Music Mondays- Break Every Chain- Tasha Cobbs at Passion City Church

There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain. Whatever bogs us down in life there is power in the name of Jesus. We can come to Jesus in confidence to find grace and mercy in our time of need.

There is no power greater than Jesus. He is the name above all names, and he loves us. He invites us to come to him to find rest for our souls. Let’s look to Jesus and not our circumstances. He has all power.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays-Jireh by Elevation Worship

Jehovah Jireh was one of the names of God in the Old Testament. The names would start with either El the common name for God at the time or Jehovah, Yahweh, and then add an aspect of who God is to us. Jireh meaning provider.

How fitting a song at this time to remind us to look to God the Father, to look to Jesus. Jesus is close to us. He is alwasy with us. I love this lyric from the song.

Going through a storm but I won’t go down
I hear Your voice
Carried in the rhythm of the wind to call me out
You would cross an ocean so I wouldn’t drown
You’ve never been closer than You are right now

May this song be a blessing to you this week.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Journey to Healing: “Rejection” — Journey In His Word

Everyone in this world has encountered the enemy of “rejection.”  Rejection is the root cause for many of our character flaws such as, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, feelings of not be loved or lovable, etc. Photo by: Off Focus Rejection originates from how we were treated as children and how we internalized the acts done to […]

Journey to Healing: “Rejection” — Journey In His Word

Music Mondays- So Will I by Hillsong

The main thing I seek to do as we enter a new year is to keep my eyes and focus on Jesus. There are many problems that plague us in this time, but if we step back and remember that everything we see the stars at night, the mountains, birds flying in the air, whatever we see, Jesus created it. As John 1:1-3 says

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 

The Word is a title for Jesus in John’s writings. Jesus created everything. I would like to encourage you to take time and ponder the awesome power of Jesus our Creator who is also our Savior.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays Double Header- Rescue by Lauren Daigle and The Blessing byKari Jobe/Cody Carne

As we close out this year and look to the beginning of a new one, there is a predominant thought in my mind. It is about hope. I am not one to sugar coat things and simply be positive for the sake of being positive. After the past two years of an ongoing global pandemic and all that has come with it, the question is where do we look for hope.

Depending on what country, or in the USA what state, a person is in, we have seen varying degrees of governments bungling the response to the pandemic. I do not look to government for hope.

Scientists can’t seem to get a grip on the whole thing. I do not look to scientists for hope.

So who do I look to? My answer comes from Psalm 121:

I lift up my eyes to the mountains
    where does my help come from?
 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

Jesus is the only one who can give true eternal hope. I am sharing Lauren Daigle’s song as a wonderful reminder of Jesus’s rescuing power.

The second video I am sharing is The Blessing by Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes. It expresses my heart’s prayer for you that God will bless you my reader this coming year.

Let us look to Jesus for hope in these troubled times.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Christmas Eve- What Are You Worth- O Holy Night

Do you ever doubt your worth? Feel less than others? Struggle with memories of past failures, mistakes, or trauma?

I love the lyrics of O Holy Night

It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices

Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.

You are worth so much to God, he values you so much, that Jesus left heaven to come to earth as a human baby to grow to become our Savior. God loves, values, you so much that you are worth it all to him. He spared no expense to rescue us.

That is what we celebrate on Christmas Eve remembering the night our Savior Jesus was born.

So I share this version of my favorite Christmas Song, O Holy Night, with you in hopes of encouraging you that God loves you.

Thank you for reading. God Bless. Merry Christmas.

Peter’s Failure/Our Failures Are Why Jesus Came- John Chapter 18

Last week’s post in the study from John was Jesus Healed Someone Even While Being Arrested. Peter cut off a man’s ear and then Jesus healed the man. Peter was impulsive at times. He had a tendency to say the wrong things at times. Jesus had told Peter that Peter would deny him three times.

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Peter cutting off the man’s ear and denying Jesus the third time tie together in John 18.

Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?”

He denied it, saying, “I am not.”

 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?”  Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.

Jesus would go on to forgive and restore Peter in front of the others after Jesus’s resurrection.

Peter’s failure and subsequent restoration underscore why Jesus came. Jesus came as a human baby to grow to be a man to become our Savior. Jesus came for us even though we fail, sin, have faults etc.

Jesus chose Peter knowing all of Peter’s faults. Jesus chose Peter knowing Peter would deny him. Jesus knew something else. Jesus knew the whole picture. He knew Peter would regret denying Jesus. He knew he would restore Peter.

Jesus knows our faults. He chooses to love us and chose to die for us to save us knowing we would mess up even after coming to know him as our Savior. But Jesus also knows the whole picture. He knows how he will work in our lives to help us grow. He knows one day we will be in heaven with him and sin no more.

Jesus came to be our Savior knowing our faults because he loves us. Remember that the next time you mess up. We all mess up. But Jesus loves us and walks alongside us knowing our faults because he loves us.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Immanuel by Michael Card

Isaiah prophesized about Jesus coming over 700 hundred years before Jesus came. In his prophecy about the birth of Jesus in Isaiah 7 he wrote.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Immanuel- God with us. Jesus is God with us. Jesus became one of us, so he could become our Savior. This week we will celebrate his birth during Christmas. What the celebration is really about is Immanuel God with Us.

No matter what happens in this life, nothing can separate us from God, from Immanuel. Romans 8 says.

 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Jesus Our Rock

School was canceled yesterday in anticipation of a stormy day. We were expecting high winds and thunderstorms. I kind of thought it was more of an excuse to give teachers and staff an extra day off.

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I noticed on local weather what looked to be a serious line of thunderstorms, some causing tornadoes coming our way close to 3:30pm. The storm came and we had wind gusts up to 93 miles per hour. However, due to the storm moving fast we were all clear 30 minutes later. It seemed like much ado about nothing.

One of my students lives in a trailer home. Out of concern for her and her children, I arranged for them to spend the afternoon with another family in my program. Trailer homes are not safe in high winds.

It made me think about what Jesus said about foundations in life in Matthew 7.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Just as a trailer home is not safe in a severe storm, not building our lives on Jesus and his teaching is not a secure foundation.. In contrast, building our lives on Jesus provides a solid foundation for our lives to withstand the storms of life.

Jesus is our solid rock that we can depend on in every situation.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Chris Tomlin-Noel Featuring Lauren Daigle

Son of God and Son of man
There before the world began
Born to suffer, born to save
Born to raise us from the grave
Christ the everlasting Lord
He shall reign forevermore

I love these lyrics in the song Noel. Jesus came to earth from heaven born as a human baby for one reason- to suffer, die and defeat death for us.That is the hope available for all who will receive him.

This life is temporary. Any suffering we endure in this life is temporary. I do not make light of suffering. I know the pains of chronic illness all to well since I live with more than one. Each day it is not a question of if I have pain, it is a question of how much. But knowing an eternal home with Jesus in heaven awaits me, makes it easier to cope with the here and now.

Jesus is Immanuel-God with Us.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.