Friday, October 26, 2012

To Know and Fear the Lord...

I get in ruts. Ruts of self-willed action. Ruts of trying to find hope and strength in anything else but Jesus. I see what Paul talks about in Romans; I have the desire to do what's right and please the Lord, while sin is lurking right behind. There's been a lot on my mind lately, especially as I ponder a quote my pastor told our congregation last Sunday. Here it is:

"You will never be as close to God or as spiritual as you wish to be...
You will never be as close to God or as spiritual as you desire to be...
You will ONLY be as close to God and as spiritual as YOU CHOOSE to be." 

After a long week of waking up late and neglecting my time with the Lord in the morning, I felt the strong need and desire to get back in the Word and spend time with God today. I decided to CHOOSE my Heavenly Father, my great dear Lord. Choosing Him never fails me. Choosing Him is choosing my highest good,  my greatest joy, the richest, most fulfilling life. Jesus is Joy. Jesus is life.

The Choice is ours though. 

God's Spirit (by His amazing Grace) prompts and draws us....

We choose our reaction... 

Just desiring to be closer to God isn't going to get us closer. 

                                                                                               We must choose.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.....Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (James 4:8-10)

My prayer is that I would be a person that Knows and Fears 
   the Lord of Heaven's Armies. 

For that is the WHOLE purpose of our life, as said in Ecclesiastes...

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil 
(Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

All of this to say, The more we know God and the more we fear Him, the more we will choose Him!
... and we will only know Him better and Fear Him properly by spending time with Him and His Word, praying without ceasing, and choosing Him over our fleshly pursuits. Who's with me? Lord, thank You for the gift of YOU. Thank you that you are everything our hearts desire. Make us more like you, Open our eyes to Your glory and Goodness, we love you Lord. What can we bring? We are nothing apart from you!  We need you Lord, In Jesus Christ's Holy name we pray, Amen.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Salvation is in No Other Name!

Ever since I've come across this picture, my heart has been SO grateful!  Sometimes I forget the penalty for the sin in my life; or the real seriousness of sin itself. This picture helps remind me of the SERIOUSNESS of sin and the LOVE of Christ to BEAR it ALL that I may receive salvation! If it weren't for the Spirit of God in my heart reminding me of my sin, I know I would forget about sin altogether.

The picture speaks 1,00000000000000-------00000 words, it's like a "WORDLESS sermon". Especially words of God's love, and what He did to make a way when there was NO way!

Hallelujah! Jesus Christ took our place. He bore the wrath meant for us because of our sin.... So that we may receive salvation through Him... I'm forever grateful....

                                           PICTURE BY: CHRIS POWERS ----> <-----support His ministry! 

"The Glory of the gospel is this: The one from whom we need to be saved is the one who has saved us.... DIVINE LOVE TRIUMPHED OVER DIVINE WRATH by DIVINE Self-Sacrifice." - R.C. Sproul. 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

(John 3:16-21 ESV)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Liebster Award!

My sweet Sister Brittany nominated me for this award - Thanks Britt!

Facts of the Liebster Award:
The Liebster Award’s origins are pretty much a mystery. Bloggers nominate other bloggers that have 200 or less followers. It’s basically a “Hey, that’s a sweet little blog you’ve got there. Here’s an award!” You can’t just accept the award. You have to play by the (ever changing) rules and pay it forward. Then you can put the award on your blog for all to see.
The Rules:
1. List 11 facts about yourself. (I hope that you enjoy them! I tried to write things that hopefully my readers may not know, but then things that new people stopping in may find interesting as well.)

2. Answer the 11 questions given to you. (My 11 questions for each of the 11 nominated blogs are near the bottom of this post!)

3. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
4. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate. (At the very bottom of this post you will find the links!)
5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award.
6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog. (see the intro of this post!)

11 facts about me! 
1. Jesus is my Lord and Savior! 
2. I'm married to an amazing man named Kalen. 
3. I am a Senior at Sam Houston State University! Yipee! 
4. I love taking pictures and sharing them with people. 
5. I have 2 neices and 1 nephew. 
6. My hearts desire is to be a mommy one day, Lord Willing! 
7. Kalen and I both have families that Love and Serve Jesus! It's an awesome gift. 
8. I'm really goofy around people that are close to me. 
9. I'm keenly aware of my sinfulness by the grace of God and it draws me to my knees daily. 
10. I'm a sensitive person.
11. I LOVE kid-friendly jokes -Sometimes it takes me awhile to get a silly joke, like I'll laugh 30 minutes after it's been said and people think I'm weird. Lol. 

11 questions from Brittany

1. What is your favorite color? TEAL
2. What is your favorite movie of all time and why? Faith like Potatoes, it's the best depiction of God's saving grace in a farming families life. It shows the ups and downs of life and Jesus' kindness through it all. Miracles happen, people get saved, God is glorified, it's SUPER.
3. Do you  prefer to read fiction or nonfiction?I read more nonfiction. I like to read books that encourage me in my spiritual walk with Christ. And my fav. book is the Bible soo... nonfiction is it! 
4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Jerusalem! I want to walk where Jesus walk and see where the whole story took place.
5. Are you a spender or a saver? SPENDER..... that's why God gave me Kalen, my sweet disciplined Saver. 6. How did you meet your husband? We met at Church! It was sweet.
7. Do you prefer board games or video games? Board games, it keeps you interactive with people!
8. What is the best thing you like about your job and why? nannying, being with the kids. I find so much joy in being with children, loving on them and teaching them.
9. Why did you decide to follow Christ and how has it changed your life? Well, by the grace of God I decided to follow Christ. I thought the world could fill me but it couldn't. After surrendering my life to Christ, I began to desire to walk closely with Jesus, to please Him, and to hate sin. So, it's changed my life because I don't like the things I used to like, I don't see the excitement in the things the world sees in regards to stuff and material gain like I used to, and I don't listen to any music but Christian because everything else bothers me and it didn't use to! and I'm still in the process of change as I type!
10. What would you do if you could do it for free? Go on a missions trip with my hubby!! 
11. What is your favorite house cleaning chore? Hmm.... I like vacuuming. It's amazing to see how much Dog hair I pick up every week in the vacuum! It's relieving to vacuum it all up! 

My questions for my nominees: 
1. Who is your biggest inspiration? Why? 
2. If you could take a break during the day and do anything you wanted, what would it be?
3. If you could be in any profession, what would it be? 
4. What is the sweetest thing God has taught you in your life?
5. What's your favorite book of the Bible, and why?
6. If you could sit at the feet of Jesus (literally- like He's physically manifested for time with you) like Mary, what would you ask Him?
7. What the greatest blessing in your life?
8. What are 2 positive things about your family members? (Husband, children)
9. What is your gifting?
10. What's your favorite song and why?
11. If it was your last day on earth, what would you do? 

I nominate....

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Birthday Thankfulness!!!

It's 6:19 am and I need to get ready for school, but I wanted to share something God revealed to me in a deeper way today! As I think about Birthdays and how much they are celebrated, I'm reminded THE most important thing to celebrate is my rebirth in Christ my Lord and Savior!!

What am I thankful for today?

What am I celebrating!?!?

the Forgiveness of SINS!!!

Let all that I am praise the Lord! 
With my WHOLE heart, I will praise His Holy Name! 
Let all that I am praise the Lord! 
May I never forget the GOOD things he does for me...
and crowns me with love and tender mercies!
Psalm 103:1-5

Here you will find a missionary telling the gospel to people in another country. Watch this tribe's reaction at the end to salvation: the forgiveness of sins and a right relationship with God! 

This is SOMETHING to rejoice about every moment of every day! I'm so thankful the Lord reminded me of this this morning! Be blessed Christians, we are SAVED- we are rescued!!!! Praise be to God! And to those who may not be saved, Christ died for you! Christ rose from the grave and conquered sin for you so that you may have a relationship with God!  Repent and Trust Him as your Lord and Savior- His yoke is easy and His burden is Light!!