Thanksgiving

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Thank you, Lord for this day,

for everything that hasn’t gone my way.

Thank you for my family,

the ones who truly love me,

thank you for the sounds we hear

that bring such joy to our ear.

Thank you for the sun and the moon

and the cold winter weather that will be here soon.

Thank you for holidays filled with joy

for the meaning of Christmas, which is not about toys.

Thank you for Jesus who came to save,

and was born years ago on a Christmas day.

Thank you for everything you have done,

thank you again for sending your Son.

I love you, Father, and this I pray,

that we may love and thank you every single day.

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Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope it was a wonderful day for you and your loved ones.  Have a blessed and safe weekend and Merry Christmas time!!  It’s already here!

Much love,

Jenny~

Prayer for America

Dear God, I pray for my country. Lord, I ask for the eyes of the American citizens to be opened, for the laws, values, and freedoms put in place by our founding fathers to be remembered and respected, for us to stand together as brothers and sisters to protect this amazing nation from those trying to harm it, and to share your love and your light to those who have not yet experienced it. Father, open our hearts, individually, to the issues in this world and show us how we can make a positive difference. Where there is loss, let us bring your comfort to someone, where there is abuse, let us bring hope of your healing hands! Where there is hate, may we give the example of ultimate, limitless, unfailing, love. Where there is loss, may the great gain of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior fill any emptiness. May our lives be beams of your grace, mercy, forgiveness and love to all those in our paths, especially right now when there is so much tension, negativity, hate, disrespect, abuse, pain, loss, hurt, sadness, and fear in this world. We live in a fallen world and will until Jesus comes back! But God, I ask you to instill hope in all of us, that Your will be done, that your hand will be upon those who declare Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Be with those who do not know you as Savior. Father, as we, America, head to a very important election, I just ask you to allow us to focus on what’s important for the protection and survival of this country. May we do our part in selecting a leader most likely to protect this country and allow You to lead. May we, the people, stand together on the important issues…most importantly our freedoms. Freedom of religion, speech, choice, action, belief, thought, love; freedom in general! You have given us this country to live freely within, to have opportunities, to prosper and grow, and it is amazing what you’ve allowed this amazing country to do! May we, Father, be deserving of keeping this country great and keeping You a part of it; the most important part of it. People have forgotten you, God. Your people have failed to live in fear of the Lord and instead live in fear of this world just like everyone else; fear of money, man, life, death, health, wealth, pain, sorrow, hopelessness, etc. Set a fire within your people, God, may we stand up strong for Your names sake and bold for our country’s sake! We need to protect the United States of America from the evil lurking around the corner, but most of all, we need You! Be with us, Lord. I love you and pray in Jesus’ name, Amen!

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This is a prayer that comes from my whole heart.  I love my country and I am very proud to have been born and raised in the United States of America.  I’m proud to be a citizen of a country that is based on freedom for all.  I do not want to see my country be beaten and torn and disrespected and ruined, nor watch my family or friends live in a country that seems to be “giving up”.  We MUST stand together to fight for this nation, one nation under God, and to protect it from all evils.  We must make America safe again; safe, great, free, and a country that honors our Lord and respects itself as well.  God bless AMERICA…land of the free, home of the brave.

Blessings and much love,

Jennifer~

People…

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Hello blog!  It’s June 30th, the last day of writing every day for a month!  I managed to write only 11 (eleven) our of 30 days!  Haha!  Not even two weeks, though it seemed as if I posted every day for at LEAST two weeks…oh well!

There are a lot of thoughts going through my head at the moment, but here is something I would like to share…

This passed weekend I attending a retreat.  We name of the retreat was “United” and it was a great retreat!  Wonderful experience, the kindest girls, and a great worship leader; like crazy good *cough cough* (I lead worship with a friend)! 🙂

This weekend, and life in general, as showed and or taught me something and that something is:

  1. How important Unity is.
  2. How toxic relationships can get, even if you don’t realize it.

On both topics I can, and did, say so much, but below I have copy/pasted from an email I composed about my thoughts, though they may seem scattered, on the topic.  Without further ado.

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People are so interesting.  We come, as they say, in all different colors, shapes, and sizes; all different personalities, characteristics, fill in the blank!  People, you and I, you and your sister, you and your friend, are completely different people.  There is no one exactly like you in this entire world, past, present, or future.  Isn’t that a crazy thought?

  When I think of people, the human race, I wonder sometimes why it’s so hard to accept each others differences and move on living together in somewhat peace in this fallen world, having a good time and doing what we love.  What I don’t understand are people who hang onto and pick up on superficial “blemishes” other people have and because of those superficial imperfections they can’t have anything to do with that person!  Instead of digging deeper and truly learning the persons heart, they get so caught on actions or reactions of the flesh and just completely disregard who the person, their spirit and soul and heart, truly is!  I believe that we show a lot through our actions, but I also believe it’s so important, if you care about someone, to know their heart so that you truly know how they feel about things.  If you pay attention to someone you care about, you know how they react to things when they’re in a “good” place or “bad” place.  You know that somethings wrong if they react negatively in a situation that they would normally be very calm or positive in.  Anyway, forgive any rambling.

  What I was getting to with our differences and all is that, although there are SO many differences, so many divided people and opinions, so many people…there is one thing that makes us all identical, united and tied together as one and the same.  Do you know what that is?  Well, friend, it is our amazing God!  It is the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for our sins!  Because of Salvation through Jesus we all have the identity of Christ, therefore we are all united in Christ, our Lord and Savior.  That is the only thing in this life where there is complete unity and oneness.  Stop and look at your life, look at the world and notice how there is segregation all around.  But having the Holy Spirit in you, you are a new creation, you are joined by faith with your brothers and sister in Christ, granted with the blessing of eternal life!  And guess what?  Through all of our physical differences, all the things we can see with our eyes, through our different personalities, ways of thinking, etc, we must, I repeat MUST, stick together and stand up for each other and also for the Word of God!  The Bible and God himself are bible trampled by every power that be; but guess what God’s word says: “But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 esv).  That is what encourages me.  But it also motivates me to live a life, the best of my puny little human ability way, a life which honors and brings glory to God and that shines brightly to others as well.  We can’t be lazy!  We can’t keep rejecting those who are not just like us because, like I said, though some may have similarities we are all different and we need to support each other and love each other and live our lives seeking the Lord and asking for His perspective and guidance.

  So, I encourage you, as well as myself, love thy neighbor as thyself.  That is not to say if someone is being mean to you, saying things behind your back, believing lies about you, using you, trying to have unnecessary power over you, the list goes on, then you need to let go of those relationships, no matter how hard or unthinkable it may seem, give it to God and ask Him to replace it with peace and joy in Christ, and just let go of the toxic relationships(s) that may be in your life; we don’t need them.  We can still love someone, as a follower of Christ, and not get along all the time.  Maybe this is sounding hypocritical, but I think most of you (hopefully all of you!) understand what I’m trying to say.

  One last little story.  In my life I have experienced countless (so it seems) situations of confrontation.  My biggest weakness probably!  I have experienced situations and gone through friendships and relations during my life that seemed so pointless or I really just couldn’t understand why I went through them if the outcome wasn’t going to be positive.  In the moment I didn’t understand what the reason(s) was that I had to “suffer” through uncomfortable confrontational circumstances.  Today I’m happy to report that God has helped me over the last few years SO much and confronting people, though scary, nerve wracking, or intimidating at times, is very necessary and it’s not up to me how someone reacts to what I have to say!  Nothing about someone else is up to me!  I, with God help, am in charge of my actions, responses, decisions, you name it, and other people, you, are in charge of your actions, responses, decisions, etc.  So, what I’ve learned is that no matter the outcome, whether you lose something or someone you though was dear to you, it is okay.  Even if it’s confusing at the time, God is amazing guys!  He is there always when you call upon His name!  As the Bible says “Ask, and you will receive…” (John 16:24 esv).  If you are going through a difficult time with a person, whether you know them very well, you’re related, you love them, you hardly know them, whatever your situation may be, don’t forget about God.  You are fully equipped by God to handle every situation.  You are strong enough, you are powerful enough by the power of the Holy Spirit in you!  You are worth it to stand up for yourself and end a toxic relationship!  You don’t need to have any excuses, any reasons, or any apology if you are involved with someone who is superficial or degrading or mean, fill in the blank!  I keep saying “etc” or “fill in the blank” because I truly want you to choose the word(s) for these situations/circumstances and relate to my rambling words!
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I don’t know your story.  I don’t know if you’ve been hurt by someone or multiple people or if you haven’t experienced that yet (I say yet because in this world, you will experience it!).  Through many different times in my life I have experienced loss of friendship and relationship and even unity.  Within myself I battle flesh and my faith.  All these things I’ve said are things I have struggled with or experienced myself!  But I have chosen to seek God in all things, especially when life lets you down, because it is overwhelming how amazing He is and how much He loves us!  We need to seek God in the good and the bad in our lives because we need to thank Him for giving us life, no matter what we get to go through in our lives.
This has been long, I know, and if you are reading this paragraph, thank you for staying committed!  I hope it was clear to you what my thoughts are and what I was trying to say!  Remember that you are amazing and you are worth being in healthy, positive and uplifting relationships whether romantic or friendships.  Remember how important it is, as a declaring Christian and follower of Jesus to have unity in the church and to love those, no matter their differences, who truly love our God; the Creator of all things living.
Have a very blessed weekend and a safe 4th of July!  God bless you and God bless the United States of America!  Much love.
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Jenny~

Life Check

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Life…sometimes the only word that comes to my mind is life; no further explanation.

There are so many little things we care so deeply about.  So many little things that we make into the biggest deals ever.  So many little things that make up each day, every care and concern we have, and yet they are all just little things!

The color of the wall, the status of the dishes, getting an A on a test, changing your tires; the list goes on.  How we feel, think, and react in situation, how we view things, how we handle things, how we respond to people and talk to people.  These are all little things.

I say little to put it in perspective.  To us, the littlest things seem so big sometimes and the biggest things seem nonexistent.  But guess what?  All the little things and all the big things are exactly the same to God, and to Him everything is a little thing.  That doesn’t mean He doesn’t care about everything, but what it does mean is that He can help with everything and anything and that He’s capable of all things, especially the things we care so much about.

Give God everything you are caring about, thinking about, worrying about, looking forward to, pursuing, investing in, etc etc etc.  Anything that takes passion, desire, motivation, ambition, integrity from you, give it to God and you will prosper all the more!  Relax in His love and presence and accept His peace which surpasses all understanding!  We are not alone, no matter what you have, what you are or what you will go through; He is always there.  Do you know how much He loves you?  Apparently so much that we cannot even comprehend!  Our God is an awesome God, an amazing Father who loves His children more then anything this world can ever possibly offer.

May God bless you and keep you and make His face to shine down upon you and give you peace…I pray that your mind and heart will be open and sensitive to the Holy Spirit, that you will make the best decision for yourself and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  “Come to ME all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”— Jesus.

Much love, blessings, and may you have an amazing evening and a wonderful day tomorrow!

Jenny~

P.S. Day 9 of 21 down for our exercise!  Whoop!  12 more days to go!!

June 12th, 2016

It’s 1:22am…June 13th, technically.  I have to go to bed, but here’s a song I recorded over the weekend!  Please enjoy and thank you for stopping by and listening!

Jenny~

**UPDATE: If you are having trouble viewing the song, I apologize!  Try going to soundcloud.com/jennifer-barger-7  copy and paste that link and there you can view the song posted below and others!  Thank you!

Four Days Gone By

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Hello, Blog.  It’s June 11th.  I have been computer access-less the passed four (4) days, which is why I haven’t posted for June!  Right now all I have to say is this…

Life is precious.  It is truly a gift from God, even if we have to live in this world which gets darker and terrifying and ridiculous every day.  God created you in HIS image, whether you know Him or not; you were created in the image of the God of creation and He loves you, no matter what you have, are, or will go through.  No matter what you’ve done, you’re doing, or you’re going to inevitably do!  He loves you so much that he came into this world, born of a virgin, Jesus Christ lived and breathed on this earth, the son of God, and was later sacrificed, crucified, on a cross for YOU and ME!  He gave His life in one of, if not the most brutal ways imaginable and it was all for us selfish humans and our sins.  Our debt of eternal hell was paid by the blood of a perfect Lamb.  When you ask God to forgive you of your sins, ask Jesus to wash you pure as snow with His blood you defeated death and the grave when He rose from the grave, and the Holy Spirit comes into your heart, your conscience, to convict you of your wrong ways, we; the miserable fools who can’t see passed our own noses most of the time, were given the gift and the choice in this life to live eternity in heaven!  We are promised, all those who call upon the name of the Lord (For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13), to be saved and be granted when we die to live eternity in heaven with God, the created of man, creature, nature, universe, time, science, etc!  You may not want to believe that or may have never known about it, but that right there, the decision of your eternity, is the most important decision you will ever make.  This world is fallen, we will make bad choices, meet bad people, get involved with bad things, but God has forgiven you and will continue to forgive every sin as long as you confess them to Him.  And you have full power over you decision to accept the Lord Jesus as your Savior!  You get to choose!  You’re not going to be forced to because it has to begin in your heart.

I say these things because I heard a very sad thing today, and yesterday I experienced an accident.  Today I found out that a girl, 22-years-old, a very talented singer, she was on The Voice and also had over 3 million subscribers on YouTube, was shot last night, three times, and confirmed dead this morning.  Someone took her life then took his own life and possibly the lives of other people there because he was upset (and crazy) about something?!  See how selfish we are?  It’s our second nature!  Maybe our first.  These days when everything is easy access and no one’s waiting for anything, kids are being deceived in every aspect of life, parents aren’t parenting their children well or caring for them well, everything is electronic, the list goes on.  People are losing more and more sight of what’s important, and I hate to say it but YOU are not that important.  Where were the people raising this guy when he was going through crap in his life to get to this point where he takes two shot guns and a knife to a concert and SHOOTS someone, kills her?  What was going on in his mind?  The reason these things keep happening with shooters at events (other then peoples/terrorist groups from other countries which is very different), is because they get a hold of weapons somehow and the majority of the time are on medication for mental disorders or depression, etc.  People aren’t loving them or really trying to help them.  Maybe some of these mental shooters have been paid, who knows!  I’m getting a little excited here and I don’t want to ramble on and on.  Ms. Christina Grimmie was shot, but from things she’s posted online it looks like she is in heaven with God and Jesus!  Hallelujah!  What is the point of this life if you cannot live with the hope of spending eternity with Jesus?!  We’re fearful of death, and even I don’t want to die, but I know, because of my choice to accept Jesus into my life and my heart, that when, where, however I leave this world we all know my spirit, my soul, is going to heaven!

The accident I witnessed (to keep it short) was on the way to work I was going to turn left and I was yielding, a silver car drove by and slowed down to stop at a traffic light.  Right then I decided to turn right instead of left, and as I switched my blinker, a red car came up behind the silver one (where I would have been if I turned left) and bashed right into the back of the car.  It was a awful sound and the bumper/fender and headlights/tail lights shattered all over the road.  Thankfully no one was hurt, but man!  It was a close one for myself and a crappy start to the day for both of them!

So, I don’t wish to leave anyone feeling hopeless; that is the last thing I want to do!  Please, if you have stopped by today, take this hope from what I have said: Jesus loves you so much that He died for you.  You are made perfect and whole and are completely forgiven by the blood of Christ.  All you need to do is realized you have sinned, go to Jesus confessing your sins and asking Him to forgive your sins and for the Spirit of God to come reside in your heart.  For anyone who hasn’t done this who may be reading this post, I will leave some links at the end of this post of some wonderful resources (*I am NOT sponsored!).

Blessings to you.  May you have an amazing day, a safe weekend, and tell those you love and hold close to you how much you love them.  It’s so important to do that everyday.  Not only does it lift your spirits, but it also lets people know that they are loved which prevents depression, for example, and awful accidents from happening.

Oh, and I have nothing against guns; I believe wholeheartedly that responsible, legal, gun owners should be able to defend themselves with their guns and defend people around them if they were ever in a shooting situation as such.  No matter how much you out law something, people who want it are going to get it at any cost; even the cost of someone else’s life.

Okay!  I will write tomorrow for sure and have a more cheery topic!  Much love and many blessings.

Jenny~

 

http://www.livingwaters.com/

https://answersingenesis.org/gospel/salvation/

http://www.biblestudytools.com/

http://www.lightsource.com/ministry/way-of-the-master-video/

http://www.wayofthemaster.com/

 

P.S. I did not go back and proof read so I ask for you forgiveness of anything misspelled…

Sunday-Fun Day!

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June 5th, 2016: Blog Entry…

So, today wasn’t really a “fun” day, but fun day rhymed with Sunday and, well, you gotta love a good rhyme!

Today I played ukulele and read my bible.  I’d say it was a very good day that I was content with.  After bible reading, ukulele playing, going through some emails and running down the stairs to eat the last orange cinnamon roll, I washed my hair and painted my nails.  Oh yeah!

Honestly today has been super lazy and laid back.  Can’t complain, won’t complain.  Tomorrow is the start to another week, and BOY will I have something to report about tomorrow!  Just wait, if there’s anyone out there reading…

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Hmmm…God is so good.  Every time I am fearful or doubtful of humanity, I can turn to the Bible and find so much truth and reassurance!  Thank you, Lord, for your reassurance and truth and most of all for your desire to have a relationship with you people!  You’ve created humans in your image, with almost limitless capability.  You are amazing, God, and I am truly honored to be a part of your creation!  Thank you, Father!  I love you and ask for your blessings upon us this coming week, be with those who do not know you as savior and open their minds and hearts to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.  I pray in Jesus name, Amen!

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Have a wonderful evening and a glorious Monday!  Let’s see what this week has in store for us.

Jenny~

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