My Purpose, Life’s Meaning? – God Has the Answers!

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In so many places and in countless ways, we, as human beings, search for the answers to our own identity, purpose and meaning in this life.  Yet, it is only when we discover our Creator and learn who we are in Him, by having a personal relationship with Him, that we find the Answers!

Without God, we are incomplete- like a computer without it’s Programmer. Only our Creator is able to help us unlock the code to the software He has designed for each of our lives. A relationship with Him and finding new meaning and fulfillment in life is only a prayer away.

In John 10:10, Jesus said, “I am come that you may have life, and that you may have it more abundantly.”

Start a conversation with Him today and discover your purpose and new meaning for your life!

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One Solitary Life

“…Today Jesus is the central figure of the human race, the leader of mankind’s progress.”

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Watch and share this beautiful, moving, short movie based on the 294 words James Francis wrote in 1926 concerning the life of Jesus Christ and the impact He has had upon the world.

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The Right Question to Ask on Your Hard Days . . . and the Answer

via A Holy Experience – The Right Question to Ask on Your Hard Days . . . and the Answer.

An uplifting and inspirational message by Joni Eareckson Tada

Screen shot 2013-07-20 at 7.44.17 AM My beautiful friend, Joni Eareckson Tada, has spoken words into my life that have forever changed me — and countless others around the world. Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, an organization that accelerates Christian outreach in the disability community, Joni is the author of numerous best-selling books, including Heaven, Joni, Diamonds in the Dust, and her most recent — and beautiful — Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story.

Joni tells a story on the farm front porch today that just — well, you tell me what it does to your heart…

Ken opened wide the front door so I could wheel out to the van.

For a long moment I sat squarely in the door frame, staring and taking it all in:

the shade tree dappling our brick path, blossoms bobbing on the crepe myrtle, and patches of sunlight on dewy grass.

It was the freshest of mornings. Oh God, I breathed, If only I could feel as fresh.

After more than four decades of quadriplegia, I’m tired.

Please don’t think I’m a veteran or a professional when it comes to living in a wheelchair.

I’m not an expert.

My bones are weary and thin from battling everything from pressure sores and pneumonia — to stage III cancer.

My question these days is never “Why, God?”

It’s most often “How?”

How do I keep on going?

How do I care about others when I’m consumed with my own physical challenges?

How can I be kind and civil when pain wracks me?

How can I find the strength to face this day?

That morning, Ken had the answer.

“Why aren’t you out by the van?” he asked when he came from the kitchen with my lunch bag. Staring at the splendorous morning beyond the door, I answered him with a deep sigh.

“Wait here,” he said, “I know exactly what you need.”

Soon he was back with a yellow post-it note. With a thick Sharpie, he had simply penned on it the letter ‘C.’ I gave him an odd look.

“It stands for Courage,” he said, “The courage of Christ. I can see it in your eyes, Joni, and you can do this. I know you can!”

With that, he pressed the post-it on my shirt, right above my heart.

I glanced at it, then up at him. I can’t explain what happened next, but grace actually entered my heart. His note was a means of grace, like a sacrament through which God creates faith inside us. And it felt so liberating.

A breeze wafted in and my eyes became wet.

“Thank you,” I whispered to Ken and lifted my arm to give him a hug. “Thank you for that.”

He wiped my nose, kissed my cheek, and said softly, “Let’s get this day going.”

I then wheeled out into the morning feeling a fresh wave of strength from my Savior.

Proverbs 18:21 sums it up: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

Ken only said a few words, and probably without giving them much thought.

But those words were brimming with power and life. His was a pronouncement, a declaration of the good he saw in meor, at least the good he wanted to see. And God gave me His amazing grace to rise to the occasion.

It’s a hard world. Even the best of Christians are feeling the weight of weariness. Little wonder we are to “Encourage one another daily” (Hebrews 3:13).

Think of the people you’ll see today… friends recovering from surgery, neighbors dealing with grief, coworkers coping with pain.

Whether you say it in an email, over the phone, or in person, your words have the capacity to change their countenance and character.

And the best word?

The Word made flesh, Jesus — who always has courageous words of life.

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SPAM vs God’s Firewall

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Artwork credit: S.P.A.M. by SavedArt

A young digital artist named Matt designed the word art above.  Matt is 20 years old and accepted Christ as his Savior three years ago.  He’s chosen to use his artistic talents to bring glory to God!  That blesses my heart!  I really like this piece and find it so fitting for the day and age in which we live.

There is a spiritual war that has been raging for millennia in the heavenly realm.  As it does, it spills over into our own earthly realm.  This war is one between good and evil, between the forces of God and those of Satan.  Satan is a master of deception and his desire is to bring destruction to God’s creation, especially to mankind.  He is very skilled at introducing seducing thoughts into our hearts and minds, along with all manner of temptation.  Just as digital viruses and spam have the potential to damage our modern computer systems, such attacks from the enemy have the potential to lure us away from God’s will.  When we allow seeds of destruction to grow in our hearts and minds and to spread, they can cause great damage as we act upon them, not only to our own lives, but to the lives of others.

The good news is God has given us a Firewall!  Because of the salvation we have through Jesus Christ, His Son, by the shedding of His blood on the cross, we have victory over Satan!  God’s written word, the Bible, along with His living Word, Jesus Christ, shield us from succumbing to the enemy’s attacks.  There is no better protection!

Ephesians 6:10-18: “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (NIV)

Hebrews 4:12: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (NKJV)

Psalm 119:11: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (KJV)

2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (NKJV)

2 Corinthians 10:4,5: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,  casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (NKJV)

Keep fighting the good fight as you continue in your daily walk with the Lord!  And remember God’s Firewall for your life!

In Christ’s Love,

Angela

The Bird Cage

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There once was a man named George Thomas, a pastor in a small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to church carrying an old, bent, rusty bird cage, and set in on the pulpit. Several eyebrows were raised, and Pastor Thomas began to speak.

“I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming towards me, swinging this bird cage. On the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright. I stopped the lad and asked, “What have you got there son?”

“Just some old birds,” came the reply.

“What are you going to do with them?” I asked.

“Pull out their feathers to make ’em fight. I’m gonna have a real good time.”

“But you’ll get tired of these birds sooner or later-what will you do then?”

“Oh, I got some cats-they like birds. I’ll give ’em to them.”

The pastor was silent for a moment.

“How much do you want for those birds, son?”

“Huh? Why, you don’t want these birds mister. They’re just plain old dumb field birds. They don’t sing-and they ain’t even pretty!”

“How much?”

The boy sized up the pastor as if he were crazy, and said, “Ten dollars?”

The pastor reached in his pocket and took out a ten-dollar bill. He placed it in the boy’s hand. In a flash, the boy was gone. The pastor picked up the cage and gently carried it to the end of the alley, where there was a tree and a grassy spot. Setting the cage down, he opened the door, and by softly tapping the bars he persuaded the birds out, setting them free.

Then the pastor began to tell the second part of his story.

One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation. Satan had just come from the Garden of Eden, and he was gloating and boasting.

“Yes sir, I just caught a world full of people down there. Set me a trap, used bait I knew they couldn’t resist. Got em’ all!”

“What are you going to do with them?” Jesus asked.

“Oh, I’m going to have fun! I’m gonna teach them how to marry and divorce each other, how to hate and abuse one another, how to invent guns and bombs and kill each other. I’m really gonna have fun!”

“And what will you do with them when you grow tired of that?”

“Oh, kill ’em. Damn them,” Satan replied.

“How much do you want for these people?” Jesus asked.

“Oh, you don’t want these people. They ain’t no good. Why, you take them, and they’ll just hate you. They’ll spit on you, and mock you. They’ll curse you, and kill you! You surely wouldn’t want these people.

“How much?”

Satan looked at Jesus and answered, “All your blood and tears.”

Jesus paid the price. Then He picked up the cage, and opened the door.

– Author Unknown

Ephesians 3:17-19:  “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge— that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”  (NIV)

Without God

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Through trial and sorrow, blessing and joy, as I’ve walked this earth from day-to-day…I can honestly say that, without GOD, this pretty much sums it up.

Having a personal relationship with one’s Creator brings true meaning to this life and to one’s daily walk!

Think about it.  Make Him part of your life every day.  Talk to Him…walk with Him.  He will bring you hope, renewed strength, and a peace that simply can not be explained.  And, if you don’t know Him, just call out to Him…seek Him…desire to know Him.

God spoke to the Israelites through the prophet, Jeremiah, saying,

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)

And His words are true for us today. He’s still speaking!

Discover Who your Creator really is, and you will never be the same!

In the Love of Christ,

Angela