Our Father in Heaven loves us more than we deserve. It breaks His heart when we stray from His path. He wants only for us to focus on Him and trust in His ways.
He loves us so much, that He sent His only Son, Jesus, down to earth. Thus, allowing Jesus to experience the human feelings of anguish and pain. To teach us about eternal life and show us the way to get it.
No matter your circumstances, God has a purpose for you and the ability to help you achieve that purpose. One of my favorite books that teaches on how to live the Christian life is Rick Warren’s, The Purpose Driven Life. Using Scripture as foundation, this book helps the reader find meaning in his life. It helps clarify the real meaning of why God put us on earth. It is extremely helpful to those who are experiencing difficulties in life, who are questioning if God has forgotten them, or if God even cares about them.
I think it is imperative to have your Bible and a notepad next you as you are reading. I had several “Aha!” moments as I went through the chapters. Rick makes connections to scripture and daily living that I either had never thought of or I have forgotten over the years.
The Purpose Driven Life is intended to be read over a 40 day period – one chapter per day. Each chapter takes about 15 minutes to read. I believe the short chapters encourage the reader to spend time throughout the day meditating on what he read and figuring out how it might applied to his life.
This book is for everyone. It helps Christians remember why God put them here on earth, and provides a life changing direction for those seeking answers.
I highly recommend this book. I you haven’t read it, now is the time to discover God’s purpose for your life and stop ‟floundering.”
If you have read this book, how did its message impact your way of life? Did you feel more equipt to face the challenges of day to day living? What encouragement can you give someone who hasn’t read it? Please leave a comment below.
1 John 2:3-6
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
1 John 2:10
Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.
During my Bible studies, one lady asked us what our thoughts were about verse 6: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
Her thought was that it meant to love everyone. But, than she asked, “What does love mean?” Did we think it is an action word? And, she wanted to know how we interpreted nothing in them to make them stumble from verse 10.
This is my answer to her:
“For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.”
Everlasting means; lasting forever, constantly recurring, and eternal duration.
God is many things; compassionate, caring, loving, and most importantly everlasting. God has always been, and will always be.
To endure means to continue in existence, and to last.
God tells us that His truth endures forever. His word has not changed and will not change; it will continue to be as it always was. You can count on the Word of God to be truthful, comforting, gentle, and firm all at the same time. We serve one who is bigger than us, and who can endure all things.
Lord, Help me to always remember that you are everlasting. You are then, now, and forever. You have not forgotten Your children, we are loved and cherished more then we will ever know. Thank You for always being available both good times and bad ; all that we have to do is pray. In Your name, Amen
Jesus, His Son’s Sacrifice
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
God shows his love for us in a lot of ways, but the most important way was giving us His Son, Jesus. The sacrifice of Jesus’s life on the cross was the ultimate sacrifice ever made in the name of love. He did this to show us, even though we are sinners, He loves us and wants us to live in eternity with Him.
Prayer is our way of communication with God. It is an important aspect of our relationship with him. Like any relationship, communication is essential.
God wants a personal relationship with us and it is through prayer we develop that relationship.
Paul tells us in 1Thess 5:17 to “pray without ceasing. Therefore, we are to be constantly in contact with our Heavenly Father. With the various forms of prayer available, this is easy to accomplish.
Our Father who is in heaven,
Your name is holy. Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on the earth, as it is done in heaven.
Give us all we need each day.
And forgive us our sins, as we are to forgive those who do us wrong..
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one:
For Your’s is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Several months ago, I wrote a post about The Lord’s Prayer: a simple, familiar prayer given to us by Jesus. I called it the perfect example of how we should pray. Today, I’m reposting this entry and using a more modern version I heard on an online podcast. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the speaker, so I can’t give proper credit.
I love this time of the year: the colorful lights, joyful sounds of caroling, and happy laughter of children. I look forward to the birth of our Savior.
Unfortunately, mixed with the joy is a sadness.The tragedy in Connecticut lingers in our hearts and minds, casting a shadow over the season.
Twenty children, eagerly awaiting Christmas, taken so suddenly and unnecessarily. My heart cries for all of us, for we are all affected in one way or another. My solace is the thought that these young ones are in Heaven, celebrating with Jesus this year.
I pray you will allow this thought and the Joy of Christmas lighten the darkness and bring you a measure of peace.
I love the beckoning sound of church bells on Sunday morning. Occasiionally, there is a lull in the traffic and I am able to hear the bells joyful song. Unfortunately, the noises of the city often drown it out. These same noises can also overpower God’s beckoning call if we don’t search for a lull in our lives.
I have added a poem to my Poetry page. It is entitled Beckoning and is about both church bells and God’s voice beckoning us to action.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4
We are told in Romans 8:28 “that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Therefore no matter what may be happening in your life, blessings or despair, we are called to “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Every trial is a chance to grow stronger, not only in character, but also in Faith.
Today, I will thank God constantly for all that besets me. How about you, are you willing to join me?