Thursday, August 13, 2009

Lighter Color Is For Today!♦

For this post to make sense I changed the back ground to a light color but went back to darker - it makes the pictures pop out.  Maybe I'll change the colors again some day ~ 3-12-13 VB
It's been a hectic last couple of days and with the ever existing Facebook battles I just thought I'd lighten things up a bit, and make some color changes on my blog. What do you think? I haven't ventured out in the "web"world to get a printed back ground that so many have - I do love them all. But for me and at the moment - I'll stick to simple. I still like the dark background for most of the pictures I post - though a Lighter Color is For Today! I'm sure it will be sticking around awhile. It does brighten things up, don't you think? :) And, Becky thanks for your comment I guess you got to see the colors first, glad you like it!

I needed some brightening up too! I guess I've been feeling a little weary. When you go through things that tend to be endless sometimes you just get tired of it. I still keep my faith and that truly gets me through, as well as prayers. I know many of you have been keeping me in yours and I can't tell you how much I appreciate them and your friendships.

My husband is reading this book called The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind by Bill Johnson and I would like to read it as soon as he is finished. Jim often reads aloud what is of interest and one thing that caught my interest was something Bill Johnson said, "The Bible says faith comes by hearing --not from having heard." Of course it was in response to what he had been sharing but, I liked this phrase and that got me thinking.

It got me thinking of times when you don't refuel. For a believer this can be a danger ground to tread on. Being in the word is more than reading and gaining "head knowledge." It's about having a walk with the Lord; an intimate relationship with Him. He wants to be in every part of your life but He, as is the Holy Spirit; a gentleman and will not force His presence on you. You have always had free will. He waits for you to ask. He is always there and waits for you to take the time. When you don't refuel you run on fumes. As one who drives you know for a fact its unrealistic and it does not get you where you need to be.

Jesus wants all of you. When you are with Him it's like being with a loved one or friend. You just can't wait to spend time with them. You know everything about them and they reveal all things to you, since you have that intimate relationship. Now if you don't know the Lord, He would like you to. Mostly everyone has some knowledge or has heard of Him but He wants something more. He also said there is only one way to Heaven. Many may come and say there are other ways but there's only one.

And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.
Or everyone who believes will have eternal life in him.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:14-17 NLT
He stands at the door of your heart, knocking. We were created for a relationship with a Father that truly loves us. For a person that has excepted the Lord into their life you have the assurance of eternal life by faith. If you have not asked Him into your life you will never be disappointed of the decision you make by doing so. If fact, it will be the best one you ever make.
In John 10 it tells the story of The Good Shepherd; if we are His sheep we should know He's voice. It also tells of a stranger who's voice the sheep did not recognize so the sheep would not follow him. Do you recognize The Shepherds voice? Shepherds would tend their flocks knowing everyone of them and everything about them as do the sheep in knowing the Shepherd.
My Dad has chickens and he's had them mostly all of his life and he spends so much time with them that he knows everyone, even what hen and rooster they came from. Two chickens could be standing together looking identical (like twins) and he would know the difference. They follow him around "they know him," they will not follow anyone else. That is how we should be with Jesus.
Now you might be thinking I do the best I can but I don't always have the time I'd like. And, that might be true, but there's always time - this is coming from someone who knows first hand. Even when I think I'm not strong enough He is my strength and in my weakest moments; I can cry out and He is always there - always available.
Did you know that when He was speaking with His disciples about things to come, He was talking to them about His leaving and where He was going they could not follow. In John 14, Jesus said that He would not leave them as orphans. Further on He said in verse 26 That the Father would send you a Helper, the Holy Spirit, in His name and that He - the Holy Spirit, would teach you all things, and bring to remembrance all that Jesus had said. Did you know that was not just for then? - But now! Jesus tell us that greater things than this (miracles - sign and wonders all that Jesus did) we would do and greater; John 5. Imagine that! He is the same yesterday, today and forever; all we need to do is ask.
Ask Him - into your life, ask Him for the Holy Spirit - Have that intimate relationship with Him who loves you. People comment many times; I don't know how you do it! It's all the Lord. But it's not enough just to ask Him - you also need to be apart of this relationship, just like with your loved one or friend. Remember the phrase that caught my interest and got me thinking?
"The Bible says faith comes by hearing --not from having heard."

You have to do something yourself. How do we/you hear? My husband does something wonderful in the evenings; I am most of the time (that's lately) exhausted when I finally get to bed, Jim reads the Bible out loud, I do fall asleep on him may times but what a blessing it is for me. That's just one way. Today the world is full of so many uncertainties but there's one thing that you can be certain of. That's Jesus~

It was love from the start -
I felt it from within my heart.
A love so deep -
I knew I was one of His sheep.
A gentle love that guides me.
Leading me faithfully -
Even when I'm asleep.

It was love from the start-
Even when I'm in the dark.
A light that guides my path-
speaking to me from within my heart.
It was Love from the start.
VLB January 1988


Anonymous said...

There are two things that I really like in your blog today. The first one is the of my favorites. The second is the poem you wrote in 1988 and posted. Very nice! Simple but oh so true!

Psalm 27:1 "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?


Becky said...

Again - AMEN!

And I LOVE that color on your site - keep it around!!!