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Sunday, February 18, 2018

A NEW SEASON OF LIFE

Gloria Phifer

I live in a state that has four different seasons. I love the different seasons. the weather can change in the middle of the day or night.

I have been going through a lot in this season of life. I was 74 in December. I remember when I thought that was ancient. But, now I am there!  It is a season of letting go. Of finding new purpose.

I no longer have young children at home...who I miss, but I know I don't have the strength and endurance I had in my 20's and 30's.

I miss their teenage years when the phone (no cell phones then) rang off the hook. When other teenage friends cars filled our drive way. 

Then our children married. Which was a joy. It was a letting go.

Grandchildren were and are wonderful. But even that has changed; all but one grandchild is in their 20's now.

All our children live out of state. I miss them coming to the house.

My husband and I are now great grand parents...what a joy!!!

I have learned there is a lot of "letting go." Trusting The Lord.

I fight getting old. I don't want to think or act or dress old.''

I often joke that I am in "preservation." 

my husband had a heart attack a couple of years ago and that was an awakening. It left me shaken. Now, if he has heart burn or any symptom I get concerned (he doesn't seem to.)

There are many things to embrace...retirement...Bible studies...visiting with friends. Having my husband with me. Our children coming to visit. 

Yes. I am looking and searching in this new season of life.

I write and teach a Bible study and I mentor some younger gals which is a joy.

My prayer is that my life will bring Jesus Christ glory, at each stage and each season. Amen.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

WHY?

Gloria Phifer

I am joining the FMF bloggers...we write on one word for 5 minutes...the word is "Why."

Do you have any "why's" in your life?

I have had them...here are a few...

Why was I born to an 18 year old girl who didn't want a child?

Why didn't I ever know my real father?

Why did my step dad die when I was 10 yrs old?

why did my mother become an alcoholic?

I even asked The Lord one time why I was born into the family I was born into?

Time sometimes gives you the answers.

I am the only child that has my mother's grandchildren, her great grandchildren and now great, great grandchildren. 

Because of my childhood I saw my need for a Savior. At 22 I asked Jesus into my heart.

I have seen my family come to Jesus. My mother and 2nd stepdad, my grandmother, my aunt, my mother in law all accepted Jesus and are now in Heaven. 

We won't get all the answers to our "why's" until we get to Heaven. But sometimes we can look back and The Lord gives us some glimpse of "Why?"

Friday, January 19, 2018

INTENTIONAL

Gloria Phifer

I am joining the bloggers at FMF...we write for 5 minutes on a  prompt word..today it is ...intentional.

What am I intentional about? What are the things that I put energy
and intentionality into? To be intentional requires effort on my part. Some initiative.

The first one that comes to my mind, Is The Lord. I care about our relationship...I intentionally spend time with Him. Talk to Him and read His Word. In order to do this I have to be intentional ...to take the time...to prioritize that relationship

I want to be intentional about my love to and for others. This means  to reach out and care. To let them know that I care about them...and how are they doing? What can I pray with them about? 

I need to be intentional with my husband...cook him some meals...make a home that he enjoys...let him know I love him.

I want to be intentional to my children, grandchildren and now...great grandchildren. I want to put myself out there for them. I want them to know I love them and that I am here for them.

These are the intentional things that come to mind in 5 minutes.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

ENOUGH...ONE THING I DO...

STEPPING FORWARD.
Gloria Phifer

Last week I wrote about something I was going through.

The enemy...the accuser of the brethren was telling me  I had not been enough in a season of my life.

One morning, I was watching Victoria Olsteen. She quoted the apostle Paul..."One thing I do...forgetting the past...I press on to the High Calling of Jesus Christ. " There was one thing Paul said he did. He forgot the past and pressed on.

Victoria also spoke about playing racket ball...you can never look backwards or the ball can hit you in the face.

This really spoke to my heart. I did the best I could in that season of my life. I loved and I cared. But, I cannot get stuck looking back, thinking maybe I wasn't enough. And truthfully, in my humanness I wasn't "enough." Only Jesus Christ is "Enough."

I must press forward in Christ to the calling He has on my life. 

Jesus Christ will always be "Enough!!!" I must fix my eyes on Him and not look back.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

HE NEVER LETS GO...

MY GOOD SHEPHERD...Painting by Gloria Phifer.
Gloria Phifer

I love my mom. She is in Heaven now and I am so thankful.

From abuse in childhood, many hurts and pains she turned 

to alcohol and drugs.

I became a Christian at 22...and I saw my mom, my step dad and my brother accept Christ.

My mom and step dad returned to the old life of alcohol and drugs, only this time it was 7 times worse. They became homeless.

There were times when I did not know where they were. (they lived in another state.)

The Lord would never let me quit praying for them. He would never let them go. He gave me scriptures on setting the captives free.

It was as if I was in this battle with The Lord. It was like an urgency in His love for them. He would never let them go.

A terrible happening seperated my mom and step dad. 7 yrs after that  happening, my step dad called me. he said he had not drank since that day. he wasn't sure if he would go to Heaven. We prayed together and I witnessed with him that He had accepted Jesus as His Savior. He died a few years later and is with The Lord.

My mother had a stroke. As I stood by her hospital bed, I heard her speaking the 23 Psalm and I prayed it with her. she told me she had many regrets. I told her , "Mom, Jesus has forgiven you...you need to forgive yourself."

After my mother went to be with The Lord I was in a deep sleep. Right before I woke up I saw Jesus and my mom. He had his arm around her and they were both smiling at me. My mom looked radiant.

I thank Jesus that He would never let her go. She was one of His sheep and He constantly went after her.

I thank The Lord that my mom and step dad are in Heaven with Him.

I can say assuredly that The Lord is The Good Shepherd...He will leave the 99 sheep and go after the one continually until He has brought them into His safe Haven. Blessed be The Name of The Lord Jesus Christ....our Good and Faithful, Loving Shepherd.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

SIMPLICITY

Gloria Phifer

Do you overthink things? I have been this week...I find myself looking back, wondering if I was good enough at being a mom?
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It meant alot to me to be a good mom. 

all my children are grown. They are doing really well.

A friend helped me today...to take the focus off myself and to look at my children.

She also reminded me there are no perfect parents. And she told me that I'm not Jesus, I'm not perfect. Wow!!! I do not have perfection and if I did there would be a source of pride. 

I realize too that it was the accuser of the brethren...accusing me. Trying to tell me I wasn't enough. 

I think it comes down to trusting. I've done my job. Now I trust in God...for great is the peace of my children for they are taught of The Lord...Isaiah.

Simplicity...Trust in The Lord for we are all His workmanship Created in Christ Jesus unto good works which He has ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2) Trust. take the focus off myself and onto Him. 

I joined the bloggers at FMF today...the word was "simplify."


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

YOU HAVE COME INTO THE KINGDOM

Gloria Phifer

I said to The Lord a couple of days ago that I want to live in a world without any hurt or pain. I also repeated this to him yesterday.

He reminded me that we are in this world facing and fighting sin and death. Not in our strength but in His Power and what He paid for at the cross.

Have you ever wondered or thought about...I was born in this generation. In this time of History. In a certain country. into a certain family.

I also told the Lord I would like to have been born in a family that really wanted  me. A stable home. A Christian home. I would have liked to live in one town and gone to one school system. 

The Lord reminded me of all the Power of God I have seen. I have experienced salvation, deliverance from fear. I have seen the captives of addiction set free. I have seen my family come to know Jesus. I know, because I have seen with my own eyes, that captives are set free through Christ Jesus.

I don't know where I would be if it had not been for The Lord. He brought me to revelation of Jesus as my Savior. He delivered me from fear. He gave me a family of my own. He gave me a wonderful relationship with Him.

Yes, the world is dark but The Kingdom of God is Light. When we know Jesus Christ we are lights in this world. We are ambassadors for Christ. We have the message of reconciliation. 

I was thinking of Queen Esther. She was rounded up with all the beauties of the land. She was snatched from her normal life and brought into a very dysfunctional environment. Her worst enemy of the Jews, while drinking with the king, made an edict to destroy the people of Israel. The King did not know Esther, who he had taken as his Queen, was Jewish. Esther, in this darkness of danger, had come to The Kingdom for such a time as this. She exposed Haman, the enemy, and saved her people from destruction.

What is our calling in this generation...at this time of history? 
The Lord has equipped us with authority and dominion. He has given us the keys of The Kingdom.  whatever we bind on earth is bond in Heaven and whatever we lose on earth is loosed in Heaven. You may wonder how that works. we can bind the enemy in his tactics through the blood, Name and authority of Jesus Christ. We can loose The Kingdom of God...which is righteousness, peace and joy. 

We have been given the ministry of reconciliation.  We are ambassadors for Christ in this world. we are lights in The Lord. We are the fragrance of Christ. When you enter a room or situation you bring Christ with you. 

Yes, we have been  born in and called to The Kingdom of God for such a time as this. remember who you are In Christ. The weapons and armor are found in Ephesians 6. You are a Warrior for The lord.