1 Peter 3:3-4

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewellery or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. - 1 Peter 3:3,4

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Still He Walked


He could hear the crowds screaming "crucify" "crucify"...
He could hear the hatred in their voices,
These were His chosen people.
He loved them, And they were going to crucify Him.
He was beaten, bleeding and weakened...His heart was broken,
But still He walked.

He could see the crowd as He came from the palace.
He knew each of their faces so well.
He had created them.
He knew every smile, laugh, and shed tear,
But now they were contorted with rage and anger...His heart broke,
But still He walked.

Was he scared?
You and I would have been,
So His humanness would have mandated that He was. He felt alone.
His disciples had left, denied, and even betrayed Him.
He searched the crowd for a loving face and He saw very few.
Then He turned His eyes to the only one that mattered
And He knew that He would never be alone.
He looked back at the crowd, at the people who were spitting
At Him, throwing rocks at Him and mocking Him and He knew
That because of Him, they would never be alone.
So for them, He walked.

The sounds of the hammer striking the spikes echoed through
The crowd. The sounds of His cries echoed even louder,
The cheers of the crowd, as His hands and feet
Were nailed to the cross, intensified with each blow.
Loudest of all was the still small voice inside His
Heart that whispered "I am with you, my Son",
And God's heart broke.
He had let His Son walk.

Jesus could have asked God to end His suffering,
But instead He asked God to forgive.
Not to forgive Him, but to forgive the ones who were persecuting Him.
As He hung on that cross, dying an unimaginable death,
He looked out and saw, not only the faces in the crowd,
But also, the face of every person yet to be,
And His heart filled with love.
As His body was dying, His heart was alive.
Alive with the limitless, unconditional love He feels for each of us.
That is why He walked.

When I forget how much My God loves me,
I remember His walk.
When I wonder if I can be forgiven,
I remember His walk.
When I need reminding of how to live like Christ,
I think of His walk.
And to show Him how much I love Him,
I wake up each morning, turn my eyes to Jesus,
And I walk.

Author Unknown

The Lord Jesus Christ is alive and well. He did die for the sins of the 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Focusing on what really matters

What really matters to you? Its kinda a hard question to answer. How would I know what is the biggest thing that truly matters to me? I would like to think Christ, but in reality what does really matter to me?

Think of it this way. What do you do with most of your time? What do you think about when your bored, or just before you are going to sleep? What do you talk about the most? Most of the time, Ive found, these questions show me what I am actually focusing on. And I am always embarassed at what has been stealing me from Jesus. Such petty little things! Surely I would know better?

Well, this Friday is Good Friday, easter is on our doorstep. The time to remember, to focus on what truly matters. Christ, and what He has done for us. When reading in John about Jesus dying on the cross, something fresh literally splashed over me.

In the garden, Jesus wept tears of blood. I mean, I have some depressed moments, but I have never felt so scared and so hurting that I have wept tears of actual blood. It made me realized how much agony Christ went through, both physical and mental pain, and how alone He was. Everyone had deserted Him. But what did He do?

He sat in the garden and prayed His heart out, weeping that this all would not happen, but in the same breath of asking for God to take it away, He also said 'but let Your will be done'.
And then, He went, knowing the pain He would face, and He walked straight into it.

And in His darkest moment, hanging there on the cross, He didnt focus on just trying to breath. He didnt think about how much pain He was in. He didnt even feel sorry for Himself.

In His darkest moment, Jesus thought of His mum.

When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,”  and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. - John 19:26-27

Christ really had no thoughts for Himself, or His pain. He loved, and He thought of others, way before He thought for Himself, even though we would all admit that He had the right to close His eyes, shut out the crowd tormenting Him and wait for death. But He didnt. He focused on what truly mattered, others.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ here is no commandment greater than these.” - Mark 12:30-31

Girls, this weekend is about focusing on God and praising Him for the sacrifices He made that day. Put your priorities straight and put all your attention on Christ, love Him with everything you've got.

~ Meggie

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Worries of Worrying!

Why do we worry? Does it change what will happen or what has already happened? Does it make us feel good? Do you like to worry? I'm assuming your answer to these questions is no.

What is worrying good for? It just gets all our emotions tangled up inside and takes our focus off what is Good! Matthew 6 says that worrying won't add a cubit to our stature, so why do it? It goes on to say in verse 34 that God doesn't forget to feed the birds of the air, so what makes us think, even for a second!, that our Father will forget about us. Worrying about a situation does NOT change the outcome. Anna Monnar said, “Whatever is going to happen will happen, whether we worry or not.”  

The Bible talks a lot about worrying. A little article in mine says worry paralyses our active faith - and it's TRUE! It continues... Worry is always wrong, When you worry you assume responsibility for things you were never intended to handle. Jesus repeatedly taught: "Do not worry", even about the basic essentials in life (Matt.6:25-34). Worrying divides your mind between useful and hurtful thinking. Worrying does not change anything (Matt. 6:27) except draw your focus away from God and His faithfulness and righteousness to concerns about the things of life, such as possessions and material goods (Matt. 6:31). Worrying is a choking, harmful emotion that saps your energy and elevates human strength and ingenuity about God;s strength and His purposeful plan. 

A few quotes from famous leaders and authors:

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” 

― Leo Buscaglia

“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them have never happened.” 

― Mark Twain 

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” 

― Corrie ten Boom  

Try not to worry about what today will bring. Instead, keep your full focus on the God that has always provided for you and enjoy His presence in the day He has given you.

God bless and keep in the Faith!
~ Taleisha