Calm of Creation

I am sitting here in my patio enjoying the morning. As I gaze into the distance my eyes aren’t drawn to the colours of the houses around me, or to their architecture. My eyes are drawn to the beautiful, calm morning sky. I can hear birds chirping and I recognize at least 3 different birds chirping away. Dogs are barking in the distance.

Of the beauty of creation.

Indeed I serve a wonderful God- the creator of heaven and earth. Every time I see nature I am reminded of His power, majesty and love for me!

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All are EQUAL in Christ

In this world it is about how much money you have, who your family is, where you live, where you work, where you went to school, the colour of your skin, your gender…

Based on these things, we are treated one way by some and another way by others. Stereotypes and prejudices pervade societies, jobs, schools, churches, homes.

But the bible tells us that in Christ there are no stereotypes or prejudices. In Christ I am equal to every other individual.

There is not a part of heaven for the rich and another part for the poor. There won’t be a part for one ethnicity and another part for another. Men wouldn’t be exhaulted to a higher position than women.

In Christ WE ALL ARE EQUAL and this is not just limited to heaven, but this is how it is now.

All of us are sinners. God’s agape love is towards all of us and this is why Christ came and died. When Christ came and died, He died for every one of us.

In dying He paid the price for all of our sins and if we choose we can be heirs of God. We are not unequal heirs where one gets more than the other. No! We are joint heirs with Christ!

Romans 8:17 (NLT)
And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

God loves each of us the same as He loves His Son. No matter what prejudices we might face in this life and what sufferings we might face because of it, let us always remember that we are All EQUAL IN CHRIST.

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My Faith Looks up to Thee

 

imageRight now we are doing an author study in the children’s class at church. It is fantastic to take a look at the lives of the people who wrote those powerful hymns we have today.

I often wonder what the hymn writer was going through or had gone through to cause them to pen those verses that they did. When you take a look at the person’s life and the time in which they lived, you realize that so many of those songs were penned amid severe persecution, plagues and hardships which most of us will never know.

Yet, these men and women wrote of hope in God, of peace in knowing Him, ofsurrender to Him inspite of all that life had thrown at them.

I am amazed!

I am amazed and inspired by the testimonies that these hymn writers have left for people like me, so that we can be encouraged when we face life’s storms.

Like Ray Plamer wrote almost two centuries ago, when I am facing hardships I can know to look up to Jesus for He will comfort me through what ever I am facing.

 My faith looks up to thee,
thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day
be wholly thine!

May thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart,
my zeal inspire!
As thou hast died for me,
O may my love to thee
pure, warm, and changeless be,
a living fire!

While life’s dark maze I tread,
and griefs around me spread,
be thou my guide;
bid darkness turn to day,
wipe sorrow’s tears away,
nor let me ever stray
from thee aside.

When ends life’s transient dream,
when death’s cold, sullen stream
shall o’er me roll;
blest Savior, then in love,
fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
a ransomed soul!

Through faith I am assured that the God of love who kept those men and women of old, is keeping and will continue to keep me each and every day.

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We have a Mission

Recently our homeschool group got to meet a missionary family- a husband and wife team. It was inspiring and exciting to meet someone who has gone to remote places to share God’s love and hope to those who have not heard it.

The children listened attentively to the stories of some of their experiences, we all did.

I am sure that we all left there being a bit more inspired to share God’s word with others.

We all have a mission. We might not get to go to remote places and share that work. But we all have a mission. Some of us will only ever witness within our small community. Some of us might reach places we wouldn’t dream of being able to go through blogs, our music, our books.

Some of us will share the message of salvation through our words. But most importantly, we will share it through our lives.

We all have a mission. Let us ask God to help us to be missionaries wherever we are in how ever big or small way we can.

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Prayer for Surgery

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Today I am posting a prayer request for a dear lady named Melissa. Mellisa has been fighting cancer and now she had come to another point in her treatment. She has a mastectomy scheduled for tomorrow morning at 7:15a.m. As you could imagine she is nervous.

 

She has requested prayers for tomorrow.

There is power in prayer.

Please uplift Melissa and her family in prayer.

Pray for her peace and assurance of God’s presence with her.

Pray for the medical personelle to give her the best care possible.

Update (21 April 2016)

Melissa had a successful surgery and was able to go home the next day. Of course she still needs all our prayers for her speedy recovery and her health.

 

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