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He Hears

This morning, the reading plan I follow, included Psalm 61. Each time I read one of the Psalms written by David, I find myself so encouraged, as he was readily transparent in his calling out to the Lord, be it in strength or in struggle – always knowing his ultimate need for God to intervene.

 

“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to You, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in Your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.” – (Psalm 61:1-4)

 

He closes out the Psalm by saying “Then will I ever sing praise to Your Name and fulfill my vows day after day.” – (Psalm 61:8)

 

David, in the midst of his struggles, cries out to the Lord and asks Him to hear his prayers. He identifies his own feelings of weakness, and knows that in his own strength, he cannot stand. With God, David understands that his feet can be secured, despite what is seen, and the Lord is a space of safety – His very refuge in the midst of the mess. At the end of the day, David identifies the portion of the promises he has made unto the Lord, include offering praise each day, no matter what. We too, are meant to have a heart after God, just as David did. When we seek Him, we will find Him; and all of our praise ought to be offered up each day, regardless of our circumstances. God is good, even when life is not.

 

He is our help,He Hears

wherever we are;

no need to fear,

we’re never too far.

For His hands reach,

the ends of the earth;

His hands protect,

our infinite worth.

A strong tower,

refuge in the storm;

strength when we’re weak,

safety from all harm.

May we honor,

the Lord all our days;

do what He asks,

and give Him all praise.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You hear our cries and listen to our prayers. Thank You that You are our strength in weakness and our shelter in all of life’s storms. Thank You that You lead us to safe spaces, and hide us in the shadow of Your wings. Forgive us for our fearfulness, as we shift our focus from You to the obstacle we need to overcome. Help us to fix our eyes securely on You, as You are our strength and our help, and the One who makes our path plain. Teach us to trust You more, so that we will more readily follow all that You ask. May we move mightily in Your love, as we are loved, and may many come to know You as their Maker and Mighty King. Lead us and guide us to honor You in all that we say and do, and may we ever sing praises unto You. Be glorified, O God. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ.

- Ephesians 2:4-5

 

 

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The Mind of Christ

“As the Scriptures say, ‘Who can know what is on the Lord’s mind? Who is able to give Him advice?’ But we have been given Christ’s way of thinking.” – (I Corinthians 2:16 ERV)

Not one of us has the capacity to comprehend our Creator. However, by His Holy Spirit, those who commit their hearts and minds unto Him, are granted insight and understanding into some of God’s plans, thoughts and actions. In a sense, we are granted access to the mind of Christ. As we invest in an intentional intimate relationship with our Redeemer, He reveals more of Himself to us, by His Spirit. Time spent in His word, in worship, and in prayer, provide opportunities for us to grow closer to our Creator, as we learn more of who He is, and all that He has done for us.

Who can come to know,The Mind of Christ

the mind of the Lord?

Those who will invest,

choose time to afford.

Time spent with Jesus,

will not return void;

understanding comes,

when our heart’s employed.

Lean not on our strength,

but fully on Christ;

to know how He gave,

His great sacrifice.

Let our hearts receive,

all He has to give;

so by His Spirit,

we shall truly live.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You love us and reveal to us, more and more of Yourself. Thank You that by Your Spirit, we may come to know Your thoughts, which are far higher and greater than our own. Forgive us for not investing our whole hearts, or for turning a deaf ear to what You are speaking to our hearts. Help us to give You our whole heart, and may our ears and hearts be open to hear and obey all that You are asking. Let us live in worshipful obedience, so that our love for You and for others is evident. May many be drawn unto You as a result. Let Your light be bright in us. Be magnified through all that we say and do. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

I thank and praise You, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power. – Daniel 2:23


Show Me Your Ways

“Show me Your ways, O Lord,

teach me Your paths;

guide me in Your truth and teach me,

for You are God my Savior,

and my hope is in You all day long.”

- (Psalm 25:4-5)

These words, penned by David as part of a prayer for defense, guidance and pardon, demonstrate the complete necessity to turn to God for guidance in all things and at all times. Despite some desperately shaky seasons in David’s life, he knew that the solution to each challenge, was to call on the Lord, and trust in Him to provide wisdom and guidance in the way in which he was meant to go.

When we ask the Lord to show us His ways, what are we meant to do? He has provided a primary guidance system for us through His Word, and when we spend time reading it and asking Him to show us new things, He answers – unlocking new understanding and insight that we did not have before. The more we know Him, the more deeply we trust and place our hope in Him. As we become aware of the magnitude of His majesty, we cannot help but turn to trust. Hope begins to hold fast to our hearts as we hear His beat for us, individually.

Show me Your ways,Show Me Your Ways

as I seek to know;

all of my days,

O Lord, help me grow.

Let wisdom come,

understanding too;

from rising sun,

’til the day is through.

May my heart seek,

earnestly each day;

Strength when we’re weak,

our purpose to pray.

You are my hope,

God, Savior of all;

courage to cope,

as You hear each call.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are willing to show us Your ways, and teach us Your truth. Thank You that You have provided Your Word and the way to be in constant communion with You, through the gift of Your Holy Spirit, granted through the mercy and grace given as Jesus sacrificed Himself on our behalf. Thank You that our hope is held in You alone, and that You will guide us and teach us if we choose to trust You. Forgive us for our lack of faith, or for our failure to fully invest ourselves into our relationship with You. Thank You that You withheld nothing from us. Please help us to do the same. Teach us to trust You in such a way, that we are willing to allow You into every area of our lives, granting You the reigns. May we walk in truth, and love as we are loved by You. May many come to know the heavenly hope that is found in You alone, as we allow You to lead. Let our lives speak volumes of Your mercy and grace, to those who do not yet know You. Be glorified, Lord God. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, You who have done great things.

Who, O God, is like You?

- Psalm 71:19


Supplied by the Spirit

Each of us, whether we are aware of it or not, has an assignment. God has created and gifted each one of us with something special in mind. However, we are not born with an instruction manual, nor do we receive a special guide book at our moment of redemption, thus we find ourselves in a space of needing to seek Him to find out what He has planned.

We do have an instruction manual of sorts for our lives, as the Bible shows us how to live in love and trust in Him, among other essential things found in a life formed by faith. Also, because of Christ’s sacrifice, we are able to call out to God in prayer, any time, and ask whatever we need. The critical element in helping discover our given assignments, is the gift of the Holy Spirit. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – (Acts 1:8) When we invite Christ into our lives, we invite the Holy Spirit as well. Just as the early disciples received God’s power to do as He had called them to do, we too, can receive the very same power to do all that He is asking of us.

Three things that the disciples did, that we must still do today, are: to join together with fellow believers, pray together in faith, and wait. It seems that the first two are the easier of the three to manage. In this instant gratification society, waiting is a tough sell. Patience and perseverance are characteristics that seem a rarity, rather than the norm. The standards that were established all those years ago, still apply today. All things that are worthwhile take work and waiting. We are told that the same is true with our walk with Him. “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” – (Romans 5:3-5)

The disciples were told to go and wait after Jesus had ascended into Heaven. We also, are meant to wait on Him, when we need to know what comes next. As we are faithful to wait, the blessings discovered by spending time intentionally in His presence, are well worth the investment. He is faithful to answer as we ask, we simply must press in and persevere, trusting that He hears our every prayer.

Call on the Lord,Supplied by the Spirit

then faithfully wait;

for His answers,

not early nor late.

Patiently pray,

for the Lord is good;

He knows our need,

we are understood.

Allow access,

to both heart and mind;

trust Him to touch,

He is gentle, kind.

God will equip,

us to do each task;

know what He says,

and do as He asks.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You made the way for us to be in a relationship with You, and that the very same power You poured out on the early disciples, is available, ready and dwelling in the hearts of those who believe. Thank You that You equip us for all that You ask, and that You strengthen and encourage us as we listen and wait on You. Forgive us for forgetting to slow down, or for growing impatient in the waiting. Teach us to trust in the wait, and help us to persevere, so that we may hold the holy hope You have for us. May we live in love as we walk in obedience to all that You ask, and may many come to know You as a result. Be glorified in all that we say and do. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.


Persist in Prayer

“Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” – (Luke 18:1)

“To persist in prayer and not give up does not mean endless repetition or painfully long prayer sessions. Always praying means keeping our requests constantly before God as we live for Him day by day, believing He will answer. When we live by faith, we are not to give up. God may delay answering, but His delays always have good reasons. As we persist in prayer we grow in character, faith and hope.” (NIV footnotes for Luke 18:1)

According to dictionary.com, persist means to continue firmly in purpose, especially in spite of opposition. In my experience, this is how faith is further formed, and hope is given way to rise up. As we face opposition or difficulty, what we choose to do in response, determines the development of our character. If Jesus instructs us to pray and not give up, then regardless of how things appear, that is what we are meant to do. Faith requires action. First and foremost, our petitions ought to be presented before Him. However, that is rarely the end, but instead, just the beginning. As we seek Him earnestly, He often gives instruction as to how we are to move further in faith; the what we are meant to do as we wait.

Never give up,Persist in Prayer

persistently pray;

trusting He hears,

despite seen delay.

He is faithful,

and always, He’s good;

let faith rise up,

our hope, understood.

When He says move,

do all that He asks;

answers await,

we grow in new tasks.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are good and faithful, always. Thank You that regardless of what is going on around us, You have our heart in Your hands, and You remain present. Thank You that You hear our every prayer, and that You instruct us to be persistent as we pray. Forgive us for our lack of fortitude in the fight, and grant us Your strength and endurance in all things and at all times. Teach us how to be persistent in prayer, without endless repetition or whining. Thank You that You are a patient and loving Father, Who loves us, and continues to help us grow in character, faith and hope as we seek You. May we honor You in all that we say and do, and may many come to know You through our love and persistent petitions before You. Be exalted, Lord. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.


Give Us Each Day

“Give us each day our daily bread.” – (Luke 11:3) Though a familiar portion of the Lord’s Prayer, I imagine the depth of the meaning is rarely considered. Jesus was not simply speaking of physical bread, but He was referring to the daily supplication of all that we need – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Also, He does not say give us this year, a fortune; but rather He tells us to seek Him daily, asking for the provision of what is needed for this day – not tomorrow nor beyond. He wants us in constant communion with Him, not to store up treasures, become self-satisfied and then cut off our communication with God. Our Heavenly Father cares for us, and will hear our every prayer. It is up to us to press in and continue to keep the lines of communication open at our end. He is always listening; are we?

A bit further in the same chapter, Jesus says, “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” – (Luke 11:9-10) These verses reiterate that He wants us to be in relationship with Him. He is generous and kind, ever ready to hear our requests, if only we are willing to come to Him and ask. God does not care if we are eloquent in speech as we pray, but rather wants sincere hearts that seek Him. Conditions are not placed upon us in order to come before Him; He tells us that EVERYONE who asks, seeks and knocks, shall receive, find and have the door opened unto them. What a comforting reminder to recognize that He daily, wants us to come before Him. He longs for us to desire to be aware of His nearness. This happens, the more that we get to know Him through intentional seeking, knocking, asking in prayer, worship, and the study of His word.

Give us today,Give Us Each Day

all that we need;

strength and supply,

to You, may we heed.

Daily, let’s seek,

our Savior, King;

bringing Him praise,

of faithfulness sing.

Knock on the door,

He’ll be right there;

always ready,

to hear our prayer.

Ask of the Lord,

make your request;

He is faithful,

and loves us the best.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our Source and Supply, and that You are always present and prepared to hear our prayer and answer what we ask. Thank You for Your unending faithfulness as our Father and King. Forgive us for not asking, seeking, or knocking when we need to come to You first in all things. Teach us to prioritize our time so that we may daily invest in our relationship with You. Teach us how we are to ask, seek and knock for that which You would have be our daily bread. May we be ever grateful for the good gifts that You provide us each day, and for the life and breath that we have in this very moment. May our attitude of gratitude lead those who are looking to ask, seek and knock – so that they too, may come to be in a lasting relationship with You. All praise and glory to You, our great and mighty God! Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.


Remember Those in Need

With friends losing those they love, this is an especially hard time. Even when we know that their future is in God’s hands, the loss is hard and deep. Please keep them in your prayers.

c600x475 PrayerLord you know our every minute and hour, they are numbered and rest in your book of Life. We know that You love us each and everyone, we ask that You lend us Your strength to ease our pain and to remember that where they are going is a much better place. We ask this in our wonderful comforter’s name, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

“For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands” 2 Corinthians 5:1

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Psalms 91 – Sons of Korah [Messianic]


Alganoor Church

Kerry Mauldin
Thank you all for standing with us and help bless 96 villages with churches this year and 15 water wells and many goats, buffalo or chickens to widows or handicapped, but the greatest joy is the many many villages where the churches are growing, learning to tithe and many are coming to Christ and following in baptism and being filled with Holy Ghost!!
Jaya just sent this note this AM about Alaganoor Village and we see Gods miraculous power at work and fruit coming!!
We go back Feb 10, by Gods grace and have so much anticipation!!
Please pray for Dr. Bill Mast–he travelled 11 years with me to India and we walked a multitude of villages and miles….He could not travel the past 2 years and is just diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig disease, muscular dystrophy–please pray!!
With Thanks and much prayers,
Kerry and Melody
PO BOX 140402
Broken Arrow, Ok 74014    918-346-1656
Dear Brother Kerry
I did not get any message from you after 16th.
The beleivers in Alganoor are very very happy that they will be laying thier church’s  roof  tomarrow the 25th Monday. If you get this message before sunday you can share with beleivers of The Chrch w ho had supported Alganoor village beleivers for the roof,  for their prayers.
These beleivers who are presently 35 in number ( 15 baptised and 20 new ) with Mark as their Pastor are sending their greetings and request for prayers. They are experiencing God’s hand on them. They reported with joy that a person who had severe stomuch pain was healed in response to theor fparyers and petition to God , during their worship service. Yet in another incident a typhoid patient got healed. They are thanking and praising God for these healings.
This is  an independent penticostal church . beleivers offer to God about 250 Rupees every . week.
The church is about 30ft  X 20ft.   The land is owend by the beleivers.
with lots of our love and prayers
Jaya Prabhaker
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Dubai City Church and Abu Dhabi City Church

By Kerry Mauldin
By God’s grace and blessing, we are back from the villages and have made it thru torrential rains, many flooded rivers and thankfully have missed no assignments.
We are wrapping up the balance sheets today.  We gave all the churches and had money for 1 well that we did not give but will see the fruitfulness of Dojjalabai Thanda village and prayerfully be able to give in Feb.  They have water a 5 minute walk from the church and want a well on church land, but only a few believers and it needs to bless the whole village…we must wait.
We gave all the other 7 wells…
Today, many people will come requesting things and many prayers to be given…
Tomorrow we fly to Dubai and speak at Dubai City Church Thursday night, Fujeirah on Friday and Abu Dhabi City Church Sunday night…
Good things ahead and so so thankful for you all holding us in prayer!
We gave right at 40 churches and 7 wells this trip and dedicated more than that!!
With love, thanks and prayers,
Kerry, Melody, Jim and Joshua
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The Whole Armour of God

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

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Signs and Wonders

 By Kerry Mauldin
Wonderful day with no rain and many dedications!!
At Uttlapalli Village, we dedicate church given by Vinita AG.  Here last year we baptized in 55 gallon drum behind a tarp because hindus were upset.  We gave to start church and it now runs over 50 adults and 40 children and growing weekly.
One crippled girl from birth, 4 weeks ago can now walk.
We prayed for infilling of Holy Spirit and heaven was so real and a couple got their heavenly language.  Gave matching gift to put stone floor and extend the church–no more room…
Srinivas Nagar–we dedicate well, Melody gave in memory of her late husband who passed 7 years ago.  It has sweet water and 40 church members and all neighbors were so thankful.  One pump of handle and water comes!!
Narsapuram–so truly blessed me!!  This church built by Tula Rosa NM and well by the Haymes family, has grown from 50 to 70 with added 50 children.  This is an alive church.
last year we prayed for a boy Krishnan, 18, who was born deaf-mute.
I had forgotten, but his father Hamu Niak, a stone polisher, brought him up and both were so so excited.  They shared how after the prayer last year—now Krishnan can hear and speak.  He had such a huge smile as he told his name, what village he is from, his fathers name …  PRAISE THE LORD!
Last year, his father pledged to do marble floors stones in the church and it is beautiful job as a stone polisher…
In the churches where God is showing signs and wonders–which are so many churches, they are growing much.
In Keshavapuram, we dedicated a church and plaque given in memory of Judy Henry of Muscogee-a friend who so encouraged and prayed and is now with the Lord!
Nice church that we gave today for flooring etc.
One woman was one of many who stood and told of God’s grace and love.
She was some 55 and a widow since age 26.  She shared she was widowed and both of her daughters husbands also had passed and they were widows…
She shared how now she has no debt and God is taking care in spite of all the challenges…she set down.
I asked:  “sister, is your name Naomi?”  All said, “YES, that is her name.”
I am so thankful for God’s goodness and grace.  He does do miracles and so so many are testified about in everyday here:TB, leprosy, deaf-mute, babies given etc…
He sees us thru daily and keeps us covered in blessing and protection!!
Just crossing many rivers the past week with so many low water “bridges”? has been so challenging with so many bridges washed out and bumper deep waters… having to throw stones in holes on bridges to make it across…  HE PROTECTS and does “Signs and Wonders”!!
Thanks for your prayers!!  2 more days in villages…
Kerry, Melody, Jim and Joshua
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Heart Prepped and Ready…

By Kerry Mauldin
Just 3 days left in the villages and much has been accomplished by Gods grace.
It is truly amazing what all can be done when God gives favor and wisdom and we choose to walk in it.
 
One lesson really jumped out at me today:
 
We went to Lakkavaram Village and people were sitting on a tarp on thefoundation 20×40 of where they want a church.  We are went to houses and streets and compelled people to come and hear the story…
70 adults go to the church and 50 kids.  They have been meeting under the trees and want a nice church.
We sang and Jim shared, I taught on giving and they began to give 224,000 rs and we matched 100,000 to build the church.
These people were just concluding a 40 day fasting prayer for the church and their hearts were ready and we also blessed with what they need to get church built!
Their hearts were so prepared!!
 
Went to dedicate church in Kothagudem.”New Village”–the church was painted a pretty.  Pastor had come last Feb and cried out for help.  We taught him and put rupees in his hand as a test that he would teach his people.  We drove far today and only 3 of his 40 members were there, besides a lot of kids and others we compelled to come.
Pastor shared he had borrowed 60,000rs to complete the church at 24% interest and the people had given nothing… He wanted us to help him.
I had to correct and rebuke him.  He failed the test in that he did not teach the people, but made excuses for them and then borrowed the money.  Also, with us coming, only 3 show up…
We told him we would come again in Feb. if he would get his people there and teach them.
What a difference preparation in a village makes!
 
Last, in Mellacherlu “Many Lakes Village”–35 met in small 12×15 room.
They have land and want a 20×40 Prayer Shed and need 60,000rs.
We ate lunch and taught them.  Meeting here 5 years, they have their goal low.
They want shed with no walls and will add walls later.
We matched 1 rupee for each 2 they gave, but if they raised more and stepped out, I felt impressed to help more.
They raised 41,000 and we added 20,000 so they can build exactly what they expressed.
I hoped their faith would step up, but they did not over extend themselves.  “This is first church we have built and are not sure how to go about it”, they shared!!
 
Lord that we set our vision high enough, prepare our hearts and walk in Your wisdom and guidance!!
 
Your prayers have been so greatly appreciated and have born fruit!!  Thanks so so much!!
 
Melody, Kerry, Jim and Joshua!!
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Care Over Comfort

An orphanage in India during my YWAM days.<3

An orphanage in India during my YWAM days.<3

Far beyond comfort,

or care for his chains;

Paul’s one heart desire,

the truth to proclaim.

In face of trial,

he stood before kings;

always his message,

the freedom Christ brings.

May we stand in strength,

with courage, speak truth;

share of holy hope,

in all that we do.

Study well His word,

persistent in prayer;

let exaltation,

be raised up with care.

Let every heart,

that calls on His Name;

lay hold of His grace,

and boldly proclaim.

Love to the lost souls,

still searching for peace;

may we each love toward,

the lonely’s release.

(Responding to Acts 26:28-29)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have given us countless examples through Your word, Your only Son, and through faithful men and women throughout the ages, who have cared more about loving people and showing them Your heart for them, than they did about their own safety and security. Birth in us, that very same passion for people. Forgive us for the times we have been fearful and the times we have turned a deaf ear to Your still small voice because whatever You asked of us was not convenient. Grow us in Your grace, so that our concern is not about convenience, but rather about compassion for Your creation. Thank You that You strengthen and equip us for whatever You ask us to do. May our care and compassion for those who are hurting, lead each to Your loving and healing arms. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.


Rooftop Lesson

In Feb. we climbed on a rooftop to dedicate a church in village called Kodada, CC ReddyColony, pastor Simon.
given by Faith Bible Chapel in Page AZ.  I was at first not so impressed…
When we first went, there were 25 people with good hearts so we gave and they built a nice church on the slab roof.  Today that church has grown to 60 and is so alive and growing.  They took us to neighboring village some 10 miles where we joined with them to build a first church in Naryanagudem, built by Roundup Cowboy Church.
Today we went to X Road-Kodada, Few miles from CC Reddy Colony.  We helped them build a nice church on a rooftop similar to CC Reddy Church.  However as we dedicated, we encouraged them also to give a missions offering of thanksgiving to help another church get started.  We prayed and only 3 people gave.  Two were visitors and one was pastors daughter of about 15 years old.  When she gave, he was standing near here and some on our team saw him reach out with his foot and kick her.  Only 1500 rs were given $12….  This pastors wife stood and said, “If they give to this, they won’t give to help us…”
My heart hurt for them.  They have a beautiful church all 100% complete, painted and so nice, but with hearts like that, challenges are ahead.
When we entered Naryana Village as the last of the day to dedicate the mission church alongside pastor Simon–built by Cowboy Church,
They met us with drums pounding.  Roads were ankle deep mud from all rains and I was struggling to walk after falling earlier and my knee was going out…
Two guys grabbed hold and walked me thru the village to the beautiful church and so so many gathered.  All stood in church yard as drums pounded giving shouts of praise.  Joshua and Jim were right in the middle dancing a victory dance with all the men with women all gathered around shouting praise to God!
We cut the ribbon and all went in!  Church holds about 150 seated crosslegged on the floor, and it was packed with people looking in the windows.
All got on their knees to sing and the drums pounded out incredible rythym and all sang with everything in them.  Made tears come to my eyes and keep swallowing the lump in my throat as hands and drums pounded out the staccato rythym…  These people are in unity and about 100 have taken baptism and many filled with Holy Spirit.  We shared message of salvation with up to 50 that came as unbelievers….they all prayed a strong loud prayer of salvation.
We began to pray and prayer totally filled the air and when quiet came, we began to sing universal song…Allelujah…
Two separate women shared of visions and word from God,
“There will soon be a great shout and Jesus is telling us He is coming soon”
these village women, who were hindu before, related!
Many have been having visions and God speaking to them in the congregation that was all hindu previous, but has come to experience Gods presence and power…led by young Simon in early 30′s.
What a difference in two roof top experiences…Like Peter, I want the vision on rooftop to be life changing for Gods glory, and not selfish.
By Pastor Kerry Mauldin
Dedicate Gudibanda,(temple stone village)  given by Tula Rosa CC in NM.  Good nice church building with Life!  Also a Church given by Okema AG
and gave for 3 more churches…
Good things happening and so many hearing Gospel and churches growing!!
Have 6 more villages today….
Keep praying!!  Such peace when know you are covered in prayer!
With so much thanks,
Kerry, Melody, Jim and Joshua
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Branch is Tied into the Vine

 By Pastor Kerry Mauldin
Rain came hard this AM as we went to the villages!!
at Gorenkapalli in pouring rain we dedicate a church given by Abundant Life!!
Pastors were so thankful and blessed!!
We were there last Oct and gave for the church.  Johan and Rageny, pastors had just lost a baby girl in death and we prayed God would restore with a baby.
we named and dedicated Samuel who is now 3 months old!  Named him Samuel as a fulfillment of a promise from God and he is dedicated to serve the Lord!
The church has grown from 15 to 30 adults this year!!
At Thatikula Village–Toddy Tree Village–We dedicate a prayer shed where Satyam (truth), came to the Lord 8 years ago, but none of his family.  Last year, we shared with his family and when we set with them, the look on their faces was terrorizing to us—(get out of here and don’t bother us) but they listened and several accepted Christ.  Satyam and his brother poured anointing oil all around a shiva temple and the family vowed to build a house for the Living God.
We dedicate that church today.  It is right beside a river and about 30 were there as we prayed, celebrated, cut cake and shared Christ with several who had not accepted!
God has so poured out His blessing on this family.  Their Chili pepper shop is doing well and blessed in every way as they are the first in the village to step out for Christ!!!
Korlapahad (Branch Village)–We had a late lunch early supper and saw where church is needed.  No other church in whole village.  We walk to visit in hindu homes and at center of village we gave bracelets and some 200-300 people totally surrounded us and we began to share.  Eventually they quieted down and listened very well as we clearly shouted the message.  A loud unison of voices prayed the prayer of salvation and we spoke into many hearts that were unbelieving.
Jim got up and taught the 100 or so kids down front a song with motions and all enjoyed!!
Joshua is a magnet to not only all the teen boys, but multitude of teen girls who all wanted a picture with him…
In the dark some 50-60 gathered at the church place and we taught them and joined with them to build a church (given by Huntsville Evangel).
The day ended on a great high as it is so much joy to have so so many gathered to accept and then press press press in for prayer…
I know God heard the many cries that these people have as they call out to Him and we joined with them!!
The Branch is was getting tied into the Vine!!
With love, thanks and prayers,
Melody, Kerry, Jim and Joshua
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Hundreds of Voices

 By Kerry Mauldin
One of greatest sounds in the world is hearing hundreds of voices praying in unison…
We were in Pullicherla (tiger) Village and stop at a school.  They have 329 students and many were there.  Jim is in his element in front of all those kids, teaching “I Am Somebody” , because God loves me…
Sharing Christ and all those children, sitting crosslegged barefoot on the ground in perfect rows, wearing all alike uniforms and the boys with ties…
eyes closed and sincerely praying as a higher pitched unison calls out to Jesus…
These are the blessings!!  A young woman started the school and now has 2 buses and is currently meeting under the trees with the children, but in process of building a 5 room school house with more rooms to come.  She needs about $9000 to complete and we prayed with her standing on the land and brick construction going on…
She is bold and most of students are hindu…
We gave 2 churches today and dedicated Dasari Nemalipuram that Stigler AG gave.  They needed flooring and we taught and 2 strangers to the villages each gave 10,000rs and we matched what was given for steps and floor…
That 2 strangers gave for a church that was not even there church.
Most of the people are in cotton fields.  Masses of people are packed into tractor wagons to point of overflowing and come from all over to be cotton pickers!!  I only imagine back in 1930′s the migrant workers flooding areas to pick fruit or cotton and camped in little tents and cooking fires and working long days in the fields…
The fields truly are ripe for the harvest.  We must work with urgency!!
Love, prayers and so so much thanks for praying!!
Melody, Jim, Joshua and me…
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Shouting Battle on the Street

 By Pastor Kerry Mauldin
Went to Devarakonda area today dedicated a church and gave 3 more churches.
At Pasunura “many cows village”, we dedicated the nice brick Prayer Shed as the
first and only church in town.  We gave pastor Prahbu and wife a water buffalo to help them make a living and shared Christ with many.
Here came Shaker, 22, with polio, walking with sticks on the tips of his toes and pressing on to make it one rugged step after another.
We had given him a pair of goats and now he has 3 goats and doing well in spite of living alone since both parents are passed away.  This young mans gentle determined spirit goes straight into my heart and brings tears and joy at the same time!!
Vaddipalta village there is no church, but 28 believers have come to Christ and taken baptism. Pastor was hindu until 7 years ago and served Jesus along with other gods until 2 years ago when he committed and was filled with Holy Spirit and went to 6 month Bible school.  Now he has bought land in main part of village and wants a church….
We look at land, but people around are not in unity with him.  We set under trees on main road and many people gather as we share Christ.  They listen very well, till one man began to shout loudly, “Why can we not worship all gods?” he disrupted everything….
Come to find out, it was pastors own brother shouting…
Pastor has stood as first in the village for Christ and it is very contentious.
I gave this brother the challenge… “When quiet tonight, ask the Living God to speak to your heart and verify if the story of this Jesus is real that you heard today…”
The brother finally quieted down and took the challenge.
We prayed the prayer of salvation with many in this village and joined with them to build the church.
One woman there for 4 years has a giant tumor on her hip.  It is huge and like a football in size.  Poor and no way to get it removed.  We prayed and gave money and pastor will take her to Hyderabad 3 hours on bus for surgery…
Late into the night, sitting on the ground with buffaloes around in the house yards and people gathering to hear the Gospel.  All villages with no church, but people are stepping up and coming to Christ!!
We must have urgency to make the most of all that God has blessed us….
Thank you all so much for praying and notes of encouragement!! Nothing like it when you note people have got your back…
Love thanks and prayers,
Melody, Joshua, Jim and Kerry
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Prayer Request for MareZilla

This is a portion of an email I received from MareZilla today and as you can see, she is in desperate need for our prayers. All of you who read this blog are such wonderful prayer warriors and the Bible tells us that if we ask in Jesus name He will answer, and that prayer is one of the most important things that we can do for one another. Please do include her in your prayers, and I will be sure to pass along the comments to her! God bless!

Hi there my beloved friends who I miss so very much,
I have been in an ambulance more times than I can recall in just this past week alone. 3 times were in just one day and it was a day that included 4 stays in the ERs of 2 different hospitals. Just showing up at my regular dr’s offices gets me hauled away because a routine check of my BP & pulse makes them think I will immediately have a stroke so I guess they are required to dial 911. But no hospitals will admit me for inpatient care no matter how many non-hospital  dr.s say I need it cuz I guess I may have been death paneled or something now that Obamacare is official. I can’t walk when it is bad and often cannot even see but with BP #s such as 250/17 (really) and 220/180 the hospital says go home & monitor it and when I told them I didn’t have the device to do that I was told to go to a store where they have those booths you sit in for a free BP reading. They told this to me while I was blind and basically paralyzed.   I think the hosp gets fined now if the same person keeps showing up up for the same thing and I keep trying to get help for the fact that I keep getting strangled when my throat closes from all swelling and it keeps sending me into a life threatening position with that Adrenal Insufficiency stuff. I was 125 lbs a few weeks ago, but I swell up to 170 lbs on bad days, yes, that much fluid builds in my body and blows me up and hurts me and strangles me and makes me fall down and screws me up in a bajillion other ways – from a prolonged allergic reaction to a drug they never should have had me on to treat a condition that i never had. I’m currently hovering at around 150 lbs for the past 2 days, which is 15-25 lbs of fluid killing me, but at least it only rises and falls by a couple of pounds thru the day now instead of dozens of pounds so that might be a good sign.These are hospitals that just a few months ago basically FORCED ME TO STAY as inpatient for days of care when my vitals were not nearly as bad as they are now.Funny coincidence about the policy change & Obamacare implementation happening at the same time, huh?

Just thought I’d fill u in on what’s up with me.  I’m in bed writing from my phone so can’t blog or C&P nuthin and my eyes are swelling shut again but if anyone asks about me, you can tell them what I just told u or if u have a bit o time, someone plz just put it on my blog(s) if what I wrote above is not too incoherent. I’m only sending this email to those of you who have access to post on my blogs.

There is much more to tell but my eyes are going to make me wait.

I am in the worst pain of my life and am not even remotely well mentally.  My face is unrecognizable even to close relatives now because I am so disfigured from swelling.   I am too swollen in my body to even wear maternity clothes that I used at the very ends of my pregnancies in which I had been enormous.

I did see a new doc on Thurs who seems competent & he thinks I’m salvageable but he also said it would take weeks or months & that I should prepare for physical and mental pain that may be worse than I can possibly even imagine. It is already horrible.

Because ppl helped me, my lights & internet are fine so this is not a bleg. I am however asking for prayers which are badly needed and if anyone can stand to call & talk to a sick person who is temporarily mentally ill, I would welcome a reprieve from my miserable isolation.  But mostly, because I am currently so very ugly and isolated and my self esteem is destroyed, I really just don’t want to be forgotten. Please remember me as I used to be back when I was a decent blogger and not a disfigured half dead mental case.

I miss everybody but I’m in no shape to follow the news since the tyrants running our country into the ground make me yell & scream even when I am sort of ok .

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Prayer Request for Justin

We know that God will answer prayer, Justin is in desperate need of prayers. His doctors have been unable to diagnose his condition and have been treating him with steroids for the symptoms. His family is terribly concerned because the treatments are having little to no effect and are therefore taking him somewhere that it is more likely that they will be able to come up with a diagnosis. He has suffered for quite awhile now and his family are concerned that it is some type of cancer. They need emotional strength but more they need a healing. God is our creator, He knows every bit of our innermost being. He is the Great Physician. He can heal, but He can also use Doctors to do His work. Sometimes He lets us go on the journey in order to accomplish a goal He has for us. Please join me in prayer that God will work His will and help Justin and his family. God bless and thank you!

Dear Lord, please regard this Your child and help him and his family find answers and healing. Guide the physicians hands and loan them the knowledge that they need to answer the mystery of this illness. We put our trust in You. Thank you Lord, in Your wonderful Son, Jesus Christ’s name, we give You glory and praise. Amen and amen!


Pray for Boldness

Ephesians 6:18-20

King James Version (KJV)

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

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Sorrow’s Escape

image by James Fletcher

image by James Fletcher


Sorrow seeps out,

with deep gasps for air;

solitude waits,

tempered with prayer.

Anguish erupts,

with casting of care;

gentle His touch,

as He holds us there.

Gone is the weight,

of such sorrowful snare;

burden He lifts,

removing despair.

Troubled the soul,

that knows not His care;

blessed the One,

who holds us close there.

Sing praise to God,

our Father, so fair;

who heals our hurts,

tender His repair.

“He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” – (Psalm 147:3)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You hold our heart and hands when the weight of our woes seem beyond what we can bear. Thank You that You do not want for us to hold them in our hands, but rather You request that we place them in Yours. Thank You that You hold us close, and provide safe space to grieve. Thank You that though mourning may last for a time, Your joy will remain forever. Forgive us for trying to be strong enough, and help us to allow You to hold us up in our weakness. Teach us to turn to You in total trust, and show us how to cast every care upon You. May our times of mourning further magnify the joy that is found in You alone. Let the hope we hold, even in the grip of grief, lead those who are looking, to Your loving care. All glory and honor to You, our Holy Healer. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.


Prayer Request for My Sister-in-law, Jane

One of my sister-in-laws is having some serious health problems and is going to have a heart cath done this afternoon! Please keep her in prayer and hold her up! We know that is one of the things that Jesus has instructed us in and how greater a gift can we give than the giving of love by way of prayer?

Dear Lord, You are the creator of all things, You are the designer of every thing that exists. No being knows more about how we are made, You are also the Great Physician and have instructed us to take our needs before You in prayer. We are following Your instructions Dear Lord and asking that You give Jane and all our family strength and heal her if it is possible and in Your plans Lord! We give You praise, glory and honor Dear Lord, in Jesus wonderful name we so pray! Amen and amen.

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Update on Annie and Prayer Request

Dear friends, Annie is in desperate need of our prayers and is facing many hurdles. Here is an update from her. Please do hold her up in your prayers.

 “I’m asking you to pray for Rey and me Patricia. It has been three years since Rey has worked, we’ve eliminated a car, cut down on expenses, no longer have TV, have darn near exhausted savings and are about 2 months from insolvency, and have an appointment with an attorney soon. I’ve approached my family for help and now I’m approaching my friends for prayers, and counsel.

I have a total ankle replacement in 2 weeks that I’m trying to keep a positive attitude for; but when I suggested to Rey that I put it off (because it’ll require a trip and rehab for 6-9 weeks) to Chicago and a return to Chicago in 12 weeks (which I’ll probably tell the surgeon I can’t do); Rey wouldn’t hear of it. “Annie, this might very we’ll be the last time you have the opportunity to get some facsimile of a life back). I sort have put together a scenario that goes;

have the surgery, and because I have the surgery, I’ll be (eventually, like in a few months-a year) able to walk (not run), and by so doing, lose weight. THe pulmonologist feels that my lung problems, although not completely, are due in good part to my weight (I’ve got a pretty small frame)

If the lungs and my ankles are less problematic, I’ll be able to get in the pool more often and lose weight. The hazards of immobility/sedentary life style are numerous, not the least of which has been on my heart. So, I ask you to pray, pray like only Loopy can pray.

Love, Annie”

Dear Lord, You know the needs of us all, You are the Great Creator! You answer when You are asked, we have to do the asking. We are gathering here to request your help for both Annie and Rey. They are in need of physical help as well as financial help Lord. We have faith in Your promises Lord. And we ask this in Jesus wonderful name! We give you glory and praise Lord! Amen and amen!

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