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“Hey Mom, I’m Okay”

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 MSG


Just recently in my own backyard to speak, a 20 year girl was enjoying her daily run.  A routine she had found herself in to become more fit.  Though she struggles with asthma she still pushes herself to become more active.  So this was just an ordinary run.  An ordinary day.  A quick run before a night of work which laid before her.  Ordinary until an attacker appeared in the bushes behind her.

He came from behind and tried to grab her, however upon contact she elbowed him in the ribs and broke free.  After he struck her across the face leaving a scratch and a bruise, she ran as fast as she could to the safety of her car and drove away.  Moments later I received a phone call, “Mom before you freak out, I am okay.”

No mother wants to hear what happened next to their little girl.  Yes I know she is 20 now and on her own but still.  As she unfolded the events that just happened to her I was glad to here she was okay.  Since this event she has met with police officers and sketch artists and seen a line up.  I pray this person is caught and that no one else’s little girl has to go such a trauma.

Now that you know my daughter is okay let me share why I am blogging on this subject because it all boils down to perfect peace.  As I began to share the news about the incident, people were asking me all sorts of questions such as:  Why are you not more upset?  Don’t you want revenge on this guy?  Why are you not worried?  What are you going to do about this?

To be honest, it did not hit me until about two days later the list of things which COULD have happened: murder, rape, abduction….a multitude of terrible things could have happened in that one 30 second encounter.  So why was I at such peace?  Because after years and years of walking on the edge of things, I am now centered in the heart of God and He promises to watch over me and my family.  I now can walk in perfect peace knowing God took care of my daughter that ordinary day and He will continue to do so.

Fear is not of God.  Fear is something we create in our minds when we do not have the full understanding of Who God is.  I am ever so thankful God spared my daughter from any further harm that day and I know He will give her the strength she needs to face this enemy.  I know beyond the shadow of a doubt my God watches like a hawk seeking to protect His children from harm.


Held Hostage

I recently ran across some old writings and I thought I would share some as I am busy trying to finish the 3rd book….Enjoy!

By Brenda Marie Czarniak on Sunday, August 7, 2011 at 3:56pm

“Just take a look at Zion, will you? Centering our worship in festival feasts! Feast your eyes on Jerusalem, a quiet and permanent place to live. No more pulling up stakes and moving on, no more patched-together lean-tos. Instead, God! God majestic, God himself the place in a country of broad rivers and streams, But rivers blocked to invading ships, off-limits to predatory pirates. For God makes all the decisions here. God is our king. God runs this place and he’ll keep us safe.” Isaiah 33:22 MSG


Today church was just real.  Ever been in a service where you just knew God was there?  A moment in time where nothing seems to really make sense?  A feeling of a call to enter into what He has planned instead of the agenda in the bulletin?  A chance for the congregation to unite and become one living body to honor our God?  A slight glimpse of what is to come perhaps, a closer look at what God desires for us at a church gathering.



Today there was no sermon.  There was devotion.  There were announcements and worship was a gateway to the heavens.  Soon pastor was inviting the church to the altar and one thing led to another and we stood in love, singing songs, praying and wiping tears from our faces.  Wow, what a rush!  What a revival to the soul.  How humbling to the spirit that we could gather around the throne of God and worship, not worried about not receiving a word from a sermon.  God spoke in the tears.  He whispered how much He loves us in our ears.  He rendered our spoken words life!  He gave us scripture as He placed it into the pastor to speak.  God moved among us and we knew He was there.



I wish this happened more often.  Think of the pressure it would take off from the people who are responsible for Sunday  services.  If they would just come in and yield to the Holy Spirit and let Him run the ENTIRE show.  How much more healing could happen?  How much more free could God’s people become?  Getting lost in worship and leading the people of God right to the throne room where God could flood us with love and mercy.  Now I am not saying there is anything wrong with tradition and we need to be fed the Word, yet we need to be prepared to move in a different direction of God wants to do so.  We need to be open to the possibility that God does not want us to learn on a particular Sunday but to receive what He has for us simply by being obedient and surrendering.


I guess realizing God truly is in control makes more sense when a worship service goes like it did today.  I felt freedom.  I felt healing.  I saw peace show up.  I could sense a release happening as it swept through the congregation.  God is real and He wants to move among His people so that He may be seen and not just spoken about.  He longs for us to see Him in all His intended glory and if it takes moving the people out of there seats to stand at the altar for 45 minutes instead of listening to a sermon, then so be it.  God is God and that my friends is never going to change, what needs changing is our worldly views of what church is:  three songs, offertory, prayers, sermons and a dismissal.    Lately at my church even the Wednesday night services have been going late into the evening, being led by the Holy Spirit. Healing is taking place.  People are being changed and minds renewed with the right thinking of the things of God.


I pray your next service at church is taken hostage by the Holy Spirit and you begin to feel captured by what God wants to do.  Trust me you will come alive again with a renewed spirit.  I cannot convey in mere words the joy which is radiating in my heart from just coming from such a service.  God is not a boring God by no means, He spoke life therefore He desires to see life!  Dance before the Lord and make rejoicing noises, be free to sing and dance, after He created you for such a purpose!