Sunday, July 22, 2012

A New Song by Anita Ford

A New Song

I can sing a new song
With words that bless and praise
Your Majesty, Your Holiness
The glory of Your ways

I can sing a new song
Created from Your love
That lifts my soul to Holy heights
Upon the wings of doves

Let it be a melody
Proclaiming all You've done
Blessed Holy Trinity
Father, Spirit, Son

I can sing a new song
Each morning when I rise
And I will do Lord until
I meet you in the skies

Lord hear me as I sing to You
Your ears to me attend
Jesus and O Holy Spirit
Embrace the song I send

Anita Ford. 2012

Singing a New Song of Praise

I must share with you briefly what has occurred since you folks have prayed so long for our son, Rob.  Last week he called to say that he wanted to know the bible better but he had a hard time retaining it so would I send him a verse everyday.  So of course I was thrilled to do so.  He had recently given up something and made a vow to God which of course Mom had prayed for for quite some time.  He said he was ready for God to show him his purpose in life.  WOW!!
He tried to get me at 12:30 am this morning but got his Dad.  He said he wouldn't wake you up Mom and I was mad.....but he sees God's purpose in that this morning.  He had to go to God.  The devil was raging in him with anger and self condemnation but out in the night air he prostrated himself on the hood of his car and saw the Psalm 23 he has on the windshield of the car and he raised up and put both hands up in the air and totally surrendered to God.  Asking for forgiveness and cleansing and for God to show him his purpose.
He went back in the house and asked his wife, Tina, did I say you know how wonderful that sounds to read Psalm 23 over him.  She did....over and over and he said with each time he felt release and peace come over him.  I have known my son almost 35 week.... and I believe God supernaturally delivered him last night.  We have conversed this morning off and on and I see a changed heart and spirit.  He says,  "Mom, I am thirsty and i don't mean for a drink of water".  I said I know what you mean son and how happy you have made me this morning.  We are headed for a different journey my friends and I so excited to walk it.  The walk of healing and restoration has started already but it seems more powerful this morning to me. 
Next time you see Rob I believe you will meet the new man that is within him.  He acknowledges the answer to all your prayers.  so when you meet remind him that you have and rejoice with us.  I am surprised you have not heard me shouting praises to my Father.  the One Who does what He says He will do.  He promised me so many years ago and I have lived to see it begin.  If I loved Him before I do love Him more today.  He has set my son free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I thank you with all my heart for every petition you have raised on our behalf.  Don't stop because Rob recognizes that the enemy will attack so he needs your prayers.  Oh would I love to go back and add a chapter to my book........with encouragement to others to hold fast to God's promises....As my son said this morning,,,,,,,God does not lie Mom. 
Thank you for the prayers for the Retreat.  It was awesome.  God did a mighty work in hearts and is teaching them that they can sing a new song in their pain. Deliverance's took place and new insight was gained.  The place was awesome.  I am so happy to be serving my Lord in this capacity.  Some of you provided for those to go who could not afford it and i know God will bless you tremendously.  He is soooooooooo  up to something huge and it is my privilege to be a small part of it.
My heart is definitely singing a NEWSONG today.   

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sing a New Song; His Banner over you is LOVE.

Our Summer Retreat at Apple Hill was truly amazing.  God had prepared for us to meet for months at this very special place.  He wanted us to come and worship Him.  Our theme was Sing a New Song for His banner over you is LOVE.  He certainly showed His love for us as Randy and Merry sang, accompanied by Merry's husband.  It was a beautiful time as we listened to them share their hearts in worship and joined in with them at times.
What a glorious place filled with God's presence all over the property.  Little Ms Cathy is about the only one who saw the sun rise but she loved it and told us all about it.  We saw the deer and the horses and of course plenty of doves!!!!  We even made our way up to the prayer mountain the first morning before the heat got so bad.  Everyone was a trooper as we kept saying to ourselves, "get back up and take the next step, take the next step". We might have gotten there huffing and puffing but we made it.

Poem by Rose Marie Bigbie

Help Me To Relinquish

Father, help me to relinquish all the things I dearly hold 
All the ways I try to cling to, in my persistent self-control

Give me rest from every burden I so needless carry ‘round
All the anxious moments in me that deny any peace be found

Let me finally see the end of all that I defend
Let me lay them at Your feet for your able hands to mend

I’m too weary to continue to find ways to circumvent
Any consequence of sin I tried never to prevent

Now I give You every care, every anxious moment spent
 That I  was never meant to carry, I now confess and do repent.

Let me live a life surrendered to your loving rod and staff
Let my faith and trust grow stronger in the face of wheat AND chaff

Now I lay down at Your feet all the things that keep me from
Singing praises to your Name, and crying,  “Not MY will be done “ !

Take away all understanding that is not  on You I lean
As I give You full permission to direct YOUR  paths,  Supreme !


 Ro Bigbie