Monday, December 23, 2013

Walking By Faith


Angels appear to the Shepherds/ Source: Internet
  Sometimes it's difficult to walk by faith. God's word says that He "calls
things that are not as though they are" and He asks us to trust Him. He asks us to see beyond what our eyes can perceive, beyond what our ears can hear, or our minds can comprehend as real.
God gives us promises that seem impossible to come true yet it is impossible for a holy God to lie. His word declares, "For no word of God will ever fail." Luke 1:37

Shepherds & Angels/Source: Internet
 As Christmas approaches I think about the people to whom God chose to reveal His Son more than 2000 years ago on a starry night in the hills of Bethlehem.
Shepherds were among the lowest ranking groups in society yet God opened up the heavens and gave them a concert led by a host of angels from His own royal courts. The world may not have thought much of those shepherds, but God highly favored them.

Shepherds & Angel Choir /Source: Internet
They were so important to God that they have been forever engraved in His holy scriptures, while the lives of almost everyone else who lived back then have been written in the dust.
Every year almost since the church began children and adults have dressed up as those shepherds to re-enact the Christmas story. The drama has been played out in movies, operas, plays, pageants, songs, stories, and sermons.
There is no end to the references to the common shepherds whom God elevated that night on the Judean Hills when He opened up the heavens and sent an angel choir to sing the announcement of the birth of His Son to them.

Those humble shepherds had a choice to believe the angelic vision or
disbelieve. Filled with the glory of Heaven they followed the shining star over the
humble manger and found everything the angels sang about to be true.

Shepherds find Baby Jesus/ Source:Internet
 Everyone was looking out for a Savior to deliver Israel from her oppressors. But an infant born into poverty was not the type of Savior King they expected. The shepherds, Mary, Joseph, even the Magi who were to enter the Christmas story later all had to accept by faith God's word that this Baby was God's Messiah.

What is faith? The author of Hebrews 11:1 writes, "Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see." The bible says of Mary that "she treasured all these things up in her heart." And Jesus later asked His disciples to hide His word in their hearts. Why? Because "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God."

Mary, Joseph and the shepherds would have to wait 33 long years for the angel's promise to bear any fruit. For Jesus had to grow up before He could become the Messiah. Then He would again defy appearances and challenge their faith because He was not going to be the kind of Messiah they expected.
 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men,"
~was the song the angels had sung to the shepherds that first Christmas night. (Luke 2:14) Jesus was not just going to save Israel but the Gentiles too. He was going to save people spiritually not deliver in a political way. When Their Promised Messiah was sacrificed on the cross don't you know their faith had to be severely challenged!

The people God chose to bear His Son were normal people like us with fears and doubts who struggled to believe God's promises just like we so often do. But God gave them the grace to keep going forward because they kept saying "yes" to God. They kept trusting Him despite appearances. They kept choosing to walk by faith even when all hope seemed lost, even when it posed a risk to their very lives and reputations. They never gave up.

Elizabeth said to Mary when she came to her, "Great blessings are yours because you believed what the Lord said to you! You believed this would happen.” (Luke 1:45)

It is not easy to walk by faith. That is why God downloads a portion of Himself in the Person of His Holy Spirit into our hearts when we accept Jesus as our Savior. The minute we say "Yes" to Him, Christ gives Himself to us and then helps us to believe one day at a time. We just have to keep on choosing to say, "Yes, Lord, I believe, help Thou my unbelief."

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for understanding us so well, and for giving us Thy own Holy Spirit to help us in our weakness. Help us to walk by faith, knowing that You will never leave or forsake us, nor fail to keep every promise You make to us. We love You. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Shepherds See Star of Jesus/Source:Internet
 Merry Christmas to all my readers! I've made a Christmas video just for
you from one of the songs from my Christmas album, "*Christmas Joy."
I hope you will enjoy & be encouraged by "The Shepherds' Song"!
God Bless you with a Beautiful Christmas!
I love you all! ~Suzanne ♥



*All profits from the sales of my albums "Christmas Joy" & "God's
Rainbow Promise"
go to ministries that benefit the homeless & survivors
of Abuse. Thank You for your support of my music & for these
ministries. God Bless You Always!

Unto the Least of These: "Walking By Faith" © 2013 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.
The Shepherds' Song Music Video: "Shepherds' Song" Music & Lyrics © 2013 Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights Reserved. /Blog & Video Picture Sources: Internet

Friday, December 20, 2013

Hide God's Word In Your Heart



Bible Study Prayer

Dearest Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, 

help me to diligently hide Your Holy Word in my heart every day. 

Please "let the word of Christ dwell in me richly."

Please give me Wisdom, Insight & Understanding as I meditate on Thy Word.

BEGIN WITH PRAYER 

READ THE BIBLE

MEDITATE ON THE BIBLE

READ WHAT OTHERS HAVE WRITTEN ON THE BIBLE

PASS THE BIBLE ALONG TO OTHERS

Holy Spirit, please guide me into all Thy Truth.

Lord, open my eyes to behold wonderful things out of Thy Law. (Psalm 119:18)

Lord, "...may the eyes of my understanding be enlightened, that I may know what is the hope of His Calling, & what are the riches of the Glory of His Inheritance in the Saints..." (Ephesians 1:17:18)

Heavenly Father, I ask all these things in Jesus' holy name. Thank you Lord. I love You. Amen. 


Unto The Least Of These, "Prayer To Hide God's Word In My Heart", © 2013 S.D. Harden; Bible Study Plan Adapted from  Bible Author & Teacher J. Vernon McGhee/Photo Illustration Source/Pinterest

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fear Not


Fear Not

Sometimes The Lord may ask us to do things or go places for Him that involve risks. 
If not to our lives, maybe to our reputation, social status, or even our job. 
It is not popular to be a Christian and one can risk their life by sharing the Gospel in certain countries. 
But love God anyway, love Jesus with all your heart and soul.
And don't be afraid to be His child. He will never leave or forsake you. 
Trust Him always. And never stop hiding His word in your heart.
 "He keeps every promise forever." ~Psalm 146:6


Heavenly Father, please help us remember that the safest place to be is in the center of Thy will. You never will call us to go where You won't also be. Thank You for Thy love and protection over us always. I love You. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Unto The Least of These, "Fear Not" © 2013 S.D. Harden Photo Illustration/ ChristianQuotes.info

Sunday, December 8, 2013

It Will All Work Out



IT WILL ALL WORK OUT

If you are going through a dark valley in your life, you can take comfort 
in the promise of Romans 8:28: 


"And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good 
if we love God and are fitting into his plans."

May The Lord help you see light at the end of your tunnel, 
may you feel a special awareness of His Presence everywhere you go;
may He fill your heart with rivers of peace and hope, and may you know 
above all things that this too shall pass.

Heavenly Father, please bless all who are reading this post. Please meet their every need
Remind each of us throughout this busy holiday season that we are your cherished treasures; 
You loved each of us so much that You sent Jesus to save us. 
Jesus is what Christmas is all about. Thank You, Lord! I love You. In Jesus name, Amen. 

Unto The Least of These, © 2013 S.D. Harden 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Come Boldly To God's Throne

Come Boldly to God's Throne

Come boldly to God's Throne; come with the faith of a little child. 
No need is too great for His grace to meet. 
Your Heavenly Father waits expectantly to hear your voice;
He cherishes you. ❤

Heavenly Father, fill our hearts with the faith of a child that we may approach 
Thy Throne with confidence and pour our hearts out to You, for Thy word says that Your 
ears are ever open to our cries. May You meet the needs of every person praying this prayer. 
Thank You, I love You, Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Unto The Least Of These, "Come Boldly To God's Throne"  © 2013 S.D.Harden All Rights Reserved.
Photo illustration/ S.D. Harden Instagram 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Nothing Can Separate You From God's Love

"In Thy Tender Care" © Kathy Lawrence LDS ART.com

Nothing Can Separate You From God's Love

Even if all the demons in hell were to join forces and line up side by side and pull with all their might, they still would not be strong enough to pull you from the almighty grip of Your Heavenly Father's strong hands. 

No power in all the universe is stronger than the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ our Savior. 

Jesus Christ said, "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 

My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one." (John 10:27-30)

We can completely trust every word that Jesus spoke for this is what St. Peter wrote about Him: "Christ committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth” ~(1 Peter 2:22)

St. Paul wrote in the book of Romans 8:35-39:

"Who then can ever keep Christ’s love from us? 
When we have trouble or calamity, when we are hunted down or destroyed, is it because he doesn’t love us anymore? 

And if we are hungry or penniless or in danger or threatened with death, has God deserted us? 

No, for the Scriptures tell us that for his sake we must be ready to face death at every moment of the day—we are like sheep awaiting slaughter; 
but despite all this, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ 
who loved us enough to die for us. 

For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. 
Death can’t, and life can’t. 
The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. 

Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are—
high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean—
nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God 
demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us." 

Those are powerful promises, as valid today as they were two thousand years ago when they were first penned by the apostle who faced death at the hands of a cruel Roman emperor who considered the killing of Christians an exciting sporting event. 

As I read the Gospels and epistles of the New Testament and consider what the early church suffered in its love for Jesus Christ, and yet how faithful those servants of God remained to Him despite overwhelming trials, I think how else could they have remained so loyal to Christ but by the Almighty hand of God! 
He was entirely faithful to keep them in His love, to keep them from falling away no matter how much they were persecuted and opposed by their enemies, spiritual and human. 

St. Jude wrote,  "And He is able to keep you from slipping and falling away, and to bring you, sinless and perfect, into His glorious presence with mighty shouts of everlasting joy." 
(Jude 1:24-b)

"And now—all glory to him who alone is God, who saves us through Jesus Christ our Lord; yes, splendor and majesty, all power and authority are his from the beginning..."~(Jude 1:24-a)

~Yes, praise our almighty God! No matter what battle we may be struggling with today, 
our God is able to bring us out of it victoriously. For He will never fail or forsake us!
 "He keeps every promise forever."~(Psalm 146:6)

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your assurance that nothing can ever separate us from You once we have accepted Christ as our Savior and Lord. 
Thank You for Your amazing love that sacrificed Your only Son for our sins so You could clothe us with His righteousness.
We acceptYour beautiful gift of Your precious Son Jesus Christ into our hearts and desire to live for You and be clothed evermore with His righteousness. 
We ask You to take all our sins away forever as far as the east is from the west. 
And we thank You for doing this. 
Thank You for making us new creatures in Christ that can never be separated from Your holy love. 
Thank You for filling us with Your Spirit.
We Love You, Lord.
In Jesus name. Amen.

Unto The Least of These, Nothing Can Ever Separate You From God's Love © 2013 Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights Reserved. Illustration by © Kathy Lawrence, LDS ART.com

Sunday, December 1, 2013

With God All Things Are Possible

Ephesians 3:20
Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

MEASURELESS LOVE OF GOD




 Oswald Chambers taught that "God loves me and that 
I shall never think of anything He will forget."



The Measureless Love of God

 "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."~John 14:27

Jesus Christ taught that God is our loving Heavenly Father.
He said that God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that all who would believe in His death on the cross for their sins and subsequent resurrection, would never die, but could enjoy fellowship with God now on earth and also forever in eternal paradise. (See John 3:16)

Jesus taught that those who believe in Him as their Savior would be forgiven all their sins, reborn from above and adopted into God's family as His own precious children.
He said that His children could ask His Heavenly Father for anything in His name and it would be done for them!

"Jesus said,"If you live in Me and what I say lives in you, then ask for anything you want, and it will be yours. I will do anything you ask the Father in My name so that the Father will be given glory because of the Son." ~John 14:13-14
...If you ask Me to do something, I will do it."  ~John 15:7 

Jesus said that our Father knows our needs even before we ask Him!
He taught that God is such a God of love that He even cares when a common sparrow falls to the ground and dies.
God measures the dust of the earth, the Bible tells us, and He cherishes each of us so much that He counts the very hairs on our head.

St. Paul wrote,  "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" ~Romans 8:31-32

Jesus said we must ask God for what we need even though He already knows our needs. 
In Luke 18:1, He tells His disciples, "People ought to always pray and to never give up."

Sometimes God may seem so silent as if He is not listening to our prayers. But He hears them all. The Psalmist envisioned our compassionate Creator 
collecting our tears and putting them into a special bottle marked with our name.

Psalm 56:8 "You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; 
Are they not in Your book?" 

God will answer our prayers in His own way and time.
The prophet Habakkuk wrote, "For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end fulfillment; it will not deceive or disappoint. 
Though it tarry, wait earnestly for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day."~ Habakkuk 2:3-4 

Our God asks us to walk with Him day by day with eyes of faith, trusting Him and believing His word even though we cannot see or feel Him. 
The author of the book of Hebrews wrote, "Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see." Hebrews 11:1

Hebrews 1:6 "Without faith no one can please God. Whoever comes to God must believe that He is real and that He rewards those who sincerely try to find Him."

"Look at the proud; his soul is not straight or right within him, 
but the rigidly just and the uncompromisingly righteous man shall live 
by his faith and in his faithfulness."~Habakkuk 2:3-4 

Our God is a merciful, compassionate Father. If He allows us to be thrown 
into the fiery furnace of affliction to refine our faith, He will jump into that fire
alongside of us just as He did for the Hebrew captives in Babylon so long ago. 
(See Daniel 3:24-25)

When my children were little, God gave me a beautiful poem to comfort and encourage me. I recently made it into a prayer song, now available on my album, "God's Rainbow Promise." May this prayer song comfort and encourage you wherever you are on your journey. 

Yahweh's Promise

© Copyright 2013 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.

I love you, My child
And I’ll never forsake you,
You’re one of My own.
I will always be with you;
Your hand will I hold,
For in your heart My word is sown.

Don’t be afraid of the darkening night;
The times, they are evil
And you will have to fight.
But the good and upright and the just will prevail; 
With My word as your sword you can never fail.

Walk on in faith and don’t ever look back
To the road you have already trodden.
The way is before you and the past is gone— 
Walk on in faith though the way seems long; 
Walk on in faith though the way is long.

I love you, My child, and My peace is yours.
I will never forsake you—not one of My own! 
Though all around you the storms are severe, 
Remember in faith I am always near,
To uphold and support you, no matter where, 
In failure, in victory, in doubt, in despair;
In laughter, in weeping, in danger, in fear... 
My promise forever: I am always here...

I am always here, I am always here,
My promise forever, I am always here.

Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us so much that You sent Your only Son to suffer and die for our sins so that we might be forgiven and become Your very own children through Christ's atoning sacrifice. Give us Thy grace to comprehend Your measureless love for us and to never take Your beautiful Gift, the Gift of Your precious Son Jesus Christ for granted. Thank You, Lord. I love You. 
In Jesus Name. Amen. 

You can listen to a sample track of my prayer song, "God's Promise" on cdbaby.com 
It's available as an MP3 download or you can purchase the album "God's Rainbow Promise," at http://cdbaby.com/cd/suzannedavisharden 

*All of the profits from my music recordings are being donated to ministries for the homeless and ministries serving survivors of abuse. 
Thank you for your support not only of my music, but of those who work so tirelessly to bring God's love and compassion to the poor, homeless, and victimized in our society. 
God Bless You always! 

Unto The Least of These © 2013 Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights Reserved: "Yahweh's Promise," Prayer Song Lyrics © 2013 Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights Reserved.
Photo /Illustration Source: Internet

Thursday, November 21, 2013

LORD, THANK YOU




Lord, Thank You 

Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, thank You that You hold each of Your children 
in Your shadow shelter under the secure protection of Your almighty wings.

Thank You that when You are our refuge, Your word promises that 
no evil can conqueror us, for You will defeat our every foe.

May You fill Your children today with rivers of Your holy love.
May we feel Your everlasting arms supporting us everywhere we go.
May we have the wonderful faith to know that all will be well because You are our God, 
our Friend, and Savior. 
In Jesus' name. Thank You. I love You. Amen. ❤

 Psalm 91:1-16 (NLT)

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High 
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 

This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him. 

For he will rescue you from every trap 
and protect you from deadly disease. 

He will cover you with his feathers. 
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, 
nor the arrow that flies in the day. 
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, 
nor the disaster that strikes at midday. 

Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you, 
these evils will not touch you. 
Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. 

If you make the Lord your refuge, 
if you make the Most High your shelter, 
no evil will conquer you; 
no plague will come near your home. 

For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. 
They will hold you up with their hands 
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. 

You will trample upon lions and cobras; 
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! 

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name. 
When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life 
and give them my salvation.” 

Unto the Least of These: Photo Illustration & Prayer by Suzanne Davis Harden; 
Scripture Reference from the New Living Translation Bible, © 2007 Tyndale House Foundation, 
All Rights Reserved.

Friday, November 15, 2013

My Prayer




Dear Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, help me to love You today with all that is in me, and by faith to follow wherever You lead;
Please make me a light reflecting Your love everywhere I go and to all I meet. Thank You, Lord.
In Jesus’ name. I love You! Amen.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Five Things God's Children Should Never Worry About


God Cherishes You! His love for you is measureless. St. Peter wrote, “Turn all your anxiety over to God because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

I pray you will be filled with the knowledge of God’s amazing love for you. I pray you will sense Christ’s presence and His peace in your life. I pray you will be blessed beyond measure and that He will hear and give you all that you are seeking from Him. In Jesus name. Amen. ♥️

Saturday, October 19, 2013

For My Thoughts Are Not Your Thoughts




MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS

First of all, let me just say that I've done many wonderful things with my IPad since my husband gave it to me last Christmas; created prayer songs, composed music, created innumerable paintings and cards. But the other day my iPad and I got into an argument-- of all things!!!! 
For the life of me I don't know how it happened. They make these devices too human for our own good.

For my readers who don't know, an IPad is a mobile tablet device made by Apple. They have this application on the device known as Siri – Wikipedia defines Siri as "an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator." Apple claims that the software "adapts to the users individual preferences over time and personalizes results." 
Well, I don't think this could be true based on what happened with me the other day with Siri.

First of all I had a migraine. I should've known better than to talk to Siri with a migraine. But who could have known she would have reacted like she did it?
I said, "Siri, help me find a new keyboard."

"Okay" says Siri. "Let me see. Here's what I found." 
She brings up some geeky computer keyboard with a thousand things I don't want.

 "No Siri! I want a professional musical keyboard like Yamaha makes!"
Then Siri informs me, "You make me blush!"

"WHAT DID I SAY TO MAKE THE THING BLUSH?" 

The transcript of our conversation records that I have called her a #%€£# and now she has brought up myriad websites on "Why I Hate Siri." 

!!!!!!! NO SIRI! I DID NOT SAY THAT!! I mean – you misunderstood me!!!

What am I doing? I thought to myself. I'm arguing with my iPad! ---Defending myself...This thing isn't a person!
It falsely accused me – it said I called it a word I would never have said! Alas.
How did it think I called it that word when all I said was......

My migraine grew worse.
Later, when I told my daughter about what had happened, she pointed out that her husband "uses Siri all the time and he never has a problem with it."

!!!!

I felt grossly misunderstood and mentally inferior to my mobile device...until I remembered all those "I Hate Siri" websites that Siri herself had so graciously directed me to. 
I took great comfort in knowing that I must not be the only one who had issues with this "intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator."

Anyway Siri is not the only one who has ever misunderstood me.
I have said things to people, and they have either misheard me entirely, or totally misunderstood what I have said. Just like Siri.
It is uncanny how this can happen to people who are not the least bit deaf. 
I've been guilty of this myself.

Therapists tell us that this happens because each of us have something inside of our hearts called filters. We listen to what others say through filters so that sometimes what we hear gets distorted by things we've experienced in the past, our feelings at the moment, how we feel towards the person speaking to us, how well we are listening, how we feel about ourselves, or any number of things.

The only person who listens to us without any distortion, without any
filters is Jesus Christ.
When we pray to Jesus, He understands us completely.
He knows exactly what we mean by every word, every thought. He does not ever condemn or accuse us.
If we ever have condemning or accusing thoughts, the Bible teaches that these thoughts are coming from Satan who the bible calls "the accuser of the brethren."
"Satan...brings charges against them before our God day and night."(Revelation 12:10)

St. John goes on in the same verse to tell us how to defeat Satan's lies and poisonous accusations:
Revelation 12:11 "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony..."
We rebuke Satan's lies by pleading the blood of Jesus over our thoughts and by speaking the word of God's Truth.

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. We become living epistles of God's Truth by learning the Bible and obeying it. Knowing God's truth overcomes the enemy's lies. 

God wants us to have positive thoughts about ourselves and others. 
Jesus said, "God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but to save the world." John 3:17

The Bible teaches us to think on "Whatever is true...noble..right...pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent, or praiseworthy – think about such things." Philippians 4:8

God wants us to be like himself. God is holy, he wants our thoughts to be holy. 
Satanic thoughts are condemning, accusing, and negative. They are worry thoughts, fear thoughts, rebellious and disobedient to God's revealed will & nature. 
God thoughts are positive, encouraging, peaceful, and good. They will never contradict His Word.
Isaiah 55:8 “My thoughts are not your thoughts, and my ways are not your ways,” declares the Lord.
"God is love." 1 John 4:8
What does God's love look like?
God's Love looks like Jesus, the eternal Son of God, hanging on the cross of Calvary, bloodied, beaten beyond recognition, wearing a piercing crown of thorns, suffering for sins He never committed, bearing my shame, my sicknesses, and all my sorrows. He bore the wrath of God I deserved for my sins so that I could be forgiven, so that He could wash my sins away forever with his spotless blood.  He wanted to wrap me in a robe of His own righteousness that I never earned. He did this so that I could enjoy eternal fellowship with Him in Heaven. 
It was all a free gift of His incredible love. 

God loves you and me.
God does not condemn you or me.
Our God is purest Light and purest Love. 

God Loves You This Much...

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us. You know every word before we speak it and are acquainted with all our thoughts. Help us to run to You with every need in prayer, knowing that You will always understand us perfectly and fill our hearts with Your Love, Acceptance, and Peace. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for dying for our sins so that we could live with You forever! We love You! In Jesus' name, Amen.

*For the record, I do NOT hate Siri, especially since I have now discovered that I can EDIT what I say to her with the keyboard!! Oh PRAISE JESUS! But in my frustration I downloaded Google Search and so far there have been no disagreements or misunderstandings. :)

For My Thoughts Are Not Your Thoughts, © 2013 Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nothing is Impossible For God




WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE
© 2013 PRAYER SONG 
 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.

With God, all things are possible,
Though hope for now seems dim,
Oh never stop believing,
Trust everything to Him.

With God all things are possible,
He will not let you down,
If you've stepped out of the boat,
He'll never let you drown.

If you're walking on the sea
By faith in Jesus' hands,
He'll make the water hold you up,
As if it were dry land.

With God all things are possible,
By faith He'll see you through,
Every work, yes every task,
He's calling you to do.

And if it seems too hard for you,
The Lord will be your strength,
He'll guard you and protect you, 
He'll empower you with faith.

With God, all things are possible
Your mountains fall by prayer,
"Ask of Me," your God has said,
"I hear you and I care."

"Oh come before My Throne of Grace
With every care and need,
And all your mountains they will fall,
Yes, fall into the sea.
I hear you're every prayer, says God,
I've bottled every tear,
Oh nothing is too hard for Me
Have faith and do not fear!"

"With God all things are possible,
Yes, trust in Me, believe!
I will not let you down, My child,
Nor your heart deceive.
Walk with Me on the water,
Walk with Me through the sea,
I'll see you through, My little one,
Just keep your faith in Me."


Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You that Your word assures us that NOTHING is too hard for You. You are the God who moves mountains for us when we pray in faith. And Jesus said we must always pray and never give up. The Angel Gabriel told Mary, "For with God, all things are possible." 
Help us trust and believe in Your mighty power to meet our needs no matter what our circumstances are, because Your word says, You are the God of all flesh and that NOTHING is too hard for You. May we never underestimate Your power to rescue us, to meet our need, however great, or to heal us, however sick we may be. You are the God of the Impossible! Thank You, Lord! We love You! In Jesus name, Amen.

Unto The Least Of These: Prayer Song, "With God, All Things Are Possible," © 2013 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved./ Illustration Source: The Internet

Monday, October 14, 2013

God's Plans For You




Just Around the Corner
Prayer Song  © Suzanne D. Harden

Just around the corner
Something new there’ll be,
Just around the corner,
Just you wait and see!

Just around the corner,
Just around the bend,
Just around tomorrow,
A little while and then…

A future full of hope,
A promise and a dream,
Just around the corner,
Just you wait and see.

Walk a while with Me,
You know I never lie
And when the way is hard
Just keep your hand in Mine.

And though the way is Steep,
Keep looking up ahead
For there a promise waits for you
Just around the bend.

Oh, just around the bend,
Just you wait and see!
Oh don’t give up, My little one,
Keep walking on with Me.

Oh just around the corner
To tomorrow’s shores,
No matter what today may bring
Let Hope be ever yours.

Oh just around the corner,
Just you wait and see,
Oh don’t give up, My little one,
Keep walking on with Me.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You that You have promised to never leave or forsake us and to give us a future and a hope. May we walk by faith with our hand in Yours, though we see You only in our hearts. May we never give up on You even as You have promised to never give up on us. We love You, Lord! In Jesus holy name. Amen.

Prayer Song: Just Around The Corner © 2013 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. Unto The Least Of These/ Photo Illustration: The Internet

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A MIRACLE FOR CHIP






 “I love the Lord for hearing me, for listening to my prayers.
Yes, he paid attention to me, so I will always call to him whenever I need help.”
~ Psalm 116:1-2

MIRACLE FOR CHIP ❤
                                 By Alison Davis Wiber
A little over a month ago my husband started developing symptoms that suggested his heart problems were resurfacing. He was becoming increasingly short of breath and dizzy and having chest pains.
At first we thought it could be his lungs because his last visit to the Cardiologist had shown his heart function was stable, if not improved a bit.

So we made an appointment with the pulmonary doctor but they didn't find anything in his lungs that could be contributing to his symptoms. They changed his asthma medicines to see if that would help but there was little improvement. His symptoms not only didn't improve, they grew steadily worse.

Chip was born into a family history of heart problems. His mom, dad and aunt all died of heart attacks. He has survived two heart attacks, two open heart surgeries that included a seven-way bypass and a two-way bypass. He has been near death many times.

Chip died on the table once and was brought back by an angel of the Lord--it wasn't his time.
During Chip's last close encounter with death, God assured him on two separate but amazing occasions that he would be healed and given fifteen more years of life just like God healed King Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20:6. And just as God promised, Chip came through the dark valley of the shadow of death alive! My husband never wavered in his faith in God to keep His “Hezekiah promise”- at least, not until these new frightening symptoms appeared.

Around the same time that Chip's serious heart symptoms began to resurface, my sister Suzy encouraged me to join Twitter. She said that she had amazing Christian followers who were very strong in their faith and encouraging; she was sure that not only would I be inspired by them, but I could bless God by encouraging others as well!
The idea that I could be encouraged as well as be a blessing to others and to God by encouraging others really appealed to me!
So I joined Twitter and my sister had her friends friend me.

Immediately I was blessed by their love, faith, and joy, and by their wisdom from God! My faith was really being uplifted by their encouraging blogs, inspiring tweets, and prayers that were just amazing. Their messages of hope extended to all and from all over the world: people who love, praise and seek God; people who pray for people they don't even know! People were praying for the Church, the country and everything else!

Interacting with the new friends I met on Twitter was really helping me because I'd become so downcast by my ever constant personal and spiritual struggles.
My Lord Jesus, had somehow become overshadowed by these struggles and it didn't help that most of the Church sermons, bible studies and facebook posts I was being exposed to seemed to be constantly focused around doctrine, false teachers, the ills of this world, and sin.

All of these are very important subjects but I needed Jesus! I needed to see His power still at work in the midst of these weighty issues. I needed my Savior-- my Hope and my Strength!
Jesus knew my need! Ever faithful, He provided it ~through Twitter, of all things! --Only God! ❤️

My sister's posts and blogs were always exactly what I know God wanted me to hear and see! I would get daily scripture tweets from Rev. Ray Collins and ALWAYS the scripture he would send was somehow a word straight from God. I would study it and God was speaking! I was being brought out of my slumber so to speak...or at least out of the valley.

While God was encouraging and lifting me through my newfound twitter friends, Chip was getting worse. Everyone was worried about him.
Our little home study group that meets at our house every Friday all rallied around to help and pray.  They were a tremendous blessing.
God had just formed this little group spontaneously about 3 months earlier. We were never so cohesive though as when Chip started going downhill. His illness really brought us together and established us as family.

It became more difficult for Chip to do even simple things. Workouts that only weeks earlier he could accomplish without incident were becoming impossible. On several occasions he had to stop because he couldn't catch his breath. One time he was certain he was having a heart attack because the chest pains, shortness of breath and dizziness were unbearable. Soon he stopped working out altogether.

I was having to help more and more because he could no longer do even simple things like filling the gas cans for the riding lawn mower. He just couldn't lift the full cans and carry them from the truck to the garage or even take the trash out. It was heartbreaking.
Finally he called his cardiologist and made an appointment. I was so relieved!

At the initial appointment, the Doctor said his symptoms all pointed to heart failure. They took some blood and a chest X-ray. Then they put him on a med to slow his heart beat down and nitro 3 times daily. He had been dreading that. We were to return in a week. It was a very long week and the second visit could not come fast enough. None of the meds were helping.

Chip had gotten so bad by this point he would spend half the day in bed. I couldn't for the life of me understand. While praying God had spoken clearly to me that this trial was for Chip's "edification." There were times I was really strong with that knowledge, but then I would see him struggle just to get down the hall and it would break my heart and I'd worry.

Like Peter the apostle, who, as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus he could walk on water by faith, but when he looked around at the wind and waves his faith grew weak and he’d sink.  My faith grew weak as long as I kept looking at Chip's symptoms.
But then I would remember God's Hezekiah promise to my husband and the word of God which says: "It is impossible for God to lie..." (Hebrews 6:18)



Both Chip and I know that God doesn't break His promises, yet he kept wondering if maybe God took some time off for bad behavior! ...or he would say God didn't say he would be completely healthy all those years, he didn't promise that he wouldn't decline!

For the most part, Chip handled it well but was trying to come to terms with the whole thing, especially that he might have to live this way and was trying to wrap his brain around it.

Somehow, I was mostly confident and had a sense of peace. Especially because of the tweets! They were always right on time with encouraging words and scriptures that I just knew God put before me to help see me through this trial.

Chip’s second visit to the doctor didn't go so well. He ruled out heart failure, Chip had none of the signs...which was excellent news but his medical team now feared the worst: a blockage. If Chip did indeed have a blockage his options were few! Because of the two previous bypasses a third bypass would be extremely risky....he would have less than 50 percent chance of survival & because his arteries are so narrow it may not be possible to clear it at all. His only other option at that point would be a heart transplant.

After warning him of the worst they sent him home telling him to basically do nothing. This was Thursday, a heart catheter was scheduled for the following Tuesday. This would be Chip's 23rd heart catheter.

During the time between the appointment and the procedure my sister asked all the twitter prayer warriors she knew to pray for Chip. Our little group prayed over him. They got their churches to pray, and Suzy got her mother in law and her own church to pray. She even called the 700 club!!!!  Chip's kids and their churches were praying! Mom was praying.

God really mobilized an incredible prayer effort! As tweets would come in I would read them to Chip and they would bless him so much. People he didn't know praying for him really humbled him. All that my sister did in his behalf really humbled him!

People were praying for me too and I could feel it. Not only that, God was speaking and giving me peace~ so much so that the night before the heart catheter procedure, I confessed to Chip that I didn't think they were going to find a blockage!

I couldn't tell him how I knew or why I thought that but I was almost certain. He of course was incredulous and rightly so because not having a blockage was little consolation! What was causing all his heart symptoms then, and how could he get better with a mystery sickness? He thought I was in complete denial!

We got to the hospital early but they took him right in. Then began a long wait. An emergency was flown in so they had to do that first, Chip would be 2nd after that. They didn't come get him until sometime after was 1:00 pm. It was a long nerve wracking half a day! I was so apprehensive. I just didn't know what was going to happen if they said no blockage. And I didn't know what would happen if they said there was one.

But all of the Twitter Prayer Warriors kept sending their prayer tweets and I kept reading them to Chip and this really helped! My friend Natalie called and prayed on the speaker phone so he could hear.

Finally the hospital staff came and got Chip. I texted everyone to pray. The procedure took about an hour. When at last they wheeled him out...he was awake but half conscious....he said they didn't find anything!
His heart was even a little BETTER than the last heart cath as far as heart function!! God had performed A MIRACLE!

His arteries remain very narrow but there was nothing they could do about that! His symptoms were NOT from a blockage!!
Chip looked bewildered if not frightened. I felt so relieved! I knew it! The Holy Spirit had assured me there would be no blockage and that Chip was going to be okay.

Chip slept the meds off and I read all the tweets. This one Rev. Pat sent out-- I can't even tell you how many tweets requesting for Chip not to have a blockage! I lost count at 80 but there were so many, many more!
And each of those tweets had the maximum amount of  people in them so it had to be up in the thousands.  I was blown away by that man's faithfulness to do that. It really, really blessed me. 


The next day, Chip woke up and- ---bam---miraculously, Chips symptoms were better!
By mid-day he was no longer dizzy! The shortness of breath was easing dramatically and there was no chest pain. He tried to do a little to test it and sure enough it proved true. He just couldn't believe it!

I showed him how many people God had praying; I scrolled through every prayer! He was floored!! He now had to admit a few things.

First of all he may have very well just been the recipient of yet another miracle but this time without medical assistance. He had to admit that God did not lift his symptoms until all medical avenues were exhausted leaving no room for doubt. He also had to admit that his faith wavered -and because of it he was really humbled by it all. 
And was he ever grateful to God and feeling so blessed by His healing, and by Suzy, and by everyone who prayed.

Two days after the heart cath, in the afternoon, I almost cried as Chip left to go workout!! Two days earlier he couldn't walk 20 feet and now he was healed and restored! Bless and Praise God! I will thank the Lord forever for hearing and answering our prayers!


Lord, thank You that You are a God who knows our every need, You hear every prayer, every sigh, and You keep every promise. We thank You for Your love and mercy. In Jesus name. Amen.


Guest Blogger Alison Davis Wiber is one of Suzanne Davis Harden's four amazing sisters. Alison is a Bible College graduate who loves to study God's word. She lives with her husband Chip and white lab, RG 3, who she says, is "a handful." :)