The Throne of Grace

Hebrews 4-16

Wow!  I think this may be my new favorite verse!

You see, I am in NEED of mercy, grace and help from Christ right now as I am helping someone in need of mercy, grace and help. I don't even know if that makes sense to anyone but me.

My mother used to tell me, "Be careful what you pray for - you just might get it!"  I've always thought that was a funny little saying and I have used it myself.  But for years now I have been praying for someone I love who has made some poor choices and is now reaping the consequences of those choices.

My prayer has been that God would send someone, in some way, to help this person get their life right with Him and get beyond the muck and mire they are in.  Well, it's been six years and I am seeing Him answer that prayer!

But, as my pastor said, "Sometimes the way God chooses to answer our prayer is not how we expect."  Sometimes God chooses to use you and those you love to be His hands and feet in the very thing you've been praying about!  Hence, "Be careful what you pray for - YOU just might get it!"

To clear the record - if I knew God would choose to use me and those I love to help this person find their way back to Christ and to walk the very difficult road on getting beyond the muck and mire they are in, I would still pray that prayer!

God is so merciful to us.  He lavished grace upon us.  How can we not do that for others? I have been guilty of thinking that I can serve Him by serving others and it be easy, neat and 'clean'.  But in His mercy and grace Christ died a violent, bloody death separated from His Father (when God would not look on sin) to pay our sin debt so that we could experience God's mercy and grace.

How naive' I was to think you can 'serve' and 'work' for the kingdom and not get your hands 'dirty'? Trust me, it has not been and is not easy being a "player" in the prayer I have so long prayed. But if one soul is reconciled to my God, my Savior, my LORD, Jesus Christ, IT. IS. SO. WORTH. IT!!!!

Hebrews 4-16.2

 

Right All Along

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The older I get, the more I agree with this clip I saw on Facebook.  For the record, "OMG" in my book means "Oh My Goodness".  Just needed to clear that up.

Isn't it ironic how, even though our parents lived in a different era, they were right about most everything? Our pastor recently said that his mother told him growing up that people don't change.  So true.  Even Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, said there is nothing new under the sun.

When my Mom would say, "Birds of a feather flock together." She was right.  When she would say, "No, not everyone is doing it - because you're not."  She was right. God always has a remnant and I want to be counted in that, don't you?  When she said someone was being mean because they were jealous, she was right.  We know the list could go on from here but I'll not bore you with more. We get the point.

I can't count the times I wish I could tell my parents, "Oh My Goodness, you were right!" I can recall many times that my parents would let me make my own mistakes.  Sometimes I would come to them and say, "Why didn't you tell me?"  One time in particular my Mom just shook her head and said, "You wouldn't have listened..."  I'm the last of seven children.  I got the impression she knew from experience that I probably wouldn't have listened.

My Dad's famous answer to "Why didn't you tell me?" was "There's no experience like bought experience."  Oh, if I had a dime for all the 'bought' lessons...

While I would have to say that my parents were right about most everything, I must tell you that Jesus IS right about EVERYTHING.  So when He says not to do something, it's for our good that we DON'T do it.  When He says to DO something, it's for our good that we DO it.

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. I John 5:3

Do you ever feel like His commandments are burdensome?  I have.  But when I understand that His commands are for my good and His glory, the burden is lifted. When I am obedient to His will, His commands are not heavy.  When I trust that Jesus is ALWAYS RIGHT and I adjust to His Will, I don't have to ask, "Why didn't You tell me?" After all, He did tell us...

Choose Life

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Life, as we know it, is fleeting.  The Bible tells us that - "life is but a vapor"- and the older I get the more I understand that truth.  We only have a certain number of days and none of us know how long that is.  So while you are here CHOOSE LIFE.

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This past week, my husband and I looked at a piece of property.  Hence the waterfall above.  That waterfall is on the property in which we are looking.  Hearing the constant loud sound of the water rushing by was, well, soothing.

It reminded me of life.  There are some constant things about life, there are some loud things about life and there are some soothing things about life. But just like that waterfall is vibrant and flowing right now, it does die out in mid-summer.  It dries up for about two months out of the year.

Today, we are vibrant and flowing with life, so choose life.  Use this time to live to the fullest.  Jesus said He came to bring life and life to the full.  Don't waste it!

Just as there are seasons in our world, there are seasons in life.  Some are hard, some are easy, some are sweet, some are bitter - a time for everything. In Christ we are overcomers.  We are victors!

Our family is entering a new season of life.  It's hard to let go of the past, watch the present as it changes and know that the future will be vastly different than what I had thought it would be.  But I am choosing life!

I am choosing to forgive, to let go of hurts, to embrace a new season, to live vibrantly in the full life that Jesus has already paid for and given to us. Whatever the circumstances - whatever our perceptions - whatever..., we have a choice to make.  This day - choose.

Choose LIFE!

'This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now chooselife, so that you and your children may live.'  Deuteronomy 30:19

Blessings! Wendy

Flowers Fade

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That is a Tung Oil tree in my son's yard.  I love the blooms it puts out!  They are pink and white and the tree is covered until the leaves come.  Then the flowers fall and fade away. As you can tell, the leaves are coming out. If you've ever seen my yard, you know I love flowers.  I try to have something blooming from spring through fall.

Blooms remind me of new life.  Every year I think I'm not going to plant ANYTHING ELSE.  And my husband whole heartedly agrees. But then spring comes and birds sing and blooms pop out AND I PLANT!  I just can't seem to help it.  I really try to plant mostly in pots instead of the yard, but...well...let's not go there.

I think God gave us four seasons (maybe not Louisiana) for a reason.  We tend to get bored with things, don't we?  Just when you think you can't take one more day of cold, dead winter, a little shoot of life pokes its head out of the ground or tree trunk.  Before you know it, spring is here and we are reminded how our great God makes all things new!

Throughout this year, as you enjoy God's beautiful creation, think about what you see and how the grass withers and the flowers fade but one thing stands forever...The Word of God.

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.           Isaiah 40:8

John 1 verse 1 tells us " In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."  The 'Word of our God stands forever'. John was talking about JESUS!

Well, HALLELUJAH!