Thursday, January 15, 2015

Trust...Trials...Tripping...Triumph

Sometimes the LORD says wait.

Sometimes the LORD says go ahead.

Sometimes the LORD says not right now.

Sometimes the LORD says here you go.

Sometimes the LORD says no.

Trust is something that we learn over our life time (don’t laugh because I am only 23 J). My journey is young yet, though it could end “early” depending on His will. Yet I see His faithfulness more and more, guiding me, teaching me to trust Him in ALL things in my life.

When you are little your extent of trust is trusting in your daddy and mommy to care for you and love you. You really take no thought of it. It’s just there. You know they will be there and you trust them to never leave or forsake you. When you stumble and scrape your knee, you run to daddy to fix it.  As you get older though, you develop other relationships with people, maybe in school, maybe at church… wherever, and your trust may be shaken in people because people change, people sin, etc. You may even shake someone else’s trust in you…

The LORD regenerates your heart at some point… it may be early (as it was for me) or it may be later in life. Then you learn what it is to trust the LORD. He never breaks His promises and you want to have that trust in Him that is as complete as yours was as a child in your parents. And perhaps it is… in the beginning. Then, life happens...

When trials come, that trust is put to the test. He may start with small trials. You may ace them! Then He may send you a big test… He wants to see if you’ll sacrifice your Isaac and remain faithful to Him. Perhaps you’re an Abraham and you immediately gather the wood to burn him… or perhaps you stumble…

You trip on the stone in the pathway and you scrape your knee. It hurts and you forget to look up into your Father’s face. For some reason the only thing you can think about is the pain in your knee… You look for things to sooth the pain and you forget to ask your Father to make it better. While your eyes are focused on that scrape and the things you hope will make it better, you stumble over another stone and scrape your other knee! Now there is so much pain you don’t know what to do with yourself… Why is it that you don’t look up to the Father?! I am not sure why that is…but the next stone that lay there in your path trips you yet again and you fall flat on your face. Now you don’t feel much like getting up and going on again…but someone’s Arms suddenly surround your small and frail frame. You feel yourself being carried like a lamb in the bosom of the Shepherd… and you look up into the smiling face of your Father… You smile up at him with tears in your eyes and say, “why were you so far from helping me?” and He looks back with calm reproof saying, “I have never left or forsaken you, my child, you were so caught up in your distress, in your pain and grief, that you were not looking to me for hope or comfort, though all the time my hand was stretched out to help and heal you.” Regret fills your heart… and you begin to weep. Why hadn’t you looked to the Father? Why had the first scrape caused you to forget Him, though He had always been faithful for all of your 20 some years? Now you are battered and bruised all over from your falls, when you could have been healed of the first simply by asking Him and trusting Him and watching Him bandage the scrape and strengthen your heart with His love…  You beg your father to forgive you! You look to Him with pleading humility and sorrow… He says, “You are forgiven.” And peace floods your weary soul. “Thank you!” you whisper, as you lay your head upon His breast. “I will look to you from now on! In my distress I will look up and call on you and I know you will answer me.”

 The Father is merciful. He has a purpose for the trials that lie in our pathways... He will build your trust and faith in Him! He will teach you humility. He will teach you how to forgive others and be merciful. He will teach you to be charitable. He will teach you to put all your hope in Him. He will teach you that all things in this life are temporal and He alone is Eternal. He will give you hope after a storm. He will forgive you for not looking up. He will forgive the stumbling that you did… He forgives your sin and trespasses freely and forgets them… He will give you so much joy from the phrase “as far as the east is from the west”. He will teach you true happiness and peace…and trust.

“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:”

Thankful this verse is talking about a JUST man! We are not sinless… but we can repent and be restored!

He is full of truth and grace.

He is full of mercy and love.

He is full of compassion and pity.

He is full of tenderness and kindness.


He is full of forgiveness and healing.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

In the Blood

Thankful for the Blood of Jesus Christ that makes us whiter than snow! There is no sin too black for His Red Blood to cleanse away! He restores my soul, He freely forgives and loves me! He is merciful! He is pitiful! He is compassionate!

Thank you dear Lamb, precious Son of God, dear Lord Jesus Christ for your powerful Blood!

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from ALL sin."
                                                                   ~John 1 John 1:7

Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

Would you be free from your passion and pride?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide;
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Sin-stains are lost in its life-giving flow;
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

Would you do service for Jesus your King?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Would you live daily His praises to sing?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the precious blood of the Lamb.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Shine


"It is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing..."
                                             ---Paul Galatians 4

 "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
                                                       ---Jesus Christ Matthew 5

There’s a little flame inside us all
Some shine bright, some shine small
The rains will come and the waters rise
But don’t you ever lose your light

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In this life you will know
Love and pain, joy and sorrow
So when it hurts, when times get hard
Don’t forget Whose child you are.

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine!

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There will be days when you want to give up
When the clouds settle in
But after the rain comes the sun
Don’t you ever forget.


One day there will be no more pain
And we will finally see Jesus’ face
So until then I’m gonna to try
To brave the dark and let my little light shine!



This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Beautiful!

What makes someone beautiful?

How much do people spend to make themselves more so?

Who do you consider to be beautiful and why?


Beauty comes from within, the same goes for ugliness.



What is inside of your heart will come out! Others will see it and either be lifted up or cast down themselves.

"A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken." 
Proverbs 15:13

One's countenance is a combination of facial appearance and body language. If you are happy and joyful, your countenance will reflect that inner sunshine upon your face, in the way you carry yourself and interact with those around you! Likewise, when your heart is troubled by worry, loss, fear, trouble etc. your bearing of sadness will show. Others will be dragged down by the latter when they see your depressed appearance.

The best facial there is, is a smile! A genuine, heartfelt, delighted to be alive and serving the LORD, smile :) A happy face is a wonderful thing that will lift those around you up and set them on a joyful path just by seeing how peaceful and content your heart is by the look on your face!

How does one get such a merry heart? It is a choice, one which must be made every day. When adversity does arise, then one must take it in stride or rule one's spirit. (Pr 25:28) One may be cast down from time to time, but must never allow the destruction of one's spirit (2 Cor 4:9)

When we think of heaven and the Lord Jesus Christ, what He has done for us and has gone to prepare for us, what can possibly cast us down?! Let us remember to count our blessings and dwell on His promises to cheer our hearts.

SMILE! :)

Is there not a Cause?