Archive for January, 2016


Abortion or LIFE!!!

Some years ago, right around my birthday, I posted a photo obtained from Facebook that showed a replica of a very tiny baby, held in someone’s hand.  It turned out to be a beautiful sculpture, one of several, with features that were spot on to a new born.  My point in the blog was to celebrate how God had saved me from abortion, that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image and likeness of God, not something to be tossed aside on a garbage heap of medical waste to be burned or, worse, sold for parts to the highest bidder. We are fearfully and wonderfully made

There was one lady who angrily spoke up and wrote that I should have posted a real live 12 week old baby instead of a replica.  Not wanting to turn my blog into something quite controversial, I didn’t do or say anything negative to her but left a comment about the photo and what it was meant to portray.   Because of that photo, my blog continues to get a few hits every so often, but I don’t believe anyone is really looking at the site itself…just the photo.   So, I have taken that photo down, to replace with something more appropriate but not overtly graphic.  (If you wish to see the real life photos of aborted children, they are out there on Google and they are heart-breaking.)

My blog visitor was right though.  We in the Christian community have long allowed the world to dictate much of how we respond to things like this, subjects that are uncomfortable, not politically correct, and we hide from them as I have, not wanting to offend.  Abortion, though, is one subject I do feel strongly about because I was saved from the butcher’s hand by a birth mother who cared enough about her own life and mine to give me a chance.

Please consider this:  in order to have confidence in God for every area of our lives, we must be confident that the life He has given us is worth living, and fighting for — from the “womb to the tomb”.  Life is from God, not to be extinguished by anyone other than Him, before it has an opportunity to take a breath.  He offers believers, His kids, abundant life!  Why would we not want that for our children, born or in utero?  Obviously, I’m probably preaching to the choir here.

The self-centeredness, selfishness, greed, and hypocrisy that surrounds us these days, particularly regarding this subject is beyond reprehensible and demeaning to our humanity.  But, instead of wallowing in depression and despair over what is or what seems to be unchanging and only getting worse, I still remain confident in a loving God who will bring His Will, His Light, Love and Mercy to our sinful world and bring revival to those lost in their own depravity and blinded by evil.

For those who do not yet know Jesus as Lord and Savior, I urge you to humble yourselves before Him and repent, turn around, go the other way.  You will never regret it.  He is waiting for you with open arms to come to Him.  (If you should need assistance or have questions, please check out my page “Confidence in God 101” – formerly known as “Where Does Confidence in God Come From?” – for more info.)

For those of you who do know Jesus as Lord and Savior, Lamb of God and Soon-Coming King, do not despair!  Do not give up!   Have confidence in God!  Continue to do good in this world and fight for what is right!

31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. [Heb. 12:1-3.]  Isaiah 40:31 Amplified BibleCourage

Remember, we aren’t wrestling with evil human souls here who, in reality,  are virtually bound in chains by demonic influences. This is a FULL ON spiritual battle against the powers of darkness planning on destroying the human race God so lovingly created and sacrificed His Son for.  So if you wish to remain faint of heart, you’ve already lost.  Gear up, Soldiers!  Be Courageous! Put on your armor!

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God,so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvationand the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.  Ephesians 6:10-18 New International Version

Pray like you’ve never prayed before.  Believe like you’ve never believed before.  Obey like you’ve never obeyed before.  And most importantly, speak and act like what you’re praying and believing for is reality.  Then you’ll see things you’ve never seen before.  Get ready Troops.  A Miracle awaits us if we don’t give up our confidence!

 

 

Today Is A Good Day!

Good Morning!Good Morning!

This is a new day, a new opportunity to write a good story for yourself, another chance to leave the old behind and forgive the ones who have hurt you.  You are important, special to God, a treasure, a true gem, and the child he longs to be with today.

You have what it takes to make it today.  You are enabled by His power to access His bountiful resources.  He has given you abundant life, but you need to go for it!  Live your best day today.  Be diligent, forgiving,  kind, merciful as He is merciful.  Remember, He daily lavishes on us blessings and mercy so He’s able to help you do what doesn’t come naturally.

You are blessed, forgiven, provided for, healed by those stripes He took on His Body.  You are saved by His Grace, Redeemed (bought back from the enemy) and paid for by His Blood, filled with the Holy Spirit, and created anew in His image.  Your eternal home is Heaven!

What more could you ask for?

 

HopeSome weeks ago, I opened my Facebook page to see the sweet faces of two of my dear friends  (J and C for privacy purposes) who were celebrating their 5oth wedding anniversary.  Having known a little of what they have been through together over the years, it is truly amazing that either of them are alive, let alone together.  Their relationship in the good times and bad is one I admire deeply and would wish we could all learn from their example — trust God with everything and everyone in our lives, have confidence that somehow He will bring us through if we don’t give up, and do it all with joy.

C and I met and became fast friends and prayer partners in the late 80’s/very early 90’s, where we both worked at McDonald’s. We spent our fair share of time laughing and giggling while cooking so it’s a wonder the food ever got done on time!  The times we spent in prayer and fellowship after work though are forever etched in my heart with gratefulness and joy and I missed both of them greatly when they moved away. C was a gift from God given at just the right time when I needed a best friend.Things work out best

J is now retired from a lifetime of driving trucks and other short term jobs that he worked as needed;  C still does what she can while being confined to a wheel chair after a motorcycle accident many years ago that left her able to move only her arms somewhat and turn her head.

They have raised six wonderful children, and have loved and nurtured 24 grand kids and some very fortunate foster kids along the way as well.  Their children have all been very supportive and loving to them in return.  Their unwavering commitment to Christ and godly principles have under-girded them through the very, very hard times, and their effervescent senses of humor and joy are something that could only have come from the Lord to sustain them.  “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”  They are individually and as a couple truly an inspiration to everyone they meet.

To say that C’s accident was probably the biggest turning point in their lives would be an understatement, but to have come through the trauma, heart ache, shock and disbelief, life upheavals and changes in even her bodily funDon't give upctionality, with the positive mind set they now have is indeed quite an accomplishment and truly a miracle of God.

One profound comment that so touched my heart and made me decide to give honor to whom I felt honor is due, was written by J himself.  After all the congratulatory messages by family and friends were received on Facebook, he wrote:

Thanks for all the congrats and stuff on our 50th anniversary? A bit of advise for the rest of you that may want to reach that lofty pinnacle. We all got stuff we like about our mate (the whys of why we love them) and we all got stuff about our mate that drive us nuts (the whys of why we don’t like them). If you meant that part about “as long as we both shall live” you have to pay a lot more attention to the what I like about you part than the what I don’t like about you part, cause if your focus is on what you don’t like pretty soon there’s nothing to like anymore! Then throw some God glue in there to cement it. Thanks again…. 😎

Don’t think I could have said it better.  Here’s to happier and healthier relationships.

rain dropsThe first time I sat down to create “a blog”, whatever that was, it took me hours to design:  make choices in color, pictures, fonts, size, and so forth.  Then came the hard part — what did I really want to say in this opus I was creating to house my “words of wisdom”?  All I knew at the time was that I had a premise — I’ve always had confidence in God, no matter what situation I find myself in, and I’d like to share how others can too.

With that in mind, it’s been almost a year of just going through life since my last post but my confidence in Jesus has never wavered.  To be truthful, however, it has been tested and challenged a bit.

Have you ever had your grand kids move in with you?  If so, you’ve probably guessed where I’ve been for the last year and why I said the part about being tested and challenged.  It’s not as if these are little kids either…they are grown men.  Both have lived lives, well let’s just say I would not wish what they’ve gone through on anyone, nor would I choose their lifestyle under any circumstances.  But, I have to say that I am learning, slowly–more’s the pity, to be more accepting and patient of those with different perspectives on life.  And fortunately, they are learning about their Grandma’s values and life perspectives and are becoming a little more understanding and accepting as well.

In addition to all of that, I am now officially a Medicare recipient, about to file for social security after my 66th birthday this year and am still working full time.  My body is feeling its age and I would love, love, love, love to retire from work but the bills just seem to keep piling up.  How does that happen?  In any event, unless my 1/11th portion of a mineral/oil/gas lease goes crazy and supplies more than $75 a year, I will be working for a very long time.

Ok, so that didn’t sound terribly positive, but I know that’s where many of us are these days.  Yet, I also know because of the preponderance of times He’s provided for me in the past, I can have confidence that God has a plan and has made provision for my future.dove2 sun

But, this is not all about me.  This is about you too.  You have been living life all year long as well.  Some of it was really good, some bad, and maybe some was just awful.  But maybe you have not felt so confident that it’s going to get any better.  I know that things in life may seem to drag on forever and circumstances seem to remain the same.  They are not!

God is all about change.  He’s all about His kids living an abundant life and enjoying the life He’s created for them.  He’s all about challenging us to come up higher and live by His standards of excellence.  If you have made the decision to give your life to Christ, you can have every confidence that your life is going to be better than you expected.  Jesus lives in you!

Let 2016 be your year of having confidence in God and watch Him change the circumstances of your life.  The impossible becomes possible with Jesus.  Trust. Grow.  Discover.

 

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