RSS Feed

Category Archives: God

The only thing I will ever need…

What I learned this summer

Posted on

I thought that I had posted this when it happened, but I guess I left it in the draft file. This happened in June, but for some reason I am still learning from this experience…

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: Hebrews 12:14

In the last few days, I have had the opportunity to try to live out that verse. Last Saturday, my family received a call that my grandfather was in the hospital in Arizona.

It was a good trip, but being in the car for 20hrs and not knowing what was going to happen once we got there added some tension to the situation. I wish I could say that I was the perfect example of this verse, but that would be a lie. I did however learn the message behind this verse….

We are called to peacemakers in this not peaceful world. We are also called to be holy(separate), not doing the evil that the rest of the world is doing. However, looking at the verse, I realized that some people see this as an impossible task. How can we be peaceable, yet not agreeing to be or do what everyone else is doing??

The answer is found by looking at this verse at a different angle…..

The verse says pursue peace and holiness. So, if you have too much peace, you will be willing to go with the crowd just for the sake of “peace”. If you go to far to the right, and have a “holier then thou” mentality, you will drive everyone away from you. I believe that the healthy balance of both is the only way you can live.

When a person is in the right relationship with the Lord, they will have both peace and holiness. This may seem like an impossible task, but with God’s help…anything is possible.

….

Posted on

I need to be more disciplined. I have some great ideas to post, but just not enough hours in the day to do it. To be more honest, my brain cells are not what they used to be. My sister says it is because I’m 21 now. “Everything is down hill” to quote her. Well, I was loosing my memory before I turned 21.

21 years old….my my, how time is flying by. All I can say is…Great is Thy Faithfulness.

Today I had the chance to live out that wonderful hymn. Will have to write about it this week. I promise, Lord willing I will:)

Quote of the Week…

Posted on

All these toys were never intended to possess my heart, my true good is in another world & my only real treasure is Christ ~ C.S. Lewis

 

100 Page views!!!

Posted on

Yesterday, this site has officially had 100 page views!!! I pray that God continues to bring in more readers and that He gives me creative things to post about. Thanks Ya’ll!!!

A Special Birthday…

Posted on

Okay, so if you don’t know, Oreo cookies had their 100th Birthday today. I love those cookies, they are the only ones that I dip in milk…honest! I even found a recipe that I can’t wait to try. I promise to get back to my recipe try outs soon…

Well, besides being Oreo’s one hundred birthday, this is also a birthday for me. You see, exactly one year ago I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. This may seem strange to some since I was a religious person all my life. I led Bible Studies, taught Vacation Bibles Schools and Children’s Conferences all around the Houston area. I obeyed my parents (most of the time…like any good teen would admit) and I also keep my reputation in tact where boys were concerned. Yep, I was a pretty good girl. My church members loved me and said a loud Amen every time I sang at church. Yet, inside of me I always had a doubt about my salvation. Was I counting on what Christ did on the cross or my good works to get me to heaven??

I knew about God, after all I was raised in a Bible believing, soul winning, sin hating, KJV ONLY, Baptist Church all my life. I knew chapters of the Bible by heart and could tell you pretty much all the main bible stories in the Bible. Yet, something seemed to be missing. So, a little over a year ago I decided to ask God what was the deal. Why was I feeling the way I did? Why did I have a fear of death??

So, God decided to send the Holy Spirit to have a chat in my heart and like all of His conversations, He never yells the answer to you…He spoke in a still and quite voice and decided to lead me to His Word the Bible. Matthew 7 verse 21-23 would be the ones that opened my eyes….

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. – Matthew 7:21-23

These were the same verses that my pastor used the next Sunday in His sermon. Talk about getting a wake up call from God! I knew that sermon was put on my pastor’s heart just for me to realize my hearts condition. No…I’m not being prideful, I just know that I have a Heavenly Father that loves ME enough to do anything to bring me to Him.

And you want to know the funny thing, I have never had such a worse year in my life. I have disobeyed, had financial difficulties, had to leave an organization that I loved being a part of, been rejected by someone I cared for, and had to go through the normal trials of life! Yep, all that has happened in a year! Yet I know that I have never had more peace and comfort through those times and I knew it was because Christ is living inside of me. I’m not perfect by any means, that is not what salvation is about. I do however have a Joy and Love in my heart that I never had before.

So this is why I have written this post, to think back on what God has done in one year, I hope this post is to encourage you to a deeper relationship with God. My story is my own and everyone has their own…to paraphrase C.S.Lewis 🙂

If this post has caused you to think about your own salvation please let me know. God wants everyone to become His children and John 3:16-17 says it so well…

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

And whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved! By believing in your heart that Jesus is the only way to be saved from your sins and the only way to conquer the fear of death. He wants to save us because He loves us more than you can ever imagine, and willing to do anything to have us become His. I know that is true in my life.

I hope you have a great week, and remember God loves you so much…no matter who you are or what you do:)

God is Good!!!

Posted on

Have you ever stopped and thanked God for how good He is? I have been the benefactor of many blessings this past week, and every time I have received them I have always had the feeling that I didn’t deserve it. Maybe that is why God gave them to me at that particular time. He knew that I would have a grateful heart that would be willing to praise Him instead of thinking I deserved it…

So think about it today…how have you shown thankfulness for how good God is to you???

Book 2: Zephaniah

Posted on

Okay, I may seem behind in my post, but I have been reading a book a day. So far, only one day behind but Saturday is my catch up day. 🙂

Zephaniah, another minor prophet whose book is near the end of the Old Testament. It is another call of judgement to Israel for not obeying His commandment and interesting enough, a call of judgment for those who act and even speak against Israel. (Look up Zep 2:8-10)

Now the part I do like is found in the last chapter of the book. (By the way only 3 chapters) Chapter three talks about the second coming of Jesus. I find this part so amazing. God had Zephaniah write about the 2ND coming about four hundred years before His first…so cool!

My favorite verse is the one I posted today as verse of the day. Here it is again if you missed it.

The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing. – Zep 3:17

Hopefully I find time to post about book three soon. This one is part of the Trailblazer Series…