Sunday, August 21, 2011
"Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them." Hebrews 7:25
My heart is filled with gratitude every time I think about how Jesus, my Savior, is powerful to deliver me, protect me, heal me, and even make me whole. What a Savior!
I know this is short, because my time is short right now, but if you find a moment, I encourage you to ponder over this scripture and what it means for your life today. Whatever you have need, he is able to accomplish. Remember, Jesus Christ lives to pray to the Father on your behalf, and he is powerful to....!
You are dear to our hearts! Have a great Monday!
~Josh and Jill
Monday, August 15, 2011
When I felt like I finally had the verse for today, I got so excited I had to make another cup of tea. It has replaced my morning coke habit. Praise God for victory in such a small, but big thing!
It's Philippians 4:4-5 and it says this:
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near."
We sang a song yesterday at church with the lyrics of Rejoice in the Lord always.... I woke up this morning singing it. I wish that being a part of the family of God meant that we would never have difficult circumstances, that tragedy would never strike in our lives or the lives of our families, that everyone would adore us, that we'd never have an enemy, that we'd certainly never be sick or face disease, that life would be full of good times. The truth is that life is difficult, sometimes unbearably so. Sometimes we are hated because of the very Christ that lives in us. That's why in Philippians 3:1 Paul referred to the act of rejoicing in the Lord as a safeguard for us. He knew we'd face incredible difficulties in this life. He faced incredible difficulties of his own. He understood the power of rejoicing in God even in the most adverse circumstances. He knew that's where the victory lay. Matthew Henry says it like this:
"God is able to furnish us with matter of joy in the worst circumstance on earth. He had said it before (ch. 3:1): Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. Here he says it again, Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say Rejoice. Joy in God is a duty of great consequence in the Christian life; and Christians need to be again and again called to it."
I am often tempted to let my circumstances get the best of my joy, and I sometimes cave to that temptation. Maybe those very things that are so unfair, so hurtful, and so difficult for us to manage, are the very things that God uses to call us to rejoice. What if instead of seeing our difficulties as hindrances in our lives, we saw a call to joy? A call to joy. Are you ready to accept such a call?
Keep in mind the encouragement Paul gives at the end of verse 5: "The Lord is near." There is a day coming when Christ will return, and He will right the wrongs, and the difficulties of this life will be over. All will be at peace. Loved ones will be reunited. No more sickness, no more sorrow. The Lord is near, and until then, there is joy to sustain us!
~Josh and Jill
Friday, August 12, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
This was their first time to meet, and they adored each other!
about 1/4 of it... it was huge! Very historic and unique building.
They loved these little desserts. One day I am going to try
to make some like it. Hopefully the picture will help me remember!
a great relief to her!
Well, that's all for now! Hope you have found some rest and time in God's presence on this holy day! Check back tomorrow for "Apply it to Me Monday!"
Josh and Jill
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I had incredibly high hopes of keeping the blog going while we've been on vacation, & had certainly hoped to have the Apply it to Me Monday posted in time, but we've just stayed busier than I've expected. We've been enjoying cooler temperatures with less humidity, and I must confess, it's been nice! It was wonderful to see family and celebrate my Grandpa's 90th birthday. What a way to celebrate! Hopefully we'll post pictures soon. All that said, we're posting Monday's post on Tuesday.
I read a scripture a few weeks back that has stayed in my heart in a very significant way. I was reminded of it today, and thought it would be perfect to share here. It's found in Exodus 14:14 when Moses was speaking to the Israelite people at the time they crossed the Red Sea and were afraid of the Egyptian army. He said,
"The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still."
How often we feel overwhelmed and it seems the enemy wants to hem us in on every side. Oh, but how wonderful when God reminds us that He will fight the battles that are too big for us, we need only to be still! What a comfort!
I love to read on to verse 19 and see God's protective nature over the Israelites. It says,
"then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel's army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long."
And the story goes on of how God brought them through the Red Sea.
The same protective nature He had for the Israelite army that day, He has for me and for you. Thank Him today for the battles He fights in our stead. Remember, you need only to be still!
Josh & Jill