This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. Acts 2:23-24
Did you ever think of Jesus as a tool? I didn’t until the other day. I was reading in Acts that Jesus was a living plan of God’s. God made a very deliberate plan to use Jesus to get the job done that needed doing. And what did Jesus do? Jesus let himself be used, to be a good tool for the master.
Do we do that? See ourselves as a tool for the master? I mean, really, do we get jobs done for God? Are some of us lax about it because we have been a Christian for so long? Are we a tool of God’s brand? Are we known for doing tough jobs and being reliable? Do we do whatever job God has for us?
These are all the questions that poured out of my brain when I read Acts 2. Why so many questions? Because doing a job for God is worth doing right. What good is a tool if it misses it’s intended use? What good am I, if I do not accomplish what God would have me do?
In Isaiah, it was prophesied that God would send Jesus to be a tool for Him. His task?… to take up our pain and endure our suffering! He had a purpose and plan from God. What a seemingly impossible task. But you know what? Love can accomplish amazing things! His grace covered all of our imperfections and sin.
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5
It would seem like God was punishing Him, Isaiah prophesied. Do you ever feel like you are being punished, when things go badly? I admit to wondering that myself, when going through trials. But… God is a God of love. Anything we go through is to help or teach us or help and teach someone else. We have a loving purpose in us, given by God. What else could be the reason from a loving God?
He wants us all to love fully. If our neighbor is tight on money, it is our job to make them some food, pay a bill or give a gift card. That is called being a good tool. If our other neighbor is not able to mow their yard, it is OUR job to do it or find someone else to do it, if we are not able. My back won’t allow me but I can find a friend to do it! Could you? Would you? Why did I not fully realize this until now?
Maybe it’s because I feel for those that are limited physically, because I am. That’s how God works. He teaches you and me through suffering. What a joy that we can all do a job for God though! I so want to be a helpful tool in “God’s toolbox.” Pretty much, when we stand before God someday, He will separate the tools that did a good job from those of us that did not.
His master replied, ‘Welldone, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:21
Friends, I am just keeping it real. And, as always, I preach to myself! It is my great hope and desire that we all learn to love better, be one of those “brand name” tools that always get the job done. That’s what we are here for. What a privilege!
DOING things for others is like putting up the BIGGEST BILLBOARD in the world for our Father!
It’s bigger than the biggest billboard! People, so badly,need love, to be seen, to be thought of and considered a friend, to matter. In this dark world, our love shines even brighter than ever. Let’s advertise how loving He is by lighting up the world! Lord, please help us.
Dear Father, You are so good. Thank You for laying all this on my heart today and giving me words. Loving with practical action is something I can do better at. Thank You for being willing to use imperfect me. Please forgive me of my lack of action at times and revive in me a fervor to do ALL I can so others see your love and will want to know more about you. I love You! Amen
With love from the Father to you, have a wonderful day!
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; According to Your lovingkindness remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord. Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way. Psalm 25:7-8
Here’s a poem I wrote ages ago, about my salvation experience. It’s wonderful to remember when I first realized I needed Jesus, and that even a dragonfly on my shoulder could not distract me from going to the altar to ask Jesus to forgive my sins.
The Dragonfly Chose Me
A dragonfly chose me, at children’s camp, you see. It was music time and all was fine, until he landed on me. The kids behind me had a scream attack! It was on my back. I turned around and said, “Guys, I don’t want to be mean, but I want to sing.”
On stage, the teacher held a large picture book. I took a good long listen and look. She then explained, “Our hearts have a stain called sin. That makes our hearts black within.” Then she started, soon, singing a beautiful tune: “If you want a heart of white, ask Jesus in your heart tonight.”
So, though the Dragonfly was now in my hair, and My friends were making a fuss, I just didn’t care because Jesus was there. It was just the two of us. I started thinking, “What should I do?” My heart, so heavy and black, not the color I wanted, but Jesus could make me new!
So with no looking back, Dragonfly still on me, I left my chair and went to the altar, Jesus to see! I asked Him into my heart that day. And when I did, the bug flew away. Sometimes I think it was a sign Of how Jesus is with me all the time.
So that’s the story I will never forget, When that Dragonfly and I briefly met. But, oh, even better, what happened that night! Jesus changed my heart and made it white!
Friends, I hope you have a wonderful day. It is good and pleasing to thank the Lord for how He works in our lives. He’s just so good, isn’t He? I bet you have some great stories, too!
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. … No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:4
Good morning! I just came downstairs to do my devotions this morning. I am excited to talk to Jesus and as I sit here, my first thoughts are…I am just going to write what’s on my heart, because, well, Jesus showed me something last night!
John and I went to a concert last night. Mercy Me. In the middle of one song, Bart, the lead singer, stopped singing while the band kept playing. I focused hard on the words we had just sung with them. I honestly do not remember what song it was, because I was just looking up and imagining Jesus looking at all of us there. He was looking at us with so much love, it overwhelmed me! He had, in His eyes, a longing for connection with me, with us. It melted my heart.
Connection. Jesus and I were connected! He, God’s son, the Prince of peace, my friend, my mentor, my SAVIOR…we were connected. I imagined a cord running from me to Him, like an old- fashioned telephone cord. That cord is the direct line from Him to me. He has something to tell me. He wants a constant connection so I can do the job He has for me. My mind was blown. I still cannot get that image of the connection cord out of my mind.
I realized that Jesus wants that connection for EVERY SINGLE SOUL IN THE WORLD! I sensed a sadness that HE does not have that. What could I do to help? AM I helping Him get the connections He gave His life for? Or am I just connected to Him for just me? Why have I never seen this literal connection to Him before?
With the old-style phone cords. you were literally connected to someone by a cord and receiver to your ear. Do we have that direct connection all the time? Are we always waiting for Jesus’ call? Now, more than ever, we need…..
In my earphones, RIGHT NOW, is playing….”Jesus is Calling.” Wow, thank you, Lord. You are way too good to me, to us! What a perfect song for me to hear right now. “Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling.” He is pleading for that connection. Let’s not let the enemy kink the cord or pull the plug out of the wall. The enemy is listening to your conversation and watching your relationship with the Savior.
We have a direct line available to Heaven! That really blows my mind! He has made a way that we can have that direct connection. It is up to us to use whatever gifts God gave us, to help OTHERS get that connection or get a clearer connection. It’s not just about us, though that’s a wonderful gift from God, that relationship.
I do not usually spill the contents of my head directly onto the keyboard, but I felt led to, this morning. There’s no editing or outlining this time. I hope there aren’t too many mistakes and hope I made sense!
Here are some things we can ask ourselves, so that we maintain a good connection to Jesus.
How clearly do we hear Him?
How often do we call Him?
Do we run to Him first with good news?
Do we run to Him first with bad news?
Are we available to His call 24-7?
Who do we know that needs a connection to Jesus?
How can we be a loving friend to them and tell them how sweet phone calls with Jesus are?
Thank You for the direct line to the Throne. You overwhelm me with Your desire to have that relationship with me. Please give me words and love and health so I may share what You offer to us all. I will call again soon. I love You.Amen.
Just my thoughts today. With love from the Father to you, have a wonderful weekend!
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:10-11
Hi friends! I took a break from writing because life got so full and busy. I am back! While I was away, I considered changing the blog, to make it more current and engaging, but I came up with zero good ideas. I am so human sometimes… New ideas are not always better.
The Lord showed me, after much prayer and presence, that it’s not my job to make God’s Word as engaging as possible. He effectively told me that God’s Word is enough and it will do what it has always done. It will permeate the hardest of hearts, reclaim lost souls, provide pure wisdom and peace. God’s Word will provide hope, light and strength for each day. It will fill us with beautiful visions of His love and our future with Him.
The verses above are David’s words, in God’s word. David was telling some Levites how to give the Lord praise with instruments. WE are to do the same, be instrumental in praising God. We can all do it in different ways and it is just as pleasing to Him.
Think about it…As far as the Lord is considered, what is YOUR instrument of choice? Do you have a way to put God’s Word out into the world? Are you an instrument of peace and hope to others? Perhaps you are a great encourager or errand -runner for needy neighbors. Can you sing well to elderly shut-ins?
Dear precious Father,
Thank You for bringing to mind, through Your Word, that I am made to be Your instrument and I am enough to do what You have planned for me. Thank You for showing me that it is not me, but YOUR WORD that I share that is more than enough to engage others. Please guide me to be a better example of a servant to You and Your Word. It sustains me. Thank You for making me with a passion to write and to help. Help me to do that, to love others deeply, the way You think is best. You are amazing and I love You! Amen
With love from the Father to you, have a great Monday!
Show me your ways, lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in Your Truth and teach me, for you are God my savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25 4-5
We are on vacation but I couldn’t resist the urge to share some morning thoughts with you. I love being overwhelmed first thing in the morning, with God’s goodness. What I mean is that it’s hard to describe your time with God. HE is so precious, that you can’t even describe the overwhelming goodness of Him, but this is my attempt!
A Good Morning Is…
When the only sound in the house is the refrigerator motor and a the ticking of a small clock. (Occasionally the ice machine clunks.)
When the only light on in the house is over the dining room table, shining on your Bible. (All of that light, just for “me and God” time.)
When the sound of vellum pages of the Bible make a light and lovely crinkly sound as you turn them. ( It’s like precious, holy music to my ears.)
When God shows you his generous promises as you commune together, alone, in silence. (The whole of it is almost too full and wonderful to grasp.)
When you feed him hungrily on God’s word, and there are no human words to express His total goodness. (There is, however, all the loveliest feelings and thoughts and splendor in the world, about Him.)
He is fully and perfectly, lovingly present, generous, faithful, holy and precious to me.
To know the Father is to be at a loss for words. that LOSS makes for a good, VICTORIOUS morning!♥️
Have a wonderful day. I pray you feel the Lord’s presence and goodness with you.
Good Morning! Happy Friday, September 16, 2022. Here is a verse and a song video for today about God’s promises! We can count on them, every one of them. He is faithful:)
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20
God is able to do more than we can ask or think. Now, how are we supposed to be able to know what God has in store, then, right? We have to humbly accept that we are on a “need-to-know” basis with God. We know He is faithful! He is there, able, ready, willing and eager to have us lean on His guidance and love and care:)
Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. Romans 15:4
Lat Monday, we talked about how peace and prayer go together. All you have to do is ask Jesus for peace through prayer! God pre-paired these for us!
But…what if “all you have to do” does not feel simple or peaceful because your struggle is so incredibly hard? What if simply praying does not bring peace?
Like me, maybe you did not feel peace because it didn’t make sense to have peace during such a tough trial.
Patience and Promises…Patience is not given, but rather accomplished by practicing it. When we make a decision to trust God in trials, that means we patiently wait for His answer in HIS time.
Easier said than done, when God hasn’t answered our prayer right away, right? We need to remember, though, that He has promises we can lean on! He will never, ever leave us. If that is the only promise He ever gave us, it is plenty!
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.2 Chronicles 15:7
These are promises inspired by the creator of the universe! We may not understand why God allows things in our lives, but we can be perfectly positive that He loves us. He shows us and promises us that our hope in Him is in great hands!
Today’s Take-a-way:Faith in God’s promises brings patience, which brings peace!
With love from the Father to you, have a wonderful day:)