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Holy Week, 2015

Hello friends! This is a most special time of the year, for us as believers, as we remember and reflect upon Jesus and His sacrifice. This week, I will be reading portions of Scripture leading up to the death and resurrection of Christ and I invite you to join me. See the reading plan below:

Mon 3/30: Luke 22:39-62

Tues 3/31: Luke 22:63-71

Wed 4/1: Luke 23:11-25

Thur 4/2: Mark 15:1-14

Fri 4/3: John 19:1-37

Sat 4/4: John 19:38-42

Sun 4/5: John 20, Acts 1:9

I will also be blogging some of my thoughts about the verses throughout the week as well.

Let’s start with today’s reading: Luke 22:39-62 . . .

Jesus was equally both God and man. In this portion of Scripture, we get a glimpse of His omniscience as He knows what is about to take place in His life, yet, we also see His human frailty as He sweats drops of blood and begs His Father to “remove this cup from me.” (vs. 42)

Of course we know that, because of His great love for you and me, God was not going to let Jesus get out of the brutal death and excruciating pain of having God the Father turn away from Him as He took upon the sin of every human being both past, present and yet unborn. That’s a lot of sin. Our only response can be, “Thank You, God, for loving us so much that You subjected Your Only Son to such torture”.

I believe that Jesus’ prayer in verse 42, sets a precedence for open and honest communication with God. Jesus shows us that it’s acceptable to ask God to remove something difficult from your life as long as you are surrendered to His ultimate will and purpose for your life. We all face things in life we wish would just go away: heartache, illness, broken relationships, financial struggles, etc . . . Just like Jesus, we can ask God to “remove this cup from me”, as long as we follow that request with, “yet not my will, but Yours be done”.

Since it was not God’s will to “remove this cup”, let’s not miss the significance of the very next verse, “And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him in spirit.” (vs. 43) If God doesn’t remove the difficulty in your life, you better believe He will send you all the help and strength you need to do what He’s called you to do, just like He did for Jesus.

Therefore, our response can be just like Jesus’ in verse 44, “He prayed all the more earnestly and intently”. If you find yourself in agony over current life circumstances, press into the Lord like never before. He has all you need to get you through! Just like He did with Jesus, He is doing something amazing in your life and it will turn out for your eventual good and His eternal glory!

Your Friend in Ministry,

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Happy “Hearts” Day!

Happy Hearts Day

This morning, as I was reading the Bible to my 16 year-old daughter, a couple of verses jumped off the page and into my “heart”. Because of the significance of this day, when people are consumed by thoughts of love, I wondered if what was meaningful to me, might also speak to your “heart” as well.

In Romans 1, Paul is speaking to the believers in Rome:

Rom 1  6

You and I are invited to belong to Jesus. Isn’t that what everyone desires . . . to belong and be accepted and loved by someone? If you look at the hype of Valentine’s Day and what a money maker it is, the overwhelmingly clear answer is, “Yes!” Every year, my “heart” hurts for those who base their value and worth upon whether they have a Valentine (or someone to belong to). The fact of the matter is, Jesus has invited everyone to be His Valentine. It sounds corny, but it’s true. He is the One Who put the desire to belong in each of us and our “hearts” are restless until they fully belong to Him.

The other interesting thing to note about Romans 1:6 is the little phrase in brackets [as you are]. It reminds me of something we used to do in middle school/high school, the dreaded “come as you are” breakfast. Have you ever experienced that horror? A come as you are breakfast is when you go to your friend’s house and get them early in the morning to “come as you are” for breakfast. I used to dread the thought of those impromptu get togethers!! I much preferred having time to take a shower, put my make-up on, and do my hair. Now that I am older, I often “come as you are” and quite enjoy it (-smile-)! There is something freeing about coming “as you are”. That’s how Jesus invited you and me to come. We didn’t have to get all cleaned up and look our best for Him. He has seen us at our worst and it doesn’t affect His opinion of us one bit. He loves us, zits and all! There is something that endears my “heart” to Jesus when I think about that. He loves me just as I am. He loves you just as you are. He invited you, just as you are, to belong to Him.

Let’s remember that on this “Hearts” Day. Jesus has invited you, just as you are, to belong to Him. There is no better feeling, today or any day, to belong to the One Who loves you just as you are and Whose love will never fade or fail. Your “heart” is His forever!

Happy “Hearts” Day friends.

Your Friend in Ministry,

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you had special celebrations with family and friends. My husband and I had some time off from work and we greatly enjoyed our family time together! One of the best parts was an overnight getaway at my dad’s cabin during New Year’s. . .

New Year 2015

On New Year’s Eve day, I woke up in a reflective mood. It was the last day of 2014 and the day before 2015. I began to rehearse in my mind events from 2014. As I did, I was overcome, once again, by God’s faithfulness. He got us through a difficult year and we came out stronger both in our commitment to Him and to each other as a family. Once I pondered the past, I began to think about the future. What would 2015 look like? Almost immediately, the words from Psalm 23:6 came to my mind.

(By the way, one of the benefits of reading, meditating and memorizing Scripture is that the Holy Spirit is able to bring His truth to your heart and mind just when you need it most.)

The words I memorized of this verse years ago is, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  Psalm 23:6

I heard the Spirit whisper words of comfort to my soul, “It will be a good year because My goodness and mercy will follow you as you follow me.”

Then I remembered verse one of Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”. By very nature and design, a Shepherd is to be followed. Sheep follow their shepherd, trusting that he will lead them to food and shelter and that he will keep them safe along the way.

According to John 10:11, Jesus is your Good Shepherd. You become His sheep, when you follow Him, trusting Him to care for you and provide what you need along life’s path. As you do, you are promised that “Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the LORD and His presence shall be my dwelling place.” Psalm 23:6, Amplified

Isn’t that a comforting promise? As you follow Jesus, His goodness, mercy and unfailing love will follow you! So that means, whatever 2015 brings your way, it is going to be a good year!

  • Because God is good
  • Because His mercies are new every morning
  • Because His faithfulness continues to all generations
  • Because His love will never, not in a million years, fail you
  • Because He takes excellent care of those who follow Him!!

Let’s pray.

As 2014 comes to an end and we stand on the cusp of 2015, how comforting to know, Father, that as I follow Jesus, Your goodness, mercy and unfailing love will follow me. Help me to rest in that Lord and to encourage others with it as well. In Jesus’ Name and for His sake, Amen

Following Him with you . . . Your Friend in Ministry,

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