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Don’t ever give up…..

 

One day I decided to quit…

I quit my job, my relationship,
my spirituality…

I wanted to quit my life, to give it all up and
just be a hermit, I don’t need anybody.
I went to the woods to have one
last talk with God.

“God”, I asked,
“Can you give me one good reason
not to quit?”
His answer surprised me…

“Look around”, He said…
“Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”
“Yes”, I replied.

“When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds,
I took very good care of them.
I gave them light, I gave them water.

The fern quickly grew from the earth.
Its brilliant green covered the floor.
Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed.

But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In the second year the fern grew more
vibrant and plentiful.
And again, nothing came from the
bamboo seed.

But I did not quit on the bamboo.”
He said.

“In year three there was still nothing from
the bamboo seed.
But I would not quit.

In year four, again, there was nothing
from the bamboo seed.
I would not quit.” He said.

“Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout
emerged from the earth.
Compared to the fern it was seemingly
small and insignificant…

But just 6 months later the bamboo
rose to over 100 feet tall.

It had spent the five years growing roots.
Those roots made it strong and gave
it what it needed to survive.

I would not give any of my creations
a challenge it could not handle.”

He asked me …

“Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling,

you have actually been growing roots.

I would not quit on the bamboo.
I will never quit on you.”

“Don’t compare yourself to others.” He said.
“The bamboo had a different Purpose
than the fern.

Yet they both make the forest beautiful.”

“Your time will come”, God said to me.
“You will rise high.”

“How high will I rise?” I asked.
“How high will the bamboo rise?”
He asked in return.
“As high as it can?” I questioned.

“Yes.” He said…..
“I will raise you up as you give Me the Glory,
for in doing so My Radiance is
reflected in you.”

And you will know my Love Hope, Peace, Joy, and Eternal rest, because my Melody in you will glow like
The Colours of The Rainbow.

I left the forest and brought back this story.
I know these words can help us see that…

God will never give up on us.
Never, Never, Never
Give up.

Adapted  – Author Unknown

We don’t need to tell the Lord how big the problem is…
We need to remember how…

Big the Lord is!

“The Key question in life is not how strong
are we, but how strong is God.”

For the Christian Prayer is not an option,
but an opportunity to share
in the Heart of God.

The Garden Sanctuary …..

  The Garden Sanctuary Rest
 
Jesus is our Sanctuary, our refuge, our Eternal Hope and Rest, He is The Living Word, our Solid Rock and He is our Light in The Darkness, being filled with Him means we never thirst and  His food satisfies our Souls and than with being filled our Joy overflows even in times of sadness because we know we are not alone.
 
Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”
 
This Post is for us to share openly with each other, to ask for prayer, express our needs or our doubts or how we have been blessed and also to share  what Jesus has been Teaching us by the empowering of The Holy Spirit,  remembering we are  His Body and we are to be of one mind and not be  in division but in Loving Unity, so if needed let’s resolve our differences together as we seek Him for guidance.
 
1 Corinthians 1: 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
 
Below is  some of the Scriptures that have great meaning for me , if you would like me to add one for you that has also touched your heart please include the reference for it in your comment and if wanted share why it has special meaning for you. I have also included a Power Point below with  wonderful Scripture that describes  how Awesome, Jesus our King is.
 
John 13:34   A new Commandment I give unto you, That ye Love one another; as I have Loved you, that ye also Love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my Disciples, if ye have Love one to another.
 
Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ.
 
Romans 12:14-15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another.
 
Hebrews 19:24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up Love and good works.
 
Luke 17: 3-4 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
 
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
 
Philippians 2:4-6 Look not every man/woman on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
 
Galatians 24 -26 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts, if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
 
Philippians 2:1-3 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of Love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same Love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.
 
1 Peter 3:7-9 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, Love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
 
Romans 8:28.And we know that in all things and always God works for the good of those who Love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
 Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a Hope.
 
Psalm 37:4-5  Delight thyself also in the LORD and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD Trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.
 
Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the Children of men.
 
Click to enjoyLiving Water
 
 

Christian Love  in our Unity in Christ Jesus, our Lord and King and God bless you greatly Now and Always- Anne.

 

Blogging for Jesus

 
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Are you  Blogging for Jesus Christ our King of Kings and Lord of Lords, if so you are not alone, we are all part of The Body of Christ and God’s Family, as we share the wonderful Hope we have in The Lord,  we are joined not just by the  Internet but by The Holy Spirit.
 
Have you ever wondered what they did without Computers T.V and Newspapers in Ancient times, how they stayed  in touch with the latest events. They used the City gates, it was a place for all kinds of important activity in the life of the City and those who lived there. 
 
 
St-Stephen's-Gate
 
People would discuss the issues of the day and the issues of life, the respected Elders offered their knowledge, wisdom and insight to settle commercial disputes and other matters effecting the life of the people of the City, a place of trial and adjudication, municipal law courts. Kings would use the City gates to pass down judgement and to discern what was the focus of the people.The City gate also became a place for public declaration by Prophets and others, it was indeed the Media centre for ancient Cities.
 
Today we have our own City gates and you are sitting at one of them and as Christians the message we share is life changing, giving Love, Hope, Joy, Peace and eternal Rest in Jesus Christ. You are not just an ordinary  Blogger, you are very important in God’s outreach to His Children, we are Jesus’ Hands, Arms, Feet and Voice we are His Body, we are One.
 
Were  you surprised to find yourself Blogging, I was, it was not something I had planned or did Ron and even our Blog name Freedomborn was given to me by God after praying when others were not accepted, but it has been a great Joy regardless of the problems, that I thank God for often. Perhaps it was the same for you but whatever the reason you started Blogging you are having an impact, your planting good seeds…. You’re a V.N.P which means you are a very needed person, so rejoice and give thanks, we are Family 
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And as God’s family we Blog together, so how does He tell us to treat each other in His family, with much Love and respect, but as you can see in the Scripture below and you may know of others, there is so much more we can do for each other, we are indeed very blessed, and  even if we are criticised or persecuted by others for doing good, that is what is in their heart not ours, in God’s eyes we Shine. So let’s take some time out and pray for all our  Brothers and Sisters in The Lord and that our Blogging will be very fruitful for The Kingdom of God, both in us and the eternal Kingdom of God.
 
fruit
 
John 13:34   A new commandment I give unto you, That ye Love one another; as I have Loved you, that ye also Love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my Disciples, if ye have Love one to another.
 
Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ.
 
Romans 12:14-15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another.
 
Hebrews 19:24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up Love and good works
 
Luke 17: 3-4 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
 
Ephesians 5:18-20 Be not drunk with wine wherefore is excess, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,  giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
 
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
 
Philippians 2:4-6 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
 
Galatians 24 -26 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts, if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
 
Philippians 2:1-3 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of Love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same Love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.
 
1 Peter 3:7-9 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, Love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
 
God Bless you all greatly now and always.
 
Christian Love from both of us – Your Sister Anne.
 
 

God Multiplied – Updated

Update below +++hands giving

Thank you to those who felt moved by The Holy Spirit to help Alissa continue her Sausage Orphanage ( Sunshine Home)  for the very poor  Children of Nepal, of course much more will be needed  as there are many other Children desperately in need of help to survive and to have the Faith and  Hope we have.

All these Children have grown up in a culture  where Pagan gods have been and are being worshiped and so they do not  have the blessings we have of Physical and Spiritual nourishment from our Loving God but He Loves them and provides through us for their needs.
 
 money falling
 
Lets give thanks to our Awesome God for multiplying Alissa’s donations, and her Children, she now has 20 and very soon more will be under her care. Alissa  received a gift recently of a $1,000 dollars and within a very short time after this she received another $1,000 dollars and just a few days ago another $100 and now God  has Multiplied this +++ Alissa received another $100 and still another a few weeks later, this is  enough for a few months  Medical care and food. 
 
 5 loaves and 2 fishesGod is multiplying our gifts, the same as Jesus did with the loaf and the fishes using  the lunch of a young boy who wanted to help.
 
 How Loving is our God who provides all our needs and extra so we can help others,  Love always balances the budget ….
 
Love balances the scales
 
 We  are indeed very rich compared to these Children and Mothers who suffer  and will continue to suffer because of having no faith in our God who Loves and cares for all Mankind and yet even though they ignore Him, He still sends help … Us…. how blessed we are to be His willing vessels, to help our Children regardless of where they live in the world or who their birth father or mother were. 
 
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I will continue another day when Allisa comes home  to share more of her  plans to help these Children long-term, if you would like  to help lighten her load and offer care and support to our Children,  the link to her Website is below…
 
Sunshine children
 
 
Thanking you in advance for your prayers and support.
 
Christian Love – Anne.
 
 

Beauty for Ashes…..

 
Barn 1+
 
A stranger came by the other day with an offer that set me to thinking.
 
He wanted to buy the old barn that sits out by the highway.
I told him right off he was not thinking right.
 
Barn 2+
 
He was a city type, you could tell by his clothes, his car his hands and the way he talked.
 
He said he was driving by and saw that beautiful barn sitting out in the tall grass and wanted to know if it was for sale. I told him he had a funny idea of beauty.
 
Sure, it was a handsome building in its day. But then, there’s been a lot of winters pass with their snow and ice and howling wind.
 
Barn 3+
 
 The summer suns beat down on that old barn till all the paint’s gone, and the wood has turned silver grey. Now the old building leans a good deal, looking kind of tired. Yet, that fellow called it beautiful.
 
Barn 4+
 
 That set me to thinking. I walked out to the field and just stood there, gazing at that old barn. The stranger said he planned to use the lumber to line the walls of his den in a new country home he’s building down the road.
 
 
 He said you couldn’t get paint that beautiful Only years of standing in the weather, bearing the storms and scorching sun, only that can produce beautiful barn wood.
 
Barn 7+
 
  It came to me then. We’re a lot like that, you and I, only it’s on the inside that the beauty grows with us.
 
Barn 8+
 
  Sure we turn silver gray too… and lean a bit more than we did when we were young and full of sap. But the Good Lord knows and we don’t walk alone.
 
Barn 5+
 
 And as the years pass although He does not bring them He uses the hard weather of our lives, the dry spells and the stormy seasons for good and Trusting in Him to do so beautify our souls that nothing else can produce.
 
Barn 11+
 
And often folks holler because the want life to always be easy and so they don’t Trust God in the hard times!
 
Barn 9+
 
  They took the old barn down today and hauled it away to beautify a rich man’s house.
Story – Author unknown 
 
BarnRenovation 1+
 

Someday we too will go to the Heavenly Home where the Lord has prepared a place for us so beautiful and so wonderful that we cannot even imagine its dimensions.

 
There will be no storms or dry spells because we will have been prepared and made ready to enjoy all the Treasures that have been stored up for us by the works that God prepared for us to do in Jesus’ name even before we were, born, works that we have been  equipped and empowered to do by Him.
 
 This Treasure is not of sticks or straw or even bricks and mortar it cannot become weathered and decayed, it is of Love, Joy, Peace and Hope overflowing in abundance and these will not disappoint us.
 
 
So no matter what Storms or dry spells we face in life we are not alone and nothing nor anybody can destroy what the Lord has prepared for us, and as we serve and glorify Him in all we do and say…He will lift us up and give us a place of honour and we will walk with Him and talk with Him and our friendship will never end.
 
Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”
 
So we Trust the Lord everyday in  everything and know  He will use what ever comes to  prepare and equip us although we may not be aware of the role they play they will contribute to the Hope, Joy, and Peace we have and the Treasure that is stored for us in Eternity.
 
barn-building-
 
God is in the process of mouldering and shaping us and others, as we seek Him it’s His hand that guides us and it’s His Love that we share.
 
Through the good and the bad we give thanks because when we Love the Lord He works all things together for good… He tells us when we search for Him with all our heart we will find Him…How good is that!

Robin Robin a dear Blogging friend,  honestly shared her heart focus with us recently and also compared herself in her former years to  a Dirty old shack and we all are of course, that is why God tells us to clean our vessel and He empowers us to do so and then we are no longer clothed in ashes of sin but have the  beauty of Holiness within. 
 
2 Timothy 2 (20-21) But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
 
 Beauty For Ashes
 
Burnt barn
 
 
 Words – Beauty For Ashes
 
He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair
(repeat)
 
When sorrow seems to surround you
When suffering hangs heavy o’er you head
Know that tomorrow brings wholeness and healing
God knows your need, just believe what He said
CHORUS
 
When what you’ve done keeps you from moving on
When fear wants to make itself at home in your heart
Know that forgiveness brings wholeness and healing
God knows your need just believe what He said
CHORUS
 
I once was lost but God has found me
Though I was bound I’ve been set free
I’ve been made righteous in His sight
A display of His splendour all can see 
CHORUS(x2)
 

by Crystal Lewis

Love you Daddy

I didn’t know my Dad very well, he spent much of his time at work and then later in Hospital before he died, which was when I was 8 years old but I do have some special memories that I hold onto, especially of the night he died after him  having just become  a Christian,  he said  to me with his last earthly words, to be a Sunbeam for Jesus and to keep shining at the time I thought He meant smiling but now I understand and then he closed his eyes and woke in Heaven.

It was hard for me to understand about my Heavenly Father but Jesus introduced Him to me and I was overwhelmed with Joy and awe that someone so Awesome could Love me, a little lost girl,  a confused Teenager, a battered wife, a grieving mother, a woman in deep despair and addiction but He did and my Abba Father  gave me never-ending deep inner Joy and a Hope that never wavers.

I have also included a link to my early years below, perhaps it will help you  understand why it took me so much longer than most to grasp, how long and how wide is God’s Love, that there is no Height it cannot reach or Depth it can not fathom, that it is Passionate, Steadfast and Secure, Committed, Sacrificial, Kind and Compassionate, Merciful and it never gives up … How Awesome is our Father God, How Great He is! How wonderful our Daddy … He is Love and can do no evil. 

Blog Post –   http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/the-early-years-a-little-lost-girl/  

The Link below is Donna’s Blog, called Salt Cinnamon and Love… Donna no longer Blogs but when she wrote this message, it touched my heart as she shared about her wonderful Dad which reminded me about the Poem below I  had received by e-mail and also reminded me that my Abba Father Loves us greatly and always did.

Blog Post- http://saltcinnamonandlove.wordpress.com:80/2012/09/14/getting-personal-about-my-father/

 

     My Dad

You work so hard in all that you do supporting our family as you provide for our life…
And loving our Mum your wife…
You are the backbone of our family…
You guide us through life…
So sturdily and sure even though at times
we have been poor…
You taught us with courage…
Life’s mountain to climb…
So we could tackle life’s challenges…
One step at a time…
Time has a way… Of changing things…
And you taught us to accept…
Whatever life brings…
Sifting through the good and the bad
so that in Hope we would not be sad.

Your life is not always…
An easy one…
But you stand beside us…
and will until your job is done.
We test your patience
At times, I am sure…
But your steadfast resolve in obeying the truth…
Giving us guidelines to help keep us secure…
Our future when obeyed they do ensure.

I truly appreciate…
The things you have done…
In God’s book my heart He has won …

because of your faithfulness to share of His Son…..
It seems as if there is never enough time…
To say the things…
We have on our mind…
But often you show by the things that you do…
That your Love is greater then words can impart…
and just like your words they touch my heart.
If God gave me the choice…
A father to choose…
From Dads the world over…
I would choose you…
 
Love you Daddy
 Author Unknown

Hand of Hope

The Photograph is real and the story accompanying it is True. It appeared first in the October 30, 1999 issue of the Irish Independent. USA Today it reported on the miraculous surgery and photograph on September 7 nearly two months earlier.

This picture has been featured in many newspapers around the world. It should be “The Picture of the Year,” or perhaps… “The Picture of the Decade.”

Both the Story and the Picture can be validated by Clicking on Links…  http://www.breakthechain.org/exclusives/samuel.html

 http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/b/babysamuel.htm

 he man who took the Photo – http://michaelclancy.com/

The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner.

The baby was diagnosed with Spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother’s womb. Little Samuel’s mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta .

She knew of Dr  Bruner’s remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville , he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb. During the procedure, the Doctor removes the Uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby.

As Dr Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon’s finger. Dr Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile.

The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The editors titled the picture, ‘Hand of Hope.’ The text explaining the picture begins, ‘The tiny hand of 21-week- old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother’s uterus to grasp the finger of Dr Joseph Bruner as if thanking the Doctor for the gift of life.

Little Samuel’s Mother said they ‘wept for days’ when they saw the picture. She said, ‘The photo reminds us pregnancy isn’t about disability or an illness, it’s about a little person.’Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 percent successful.

Update: The surgery was successful and little Samuel Armas was born on December 2 1999 and has been developing well, according to his parents, Alex and Julie Armas.

Now see the actual picture it is graphic but it is awesome…incredible… and Yes it is the Hand Of Hope…

 

How Great is our God!

Footnote- Some claim this Story is a hoax… it’s not! some try to discredit it’s validity or minimize it by saying it happens all the time… well if this is true that is also amazing. Some try to downplay the wonder of God’s merciful healing through the wisdom and gifts He has given Doctors, yet many Doctors claim that the lives that are saved are not only due to their abilities alone but know that it is God’s intervention. Some claim the Story has been changed but only in very minor details not in it’s Truth. Some are just skeptical regardless… But nothing can change the fact that it did happen so how we accept it is up to us.