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Hello friends! When is God good? God is good all the time! He is good in every circumstance, welcomed and unwelcome. Today I am going to share with you some Scriptures about our Mighty God and His goodness.

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Psalm 34:8

The verse states is so clearly. Read God’s Word and let it sink in. Taste His goodness in your life. You are truly blessed when you trust God and go to Him as your shelter in every storm. God is your storm cellar in the fiercest cyclone, and He is your umbrella in the smallest of rain showers. He covers you with His grace, and that is good indeed!

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

Psalm 84:11

God is our sun and shield. He is the bright light that keeps us warm and guides us. He is our shield when the devil throws his arrows at us, or when we are mocked by non-believers. Remember that God is always on our side of the battlefield fighting for us.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2

God’s will is good, acceptable, and perfect! We may not always understand why terrible things happen to us, but keep in mind that it’s all a part of God’s will and perfect plan that He has in store for our future. Good things are always ahead for God’s people, and in the end of time, God wins. God’s children will always be winners right along with Him.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:34

Always give thanks to God! He gave you life, breath, and loved ones. Most importantly, God gave you His Son. Because Jesus gave His life for our sins, we can live eternally with God and enjoy His steadfast love that truly never ends. Thank God for the promise of heaven! That promise shows so much goodness that God has given!

The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

Lamentations 3:25

God is good! We must wait on Him. Patience is very tough when we want our prayers answered immediately, but we should always remember that He has a perfect plan. Sometimes we want our prayers answered “right now,” but God often says to us “wait.” He knows how and when prayers should be answered and we should always try to trust in that.

I have been struggling with TMJD, (a disorder in my jaw), that makes me very uncomfortable. I have been to different specialists for it. My jaw joints feel dislocated, they pop a lot, my head aches, my jaw muscles spasm, and it can be very discouraging. It often causes me to go into a depression. I have been praying to God for the seven years that I have been struggling with this pain and discomfort, and I know that through it all He is going to take care of me and be with me because He is good. Many people are praying for me as well, and I ask for your prayers. I trust that God has a plan and a reason why He has not healed me completely of this yet. He sees the big picture in my life and knows what knowledge, obedience, and strength I will gain from my experience. One day I hope to wake up with my TMJ healed and back to normal. I will do my best to always praise the Lord anyways because He knows my pain and He knows my heart. The sames applies for you guys. If you have an affliction that you have been dealing with, always go to God, he will direct your path and hold your hand the whole way! I want to pray for you guys too, so if you are dealing with a struggle, reach out to me and I will say a prayer for you.

 

Remember God’s goodness in all things my friends!

Have a great weekend!

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What Does God Think About Marriage?

wedding pic Hi friends! Today I want to talk about marriage and share some scriptures on what God says about the institution of marriage.

1.) God ordained marriage to be a husband and a wife. 

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’ ”

Genesis 1:27-28

God created Adam and saw that Adam would not do well alone so He created Eve to be his wife. Together, man and woman were given to this earth to populate that planet. The husband and wife each have their own special attributes that compliment the other person. Man is strong and provides. Wife is nurturing and can multitask quite well. God made it to be this way, and it works quite nicely when the husband and wife put God first in their relationship. If Christ is in the center of it all, God will bless the relationship indeed.

2.) Marriage is meant to last. 

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Genesis 2:24

“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Mark 10:9

“The two shall become one flesh,” and “what God has joined together, let no one separate.” God views marriage as a sacred union, for life! Husband and wife are brought together and should views themselves as one. They should always consider their spouse in life decisions and plans. Things should be done together, and decisions made together because of that beautiful blessing of unity that God has given us.

3.) Love you spouse unconditionally.

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, …”

Ephesians 5:25-33

Husbands should love their wives as much as Christ loved us! That is a big and special kind of love. Wives should submit to their husbands and love them unconditionally too. If you have trouble loving your spouse, seek God’s face first. God will help you and give you the answers needed. God is love and He will show you how to love your spouse unconditionally as He loves us unconditionally.

4.) Your marital relationship should never be more important than your relationship with Christ. 

“And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me.”

Exodus 20:1-3

God is first. No thing or no person should be more important than God. As mentioned previously, putting God first will bring a special blessing into your marriage. When our marriage has struggles or we just don’t know how to handle one of life’s tricky situations such as a sick spouse, or miscarriage, or financial troubles, God and His Holy Word is right there with the answers and comfort that we need to make it through. He loves us, and He cherishes a loving, God ordained, Christ centered marriage. God loves to see the relationship thrive. Trust God and pray with your spouse often. God will recognize your hearts.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?”

Ecclesiastes 4:9

Would anyone like to share a story or testimony about their blessed marriage, or troubles they had that God brought them through?

God is good. Praise Him for it! If you are single and looking for a godly spouse, pray and trust God’s plan first and foremost. My mom did just that. She was reaching her later 20’s with no good man in sight for her, and she prayed and prayed, and about the time that she gave up on getting married, God brought my dad to her. They dated for three months, than married. They had a long and happy marriage until God took daddy home. My dad loved my mom so much, and there was doubting it. He put God first, and he loved mom as Christ loved the church. My mom submitted and loved dad unconditionally. She cared for him and nurtured him as a wife is meant to do. God truly blessed them with each other, and me with such wonderful parents. I believe God blessed them so abundantly because they put God first in their marriage. God can do that for you too! Seek His face, and in all things He will lead you in the ways you should go.

 

Have a blessed weekend!

 

Love Is…

“13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13

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Good evening everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t posted for a couple weeks. We have experienced a good bit of flooding in our area in the past couple of weeks, and keeping an eye on that situation has kept me quite occupied, but now the river is finally going down. God kept us safe as He always has!

Tonight I would like to go through the “love” chapter with you. Love is an encouraging thing to talk about, and it is a wonderful feeling. God shows His unfailing love everyday. We should try to show unfailing love to one another as well!

We are nothing without love:

If we have the highest education in the world, or know every language, or have the answers to all of life’s questions but do not have love in our hearts, all of these qualities would be useless. What good would all of this be if we did not have love? There is no use for a Doctorate collage degree if we do not have the love for those patients whom we diagnose and take care of daily. There is no need for us to know multiple languages if we do not show love with these talents and speak about Christ to the world. There is no need for smarts and knowledge if we do not love others the way Christ loved us. If we give for our own selfish gain and do not have love in our hearts for the people to whom we give, what good is it? Gifts are special only when given with love.

Love is Patient:

God is patient with us as we often make terrible mistakes on our life’s journey. God is so patient that He is willing to forgive instantly when we just ask, even though it may take us weeks, months, or years for us to repent of a sin we may be holding on to. We ought to express this kind of patience as best we can. Always remember that we are all human and being patient with our fellow neighbor shows a beautiful kind of love.

Love is Kind:

Love is kind. God is kind. We should be kind too. Genuine love is apparent when we show little (or big) acts of kindness to one another. It truly makes a person’s day when you go above and beyond to be kind. You can pay for someone’s lunch, pray with them, compliment them. There are so many things you can do to show love in the simplest ways. God is kind to us in that He often answers prayers and gives us many things that our heart desires. He is very generous.

Love does no envy, boast, or show pride:

God is the perfect example of love. He does not have these qualities of envy, boastfulness, or pride. We should not be envious of our neighbor or be jealous. We should not walk around talking about how great we are. Jealousy can lead to serious consequences. It causes divorces, job loss, broken homes, and even things like murder. These things do not show love! We should always strive as Christians to work on not showing qualities such as these.

Love does not dishonor others:

If you love your friend, you won’t go behind their back and talk bad about them. That is dishonoring them. If you truly love your mom, you won’t want to speak so harshly to her. If we do things like this, than we need to try to show more compassion and less hatred. Life is hard, and no one is perfect, but our loving God will help us. He loves it when we come to him with needs.

Love is not self-seeking:

If you truly show love, you will look out for the interests of others above yourself. God did that for us by sending His Son to die for us on the cross. He cared about us! He still does.

Love is not easily angered:

This goes hand in hand with patience. When you show love by being patient, than you will not get angry near as easily. We should be understanding and know that everyone has a bad day. We should show love even to the grumpy people! They need to be loved too.

Love keeps no record of wrongs:

This section can deal with forgiveness as well. When God saved us, he kept no record of our wrongdoings. He cast our sins as far as the east is from the west. If only we as humans could forgive and forget the way that God does. It would be a better world indeed.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth:

If you truly love God, do not become excited over gossip, or doing drugs, or cursing your neighbor. These things are disappointing to God and hurtful to people. Always reflect on the truth of what is right and wrong. Always remember the truth of the gospel of Christ and what it teaches.

Love always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres:

God does these things for us. We can show love by standing up for someone in need or weaker than us. Protect the lowly and give to the poor. Trusting God and having hope in Him shows that we love Him very much. Persevering in life even in the toughest battles shows a special kind of love. Persevering in witnessing to a friend that needs Jesus shows love too. It is a beautiful thing when the persevering pays off.

Love never fails:

The most encouraging three words in this chapter: LOVE NEVER FAILS! God is all loving and all powerful, and don’t think that you have such a bad sin that He cannot forgive you. God is love, and as the verse says, love never fails. His unfailing love will send all of His followers straight to heaven one day and what a day that will be!

I hope love encourages you. It sure encourages me!

Show love to your neighbor today, and have a great weekend!

What Exactly Is Grace?

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Hello everyone! I hope all is well. Today I want to talk about grace. What is grace? What would we be without grace? As Christians, we should dwell on God’s grace often. He is better to us than we deserve.

“8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:8-10
Dictionary definition of grace: Do honor or credit to (someone or something) by one’s presence.
“9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,”
2 Timothy 1:9
God gives us grace because of His great love for us. Having faith in Jesus, we can be saved by God’s grace. It’s only by what He has done that we may partake in the free gift of God’s grace and eternal life. We can’t be good enough for God. It’s not by our own works that He shows grace. It’s only by God’s great love. If you are truly saved, the good works will surely follow. Receiving a new heart changes your perception and it’s a wonderful feeling.

“12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

1 Timothy 1:12-17

God shows grace in that He forgives the most vile of sinners. Don’t think you’re not good enough or that you’ve just been too bad! There are many biblical examples of people who did some terrible things yet God loved them and forgave them. Some of them include David who had an affair with Bathsheba and had her husband murdered, Jonah who disobeyed God and got swallowed by a big fish, and Paul who killed God’s followers. God still showed grace and forgave these people, and He is loving enough to do the same for you if you will just ask with forgiveness from the bottom of your heart.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

Jesus died to forgive us our sins. Bring your sins, worries, and cares to Jesus because He is the forgiver and a great listener.

 

Please share how God has shown His grace on you and your family. Have a great weekend!!

What You’ll See in Heaven

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Over the past few days I have been pondering about heaven and what it will be like. I would like to take a few moments to share some scriptures about heaven and some of the things we will see there. It will be beautiful and glorious. Let’s dive right in to the wonderful truths in God’s Word.

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

Revelation 22:1-5

In heaven there will be the purest and most stunning river you will ever see. It will be bright as crystal and it will flow from the throne of God and Jesus. The tree of life will be there! God’s people will be there and we will worship him always. We will never have to fear darkness again because in heaven there will be no darkness. Jesus will be the everlasting light, and that’s all we will need.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Revelation 21:4

This is one of the most encouraging and hope filled scriptures in the Bible. I believe when we get to heaven we will first shed some tears. Some of those tears may be due to not having enough crowns to lay at the feet of Jesus. Some tears may flow because of our overwhelming happiness of meeting our Lord face to face. One thing is for certain: When we shed these tears, God will be right there to wipe them from our eyes. He will wipe away the last tears we will ever shed. In heaven we will never die. We will never grieve the loss of our dear loved one again. We will never cry again, and we will never have to endure pain again. All things will be perfect and all things will be made new. PRAISE GOD!

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”

1 Corinthians 2:9

God tells us about some of the things we will see in heaven, but we can never fully grasp what it will be like until we get there. No human can know all of the wonderful things we will see and do in heaven. We can not fathom the everlasting joy that we will have until we get there. It’s going to be so exciting and beautiful, and I’m ecstatic to see it!

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia[c] in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits[d] thick.[e] 18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.[f] 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Revelation 21:9-27

I know that the above verses include a lot of reading material, but it’s some good reading. These verse are very descriptive of some of the beautiful things we will encounter in the city of God. Heaven will be huge! It will be adorned with gold, pearls, precious jewels, and so much more beauty than we could ever imagine. We will walk on streets of gold. We will be in a city where nothing impure will enter. No sin will be permitted. We will never feel anger or hurt or shame again. We will be surrounded by God’s light always.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. …

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

In heaven we will see our dearly departed loved ones who have gone on before us. We will be able to live with them in perfect harmony forever. Those who trust in Jesus as their Lord and ask for forgiveness of their sins will go to heaven one day. Grief is definitely hard in this life, but there is just an unexplained sense of comfort in knowing that a loved one left this earth with Jesus in their heart. That is why it is so important for us to share the love of Christ with our family and friends. We want to see them again in heaven!

In heaven we will see loved ones that have gone on. We will see old saints of the Bible such as Paul, Noah, David, and many more. We will see church leaders and presidents from many years past. We will see them and we will know them without a second thought. That is going to be amazing.

When I get to heaven I can’t wait to see Jesus first and foremost. After that, I’m sure I will be spending time with my daddy, grandparents, aunts, uncles, dear friends, and many more. I also have a sibling up there whom I have not met. My baby brother or sister passed before they were born. I will know them in heaven! I love music so maybe I will play the harp with David.

Heaven will be wonderful and I am so encouraged by what God has told me in His Word about this beautiful place.

What do you look forward to doing in heaven?

Please comment with thoughts about that subject.

God bless you all and have a great weekend!

 

Some of My Favorite Scriptures

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Good evening friends! I pray your week has been full of blessings thus far. Tonight I would like to share some of my favorite Scriptures with you guys. I hope these verses speak to your hearts as they do mine.

28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31
These few verses mean so much to me. They show us the power and might of our Lord, and it is beautiful. These verses were actually read at my dad’s funeral, and in such a time of grief and sorrow, the Scriptures encouraged me and uplifted me. My heart breaks for those who grieve but don’t know Christ as their Savior. I don’t think I could bear that feeling of hopelessness. We should always be prayerful for those people, and all who are grieving.
The Lord is the “everlasting” God. He never wears down, and He is the strongest of all. He is so very loving that He would give strength to the weary and the weak. When we get tired or sad, God is our hope and He will renew our strength in those times of need. We will soar on wings like eagles. What a beautiful thing!
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5
It’s hard to pick a favorite Bible verse because there are so many encouraging Scriptures, but this one has always been one of my favorites. The message is simple: Jesus suffered the most painful death for us! He did it because of us and our sins. He did it because of the Father’s deep love for us. This is something I will never deserve, but I am eternally grateful to my Lord, because by his wounds we are healed! Praise God, by the wounds of our precious Lord Jesus, we are healed!
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Psalms 103:12
This verse goes along with the previous verses I shared. Because of the love of our Savior, our sins have been cast as far as the east is from the west. That is never ending. The east and the west always keep going, and that is an amazing representation of what God has done with our sins once we are saved by the blood of Jesus. He never counts our sins against us again. Praise be to God! I will never understand why He would do these things for me.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28
This is a well known verse for a good reason. I believe it is meant to encourage us. Even in our times of heartaches, pains, and even confusions that we may have in this life, we can know without a shadow of a doubt that God has a plan for us. He knows the number of hairs on our heads, and He knows our hearts. Everything He does, He is doing for our good and for His purpose. Many times He uses our struggles to bring other people to Him so that they can learn of the saving knowledge of Jesus. God’s purpose is to save lost souls, and our mission as Christians is to serve Him and be tools for fulfilling this purpose.
13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13
When I was in Bible quizzing as a teenager, this was the verse we lived by. We quoted it many times on our quizzing trips and before matches. The words of this verse have often given me strength. We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. With our Savior on our side, we are not limited. He can help us through so many things because he is all-knowing and all-powerful. He has everything we need to accomplish many wonderful things in life for His kingdom.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16
This is probably the most well known verse in the Bible. It says it all. This is the go to verse when you need to share the gospel with someone. God loved the world so much that He would give his only Son. How hard that must have been for God to do this! Not many people would sacrifice their child for someone undeserving, but that’s exactly what God did! Because of this, those who believe will NEVER perish, but their souls will go on to heaven one day and will be there with the Lord forever. No pain and no sadness. Thank you God so much for caring the way you do!
There are so many Scriptures that are beautiful and speak encouraging words, but these above are some of my favorites. Please feel free to comment with some of you favorite verses as well.
Have a blessed weekend!

The God of ALL Seasons? Yes, Winter too!

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Hello dear readers. I hope everyone is having a wonderfully blessed week. Today I want to talk about the never-changing God. He is still God at all times, even in our darkest hours. God is still God in the rebirth of life in Spring, the joys of Summer, the changes of Fall, and the dreariness of Winter. His Word stays the same in the midst of it all.

“For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’ “He seals the hand of every man, That all men may know His work.” “Then the beast goes into its lair And remains in its den.“Out of the south comes the storm, And out of the north the cold. “From the breath of God ice is made, And the expanse of the waters is frozen.”

Job 37:6-10

The God of Spring:

When you look outside and see the first flower of the year bloom, think of God. When you hear the birds chirping and the bees buzzing, think of God. Even when you take your car out for the first car wash of the year, think of God. He set all things in motion and He is the one who makes things grow. Always think of God during this season and give thanks because he allowed you to see a new day and a new Spring season.

See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.”
Song of Solomon 2:11-12
The God of Summer:
God created the beautiful sunshine, and clear blue oceans. God made these things a very long time ago, and they are what He told them to be even to this day. God spoke it, and so it is! These things are mentioned in the beginning of Genesis. Take note that what He said back then stays true to this day. The skies are up high, the oceans are in place, the birds are in the air, the beasts are on the land, and these things have not changed. So when you go for a swim this Summer, think of the mighty God who created the water. When you pick your fresh veggies from your garden, think of God who told them to grow and to have nutrients for your bodies. Remember your Father always and be thankful!
 “This is what the Lord says to me: “I will remain quiet and will look on from my dwelling place, like shimmering heat in the sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”
Isaiah 18:4
The God of Fall:
Fall is such a beautiful time of year. Gorgeous leaves, and bright orange pumpkins. I just love it! We get to take a break from the scorching heat. I feel like Fall is a great time of reflection and blessings. Thanksgiving is in Fall, but we should be thankful always. So when you put your favorite sweater on for the first time after the summer months, think of God. When you eat your first slice of pumpkin pie for the season, think of God and all of His provisions. When you are given another year to enjoy Thanksgiving around the dinner table with your loved ones, think of God and all of His mercy.
“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease.”
Genesis 8:22
The God of Winter: 
This is the season I and many others are currently in right now. This past week has been frigid and dreary, and cold. We have been enduring the largest snow of the year thus far, but it truly has been beautiful. Winter makes many people feel sad or lonely. Our Christmas is celebrated in the Winter, and although it is a joyous time, it can also be a sad time as we reflect on the loss of our loved ones. Remember this though: God is still God in the Winter just as He was the whole year through. Think of Winter as a time of rest and rejuvenation. When we are unable to get out because of the frigid cold temperatures and snowy roads, we should consider being thankful that we have that time to stay home and read our Bible’s and rest. It all comes from God. When you are sitting home this Winter depressed or worried about something, always keep in mind that God is there with you through all the seasons including this one. He hasn’t changed yet, and he will NOT! God will love you and be there for you as you plant your gardens in Spring, pick you beans in Summer, carve your pumpkins in fall, and sit back to reflect in Winter. He loves you through it all and abides in your heart through it all!
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:”
Ecclesiastes 3:1
“The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
John 16:33
Please remember that God is there for you at all times and He never changes. His love is never ending.
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Have a great weekend everyone!

My Personal Testimony

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Good evening dear readers! I pray you all are having a wonderful week full of blessings and joy!

I would like to share my testimony with you all this week. There are so many things that God has done for me which I do not deserve. He is everything! I am nothing, yet He loves me so much.

“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude;”

1 Timothy 4:4

I grew up on a small country farm with a few horses, the occasional cow now and again, chickens, goats, rabbits, ducks, and lots of dogs and cats. God provided me with the best parents that I could ask for and two wonderful brothers. My parents brought me up in church my whole life and I really appreciate that fact. My dad was the pastor of a few different churches, and I came to know some wonderful people. Daddy had a way with words in his sermons. There were times when I could see tears streaming down my father’s face when he would preach about the love of Jesus. It was a beautiful thing which I will not forget.

One night during a church service, I remember hearing the sounds of a beautiful Southern Gospel quartet sing a song that spoke to my heart. It was called “Next Cloud.” The song spoke of the return of Christ. God was drawing me to him that night. At that time I was stubborn and did not go up to the altar to be saved. I was probably around eleven years old at that time. I never mentioned to my parents the feeling that I had that night because for some reason I was embarrassed, being the child that I was.

There was a sweet elderly lady that was a member of the little country church that I spent most of my years growing up in. Many times my dad would have an altar call and this sweet lady would come back to me and ask me if I wanted to be saved. I often acted as if I did not hear what she was saying. I guess I did not want to feel pressured, and I was scared.

One winter, my dad had preached a sermon, (I am unsure what it was about). When the time came for the altar call, the little elderly lady came up to me and pleaded with me to go to the altar. As I had done in times past, I did not look at her and acted as if I did not hear her. One phrase she said to me stuck that night: “You will feel much better when you go to sleep at night if you give your heart to Christ.” I was too afraid to go up to the altar that night, but God’s wonderful and miraculous drawing power had it’s hold on me. As I was riding in the family van that night, I silently asked Jesus to forgive me of all my sin and to save my soul.

“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 6:44

For some reason, it took me a few days to tell my mom about getting saved. I don’t know why, but I was nervous. My mom told my dad, and later that year the sweet elderly lady that witnessed to me found out that I had been saved. She was rejoicing! This woman was a prayer warrior and a wonderful witness for Christ! She would call people up in the phone book, or go up to a random stranger and tell them about Jesus. I am thankful for her, and many other godly influences that I had growing up.

A year or two after I was saved, I began singing and playing music with my parents in church. My mom has been writing songs for years, and my dad was in a Southern Gospel group when he was young. I will always be thankful for the time that I could spend singing with both of my parents. I praise my God because I still have my beautiful mother to sing with, but I will never forget the fun we had together as a trio!

There are many things that I could mention in this testimony, but I will just tell one more story.

In 2010, my dad was stricken down with a terrible cancer of the blood called lymphoma. Our family was frightened. Cancer did not stop my dad from praising God. Daddy would be so weak, yet he would still sit down at the front of the church and preach those sermons to the best of his ability. I will always admire that about my dad. He pressed on toward the prize! Our family feared that cancer would take my dad, but it did not. Daddy accepted whatever God decided to do, and praise God through prayers and faith, my dad was healed of cancer. God gave us five more wonderful years with my father before he passed and went on to heaven. During that time, daddy was able to pastor a church that he had always wanted to pastor. God answered his prayers!

I also have a brother that was diagnosed with a rare type of leukemia, and my husband that was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. They are both doing great with their treatments. I trust that God will continue to take care of us through it all!

So in short: God gave me a wonderful family, wonderful friends, a wonderful life, and most importantly, a wonderful Savior. He has been so precious to me through it all! Praise God!

Please like and comment with your personal testimony if you feel led by the Spirit to do so.

God bless!

 

 

Some T-Shirt Ideas

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Hello everyone. I was looking at some of the old websites I’ve been on, and I found Teespring. I had forgotten that I had designed some T-shirts and apparently they are still on the website. I thought I’d share with you guys and tell you what the designs mean to me! ❤

(The first link’s picture is not showing up, but the link should work if you click on it).

 

https://teespring.com/life-is-the-beautiful-choice#pid=2&cid=6568&sid=front

The first design is important to me, because life is important to me. Life is important to God, and it is heartbreaking when thousands of innocent babies are murdered every day for the sake of selfishness.

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

Isaiah 5:20

My mom helped me come up with the second t-shirt idea. Heart health awareness is important to many families, because many families lose loved ones every day due to heart diseases and heart attacks. Our family lost my dad because of a massive heart attack and we miss him dearly. I do feel that in our culture we bring a lot of heart problems on ourselves because of our diets. We need to pray that God can help us to truly treat our bodies like God’s temple in all aspects.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;”

1 Corinthians 6:19

The third design is a wonderful reminder of our Lord Jesus who has promised to return one day! My mom wrote a song based on the Bible verse mentioned on the front of the shirt, and we love to sing it! I will have to share a video on here of that song sometime soon. One day, we will be changed and brought together to live with the Lord forever, I can’t wait!

“Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him because we will see Him as He is.”

1 John 3:2

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week full of joy, love, prayers, and most importantly, Jesus. He is the reason we are alive and can live abundantly. Don’t forget that!

God bless you all!!