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!


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

Compassion


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.


Sincerely,


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?