Sunday, May 31, 2009

I really enjoyed our sunday school lesson this morning. It was "What will you do with Jesus", it was based on this passage of scripture,

Matthew 27:22 Pilate said unto them, " what shall I then do with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, let him be crucified."

So many out in the world do not even know that they have a responsbility to decide what they are going to do with Christ, and then their are those who put him aside for the things of the world. They cannot come to terms with giving themselves soley to Christ who in loving mercy allowed himself to be nailed to a cross and hung to die. He did die, for you and me, for our sins. The question is and will always be "what will you do with Jesus". Give Jesus you heart, do not delay.

I encourage you to read this chapter in the Bible, you will see how Pilate marveled at Jesus. Jesus was accused of many things, false accusations, crimes he did not commit. He was put in the same category of Barabbas who was a murderer. Jesus had done only good, he had healed the sick, fed thousands, and tried to get the world to understand their need of a spiritual saviour not a political one. Today so many people are still falsely accusing God of all the wrong things in their life. They blame him for a loved ones death, a bad accident, or the fact they suffer from a long or terminal illness. All these things are blamed on God because, well, he claims to be "God" so he must be the cause for all this, or if he was so loving why would he allow this to happen to me. Jesus wants us to choose him, so therefore, we come back to the question. What will you do with Jesus.

If only there were more people who could understand that by choosing Jesus, making a choice to follow him will only make the load more bearable. Satan wants us to be held down, to feel hopeless and blame God, but there is a hope. We can give our guilt, our sins, even our sorrows, illnesses and losses to him. He want help you. He has promised grace that will make even the worst of times be a time of rejoicing. I love Jesus, and am so thankful that I gave my heart and life to him. I used to be overladen with the weight of my sin, the heaviness of guilt and when I gave my heart to Jesus he took all that away. I hope you will give Jesus your heart if you haven't. I will be praying that God will guide and direct your life so that you can have peace too.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Thinking Lovely Thoughts.

Something has been on my mind lately, and as I have found out I am not the only one. This is as battle I fight and I think anyone living in this world has fought this battle. The battle is against negativity. We live among people who dwell on everything that is wrong in their life and everyone else's life. If you look at the headines it is never positive. If you read Philippians 4:8 it says, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things. (KJV) This is not a request, it is a directive. We are to think lovely thoughts. I have found that even in my deepest darkest moments I can find something good in it because I have Jesus to lean on. Sometimes all I can do is pray and plead for divine intervention and thank God for the fact that he knows all about me and what I need. Recently someone at church testified and said that they did not even want to give satan anything to be glad about by stating how he had been fighting them. I sure do not want satan to be happy about his efforts to discourage me, neither do I want him to over hear me say it out loud. If we dwell on our discouragement we breed more discouragement. I will admit I have been guilty of doing this over and over again. This is something that God is helping me with, he is gracious to provide the strength to with-stand the temptation to complain. A practice I have made is when I am feeling down I go to the scripture and find a verse that lifts me up, I then share that with others. It is such a blessing to me when I find that verse helped someone else and encouraged them The Bible is full of promises from God, we can stand firm knowing that God will hold up his end of the bargain, he will never fail us.

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalms 34:1

Thursday, May 28, 2009

We have had a little excitement in our house, last week Emily shut her finger in the truck and broke it. Actually at the hospital they said it was not broken but the next day our peds office called and said it was broken. So, this week went to see the orthopedic at childrens, the doctor there said it is healing fine but to keep a splint on for a couple weeks. We go back in two weeks to have them check it out. I thank the Lord that it was only her finger and not something much worse. Well I must hurry along. Have a nice day.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Hello all, I know it has been a really long time but I am trying to revive blog. I have recently gotten some inspiration to do that. So here goes. Life has been busy, we went on vacation a couple weeks ago. Gatalinburg was out destination and did we ever have a nice time. we hiked to a couple waterfalls, saw some wildlife including a bear mama with her 3 cubs, several deer, a fox, fifteen salamanders and some centipedes. A highlight of the trip was of course Dixie Stampede, the kids really enjoyed it and loved the food. I was a little taken back by having to eat with my fingers but I survived. One evening while we were there we decided to go up to Clingmans Dome which is the highest elevation there, our hopes were to see the mountains nestled in clouds but alas we were enveloped in a huge cloud bank it was, needless to say, a little disconcerting to be up there and not able to see. My husband expertly handled the truck and got us safely down from the mountain. I am going to close for now because I have children to get to bed, and I want to get to bed early tonight. I will blog more later.