Jose ‘s wife Barbara is going through a rough time. Barbara has Cancer, which has proved to be a very difficult case. I ask all to pray for them today as my Husband Bob and myself are very close friends of Barb and Jose and we know your prayers will help. There are also many, many people in the music business who love and care for Jose too. As we give thanks to the Lord we also ask him to comfort and even heal Barb, if it is his will. We cry and pray as much as possible for her and Jose – Thanks and hugs to all our friends and family who we don’t get enough time to spend with, we miss y’all, Rhon
To all my friends family and fans who have read my Inspirational Column’s on Frans Maritz’s WHISNews21 over the years, I want to thank you all for your support. Frans and I will appreciate you going to his web site directly at www.whisnews21.com to read any of my columns in future as they will always be archived on the website. He is a dedicated hard working Christian man and does right with all the folks he works with, he is always ready to help with their careers.
I have dedicated most of my life to the music business and due to some serious health problems the time has finally come that I need to spend more time resting and at the same time, dedicating more quality time with my Husband Bob and my family.
– Rhonnie Scheuerman for WHISNews21
When you read the story of the New Testament Church, you tend to get caught up in its explosive growth and amazing miracles. But here’s a component you shouldn’t miss: ‘No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had…There were no needy persons among them…those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money…and it was distributed to anyone as he had need’ (vv. 32-35). You say, ‘If I just had more money I’d be happy.’ You might feel more secure and have fewer worries, but you wouldn’t necessarily be happier. In the Journal of Happiness Studies, researchers looked at what distinguished quite happy people from less happy people. One factor consistently separated those two groups. It’s not about how much money you have; it’s not about your health, security, attractiveness, IQ, or career success.
What distinguishes consistently happy people from less happy people is the presence of rich, deep, joy-producing, life-changing, meaningful relationships. Social researcher Robert Putnam writes: ‘The single most common finding from a half-century’s research on life satisfaction, not only in the U.S. but around the world, is that happiness is best predicted by the breadth and depth of one’s social connections.’ But you can know a lot of people without really being known by any of them, and end up lonely.
Those folks in the New Testament Church got it right: it’s in sharing with one another spiritually, emotionally, financially, and relationally that you achieve your highest level of joy.
Prayer Heavenly Father,
thank You for putting into my life people I am able to share life with.
People who know You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
The above devotion was written/compiled from multiple sources by
Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities and author of WORD Bible Studies.
My wife and I are always amazed at the creativity of our grandsons Konnern , and Brennig, ages eight and sixth. One evening we took them to a fast- food restaurant and, after the meal, bought them soft ice cream cones. They wandered over to another to another booth to sit with a young friend they’d met in the play area. A few minutes later looking closer they returned, licking their cones into some weird shapes. Looking closer I saw that the shapes resembled heads, complete with eyes, nose, mouth and ears!
Where did you get the idea for that? I asked. “Our friend Brenning said through lips, dripping ice cream. “He’s eight”
“Look Konner laughed, holding up his come. “A monster”. The heads;” had taken on a decidedly angry expression which delighted Brennig, who began reshaping his own cone.
The demonstration lasted only briefly while the ice cream proceeded to disappear into grinning mouths. But for those few moments we were all entertained by the deft shaping and reshaping the boys achieved with their tongues. I think God does something like that with us. He won’t settle for leaving us as he found us. As we shorten and become pliable in His presence, He’s able to to wipe out our self-centeredness and hardness of heart and reshape us for His own use, forming in us new attitudes of love and forgiveness.
It’s not time for my life to be set in stone. I want to let the Lord remold me into the shape He desires for me
And I thank my grandsons for a happy graphic demonstration of what it’s live to be in the hands of a loving God
1) List your worries. For one week, make a list of the things you worry about most. Children? Health? Money? Marriage? Job? These aren’t one-time worries that come and go quickly. They’re things that make you ‘perpetually uneasy’ (Matthew 6:25), so begin to review them. Ask yourself how many of them have actually turned into reality? Charles Spurgeon said, ‘Our worst misfortunes never happen…most of our miseries lie in anticipation.’
2) Analyze them. You’ll detect recurring areas of preoccupation that may become obsessions: what people think of you; the fact that heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s run in your family; the fear that you won’t have enough to live on when you get old. Identify each fear and pray specifically about it.
3) Live in today. God has promised to meet your needs daily, not weekly or annually. He’ll give you what you need – when you need it! ‘Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need’ (Hebrews 4:16). The old hymn goes: ‘Not so in haste my heart! Have faith in God, and wait; although He lingers long, He never comes too late.’ When the word ‘worry’ is mentioned in the Bible, it’s almost always following the words ‘do not’. If ‘worry’ features in your vocabulary, it should be as part of God’s words to you: ‘do not worry’.
Philippians 4:6-7 says to you, ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer…present your requests to God. And the peace of God…will guard your hearts.’
In the weeks following Dad’s death, I took long walks around my neighborhood , exploring new paths in an effort to erase the memories of old ones. One afternoon my husband Brian suggested we take a bike ride together, a departure from my usual routine.
We put on our helmets and headed out into the Atlantic coast down hill, felt my heart lift, but on the harder up hills my Spirit sank. Spiraling into my own private world of sorrow, I began to cry.
Brian, helpless as he navigated the quick path home, kept trying to talk to me, but I couldn’t bring my self to answer for fears my sobs,” would utterly consume any energy I had left.
Suddenly , the skies opened and a torrential ran flood down. I slipped on the pavement as I tried to follow Brian to the shelter of an ancient oak tree, leaving a pedal-shaped gash in my calf.
Brian helped me as I sobbed, “It’s not the bike, It’s not the bike”. He quizzed me tighter and simply said, “I know”.
Soon the rain eased and we were able to pedal home. Throughout the entire rid back, I never felt alone. I had Brian, who had held me, and God. Who had heard my cries and cried right along with me.
Lord, you bring me comfort in my times of need. Help me to keep my eyes on You as I seek peace and joy again !
Before You Were Born, God Knew Your Destiny. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah:1:5I – *I formed you. *I knew you. *I sanctified You. *I ordained you.
When the Lord told Jeremiah he was ordained to be a prophet to the nations, he might have wondered if God had really thought this thing though! He began offering reasons why he wasn’t qualified to fulfill the destiny God had for him. ” Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak for I am a youth” (Jeremiah 1:6)
But God knew exactly what He was doing. As the call itself indicates, He had through it through quite thoroughly: ” This is no spontaneous decision on My part, Jeremiah. Don’t you realize that I knew everything about you wile your mother was still carrying you? Don’t you realize I have had this destiny mapped out for you all along.”
God had; planned tor this moment; and with joy, He looked forward to the deep satisfaction of seeing His child put to use the gifts that were so lovingly reserved for him. When Jeremiah protested his youthful inexperience, God reassured him: “I am with you to deliver you”( v.8). He put His hand on Jeremiah’s lips and said, “Behold I have put My words in your mouth (v.9) .
Just as He did with Jeremiah, God treasures the moments in which He sees us growing into what He designed us to be and moving toward the destiny He has planned for us. The same is true in human relationships. John Ortberg “If I love someone, it means I have certain hopes and intentions and wishes for them. I’m in their corner. I long for them to flourish and blossom . I want them to realize all their potential. I want them to become filled with virtue and moral beauty.”
The difference is that with God’s love, these treasures exist before we do. He has reserved them for us from the very beginning . Paul speaks of this eternal knowledge and love of God when he writes to the Galatians about his own calling. He explains that God “separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles” (Galatians 1:15-16a).
Just as God had a destiny for Jeremiah & for Paul He also has a destiny for each of us one that He designed before we were born
One of the most famous intimidators in the Bible was Goliath. He boasted, ‘Come… and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!’ (1 Samuel 17:44). But David didn’t have ‘a spirit of … timidity,’ so he replied, ‘This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head’ (v. 46). Intimidators count on you to wilt in the face of verbal attack. That’s why you must let them know you refuse to give in, and that you have the God-given strength to resist their tactics. God never intended anyone to oppress or dominate another person. So stand up for yourself today in His strength! And if you are the intimidator, ask yourself why you feel the need to gain power and control over others. Indeed, you may need the help of a seasoned counsellor to help you work through it. Intimidators often grow up in a chaotic or negative environment in which they feel powerless to change their circumstances. As a result they vow never to allow their lives to be out of control again, so they seek control instead. But their so-called strength just masks their insecurities and fears. Whatever the cause, intimidators can never hope to have a meaningful relationship with anyone they force into submission. And since the spirit of intimidation doesn’t come from God, there’s only one other source – Satan. Understand this: God is in control of every aspect of your life, so you’ve no need to control, or be controlled by, the behavior of others.
Prayer Heavenly Father,
keep me from being one that intimidates others and protect me from being intimidated.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Journalist-missionary Pierre van Paassen tells how prior to World War II, an aging rabbi, was stripped naked, and forced to preach the sermon he’d prepared for the following Sabbath. With great dignity the old man asked if he could wear his yarmulke and his captors agreed, thinking it added greatly to the joke. Then, while they jeered and prodded him, the elderly rabbi talked about what it means to walk humbly before God. Phil Yancey writes: ‘When I read of the torture and execution of Jesus, I think of that naked rabbi standing humiliated in a police station. And I can’t fathom the indignity and shame endured by God’s Son…the bullying game of Blind Man’s Bluff in the high priest’s courtyard…the professional thuggery of Pilate’s and Herod’s guards…the catcalls of spectators up the long road to Calvary, and finally the cross itself…I marvel at the self-restraint God showed throughout history, allowing the Genghis Khans, the Hitlers, and the Stalins to have their way. But nothing compares to the self-restraint shown that dark Friday in Jerusalem…Legions of angels awaited His command. One word and the ordeal would end.’Isaiah said, ‘He was “led like a lamb to the slaughter, and…he did not open his mouth.”’Jesus could have appealed to His Father, and He would have provided ‘more than 80,000 angels’ (Matthew 26:53). Instead He chose to endure the cross and its shame to save you. That’s the wonder of Easter!
I’ve been in rough seas, Lord. I know what it is like to be at the mercy of the waves, and I do not like it. If my whole life were similar to the experience of being driven by the wind, I would not only be miserable, I would never get anywhere. To me faith is a very big ship with big motors and a captain who knows what he’s doing. Faith keeps me on course. Sometimes I waver. I don’t ‘ like the looks ahead, I fear we may be going in the wrong direction. But I have a captain who never makes an error, and the ship He commands is big and strong enough for any wave.
Rest and hope make a wonderful combination, and you can find plenty of both in Me. Some people search for the best bed or pillow-or even sleeping pill-in their quest for deep sleep, but only I can provide what you really need. When you rest trustingly in My Presence, I not only refresh you-I fill you with hope.
Hope can make the difference between life and death. Prisoners of war who stop hoping are much less likely to survive. The same is true of people who are battling life-threatening illnesses. So it is important to nurture well your precious hope. It is also vital to place your hope ultimately in Me. Circumstances change all the time, but I am the same yesterday, today, and forever. Moreover, I love you with perfect, life-giving Love. My unfailing Love rests upon you as you put your hope in Me.
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. -Psalm 62:5-6
About Benjamin [Moses] said: Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders. -Deuteronomy 33:12
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. -Hebrews 13:8 nkjv