Thursday, April 17, 2014

No Greater Love

As we approach Easter weekend, I've been reading about and reflecting on the days leading up to the Crucifixion of Jesus. Since tomorrow is Good Friday--the day symbolizing when the actual Crucifixion took place--I've been really thinking a lot about the horrific torture done to an undeserving Man. Thinking of the perfect innocence of Jesus, and knowing that He endured that most painful death moves me to tears. He paid the ultimate price for you and for me---although we are far from perfect. But He did that, because He LOVES us so very much.
Our human minds cannot fully comprehend a love of that magnitude---but we can be certain that no greater love was ever shown.
This makes me stop and think: Am I showing Jesus each day how much I love Him? Am I striving to be the best person I can be? Oh, that I would live each day showing Jesus how much I love Him!

  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  John 15:13

Monday, April 7, 2014

Through the Deep Waters

Christian author Kim Vogel Sawyer has written yet another book that I absolutely LOVED and highly recommend. Through the Deep Waters is set in 1883 Kansas, and the story follows Dinah Hubley and Amos Ackerman.
Beginning with a heart-wrenching situation, the author weaves an amazing tale of healing, forgiveness, and love. My heart ached for Dinah, raised in a brothel and feeling unloved. Amos, a gentle Christian man who was a chicken farmer, made the perfect hero for this story.
As I followed Dinah's journey as she pursues a new life, and Amos's determination to show Christ's love to her, I read with tears in my eyes at times.
Through the Deep Waters is a story that clearly shows  no matter how broken a person feels, or how painful a past, the Lord can heal and restore life and joy.
Even though I have genuinely enjoyed ALL of Kim Vogel Sawyer's books, this one just might be her very best one yet.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Amazing April

The month of April is one of my favorites, and I'm sure lots of folks would agree. Here in Georgia the spring season is evident---buds, blooms, and beauty around us. Some of the cherry trees are at their peak right now and are breathtaking!
It really is amazing how a matter of days earlier many of these same trees were barren, yet now are filled with beautiful color.
But it's not just the beauty of springtime that makes April such an amazing time. For Christians, we'll celebrate Easter later this month, and that's the MOST amazing event of all. To think that Jesus came to earth so many years ago, then died for OUR sins, and then ROSE from the grave is more amazing than we could ever put into words!!  Jesus Christ conquered death!! And He did that for you - - and for me. To think that He loves us so very much is BEYOND amazing!!!

He is not here: for He is risen, as He said.   Matthew 28:6

Sunday, March 16, 2014

MARCHing into Spring

As I type this in the middle of March, birds are chirping outside my window---a sound I truly love. Even though most of the trees in my area are still bare, I know the Spring season is on the way! And while each season is special and has its own beauty, Spring is one of my two favorites.
There's something wonderful about buds and blooms appearing after a long winter with bare branches and not much color. So during these last official days of winter, I will keep glancing out my window now and then, knowing that the trees I'm viewing will soon be covered with lush greenery and blooms. The air will be warmer, and those birds that have been serenading me will continue their songs. And I'll be reminded yet again of the One who created the seasons, and how He made each one exactly long enough!
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork.  Psalm 19:1

Friday, February 28, 2014

February Fun, Flu, and Felines

It just so happens that the main topics in this blog post all begin with the letter "f" - - which also is the beginning letter of this month of February---a month that has flown by!  I could've also added frustration, because this is my 3rd or 4th attempt at posting a blog this month (for some reason after I've written the blog each time, then my computer "froze"---YIKES! Another word beginning with f!).
So, I am trying yet again and hope this time the blog goes through. ~
As a child, I always loved the month of February---mainly due to Valentine's Day, of course. If my Daddy had lived, today would've been his birthday, and birthdays have always been special, fun times in my family.
A fun time I had earlier this month was when my oldest daughter and I spent a weekend at our coast. Our hotel room overlooked a river, and the view was beautiful! An added bonus that weekend was being blessed with lovely, sunny weather our entire trip, Thank the Lord.
And then came a not-so-fun time: I became very sick with an infection and the flu. Thankfully I'm much better now, but was feeling very rough for a while.
Earlier today I glanced at my February calendar, thinking about how quickly this month zipped by, and it occurred to me that tomorrow is the birthday for 3 of my felines! A sweet stray Calico cat (now part of our family) gave birth to kittens on February 29, 2008 (Leap Day) on my front porch. Since this is not a Leap Year, tomorrow (March 1) will be their 6th birthday. I'll give them some special treats, but am thinking that I might enjoy celebrating with some ice-cream. Sounds like a fun way for one month to end and a new month to begin!
No matter if we go through fun times, frustrating times, or times of illness, we can be sure that the Lord is with us through it all. And that thought gives me peace and comfort that nothing else can---not even ice-cream.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  Colossians 3:15

Monday, January 27, 2014

JOY in January

We're approaching the end of January, and as I think back over the weather we've had so far in this new year---it's been very unpredictable. Today was almost spring-like in my area, yet tomorrow we're supposed to receive SNOW! We've had some extremely cold, windy days with lots of sunshine. Other days have been dismal and dreary, with gray skies and no sunshine.
But even on those days of bleak-looking weather, we can rest assured that the spring season will arrive before too long, and brighter days will be plentiful.
So often in life we might go through bleak times, and our mood might feel dismal--but we can rest assured that even in those times, our Lord is in control. For a Christian believer, we have the assurance that no matter what our circumstances, we are never alone---the Lord is always with us. Most importantly for Christians, we know that we will live forever with our Lord, and that thought alone should give us JOY that can brighten even the darkest of days. No matter what we're going through or might encounter in this new year, we know the Lord loves us and is with us. What a JOYful thought!!

...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
                                                                       Psalm 30:5

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Don't Fear the Year

As we reach the end of yet another year (HOW does time go by so quickly?) lots of folks are busily preparing lists of goals and planning what they hope to accomplish in the coming year.
Sadly, some folks actually dread the upcoming year--worrying about finances, health, and many other concerns.
Yes, I'll admit I've always been a worrier myself. But with the Lord's help I am overcoming my needless habit of worrying so much--okay, I'm a work in progress, but thankfully my Lord is VERY patient with me!
All of this to say that for Christians, we don't NEED to worry about an upcoming year--or any time in the future. Because no matter what concerns we may face--whether health, financial, relationship--the Lord is so much bigger than our problems and concerns, and HE has everything under control. So we need to do the very best we can in all areas of our life, and TRUST in Him.
As I mentioned earlier, I'm a work in progress, but have found something that has helped me a lot in recent years. If I make sure to spend a good portion of my day with Him, it helps me tremendously!
Reading my Bible, praying, listening to sermons by my favorite pastor (even while doing household chores)--all of these strengthen my walk with the Lord. And the stronger my walk of faith is, the better I'll be able to handle any problems that confront me. I still have a ways to go, but I'm working on it--because I don't ever want to fear anything in the future, but instead look forward to living another year for my Lord. He deserves my BEST, after all! ~ May you have a very blessed 2014, and if you don't know the Lord Jesus, may you welcome Him into your life. I promise you, He is ALL you need!
But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.        Philippians 4:19