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Corrie and Prayer

Summer of Prayer Series

Selecting things for the Summer of Prayer is enjoyable and a little challenging. It is causing me to realize that having an abundance of material on prayer means the best is sometimes hidden from easy view. The true treasures can be found and like all treasure, it is well worth the effort.

Here are some powerful insights from Corrie ten Boom on the subject of prayer.

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Corrie’s Christmas Memories

Corrie ten Boom shared her thoughts and memories about Christmas in her book Corrie’s Christmas Memories. She loved to share about the birth of Jesus and the visit of the shepherds.

When I think of this story it makes me so happy. Do you know why? Because I know that the baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem for the whole world — also for you and me. You and I know much more than the shepherds — or even the Wise Men — knew. We know that Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the whole world — also for your sins and mine. He will give us forgiveness when we tell Him of our sins. That is possible because Jesus not only died for us — He lives! He rose from the dead and has said I am with you till the end of the world. I believe it. I don’t understand it, but that does not matter. For at the same time He is with you and me, He is with the Father in heaven and there He pleads for us. Is that not a joy?

Jesus will come again, though not as a little baby but as a mighty King, who will make everything new.

The best is yet to come. We will see Him face-to-face.

But I won’t tell you more now. Would you like to know it all?

Then read the Bible!

Corrie ten Boom   from the book  Corrie’s Christmas Memories

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 Do we know more than those for whom Christmas means only “Jingle Bells” and Santa Claus or who only prepare for Christmas by getting cards off at the right time and presents wrapped? They are trying to do their yearly duty, for they have done this ritual every year, afraid of what others will think if they don’t.

Christmas is not a duty! Jesus’ coming was a free gift to all of us. The only thing we can do is to prepare ourselves for His coming.

Christmas is a remembrance of His coming as a little baby. Let us be ready for that feast so that we can prepare others too.

What a joy to know Him, Jesus Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, died at the cross for our sins, was resurrected, and is with us always unto the end of the world.

Let us do what the shepherds did, and tell everyone who will listen.

Corrie ten Boom  from the book Clippings from My Notebook

Merry Christmas!

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Time with Corrie

Let’s visit with Corrie ten Boom today.

(The following is gathered from Corrie’s writings)

We have a Father in heaven who is almighty. Trust Him and you will experience miracles. Is your future a friend this morning? Remember that God is in control.

We see Your miracles every day, Father, if we only open our eyes to them.

Trust in him at all times, O people

pour out your heart before him

God is a refuge for us

Psalms 62:8

She wrote the following about her parents.

“Father and Mother lived on the edge of poverty, and yet their contentment was not dependent upon their surroundings. Their relationship to each other and to the Lord gave them strength and happiness.”

Lord Jesus, with You close, what else do we really need? With Your love, we have the best; without Your love, we are truly poor, whatever our circumstances.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. – Psalms 46:1

We don’t need to know the answers because we have Jesus. Truly Jesus is the answer to our every need, question, desire and so much more. Our part is to believe and trust in Him.


So many times we wonder why God allows certain things to happen to us. We try to understand the circumstances of our lives, and are left wondering. But the Holy Spirit shows us that God does not make mistakes.

We cannot begin to understand Your aims, Father, and without that understanding, our lives often seem to be a great maze. But we know You see the end of the path. and we trust You to guide us through all the turns and blind alleys.

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Threads

When Corrie ten Boom spoke to audiences, she would often hold up the back side of a piece of embroidery with hundreds of tangled threads hanging from it. Many wondered if she was holding up the wrong side by mistake. As she held up the messy side of the embroidery she would ask “Does God always grant us what we ask for in prayers? Not always. Sometimes He says ‘No’. That is because God knows what we do not know. Look at this piece of embroidery. The wrong side is chaos. But look at the beautiful picture on the other side- the right side.” Then she would flip the cloth over and reveal an elaborately embroidered crown- symbolizing our crown of eternal life. The crown was intricately stitched and had threads of many colors, including gold, silver, and pearls. “We see now the wrong side; God sees His side all the time. One day we shall see the embroidery from His side, and thank Him for every answered and unanswered prayer.”

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This beautiful poem that Corrie ten Boom often shared was written by an unknown author. It is titled The Tapestry of My Life or The Weaving. 

My Life is but a weaving
between my Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.

Oft times He weaveth sorrow
And I, in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the underside.

Not til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

 

 

 

 

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Timeless Message

I invite you to travel back in time by listening to an audio recording.

When: July 1974

Where: Lausanne, Switzerland

What: The first International Congress on World Evangelization

Who: Corrie ten Boom

The International Congress on World Evangelization was the result of Dr. Billy Graham’s interest to re-frame Christian mission in a world of political, economic, intellectual, and religious upheaval. The church, he believed, had to grasp the ideas and values behind rapid changes in society. More than 2,000 evangelical leaders, from 150 countries attended and participated in the historic gathering. Please visit Lausanne Movement to learn about the history and current happenings in the Lausanne Movement today. Yes, what began in 1974 continues to be an active movement today.

Below is the audio recording of Billy Graham introducing Corrie ten Boom at one of the meetings during the historic gathering in 1974. You will hear Corrie speak on the need for the Holy Spirit’s power in the Christian life. She shares how we can live with God’s boundless resources as we obey the command to be filled with the Spirit. The Spirit of God gives us the power to be witnesses for the great commission. This is one of many timeless messages by Corrie.

Click on the link below to listen to the audio of Corrie ten Boom speaking at the Lausanne Congress.

The Holy Spirit Gives Power

As you live this new life, we pray that you will be strengthened from God’s boundless resources, so that you will find yourselves able to pass through any experience and endure it with courage. You will even be able to thank God in the midst of pain and distress because you are privileged to share the lot of those who are living in the light. For we must never forget that he rescued us from the power of darkness, and re-established us in the kingdom of his beloved Son, that is, in the kingdom of light. For it is by his Son alone that we have been redeemed and have had our sins forgiven.  ~ Colossians 1:11-14   J.B. Phillips

 

 

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One Way Door

Corrie ten Boom spoke to many groups of people all over the world. Sometimes she visited and shared her story in prisons. She made a video especially for prisoners. Even if you are not living in a prison building, you may find that you are a prisoner. She had this in mind as she spoke on the video. Do you feel trapped in your life today?  Do you feel like things can never change? Perhaps you are just discouraged and tired. Do you long to be free from whatever is holding you down? There is a way to be free.

The video is in 3 parts below. Each segment is about 10 minutes long.

The first 3 1/2 minutes is a great introduction showing scenes from “The Hiding Place” movie. Some of Corrie’s best illustrations are in this video. She was 85 years old when “One Way Door” was made.

I would suggest that you get comfortable with a glass of ice tea. Have paper & pen handy in case you want to take some notes. Sit back and enjoy this time with Corrie. If you are not familiar with Corrie and her amazing life, this is a perfect way to meet her.

Corrie ten Boom – One Way Door

 

 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.    Matthew 11:28-30 

Jesus is the answer 

Thanks for watching Corrie ten Boom’s “One Way Door”

I pray that Jesus is speaking to your heart and you experience the new life that only He can give you.

Blessings,

Lynn

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My Favorite Daily Devotional

 As I mentioned in an earlier blog post Coffee with Jesus  I like to have my Bible, journal, daily devotional book and current Bible study all within reach during my morning quiet time. My favorite daily devotional book is Each New Day by Corrie ten Boom.  The format of this little treasure book is perfect for anyone. There is a thought from Corrie for each day, scripture, and prayer. I have read this devotional many times and highly recommend it for anyone. IMG_20160629_101122My little book is old and worn but I love it ♥

“The highest potential of God’s love and power is available for us in the trivial things of everyday life.

Can men tell that you love Jesus?

Can they, by your life and mine,

See in daily walk and action

That we have His life divine?

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Matthew 6:9

Lord, show us today in everything we experience that we are dependent children of a loving heavenly Father.”


“Seek the Lord. Keep seeking through prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with other Christians. Give Him an opportunity to multiply what He gave you. He longs to open His resources to you. God is more grieved by powerless Christians than by powerful atheists.”

From Each New DayGod is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 

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  • How about you?
  • Do you have a favorite daily devotional?
  • Share in the comments below.

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722521: Each New Day: 365 Reflections to Strengthen Your Faith Each New Day: 365 Reflections to Strengthen Your Faith

By Corrie ten Boom

Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom knew that she’d find daily help in Scripture—no matter what challenges she faced! In 365 uplifting devotions, she’ll assure you of Christ’s power over sin and death, and remind you that your present and future are safe in God’s hands. Includes a new foreword by Brother Andrew. 224 pages, softcover from Revell.

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Mentor

What is a mentor?

  • a wise and trusted counselor or teacher
  • a person who trains and guides someone
  • an experienced and trusted adviser

A good Christian mentor will always be directing your focus to Jesus. They will live out what they teach. Their guidance will be Bible-based.

It was at the very start of my faith journey that I found Corrie ten Boom.  I got to know Corrie while reading her book “The Hiding Place.” Many years have passed since she became a mentor to me through her writings. I’ve received a wealth of practical guidance for my life.  Today I continue to be richly blessed because I’m able to access so much of what she shared through her books and video recordings.

Corrie was a living example of

  • the life of faith
  • true forgiveness
  • how to help others
  • prayer
  • humility
“God takes our sins – the past, present, and future, and dumps them in the sea and puts up a sign that says NO FISHING ALLOWED.”
“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.”
“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only he can see.”  ~ Corrie Ten Boom

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I have a page on this website just about Corrie ten Boom including quotes, videos, audio and general information.

To go to Corrie’s page

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This is a perfect time to become acquainted with Corrie ten Boom. The 35th Anniversary paperback Edition of The Hiding Place is available right now for 50% off the regular price.

Great time to buy for yourself or share with someone else.

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The Hiding Place

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Corrie ten Boom  (1892 – 1983)

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Christian Reaction

As Christians, what should our reaction be to current events today?

We are observing the rapid decline of  values and way of life that we enjoyed for so long here in the United States. The Christian community is responding in many ways, but not all are ways that I recognize as Christian. I see some responses that make me cringe. I am referring to those who are engaging in mean spirited debate motivated by anger. Also those  who claim to be followers of Jesus but are following the culture of the day instead. Yes, I could go on with descriptions of other responses but the point of this post is to find the answer to the question. What was the question??

As Christians, what should our reaction be to current events today?  

To find the correct answer always go back to the Book. The Bible has much to tell us about living in this world in all kinds of circumstances. Right now much of the current events are connected to leaders and soon to be leaders of the country. Election, election …Sometimes the subject is the only one covered in the daily news. So I’m just going to focus on one portion of scripture concerning leaders in this blog post. I will focus on other scriptures that address living in our changing culture in future posts.

This is a portion of scripture that is great to read and study using more than one version. I love it in the J.B. Phillips New Testament. Note: his spelling is a little different for a couple of words (British).

1 Timothy 2:1-8    J.B. Phillips   

Here then is my charge: First, supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings should be made on behalf of all men: for kings and rulers in positions of responsibility, so that our common life may be lived in peace and quiet, with a proper sense of God and of our responsibility to him for what we do with our lives.

 In the sight of God our saviour this is undoubtedly the right thing to pray for; for his purpose is that all men should be saved and come to realise the truth. And that is, that there is only one God, and only one intermediary between God and men, Jesus Christ the man. He gave himself as a ransom for us all—an act of redemption which happened once, but which stands for all times as a witness to what he is.

 I was appointed proclaimer and messenger of this great act of his, to teach (incredible as it may sound) the Gentile world to believe and know the truth.

 I want the men to pray in all the churches with sincerity, without resentment or doubt in their minds.

Question: As Christians, what should our reaction be to current events today?  

Answer: Prayer should be the first response

May I suggest that we keep these verses handy to remind ourselves of what we should be doing.


Corrie ten Boom tells about something that happened concerning this subject in her book “In My Father’s House”. The time was 1914 when one after another, countries of the world issued declarations of war. Corrie writes about her father and a weekly prayer meeting. Her father’s name was Casper ten Boom. The following is a short section from the book.

Father continued to pray for the Queen and the government of Holland, as he always had. We were very patriotic and loyal to Queen Wilhelmina and her prime minister, Abraham Kuyper, who was also a prominent theologian.

A division of purpose developed in our weekly prayer group. “Casper, it’s not right to pray for those in government,” some of the people said. “The world is evil-Satan is prince of this world and we should only look at the Kingdom of God.”

But Father said, “As Christians we are in the world, but not of the world. We must not give over our country to the enemy, because then we would be disobeying 1 Timothy 2 which says  ‘First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.’ “(vs. 1,2).

As the weeks and months of World War I went on, the pietists became more uncomfortable as Father, Betsie, and I continued to pray for our government. The difference in these basic beliefs drove the group apart. The others began to draw more and more into their spiritual shells, until we could no longer meet together for prayer.

I invite you to visit the Corrie ten Boom page to learn more about her.

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This is what Joni Eareckson Tada says her response is to news stories. She says “I use what I’ve learned as fodder for prayer and intercession (there’s hardly a time I turn off the news that I don’t pray about what I’ve watched).”

I love her way of stating her prayer reaction. I want to begin to see each news story that I hear about as a call to prayer. How about you? Are feeling overwhelmed with bad news? Let us go to the King with everything immediately.

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Sit With The Word At His Feet

Have you ever purchased an important item and found that the operation manual was missing? Depending on what the item is, the manual can be extremely important. The manual reveals information that you need to be able to use the item properly and safely. A manual includes directions for assembly, troubleshooting guide…

Corrie ten Boom said  “there is a complete manual, which we need to study, time and time again, which is the Bible. You may say, “But I don’t understand it.” No, we can’t understand it, not by ourselves. But the Lord Jesus promised us in Acts 1:8, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” And the Holy Spirit will give you understanding, strength, and faith.”

Bible reading and study is for all believers. The Holy Spirit will gently guide you along on a special study program just for you. If you love to study and are able to learn new things easily, that’s great. But, natural abilities and study skills are not required. As Corrie’s quote above says, you will have the ability to learn because of the Holy Spirit.

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I sometimes think about how wonderful it must have been to actually sit at the feet of Jesus. What could be better than being with Jesus, listening to Him, as the disciples were able to do? However, Jesus says we are actually better off now than the disciples were when they sat with Him.

 In John 16:7, Jesus says “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” 

The Holy Spirit is just like Jesus in the flesh except the Holy Spirit is within us. Jesus sent the Spirit to help us, to be our guide, teach, remind and enable us. So we have all we need to learn at the feet of Jesus today because we have the promised Holy Spirit within us.

Sit with the Word at His feet ♥

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