What are your favorite hymns? Would you like a digital recording of them?
Site members, I need your input on something. I am looking to record some hymns for you. I will then send you a digital copy. I will record up to three (3) songs for each site member. This offer is good for through Aug. 31.
I am doing this because I need to use my abilities for God’s glory and your benefit. This is something the Lord has laid on my heart.
Please hit “Leave a reply” below and leave me a list your hymn(s) and I will get to work on them.
Praise the Lord for this answered prayer – the website is back up and going!
This was an answer to prayer for this website to be back up and running, We have been out of commission for several days. Thankfully, Micael and Collin were able to fix the two issues.
The first was the “mail” program, which was not sending out the e-mails it was supposed to. The second problem was with my login. It would not work. Thankfully, now it does. Yeah, God!
Please let me know you got this post by sharing it, using one of the social media buttons on the left, or by leaving a comment. The one I always told my college students was “got it.” You can probably come up with something more creative than that.
This world is so messed up. Many Christians say we are living in end times. But, you look through history that has been said many times by many important leaders in the Christian world. My only concern is to live for Jesus today and to be prepared for when He does come again. For me at least, studying the signs of the end times does not teach me how to live for Him today, to be used by Him to reach others. What I want to know about is how to find His power to be set apart from the world for Him.
Seeing as the last series I wrote from was all about suffering. Where we learned God is in control of the good and the bad I thought it would be good to move on to a series on strength. How do we find power that can only come from the Lord?
We start out with an act of submission. What do you imagine when you see someone on their knees? I can picture a man on their knees with others pointing guns at them. They are being forced into submission, give up their power to these men that have the power to kill them.
Where to find strength
Now, God does have the power to take our lives. But God is not about scaring us into submission like that. He wants us to submit of our own free will. To chose Him and submit to His will for us. I remember when my husband and I separated back in 2007, I was devastated and fell to my knees praying to God. I was angry, hurt and confused. I had no where to turn and finally said, “ok, God I give in! I submit to You, only You can get me through this.” I have to admit that my selfishness, fear, controlling nature took many more years for Him to break but when God did enough in and around me it did finally break.
Where to find strength
That deep submission to God and His ways is where I finally found His power to face anything that comes at me. Now I and my husband were allowed to buy a home that is a fixer upper. We have financial burdens that before my full submission would have me a ball of anxiety. I may not be physically falling to my knees, but I do know who to talk to when my anxiety wants to rear its ugly head. I stop everything I am doing and speak to God, even if it is just a few words sending my fears to Him. Letting Him know I cannot do this alone I need Him to show and do it for me. So, where to find to find might is by giving up our own power to replace it with His might.
Locked out and unable to succeed is the enemy’s plan, not God’s
For some reason yesterday I was having strange issues with this website. I was able to view what was on it, but I was not able to add a post or make any other changes to the site. I suspect it is because I changed the theme (the layout) of the website, so that put a wrinkle on being able to log in. I tried logging in with Google and couldn’t remember my password. After three times it locked me out and told me to “try again in a few minutes.” I decided to wait until today, and as you can tell by this post, the problem has been resolved.
As I reflected on this frustration and just kind of lingered and stewed in it for a little bit (as we all do sometimes) I realized something amazing and cool. God never locks us out. Our sin might, but our access to God through Jesus is not restricted at all. We are granted full access by the King of Kings to the throne room of almighty God. Wow!
Our log in my might be “Lord I need you” and the password is “Jesus”
Praise the Lord and pass the praise. Thank you, Jesus, for granting us access to this throne of grace.
Yesterday was Sunday and the discussion in my family centered on prayer, and asking the Jesus for things. We watched Kerry Shook message on the tv together. He was talking about the need to pray for things we want. How if we do not ask for we will not get. That started me thinking, what about when God says no? We ask but He says no. That led to a little study we did together on serve the Lord with gladness.
serve the Lord with gladness
You see in my family we are, and have been asking for many years, for a home for my husband our son and I. We have our ideas on how this could happen we ask the God for it every day. But, in the little study we did taught us something about how to ask. It brought out our motivation for what we ask for.
Are we asking for a home to make us comfortable, or are we asking for a home that will serve the Lord? One idea we have is to add on to my in laws home and my husband and I live with them. But is this to make things easier on each of us, or is it to serve the Lord? What is our motivation behind it, and how will we handle it if He says no?
Could you imagine God calling you serve Him in some of the most dangerous places in the world? To be associating with people who live with death every day? That is what Danny Gold’s article is about. How Pastors associate with gangs in El Salvador, even live among them. Would you be willing to risk your life for the Lord, the lives of your children? Could you find joy in that?
serve the Lord with gladness
With my husbands and my background, our life experiences we may be asked by the Lord to associate dangerous people. I cannot deny that. God surrounded us with a loving supportive family but the fact is still there, our past actions. Those actions lead us to having a history that many dangerous characters share. But, God lead us out of that history, redeemed us and now could God lead us to an area to help others find a way out? Would I feel safe, would I find joy in living among, associating, friending people with such histories?
I think it all hinges on how much I trust the Lord. Do I trust that no matter the bad things that could, or would happen He would take care of us. Just how uncomfortable am I willing to be to serve Him? Can I trust Him to keep my child safe? Or, could the experience my child lives through while serving the Lord be needed? Be needed for my child to build His testimony in the Lord?
serve the Lord with gladness
How about you? How uncomfortable are you willing to be in order to serve the Lord? How far are you willing to go for the Lord? Have you ever thought about it? We are asked to build our treasures in heaven, not here on earth. Is what you are doing now today accomplishing that?
The Amazing Exchange of Grace for Sin
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.”
There is a lot of irony in the words above. Think about it. At one point I was lost, but not any more. Now I am found, like a lost sheep that the shepherd has rescued from the attack of the enemy. Even more ironic is to go from being blind to now being able to see. This is a total transformation.
But what caused this transformation? Was it our abilities? No. We didn’t make ourselves be found. We didn’t come looking for us. We didn’t just suddenly figure out, “Hey, I can see if I just make up my mind to do so. After all, its all about me and my abilities. Maybe I could even say “You know, I never was blind in the first place.” Well, we could say that, but that wouldn’t make any sense.
No, dear reader, the transformation was made at God’s initiative when He sent Jesus to die for our sins, in our place, as our substitute. It is all about grace. It is all about God. It is all about Jesus.
May God help us all to realize the incredible gift of grace and of eternal life, brought to you by the blood of God’s son, Jesus Christ. Thank you, Jesus, for grace.
Jesus was numbered with the transgressors sin
Eph. 2:8-9 – “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourself. It is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.”
I had positive results from the “Welcome to Medicare” exam today!
And the adventure begins!
I was very pleased with how the office visit went. The doctor was very thorough in her questions and she gave me a clean bill of health. She also had an EKG done on me as well as HDL/LDL blood test. I have been very blessed to have been led to this doctor as my PCP (primary care physician).
Also, it was nice to go in without a medical problem and not have to pay anything! Right now I am praising the Lord for HIs faithfulness, leading, and provision.
Changes are coming, starting with a NEW category for 100 prophecies
Now that the 100 days of prophecies fulfilled by Jesus is completed (hard to believe!), I wanted to make a new category just for these amazing prophecies. To see any or all of them, look on the right hand side of the page and look for the “100 Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus”. They have been removed from the “Soul and Spirit” category.
I will also be working on changing the overall look of the site, deleting and moving things as necessary. I will be looking for a cleaner look that is more interactive and inviting.
Stay tuned for these changes! Thank you for your support and may God deeply bless each and every one of you!