Sunday, December 11, 2016

Putting God First



I have had to make the decision to give notice of resignation to my employer. I love the company that I am working for and am going to miss my work family and the regular customers at my place of employment. It is heavy on my heart to put God ahead of everything and everyone else. The scripture "Exodus 34:21 NIV You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working, even during the seasons of plowing and harvest." and "Romans 8:10-17 NIV But if Christ is in you,then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation-but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.' Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory." I can not deny nor do I want to deny my God. He has protected, healed, kept me, and enveloped me with peace that is beyond all understanding in the face of any adversity. I trust my God. I believe what his word is truth and I want to serve him better.

He has taught me how to think so that I am not depressed, anxious or worried about things that I have no control over. I have learned to depend on him in so many different aspects of my life. He has never left me nor forsaken me. He gives me favor. He loves me. He takes cares of me. I do not expect to live a life free of problems but I do expect them to be taken care of by my father because he loves me and I believe in him and his promises. This world is not where we will spend our eternal life. Our savior has gone to prepare a place for us where there will be no sickness, no sadness, no sorrow, no tears, no death. "Revelation 21:4 NIV He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Who am I to put anything ahead of my creator. He gives life and he takes it away. He has given me life.

One particular trial that I went through is a marvelous testimony to God and what he is capable of. He protected me from being paralyzed from the neck down and from experiencing side effects from pinched and damaged nerves, spinal cord impingement in two different areas of my cervical spine and spinal canal stenosis. He has healed me from depression, mitral valve prolapse, enlarged heart, seizures, endometriosis, a bone spur that was on my spine under the metal plate in my neck and so much more. I cannot not put him first.

"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."




Thursday, November 17, 2016

To Drink Or Not To Drink

It has been heavy on my heart to write this article. When I first feel the need to write I should always go ahead and do it because it will flow freely and need very little if any corrections or rewrites. Now, I have had to go back over the scripture that was laid on my heart and meditate on it and pray to tap back into that flow. Life gets so busy sometimes that I forget what I need to do first and that is serve my God, my Father, my Creator. If only I made enough money writing to stay home and write and do more for my church and family. But I do not make writing my priority. That is no one’s fault but my own.

This article is on drinking alcoholic beverages.

James 4:1-17 NKJV BLB
Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2. You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss (improperly), that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity (a reason for opposition) with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world make himself an enemy of God. [This being because the whole circle of earthly goods, endowments riches, advantages, pleasures, etc, which although hollow and frail and fleeting, stir desire seduce from God and are obstacles to the cause of Christ. *Strong’s Greek Lexicon, www.blueletterbible.org.] 5. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? 6. But He gives more grace, Therefore he says: “ God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” 7. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9. Lament and mourn and weep? Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10. Humble yourselves (lower one’s soul, bring down one’s pride; have a modest opinion of one’s self; behave in an unassuming manner; devoid of all haughtiness) in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. “Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the laws and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12. There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another? 13. Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14. Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15. Instead you ought to say, “if the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16. But now you boast (to glory on account of a thing) in your arrogance. All such boasting (rejoicing) is evil. 17. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

My relationship with alcohol has been rocky to say the least. I have drunk to find out why it was so good to others, because it was acceptable to my dad, to rebel against my dad, to deal with grief, because I was having muscle spasms and pain, to open my sinuses, to help me sleep, because everyone else was, to calm my nerves, because I was angry and depressed, and so the booze would run out quickly and I could secretly pour it out. I never cared much for partying. I hated clubbing and going to a bar but I enjoyed drinking while sitting around a fire talking to someone who had some sense, drinking in a warm bath to relax, and drinking while I was cooking to relax so I could eat. However, the ideal thing would have been to deal with the things and people that were causing me the stress and pain instead of using alcohol to keep trudging on.

I stopped drinking for many reasons almost 4 ½ years ago. I have drunk a few times since June 11, 2012. I have no interest in drinking thank God, and to me it is not an option because I choose to remain sober minded and to keep my mind on God and His Word and promises, and because I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia and fibromyalgia. Also, alcoholism runs in both sides of my family and I do not ever want to become dependent on alcohol. Some of the worst guilt I have ever experienced was when my children saw me drinking because I didn’t want to influence them to drink. Alcoholism runs in both sides of their family too.

Alcoholism like many other habits derive from wrong thinking patterns and it is developed and encouraged one thought and one action at a time. A decision leads to a decision which leads to a decision until that thinking pattern is locked in and becomes habit. We are predictable creatures and repeat what we think works for us not seeing the available alternatives or other choices that we have. I know people who will do without basic needs like food and shelter to drink and smoke. I know people who will work and drink and that’s it. They never go anywhere else or do anything else. Their ambition in life is to work for someone else and drink. Work to drink. Drink to work.

The only way they will ever change their thinking patterns will be to give their heart and soul to God or something that they think is bigger than them. Often it takes a life changing event to alter someone’s thinking patterns, an infomercial in the movie of their life so they are paused and see the light. I do not know if you have ever read a 12- step program but they are faith based.

I was not addicted to alcohol but I was addicted to nicotine and the habit of smoking. I tried patches, medication, chewing gum, and even making a promise to God because I thought that I would be strong enough not to break my promise because I loved Him too much to break my promise. WRONG! Then I had to deal with the guilt. I humbled myself to God and asked him to take the desire to smoke away from me and he did. I didn’t have any withdraw symptoms whereas when I tried to quit on my own my family would ask me to smoke because I became so irritable. I have not smoked since June 11, 2011 except for one time I got angry and discouraged and I took 2 draws off a cigarette. It was so nasty and I disgusted myself for doing it.

Let’s look in the Holy Bible at some facts about drinking. I have not found anywhere in the Word of God  that it is a sin to drink wine or strong drink but I have found guidelines for drinking. In Proverbs we read that it is not for king’s or princes to drink wine or strong drink because they may forget the law and pervert the judgement of all of the afflicted.

Proverbs 31:4-7 NKJV BLB
4. it is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for king’s to drink wine, Nor for princes intoxicating drink; 5. Lest they drink and forget the law, And pervert the justice of all the afflicted. 6. Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to those who are bitter of heart. 7. Let him drink and forget his poverty, And remember his misery no more.

We read in 1 Corinthians who will not inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11
9. Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators (a male who prostitutes, a man who indulges in unlawful intercourse), nor idolaters (a worshipper of false gods; a covetous man as a worshipper of mammon), nor adulterers (an adulterer; metaphorically one who is faithless toward God), nor homosexuals, nor sodomites (one who lies with a male as with a female), 10. Nor thieves, nor covetous (one eager to have more, especially what belongs to others), nor drunkards (drunken, intoxicated), nor revilers (a railer), nor extortioners (an extortioner, a robber) will inherit the kingdom of God. 11. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

Have faith in God and know that His Word is truth. Trust in His promises. Do not take something that does not belong to you. Do not put anything or anyone before God. Do not drink in excess so as not to  cloud your judgement or become intoxicated. Do not use insolent or reproachful language toward someone. The list goes on. But all is not lost.

God equips us so that we can live in peace and harmony with him. We are made righteous through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Righteousness is our God given ability to stand before God without any consciousness of sin or guilt. Once we are forgiven of something people or the devil may try to remind us to bring us down or to try to suck us back into that old way but God will never remind us because we are washed. Our sins are as far as the east is from the west. They are no more. They are forgotten. God only sees his son’s blood and a heart that loves him.

Unless you humble yourself to God and go to him in the name of Jesus, aware of the sacrifice that he made so you can be forgiven of your sins, you are not worthy to enter into heaven. The blood of Jesus makes us worthy. We can never do enough to be worthy. Only Jesus makes us worthy. We have to trust God’s word and have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and what he did for us to be made righteous.
First we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

Romans 10:9-11
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Everything after that is us learning how to be better people, learning how to live an acceptable and pleasing life unto God, learning how to change our thought patterns and put on the mind of Christ, learning how to serve God, and help others in our family in Christ and lead others to Christ. God’s holy Word gives us examples and directions to living better from Genesis to Revelation.

2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
I am going to share one last passage of scripture with you before I close. If you have given your heart to God and accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior and need instruction or prayer you can contact me at lisa.clewis.lc@gmail.com.

Ephesians 5:15-20
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God bless you.

Written By: Lisa C Clewis 11-17-2016



Monday, October 17, 2016

I Can Not Imagine But I Believe

It is unfathomable to me what Jesus went through when he was beaten and crucified. I have read about it in The Word of God, the Holy Bible. I have heard it taught on and preached on. I have seen movies about it but even the movie The Passion can not depict the gruesomeness of what Jesus Christ went through for us.

A scourging was meant to do great physical damage to a person's body and to demean and humiliate the person who was being scourged. A Roman scourging was usually done by two Roman soldiers and they would alternate lashes. We know from the written Word that Jesus was whipped thirty-nine times.  Roman soldiers used different types of whips. Roman whips were made to cut into the flesh and to rip flesh from the body. A Roman scourging was considered a slow death that occurred over a period of two to three days due to blood loss and infection that would set in.  A crown of thorns was pressed into his flesh. Stakes were nailed through his hands and feet. People who were crucified eventually died from exhaustion and asphyxiation.

Christ died because he gave up the Holy Ghost. It was finished. It was done. He finished what he came into the world to do. I can not imagine what Jesus went through or how badly he suffered but I know that he did it. Jesus did not come into the world to condemn the world but to save and to heal everyone who believes on him.

Jesus suffered worse than anyone has ever suffered or ever will so that when we believe on him we are cleansed from sin, sickness and disease.  He took all of our sin on himself. He took all of our sickness and disease on himself. He didn't take part of it because we made a mistake or sinned or made a bad decision or was born into a family that has a certain disease that is passed through the bloodline. He took it all on himself and died for us while we were dead in sin that we will have eternal life. Then after being the atoning sacrifice for our sins he returned to the Father and asked the Father to send to us another advocate to help us and be with us forever, the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit.

When we allow our conscience or wrong thinking patterns to hinder us from receiving healing and enjoying peace and joy then that is our bad. That is our mistake. We make mistakes. Our flesh is sin. We have to keep putting ourselves back in line. We have to work on putting on the mind of Christ and living an acceptable way for the one who suffered and died for us. Every day we have to work at living and breathing the word of God so that it becomes natural to us but we will have a war going on inside of us until Christ returns for us because we are flesh and we are spirit. The Spirit is life.We have to change our thinking patterns so that our way of thinking lines up with the Word of God. Jesus did not halfway do anything. And what he has done is done. It is up to us to accept his forgiveness and it is up to us to accept and claim our healing.

Study the word of God and learn the promises that he has made to us. God never changes and the Word never changes. Accept the holy spirit and be born again into the family of Christ and allow the holy spirit to lead you, guide you and teach you. And very importantly in receiving God's promises, speak God's Word over you life and the lives of your loved ones. Your words either speak death or life into your life. It us up to you to control your thinking and the words that come out of your mouth and what you speak into your life. God bless you.





Sunday, October 2, 2016

Thank You Father

Father,


Thank you for waking me up this morning. Thank you for a beautiful day. Thank you for creating me in your likeness. Thank you for giving me a heart after your own heart. Thank you for being my everything. Thank you for being my mother, my father, my sister and my brother, my aunt,  my uncle, my son and my daughter, and my husband. Thank for who i am today. Thank you for all the times that you have put me back on the potters wheel and kneaded me, and shaped me and molded me. Thank you for the holy spirit teaching me, leading me and guiding me. Thank you for keeping me, watching over me,  protecting me, uplifting me, unconditionally loving me. Thank you for for making me your child and for spoiling me. Thank you for restoring to me everything that has been taken from me. Thank you for preparing a table for me in the presence of my enemies. Thank you for anointing my head with oil. Thank you for making my cup to run over. Thank you for cutting away from me and my life everything that isn't of you. I ask you today my wonderful father, to use me, speak through me, bless others through me, use me to plant your seed,  use me to water your seed, and use me to say the right things to the little children and help them through this difficult time. Thank you for being my father. Thank you for choosing me before the foundations of the world. You are the one true God. You are wonderful. You are mighty. You are compassionate and a God of love. You know everything. You have my best interest at heart. I pray that your will be done in me and in my life, in my career and in my relationships. I pray that your will be done not my will in all things. I trust you with all of my heart. I trust you with my life here and my eternal life. I trust you to take care of me, heal me, lead me, teach me. I trust you to never leave me nor forsake me. You are my strength, both my commander and my comrade. I love you with my heart, mind, soul and life. Use me Father. Thank you for manifesting the fruit of the spirit through me. Thank you for the gifts of the spirit. Thank you that in Jesus name I cast out demons and heal the sick and speak in tongue's and interpret and prophesy. Thank you for discerning of the spirits. Thank you for covering me with armor to do battle from the bottom of my feet to the top of my head. Thank you for the sword of the spirit which is your word living within me and bringing into remembrance that scripture which i need in any moment. Thank you for covering me with your grace, enveloping me in your love and keeping me safe under your wings. You are perfect, you are loving,  you are kind, you are forgiving. You are my God and Father, my everything. I love you.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Why I Fast

I have found that I need alone time with God to be spiritually strong. I take the time to nurture my heart and spirit with the food that it craves by joyfully depriving myself of something fast my body doesn't need. Food is important for our health and fasting is food to our spirit. Our spirit should control our thoughts and actions not where the world takes us.

Even if you have only a few hours dedicate your time and fasting to God and get some alone time with him in the word and prayer and praise. We are almost constantly bombarded with worldly things and negatives and problems but how we spend our free time is our choice. When you make the decision to focus on God and worshipping and praising him and thanking him and give yourself the time to reinforce your mind and heart with positives and promises and faith you are giving yourself the ability to deal with the worldly stuff and negatives. You can fast by not eating during this time or not drinking your favourite soda or whatever. Just everything you do do it unto the Lord. I love everyone.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Jigsaw Puzzle

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle
Each moment is a piece.
Some are filled with laughter
Others filled with grief.

We can only see glimpses of what
Was and what will be
Would you rather trust God
Or fuss over a little piece

God can see put entire life
From beginning until end
Enjoy all the good parts
Give all the bad to him.

He is more capable than we
To fit the pieces together
We only see little glimpses
But he sees everything.

Written by
Lisa Lisa Collier Clewis
18May2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

What We Pray For

I used to pray that God strengthen people, he promises that he will. I used to pray for God to uplift people, he promises he will. I used to pray that God bless people, he promises he will. I used to pray that God heal people, he promises he will.

Then I thought about it. If people don't feel loved, if people don't feel worthy to be loved how are they going to accept all that God has to give them. So now when I pray, I pray that God make them feel his love for them in their heart. And that they feel how much God cares about them in their heart.

I am one of those people who has always felt like the ugly duckling, the least favorable, the most unworthy to be loved or cared about. I didn't have any trouble believing that God loved me and cared about me until I felt like I let him down. Since then it's been a battle to feel I'm good enough. But I realized that even when I was at my worst and felt the lowest he was watching over me, protecting me, saving my life, keeping me whole when my body was so broken.

God loves you. God cares about you. Even at your worst God sees only the good in you and he wants to love and nurture you to bring the good out in you. Trust God.

Monday, March 28, 2016

I Testify


Miracles are not a thing of the past. They happen every day. Miracle's are not just for a select few but for believers all over the world. I have seen quite a few in my life. I’m not bragging or exaggerating, merely telling the truth about things that I have seen and experienced. We all have a purpose. Some of us know what our purpose is already while others will have to die to themselves and practice putting on the mind of Christ to make room for the Holy Spirit to work through them.

The first miracle that I remember was when I was nine years old. It wasn’t long after I was born again and received the holy spirit and started speaking in tongues and interpreting. It was after I had gone to bed. I started having extremely bad lower abdominal pain. I felt like I had to urinate. I went to the bathroom, crying and walking slowly from the pain, and tried to urinate. All that came out were a few drops of blood. I cried even more. I had not experienced anything like that before. It was quite disconcerting. I called for my mom but my parents were busy. My dad told me if I was sick it was because I had done something wrong and that I needed to go back to bed and ask God to forgive me. I think that sometimes we can bring illness on ourselves like from a poor diet but sometimes I think it’s just life.

I went back to bed and I asked God to forgive me for anything that I had done wrong. And I cried to him and spoke to him about the miracles that I had heard about and read about in the bible. And I thanked him for his kindness and unconditional love. I asked him to heal me. I cried myself to sleep. The next morning, praise God, when I woke up I wasn’t in pain. I didn’t hurt anywhere and when I went to the bathroom to urinate it was perfectly normal. There was no blood, no pain and no burning. I was completely healed. I praised God for healing me then and I do again and again, every time I think about it.

Several years later my parents and I were white water rafting at Nantahala Gorge, NC. I was a tom boy. I loved the outdoors. I could put up a tent by myself, cook outside, build a fire, and I was always the one who sat in the back of the canoe or raft and used my paddle to direct the course. Well this river trip I blacked out not far from the rapids at the end of our run. The river swooped me down river a ways and then I became trapped. The hydraulics kept pulling me holding me under the water. I was right in the center of the path that the canoe’s and rafts took to go through the falls. A canoe came across the water above my head, then a raft, then another raft. When the second raft crossed over me I held my arms straight up and dug my fingernails into the bottom of the raft, like scratching down a chalkboard. I didn’t let up and at the end of the raft the people in the back of the raft grabbed my hands and pulled me in. I never swallowed any water. I never inhaled any water. I didn’t panic. I wasn’t afraid and everything that happened was as though it was in slow motion. When I was pulled into the raft I was excited and ready to go back up the mountain and ride the rapids again. I praise God for his protection.

A few years later I was at my boyfriend’s house. He’s my husband now. I went to church with he and his family, his daddy was the pastor of the church.  I was at their house when I felt a seizure coming on. I had been having seizures for a little over a year. I went outside because I didn’t want for anyone to know what was going on and I didn’t want to tell anyone that I had been having seizures because I didn’t want anyone to know what happened to me that led to me having seizures. He noticed me going out and suspected that there was something wrong and followed me. He was the only one who I had told about the experience that I had or the seizures that started occurring the same night of that experience. He saw that I was having a seizure and took me in the house and laid me on the couch in their living room. There were many church members there including several elders of the church. As I came to my senses I could hear people praying and feel their warm hands all over my body. My pastor told me that they were praying for me to be healed from having seizures and asked me if I believed that God would heal me. At that moment I was so overwhelmed with their love and the love that I felt. I forgave the person who had hurt me and I told him yes, I believe. Praise God, I have not had a seizure since then. God healed me.

About six years later I had what my grandma told me was most likely lock bowel. I couldn’t have a bowel movement. We were poor and I seldom ever saw a doctor for anything. I tried laxatives, stool softners, castor oil and an enema (which stayed inside instead of coming back out). It was bad. The pain was bad. I became fevered. After my children had fallen to sleep I got in bed and prayed for God to forgive me of anything that I may have done wrong and I thanked him for being a loving and merciful God and praised him for things that he had done for me in the past. I went to sleep. While I was asleep I had a vision. I was in a cave which was a long tunnel. I could see light at the end of the tunnel. I felt a breeze blowing in from the end of the tunnel and a soft mist like dew landing on my skin. Then I saw a crib mobile and I heard a deep, strong voice say, “It is not yet your time.” Then I awoke. I was no longer in pain. I felt the urge to have a bowel movement and praise God my bowels started moving.

Along that same time, after having my second child I started bleeding very heavily. Nothing stopped it. One gynecologist told me that I needed a partial hysterectomy. Another told me I needed a whole hysterectomy. I wanted neither. I wanted to have a daughter. I asked my husband, Matthew, to take me to his dad’s house so that we could ask his dad, who was still our pastor, and his mom to pray for me. They did. About 18 months later I had a baby girl. She is 21 now and sweet and beautiful and has a loving and generous heart. I praise God for blessing me with her.

God has healed me and protected me many times, many more than these. After a few years of repeatedly having tonsillitis I asked Matthew’s parents to anoint me with oil and lay hands on me and pray for me to be healed. They did. We prayed. Praise God I was healed. That same day my tonsils came out in little pieces. I haven’t had tonsillitis since then. I went to work one day with a really bad ear infection. So bad that the doctor that I was working for asked an ear specialist whom he knew to see me that very day and then asked the office manager to drive me. On the way there which was almost an hour drive; the office manager, my mom and I prayed for me to be healed and sang praises the rest of the way there. Praise God when the ear specialist looked in my ear there was no sign of ear infection or nothing that indicated that I had had an ear infection.

God has done many other miraculous and wonderful things for me over the years. But I think that one of the most miraculous and demonstrative of his protection was when I was suffering from back pain and what followed it. I was in so much pain that I went to the doctor to find out what was causing it. She x-rayed my mid back and found nothing. It looked completely normal. I suffered with the pain for a long time, years. Then one day due to heavy lifting and mopping with a heavy industrial mop the back of my neck swelled. My doctor x-rayed it. Then she sent me to have an MRI done. Then she sent me to see a neurosurgeon. The neurosurgeon looked at my MRI and he examined me and asked me some questions. Then he said that there was no way that the MRI was mine because there was no physical proof suggesting that it was. I asked him what kind of symptoms was he looking for. He said that I would be walking a long and my legs would fall out from under me. That happened one time when I was walking down a stairway at work. I felt as though there was something wrong with me. Perhaps from the pain I had had for so long. As soon as it happened I asked my heavenly father to heal me from whatever caused it. The surgeon said that I would drop things. That happened to me one time. I felt like there was something wrong and asked God to heal me from whatever caused it. The surgeon said that I would urinate on myself. That had happened a few times. I felt as though something was wrong with me and I asked God to heal me. My answer to the surgeon was that God ‘kept’ me. He takes care of me. I assured him that the MRI was mine. He made an order for me to have a more extensive test done which involved dye being put directly into my spine. That test showed that there was more wrong with me then the MRI did.

I had three herniated disk, spinal canal stenosis, spinal cord impingement in not one but two areas, bone spurs, and several pinched and damaged nerves; not to mention there was no longer a curve in my cervical spine. As soon as the surgeon told me that I was going to have surgery I was enveloped in peace. I knew that I was in God’s hands and that I would be alright. I had to wear a neck brace before I had surgery because I was at high risk of becoming paralyzed from the neck down. The surgeon said that all it would take was a minor fender bender or falling down. I knew I would be alright but I did not tempt God. I wore the neck brace until I had surgery and wore another one for three months after I had surgery. Praise God the surgery was successful.

There have been many other times that God has healed me and protected me. He is my sufficiency in all things and will be for you also if you simply believe that he gave his only begotten Son to die on the cross so that you can receive forgiveness from your sins, and your body be made whole. And so that you will spend your eternal life in heaven and not hell, and receive the holy spirit. I could write a book on what God has done for me. I am not bragging. God is no respecter of persons. He loves us all equally. He is a powerful and loving God, a merciful God. Give him your heart and accept him as your heavenly father and God. He will protect you. He will heal you. He will lead you and guide you. He will take care of you. He will be your sufficiency in ALL THINGS.

Written By Lisa Collier Clewis 03/31/16
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POETRY

 FAMILY

Roses are for the living.
Darkness is for the dead.
Life is for giving.
Death is ending.
Cherish children when they are young.
Embrace their adulthood when they have sprung.
Parents are always getting older.
Do not let anger smolder.
Forgiveness comes from deep within.
Upon the good Lord we depend.
Rain comes down by buckets full.
Against gravity we constantly pull.
The sound of thunder is roaring.
The falling rain sounds as though it is mourning.
Lightning strikes and lights up the earth.
Tomorrow fallen seeds will give birth.
Written by: Lisa Collier Clewis, 08August2011 

Splashing In Memories

Have you ever sat on the beach
and tried to count the waves,
thought about their enormous strength
and how they never really go away;
Rolling, tumbling upon the sandy beach
with only a moment to stay,
bowing down underneath your feet
and slowly creeping away?
Then coming back with a might thrush
splashing water into your face,
Have you ever sat on the beach
and tried to count the waves?
Have you ever tried to count
the many memories of your life,
One living vividly within your mind
another so far away it's impossible to find?
What if you could mingle all your memories into one
and know the better memories of life would overcome
The strife, the pain, the sorrow, the rain
would all soon be dried up
By the sunshine in your heart
which is as solid  as a coconut?
Memories in your mind are like waves
splashed upon the earth,
Some treat them with indifference
while others seek their birth.

Written by Lisa Collier Clewis, Summer 1992

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

There Was No Bunny At Passover

I am not against anyone enjoying a holiday or enjoying buying their child an Easter basket full of goodies or taking their children Easter egg hunting. But I am concerned that a lot of children who celebrate Easter have no unearthly idea why they are celebrating Easter. So many people enjoy this holiday without ever being taught the significance of it. Without Jesus becoming sin for us and dying on the cross we wouldn't have salvation. Without salvation we are condemned to die guilty of our sins. Please, if you know of anyone who unknowingly celebrates Easter, witness to that person. Who knows? He or she may get saved.

I have prepared a short description of the Passover, how it began and why Christians celebrate the Passover. I hope that it will help someone meet Jesus for the first time, believe in him and accept him as their Lord and Savior. What a beautiful time it is when someone gives their heart to God.

Passover was instituted to commemorate the saving of the Hebrew firstborn in Egypt at the time when God, smiting with death the firstborn of the Egyptians, passed over the houses of the Jews who marked their homes with the blood of a lamb. To Christians it sets forth the great fact and consequence of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in the shedding of his blood so that we can be forgiven of our sins.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16 KJV

References:

Passover Instituted. Exodus 12:14, Exodus 12:17, Exodus 12:24-27, Exodus 12:42
Christ Last Passover. Matthew 26:17-20
Significance to Christians. I Corinthians 5:7-8,

Sunday, March 6, 2016

What Praise!

I sob with joy in your presence. My heart delights in praising you. My comrades in Christ on either side. We fight the good fight. You have armed us to the guilds. You have carried me through the valley. You have set my feet firm on top of the mountain. You have caused peace with mine enemies. I praise you. Only you are worthy of praise. My chin is lifted. Your light shines upon my face. There is peace in remembrance of my lost loved ones. Oh what joy you give. What praise! What praise! you invoke with your power. You are my wonderful father, the great I AM and my heart melts for you. I bask in your love. I praise you.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Who?

If I died tonight who would miss me? A lot of people. If I died tonight where would I go? To be with Jesus. If I died tonight who would take my place? No one. Jesus lives.

I am not great but I have come a long way from there to here. I am not perfect but I am trying. I am not through because I have just begun to live. Jesus saves.

Life

Do you ever feel like your caught between two worlds, you want to make one your home and put the other behind you? Or have someone to share the journey? I love my family in Christ.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

How Could God Love Me

Some people are under the misconception that they have to be perfect, holy and without blame to be good enough for God and to be loved by God. Truth is God loves us just the way we are and He knows that the more we read the bible and pray and seek him in church and our everyday life, the more we will mature in Him and become more like him. If your child is immature, how do you treat him, love him, have patience with him, teach him? Do you not know that God loves each one of us and has thought ahead. Put your faith in his love.