I received a book “Quest for the Nail Prints” by Don Furr. According to is cover;
Three ordinary people are chosen by God for an extraordinary experience, one so incredible that even they have a hard time believing it is real. Through unrelated circumstances, the three travelers find themselves sharing a journey to the Holy Land when suddenly there are thrust back in time nearly two thousand years, coming face-to-face with the rugged radical Nazarene known throughout the land as Jesus of Nazareth.
This is the story of how a personal encounter with the living Christ and his time creates the journey of a lifetime!
I have been personally changed by the way Don writes in an honest real human voice. I cannot put it down! There is a hole through the middle of the book, it has a great explanation one that you should experience yourself. Find your heart with Christ feel the sins being washed clean as the blood is spilled I for one am struck in the deepest part of my soul, this book is a testament to Faith , Hope and Love.
I hope to talk with Don and share more soon until then go get yourself s copy. Quest for the Nail Prints
Also The Book Network The Book Network has a great group on the Quest as well as the Nails. They have amazing conversation. Don’t miss out!
Blessings to each of you – glad to be back writing again. Please check out this book and let me know what you think! Jenn
I being asked to do a review on this book: practicing the presence. of Jesus. Experience the gift of His Friendship From the forward by Ken Blanchard on, something inside stirred. I found this not a personal improvement book nor a Strong hold I will make you a believer novelette. Rather in fine form this is a well pictured piece of the vine placed on paper so those untouched by the branches will feel the power one chapter can give and as I dive in. I find personal Experiences funny. They question you placement in a spatial relationship to an experience, they ask without words if you are knowledgeable enough to speak to that experience, finally even probe the sentiment does anyone cares about your opinion when it relates to an experience. Harsh but ever so true.
Here is a a small taste~a quote before the contents to give you a taste of the
I hope you are as excited as I am for the upcoming review. This book has given me wise on-site, strong reproach to daily failures and triumphs. I will take great pleasure in reviewing this beautiful book.
Today I believe the image of the police line do not cross is very raw. It feels honest and true. I cannot pinpoint the time or place, where survival turned into a primal need for me. I feel I need to find a place where you don’t have to survive, to exist. The need to carry out emotion for anyone is gone.
I am so very sincere when I say, before the incident all I wanted was to enjoy this life,laugh, cry. I even was to emotional sometimes, but in a weird type of reverse affirmation, I would do anything – you don’t want to know the things and likes I went to make people happy. “When you can so readily overlook your own wickedness, why are you more clear-sighted than the eagle or serpent of Epidaurus, in spying out the failings of your friends?” I gave somebody my car. I paid rent for people. Deep down the desire to have someone (God )fill my void manifested by me trying to make sure everyone around me had everything they needed. Even in work, stay up late, try to do the best of the best. I know this is not what God ever desired. I fell into a circle of affirmation do for you affirmation do for you. I don’t want affirmation, I just want the small group of people who really know me to Love me for being Jenn Quirky as I am. Wanting everyone around me happy is not an obtainable goal nor rational. It is just the fragments of space left over from the cycle of giving I lived in for so long.
I am now seeking God to offer the happiness that is the vail of happiness I think will disappear. So will exploring my cycle of happiness with God accomplish a calm within me. Or change my character to one that finds happiness by serving Him in all things and rejoicing in the happiness that manifest and seeps deep into the part of my soul the Holy Spirit Dwells? I know the answer for the moment I met the Holy spirit my heart changed and so did I. Forever I want a disciple to be, as my calling. I sometimes say I was a liking to Paul throwing stones at God only to fall at his feet weeping for days.So I asked myself?
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3. I have the plank of illness, but no-one can pull it out of my eyes. I am working on reading scripture to myself until the plank becomes a sliver and that sliver I remove with grace. Sometimes I feel I have a lost family I reach out yet they are in a world of calm and understanding. they see not the pain that one can experience or the exhaustion that has no meaning at all. I find their love pure and true, they have just been lost in the desert many years. God please give me the understanding and perseverance to have the strength to pray for their eyes to see even at my own sufferage.- this hurts the most – “mom did you get my 3 calls and 4 emails? all about different important things. even today a sister can drink the nectar of those who know of your love but are not dwelling in the pool of utopia. Pain they say is just in your head wondering a path that has many diverse roads, each will take you to a place, the road signs are all but lost. If I find the road to the flame, perhaps this scripture will will help put out the flames
When I kept it all inside,
my bones turned to powder,
my words became daylong groans.
4 The pressure never let up;
all the juices of my life dried up.
5 Then I let it all out;
I said, “I’ll make a clean breast of my failures to God.”
Suddenly the pressure was gone—
my guilt dissolved,
my sin disappeared.
6 These things add up. Every one of us needs to pray;
when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts
we’ll be on high ground, untouched.
Then I turn to the pain that are so strong the burning and electricity in my hurt so bad in my hips or legs what then will I do. I must turn to the lord – I Listened as I was reading the Bible tells us of light and of dark, but never anything but the truth. I believed my pain would find an end through Psalm 77:1-2 not what you would think but it rested my soul.
1 I cried out to God for help;
I cried out to God to hear me.
2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord
at night I stretched out untiring hands,
and I would not be comforted.
God He is the only one who can hear me – He will hold me tight all will come to fruition.
God – The reason I am able to overcome obstacles and yet, the closer I come to him the serpent in all his glory – He has glory for he is able to turn those bound for Christ to him (So Sad). Today was a day I needed God to carry me on his shoulders, rather I needed Him to carry me in His arms. I kept tripping falling over and over, the same obstacle the same plank in my eye. For as much as I thought I will survive this I am stronger than any pain. Pain is not real just a system of nerve responses to stimuli that attack from the world around us. I wanted a shower, I wanted to take my husband on a mini date – go get a little snack from the store then watch NCIS together. This was my surprise. I put the wheelchair in the corner folded up and forgotten – I need you know more, my children had their dinner and a movie to watch. I said give me a few minutes and I’ll come sit with you. Two minutes into the shower my daughter wants to know if she can help me because Dad called he’s on his way home and the sweet girl she was she let dad know I was upstairs on my own – the #1 no-no for Jenn. No more passing out. No more hurting myself. I claimed a pacifist yet there are moments I want to shave my head and punch my face in.
So that’s my story Go let the serpent play with me today as Job, to see if I would hold strong to Him and overcome this adversity. So what do I do I take it out on everyone and everything I can see for at least and hour. I became that vision of a person I had put in a box and promised never to let out.
The only way to overcome the feeling of loneliness, separated from your family, separated from your God. IS GOD
The only way to find a door out of the screaming in your head and the will of perfection is GOD, Your Heavenly Father – The Holy Almighty!, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Yahweh! and knower of all things great and small! I want to run God let’s satan give us that notion. If we are old enough to have children we know no matter where you go your problems follow. Hard Lesson but oh so true! –
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)
It is time to reach for the word renewed inch by inch – fall down get up not by the Father, I must surrender completely, repetitively . Get back in the machine, persevere until they find the reason for your neurological pain. God’s timing is not mine!!!! God I don’t understand but forgive, Love you for your timing it always brings Glory! He will in His time make me the Beauty he wants me! For His Glory this is me, Broken, but steadfast!! Therefore let my mind be cleansed as with ethanol to a wound keep it from fearing the just the intimacy forgotten – Satan has been Rebuked from my soul~Amen
God please use me to share your word with as many people as possible so that I may carry out what you set out for me to do in this condition. For all the people lifting me up, Thank you is not enough. You are the true disciples of our Father
Yahweh! Please send me words of encouragement, come, come I will serve you tea, I will wash your feet, for I am no better than our Father. I Know I need two or more gathered together so our God will be with us and in us as we pray.
When we returned from New York, we had so much painful stress having to decide about what the results meant, to us our family. I had to decide do I move forward or just curl up in the space between knowledge and knowledge and stay there. I like to hide their sometimes. I am getting closer to that spot as I travel down this path, if we can call traveling down this path one of healing. I am struggling yet surviving each day. I get up, that is a accomplishment! We my family and I are on the constant effort of searching for my prime, my fullness. Thank you!
I loved being witty. It is something that could be used to express what I am and who I am. Or it used to be. That euphemism has dwindled as, progressions of the neurological question mark in my life has developed, more aptly grown! I am seeking further treatment for the progression and the source. Such as applying to a neurological study at John Hopkins. We are on the new path as I am not a surgical candidate. I do not have Chiari and my Syringomyelia is not of a surgical nature.
The Dr. in New York after releasing the “NOT FIXABLE HERE”, he used the terms transverse myelitis ( is a neurological disorder caused by aninflammatory process of the grey and white matter of the spinal cord, and can cause axonaldemyelination.) he also used the terms: a variant of (Variant meaning type?) Multiple Sclerosis (multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic, slowly progressive autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the protective myelin sheaths that surround the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord (a process called demyelination), resulting in damaged areas that are unable to transmit nerve impulses.The disease also gradually damages the nerves themselves.There are elevated numbers of lymphocytes in the cerebral spinal fluid and of T cells in the blood (see immunity).
The onset of MS is usually at age 20 to 40 years, and its many symptoms affect almost every system of the body. There may be visual difficulties, emotional disturbances, speech disorders,convulsions, paralysis or numbness of various regions of the body, bladder disturbances, and muscular weakness. The course of the disease varies greatly from person to person. In some patients, the symptoms remit and return, sometimes at frequent intervals and sometimes after several years. In others the disease progresses steadily.)
Neither of which make me want to back cookies, do they make you so inclined? I am still non curable and undeclared as of what it is that has all these symptoms and walks like a duck, I being the duck.
So for the time being I decided the best avenue before becoming so depressed I stopped liking chocolate. It is to find God around me! YEAH!, to that notion, I have found already – He has followed me very closely the last couple days:Look at the photos and the things that just should not be their. If you have an idea… please share!! Enjoy, I have:) In Hard times she had learned three things:
She was stronger than she ever imagined
Jesus was closer than she ever realized
And she was loved more than she ever knew!
So I find that when God/Jesus/The Holy Spirit places things for you to fathom, think about and question – is that really you. In those moments we are having an intimate conversation with our maker.
So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us,as though by our own power or godliness we hade made this man walk? Acts: 3:12 NKLV
Tell hin this is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from this place and build the temple of the LORD. Zechariah 6:12
The Branch is one of the most amazing ideas in the bible – I am a branch and can reach as many people as I reach for!!
In the search for God and realizing he is with you while you put on your socks, he is nudging me hard, I stop.
I have not been listening.
I have sinned – and will again, for I am human and blind to the glory offered.
I am working on the nudges – I have a feeling this is a start. “To those who know the stupid people in Sponge Bob Square Pants” – Thank you for Nudging to get off the floor! – Thank you!
I found one more scripture that feels like me please enjoy – This is excerpts fromPsalm 31 – I put myself in your hands knowing you will save me, Lord of Truth….. I dance for joy at your constant love. You saw me suffer, you know my pain. You let no enemy cage me, but set my feet on open ground. Pity me Lord, I hurt all over; my eyes are swollen. My heart and body ache. Grief consumes my life, sighs fill my days; guilt saps my strength…… I said to quickly, “God has cut me off!” But you heard my cry when I prayed for help. Love the Lord, all faithful people, the Lord your guardian, who fully repays the proud. Be Strong,Be Brave, all who wait for God. (Wow – we are Blessed beyond measure) In the Contemporary English Version The Holy Bible PSALM 31
So I, will continue to try to be strong, brace myself wait for God. He knows my pain, my desire to not get up. This is like admitting your worst sin – I have no wish to get up, yet I try every day, lest the lord forsake me. Rather I give up on my family. I have lost days lately – But out of Love comes finding, understanding. I try!
Many Blessings to be with each of you may you learn the love of passing grace on. It passed us eight times during our trip too & from – God and His wonderful creations are amazing, be amazing!
I am excited, apprehensive, scared, nervous, happy, elated, strong, weak, confused. They are doing a consultation for which BJ and I have to fly to New York.When we are there we are expecting to visit with a nurse practitioner followed by a Neurosurgeon. Te Neurosurgeon will either accept me as a surgical candidate or not. The options are conservative treatment i.e. what were doing, or spinal decompression.
If I am scheduled for a spinal decompression, that will probably take place right away while I am there. That is a process where they enter at the base of your skull and take a piece of your Occipital bone, not enough that your cerebellum would fall. If that is the plan and I pray that it is, for we have tried so much else.
So that is what is happening in the next two weeks! A Consultation. A long awaited Consultation. That in itself is amazing. We have a million thing to do before we go, kids, dog, bills, flights, pack, breathe, you know the normal things.
I hope you are all well!!! I truly do. you have been amazing!
One day tells its tale to another and one night imparts knowledge to another, although they have no words or language, and their voices are not heard, their sound has gone out into all the lands, and their message to the ends of the world. -- Psalm 19:2-4