach again in Scotland. That did not stop him. He continued in his work by writing some amazingly profound letters! They were the type of letters that made you take time and read each sentence with thought and prayer. When he died on March 29, 1661, his former student edited his letters. The letters were published, and lives were changed. The letters were “heart to heart” letters: they spoke directly to the specific needs of people. The passages he mostly used were Isaiah and Song of Solomon.

Samuel focused in on love for Christ and on a closer communion with our Lord. That profound last phrase is exactly what I want to encourage you to do today. Take time, to cleanse yourself and draw closer to God. Make HIM your every thought. Tell HIM everything that your going through. Let Him transform your mind into sweet intimacy with Him, our Bridegroom.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Katherine Von Bora 1499 – 1552

Katherine Von Bora 1499 – 1552

Katherine Von Bora was the nun who married Martin Luther. Her father put her into the convent when she was just a child. At age sixteen, she officially became a nun. Around the same time, Martin Luther boldly nailed the ninety-five theses to the church door and started a new way of thinking. The nuns informed Martin Luther that they wanted to escape from the convent. After the escape, most of the other nuns married within two years, except Katherine. In a short amount of time, Luther and Katherine were falling in love. Luther wisely kept the idea far away from his mind. He knew that there was a price on his head and that he had no way of supporting a wife and family.

Finally, he gave in and they married. Martin was 42 and Katherine 25 years old. It was not easy for Katherine to settle this hyperactive preacher into a kind and loving husband. However she possessed great virtue (much like the Prov. 31 woman) which soon melted his heart. He loved her dearly, in fact, he had many pet names for his beloved. Lovingly she bore six children; whom she nursed and taught with care. After Luther’s death she had to flee because of the war that broke out. Once she fell out of a wagon into a ditch full of icy water. She died later because of that cold submersion.

Katherine is good to know about because of her example of diligence, love, respect and virtue. Most of the time her name slips behind the scenes and her story forgotten. We do indeed have much to learn from her example! One way that we can apply her example to our lives, is to take compassion on our Pastor’s wife. Often they, much like Katherine, slip behind the scenes in our churches. We all know that they get worn out and tired just like the rest of us, except with even more stress and worry. My concluding thought with you is: What can we do to encourage our Pastors wife this week?

Monday, August 30, 2010

Lord, I believe

God has laid this special rhyma on my heart: Mark 9:14-29.

Jesus was coming to His disciples when He noticed that the scribes and a big crowd were disputing. When the crowd saw Jesus they ran to Him and greeted Him. Jesus asked the scribes what they were talking about. One in the crowd spoke up and told Jesus about his own son who had a dumb spirit. The boy would even tear at himself and gnash his teeth. The father then disappointedly told Jesus that he had brought the son to the disciples but they could not cast the demon out.

–I want to make an insert here and say how sad that must have been to all three parties, Jesus, the disciples, and the father. Jesus already knew the circumstance, but I'm sure as you will see in the next part that he WAS saddened by their unbelief and lack of faith. I know if I was one of the disciples I would be disappointed in myself, because I was trying to do God's work and do what Jesus had told me to do. It is obvious that the father would be very disheartened: his poor son still had a dumb spirit.

Ok, next Jesus states how faithless that generation was and asked that the boy be brought to Him. They brought him to Jesus and He asked his father how long the boy had had the spirit. Since a child was his reply. –Wow, again, think of the time line there. We're talking any where from 5-15 YEARS, that he had been plagued!– The father proceeded to tell of how the spirit would cast the boy into the fire and into water, trying to destroy him. With hope in his voice the father asked, if Jesus could do anything for him, to have compassion and do it. This (and another) is the verse that popped out for me: Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. No sooner had the words come out of His mouth, the father cried out and with tears said, (this is the other verse that popped) Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.

–That's exactly what Jesus wanted to hear. A desperate cry for help out of complete hopelessness. That's what God wants from us: to admit we can NOT do it and are failing and fall HEAD FIRST INTO HIM! Really, we can't do anything in our own strength anyways, so why not admit it. Call sin, SIN, and failure, FAILURE. I'm not talking about always, moping around because we're "defeated." NO, definitely not. He wants us to have victory in Jesus, but we have to let go of our pride and attitude that says, "I can do it. Another passage that really goes along with this is 2 Corinthians 12:9: "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." That means when we are WEAK (or fail) He'll give you HIS strength! Wow, that's all we have to do? Yep! Just fail forward into God's arms!

-Our responsibility is to give ALL up for HIM, then HE can step in and do HIS responsibility! So often we try to do His job!

Jesus' awesome, wonderful, kind, merciful, loving, response was to command the spirit out of the boy. When the spirit came out, it tore at the boy, so much so that they thought he was dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, pulled him to his feet. -Yay! Isn't that a beautiful picture of our own story? Sin had a mighty grip on us, then Jesus commanded it leave and paid the price. Sin fled faster then blue blazes and we were made free!

Take a minute to thank him for his lavish grace on you and admit your utter failure.

Thank you Jesus, for paying the price that we might be free and whole! Thank you for choosing us to be your children! All praise and glory are yours! I love you, Lord.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wait on the Lord

God gave me this rhyma as I am going through some tough things: Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall stregthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Psalm 27:14
The wait there, means to be woven in like a basket! I LOVE IT! That means I need to get so close to God, then.... He will strengthen my heart and give me enough strength for one for more step.

Just a mini post on what God's doing in my life.


Monday, July 26, 2010

God 1st

My big questions to God have been, "What does my future hold? What is my life purpose? What is my passion?" Mostly though, I have been worrying about it and not trusting God. Well God gave me the answer!

Matthew 6:33-34 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

I need to put God first, THEN he'll give me the next step. That is my life purpose. Seek GOD first.

Psalm 145:19-21
The Lord will fulfill every desire I have. He's always there waiting to fulfill my need for love and realness, but I turn astray to my own "god." Forgive me O Lord and put me back under your wings. Make my focus fully on your as my number one. You are so worthy, You are so forgiving, You are LOVE. Thank You for satisfying my soul... You are my true Prince.

Do I surrender all?

One of the things that God revealed to me at Journey to the Heart was that I have a problem with Pride. Before I went on the Journey, I thought I didn't have to work on anything. I was so wrong; in fact I had one of the things that God hates worse of all, a Prideful heart. My heart is so desperately wicked. I thought I was better than everyone else. I thought I had it all together. I thought I was right.

God really lead me to surrender all, and especially my pride. I also had to give up my "mask." The mask that I wore went hand in hand with the pride. Again, I tried to cover up my nasty, ugly heart, with the "ministry" mask. I donned my service, my prayer, my actions without even realizing that my heart was the thing that really needed work. I gave it up and confessed my pride, my mask, bitterness, and selfishness. Here's a song that really fit with my surrender to Jesus.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power;
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His Name!

I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to Thee, my bless├Ęd Savior,
I surrender all.

Amy Carmichael, my inspiration

Amy Carmichael is my inspiration. She was yielded to God in all that she had, she was self-LESS, she was humble, and she LOVED God with her all.

"If there be any reserve in my giving to Him who so loved that he gave His dearest for me, if there be a secret 'but' in my prayer-"Anything BUT that, Lord", then I know nothing of Calvary love."
-Amy Carmichael

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Clementine, the purrrfect picture of rest

Clementine, the purrrfect picture of rest.