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Rise From Your Ashes

 

Ps 30 Wailing 2 Dancing TLRight after my brain surgery, I was alone while recovering in an assisted living facility in Phoenix, AZ. My life was so uncertain. My dream home in Oregon was sold, my teaching career seemed to be over, I didn’t know where I would live, ifI would ever recover my health, work, or live independently. MY LIFE WAS IN ASHES. Then….

While driving in my car I heard this song. Tears came to my eyes as I realized God had sent me a message of hope.

“Yes I will rise Out of these ashes rise From this trouble I have found And this rubble on the ground I will rise”

When we need it most, our God will faithfully send us word that we are not alone. That with HIS strength… we will rise out of our ashes to new victories. Don’t ever loose hope, hang on…. you have yet to live the best day of your life!

“And provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor.” Isaiah 63:1 (NIV)

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Ethel Waters

images[7]When I was sixteen-years-old I attended a Billy Graham evangelistic crusade in Winnipeg, Manitoba that profoundly changed my life.  Of course, the world-famous articulate and persuasive ministry of the great evangelist, anointed by the Holy Spirit, was enough to make an indelible mark on my life forever.  Even though I had given my life to the Lord at the early age of four, I was totally awed by the thousands of people who thronged forward to make decisions to follow Jesus.  In addition, I will never forget watching Mr. Graham’s pianist, Tedd Smith, warming up on the keyboard and accompanying the crusade choir made up of men and women from many churches.  I thrilled to the voice of George Beverly Shea and enjoyed Cliff Barrows’ congregational song leading.  The whole experience left me in awe.

But the one thing that literally moved me to tears, and I shall never forget the experience, was a sweet, elderly African-American woman by the name of Ethel Waters, who sang “His Eye Is On the Sparrow”.  She prefaced the song with, “Listen, children….”, and from the first line, “Why should I feel discouraged...” which she articulated with such a nuance of feeling, tears began to come to my eyes!  As she proceeded through several choruses of, “I sing because I’m happy; I sing because I’m free; His eye is on the sparrow; And I know He watches me!”  with the mass choir singing along in the background, I really thought I might be raptured at any moment!  The sheer ecstasy of the whole performance left me feeling like I had been sitting at Jesus’ feet.  It wasn’t even that her voice was the most elegant or dynamic that I had ever heard, but the fact she was able to project to her audience something we all felt way down deep in our souls, that intangible quality that literally brought us into the presence of God!  It was definitely the anointing of the Holy Spirit!

Ethel Waters didn’t always use her talents to sing anointed songs of praise and worship to God.  In fact, she didn’t surrender her life to the Lord until she was in her late 50′s.  She was born in Pennsylvania around the turn of the century, the unwanted product of a rape!  Her mother, Louise Anderson, was raped at knife point when she was only thirteen years old by a middle class mixed-race pianist and family acquaintance by the name of John Waters.  Raised in poverty by her grandmother, Ethel grew up in the slums of Philadelphia and neighboring cities, seldom living anywhere for more than a few weeks at a time.  She later recollected in her autobiography,  His Eye Is On the Sparrow, “No one raised me; I just ran wild.  I never was a child.  I never was cuddled, or liked, or understood by my family.”  She married at age 13 but soon left her abusive husband and became a maid in a Philadelphia hotel working for $4.75 a week.

However, God had His hand on Ethel.  She soon began singing and dancing, as well as performing at church functions.  In 1917 she made her debut on the black vaudeville circuit and performed in Harlem nightclubs in the 1920′s.  Soon she entered the “white time” vaudeville circuit, becoming one of America’s most celebrated and highest-paid entertainers.  At New York City’s “Cotton Club” she introduced what would become one of her #1 hits on the Billboard charts, “Stormy Weather”.  She wrote of her performance, “I was singing the story of my misery and confusion, the story of the wrongs and outrages done to me by people I had loved and trusted.” Later Irving Berlin, impressed by her soulful performance of this song, wrote “Supper Time”, a song about a lynching, for Ethel to perform in a Broadway revue.  She became the first African-American star of a national radio show, was cast several times as a dramatic actress on Broadway and in the movies, and had three of her recordings inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Still, with all of her success, and even a wonderful husband whom she married in 1938, Ethel knew something was missing!  In the late 1950′s Ethel walked down that famous aisle in a Billy Graham crusade and gave her life to Christ!  Her life was never the same! After becoming a born-again Christian, she dedicated the remainder of her life, until her death in 1977, to touring with and singing at many of the Billy Graham crusades, as well as recording several albums of sacred music for Word Records.  Her life was transformed by the power of Jesus Christ!

Talented musicians have always made a deep impression on me, but for this sixteen-year-old girl sitting in that audience so many years ago, the anointing and impact of the music of Ethel Waters would never leave.  God used her to bless a teenager who decided to use her talents in the same way to influence many for Christ!  I hope to see her and share her music in Heaven one day!

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Win A Free Book On GoodReads!

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How would you like a free signed copy of my book DIVINE INTERRUPTIONS: A BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JOB? Just go to the link below and enter my GoodReads giveaway. It doesn’t cost anything to enter. Be sure to tell your friends!!

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Cheryl Zelenka Radio Interview On Woman To Woman

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If you missed my radio interview with Kathy Thomas from Woman to Woman, no worries! Why not kick back and listen to the podcast now? Let me know what you think and be sure to go to the link below to order my newest book DIVINE INTERRUPTIONS: A BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JOB.

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Book Discount Only For One Day

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A positive attitude during my trial recovering from brain surgery brought about spiritual growth and quicker physical healing. I share my testimony in my newest book, DIVINE INTERRUPTIONS: A BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JOB. It will be available on Amazon this Saturday.

I decided to sell this Bible study for $9.99, but only on March 1st, then it goes back up to $12.95. It is also available on Kindle for only $2.99 for the day (Then back up to $4.99)

Hope you get your discounted copy of this big 9×11″ study and learn many lessons from this wonderful Bible character. I praise God for the book of Job!

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Exerpt From Divine Interruptions: A Bible Study Through The Book Of Job

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MY NEWEST BOOK WILL BE ON AMAZON MARCH FIRST!  Here is a bit of a tease… 

Waiting On New Wrapping Paper
Chapter Seven

DAY ONE

Throughout my recovery the question “Why?” was in the forefront of my mind. Like Job, I wanted explanations for my suffering. My spiritual maturing and painful refining required a lot of waiting on the Lord, and patience has never been a virtue I exuded. God was under no obligation to explain His actions, including that which He permitted in my life.

Resting in Him, even while under the shadow of His wings (Ps. 17:8), was difficult. At the ripe old age of 50, God was asking me to make a new life and a new start in Colorado. I felt like a tree uprooted from rich soil and transplanted in rocky, less fertile, DIRT. My roots were deep and established in Oregon. I resented how suddenly I had been ripped out of my community. It felt like a rude interruption at first, but now I see that it was a Divine interruption.

The foggy journey I had to travel was leading uphill, and I was feeling so weak. Leaning on God’s strength was the only way I could get to my feet and move forward. It wasn’t long before I noticed Curiosity and Fear walking beside me. They wanted to know all about my future, but were afraid of what they would discover.

There is more to my story but let’s move on to Day Five of Chapter 7…..

DAY FIVE

Almighty God,
Your existence was established before time itself. You created time for our benefit. Please help me in becoming more patient and teach me how to wait on You. I want to train my ear to recognize Your voice, even within the chaos of my day. Putting You first needs to be a priority in my life!

Send encouragement my way, as I wait on Your promises, and for the answers burning in my heart. Please, wipe away all fear when the path I travel is blocked from my sight and my future seems unclear. May my feet remain firm as they stand upon the Rock, the living Word. Help me to understand Your ways for I want to gain a heart of wisdom and knowledge. Amen.

1) Write down questions in your heart or blessings you are personally waiting for God to answer.
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2) Write a prayer of patience and inquire of God about His delays concerning your prayer requests.
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3) Take a moment to reflect. See if God has already answered your prayer requests or questions. It may be in a different way than the one you expected. Write down your thoughts. 
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4) Read Romans 12:12 and write down the three things listed as Fruit of the Spirit. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Scripture of the Week: “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus.” 
Romans 15:5 (NIV)

Promise/Praise: 
“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” Hebrews 10:36

Lexicon: sabar (saw-bar’) to expect (with hope and patience): hope, tarry, view, wait. 

Name of God: Jehovah Nissi-The Lord my Refuge
http://www.blueletterbible.org/study/misc/name_god.cfm

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My First Reviews Are In For Divine Interruptions

 

*Divine Interuptions take 2My publishing consultant from 40-Day publishing is leading a small group of women through my new book, Divine Interruptions: A Bible Study Through The Book of Job. I could not ask for better feedback. Here are just a few of her comments…..

” The Bible study was a raging success. You have a hit!”

“Even though we have read the book of Job numerous times it felt like the book came alive and was deeper than it was before.”

“We would chat about a line that felt especially inspired to us…for instance, the first paragraph in your testimony, you write: ‘Recognizing the negativity in our thinking is the first step toward a perspective transformation.’”
(and healing)

“Many tears were cried…hearts were shared. And were in tears over what you went through.”

“Oh…we discussed how it takes time to come to the right perspective. And that Job was in God’s presence daily…and if we want to be able to react the way he did…that is what we need to do. Commune daily with the Lord.”

And the best for last….
“They told me they can already tell they are going to grow immensely through the study.”

I am hoping this study will be proofed and available on Amazon by next week. I will let you know. I am feeling so blessed. God has turned my wailing into dancing and removed my sackcloth…. He has replaced it with joy. I am thankful that my testimony will be used to encourage others. Never give up!! There is always hope.

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Read An Excerpt From My Soon To Be Released Bible Study!

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I’ve been busy writing the discussion questions for my next book, Divine Interruptions: A Bible Study Through The Book Of Job. It will be available (Black/White image, Color Copy, and a Leader Guide) the first week of March on Amazon.

If you have been through a struggle or trial, the Book of Job has many wonderful life applications. I hope you check it out!

Here is a sample of the Bible study. Let me know what you think!

Table of Contents: 

Chapter 1 The Trial p. 7

Chapter 2 Treasures, Trust, and Tests p. 16

Chapter 3 Sister-Friends p. 25

Chapter 4 Laughter, Joy, and Praise p. 39

Chapter 5 God’s Power and Control p. 50

Chapter 6 Persecution, Prayer, and Vindication p. 62

Chapter 7 Waiting On New Wrapping Paper p. 76

Chapter 8 Don’t Look Back: Second Chances Are A Blessing P.90

Chapter 9 Who Can Understand the Mind of God? P. 103

Chapter 10 My Great Defender Who Delivers and Restores p.115

About the Author p. 123

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THE TRIAL

Chapter One

DAY ONE

LIFE lessons are so challenging!

God never promised us an easy life, but it’s not all darkness and suffering. We have a choice to see things with a positive mind set. Recognizing the negativity in our thinking is the first step toward a perspective transformation. This is a big step in the healing process, and usually produces Christian growth and greater spiritual maturity.

I never asked for a near death experience, but God knew what it would take to get my attention. I believe He wanted to move me out of my comfortable and routine existance, since I wasn’t depending on His DAILY provisions. Spiritually stagnant believers are in danger of becoming lukewarm. Thankfully, God had more works of service for me to accomplish, so He intervened.

Death was sent to knock on my door, but God would not give it permission to turn the doorknob. The sole purpose of sending this dark shadow my way was to get my attention, and alert those around me. Through an illness, God rekindled my desire to live a life entirely sold out for Him, with no compromise.

There is much more to my story but for now check out Day Two

DAY TWO

1) Read Job Chapter One

A hurricane blew into Job’s life. Job lost wealth, children and health.

*Write down your personal experiences that might mirror Job’s losses.

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2) Read Job 1:1 * List the two personality traits attributed to Job.

a)__________________________ b) ___________________________

3) What did he practice? _______________________________________ 

4) Look up “fear” in a concordance (I like Strongs). I like this online site

http://www.blueletterbible.org/study/misc/name_god.cfm

Write down Verse 1:1 and then rewrite this verse using the correct context meaning of fear.

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DAY FIVE

Abba,

I know that all I have belongs to You. Freely You give good gifts to Your children, and freely You may take. Please loosen the iron grip I hold, for ….. go to http://facingtrials.com for more of the exerpt.

 

 


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There’s Power in the Name of Jesus!

  musicnote[1]images[2] Do you believe in the statement, “There is power in the Name of Jesus”? Have you ever thought about even singing that Name to the Enemy of our souls, who has to flee?

I just read an amazing story that I was unaware of, but it is well documented.  It has to do with the old hymn we all know and sing in our churches, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.”   The lyrics, written in 1779 by Rev. Edward Perronet, a British minister and close friend of John and Charles Wesley, have been translated into almost every existing language and the song has often been called the “National Anthem of Christendom.”

In the early 1800′s a missionary by the name of Reverend E. P. Scott was living in India attempting to reach the native people for Christ.  At the prompting of the Holy Spirit, but against the advice of his fellow missionaries, he set out alone to visit a remote village, determined to share the Gospel with a dangerous savage tribe.

After a journey of a few days, Scott was met by a large group of warriors who quickly surrounded him, each one pointing a spear towards his heart.  The missionary expected that he would die, so he made a decision to use his last few breaths to glorify God, while hopefully stirring something within the hearts of his captors.  He was a musician who always carried his violin with him, so he took it out, closed his eyes, and began to play and sing “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” in the native language of the warriors.  He fully expected to feel the agony of the spears being plunged into his heart at any second.

Amazingly, after singing the first verse, the second, the third and then beginning the fourth, Rev. Scott realized he was still standing, and that the angry warriors around him had become peacefully quiet!  As he slowly opened his eyes, he saw every spear lowered!  There stood those mighty warriors, with tears in their eyes.   The power of the Name of Jesus had just been demonstrated once again!

The warriors invited Rev. Scott to stay with them!  He lived among them for over two years, sharing the love of God with them and leading many of them to Christ!  The power of just one song sung in a moment of crisis changed the lives of many that day, accomplishing what a hundred sermons may never have been able to do!

The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 2 9-11, “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  (NKJV)

There is ultimate power in the Name of Jesus!  I challenge you to speak and sing that Name against the onslaughts of the Enemy in your life, whether it be for a physical, spiritual, financial, emotional or other need in your life. He responds when we call His Name out in prayer and praise….He is ever present to hear and answer us, even when things seem darkest.  I hope you will sing the words of this song in praise to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

All hail the power of Jesus’ Name, let angels prostrate fall;

Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him Lord of all;

Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him Lord of all.

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Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race, ye ransomed from the Fall;

Hail Him who saves you by His grace, and crown Him Lord of all;

Hail Him who saves you by His grace, and crown Him Lord of all.

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Let every kindred, every tribe on this terrestrial ball,

To Him all majesty ascribe, and crown Him Lord of all.

To Him all majesty ascribe, and crown Him Lord of all.

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O that with yonder sacred throng we at His feet may fall!

We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown Him Lord of all;

We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown Him Lord of all

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Depression Isn’t A Sign Of Weakness

Depression

I suffered from clinical depression for ten years. I know that black pit and I want to lift up any who are suffering from depression right now. You are not alone and God will help you. 

My brain tumor was on my frontal lobe for 10 years. It caused my depression. When the tumor was removed my darkness lifted. I wish it was so easy for all of you… cutting out some growth and then your depression is gone.

I want to say, hang in there. God sees your struggle. You’ll find your way out of the pit, but only with God’s help. He will lead you to the right doctors. God gave some of His children scientific minds. These talented and gifted minds have the knowledge to design medicines. God WILL heal you, but sometimes He works through others to accomplish the healing.

Don’t forget to ask your elders to lay hands on you and to pray over you. Prayer is powerful.

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” James 5:14-15 (NKJV)