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Broken Pieces

While traveling around bloggityville this morning, I came across this post by Sombra Knight on his ShadowLight blog. He speaks of a treasure box he has that contains memorabilia from his childhood and describes his memories of them.

He also speaks of his tendency to collect broken things. Immediately I was reminded of our Heavenly Father. He also collects broken things, broken pieces, broken lives. As the song goes, that’s why He sent His Son to die on Calvary…heartaches, broken pieces, ruined lives. That’s how God wants the lost to come to Him. That’s how I did it.

When my life wasn’t going any where and I began to question why I was even on this earth that God reached down in His merciful grace and said “Come to Me and I will give you rest.” He did…and still does.

When I observe the lost, I wonder how they get through day to day without God. This weekend, my niece celebrated her 30th birthday and her hubby had a big party for her~rented a local fire hall, hired a DJ, bought food, booze, beer and invited all her friends and family. We went, knowing we wouldn’t stay long, because we love her. As the evening progressed, more and more people were “getting silly.” We left after about an hour.

Sunday morning, I said to my Hubby, I wonder how she feels this morning. I wonder how they all feel. What do they have today that they didn’t have yesterday~probably a hangover. Wouldn’t it be much better to have Jesus?

I’m not debating whether drinking is good or bad, it just doesn’t offer anything. It may be a means of escape~but it’s just temporary. Believe me, I know~been there, done that! You are still faced with the same issues in your life the next day.

Didn’t intend to get on the soap box (or pulpit if you will), my heart just aches for lost family members. How long and how far do they have to go to become broken pieces? That is my prayer for each…that they will reach the point in their lives where they are faced with their need for God and Jesus as their Savior.

Blessings to each of you today.

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This week Laurel Wreath is hosting New Year’s Meditations. I wasn’t sure I wanted to participate but as I began to reflect on how much God has blessed me this year and what I want to do for Him this year, I thought of Laurel Wreath’s invitation.

My prayer is that God will bless each of you richly in this New Year. Since I’ve been blogging for a year now, I want to thank each of you that has encouraged me along the way either through prayer, encouraging words or just stopping by to say Hi. It has blessed me beyond measure~my cup runneth over.

For my immediate family, I would like to know for sure that each member has a personal relationship with Jesus. Although, if I’m not sure, it’s OK because no one knows the heart except God.

With His help I pray that I will be a Godly wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. That is more important to me than anything else. I need His help because I am so easily pulled away by selfish things~like blogging and photography~not that these are wrong. I want to be sure that none of these interfere with my walk with the Lord. The purpose of my blog is to lift up the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and if at any time I stray from that purpose, I pray that one of my dear, Godly blogging friends will hold me accountable.

It is also my heart’s desire to be spiritually fresh. We live in a stale and arid world and can easily become that way too. God wants us to be a beautiful garden in the middle of a dry desert. Isaiah says, “…you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not.” (Isa. 58:11) Yes, we will still experience trials and difficulties but our walk with the Lord can remain fresh. For me, I will not only stay in His word but study it on a more regular basis.

Finally, I would pray that if there is a lost soul who “happens” upon this blog, there would be something here that the Holy Spirit would use to stir in that individual’s heart to seek the Lord.

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Forgive my casualness, but that is exactly what I am…a chip off the old block. If you are a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, you are too.

Our pastor has been doing a series on Creation from Genesis. I know, we all know the creation story, but this has been an in-depth, word by word study. Yesterday, we came to the verse “Then God said, ‘Let US [trinity] make man in OUR image, according to OUR likeness.’ . . . So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:26, 27-NKJ ~ italics mine) I don’t know about you but that blows me away~still~even after 24 years of walking with Jesus.

We are created in the image of our Heavenly Father but we have a sin nature. The Hebrew word for image is tselem which means to carve out or cut off. Hence, a chip off the old block. We are whittled to be like God! We cannot evolve into the image of God~it’s not in our genetics or DNA!

God created us to be in fellowship with Him. But because of sin, we are out of fellowship with God. We can have a “personal relationship with God” if we possess the Holy Spirit. We receive the Holy Spirit upon believing that Jesus came into the world as a baby, died on the cross with our sins on His shoulders and was raised on the third day. It’s that simple ~ just BELIEVE!

How about you? Are you a “chip off the old block”?

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Do you know…

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Nothing more needs to be said.

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MY TESTIMONY

Having been raised as an only child (my brother is 13 years older) I had developed a special relationship with my Dad ~ I was “Daddy’s Little Girl.” Whenever we were out in public together, he always introduced me as his number one daughter. It made me feel special. He disciplined me only occasionally (Mom was responsible for that) and when it was necessary, it hurt me deeply. I didn’t want to disappoint my Dad, there was never any doubt that he loved me.

We attended church on a fairly regular basis and I attended a private church school through sixth grade. In school, we had daily memory verses so I was learning God’s word from the time I was six. Mom and Dad had me baptized when I was 12, because that was the thing to do. I guess somewhere along the way they had been taught about the age of accountability.

Dad had heart problems and passed away when I was 18. I was devastated! I felt so alone and unloved. For years whenever I thought about my Dad and how much he loved me, I would dissolve into tears.

Once I began life on my own in a larger city, I developed new friends and memories of my Dad were not as frequent or as traumatic. One friend in particular was like the sister I never had and her mom and I were closer than I had been with my own mother. I was always at their home and would even spend the night on Christmas Eve.

Years later, after I moved to “the big city” I kept in close contact with my friend and her family. When I was 35, her father died and I came home for the funeral. I relived the memories of my Dad’s funeral.

Driving to my brother’s home to spend the weekend with them, I couldn’t stop crying and I don’t mean leaking tears…I mean sobbing. To this day (25 years ago on the 15th of this month) I don’t remember anything about that trip except the sobs.

Upon arriving at my brother’s home, his wife met me at the door startled by my uncontrollable sobs. She sat me down in their living room and I began telling her how much I missed my Dad and how lonely I felt. I had never been able to find anything or anyone to fill that hole in my heart.

She is a Christian and began telling me about how much God loves me. Her exact words were, “You know how much your Dad loved you…well, God loves you even more.” I couldn’t believe that anyone could love me more than my Dad. We prayed together and I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. The next morning my brother bought me a new Bible and on Sunday we attended church. As I began reading God’s word on a regular basis, all those scripture verses came flooding back to me and took on a whole new meaning.

That Sunday at church, I also met my future husband. Along with another couple from church, we visited nursing homes on Sundays and developed a close relationship. Seven months later, we were married ~ 23 years ago!

Jesus filled the hole in my heart with His love and gave me a husband to spend the rest of our lives together praising and worshiping Him. No, life has not been easy because we are Christians. But we have someone to turn to when life becomes difficult and trust that He has something for us to learn. After all, God is in control!

You can visit Lauren at Created for HIS Glory if you would like to read others testimonies.

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