Saturday, October 18, 2014

The book of Titus

 It's almost been three years now and I'm almost finished reading the bible straight through. I've read through the bible genesis to revelations at least twice before, but it's been using a guide. I've also read and studied the bible many different ways. However, this time I wanted to take my time reading through genesis to revelations one chapter at a time. Listening to God and praying about what He has to say. It's been quite a journey. I've read the chapters and verses before, but learn something new every time. Titus is one book that I've heard preached on many times, read and studied many times. But this time as I read it, I hear God talking to me in such a personal way. Titus 2:3-5 very clear about how women should be. The rest of the book has a lot if clear instruction on how a follower of Christ should behave themself. We Christians are quick to use this book to judge others. If we Christians  read this book for ourself, and let God work in us the words He says. I think we would have less problems in our churches. Of course that's easier said than done. I just finished reading the book, Not a Fan. It's opened my eyes and heart to some strong truths. Each and every day I need to give myself to God or I find myself in old habits and thought patterns. I thank God, our Holy Father for His faithfulness and patience.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Where has the month of September gone?

I literally feel like I went to bed August 31 and woke up on September 30. What a month! I remember, in my grade school days, when I couldn't wait for September, and it felt like it would never get here. I was the nerd who liked school and couldn't wait for the new year to start.

This year, the year 2014, September started out at full speed running a marathon. The first week we spent every night spending time with my dyeing mother-in-law. As strange as it sounds, those were healing days. Though it's hard to see a dear loved one like that, it was a chance to say goodbye. Memories, like her last meal. Coffee and Donuts. Her daughter feeding her pinches of the glazed donut my husband brought her, and I having the privilege of giving her sips of her coffee from a spoon. And then there's the time, when I would go into her room and say "hi" and 'love you mom', when she opened her eyes, smiled and tried to say something back. And then, after she went fully unconscious, one of the last times I held her hand. Her soft warm hand. As I walked out of the room that night, I slowly let my hand slip out of hers, feeling her so very soft warm hand glide over mine. A memory I'll forever treasure. Then that night, that September 8th night. As I stood at the end of her bed. Her loving husband on one side of her holding her hand, her daughter, my husband and daughter all standing around her bed, seeing her peacefully take her last breath. lay there so still, so peaceful. As her color left her face, I found myself asking if this was real. Waiting for her to take a breath again. And then realizing that she was gone from us but present with her sweet Heavenly Father. I picture her laughing and hugging and talking with her sister, parents, and all of her loved ones that had gone on before her.

September 8th was quite a day. I'd be lying if I said I was strong and had courage through it all, I wasn't. Oh I know God doesn't give you more than you can handle. And I know God is in control. And I know all things work out for good for those whose trust in him. Yes I know this and more and I believe all of it. My human heart still weighs heavy. The tears still flow freely. My brain still goes blank. I'm so so happy God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives in me! My husband received news that morning that he had to have a heart cath that following Friday. It was suspected that he had a possible blockage. And with still a heart valve leak from a major heart valve repair only 18 months earlier, it was a possibility he could go into an open heart surgery again. Then as the day progressed he found out some other devastating news. Then we ended the day with the passing of his sweet Mother.

Yes as I said earlier, his mom went peacefully and is out of pain in Heaven, singing and laughing with the angles and all the loved ones who went before her. My husbands heart cath went smoothly and his heart is good, leak is very small, and no blockage. Now we wait on the other situation. I know all will be okay, even better than okay. We are actually excited waiting to see what God has for us. God is Holy! God is Awesome!  Am I weird? Some might argue that. But, no I am blessed! Thank you Heavenly Father!

Well, now it's almost the middle of October. We are still unknown about the 'other' situation I spoke of earlier. As soon as it's safe to share what I'm talking about I will. It's mostly the unknown that's the hardest.

And I see all around me people, co-workers, family, friends, dealing with similar situations. It can get so overwhelming. All I can do is pray. Give it to God. Ask our Heavenly Father what He wants me to do. Prayer is so powerful, we have no idea. I do underestimate the power of prayer. God continuously surprises me.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Proverbs 31 Woman

Ever read this chapter? Overwhelming, isn't it? Well I'm here to tell you it CAN be done...IN CHRIST...of course. I personally know one in the flesh. My sweet loving spiritual mentor. My Mother-in-Law...Suzanne Hymer. Today, September 5, 2014 she lies in bed at her daughters house taking her last breaths. They say a matter of hours or days...She's still being a Godly example as she dies...teaching us the 'right' way to die. She is smiling and content. She never has a mean word for anybody. Anybody who's met her immediately falls in love with her. Anybody in her presence is in God's presence. The Holy Spirit Lives within her, no question about it, it's felt by all. No, she's not perfect. But...I want to be like her when I grow up...

Mom, we love you! We're going to miss you! But we all know you are going to be in a much happier and sweeter place.

Galatians 6 fits today...Spiritual ones restore one in spirit of gentleness, keep from temptation. Bear one another's burdens, fulfill the law of Christ. Let the one who is taught the word share all good things who those who teaches..Do not grow weary while doing good, in due season we will reap if we do not lose heart. As we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

This is just a snap shot of Mom's life. God YOU are a HOLY GOD! Thank you for taking care of our precious Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Wife...your precious child!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

God shows personal favoritism to no man...

Galatians 2:6 Christian Leaders will disappoint us. They are human. Humans are sinful. But...unfortunately Christian Leaders sinful actions bring people down harder and faster. The old saying, 'the taller they are, the harder they fall.' is very meaningful in more ways than one. As a Christian Leader, professing Christian, we represent Christ. People are watching, and satan is aggravating. What better tool does satan have than to let a Christian Leader fall. To  have a Christian family fall apart. We must pray for our leaders, their families, their daily decisions, their spiritual life's. We must pray for our self, our family relationships, our spiritual health. I'm talking to myself, daily I see things, think things. Some encouraging, some not so much. I see Christian Leaders that make me so angry by their actions, words. But, as fast as I get discouraged by this, God reminds me that I too am an example to others, what I say, what I do.

Today I was encouraged at the grocery store by a lady who walked in front of me to get some cans off the shelf. She had some difficulty moving and apologized for herself. I just waited and said, your good, your good. What she said next startled me. She said, "I'm glad to hear that. Am I good to be in so much pain day after day?" I felt bad and apologized. Then she continued, "But it is all good, all is covered by the Grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." I agreed and said yes. She then said, "Then we are in agreement with that!" She moved on down the isle. I was in a shock, but a good shock. It was then I realized, people are all around us. We make a difference no matter what we do, where we are, who we are. What difference do I want to make? Do I represent Christ in EVERYTHING I do and say? You are a HOLY GOD! Thank you for showing me this today!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

See out of your Spiritual Eyes

2 Corinthians 10

It's a spiritual world out there! People are not who they appear to be. Another reason we should be daily in the word and always in prayer. Our human eyes miss so much and mix that with our feelings, we're in trouble. The other night I had one if my moments. Not sure what they are, but I've had them all my life. They are random  and come out of nowhere. Fortunately they only last a night or day. I've not always handled them correctly mostly becouse I focus on my feelings and what I think is real. I just shut down. Literally. I've been in a store before with a cart full of groceries and had to leave the full basket where it was and go home, immediately.  The other night I was in the middle of making dinner when this happened. I had to stop and go to bed. Couldn't think, function, nothing. I wanted to scream and feel sorry for myself...but the Holy Spirit comforted me. The next morning I was back. My wonderful husband and daughter filled in the gaps for me. Even though they didn't know what was going on. I'm saying all this just to say God is Holy! God is Awsome!! I would not be who I am without Him! I can't imagine living in this world without Him! Letting the Holy Spirit live inside you doesn't stop the worldly stuff from happening. It comforts and supports you when it does.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Move forward in the Holy Spirit with Urgency

2 Corinthians 8

This chapter speaks to me to have an urgent passion to finish JVR the Novel. The book is written, now I'm workig in the hard stuff, editing and preparing it for publishing. I would much rather be starting my next novel and actually starting the ministry JVR. But, this is not what I feel God is leading me to do. V8-15 speaks a hard concept. As hard as it is to share the abundance we have, I think I have a harder time with the accepting in my lack. However, these verses practiced the way God intended them to be practiced would get His work done quicker and completely. So, v 15. I will wait on the Holy Spirit to guide me and dig into Gods word to hear what God is saying, not what I want to hear. Why is this so hard? 

I was able to excercise Last night and work on the novel. One step at a time. Praise our Holy God! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Give no offense to anything that our ministry may not be blamed.

2  Corinthians 6:3 what a tall order! In today's society, seemingly being harder than ever, darts thrown at known and professed Christians and Christ based businesses, this is a true challenge. We, Christians have quite a burden on our shoulders. We can not possibly handle this alone. And unfortunately most of us try. And unfortunately that backfires and works against us and Christ. We, and I'm talking to myself here, need, must give it ALL to God! Let Jesus truly live in our hearts! Let go and let the Holy Spirit have total control of everything! I'm going to make a statement and I need all of you readers to keep me accountable! From this point froward I'm going to make an even greater conscious effort to let go of self and give the Holy Spirit full reign of me, binding satan and his demonds with the blood of Jesus! I'll keep you posted via this blog!!! :)

Friday, August 1, 2014

1Corinthians 15...camping out

Well, I've sort of been camping out in this chapter in 1 Corinthians 15. There's so much to digest. Vs 1-11 talks of Christ's resurrection. Read the chapter, very slowly and ask God what He wants to say to you. I'll be back to explore what God is saying to me. It would be great to have some feedback. :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To wear a hat or not too?

Hahaha! Funny title for a bible study topic! Well, if you are reading this and know me, you'll know how I love hats. 1 Corinthians 11 talks about head coverings. Remember years ago when men took off their hats when they went into a church? And remember when women always wore hats in church? Well I always wondered about that. It's funny that this scripture talks about this. For real! Paul talks about how head coverings symbolizes a Divine order. I can see where people get men shouldn't have long hair from this passage. I also see where people get the idea that women should have long hair. Pretty interesting. But this is all it is, a comparison, a symbol. Verse 13 says to judge among yourself. This chapter also goes into taking the Lords supper in a worthy manner. I think before any of us judge anybody we have a lot of self judging to do. I'm so glad our God is a Holy God! I'm not worthy to any of His greatness!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Judge or to be Judged?

Oooops, what a touchy subject. Yes, and even more so is what I just read in the Bible. If only we Christians, our churches would read I Corinthians 5 over and over. Like when we home-schooled our boys, and made them write...I will not hit my brother... 100 times. Read it and see if you're understanding it the same way I am. It actually says we, Christians are not to even eat, not unbelievers, but fellow believers that are in sin. No, not fellow believers that are struggling, trying to work out their sins.(aren't we all) No, not fellow believers that make mistakes. (don't we all) But fellow believers that are in sin and give excuses for it, or think it's okay for them, or even deny it? And this chapter also says to associate freely with non-believers. Yes, those in sin. The same sin that fellow believers may be in. Whoa, you say. I didn't say to condone the sin, or engage the sin, but to associate with the non-believers freely. How can we, children of God be witnesses to the world if we hide from the non-believers? And how can we, children of God be witnesses if we associate with fellow believers who think they are okay to sin? Hmmmm. A little confusing. A little controversial. A little riskay! Read the chapter and share your thoughts.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Right or Wrong? God's the judge, not us.

Romans 14...this chapter has been a theme of my years as Christian. I've used it to explain why I do and why I don't do what I do. I've used it to teach our kids and the youth and teens I've worked with in church. Yet this morning as I read these verses again, a lightbulb went on in my brain. We, Christians are each made different, at different levels of maturity, made for different purposes, have different spiritual gifts and personalities. Why should we judge others for what God tells us? is the kicker that I've struggled with my whole spiritual life, why should I feel guilty for doing something I feel is okay with God, and why should I feel pressured refraining from something God has told me to refrain from? I've always tore hard not to judge others, sometime not so successful. But one thing is for sure, I shouldn't have to fight others, especially other Christians to defend what I feel God is telling me. This chapter helps me realize that's relationship with God is what is important and only by listening to Him will I know what is right or wrong for me. I must trust and have faith. He'll tell me when I'm doing wrong, He always has and always will. That is if I keep in His word and prayer! For anything that is against the Bible is definitely wrong, and there's no questioning it. That's why relationship is where it's at, not religion.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Quiet time important?

Romans 12 today, as of right now, this is my favorite bible chapter. As I sit here and read and meditate on this scripture. As I listen to the birds singing this beautiful sunny morning. As I drink my tea while the rest if the family sleeps. This is my favorite bible scripture. What a way to be, loving and kind and obedient. If only I can keep this attitude and state of mind when faced with a coworker who picks and picks. A day where I'm being pulled in every direction expected to meet all needs only to mess up in the simplest deed. When a nice chewy chocolate chip cookie is waved under my nose. When I'm too tired to exercise or read my bible. When somebody hurts me or my family member. When I want to talk about somebody in a negative way, then is when I need to remember this chapter. This is one reason it's so important to keep in Gods word and prayer.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The pitcher and the potty pot

Romans 9:20-21
Reading this scripture this morning about the potter creating whatever he wants brings to mind a potty pot. The ones that were used back before toilets. We, myself included tend to complain about who we are, out abilities, talents, purpose in life. Do we realize that we insult God, our Heavenly Father when we complain about what we look like or what we're capable of doing? A potter makes a pitcher to hold drinks. This pitcher is pretty, actually pretty fancy. To be used to serve in the kings palace. It's not only useful but attractive as a Decor for the dinning room. A show piece. This same potter makes a potty pot. Plain and simple. It's use is just as important, yet not a show piece and definitely not a piece you'd want out on display. Is one any less important than the other? Would you use the pitcher as a potty pot? How about a potty pot as a pitcher? Let me end with that visual. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Why Eat Healthy? Why Give your all to God?

This was yesterday's thought. I had it in my journal but neglected to post it in this blog.

The Healthiest people still get deadly diseases. Strong dedicated Christians still have tragic things happen. Then why? Why even bother? 

Taking care of yourself definitely keeps a person from quite a few illnesses and mishaps. Being a committed Christian with a strong relationship with Christ definitely keeps a person out of quite a few mishaps and troubles. 

But we all know that bad things happen to good people. We all know people who just didn't 'deserve' the tragic happening. 

But this world is fallen and it rains on both the just and unjust. Bad things will happen to good people. But if those good people are strong in The Lord and strong physically they will make through those tragic happenings so much easier and come out on the other side even stronger and better. How Awesome is that? None of us are immune to what this world has to offer us. So why don't we snuggle under our Fathers wing. 

Dead to sin, alive to God

That's the title to Romans 6 in my bible. The woman's study bible nkj.
This chapter has the verses that sound very confusing. But when pondered upon, I get it. I can't say I understand it well enough to explain. But I get it deep down in my soul. 
In verse 12 and 13 don't obey lusts of the body but present ourself to God as being alive from the dead.
It gives a new perspective to my attitudes and daily decisions. I won't look at things the same way again. 

Verse 23 says it all. Why would anybody not want eternal life?

I just love how Gods word comes alive! No matter how many times I read the same verses God speaks to me at the heart and soul! Our Holy Heavenly Father is the most awesome Dad!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Live in the Moment

As long as your eyes are on Jesus! After reading Acts 27 and 28 talks about Paul's experience as a captive, on a boat, in a shipwreck, stranded on an island, and brought to Rome to face yet another trial. What an example this man is. Of course there's the obvious that's preached about around the world, but what stuck me was how he lived in the moment, one day at a time, always seeking and doing God's will, sharing with all who'd listen. He didn't complain and whine about his circumstances, he used them. He used them to honor God! and no matter what happened he gave Honor and Glory to God. I look at myself and wonder...why do I let life get to me? It's all about God. If it's all about God, He'll take care of us no matter what. If it's not all about God, better re-adjust the view. With Christ...Live in the moment!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Putting a Puzzle Together Upside-Down

We learned about I Samuel 13: 8-14 today in Children's Church. I say we because I learn just as much as the children, if not more. One of the projects was to make their own puzzle by coloring one side of an 8 x 10 piece of paper, tearing it into pieces, turning it upside down and then moving it to their neighbor. They then had 60 seconds to put the puzzle together upside-down. Then, they were to turn the puzzle pieces over and again they had 60 seconds to put the puzzle pieces together. It was a fun project and the object was to see that it is much easier to put a puzzle together when we see what we're working with. Of Course God knows the whole picture, past, present, and future. He sees everybody and everything involved inside and out. We have no idea and must trust God in ALL things. This part of scripture tells us that Saul took it upon himself to offer a sacrifice. He was supposed to wait and let Samuel do this. A simple thing. Nothing wrong with offering a sacrifice. In fact, it's a good thing in the old testament to offer sacrifices. But the point was, Saul was told not to. Because of his disobedience he lost a whole kingdom. One of the children asked, Why wasn't he suppose to offer the sacrifice? Well I'm definitely not a Bible scholar and couldn’t answer her question. But the point wasn't why, it was to obey even if we don't know why. A very valuable lesson.
Case and point: A grade school age child is told to wait in front of school for their mom to pick them up. This child has strict instructions not to take a ride with anybody, but to wait. The mom is running late and a neighbor offers to take this child home. Now this child knows their neighbor and their parents are good friends. Nothing wrong with taking a ride with their neighbor, except of course the mom said not to.
So the child takes a ride with the neighbor. The mom shows up and the child is not there. The mom goes home to find the child at home safe and sound.
What happened? Because of the child's disobedience the consequences were this child did not get to go to grandmas for a week, get to spend time at an amusement park or the water park. The mom was planning to surprise her child by bringing her to meet the grandparents who stopped by on their way to their vacation.

This is a silly illustration, but it's an example of our disobedience to our almighty God who wants the best for us. I'm so grateful God is in control. Please forgive me Lord for not always being obedient. Please help me Lord to always keep my eyes on you and listen to your words of wisdom.

What do others think of me?

Acts 21 to  23

I find it interesting that dealing with Jesus and Paul both men who were responsibe for their release or death couldn't find anything wrong with them, yet they gave into what the people wanted, not wanting the people to be upset with them. How often do I do this? Do I care what others think of me? Do what others think of me guide my decisions? Unfortunately, more often than I'd like to admit the answer to this question is yes. God, Heavenly Father, please forgive me. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit to be strong in Christ to not only do and say what you'd have me to, but to know without question what you want me to say and do. Praise your Holy name!

Friday, May 30, 2014

I wonder if Christ would come back sooner if:

Acts 20 and 21

If we were all like Paul. Us Christians that is. If we Love God and let the Holy Spirit live in us as he did. Not letting anything come in the way of sharing the truth. People would be all the way in or all the way out. I wonder if one of satans sly  tricks is to keep us all meliow. We know he loves confusion, to breakup families, marriages, tear apart churches. But if we are all mello, not taking charge of anything, doesn't that let satan have his foot in the door too?  I Wonder... 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Worship Time not only at Church

My office is the best office! Sometimes is bustling, sometimes, like today, it's quiet. By myself most of the day I find a Christian concert online. Playing it on my computer while I worked was one of the most worshipful experiences I've had in a while. I felt moved, filled, encouraged, comforted by the Holy Spirit. It was an  Awesome   experience. Thank you God for loving just plain little ole me in spite of all my faults! What An Awesome God we serve!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Paul Challenges us to do Gods Will

Acts 20

Paul continued to do mighty miracles in Gods name. He continued to share the truth with everybody. He continued to go into countries knowing he would be beaten, thrown into prison, and even killed. He had a relationship with Christ so strong that it didn't matter what waited for him. And he reminds us that he took care if his needs by working with his own hands. He encourages us to take care of the weak.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Not all is as it seems

Acts 19

There's so much in this one chapter. I had a hard time picking out just one concept. V 1-7 talks about how Paul came across some disciples, from the outside they seemed like Christians, they thought of themselves as Christians, but of course Paul was so in tuned with God he knew they needed the truth. They were baptized with John the Baptist baptism but not by the Holy Spirit. Paul explained and they accepted and the Holy Spirit filled them. Then in v 13-16 some took it upon themselves to cast out demonds. They saw Paul do it and thought they could too. They called them out in Jesus name and Paul's. What I find interesting was that the demonds talked to them and told them they knew who Paul was and knew who Jesus was, but didn't know them. They came away beaten and stripped. Wow, powerful lesson. We have no earthly idea how strong the spiritual world is around us. We also have no earthly idea if the person next to is or who we see everyday knows our Heavenly Father and has the Holy Spirit living in them unless we ask. Lesson learned for me.

Monday, May 26, 2014

So many opportunities to share Gods Truth!

Acts 17 and 18
We, as a child of God must be imersed in Gods truth. We must be with Him constantly and be aware of what He wants us to do or say. Two seperate opportunities that would've been lost if Gods chosen would've not listened and obeyed, if they did not stay in Gods word to know Gods truth. 
Acts 17:22-28
Paul and the unknown God worshipers.
Acts 18:24-28
Aquila and Priscilla and Apollos. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

When God talks What is He Saying?

Acts 14

Obeying God comes with a price. Paul was stoned and left for dead, but he stood back up and went back for more. Though this price is costly, it's worth more than our earthly minds can comprehend.
Not obeying God comes with a price. This price is high and costly with no benefit, only anguish and defeat. This price is NOT worth it! This price is a weight dragging us to the bottom of the departs sea with no hope for a breath. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

My Roman Road Testimony

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

Yes, pride has a way of blocking   this truth. I realize if I’m truthful with myself  that, still today I struggle with my attitude, thoughts, actions. I may not do the obvious sins like murder, steal, commit adultery…but I’m just as guilty at being selfish, feeling sorry for myself, pride, laziness, inconsistent, and lack of discipline. One sin keeps me away from God…who am I to judge anybody else?

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

I can get myself really low sometimes and talk myself into a mess. I can be hardest on myself for my short comings. I’m so grateful that God knows me down to the core of my heart, better than anybody else, even myself. God knows the worse of me…yet He still loves me just as I am. He still wants me to live with Him for eternity! I find comfort in knowing that.

Jesus replied I assure you; unless someone is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

This was the turning point verse. That August 1981 evening at my kitchen table at 2230 Campus Drive, St Charles Missouri. The preacher telling my new husband and me about how to be “saved”. I don’t remember a word he said, but this scripture. This scripture jumped out at me. God was talking to me. God was telling me that this was it, this was the second that would change my life…that very moment. Had I chose not to believe this verse and accept this truth, I shudder to think what my life would be like now. I would’ve been a mess. I truly believe I would not be writing this right now.

“Jesus told him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

God had a plan all along. I can’t say I fully explains the concept of the Holy Trinity. Just that I accept it and believe in it. Being raised a Catholic I think helped me in this area. Continually being reminded this, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I feel sometimes the Catholic religion gets a bad rap at times. I don’t believe in all the Catholic traditions, but I do know there are practicing Catholic Christians.

“If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord. And believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation. Now the scripture says, no one who believes on Him will be put to shame. For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-13

         Now here’s the part I’ve been trying to tell those who think this is a religion. NO! Not a religion. A RELATIONSHIP! One God-ONLY ONE! Religion is a way people worship God…some are correct, some are not. But…whatever religion you are…without God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit…without John 3:3, you are lost and doomed for HELL..BUT with God, with John 3:3 you are a CHILD of GOD! A RELATIONSHIP! (now I’ll get off my  soap box)
"And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the one who died for them and was raised.” 2 Corinthians 5:15
Wow! Speaking of relationship…If we Christians…all of us would live this verse always, our world would be such a better place. I hate to admit it, but I’m the first to fail here, every day. I want to live for Christ, I really do…but I always seem to let my ‘self’ sneak through. I’m so glad God is a forgiving, patient, Holy God!

Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and have dinner with him and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

Yes! I remember God knocking at my heart when I was young. My dad would talk to me about the Bible. I looked forward to going to church and religion school. I hungered for God’s Word. I prayed for God’s help in everything. I know now that it was God seeking me, knocking and waiting for me to answer. I’m so glad He knocked on my door.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son that anyone who believes in Him will not perish  but have eternal life.” John 3:16

I love this verse. I’m terrible at memorizing, but this one verse I have memorized. Really, God doesn’t want anybody to go to Hell. He didn’t make Hell for men, He made it for satan and the fallen angels. We, man, chose to disobey the one and only rule we were given. And even then God sent His Son so we could still spend eternity with Him. But, sadly, many people still don’t get it…