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Saturday, July 22, 2017

YOUR LIFE, A FRAGRANCE

Gloria Phifer


Do you have a favorite fragrance? (Cologne, perfume or a body lotion?)
Do you have one fragrance you identify as your own?

2 Cor. 2:16 Our lives are a fragrance to others…either of life 

or death. (It reminds them of their immortality.)  In this world, 

when we have Christ in our lives, we exude the fragrance of Christ.

In what ways do you think this fragrance can be identified?

Does fruit have a fragrance?  Gal. 5:22.  The fruit of the Spirit.

Gal 5:25 what does it mean to live and walk in the Spirit?

What does it mean to sow to the Spirit? Gal. 6:8. What about

being led by the Spirit? Gal 5:18

Fragrance Identified:

In giving comfort …2 Cor. 1:3-5

Graciousness ...Proverbs 11:16

Kindness …Prov 11:17

Goodness... Prov 31:12

Prov 31:26 Speaking…wisdom and the law of kindness.

Eph 4:29-32

Light…Eph 5:8

Faith…1 John 5:45, Gal. 2:20, 2 Cor. 5:7 Gal 5:6 (faith works by love.)

Love…James 2:8, 1 John 4:7-8, 1 John 4:16

Mark 14:3-9 Pouring out our life as a fragrance for Christ.

Jesus’ Name is a fragrance…Song of Solomon 1:3.






Wednesday, July 19, 2017

TWO PATHWAYS

Gloria Phifer





     The Spirit watches my life, longing for me to be a child of God.  I am young, and the days, although sometimes lonely, are usually full of energy and young friends.

The days are getting darker, and the pathway rougher as I journey on the broad pathway to destruction.

He watches, with tender eyes and arms outstretched, wanting to shelter me from hurt and guide my steps. I am blind and and unaware of His presence. 

Once, in a circle of time, I sense a still small voice, "There is a better way, there is a narrow path that leads to life."

Pondering a moment over the words, I hurry on, busying myself to forget the words which might mean change.

He watches as the pathway steepens and grows even darker. I have to cling to the side and very often I stumble and fall.

People on the pathway are having their own problems, and have no time to help. They themselves often inflict pain on others as they push and shove their way to destruction.

The still small Voice is more intense now, and more often.
Everyday it seems that He woos and calls unto me, "Turn around, come and walk with Me. "your sins that are scarlet shall be white as snow."

I no longer ignore the Voice, but glance over my shoulder at the nail scarred Hands stretched toward me. 

I stop and turn, looking at The One Who offers me eternal life. 

Others are walking by, pushing and shoving, but I am unaware of them as I'm looking at The Savior. Such kind eyes...could it be that He really loves me?

"Come unto Me, I will in no wise cast you out!"

I put my arms out toward Him and as I do, my feet leave the ground of the rocky path of destruction.  As He lifts me up, I am conscious of a cleanness, a newness and a great peace and joy.

My feet are lowered onto a pathway, a smooth pathway. Looking ahead I see valleys and high mountaintops where the sun shines brilliantly.

At the end of the pathway I see something very beautiful in a halo of blue and gold. A city built four square with pearl gates and street of transparent gold.


"What are those beautful houses over there?" I ask my Savior.

"Mansions, My child. Be faithful to Me for I AM preparing one for you."

"Will it be a long journey?" I ask, looking into His kind face.

I feel His Hand close in on mine.

"Never let your heart grow weary My child, for I'll be with you all the way."

Looking back at the pathway of destruction, from where I am standing (in heavenly places with Christ Jesus), I see the end of that pathway. There is a great pit whose smoke rolls and fire bubbles like lava. Multitudes are pushing and shoving toward destruction.

"Lord, what of those people on the pathway of destruction? I have loved ones over there."

"As  watched you, I watch them," He answered. "I also call. If they will only listen, they will hear My Voice. I love them dearly.  These scars I bear paid for this narrow pathway and whoever heeds My Voice, I will pull out of the way of destruction to the way of life."

"At different times the two paths meet side by side. At those times you will have opportunity to persuade them to come over. Some will, but others will hurry on their way."

"Only pray and persuade and I will give you a harvest of souls for The New Jerusalem."


Saturday, July 15, 2017

COME AWAY TO GOD

Gloria Phifer




Come into the quiet place

Come into the Secret Place
.
Lay upon the water…Come away to God.


The oceans roar and wave
You are steady in My Hands

Come away Beloved…come into The Secret 

Place…

Place your hope and trust in God.


Quiet in the moment

Though noise abounds…waves lap and roar….

Within your heart I abide.

A rest secure.

Come into My Secret Place

Lay upon the Spirit, come away to God.



In the noise of mankind…

The search to fill the empty place…

Thirsting...thirsting…always parched…

Hungering…hungering…to fill their emptiness...

The sea of humanity…come away to God.



Come to The Living Water…the joy of The Holy

 Spirit instead of wine

See their loneliness…their emptiness


Their pain…their sorrow…


Their desperation to fill their thirst and their

hunger…


Oh sea of humanity…find your rest in God.

Come away to God.



Matthew 11:28 Jesus said “Come unto Me, all you

 who labor and are heavy laden. Take My yoke 

upon you and learn of Me, for I AM meek and 


lowly in heart and you shall find rest for your

souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is

 light."




By Gloria Phifer …this was written three years

 ago as we were on a cruise. My heart was very 

sad, as it seemed there were some who were trying

so hard to find something to satisfy...but they still 

seemed unsatisfied... I know in my own life...Only 

Christ can fill that emptiness...that God shaped vacuum in each of our hearts...that's why He calls for us...To Come To Him.

                                                   
                                                                                          


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

THE GIFT OF LIFE.

Gloria Phifer

This afternoon, in the hospital, I looked down into the face of my 

first Great granddaughter. What a miracle. She had just been born.

I was thinking back to 1943, when my mother, at the age 17, realized she was pregnant. She was married...but unhappily. In fact, she and my biological father were married and divorced twice.

It was on the second try, that I was conceived. 

My mother was not happy. My grandmother and my aunt talked to her about abortion. My mother had seen her sister go through an abortion, and thankfully she did give birth to a 9 pound baby girl...who she named, Gloria. 

I'm sure my mother loved me, but through the years, she told me I reminded her of my dad, who she said she never loved. she told me I had ruined her body when I was born. When I was a teenager, in front of me, she told my grandmother "Gloria has ruined my life."

As you can imagine...I had a lot of insecurity and little self worth.
Besides being in a household of alcohol. Changing schools 14 times in 12 years. There were times I wondered if life was worth living.

During those years there were times when The Lord would deal with my heart. 
 I almost drowned,at the age of 12, and the boy with me, swimming in the Rio Grande river, did drown."Would I have gone to Heaven?" I couldn't say "Yes", to that question coming in my mind.

 I felt that I should have been the one who died, not my friend. 

My life was really hard, I felt. Then a friend introduced me to a young man from Iowa, who was in the air force. We were both 18 years old. At 19 I married him and through events I ended up in Iowa. He was sent to Alaska through the Air Force and I couldn't go. While he was gone, I had our daughter. Our 1st child. (my mothers 1st grandchild.)

I was telling my husband lately that I never felt safe or secure as a child. I didn't know what peace was. I was always alert. I fought a lot of fear. It became so bad, even though I had a wonderful husband, a child, a home, I didn't know how to cope. I was constantly fighting fear.

I went to church with a neighbor and they told me to begin reading the Bible in the Gospel of John. Every afternoon, as my daughter took a nap, I read.
 I understood. God was calling me to Him. I truly was "born again." and then filled with The Holy Spirit. I was 22 yrs old.

Two more children were added to our family. My mother now had three grandchildren...even though she could not enjoy her family because of addiction.

I am the only one of my mother's children who had children.

 I was the first Christian in our family. I had the wonderful privilege of seeing my mother, brother and step dad receive Christ.

Then my husband and I began having grandchildren (my mothers great grandchildren). What a joy!!! 

what a joy to live in peace. To know The Lord...to have a family.

So this afternoon, as I looked into the beautiful face of my first great grandchild I thanked The Lord. He has given life. He has given posterity. He has given peace and harmony. He has given family.

My mother and step dad are in Heaven now...she would be a great, great grandmother today. Thank God she let a baby girl, named Gloria, be Born.

 One of the things that really has helped me was when The Lord revealed to my heart, I was not born for my parents...I was born for Him...For my God Who gave me life. Thank You Lord for bringing me into Your Salvation...into Your family...I am Your daughter...the daughter of The King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

And Thank You Lord for our family. I have lived to see our Great Grandchild and more to come. I am truly blessed.

Friday, June 23, 2017

STEADFAST

Gloria Phifer

I am joining the FMF bloggers. We write for five minutes on one word. The word this week is "Steady."


THE STORM BY  GLORIA PHIFER




We have all heard the phrase "Steady does it." But sometimes "steady" is hard to find.

With ups and downs; the ebb and flow of life; to be steady or steadfast is hard to do. Especially on your own.

I have found in my own strength...it is hard to stay "steadfast" in a difficult circumstance.

My husband had a heart attack a year and a half ago. It was like standing on the outside and watching myself...I couldn't seem to get it together...let alone be "Steady or steadfast." I even told myself "Get it together Gloria!" 

When I left him at the hospital (they kept him over the weekend and he had a stint put in on Monday) I was crying, it was dark and it was raining..(.I don't see very good at night to drive anyway. I was praying and I knew friends were praying.)

 I was hard on myself...why wasn't I stronger? Why wasn't I steady. I was listening to the radio and a song came on "Just Be Held." I have listened to the song since then and I haven't heard these exact words...but that night, driving home in the dark rain, crying, I heard "You don't have to strong...just be held." 

I knew The Lord was with me and with my husband in this situation. He would take care of us. And He did. 

Jesus is my steadfastness. He is The One Who holds me together. My own strength fails but He always prevails. 

Thank You Jesus for always being there when we need You. You are our Steadfast Savior Amen.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

TRUTH

Gloria Phifer





I am joining the Friday blog...today the word is "Truth". We write for 5 minutes on one word.

I would say I love truth. 

But truth can also be convicting. At a time The Lord shows you why a person behaves the way they do and you realize you have judged them.

Or when The Lord shows something personal that is true...and even if it hurts...the truth sets you free. I had a friend, many years ago, call me and say, "Gloria, you can't be savior to your family." Well, I got on the defense. I said, "I wouldn't want to be their savior!!!"  But as we talked I said, "If I could save them, I would. If I could heal them I would." There was the truth. Only God, Jesus Christ, The Savior can save and heal. That truth, even though hard to hear, at first, was truth that set me free. My friend had spoken truth to me that I needed to hear.

Then there are the truths that set you free in different ways. Realizing your worth. How much God loves you. How much others love you. These are wonderful truths when they finally enter your heart. The truth that speaks louder than the lies. The Truth that speaks!!!

Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life. 

The Truth will set you free. If The Son of God sets you free, you are free indeed...this is Truth. 

Lord, give us ears to hear...The Truth. Amen.

Friday, May 12, 2017

I LOVE MY MOM

Gloria Phifer






I always loved my Mom. But, even as a child, I felt something wasn't right. I was a very perceptive and sensitive child. I easily picked up on what was happening around me.

I always had the feeling my mother "needed" me. She told me God had given a commandment that I was to always honor her. All my life I tried to keep this commandment

My mother shared many things with me that I was much too young to know and obsorb that information.

When I was 10, she told me the shocking news that my step father was not my father. She had married my real father to get away from home when she was 16. At 17 (I found this out later in life) my grandmother and oldest aunt tried to talk her into aborting me.

My step father was accidentally electrocuted at his work as a line man. That was when things really changed with my mother and I.

My brother was my step fathers son. Now, I felt that she turned toward my brother. She told me that I reminded her of my  real father...who she said she never really loved.  

In my teenager years she told me I had ruined her body when I was born. When my grandmother said to my mom "you are going to ruin Gloria's life". My mother answered, in front of me, "Gloria has already ruined my life." 

As the years passed my mother became more abusive to me. Alcohol and drugs permeated her life. And affected ours.

We moved almost every year...I had no security. I was very afraid for different reasons.  Certain people who came into our lives. 

But, in all of this..."I loved my mother." I tried hard to please her.

She put me in charge of my brother, who was five years younger than me. She left me with him while she went to the bars. Many nights I didn't get to sleep until after 2:30 when she got home. I was fighting a lot of fear. 

Through the grace of God I met a young man from Iowa. God really did use him to rescue me. We married and through a long story...we ended up living in Iowa.

We had a baby girl. I wanted so much to be a good mother. I was fighting a lot of fear. I knew I needed God.

Through a series of events (and neighbors) I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I was filled with The Holy Spirit.

It is a very long story, but my mother, brother, another step dad, Deryl, moved to Iowa and they all accepted Jesus.

I thought the battle was won!!! Now all would be well. I didn't understand that the battle took on different dimensions. I realized I couldn't talk to my mother...I was afraid of her and when I told her that she said, "If you mean you have to treat me with kid gloves, you're right." And she slammed the door and left. 

When you are a child, raised in dysfunction, you don't even realize or recognize abuse. you know there is something wrong but you have been told for so long it is your fault you believe it.  

Sadly, my mother and step dad moved back west and back into  alcohol and drugs. For 7 years they were homeless. 

I learned a lot about God's love. He continually laid them on my heart...He would not let them go. He told me He would set the captives free. 

They were set free, but it took a tragedy, brought on by drinking. Thank God they weren't killed. 

They separated. My step dad called me. he wasn't sure he would go to Heaven. He prayed with me and I witnessed with him that he had accepted Jesus as his Savior. he is now in Heaven.

Eventually, my mother sobered up. She had a stroke. laying on her hospital she said to me "I have many regrets." I said, "Mom, Jesus has forgiven you, you need to forgive yourself."

I was not there when my mother died, a few years later. I was sad I wasn't there. I felt guilt. 

One night, actually early morning, as I was sleeping, I saw my mother and Jesus smiling down on me. It was so real. The Lord said to me, "She has done many things but I will never bring them up to her."

I asked my friend, Michelle, "Why did He tell me that, I know that?"

Michelle said, "He wants you to know that your mother knows it now."

My husband asked me today if I miss my mom. I do miss hearing her voice on the phone. But, what I really feel is "relief and thankfulness." I know she is safe!!! I know she is with Jesus. And I know I will see her again. 

Yes, I love my mother