Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This one keeps surfacing :)
1 Timothy 6:17-19 - Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
1 Samuel 1:27 - I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.
1.25 inch sterling
If you have an addition to you family and your necklace suddenly doesn't work for you anymore, just do what Ellen did and send it back and let me add to it!
Only God's Grace
Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
These are headed to China as Paige and Brandon prepare to adopt baby number 2! God is at work, and it's a beautiful thing :)
1.25 inch copper
Saturday, July 2, 2011
4th of July weekend is here! It's a time to be with family and friends, hang out at the lake and eat good food! But, are we forgetting what we're celebrating? A day off of work? Food? Family? No, how about the freedom to have all of those things. Thank you armed forces for continuing to fight for our freedom.
And thank you Jesus for freeing us from sin. We had a 4th of July themed lock-in for the elementary kids at my church Thursday night and this was the devotional I kicked it off with:
Why do we celebrate the 4th of July? Many years ago, the people living in our country wanted to be free to make their own decisions and choices. They wanted a country where every person was free. We celebrate that we are a free nation that is not under the rule of another. A group of men signed the Declaration of Independence. We celebrate this day as the birthday of our country, The United States.
What does freedom mean? We have the right to act, speak or think as we want.
What are we free from? You can go to the church you want, you can go to the school where you want, you can wear the clothes that you want, you can play the sports that you want, you can eat what you want and you can say what you want (but always listen to your parents :).
What else can I be free from? SIN!
How can I be free from sin? Romans 6:18 - You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
When Jesus died on the cross, He defeated sin forever and set me free. Jesus died on the cross for your sins because He loves you. Accept Jesus into your heart as your savior.
Does this mean I will never sin again? Bad habits are hard to break and sometimes you will still have to fight them. I am not strong enough to set myself free. I need Jesus to save me every day.
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
We are free!