A Little R & R

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© 2014 Jeanne E Webster.  All rights reserved

Resolutions, everyone?  How about a revelation then?  I’m not a great resolutionist of idle thought, but give me revelation of a gap within my relationship with God, I’ll report for duty every time.  This New Year I have resolved to intensify my closeness to God.   My spirit tells me I need to; my heart rejoices with the thought.

Where do I begin this trek?  I think I’ll start with my prayer time. I’ve rather become a mite flippant, a little fiddling instead of a lot of communicating.  With a bit of introspection, we could all draw closer to God, don’t you think?

A favorite hymn that always causes me to ponder with wonder:

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I Know Whom I Have Believed

~Daniel W. Whittle 1840-1901

I know not why God’s wondrous grace

To me he hath made known,

Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love

Redeemed me for his own.

 

Refrain:

But I know whom I have believed,

And am persuaded that he is able

To keep that which I’ve committed

Unto Him against that day.

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I know not how this saving faith

To me He did impart,

Nor how believing in His Word

Wrought peace within my heart.

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I know not how the Spirit moves,

Convincing us of sin,

Revealing Jesus through the Word

Creating faith in Him.

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I know not when my Lord may come,

At night or noonday fair,

Nor if I walk the vale with Him,

Or meet Him in the air.

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BUT I KNOW WHOM I HAVE BELIEVED,

AND AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE

TO KEEP THAT WHICH I’VE COMMITTED

UNTO HIM AGAINST THAT DAY.

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Happy New Year, my friends in Christ.

Shalom,

Jeanne & family

Jeanne & Walter

 

Jake

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Annie & Jo

I Believe

 

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp – or what’s a heaven for?”

~Robert Browning

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Doubts

© Jeanne E Webster

They pounded through my mind
Like lightning bolts and booms
Their strikings hit once more
To plant their seeds of doom.

Never again….

I rest now in peace
The seeds are rooted out
The blitzes fade away
Like ghostly puffs of doubt.

Never again….

My Redeemer now lives
Within my heart today
He’s my sure defense
The doubts He chased away.

Always….forever

In joyful flights of glee
My spirit flies so high
Flitting up and away
Like a dainty butterfly.

Always….forever

Fake Butterflies

Shalom

Does God Lie? NO!

©Jeanne E Webster

 

A question has risen from a professing atheist: “Does God lie? The Bible says that God protects believers from harm, yet in all truth,  they suffer like any other person.  Therefore, God lies.  If God lies, then there is no God.” 

We have received so many marvelous comments on this topic!  I beg you to read them, each and every one.  Wonderful verification for our belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; amazing testimony of our faith and trust in almighty God.  We all have answered the question posed by this person.  Also we have solidified any loose strings we may have had ourselves.  So again, our answer to the question is NO!  God does not lie.  But there is much more to this subject–read and study your Bible. 

To sufficiently answer the posed question in a short blog would be impossible.  And I won’t belabor the point here.  The crux of the matter is do we have faith in something greater than ourselves, belief in a higher power, a book of words spoken by a being who calls itself, the I AM?  We as Christians, affirmatively shout “YES!”  Atheists poo poo the whole concept of a God of the living, a God period.  To that, we lift their souls up to God and leave it in His hands.  He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, you know!

PS:  It’s important to study and believe the beatitudes, for they dig deeply into the well of sufferings.  One will find the true meaning behind our struggles here.  It’s all about spiritual growth, preparing for the kingdom of heaven.  We will find that the greater the growth, the greater the joy and wonders that await us in heaven.  I plan to dwell on this on my next post.

Thank you all for educating and edifying one another in this gathering.  Wonderful union, the family of God!  🙂

Shalom

Why? Because…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©Jeanne E Webster

 

 John 11:35   “Jesus wept.”

 

 

“Why did You allow this to happen?” your heart cries out to God in anguish as you stand, dazed and empty, watching the burial of your loved one.  John tells us in his Gospel that Mary and Martha went through similar circumstances when their brother became ill and died.  Strong believers in the healing power of Christ, they had called for Jesus to come and help Lazarus.  Martha even ran out to meet Him while He was walking down the road to their home.  She greeted Him with the words,  “Lord, if You’d only been there, my brother would not have died.” 

 

When He reached their home, Mary repeated what Martha had told Him and began sobbing.  And Jesus wept… with Mary, Martha, and their friends.  Their sorrow was His sorrow; their grief was His grief.  Jesus’ compassionate love wrapped its arms around them and comforted them with His tears. 

 

God knows the tests that hard press us to the limits of our faith also.   And we know that whatever the circumstances, He is greater yet.  His compassion and love for us is far beyond our understanding, and He weeps…with us.  Our heavenly Father always watches over us, and as His children, we can release our sorrows into His care and be reassured and comforted in His loving arms.  No matter how little your faith, it is great in the hands of Almighty God.

 

So why is death allowed to happen?  In Lazarus’ case, his death served as the setting for Christ to display the resurrection power of God.  For the unexpected deaths of our loved ones, the reason most times is known but to God.  However…because Christ lives, we know that we and our loved ones shall live eternally with God.  Moreover, in that day, there will be no more death, tears, or suffering.  Forever!

 

Faith…to believe that which you do not yet see; and the reward of faith is to see that which you believe. 

~St. Augustine

 

 

Come to Me

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© Jeanne E. Webster

Out of the depths, I cry to Thee:

Come to me…come to me;

Dwell within my heart, dear One

Warm me as the noonday sun.

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Day and night, I long for Thee:

Come to me…come to me;

Whether you be near or far

Always be my rising Star.

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Through many a tear I cry to Thee:

Come to me…come to me;

Let me feel your eternal love

That is Spirit given from above.

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I shall always cry to Thee:

Come to me…come to me;

Til that day when I shall be

One with Thee, eternally.

 

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(Written many years ago as a babe-in-Christ)