Monday, December 9, 2013

They cried out to the Lord

A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

Psalm 107 starts out with, Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 
Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, 3 those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south

When we are going through the inevitable storms of life it is good to remember how God has helped us in the past. Our testimony of God's help is a mighty weapon against the enemy who would like to weigh us down with stress, despair and hopelessness. I think we must we remember to give thank not only for the great and wonderful stuff but also for the difficult things. It is in the difficulties that we face that we are stretched and shaped. It takes fire and heat to refine gold. It takes and obnoxious grain of sand in an oyster to make a pearl. Not that we need to go out looking for difficulties because there are plenty enough to be found just in the normal course of life. 

The following 40 verse of Psalm 107 shares some of the kind of stories that we might find our selves telling at various points in our lives. Verses 4- 6 "Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away." Sound pretty bad thankfully the Psalm tells us what the people did in the following verse. "Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.

I know as a church we are dealing with the uncertainty of selling our building and finding God's will for our next step. At times it seems like an unbelievably daunting task. I question if we are even up to it as a people. Will we be able to get on the same page as a group of people and walk in a greater level of unity. Not that we must agree on every point. Walking in unity is filled with give and take as we try to together determine God's will and plan for us as a people. I could spend massive amounts of time fretting about it. I could toss and turn at night and drench my pillow with tears. I could try to base a solution on the combine strengths of us as a people. If that is how I am trying to navigate I have made it far too difficult. We have to stop trying by our own feeble might and power and look to our God who says His grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect in our weakness. 

Starting in verse 10 is yet another story. "Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains, because they rebelled against God’s commands
and despised the plans of the Most High. So he subjected them to bitter labor;
they stumbled, and there was no one to help."  This sounds like a lot of our people who are prisoners to poverty, mental illness, depression or addiction. I am so glad we have started Celebrate Recovery. We prayed a long time for someone like Bob to come along and run with such a ministry. How does this passage end? Much like the previous story.  
"Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress." 

Here's another story. "Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep.
For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end." Perhaps you are at your wit's end. You thought you had things handled and then a mighty storm has arisen that threatens to pummel away your last bit of hope and faith. Good stories always have a seemingly impossible problem that must be over come. It always looks hopeless but some how courage rises and unlikely hero's must learn to walk together. Its the climax of the story that is followed by a resolution. Here's how this sea swept story ends according to Psalm 107 starting in verse 28 "Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper;
the waves of the sea were hushed."  

Are you starting to see a pattern in these stories? What ever you are facing remember to give thanks and to cry out to the Lord. He waits for us to realize that we need His help. He desire to be our first rather than our last resort. Don't forget how powerful and faith building it is when we share our stories of what God has done before as we journey together into the unknown. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Crystal Cave

A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

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I started my morning out thinking about the stones in the Bible. Stones can be used for a lot of things, alters, covers for tombs, tools, monuments, jewelry.  I've been thinking a lot about the verse in Luke 19 where the Pharisees are telling Jesus to rebuke his disciples. He responds with this verse. 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” I think about how we use diamonds to make record needles. Not that many folks use vinyl records anymore. Its kind of a side rabbit trail of wondering if there is deeper wisdom in the use of gem stones. Do various stones have any capability of resonance or give off energy. Might one be helped by wearing one stone rather than another.? I clearly have more questions than I have answers at this moment. One question seems to lead to another and along the way I stumble upon little bread crumbs left by the Lord for me to find. I'm not really sure where we are heading with this but as I follow the Lord I find I have these questions. As I search out the answers I discover things along the way that then point me towards new questions and new discoveries. I guess I think of it as maintaing a sense of wonder. God's creation is so vast and far beyond my simple understanding. I'm like the kindergartner at the zoo thinking wow - those animals are really cool. Not even beginning to realize that each and every animal in the zoo is a study in and of it self. 

 I found this in Matthew Henry's Commentary 

"What a difference there is between men’s building and God’s; when men build their Babel, brick and slime are their best materials; but, when God builds his Jerusalem, he lays even the foundations of it with sapphires, and all its borders with pleasant stones, Isa. 54:11-12; Rev. 21:19

Revelation 21:18-21 NIV

18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone.The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls,each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

So my next thought was that it was notable that the stones are listed in order. I wondered why?  So I started with jasper and I found that it comes in a lot of colors. I found the following in the Easton's Bible Dictionary. 

(Heb. yashpheh, "glittering"), a gem of various colours, one of the twelve inserted in the high priest's breast-plate (Ex. 28:20). It is named in the building of the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:18, 19). It was "most precious," "clear as crystal" (21:11). It was emblematic of the glory of God (4:3).

Then I found this on jasper in wikipedia. "Although the term jasper is now restricted to opaque quartz, the ancient iaspis was a stone of considerable translucency. The jasper of antiquity was in many cases distinctly green, for it is often compared with the emerald and other green objects. Jasper is referred to in the Niebelungenlied as being clear and green. Probably the jasper of the ancients included stones which would now be classed as chalcedony, and the emerald-like jasper may have been akin to the modern chrysoprase. The Hebrew word yushphah may have designated a green jasper. Flinders Petrie suggested that the odem, the first stone on the High Priest's breastplate, was a red jasper, whilst tarshish, the tenth stone, may have been a yellow jasper. 

The term basanite has occasionally been used to refer to a variety of jasper, for example a black flinty or cherty jasper found in several New England states of the USA. Such varieties of jasper are also informally known as Lydian stone or lydite and have been used as touchstones in testing the purity of precious metal alloys.

A touchstone is a small tablet of dark stone such as fieldstone, slate, or lydite, used for assaying precious metal alloys. It has a finely grained surface on which soft metals leave a visible trace."

Interesting I think, and I go look at photos of Jasper stones trying to find any that look transparent. I found a photo of someone in front of huge clear crystals. So I click on the photo and found an article that talked about the Crystal Cave. It reminds me of  Super Man's home from the movies. I think about how in Revelation 21 the gates to the city are each made with a single pearl. I look at the immense size of the crystals in the cave and I think I wonder how big the oysters will have to be to make pearls big enough for gates. I think of the saying "The world is your oyster." I think about how tiny pearls are made from irritating grains of sand. I think of the beauty and the mess we've made of our world. Which causes me to think of Ecclesiastes 3:11 "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end."

So I go to find out more about the crystal cave. I found theses videos and I sat and watched them with great wonder and fascination. They lay under the mountain in water and would not have been discovered except for the mining in the area that pumped out the water. They would not have been created or grown except for the heat and water and gypsum. I think sometimes it is the heat and pressure and odd circumstances in our lives that create the conditions for us to become all He intends for us to become. 

Revelation 4:6 NIV

Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures,and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.

I need to get on with other things but I leave this little journey with a greater sense of wonder, awe and a deep humility. I am reminded again of John 21:25 NIV 
"Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written."

Here are the videos about the Crystal Cave hope you will enjoy them. 

The Crystal Cave Videos  Episode 1 of 5 Episode 2 of 5 Episode 3 of 5 Episode 4 of 5 Episode 5 of 5

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Carpe Diem

A Devotional by Margot Cioccio 

1 Peter 1:24-25 (NASB)
24 For, “All flesh is like grass,
And all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
And the flower falls off,
25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.”
And this is the word which was preached to you.

I can't help but read this verse and chuckle. Years ago I had painted a shirt with these words and a bunch of flowers. Only I used a version that said "All men are like grass". I was wearing it one day and some ultra feminist woman saw it and commented as she passed by about no good, men being like grass that should be trampled on. Clearly she missed the point of this verse. It was not a slam on men but a reminder that our glory is for a very short time. Like the flowers of the field we grow old and wither and die. Thankfully our time frame is longer than flowers but in the great expanse of time our 70 to maybe a 100ish years of life is pretty fleeting. 
What are you doing with the time you have been given? 

The words Carpe Diem come from the last line of a Latin poem by Quintus Horatius Flaccus from about 65BC to 8BC. It talks about not spending your time trying to predict the future. Rather get on with living your life. The last line ends with the words Carpe Diem which means to seize the day.

Are you living in the present or are you spending your time regretting the past and dreaming about a different future. We can find our selves developing our future plans about what we will do and who we will do it with and rather than living in the present we are busy living in a fantasy dream of our possible future. There are always unknown variables that are out of our ability to control and in those cases we sometimes even have alternate future plans. I'm not saying that one should not have a general sense of direction or a vision for ones life. Vision and purpose are good things and help keep us moving in the direction we want to head. It becomes a problem when we spend all our time dreaming. Sometimes we do this because our present life is a mess and we are depressed and unhappy. So we spend our time dreaming and hoping that things will someday be better. The fact is that if you don't begin doing something today to move towards that vision you will never get there. At some point you have to seize the day and do something productive with it. When I am working on art projects I often don't have everything I need to accomplish the project. So I assess what I do have to work with and do what I can with that or I realize I need to work at getting the needed supplies. Getting the supplies or the training that I need is part of the bigger process. What I don't do is sit and fret or have a pity party because of the current state of my project as compared to the vision of it that I have in my mind. I constantly ask the question "What can I do today that will help me to actually move towards the vision. I think sometimes rather than being purposeful about moving towards a vision we default into what I like to call floating down the lazy river. We just drift along reacting to circumstances and we go with the flow. I don't think that God intends for us to be tumble weeds for Christ blown about by every circumstantial wind. Like a runner in a race we are to press on towards the goal. 
1 Corinthians 9:24 "Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win."
If you want your future to be different than your present you have to decide to do something with today. Too often we just continue to do the same old thing hoping for different results. To often we get stuck in the familiar comfort zone even if there is a lot about it that could be better. We sit around praying Oh God come solve my problem thinking that we have no part in the process beyond crying out to God. Obviously prayer is a good place to start. Too often we are trying to have our will be done when we should be seeking God for His will to be done. We can be mad at God for not giving us the desires of our heart. We are quick to quote Psalm 37:4 and then wonder why its not working for us. 

Psalm 37:3-5 (NASB)
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord;  (I believe this means learning to enjoy His will and ways)
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

Heres the deal - God desire is for you to become more and more like Jesus. Its a process of humbling our selves, learning to trust, learning to obey, learning to know God's heart and purposes. For most of us its a slow process because we are too busy trying to do what we want and to get God to help us do it.  

Some of you are thinking some day I will do more for God. Someday I'll have more time to pray and seek the Lord. Someday I will read my bible. Someday I will help the poor or go to the mission field. Someday I will have enough money to support God's work. I heard someone say "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." 

James 2:17
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Seize the day. Take a step towards the goal. Do something you probably can't eat the whole elephant in one bite but at least take a nibble and keep nibbling. Then look back from time to time to see how far you've come and take a moment to celebrate. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

These Words of My Mouth

A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

May these words of my mouth
and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, 
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:14 NIV

We have been created in the image of God who spoke things into existence. The words of our mouths are powerful things. Its not just the word we say to or about the Lord but also the words we say about ourselves and others. I am reminded of another verse Proverbs 18:21
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. We can use our words to speak truth, health, love and peace or we can use our words to gossip, spread rumors or stir up strife,  hatred, pain and unbelief. It is said of the prophet Samuel that he let none of his words fall to the ground. He was careful of what came out of his mouth. We should use ours wisely as well 

I suppose my challenge today is for each of us to be aware of our words. When I was a little girl my grandmother used to say "If you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all." That is a good reminder for us. I think some of us do pretty good with our public words to others but are not as kind to ourselves. We buy into negative self talk. What do you see and say when you look in the mirror. Are you reminded that you are wonderfully made. Do you marvel at how God created you from dust? Do you remember that you are His child whom He loves in spite of your flaws and failures. Probably not - you probably see, fat, ugly, old, or all your perceived flaws.  Do you walk around with guilt and shame or as one set free and forgiven? Most of us look in the mirror and beat our selves up in one manner or the other. Don't! Start at the mirror and then remember through out the day to speak health, peace, life, joy not only to others but to yourself as well.  Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 

We all have challenges but we don't need to allow those things to define us. Our circumstance, our job, or kids, our health do not define who we are. In Christ we are new creations. In Christ we are loved and accepted. To many of us go around saying things like I'm sick, I'm depressed, I'm broke, I'm ugly, I'm stupid, I'm a looser... We could chose to stand on God's word regarding such things. I am Gods child and I may currently be facing some challenges but I am believing that my God is my healer and my provider. With Him all things are possible. He knows the plans he has for me and those plans are for my good and not for my destruction. 

Well I started this last week and never got back to post it. This whole moving process has been grueling but things are starting to shape up. School is going really well, I'm looking forward to everything finally being put away in the house so I can concentrate on studying and my student massages. So for a while I will continue to post when I can - I'm pretty sure that won't be daily but there are over 400 posts at this blog if you are needing more to read.

Also please pray for Emma I took this photo earlier in the summer. She was born mosaic turners syndrome and is presently having trouble with both of her kidneys.  We have seen God do so many miracles to preserve her life and she is in need of yet another. Her family could also use your prayers they have been walking through some pretty tough stuff.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hold Fast to Him

A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

The Family Room with my Massage Area 
It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. Deuteronomy 13:4 NIV

We as people are constantly trying to explain the world around us. Scientists test and want to replicate their theories.  Though out time we have created stories to explain who we are and why or how we came to be. The word says the in Psalm 19:1-4
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world." In Luke 19;37-40  we read the following, "And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

All around you every day nature is declaring God's goodness and glory. The sun rises and shines on both good and evil people. The flowers on the hill side show the wonder and beauty as God paints each day a beautifully changing landscape for us to enjoy. Yes there are a lot of processes in effect that we have come to understand about how and why flowers grow. You may or may not attribute those processes back to a creator. I guess I have trouble seeing how one could not see within the scope of creation intelligent design. One just has to look at the intricacy of the human body to see that its more than some DNA and some cells getting haphazardly thrown together.  

I like to wear hummingbirds, and dragonflies because they remind me to approach life with a sense of wonder. I rarely wear crosses, I can look all around me and see the destruction that mankind is capable of. Its odd to me that we would use a symbol of such suffering as a sign that we are believers. I do understand that it is a reminder of how great a price Jesus paid on our behalf at the same time I think we get stuck at His death and forget to move on to His resurrection. Even beyond the resurrection we often forget to move on to the Holy Spirit that he promised to send to us - to help teach us and guide us through life. He kept his promise to rise from the dead and because of that I know he is able to keep all His promises.  There is a lot that I don't understand and much that I take with simple faith, trusting God's love will make it self evident should I need greater understanding. 

My Massage Area
I try to approach new ideas with an open mind and often I realize that our attempts at explaining are limited. I've had people say "I want to learn to pray like Margot prays". Its odd to have to stop and try to explain how and why you do particular. Most of it is just stuff I have learned spending time with Jesus. Somewhere on my to do list, when I eventually get back to it is a e-book on prayer. It is still stewing at this point while I continue to unload boxes and try to get the house we just moved into organized and functioning for each family member. Last night I re-arranged the family room so I would have room to set up my massage table. I have a bunch of student massages that I need to do to graduate and I need a place to do them. I'm happy to say I finally came up with a workable arrangement. I challenge you to take the things that you just do and try to explain why and how you do them to someone else. I think the Lord does a pretty good job of explaining Kingdom life and we have Jesus who walked it out before us. Still it is a challenge to decide to do things God's way and not our own ways. Even when we decide to obey we often still struggle and I believe it is because God desire is not for us to be religious but to be his. We can't really live the Kingdom life without the constant aid of the Holy Spirit. Stay close to the Lord, hold on to Him and He will help you through each day of the journey.  

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed— I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God. Isaiah 43:11-12 NIV

Interestingly the word Messiah according to the Encyclopedia of the Bible, means to anoint or to smear with oil. I guess I have always thought Messiah to be synonymous with Savior. It seems savior is more of a function of Messiah.  Messiah is the one set apart, anointed to be God's perfect king. In Israel they discovered that men, even anointed men were far from perfect. The two kingdoms had mostly bad kings with a few good ones here and there that followed the ways of David. I think the thing about David even with his flaws he was quick to turn to God. He was humble in his approach to kingship realizing that without God he could do nothing.  Our verse today talks about apart from the Lord there is no savior. We are His witnesses and His ambassadors. We are to go about modeling Kingdom life and principles to others. Just as kings were endowed with gifts from God to help them to rule well. We are given gifts so that we can demonstrate God's goodness and grace to a watching world. 

Each of us has a unique story of how God has dealt with us. We have been through good times and difficult times. In difficult times we have seen the Lord help us and in good times we have not forgotten that every good and perfect gift comes from God. As we have walked with the Lord we have seen how he has used us to minister to others. 

I think it is interesting in regards to things that are anointed. Everything that they touch becomes anointed too. We who have touched Jesus the anointed Messiah also become smeared with oil and set apart for God's purposes. 

In Massage School I am spending a lot of time around oil. I have had to re think how I dress because the oil we use gets on everything. So I have gone to wearing t-shirts that I don't care about and wearing a sweater over them that I take off. On skin oil does wonderful things but its difficult to get out of clothing. The sweater helps cover up the oil spots on my shirts. I also learned quickly that one gets pretty warm doing massage so a short sleeved shirt is plenty even in the winter. My point being that oil in a sense marks everything that it touches. I suppose I would remind you that you are marked by the Lord and set apart for His purposes. Don't forget who you belong to. 

I aways remember the kids movie Toy Story. In that movie Andy put his name on his special toys. Cowboy Woody had Andy's name on his boot. We must never forget who we belong to and remember that we have been touched by the Anointed one and we are forever marked by His love. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

In a Dry and Parched Land

I'd like to make one of these - I have the tub. 
A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

 [ A psalm of David. 
When he was in the Desert of Judah. ] 
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; 
I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry 
and parched land where there is no water.Psalm 63:1 NIV

I suppose we tend to take water for granted. After all you just turn a faucet and ta-da! you have water. There are rarely worries about water. In America it is almost as sure as the sun rising each day. I lived in Arizona for a while and it is not the place to be a weather man. Every day except for a short time during the monsoon the forecast was sunny and hot. I currently live in the Pacific North West and I have learned to get out and enjoy a sunny day because for much of the year it is grey and gets dark early. The last few days have been pretty glorious and I have made time to sit on the porch and enjoy the sun shine. 

I our verse today David compares his yearning for God the value of water in a dry and parched land. Our souls quickly become dry and parched with out God. We often due to the busy pace of life will allow our selves to remain in that dehydrated state far too long. The idea however is that water is one of those things that we need daily in order for our bodies to function as designed. For our spirits to thrive we need to be saturated in the presence of the Lord. If you were lost in a desert one of your first concerns would be to find a water source. 

I suppose the question that comes to mind for me is to wonder, is the presence of the Lord in my life as simple as turning the faucet?  Or have I become so estranged from Him that to hear his voice and find his presence is like a desperate search for water while lost in the desert? 

Yesterday was the first Sunday in a month that we were able to go to church. We've been busy moving and since I have massage school and teach music students during the week most of the move had to happen during the weekends. It was wonderful to see my church family and to even see some new faces. I enjoyed worshiping and praying with people. I was just glad to be there, I was not concerned with the little things that did not go to plan or could have been done better. If you are just someone who attends services and in not part of putting them on you may not even realizes the hundreds of little details that someone has to attend to each week. So at times I can get stuck in the mechanics of a service and forget to simply enjoy the presence of God in spite of the variety of little hiccups and glitches.  Yesterday was not one of those days after a long month of moving it was good to be in the house of the Lord. 

I suppose there are some things that I do to stay saturated in the Lords presence. I want to have more than just a cup of water for the thirsty, I want to be a well of salvation. I want to be able to tap into the stream of the Lord's presence for myself and for others. For some people their water source is their church. They go to be fed and refreshed. Once a weak they go to church and its kind of like going to the big all you can eat smorgasbord. They go to fill up their spiritual tanks so you can get through the week. I don't think that is God's intention for his people for very long. Sure when you are just discovering the Lord you are like a baby that needs regular bottle feeding. As you grow you are supposed to learn to feed yourself. Some folks get the mistaken impression that "church" is the source. The source is always the Lord himself and his presence is available to you where ever you are. Even if you are in some deep dark pit His presence can be found by those who truly seek Him with all their heart. 

Things that have helped me. 
• Learn to be quiet. Take time to be quiet. 
• Learn that prayer is a conversation not like a long list to Santa. I share but I also must listen. 
• Learn to set aside times to be in the word and to worship and pray each day. You may say "I don't have time." I say we make time for the things that are important to us. 
• Learn to be in an on going conversation with the Lord. 
• Spend time in the Word and learn to rightly apply it to everyday life. 
• Realize that our walk with the Lord is a journey and that He knows the way. 
• Learn to recognize the nudges of the Holy Spirit and to respond quickly to them. 

I suppose that is still a short list and you may be asking how do you do those things. You start with that little mustard seed of faith and you allow your relationship with the Lord to grow. Relationships that grow are those that we make time for. Too often we are to caught up in our situations and our worry that we are so consumed that the Lord could be standing at our right hand and we would not even notice. We are so busy trying to fix and manipulate things to go our way that we often forget till things get out of control and seem utterly hopeless, that we were never really in control. 

Lord, come and fill these readers with your presence. Take them from where they are in this moment out into deeper water with you. Help them to be saturated by your presence so they may themselves be filled but also have water for the thirsty all around them. 
Help us each to move beyond being bottle fed and entertained to being able kingdom ministers.  

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A New Hope

A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3 NIV

It has been a while since I have posted. Particularly since I was formerly writing and posting five days a week. I am happy to say that we are past the crazy part of the move with looming deadlines. I have been going pretty much non stop all month. Today is the first morning that I have moved at a leisurely pace. We still have a house full of boxes to unpack but there are not trucks that need returned the next day or houses that need emptied and cleaned so we don't get charged another month of rent. Moving three houses has been a tremendous undertaking. My family has all pulled together on this effort and everyone has helped and worked together to accomplish this move. 
If you are new to this blog, we have moved to a larger home that could also accommodate my mother and aunt. They are both needing more help and we decided that it made more sense to create one big happy family. 

Our verse today is about how we have been given a new birth into a living hope. If you have ever given birth you know that there is a preparation stage that starts at conception and labor and delivery. Waddling around with a growing baby and hormones that are all over the map is not always the most comfortable time. Labor and delivery is down right painful. In the end or in the new beginning there is this wonderful new life, full of hope and potential.  One quickly forgets the 9 months and the pain of labor and delivery.  This move has been a bit like labor and delivery. I have known that God has given us a wonderful blessing, but this blessing has not felt all warm and fuzzy it has been hard work. I think we have this idea that God should just download good things into us - like in them movie the Matrix. Oh you need to fly a helicopter, lets just download the program. I am pretty convinced that most of the time God does not work like that. Most of the time healing is a process. Most of the time developing our skills, abilities and talents takes work. 
Relationships with others and with God takes time and commitment. God gives us gifts but we must activate them in our lives.   

With my massage school training, it seems I have some natural abilities. I am still having to work to refine and to understand how to use them. I can give you a violin as a gift and it is certainly a beautiful piece of craftsmanship but if you want to use that gift to make music one must embark on the journey of learning, practicing, developing ones ear.  I think too often we want God to give us easy gifts that come with instant gratification. Most of the time His gifts and blessings come in odd packages and circumstances in our lives often push us to leave our comfort zones and to find new answers, and solutions as well as to turn to God for help in the process. 
There are things in your life right now that are gifts. They may presently be difficulties that are pushing you to change. Skills that you are having to work to master. They may be people who are hard to love and a pain in the neck. Yet God is using those things to refine and develop His plans and purposes in your life. He is using those things to create deeper character and humility. His goal is not your comfort - it is to conform you to His image.   

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Advocate

A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 
1 John 2:1 NIV

Well this is the first time in a while that I have had any extra time or energy to stop and write a post. We have been busy moving three homes into one.

If you are new, we found a big home in Spokane and my mom and aunt are moving in to live with us. It has been a tremendous amount of work to pack three homes. My mom and aunt tire easily so my husband, kids and I have all been working very hard to get everything that needs to be done.
We are making progress, I now have a place to actually sit and write. The photo to the right of the living room does not show all the stacks of boxes on the other side of the room. Plus we ate a real home cooked meal at a real table with real dishes. Thats progress.

Massage School is going well. My teacher says I am a natural and very intuitive. Which is good since finding time to study with all this moving going on has been tough. I actually got to do hands on massage work the very first week. I can't say much about what I am learning because of school policies.  I am enjoying every class and learning lots of new things.

I am so looking forward to October and settling in to our new normal.
As for today's verse. It is good to know we have an advocate. An advocate is someone who stands up on behalf of another to plead their case. The enemy not called the accuser of the brethren with out good reason. We all have those tapes that play in our brain reminding us of our flaws and failures. We need to remember to take those things to Jesus and receive his forgiveness. Then remind the enemy that it is finished and we have an advocate who stands before the Father on our behalf. While them enemy stands to accuse and destroy, Jesus stands ready to forgive, to pardon, to set free and to heal.

You have an advocate don't let the enemy heap things like condemnation, guilt, shame on you. Take it to Jesus. He stands at the door and knocks but you have to answer the door and invite him in.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Doing A New Thing

A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)
18 “Forget the former things do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

As soon as there is enough light to take a decent photo and other who are sleeping start to wake up, I will take a photo of the stacks of boxes and furniture filling my moms house. 

My ride from St. Johns to Spangle
Yesterday when I finally got here at about 7pm I started packing my aunts house. I say finally because the first car we drove over heated 11 miles from my moms.  My mom picked up my husband and son and I waited for a tow truck to tow it back 25 miles towards spokane. Thankfully it had cooled down and drove the last 10 miles with out a problem. Then I got our other car and drove back. I enjoyed the quiet of the drive back. It had been a busy Sunday with a lot to process. 

My aunt lives in a one bedroom apartment above my mom. She has a lot of nick-naks. My husband and youngest son disassembled things and carried furniture and boxes from my aunts home down to my moms. The goal is to have them both packed up and ready for the truck on September 20th. 

The New Big House 
If you are just joining me, you have probably gathered that we are moving. We are moving my mom, my aunt and my family into one larger home. All this moving and packing is going on in the midst of my kids and myself starting school this week. As a result my daily posting is unlikely to happen. I will do my best to check in with a little faith nugget of some sort and to share a progress up-date when I can. In the mean time there are 547 published posts for you to enjoy. I'm pretty sure you have not read them all. 

Today is filled with more packing and moving before we head back with everyone to my little house. Due to our school and work schedules moving is pretty much having to happen on weekends. 

So on to our verse for today. Lets break it down. 
"Forget the former things do not dwell on the past."
More Packing
Where God wants us to live is in the present. Often we have regrets that pull us back to dwelling on the past. Sometimes in the present God takes us back to look at those things so that we can put those memories away clean. It is a process that requires forgiving those who have hurt or disappointed you. Often forgiving yourself for your failures and the hurt you may have caused others. It requires repenting for your part in things, like your own moral failures or even your bad attitude. Forgiving does not mean what happened to you was right. It is saying you are no longer holding it against those who hurt or harmed you. You are giving it to the Lord, releasing people from the mental prisons that you have kept them in. Its easy to spend your whole time blaming others for what happened but generally there is more to the story and even if we were the victim there are things we could have handled better. Maybe we took matters into our own hands and did not look to or trust God to help us. Maybe you were mad at God. Maybe there was doubt and unbelief or complacency. The Lord knows all the ins and outs of your story. Ask him to show you if there is any clean up of the past that needs dealt with at this time. 

In general our heads need to be in the present. We can be so lost in the past or dreaming of the future that we miss out on the present. Which generally leads to more regrets somewhere down the road. Today is the day that is before you. Do your best to live it well. Sometimes life comes at us so fast that we don't get much of a chance to process things. Try not to let things stack up to much. Forgive and repent as you go along each day because none of us live perfectly. 

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I think sometimes we miss that God is doing a new thing because we are leaving claw marks from the past. We are trying to hold on to the old stuff. Transitions are often messy. Even the most organized and anticipated transitions shift us out of our familiar patterns and our comfort zone. 
In this move, I am finding it hard to find those quite spaces to write each day. My mother is an early morning person who's feet hit the ground running. I am more of a wake up and sit for a while before I shift into high gear for the day. Transitions are unsettling, and uncomfortable but we eventually find the new normal and learn its daily rhythms. I think the thing to remember is to walk with Jesus. Be talking to him along the way. He says in Matthew 11:29-30
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” If we walk closely he will help you to sort through the messy transition stuff to see the new thing that he is doing. My mom has been at my house for most of August. We had talked about the possibility of moving them to Spokane but at that time I could not really see the new thing that God was about to do. In my mind it was off in the future.  

I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
I like to picture Jesus walking ahead of me through the dense brush with a machete. At times when life feels like a desert wasteland I trust him to lead me to the streams for refreshing. When we look at the unknown ahead of us it often appears to us as a wilderness or a wasteland. Heres the secret take it one day at a time, sometimes one hour at a time is all we can manage. Put aside the worry and fear and do what needs or can be done be done now. 

Well I have finished what I needed and could do at 6:30 am and now it is time to get on to other things. Have a wonderful day. I will be back with more when I can. Here's a few post that did not get seen by many people in case I miss some days this week. 


God Command The Blessing

A Photo Challenge from my friend Debbie.

Protecting Your Quiet Time

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Exciting News

A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

I guess I took a longer weekend cause I never got around to writing yesterday. Actually my weekend was pretty exciting. In that we have been casually looking for the right house that would work for my family and my elderly mother and aunt. We have been talking for a while about relocating them closer to our family so we are able to help them more. My aunt has dementia and some days she is fine and other days she can't remember much and is confused. It has become more than my mother is able to keep up with on her own. We had all hoped this turning point was still off in the future another few years but it has become more and more apparent that a change needs to come sooner. Fortunately we are all in month to month rental arrangements at this point. So we have been looking at options for moving them closer. We had considered moving them into the same rental home community that we are in but when you add what we would all be paying for rents here it was a no brainer to realize if we combined our rent monies we could together get in to a much larger house.

On Friday I happened to be on Craigslist looking for massage tables and chairs and took a moment to check out the new rental postings for larger homes. I found this listing for a five bedroom home with two bathrooms that allowed for pets.

I called and left a message but got a business answering machine. Since it was the beginning of a holiday weekend I figured we were unlikely to hear anything till Tuesday. So in the mean time we drove to the address and peeked in windows. We looked at the various pictures and what the posting said about the property. We all agreed it sounded really perfect. Yesterday (Tuesday we called the number again and talked to the owner and arranged to see the house. We walked through and all of us loved it. So I said we want it, what do we need to do next. Expecting the standard credit check for all adults to be the response. Instead he said "I don't find those credit checks to be all that helpful. I like you guys so he gave me his card and said to e-mail him when I got home and he would send me the lease to fill out.  Of course we discussed all the particulars. I e-mailed him and he sent the lease. I filled it out as a draft and e-mailed it back to him. I am supposed to meet him tomorrow to sign it and finalize everything.

So as you regular readers know I am starting Massage Therapy school next week. So my week days are pretty busy with that on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. I have music students on Thursday and Fridays. So that leaves the weekends to move not just my own house, but my aunts 1 bedroom apartment, and my mother's two bedroom apartment. So the plan is to begin disassembling things at my moms and aunts on Saturday the 14th. We will get keys on Friday the 20th and take possession of the new house. We will have a truck to move them on the 21st and then we will move my household on the following weekend the 28th. It has all come together so quickly. Tomorrow we are meeting to sign contracts and to pay the deposit and first months rent. Then between teachers meetings and lessons I will arrange for trucks and work on switching over utilities and all the stuff that goes in to moving times three. Whoo hoo!

So all that to say - I expect this blog to be pretty hit and miss for the month of September and I will write when I can.

So here is todays verse. 
What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. 2 Timothy 1:13-14 NIV  

So how does this verse go along with the moving news I just shared. I have been praying and seeking the Lord through this whole process.  I try to fill these blog posts with sound teaching of how I walk by faith before the Lord. Not that I have arrived at perfection but I have walked with the Lord for more than 30 years at this point. I have prayed about the situation with my mom and aunt and I have watched to see how God might go about answering. 

I think it is interesting that when we walked through the house there were little things that each of us had wanted in a house. For my oldest son it was to be near a bus stop. My youngest wanted his own room. My mother wanted it to have a gas stove. I have never had a garbage disposal any where we have lived. My aunt needed a room on the first floor with access to kitchen, living room and bathroom with out having to deal with stairs. My husband liked that there were garden areas to be able to plant. We all love the big front porch and decks. There were so many little things that were things we had each said in our hearts and out loud to one another that we would want in the next house.  I have said all along as we have discussed the situation, I have said I am fine with moving but it all just needs to come together. Every step of the way things have gone amazingly smoothly. I did not want to have to spend oodles of time looking at bunches of places only to find something to find out that someone else got there first. 
My last move was pretty frustrating. We moved from a big house to storage because we could not find a place in time stayed with my mom for a bit and finally found a much smaller home. I have said I did not want to just make a lateral move. In this move we get more space and pay much less money. So much of what was so difficult on the last move has already gone so much more smoothly. So even though I have three households to move this month I fell confident that this time things will continue to go smoothly. Anyway I am excited and thankful as I watch it all unfold so wonderfully before us. 

We each need to guard the good deposit that was entrusted to us with the help of the Holy Spirit. I have been through enough stuff through the years to know that Gods blessings are not always easy, and wonderful things. Its great when they are. Often His blessings come in difficult packages and out of the struggle we become stronger. Some of you are struggling - the Lord loves you and He will never leave you or forsake you. He longs for you to turn to Him and trust Him to lead you each step of the way. I don't know why the last move was so hard and this one is going so easily. I don't think it is because God loves me more now, or because I have arrived at some level of good enough. The Lord love each of us right where we are at in this moment. When things are hard He says He will be with us and he is with us as well, when things are going amazing. He is our Lord in the good and in the difficult. He loves it when we trust Him and when we choose faith in Him over worry and fear. 

Prayer: I pray that you would know the Lords presence in your present situation. That He would be more than your wish genie. That you would see the wonder of how he goes before you and walks beside you. That in what ever your journey at this time you would come to know Him more. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Members of His Household

A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, Ephesians 2:19 NIV

My homemade cheese press contraption
My mother, who is visiting, heard me talking about having a flop day. (A day when you don't do anything of consequence or a day of rest and relaxation.) Our flop day was actually pretty busy so we are going to try to do a better flop day tomorrow. 
Canned Hamburger Meat
Today we washed and dried off the jars from yesterday's canning, processed kefir and the cream cheese that we make from kefir or yogurt. Then we needed to take the car back into the shop because it was still spiking into the red briefly and then going back to normal. The mechanic suggested that we have the cooling system
The Daily Kefir Project
flushed. So while we waited for that to be done, we had a couple of hours to kill.
(Looks like it may have done the trick - car seemed fine driving home.)

Our first attempt at Sushi
 Since my son's birthdays were coming up in September we went looking for things that they might enjoy. Then we came home my mom took a nap and I made red velvet cake (low carb and gluten free) so we could have an early birthday celebration for both boys while my mom is still here.
Red Velvet Cake
  Niah the oldest boy, wanted Sushi for his birthday dinner so he and I worked on our first attempt at making it. Cai has not decided what he wants for his birthday dinner. In our house birthdays are a month long celebration where we try to do special things. 

So presently we are all sitting at the kitchen table. Niah is drawing with the new inks and papers he got and Cai is building a wooden working model of Di Vinci's 15th Century Arial Screw. I've got my lap top and am trying to come up with something that will encourage or inspire you in your walk with the Lord. 

Niah will be 16 Sep 7th  and Cai will be 13 on Sep 27th 
I guess what jumps out to me from today's verse is the idea of being a member of God's household. In my household we try to give gifts that are tools that will help to continue developing useful skills. Niah is very interested in all things art and Cai likes to build things and follow directions. They are both very different in how they approach things. I think as members of God's household there is room for us to each grow and develop. He does not expect us to be exactly alike and to all like the same things. He wired each of us a bit differently.  Even from one family to the next there are differences in what we value and how we approach life even as Christians. Those differences are wonderful. God's desire is for you to be you. He does not desire for us to all be the same. Each of us has a unique relationship with Him. Just because we are members of the same household does not mean we are all exactly alike. As members of the same household there are some things that we hold in common but there is also a lot of room to shine and to use your gifts in a multitude of creative ways. 
Cai is still busy at work building. 
Mom with the pressure canners. 
Me packing hamburger in jars to can. 
In His Grip
Tomorrow we will try for a better flop day. But I have students in the morning and we got big box of tomatoes to can. True flop days are hard to come by.

My oldest son got these wooden manikins as a present and wooden hand that can be posed for drawing. It was not very long before the hand was posed to hold the manikin. It reminds me that God holds us each in His hand.

I pray that you would live your life fully. That you would also find time to rest and enjoy a flop day now and then. Help us Lord to enjoy each others differences. Help us to not try to transform others into our image but to remember that we are being changed in to your image. If we look at each other we can begin to see how amazing you truly are.  Lord keep us each in your grip.

I thought you might enjoy a peek into my household and some of the things that we are doing. At this point things are winding down for the night. I am thankful to be a member of God's household and I rejoice in the resources and freedom that gives me to be fully alive and totally me.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: 
to believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:29 NIV

This verse makes more sense to me in the Voice version. 

John 6:29(VOICE)
Jesus: 29 If you want to do God’s work, then believe in the One He sent.

Doing God's work is a funny thing. I used to think that one needed to aim to be serving in a local church to do God's work. There is certainly plenty to do in that arena. For most of my christian life I have felt particularly called to work in the local church. I have made involvement in church the center of my life and activities. I am seeing that God's work can be done pretty much any where. Earlier this year I felt like God was beginning to shift me from one arena to another one outside of the church. Please don't think that I am mad or hurt or anything like that. I love my church and continue to be involved in things there.

One only has so much energy to put various places. I can manage to cram an awful lot into my days. The thing is I had to spend time refining what exactly was God calling me to do. There are lots of great things one can be involved in but they are not all necessarily Gods best or His plan for you. 
So while there are a lot of great things happening at my church - I am not necessarily the person called to do them. I am excited to more and more see people stepping up to help do things. I am trying to spend more time doing the things I particularly feel called to do. In my church presently that is facilitating prayer. It includes things like gathering interested folks to help develop and put together the prayer loft filled with hands on things to help people connect to God. The next one will be a 23rd Psalm theme. In addition I am working with interested people to put together a prayer team that comes early to pray for the service and to plan and put on prayer and worship nights. I see my role as being the person who says "thats a great idea, go ahead and run with it". Pretty much encouraging prayer and helping to facilitate it happening in various creative ways. It may still sound like I have a lot on my plate but I am trying to not be the person who makes it all happen but the person who encourages others to stretch and use their gifts. 

My focus at least for this year is learning and studying. I start Massage School on September 11th. I think that out of that training my focus will be in another arena outside of the church. The good news of our verse today. Is that God's work can be done where ever you are and in what ever phase of life you may happen to be in. It can happen if you are rich or if you are poor. If you are old or if you are young. If you are brilliant or just average or even if you have some handicap. 
God's work in our lives starts by believing in Jesus whom he sent. Getting to know him by spending time in His word, and in prayer. Then like Isaiah you my find yourself hearing God say "who shall we send, who shall go for us?" and like Isaiah you my be the person who respond "here am I send me!" My paraphrase if you want it word for word check out Isaiah 6:7-9 

beef broth

My projects the last few days have been puppy sitting for a friend and canning. 
So far we have canned 27 pints beef broth. Today we are doing 30 pints of raw packed hamburger. It has been fun to finally get to do canning with my mom. 
Next week add teacher meetings and school open houses. As well as hair cuts and shopping for school supplies. Right now I need to get out the door and on to a lesson. 
Hope you find something to encourage you in your daily journey in this post. 

Blessings, Margot  

Monday, August 26, 2013

All God's Creatures

A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:4-5 NIV

So this verse makes me think of this song called All God's Creatures Got A Place in the Choir - its one I have fun doing with my students.

I suppose one never realizes how important their big toe is until you stub it and it hurts. Really our bodies are a lot like our cars. We just expect them to work. We've been down one car for the past several weeks. You don't realize how dependent you are on that 2nd car until suddenly you don't have it. Then you are thinking about how you are going to do the things you've committed to do if the first car is not available. In our family, my husband is out of town most of the week for his job. Which made it really impossible to share one car. Thankfully my mom came up and stayed with us and I was able to use her car. I am glad to say I brought the 2nd car home today and the bill was considerably less than the first shop had estimated. So glad I got a second opinion. So it now has a new thermostat, a new battery and a new radiator. I had no trouble on the drive home but I am supposed to call the shop this afternoon after I drive to and from my music lessons to let them know how it did. Anyway - thank you to those of you who have been following and praying. 

So we each have one body and it is made up of many parts. If one part or system is not working it affects all the others. Sometimes we don't realize the stress or strain that we are putting on various parts because other parts are not functioning as it should. 

In the church or the body of Christ we are made up of many parts. Some serve very specialized functions and others more general. If everyone is doing their part we feel great and can get a lot done for the kingdom. If there are some of us who are not healthy and functioning in our gifts and callings the others around them have to pick up the slack. Which if not corrected quickly can lead to burnout. 

How do you fit into the body of Christ in your local church? 
We need each other and we need to encourage and build one another up. Notice what others are doing and thank them. I always say no one notices the sound man till there is feed back or some tech problem in the service. No one notices the janitor until the toilet stops up. We should notice those who are serving, especially those who work behind the scenes. 


Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Second Opinion

A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:18-19 NIV

There are times when we feel like life has spun out of control. We feel like we are slipping. Our verse today reminds us that God's love is unfailing. He will be your support.  I think it is interesting that the verse acknowledges that we sometimes feel great anxiety but if we look to the Lord He will console and comfort us. 

Earlier this week I felt like my life was in a bit of a slippery spin. My husbands car was in the shop and we got the call that it would be a major repair job in the several thousand dollar range. Which set me and everyone else here into a brainstorming spin of all the possible ways we might solve this problem. Yesterday I had students and as I prayed in the morning I felt the Lord saying stick to the plan of getting ready for school and don't be thrown off by the distractions. I felt His instruction was to keep moving forward. So I shared that with some of my family members we stopped all the spinning of ideas and yesterday everyone kind of chilled out a bit. 
Today I felt like we needed to go get a second opinion on the car and a friend had given me a place that they recommended. So today I called the shop where the car was and I asked him if the car would even start at this point. He had cleaned and tried to charge the battery but it was just dead. I asked if I could just pick up a battery someplace and have him drop it in for me.  Which he did for no charge. Because I did not want to be having to jump the car if I had to stop it because it was over heating on the way to the other shop. I did stop once to allow the engine to cool down a bit while checking on directions. 

We made it to the shop and the mechanics looked like those guys in the Duck Dynasty reality show. They were super helpful. When I explained what was going on. They came out and looked at the car and recommended that we start by replacing the radiator that was leaking. He said he could do the job in an hour and I could get a radiator for him to use. I started to ask who I should call and what I needed to buy. He said here let me look it up on my computer. He found one for  $85 dollars and the labor he said would be $65 dollars. He seemed to think that the loss of pressure in the radiator could be causing all the issues we had discussed. So I am hopeful at this point and should know more perhaps even tomorrow, if not early next week.

This evening I got some essential oils to get ready for my Message Training. I got two carrier oils that they can be mixed into for use in Massage. All of them have various healing properties.

I previously had two essential oils in my collection. Peppermint and Tea Tree. I added Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lavender, and Rosemary. All of these are great choices for your home remedy first aid kit.
Yesterday I came home from my morning lessons with a pretty bad ear ache. So I took a little time to find out what essential oils might help. Turns out olive oil and peppermint were recommended.
So I tried them out and by the time I needed to leave for my afternoon lessons it had pretty much subsided. My mom got up this morning with an ear ache and we did the same thing and it worked again. I've used peppermint for headaches and upset tummies. I have a lot to learn on the topic of aroma therapy and the healing properties of various essential oils and how it all relates and compliments Massage Therapy.

So today felt like I got beyond the crazy spin of some earlier days this week and was back into moving forward towards my set purpose and goals. As I moved through my day those previous distractions seemed to have begun to part and move out of my way to find reasonable solutions. 

Prayer: I pray that the Lord will help you to realize his great love and if you are anxious that He would comfort and console you and you would know His joy. 

God's Original and Final Intent part 5

This is my final paper for The International Healing Rooms School of Transformation in Spokane Washington. Its is very long paper so I ...