Monday, June 28, 2010

wet kisses

Haiti is a tragedy.

And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
Mark 10:16

Today I ditched my pharmacy team to snatch up some sad looking Haitian kids. Before I knew it, two hours had gone by and I had about eight kids piled up all around me, hanging on my neck, playing with my hair, pulling at my skin, gabbing to me in a language I can't understand, giving me the utter feeling of complete and perfect happiness. You may say, Casey, you're not experiencing perfect happiness, you're not in heaven. But Jesus loved kids. And I love Jesus. And I want to be like Jesus. I want to do what Jesus did. Jesus put kids on His lap and held them. I'm sure Jesus was happy in that moment. But that's beside the point.

Jesus layed hands on the kids in His lap and blessed them. This morning I prayed that I would do what Jesus did, speak what Jesus spoke, hear what Jesus heard, walk where Jesus walked, etc. While sitting with my gorgeous Haitian sweeties, the Lord told me to pray for them. Bronchitis was probably one of the most common illnesses in children today at the clinic, and I getting bronchitis several times a year, know exactly what it feels like. Several of the girls on my lap where coughing pretty bad. I could hear the weezes and the phelm. I put my hands on the lungs of one girl as she sat on my leg. As the other girls played with my hair, I began to ask the Lord to heal this little one. I authentically just talked to the Lord about her and about her sweet little lungs. After probably 5 or 10 minutes, she just began to smile... Her arms wrapped around my neck, and the kid didn't leave my side for the next hour. She just grinned and loved on me. Wet kisses from my Haitian princess. (He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes of their people. Psalm 113:7-8).

No, she didn't tell me her chest stopped hurting. No, she didn't say that she could breathe better. But that smile was enough. That smile told it all; answered any question I could ever have.

And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
Mark 10:16

Monday, June 14, 2010

Isaiah 60

ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you--rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you [O Jerusalem], and His glory shall be seen on you.

And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Lift up your eyes round about you and see! They all gather themselves together, they come to you. Your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried and nursed in the arms.

Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and tremble with joy [at the glorious deliverance] and be enlarged; because the abundant wealth of the [Dead] Sea shall be turned to you, unto you shall the nations come with their treasures.

A multitude of camels [from the eastern trading tribes] shall cover you [Jerusalem], the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all the men from Sheba [who once came to trade] shall come, bringing gold and frankincense and proclaiming the praises of the Lord.

All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered to you [as the eastern pastoral tribes join the trading tribes], the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you; they shall come up with acceptance on My altar, and My glorious house I will glorify.

Who are these who fly like a cloud, and like doves to their windows?

Surely the isles and distant coastlands shall wait for and expect Me; and the ships of Tarshish [shall come] first, to bring your sons from afar, their silver and gold with them, for the name of the Lord your God, for the Holy One of Israel, because He has beautified and glorified you.

Foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in My wrath I smote you, but in My favor, pleasure, and goodwill I have had mercy, love, and pity for you.

And your gates shall be open continually, they shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the nations--and their kings led in procession [your voluntary captives].

For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you in that day [Jerusalem] shall perish; yes, those nations shall be utterly laid waste.

The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, the cypress, the plane, and the pine [trees] together, to beautify the place of My sanctuary; and I will make the place of My feet glorious.

The sons of those who afflicted you shall come bending low to you, and all those who despised you shall bow down at your feet, and they shall call you the City of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, so that no man passed through you, I will make you [Jerusalem] an eternal glory, a joy from age to age.

You shall suck the milk of the [Gentile] nations and shall suck the breast of kings; and you shall recognize and know that I, the Lord, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

Instead of bronze I will bring gold, and instead of iron I will bring silver; and instead of wood, bronze, and instead of stones, iron. [Instead of the tyranny of the present] I will appoint peace as your officers and righteousness as your taskmasters.

Violence shall no more be heard in your land, nor devastation or destruction within your borders, but you shall call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.

The sun shall no more be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you, but the Lord shall be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory and your beauty.

Your sun shall no more go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself, for the Lord shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended.

Your people also shall all be [uncompromisingly and consistently] righteous; they shall possess the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.

The least one shall become a thousand [a clan], and the small one a strong nation. I, the Lord, will hasten it in its [appointed] time.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

love slaves

my heart is broken for the hurting.
particularly women and girls who have been kidnapped or sold into brothels.
exodus cry, an amazing prayer movement that is crying out for those who can't speak for themselves, has made a documentary on sex trafficking.
so instead of saying to yourself that you're too busy to watch this video, shut you're freaking mouth and click the link.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].

I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!

For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

[Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.

You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day,

Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.

Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,

There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.

For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].

They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot.

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness--trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.