8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
Thank you godisreal.today/pictures-of-jesus, Artist Greg Olson for this stunning painting of Jesus today talking with a young man about something serious and important. Jesus has and does talk with each person who will listen- the same every day and forever. Here Jesus in the dress of His day on Earth with a young man from this current time...very interesting :)
Greetings from Kansas on this fine day! It is still autumn with the brighter colors starting to fade into what we, predictably know, will become winter- with new colors, temperatures and weather patterns. I am glad that we can count on the changing of the seasons and other beauties of the earth. Our state has some of the most gorgeous sundowns in wintertime- pinks, purples and blues- distinctive, yet blending together making the most breathtaking and awe-inspiring colors.
Our prayers are with the victims of the east coast and inland storm from Hurricane-Storm Sandy. A tremendous amount of help from the various states and our national government has poured into the regions: the Red Cross, electrical and gas workers, food workers, medical, and so on. I have a few thoughts on basic preparation for a disaster that you may want to see at the end of today's posting.***
Our great God of all creation, the Creator, the Healer, the Messiah, Emmanuel- "God is with us". Yes, can you imagine? The One Who spoke the world into being, making Himself a tiny Babe, completely helpless, the One Who could have called thousands of angels down at any moment, chose to come fully as a man, the Son of Man, and also the Son of God, fully God! He chose to come down to earth to save us, for we could never save ourselves from our sins. It had to be done by the perfect Lamb of God because God is holy. Yet, he loves us more than any of His creation, so much so, that He had a Plan in place even when we fell from grace in the Garden of Eden.
The Lord has never let me down, not ever, not even once. He is always faithful to us, even at times when we have turned our backs on Him.
During my teen years and into college, I did a lot of reckless things; sometimes I suffered the consequences, and sometimes, by the grace of God, I seemed completely spared. In high school I was standing up in the back of a truck bed where I should not have been, and the truck lurched forward, so did I, and off and out I went onto the solid concrete in the parking lot. I made it home and was badly bruised and very sore. My poor mom met me at the door. Mom was a believer in Christ as she always was- oh, how relieved and yet I am sure- shocked and thankful she was for my return home in one piece. I am positive that she had been praying for my safe return that night while I was out with friends, as she prayed for my sister Sherry and me each day, certainly multiple times! Once I became a parent, I joined in with the multitude of praying parents over their children's lives, forever and always, and I understood full well why Mom must've been praying for me that night, and I came away from it all relatively unscathed, by the Lord's grace.
My mother prayed quietly, openly, often- all of that and more. Early on in life, she had taken Christ Jesus as her Lord and Savior. It is an act of faith that when we hear the Word of God and His promises in Jesus, that we say, "Yes," to Him, asking for forgiveness of sins and promising to live in a close relationship with God, now and forever. Everything that one has done before accepting Christ is forgiven; "as far as the east is from the west," or though the Lord had thrown your sins into the deepest chasm of the sea, never to be remembered. Psalm 103:8,10-14 (NIV) "The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love... He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgression from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust."
This is no small thing, since it is the most important decision that you and I will ever make- all else pales in comparison. Please do not wait a second more if you are still waiting or undecided. You can pray a prayer like this one: Dear Father in Heaven, I know I have done things that have displeased you, even greatly at times. I ask for the forgiveness that only You can give me. You made me and love me, knowing every thought I will ever have. I accept Jesus Christ as my Savior and the Lord of my life. Thanks be to You, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
In the first posting, I mentioned how most of the time around the car accident that I experienced what little I saw was a gray-color, but I did remember some distinctive things. The point that I really want to make is that God is the most merciful, the most loving, the most patient, and the most powerful Almighty King we could ever imagine. He spared me from so much hurt, pain and remembrance of a terrible moment in my life. I do hope that this realization will comfort those of you who have loved ones who have endured horrible events.
It will be incredible when we get to experience the full Presence of God, night and day for eternity. The peace, joy, and goodness of being together with the Lord for ever and ever, well, it is something I long for- don't you? We can talk more about Heaven any time; I have a couple of great books I have enjoyed and learned about aspects of Heaven (based on the Bible)- and of course, I have The Holy Bible to read itself, just like you do! Please send your comments, experiences, and thoughts. Coming up soon: God is Always with You; Jesus Christ, the Same Yesterday, Today and Forever; Jesus is the Open Door; and The Names of God. If these titles speak to you, send your comments about them any time.
Here is a poem I wrote awhile back that I hope you enjoy- then a few more comments. Until next time, God be with you- He is!!
God just keeps healing me,
God just keeps healing you.
If we only could conceive
Of the many healings we receive!
Taking for granted
His daily miracles-
So many, uncountable…
But His heart is so full,
And His mercy and power
Yes, God just keeps healing me,
And He keeps healing you.
If only we could fathom
His never-ending love.
Only Christ Jesus
Shows us the Way to the Father
Through our Savior’s sacrifice- for us,
We can accept the truth that, yes…
God just keeps healing me,
God just keeps healing you.
September 28, 2003
Thanks you to several of you who have left comments and who have signed up through Facebook! I intend to have a 1) Communication Page on Facebook soon and a 2) PayPal box on this blog for dear friends at church. The husband has a serious disease, and they are in great need of fund-raising to help with their surgical and other medical expenses, so please look forward to these items.
Regarding the recent disaster in the eastern states once again, I pray specifically for those who have lost loved ones, pets and precious memories and now need clean water and food, their electrical and gas power restored, a place to call "home" again that is really their own as soon as possible, including healing for their emotional and spiritual needs.
***I am very thankful that we are okay, not under a catastrophe, where we are right now. However, it is always a good idea to have extra food, water, medical necessities such as medicines, bandages, and Neosporin, matches/flashlights/LED lighting and toiletry necessities. If you have the means to afford a generator, super!! You can start by putting a few extra things in your shopping cart such as peanut butter and tuna, and bottles of water as you shop each week. Be sure you will eat what you buy. Bags of rice, good ones such as long-grain, wild, are very good, but keep tightly wrapped and in tin. For example, I just bought the dried instant, non-fat milk such as Carnation (a medium-sized box for $7.48 recently) in the box and if you have babies, of course you will want to have extra baby food, formula if your baby drinks that, and good nibblies on hand!!! There is a group called Thrift; I am not promoting it necessarily (I bought from them for a while), but they have many packaged foods that have shelf life of many years. They have gadgets that you can run water through to help purify it if you have access to decent drinking water, for bathing and such. They have many ideas and items for survival in a disaster or catastrophe, including lesser ones where one is snowed in for a few days. Check out the Red Cross! You should keep these items in your car in the trunk if not TOO hot or TOO cold for certain things and/or have a luggage back on roller wheels that has a very good First Aid Kit- inside the car and inside your apartment or home. Your car and home should have at least one very excellent lantern, LED, and your car needs a red flare or other flashing light that you can put outside your car to tell other motorists that you need help. This list is far from complete! Your family should know a safe place to meet it it would be difficult to have the meeting point at your home. I thank several friends, and you know who you are :) who have enlightened me over these last years on preparation in emergencies.