Thursday, September 4, 2014

Do you share as you should? from "His Kindness Year Round"

While Jesus walked on earth, He commissioned us to be disciples and spread the gospel through the world. My greatest passion is God. He's the One I love most, try to please most; He's my best friend.  He is my reason for being.

Matthew 22:37 “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."

But do I share Him as I should?

Several months ago I spoke to a friend the day before her birthday.  I know in recent years she had been attending chapel and Bible studies.  On occasion we’d briefly discuss our Bible studies and prayer, but I never asked her if she had a relationship with God.  Not just the experience of religion with chapel, studies, or friendship with a chaplain, but if she was saved by the blood of Jesus and had a relationship with Him.

Three days after our last phone conversation, I was told she had a life threatening illness.  Nine days after my last conversation with her, she passed away quietly and peacefully at home with family at her side. Obviously, I'll never have the opportunity now to ask her about her relationship with God, or if she would spend eternity in heaven.  

Ask yourself that important question:  Do you have a relationship with the Father in which you will spend eternity with Him?  Do you know if others in your daily circles are followers of Jesus?  Who do you need to be asking that important question to?

Fuel your fire for the Lord. Make Him your passion. Share Him with others.  Because one day, it's going to be too late.

Joshua 24:15 “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.  But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Your sister in Him,


Monday, August 25, 2014

I have a new FROG in my life! from "His Kindness Year Round"

Several years ago, I dearly held onto the word FROG. As a reminder, I have several little ceramic or glass frogs, stuffed animal frogs, froggie earrings, etc. People have their own version for the acronym, but I chose: Forever Rely On God. (I've seen Fully and Faithfully also.)

Well, I have a new FROG in my life.

Sometimes the situations and circumstances in life seem to occupy too much of our time and minds. To help me stay on tract as to WHO is most important and should be first and foremost in my thoughts, I think of my new FROG . . .

F helps me to remember to immediately take a thought from away from a circumstance, and Focus on the Father. He's the answer to all the trials. He's my Father -- I'm His daughter -- I'm a child of the Most High! That's something to shout about!

Galatians 4:6-7 “Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father’. So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir.”

R encourages me to Rejoice in everything! As someone recently shard in a devotional, release our faith in the Father by praising Him, telling Him we know He already knows the plan, the answer, a plan for a future and hope. Rejoice!

Psalm 64:10 “The righteous will rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in Him; all the upright in heart will glory in Him.”

O reminds me to Offer all burdens to Him, because He's waiting and very willing to accept them. Think about it. If a family member or friend or neighbor or co-worker or stranger offered to take your burdens, wouldn't you gladly give them over? I would! God is telling us to cast our cares -- give our burdens to Him. So why should we hold onto them?

1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you.”

G again urges me to Glorify God!  He is worthy of all praise! Blessed is His name!

Psalm 63:6 “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.”

FROG in every situation of life!

Your sister in Him,


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jesus really does love me! from "His Kindness Year Round"

John 3:16 "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."

I fully understand from John 3:16 how wonderfully God loves ME.  He loves you, also, of course, and He loves ME.  To sacrifice the life of His Son so I may have eternal life, He obviously loves me, always has and always will.

From a well-known childhood song:

"Yes, Jesus loves me,
Yes, Jesus loves me,
Yes, Jesus loves me,
The Bible tells me so."

2 Timothy 3:16a "All scripture is God-breathed . . ."

The Bible repeatedly tells us that God loves us.  Timothy tells us the Word is directly from God. And we know if it's in the Word, it is truth.  Deduction:  The Bible tells us of His love; the Bible is directly from God; therefore, JESUS LOVES US!

Romans 8:38-39 "For I know that nothing can keep us from the love of God.  Death cannot!  Life cannot!  Angels cannot!  Leaders cannot!  Any other power cannot!  Hard things now or in the future cannot!  The world above or the world below cannot!  Any other living thing cannot keep us away from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord."

No matter what the circumstance, never forget that Jesus loves you!

1 John 3:1 "See what great love the Father has for us that He would call us His children.  And that is what we are.  For this reason the people of the world do not know who we are because they did not know Him."

WOW -- we are HIS children!  How amazing is that!  And He is our Father.  Hold on to that realization.  It's a love beyond my thoughts. 

Jesus loves me, and you.

Prayerfully, your sister in the Father,


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Do you have a Barnabas in your life? from "His Kindness Year Round"

Acts 9:26-27 “When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the followers.  But they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe he was a true follower!  Then Barnabas helped him by taking him to the apostles.  He explained how Saul had seen the Lord and how the Lord had spoken to him.  Barnabas also said that when Saul was in Damascus, he had spoken bravely in the name of Jesus.”
I recently heard a pastor teaching Acts 9.  He gave a personal testimony of an occasion in which he was ministering where he knew no one.  Until, God placed a ‘Barnabas’ in his life.  Barnabas stepped up from the others in the church body and community to be a friend; to support this pastor and introduce him to the church and the vicinity; to help the newcomer feel welcome and give him the sense of belonging, without the minister asking for help.  ‘Barnabas’ was a gift from God.

We aren't mind readers, and often people need to speak up and ask for assistance when needed.  But there’s also nothing wrong in asking someone from time to time if there is anything you can do for them.  Or in doing a deed of kindness, just because.  When you know one in need, or when someone desires to experience the treasure of a friendly face and the sense of belonging, please don’t think everyone else will be the ‘Barnabas’.  Step up and take the role. 

I understand we are busy and have our own trials.  But as I've said more times than you've wanted to see, even a smile or greeting is a precious gift to give another.
God shows us kindness year round. Extend your kindness.  Be a ‘Barnabas’.

2 Corinthians 6:1 “As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it.”
Philemon 1:6-7 “And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ.  Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.”

If you have one true, not superficial, Barnabas in your life, you are deeply blessed. More than one is priceless.

Your sister in Him,

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Body piercing from "His Kindness Year Round"

Body piercing? Yes.

I recently saw a bumper sticker that read "Body piercing saved my life."

Upon seeing it, I was caught off guard . . . . until I saw the picture of the Savior on the cross.

Isaiah 53:5 "But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed."

John 19:34 “Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.”

Body piercing saved my life.  I can’t say I display the bumper sticker or wear the t-shirt, but I can say the piercing of Jesus body, His death and resurrection, enabled me to choose to become His child to serve Him.  His body piercings saved me from eternity in the lake of fire.

2 Corinthians 4:14-15 “Because we know that the One who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to Himself.  All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”

Body piercing saved my life.  I'm thankful to the Lord for His great sacrifice for our sins!

Saved because of Him,


Friday, July 18, 2014

Nearer the Light from "His Kindness Year Round"

Someone asked me what I have been up to. My reply: sweating! Literally. But, that's another story.  However, it did make me think.

Naturally, we enjoy a comfortable life. When we have a healthy aspect of our lives removed, it can cause our flesh to rebel. We don't generally like losing healthy comforts.

So ponder this . . . . . we know in our souls that salvation and a close relationship with the Lord is necessary to be a follower of Jesus and spend eternity with Him. If we begin walking away from that relationship, we are deliberately removing a healthy, vital part of our lives.

Why would we do that? Why would we take something as critical and necessary to us as our relationship with the Father and put it in danger? Why would we walk away from the Light and into sin?

Matthew 4:17 "From then on Jesus began to preach, "Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near."

The enemy comes is to kill, steal and destroy, to devour. With the death and resurrection of our Savior, we can’t allow satan the victory. Run to the Light, grow in Him, love and celebrate Him. He is our all.

Ephesians 2:13 "But now you have united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to Him through the blood of Christ."

Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord . . . . . . nearer to the Light.

Your sister in the Him,


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Are you proud? from "His Kindness Year Round"

I am!
Generally when a believer Biblically thinks of pride, we think of references from God’s Word of pride being sinful.  With the upcoming birthday celebration of our nation, how do you feel about being a part of this great country?  How do you feel about being a Christian?

This nation is not perfect by any means, but it still remains a great land to live.  The body of Christ is not flawless either, but we continue to strive to be obedient and pleasing to the Lord.
I’m delighted and grateful to be an American.  I’m furthermore extremely honored and pleased to be called a follower of Jesus. 

There are positive Biblical references of pride.   Paul writes:

Romans 11:13 “I am talking to you Gentiles.  Insomuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry. “

2 Corinthians 7:4 “I have spoken to you with great frankness; I take great pride in you.  I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.”

Galatians 6:4 “Each one should test their own actions.  Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.”

I am proud to be an American and celebrate her birthday.  I am proud to be a Christian and celebrate the Father. 

Your sister in Him,