Thursday, September 9, 2021

 


Sometimes the oppression covering our land is so thick you can almost see it with the human eye.  We can certainly feel it in our hearts and minds.

Listen to these amazing words written in Ephesians 6

"Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity."

Everyday, we as "brethren" have opportunity to live in love and grace with faith from God.  The only prerequisite is to love Jesus in sincerity.

There is a battle raging right now, for the attention, energy, and thought life of every believer and to discourage or distract us.  

In this very same chapter in Ephesians just a few verses before,  Paul tells us God supplies the amour for this, we only need put it on.

Listen to what our amour consists of:

truth, righteousness (which is not ours but Christ's),  peace, faith, our salvation, and The Word of God, because Satan uses people to attack us and God loves people.

It never ceases to amaze me that God's answer to every situation, even war, can be resolved through love, faith, and grace.  May we at joy continue to use the amour provided for us, learn and immerse ourselves in our sincerity of love for Christ.

love jackie





Saturday, July 10, 2021












The children of Israel had a real problem with longing for what was and  being disappointed with what is.....in short, they were unhappy with God and His provision.
How sad that must have made
God.......
Psalms 107
 8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Living in the present is an acknowledgement of how amazing God is -
 "your awareness is completely centered on the here and now.  You are not worrying about the future or thinking about the past."
(Merriam Webster Dictionary)

Today, simply trust God with your future and your past.....and praise Him for his goodness, and for his wonderful works!
Praise you Lord...Praise you Lord!
love,  jackie


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

the blessing

 The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.


Wondering how many of us can say we live in peace.

There is a common graciousness God bestows upon everyone the same.  The blessings of being alive on planet earth.

There is another blessing that is more uncommon, it comes to the one, not who is perfect but who stands perfectly before God because of Jesus Christ and His payment for us.....

This is how we stand in peace.

It is because of HIM and His graciousness.

And so we pass on to you today...

The Lord bless you!




 






Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Home

 

Home

I have always been of the mind set that home is a place.  Like my parents house was home, Ohio was home, here in Michigan is home. 

I recently recognized that some folks say "I stay at my parents house, or I stay in Ohio", you get the drift.

I think they are more correct.  Home is not my house.  Home is absolutely where those I love dwell. 

Peace and love are found in the arms of family and friends.  

But every now and than,  I get an unrest in my soul and I long for more than family or friends can deliver.

Some day we will be home.....really home,

but not now.   Now we have a job to do.  To be that follower of Jesus that will give those around us a small taste of what heaven is like.

They should see  heaven in me, in you.

What a thought!  We are ambassadors, yes you have all heard that before, but have you really thought about what that means?

It means when people are with me I represent heaven.  A place of peace, confidence, enjoyment, love, rest, knowledge, worship, kindness, holiness......

I represent Jesus.  The one who is seated at the right hand of Father God waiting to call us home.
What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see.  When I look upon His face, the one who saved me by His grace.
HOME.
But not yet.

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Extravigant Valentine Gift







Being gracious is the most extravagant gift of all.




Sometimes people are just plain mean.  No matter how nice you've been, no matter how many times you have happily endured their behavior....
So at what point does Jesus say "Ok, that's enough you don't have to be gracious any more."


You and I both know the answer.....seventy times seven.....:-o.....seriously God? 
On paper, it sounds possible.  I am here to tell you my patients get tried in this area more that I care to expound on.
People who accuse,  say hurtful things both to your face and behind your back.....


How do we have extravagant grace toward those people?


First, a reality check.  If it weren't for God's extravagant grace I would be as lost as a goose and have no hope on my own.  He is my everything, my breath, my sanity, my Redeemer, the Lover of my soul, my Rock my Hiding Place! Woe, He is so good.


Second, it's not our grace we are extending, but rather sharing the grace of God.  It's what He wants. 
Grace is the age in which we live,  it's is supposed to be the word that defines us as Christians.
Truthful.....absolutely......gracious......you better believe it!