It truly is Amazing Grace

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It still amazes me at how God can take a man who is dead in his sin and make Him a man fit for God’s kingdom. It truly is amazing to see.

Romans 10:14-15 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

There was a young man in our church who felt the call of God on his life to preach. Wait…let me back up just a few months or maybe it was a year prior. This man was deep in sin (as we all were when we didn’t know the Lord), but his wife, mother, father, children went to church and they prayed for him. Every now and then he would come to church for special things but most of the time you wouldn’t see him.

If you saw him in the right environment, you would say, “there is no way this guy is ever going to darken a church door much less be a preacher.” BUT GOD!!!

In God’s word it says in Titus 3:3-7:

For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Amazing isn’t it! He can take a man with no hope, pick him up, dust him off, and make a preacher out of him! It still blows my mind!

I was a Christian when I married my husband (who by the way is not the man I am talking about) however he was not a Christian (I do not recommend that and scripture speaks against it. See 2 Corinthians 6:14). However, I was one of the blessed women who got to see her husband receive Christ and watched God change him from a worry wart to a man who trusts God for all things. And WOW DID HE POUR INTO HIM!!! It was amazing to witness. I know I keep saying that but there is just no other way to describe the regeneration that happens when Jesus saves someone.

Salvation is truly a miracle that only Jesus can do. It is the tearing of the veil….its the breaking of chains….its the wiping away of sin….its Amazing Grace!

 

 

I Miss How It Used To Be

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Hello everyone! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. I have been busy with getting back to work, getting yet another job, and starting a new business. However, I sure do miss blogging. I need this outlet. It helps me to look into God’s Word and at the same time, maybe helping someone else. So here I am…back again.

Lately I’ve been feeling alone. I’m not; I have Jesus but I just can’t get over this feeling of being alone. I think KNOW it is because I’m not sharing with a trusted sister what is going on in my head. I don’t know how many times I have said in this blog or to a group of women how important it is that we as Christians, should share our faults and failures with God and others. It helps to work through them. It helps to give a right prospective and helps to take all the emotion out of it so we can see clearly. I haven’t done that.

The truth is, my prayer life and my studying of the Word has been almost non-existent and I’m not sure where the passion went. Well —- If I were to be honest, I’ve had my head in a new business I’ve been trying to get off the ground and I’ve let my mind be absorbed in that and have given God NO TIME. Wonder why I feel the way I do. Now my passion for the Word is gone….well not completely, but it is a little like pulling teeth.

I was going to talk to my friend at church today but between Sunday School and Church, I just didn’t have the time and before I know it, she was gone and I had said nothing. I need prayer! I need the fire back! I feel horrible!

I just miss the way it used to be. I know God hasn’t changed…its me.

 

Those People

Encouragement and Hope

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Have you ever stared across the room and wondered why you couldn’t be more like “those people”? Sometimes we get inside our own head and stir up emotions that we cannot seem to shake. I say this with raw honesty. Nearly 10 years ago, I was at the lowest, darkest point in my life. I still remember it like it was yesterday.

I can remember feeling like it was impossible to be ‘normal’. There was a time in my life when I was so broken, so lost, so empty…all I could do was breathe from second to second. I was so filled with shame, remorse, sadness, and emptiness, that I wanted it all to go away. My mind would not shut off. I contemplated ending my life. I used alcohol to numb the deep emotional brokenness. I turned away from God, my family, from everyone and everything. I reclused into…

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Loving Others

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I heard a really good sermon last night on love. It was a reminder of how we should love our neighbor, how we should love ourselves, and how if we loved our neighbor we would care where they ended up when they died. Truly it was a wonderful reminder to witness to others and to bring your friends and loved ones to church and let God permeate their hearts. I appreciated the sermon and I needed it.

This sermon also reminded me of how Jesus showed love to those in scripture and how we can use that example in the way we approach others. What I find interesting, is when Jesus approached sinners (such as the women at the well, the woman caught in adultery) He did it with compassion and truth. He told the women at the well that he possessed “living water” which if she drank it she would never thirst again. Then He told her to get her husband of which she said she didn’t have a husband. He then told her the truth of her life – He knew she had five husbands and the one she was with wasn’t her husband – Read John 4  for the full story.

What I want to point out here is Jesus first gave this woman respect even though in this time in history, Jews didn’t speak to the Samaritans. They were considered unclean. They were part Jew and part Gentile. In fact, in those days a Jew would take the long way around so as not to even step foot in Samaria. Yet, here is our Savior, God’s son, a Jew talking with a Samaritan woman and giving her respect.

Second, Jesus witnessed to the woman of who He was and what He was there to offer her. He was there to offer her “living water” that only He could provide. He was there to offer her eternal life. He didn’t care who she was or where she was from – He loved her just for who she was right then and where she was spiritually. He knew the only way to change the heart is through Himself. He offered her LIFE!

Lastly, He exposed her sin. When He asked her to go get her husband and she said she didn’t have one. He told her she had five husbands and the one she was currently with wasn’t her husband. He didn’t beat around the bush – He exposed her sin. We, as Christians, must understand that the exposure of sin is not a hateful act. It is an act of love. HOWEVER, we aren’t very good judges of this practice but what we are is equipped with God’s word to show the unsaved how they are lost, why they are lost, and that they are in need of a Savior – Romans road is a wonderful way to lead an unsaved person to Christ. We are not only made to share this but it is every Christian’s calling to share the good news! We expose sin, like Jesus did, using His Word.

Please join me in Part 2 when we look at how Jesus loved those who should have known who He was. Those who professed to know who God was, yet treated others unlovingly.

Till then….

Nothing Matters but Jesus

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My friend directed me to an article she had read and thought it was awesome and wanted me to read it to see what I thought (I recommend reading it (https://www.raystedman.org/new-testament/acts/handling-dissension). Needless to say, when I finished this article I was moved. I believe the part that made me break down was this:

All we need to do is get the truth out to people. The Bible is the truth, it is the way things really are. We are living in a world ruled by illusion and fantasy where people are confused, disturbed, and upset. They feel that there is nothing certain, nothing to be trusted. Everything is a phantasmagoric cloud of uncertainty and illusion. They do not know where to turn or what to believe. The truth hits with wonderful impact upon such minds. There is an immediate awareness, as there was in Jesus’ days on Earth, that what is being said is right. There is a ring of truth conveyed. As the word of truth abounds, disciples multiply because men and women are drawn to the truth. They want to know what is right and what is real, what is honest, what is genuine.

All that is important – all that truly matters is Christ and Him crucified! Paul said:

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:1-2

There is nothing but Christ. The answer to anything is Christ. We are so imperfect and yet He chooses us to tell others of Him. Praise the Lord! What a humbling truth.

Everything in this world is ruled by our thoughts, our feelings, and what we think is right. Yet scripture tells us:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

In all our ways we should acknowledge Him – the answer is Christ!

Truth is, I have made choices and decisions without prayer, without forethought; I have just went rough shot at what “I” thought was right. When I have done this, usually, it hasn’t turned out well. I have hurt others, I’ve not followed the Lord’s leading – I leaned unto my own understanding.

BUT GOD! He restored me after much prayer and repentance! He is such a good God who allows us to stroll down our own way so that we learn. I have learned that when I am being attacked, or when I’ve made the wrong decision and things are going badly to look at what I need to do (if anything) and to learn what I need to learn as I’m going through that valley moment.

Every experience is an opportunity for growth. Whether what you are going through is something you directly created or caused or something with which you were not directly involved. When you are feeling attacked by the enemy, allow yourself a moment to rest in Jesus, pray, and to ask Him to show you what you need to learn from this experience. I believe we stay in those valley moments until we learn what He wants us to learn.

I guess what I’ve learned is this – “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”

I love y’all!

If you don’t know who Jesus is and you want to know more, go here. If you need prayer go here and myself and a group of Godly women will keep you in prayer.