Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Change is Good!

When people know our past, they have a difficult time understanding our present.
If our mindset has changed, and our beliefs are no longer the same as they used to be, the people that knew us before our lives changed, sometimes, refuse to believe we can be any different from the way we were before.

We don't desire the same things.
Our choices are not what they used to be.
We've over-come previous bad habits.
Even our language has changed.
It's been a process.

Our focus has changed.

We still have some of the same hobbies, and likes and dislikes.
We enjoy our family time.
Priorities have been put in perspective.
We realize that the here and now is temporary.

Our physical life is this long--.
Eternity is endless---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I think you get the idea. 

What are we investing in?
When our time comes, or Jesus returns first...are you prepared?
Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?
Does He know you by name?
Do you talk to Him, AND listen? or do you recite the prayers taught in Sunday school..... day after day?  Repeating the same words over and over again?
Do you speak to God from your heart? talking to Him as your Father? He is Abba...Daddy.
Let Him wrap His arms around you, and love you as no one else can! Allowing the Holy Spirit to fill you up with that peace that transcends all understanding.
Basking in the Glory of God.
Accepting the Grace and Mercy of Jesus, undeserved Favor....and receive that fervent expectation, the Hope of salvation that He alone can supply.

Those are the reasons for the changes in His people.
Kindness, understanding, and wisdom is something we gain during the process of change.
Believe it or not, those are NOT bad things!!!
Be glad for the people in your life that have changed for God!!!
It is His desire that none should perish.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Will you be Mine?

Remember how important Valentines Day was when you were a child?
Especially when you were in grade school?

Everyone made their own box to receive all of the Valentines we expected to receive from our classmates.
It was decorated as beautifully as we could possibly make it.
Hearts cut out of red, pink, and white construction paper.
If we were lucky....paper doilies!

I always made sure I had a card for each, and every classmate....even the ones that the other kids considered too weird to receive a Valentine.
I knew how sad it made me feel to be shunned. To feel, not cool enough to be included.

There were "classes" within every class.
My family was too poor to be in the "upper class".
We had eight kids in our family.
We didn't have the best clothes, or shoes, or other things to help us "fit in" with the most popular kids.

That fact was apparent at special days like Valentines Day.
It was heartbreaking.

Sparing our children and grandchildren from the pain of rejection can be avoided.
Tell them about Jesus.
Let them know that God knit them together in their mothers womb exactly as He desired them to be.
That He loves them so very much, He sent Jesus to reconcile them to Himself......from sin and death.
How Jesus will never leave them, nor forsake them.
That God's love for them is unconditional.
Once they confess their sin, He is faithful and just to forgive them their sins and cleanse them from all unrighteousness.
They do not have to earn God's love....it's a gift!!
Jesus is their Best Friend!!!
Valentine cards are pretty and fun, but a heart for God is forever.