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What happens in heaven when we pray?

This is one of the nicest e-mails I have seen and is so true: I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, ‘ This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.

I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section. The angel then said to me, “This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them.” I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. “This is the Acknowledgment Section, my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed.” How is it that there is no work going on here? I asked.

“So sad,” the angel sighed. “After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments”

“How does one acknowledge God’s blessings? I asked…”Simple, the angel answered. Just say, “Thank you, Lord.
“What blessings should they acknowledge?” I asked. “If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy. ”

“And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.”

“If you woke up this morning with more health than illness…You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day.”

“If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation …You are ahead of 700 million people in the world.”

“If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world.”

“If your parents are still alive and still married …you are very rare.”
“If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm; you’re unique to all those in doubt and despair…….”

Ok, what now? How can I start?

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you care to, pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are

ATTN: Acknowledge Dept. “Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and
for giving me so many wonderful people with whom to share it.

If you have read this far, and are thankful for all that you have been blessed with, how can you not send it on???? I thank God for everything, especially all my family and friends.

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Posted by on December 4, 2010 in Life in General, Prayer

 

Unchanged

If you’ve read my blog over the past few years, you no doubt have seen posts that speak about Pastor John from my church. Today’s post on John’s blog included this powerful thought. I had to share it via my blog and Facebook!

“We cannot go through a life-crisis and come out the other side unchanged. The fire will consume or refine—devour or strengthen—but it will leave its mark upon us. Adversity doesn’t have to harm us, but it must alter us. And we alone choose whether this change will be for the better or the worse.”  (A quote from Pastor John Stumbo at Salem Alliance Church, Salem, OR)

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2010 in Church Life, Prayer

 

The 12 Daily Delights

This list was distributed in my shepherding group at church this week. We’ve been doing a study of Philippians, and this list just serves as a reminder of how we need to stay connected to God. It’s a great list!

  1. Read the Bible every day
  2. Tell God “I Love You” every day
  3. Set mind on Heaven every day
  4. Pick up my cross every day
  5. Examine my life and confess sin every day
  6. Pray for a list of lost people my name, every day
  7. Ask God to meet my needs every day
  8. Ask God to protect you from the evil one every day
  9. Ask God for strength every day
  10. Ask God for Wisdom every day
  11. Confidently declare faith statements every day
  12. Read my Bible every day
 
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Posted by on November 15, 2009 in Church Life, Prayer

 

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“Low Battery Warning”

imagesThis week at the fitness center, I was ready to start my workout on the treadmill, MP3 player loaded with new stuff (including this weekend’s rehearsal music for worship band), ready to roll! As soon as the player loaded, I got a warning: “Low Battery Warning”. I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to listen to music but got over it. I got thinking about the situation — this would make an excellent post on my blog, which hadn’t been updated for a while! Woo Hoo! My mind went into high gear as I worked on the treadmill!

We get a “low battery warning” at times, and need our spiritual battery recharged. I’m sure many of us get this warning. Maybe we haven’t spent time in prayer, maybe we haven’t spent time in the word, maybe…maybe…maybe…I know for fact I get that “low battery warning” at times, life isn’t quite going the way it should! God is nudging me to get in the word!  Or to pray for someone He puts on my heart, or to……the list goes on! He’s sending me that “low battery warning” – renew thy self, Dale! Once I “plug in to God” and recharge spiritually, things work much better! Just like my MP3 player, once it was charged up, tada….there was music! Classical organ, jazz, contemporary Christian, hymns, and it goes on.

Once we recharge with God, surrender to Him, get in the word, worship, pray, serve, etc…we are energized, recharged, renewed, refreshed, revitalized! How great is that!

Romans 12:1-2 speaks about a renewal…”do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” WOW! All we need to do is plug into God and we’re recharged! Kinda awesome, isn’t it!

Now, go and get your “low battery” recharged people!

Be Blessed! Dale

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2009 in Church Life, Life in General, Prayer

 

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What Do You Do When Your MP3 Player Dies?

I was at the fitness center the other night, right after work and ready to spend a good hour on the treadmill. The songs were all loaded onto my MP3 player, but nothing would come up! It was dead, it needed to be charged up. Boy, what was I going to do!  There were some great songs that had been loaded.

It wasn’t but a few minutes when I thought, what a perfect time to spend time praying! I didn’t need to pray out loud – we don’t have to. Immediately names were laid on my heart that I should pray for. It was an incredible time, quietly speaking to God, sharing quietly from my heart the needs of friends, family, etc…I felt honored to pray for these people.

Your prayer time doesn’t have to be confined to one place, nor does it need to be confined to one particular time during the day. Many people find it helpful to them to have a specific time for prayer each day and that’s great! I do, but found this time at the fitness center a perfect time to just ask God to help, heal, wash over my friends. The requests went up to Him, the Almighty!

Be Blessed!

Dale

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2009 in Church Life, Life in General, Prayer

 

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