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About Me: This is my story! 1. Just so you will know, I am thankfully a Child of God! I love the Lord and desire to introduce you to Jesus if you don’t already know Him! If you know Jesus as your Savior and Lord, I want to encourage you in your walk with Him. 2. Next, I am joyfully a Daughter, Wife, Mother, and Grandmother! I especially love my Grandmother role! Children are a gift from the Lord! 3. God was merciful and protected me all my life even when I did not know Him as my personal Savior and Lord. I was like so many today who have “head” knowledge of Jesus, but don’t truly know Him. But today, I am so thankful to know Jesus as my personal Savior and Lord.

ALL GOD’S CHILLUN GOT TROUBLES……….

Jesus – Our Comforter and Our Provider

“All God’s Chillun got troubles”! I heard that from a good friend today when she was telling me about a friend who was having troubles pile on her one thing after another. I feel sure if you have lived long enough you have felt like that! I know people who seem to have more than their fair share of troubles.

The first thing that came to mind when my friend made the statement: “All God’s Chillun got troubles!” was the scripture in Matthew 16:33 where Jesus says in the first part of that verse: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.” Sometimes we fail to read the second part of that verse where Jesus says, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Jesus said a lot in that one verse. I’m sure there is a pastor that could preach a sermon on that one verse. You see Jesus said he was telling us all these things so that we could have peace in this world when troubles that we know are coming do come. He told us that He had overcome the world. He told us we needed to be encouraged knowing that He is in charge. Our hope is in HIM! We can trust Jesus as our Provider and Shield. We can rest in HIM!

I am so thankful my friend made that statement to me today because I needed to be reminded of that verse in Matthew. I had spent too much of the day complaining about something and venting to those I love – feeling sorry for myself, frustrated and confused about things going on around me. Jesus reminded me to “Take heart, I have overcome the world!”

The Holy Spirit works in Wondrous Ways!

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LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY JESUS!

I had a dream one night not long ago. There was a person in the dream listening to someone who was telling him about his religion which was clear to me that it was something other than Christianity. I was a bystander in this dream, listening and watching. The two of them started to walk away! Suddenly, I shouted out, “Wait, wait!! Let me tell you about my Jesus.” Then I woke up!

I believe God was reminding me in this dream that I need to share Jesus boldly, because the time may be short for some or all of us.  Not long after I had that dream, I heard the song, “Let me tell you ‘bout my Jesus”. Another reminder for me!!

So, let me tell you about my Jesus and what He has done for me and what He can do for you!

1. Jesus came to this world to die for my sins as a perfect sacrifice for those sins.  He loved me that much, to offer His Life as payment for my sins.  He paid it all. (John 3:16)

2. He knew me before I was ever born. (Psalm 139:13)

3. He protected me before I ever knew Him as my Savior and Lord. (Psalm 3:3)

4. He has a plan for my life. (Jeremiah 29:11)

5. He loves me and cares for me. (Ephesians 3:18)

7. He carries my burdens. (Psalm 55:22)

8. He makes a way where there is no way. (Philippians 4:19)

9. He will never leave me or forsake me. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

10. He has prepared a place for me in Heaven for eternity. (John 14:3)

The Good News is that Jesus can do that for you, too!

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Oh, Lord, give us eyes to see, ears to hear, minds to understand, hearts to believe and mouths to tell others of your love and salvation. Amen

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FROM THE MANGER TO THE CROSS

FROM THE MANGER TO THE CROSS

God loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, as the perfect sacrifice for our sins if only we would receive Him as our Savior and Lord! Let us worship King Jesus this Easter Sunday. As Psalm 150:6 says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!”

I don’t know where you are in your walk in this life and what you may be going through, but I pray that you are a Christian and if not or if not sure, I pray that you would seek out someone to talk to. Jesus is THE WAY to eternal life.

I’d like to share a little of my personal story. Growing up, it was a given that I attended worship services, Sunday School, and other programs at church.  When I was in the 3rd grade, I went to a confirmation class and joined my church on an Easter Sunday. From that time on I thought I was a Christian because I joined the church.

Through God’s Providence many years later, my family visited a church in Jackson other than the one we were members, because our daughter had been invited by a friend at her school whose father was the pastor. Our family eventually became members of that church. We joined by transferring our membership. In God’s perfect timing after going to Bible studies and hearing the sermons preached along with the plan of salvation, I knew then I had never given my heart to Jesus.  To make a long story short, I prayed in my home on a Saturday in 1987, asking Jesus to save me. On the next day, Sunday, at church, I knew what I must do to make my decision public. When the invitation was given at the end of the service, believe me, my knees were knocking all the way down that aisle!  I told the pastor that I wanted Jesus to be my Savior and the Lord of my life!  Has life been easy since then?  Oh, no, but I know that I am a sinner saved by Grace. In John 16:33, Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble but take heart! I have overcome the world.” I pray that you will receive this in the sincere humility that I share because I care.

I’ll leave you with this blessing from Numbers 6:24-26, “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”

THE MANGER AND THE CROSS

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God’s Promise of The Messiah Fulfilled in Jesus Christ

Jesus is Born!

This Christmas, I have been reminded again how God promised the world that He would send His Son, Jesus, as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of those who believe on Him.  Over 2000 years ago, God did send forth His Son, Jesus, to fulfill this promise.  Jesus is God’s gift to mankind.  Let’s celebrate this Christmas by thanking God for sending Jesus as He promised. 

John 3:16 sums up the Gospel: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  Then John 3:17 goes on to say, “For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”  My friends, this Son of God is the Christ-child that was born that night in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago, just as the Bible tells us. 

In going through some papers that I have saved from years gone by, I found this editorial that was written by my daughter when she was a senior in high school and the editor of her school paper. She entitled the editorial as “An Unbroken Promise”. I would like to share this editorial with you as part of this post.

An Unbroken Promise

Merry Christmas and Blessings in the New Year!

Drifting………

Drifting………….

Ever found yourself drifting away from Jesus? Realizing that it wasn’t Jesus who had moved? Knowing that gradually Jesus had not been the center of your life? Realizing that Jesus and His will had slipped from being Priority #1 in your life to being second, third, or last?

That’s how I felt recently when I heard a pastor who gave a sermon about how drifting from Your First Love, Jesus, will cause an upheaval in your life. He gave a couple of things that drifting away from Jesus will do to you:

  • Drifting will quench your passion for Jesus.
  • Drifting will weaken your resolve against sin.

It caused me to stop and realize that I had neglected being where Jesus would want me to be. You see, Jesus wants our heart. He desires to hear from us, even though He already knows our thoughts. He inhabits our praise. He knows we are living in a world of war with an enemy. Satan is our enemy and wants to destroy our every day.

But God gives us an “Armor” and wants us to put on that “Armor” every day.  Otherwise, Satan will slip into our thoughts and actions.  Putting on the Full Armor of God is our self-defense strategy to fight the enemy, Satan.  Ephesians 6:10-18 gives us an account of the Armor of God. 

  • Belt of Truth – God’s Word, the Bible
  • Breastplate of Righteousness – Obedience to God
  • Shoes of Peace – the Gospel produces peace with the Lord
  • Shield of Faith – Stay in God’s Word
  • Helmet of Salvation – Battlefield of the mind
  • Sword of the Spirit – The Word of God

The war we face with the enemy is not a physical war. It is a war that wants to capture every thought and rein over us. It is a spiritual war that we need to be prepared for every day and not drift away from Jesus and His Word and His Will for our lives. It is a real war, and God has given us what we need to fight this war. It is a protection for every part of our being, from the top of our head to the soles of our feet and our inner most being. So put on that Armor! Acknowledge Jesus’ Presence every day! Meet with Him daily, and He will meet with you!

In researching the Full Armor of God, I found the following prayer from Billy Graham’s website and thought I would share this to end this blog today:

From Ephesians 6:10-18

Prayer: Father, help us to prepare for any battle we may face. Help us to keep our eyes focused on Jesus. As we go through today, help us to stand strong and not live in fear of the enemy.

Please Lord, equip me today with the armor of God.

I put on the belt of truth (verse 14).

May Your truth rule in my heart, my mind, and through my words today.

I put on the breastplate of righteousness (verse 14).

Apart from You, Jesus, there is no righteousness. Through Jesus I have been “born again” and made righteous in Your sight. Help me to live as a righteous person.

I put on the shoes of peace (verse 15) and pray that they will be firmly grounded in the good news of what Jesus did on the cross.

Lord, help me to reflect the Gospel in my words and in my actions, that through me, I may shine Jesus’ light and others may be drawn to know You.

I take up the shield of Faith (verse 16) for any fiery darts that may come my way. Thank You that in Jesus, we have the victory. No matter what tactics the enemy may throw at us, God has everything under control.

I put on the helmet of salvation (verse 17)

Lord, protect my mind and remind me that nothing can separate me from Your love. I’ve been saved by grace through faith.

I take up the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (verse 17).

Lord, as I open Your Word – let Your Holy Spirit open my eyes to see new things about You and open my mind and heart as You lead me. May I be “filled with the Spirit” and ready with Scriptures. Help me to memorize Your Word and keep it safe in my heart.

Finally, Lord, remind me to pray in the Spirit on all occasions (verse 18).

Help me to always be in constant communication with you. Cause me to be alert, to be joyful and give thanks in everything. In Jesus’ mighty name – Amen.

Peace in the Difficulties

There are so many Scriptures that we can turn to and be encouraged when difficulties in this life seem to be overwhelming.  Write them down and write them on your heart.  Pull them out when you feel burdened.  We can find peace through God’s Word. Here are just a few that come to mind, but you can search the Scriptures and find many more.

Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”, according to Jerimiah 29:11.

It is written in Philippians 1:4, 6, “I always pray with joy . . . being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1.

John 14:1 tells us, “Let not your hearts be troubled, Believe in God; believe also in me.”

From “Streams in the Desert: “The world says that ‘seeing is believing’, but God wants us to believe in order to see.” The question was asked: “Do you believe God only when your circumstances are favorable, or do you believe no matter what your circumstances may be?”

Be encouraged today and believe God and His promises in order that we may see what He has in store for us. The path may not be easy, but, if you are a believer, you can know that the Lord is walking with you through it all. He always has a way through it, and we should be able to look back and see blessings that come out of our difficult circumstances.

I feel sure all of us know people who seem to have more difficulties in their lives than others. Or we may be the one who seems to have more than “our share” of problems than others we know. There is so much we don’t understand.

Charles Spurgeon tells us, “Many people owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.” I say again; be encouraged in your walk with the Lord. You can be sure Jesus will walk with you. Find Peace with God in your difficulties!

Look Up; Keep your eyes on Jesus!

sharing my heart…………………

Hear my prayer, O Lord!

So many to pray for…… So many prayer requests……… The list is long…… Sometimes it feels overwhelming…….. There are people in need of healing, getting through the loss of a loved one, getting through a difficult situation. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is upside down…. People living as if right is wrong and wrong is right! It makes no sense to me, but God is not surprised by any of of it. He is aware of our every prayer before we ever pray it!!! God is all-knowing, ever present.

So much trouble in our country and in this world! I have many things that are troubling. Each of you reading this have things on your heart that you are going through and are concerned about. Pretty bleak picture of things in the world. But looking back in history, you will find times such as we are living in now. So, take heart. Don’t despair. God is still on the throne, and I do believe that He is in control. God won’t necessarily remove our problems. He will show us the way through them. You know when the Israelites were faced with trying to get away from the Egyptians and were there at the Red Sea, God didn’t remove the Red Sea. He gave them a way through it. Listen, now, this is me sharing my heart with you who are reading this and pouring my heart out to the Lord for His help and guidance!

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every thing, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

SO WHAT ARE WE TO DO? Below is what I am going to do:

1st – Draw Close to the Lord. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

2nd – Delve into the Bible and study the scriptures. “Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105

3rd – Ask God for wisdom and understanding. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5

4th – Pray but pray believing! “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24

Dear Lord Jesus,

I just want to praise your Holy Name. You are my Strong Tower, my Provider, my Promise Keeper. I know I can depend on you, Lord, when everybody else fails me. You said you would never leave me or forsake me. You said that in this world that I would have trouble, but you told me to take heart that you had overcome the world. Thank you for your creation, Lord. You created everything in perfect order. Thank you for allowing me to see your Creation through the beauty of it all.

I pray for the lost souls out there who need you and your salvation, who need to not just have “head” knowledge but to have their “hearts” changed, to not just have a “religion”, but to have a “relationship” with you, Sweet Jesus.

I am so unworthy, Lord. I fail all the time in my walk with you. I ask for forgiveness and you forgive. Thank you, Lord. Keep me on the path you want me to be on. I pray that you would be glorified in everything I do. I love you, Lord!

In the sweet and precious name of Jesus, AMEN!

Sharing my heart………

The “Darning Egg” – mending the broken and remembering the past!

The “Darning Egg”

If you are not familiar with the above image, it is called a darning egg. The darning egg was used mainly for mending or repairing holes in socks long ago. The large end of the egg was used to repair the heel of the sock, and the small end was probably used to repair the toes of the sock. This particular egg belonged to my husband’s mother, and she did in fact use it to mend her two boys’ and her husband’s socks. It’s probably at least 75 years old and a beautiful piece of wood. Now that we have a little history of the darning egg, let’s talk about what I think about when I see this darning egg.

When I look at the “darning egg”, I think how good it is to remember days of long ago:

  • How we can learn from those family happenings
  • How we can know the times our family has enjoyed and also endured
  • How thankful we can be for those who have gone on before us and possibly made our ways a little easier
  • How badly we need to remember History, to learn from it
  • How blessed we are to have the Bible to learn of God’s creation, all the days of the Old Testament and the New Testament and how God sent His Son to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins, hopefully reading and remembering Jesus’ teachings

One of the Scriptures that comes to mind when I speak of the “darning egg” and the relationship of remembering the past is from Deuteronomy 32:7. It says, “Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.” Another Scripture is in Isaiah 46:9a and says, “Remember the former things, those of long ago . . .”.

When I speak of the “darning egg”, I also think about mending something that is broken and not throwing it away and buying something new. I also think about mending a relationship that has gone awry and can ask for forgiveness and go the second mile. To repair or mend brokenness, we need to know:

  • How to repair the item that is broken or torn or worn
  • How to go about repairing a broken relationship
  • How to appreciate those things and relationships that we have and that they are worth keeping them close to our hearts

Searching the scriptures concerning brokenness, I found James 3:19 that says, “And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” Another scripture is from Proverbs 17:22 that says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” It’s impossible to be joyful when we are broken.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Revelations 21:5 that says, “Behold, I am making all things new.” God doesn’t just throw away our brokenness into the trash heap. He repairs it and redeems us if we will only let Him. Amen!

May God Bless Those Who Pass this Way!

HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING THE GOOD NEWS!

BEAUTIFUL FEET BRINGING THE GOOD NEWS

THE GOOD NEWS AND THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

God commands Christians to go and tell and spread the Gospel. Romans 10:13 says, “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all, and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'”

The Heart of the Gospel can be found in John 3:16 (NIV) when Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

In John 3:17 (NIV), Jesus goes on to say, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Him.” That is the best news to hear and to believe. Put your trust in Jesus.

Beautiful Feet of Those Who Bring the Good News

To quote Corrie Ten Boom, she said, “How can I not speak when I know the Words of Life.” Corrie Ten Boom is one of many throughout the ages who have brought the Gospel to people all over the world. Her feet and others who have told and are telling of Jesus and His sacrifice in dying for our sins are beautiful!

The prophet, Isaiah, records in Isaiah 52:7 (NIV), “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns.'”

(This scripture is a reference to messengers who left the battle to bring news of the battle’s outcome – the deliverance from Babylonian exile.)

The prophet, Nahum, records in Nahum 1:15 (NIV), “Look on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace! Celebrate your festivals, O Judah, and fulfill your vows. No more will the wicked invade you; they will be completely destroyed.”

(This scripture is a reference to the good news of deliverance from the Assyrian threat.)

The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 10:14-15 (NIV), “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'”

(This is a reference to deliverance from sin through the Gospel of Christ, the Good News.)

You, who may be reading this blog post, if you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, I implore you to come to Jesus and receive Him, turn from your sins, and ask Jesus to save you.

Go to this link for answers: Looking for Answers? Peace With God

Jesus said: “Bring It to me”

Do you have a need today? Some trial, difficulty, emergency?

If so, bring it to Jesus.

In Matthew 18:14, when Jesus was about to feed the five thousand and His disciples had found only five loaves and two fish among the crowd, Jesus said “Bring them to me.” If you have read the story in the Bible, the five thousand men, not counting women and children, were all fed and filled. Plus there were leftovers that filled 12 baskets.

Bring your need to Him, in faith, trusting Him to fill your need. That’s what Jesus wants you to do. Answering your need may not be in the way you want or the timing may not be your timing. But trust Him! God’s timing is perfect and precise. He does things at His appointed time. We must wait on the Lord. Oh, yes, it is a hard thing to do, but we must have faith that God’s plan is perfect! Just believe and rest in His provision!

Romans 8:32 says, “He Who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?”