Tuesday, May 26, 2015

We love our Doggies...Rest In Peace Mia.

     




     Saying RIP is just not good enough when we lose a dearly loved pet.  One of our pets, a doggy name Mia, passed way today.  She was worse off than we thought, we thought she would get better. But it turned for the worse.  

    We were taking her to the vet today for the third time in two weeks. The Vet told us that she had a kidney infection. I believe her kidneys shut down. I came home today around 2:00 p.m. and we were going to take her to the vet together, but I found Mia in the living room.  She had passed away.  I buried Mia in the backyard behind the fence.

     She has gone to that place where the sun always shines.  I can see her running through the grassy fields with our Savior Jesus, with the wind whipping around her. She is free from all pain. We did not know how much she truly suffered but I know that we did all we could to give her comfort and love during her last days.  

      We had Mia for a little over two years. We got her at the animal shelter.  She had those puppy dog brown eyes, and her facial features enhanced her beautiful eyes.

    All our doggies have a special place in our hearts. When my wife is at work and I am in my study,  the animals always migrate around my computer chair.  Mia did that as well.  But she went a extra mile for me that very few people know about. When I would set at my desk she would wash my feet. I know that sounds weird, but its the truth. It was very humbling. IF you have ever had a dog to wash your feet you would know what I mean.  

     Mia was a very obedient and trusting soul.  I truly believe that we can all learn a lesson from Mia.  Just to come into that place where Jesus abides and to set at His feet. With no agenda...just to be with our Lord and Savior.

     We will never forget the way your brightened our lives with your loyalty and your faithfulness.




Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Sure Defense

  

     The devil is a destructive adversary that would like nothing better than to destroy our souls and our very life that we have. We cannot give up and let Him win. The scriptures reassure us of our surety and  the strong foundation that we have in God. We are soldiers who should fight to the very end of our life. 

    We have such high power from the darkness in the "name" of Jesus Christ.  His sacrificial death and resurrection tore through hell disarming satan and his minions who are intent on spreading evil works against us. His light illumines the night.  Furthermore He commissioned us with spiritual dominion over the devil using His mighty name.

     I know that there are many who do not believe in the spiritual realm. I am here to give you the message that it is very real.  How would I know is because I have experienced the depression and the oppression and that the tormentor brings firsthand. You cannot play with the devil and not get burned.

     We have been given the power to rebuke the devil in the name of Jesus.  Satan does not get any credit for the badge of authority that Jesus Christ Himself have given us. His is our sure defense and security, like all walled city on a hill. He surrounds us and protects us as we trust Him. He has made given us a permanent dwelling place of protection in the secret place in the shadow of his wings.  There we are protected, but we should not be passive but  we should nottake a defensive stance against the enemy of our souls.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Talking about Depression

     Sometimes when our faith is weak, we cannot see the road ahead of us, depression can take over.   Because of circumstances we have gone through beyond our control, we just have to trust God no matter what is around the corner.  The Father has richly blessed us with many special blessings. Here lately, as you the reader has noticed in my writings I have been in a dark place.  

     The point of this message post is to help you to understand depression and to trust God when you are weak, not knowing what's next. I believe as you trust God more and more then He is going to bring you into a greater dimension of hope and faith not only in God but in ministering to others.

     Things will get out of control from our grasp at certain times. Its all part of living and how we choose to deal with those things that seem out of control; from death, to money issues, and even relationship problems can spiral out of our reach and beyond our grasp.

     I will say this as well, depression is a killer, and is not of God. There are many people out there, even Christians who have gone through some sort of mental anguish in one form or another and have made it though when those things seem bleak .  Depression is a daily struggle for some of us to keep our heads above the water.  

     I believe we have to die to be resurrected. I am not at all talking about suicide. I am talking about dying to sin and sickness. In order words we need to die to depression and allow the resurrected life of Jesus Christ manifest within our hearts out into our lives that we live.  Our Savior took all our sin on our behalf, nailing it to the cross of Calvary. 

     Its okay to be sad, and its okay to grieve.  We "have" to be able to move on. If you can not shake or move away from sadness I would say you are suffering from depression. Its okay to remember situations or people in our past but not dwell on the past or even the future. Depression can rob your happiness and make you cold and numb to the world around you.  If you are suffering, I pray that you reach out not only in prayer but to get medical help.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

200 Posts At Gods Zone.

     On June 29, 2012 I started this blog, not knowing how it would turn out. Despite the twist and turns of life, writing on this blog has brought me into a place of great encouragement and contentment that I am doing what God would have me to do.  I cannot believe that I have wrote this much in almost 3 years.  I know that not all the posts are my writings - but a big part is.  It amazes me of some of the things that God puts on my heart to write here.   This will always be a place where God shows up and stirs my heart with His words.  I will never write that best seller that I once thought, but I will continue to write and glean from my own writings for years to come.  Even though I must rather be at home with the Lord Jesus, I find great solace and fulfillment through inspiration of God that He has put within my heart to reach out to those on the internet.
Grace be to you and thanks for taking the time to read this blog. Even though every few respond, I know that it reaches and ministers and will for years to come.

Marantha,
Richard

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Prayer

     My prayer is that you have a awesome Resurrection day.  May you experience the power of His Presence in a precious and tangible way.  May the gift of His love and life fill your heart and soul,  overflowing and touching those around you.  Thank you Father for granting us this time to reflect upon the sinless lamb of God, Jesus Christ.  He was crucified in our place.  He then died and God resurrected Him by the power of the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!  He is risen today and sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven that we may humbly accept His adoption as His very own sons and daughters.  If you don't know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, now is the time to come sincerely to Him.  Allow Him to come into your heart and soul and wash it as white as the freshly fallen snow.  He will be there for you in the darkest night and in the brightest day.  Take His hand for He will never lead you astray, I pray in Jesus name,  Amen.  

Monday, March 30, 2015

Once Again

 Fall upon us Holy Spirit of God
with a mighty force of the wind
like on that day at Pentecost
take us there again 

Light your fire once again 
in Spirit and in truth
by Your power and might
yield our hearts into your glory
pouring down 
into our hearts
never to be the same again

Let us go forth as calves from the stall
leaping and dancing before the throne of God
Let healing come forth to everyone and all
that make you Lord and King

Jesus, let your Kingdom come
your will be done
in this time and place 

Let us take your message
over the land and the seas,
Jesus Christ is our victory.


     

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Never let Go of the Hope...

     There is such a dynamic power in the hope of Christ that enables us to see beyond the scope of our own troubles.  Without it we are lost in the sea of darkness not able to experience the Spirit of light and peace in our lives.  I believe we can get so self absorbed in our own problems that it is difficult to see a way out.

     Without hope we feel stuck to what we see around us, oblivious to everything and everyone else that may help us see the light.   Those troubles can be anything from a sickness to a death and even a financial disaster.  We see no possible solution to our dilemma, so we give up. we become hopeless and depressed and despondent.

     Where do we get that hope then? I do know that once we get it we need to hold onto it tightly.  

     Several weeks ago I went through a very severe depression that nearly destroyed the life I do have.  I was ready to let it all go, turning my back on God's grace.  I felt I had nothing to live for.  But something deep within me compelled me to not give up. I had to decide to make up my mind to cling to Jesus even though the way was dim and dark. Through the prayers of many people plus a devoted praying wife who loved me regardless and didn't give up on me, I am finding my way back. I know God is going to give me a greater zeal to serve Him.

     Never let go of the hope that God placed within me or you. At times the way may be pitch black, yet God will bring me through those dark shadows. Just around the bend is all the things that bring light and peace to your life.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13