START PRAISING!

The Bible says “God inhabits the praises of His people.” -Psalm 22:3

When we get to feeling low…when everything seems to be going wrong…when the devil’s voice is louder than God’s whisper….  It’s time to start praising!

Satan used to be the director of music in heaven.  But when he lost his position and was cast out of heaven, he began to distort music.  When we sing praises to God Almighty, the devil can’t stand it!

Do you want to get rid of his influence in your life?  Do you want to hear the whisper of God?  Do you want changes in your bleak situations?

Then ….  START PRAISING YOUR SAVIOR!  GIVE HONOR TO YOUR REDEEMER!

Anita

LOST NO MORE!

I wrote this poem back in 2009.  I was that lost lamb until Jesus found me!  Hope it speaks to you… -anita

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There’s an old song sung,

Where a story is told,

Of ninety-nine sheep,

Who were safe in the fold.

But one lamb was lost,

It had gone astray;

Up on the mountain…

In the hills far away.

So the Shepherd went looking,

For that wayward, lost sheep.

Though the road He traveled,

Was rough and steep;

He knew it would soon die,

If not in His care;

And the thought of that,

Was more than the Shepherd could bear!

So, He crossed through waters

That were dangerous and deep

With the night dark and long,

As He searched for that sheep.

Then out in the desert,

He heard its sad bleating.

It was wounded, and bruised,

It’s life quickly fleeting.

The Shepherd gently placed

The lamb on His shoulders;

And trudged up that mountain,

O’er rocks and boulders.

As the lamb looked back

At the path now trod,

He saw drops of blood

On the rocks, and the sod.

The Shepherd was bleeding,

His hands-ripped, and torn;

His precious brow…

Pierced, by many a thorn!

His side bled too,

And so did His feet;

Then that sorrowful lamb

Began to bleat.

“Dear Shepherd, forgive

This wandering sheep,

That strayed from the fold

To the mountains steep!

I know I was wayward,

I was stubborn and strayed;

Now, you’ve suffered

Much anguish

Because I went

My own way!

Forgive me Dear Shepherd!”

The lamb did bleat.

But the Shepherd cried loudly…

“I have found my sheep!”

“Though I’m battered, and bruised,

And beaten sore,

It was worth it all…

For this lamb’s lost no more!

My sheep that was lost

No longer will roam!

So rejoice and make ready,

For we’re on our way home!”

-Anita Mondragon 2009

ASLEEP IN JESUS…BLESSED SLEEP!

My good friends mother recently passed away and the viewing was yesterday.  She knew Jesus as her Savior, so there was no weeping and wailing….everyone knew where she had gone.

As I stood before her casket, I was amazed at how young and peaceful she looked!  When they told me she was 91, I could hardly believe it.  She honestly looked as though she was sleeping.  That’s when I remembered the above song.

The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18:

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep [a]in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive [b]and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a [c]shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive [d]and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Rest in peace Mary!  We’ll see you soon…

anita

 

 

WHY DID GOD CRATE THIS EARTH?

Here’s an excellent one from Lee!  Take time to ponder on this as you read it.  Be blessed! -anita

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WHY DID GOD CREATE THIS EARTH?

As I was praying recently, as so often happens, a thought came to me out of nowhere. My thought: “Why did God create this earth and the people in it? And why in this particular place at this particular time?”

As I thought about this, it came to my mind that God seems to have created this earth, in part, as a safe place for mankind to live and thrive. Ps 155:16 says: “The heavens are the heavens of the Lord; but the earth He has given to the sons of men.” And in Rev 4:11 we read: “…for You [God] created all things, and they exist because You created what You pleased.” In Acts 17:25 the Bible says “…neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything….”

Now certainly God has shown His great power in creating all there is, and He is certainly worthy of our constant praise for doing so. Rev 4:11 quoted above also says, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power.”

I’m rather amused as I read in the news from time to time that science has found some possible evidence of life on other planets. My first thought is: “So what; God can do anything He pleases!” Then my rational mind kicks in and I think along these lines: Light travels at a speed of 186,000 miles per second. The nearest star to us (besides the sun) is Proxima Centauri and it is 4.24 light-years away (my assumption here is that planets orbit stars just as earth does). Since a light year is about 6 trillion miles in distance, that puts the next star some 25.44 trillion miles from us. Now the International Space Station orbits earth at 17,150 mph. If we were to set the space station (or other space-worthy vehicle) on a course to Proxima Centauri it would take that vehicle 61,666,666 days to reach that star. Since a typical 75-year life is about 27,300 days, the space traveler would be long dead before ever reaching the goal of visiting that star. So what’s my point?

Maybe God did put life on another planet, but I rather doubt it. He made mankind in the image of the trinity [Gen 1:26], and He sent His Son to die to reconcile us (make peace) with Himself. I can’t even fathom a scenario where Jesus has to atone more than once for sinful creatures like us. In fact I find that thought beyond offensive and distasteful! But, assuming God did in fact create another place where some form of living beings exist, they are so far away, I doubt it’s possible for us to ever interact with them.  And for what purpose if we ever did encounter other created beings? Maybe we could compare notes on what God has done for us!

So here we are, effectively isolated in this vast universe. And whether we admit to the existence of God or not, we ultimately are completely and totally reliant on Him to even exist in what is clearly a violent and dangerous universe (lack of oxygen, massive temperature variations, radiation damage/mutations, and potential collisions with bodies such as meteorites are just some of the deadly elements found in space).

It seems to me that God has created this Eden-like place we call Earth just for us to be safe in. The fact that we have been alive here successfully for some several thousand years [see Genesis] appears to be evidence of that fact. And the dangerous character of outer space aside, the earth itself has some dangerous potential: hurricanes, volcanic calderas like the one in northern Wyoming, tsunamis, among others, all dictate that at some point the earth may also become uninhabitable.

Yet, year after year, God allows us to live here. Rom 5:8 says that while we were still sinners, Jesus died for us. In Ephesians 1:4-5 we read that God chose us in love even before the foundation of the world. Maybe we can deduce that God loves us and wants to keep us safe while we learn to love Him back.

-LEE PIERCE

TOMORROW…

Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
    Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God—
    soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face.
    He’s my God.-Psalm 42:5 (The Message)

Do you find yourself worrying about tomorrow and what it may bring?  Are you anxious and fretful?  Sad and depressed?

You need to  fix your eyes on the Lord, call out to Him, and see His deliverance!  He will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart!

anita

 

DO YOU REALLY? BELIEVE, I MEAN…

I would like you to take a moment and reflect as you listen to the words of the following song.

Ask yourself….

“Do I feel this way about the presence of Jesus in MY life?”

“Do I desire His presence more than anything else in this world?”

“Do I trust Him to do the impossible in my life and the lives of my family and friends?”

“Can I truly say, ‘I BELIEVE!’ ?”

anita

 

MY LITTLE ADVENTURE WITH GOD…

Last week, one of our cars broke down, so we’ve been down to one vehicle.  That means I have to put on my chauffeur hat, and take hubby to work, (in Commerce City-east) take our son to school, (on the west side of town) in the a.m. and then do it all over again in the p.m.

For those of you who don’t know me personally, I must admit this is quite a feat for me!  I don’t drive all that much anymore, so I am frazzled by the time I’m back from this harrowing ordeal!  LOL!

So…Here’s what happened on Friday last week…

I could almost hear God say, “You need to trust Me!  I’ve got you!”  But, instead of trusting Him, I began to lean on my own understanding-which isn’t too proficient might I add.  Am I alone in this boat?  I don’t think so! 🙂

I kept fretting because the car I drive is old and worn out.  The brakes need repairing,  the check engine light is always on, etc.  A few weeks ago, it wouldn’t go into reverse…and now it is having trouble going into drive!  So….I fret!

I got my husband to work, and my son to school just fine.  No incidents.  So, in the afternoon, I went to pick up my son from school.  I was stopped at a light, and when it turned green, I stepped on the gas…and nothing happened.  Folks were honking at me, racing around me, flipping me off and cursing!  I threw my hands up in the air and said sorry…but it didn’t seem to help the rage they were feeling.

I began to pray, “Jesus!  Please help me at least get to the side of the road!”  Now, keep in mind…I’m 66, alone, not strong enough to push my car out of traffic, and…and this is a BIG AND…I only have $5.00 and some change in my purse.  Not enough for a cab, or a Uber or Lyft!

Well, to make a LONG story short, God got it started.  It did the same thing two more times, and completely died on me once before I got to the school.  I called my husband and he told me to find and Auto Zone and ask for transmission fluid.  I finally found one! I went in and told the guy what I needed.  He went and got it for me…but it was $7.49 plus tax….  The look on my face must have been that of desperation as I said, “Oh God!  I only have $5.00 and some change…don’t you have anything cheaper?”  The guy didn’t say a word.  He just cancelled it out, and rung it up to $4.99 plus tax.  I saw the total and exclaimed, “Oh thank You Jesus!”  The guy just smiled and patted me on the shoulder as I began to blubber.

We went back on Saturday to look for this kind “angel” and thank him.  When we did, and tried to pay the difference, he said, “No need…it was from the heart!”

Wow!  I saw the hands and feet of Jesus that day!  When we let God work through us, we have no idea what kind of impact we make on those around us!

Let God use you today to help someone.  Be and “angel”.  Be His hands and feet.  Be kind and compassionate.  BE JESUS WITH SKIN ON!

Anita

DOES YOUR BATTERY NEED RECHARGING?

 “Bad company corrupts good character.” -1 Corinthians 15:33   

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I am always reminded of this verse when I hang out with my ‘old’ crowd.  I’m not saying they are bad folks…they just don’t KNOW the Lord.  They have a different master than I do.  And, I’m not saying I’m perfect…because I’m far from it!

For me, when the forces of darkness, (satan and his imps)  seem to out-number the force of Light, (Jesus) I find myself falling back into my old ways.  I am ashamed to admit it, but I hear myself spewing forth cursing and bitterness, find myself laughing at ungodly jokes…just pretty much joining in, and being part of the crowd.  Why?  I forgot to put on all my armor!

But…the Bible says that we as Believers are to be a beacon of Light.  We are to be a “peculiar” people.  That means, don’t blend in…stand out!  Folks are supposed to see a difference in us.  That difference will cause curiosity.  IF we show them something different…love instead of hate…joy instead of depression…peace instead of turmoil, they will want to know what we have, and how we obtained it!  Then we can share the Gospel with them!

I am appalled at myself when I fall back into my ‘old’ ways!    I’m sure my old friends are surprised as well when they hear me talk like I used to, or see me do the things I used to do; for when I was first saved, I witnessed to them, and they saw something different in me…a change.

So…does that mean we are not to ever be with the ‘old’ crowd?

NO!  It means we are to be with them…but we need to be sure and put on all of our armor before we go…for it will be a battle of Good against evil!  We need to be a bright light to the world…not a dim candle!  So, suit up and get ready for war!  Show those poor lost souls on the battlefield of life the way to salvation!

BE A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS!

SHINE!

Anita

RENEWING MY VOWS…

We just got home from attending a wedding renewal of vows of our dear friends, Tomas and Camille Cordova.  They have been married for 18 years, and wanted to publicly announce their still abiding love for one another, and make their commitment known to friends and family.  What a beautiful picture!

It reminded me of the time when Jesus found me forty-nine years ago, and made me His bride.  I tell people often about all He’s done for me in these past years, but today…I want to re-announce, and reaffirm  my undying love for Him!  I want to re-commit my life, my will, my emotions…all that I am to Him.  After all, He is the best thing that has ever happened to me!

If you don’t know Him yet, I hope you will soon!  He’ll never leave you.  He always forgives.  And He will love you ALWAYS!  Look at Job 5:8 “If I were in your shoes, I’d go straight to God,  I’d throw myself on the mercy of God.  After all, he’s famous for great and unexpected acts; there’s no end to his surprises. ”  -The Message

I love you Jesus!  Now and for always!

anita