It Was For You And Me

It was in three black hours of darkness over the whole land (Mark 15:33) when our sins were placed on Jesus and He paid the price for every one of them as He shed His blood for all mankind.

When the earth trembled and the veil in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom (Mark 15:38)—Jesus hung dying redeeming all our sin.

Sin so dark and vile God had to look away forsaking His only Son while Jesus suffered in agony on the cross.

His mercy and love for us knew no end while He was being tormented, mocked, and disbelieved. The world, the religious leaders, the enemy, they all thought it was over for Jesus. They thought they had won when they crucified Him on the cross.

Some of His followers ran and hid. His enemies celebrated. Those closest to Him cried and mourned. And they didn’t understand. Jesus had told them everything that would happen but it was more than they could comprehend. In their finite minds, this was not going according to plan, or so it seemed.

And so imagine early on Sunday morning, arriving at His tomb to find it open and empty and an Angel standing guard proclaiming He is not here, He has risen as He said! 

Yes, the rock was rolled away, the tomb was empty, and Jesus was nowhere to be seen. 

Imagine finding out He rose again and conquered sin and death and offers free salvation unto all who believe. 

You don’t have to imagine. This is the victorious Easter Message! 

It was for you and me Jesus died and rose again! 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 

1 John 4:9-10 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Ephesians 2:8-9 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

About First Breath of Morning - A 90 Day Devotional

Waken again to the wonder of who God is and it starts in the first breath of each new morning where He waits for you every day. 

When I first began writing devotions I printed them, used my hole-punch to punch three holes, and placed them in a three ring binder. The collection grew, so I decided one afternoon to try to sort them and see what I had. I proceeded to make stacks as I read devotions centered on faith, our relationship where God works in us and changes us, drawing near, love – God’s for us and ours for Him, trials, and worship. Six themes emerged.

I knew then, I was building a book right there in the six stacks of devotions on the floor. If a book, then what order should the sections be placed? And that began the work on the book years ago that will be published this October.

I hope you have read the Book Info Page on my home page where I added a book description that includes summaries of the six chapters. I also hope you are already thinking of friends you will invite to join you and go through this devotional together, maybe in your home or at a coffee cafe. I am working on a simple discussion guide that will assist in group discussions.

My vision for this book is that in addition to individual purchases, it will also be used for book clubs and small groups. I have had people request it for their staff meetings in the Christian School where they teach. I have had interest expressed in using it with prayer groups that meet at work or in homes. There are just so many different settings this book will work well in.

It is still six months out, but when we are closer to the book release date, I hope you will recommend First Breath of Morning for your women’s ministry group at your church, and your prayer group at work, your staff meeting, or your small group. I hope you will help me spread the word! 

First Breath of Morning  
October 1, 2018

From Pursuit to Reward

My pursuit of a deeper understanding of God’s love, faith, and walking with Him, took place as I journeyed to find my way through a time of feeling confused and without direction. We’ve all been at a crossroads in our faith walk where we choose to go deeper in our relationship with God and wholly follow after Him, or coast, and continue our own path in our own way.

As I sought the Lord through a more intensive time alone with Him and in His Word, I discovered that finding Him was much more rewarding than finding myself.  And in drawing closer to Him, He revealed who He made me to be. 

I made a stronger commitment to my regular quiet time and in that time with God, I learned the importance of developing a deeper relationship with Him, and I discovered the depth of His love and found the stronger faith He calls us to when we yield surrendered lives unto Him. He taught me that He is there for us in all our struggles and conflicts and we are never alone, He is always with us.

If I can pursue it, that means anyone can. It isn’t complicated unless we make it complicated and we often do. And then we blame God when we think the closeness isn’t there and instead there is a distant feeling. It doesn’t have to be that way or stay that way.

It does take work. It requires pursuit. But there is no other relationship more worth the effort.

The reward far outweighs the effort. 

The reward is waking up in the morning knowing God is already waiting for you to go through the day with you.

The reward is going through the day knowing He is with you and nothing can separate you from His love.

The reward is having a kind of joy and peace that the world can’t begin to understand.

The reward is His Spirit working in and through you to change you and make you more like Him.

The reward is you are His and you belong to Him forever. This is a forever relationship you can count on. I think this is the best reward.

Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Let's Not Neglect What We've Been Given

Lately, I have been asking myself about the messages in my writing. Will my words remind you of the importance of the relationship you can have with the Lord built on daily drawing near, walking with Him and making this a priority?

These are not words lightly written. This relationship I am writing about is with a Holy Almighty God. In all seriousness, let’s be reminded of some of what that includes.

As a believer, our life is lived unto an unseen God who works mysteriously in our lives through the work of His Holy Spirit, the Comforter given to us when Jesus ascended to heaven following His death, burial and resurrection.

His presence is known in our lives and His work is evident as we journey with Him through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit given to us at the point of salvation, when we receive Jesus as Savior and believe on Him for eternal life, having repented of our sins and asked for His forgiveness.

Do we appreciate the magnitude of a living God that dwells inside of us? 

Hebrews 2:1-4 tells us not to neglect so great a salvation.

That is my encouragement to you today:  Do not neglect what we’ve been given. 

Hebrews 2:1-4 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.  For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?