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Thursday, 15 April 2021

Does God Give Cancer? Or Suffering?

(Last June 2020, I began this post, however was unable to finish it. Before that month ended my very precious sister in Christ went to be with the Lord and I was in hospital, the cardio care unit, with a heart attack. The main part of this post was written before that event, but for many months it was not the right time to publish. God’s  ways are never our ways, as Isaiah wisely opined.)
(An illumination of Psalm 118:8, middle verse in the bible - to read the post on it look HERE!). Truly it’s better to trust in God rather than man!
This part of post below was begun June 2020.
Recently I was asked this question:
“Why did God give mum cancer?”
 
  A similar question I’ve asked my God for many years - from when saved at 12 years, till finally dealt with at 25yrs (some are slow learners! 😁).
My questioning was not because of cancer, like our dear sister in the LORD, but a life-threatening condition none the less. I've nearly died through medical mismanagement of my complex condition 6 times (now 7). The last was in 2016 (+ 26 June 2020, since this post was begun). I shared briefly then on my craft blog (here, 2016).

This is the answer the Lord gave me, and I gave to that dear one, in answer to our question..
“First of all God did not GIVE mum cancer.
As part of fall of Genesis 3 and the disobedience of Adam and Eve, sickness, sorrow, pain are now part of the curse on earth. 
We are the offspring of Adam and Eve, and hence we suffer from the results of that sinful disobedience.

God ALLOWED your darling mum to have cancer.
THAT is a very big difference!
God is love.
He does not willingly afflict us.
"For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men."
 Lam. 3:33

In Job 1 (read here), a very godly man, had all, everything but life, including health taken from him by Satan.

Satan is our Adversary, not God!

This was allowed by God. 
Why does suffering bring good?

Because only one short life will soon be past,
Only what is done for Christ will last.

Until cancer, your dear mum had salvation, but she admitted that she had little treasure laid up in heaven.
Now she has, through her faithfulness in suffering, great treasure laid up in heaven.. 
Not the previous wood, hay, stubble, but now silver, gold, precious stones as Paul shared in Corinthians..
Your darling, faithful and true mum will now hear her Heavenly Father's great welcome into glory:
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant, 
enter thou into the joy of the Lord ".

And all who do not know our Lord Jesus?
... they will hear:
Matthew 25:41
Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, 
prepared for the devil and his angels: 
For I never knew you."

How much better to come while we can!?
 
Speaking personally now, I remember saying, as regained consciousness in ICU in 2016, "Well, I seem to collect these close calls, one of these days I won't make it! I guess God isn't finished with me yet." 😊
I said afterwards to the Lord that the severe pain and suffering was worth it all, as my relationship with the LORD was sooo much deeper and richer.
 
*****
A book I am currently reading prompted this addition to this post..

"Surely He hath borne our sorrows and carried our griefs." Is 53.4
As believers, we are Christ's disciples. 
So suffering, false accusations, etc. are part of the walk as followers of Christ.
A devotional I'm reading, called "Music at Midnight" by A. Donald Miller, is about lepers, who through extreme suffering  become believers, in an Indian Leprosy mission.
Lepers who are now truly alive eternally, in spite of their outwardly dying, decaying body. 
They thank God for their leprosy! 
.....
This grabbed me two days ago! 
The quote from the book begins with a Bengali saying: 
" 'Cheer up brother, 
suffering is God's gift.' 
It is a testing part of Christian discipleship to commend God's love to those who wilfully hurt us, even when we are trying to help them. 
Often they themselves are people hurt and frustrated in spirit. 
The quality of the response to the suffering they inflict can help them to perceive their own suffering as a gift of God.

 'The cross as a dogma is painless speculation; 
the cross lived as suffering is anguish and glory,' 
writes Thomas Kelly in his Testament of Devotion.  
'Yet God, out of the pattern of His own heart, has planted the Cross along the road of holy obedience.
 And He enacts in the hearts of those He loves the miracle of willingness to welcome suffering and to know it for what it is 
- the final seal of His gracious love." 

Phew! 
Yes! Hard it is, but the road to the cross was hard!
 
 We believe in a SUFFERING SAVIOUR, a suffering God - Isaiah 53 

Indeed, we are so privileged as believers to suffer as Christ did, bearing His cross. (see Gal 2:20)
With unbelieving ones, God allows it to save hearts souls for eternity, as with the lepers (if you want to know Who or What is a Christian, please read this post HERE 😊).
 I wish you could read the glory of those leper’s testimonies, but then we see it day by day around us, don’t we?
 If only we look with the eye of faith. 
 
Another aspect of suffering, is at Paul said  in 2 Cor. 12: 7
..."lest I be exalted above measure, there was given unto me a thorn in the flesh"... (see passage here)

It's a humbling purpose.
It brings us closer to God - to realise our inadequacy and God's ALL sufficiency.
"My grace is sufficient for thee, 
My Strength is made perfect in weakness..." 1 Cor.12:9

As our Saviour learned obedience through suffering, so do we!!
 
For it became Him, for Whom are all things, 
and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, 
to make the Captain of their Salvation perfect through sufferings. Heb 2:10
Though he were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; Heb 5:8

It’s ALL for His glory and His purpose. 
There is an ETERNITY in view. 
We count the cost now, for the glory that is to come.

The world often frets that time is passing swiftly, that its desires are not accomplished.
I'm so grateful I have a Loving Heavenly Father, Who is All-Wise and only ALLOWS what is best  for me. 
It was best for our dear sister to have cancer, best for me to have a heart attack, etc., our omniscient God sees what we cannot!

No ease is promised ..(video here if not showing).

GOD HATH NOT PROMISED
God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

But God hath promised strength for the day,

Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
  Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

God hath not promised we shall not know

Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.

God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,

Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain, rocky and steep,
Never a river, turbid and deep.

But God hath promised strength for the day,

Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
  Unfailing sympathy, undying love.


All this God does promise us *an eternal home, by faith in Jesus *with a new glorious body, and *He will never leave or forsake us.
Grace for the day,
Strength for the way!

Thanks to all who pop across to read this blog and Thank YOU, too if you’re able to leave some love and encouragement.
Prayer hugs,🙏🤗
Shaz in Oz. X

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Sunday, 4 April 2021

He said, “Except I Shall See... I will NOT Believe. “

  Hi dear friends... well, it the happiest day of the year today! 


Today is Sunday, or in reality the Lord’s Resurrection Day... as it was on this day almost 2,000 years ago the Lord Jesus Christ was miraculously raised from the dead, a giant stone rolled away and He was seen in the next 40 days by many hundreds of people. There was among these folk, one of the very disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, who would not believe He was risen, as He said! 

Are we like that, I wonder!?

Let’s take a look at this passage.. from John 20: 1 - 21 , 24, 25

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 

 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 

So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. 

Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 

Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. 

Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.


Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 

And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.  But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, 

Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

Thomas, today, is of course known as “Doubting Thomas”, and as we read these verses, it is not without good reason.

No doubt at that time, Thomas watched on in great horror at the slaying in the most brutal fashion of his Lord and Master. He was thus weak in faith and unbelieving. There is a verse Paul wrote, which often comes to mind when I look upon the sins of others..

It’s often paraphrased “There but for the grace of God, go I ..” or more properly, “..by the grace of God, I am what I am”  1 Cor 15:10


 
We are but frail, human flesh, God sees this frailty, and God does not judge us in the same fashion which we judge others

“.. for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but God looketh upon the heart” 1 Sam 16:8

But Thomas came to see and thus believe. 

I think Thomas here is a living example to us all; for in some ways, all of us walk in doubt, despair and unbelief in different parts of our lives. Our loving Father God, He sees and understands.. and forgives us, WHEN we come to Him for forgiveness, as Thomas did. 

Notice though below ... he was left in unbelief for EIGHT DAYS! Oh, may we not be thus in unbelief, unnecessarily. I wonder how Thomas felt in those 8 troubled, heart breaking days? .. what loss for us likewise when we wander in varying degrees of doubt, fear,  anger and unbelief.

“And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 

Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 

And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” John 20:26 - 29

Are we able to say like Thomas: MY LORD, and MY GOD?!

I pray so - “LET US BE NOT FAITHLESS, BUT BELIEVING”.

Especially today, as we celebrate OUR risen Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

“For He is not here, He is risen AS HE SAID”!

Praising Him, the Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ!
On this day when we remember the greatest gift of all, when the Lord Jesus laid down His life on the cross, shed His blood for our sin, and on the third day rose AGAIN!
... that we might by faith in Him, have life for an eternity in heaven. 
Hallelujah! What a Saviour! (link here if not showing)

How rich are we in Him! IF we know Him as our own Saviour! And one glorious day, HE IS COMING AGAIN.

Every blessing of the LORD, dear friends upon you and your dear ones on such a special day, Resurrection Day.
Shaz in Oz.x

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Friday, 2 April 2021

LOVE ~ Sent Jesus to the Cross!.

Greetings dear folks on this Good Friday.. we remember the ONE Who gave the greatest gift of all!
It amazes me the changeability of human nature, with the days leading up to trial and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. On the first day of that week (we now call it Palm Sunday) they are crying to Jesus a Kingly welcome:
..... and then all but a five days later, that same crowd are crying when Pilate, in an attempt to let Jesus go, asked : 
"What should we do with Jesus? and they cried "Crucify Him!" 
 
Yet we too are changeable - often we may blow with the wind, or go with flow, as it is easer than swimming against the tide of public opinion. 
Instead - let us be Praising Him, the Lord of Glory, our Saviour Jesus.
However on that Friday all those years ago, God had a greater end in view though! God sees what we cannot, and He saw that man needed a way of salvation from their sin. 
When we are bowed down with care and trouble there is ONE Who cares and wants to bear it for us... that is why the Father sent His Son, the LORD Jesus!

It was LOVE - LOVE that sent Jesus to the cross
LOVE that held Him there till redemption was finished, ..” He said, “It is finished!” John 19:30 
And..

"And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit: and having said thus, He gave up the ghost." Luke 23:46

Notice that .. He gave up His life ... it was not taken from Him. 
Jesus, God in the flesh, came down to earth to live among men. 

As Hebrews say : " He was tested in all points as we are, yet without sin." 
He was sinless perfect BUT He knows our struggles.. our cares, sorrows. 
Surely he hath born our sorrows and our grief"

LOOK! This chapter in Isaiah 53 written so many, many centuries before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah  drew the picture of the very death Jesus would suffer for our sin, on the tree .. read and be amazed at the detail, and be oh, so very grateful too - see here.
Satan thought He had won a victory on the cross. He thought  wrongly though - for it was God's way of Salvation and Satan's defeat.
It was on the cruel cross that the first prophecy about Satan's defeat was fulfilled, one of many. See Genesis 3:15  
As this verse above says - GREATER is He that is in YOU -  by faith if we have trusted in the LORD Jesus as Saviour we receive the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts and lives.. 
God's spirit is great than any power, with which Satan might to seek to deceive us.
This is the verse that led to my salvation many years ago.
Read about it here and it summarises what Good Friday means, and really WHY GOOD FRIDAY IS GOOD - for it was when the LORD gave up His life for us, and so bought our salvation. Satan’s hold on death was defeated! His blood is the cleansing power for sin.. but salvation is gift.
It is NEVER ours unless it is taken..
Praising Him, the Lord of Glory, Jesus!
On this day when we remember the greatest gift of all, when the Lord Jesus laid down His life on the cross, shed His blood for our sin, that we might by faith in Him have life for an eternity in heaven. 
Hallelujah!
How rich are we in Him! if we know Him as out our own Saviour!

Every blessing of the LORD, dear friends upon you and your dear ones on such a special day.
Shaz in Oz.x

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Sunday, 14 February 2021

The UPWARD look! ..“Strengthen me with strength in my soul”..

(An excerpt from BTP Daily Light calendar) 

Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail:...” Isaiah 33:21

“O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.” Isaiah 54:11

In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. Psalm 138:8

Still I will trust, though all my hopes lie shattered

 In broken fragments at my feet; 

Though all my plans, like driven leaves, are scattered

By winds of darkness and defeat;

For in my need I hear my Saviour saying,

In answer to my pleading and my praying,

“I am thy God; be not afraid;

I will be near; be not dismayed “.


Looking upon this page in my daily calendar, I thought of prayers not seemingly answered!
Of burdens so heavy upon my heart..
I was comforted by these words. 
After all the children of Israel for 400 years in bondage in Egypt cried unto the Lord, and God heard all of those sorrowful cries (Exodus2: 23, 24) “God heard their groaning..”
If we look through scripture and or if we are saved for a while, in our own experience we see when the LORD moved mightily. 
And so He will again. 
In HIS TIME! 
Not OURS! These thoughts came to mind.. the need to look up.

In all things as believers in Christ Jesus, our Saviour, we need to

keep the UPWARD a look,

NOT the OUTWARD a look

Or the INWARD look!

Focussing on our Lord is keeping our perspective on TRUTH!

For Jesus said “I am the Way, the TRUTH and the Life..”. With a “Jesus” focus we will be obeying my life verse.

“Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, 

Who for the joy that was set before Him, 

endured the cross, despising the shame 

and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb 12:2


We will in our walk be given grace for the day, strength for the way.

Tomorrow’s strength grace and mercy for tomorrow’s burdens will not come until tomorrow.... if it comes!

We will not be given the grace and strength for another’s burdens...  only for our own, so don’t try to bear another’s burdens yourself, as we will fail. 

Except in prayer and practical help.. for there we are commanded to “bear ye one another’s burden and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Gal 6:2

This refers to practical help - like a meal, a word of encouragement, and most of all prayer.

 Greatest gift is to pray earnestly and regularly for them to seek God’s strength for themselves.

For Jesus said “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 

How can this be?

Ah, it’s ONLY when we get the order right!

And seek grace just for the day and burdens at hand. 

Video hymn link, if not showing, is Here!

 For thou hast been a STRENGTH to the poor,

 a STRENGTH to the needy in his distress, 

a REFUGE from the storm, 

a shadow from the heat, 

when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. Isaiah 25:4 

I don’t know about you, but when health fails, the world around you seems so anti God, seemingly even more so today, Satan loves to torment that all this is not worth while. 

However remember history - violent persecution under Roman rule, through the dark ages, and many centuries till today, in China, Iran, Burma, many countries and all ages, God’s people have suffered.

So when we see ungodly men in high places, we must not despair no matter how dark it seems! 

Especially here in Aust for those in the state of Victoria, the anti -God government has made it a criminal offence if a parent prays for their child, even at the child’s request, on matters relating to LGBTQI. 

This legislation reaches beyond state borders to criminalise anyone anywhere who says anything that causes “harm” by their definition to a LGBTQI person in the state of Vic. A prayer for your child in this legislation makes you guilty of child assault.

Just look at that conglomerate of letters! 🤔

Doesn’t that reflect the level of confusion they are evolving from, and inflicting of others by this? and we know who is the author of confusion. It’s not God, but the evil one..  

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, ..” 1 Cor 14:3a

Watch this video (link here if not showing), it will make you weep with sorrow, but informed hearts will truly pray earnestly ... why did Jesus weep over Jerusalem? Because of what He saw and knew, and He prayed the more earnestly... than we in our finite minds do!

We need to pray for those ones in power to be saved and/or removed. 

We are commanded to pray for them.

I think of US, UK Europe Middle East and Asia we see Satan so busy in every corner of the earth... this is his domain, but his power is limited and his days are numbered.

God does hear, and answers every prayer, in His time and way..

Wherever you are, whatever your burden, I pray for you to be comforted by our Lord God. He alone is our Anchor, our Stronghold in a time of storm. 

This world is a place of sorrows and great grief, but one glorious day we shall be free from this fallen, broken world.

Broken hearts will be mended and saved as we pray and trust. 

Even if it takes 55 years of prayer, as it did with my darling dad to know the Lord Jesus as his Saviour, or many centuries of waiting as they did for Jesus the Promised One to first come. 

And Glory!

Jesus is coming again... perhaps today? 

“Therefore be ye also ready: for n such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh.” Matt 24:44

We need to pray for all men everywhere to repent before the Lord comes.

For it will be an hour when we don’t expect it. 

Surely I come quickly! 

Amen, even so Come, Lord Jesus!” Rev 22:20 

THIS is the last prayer in the bible.

It should be ours daily.


Praying God’s watch-care upon you and all you love - wherever you maybe. 
“Our Heavenly Father knoweth.” 
“He careth for you.”

“Keep looking UP, NOT at the mud underneath.” (Bro. Mac)

Prayer Hugs, 🙏🤗❤️
Shaz in Oz.x 

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God bless you in all things, and keep you looking up.

 
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Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Trusting in the God of Miracles?

It is sometimes the simplest things, almost childlike in understanding, that grab you. This hymn I knew, but as I came across it today it seemed so very apt. The words drew me in ... peace comes from simply trusting in our loving, all-wise Saviour and one can never do that enough!

I do not know what lies ahead .. do you? 

DO YOU KNOW ONE WHO DOES? 

I Do!

Link HERE if video not showing.

I Do Not Know What Lies Ahead,
The Way I Cannot See;
Yet One Stands Near To Be My Guide,
He’ll Show The Way To Me:

I Know Who Holds The Future,
And He’ll Guide Me With His Hand;
With God Things Don’t Just Happen,
Everything By Him Is Planned.
So As I Face Tomorrow,
With Its Problems Large And Small,
I’ll Trust The God Of Miracles,
Give To Him My All.

I Do Not Know How Many Days
Of Life Are Mine To Spend;
But One Who Knows And Cares For Me
Will Keep Me To The End:

I Know Who Holds The Future,
And He’ll Guide Me With His Hand;
With God Things Don’t Just Happen,
Everything By Him Is Planned.
So As I Face Tomorrow,
With Its Problems Large And Small,
I’ll Trust The God Of Miracles,
Give To Him My All.

I Do Not Know The Course Ahead,
What Joys And Griefs Are There;
But One Is Near Who Fully Knows,
I’ll Trust His Loving Care:

I Know Who Holds The Future,
And He’ll Guide Me With His Hand;
With God Things Don’t Just Happen,
Everything By Him Is Planned.
So As I Face Tomorrow,
With Its Problems Large And Small,
I’ll Trust The God Of Miracles,
Give To Him My All.

Hymn writer ~ Eugene L. Clark (1947 copyright)

Longtime music and radio consultant for the Back to the Bible Broadcast. Clark studied music at Wheaton College and at Moody Bible Institute before joining Back to the Bible in 1950 as an organist. He later served as the program's music director, manager and producer. He was active in broadcasting until 1963, when arthritis and blindness confined him to bed. --Daniel Mahraun (from Lincoln Journal Star, 1 Jul 1982, p.30, on newspapers.com)

Written just after the end of World War 2 (c. 1947), there was such hardship and suffering we cannot imagine in UK, Europe and even across to USA, as lots of folk emigrated... so the writer of this hymn with his ill health and sad times experienced the things of which he was writing.

It is a long time since I wrote about a hymn - however I often listen to and/or sing them... even in the night! 
What a wonderful promise this is!

Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, 
and in the night his song shall be with me, 
and my prayer unto the God of my life.
Psalm 42:8 

What a wonderful promise! 
How rich are we?
1. Gods commands that we KNOW of the wonder His loving kindness in the day.
Do YOU know that Love and Kindness?
2. The night He will fill with song (if we let Him) ... and is “with me” 
He is in those songs, hymns, and is with me. 
Never alone.
3. I, then, by day and by night make my prayer to the God of my life!
Don’t you love to meditate?
To chew over the word of God? 
Yes, it will be worth it all when we see Jesus.. one glimpse of His dear face, all sorrow will erase...
Today it may seem difficult, hard, horrid... and a very steep hill up a dark path to climb, but take heart, weary pilgrim!
Press on! there is up there a land that is fairer than day, and by faith we shall see it afar!
This below is my prayer for you ❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏

Numbers 6:24-26
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:  
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, 
and be gracious unto thee:  
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, 
and give thee peace.

****** 
Today the 20th January is Inauguration Day in USA. It may seem distant to those who live elsewhere, but here in the little country town in NSW Aust, where I live, it’s most definitely prayer-worthy.

May God have mercy on us all, and may God bless America, and wherever you live, too.
The current events of President Biden arriving and the exiting of President Trump affect us all whether we live there or not. 
Especially for us as Christians - and so I’m praying for Godly decisions to be made by Biden in respect to Israel, the unborn “about to be aborted” babies, businesses, the everyday people of USA, all of whom President Trump protected thus far. 

Where the future goes, only God knows. 
I saw this often when in panhandle Florida in USA, over doorways, buildings, on money:
In God we trust”
 - may this truth live on in all our hearts. 

Thank you especially if you take the time to leave a comment, that’s deeply appreciated. So VERY much. 

Special shout out to Rita R. for her lovely comments, I can thank most people personally, but I can’t with you ... so I do now.

Praying God’s watch-care upon you and all you love - wherever you maybe. 
“Our Heavenly Father knoweth.” 
“He careth for you.”
Prayer Hugs, 🙏🤗❤️
Shaz in Oz.x
PS. this is a really, excellent video by Martyn Iles, of Aust. Christian Lobby, on Kamala Harris the new Vice President. 
She is VERY bad news - link HERE, or below. It will shock you. 😢
EDIT: a friend just wrote this to me.. and  it's a precious gem! 
"God can use Biden and Harris in any way He wants.
Every time Balaam went to curse Israel he ended up blessing them and even his donkey had stern words for him, so we should not fear man but trust in God."

PS If you haven’t I'd love it you to join as a wonderful encourager of this blog ...  link HERE.  Thank YOU to those who have done so already. It really encourages me to keep on. 😊

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