New Life

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. –2 Corinthians 5:17

Those of us fortunate enough to have awaken to another day of life today have entered into another new year.

There is nothing greater to celebrate upon newness than to become a genuinely new creation in Jesus Christ.

These years on earth will eventually come to an end. This life we live here in the world now is only temporary. Do you know where your spirit/soul will go and be once you depart from this life? Why not let it be eternally spent with our wonderful heavenly father.

Instead of looking forward to new better years to come here on the earth- a place that is definitely not going to last- anticipate a future of greater hope and assurance by reserving a place truly to call home.

Let this new year of 2021 be a time to accept Jesus Christ into your life. Totally surrender everything to him and get to receive his promises of love, security, and true life.

All that you have to do is honestly believe in him, tell him you want him to become your lord and savior, repent for all your wrong doing, allow his holy spirit that will come to dwell within you to help you obey his beneficial instructions for you, pray to him constantly and read your bible/scripture daily so that you develop a deep personal relationship with God and you will be on your way!

Thank and praise the Lord for his grace, mercy and pure goodness. Be overjoyed for having made the best and most crucial decision of your life because you will have an eternity to be forever grateful for.

Above all, spend quality time with God. Include him within everything you say and do. Let him continuously be your guide and provider, he will always come through.

Get to know God intimately. You do this by talking to him (through prayer) and reading your bible/scripture as often as possible.

God loves you extremely, and he only wants the ultimate best for you and you will obtain this care by pure faith. Put all your trust in God then wait on him.

Losing A loved One

God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. -Matthew 5:4

Speaking honestly, If we don’t care about someone it may not bother or affect us when it comes to something that concerns them.

Many do have regard or compassion toward people who they don’t know as fellow humankind and their hearts may go out to the unfortunate or tragic events that effect the lives of other individuals.

When we grieve the loss of someone it is only because we have sincere feelings for them.

The more love we have for the person the greater the pain we endure through our intense affection toward them.

When we miss and hurt tremendously over someone who has departed from us that is the most beautiful expression and example of how much we loved and truly cared about them.

The tears we cry during our mourning and bereavement is a very healthy and relieving process in the release of these intense emotions.

There is absolutely no set limit or time limit on how one should or how long one should grieve their loss. Each of us individuals are different and experience grief uniquely and depending and according to our own state of being.

We’ll often be hit by wonderful or not so wonderful memories of our loved ones that we’ll look back on and treasure or wish that we could have changed because our loss can put us in a nurturing mode with an even deeper feeling of concern for what went on in that person’s life.

Yes, we do hurt badly and miss terribly the ones we loved through their death. However, for us believers in Jesus Christ, of course, we know that death loss it’s sting when he paid the penalty for our sins by dying for all of us on the cross.

So we as children of God don’t mourn as others who do not believe because we know that our loved ones who were also believers in Christ are no longer in our past, but they are in our future to come.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” -Revelation 21:4


Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words. -Thessalonians

 

A Peace That Is Not Of The World

When Jesus spoke, he often said “Peace be with you“. Peace is something many people do not have. I’m talking about a genuine peace. The kind of peace where you find happiness when there is turmoil. The peace that is not disturbed by the hectic happenings created upon a havoc world.

The peace I speak of is a calm of the mind that illuminates from the spirit.

Like I’ve said before many times before within the past: “The world didn’t give it to me and the world cannot take it away from me“. It is pure and refreshing, unable to be sullied by upheaval.

I have been through a lot from a very early age and nothing was able to shake me or break my spirit. No matter what arose or entered into my life. I stayed intact mentally, physically and spiritually. I remained steadfast in the process continuing to learn and grow. I was maintained by the essence of the Holy Spirit.

All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me. I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you“.

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.
“I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me,”

The Lord Is My Shepherd

“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?  And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. -Luke 15:4-5

 

 

I can actually identify with the verses above as they play out so descriptively true within my life. Jesus came looking for me-a major event that I never actually expected to happen.

I didn’t think he cared whether or not I had distanced myself from him.

Anger, and the misconceptions I developed about Jesus/God through out the ups and downs of my life had kept me from wanting to be bothered anymore. There are certain things I hadn’t learned or understood up until now.  Jesus approached me in such a very strong way. At first, his entrance seemed harsh, considering the situation that was at hand. My attention was fully grasped and focused strictly back upon him. 

Jesus arrived to me with an extreme seriousness, one I initially took as a retribution for having turned away from him with animosity.

Then, I soon realized off and on during the process that Jesus was just being a stern, but solicitous parent/father. Although I was hurt by the circumstance in which arose he wasn’t at all trying to hurt me. In fact, he’s been nothing but a tremendous help, comfort, protector, and loving guide through out it all.

Jesus wasn’t messing around this time. He’s got me in an intimate one on one relationship with him. One that is stronger and more intense than ever before and it is continuing to grow beautifully. I’ve also noticed that our relationship is guarded. Jesus is attentive and I am eager and hungry for all of his love, grace, knowledge and instruction. You have to ardently love someone to come at them that hard and keep them under a tight grip. I am utterly shocked. I really shouldn’t be after all Jesus/God has done for me in the past, however, that is what built up the faith that I had to instantly trust in him.

I feel genuine love in my heart for Jesus and I enjoy spending quality time talking to him in my prayers and reading the scriptures along with my devotionals day to day.

Sometimes we go by what we feel or see in the natural sense and when it comes to God we shouldn’t do that. We are to walk by faith and not by sight because even though we don’t see the lord we know that he is everywhere. And just because we may not feel he cares we know he does from the extraordinary acts that he does in our lives no matter how big or small and he does them with a consistency.

Like I said before, I didn’t think it fazed Jesus that I departed communication with him for several years when all along he was there and working it out for my own good and as a part of his plan.

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.-Proverbs 16: 9

 
 

 

A Letter From Jesus

During the 1980’s, when I was around eleven or twelve years old, there was a Christian bookstore that opened up around the corner from where I lived.

At this store, my mother and I would pick out and purchase hand crafted religious plaques.

 

We bought a large-size, dark wood carving, scripted and pictured with the beauty of the sky, ocean, and sand, adorning the words of the timeless “Footprints” inspirational.

The Footprints poem, is one of the most wonderful reminders of the comfort we receive from the Lord within the certain times we may not feel he is around us.

There were a few other religious plaques that had caught our attention and spoke to our hearts, but one that I remember buying in particular was a favorite of mine.

I purchased this lovely plaque when I was about fourteen. I had bought two of them, one for myself, and one as a gift for someone else.

Over a decade later, I ran into the lady who told me she still had the plaque that I had given her all those years ago, and I still had mine at home too

The Plaque was an attractively designed carving on light-colored wood scripted as, “The Letter from Your Friend Jesus”:

Dear Friend,

How are you? I just had to send a note to tell you how much I care about you. I saw you yesterday as you were talking with your friends. I waited all day hoping you would want to talk with me too. I gave you a sunset to close your day and a cool breeze to rest you — and I waited. You never came. It hurt me — but I still love you because I am your friend.

I saw you sleeping last night and longed to touch your brow so I spilled moonlight upon your face. Again, I waited, wanting to rush down so we could talk. I have so many gifts for you! You awoke and rushed off to work. My tears were in the rain.

If you would only listen to me! I love you! I try to tell you in blue skies and in the quiet green grass. I whisper it in leaves on the trees and breathe it in colors of flowers, shout it to you in mountain streams, give the birds love songs to sing. I clothe you with warm sunshine and perfume the air with nature scents. My love for you is deeper than the ocean, and bigger than the biggest need in your heart!

Ask me! Talk with me! Please don’t forget me. I have so much to share with you!
I won’t hassle you any further. It is YOUR decision. I have chosen you and I will wait — because I love you.

Your friend,

Jesus

This is such a beautiful inspirational! And oh, so timeless indeed. It was always enough to bring tears to my eyes as I discerned the heavy meaning of the recitation. The message is very touching, still to this day.