May This Be the Year That

May This Be the Year That

May this be the year

That

instead of grumbling and complaining

we pray and we praise

We are grateful.

instead of telling God all about our problems

we tell our problems about our GOD

We trust the LORD.

instead of telling everything that’s wrong

we talk about what all is right

We focus on the good.

instead of speaking out our doubts and fears

we proclaim truth from GOD’s Word

We declare the promises.

instead of filling our minds with whatever is on TV

we purposely renew our minds with the Word

We feed our spirit.

instead of being consumed by entertainment

we get up and go out and be the church

We entertain angels, unaware.

instead of begging GOD

we believe GOD

We walk by faith.

instead of just hearing and agreeing with God’s Word

we do what we say that we believe

We walk out our faith.

instead of worrying so much about how we look

we examine our hearts, daily

We look in GOD’s mirror.

instead of following just a diet and exercise routine

we fast and pray and flex our spirit

We are changed from the inside out.

instead of listening to doom and gloom

we practice seeing the view from God

We get GOD’s perspective.

instead of being conformed to this world

we break the mold and follow the example that Jesus set

We transform the world.

instead of seeking popularity and approval from men

we live to please our Father

We live for an audience of One.

instead of worrying about what everyone thinks about us

we walk in the knowledge and the power of who our Father says that we are

We walk in Christ.

instead of measuring everything by worldly success

we compare everything to GOD’s standards

We set the standard.

instead of fitting in and blending in

we stand firm in the Truth and in our faith

We contend for our faith and for Truth.

instead of hiding in the dark

we fan the flame within us

We shine like stars in a world full of darkness.

by Angela Dingler 1/2/2016

Do You Want to See a Miracle

Do You Want to See a Miracle

LOVEFAITHMIRACLES

Miracles happen not just because of our faith but Love unlocks the supernatural power of God because He is Love.

When we are praying for a miracle for ourselves or for another person, we must come to the Lord not only in faith, but also with a heart of compassion and love. When we pray for a  miracle for ourselves, we must know that God is compassionate and that Jesus is moved with compassion. We must trust that He loves us and wants the best for us.  We can know that He will make a way where there seems to be no way because of His great love for us. Jesus is the Way! We can trust in the Lord’s compassion for us because the Bible is full of reminders of His great love.

 If we are praying for a miracle in a loved one’s life or in another person’s life then we should be praying for them out of a heart of compassion and love and trust that Jesus also loves them and so does our Father. If we are praying for a loved one out of a heart of judgment, condemnation, criticism, aggravation or frustration then we will not see the wonder working power of God at work. Love for another and compassion for someone else moves us to stand in the gap for them and pray for God’s mercy and love to be at work in their life. Evil is overcome by good. Hate is defeated and deflated by love. We forgive others because we have been forgive of so much. We pray for others because our heart is broken that they are wandering in darkness when we know that they don’t have to be in darkness any longer. We pray for others because we know that our Father loves them and wants to heal them, bless them, show them the Way, keep them from stumbling, give them hope and so much more!

Our prayers are hindered when we pray out of wrong motives. BUT: When we forgive others and love them with the love of Christ, seeing into their heart and not  judging by only what we see, but look deeper into that person’s heart and see that we are all in need of love and compassion and mercy and pray the same type of prayers for them that we pray for ourselves, then we will see miracles!

LOVE + COMPASSION + HUMILITY + FAITH + HOPE + STANDING ON THE PROMISES OF GOD

= MIRACLE BREAKTHROUGHS

Any motives beyond love and compassion hinder our prayers.

Love and compassion and humility open doors – the doors to a move of God like we haven’t seen!

Look past the illness, the addiction, the pain, the lifestyle, the sin, the hatred, the darkness TO THE PERSON!

Every person, including yourself, equals a hurting heart and soul that Jesus bled and died and rose again for, so why wouldn’t He want to heal every person and set every person free?

Jesus was moved with compassion and healed! Mark 8:2, Mark 6:34, Matthew 15:32, 20:34, 14:14, 9:36 and God is compassionate! II Chronicles 30:9 and many more!

Get in on the love and compassion of our Father in Christ! Be unified in the Spirit of Love and power of Jesus!

Compassion and compassionate are in the Bible over 100 times as used to describe God, Jesus and those who are in Christ, believers in Christ.

Here is a link to the list of where compassion and compassionate – just those two words – are in the Bible (NIV)

And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will havecompassion.

and none of the condemned things are to be found in your hands. Then the Lord will turn from his fierce anger, will show you mercy, and will have compassion on you. He will increase your numbers, as he promised on oath to your ancestors—

But the Lord was gracious to them and hadcompassion and showed concern for them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. To this day he has been unwilling to destroy them or banish them from his presence.

If you return to the Lord, then your fellow Israelites and your children will be showncompassion by their captors and will return to this land, for the Lord your God is gracious andcompassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.”

They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them,

“Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take.

So you delivered them into the hands of their enemies, who oppressed them. But when they were oppressed they cried out to you. From heaven you heard them, and in your greatcompassion you gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the hand of their enemies.

“But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in your sight. Then you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies so that they ruled over them. And when they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassion you delivered them time after time.

[ Psalm 51 ] [ For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. ] Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

When its twigs are dry, they are broken off and women come and make fires with them. For this is a people without understanding; so their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator shows them no favor.

The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

[ Praise and Prayer ] I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us— yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to hiscompassion and many kindnesses.

After that, declares the Lord, I will give Zedekiah king of Judah, his officials and the people in this city who survive the plague, sword and famine, into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and to their enemies who want to kill them. He will put them to the sword; he will show them no mercy or pity or compassion.’

“This is what the Lord says: “‘I will restore the fortunes of Jacob’s tents and havecompassion on his dwellings; the city will be rebuilt on her ruins, and the palace will stand in its proper place.

then I will reject the descendants of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and have compassion on them.’”

“How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboyim? My heart is changed within me; all mycompassion is aroused.

He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said,Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.

“I will strengthen Judah and save the tribes of Joseph. I will restore them because I havecompassion on them. They will be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the Lord their God and I will answer them.

Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”

So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full ofcompassion and mercy.

Let the Motivation of Our Heart Be for God’s Glory

Let the Motivation of Our Heart Be for God’s Glory

It’s ok to work, to go to school or college, to play sports, to pursue hobbies and to use your gifts and talents. It is good to do such things and to pursue greatness in these areas. But do all of these things as if unto the Lord and for His glory.

Everything that a Christ follower does should glorify the Father, whether in word or in action. The motives of our hearts should be to bring glory to God and to know Him more as we abide in Christ and are filled with the Holy Spirit. The fuel for our lives should be the passion that comes from the Lord and the Power that we get from Him.

We should no longer live lives that are powerless. We should be living lives that are loving, bold, stable, and filled with His power. We should not be living lives that are filled with a knowledge about God and His Word, but are powerless and defeated. We need to stop having a form or an appearance of godliness, but lack or deny His power at work in us. Then we will be making an impact for the Kingdom of God and we will be living the lives that God has purposed for us to live.

Call to action: As you spend time with the Lord in prayer and in reading the Bible – pay attention to the desires that He puts into your heart and what He causes you to become passionate about and ask of Him to show you where He would like to use you today. Ask Him to fill you with His Spirit and anoint you for that purpose. Be open each day for Him to pour out His Spirit into you and be a vessel of His glory and power and love…. Be willing to be used by the Lord. He is willing to use you if you love Him. He knows your heart and He loves you. He wants to love those around you through you. God wants to pour out His power into you and be glorified in your life. God bless you!

II Timothy 3:5, II Timothy 1:7, Colossians 3:16

“Private Letter (not anymore) from Jerry in Jail to Wife written 4/24/14”

“Private Letter (not anymore) from Jerry in Jail to Wife written 4/24/14”

I Love You! ❤

Angela,

Hey Babe! I hope you woke up with a big smile on that beautiful face because God loves you and you know who comes in second place on the love scale, that would be me.  I don’t think they have a certain time they pass out mail but I got 2 letters from you this morning after breakfast. One on the 18th and the one on the 20th and 21st. They did let the envelope in that you wrote on the outside of, I’m surprised. I was so glad to get more letters from you and [our children]. I am so thankful to God each and every day for so many things, for saving my soul, for giving me you and the kids and good friends and church family. I’m so glad that y’all are staying strong, praying for me and praying for each other, that makes me so glad.

And you are right about so many things in your letters, about not worrying about what man might or might not do but worry about what God wants us to do. You are right, we are aliens here. We’re like the Bible says, like a vapor but if we know the Father we pass from this life to an even better one. But, while we are here we must be about our Father’s work just as our Lord was and I really try to do that every day.

I have pretty much talked to everyone in here about the Father and some have even gotten out now. But, you are right in your epiphany about that it’s not us but Him. We’re just telling everyone that will listen and God put the people in position to listen. Whether they do listen or not is up to them. But, we tell people about us to show how far down in the pit we were, and what He’s done for us and they see that if God can save us as bad off as we were and all the stuff we had done, then He can save anyone! J That’s all we do is show His glory!

Baby, I love you and long to be in your arms and to give the kids a big hug and kiss. Like I have told you in so many of my letters, I love you so much that words can’t describe. You have loved me through everything and I want to do the same for you. My baby, my angel of the morning…

This morning I was doing my devotion, “My Daily Bread,” and it was awesome. The daily reading was Lamentations 3:13-26 but you know the verse that you are always talking about – it was in there – Lamentations 3:22-23 “The steadfastness of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.” I love that verse. But what the devotion was talking about was that we trust Jesus through the ups and downs of life, but when life takes a turn and leaves us with bumps and bruises we may feel as though Jesus walked away to let us come painfully crashing down. But, Lamentations reminds us in v22 that God is faithful even when everything seems to be falling apart. This means that in the midst of our pain, even though we may feel lonely, we are not alone. J And though we may not feel His presence, He is there as our trusted companion who will never walk away and let us down. Isn’t that awesome?!! That is some of the stuff that we say all of the time! God is good all the time! All the time, God is good! Praise His name all the earth and use me for Your glory, God. God is good!

Baby, I can’t wait until we are able to talk and enjoy each other’s company and the kids’ company. It’s like I told you that when you are away from your family it really is the small things that you miss. I’m praying all the time for God to put us back together ASAP and everything to go good for you and the kids and that you and the kids are safe. I am so glad that all of you are doing good and I want you to thank all the people that are praying for me/us and helping you and the kids/us. You and the kids and of course, God first, is what keeps me going and all the prayers I would be lying if I told you I don’t get depressed because I do – and then I remember and pray to God because I am not as one who has no hope. I also think about you and the kids and know that y’all are alright and that helps me, too. Maybe the car or cherry picker or something will sell where you will have a little money. J

I can’t say enough how much your letters mean to me. They encourage me and make my day when I start missing you and the kids I’ll read one of your letters. I also love your analogy about the rich man. That really does or did fit me because it’s easy to forget where you came from and how easy it is to go back. Now we are with our sweet Jesus where I/we will never depart from Him. But, baby you are my soul mate, you are the half that completes me and I just love you more each and every day. I’m proud of you for the strong Christian woman that you are.. I know that you/I have a calling for His glory and for Him to save souls from hell but that really is the calling of every Christian man and woman. I’m glad that [2 people we know] have been getting along. We’ll just continue to pray for healing. I love you and will write more tomorrow.

Your Loving Husband,

Jerry ❤ I love my Baby

God Is Our Father and I Thank Him

God Is Our Father and I Thank Him

Thank You, Father, for waking me this morning and for revealing more of who You are to me, yet again. Especially after the service at church last night where Your presence and Your love was so evident. My thoughts as I woke this morning and turned to You in prayer went something like this:

Would we be happy if our children only came to us whenever they needed something or when they had “messed up,” again? If the only time our children spoke to us it was to give them something that they wanted or needed? Or whenever they had done something wrong and needed for us to fix it for them or clean up their mess? God is our Father. God is not just our judge or taskmaster. Whenever we become saved through His Son, Jesus, we are called His children. We are brought into His kingdom of light, out of the darkness, and into sonship and daughtership with Him. The only words the Lord wants to hear from me are not begging for forgiveness for more mistakes that I have made or begging for those things for which I have a need. God is more than willing to forgive and provide and we don’t have to beg or plead for anything. Also, God already knows that we need Him and that we are not perfect and He knew that we were going to need forgiveness. That is exactly why Jesus came and paid the price for all of our sins once and for all on the cross. We don’t have to miserably beg for forgiveness. We just need to talk to Him like He is our Father and spend time with Him, abide in Christ, and walk with Him. If we did this maybe we wouldn’t fall so much, so often. How many times have we longed for a loving earthly father to talk to but he is miles away at the time, or gone on past this life, or maybe we never had one?  God is always right here with us wanting to talk to us, to hear about our day, to talk about our dreams and our hopes, to lead us, and to guide us. Jesus walks with us every step when we know Him. The Holy Spirit is sealed within us, willing to comfort, remind us of scriptures and promises from the Word, to lead us, and to encourage us. Instead of being stuck thinking that God wouldn’t want to hear from us because we’re too bad or too messed up – we need to get ahold of the fact that He loves us. He sent Jesus to pay the price for our sins. He raised Jesus from the dead on that third day with His mighty power and Jesus is alive today at the Father’s right hand and He loves us and He is on our side. He is praying and interceding for us every day. Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit and we are so richly blessed. Thank You Lord, for showing me more of who You are today. I pray that I will spend more time talking to You today and thanking You and loving You – each and every day – and that I will walk and talk with You as Your daughter. I pray that I will encourage others and that I will walk as a daughter of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

by Angela Dingler on November 7, 2013