Archive for July, 2011

My Website Is Back!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Welcome, friends and new visitors to my website!  I wanted to write a short post tonight to let you know how happy I am to be back.  It had entirely escaped my mind that my website was due to be expired if I did not renew it by July 21st.  When I tried to get on my website July 22nd to post a new blog, I saw that it was no longer there.  What an awful feeling that was!  I hadn’t  realized how much I enjoyed blogging on my own website.

So I wanted to let you know that I am ready to start a new year of blogging.   I must say that it feels like coming home.  I hope that my articles continue to interest, inform and entertain you.  Except for love of God and family, there is nothing I like better than to write.

Best wishes and expect a new blog very soon!

Cheryl

It’s time for another post!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

          I was thinking a great deal lately about the power of prayer.  A while ago I wrote an article, based upon many Bible principles,  pertaining to prayer.   At that time no one in my family was seriously ill, and everything in my life was going reasonably well.

         Now my sister-in-law is struggling to survive after having had a massive heart attack.  She is a woman, whom I have always thought of as indomitable.  Of course, I know that none of us human beings are, but some people seem so incredibly strong that we think naively that nothing could really hurt them seriously.   Maybe, the rest of us can be affected by life’s negative forces, but not these people.  Somehow, they can get through anything.  But we learn eventually that no one can.

          And now, this is where prayer comes in.  God hears our prayers in the name of His Son, Jesus.  According to my study of the Bible, only the Supreme God hears our prayers, and we pray through Jesus since, as our Savior, he is our intermediary to the Father.  Our prayer is our instantaneous communication with God Himself. 

         It is such a beautiful and relaxing thing to pray.  When we experience fear and momentary hopelessness, that intimate communication, which prayer actually is, to our God can bring us peace and hope.  It can elevate our mood so that we can see possibilities that we didn’t know existed.   Philippians 4:6,7 tells us: 6)”Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God; 7)  and the peace of God that excels all thought will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.”  Yes, the peace that we experience after heart-felt prayer comes not from anything we do but from God. 

       When I feel afraid, I turn to another lovely Scripture from Isaiah 41:10.   “Do not be afraid, for I am with you.  Do not gaze about, for I am your God.  I will fortify you.  I will really help you.  I will really keep fast hold of you with my right hand of righteousness.”  Look also at Isaiah 41:13, which says:  “For I, Jehovah, your God, am grasping your right hand, the One saying to you, ‘Do not be afraid.  I myself will help you.'”

         My sister-in-law is eighty years old.  She will be eighty-one in just a couple of months.  Years ago, that might have been considered old, but now with so many capable centurions in our society, she is not really that old.  She has always been strong and the type of person who, not only takes care of others, but also of herself.  She has done just about everything that the doctors tell us about maintaining our good health.  The blockage that caused her heart attack was not detected through all the screenings that she has had.  Maybe, it developed very recently, and that’s why she never even knew that she had a cardiac problem.  Often, it is beyond even the brightest and most informed among us to know why certain things happen like this.  In the final analysis, no one except God really knows.

       I am hanging onto the hope that my dear relative will somehow survive and get well.  I try not to allow myself to think of anything else.  I leave everything in God’s hands, for that is all that we can do as human beings.  When the doctors have done their best, everything lies in God’s hands, and they are indubitably the strongest and the most capable.

         As I am writing this post, I am also praying.  I hope all of you who read this will say a prayer for her, too.  No one can underestimate the power of prayer.

        Until the next post,

Cheryl