God loves you so deeply

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“But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.” John 19:33

The soldiers were surprised at how fast Jesus died.  God loved His Son so much.  He didn’t let Him linger – the deed was done.

So how much must He love us to not withhold His beloved Son, but let Him die in our place?

God loves you so deeply.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

 

Scripture Card Luke 18:27 free printable

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Here’s a free Scripture card printable for you.  Thought someone might need this verse.  I know I’ve been encouraged by it lately.  Print and put on your refrigerator, mirror, or kitchen window.

Download here:

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Purpose in Unanswered Prayer – Mark 5

 

Last, week during our In His Presence Bible Study, we read Mark 5.  We read the story of when Jesus cast demons into swine.  Jesus had compassion on the man.  He was not going to leave him that way.  After the man was healed and sitting fully clothed and in his right mind, he begged Jesus to let Him come with Him.

Jesus told him to, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” (Mark 5:19)

There was a time the man was not demon possessed.  We know this because he had friends.  Jesus told him to go share with them what had happened.  They knew the man before he had been possessed.  Then they knew the demon possessed man, whom they had to chain up for his own protection and the town’s.

I bet they were heart broken at what he’d become.  They probably prayed for him.  They may have wondered why God had not answered their prayer yet.  It was a good prayer.  He heard.  He was coming.  In His time.  There was purpose in this allowance.

And then, as our eyes pass on to the next verse, we find purpose…

“He departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.” (Mark 5:20)

Three words stand out to me here:

  • proclaim
  • all
  • marveled

There was purpose in this man’s life and in the terrible things he suffered.  While His own sin caused his possession, and his friends’ prayers could have been answered at any time, Sovereign God allowed it for a time…so that Jesus could walk by, heal him, and Decapolis could be reached for Christ.

Side Note:  Decapolis was made up of 10 cities East of the Jordan River

There is purpose in the things that God allows.  There is purpose behind our unanswered prayers.  You may not see it right away, but, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” (Mark 5:36)  Jesus will walk by and we’ll all marvel then.

 

 

 

One Reason to Journal part 2

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A few days ago, I posted on One Good Reason for Journaling.  If you missed it, you can read it here.  I mentioned that I’d be back in a few days after taking a look at some old journals to share how I “broke free.”  Here ‘s an entry from that time.

Journal entry, August 29, 2013

      I was thinking yesterday about how I felt like my mind was finally reprogrammed.  For about a year, I was having to constantly remind myself of the truths – where my identity came from, my worth in Christ and that’s what matters, etc.  But yesterday, it hit me that I think the new thoughts are the foremost now.  The other ones seep in now and then, but they aren’t the prominent ones.  Praise God!

Did you happen to catch the time frame mentioned in the journal entry?  I went through about a year of constantly having to capture my thoughts.  This didn’t happen overnight.  I remember wearing a different colored silly band bracelet on my wrist just about every day to help me remember a truth I was working on.

For me, breaking free meant reprogramming my mind to God’s truths about me.  It meant understanding His character and thoughts toward me.  It meant recognizing Satan’s lies and dropping all the baggage he kept trying to make me carry.

Here are some truths that have helped me and maybe you need them too.

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Download the poster my very talented friend, Meghan, designed here:

I Am poster

Right in line with this “breaking free” concept is reading the Bible daily and praying.  That’s really the key to any victorious living.

To sum it up…

Breaking free is about identifying the real source of wrong thinking (Satan), capturing and replacing wrong thoughts with real truth, and DAILY getting into His presence with Bible reading and prayer.   

Keep those eyes open!

Love in Christ,

Kathy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Good Reason for Journaling

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Journaling has been part of my routine for many years.  As a child, I religiously wrote in a diary about how I was feeling, what happened that day, etc.  As a young adult in college, I began journaling my Bible Study times.  In my middle adult years, I journal all of those things.  I wonder what my journaling will look like when I’m old?  I’m sure if I can still hold a pen, I’ll still be doing it!  It’s something I value for many reasons.  Today, I want to share one good reason for journaling.

I was sitting on my front porch this morning in my rocking chair with my cup of coffee and  journal.  I have a houseful of visiting little cousins to keep mine company this spring break week.  And as I prayed for those inside, I thought that I truly want each of them to live secure in the knowledge of their value in Christ.

One of the priceless treasures sifted from the ashes after my husband left, was discovered after the resulting face plant onto the ground before God.  I “broke free” from so much of the baggage Satan had tricked me into carrying.  This new freedom is just part of who I am now, so even though it was a looong process, it’s hard to think back and remember the steps involved.  What was the process like of getting from Point A (major acceptance issues and a worth that came from what others thought of me) to Point B (living in the full assurance that I am a child of the King and His thoughts toward me are what matter.)

So…

Off to my journals, which I keep lined up in an old milk crate.  I’ll return here in a day or so with more on what I find.  But, in the meantime, are there any “breaking free” stories you’d like to share.  Comment and let us all, “Come and see what God has done: He is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.” Psalm 66:5.

In His Presence daily Online Bible Study March 30

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Today’s Scripture:

Mark 2:1-17

If you’re new to our In His Presence Bible Study, Welcome!  Click here to learn more.

In His Presence daily Online Bible Study March 29

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Today’s Scripture:

Mark 1:35-45

If you’re new to our In His Presence Bible Study, Welcome!  Click here to learn more.

Here’s a glimpse into what I wrote in my Journal today.

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(If you’d like to know more about my journal, you can contact me.)

In His Presence daily Online Bible Study March 28

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Today’s Scripture:

Mark 1:16-34

(Seems like a lot , but I believe it all happened the same day.)

*I’m  having trouble getting the Youtube live feed working.  I’ll keep trying and hopefully have that all set up by next week.

In His Presence Online Bible Study March 27

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Today’s Scripture:

Mark 1:1-15

Today we begin reading the book of Mark.  Remember, we are reading through the Gospels to find out more about Jesus’ personality.  So, keep that in mind as you read.  We’ve read through Mark before here on the blog, but since we have a different purpose this time, I didn’t want to skip it as we make our way through the four Gospels.

I’m posting this a few minutes early, so you can JOIN ME LIVE at 6:30 this morning where I will livestream today’s Bible Study on YouTube.  Here’s the link.  The video will be recorded, so you watch later if you miss.

 

 

Suffering and the depth of His love

Experiencing suffering allows us to see the depth of His love for us.  People with no want or trouble never get to see that.

Ephesians 3:17-19, “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Ran across this version of Healing is in Your Hands