Friday, September 23, 2011

A Humbling Moment...

Romans 5:6-8~For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us~ 

This humbles me so much. We are so ugly with sin, but Jesus died for us and loves us unconditionally anyway...
When I really sit and think about that, I am overwhelmed with just how much He really loves us and it is so humbling.  We are so consumed with the things of this world that we sometimes forget that it is only temporary.  How many of us would give our lives for someone else? Probably not very many of us. Especially if we thought we'd be giving our life for someone who is a liar, murderer, adulterer, thief or anything else we didn't approve of.  But Jesus died for us knowing  all we have done. He loves us that much.   What He asks of us seems like nothing compared to the price He payed for us.   Kind of makes you speechless, doesn't it?

Joyfully following Him,

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Love without words

Did you ever do something so simple and get such a HUGE response from it? I have. I've been trying to show my husband just how much he really is loved and appreciated without just saying "I love you". He is newly saved and I have been praying for him to grow more in Christ and really become the spiritual leader of our home. 1 Peter 3:1 says~ Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the CONDUCT of their wives. I really started thinking about this verse. This is basically proving that actions speak louder than words. If we want our husbands to really see how Christ changes us, the best way to show him is to let him see the changes in us. So, instead of just telling my husband that I love and appreciate him, I started doing very simple acts of kindness to show him. First, I left a little card on his pillow before I went to bed. He works nights so I am usually in bed before he gets home. The card was very simple with just a few encouraging words for him. He woke me up when he found it and was just thrilled by it. He was appreciative of it and I could really see how much it meant to him. It just so happens that he had had a frustrating day at work which I didn't know. But the Lord knew. Then, Sunday morning I got up a few minutes earlier to pop some cinnamon buns in the oven before church. These are my husbands favorite. Nice and warm with cream cheese icing. I woke him up to get ready for church and told him they were in the oven and he stopped in his tracks to come hug me and told me he can't believe how blessed is to have me as his wife! All i did was take 10 minutes out of my morning to do something simple for him, and it really went a long way. I can see the Lord working in his life more and more every day. He was so moved by these simple things and it is really showing. Actually, in trying to encourage my husband, his reactions have been blessing me. I believe that is exactly how God intended marriage to be.
Joyfully following Him,

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11/01.......Pray for our country...

Remembering 9/11.....♥
Lamentations 3:20-23 (NKJV)
My soul still remembers
And sinks within me.
This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

No matter who or what comes our way, even terrorists, OUR LORD CAN NOT be defeated! The saddest part about this day 10 years ago was not only were so many lives lost, but how many of them did not know The Lord?? After that tragic day, churches were overflowing with people. What happened since then? Is it going to take another devastation to SHAKE everyone up again? What happened was very real and so is what is still to come. 10 years later, people that were overflowing the churches have slowly stopped attending and life seems to be back to "normal". The reality is, we need Jesus 365 days a year! Not just when tragedy comes our way. IF we do not know The Lord and are not saved, we will be headed towards something much worse than what happened on 9/11.
I pray for each and every one of you reading this and for ALL people everywhere to give their lives over to Christ, for HE IS FAITHFUL and is IN CONTROL!

Joyfully following Him,