Don’t you know, you are blessed?

Often times things or incidents, take away the reality, we should get from a situation . I am sure all of you have went through a terrible season in your life, and cried out, “Why Me Lord?”

I know that I have said this many times in my life when I didn’t enjoy the inconvenience a person or situation placed in my life. The game of chess requires patience and time, if you don’t look at each possible move in your life, you have the potential of losing the game quick.

It has always been amazing to me, when a chess game takes longer periods of time, because neither opponent wants to “lose the game.” But life isn’t it the same way? Do we take longer thoughts when we see the impact of our choices? Those individuals that suffer from addictions, have only one thought continuously – – where am I going to get my next fix?

Being content with our lives, I believe allow us to really understand how blessed we are, and being thankful for – -what I have – – and not being sad or blue because someone has something I don’t have. Each of us have blessings I think are uniquely designed to help us AND help others.

It is easy to be frustrated about anything, but what if you looked at your situation differently, for the good things in your life versus the bad things. Just suppose you think of this, “What if you didn’t have the good things in your life?

Why me? Only suggest a simple answer if I am trusting God to be for “all the things” in my life, I am certain he will carefully help me through the difficult seasons as well. Blessings are from two people — those who know they’re blessed — and those who want to bless. I strive to be both, but admit many times my focus is on me and not others.

Survey your surroundings and ask yourself:

Do I thank God for the blessings in my life?
Do I place more focus on the things that irritate me?
Do I allow myself to be a blessing to those that need to see and feel a real blessing?

Here is the answer to the question why me.

Suffering for Doing Good. Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing. (1 Peter 3:8-9)

Happy Birthday To The One I Love

This blog is dedicated to a special woman in my life that God brought fifteen years ago. But today is her birthday and she deserves more than a cheap card. No birthday card could say enough or all the words you deserve on your special day. We have been blessed by God this Wednesday to share our love for “15” wonderful years. I have given 15 greetings, one for each year to show you how “special” you are. I wanted our family and friends to know all the reasons you deserve a special greeting on your birthday and I hope they either add to the list so that you will know “57+” reasons why we all think your special.

1: ) You are the prettiest woman I have ever seen. But more than that, you have the most beautiful heart ever. I feel so proud to call you my wife. Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

2: ) Good times become better and bad times become tolerable when shared with a life partner like you. Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

3: ) More than a wife, in you I have found a friend for life. Happy birthday. Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

4: ) There may be hundreds of ways to wish you a happy birthday, but the best one is to give you a hug and whisper sweet nothings as we sway to love’s tango. Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

5: ) I feel so happy to have such a special woman by my side. May your Day bring you lots of amazing moments to cherish! Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

6: ) I love you so much that words cannot express it. It is only the feelings of love, mutual respect and care that can express my true feelings for you. Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

7: ) I amassed a massive debt on the day I got married to you – the debt of unconditional love and undying commitment. I promise to keep repaying this debt until my very last breath. Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

8: ) I feel so blessed to have such a beautiful and supportive life partner like you, sweetheart! I wish you true happiness on your birthday and always! Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

9: ) You are the love of my life and always will be. May your special day and every day be full of happiness and joyful moments! Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

10: ) Most people read quotes to find the true meaning of life, but all I need to do is to look into your eyes. Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

11: ) Happy birthday honey, you mean so much to me that you can’t even imagine. May your day be unforgettable! Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

12: ) I can never thank God enough to have sent you for me in the form of an angel. No wonder I see stars around when I am with you. Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

13: ) You are the love of my life. I cannot believe you said yes to a man like me. Seriously, I count my blessings every day that I wake up next to you. Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

14: ) You are the sweetest thing in the world and you know how I cannot resist sweet things. Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

15: ) Thank you for sharing your life with me, sweetheart , you are so precious to me. Have a beautiful day, full of joy!

Guys, seldom do we say enough things to God put in our lives to make us better men. I know I didn’t deserve this angel God put in my life for 15 years now. I hope you enjoy your blessings today cause tomorrow the same reasons as above tell you my heart for 15 years of wonderful marriage together.

I love you sweetheart!

Every good and perfect gift comes from God.” (James 1:17)

Love and Prayer Together

 

I cannot take credit for this devotion, as it came from one of my favorite devotions “Our Daily Bread, 2013.”

It’s true that we may not be able to “jump” like we once did, but we can love and we can pray. These are the works that time and experience have prepared us to do well.

Love is the very best gift we have to give to God and to others. It is no small matter, for love is the means by which we fulfill our whole duty to God and our neighbor. Our love for one person may seem to be a small action, but love is the greatest gift of all (1 Cor. 13:13).

And we can pray. Paul encouraged the Colossians to “continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” (Col. 4:2). Our prayers are a powerful force in the universe!

Love and prayer are mighty works indeed, the mightiest works for any of us. Why? Because our God, who wants to use us, is an all-loving and all-powerful God.

So in simple words, when we love some one enough to pray for them we are doing something powerful for them. When we pray in agreement we are sharing our love for that person and showing the greatest of all, Love For One Another.

“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” (John 13:34-35)

Three Messages

After Jesus was crucified Mary Magdelene and Mary went to keep vigil at the tomb. When they arrived they saw a man.

The angel spoke to the women: “There is nothing to fear here.”

I know you’re looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as he said. Come and look at the place where he was placed.

“Now, get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He is risen from the dead. He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.’ That’s the message.” (Matthew 28:5-7)

The angel met the women and they were scared, and the first message at the tomb:

1. There is nothing to fear. He saw there fear and wanted to bring peace to them. I am certain he knew them and why they were there; “I know you are looking for Jesus.” Perhaps with his next message to keep the women calm them.

2. After he convinced them he knew who they were looking for, he had to tell them, “He is not here.” He even wanted them to validate the story for themselves,”go and look.”

3. After the women validated that Jesus wasn’t the there and risen, he told them, “Hurry go tell the disciples the good news.”

I am certain the ladies were full of excitement when they validated themselves, “saw it with their own eyes,” that Jesus was not in the grave and risen. And as they were running down the trail to spread the news, something happened, read verse 9.

Then Jesus met them, stopping them in their tracks. “Good morning!” he said. They fell to their knees, embraced his feet, and worshiped him. (Matthew 28:9)

They met not a stranger, but the man who they thought was dead, they recognized the Messiah and worshipped Him. I am sure he was happy to see them, but he told them to go and tell the disciples the great news.

The eleven disciples were on the way to meet with Jesus where he said, and just like the two women Jesus showed up. Some were shocked, but ultimately they all believed.

So when Jesus told the disciples that he was going to have to offer his life, he told them in advance. He even told one of the disciples he would betray Him three times. The facts are in place that “everything,” happened just as he said. Everything was true what the angel said to the women.

I love the verse that says, “You will know the truth, and truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) Each time the truth was given, to remove fear and give freedom.

Jesus came to deliver us from our sins, and unrighteousness; it happened there were witnesses and proof, and people still do not believe. I am glad I believe, because as he ascended to heaven, the promise was, “He will come back again.”

The choice is yours, do you believe, will you be ready? He took :
1. Fear of not having a life with Him.
2. He rose from the dead and paid the price
3. He will come back, soon to take us home.

Are you ready?

Blood Shed For All

Medical doctor and theologian, M.R. DeHaan said, “The Bible is a book of blood … wholly distinct from all other books for just one reason, namely, that it contains blood circulating through every page and in every verse. From Genesis to Revelation we see the stream of blood.”

In the book of Hebrews, Chapter 9, focused on the Old Testament sacrificial system.  They speak of a time when millions of gallons of blood were shed to cover the sins of the people.  Yet, sin was only covered over year by year.  All those millions of gallons of animal blood never saved a single soul. What the blood of bulls, goats and lambs could not do, the blood of Jesus accomplished!  These verses give us some insights into what the blood of Jesus does for all those who trust Him by faith.  The power of the blood cleanses–changes–claims us.

1.  The Blood Gives Power To Cleanse – The word “purge” means “to cleanse and free from filth.”  It refers to the cleansing of the lepers, or to a ceremonial cleansing.  The blood of the Old Testament sacrificial system could never completely cleanse the stains of sin away.  But, the blood of Jesus cleanses the sinner completely!

2..  Power To Change – When the blood of Jesus is applied, it “purges the conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”  After a person left the Tabernacle or Temple, he was exactly the same person he had been before the sacrifice.  But, when a person meets Jesus Christ and His shed blood, the change in that person is dramatic, and glorious!  The sinner is literally made a new creature and is indwelt by God Himself, 2 Pet. 1:4.  This results in a change of attitude toward sin, a change of affection for sin and a change of activity in sin.

3..  Power To Claim – The thought that is implied in these verses is that the sinner is brought to God through the work of the blood of Jesus!  This is the idea of Eph. 2:11-17.  The blood of Jesus does far more than just wash our sins away.  It also purchases us out of sin and makes us the very possessions of God, 1 Cor. 6:19-20.  If we are saved, God owns us and that is why He can make any demands He chooses of us.  We are His and we are to obey His will without questions.  Of course, the redeemed soul delights in doing the Lord’s will, John 14:15.

The very blood that was shed on a cross was mission oriented. We all needed to be cleansed from all our sins, so we could have a relationship with God. We could not do it for ourselves to change who we were without the blood of Christ which covers our sin and enables us to experience the second chance with Christ; since he paid the ultimate price for our sins we can claim to be sons and daughters to God. WITHOUT THE BLOOD –we were doomed, but God so loved the world, He gave His only Son, that we would not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Hello can you take this call

Hello, are you free for a moment

Please do not hang up, I have this special invitation from a good friend of mine, I promise it will not take long.

Jesus Christ says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him” (Revelation 3:20).

Do you know God?

Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self and trusting Christ to come into our lives, to forgive us of our sins and to make us what he wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of our free will.

What type of life do you live?

We can choose two kinds of lives: the Self-Directed Life or the Christ-Directed Life. A self-directed life is one where you are in charge of your life and Jesus Christ is outside your life. Your interests, plans and actions are directed by yourself, often resulting in discord with God’s plan for you.

A Christ-directed life is one where Christ is in charge of your life and you yield to Him. Your interests, plans and actions are directed by Christ, resulting in harmony with God’s plan.Which of these two kinds of lives best represents your life at this time?Which would you like to represent your life?

Would you like to ask Christ into your life right now by faith through prayer?

Prayer is just talking with God. He knows your heart, so don’t worry about getting your words just right. Here is a suggested prayer to guide you:

Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive you as my Saviour and Lord. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Amen

If you have done this, then congratulations! Luke 15:7 says that when one sinner accepts Jesus Christ as his or her Saviour the angels rejoice. So there’s a party going on in heaven right now over your decision! Remember this date as your “second birthday,” the day you were born into a new life in Christ!

You have God’s Word that he answered your prayer.
The Bible promises eternal life to all who receive Christ: “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:11-13).

Remember to thank God often that Christ is in your life and that he will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5). You can know on the basis of his promise that Christ lives in you and that you have eternal life from the very moment you invited Him in.

Now call someone and tell them the great news, Jesus loves you, died for you and since you are part of the family; find a church and meet the rest of God’s family.

Thank you for taking my call today. Yes I have called a lot of people, sadly most people hang up. Yes I am glad you prayed with me today, and if you want I can call back. God bless you and Have a Great Easter, He is risen, and some day He’s coming back! Good-Bye

Why Does My Family Not Love Me

What if you were asked to do this simple task today? “Your assignment for next week is the same as last week. I want you to go out there and love somebody you just can’t stand.”

If loving others were only as easy as giving a hug to someone you don’t like, we all could excel in love. Just hug them and move on! But, love is a bit more difficult than that. It requires continual effort and hard work, because at the heart of loving others is putting the other person ahead of you, and that is always a huge battle.

Many practice the golden rule in the wrong manner “Do unto others, before they do unto you.” No one intentionally wants to be unnoticed or unloved. When you do acts of kindness, typically it reciprocates acts of kindness back to you.

Why is it easier to dislike someone versus love or like them? When I was not following God, people would have to “earn” my love and if they violated the trust, the love would never return. But now that Jesus is in control of my life, it is easier to say I love them, because that is what Jesus modeled while he was here on earth.

The disciple John was originally known as one of the Sons of Thunder. I imagine that everywhere he went he created a storm, and when he left people were glad to see him go. But, when Jesus’ touched his life; he followed Jesus; he was changed. He became known as the Apostle of Love. After his conversion everywhere he went he brought calmness and peace, and people wanted him to stay. Love characterized his life. Love was his prevailing message.

In fact, the church father, Jerome, said that when the apostle John was in his extreme old age, he was so weak that he had to be carried into church meetings. At the end of the meeting he would be helped to his feet to give a word of exhortation to the church. Invariably, he would repeat, “Little children, let us love one another.” The disciples began to grow weary of the same words every time, and they finally asked him why he always said the same thing over and over. He replied, “Because it is the Lord’s commandment, and if this only is done, it is enough.”

Like driving a nail into a board, John hit this commandment of love one another again and again. Five times in this letter, John reminded the reader of Jesus’ command to love one another (1 John 3:11, 23; 4:7, 11, 12). He wanted to make sure that we understand that love is not an optional virtue for a believer. Love is a distinguishing mark, the necessary ethic, of a Christian in the world. Later in (1 John 4:8), John delivered the final blow to the nail to say that if you do not love others, you do not know God.

Love, it is such an overused word, isn’t it? We say I love my dog; I love golf; I love to fish; I love meat loaf.  Love is a very misunderstood word. When we leave love letters that say heart felt emotions, they are just words, if actions to follow don’t embrace your true feelings.And congratulations for winning the state lottery.” Love too often is thought of as a sentimental feeling or a shallow emotion. Love is much more, much deeper.

John understood what his teacher told them to do…just LOVE. It gets frustrating when you have not heard from your family, and all efforts to express you miss them, and just want to hear something is just lost. I hope that my love is not shallow, and that I express and show acts of love to many.

You may be sad today, because someone has left you and not showing you the love you want to share with them. Ever wonder how God feels when his children take “prodigal excursions,” and never write, call or anything? God sent his Son as an act of His great love for the world. Jesus reminded them of the importance of love, and if they got this commandment down pat, the rest would be easy to follow.

Jesus understands that if you took the path to follow Him, your friends and even your family may not want to be around you. As I said in the assignment, “Extend the Hand of Love,” it will bring more out than we can imagine, and maybe the real truth is, they want what you have. Jesus.