Meeting My Little Sister Blogger in Person :)

One of the wonderful things about blogging for me is meeting people. That is doubly true when it comes to my fellow Christian bloggers because there is an instant bond in Jesus. This morning I was so blessed to finally meet a fellow blogger in person-Alicia of forhispurpose.com.

We live in the same state about four hours from each other. Alicia came to my city with her friend Debra. We met for breakfast at Panera.

Debra and Alicia are members of the same church in their small town. It was wonderful how we could fellowship from the start. There is nothing like sharing a bond in Christ. We had just met in person and were already sharing about our journeys in life with Jesus.

Debra experienced a bit of my humor when she told me she had lived in a city in Kansas. She asked me if I knew where it is. I said, “in Kansas”

They joined us for Blogger Chat for a little while. I turned my laptop for our fellow Blogger Chat friends to see Alicia and Debra because they are more photogenic than I am. 🙂

Alicia and Debra thanks for getting my weekend off to a great start. I feel blessed.

How is your weekend?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Jesus Knew His Mission All Along- Theme in John

Cynthia of cynthiaswarroom.home.blog requested I expand more on a theme in John of my time/my hour has not yet come. First I want to say as a teacher I love it when people ask questions like this.

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To understand this theme of my hour/my time has not yet come, we need to remember how John begins in chapter 1:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

The Word we see referenced here is Jesus. Jesus is the creator. All things were made threw him. He existed for all eternity before entering time being born as a baby.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth

Jesus knew his mission for coming was to be our Savior. He stated this when talking with Nicodemus in John 3:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Jesus knew he was here to die on the cross for our sins and to defeat death for us through his resurrection. He knew there was an appointed for his crucifixion. So when Mary asked him to intervene during the wedding feast in Cana in John 2, Jesus first replied:

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

Jesus was letting Mary know he had a mission and the time for that had not yet come.

John understood this as he wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. That is why we see the theme repeated such as in John 8:20

Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.

While Jesus was talking with his disciples in John 13, he let them know:

 “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.

Before Jesus was arrested, he told the disciples in John 16:

Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”

Before Jesus was arrested, put through a farce of a trial, tortured, and crucified, he prayed in John 17:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.”:

Jesus is our creator. He came to be our Savior and knew all along what the mission and plan was. It was for him to die on the cross for us, so we can be forgiven and receive relationship with God and eternal life. He came intentionally with that purpose always in mind.

When Jesus died for us, it was God’s plan all along. Jesus knew this, which is why he referred to his time/his hour and why John records it. It shows the intentionality of his sacrifice for us. His hour/his time was the appointed time for his death on the cross on our behalf.

Question- If Jesus would come knowing all along what would happen, is he someone you can trust?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Ahh Rest

Yesterday morning during blogger chat, I asked each person what they were going to do. Hannah of hannahmvandi.com said one word- Rest. When she said rest, it was like a subliminal message to me. My response was to yawn. 🙂

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Resting is beneficial for our health. As someone who lives with chronic illnesses, rest is so important While I do love taking naps, resting can also mean to relax whether it be reading a book, listening to music, watching a movie or a leisurely walk,

There is also spiritual and mental rest. That is the kind of rest Jesus offers to us in Matthew 11:28:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Jesus wants us to give our burdens in life to him. The things we are anxious about he wants us to give to him. 1st Peter 5:7 says:


Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you
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The reason we can cast all we are anxious about on him is because he cares for us. Jesus loves us.

Today I will relax. Perhaps I will go to a coffee shop for a while after church. Being in a coffee shop is relaxing for me. This morning I will also give to Jesus, again, those things that trouble me.

Have a blessed Sunday and take time to rest.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Q and A with Me- My Answers

I would like to thank the 12 bloggers who participated by asking questions in my latest Q and A with Me. It was fun to do. Today I am sharing their questions, links to their blogs, and of course my answers. Please check out the blogs of those who participated. 🙂

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Beverley of becomingtheoilandthewine.com asked- Do you have any plans to travel? I wish I had plans. I love to travel and experience other cultures but with COVID and some medical appointments early summer, this year does not look like a travel year for me. I want to visit Winnipeg Canada to see some Brazilian friends living there. I also want to return to Brazil.

Carly of myinksmears.wordpress.com asked-  Which person in the Bible can relate to the most on a personal level and why?

I relate to different ones at different times, but perhaps Paul is the one I identify with most because of his ministry among diverse cultures.

Sandy of cleareveal.com asked- If you could ask one disciple a question what would it be, and who would be the disciple?

I have so many questions. I think I would ask John what it was like when he was caught up into heaven and given Revelation.

Chuck of lakesideforjesus.wordpress.com asked- Are you originally from Nebraska? If not, how did you end up there?

I was born in another state but moved to Lincoln when I was 3 months old. I joke with my students that my parents told me they were moving here and asked if I wanted to come with and I agreed.

Barb of mylifeinourfathersworld.com asked- How has your teaching style changed since the covid-19 restrictions began?

My style has not changed but the method has changed to allow for combining online learners and in person learners in the same class.

David of davidsdailydose.org asked- What place in the world do you most want to visit (or revisit)?

I would love to go back to Brazil and spend a summer traveling to various cities visiting friends.

Hannah of hannahmvandi.com asked- Have you ever gone a whole day without coffee?

That sounds like a horror movie plot to me lol I don’t even want to try to think about it lol

Herry of herrychiccounsels.com asked- How have you been faring?
And what was your favorite childhood memory?

I am getting better since my surgery. My favorite childhood memory is my dog 🙂

Cynthia of cynthiaswarroomhome.blog asked- What Bible do you use for your study?

When I write my blog posts, I use New International Version for my readers. When I study, I use NIV also as well as New American Standard, Greek New Testament. I also like to read in Spanish and Portuguese sometimes.

Pooja of lifesfinewhine.ca asked- How do you stay positive when you start to feel negative emotions taking over?

I try to remember that Jesus has a plan for me and when things do not go the way I wish, I try to give it to him. I also talk to myself to help me keep things in perspective.

Dawn of drawingclosertochrist,com asked- Do you have many family members in Nebraska?

I have some but we are not close in our relationships. I try to focus more on my church family 🙂

Lukundo of luksymtambo.wordpress.com asked- what advice would you give to a new Christian blogger?

I try to write for an audience of 1 hoping it blesses others. What I mean by that is I try to write for Jesus and trust him him to bless others. Also be flexible as you grow in blogging. Let Jesus guide you.

Also interact with other bloggers through comments-genuine comments.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.