The Absalom Club🌻

Engaging Today’s Prodigal

by Carol Barnier


​”People with a passion for a particular ministry most often come with a burden born of a previous experience.

” It scars them, yes. But it also equips them in ways the unscarred cannot attain. 

“Ego check: Don’t ever get caught up in thinking you’ve thus done your child a favor by providing these scars that God can now use in miraculous ways. The harm you’ve done was never God’s wish. Your actions were still wrong. You’re fortunate that God’s actions are always right. 

“But this last bit of good news should magnify your hope and your prayers for your child.

 “Continue in your belief that his\her life can be beautiful. Pray that God will bless him\her with His artistry in her life. 

“Pray that he\she will be open to His voice and His profound desire to make something good out of her pain. 

“Pray. Pray. Pray. And you may yet see a miracle.”

 

Hope

Post pandemic problems

I see forces of darkness fleeing from this earth 🌎.
Wherever the plague spirits have been up to their tricks

Like that scene in Walt Disney s little mermaid where all the enslaved ones Ursula the sea witch has trapped all rush out with a great cry? Only it’s bad stuff fleeing the area.

Now in the good strong name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth God come in the flesh:

Give them good gifts in place of their mourning

anoint them with the oil of joy
give them beauty for their ashes

they will be like oaks of righteousness the planting of the Lord

🍓 We speak fruitfulness
🍑 We speak good works and purpose
🍓 We speak joy

Into these weary, shell-shocked American folks.

Into ourselves. (✿ ♡‿♡)

Breakthrough

​Looking through old blog entries, and I found this rough draft from right before I started fasting about my family.  So I finished it and published it.  You ever pray something and then get involved with other stuff and forget you prayed for that?

I didn’t even know fasting was for normal-average-people-21st-century folks!  I never would have seriously considered this.

But I found a book somewhere: Fasting to Freedom – the gift of Fasting by Chantel Ray.

I want to post this today because I’m actually doing it!   “to break the yoke of oppression” (Isaiah) off of my family.

I expect to be posting about some wonderful things in answer to my desperation. (God YOU are on the hook. Not to be bossy. Just desperate.)

I could not have accomplished this

 without that book

and without Jesus. 

Strike that.  

Reverse it

Rough draft I found today:

I am deeply troubled about my family, God.

We have some gnar-gnar issues.  

Complicated. 

Painful

distracting

 controversial.

!!!!!!!!!!


I

 need You

God

OR I AM toast.

 

I need Your mercy and power and grace.
What do I do Father?

I need wisdom.

I am searching.

Thank You JESUS for my sick bed : it forces me to slow down; it lets me focus. 🙏🌷🙏

Thank YOU for that book I found. 🙏🌷🙏

Thank YOU for the Holy Spirit: my personal Counselor: I cannot live without You. 🙏🌷🙏

🙏🌷🙏🌷🙏🌷🙏

God ,You know Everything: You know I’m just a regular lady

but

I want you to help my family!!!!!I

Come.

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Scooter

We got my new scooter today.

 My husband and kids helped me take it out of the box and set it up.  

I rode it around the house and LugNut, our chihuahua mix, rode in the basket.

 I was gonna take it out for a spin around the neighborhood, but I Suddenly discovered that I had used up all my energy for today (as is typical for someone who has chronic illness).

 So my boys carried it back up the stairs, unused.  My husband and I shifted our gears; I went to bed. 

I will try it tomorrow.

 But that was nice. Our family hasn’t had that much fun for a long, long time. 

It felt pretty good. 🌷🌻🌷

Door of hope

If, through the process of healing and growth, you have found yourself in that in-between place that feels like an abyss, understand that He is the pro at restoring the years you feel have been lost. Don’t try to construct a spaceship to get you back to earth as quickly as possible. Most of us are ill-equipped to man, much less assemble, that ship. He IS working all things together for good, even if you cannot see or fathom it. Leave space for the space. **Fellow wordpress blogger kerri on purpose

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Fasting and prayer 2


If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.
James 1:5‭-‬8 MSG

https://bible.com/bible/97/jas.1.5-8.MSG

Bull’s-eye 

https://bible.com/bible/97/psa.25.10-12.MSG

Our past mistakes and wrongdoings 

often prevent us from approaching God freely for help.

 But like David, we can choose to run to God. 

 

His calamity was too intense

 to miss the moment 

to beseech God’s help. 

 

We can have the assurance David had that 

God would forgive his wrongs 

and show him the right path.  

YouVersion devo today

 

 

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