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

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Can A Christian Forgive?

This is a sensitive topic which is meant for people who claim they are Christians. They have accepted Christ as their Savior, go to church, sing the songs, and even read their Bibles and pray. They may even go on mission trips and serve in their church. On the outside, they are models of Christ-followers. But on the inside.... they can't forgive someone who has wronged them. Why?
They hold on to their hurts, and feel they didn't deserve the deed done to them by another person. They want that person to pay dearly. Resurrective thoughts consume their minds. They dwell on their mistreatment, and are angry. In their minds, they wish their offender would vanish from the earth!
Christian - is this you? Is there someone who has wronged you and you are unable to forgive? Please take the time to read on. This may change the whole matter.
The Bible talks alot about forgiveness. In fact, there are over 95 verses on this topic. We know that our sin came from Adam and Eve's disobedience, and ever since then, mankind has fallen to sin. God is holy, but He hates sin. God created us in His image, and He loves us, even though we sin. He made a new covenant when He provided His beloved Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins. We didn't deserve this sacrifice, and we still don't. But His love for us is so deep, that when we come to Him, asking Him to forgive us for our wrongdoings, He does...each and every time.
But is there a condition? Jesus taught us the Lord's Prayer. It says, "forgive us, as we have forgiven others." If we don't forgive others, will God not forgive us?

For if you forgive men when they sin against you,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men their sins,
your Father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 6:14-15

Our Heavenly Father wants His children to love each other, and that means to forgive each other when we are wronged. Especially if that person has asked for forgiveness and is repentent. Genesis 50:15 tells us that even though Joseph's brothers had left him to die, and God rescued him, bringing him into Egypt in high authority and rulership, he was to forgive his brothers. And he did. 
There are passages which especially apply to Christians offending other Christians.  Matthew 18:15-35 talks about a brother sinning against another brother.
If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault,
just between the two of you.
 If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.
But if he doesn't listen, take one or two others along,
so that every matter may be established
by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
If he refuses to listen to them,
tell it to the church.... (v. 15-17)
Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth
agree about anything you ask for,
it will be done for you by my
Father in heaven.
For where two or three come together
in my name, there I am with them. (v. 19-20)
Then Peter came to Jesus, and asked,
"Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when
he sins against me? Up to seven times?"
Jesus answered, "I tell you,
not seven times, but seventy-seven times." (v. 21-22)
[A king wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
One of his servants owed him a huge debt,
fell on his knees, and asked for time to pay him all he owed.
The king cancelled all of his debts and let him go.
But that servant found a fellow servant
who owed him, and demanded for him to pay him back.
That servant asked for patience, but he refused,
sending him into prison.
The king found out, called that servant in, 
scolded him, and sent him into prison.] (v. 23-34]
 This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you
unless you forgive your brother from your heart. (v.35)
Satan wants us to hold grudges. He seeks to destroy the Church. He hates us, and stirs up conflict and tension amongst the children of God. Just think... if we rebuked him, and forgave our offenders, and the world found out... what glory that would bring to God!! The world wouldn't understand, but those who belong to Christ would. Love cancels out sin. His love for us, as shown on the cross, cancelled out our sin. We are to carry our cross and do the same. 
Dear Christian - is there anyone you need to forgive? Is there any debt that you need to cancel? Take it to Jesus, in prayer, and ask Him to help you to forgive. Ask Him to help you to love that person as He does. He will, as this is His will for you! He will enable your heart to soften, and peace will replace the agony that controls your heart. Go to that person, and tell him/her that you forgive him/her. It takes courage, but it is the most rewarding thing you can do. Then, you can return to prayer, knowing that your heavenly Father is pleased with you. You have done the right thing!


Monday, July 22, 2013

He Met Me In The Woods

This morning I drove out to our city's park to take a walk. I really enjoy this park as it has many different areas; woods, fields, bridges over a creek, a playground, tennis courts and a park house with bathrooms!
My intention was to not only get some exercise, but to spend time with God. When I am outdoors surrounded by nature, I really feel close to Him. The winding paths lead me along really beautiful trees and flowers, away from people and civilization. People are at a distance, though occasionally I will pass by someone also enjoying the park. I just love the smells of the woods, and the creek was so clear as the water passed underneath me on the metal bridge.
Because no one was nearby, I felt free to talk aloud to God. I started with thanking Him for His blessings on my life, praising Him for who He is, and asking Him to watch over my loved ones and to bless us. As I went on, my prayer became more intense and I could feel His love all over me! I knew He was listening, and I could feel His response. I even sung parts of Matt Redman's "Bless The Lord, 10,000 Reasons" to Him. The walk could have gone on and on, as time just stood still.
You know, we all need quiet times like this, and sometimes it's necessary to get away from the busyness of life to connect with God. He deserves our complete attention, and getting away by ourselves removes the distractions.  And that means no cell phones along! Just you and God.
Yes, I went to the woods to meet Someone, and He was there.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Do You Know Where You're Going?

Summer is a great time to travel. What my husband and I love to do is to get in our little Miata, put the top down, and just go. Sometimes we don't know specifically where we're headed, but we just follow the road. We have made some great memories along the way, and I'm getting in the habit of taking my camera along to capture those beautiful scenes. If something catches our attention, and we have the time, we'll pull off and check it out. At other times, we take a map or use the G.P.S, especially if it's a long distance away. Once winter comes in our neck of the woods, and the snow starts taking over, we tend to stay home and cocoon! How about you?
This reminds me of life. We all have a road ahead of us, a journey to take, and it is our choice as to where we want our destiny to be. Some of us are free spirits and just go with the flow, not caring where we end up. If something lures us, we'll pull off and check it out. Others go by the book, and try not to veer off. We have a goal in mind and aim for reaching it.
This billboard, which is on a highway in Pennsylvania, pretty much sums up what I want to share. All of us are on a life journey. What influences you as you make decisions on how you live your life? Where do you want to end up? What are your goals? Do you even have goals?
God has given us a guidebook, called the Bible, to help us in our life journey. It is filled with words of wisdom, through His inspired Word, to help us make the right decisions. God wants the best for us because He loves us immensely.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you a hope and a future.
Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me,
and I will listen to You.
You will seek Me and find Me
when you seek Me with all your heart."
Jeremiah 29:11-13
God wants to be right by your side as you embark on your life journey. Some days will be nice and easy, and others will be difficult. Some of the road will be filled with potholes, and some will be smooth. Have you thought where you will end up? Do you want to go to heaven, or don't you care?
Jesus tells us that He is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one can come to the heavenly Father except through Him. Only a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, will ensure eternal life. Not your works. Truly believing that Jesus came to pay the price for your sins on the cross, accepting His forgiveness, and desiring to live for Him will ensure you that your life journey will lead to eternal life.
But it is not easy to follow the road that leads to heaven, as the world, motivated by Satan, will attempt to lure you away from your heavenly destination. Jesus said, "Enter through the narrow gate. for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (Matthew 7:13-14)  
What does your road look like? Are you keeping your focus on Christ, and what He wants for you? Are you letting Him guide you every step of the way? Even if you momentarily find yourself off the road He has designed for you, you can ask Him to help you get back on and He will. He wants the best for you, and by following His road map for your life, the best is yet to be!
As we continue on our life journeys, enjoy the scenery along the way! In the end, I hope to see you on the other side.... heaven!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Are You Getting Burned?

We recently had a huge fire burning in our pit. There were alot of branches and sticks that had piled up from the winter, and we were finally able to get to it. It didn't take much to get it going, and the flames soon took over, reaching high up into the sky! It was by a lake, and we could see some boats floating out alittle bit. Since it was late evening, I'm sure they were enjoying the scene! And most likely, our fire was drawing attention from across the lake as well.
Fire has a way of drawing our attention! Whether it is a flame from a candle, or a fireplace, or a bonfire, our eyes are drawn to it. Why is that? We can look away, but soon we're driven right back to it. Its dancing flames has a way of calming us. And if one gets too close, we can feel the heat. When the boys who had tended to it came into the house, their faces were red from the scorching heat! Fire can have an effect if one gets too close.
The Bible tells us that we do not only live in a physical world, with flesh and blood, that we can see and feel, but there is also a spiritual world going on around us that some of us aren't aware of. The physical world is temporary, but the spiritual world is permanent. From the beginning, Satan has represented spiritual darkness and he seeks to destroy mankind, luring people into spiritual ignorance, which is plagued by sin and a hatred of the ways of God. Do you see that in today's society and its values?
But, in God's infinite wisdom, He knew that and didn't want any of us to perish into eternal darkness and hell. He sent His Son, Jesus, to shine His Light so that people can be saved, following the illumination of His pure love. By yielding to God, reading the Bible, praying and keeping your spiritual eyes on Jesus, you can receive the enlightment of His Light, leading to everlasting life. His Light gives you a purpose. The darkness leads to no where. His Light gives you wisdom and discernment. The darkness gives you foolishness. His Light gives you a future and a hope. The darkness leads to destruction. Which are you following?
As the boys' faces were red from being close to the scorching fire, our faces can be radiant when we get close to the Light of the world. When we seek intimacy with our Lord and spend time with Him, people will be able to tell because our faces and personalities will reveal the warmth of His love. We will become like Him, and have a gentleness about us. In the midst of strife, we will have a calmness and peace. We will live purposely, knowing He has a wonderful plan for our lives.
I encourage you to get closer to the eternal Light, Jesus Christ. Get burned with passion! Get Son-burned!!