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Raging anger morphed him into someone I’d never seen. It was horrible. Just minutes before, we were having a civilized conversation.
His body racked with pain. Morphine, alcohol, and other drugs were his best friends. Doctors couldn’t find the source of his pain. He looked desperately to me. “Help me, Sharon, I can’t live like this anymore.”
I prayed with him and when I opened my eyes, asked him the question that led to his rage, “Is there someone you need to forgive?” He became fidgety. His voice got stronger and assertive. “Well, yes but that has nothing to do with, anything.”
I asked, “Who can’t you forgive?” He rolled his eyes, got out of his chair, and morphed into a mad man. Profanities shot from the secret place of his heart.
Gently I said, “Can you forgive them?”
“NO!” He screamed. “Leave me the %^%$# alone! You have no idea what you are asking!”
With tears in my eyes, I said, “Yes, I do. I’ve had to forgive. . .”
When Satan gets a foothold (a door) into our life through anger, bitterness, or unforgiveness- it’s destructive.
He (Satan) wants to kill, steal, and destroy. Give him the opportunity and he’ll wreck our life; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Even the secular world knows that unforgiveness and bitterness can cause untold physical and mental issues.
What lives within the secret place of our soul, ultimately defines our life.
Every day, many times (even hourly) I have to go before with the Lord and give Him my burdens, grievances, and hurt. I open the Word desperately searching for answers and He always provides. He’s faithful.
The more time I spend in the secret place with Him and His Word, the more His attributes become mine. I see others through His eyes and not my own. I can forgive as He forgives because He gives me His ability. His love consumes me and I am able to live above my circumstances and not be controlled by them.
Oh, love- His love “is as strong as death. . . Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it” (Song of Songs 8:7a). Bitterness, unforgiveness. . . can’t live in the presence of Jesus’ love. It conquers all!
His love is the antidote for the poison of it. The secret place of our heart is sacred to Jesus. We can’t let unforgiveness reside there. It can cause serious issues.
In Matthew 15:18, Jesus tells us, “ what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart. . .” If we bury resentment in the secret place of our heart, it will come out one way or the other. What lives within the secret place of our soul- ultimately defines our life.
Is there someone you need to forgive? Someone you can’t love? Get alone in a room. Shut the door.
There’s also a test I use on my heart. Think about the person that you may have an issue with. Pray that God will pour bountiful blessings on them and that He will prosper them in everything they do. If you can’t pray that, go back to step #1.
If they live near by, bring them a plate of cookies (8 of my favorite recipes)or invite them to a homemade German Pot Roast dinner with all the trimmings! If they live far away, send a card or call them on the phone in a kind, humble spirit. An act of love is powerful.
None of us are exempt from hardships with difficult people. Injustices are worthy of anger. It’s healthy to get angry over injustice. But, anger can never be allowed to rule over us. We can’t open the door of bitterness and unforgiveness to dwell within. We must guard the secret place of our heart from everything that pollutes.
Now, to get back to the story with my friend…
He FORGAVE and is a new man!! He was tormented for 40 years and is now free! What lives within the secret place of his soul, now gloriously defines his life. He’s a new man with a peace that passes understanding!
Do you or someone in your life struggle with anger, bitterness or unforgiveness? Leave a one word comment below and we will pray. Your comment will enter you to win three of my favorite books, a DVD, the glass candle holders shown and seeds from my zinnia plants here: The Unburdened Heart by Suzie Eller, A Tale of Three Kings (A Study in Brokenness) and The Greatest Thing in the World by Henry Drummond and DVD Les Miserables.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Rachael’s baby shower was this past weekend! Her baby is due November 4. It’s a boy! They haven’t announced his first name yet. Hence his last name “Curry” strung at top of cake between two branches. Organic gluten free cake. Made with all natural dyes. I curled organic chocolate to make trees on the cake. Wilton tip 233 piped frosting to look like grass for the animals to stand on and tree tops. I used Wilton tip 48 for the rest of the frosting. We had lots of tree stumps ready for fall splitting and used one to set cake on.
Rachael, her sisters, niece and me. Rachael’s the one in the red dress in the center! Her sister, Hannah is due to have baby, Lydia- next week!!! We are SO excited!!!Her mother-in law gave Hannah’s baby shower last month. Hannah is on the end.
Homemade Beatrix Potter flags decorated the table- thanks to Grandpa Dale!
Hannah prepared the meat, cheese and fruit platter.
Jennifer made buckeye acorns. The flower arrangements were freshly pulled carrots, radishes and fresh basil from the garden displayed in mason jars.
Dairy free Punch. Pureed raspberries, pineapple juice, coconut milk and ginger-ale.
Chrissy- childhood best friend
Mother-in-law, Barbara Curry, Rachael and her sister-in-law, Laura
Rachael and Grandma Shanaberger
Aunt Dawn, Rachael and Grandma Marilyn
Aunt Susan, cousin Danielle, Rachael and cousin Lauren
Selena and Rachael. Heather hollowed cabbage out and filled with spinach dip- served with vegetables.
Rachael due November 4 and her sister due Sept 18 and they didn’t plan it! Heather, their oldest sister had her baby in March. BLESSINGS!!!!
Her friends and family showered her with blessings all day! It was a perfect shower!
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”Bonhoefer
My heart aches for our family (Christians) who are enduring the horrific persecution in Iraq by the terrorist organization called ISIS (an acronym for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). The news stations (Fox News, CNN, Al Jazeera) have reported brutal murders, beheadings, and tormenting acts against Christians living in the country of Iraq. Most have had to flee their homes or risk rape and murder. Many, upon fleeing their homes have died on the journey over the mountains because of starvation. If they can’t leave their homes, they’re tortured and killed. Mosul Iraq is said to be completely barren of Christians.
One report said, “Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst,” said Mark Arabo, a Californian businessman and Chaldean-American leader. In an interview with CNN’s Jonathan Mann, he called what’s happening in Iraq a “Christian genocide” and said “children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being hung. The world hasn’t seen an evil like this for generations.”
The writer of Hebrews (in chapter 13 verse 3) tells us, “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.”
Jesus knew that His followers would endure persecution. He endured so much persecution for us. The early church endured persecution at such an intensity that most of us have a hard time relating to it. But, this was the situation from which Jesus gave instructions to His followers by saying, “And He said to all, ‘If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me’” (Luke 9:23).
I want to be equipped and ready to follow the Lord, to deny myself and take up my cross to follow Him just like the Christians of Iraq. Oh my goodness friends, could you do what they are doing? Yes, we could. But it would be grueling, oh how they need our support!
Paul said in Philippians 3:10, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death…”
Paul wasn’t speaking figuratively. He was prepared to die for the King of Glory, who had literally laid down His physical body for him. These blessed Christians in Iraq are willingly sharing in the sufferings of Christ. For Christ they are willing to die, to be mutilated, to suffer. My heart explodes for them as I know yours does.
Jesus himself prophesied of “wars and rumors of wars…” (Matthew 24:6a) but he adds instruction for us in this- “See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.”
Our daughter, Jennifer Glasgow, married Alex Craig on June 7, 2014. We thank the Lord every day for creating the best man ever, for her. Please enjoy a little of our glorious day with these photo’s and video!
The princess and the prince story here.
Homemade Raspberry Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows were the wedding favors-Recipe
I love the story of the cake being lowered from the ceiling. One morning Dale said to me that he had this great idea. He said he wanted Jennifer’s wedding cake to lower from the barn ceiling for her reception. I didn’t say a word, no facial expressions from me. I pretended like he didn’t say it. It was too scary- lowering the wedding cake from the ceiling! We’d never done that! We never mentioned it again.
Then, Alex got here a week before the wedding. In the first hour of his visit, he says to us that he would like to have their wedding cake lowered from the ceiling! I gasped. Dale looked at me, I looked at him. It was a done deal at that moment. Dale drew up the plans and gave them to Alex. We went to bed one night and the next morning we wake up to the entire plan finished, perfectly executed! He’s definitely a keeper.
Thank you Beverly Toves for photographs, the CAKE, arranging our flowers, the chocolate fountain, the portrait. . . YOU ARE AN AMAZING FRIEND! Thank you Forest for the video! Thank you Kim for Photographs!
Reception was held at The Glasgow Farm.
This German Pot Roast will melt in your melt for sure!
3-5 pds chuck roast
3-5 garlic cloves, sliced thin
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
2 cups strong coffee
1 cup water
salt and pepper
Make slits in roast, insert sliced garlic pieces into slits. Place the roast in a glass bowl and cover with one cup vinegar and sliced onions. The vinegar not only flavors the roast but also helps to tenderize it. Add a little more water to cover the roast. Refrigerate for 24-48 hours.
Remove the roast from vinegar, pat dry and place roast in cast iron skillet on HIGH. Brown on both sides in iron skillet. Add the coffee and water- cover and cook on low on stove top with lid for 6 hours (I have made in oven as well, temperature on 300 for 6 hours).
Take roast out of liquid, it will fall apart. Oh my goodness this is incredibly succulent and tender, it melts in your mouth.
Dill Casserole Bread
1 package dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 T. butter, melted
2 t. dill weed
1 cup cottage cheese (I use curds)
2 1/2 cups self rising flour (I use GF Pamela’s)
(If you use regular flour you’ll need to add 1 t. salt and 1/4 t. soda)
Dissolve yeast in water. Mix all other ingredients. Let rise. Stir down. Pour into greased 2 quart casserole dish. Let rise- the longer the better! I let mine rise for 2-3 hours. Bake on 375 for 20-25 mins or until done.
German Potato Salad
7-8 small to medium organic potatoes- chopped
salt to taste
8 slices uncured bacon-fry until crisp and save grease
1 red onion- diced and fried in bacon grease
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 heaping tablespoon flour
1/4 cup organic apple cider
1 bunch chopped chives
Fry bacon till crisp. Crumble, set aside and save grease. Add chopped onion to grease and fry until translucent. Add chicken broth, flour and apple cider to the mixture. Turn off heat. Put chopped potatoes into water seasoned with salt, in a pot. bring to boil and cook for 12 minutes. Drain water off. Add potatoes to other mixture and stir. When time to serve add the crumbled bacon and chopped chives. YUM!
Serve meal with salad!