Jesus’s Rescue

I was reading Ps. 130:7 today for my devotional and it says, “… The Lord’s unfailing love is full redemption.” Redeem in the dictionary means to buy or pay off and redemption is the act of redeeming for a fault or mistake: a rescue. And that is surely what Jesus has done. He rescued us from the guilt, shame and consequence of having to go to the devil’s home after we sin. Because of Jesus’ rescue all we have to do is ask and we will be forgiven for all those ugly, stupid decisions we have made. He will even forget about them and toss them in to the Sea of Forgetfulness. We may bring them up in our minds but He also says in His word that He is not condemning us and hitting us over the head with them. He wants us to forget them too, not bring them up over and over again. So friends, let Jesus rescue you from your past and your sins. And forget them as He has.

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We are God’s masterpiece.

This is the question many people ask. They ask themselves. They ask others. They ask God. Well, I found the verse that answers that question. Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s Masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” First, the verse says we are His masterpiece. We are a work of art, a unique and wonderful person unlike any other. We might have a twin but they are still different than us in personality. He made every part whether you like it or not. And He is pleased with all of it.

Then it says God sent His son Jesus to make us new, not perfect but able to do what He asks,  able to do His will and fulfill His plan on this earth. It may be to become a preacher, a nurse, a doctor, an engineer or a writer. He has given each of us a gift to share with others, those who are of God and also those who need Him. So I pray friends that you will ask God to reveal His gift to you and give you the confidence and ability to do his will. Go in peace.

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After surgery

Here it is 12 hours after my surgery and my eyesight with one “fixed” eye is better than both eyes with corrective lenses that were becoming ineffective. Praise God for modern medicine!

As I said I need my previous posts I was anxious before the surgery but they did give me an anti-anxiety drug which helped tremendously. Then I could concentrate on what the dr was asking me to do and not on pain or my surroundings. That’s how God’s Word helps us sometimes isn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, but I’m not comparing God’s Word to drugs… But in order for me to be comfortable on that hospital bed and allow the dr to take a knife to my eye without me kicking and screaming, I needed something to keep me calm. The Bible can give us those words of love, and comfort, and Words straight from God’s own heart to ours to give us peace and love. I hope you will continue to seek God and His Word each day for those things whatever the situation in your life.

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Before surgery 2

It was my intention to make three posts before my surgery, one for each week. But I got sick several days after the first post. I have been sick for two whole weeks with a sinus infection and miserable. But after the first week I went to the Dr and got some antibiotics. So my prayers have gone from heal me to comfort me and then back to heal me after the surgery. But in my devotions and daily scripture emails I have seen several scriptures about fear which have told me to be “strong and courageous”  and “feat not!” And 4 verses that say, “What can man do to me if God is on my side?/with me?” So I may have to repeat these things over and over in my head during surgery but God is good and He will be with me! The countdown begins. Surgery is in 4 days, Wednesday at 8:45 am. Pray for me if you can, thank you.

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Before Surgery 1

Three weeks from today I’m going to have cataract surgery. You are probably thinking, “Isn’t she a little young to have cataracts?” The answer is yes. Even the ophthalmologist I went to was skeptical until he looked at my eyes, even though an optometrist (the eye glass doctor) sent me with a referral. I was told at the age of forty that I had cataracts and they said, “You shouldn’t have any vision problems for 15 or 20 years.” But it is SEVEN years later and I could tell my vision was getting rapidly worse. So I went to the eye doctor and she said one eye had gone from 1.25 magnification to 2.5 and the right eye went from 1.5 to 5.0!! I have to tell you it’s really scary.

I have had surgery before, with two of my children. But i didn’t have to watch it. In this case, the doctor will be pointing a scalpel at my eye. I have looked up all the verses on fear and of course the one that stand out is the one that says, “Love drives out fear.” I am so glad God loves me so much. I am really going to need it during this time. I’m sure there are Christians that have been in much more fearful situations than cataract surgery and cried out to God for His help and mercy. Isn’t He awesome that He will always be with us to take away our fear and give us mercy when we don’t deserve it?

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Life will never be perfect

My seventeen year old daughter was in an accident two days ago. As a parent your first reaction is always panic when you get that phone call. To make matters worse, we had driven to the coast, which is an hour away so we weren’t near the scene and had to find out what was going on only via telephone (praise God for technology right?!) We finally arrived at the hospital and were relieved to see that she only had a few cuts from broken glass and bruises on her arm from the impact. God was watching over her because it could have been much worse.

A friend and I were just commenting the other day that life is never calm and easy. We just have to keep relying on God to get us through things that come our way. “In this world you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

So life may not be perfect, (after all, if it were, then we would already be in Heaven) but we have a loving God who has a plan that will show us a way to have a joyful and fulfilling life. Pray and ask Him what He wants you to do.

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God doesn’t have favorites!

So I found some more scriptures about God loving all people and not favoring one person (or race) over another. In Colossians 3:11(NLT) it says, “In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave or free, Christ is all that matters and He lives in all of us.” I am not a theologian but that verse tells me that God loves all men and women and He expects us to love everyone equally. The rest of the chapter goes on to say that we should be merciful, kind, humble, gentle, and patient with others, all others, not just those in our family, not just those in our neighborhood but everyone we come in contact with.

Wow! He expects a lot of us doesn’t He?! Yes, He expects us to be “Christ-like” and those are some BIG shoes to fill. But verse eleven also says that Christ lives in us and we also have the Holy Spirit to guide us. So I urge you again friends to be Christlike and love everyone equally, retweet this message and pass it on to your friends so everyone we know will do the same. God bless you all.

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What would you do?

So I drove up to the ATM machine at the bank today and the screen still had the bank balance of the person in front of me. For a second I was a little shocked. Then the screen went to the question: “Do you want another transaction?” And I realized the guy in front of me had forgotten his card in the machine. So I pushed no and took his card out of the card reader and finished my own transaction. I almost forgot my own card because I still had his card in my hand but I put  my card and my money in my purse and went to the front of the bank and took his card to the teller. As I was pulling out of the parking lot I saw him come back and he also saw me. He noticed me motioning to him and I told him I had taken his card inside.

What would you have done? Have you ever seen the show “What would you do?” I don’t usually watch it because there’s usually something else on TV we watch. But when I do I’d like to think I would say something. I did say something one time when a man was loudly cursing in a restaurant and I had young children with me. And I thank God that I live in a small town and most people are decent and there isn’t much crime here. But some of the things I have seen on TV make me cringe and turn the channel definitely.

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What God says about diversity

There’s a big word being thrown around recently: diversity. The dictionary defines it simply as variety. I, personally, like a little variety in my life. I drive different ways to get to one place. I like different kinds of food. I order something different when I go to a restaurant multiple times. I change purses and shoes often (but most women do.) But unfortunately, there are people who would like things to stay the same day in and day out and do not like change. They don’t redecorate their houses and stick to the same avocado green or yellow of the past (ick.) They don’t have a smart phone because their flip phone is just fine, even though they think it’s cool to see their friends and family look up things on their phones. And they don’t want racial equality in our country.

But what does God say? In Psalm 139:13 says, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!” In Genesis God says that He made all of us in His image. I take that to mean that He has our general form: a head, two eyes, a nose, a mouth, two ears, a torso, two arms and two legs. But the color and length of all of those limbs and parts are as different as there are types of flowers on the earth. But I don’t see anywhere in the Bible God says to judge a person by the color of his/her skin. Unfortunately, a man did that all on his own and still does it today.

Wouldn’t it be a boring world if everyone were the same. What if you walked outside your door and everyone looked the same? Every tree was the same? Every bird was the same? Every cat and dog was the same breed and color? God gave us variety so we could teach each other, learn from each other, compliment each other and love each other. Help me fellow Christians to love your fellow man/woman no matter what color or size they are.

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