Thursday, June 18, 2015
To my precious sisters,
You are each on my heart. Each of you is in a unique place in your life...places of decision, places of persistence through depression and trial, places of service and devotion to families and jobs. Some of you are far away...some are near. I am so proud of each of you. I know that I have but a dim window into each of your hearts and lives, but I feel that with whatever platform I have, I want to encourage you to persist in your confidence in Jesus.
You have each had the privilege of hearing the truth of Jesus from a young age...that he is the Creator, Sustainer; the Light, the Life...that he is Love, that he is Just, that he is Sovereign, that he is Adonai. And you have each made your choice regarding Jesus. But whatever place you find yourself spiritually at this moment...whether you have remained firm in your confidence and your hope in Christ...or if you have fallen away, I would plead with you to press into the person of Jesus; to pursue him; to consider him again.
This is not an hour to be lukewarm! This is not an hour to be unsure or to be divided! This is not a time for dabbling in sin! Please do not give ear to any voice or philosophy; any tickler of the ear other than Jesus! If you have noticed unbelief or hardness growing in your heart, turn back to him while it is yet today. Immerse yourself in the Word of God. It is precious. It is life. Draw near to Jesus. Turn up the volume of His voice in your heart as you turn down the volume of everything else. As darkness draws nearer (and we can't deny that it is - can you feel it on the horizon?) we have only ONE sure hope...to be found in the safety and refuge of Jesus. This is the time to put the grappling hooks of your faith firmly into Jesus and hold on with everything you have. I love you each so much!
Your big sister
"Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called today, that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said, 'Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.'"
Hebrews 3: 12-15
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Lately this blog hasn't been the place where I share much of what is going on in my heart or mind. For most of you, photos of our kids are why you are here anyway. But for the past couple of years, I have felt an urgency about the times we are living in. Has anyone else? This morning I was listening to this message from Anne Graham Lotz (daughter of Billy Graham), a dear lady who to me has a lot of credibility. The message was from one year ago, but is still as relevant and proper for today as it was then...maybe even more. She articulated exactly what I've had in my heart from my study of the Bible and from listening to the prophetic voices in our world today. I think you will be blessed by taking the time to listen. Much love from me to you!
P.S. If you want more information, Anne Graham Lotz has great resources on her website. She also issued a MAYDAY Prayer Initiative earlier this month. Anne asked Christians world-wide to pray one hour each day for 9 days, May 15-23. Although this event is now over, it is never too late to commit ourselves to prayer and repentance.