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.

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God’s Positioning System

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“The Holy Spirit is

your spiritual GPS.

He will tell you where you are

and where you are going.”

-Author Unknown

John 16:13: “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

The Holy Spirit also ADOPTS (Romans 8:15), TEACHES (John 14:26, 16:3), REFRESHES (Acts 3:19), EMPOWERS (Acts 1:8), EMBOLDENS (Acts 4:31-33), INTERCEDES (Romans 8:26-27), SEALS (Ephesians 1:13-14), FREES (2 Corinthians 3:17), and RESURRECTS (Romans 8:11).

Life’s Highway

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Directions for Weary Travelers:

Proverbs 3:5,6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”  NKJV

                                              

Psalm 16:11: “You [God] have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” NIV

                                                

Jeremiah 6:16: “This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” NIV 

                                                                                                                                                            

Matthew 11:28-30: Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” NKJV

       

John 14:6: “Jesus answered, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” NIV

                                        

John 3:16: “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” HCSB  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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Manna from Heaven

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In looking back over the course of my life, I realize…
God has a way of directing and shaping our lives.
Many times we fail to understand, and struggle
to learn the lessons He’s attempting to teach us.

Funny how trust works…
sometimes it seems, the more we grow and learn
to trust the LORD, the more our faith is tested.
Each of us faces our own set of trials
and difficult circumstances, as we journey
across mountains, hills, and valleys.

But, through it all, He is our One true and
constant source of hope and direction… our Compass.
And His Word is our Map.

Sometimes the storms we face seem so dark…
turbulence is all around us. Yet, God is there
with every step, and He is faithful.
He is our Shelter and our Guide… our faithful Shepherd.

And, when the roughest storms are past,
after sheltering us, even carrying us in His arms;
He gently sets our feet back on solid ground.
And we are a little stronger, a little more sure footed than before.

He has renewed us for yet another day,
another portion of our journey…
in which we will discover new lessons,
new opportunities, and new blessings.

His tender mercies and compassions are so sweet…
like manna from heaven.  How thankful are our hearts for His provisions!

by Angela Hall Dobbins © 2009

Lamentations 3:22-24: “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.” (KJV)