Wow! I just received a message from Word Press wishing me a happy one year anniversary! The year has certainly flown by. What a year it has been!
I started out a year ago with the thought that although I would never consider myself a writer, it might be fun to learn about blogging and would be a great way to put my random thoughts about my experiences and my walk with the Lord into a journal type setting. My desire was that perhaps some of what I write might be helpful or be a blessing to someone.
Was I ever surprised, and still am, when others started following my blog, many of whom shared that they were helped or received a blessing from something I shared; that they could relate to things I’ve said. I feel blessed to have made acquaintances and developed friendships with fellow bloggers all over the world! A great example is the wonderful feeling I had, and still have, during my recent surgery and recovery in knowing that people, friends and family alike, were praying for me on FIVE continents! That is just so awesome and mind-boggling! I cannot thank you enough! You all made a big difference in how the Lord helped me with my recovery.
God bless you all for caring so much and for making me feel like I am truly a part of this blogosphere we all share. I have learned so much and continue to learn from you all. So many of you have played a significant role in my growth as I grow ever closer to our Lord Jesus Christ. I thank God for you every day. So, Lord willing, here’s to another year of growth and many blessings for each of us. You make me smile! As C.S. Lewis says “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”
I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers. Philemon 4.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
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King James Version (KJV)
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
As this week has progressed, the week so well-known as being Holy Week, so much has been written in many of the blogs, in the way of scripture lessons, beautiful poetry, devotions, etc. All that I have read has been a blessing to me and some I have reblogged to share with others. I’ve thought that I, also, should be writing something as well, but despite the myriad of thoughts and ideas that wandered through my head, I just felt I could not pin it down to a few meaningful words without being in danger of copying the words of others or making my words interesting enough to be a blessing to others. As I went through my day, I kept it on my mind and I prayed for the Lord to guide me on what to write or if I should not write anything at all. I guess you probably figured out He did not like the second option of writing nothing!
I have thought over and over of what Christ suffered on Good Friday and why He would do that willingly, why God would give His only son up for us. Would you agree that it is indeed mind-boggling to say the least? I cannot speak for a father’s feelings, but as a Mom, I cannot even fathom giving up one of my children as a sacrifice. I dare say most fathers would be feeling the same way.
Our answer is found throughout scripture, but most well-known to us all is John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. He did this because He loves us so much! John goes on to say in verses 17 and 18:
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Because of the great sacrifice of the crucifixion of Christ, those who believe, who have asked Christ into our hearts, who pursue a relationship with him, have been adopted into God’s family! How wonderful is that? A few days ago I was reading in Romans 8 and wrote another blog post about it. I was led back to that passage again but different verses that specifically talk about the Father’s adoption of us.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Wow! What a blessing that is! I cannot imagine why any of us would not want to accept that love, that gift, that blessing from God and have the knowledge that when our time on earth has been completed, we will live in eternity with God, with Jesus Christ!
Have you asked Jesus to come into your heart? What better time than during the celebration of the greatest event in Christianity, the basis of Christianity, the Resurrection of our Savior? I urge those who have not yet done so to pray the sinner’s prayer and settle the issue once and for all where you will go after you die. I did and I can say I have never been happier! Life is not perfect, but God never promised us it would be. However, I know that He is with me always when I go through any trials and He provides what I need in His perfect timing!
This is just a few simple words from my simple mind but I hope that even the simplest of thoughts can be a blessing to you. Happy Resurrection Day to everyone!
This morning I started out thinking that as I read my Bible and did my devotions I would begin work on a post on a totally different subject that has been on my mind and coming up in things I have read of late, that subject being about how He is a light unto my path. After chatting with a friend, I was led in a totally different direction. She mentioned that she was about to read Romans 8, and I thought immediately, why not? I will join her in reading it also! My friend was pleased and her wish for me is that the Lord would meet me there and give me many blessings. Her wish was a good one! I did indeed receive many blessings from that passage. Thank you my dear friend!
I have found that chapter to always be a good one to read, filled with reminders of how much God loves us and what He has done for us to show His love. I felt with this being Holy Week leading up to Resurrection Sunday, it was especially a great one to read again! It talks about how the purpose of the Coming of Christ was that the law might be fulfilled.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
A note found in my NKJV study Bible states that believers gain the righteous standard of the law by being in Christ and walking according to the spirit.
This chapter is filled with many blessings, all reminding us that we are the children of God! As children of God, we are joint heirs with Jesus Christ! What a wonderful promise!
In verse 24 and 25 it says we are saved by hope that we cannot see. He adds that if we could see it then what could we hope for? If we hope for what we cannot see, we do so with patience. Patience is a great character trait for all of us to strive for.
Quite often, we are not sure what to pray for, what words to use, how to pray. However in this passage we are assured that we have the Holy Spirit intervening for us and taking our prayers to the Father. He knows always what it is that we cannot put into words, what our prayers are. I find great comfort in that blessing because many times I feel lost about how to pray, what to pray for. Thank you Holy Spirit for knowing my heart and my mind!
In verse 28 we have yet again another wonderful blessing! 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. He follows that with these additional words in verses 30-32.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
On Sunday as we celebrate His Resurrection, we know that Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father and he intercedes for us. Someday, as believers, we will join him. What a wonderful blessing and gift!
Last, but by no means least, I received a blessing from the ending verses of this wonderful passage.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Praise the Lord for all these wonderful blessings and more! His love for us and his grace and mercy are all gifts I treasure; we all should treasure as believers.
Thank you again to my friend for leading me to this chapter of God’s word today! I have been pondering it through my day and felt the blessings and God’s love and had real peace in my heart all day that will be there whenever I think upon these and other verses.
It seems like many times lately I have run across people misusing the term New Year’s resolutions and referring to it as Revolutions. It is usually said in jest of course and it has been used in a recent tv commercial with a child innocently misusing the term. But hearing those two words has gotten me to thinking about them. Are we making resolutions-resolving to make changes in our lives this year with the hopes of positive outcomes? Or–are we starting a revolution-revolting against the things we don’t currently like in our lives and wanting to change them?
Resolutions are always joked about as being those things we decide upon on New Year’s day and before Valentine’s day they have been long forgotten, put away for another time, looked upon as a failure perhaps. We start out with good thoughts and are so sure in our minds that this is the year that we will keep those resolutions! No more failures for us! Oh if only that were true for most of us. I suppose there are some who make resolutions and do stick to them. Not sure I have ever met anyone who has, but I would love to meet them and find out how they did it! Sort of sounds like a miracle to me! 🙂
Now revolutions are another whole thing! or are they? We are revolting or starting a war against those things in our lives that we don’t like–maybe it’s our weight, our health or our finances, or that we spend less time than we should in God’s Word, searching for his guidance in our lives. The list is endless and different for all of us perhaps.
Which is better? Are they the same? Should we revolt against making resolutions and start a revolution within ourselves against those things we dislike about us? Something worth thinking about I believe.
Would love to hear your thoughts about it! Are you resolving or revolting or both or perhaps neither of these things? Please feel free to share. I don’t think there is a wrong answer, but just a different answer for each of us. I wish you the happiest of new years with all the blessings of our Lord Jesus filling your lives.
Romans 15:13 (ESV)
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
First time I have heard this song and seen this beautiful video. Well worth watching and listening to. I believe the children will enjoy this also. Merry Christmas everyone and Happy Birthday Jesus!
Another of my favorite Christmas songs. I can’t possibly add anything more than my friend Skye did in this blog post today about the Miracle who is Jesus Christ, born to die for us so that we might be saved.
1 Corinthians 13:13
English Standard Version (ESV)
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
How often do we wake first thing in the morning and immediately have a thought of one of the many blessings God has given us in our lives? If you are like me, one of the very first things you think of in the morning is “I need coffee!” and you rush to the kitchen to start the process of making that pot. After all, first things first! A day that doesn’t begin with a good cup of coffee and breakfast is not a good day at all! Right?? Well after my experience on Wednesday morning when I awoke, I cannot necessarily say that I need coffee is always my first thought, not should it be for that matter!
When I woke up on Wednesday, my first thought was how blessed I am to have the wonderful family God has provided me with! I had a deep sense of love and feelings of well -being! Don’t get me wrong–I always know I am blessed to be a Mom, Grandma, sister, friend. God has been very good to me by putting all sorts of wonderful people in my life. This particular day, though, I just felt particularly blessed and filled with joy and that wonderful sense that all was well with my world.
What was so different about Wednesday from other days? I can’t be exactly sure; however, over the past few days I have had the pleasure of being able to have longer than normal conversations with my children, Dave and Debbie, and one of my granddaughters. I have spent a lot of time with my daughter-in-law Terry and even got to have a conversation with my son-in-law Stephen. I don’t often have that opportunity because he and Deb do not live nearby. My other granddaughter is really busy with school and work. etc. but since she is a blogger, I have the pleasure of reading her many gems of wisdom that she writes as well as the occasional visit. She has taught her old Grandma many wonderful things, as do the others. All of those things together seemed to bring them even closer to my thoughts and my heart so it is not a mystery I guess that my first thought of the day was of all of them.
The Lord has truly blessed me. My children have grown up to be marvelously wonderful adults, filled with love and caring for others and they each have brought their wonderful spouses into our family and two beautiful granddaughters to whom they have passed on those same wonderful values of being very loving and caring adults! Every one of them is fun to be with and they make me smile a lot! I am so proud to be Mom and Grandma to all of them. Thank you Lord for your abundance of blessings, not only at this Christmas season but each and every day of my life.
Dave, Terry, Marianne, Debbie, Stephen and Annmarie–I love you all and wish you the merriest of Christmases and a year filled with all the blessings of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas!
This is a beautiful Christmas version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah which is one of my favorite songs. The re-written words are beautiful! It is interesting to read the comments made by others on you tube also, This version is most definitely being added to my list of most favorite music! Thank you to the Clovertons for recording this video! Merry Christmas!
Isaiah 9:6 (King James Version)
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Last evening I was taking a few pictures of my two Christmas trees and my eyes were drawn to one of my favorite ornaments, Christmas is Love. I began to think about those words and what they mean to me and so many memories crossed my mind.
I have memories of Christmases growing up with my siblings and Mom and Dad. They were always such fun. I still can’t decide who was more excited about Christmas—all of us kids or was it Mom and Dad? They had such fun watching us open our gifts at some ridiculously early hour in the morning and never complained about being up so early!
And, of course, there are the memories of Christmas with my own three children. Watching the look in their eyes as the decorations and tree were put up and going for a drive to see others’ Christmas lights. Their eyes would light up as bright as the tree lights when they awoke on Christmas morning and dove into their stockings and then the gifts, followed by a special breakfast and then visits with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
So, yes, Christmas love is family love. It is love between friends. But the most important Love of all is the reason for the season, the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, sent by his father to show us how much He loves us. He sent His son to become one of us and to take on the burden of all of our sins, as he died on the cross to set us free and give us the gift of eternity with Him in heaven. That is a very special kind of love, unconditional and nothing we can ever get anywhere else. There is nothing we can do to earn it and we certainly do not deserve it. It is a freely given gift if we just ask for it. How wonderful a gift! Why would we not want it for ourselves and for everyone we love?
Through this Christmas season remember to thank God every day for this wonderfully generous gift he has given us. Christmas truly is L-O-V-E!