Month: January 2019

Hands and feet pierced

This is a discussion question on Hebrews 7:25 – Intercession

Hebrews 7:25 “Therefore He is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through Him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.”

What does Jesus’ intercession mean to you? I don’t know what all that means, but I do know it will last forever and that Jesus is able to save me. That’s a very good thing!

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Everything I have said or done has affected the trajectory of my life and those lives around me. When I look in the mirror and remember decisions I made and paths I chose to take, I often see that they were wide, and well-traveled paths that took me nowhere. I grew up in a good home where I was shown love and was well provided for. I was taught there was a God Who loved me and died for me. I felt God’s presence, yet I did not know how to connect with Him. No one told me that all I had to do was talk to Him and He would answer me. But, as so often happens, I became pre-occupied as I matured and began to spread my wings in the world. I ignored God for the most part and decided to live my life the way I wanted to. I remember now some of my biggest decisions were centered on how I was going to have fun every weekend. I remember choosing what I thought at that time to be exciting! It was fun! But, I was often ashamed of my behaviors when it came to the opposite sex, alcohol, and drugs. I see now that almost every choice I made in the category of “having fun” back then was driven by my own desires and my they caused me to stumble and fall. As the years went by, I became unhappy and unsatisfied in many of my relationships. I began to realize that choosing to please myself was always like trying to balance myself on a rickety, old fence, getting so close to the edge without falling over so that I could get what I wanted and still remain “safe.” I wasn’t allowing myself a margin of protection at all. So when I fell off that fence, I always seemed to get back up on it again hoping the next time I would not fall. Thoroughly dissatisfied with where I sat on that precarious perch, I decided there must be a better way. Grieving over losing a child and a dear friend to cancer, I sought help. Humility brought me to a personal search on how to fill up a hole in my heart. The Lord began to woo me. I began to pray often and everything began to change. He directed me toward wholeness, salvation, beauty, and eternity with Him. I began to tell myself, “No, I don’t want to be close to the edge of disaster anymore. I want to be where there is protection, grace, mercy, glory, and many blessings!” I haven’t turned back since. I have no other desire than to please Him Who loves me completely and gives me great peace no matter what I face in this world!!

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, I want to honor him and honor freedom today. Dr. King had a dream of people working together in unity and freedom for all, that color of skin would not keep anybody from their dreams. When you get right down to it, the pigment of a person’s skin has nothing to do with their worth. We are all created in God’s image, and all loved by Him. God has a plan for each of us and knows what He wants to do in and through us. May nothing in our society or in our attitude restrict the freedom that God has freely given to us all. May God bless your memory, Dr. King, and may God bless America.

Building a Godly Man
Building a Godly Man

I say building as in the process of being built because we are all in the process of being built. When I met my current and second husband he had just recently accepted the Lord. He grew up in a Christian family, but as all families, they had their background issues. Also, my husband has a brain injury. He was in two separate car accidents and his injuries were newer than mine. I want to say in like the year 1997. I could be a year or two off though.

Building a Godly Man

Where I met my husband was a God thing. That is the only way to describe it. I finally got the courage to step out and become part of a support group. I had never met anyone yet in this west coast state that suffered with a brain injury. I felt like no one really understood me. The only support group that came close to finding people to understand was NAMI. National Alliance on Mental Illness. I am diagnosed with a form of depression so I thought why not. My first meeting was my husbands first meeting with NAMI. He was seeking same thing as I, support, meet others suffering like him.

In this meeting we all went around the room to introduce ourselves and tell why we were there. It came to me first and I tried to explain who I was and why I thought I fit in the group. Then a few more people talked and it came time to my husband to share. (no at this time I did not even know who he was) He shared that he had a brain injury and I felt chills all over. Wow, really? Someone with a brain injury! Someone who could understand?! We automatically started talking about symptoms, and how it affects us daily, and affect our families. The group leader had to stop us so the meeting could go on. But we were hooked! After the meeting we connected. We shared phone numbers.

Building a Godly Man

I do not know why, but this part of my story is harder for me to write. Maybe because it is because I see some of the same impulsive behaviors in me. What I do know is the years I closed myself off I did pray to God. I asked him to bring me a Christian man. I wanted to know what it was like to have a man love God, love me, and raise my children to love God. I saw Christian marriages as the perfect marriage. God heard my prayer, he had the perfect man for me, just He knew I was not at a point to be the Christian wife. My motivations were still too selfish, and focused on my children. I now know that a Christian need to be both spouses putting God above each other, then the spouse, children, relatives, finally friends. I was focused on someone to help me, to love me, and to help with my children. Not on God.

God knew my current husband and I were at similar points in our walk with Him. He knew our future, and put us together. It was a whirlwind relationship but I fell head over heels. Finally someone outside of my small professional circle I could relate to. We used to talk for hours on the phone. I was still going to the Mormon church and my husband had all the knowledge about the Bible and other religions. He did not have the submission down yet, but the knowledge. He spent many hours telling me how wrong the Mormon church was. I felt like I cannot leave the church because finally I found a church to accept my special needs children. I knew in my heart their beliefs were wrong, but in my head I needed my kids to experience going with other kids and doing activities.

Building a Godly Man

I remember the first time I went to meet my husband. He was at his grandma’s house but I did not realize that was not where he lived. I loved his grandma! At this time she was blind, deaf, and could barely walk. She could not hear him, but for some reason she could hear me. So, I became his interpreter for his grandma. She was a strong caring woman.

After this meeting it was time for his 30th birthday. He called me and invited me to his party. Without even thinking about it I went to his grandma’s house. I knocked and knocked. When she answered I felt bad. She was home alone and had to struggle to answer the door. She told me he did not live there. So I called him to get directions to his mom and step dads house where he did live.

When I got there I was so impressed! So many people to celebrate his birthday! What really got me though was the over the hill signs! I am 5 years older than him! (as I chuckle at the thought) This party is what hooked me. I thought there has to be something about this man if he has so many family and friends to celebrate him. His family were so accepting of me even though they never met me before.

I need to share with you though a very funny story from the party. His friend came with a live goose. I laughed so hard. This guy walked into the party late carrying the goose went straight to my husband and said here happy birthday! My husband grabbed the goose and was like, um, what! Everyone laughing so hard. His friend took his pet goose home with him but it was a good laugh!

After that my husband and I went outside and were talking. One of his uncles came over to say hi and to meet me. After talking for a bit his uncle made a prediction that he and I were in love. I was like what? I just met this man. But he was right, I fell for my husband at that party if not earlier. His family, his knowledge of God, his understanding my brain injury. I was so drawn to him. I felt I was no longer alone in this west coast state. (as I start to cry)

Building a Godly Man

All this was to prepare my heart for what was going to happen next. To love my husband beyond our bad decisions. Beyond the hurt our relationship would cause. Because God put us together, but He also knew the things we needed to experience to solidify our relationship. I will talk more about these experiences in my next installment.

I pray that God is speaking to you through my story, showing you that no matter what. God is shaping you to be who He needs you to be. That He can and will use you as He works to shape you. I am here to pray and talk if you need it. Just know I and God loves you

Outside sources

NAMI

Characteristics of a Godly Man

Marriage According to The Bible

Football player throwing the ball

I am looking to see what the senior bowl 2019 is all about. I see now it is senior players, not senior citizens. However, I can see an analogy here too about what the Lord wants to do through us. You see, the Lord Jesus is the quarterback. He controls where the ball goes. The ball is the message of His redemption and grace offered to the world.

Senior citizens, He is throwing the ball to you. He wants you and me to pass on His love, His grace, His message of redemption and forgiveness. In order to reach the goal of getting His message of forgiveness and grace, He has to leave the ball in your hands. We can run it into the end zone and lead someone to Christ. We can share the ball with other teammates (fellow Christians) in order to reach the goal and win the prize. We are in this together, with Jesus Christ as our leader.

He has His instructions, HIs gameplan, from the coach, His Father. He puts the ball in motion and directs our steps. He is calling on us to share His message of love and redemption with the world around us.

May God bless you on your journey down the field of life, running the race with patience. 

1 Cor. 9:24 –  “Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize.” (Whole chapter below for context)

https://biblehub.com/csb/1_corinthians/9.htm

Blessings,
Pastor John

Karen and I in front of a fireplace

This is the second try at this post. I deleted the first one and caused some confusion., for which I apologize. That is never my intention. As I said in my previous post, this was at the request of worship leader and missionary Rob Still.

Blessings to all who may read this post.

Pastor John

Here’s some meat for you to chew on for a while about God’s love and about that being wrapped up in Jesus. Here’s the section I’m inviting us to focus on, and I’ve included a link to the whole chapter at the end, so you can read it in context. There’s so much good stuff here. ALL COMMENTS WELCOME!::

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. 8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

That’s an amazing love and response. What do these verses mean to you? 

https://biblehub.com/kjv/1_john/4.htm 

I highly recommend this book, “Help, Lord, I’m Having a Senior Moment.” It is a series of true senior moments, like many of us, have had, written in the form of letters to God. It is poignant, funny, inspiring, and keeps our senior moments in perspective. They are not the most important thing about our lives and do not define who we are. Here is a link to purchase the book.

735711: Help Lord!: I"m Having a Senior Moment Help Lord!: I’m Having a Senior Moment
By Karen O’Connor / Revell

Do you have any books that you recommend?

Blessings,
Pastor John

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