Whatever HE Tells You To Do

28 02 2012

Wedding at Cana

His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” John 2:5

As most mother’s of adult son’s begin to understand; at some point in time there is a power exchange. No longer is he your ‘little boy’ but to the contrary, he is now ‘your son.’ The difference is in our deference to the young man that now stands before us.

Once upon a time we as mother’s thought nothing about walking up to our son to tuck in his shirt; taking a tissue to wipe his nose; using our hand to smooth down his hair; fussing over a crumpled collar or balls of lint on his sweater. With no thought at all our hands seemed to fly across our son’s of their own accord; straightening, folding, smoothing and picking indescriminately.

I’ll never forget that one day when I drove my (then) thirteen year old daughter and sixteen year old son to the shopping center for the annual back-to-school shopping trip. We visited a men’s clothing store and I immediately engaged the salesman, telling him what size my son wore in slacks; when suddenly a shadow loomed large at my shoulder and a full rich male voice said, “Mom, it’s okay, I’ve got this.” Looking up, I suddenly seemed to see him for the very first time. It was my son, tall and handsome and very much a young man.

The salesman seemed to recognize that we were all in the throws of a transition of some sort and not just between pleat-front or five-pocket. The salesman gave me a test question to see if I’d be giving ground or not, by asking, “Will he be trying these on or…?” The question hung in the air between the three of us. I answered, “Whatever he wants to do…” When I retreated to join my daughter in the courtesy chairs, the salesman began to give his full (adult) professional attention to his customer: my son.

I have heard many ministers preach that Jesus’ Mother, Mary did not recognize the Lord as the Son of God, but I beg to differ in that point based upon what she told those servants during the wedding at Cana; the Lord’s launching.

You see, at that wedding, Mother-Mary demonstrated that she had already experienced her transitional moment and was speaking from her knowledge of and her trust in her Son; her fully capable and qualified Son. Surely a transition had taken place at some point in our her outlook regarding her son.

That transition, from man-child to adult male is beautiful and awesome to behold; do not fight against it, but embrace it. You’ll know when you have fully embraced and celebrated that manhood; when you begin to tell others to take note and pay the respect that is due this new amazing individual who is a part of you, but now stands apart from you, on his own.

I have embraced Mother-Mary’s words for my own relationship with her Son, my Lord and Savior. Mother-Mary’s words still ring as true today as they did to those perplexed servants in that kitchen during the wedding. I believe they heard her  calmly and confidently say: “Whatever He tells you to do… Do it.”

O yes, as we left that store, my son seemed to walk a little taller, shoulders a bit wider, stride a bit longer as he held that shopping bag with the clothing he had determined to wear, purchased with the summer money he had earned.

That was exactly twenty years ago this coming August and I think I’m still beaming over that launch day and many other transitional days he has brought to me since as graduate, soldier, husband and father. I believe Mother-Mary beamed that day too,  as only a Mom could.

Be Blessed!

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Amazing Grace: Just the Black Notes!

23 02 2012

In honor of Black History Month, here is a wonderful lesson on Black Gospel music and its origins in Black history and American history  including America’s favorite song: Amazing Grace and the rich history behind it.

This Blog with embedded video may take some time to fully load, so please be patient –  it’s worth the wait. Thanks to fellow WordPress Blogger PJ Cockrell for sharing this.

As always… “Be Blessed!” The Light Keeper

Amazing Grace: Just the Black Notes!.

And “Yes, that is Bill Gaither and the Bill Gaither “Family of Singers” in the background along with the great baritone and professor of music, Rev. Wintley Phipps, PhD.

 





God Is So GOOD! ~ Pre-Spring Break

14 02 2012

TN Lighthouse Ministries

will be offline for a bit as we re-tool with some upgrades.

Stay tuned for the Big Reveal of our reformatted: 

Teaching of the Word, Intercessory Prayer  and Christian Counseling.

We’ve been blessed with some brand new equipment! 

As soon as our Tech-Guy      reads the instructions…

We’re ready!  BE BLESSED

The Light Keeper





Mistakes!

11 02 2012

Delete

Mistakes!  Ever make one?

Amazing how it can snowball, picking up speed and people as it goes crashing along, even splashing innocent by-standers.

If you have never made a mistake-God bless you. Personally, I have made PLENTY.  In fact, I just made one quite recently.

I have asked the Lord Jesus to forgive me my trespass against His calling on my life; especially to those, my  Brothers and Sisters whom He has called. And to all those (innocent by-standers) I have hurt or wounded due to my error in action, word and deed:

 “I humbly and sincerely ask your forgiveness.”

Prayer: “Lord Jesus, let your loving peace and your word of truth be a teachable moment today in our hearts and minds. Let us forgive one another speedily and harbor no ill-will as we see the day approaching. I pray this in the Matchless Name of Our Lord and Savior.” Amen

Rev. Corliss Acosta, The Lightkeeper

Note: Several days ago, I blogged about an incident in a former Church. Many believed it was unfair criticism. I was contacted by loving Counsel. I apologize to the Leadership of that Church, its members and all who were offended by that deleted posting.





The God Who Heals Me

6 02 2012

Jesus Heals

Just  talked to a Dear-one who is “going through it;” I mean the ‘hit-youwith-the-Kitchen-Sink’ kind of ‘going through it.’

In the scheme of things, a broken bone would be a cleaner type of hurt: This is emotional. Prayer Warriors Unite, so that this Child of God does not become prime rib on Satan’s menu. My view on this subject was stated back in February. Here is a replay:

 

So often I counsel Believer’s that ask for prayer regarding one ailment or another. As I listen, I am concerned about the lengthy and detailed descriptions of their ailments and what the doctor had to say. Sometimes, I find that I must interrupt in order to get a “prayer in edgewise.”

What if we were just as familiar with what the Word of God said as we are with what the Pharmacist, the Internist or the Specialist had to say? Please don’t misunderstand. I realize the all-consuming nature of sickness. As a teenager I watched my own dear Mother succumb to the fierce ravages of Chronic Leukemia; while she stayed faithful to the Lord right up until her passing at only forty-six years of age.

In addition to the Lord’s call upon my life to Ministry; I also recall the desperate feelings of wanting to “DO” something to stop Mom’s pain; stop the wasting away of her body, strength and life. From that time until this, I have searched out the Scriptures and looked to the Lord for His healing. Our family was part of a denomination which taught that miracles and healings were ‘passed away’… Gone with the last Apostle. We were to simply look forward to ‘making heaven our home–in the sweet by-and-by.’ But I had read in the Bible that: “…heaven and earth shall pass away, but My word shall not pass away.”

Whom shall we believe? I’ll tell you whom I believe:  Our God is a ‘consuming fire [Hebrews 12:28-29]; mighty in battle [Psalm 24:8]; has overcome the enemy; the last enemy to be defeated is only Death itself; which will flee at His coming. You see, our God is Spirit and those that would worship Him, must worship Him in spirit (our own) and in truth (only His word is truth). John 4:24

So Beloved, get your Bibles out and open them. Read and consume; feast upon the Living Word. It is only through His word and the gift of His Holy Spirit (the very Spirit of Truth) that we have any chance; any chance whatsoever against the ancient enemy of our souls; whether it be physical, mental, emotional or relational in this world-system.

Jesus told us to “Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” John 16:33   Additionally, let’s start by cracking open our Bible for ourselves in order to find out what are some of the many, many benefits we can stand solidly upon for our wholeness. Let us concentrate ourselves fully to “These things” and place all others in their proper place… as we: Take the medicine prescribed; continue our treatments; and all other prescribed and recommended therapies. Let’s be proactive as we “fight the GOOD fight of faith.”

Focus readings:

  • John 17:12-19 (Whole Chapter) Jesus prays for us all to know that God’s Word is truth.
  • Exodus 15:26 and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.” Exodus 15:25-27 (in Context) Exodus 15 (Whole Chapter)
  • Psalm 103:3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Psalm 103:2-4 (in Context) Psalm 103 (Whole Chapter)
  • Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:2-4 (in Context) Psalm 147 (Whole Chapter)

Until next time… Be Blessed! 

Email: Lighthouseministers@gmail.com   for Prayer Needs and Christian Counseling





Just A Little Talk With God

5 02 2012
Talking With God

Having Our Say

This is reprinted from a good friend. Hope you enjoy.

The Light Keeper

Me: “God can I ask you a question?”

 Me: “Promise you won’t get mad?”

God: “I promise.”

Me: “Why did u let so much stuff happen to me today?

God: “What do you mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late,

God: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start,

God: Okay~

Me: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait,

God: Hmmm…

Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call…..

God: All right~

Me: And on top of it all off, when I got home ~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager and relax. BUT it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?

God: Let me see, the Death Angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that~

Me: (humbled): OH

GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.

Me (ashamed)………

God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn’t want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.

Me: (embarrassed): Okay

God: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered. Me (softly): I see God~

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I’m sorry God

God: Don’t be sorry; just learn to trust me…..in all things, the good and the bad.

Me: I will trust you~

God: And don’t doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan.

Me: I won’t God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.

God: You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I love looking after my children…..

Isaiah 55:8-9

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways 
 my ways,” declares the LORD.
9 As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.





HE is Lord

1 02 2012

IN UNITY

HE is Lord,

HE is Lord,

HE has risen from the dead,

And HE is Lord,

Every knee shall bow,

Every tongue confess,

That Jesus Christ is Lord.

What a wonderful, moving hymn. While singing this hymn I am often moved to tears imagining “that day” when Jesus returns and all nations of the earth will fall to their knee’s declaring His Lordship. Won’t that be awesome?

Each of us has the opportunity to make that confession for ourselves, now, today. If you have already done that, but feel a distance from when you first asked Jesus to come into your heart; perhaps a time of refreshing is what you need.

I know that is what I needed just this past week. The services that I usually participate in are very lively events regarding the music, the preaching and even the prayers are very vocal. However, I was invited to worship with a new acquaintance at his church. It was very peaceful, quiet, and not very long in service length. It was in fact, quite refreshing.

Just as I wouldn’t order the same thing on a menu at every restaurant I attended; similarly, I wouldn’t want this kind of quiet, brevity on a regular basis either. However, for where my heart was at that time; overcoming a busy schedule and knowing I needed some shut-eye at some point in the day; this was a Sabbath rest that “filled the bill” for me.

Psalm 133:1 says: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!”… See how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in unity

How wonderful to be united with brothers and sisters from divergent backgrounds. The one thing we all had in common was our recognition and declaration that: “HE is Lord.”

Isn’t that true for us all? Find your place and find His grace for your life today. Be Blessed








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