- I have just found out that Pastor Youcef, from Iran, was re-arrested on Christmas day to finish his 45 day sentence for evangelizing to Muslims. Please pray for him and the rest of his family that they will be comforted in knowing that God is in control. Here is a video by CBN News about his arrest.
- If you would like to encourage others like Pastor Youcef, please go to be-a-voice.net or prisoneralert.com once you sign up you will be able to write letters to Christians, who are all across the globe.
- Here is also a section from the Extreme Devotion I read today:"Kill her! Long live Diocletian!" echoed in Zoe’s ears as she stood in the middle of the Coliseum before the angry crowd.
Zoe thought about why she was there and smiled. She remembered the day she visited her husband at the jail where he worked, guarding the Christians imprisoned for refusing to sacrifice to the gods. Zoe grew up hearing that Christians were misguided and followed a deadly superstition. They set fire to Rome during Emperor Nero’s reign and got the punishment they deserved—they were nailed to crosses and thrown to lions.
But that day in the prison, Zoe witnessed a Christian family praying together: "Dear Lord, help our death bring glory to your name. We forgive those who imprisoned us. Zoe left the jail puzzled. Why did these Christians have so much peace, knowing that they would soon face the lions?
Zoe began to secretly meet with this family and ask them about their faith. Soon, she gave her heart to Jesus.
Word quickly spread of Zoe’s newfound faith, and guards were sent to her home to give her a chance to recant and sacrifice to the god Mars. She refused. The guards put her in chains and hauled her to the very prison where her husband stood watch.
When Zoe continued not to recant her faith, she was hanged, burned, and thrown into a river.
Who is the extreme witness in this story? Is it the family who prayed before they were tossed to the lions? Or is it Zoe who would not recant her newfound faith before the guards? The answer is, yes. The family, on their way out of this world, brought another person into heaven. Both became extreme witnesses for Christ who left an indelible mark on the pages of history. Zoe would have otherwise been forgotten as a pagan wife of a pagan prison guard. History would have paid the family no mind as one of thousands killed. Yet an ordinary person with extraordinary faith is worth remembering. Will your life pen you into history as an extreme witness for Jesus Christ?
- God bless you all, and I hope that you will use your life for God's glory!
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
- Today marks the day that Christ Jesus was born. The day when heaven was lit by the one star,which was guiding three wise men searching for the King of Israel, and when the air was filled with singing of the angels. Imagine what it was like two thousand years ago. When the wise men came to Jesus, and when the shepherd's came and saw the promised Messiah. It must of been a beautiful sight, and Jesus did it for us.
- I pray that today you will enjoy celebrating Christ's birth, and that you know the true meaning of Christmas.
- God bless, and Merry Christmas!
- "When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, 'Let's go to Bethlehem! Let's see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.' The hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds' story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and though about them often. The shepherds went back to their flock, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, It was just as the angel had told them." Luke 2:15-20
Sunday, December 23, 2012
- The other day I posted about how a follower of Christ can feel Christ's Peace at times. I wanted to share with you something I wrote a while back in June. "...I feel the peace He gives to the one's who live for Him..." On June 3rd, the next day, I read this devotion by Sarah Young in her devotional "Jesus Calling. 365 devotions for kids"... Here is the section that stood out to me most.
- "When you focus on Me, My Peace chases away your fears and worries...Spend time in the Light of My Love, while I bless you with My Peace."
- Peace is a gift from God. Whenever we want to experience His Peace, just ask him.
- God bless you!
Friday, December 21, 2012
- Forgiveness. It is something we all have to do, and something people have a hard time of putting down their pride and asking for. We always hurt someone whether we like it or not and, depending on the person, we usually try to fix up our mistakes. As I am writing this I just had an encounter with my sister, and I asked for forgiveness. When you ask for forgiveness from your heart, a peace comes into your heart, and instead of fighting with your conscious, you relax, and your burden is lifted. If you have accepted Jesus into your heart, you probably know what I am talking about. When the world is whirling around you, Jesus will sometimes bless you with a moment of peace, and it is a peace I want to have all of the time.
- Forgiveness is why we are all here. God has forgiven us humans more times than we'll ever know. Because he loves and forgives us he sent down His Only Son to be tortured and killed on a cross, so that we might be able to enjoy being with God forever. God didn't have to do that, but it shows how much he cared for us all. In fact, he could have done it only for the Jew's, and left all of the Gentile's (everyone else that wasn't a Jew) out of the pleasure of having a one on one relationship with God. Now that is what I call "true love".
- God bless you all today, and remember that God is always there for you, and is waiting for you to talk with him.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
- Tomorrow marks the first Friday since the shooting in Connecticut. 27 people have been murdered, and hundreds, perhaps thousands, are mourning. The shocking news has shaken people, and they are all asking God, "Why?". Watch This Video to see what a man says about the subject. Here is another video about how some of the families are doing since this sad tragedy.
- Please pray for all of the family members from the shooting, and pray that some of the families will find God through this all.
- God bless.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
- When I look around this world all I see is a bunch of sin and tons of forgiveness. When reading in the Old Testament I am amazed at how much forgiveness and love God gave to the people of Israel. Sure, he got disappointed in them at times, and Israel had to pay the consequences of their sins, but God always gave them another chance. I want to be able to be like Him, and be able to always give someone another chance.
- Slavery; There are a couple different ways of slavery. One is owning another human being, and another is being a slave to sin. There are many ways to be a slave to sin. Some do drugs, prostitution and many others. Sadly, prostitution happens in every country, and even North America. Here is some info I got from Freedom 4 24
- In USA, there is estimated to be tens of thousands of slaves.
- 13 is the average age of entry into pornography and prostitution in the USA.
- Every 10 minutes, on person is trafficked into the USA annually.
- In Canada, a girl can be sold for $15,000 and earn her owner over $40,000 a year.
- 800-1200 people are trafficked in and through Canada every year.
- Isn't that so sad? There are many programs that help these young girls and women who are mostly forced to become a prostitute like Love146, and Freedom 4 24. Love146 states that there are an estimated 2 children sold every minute. Pray for all of these woman and children and for all people that are held in slavery. This slavery to sin.
- Watch this video about how Love146 got started. It is an eye opener and amazing story as well.
- God bless you all.
- P.S. I just added on my blog that you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, December 16, 2012
- Often times we all have a goal. We all set that goal and train to reach it. But is that goal really worth it? Is Christ in this goal?
- In James 4:13-17 he talks about how we, as Christians, should not have self-confidence. We should not say "Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do buisiness there and make a profit."(verse 13) Instead James instructs us in vers 15-16 "What you ought to say is 'If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.' Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil."
- Sometimes when doing your own thing you are showing that you are independant. That you don't need help, and some people say that they don't need God. Since I do rock climbing as a sport you can get drawn into it very easily. My rock gym doesn't play Christian music, and though I love music I need to be careful about it. A lot of the people who climb either don't know the Lord or don't acknoledge Him. Rock climbing can be a VERY dark world, and you don't always have other Christians climbing with you. When I was at one of my climbing practices I realized that you can easily be drawn into it all, and have a lot of fun trying over again and again to win ribbons and peoples aproval. If you win Nationals you don't talk about it over and over again throughout your life, showing how good you are and proclaiming it all over the place. People only acknoledge it for maybe a week. Before it falls into your past and no one really remembers. I don't seek to have the worldly pleasures, but I love to compete whenever I can. When I am on the rock climbing team I try to show God's love to my team mates, coach, competetors, and other climbers. I want them ALL to know the Lord so very much, but its so hard! When others don't share the same view of the Lord as you sometime you are careful about what you say. If the Lord wants me to I hope to go to Nationals next year, and make it to the second day. If it doesn't than I won't be mad because I would have tried my best just like I did last year. what I am trying to say is that you should acknowledge to everyone that the Lord is in control of your EVERYDAY life. Not just on certain occasions. The Lord has a SPECIFIC plan JUST for YOU! He knows how to train you for it, and you might not even see His hand guiding you until a few years from now, but He is there and has it all laid out on the paper.
- "Remember, it is a sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it."(verse 17)
- God bless!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
The month of November was a VERY busy yet wonderful life changing month for me.
- November 8th was the day that my baby sister, Isabella Grace, was born on.
- November 11th. we celebrated her birth with family and friends.
- November 14th (2011) is the day we were able to meet our sweet sister.
- November 15th (2011) my sister and I were able to see a picture of her from the NICU (they wouldn't allow us in the NICU until a couple of days later).
- November 17th, National Adoption Day was the most exciting day this year, I believe, for our family. The adoption papers for Isabella Grace were finalized and she is officially in our family.
- November 28th, As some of you know, I did NaNoWriMo this year (National Novel Writing Month). My goal was to get a 50,000 word novel done with the dates of November 1-30th. Which, with the help of the Lord, I was able to finish.
- With our last and first foster sister, we weren't actually prepared, and so we were all expecting to adopt her. We went up and down many hills as her parents had her home, then she was back with us a few times, and finally she was sent back to her parents. I prayed to God that she would be placed in the home she would find him, though at times I am sure I was really just praying for him to give her to us. I now pray for her and her family everyday, but it also just breaks my heart when I think about, "What if she doesn't ever have a relationship with Jesus?" I know where she will go. It is the uncertainty of not knowing, and having to trust God, and give it all to him that I am able to go through it all. When we had our foster sister, everyone around us was either having babies, or adopting a little one around the age of our sister. It was really difficult at first to be around them. One little girl in particular helped me through it as well. Not because of how she looked or sounded, but because at the few times I saw her, she helped comfort me in some unexplainable way. These are some of the thoughts that run through my head everyday, but the one that always does is, "Will my foster sister know the Lord?"
- If you are ever struggling through uncertain times, just stop, pray, and give it all to God. Because He is the one that helps us through everything.
- God bless you all this week!
- Life seems to be always busy. I've been amazed at how much my mom does now, and what she had to do when I was born. I can hardly imagine how she was able to take care of me while driving, cooking, or even trying to get bills paid and such with a baby. At times it just "is" and other times when you think about your life you are amazed at it. When you are trying to get on with your life you may have ideas for your life, but they aren't really for you.
- When I was a few years younger I really wanted to adopt a little sibling from another country. I was looking through stuff and would say that I wanted to adopt that little girl or boy into our family, but that didn't happen. A couple years ago we did the process to do Foster Care. When we finally got a little girl we all thought we would adopt her, because we had never experienced this before, but in our hearts we knew she would go back, and she did after she had been with us for 1 1/2 years. Then last November we got our baby sister that we adopted on November 17th. I didn't realize until a little while ago that we were REALLY adopting. Just like we were adopting a kid from another country. It felt a bit weird. But I realized that the Lord was preparing me for the fostering and adoption that have and are happening. I really would love to have a whole house full of little kids. Whether they are my little siblings or my own.
- At the age of ten I looked at one of my Bible school pages they gave you talking about the lesson. On the right page near the top there was a picture of a girl close to my age now in India, I believe. It said her name (which unfortunately I forgot) and "She wanted to become a teacher. Instead she became a slave". I was hit by the reality and wanted to go over and by her so she could be free, bring her into the states so she could get an education, and be able to do her dream of teaching. Unfortunately I wasn't able to do this. Little did I know that the saying under her picture would pick up the want for a few years. As a little girl I wanted to be a Registered Nurse. Then at the age of ten, after I saw the picture, I wanted to be a missionary and dropped the idea of becoming an RN. Many, I think, thought it was a season of wanting to be a missionary. But no, it was an opening of a want to do it so very much. Now at the age of thirteen I realize that I can be an RN, missionary, AND get my pilots license. But, only if the Lord calls me to it. I realize I may never set my feet in India as long as I live, but I really want to go. I may never even leave the US again. (I've been on a mission trip to Mexico, and I so very want to go on another.) But, I know that the Lord is going to use this longing for His plan for me.
- We may have life ambitions, goals, or a plan for our future, but God is in control. Ask him what he wants for your life, and place everything at his feet. Even your burdens.
- God bless!