Thursday, February 27, 2014

Our Perfect Lover


"When we are passionately in love with our Prince, we put Him above all else -- not just in theory, but also practically, in every moment of our day-to-day lives. We do not live for the applause of heaven. Our longings are not for people's approval but only for more and more of Him. We are marked by an effortless, unshakable strength that is found in the presence of our perfect Lover."

- Leslie Ludy


"And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, 
that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God."
Ephesians 3:19

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Winter


Winter really is a beautiful season. So often I tend to take it for granted because I'm really not a big fan of the cold...

Wisconsin has had some of the coldest winters around, and having to experience it year after year can get quite exhausting. You're just about ready to move to another state where winters either don't exist, or don't last nearly as long. It can get a bit tedious.

But then there are some days when I am just challenged to stop and enjoy the beauty of it all. If you really think about it, there are many things to enjoy about the chilly season.

I mean, how amazing are snowflakes??? Not even one is alike in shape or size! 






These intricately designed ice crystals truly show the wonder of God's handiwork!




Beauty can be found in even the simplest of things...


And then there's the beauty of the effervescent glimmer of the snow when the sun's rays hit it.




And when the sun begins to set...


Winter truly is a lovely season. You just have to find reasons to enjoy it. :)


"Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow
Or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail?"
Job 38:22

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Wisdom and Knowledge

"If you seek... and search... as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God"


The wise listen to increase their learning,
Where the scorners of wisdom close their mind.
The hearts of the prudent gather knowledge,
For a soul without grace becomes confined.

Our knowledge can help us fulfill our dreams,
Though most of the time with wisdom comes grief.
For knowledge removes our veil of ignorance,
Exposing within the liar or thief.

A wise mind is a fountain of life;
To teach others it's knowledge before death.
Wisdom is too hard for fools to retain,
Who curse their fellows with spiteful breath.

Fill yourself with love and understanding,
For wisdom makes the human face shine.
Knowledge is stronger than weapons of war,
While on ignorance, fools continue to dine.

The words of the wise are heard in quiet,
More than the loud shouts of screaming fools.
Wisdom and knowledge cause stability,
In the lives of those who use them as tools.

We should shun with wisdom what is evil,
And glorify with knowledge what is good.
Better is the gift of learning than gold
For by virtue we become what we should.

- Tom Zart

"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen."
2 Peter 3:18

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Romans 6:23

Romans 6:23

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Like the veridical quote says: "If the wages of sin is death, shouldn't you quit before payday?"



Jesus says that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23
Now isn't that a profound message?
Let's admit it. We all fall short of the glory of God. It's so easy to fall into temptation, even for Christians. But as followers of Christ, we need to do our best to strive to be different. As Jesus said in Romans 12:2, "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

We have been born into this world, but as believers in Christ, we are not of this world. John 15:19 says, "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."

Oftentimes we feel depressed when someone condemns us for the way we live or speak. Their condescending words may dampen our spirit, making us feel lowly in the eyes of those who see us. But if we are really living a life pleasing to God, why should we let that affect us? I have had numerous people criticize me for the way that I believe, thinking that I take the Bible too seriously. But in the words of a wise man... I can respond "do you really think that on Judgement Day, Christ will chastise me saying 'You took me too seriously'?" I think not. We can never take God or the Bible too seriously. 

I've come to realize that people's opinions of me don't matter. I've learned that what God knows about me is more important than what others think about me. I'm more concerned about God's opinion of me anyway, so I am constantly striving to live as close to His will as possible. I want others to look at me and see Christ. But living up to the Lord's standards can be a very exhausting, confusing, and tiring task. I've learned that more lately than ever before. People will condemn you for living morally, and yet it is likely that they are struggling deep inside with their own personal sins, looking for a way out. But what they don't realize is that they need look no further than Jesus Himself. But most are too blind to see that. It's a sad reality today, and as Christians we try to shed a good light on those that are lost. Sadly, so many don't want to hear it. 
But as a daughter of Christ, I have no intention of hiding the Gospel. After all, Jesus died for me in public; so why should I only live for Him in private? 
Christians struggle every day trying to proclaim the message of Christ. But I have come to find peace through my suffering. 


"In the pursuit of joy through suffering, we magnify the all-satisfying worth of the Source of our joy."

It's easy once you've found contentment in whatever situation you are in, realizing that God has a way of working through you to be a beacon of light to others. The hard part is trying to get past the chastises and condescension. It took me a while to finally overcome my fear of constantly worrying about what others thought of me. But now that I have conquered that fear, it is much easier to go about living the way God intended me to live. 
I can say that I have a lot more peace now, focusing more on what God's opinion of me is rather than others' opinions. I feel like I am closer to God when I don't focus so much on what the world thinks, but more on how God sees me in His eyes. :)


"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father." 
Romans 8:14-15


2 Corinthians 5:17-21

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.



"The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me; 
Your love, O LORD, endures forever,
do not abandon the works of Your hands."
Psalm 138:8

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

In the Similitude of a Dream


"Let the most blessed be my guide,
If't be His blessed will.
Unto His gate, into His fold,
Up to His holy hill.

And let Him never suffer me,
To swerve or turn aside,
From His free grace and holy ways,
What ere shall me betide.

And let Him gather them of mine,
That I have left behind.
Lord, make them pray they may be Thine,
With all their heart and mind."

- John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress 
"In the Similitude of a Dream" - part II )


"Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, 
to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, 
to guide our feet into the way of peace."
Luke 1:78-79


Monday, February 17, 2014

Psalm 119:105


"God's Word is so exciting, so electric, so energizing--in a word: thrilling. But more than that, God's Word is life changing. Its supernatural power is transforming, and it provides pure wisdom. For every need and issue and decision that must be made in life, the Bible has the answers."

                     - Elizabeth George









"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
Psalm 119:105

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day With Jesus

 “God wrote the first valentine with 2 boards and 3 nails.”


Jesus does not send perfume
To linger in the air
Instead He sends salvation, sweet
To show how much He cares.

He doesn't bring me candy hearts
In boxes of delight
Instead He always lets me know
I'm precious in His sight.

He doesn't send out pretty cards
Trimmed in shades of red
Instead He gave His life for me
His precious blood was shed.

He doesn't hand out fancy gifts
Like we would send to mother
Instead He sends a message clear
To always love each other.

He does't give me teddy bears
That whimper, "please be mine"
Instead He gave His heart to me
I wear it all the time.

He doesn't give me roses, pink
For all the world to see
Instead He gave eternal life
That's good enough for me!

- Unknown


“True love stories never have endings...” ♥


"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life."
John 3:16

Sunday, February 09, 2014

A Sad Reality

The following is an excerpt from K. P. Yohannan's Revolution in World Missions:

...the United States has about 5,000 Christian book and gift stores, carrying varieties of products beyond the ability to imagine--and many secular stores also carry religious books. All this while 4,845 of the world's 6,912 languages are still without a single portion of the Bible published in their own language. In his book My Billion Bible Dream, Rochunga Pudaite says, "Eighty-five percent of Bibles printed today are in English for the nine percent of the world who read English. Eighty percent of the world's people have never owned a Bible while Americans have an average of four in every household."
   Besides books, 8,000 Christian magazines and newspapers flourish. More than 1,600 Christian radio stations broadcast the Gospel full-time, while many countries don't even have their first Christian radio station. A tiny 0.1 percent of all Christian radio and television programming is directed toward the unevangelized world.
   The saddest observation is that most of the religious communication activity of the Western world is this: little, if any, of this media is designed to reach unbelievers. Almost all is entertainment for the saints.
   The United States, with its 600,000 congregations or groups is blessed with 1.5 million full-time Christian workers, or one full-time religious leader for every 182 people in the nation. What a difference this is from the rest of the world, where more than 2 billion people are still unreached with the Gospel. The unreached or "hidden people" have only one missionary working for every 78,000 people, and there are still 1,240 distinct cultural groups in the world without a single church among them to preach the gospel. These are the masses for whom Christ wept a died.

This is a sad reality for Christians today. While I believe that it is wonderful that America is allowed this much freedom in their Christian life, how many of us take for granted how blessed we really are?
Christ shed his blood and gave His life for the entire world, and so many people are being withheld from the truth--the only truth that has the power to save the lost in Christ.
America has been blessed far more abundantly than any other country there is. But God did not shower such great blessing on this nation for the Christians to live in extravagance, self-indulgence and spiritual weakness.

I commend those who were willing to take a stand and risk their own lives to preach God's Word. Many have been tortured to the death for spreading the Word of Christ. And missionaries are continuing to do it today.
Although many of us will never get the opportunity to preach the Gospel to people in other countries, you should ask yourself: how can I make a difference? How can I support ministry to other countries even though I am not capable of being present there myself? As Christians, it is our calling to take a stand for Christ. We should not be silent, but be willing to sacrifice for Christ as He so lovingly sacrificed His own life so we could be saved.


"Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, 
lest I should build upon another man's foundation."
Romans 15:20

Thursday, February 06, 2014

What You Need

I saw the idea for this on pinterest a while back and I thought it was so cute. 
It's something simple and unique that's fun to have in your home for others to see. :)



{ What could you use more of today? }


"The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; 
the name of the God of Jacob defend thee."
Psalm 20:1

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Card Making

If you know me, I've always been the "creative" one in my family.  From drawing to photography, playing instruments and singing, crocheting, sewing, making crafts, etc . . . {the list goes on}.  One hobby I really enjoy is making cards.  I have a friend who's mom tends to get me scrapbooking supplies nearly every year for my birthday, so I usually have plenty of supplies on hand.
This week a friend asked me if I'd be willing to make a bunch for her, and I gladly said yes.  I had always thought that I had a decent collection of card making supplies until I saw her enormous collection!  She offered to let me use her supplies (with the exception of a handful of my chosen favorites), and so I got to work.
The supplies were so fun to work with, so I just kept making card-after-card . . .









I particularly enjoyed using her Scripture stamps.




Ribbons are always a favorite. ;-)




"In God we boast all the day long, and praise Thy name for ever."
Psalm 44:8