Letters From Home

63706_315156658584187_129777671_n“Mary carried her Bible everywhere she went.  Tucked inside her purse or coat pocket, it never left her side.   Like a cherished keepsake and without fail, every chance she got throughout the day, the words from its worn pages brought her inspiration, comfort, instruction and hope.  One day someone asked her, ‘why’ …  To the stranger’s question she replied, without even having to contemplate what she would say, ‘These are my letters from home.'”

The Bible is like a treasure box filled with letters from distant relatives whose stories guide and shape our lives.  Like pilgrims who have traveled to a promised, far away land, they journeyed to new horizons and braved the challenges of this life, while sharing their experiences and faith with you and me.   From cover to cover, the Bible is God’s amazing gift to us- a collection of love letters from our Father Creator and the story of His Son, Jesus Christ- interwoven within a tapestry of personal accounts which reveal God’s character- His sovereignty, wisdom and power, along with His deep and endearing love, grace, and mercy.

As we read our letters, they instruct and inspire us, reminding us to keep seeking, keep following, keep trusting, keep praying, keep loving, keep marching, and to keep believing that we will one day reach the Promised Land- our heavenly home- where we will, at last, be with our beloved Father and with our precious LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Have you taken the opportunity lately to open the Bible and read God’s letters, written with love to you- His dear child? If you haven’t, I encourage you to do so. If you find the King James Bible difficult to read, find a translation like the NIV or the Holman Christian Bible.

Open to the book of John.  It is the fourth book in the New Testament.  John is a wonderful place to start because the author tells the story of Jesus in such a beautiful way. From His existence with God the Father at the time of creation, to His birth as a human child and His miracles and teachings, to His heart-felt prayer for you and me in the Garden of Gethsemane, and to His cruel crucifixion- every line reveals more of God’s character and endearing love for us, His children.  But the story doesn’t end in sorrow, for Jesus rose from the grave, conquering death for all eternity,  and making a way for you and me to live with Him forever in peace and harmony in our heavenly home! That’s right.  this earthly life isn’t all there is!

God loves you more than you could ever comprehend.  And He left you a treasured keepsake, filled with His words of love and guidance.  They are for you- His beloved Son or Daughter. He knows you and His desire is that you know and love Him.   He longs for the day when you run into His arms and call Him “Father”. He is waiting for you to read the letters He sent and to know His love for you. He has a plan for your life, just as He did for Mary.  She found direction in the letters He sent her and so can you!

If you want to know God’s love and His plan for you, then take time- right now. Open the Bible and read your Letters from Home.

What to Give the KING for His Birthday?

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What do you give a King for His birthday? A King who truly does have everything? Every year just before Christmas, I ask the King what He would like to receive from me. The answer varies widely, but there are two things in common: The gift is always sacrificial in nature, something I would not do unless He requested it. And it is something I could not do except God enables me.

So what will you give the King of Kings this Christmas? He offers a gift suggestion in John 13:34: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

What do you give a King for His birthday? Think about it! This year, would you celebrate Christmas by giving the King something He really wants … love each another.

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This Too Shall Pass

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~ This Too Shall Pass ~

by Helen Steiner Rice

If I can endure for this minute
Whatever is happening to me,
No matter how heavy my heart is
Or how dark the moment may be-
If I can remain calm and quiet
With all the world crashing about me,
Secure in the knowledge God loves me
When everyone else seems to doubt me-
If I can but keep on believing
What I know in my heart to be true,
That darkness will fade with the morning
And that this will pass away, too-

Then nothing in life can defeat me
For as long as this knowledge remains
I can suffer whatever is happening
For I know God will break all of the chains
That are binding me tight in the darkness
And trying to fill me with fear-
For there is no night without dawning
And I know that my morning is near.

The Essence of Love

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Love is a sunrise- a radiant kiss
of life and warmth for all creation,
The heavens amidst,
a glorious light of truth and dedication.

Love is a seashore- golden sand
and silver waves depict the timeless art,
Collecting and sifting, again and again,
carefully discerning the thoughts of the heart.

Love is a gentle rain shower in spring-
soothing the thirst of a weary one’s soul.
Falling, it makes the heat to sing
and tenderly urges the flowers to grow.

Love is a mountain- majestic and strong,
a colossus of truth, changeless and free;
A powerful fortress which all nature bonds
and holds in its chambers life’s key.

Love is a miracle- God’s special gift,
His perfect plan sent to earth.
Love is the essence of all that is HIS,
the measure of life and its worth.

And all who discover this wondrous gift
hold the key to God‘s riches untold.
It is love’s priceless treasure that brings hearts a’lift,
for the essence of love is life to the soul.

by Angela Hall Dobbins © 2010