Posted in Living in Today's World, The Grace of God, Time for Sharing

Turnabout Thursday~ On a Lighter Side

This was originally posted in February of this year.  Lately, the Lord, through His wonder-filled Word is impressing me the magnitude and importance of  the “light within us” as forgiven followers of our Lord Jesus Christ.  That Light within is the Holy Spirit of the eternal God! 

In His glorious grace and power He sent His Son Jesus to be born as a human… God incarnate!  That in itself is beyond comprehension for our minds.  Then He appointed and required Jesus Christ, who knew no sin, to die for our sins.  In Romans 5: 19 “For as by one man’s  (Adam) disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s  (Our Lord Jesus Christ) obedience many will be made righteous.”

luminaries

We’ve all seen beautiful luminaries used for the Christmas holidays, memorial services for fallen soldiers and  to show solidarity for cancer patients.    A luminary in simply a plain paper bag with a lit candle inside.  These little lights inspire a simple, yet profound message. 

We, as God’s children and the Forgiven Ones, are to be transparent to everyone we know, meet or greet everyday, so that they don’t notice the outward person (the paper bag or tent as referred to in the Word), but the Light of the Lord–His Holy Spirit (the lit candle) within in us illuminating even the darkest of places in our sorrowfully, sin filled world.  The world we hear, see  and live in everyday.  

If we follow the command of our Lord and Savior to let our light shine; the Holy Spirit that dwells within us, then we can be a beautiful “God Created Luminary”

Jesus told His followers in Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” 

That wasn’t a mere suggestion by our Lord Jesus !! 

Even young Sunday School children know the message, it’s found in the song “This Little Light of Mine” 

This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
Oh, this little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine

All around the neighborhood
I’m going to let it shine
All around the neighborhood
I’m going to let it shine
All around the neighborhood
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel? No!
I’m going to let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I’m going to let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine.

Don’t let Satan [blow] it out!
I’m going to let it shine
Don’t let Satan [blow] it out!
I’m going to let it shine
Don’t let Satan [blow] it out!
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine

The apostle Paul was emphatic when he spoke in 2 Cor 4:6   “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

Matthew 6:22  Jesus said ” The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light

Proverbs 13:9 “The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.”

Psalm 18:28  ” You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.”

My prayer is that today and everyday are Son filled days and you will make sure your candle is lit!   All for the glory and honor of the One whose name we carry, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Let us all present ourselves humbly before our God and King and ask for the Spirit’s light to be brighter with each new day.

Streim

Posted in Music of the Heart, Poetry and Quotes, The Joy of His Love

Friday’s Favorite

A year ago yesterday I posted on my blog for the first time.  It was a simple song about Christmas that is meaningful to me.  I want to share it again on my “1 year bloggaversay”. 

I thank all of you who follow my blog and I pray that it brings glory to our Lord Jesus’ name; and encourages, exhorts and blesses you. ♥

WOW
~~”Worthy of Wonder”~~
 
What an amazing thing
To be a child of the King of Kings!
We couldn’t earn it; we didn’t learn it
Adoption of us is freely given
by the LORD God Himself.
 
By His grace and allowing His only Son Jesus
To die for our sin; to pardon our hearts stained within
If we open the door of our sin blackened hearts
Ask Him in to wash us clean and bright
We understand the TRUE meaning of that Holy night!
                                          ©Streim
 

Posted in Living in Today's World, Random, Time for Sharing

Torn Coat and Weathered Hands

homeless manHomeless man with wind burnt face, standing on a corner, head hung in disgrace

Everyone just kept driving by as though he wasn’t there, heading to the mall like runners in a race.

The cardboard sign he held, had words scrawled out in sheer despair

“I am homeless, could you please help me?” As he stood hunched over in a ragged jacket, shoes with holes and shaggy hair

The saddest moments where watching so many passersby,  and no one showed not a care.

I told my care giver who was driving to turn at the next block and go back around;  she listened but didn’t make a sound.

We drove up to him by the side of the road, I rolled down the window and said “Sir please come here”, I watched him limp as he walked to the car

weathered hands

I took his weathered hand  as he shivered in the frozen  north wind and when I looked him in the eye,  I began to cry.

I told him I wanted him to know that God truly loved him (as I handed him a folded bill) then he smiled and said to me, “I know He does ma’am I have Jesus in my heart”

He thanked me several times, three times to be exact, but I told him he need not thank me, it was a joy to and that this  moment with him had made my day”

We spoke a while longer as he told me how hard today’s world is,  he said he’s tried to get help to get back on his feet,

Then he told me that sleeping in the frigid cold was the worst part of living on the street.

As we drove away I wondered how so many live that way, when 70 per cent of Americans are Christians, or so they say

No one should be without a home, a place of warmth and love… for our Lord Jesus has instructed us to share with the poor in every way.

Some so-called Christians would ridicule my deed and say, he’s just lazy or a drunken bum so let him live that way

And my response to them “Except for the grace of God that could be any one of us, for we know not why he’s homeless

And we need not consider why, God’s Word tells us “to give everything we have and nothing less.”

The true meaning of Christmas arose in my heart for the first time that day, as the stores all crowded with crabby folks no matter where we went

My patience was gone for reckless drivers, grumpy clerks and people hustling  trying to get a good deal

It took a homeless man, with torn coat and weathered hands, to show the joy of Christmas and the love of our “Jesus” so very real.

Streim ©

Matthew 1: 20-24  “But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.  And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”  So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:  “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,”  which is translated, “God with us.”