During the week I read a story which struck a chord in my heart. I share it here.
A grandmother with six fairly young grandchildren spent many days preparing an Easter Egg hunt in her backyard. She made six different coloured baskets and hid them all over her yard. She hid dozens of eggs. The purpose was that the coloured eggs would match the individual coloured basked. She returned to the house to sit exhausted to await their arrival.
She took a hurried picture of her back lawn ,showing the different hiding places and posted it on line to some friends.
Her phone started ringing and people were very excited.
‘Please tell us how you made that shadow’ they asked. ‘We would love to add this effect.’
She looked on line and was stunned to find a shadow of a CROSS across the lawn leading to the grove of trees where the eggs were hidden.
Perhaps, it was caught by the sun and reflected from a weather vane or from a tree?.
No one could find the certain reason..
‘It changed my attitude’ the Gran wrote. ‘Suddenly the real Reason for the Easter Season was clear and impacting.’
We had the most wonderful Family Easter where faith and fun were together. Peace was our Gift to each other. The Cross of Christ was not visible but the message impacted our hearts and lives afresh.
MAY THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS SPIRITUALLY BRING YOU A REMINDER THIS DAY OF WHAT WAS ACHIEVED FOR ALL OF US SO THAT WE MIGHT HAVE LIFE IN ABUNDANCE.
Blessings and Peace!
Thanksgiving and Praise without ceasing on this remembrance of Palm Sunday.
This is the beginning of a week where gratitude should be the uppermost praise in the lives of all Christian Believers who love the Lord Jesus and truly remember what Easter brings to our minds.
Thank you Lord for your sacrificial Gift to the world of Divine Love. For your suffering as a human in our stead. (Who can every truly comprehend this suffering in both dreadful physical pain but also in spiritual as well).
Thank you for your Resurrection which shows us the Glory and power of our own eternity.
Thank you for Pentecost, which had to come later, because it brought all who accepted this power and ability to turn their lives and hearts to Jesus Christ.
Thank you Lord
FOR HIS PRESENCE which now is with us.
‘I will never leave you nor forsake you” Jesus said. He also said. ‘Pick up your cross and follow Me’. Through suffering, even death, we are to follow Him…….To RESURRECTION and on to Eternity.
Thank God! Thank God!
HIS PRESENCE IS WITH US ON THE WAY.
IN H I S P R E S E N C E
LIVE TRULY LIVE …..LIFE IN ABUNDANCE.
Anchor – The weight used to hold a ship. In life where is your anchor secured?
I was disturbed by a program last night which was supposed to be discussing Religion – Church, Faith. From a purely human perspective it sounded very reasonable and inclusively kind and loving.
Nothing was mentioned at all about the human sin nature or any mention of the need for a Saviour. Denominations and ‘faith’, Religions and rituals, atheism and brotherly love were all mixed up and intertwined.
The one interviewing had no idea of what difference there is between denominational ‘differences’ and world faiths.
We need to ponder on these scriptures.
1 Cor. 1:18 The Message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Cor 1:25 The foolishness of God is wiser than all mankind’s and the weakness of God is stronger than all of humanity’s.
Thank God for those who have accepted Jesus as SAVIOUR. Our Hope is firmly anchored on something far above this earth’s brotherhood and mishmash of ideas.
THIS HOPE WE HAVE AS AN ACHOR OF OUR SOULS IS BOTH SURE AND STEADFAST AND WHICH ENTERS……… THE PRESENCE BEHIND THE VEIL.
Such was the victory won by the suffering LOVE OF GOD at CALVARY. God is Our Abba Father in Heaven. HALLELEJUH!
The Old Testament psalms are full of exhortations that we should praise and give thanks to our God CONTINUOUSLY. (sound impossible in the middle of a crisis time? When you are faced with calamity, death, illness, personal suffering?)
Hebrews 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continuously offer the sacrifice of praise of the fruit of our lips giving thanks in His Name.
Two simple statements I am suggesting to you today will be of help. I KNOW because I testify they helped and blessed me in this past week. ‘Thanks be to our Saviour Lord.”
- I AM REDEEMED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB. I AM REDEEMED and I KNOW I AM.
- THIS EARTH IS NOT MY FINAL HOME.
No 1 was silently and deeply in my spirit and heart as I faced a medical test. It is a song and rose like a ‘bubble’ and He was definitely the focus and Presence I found.
Number 2…….A young technician asked me why I ‘smiled’ and gently I told her THIS EARTH IS NOT MY FINAL HOME.
These simple yet profound stored statements in my heart and spirit helped me. I pray that I will and you too will learn that it is indeed continuously possible to carry with us Praise and Thanksgiving in our lives and hearts.
At the CROSS the Work was FINISHED. Jesus is LORD! Let’s proclaim it everywhere.
Blessings and Peace and abundance of Joy to you!
Do you know that in every uncertain and dark place in life you (if you are just that pin-prick of LIGHT) will ALWAYS make the darkness lighter?
I have gratitude when I remember a young man with a torch.
‘Are you Ok?’ he called. The power had gone out unexpectedly. I was alone at the end of a long dark corridor. My suitcase was beside me and I was ready to go down a flight of stairs I could now no longer see.
His torch as he approached became brighter and brighter. The pin-prick became a RADIANT light and He helped me down the stairs and into the shuttle bus.
This was a moment in time! Praise God!
The life lesson to remember. Never believe that your Christ Light is insignificant.
LOVE HIM! BE AS CHRIST in this broken world.
Blessings and Love.
I pay tribute this morning to two Christian Nigerian women. One known to me personally and one I read about.
Precious is an Emergency Theatre nurse I met at the time I had throat surgery and she attended a code Blue alert. I will forever be grateful for her professional expertise, but also her Christian ability to ‘connect’ and care. I left that hospital with gratitude and thankfulness to God not only for His Peace and Presence but also for a nurse called Precious. WHO she carried inside was more valuable than her own name or her nursing professionalism. Thank you Precious.
Brilliant is a primary grade teacher who encourages and blesses children under difficult circumstances. Not only does she dress in bright and colourful colours and teach her students with passion but she lives up to her name. Brilliant is her Christ Light from within and Brilliant is her attitude to the whole of life.
Thank you to two wonderful women of God.
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful. We must carry it with us or we find it not. Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Christ in us. God’s Precious and Brilliant Gift to all who believe. Share this with the world by BEING HIS in every part of our lives
LIVE TRIUMPHANTLY and well.
Sharing a Winnie the Pooh Bear quotation.
Folks who don’t or won’t listen when you are speaking truth may have ‘Fluff in their ears’.
Life will one day jolt out the blockage.
Jesus Christ is not about colour, religion, culture, sexuality or nationality. He came. He died. He paid a ransom price so that every human spirit could find its eternal home. This is for the whole human race. It’s a FREE CHOICE!
FOLLOW ME. He said.
‘Forgiveness and LIFE IN FULLNESS.’
Blessing! Peace! and Abundant LOVE to you as you ponder this mid-week thought.
Gratitude to Daily Bread (Morning devotional for Pooh Bear Quote)
This past week has been full of unrest, political, social, environmental media hype in unprecedented and unrelenting ‘STUFF”.
Breathe in Beauty and rest awhile.
What beautiful, restful, and soul restoring pictures can you find in your Sunday.
May PEACE like a mighty river flow over your life and your circumstances in this day.
Something to think about!
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
When did Jesus become your ‘living’ LORD? When did your ‘faith’ stop being ‘abstract’ but anchored firmly in His Person and His Salvation Purpose in coming to this world?
Have you had your clear moment when you saw Jesus as more than the Leader of ‘another religion? You saw Him as the great I AM of history past, present and future.?
Perhaps we all need God the Holy Spirit to ‘REIGNITE’ our lives, our minds, and our hearts….. so we place our faith securely on the ONE SAVIOUR, Lord and Coming KING.