Tuesday, March 31, 2020

March Reflections

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After my fall in our kitchen and the injury to my ankle and a bone in my foot, we have been “sheltering in place”.

I have done a minimal amount of writing. I have three beta readings to get to. One is for a woman in our local writing group. The other two belong to writers on a forum that I frequent.

During this mandated “shelter-in-place, social distancing” time, our pastor calls the congregation through a “One-Call, Tell All” service to keep us encouraged. Also, both t weekends our church was closed he recorded a message of the message he would have given had the church been able to meet. The congregants can see them on YouTube.

Our Mustard Seed prayer group has been meeting via conference call. We have met several times during the church shut down.

One praise note we had during this month was that Aaron, the man involved in that small plane crash last October was released from the hospital about the middle of March. He was the only survivor out of the six passengers.

There are a lot of unanswered questions on the minds of the American people. Only God has the answers to these questions? The news this evening is that the social distancing guidelines will be in place until April 30.

Please pray for:
             Those who are infected with the Coronavirus
             The families of those who have lost loved ones to it
             The first responders
             The medical personnel who are on the front lines
             Our leaders that they may have the wisdom to make the right decisions

I will try to be more faithful in posting to this blog in April.

Peace and blessings to each of you.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Come to Me

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest
Matt. 11:28 (NIV)

Come
Jesus invites a certain group of people to spend time with Him.

 All

Our Savior makes no distinction of who can enter His presence. He invites each of His children to converse with Him, to “hang out with Him.”

 who are weary and burdened.

Jesus extends his invitation, not to those who “have it altogether,” but to those who are bone-tired and are consumed by fears and the weight of their world.

Each of us, have had times when we did not believe we could get through a certain condition we found ourselves in. We find ourselves crying out to the LORD for help.

We have scriptural evidence that Jesus wants us to bring those sorrows, those pains, and those discomforts to Him and allow Him to work out those issues for us.

And I will give you rest.

Jesus’ desire for us, His children, is that we are not encumbered by cares or fears. He knows what these emotions can do to us. They can impair our work, our health, and our well-being.
He always welcomes us into his presence, no matter our need or what we have done that may have displeased Him.

As we are in the latter half of the Lenten season, we are in special circumstances with our lives. The Coronavirus protection measures have limited life as we know it. Certain items have become scarce. People with underlying health issues are strongly encouraged to stay inside and away from other people. Houses of worship have been closed for at least two weeks. Grocery stores have begun placing limits on quantities of certain products.

What we all need to remember is this: GOD IS IN CONTROL.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Jesus Relinquished His Will

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Abba, Father, everything is possible for you.
Take this cup from me.
Yet not what I will, but what you will.
Mark 14:36 (NIV)

Jesus is in the garden of Gethsemane. He separated Himself from the disciples. He chose to humble Himself and seek His Father’s will.

Jesus did not think of Himself. He turned to God and relinquished His control over the events that lay before Him. He did that for you and me, so we could be in heaven with Him when He calls us home.

In our lives, we must remember that we are not the ones in control of our lives. Yes, there are certain things we may have a say in, where we live, who we marry, what kind of car we may drive, and where we worship God. There are other areas of our lives that only God knows about when we are born, when we die, the color of our eyes, our gender.

When we allow God’s will to control our lives, we are at peace with Him, with ourselves and with one another. We experience Jesus’s peace. He gives us a peace that is different from what the world offers.       

For us to find Jesus’ peace for our hearts, we have to ask His forgiveness for sin- the world’s offenses, our nation’s transgressions, and our personal ‘missing the mark.’

During Lent, we find ourselves focusing on our relationship with Jesus, on the fact that we are sinners, on His grace, and what He did for us—He gave his life that we may be deemed worthy to spend eternity with Him in heaven.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

We Will Be with Him

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And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be with me in that place. John 14:3 (NIV)
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These are very comforting words. In the main part of this verse, Jesus tells us He will return to earth and take us with Him. This is no accident that Jesus plans to include us in His eternal home. He told the disciples this to comfort them. I find a lot of comfort in these words, especially when I see what is happening around me and in this world.

When I was a child, we would travel from our home in Indiana to my grandmother’s in Georgia. I looked forward to being with her because it was a treat to see her. As a young adult, my husband and I made that journey two times. My excitement the first time was for Hubby to meet her. The second time was for her to see our son, her first great-grandchild.

While those times were exciting for me. My elation at going to Jesus’ home in heaven is many, many times greater. Knowing that He will allow me to be with Him allows me to relax and pray for those who cause those of the church much grief.

A week ago yesterday, I fell and did some damage to my left foot and ankle. I might not be able to post on my schedule. Please bear with me and please pray for us. Hubby has been wonderful about taking care of me.



Friday, March 6, 2020

Jesus Is. . .

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I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (NIV)

With these words, Jesus makes His position very plain. He ‘spells it out’ for the disciples and for us.

I am 
Jesus speaks here in the present tense. Please notice what he says. He didn’t say, “I will be.” Or “My Father will make me.”

the way
What Jesus says here is basic to his purpose for being on earth. That purpose is to show us how-to live-in order to be able to enter heaven and spend eternity with Him.
God has a purpose in mind for each of us. Sometimes, we must search in order to discover what that is.  Some people learn to rely on God alone to learn what their God-given purpose is.

the truth
Jesus speaks to and lives truth before His children. The words we read in the Bible are true. We are seeing those words come to life before our eyes or we will very soon. (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, and 2 Timothy 3) In spite of these tough passages, we must remember that Jesus is the Truth.

the life
God, the Father of our LORD, created life. Peter preached to the people of Jerusalem that they killed the author of life when they killed Jesus. (Acts 3:15)

We have scriptural evidence that God, with the help of His Spirit, and His Son Jesus, created our world out of nothing. (Genesis 1:26) God, with help from the Son, created life.

When we ask Jesus into our hearts, He creates in us a new life. The charms of our former lives dim as we learn to look to Him for guidance and direction.                           

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Jesus Prepares Our Heavenly Homes

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In my Father’s house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go there to prepare a place for you. John 14:2 (NIV)

The LORD Jesus continues to comfort the disciples. He tells them—and us—that His Father’s house is big enough for all His children. I find this comforting when I go through an emotional downtime.

He tells them that what he told them was true. We have no reason to doubt what Jesus says. He speaks for His Father. The words He speaks are meant to comfort us or to allow us to grow in our faith.

The part of this verse that I like is the part where Jesus tells them, and again us, that he is going there to prepare a place for us. 

Some translations say “there are many homes”
But, for me, I have decided that it really does not matter if it is a large home or a small room. The important thing is that I live my life in a way that I can go there when my time here is over.
  
Have you ever wondered what your home in heaven will look like?

The highest compliment I have ever received was from a dear friend who is now in her heavenly home. She turned to me at church one Sunday and told me, “When I get to heaven, I hope my house is next door to yours.”


Friday, February 28, 2020

“Trust in Me”

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Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.
John 14:1 (NIV)

The place: The Upper Room
Jesus and his disciples are assembled in an upper room to celebrate the Passover Feast.
He has told of His betrayal. Peter reacts impulsively. The Master sets Peter straight about what he would do ­deny Him three times before the rooster would crow. Jesus then speaks the words of our focus verse.

Do not let your hearts be troubled.
He said these words to bring comfort to those still present. (He had already dismissed Judas Iscariot.) Could these men, the closest to Jesus, follow His direction?

As we read further the account of the Crucifixion, we realize that only one of those who heard these words stood with Jesus to the very end.

In our world today, do we sometimes let our hearts, and minds go to places of worry, fear, and anger? Jesus’ words at the time of that Passover feast do keep us from anxiety.

Trust in God
God makes it easy for us to follow these three words. He relieves us from heartache when we realize that He is in control. Worrying about something that has happened will make a person sick, likewise, worrying about something that has yet to happen is not good for our mental outlooks.

trust also in me.
Jesus, God’s Son and Emissary to us, tells us to trust Him as well. When we ask Him into our hears, we learn that Jesus will guide us through each day, each experience, and each trial we will ever have.

What ways do you keep yourselves from being troubled?






March Reflections

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