People Need People

“…there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24b tells us.  And that friend, Proverbs 17:17a states, is the “…friend (that) loves at all times…”.

It is true that people need people. We need each other. “No man is an island” as the familiar quote states. This need, this truth, often becomes more evident when life becomes difficult, rather than when all seems to be going well. I am grateful for the friends who love me as they do, and encourage and uphold me particularly during difficult times.

The Bible also tells us in Proverbs 18:24a, that the prerequisite to having friends can often depend on us: “A man who has friends must himself be friendly.” Pretty logical advice, I’d say, especially since life experiences bring “down” times along with the “up” times, both of which are enhanced by friendships.

And of course, the Greatest of Friends is Jesus, who in John 15:15 not only tells of His love for us but also calls us His friends.

For a comforting, updated and prayerful rendition of an old, old hymn, listen to this YouTube video of What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

Blessings to you!

New Beginnings: 2017

It has been one year, and more, since my last post.  Much has occurred during that time, the most significant of which was the lengthy illness, (and my involvement as one of the caregivers), followed by the homegoing of my dear sister just one year ago, on 12/31/15.  The grieving process has been just that….a process.  Yet, as one year of “firsts” is now over, I venture out and resume posting on this blog, GodsWordToUs.

As with most things in life, change is inevitable. I say “most” because of one exception:  GOD NEVER CHANGES, nor does HIS HOLY WORD.  For that I am most, most grateful!!  As I, now, resume sharing what God laid on my heart many years ago, I pray for wisdom, direction and guidance in proceeding on this journey, which I expect will include change, as well.  It is simply God and me, at this point in this venture, a partnership that stretches me in more ways than I realize, emphasizing my need, and the truth of John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches.  He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for “without Me you can do nothing.” (NKJV) (Italics, mine). Truly it is a 99.99…% to …0.00* % partnership. (99.99…% God to ..0.00*% me.)

So, as I embark anew, I am reminded of a phrase by a former pastor of mine regarding his skiing success.  It went something like this:  Although my skill did not reflect much talent, I mastered getting up better than anyone else! 😊

Now, as I brush off my dusty knees, I would like to begin this new phase of the website, GodsWordToUs, by sharing a poem my sister was inspired to write during the early stages of her illness, four years ago.  She graciously gave me her permission, then, to share her poem, wanting to be “open to how the Lord would use it for His glory.”

My sister’s child-like faith, trust, and intimacy with Our Lord has been an inspiration to all of us, then, and now.  My prayer is that it will draw you closer to Him, as well.

Blessings to you.

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And then, there was Moloch…

In my last post, I shared my perspective on three significant current events that seem to be repeating Biblical history.
A fourth, that is in the forefront of today’s news, so resembles the pagan god, Molech, (referred to in Leviticus 18:21 & 20:21; 1 Kings 11:7; 2 Kings 23:10; Jeremiah 32:35; and Acts 7:43, to name a few), that it, too, deserves attention all its own. The deliberate taking of innocent lives, sadly, is not new.

SweetPublishing:FreeBibleimages.org.-02-RehoboamJeroboam.(Moloch)Several years ago, I shared my thoughts regarding the implications of abortion.  They go something like this:

Those affected by abortion include

  • The aborted child.
  • The hurting mother.
  • The often forgotten father.
  • Many un-informed grandparents.
  • The siblings, left without more siblings.
  • Un-informed aunts and uncles.
  • The friends, left without classmates, schoolmates, and new friends.
  • The future spouses, who find themselves alone.
  • Society as a whole, which is founded upon all of the above.

At that time, those troubling thoughts were of great concern. However, today, some five-plus years later, they take on an entirely new meaning, one which grieves further the hearts of most of us. For as in the days of Moloch, we have and are repeating activities that grieve the very heart of our Loving God and Heavenly Father. In the process, we destroy innocent and vulnerable lives, (if that is not more than enough), and, also, ourselves. “For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23a.

Lest we forget that we “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”, Romans 3:23, let us look at the latter part of Romans 6:23 above, “…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

It’s time that we recognize that we need Him and need to ask His forgiveness. We are in need of a Savior, God’s Son, Jesus Christ, Who, while saving us from our sins, saves us from ourselves.

Dear merciful Lord, that is our prayer.

The Great Flood; the Tower of Babel; Abraham’s Appeal for Sodom…. What do they have in common?

Years ago, I recall being incredibly impressed and moved when I learned that after thousands of years, the land of Israel became home, once again, to the Jewish people who had been dispersed throughout the world for centuries.  What spoke to me then even more deeply, was that not only was I living after this return to Israel, but also, that this return is a major fulfillment of Bible prophecy….part of significant prophecy set to precede the Lord’s return. (Ezekiel 39:27-29; Amos 9:13-15; Jeremiah 31.10; Ezekiel 37: 21; Matthew 24:32-34, to name a few).  Do we fit into the interpretation of “this generation” in Matt. 24:34?

Subsequently, I’ve become more and more attentive to happenings in our world, and have taken note of some of the phenomenal events occurring in our day.  Here are a few in random order:

  • Take for example, the Internet: the World Wide Web.  One of my first impressions of this game changing resource was its similarity to the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11) – an attempt at a “one world language”…which is how I perceive the Internet today. (Fortunately, this tool can and is being used in God-glorifying ways.)

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  • Also, as in the days of Noah (Genesis 6-9) we witness, today, first hand, the constant downgrading of man’s aspirations and behavior. The end of that story tells us what happened then.

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  • And more recently, the lifestyle of man in Sodom and Gomorrah recorded in Genesis 18-19, (about which heavy-hearted Abraham pleaded with God), has now been sanctioned by the leaders of the free world. See this Biblical story’s outcome (Genesis 19).

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The point that stands out to me is that the time span between each of these Bible stories was many years before the next.  And each of the events in the stories was harshly judged by God.  The astonishing part, to me, is that today all three of the events are being repeated simultaneously!  That gets my attention!

Our God is the same, yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). If He judged mankind then in Biblical days, can we not only expect that He will do the same again?  If that be true, then what do we do?

The wisest response is to make sure we are right with God, which is simple to do, if you haven’t done so already:

  • Simply talk to God and admit that you have sinned, and ask Him to forgive you for your sins. (Roman 3:23).  He is willing to forgive our sins.

  • Ask Jesus to come into your heart, believing that He died for you. (John 3:16-17).  God proved His love when He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die on the cross for the sins of each and every one of us, thus taking on the penalty that was due us.

  • Ask Jesus to be the Lord of your new life, (2 Corinthians 5:17), and to fill you with the Holy Spirit to help you live a life that honors Him. In doing so, you will find the life that God designed and planned for you.

As you begin your new life with Jesus, read about Him in the Bible.  A good place to start is in the book of John.  Also, seek out a church that believes the Bible is God’s Word, and join them in worshipping Him.

QUIET TIME? I don’t have all the answers, but…

…I do have a little experience.  🙂

For example, (Don’t laugh now, please…), here’s a question from an old tune for you: “How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm after they’ve seen Pari’?”

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You may be way too young to remember that tune of my childhood, but I’m sure you’re insightful enough, to figure out its meaning. Although many of us did not grow up on a farm in the quiet countryside, no one needs to tell us how busy, noisy, and distracting the world has become in our day. Plus with today’s technology, I daresay those living in the country can attest to the same.

Add to that, the longing and desire in your heart as a parent, to create a quiet environment, (pastoral, if you will) in which to teach your child(ren) the precious truths of God’s Holy Word. We all know that such learning is best done in a quiet, focused setting, particularly if we desire to enter into our Lord’s precious presence as we do so. (Psalm 23:2-3)

Therein lies the challenge, as I see it. Please correct me if you think I’m wrong, but the sweetest times of learning about God often occur when we experience that time while hearing His “still small voice”. (1 Kings 19:12)

The free Bible study lessons that I offer were designed specifically for the purpose of helping your child focus in on God’s Word.  The lessons are quite plain and simple: no bells, whistles, commentary, or flashy design, but rather a presentation of God’s Word in its purest sense, directing the student to go to the Holy Scriptures, only, to complete the lessons.

If you haven’t taken a look at this work in progress, please do so.  If you think it adds value to your experience do let me know.  Thanks, and God bless.  Numbers 6:24-26.

You ask me why…

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YOU ASK ME WHY…

You ask me why I LOVE Him
That’s not so hard to tell…
He gave me life forever
He saved my soul from hell.

You ask me why I TRUST Him
That’s not so hard to see…
He shows Himself so faithful
Fills every need in me.

You ask me why I PRAISE Him
I have the answer why…
He came to earth, He lived and died
My debt to satisfy.

© 2003/2015 DM

…will He really find faith…?

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The Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8)

Oh, the love of Jesus! The great, great, LOVE of Jesus.

Truly, all we like sheep have gone astray, drawn by distractions that lead us away from Him.  YET, the Great Shepherd persistently and patiently seeks US out.

The two characteristics we observe in the widow in the parable in Luke 18:1-8 are persistence and patience.  In many ways, these traits reflect the character of God, in Whose image we are created, and Whose love for us never ends.

As we grow and mature in knowing Him through His Word, we become aware of God’s character, often expressed through Jesus and the stories (parables) He shared.  Those story lines are always captivating.  The purpose of each is for us to notice/understand the character trait(s) taught.  And…the ultimate lesson in each is to practice those trait(s) in our walk with Him, in this case, persistence and patience.

Help me, Lord, to become more like You in my character.  And, help me to be a teachable student.

“I will sing…”

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I will sing, I will sing, I will sing unto the Lord
I will sing, I will sing, I will sing unto the Lord
I will sing, I will sing, I will sing unto the Lord
I will sing, I will sing unto the Lord.

Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah to the Lord
Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah to the Lord
Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah to the Lord
Hallelu, Hallelujah to the Lord.

                              Inez -c.1976