Monthly Archive: April 2014

Apr 21

Do You Remember? Talking Heart2Heart

Jesus carrying cross

This is LOVE:  The Sins of the World in Full Color: BLOOD RED…

The acknowledgement of Easter is based on one’s tradition, religion, beliefs, or the resurrection. Many enjoy the celebration by having Easter Egg Hunts, eating chocolate bunnies, and shopping for an outfit from head to toe for the entire family. It’s a time for pastel colors, white shoes, pretty purses, and lovely hair-dos for the women. This is the day of the festival as everyone parades through the entrance of all churches to find the perfect pew. The festivities begin with the little ones as they recite their individual scriptures, the prayer is prayed, the hymnals are song, and a sermon about the resurrection is preached. This is the yearly Easter Program that unfolds on Easter morning according to tradition in churches from coast to coast. After this service, most won’t think of Easter or the Resurrection again until the next Easter. Is Easter really all about the biggest fashion show of the year? Do you remember the true meaning of Easter?

The meaning of Easter has come to an outfit, attending church, and having an Easter dinner. Everyone feels obligated to attend this service, the churches around the world has its largest attendance on this day. Easter Sunday is a world-wide traditional service planned with the perfect attire for everyone in the family. Everyone prepares for this day by shopping tirelessly, losing focus on the real reason for Easter. Do you remember the gift given for you and me? This gift rose early Easter morning to the surprise of many, but God in all of his power paved the way for us to have everlasting life through Jesus Christ. John 11:25-26 “Jesus said, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believe in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believe thou this?”

The tradition of the Easter Morning Service has a long running record, but it has very little focus on the main Character of the event. Jesus is the main Character of Easter because he gave his life as a ransom for the world. He took all sins of the world upon himself so that we might have everlasting life. He hung, bled, and died on the cross, then he was resurrected on Easter morning. The Resurrection is the reason for celebrating Easter. Christ died a gruesome death for many lives, and what an awesome gift it was and continues to be. God expressed his power through Jesus Christ, and he extends that power to his children. Romans 8:11 “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.”

The Resurrection and the life..

THE RESURRECTION:  THE PICTURE OF HOPE AT ITS BEST.

Easter is a reminder of Christ Jesus rising from the dead, and the mighty power of the Resurrection. The Resurrection is the power of God and all his might. When Jesus yielded his spirit, he went to hell and conquered death. Revelation “I am he that lives, and was dead; and , behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” This resurrected power stripped Satan of all power, and that power and authority has been given unto the children of God. Philippians 3:10 “I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.”

So the “Resurrection of Jesus Christ” on Easter is an ongoing gift that is a constant reminder on a daily basis, so why has the Easter Resurrection been reduced to mere fashion and colored eggs? God gave the very best gift, he gave his son. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  The Resurrection gives the world hope in knowing Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father, and makes intercession on our behalf. This is clear that we to will be raised from the dead and live forever.

 

The definition of Easter:  THE RESURRECTION

 

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Apr 15

Life After the Force of Devastation; Talking Heart2Heart

Life After The Force of Devastation...

Life After the Force of Devastation…

The circle of life is not a fairy tale, its life. Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything;  There is a time for everything that is done on earth:  There is a time to be born, And there’s a time to die;” Everyone will end this circle of life upon this earth, knowing this life continues to be taken for granted as if it will last forever. Love your family each and everyday without ceasing because you never know when the end is near for anyone, so love hard and purposely. Life is literally here one moment and gone the next, so it’s imperative to treasure every waken moment loving, giving, and sharing with your family. Life is ending this very moment somewhere in this world for someone. Life has a way of shaking you to the very core of your being, or to put it bluntly blind-side you. You are hit with the force of devastation before you have a chance to react, so does life exist after the devastation?

Life comes at you fast, but it can end even faster. When a loved one’s life abruptly comes to an end, the force of the devastation seems unbearable. Your emotions are uncontrollable, and you don’t know how you will ever get over such a blow. I don’t believe you ever get over losing a loved one, but God gives you the strength to cope. So yes, there is life after the devastation. It’s impossible to survive such an ordeal without the grace and mercy of a loving God. In your own strength it’s a struggle to put one foot in front of the other because it feels as if you are in the midst of a foggy cloud. The thickness distorts the view of reality until you are forced to face the truth of the matter. The mind constantly turns with unanswered questions of the how and the why. This situation is real and the devastation of it lies heavily upon you. So how do you resume to life as usual, or how do you go on with a new life? Death is never easy, but you can go on with your life again with support, prayer of others, and with God’s help.

It’s important not to blame God for any incident, accident, or death because God is the giver of life. John 10:10 “The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” This is an imperfect world where imperfect things happen to imperfect people, but none at the hands of God. Your life will probably never be the same, but you can go on. You have to be determined not to be swallowed up in grief. However, grieving is a normal process when someone dies because this allows you ample time to adjust to the absence of the loved one. The length of this process may vary based on the conditions of the death rather it was expected or suddenly unexpected. During the process, the sadness and emptiness should lessen more and more with time. Before long you will begin to view the situation differently.

For starters, you may experience the emotion of gratitude for the time spent with your loved one as you look to God for much-needed strength to cope with the overwhelming shock of the lost. Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds life is a gift from God. Genesis 2:7 “He breathed the breath of life into him. And the man became a living person.” Everything that exists has a purpose, and the purpose will be fulfilled. We may never understand why or how things happen, but rest assured that God does not cause accidents or deaths. James 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.”

Even though the force of devastation is unexpected, you can overcome the intended effect. Devastation has a destructive power that has the ability to strip you of your will to live if you surrender and give up. You have the last say over your own life and how you wish to live it. Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and they seed may live:

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 01

Life Without Parole; Talking Heart2Heart

Parents forever

LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE = PARENTHOOD…

Children are sometimes planned, and sometimes not. Psalm 127:3 “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.” Nonetheless, this is not always the first thought of a woman on the subject of having children. So if you find yourself in this type of situation, it could be a bit stressful. Especially, if the father does not share your feelings about having children. If the two of you disagree, this could make this a difficult decision. You must be willing to be a single parent which will not be an easy journey by far, but not impossible. You need to understand that when you decide to become a parent you are signing up for life without parole. You are a parent for the duration.

After you give birth, it’s implied that the contract is signed and sealed. You are saying that you are willing to be responsible for another life from birth until age 18, end of college, and with many of our children well beyond the legal adult age. This contract is non-refundable, and it has an absolutely NO RETURN policy. Your contract is based on trial and error because of the unknown ahead. This should definitely be taken into consideration when deciding to become a parent. You need to understand that this is a never-ending agreement that may taper off many years later, but NO PROMISES. Parenting is a life sentence.

 

PARENTING FOREVER

THIS IS PARENTING; LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE…

A true parent would give their own life for the sake of their children without a second thought. Psalm 113:9 “He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD.” You must also be willing to put your needs aside to meet the needs of your children because this is what parents do. So if you are not willing to put your children first, then you may want to reconsider your decision about having children. Perhaps, you should attend to the necessities to prevent facing parenthood until you are ready. This is why it’s important to think long and hard about becoming a parent. Once children are birthed you must face the music because there is no turning back. They are yours for eternity.

When becoming a parent, you are literally feeling your way. There is no way to know what to expect after giving birth to a baby. Children are not delivered with instructions, directions, or a manufacturing manual. In my opinion, parenting is a built-in function which is called instinct, but this function must be developed over time. This instinct is a natural impulse of parenting children with love and care. Having children sometimes motivates us to instantly mature to meet their needs. Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Children are dependent upon you for several years before maturity takes place during each stage of life, so you should be ready to parent for the rest of your earthly life.

Are you up for the different challenges of parenthood that comes with the sentence of life without parole? Please leave your comments below.

 

 

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