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How Faithful Is Our Lord God!

Posted by cindyhfrench 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 cindyhfrench 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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I WOKE UP TO ROMANS 8:35-39

Posted by cindyhfrench on 04/22/2012

Is that a confusing title? Let me explain. Last Sunday, very early the Lord woke me to pray for certain people that were out of a mission trip. I had promised them that I would pray for them while they were gone and  had been praying for them. But I have learned that when God asks me to do something like this, it is important. That something is going on that I don’t know about, but He does. So I asked Him to speak to me and tell me how to pray and then I opened my Bible to Romans 8:35-39.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered”  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors though him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything in all creation be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

So how did that scripture passage relate to that missionary project and the people there? I don’t know yet. But I am sure that I will hear some great stories and whatever was going on at that very time as well. Then I began to think of that passage in regards to me and my relationship with Jesus and what do I let get in the way of experiencing absolute trust and peace all the time,every time. As the day wore on, it turned out that I really needed that scripture for me-because I had caught a bug later identified as C difficele. This is a particularly nasty little bug. There is the requisite coming out of both ends (sorry I couldn’t think of a nicer way to put it), but I also had a high fever  and my lower abdomen was in agony. We had to wait an hour and a half to get back to a bed in the ER–by then I had thrown up several times in the  basin they had given me. I no longer cared nor was embarrassed when I had to get out of the chair and just lay down on the floor. BUT once I got back to a room you would have thought that I was in a different hospital.  They were kindness and gentleness personified. And when they decided to keep me,I thought, here we go again-and I just can’t do it, Lord. Even with the drugs, I was in such pain, I couldn’t sleep. This hospital doesn’t give demerol, the only IV pain med I can take! And with the severe nausea-yes still had that too–I didn’t see how I would keep a pill down. But the Lord gave me the kindest, most caring nurses. The main nurse for me suggested she give me some compazine (hope I spelled that right) give it a few minutes in my system and then try to get the pill down. Then she came back 30 min later w/some IV adavan and finally I was able to sleep.

The next day were more blood cultures and other kinds of cultures and suddenly my nurse came in with one of those yellow  isolation gowns and handed me a bunch of printed material to read. She said I had tested positive for this C Diff and that it is highly contagious and from now on I was in isolation. Everyone coming into my room including family had to “dress-up”. When she left, I just put my head down and wept. What I had read about the bacteria was pretty bad-it comes back after you get it into “remission”. And the things that it can do to your colon-more serious-like-kill me.

So here is where that scripture passage comes in. I couldn’t comfort myself.  I couldn’t even reach out at that point. So my dear Holy Father sent in one of His angels in the form of my tech. I had had her the first night too. And every time she did anything  and I said thank you-she would reply it is my pleasure. So here she comes in, and seeing the tears she says I know exactly how you feel! I think I have heard that phrase just a few times! The Lord was turning my ministry back on me because He knew exactly what I needed and He wasn’t going to let anything separate us including my newest sickness or despair. My little tech proceeded to tell me that the first time she had it-she was in the hospital 12 days! and the 2nd time only 5 Praise God! and by the way, I have Crohn’s disease. And Ms Cindy, you are so lucky that they caught this  as early as they did, You really could be a whole lot sicker!

So of course she was my blessing that night. She helped me immensely just by saying I know exactly how you feel.   I told her that and then told her a little bit about my ministry and then I told her about II Cor 1:4 which is one of my life verses. I told her I would share it with her-she was and is so special. Thank goodness my Lord doesn’t let me wallow in self-pity very long–He had shored me up with scripture that I needed now that very morning. Because of my immunity issue, when I spike a fever over 101, I have to go to the ER or a Doc if I can see one. Were it not for that, I might still be writhing around in the bed only I’d have some extreme complications with my colon. So a silver lining there! Even as I was being sick, I was praying in my spirit for healing and repeating the scriptures like “by His stripes we are healed”. That was my concentration, but just as the Lord promised to be there every minute with me, He gently reminded me of the words He had given me. It was important to Him for me to call on Him like I did and to believe that nothing-not one single thing could ever separate me from His love and care. Because as anyone can see, I am not strong. I ask why. Sometimes I am still rebellious in my thoughts–pray on that for me, please. That’s not who I want to be–to be simply a sweet fragrance to Him by my actions, thoughts and deeds.

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