What does Easter mean to Me?

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Hello everyone. Today I am going to do something different. I usually post about writing, marketing, editing and so on but today this post is dedicated to Easter. I challenge everyone to take a close look at what Easter is all about. Easter is recognized all over the world but is usually celebrated by Christians. Easter marks a celebratory time because it marks the date Christ rose from the grave. It is usually the time when Christians will make an extra effort in attending church. Easter is celebrated because of the miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. Some people have made up fables telling children about the Easter bunny and decorating eggs. In Western cultures, Christians celebrate a period of 40 days prior to Easter called Lent. This is when they go through a time of discipline, fasting and repentance.

Easter is a time of reflection on what…

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Poem: The Wedding

The Wedding Day is quickly approaching,

To Celebrate a new bride and groom.

Invitations have been sent,

Free to attend with plenty of room.

The stage is set with decorations,

Many new faces and people to meet.

Many are dressed in their very best.

God is present on his thronely seat.

The preparations are already underway,

For the wedding of God’s son.

A Heavenly atmosphere is all around,

A New City with many mansions.

Angels are singing in one accord,

Peace and Love is in the Air. 

Smiles and laughter can be heard. 

Wedding party in formal wear,

A beautiful bride is adorned for her husband.

The Groom is waiting patiently on his bride.

A union of love that will never end.

To live eternally by God’s side.

Helping her through her trials and fears,

Christ has spent many days by her side.

He knows her weaknesses and shares her tears,

For his love will always abide.

A crystal river can be seen,

A kingdom with streets of pure gold. 

With Jesus our Lord and forever friend.

Happiness forever, never growing old.

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Do You Believe Jesus Is the Christ?

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According to the Scriptures, you must believe on Jesus Christ in order to go to Heaven. There is no other way into Heaven or no other way to receive eternal life.

1 John 5:1-15-Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

If you don’t know how to receive Jesus as your Lord, here is more information.

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Learn To Love One Another

So many things has happened in the last few months that breaks my heart to see. The Lord tells us to love one another. If we truly loved one another, there wouldn’t be things happening in the world that are unrighteous. Lately I have seen things on social media sites where people are rioting, fighting against one another, cursing one another, killing, stealing, etc…. As a Christian, we need to learn to truly love one another. Learn compassion, learn to forgive others of their trespasses against us.

God tells us in 1 John 4:7-17-Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

If you can’t love your brother who you can see, how can you love God, whom you haven’t seen. 1 John 2:9-11-He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.  He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. 1John 4:20-If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

Love goes a long way. It isn’t just showing kindness but helping others in need. If you can, give to others that are in need. If you don’t have money to give, give your time. Take someone to the store or doctor appointment if they need a ride. 1 John 3:17-But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

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God Can Accomplish the Impossible

Some in this world might try to tell you that something is impossible.  They may tell you that you won’t recover from your illness or disease.  They may tell you that it is beyond their control.  Well maybe it is.  But let me tell you that Nothing is impossible with God. Never try to put limitations on what God can do.  God was able to create the world in 6 days.  God was able to part the Red Sea.  God was able to help Sarah conceive when she was past age.  God was able to raise Lazarus from the dead.  God was able to feed the multitude with five loaves and two fishes.  God was able to help David defeat the giant with a slingshot and stone.  God was able to prepare a whale to keep Jonah alive until he was ready to obey him.  God was able to deliver the Israelites to the promise land.

Miracles still happen today too.  God has given children to people that the doctor said couldn’t have any.; including my niece.  God has healed many people that the doctors said had no hope; including my dad.  God has and still performs many miracles today.  God has helped people out of financial difficulties when they thought they would have to file bankruptcy. God is able to cleanse the drug addict from their addiction.   The greatest miracle I can think of is that God is able to save the lost person from their sins; including me. He can create a new creation in us. We are not able to change our vile thoughts and actions without the help of God.  God loves us and wants us to live a holy life and a life of peace and happiness.

So many things that God is able to do, but we often put restrictions on him .  If the doctor says it is impossible, we believe him.  Let me say again that nothing is impossible with God.  Let me tell you that God knows best though.  Sometimes things happen that we wish God would change for the better, but God is in control.  He may answer your prayer with a No, because he knows that something will not be good for you.  I am thankful for No’s in my life.  I would not be married to my husband if I hadn’t received a no.  I thought I knew best, but God knows best and he will take care of us.  He has a special plan and purpose for our lives, but we need to rely and trust in him.  Don’t forget to pray for your needs and wants, because God is able.  If you are not a Christian, I urge you to pray to God and ask him into your life.  Repent from your sins and become a new creation in Christ.  You will not regret this decision.

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Overcoming Depression

Its hard not to become overwhelmed, depressed, saddened by things going on in the world today.  Things look chaotic, bleak, uncontrollable.  You may wonder why God is allowing these things.  Let me tell you that God has a specific plan in place.  He knows what he is doing.  I try not talk about politics and such on this blog.  I do, however, want to talk about things that are happening in our world that can bring us down.  If we watch the news, read Facebook post, blogs, etc.. We see nothing but chaotic things that are happening around us.  It has been my experience to limit your access to these things that could upset you or depress you.

Satan is having a field day right now.  He wants nothing more that to Depress you, Suppress you, Oppress you and rob your joy. I heard a sermon the other day on: Philippians 4:8; which says:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

This simply means to think on good things.  Don’t get wrapped up in the chaos.  Keep your hearts pure and holy. Philippians 4:7 says: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

We, as Christians should learn to rely and trust in Jesus for our peace and protection.  Many fear this Covid 19, but I tell you this. God is in control.  You will not die unless God permits.  He has a perfect time for you to spend eternity with him. Hebrews 9:27-
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

More resources: about Dealing with Depression can be found here: https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/178007653/posts/99  – Depression is Serious

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/140502549/posts/205 -The Truth about Depression

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Are You Waiting for the Coming Kingdom

Mark 15:43 says that Joseph of Arimathaea was waiting on the kingdom of God.  He took the body of Christ from the cross and laid it a sepulchre after his death.  He was an honorable man that went to Pilate and begged for the body of Jesus, so he could bury him.  Then on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they (Mary Magdalene and Mary – the mother of Joses) came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre (Mark 15).

By this time, Jesus had already risen from the dead.  He later returned for a short while to show others that he had risen before he returned to God’s side. John 21:14-
This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead. Acts 10:40- Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.  He was seen by over 500 men, 1 Corinthians 15:6.

One day shortly. he will return: Revelation 1:7 says: Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.  Revelation 21 tells us of his coming kingdom: And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Revelation 19:11-16-And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.

Revelation 22:12-17- And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

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We are the Church

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Recently I heard two separate sermons a day apart talking about God’s people being the church.  Yes we should worship God in his precious assembly and listen to a God called Preacher.  But, this virus has closed a lot of church buildings.  Some are having their sermons online so people can hear about God.  Some are ministering to people that don’t even go to their church.

I heard a young man say that since we can’t go to church, we must become the church.  Sitting in church once or twice a week and not ministering to the outside world, is not what we need to be doing right now.  We need to get filled by God’s word, whether reading your Bible, listening to a sermon online or praying, but we need to share the gospel to the dying world.  Yes, those that don’t know Christ are dying and will not enter the kingdom of God.

We need to be the church for them.  Some will not enter a church building but they might listen to their friends or loved ones telling them about the love of God.  They might learn who Jesus truly was.  He was the son of the perfect God.  He sacrificed his own body on a cross for the sins of mankind.  He is a God of love.  He is a God who will forgive you of any sins, as long as you turn from them.  Repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you.  He can change your life.  He can give you a life of happiness and peace.

God is a healer too.  He is in control of every aspect of your life.  He knows what he is doing.  He wants to bring people to him.  He wants to mold us into better people.   He wants to humble us so we can love others; have compassion for others and so we will come to him in our darkest trials and tribulations because he is our answer.  He can bring us out of darkness into his glorious light.

The house of God is the temple and it is a house of prayer and should never be disrespected at all.  But we are God’s children.  We are his church.  Jesus said he would build his church and he would be the chief cornerstone.  He is our rock and our Salvation.

Think of this!  Is God pleased with you!  Have you lived a life for him.  Have you witnessed, shared the gospel, tried to live a holy life, tried to separate yourself from the world, taught others about Christ, worked in the church in some capacity, had great faith.  Have you said, “Here am I lord, Send me.”

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What’s Happening Lord

Things are happening right now in the world that is making people fear, lose faith, question God.  The Coronavirus has some people fearing to leave the house.  The government is trying to keep everyone in their homes or limiting them from going out. People are fighting over food, toilet paper and such.  Churches are closing doors or keeping them open despite only having a small handful of people attending.  Hospitals are limiting visitors who can come visit loved ones and/or altogether stopping visitors from coming.  Stores are closing early, schools have closed for the semester.  Why has the world changed overnight?  A virus that came from China has killed several people and has spread like wildfire.  Its understandable that the world would question what is going on.  But for the saved, the church of God, the Christian should know that this would come to pass.  The Bible has told us that in the last days, perilous times shall come (2 Timothy 3:1).   We don’t have to fear, Psalm 91:10 says: There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

Matthew 24:7 tells us that in the last days, For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.  We don’t have to question what is happening because Jesus told us that these things would come to pass before his return. We don’t have to fear either. We have a great physician. Matthew 9:35: And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

All we have to do is look around and realize that Jesus is coming back soon and we need to be ready.  We need to get our house in order.  Repent for our sins and take this time to spread the gospel to our families and friends.  Tell them that Jesus is coming soon. 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17-For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

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God Knows Best

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Recently my daughter just had a new baby.  He was born 7 days later than his due date and to much of our anticipation we were worried that we would miss the whole birth.  She lives in Texas and we are in Alabama.  We flew there a few days before her baby’s due date so we wouldn’t miss anything.  Everyday we were eager to see our new grandson.  As the days pasted, we knew time was quickly running away from us.  We had to return home on a specific date to return to work.  Our flight was scheduled and our hotel days were running out.  Money was getting low too, so we knew we could not expand the date any.

To hurry up my daughter’s delivery, we walked everyday.  Either at the mall, when it was rainy or outside her home.  We thought the walking would speed the day up.  Nothing seemed to help.  We prayed and prayed for God to intervene and allow the baby to be born.  My daughter has a health history that could have interfered with an easy delivery so I wanted to be there for her.

Days passed and the 7th day post due date arrived.  She had some minor pains that morning, so we passed it off as Braxton Hicks because they were minor. We only had 2 days left before we flew home so we were very anxious, but a little upset too.  We wanted to see our new grandson and be there for my daughter too.  I hate to say that I started to question God.  Why not allow me to see my grandson?  Why not answer my prayer?  I doubted that God heard me.  I started to doubt that God cared about me or what I wanted.

Later that night about 6pm, my daughter kept complaining of pressure.  In the back of my mind, I thought she was in labor but didn’t want to rush going to the hospital without some more confirmation or specific signs.  Her husband tried to time the pains to see if they were regular and they were to some degree.  He called the hospital number he was given to ask when to go to hospital.  It was a military hospital and they wanted him to wait till she was 2 minutes apart and in major pain.   I thought this was very strange because they usually tell you to go 5 minutes apart.  My daughter was not having bad pains either, only pressure.  I urged them to go ahead to the hospital because I didn’t want her baby to be born at home.  Her husband kept saying that he thought she was just having gas but agreed to take her on to the hospital.  When we got there she was already dilated 5 cm but not hurting hardly at all.  Since her blood pressure was up, they agreed to go ahead and hook her up to the monitor and keep her there until delivery.

Finally the baby arrived by 6 am the next morning.  Danielle was weak and white looking.  Her baby heartrate had kept dropping during the contractions.  I remember one nurse in particular that stood back and analyzed the situation.  She had Danielle turn over when needed to help the baby.  His cord was wrapped around his neck and he came out blue all over.  The midwife (Yes midwife) was in training, but the one nurse seemed to know what to do.

I looked back over the situation and the time and there was a perfect plan for this baby’s birth.  He was born 2-20-2020.  God had his date planned. Ecclesiastes 3:2 says that there is A time to be born.  That one nurse was there to help with the delivery making sure the baby and Danielle were okay.  We can question why, but God knows what is best for us.  My daughter had to have 2 units of blood afterward.  God knew certain things that we did not.  He could have been waiting for the perfect staff; the perfect time that the baby could be born safely (due to the umbilical cord).  We will never know exactly, but I know that God was watching over my daughter and her son.  He knows all and we need to learn to trust him.  God is in control and he is all knowing,  all powerful and he does care about us and our wants, but he is there to take care of us too.  I thank him for taking care of my daughter and her newborn son.

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