HOPE*ann*FAITH

Learning to Live , Again, On Purpose.


1 Comment

He loves me, He loves me not!


Want to understand grace from a heart in love with Jesus!
To know Him is to Love Him … You are His and He is yours!

juliesramblings

*This post is geared to born again Christians.  If you are not among us, scroll down to the bottom and I’ll tell you all the hoops you have to go through to become one.

To my brothers and sisters in the Lord:

Why did you accept Christ as your Savior?  What called to you, what intrigued you, what moved you?  What were you responding to?

Think back.  We all have our own story, our “testimony” about our first encounter with the Living Lord.  Did we come to Him because we “had to”?  Did we believe out of fear?  What was our first experience with Him, with Jesus?  Was it LOVE?…just absolute love and acceptance as a beloved child? All of a sudden, did we “know” Him? Did we KNOW that He loved us just because He loves us? Did we just KNOW?

At that beautiful moment, did He give you…

View original post 715 more words


2 Comments

Release …


Five Minute Friday.

So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for going on four years now hundreds of people have joined a kind of writing flash mob. We write for five minutes flat, all on the same prompt.
No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.
Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Release! Go!

I am angry today. I was embarrassed and hurt and angry yesterday.

Breaking Through to the Other Side of It ...

Breaking Through to the Other Side of It …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bible, in Ephesians 4 says: “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,and do not give the devil a foothold.

Well my night was fraught with angry dreams, despite falling asleep in prayer.

Yesterday 2 doctors called and gave me information that wasn’t encouraging for both my husband and myself. I am not so concerned about the disappointment of my doctor issue; however my husband is tired. We are only one chemo round into this second go round and his blood counts are low and the doctor has ordered a medication that causes pain and discomfort, particularly at night.

Pain and discomfort. Depression and discouragement. How does one release these?

The renewing of the mind releases these things from the spirit.

Romans 12:2  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

So today I am working on renewing my mind. Replacing the reports of the doctors with God’s word and releasing the negative thoughts, fears and anger that they instilled from my spirit … because I know that this path I am on is a journey to the good and perfect will of Father God for me.

STOP!

What do you need to release today? Be sure to replace that space with God’s perfect will for your life. After you’ve cleaned house make sure you fill it with the beauty of God’s word as advised in Matthew 12 43-45.

 


Leave a comment

Life Lessons & God’s Grace


Do you remember being a kid and not listening to your parent’s direction or advise?

Do you remember thinking that you knew better and do you remember the consequences for some of those independent choices?

I’ve been contemplating God’s Grace and there’s been a lot of discussion about it in my life lately. Conversations, devotionals and commentary, along with affirmation and rebukes. It’s definitely a hot topic these days.

Another of God’s Revelatory Movements? Have we moved from the Faith movement to the Grace movement? I don’t know, I’ll have to ask God, but what I do know is people are coming into a understanding of God’s grace for us. I will remain mostly quiet in public debates, I’m not willing to argue the Word of God, and that is where I am getting this awesome understanding; straight from the Bible, not from someone’s book interpreting the bible.

What I do believe is that God is giving me quite the understanding in my own life.

Here’s what I got just yesterday from a scripture devotion I get every morning in my e-mail.

[ Just a little FYI here for new readers: I am battling some health issues and so is The Hubs (my husband) … quite serious issues. However, we understand our healing and do not claim this issues as “ours” … these issues are consequences from personal choices we’ve made over many years of living. We understand that we were healed the moment we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior; we also understand that this requires a physical and mental process to fulfillment.]

Now back to it …

With my mind on the health issues I am struggling with (they are not mine!) this spoke to me this morning, as I was looking into God’s Word and His will for me and YOU too!

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” – 1 Peter 5:10

* Let’s see if I can explain the “after you’ve suffered a little …

God is not causing the suffering! For some it is the suffering we endure simply living in a fallen world; for others we suffer from our choices and/or our inability to comprehend our absolute healing. It’s a process.

In fact, to extend this Facebook post from yesterday, I believe that “suffered a little” can actually mean: after you’ve tried it your way!

None the less, when we come to our senses (decided of our own free will) and enter into that Eternal Glory He has called us to that suffering, that illness, that iniquity that we cannot seem to shed, ends and He will make us strong and firm and steadfast …

God the Father restores … let us let Him restore us today!
I am healed, how ’bout you! ~ My Facebook post on June 13,14 (bold print added for this post in WordPress)

As believers we “understand” that His Eternal Glory in Christ is for right now. We don’t have to wait, it is ours now; we know this because the scripture says the God of all grace.

An accurate, common definition describes grace as the unmerited favor of God toward man. Check here for an awesome and thorough definition of Grace.

However, yes again, even for the growing believer, the developing disciple of Christ, full understanding of God’s Word, His Grace, His Love for us is a process.

We are human. We are fallible. And God the Father knows this, He created us and reconciled us back to Himself, even as we were sinners!

So yes, Grace conquers everything in our lives that does not line up with God’s perfect will for His children. However, like the child,who knew everything, above we wander. I know I do!

Does this mean we are no longer saved? Does it mean God stops loving and healing and protecting and forgiving …. NO! ABSOLUTELY NOT! God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow according to Hebrews 13:8.

It does mean, though, that we have to make the right choices, His choices. They’re right in the book and most of them stem on the direction to simply BELIEVE (now there’s a process right there!). It does mean that if we wander from His will there are consequences and those consequences are our LIFE LESSONS.

So I will say again …

God the Father restores … let us let Him restore us today!
I am healed, and I am working the process to complete healing and discipleship in Christ.

How ’bout you?