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God’s Handiwork

Originally uploaded  & photographed by susan.house

Okay, I can’t help it. I received another email today and it just made too many good points. I just had to share it with you and I hope it makes you stop, think, and take action just like me. That’s what it’s all about, living our faith rather than just talking about it. Yesterday I was so moved by a friend’s response when I asked her to join us for Thanksgiving dinner I wanted to cry. She told me I was the first person in three years to invite her for Thanksgiving dinner. Let’s stop and meditate on the simple actions we can take that will show others Jesus is walking with us and we are His disciples.

 

Letter from Jesus about Christmas —
 
It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. 

 How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don’t care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
 
Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn’t allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn If all My followers did that there wouldn’t be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.
 
Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 – 8.
 
If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:
 
1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.
 
2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don’t have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

 
3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don’t you write and tell him that you’ll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up… It will be nice hearing from you again.
 
4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can’t afford and they don’t need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.
 
5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
 
6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless?  Since you don’t know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.
 
7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren’t allowed to wish you a Merry Christmas” that doesn’t keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn’t make so much money on that day they’d close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families
 
8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary– especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.
 
9. Here’s a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no “Christmas” tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don’t know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.
 
10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don’t do things in secret that you wouldn’t do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.
 
Don’t forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I’ll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I’ll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember :

I LOVE YOU, 

 

JESUS

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Friends

Originally uploaded by susan.house

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. ” Ecc4:9-10a

Welcome to my blog.  My name is Susan and since I host a devotional blog,  I would like to share a few thoughts with you on friendship.  On June 18th, a strong wind toppled part of a Live Oak tree over on my motor home. Actually, it was a third of the tree equivalent to a tree approximately a foot in diameter. It totaled my unit and shut the door to living full-time in my RV. I had travelled cross-country and put approximately 20-25 thousand miles on it. Some alone and some with my mother.

I was in my unit when the tree fell on it and fortunately wasn’t injured. Immediately, God not only made sure I knew He had the situation under control; but also, had one of my closest friends on her way to me. You see, if I had paid my rent that day, I would have automatically committed to a year lease for the site I was occupying. Immediately I knew God had something different and He knew I was going to need the strength of my dear sister in Christ (on the right in this picture) and the help of all my dear friends (the one on the left hosted a surprise housewarming shower for me) to get me through the next few weeks. So, He had her on her way to me and she arrived just minutes after my world literally came crashing down around me.

Over the next few days and weeks, God showed me over and over the importance of friends banding together in times of distress and “if one falls down, his friend(s) can help him up”. It was from the many friends God has blessed me with that I received the strength to look Satan in the eye and say, “God is and always will be my Lord, my Savior, my God, and most importantly my Friend. There is nothing you can do to me that will cause me to deny Him.” For John 15:15 Jesus tells us: “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends…”

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Listen to God’s Words

On this morning after the terrible tragedy at Ft. Hood I wish I could pour out words of comfort to all who have been affected. Words at times are so inadequate. To tell ones we know what they’re going through at this time is a lie unless you’ve lost a loved one this way or had a loved one injured in a senseless way such as this. However, there is One who does know what you are going through, and He does understand, and He is crying with you. Allow Him to say a few words to you:

Deuteronomy 33:12: “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.”

Phillipians 4:6-7: “Don’t be anxious about anything, in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.”

Isaiah 54:10: “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”

Deuteronomy 31: 6,8: “Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you: He will never forsake you…The Lord HImself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. DO NOT BE AFRAID; DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED.(emphasis mine)”

As I sit her and watch the sun rising these words out of Isaiah still hold true:

“Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear…”

As my pastor Dan Jackson said in a sermon once: “It is not important how far you can see into the future, it is only important how far Jesus can see into the future.”

Rest in His arms and let Him hold you now. He will carry you through this terrible time.

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