A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.  – 1 John 2:25

God is not a man – so He never goes back on any promises He makes.  If you have not heard anything positive yet today…  you just did!  If nothing has given you reason to smile yet today…  this should.  God will keep every single promise He makes to His children!  You can take His Word to the bank – you can bet that His promises can be trusted.

What has He promised us in this portion of Scripture?  He’s promised us eternal life!  We have hope if we are a child of God – that even when this life is over, the best is yet to come!  I’m looking forward to it – not that I’m in a hurry to die – it’s not like that.  I’ll get to Heaven when God says it’s time, for He has stuff for me to do here.  But it’s a comfort to know that I don’t have to agonize about what lies beyond this life.  There’s a peace and an assurance that I’ll be alright because I’ll be with my Lord.  There’s no better place to be.

This promise of eternal life in Heaven is for all who have repented of their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ with all their heart, soul and mind.  Those who lead a holy life will one day live with God in Paradise.  We can’t base the promise on intellect or strength or any other sort of measure – believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

This is good news!  This is hope for anyone who is feeling as if there is no hope.  God has made provision for us and today He is telling us that we may rest in the assurance that we will live beyond this limited time on planet earth – in Heaven – with Him.

I’m reminded of an old hymn – Blessed Assurance.  I know – I’m old – but I still love the old hymns of the church.

So…  today if you are needing a reminder as you continue your Christian walk…  if you need to be uplifted, empowered and injected with some positivity…  here ya go!  Be strong and keep the faith.  The best is yet to come – God says so!  🙂

 

LUKE 9:26 on 9/26

tl-luke-9-26-on-9-26Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.  – Luke 9:26

If I had a nickel for every time I heard, “I believe in God, but I choose to keep my religion private and to myself”, I’d be so rich!  Yet – strangely enough, if I choose to share Christ with others, the target on my back gets shot at.  Oh, you haven’t noticed that target on my back?  Trust me – it’s there.

The most recent situation took place on facebook.  Most of my friends there are aware of my stance about faith.  I’m not ashamed to share it with anyone, and although I hope and pray it’s not annoying, I don’t apologize for my facebook posts or my blog posts.  I write Christian poetry – although I have written poems that are not particularly religious, I’m not going to apologize for writing what God has inspired me to write.

Apparently one of my friends didn’t get the memo.  This person ripped me a new halo about going overboard with my Christianity.  Well, long story short, it ended with unfriending and blocking.  Isn’t it sad when people can’t just let people post whatever they want on their own facebook wall?  Last time I checked, it was still a free country – so far.

It’s my belief that some encouragement is not a bad thing in our upside-down world.  Call me crazy, but a positive message of hope and love should be welcome on facebook.  Oh well…  I wonder who will be the next one to endure this person’s anti-religious rant?  I dunno – not my circus, not my monkeys.  That’s a Polish proverb – it means that it’s not my problem anymore.

I’ll just say it – nothing a human being says or does to me is going to change what I say or do.  When I’m being criticized, I know it’s really my Savior being criticized.  And by the way, this portion of Scripture has about 20 cross-references.  You know what that tells me?  It tells me that the Lord wants His children to share their faith along the way – it’s not to be held silently and hugged to yourself.  My favorite portion of Scripture on the subject is Romans 1:16.  Look it up – I’m too lazy to type it out.  😉

Oh alright – here’s a hint:  this happens to be my favorite song too.

I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 🙂

 

EASTER

TL 3-27 EASTER

Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right…
– Phillips Brooks, “An Easter Carol”

JOY

HALLELUJAH!!!  Herein lies the HOPE of every Christian on earth!  Jesus was raised from the dead by God and now sits at His right hand.  When He ascended into Heaven, He left His precious Holy Spirit to help us navigate this tricky life.  That’s the GOOD NEWS of Christianity – but guess what?  The news gets better…  that same Jesus that died for our sins, was buried and raised by God the Father will one day soon be told to come back to earth to snatch His own so we can live eternally in Heaven with Him!

What a surprise we got today when we found EASTER SNOW on the ground.  I had to write a new poem!

A LOVELY EASTER SNOWAnd here’s an old poem about the cutest little Easter bonnet ever!  EASTER BONNET

There is not one negative fact for me to report, therefore, I have no reason to be anything but positive!  God is love…  God sent Christ to be love incarnate…  Christ willingly gave His very life because He loves us… God raised Christ from the grave and He LIVES!!!  That same Jesus IS coming from the eastern sky one day soon to take us home forever.  So, make an Easter bonnet from a paper plate, a strand of ribbon and assorted baubles.  Apply a bit of lipstick and blush (coordinating colors with your Sunday best, of course) – and BE JOYOUS!  The outward appearance is not the most important part – but the JOY of the LORD flowing from within is essential.  😉EGGS OF LIFEI asked a pastor once what the difference is between happiness and joy.  He said that happiness is dependent on external conditions or situations and joy is not.  For example, if it’s payday and the sun is shining and I haven’t had problems with my co-workers, I could very well be happy, but not necessarily filled with joy.  A deeper, more meaningful and constant state of mind and spirit is joy – the JOY of the LORD from God’s Holy Spirit, to be precise.  Whether skies are sunny or stormy, this deep settled peace and joy from Him keep me floating on faith.  Sails of grace, mercy, love and hope on God’s vessel are enough.  Just enough.  That knowledge makes me joyful.

The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world.  Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice.  But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.   – Henry Knox Sherrill

Spiritual power…  indeed.  Let’s take that power from God with us into the world.  HALLELUJAH!!!  🙂

 

 

ROMANS 7:18 ON 7/18

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For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  – Romans 7:18

WILL JESUS BE THERE

 

Christians are not robots.  We are not “programmed” to be perfect (um…  no!)  God made each of us with a free will.  When we choose to accept God’s Holy Word, it will help us live a good life, and hopefully we will use the gifts from God’s Holy Spirit, such as discernment and wisdom to make good choices.

We know that we can’t do right without help from our Savior, Jesus Christ.  It’s only in His power and strength that any good comes forth in our lives.  If we really have a desire to please the Lord, we need to pray without ceasing for His guidance.  It really is all about Him and has nothing to do with us in our own power.

Will sin continue to be our master as we walk through life?  Why would we want it to be?  There’s a better way to live – with the best Master.  Once we have placed our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, His grace covers our lives and we have a true desire His will and way of holiness as we walk with Him through life.  We have a sincere delight for God’s law and the holiness which it demands.  Once we are cleansed within and made new, we want to live our lives His way – the best way and in our minds – the only way.

Even though every human being is born with a carnal nature that is sinful, the blood of Christ covers that sin, God forgives our sins and the Holy Spirit performs supernatural surgery to pluck out that sin nature that we’re born with, leaving us with a brand new attitude and way of living that is full of joy as we walk a path filled with peace because we live under His law and we place our heavy burdens at His feet.  Once those burdens are lifted, it’s like a spiritual spa day – every day!  🙂

 

WORLD SMILE DAY

TL 10-3 WORLD SMILE DAY

There are scary things going on in the world today – so many things to be concerned about to be sure!  Today is WORLD SMILE DAY!!!  The good news today is that God loves you – and that should make you smile!

 May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.
– Irish Blessing

How can you make someone smile?  Well, someone in your immediate realm of influence may need to be tickled.  That is one sure way to ease tension and get a family member to show their pearly whites!

 Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.  – Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Chances are you probably work with some grumpy morning people.  You can bounce in the door every morning whistling and wishing everyone a good morning – but just a few seconds of bad attitude can limit your sunshine supply.  For these grumpy folk, you can do some simple things like hold the elevator door, take them a morning cup of coffee or my personal favorite, a homemade cinnamon roll and a morning cup of coffee.  It’s amazing how quickly those frowns turn upside down!

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It is tempting to isolate from society these days because of health risks alone, but we must not be afraid to help someone along in their journey.  A smile seems like a small thing, but when we smile it actually improves our overall health – mental and physical.

 When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.  – Author Unknown

When was the last time you reminded someone to breathe?  Tell them to take a deep, cleansing breath of fresh air.  Chances are you will get them to smile afterward.  Nothing feels better (especially if you are stressed) than to take a deep breath.

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Even Christians lose sight of the big picture sometimes.  We get just as wrapped up in the bad news all around us as everyone else – but we have a great hope in Jesus, don’t we?  That thought alone should make us smile.  That is the truth we need to share with each other on a regular basis – and the good news we have to share with everyone.

I’m here to remind you…  to SMILE!  God loves YOU!!!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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UPSY DAISY
When I write a poem and then have to explain what it means – uh… never mind. A poem really should be self-explanatory in nature and apparently this one isn’t. Funny, because it’s crystal clear to me.

Maybe it’s because daisies are my favorite flower and to me they are the essence of happiness! As a matter of fact, I want daisies at my funeral, thank you very much! No carnations surrounding my casket, please! Would somebody please tell my husband because he never reads my blog posts. LOL!!!

The point of the poem is to emphasize that a positive outlook is better than a negative one. Anyone can make a mistake and say OOPSY DAISY – but when you mess up and say UPSY DAISY it means you have taken a lesson from the mistake. It says that you refuse to wear that scar and you will get back up and keep trying!

Oh – a positive outlook can take you so much further than the doom and gloom that we are all tempted to convey. For years I internalized every mistake I made and pretty soon I felt very heavy and very defeated. Shed those layers of past hurts and mistakes and in the future refuse to even put them on! Yes we all sin and yes we all have weaknesses. But hear me when I say Christ died on the cross, God raised Him from the dead, and there is not one sin or one weakness that He cannot help you overcome through His power!

This, my friends, is GOOD NEWS! In fact – this is THE GOOD NEWS – the gospel of Christ! That is the only Good News that can help you for the long haul. There are motivational speakers and people who are positive thinkers, but until you talk about the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross – until the blood of Christ is mentioned, it’s just ear-tickling. It means nothing without the whole story! 🙂

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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ANGEL
GOOD NEWS!!! TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY!!!

 

Have you ever wondered what a circus it would be if the birth of Christ happened in our day and time? Every talk show would be clamoring to get an exclusive interview with the Holy family! Don’t even get me started on those other talk shows that do the DNA testing every day! No – God chose just the right time, the right place and it was perfect.

Sometimes I wonder how news of the event would be described. Obviously in our day we don’t use the word tidings anymore. Imagine the anchor on the news or the D.J. on the local radio station saying something like, “Breaking news… virgin gives birth to God’s child.” It just does not have the same ring to it.

I like the Old English language. It’s charming and has a gentle, easy character.

From God, our heav’nly Father, A blessed angel came; And unto certain shepherds bro’t tidings of the same: How that in Bethlehem was born The Son of God by name. O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy! O tidings of comfort and joy! – God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

I’m the first to admit, that carol is one of the most difficult to play, no matter what key it’s in. It’s minor, and by nature it’s contrary. But the words offer such hope and peace to my spirit. Tidings of comfort and joy. I like the sound of that!

Oh, and if you wondered, the word tidings did not come from the word tide. It actually comes from the Old English word tidan, which means “to happen” (I learned something today also).

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. – Luke 2:10

GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY FOR ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE!
GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY FOR ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE!