Sunday, December 30, 2012

December 30, 2012

Good morning all-

We are nearing the end of the year with many things to think and act on in the coming days.  A new year is like a new beginning, your just one year older.  However, with each year change comes and we must deal with the ever changing world along with life.  Sometimes I wish I could predict the future but then I think of Daniel, Jeremiah and Isaiah and I think, "Maybe I don't want to know."

If I could capture one wish this year it would me that millions would come to know Christ.  I wish that a flood of people would fall on their knees and proclaim that Jesus is Lord.  My hope is that it will happen, maybe not this year but in years to come and of course, when He comes back, all with bow.  And if millions can't come this year, I hope that many will find God through evangelists, preachers, teachers and those that have heard the call.  I'm praying for everyone that stands up and says, "Jesus is Lord."  The difference between us and non-christians is that we recognize we are sinners and need a Savior.  I love when people put Christians on a pedestal and think they are perfect.  We are far from it because we know the hand of God and what a mess we were before we met Him.  Even when we try to be good, we fail and thank goodness God is molding us and stretching us.

I can't imagine a life without Jesus.  I always believed in God actually from the time I was little but it was through my struggles that I found Him.  His grace is enough.  I will never be perfect, my only hope is that as I grow in Him, people will see Jesus.  I hope they don't look too close because I'm as flawed as flawed can be.  The flaws are what make me real and it's real people Christ calls to walk beside Him.  He quit ministering to the Pharisees when they quit believing.  Remember?

I'm comfortable with my flaws and that Christ continues to grow me up.  I want to stand on a rock not the sand.  And when I stand, I want to reside in the one that's majestic.  I don't need to know what tomorrow will bring because tomorrow will take care of itself.  I just need to take the moment and make it His.  So last night as I contemplated the new year, I took some time to remember those that have gone on and the memories that they left behind.  I baked cookies with my son's girlfriend and we talked about silly stuff and important stuff.  My boys thanked me for all the goodies and fled to play a mad game of ping pong and all throughout the house I heard joy.

I won't always have those sounds or the feeling of completeness I felt last night. Things will be changing fast.  Hunter is a junior  and Austin is a senior in college.  Soon they will be in their own dorms or homes and I will be left with the quiet of the morning.  Things change but one thing remains, Jesus is Lord, He is near and He is my Savior.  The coming months and year may hold challenges, who knows, but for today, I'm resting in the quiet of my Lord and Savior.  May He guide many to Him.

My heart cries for the lonely and lost.  I hope yours does too.  Many people are facing hardships, sorrow, and turmoil.  The world is a crazy place.  Everywhere you look there are massive natural disasters, bombs being set off, people dying and hopelessness.  Christ can heal the wounds the world just needs to look for Him.  We are in the end times and although we hate to read Revelation; its testimony is very powerful.  John saw into the future.  He saw Jesus coming back for His bride.  He watched as the 7 seals were broken and he saw a new Heaven.

The world didn't end on December 21, 2012 because only the Father knows the time and hour.  Don't let that fool you though, we are to be ready for the thief to come in the night.  He will someday, but for now we need to continue to pray for the lost and lonely, lift up our pastors, our leaders and people.  There are so many that need our prayers.  We are warriors and this is our time.  I may not be able to predict what will happen tomorrow but I know that I have a job to do today.  We must shout to the rooftops that Jesus is Lord!  None of us can predict what will come but we know in today we have Jesus.

May today bring you a sense of peace as you put your trust and hope in Jesus.  One day passes and another day comes.  What will you do today?  May God bless and keep you until tomorrow.

Titus 2:13 NKJV:

     looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:18 NKJV:

     the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance to the saints,

Isaiah 40:31 NKJV:

     But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Our day is today.  We must shout that Jesus is the Lord.  In the face of hardship, He is the only thing that stands true, not just today but for eternity.

My prayer today:

O, Lord, I come before You, petitioning on behalf of the lost and lonely.  I'm praying today for the millions of people that don't know You.  They are crying, feeling depressed, sitting in chaos and needing a Savior.  You know who they are, they are written on Your heart.  Please hear the cries of women all over the world.  We need You to come into the hearts of people, to change them and make them new.  We are praying for the children, for the men and women that think they don't need You and for Christians to stand up and be counted in Your army.  This world is in need of a Savior.  Place on our hearts Your concerns, give us eyes to see and hearts that yearn for what you yearn for.  We are a fallen people, with pride issues, greed issues and sin issues.  We need You to come into our homes and into the lives of people, reform us Lord and make us white as snow.  I am so thankful that You came into my life and changed me forever.  I want that for all those that are hurting, lost and without hope.  I want them to know a Savior that stands beside me and that with mercy provides me grace.  Give us a heart for You today and for those that You want to save.  I pray that we would have courage in our lives and that we will stand at the foot of the cross, shouting, "Jesus is Lord."  In Jesus name, AMEN

Until tomorrow...

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