The Whirlwind Called Time

Time is quickly passing by,

It will not stop, not matter how hard we try.

Seconds, minutes, hours, days,

None of them seem to want to stay.

Time is flying, it can’t be stopped,

Every second, tickedy tock.

As months pass by and seasons come and go,

Though for a time they may seem slow,

Years pass us by and suddenly we think,

“What has happened? Time flew faster than I could wink.”

Use each day wisely, leave a mark,

Shine Christ’s Light out into the dark.

Live each day like there’s no tomorrow,

Reach out in love, save someone from sorrow.

Share a smile, cherish your life,

Leave a legacy of love, not strife,

Seek Christ first every second of each day,

He will always be your Rock, come what may.

Love Him, trust Him, and seek Him first,

Study His Word, to the very last verse.

Time keeps right on flying past,

But it will not forever last.

Christ will return one glorious day,

What then will you want to say?

“I lived my life wholeheartedly for You,

I endeavored to bring as many as possible to You, too.

I was not perfect, but I gave it my best try,

It’s all because of You, forever by my side.”

And on that day I pray He will say,

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant – do not delay,

Enter forever into the joy of your Father – forever to stay.”

Trusting – Always

Today I wanted to continue our talk about trust. It’s a powerful word, isn’t it? Trusting the Lord in every aspect of our lives is a difficult thing to do. Worries are always trying to creep in to steal our joy and peace. But, with God’s strength, we can rebuke the devil and the lies he is trying to sell us!

In my own life, I have been thinking a lot about trust lately. One thing I have been thinking about is, why do we fully trust God with the biggest thing in our entire lives - our salvation – but when things come into our lives that throw us off balance, our trust wavers? We don’t understand why things happen in our lives, and our natural fallen instinct is to worry.

Maybe you lost a dream you were holding tightly to in your heart, something you thought would be so good, so perfect. And yet, the Lord had to gently tell you ‘no’. Maybe your heart shattered into a million pieces the day that happened, and your trust wavered. In your pain, you cried out, “Why, Lord? Why would you take this dream from me? It would have been so good – so perfect.” In your tears you can’t understand how He could possibly be closing one door so that He can open another – one so much better than what we can fathom. Our trust wavers, because we wonder – and we worry – why would this happen?

A verse that comes to mind is Proverbs 3:5-6, where it says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Wow, this speaks right to what we are feeling! In the ways we cannot understand why things are happening to us, this verse is saying, “lean not on your own understanding”. Our understanding of the ‘why’ is finite. But God understands everything in the entire universe – He is infinite in wisdom and understanding! Our duty is to trust Him, through everything. Even when the going gets tough, we can be encouraged by the apostle Peter, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:6-9)

Trusting in Him, believing in Him; when we do these things, we will be rewarded with peace, joy and happiness in knowing that we are safe in the arms of our Savior who will never let go. When worries creep in, and the devil tempts us to doubt and tries to make our trust waver, we must rebuke him! We must tell him, firmly – “Flee devil, you have no power over me. I have the victory over you through my Savior Jesus Christ; you have no power at all.” We can also quote Scripture to rebuke the devil, but also to reassure and calm our hearts. There are so many verses on trust, I’ll list some below:

“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:10

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7

“O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You!” Psalm 84:12

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

A verse that speaks right to worry, fear and wavering trust is Philippians 4:6-7: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” What wonderful words these are! Right here God’s Word is commanding us not to worry, but to bring every single worry to our Savior through prayer and supplication. What follows that? “…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” What a beautiful, reassuring hope!

When our trust wavers, instead of letting the devil get a hold of our thoughts, let’s rebuke him, and bring everything on our hearts to Jesus. Let’s pray for strength to hold tight to our Savior, even when times get tough. Let’s pray for perseverance through any troubles we may face, that our trust will remain firm, and that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). Let’s stay firm against the devil’s tactics, so that we can say along with the Apostle Paul, “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 3:14)

I hope this article has been of encouragement to you all! “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.” (Philippians 4:23)

The Kingdom of God

“Seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” Those are powerful words of Scripture that I’m sure we have all probably heard before. What do they mean exactly, though? What “things will be added to us”? Well, let us look closer at the context in which this passage is written.

In Matthew chapter 6 verses 25 through 34, we read: “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” This was Jesus talking to His disciples during His time here on the earth. He was instructing them in how, as a Christian, worrying is simply pointless. Worry will do nothing for us, and as it says, who “by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” A cubit was, in Biblical times, the distance from the elbow to the fingertips. Stretch out your own arm and take a look at how long that is. You see, by worrying, we cannot accomplish anything, and it most certainly won’t make us any taller!

In the Christians’ life, worry will try to creep in, to grab a hold of us, and tighten its grip. That is one of Satan’s best tricks, to sneakily bring thoughts of anxiety and fear into our minds to make us drift away from our relationship with our Saviour. How do we contradict the devil, when his tricks come flying our way? Well, keep reading! As we read in Philippians 4:6-7, it says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Prayer is our communion with God; it is how we communicate with Him. When we bring everything to Him, laying down our fears, doubts, anxiety, and everything that is in our hearts, something amazing will happen. “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”! We will have peace, but not just normal peace, like “Ah, this is a peaceful atmosphere.” No, we are talking about God’s peace! The holiest and purest peace a person can find when they are on this earth. And it will also guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus! With our hearts and minds guarded by Jesus, we will have no reason to worry about anything, even the devils tricks, because we have security and the peace of God in our lives to stay. We can kick the devil right out of our lives with the Lord!

We also read in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” This includes worrying! We can find rest in the Lord from worrying, and all the troubles of this life.

So my whole point in this article is – do not worry. Jesus tells us not to worry, and to disobey Him is to sin! And when the devil sneaks in with worry? Let’s kick him out by quoting the Scriptures I’ve listed in this article, along with others that deal with worry. We’ll show that devil that we are God’s children, and nothing can make us any less than royalty. God bless you all!

10 Ways to Show Christ’s Love to Others in Your Everyday Life

As Christians, showing love to others through Christ in our lives is so important! Love is the foundation of our lives; it is what we build our lives upon. Our love for our Savior, our love for our family, and then our love for others. Every aspect of our lives centers around love, so today I’m going to be sharing with you all 10 ways you can show love to those around you and be a light for Christ. I hope it encourages you!

  1. Honor your parents. The best way we can show our love to our parents is to honor and respect them. I know we all have our struggles with this, me included, but when we pray for God’s strength to live in a way that is pleasing to Him, honoring our parent’s will be something that freely flows from our hearts!

  2. Love your siblings unconditionally. Even when they are annoying you to death, pray for patience and treat them with kindness. They will notice the change in you! We all know that our siblings will either see and imitate our good behavior, or they imitate our bad attitudes and actions. Which do you want to be known for? The choice is yours.

  3. Be ready to listen. Sometimes listening is the greatest way we can show our love to those around us. Maybe it’s a Grandparent who has a story to tell, a friend who lost a dream close to her heart, or a sibling who wants to tell you about the butterfly she saw in the backyard today. Just listening and being there, showing you care, is one of the greatest ways to show Christ’s love.

  4. Do a favor. Surprise someone by doing something special for them! Maybe it’s baking a batch of your family’s favorite cookies, doing a chore for a sibling, or walking the dog for your dad. The little things we do in life, when they are done in love, are actually really big things.

  5. Send a card. Taking the time to handwrite a message to someone and mailing it through the post is so rare nowadays! You can bless someone by writing them a card or letter and telling them know how much Jesus loves them and that you are praying for them. Think of the joy they will feel when they open their mailbox to find your note! This is another great way to be a witness for Christ as well.

  6. Use your talents. Do you play an instrument? You can play for the people at your local elderly care center to bring them joy. Do you have artistic talent? You can create a piece and give it as a “just because” gift! Are you a cook? Surprise your parent’s by making the family dinner! All of these are simple, and yet profound, ways to show others not only our love, but Jesus’ too.

  7. Pray. One of the most powerful ways to show our love for others is to pray for them. Prayer is so powerful, and God loves to listen to us. There are so many ways to pray for others. You can pray for their salvation, healing, safety, for them to know Jesus’ love for them, and so much more!

  8. Give a hug. This comes from an avid hugger, and I’ll tell you, a hug is one of the best ways to show your love. Just hugging a parent, sibling or friend can make their day and show them how much you really care.

  9. Lend a hand. When you’re at the supermarket, do you see an elderly lady or gentleman who is having trouble un-loading their cart at the checkout? You can spread Christ’s love by reaching out and giving them a hand!

  10. Volunteer. You can show Christ’s love by volunteering at various local organizations, such as a food bank, soup kitchen, mom’s pregnancy center, and so on! All of the people who come to those places will be so blessed by your smile and willing heart, and there will be so many ways to witness while there. Always ask your parent’s permission before volunteering anywhere.

There are so many wonderful Bible verses on loving one another as well. Below are a few examples I hope will be helpful to you.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

John 13:34-35

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 John 4:11

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another."

Luke 6:35

“But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High…”

Deuteronomy 6:5

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

1 John 3:16

“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us…”

John 15:13

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

God bless you all as you strive to love others as Christ has loved us!