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Recently my husband had an experience with the name of Jesus. While witnessing to a friend who is familiar with Tony’s beliefs, Tony used the name “Jesus”. What occurred stunned my man greatly; The man who in former times seemed to be softening towards the LORD, and therefore the truth, his face became like stone, and after pronouncing the “end” of the conversation, he marched angrily away.

The name of Jesus is a dividing name. It determines a lot of who the person is. People can talk about God all day, because we are in America, you know, and every “god” under the sun has been accepted. However, I am thankful to know that we have a God who is over the sun, and has sent His Son to die for you and I so that we might glorify Him!

This morning as well as yesterday, I read several passages about Jesus. When I read yesterday, I had a lump in my throat from the emotions soaring through me. This morning, I want to shout! I want to dance! Christ has made the WAY!

1. He has always been.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life,  and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

2. He became flesh.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”)

3.Through Him we receive grace and truth.

16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side,  he has made him known.

4. He has qualified us.

Colossians 1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you  to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

5. He has delivered us from and delievered us to!

13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

6. We have forgiveness through His blood.

 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

7. He is our picture of the Father.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by  him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

8. He sustains ALL.

17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

9. He is our standard.

Philippians 2:5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,  6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant,  being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,

10. That NAME.

10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

There really is so much more I desire to say, but due to time constraints, I cannot. My prayer is that we will shout the name of Jesus today, through our lives and mouths and not be ashamed to declare Who He is to a lost and dying world that is, as my husband said the other night, “racing to hell!”

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The Guilty One

Children can teach you so much about yourself. Without embarrassing my children by using specific names, I am compelled to tell you how the LORD used them last night to remind me of His great sacrifice for me.

While doing some deep cleaning in the house yesterday, I came across an area that had been not only overlooked by the kids, but I also noticed some destruction had taken place.

I brought them into the room, and demanded that they tell me who did it, to which they both (there were only two involved) denied doing it, or even seeing it.

I am not a big fan of lying. In fact it infuriates me. I explained there was NO way that this was not done on purpose and again asked for truth. Again, it was denied. I felt I had no recourse other than to use what my mother and father did with me and my siblings. “You are both getting a spanking because one of you is lying to me and you know who you are!” I then told them to go to my room and wait for me.

When I walked into my room I had a pretty good idea who the “offender” was but was greatly saddened to know that they were letting their sibling also get spanked for their offense.

I spoke once more to them, and again got nowhere. I then spanked both of them, told them to go clean it up, and that I prayed that God would get a hold of their hearts about what they had done before they grew up and left lives devastated by NOT taking blame for their sins.

When my husband got home last night I filled him in on the situation and we decided to address these two children before we went to bed. The guilty one, finally started to admit but did it like this, “I remembered, that it was me…”

Now, this may seem fine, but it wasn’t. They knew from the first time I spoke to them, it was them. I said as much. And then I started talking about how horrible it was to watch their sibling take a spanking for something they knew they had done.

This was when God started knocking on my heart. As I made this child look the other in the eye and apologize specifically for the offense toward them, the tears began to fall from all our eyes, humility is sometimes very difficult.

As my husband and I discussed it afterwards the Lord reminded me of a passage that was like our Sunday school lesson in Matthew 27 the day before.

Isaiah 53:4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.

Matthew 27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters,  and they gathered the whole battalion before him. 28 And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.

I gathered my children around me on the floor and began to read the passage in Isaiah. I could barley get through it as I thought about how Christ took Deanna’s punishment! How most likely if I had been there on that day, not only would I have been a bystander but probably one who mocked Him, and hurled insults! He did this out of love. Knowing that He was not guilty, and I was SO stained with guilt! He did this that I might be saved. That I might have right fellowship with God.

No matter how you view spanking a child, I want you to know that Jesus took much more than a spanking for you. He took the full wrath of God against sin upon Himself so that you and I might become joint heirs with Him.

If you already are a believer and this has lost its full effect on you. Read these passages out loud and ask God to give you a fresh revelation of the sacrifice of Christ.

I love you enough to beg you to hear what He is saying to your heart, and let the One who died for you, save you by His grace.

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Loves Her Husband

The end. : )

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His Blood Is Upon US!

Matthew 27:25 And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!”

 

I read something the other day

An angry crowd, an envious group

Demanding to have their way!

 

They screamed their nasty words

They stomped, crying out blasphemy

About my precious Lord.

 

Pilate knew they had gone mad

His wife also, saying, “NO!”

Although. these two,

Truth they did not hold.

 

The words of the mob

That worried me so

That burdened my heart

That I could not let go?

 

“Let His blood be upon us

And upon our children!” They cried.

Shuddering occurs again in my spirit,

Amazed at their lack of fright!

 

But today, my attention God got.

Saying, “Deanna, you too have prayed this,

But many have not.”

 

“Lord, please explain this!”

My bleeding soul said.

“Deanna, you and your children

Are covered in red.”

 

“Oh my Lord, Thank you

Thank you for this truth.”

 

Though these words were

First spoken in anger,

I have, as well as others

Cried them out in hunger.

 

Hunger for a covering

Of the sweet blood of Christ

The blood that makes the blackness

Of my sin, as snow, pure white!

 

Yes, let His blood be upon

Me, my husband my children

Cover us, we are grateful,

For we stand forgiven!

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1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

My 10-year-old daughter has inspired this blog.  This morning my sweet husband sent me a text with the above verse in it.

I read it and another he sent to our children. When I got to the part about the woman being the weaker vessel I hesitated and said (“Abbie, deal with it.”) to which she wrinkled her nose and let me know by her expression she once again was not happy with this verse. 🙂

As I went about my morning, I thought about how funny she is, she is a warrior with a very tender heart. She will stand up for what she believes in but has a very keen understanding and discernment beyond her 10 years.

As I thought about this another passage came to my mind.

2 Timothy 3:5  having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.

I had this thought, “Weaker does not have to mean weak.”

As a woman who is rasing a woman, I need to know that I have strength to fight the good fight of faith. God did not intend for me to be weak in my faith or on my knees.

I came to Abbie and explained to her what I believe God spoke to my heart this morning.

God has made Tony the head of our home.  Therefore he is the strength and as his wife he protects me and our children. His greatest protection over us is on his knees. I told her as we pray for her a spouse in the future, she needs to in fact it is imperative that she prays for a man who is stronger than her in the faith.

This is God’s perfect plan.

I have had the other type of relationship. It is miserable. My desire for her is for her to have what God has now blessed me and her with in the person of Tony Gott.

However, maybe you are in the position I was once in, what do you do?

You act on God’s word. 1 Peter 3 is sadly frowned on by women these days even in the church. But it is there you will find freedom. You act obediently by faith and you cannot imagine what God may bless you with!

1Peter 3:1-6  Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.

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Whose Face Do You See?

2 Cor 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Re-read that verse. “In the face of Jesus Christ”.

This morning as I read that, it brought tears to my eyes to think of the face of my Saviour. Yesterday I wrote a poem for my best friend of all my 33 years, my sister, who had a birthday. One of things I wrote in there was that one day soon we would look at the face of Jesus.

As I was reading in John 17 again for the second time in 2 weeks and then on to 2 Cor 3:18-4:6 I was stunned by the love He has for me. Really? Me? I tend to go through life and not stop to really savor Christ and His sacrifice for me. But, also I tend to not ponder on the reality that He is still praying for me, he is still loving me, He still…

Why do I do what I do?

We have many people in our lives whose opinion matters to us. Tony and I were walking last night discussing this very thing and than had a late night conversation about it with our two teenage sons.

I find myself trying to please people all the time. Honestly. I don’t wish to disappoint. If I know I have upset someone, it eats me up.

My oldest son is most like me in this. He wants to please.

He wants for certain people to approve of him, or what he has done but just like me, sometimes for that to happen he would have to compromise what he believes and the fact that God has set him apart for His use as a holy vessel.

I always love that the Word is so applicable to my situation. No matter what I face, or am now facing, His Word leaps off the page and says “Do, it this way.”

So here I come across this passage this morning and it dawns on me, “Deanna, you and Nekoda, and many others are called to shine the light of the knowledge of the glory of God (And guess who notices? Guess whose face I get to look up into and see His approval?) in the face of Jesus Christ!!”

OH! Somebody I hope is getting this! We who are called by His name, don’t need to worry over the approval of anyone on this earth, if we are shedding the light of  the knowledge of Him, then sweet one, we are doing it with His approval!

Today when you are going about your work, think about who you are doing it for. Do you see His face?

1 Cor 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

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Happy Birthday To My Sister

 

There is a swing in my back yard

Hanging from an oak limb

This morn it takes my mind back very far.

 

 

Far behind us to childhood days

We did not have a care no,

We lived to sing and play.

 

 

Loved to play “house”

While folding the clothes

“When does he come home?”

“You know, Mr. So and So?”

 

 

Loved to make up names for our kids

Thinking of their smiling baby faces

Our daughters now, do it just like we did.

 

 

As we have grown older

We have moved far away

Yet my heart has not forgotten

No, not even for a day.

 

 

The lives we have lived

Though different in ways

Has been much alike

A lot of the days.

 

 

The hurts we have endured

The mistakes we have made

The fights we have fought

The games we have played.

 

 

Each year holds new promise

My sweet older sister

To give Him our all

As a new year is upon us.

 

 

This birthday I so do wish

I could give you a hug or

I was there to give you this.

 

 

But, one day we will leave it all behind

We will walk on heaven shore

Worries, tears and cares

Again we will have no more.

 

 

But greater than this

Even with our cares all past

The most wonderful thing

We will see our Savior at last!

 

 

Hold on to your faith

Don’t you let it waver

Hold on to your faith

Hold on to your Savior!

Allen 5 Amy 3 1/2 Deanna 22 months

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