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Praise the Lord!

About a week ago, I was putting some finishing touches on some writing. Emerging from the background of the music I had playing was a song I had memorized years ago. This song had touched my very soul, bringing peace and joy at a time that should have brought some very different emotions. As I listened to this familiar blessing, I found myself resting in the truths of the song, and singing along with joy!

It was at that moment that I knew I had to share this song with someone out there. You may never have been privileged to hear this song. Some of you weren’t born yet. Some were never in church, or were not aware of contemporary christian music if you were. Some heard it, but had no need for the message at the time. If you didn’t hear or respond to it in the past, I’m sharing it today, and I cannot thank Brown Bannister enough for the truths of this great song, and the Imperials for their wonderful presentation! Give a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfTQg9whI-s

I’ve included the YouTube version with the words so that you can read and reread as you wish! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfvHDYtZosQ

The message is that God loves you, and Jesus already paid the price for everything that would have separated you from God’s love!  So just receive that Gift of Grace and redemption, love Him back ~ and PRAISE HIM for all that He continues to do for you!

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God’s family…

To those of us who say we are part of God’s Family, what will our focus be for Jesus’ birthday?

I asked one of my grandchildren the other day what they would be giving Jesus for His special day and there was silence for awhile. Then I shared the Truth of His great sacrifice for us, that God is the consummate gift-giver, and has been since He created this Earth and everything in it! As God’s kids, we are stamped with that same spiritual DNA. He wants us to share with those He’s placed in our lives to bless and encourage them. Sometimes, He creates those “divine appointments” that introduce us to another for a moment or a period of time. Most often He wants to use one of the gifts He’s already given us to help the other. Sometimes He wants Continue reading

Choice…

I’m in the process of writing a book. In it I deal with pieces of my past. It isn’t always easy to watch loved ones make decisions that you know will cost them…. decisions that may forever change their lives.

I’ve watched as opportunities were Continue reading

Stuff Happens…

Many of you may have strong feelings regarding my last post, but I want you to know that no matter what happens to any of us in this life, GOD CARES…. AND HE doesn’t BRING the stuff!!!

God loves us. He loves the WORLD. He loves us in the middle of the mess and the stuff. He loved us before we were born and sent His Son to set us free from all that would desire to hold us back or take us out! We just need to let Him help! He has all the answers. He knows the best way. We need to surrender our own plan and learn to follow His.

We can read it; it’s mapped out in His Word. We can listen for it as we talk to Him and expect Him to respond. We can be assured of His love, since He sent His Son to the WORLD… for US. Jesus never needed to be saved from anything. He surrendered Himself willingly so that we could be set free from the sin that separated us from God, the Father…

None of us will ever be good enough, so don’t try. Just trust in the only One who WAS and IS good enough… Jesus! And know that God loves us! He loved us enough to offer His only Son as our REDEEMER. Jesus paid for everything!

There’s nothing left to do, but trust Him with all the rest…!

He is the only TRUE Source of all that we will ever need!

Have a Need…?

“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19, NIV)

Have a need? Talk to God. He has riches we may NEVER be able to comprehend in our flesh. But, once you become His child, His desire is to provide for your needs, according to HIS provision! And His provision is without limit!!!

If we don’t believe that He has our best interest at heart, then why do we run to Him when nothing else has helped? If we don’t believe every part of God’s Word, then why would we believe any part of His Word? What right do we have to exclude any of His Words from HIS BOOK???

Usually, when we miss concepts or ideas in any book, we’ve either not read them, not understood them or deliberately ignored them. So, let’s be honest with ourselves about how we approach God’s Word in its fullness. If we only believe what we want out of His Word we will never receive all that He wants to give to those of us who are His kids! Ultimately, we dishonor all that Jesus did to restore ALL things for God’s children!

In our daily life, if we order something on the internet, don’t we expect it to come  to our delivery address? We may go to the front door every day or listen for the sounds of a delivery truck. We may track it online to see where the package is in the delivery process, but we are anticipating the delivery of that thing because we trust the manufacturer and have faith that the delivery truck will deliver!

Consumers look for and get what they need or want. The manufacturer wants a consumer to order their product, that’s why they create it.  They see a need and fill it. They see a want and fill that.  Why would God, who is the ultimate Giver, offer truths and promises in His Word that He KNEW we would need… even want… and then not deliver on those promises?

Where did we get the idea that He is mean and nasty and unkind? The fruit of His Spirit is love, joy, peace patience, gentleness, kindness, faithfulness and self-control. That fruit doesn’t include mean, nasty or unkind. God’s Word says that He is love. Since when is true love mean, nasty and unkind?

SO, let’s remember that God wants to supply our needs, but He also wants us to expect that provision and to receive it when it comes. He loves us and expects us to believe the truth about Him, not the lies that His enemy has chosen to spread. And if  we have believed those lies, then we must ask God’s forgiveness. We must separate ourselves from the devil’s lies! We must go to the Source of all good things… God Himself… to supply our needs and the desires of our heart! He loves us and wants to help us… ALL the time!

Take Him at His Word. It is ALWAYS true… And that’s what I believe!

“In the year that King Uzziah died…

… I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim… And one cried to another and said; Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” (Isaiah 6:1-3) This is the God of the universe Who came to earth for you and me!

Have you ever really thought about the sacrifice that was made for your sin*? Have you ever contemplated what it might be like for you to have to pay for your own sin? Has the thought ever crossed your mind?

If we put it in today’s terms, we have no real frame of reference, but we can use the military as an example of this ultimate sacrifice. Each time a loved one enters into battle, there is an amazing sacrifice made. These special men and women, serving our country, give up the touch of each loved one for the loneliness and isolation that comes from separation. They give up face-to-face communication for the occasional, letter, verbal contact or webcam. They give up the peace of a quiet night with loved ones for the sounds of weapon fire… or worse yet… the deadly silence of the unknown. They give up the security of home and hearth for the  bed-roll or the trench.

Oh, they soon “bond” with those brothers and sisters who have also left loved-ones behind, but that bond has much to do with survival as they fight a mutual enemy. A different kind of love is formed… one created out of need and loyalty and a love for “God and country.” These wonderful, brave soldiers battle the enemy of our freedom every day… on our behalf! They lay down their lives every minute that they are on the front lines for your freedom and mine!

May we never forget that!

Now, let’s go back to the original scene and try to understand what the Creator and Sustainer of this and all universes gave up for each of us…. This Creator of all things, Jesus, spent about nine months in a cramped space waiting to be born into a world that would misunderstand, mistreat and misrepresent Him. This world, made up of the men and women He created, would ignore Him, slander Him, hate Him, spit on Him, beat Him, crucify Him and try to forget Him. As His creation was doing these things, the Creator was spending every minute of every day choosing to love us, choosing to refuse the temptation to sin, choosing to stand against His enemy, choosing to listen to the voice of His Father as He healed us and loved us and taught us the Truth of God’s heart by His Word and His example. And every second He spent from the womb to the tomb, He was aware of the purpose for which He came… to do for us what we could never do for ourselves!

He stepped out of Heaven and into earth because He loved us… even while we were misunderstanding, mistreating and misrepresenting Him! Would you do that for anyone? Would you, honestly, sacrifice all that you had, knowing that your life would be constant sacrifice and your end would be death?

But Jesus saw more in the vision of His future than the sacrifice and death! He had the God-given vision of life-after-death, victory for all mankind and eternal reward as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! His success meant sitting at the right hand of His Father… forever! His victory meant sharing that Kingdom with all who accepted His sacrifice for their sin… forever! But it also meant that all who accepted His sacrifice would be covered in the righteousness and holiness that He redeemed for us, so that God would no longer see the sin, but the pure and holy blood of the only Lamb that was perfect enough to restore the fellowship with the Father that had been broken by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Jesus was that Lamb! The added bonus is that God no longer remembers our sin AND He showers us with all the blessings He created in the sinless Garden of Eden, before the choice to disobey was made.

God is full of Grace… His undeserved favor! He blessed us, forgave us, created a plan to set us free, came to earth to do the job Himself, suffered immeasurably when He never did anything wrong, gained the victory, then gave all the presents to us! He adopted us into His Family, shared all the benefits of being a part of His Family and has already prepared a Home with Him… forever!

SO… if you think that Santa, tinsel, lights and presents are what this season is about… think again! God gave us a Gift that is beyond all others! He gave us the Gift of undeserved and unconditional love. If you haven’t already, receive it! If you’ve already received it, share it with others. God’s Gift is free. Jesus paid it all!

Make this Christmas the most joyous of all… give, or receive, the Gift of Jesus! There is no greater gift…

*The word “sin” is an archer’s term meaning “missing the mark” or the bulls-eye.

Reflecting on Christmas…

As I decorate our tree for this wonderful Holiday, I am reminded of the reason that we celebrate. It is the day we remember Jesus’ Birthday, pure and simple! Some people Continue reading

Preparation…

Now that we have given thanks for all of God’s gifts to us and, hopefully, enjoyed our time with family and friends, it is time to begin to prepare our hearts for the celebration of our Saviour’s birth.

Jesus didn’t have to take His Majestic Spirit form and squeeze it into a cramped womb. He did it out of love. He knew it was the only way to restore all that had been lost in the Garden of Eden. He especially wanted the close and intimate relationship that He had with man redeemed, so that He could, once again, enjoy fellowship with us.

Jesus knew what His future held, yet He came to Earth willingly… because He loved us. He still loves us. He loves you… He loves me… just because.

May each of us begin to fully understand the magnitude of His Gift this season. May He show us afresh His love and His grace. May we surrender to all that He desired for those who are, and those who will be, His children!

Take time to prepare for more of His presence. Take time to remember Him as you think of others and the gifts that you will share. Take time to be with Him and to thank Him for His priceless Gift!

Does anyone care…?

Did you ever feel like no one really knows who you are or what you’re about or why you’re here… not even you? Has the thought ever crossed your mind that, Continue reading

Under Construction…

New projects aren’t always the stuff of dreams, but they afford a sense of accomplishment like none other. This blog is just such a project and brings with it a joy I never thought possible. Eventually this blog will house different creative forms, but the first, named “Hugs From My Creator….” will be coming soon! So look for these thoughts based on God’s Word… He always wants you to feel His love!