A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

We have inexpressible JOY…  you know what the world is asking right now???  They’re asking, “How???  Why???”.  Those who do not accept Christ Jesus and His precious Holy Spirit into their hearts and lives, do not understand inexpressible joy.  It’s only by accepting Christ Jesus by faith into your heart and life that you can experience a joy that can not be explained.  It’s better felt than telt…  because I can’t explain it with words.  Words are not adequate – but true faith in the Lord and Savior Christ Jesus is how we experience His amazing joy, love, grace, and mercy.  And He rewards us with these things because He longs to have a relationship with His creation.  He wants to love us and for our love and faithfulness in return.  Sometimes our faith gets tested…  major big time!

You know about the fires in California, right?  Take a look at this photograph – everything around it is in ashes, but this cross still stands!  What a wonderful reminder that no matter what is being destroyed in our lives, Christ and His cross can never be destroyed if they are in your heart and life!  When I saw this picture, my eyes filled with tears and once again I prayed for the folks there whose homes are being destroyed.  May they have the joy of the Lord along with His strength and wisdom through this situation.  I pray God will bless them with everything they need – and I pray that God will bless with some wants as well.

We don’t follow a list of rules and get zapped by lightning if we step out-of-bounds.  We are obedient to God because we love Him and are so thankful for the horrific sacrifice that Christ made for us on the cross at Calvary.  He took the sins of the world – past, present, future – on His shoulders!  We are saved from an eternity in hell.  There is a reason we should love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls and minds.  As the years go by and we see His marvelous works in our lives, we just love and trust Him more and more!  This is how we get the inexpressible, undeniable, precious JOY of the Lord.  What does the joy of the Lord do for us?  Why do we cherish it so much?  Well, a verse comes to mind:

The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.  – Psalm 28:7

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.  It sounds like a GOOD thing to me – doesn’t it sound like a GOOD thing to you?  No matter what is going on in your life, the Savior of your soul can be trusted to make a way and provide answers.  The way and the answers may not be in your time, but believe me when I say, there will come a time when you look back and say, “Oh, now I understand God’s timing in that situation!”  That’s why the longer you trust God, the stronger your faith gets.  You’ve seen so many ways God has helped you in the past – so you know without a doubt that He has all the problems in the present and the ones coming in the future under control.

I’m assured that whatever comes along in my life, God and His precious Holy Spirit will pour out His love, peace and joy on me.  When we are fully trusting in the Lord, it’s not a superficial happiness that we’re given, but it’s joy that lasts in our lives regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in.  That’s why it’s called inexpressible – and to the world, I would go further and say they think it doesn’t exist.  Ah…  but if you know the Lord, you know better!

I want to show you a photo of JOY!!!  This is Madi, and I hope her middle name is Joy, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t..  If I ever get to meet her, she will be JOY to me!  She’s such a bright, shiny star and lights up any room!

I’VE GOT THE JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY DOWN IN MY HEART! DOWN IN MY HEART TO STAY!

Have faith, children of God.  Keep praying and keep showing the world the joy that God gives you to share.  🙂

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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4-15-13 (3)
Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man. – Genesis 9:6

To purposefully destroy innocent human life is a moral offence and I am outraged.

I try with all my heart to be a good person. Deep down inside I do not promote violence of any kind, in my life or in anyone else’s life. I do not own a gun, but I do not care if a mature, responsible, sane person owns a gun. It’s when some crazy person is packing a piece – that’s when I get nervous and very concerned! I guess the question is: How do you know if someone should be banned from carrying a weapon? Any weapon… because as we’ve seen lately, it does not have to be a gun! Crazy people destroy with anything. Who will weed out the crazies in our society to keep the rest of us safe? Can the crazies be weeded out before they do harm to others – or do we have to wait until the tragedy has occurred to finally do something?

We can’t take part in a race, attend a movie première or go to a Saturday night dance without wondering if some nut will be there with plans to destroy innocent people! Something is amiss here. There is a short-circuit or a link that needs to be inserted – between the unstable individual obtaining a weapon with intent to destroy and the real act of destruction. Something is seriously messed up, because we should not have to be afraid to go anywhere in our society. People were designed for relationship and for the most part, relationship involves attending functions that are packed with people. These seem to be the favorite places for the unstable with weapons to strike. Crowds.

The most obvious question in the wake of this outpouring of mass destruction of human life is – WHY? Unfortunately, that is the one question that we will probably never have an answer for – because when people are not really sane, you cannot even begin to understand or grasp the thought process behind such horrid behavior. It’s evil in its purest sense. I’m glad I can’t crawl inside that mind and understand it. In a way I wish I could – but I’m really glad I can’t.

For the Christian, there is prayer. We know that God is so much higher than any circumstance this world finds itself in. It may seem simple to those who are not believers, and that’s okay. We can’t just do nothing – so we pray. It’s more than the non-believer is able to do. They can complain and grieve and that’s good as far as it goes. But we as Christians know the Source of all life – yes, even the life of the one who destroys. I cannot crawl into that person’s head and figure out the motive behind the unbelievable actions – but God can – and does! He knows what triggered the action and He knows what it will take to fix that person’s problem. There’s a comfort in knowing that I can pray – leave it in God’s very strong and capable Hands – with His all-knowing power at work in the life of one who is obviously unbalanced.

I don’t have to know the “why” – because I know God already has the answer. What are we to glean from all of this? I don’t have that answer either. I guess we just have to lean on God and trust that it’s all part of a big plan. I am morally offended by the events in Boston, and deeply saddened. I just keep praying – it’s the only thing I know to do. ❤