Show me the one, show me the way, help me to know just how to share the love You gave.

Look around you! There is probably someone who could use some love! All too often, we find ourselves surrounded by people who are going through some difficult times. Perhaps you are! Whether it's unemployment, family problems, health problems, depression, loneliness, or whatever, all of us would like some relief from what we are going through. We need to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

And there is! The Light of Lights, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is willing and more than able to lift us from our darkness, into His pure and safe haven of light. He promises His love and presence to heal and deliver, to strengthen and help, all those who call on Him.

Like the beam from the mighty lighthouse, that directs ships safely back to harbor, His Light is there to show us the way to Him, for Jesus is truly the Way, the Truth and the Life.

It is my prayer that this site encourages you to reflect His light to those around you who need to know Him. Let Him use you to share His love. And as you embark on this remarkable journey, please share your experiences so that all of us can grow together in our quest to reach all the world, lest anyone should perish.

May God richly bless you!

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Father Knows Best

I was doing my homework for a Bible Study and this verse from Matthew 6:8 popped out at me:
Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
I wrote it down, and then chewed on it. If He already knows what I need, then why do I have to ask Him? In His sovereign way, wouldn't He just give me all I need when I need it, and then I'd be content and satisfied in life? The more I thought about it, the more it appeared to me that if I had everything I needed, then I wouldn't have to pray, right? The problem is we confuse our needs with our wants! We are like little children who don't know what is best for us. We want it all!
Then I began to think about who my Heavenly Father is, what His personality is like, and what He wants from me. I have learned that He is intimate and involved (Psalm 139:1-18), He is kind and compassionate (Psalm 103:8-14), He is accepting and filled with joy and love (Zephaniah 3:17; Romans 15:7), He is warm and affectionate (Isaiah 40:11; Hosea 11:3-4), He is always with me and eager to be with me (Jeremiah 31:20, Ezekiel 34:11, Hebrews 13:5), He is patient and slow to anger (Exodus 34:6, 2 Peter 3:9), He is loving, gentle and protective (Jeremiah 31:3, Isaiah 42:3, Psalm 18:2), He is trustworthy and wants to give me a full life; His will is good, perfect and acceptable for me (Lamentations 3:22-23, John 10:10, Romans 12:1-2), He is full of grace and mercy, and He gives me freedom to fail (Luke 15:11-16, Hebrews 4:15-16), He is tenderhearted and forgiving; His heart and arms are always open to me (Psalm 130:1-4, Luke 15:17-24), He is committed to my growth and proud of me as His beloved child (Romans 8:28-29, Hebrews 12:5-11, 2 Corinthians 7:4), and I am the apple of His eye! (Deuteronomy 32:9-10). I found these qualities on a bookmark from Gospel Light that I had in my Bible, and wanted to share these with you.
Isn't it comforting to have a Father like this who loves us, watches over us, takes care of us, and meets all our needs? I wonder if we, as His children, have taken Him for granted! We are so blessed and don't realize it! 
In regards to our prayerlife, He wants us to humbly communicate with Him. He wants us to be appreciative of the blessings He gives us, He wants us to talk to Him about anything that's on our heart, even though He already knows, and He wants us to simply ask Him. If we truly believe that He knows what is best for us, then in His perfect way and perfect time, He will answer our requests. We can trust Him that He knows best! 
Ask and it will be given to you,
seek and you will find,
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives;
He who seeks finds;
and him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which of you, if his son asks for bread,
will give him a stone?
Or, if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
If you, then, though you are evil,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will
your Father in heaven
give good gifts to those who ask Him!
Jesus - Matthew 7:7-12
Thank you, Abba Father!


Friday, May 17, 2013

A Simple Yet Profound Psalm

Psalm 103
Praise the Lord, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise His Holy Name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all His benefits.
He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases;
He redeems my life from the pit
and crowns me with love and compassion.
He satisfies my desires with good things,
so that my youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will harbor His anger forever;
He does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His love for those who fear Him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him;
for He knows how we are formed,
He remembers that we are dust.
As  for man, his days are like grass,
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord's love is with those who fear Him,
and His righteousness with their children's children -
those who keep His covenant
and remember to obey His precepts.
The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
and His kingdom rules over all.
Praise the Lord, you His angels,
you mighty ones who do His bidding,
who obey His word.
Praise the Lord, all His heavenly hosts,
you His servants who do His will.
Praise the Lord, all His works
everywhere in His domain.
Praise the Lord, O my soul.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Personally Yours

Today I picked up my Bible, not knowing what I was going to read, but casually thumbed through it. I randomly chose a page, which happened to be in Psalms, and allowed my eyes to wander. Sometimes this method leads me to discover some real gems that pop out to me, and they seem to apply to what I'm going through at the time. It's as if God had chosen that passage just for me! How did He know I was going to need this? This was written centuries ago!
That's because the Bible is a living book, a breathing book, like no other book ever written! One can read a particular passage and get something from it, and years later, return to the very same passage, thereby getting something completely different from it. How can that possibly happen?
All Scripture is inspired by God, 
and  is profitable for teaching,
for reproof,  for correction,
and for training in righteousness.
                                                    - 2 Timothy 3:16 
This applies to people who seek after God and His ways; for those who surrender to the work of the Holy Spirit, who gives spiritual understanding. The Bible says in John 1:1 - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." This Word is Jesus Christ, and for those who place their trust in Him as Savior, He gives spiritual wisdom and discernment. When we read certain passages, they pop out to us because the Holy Spirit wants us to take notice of what it says. It is meant personally for us. Yes, for you! And for me.
While I also partake in Bible Studies that focus on certain topics, or books in the Bible, my favorite method is to see what God has to tell me through randomly wandering. The former way of studying the Bible is more focused, and it helps me to know what the Bible says about God. But when I approach the Word in a casual way, it helps me to know what God is saying to me about Him. For that moment. Meant just for me.
I realize others may have a different opinion in the method they prefer for reading the Bible, and that is okay. As long as we read the Bible! On a regular basis! Making it a daily habit reaps benefits that have eternal significance...not only for you, but for others in your life, as you share and live out what the Word is revealing to you. The Word of God is powerful! And it can change your life forever!
I hope I have been able to inspire you to read the Bible. See what God wants to tell you. After all, He wrote it just for you....with you in mind.


Friday, May 3, 2013

When The Mouth is Faster Than The Brain

I was browsing through the Psalms this morning and came across the following scripture found in Psalm 39:
I said, "I will watch my ways
and keep my mouth from sin;
I will put a muzzle on my mouth
as long as the wicked are in my presence."
But when I was silent and still,
not even saying anything good,
my anguish increased.
My heart grew hot within me,
and as I meditated, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue.
That really got my attention! How many times have we promised ourselves that we wouldn't talk about someone, or be critical, or judgemental, but ended up spilling the beans! We couldn't help ourselves and just blurted out all that "wonderful knowledge" we have stored up in our brains, without regards to who our words would hurt. Or how we would come across.
I checked my concordance and there are at least 41 verses on the tongue! No wonder we find ourselves getting in trouble! But our words reflect what's in our minds, and it's up to us what we fill our minds with. Regular times with the Lord, getting into His Word, and a determined prayer time will help us tremendously. We will find ourselves being filled with the mind of Christ, and what comes out of our mouth will reflect His love and compassion for others.
So, the next time you find your mouth rushing ahead of your brain, STOP! Get alone with the Lord, and pray this  from Psalm 19:14:
May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.