Anyone who calls on the Name of the Lord in faith, no matter who they are or what country they come from, will be saved. “For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for ‘Whoever will call on the Name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:11-13).'”
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
This is a favorite passage of mine. And having just stepped into the adventure of mommy-hood, it’s a verse I’m relying on daily. No, scratch that. Moment by moment.
Why does every Christian need tribulation? Tribulation sets off a spiritual chain reaction in the believers’ life that ultimately leads to heavenly focus. Without it there would be no need to look forward to heaven because this life would have everything we could ever want.
A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water,
But a man of understanding draws it out.
Proverbs 20:5 NAS
If there’s one thing I’ve seen stifle effectiveness in my own life and in the lives of others, it’s unresolved issues. Sometimes our issues become so loud in our minds and hearts, we can’t get “us” quiet enough to receive from God or be of use to Him in the lives of those around us.
Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said also, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.” Exodus 3:5-6
I am a barefoot girl at heart! Often, when I am setting up for an event at church I like to kick off my shoes. It is not unusual for me to get a few disapproving glances or comments. I am quick to respond with the above verse and a remark about how the church is holy ground too!
Excerpt from My Reflection in His Eyes
While putting together the details of our wedding, people would occasionally sing the “dun dun dun dun” of the wedding march before inquiring about the progress of the preparations. In my mind I would always hear “here comes the bride, all fat and wide.” And I just couldn’t imagine walking down the aisle hearing “see how she waddles from side to side” in my head. Instead of the “Wedding March,” we played another classical piece that had no first grade school yard lyrics attached to it.
Sometimes, the music of our lives has some rather unpleasant lyrics. In Christ there is freedom to choose what tune will play through your life. In Christ you have the choice to fill your mind with truth that cleanses your past and propels you into the good future God has for you.
|From April and crosswalk.com|
The question - a precious question - came from the sweet lips of a dear little one on her first day of kindergarten. One of my friends’ daughters just wrestled through her first week of school. After having recently moved across country twice, this sweet-as-pie little girl was on the hunt for new friends. With each petition, came the same answer, “I already have a best friend.” Twenty of the thirty kids in the class had all been through preschool together and also, already selected their best friends. As my friend related her daughter’s tearful experience, I couldn’t help but relate. Her mom did too.
... And I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ's sake. For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother. Philemon 6-7 NAS
Sharing life isn’t always easy. Sometimes it’s messy and emotional. But often times it can be an absolute joy.
I am a shield to you. Genesis 15:1
God had asked a lot of Abram. The Lord laid out an adventure for Abram that required him to leave his father’s house, journey to an unknown land, forget the ways and practices of his people and serve the Lord alone in a polytheistic culture where monotheism was unheard of. It was more than a step of faith--it was miles and miles of faith as Abram travelled to the land God had promised.