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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

"Call on Me; I will Answer You"

October 13, 2020. - with special guest, Elizabeth Nader - LISTEN HERE

Psalm 86:7, 12-13 

I call on You in the day of my distress, for You will answer me.... Teach me Your way, Yahweh, and I will live by Your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear Your name. I will praise You with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor Your name forever.

Psalm 86 is so beautiful. David was crying out to God for courage at a time when his enemies were trying to kill him. After he made his petitions for help known to God, he then praised and worshiped the Lord for His power, trustworthiness, and goodness.

We all have stress in our lives. More than 50% of patients that come to see me these days at my medical clinic list “anxiety” and/or “insomnia” as their chief complaint.

I wish I could toss my “medical stuff” out the window and simply pray with these folks. Pray that they would lay their worries at the feet of the Lord. Pray they would keep their eyes fixed on Him and not on the problem. Pray the Be Attitudes with them – reminding them that worry doesn’t add a day to their life. The prayer would assure them that God is in charge and He doesn’t want you to have a divided mine – one split between worry and rest. The Lord promised He would never abandon us in times of stress.

Read all of Psalm 86. Listen to the wonderful conversation I had with my guest, Elizabeth Nadar, who loves her friends and fans back to health.

 
Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, David says it best in this Psalm 86 to you: 
“Listen, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Protect my life, for I am faithful.You are my God; save Your servant who trusts in You. Be gracious to me, Lord, for I call to You all day long. Bring joy to Your servant’s life, because I turn to You, Lord. For You are kind and ready to forgive, rich in faithful love to all who call on You. Lord, hear my prayer; listen to my plea for mercy. Lord, there is no one like You and there are no works like Yours. All the nations You have made will bow down before You, Lord, and will honor Your name. For You are great and perform wonders; You alone are God. Teach me Your way, Yahweh, and I will live by Your truth. Give me an undivided mind to worship and honor Your name. I will praise You with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor Your name forever." 

We pray our hearts can forgive those who have harmed us, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. We pray for the protection of our country. We pray for the preservation of our constitution and our Bill of Rights. We pray for the health of our president. We pray that the election of our state and local leaders will be filled by persons of honor, integrity, and with Your heart to do things that are good, right and just. We thank You for Your love. We beseech Your will for our lives. We ask all these things, in Jesus’ holy name. Amen

Friday, August 28, 2020

Give Jesus the Chance to Bless You: Ask - Seek - Knock

August 28, 2020 - Keep asking! - LISTEN HERE

Matthew 7:7-8

(I especially like the Amplified version of this verse:)  
"Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened."

How do you feel about asking God….for everything? 
  • Are you apologetic or fearful when you ask? 
  • Do you only ask for small things? 
  • Do you ask for very few things? 
How are we supposed to ask? 

Hebrews 4:16 says to "come boldly to the throne.” 

When you were a kid and you wanted something from your dad, did you start by saying how unworthy you were to even ask? Did you creep up to his chair, grovel on the floor, beg for a toy....and then hope that he heard you?

 

Unless you had a very abusive father, it’s highly doubtful this was your approach. 


The Lord also says - "Except ye become as little children...” 
— how many times a day does your 5-year-old ask you for something? 

We have the living God, ask Him; He is open. He is accessible, He is alive. You can have a personal relationship with Him.  Be yourself before God. Present your problems and your desires to Him every day. Dream big. The God who made the entire Universe with his outstretched arm can surely meet your needs according to His riches in glory. 

Ask, Seek, Knock…. and give Jesus the chance to bless, give, do. 

Today’s Prayer: 
Dear Lord, thank You that we can ask…and that You hear our prayers. You know what is heavy on our hearts. You know what makes us happy, what makes us worry, what makes us sad. You have even numbered the hairs on your head. You have told us that we ‘have not because we ask not’. 

Today, we come to you with a humble heart and yet, with the exuberance of a 5-yo child. We ask for our heart’s desires. We ask for financial security…for health and healing….for a loving relationship…for restoration of our country to the place where we can say, “in God We Trust.” We place our desires at your feet and ask for all these things….this or something better. In Jesus’s name. Amen. 

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Encourage One Another – You Are Not Alone

 August 13, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

1 Thessalonians 5:11, 14-23

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing. 

And we exhort you: Warn those who are irresponsible, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See to it that no one repays evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.

Rejoice always! Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Don’t stifle the Spirit. Don’t despise prophecies but examine everything carefully; hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.

Now may the God of peace sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We all get discouraged and down in the dumps occasionally – and some times, it’s more than occasionally. We have life stressors: job responsibilities – or looking for work; elderly parents to care for; decisions about school vs homeschooling; struggles with all types of relationships; trying to make sense of it all as a business owner; caring for sick animals; trying to find the time to be a committed activist.......and the list could go and on.

This verse – which admonishes us to encourage one another and build each other up and gives a To Do list for how to achieve this task – is what @HappyHourWithDrT is all about. You can find the discussion LIVE each day, Monday through Friday on Instagram and then later on Disseminate.TV/@HappyHour and here, at www.HappyHourwithDrT.Blogspot.com (please share!)


I created Happy Hour for just this reason – to encourage one another.


When Paul wrote this letter to the Thessalonians, he was sending a strong word of encouragement. He included a list of things to do that will lift our mood and strengthen our spirit....and he closes with a blessing.


No matter what storm you’re facing right now, you have friends here at Happy Hour. Together, we can look to God in the midst of the storms....and we can choose to do one – or all – of these activities. The result will be to encouraging to others - which will pick up our mood! - because we prayed and helped someone else get closer to God. In the end, our spirit, soul, and body will feel better and those discouraging feelings will fade away.

 

Today's Prayer:

Dear Lord, we often get discouraged because our prayers are not being fulfilled or events are not materializing in OUR time frame. 


Lord, patience is NOT an attribute humans are born with. Patience is something we learn within the confines of being human. Thank you that this group of like-minded humans has found each other here at HappyHour. Together, and with Your presence, we can inspire each other to improve and encourage each other when we are sad.


We are grateful to have You to lean on, Lord. We trust Your timing is perfect, no matter how difficult it may be to accept the Human timeline. Thank You for putting Your hand on the steering wheel of each live that is here. Please hear our prayers Lord and deliver our requests, this or something better. And in all things, Thy will be done.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Monday, August 10, 2020

Free Your Mind - Be Delivered from Fear

 August 10, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

 

2 Timothy 1:7 

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

 

Psalm 34:4

I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.

 

If case you missed today's Instagram Live with my dear friend Kate Shemarani, you can watch it here. We were on FIRE, talking about letting go of your fears, letting go of what COVID is doing to humanity, taking off your mask, and hugging someone who is missing human touch.

 

As Kate said, “I will never die on my knees, subjugated to the Global Masters. I will only be on my knees in front of the Lord.”

 

The propaganda machine has sunk its Teeth of Fear into the brains of millions across America and around the globe. It seems that so many are fearful of this NOTHING-BURGER virus, where the survival rate from this infection is 99.8%. Do FACTUAL statistics mean nothing to you? Why are the studies showing persons without symptoms are HEALTHY ignored?

 

  • In the last 100+ years, when have healthy people been a menace to fellow healthy people?
  • In the last 200+ years, when have healthy people been muzzled and put into quarantine (aka house arrest)?

And don’t buy into “we don’t know much about this virus....” 


Scientists have been studying coronaviruses and attempting to manufacture a “safe” coronavirus vaccine for more than 20 years. This is about an AGENDA, not about your health or safety. For the best 28 minute summary of why FEAR is being placed into the minds of many, go here

 

How do you overcome fear?

The key is to trust in God. Even in the darkest times, we must trust God to make things right. This trust comes from knowing God, knowing that He protects us and keeps us healthy, knowing that He delivers on His promise to keep His people safe from harm.

 

What steps can you take, RIGHT NOW, to eliminate your fears? 

  • Use the *sound mind* God gave you Get educated about the virus, about masks, about social distancing from those who have no interest in propagating the Globalist Agenda pushed by The World Economic Forum
  • Turn off your TV and Mainstream Radio: They are spewing COVID lies. Remember history; these media are being used as a mind-control device.
  • Use your *sound mind* to see through the propaganda.
  • Refuse to buy into the lie that you’re doing something for the Greater Good by wearing a mask to keep someone else "safe" – actually, you’re perpetuating the tyranny.
  • Release the idea that “asymptomatic carriers” are spreading infection everywhere. It's simply not true. 
  • If you want to wear a mask around some who is sick with a fever and a cough, then by all means do so if you think it will keep you from becoming ill. 
  • But, for the sake of humanity, for the sake of your own soul, release the fear and learn what is behind the Myth of the Mask. 

*It comes down to this*

  • God has not given us a spirit of fear – why are you living in fear?
  • God has given us HIS power and a sound mind – are you using it?
  • God answers those who seek Him – and He delivers them from ALL their fears – are you seeking Him? 

Today’s Prayer:

Dear Lord, we pray for each person listening and reading these verses from Your Word. We collectively REVOKE the spirit of fear that those in power would use to capture our souls. We pray that You will RELEASE the spirit of fear from their mind, their heart, and their body.

 

We pray each person here will collectively stand In and On Your Word. We accept the power You give us to refuse to become yoked into permanent servitude to earthly “masters” that would have us stray from You.

 

We understand, Lord, we are fighting Powers and Principalities of Darkness. We have put on Your full armor. Lord, we need Your help to release the minds of those who have been inadvertently captured through man-induced fear. Bless them and snatch them away from the Enemy. In Jesus's name we pray. Amen

 

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Friday, August 7, 2020

The Lord Gives You Peace in ALL Things

 August 7, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

2 Thessalonians 3:16

May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

 

With so much going on in the world, it’s easy to let your head run in circles and allow your heart feel empty because you’re waiting for the “head things” to settle down. But the Lord gives us peace ... in every way...if we trust and believe.

 

I don’t always find it easy to trust – whether the trust in another human being ...or full trust in God. It’s a practice I work on every day.

 

Being a ‘human doing,’ it’s my nature to put my hands back on my life’s steer wheel at every bump in the road. But trust implies surrender...letting God be totally in control. Surrendering the small steps is an upward spiral.

 

Surrender, trust, surrender, trust...until reaching a place of really trusting that God is in Full Control of each day, minute, second of our lives. He knows the number of hairs on his head; surely he knows the best plan for our lives.

 

Today’s Prayer:

Lord, each day gives me a new opportunity to grow closer to You. Trusting you in small things allows me to LEARN ....and that’s what we’re here to do on Earth School. Words are inadequate to express the gratitude we feel when we trust You with one of our fears, and You deliver....allowing us to grow ever closer to You. Thank you, Abba Father, for teaching us to grow. In Jesus’ Name Amen.


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Friday, July 31, 2020

Do Not Fret or Be Anxious; Rest In the Lord

July 31, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

 

John 14:27 

“...My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

 

Philippians 4:6-7  

"Do not fret or have anxiety about anything, but in every situation let your petitions [specific requests] be made known to God through prayers and requests, with thanksgiving. And then God’s peace, which goes far beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

 

With all the turmoil going on across America and around the world, it certainly is easy to be troubled and afraid, to fret and have anxiety. We need to rest in God, knowing He’ll take care of it in *His* time…another thing that is often difficult for us to do: be patient. 

 

We can overcome worry with acceptance by saying, “It is what it is.” This is not easy to do, as we watch the devastating destruction of our country. We can remind each of us that God is in control…

 

Today's Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you that even now, in the midst of chaos, turmoil, insecurity, and violence, we can find solace in You. Lord, we petition You to restore our country, our cities, and our neighborhoods to safety and with full prosperity. Heal the wounds that divide us. May Your Divine Hand be seen by all as You create miracles in our midst. Thy will be done. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Live With Integrity

July 22, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Psalm 84:11

"For the Lord God is a sun and shield. The Lord gives grace and glory; He does not withhold good from those who live with integrity.”

That was such an interesting verse, I did a little digging into the meaning of the words….

The Lord as *Sun*: warmth, energy, happiness, light to see
The Lord as *Shield*: protector, armor, defender
The Lord gives *Grace*: which is His favor
The Lord gives *Glory*: which is His honor

…..so the Lord gives *favor and honor* to those who live with *integrity*

What about the word, integrity? Here’s the dictionary definition:
  • Adherence to moral and ethical principles
  • Sound moral character; *honesty*
  • The state of being whole

How much clearer can it be?

Today's Prayer
Dear Lord, thank You for being in our lives. We do our best to represent You well, Lord. Speak to us loudly and clearly; Be sure We know Your plan. Help us to complete our tasks at hand quickly, effortlessly, and perfectly. Hasten our path in the direction YOU want us to go.

Lord, see our integrity. Polish is with Your love and Your divine hand. Shower favor and all good things into our lives, today and always. Thy Will Be Done. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Let Go of the Past - with George Espenlaub

July 7, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

 

Isaiah 43:18-19


"Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to things of old. Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”


Our past can hold us back…we all have events in our past that have been painful, disappointing, frightening, or just plain ugly. The past is not indicative of what the present - and future - can be. 

 

Read that verse again: God says clearly, “Let go of the past.” We are to put our eyes on Him ….and actually SEE what is coming... even now. He created miracles in the wilderness and in the desert. How much more does He want for your life right now. 

 

Whatever it was? Forgive it. We need to get out of our own way and be willing to accept His gifts. 

 

We all have “secrets” in our life we’ll go to our grave with…..but those things are part of our past… and God says CLEARLY: Let go of the past events, pay no attention….LOOK what I AM planning for you – today and for the rest of your life!

 

What are you afraid of? That something good and perhaps even amazing may be in your future? Our days are numbered. Truly, most of us have more years behind us than we have ahead of us. What will we allow God to do for our future?

 

Do you want your future to be filled with joy? With something more than work and worry? Sometimes saying yes, taking the leap and growing your wings on the way down is EXACTLY the type of trust God wants from us.

 

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, help us to listen to YOUR plans, and not our own. Help us to not let things in our past be the measure of our future. You have great things in store for Your children, if we ask, believe and see things through Your eyes and not our own. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


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Monday, July 6, 2020

Choose to be Happy

July 6, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

"I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy the good life. It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts."

This is why I actively CHOOSE, every day, to be happy. I could passively just be grumpy…but who does that serve?  

I didn’t always make that happy, active choice. There were many Dark Years…

But every interview I’ve done over the last since April 2020, I always say, “I tend to be Glass is Half Full person. Since I was a kid, I’ve always said - and I really believe - that good things can come from bad things; let’s take those lemons and make lemonade….”

  • What do each day to move happiness forward in your life, despite your circumstances?
  • What can you share with someone you care about to make their life better? Happier? 
  • What can you do to celebrate the efforts that you’re making to improve your life and your circumstances? 
If God is for us, we can be happy in ALL circumstances because we trust it will turn out to be in our best interest. 

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, times around the planet are difficult and shifting. Thank you, Lord, that you have has ‘gifted’ us with so many things that we never anticipated….Our days on earth are numbered, just like the hairs on our head. We will never take a single breath for granted. Thank you for loving us and for your protection. Thy will be done. In Jesus’s Name. Amen.” 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Who Am I that God Loves Me?

June 24, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

1 Peter 5:7
“Cast all your worries and anxieties on Him, for He is always watching and He cares about you.”


It’s interesting how this verse came up today….recall yesterday's verse was Isaiah 41:10 - “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed….”  

It seems God is giving us a double dose of love and telling us “I’ve Got This….all of it.” 

My favorite Christian band has become Casting Crowns. I listen to their music all day long in the background when I'm working here at the computer. My FAVORITE song of theirs is “Who Am I”….here are some of the lyrics:

               Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name, Would care to feel my hurt?
           
Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star,  
Would choose to light the way for my ever wandering heart?

Not because of who I am, But because of what You've done. 
Not because of what I've done, But because of who You are.

I am a flower quickly fading: Here today and gone tomorrow. 
A wave tossed in the ocean, A vapor in the wind.

Still, You hear me when I'm calling... 
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling.

And You've told me who I am. I am Yours.

Words cannot describe the feeling of knowing we are loved by the God of the Universe. 
We will never hit bottom…and if the bottom feels close, He gives us whatever we need to get up and keep going. 

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, we are so grateful for Your love, Your mercy. Thank you for watching over us and protecting us, even when we do really silly, even stupid, Human things. We are grateful we can say with confidence, “I AM Yours.” 

We pray for our cities, our country, our President. We pray for each person in our family, in our extended family and our community Tribe will come to know you so they, too, can say, I AM YOURS. Thank you, Lord. We ask for this - or something better. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 




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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart

June 16, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Proverbs 3:5-6. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

What does TRUST really mean?  The dictionary definition of Trust is: 

  • To have or place confidence in; 
  • To depend on; 
  • To expect with assurance.

Notice that this is not a request; it is a command. It’s not optional. 

Our trust in God is not to be 50%, 75%, and even 95%. Our trust must be given 100%. We are to have complete confidence in God’s strength and His ability to direct our life path. Everything He does is for our benefit, even at times when things seem bleak and we don’t understand. It is easy to trust God when things are going well. 

But what happens to your TRUST in God when things fall apart? When we don’t understand things or things are hard, do we still trust God?

Most of us probably remember the poem by Margaret Fishback Powers called “FOOTPRINTS” - but for those who don’t know it, you can find in full it here. 

“Lord you told me You would always walk and talks. But during the most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand. When I needed You the most, You were not there.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and I will never leave you. I would never leave you during trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, I was there; I was carrying you.”

What trials are you going through right now? Have you reached out to God… do you feel He’s not listening? Do you feel He’s ignoring you…or that He has abandoned you?

This is where Trust comes in…trusting with all your heart. Don’t try to figure it out. Turn it over. Let Him take the steering wheel of your life. Take the passenger’s seat. Maybe you should take a nap…let God drive and when you wake up, you'll be

Today's Prayer:

Dear Lord, we live in troubling times. Many of us have lost our jobs, our businesses, our cities. Many of us have lost our health, have lost our loved ones, and are even at the end of our HOPE.  So Lord - today, right now - I remind myself and ACKNOWLEDGE that You are in control. Thank You for carrying me. I don’t understand what lies ahead for I can only see what’s in front of me. 

Lord, today I renew my TRUST in You. I exercise my FAITH, both as a noun and as a verb. I place my heart in Your hands and renew my trust that You know what is exactly right for me.  Lord, I depend on You. I expect, with assurance, that You are in control. I have confidence that YOU know that what lies ahead FOR ME and You will direct my life according to Your Riches in Glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.