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Archive for October, 2013

REBOOTED and REFRESHED!!!

Posted by cindyhfrench on 10/28/2013

I hope my techie friends like my title! But truly I feel like God gave it to me yesterday when He began speaking to me about coming back to the blog and about what I would be writing. He said first an apology was in order: and it definitely is! I never have the right to use this blog to spout off about my own feelings or political agenda especially when those feelings expressed in the way in which they were, would never have been expressed by Jesus Himself! So I definitely apologize!

Next, He told me about some of what we are going to be talking about-first-my absolutely fabulous weekend with my dear sister from Florida who flew in so that we could go to Women of Faith this weekend. Now if you have been reading me for more than a year, you know all about WOF, but for those of you who do not know, please let me tell you that if you are female, you should stop reading this right now and go online to WomenofFaith.org. Look and see if any of the dates left in the year are near a city near you. If so, I would tell you that you should let nothing stop you from going with every female you can tell/talk into going with you. And even if you go by yourself, you will make friends! You will be astonished and astounded, laugh till you can’t anymore, cry like a baby, sing with your whole heart and that’s just the first night!!! Then you go the whole next day, Saturday. It is something I look forward to all year. My sister and I have been going about 10 years-maybe more-we are not exactly sure. All we know is that nothing we are doing in our lives keeps us from going together to a conference. Can you tell we highly recommend this? So if you haven’t gone to one and can, please, please for your own very special good–I promise you this conference is made for us females in a way that no other conference has satisfied–for me, anyway.

So let me tell you first what was the most  important thing I heard over and over all weekend?  Our God is just absolutely  in love with us, His people!! He is NOT Like the Principal or Headmaster spanking you or punishing you or handing out demerits! That’s not Who God is! He is our loving, most generous, heavenly Father Who wants to do good and wonderful things for His Children. Yes, I am hearing those of you who don’t have a good father image in your background and so say, ” I don’t trust that image.”  My earthly father or stepfather beat, abused, abandoned, sexually abused, didn’t provide for, was a drunk, was a hypocrite, emotionally distant, didn’t love me enough or at all, whatever else that person did who hurt you. I am here to tell you that God is more than enough of a FATHER in every way to take the risk with Him that He is Who He says He is. 

Luke 1:37 clearly proclaims ” God can do anything!”

This was the theme of our conference and I have to admit, we saw and heard it in every story. We heard about it when so many people were raising their hands, asking for prayer for giving their lives to Christ for the first time. And then as I watched in the last presentation of music and video as my Christ Jesus was crucified, I thought, is there anything in my life more important than Him? Nothing can be! Because of what He did for me I must, absolutely must do as He directs, whatever it is. And so my title…

I can tell you that I don’t know exactly where and what God will do with us this year, now. We are praying for the correct where, why, what and how. But of this one thing I am sure. Wherever, however, the Whoever doing the leading will not be in doubt. Sometimes, rebooting and refreshing is good!

May I thank everyone for praying for my back? It is better. I had a series of injections, including trigger point all down my leg because the part of my  back that is messed up connects with my sacroiliact joint which  is on the lower side of the spine. The muscle and ligaments in the region are exceptionally prone to injury. And the doc thinks mine were injured along with my back just being sprained when I was tipped over backwards during a security pat-down at the Chicago airport. So this last procedure on Tues, the 22nd was terribly important as they really don’t want to give me anymore injections. This is the best I have felt for as long as I have. Tomorrow I start physical therapy. That too is the Father’s provision for me. For some reason, my policy does not require a co-pay for PT! so even if I have to go 3 times a week to start, I can! I certainly could not have paid $120/week! Our Lord does go  before us and prepare things for us even before we know we have need of them! How very thankful I am, I was when I was told! How quickly I remembered from my  Bible study lesson in Matthew 7: 9-11  “Which of  you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him?”

Anyway, the Lord was listening to me last week and answered a great need! I am so grateful! This carried over to my business as well! and then to be so incredibly blessed by Him at the conference and wait till I come back to you again with what I am learning from Matthew!!

G’night

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Why Study the WORD?

Posted by cindyhfrench on 10/07/2013

Sometimes I am asked why in the world I believe that the Bible is the Holy Word of God. Why in the world I study it. Before I tell you of my personal experience with it, let me give you the facts of it. The Bible was written by 40 different authors, most of whom didn’t know one another, over the course of 1500 years. It was written in 3 different languages, but with one continuous story through out those 66 “books”, written by men, but inspired by God. This Holy Book is prophetically accurate. There are over 300 prophecies alone about Jesus Christ. Many of which were fulfilled on the day of his birth. The odds of just 8 of those prophecies being fulfilled would be 1 to the 17th power!! That is astronomical!! The Bible is God’s love letter to us. It is present; it can be known; He reveals Himself on the pages. You want to know what God is like? Then just look at Jesus. He said, “if you have seen me, you have seen the Father. If you have heard me, you have heard the Father.” What about science and the Bible? If you read the news or listen to the news, you know that science is constantly changing. However the Bible is not. These days, there are more elements, less planets, but God’s Word never changes. Ephesians 1:4 says  For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.  That goes right along side of Genesis 1:26, 27 Then God said, ” Let us make man in Our image, in Our likeness”…So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them. The Bible tells me I was not randomly created. I was deliberately, divinely designed, as all people are! We are not descended from monkeys! And to this day scrolls are still being discovered that are hundreds, sometimes thousands of years old, but every word, every jot and tittle is the same as our Holy Bible today. God Protects His Word throughout the Ages. Coming to study the Word of God myself was not an automatic thing on my part. I did study for my Bible classes at church or for those I taught, but to study because I just wanted to know for myself wasn’t the reason. My mother was always after me to read the Word and I would tell her I liked to study it, but I needed the “down time of fiction” too. But in 1993 as I was going through the last bit of reconstruction surgery from my breast cancer, I had an asthma attack under anesthesia and woke up with a tube in my throat in a hospital room instead of in the clinic where I had been. During this time, I had a ‘dream’. I was standing before God and he asked me how I had spent my life. Not well I had answered. And then he had asked me if I knew any of the people gathered around the throne. I didn’t know a lot of them, but some I did, because I had read my Bible stories as a child. I was ashamed and I asked for a 2nd chance. That I would study and read His Word, that I would make Him proud of me His daughter-because that’s what I became when I was born into His family when I accepted His Son as my Savior when I was 20 years old. So that is when I began my own personal Bible study. I have completed many different kinds and they are all great studies. Precept Studies-Kay Arthur, Beth MooreQuarterly Women’s Studies at Church, but for me, the best fit has been Bible Study Fellowship International. I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you have any interest in a Bible study that will teach you how to study, this is a good one. You can go as deep as you want or not, depending on the time you have available. So now you know why I study because I promised but also because I asked that the Lord would put a hunger for His Word in me and He has indeed! He answers all of my questions, gives me directions in everything I do. I have only to ask. This year as I said before, we are studying the gospel of Matthew. He wrote this specifically to the Jewish nation. He wrote to prove that Jesus Christ was just exactly who he said he was. Matthew was originally called Levi, the tax collector. All tax collectors had a form of shorthand! I didn’t know that, did you? That means that what Matthew wrote was pretty much word for word what Jesus said! Jesus quoted over 60 times from the Old Testament and so Matthew as the first gospel is a good bridge into the New Testament if you are reading it for the first time. Matthew had come to know that Jesus was the answer to all of his questions. He presents Jesus as an invitation to come to Him to find the answers to your questions. I know that God shaped a vacuum in every person that can’t be filled by anything that we pursue, but only by the Holy Spirit that comes inside with our acceptance of His Son. So I invite you to open up Matthew the first chapter. Read that genealogy! No one can now come and say “I am the Christ the Son of David and here is my lineage”. Do you know why? All of the records that proved that Jesus was exactly who he said he was, were destroyed when the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD. That is essential as are so many other specific prophesies. There are so many books out there that speak to this. One of the best is Josh McDowell’s “Evidence That Demands a Verdict”. Another prophecy is that Jesus would be born of a virgin. A lot of people don’t think that is so very important. But it is! If he is not truly the Son of God, then all I believe is for naught. There is a great book “The Chemistry of the Blood by Dr DeHahn that is fascinating and you will never doubt again after you read it.  I think that is enough for tonight.  Please keep praying for my back. I hope to be able to have an MRI this week.

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