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Jesus is Risen!

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“He is not here; He has risen, just like He said.”  ~  Matthew 28:6

The resurrection of Jesus was prophesied by the prophets of old, but for those alive at the time of its fulfillment, it seemingly took everyone by surprise.

First of all, Jesus didn’t exactly meet their expectations of how he would enter into humanity’s realm.  Following this pattern, his death certainly did not come as they imagined it might unfold.  But it occurred nonetheless…  On God’s terms and meeting heaven’s demands that the sinless Lamb of God would take on the sin of mankind, taking our place on that cruel Cross so that you and I could spend eternity with Him.  Jesus bridged the gap that sin created and that you and I could never repay.  He paid for our ransom!

I am so grateful that God had a plan of redemption!  What love the Father has for us!

Isn’t it wonderful that God’s plan didn’t end on the Cross of Calvary?!

No, death would not have its final say.  Not this time.  For despite the humanity Jesus bore, residing on the inside of Him was Resurrection Power this world had never known!!

“Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph o’er His foes!  He arose!  Hallelujah, Christ arose!”

Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, death was defeated and sin’s curse was broken.  Now, we are free to choose to accept this precious gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

“I am the way, the truth and the life.  No man comes to the Father but by me.”  ~ John 14:6

Happy Resurrection Day!  Jesus is alive!

 

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The Immutability of God

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Now what does that exactly mean?  Immutable means: fixed, set, established, doesn’t change, constant, static, enduring, permanent.  I love this!

God’s unchanging nature has always been one of the most precious qualities to me.  He will not change.  He isn’t loving today and hateful tomorrow.  He doesn’t forgive me today and hold a grudge tomorrow.  He isn’t kind today and evil tomorrow.  He cannot change.  It isn’t in His divine nature, friend.  Isn’t that comforting to know?

The Bible says, “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy.”  Psalm 103:8

Verse 17 goes on to say, “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting…”

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“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” ~ James 1:17

Psalm 107:1 says, “O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.”

Verses 8 and 9 say, “Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men!  For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”

That’s the character of the God I serve.  He is good.  He is merciful.  He is just.

 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” ~ I John 4:7-8

He is loving.

These Scriptures demonstrate and reveal to us the unchanging character of God.

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today and for ever.”  ~ Hebrews 13:8

He will not change.  He cannot change.

He has loved us with an everlasting love.  (Jeremiah 31:3)

When my circumstances change, my God doesn’t.  When my seasons change, God remains constant.  When my bank account changes or my relationships change, God is steadfast.  Unmovable in His love and grace for my life.

“I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”  ~ Psalm 18:1-2

I challenge you today, friend, to dig into the Word of God and see for yourself the character of God.  “O taste and see that the Lord is good.”  (Psalm 34:8)  Do not neglect the Scriptures because the task seems tedious.  Our lives can become so hectic and fast paced that we lose sight of the true source of our strength.  Get into the habit of daily reading the Word of God and not merely checking off a reading list.  God is more interested in your spiritual growth than how many chapters you’re rushing through each day.  Read His love story to us and watch your spirit soar and your walk with Christ grow in ways you never knew were possible!

Blessings, my friend!  May we continually grow in His grace.  And may you be reminded of God’s constant character and steadfast love.

 

 

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Praise Report! … and food for thought

“I am confident to see the goodness of the Lord”  ~  Psalm 37

This has been my mantra since our car accident a little over two weeks ago.  I will see God’s grace and mercy revealed even in this!  What the enemy intended for evil, God will turn it around and cause it to be a blessing and a testimony for His glory and His alone!

Well, in previous posts I have outlined other praise reports related to the accident, but today I have two more!

1.) The drunk driver was underinsured to cover all of the losses (of course) and so we filed the claim through our insurance company.  Well, our insurance co. has decided to waive our deductible since the other insurance company has assumed liability!  Let me tell you what a huge blessing this is to our family!  We were looking at paying up to a $500 deductible when we pick up our SUV from the repair shop.  While it would’ve been reimbursed down the road, it’s a blessing not to have to pay it at all!!  So, this is a tremendous relief!  (Good news, my teenagers, you get to eat for the next two weeks!  Haha!)  God is good!

2.) Our vehicle was the only one out of the four involved that was not a total loss.  This is amazing considering our vehicle is the oldest (12 yrs. old!) out of all of them!  One was a shiny 2014, with a value of $30,000 at least; yet it was totaled.  That means three other families are shopping for vehicles.  Again, we are just thankful that our SUV is repairable and I always say that it will last until we’re ready to buy another vehicle.  The night of the accident, my husband was joking that it would last ten more years.  We both laughed, but, who knows?

We all stand in awe at the goodness of God in protecting us that night!  I believe the Lord dispatched angels from heaven to guard us and keep us safe.  There’s no human explanation of how our vehicle absorbed so much of the damage, yet totaled the mini van in front of us.  We were rear ended by a car and the offending SUV with an impact of at least 65 miles per hour!  It was the loudest crash you ever heard and the most unexpected!  We were sitting at a red light.  Everyone is supposed to stop.  Except those who cannot because they’re so impaired due to alcohol that they no longer have appropriate reflexes and are unable to process what red means, that is.

… I just searched online how many beers it takes for a 200 lb. man to exceed the legal limit.  It appears to be 4.  Wow.  Of course, many factors can affect this number.  For instance, interactions with prescription drugs, etc.  But, how one can decide it’s safe to climb behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming that much alcohol is beyond me.  Of course, I do not know the weight/size of the man who plowed into us, but am merely offering an example.  The greater the body weight, the more alcohol it requires to exceed the legal limit.  So, the scenario worsens.

According to the U.S. CDC, every 48 minutes someone dies as a result of a drunk driver.  It said that in “2010 nearly 1/3 of all automobile deaths were related to alcohol impaired driving.”  Those are staggering statistics.  Thankfully and mercifully, we lived.  Many don’t.

My daughter brought up an interesting note … She said, “Do you know how many people this one accident has affected?”  I’d been talking about the decision of one man to drink injured ten other people, in addition to himself.  She added: the first responders (who were so awesome that night!!), the helicopter pilot, hospital staff at two hospitals, those who were re-routed on the highway after it was shut down for hours, law enforcement, judges/staff, jurors, replacements in jobs that may have been hired while the injured recovered, families and friends of those injured, insurance agents/adjusters/staff, auto body shops, towing companies, Dr. offices, physical therapy and radiology facilities, churches, and the list is possibly endless.  I mention churches because during our recovery, we are unable to continue our volunteer work at our church.  Think of this replicated ten times over, potentially.  One alcohol related accident.  Affects hundreds of people, maybe a thousand.

This is an intriguing path because it demonstrates how no man is an island unto himself.  Truly.  Our decisions in life greatly impact others, even when we don’t realize it.  Perhaps none so dramatic, but influence nonetheless.  Now, that’s food for thought.

 

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A Little Update …

Hey there, friends!  Just wanted to let you know that our family was on our way home from visiting our older son and was involved in a car accident on Sunday night.  We had driven 1,000 miles over the course of two days and were just four minutes from home when we were hit by a drunk driver in a stolen vehicle.  A Chevy Tahoe (SUV) plowed into a Volkswagon Passat (sedan), which struck us and sent us into the minivan in front of us.  We believe the Tahoe was traveling at about 65-70 mph and made no attempt to stop.  We had been stopped at a red light for about a minute when we were hit.

My husband, two children and myself were all taken to the hospital by ambulance and later released after CAT scans, etc.  Two people were flown by helicopter to a hospital.  We were very fortunate that we were not injured worse than we were.  We all have a great deal of neck and back pain, but, prayerfully will be okay in time.  The kids have Dr. appts. on Friday and my husband and I have appts. next week.

We are so grateful for the mercy of God over our lives and know that angels were dispatched to protect us from what could have been a fatal accident.  Our hearts are so full of praise to our heavenly Father for His protection.  He is so worthy of all our praise!  We may never know why these things happen, but we are determined that somehow, some way God will receive all the glory even out of this unfortunate situation.

We appreciate your prayers, friends.

We’re on quite a bit of medicine so I won’t be posting as much during our recovery.

God bless!

~Amber

 

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What Kind of Clothes Are You Wearing?

Your choice of outward clothing speaks volumes about your inward character.  But, that’s not the clothing I want to focus on presently.

 “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”  ~ Colossians 3:12

Are you wearing mercy?  What about kindness?  Can it be said of you that you display humility?  Practice gentleness?  Are you patient?

What is mercy anyway?  Doesn’t it have to do with withholding punishment when wronged?  Extending grace when a penalty is due?

We all enjoy being with those who are kind, don’t we?  They are the type of people who just ooze love from their very pores.  Are we ourselves that kind of people?

Humility is a “modest opinion of oneself” according to Merriam-Webster.  Or do we tend to think more highly of ourselves than we ought?

Gentleness.  Proverbs 15:1 says that a gentle answer deflects anger.  Can that be said of us?  That we have a calm spirit or do our words stir up strife?  Maybe we need to pause for a moment and then respond.

Patience is a virtue, we all know, but somehow its application is elusive at times.  Do we bear with one another?  When we see an area of weakness in another, do we extend a little extra grace or patience?  We would want the same treatment from others, wouldn’t we?

This character assessment is in no way condemning.  No.  Instead, we can turn it into a prayer, particularly in areas of weakness.

How will we be an effective witness for Christ?  By displaying not only His love, but mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Genuine agape love (“The God kind of love”) encompasses all of these characteristics.

Prayer:  “Dear God, thank you for your extravagant love for me.  Because of your love, I am free to love those around me.  Please help me to be loving, merciful, kind, humble, gentle and patient.  Without your power, I can do nothing; but with your strength and power, I can be everything you want me to be.  In Jesus’ Wonderful Name, Amen.”

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