I reached Medicare age in November and celebrated the life God had given me, content with teaching Bible study to junior high students, mentoring a young mom with special needs children, visiting family and friends, grateful for my retirement life. I had no idea that God had yet another adventure in mind for me.
In early December I received my troubled teenage grandson into my home. Although I feel completely inadequate for this responsibility, I have come to accept that God has ordained it and He will be my strength and stay. So I told my son that I will accept this mission by leaning hard on God so that He can accomplish for my grandson what he needs. And I will depend on the Lord for the love, wisdom, patience, and more love I need to do this work God has planned for me.
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
This little book illustrates a truth about God’s love from each of the 66 books of the Bible. Each truth is applied to life in our world and how we can be transformed by accepting God’s great gift of love. It’s a book meant to be savored slowly and pondered in one’s heart.
Her words encourage us to find the deeper meaning in the inevitable suffering that is a part of life. “Humbly remain in God’s hands, and don’t resist that (trial) which refines you.” (p 186) “God’s love doesn’t always keep suffering from us, but His love keeps suffering from destroying us.” (p 189)
Rothschild reminds us through scripture, that we are loved immeasurably. Although it is unearned and undeserved, God’s love is a gift waiting to be accepted. Don’t let His love go unclaimed by you.
This book makes a lovely gift to dear friends and fellow strugglers in the walk of life.
The subtitle “How to Change the Withdrawal Patterns That Isolate and Imprison You” is a good indicator of what you will find in the book. It details ways in which we protect ourselves from injuries to our deepest self and the costs of our defensive behaviors to our relationships.
Townsend provides hope for spiritual growth in a very practical way. I can learn to love free from hidden agendas, accepting my imperfections as well as imperfections in others.
“Knowing Who You Are in Christ” is the subtitle and for me was the essence of this book. By knowing who I am in Christ, I can stop trying to fill my heart with other things and relieve others from expecting them to fill God’s place in my life.
Anabel makes a long scriptural list of the identity of all who accept Christ as their Savior. It’s not about how we feel about ourselves, but about what God says about us: forgiven, heir, child of His, friend, dwelling-place, a new creation…
She refers us to the Bible to counteract what Satan would have us believe about ourselves.
I would not ordinarily choose a book with the word hell in the title, because I don’t like to think too much about hell. But a friend recommended the writer for his thoughts on sharing the gospel, which is something I feel compelled to do, so I decided to try it.
What I learned from Ray is that there are many of us who prefer not to think about hell. So we don’t faithfully explain to people that hell is the consequence of a person’s sin against God. Without a conviction of sin, people do not have an urgency to repent of it and trust in the blood of Jesus who died in our place so that our sin can be forgiven.
This is a helpful book to anyone who desires to be more comprehensive in discipleship. Ray implores us to provide the basis for our need of a Savior.
Speed limits are for our safety. When we do not pay attention to the speed limit, we risk a steep fine or serious injury. I do not like it when I cannot see a sign and have to guess.
We do not have to guess what God expects of us, or the consequences for not following His expectations.
God gave His law in the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 20)
You shall have no other gods before Me
You shall not make for yourself a carved image
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy
Honor your father and your mother
You shall not murder
You shall not commit adultery
You shall not steal
You shall not lie
You shall not covet
Jesus summed up the Ten Commandments with these:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” And “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)
God calls breaking His law sin. He is clear about the serious consequences of sin. The greatest result of sin is separation from God, both in this life and eternally. Eternal separation from God is hell, which is described in scripture as a place of everlasting misery and torment. (Isaiah 59:2, Matthew 13:42 and 25:46, Mark 9:43, 2 Thessalonians 1:9, Jude 1:7, Revelation 21:8)
Jesus is the only One who followed God’s law perfectly. He is the only One worthy to cover our sin with His sacrifice. Jesus is our only hope of overcoming the consequences of sin.
Looking for something short and to the point to explain the gospel message, I found scripture passages that tell the story of Jesus as I understand it, and made a small accordion tract. It’s not all there is to sharing the gospel, but it is a start.
The pamphlet is printable back to back, two to a page, easy to cut apart and small enough to carry in your purse or pocket. Rely on the Holy Spirit to know when and where to share it. He will show you.
I want to live as the Apostle Paul , “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…. Romans 1:16
“But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live.” Numbers 33:55
A few years ago I made a decision to discontinue the lawn service to control the weeds in my yard. I thought a few weeds would be okay.
Unfortunately, a few weeds became many and they crowded out the grass.
Once I decided my aim was to have grass growing in my lawn, I knew I needed help to get the weeds out. My aim determined the choices I made for my lawn.
This is true for my aim to have the Lord growing in my life. I can ask myself, Will this help God grow in my life? The answer will tell me what I must weed out. He is more than able to help me put away what would crowd Him out.
Father in Heaven, Show me what is competing with You in my life. Make me willing to drive it out so that Your Spirit can grow in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Grace Thornton shares her adventures of letting go of her life plans in favor of God’s so much better plans.
When I received this book, I was finishing up a Bible study of Revelation, in which we glimpsed the majesty of our holy God. And yet I can lose sight of God’s sovereignty when surrounded with the challenges of aging loved ones, strained and cut-off relationships, and settle for God’s help rather than desiring God himself.
Thornton lifts our eyes to want God.
The yearning we have for something better was referred to in our Revelation study as homesickness for heaven. Grace echoes that when we try to fill our emptiness with earthly solutions, we can only be disappointed.
Read Grace’s story of living Jesus’ promise, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” She writes beautifully, pointing us to the only One able to fill the deep longing of our souls.
The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me. Psalm 138:8a
God’s Word has been my mainstay in finding words to encourage my friend in a long-term acute care hospital.
She was in a terrible accident three months ago. She was crossing a busy street and run over by a tractor-trailer. Her injuries are unspeakable. It is a miracle that she lives.
Yesterday she had progressed to being able to speak through her tracheostomy tube. Praise be to God.
(I) have carried you since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Thank you, Lord, for Your Word that comforts us in times of distress. Thank you for Your promise to fulfill Your purpose for our lives, and to carry us as You have since birth.