Heart Keepers Ministries

Remember-The Lord is on our Side!

by Debbie on August 9, 2018

Have you ever been in a situation that made you feel as if no one was on your side?

I can tell you that I have been in that place where everything in me said, “No one cares, no one will help you this time, no one knows how I feel, ...”.

Maybe you know the “no one” story too. Perhaps you have spoken similar words before.

No matter how dark your feelings, your story, your need, your situation, I can testify this to you:

The LORD is on our side.

We own an appliance business that requires that we carry all kinds of insurance coverage. One of those coverages includes auto insurance. Without going into details (and there are some ugly devil in the details), our business ended up with double coverage auto insurance for two years.

This was certainly not our intent, as we are a small business and would never want or need two insurance companies covering our business autos.

When it came to our attention that we had spent money on double premiums, we looked into what had happened. We realized that between the two insurance companies that we had paid premiums to, that one of them should refund our premiums. (We are talking thousands of dollars here, ugh!)

We undertook the task of getting our money back. Well, our agent didn’t get a yes, we didn’t get a yes, and when we contacted the Dept of finance they didn’t give us much hope of recovering two years of double coverage premiums either, no matter what caused it. They were saying maybe one but not two for sure. Did I mention this was thousands of dollars, ugh!?

Wow, we were feeling a lot of hopelessness.

Oh, did I mention that the insurance company that we were seeking a refund from has a well known slogan?

Blah-blah-blah is on your side!

Well it didn’t appear that they were on our side.

After contacting many “people” the situation looked and sounded hopeless. No one seemed to think it was possible to get two years of premiums back, maybe one year but definitely not two. And the insurance company that declared they were on our side had already said they weren’t not once but twice!!

Yet, we are prayer warriors and we believe in the ONE GOD who is on our side!!

If God is for us, who can be against us?

As we began to stand on that belief, our hearts began to believe that even if blah-blah-blah, was not really on our side in this dreadful financial situation, that OUR GOD was, is, and always will be.

Several months later after being told all sorts of negative reports, we received an email from the Dept. Of finance stating that blah-blah-blah, wanted to review our situation further and would give us a final answer within 20 days.

I began to declare that blah-blah-blah, was on our side because God is on our side! I declared that over and over for those long 20 days of waiting to hear the verdict.

And I remembered that God gives us double for our trouble! Just ask Job!!

So the email finally came! The answer? Yes! A check for a full refund of two years of double coverage was in the mail to us!

After months of prayer, diligent work with agencies that can influence insurance companies that we couldn’t influence, and remembering and declaring that God is on our side- our refund check arrived.

Even the employees at the agencies that intervened for us stated that of all the years they had been involved with refunds they had never seen two years recovered!

I will never forget the negative reports we heard but most of all I will always remember this:

God is on our side!!

Psalm 124

If the LORD had not been on our side-
let Israel say-
If the LORD had not been on our side when men attacked us,
When their anger flared against us,
they would have swallowed us alive;
The flood would have engulfed us;
the torrent would have swept over us,
the raging waters would have swept us away.
Praise be to the Lord,
who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

Are you feeling torn apart by something that you never dreamed would happen?

Are you broken and needing an escape?

Is the flood engulfing you?

Are you being attacked?

Are the raging waters sweeping over you?

Remember this and declare it aloud :

The Lord is on my side, my help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Your situation is about to get better. Wait for it! The check is in the mail!

The Lord is on your side!!!

Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father -Maker of heaven and earth,

Thank you for being on our side with the double coverage insurance issue. When even those whose advertising stated they were on our side, failed us, you stepped in and worked a miracle. Thank you Lord for showing us that even when no one else is on our side, YOU ARE faithful to be there for us. You can and will work miracles for us. Help us to remember and declare that you Lord are on our side. You give us double for our trouble. Help those who are feeling deserted by you to begin to remember just like the psalmist did, that you ARE on our side. Nothing can separate us from your love. Nothing can keep you from helping us when we ask for your help and believe you are on our side. Thank you God that the check is always in the mail and it really will be double when we receive it. We receive it in Jesus name, Amen!

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The Doctor Is In!

by Debbie on July 28, 2018

Recently, while talking with my son Blake, I was sharing with him that I had been feeling dizzy and lightheaded and nauseated.
I told him I had met with Dr. Google and he said I most likely was experiencing an inner ear issue, perhaps Vertigo.
I explained to my son that I had finally decided to try some Benadryl even though I was concerned that it would keep me from getting up early to go to the gym with him. I told him that the Benadryl seemed to be helping. He told me I needed to go see an ENT doctor to have it checked out. I told him that I wanted to but with my work schedule it would be a while before I could have any time off.
He understood that because he works with us in our family business and knows how hard it is to get away from the
ringing phones and many walk in customers. So we just left the conversation there, both of us settling with the fact that I needed to see a doctor but didn't have the time to go for a while.
He and I are so much alike in the area of our health and wellness. If something is not the norm in our bodies we want to find out what it is and address it. We don't like pretending it isn't there and just hoping that it will go away.
Later that day after our "I'm sick but I don't have time to go to the doctor discussion", I was sitting at my desk and my son said, " Mom, that was my ENT that just came in and bought a belt for his dryer, you should have talked to him about your situation." I said, "well, I wish you would have told me before he left." Yet, Blake and I both surmised that the doctor probably did not want to be asked about "work" stuff, when he is away from work.
So I didn't think much about it and I stood up from my desk to go up towards the front of our business and ran right into that Dr. in his scrubs, holding his old broken dryer belt and the new one he had just purchased.
Something caught his attention on his way out of our store. He saw the new Speed Queen washers and dryers that we sell.
He asked me a question about them and we ended up chatting about the appliances and his current appliances and suddenly I realized that God had sent the Dr. to me that I didn't have time to go see. I found the opportunity to tell him about my symptoms and he asked me several questions about my condition and then told me that what I was doing was best for now and that if within one month the symptoms were not completely gone that I should come see him. I felt such peace, but even more than peace, I felt like rejoicing and giving God praise to the top of my lungs. How great is our God to send a doctor to us when we can't go to the doctor.
In hindsight I now realize that I could have prayed and asked God to send the doctor to me since I couldn't go to the doctor. But what kind of faith would it take to ask for, think about, or even imagine such a thing happening. I was too busy talking about the reasons a Dr. visit couldn't happen to even think about a God who can do more than I can ask or imagine.

Ephesians 3:20
Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

There is a story in the Bible about someone who needed to get well but had some excuses, but when the Dr. came to him, it changed his life forever.

John 5:1-15
After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of such people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water, then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?"
The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have not a man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me."
Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, "It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed."
He answered them, "He who made me well said to me, 'Take up your bed and walk.' "
Then they asked him, "Who is the Man who said to you. 'Take up your bed and walk'?
But the one who has healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place.
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest
a worse thing come upon you."
The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
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This man who had an infirmity thirty-eight years was now well because the doctor, Jesus, came to him. Jesus knew that the man couldn't go to him, so he came to the man.
But what did the man do when he was healed? He went to the temple! I think he was rejoicing and so excited that it got the attention of others.
Jesus found him in the temple and just reminded him not to sin and warned him that if he did, something worse could happen to him.
I don't know about you but I think God is able to do anything and he does it even when we don't think to ask him or imagine it.

I share all of this because I want God to have the glory. He did something for me that I didn't ask for, think about, or even imagine.

What a great testimony of his faithfulness.

I could tell that my son Blake was amazed as well. And as for me, well I was ready to go to church and get on my knees and thank HIM and then stand and give him praise.
He is an awesome God and can make things
happen that we just can't think or imagine.

Do you want to get well? Then stop making excuses like I did, and like the man at the pool did.
Jesus can show up in our situations in ways we can't even think or imagine.

The Dr. that came to me, I know was sent by God. And I am most grateful for such an amazing God.

The Dr. stated that he had been told about the Speed Queen appliances years back when my son went to
visit him but had forgotten about them until he saw them on display. He said, 'I am going to buy one, because I
think I deserve it.' I agreed with him wholeheartedly, because he had been an angel sent by God to me.
I certainly thought he deserved it.

I know that not one of us deserves the grace we receive from God through Jesus Christ but he still gives
us the blessings anyway.

What do you need today?

Do you want to get well?

Dear Jesus,
You are so awesome. You show up to us when we don't know what to do. When we are helpless and hopeless
and we have tried everything. Lord you are amazing.
Thank you for sending angels to help us in our time of need. Thank you for the miracles that you still perform today.
Thank you for sending the Dr. to me. I give you all the glory, and hope that others will also see your miracles in their hopeless and helpless situations. Thank you that when our faith is not wise enough or big enough to even ask, think or imagine what you can do, you can and will still do it.
You amaze me God- All glory be to you God, Amen.

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THE EMPTY WAY

May 11, 2018

Written by Debbie Norred
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You know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. — 1 Peter 1:18-19
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God is counting the times we choose to believe Him.
Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven,
Whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man
Whose sin the Lord will never
Count against him.
Romans 4:7-8
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HURRY! CALL 911!

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HIS PRESENCE IS OUR HOPE!
Life is hard but God is good! Nothing can change the goodness of God. Yes hard things happen to us.
We run into some Red Seas with mighty waves.
We run into some Jordan Rivers in flood stage.
We run into some mountains that seem hard to move.
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NO, NOT YET!

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Yesterday I had the privilege of being with my precious mother who is now 96 years young. She walked out of her house looking beautiful and ready to go, right when my car pulled up to her house. She had been ready and waiting on me for over an hour because somehow she thought I [...]

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