Who do I want to be like when I grow up?

Who do I want to be like when I grow up? I want to be like Miss Doris.

This week I was blessed to be able to sing for the senior luncheon at a local church. It was about a month ago that I got a call from Miss Doris, the lady who plans the programs and gets people to come to speak or entertain. 

Who do I want to be like when I grow up?

Miss Doris is living out the tagline of this website- still producing fruit in old age. “How old”, you may ask? Miss Doris is 94 years old! Clearly, she was in charge that day. She was sharp as a tack. Yes, she was in a wheelchair and kept repeating herself about where she lived, but she was still in the zone. She has been getting people to come to the luncheons to entertain since 2003. I want to be that capable and spirited at 94 years old. 

Who do I want to be like when I grow up?

I also want to be like Miss Hetti, who is 95 and still drives to work out at the senior center!

May God grant us the grace to stay as strong and vibrant as possible for as long as possible, because with God all things are possible!

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Obey

This chapter we find Abraham getting ready to sacrifice his promised son, his heir. I think about this command from God as a parent myself and wonder just how could this be? The thought of giving up one of my children because God told me to, I am not sure I could do it. But maybe because God gave Abraham Isaac in his old age it was easier for him to obey God. The thought that if God could do that, it is possible He could do it again.

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Someone climbing a mountain and words in the sky say believe+love+obey=victory in Yeshua 1 John 5:1-5
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I think about my own life, how many times have I done what God says just to obey? So much of my life I felt like I needed to be in control, to know what, and how something will happen. I thought it was the safe way to live as so much of my life things happened that were out of my control.

Before my teen years I was sexually abused by a family member, soon after a neighbor boy tried to take advantage of me. In my teen years a young man also sexually abused me along with my first husband. When I felt safe and could move on from all that I met my current husband and major sexual issues got in the way again.

I got to the point that so many things out of my control happened that I had to control everything in my life. Obeying God who did not reveal His plan was out of the question. I knew God was real, I had the God desire in my heart. But I was too hurt and afraid to blindly obey Him.

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But, how did I get from my total mistrust to being able to trust and obey God today? I would say that it was seeing how God chose me and provided for me. There were so many times in raising my three adult children we should have been homeless. There was a time my children should have been placed in foster care. While it is true the circumstances warranted I needed to place only one, the other two stayed with me.

In seeing how God protected and orchestrated things around us I came to trust God. I learned that no matter what I did He would make His work out. Because of that I came to believe that doing things His way would make His plan much easier on me and those around us. That in doing things His way I gained peace, knowledge, hope beyond my understanding.

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Are you able to obey God? Or are there thoughts and fears keeping you from trusting that God has this? Is there anything you would like prayer for, to talk about?

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Hands and feet pierced

Day 7 of 100 prophecies fulfilled by Jesus – born a King, line of David (Massive evidence of this!)

 

2 Sam. 7:12-13 – And when your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He will build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
Is. 9:7 – Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from that time and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will accomplish this.
Jer. 23:5 – Behold the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for Davida a Righteous Branch, and He will reign wisely as king and administer justice and righteousness in the land.Continue reading

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100 prophecies fulfilled by Jesus, Day 6 – Be a first born son, sanctified

  • Day 6 – Be a firstborn son, sanctified – Ex. 13:2; Num. 3:13; 8:17; Luke 2:7, then verse 23

    Ex. 13:2 – “Consecrate to Me every firstborn male. The firstborn from every womb among the Israelites belongs to Me, both of man and beast.”

  • Num. 3:13 – because all the firstborn are Mine. On the day I struck down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, I consecrated to Myself all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast. They are Mine; I am the LORD.”

    Num. 8:17 – For every firstborn male in Israel is Mine, both man and beast. I set them apart for Myself on the day I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt.
    Luke 2:7 – And she gave birth to her firstborn, a Son. She wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.

    Luke 2:23 – (as it is written in the Law of the Lord: “Every firstborn male shall be consecrated to the Lord”

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Day 5 of 100 prophecies fulfilled by Jesus – born of the tribe of Judah

Be born of the tribe of Judah – Gen. 49:8-10; Micah 5:2
NT – Mat. 1:2, 3 ; Heb. 7;14; Rev. 5:5

Gen. 49:8-10 – 8Judah,b your brothers shall praise you. Your hand shall be on the necks of your enemies; your father’s sons shall bow down to you. 9Judah is a young lion— my son, you return from the prey. Like a lion, he crouches and lies down; like a lioness, who dares to rouse him? 10The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the staff from between his feet,c until Shiloh comes and the allegiance of the nations is his.

Micah 5:2 – But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come forth for Me One to be ruler over Israel, whose origins are of old, from the days of eternity.

Mat. 1:2, 3 – Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram.

Heb.7;14 – For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, a tribe as to which Moses said nothing about priests.
Rev. 5:5 – Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has triumphed to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Logo for this website - still bearing fruit in old age

From site member Jill Coffin. Please pray for her health and peace.

“I would appreciate if you would ask our fellow site members to pray for my health, especially for an appointment on May 8th.
After tons of testing, they think It is a rheumatoid inflammatory disease. I have a difficult time getting around and general illness as well. There are treatments, but they are not simple. This rheumatologist is about my last hope this side of Heaven. A year ago I could throw the football around with my grandkids! I want to do that again. And plant flowers. And take my dog, Sophie, for long walks.
Thank you
Jill”

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Open-ended questions for your everyday conversations.

Open-ended questions

Over the years of helping people, I’ve learned to ask powerful and meaningful open-ended questions. I do this because I don’t get very far with dead-in questions such as “yes or no.” Then you have to think of something else to talk about, and you really don’t have the information you need to work with to try to get your goal accomplished or try to help the other person.

Here is the list I’ve used over the years that I’d like to pass onto you!

  • When you say __ what emotions did you feel?
  • How did you feel when that person said that?
  • You say that your stressed and live a hard life, what can you change within your day to make it less stressful?
  • What do you do to relax and/or get you through a difficult time?
  • How is God like a personal Father to you? What makes Him so special in your life?
  • What is your prayer life like? What can you do to make more room for prayer?
  • What are your long and short term goals? How can you begin taking baby steps to get there?
  • If you had a life with no responsibilities how would you spend your time?
  • What challenges has that created for you in the past? How can you make it different for next time?
  • What are you most proud of in your life?
  • What achievements have you made? How did you make them happen? How did you feel after?
  • What inspires you to keep going every day? Why?
  • What are some things in your life that keep you strong?

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There are so many more questions, but I hope that this gets you going into a meaningful conversation that you can have with your friends and family, or maybe your co-workers.

What skills or questions do you use in your conversation? I would love to hear them so we can help one another! You can comment below or write to me by clicking here.

May the Lord bless and keep you in His perfect will.

Allison Anderson

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Thoughts (From Toni Nichols) – “What does the Lord think about our bodies?”
Toni Nichols

I have been thinking about my imperfect, broken and somewhat deformed body, and speaking with my Mom tonight, whose body is a captive of Parkinson’s I asked her, “What do you think the Lord thinks about our bodies?”

There was silence.

Consider how in the Old Testament nothing deformed could approach the Holy of Holies, or be offered as a sacrifice to the Lord.

But we have our answer in the Old Testament book of Isaiah and the subsequent accountings of the life of Christ in the New Testament. It is clear what He thinks.

“Isaiah 53

Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.”

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Day 4 of 100 prophecies fulfilled by Jesus”to be born of the seed of Isaac”

“be born of the seed of Isaac” –

  1. Gen. 17:19; 21:12; 26:2-4; NT – Mat. 1:2; 17; Rom. 9:7;
    Heb. 11: 17-19

    Gen. 17:19 – But God replied, “Your wife Sarah will indeed bear you a son, and you are to name him Isaac.e I will establish My covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him
    21:12 – But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed about the boy and your maidservant. Listen to everything that Sarah tells you, for through Isaac your offspring will be reckoned. 

    26:2-4 – The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt. Settle in the land where I tell you. 3Stay in this land as a foreigner, and I will be with you and bless you. For I will give all these lands to you and your offspring, and I will confirm the oath that I swore to your father Abraham. 4I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky, and I will give them all these lands, and through your offspring, all nations of the earth will be blessed,

  • Mat. 1:2 – 2Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.; 2Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. .In all, then, there were fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ. ..