Happy Sunday during the season of gratitude and Thanksgiving! Today the Lord impressed upon my heart to share Psalm 103. I have several friends and family dealing with chronic health issues, and having dealt with them myself, I have found this Psalm to be a very powerful balm for the anxiety and nervousness that comes from illness, and not knowing where to turn for help when doctors have no answers. Psalm 103 reminds us of many of the benefits that come along with being a child of the one true God—Yaweh, Jehovah. Because he is a covenant God, we can be assured he will keep his promises to those who are in covenant agreement with him. First of all, what is a covenant?
In my latest post I discussed how I create “A Merry Halloween.” I shared some of my funny and festive Halloween decor and collectibles, and some ways that I continue to participate in Halloween activities without incorporating the darker aspects of the holiday.
For some believers (followers of Jesus Christ who truly desire to walk in His light and follow His example by faith, living a life as outlined by scripture to the best of our abilities through the enabling of the Holy Spirit) this subject can perhaps be a little confusing.
Should we as Christians participate in Halloween activities at all? Do we have to avoid the holiday altogether? What does scripture say?
Scripture clearly states that we absolutely are not to have fellowship with darkness of any kind… or even speak of it!
Hmm. What does that suggest about Halloween which glorifies all that is spooky and fearful?
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.
Yikes! God clearly does not want us to have a spirit of fear, create a spirit of fear, indulge a spirit of fear or invite a spirit of fear! “Fear not” or “Do not be afraid” is referenced 365 times in the Bible! Enough for a daily reminder! Coincidence? Of course not!
Happy Easter! I hope you have had a blessed holiday! This week in my personal Bible study I had planned to revisit the trial of Jesus, crucifixion and resurrection story in the gospels. Instead, God pointed me to Psalm 130.
Psalm 130: Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord,
2 Lord hear my voice: Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
3 If thou, Lord shouldst mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait and in his word do I hope.
6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say more than they that watch for the morning.
7 Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy and with him is plenteous redemption.
8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Recently I had been feeling somewhat discouraged due to some stressful situations and unanswered prayer, and I had certainly not been trusting God fully. As a result I felt guilty and overwhelmed. I kept thinking I had failed and “disappointed” the Lord yet again! After all he has done for me, how can I possibly repeat this pattern of lacking faith? I had certainly asked for forgiveness and believed that he paid my sin debt in full on that Good Friday so long ago, but I was still holding on to despair over a few issues.
Hello there! It’s going to be a busy day right? Do you have a “to-do” list a mile long for the day or week ahead? I know I have a thousand things I would like to accomplish, and I am sure you do too. Let’s get to it!
“But First, Coffee.”
We have all seen this slogan on cute coffee mugs, farmhouse signs, chalkboards and even t-shirts. It’s a well-known fact that coffee practically fuels our world! But where is our true power source? Shouldn’t we really be saying, “But first, Jesus” instead? Coffee is fine, (it’s green tea for me, thanks), but the issue is whether or not Jesus is our top priority. I know I have had to take a closer look at my own priorities lately, and I quickly realized that Jesus most certainly has not been first.
It’s been an exciting week as my long awaited new blog has finally become a reality. I have barely been able to sleep with all the creative ideas running through my mind. Although I have blogged in the past, a chronic long term illness resulted in sporadic blogging and eventually a total hiatus. As with all things technology related, so much has changed and there are many new things to learn, but I am a born go-getter, and when I put my mind to something it’s all or nothing!