Sacred Ordinary - I finally found a way to explain what it means to me: "It is forged in the daily and tempered in the ordinary. It is a slow and steady and deliberate gathering of the years. It is a combination of keen attentiveness—to God, to self, to others, to life—and holy indifference—to trifles, to insults, to useless distractions. It is planned, not in some goose-stepping mechanical way, but in the sense that it builds on a resolve to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of you, and to take every though captive and make it obedient to Christ."
- Stephen A. Macchia

2016 I have chosen to live in light of ETERNITY. "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." Matthew 10:39 KJV I want my little life that I have been given to be a testimony for the blood that was shed for me on Calvary's cross.

This year and for the years to come, it is about surrendering to God and giving my family and those I meet along the way, JESUS! I am going to let my light shine. LIFE is SHORT! We do not know when we will die. Each day we need to make the most of the time that we have, for it may be our last. AS FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST, all of us should live each moment in light of eternity.

The decisions we make in this life determine where and how we will spend the next. We should, therefore, make certain that the right decisions are made.

The final states are fixed, there is no second chance. Finally, we should have heaven constantly on our mind so as to have an impact in this world. (Especially our family)

I want to leave an Eternal Legacy. Living in light of Eternity causes us to focus on what is truly important. It is not about the furniture we own, the clothes we wear, the places we want to travel or even the church we attend. IT IS ALL ABOUT SOULS and if they KNOW JESUS PERSONALLY.

Lord, remind us just how brief our time here on earth will be. Our days are numbered, our life is fleeting. Each of us is just a vapor, a breath. Are we living in light of ETERNITY? Are we ready to meet our maker?

Living in Light of Eternity


Sunday, January 31, 2016


By : Simply Heavenly Food

Tonight, I Pray that you have the desire to seek out the Lord and delight in spending time with Him!  Realize like Mary did that there is great importance in just sitting at the feet of Jesus. When we wait upon Him, He will lead us where He wants us to be.  I pray that you know that you have the Creator of the universe as your Lord and He loves you! What more could you need?  I pray that you realize that it is when you are not connecting with Him at a deep level that you have a lack in your life and walk with Him.  Our part in this life is to learn to put all of our trust into Him, refusing to worry about anything! I pray that you will forget what is behind you and press on to what is ahead the prize which God has called us heavenward in Jesus Christ!!!  Walk In that LIGHT!!!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I love you all!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Set-Apart Girl is a Rare Gem

I enjoyed this article  . . . 
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
Proverbs 31:10

Are you a good woman or a Godly woman? 
The Set Apart Girl can be described as a virtuous woman. 
Virtuous is defined as:
  • having or showing high moral standards. 
  • conforming to moral and ethical principles; 
  • morally excellent; 
  • upright:

A virtuous woman is one who lives an upright life. She lives to please God, and she practices high moral standards. So why does the bible say that a virtuous woman is hard to find? In the society we live in today, living by high moral standards is not a top priority. Even though women of good character and high moral standards are hard to find today, they DO exist. Abigail is a perfect example of a virtuous woman read her story here. 

Being Set Apart for God's use means that although you are a woman who lives in the world, you do not act like the other women who live in the world. For example, the media shows us images and examples of women who are beautiful on the outside, but are angry, promiscuous, and belligerant. Look at shows like "The Real Housewives" or movies such as "Mean Girls", (just to name a few), where the women are very pretty, but mean towards others. These women are examples of girls of "this world". These women use their charm, money, and good looks to gain attention and things from others. The bible tells us that "Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised." The scripture is teaching us that charm and beauty one day will fade away, but a woman who loves the Lord will be loved by others. Now hear me clearly, there is nothing wrong with pampering yourself by wearing makeup, nice clothes, or fixing you hair to look beautiful on the outside. The difference between a "girl of this world" and a "virtuous woman" is that the virtuous woman is beautiful on the inside first. She focuses on her character before she focuses on her outer beauty. 

As a Set Apart Girl, you have to make the conscious decision to live an upright and moral life. God is not going to do it for you. The world wants us to believe that being "good" is good enough, but a good woman is not necessarily a virtuous woman. When you decide to become Set Apart for God's use, it means that you decide to live a morally upright life. A virtuous woman is a woman who God can trust to do the right thing. She thinks about others before she considers herself. She loves unconditionally. She is faithful in her commitments. She meditates on God's words. She is not focused on the things of this world, but the things of God. She follows God's direction for her life, and loves doing good because it pleases God.

Think About It...
Think of the virtuous woman in contrast of today's "modern woman". What are the distinct differences? Why do you think the bible says it is hard to find a virtuous woman?

Focus Scriptures:
Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2

Coral and jasper are worthless in trying to get it. The price of wisdom is far above rubies.
Job 28:18

Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.
Proverbs 31:30

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Galatians 5:22-23

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Philippians 4:8

Richard & Sabina Wurmbrand - Heroes of the Faith

Sabina Wurmbrand
Co-Founder of the Voice of the Martyrs

While many in today’s world speak of peace, for thousands in the church today, their world screams of a different word…persecution. These Christians suffer for no other reason than for following Jesus Christ. For the greater part of the 20th century, one woman devoted her life to speaking out for the underground church in Eastern Europe.

Sabin Oster Wurmbrand was born on July 10, 1913 in Czernowitz, a city in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which became a part of Romania after WWI and part of the Ukraine after WWII. She was born into a Jewish family and the town where she grew up was an important educational and cultural hub for the Jewish faith. She graduated from high school in Czernowitz and then studied languages at the Sorbonne in Paris.

In 1936, at the age of 23, Sabina met and married Richard Wurmbrand. While the couple was vacationing that year in the mountains of Romania, both Sabina and Richard were converted to the Christian faith. Upon returning to their home in Bucharest, they joined the Anglican Mission Church.

During occupation Romania during World War II, Sabina’s parents, two sisters, and one brother were killed in Nazi concentration camps and in the ensuing years the couple spent their time rescuing Jewish children from ghettos that they were forced to live in by the Nazi regime. They also taught in bomb shelters and were arrested several times for underground Christian activities.

After the war a million Russian troops poured into Romania, enabling the Communists to seize power. As the communists attempted to control the churches for their own purposes, Richard & Sabina Wurmbrand immediately began an effective “underground” ministry to their enslaved people and the invading Russian soldiers. The Wurmbrands also traveled to Budapest, smuggling in goods and food that were needed by refugees living there. During her travels, Sabina actively spoke to the Russian occupation troops about the Christian faith. In 1946-47 she organized Christian camps for Romania’s religious leaders of all denominations and conducted street meetings with gatherings of up to 5,000 people. This was the beginnings of what would become “Voice of the Martyrs”, a missionary organization that she founded with her husband to help the persecuted church around the world.

So effective was the work of the Wurmbrands that Richard was eventually arrested in 1948 after which he spent a total of 14 years in Communist prisons, three of those years in solitary confinement, suffering much at the hands of his captors. Not many women have had their faith tested like Sabina Wurmbrand. Though she suffered much sorrow and loss during the war and post-war years, she never gave up her faith. During Richard’s imprisonment, Sabina selflessly helped the persecuted church while struggling herself for survival for her and her young son. Sabina was eventually arrested and spent three years in Romanian slave labor camps and prisons, leaving her young son to live on the streets. After being released, she spent several years under house arrest. The Communist leaders offered her freedom if she would divorce her husband and renounce her faith. She refused. They then told her that her husband died in prison. She would not believe the report and kept a hope alive that she would see her husband again someday.

In 1964 Richard was released from prison returned home. He soon resumed his work. In 1965, the Wurmbrand family was ransomed from Romania for $10,000 and Richard was warned again not to preach. The family traveled to Scandinavia and England before arriving in the United States, where Richard testified before the Senate in Washington, D.C. regarding his inhumane treatment in Communist prisons. His story and the stories of many thousands of persecuted Christians from behind the Iron and Bamboo Curtains were carried across the world in newspapers in USA, Europe, and Asia.

For the rest of their lives, Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand worked with “The Voice of the Martyrs” to serve the persecuted church around the world. Christians are persecuted and imprisoned in Vietnam, China, North Korea, Cuba, Laoas, and even still in the former Soviet Union. In the Middle East and in parts of Africa, Christians are threatened on a daily basis by radical Muslims. Many Christians are killed each day….yes, even today. The Voice of the Martyrs strives to bring practical and spiritual assistance to them while making their voice heard.

Sabina actively spoke to churches, groups, and conferences for 32 years after the founding of the ministry and accompanied her husband to testify at Congressional hearings on religious persecution. She wrote her prison memoirs in a book “The Pastor’s Wife” which detailed her testimony and has been published in six languages.

Sabin Oster Wurmbrand lived to be 87 years old. She died in California on August 11, 2000. Her husband, Richard followed her in death on February 17, 2001. Their ministry to the persecuted church still continues into the 21st century through the on-going efforts of The Voice of the Martyrs. You can visit learn more at: www.persecution.com

Friday, January 22, 2016

Youth Leadership on Anti-Human Trafficking

In Remembrance of Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  With nearly  27 million people trafficked each year, people and organizations around the world are coming together to draw attention to this pressing issue.

Posted on January 22, 2016

Throughout modern history, some of the most successful human rights movements in the United States and globally have had a strong student and/or youth voice that has proved invaluable to advancing the cause. For human rights struggles to be effective, they should reflect the breath and width of society to allow for all types of voices to be heard, including those of students and youth.

12402122_1090789320966569_513695083749615556_oThe Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) of the civil rights era and activists involved in the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM) were both extremely effective and heavily student-focused. Later movements including Darfur activist groups in the early 2000s, The Arab Spring movement that began in Tunisia in 2010, and Black Lives Matter protesters of today are all characterized by their active youth leadership.

The International Human Trafficking Institute was founded in 2014 based on the belief that the anti-human trafficking movement needed to expand to include the voices of youth in the larger movement. Inspired by the legacy of student organizing within the American civil rights movement and youth organizing within today’s global human rights struggles, IHTI connects with student leaders and young professionals to organize and advocate for the end of human trafficking. By focusing our efforts on encouraging youth involvement, IHTI has since improved organizing within the anti-human trafficking movement. From using art as a means of engaging with individuals on the subject of human trafficking, to holding film screenings or panel discussions on campus, many students and young professionals are taking the next steps in learning more about what human trafficking is, and how they can do more to bring about its termination.

An example of this inspiration to action can be found in a recently held IHTI event in early December. During IHTI’s second annual convening, “Organizing for Change,” leading anti-human trafficking youth activists from around the country came together to learn more about human trafficking, organizing and leadership, effective campaigns, and campaign planning. Speakers presented on diverse aspects of human trafficking and educated participants on effective campaigns, which participants then developed into their own campaigns to combat human trafficking.

The momentum and engagement from the convening have been leading to a month of awareness-raising and activism for National Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January. During this month, convening participants and others have engaged with the campaigns presented at the convening and taken their own initiative to hold events on their campus and in their communities. IHTI will continue to make resources available for these engaged student and youth organizers and encourage others to be inspired by their peers and take action themselves. 

History has shown us that inaction on human rights struggles will lead to the status quo. However, history has also shown us that the actions of a few can inspire progress for the many. IHTI encourages students and youth to learn more about this modern scourge and what they can do to combat it. In the end, what will your own history show about your action or inaction to end one of the worst human rights struggles of our generation?

For further information on the International Human Trafficking Institute and the work they do, please visit www.theihti.org

The International Human Trafficking Institute is a program of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

William Hassall is the Program Coordinator for the International Human Trafficking Institute.

Photo Credit: The International Human Trafficking Institute

Debt Kickin' Dinners

29 Crock Pot Meals for $175.00

I personally plan on trying these recipes in February; so stay tuned to a kitchen near you. I will place pictures, as well as my grocery cost of these items.

Frost at Midnight

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1798)

The Frost performs its secret ministry,
Unhelped by any wind. The owlet’s cry
Came loud--and hark, again! loud as before.
The inmates of my cottage, all at rest,
Have left me to that solitude, which suits
Abstruser musings: save that at my side
My cradled infant slumbers peacefully.
’Tis calm indeed! so calm, that it disturbs
And vexes meditation with its strange
And extreme silentness. Sea, hill, and wood,
This populous village! Sea, and hill, and wood,
With all the numberless goings-on of life,
Inaudible as dreams! the thin blue flame
Lies on my low-burnt fire, and quivers not;
Only that film, which fluttered on the grate,
Still flutters there, the sole unquiet thing.
Methinks, its motion in this hush of nature
Gives it dim sympathies with me who live,
Making it a companionable form,

Whose puny flaps and freaks the idling Spirit
By its own moods interprets, every where
Echo or mirror seeking of itself,
And makes a toy of Thought.

But O! how oft,
How oft, at school, with most believing mind,
Presageful, have I gazed upon the bars,
To watch that fluttering stranger! and as oft
With unclosed lids, already had I dreamt
Of my sweet birth-place, and the old church-tower,
Whose bells, the poor man’s only music, rang
From morn to evening, all the hot Fair-day,
So sweetly, that they stirred and haunted me
With a wild pleasure, falling on mine ear
Most like articulate sounds of things to come!
So gazed I, till the soothing things, I dreamt,
Lulled me to sleep, and sleep prolonged my dreams!
And so I brooded all the following morn,
Awed by the stern preceptor’s face, mine eye
Fixed with mock study on my swimming book:
Save if the door half opened, and I snatched
A hasty glance, and still my heart leaped up,
For still I hoped to see the stranger’s face,
Townsman, or aunt, or sister more beloved,
My play-mate when we both were clothed alike!

    Dear Babe, that sleepest cradled by my side,
Whose gentle breathings, heard in this deep calm,
Fill up the intersperséd vacancies
And momentary pauses of the thought!
My babe so beautiful! it thrills my heart
With tender gladness, thus to look at thee,
And think that thou shalt learn far other lore,
And in far other scenes! For I was reared
In the great city, pent ’mid cloisters dim,
And saw nought lovely but the sky and stars.
But thou, my babe! shalt wander like a breeze
By lakes and sandy shores, beneath the crags
Of ancient mountain, and beneath the clouds,
Which image in their bulk both lakes and shores
And mountain crags: so shalt thou see and hear
The lovely shapes and sounds intelligible
Of that eternal language, which thy God
Utters, who from eternity doth teach
Himself in all, and all things in himself.
Great universal Teacher! he shall mould
Thy spirit, and by giving make it ask.

    Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether the summer clothe the general earth
With greenness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Sometimes You Have to Make Your Own Party

When it comes to grief, some days are just more difficult to navigate. I woke up with a heaviness draped around me like a blanket. I wasn’t feeling well anyway and frankly, I wanted my mama.

I miss her chirpy voice. I miss how glad she always was to hear mine. I don’t think I will ever delete the icon on my favorites list that says mom’s cell. I want so badly for her to be on the other end of the line. I can still hear the way she would enter my home. “Mary? Are you here?” Yes mom, I am here. I wish you were. But I don’t. I get it and I am so grateful- she is with the Lord. She is free from pain. I wouldn’t take those things from her now. . . .Read Her Story . . .

Friday, January 8, 2016

2016 Focus - Living In Light of Eternity

2016 I have chosen to live in light of ETERNITY. "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." Matthew 10:39 KJV I want my little life that I have been given to be a testimony for the blood that was shed for me on Calvary's cross. 

This year and for the years to come, it is about surrendering to God and giving my family and those I meet along the way, JESUS! I am going to let my light shine. LIFE is SHORT! We do not know when we will die. Each day we need to make the most of the time that we have, for it may be our last. AS FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST, all of us should live each moment in light of eternity. 

The decisions we make in this life determine where and how we will spend the next. We should, therefore, make certain that the right decisions are made. 

The final states are fixed, there is no second chance. Finally, we should have heaven constantly on our mind so as to have an impact in this world. (Especially our family)

I want to leave an Eternal Legacy. Living in light of Eternity causes us to focus on what is truly important. It is not about the furniture we own, the clothes we wear, the places we want to travel or even the church we attend. IT IS ALL ABOUT SOULS and if they KNOW JESUS PERSONALLY. 

Lord, remind us just how brief our time here on earth will be. Our days are numbered, our life is fleeting. Each of us is just a vapor, a breath. Are we living in light of ETERNITY? Are we ready to meet our maker?

Sunday, January 3, 2016

God Within Us

In the center of us all, guiding and calling, prodding and poking at the lassitude in our souls, the fear in our hearts, the frettings at the bottom of our minds, lies the spark of life that we recognize most clearly as “my-self.” This is the “me” that is always there in its rawest form. The “me” of all my distant hopes and all my controlling feelings. This is the “person” that I know myself to be—whether anyone else knows that part of me or not.

The recognition of this self in me is the beginning of the spiritual life. With it comes the awareness of what we call the “true” self. This is the me, the one who is the vessel of both my inmost feelings, positive and negative, and my most illuminating, most uncensored insights into my reason for being, my place in the universe, my relationship with God.

This innermost self is the raw material of our spirituality. It signals the demons with which we struggle our way through life and it identifies the angels of our better nature who carry us from one level of the self to the next. In our “deepest” we know the best and the weakest of our spiritual selves. In this place we can see where our heart really lies in life and we can name the demons with which we wage our daily wars: to be better, to do good, to live with clay feet on a divine path.

Our “deepest” is clearly where the real me drives me on from desire to desire. Our inner talk there is about ourselves. Our concerns, down deep, are too commonly only for ourselves. Our struggles emerge there out of the dreams and disappointments, the demands and the denials we breed with ourselves in mind. But not Catherine of Genoa’s. Her “deepest” is God. Her center of life is God. Her awareness of her basic self is her understanding of Emmanuel, God with us, always, in her.

The thought stuns us into a new awareness of the nature of our own lives. Here is a woman who knew without doubt that the God she sought was the God who was her very breath itself. When she turned to the “self” within she discovered the God who had created her, sustained her and drew her on through life.

Unusual? Not really.

The fact is that our “deepest” is God, too. Only it takes most of us years to discover that. The process is a profound one.

You can find more articles @ The Monastic Way by Joan Chittister

January's "Book of the Month" Selection

Your personal rule of life is a holistic description of the Spirit - empowered rhythms and relationships that create, redeem, sustain, and transform the life God invites you to humbly fulfill for Christ's glory. 

All of us have an unwritten personal rule of life. We wake at certain times, get ready for our days in particular ways, use our free time for assorted purposes and practice rhythms of work, hobbies, and worship. There is already a rule in place that you are following.  Isn't it time to give up your unwritten rule and prayerfully write one that more closely matches the heartbeat of God? 

In this practical workbook Stephen A. Macchiato looks to St. Benedict as a guide for discovering your own rule of life in community. It is a process that takes time and concerted effort; you must listen to God and discern what he wants you to be and do for his glory. But through the basic disciplines of Scripture, prayer and reflection in a small group context you will be lead forward in a  journey.  

The invitation is transformational, so brace yourself for sweet release. By letting go and trusting God, you will receive the gift of life in its fullest and richest form. 

I am so excited about the book this month.
  This Year I am focusing my 365 days on creating a Rule of Life. 

Let's get started together!

In 2016 may you . . .


In 2016 may you…
Dream more
Complain less
Listen more
Talk less
Love more
Argue less
Hope more
Fear less
Relax more
Worry less
Believe more
Doubt less
Play more
Work less
Pray more
Fret less
Sing more
Shout less
Be more
Strive less
Give more
Take less
Live more
Stress less
Rest more
Busy less
Read more
Noisy less
Trust more
Control less

May the Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you and grant you his peace, and may you open-heartedly receive and offer these loving gifts of grace from the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in 2016 and forevermore. Amen.


Saturday, January 2, 2016

What About You?

AMEN!! I am calling all CHILDREN of the MOST HIGH GOD! Let us take 2016 and live it for ETERNITY's purposes. Living as a witness to Jesus Christ!  SPREADING THE GOSPEL, HEALING THE SICK, CASTING OUT DEMONS, RAISING THE DEAD, SAVING SOULS. I WANT THE POWER OF GOD ON MY LIFE . . . BUT some things WE HAVE to let go. I am willing to do whatever it takes to see the TRUE POWER of the WORD of GOD in my life.  What about you? Are you willing to live your life for God, sacrificed unto Him for ETERNITY? 

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Beginnings of Hope

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. — John 3:16 (NIV).
What makes this the most sought-after verse in the Bible? Perhaps we fear that Job was right? (See verse below (Job 7:6)

The John 3:16 passage gives people a ray of hope that there is certainly more to life than what Job (7:6) saw. This longing for hope is why the Jeremiah passage is so important to people: 
My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and they come to an end without hope. -   Job 7:6    
For I know the plans I have for you. declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. — Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV).
We want to know that God has a plan for us, and that there is hope for a hopeless world. What people need to know is what Paul Harvey referred to as “the rest of the story.” John 3:17 offers a glimpse:
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. — John 3:17 (NIV)
Hope comes, not as a blanket promise, but under a condition. We must come to Jesus and find salvation through him.
The Jeremiah passage also offers conditions for the hope people seek:
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek  me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. —  Jeremiah 29:12-13 (NIV)
HOPE comes when we find our salvation in Jesus, when we call on him, when we come to him, and pray in his name. When these things happen we will have the hope that we seek. Having established this, we can now add depth and flavor to the hope we have in him by observing other Hope Bible verses.  You can find the rest of this article on Hope at Faith Gateway . . .

As believers we are called to put our hope in Jesus Christ; knowing that His love will rest upon us.  Toda, it seems we live in a world where it is very easy sometimes to forget the hope that we have in Him.  We look around and we are always hearing about wars and rumors of wars, violence, street shootings, abortion . . .  Disappointment can strike at anytime.

A mother excited, is about to give birth to her beautiful little girl, quickly turns to heartache and disappointment. Now she is mourning her baby, delivered still born. . . . But HOPE, hope says - "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4  

A couple happily in love, or so she thought until she finds out her husband has been having an affair for months . . . But HOPE, hope says -  "What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."      Mark 10:9

Someone has lost their job, a child has lost their parent, a family has no food to eat . . . And the list goes on and on.  Disappointments everywhere and they have made many people too afraid to risk being let down.  Look around; people are living like robots. I go to a restaurant and families are sitting together but starring at electronic devices. NO ONE IS COMMUNICATING anymore.

Oh I know, people say they have hope. But do they have real and lasting hope? Just because people  put their hope in their job, a relationship, medicine, drugs, alcohol, the stock market, the lottery and so on and so forth . . . this is not real everlasting hope.

HOPE says - "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises."  Romans 15:13 AMP

I challenge you this new year, (2016) put your HOPE in Jesus.
No matter what you are facing and no matter what is happening in your life this very moment, with Christ, your current story has an amazing ending.  Even though your valley may seem very dark and you have no answers; there is always HOPE at the end of your journey here on earth.  

Jesus paid it ALL.  The cross of Christ is our HOPE.  His finishing work on the cross has given us a steadfast assurance that we have a HOPE and a future with Him.  No matter what you are going through, the end of the story is . . . HE WINS.

So lift your head up high, you are a daughter of the most HIGH GOD!  People can either celebrate you or criticize you, be for you or against you . . . But HOPE says - YOU ARE ROYALTY - "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." 1 Peter 2:9 

You see His marvelous light will shine upon you and show you the way out of your dark valley.  He is with you always and He will never leave you. He is YOUR HOPE.

I leave you will one of my favorite Chapters in Psalms (23:1-6)

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 

 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 
 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 
 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 
 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 
 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Examining the Realities of Heaven & Hell

I will be adding this book to my reading basket. I am so excited to get started on it! 

An examination of the realities of heaven and hell, as well as the frailty of earthly life. Believers will be encouraged to understand what comes next as we put to rest many of the popular caricatures of eternal life. Will we have bodies? Will we recognize one another? Will we retain our individuality and personalities? These are questions clearly answered in Scripture. Not only will the fear of death dissipate, but this brings a freedom to live unencumbered by the anxiety and worry of this life.    

Jason Velotta is a Chaplain at Jackson Madison County General Hospital as well as the Associate Pastor of Christ Church in Brownsville, TN. He holds an Mdiv, an MABS, and an MM from Temple Baptist Seminary in Chattanooga, TN, as well as a BA from Luther Rice University. 

 Jason currently lives in Brownsville, TN with his wife Dana and their three children Jacob, Jesse, and Sophie. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Awesome Book!!

Time is Running Out !!
 Hell is Real. Heaven is Real.

This quote from Living in the Light of Eternity is a challenge to me as a Christian, a challenge and a wake-up call to evaluate what I truly consider to be important in my life. Too often we get caught up in living our own happy lives, because that’s all we can see, but in this book Dr. K.P. Yohannan reminds us of the Biblically supported reality that this life is not what we are living for. This book is for anyone who is seeking to get past the lethargy of an “easy Christian life” and dive into taking up the cross daily and following Him.

Dr. K.P. Yohannan has been crisscrossing the globe for the last 40 years, challenging the body of Christ to discipleship. His call to a radical lifestyle with an all-out commitment to Jesus has left its impact on nearly every continent. To the Church caught up by the tidal waves of compromise and self-preservation, Yohannan's life message is as fresh as today's podcast yet as time

Yohannan is the founder and international director of Gospel for Asia, a Christian mission organization that has brought the Good News of Christ to millions in South Asia over the last three decades.

Born in India, Dr. Yohannan, at the age of 16, responded to the Lord s call to serve Him in North India. In 1974, he came to the United States, where he received his theological training and pastored a church for four years.

When the Lord reminded Yohannan of the countless millions in Asia still waiting to learn of His love, he resigned his pastorate, and he and his wife, Gisela, started Gospel for Asia. Today, the ministry supports thousands of national workers and vibrant congregations throughout South Asia. Additionally, Gospel for Asia s Bridge of Hope program cares for tens of thousands of children, helping them break out of the generational curses of poverty and hopelessness.