Easter is truly my favorite holiday of the year because we celebrate and worship our Risen Savior. I was especially happy and thankful to attend Easter Worship in my church this year because Covid Quarantine kept us home in 2020 and kept me home still in 2021. God has been gracious to provide a respite from Covid here in Alabama this year and I am very thankful!
But even as we worshiped and celebrated, my heart grieved for Ukraine. I could not help but wonder how our Ukrainian brothers and sisters in Christ were able to celebrate and worship amidst the horrors of war.
And I prayed for Ukraine.
Dear friends, as believers, we are all members of the Body of Christ, regardless of denomination. We believe in a Savior and Lord who no longer resides in a grave! He is victorious and is Risen! He is with us! He is with Ukraine!
Our Lord is alive! He has overcome the grave! He is with us! He is our Deliverance! He is our Hope! All blessing and honor belongs to Him! Amen!
I have pondered over posting this all week … what to post, whether or not to post, when to post … so today The Good Lord brought it all together. Thank You Lord!
I love how God can get my immediate attention. Leviticus is not the easiest book in the Bible to read, at least for me it hasn’t been. I kinda feel like I’m pushing a plow instead of letting the mule pull it (so to speak). Earlier this week I was getting very bogged down reading about the sacrifices. Like a lamp turning on in a dark room, God reminded me that I am reading about the payment for sin and this is the week we really focus upon The Greatest Sacrifice: Jesus Christ, Precious and Holy Son of God. Because He loves us, He gave His life to pay for our sins so that we would not have to do so. And then He reminded me of this verse …
“… without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.”
Hebrews 9:22 NIV
My sin kept me from knowing God and spending my life here and throughout eternity with Him until I confessed my sin and accepted Jesus as my Savior. His sacrifice of His life, the shedding of His blood, cleansed me and allowed me to be forgiven. This is the only way to know God, His wonderful love, grace, and mercy. This is the only way to spend forever with Him. This is the only way to make it through the good and the bad that this life throws at us.
I am broken by my sin and shame.
I am humbled by the sacrifice You freely gave.
I am grateful to approach Your Throne of Grace.
In awe, I worship You, Lord Jesus, King of Kings, forevermore!
I pray you know Him today before it is too late. Please message me if I can help you know Him. He is the best decision you will ever make.
Today is rather grey and rainy here in Alabama. That’s fine by me because those “April showers bring May flowers” 🌸🌷🌼 as the old saying goes.
This past weekend I glanced outside and happened upon the most glorious sunrise and today seems like a good day to share the photo …
My first thought was the verse …
“The heavens declare the glory of God” Psalm 19: 1 KJV
The beauty of God’s creation always reminds me that He is ever present, all powerful and in control. No matter what is happening personally or in the world, God is with us and will help us … A beautiful blessing to start that day and a beautiful blessing to share today! 🌞
One of the few blessings from the pandemic has been livestream church services. I am so grateful that our church continues to offer this blessing allowing folks to worship with the church family when they can’t be at the service on campus. Even Bama Kitty wanted to attend yesterday 😉😻❤️
Some folks want to discontinue livestream services because they think it encourages folks to stay home. Church folks, please consider the church family that can’t join you due to health or other issues before stopping this ministry. It’s hard to not be able to attend church. Livestream services have encouraged me beyond measure and help me continue to grow spiritually and feel connected to my church family. I hope churches never underestimate the power of God’s Word going out, even by livestream or video recording.