Monthly Archives: December 2014

Merry Christmas! It is Jesus’ birthday! He may not have been born on December 25, however, it is a good time to celebrate His birth. Here it is in God’s Word:Luke 2 King James Version (KJV) 2 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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Asking Jesus, in His name, is so important that it is mentioned over again and again in the Bible. Examples include the following:Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

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putting the cart before the horse:I may be guilty of putting the cart before the horse, not once, but twice, right here in this new blog. First, I did not begin with God’s Word. Second, I may have assumed that you have a relationship with Jesus. If you do not know Jesus you may be much less inclined to ask, however, I know of many instances in which someone who professed not to believe in God would suddenly pray for help in a crisis. How many times do we hear “Oh God!” That expression can have different meaning from one person to another; from one situation to another. Sometimes it is more of an expression of swearing, which God does not want us to do. However, in some cases, someone might be feeling so desperate that they do pray in spite of their nonbelief. I certainly have not intended to make this blog for believers only; in fact, quite the opposite. I want those who do not believe in Jesus to come here and discover Him, repent of their sins, be baptized by immersion in Jesus’ Name and receive the Holy Ghost, the sign of which is speaking (or in my case, singing) in tongues. This is proclaimed in Acts chapter 2, verse 38. 38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. NKJV (New King James Version)

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The theme of this blog is to ASK Jesus for what you need or want. Some people never think to ask Him; others expect Him to provide without any effort on their part. It is important to communicate with God, in prayer, by asking. When people have been avoiding me because I am totally blind, I feel sad. If they want to know how I function as a blind person, getting to know me usually does the trick. What holds many sighted people back is that they are afraid to ask. Just asking me “how do you do” such-and-such can solve the problem. I say that the acronym ASK stands for “always seek knowledge.” Seeking knowledge of Jesus, or help from Jesus can solve many issues, if not all of them. He does not always answer in our time, especially if we are in a big all-fired-up hurry, but He does answer when we ask. He may not give us the answer we want but He always has an answer which is always appropriate according to how God thinks. Some of us, definitely including myself, have learned this the hard way. Just ask!

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It would have been appropriate for me to begin this blog with God’s Word, verses from the Bible. However, I purposefully began with my testimony because this is what I experienced before reading more of the Word. I was also concerned that if I started this blog out with Bible verses rather than my testimony, some people might have been put off. If you are lost and struggling it is probably easier to read of someone else’s journey first; then read God’s Word. If this is backwards to some, I apologize.

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Why do I tell you all of this? For one thing, I am so excited about it that I want to share it. Second, I know there are people out there who are lost, as I was, who need Jesus in their lives. I want to help you come to Jesus or be rescued by Him, as I was.

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But wait, there’s more! I had become uncomfortable at my then current church and in January had stopped attending altogether. I did not know why this was happening because I liked the New Age church. One day, I was trying to figure out how to hold a harmonica properly. I am a blind person who was taking harmonica lessons over Skype. I am a member of the National Federation of the Blind, and I joined our music list to ask.A young man referred me to Lance Appleton who plays harmonica. His music is Christian, which I decided was okay. I never did follow through on how to hold the harmonica, however, Joshua continued to communicate with me by email. At one point he asked me if I was a Christian. I said I was, without thinking twice. I’d been a luke-warm Christian but had gone further and further away. When he asked if my church was Bible-based, my stomach lurched. I had thought it was. They quote the Bible from time to time. But everything there was thought-related. The Bible was a good story containing many thought concepts. They regarded Jesus as a “way-shower” and great teacher. They did not believe in the actual crucifixion or resurrection of Jesus; they were states of thought. I told Joshua this and he informed me that he could point me to a church where they had music I would like, good preaching and a better relationship to Jesus. He sent me to the main website. I checked the locator, and sure enough, there was an apostolic pentecostal church in my area. He aske me if I would attend, and I quickly said I would. And I did. To me, it is miraculous that I followed Jesus’ lead without any rebellion. This still amazes me! I visited the church but thought I probably would not be baptized or receive the Holy Ghost, but Jesus had other plans. Five weeks after I had been at this church, I sent a long email to Jesus, repenting all of the sins I could think of, realizing that He knew every one. Then I was sitting one evening holding Maryah (Mariah with a Y), my eldest kitty and she was purring. Suddenly I burst out singing a song I had never heard, in a language I knew not. I realized it was the Holy Ghost! I was in Jesus and Jesus was in me! The next week, I was baptized, by immersion, in Jesus’ name!

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My testimony continued:(I do not know how much room we have per post.) I asked God for medical help. I asked Him to help me in whatever ways He could. In January I received an email from Social Security. Thinking it was one of their usual unhelpful communications, I deleted it. Later I had a strong intuitive urge to read that email. It listed new additions to conditions SS would cover. One jumped out at me. I always thought that if one had a bowel obstruction, it happened one time, part of the bowel died and the person probably died. But listed here was “chronic idiopathic intestinal obstruction.” I *knew* that was it! I called my dr. only to discover I had been reassigned to a new doctor. When I met her I told her what I thought my condition was. I asked for a scan and I stated I would not leave the room until she set me up for one. The scan was abnormal. I was referred to a gastroenterologist who saw, immediately, that I had a twisted bowel. I was quickly referred to a surgeon who was able to get me in the very next day. Both the GI dr. and the surgeon informed me that any of the blockages I experienced during this 2-1/2-year time could have killed me. The surgery was successful! I owe it all to Jesus for such answered prayer. It was life-savingly important that I *asked* for His help! I did not know if He would hear me, let alone answer me. If you are thinking doubtfully about Him answering you, just ask Him. He will answer. Maybe not in your preferred time frame; maybe not the answer you expect, but He will answer!

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My Testimony:Thursday, December 19th, 2013, I was at a party where I knew no one. I became violently ill, far away from home. When I got home, I crashed. I do not remember much about my urgent prayer, but I asked God to please help me find the right doctors who would figure out what was wrong with me and correct it before I died. I had been ill off-and-on for 2-1/2 years. Doctors just told me to go home and take metamucil.

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Hi, This is a brand new blog. I want to help those who are lost find Jesus. He rescued me and I believe He can help you, too.

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