Are you Starving?

How often when we are hungry do we say, “I’m starving!?” I know I’ve said it. I know I’ve heard my husband say it, and I’ve heard others say it too. But, the Lord reminded me that there are people in the world who truly ARE starving. People who don’t have enough to eat, who don’t know where their next meal will come from, or even when they will have something to eat again. We’ve all seen pictures of the starving children with the extended bellies, dying from lack of nourishment. Breaks our hearts to see them, doesn’t it?

But we can still be starving even when our bellies are filled. We can be starving for love that God alone can give. Have you read His word today my friend? Have you gotten your fill of truth for your life today? Have you met with Him in prayer? Be still before your Heavenly Father and bring your requests to Him. He promises to meet ALL your needs.

                                                                                                                                                  

Psalm 107:9 : for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

John 6:35 : Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

John 4:14 : but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

Revelation 7:16 : Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.

Be Still and Know

“God says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

So much to do, so many things to accomplish. Lord, where do I begin?

“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

Really Lord? Be STILL??

How can I be still when my mind is going in 16 different directions at once??  Well, maybe not 16…but a lot of directions for sure!

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Not my Jesus

I am intrigued by opinions some people seem to have about Jesus. Comments such as “my Jesus isn’t like that” when referring to whether or not a person will be welcomed into heaven when they leave this earth.  This is usually followed by, “I believe…” or “My Jesus would…” or even, “My Jesus wouldn’t…”

~ So, my friend, I ask you, Can there be more than one Jesus?  Can “your” Jesus be different than “mine”?

We all want to think we will go to Heaven when we die, don’t we?  We all want to think that people we love will go to heaven when they die.  Then we figure out reasons why we think our Jesus will accept that person.

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It’s In There!

Remember the Prego tagline, “It’s in there?”

Listening to Pastor George Pearsons from Eagle Mountain International Church this morning, I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to write this when he made the statement, “It’s in there!”

Do you realize how many good things God wants you to accomplish?  Do you know for certain that everything you need to know for life and godliness is found in His word, the Bible?  Yes, my friend!!  It’s In There!! Continue reading

She’s a Good Person!!

She’s surely going to heaven because she’s a good person!

Conversation with a friend led to this statement, and this friend was so certain her loved one would surely be accepted into Heaven because of this.

Wow!  That would be great if all we had to do was be a good person to get to Heaven, wouldn’t it?

But, if that were true, why did Jesus suffer such a cruel death on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins?  If we can get into Heaven just by being good, then His death was useless, in vain, meaningless.

Think about it.  God sent His one and only Son, the sacrificial lamb who took away all the sins of the world!  John 3:16 says that 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.

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Daniel 4

Have you ever read the book of Daniel in the Bible?  This is a very interesting account in Chapter 4 of the King’s dream and God’s fulfillment of its meaning.  It was a warning to King Nebuchadnezzar but he failed to heed that warning and so it came to pass in his life.

I love this story about King Nebuchadnezzar because it shows not only God’s judgement & wrath toward someone who blatantly refuses to acknowledge Him and instead exalts himself, but it also shows God’s mercy and love when that person repents and gives God the praise and worship due His name.

Be careful my Internet friend if you are rejecting God.  Take heed to this story of a king who was humbled by God and everything he exalted about himself was taken away.  BUT, be encouraged that repentance leads to forgiveness and restoration.  Praise God, live for Him.  He will lift you up and restore to you all that has been lost or taken away.

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Being the Right Person

I’ve heard it said that marriage is not so much about finding the right person but being the right person.  I found this statement quite thought-provoking.

I’ve also heard it said that marriage is not a 50-50 relationship but instead 100-100, one in which each partner is giving 100% effort.

God ordained marriage, and God created relationships, and I do believe that God wants us to give 100% to everything we do.

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Isaiah 53

I’ve been spending time lately journaling things the Holy Spirit speaks to me as I read the Bible.  I would like to share what I’ve written from Isaiah 53.  I hope it will bless you.  I would love for you to comment and share whatever God speaks to your heart too!

Isaiah 53 is the book in the Old Testament that speaks of Jesus.  Many Jews have been puzzled by these scriptures through the years because they did not recognize Jesus as their Messiah.

  1. a tender shoot, a root out of dry ground, no beauty or majesty, despised & rejected by men, a man of sorrows, suffering
  2. he took up our infirmities, carried our sorrows, stricken & smitten by God, afflicted (with our sorrows), pierced for OUR transgressions (everything we’ve ever done), crushed for our iniquities (he took it all upon himself)
  3. punishment to Him=peace for us
  4. Our wayward ways (iniquities) were all placed on Jesus!!
  5. oppressed & afflicted
  6. taken as a lamb to the slaughter (silent, said nothing)
  7. He was oppressed & judged, stricken
  8. It was God’s will to crush him & cause him to suffer
  9. He bore the sins of many & made intercession for the transgressors

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Sing to the Lord a New Song

So, here we are in 2017. Are we ready to embrace a new year, possibly one of change? Are we willing to boldly forge ahead in whatever areas God leads us?

I don’t know about you but fear of the unknown can be enough to stop me dead in my tracks.  Today I’m finding encouragement from portions of Psalm 116 and 118.  Won’t you join me in reflecting on these verses?

I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my supplications.  Psalm 116:1  Isn’t it comforting to know that God hears us?  He cares about what matters to us!

Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.  Psalm 116:2 ~  As long as I live!!  Whether that time be long or short, I know I need to call upon Him, trust Him, and follow Him all my days! Continue reading

Making an Impact on Those You May Never Meet

Do you ever wonder if the things you do or say in life have any impact beyond the moment, the one person?  Have you ever wondered if you could possibly have an impact on someone you may never meet?

I came across an email I had saved a couple years ago, thinking I would one day compose a blog post about the topic, but I could never say it any better than BlueprintForLife.com: “Sometimes we think our part in God’s story doesn’t matter. But, it does because we all affect others, often without realizing it. Check out this short video about how you are making an impact on people you have never even met.”

So keep living for Jesus my friend!  You never know what impact you might have!