GOD BLESS AMERICA

Monday, May 27, 2019

Welcome to my Monday Blog, my dear Friends. Today is a very special day – It’s Memorial Day and the one specific day in America that we stop to thank all those who are presently serving in our military and especially to thank, honor and remember our fallen military heros!

What is the military, anyway? The United States of America is made up of five armed service branches which consist of: Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Gurad. The United States operates in over 100 countries, including the U.K., Germany, Italy, Bahrain, Brazil, South Korea, Australia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Japan, just to name a few.

The President of the United States is the Commander in Chief, who is responsibile for all final decisions. The Secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) has control over the military and each branch, except the Coast Gurad, which is under the Department of Homeland Security. With over 2 million civilian and military empoyees, the DoD is the worlds’ largest “company”.

As long as our America the Beautiful stands, WE, her citizens must be devoted and diligent to her sovernity. Without this, we cannot be the Greatest Country on Earth – Have you read our incredible Bill of Rights, lately? This is what today, MEMORIAL DAY is all about, becasue this is what our soldiers lay down their lives for every day, as they fight to protect these Rights for us, the American citizens.

Our Military and especiallly our fallen heros and protectors, are WHO we honor today.

  1. Freedom of Religion, Speech, and the Press
  2. The Right to Bear Arms
  3. The Housing of Soldiers
  4. Protection from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures
  5. Protections of Rights to Life, Liberty and Property
  6. Rights of Accused Persons in Criminal Cases
  7. Rights in Civil Cases
  8. Excessive Bail, Fines, and Punishnments Forbidden
  9. Other Rights Kept by the People
  10. Undelegated Powers Kept by the States and the People

Make no mistake about it, nor take these rights for granted, because  we wouldn’t have them were it not for our fallen heros and those heros who continue to fight our battles for us. They go into harms way and some never return. Oh, the horror and pain of it all that they face for us.

Today, may we all get down on our knees and pay homage to our fallen heros and their families. They have paid the utimate price for our freedoms. May we humble ourselves on this Memorial Day as we remember and honor all of them, their families and their unthinkable sacrifices they make for the rest of us. May our gracious God in heaven have mercy on them all.

My prayer for us all this week is that in the coming days and beyond, when we’re in the presence of an AMERICAN SOLDIER, let’s take one minute, walk over and THANK that American Soldier for their service and sacrifices for the rest of us. Don’t think twice about it, don’t hesitate, just do it! You could think about this, though – what if you were that soldier?

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

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How’s Your Faith?

Monday, May 20, 2019

Happy Monday, my Friends and let’s make this new week a great one! First, as always, Thank You for being here and sharing your time with me each week, plus, I do appreciate your comments and questions. No matter whether you agree with me all the time, half the time or none of the time, it’s indeed my pleasure to reach you here on my Blog each week and I’m  open to discussing whatever may be on your heart. I promise I’ll always respond to you in return.

It’s hard to believe that I’m in my sixth year now, blogging on this website; however, it seems like only yesterday I was fretting about the possibility of not having enough to write about – But oh my, how silly, right?!  I’m truly blessed, dear hearts and the good thing about that is that I know it! I love that quote, “Count Your Blessings” and actually I need to spend more time doing just that!

As I continue to blog each week, not only am I growing but so is my audience – That means YOU! Hey, more blessings, right?! So, I ask you to continue to join me here on my Blog each week, knowing that YOU are very important to me!!

Well, if having a faithful heart and the willingness to devote the time, energy and nurturing to the “plan” (whatever it is that makes us tick), then the only way we won’t succeed is if God has a different plan for us. Believe me, whatever direction we choose, and remain open to God’s intervention, He’ll set us straight and in the right direction! Now this will require FAITH, because, having to change courses in mid-stream is often unappealing, causing us to question ourselves and even God. So, how’s your Faith…In God’s Word?

One Monday Blog day, I’m going to sit down here at my desk and blog on “The Many Roads I’ve Traveled”. Now you might think that rings of a sad story, possibly; however, you would surely be incorrect-a-mundo! Gosh, I’ve traveled so many questionable/wrong roads, that it would make a faint-hearted individual…FAINT!!  But, here I am, in this very moment, sharing with you how we all can be something of value, not to just ourselves, but to many others. We never know when we’ll be in the right place at the right time to BE A BLESSING to someone or RECEIVE A BLESSING from someone. God knows this and when He wants to use us, He may choose to turn our lives upside down, to set us on His righteous path…not ours, His!   

What’s the big deal? I’ll tell you in two words: OUR FAITH

“And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  – Mark 11:22-24

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  – Ephesians 2:8-9

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5-7 

“That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:5

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

“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.” – Jeremiah 29:11

My prayer for us all this week, is that we’ll truly “walk by faith, not by sight”  and share our faith in all we do. Ya know, we don’t have to climb a mountain to share our faith, all we need to do is embrace our faith, open our hearts and simply use our words when God opens a door for us. This is faith in God’s Word.

GOD is good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

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A Baby’s Point of View

Monday, May 13, 2019

Welcome to my Monday Blog and I’m grateful you’re here with me today. I appreciate your visits and comments more than you know! Yesterday we celebrated Mother’s Day and today I have yet one more “Thank You, Mother”  which I felt worth sharing with you.

Most of you know how I feel about abortion. I’m against it. I believe in the sanctity of the gift of Life. Period. As I sat down here this morning going through my photo gallery I ran across the image above.  Immediately, I thought of my own dear Mother and how I would be in a state of “nothingness” had she chosen to have an abortion to terminate her pregnancy. Now I realize that was a long time ago, and granted abortion was indeed illegal; however, abortions were indeed, performed. Fast-forward to the unholy present and we find our precious gift of life is no longer treasured by many, nor protected by many of those in power. So how do we incorporate and protect the dignity and sanctity for Life in this day and time?

*The Life Ethic: What Does Life Look Like?  Contrary to cultural messages, our value isn’t determined by our ethnicity, race or gender; nor by our age, ability or location. It’s our divine membership in the human family that sets each of us apart as sacred. Men, women and children (including preborn children in the womb) should be respected, regardless of their mental capacity, physical ability, or social position. Some people may not exhibit attributes of God or behave in ways that recognize their own value, yet their intrinsic worth remains.

The concept of human dignity comes from the sanctity of human life. Since humans are made in God’s image, we hold a distinctive status that sets us apart. Human dignity is bestowed upon us by God. It’s not based on our ability to care for ourselves or competence to complete the task. Dignity is not a concept that can be forfeited, so being dependent on others cannot cause us to lose our dignity.

Our failure to recognize and honor human dignity is apparent in phrases like “quality of life.” The cornerstone of living out this fundamental truth is to recognize the value of our own lives and the lives of others. In fact, knowing who you are is a big part of understanding the sanctity of human life. Do you value your own life as sacred? Do you embrace your worth and significance as one who bears God’s likeness? Comprehending this is the first step in embracing the truth of who we all are! 

The second is in the way you view others. Do you see others through God’s eyes? Does your gaze stop at their physical appearance or ability, or do you look deeper to try and see the image of God in each life? Hidden heart attitudes of pride, superiority and contempt prevent us from seeing others with the respect and significance they deserve.

Finally, to live out the sanctity truth requires an action: to remind those around us of the value of all human life by speaking out for “those who cannot speak for themselves” (Proverbs 31:8). Look for opportunities to talk about and act upon your pro-life views. Teach your children and grandchildren to respect all human life and demonstrate that respect in your own words and actions.

Together we can live and communicate the beauty, wonder and reverence our Creator intended for each person in the human family.”

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A Conversation From The Womb:

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other:

“Do you believe in life after delivery?”  The other replied:

“Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover, if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes you nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know, ” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”

The first replied, “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?

The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”

Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”  (–Utmuato a Leleknek)

A very interesting point of view, right?  And  now, back to my image for today. We see a little child weeping…or is he praying? I believe he’s praying as he weeps …for all the unborns who will not receive their own gift of life outside the womb.

KEEP PRAYING, NEVER GIVE UP, GOD WILL ANSWER!

And to my own dear Mother, I say, ‘Thank you, Mother, for allowing me my own Gift of Life!’

My prayer for us all this week is that we will choose a side: The Gift of Life or Not. While you’re thinking about this, ask yourself, where would you be right now had your Mother refused your Gift of Life?

GOD is Good. GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

*A big “Thank You” to Focus on the Family’s Carrie Gordon Earll, for her contribution to today’s Blog.

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Mother’s Day

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Welcome to my Monday Blog, dear hearts! Thank you for sharing your time with me today, I truly appreciate it!

Mother’s Day is Sunday, so today’s Blog is for all the Mothers in the world. This week, let’s all think about what our Mothers mean to us.  For me, it’s a big opportunity to go back in time and relive so many wonderful memories of my own sweet Mother. She’s probably the only reason I’m sitting here today telling you all about her! Gosh, talk about “the gift that keeps on giving”…that’s my Mother!

Other than my gift of Life, my Mother was the greatest gift God could have ever given me! I simply adore my Mother and there’s not one day that goes by that I don’t “visit” with her in some way and on some days, I can actually feel her presence. Truth is, I could tell you some stories that would make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. She’s never really left me and I have her to thank for every ounce of good inside me.  God blessed me with the gift of Life, and that gift came with my dear Mother!!

This week, in honor of Mother’s Day, why don’t we all spend some time with our Mothers, whether we’re still blessed to have them with us here, or not. Whatever your personal situation may be and if by chance you’re situation may call for using this Mother’s Day as an opportunity to get even closer to your dear Mother, then consider that, as well. We all know our days are numbered, so while we’re here, let’s be grateful for our loved ones and especially our Mothers on their special day. Let’s make it a day of love and even forgiveness if necessary…remember:

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” – Proverbs 31:25-30

To all the Mothers, everywhere:  Happy Mother’s Day!!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

My spiritual thriller, “That Melvin Bray” is available of Amazon

 

When We Least Expect It!

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Happy Monday, my Friends and welcome to my Monday Blog! I’m honored you’re visiting here with me and hope that by the end of today’s Blog when I tell you I love you, you’ll be glad you took the time to visit with me!

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending another delightful evening as the  guest author at a Book Club in Atlanta, GA. I love the excitement of meeting and making new friends as I get to share some stories about my novel, a spiritual thriller, “That Melvin Bray”. I’ve been signing books at private and commercial events for over five years now and I gotta tell ya, this Jesus business is something else – Awesome!!

It never fails to amaze me and I’m filled with such Joy…so much so that actually these rather intimate gatherings always prove to be incredibly enlightening and encouraging – for all who attend! One can actually feel the presence of something divine!

The image I’m sharing with you today is of one of the book club members and me. I was about to sign her book as she’s looking right into my inquisitive but sincere eyes. She asked me is she could share a very personal story with me about forgiveness (alot of you know my book is all about forgiveness). Naturally I was elated, touched her shoulder and said ‘please do!’  She wanted to share the fact that she was unable to forgive someone and she read my book a few months earlier, as the club had chosen it for their next guest author event. As she continues, she explains the tragic story of her young son being killed in an auto accident by a drunk driver. He was an older gentleman and had a history of alcoholism. He ran into her son and as it happens more times than not, the drunk diver survives and an innocent victim dies. Time went on, the drunk driver came to her home on more than one occasion to apologize and eventually her husband accepted the man’s heartfelt apology but she, the Mother, could not – In fact, she told him she ‘could not ever forgive him’.

Now this Mother is a Christian and she knows how Jesus feels about forgiveness, but as  hard as she tried and prayed about it, she just could not bring herself to forgive this man. Her heart was broken and it would never mend. He had taken her only son from her and he just didn’t deserve her forgiveness. Period.

As she’s telling me this story, I was so overwhelmed that she had read my book, come to this event to meet me and tell me that she had indeed found the strength and courage to finally forgive this lost, broken and profoundly pathetic fellow-human being! I was almost speechless (and that doesn’t happen very often to me). As we sat there, we both felt the power of Jesus and the selfless act He performed for all of us…on the Cross. His death for our sins…not His. He died so our sins would be forgiven. He was sinless but still gave His life for our sins…so who are we to not forgive our trespassers?

You see, my book is about the power of forgiveness…plus, I know a bit about the power of alcoholism, too! Without forgiveness in our hearts, we are no better than an alcoholic who is lost and in great need of forgiveness sometimes, as in the case of this incredible Mother. Her journey is a heart-breaker, indeed; however, she’s a human being who loves Jesus Christ and was able to use His strength and undying love for her, to finally forgive this man who caused the untimely death her son, this man who has no right to breathe, this man who had become her worst nightmare, and yes, this man….a Child of God, just like her.

Forgiveness is a mighty powerful tool but sometimes it’s the heaviest one to pull out of the tool box! When we least expect it, we’ll be given a reason to pull it out – Don’t think about it, just do it!

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” – Colossians 3:13 

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” – Matthew 6:14-15

My prayer for us all this week is that we’ll start it off of by searching our hearts for anyone we need to forgive, for whatever reason. The act of forgiveness releases the forgiver of pain and sorrow and sometimes we even need to forgive ourselves…(very important, this one). Not even one of us is without sin – Not one. This week, let’s all just try to be the best ME we can be. You’ll be amazed how light your heart becomes…a heavy heart is a sad heart. Try forgiveness – It brings great Peace and Joy!

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

My spiritual thriller, “That Melvin Bray” is available on Amazon

 

A Holy Day of Forgiveness

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Welcome to my Monday Blog, dear friends! I appreciate each one of you and hope that I might bring some Joy to you each week in my thoughts and prayers. I always post an Easter message on the Monday after Easter. I’ll share a few thoughts first:

I do hope your Easter was a day of grace, love, laughter, family, friends, and just whatever fills your hearts with Joy and most importantly …Forgiveness!

The whole point of Easter is the fact that Jesus came to this Earth as the unknown Savior – our Savior, in fact! He died at the young age of just 33. He spent His entire Life preparing to ascend to Heaven, joining His heavenly Father, our Creator, God. But first, Jesus had to endure a long and agonizing death on an old rugged Cross for the sins of all humanity – past, present and future.

It wasn’t a curse – more like a cause. Jesus’ cause for the entire world, was to prepare us for our own Judgement Day. God sent Him to Earth for that one specific purpose. He would live His sinless life as an example of what love and forgiveness are all about. He would teach God’s Holy Will as a roadmap for all mankind. He would die for all of us to have the opportunity some day, to ascend to heaven also, joining Him and Father God at God’s appointed time.

My prayer for us all this week, is that we will nurture a forgiving heart and use it daily, in humble gratitude to our Savior, Jesus Christ for His sacrifice for us. He gave His Life so we would have a choice of where we spend our Eternity… our Life after death. What a debt He paid for our sins, not His. His undying love for all of us is why we celebrate Easter Sunday!

and Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.”       – Luke 23:34

“It is finished.” – John 19:30

It is finished is a cry of victory!

And Jesus called out with a loud voice…

“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”
– Luke 23:46

When he had said this, he breathed his last breath.

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John the Baptist had been sent to prepare the way for the Saviour. He had preached in the wilderness saying: “The Kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye, and believe the gospel.” —Mark 1:15

God had made known to John the Baptist that some day the Messiah would come to him and ask him to be baptized. He had also promised that a sign should be given so that he might know who it was. So when Jesus came, John saw in His face such signs of His holy life, that he forbade Him saying: “I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest Thou to me.” And Jesus answering, said unto him, “Suffer it to be so now, for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness.” —Matthew 3:14-15

And as he said this, there was seen upon His face, the same heavenly light that Simon had beheld. So John led the Saviour down into the waters of the beautiful Jordan, and there he baptized Him in the sight of all the people. Jesus was not baptized to show repentance for His sins, for He had never sinned. He did this to set an example for us. When He came out of the water, He kneeled on the riverbank and prayed. Then the heavens were opened, beams of glory streamed forth, “and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him.” —Matthew 3:16

His face and form were all aglow with the light of the glory of God. And from heaven, the voice of God was heard saying: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”                —Matthew 3:16-17

The glory that rested upon Christ was a pledge of the love of God for us. The Saviour came as our example; and just as surely as God heard His prayer, He will hear ours.

The most needy, the most sinful, the most despised, may find access to the Father. When we come to Him in Jesus’ name, the voice which spoke to Jesus speaks to us, saying: “This is my beloved child, in whom I am well pleased.”

After His baptism, Christ was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted by the devil. In going into the wilderness, Christ was led by the Spirit of God. He did not invite temptation. He wanted to be alone that He might contemplate His mission and work. By the prayer and fasting, He was to brace Himself for the blood-stained path He must travel. But Satan knew where the Saviour had gone, so he went there to tempt Him.

As Christ left the Jordan, His face was lighted with the glory of God, but after He entered the wilderness, this glory disappeared. The sins of the world were upon Him and His face showed such sorrow and anguish as man had never felt. He was suffering for sinners.

Adam and Eve in Eden, had disobeyed God by eating of the forbidden fruit. Their disobedience had brought sin and sorrow and death into the world. Christ came to give an example of obedience. In the wilderness, after fasting for forty days, He would not, even to obtain food, depart from the will of His Father. Christ was tempted by Satan three times in the wilderness: the love of the world, the lust for power, and the pride of life–everything that draws man away from the worship of God was embraced in the great temptation of Christ.

In obeying the counsel of Satan, for riches, honors and happiness, we are worshiping Satan instead of God, and it will bring only misery and ruin. To Satan’s demand for Christ’ worship, Christ answered: “Get thee hence Satan, for it is written, Thou shall worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve.“—Matthew 4:3-10

When Christ refused Satan, the tempter could not resist the command, “Get thee hence, Satan” and he was compelled to go.

So that we also may resist temptation, and overcome Satan, the Lord says to us, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.” —James 4:7-8

From the wilderness, Christ returned to Jordan, where John the Baptist continued to preach and prepare the way, by telling the people of the coming of Jesus, the heavenly King, and calling on them to repent of their sins, and the people were greatly moved. The Messiah was among them! With awe and wonder, the hearers looked upon Jesus, and questioned themselves…Is this the Christ? They saw that Jesus bore no tokens of worldly wealth or greatness; His clothing was plain and simple such as poor people wore. But in his pale, worn face, was something that moved their hearts.

However, the messengers of Jerusalem were not drawn to the Saviour. John the Baptist had not said that which they desired to hear. They expected the Messiah to come as a great conqueror.

John the Baptist continued to prepare the way and Christ continued His ministry. In doing so, Jesus twice visited His old home at Nazareth. On the first visit, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day and read from Isaiah’s prophecy about the work of the Messiah—how He was to preach good tidings to the poor, to comfort the sorrowing, to give sight to the blind, and to heal those that were bruised.

At first, the people believed that Jesus was the promised Saviour, but then they remembered how Jesus had lived among them as a carpenter, though in His whole life there had been only deeds of love and mercy, they still would not believe that He was the Messiah, so Jesus left Nazareth. The next time He came to Nazareth, the people were no more ready to receive Him. He went away again, never to return to Nazareth.

Jesus Christ worked for those who wanted His help and all through the country the people flocked about him. As He healed and taught them, there was great rejoicing. Heaven seemed to come down to earth and they feasted upon the grace of a merciful Saviour.

Among the Jews, religion had come to be little more than a round of ceremonies. As they had departed from the true worship of God, and lost the spiritual power of His word, they had tried to supply the lack by adding ceremonies and traditions of their own. But their hopes were fixed on worldly greatness. They longed for riches and power, and these, they expected as their reward for their pretended piety. They looked for the Messiah to set up His kingdom on this earth, and to rule as a mighty prince among them. Every worldly blessing they hoped to receive at His coming.

Jesus knew that their hopes were to be disappointed. He had come to teach of something far better than they had sought. He had come to restore the true worship of God, and to bring in a pure heart religion that would manifest itself in a pure life and holy character. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” — Matthew 5:8

God cares more for what we really are than for what we say we are. He does not care how beautiful we are or may look; He wants our hearts pure, then all our words and actions will be right.

Jesus was soon going away from the world to His heavenly home. His disciples were to teach the people of His love. They were to be lights among men. “Ye are the lights of the world.” —Matthew 5:14.

This is what Jesus said to his disciples. This is what all the followers of Jesus Christ are to do. He calls them throughout the world. He knows us all by name. He knows the very house in which we live, and the name of each inmate. He cares for each one as if there were not another in the whole world.

The Saviour guards His flock of disciples. He has gone before us. He has lived on earth, as we live. He was a child, a youth, a man. He overcame Satan and all his temptations, so that we may overcome. He died on the cross to save us. Though now, He is in Heaven, He does not forget us for one minute. He will safely keep every sheep. Not one that follows Him can be taken by the great enemy. The care of the Saviour-Shepherd is not for those only who are in the field. He says, “The Son of Man is come to save that which is lost.”—Matthew 18-11

We have sinned and have wandered away from God. Christ says we are like the sheep that has wandered away from the field and He came to help us live without sin. This, He calls bringing us back to the fold. When we return with the shepherd and cease to sin, Christ says to the angels in Heaven: “Rejoice with Me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.” —Luke 15-6

To doubt the possibility of your salvation is to doubt the saving power of Him who purchased you at an infinite cost to Him. Let faith take the place of unbelief. Look at the hands and feet that were pierced for you and rejoice in the power to save.

Remember that God and Christ are interested in you, and that all the hosts of Heaven are engaged in the work of the salvation of sinners. While Christ was on earth, He showed by His miracles that He had the power to save the uttermost. By curing the disease of the body, He showed that He was able to take away sin from the heart.

For three years and a half, Jesus “went about doing good.” Then it came time for His ministry on earth to be finished. With His disciples, He must go up to Jerusalem to be betrayed, condemned, and crucified. Thus were to be fulfilled, His own words, “The good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.”—John 10-11

In yielding up His precious Life, Christ was not upheld by triumphant joy. His heart was rent with anguish and oppressed with gloom. But it was not the fear of the pain of death that caused His suffering; it was the crushing weight of the sin of the world, a sense of separation from His Fathers’s love. This was what broke the Saviour’s heart, and brought His death so soon.

Christ felt the woe that sinners will feel when they awake to realize the burden of their guilt, to know that they have forever separated themselves from the joy and peace of Heaven. Angels beheld with amazement the agony of despair borne by the Son of God. His anguish of mind was so intense that the pain of the cross was hardly felt.

Nature, itself, was in sympathy with the scene on Calvary. The sun shone clearly until midday, when suddenly it seemed to be blotted out. All about the cross was darkness as deep as the blackest midnight. This supernatural darkness lasted fully three hours. A nameless terror took possession of the multitude. The cursing and reviling ceased. Men, women and children fell upon the earth in abject terror. Lightnings occasionally flashed forth from the clouds and revealed the cross and the crucified Redeemer. All thought that their time of retribution had come. At the ninth hour, the darkness lifted from the people, but still wrapped the Saviour as with a mantel. The lightnings seemed to be hurled at Him as he hung upon the cross. It was then that he sent up the despairing cry: “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?“

In the mean time, the darkness had settled over Jerusalem and the plains of Judea. As all eyes were turned in the direction of the fated city, they saw the fierce lightnings of God’s wrath directed toward it. Suddenly, the gloom was lifted from the cross, and in clear trumpet-like tones, that seemed to resound throughout creation, Jesus cried: “It is finished.” —John 19:30, “Father, into Thy Hands I commend my spirit.” — Luke 23:46

A light encircled the cross, and the face of the Saviour shone with glory like the sun. He bowed His head upon His chest and died.

When Christ died upon the cross of calvary, the new and living way was thrown open to Jew and Gentile alike. Angels rejoiced as the Saviour cried,”It is finished!”The great plan of redemption was to be carried out. Through the life of obedience, the sons of Adam might be exhalted finally to the presence of God. Satan was defeated and knew his kingdom was lost.

The Saviour was buried on Friday and “when the Sabbath was past, very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came into the sepulcher at the rising of the sun.” —Mark 16:1-2

The Saviour had risen from the dead and was not in the tomb of his burial.

All power in Heaven and on earth was given to the Prince of Life and He returned to His followers in a world of sin, that He might impart His power and glory, and once again He met with His disciples and showed in His hands and feet, the marks of the crucifixion and before his ascension to Heaven, He said unto them, “ye shall receive poser, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witness unto Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” —Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:20

The Savior’s commission included all the believers to the end of time.

With hands outstretched in blessing, he slowly ascended away from them. As He passed upward, the awe-stricken disciples looked with straining eyes for the last glimpse of their ascending Lord. A cloud of glory received him from their sight. At the same time, there floated down to them the sweetest and most joyous music from the angel choir. While the disciples were still gazing upward, voices addressed them which sounded like richest music. They turned and saw two angels in the form of men, who spoke to them saying:

“Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into Heaven? The same Jesus, which is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manners as ye have seen Him go into Heaven.”           —Acts 1:11

These angels belonged to the company that had come to escort the Saviour to His heavenly home. In sympathy and for those left behind, they had stayed to assure them that this separation would not be forever.

The Son of God has triumphed over the prince of darkness and conquered death and sin. Heaven rings with voices in lofty strains proclaiming: “Blessings, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne and unto the Lamb forever and ever.” Revelation 5:13; (Preparing for Eternity)

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As Easter is the truest meaning of forgiveness and Jesus Christ, the Son of God, loves us all so much that…
“Greater love has no man than this, that one lay down His life for His friends.” —John 15:13

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.”     -Matthew 6:14

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
– John 1:9

“God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

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So now, Jesus had to actually die for our sins to be forgiven and all we have to do is believe in Him and practice forgiveness daily. For this, we will inherit an unimaginable Eternity like no other…and rejoice in Heaven with the Holy One who made it possible. Amen!

THANK YOU, JESUS!!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I LOVE YOU,

Love,
Margaret

My novel, the spiritual thriller, “That Melvin Bray” is available on Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter & Home Sweet Home

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Happy Monday, my dear friends and welcome to my Monday Blog!

Next Sunday many of us will be celebrating Easter and what it means to us. For a long time, growing up, I had mixed emotions about Easter as a result of my childhood memories of my very first Easter…

I was five years old and was just like any other little one, so excited about the Easter Bunny coming to my house. Actually, I figured that was the sole reason for Easter – I was only five. The Easter Bunny comes to your house and leaves you an Easter basket filled with goodies and on top of that, you get to dye hundreds of boiled eggs, a grown-up hides them all over the yard and all the kids rush around to find as many as possible. Right?

As it turned out, my first Easter was not quite what I had expected. My Daddy came home totally wasted, aka “drunk-as-a-skunk”, after waiting for him for two days to come home at all. Here’s the short version from that point on:

My father was an alcoholic and nothing came before his drinking. That was the most important thing on earth to him. Still not totally sure of the WHY, however, he did his very best to insure whatever holiday it was, alcohol would be involved and the wonderful event was overshadowed by his less-than-loving, wild drunken behavior.

Home Sweet Home…what a way to live, right?!

So that first Easter of mine at five years old, left me with some pretty horrific images of my father and sadly, Easter. Let’s put it this way, it was a far cry from Easter at the Nelson house, as in “Ozzie and Harriet.”

Life goes on though, and God has His miraculous ways of showing us what can be if we accept His Son, Jesus Christ as our Savior. At age eleven, I did just that…and on an Easter Sunday, too. Wouldn’t you know it, God in all His wisdom, forever changed my sad  memory of Easter to one of awe and glory through His Son, my Savior, Jesus Christ.

As the years passed, and I learned more and more about Jesus and why Easter is so incredibly important to the World, that my sad childhood memories of my very first Easter never come up in my mind anymore except when I’m praising Jesus…like right now with you guys!

What does Easter mean to you? For me, above all else, Easter is all about forgiveness. Jesus had to die on the cross for OUR sins, not His. He paid the ultimate price for our sins – think about that. He was without sin and even as he hung dying on that cross, he cried out to God, His heavenly Father – “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  (as I write these words to you, my heart is breaking). I love Jesus so much, and even though I’m no longer haunted by my first Easter, my heart still breaks every Easter as I relive the Easter story and how my precious Jesus died for all of our sins.

I leave you with this on the week before this Easter: May we all seek Jesus and his undying love for us and pray for His forgiveness, as unlike Him, we are sinners and He is not. He is without sin and He is our Savior. Amen!

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”   – John 3:16

P. S. I finally forgave my Daddy and believe me, that’s a very good thing. EASTER is a time for forgiveness. YOU can do it!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret