Tuesday, June 7, 2016

I used to play-------


How many people used to play a musical instrument?  I used to play the piano.  Now I am not saying that I played well but maybe when I practiced I played good.  I played good enough that when the pianist was not available I would fill in as a teenage and actually later on was the pianist for a small church, which was quite a while ago.   I must tell you though the more I practiced the gooder I got.  I don't think I ever got to the excellent level but I did get gooder!

Today for some reason I played the piano.  Wow, I am not even close to gooder. In fact it sounded quite terrible.  The dog even started howling!  I just told him to hush and kept going.  He eventually quieted down.  I probably played for thirty to forty minutes and I must admit that even though I didn't sound gooder,  the sound was a little better than when I first took a seat at the piano.

Then the thought hit me, I am only gooder through Christ!  I am not good on my own!  I am only gooder because Christ died and rose again!  I might get gooder at playing piano by practicing but I only had to accept Jesus as my Savior to know that when I die I will be in paradise with my Savior.

I also had the thought hit me that I did need to get gooder at reading my Bible, praying and listening to the Holy Spirit!  God will take my gooder and make it excellent!

Only through Christ can anyone be excellent!

John 3:16-17 (NIV)

16 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. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Yesterday was a two shower day


Yesterday was a two shower kind of day.  It started out normal, you know, shower, getting dressed  and head to Sunday School, church,then lunch and a nap.  Well after my nap I decided that maybe it would be a good time to go fill up my gas tank.

I have done this many, many time and I have never had this happen.  I went to my normal place to put gas in my vehicle and got everything started and things were normal until the tank was full.  I took the hose out of my car only to be sprayed with lots of gas.  My car also got a bath.  Oh my it was horrible.

I drove home as fast as I could and parked in my garage and since no one was home I started stripping as soon as the garage door was closed.  I then ran to the shower.  I then had to throw away the shoes and wash my clothes and open the garage door so that the car would air out.  That gas splashing all over me certainly got my attention.  From now on I will be more careful when taking the hose out of my gas tank.

The gas splashing everywhere made me think of how sometimes I just go through the motions and do not pay attention and don't realize that sin is splashing all over and all around me. Before I realize it I am stinking with the smell of sin.  I need to shower myself in the word, in prayer and with the love of my Savior!  I want to smell like Christ!

Do you need a shower?

John 14:6-7 (NIV)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know[a] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Is how you look what defines you?


One of the things that I remember from high school and even as early as second grade is that sometimes how you look depends on what group that you are in.  I remember in the second grade sometimes feeling like I was on the outside looking in but it got even worse in high school.  I have to say that by high school I didn't really care if I was in the "in" group and was even friends with some of them but I was not in their group.

Looking back most of those in that group were the beautiful, the best dressed, most athletic, the top grades though I must admit that some of them were very nice and very sweet when one on one.  In second grade I didn't understand why some might not talk to me but by high school I didn't care.

I didn't care because at an early age I discovered that there was someone that didn't care what I looked like.  He didn't care how many times I messed up.  He loved me just like I was and am.  I knew that He didn't care what group I was in, what I dressed like, or where I lived.

He cared about what was on the inside of me.  His name is Jesus and He changed my life.  He gave me peace and a different attitude (most of the time). I can talk to Him about anything and everything and He is never condemning.  He did not come to condemn but to save!

Do you know the One who came not to condemn but to save and change your life?  If not you can know Him and you can know Him right now!!  Don't let your looks define you!  Let God's grace define you!!

Romans 5:8 (NIV)

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 14:6 (NIV)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Bittersweet Week

This week is one that I have looked forward to for quite some time.  I have been paying off the house and other loans this week. The fact though is that this week is one that Richard and I talked about and looked forward to together.  We had plans together for travel, remodeling and various other things.

The fact that I am using life insurance money to pay things off brings back memories of all those plans.  That is why it seems so bittersweet.  I am able to do this and earlier than planned because of my husband's death.  He used to tell me though that is why he had that insurance and that if something happened to him to pay things off and keep vacationing.  He wanted to make sure that in the event of his death that his family would be secure.  Though this week has been bittersweet I am thankful for my husband and that he had this plan in place.

There is another that had a plan in place for me.   It is Jesus.  His plan lead Him to a cross where He died and then rose again for me.  That also seems bittersweet when I think about that it was my sin that took Him to the cross.  His plan also included a way for me to be with Him in heaven when I die. Once I get to heaven there will be nothing bittersweet!

I have accepted that plan.  What about you?

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
John 10:28-30 NIV

John 3:1 NIV

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.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I'm Okay

I have had so many people checking on me to make sure that I am okay!  I just want everybody to know that I am truly okay!  There are days that I think of Richard all day long and even let a tear or two escape but that doesn't mean I am not okay.  I will always, always miss my husband but I am okay!

Do you know why I am okay?  I know that my husband had asked Jesus into his heart and I know that my husband is okay.  He has no more pain, no more sorrow because his soul left his body and soared to meet his Savior!  He is more than okay, he is in paradise!

What my husband would want me to ask you is, are you okay?  Do you know where you would go if you died today?  Would you be okay?  If not you can be!  Accept Jesus as your Savior, Believe that he died and rose again, Confess Him as Lord of your life!

Romans 10:9(NKJV)

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

HE is Risen!



Luke 24:1-7New King James Version (NKJV)

He Is Risen

24 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them,[a] came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly[b] perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’

Jesus is alive and because of this you and I can live forever! He will never forsake us or leave us! Because of this I know what happened when Richard, my husband, died.  He was not forsaken when he died.  He was whisked into the arms of His Savior!  Do you know what will happen when you die?  All you have to is accept, believe and confess.  What a great day this would be to ask Jesus into your heart! 

John 3:16-17New King James Version (NKJV)

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

What do you reach for?

Last Sunday the lesson in Sunday School was in Genesis.  The lesson was about Eve, fruit and a serpent.  You probably remember that God had told Adam and Eve not to eat from a certain tree.  The serpent was very cunning and talked Eve into reaching up and plucking that fruit from the tree.   After she ate the fruit she also gave fruit to her husband.

This made me think about my sins.  What is it that is so enticing about sin.  Could it be that serpent whispering in my ear that this is good, this is beautiful and it will open your eyes.  The serpent wants me to reach up and grab that apple.  He wants to send me spiraling down into the pit of sin.  The serpent wants me to run and hide from God.   He wants me to offer sin to those around me.

The serpent wants me to forget that my Savior, Jesus, died on the cross.  He wants me to forget that Jesus covered my sin!  He wants me to forget that my Savior rose again!  He wants me to think that my sin is unforgivable!  He wants me to think that if I reach for that apple that I will know the truth.
He doesn't want me to know the truth.

What is your apple that you keep reaching for?  Don't let the serpent entice you to keep reaching for it because there is a Savior that will cover you with His blood!

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of JesusChrist His Son cleanses us from all