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Hug Someone with Your Prayers

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I saw this on Facebook a few minutes ago and just loved the sentiment of it.   It is one of the wonderful posts from Smoky Mtn. Christian Village that a family member posted.

Hugs are such wonderful things.  They tell the person being hugged that they are loved and cared about.  But what about all those family members and friends in our lives who we truly care about and love?  How can we hug them?   We can give them what I call “virtual hugs”.  Many years ago, I worked in a shelter for young boys aged 11-17, from troubled backgrounds who were brought to us until they were transferred to other homes. There stories were all different but all very sad, to say the least.   Of course we could not have physical contact with them so no hugs.  One night I was sitting with two 12 years olds (yes really!) who were on suicide watch.  How heartbreaking!  These boys felt so unloved and could have used a lot of hugs, so I taught them how to give themselves hugs.  Put your right hand on your left shoulder, your left hand on your right shoulder, and squeeze tight!   I told them that it was a virtual hug from me, but more importantly it was a real hug from themselves. The message it hopefully gave was that they are special, they are important and they are loved!

Many times I will still use that method when talking or writing with someone from afar and it usually gets them to smile, at least for a few minutes, and hopefully plants a seed in them that they are loved and cared about when life seems to be throwing unhappy things their way.

As this little cartoon above portrays, there is another wonderful way to hug from afar, a more important way, if you will.   Prayer!   What a wonderful feeling it is when we know others are praying for us; that they think we are worthwhile enough for someone to pray for.  I remember when I had my knee surgery last spring and people from far and wide, including fellow bloggers on 5 continents were praying for me!  Wow!   Can you imagine how loved I felt and how far that took me in my recovery?

Hug your friends, family and acquaintances and even strangers today with your prayers! Be sure to let them know you are praying for them.  You just may turn someone’s day around and give them smiles for a time instead of tears or worry.

Praying for all of you today because I care about you!

He is Risen!

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Matthew 28:6

King James Version (KJV)

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!

 

God loves us!

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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.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

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:

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.

God doesn’t LOVE us like we are a medium rare steak!

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Don’t love me the same as you love this steak, please!  🙂

How often do we hear someone say I love this person or that person but in the next breath practically they are saying they “love” their favorite food, flower or other inanimate object. I catch myself doing that all the time!  I love that steak or lobster or pasta.  I love to quilt.  I love to read. I love a certain car, movie,  and any other number of things.  Don’t we really mean we “like” those objects?  Like them a lot perhaps, but love them like we love a fellow human being?  I hardly think so! I hope not anyway!  I could never understand being compared to a food item, or a sporting event and so many other things that we say we love!  

I just read a piece posted by a fellow blogger that got me to thinking about this subject—the overuse of the word Love.    I encourage you to read his post  http://lifereference.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/more-love/ and others he has written.  

In this post he refers to 1 John 4:11-12  11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. NIV

The writer explains so much better than I can what John is teaching us in this passage–the proof that God’s love is at work and is very real, very observable:  “Love for one another as Jesus has loved us and gave His life for us.”

Just  a simple little post from me but one that I hope to take more seriously as I use the words ‘love’ and ‘like’ in my communications.   I hope to make a concerted effort to “like” those inanimate objects and ideas that bring pleasure to my life, and “LOVE” my Lord and Savior, LOVE my fellow human beings that He brings across my path, family, friends,even strangers.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this!   Thanks for taking the time to read my blog today!  I am blessed by you!

Let me tell you about my blessings….

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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!

 

Christmas Is Love

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Isaiah 9:6 (King James Version)

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!

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Yes I have more than one tree!

 

Let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth

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1 John 3:18 KJV

18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Yesterday, I reblogged a post from my friend Skye about an outreach ministry she and her family are involved in through their church.  In her post, she talks about how much she and her family enjoy this ministry, how excited they get taking part in it.  She shared with me that she thinks of the 12 children around the world who will be getting gifts this Christmas from her family and prayers from  many, many, others as well.  She said “They are walking around today, going about their lives, and soon, our lives will intersect with God at the middle!!!!! Yay!”

Reading her post and her comments and seeing her excitement and love for sharing God’s word and His love was on my mind all day yesterday and still is.  I began to write this post last evening but was unable to finish due to the late hour; so here I am again to complete it,

I have been thinking about Love; God’s love in particular, and how many ways for us to show His love to others, as Jesus served us and showed His Love to us when he was on earth,  whether it be friends, neighbors and relatives or people halfway around the world.

We all have heard of people near and far who have so little, not even the bare necessities of life many times.  There is so much that could be done to help them and so much most of us would like to be able to do, but we are limited on our funds to do some of the things.  But we can teach them about God’s love and give them the hope of his loving-kindness and build in them the desire to want to do things for themselves.  They say if a man is hungry, you can give him a fish and he will eat for a day.  But so much better is the latter part of that old saying:  Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life.

I noticed when I watched one of the videos included in Skye’s story, that one of the little boys who received a “shoebox” gift hoped for and did receive school supplies to help with his education.  It’s one of the items particularly mentioned on the list of suggested gifts.  What a great way to help a child toward his goal of education, to not only receive supplies he needs, but also to be encouraged by the knowledge that he is being prayed for by many around the world, to hear God’s word and most especially to know that he is loved by God.  A few school supplies or small toys, books, etc. may seem so little in comparison to what many of us or our children have, but what a long reaching effect the gifts will have on each of their precious lives.

I have a great deal of respect for those who are called to serve in the mission fields because they do so much to improve the lives of the people they come in contact with.  They show them God’s love, teach them many things to help them be self-sustaining. But we cannot, of course, all be missionaries such as these.  However we can do things from our homes and our churches to help in these efforts to improve the lives of others.  We can pray, we can pack boxes of gifts, we can take part in providing them with Bibles.  We also can very easily volunteer in our own communities to share our varies talents and skills with others, all while sharing God’s love with them.

There is so much more I can think of to say about this subject but I don’t want to get too long-winded!  (who? me?) I am sure everyone has their own ideas of things we can all do to make life a bit brighter for and to encourage our fellow human beings who are in need like Operation Christmas Child which is sponsored by a group called Samaritan’s Purse.  Imagine the great feeling of showing someone that they count in this world; they are not forgotten human beings.  More importantly, imagine how they will feel!

Goals and Inspirations

It's Not Who You Know That Matters, But Who You Are Inside

An inspirational quote I came across a while back that I really like.  Nice reminder to each of us I believe.  So many times we seem to get caught up in worrying about how successful we “should” be and how to get there.  We set a lot of goals and perhaps, at times, they are unrealistic goals personally.  For instance it would be incredibly silly of me to shoot for a goal of running 5 miles when I can rarely walk 1 mile.  (I am great for setting those unrealistic goals!)  And don’t we all just love being around the “name-droppers”!  NOT.  What does it matter who we know, or what we have, how much money we have?

My goal is to change those personality traits in me that are just taking up wasted space in my brain.  Can I do it all at once? No and I am not even going to try.  One step at a time, one trait at a time,   My goals are, as the above quote says, to see how high my faith in God can climb, to see how many hearts I can touch as I live my life.  When the day comes that the Lord calls me home, will anyone remember whether I was wealthy, had many possessions, lived in the biggest, most expensive house, or knew all the so-called “important people” ?  No, of course they won’t.  But will I be remembered for the way I made someone feel, for smiles I gave to someone who needed to see a smile?  Will I be remembered as a loyal friend,  or a loving mother/grandmother, as an encouragement to another person?    My wish is that I leave behind many more good things to remember than bad things.  I believe all of us want to be remembered for what is inside our hearts and inside our minds.

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Birthday Gifts

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I love this poem and of course the Bible verses it is based on,

Numbers 6:24-26 (English Standard Version)

24 The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord lift up his countenance[a] upon you and give you peace.

Many know it, of course, as the Irish Blessing and being partly of Irish descent,  I like that title for it too.  I’m not sure when or how I first became aware of it but I know it was many years ago.  It has always stuck with me and I love sharing it with others.  What better gift can we give to a close family member or a cherished friend than to wish on them all the blessings of our Father in Heaven on their birthdays?  I have a couple of friends and family members who have birthdays this month and I thought of what I would like to wish them for their respective birthdays.  Those thoughts prompted this post.

What are those blessings?  The list is endless of course but some very special ones come to my mind when I think about all that God blesses us with.

First and foremost, He gives us His grace, his enabling power. With God’s grace we are transformed; it is what causes us to grow and be strong.  He gives it freely, not because of anything we have done to earn it,

His blessings also include what are known as the “fruits of the spirit”  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  All are truly wonderful blessings or gifts from the Lord.   I strive constantly, as do most of us, to show all of those attributes to others as I go though my days.  Do I succeed all the time?   No, not at all – far from it – but it is a daily thing to strive for in all of us.  My wish is that I can always portray these characteristics towards you, the special people in my life, to let you know just how much you mean to me; how fortunate I am that you have touched my life.

Love is mentioned as the first fruit of the spirit, followed closely by joy and peace,  Those are the loveliest gifts of all in my mind.   I could go on and on talking about Love.  Can’t we all?  that is probably best left for another blog post!  I recently heard a series of sermons on Love from an evangelist and it took 3 nights to say what the Lord wanted him to say.  No way am I going to try putting Love into a small paragraph!   It is just not possible!

There are so many gifts and fruits God provides for us–we just need to look around and take in all the beauty that surrounds us wherever we live or travel, look at the beautiful and special people who cross our paths every day.  There is no end to them!

For everyone, I wish you these gifts and more and if you are celebrating a birthday in this beautiful month of November, I pray you will enjoy  all of God’s great gifts and hold them close.

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Fear

II Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. KJV

This is a verse I have recently committed to my memory to remind myself every day that FEAR does not need to and should not rule my life. So many fears can and do prevent us from finding the things in life we really need and want like love, new experiences, taking a chance on doing new things without fear of failure. I can speak for myself when I say how true this is.

Along with studying the book of Proverbs this month and writing down my thoughts in a journal, I am also starting a word study on this word Fear in my Bible, both negative fear which first comes to mind, but also the positive things in the word Fear, such as Fear of the Lord which actually in today’s language means respect, reverence and awe. Not a scary thing at all in that usage of the word.

I look forward to this word study along with my study of Proverbs daily to put my fears in their proper perspective, to rid myself of the fears that prevent me from going forward in my life. I look forward to sharing what I learn from this venture and to translate what I learn into positive actions in my life.