I have been praying for my friend Cristy this week and her family effected by the fires in Oregon, I woke up to this message this morning! God is Amazing! I share this with her permission as she said, it shows God's love and the fulfillment of His promises....

    "Ivy cry with me for a moment. My brother, my twin, the one I have shared so much with all my life; except my love of God, Jesus, the only thing that kept my brother and I from having the same things, called me this morning to tell me he found the Lord on the steps of our parents untouched home. He said "Cristy how can I not know this God, how can I not see what He did for me, for us, for our family?" He said' "isn't there a story about people in a fire and coming out not smelling like smoke?" "Yes the furnace" I said. He said "I opened the doors of both homes; nothing, no smell, I looked at the property it's like Moses when he parted the sea." Brian said "Cristy with tears in my eyes I looked around and saw this big outline of a cross, the main hwy as the straight part, and our homes was the other in a straight line from river to mountain on the other side. Spared, untouched."

    ...Ivy you said from what will come from these ashes maybe beauty. It has, my twin is saved! There, right there, is my beauty. My heart is so full to the point of bursting. Grateful. Thankful. Overwhelmed."

Isaiah 61

Good News for the Oppressed

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
    for the Lord has anointed me
    to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
    and to proclaim that captives will be released
    and prisoners will be freed.[a]
He has sent me to tell those who mourn
    that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,[b]
    and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
To all who mourn in Israel,
    he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
    festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
    that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins,
    repairing cities destroyed long ago.
They will revive them,
    though they have been deserted for many generations.
Foreigners will be your servants.
    They will feed your flocks
and plow your fields
    and tend your vineyards.
You will be called priests of the Lord,
    ministers of our God.
You will feed on the treasures of the nations
    and boast in their riches.
Instead of shame and dishonor,
    you will enjoy a double share of honor.
You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land,
    and everlasting joy will be yours.

“For I, the Lord, love justice.
    I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering
    and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their descendants will be recognized
    and honored among the nations.
Everyone will realize that they are a people
    the Lord has blessed.”

10 I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God!
    For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation
    and draped me in a robe of righteousness.
I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding
    or a bride with her jewels.
11 The Sovereign Lord will show his justice to the nations of the world.
    Everyone will praise him!
His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring,
    with plants springing up everywhere.



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