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How Faithful Is Our Lord God!

Posted by Cindy H French on 10/22/2015

This morning when I woke up I was honestly a little tired as I had an 18 hour day the day before. But the Lord said to me, “Get up! I want time with you this morning!” So hard as it was, I got up. How happy I am that I was obedient!

Today, the Lord took me to Proverbs 2: 1-7 in particular, but the whole chapter is good! Let me write out those seven verses for you. If you will receive My sayings and treasure them within your heart. Make your ear attentive to wisdom. Incline your heart to understanding: For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding: If you see her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasure; Then you will discern the fear of the Lord, and the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity.

What was amazing about this particular passage was that I have been praying for wisdom and discernment and knowledge. And here is the Lord reminding me, because all of these verses were underlined in my Bible from previous readings, that all I need to do is ask Him. I have hidden away His sayings in heart for many years now. Still, I am not always wise in my words. This is something I really desire. And so I have been praying and asking. First it was for the right family words and He even opened my eyes to Christian authors who write the best books on family relationships I have ever read. Today, though, He gave me the answers I had been seeking to a presentation I have to make with my partner in November. It is extremely important. I didn’t even know quite how to start, but my Lord did and laid it out. It was quite amazing. It will involve everyone that is attending, which is exactly how it will succeed. 

As I was sharing the scripture that I had gotten this morning with my husband and then my feeling the pressure of the presentation, to say what I know. He replied that in my little grey cells (brain) I have so much stuff stored there from 36 years of recruiting that he was confident, I would put it together. I have always been so fortunate to have him so supportive of me and what I do. He was so confident. Then later as I began to speak with my partner and this all came together (of course after I had read him the same passage!) all I could do with every idea was say, “thank you, Lord Jesus.”

So all of this is just more confirmation that He is going to continue to heal me. I am better today. My blood pressure was lower this morning than in a long time. I am starting to walk carefully, unassisted, for short distances! Really great after 22 days!

Cindy

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Following Up

Posted by Cindy H French on 08/16/2014

WOW! I sure got a lot of action with that last post! I know that Islam, Muslims, ISLA, are all hot topics today. Imagine my surprise when former FL Rep Allen West  came out today with his report of why Obama is an Islamist! God knew what I was going to write just as He Knew what Rep. West was going to write. Why are these things important? Because my God is also all-loving, most compassionate and full of mercy. He has prompted His people to write now as in times past to alert people about things that are happening (as well as going to happen). I do not claim to be a prophet–not at all. However, I do listen to what my Father says when He wants me to post something. I have said that often enough in most anything I have posted.  Last night after that post with the speech, I went right to bed.  As I lay there waiting for sleep to come,  I felt in my spirit, my Lord telling me that I needed to follow up with His Good News. 

Please stay with me as I go through this with you. It may be really important information for you–if not today, then someday.

Most of you will have already noticed that I talk about a personal God, (my and Father probably gave it away!) One thing you may not know is that my God, the God of the Universe, the Creator, the Father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Peter, Paul , John and so many others, is the only God of any kind to have a relationship with His followers? No other religion’s god does that. Another thing, my God has created a Holy Book, well, it’s actually 66 books, written by 40 different authors, most of whom didn’t know each other personally. They came from a variety of backgrounds: shepherds, fishermen, doctors, kings, prophets and others. It was written in 3 different languages (Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic) on 3 different continents, over a period of 1500 years. It has a common storyline throughout each book, of God and His love and forgiveness and mercy. There are no historical errors or contradictions. Anyone who has studied any kind of laws of averages, knows that unless God wrote those Books, through the authors, there would be no way that ordinary man could have accomplished that!

For me to continue now, using Holy Scriptures, you see why it was important that you understand where they came from. From the beginning, God has always had plan to rescue man. He has always known that none of us could ever be perfect enough to come into His heaven. That is why He sent His Son, prophesied from Genesis and continually through the Old Testament, even to His flogging and method of death, although it had not even been invented yet! Here is the first scripture, Genesis 3: 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he (the Messiah) will crush your head, and you will strike his heel. (crucifixion) Then,  I am going to skip over to Isaiah 53. Bear with me, there is a lot of important scripture here. Starting in verse 1 through 9: Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of my people he was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was their any deceit in his mouth.

If you have never read that passage before, that is Isaiah’s description of the Messiah’s trials, beatings and crucifixion. It even talks about the fact that Jesus never defended himself…hundreds of years before it happened. And yes, our Lord was assigned a grave with the wicked, but a rich man, a believer, gave him his tomb. I hope that this will make you want to read for yourself the accounts of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Savior of the world’s crucifixion. You can read about it in Matthew 26: 47- 27:60, Mark 14: 43-15:47, Luke 22:47-23:54 and John 18:1-19:42.

Thank our God and Father the story doesn’t end there! If you keep reading in each of those books, to the end of the chapters, you will read of the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ, who conquered death and rose to sit at the right hand of the Father.

So for those of you who have stuck with me so far, thank you, but the reward will be yours. Let me leave you with 3 more scriptures… some of my favorites. 

John 1:12  Yet to all who received him (Jesus), to those he gave the right to become the children of God.

John 14:6  Jesus answered and said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. 

Revelation 3:20  Here I am! (the Holy Spirit of God) I stand at the door (of your heart) and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and abide (stay forever) with him/her and he/her with me.

Very simply to become a child of the most high God, you have to accept His Son. There is no other way, no other religion. The way you do it, is ask Him to forgive you for going your own way-which is never His way! because we just aren’t perfect people! Then you simply ask Him to come into your heart and He will! He always keeps His promises! It sounds too simple doesn’t it? But Jesus said it was so simple a child could understand and do it and many do. I wasn’t one of those. I had to go my own way for many years, but I am so glad that I made the decision to ask Him into my heart on June 20, 1971. I have been anything but a perfect woman since,  but God has never let me go and keeps me closer than ever now. It has been a growing process of getting to know Him, getting to know His Word. If I studied all day, everyday of every year, I still would not be able to know and understand all that is there, but that’s certainly the challenge of it! Learning and understanding.

I hope that you have listened as God’s Spirit has spoken tonight.

In His Love,

Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Privilege This Week Psalm 100

Posted by Cindy H French on 07/04/2012

I had a great privilege a week ago today when I was asked by a colleague to pray specifically about a matter that was really serious and could have far-reaching complications. What was great though, was, first being asked, and secondly that the type of prayer was going to be first praise, then request-very specifically. And so we agreed and then as the week wore on watched and wondered and of course the Lord answered in a big way! ON FRIDAY!  Why is that? I always ask Him. Why does He like to do that? I am asked back, did you trust all week that I would answer? every minute of every day? and of course, I had to say, well there were a couple of stumbles out there Lord, but it all came together in the end. Yes, He said, it did!

And so as I sat in the same chair this morning recounting last week’s conversation and the answers that we had Friday and then extra bonuses all during today-it was wonderful to be so blessed!  Of course this is only a beginning lesson in trust. I learned that almost 2 years ago myself and I am still working on it! Because I don’t think we ever get there–we get better at it, but it doesn’t matter how spiritual you are, how much you read the Word; it is in the small, still dark times of the night that you wonder. I am thankful that those times are less and less…that I can see a growth of trust from where I was. But like He said, I have a ways to go.

Still, the Lord was so good to me this morning. I had a passage from yesterday’s Bible study I wanted to  study further, but He said that wasn’t for me this morning. I needed happy praise words and I turned the page and there they were.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.     Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. 

After yesterday’s reblog which so resounded in my heart and spirit  and is only God speaking directly vs what I have been saying the last few months —-I was surprised that the Lord would give me such happy praise  verses,  but I truly believe He was pleased and when He is, He shows it. So I will say thank you.

And I will ask for continued prayer for my ears which have not cleared up yet and now my eyes are inflamed, but that is my RA-and the dry eye syndrome I have. So $60 later for one tiny bottle of eye antibiotic drops, I have  had to yes say thank you Lord for this too. But please do pray that I can get into remission soon. This is the longest I have not been and it is not a nice, carefree, place to be. So I keep saying thank you(as in all things give thanks for this is the will of God concerning you), because everywhere I go, there are people to talk with while you’re waiting … we all do a lot of that. I seem to talk to a  lot of people checking out before or behind me. Just another opportunity I think.  Remember what is coming…

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BORN AGAIN JOHN 3:3,5-6

Posted by Cindy H French on 05/26/2012

English: Jesus and Nicodemus

English: Jesus and Nicodemus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The scripture, Jesus is speaking to Nicodemus, the rich, young ruler:  v3 “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. v5-6  I tell you the t ruth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is first born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”

Essentially, Jesus is saying there are two births. One of the flesh is the first birth, the human birth-born with sin nature. The second birth is of the Spirit . It happens when one accepts the Lord Jesus as Saviour and Lord and at that instant, the Holy Spirit comes into the spirit and heart of the person and makes that person wholly new (Col 3:10)

Born Again” is one of those descriptions used lately rather derisively. Recently I was asked if I attributed my attitude, my appearance,  my ability to seemingly come back over and over again,  to being “born again.” In this particular case, I don’t believe my questioner was being derisive, simply curious. He was one of my new doctors and he listened to me tell my story over the course of one hour in his office! It all started with the question-as it usually does. In fact my husband and I looked at each other as the question was being asked. He smiled at me because he knew exactly what was coming.

This is exactly the kind of opportunity that  comes my way every day in some way or the other. Now vs when I was younger in years and always running 100 miles/minute, I just seem to be more aware. Of course, the fact is my voice is controlled by the Lord since He gave it back to me in October ’06  and so He can speak anytime, anywhere with  His voice. He sends prepared hearts because He knows I will open my mouth to speak His words.

The one thing that I really emphasize to a new believer is how important it is to get into Bible Study. In our world today, there are too many distractions, requirements, and even those fiery darts that come out of nowhere that keep our attention to anything and everything that is not the study of the Word of God. I will admit that I have to fight for my time and carve it out. I have learned though that if I will spend that time in the morning, my day is so much better ordered! and my responses so much more Christ-like. Not  that any of it was bad, there is always  just a better way. That ‘s the way I want; the best way. It’s so easy to keep that conversation that was started early, going all through t he day. Then you know that everything you are doing is exactly what He wants you to be doing. And when you are that new creation? You now have spiritual eyes and ears, which means that you can read the Word, study the Word and understand it, because now it  is His love letter to you. And with those ears-open them to His voice. Don’t wait as late in life to even think to ask Him to speak to you, because He will. Remember He said “If you seek me, you will find me.”

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Back To The Tongue Ist Peter 4:11

Posted by Cindy H French on 05/01/2012

Cover of "What Jesus Would Say"

Cover of What Jesus Would Say

I have said that the Lord was really dealing with me on the subject of my speech. Sometimes others might wonder, Cindy how do you know? Well, the Lord confirms over and over by the scripture He gives me to ponder over in my study either in my formal Bible study or my daily devotional-sometimes both-a double whammy! Then I know it is important!

In my lesson, it is very obvious that one can only overcome a sin, a habit, by the power of the Holy Spirit. But once you have been made aware of the problem and you’ve asked for help, it is also incumbent upon you to invoke you own will and discipline because our Lord has given us a choice in all things, including being obedient in coming clean!

“If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.” I Peter 4:11

Grabs you, doesn’t it? Makes you not want to even open your mouth at all! Because can any one of us imagine speaking the very words of God? But we all do! Think about your witness everyday. Those that know that you are a believer-that hear what comes out of your mouth! Is it what Jesus would say? Do we always speak in gentleness and love and truth? and WHO am I to even ask this when I only speak with a voice by the grace of God!(yes I blogged about getting my voice back miraculously after 18 months of no voice after a stroke in 05) So you see why God my Father might be after me a little more than the average person?

I’ll go back even further, to Romans 14. Paul is giving the believers instructions in what to do, not to-even what to eat, not to eat-or drink as the case maybe. Actually he says that all food is clean, but that is our weaker brother would stumble because of something that they saw us do or say or eat or drink in our strength-then we are wrong in our actions because the kingdom of God is not a matter of behavior and speech but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

How great is our God! He brings something to our notice! Then He gives the power to overcome it! And continually supports that effort by sending  parts of His word our way along with prayer support until all is overcome. I love Him! I praise Him-He is not a Bully, but so gentle and loving and careful and compassionate, even as He cuts away that which is evil or diseased in me.

I have given Him permission to go into every room in my Spirit. Have you?

 

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The Tongue Problem and Other Things

Posted by Cindy H French on 04/26/2012

If you read James 3: 1-12 which is too long of a passage for me to print here, this is a section for practical living. The only problems are that while the tongue is small, its ability to do evil is almost unimaginable. The other problem is that without  God’s grace, you will never control your tongue! I went back and re-read the passage again to be sure I had that right. Think about it. The tongue has great power and potential for doing great things or causing catastrophes.  I can remember many a time, when that tongue of mine lashed out at someone or some incident that I was unhappy with. The things that come out of the mouth even today sometimes shock me–and I quickly have to ask forgiveness–of my Holy Father, of whoever is around that might have heard me–even the cloud of witnesses. I am so sorry.  Just like James 3:9 tells us: one minute we are praising God and the next minute we can turn around and curse a person.

You would think with my voice being healed by God that I would be immune to this. It is HIS voice after all-but my tongue and heart really control the voice–and God says that our hearts are desperately wicked. So this is my prayer-That my heart would be so full of Jesus ALL the time, that there would be no place for any wickedness or thought, so that this voice that He has given back to me is a voice that can ONLY give praises and have good reports to say about anyone or anything or any situation…because I realize that when I complain, when I do not trust, then,  I am really being disobedient.  His Word does say “in everything give thanks”  and that “we are to trust in the Lord with all our hearts, minds and souls”.

Perhaps this is a widespread problem-I don’t know. But I do know that this weighs heavily on my heart and I felt the need to share my need for prayer in this particular area of my life. If your tongue goes wild and crazy on you, let me know and we’ll pray together as Jesus told us, if two or more are gathered together in my Name, there I will be also.

And last, but not least, I actually went looking for a picture of a tongue sticking out for this post! You would not believe the pictures I saw, nor the articles accompanying them. I had no idea that “pictures of tongues sticking out” is the new marketing craze. And what they are conveying!  Surely this post is timely! What God gives me is never just for me, but for everyone I share with!

Blessings and I love you with the love of the Lord.

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