MANKIND, YOU ARE LOVED

Think of God and what picture comes to mind? An old man with a long beard  and wild hair? Perhaps God sits on a throne, His expression angry with fiery eyes, and, for good measure He’s holding a bolt of lightning, ready to knock someone dead and send them to hell. I think not!

The Word of God, (the Bible), has many Scriptures revealing the true nature of God, and unlike many people may think, He is not angry and vengeful. God IS love.

Jesus gave Himself as a living sacrifice for all mankind and died on the Cross, paying the ultimate price for all of our sins. A sinless Man Himself, He took our punishment for us. And, since He rose again from the dead, Father God is able to look at us all and, through Jesus, have a loving, intimate relationship with us, His children. Continue reading MANKIND, YOU ARE LOVED

JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO SALVATION

Originally posted on October 11, 2012

Salvation, or, being “saved” does not happen simply because you go to church, or read the Bible, or even pray. Believing in God does not mean that your salvation is a done deal either.

In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” A loving, personal and intimate relationship with Jesus is essential in order to ensure your place in heaven, with God, for eternity. Continue reading JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO SALVATION

WHEN IS LIFE NOT LIFE?

Live Oak Seeds - Acorns
Live Oak Seeds – Acorns

The other day, my husband opened his hand and told me to look. There on his palm were several perfect acorns – little tiny ones. We laughed because they were so cute. Then we began looking around at the hundred year old Live Oaks that surrounded us and began to wonder at the fact  that those huge beautiful trees, replete with Spanish moss, daintily draped from their branches, began their lives as acorns. Is an acorn an oak tree then? Continue reading WHEN IS LIFE NOT LIFE?

AS THE TWIG IS BENT, SO GROWS THE TREE!

I went to Sunday School, as a little girl, at my small town’s local Baptist Church. I learned and sang about God, in a little girl’s way; innocent and delighted at the stories of a wonderful Man named Jesus. As a teenager I attended that same Baptist Church, now as an “adult.” I was attentive, for the most part, though I have to admit my eyelids sometimes got heavy during some of the longer sermons. I still remember the words of Matthew 11:28, (KJV), painted high on the wall next to the pulpit: “Come unto Me all ye who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Those words are still emblazoned on my heart and mind, even all these many years later. Continue reading AS THE TWIG IS BENT, SO GROWS THE TREE!

PRAISE JESUS

Oh Father,

My belly fills with butterflies as I sing praises to our Savior, Jesus Christ. The largeness of Him breaks through any boundaries I have imposed  upon myself.

Sometimes my fire is a timid little flame, sputtering in the breeze of the day. It explodes to its flash point when I allow my heart a free run with praise. For I do praise You, Jesus!

You are mighty and strong and powerful in Your gentleness and Your sweet, fragrant love. Thank You, Jesus, thank You!

I rest safely in Your arms and praise You with my heart, my soul, and my voice…Praise God! Hallelujah! Amen, Lord, amen! Yes, praise Jesus!

Amen!

FAITH – A POEM FROM MY BOOK, “GOD IS NOT A STUFFED SHIRT.”

Dear PaPa,

Father, I know that there is so much more to faith than simply believing in You. Faith, that we are loved. Faith, that we are provided for.

Faith, that health is possibly maintained by attitude and prayer. Faith, that You want us financially secure and so much more. Faith, that we can grace the world with Your love and make it a better place.

Faith, that Jesus’ life was an orchestrated dance between Him and Father God in heaven. That He is our Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

Faith, that Jesus died on the cross after living a sinless life, despite all temptations. Faith, that the Father raised His Son from the dead after three days.

Faith, that Jesus continued His ministry on earth for a while after He was resurrected, until finally He rose into heaven to sit at His Father’s right hand.

Faith, that Jesus forgave our sinful lives, and Faith, that when He died on the cross He bequeathed to us His unconditional love, His mercy, forgiveness, grace, and redemption.

Faith, that He left to us His power to heal and cast out demons. Faith, that even now He provides for us with prayer and our daily bread.

Faith, that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that it’s through Him only that we are united with our Father in Heaven – eternally.

“STICKS N’ STONES”

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!” I used to recite that cute little ditty when I was a young child. It was supposed to keep me safe from any verbal assaults I might experience at the hands of other children. It didn’t always help, but it was a useful parenting tool! Continue reading “STICKS N’ STONES”