Wednesday, December 26, 2012

"Purr-fect Therapy"

Anyone who lives with cats totally understands this picture which says it all...cats rule, and we'll readily give up our comfort for the sake of our feline children.

There's nothing like the peaceful feeling they bring as they curl up with us, motors running, completely content as we snuggle together.

There have been times when I've tossed and turned, unable to sleep until one of my kitties comes to visit me late in the night, lulling me to sleep with their sweet singing purrs and the feel of their soft fur.

Yes, I am a cat lover to the extreme and make no apologies for it.  They are sweet and delightful gifts from God who have often spoken to my troubled soul, soothing, comforting and helping, I believe, by God's hands to help slow down my racing thoughts as the Lord ushers in His peace.

Thank You, Lord, for all of Your awesome and most precious creatures!  Nothing is wasted with You.

(A page from my inspirational scrapbook)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

"As a Child"

The Lord has appeared of old to me, 
saying: “Yes, I have loved you with
an everlasting love;
therefore with
lovingkindness I have drawn you. 
Jeremiah 31:3 

When I saw this picture I just knew there was something the Lord wanted to speak through it.  Though the Lord was speaking some personal things to me, ultimately it was His perfect love I knew He wanted to express through the message of the gift of Salvation through His Son Jesus Christ that He offers to all.

As we are entering the Christmas season I am ever mindful of the true meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate.  There is nothing and will never be anything greater than the gift of God's love and His redeeming power through Christ.

There is no gift, no amount of money or anything that this life may have to offer that could equal His immeasurable love to save our dying souls as God the Father offered up His Son to pay the price for all sin.

My heart and my life belong to Him and I am forever grateful that He looked upon me and offered me redemption and a life set free in Him and that the same is offered to every man, woman and child.

My prayer is that all around the world we would hear and respond to the voice of His Holy Spirit who draws us by God's everlasting love to become the new creation in Christ Jesus He longs for us to be and that we would live our lives fresh and anew for Him.

Thank You, Heavenly Father!  May Christ truly be the center of it all, not just at Christmastime but every day of our life.

Come unto God the Father
In purity and without guile
Receive the Kingdom of Heaven
Innocent as a child.
Know the love of Jesus
Feel His warm embrace
Live a life of freedom
Victory by His grace.
Each day approach in newness
In Jesus Christ, rejoice
Garments of praise to cover
Raise holy hands and voice.
Feast on the word He's given
Let a heart be formed
That God Himself is shaping
In all that are reborn.
Trusting Him more fully
With every passing day
Grown up, His disciple
All sin washed away.
By blood that is all-sufficient
Shed by One Who paid the price
The sinless, spotless, Lamb of God
Clothed in brilliant light.
Throughout your days He'll hold you
Never to let go
For He is true and faithful
And longs for you to know
The mysteries of Heaven
The promises that await
The perfect plan He has for those
Who take His hand by faith.
Let the joy of His salvation
Permeate your life
Filling every corner
Immersed in Jesus Christ.
Scripture Meditation:
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:3 - Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 
Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. 
Matthew 18:2-3 - Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them,  and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

(A page from my inspirational scrapbook)