The Power of the Cross Never Fails – A Word of Wisdom from A Single Mom

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The Power of the Cross Never Fails

Promise – Life Lesson # 2 The Promise of an Eternal Covenant: 

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah — not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:31-34

God’s purpose is to keep His promises to His children. I’m going to step on some toes here because most people don’t like to talk about money, except to say they don’t have enough. How do I know this? Because I’m one of those people!

I’ve sowed, I tithed (and still do), I give offerings (and still do) and I’ve even called the 1-800 number for the “Let’s Make A Deal With God” evangelist (don’t do anymore). I’m learning that God wants us to love and honor Him, not believe He is going to help us strike it rich, or strike us dead if we don’t do something we just assume is God.  God WANTS to bless us. This is why He has created principles of giving. These principles work because they are God’s principles not mens.  Some men and women take them and use them as tools to extract money from others. But, I even though it appears some are prospering, God will always take care of those that know and love Him.

When I was living in the world I foolishly flushed a lot of money down the drain. I also opened the door for Satan to sift me dry. Many times I blamed God because I didn’t listen to Him when He was trying to talk to me. I was also trustworthy and loyal which made me an easy mark for preditors.  This is one reason why we can’t be double minded.  It makes us unstable.

Accumulating wealth, and keeping it are two differnt things. You might say in my case, “it was gone with the wind!”

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But, the day came when I had the responsibility to take care of my two little boys. I learned really fast how to earn, preserve, spend and save money. My sister-in-law helped me learn how to budget and save. God taught me about sowing and reaping and staying in His Word.  Practicing these earthly and spiritual principles, I began investing in others and the works that God was calling them to.

We began having Bible studies in our home.  I would get the main course, “Buy One Get One” whatever was on sale.  Our friends would bring side dishes, chips, dip, soft drinks and desserts.  We had leftovers for days!  My friends began to multiply and we began to go and do things for God’s Kingdom.  Our kids grew up having fun instead of feeling like they didn’t have anything.  God always takes care of His children.

I remember one night going to a women’s retreat and an evangelist asked me to get my checkbook out and she prayed over me. She took my check book right out of my hand and said,

You have sown and sown and sown into other’s lives. The enemy has tried to steal the blessing, the promise and the covenant God made with you concerning you and your offspring. He is your husband and so I say to you today. You will be a giver and you will receive back not 100 nor 200 but 300 fold what you have given..

She then slapped me with my checkbook not once but three times each slap saying, “See it done,  in Jesus’ name, see it done, see it done! – in the name of Jesus!”

Now, deep down after this woman prayed over me and being a broke single mom I have to say I was more than a little excited!  Somehow I did wonder if God was going to give me a million dollars.  If He did at that time it would have been a mistake.  God’s economy can not be measured by your bank account, but if you have a large one, I know the Lord can use you to help others in a mighty way by sowing into good soil.  I’ve watched my daddy when he was alive sow many a seed into the ground. He never doubted a young plant would come up from it.

Some would look at me and say, “Marlene you are not a wealthy woman, but I say, No, not so… I’m the wealthiest single woman on the planet. I’m married to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and my wealth is not of this world but of a world that is not seen. God has blessed me through my offspring!

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Joel 2:25 – “I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the canker-worm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer-worm, my great army which I sent among you.”

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Some of my brothers and sisters know what I’ve endured, or the doubts, thoughts and insecurities that plague me at times. When I take my eyes off of my Redeemer I begin to sink.

But, when I have the courage and declare God’s glory and move by His Spirit I am invincible, indestructible and unmovable not by my own strength but by the Spirit of the living God.

“Do I walk in this daily?”  “No, but God has given me the courage and the boldness to go and do things, I can’t believe that I’ve done because I couldn’t have done them any other way!”

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His promises are “yes and amen”. They are not just for me but available to every soul on this planet who will choose to receive them. They are available regardless of race, creed, culture or bank account.

The gift of God’s love does not cost us anything, and it is priceless. Once we truly receive His love and forgiveness for our own sinfulness, we begin to walk in a truth that can not be overshadowed by doubt, fear and unbelief. We are able to share God’s love and plan of salvation with others.

Are we promised to be a millionaire? I don’t believe so, but inside we will feel like we are more than a millionaire. When we truly follow Him, our concerns will not be so much on earthly things, but on truly listening, loving and giving to others what God says to give.  He knows exactly what each of us needs to help us be wealthy. This is how true treasure is found and wealth is accumulated.

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” I Corinthians 15:58

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When I was in Africa preaching the church was packed.  People walked for hours to get to church every night.  The church Pastor Mary and I were at was in a slum.  Little children and people were standing outside.  The “offering” was taken up to buy our dinner.  The people gave all they had to bless us with a home cooked meal.  We were so blessed. Pastor Laban’s mother and father prepared it and we went to their home and fellowshipped. God showed up there and blessed us, but He showed up in everyone’s life who was there those days and nights.

Below is a man that had a gnarled foot,  He came in the first night on a cane.  We prayed for him and he came back the second night without his cane.  By the third night his foot was completely healed.  Don’t you know this man was blessed!  He became a wealthy man that night, able to work and walk without a limp.  He was jumping and shouting for joy.

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For the past 4-5 months my left hip has been out.  The doctor’s couldn’t figure out what was wrong.  I finally went to the emergency room and they took Xrays.  I was in so much pain that I couldn’t lift my foot to put on my socks without crying out loud.

I prayed and told God, “I know you are the healer.  If I’m to walk with a limp for the rest of my life, then please just take away the pain so I won’t be miserable and make everyone else miserable that lives with me.”

I felt God had heard my prayer, but I went on to the emergency room. The ER doctor said I had arthritis and would probably need a hip replacement.

I told the Lord, “I don’t have time for surgery or a hip replacement. You are going to have to fix this, especially if you want me here.”  My appointment was for 10 days later.  For the next 10 days, I had no pain. None whatsoever.  I almost canceled my appointment but I wanted to here what the doctor said.

When the doctor came in he questioned me.  He had seen the XRays. I told him that I had been healed. I didn’t think I needed surgery.  He agreed, “You don’t have very much arthritis. It’s not bad at all.”

I told him my whole story.  I fell and twisted my foot when I was in Ohio.  I thought I had snapped it in half.  The Lord reminded me of when Paul had been beaten and left for dead.  He was thrown outside the city gate.  Paul got up and walked away.  I got up that day and walked away.  No swelling, no pain, just a black ring around my ankle for a couple of months.

Then I moved back to Florida and was walking on the beach, I felt this pull, snap and sharp pain.  I said, “That’s not good.”  I kept on walking and didn’t think anything of it.  For about 8 months I had trouble walking.  I finally went to the doctor, and he took XRays.  He said your Achilles tendon has come off the back of your heel and it’s healed back over with bone fragments in it.  Surgery will be 6-7 weeks off your feet.

I said, “I can’t afford that.”  I went back to work.  So then, walking with a limp pulled my hip out of alignment.  I went to the doctor and he fixed me up.  Then I moved to Alaska.  A couple of months after I moved to Alaska the pain and the limp started and you know the rest of the story. My King reigns and made me the wealthiest single mom on the planet!

My King

My King was born King; the Bible says He’s the seven way King.
He’s the King of the Jews – that’s a racial King
He’s the King of Israel – that’s a national King
He’s the King of righteousness, He’s the King of the ages,
He’s the King of heaven, He’s the King of glory,
He’s the King of Kings and He is the Lord of Lords,
Now that’s MY KING.

Well, I wonder if you know Him, do you know Him?
Don’t try to mislead me – do you know MY KING?
David said, “The heavens declare the glory of God
and the firmament shows His handiwork.”

MY KING is the only one, whom there is no means of measurement
which can define His limitless love.
No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline
of His shore less supplies.
No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing.
He’s enduringly strong, He’s entirely sincere, He’s eternally steadfast,
He’s immortally graceful, imperially powerful and impartially merciful.
That’s MY KING!

He’s God’s Son.  He’s the sinner’s Savior.
He’s the centerpiece of civilization, He stands alone in Himself.
He’s awesome, unique, unparalleled – He’s unprecedented.
He’s the miracle of the age.  He’s the superlative of
everything good that you choose to call Him.
He is the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously.

He supplies strength for the weak.
He’s available for the tempted and the tried.
He sympathizes and He saves.  He for guards and He guides.
He heals the sick.  He cleanses lepers. He forgives sinners.
He discharges debtors.  He delivers the captives.  He defends the feeble.
He blesses the young.  He serves the unfortunate.  He regards the aged.
He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek.
Do you know HIM?

Well, MY KING is the King of knowledge, He’s the wellspring of wisdom.
He’s the doorway of deliverance.  He’s the pathway of peace.  He’s the roadway
of righteousness.  He’s the highway of holiness.  He’s the gateway of glory.
He’s the Master of the mighty.  He’s the Captain of the conquerors.
He’s the Head of the heroes, and He’s the Leader of the legislators.
He’s the Overseer of the over comers.  He’s the Governor of governors.
He’s the Prince of princes, He’s the King of kings, and He’s the Lord of lords.
That’s MY KING!

His office is manifold and His promises are sure.  His light is matchless.
His goodness is limitless.  His mercy is everlasting and His love never changes.
His Word is enough. His grace is sufficient.  His reign is righteous.
His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Well, I wish I could describe Him to you, but He’s indescribable!
He’s incomprehensible, invincible and irresistible.

I’m trying to tell you the heaven of heavens can not contain Him,
let alone a man explain Him!
You can’t get Him out of your mind.   You can’t get Him off of your hands.
You can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him.
Well, the Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him.
Pilot couldn’t find any fault in Him.  The witnesses couldn’t get their
testimonies to agree and Herod couldn’t kill Him.
Death couldn’t handle Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him.
That’s MY KING!

 

A Life Lesson from A Single Mom!

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Lessons in Life from the World’s Wealthiest Single Mom!

“The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.” Proverbs 10:22

God has a purpose when it comes to the resources He provides in my life. Wealth is viewed very differently in every culture.  I’ve had the blessing to visit other countries and places in the United States and to really realize how blessed I am and surrounded by such wealth.   This post is about God’s provision for  me. For many years, I felt being a single mom was one of the most difficult professions on the planet. But, today I am so thankful for all that God has provided for me and my family.

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PaPa Baggs, Colt, Christopher, Maverick & Gary Jr. (My Boys)

Life’s Lesson # 1 – Provision

“But My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

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Colt & Maverick 1986

In 1991 after a financial crisis, my husband and I separated and my two youngest boys and I went to Tallahassee, Florida to live with my older brother, his wife and my nieces Dena and Adrienne. After a few weeks, the Lord provided me with a good job and a one bedroom apartment. My sister-in-law helped me figure out a weekly budget and so I would cash my check and put money aside each week in an envelope, one for each of my bills.  10% of my gross income went directly into the offering plate and $35 per week was our food budget.  It seemed I always had more envelopes than money at the end of the end of the week but I knew God would provide.

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“Touched by Two Angels”

Then our first month’s electric bill arrived and I went to get my envelope for the electric.

To my dismay, I had only put away $6. I thought to myself, “How did that happen?”

Holding my breath, I opened the bill and a big cry of relief came when I saw the charge of only $6. But, I did call the electric company immediately. They said the bill was correct and it was probably because it was just the first month’s bill.

I promised myself to put away more the next month. When the next month came, and I opened the electric  bill it was only $12 this time. As you can imagine, I didn’t waste any time calling the electric company.

Their response was,

“Mrs. Hoenig, yes there is a problem. We never got your payment from last month!  This is why it’s $12.”

I said, no, you don’t understand, “This has been the coldest winter in Tallahassee and I run my heat all the time.” The operator said, “I will check the meter and get back with you.”

Well, the fact is I never got a bill that went over $6 a month for the first nine months (the entire time we were in this little apartment).  Our God supplied for our needs abundantly and above anything I could dream or imagine at the time.

God also supplied us with friends and family who provided food, fellowship and lots of fun! We opened up our home each week for dinner on Saturday nights where the boys and I provided the main course. Usually I got the BOGO which always provided a great meal and our friends brought side dishes, desserts and drinks. We always had plenty of leftovers for the rest of the week. Another way we saved money and had fun was going to a local restaurant which had a “Kids Eat Free” night on Wednesday nights. It was a hot food buffet and salad bar. My boys loaded their bellies with plenty of good food and we also had fellowship with many of the families we knew would eat there also.

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This Life Lesson on Provision helped me become the World’s Wealthiest Single Mom!

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That’s what I think….

 

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** Blog post inspired from the series Uncommon Cents  – The Church on the Rock in Wasilla, Alaska

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The Coming Tsunami… Where will you be and what will you be doing?

The Coming Tsunami… Where will you be and what will you be doing?

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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.

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One minute everything was normal and the next, all I could see was water and vehicles going under.

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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.

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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.

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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?'”

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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.”

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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

Searching for God’s Treasure,

Marlene
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God will never change His mind about you!

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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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Suicide in Alaska

About Alaska’s Suicide Rate:

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“There are lots of theories. Maybe it’s the long dark winters or the isolation of the largest state in the U.S. While these factors may contribute to the problem studies suggest the roots may go deeper.

According to Patrick Sidmore, health planner and research analyst at Alaska Mental Health Board, historical trauma endured by Alaska Natives, as well as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), put certain groups at a higher risk of suicide. Historical trauma among Alaska Native populations can have a lasng affect for multiple generations. Sidmore cites forced placement of children in boarding schools, destruction of culture and overt racism as examples of trauma. “These events can trigger the poor outcomes such as substance abuse,” he explains. “This can perpetuate problems down the line.” Looking At Alaska’s High Suicide Rate – Kaysie Ellingson

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For over 30 years, I have served in ministry and this is the first time I’ve not worked my own business and a full-time job. Sometimes, I’ve worked two to three jobs. I’m not old enough yet to receive Social Security, but I know that I’m supposed to go to Alaska. Alaska is ranked 3rd in the States for Suicides, 7th for alcoholism and alcohol related deaths, and is on the top of the list for prostitution and drug addicts. My length of stay will be determined once I get settled there with the team of G3 Alaska Ministries.

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Alaska Railroad and Boretide Surfing!

Things to Do in Alaska

Bobette and I were blessed by a friend to take a day trip on the Alaska Railroad down and around the coastal town of Seward.

We saw bore tide surfers, Click here to watch great video of this.


glaciers, ate scrumptious meals, and visited the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward. Below is Bobette taking a picture of me taking a picture of her and the town of Seward behind her

Another great view (below) is looking out across Palmer where the State Fair is held each year.  This year a 1469 pound pumpkin broke the state record! I got lots of response on Facebook with this picture!

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img_0779Palmer is Palmer Alaska is located off the icy glaciers at windspeeed sometimes of over 100 mph!  Alaskans must be prepared for this type of weather on a regular basis even on a clear day as shown by this picture!

Together in the Harvest,
Marlene
Cinderella Released
from ashes to beauty…to declare His Glory!

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Big Lake – Alaska

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Located on the shore of its namesake lake and sprawling over 138 square miles is the community of Big Lake, with a population of 3,191 people and many, many more sled dogs, including the kennel of four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Martin Buser.

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About Big Lake

Many residents of Big Lake commute to work in Anchorage, 60 miles to the south, but choose to live in Big Lake for its limitless recreation opportunities and the views of Mount Susitna, Denali and the Talkeetna Mountains.

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Author Bobette Stubblefield
 The “It” Factor – Keeping It Simple

Things to do

Not surprisingly, recreation in the area centers around the lake, and it is indeed big, with 67 miles of shoreline. Popular activities include swimming, camping, boating, fishing, jet skiing and tour boat rides in the summer; in the winter, snowmobile competitions, dog mushing, ice fishing and cross-country skiing dominate the lake’s frozen surface.

Big Lake North State Recreation Site is located on the lake and has overnight parking spaces, walk-in tent sites, picnic area, shelters and an outstanding view of Denali on a clear day. Also nearby is Fish Creek Park, a popular day-use area with a salmon spawning observation deck; Big Lake South State Recreation Site with campsites and a boat launch on the lake; and Rocky Lake State Recreation Site with camping on a lake closed to jet skis, jet boats and air boats.

Article courtesy of Travel Alaska. Com

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Marlene
Cinderella Releasedfrom ashes to beauty…declaring God’s Glory!

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