As far as the East is from the West

Week 4 of the “You are God’s Masterpiece!” Bible study is here! If you missed week 1 Greatest Love of All, week 2 You are God’s Masterpiece or week 3 Using the Love verses on yourself click on their titles on the right.

Here is the quote from Chapter 3:

We doubt God loves us because we have sinned and don’t think God will forgive us. But every human has sinned. Since the Adam and Eve ate the apple from the forbidden tree, there has been sin on earth. The Jews in the Old Testament had to sacrifice their animals for their sins to be forgiven. But praise God all we have to do is ask and our sins will be cast as far as the East is from the West. No matter how far we go, East will never meet West. All we have to do is confess and He will forgive us. “But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us.” (1 John 1:9)”

Chapter 3 is called, “Why do we doubt?” I believe many people who are not Christians use past mistakes as an excuse not to believe in God or not to go to church. They say they are too ‘bad’ or flawed for God to accept them. Frankly, one of the best things God does is to wipe our slate clean and forgive us for all the bad stuff we do. Right? Psalm 103:12 says, “He has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west.” As far as I know, the east never touches the west. So we can be assured that our sins are forgiven and forgotten by God. (The picture above was taken by me looking west off the Oregon Coast and I know that you cannot see the West Coast from there. So it is safe to say that my sins have been forgotten.)

Read Psalm 51. It was written by David after Nathan comes to him and tells him that God knows what he did with Bathsheba. In verses 2 and 9, he asks God to remove his guilt also. So we are not the only ones who feel guilt when we sin. But God can not only forgive our sins but take away our guilt. YOU DO NOT NEED TO FEEL GUILTY ANY LONGER. YOU ONLY NEED TO ASK AND GOD WILL TAKE IT AWAY!

Another question I ask in the book is: “Do you think God is not big enough to forgive all sin?” GOD CAN FORGIVE ANY PERSON FOR ANY SIN. And He will do it. You only have to ask in FAITH. As it says in Psalm 51, He will wash you clean of all sin and guilt. This is one of God’s gifts to you. It’s rude to hand it back. So don’t try to bring the sin up again and think about it and role it around in your brain over and over. God has forgotten it and so should you. This is one of those times when you have to change your thinking and block thoughts of those sins out of your mind. (Phil. 4:8) Think on the wonderful things that God has done for you and not the negative things you have done.

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites.

Check out my other pages like Bible journaling, Self- Confidence Boosters or Steph Speaks Ministry. I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

You can join God’s Masterpiece Friends Facebook group here.

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Monday – Inspire me Monday,

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of Faith, Tea and Word Linkup

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her Home, Christian Blogger Community, Coffee & Conversation, Coffee for your Heart, Messes to Messages, Recharge Wednesday, Sitting Among Friends, Word Filled Wednesday

Thursday – Chasing Community, Heart Encouragement, Salt and Light, Tune in Thursday,

Friday – Dance with Jesus, Faith and Friends, Faith Filled FridayFresh Market Friday, Grace & Truth

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

This 7-day course will:

  • teach you 7 different Bible study methods  
  • streamline the learning process so you don’t spend weeks or months figuring it out
  • give you tools for going deep into God’s word in as little as ten minutes a day (perfect for busy moms!)
  • provide ready made templates and printables you can choose from
  • show you exactly how to do each method with the daily videos 
  • revolutionize your time in God’s word and discover fresh intimacy with God in the process.
  • equip you to nourish yourself with the Scriptures
  • teach you how to develop your spiritual senses
  • help you establish a Bible study habit!

Plus, you can start any time, go at your own pace and you’ll have lifetime access to the course materials.

Using the Love verses on yourself

From Chapter 2 of “You are God’s Masterpiece!”

LOVE IS KIND. It’s okay to be kind to yourself. But it’s also okay to paint your toenails if that’s your favorite thing to do on a lazy Sunday. Take a hot bath at the end of the day if that relaxes you. Or take the kids to the neighbor’s for ten minutes and take a walk around the block.” You are not only being kind to yourself but your husband and children if you have a short “kindness… Click To Tweet
LOVE IS NOT EASILY ANGERED. So instead of bashing and insulting yourself when you get angry over something you’ve done, think of things God would say about you. “I am fearfully and wonderfully made. He loves me just the way I am. He wants me to be the best I can be.” We wouldn’t talk so harshly to our family or our neighbors so why are you talking like that to yourself? Again, change those tapes to the positive ones. When you are angry, stop and pray and ask God to help you change your attitude and give you something positive to say about yourself.

LOVE KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS. Just like God doesn’t keep a record of your sin, you should not keep a list of wrongs you have done. DO NOT keep reminding yourself of your sins. Just like God has forgiven you, you have to forgive yourself. Click To TweetIn chapter four of my book I talk more about sin and forgiveness.

LOVE IS HOPEFUL. What are you hoping for? Are you hoping for a spouse? A child? A second or third child? A word from God about where and how to serve Him? A new job? A new house? None of these things are selfish. They are a part of life and God cares about each and every hope and dream. But please be reasonable. Don’t pray for a mansion when you can only afford a cottage. Don’t pray for a Mercedes when you can only afford a Chevy. God has a plan and it isn’t always what you want. But it’s the best thing for you.” If you have read about me, you know that I have five children. I reveal much more about what our family has gone through in my book. The last one graduated high school this last weekend and will leave for Marine Corps boot camp on Monday. So right now I am just hopeful he will be safe for the next four years. AMEN?!

LOVE PERSEVERES AND ENDURES THROUGH ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. Remember the Footprints poem? There was only one set of footprints in the sand when the writer was going through the hardest times and Jesus said, “It was during those times that I carried you.” We may not “feel” like anyone is helping us. We feel alone and wandering in the wilderness but GOD IS WITH YOU. He is Emmanuel. He is Faithful and loves you without question no matter what you have done. All you have to do is ask His forgiveness and presence in your circumstance.

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites.

I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

You can join God’s Masterpiece Friends Facebook group here.

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Monday – Inspire me Monday,

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of Faith, Tea and Word Linkup

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her Home, Christian Blogger Community, Coffee & Conversation, Coffee for your Heart, Messes to Messages, Recharge Wednesday, Sitting Among Friends, Word Filled Wednesday

Thursday – Chasing Community, Heart Encouragement, Salt and Light, Tune in Thursday,

Friday – Dance with Jesus, Faith and Friends, Faith Filled FridayFresh Market Friday, Grace & Truth

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

This 7-day course will:

  • teach you 7 different Bible study methods  
  • streamline the learning process so you don’t spend weeks or months figuring it out
  • give you tools for going deep into God’s word in as little as ten minutes a day (perfect for busy moms!)
  • provide ready made templates and printables you can choose from
  • show you exactly how to do each method with the daily videos 
  • revolutionize your time in God’s word and discover fresh intimacy with God in the process.
  • equip you to nourish yourself with the Scriptures
  • teach you how to develop your spiritual senses
  • help you establish a Bible study habit!

Plus, you can start any time, go at your own pace and you’ll have lifetime access to the course materials.

You are God’s Masterpiece

This is a quote from Chapter 2 of “You are God’s Masterpiece!” If you missed the first week you can find it here.

‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself’ is found eight times in the Bible. Some translations say “love your neighbor” and some say “love one another.” If we follow Jesus’ example, he loved all kinds of people. He loved men, women and children. He loved people who were sick, lame and blind, even pharisees and tax collectors.

The Message version translates the second part of the verse as “Love other people as well as you do yourself.” But for those of us with self-esteem issues, that isn’t as easy as it sounds. Frankly, its easy to love others and really hard to love ourselves. We constantly put ourselves down. We criticize the way we dress or cook or raise our kids.”

Is it the same for you? I am my worst critic. But when I realize it, I stop and repeat, “God loves me, it doesn’t matter.” “I don’t have to be perfect, God loves me anyway.” Or “I have other strengths, even if this isn’t one of them.” These mantras work for a moment. But what we truly need to do is take a moment to pray that God will send his Holy Spirit upon us because He is “the source of all comfort.” (2 Cor. 1:3) The Holy Spirit can send God's lovingkindness upon us so that we can feel loved and love for… Click To Tweet

YOU ARE HIS MASTERPIECE! You are one of a kind. There is no one else like you. And you are valuable. God does not make mistakes. Sure, you are imperfect. You are human. Only God is perfect. But He loves you even if you are flawed.

So today’s lesson is: when you start to beat yourself up about something, STOP! You will never be perfect, but God loves you anyway!! And isn’t that the best news you’ve heard all day?! In my book, you can find other ways to counteract those negative voices in your head.

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites.

I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Monday – Inspire me Monday,

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of Faith,

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her Home, Christian Blogger Community, Coffee & Conversation, Coffee for your Heart, Messes to Messages, Recharge Wednesday

Thursday – Chasing Community, Heart Encouragement, Live Free, More Abundant Life, Salt and Light, Sitting Among Friends, Warriors of the Word

Friday – Dance with Jesus, Faith and Friends, Faith Filled Friday, Fresh Market Friday, Grace & Truth

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Greatest love of all

June through August of 2017 I’m posting a Bible study based on my book, “You are God’s Masterpiece!” Here is a quote from Chapter 1, THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL

God’s love is everlasting, never ending, faithful, and new every morning. Psalm 100:5 says, “His love endures forever.” In Jeremiah 31:3 it says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Psalm 103:17 says, “The love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear Him.” In John 3:16 it says God loves us so much He sent His only son Jesus to die on the cross. Even if you were the only person on this earth, He still would have asked Jesus to sacrifice Himself so that you wouldn’t have to go live with Satan after you died. That’s how much He loves you. Why would He not love us? He created us.”

If you are a parent, think about how much you love your child. If their life was in danger, you would protect them with your life, right? What about if it was your spouse? Or a parent? A sibling? Another Bible scripture says “ Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:7-8) So that is how God the Father and… Click To Tweet Jesus had a choice. In the garden he made the choice to go with those soldiers and be judged by the human priests. He made the choice to carry the cross up to the hill where He died.

What would it have been like to be in the presence of God? To see people healed and demons cast out? There is a christian song called “I can only imagine.” When I hear it, I have to close my eyes and imagine what it would be like to be with Jesus in Heaven or even with Him when He was here on earth while He was doing miracles and preaching. I’m sure it was much easier to stay focused and live a godly life. But it was also a harder time to live because they had no modern conveniences, such as cars, phones, microwaves, etc. And I like my kitchen appliances that’s for sure!

Praise God we have christian radio, christian singers and songs to keep us focused. It is one way I feel the love of God on a daily basis and keep my eyes and heart on Him. KLOVE is a national chain that has stations all over the US and they also stream their music online. It is definitely better than most of the songs out there that mostly are about sex, breaking up and booties?! I have always had a rule in the car that the driver gets to pick the music so the kids had to listen to mom’s christian tunes. And now, though not all of them are serving God, they still remember the lyrics of the songs. Seeds planted! With lyrics like “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” “I can only imagine what it will be like,” “Live like you’re loved,” and “My Redeemer lives,” how can we not remember that He should be our number one priority?

So when you wake up each morning, I urge you to remember how much God loves you and set your mind and focus on Him accordingly. Click To Tweet Tune the radio to christian radio to surround you with the Holy Spirit, not allowing the world’s music into your car, house and mind.

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites.

I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Monday – Inspire me Monday,

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of Faith,

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her Home, Christian Blogger Community, Coffee & Conversation, Coffee for your Heart, Messes to Messages, Recharge Wednesday

Thursday – Chasing Community, Heart Encouragement, Live Free, More Abundant Life, Salt and Light, Sitting Among Friends, Warriors of the Word

Friday – Dance with Jesus, Faith and Friends, Faith Filled Friday, Fresh Market Friday, Grace & Truth

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Taking a breath

I am writing a Bible study to post over the summer beginning on June 2. But here are some of my older posts that you can revisit: The Armor of God, Choose your thoughts, or God’s thoughts.

Or check out my new Bible journaling page, with lots of pictures.

I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

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Crystal Twaddell

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Do you have issues?

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I was watching Dr. Phil the other day with my 24 year old daughter. He was telling the couple on his show that they had “issues” (problems) to work out and that he was going to help them if they would let him. And she made the comment that she too needed help because she had “issues.” I said, “Honey, we ALL have ‘issues!’”
We all have problems in our life, whether it be in our relationships, health, decision-making skills, impulse control, just to name a few. Christians are not immune to this dilemma. NO ONE ON THIS EARTH IS PERFECT EXCEPT GOD. That's why we need Him. Click To Tweet
I am a Dr. Phil fan. He does give good advice. Although I don’t agree with everything he says on the show, he has helped a lot of people. Here are a few of his sage idioms:
YOU TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO TREAT YOU:
In other words, if yo let people talk disrespectfully to you or use you only for their benefit, they are not your friend but your abuser. Real friends give and take with each other. Real friends talk as well as listen. Click To TweetReal friends treat each other with respect and love one another as unto the Lord. (I Cor 13:4-7)
YOUR PAST DOES NOT MAKE YOUR FUTURE:
Dr. Phil says, “Acknowledge your past without being controlled by it.” We all have a past that has made us into the person we are now. But if we are Christians and want to please God we need to forgive those who have hurt us in the past and make a better future.
Phil 3:13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
FORGIVE OTHERS:
Even Dr. Phil talks about forgiveness. He sees it as letting the person you are not forgiving having power over you and affecting your health and heart in a negative way. God tells us that He cannot forgive us if we do not forgive others their sin against us. Both things are true but the end is the same, we always feel better in our hearts if we forgive. And our relationship with God is healed if we forgive.
Dr. Phil claims to be a Christian. He talks about God on his show. Although there are some things he says that I don’t agree with. But I do thank God that his show is on television so that he can help those who cannot help themselves. And the he gives them the resources that they would not have if they weren’t on TV.
I also told my daughter that she didn’t have the “issues” that the people on the show had. Praise God that none of my children have ever been on drugs and are fairly normal people. We have problems but none that we can’t handle without God’s help.

For more information about Steph’s ministry go to Steph Speaks page.

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app.

I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

 

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Fine or not fine

How many times have we asked someone how are they doing and they said, “I’m fine,” “everything’s fine,” “just fine.” How many times has a husband asked a wife what’s wrong and the wife says, “nothing, I’m fine.” And how many times have you said it and lied. For most people it’s an automatic response. They say it without thinking either because they don’t have the time to tell someone the real story and how they are actually doing. Or they don’t want to tell someone what’s really wrong.

There was a time when fine was a slang word. When a man said a woman was “fine” it meant she was good looking. Some men might have meant it in a derogatory way but depending on their tone, just like today, it was usually a compliment.

According to the dictionary, fine means high or highest quality, choice, excellent, or admirable, very well, like fine China or wine. But I don’t think this is what most people mean when they say they are “fine.” Some mean okay and some even mean mediocre. But no one who says fine means excellent, of the highest quality or very well.

I don’t know if this has ever happened to you but today when someone asked me how I was doing, I broke down in tears. Several stressful things have been going on and I had just gotten out of the dentist chair, which is WAY too stressful for me. Normally, I would say, “I’m fine.” but today, that would have been a lie. And I was obviously at the end of my “hold it all inside” rope.

If we are brothers and sisters in Christ, why do we lie to each other? There are times when we may not have time to talk but maybe we can make a date for coffee or invite them over. If this is not a friend we trust to keep our story to themselves just ask them to pray for us. If this is someone we don’t know that well, just give them a brief prayer request. God put us together on this earth to help us survive the ups and downs. We should be talking to each other, praying for each other and loving each other like God loves us, not lying to each other when we are asking about our lives.

So when someone asks you how you are doing, can you change your answer? Instead of saying fine, make it a more truthful answer. Say, “I’m good today,” “I could use some prayers about…. Instead of saying fine, make it a more truthful answer. Say, “I'm good today,” “I could use some… Click To Tweet or “This has been a really great day! Praise God!! What about you?”

For more information about Steph’s ministry go to Steph Speaks page. You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app.

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Better than part 2

 

Last week I wrote about how God wants us to be better than the world. But Jesus made himself “less than” to live on earth. He is God yet He made himself human to show us how much he loves us. Click To Tweet

“Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” Phil. 2:6-8 Let’s look at verses 6 and 7 of the Amplified version: “although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God [as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes—the entire nature of deity], did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted [as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it]; 7 but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man].”

Jesus emptied himself of all of his Godly attributes to come down to earth and appear to us lowly humans. Isn’t that awesome! God not only loved us enough to come down to earth and sacrificed his life to save us from our sins, he gave up his place in Heaven to do it. And in honor of his lowly visit to us, he asks that we be humble and “think of others better than ourselves.” Phil. 2:3 Jesus loved all people, lame, leper, men, women, but especially sinners. So this is the way we should live our lives also. Paul tells us in Philippians to love one another, work together with one mind and purpose, don’t try to impress others and don’t look out only for your own interests. These are only some of the Bible’s instructions or code of conduct, and to me a great way to honor Jesus’ sacrifice. I hope you too will contemplate our Lord’s willingness to come down to earth and love us personally this week.

I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app.

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Better than

A phrase came across my thoughts this week, “better than.” We can think of it in two ways, positively and negatively. Click To Tweet He wants us to love Him with our heart soul and mind, to the best of our ability. Then follow His commands and use our gifts to tell others about Him. In 1 Corinthians 1:26 it say, “…few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.” In other words, He doesn’t choose perfect people to serve Him. He chooses people who love Him and willingly serve Him whether it be as preachers, teachers, counselors, or bloggers online. Last week I was discouraged because I was noticing that other bloggers had better posts. Their posts were more organized: “3 things that God…,” “5 ways to…,” “How to….” Their posts are generally longer and wordier. But I prayed about it and God said, “You are doing it the way that is best for you.” I may be disorganized and not as spiffy looking as some of the others. And I do write shorter blogs. but I write shorter, succinct blogs because people are busy and they don’t have time to read 600-800 words. I feel like I’m doing it the way I should be according to what God has called me to do.

The other “better than” is the way the world thinks. Most people strive to be better than their neighbors. They want to have a better house, car and wardrobe, the most up to date phone and TV, technology and job. But God doesn’t want that for us. The Bible says it is unwise to compare yourself to others in 2 Corinthians chapter 10. Psalm 139 says God made us wonderfully and Ephesians 2:10 says we are His masterpiece. So God is telling us that we are perfect just the way we are. And we don’t need more to make us “better than” anyone else. Sure, we may need a good wardrobe for our job and a sufficiently tech savvy phone to accommodate our life. But it doesn’t have to make us go into debt we cant afford. I’ve been in debt and it’s not a lot of fun. And it’s not what God wants. There are many Christians who teach about money to help you learn how to manage it better. Click To Tweet

I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app.

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3 Ways to Get closer to God

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I got a journaling Bible recently, one that has pictures in the margins or blank margins you can make your own doodles and notes in. I was glancing through it and saw the first page of Micah. In it’s margin is that book’s most famous scripture Micah 6:8 “The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

As followers of Jesus don’t we desire to do good? He places that desire in our hearts. When we see stories on TV of people who do good things, become missionaries and go to foreign countries to help those in need during global disasters, they are usually Christians. The media still uses the reference from the Bible of “the good Samaritan.” And charity is a word that is first used in connection with someone doing something kind for others in the Bible.

The second thing God requires of us is to love mercy. Mercy is something we don’t deserve. People in the Bible are always asking God for mercy. Mercy from pain, mercy from sickness, and sin. My kids say I am one of the nicest people they know. Some would say too nice. But again it’s that desire God put in us to do, like Jesus did. Mercy sometimes requires great effort because it may be toward an “enemy” of ours, someone that has done us wrong or been rude to us. It could be letting someone in front of us in the grocery line, or a car in traffic. The best example of mercy on this earth is when a parent or loved one of someone who has been murdered forgives the murderer. It is the one thing that I am sure I would have a hard time doing. But He wants us to do it BECAUSE it is hard. And because it is something He has done for us. God sacrificed His son Jesus for us to save us from our sins BUT WE DIDN’T DESERVE IT. HE DID IT BECAUSE HE LOVES US!

Lastly, God requires that we walk humbly with Him. In Gill’s commentary it describes being humble as: “acknowledging (we) can do nothing without him; owning (our) dependence on his grace, and ascribing all (we) have, and are, unto (Him.)” I have found with my children it is especially hard for them to do that. I’m not sure if it is just their generation or all young people but they are definitely independent. Praise God my oldest sons have found wonderful christian women who with prayer (from me and them) have helped lead them back to Christ. But I am still praying for my daughters. Unfortunately, our selfish and material world has a negative influence on them lately. But God is still in control and I am still praying for them. I’m sure it’s my age, wisdom and maturity that assures me it’s only God that gets me through this life. But it’s also the knowledge and experience of all the times God has been present when I needed Him.

Be assured my friends that God is with you and will never leave you! Keep your Bible close and prayer on your lips.

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