Friday, November 26, 2010

Reminder from November 28, 2009

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

"Never let
loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart."
~ Proverbs 3:3 ~

Our dog laid down near the door waiting patiently for my husband.

I walked around th
e house picking up, making beds, bringing down dirty laundry when I noticed he was still waiting near the door. With compassion, I called out his name, followed by a light whistle. Our dog "Jack", a smooth fox terrier, came over to me, sat real pretty and then went back to where he was lying down before.

Sure enough, a few minutes later, I could hear the garage door opening and saw that Jack was whining excitedly at the door. Soon I could hear the key turning the lock and at the same moment the crescendo of excitement as Jack let out
a constant bark as if he was saying, "Dad's home, dad's home, dad's home." As the door opened, Jack barreled through the door jumping all over Tim to greet him with great excitement.

Jack's eagerness to please his master is nothing short of remarkable. He is the first one to defend our home when a male person that he does not know comes into our dwelling. Jack's loyalty reveals his 'heart' for his master. Our dog's loyalty to his master leads me to the reminder of how I want to desire my Master, my God. I want to desire that 'heart' for my God's heart and His powerful unfailing love and presence.

I want to desire every waking moment desiring to be with the Master, Almighty God, through Jesus Christ.

It is amazing how in God's creation we are always reminded how to worship God with great adoration (Psalm 104):
The heavens declare His glory (Psalm 19).
The waves of the ocean bowing down to worship Him (Psalm 93).
The birds of the air do not worry about what they will eat; as they know they will be provided for (Matthew 6).
The trees raise their 'palms' to the heavens worshiping God (Psalm 96).
The earth trembles at the presence of the Lord (Psalm 114:7).

Whatever the reminder of worshiping our God may be today; may we follow the reminder through with action because of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

"Lord, thank You for Your unfailing love towards us. You love us so much that you reveal it through all of your creation as revealed by the 104th Psalm. God You are amazing as I consider the works of Your fingers, the moon and stars which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him? Yet, you sent Your Only Son Jesus Christ on our behalf so that we could be redeemed and restored back to You. Lord, thank You for Your mercies that are new every morning. May we long and desire to be in Your presence as we love on You because You first loved us. Thank You for the reminder of our dog who longs to be with his master every waking moment. Lord, I want to think about You every moment. As I think of You, I know it will change the way I treat others, loving the unlovable and lovable alike. Not because of my love, but because of Your love through me. Thank You Father for Your reminders, which reveal your tender mercies over each of us. Thank You for our mediator which is Christ Jesus. Amen"

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"I was hungry and you gave Me food..."

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

"For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'" ~ Jesus Christ
~ Matthew 25:35 ~

I have to admit ~ I don't know what I thought when we were going down there...but whatever thoughts I had were surpassed in so many ways. The premature aged faces of the many homeless people and their stories were perspective changing for my daughter and I. The desire to hold onto things loosened as we saw so many destitute. Yet even in their destitution, they smiled and expressed how blessed they were. They expressed with great gratitude that so many of us were there. Many of the homeless people who have nothing according to our standards of living...yet, they proclaimed that they were blessed.

There were two specific people I will never forget. Clean-cut, and most likely in his late 30's, sitting beside him; his four year old little girl. Many of us noticed her small frame and beautiful big brown eyes as she sat on the edge of the curb under the bridge with her dad. He was leaned up against the curb with his legs extended outward as he had a fork in his hand, motioning his fork like an airplane as food was on the end of it. We noticed that she didn't want to eat very much but he continued to encourage her to eat.

One of the ladies walked over to them as I followed with my daughter by my side. My daughter looked up at me and said, "Mom, this is so sad." and I nodded to her as I agreed. We walked over to them, and I knelt beside him, sitting on my knees as my daughter knelt beside me and the girl. We said our hello's. I then asked the father, "What happened? What led you to the streets?" You could almost hear the lump in his throat form as tears welled up in his eyes. Slowly looking down and shaking his head he whispered, "Drugs and alcohol." I didn't say a word and neither did he...tears streamed down his face as he looked at his daughter. His face said it all as he looked at her.

We sat there for a few moments. There were many homeless people and volunteers all around being ministered to. The praise music bellowing so beautifully through the speakers as cars sped by. Even with all the hustle and bustle, it was not able to interrupt the silence. I could sense the presence of God. In that moment, nervousness slipped away as I placed my hand on his shoulder and the only words I remember saying was, "Jesus loves you; He is Your Deliverer." He looked at me with great frustration and said, "I have known this most of my life; but I can't stop." I remember looking into his tear-filled eyes and said, "You must now experience what you know." He looked at me and cried even more. At about this time is when a large built man came over and started to minister to him. It was amazing to see the volunteer's children come around this little girl and play with her. She opened up with giggles; smiling and screaming in laughter as the girls so lovingly played with her. We asked if they had a place to stay and he said, "Yes I stay at the Salvation Army where I have a bed, and my daughter is visiting with me today, she will be going back to her mom's house later on today."
(Pictured above is my daughter and the little girl wanting to be held as she giggled and played).

I was reminded as I awoke yesterday morning..."When you feed and clothe them, you feed and clothe Me."

Someone asked me about our experience and I could not articulate it into words. The only thing I could say, "The experience went beyond my mind and seeped deep even into my whole body...I will never be the same again."

Thursday, November 11, 2010

This May Make You Cry (in a good way) ...

I found this on KLOVE radio station's website today.

If you receive 'Triumphant Victorious Reminders' via email, please go to my website by clicking here and it will lead you to the link for you to watch...within 20 seconds you will most likely cry.
God bless our Veterans and our active military men, women and families in every branch of the United States of America here and abroad...

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This May Make You Cry (in a good way) ...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

November 4-11, 2010, "It is Finished"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

"But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
~ I Corinthians 15:57 ~

JESUS is our VICTORY and VICTORY is ours because of and through JESUS!

Did you know that when Jesus proclaimed the words, "It is Finished", it was beyond significant? This powerful declaration was also used by the Romans. After the Romans would overtake a city, with fierce shouts they would declare, "It is Finished"! Can you imagine the day that Jesus declared this statement as he was giving His life upon that old rugged cross; the power and the intensity of that statement that must have arrested the Roman soldiers who stood in their post during this grueling execution?

To be reminded of the last words Jesus spoke before dying on the cross is that what He declared only revealed who He was, is and is to come...The Author and The Finisher of our faith! I am reminded today that our faith in God through Jesus Christ is the Victory that overcomes the world!

The Finisher of our faith said, "It is Finished"!!! When we see and/or hear from our circumstances, people and even in our minds that we are finished...we can remind them ALL by the power of the Love of God that which saved us from being finished...because of our Finisher, Jesus Christ!

Jesus declared and proclaimed the Battle Cry of Victory as He took back that which was already His...US! He liberated us from the chains that held us captive to the burden of sin resulting in death.

Hallelujah to our God who is our Victorious Redeemer!

Scripture References:
I Corinthians 15:57
Hebrews 12:2
John 19:30