It’s Pentecost Sunday!

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1.

The Holy Spirit is still hovering over us, bringing order to our troubled lives. Jesus said Let not your heart be troubled. In this world you will have trouble but be of good cheer because I have overcome the world.

There is plenty of things going on in the world to make us despair. War in Israel, babies being destroyed, youth descending into drugs, family life eroded, creation groaning, climate change, corona virus and more.

I need to take my mind off all that is going on that I can’t do much about. I take hope in Jesus who came as a baby on earth and lived like us. He came to destroy the works of the devil. All the destruction, disease and death is caused by the devil.

Jesus overcame the devil by His death on the cross. He shed His Blood to take the keys of death and hell from Satan. The war between God and Satan is finished. Jesus won the war. As we join Jesus on the winning side we can be sure of forgiveness, deliverance, healing and restoration of ALL THE DEVIL HAS STOLEN. In the name of Jesus we have the victory. We can claim back what has been stolen.

Jesus disciples were in the Upper room hiding from the Religious leaders who had killed Jesus. God sent the Holy Spirit that first Pentecost. The people were transformed from being fearful to bring full of faith. They went out and boldly declared the good news about Jesus. No more fear.

Many of us are full of fear today. Don’t look at the troubles around you. Look up to heaven and ask God to send the Holy Spirit to fill you . The Holy Spirit is not a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. God will give you peace and change your chaos to faith, order and protection.

It is finished. The war is over. Celebrate with the winning team. You are part of the Church, the body of Christ. The gates of hell will not prevail against it. God will build us up. We are not defeated. Enjoy that victory today. Join the winning team. Don’t look on from the sideline.

We think Jesus death is history, something that happened long ago that has no relevance today. No no. The Blood and the name of Jesus are powerful today. Just say the name of Jesus. The demons will flee. In the name of Jesus I am healed from fourth stage cancer. I am not dead. My eyes are fixed on Jesus and I am dead to this world.

Receive the Fire

Speak the name of Jesus boldly over and over. Keep using His name. What a powerful name, the name of Jesus. Receive your transformation today in Jesus name.

Testimony Tuesday. My Son Patrick Nearly Drowns.

When some of my children were home for Easter we were recounting how some of them had near death experiences.  Here is an example of our son Patrick being saved from tragedy.

When our children were young, Brendan and I would take them out for a walk in the long summer evenings to tire them out before bedtime.  No one wants to go to bed when it is still daylight.  We would all climb into the minibus, teenagers to toddlers, all had to come along.  No time for individualism in our family.  When we went for a drive we all went for a drive.  When we went for a walk we all went for a walk.

We went to a  nearby marina along the river.  There was a play park there as well.  Children would take turns on swings, slides and roundabouts.  They sqealed with delight as they swung high on the swings.  Brendan and I could relax a little and chat,  knowing the older ones were looking out for the younger ones.

Aaron loved boats.  He  brought his canoe along with us to the river. He was paddling his canoe along the bank as the others played at the park.   He went off to inspect some boats that were parked at the marina.

Patrick followed him.  He was two years old at the time and often wanted to be around Aaron.  Next thing I knew Patrick was lying face down in the water with his little anorak puffed up with the water, his arms out and his wellingtons on his little feet.  Patrick was drowning.  Aaron was quick to act and grabbed hold of his wee brother.  We arrived to help.  We slapped him on the back to dislodge the water and helped him breath again. Only for Aaron’s quick response Patrick may have drowned.

We were all in shock at the thought of what could have happened to Patrick.  We returned in silence.  We got the children ready for bed and said our night prayers together.  We all thanked God for saving Patrick that evening.  

Brendan and I trusted God to protect our children. Psalm 91 says 

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; (‭Psalm‬ ‭91‬:‭9-11‬ NIV)
The angels were busy that day.

I Have an Empty Nest After Forty Three Years

I read these words from a Psalm today.

My life is an example to many because you have been my strength and protection.
You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore my life again.
Oh God you have taught me from my earliest childhood, and I tell others about the wonderful things you do.  Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me O God when my strength is failing.  Let me proclaim your power to the next generation, your mighty power to all who come after me.  Psalm 71 v 7, 17, 18, 20. NLT

My husband and I are living on our own, the first time in 42 years.  Our nest has been occupied with our children down through the years.  Today we definitely have an empty nest.  But we are entering a new season, a new chapter in our lives.  I do not feel very strong at the moment after a busy summer and the passing of my husband’s mother.  But I hope in God again to renew my strength.  He will help me again as he did before.  I am looking forward to this time with just the two of us.

You may wonder how I was able to carry, give birth to and rear fourteen children and be still alive.  God has blessed me with children and he has been my strength down through the years.  Brendan has always been there , a great husband and father to help us.

There is a song that says,
“One day at a time, dear Jesus,
That’s all I’m asking of you,
Give me the strength to do every day what I have to do. ”

So I suppose the recipe for getting through life, like a little child, is one day at a time.
I did not know what the future held for me when I got married.  We had no idea.  God does not show us everything or we would be overwhelmed.
But as I look back, I take a deep breath and say “Thank you Lord for giving my husband and I the strength for the past 43 years of marriage and family.  Thank you for healing me from cancer to be alive to see all my children reared.  No sorrow, no mourning for loss, only joy at your goodness.”  I look forward to more opportunities to tell others about God’s power to forgive, heal and restore.