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Happy Thanksgiving 2016

“Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices, who wondrous things hath done, in whom his world rejoices; who from our mothers’ arms, hath blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.”

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Now thank we all our God:

 

~For our beautiful new home in an established neighborhood in New Port Richey, FL. (Please make a note of our new address above.) This lovely provision is clearly from His hand.

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~For an amazing church family in Palm Harbor, FL. The body of Crystal Cove Community Church has blessed us greatly with love, prayers, and financial support as Alan has taken on an interim position. ~For Alan’s job teaching middle and high school at Grace Christian School. He takes joy in teaching Literature, English, and Spanish. ~For his establishment of El-Elyon Seminary in Bohoc, Haiti.

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~ For Cheryl’s myasthenia gravis flare-up which resulted in her having to resign from her teaching job. (She plans to continue subbing.) Yes, we praise him for all things. The Lord has used the time for her to set-up our home. We are seeking the Lord to see if it is His timing for her to launch her Securely Held ministry. We appreciate your prayers for the Lord’s healing graces.

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~For Joseph’s making good friends and adjusting well to Florida, he is having an excellent senior year and enjoys his job at Chick-fil-A.

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For Hannah and Daniel prospering in their careers in Atlanta, GA. For the Lord preserving Hannah’s life after she developed an internal bleed following what was supposed to be outpatient surgery.

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~For Abigail and Kenneth enjoying married life in Chattanooga, TN.

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~For the home-going of both of Alan’s precious parents and our dear spiritual mother, Pat Vitkus.

“The separation is temporary, the reunion eternal.”

 

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“He has done wondrous things and blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love!”

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Securely held in Christ,

Cheryl for the Lutzes

 

 

 

He Lifts My Head: by Cheryl Lutz

“But Thou, O Lord, art a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head.”
(Psalm 3:3)

 

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The oppression has been thick and heavy, making it hard to breathe. This journey of “walking by faith and not by sight” has been harder than I ever imagined. I have walked alongside and prayed for others as the darkness seemed to close in around them, but somehow depression has never been my thing. One of my spiritual gifts is faith, so this “losing hope” is new territory. I’ve had to ask others to pray for me when I couldn’t seem to pray for myself. I’ve had to ask others to believe for me when my belief seemed elusive. I’ve had to practice what I preach and fall on my face in prayer. I’ve had to stay in the Word when I just plain don’t feel like it. I’ve had to let the tears flow, and know He is “catching them in His bottle.” When the enemy’s lies have continually assaulted my mind, I’ve turned on worship music to drown him out. Sometimes my heart cries have been simple but profound, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The beautiful thing is that Jesus’ mercy does rain down. He shows me His glory, and He lifts my head.

How about you? What do you do when depression strikes, or when the enemy of our soul attacks?

The old hymn writer William Cooper sure seemed to get it!

“Sometimes a light surprises
The Christian while he sings;
It is the Lord who rises
With healing in His wings;
When comforts are declining,
He grants the soul again
A season of clear shining,
To cheer it after rain.”

Dear One, read Psalm 3. Know that the Lord is your shield and glory. He WILL lift your head!

A Bond-slave Of Jesus: Choosing Faith Over Fear

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“Behold, the bond-slave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 (NASB)

The above words were spoken by: Mary, the mother of Jesus, after the angel of the Lord appeared to her. He proclaimed that by the power of the Holy Spirit, she would conceive the Son of God. 

Yet her initial response to the angelic being was one of fear.  Luke says she was “greatly troubled.”  However, Mary chose faith over fear and declared herself a “bond-slave of the Lord,” and submitted to God’s will over her own.  The definition of a bond-slave is:

 One who gives himself up to another’s will; those whose service is used by Christ in extending and advancing his cause among men; devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests   (Biblestudytools.com)

 Mary gave herself up to her Lord’s will. She disregarded her own interests for His.

Are we willing to do the same?

 Will we choose faith over fear?

 May we proclaim like Mary, “Be it done to me according to your word.”

 What are your fears?

 (Remember the words of Holly Gerth: (Best-selling author of You’re Already Amazing as well as several other books with Revell.)

 “You’re more courageous than you know!” 

Are You a Stuffer?

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“Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” (Matthew 9:22 NASB)

The above verse (spoken by Jesus) is from the story of a woman who had been struggling with a hemorrhage for twelve years.  In the midst of a crowd she followed Jesus, knowing if she could “only touch His garment, she could get well.”  What faith she had in the healing power of Jesus! However, it is important to remember that the most significant healing in this life, is spiritual.  John 8:36 says, “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” (NASB) I sadly confess that for many years as Christian (and pastor’s wife) I did not walk in this freedom, as I was still in bondage to my past.  I was a “stuffer” stuffing the pain down deep, choosing never to think about it, much less share it. Yet the older I got, the harder it got to keep the pain under the surface.  The pain began to manifest itself in ways that were anything but productive.  As my dear friend Jo Ann Fore says in her book, When a Woman Finds Her Voice:

Those things we stuff, try so hard to ignore, they are the very things begging for release–the things that hold the promise of hope, the flame of freedom.”

What about you? Are you a stuffer?  It may seem less painful in the moment, but I assure you it will come out in other ways like isolation, fear, anxiety, depression, undiagnosed physical symptoms, etc.  Processing the pain in the moment hurts, but it hurts much more to keep it inside.

The story you’re scared to share–that story has the power to change both your life an the lives of others.” Jo Ann Fore

“But Jesus turning and seeing her said, ‘Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.’ At once the woman was made well.” (John 9:22 NASB)

Dear daughter of Jesus, take courage!  As you step out in faith and share your story, you too will be made well.

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