Posted in Living in Today's World, Photography, The Gospel

Here Today…Gone Tomorrow

First Bloom

Hibiscus flowers might be the most dramatic in the garden and can bloom as large as a child’s head in gorgeous colors. The hibiscus plant itself is large and dramatic, and it needs plenty of space to show off. Although the huge funnel-shape flowers seldom last more than a day, they are abundant and the plant blooms over several weeks. I never owned a hibiscus plant until this year.  One of my daughters gave it to me for Mother’s Day.  This photo is the first bloom.  I was awe-struck at the beauty and intricate design of each petal. The next morning, the bloom was wilted and falling off.

This beautiful flower reminds me just how short our life here on earth actually is.  The old saying “the undertaker will never be out of work” is true.  The day we are born our bodies begin to die!   Yet we have a soul, I call it that part of us that no one sees except our own selves and God.  You know the part of every human that thinks, feels and causes actions.  Well, the soul NEVER dies!  Even if I lived to be 125 years old,  that’s nothing compared to ETERNITY.   Merriam Webster Dictionary defines eternity: time without an end, a state that comes after death and never ends or time that seems to be without an end.  No boundaries-no limits.  Use your imagination for just a moment and try to fathom eternity.  You can’t, can you?  No days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries… just on and on and on.   No matter how many years we live here on this earth, it’s like comparing a grain of sand with the expanse of all the universes.  Christian brothers and sisters: What are we to do with these days we live here on this planet?   Share the Gospel!!  The one, true Gospel according to God’s Word.

The Gospel in a Nutshell

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. (1 John 5:9)  Many folk have reached a credibility gap between themselves and the news media, the politicians, and all who are on television today. There are certain news commentators whom I won’t listen to any longer. I know that they are doing nothing in the world but giving out propaganda. And I have come to the place where it does not matter who they are or to what party they belong, but I have no confidence in politicians.  Therefore, we are in a place today where it is difficult to receive the witness of men. But the interesting thing is that John Q. Public swallows it hook, line, and sinker. If it is said over television or put into print, they will believe it. There are many people who believe whatever they read or hear, but they will not receive the witness of God! Oh, my friend, the witness of God is greaterGod today is not giving out news on every subject. His news is good news, and it is about His Son who died for us on the cross. That is His message.

He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself…. (1 John 5:10)  If you have trusted Christ as your Savior, the Holy Spirit indwells you, and He testifies that these things are true. This is one of the great encouragements in teaching the Word of God by radio. Many people who listen have never seen me (I guess that may be a good thing!), but they have the Holy Spirit indwelling them, and when they hear the Word of God, they accept it because the Spirit bears witness that they are hearing the God’s Word.

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. (1 John 5:11)  Eternal life is to have Christ. It boils down to this one point. This is the gospel in a nut-shell. This is the simplest test that can be made:

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (1 John 5:12)  The question is: Do you have Christ? Is He your Savior? Are you trusting Him in such a way that no one on earth or in heaven can shake your confidence in Him? To be saved means you trust Christ and have Him as your Savior. He’s our lifeboat. He’s our lifeline. He’s our only hope. We are lost without Him, but if we have Him, we have life.  Let’s forget about religion. Let’s forget about all this churchianity. Forget about it, my friend! The important thing is: Do you have Christ? Is He your Savior?

Taken from Dr. J. Vernon McGee’s Edited Messages on 1 John ©1994

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It is my prayer for all who know Christ as their Savior and are walking with Him as their Lord, share with boldness the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Our sin-filled world is growing more evil with each passing day!  There are many people deluded by a false gospel and even more have never heard the Truth.  As blood bought adopted children of the Father through the precious blood of the Lamb of God– make sure you’re armored-up and sharing the Truth.  ♥ Streim

 

Posted in Lessons from the Holy Bible, Listening To God, Random, Time for Sharing

Redecorating in the New Year

***For all my followers and readers… please be patient with me as I going to redecorate my website/blog for the New Year.  Only aesthetically… formatting, colors, page layouts, etc.***

NOTE:  The content and purpose will remain the same… with maybe a few additions.  When the Lord moved me share my new life in Him with others— He also touched my heart with His purpose for this blog/website:  learning to be still in His presence on a daily basis was something He told me I needed!  The Word says we need time in the Word,  time in prayer and time alone with our Father and Lord Jesus, this I call Garden Time.  

This is my original post “Garden Time” Feb. 2, 2012

“In the Garden” is a hymn I remember from my childhood that resonates clearly with me after fifty plus years.  It reminds me not only my need to be still in Almighty God’s presence, with His Holy Word and a prayerful spirit, but the indescribable joy and peace it brings.  The lyrics to Charles Austin Miles hymn are a blessing~

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

I know for a fact, as a mother of seven children, it’s impossible to hear anything clearly in a noisy, chaotic and fast-paced environment.  Don’t you agree?  As followers of Jesus Christ, are we able to hear spiritually from the Lord when in that same environment? I know we can’t!  There is a definite need for today’s Christians to make sure we have “Garden Time” everyday!  After all, the  LORD told David in Psalm 46:10…“be still and know that I am God…”  I believe being still  is our intimate, one-on-one time with our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus.

Jeremiah 29: 11-13    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Posted in Living in Today's World, Random, The Joy of His Love

Giving From A Joyful Heart

Christmas rose

The Christmas Rose~~The Real Meaning of Christmas

On a cold December night, everybody was coming to see their new Savior and brought Him all kinds of gifts and presents. The three Wise Men came in with their valuable gifts of myrrh, frankincense and gold and offered them to Baby Jesus. At that point, a shepherdess, Madelon, who had seen the wise men passing through, reached the door of the stable, to see the Child. However, being very poor and having brought nothing to offer to the child, she felt helpless and started weeping quietly at the sight of all the wonderful gifts that the Three Wise Men had got for the child. Earlier, she had searched, in vain, for flowers all over the countryside but there was not even a single bloom to be found in the bitter winter.

An angel outside the door was watching over her and knew about her fruitless search. He took pity on her and, when he saw her head drooped down in sorrow, decided to help her with a little miracle. He gently brushed aside the snow at her feet and where her tears had fallen, sprang a beautiful cluster of waxen white winter roses with pink tipped petals. Then he softly whispered into the shepherdess’s ear that these Christmas roses are far more valuable than any myrrh, frankincense or gold, for they are pure and made of love. The maiden was pleasantly surprised when she heard those words and joyfully gathered the flowers and offered them to the Holy Infant, who, seeing that the gift was reared with tears of love, smiled at her with gratitude and satisfaction. Thus, the Christmas rose came to symbolize hope, love and all that is wonderful in this season.
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The so-called Christmas rose, a traditional garden favorite, bears its pure white flowers (which often age to pink) in the depths of winter; large-flowered plants are available, as are pink-flowered.  These evergreen type plants bear the frost well and actually bloom two times a year.  Once in the winter and also in the Spring during the season of Lent.   Just as those small delicate flowers continue to bear their fruit in the hardness of winter, so are to be like them.  

Romans 5:1-11 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–  but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.  More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

May your Christmas season be filled with the love of our Glorious God the Father, our beautiful Savior the Lord Jesus Christ and the warmth of the indwelling Holy Spirit.  There’s no need to hustle and bustle… we just need to help others and be a blessing.   ♥ Streim