Saturday, January 3, 2015

Into the Darkness, Retinal Detachment and God

Two months ago God provided me with some sudden "down time". I experienced an abrupt detachment of my retina, a rare thing to happen, yet I am used to rare occurrences.
(Perhaps I will post that List some day.)
Through such events God has drawn me to Him in ever increasing closeness. 

Retinal Surgery Recovery down time


Although I was plunged into partial darkness,
I was calm, for I trust God in all things.
For I know I am His and God is good.
His ways are not our ways.
His ways are higher and holy.
See Isaiah 55:8-9

I prayed, thanking Him for the privilege of being His child, saved by His grace
and mercy through 
the atoning blood of Jesus
from the ultimate consequence of my sins,
eternal separation from my Abba Father.

(if you do not know Him read
How to Receive Eternal Salvation)

I also thanked God that I lived in America where I could receive excellent medical care and I asked for healing, if that was God's will.
See Romans 12:2 

Before this incident my eyesight was perfect. I had no need of reading glasses.
Based upon my symptoms including the abrupt appearance of a gigantic black floater,
I suspected a detached retina was possible though not probable.
Quick research on the internet had provided the clues.
I contacted an eye doctor, described the craziness happening in my eye, and 2 hours later
I was in their office. Within 24 hours I had retinal detachment surgery with vitrectomy
In a later post I will describe what is looks and feels like to have a detached retina and then the healing process. 

Although I faced an uncertain outcome, God gave me PEACE.
"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord,
the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal"-Isaiah 26:3-4

My perspective then and now is that people daily suffer tragedies such as abuse, persecution, slavery, abandonment, war, starvation, mental illness, accidents, chronic illness and death to name but a few.
These are far worse than losing sight in my eye.

The sight I never want to lose, is the sight of God- His love, His Son, His Word,
His Goodness, His Beauty, His Peace, His tender Mercies and His Marvelous LIght.

To God be the Glory, to him who called me out of darkness into his marvelous light
see 1 Peter 2:9

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” -John 8:12

Resources:
Retinal Detachment Surgery with Vitrectomy - video
All I have to say is YIKES!

Vitrectomy Surgery explained  , Vitrectomy Surgery 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

CHRISTMAS PRINCE of PEACE

Do you desire Peace in your life? I cannot image anyone would desire the opposite (chaos, sadness, emptiness).
Jesus is the Prince of PEACE!  
Read this Christmas Devitional from Charles Stanley based on Isaiah 9:6-7
and may it bless you.
"Today’s Bible passage is a Christmas favorite. We love that a child was born in a stable, and that God’s Son was given from heaven. We also derive great comfort from His names—“Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (v. 6). But now and then we may wonder why the world is so chaotic and unstable if Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Although this verse is ultimately a prediction of Christ’s future kingdom, the title also reflects His reason for coming to earth 2,000 years ago and His present ministry to us today.
Jesus’ first responsibility as the Prince of Peace was to reconcile sinful mankind with His Father. By paying the penalty for the sins of the world, He made it possible for all who believe in Him to have peace with God (Rom. 5:1). When we receive Christ as our personal Savior, our sins are forgiven and we become members of God’s family. Instead of being His enemies, we become His beloved children.
Christ not only secured our peace with God; He also shares His peace with us (Col. 3:15). This is an inner sense of tranquility, calmness, and quiet trust that is not influenced by circumstances. It’s like the ocean depths during a raging hurricane: The surface is tumultuous, but at a depth of 100 feet, all is at rest.
With the stress and rush of Christmas, serenity of soul is something we all long for, but it often seems fleeting. The only way to have this incomprehensible peace is to let the Prince of Peace govern our lives. When we are under His authority and have our minds aligned with His Word, His peace flows into our hearts and calms our souls."
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his his shoulders,
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David's throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.- Isaiah 9:6-7

(Source- Charles Stanley devotional)


How Do I Find the Peace only Jesus can provide? Read How to Receive Eternal Salvation http://salt-light-blog.blogspot.com/p/how-you-can-say-yes-to-christ-and.html 
"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace."
- Numbers 6:24-26



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Iranian BIBLE Launched As God Is At Work in Iran

Elam Ministries has unveiled a new Persian (Farsi) translation of the Bible. It is the culmination of a meticulous 20 year translation project.
I was so joyful as I read the email I received from Elam celebrating the London dedication of their new Bible, known as the 'New Millennium Version'.


According to an article by Evangelical Alliance, "Elam's goal is to print 300,000 copies of this new Bible in the next three years, helping to evangelize and disciple hundreds of thousands in Iran."

This is welcome news. 

According to the Operation World website, Iran has the fastest growing Evangelical population in the entire world! (Afghanistan is 2nd)
Iran Alive's website states, "more Persians have come to Christ in the 33 years since the Islamic revolution of 1979, than in the 1400 prior years…combined! 
The majority of these have come in the last 10 years, since the launch of Christian satellite TV broadcasts."  
By some estimates there are at least 350,000 believers in Iran as compared to 500 in 1979.

You may ask "how has this happened?"
In my view, clearly God is at work in Iran.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

God is Always with You For All Eternity

We just took our oldest son Alexander to college, an oftentimes unsettling change 
for parents and their children. In transitions such as this, God comforts each of us in
different ways. Today he used a devotional to remind me that we are His forever and he is always at our side.

In a rare move, I am posting a Jesus Calling devotional I sent to my husband and my boys. God put it on my heart to share it with You...

I am Yours for All Eternity.

I am the Alpha and the Omega: the One who is and was and is to come. 

The world you inhabit is a place of constant changes—more than your mind can absorb without going into shock.

Even the body you inhabit is changing relentlessly, in spite of modern science’s attempts to prolong youth and life indefinitely

I, however, am the Same yesterday and Today and Forever.

Because I never change, your relationship with Me provides a Rock-Solid foundation for your life.
I will Never Leave Your Side. 
When you move on from this life to the next, My Presence beside you will shine brighter with each step.
You have Nothing to Fear, because I am with YOU for all time and throughout eternity.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” -Revelation 1:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.-Hebrews 13:8 

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end -Psalm 48:14


And here are a few additional verses I felt led to include:

So do not fear, for I am with you; 
do not be dismayed for I am your God;
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. - Isaiah 41:10

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 

-Psalm 46:11

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

The Lord replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest" Exodus 33:14

As believers, we can trust that God is always with our children near or far.
May you be blessed by this post and may God give you His peace!
To God Be the Glory, always
- Julie

SOURCES: 
Jesus Calling Aug 14,2014 , The Bible -NIV

Monday, July 14, 2014

God's Blessings Are Available

God desires to bless us. Today I read this prayer and had to share it. Candid, thankful and hopeful, it represents what I believe and seek. May you be blessed.

Dear God,
"Thank you for a new day. I know that everything I am and everything I have is a result of what you have allowed in my life. Sometimes life is very hard;
other times it is full of happiness.

I know you are always there and your blessing is available...if only I will listen and obey.

Please help me to recognize the gifts you send and the doors you open each and every day.
Give me wisdom to see and do your Will.
Thank you for the spiritual gifts you have given,also.
I pray that you will use those gifts to work in and through me to minister to the world and draw people to you.
In Jesus' name I pray and give you praise." Amen.

You may wonder, what is a "blessing" according to the Bible?
Click here for a further explanation from a post on the Aaronic Blessing.

Gods primary and greatest blessing is His forgiveness given only to those who believe and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Read How to Receive Eternal Salvation - Say YES to God

"The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; 
 he Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."
-Numbers 6:24-26 

Have a Christ centered day - Julie

Resources
GotQuestons.org offers a good explanation of the Biblical meaning of "blessings". Click here to read it .

Source of the Prayer:
Os Hillman with Ephesians Four Ministries from their daily devotional, TGIF - Today God is First

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day The American Soldier and Jesus

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your soul and both died for your freedom.
On this Memorial Day let us give thanks in remembrance of all the brave men and women who died while serving in our Armed Forces. And let us thank God for Jesus who died for all mankind to free us from sin, judgment and eternal separation from God.


To learn more about Jesus read How to Receive Eternal Salvation

If you believe that Jesus died for your sins, you will have eternal life.

"For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day." John 6:40

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

The good news is the God loves us and wants a relationship with us. God in his mercy sent Jesus to live a life free of sin and die on the cross for our sins, so we may freely approach the throne of our Holy God.

Jesus is the way to God. 
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" John 14:6

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Abba Father I Pray

Abba Father as I watch a cloudless sky begin to awaken,
the bunnies hop, the birds' chirp mixed with crickets' song.
It is serene. It is lovely. It is good.
The sun innocently breaks the horizon, softly lighting the hilltop. 
A summer breeze is cool, not hinting at the heat to come,
yet there are no birds in flight.
The morning innocent and calm.

I lift my eyes skyward. I seek your face and pray.
Father of all mercy and tenderness, patient and kind
You have been good to me thy servant. 
All the years of my life you have guided me, although I was often unaware.
You saved me from harms way so many times.
I see your hand in all things.

I don't deserve your love yet you lavish it upon me.
Forgive me and cleanse me with the precious blood of Jesus. 
Use me as a vessel through which You bless others.

Light my path. 
Teach me Your ways, for I am prone to selfishness. 
Give me Your wisdom for surely my own is riddled with flaws.
Show me Your will, for I desire to do it

I want to serve you well, according to your plans for me. 
I am yours, yet sadly I am prone to wander.
I allow myself to be enticed away.
Keep me on the straight and narrow path to you.

Open my heart fully to you. 
Open the hearts & minds of those I love who are far from you,
so they may know You and accept Jesus as Lord.
Let me be about your business.

Here I am. Send me! 
* * * * *
What does ABBA mean? It is an Aramaic word. Jesus used it 3 times in the New Testament of the Bible. Most notably in the  garden of Gethsemane.
"Abba, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." - Mark 14:36
´Abbā´ is an intimate word like "daddy", a term of endearment used by Jesus, the only son of God to his Father.
The Jews of the time would not have addressed God in such an informal way for their relationship with Him was not the same as the Son of God.
Today through Jesus, all Christians can have a deep, personal relationship with God. As a child of God, I love to pray Abba, Father. It warms my heart and I feel such joy and peace. 
If you do not know God and want to know him, love him and be his child
read How To Receive Eternal Life

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Real Truth Real Quick Biblical Answers to Everyday Questions

Do you have questions about life, our culture in America, parenting, the Bible, leadership, God, faith etc?
Your good questions have good answers.

A new 5 minute weekly podcast called Real Truth Real Quick 
provides just such a resource for you.



Get quick and insightful Biblically based answers for topics
you are discussing at home, in the office, with your friends or at school.
Ask anything that is on your mind.There are no wrong questions.

Watermark Community Church produces the podcasts. Senior Pastor Todd Wagner answers your questions one topic at a time. Their website states:
"On Real Truth Real Quick we're committed to answering your questions not based on people's opinions, but from God's Word"

In the inaugural podcast,Todd Wagner's prays for this endeavor and it's audience including the following 2 quotes: 

..."Be noble minded and listen to it objectively and then study God's word to see if it is so….hold it up to the test of reality. Does this fit?
Is it congruent with the world that I really live in?"....Todd Wagner

"If it ain't in The Word you forget what you heard" -Todd Wagner

Prior Podcast Topics have included:
Is Christian Hip-Hop UnChristian? 
(Updated June 8, 2015)

The Website = Real Truth Real Quick  You can Submit your questions on the website or via Twitter @RealTruthRQ , Facebook or email.

Subscribe on iTunes to the weekly 5 minutes podcast. 
Learn more at their website.

Learn about The Bible and great Bible Resources

BLOG and Further Resources
Real Truth Real Quick also has a Blog so you can dig further into these topics.
You will find Notes from each podcast and Links to Resouces for your further study.

We believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, as well as the final authority in doctrine and practice.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; John 17:17)"

Podcast ARCHIVES  

To God Be The Glory- Julie