On September 8th, 2014 my Grandaughter Olivia at the age of 8 was baptised. This is done by immersion of a believer in water, in the name of Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Baptism represents the crucifixion, burial and resurrection in Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20)
I think those of us who are grandparents can agree that the birth of a grandchild is a very precious and emotional experience to us. Because Olivia had accepted Jesus as her Savior, this day of my granddaughter’ s baptism was far more meaningful as in that we would now spend eternity together. Because we have both professed our faith and confessed our sins, receiving into our hearts as our Savior Jesus Christ who died on the cross and rose again to join His Father in heaven we will be together in this place He has prepared for us.
(John 14:1-3) In the Bible says-“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that were I am, there you may be also.”
If you would like to join your family and friends in heaven, remember this: “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) You cannot enter Heaven but by Him. Jesus says in (John 14:6) “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
Do not let yourself and your loved ones get left behind when He returns in the clouds for those of us who have given ourselves unto Him, by confessing all of our sins, asking Jesus to come into our hearts as our Savior with baptism and following in His footsteps to spread His plan of salvation.
Yours in Christ, heartfulandhelpful
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I accepted the Lord as my Savior and was baptized at the age of eight. I knew that Jesus wanted me to spread the Gospel to as many people that I could find to listen. Through the age of thirteen I was on fire for the Lord. The at the age of fourteen my Father died a very sudden and violent death. He was robbed, shot and killed in his jewelry store. He was just thirty seven years old. My Father was my mentor, friend and parent. I was devastated.
I feel like I lost almost a year of my life in memories. I was angry with God. This was june and I was starting in the ninth grade in September. We had stopped going to church, when we did go it was filled with unbearable memories for myself my Mother and Sister. This was our first mistake. We did not take our cares to the Lord. Little by little Satan took over.
Without the guidance of my Father, and my Mother herself mourning I relied on friends to show me how life works. Mistake number two. My younger Sister needed me and I’m sure I was there, but not there for her. Not like I should have been. I started dating and that was my third mistake. I was too young and didn’t bother with if the boys were christians. My life as a teen was a disaster.
Adulthood wasn’t much better, I drifted from church to church. Then no church at all. Fourth mistake. I prayed for a better life, yet no answer. I was living in sin, why would God help me? Then my dear Mother came to live with me, she herself a strong christian again had been praying for all of her family to get back to God. To become disciples for Christ. When started going back to church. Becoming close to the Lord again. Oh how great it felt to confess all of my sins again and receiving God’s love. My husband was also back in church. The struggle we went through our first 19 years of marriage was unbelieveable.
I am sharing this with you because I want you to know that God can mend your life as well. He promises you eternal life through His son Jesus. (John 3:16) “For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Now every morning I asked God to forgive my sins and pray that He will send someone to me everyday so that I might show them the plan of salvation.
Confess all of your sins, accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. Live a life that is pleasing to Him, by prayer, reading your Bible, going to a Bible based church, become baptized and telling others that they too can become a child of God.
In God’s love, heartfulandhopeful
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Some how this year I find myself either with less time to get things done or I am mismanaging my time. Either way I have found in all of life’s demands that if I do not make time for God, He reminds me in big ways.
These days I have to make lists, reminders, calendar appointments or I will sure enough forget something. That’s ok though, I like to mess with electronics and all the fun apps that go with them. But really, I cannot slice some time in for God that way! Why not? Because He is my life. He is the one who controls every things I do. Without Him I wouldn’t have the brain to make those lists and reminders.
How does God remind me when I am forgetful of Him? Well did you ever say to yourself right after something bad happens,”everything was going so well then this had to happen to mess it all up? ” Know what that was, it was God reminding you that you thought you could do it all yourself, you forgot to consult Him. You had so much fun doing whatever you wanted to do that week that you forgot all about the only One who can give you the overwhelming joy that you need in your life. Everyone else can be down on you, yet God is always there to love you.
Have you found yourself saying that this world is a mess and what is going to become of it? How am I going to raise my children and what is to become of my grandchildren with all the hate in this world? I have the answer, it is God. And if you do not have Him in your life you better make some arrangements to get Him quick. Not only will you have your fellow Christians to turn to when things get very ugly and they will, but you will have eternal life in the most beautiful place you can imagine.
“Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.” (Hebrews 9:28) ESV
Yours in Christ’s love, heartfulandhelpful
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Well I got so busy in April I for the first time forgot to write my blog! How embarrassing. I’m going to forgive myself though because what I have been doing is for God. In my volunteer work I read and answer emails from all over the world and try to help people with the Lord to guide me with their problems and salvation. I am humbled by these emails. The sorrows of people in need just amaze me. I have sobbed reading them.
Addictions of all kinds, abuse, culture problems. Most people want to find help though God. When I read I thank God for sending this person to me. I pray for wisdom and for the Holy Spirit to put the words in my mouth, to comfort them and to be able to tell them how salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord is the only kind of help they need.
The more emails I do, the closer I feel to the Lord. When I am searching for a verse that will help someone, I am learning the Bible more and more with each email. I am calling upon the Holy Spirit, learning to listen for the answer I seek. This is the best non-paying job I have ever had! Well actually if I think about I am getting paid. Not monies, but Joy, love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…Galatians 5:22. All these things are heightened now, I am constantly aware that I need to be all these things to serve the Lord.
I want to thank my husband and my mother who live with me for allowing me to spend time reading and answering these emails. I know it takes time away from them. Pray for me to be able witness to others about God’s love and salvation.
Yours in Christ’s love, heartfulandhelpful,
Hi E, I love you. Grandmother
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We have had the pleasure of having a few of our Missionary’s home and sharing the love of the Lord with them. I love when we ladies of the church get together to appreciate our Missionary’s, everyone brings a little food and we listen to the stories of how God works in the souls of people who have very little hope, who have believed in false God’s all their life. It amazes me the creative ways that the story of Jesus is brought to people of different countries. The language barriers that must be won and culture that are learned. I think Missionary’s are amazing!
Live and love like Jesus. Keep growing in the Lord. Abiding in Christ. Your first love is Christ, He should be your number one. Psalm 56:3 “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you.” 1 Thessalonians 2:24-26 “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” Psalm 18:31-32 ‘For who is God, except the Lord? And the rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.”
These are a few things we spoke of and prayed on. I found them a great comfort. I hope you will as well.
Yours in Christ love, heartfulandhopeful
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Have you ever said “Why me God? What have I done to deserve this?.” The answer is very simple. You have not done anything. You have not done anything that God should reward you. We still think that we are in charge of our lives. We are not. There are two forces in our lives and one is evil while the other is good. Good for us that is. When we become born again (folllowing Christ) We have the guidence (Holy Spirit) that unbelievers do not have and never will as long as they refuse to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior.
I have done wrong in my life and still He loves me. He forgives me and The Holy Spirit trains me how not to do those things again and if I do He will remind me and scold me. Forgiveness is found in prayer and reading my Bible, faithfully learning more about the Lord and attending church. The longer you live in Christ the easier it is to become Christ-like. And by that I mean as He would like for you to be. A disicple for Him. To teach others how to love Him and have eternal life. Imagine if every christian shared their love for Him each day. How much more love we would have for one another.
Prayers, your prayers go unanswered until He hears the most important prayer you will say in your life: “Father, I know I am a sinner, I believe that you died on the cross for my sins and ask you to forgive me of my sins and I accept you into my heart as my Savior, Amen.” This is called repentance. Only then will you begin to know the presence of the Holy Spirit. God is about love, love for Him, for yourself and loving your neighbor as yourself.
Living for the Lord is rewarding, life is still tough but you have comfort in knowing that no matter what, God is going to take care of you. It may not be in the way you wanted or the timing may be off but He will take care of you. A heart sensitive to the Lord will know what He is doing. If you trust, have faith and abide in Him.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7) in the NKJV says- “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
For those of you who are struggling with the question, “Why Me” turn to our Lord and ask for forgiveness of your sins. Then act on your commitment and know you will have the Holy Spirit to guide you in all you do.
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Yours in Christ’s love, heartfulandhelpful
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