THE Most Important Bible Verse

I think these might be one of the most important Bible verses that I haven’t paid attention to enough. I wondered if other people did the same thing?

I have been stuck on the verse about accepting Christ as my Savior for my salvation, but haven’t paid attention to ALSO we need to be in His will in order to go to heaven. Correct me if I’m wrong, I want to understand.

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Hello There!

Hello again!!

I took a three year break to live a little and be purposeful with my family time.  I’m excited to start writing and chatting with all of you again!  I had forgotten how much I love to write and share what’s in my heart.  I did some soul searching and looked deep within over the past few years to find my strength.  I learned a lot about who I am.

I deleted most of my blog and I’m starting fresh and ready for this new time in my life.  Before I was writing for healing purposes and those stories served their purpose for me.  I am moving forward with new memories and a new love for the joys of everyday life.  I can’t wait to share some of my lessons and new outlooks on life.

My previous stories will be shared when the times are right, but I wanted to start on a new positive note!!  So happy to be back and God’s peace and blessings to you!!

GOD> I

If I do good works I will go to heaven.  I DO NOT believe that is true.  Our God wrote in His word that He wants us to believe in Him and we will go to heaven.  Romans 10:9 – Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Be careful of the service you are doing if it is stealing your devotion to Jesus.

We get caught up in doing, INSTEAD of pleasing God by loving Him first.  Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)- “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

We get caught up by doing what we think is His will, instead of letting Him use us for His will.  Philippians 2:13 (NIV)- “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

We get caught up doing battle for Him, instead of letting Him use us as He sees fit.  Psalm 144:1 (NIV)- “Praise be to the Lord my Rock,who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.

He will utilize our gifts to bring His will to completion. Philippians 2:13(NIV)- “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”

Are we more committed to “do good works” than we are to God?  Sometimes it is easier to serve than it is to be faithful and love God first.  Keep doing good works, but make sure your motives and your loyalty are of God, not for approval of the flesh.  Loving and pleasing God need to be first.

The battles and good deeds He is going to use us for, will come at the time when He is placed ahead of our desires.  John 3:30 (ESV)- “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

 

Christmas Family Devotion

Something I didn’t think about when I was writing The Good News Box, was the story behind the boxes that people would choose to use. I put my box together a long time ago, but I don’t remember where our box came from. At the time I didn’t know I would still be using it. We heard from our friend, Kristen who is using a box she saved from the last gift her grandfather gave her before he passed away. I’m sure he is looking on and is enjoying being a part of their Christmas, all these years later.

What If?

I heard the words to this song and thought, what if?

What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did?”

-Jesus Friend of Sinners, Casting Crowns.

What if...  loving as He loves us, we’re the answer to ending Satans plan for our world to hate?

Remember Jesus showing love in the form of mercy to those spitting and hitting him?   Jesus said to forgive them.  Hate was missing in his heart and I thank God that it was.  Maybe that’s our answer.

What if we responded like Jesus?

What if.. we did forgive them and see them the way God sees them?  Is it possible to put down our anger, distrust, and desire to be right long enough to let the love and power of Jesus Christ shine through and work light into others?

What if what broke God’s heart really did break ours and we did something about it?

What if we tried?

Hate is repulsive!

Take out the word “hate” and put in the word “satan”.

Satan is repulsive.

What Satan has done is evil and we aren’t blaming it on him.  We are blaming it on each other.  Satan is laughing at what he has stirred up.

What if we stopped Satan’s plan to destroy with the example Jesus gave us?

What if we let God guide our hearts?  Would we stand blaming one another and destroying things?  Or would we see them as God does?  Would we see them as lost souls fooled by satan?  How sad.  How sad to think of someone being the puppet of satan and carrying out his plans to make us hate.  And then make us hate some more.  That is what breaks my heart.  A good hearted person, fooled by satan.

Much more would have to happen to end this cycle of hate, but what if  it started with the love and power of Jesus Christ activated inside of us to tip the scales in our direction?  Could we knock satan right off his high horse? I wonder if enough of us took a stance and cast satan’s hate plan aside, if we just might see God’s light shining in the mirror again?

Wouldn’t we like the person looking back at us a little more if we let go of the strings and instead let God guide our response?  Maybe our conscience would be clear if we knew we were reacting the way God showed us to react.  The hurtful talk in our minds would become silent and be replaced with words of affirmation.  The strongholds keeping us from hearing God would start to fade.  He would have a clear path to our hearts.

SO… WHAT IF YOU,    Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” -Luke 6:27-28 (NIV)

What if?

 

Fiercely Pray

I prefer to give my kids appropriate news information for their young minds.  I shelter them from the things of this world that their minds would not be able to process or appropriately move on from.  There are topics that the kids will hear about without my prompting and then discussions need to happen in order for their minds to process and move on.

We had a horribly terrifying subject come up.  I would like to not ever have to talk about this with my children, but life is happening all around them.  Life isn’t always pretty, so naturally, they will find out things that I don’t think they are ready to know about.

My kids and I talked about the missing Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped.  The magnitude of the situation left their minds full of questions.  They wondered about their ages, where they lived, who did this, why did they do this, where are they now, what is happening to them, who is helping, why aren’t they saved, when will they be saved.  This was terribly sad for them to comprehend.

I was as gentle and compassionate as I could be.  I didn’t give an enormous amount of detail, but I did have to satisfy their questions.  I saw the sadness fill my boys eyes.  They were deeply hurt for the girls and their families.  We prayed and concluded that Satan is the only evil that could do something so unbelievably terrorizing.

In the months before, I had heard much about what was happening, and I had become numb to their story.  It’s hard to even call it a story, because really it is someones grief and terror.  The sadness I witnessed in my boys eyes, reminded me of the largeness of what the young girls were going through and never getting a break from.  I found myself thankful for the little things and especially thankful for their safety.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV) …pray continually

Praying without ceasing never meant as much to me as it did in this moment.  While we cannot physically be there or be a part of the plan to rescue them, we can be part of God’s plan to comfort them through prayer.

God is using the frightening situation with the girls to instill in all of us, the necessity of fiercely praying.  The sorrow I saw in my kids eyes, reminded me it’s not just a story. Evil is playing out in the world and people are endlessly suffering.

I live in a Country where we are taking one whole day to think about what we are thankful for.  I’m thankful for the lives of these girls.  They are precious in God’s kingdom and He will rescue them, heal them and use them.  Of course I have no idea how He is planning on doing this, but I have faith that the sweet young souls are in His hands.  I feel God is with them and protecting them, even in their horror.  He has not abandoned them.  I’m thankful to have a God so big and so mighty!

Evil exists and is everywhere we turn.  There is a battle raging war around our land, we must put on the full armor of God everyday.  Evil things are happening and they are more than stories.  They are part of someones testimony.  They are excruciating and they are happing right this minute.  There’s nothing my God cannot do to help us.

God we ask you to bless the sweet girls and we thank You for hearing our cries for them.

Fiercely pray for this kidnapping and all evils to be vanquished.  God is bigger and we proclaim Jesus as our Savior.  Lord hear our prayers.

 

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