A Mother’s Tears

Ferguson, Ottawa, Marysville….days of pain, grief, and sorrow.  In the midst of the horror, there is a mother out there crying for the loss of a child.  The truth is we need the light and love of Christ to help us in this dark days.  We need to rally around the truth that love never fails.

“For the truths sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.”—2 John 2.

NCE let the truth of God obtain an entrance into the human heart and subdue the whole man unto itself, no power human or infernal can dislodge it. We entertain it not as a guest but as the master of the house—this is a Christian necessity, he is no Christian who doth not thus believe. Those who feel the vital power of the gospel, and know the might of the Holy Ghost as He opens, applies, and seals the Lord’s Word, would sooner be torn to pieces than be rent away from the gospel of their salvation. What a thousand mercies are wrap up in the assurance that the truth will be with us for ever; will be our living support, our dying comfort, our rising song, our eternal glory; this is Christian privilege, without it our faith were little worth.

Some truths we outgrow and leave behind, for they are but rudiments and lessons for beginners, but we cannot thus deal with Divine truth, for though it is sweet food for babes, it is in the highest sense strong meat for men. The truth that we are sinners is painfully with us to humble and make us watchful; the more blessed truth that whosoever believeth on the Lord Jesus shall be saved, abides with us as our hope and joy. Experience, so far from loosening our hold of the doctrines of grace, has knit us to them more and more firmly; our grounds and motives for believing are now more strong, more numerous than ever, and we have reason to expect that it will be so till in death we clasp the Savior in our arms.

Wherever this abiding love of truth can be discovered, we are bound to exercise our love. No narrow circle can contain our gracious sympathies, wide as the election of grace must be our communion of heart. Much of error may be mingled with truth received, let us war with the error but still love the brother for the measure of truth which we see in Him; above all let us love and spread the truth ourselves.” C. H. Spurgeon

Spread the truth of the love of Christ.  Repel the darkness.  Pray for those mothers whose arms are empty, whose tears are flowing and hearts are broken.  Embrace love and light of God and move back the darkness.

Living Water

You may have heard about the chemical leak in West Virginia impacting 9 counties. As a result, those affected can’t bathe, drink, or even wash their clothes or dishes.  It has created a demand for clean water.  And although emergency resources are being mobilized, we don’t know how long it will take to rectify the situation.  So in the meantime, schools, restaurants, and some businesses are closed, and people are scrambling to find water.Picture2

My husband drove 25 miles to find bottled water the first evening of the disaster. As we were consuming our precious commodity, he noticed the label on one of the bottles.  It read...”Enon Springs…replenishes your body with the thing it needs the most, H20. Drink it straight up or on the rocks. Just drink as much as you can get your hands on because let’s face it, without water, you’re dust.”

How prophetic and so true.  Water is a precious resource that quenches and hydrates the body.  It cleanses us and our environment.  Water makes things grow and provides nourishment.  Water is life and we need it.  But we also need the living water of Christ. It helps us become like a tree planted by His water bearing fruit in due season. (Psalm 1:3 NLT paraphrased)  Drinking the living water Christ provides, we never go thirsty again.  For His blessed water is a fresh, bubbling spring giving us eternal life. (John 4:14 NLT paraphrased)

Without it, our leaves fall, our seeds don’t take root, our connection to the Living Vine is severed, and we become a valley of dry bones, animate objects of reproach, carcasses devoid of life. Oh, but the marvelous, living water of Christ heals, restores, empowers and makes ready the harvest.  So have a good, long drink of Christ’s living water. Get as much as you can each and every day.  Because without, it we are dust.

The Power is On

Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 NIV

Power on, power off. Storms have wrecked havoc across our state.  People are coping, but it has been a challenge.  Anytime the power is off communications, recreational activities, emergency services, and basic living conditions can be negatively impacted.  However, when it is running smoothly life move forward.  The same is true for us.  When we’re connected to the right power source, our lives flow at the right tempo.

God urges us to call him, and He will provide answers to those “great and unsearchable things.”  Answers to the “Why is this happening?” Answers to What do I do now?  Questions about Who am I and Why am I here, and Can I really be forgiven are always available through our power source-God the Father.   There are lots of other power sources out there, but they have faulty wiring and cannot be trusted.  Those other power sources will shut off, or go down at a moment notice.

Isn’t it reassuring to know the Great Power of the universe will never be off? 

To receive answers to questions, and directions for our lives, we must be connected to Him. 

The Power is On.

I Need Thee

Raging fires, power outrages, water and gas shortages, soaring temperatures…people seeking and needing shelter.  Much of the country was affected by the damage caused by the recent storm, while some are dealing with aftermath of the Colorado fires.  As the impact continues to be felt, organizations and the public are working together to provide much-needed resources.  The need is great.  And as the power is being restored, those returning to their homes and businesses are accessing the damage and beginning repairs.

As we returned home to clean up and toss out food, I considered our need for God.  When the storms of life are raging, the need to seek God should stir up our internal engines to run to Him.  When our spiritual tanks get low or run dry, instead of running to the nearest “good time” we should fill up at God’s service station.   Our “battery” power is short, and ill-equipped to handle all of life’s challenges.  The enemy wants to burn us up, drain us dry, and turn off our lights.  We can’t live this life and survive without God.

Become a first responder.  Go to the Fountain of Living Water which nourishes, refreshes and powers our mind, body and soul.  Plus, it never, ever runs dry.   It puts out the raging fires.  It fuels our lives, and lights our way.  This source-the only true Source provides, protects, and prospers.  Our need for Christ and His wonderous, working power is needed daily.  He satisfies, and shelters us during life’s storms.

So, no matter what is happening, or what will happen, seek Christ. As the old hymn states,” I need thee, O’ I need thee. Every hour I need thee. Bless me now my Savior.  I come to thee”.   Go to Christ our Savior.  We need Him.   Luke 5:31-32

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