Five Minute Friday – Here

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Unloading the dishwasher thinking about things I really would prefer not to think about but then it turned into a conversation with God. Maybe more like a whining to God but it brought me to the point of saying, “I don’t have any more answers for anything.” Please take me over Lord completely.” Why do I not let myself surrender totally? I think I do each time I get those little revelations about things I’m grappling with and holding onto but why do I  go to that land of regret– can’t live there because it’s too hard to exist. That is when I want to say “I abide in you and you abide in me.” Being someone who wants EVERYONE to be happy I find myself languishing in their pain. Must be from growing up with an ill Mother. I always felt like her caretaker and it was my responsibility to make sure things ran smooth for her. I wasn’t important but I was needed. Funny way to think of yourself but not a real happy way to think of yourself.

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More Questions than Answers by Eleanor Shepherd – A Review

This book by Eleanor Shepherd is a good read for  those people in the church who have a desire to see others receive eternal life through the cross.  I have attended several churches who were always evangelical purposed and they each had different ways of reaching outside the church to those who might be in seeking mode.  I’ve seen the Roman Road and the ABC methods of presenting the gospel to others but Eleanor Shepherd recommends “accompaniment”–coming along side someone who might be searching for the truth–taking the time to build relationships with people allowing them to go at their own speed no matter how long it takes. As someone who once had to go to a minister’s house and present the gospel to them as if  they were someone on the street I found this book to be pretty interesting. Some  Christians want to say that they brought ‘X” amount of people to Christ as if they’re acquiring another notch on their gunbelt or they treat the lost  as projects not taking their questions into consideration but they try to make them believe what they believe instead of seeing them as a person seeking answers. We all have questions about God and it’s okay to have those questions.  There are some  we just can’t answer for others about faith. If we want others to see the authenticity of our transformation we must not be afraid to tell them that we cannot answer all their questions because there are some things we have no answer for.  They are a mystery and will never be known this side of heaven.  As the book says, if we knew everything it would not be “faith” would it?

More Questions than Answers  is loaded down with great information for people in Christian counseling, Bible teachers, Pastors, as well as laypeople. It is presented in three parts. The first is about the listening process, the second is “Discovering and Sharing faith, and the third is called  “The Source”, which shows us the importance of humility in our accompaniment as well as tolerance in this day and time when sin is not as easily understood by the young. They have   their own right and wrong. We can be perceived perhaps as judgmental sometimes when we don’t agree with others way of life.

There is so much information in this book that it could have been two books. It’s really hard to condense it into a few paragraphs. If you have a compassion for the lost as we all should there are many good points in this book to help you walk along side others in their search for a true relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and both parties will be blessed.

Eleanor Shepherd spent thirty years in ministry after ordination as an officer of The Salvation Army.  Along with her engagement in pastoral ministry and administration, she contributed over 85 articles, mainly to Salvation Army publications. These were distributed in a variety of periodicals in Canada, the USA, France, Germany and New Zealand.

Her degree in Psychology equipped her for learning the listening skills that she uses in spiritual accompaniment relationships. A venue where she has been able to apply them is in the leadership of College and Careers Bile study groups. She undertook this leadership in Montreal and Toronto along with Glen, her husband of forty years, who was also a Salvation Army officer. One of these experiences led to the conversion of a young Moslem and Eleanor published his story in Power for Living, the Scripture Press adult take home paper. Their College and Careers group field-tested the Bible study book created by the Shepherds, Why Families?

Prayer has played an important part in Eleanor’s life. For fifteen years, she has been a
member of the Intercessors, an international prayer ministry begun by Catherine Marshall. She has
done workshops and seminars on prayer and created a personal prayer support network for the
ministry of her husband and herself.

This network proved particularly valuable to the Shepherds when their 30-year-old son, John broke his neck in a car accident six years ago and became a quadriplegic. John was a student at Harvard Business School at the time and the Shepherds were serving with The Salvation Army in France.

Prayer and writing are intertwined for Eleanor in that she is a member of the prayer support
team of The Word Guild, a professional writers’ association to which she belongs. In addition,
she was for many years a prayer partner for Lin Johnson, the organizer of The Write-to-Publish
conference in Wheaton.

As well as writing, Eleanor along with her husband has spoken at many conferences,
particularly for clergy in Canada, the USA, France, Belgium, Switzerland, South Africa, Haiti and

Eleanor Shepherd     

Eleanor Shepherd’s book: More Questions than Answers

SBN 13: 978-1-60899-361-1
Pages: 184
Binding: Paperback

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YOU ARE ENOUGH FOR ME – Five Minute Friday

I was visiting some of my sister’s blogs today looking for encouragement which there is so much from so many wonderful Godly women available and I found the Five-minute Friday blog hop which asks you to link five minutes of free thought writing with no fore thought or going back. I thought I would try participating today so here we go:

Without you Lord I would not even be able to think about writing. In my weakness you are strong. I am so tired of telling people where it hurts and I am tired of hurting. I am tired of being a half a person. Nothing of the strength I once had is left. Exhausted muscles that won’t respond and a spine that I depended on so much has defied me.  Yes I am an introvert but I need to have my spirit nourished and I need to corporately worship. That is what I strive for and that is what I hope for. Christ in me, the hope of glory. Yes, I trust you Lord and you are my sufficiency and I appreciate the revelations that you have given me throughout these last very long eight years of constant pain which makes it so hard to comprehend on some days but that is when the Holy Spirit refreshes me and encourages me as I write. I ask you Lord for your mercy and grace and help to lengthen this writing time with you as my guide. Help me to show your heart to those who need you and are needing encouragement. I lift my eyes to the hills from whence my help comes.

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His Commandments in Sapphire?

This morning I was taken to a telling in the Old Testament right before Moses received the Ten Commandments. It takes place in Exodus 24 and for some reason I don’t think I ever took this part of Scripture into my spirit as I did today.

Exodus 24:1-2  NLT

Then the Lord instructed Moses: “Come up here to me, and bring along Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of Israel’s elders. All of you must worship from a distance. Only Moses is allowed to come near to the Lord. The others must not come near, and none of the other people are allowed to climb up the mountain with him.”

I don’t know if I have been blind til now but I have never seen this passage about the 70 elders going up.  Where have I been? The thought of Moses telling the elders something like, “And yes, as I was talking to God today he said to bring you up for worship as long as you don’t get too close.”  I wonder what they said to one another. They were probably fearful and maybe they might have asked, “Will the cloud be removed?

As we go on let’s look at verses nine through 11 of Exodus 24.

9 Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up the mountain10 and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was a surface that looked as if it were paved with blue sapphire stones, and it was as clear as the sky!11 These leaders of the Israelites saw God, but God did not destroy them. Then they ate and drank together.

These three verses are full of nuggets. Verse 9 says, “They saw God.”  What?  It doesn’t say Moses saw God and described Him to them or told them to run or anything–it says they saw GOD.  At this point I would really like some more info–how about you?  I want to know “more” God!  Verse 10 says that under God’s feet it looked like what was  blue sapphire stone or some translations say “a blue sapphire pavement”. Can you imagine looking at God standing on a throne of blue sapphire? After that we are told that these men “saw” God and he did not destroy them.  I bet they had wondered why God had really brought them up there but as Abraham was faithful to present his son Isaac as God had asked him, these men were obedient to their God and to their leader, Moses.  Many things are missed out on because of occasional disobedience.  What if these elders had not believed Moses and refused to go? What they would have missed. Well back to the story. After they see God and he doesn’t exterminate them the Word says ‘they ate and drank together.” Perhaps they had a picnic. They were there to worship God as the invitation relayed. Would we have heard singing and praying echoing from that “up” area. Did God join them in this fellowship? These are the things of the Bible that I love to ponder.

The last thing I received from these verses is that the Lord was standing on his throne which was sapphire stone. Can you imagine the ten commandments being written on this stone? I’m not going to get into the breaking of and redoing of the commandments. I am trying to give an image of blue sapphire stone reflecting with God’s commandments. They didn’t look like that when they were displayed in my elementary school above the water fountain (but I still read them everyday) But wouldn’t it be wonderful to see them that way? Jewish teachings say they could be turned over and the words were not backwards so they weren’t a reflection.   What I am trying to do today is just to extol this word so that you may also through the Holy Spirit receive something from God’s word in your place and time. Thank you for reading and may we praise Him at all times.

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The Christian Olympics

The Christian Olympics

Run in such a way that you may win. 1 Cor 9:24

How would you like to be greeted by your own Olympic coach every morning while you are having your morning beverage either at home or out and about with your mobile device?  If you’ve felt tired, down,  or spiritually weak as we all do from time to time I urge you to just try “The Christian Olympics” social experience.  I was fortunate to participate in this last week and I truly was inspired to make some changes for the better in my daily living.

As the title suggests this is a “faith based“interactive app which uses Mindbloom and Facebook in conjunction on a daily basis to encourage you and your friends in NUTRITION, RELATIONSHIPS, and FAITH. Using Mindbloom, Facebook,  and Coach Liz’s instructions you will be nourishing your “Tree of Life” each day and you will also have the opportunity “friend” others. By “friending” in the app  you can assist, encourage, inspire, and even share music with one another. (“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes  4:12)

This is a “special event” that is free and you can even ask your  family to come alongside of you  in the twelve events which take place over twelve days. Don’t worry, you will not be throwing a shotput or jumping off a cliff into cold water as you will be seeing in the real Olympics; but you will tackle overall wellness and at the same time receive friendship, inspiration, and encouragement which we need as Christians to “run this race”.

As mentioned before it is free and I hear there will be prizes.   So I challenge you to go the Christian Olympic’s Facebook page  where you can view all the details along with a video to get you ready for training in The Christian Olympics special event.  In faith I believe you will  be encouraged and you will also encourage others so don’t wait as this special event begins very soon.

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Know God, Become Like Christ, Listen to the Spirit

Wow, this title is a mouthful isn’t it?  It even kind of overwhelmed me when I typed it but as I have been debating with myself about some things I have read and heard lately I asked myself, “What is my goal at this point in my life?”  I had all kinds of goals many years ago when I was young and many I did not achieve–some I did. Some of those goals were selfish goals and some were unselfish. I know we are not to dwell on the former things because they can’t be changed now (Is 43:18-19) and dwelling on anything usually seems to keep me from achieving anything. Dwelling is not  a bad thing–the question is do we ever get past just the dwelling part? As I typed this I was prompted to look at some definitions for dwell. The one that jumped out to me was this:

dwell—time spent in the same position , area, stage of a process, etc.: .

Now I definitely see why I don’t always get to the achievement part.  I spend too much time on the dwelling of it whatever it may be. Don’t get me wrong–I think there is wisdom in dwelling sometimes before making a hasty decision but I see at this point that I can “stay there too long.”  The only thing that I need to use to determine that my dwelling is over and I can move forward or away from whatever it is I’m dwelling on is to know God, become like Christ, and listen to the Spirit. Then I will know who is leading me, if it is Christlike, and does it agree with His spirit within me.

This is going to be a short post today because I didn’t want to dwell on it for too long. I know, that is not very funny but the further I get in my journey with God I’m finding that I must simplify things more. Yes, I love to read profound articles espousing the deepness of the Word of God, because the Word is deep but for the decision I may have to make in the next few hours or the goal “I think I should achieve” I need to ask myself 1)do I know God–is it pleasing to Him? Is it helping me to achieve more Christlikeness–will I remain humble? Am I listening to the Holy Spirit who speaks Truth and is that “still small voice” within that gives us comfort and confirmation speaking to me that I can act upon my “dwellings”.

I am not trying to get deep with this but if you are a “dweller” as I am you may be seeking some explanation as to why you are still dwelling on that one thing you feel you are supposed to be doing but can’t seem to get past the dwelling upon it. I believe if we remind ourselves of these three things and as Mary did, “ponder them or dwell on them in our hearts”, (Luke 2:19)  where Hresides;  we might just get to where He is leading us.

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Praying for Unfailing Strength

Strength is something that I battle physically every day and it affects many parts of my life. I have found that when my physical strength is low it will affect my spiritual strength if I allow it to. You may ask, “What do you mean by spiritual strength?”  To me my spiritual strength is being able to pray against whatever may come my way on that day in the name of Jesus relying on Him and Him only. Am I going to give in to the physical pain and fatigue or will I say to myself, “In my weakness He is strong” or to make it more intimate I say, “In my weakness You are strong Lord.”  This is what I call my free-thought prayers. Instead of dwelling on what I know to be coming from the enemy of my soul I strive to immediately fill that time (that free thought) with a quick cry out/prayer to the Lord. He  is an everpresent help in time of need is He not? As I age a little more each year it seems those times of need are increasing but His  grace is sufficient is it not? I still have a lot to learn about operating in a weakened state and it has been very hard because I always was a person who could go, go, go but many times it was going in my own strength even when I thought it was in His strength. I had no clear concept of His sufficiency back then but I now  have an amplified concept of His sufficiency and have been very humbled by it.  And as I think about this humbling now I have been reminded of Paul’s  words in   2  Cor 12 which you will see below:

 “Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh,   a messenger of Satan,   to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace   is sufficient for you, for my power   is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight   in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships,   in persecutions,   in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.   2 Cor 12:8-10

I don’t know that I’ve come as far as Paul (or ever will) as far as boasting in my weakness but I truly want Christ’s power resting on me so I will persevere in His word and praying His word in hopes of humbly boasting in my weakness. If you are struggling with weakness in any area of strength or needing guidance I hope you will read the prayer below from the website Prayers for Special Help:

For Unfailing Strength

Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow;  the same  everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow  and every day.  Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give  you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then.  Put aside all  anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually:  “The Lord is  my strength and my shield.   My heart has trusted in Him and I am helped.   He is not only with me but in me, and I in Him.”


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I Need Divine Intervention!

Usually by the end of the year I kind of have a feeling about what may be transpiring in the next year. This year I did not. It is in the second week of the year and I am just now seeing some of it. I had determined that I was going to commune with God much more this year because I know I am weak right now in my relationship with Him and I did that by turning off the TV more and listening to more Praise and Worship music, which stirs my spirit, and beginning a new online Bible class. I sure have missed that.

The last several years I have allowed myself to get mired down in the pit again because of frustrations with my health and relationships. Have you ever said, “God, I thought I would be so much further by now. Why do I keep falling in the same pits? What am I doing wrong?” But when I look back I don’t remember hearing an answer either from myself or God. God “can” get quiet at times but don’t doubt that He is always at work. Many of us have situations that we have been praying about for many years and it seemed at times things were going to change for the better but then we find ourself right back at the same point dealing with the same thing again. How many times do we have to go around the mountain. 

As I cried out to God for answers to a certain situation this AM I said, “God, I need divine intervention in this–please help.”  After sitting down quietly and making a clear decision about my circumstances I heard in my spirit these words, “Your decision is divine intervention.” Wow!  As I thought about it I could see how it could be true Through reading His word and recalling what He has shown us and communing with Him more He will show us how to make decisions that are from Him and not us. Of course the decisions have to be lived in our lives from that day and I pray that I will have the strength I need to carry out His desires but He did say He would never leave us nor forsake us didn’t He?

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When You Truly Understand Who ” He” Is

A few months ago I locked my blog to private because I had no desire to write. I wondered if the blog had served its purpose and it was time to move on; however in the last few weeks or so I have been receiving revelation and enlightenment about this Christian journey that is hard to express. All I can say is that when you truly understand who He is  life can become uncomfortable but a good uncomfortable. He does not condemn us–He loves us too much to do that. There is so much He wants us to  gather from life through His eyes. So I will begin anew on this Road  Back”.and attempt to share my Road with those who may end up here by someway or other. Have a good 2012.

Passage John 1:14:

14And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.  (Amplified)))) 










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Completely Whole – Paulette Harper (A Book Review)

Whether we want to admit it or not we are all searching for more meaning and purpose in our spiritual life. We may be tired of disappointment and defeat. Sometimes when a person first becomes a Christian they’re told that everything will now change for them. That is true but without inner examination (God looks upon the heart) they may spend the rest of their Christian life wondering why they still can’t seem to overcome the hurdles in their life. Are they still hearing those negative hurtful words spoken to them on a regular basis by adults in their childhood or by their wife or husband in that failed marriage? Have they been able to forgive them? Did their business venture fail and they fear trying again? Are they stuck in the past? Do they have problems in relationships? Ms. Harper’s book will show why we are still struggling and how we can begin to move on to complete  wholeness which is intended and sealed by our salvation. On page 37 Ms. Harper says this,

“Our minds must be washed in the Word, and our hearts renewed. Approaching the “new” requires you to be clean upon entering.You cannot enter that which is unfamiliar to you with the same mindset and attitude.” In otherwords if we are still holding grudges or reacting to things the old way it is most likely we will stay stuck.

This book is chock full of wisdom and truth. One review I read said it is an easy and quick read but for me it was exactly the opposite because of the wisdom that I wanted to chew on before moving ahead. This is a book that is great for new Christians and seasoned Christians alike. We are all in the process together but the quicker we admit to ourselves and God what areas we struggle in and eagerly grasp these truths and wisdom we will become enlightened to the steps we need to take towards our complete wholeness.

Some may call this a self help book but it is much more than that. There are millions of self help books out there and some can dupe us. They are  what I call “feel good” books but many contain untruths. This book is solidly backed by Biblical scripture and can be used as a great self-study/self-examination. As we immerse ourselves in these truths change will become complete wholeness in Christ and purpose will result.


A sought after speaker, certified life coach, minister and author. As inspirational and motivational speaker, Paulette’s desire is to motivate women to reach their God given potential through conferences, workshops and seminars. Combining enthusiasm with an energetic speaking style, audiences describe Paulette’s presentation as inspiriting, enriching and encouraging. She is committed to speaking a message that is always uplifting and edifying. As a writing coach, Paulette is the visionary behind “Write Now” (releasing the word in you) literary workshops designed to coach aspiring writers in the areas of creativity, development and publication of Christian books. God has given her a desire for writers especially those who want to write for the Lord.  Through these workshops it is her aspiration to provide information that will help aspiring writers dream come to reality, by providing tools, resources and opportunities to help them succeed. Paulette Harper Johnson serves in ministry with her husband Sr. Pastor Tony E. Johnson at Word of Faith Worship Center in Bradenton,Ministry location:

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