Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Looking Up to God When Nothing Makes Sense

Hug God
Looking Up to God When Nothing Makes Sense
Encouragement from our Lord and with each other!
(Thank you so much,, for this picture: believe it is Jesus Hugging Girl.)
We had been in the throes of financial frustrations and concerns with our home, and, yet, this time had been one of the closest that we have had together as husband and wife, and yes, our family with three grown children; in fact, our house sold this past summer!  Praise God for His goodness. 
We are thanking the Lord for never taking Himself out of the equation or our great need!  We are praising Jesus Christ, our Savior and the Lord of our lives, because of our adult children's help, support, and love that has brought us to tears in great thankfulness and even closer family cords of sincere, grateful hearts and a richer love.  We have appreciated more than we can adequately say for our Christian, praying family and for our Prayer Warrior friends who prayed over a long period of time, never getting daunted or tired of hearing from me and petitioning Almighty God.  We are astounded, still, how our realtor Debbie Waid (Reece and Nichols Realty), having patience beyond what anyone could expect or hope, used her brilliance in this field/profession, and advocated for us~ incredibly so!!  She saw at least two times when truly miraculous things were happening in the situation of selling our home and professed so boldly because of her faith in our living Lord God.  That aspect in itself- having a professional, whom you feel is a true friend and who believes in the same Living Water of Life, Jesus Christ, who shares your faith- well, it is rare and exceedingly good!

God has done kind and amazing things throughout this time period of more than two years now, specifically to provide and help give us a way of escape. He continues to show us His hand and His faithfulness every step of the way. He has opened doors that by human standard could not be opened. Over and over again, the Lord has said in this way and that way, “I AM. I am right here with you, Donna and Royce. I know what you are going through, and I will never leave you, nor forsake you.  I, am your Help in times of all trouble.”
One morning, I was distraught, fraught with indecision and stymied by a point in this long succession of problematic twists and turns, unexpected pitfalls and delays.  The cell phone rang as I was driving, so I pulled over to the side for safety to answer my caller.  My close friend, *Jan Bracken, had phoned to say that she was praying for me; her only awareness to pray for me was through the Holy Spirit because she and I had not spoken the last day or so.  We briefly discussed the dilemma.  When I got off the phone with the Scripture she had given me, within minutes, I had clarity, resolve, and knew what to do!  I called my husband to tell him what had happened and my decision; he was very happy.  Thanking the Holy Spirit for prompting Jan to pray and to call me with a specific Bible verse that fit our exact need, I started up the car and went back on the road to accomplish what I had heard from the Lord via a mentor in the faith! 
The mission was accomplished within the family of God in Jesus Christ.
Royce and I were under terrific pressure.  I went to bed one night rather angry with human problems (#see note at end), prayed to God to help me and felt slightly better.  The next morning I called our pastor, Chris, to ask if I could meet with him for prayer; he made time in his schedule and said we could meet at the seminary coffee area for prayer that afternoon.  We talked, and Chris brought to my mind how very loving our grown children had been in many ways and commented on their having helped us get prepared for the move: our daughter came back home a total of four times, our son would be there doing the move as well as numerous times on weekends, and our son-in-law, whom we love like our own, came to our rescue with a large trailer of his own folk's, set up storage for us, and helped tremendously with the actual move.  Chris had brought several pages of Scripture that he had selected for these kinds of stressful times and encouraged me to read them over and pray from them.  Just before we prayed together, he got at the crux of what was really bothering me the most...Chris said this:  Donna, imagine that you are on a playground swinging or doing something fun, and the Lord is standing over to the side of it and comments to someone else standing there, "See Donna over there?  Well, she's my daughter; she's mine!"  Then, Chris repeated the same scenario about Royce saying, "See Royce over there?!  He is my son!"  Then, Chris said to me, "God's not disappointed in you, Donna.  Not at all.  He loves you."  The tears came, then, to my eyes because that was at the crux of what was bothering me- wrongfully.  It was either Satan's hedious crew or myself or both who had been plaguing me that week, lying to me.  Pastor Chris had discerned exactly what I needed to hear- that I had NOT disappointed my Savior, and that Jesus truly dotes on and loves me---and my husband!  I cannot tell you how grateful, relieved, and freed Chris' kind comments and Scriptural sharing, and prayer meant to me---still today!
My beloved mother, who passed onto Glory/Heaven! 7 years ago, raised my sister Sherry and me in the Christian church, with the Bible as our guide and standard of right and wrong, including many truths of the Lord.  We were taught at church and by our mother's example to love God above all and to walk right in His sight, helping others and loving them as we cared for ourselves.  We learned the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do to you.  I remember Mom saying many times to us, "There are many people who have far worse troubles than we do." I am keenly aware that people are going through far worse difficulties in health, finance, relationships, and all areas of human need. 
My health has flagged increasingly worse, at least in part from stresses of the last few years, and I know for certain that the devil is delighting in making things difficult for ALL people, perhaps especially Christians.  In these crises, we are still walking, AND we will emerge victorious! No matter what happens! We already are Victors in our Lord Jesus Christ!  One cannot ask for more than that, and, yet, our most gracious Lord God delights in seeing us happy and prosperous.  While we are now, still on this earth, for a little while, we suffer.  Those of us who have accepted Christ's offer of redemption through the shedding of His blood and sacrifice for us (He is our atonement, the only acceptable Lamb of God) as only He can give that Life-giving power of eternal life for us to come into His Kingdom in Heaven one day when our earthly lives are over.
2 Corinthians 4:8-18 English Standard Version (ESV)
  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.  For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.  So death is at work in us, but life in you.  Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.  For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.  So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.  For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
We realize the great gift of Salvation and the
Lordship of Himself~~~ walking with the Lord every, single day in communion through His Word, The Holy Bible; prayer; fellowship with other believers/disciples of Christ;
striving to be as much like Jesus Christ~~~ to be our best, for others and ourselves; and loving and worshipping Him always.  He gave us this Offer of Complete and Full Redemption of Himself on the cross, died for our sins, arose and was seen for 40 days by over 500 people who talked with Him, dined with Him, listened more to His divine wisdom, then He went to be at the right-hand of His Father, God in Heaven, where Jesus Himself is interceding for us for our good.  Royce and I took that Offer that He Paid for in full, not by our own works, but by stepping over that line to Salvation now and forever, believing in Him, that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, and to ask for His daily leading and direction, in obeying Him as very best we are able, asking Him to forgive us when we are in error.  He is the Lord of our lives.
Isaiah 43:2
  When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
New Living Translation (NLT)
This is when the Lord does His highest glory for Himself, yet He gives it to and through and in us, for others. How great, loving, kind, merciful, full of charity, and grace...forgiveness for you He has and will lovingly give you.
A Vision
God gave me a vision one day as I stood in the kitchen at the counter: 
I saw Royce and myself down on all fours, paired and yoked like two oxen, beasts of burden, struggling to move forward.  It was a very ugly picture, and then immediately, I saw the two of us in a standing position facing each other, no yokes on our necks or backs!  We were smiling, glowing really, and lifting our hands up high in the air toward a great light that was beaming down upon us, and we were praising God!  It was magnificent- only as, indeed, our Lord can do for us!  This picture from Jesus ministered to me many times (it still does) through the rough waters we were experiencing and the times ahead- to a more sure and steady future, without the terrible burdens.  Of course, I shared it with Royce and a few friends...and now, with you, my Friend.  Matthew 11:29 English Standard Version (ESV)  Jesus said,
 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 
Royce and I saw truly miraculous happenings: doors opening that normally would not have; lovely prayer warriors and our church people praying for us and giving us moral support; money showing up that was needed at the right times and totally unexpected, including dollars "stretching"; and many signposts along the way, reassuring and giving us that peace that passes understanding that only Jesus Christ has the power supernaturally to give to His flock.  ~~~Philippians 4:7 English Standard Version (ESV)
   And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.~~~  I have not seen this many helps and signs in a rather short period of time to make us keenly aware that He loves us and is taking special care of us- continuing throughout all of our life together and individually before, continuing since my very serious car accident, 12 years ago.
Do you know that when everything was said and done, through the Lord's help and knowing our hearts, we did not shortchange anyone, only ourselves through some of our own mistakes and, yet, the times that we are in and circumstantially with health, medical, and financial that we had no power or say-so played a great part.  Ultimately, it is our responsibility.  ONLY the LORD GOD could work it out in our behalf and for others during our time of trial and testing.  With God, ALL things are possible.  When we are weak, He is strong, and I can accomplish all things in Christ (alone!).
A Salvation Prayer to Accept Christ or to Recommit to Him
Dear Heavenly Father, I want to have you as my God.  I trust in You and that You did send Your Son, Jesus Christ, for me!  He came to tell us Who He is, to heal the sick and desperate, the lost, the lonely, and to heal sinners like me.  I believe that He took the total penalty for my sins.  He is the only One Who could do so because He is the spotless Lamb of God, both God and Man, perfect and without sin.  He rose on the third day and walked amongst us, His Disciples and many, many people, then went to be in Heaven with You.  He intercedes for me because He loves me.  I am glad He went back to Heaven to make a beautiful place for me and so that the Holy Spirit would come to live inside me, as I now accept Jesus.  Thank You for being my Lord and Savior from now on and making me new!  Help me to be more like You every day with Your help.  In His Name, Amen.
Please note: to the right and above if you are on desktop- mobile may not show this button- You will see below the most read postings, at the top of the About Me section, a Donation area that goes directly to my friends, the Dicksons, from church.  Kevin, the husband, had a liver transplant last spring, 2014, and is doing well- Praise our Lord!  However, they have large bills needing to be paid for the operations, many hospitalizations, and long recovery.  IF you are able to donate, thank you so much.  Either way, thank you for listening and looking and praying for them; they are great, sweet people of the Lord.
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Further Notes to Comtemplate and to Consider:
When we are saved, after that fact as we are growing closer to God and in our relationship with Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit can "convict" us to things, such as our behavior, our feelings, and actions, and so forth that are NOT good for us or others. He brings to our awareness, mind through, perhaps, a sermon; something someone says, something we read, a thought that goes through our head; that "this" is not pleasing to the Lord. He is not convicting us as to a sentence or jail, etc., but to make a change to be more Christ-like in who we are. Conviction, no but no condemnation.
God can and does correct us when in error, but even then it is as a loving Parent, helping us along the way for good. He does this for every individual because none of us is perfect. His grace is ever-present. When we reach Heaven, God will give us our glorified bodies, and we will be the best we have ever been, for eternity! It will NOT be boring; we will be as unique, wonderful, individual and with our personalities- all the good and greatest parts!- of whom He made us to be! We will be fascinated, loving, loved, have complete JOY, have fun, and see things more abundantly, more exceedingly, the loveliest and best that we have ever seen or imagined~~~ the new Heaven and the new earth will be the way we were meant to be in the Garden of Eden, forever!  Adam and Eve experienced it before having to leave when they believed the devil that God surely would not let them die and that He was withholding goodness, perhaps...those taunting thoughts and lies that he can do, and we allow him to do, oh, so well.  Do NOT let him lie to you.  Stay in the Truth of God: His Holy Word, the Bible, and with people who believe in Jesus Christ and are living the Life, also, go to places, read other books and view movies that are life-affirming and not sick lies and evil.  (Did you know that our Lord was sooo loving- and continues to be- with Adam and Eve- that He did not want them to stay in Heaven/Paradise/the Garden because they would have eaten from the Tree of Life and lived forever, becoming more ugly and decadent in body and mind- and never been able to die and to start clean and fresh?!!!) 
An amazingly generous God, always, Whom we love and serve.
*Please read Jan Bracken's two postings; you will appreciate their messages and have enriching thoughts.  Both are very popular :) and
which was just re-shared recently!
#We are told in the Bible not to let the sun go down without letting our anger go.
May the Lord richly bless you in the grace and love of Jesus Christ now and always!!
Donna M.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Jesus, the Babe of God- His Son and our Savior and Lord! A Prayer of Salvation! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to YOU!

Merry Christmas 2017 and Happy New Year for 2018- 
With God, ALL things are possible!
Greetings in our Lord and Savior's Name,
Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
May you find Him close to your heart and mind, having Him as your personal Savior and the Lord of your life.
There is a ***Salvation Prayer toward the end of today's posting~~~please pray it or say in your own words to God that you believe in Jesus and want God in your life forever.  Ask the Lord to forgive your sins and mistakes- He most certainly will!  This may be your first time, or it may be a re-commitment...  His love for you is fathomless, never-ending, and magnificent- more than anyone has ever loved you, more than all people in your life, in total, are capable of loving you!
Here are a few of my poems about God~~~the Father, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, three Persons, yet One Sovereign God Who made you and me and all the heavens and earth.  Yet, God is also Spirit.
Jesus Face 2
Long Memories and Gratitude
Oh, Lord, keep our memories long
With plentiful gratitude
For what you have done.
May we not be as
We were from Egypt
To the Promised Land:
Longing for meat, instead of Your manna
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:6
Sweet little Dove
From heaven above:
Come down, from on high,
To prove Yourself King
By and by.
The Good News of Jesus Christ
Is that He lives today among us,
His believers,
And He reigns o’er the entire world
That none of us should perish.
The Holy Spirit works and hovers
To move us to Christ.
So come, come now
To Lord Jesus
Your Savior.
God usually speaks
I have found-
In a quiet voice.
You will hear
Him clearly, softly.
It is definitely
Make no mistake.
Avoid the oft
Human response
Of overlooking,
Going on.
Have you noticed?
How God seems
To speak quietly
When guiding,
Then sometimes
Comes deeply
Through action
To get our attention?
However He leads and
Speaks to you,
We should definitely
Listen, friends!
He is our Creator.
He made the world and
All that is in it.
God thinks that we are the important ones,
God is Holy, 
there is no one above Him, 
All the glory always goes to Him,
and He alone! is sovereign...
Over All- that includes 
most certainly,
You and me.
A note: God speaks to us in a myriad of ways!!  He is all-capable.  One of the best pieces of advice ever given me was by a Christian friend, Joni Ames; don't put God in a box.  She was right- He cannot be put in a box!***   The Lord spoke to me one day a few years ago in a very crowded and loud foyer at church while I was talking to a married couple, who are friends of mine.  God's Voice and helpful directive in a sentence was unmistakable. 
My point: God speaks to us, not only in quietness, but in so many ways!  He can and does break through to us!!  Ask Him to help you in your belief and your walk. Even if you are an unbeliever as of now, ASK HIM to help you to believe!  He will!! 
Many true believers, disciples of Christ, find that spending time in The Holy Bible (the Bible) with God in His Word, in prayer and listening, is a great way to learn about our Lord: the Trinity, Who is the One, True God.  We show El Olam, the Everlasting God, that we love Him enough to take some dedicated moments with Him~ alone~ each day- and to hear His Voice for guidance.  
The Lord Almighty always refreshes us, never drains us or makes our time feel like work/toil.

In His Presence

Won’t we be softened

By being in the presence

Of our Lord?

Won’t we be purer

When we sit at His feet?
In His shining countenance,
With loving, outreached arms
For us,
In the fragrance of His Home-
Oh, it will surely be sweeter
Than any earthly fruit could bear

Our clear faces will reflect
Precious Jesus’ smile,
And when we look back at Him,
He will see the love
We were meant to have for Him
In the beginning.
I love the way
Everything just stops
For a little while
At Christmas…
All of the craziness
And we bow down
To worship
Our Lord and King, Jesus.
It’s so soundlessly
As we all stop
To stare
At the newborn Savior
Of heaven and earth.
(Donna M., all poetry)
***A Salvation Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father,
I know I have fallen short many times and been less than You would have me to be.  Please forgive me of my shortcomings and errors; I want to do better and to rely on you as my Lord and Savior, Jesus.  I believe You are the Son of God and that You came to earth to save us- me.  Thank You for loving me so much!  I want You as the Lord of my new Life.  I know I can talk with You, Jesus, at any time, and You are right here with me.  You are my true Friend- You lay down Your Life for me!!  Thanks for sending the Holy Spirit to comfort, guide, and counsel me.
In Jesus' Name I pray,
Amen- so be it.
*** (Joni is the friend in Christ mentioned above, who gave me the advice, "not to put God in a box," which means: don't try to limit or put boundaries on what God can do!)
  Almighty God richly blesses you in Christ.
Thank you,, for the picture, "Jesus Face 2."
All of my poems are copyrighted.  I WANT to pass on the Good News, the Gospel of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
PLEASE use as you see fit to encourage yourself and people to believe in, accept, commit and dedicate your life- or re-commit- to Christ Jesus.  All rights reserved.  Please do not mass publish, not for publication.
Donna M.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

GOD IS LOVE AND JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY: What I Would Say to My Beloved if Their Salvation in Jesus Christ Is Unsure: PART TWO and Salvation Prayer

He Cares

The Lord wants each of us to have Salvation.
###(See Links at End of This Posting for Parts One and Three.)
(The Translation Button is to the right...)
Ephesians: Just as he chose us beforehand in him [Jesus] from before the foundation of the universe, that we shall be holy and without spot before him, and he ordained us beforehand in love for himself. (Ephesians 1:4)

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
(Ephesians 2:1-10)
The Lord Jesus chose to save me from being killed in an auto accident
12 years ago as of this past August, 2014 (08/07/2002), for which I am always thankful to Him!  Why did He do that for me? 
I am sure I do not know every reason, but there are reasons of which I am certain: He knew I had work to do in His Name. 
 Jesus said to them, “You don’t need to know the time of those events that only the Father controls.  But the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Then you will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world.”  After Jesus had said this and while they were watching, he was taken up into a cloud... (Acts 1:7-9...)
I have become more and more aware that I am here for a Reason:
Jesus Christ and the Truth of His Good News, the Gospel~~~
to tell of His Salvation and to help in any way that I can to show Christ's love to those around me.

Likewise, very importantly, I believe that God saved me from the catastrophic car accident because He knew that my family needed me very much, as we deeply loved each other and needed to be together.  He knew that Royce and I, our two very loved children who were becoming young adults, and others we meet would grow closer to the Lord because of our experience with life and almost-death. 
People around us would see how our Great God in His mercy, tenderness, and plans for our lives, Who brought us through exceedingly dark and difficult times.  Royce said recently to me, "He made better people out of you and me," referring to what, overall, the car accident had done for the good in us, through our Lord.  Even if I had died that particular day or in the process of healing and surgeries thereafter, our God Almighty still would have loved me and my family and taken care of them.

What happens to a person when she or he has rejected Christ at one or more times in a lifetime, and, then, indeed, that person dies from an illness or accident?  In that individual's case, was the person prepared, truly, to realize where he or she would be headed?  Would the individual have yelled out to say, "Save me, Jesus!" that quick second before crashing?  Do we usually have time to take account of our afterlife to make that blink-of-an-eye decision: do I want to be with Christ in Heaven forever,
or do I want to be separated from Him forever in Hell? as we are leaving planet earth in that millisecond of death?  The question grows even stronger, then: What if you have not accepted Christ’s gift of salvation before you die? 
I was fortunate that I did not need to worry, whatsoever, that I would go to Heaven if I had died at the car accident that day.  I do not boast of myself, only of Jesus Christ, that He died for every person and gave us Salvation He simply asks that we believe in Him, trust Him, and ask Jesus to walk with us now and forever.  He will not presume or force anyone that he or she MUST accept God, for He has given us our free will.  The Lord is loving, longsuffering ("patient endurance" from the Greek- Paul described the behavior of love: "Love suffers long and is kind . . . [It] does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil"
1 Corinthians:13:4-5). Also, see James 1:19, kind, compassionate, and merciful.

Some years earlier in my life when our children were younger, there was an extremely frightening episode in my life where I might have died but was spared by God's most excellent grace and protection.  I arrived at the parking lot where I worked, mid-morning one day.  Getting out of my car to go inside, as I hurriedly grabbed my purse and books- without looking around to check my surroundings, a man holding a very long-nosed silver gun was right there standing beside me.  He appeared stressed, maybe even sweating and sickly, a very sad and confused man I am sure, in retrospect.  I could not help but notice his glazed-over eyes.  He must have been desperate for money to get another drug fix, and this stranger robbed me at gunpoint.  I cannot capably express the terror I felt inside as I feared in a way that I never had before.  I only had change in my wallet inside my purse, and the thought ran through my mind that he might shoot me for not having ample money- I had heard such stories.  I immediately began praying in my mind to Jesus for help because I kept thinking- I do not want my children to grow up without a mother!!  I gave the man what I had, and he went away.  He did not touch me whatsoever.  I tried to identify this person at the police department- I also prayed he would stop taking drugs/find the Lord/and not hurt anyone else.  It is only through the Holy Spirit of God Who lives within my spirit that gave me the wherewithal to pray to Jesus while being accosted.  When all is said and done, the man let me go!  Praise our Lord Almighty!
Never have I stopped thanking Jesus for saving me that can I truly express His gift of continuing life?  He saved me to continue mothering our children, loving my husband, teaching children, and I hope, sharing the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ, the Good News and doing my best living each day with Him in mind and in action!! 
I prayed for the man many times, who had stolen a bit of money from me because I knew he was in grave danger of his eternal life.  I have no exact knowledge if this sad, sick man was saved or not.  I truly hope so. 
When a person has truly accepted Christ's gift of Salvation (that Jesus paid in FULL for each of us~~~ the heavy price of His own blood because He was the only Man Who is completely God and Holy), he or she is SAVED for eternity.  Then, that individual keeps God and walks each day with Him. 
No one else could save us; we cannot do it for ourselves. 
Shouldn't we each have as PRIORITY, to stop and take at least a few moments to be sure that we have done this for ourselves for our eternity, forever? 
Is there anything more important for each of us? 
I cannot think of another fact that is more urgent and essential, can you?
Read the Bible and see the passages that say once you are truly saved, you are sealed with the Holy Spirit of God forever, AND there are also Scriptures about following Him daily and having Him as the Lord of your life...running to the mark at the end of one's life to Jesus Christ.
Can you say~~~
that you would know where you were going if you died tonight?  
I so hope and pray that you are saying: I am thankful beyond words and absolutely assured that I will go to Heaven!  Why?  Because the Lord Jesus Christ came to earth with the sole purpose of telling that He is our Lord and Savior and to die for all of our sins, to arise, to been seen by more than 500 people who had first-hand testimony (and the continuing testimony of his disciples today) that He was with them in different times and places during that 40 days before many saw Him arise into the Heavens to sit at the right-hand of God, His Father.
My pastor Chris Winn had a sermon where he gave us this scenario to think about: 
You are driving down the highway, and you notice that cars are pulled over to the side because there is something up ahead that looks wrong. You pull your car over, too, to stop, then you get out of your vehicle to walk up a bit to see what the matter is. A bridge has become impassable, broken, and if you had continued to drive the way you were, you would have run off the road and plunged to your sure death! If you knew this fact, would you not wave people down to tell them to STOP! before they killed themselves?

The point is this~~~we should be telling our loved ones; friends in church and out of church at school, work, and play; neighbors and strangers; people here, everywhere and all around the world:
STOP! Listen to the Truth that is the Bible, The Word of God~
Jesus, the Son of God, Who is the sure Way to Heaven!!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. (John 1:1) ***(See end of posting for more full verses of John.)
Jesus Christ is the Word of God!!  And the Word became flesh.
 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27)

Do you want to be with God, our Heavenly Father; Jesus, His Son; and the Holy Spirit, The Lord Who made you? God is Spirit, and He is also Three Persons in One God. 
Jesus promised us and is making an incredible mansion, especially for you in Heaven where you will live even greater and beyond any Joy, Love, Friendship, and Fun that you have ever, ever experienced here on earth as it is now!! 
He gives us glimpses here, certainly.  It will most certainly NOT be boring whatsoever, and you will never again experience grief, sadness, pain, loss of a loved one or pet, growing old and getting sick, humiliation, suffering, competition that is stressful and bad, illnesses, death, terror or war.  Please look for my new posting coming before Christmas, PART THREE: Heaven.  I will put that link at the bottom of this posting when I share it.  Here is the link to the first part of this little series,
WHAT I WOULD SAY TO MY BELOVED FAMILY Whose Salvation is Unsure: Have You Committed Your Life to Christ Jesus? PART ONE
The Lord Jesus created you completely- you can take not one smidgen/iota/morsel of pride that you are Amanda and Steven, Lana and Bill, Laura, Chuck, Tim, Meghan, or James, Stefanie, Patty. God made Eric, Sarah, and Tyler and each of the precious ones who are, have been, or will be on the face of the earth. He keeps you alive with health, provision, safety, jobs, a home, clothes, medicines and helpers for your health. He gives us air to breathe. You can see and walk, talk, laugh and eat and run and sleep and be of sound mind because the Father in Heaven makes that possible for you.

 Why are You Waiting? 
For What are You Waiting?
There is No Good Reason to Wait
Take That Step of Faith in Christ Now.
There will be a moment, only a quick and sure blinking-of-the-eye moment when those of us who are still alive here on earth will be caught up, the Rapture, to be taken up with Christ Who will be in the clouds.  He will not come down at that time to touch earth again- yet.  There will be a 7-year Tribulation when Satan through the Anti-christ will make life more unbearable than it ever has been.  The Bible says that if it were to continue unimpeded by God, there would no one left alive.  Then, when Jesus in His Second Coming to earth, those who are already saved will go with Him; those who are not saved as of yet or will be later born, will stay on earth, and they will still have time to accept or continue to reject Him through His 1,000-year reign with the believers and angels by His side.  The final battle where Satan and his minions will be chained in Hell (yes, a real and actual place) in a pit of fire forever, no more to plague God’s people.  God will create a New Heaven and New Earth where we, who are with the Lord, will live in a bliss and greatness that no eye has yet seen!!

God is longsuffering, as I said earlier, and filled with lovingkindness. His mercies are new each day, and He says 365 times in the Bible,“Do not fear, (for I am with you).” Jesus gives each one of us the seeds, the growing time, the the harvest to come to Him if we will but say “Yes!” to Him. There is a time when the time has simply run out. Do you want to have that last time pass you by, stepping on and over Jesus all those times when you could have opened the Door Who is Jesus Christ; do you want to pass all of that up, taking the chance that you will still have another time,
and then it be too late?  I am terribly sad to write these things, but Heaven and Hell are very real.  GOD is very REAL and alive, a Living Water Who yearns to have you with Him, forever and ever! 
Come, taste and see that He is good!

Here on earth as it is now, we are finite. We do die unless the Lord comes first. Then, we live forever either in Heaven with Him and our other loved ones who wanted God, or we live in Hell with devils- it makes me sick even to say that, let alone fully fathom it…for we cannot now fully understand, but you are hearing and reading the Truth.  I most joyously declare that I will never be separated from God!! I will be there with Him and my other beloved who chose Jesus Christ forever and ever and ever!

I so hope and pray that you will be in the sheepfold
with the Lord-
on His right side.

 An Earnest Prayer to Accept Jesus Christ~~~

Dear God, Heavenly Father, I have made a mess of things when I insist on doing it my way and not surrendering to your love and Promise in Salvation to accept the complete Life that you gave me.  I believe in You and do accept You, Jesus, into my heart now and for the rest of my days, into eternity in Heaven with You and other beloved ones.  I do not understand everything, but I have faith and will trust You to guide and to protect me.  Thank You, for your Son, Christ, Who makes this possible for me. 
In Jesus' Name, Amen, so be it.
John, Romans, Ephesians***(See the link just below for some key Scripture verses from the Bible how Jesus Christ is the Truth from Lord God Almighty- the One Way to Him and to Heaven one day.)
 How deeply and profoundly I have become aware of the Lord’s saving grace throughout my life! It is through the Bible, through the church and His fellowship- the body of believers, the Church established upon Jesus Himself and through Peter-through faith- that I develop. He keeps shaping me until my last day on earth, then on to Heaven where I will daily be in His complete Love and Light for eternity~ still learning, growing, loving and BEING in His care for always.

Many beloved fellow believers/friends/and in church fellowship have spoken to me to build my faith, to grow it, and to care enough to speak to me lovingly and truthfully in counsel about how to have faith and to speak or not to speak to the glory of God for my loved ones' sakes.
Read here for many encouraging Scripture verses that you may pray for your children and family's sake: claim them in the magnificent all-encompassing power and love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ:

***The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known. (John 1:1-18)

***One Greek word— humpomonee —is translated "patience" in almost all Bible versions and implies patient endurance., jealous for our love for Him (that is, He does not at all want us to have false gods or faiths), and He is holy, righteous, and just.

Part One: What I Would Say to My Beloved is Whose Salvation is Unsure

Part Three: Heaven

Blessings be with you in your walk with Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, the Maker and Creator of Heaven and Earth and all that is under Earth, including all the expanses of the universe and time…every creature, most including God’s beloved people- you.
Donna M.
Thank you,, for your gracious free Jesus pictures, the many I have used on this blog, including this one:

"Jesus Cares"