Clinging and Singing

c7c5b71d10655a038ca22cb87a0eade0Today is Good Friday and I am clinging and singing  the words to the hymn, The Old Rugged Cross.

On a hill far away, stood an old rugged cross
The emblem of suffering and shame
And I love that old Cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain

So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

Oh, that old rugged Cross so despised by the world
Has a wondrous attraction for me
For the dear Lamb of God, left his Glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary

So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

In the old rugged Cross, stained with blood so divine
A wondrous beauty I see
For the dear Lamb of God, left his Glory above
To pardon and sanctify me

So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

To the old rugged Cross, I will ever be true
Its shame and reproach gladly bear
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away
Where his glory forever I’ll share

So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

 

 

Real Love

91e4752abea2deda552b1f353e1bdafbDo you know what love is?

Denied. Tried. Crucified. Died.  That’s the love of Christ on the cross, and He did it just for you and me.

But the love story doesn’t end there, Christ is not in the grave still.

He rose from that grave after three days and He lives today.  He’s alive and He is risen, now that’s what I call a real love story.

 

 

 

 

Open & Shut

Bible-Book-with-Folded-Pages-in-the-Shape-of-Love-Heart If I don’t open my heart when I open the Bible, what good am I?  It doesn’t do any good to open the Bible and keep my heart closed.

Prayer: Lord give me a clean heart that I may serve you.  Give me a heart of wisdom that I may learn your ways. Lord, open my eyes to see you, my ears to hear you and my heart to  love you more and more each day.  Amen

 

 

 

Battling It Out

Desktop or ready-to-hang plaque that is a reminder of God's faithfulness to us when we follow His strategy for living. • War Room Gift by Carpentree: The battle between always and sometimes. Have you ever been there fighting against yourself on the battlefield for God? One thing I’ve learned on this battlefield is that God’s always is better than my sometimes. When it comes to working and serving I have sometimes ways and thoughts.  Sometimes I’m up and sometimes I’m down. Sometimes I’m present other times I not around, sometimes I feel like it and other times I don’t.  Sometimes I’m early and sometimes I’m late.  Sometimes I commit, other times I want to quit. But God is not like me.  He is better than my sometimes.  God is ALWAYS there, God is ALWAYS available, God is ALWAYS with me and God is ALWAYS on time.  God is ALWAYS faithful and able.  I’ve learned to stay on the battlefield and serve the Lord not because it’s easy and certainly not because of my sometimes attitude or ways but because of God’s unfailing love and His great faithfulness. We can overcome and win the battle by trusting God ALWAYS. Now that’s what I call Living on Pitch.

Meatless & Fruitless

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I am trying to  live a more healthier, balanced life these days.  Portion control, meal prep, exercise and changing eating habits are becoming part of my new normal routine .  I’ve noticed that many healthy eating habits and tips articles I’ve read suggest we eat more fruit and vegetables and cut out certain meat from our diet.  I agree we should all try to live healthy lifestyles and make good sensible choices with our nutrition, but when it comes to spiritual nutrition I can’t be meatless and fruitless.  I’ve asked the Lord for His help with my spiritual growth and daily living.  This does not happen by cutting out the meat and the ignoring the opportunities to bear good fruit.  I can only pray for wisdom to balance the two.

I wrote out a prayer for myself for meatless Mondays: Lord help me not to be meatless when it comes to reading and studying your Word. Help me to desire more than milk, to digest it fully and never lose sight of  being hungry for your Word.  Allow my appetite to be fully satisfied just to do Your will and live on pitch today. Lord help me to be fruitful instead of fruitless when it comes to being a hearer and doer of  your Word.  Amen

Matthew 7:15-20

James 1:22

Galatians 5:16-23

2 Timothy 2:1-7