He is Faithful

My Grandma and I were talking today about the faithfulness of God. My grandma whom I have had the privilege of studying the Word of God with my whole life was telling me she could write a book about how faithful God has been to her.

I said let’s do it. You get started. You have the first one hundred pages and then I will take it from there.

This is her current story (I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing). Living on Social Security. Just had home taxes due this month. Car license plates to pay for. Car insurance. She pays everything after she tithes.

As she was sitting on a frontage road at a stop sign two days ago, someone turned too close to the corner, crosses the line, hit the front end of her car and continues to drive away.

With all these things going on in her life (finacially) and she is reminding me how faithful God has been to her. Explaining how He has always taken care of her and she is confident that He always will.

What an inspiration she is. She says she doesn’t have to worry about where the money is going to come from or if she is going to get it because she knows that GOD IS FAITHFUL. 
She is right. He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Grace and Mercy

I recently posted this picture.

It sparked quite a bit of interest and so I thought we would dive into this topic a little more.

John 1:14 says The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

I just love this verse. It actually kind of makes me envious to be quite honest of the men and women that were able to witness this. I would have loved to live there and walk with Christ, hold His hand, and hear Him speak of His Heavenly Father. What an amazing thought. Amen.

As believers we often times long for the coming of Christ or just for the moment that we will be in His presence and sitting at His feet. I love the pictures that are depicted of Christ with little children surrounding Him. What a perfect portrait of a God who loves His children so much that He is sitting among them.

John 1:1 tells us leading information for verse 14 it says:  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The Word was God. Both of these verses use the same Greek word. Logos which means Word. Verse 14 says the Word became flesh. So God became flesh. And made His dwelling among us. John was a witness to His glory. He was a witness to the glory of the One and Only Son. 

What makes my heart melt about this verse is just the comfort of knowing that my God is not unreachable. He loved us so much that He came down and made His dwelling among us. He is not some far out unreachable deity that I can never attain. He came here to die for my sins and for yours.

The thought of one day being able to be in the presence of my Lord is not unreachable. It is not unattainable. Why? Because of His Grace and Mercy.

I like the NLT version of this verse. Isaiah 59:12 says: For our sins are piled up before God and testify against us. Yes, we know what sinners we are.

I think that we can all be honest about sin. It is the things we think, say or do against God. Most of us are aware of our imperfections. No I don’t mean crooked noses or teeth. I'm talking about things such as anger, hate, greed, malice, lying, and deceit. We’ve all been there. 

Isaiah 59:12 explains my sin as it really is. Before a God that is perfect they are piled up. Like my dirty laundry it is just piled before me.  They testify to the person that I am without Christ.

Because of my sins, I deserve a consequence, a penalty. The penalty before me is death.
On the cross God extended His Grace to me. He looked at my pile of dirty laundry and He said I will make it white as snow. And He laid it upon His Son.  What do I deserve for the choices that I have made? What do I deserve for all that has piled up before my Lord?

I certainly don’t deserve God’s forgiveness. This is God’s Amazing Grace! Because God is merciful (He doesn’t give me what I do deserve, which is death) He sent His Son to die on the cross for my sins, to take my place.  Because God is graceful (Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve) I can live in eternity with Him in Heaven.

Mercy = God doesn’t give me what I deserve. Grace = God gives me what I don’t deserve
He doesn’t give me death even though I deserve it (Mercy). He offers me life eternally with Him (Grace). That my friends is a gift.

We experience Mercy and Grace from others so we can see these two things played out in our everyday lives. 

Mercy may look like this.  You go speeding through town 10 mph over the speed limit, police officer pulls you over, and because he is merciful (doesn’t give you what you deserve) the police officer doesn’t give you a ticket. Instead he smiles at you and lets you drive off with a warning.

Grace may look like this. You show up late for work, you sit and text your friends all day long, and you take extra-long breaks. Because your boss is graceful (gives you what you don’t deserve) you get a raise even though you are not receiving any "Worker of the Year" awards.

Grace and Mercy. Both rely on a God that loves you more than your sin. He did what it took to stand in your place. You see when Christ came to dwell among us He was full of grace but not at the cost of not speaking truth.

Truth is, we are sinners but grace wins because Christ died on the cross in our place.
What a glorious day!

Comment below. Tell us your story of mercy and grace from your loving Father or share with us how you have experienced grace and mercy from those around you. 

Back To School

As I left school today, I left with one less child. Today my middle child went to preschool.

I have had a few hard days the last couple of weeks. He is my middle but for some reason he has always seemed little. Not so much in stature but in his personality. He is so sweet and tenderhearted. As a parent we want our children’s teachers to adore our children as much as we do.

I think I did really well. I told him I was going to miss him because I wanted him to know it is okay to miss people when they are away from you. But I also told him that I was excited for his new adventure.

The reason I said I did well was because I didn’t cry until I dropped him off. You may be laughing but I was pretty proud of myself. As I was driving away the reality of a huge change swept over me. I don’t know how many of you have children in school or past the school age but the moment you drop them off for school, time seems to accelerate in their little lives.

The next time you turn around they are a whole year bigger. Before my husband and I decided that I could be stay-at-home mom I was teaching in a middle school. Although I really enjoyed my job, we decided it would be best for me to have these years with them at home. I must say that being a stay-at-home mom is the hardest job that I have ever had.

I have been home with my children now for almost eight years and I would like to think that I am getting better at it or I have things figured out but many days I feel quite the contrary.

My husband and I are a pretty good team but many days we feel at a complete loss and I feel at the very end of my rope. The demands are high and the down time is virtually none.

Being the mom of my three little awesome kids is something I wouldn’t trade with anyone.

Sometimes I wonder if this is what I signed up for but I am assured God gave me this place, this time, and these kids and this is what I signed up for. As a believer, I am to serve God in this place, this time and with the people that he places before me.

It is an honor to serve God in this way. As a parent my number one responsibility is to my family. To serve and minister to my children. What an awesome and amazing job that God has given to me. One He has given to all those who are parents.

In fact one reason I haven’t posted here in a couple of weeks is because I have wanted to really focus on my family as summer wrapped up. We took a wonderful vacation and just really spent time loving each other as our summer time together was coming to a quick end.

To those who are not parents, you have it easy. I am just kidding. If you think this may not apply to you it can. What an opportunity for you to come alongside parents and other believers and support them through prayer, compassion, serving and ministering in many other ways.

The truth is parent or not these are the generations that will support us and pray for us when we are advanced in years. They are the ones raising the next generations. Without the support of all believers standing together to pray and minister to this generation, they are that much further removed from truth and light and the chance for hope through Jesus Christ, Our Risen Savior.

So as we start another school year. Can you please pray with me? Not only for my children but for children across the globe that they will seek the path Christ has laid out for each and every one of their beautiful souls. Pray they will grow to be Christ followers in the face of an ever changing and challenging world.

I truly appreciate you reading another blog page and continuing to return after my much needed time with family.

Many blessings to families as they navigate through this school year.

So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.  2 Thessalonians 1:11

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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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