Archive | February 2015

Priceless!

I read the daily devotion that was on the http://www.bgea.org website, and would like to share it with you, here is a link : http://billygraham.org/devotion/he-gives-us-life-eternal/

I loved the way that Billy Graham wrote this:

Recently I read that it will cost this country a hundred billion dollars to get one man safely to Mars. It cost God the priceless blood of His only Son to get us sinners to heaven. By tasting death for every man, Jesus took over our penalty as He erased our guilt. Now God can forgive. In a moment of thanksgiving, Paul once exclaimed, “He loved me and gave Himself for me!” Will you repeat these words right now, even as you read? If you do, I believe you will have cause to be thankful too, and that you will experience the love of God in your heart. Try it and see. The Bible teaches that you can be absolutely sure that you are saved.

Just to get one man safely to mars, it will cost a hundred billion dollars!

The blood of Jesus is priceless, and with it, He paid our price to Heaven!

That is so amazing and thought provoking! Not only did He pay the way, but He took our sinful past and all the guilt, and erased it, to make us new creatures, accepted by a Holy God.

The verse Billy Graham mentions about love is found in ‘The Message’ translation of the Bible in Galatians, Chapter 2:

The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Believe it, accept it, and rejoice that Jesus loves you, and paid for your salvation!

Dear God, thank You for salvation through Your precious Son! Our minds cannot even fathom the great price that was paid! I think of this great treasure that You have given us freely, and what it cost Your Son. Thank You for Your amazing love! In the name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

There was a jailer who kept watch over Paul and Silas when they were in prison. An earthquake caused the jail doors to open one night. The jailer thought the men had escaped, and he was going to kill himself with a sword. Paul cried out in a loud voice, telling the jailer not to harm himself, they were all there. Acts 16:

29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

To be part of this great journey that Jesus offers us freely, believe on Him and be saved! This is not an easy journey, but a rewarding one!

Wildflowers:

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Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Luke 12:27-31

I saw the most amazing wildflowers when I worked in the mountains! Indian Paintbrush, Fire Weed, Shasta Daisies, Wild Roses, Heather, Yarrow, Purple Asters, and so many more!

I would enjoy spring in the valley, watching all the new flowers, the lilacs, the pansies, irises, tulips, and more. Then, I would go to work at the end of June on a seven-thousand foot mountain peak. June is the month when spring flowers in the mountains would arrive. I would watch trillium, heather, and lupine bloom. What spectacular beauty! It was like a colorful rainbow of flowers.

The picture above is of purple lupine. The word ‘splendor’ is a great way of describing the beauty of all the mountain spring flowers.

Yet, they only last a short season, and are gone.

In this verse in Luke, Jesus tells us that these beautiful flowers don’t labor. God clothes them with all that beauty. Then, Jesus tells us that if God does this for the flowers that are here today, and are shortly gone, how much more will He do for you?

We don’t have to worry at all! What we do need to do is to seek God’s Kingdom, and all these things will be given to us as well!

If Jesus says this, it is trustworthy and true.

I can say that I have worried about things, that if I look back on them, all I did was waste my time.

Bad things do happen, but we have to trust that God will take care of those things too. We just need to seek God, and pray on every occasion, and cast our cares on Him, because He cares for us!

Thank You, God, that You care for us. You even know how many hairs we have on our heads. You know when a sparrow falls to the ground. Dear God, I can trust You with all things. I pray that You would keep me from being deceived. Put Your word in my heart, and please send workers for Your harvest. I pray for Your will to be done. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

-Dawn-

Below are pictures taken in the wild of beautiful flowers that neither labor nor spin. God clothes them and cares for them. How much more will He do for you?

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Lesson 10, Writing 201:Poetry

This is the last lesson of Writing 201: Poetry, so sad! It has been fun to learn new kinds of poetry devices, and to read so many wonderful blogs. I got to read some great poems from very inspiring and encouraging writers! It was fun to meet some new WordPress friends. Thanks to WordPress for the instruction and lessons!

This lesson was to write a Sonnet about the future, using Chiasmus. You can read about the assignment here: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_assignment/writing-201-future/

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My Future in a New Kingdom:

The sky rolled up like an ancient scroll,

Brilliant light shone bright, and darkness hid,

The Son of God was seen by every soul,

And people were judged by what they did.

Some gained eternal life with God in Heaven

Receiving mercy, love, and peace unknown,

Many by His grace, their sins forgiven,

With Him, they’ll never have to walk alone.

With God, there’s no more crying, no more fears,

And all earth’s former things have passed away,

Each day is like a thousand years,

Again, a thousand years are like a day!

At last, my future with the Lord’s been sealed,

Behold! Heaven’s salvation has been revealed!

The Gospel:

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The word ‘gospel’ is defined by Dictionary.com in several ways.
One of the definitions of the word ‘gospel’ means glad tidings, especially concerning salvation and the kingdom of God as announced to the world by Christ.
The reason I had to look up the word ‘gospel’ was because I understood that it was the message of Christ, but I was confused when I read that Jesus preached the gospel. There are several times that this is mentioned. One verse is in Matthew 11:5:

The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

And another in Mark 1:14:

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,…

Jesus preached the gospel of the good news of the kingdom of God. He also encouraged His followers to do the same:

Mark 16:

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

I am writing my devotions today, to encourage all Christians to preach the gospel (good tidings,especially concerning salvation and the kingdom of God).

I would also like to bring attention to a family that for generations has preached the message of salvation.

You can read about Will Graham, Billy Graham’s grandson, in China, preaching the gospel at http://billygraham.org/gallery/will-graham-shares-the-good-news-in-china/

There are wonderful pictures of his trip.

Jiangsu Province Christian Council invited Will Graham to visit China, with the approval of the Chinese government. He was invited to speak in the city of Wuxi as part of a Chinese New Year celebration event called the Good Shepherd Outreach.

I love seeing the faces of people who are hearing God’s Word, and desiring His salvation.

Billy Graham’s wife, Ruth Bell Graham was born in China to a missionary family. I am so amazed to see the fourth generation still preaching the gospel faithfully. It is such an encouragement!

Thank you, God, for the gospel. To hear the words of salvation, and to hear about the kingdom of heaven, to hear about Your hope and love, those words are so powerful! Help us to be faithful in preaching the gospel. I know that  when the gospel has been preached to the ends of the earth, the end will come, and Your kingdom will prevail. May Your perfect will be done.Amen.

-Dawn-

Day 9, Writing 201:Poetry

The lesson is to write a ‘FOUND’ poem, of scraps of words that are found in print, and make a collage, writing a poem about landscape, using enumeration.

Path and Rock are mentioned in my poem, and might be acceptable for landscape, but I had fun with the words, and this is what it says:

First,

Look UP

Things are going well,

Consider something better.

Seek a new destination.

Arise! Embrace! Discover! Endure!

Obtain strength,

Appreciate the Path,

Following my Companion’s Celestial Shoes,

Because Greater Faith

Changed my Heart:

LIVE,

Encircled

Upon the Rock!

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Following my Companion’s Celestial Shoes, I thought of following the footsteps of the Lord, Jesus, who is my constant companion and my rock. He ‘encircles me with His love.

The Good Samaritan, a Model for Health Care:

Luke 10:25-37 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denari and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Sometimes, I like to find modern day examples of faith in action.

Today, I’d like to bring attention to The Zarephath Health Center, in New Jersey It was started by a doctor, John Eck. His motivation came from this verse. It is a model for their health clinic:

We take our model from that of the Good Samaritan. In the Bible, Jesus tells the story of a man who was beaten and left to die on the side of the road. A minister and a religious teacher came by and walked around him, feeling that they did not have the time or means to help. Then a Samaritan, a religious outcast, stopped, cared for his immediate needs, and took him to a place where he could recover. He paid the bills as well, promising to return and pay more if other expenses were incurred. Jesus finished this story, telling those around him to “Go and do likewise.”

It is operated by donations from local churches. Doctors and nurses, and local citizens volunteer their time.

I found this to be such an encouraging article. When we see so many negative things happening in our country, to read about someone who acted on faith to make things better is so refreshing.

Here is a link to the story my husband read in The Daily Signal: http://dailysignal.com/2015/02/24/free-clinic-saving-health-care-america/

And here is a link to the clinic in New Jersey, Zarephath Health Center: http://www.zhcenter.org/index.php

Dear God, help me to practice faith in action like the good Samaritan, and like Jesus. Help me to be a good neighbor. Thank you for churches and doctors like Mr. Eck, who are seeking to do Your will with actions. Also, help me to be wise as a serpent, but gentle as a dove. There are many who would try to take advantage of kindness, and I am naive. Help me to act in love and with Your knowledge. Keep me from being deceived, and let Your will be done. Amen.

-Dawn-

Day 8, Writing 201:Poetry

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_assignment/writing-201-drawer/

This lesson is to write an ode, about a drawer, using apostrophe’. Apostrophe’ is addressing an abstract idea, an absent person, or thing.

You can read more about the lesson by clicking the link above.

Writing Tools 

Arrays of pencils, pens galore

Are in my kitchen drawer,

Disorganized haphazardly-

Erasers, markers, black inked sharpie,

The tools of writing lie in there,

And paper, you are where?