Such LOVE!

Fridays are the days I post funny quotes…but today being Good Friday…it’s a great time to pause and reflect on the love of our Savior Jesus Christ.

There’s just so much to be grateful when we look at the Cross. As you scroll through the quotes let them remind us of the confidence we have in God’s promises. There’s no greater love than Jesus Christ giving it all up so we can be free from everything that weighs us down.

Wishing each and everyone a happy, holy GOOD FRIDAY!

See you on Monday when I get to share my thoughts with you again.

Have a safe and beautiful weekend.

EASTER is All About The Resurrected Christ

As Christians and believers in Jesus Christ, our faith and belief are rooted in Jesus’s resurrection. Easter is huge for us as followers of Jesus Christ, it’s a celebration that even death and the tomb couldn’t hold Him. The Bible says that Mary Magdalene came to the tomb where Jesus was buried and found it empty. An angel told her that Jesus has risen just as He had boldly announced before His death.

For if, while WE WERE GOD’S ENEMIES, we were reconciled to him through THE DEATH of his Son, how much more, having been RECONCILED, shall we be saved through his life!” Romans 5:10 — meaning — God chose to bless us despite the fact that we do not deserve it.

It is through Faith (which is the basic ingredient to begin a relationship with God) that we are forgiven of our sins (willful disobedience).

Satan looks for every reason why we should not be forgiven. He accuses us and reminds us constantly of our wrongs. But, God who is rich in showing compassion and forgiveness towards us even though He has the power to punish us…makes a public disgrace of Satan’s accusations. Someone said, “When Satan comes knocking, allow God to open the door.”

We need a Savior because the guilt that comes after we have sinned is just too much for any human being to carry. Jesus took on the form of man and went to the cross and paid the price in full once and for all. Job 19:25 NIV says, “As for me, I know that my Vindicator is alive; And He, the Last One, will take his stand on the soil.”

Easter marks the Resurrection of Jesus Christ … and the next big Promised Event is His Return.

Revelation 22:12 says, “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.”

Steps to knowing God
  1. Trust Jesus Christ today! …
  2. Admit that you are a sinner and that you need God’s help. …
  3. Be willing to change your mind and turn from your sin (repent). …
  4. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead. …
  5. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your heart to become your personal Lord and Savior. …
  6. Pray – daily talk with God about everything that concerns you. Satan cannot accuse me or you of our past

Here my friends is the true meaning of Easter…it’s not about the Easter bunny or eggs…it’s about the Lamb of God who takes away our wrongs and makes them right.

It Was A Good Friday

Good Friday is a Christian holiday, the day we stop to reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Good Friday comes before Easter. The Darkest Hour is before The Dawn. 

 WHY DID HE HAVE TO DIE?

The Bible says in Isaiah 53,

“There was nothing attractive about Jesus, nothing to cause us to take a second look. He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum. But the fact is, it was our pains he carriedour disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! 

He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed. We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him. He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence.

HE DIED WITHOUT A THOUGHT FOR HIS OWN WELFARE, BEATEN BLOODY FOR THE SINS OF MY PEOPLE. Still, it’s what God had in mind all along, to crush him with pain. THE PLAN WAS THAT HE GIVE HIMSELF AS AN OFFERING FOR SIN SO THAT HE’D SEE LIFE COME FROM IT -LIFE, LIFE, AND MORE LIFE. HE LOOKED DEATH IN THE FACE AND DIDN’T FLINCH, because he embraced the company of the lowest. He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many, he took up the cause of all the black sheep.”

What was finished when Jesus hung on the Cross?

Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, JESUS SAID, “IT IS FINISHED.” WITH THAT, HE BOWED HIS HEAD AND GAVE UP HIS SPIRIT.” John 19:28-30

After doing some research on the internet, I found on Christianity.com this great explanation on the meaning of Jesus’ last words “IT IS FINISHED”

“When Jesus cried out “It is finished,” he meant “It was finished in the past, it is still finished in the present, and it will remain finished in the future.” Note one other fact. He did not say, “I am finished,” for that would imply that he died defeated and exhausted. Rather, he cried out “It is finished,” meaning “I successfully completed the work I came to do.” When he died, he left no unfinished business behind.”

Here my friends are the Why He had to die? and What was the meaning of Jesus’ last words “It is finished”. 

Now, it’s up to us what we will do about the Why and “It is Finished!”

Two Dangers: Loneliness and Temporary Feelings

Loneliness is sadness because a person has no friends or company. There’s a difference between being alone and loneliness. I enjoy being alone at times but I don’t feel lonely during that time. It’s my choice not to be bothered with distractions when I’m working on an assignment.

However, a lonely person feels abandoned or sad and longs to have a friend. Loneliness is when you don’t feel you have anyone who really cares about you.

Temporary feelings are not permanent they are fleeting, they change depending on thoughts, emotions, and feelings. A person can be happy, sad, angry, dancing, crying — all in just 24 hours. If this sounds bizarre to you, consider yourself fortunate, but there are many other folks who put on a smile … but live in low spirits and unstable emotions each and every day.

Everybody feels lonely sometimes … but this should never a permanent state of feeling abandoned, misunderstood, or simply longing for friendship.

Spending extended time alone can take a toll on your mental health and on your physical well-being …we were born to have relationships. It was God who said it was not good for us to be alone.

Loneliness can strike anyone, anywhere, anytime, so we must be aware of our feelings of sadness. You can be in a room crowded with people and still feel alone. God places the lonely in families. To be a friend you must show yourself friendly. Find your tribe and treat them well.

Because our feelings are temporary, it’s our responsibility not to overrate our feelings. I’m no expert on dealing with loneliness and temporary feelings, but I’ve had some ‘drive by’ experiences that has taught me how dangerous it is to be locked up and be held hostage to these two dangers.

It’s easy to end up at this crossroad and simply miss taking the right exit. It’s scary getting lost at the crossroad if you don’t have proper guidance.

Stop! Look! Listen! should be our motto and goal when we are at the crossroads. Over processed negative thoughts lead to loneliness, and loneliness leads to suicidal thoughts.

Stop overthinking! Look for positive reinforcements and coaches. Listen to those who are have a track record of survival techniques. Our choices will make us happy, or sad, successful, or full of hatred. Our thoughts can trap us into believing that everyone is against us and there’s no good reason why we should go on.

God doesn’t want us to make these fleeting moments permanent. He doesn’t want us to be held hostage to a chapter that will end with these words, “And she died on the Mountain of Loneliness and Temporary Feelings”. No way! God doesn’t want us to feel trapped with painful memories…there is a way out.

The relationship that failed; the betrayal; the past that keeps haunting you; the curse that passes on from one generation to the other; the parent you can’t forgive; the wedding you didn’t get invited to; the funeral you missed because of family issues; the employer who denied you a promotion; the child that has been nothing short of being ungrateful; or whatever it was or is … God loves to work in ALL things call “IMPOSSIBLE’.

We deprive ourselves of finding permanent HAPPINESS when we exclude God out of our lives and think we can handle it on our own.

If our feelings of loneliness, and off and on feelings about people, situations, and life’s issues are driving our decisions … we will keep getting into accidents. One day we will crash.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does.”

God reveals the next steps when we choose to walk in a relationship with Him. God is not in and ‘on and off’ relationship with anyone. He speaks only to those who choose to be a faithful and loyal partner.

You’ve Got This

Be very confident that in this life you and I will never need anything more than God can supply. We can be sure that God will take care of everything we need when we need. 

There are times when things look out of control and we wonder why is God so silent…there are answers we cannot receive till we know God in His fullness and believe. We are the ones who profit when we say we are going to walk with God all the way. The times when  we know He is listening and those times when He’s silent. 

Be assured about this one thing – God always remains in total control of the outcome of any situation whether we are Christians or non-Christians. He remains in total control.  God our righteous judge has allowed the challenges to come at us from all sides –for when we are under pressure, our faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So we will not try to get out of anything prematurely. Our goal is to become mature in the face of adversity.

I’ve experienced seasons in my life where the very thing that was meant to destroy me, God used as my turning point …and then I used it to throw out the lifeline to others who are sinking. 

When our faith is tried, do we throw up our hands in despair and walk away from God? Would we advise our children, friends and family members to walk out of an exam room if the test is difficult? Would we throw our phones away because it froze during an update? Would we demolish our car because one tire went flat?

Why do we blame God when bad things happen to us? Sometimes things happen so quickly and in the moment that we feel pressured on every side … it’s the moment our faith goes public. When we are squeezed what’s inside squirts out without warning. 

2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “and then he told me, My grace is enough, it’s all that you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ strength moving in on my weakness.”

In all this, we must choose not to sin nor charge God with wrong. We will hold fast to our integrity and stay faithful to the God of Israel who has called us, equipped us, empowered us against all odds, and stays by our side.

Anything that costs you your confidence in God or your integrity is way too expensive.

Pour On Some Extra Happiness

Happy Friday everyone!!! Hope this past week was filled with lots of amazing memories. 

I love my weekends, and I hope you do too. We all need a little break to enjoy the sunshine and to make time for family and friends.

Here are some FOODS for thought to stop our stomachs from rumbling on the weekend.

Have yourself a wonderful weekend with great friends and family over food.

Looking forward to seeing you again on Monday when adulting becomes the norm.

 

Friends In A Ship

There are a few things to consider if we decide to step outside our doors to mingle:

  1. Trust – this is one of the most important factors in becoming friends. If you don’t trust anyone other than yourself, then you probably will not be a good friend to hang out with
  2. Honesty – being truthful and open minded brings out the best in others, and allow everyone to be themselves. Honesty leads to great communication and great communication strengthens relationships
  3. Respect – pride is disrespectful and pushes people away. Respect is earned and not demanded. If two people respect each other .. both reap the benefits
  4. Loyalty – is a gift that keeps on giving. It proves that you care about the friendship and will hold each other in high esteem at all times

Trust, honesty, respect and loyalty extends to all relationships be it – spouses, significant other, family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, etc. Life is all about building healthy relationships.

“Don’t desert an old friend of your family or visit your relatives when you are in trouble. A friend nearby is better than relatives far away.” Proverbs 27:10

Healthy friendships don’t expose each other’s faults, or take on the role of the most important person around the table. They don’t get tired of doing what is good…or get discouraged and give up on each other… but, they choose to build together.

When you are friends in a ship…you don’t just pretend that you love, you genuinely love each other. No one abandons the ship and jumps off because they need to vent. They take delight in honoring and respecting each other.

Whether it’s two persons, or family members, colleagues, neighbors, or friends … know for sure that together we can accomplish more than if we were alone. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. We can go in and possess the gates of our enemies. But the person who is alone when he or she falls, they are in real trouble.

Relationships that are healthy is when both make the effort to do acts of kindness and service even when you may be getting on each other’s last nerve. There’s an unspoken promise that no one will become jealous or boastful or proud or rude. There’s no hidden record of wrongs, and no one is happy about injustice…but is exciting whenever there’s a win. True friendships inspires each other to be better than they were before.