Hodgepodge – personal stuff, Who am I in Christ, theme songs for Biblical characters

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


Got to go into the school today to help out in the 7th grade sewing class, something I do twice a year. I get to work with the kids who need a bit of extra help getting organized and getting the work done. It is a blessing for them, and I get to give them a few kind words and show them some of God’s love. Every semester there are usually one are two kids who touch my heartstrings. I only had one hour with each class so far, so I am praying that God brings to me the ones He wants to touch as time goes by.

I am surprised, although I wonder if it is a sign of the times, to see how many kids are struggling in school, how many are hurting, and how many have given up on themselves. I remember the teachers who spoke a kind word in my direction when I was hurting, and how I cherished those few kind words, and I pray that God gives me kind words for these kids. I don’t just focus on school work but try to find something positive about each one that I work with. So today I marveled at a young football player, someone’s drawing on a notebook, or a particularly artistic rendition of one of the assignments. These kids are so hungry for affirmation. So I would love prayers for the kids, in fact for any kids in schools today. School today is nothing like when I was in school, I cannot even imagine how many challenges kids face today that weren’t even thought of when I was a kid.

The other thing I could use prayer for is a spirit of depression that I have been reminding that it has no power over me. I suppose it is a lot of stressors that I have been worrying about (and I know that God is not pleased with worry), things I need to turn over to Him. So I could use prayer that this time when I turn it over to Him, I don’t grab them back.

That being said, I realize that it is time to remind myself of who I am in Christ. Pastor Don gave out this list awhile ago, and it is so good, that I am bringing it forward and sharing.



1. A child of God (Romans 8:16)
2. Redeemed from the Hand of the Enemy (Psalms 107:2)
3. Forgiven (Colossians 1:13-14)
4. Saved by Grace through Faith (Ephesians 2:8)
5. Justified (Romans 5:1)
6. Sanctified (1 Corinthians 6:11)
7. A new Creature (II Corinthians 5:17)
8. Partaker of His Divine Nature (II Peter 1:4)
9. Redeemed from the Curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13)
10. Delivered from the Powers of Darkness (Colossians 1:13)
11. Led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14)
12. A son of God (Romans 8:14)
13. Kept in Safety Wherever I Go (Psalms 91:11)
14. Getting All my needs Met by Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
15. Casting All my cares on Jesus (1 Peter 5:7)
16. Strong in the Lord and in the Power of His Might (Ephesians 6:10)
17. Doing All Things Through Christ who strengthens Me (Phil. 4:15)
18. An Heir of God and a  Joint Her with Jesus (Romans 8:17)
19. Heir to the Blessings of Abraham (Galatians 3:13-14)
20. Observing and Doing the Lord’s Commandments (Deut 28:12-14)
21. Blessed Coming in and Blessed Going out (Deut. 28:6)
22. An Heir of Eternal Life (1 John 5:11-12)
23. Blessed with All Spiritual Blessings (Eph. 1:3)
24. Healed by His Stripes (1 Peter 2:24)
25. Exercising My Authority over the Enemy (Luke 10:19)
26. Above Only and Not Beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13)
27. More than a Conqueror (Romans 8:37)
28. Establishing God’s Word here on Earth (Matthew 16:19)
29. An Overcomer by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of My
Testimony (Revelation 12:11)
30. Daily Overcoming the Devil (I John 4:4)
31. Not Moved by What I See (II Corinthians 4:18)
32. Walking by Faith and Not by Sight (II Corinthians 5:7)
33. Casting Down Van Imaginations (II Corinthians 10:4-5)
34. Bringing Every Thought into Captivity (II Corinthians 10:5)
35. Being Transformed by Renewing My Mind (Romans 12:1-2)
36. A Laborer Together with God (I Corinthians 3:9)
37. The Righteousness of God in Christ (II Corinthians 5:21)
38. An Imitator of Jesus (Ephesians 5:1)
39. The Light of the World (Matthew 5:14)
40. Blessing the Lord at All Times and Continually Praising the Lord
with My Mouth (Psalm 34:1)

And how can one be downcast when we are all this IN CHRIST.

And then I received this in an email and it made me laugh, so I thought you might enjoy a laugh.


Noah: “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”
Adam and Eve: “Strangers in Paradise”
Lazarus: “The Second Time Around”
Esther: “I Feel Pretty”
Job: “I’ve Got a Right to Sing the Blues”
Moses: “The Wanderer”
Jezebel: “The Lady is a Tramp”
Samson: “Hair”
Salome: “I Could Have Danced All Night”
Daniel: “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”
Joshua: “Good Vibrations”
Peter: “I’m Sorry”
Esau: “Born To Be Wild”
Jeremiah: “Take This Job and Shove It”
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: “Great Balls of Fire!”
The Three Kings: “When You Wish Upon a Star”
Jonah: “Got a Whale of a Tale”
Elijah: “Up, Up, and Away”
Methuselah: “Stayin’ Alive”
Nebuchadnezzar: “Crazy”

Hoping you have a blessed day!



About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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