Sunday, June 24, 2012

A little of this and that, some from the past:)

In my quiet time I was thinking about this song, asking the Lord to "fix me" and all those I love who need His love, care and help. And then I remembered I myself am powerless, yet He is powerful! I can't fix anyone, but I can pray and love.

Perhaps my love may not come in the way that you want it, maybe it bring with it personal boundaries that I feel at this time I need to be able to stand or cope with this dilemma called "life."
Maybe I will disappoint some of you, maybe I will amaze you, but I will try to be honest and live out my faith in Jesus my helper, comforter and true lover as best as I can. Lord have mercy and fix us all! I believe You will and I yield to your timing as hard as it is to do that.
Prophecy for Donna

And I shall cause thee to have ministry among the sisters and I shall give thee favor. But thou shalt also wait upon thy God and I will give thee a tender heart and yea even more than thou dost even have this night. Thou shalt be broken by My word and by My presence many times but not destroyed nor cast down.

I shall fashion you again and again and each time that I mold and touch thee thou shalt rise up in more of a new transformed creation than you were before you came into the presence of your God.
My Song

My song in the night
Is that You make things right
To You alone I turn
Though the raging fire burns

Fires of pain; fires of stress
Tears of fire; my cheeks caress

Deliver me, Oh Lord I pray
Revival fires: send today
For my song in the night
Is that You
Make all things right
For me

Donna Collins Tinsley 10/15/03

Friday, June 22, 2012

Easy to Pray For

Todays 6/22 devotional from Love is a Verb was written by me. Here is my unedited version:

Easy to Pray For

Do you have those on your prayer list that you would say are easy to pray for? You love these people so much and the prayers just flow from your mouth to God’s ears with ease. You pray for their health, spirit, family, needs and everything that concerns them and it never occurred to you, that these people are easy to pray for. Maybe because you love them so deeply words come easily.

Then there are others that you start praying for and you struggle. It is hard. Maybe they are people that have hurt someone you love. Maybe they are rude and unkind, perhaps even abusive. The prayer doesn’t come easily. It feels like it is stuck in your throat. The tears fall; you finally get the words out. Bless this one and may Your Spirit guide and change them. Thy will be done in their life. Do what's best— as above, so below.

You find you didn’t really want to pray for them but pray you must. Why? Because prayer is the only offering you have for this situation. Pray, pray and pray some more! Then leave the results to God.

Prayer: Lord, help us to truly love those that are hard to pray for. We know that You are in charge of their lives and can turn them into people who are easy to pray for.

Thought for the Day: Those who are hardest to pray for need our prayers more than those easy to pray for.

Prayer Focus: Loving and praying for the unlovable.

   Our Father in heaven,
   Reveal who you are.
   Set the world right;
   Do what's best— as above, so below.
   Keep us alive with three square meals.
   Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
   Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
   You're in charge!
   You can do anything you want!
   You're ablaze in beauty!
    Yes. Yes. Yes.
Matthew 6:9-13
 The Message  (MSG)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

"What The Lord Is Saying Today," and me:)

I can't even begin to tell you how much I relate to the one by Bev, today. It is like the Lord gives her a movie of my life, sometimes. Oh, the awesome Love of the Lord to see one, such as me. We also need to heed the verse in Ezekiel that an intercessor will be found standing in the gap, watching on the walls that the whole land not be destroyed. For the land of our families, friends and nation Lord we ask for mercy for this day!
June 21 2012. You are strong in the Lord whether you always feel like it or not. He is always with you because He is within you constantly being Himself. Every morning of your life He gives you joy of life to receive or not to receive. Make the choice now to greatly rejoice before Him. It will daily change your life for the better. You remember all the good things of the Lord. Who could be sad? Think of the times He has answered your prayers and requests of Him. Has He not healed? Has He not saved you? Has He not given you your heart's desire? Meditate on these things and be glad. Spin and twirl before Him in worship from your heart.

Psalm 21:1-2 (NASB) "O LORD, in Your strength the king will be glad, and in Your salvation how greatly he will rejoice! You have given him his heart's desire, and You have not withheld the request of his lips." Ras Robinson

June 21, 2012. It's hurting you to watch someone who is hurting. They don't know you are watching and you don't want to make it any worse by them worrying about you hurting for them. All you can do is sit back, watch and pray. You wish you could do more. Don't minimize what you are doing. Prayer is what they need, and they also need to know that you think they are handling what they are going through with strength and dignity. Prayer will help usher in good overcoming thoughts and maintain a hedge that will ward off the enemy from attacking with bad defeating thoughts. I know you are standing in the gap.

Ezekiel 22:30 (NLT) "I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn't have to destroy the land, but I found no one." Bev Robinson

June 21, 2012. A change of heart can be challenging. I can talk of repentance, but acquiring godly sorrow can be a whole different matter. My words of "I'm sorry," roll so easily off my tongue. In reality, talk is cheap. I've tried again and again to change the wickedness within myself, but I keep returning to the same old patterns. Without condemnation the Lord says, "Turn and be at peace with the change which only I can sustain. Let your sorrow be accomplished without naivety. Find My rest in the stillness of My presence. Salvation comes in many forms. Familiarize yourself with the type of sorrow only I can deliver. Trust Me.

Isaiah 30:15 (NASB) "For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, "In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength."...   2 Corinthians 7:10 (NLT) "For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There's no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death." Kevin Robinson
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Monday, June 18, 2012

A Father’s Day Dream

I can’t believe that I got so busy posting on other sites I forgot to post this here yesterday. It was an awesome dream and words by John Brewer of Word Weavers: A Father’s Day Dream
About 5:30 this morning, east coast time, I awoke from a dream. In this dream, I was one of several people who had come up on stage to speak words of encouragement over a young mans life. When it was my turn to speak, I felt the power and presence of God moving through my heart and I could clearly see Gods intentionality for this young man. As I began to direct my words to the young man, I heard God calling him, wooing him, encouraging him, letting him know that God was with him and that Gods word would be alive in him not only to raise him up to be the man God knew him to be and called him to be but also to be an encouragement and instrument of Gods love and hope to the world around him. God was going to make His word alive in this young mans heart and from there, alive to those he shared Gods word with. As I was speaking over this young man, I woke up out of a dead sleep and deep in this dream state, verbally speaking out loud and still directing Gods encouragement to the young man of my dream. 
Immediately, I recognized that there was more going on here than just a dream. I continued to speak in my awakened state to the young man and wrapped it up in prayer for him. At rest in my bed, I could not sleep and so I prayed not only for the young man but also for the other youth who were in attendance with him. As I prayed I was asking God what the significance of this dream was. I strongly felt that God was calling to a new generation, that He was letting His presence be known, that He was instilling hope for the present and for the future, that He was awakening a new generation to His word and to His presence and to His purpose. Somewhere, I believe that the dream I had was directed specifically to a young man and to those near to him but more, I sense that God is moving through the world to touch lives in a new and powerful way and is doing it through our children. As it is now Fathers Day, I urge all fathers and mothers, all adults in any sphere of influence over the lives of the young charges that God has placed in your care, to begin anew to speak into the lives of these young people and share the love and the hope and the wonder of God with them. Share with them the testimony of your life and what God has meant to you. Help birth the amazing and vibrant life of the word of God in their hearts and then watch as God fulfills His purposes through them. It is now almost 6:30. I had to share this with you all while it was fresh on my heart. Thanks, ever so much. By John Brewer
Some extra thoughts from me
I think it goes well with the events of churches watching the movie Courageous. FWC had an event for the whole weekend centered on this movie and I managed to get one of my son-in-laws to watch it here at home. I hope that the seeds in that movie about fatherhood will somehow be sown in his life .I recommend it for men but women love it, too.
PS My husband took the Courageous pledge at Family Worship Center yesterday; a gift to me and our family that was pure grace from the Lord. I didn't beg, prod or manipulate to get it, so that is why it was a gift to me:)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Plunging to the True Father

I must admit, Father’s Day is not my favorite holiday. When you have experienced abuse, abandonment and more at the hands of a “dad” it is often a long road home to trust.
Yet every so often as this day approaches it comes again—that longing, that wanting, that thinking maybe I will search again, maybe he is alive somewhere. And along with that is “Why?’ Why didn’t he search for me, why didn’t he try to save me from harm, why didn’t his parents, my grandparents ever show up? It was quite known that abuse of me was the reason my first stepfather went to prison. Did I not matter to him? Was I replaced so easily? Was my birth and the reminder of the little girl who thought he was a stranger who came every now and then with a doll or colored Easter chicks unacceptable to his family? Yes, I am from a flawed family and have reproduced dysfunction at times. But maybe because of the lack in my life I plunged to the Lord at a young age. He is my Father, my love and my strength. He is worthy and so very loving and kind. There is none like Him and I am in awe sometimes of His goodness and what He alone teaches me.
To my True Father, Jesus I give my love, allegiance and worship on Father’s Day!

I beg each person reading this to watch this movie; maybe it will help a Father learn, maybe it will spare a child some heartache and heartbreak. Man-up, Dads in Jesus name.
I believe the lack of true Fatherhood has brought about the pain of addiction in so many lives.
This movie will rock your world. Family Worship Center in Port Orange is having a whole weekend centered on it:

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Found Missing Puts Domestic Violence in its Plac

Found Missing (Book Review)

My heart goes out to the author of this book, Linda Slavin who turned her true story into a novel. Putting your life out there for everyone to behold and judge is not an easy thing, and I am sure that there will be more than a few people who will be less than kind to her.

I think Found Missing was a compelling story that needed to be told and I did love how the story of her transformation through faith was brought out and heralded.

I myself, lived through an abusive first marriage, though as far as physical abuse, not in any degree near what Linda endured. It truly is a miracle that she is still alive to tell the story.

I know many were appalled at the shelter not taking her children in along with her, and I’m sure those are things that in her life as an advocate, she will address or try to improve upon.

I was a little confused at the title, it could probably have been a little stronger, but on the other hand it was simple enough to be remembered, so that is a plus. Sometimes the time line was not clear, also, as in some of the flashbacks. Overall it was a good book.

It was tragic that she endured so much pain, but it did certainly draw her into a deep relationship with the Lord, and that is revealed throughout many chapters. I would have liked to see more interaction with her children and more dialogue concerning them and her explanations of why they lived the lives that they led.

I think there is another, more complex and detailed, book within this one and look forward to reading it in the future. Donna Collins Tinsley

Donna Collins Tinsley, wife, mother and grandmother, lives in Port Orange, Florida and has been included in several magazines and book compilations. Find her at Facebook, or join Somebody’s Mother Online Prayer Support Group at

Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Monday, June 11, 2012

Something to think about as we try to accept the things we cannot change:)

Blogging will return soon with an explanation. I tried to leave the graduation one up as long as possible hoping that lives would be saved.

"When one door closes, another opens:  But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us." - Alexander Graham Bell
Something to think about as we try to accept the things we cannot change:)