God's Witness to the End and Sitting Among Friends Blog Party #93


This world is not my home.

I am just a passing through.

My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.

The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door

And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.

Those are the beginning song lyrics to This World is not My Home by Jim Reeves from his album We Thank Thee.

When I began to think about writing this post. Those words came to my head. The only thing I could think is that my grandfather used to sing this song.

He would go around the house or just about anywhere and sing tidbits of songs. Remembering that puts a smile on my face. What puts a bigger smile on my face is knowing that he is able to sing to Jesus now.

He was a faithful man. I remember seeing him every morning sitting at his dining room table, Bible open and praying. As he went through his day, he was singing tunes such as these.

When my grandfather passed away, he was at such peace. He said I’m going home. Although that was hard for us to see him go, we could do nothing but rejoice with him.

He knew his home was not this world and he lived as a testimony to God’s faithfulness.

So often we are bombarded with the stresses of this world. It sometimes seems so overwhelming that we feel like we are going to break. We want to know we are doing right in the sight of God, yet we have an uneasiness about us.

Well, part of that uneasiness comes from the very thought of the first lines of this old song.

My grandpa knew all too well, especially near the end that this was not his home and he was just passing through.

We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace. 1 Chronicles 29:15 (NLT)

I have fond memories of my grandpa. He passed away of cancer. I got to spend a lot of time near the end of his life taking him to appointments and taking him for rides in the car.

And I fondly remember him telling me one time that he asked the Lord for one thing and that would be that he would pass peacefully in his sleep. Well the Lord granted him that final prayer.

Up to the minute and even beyond my grandfather’s life lives a story of his witness and testimony of his faith.

We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace. 1 Chronicles 29:15 (NLT)
Because of his life and his peaceful passing, my husband (we were just dating at the time) decided to give his life to Christ. He saw that if a man could have that peaceful of a death, just passing through this world, he wanted that peace in his life as well. A peace that only comes from God.

My grandfather never got that news but I know that the moment he stepped into the presence of The Almighty Lord, he was greeted with the words Well done, good and faithful servant.

"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' Matthew 25:21 (NIV)

Even if you feel like you have been dealt the shorthand, God has put you in charge of that hand. Living a faithful life with the little still means you get to share in the Father’s happiness.

My grandpa always joked that my grandma nagged him into heaven but I know there is no place he would rather be than worshipping at the feet of his heavenly Father.

So, the uneasiness in this life. It is only for a while. Because one day as a believer, you too, will find that this world was not your home and you were only passing through.

Being God’s witness right to the end. Receiving our reward as a life well lived. Well, then I too, just want to be passing through till I am beckoned home.

Personal Reflections:

Is there anyone that has influenced your life greatly in your faith walk?

What would you say about them or to them as they have left their legacy imprint on you?

Is there a song that you sing that helps bring you spirit into worship?

If this world is not our home, then why do we live like it is?

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Being God's Witness & Sitting Among Friends #92


This morning I attended a funeral of a friend from the local church. There is no better place to help you reflect on life and our mortal bodies than at a funeral.

It gives us the opportunity to see the gift that we are given in each day and in each breath we take. We are never promised tomorrow and never guaranteed our end won’t come out of nowhere.

Days like these always make me wonder if I am doing my part. Am I telling people about Jesus? Am I sharing what life is really about?

This evening as my son and I were talking, he asked me what is this all about? A pretty loaded question for a 10-year-old who was supposed to be going to sleep.

I let him talk. It seemed to be weighing on his mind. He said these were the questions that he was really trying to figure out.

Why did God create us and why didn’t he just leave the world in darkness?  Why the animals and why do have books and fans? Who decided to call them books and fans, why not a wind machine?

10-year-olds ask the same questions as adults? Who is this God and why did He create us? They're good questions. They're honest and real.

As I began to talk about God creating people. His most precious creation for fellowship with him (of course he was stuck on the names of things) he continued to wonder why we weren’t left in darkness.

Sometimes it feels as if we were left in this darkness. With questions, not being answered and circumstances not working out. Disaster consuming us all around.

Why was the world not left in darkness? What is our purpose and how can we fulfill that?

Tucked in one of my favorite chapters in Isaiah we see the answer. Although it may seem short it is quite complex.

Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made. Isaiah 43:7 (NASB)

Did you catch that in the middle there? We were created for God’s Glory.

Sounds quite contradictory to our culture where our glory seems a way of survival. If we are not glorifying ourselves we are not trying hard enough.

Verse 8 and 9 say bring out the deaf who have ears and the blind who have eyes to be gathered. Let all the people be brought forth. The one who knows of their former ways, let them be a witness so others may be justified. (my summary)

If you are here today, I want to be this witness for you. I don’t want you to suddenly come to the end of the road. Standing before your creator and say you did not hear or see a single witness to who the Lord is.

My former self was selfish. I was prideful. I was greedy. I lied. I was deceitful. I was a sinner in every sense of the word. I had done it all to offend the God who created me.

Because of that sin, we were separated. Because of the separation, I needed a Savior. Jesus was that Savior.

Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made. Isaiah 43:7 (NASB)  Did you catch that in the middle there? We were created for God’s Glory.Perfect. Without an ounce of sin. He came. Died on the cross. Took all of my sins and put the full weight of it on himself.

I know it doesn’t make sense. I know that I deserve whatever I would have gotten. But I was justified. The punishment that I should receive was given to Jesus. I stood trial and was made right. My guilt on Him.

I was made right before the Father’s eyes because I trusted Christ to save me. I trusted that if I let Him put the full weight of my sin and bear it on the cross, He would and could make me new.

He is the answer. He is the reason I am who I am. He is the reason I do what I do. Not for my glory but for God’s Glory. To be a witness to all that He has done for me when I least deserved it.

He took it all for me and for you. But it is not an automatic pass. It is not something that you can work for or earn. Trust me I tried and failed miserably.

God’s gift of salvation is a free gift. Yours for the taking. You just have to be willing to give yourself to your creator. You have to realize that the full weight of your sin can only be carried by Jesus and that it was taken care of on the cross.

I'm not perfect but God sees me through the scope of the cross. I don’t know about you but that is quite a bit of relief for me. I spent a long time trying to do things my way. I understand. He understands. But ultimately you have to put your trust and faith in Jesus because He is THE WAY!

If you have not made that decision for yourself, don’t wait another day or moment. Time is a gift and not one that we are guaranteed. I want you to be able to stand before Jesus and say, I am not sure who that lady was but she told me about you and it changed everything.

He is the answer to all those questions.

Why were we not left in darkness? Because we were exposed to the Light. Jesus is the light. And His light chases away the darkness.

Personal Reflections:
Have you made the decision to accept Jesus as your personal Savior?

If you have, share with us below so we can hear your witness to a Risen Savior?

If you have not, I don’t want you to go away without contacting me. I would love to continue this conversation with you.  I don’t want you to come to the end of your life and think if I had only known.

Where and how can you be a witness right where you are?




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Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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Practical Tips for Raising Kids with godly Character and Sitting Among Friends #91


It can be frustrating when you check out an article and the thoughts seem well intentioned but in the end, it’s all just lofty ideas. You know it will never work or you honestly, just won’t do it.

I hope this one is different. I hope you find practical tips on raising your kids with godly character and I hope you will share some of your personal tips with us.

Over the past two weeks, I have written two articles about Raising Kids with godly character Parts 1 and 2 (here). I have to admit, it is not easy and my kids can at times show anything but. Here’s the kicker. We ALL fall short.

These are intended to be a jumping point, a starting block, or a fill in the blanks of things we might have overlooked. Not only for you but for my family, too.

I don’t do parenting perfectly, oh how I wish I did, but I know someone who did and I want to parent in His footsteps.

So, I go to Him. I check out His Word and I see how He wants me to live and I know that is how He wants me to raise my children to live.

Not perfect. Just the best I can do for my kids with His purposes in mind.

I hope the tips below are practical and functional and you will gain ideas about how to implement teaching godly character in your family today!

Will you do me a favor? When you are done, go to the comments and give us any other thoughts you have about this topic. Tell us what you do or did that worked and didn’t work in your family. Together we are better.

Tips for Raising Kids with godly Character

Be intentional – It is easy to think, “I wish that was me”. Maybe, on the contrary, you think, “that could never be me and certainly never my children.” Make it be you!  Be intentional in your training. Keep God at the center of your family business. You got this

Be Real - It can even hard for grown-ups to show godly character. Let your kiddos know where you failed and how you have dealt with it.

Making good decisions using the power that He has given us through the Holy Spirit is not a lofty dream. As it becomes age-appropriate, let them know of your struggles and ask them how they would deal with these struggles in their life.

 Be in the trenches with them – Kids think you are their superhero. Be there! Teach them even when it is hard. Teachable moments (when an opportunity arises) are very impactful because they have real life to draw on. 

Again, be real, acknowledge their struggles and help them have a plan to work it out. Help them to create a plan that is pleasing to God.  

Be positive – If you want your kids to do something, tell them what you want them to do. For example: if you want your kids to stop running you could say, “stop running” (let’s be honest, by the time they started listening to you, all they heard was run) or you could tell them what you want them to do. “Walk!”

This response is positive and tells them exactly what you want them to do or what is appropriate. An example with teaching character is “Be kind” “Use loving words” and then have them do just that! Practice the positive so they are going through the motions of the right behavior so it becomes easy and natural.

Be an example – Kids need godly examples in their life. Find people to surround them that will show that character. It is easy to tell your kids don’t do what I do and expect them to do something else but in reality, it doesn’t work.

We know that kids are seeing more than we think because out of the blue they will parrot back to us what we just did. Let them parrot back godly behavior. And when it does not go back to #2. Be real. Fess up to your error and let them see you correct it.

Practice and Prepare – Don’t leave your kiddos unprepared to face life with no godly guidance. Prepare them in advance by practicing godly behavior when it is easy and when you have their attention. 

Practice in the moments while they have you as a safe place to land. Prepare them for independent life as grownups by starting young. Reinforce the behaviors and godly behavior you want them repeating.

Pray for your children – We can do our part but we also have to trust that God will do His. Pray for them and His guidance when we have to be away from them. Then Breathe!

God loves your children deeply and His desire is for you to raise them to love Him. You have a teammate that won’t give up and is constantly cheering you on. Christ is on your side you can trust Him as your Good Good Father.

Find good, godly, trusted resources -  for raising your children. If something doesn’t work, don’t lose hope. Don’t give up. Parenting is not easy and it is okay for you to admit that and seek godly advice and guidance.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (NIV)

Thanks so much for joining us today. I hope you enjoyed Practical Tips for Raising kids with godly character. If you missed the first part of this series you can find it here!


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Patterns of Evidence - Exodus - Movie Review and Giveaway


With this movie, I was very impressed. Filmmaker Tim Mahoney spent 12 years in the development of this movie.   The story is based on the Filmmakers Journey to Discover the truth by asking honest questions about the Bible.  Tim Mahoney was facing a personal Crisis in his faith and wanted tangible answers. He was conflicting between what he always thought he knew about the Bible, namely the Exodus of the Israelites, and what was real.

This week I have the opportunity to bring to you a review of the movie Patterns of Evidence – Exodus – winner of 13 awards.

I watch Biblically based movies with a bit of trepidation. Especially documentaries. I think it is easy to see visual representations of Biblical stories and keep them as my depiction of what really happened or what the Bible says.

Movies are made to be dramatic and entertaining and will leave out the truth for the sake of time or production.

With this movie, I was very impressed. Filmmaker Tim Mahoney spent 12 years in the development of this movie. 

The story is based on the Filmmakers Journey to Discover the truth by asking honest questions about the Bible.

Tim Mahoney was facing a personal Crisis in his faith and wanted tangible answers. He was conflicting between what he always thought he knew about the Bible, namely the Exodus of the Israelites, and what was real.

I love that honesty and facing the real struggles of faith. I know we can all relate.

There were many things that I enjoyed about this movie. I did like how well the movie was done visually. There were bits of the movie where the Bible story was being told and it was done in a simple but powerful way.

As we follow this filmmaker on his journey to uncover the truth of the Exodus we are lead all over the world as the pieces of evidence unfold.

He interviews people who are both believers and non-believers in the God and hears their versions of the Exodus stories. Through this journey, he discovers the varying opinions, based on science and faith on what happened to the Israelites.

The story begins with Abraham leaving his homeland in pursuit of the promised land to the exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt.

I enjoyed how he leaves the movie allowing us to make this judgment for ourselves based on the evidence.
  
I am not someone that requires physical archeological evidence for my faith because my faith journey is based on a changed heart and that can’t be dug up and examined when I am gone. What I hope will be able to be examined is the evidence of the words and the testimony of my life. I pray that is evidence and legacy of my faith and a life well lived.

I know some people, however, need or want hard evidence to prove their faith. This journey takes the person looking for hard evidence down that road.

I loved seeing the accounts of the stories. What I do love about movies and documentation like this is how God is not afraid to reveal Himself and His truth to us.

I also think it is awesome that God knows there are people who want evidence. I don’t think He shames that. Look at the story of Thomas. He said he wouldn’t believe unless he saw the proof and there Jesus stood and didn’t condemn him but showed him His hands, feet and pierced side. Because of Jesus’ truth and gentleness in that situation Thomas believed.

The journey that we are taken through in Patterns of Evidence is an opportunity to solidify our faith as we see God revealing His accounts of history to us. It’s exciting to see how they all line up and fall into place.

That doesn’t always happen. Sometimes we have not been revealed things and that is when God wants us to step out in faith and trust that His Words are true.

This is the angle the movie takes. He says here is the evidence – do with it what you will. We may not have all the answers or all the pieces but we have enough to make a very strong case. The rest of it is up to our faith.

I just want to point out one of the men being interviewed in this movie. He is a leading archeologist and a professed agnostic. The evidence that he continually gives is for the Bible is an accurate historical document. He points out time and time again how all the evidence aligns with the Bible.

I found that to be very fascinating. I actually had to go back and listen to the fact that he said he was agnostic because of the evidence he was sharing.
It is hard to see people have the evidence for a living God right in front of them and completely miss Him. It just reminds me how much we need to pray for unbelievers and for their eyes to be opened.

Overall, I would recommend this movie. I thought that is was very well done both visually and through the evidence.

As a believer, it gives you another reason to be excited about the Bible and gives you a great resource and source of conversation for people who may be looking for the hard evidence.

"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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)

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James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

It is of utmost importance that you know that Christ died for you. He died for all sinners so that our relationship with Him could be restored.

Because of His sacrifice on the cross we can have peace. Are you seeking more peace today? Peace of the soul can only be given through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.

I hope that you, too, know the saving grace of an amazing God.
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