How Will You Approach Jesus on the Day of His Return?

“And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back in shame.” (1 John 2:28) NLT

How amazing it will be to see Jesus’ face on His return. Whether we see it on this side of heaven or while in heaven, the day He returns to wipe away all sin, sadness, and pain from this world will be a time to rejoice.

No matter how bad I feel on this side of the fall, I know this is temporary, and He is eternal. I do believe this pain has a purpose. Sometimes it takes our pain to bring us to our knees because from this vantage point, we can look up and choose to see Christ.

I want no one to shrink back in shame the day the Lord comes. I want as many people as possible to approach Him with courage. It is not in our perfection that we can courageously look upon our Savior, but if we chose to wear His righteous perfection, we are made worthy.

The Christmas season is upon us. The presents lack their luster because it is the presence of our Christ that I want to celebrate.
This is my favorite Christmas song by one of my favorite Christian singers. What beauty it will be to behold the Great I Am!

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I’ve been asked many times what my favorite Christmas song…
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What Would Be Your Answer if Jesus Came Today?

“And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming” (1 John 2:28).

If Jesus came today, what worry that you are holding onto would be erased in an instant? Would it even matter anymore?

If Jesus came today, would you be able to tell Him about the people you pointed His way?

If Jesus came today, would you be confident or ashamed in how you are living your life for Him?

I read this verse today, and it really convicted me. I love my Savior, but how often is our time, talents, and treasures used for this world instead of pointing others to Him?

Not everyone is called to mission work or preaching. God gave each of us our own unique personality and strengths because they serve a very big purpose in His kingdom. We just need to pray to Him if we are unsure of what that is and ask for opportunities to present themselves where we can help. The best thing we can do is just be willing. He will open our eyes to those who are lost and provide ways we can love them and show them the love of Christ.

It may be as simple as providing a meal, raking someone’s leaves, offering an ear when someone seems like they are hurting, or inviting someone to church.

I was lost and searching until a friend invited me to church. That was all it took. My heart was ready to hear the truth, and God used my friend to get me to a place to hear it. She was open and willing to do what God asked, and my soul was saved.

Let’s not be ashamed when Christ comes but be confident we are loving people and pointing them towards His kingdom. We are His hands and feet. We just have to be willing to use them.

Church Shooting in Texas: Choose to Focus on the Light

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  (Matt. 5:14-16) NIV
 
My heart and prayers go out to the many affected by the decision of one man to hurt many during their time of worship at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.
 
Mr. Roger’s mom was so right when she told him as a young boy to look for the helpers when bad things happened. During this tragedy, there were so many wonderful helpers/heroes. Evil came into that church, but good outshined any of the darkness.
 
The two men who chased down the shooter risked their lives so he couldn’t hurt anyone else or escape from facing the devastation he left behind. Many people flooded that church to offer whatever help they could and the people within that church loved and cared for the brothers and sisters in Christ they just spent the morning worshiping with. The first responders walked into the unknown to help in a situation none of us could ever comprehend, and to the country as a whole poured out their love and prayers for those who were lost, wounded, or a part of that harrowing experience.
 
Jesus’ light is not made from earthly materials. The Pharisees tried to snuff out Jesus’ light on the cross only to have it supercharged, multiplied, and returned as the Holy Spirit that now resides in you and me.
 
Darkness can only occur when there is an absence of light. What this man tried to do was force his absence of light on other people. He walked into a place full of light that exponentially became brighter as others came to help. Darkness is fleeting even in the presence of the tiniest of flames or the tiniest of creatures like the lighting bug who dots the night sky.
 
I am choosing to focus on the light, the helpers, and the heroes in this tragedy. I am choosing to focus on prayers of comfort, peace, and healing for all who are involved. I am praying for this man who chose to keep light out so he could remain in the darkness that speaks only in the language of evil. This is becoming more prevalent as these tragedies keep occurring but Jesus’ light can permeate any wall—even one encased in darkness.
 
Be the light of the world today. You never know whose flame you will light just by showing them yours.

He’s Got This!

“No one who denies the Son has the Father, whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” (John 2:23)

I have been off of work for several weeks now due to health issues. It can be frustrating when your mind and heart would like to do things, but your body says, “No way!”

I’ve been really relying on my armor because in our weakest times, our enemy likes to kick us when we are down. Can you relate? I’ve had to push aside thoughts of being useless, a burden, a bad mother and wife, and unworthy of love. The enemy has nicked me a few times, but that made me quickly realize I forgot to ask Jesus for His protection.

Moses had a speech issue, and Paul had health issues. We all carry a burden of one kind or another, but I hang my hope on John 2:23. We have the Son and we have the Father. What could be greater than that?

Whatever your troubles are today, don’t let the enemy take you down because you carry the promise from the savior and creator of the universe saying, “I’ve got you!” Looking at life through that lens makes everything else seem small. We are never alone and we are never forgotten. We are His child cupped inside of His hands.

These troubles will fade away, and a perfect place is our eternity. Until then, He gave us each other to lift up and encourage. We’ve got this because He’s got us. I pray for your comfort and peace in His promises today.