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Where is God?

Where is God?

 He is actually not far from each one of us. Acts 17:27b

 

My three year old daughter, Heather, had learned that signs on roads and buildings were words. Everywhere we went, she wanted to know what the signs said. One day we passed the Denny’s restaurant. In those days Denny’s had a tag line on their signs that said, “Always Open.”

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“What does that mean?” Heather asked me.

“It means that restaurant is never closed. All day and all night it is open,” I answered.

The concept fascinated Heather. For weeks after that she would suddenly say, “and Denny’s is still open.” Riding along in her car seat she would say, “and Denny’s is still open.” If she woke up in the night and needed something, she might say, “And Denny’s is still open.”

“Yep,” I would answer.

One day she asked me about God.

“Where is God?” She asked.

“God is everywhere,” I answered.

“Is he right here, in this room?” She asked.

“Yes, he is right here in this room.”

She pointed out the window, “Is he out in the yard?”

“Yes he is out in the yard.”

“Is he in the window?”

“Yes, he is in the window?”

She squeezed her fingers together and squinted at them. “Is he in the tiny little place between the inside and the outside?”

“Yes, he is in the tiny little space between the inside and the outside,” I answered.

“Hum,” she nodded, thoughtfully, “and Denny’s is still open.”

 

Omnipresence understood.

 

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Praying for Our Nation

The election is scheduled to happen the day after tomorrow. Now is the day to pray for peace in this nation, and the world. I pray that every single person who is planning terror or disruption of the peaceful transfer of power in this nation will be stopped. You see them all, Lord, you know every cell, every weapon, every thought. I pray that you will stop every one of the people who are planning to kill, burn, bomb, or disrupt in anyway the election process. I pray for supernatural peace to fall over and cover this whole nation as the transfer of power occurs. Let it go forth in absolute, total peace. Let there be no corruption in the election process. If Trump is your man for this time, place him in office peacefully. I pray that the enemy will be completely stopped, disempowered, turned away. No weapon formed against us will prosper, you have said, let our enemies be scattered. Thank you, Lord, the all powerful one. I know that this nation deserves judgement, but your word says that mercy triumphs over judgement. I pray for your mercy, and that your kindness will lead this whole nation to repentance and a holy desire to do your will. Peace, be still, you said to the troubled waters. You said we would be able to do even greater things. Right now, I speak, “Peace, Be Still”

I am thinking that I will go to the Peace Arch at sunrise today to pray. The sunrise is at 7:00, two hours from now. I will leave here about 6:30 and walk up there. Who shall I ask to join me? Tim? Tammy? Sue? Katherine? I just sent a text to the Tammy prayer group telling them that I plan to pray at 7:00 at the Peace Arch, and asking them to join me if they feel led to. I sent the same message to Sue, also.

Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, for this is your spiritual service of worship.
Jehoshaphat’s Prayer and more, for this morning.

2 Chronicles 20:5-12
“O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. Did you not, our God establish this nation to honor you. And we who love you have lived in it and have built for you saying, If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before you—for your name is in this nation—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.’ And now behold, evil men and imposters, moving from bad to worse
(Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.) 2 Timothy 3: 12-13

behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit. O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

2 Chronicles 20:14-17
And the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel …. And he said, “… Thus says the Lord to you, Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s. … You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, …’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. …the Lord will be with you.”
Exodus 23:27
I will send my terror before you and will throw into confusion all the people against whom you shall come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you.
Deuteronomy 7:17-21
“If you say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I. How can I dispossess them?’ you shall not be afraid of them but you shall remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt, the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, the wonders, the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, by which the Lord your God brought you out. So will the Lord your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid. Moreover, the Lord your God will send hornets among them, until those who are left and hide themselves from you are destroyed. You shall not be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.

2 Kings 6:15-23
When the servant of the man of God (Elisha) rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha. . .
As soon as the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, “My father, shall I strike them down? Shall I strike them down?” He answered, “You shall not strike them down. Would you strike down those whom you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.” So he prepared for them a great feast, and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. And the Syrians did not come again on raids into the land of Israel.
It is the kindness of the Lord that leads people to repentance.

Psalms 150
Let Everything Praise the LORD
Praise the LORD!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD!

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Why Blog Now?

Years ago I wrote a book. It’s called “Two Crows Came”. It was published by Pacific Search Press in Seattle. It sold about 20,000 copies in the early 1980’s, but has been out of print since then. (There are still a few copies available on Amazon.)  Two Crows Came was the story of the first four years my husband and I commercial fished in Southeast Alaska. The book got good reviews.

I have been encouraged over the years to write another book, a sequel. But things in my life changed radically between the time of the story of Two Crows Came, and the publishing of the book. I became a Christian.

When I gave my heart to the Lord, all hell broke loose in my marriage. My husband was fiercely anti-Christian. He forbid me to go to church, teach our children about the Lord, listen to Christian music or even talk about the Lord. This persecution shaped my life for the next 20 years. I couldn’t write about my life after Jesus saved me and submit to my husband at the same time.

Then we were divorced. Another 20 years has passed. I am now married to a follower of Jesus. He is encouraging me to start writing again.

My past experience of writing meant to “write a book”, of course. But the world has changed since 1981, and publishing is not the same as it used to be. I have been writing  my stories of walking with Jesus for a couple of years now thinking that I was “writing a book”. Perhaps someday these blog posts will get compiled in a book, but for now I will share them this way.