Thursday, March 29, 2012

Eternal Destination

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. For God sent not his Son into the world
to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:16, 17



Please note:  originally published on this blog 3/29/12.
Yesterday was a very sad day as I attended the funeral for a childhood friend that the Lord called home unexpectedly.  I grieved for her family and friends who were closest to her.  I am thankful that my friend had put her trust in Jesus and her family could take comfort that she is indeed in heaven, reunited with her mother, and those who had gone on before her. 

These two verses above, John 3:16, 17 were her favorite passage from the Bible.  My husband had the privilege of speaking at her funeral.   He conveyed so well the message I want to share, that I’m going to use his words below.




From these verses, one can plainly understand that getting to heaven is based on a belief not a life style.  God judges us by what’s in our hearts and only he knows what we truly believe.  Being a Christian is not based on your behavior, but a faith based belief in Jesus Christ as your Savior. 

Being a Christian contrary to popular belief, is not living a sin free life, but trusting in someone more perfect than ourselves to do for us what we are not capable of doing.  Having a belief not only that Jesus existed, but a belief that he was who he claimed to be, and a belief that he paid the penalty for your sins past, present and future.

The Bible tells in 2nd Corinthians, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.  All we see in this world is temporal including ourselves; the invisible or spiritual world that we don’t see is eternal.  The life force inside our body or in other words our spirit, departs the confines of a mortal body, and passes into the immortal spirit realm at death, to be with God.

God tells us in His word, death is not the end, but the beginning of a life that goes on forever.  This is the hope Christians cling to, that when this life is over there is something eternally wonderful waiting for us on the other side of mortality. 

In Ecclesiastes 12:7 we read, The dust returns to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return to God who gave it.   I have always liked C.S. Lewis’s concluding words about Heaven in the chronicles of Narnia, he wrote:

Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story no one on earth has ever read,
which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.
C.S. Lewis


 



The graphics in this post are free for you.  I made them using graphics from The Graphics Fairy, and Sweetly Scrapped.  
  

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Easter Freebies for You

Hello my friends, I have gone back into my archives for some Easter freebies for you.  Hope you enjoy them.  

Click on the image you want, if there is a plus sign (+) when you hover over the picture, click again for the largest size, then right click and save to your computer.  Feel free to add these beauties to pinterest. 









Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Scripture Thursday ~ Sleep Peacefully

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8 (NKJV)

Peace…….
          Sleep……..
                   Dwell in Safety…..

All good things!  What a wonderful Psalm of David to meditate on in the evening.   There are so many different issues surrounding sleep - we can’t fall asleep, or we wake up and can’t get back to sleep, or we’re afraid of the darkness. 



As the day ends and darkness settles; the things that bother us tend to come to the surface.  Health problems and pain always seem to be worse in the evening.  Along with the night come the anxious thoughts of our various circumstances, hindering our sleep.  

I like the quietness of the night, but I don’t like the dark.   When nights are particularly difficult, the morning light seeping through my window along with the sound of chirping birds is a welcome blessing.  I know the Lord has seen me through the night.

If you are trusting in Jesus, you can confidently be assured He’ll be watching over you through the darkness, through your fears, through the tossing and turning. 

No matter what transpires in your life, you can be safe in Him.  He assures us of His constant care and promises in this verse to be our night watchman, free of charge. 

I have been humming the hymn below all week and not tiring of it.  It brings me a lot of comfort knowing I am sheltered, and protected by the Lord Jesus.  Safe am I, in the hollow of his hand.

Safe am I, Safe am I,
In the hollow of His hand;
Sheltered o'er, sheltered o'er
With His love forever more
No ill can harm me, No foe alarm me,
For He keeps both day and night,
Safe am I, Safe am I,
In the hollow of His hand.


  


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Monday, March 19, 2012

Free E-Book Today

 
I wanted to let you know about a free e-book today (3/19/12) from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  It's titled:

It's No Secret: Revealing Divine Truths Every Woman Should Know
by Rachel Olsen, who writes regularly for Proverbs 31 Ministries



As the free books don't last long, be sure that you double check before completing your purchase that the book is still free.  You can click on the links below to take you to the appropriate place for your e-reader.  If you don't have an e-reader, either Amazon or Barnes & Noble have a free program you can download to your computer where you can read e-books.  If you do purchase an e-reader at a later date, those books can easily be transferred to your reader.

This week's Scripture Thursday is still open for you to link your projects that have scripture from the Bible. Thanks for stopping by today.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

He Giveth More Grace



He Giveth More Grace
lyrics by Annie Johnson Flint

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase,
To added affliction He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.



His love has no limit, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men,
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth and giveth and giveth again.






When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half-done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father's full giving is only begun.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Scripture Thursday ~ In HIS Time

Many are the afflictions of the righteous:
but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
Psalm 34:19

According to Webster's 1828 Dictionary;
the word DELIVER has the following definition:


To free; to release, as from restraint; to set at liberty;
as, to deliver one from captivity.
To rescue, or save.

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God promises us in this particular verse that he will DELVER his people from their afflictions.  My husband William, knows about this verse.  He has had a medical affliction for many years, even before I knew him.  There were never any answers despite lots of tests and doctors. 

We always prayed for healing…….for better days…….for relief from the pain.

My husband, reflecting on God's beautiful creation

After a recent flare-up that had lasted two weeks and was not improving, I took him to the ER.  As we waited to be seen, I prayed for the appropriate treatment that would provide some kind of relief from his distress.

An efficient and kind provider saw him, suspected she knew the cause, ordered some blood tests and found the reason behind YEARS of distress and pain.
What was the treatment?  Surgery? 
NO… a course of high powered antibiotics to wipe out an awful bacteria that had been living in his stomach for decades called
H Pylori.  

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The answer to this problem was simple,
but William was in the hands of the 

GREAT
PHYSICIAN

who allowed the healing to be revealed only

IN HIS TIME.   







He is halfway through his treatment and already feeling so much better.   We may not know why God allowed this to continue for so long, but we placed our trust in him. 

William’s coping mechanism can be summed up in the in the chorus of one of his favorite hymns Because He Lives.


Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.



He’s a little reserved about his story being shared as he’s kind of the “quiet type” when it comes to himself.  I assured him that others will benefit from his story being told.    I also want to add, if you are afflicted with chronic stomach distress, you may want to consider asking your doctor about testing for H Pylori.



Thanks so much for visiting here and all the kind comments you leave.  They are all read, and each one appreciated.  



Monday, March 12, 2012

Winners Announced

This is the day which the LORD hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

Happy Monday to you all.   I have some winners to announce from my 200 follower blog giveaway.  First I’d like to tell you that I was asked to be a guest today at sweet Naomi’s blog What Joy is Mine

I made the graphic below to go along with my guest post.  Each Monday, Naomi hosts Monday Musings which is a link get together.  You can click here to visit What Joy is Mine, read my guest post and find out more about Monday Musings.

Made with a combination of graphics from
The Feathered Nest
Starsunflower Studio
and my own personal images

Thank you for all who left comments.  I appreciated reading each and every one of them.  You are all very dear to me.  Here are the winners:






 Pauline has won scripture cards, vintage lace and buttons.
Congratulations Pauline





 

 Dawn has won the book Sewing with Fabulous Vintage Fabrics.  Congratulations Dawn.


 Becky Green



Becky has won a set of 8 notecards of children from the Victorian Era.
Congratulations Becky.   




Pam has won a Bible Study book by Elizabeth George
Congratulations Pam

If you are one of the winners, please email me your mailing address so I can get your prizes sent out to you.  CLICK HERE TO EMAIL ME

I have one other little surprise for all of you if you stuck with me to the end of this post.  If you were not one of the four winners above and left a comment in this giveaway, you can email me your mailing address and I'll send you one of my scripture cards as a way of thanking you.  CLICK HERE TO EMAIL ME

There is still time to link your scripture project to this week's
SCRIPTURE THURSDAY.

Have a delightful day.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Scripture Thursday ~ A Help Meet

And the LORD God said,
It is not good that the man should be alone;
 I will make him an help meet for him.
 Genesis 2:18 (KJV)


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Twenty one years ago today, I became a “help meet” to my husband.  We’re told in Titus, that the older women should teach the younger women to love their husbands and children. 

The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—  that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,  to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.  Titus 2:3-5 (NKJV)


I think one of the most important roles that we have as women, is to teach by example.  Who are these younger women we are to teach?  For me, it’s my daughter and the other young women in my family, the teenage girls in my Sunday School class, young women I know in my community or church, or other women that God places in my path. 

Am I the same kind of “help meet” that I was in our first years of marriage?  By the grace of God, I am not.   There was a time my husband shared this verse with me:

It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop,
Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
Proverbs 25:24 (NKJV)



You might imagine that I wasn’t making it easy for him. 

 

I’d like to share below what I have personally learned over the years about my role as a wife.

Seek the Lord first in all things.  Share a time of prayer and devotions together. 
Pray FOR him, pray WITH him.

Respect him, don’t talk down to him, and don’t talk to others about him in a negative way.

Don’t take him for granted.  Be appreciative of him and the things he does.  Tell him so.

It’s not all about ME.  Take time to hear his concerns, stories, hear about his day.

Is your husband your best friend?    If not, try treating him with the same respect you’d give a friend.

Don’t be a nag, don’t hold grudges, don’t bring up past mistakes

Let him enjoy his hobbies without badgering him about it.

Control your temper, watch your words, use your words to build him up, not tear him down.

Spend time together, eat your meals together, laugh together

Never give your husband a reason not to trust you.
If you have...work at re-building that trust.

Ask God to show you how to be the wife he wants you to be



As the years have passed and our spiritual walk with the Lord has grown, our marriage has matured and grown stronger and the bond between us is deeper.  The foundation of our marriage is a commitment not only to each other, but first and foremost to love and honor the Lord. 

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