New Vision…New Blog

Well, I know I’ve taken several months off from blogging.  I’ve still been around on the Internet…keeping up with friends and family through Facebook.  However, I realized the other day, that I really do miss blogging.  I’ve determined it has served an important purpose for me…it’s even been a kind of therapy for me in the past.

Anyway, a lot of changes have occurred for my family and I in the last few months or so.  As a result, even though I want to get back to blogging, I sense that I need to start afresh.  This blog covers one season in my life, and so as I begin another phase, it seems appropriate to start a new blog.

I also believe that God has begun to show me a new direction and vision.  So from now on, I will be posting at: “Receive Your Sight” With this renewed vision, God is still supplying the daily provisions (and revisions) for this spiritual journey.

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“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Prov. 29:18

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Rejoice! Rejoice!

I sit here in the stillness, gazing at the white lights on the Christmas tree… I’m filled w/ peace, hope, joy, and wonder. The song that comes to my heart is: “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel…Shall come to thee, O Israel.”

The Promise Brings Peace

I haven’t slept too well tonight…woken up a couple of times…up now at 3:00 am.  Part of me wants to feel discouraged, but His Spirit encourages me.  He reminds me that :

  • He loves me
  • He’s given me a promise
  • He’s always with me
  • and He has a plan

My Lord keeps bringing the lyrics of this song to my heart and mind this morning, as I breathe a sigh of relief:

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The Martins The Promise lyrics

I never said that I would give you silver or gold
Or that you would never feel the fire or shiver in the cold
But I did say you’d never walk thru this world alone
And I did say don’t make this world your home

I never said that fear wouldn’t find you in the night
Or that loneliness was something you’d never have to fight
But I did say I’d be right there by your side
And I did say I’ll always help you fight

‘Cause you know I made a promise that I intend to keep
My grace will be sufficient in your time of need
My love will be the anchor that you can hold on to
This is the promise, this is the promise I’ve made to you

I never said that friends would never turn their backs on you
Or that the world around you wouldn’t see you as a fool
But I did say like me you’ll surely be despised
And I did say My ways confound the wise

I didn’t say you’d never taste the bitter kiss of death
Or have to walk thru chilly Jordan to enter into rest
But I did say I’d be waiting right on the other side
And I did say I’ll dry every tear you’ve cried

‘Cause you know I made a promise that I’ve prepared a place
And someday sooner than you think you’ll see me face to face
And you’ll sing with the angels and a countless multitude
This is the promise, this is the promise I’ve made to you

So just keep on walking don’t turn to the left or right
And in the midst of darkness let this be your light
That hell can’t separate us and you’re gonna make it thru
This is the promise, this is the promise I’ve made to you
Oh, this is the promise, this is the promise I’ve made to you

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*You may listen to this song here.

Sharing The Good News

Sometimes I start to wonder if I’m not bold enough in my witness to others.  However, I’m quickly reminded that I MUST be led by the Holy Spirit, and I cannot force such things.  In my personal relationships, God will lead me…He will give me the words to say at the right time.  I find when I try to “speed things up” and “take matters into my own hands,” that I can easily become self-righteous or at least come across that way.  The words won’t come out right because the focus was wrong from the beginning.  Our focus should always be on Jesus…His leading, His way, His timing, His power to save.  “Tearing people down” about their sinner status is no better than giving them a false sense of importance.  The point is…excessive pride or self-condemnation put the focus on the sinner, not the Savior.

Any good thing we do is for His glorification.  The sin in our lives is evidence of our need for a redeemer.  I thank the Lord that He didn’t come to make us feel good about ourselves, nor did He come to condemn us!! (“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” —John 3:17 )

He came to give us life and to set us free!! Now that is some good news worth sharing!!

“People don’t need to be beat on the head with the bad news that they are condemned for being a sinner. We should be telling them the good news, that Jesus loves them and died to redeem them from condemnation.”  –Mike Waters

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**For more Christian cartoons by Mike Waters, you may visit: http://www.joyfultoons.com/

Sarah’s Baptism…Sun. 6/28/09

I just love this pic, and I’m so happy for my Sarah Beth!

**I’ll post more about this later…just wanted to go ahead & post this photo! 🙂

I’m Resting In Hope…

…My Hope is in Jesus…nothing less; nothing more.

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“Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope. Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.” –Psalm 119:116-117

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” –Romans 5:1-5

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My Hope Is Built (The Solid Rock)

Words By: Edward Mote; Music by: William B. Bradbury

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

Refrain

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

Refrain

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

Refrain

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Refrain

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**Hymn lyrics found here. You may listen to this song here.

I Need A Word…

I need a word from God…I need THE Word of God…everyday.  At times, I may feel alone on this journey.  Every once in a while, I feel a little rejected, judged, lonely, and unloved…or maybe even unlovable.  However, there is One who knows all the minor disappointments and hurts.  There is a verse that keeps coming to mind the last couple of days, and that is:

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my Friends Jesus

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,

nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,

shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 8:38-39

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I was reminded last night that if I am feeling unloved and rejected, perhaps I have begun to seek that Godly, unconditional love in the wrong places.  Have I left my “first love,” the only One who can truly satisfy?  Have I once again started to lose perspective and temporarily forgotten where my true Hope lies?

I praise the Lord that He says:

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.–John 14:27

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