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Monday, April 24, 2017

GOD IS LOVE

    God is love!  1 John 4:8,10  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love ...    Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

God's love is:
  Deeper than the deepest ocean,
    never slumbering, stirred in motion.
  Greater than the strongest wind,
    unhidden, tender, kind.
  Bigger than the world we know,
    incomprehensible, setting the heart aglow.
  Brighter than the moon and stars at night,
    freely given in delight.
God's love is:
  Shrouded in the blood-stained cross;
    a victory over loss.
  Showered through amazing grace,
    found in God's embrace.
God's Love is:
  A planned sacrifice, a Son's willing part,
    alive in His people's heart!
                          Mary Crisp Jameson
               

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Thread

     A Facebook post showed a quilted craft project someone had completed which incorporated special baby clothes from sleepers to t-shirts to special activity clothing.  What a visual scrapbook of clothing threads this was!
     When I thought of the threads that have been sewn into my life, I remembered how my parents knitted the threads of God into my life.  I remembered the threads of events that led me though life with God at the helm.  If I had to do a scrapbook of the thread of events in my life I would have a difficult time ever completing this project, for I would have to admit that God has shown up in my life even when I have not known it. 
     In fact, God has shown up and been faithful from the beginning of the Universe through time and still shows up today.  He is constantly weaving and knitting the threads that tie and connect His people to Him.   
     When we accept Christ, He rips out the threads of our sin.  He then stitches in new threads and seals them with the Cross.

Colossians 2: 12-15 " When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,  having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.  And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross."


 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

RESCUED

     He was well hidden in the shadows, watching for an opportune moment to strike; a moment when his victim would pass by, unaware of his presence. 
     His cloak was dark, his eyes alert, and his adrenaline was pumping.  Yet, he waited patiently, ready to lure his victim into the darkened alley with his deceptive promises.  He didn't just want to deceive and humiliate.  He wanted to claim his victim's very soul.  There would be no compassion and no sympathy from him, for there was no love in his heart.
     If this is not how you envision Satan, reconsider!  Satan is constantly roaming, waiting to deceive.  When the Lord asked Satan in Job 1:7, "Where have you come from?"  Satan replied, "From roaming throughout the earth, going to and forth on it."
     The second part of this murderous story comes with a hero who rescues.  He is mysterious!  Who would have expected Him to come in the form of a poor, lowly servant, instead of a rich tycoon?  Here we find a power of love beyond all comprehension.  Here, we find a force, a power which we can choose to receive within ourselves; One who will live and guide from within.  Here we will find a hero who is no superman in uniform but a heavenly spiritual being; One who can rescue us from the darkness of despair and the evil one's desires.   When we are watchful, alert, and diligent in our prayers, Jesus intercedes.  Satan simply cannot derail God's redemptive plan.  Satan's power and forces of evil are overshadowed by God's greatness, His love, and the Cross of Jesus.
     God reinforces his great power when He tells us in 1 John 4:4,  "You are from God little children, and have overcome them because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. "  

....For more on this true story of the Holy Spirit who lives within, the Son of God who died on the cross, rose again, and intercedes for us, and the only true God who is omniscient and omnipresent, read the greatest book on earth, The Bible.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Seeking Good


     Psalm 34:10, "The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing."
     It is sad to know that although Christians have found Christ, we all have a sin-nature which causes us, too many times, to find ourselves on our knees before God asking forgiveness.  I am so thankful I have a forgiving God.  I am even more thankful that He is a loving God; One who gives me what I need.  When I look at Psalm 34:10, I know that only the One True God is good.  By seeking God daily, I am also seeking good in my life.    
     Other scriptures within the chapter of Psalm 34 substain me.  Verse 17, "The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their trouble."  The chapter ends with verse 22, "The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in Him shall be desolate."   
     Oh, what a mighty God we serve!  I praise His name. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Passing Grade

     To all my blogging friends.  Be sure and check out my children's book, A Passing Grade: The Potter Twins of Bodcaw Creek.  It is posted with Amazon as an ebook, but Amazon has a free app which can be used to read the book on your cell phone. 
     Simple click on the book below.   If viewing my blog from you phone you might have to page to the web version and click on it to see this book and my other books which show on the web version as an ebook with Amazon.  
  
     A more detail description of this book for ages around 9 to 12 follows:

 A delightful story woven around two ordinary twin boys born and raised in the south where life is simple. Trouble should have been their middle names. Their misadventures find them in constant trouble at home and at school. Every event will leave the reader laughing as they turn the pages, wondering what will happen next. As each new adventure unfolds the boys seem to get deeper into trouble until they realize there comes a time when the truth serves them best. Every adventure leads to a positive learning experience; an experience that develops into love and thoughtfulness toward others. Nothing could delight young children more than the mystery found and solved in the Bodcaw Creek community as well as the various hunting episodes interwoven among each chapter. Within the pages there is humor which both the young and the old can enjoy.
    

https://www.amazon.com/Passing-Grade-Potter-Twins-Bodcaw-ebook/dp/B06XYVC61T/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491997412&sr=8-1&keywords=a+passing+grade

I DO NOT WALK ALONE

One of my all-time favorite chapters in the Bible is Psalm 23,  It is probable the very first chapter I memorized when I was a young girl and a member of GA's in our church.  I post it here today because it means so much to know that God is leading me, directing me, and walking with me through every step in life.  I am assured that I do not walk alone.  This is also my inspiration for the writing which follows: 

Psalm 23
 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

  I DO NOT WALK ALONE
With the morning,
  enters peace adorning,
  for I do not walk alone.
My heart, forsaken not, it is God's own.
He watches, He sees-
When in despair,
  He is, no-less, there.
He hears my prayer.
When I fret, cry, or lift a despairing sigh,
  God strengthens as time hastens by.
When fear assaults my flesh,
  God offers a Father's caress, warm and fresh.
I do not walk alone;
  my every thought and step is known.
In him, my tears can heal.
In the cross is set my snow-white seal.
God is, so, forever real!
He watches, he sees,
  and knows just what I feel.
My burdens he carries with majestic ease.
I do not walk alone,
  my heart, forsaken not, it is His own.
                         Mary Crisp Jameson

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Desire of My Heart

     Psalms 37:4 reads, "Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart."  
      I do not know about any other reader's interpretation of this scripture, but I have always wanted to think that if I did what God wanted, then He would provide my desires.  Of course, this is taken completely out of context. 
     Upon serious reflection of this scripture, it suddenly came to me that if I actually delight in the Lord, I will need to search His Word, seek Him, and give Him my full devotion.  When I truly make God the love of my life, He will actually become the desire of my heart.  This kind of thinking is actually confirmed in Isaiah 26:9 (NIV),   "Yes Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you, your name and renown are the desires of our hearts."