Weekly Photo Challenge :Optimistic

If there is anything in the life of a truly blood bought adopted child of God (praises to the Lord Jesus Christ) that is filled with optimism, it is the privilege, joy and hope to “carry everything to God in prayer”.

Prayer

Psalm 37: 3-5

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed .

4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass .

At the end of this psalm David reminds us (vs 39-40) “But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: He is their strength in the time of trouble.   And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.”  May this bring you a blessing…♥ Streim

 

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What’s in a Name?

Philippians 2:1-11

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.  Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.  Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself (* laid aside His privileges) , taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

the name of JesusThere’s just something about that name.  Jesus… Jesus…Jesus  Have a blessed, beautiful and Christ filled Sunday.  ♥ Streim                               (photo credit:MMS Photos/ForHis Majesty)

 

It Isn’t What I Write

At the end of 2011 when I first thought about writing a blog, I had no clue what I was doing.  I can hear some of you saying “yup me too”.  It’s taken quite some time for me to realize that it isn’t what I write;  it is why.

The why is: I love my Savior and Lord Jesus, who through the plan of the Holy Lord God of heaven, completed the required penalty for SIN.  That payment- DEATH!   (both physical and spiritual).  After mourning because my sin nailed the Perfect Lamb to the cross,  I confessed my sinfulness and turned from it (repentance). The, ‘wow’, the Almighty Lord God of heaven adopted me into His family, because I personally accepted Jesus death.   After I repented (turned completely away from that sin filled life) I lost “all my earthly friends”, everyone!   But now I have the most amazing Friend of all.  And, my Heavenly Father gave me every tool I needed to live my new life in His Holy-Perfect Word.  Plus, I have “the hope for a certain future” with my Lord Jesus and Almighty God for E-T-E-R-N-I-T-Y! The 10 minutes you spend reading the words of the Apostle Paul below may just bring you ‘hope and peace in an uncertain world’, that you’ve been searching for.

Romans 5  “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. 12 Therefore , just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned – 13 for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. 16 The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. 17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. 18 So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. 19 For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. 20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

As a way of sharing this message, here is a song that is my love for Him set to music.  I didn’t write it— but it speaks the words of my heart.  May you worship with me in song.  ♥ Streim