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Remember those in prison,
As if you were there yourself.
Remember also those being mistreated,
As if you felt their pain in your own bodies.
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Hebrews 13:3
     
 
Each year for Valentine’s Day, I offer a challenge.  This year I would like to challenge you to remember those who are in prison by sending cards during the month of February.  One idea is to send cards to a chaplain at a local prison and ask him/her to give them to someone who never receives mail.  (Use your church address for the return address.) 
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I also would like to highlight three Americans who are unfairly imprisoned in Iran: Pastor Saeed Abedini, former FBI agent Bob Levinson, and former marine Amir Hekmati.
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Three Americans today will endure another 24-hours in hell-like conditions in Iran.  All three men are held against their wills as hostages and have no direct contact with their U.S. family members.  All three are U.S. Citizens with distinguished backgrounds.  All three entered Iran legally.” freeallthree.com
These men need our help!  Picture yourself in prison in Iran.  What would you want your country to be doing to fight for you?
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What we can do:
    1. Pray for them and for their release.
    2. Tell their story to everyone we know.
    3. Post links and updates about the men on social media.
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“I, the Lord, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness.
I will take you by the hand and guard you …
And you will be a light to the nations …
You will free the captives from prison,
Releasing those who sit in dark dungeons.”
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Pastor Saeed Abedini
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Click here to read his story:
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Bob Levinson
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Click here to read his story:
Amir Hekmati
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Click here to read his story:
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At the National Prayer Breakfast 2014, President Obama highlighted Pastor Saaed Abedini, and for that I am thankful.  All three men should have been highlighted.  All three men need to come home.
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Thank you to Daniel at freeallthree.com for the information quote and linked to this post.

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My times are in your hands.
 
Psalm 31:15

 

What is it that you want the most right now?  When you want something so much it makes your heart ache, it is hard to be patient and trust God with the timing.  It is even harder to surrender it completely into God’s hands. 

More than anything, Jesus’ disciples wanted Him to “restore the kingdom to Israel”  (Acts 1:6).  Israel, at this time, had been conquered by the Romans, and the Jewish people longed for freedom.  During the disciples’ last days together with Jesus, they thought that surely now, after they had waited so long, Jesus would finally do what THEY wanted Him to do.  They thought the timing was perfect for Him to be King. 

Jesus told them, “You do not get to know the time.  Timing is the Father’s business.  What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit.  And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be my witnesses … to the ends of the world” (Acts 1:7-8 The Message). 

Jesus was essentially saying, “You do not need to be worried about when you will receive what you want.  You need to be concerned about what I need you to do.”  It was not that He did not care about the disciples’ desires; He wanted them to change their focus.  Likewise, we are Jesus’ disciples today, and He has plans and goals for each one of us.  He wants us to trust He will fulfill His plans for our lives HIS time.

My friend Dianne asked me, “What are God’s goals for you for 2010?”  I would like to ask you the same question.  Please pray about this and take time to listen for God’s answers. 

“Wait for God’s timing ….”  Oswald Chambers

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You will be like a well-watered garden,
Like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:11
 
 
“Soul growth begins when we actively embrace ourselves, even in seeming failure.  It took a while, just as a new plant takes a while to become itself, but living generatively, cultivating my soul soil … became the call of God to me.”  Luci Shaw, Water My Soul    
 
The Lord will guide you always;
He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land ….
You will be like a well-watered garden,
Like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:11
 
 For Christine — who waited, watched, and now knows the answer is “Dallas”.  I miss you already.
 

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Look to the Lord
And His strength;
Seek His face always.
 Psalm 105:4
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My friend Angela has taught me a lot about not complaining and trusting God to provide for my needs.  I wrote about her story on May 6, 2009.  She responded with an inspiring note.  Here is a quote: 
 
“I have been learning to be a seeker of God’s face, (to know Him) and not a seeker of His hand (His provision).  When you are a seeker of God’s face His hand of provision is sure to come, in His perfect time and unexpected ways.  The waiting time is not always graceful for me, but I have learned that I cannot make things happen, no matter how earnestly I try…” Angela
 
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1000

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:
With the Lord a day is like a thousand years,
and a thousand years are like a day. 
2 Peter 3:8
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I have been thinking about the word “soon.”  It seems relative to one’s view of time.  Jesus said he would return soon (Revelation 22:12).  From our viewpoint, it has been two thousand years, but from God’s perspective, it has been “like” two days.  With God, “a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day” (2 Peter 3:8).  The Old Testament ends with a promise of an Elijah-type prophet (Malachi 4:5).  I imagine the Israelites thought he would arrive soon, but it was approximately 400 long years later when John the Baptist arrived.  For them, it seemed like an eternity, but for us, it is just a turn of a page in our Bible.  In the same way, it seems like a long time for us to wait for Jesus to return (and to wait for other things), but for God, it is a blink of an eye.
 
Thank you to Riverside Church for contributing to these thoughts.

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soon

Behold, I am coming soon. 

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Revelation 22:12

 

 

Come back soon, God.

You will always be with me.

Come back soon great mighty One,

So You can take me up to heaven.

Come back soon, God.

You are so powerful.

Oh, come back soon.

 

Aubrey Anne, 8 years old

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my sweet daughter

 

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His ears

I called out to My God…
He heard my voice;
my cry came to His ears.
2 Samuel 22:7
 
 
It is comforting to me to know that God hears me.   He usually does not answer as quickly as I want or send the answers I want, but it still encouraging to know that I have been heard.
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My children often ask me for things they do not need or for something they are going to get in the future.  My five-year-old son frequently asks for a new bike.  He is going to get a new bike, but not until his birthday.  In the same way, God knows what we need and when we need it.  It is a part of faith to trust Him and to wait. 

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