Archive | December 2014

Finishing and Starting with Praise to God!

Cataldo, Idaho Bridge over North Fork of Coeur d'Alene River

                                    Cataldo, Idaho Bridge over North Fork of Coeur d’Alene River

PRAISE ye the LORD, Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in the firmament of His power. Praise Him for His mighty acts: praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with the psaltery and harp, Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and organs, Praise Him upon the loud cymbals; praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals. let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. Psalm 150

I am wishing everyone a very happy new year!

The bridge reminds me that I’ve crossed another year off my life. Psalm 150 is a Psalm of extreme praise, and is fitting for the end of the year, and the beginning of a new one.

I want to end and start new with praise to God for all that He has done, and all that He is still doing!

I hope the ‘other side of the bridge’ (the new year) will be blessed and filled with God’s presence and power in our lives. His blessings are new every morning!

Thank you, God, for bridges that allow us to cross over to new things. Let this new year be filled with Your presence and power and love! I praise You and thank You for everything! Amen.

-Dawn-

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Freely Sharing the Gospel:

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I would like to thank WordPress for allowing me to post my thoughts freely.

I mean ‘freely’ without cost, but also freely without censoring them.

I am starting to see a world that wants to restrict religion, and many sites have become unfriendly to those who wish to publish articles that are of religious nature.

These devotions that I post publicly are really helping me to put God’s Word in my heart. Being able to share that experience is a plus. After all, part of being a Christian is to confess our faith. 2 Cor. 9:13 …. others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.

These words of the gospel are a blessing to the one who shares and to the one who is shared with. It is my intent to put God’s Word in my heart, and to help others grow in their faith too.

Faith is a journey, a daily walk.

It does help to write, type, speak, and actively express the gospel.

I think of the story of the talents about how a rich man who was very shrewd gave some of his servants money to keep for him. Then he went away for a long time. One servant hid the money and did nothing with it. Although he returned it to his master when he finally came back, the master was not happy with him. He rewarded the servants who returned his money and had made more with it, but this servant who only returned the original amount, he called ‘slothful’, and told him he should have at least given it to the ‘exchangers’ so that when he returned, he would have gotten back his money with interest. This story is told in Matthew 25. It is a parable of Jesus.

God has given us some very valuable gifts on earth–faith, love, knowledge of salvation, hope, and more.

When we are given something so valuable as the testimony of Jesus Christ, how can we hide it? It is life to those who are dead! It is the healing balm to those who are in pain, and it is so valuable that one would give up this physical life to have the knowledge of salvation and gift of eternal life!

Thank you WordPress for letting me share this great gift and impress the gospel message on my own heart and mind through the process of writing.

Dear Jesus, I am ever so grateful for Your gift of salvation, love, mercy, forgiveness, and life! Thank you for allowing me to share it!

-Dawn-

A Petition for Naturalization:

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But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philippians 3:20,21

For people who like history, these pictures above are petitions for citizenship from my great grandparents.

In 1887, Ole Fredrikson signed U.S. citizenship papers that renounced his allegiance to any other Sovereignty, particularly to the King of Norway and Sweden, of which he was a subject.

I thought about these papers and how they relate to our citizenship in heaven.

When we become a Christian, we renounce our allegiance to all other powers. We agree to follow the teachings of Jesus, and to support them wholly.

It would be interesting if everyone who says they are a Christian would sign naturalization papers that declare they would renounce forever all allegiance, and fidelity to any foreign Prince, Potentate, State, or Sovereignty whatever. I wonder how many would sign it? Would it help us to finalize the decision to follow Christ? Would we see how important this decision is?

How many would pledge to support the teachings of Jesus and His heavenly government, laying aside everything else for His heavenly kingdom? Would they leave their home land and their familiar lives for this beautiful land that they have heard about?

Salvation is God’s free gift through Jesus, His son.

Everyone who believes that Jesus died for their sins, rose from the grave, and is at God’s right hand interceding on their behalf has the ‘papers’ they need to enter heaven.

However, because of this great sacrifice, it makes me have such deep love for my Savior, that I want to be under His Sovereignty, wholly devoted to His teachings. I do not need to sign the petition for naturalization as a citizen of Heaven. The blood of Jesus has already naturalized me to that Holy Kingdom.

I hope that I will always say to Jesus, that I am forever in His service and debt, and that I lay aside all other powers in my life, and give Him full authority.

Dear Jesus, thank You for that Holy Citizenship that You bought for me with Your own body and blood. I could never be a citizen of Heaven without Your great sacrifice. Thank You! This New Year help me to remember the great price You paid for my real freedom! In Your Name, Amen.

-Dawn-

Family Acceptance:

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And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:53-58

Unfortunately, not everyone has a big happy family that makes holidays special.

Some of you might be saying, “Christmas was going pretty well, and then the relatives came…..”

Sometimes it is our own families who are the hardest to get along with. They try our faith the most.

There is a long line of family problems listed in the Bible, and Jesus was acquainted with this trouble too, while He walked this earth.

He was rejected by religious leaders who should have embraced Him. He was ridiculed in the places where He grew up, as this verse stated, “And they were offended in Him.”

They knew Him as a child, and were not willing to recognize Him as the Savior of the World.

Do you ever feel that family members have a hard time forgetting your past, and that they make you feel of little worth because of it? Even though you’ve been forgiven by the most high God, maybe they refuse to forgive you, and try to make you feel bad?

Jesus didn’t do many miracles in the place where He grew up, as there was so much unbelief.

How many blessings do we miss out on when family troubles take away our peace, joy, happiness, and goodness?

We can have some encouragement if we are in that position. Jesus understands. He felt rejected and of little value to the people that should have cared about Him and loved Him enormously.

Here is a very encouraging passage of scripture for you:

When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. Psalm 27:10

Family members might make us feel unworthy, unloved, and discouraged, but God sees a lot of value in us—value enough for Jesus to give His life for us!

Dear Lord, Thank You again for Your great love. When others find us unworthy, and dislike us, and devalue us, we can know that You care enormously about us. Jesus, You felt the pain of dejection and loneliness. Thank You for giving us hope and love. You could have chosen all the important, wealthy, influential people of the world, but You chose the lowly, the dejected, the lonely, maimed, sick, and sinners of the world too. I don’t understand how You can find any worth in me, but I feel Your presence daily, and I am grateful. Amen!

-Dawn-

Another thought is that with the Lord we have an extended family of believers who we can consider our loved ones too:

Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. 48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! Matthew 12: 47-49

Be encouraged!

You are part of God’s family. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we become heirs with Christ, the sons and daughters of the most high God!

Dearest Jesus:

Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. Philippians 4:1

My mom used to write me letters, and would start them with the words, ‘Dearest Dawn’. I took those words for granted as I read her letters.

Now she is gone, and I cannot tell you how those words bring tears to my eyes.

Even though she is gone, those words bring alive her memory. They make me feel close to her, and long for her physical presence.

I know I will be with her, as the Lord has promised us.– When we receive Jesus as our Savior, we will be with Him in heaven. That is where my mom is, because she believed.

She was not a Saint, but realized her sins, and confessed them to the Lord, and received Jesus as her Savior.

That is what gives me hope that I will see her in glory, and even in a better body, one that is incorruptible, immortal, healthy, and lovely. I will see the light on her beautiful face that reflects the glory of Jesus, whose face she continually has gazed upon.

I saw her with numerous tears in this life, but God wipes away every tear in heaven. there will be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.

All things will become new!

Read Revelation 21:4,5 again, and think of what that means! I think of those words of encouragement written to me: Dearest Dawn,….Dearest Reader,….

Thank You, Dearest Jesus, for giving me hope, love, and even consoling me today, after several years of my mother passing away. I still miss her dearly, but thank You for that glorious hope that I will see her again. Thank You for life, freedom, love, and every other good gift You’ve given. In Your precious name. Amen.

-Dawn-

Praise the Lord!

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BEHOLD, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion. Psalms 134 KJV

Christmas lives on and the gift remains!

I praise the Lord, and am so thankful for His wonderful plan of salvation that was fulfilled through the unselfish acts of Jesus Christ.

It is so amazing how God fulfilled His plan! Just ordinary people, ordinary circumstances, an ordinary day– all became extraordinary to fulfill God’s purpose. Amazing grace is what it is!

It is a helpful reminder that New Year’s falls shortly after Christmas. Just as we are reminded of the birth of our wonderful Savior during Christmas, we are reminded of the new life we can have in Christ when a new year ushers in anticipation for new things.

I cannot even fully explain this miracle that God did by sending Jesus to earth. Only a person who has been rescued by Christ can begin to understand the greatest gift a heart can hold. Dead in sins, alive in Christ!

Oh God, I praise You this morning for all Your wonderful works! You are so amazing and wonderful. Your ways are higher than our ways, and You have accomplished what is impossible with man. Your love is so amazing! I honor You! Amen.

-Dawn-

Blessed Be Your Name!

Merry Christmas!!! I was reading a DaySpring Devotion and thought I would share it:


http://www.meetmeinthemeadow.com/2014/12/jesus-name-above-all-names-the-christ/

Jesus, Name Above All Names! “The Christ”

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This month, we are taking time to focus on Jesus, and the meaning of His names in your life.

This special series, “Jesus, Name Above All Names!” written by Roy Lessin, will run through the month of December. We hope you will join us today as we focus on His name “The Christ,” as found throughout the Scriptures…

Names of Jesus, Jesus, Christmas Series, Roy Lessin, photo by Marina Bromley, winter holly, snow

The Christ

And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. Matthew 1:16

The name Christ means Messiah. Messiah means the Anointed One, the One sent by God to be the Savior. For centuries the Jewish people had known through the promises God made to Abraham, Moses, and David that Messiah would come. The prophets also spoke of the Messiah’s coming. Isaiah proclaimed, “His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  (Isaiah 9:6)

The name Jesus Christ means that He is the Savior of all who believe; the promised Messiah, and the anointed redeemer of Israel. He is the one God so faithfully promised.

Jesus was sent by the God of Israel, He did not send Himself; Jesus was appointed by the God of Israel, He did not appoint Himself; Jesus was anointed by the God of Israel, He did not anoint Himself. Jesus knew why He was sent, no one had to tell Him; He understood why He was sent, no one had to explain it to Him; He rejoiced in why He was sent, no one had to motivate Him. His place, His person, His position, His passion, His purpose, flowed out of the anointing He carried as the one sent by God.


Jesus, you are the wonderful Messiah, Savior of the world, redeemer , and You are God’s promised deliverer–the only One! I praise You and give You glory and honor. I am so glad You were born, and that You died, and rose again, to save sinners like me. I would have no hope if You had not come to redeem me.Blessed be Your name! Amen!

-Dawn-