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Flatten the (Coronavirus) Curve Friday

Flatten the Curve Friday

Ask for a spirit of grace and supplication as you pray for the curve to flatten!

2 Corthinians 1:11

Join us in this work. Lend us a hand through prayer so that many will give thanks for the gift that comes to us when God answers the prayers of so many.

verses 8-10 tell us why they asked for the joining of prayer:

My brothers and sisters, we have to tell you that when we were in Asia the troubles we faced were nearly more than we could handle. The burdens we bore nearly crushed us. Our strength dwindled to nothing. For a while, we weren’t sure we would make it through the whole ordeal. We thought we would have to serve out our death sentences right then and there. As a result, we realized that we could no longer rely on ourselves and that we must trust solely in God, who possesses the power to raise the dead. 10 Miraculously, God, Himself delivered us from the cold hands of death. We again place our hope in Him alone, and we know He will deliver us.

Pray

Father, we thank you, you’re both mighty and merciful, we too as your people ask for the work of your delivering hand over this coronavirus. Deliver us from the evil of this hidden enemy and premature death, deliver our city (name your city) deliver our state (name your state) and together in unity of prayer, in one spirit, deliver our nation back to you.
We ask for a miraculous work of your hand over our nation; we plead the report of your atoning blood to speak across the state lines. We place our hope, our focus, and strength in the Holy Spirit and truth. We thank you and hold you to the integrity of your word that it shall not return void but will succeed in the matter in which it is sent for the greater glory of your name.

Isa 8:9 – Decree, listen closely Corona Virus, get ready… to be shattered!!!

Listen closely, even if you’re far away:
Get ready for battle—get ready to be battered;
get ready for battle—get ready to be shattered.

Isa. 1:28 – Decree the Corona Virus curve to be crushed, shattered, and ask for the warring angels to complete our petitions and prayers.

But those who arrogantly persist in doing wrong will be crushed.

Psalms 106:44

Nevertheless, He saw their great struggle, took pity on them,
and heard their prayers;

Romans 8:26

A similar thing happens when we pray. We are weak and do not know how to pray, so the Spirit steps in and articulates prayers for us with groaning too profound for words

Acts 12

but fervent and persistent prayer for him (Peter) was being made to God by the church.

Amazing! The Lord has sent His messenger to rescue

When Peter came to his senses, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel and has rescued me.

We too, friends, will know for certain we have been rescued by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Col 4:2-6 – Encouragement with purposes to remain constant & continue to pray.

Pray, and keep praying. Be alert and thankful when you pray.  And while you are at it, add us to your prayers. Pray that God would open doors and windows and minds and eyes and hearts for the word so we can go on telling the mystery of the Anointed, for this is exactly why I am currently imprisoned. Pray that I will proclaim this message clearly and fearlessly as I should.

 Be wise when you engage with those outside the faith community; make the most of every moment and every encounter. When you speak the word, speak it gracefully (as if seasoned with salt), so you will know how to respond to everyone rightly.

The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you,

Deborah ~ 4 Unfolded Hearts Ministry

Mother’s Day

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is called blessed among all women, and rightfully so! Let’s take a closer look at Mary‘s life so that we might glean from the actions and attributes of the one who received such a noteworthy call.

No other person was as close to Jesus than Mary, His mother. Could you imagine?

   Actions:

  • When the Angel Gabriel appeared to her announcing she would give birth, Mary responds with maturity at her young age. She understood the scriptures, and it showed by her willingness to obey. (Luke 1:26-38)
  • Mary nurtured Jesus into manhood; in turn we are to nurture our children in the way of the Lord. (Luke 2:51,52; Eph. 6:4)

Attributes:

  • Nature of Purity and Holiness
  • Faithful Wife and Mother
  • Showed Courage & Strength to remain at Crucifixion (John 19:25-27)
  • Prayed in the Upper Room for a new coming of Holy Spirit (Acts 1:14)
  • Song of Praise (Luke 1:46-55)

The passage from chapter two of the Book of John is common to most of us as the first miracle performed by Jesus. It’s perhaps less familiar to think about Mary communicating as a parent to Jesus. While this may be a new concept as you read the scripture, allow yourself to focus on the details of Mary rather than Jesus alone, just this once. In other words, put yourself in Mary’s sandals.

I selected the Voice Version for this passage in hopes to gain understanding as we focus on what Mary says to her adult son. Let’s see how these attributes are played out for parental guidance.

Wedding Feast
John 2:1-12
Voice Version

Three days later, they all went to celebrate a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was invited together with Him and His disciples. While they were celebrating, the wine ran out; and Jesus’ mother hurried over to her son.
Mary: The host stands on the brink of embarrassment; there are many guests, and there is no more wine.
Jesus: Dear woman, is it our problem they miscalculated when buying wine and inviting guests? My time has not arrived.
But she turned to the servants.
Mary: Do whatever my son tells you.
In that area were six massive stone water pots that could each hold 20 to 30 gallons. They were typically used for Jewish purification rites. 7 Jesus’ instructions were clear:
Jesus: Fill each water pot with water until it’s ready to spill over the top; 8 then fill a cup, and deliver it to the headwaiter.
They did exactly as they were instructed. 9 After tasting the water that had become wine, the headwaiter couldn’t figure out where such wine came from (even though the servants knew), and he called over the bridegroom in amazement.
Headwaiter: This wine is delectable. Why would you save the most exquisite fruit of the vine? A host would generally serve the good wine first and, when his inebriated guests don’t notice or care, he would serve the inferior wine. You have held back the best for last.
11 Jesus performed this miracle, the first of His signs, in Cana of Galilee. They did not know how this happened; but when the disciples and the servants witnessed this miracle, their faith blossomed.
With a wedding as the setting of Jesus’ first sign, John shows how Jesus’ ministry isn’t limited to just “spiritual” things, but is His blessing for all of life.
12 Jesus then gathered His clan—His family members and disciples—for a journey to Capernaum where they lingered several days.

Mary knew her son had potential of a higher calling than what was evident in the world. Mary was a voice in her parenting: she saw it was time and that Jesus was ready to step into His calling.

She exhibited confidence in His given abilities. As a voice in parenting we are to speak of potential and praise to our children, helping them understand their identity and purpose well into their adulthood.

Outcome

Jesus’ demonstration miracle was a sign to all attending as far as the surrounding villages. The community now understood Jesus’ identity and purpose, perhaps not fully, as much more understanding was to unfold. Yet I do believe Mary knew this was the time in which it would be revealed.

The same is true for your children, my children: simply stated, if its God’s purposed role for our children they will rule in the community in which He leads. Others will take notice, not solely of the son or daughter but of the display of God’s goodness and glory through their lives. As God manifests His favor and grace may we be faithful to help point others to Him.

Lastly, we see an exchange of endearment in the end, as Jesus tenderly placed His mother in the care of John before He died.

May you be assured of the knowledge that God created you, your spouse and children with purpose to shine forth the glory of God. Through every season and circumstance hold fast to the faithfulness of His promises.

Blessings,
Deborah Somjak for Unfolded Hearts Ministry

Psalm 139:16-18 Voice
You see all things;
You saw me growing, changing in my mother’s womb;
Every detail of my life was already written in Your book;
You established the length of my life before I ever tasted the sweetness of it.
Your thoughts and plans are treasures to me, O God! I cherish each and every one of them!
How grand in scope! How many in number!
If I could count each one of them, they would be more than all the grains of sand on earth. Their number is inconceivable!

What Great Love!

Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you.'” The Lord’s love is everlasting. In 1 John 4:7 we read, “God is love.” We cannot separate the two. Therefore, before creation was spoken into existence, love was present. Before it was know or seen, His love existed. Even before you or I existed, His love was present, and directed with regard concerning each of us. Matthew 18:20 says, “Whenever two or three are gathering in his name, he is in the midst of them.” He is in the midst of us, even now, friends. Hebrews 13:3 declares. “I will never leave you or forsake you” His love will forever remain; He has willed and continues to love you with His everlasting love. Selah, pause.

His heart yearns to be ministered to by our love. In all of His creation, we are the only creatures who can express our love back to Him.

Action: Take the time today and express your gratitude to God for the love He has lavished upon you!

John 3:16 ” For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten [unique] Son, so that whoever believes in [trust in, clings to, relies on] Him shall not perish [come to destruction, be lost] but have eternal [everlasting] life.”

This passage from John indicates the relationship of the Father’s love to the work of Christ and of both to the life of believers. John, Jesus’ beloved, is the same disciple who wrote the 4th Gospel, as well as the Epistles of 1 John. The first Epistle of John relates to fellowship and faith as John was writing, looking back, giving an account of his daily fellowship with Jesus. It’s an account with a distinctive quality worth meditating on as well as to gain an understanding of love. John’s writings provide one third of the references to love in the bible.

In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul describes love as a “more excellent way” than tongues or even preaching. Wow- love above preaching. We don’t even have to leave our homes to practice the highest regard of the gospel. Paul uses the greek word “agape” to describe love in this verse meaning charity, affection, and good will. This is a sacrificial expression that is voluntary in nature, yet it becomes supreme as we weigh the price of Christ’s divine sacrifice.

When we learn more of love we learn more of God. We cannot separate the two.

Deborah Somjak 4 Unfolded Hearts Ministry

Showing Love

Listen: set aside time daily without distractions and look eye to eye when speaking.

Communicate: (a) Don’t make another guess what you are thinking or feeling. (b) Verbally express your love (women like to hear it). (c) Shamelessly brag of her/his good qualities.

Learn to Forgive: forgiveness is at the heart of the gospel and the heart of every meaningful relationship. Past, present, and future.

Showing Respect

Honor Wishes and Take Advice: giving weight to wishes and advice shows importance and priority.

Emphasize Good Points: focus on qualities you most admire.

Don’t: Complain, interrupt, nag, argue, correct– shhhh

Learn to be: Thankful and Content.

Smile: it creates contagious happiness.

Women God Uses

Please consider this a follow-up to my last post, The 5 Women in the Lineage of Christ in which I mention, The Virgin Mary.  I recently received a devotional with some further insights from Derek Prince Ministries that I want to share with you. Not only do I find this article to be full of truth and inspiring. I believe this is a living word  for many women in this hour.

Excerpt from Article

Derek Prince had some amazing insights on women who responded to the Lord in faith. Listen as he marvels at how Mary, the  mother of our Lord Jesus, gave the go-ahead to God’s plans for her life.

Let me speak for a moment about God’s dependence upon man. To me this is almost frightening. One example that always impresses me is the Virgin Mary.

So far as I understand Scripture, the total plan of human redemption depends on the right response of the Virgin Mary. If she had failed, the whole plan of redemption would never have gone into action. When you think of  what God built on one insignificant little Jewish village maiden, no wonder the Scripture says, “All generations shall call her blessed.”

“I am the Lord servant”, Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” If she had never said those words, as I understand it, there would have  been no salvation. God built everything on the response of that one young Jewish maiden. I think the Scriptures make it clear that it was her response of faith that enabled God to go ahead.

I don’t know that there is any way to give expression to my awe at God depending on one little Jewish woman. And then that makes me think,

 “What is God depending on me for?”

I don’t believe that’s an exception; I belive it’s a principle. God depends on His people and He has limited Himself deliberately in His sovereignty to do only what we will enable Him to do.

 God has a plan for us, and He is abundantly ready and able to implement it. It is our response – our go-ahead – which represents the point of release.

Could this be such an occasion in matters facing you? Could this be the moment God is saying, “Go” and you want to say to the Lord, “Yes, I’ll go! I’ll go ahead! May it be to me as You have said!”

If you are sensing this is your moment of destiny, please pray the following prayer with me:

Dear Lord Jesus, I proclaim the truth of Your Scriptures: that You have plan for me that are for welfare and not for calamity, to give me a future and a hope. I want to step into those plans now by faith. If You are saying, “Go” at this time, my response to You is, “I’ll go ahead.”

I declare this to be my moment of release to You. I release myself into Your hands and into Your plans. May it be to me as You have said. Accomplish Your purposes and plans in my life from this point forward.

5 Women in the Lineage of Christ

The book of Matthew Chapter One supplies us the Genealogy of Jesus Christ.

While this ancestral list may not include everyone, there are five women who are mentioned: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Uriah’s wife – Bathsheba and Mary.

Many are most familiar with Mary. This is the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. Its interesting, to me, that Mary is most known by and associated with being called, the Virgin Mary. We can read the prophecy of the virgin birth found in Isaiah 7 and it fulfillment in Matthew 1: 22, 23.

I am certain it is for reasons that extend far – beyond the first glimpse of scripture and the birth of Jesus. I like to call it; God’s spiritual reasoning of Redemption. What is Redemption?  Salvation, Deliverance, Rescue, Liberation, Release and Recovery. I think these are all such great descriptive words especially for, women.  Not that we ought to just know them but to experience them.  

  Redemption on so many different levels.

Did you know that Tamar, Rahab and Bathsheba were connected with sexual sins; Rahab and Ruth were not Jewish, and Ruth belonged to the Nation of Moab, which had its origin in incest. It’s quite shocking isn’t it? In fact, if this you’re first time ever hearing such a report and you’re trying to wrap your mind around the thought, could this be true ? Could it be possible? Is this factual? Or even scripturally correct?

Decided for yourselves: see Gen. 19:30-37; Duet. 23:3 

Listen, I am not a scholar or do I pretend to be. I would say, I enjoying learning. I am a devoted woman who is deeply in love with my savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. I would even refer to myself, as a Berean. We find Paul stating in the New Testament as he ministered at Berea in Acts 17:11…they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.

I will surrender to the unction of the Holy Spirit, in my life. Consequently my friends it is under His influence in how we meet.

You may or may not believe this next statement – I find it a discipline to write. OK, so I’m saying, it’s not enjoyable for me to write. I find it can be similar to a chore to some degree. I liken it to ironing. In my early days of marriage I really didn’t care for ironing in fact I avoided it, most days. My mother in law felt the same way except, about dusting. So, we had a deal with each other when we would visit each others home. I would dust when at her house and in return when she would come to visit my husband and me she would do the ironing. In some small way this made the chore a bit more bearable.

Although, I have learned that as I give in to the discipline it didn’t mean I was giving up.

The process of discipline held within it a wisdom and reward of its own.

This process is a lifelong training in our growing, learning and granting all such forms of discipline in order to yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness. I’m hoping it yields true in this case.  🙂 See Hebrews 12:11

Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Uriah’s wife – Bathsheba and Mary these women were a part of God’s unique providence in preparing for and bringing the Messiah to His people.

Author, Francine Rives writes a novella on each one of these ladies. Listen to quote from the inside cover of her book, “Five women God chose. Each was faced with extraordinary – even scandalous – challenges. Each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling. Each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.”

While I found these books to be enlightening and helpful to strengthen my view of scriptures certainly the best place to start to learn and hear each of these women’s stories is in Scripture itself!       ~      Debbie 4 Unfoldedhearts

Tamar a women of hope

Rahab is a woman of faith.

Ruth is a woman of love.

Bathsheba is a woman who received unlimited grace.

Mary is a woman of obedience.

Francine Rivers