Archive | March 2013

The Significance of the Resurrection – Jesus Arose Where He Died


The Significance of the Resurrection – Jesus Arose Where He Died.

 

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They Will See – I Will Surrender


RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, I GIVE MY LIFE TO LIVE AGAIN
I’ll BREAK FREE, TAKE ME, MY EVERYTHING
I SURRENDER ALL TO YOU!

This is what was on our Heavenly Father’s heart and the heart of our Precious Savior as the nails ripped through His Beautiful Flesh!

Thank you Lord! I surrendered nothing. Oh, but You Lord surrendered ALL!!!

If I could envision or feel the beautiful love between the Father and Son on our behalf,  it is this beautiful, passionate communication between The Father surrendering The Son and The Son surrendering to The Father for the sake of all us son’s and daughter’s and then the heart of the son’s and daughter’s surrendering to Jesus Christ, the Son of The Father and Savior to All!!  Words and emotions crying out and answering back all beating as one heart yet, separated until the surrender!!

What an intertwining of reaching out – holding on and bittersweet surrender to make us all one!!! A beautiful, passionate love story!!! You must listen to it!

“I Surrender”   http://youtu.be/AshJi7fBbww

CELINE DION – I SURRENDER LYRICS

There’s so much life I’ve left to live
And this fire is burning still
When I watch you look at me
I think I could find the will
To stand for every dream
And forsake this solid ground
And give up this fear within
Of what would happen if they ever knew
I’m in love with you Cause

I’d surrender everything

To feel the chance to live again
I reach to you
I know you can feel it too
We’d make it through A thousand dreams
I still believe I’d make you give them all to me
I’d hold you in my arms and never let go

I surrender

I know I can’t survive
Another night away from you
You’re the reason I go on
And now I need to live the truth
Right now, there’s no better time
From this fear I will break free
And I’ll live again with love
And no they can’t take that away from me
And they will see ‘Cause

I’d surrender everything

To feel the chance to live again

I reach to you

I know you can feel it too
We’d make it through
A thousand dreams I still believe
I’d make you give them all to me

I’d hold you in my arms and never let go

I surrender

Every night’s getting longer
And this fire is getting stronger, babe
I’ll swallow my pride and I’ll be alive

CAN’T YOU HEAR MY CALL

I SURRENDER ALL!

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW

I GIVE MY LIFE TO LIVE AGAIN

I’ll BREAK FREE

TAKE ME

MY EVERYTHING

I SURRENDER IT ALL TO YOU

I GIVE IT ALL TO YOU!

THE PRAYER CHAIN


THE PRAYER CHAIN.

I May Not Be a Super Star But I Live With The King


The song I picked for today is just wonderful and if I could sing a lick, this is the song I would sing to Jesus from my whole heart.  But since God didn’t bless me with that whole singing feature and because I love Jesus so very much…. I just can’t put Him through the torture of my bad singing. I mean He suffered enough for me already, right!?  So, Jo Dee Messina is going to sing it for me and I’m going to sing it super soft and pretend it is me, because that is the closest I will come to being a super star singer…..very sad for me but “Oh what a relief” for everyone else!!

So here is Jo Dee singing about my heart condition.  I love you so much Jesus, thank you for loving me first!

http://youtu.be/OVwJCnu_wl0

“Because You Love Me”

I don’t know how I survived

In this cold and empty world for all this time

I only know that I’m alive
Because you love me
When I recall
what I’ve been through
There’s some things
That I wish I didn’t do
Now I do the things I do
Because you love me
And now that you’re in my life
I’m so glad I’m alive
‘Cause you showed me the way
And I know now how good it can be
Because you love meAnd now that you’re in my life
Oh, I’m so glad I’m alive
‘Cause you showed me the way
And I know now how good it can be
Because you love me

I believe in things unseen
I believe in the message of a dream
And I believe in what you are
Because you love me

With all my heart and all my soul
I’m loving you and I never will let go
And every day I’ll let it show
Because you love me
Because you love me
Because you love me

Goodnight.  Until next time, I’ll be loving you like Jesus!

Jesus, How’d You Do It?


Jesus, how did you do it, how could you want to do it, for a sorry soul like me and every other one too?  I can never repay You for loving me that much.  I can’t take Your horrific pain and suffering away.  I can’t take Your blood and tears and make them count for something.  In all of my life, I can’t even straighten up and fly right.  Oh, but You Jesus, You know my every tear personally, my every pain, my every breath, my every everything!  Yet, You asked me for one thing and one thing only, you asked me to love You and to love everyone as much as You love me.  Well, that sounds pretty simple but oh my-lanta, it is not!  I do pretty good with the whole love thing when I am loving Your easy ones.  But just an hour ago, You saw me blow it with one of  Your harder cases and now I am right back to that sorry soul like me.  Jesus, if  it is alright with You, I will take a little of Your blood and a lot of Your mercy and try again next time.  Please help me be more like You, help me love like You love and help me to love the unlovely as though they are lovely.  Please hurry Jesus because I’m getting on my own nerves!! I really don’t know how You do it, how can You save a sorry soul like me!

So here it is, the song of the day that I picked just for you!  “Beer With Jesus” – Thomas Rhett    http://youtu.be/dphMriny1Js

(Now I know it’s beer but we believers can pretend it’s grape juice because at the end of the day this musician and his song is bringing in (for us) boatloads of souls but for those that don’t know our Jesus, well bar rooms of souls all over the world!)  Yea, kind of like a modern-day evangelist, how cool is that!

    • If I could have a beer with Jesus
    • Heaven knows I’d sip it nice and slow
    • I’d try to pick a place that ain’t too crowded
    • Or gladly go wherever he wants to go
    • You can bet I’d order up a couple tall ones
    • Tell the waitress put ’em on my tab
    • I’d be sure to let him do the talkin’
    • Careful when I got the chance to ask
    • How’d you turn the other cheek
    • To save a sorry soul like me
    • Do you hear the prayers I send
    • What happens when life ends
    • And when you think you’re comin’ back again
    • I’d tell everyone, but no one would believe it
    • If I could have a beer with Jesus
    • If I could have a beer with Jesus
    • I’d put my whole paycheck in that jukebox
    • Fill it up with nothing but the good stuff
    • Sit somewhere we couldn’t see a clock
    • Ask him how’d you turn the other cheek
    • To save a sorry soul like me
    • Have you been there from the start
    • How’d you change a sinner’s heart
    • And is heaven really just beyond the stars
    • I’d tell everyone, but no one would believe it
    • If I could have a beer with Jesus
    • He can probably only stay, for just a couple rounds
    • But I hope and pray he’s stayin’ till we shut the whole place down
    • Ask him how’d you turn the other cheek
    • To save a sorry soul like me
    • What’s on the other side?
    • Is mom and daddy alright?
    • And if it ain’t no trouble tell them I said hi
    • I’d tell everyone but no one would believe it
    • If I could have a beer with Jesus
    • I’d tell everyone but no one would believe it
    • If I could have a beer with Jesus

I happen to believe that my Jesus would gladly sit right down and have that beer and spend time catching up.  After putting up with me, that would truly be Happy Hour!!

Until next time…. Love you like Jesus!

Why Me?


Jeremiah 1:5

The Message (MSG)

“Before I shaped you in the womb,
I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day,
I had holy plans for you:
A prophet to the nations—
that’s what I had in mind for you.”

As I look back on my life and my walk with the Lord, I am forever reminded that before I was formed and came to be, He saw me, knew me and had a plan for me.  Satan has pursued me and attempted to stop me even when I was still in my mother’s womb. My spiritual walk has not been easy, has not been rosy, and has not been full of warm and fuzzy feelings.  No, it has been hard, tough, lean, mean and finally uncertain.  There has been very little comfort or understanding in the natural realm which is why most of my life I have felt like a foreigner in unfamiliar territory.  It has been a lonely and confusing place with no answers, comfort or understanding. This one thing I do know and the Lord has been steady to remind me that satan is threatened by God’s planned purpose for my life. I suppose that in itself  brings comfort in the midst of satan’s hot pursuit of my life.  It was a crazy notion to me; I could not grasp the weight of it.  How could I be a threat?  I am not that special nor do I see that I am all of that, to do a thing about a thing!  I don’t have any great talents, just ask my husband and children and they will tell you.  I do not have an aggressive personality but rather I am gentle spirited, laid back, extremely tender at heart and compassionate.   I simply could not see how I could be a threat or match to the dirty deeds of the devil.  Most of the time I was left bewildered and didn’t have a clue about what to do next.  My constant cry to the Lord was, “I know you have created me for something specific and I know that all of my troubles and hardships are to prepare me for a greater purpose but what is it?”  I get glimpses of the spiritual gifts and anointing on my life but then what?

My friend Crystal is responsible for ever so subtly pointing out spiritual gifts that I wasn’t even aware were in operation.  She would  say something like “oh, when you say things like that you scare me because they happen….”  It was only then that I became aware that Jesus showed up on the scene to say whatever lofty thing He wanted to say!! Crystal I love you for showing me that I am not crazy but the instrument of God’s plan.  Now when I get that “she’s crazy” look from people, I know that it is God’s deal not mine.  I thank you for being my friend and confidant as I struggled to get a grasp.  My deepest gratitude goes to you because in all of my uncertainty and confusion along the way, you never gave up on me. All the many times I stepped back waiting for a full and complete plan to fall into my lap, even then you never gave up on me.  No one on this planet says, “step out of the boat and begin,” like you do.   I thank God for the honor of Him planting you in my life!

I have recently learned to accept myself as God created me and have stopped comparing myself to everyone else. I don’t try to figure everything out or try to make sense out of things that will never make sense to the natural mind and quite frankly are none of my business.  So these days, I am less confused and more aware that this life I live,  is not mine to live but belongs to God to do what He chooses, to carry out what He had on His mind before He put me together.

If your walk with the Lord mirrors mine and you feel like a stranger walking through a strange land, then my prayer is that God will speak to you and give you comfort as I share my own journey’s from my beginning, in the quiet place, the place that God made “His Plan” for my life and then formed me, saw me…. knew me and in His Sovereign love protected, “His Plan.”

Satan first plotted and attempted to stop God’s plan for my life while I was still developing in my mother’s womb.  He failed as he has failed every time since then.  When God makes a plan no devil in hell can change it, intercept it or stop it!!!  “The Plan” itself, can’t even stop “The Plan.”  “The Plan” can be avoided, stalled, second guessed, and twisted….but it can never be stopped!  STAND STILL AND SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD!!!

How fitting that I should come across this message just before I click on the publish button.  God is in control of everything, every time and for all times!!  He might as well be sitting right in front of me speaking this message.     T.D. Jakes – “Why Me”      http://youtu.be/qfbz_4MPQ-E

And that dear friends describes and answers the questions of my life in a “nutshell!”  But this prodigal chick is right where God wants her to be….He is in the driver’s seat and He will deliver me to His planned destination.  All I have to do is sit back an enjoy the ride!

Love You Like Jesus


“I love you deeply, unconditionally, forever and beyond.”

–Gina CianfaraniProdigal Chick

To love deeply, unconditionally, forever and beyond is to love like Jesus does.  My prayer is that I am so saturated in the love of Jesus, that I love you like Jesus does!!  When I look at you, all my eyes can see is magnificent beauty, completely spotless with no stain or wrinkle.  My eyes can’t see an offense or one crooked bend.  When you are down on yourself and have a brokenness in your heart, I have nothing but love for you.  When you fall short and fall back, I will just love you like Jesus does!  Oh, how I long for the day when I look on you, looking through the eyes of love, my first love Jesus Christ!

Women love your men and Men love your women, like Jesus does!  Moms, Dads, Sisters, Brothers, Friends, Neighbors and every living, breathing soul, love each other like Jesus does!  Love never fails, saints or sinners……

Sing it Eric Church   “Like Jesus Does”   http://youtu.be/RGF6c0tjAgI

I’m a long gone Waylon song on vinyl.
I’m a back row sinner at a tent revival.
She believes in me like she believes her Bible.
She loves me like Jesus does.

I’m a left foot leaning on a souped up Chevy.
I’m a good ole boy drinkin’ whiskey and rye on the levee.
But she carries me when my sins make me heavy.
She loves me like Jesus does.

All the crazy in my dreams,
Both my broken wings,
Every single piece of everything I am.
She knows the man I ain’t,
She forgives me when I can’t.
That devil, man, he don’t stand a chance.
She loves me like Jesus does.

I always thought she’d give up on me oneday.
Wash her hands of me leave me staring down some runway.
But I thank God each night and twice on Sunday
That she loves me like Jesus does.

All the crazy in my dreams,
Both my broken wings,
Every single piece of who I am.
She knows the man I ain’t,
She forgives me when I can’t.
That devil man, he don’t have a prayer.
She loves me like Jesus does.

Yeah she knows the man I ain’t.
She forgives me when I can’t.
That devil, man, he don’t stand a chance.
Cause she loves me like Jesus does.

I’m a long gone Waylon song on vinyl.

Until next time, This prodigal chick love’s you like Jesus does!