May People See Jesus In Me

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We are called to live a life that points others in His direction.

I want to live my life as the best example I can be. In other words, I want to let them see Jesus in me.   I mess up, I make mistakes, but I will do my best to be a light for others to see in this dark world!

I will say that we may be the ONLY witness that some people will see so let’s show them a good representation.

I am reminded of the words of Colton Dixon’s song this morning and am praying them earnestly…
Let them see you, in me
let them hear you, when I speak
let them feel you, when I sing
let them see you,
just let them see you, in me

Dear Jesus,
Yes, Lord, yes! I want people to see You in me. I praise You Father for these words this morning. Lord, how we live on this earth will determine where we will live for eternity. Oh how I pray for more people to come into relationship with You. Father, fill me to overflowing so people will see You in me.

Kisses His Faith Goodbye

Josh Harris Kisses His Faith Goodbye

by Julieroys.com

In a stunning Instagram post today, Joshua Harris, the author who became famous for his 1997 book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, announced that he is no longer a Christian. “I have undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus,” Harris wrote. “The popular phrase for this is ‘deconstruction,’ the biblical phrase is ‘falling away.’ By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian.” Harris added that he is open to “a different way to practice faith,” but is “not there now.”

Harris also apologized in his post for “self-righteousness, my fear-based approach to life, the teaching of my books, my views of women in the Church, and my approach to parenting.” These he has apologized for before, but today, he announced he had another regret.

“I specifically want to add to this list now: to the LBGTQ+ community, I want to say that I am sorry for the views that I taught in my books and as a pastor regarding sexuality. I regret standing against marriage equality, for not affirming you and your place in the church, and for any ways that my writing and speaking contributed to a culture of exclusion and bigotry.”

Just last week, Harris announced that he and his wife of 21 years are separating. (Today he said he’s getting divorced.) “In recent years, some significant changes have taken place in both of us,” Harris wrote in an Instagram post last Friday. “It is with sincere love for one another and understanding of our unique story as a couple that we are moving forward with this decision. We hope to create a generous and supportive future for each other and for our three amazing children in the years ahead.”

In today’s post, Harris said that his “heart is full of gratitude” for the many messages people sent him after announcing his divorce. “This week I’ve received grace from Christians, atheists, evangelicals, exvangelicals, straight people, LGBTQ people, and everyone in-between,” he said. But he added that there “have also been strong words of rebuke from religious people. While not always pleasant, I know they are seeking to love me.”

In addition to writing a best-selling book, Harris also served as senior pastor at Covenant Life Church, a megachurch in Gaithersburg, Maryland, that was rocked by an alleged conspiracy to cover-up child sex abuse.

My heart breaks over this—for Harris, for his wife and kids, for his former church, and the many Christians who looked up to him. It’s just so very sad.

Below is Harris’ Instagram post:

 

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As I posted at the top of the article, this was written by Julieroys.com.

I am personally so saddened by this new development. It is an incredibly sad thing to witness. I grieve for how casually he has thrown away the preciousness of the gospel. I homeschooled my children and met the Harris family and heard them speak at homeschool conventions several times. I read all their books. My heart breaks for his family, his marriage and most of all his falling away. I mourn for all the young people who looked up to him after reading his books and hearing him speak. I am going to pray for him, his wife, children, church and family.  My heart breaks for him and his family!

Cheryl Cooper TJCM

 

The Joy Of Our Salvation

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It is through forgiveness of our sins that gives us the joy of our salvation. We can accept God’s forgiveness when we recognize, admit and repent of our sins.  He will give us strength to overcome and fill our hearts with His joy.

What this means for us is no matter how hard we fall, or how much we have rebelled against God, we can always get up again and turn our hearts toward Christ. He is generous to forgive us, and His love for us never fails. If we give our hearts to Jesus, He will once again fill our lives with the joy of His Salvation as we renew our relationship with Him, knowing He alone is our Lord and Savior.

O Lord, our Lord, God of heaven and earth, in you I live and move and have my very being. It is your Son who died for my sin and so I commit daily my life to him and to you. I know that I fail to live up to all you want me to be and I ask for you to create in me a pure heart every day and help me be stronger to overcome every sin in my life. Forgive me when I fail. Use me to your glory and to the good of others around me. Thank you for your love. I pray in the name of Jesus.

Choosing Friends Wisely

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As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

Did you know that the deepest need of the human heart is for intimacy? That’s just another way of saying friendship. Now, I’m not talking about casual acquaintances or false friends, but true friends.

Proverbs 27:17 reminds us of a practical truth about sharpening iron, and to teach a spiritual truth about our relationships with others: “You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another”

I think we have all had the experience of friends who encourage us to be better than we are, and friends who don’t. A godly Christian friend can sharpen you in areas they are strong. For example, a wise friend can make you wiser. A godly loving friend can expand your capacity to love. A biblically knowledgeable friend can enhance your understanding of Scripture. Proverbs 13:20 says, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”

The Bible has a lot to say about friendship. One of my favorite pictures of friendship is the friendship that was between David and Jonathan found in 1 samuel.  Jonathan and David’s friendship has a lot to teach us about power, self-sacrifice and loyalty.

As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt. And David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him, so that Saul set him over the men of war. And this was good in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

According to Scripture, a friend is one who challenges you to become all that God intends you to be. Jonathan could have succeeded his father to become the next king of Israel. But he loved his friend David, and he encouraged him to follow God’s will, even though it meant Jonathan would forfeit his own claim to the throne (1 Sam. 19:1-7).

As a Christian, we struggle with many things. Just as Paul says in Romans 7:19, “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.” Because of this very point, we NEED accountability from godly people to help encourage us to do the good that we as Christians want to do, but ultimately struggle with because of our flesh.

One thing is certain, we all need friends, but more importantly, we all need at least that one, close, true friend who we can share our weaknesses with and not have to worry that they’ll gossip to others about it. We all need someone close to us that we can share our burdens and joys with.

We have all gone through many discouraging times, where we may feel God has turned His back on us. But it’s times like these that we need encouragement from our “Jonathan’s” to encourage us and to strengthen us to keep on going.

Having a “Jonathan” and being a “Jonathan” to others is one of the most beautiful gifts God could have given us. It truly represents the relationship we have with Christ. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

 

Happy Birthday Casey Aaron

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Happy Birthday to my son in heaven Casey Aaron, I will always love you,

If I could have one wish in life,
That wish would have to be
That God would take away my pain
And send you back to me.

Your birthday’s here today, my son,
And I just wanted you to know
How much I deeply love you
And that I miss you so.

On days like this we should celebrate,
But for me that now proves hard,
For unlike other mothers, I cannot send
A simple birthday card.

No kisses can I give you
Or birthday gifts to buy,
Only flowers I now can give you,
Which I place down where you lie.

Two other things I send you
Are my thoughts and all my love,
So hold them close and keep them safe
In Heaven up above.

And please wait for me, my darling
Until my days are through,
And then I’ll come and spend all time
In Heaven just with you.

Deborah Robinson

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/birthday-wishes-to-my-son-in-heaven

Meditation of my Heart

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Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

I think we have all learned that words can bring hope, encouragement and love. They can strengthen us, and nourish our spirit when we are emotionally weary. They can help us draw together in peacefulness. Words can be like comfort food. We have also learned that Words can also bring bitterness and resentment. Words can spread anger and division between us, breaking relationships apart. They can burn, sting, and crush us apart inside, destroying our peace. Words can be poison.

Too often when we are dealing with: gossip, mean thoughts towards others, course language, lust, you name it, we try to just stop ourselves from saying the words or thinking the thoughts.

Instead, we should be getting to the root of the problem, our heart.  It all boils down to the meditation of our heart, which should ever be on Christ.

This Psalm 19:14 reminds us that the words of our mouth begin with the meditations of our heart.  If we meditate on God’s word, then the words of our mouth will be naturally sweetened by God’s goodness and kindness.

O Holy and Almighty God, I want this day to be a day of worship and honor to you. May my life praise you: not just in thought, not just in words, but also in action. In the name Jesus I pray. Amen.

When we learn to Love God better

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“To love you as I should, I must worship God as Creator. When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. In so far as I learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead of God, I shall be moving towards the state in which I shall not love my earthly dearest to all. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.” ― C.S. Lewis

This quote really struck me as a reminder that although we find our time taken up more than ever before by others, we shouldn’t allow our faith to fall by the wayside.  Romantic love is a wonderful thing, but it is secondary and dependent on a greater source. If the divine romance is neglected, our earthly friendships, families, and marriages suffer the effect.

If we aren’t in the Word or loving Christ with our whole heart then we truly can’t love our husbands/wives like we should. I love this incredible quote by CS Lewis~

Not only does Christ himself make a marriage truly Christian, as we look to him, but he also guards a marriage against idolatrous instincts and impulses.

As we remember that it is Christ alone who gives our wife/husband all our life and light, We don’t need our wife/husband to be more than they can be. We can receive our life together as the glorious miracle it is, and marvel at how present Christ is with us. Our imperfections are the very place where he dwells the most meaningfully.

 

Love The Lord our God

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“Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.’ ” Matthew 22:37-38

Love Completely

Let us seek to love and honor the Lord with every part of our being – to love as Christ loved us – to love Him with our heart, our mind, our thoughts and our motives.

God alone is worthy of our worship, admiration and affection. Everything and everyone else pales in comparison to this great and loving God!

We are called to take every thought captive to the Lord so that we may remain in sweet fellowship with the God of our salvation.

When the eyes of our heart are totally fixed on Him in thankfulness for His dying on the cross at Calvary for our sins. We who have been forgiven much are called to love much.  Indeed, it should be our complete joy

Only if we pursue loving God can we live out a life of meaning. May we all become people who love God. Amen!

My Prayer

Loving Father thank You for loving me when I was dead in my sins and for bringing me into Your family, simply because I trusted the Lord Jesus as Savior – Lord I want to love you with every part of my being. May I live as You would choose and love You with all my heart and soul and strength and mind, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

Give Thanks

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“I will praise thee, O Lord with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works.  I will be glad and rejoice in thee:  I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High,” (Psalm 9:1-2)

David tells us in these verses that he will praise God with his whole heart.  He’s giving God everything he has as a part of his praise.  He’s not withholding anything from God.  Unfortunately, many of us hold out on God sometimes because of fear (perhaps the fear of what people will say or think).   We have to move beyond that fear and praise God aloud and with purpose.

Our praise includes telling people about God’s marvelous works.  Praise God by telling someone your testimony.  Let’s open our mouths and tell the world of all he has done.  Let’s sing praises to God and to His name.  Even if we’re not the best singers in the world, we can still sing praises to His name.

As you go about your day today, remember God’s marvelous works.  Think about all the times He’s delivered you from trouble.  Think about all the blessings He has given you.  Think about the favor, grace, and mercy He has shown you.  When you do these things, I’m sure you’ll begin to open your mouth and sing about His marvelous works.

Loving Father, thank You that in Christ I know Your name, Your character and Your amazing grace, which is poured out in such abundance on all who trust in the Lord Jesus as Savior. I pray that my heart may seek You more and more with each passing day and I ask that You would increase in me a deeper longing to know You more and to love You better, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

Restore The Joy Of Our Salvation

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Here we see that David’s heart is broken. He comes with a humble and repentant heart before God.  He seeks reconciliation, mercy, and cleansing. He requests that God would restore to him a clean heart, gladness, and the joy of his salvation.

David doesn’t just say, “I’m sorry.” He means it. He pleads with God to have mercy on him. He acknowledges and feels the weight of his sins, which are “always before him” (Psalm 51:1-3). When we’re really sorry, we acknowledge our sins without making excuses and sincerely seek forgiveness.

When we are truly repentant, we want to learn and grow from our mistakes. David begs God to change His heart and restore their relationship: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me” (Psalm 51:10-12).

When our hearts are aligned with God’s, our actions will be, too (Psalm 51:17-19). And when that happens, God works through us to share His message of salvation with others (Psalm 51:13).

Lord God, I am so thankful for your willingness to forgive me. I know that on my own there is nothing I can do to ever be right with you because my sin has come between us. I also know that because of your great love, your tender mercy and your marvelous grace, you have provided a way of salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus your Son. As your child, help me live every moment of every day in a way that brings honor to you and shows Jesus living in me. Give your peace to those who are hurting and grieving. I pray in the name of Jesus my Savior.