Sunday, November 28, 2010

Scenes from November

Hanging out with our Westside family...

Austin loved the red bean curd dessert...

Benji, not so much...

Chopsticks lessons...
So happy..

Backyard shots (taken by Ben)...

Christmas came to our house (thanks to Emma and Christine!)...

Home church last week...

Saying "see you later" to our friend, Nyuon...

A brisk, beautiful day...

Christmas baking with our sweet sister, Vivian...

So many gifts for which we are so very thankful!

Church Music

Everybody dance!!!

Be blessed in Jesus today!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fresh Bread from Heaven, part 3

Bob had not left for his office yet that morning, so when he came upstairs from showering, we told him what we had just experienced. He wanted his own word from the Father, so he asked us to pray with him. If you know Bob personally and know of even a smidgen of the dreams that God gives him, you may find that a little odd or even kind of funny since he already hears so much.

We prayed with him and two of the children soon had pictures for Bob. One had a picture of a sewage truck leaving, the kind of tanker truck that comes to purge the deep, underground pipes. The other child saw Bob riding on a horse. He wore silver armour and held a spear in one hand and a shield in the other hand and was a strong warrior. We asked where Bob was riding and the child reported all over the world, especially Africa, but all over the world.

Obviously one picture has to take place before the other can take place. Thus began a long and exhausting but fruitful late morning and entire afternoon of praying with Bob to get the deep-seated, fiendish, hidden garbage out from the centre of his soul. He needed profound healing. Emma, Austin, Ben and I prayed as we never have before and saw results of those prayers as never before. I will not go into all the garbage. It is really not important. We all have had or do have garbage. I will, however, give praise to our Saviour and King who died for not only our salvation from sin and being separated from God but also our salvation from strongholds and evil spirits!!! His love is truly amazing and His healing is something none of us can live without.

And I have to share this side note: we took a break from our praying to have a little lunch. When we sat down to the table, I noticed our five year old being unusually quiet and hanging her head. She also was not eating her soup and biscuit. I asked her what was wrong but she would not answer. I finally called her over to my chair and asked her to tell me in my ear. She said that Jesus had told her to ‘pass from lunch to pray for Daddy and his healing’. She was in such a place of humility and obedience that she did not want to announce it to everyone. She sat on the couch while we finished our lunch. Oh wow.

We prayed for a fresh word this morning when we started our day. God was faithful to give us fresh bread from heaven once again. I do not know that He will speak to us so clearly each morning. I am counting on it. And whether He does or not, we will spend the time sitting in His presence and waiting for Him. We are learning to trust Him more and more each day. He is showing us things that we could never come up with on our own. We love His creativity and do not want to go on without Him.

I realize that some may not agree that this fresh bread is necessary. We have all we need to know in the Bible, right? If you are one who shares this thinking, please ask questions and more than anything, I pray you will ask the Father for your own word, your own fresh bread. We do have the Word and I cherish every word in that Book. It is vital that I be in the Word every day. But I believe He wants to speak to us on a daily basis, even a moment by moment basis. Yes, there is more… so much more! Oh, how He loves!

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Ephesians 1:17

Beautiful, bountiful blessings in Jesus!

Fresh Bread From Heaven, part 2

I had recently been fasting for a couple of reasons and knew when I woke up yesterday morning that I could break my fast and that I also needed to spend time just sitting in God’s presence with the children when we started our school time. After breakfast, we finished our morning routines and read our Bible passage for the day. Then I told the children that I wanted to help them learn how to sit in God’s presence and just soak Him in and to hear from Him.

It took several minutes for everyone to settle down and for the giggling to subside. I instructed them to just sit still before the Father, not to pray as they normally would (‘please give us a good day’, ‘please help me with my math’, ‘please give Rebecca [our friend on the other side of the globe] a special sense of Your Presence today’, etc.) but to just rest and listen for His voice or to watch for pictures from His heart.

Almost immediately the Father started speaking His Peace over me…Peace, Peace, and more Glorious Peace.

I waited a little while and just let the Father’s Presence invade our living room.

Then I asked if anyone had anything to share. Emma shared that God had shown her a web where she was the centre and it was connected to other people who had their own webs and it just continued. He told her that she was connected to many other people and that she has influence on not only her younger siblings but also on a younger group of children she is volunteering with now and even others. He told her that she has a choice to be a positive influence or a negative influence.

Next, Austin shared that he had seen God on His throne, smiling across at him. The throne was not exactly gold, but it was hard to put a colour label on it. The Father was big, at least 7 feet tall. Austin was not sure if he was sitting or standing before the throne, but he was just about four or five feet in front of the Father. And the Father was smiling on Austin! You should have seen his beaming face as he was telling us!

Ben saw himself, tiny on the earth, ‘as tiny as a germ’. He looked up to the sky and then saw past the sky into space and then past space into heaven. The Father was looking down at him from a huge table, on which was set an incredible, delectable feast. He was just looking down and waiting for Ben to come and eat with him. Later he told us more details about the actual food…piles of chicken and pies and nuts and all kinds of amazing foods. Whoa!

Of course, as they are relaying all of these incredible pictures, I am just overwhelmed. I tell them about my own experience and then just pray and cry and thank the Father for His love and mercy and Presence.

Part 3 next...

Fresh Bread from Heaven, part 1

I am trying to get my jumbled, overwhelmed thoughts out through my fingers and onto this screen. I actually thought about writing them all in a journal, but I think that would take twice as long and there is urgency. I also want to share this story and not just keep it for myself. The Father is showing me so much right now. He’s speaking and working in my family in incredible ways. I want to share it all, but I honestly do not know if I have the words for it all.

I have just read a beautiful book called Compelled By Love by Heidi Baker. We are now reading (and sometimes sobbing) through it as a family. Heidi and her family were called by God in 1995 to Mozambique to sit among the poor and learn from them. In this book Heidi goes through the Beatitudes from Matthew chapter 5. She tells story after story of God’s heart for the poor and outcast and how He has shown her that she must be in His presence in order to meet the needs He has called her to meet.

Here are some powerful snippets from Chapter 4:

• The poor always want something to eat; they are always hungry. The physical desperation among the poor often translates into spiritual hunger. Like the poor, God is calling us to hunger and thirst after Him with the same desperation.

• The poor taught me how to hunger for God and to take spiritual communion. He invites us to eat and to drink of Jesus so that we become full. Just as we depend on food for our physical nourishment, we also need to depend on Jesus for the spiritual nourishment of our lives. We must feed on Him daily. Only then will we have the fresh bread from heaven that we need to give to both the spiritually and naturally hungry.

• Out of the abundance of our own feasting at His table, we will have fresh manna from heaven to give to the poor every day.

• The poor have taught me about hunger and thirst and my own need. In order to function and to make it through one day, I have to spend hours every day alone with my Jesus. I must have His presence or I know I cannot survive. I am often on my face in His presence. So I stay hidden in His heart, soaking in the secret place. If you will look into the eyes of Jesus and eat and fill that hungry place with Him every day, then His passion is alive and burning in your soul.

Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” …Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:32-33, 35

Continued in next post...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Your Personal History With God

I love to share things that have encouraged my heart. There is not a Bill Johnson message that I do not like and that I have not been encouraged and challenged by, but this one has to be one of my favourites.

Be blessed!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembrance Day

Today was a moving day.

We had the honour of joining two thousand other Remembrance Day participants at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. What an impressive program we experienced.

This special lady was the main speaker. Her name is Linda Graham and she wears a silver cross for her son, a Canadian soldier (and Olympic athlete) who was killed in Afghanistan in 2006.
One especially moving moment was when the Hamilton Children's Choir sang "Dream a Dream" and five or six of the choir members stepped down from the stage, found a veteran, joined hands with that person and sang to them.
The boys had the honour of having a photo made with a British soldier who served in Afghanistan.
This is the Lancaster that flew over at exactly 11:00 a.m. What a privilege to see this plane and hear the roar of its engines. There are only two left in the world that still fly.
Lest we forget.
You can see more here.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Power of Good

Bob and I had the honour of visiting a local Jewish synagogue tonight for a presentation in their Holocaust Education Week. Today was the commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of Kristallnacht.

We watched a film that told an amazing story of a man named Nicholas Winton who rescued 669 children from Czechoslovakia in 1939. Three of those children are living here in our city and were in attendance tonight. You can imagine the how emotionally charged the room was as we listened raptly to the stories and the account of this man who saved them. I am still a wreck. Another amazing thing about this man is his humility. In 1988, fifty years after the fact, Mr. Winton's wife discovered a forgotten scrapbook and learned of the hero she had married.

You can read more about the story here.

If you have the opportunity, please watch the powerful documentary, The Power of Good.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fresh Air

Fresh air is so good for our well-being! I am very thankful that we live in a beautiful part of the world where we have so many different choices for trails and gorgeous scenery, so we can go out and enjoy God's incredible creation and breathe in the refreshing air! And Bob's foot has healed enough that he could come along on our explorations today. Praise Jesus!

And I love this verse in The Message! What a great reminder of how I can be refreshing to the people in my life...

Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I'll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You'll be living proof that I didn't go to all this work for nothing. Philippians 2:14
Many blessings!

Monday, November 1, 2010