Ink stains in my coffee mug…
My writing pen is a bit splotchy. Ink splashes in my mug while I tap my pen, trying to think of what to write.
Also in my coffee mug today:
– Prayers for those affected by tornadoes, and prayers that if it’s someone’s “time to go,” that they know Jesus, or get to know him real quick.
– Motivation for a kick-booty day. I’m setting small goals at work, and working towards meeting all of them.
– Peace for the exact stage of life I’m in. It’s a beautiful thing!
– Art, creativity, photographs, and memories.
– Twizzlers. I can’t get enough of the stupid chemical tasting things. What’s my obsession with them?
– Last but not least, COFFEE! Much needed this morning.
Have a great day!
I have good news. I’M IRISH! So pinch me if you want, but you might get a return punch in the face. Kidding, kidding.
Today is 3/17, and I’ve decided to find a bible verse that coordinates with the date. I might continue this, I might not. They might be in sequence some dates, and not in sequence other dates.
Today is a very important date (3/17) because there is a very important verse I’d like to share with you. The Christian world puts a lot of emphasis on John 3:16, which I shared yesterday. The next verse deserves more emphasis, if you ask me.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Salvation comes through Jesus alone. If you have not asked him to be your personal savior, and committed your life to him, there’s no better day than today. I’ve written a post here about confessing Jesus as your savior. If you don’t click the link, you can read an excerpt below.
To give proper credit, the following is an excerpt from http://www.christianmilitarywives.com. But you don’t need to be a woman, a wife, or have any connection to the military to read and do this. If you have never asked God to be the personal savior of your life, to walk with you so you can live in his image, now is the perfect time!
The Bible says there is only one way to Heaven
Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”(John 14:6) KJV
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”(Ephesians 2:8-9)
Trust Jesus Christ today! Here’s what you must do:
- Admit you are a sinner.“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”(Romans 3:23)“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”(Romans 5:12)“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”(1 John 1:10)
- Be willing to turn from sin (repent).Jesus said: “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”(Luke 13:5)“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:”(Acts 17:30)
- Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”(John 3:16)“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us.”(Romans 5:8)“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”(Romans 10:9)
- Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Savior.“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”(Romans 10:10)“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”(Romans 10:13)
What to pray:
Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Savior.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”(John 1:12)
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”(2 Corinthians 5:17)
That’s it! Wasn’t it easy? Don’t worry if you have a “That’s it?” moment, with time and faith, you will feel all of God’s goodness. You have been forgiven for your old life, for your sins. You are saved to dance with the angels some day. In Christ there is no death. But there is eternal life.
The year 2009 was an interesting year for me. I say “interesting” in a positive way, though I also want it to be a thought-provoking “interesting”.
I grew and changed exponentially that year. Change is constant, and I realize that people change a lot every year, but 2009 was simply my best year ever, thanks to the changes made in my life.
It started with a relatively new job (actually, the job starting in late 2008) in a new city and state, in which I knew no one. I loved the fresh start, and loved where I lived in Arizona. Driving along the cool, sandy desert calmed me. And I found the cactus to look quite humorous. Even more importantly, I loved my job. I mean it! I was a college recruiter for a community college. I spent my days traveling around the state, teaching high school students how to move forward in life by going to college. I previously worked in law enforcement, where I constantly saw people slip farther and farther backwards, instead of progressing in life. Being a college recruiter was a refreshing change for me.
During the beginning of 2009, I was still finding my way around the city, still making my name known at the college, and I began taking on my own responsibilities at work. I also started my search to look for God.
I was raised in a religious family, but I didn’t believe what I was taught, and therefore believed in nothing for about five and a half years. I wish now that I could take back those five and a half years, but they led me to the exactly where I needed to be.
In the middle of the year, my job shifted a bit, and I was on top of the world, so to speak. I put in long hours and skipped lunches, and lost track of how long I’d been working. By the summer time, I could do the job with my eyes closed. While school was out for the summer, I spent my days designing new recruitment ideas, and writing publications. Did I say I loved my job? Because I really did.
My God quest continued, and I accepted Jesus into my heart as my personal savior exactly one year and one day after I drove down the lone two-way highway and had my photo taken under the “Welcome to Arizona” sign. The single best moment of the entire year, and my entire life, was when I became Christian. Right after that, I met an ambitious, courageous, funny, creative, loving (and very, very handsome) man, who I became engaged to a few months later.
Finding God was like searching for water in a desert. Quite fitting, since I lived in Arizona. I felt complete, whole, and born-again. I drank and drank and drank from the fountain of eternal life. I can’t explain how I felt, except that I finally knew I had met God. Once I became Christian, I was on top of the world again, but it was nothing like loving my job. It far surpassed that.
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The year 2010 began with my husband and I saying “I do” on a frigid day in Atlanta. Because we were preparing to move to Japan, I hadn’t yet quit my job. I was to work until our paperwork was complete, the cars were sold, and the dog was quarantined. Then I would sell my belongings and move across the ocean. Suddenly those plans were interrupted, when my husband found out that his orders had been changed to North Carolina. By that point, I had already quit my job and sold my belongings, so I packed my little life in my suitcases, (which meant begging the baggage ticket guy at the airport to waive the fee for my 53 pound bag) and
moved flew across the U.S. to our new home. Everything was so surreal to me. I remember driving to visit my parents in the mountains one last time before I flew to North Carolina. My mom helped me pack my suitcases, offering a shoulder rub to me when I sat down, stunned, that I had already made so many drastic changes, and was about to embark on even more. I cherish those extra moments with my mom that night. I held her courage in my heart, until I could find my own again.
Here we are, in the start of 2011, and I have to say that the single best moment of 2009 was my acceptance of God as my savior; the beginning of a relationship with him. The single best moment of 2010 was my wedding day.
Alas, it’s January, 2011 and it’s goal-setting time. How can I top 2009 and 2010? Those two years simply cannot be outdone. The year 2011 could be my healthiest year ever. I could get into the best shape of my life. Some time this year, we will most likely wind up moving to another state. Moving is a pretty big thing, but I doubt that the single best moment of 2011 is going to be somewhere in that yellow Penske moving truck. Maybe my husband and I will become homeowners, and the best moment will be turning the keys in the door of our new home. Or what if we get a second dog this year! I’ve always wanted a bulldog.
I’ve got it! I am going to refrain from trying to plan the best moment of 2011, and allow for it to happen naturally. Yes, I quite like that idea.