What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Secret Garden Chronicles Day 15-Every Good Gift Is From Above

Today was the day for our "Lovely Ladies of the Lord" Prayer Fellowship to meet for prayer, fellowship and sharing God's Word, followed by lunch!  I didn't make it out to the Secret Garden today because the Lord had other plans for me!  Meeting with these "Joyful" ladies is like a breath of fresh air and a beautiful gift from God...and surely the Lord was present with us in this place...

To start out on a light note...taking this picture was quite a "joyful" experience!  At the Mill Creek Baptist Church, where we met for our prayer and Bible study time, there is this beautiful display of the word JOY on their front stage area in the sanctuary.  They originally put it up for Christmas, but it is so lovely...and "joyful", that they haven't wanted to take it down yet.  So we felt it would be the perfect backdrop for our group photo.  The reason I am sitting down in front looking all out of breath is because we were trying to take this picture using my delayed timing feature on my camera...and it took several "takes" before we actually got the timing right and I was able to get into place before the camera snapped the photo.  I won't post all the photos that didn't quite make it...trust me, this is the best!

We were in a very joyful and spiritually blessed frame of mind when we took this picture.  Our "meeting" today started out gathered around the piano/prayer bench, with a time of fervent prayer and anointing with oil (according to James 5:13-16) of one of our dear ladies who is scheduled for some surgery next week.

James 5:13-16

13.  "Is anyone among you suffering? 
Let him (her) pray.
Is anyone cheerful?
Let him (her) sing psalms.

14.  Is anyone among you sick?
Let him call for the elders of the church,
and let them pray over him (her), anointing him (her)
with oil in the name of the Lord.

15.  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.

16.  Confess your trespasses to one another,
and pray for one another,
that you may be healed.
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man (woman)
avails much."

Another scripture that we shared with each other was Matthew 18:19-20 ~ The Words of Jesus Christ:

"Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning 
anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

For where two or three are gathered together in My Name,
I Am there in the midst of them."

After this time of prayer for our sister in the Lord, we also lifted up several others who are in serious need of healing and prayer at this time...one dear friend in particular who has been (and still is) in a hospital for several months and who needs the healing hands of Jesus to touch her body, soul and spirit. Following this time of prayer, we joined together in singing this beautiful song, which was new to most of us, but Oh! What a powerful and precious message!  I have linked a video of The Perrys singing this song for you.   You may want to watch the video and sing along here...and I believe you will also be blessed by this song of great faith and encouragement:

Click HERE for "By Faith I Can Touch Him Now" by The Perrys

One day I will stand in the presence of Jesus 
and I'll see the Lord face to face 
With my very eyes, I'll witness his Glory 
when I finally finish my race 
But the burdens of life sometimes get so heavy 
that I need to touch Him somehow 
But I don't have to wait until I get to Heaven 
By faith I can touch Him now. 

I can reach out and touch the hem of His garment 
I know he will make me whole 
For He's passing by this very moment 
Can you feel the virtue that flows 
Someday I will walk through the gates of that city 
By grace I will make it somehow 
But I don't have to wait until I get to Heaven 
By faith I can touch Him now. 

I will fall at His feet in the presence of angels 
and millions of saints around the throne 
I'll worship the Lord and sing hallelujah 
without all the trouble I've known 
Then I'll see those hands that lifted my burdens 
and I'll see those scars on his brow 
But I don't have to wait until I get to Heaven 
By faith I can touch Him now. 

Following this time of prayer, praise and worship, we shared further scriptures with each other...especially from James 1:17-25.  Verse 17 says:

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, 
and comes down from the Father of lights,
with Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning..."

Also these words of exhortation:

verse 19-20:  "So then, my beloved brethren (sisters),
let every man (woman) be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath...
For the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God."

Verse 22:  "But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only,
deceiving yourselves."

These lessons in God's Word helped us to see that we need to be quick to listen to God's Word, and then to put into practice that which we are being taught as we listen and learn.

Following this we headed out for a new (to most of us) restaurant in a neighboring community.
We found Ivie's Country Cafe in Orange Springs to be a delightful little place with good food and a comfy, country atmosphere typical of our life out here in the "woods".  

I love that they proudly displayed our American flag along with the pictures of some of the wildlife from the forest.

And our waitress took a moment from her busy schedule to take our picture at the table before we left.  We had a great time, and will definitely be back to this place again... ( we don't have a lot of choices out in the woods where we live without having to travel a long distance...so we appreciate our few local cafe's)

I hope you enjoyed coming along with us on this prayer-filled, joyful journey today!    This would definitely be a good example of a "good gift and perfect gift from above, from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."   The gift of Godly fellowship and praying  sisters in Christ is a very good gift indeed!


  1. I loved seeing the pictures of you ladies enjoying one another's company, the Scriptures that were shared, and the new cafe! It looks like a wonderful time of fellowship around the Word and the table.

  2. You sweet prayer sisters are beautiful to see.

  3. I did enjoy your prayer-filled joyful journey. Get-togethers like this always lifts me up and I am so blessed to meet weekly with wonderful sisters-in-Christ. We meet tomorrow and I'm so anxious to see them.

  4. How fun and such a blessing to have fellowship with other believers, lifting each other up in prayer. I enjoyed reading you post today, Pamela.

  5. Fun and fellowship with your sister in Christ....awesome!!! So glad you had a great time. Look at all those smiling faces! ;-)

  6. Pam: I love it that you participate in a prayer fellowship. The prayer groups I am in are small. We meet at our church on Wednesday mornings and after Wednesday night Bible Study. We are small in number but are pretty faithful. If we miss, it's for a good reason.I like the JOY sign as a backdrop for your picture and you do not look out of breath.

  7. Every good gift does come from above!
    I love it when you share your meetings/Scripture/songs from your prayer group. What a lovely group of women!
    Blessings, Pam!

  8. Oh Pam, what a blessing your group is for you and for others. Meeting with others (small group) for prayer and Bible study is an amazing blessing. I'm listening to the song you shared as I type...beautiful. As I read the words, I though how nicely this fit a sermon that I gave several years ago. It seems that many times, the Lord's plans differ so greatly from ours; they end up being such a blessing.


  9. So much fun to see photos of you getting together with friends. Small groups are such a wonderful thing to have and it looks like yours is very special.

  10. Liked the photos of you and your prayer partners. The scriptures were so up lifting. So was the song. thanks for sharing.

  11. This made me smile. Your whole day with your friends was a gift!

    Also, this really touched me heart:

    "For the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God."

    Wow. So true.


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