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It has been a while since I have had some time to sit and enjoy the pleasure of writing! Somehow life just gets busy and time escapes me. Nonetheless, God has blessed me with some time to touch base and share a beautiful song from Newsboys! May this be the mantra of every Christian and may the movement of Christ bring hope and light to a world filled with despair and darkness.

All my love ❤

Why?

Searching for meaning? Seeking more for your life? Have the nagging feeling that there is more to your existence than the day-to-day routine? Guess what? You are right! You are called to so much more than what this world has in store for you. Did you know you were designed by God Himself for a purpose? You were created to fulfill a mission that is of the utmost importance! Yes, you!! You are called to share the word of God, to bring His truth into deceived hearts, to bring hope to those who have lost theirs, to be a light that shines midst the darkness. You were created on purpose for a purpose. As scripture says in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God designed you to desire more than the mundane routine of this world! Stand in His strength and live your life to the fullest! Glorify God’s kingdom and bring eternal joy to your heart.

All my love! ❤

He said to them,
“Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved,
but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
Mark 16:15-16

why

Why?

Why am I here?
What is my purpose?
There is an answer
I do propose

You were created on purpose
To fulfill your destiny
Designed to share God’s love
Even in the midst of scrutiny

You were created for such a time as this
To declare the mystery that is of God
Revealing His truth
Breaking through the world’s facade

You have been called to something higher
A mission from God, the Creator Himself
You were created to shine His light
Not to live for yourself

You are needed to bring salvation to the lost
To shine light were darkness resides
You can be an instrument God uses
Bringing  hope to desperate, longing lives

Why are you here?
To reveal God to the lost and dying hearts that be
What is your purpose?
To stand in faith that shines for the entire world to see

Listen to your heart
Heed that still small voice
Know that you were made for so much more
Will you stand on your own or abide in His choice?

Growing Pains

As another crazy, yet blessed year comes to a close, I find myself glancing back at what I have accomplished, how far I have come, and how much I have grown. I think it is truly amazing how God uses all things to bring growth and glory in my life, and in the lives of all his children (including you!).

This past year, like so many before it, has seen its share of pain and anguish: the death of my father, my uncle, and a close friend, family chaos and fighting (which often sadly occurs when death comes), broken relationship and a shattered heart, an unexpected move, and financial strain. Yet, oddly enough, this year brought beauty, healing, love, and provision through it all.

You see, despite the pain and suffering, God was in it all, working his will, his plan, his glory through all of it. Pain and suffering is a normal part of life and an integral part of spiritual growth.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.

Hebrews 5:5-8 So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him, “YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”; just as He says also in another passage, “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.” In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.

Jesus Christ Himself was not exempt from the pain and suffering of this world. Pain and suffering in your life is one way that God prunes you, building you up and making you stronger. Much like a great work out at the gym, there is often pain afterward (even during the workout as you push yourself), but the results are wonderful in the long run if you keep working out and building up muscles that increase your strength. Another example is the olive tree. A farmer must cut (or prune) the branches back in order for the tree to produce a more abundant crop the next season. If it is not pruned, it grows unkempt, producing less fruit, and therefore yielding less profit for the farmer.

John 15:1-3 I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.

You and I are the branches on the tree of life, and if we are not pruned, we tend to not bear the fruit of righteousness, purity, or holiness. We become weak, wild, and unkempt, losing sight of what we are here for–to produce fruit that brings honor and glory to the Lord, bringing others into his kingdom, showing the light of God for all to see.

Pain and suffering in this life are also motivators for growth. When you get stuck in the mundane routines of life–work, family, home, friends, etc., it is easy to get comfortable and not change or stretch outside of your comfort zone. Going back to the workout example, if you keep doing the same exercise routine day in and day out, you will see results, but eventually they will plateau and your workout routine will be only for maintaining, rather than continued strengthening. Even weight loss will fade if the workout routine stays the same. You have to change things up to see continued results, to build more muscle mass, to thin out more, and to tone consistently.

Spiritual growth is similar. If church and scripture become mundane routines, the same thing day in and day out, you will get stuck, your spiritual growth will plateau. God wants your spiritual growth to excel, to continue to grow each and every day. This means that you have to be forced out of your comfort zone sometimes, and often the only way to get you to do that is through pain and suffering. When life is grand, going smoothly, and you have no worries or stress, God tends to be put on the back seat. Ever notice that your prayer life and devotional time picks up a great deal when there is pain, suffering, trials, or tribulations in your life. That is because during those times, your reliance on God is stronger and more evident. You can’t fix things, make them better, or change them, and thus you seek God, seek His will, His discernment and wisdom to handle all that you are facing. You may even reach out to others in your community–church, work, home, neighborhood–for help and guidance.

Often during the most painful times in our lives, we are forced to take responsibility for our failures and learn how to adapt and change so as to not make the same mistakes next time. Other times, we are confronted with requests that take us out of our cushy comfortable place to become a witness and light for God. It may be that you are asked to forgive someone who has hurt or betrayed you. Perhaps you are being called to share your pain with someone in order to show the glory of God as he brings you through it. Maybe the pain in your life is building perseverance, patience, or other spiritual fruits in your own life. Whatever it may by, God is using the pain and suffering to motivate change and growth in your life.

James 1:2-4 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 5:11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

Romans 5:3-5 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

1 Peter 1:6-7 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ

Though I faced my share of pain and suffering in 2014, I can look back on each and every moment and see God’s mighty hand at work through the entire event. Through the deaths that came into my life, I was able to find courage and strength to do what was right midst the chaos and family fighting. Though my heart was broken and a relationship ruined, I was given comfort and wisdom midst the storm, making a few of the toughest decisions of my life, which ultimately brought peace to me and my son. Even through the financial difficulties, God changed my view of budgeting, helping me save more than I have before. In the moments of pain and suffering, I didn’t always see his mighty hand at work, but looking back on the year, it is evident he was with me, guiding, building, refining, and growing me into the woman of God he designed.

So, my friends, fret not when you are facing pain, trials, tribulations, or suffering, for in time, God will produce an abundance of fruit, helping you change the old patterns of life, enabling you to grow spiritually! With that said, I look forward to another year and what may come–the good, the bad, and the ugly! Bring it on, for with God, we can all rest assured that good will come, hope will be renewed, and the future will be bright.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

God bless and keep you in the coming year and always! May you rejoice midst the pain and suffering, knowing that God is working all things for your good! He is with you always and forever, and will never leave you nor forsake you, providing all you need to face all that comes your way.

In Christ’s Love ❤

3 Days of Christmas

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world,
but that the world might be saved through Him.
~ John 3:16-17 ~

Little Jesus babe
May all the world fully know
Endless life in You

Use Me Oh Lord

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?
It is then good for nothing
but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
You are the light of the world.
A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket,
but instead put it on a lamp stand,
and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men,
That they may see your good works
and glorify your Father in Heaven.
~ Matthew 5:13-16 ~

Use Me Oh Lord

Longing to be with You Lord
Resting in the peace only You can provide
Holding  on to the joy that comes even amidst the tears
Finding comfort in this time of confusion

You, oh Lord, hold me in the palm of Your mighty hand
Building me up and revealing Your truths
Refining me into something new
Bringing beauty from ashes and healing from the pain

I want to share who You are
Be a beacon for those around me
Touching lives of the abused, battered, and torn
Those who feel unworthy of Your love oh Lord

Show them thee extent of Your grace
The limitless mercy to which they can cling
Shower them with love never-ending
Give peace beyond what can be imagined

You, oh Lord are the passion that comes from within
I pray You consume hearts like a fire
Reveal the truth of Your word
Ignite feelings never felt before

Be a light in me, oh Lord, for the hearts of the lost
May the words I speak come only from You
Give me gentleness that resonates in the lives of others
Let Your love flow through me and into them

If

If. A simple little two letter word with a powerful impact! If is an oft ignored word that is thought little of, until it is given in context:

 If you clean your room you can go to the mall with your friends.
I will help you move this weekend, if you pack all the little things in the house first.
If you want this job, you have to commute two hours each day.
I know that if you try harder and study more, you will pass the class.

We truly are a society built on “if” when you stop to think about it. In its definition, “if” is a condition on which something depends, an uncertain possibility, or a supposition. The word “if” is used by most people at least a few times a day, and even more if you have children! It is also used in scripture quite frequently—-about 1500 times actually. God has placed a few “if-then” items in His word. They are typically associated with rules in Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and other old testament books. But it is also used fairly frequently in new testament as well…and once again, it is usually attached to a rule or direction of some sort.

I was reading a daily devotional the other day and came across this “if” scripture in 1 Peter 2:1-3.

Therefore, having put aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy, envies, and evil speaking,
like newborn babies, crave the pure spiritual milk, that by it you might grow up in salvation,
if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

“If” you have tasted that the Lord is good. Hmmm. One cannot put away the old, the ugly, and the evil without tasting that the Lord is good, and desiring to do His will. We, as Christians, often expect everyone know or have some idea about the Lord’s goodness, but alas, that is not so. Many are lost in doubt and fear, stuck in a place of distrust, and have never tasted the goodness of God, never experienced his mercy and grace, never been embraced by his unending or unfailing love. They have never been show the light of God because no one has taken the time to do so!

Be the light.  Be the salt. Illuminate the hearts and minds of those around you with the loving word of God, and let them taste and see that the Lord is good. Be kind when you want to tell someone off. Forgive when all you want is revenge. Be gentle when what you desire is to fight. Use words of encouragement instead of gossip, vulgarity, and cursing. Help those in need. Share the beauty and goodness of God, so everyone can indeed taste the goodness of the Lord.

“If” you truly want to turn hearts to the Lord, then you must walk in His ways and be the blessing he has called you to be in the lives of those around you!  What “if” you lived your life for the Lord, what wonderful things he could do through you!?

God bless and keep you, and may your heart never doubt, your mind never fear, and your soul rest assured that the Lord is good indeed!

All my love ❤

Salvation Message

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world,
but that the world might be saved through Him.  ~ John 3:16-17

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I am so honored and humbled that the amazing, all-powerful God of the universe loves me enough to sacrifice his one and only Son so that my sins could be washed away, and I can have everlasting life in the Kingdom of Heaven.  What is truly amazing is that God made this possible and accessible to everyone, not just me, not just you, but to everyone!  Every human being is sinful and falls short of the perfection required to enter the gates of heaven.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God ~ Romans 3:23

  as it is written: “There is no one righteous, no not one..” ~ Romans 3:10

  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. ~ John 1:8

But God being filled with love, grace, and mercy desires that no one perish.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world,
but that the world might be saved through Him.”  ~ John 3:16

 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life;
but he who does not obey the Son will not see life,
but the wrath of God abides on him.”~ John 3:36 

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise,
as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us,

not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” ~ 2 Peter 3:9.

He has given everyone the chance to shed the old sinful self, and take on a new, righteousness through Christ’s sacrifice

Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–
his good, pleasing and perfect will.  ~ Romans 12:2

When we accept Christ as our Savior, acknowledging and believing that he is the Son of God come to the world, was crucified on the cross for our sins, buried, and rose again, we have God’s promise of eternal life.  We have the hope of something beyond this broken world.  We have faith that we can have a relationship with God that will bring us peace, joy, hope, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and oh so much more!

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,”
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified,
and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—
the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,
for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. ~ Romans 10:9-13

I was watching some videos on YouTube and enjoyed this one by Kirk Cameron.  He speaks about sin, grace, truth, and the message of salvation.   May it enlighten you to the salvation message, and bless you as it did me.  God bless and keep you always in his truth and love ❤

Jesus….the ReAsoN for the SeaSoN

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, Counselor, The mighty God,
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
~ Isaiah 9:6

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold,
I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
~ Luke 2:11

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
~ John 3:16

Jesus is the Reason

Christmas day is here at last

With presents and decorations galore

The tree stands aglow

Twinkling like the stars in the night sky

A reminder of the that one blessed eve

Over 2,000 years ago

The angels appeared to the shepherds below

Telling the birth of Immanuel

He is the ultimate gift and Savior to the lost world

Born in Bethlehem, a lowly babe

Sent from Heaven above

God gave us His only Son to live and die

A sacrifice for all mankind

Though presents are lovely

And stockings filled with goodies bring a smile

Remember that fateful night long ago

He is the reason we celebrate

The magi came from afar to worship and adore

They brought Him gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh

The gifts we give to one another are thoughtful indeed

But the best gift we can give

Is the message of eternal life and love

Give the true gift of Christmas this year

Give the message of God’s mercy and grace

The promise of forgiveness of sins

A hope for an eternal life spent with Him

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 God bless and keep you and your family always, and may you have the courage to share the love and sacrifice of Christ on this blessed Christmas day!

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Go Tell it on the Mountain! Jesus Christ is Born!!

And then he told them,  “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” ~ Mark 16:15

Share the love, share the message!  Jesus Christ was born to save you, to save me, to save us all!  Come to Him, ask Him into your heart, live in Him, walk with Him, take up your cross and follow Him, and celebrate Eternal life!  May the message of Christ be with you now and always, shining bright for all to see.
God bless!  All my love ❤