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Monday, September 19, 2016

At the Risk of You Unfriending Me...

Day in and day out I share my art progress posts, my bits of homesteading news, my fun (and not so fun) plans for my day - week- vacation - whatever.
I share my playlists and bits of encouragement (at least I hope I encourage someone).
I share a recipe, a garden photo, a picture of my latest canning project, a quote to uplift of make you think, or just to let you know my mood at the moment.
Social media is great for staying in touch, getting updated, learning something new, making new friends.
And we love...LOVE...the fun quizzes, share & like contests, silly FB stickers and ability to 'poke' each other (until someone has had enough and gets temporarily blocked..hmmm).
We look for the fun and we look for the happy. We don't want to hear the hard truths, the thought provoking statements, we don't want to be asked the questions that make a difference. And it's not just on FB, Twitter, or other social media outlets, it's that way in life in general.

But there's something on my mind and I just have to get it out.
There is no way to word this that someone somewhere will not get offended. It's who we are as a society right now.
We are touchy-feely, overly dramatic about things that do not matter, overly sensitive because we never want someone to say something to us that makes us feel uncomfortable. We want everyone to like us, everyone to be our friend, everyone to accept everything we do as right and good and so.... someone WILL be 'put-off' by this.
I will be unfriended, unfollowed, someone may no longer talk to me. But that's OK.
It's not my intention to offend but it's going to happen regardless.
This is a touchy subject for so many.
It can't be helped.
He said it would be this way.
And it's too important of a topic for me to NOT talk to you about.

So here goes.....
I love you.
I want the best for you.
I want to spend eternity with you.
Have you given your life to Christ?

   Recently a young man, whose Mother attends our church, died. One day, here, the next day hooked to machines, put through tests, a decision had to be made and this young man is now no longer with us.
    Recently a friend's husband was in a horrendous farming accident. Alone in a field during harvest, run over by his own trailer wagon, fearful he would not be found. He is slowly and painfully recovering, but was almost lost.
    A television personality recently, suddenly, lost his life while trying to drive around a slowed vehicle. I'm sure the possibility of dying that day was not what crossed his thoughts as he tried to pass the vehicle in front of him.
    Several bombs and stabbings have happened recently here in the US...and more around the world. These incidents are increasing in frequency and magnitude.
    Earthquakes, storms, flooding, wildfires....people losing lives every day and I wonder how many of them never gave a thought to TODAY being their last on this Earth....

And if something were to happen to you and THIS were to be the last thing you were to read today, I want you to know that being a good person is great, but it's not enough. Being a wonderful mother or father or grandparent, aunt or uncle, or child....is lovely for the short time you are here, but unless you are a Child of God, you will not get to Heaven. That is not my opinion, it is my belief according to God's Word. (Here is a great article to explain it better than I am able to.)

I love you.... I truly want the best for you...even if you hate me for saying this, but I'll risk it.

If you were to die today...where would you spend eternity?

I miss my grandmother something awful. There is not a day goes by that I don't think of her. She was my first and best friend. She introduced me to Christ. She was far from perfect and I am REALLLY far from perfect, but I know that someday she and I will be reunited because she loved the Lord and believed in Him as her Savior...and so do I.
But do you?
Will I see you in Heaven someday?

   Will you see your grandparent, parent, family member or friend who introduced you to Jesus? Or have you rejected Him or simply not taken the time to really get to know who Jesus is as your friend, provider, Savior?
   Will you see your children who you send to Sunday school so they can get a glimpse of Jesus but never think of showing them a fuller picture of who He is by the way you live your life? Maybe they will pursue a relationship with Him, but like me...will long for their parents to know Him and trust Him so that they can someday be together again when our time here is through.
I love my parents and even though I have no solid earthly relationship with them...I am desperately hoping that they already know and accept the Lord or will do so before its too late so I can at least have some relationship with them there in Heaven.

Please believe me....I'm not judging you. Please, know that I am not.
I am a broken person in total need of my Savior's mercy and grace ever single day.
I've lived a past full of selfishness, hurt and regret. I live a life now that feels like it is sometimes dangling by a thread ready to snap, but I know if it does, my Lord will be there to catch me and that has made all the difference. We all sin and make mistakes. I have made SO many in my lifetime and while I try not to, I will sin again. It's in our human nature. But there is grace and forgiveness for us if we turn away from what does not honor Christ..and there is life everlasting with Him and other believers in Heaven for those who choose to accept and follow Him.

The decision is 100% yours to accept or reject a relationship with Christ.
But I so badly want you to know that there is hope and peace outside of this twisted, broken world. I so very much want you to know that while HOW you live your life matters, it's WHO you live it for that matters more.
 I need you to know that those you love and miss and cry over and can only hold in your heart because they are no longer here for you to hold in your arms...if they chose and you choose to live a life for Christ, you WILL see each other again.
And no matter what you've done or how you've lived right up to this very second, it's not too late. Right up to your very last breath, it's not too late to ask the Lord Jesus into your heart and life.
But I hope you won't wait until that last breath to give your life to Him.
I hope you'll decide to get to know Him now...
to trust Him now...
to love Him and to live for Him now...
and to have the opportunity to introduce those around you to Him, too.

If you've not trusted Jesus into your heart and life...here is a prayer you can say to start the conversation with Him. It's not a magic formula, no hocus pocus involved. Just a simple bridge between you and Him...you can say it in your own words and in your own way. The Lord knows your heart and will understand you completely.

Dear God in Heaven,
I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.
I believe that your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.
You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we will be saved.
Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.
Thank you, Jesus, for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus, transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself.
Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life. AMEN.

I hope to be able to spend more than just bits and pieces of this chaotic life with you.
I hope we can spend eternity together.
It matters so much to me.