Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

Richmond  New Hampshire

Richmond
New Hampshire

There are ephemeral lights everywhere but there is one that will never be an Ephemeral light!  Click here to check out other entries.

 The Light Within

Why can you not look at me?

Why is this?

Are you not my kin?

The best is right here within.

I wish you could see

With whom holds the key.

                                                                     It is His light

                                                                      That shines so bright

                                                                       For, He is my rock

                                                                         The one who has unlocked

                                                                        My heart with His light.

                                                                           Oh, please don’t depart–

                                                                           Just a glimpse within

                                                                            Because you are my kin.

                                                                       Please let me share what’s within.

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A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Float

 

  A Word A Week-Float: 

here are my entries and this is where you can find other entries.

Changing of the Guard

By Deb Maciorowski ©

 Look, the seasons are coming to an end

It is time for, Changing of the Guard.

It is slow at first and before you know it

A harvest collage has taken place.

One by one, they begin the descent,

Gliding leisurely from side to side.

As if being cradled to sleep in My arms.

Some will be swept up in the ascension

To rest at My feet.

I ask you my little ones,

Will you tarry with Me a while?

And let your hearts be refreshed in Me

Until the next, Changing of the Guard.

Float the Boat 2014 fundraiser for Special Touch Northeast Region Get Away
Float the Boat 2014 fundraiser for Special Touch Northeast Region Get Away
Letting Go

Letting Go

 

 

 

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Weathered Wood

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Drift wood from York Beach Maine

collected 30 years ago

it now accents a mirror

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You will find more entries here.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Dead Center

A Photo a Week Challenge: Dead Center

My Effectual Hub

My Effectual Hub

You can find more Dead Center entries here at nancy merrill photography.

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It’s Breathtaking!

Do you long to be in His presence and to know His love? I do and I can’t seem to get enough! Our church as a whole has been reading through Sarah Young’s “40 Days with Jesus-Celebrating His Presence” as a daily devotional. Not only are we reading Sarah Young’s “40 Days with Jesus-Celebrating His Presence” our pastors have been delivering some great messages on the subject of ‘Celebrating His Presence’. A couple of Sundays ago Pastor J delivered an awesome message entitled Pastor Wrinkles:  Complete Worship  and you can find it at Lillie-Put.

The excerpt below is from his message, Pastor Wrinkles:  Complete Worship pt. 5 and has been resonating in my soul for the last couple of weeks.

I want us all to capture the heart of worship. That is a heart that has eyes only for Jesus. It is a heart that let’s go of every other care for the job, for the family, or for the bank account. It is the heart that knows Jesus will take care of all those things if we just make Him a priority.

I think for the first time in a very long time I actually put everything aside and gave Jesus my full attention. So many other times when worshipping whether it be at home or corporately there were thoughts lingering in my mind of my home life, finances, and many other things tugging on my heart but not that Sunday.

When God enters the room I usually get the warm fuzzes but that Sunday was exceptional. I mean yes I got the warm fuzzes but my heart converged with my Lord’s deeper than ever before on that day. It was BREATHTAKING! Honestly, it felt like it was just me and my Beloved in the room. And that feeling has not left me!

Day 17 in Sarah Young’s book “40 Days with Jesus-Celebrating His Presence” really spoke to me. Here are a few excerpts from Day 17:

I HAVE LOVED YOU with an everlasting Love. Before time began, I knew you. For years you swam around in a sea of meaninglessness, searching for Love, hoping for hope. All that time I was pursuing you, aching to embrace you in My compassionate arms.”

       “I sang you a Love song, whose beginning and end are veiled in eternity. I infused meaning into your mind and harmony into your heart. Join Me in singing My song.”

Is that not beautiful or what? To bask in the Lord’s presence is absolutely an indescribable experience!

As we read from Sarah Young’s “40 Days with Jesus-Celebrating His Presence” He knew us before time began. God’s love is an innate love but that does not mean it is automatic. God will not violate our free will and so tragically many do not choose His love resulting in death. God’s love is not the love that everyone might think of, you know, that “Hollywood” kind of love. The love of God is impossible to describe because of its vast GREATNESS! God wants us to know His love and this is what His word says;

Ephesians 3:17-19 (NLT)

17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

To be in His presence and surrounded by His love 24/7, what does that look like to you?

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A Must Read!

Encounters With Jesus First of all I want to say thank you to Ben Nelson for giving me the privilege of reading his  book, Encounters With Jesus.   Ben Nelson from Another Red Letter Day  is quite a gifted writer. I had the awesome privilege of reading through Ben’s book, Encounters With Jesus before publication to which I am eternally grateful. The very first time I read one of his encounters with Jesus stories I was hooked. Ben’s style of writing reminds me of the authors of the Left Behind Series-Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye.   Not only could I not read these stories fast enough but my 11-year-old son was hooked just like I was. I encourage you to check out his new book and considering purchasing an extra copy or two as a gift.  

If you would like to purchase his book click on the links below:

click here for paperback

and

click here for the kindle version.

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Would You Do It?

The return of our Lord Jesus Christ is closer than ever and as Christians we need to be strong and courageous.

1 Corinthians 16:13 (NLT)

13 Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous.[a] Be strong. 14 And do everything with love.

 We never know exactly when our faith will be put to the test, now do we? As I meditated on the above verse over the last couple of weeks I found my mind constantly being reminded of the children in the Middle East and the fact that they gave their lives for Jesus Christ.

What about you, would you remain faithful to our Lord and King just as these children demonstrated?  Would you, would I have enough courage to stand strong in my faith if faced with an evil like they were?  I think we all would like to hope our courage and faith would be STRONG like these children but really there is no way to know that unless I/we were faced with a day such as theirs?   Honestly, we will probably never know the answer to these questions based solely on geographical reasons. What I mean is most Americans probably think that kind of evil would never happen on American soil but let me say this, we never thought 9/11 would happen either, and it did, right?

No one can deny that these children’s courage and faith in Jesus were off the charts and my prayer is that they saw the glory of God just as Stephen did when he was martyred (see Acts 7:54-60). I would venture to guess that Stephen knew without a doubt Jesus Christ would never leave his side nor forsake him and I believe these children knew that as well.

My heart breaks for the parents of these children because they were forced to watch their children be martyred.  How do you erase such images from your mind, I mean can you? As a parent, I can’t even imagine what ran through their heads in that moment it is beyond all comprehension.  Just think about the enormous amount of courage it took for these children not to renounce our Lord knowing they were faced with certain death.   As a Christian parent how do you muster up the desire to continue to live never mind live for Christ after seeing your child lose their life for Christ?

Jesus’ mother Mary I’m sure knew exactly what ran through these parents’ minds and hearts.  Just as these parents watched their children martyred Mary watched her son, her Lord, be crucified for all of us.

As Christian Americans we are spoiled in the sense that we have freedom of speech and freedom of religion knowing pretty much that we will not get martyred for speaking what’s in our hearts.   As Americans will we really ever know just how much courage it takes to be a Christian?

Maybe some day we will because the bible says in the last days men will call evil good and good evil so anything is possible.

 Isaiah 5:20

What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.

 My pastor asked me this question and so I  ask you, what if your child renounced Jesus?   Could you renounce Him  just to be with them in the present time knowing you both would be condemned for eternity?  Would you do it?

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Training for Reigning

 

My pastor often says are you training for reigning? So are you in training? Are your spiritual ears and eyes open? You need to be on guard, for the enemy is always lurking around ready to pounce in a moment’s notice.

This is one of the scriptures the Lord keeps bringing to my mind;

Psalm 144 (NLT)

A psalm of David.

Praise the Lord, who is my rock.

    He trains my hands for war     

    and gives my fingers skill for battle.

He is my loving ally and my fortress,     

    my tower of safety, my rescuer.

He is my shield, and I take refuge in him.     

    He makes the nations[a] submit to me.

  

I don’t know about you but for me the enemy seems to be around every corner I turn. No sooner do I come up for air from the last attack another one is right there waiting for me to engage in battle. Sometimes I laugh because the evil one thinks he has me fooled into thinking he is in control of my destiny when I know without a doubt my Lord, Jesus Christ has my back covered the whole time.   My son and I get attacked quite often and sometimes we laugh at just how many times the enemy does attack. Don’t get me wrong I am not taking these spiritual attacks lightly by any means but my laughter often comes when my son says,

“Mom, doesn’t the enemy already know we have VICTORY with God and that he will never win? And besides it’s just so funny that the biggest ‘Deceiver’ is deceiving himself, now that is funny, Mom!”

As a person I am so grateful that someone loved me enough to introduce me to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and as a mom I am grateful my son knows our Lord as his Savior as well. The best part is we get to train together for the day when we get to join our Lord, Jesus Christ when He returns to reign forever! Amen!

How is the Lord preparing you for the days ahead? Are you in training?

 

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Preparing for Battle

So many times I find myself in the middle of a battle before I even realize I’m in one and boy, does that put me at a disadvantage! I need to go into training.  Let’s just say a soldier wouldn’t go off to war without first preparing him or herself for battle, right?  I’m no expert of war by any means but doesn’t it make sense that the commanders of the army would try to defeat the enemy on a smaller scale first before declaring war.

My eleven year old son, Tom absolutely loves anything to do with WW II.  I once asked him why does he like it so much and his answer was,

“He had to learn as many war strategies as possible.”

I said, why?

His answer was, “So I can fight the enemy, of course!”

Soldiers aren’t just put on the frontline to fight for their country they go to boot camp first to learn to submit to authority and then obey that authority at all costs. Men of war have to learn the basics of survival before they enter the battle. If they don’t have the basics down how can they be expected to execute the strategies their commanders have devised to conquer the enemy.

Spiritual warfare is kind of like that as well, isn’t it? As Christians, we need to know the basics of the Word of God before we can fight the battle never mind win the war. Learning His ways and submitting to His will is a must in order to conquer and defeat the enemy.   The truths of God are our spiritual ammunition against the enemy. We know the enemy has been defeated and that VICTORY is ours but that doesn’t necessarily make the battle any less demanding or taxing, now does it?

The other day I received some wise advice from a good friend and I will paraphrase what he said,

“Deb, you need to strengthen your spiritual walls and gates so that the enemy will not be able to penetrate them! Ask God, for His strategies and what the enemy’s weaknesses are!”

I am taking his advice and praying for God’s wisdom, knowledge, and strength to be obedient to His strategies for the spiritual battles that are in my midst now, as well as, those to come.  Listen to me, Christian, the times we are presently living in calls for all Christians to do the same.   Another way of putting it is, Christian now is the time to get your house in order and be prepared for the battles preceding the war.

God’s word says He will never leave us nor forsake us;

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you, he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

and I believe this wholeheartedly but I’m not so foolish to think I don’t need to be in training for the battle.

There is another aspect I have not discussed and this is something you will need to meditate on; are you willing to pay the cost of being a soldier of God?  Only you and God know what that cost is and He knows your heart better than you do!

So tell me, Christian how do you prepare for battle?

 

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The Power of Forgiveness

God commands us to forgive and so we must forgive.

Matthew 6:14-15 NKJV

        14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

How many times do we say the words yet our hearts are not quite ready to forgive? I always thought if I said it then one day I would truly believe it in my heart. Well, for this girl no such luck there were still things I needed to forgive. I didn’t realize I was holding on to unforgiveness until someone pointed it out to me and, oh boy, was that a big ouch.

My last post was about Daniel and his perseverance with prayer. I have been praying for years that my son’s seizures would stop and when they didn’t I would tell myself that it’s just not time yet. You know God’s timing is perfect, right?

During my inner healing prayer sessions I was able to surrender my unforgiveness with God’s help. This was when I truly let go and forgave as well as asking God to forgive my stubbornness. I’m not saying that all unanswered prayer has to do with unforgiveness because sometimes it could be that what we are asking for is just not in His will.

In hindsight, I believe my unforgiveness was actually holding up my son’s healing of his seizures. I say this because it is God’s will that we all be healed whether it be on this side or on the other side of Heaven. Unforgiveness, is an open door to the enemy. The enemy can deafen one’s ears to the truth especially when it is God’s will you are waiting for.

Long story short my son no longer has seizures and we are tapering him off of his seizure meds. My son’s seizures have stopped and I thank my God for His healing touch on my son. The power of forgiveness is life changing.

Don’t let unforgiveness hinder your prayer life.

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Perseverance

I have been reading the book of Daniel and “perseverance” has popped into my head quite a few times throughout the reading of this book. Daniel was a persistent and faithful man. He prayed three times a day since he was a young child.

Now there were some officials that were jealous of Daniel and they could not find any faults with him. So they devised a plan that would definitely make some trouble in Daniel’s life. These men figured the only way they could trap Daniel was by tricking the King into signing a decree against anyone who worshipped any other god besides the King- (King Darius).

So what was the first thing Daniel did after gaining knowledge of the signing of the decree, a decree condemning all who prayed to or worshipped any other god besides the King would be thrown into the lion’s den.

Daniel 6:10 (NKJV) states;  

  Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.

God wants us to persevere in our prayer life just like Daniel no matter the troubles that swarm around us. Daniel knew that praying to any other god would land him in the lion’s den but that did not deter him from being faithful in his prayer time to the Most High God three times a day just as he had always done.   I mean really, how many people do you know that would have done the same having full knowledge of the dire consequences? Daniel never wavered from his faithfulness to the Most High God not even when sentenced to death.

This is exactly what God is calling us to do in these last days. Can’t you hear Him calling you to a much deeper walk? A walk so deep that others will want to follow in your footsteps and as Christians it is our job to be the salt of the earth declaring the Most High God is The WAY, The TRUTH, and The LIFE!

John 14:6 (NKJV) states;

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.  

So let me ask you this, are you ready to persevere for His Glory no matter the cost?

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Blessed Beyond Blessed!

Disclaimer: I, Deb Maciorowski, am the President to the Special Touch R.E.A.C.H. New England Chapter and the postings on this site are my own and don’t represent Special Touch Ministry’s positions, strategies or opinions in any way.

I wrote this post back in the fall of 2014.  So many people have not heard the gospel and as a part of a faith-based organization I believe everyone deserves the right to hear about Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, Amen!  I am asking people on behalf of my son Tom if you have never sponsored or supported a participant in a Special Touch bowl-a-thon before please consider doing so now.

If you would like to donate you can do so here for the REACH New England bowl-a-thon or here for the Northeast Region Get Away bowl-a-thon.  If you can’t support us financially then please pray we will meet our budget so that we can continue to  to ease and enrich the lives of people impacted by disability.”  Thank you and God bless!

 Blessed Beyond Blessed!

My son (Tom) and I, as well as my niece and twin sister had the pleasure of being part of this year’s Special Touch Northeast Region Get Away at Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in the first part of this month.  For those who do not know what Special Touch Ministry, Inc. is about it is a non-profit, faith-based organization that strives  to ease and enrich the lives of people impacted by disability.”

When the Special Touch R.E.A.C.H. New England Chapter started last December (2013) my son absolutely did not want to go to the meeting.  Tom and I made a deal that he had to try at least one meeting and if he didn’t like it, well then, that would be that.

He was fine right up until we had to go in, in fact, he cried and was quite angry with me.  Yes, I admit it I resorted to bribing in order to get him in the door.  He so did not want to go in; it took him about 20-30 minutes to get in the door.  As soon as he was in he was under the table playing his iPod with his green lawnmower headphones to help block the noise around him.   I prayed that God would bring some other kids to the meeting so Tom could have someone to play with.   I just knew in my heart of hearts if he could just make this transition into the Special Touch R.E.A.C.H. New England Chapter meeting he would be accepted for who he is.   God is oh, so good!   Guess what happened?  Yup, you guessed it there were two other children at the meeting that day and Tom really connected with one of them . Hallelujah!  On the way home Tom told me;

“I’m only going to one more meeting, Mom, and then that’s it.  I mean it, no more!”  After a brief pause he continued, “Only one more, Mom I mean it.”

Then I asked what about the bowl-a-thon?

“Okay, then I’ll stop right after I bowl with my friends.  Did you hear me, Mom?” (Special Touch has their annual National Special Touch Bowl Across America fundraiser every March)

I told him I heard him meanwhile my insides were doing a “Hallelujah, dance”!

Float -the -Boat fundraiser for the Northeast Region Get Away.

He was given the Captain's wheel!
He was given the Captain’s wheel!
Tom's cousin Janee our little "spider girl"!

Tom’s cousin Janee our little “spider girl”!

Tom made it to just about 35 feet.

Tom made it to just about 35 feet.

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Mom and Tom enjoying morning chapel service.

Mom and Tom enjoying morning chapel service.

REACH NE Chapter Bowling event March 15, 2014

REACH NE Chapter Bowling event March 15, 2014

That one meeting really made an impression on his heart as well as on mine! I tell you all of this because the transformation I saw in my son at the Special Touch Northeast Region Get Away  truly blessed me and I mean for a lifetime.  I have been blessed beyond blessed!  My son has never entered a room and started talking never mind talking to strangers. The first day at the Get Away the atmosphere was so anointed with the Holy Spirit it felt like the very first time I walked into Cornerstone Church, I knew I  had finally found my church family.  I personally did not know a lot of the people but somehow it felt like I knew them already.  The most important thing is Tom felt comfortable.  When you are accepted just as you are; you are then free to be who God made you to be!

Normally, Tom is a very picky eater so I was worried that he would lose even more weight and he really could not afford to lose any more weight.  We have been trying for several months to get Tom to eat more so he could gain back some of the 10 pounds he lost over the past year.  The chef at Eisner’s Camp was absolutely wonderful!  When people ask Tom what he liked most about the Get Away he says,

“The food! The Chef was awesome.”

So a great big THANK YOU! to Chef Paul out at Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA.

I joke and say Tom is the Special Touch R.E.A.C.H. New England Chapter’s ambassador.  In essence, he is because no matter where we go people are hearing about the Special Touch Northeast Region Get Away. He tells everyone how wonderful it was and he is 100% right!

Tom is looking forward to the 2015 Northeast Region Get Away and so am I!!!

 

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C.cada Flash Fiction Exercise

C.cada is a community for Christian artists to get together and practice their art work whether it be writing, painting, pencil drawings, water-color,  photography, wood carving, musical/instrumental, fabric art, etc.  Pastor J of Lillie-Put is the founder of C.cada (Cornerstone Christian Artist Day Apart).  Pastor J gave us a flash fiction writing exercise in which we could choose one of the three photos he displayed as prompts and write a short story 200 words or less.   Pastor J will be posting other stories at Lillie-Put  sometime in the future.  This was the prompt I chose.

Sunset Prayer

Sunset Prayer

His Promises

By Deb Maciorowski

 

I could no longer wrap my mind around the recent events. Inconsolable and unable to fathom what transpired less than forty-eight hours ago. Would I ever understand? How could I?

As I walked along the path my mind was flooded with His words. ‘I’ll never leave you nor forsake you, His enduring love, He is faithful till the very end, My grace is sufficient …’

“STOP, JUST STOP!!!   I know what Your word says but really, God? Why? So young and her whole life ahead of her and now, she’s gone…”

“Child, I know you don’t understand! But what you need to know is her smile touched the hearts of many souls. Souls that might not have ever known Me. People often wondered how she could be so happy. Her answer emphatically was, ‘I have Jesus in my heart, don’t you?!’ ”

“But, Lord, why my baby girl?”

“Whose, then? Your sister’s, your neighbor’s, or the sweet little one in the bed next to hers? You see, I heard your cry for mercy the other night. ‘Lord, take her before it gets really bad. Don’t let her suffer.’ ”

I knelt and prayed, “In Your strength then, not mine, Lord!”

 

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