Tuesday, January 30, 2018

How God Helps With Problems



God shows me over and over...

...that the answers to most things that trouble me are very small things. These small things are solutions that I would never discover if it was not for Him. These solutions are tiny compared to how I view my problems. 

When God reveals a tiny solution to me, whether it is temporary or permanent, it has always been there all along. Close and within reach, but hidden from me. My solutions, which are usually very involved, always take me in a different direction than where God would take me. That is why I can never see God's solutions. 

Whenever My Heavenly Father reveals a solution to me, I am always so elated! The tiny solution makes such a big difference! I feel hopeful. I feel optimistic. I feel faith-filled! I can rest, while working the solution.

I also feel bad that I worried so much. I feel like I did not trust My Father like I could have. It hurts my heart, but I know that He understands.

 

Monday, January 29, 2018

A Permanent Trip To The Holy Land


While reading about Jesus going to the Mount of Olives, in John 8, and vindicating the woman judged for adultery, I researched the place. Finding a lovely sun-touched image of the hill to the east of Jerusalem, I was suddenly overcome by a desire to go there. That happens often when I view images of The Holy Land, either current or from the far past. I'd love to walk where Jesus walked.

Though the areas where ruins have been unearthed have been modernized, the landscapes I am sure still hold some of the atmosphere and environment of ancient Bible times. Here in America, we don't have the flora or the air quality that exists in the Middle East today. For one thing, there aren't any olive trees near me, and I don't know where any ancient ones exist here in the U.S.

When I am struck with a longing to visit Jesus' land as it exists today, I immediately remember that if I should never make it there in this life, I will see that wondrous place. In The New Heaven and The New Earth I will live there. I will see the beautiful Holy Land whenever I want to. God will have reestablished his beloved Jerusalem, The Holy City, and all will be without blemish, decay, death and evil. I will come and go as I please, sit among the new and refreshed olive trees and Holy Land landscapes. Most of all, I will talk and walk with Jesus. I will ask him questions about his life there, when he came to redeem and save us. We will enjoy together The New Heaven and The New Earth, created for Jesus and those who love him.

If God allows me to tarry more in this world, I would like to visit there today in this flesh. I have to say, though, that when I live in The New Heaven and The New Earth, my visit there will be much, much better. My trip there is guaranteed, because I am locked into my seat in the Kingdom of God. My flight is set, and my ticket is The Holy Spirit. When I leave here, whether I take off before of during The Rapture, I will arrive at my permanent destination. Unlike in the world today, I will never have to go home from my vacation. I will be at home for good, on an eternal vacation in a beautiful new Holy Land that is like the old, but untainted and perfect, as it was meant to be in the beginning. I will be with the person who loved and saved me, so that I can live forever with him in His Holy Land.

 

How To Be Saved
Romans 10:9
(NKJV)

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 

Your seat has already been purchased by The Blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Your ticket is being held by The Holy Spirit. If you would like to receive your seat in The Kingdom of God, which is to be sure that you are Saved, say this simple prayer:

Jesus, I believe that you are the Son of God, and the only Savior. Come into my heart, and save me. I was born in sin and you died for me so that I can know God and not be blamed anymore. Thank you for my new life. Show me the way to understand and turn away from bad things. I don't have to fear death anymore, and thank you for Eternal Life. Amen 



Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Scripture Source: John 8:1-11

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Submit Your Christian Poetry To Be Read At A Podcast



J. Todd Underhill is back reading Christian poetry at his SoundCloud podcast Poems of Prayer and Praise. To have your Holy verse considered for reading send it to him at poemsofprayerandpraise@gmail.com

He really has a great voice that he terms euphonious. You won't be disappointed. You'll love hearing him intone your verse and the verse of others as we worship and praise our Lord Jesus Christ and God The Father.

If you are reading this from a feed or email alert, you probably can't see the podcast video player above. To listen to J. Todd's latest poetry reading, click and follow this post to Draw Nigh To Hope. You'll find the SoundCloud player in the post, where you can click the play button and listen.







Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Charity From The Heart & Soul



Today I decided to read my old favorite scripture passage, I Corin 13. I think it is one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible. It opens like a great play or an outstanding opera, a magnificent pronouncement that swiftly reprimands and then immediately elevates. I can't read it without feeling lofty and so uplifted and inspired, with a new desire to feel and exude God's type of love towards self and others.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I give all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profits me nothing.

Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity vaunts not itself, is not puffed up, does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes in all things, endures all things. Charity never fails: but where there are prophecies, they shall fail; where there are tongues, they shall cease; where there is knowledge, it shall vanish away.

We think of charity as the cutesy little song "Have faith, hope and charity. That's the way you live successfully. How do I know the Bible tells me so, the Bible tells me so!" Then we learn that charity means love. Maybe that is why organizations that help those in need are called charities. How can you reach out and give to others of yourself, your time and your money without having love for the recipients?


The Merriam-Webster online dictionary  shows the well-known meanings of charity:
  • generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering,
  • aid given to those in need,
  • benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity.
The definition shown there that I think is most significant, and upon which the others are able to operate, is this:
  • lenient judgment of others.
In order to reach out and give to others we begin by choosing to think favorably upon their situations, their behaviors and their lives. We develop a considerate and forgiving spirit towards any offenses from them. We choose to believe that no matter who they are, what they are or how they arrived at where they are, they are worthy of our ministrations. They may not have taken our routes in life or think and believe like us, but they are worthy of our charity.

We should do better at remembering ourselves, as well. Often we strive to learn to love others unconditionally, but forget about ourselves. We should remember that true, pure, God-centered love is an outpouring of what is inside and a reflection of how we feel about ourselves. That other well-known saying that most of us have grown up on is charity begins at home.

Our first home is our heart and soul, that inner dwelling from which all thoughts and actions originate. We are worthy of our own charity, first of all. When we work with God to turn charity inwards, what we give will be untainted by unreliable, fleshly origins. It will be pure, true and long-lasting, and overflow and spill over to all in our paths, like rivers of living waters.

If you would like to give to yourself the greatest charity that exists, which is to be sure that you are Saved, say this simple prayer:

Jesus, I believe that you are the Son of God, and the only Savior. Come into my heart, and save me. I was born in sin and you died for me so that I can know God and not be blamed anymore. Thank you for my new life. Show me the way to understand and turn away from bad things. I don't have to fear death anymore, and thank you for Eternal Life. Amen 







Sources:
Bible scriptures: KJV paraphrased (old English endings on words have been dropped)
Word definitions:  Merriam-Webster online dictionary


Monday, December 25, 2017

POEM: Happy Birthday Jesus by Georgette Johnson

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS 
by
Georgette Johnson

Today is your birthday.
Thank you for coming into our hearts.
Thank you for forgiving us of our sins.
We honor you on this day, come what may.
Help us to remember that this is your day.

You were there for us and we didn't know.
You gave us help when we were slow.
Thank you for helping us grow.
When you surround us we have a glow.
You lift us up when we are low.

The best present we could have on earth,
Is you coming to us by a virgin birth.
I want to remember you on this day,
No matter what comes throughout this day.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!

On Christmas Day, remembering the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior of those who choose to believe God's Word.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Christian Products: Pillows With Jesus' Name On Them

Faith In Christ Throw Pillow

I have been using the term Jesus Christ of Nazareth for a long time now. The full name of Our Savior became precious to me after reading it in a scripture. He's a special person and there is none other! It is easy to call his name!

Jesus Christ of Nazareth Rectangular Pillow


This Jesus Christ of Nazareth My Lord My Savior design is from my acrylic, mixed media and collage painting of glorifying and praising The Only True Savior. The original painting is approx. 9 x 12". I digitally added the words "My Lord My Savior" so that it would show on the fine art prints available on a variety of POD products at my Society6 shop. Click the link below for more info.




Society6 says:
 
 Throw Pillow made from 100% spun polyester poplin fabric, a stylish statement that will liven up any room. Individually cut and sewn by hand, the pillow measures 16" x 16", features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper for ease of care. Includes faux down pillow insert.
 
 Our Rectangular Pillow is the ultimate decorative accent to any room. Made from 100% spun polyester poplin fabric, these "lumbar" pillows feature a double-sided print and are finished with a concealed zipper for an ideal contemporary look. Includes faux down insert. Available in small, medium, large and x-large.
 
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The Lord has blessed me with great creative skills. I am a self-taught designer, crafter, writer and artist. Like Lydia in Acts 16, I am a seller of beautiful things and I worship the Lord,
everyday, day in and day out. 

Proverbs 22:29 states: Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. (KJV)
 

Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.  (NKJV)

I have learned that in order for God to bless us through our work,
we have to put our work out there. 




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