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The Voice of Jesus through the Prophecy of Jeshurun.

I am pleased to advise that my marriage to Ralph K. Paskins, a prophet named Jeshurun,  the name given to him by the Lord,  recently took place in December 2016.  These prophecies are for those who deceive the innocent   The language is the prophetic language given under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  “My people” are those who believe in Jesus Christ as the true Messiah, and Jesus as God in the flesh.  There is only one God.  The evil is the anti-Christ and the world system that goes against the love of God.

Let the reader know that the things that I speak in this prophecy is not to be taken literally but spiritually under the hand of the Holy Spirit which is Jesus our Lord.

To the shepherds abroad:  The Lord of Host is my name.  I’m sick of your abominations that you commit against my name and against my holy ones who are called by my name.  I’m appalled by your actions that you commit against my people.  I’m angry at the shepherds that have left my flocks for pieces of silver and gold in vessels that you carry; therefore, I will return to my people you have robbed and they shall spoil your houses and I will consecrate your silver and gold which you have stored up for yourselves and give it back to my people.  You have evilly entreated and cast out for my name sake says the King of Israel your savoir.  Your abominations won’t prosper says the Lord in the day of my vengeance says your God.  I will take my people that you have treated with contempt and bless them out of Zion my holy mountain, and my little ones won’t want anymore says your God,  because you have profaned my Holy Sabbath and done violence to my holy law which I have laid down for my people Israel.

You should not have looked upon my peoples nakedness and not have clothed them when I gave you plenty of cloth to clothe them with says the Lord your King and God.  Now your abominations are in your own lap, and you shall suffer for your own inconsistencies that you showed my people says the Lord of Host.  You shall be in wanting when my people shall be comforted says your King and Lord The mighty one of Israel.  You are an evil prince who shows no compassion for his people.  Therefore I will show you no mercy when I come for my redeemed who are called by my name says the Lord and your King, The Holy one of Israel.  You are heartless and have no faith in my people you are an off scouring of your own soul.

Your full of discord to my people who have no hope in me because you show no retribution to vindicate my people who are called by my name.  Your stench in my nostrils says the Lord.  A burden to my soul all the day,  and you trouble me with your sins that you commit against my people; therefore, I will take away the burden of my people and slay you and your little ones that dwell in your ivory houses that you raised up for yourselves, and I will grind your houses into the dust and they shall not rise the second time nor shall I leave you root or branch.  I will give my people whom you have mistreated ivory houses and gold crowns upon their heads, and all nations shall fall down prostrate before my holy ones, my anointed ones who are called by the King of Israel.

Woe to you who forsake the flock and abandon my little ones who call upon my name and have profane my Holy sanctuary and  despise  my spirit of grace.  I came and walked among my people and to the whole world that I created by my hands.  I came and gave you a sure house to dwell in even your God,  but you divided my Holy house by your abominations that you commit.

Woe to you who call bitter sweet and sweet bitter and you justify a murderer for a morsel of bread and desecrated my Holy name to bring shame and disgrace to my people who are called by my name.  Therefore my name shall become wormwood to you because you desecrated my Holy name and my holy house by your abominable acts that you impose upon my people who you have profaned.  Your abominations will continue no further for I will return in the season of life and Jacob shall have a son who shall turn his people away from their sins,  and I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed says their king in that day David shall be their king,  and I shall be their God and their savior the Holy One of Israel.

My people shall want no more and they shall never be oppressed by the oppressor nor shall they be accused by the accuser for I shall accuse his people that have accused my people,  and I will make them put on their own accusations that they accuse my people with,  and they shall consume them by the fire of my jealousy.  I will command the fire to burn them, but my people that are in the fire won’t be hurt by the second death that shall come all over the Earth says your redeemer.  The Lord of Host is my name.

Whoever  is not written in the book of life shall be hurt by the second death which shall burn forever and ever.  Woe to you when your flesh shall burn and the worm dies not.  Never shall you have light in outer darkness for the former shall pass away from my eyes and there shall be no more sea for the elements of this world will vanish when the trumpet sounds;  then,  I shall receive my own with interest,  and they shall know I have loved my people with an everlasting love that shall never fade away.  I will take away all fear and pain from my people,  and they shall know me.    I am the one who comforts them world without end says the Lord who has redeemed his people.  There shall be no more tears or sadness for the former works shall be done away.

Woe to the lawyers who sell my people to an anti-Christ spirit, even as you have been deceived by the deceiver.  You get nothing for selling my people through a bribe you accepted from a false spirit, for you shall not profit in the end.  Sin for a season is all that you earn says the Lord of vengeance.  You shall soon wake up for I will wake you up through my shepherds that are after my own heart and they shall show you your reward that I shall give you for the evil you’ve imposed upon my people.  Woe to you  dark prince that sets upon your throne in a kings court and you defraud my people and keep them from coming to me,  King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Woe to you Satan you crooked serpent that deceives the whole world for you and your children shall be crushed under the feet of a man child that shall be born in the Earth.  A man after my own heart David by name.  He shall be called the son of the highest.

Woe to you lawyers you brood of snakes who carry venom in your sacks and my people are charmed by you, because you sing or play a pleasant sound to them till in a moment its too late for them to return and you sink your teeth into them and they die by your venomous bite!  Your lies won’t endure for I will soon come and expose your purpose you have planned and it shall not prosper.   You shall die you crooked serpent.

For I will remove the rocks from my people,  and they shall know that you were a liar and deceiver,  an anti-Christ spirit all over the earth.  I will destroy your purpose and plan that you’ve planned against me, and my people shall see me sitting upon the throne of my glory and every knee shall bow to me.  All people shall know that I am the only God says the Lord.  You’ve made yourself rich by your abominations.  You’ve conjured up.  You sorceress of deception.  You deceived  men, but you don’t fool your God for I will come and expose your nakedness, and my people shall see your deception that you’ve devised against the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

You’ve practiced your magical arts.  Your prognosticators and deceivers who build your houses with miry clay and burnt the ones you deceived and call them Holy.  Your wormwood a poison of deception and anti-Christ spirit.  You’ve filled my vessels with all kinds of lies and deception.  Therefore you shall drink your own judgement and be made drunk till you stagger and can’t read the writing on the wall says the word.  Your deception won’t rise the second time for the end has come before my eyes and Babylon has come before my judgment seat says your God and your King, King Jesus!

The table is set and the curtain is opened wide and my people who have my seal on their foreheads shall enter into my holy domain,.  My sanctuary that I set in the Earth.  They shall sit down at my table for I shall cleanse the feet of my people and long enjoy the fruit of their labor that they labored for.   I will call them with a great trumpet blast and there shall be an assembly of people come and dine at my table I have prepared and made.

They shall sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in my kingdom.  They shall want no more or have lack in their vessels, for  the former shall not be spoken of anymore.  For the former shall pass away with a great noise when I come to gather my elect from the four winds of Heaven.  My angels shall come with great trumpet sound and I shall gather from one end of heaven to the other,  for  I will be merciful to my people,  and their sins and iniquities I will remember no more.  This is the day of retribution.  The day the Lord has made.   We will rejoice and be glad in it.

This is the day of the Lord.   This is the day of Adam , and this is the day of Seth.  This is the day of Enoch.  This is the day of Noah.  This is the day of Babylon.  This is the day of Abraham. This is the day of Isaac.  This is the day of Jacob.  This is the day of Joseph.  This is the day of Moses.  This is the day of Caleb and Joshua.  This is the day of Samson.  This is the day of Deborah and Baruch.  This is the day of all the judges.  This is the day of Samuel.  This is the day of David the King.  This is the day of Solomon the King.  This is the day of Elijah.  This is the day of all the prophets says the Lord.

Seal the vision and mark its place son of man; for soon I will come and wind up the book and seal it forever for my people,  and they shall long enjoy their fruit forever.  They shall never wither,  and all that they shall do shall prosper forever and ever says the Lord and your King.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vision of the Lord’s Arms

The morning of September 16, 2016, I saw a beautiful white sheep looking at me; then, I saw the Lords arms, which had embroidery of gold onto white material.  I saw him pull the skin off of the sheep and there was a ripping sound.  He was either shearing the sheep by hand or pulling it off.  What he pulled off was the white fluffy fur of the sheep.  He did this about three times.  I heard the ripping of the fleece.

It was as if I understood that he was doing a certain work or a work to be done.  Jesus is the good shepherd, and he is straightening out the sheep.  He is shearing his sheep that need to be found.  He is using his Christian people and doing a work in them.

 

My Encounters with Prophecy and Vision

When I was twenty-two I had both a dream and a vision of Jesus the Christ.   I felt his presence before particularly when I was ten, but my later experiences  were a confirmation of my calling to follow Christ, and the manifestation of the beginning of my gifts including the gift of prophecy.    I don’t remember which came first, but I am starting with the dream where I saw Jesus standing on the sanding shore and water was moving in the background.

Jesus  was just there as if he was waiting for me.  He had a plain robe and wore sandals.  I knew it was Jesus the Christ.  I ran up to him, and I said:  “It is you!  I finally see you!”  I hugged him and my arms appeared to fit around him.  As I embraced him, he grew in size getting bigger and bigger, but I still had my arms around him, still looking him in the face.  I recall a large shout but did not see where it came from.  Jesus began changing in appearance in front of me.

His hair changed to white and it flowed, and he had the most beautiful crystal blue eyes.  I was above Earth and remember going upwards.  The Lord was huge,  and he encompass everything around him.  The most awesome thing happen while looking at him.  All the stars and planets came out of his eyes as I was lifted up from earth and was in space.  Everything that God made I saw in a few seconds or appeared to understand him more.  I was extremely happy at what was happening, but at the same time I could not understand why I was having this dream.  Don’t get me wrong, it felt spectacular that God would come to me, because I did not think of myself as an important person, but I did pray to him.

Then I awoke with such a wonderful feeling that I jumped  up in bed.  Not even gradually but immediately sat up in bed.  My heart was pounding, and I could hear it.   I never experienced  this before.  I had to grasp for breath, but at the same time I was the most happy person on earth    I shouted for my mother who was in another room and told her about the dream.  She was happy for me, but I could not explain to her how great I really felt.  She believed and loved  Jesus.

On June 21, 2016, while praying with my prayer partner, and under the anointing and the gift of tongues, I saw two angels, and Jesus as king in a background setting.    Jesus was sitting on a marble throne. Other images in the background were  not so clear, but they were clear enough to see a brief image.  In this vision I could feel myself holding a palm branch and there were other people next to me and in back of me, but I could only feel their presence.  We  were in my kitchen.  God does not need a church building.  He is everywhere.

Then, in the spirit, I was before the wailing wall in Jerusalem.  I was rejoicing and shouting praises to God.  The walls were like golden stones shining in the sun.  I noticed some leaves and a beautiful aroma permeating through the walls.  Some light smoke appeared.  It was a wonderful feeling of peace and love.

We ended our prayers with singing, speaking in tongues, and thanking God for his love. The Lord revealed to me that he hears all prayers at the same time.  He is that awesome of a creator.  I like everyone to know I have a better understanding, because I had to go through some things.  Now is the time to tell people what I experienced, and it is real.  God has done a lot for me even when I did not realize it.  I thank him for his tremendous caring ways and gifts.

 

Painting By: Stephanie J Mercer-McGowan. 1975.   My rendition of what I saw.  The actual vision did not have the star of David.

Christmas Giving is Jesus

This Christmas it is time to realize the true meaning behind this festival of new life.  It goes beyond giving and really starts with believing  when Jesus was born God gave himself to us ., because He humbled himself by becoming a man.  His deep love and humility was so profound that he was not born in a palace but in a very humble setting;  for,  he was actually homeless.

Taking on our humanity he helps us understand how much he understands us as human beings.  This is why he gave his understanding about us because he wants us to understand that he understands us.  Jesus’ humble birth is a gift., because,  he accepts everyone regardless of class or wealth.  He does not belong to any prestigious social club, to a VIP church organization giving huge amounts of tithing,  or to a fraternal order  achieving scholarly recognition, but he is the recognizable God who is full of spiritual recognition, spiritual wealth, and spiritual wisdom.

Another gift of Jesus’ birth is the fact that he can be found if you seek him.  The stoic pursuit of the Magi who came all the way from the East in search of him is a gift of persistence in seeking Christ.  They discerned that his birth was a great event.   These men had the gift of wisdom and studied nature including the configuration of the stars.  God reveals signs through nature as long as nature itself is not worshipped.  Nature is God’s creation.  Like the early Christians, modern day Christians seek Jesus through prayer and reading scripture.  Finding God starts within oneself.

Jesus had to be hidden by his parents and fled from his birthplace because of King Herod’s decree to kill all of the male children who were two years old and under.  God shows his love by having to survive an extreme danger and also having Mary and Joseph survive the fact that they could have been killed.  Many people go through dangerous situations, but God teaches them how to overcome these situations.  He commands the angels who are a gift to us to watch over us.  He  gives us wisdom about handling our problems.  God himself is present when he intervenes, because he always knows what is going on.  He wants us to accept his gift of knowing him.

Christmas is more than giving and receiving presents.  There is more than the physical.  Recognizing the spiritual is a great gift.  If you seek it , it will be revealed to you.  One way this  happens is to humble yourself enough to see the face of God in  baby Jesus who physically came into the world, was born in a humble manger, and gave the gift of himself.

 

Concept of Time in Bibilical Application of Prophecy — The Return of JESUS THE CHRIST

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Sun Dial by Stephanie J. McGowan

 

God’s concept of time is different from man’s understanding of it, for there is a non- mathematical understanding of time in biblical prophecy which changed from the Garden of Eden.  Scripture contains numbers which are predictive, but should not be taken just in a mathematical context because there is a spiritual application to every phase of prophecy.    The revelations of Daniel and the Book of Revelations are just two books which can be interpreted as outside of man’s understanding of  time as we know it and the predictions of the return of Jesus the Christ.

God is outside of time, but it matters more to us to keep tract of time because we can count time;  whereas, God uses events in human terms in order for us to have a better understanding of our expectations of what should happen and when.  This is why many have misinterpreted scripture because they are looking at numbers; however, God still uses mathematical time in the bible, but it is not always used to predict an event.  There have been accurate predications of time.  The timing of the plagues in Egypt, the timing of the generation that died before reaching the promise land,  and the  timing of the birth of Jesus using the Magi’s calculations of astronomy are all mathematical timing.

In the Garden of Eden there was no concept of time, aging, or death.  It is the concept of time that brings an end because there is a beginning in time; therefore there must be an ending.  Man’s fall initiated the changes in time when he committed an act against God by his disobedience and then the mathematical interpretation of time began because of the finality of events such as the changing in the seasons and death.   Adam and Eve’s actions in the Garden of Eden brought about the concept of time which brings an ending.  We can travel in space and time is different.  We can not comprehend or reach the speed of light because we have limitations in time and we don’t physically exist outside our time, but we still spiritually exist both in the present time and beyond time because even when our bodies die our spirits still exist.

The rules of time do not apply to God who exist outside our time as we know it.  The incarnation of Christ Jesus resurrected because you can not kill God.  Jesus has the spirit of God and is God.  He is one with the father.  If we have the spirit of God, we are also not bound by time we are only bound to the physical which is bound to time; therefore, spirit never dies.  Our souls are a record of who we are to God and what we have chosen to be.  The spiritual never ceases to exist.

The Prophet Daniel interpreted dreams.  God gave him this prophetic calling because God needed to use him as a sign to others and also to explain and write prophecy.  When Daniel interpreted the King’s dream, he  knew what the angel Gabriel was talking about.  In the Book of Daniel, Chapter 9, he  sees one being that looked like a man.  What was Daniel’s concept in time?  It was two fold.  A mathematical time frame and also a symbolic time frame.   There is a mathematical interpretation in symbolic form In Daniel 9:26, the sixty-two (62) weeks and the last week mentions the anti-Christ.  The Hebrews associate numbers to mean symbolic terms.  Sixty-two weeks is not sixty-two weeks as we know it, but it is a period or season of time as God knows it.  Six (6) means man, and sixty (60) is the height of an image which was Nebuchadnezzar.   Six cubits wide, sixty cubits high, and the six which is Nebuchadnezzar.  Two could mean two more sixes which makes it 666 weeks when Messiah would be cut off and he will not reign.  This is the time of the anti-Christ or 666 .  It is not a time frame, but a symbolic number not an actual number of weeks.

In the book of Revelations the opening of the seven seals exist as a spiritual time frame even though there are similar events in history as well as events to come.  In order to understand Revelations, you have to understand all of the Bible because the books work together to further reveal spiritual thoughts in the Book of Revelations.

We can not determine when Jesus will return because God does not think in terms of our time.  There are still warnings and dreams, but our interpretations sometimes go astray.   It is not meant for man to know the actual date of Jesus’ return.  Acts reads:  “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father has put in his own power.”  No world event or purposeful cause to make war, terrorist attack, or building of a temple will hasten the return of the Christ because all of these actions are man’s terms and conditions not God’s.  God thinks outside the box and outside the times as we know it.

My Dreams About Robert

 

Dream of my husband Robert with Jesus 02/2014
Dream of my husband Robert with Jesus 02/2014

Yes God does allow our love ones to communicate because he is a righteous God who comforts us when we are in pain.  The Lord especially comforted me when I had a dream about my husband Robert.  I was going to ask God to show me a sign, but before I even asked I had this dream.  Since there are many different types of dreams and different reasons why we have them, my personal dream was a revelation  dream which reveals a truth.  In my particular dream God shows me my husband who not only acknowledges me, but also I see our Lord and Savior Jesus The Christ.   Dreams also have significance in the Bible, and answers to questions manifest in dreams.   

The prophetic dreams of Daniel focuses on warnings and prophecy. There are also instructional dreams and symbolic dreams.   The apostle John had dream-visions, but his revelations are so profoundly filled with mystery and warnings of the end times.   My particular dream is on a personal level, but it has spiritual significance.

My husband Robert often agreed with me when I  said that  some people will not understand, because some are not capable of understanding.   Since my husband Robert went to live in heaven  on January 24, 2014,  I experienced some dreams about him and had some spiritual encounters.  My children Robert and Charisma also had similar experiences.   We appreciate the Lord giving us this beautiful gift.   

About three days ago on February 16, 2014  in the early morning hours I had a dream of Robert .  Even though it was a wonderful dream, and it was comforting,  I still  miss his physical presence.   My husband was such a spark of energy and love, and everyday he treated me with love and kindness.   

I fell asleep after reading Bible passages and watching a movie. The first thing I remember in the dream is a feeling of transportation to another place.   It felt like I was moving out and then up from where I was physically sleeping on the couch. I was actually someplace else and going somewhere,  but I had no control over this, and I could not see my physical body.  I was not afraid.

The first thing I noticed was a beautiful spiral stone pathway that started with a single stone that gradually got wider.  The path was there but there were clouds around the path which hid most of the background.  The stones were round and smooth which natural shades ranging from brown to white. The path grew bigger as more of it became visible.  There was a sense of clean fragrant air which was sweet and felt healing.   Every where I looked nothing was dirty or unclean.  I heard musical sounds very faintly but could not make them out.

In the background I saw houses of Middle Eastern design.  I saw one doorway to a house  draped  to cover part of the doorway.  The drape had a stripe pattern.  I felt other people around me, but I could not see them. Then I  felt a sense of happiness and there was an air of celebration.   My eyes became focused on the path, and from my field of vision,  I saw someone’s beautiful feet wearing sandals approaching the spiral path. When I saw the sandals I felt a feeling of love from  whoever wore them.

My eyes moved up and then I realized it was Jesus walking towards the spiral path.   He was originally close to me but at that time I only saw his sandals.    He appeared near some clouds and I saw that  Jesus wore a beautiful brown and beige robe.   Some of the colors intersected into the cloth across his chest.   Jesus  turned to receive something from someone who handed him a plate.  I could not see this being.    I saw that the plate contained what looked liked two giant dates.

I heard a kind of sound, and I saw my husband Robert sitting with cross legs on  this beautiful  spiral path.   He was in light which was glowing around his face, yet subtle, and light was glowing from within him.  Robert looked at me very briefly and then he looked at Jesus who handed him a plate.  Robert started to talk to Jesus.  I could not hear any of the conversation, but I know Robert was asking Jesus questions.

Jesus handed out more plates of food and then he sat down next to Robert.  Jesus was very friendly,  and he appeared to already know Robert’s concerns.    I thought at one point that he offered  a plate to me, but I am not sure of this.  Jesus had his full attention on Robert and was listening to his questions.

During this dream, I felt my sense of vision being guided and I was not in control.   It was as if someone was next to me telling me what to look at, but I did not hear or see who it was.  I felt a sense of someone being over me .   Maybe I was not supposed to see everything, but the dream had a calming and beautiful effect.

The meaning of the spiritual food has significance because when Robert had pancreatic cancer he could not eat anything.  Sometimes he went to the emergency room for intravenous fluids and nutrients.  He had a rapid form of cancer.  I prayed and often wondered why he became ill, and I am still asking about this.

By the time Robert should have had chemo, the doctor advised us it was not a good idea, because Robert was too sick to receive it.  I felt they should have given him chemo right away, but they waited sixteen days.  The doctor said she could not believe the cancer spread that quickly.  He suffered from a lot of pain during his sickness; so, they  eventually gave him morphine, and he passed away in his sleep at the hospita on the day that he was scheduled to go to hospice care.

This dream reveals the love of Jesus who is giving Robert spiritual food.   Robert is feasting in heaven and having conversations with Jesus.    I am happy for my husband, but I miss him because he is not physically with me. There is consolation because this dream reveals that Robert is thinking of me and praying for me and our children.   He is asking Jesus to watch over us.

I believe dreams are given to us to communicate with our spirit. This is why it is good to ask the Lord for direction and make sure we are on the right path.  Keep your focus on God even during hard times and God will comfort your soul in many ways.  I thank Jesus the Christ for revealing to me that my husband Robert is in his presence.  I could not have asked for a better man and now God has a great one in heaven.  Until we meet again.   

Jesus Walking On The Water

One of my favorite passages from the Bible is Jesus walking on the water and is found in both Matthew 14:22-33, and Mark 6:45-52.    It is Matthew’s gospel which adds Peter to the story,  and illustrates the apostle’s  attempt to walk towards Jesus on the stormy sea.    This passage illustrates Jesus’ selection of Peter, and how we  should attempt to reach out to Jesus.

At first the apostles, who are helpless on a boat during a storm,  do not realize it is Jesus walking on the water.   When Jesus sees the fearful apostles he tells them: “Do not be afraid, it is I;”  Peter ask, that if it is the son of God, Jesus should command him to walk on the water and come to him.  Jesus commands Peter, who has taken the first step of faith,  to come out of the boat,  and he begins to walk towards Jesus;  however,   Peter loses courage  and begins to sink.  

English: Walking on the sea. Schellenberg. In ...
English: Walking on the sea. Schellenberg. In the Bowyer Bible in Bolton Museum, England. Print 3714. From “An Illustrated Commentary on the Gospel of Mark” by Phillip Medhurst. Section I. Jesus commands the waves. Mark 4:35-41, 6:45-52. http://pdfcast.org/pdf/an-illustrated-commentary-by-phillip-medhurst-on-the-gospel-of-mark-section-i-to-j (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Peter tried and He almost made it.   He was the first to recognize Jesus.  Even though Peter listens to Jesus , and not to any other voice.   Terror and uncertainty  allows him to lose control of the situation.  Peter believes he can walk on the water,  but for him it suddenly becomes  an impossibility.   Peter is probably thinking:  I want to go to Jesus, but I am afraid because the waters are to strong for me. 

One must realize that Peter was really courageous and took the first step, he tries to fight  opposition which is fear and doubt, but  Jesus sees something in Peter, and it is courage to follow the Messiah.  God does not  chose  cowards; for it is Christ who makes his followers brave.  Jesus sees us for what we really are and not the way others see us.

I am writing about this passage because I am working on an art project and its subject  is the miracle of Jesus walking on the water .  I can picture the storming sea and feel Peter’s helplessness.   Peter’s attempts to have faith is not really a failure, because his faith is growing.  He will someday do what Jesus wants him to do, and this is why I sometimes feel I need to wait for Jesus to instruct me.   I seek the hand of  God  to guide me.   

This Saturday morning,  a  wonderful confirmation  came to me.    Before I drank my coffee, I opened the Bible to the Gospel of Mark Chapter 6 about Jesus’ miraculous walking on the stormy sea, and then I became amazed that this was a sign from God confirming and blessing  me to continue working on this project.  The subject of this work is about this  very miracle.   The passage was not marked in my Bible nor did I have it in my mind when I awoke this morning.  It was God communicating.

Like Simon Peter there are times when we lose  our courage after taking the first step, but we  should continue to have  courage.    We are afraid of drowning, because our Christianity is not of this world, but we are in the world, and we have to cope with difficulties.  Jesus grabbed Peter’s hand, and we too should reach out to Jesus.   When we reach out to Jesus he will grab our hands and pull us out of our problems .  We will not sink.    We sometimes feel this is hard to do and wonder if we are  true Christian believers.  Jesus saved Peter, but he did not ask for anything back.  Jesus did an act of kindness, and he was teaching Peter to have faith and follow him. 

I can recall times when I was in the stormy sea  and no help was available.  Some outwardly refused to help.    Maybe they felt being used.  They want something in return.    God rewards those who do good.    Jesus offers sincerity when he helps.   I am sure many have experienced similar circumstances.  

When I meet with difficulties,  and have to walk on the storming sea, I  reach out my hands to Jesus and he reaches his hands out to help me.     Jesus always handles the situation and calms things down.  

                              Like he did for Peter and the apostles

                             Jesus does for me.   

                            Jesus loves me.  

                            Jesus can calm the stormy seas. 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  (words of Saint Paul, Apostle of Jesus Christ)

Daily Prompt-Pick a word and Google it, then pick the eleventh image and write about it

I picked the word prophecies and the eleventh picture was of Jesus with five children hugging him, praying to him, and appearing to want his help and consolation. They are wonderfully happy to see him. There is so much love in this picture and this is the main focus, that even adults can be his children when we are humble as these children are humble. I get a strong feeling about this image and it speaks of love. I feel the love he has for many. Jesus was said to tell the apostles to let the little children come to him because the kingdom of God belongs to them. This image also illustrates Jesus as a compassionate and wise teacher who is able to instruct the weak. There are no learned scholars in this picture only the humble children who are not corrupt. The background illustrates one of the mothers who is taking her child to see Jesus. This means that we should take our concerns to Jesus and show we love him because we listen to his word. He gives us love back and unconditionally. Great picture and I am lucky to find it.

True Courage-Prayer in Schools

To be courageous is a true gift and a blessing.  Courage is often found in a person who has gone through difficult situations in life, has not given up in spite of adversity, and has learned to apply their learning experiences .  Even if the boat gets rocky, the courageous person stands bravely.  Unshaken and unharmed like Daniel the prophet, or Moses the great patriarch,  they continue to recognize God as their strength.

Courageous people are not afraid of being loners , and they are  not part of the crowd.   Don’t confuse courage with rebellion, because courageous people offen meet opposition.   Courageous people are survivors.

Jesus taught courage by his deeds.  Consider the New Testament book of Mark, Chapter 7:45-52 , where Mark writes about Jesus walking on the water.  This story is one of my favorite stories in the Bible.  Jesus is showing his love for his followers and he prays they will have courage.  This is why he tells them to   “take courage.”

The scripture states that Jesus went to the mountain on his own to pray while the apostles took a boat out to sea.  It was getting dark and a storm was approaching which made the boat rock back and forth.  The apostles are fearful.  Jesus observed the boat from the shore, and immediately started walking on the water towards the apostles.  When Jesus approached the boat, the apostles thought he was a ghost.  Jesus said to them, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid.”  Jesus then got on the boat and the  waves became calm.  Jesus comforted  them,  for he saw they lacked courage.   If only they believed.

Many laws have passed restricting prayer from government institutions and schools because certain rebellious leaders don’t believe in God.

Children do not pray when they are in public schools which are free to attend.   The bureaucracy is afraid of offending others who don’t believe in God.  They use the excuse and state that there are all different religions, and it is unfair to recognize solely Christianity in schools.   As a result criminal like behavior is surfacing in schools.  There is extreme bullying, suicide, and killing.

Where is the courage of  those who believe in Christ and want prayer in schools?  This cause is not just for parents or Christians, but it is the government and legislatures who make the decisions for us.  Like the apostles in the boat, Christians  rock back and forth on the waters of adversity and are helpless because they don’t stand up against wrong decisions.

Through prayer courage is obtainable.  There  are oppositions  and problems in life, but if we show courage and ask for prayer in schools, we are helping children.   Believe and pray to the Lord  for the courage you need to stand up for good moral causes, and remember,  Jesus said to take courage.

A Prayer, Jesus’ Healing Hands

 

Corcovado jesus
Corcovado jesus (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

 

Say this prayer for Healing which Jesus inspired me to write.

 

The Healing Hands of Jesus

 

Jesus reach out to me with your healing love and your healing hands

 

Anointing  my head with your oil of healing

 

And bring me back to God

 

For I am not worthy to walk in your shoes

 

You did much with your hands Lord Jesus

 

Including working with them

 

Please help me to use my hands for your glory

 

Help me use by gifts for good

 

As your mother Mary comforted you Jesus

 

Hug me when I have no one to hug

 

And teach me to hug others

 

Who are alone, and the cares of life have ruin their soul

 

If no one reaches for my hands

 

I know your hands Lord Jesus will reach for me

 

And you will never let go

 

Bless and anoint me

 

Then the cares of the world will go away

 

Amen

 

By Stephanie J. McGowan