Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Lord is My Strength

Hey, bloggers...thanks for your words of support the last few days...I feel the love...I drove up to Nashville last night to see Box Stars perform (they've never done better)...nice to get out of town for a minute...they have two more gigs here tonight so they're staying, but I'll be back on the road headed home, shortly...hope (need, want, desire, expect, etc.) to see CITN ITB tomorrow...peace on your part of the earth, and good will to you all...


Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls,

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation!

The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds' feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! For the Chief Musician; with my stringed instruments.

(Habakkuk 3:17-19, Amplified Bible)

19 comments:

SCRIBE said...

Amen, Bishop. A heart of pure praise and thankfulness even in the times of adversity. May our hope in God not fail and our spirit praise, honor, and worship God regardless of the appearance of those circumstances and situations that we go through. WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE, esp. unto those WHO BELIEVE THAT HIS IS, HE WAS, and IS TO COME....

Avatar said...

Great pic. I'm noticing the shadows cast by both reacher and reachee...not ephemeral, but flesh and blood God-in-us, Christ-in-the earth action. Which came first...the upstretched hand or the downward reach? Doesn't matter, the power and light are in the connection.

Bihop, your "find the right picture" anointing inspires awe. See you ITB.

Larry Usher said...

Ahhh Nashville, still miss it on occasion! Glad you had a good time Bishop.
Drove around downtown Atl today with my daughter, took pics, saw potential house she and three others may rent for school. S. Atl not in very good shape in many areas, but I like the mix of old with newer, falling down, vacant or being repaired-all part of the mix.
See y'all ITB tamarra. Watching Gone With the Wind for the first time tonight(all the way through). Watched It's A Wonderful Life last night and cried a lot as usual...I LOVE happy endings- we all get one!

Brenda said...

When I go to get my eyebrows waxed it hurt so much, but I endure the pain because when they finish its like the beauty of my face shines through. That's the way God does as he prunes us back so that we can produce more fruit and our glory shines through. The pruning don't feel good, and people don't really understand but its all for our good. I can't wait to see the beauty of God's glory as it shall shine through when the dust settles. I can't wait to be ITB tomorrow because the best messages comes through the push.

Anonymous said...

Brent Young said...

They were amazing and over 600 people loved, danced and celebrated their performance! thank you for who you are and the Godly, positive example you set before each of us

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Amen, Scribe...thanks...

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Thanks for the observation, Avatar...

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Absolutely, Larry...

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Thanks, Brent...it's very cool how you bring people together...we need more bridge-builders in the world...

Jane said...

I've been out of pocket for awhile. I have a family member in the hospital for the fourth time this year. So sorry to hear the sad news... Will keep each one in prayer and will miss your presence via streaming in the morning...

Bishop, It is always the direction of one's heart - All who pray for you and know you by HIS SPIRIT know that you have a heart that longs after the HEART of our GOD! Will keep you close in prayer!

May HIS SPIRIT envelope you with HIS PEACE and HIS LOVE!

SHALOM!

Anonymous said...

Bishop and blog family In case you did'nt know I am not ANON IN NORTH GA. Even though that is where I am... Just making sure!

Debra M

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Thanks, Jane...I/we haven't ruled out the possibility of a Christmas miracle yet...speaking strength to you and health to your family memeber...

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Hey, Debra...and yes I know who you are and who Anon in N Ga is, for whatever reason you wanted to clarify...she's awesome and very supportive (as are you)...peace...

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

To Jane...that should read "family member"...

karl said...

...and again I say rejoice! Let us draw supernatural strength from the supernatural source this morning and fill the house with praise!

Anonymous said...

Hey Bishop,

I sent an e-mail several months ago to ANON IN NORTH GA to introduce myself, since we are both up here. Very nice supportive person. I guess I should have been a little clearer. I had spoke with someone that thought that was my post and I was just sending out clarification. Nothing negative.

Missed being ITB today.($ gas)
Praise report- Got a new job-start 1-5-10. Great year is coming!

Much love and blessing,
Debra M

Anonymous said...

Beverly Bell Jackson siad...

We use "wrapping or swaddling" in the field of Occupational Therapy particularly with the Autistic population of children that we serve. It is a specific sensory strategy that calms and comforts the child by releasing the neurotransmitter Serotonin (chemical of contentment) which studies have shown is released by providing deep pressure touch stimulation. The snugger the wrap the better and the heavier the blanket the better. The serotonin acts as a calming mediator of the body while endorphins act as a happy stimulator for the brain. Together they bring pleasurable feelings and general elevated moods in both the body and the mind and as you said a sense of security. Excellent teaching as always. Merry Christmas.

Erik said...

9 AM service today excellent, as they all are. shepherds and magi and others.

The parable about the workers is one of my favorite. number of reasons, but top 2 reasons are - 1 - the people hired earlier in the day made way more than those at the 11th hour cause they had the security all day that they had pay coming ( ie those who believe know God all or a lot of their lives as compared to those at the '11th hour' (whatever that is)).

2- I want the people hired later in the day and especially those at the 11th hour to get all they can, cause they missed out on so much while here (love, forgiveness, pace, joy righteousness, connection) I want them to get heaps and heaps afterward. Something to make up for what they missed, since I got to enjoy it the whole time.

I hope they get a super bonus in 'heaven' since they missed so much here. I want them to get enough to make up for all that I received here, although experience can not be replaced, whatever God can do to compensate, I am all for.

Karl said...

Bishop,
Thanks again for the word of reconciliation.

Ugandan nativity set looked nice... gotta love pastor Ben.

Glad to hear what's happening with Box Stars...really cool...especially after already going to "hell" and back (ha).

word ver: megatest
"what CITN is going THROUGH"