A little before midnight 5/1/2017 the LORD called my spiritual mom, confidant and one of my very special mentors home to be with Him.
She always told me, Marlene, I pray the Lord will take me to be with Him not one minute sooner or later than He desires and that I will have finished my race well.
I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:23-24
I think anyone that knows Barbara knows she has finished her race well, and is now on to the next phase of where God has so magnificently placed her for the next millennial and beyond!
One of her favorite songs (she wrote) she would always sing to me when she was getting ready to go on to her next assignment was, “I’m packing my bags, getting ready to go, I can’t delay… Because the cloud is moving on, the cloud is moving on and I can’t stay.”
During the past twenty-five years Barbara has walked with me through many many trials and crisis’ in my life. She has not only been there for me, but also for my four sons, praying faithfully for all of us. She always shared what was on her heart, whether I wanted to hear it or not.
A few years ago I was in a very depressed state (again…) and my world had fallen apart. She called me nearly every day to encourage me. This is what she wrote to me:
I can only tell you what I am doing, and Richard confirmed this morning that I am right on.
Just read until God gives you a Rhema Word and then cling to that Word for dear life. Jesus is the Word and He is our Bread, the Bread of Life.
What’s happening is that our faith is being stretched like never before. We are no longer in the boat and what that means to me is that if He doesn’t rescue us, we’re lost. I’ve been in such pain with my leg this week, but remember Moses was on the backside of the desert when God called him to deliver His chosen people.
Richard had a word this morning that we can only go on as high a mountain as we have been prepared for through our testings and experiences. And you my dear friend have had more than your share of problems.
Command that depression to get off you right now. You have the authority. Encourage yourself in the Lord and review every promise He has given you. I pray for a witty invention for you. This is a trial of your faith, but because Jesus is interceding for you you will find your destiny.
Below is the list of declarations… that you can pray over yourself and others!
PERSONAL DECLARATIONS OF TRUTH
- I have been made righteous by the finished work of Christ. My prayers are powerful an(d effective. (2 Cor 5:21; James 5:16)
- God richly supplies all my financial needs. (Phil 4:19)
- I am dead to sin and alive to obeying God. I am no longer a sinner, but a saint. I am a friend of God and He shares with me what He is up to. (Romans 6:1, John 15:15)
- I walk in ever-increasing health (Is 53:3-5, 3 John 1:2)
- I dwell in the secret place and liv under a supernatural protection (Ps. 91)
- I prosper in all my relationships (Luke 2:52)
- I am a revivalist and consistently and consistently bring God encounters to other people. I lay my hands on the sick and they are healed. (Mark 16:17-18
- I am a messenger of hope and peace- Christ in me the hope of glory! (Col 1:27)
- Through Jesus I am absolutely loved and worthy to receive all of God’s blessings. (Eph 1:3, Zeph 3:17)
- Each of my family members is wonderfully blessed and radically love Jesus (Acts 16:30-31)
- I laugh when I hear a lie from the devil. The Spirit of truth is on the inside of me and I know Him personally! (Ps 2:2,4)
- I set the course of my life today with my words. My words are powerful and full of life! ( James 3:2-5)
- I declare today that I am vicorious, encouraged, happy and fulfilled. ( Phil 4:13)
- I am the head and not the tail. I have insight. I have wisdom. I have ideas. I have authority. (Deut 28:13; 8:18; James 1:5-8, Luke 10:19)
- As I speak and partner with God’s promises they come to pass. (2 Peter 1:2-4, Mark 11:23,24)
- God is on my side today, therefore I am victorious! (Romans 8:37, Ps 91)
- I have the wisdom of God today because I have been given the mind of Christ. I will think the right thoughts, say the right words, and make the right decisions in every area of my life. (1 Cor. 2:16)
- I choose life today. I choose health today. Today I am satisfied, whole, and full of hopeful vision. (Deut 30:19, Neh 8:10, Ps 103:1-3, 2 Tim 1:6-7)
- I expect the best day of my life, spiritually, emotionally, mentally relationally, and financially in Jesus’ Bane (Romans 15:13
- I have a covenant with God and by the blood of Jesus I welcome and expect divine protection and divine provision (Heb 8:6)
- I expect to have divine appointments today.
- I say to my mind peace, be still. I say to my emotions, peace be still. I say to my family, peace be still.
- I declare that today is a blessed day! I know a mighty God who today will do exceedingly and abundantly above all that I ask or think. I say that You are a good God and I eagerly anticipate Your goodness today. (Eph 3:20)
The Coming Tsunami… Where will you be and what will you be doing?
I dreamed I was in a military vehicle being deployed when all of a sudden all I could see were vehicles going under what appeared to be an infinity pool.
One minute everything was normal and the next, all I could see was water and vehicles going under.
As I watched in horror I felt a tremendous need to yell and tell the driver not to turn onto the upcoming bridge because the water was coming that direction. The sound of the trucks and the approaching wave drowned out my voice. It was obvious we would turn onto the bridge and be directly in its’ path.
My next recollection was being out of the truck and walking not on the water but on vehicles, boxes, containers and debris that were submerged in the water. I felt young and able to lightly jump from one floating debris onto another as if I was walking on chunks of floating ice.
As I got to the end of all of the floating debris and the wave had passed, I looked out into the massive ocean of water beyond and thought to myself,
“Lord, is this my end? What have I done. Will the next thing I see be your face? Will the next thing I hear be ‘Well done, good and faithful servant?'”
The next thing I remember thinking is “I’ve waited too long to step out.” I don’t think I’m ready for this moment. There is something else I need to do, but I’m not quite certain what my assignment is?
Then, I remember The Parable of the Three Talents and the servant who buried their talent because of fear. (Matthew 25:14-30) I cried out in my sleep, “Lord, don’t let me be afraid, help me to risk it all.”
I felt the Lord saying,
Marlene, your talents aren’t any good if they are buried, or you are not using them for My purpose and plan. In order to be fully satisfied you must risk them all for MY SAKE.
So, with this said, I made the decision to risk it all, give it all, trust it all to Him. The author and finisher of my faith.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2
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52 years later: Alaskans remember devastation of 1964 earthquake
By KTVA CBS 11 News 4:50 PM March 27, 2016
More than 100 people died on March 27, 1964 during the magnitude 9.2 earthquake and ensuing tsunamis, which devastated coastal communities in southcentral Alaska. Fifty-two years later, survivors recounted the terrifying moments during the quake and its aftermath.
The tremors of the earthquake were first recorded at 5:36 p.m., 55 miles west of Valdez, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. Nine deaths in Alaska occurred in connection with the earthquake, but 106 Alaskans were killed shortly after when large waves rushed coastal communities, destroying some, like Chenega.
In Chenega, more than 20 lives were lost and the village considered destroyed after three large waves, according to the Chenega Corporation. In Valdez, 32 people, many of whom were at the docks when the tsunamis struck, including children, were killed. A video captured aboard a boat docked in Valdez shows the sudden draining of the port and the resurgence of the water as the first tsunami struck.
Others living in western states and Hawaii and along the west coast of Canada also died, bringing the estimated total number of deaths associated with the earthquake and tsunamis to just over 130.
‘We couldn’t walk’
Mark Boots, now 58, was 6-years-old when the earthquake struck. At the time, he and his family lived in the Turnagain area of Anchorage. He told KTVA he remembered thinking it was “quite fun” for a kid, until he saw the destruction outside.
“You couldn’t walk, but it was still fun, until you saw the houses at the end of the street drop off, and then you knew there was something wrong,” he recalled. “After the devastation, it was just unbelievable.”
Boots said none of his family was hurt during the quake, including one of his brothers, who he said slept right through the shaking. Boots said others weren’t so lucky.
“I remember hearing the stories hours later when [my mom] finally did get home,” Boots said, explaining what happened to his mother as she left J.C. Penney’s in downtown Anchorage during the earthquake. “Hearing the stories of her holding onto a parking meter, trying to get into her car, and turning around and watching the side of Penney’s, where she’d just walked out of, come down and land on a car, and I guess the lady that was in the car died.”
The JC Penney building in the days following the 1964 earthquake
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker was also alive during the earthquake, and said in a Facebook post Sunday that his family’s business in Valdez was hit hard by the disaster:
“March 27, 1964 is a day that will live in my memory forever. Our small town of Valdez lost over 30 friends and neighbors. All the material for my family’s business was lost that day. Alaskans pulled together to bury our loved ones, rebuild our communities and forge a path forward for our state. In these tough fiscal times, it is important to remember that this historic demonstration of the true spirit of the Last Frontier which provides an enduring and inspiring example to us today.”
On Friday, Walker ordered all Alaska flags to be lowered to remember the 115 Alaskans who died during the earthquake and tsunamis.
God’s word is true and it is certain.
It divides between the soul and spirit,
that which is temporary or eternal.
God separates the darkness and the light,
and upholds what is truth and what is right.
God is true and He is certain.
He never tells us a lie,
He created the world and He loves you and I.
He will never change his mind.
God sent His Son – the Messiah our King.
He reveals His mighty plan and purpose,
to those who will believe and worship him.
He picked me up from my fall, healed,
delivered me, now calls me his own.
He will never change his mind…
No, My God will never ever change his mind.
I am certain that He said,
“I will never ever change my mind
and I am not a God, that I should lie.”
Trust Me my child, I will never change my mind.
God is true and He is certain.
He never tells us a lie,
He created the world and He loves you and I.
He will never change his mind.
Cinderella Released May 26, 2011
Seeking God’s Treasure,
Marlene Baggs Hoenig
Cinderella Released from ashes to beauty to declare His Glory!
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This month love is celebrated! While some may receive flowers, cards and gifts and others are alone and heartbroken.
God has been so faithful to allow me to be here in the midst of a lost and hurting generation. Although there have been days when I longed for family and friends and sometimes it is depressing to see so many broken lives I feel so humbled and inadequate at times.
One of the main obstacles to ministering to the Alaskan people and in particularly the natives in the villages is the use of alcohol. I have dealt with more than one young native that battle with alcoholism. It has devastated their lives. In already extremely difficult situations, they battle the uphill climb to go to school, get a job and then travel from place to place without a driver’s license. Most have had multiple offenses on their records as minors and may never be able to drive or own a car. In most villages alcohol has not been allowed for natives and the pros and cons have been debated for decades.
I have been able to set up a table at Alaska Health Fair, which is a statewide event that will be running in different cities throughout Alaska the next few months. I am conducting stress tests, and opening up opportunities for crisis and trauma care, as well as praying with those who are open. This month was exciting because I already have two people interested in coming to a Discovery Group to learn more about how God wants to work in our lives.
“In addition, Dr. David Patterson (Cherokee) has found that cultural disconnection plays a large part in alcoholism for Native Americans, as it did in his case. The shame and abuse from historical trauma suffered by Native peoples, and the forced disconnection from culture and heritage, is a perfect setup that can lead to alcohol abuse to ease the pain.”
Unlike other cultures that have ingested alcohol for thousands of years, the relationship between indigenous Americans and alcohol is relatively new. Native Americans have had fewer centuries to develop the tolerance to alcohol that is present in other ethnic groups. Mix in poverty and living with ongoing oppression, and alcohol contributes to a state of emergency on many reservations. Andrew Bentley Alcohol: It’s Different for Native Americans.
Alcohol abuse is major killer across the world – and in Alaska ~Doug O’Harra
Alcohol abuse fuels our homegrown epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault and also contributes to the state’s high rate suicide, according to state health officials and police. More details can be found here and here. Alcohol induced deaths — where alcohol abuse leads to fatal health problems — is three times the national average in Alaska. Alaska News
We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
I Corinthians 13:12