Disturbing Storms of Life

Brandon While busily cleaning the home, our three year old son, Brandon was talking to me, but I wasn’t listening. My mind had shifted into autopilot. Without knowing what Brandon was saying, I was answering him, “uh,huh.”

His desperate words, “Mommy, look at me with your face,” woke me up from my “zoned out” frame of mind. I looked at Brandon’s sweet little face framed in blond curls. I peered into Brandon’s big brown anticipating eyes. Discontinuing what I was doing, I stooped down to get face to face, and said, “I’m sorry, Brandon! I am listening now.”

Do any of you Mom’s suffer at times from zoning out with your young children, or was I the only Mom who did this? Brandon desired my undivided focused attention.  Brandon wanted my face towards him, and he was desperately seeking my face.  After I listened attentively, he went on his way content.

Like Brandon, I desire God to give me focused, individual, undivided attention. I desire to have God’s face turned toward me. I would not like it very much if God went into autopilot and did not pay attention to my needs and prayers. Wouldn’t it be awful if God zoned out when we needed Him? The wonderful thing is, God will never ever do such a thing. God loves each of us more than anyone else loves us.  God is sometimes silent for a time of testing, but He is always trustworthy, and He will lead us.

Just as my son desired me to seek his face, God desires for us to seek His face. “When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.”   (Psalm 27:8)  God loves it when I seek His face. He wants me to get his attention and spend one-on-one time with Him talking with Him and in His Word.

I was reading in Mark 4:35-40 how Jesus told the disciples that they were going to the other side in a little ship.  During the journey, a storm raged and the disciples felt as if they were about to perish. The disciples finally took their focus off the storm enough to turn their face to Jesus in the midst of the storm. What was Jesus doing during the storm. Jesus was sleeping peacefully on a pillow in the little ship.  As soon as the disciples told Jesus their concern, Jesus arose and stopped the storm with His Words. There is power in The Words of the Lord.

When we get disturbed by life, we must turn our face to Jesus and tell the Lord all about it. The problems of our life disturb the Lord too when we seek His face.  It would have done the disciples no good to try to battle the storm in their own strength. After the disciples got the Lord’s attention, the Lord then taught the disciples face-to-face about their fear and their need for faith. Storms in our life can take on many forms: sickness, death of a loved one, rejection, hurt, abuse, unkindness, financial loss, unemployment, rebellious children, and so on.

After the disciples got into the face of Jesus and cast their burden on Him, Jesus got them to the other side, just like He said. We need to allow God to get in-our-face to help us when we are in a trial. He may tell us we are being fearful  and we need to replace that fear with faith in Him and in His Word. We need to seek His face and surrender. He will encourage our hearts and get us to the other side. He is the Prince of Peace. The Lord will give the miracle of peace within our hearts even when we are in the most grievous pain. If God brings us to it, God will bring us through it.

Jesus knew that the disciples would face the storm.  In fact He directed them into the storm saying, “Let us pass over unto the other side.” Sometimes, the Lord allows storms to enter our lives to strengthen our faith in Him and to help us become stronger in Christ. I hate to confess this, but when everything is going well for me, I find I do not cry out to the Lord as much as I do when I am in a storm. Storms get my attention, and then I desperately seek God’s attention.

There is one thing that causes God’s face to be hidden from me: Sin.

I read in Psalm 30:6 how the psalmist was prospering and everything was going great for him. In his pride, he boasted, “And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.” He forgot his need for God, because everything was going his way. Then the bottom fell out and the Psalmist was humbled and confessed his sin to God.

What direction is my face today? What direction is Your face today?  I don’t want the Lord to put me flat on my back, so I will be forced to look up and seek His face.

God’s face had been hidden because of the Psalmist’s sin of pride, but after confessing his sin, God’s face was turned toward the Psalmist as he humbly cried out to God for help. “LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled. I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication. Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper.” (Psalm 30:7,8,10)

Then the Psalmist goes on to say that God answered his prayers by turning his grief into gratefulness.  The Psalmist started praising and thanking God after God turned His face towards him.

We need to stay right with God, so His face is not hidden. He hides his face if we live life our own way and not dependent on God. I ask the Lord daily to create in me a clean heart.  The Lord is faithful to reveal when I am wrong.  I am grateful for that revelation from Him, so His face will be towards me.

God wants my individual attention, because He loves me. He desires your individual attention, because He loves you. He wants me to tell Him everything. I mean everything…not just in the morning but all through the day. My concerns are His concerns. He wants to talk to me as I read His Word.  I come face to face with Jesus when I pray and when I allow Him to speak to me through His Word.

Our children want us to look at them with our face during the day. Our husband also wants us to look at him with our face.  Let us remember to make our loved ones feel special today by giving them one-on-one, face-to-face positive attention and a good listening ear.  Let us show kindness by turning our faces to our loved ones and giving them a nice word of encouragement. Encouragement can be life changing.

“Dear Lord, I don’t want to do things my way. I desire to have Godly wisdom. I desire a close intimate relationship to You, to know You. Therefore, I seek your face, Lord. Turn Your face towards me. If there be any hindrance, please reveal this to me now.  Lord, let me rise above the storms of life by allowing You to lift me up.

Help me remember to show respect to my loved ones by turning my face today to my husband, my children, and grandchildren. Let me show love to others You bring across my path by giving them the gift of face to face encouragement. Let me not get so busy I forget to turn my face towards those that matter. Lord, make your face to shine upon thy servant so I can radiate Christ.” (Psalm 31:16)

At this time, please join my in prayer for those who have lost their children in the tragedy of Connecticut.

“Lord, there are grieving Moms and Dads in Connecticut right now. Please comfort the brokenhearted as only You can. Lord, let these grieving parents know that You care for them with a tender compassion. Let them know You are wrapping Your arms around them.  You are the Prince of Peace. It is comforting to know each of those precious children are forever in heaven safe with you. Lord, thank You that these children will never be harmed again and they are in a place of happiness.  Lord,  thank You for Your lovingkindness and bless You for Your comfort to those who are in mourning. In Jesus Name, Amen!”

Jesus Became Poor For Us to Become Rich

Have you ever tried to explain the real meaning of Christmas to a little child? There is so much tradition mixed up with Spiritual truth that it’s sometimes hard for a child to tell Jesus Christ from Santa Claus and the Wise Men from the snowmen.

A little girl came home from Sunday school triumphantly waving a paper over her head.

“Mommy!” she said. “My teacher said I drew the most unusual Christmas picture she has ever seen.”

The mother studied the picture for a moment and concluded it was indeed a very unique picture of the nativity scene. She said to her daughter, “This is wonderfully drawn, but why have you made all of them ride in an airplane?”

The little girl said, “Well that’s ‘cause they took their flight into Egypt.” The little girl had a hint of disappointment that the picture’s meaning was not immediately obvious to her mother.

“Who is that mean looking man at the front of the airplane?”

“That’s Pontius, the Pilot!” the little girl said, now visibly impatient.

“I see. And here you have Mary and Joseph and the baby, Jesus,” the mother volunteered.

Studying the picture for a moment, the mother summoned the courage to ask, “But who’s the overweight guy sitting behind Mary?”

Her daughter said, “That’s Round John Virgin, of course!” 🙂

This is an interesting child’s perspective of the Christmas Story.  This might be a funny story of how a child can get things confused, but sometimes adults will miss the “main thing” too!  What is our perspective of the Christmas story?  Sometimes we can get so busy that the true meaning of Christmas can be shuffled out of our lives too.

There is one Scripture in the Bible that sums up the true meaning of Christmas.

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”  2  Corinthians 8:9

Jesus was Rich:

On this earth, there are people who are rich financially. There is the average rich, the medium rich, the super rich and the incredibly rich.

I have heard it put this way: The average rich fly first class. The medium rich charter a jet. The super rich own the jet. The incredibly rich own the airline.

Financially, I am not even considered average rich. I have never even ridden in first class.  But I am rich, because my Father owns the skies!

Before Jesus Christ came to earth as a babe, He was rich. Jesus did not leave heaven in search of riches. He had the universe at His disposal. He was not looking for money. He owns it all.

Jesus chose to become poor: He became poor; he was not made poor. We are made poor by circumstances. But Jesus, of His own free will, became poor. He voluntarily gave up the riches of heaven for the poverty of earth. Jesus, who was richer than any man, gave it up freely and became poor.

Jesus Christ left the glory and riches of heaven for:

  • a remote village in a forgotten province
  • to join a despised race
  • to be born of an obscure teenage peasant girl in a stable
  • to be wrapped in rags
  • to be placed in an animal feeding-trough instead of a crib.

“And the Word (Jesus) was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14)

The phrase “was made flesh” really means to wrap yourself in flesh. It has the idea of God wrapping himself in human flesh. That’s what happened at Bethlehem. God entered the human race in the form of a man.

Why did Jesus leave the riches and glory of heaven to become poor?

For you and me!

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 8:9 that the reason is “for your sakes.”  Through Him, we become rich. This is much better than being financially rich.  He loved us that much. He stretched out His arms and died for you and for me, so we could become rich in Him.

When I was a new Christian at age twenty, this story helped me understand why Jesus left glory and became a man:

If I had some ants that I loved, how could I communicate my love to them? I could stand up and shout, “I love you,” but because they are ants, they wouldn’t understand. I could write them a letter, but they couldn’t read it. I could shrink down to ant size, but they wouldn’t recognize me. But there is one thing I could do. I could take on the form of an ant, be born as an ant, live as an ant, communicate as they do. Then I could find a way to say, “I love you.”

That is what God did. He didn’t mail us a letter or shout from heaven. He did the one thing we could understand. God himself came down and entered the human race. He became a human like us, so that forever we would hear him saying, “I love you!”

What would you say is the most well know Scripture in the entire Bible?

John 3:16 might be your answer. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

  1. For God – the Divine Giver;
  2. so loved the world – the maximum degree of love;
  3. that He gave – the utmost proof of love;
  4. His only begotten Son – the supreme Gift of love;
  5. that whosoever – the broadest invitation to everyone;
  6. believeth in Him – the simplest response to trust;
  7. should not perish – the greatest escape from hell;
  8. but have everlasting life – the ultimate promise.

I think the saddest story in the Bible is about a man who was financially rich on earth. This rich man did not trust Jesus Christ to save him and suffered in hell. That is why this story is the saddest story in the Bible to me. The graphic details in the Bible of what happened when the rich man died will make us all desire to be better witnesses to the lost people we know. (Read Luke 16:19-31)

Right at the rich man’s doorstep, there was a poor man, named Lazarus who was sick and hungry. He hoped to get crumbs from the rich man. Dogs licked his many sores. This is sad, but Lazarus trusted Christ to save him. The poor man would soon get his rich eternal inheritance when he died. The man who was poor had a happy ending.

When these two men died, the rich man who rejected Christ went to hell suffering torment forever, and the poor man who trusted Christ to save him went to glorious paradise forever. Which man would you rather be today? Which man is truly the richest man and why? By the way, this story is not a parable. It is a true story and actually happened. I am looking forward to one day meeting Lazarus when I go to heaven.

Did you know that Jesus preached more on hell than he did on heaven.  You might think, “What a negative subject.” He preached more on hell, because Jesus loves everyone and does not want anyone to perish. If Christians don’t tell others about hell, who will? I got saved because of fear of going to hell. We told our children at a young age about hell. They trusted Jesus as their Savior at a young age too. We cannot have Good News without bad news. Gospel means Good News.

I just noticed something about hell in this passage. The people who die and go to hell can see the people in heaven. (Luke 16:23) What added torment!  Oh, let us get busy telling others, “Jesus saves!” I don’t want my worst enemy suffering in hell for all eternity.

I was blessed every time I asked a certain missionary this question, “How are you doing?” His answer was always, “Better than I deserve.” What he was saying was that he deserved hell. He is doing better than he deserved, no matter what is going on in his life, because Jesus saved him from going to hell.

Confession of Heavenbound Homemaker:  Sometimes, if someone is rude or I am experiencing unpleasant circumstances, I falsely think,  “I don’t deserve to be treated like this.” “I deserve better than this.” “I deserve_______.”  To help me remember what I really deserve, I write myself a note: I am doing better than I deserve“Whatever circumstances come my way, I am doing better than I deserve!”  I put a red flame at the corner of the card. This note card is in a place that I frequent each day. I also put note cards with my Scriptures I am memorizing around prominent places in our home too. Yes, I might have strange house decor, but my decor keeps me humble and my eyes off of me.

Toward the end of the missionary’s life, he had severe health problems and came to church with a tank of oxygen. He joked about his tank of oxygen and said, “I always wanted to waltz with Matilda.” Now, he is in heaven with Jesus, and I am sure he has had great conversations with all the New and Old Testament believers such as Lazarus.

Besides Jesus, who are you looking forward to talking with in heaven? My favorite male Bible character is Joseph and my favorite female Bible character is Ruth. Grandmother Lois is tops too, because I am a grandmother now. Lois is praised because she invested spiritually in her grandchild, the future Preacher Timothy. I want to be like Lois.  (2 Timothy 1:5) Heaven is going to be grand! Oh, and there is a mansion Jesus has prepared awaiting for you and me. We are rich! Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you (insert your name here).” John 14:2

If you have put your trust in Jesus to save you, no matter what your circumstances, praise God because you are doing better than you deserve. We all deserve hell. I am rich because I have trusted Jesus Christ to save me from my sins.  Jesus saved me from the eternal fires of hell. I am rich because I am the daughter of the King; the King of kings.  I have an inheritance of riches in Christ. Have you become rich from trusting Christ to save you from your sins?  Please do not miss the riches in Christ and the eternal riches in heaven that He has planned for you! Jesus became poor for us to become rich!

 

 

Christmas is the Gift from heaven,

Of God’s Son given for free;

Christmas is found in your heart,

You won’t find it under the tree.

 

 

Christmas Quiz

How would you like to take a Christmas Quiz?

Christmas is my favorite season. I love everything about it. Christmas is the celebration of Christ the King leaving His magnificent throne of Glory to humbly come down to earth to reach out to save a sinner such as me. I love this true story of incredible sacrifice, love and humility. The Christmas season provides people the opportunity to deepen their appreciation of the humility and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Do you and I really understand the scenes that actually took place when God sent His only begotten son to this earth? The Christmas story is  a story of a fearful time and begins with confusion on Joseph’s part. The truth is that the original Christmas scene was actually a dirty, desperate scene with two teenagers delivering their first born in a stone cutout in the hillside.

Our Pastor shared this Christmas pop quiz and I wanted to share it with you. Maybe you will want your whole family to take this Christmas pop quiz. I thought I knew the Christmas story well, but there were some details I just assumed were true, but as it turns out, were not really in the Bible.

Question #1: Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem:

a. on a camel

b. in a wooden cart

c. in a Volkswagen

d. with Joseph walking and Mary riding a donkey

e. none of the above

The answer is: e – none of the above. The Bible merely records in Luke 2:4,5 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.” It is possible both Mary and Joseph were too poor to even own a mule. Scripture does not mention Mary and Joseph having a donkey.

Question #2: When Joseph and Mary finally arrived in Bethlehem, the innkeeper’s actual words to them were:

a. “Why didn’t you make reservations?”

b. “Please use my stable.”

c. “There is no room for you in the inn.”

d. none of the above

The answer is: d -none of the above. The Bible simply informs us that “there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7 In fact, an innkeeper is never introduced in the scene.

Most certainly, with all the travelers heading back to their hometowns to register according to the emperor’s decree, every place was packed with people. We are never told that Joseph even knocked on the door of the inn. He could have been told by other people in the courtyard that the place was overflowing and there was no room.

WE should ask ourselves this question: Do I make room for Jesus Christ in my life or do I crowd Him out?

Question #3: The place where Mary and Joseph placed newly-born Jesus was:

a. a wooden cradle

b. a hammock

c. a feed trough

The answer is: “c” – a feed trough is a manger.

This is not quite the cozy picture that we have of warmth and adoration from the animals. You might say, “But I saw the pictures of the manger scene. I saw the animals. In fact, they all had halos. It’s soft and warm. There’s a campfire.” The last thing anyone would do is start a fire in a stable. The pictures you saw were not actual photographs – they were paintings by skilled painters on the payroll of the church. Many of the paintings dehumanize Jesus Christ and clean up the scene. This destroys the humility of our Savior – the rightful heir to David’s throne and the equal sovereign of heaven – being born in a cavern at the hands of a carpenter. This was a smelly, dank, dark, confusing, painful, lonely scene.”

It was a lonely scene until… how their hearts will be filled with courage and hope as their first visitors arrive.

Question #4: The number of angels that spoke to the shepherds:

a. a heavenly host

b. one

c. none

The answer is: “b” – one.

One angel spoke and delivered this message, as recorded in Luke 2:10-11, “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

Only one angel spoke. He was then joined by a host of angels who began singing. Their lyrics were, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14

Question #5: The sign the shepherds were to look for in identifying Jesus was:

a. a Christmas tree

b. three wise men

c. a baby lying in an animal feed trough

The answer is: “c” – a baby lying in a manger or an animal feed trough. “And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe…lying in a manger.” Lu 2:12

It was so unusual for a newborn baby to be out in a barn surrounded by animals and the filth of manure, and even more so, to have been placed in the feed trough. The shepherds were given this as their sign. Surely there were other infants in Bethlehem, but Jesus was the only one in such poverty-stricken conditions.

Question #6: The “star in the east” was seen by:

a. the shepherds

b. three kings from the Orient

c. astrologers living in Persia

The answer is: “c” – astrologers living in Persia. Understand that these were the Magi. This word gives us our word “magic” or “magician”. However, these Magi were more than this. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus informs us that the Magi were responsible for training the future kings of Persia. These were professors of the arts and sciences, languages and mathematics.

This was no ordinary star either. The word used for “star” or “aster” can be translated “brightness”.

• This was the light that guided the people of Israel as they journeyed through the wilderness (Exodus 13:21).

• This was the light that made the face of Moses glow after he had met with God. (Exodus 34:30).

• This was the brilliant light that knocked Saul off his horse on the Damascus road in Acts 9.

• This was the vision of John the apostle as he saw the light of Christ’s face shining like the sun in Revelation 1:16.

This “star in the east” was the Shekinah glory of God. How can its disappearance when the Magi arrived in Jerusalem be explained otherwise? How can its sudden reappearance when the Magi left Herod’s place be explained otherwise? How can the fact that it stood over the very place where the Child was be explained otherwise?

Question #7: The wise men came to visit Jesus:

a. while Jesus was lying in the manger

b. just after the shepherds returned to the fields

c. in the house where Joseph and Mary were staying

The answer is: “c” – in the house where Joseph and Mary were staying. Matthew 2:11 “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother.” The text implies that Joseph might not have even been there at the time – perhaps he was at work. The wise men came into the house and saw the Child. This word is not “brephos” for “baby,” used earlier when the shepherds were told to go and find the baby; the word now used is the word “paidion” which is the Greek word for “little child”.

Question #8: Myrrh was used:

a. to relieve pain

b. to embalm the dead

c. both “a” and “b”

The answer is: “c” – both “a” and “b”. Myrrh would be mixed in drinks to deaden pain. It was also used to create the sticky substance that would be used in the wrapping of the shroud, the burial garment. This gift symbolically foretold the suffering and death of the Messiah.

Before Jesus died, He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30); which meant, “Paid in full!” The debt of sin is paid in full by Jesus Christ’s  suffering and death. The gift of myrrh was a symbolic reminder that Jesus Christ was born to die. He was born to die for me. Jesus Christ was born to die for you! He loves us with an everlasting love. Have you placed your trust in Jesus Christ and in Him only to save you from your sins? If not, make room for Him in your heart right now!

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13

God’s Love Letter To Me (Part 1 of 23rd Psalm)

Our church bought the 3rd grade bus children their own personal Bibles.  In the Sunday School class, I was explaining how God wrote the Bible for each of them. Pointing to each child, I said, “God wrote the Bible for you, Michael, and for you, Sarah….” This Book is God’s love letter to each of you.  One child raised his hand, “God wrote this Bible just for me?” After affirming, this child looked at his Bible with wide-eyed wonder and awe, saying, “God wrote this Bible just for me.”  That child got it! He understood that the Bible was God’s love letter written just for him.  This child understood He was on God’s mind when God wrote the Bible.

Do we read the Bible as God’s Love Letter to each of us? When my husband writes me love letters, I don’t say, “I will read this love letter next week.  I am too busy right now.” No, I cannot wait to read my husband’s love letter to me.  I open the letter and analyze every word he writes.  I take it to heart.  I ponder his words and think on his loving words during the day. I save his love letter to me, and reread the love letter again and again on other days. I meditate and memorize some of the sweet words He writes to me. God’s Word is His Love letter to me. Do I cherish every word?  Do I daily treat His Word like a personal love letter?

In 1978, I was 23 years old, reading the 23rd Psalm after my eighteen year old brother passed away in a car accident. I had just led my brother to the Lord, so I had peace and comfort knowing he was in heaven. Still, the death of my brother was a tragic accident, and God comforted me through every word of  Psalm 23. I have a dated notation on the side of that chapter, “Thank you, LORD for comforting me.” I get God hugs when grieving from reading His love letter written just for me.

Right after receiving great comfort through the 23rd Psalm, I asked God about marriage. I was single and 23. I had also broken my engagement to Barry a couple of times because of not knowing for sure he was the one for me. God clearly spoke in my heart that Barry was His choice for me to marry. I was reading Psalm 23 and praying when God spoke in my heart to marry Barry. The Bible is the only Book where the Author is present when we read it.

  • I read a little, then pray, read a little, then pray… That is how the Bible comes alive to me!!! God talks to me and then I talk to Him. I get excited experiencing God as I get to know God.

Join me as I deeply study 5 words of Psalm 23. May you be as blessed as I am by getting to know the Lord in a deeper way.

“The LORD is my shepherd” Psalm 23:1a
1. ‘The LORD’ is in all caps and means the “self-Existing One, Eternal.” The Hebrew translation is Yehovah, (Strongs- 3068) Jehovah is the Jewish National name for God. The LORD means literally, “I AM because I AM”. Has the devil always existed? NO! The LORD is the only one who has always existed! This is BIG, so BIG, it is almost incomprehensible for me. The LORD has always existed!!! “I praise You, LORD for Who You are.  You are Jehovah, the Great I AM, the self -existing One, the Eternal God!”

2. The LORD IS my shepherd.  The word “is” is translated from the Hebrew hayah, pronounced haw-yaw’ (Strongs 1961) and means “to be, become and come to pass (always emphatic) accomplished, committed.” This is saying so much more than “that’s who He is.” God did not write “might be” my shepherd. The LORD IS (absolutely, positively with certainty) my shepherd. “Thank you, Lord for definitely positively certainly being my shepherd. I never have to doubt that you are taking good care of me.”

3. The LORD is MY shepherd. The word , “MY” means “me.”  The LORD is Linda’s shepherd. Substitute your name. God knows you and he knows me.  He takes good care of me and knows my needs. “Thank you, LORD for loving me and taking care of me in such a personal way. I surrender to You!”

4.  The LORD is my shepherd. Translated from the Hebrew, ra’ah,  is pronounced raw-aw’ (Strongs 7462).

The word, Shepherd, in Hebrew means:

  • to tend a flock
  • pasture the flock
  • to associate with as a friend
  • a companion
  • keep company with
  • feed

Do you ever feel insignificant? You are important to God. The word, shepherd means many things. Did you know that shepherd means companion, a friend who spends time with me and with you?  I just learned this for the first time.

“Thank You, LORD for being my personal Shepherd. Thank you for taking such good care of me.  You are my Shepherd. You are my Friend. You are my Companion. You enjoy my company and You feed me.  I am overwhelmed by what I have learned, because I am a blessed sheep. I love You, My LORD, My good Shepherd.”

15 Reasons Why the Bible is Better than Eating World’s Finest Chocolate

I admit it! I have a sweet tooth!

If a child is selling World’s Finest Chocolate, I will buy a box, or two, or … well, you get the idea.  God says the Bible is sweeter than World’s Finest Chocolate, actually, it says “honey”.

I crave desserts, especially chocolate.  I am supposed to crave the Bible. I once read the Bible daily out of duty only. Feeling ashamed, I asked the Lord to give me a love for His Word.  Because loving to read the Bible is God’s will for me, He changed me. Reading God’s Word is now something I daily crave.

When I feel a little down, dining on my favorite dessert chapters of the Bible becomes a sweet pick-me-up.  In the Old Testament, my favorite is Psalms, where I seek to be a lady after God’s own heart.  In the New Testament, my favorite is Philippians, because it is joyful.  Do you have favorite passages, chapters or books in the Bible?  Favorite Scriptures are an encouragement to one’s soul.

I also like to make lists. When I come to a passage in the Bible where I see a list, I get so thrilled.  Remember this is coming from someone who once read the Bible out of a sense of duty, but God gave me a love for His Word.

This morning, I read Psalm 19: 7-11 and out of those five verses, I found 15 reasons why we need to love God’s Word.

“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.”

Reading the Bible is a two way conversation between God and me.

  1.  The Bible is perfect! “I am so grateful! Your Word meets my needs.”
  2.  The Bible converts the soul! “Thank you Lord for saving me.”
  3.  The Bible is sure! “You never fail me!”
  4.  The Bible makes wise the simple! “Lord, I ask for wisdom today.”
  5.  The Bible is right! “You are a just God.”
  6.  The Bible rejoices my heart! “I am too blessed to stay depressed.”
  7.  The Bible is pure! “Praise God! There are no mistakes!”
  8.  The Bible enlightens (brightens) my eyes! – “What a great facelift!”
  9.  The Bible endures forever! “Amen!”
  10.  The Bible is true! “I praise You for Your Faithfulness!”
  11.  The Bible is righteous! “Thank You for showing me how to live.”
  12.  The Bible is to be desired more than gold!  “Lord, let this be me.”
  13.  The Bible is sweeter than honey and the honeycomb! “I crave.”
  14.  The Bible gives us warnings in order to avoid danger! “Keep me alert.”
  15.  The Bible, when obeyed brings great reward!  “Lord, let this be me.”

Better than eating World’s Finest Chocolate is reading the World’s Finest Book, The Bible! Anyone like to add to the list of 15 reasons?