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Free Coffee!!

Romans 5:14-19 – “Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

It is National Coffee Day! Yeah!!! 

Coffee and I have a special relationship. It’s like a warm little blanket for me early in the morning. It wakes me up and just tastes good – with cream and sugar, of course. 

But today, oh happy day, is Friday AND free coffee day at some places! Does life get any better?? You can bet I’m headed to Wawa after I drop the kids off at school for a delightful cup of joe.

When we get the opportunity for something free, we jump all over it. Buy one, get one free deals at the grocery store are hard to pass up. Free samples at stores are just icing on the cake. We love free. 

These verses have the two words that most people love to hear – “free” and “gift”. So, why is it so hard to get people to listen and consider when you talk about the two things that most everyone loves? I think it is because they have to first admit they are wrong to accept this “free gift”. In order to be saved, you first have to be lost. And to be lost, you have to come to the realization that you are a sinner. There is nothing that you can do on your own, in and of yourself, to gain salvation. The only thing you can do is admit that you are a sinner, believe that Jesus Christ is who He says He is and did what He said He did, and accept that “free gift” of salvation. Ask, Believe and Confess. ABC. 

Salvation is as easy as walking into Wawa on National Coffee Day and accepting that free cup of coffee. No strings attached. No guilt in taking it. Wawa opened it’s doors today and started making coffee, lots and lots of coffee. Jesus has opened the doors of Heaven to each and every person, offering them the opportunity to accept His free gift of salvation. 

What are you waiting for? What is keeping you from sharing that Wonderful News? I would guess that you will tell someone today that it is National Coffee Day and inform them that they need to look up a place close to them that will have free coffee. But why is that so easy to share yet sharing the Good News of Christ that will change their eternity so difficult?

Happy Friday and Happy National Coffee Day.

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Extra Icing

John 10:27,28 – “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

I had an amazing experience yesterday.

I was seeing a client and this client told me, out of the blue, that they thought their death was close. This client has multiple medical issues but seems to be functioning fairly well. I probed a bit and found out more information but nothing that would necessarily substantiate the fears that were expressed. 

Yet, I felt the Holy Spirit impress upon my heart that I needed to confirm and/or present the plan of salvation to this person. And I did. It was amazing. I told my client very bluntly and candidly about what it takes to KNOW that death is not the end. And my client confirmed that they had the free gift of salvation in their heart. 

I’m a nobody. I love what I do. I love being in contact with people and helping them and walking through all sorts of situations and problems with them. But when I get the opportunity to speak to someone I have grown close to about Jesus and His free gift of salvation- well, that’s just extra icing on the cupcake. I don’t push it but I don’t hide it. And when God was speaking to my heart yesterday, for once, I listened. And it was beautiful!

So I want to encourage you to live it out. We never know how long we have or how long the person across from us has. Yesterday, I heard His voice and I followed and it was truly a blessing in my life. I encourage you to do the same. Happy Wednesday. 

Blessings of a Godly Family

Jeremiah 35:12-17 – “Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the LORD. The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father’s commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me. I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me. Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them; but this people hath not hearkened unto me: Therefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them: because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and I have called unto them, but they have not answered.”

Sorry. I know the reading was long, but I wanted you to get the full picture. 

Oftentimes, God uses living, breathing examples for us to understand what He is trying to tell us. Here, He wanted the people of Israel to see that it can be done – you can follow after age, old commands without compromising. These people, the Rechabites, had followed after the commands of their forefathers for many generations. They chose not to drink wine. (They chose not to do other things everyone else did as well. Check out Jeremiah 35.)   

The important lesson here for the children of Israel was that they needed to repent and follow after the commands that God had given their forefathers. But this didn’t fit what they wanted to do. It interfered with their life. They had chosen a different path. 

That’s the thing here – we all have to choose our path. The Rechabites chose to follow after the commands of their forefathers. The children of Israel chose the path of everyone around them; they wanted to be like everyone else. 

I have been blessed with a beautiful spiritual background. Both sides of my family accepted Jesus as their Savior. My mom’s side was a bit more recent than my dad’s, but nonetheless, it was there. My husband’s family knows the Lord as well. Not all the distance relatives, but some. The ones with the greatest effect on his life knew the Lord. What a blessing for my children! An heritage of the Lord. 

But what I want you to understand is this – just because your family loved and served the Lord doesn’t automatically make you a child of the King. No, it’s your choice. You have to choose your own path. You have to make your own decision. Heritage will not get you to Heaven. Only the accepted blood of Jesus Christ can do that. 

A Godly family is a blessing, indeed. But don’t be fooled into thinking that’s what you need for salvation. The choice is yours and yours alone. You can’t ride in on someone else’s skirt tail. 

Joy in obedienceĀ 

Psalm 35:9 – “And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.” 

My daughter had believed she was saved for quite sometime- that is, until last summer. During VBS, she came to me and told me that she thought she had just prayed the prayer and did not mean it in her heart. We talked about what that meant and before our chat was over, she was a true blue Princess. She truly and completely accepted Jesus as her Savior. 

Sunday night, our church observed the Lord’s Supper. It’s a very somber and reverent time for our little congregation, yet so very sweet. We observe this ordinance twice a year. I’m not sure where we were when we observed it in the fall, but we must not have been there because my daughter said this was her first “real” observance of this ordinance. 

She said, “Mom, I used to smile through it. But tonight, I couldn’t. It just reminded me so much of what Jesus did for me. But now, all I can do is smile because this time I did it for real.”

Joy. Real, honest joy in being obedient. Have you ever experienced that? Have you ever been so overflowing with joy just because you have done what Jesus asked you to do?

It is an amazing feeling. It makes me smile just thinking about it. 

We should experience joy when we are obedient to God. It shouldn’t be burdensome and weary. It should be joyful and energizing and rewarding. 

Matthew 11:30 – “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” 

How many of us feel like this at the end of the day? We have done all that God has called us to do and what do we do? Complain. Moan. Groan. Whine. 

Some days, His yoke doesn’t feel light. Why is that? I know in my case, it’s a “me” problem. I’m so busy being focused on me and my problems that I forget to see the joy in being obedient. 

So let me encourage you today to choose to see the joy in doing what God has called you to do – whether it be serving on the mission field or serving dinner to the family. Find joy in all you do, especially in your obedience to Him. 

A New Song

Psalm 40:3-5 – “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.”

Yesterday was a good day. My daughter accepted Jesus as her Savior August 12. Yesterday, she was baptized. You see, we had thought that she was saved. But she came to me on the night of the 12th and said to me that she didn’t think she was saved. She said that she thought that when she was little, that she just said the prayer and did what she needed to do just because she wanted to make her dad and I proud of her. But on this night, she understood that she had said that prayer for the wrong reasons and that because of that, she wasn’t saved. I asked her if she wanted to take care of that right then and there. She responded, “yes”. So, that night as we sat on the couch in the front room, my sweet little girl confessed her sin, asked for forgiveness and asked Jesus to come and live in her heart as her Savior to lead her and guide her the rest of her days. She confessed that she believed Him to be her one and only Savior and Redeemer. It was beautiful. 

On the way to church yesterday, her favorite song came on the radio, well, one of her favorites, and she began to sing. We love to listen to contemporary Christian music while in the car, especially on the way to church and school. It helps us to get our focus where it needs to be. The song she was singing was “How He loves” by the David Crowder Band. And when she sang this song in the car yesterday, it almost brought me to tears – she was singing a “new song”. It was the first time she had sang it since her new birthday. She had a whole new perspective on His love and forgiveness and understanding. 

Jesus doesn’t care who you are, how old you are, what you have done in the past or anything like that – He is concerned about the future. He wants you to spend it with Him. And yes, you have made mistakes. You may have asked Him into your heart a long time ago, but did you mean it? Did you do it just to please others or did you do it because you truly believed? It’s okay if this is you. The MOST important thing is that you get it right, right now! Don’t wait another second. Don’t be ashamed. Don’t be embarrassed. Jesus never gave up on my daughter. I had no clue that she was thinking about this. I had no clue that her salvation was not secure. But Jesus knew the state of her heart and He never stopped pursuing her. He never stopped pricking her heart. And for that I am so grateful. 

Do you have a new song? Are you singing in your heart the praises of His name? 

Let me encourage you today to have a heart check. Make sure that your salvation is secure in Him. Life is too short to wait and eternity is too long to toy with. Get it right today. 

Your set of 92

Luke 15:7 – “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”

It’s VBS week at our little church. What fun we have! My husband and I are teaching the teens – actually, he does all the work and I just go as the support team. I get everything prepped and ready for a great night. 

Well, last night night was a great night. We had a teenager accept Jesus as her Savior. What an amazing blessing! We knew that she had been asking all the right questions and had definitely shown an interest in Christ. During class, she was answering very insightful questions. You could tell she had been contemplating things. And last night, well, let’s just say there was great rejoicing in heaven! 

We had 92 at VBS last night. Ninety-two souls in need of a loving Savior – that includes adults. Adults need Jesus as much as the kids! But out of all those 92 there, my heart is grateful for the the one. The one young girl who will now spend eternity with Jesus. How awesome!

Every day you are surrounded by your own set of 92. You have co-workers, friends, acquaintances and total strangers that cross your path who are in need of a Savior. You have your own set of 92 who need love and acceptance and understanding. You can’t give up on these 92. You have to keep going. You have to keep showing. You have to keep living the life that shows Him in all that you do. It’s not in vain. God will make it all worth while. And even if only one person makes that choice to follow Christ, then believe me, it is all worth it. 

When the roll is called up yonder

John 17:3 – “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent.”

A little over a year ago, I was working alongside a friend of mine a work. He is a nice guy. He had a warm smile and willing hand to help someone in need. He enjoyed life. He had passes to most of the places of entertainment around our area and he enjoyed spending time with his friends.

And then he developed a cough. A cough that would not go away. We all attributed it to allergies. But he went to the doctor multiple times and the medicine the doctor gave would not make the cough go away. So he decided to run a few more tests. It was determined that my friend had cancer. He has been fighting this cancer for a year now. He has tried experimental drugs and procedures. Nothing has worked. My friend is now home with hospice care. He is surrounded by family and friends as he trudges along.

But, in amongst all the sad news is this bright spot: He accepted Jesus as his Savior Saturday night. When I got up yesterday to check my social media, I cannot express the lightness in my heart. I had been praying for him for some time in this regard. Another friend of mine at work is close to this friend and was faithful to The Lord in presenting the plan of salvation to him multiple times. He and his wife were not giving up on my friend. For that, I am eternally grateful, literally.

Yesterday at church, we sang “When the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there”. I couldn’t sing it. I was too busy shedding tears of joy. In fact, just the thought of that song this morning brings tears to my eyes. I know that if I don’t see my friend again this side of eternity, one day I will get another of his warm hugs in heaven. That makes me smile.

So I want to encourage you, princess, to not give up on your unsaved friends. Keep praying for them. Keep showing them Jesus in your life. Pray for them to be surrounded by His presence. Just pray. God hears you. God knows the desires of your heart toward them. And He knows what they need and when they need it. Just keep being faithful.