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rainbowjo
03-13-03, 01:38 PM
God IS Good!

Just thought I'd pop by and remind you. He is the most beautiful Kind and Faithful Friend we could ever have. He never leaves our side... He ALWAYS wants the best for us, He cares for us with a LOVE deeper than all the love in the world put together......

He is Our Saviour,
Our Answer,
Our Hope.....

He is the Way when there seems to be no Way.........

He is YOUR Saviour,
YOUR Answer,
Your friend......

He is beside you as you read this, His arms outstretched... let Him hug you..... He CARES so much.....right there by your side........

I had to PRAISE Him today. Because without His HOPE I would have no Hope. It can be a long hard journey and by myself I would sit down and say "Daddy, I can't do this......"......God is our Daddy, our Father, our greatest encourager.....I'm so glad that when I Can't go on, He CAN... He does...... gently leading me through the wilderness asking me just to TRUST as a little child....

He opens doors and nobody can shut them. He closes doors and nothing that comes against me in this world can open them. I know, because I experience it over and over again in my life. GOD IS FAITHFUL. HE IS SO FAITHFUL......He holds the KEY to FREEDOM, the KEY to HEALING, the KEY to ABUNDANT LIFE.......

He is the vine, we are the branches. HE will give us ALL we need to bear much fruit. JEHOVAH JIRAH.. our PROVIDER.......

Oh, just listen what happened to me today..... well, in the bookshop/newsagents where I work I sell several hundred magazine titles, a lot of them cult, horoscope and other things pornographic in nature (not what the world terms pornographic magazines, but the photos are certainly NOT honoring to God) that I have been questioning before God whether I can continue to stand and sell - to stay in the job ......life is so precious, with hundreds of people dying everyday and going to an eternal hell maybe because they have never heard the good news of the Gospel of Christ, and I am spending most of my time everyday selling things that are destroying lives........or cetainly not making a difference for God's Kingdom.......serving in a world of fast-paced consumerism and greed.........

My question has been how can I sell these things and ask God to bless these people, when in standing there I am silently testifying to the world that it is OK. It is not OK. I am searching God's Word and I believe that I cannot do this job and glorify God, so I WOULD REALLY VALUE YOUR PRAYERS THAT GOD WILL GIVE ME GUIDANCE AND WISDOM IF HE WANTS ME TO DO SOMETHING ELSE......... and TRUST to go wherever He leads me, whatever the cost, whatever is lost.........

But that is not what I was starting off to share about today... well, out of all these magazines there is just one Christian Paper with 7 orders and 7 copys coming in, and 2 copys of a Christian magazine on the shelf, called "Woman Alive". Yesterday I was talking to a friend about this and she said she'd like to get Woman Alive, so I thought I'd buy it for her,.... I was going to buy it as I went out on my lunchbreak but forgot so as I walked down the street I thought I'd get it later on at tea-break.

Anyway, a few seconds later - just after thinking this, there was a lady infront of me collecting for a charity. I stopped to ask her what it was and she said it was for building a hospital for those with Leprosy in Madras......wow, that was such a blessing to hear,......I was out near Madras a few years ago with my church and God broke my heart for those with Leprosy I prayed for......

I opened my purse and found I only had about 40 pence in change and a five pound note... so I put the five pound note in her collecting box and went on my way rejoicung at the gift of being able to store up treasures in Heaven as God used that money for His Glory... I felt so blessed.. so happy........

I didn't have the money any more to get the magazine, but never mind - I could get it another day......

Anyway, friends, listen to how COOL God is.... He is just so Funny......when we give with one hand so often He gives straight back with the other..........

Later this afternoon an elderly lady came in and was taking a long time trying to take her pension book out of her bag, as I waited to serve her I just asked the Lord to bless her because it was obviously hard for her.......(How I thank God for my health and physical well-being).......

She asked me for a single brown envelope to put her pension book in as she needed to send it back to the social security office,.....we didn't have the right size so I opened a new packet and worked out the individual price.. a JOY to be able to help her.. and she asked me to find the address and write it on the envelope for her.......oh, what a joy, after days of feeling I wasn't making a difference there, I had the opportunity to really bless someone in a really really small way.......so small you'd have thought it to be insignificant, afterall It was only my job....

Oh no, nothing is too small for God......I got the lady a stamp and we stuck it on.... then as she paid she pressed two pounds into my hands.. "Buy yourself something nice, dear", she said.. oh, she was so thankful for something that seemed so small.. but I had blessed her, and her thankfulness blessed me... and then the 2 in my hands. At teabreak I went to the shelf to see how much Woman Alive magazine was.... guess how much it was?....

Yep, it was 2!!! 2 exactly! Just what the lady had given me! Oh, God is Good, He cares about things in the smallest of details... He's an awesome God!!!!!! How I pray that magazine will bless my friend Valerie, and to think that the lady who gave me the 2 will be really really blessed as well as it's treasure she's stored up in Heaven!!!!

How rich we are! How blessed! Thousands live in mud huts with no running water,.... infected by vermin, bitten by rats, eaten by lice... starving to death.....

Thousands are parlysed and cannot move one limb... I CAN. That makes me too blessed to put into words..... far too blessed to keep it to myself......

Oh how I want to SHARE my JOY and THANKFULNESS with the world. GOD IS GOOD. ALL the time. Even when it is so hard and painful that we wonder if we can go on. God is GOOD! He is FAITHFUL. The same yesterday, today and tiomorrow, it CAN'T be changed! God is GOOD!

Yesterday I'd a beautiful SON-shine filled day off work and was invited as a special guest to the special needs Childrens church group my friend Avril leads. We took the children out to the park/play area infront of the church and in the same little crescent my flat looks out over. It was beautiful. Throwing the ball up in the radiant Sonshine.. running and dancing and laughing with these special little children......God's Treasures.....

Oh yes, God is GOOD!!!!!My heart is burning with a vision to work full time for His Kingdom in reaching out to the children of Omagh.......if that is of God then I know in His timing He will provide and make it possible.... for now I am being refined through the fire and He is teaching me to be obedient through the wilderness. ........

No matter what, there is one thing I am sure of.....

God is GOOD,

I Love you, my friends,
remember that He's GOOD,
Don't forget now.....
write it on the tablet of your heart......
Pass it on to your children and your children's children.....

Let it be a banner flying through your homes today: "GOD IS GOOD"........

Hugs and SON-shine,
from your LOVING sister here in God's beautiful Ireland,
the one whom God Loves
Just as you are THE ONE WHOM GOD LOVES........

Remember, HE's GOOD and that is GOSPEL TRUTH!
((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))))
love from
JOanna :)

Ann
03-13-03, 01:51 PM
Father thank You for blessing Joanna and leading her so particularly. Thank You also for showing her the answers to working in the world without being of the world. Please continue to lead and guide her and give her wisdom and great joy in Jesus.


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(((((((((Hugs for Joanna)))))))))

b
03-13-03, 05:56 PM
Thankyou Jo, for sharing that. it really is such a blessing to hear about your day. :D

Heavenly God, ThankYou for putting this joy in Jo's heart. ThankYou for the mercies and works that You do in Jo's life, and all of our lives, even when we don't recognise them.
God please continue to teach Jo in the ways You know are right. and please also continue to bless her abundently with this joy that she has been experiencing.
God please guide her clearly, one way or another about this job, and Your will for her in it. God please help her to glorify You, and to pass on the joy You have given her. May her cup floweth over with joy, and may many people come to know Christ as their Lord and Saviour because of it. because of Your work in her, and Your love for everybody.
please open the hearts and eyes of those around Jo, to see You and Your love.
In Jesus' Name i ask. ThankYou.
Amen.

Marilyn
03-13-03, 07:00 PM
Thank You Jesus for Your faithfulness and Your presence!

Halleluiah!

\:)/

lap7
03-13-03, 07:27 PM
Seems like your in full-time service now. Praise God again.
Lord I pray that JOann would granted wisdom for her work and that she would continue to be a blessing for You and to You.

Kaline
03-14-03, 02:16 AM
Thank you Joanna for sharing such a wonderful story about yourself.

Father, praise you most high as it is through you that everything is possible. Thank you for the wonderful sharing on sister, joanna. Yes Lord, you have done amazing things to her life as well as ours. Continue to let her be your salt and light in this world, let us all come together to make a difference to this word. In Jesus Name. Amen!:angel: