HE’S STILL RIGHT WHERE HE WAS…

Here are the promises I drew for today…

I will NEVER leave thee, nor forsake thee. -Hebrews 13:5

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. -Deuteronomy 33:27

Call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. -Psalm 50:15

“Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come…’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.”  -John Newton

COME…AND REST A WHILE! May 1, 2015

I posted this back in 2015 after going on a fishing trip with my husband to Estes Park. It was a beautiful time! Thought I’d share it with you…. -anita

The Gathering Journal

“And he (Jesus) said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they, (the disciples) had no leisure so much as to eat.”  Mark 6:31

Here I sit…in all the beauty God intended for us; snow-covered mountains, huge boulders, the size of large buildings, clouds coming down so low…it looks as though they are kissing the mountain tops.  The clear blue water, mirroring the glorious sky above.  Birds on wing, sail through the air, seeing what I see…but through different eyes.  The quietness is immense!  When I stop to ponder the boundless love of God, I am overwhelmed!

Why He loves me so, I can’t even begin to understand!  I’ve done nothing to deserve such lavish treatment.  Most of the time, His gifts to me go un-noticed.  He brings a beautiful sunrise each morning, and a breath-taking sunset…

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I HAVE BECOME ALL THINGS…

I’ve already posted this on the blog, but recently got to thinking about God and all the different attributes He has. Take a look…

The Gathering Journal

1 Corinthians 9:19: “For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”

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In the book, The Shack,  you see how God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit became different things to a man who lost his little daughter.  Jesus will…

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SACRIFICES…

Today is the day we honor the men and women of the military for their sacrifice.  Were it not for them, we would not be free!  Many have died in wars now past, and many still willingly give their lives in this present time.  We are grateful to those who still fight for our  freedom!   We salute you!  We thank you!  We give you honor!

There was a Man, who died long ago for your freedom as well!  His name is Jesus.  He rose from the grave three days later, and now sits at the right hand of the Father.  He still fights for your freedom.  He prays and intercedes for you on a daily basis.  He willingly gave His life for you!  Accept Him today!

We thank You Lord for Your sacrifice!  Were it not for YOU…we would still be in bondage!  YOU have set us free!  We give You honor, glory, and praise!

Anita

JESUS CARES…. I KNOW HE DOES!

 

The promise I drew from my box this morning said this…

“Be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.” -1 Chronicles 22:13

Sometimes, this life gets weary…dreary…sad… almost unbearable;  that’s when we need to remember that Jesus cares about our situation!

When His friend Lazarus died, the Bible says in John 11:35 that “Jesus wept.”  He was sad that His friend, Lazarus was gone.  He felt sadness for Mary and Martha, for they were in much grief.  Later in Scripture, we see that Jesus wept over Jerusalem-Luke 19:41-44.  In Isaiah 53:3, we see that,  “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.”

Next time you’re in doubt and think that Jesus doesn’t care about your problems, remember the above verses.  Remember His tears!

I leave you with two short stanzas of poetry…

“In the common round of duty, lift thy heart in praise; For the Lord has surely promised, strength for all thy days! ” -Unknown

 

“He KNOWS our burdens and our crosses,

These things that hurt, our trials and losses, 

He cares for every soul that cries,

God wipes the tears from weeping eyes.” -Brandt

Anita

SAFE IN THE ARMS OF OUR MERCIFUL SAVIOR!

“Fain we would on Thee rely,

Cast on Thee our sin and care:

To Thine arms of mercy fly,

Find our lasting quiet there.” – Unknown

 

The little poem above reminded  me of an old hymn I heard sung at a Mennonite funeral.  It was very comforting to hear it’s words as they laid my loved one to rest.  I knew they were safe in the arms of Jesus, for they had called on Him, and accepted His gift of salvation!  I know I will see them again someday when I reach the other side….  Listen…

 

As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. -John 1:12

Do you want to KNOW for sure that you are held safe within the arms of Jesus?  Just call on His name, believe that His blood will cleanse you from all your sins, and then trust Him!  You are safe within His arms!

Anita

EVEN WITH ALL OUR STRIDES IN TECHNOLOGY…WE AREN’T TOO SMART!

This world has gone topsy-turvy!  Take a look around if you don’t believe me.

Every time you turn on the news, you hear stories of violence…human against human.  Shootings, muggings, rape, racial wars, murder…and the list goes on.  I just heard a story of a road rage incident that led to a shooting near South Parker Road and E-470 on Tuesday, here in Colorado!  People act worse than animals!

Last night, the following story was on the news….  Take a look…and keep in mind that this dog is half Coyote-wild.

Animals are more compassionate than humans.  There are countless stories with videos that prove animals take care of other animals.  Why can’t the human race act accordingly?  If someone is a different color, of a different ethnicity group, or, even a different social status, we as humans find it hard to ‘accept’ and help each other.

There is something wrong with this picture!

Maybe we need to take a lesson from our “Dumb Friends” ….  Looks like they may be smarter than all of us!

Anita

RELATIONSHIP…IS IT REALLY THAT IMPORTANT?

We, Christians hear all the time that we need to have a relationship with Jesus.  We have all heard the Great Commandment…”To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.”  Why is this so important?

First of all, we are called the Bride of Christ.  If we treated our marriage relationship the same way we treat our relationship with Jesus…there would be a divorce!   Most of our conversations with the Lord, consist of what we need Him to do for us.  We rarely ask the question…”What can I do for YOU Lord?”    If your marriage is based solely on the memories of your wedding day, you are missing out on the intimacy of true love.  The same holds true of our relationship with God.  If we only dwell on the day we came to KNOW Him through salvation…we are forfeiting a wonderful, trusting life with him on a daily basis!

Just as your wedding day to your spouse was only the beginning…so it is with the day you accepted Jesus as your Savior.  That was just day one!  There is MORE…much more!  Shellie Rushing Tomlinson puts it this way in her book called Heart Wide Open, and I quote: “Our birth in Christ is just that, a divine starting place without a finish line.”   …”This God Man isn’t meant to be a PART of our lives; He IS our life.”  

How do we find this ‘sweet spot’?  We “ask and keep asking.  We seek and keep seeking, we knock and keep knocking.”  WE CHASE AFTER GOD. -(Shellie)

The more time you spend with Jesus, will cause you to WANT-TO do His will.  You will WANT-TO please Him.  Your broken want-to will no longer get in the way.  Why?  Because you’ve given the brokeness to Him…and He has changed you!

I close with this quote from Shellie: “God doesn’t want to be the Great Spectator of our lives.  He desires to live life with us, in us, and through us, and then to take us home….  Our Father wants to see us enjoy our lives and make merry.  He just wants us to make merry over the right thing…over the Real Thing.  His name is JESUS!”

anita

TECHNOLOGY: HELP OR HAZARD?

Here’s a good one from Lee for us to think about!  Take a look….  -anita

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Technology: Help or Hazard?

I came across an article recently by Dr. John D. Payne, a pastor in Charleston, SC, in which he discussed the technology age in which we live. His thesis is this:  while computers, smart phones and other technological devices are ubiquitous in our culture, they need to be controlled at a personal level.

 

Dr. Payne points out that this electronic information age happened very quickly: Personal computers in homes since the late 1970s, and smart phones in everyone’s purse or pocket just since 2007. It’s a bit frightening to note that young people have never known a time when these devices were not part of their lives. Maybe, in the view of these young folks, even an essential part of their lives!

 

As Christians, Payne suggests we would do well to assess the role these devices play in our lives and how much time and interest we invest in them. And for myself, I would include television in this assessment. Dr. Payne raises this question: “Are we losing our spiritual moorings in this vast and growing ocean of digital technology and omni-connectedness?” He really got my attention when he posed the question, “Could it be that our gadgets and gizmos that guarantee so much are actually fostering a new level of spiritual and relational superficiality in our lives?”

 

Admittedly, I used my laptop to write this blog piece, and certainly, smart phones to stay in touch with work or family are all legitimate uses of available technology. But a valid question to ask ourselves might be: how many hours a day do we sit in front of the TV or at a computer screen looking at the news or events of the day or texting jokes to friends far and near from our phone? None of these things are inherently bad in themselves, but can become a detriment depending upon degree and personal reliance.

 

Dr. Payne quotes a favorite Scripture passage of mine. “Look carefully how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” [Eph 5:15-16] With that verse as a backdrop, I can say I probably spend far too much time on my computer.

 

The real bottom line on this topic is not that it’s a missive on time management. The real teaching is that we must be careful to monitor/control the sources of those entities which influence us, our thinking, and our actions. To the degree we live in a way where our free time is spent poring over the phone-tv-computer screens in our lives it will assuredly affect our relationships, both to friends and family and also to God.  All those ones who love us the most!

 

Dr. Payne astutely reminds us, “Christians should never live passively, allowing the culture to shape and mold them into its image. Indeed, [be careful or] the tools of digital technology that we have shaped will soon be shaping us.”

-Lee Pierce

Honor Your … Mother

I know Mother’s Day just passed, but we should always remember to honor our mothers -everyday, and those who have given wise counsel and advice!
Take a look at the following…I found it on one of my favorite blog sites called Fat Beggars School of Prophets. -anita

Fat Beggars School of Prophets

I am thinking again, as I did in a recent post, about my grandmother who died before I was born.  I only have a few stories my dad has shared with me about her, and I have not really internalized all of them.  But she comes to mind again this Mother’s Day because one of the tales I know of her is how she frequently got called in for disciplinary meetings with the elders from her church, not for her flagrant sins, but for her passion to serve Jesus in ways they did not appreciate!

Yeah.

In the 1950’s and 60’s, women had little or no voice in the church.  That was true almost all the way across the board in American churches.  But in churches of Christ, there were also divisions about whether to support financially children’s homes.  Yes, this was one of the issues that actually divided…

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