Feb 17, 2016

Passion Of Christ......

I have had some serious blogger block or writer's block lately!  I have lots of things I want to say just can't seem to get them down and in the right words but today I want to talk to you about the amazing, beautiful but tragic thing that Christ did for me......and for YOU!!!!  

I am doing a 40 fast from Facebook, secular TV and secular music and spending that time in His word and prayer.  I have learned so much over the last couple of months and I just can't get enough.  I have been reading in John lately and I love reading the "red" which are the words of Jesus.  I can sometimes picture myself there with them.  It gives me chills.  

Yesterday I decided to start watching the Passion of Christ even though I had seen it when it first came out but after finishing it today I saw it in a whole new light.  I actually knew little things that were happening and knew what was going to happen.....I have grown as a follower so much since seeing that movie the first time.  I was excited to watch and but extremely emotional.  I don't think any of us fully grasp just what HE DID FOR US!  

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  Matthew 16:24

I was watching him drag that cross to where he would be crucified and I thought about the scripture above and how so many times we are taught to take up our cross daily and we don't!  It's to hard, or we are uncomfortable, or embarrassed, or to busy.......you name the excuse we have it for not taking up OUR cross daily for Him!  

There was Jesus beaten half to death.....bleeding.......tortured.....bruised......cut......in more pain than anyone could ever bare but He STILL got back up, picked up the cross and carried it because of our sins.  

Simon may have borne the cross part of the way to Golgotha, but Jesus bore Simon’s sin!

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.  1 John 2:2

I thought about how Simon helped carry the cross some of the way for Jesus the same way that He can help us carry our cross.  He wants to help us!  

I thought about the crown of thorns they put on His head......think about it......imagine it.......how incredibly painful that was for Him.  And Mary, his mother, who loved Him like we love our children......she watched all of this happen to her Son.  Can you imagine how she felt?  I can't stand to see my children struggle with anything so I can only imagine the pain and tears she had. She knew that her Son was dying for us.......sinners that don't deserve it but He loved us that much!

I watched as they stretched His arms out to nail Him to the cross and still torturing Him to the last minute but He cries out to the Father to forgive them........for they know not what they do!  

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.  Luke 23:34

He prayed for the ones that tortured Him while dying for them!  Do we pray for those that torture us?  That hurt us?  

If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.  Matthew 5:46

How easy is it to love the ones that love us and treat us with kindness and compassion?  Very easy.  How easy is it to love those that are hard hearted?  That reject us?  That don't love us back?  That are mean?  Not easy........but the Lord commands us to do it!  
He wants us to take up our cross and follow Him........

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Jan 5, 2016

Am I Who I Say I Am?

There is a speaker from Women of Faith (Charlotte Gambill) that I love and she was on a show yesterday promoting her new book and she said a few things that stuck with me.  I have been thinking about my goals for 2016 and we all know my goal of competing this year as far as my working out and fitness stuff but the most important ones I think are spiritual goals.  

On Sunday the preacher asked if anyone was closer to the Lord this January than last and I was really proud to actually say yes!  Yes, I am.  I feel like this year I have grown so much in my faith and my daily walk with Christ.  I am far from perfect but I crave his word and his will for my life.  Prayer is a daily part of my life sometimes being in prayer on and off all day.  I want to be able to say next January that I am even closer than this year.  That is my main goal for 2016.  

Here are some questions and thoughts she had talked about when discussing a hard time that she had gone through with infertility.

As a preacher do I believe what I preach?  (I was thinking about how I blog and I guess some could say "preach" to you guys.  During difficult times can I go back read what I write and actually say I am following that preaching?  I hope so.  A goal for me is to ONLY preach or blog about what I believe!  I want to be as genuine and open as possible!)

As a believer do I believe what I say I believe?  My answer is YES.  Whole heartedly yes!  

Worshiper- Is my worship actually based on a truth that is deep inside of me or was I just singing words that someone else had written?   (I have grown to love praise and worship music and yes sometimes I guess I am just singing the words that someone else has written but I try to really get in tune with the Lord and let the words sink in.  I have had some of my best prayer time during praise and worship and I feel as if God has really spoken to me through songs before.  Another goal is to be introduced to new praise and worship songs that connect me to God through music!)

Prayer life-  Am I a prayer warrior or a worrier!  ( I have become a prayer warrior this year but I must admit that I am a worrier to.  I want to move past the worrying and and into the warrior because I do believe my God can do anything and He is always in control of my life!)  This is a big one for me to work on this year!  I tend to be a prayer warrior for others and a worrier for myself!  

Am I a women of faith or a women that just knows people of faith?  I would love to think that I am a women of faith but I admit sometimes my faith is the size of a mustard seed but thank God that He tells us that is all we need.  I am learning to have faith in Him that He is always the way, the truth and the life!  I pray that this year my faith grows to be bigger than I have ever imagined!  

I am so excited about 2016 and what it has in store for me and my family!  We are so blessed already and I pray that God uses me in a huge way to bless others however He sees fit!