I saw how they derived “Jesus” from “YSHW” (Yeshua after adding vowels), by converting it from Arimaic to Roman, if I am remembering correctly. I grew us using “Jesus” as His name, so use that one most but both are actually correct and the same person. But regardless if you Cann our precious Savior Jesus, Yeshua, Jehovah, God the Son, Wonderful, Counsellor, Prince of Peace, Intercessor, Messiah, He knows who we mean and is all n of those things. Our Jesus Christ is the perfect One, the Savior of our sins, our sole means for salvation and I love Him more than my life because without Him there is no life or hope. Jesus came down as a baby of all things, as one of His creation, grew up like us, learned, grew, started radical love and forgiveness and repentance teachings in his ministry, was brutally killed on a cross by those greedy for power and wealth, but raised up from the dead on the third day, lived on earth another month teaching, and the returned to heaven to wait with grace for the right time to come back not as a sacrificial lamb but as a fierce lion to n judge and rule. He will take His church out of the world before the worst of the end out of mercy and love. And He is our Savior, Healer, Friend, Lord of all, Precious Redeemer! He love us!!! And He understands us because He was one of us. That just wows me. If you think about that much love and self-control and more love in one person, it cannot be. He is the only One. His name is powerful! Even His name! Imagine how greater the Son of Man Himself! Oh how I love Jesus!!
“There’s a wideness in God’s mercy I cannot find in my own. And it keeps it’s fire burning to melt this heart of stone. Keeps me aching from the yearning, makes me glad to have been caught in the wreckless, raging fury that they call the love of God. Now I’ve seen no band of angels but I’ve heard the soldier’s song. Love hangs over him like a banner. Love within him leads him on to the battle on the journey, and it’s never gonna stop, ever widening His mercy and the fury of His love. Oh the love of God. Oh the love of God. The love of God.” ~Rich Mullins
1 Corinthians 13:1. “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 4. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10. but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Let me tell you something. We are all united. We can act like we aren’t, we can get distracted, we can get mired down in details that truly don’t matter, we can be fooled by those who have a vested interest in our division. None of that changes the fact that we are united. I have readers in about 20 different countries and my heart feels good knowing how united and connected we rightfully and truly are. Here is how. We are all made on purpose by God Almighty. We are connected by our beginnings and the fingerprints we all share of God. So, my brothers and sisters, let us not forget our roots, our unity, our connectedness. And you are in my heart. Let us keep the spirit of unity no matter who tries to divide. Let’s not even hear the weasels and just love on each other. We got this. God is still our Father. Love you, precious!
Here are the earrings my son bought me with his own money for Mother’s Day. My daughter drew me a picture that I could not get to focus because it was made from several artistic supplies and many things the reflected light weird, but it was beautiful. And my husband bought me two dozen chocolate covered strawberries from Edible Areangements. Now, let me tell you I do not think being a mom is worth celebrating, it is an honor I wear with pride every day since my first day of my first pregnancy. I cherish my role in life as my kids’ mom. I am a mom to many but only a couple came out of me violently. Lol One is in heaven waiting for me. But this day of gifts and honor warms my heart because this day I am shown appreciation for who I am and what I do and I feel very loved. It is nice to be loved. I am loved. Thank you, God, for my family. We made it through rough and smooth and I love our family.
There is a war for our freedom, our truth, our justice and our lives. This war is raging and has been for years, but as the enemy is about to meet his punishment, his force is more open, more noticable, bigger. And everyone feels it whether they realize the reason or not. This unseen war is as real as you but operates only with permission in our physical world. The battle is between good and evil, God and Satan. It is not an even battle. God made everything and everyone we know of, and angels (which Satan is one) were created by God also. So He is much stronger and also won fairly by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as ransom for our sins. And here is one really cool thing about God. He gives His created people and angels free will to choose to worship Him or not. (Of course choosing not to is a death sentence because God is life and choosing not to live is choosing to die.) And Satan chose to overthrow his Creator and be God and God said no to that and sentenced him. Satan knew he was defeated and that defeat was clinched with Jesus Christ’s resurrection and now his war is not to win, he is already lost. His war is to take as many people to hell with him as he can. So he makes it enticing with unlimited lies that pray mainly on pride which is what got him so he feels will get everyone else. And he puts out lures of self-gratification and self-importance to see what sticks and works, be it gossip, judging, stealing, cheating, fornication, any sex outside of marriage really especially pornography, fantasies, drugs, any high, drunkenness, and it gets deeper from there. He promises happiness and pleasure and momentary bliss and so on and brings you into a doorway where you let him in deeper and allow him in because these things- any sin really- separates us from God until we humbly confess to Him and ask forgiveness, allowing the enemy to move in and gain ground into your soul. The goal is always to kill you while you are sinning, separated from God’s forgiveness to send you to hell. So the trick is to stay away from sin and temptation where these evils can come in. See, you falling for temptation says yes to demons coming in. You give them permission to make your life worse. Eventually, the lies accumulate to mask reality of truth to keep you distracted and feeling ok with living in sin. The power of the enemy is deception and denial, lies upon lies upon lies until it seems more true than truth and feels better for a minute. But the weakness of the enemy is that he is a dead dude walking and all you have to do to get out of his power is humbly pray to God and confess and ask forgiveness and for Jesus to save you. Then lies are defeated by truth and God’s Holy Spirit lives in your heart to fight off bad guys and you read the Bible. This seems far fetched and the enemy would say it is or distract you with work or social media or entertainment or the sins and building up of egos. This is the raw, honest truth. Beware of cults that masquerade as truth but provide an automatic in road for Satan and his demons. Beware of distractions. Beware of sins. Keep pure and it is easy to do, just say no to that crap and keep close to God. That is it. He heals, He is love, He is good, He is freedom, He saves, He wants everyone saved. Talk to Him all the time. Start now. God won already! Be on His good side!!!
In the last year, I have gone through such a radical journey in my mind, it is difficult to remember who I was before this force-fed maturity. Lol I was this free-spirited, laughter – loving, self-sufficient woman with a firmly decisive view on life and how to live it. Having been through a series of losses and illness and caretaking and deaths, I careened into a cycle of falling apart and humbling myself, something no doubt long overdue in my life, but with more tears thrown in there than I have ever cried before in the entirety of my life. I was broken. I was damaged. I was lost for a bit. It was ugly because I felt truly alone inside, even with my living kids and husband who rallied to love me and a few amazing friends of new and old. And I tell you not for one minute did God ever give up on me or refuse to comfort every breakdown in tears. And I gradually started to get it. I started to see how this smart doctor really needed this series of events to appreciate simplicity and know God better and be humbled enough to grow as a woman into a deeper love of God. I am on Twitter and blog and cannot help but share God with everyone. He is so good. I know and understand this first hand. He resaved this little girl. I am nothing without His love and loving grace interference. I am so thankful that He rescued me from the mire of self-pity and depression I was falling into and restored His gift of laughter to me and seconded that gift with a new superpower: empathy. It is a heavy gift but a beautiful one because I am so much more connected with people around me and before I was always so weird and a bit, well, aloof, when it came to emotions. I saw them as weakness and now I see they have purpose and strength when utilized to help and comfort and release. There is and new me in here and most of this journey quite frankly occurred in my mind. I believe our journeys occur in our minds and hearts primarily and our physical manifestation is a long time coming, an ordeal of many years of internal devotion. This is why it is so important to keep our minds focused on Jesus Christ and His Word. This is why I often put scripture on Twitter and my blogs. This is why I read it and load up on Truth and teach my kids. We have to worship God with our minds and hearts before we can ever expect to serve Him and mankind with our lives. Our actions result from the ambitions and meanderings and obsessions of our minds and hearts. From this, we act. And God sees and looks at the heart and mind. He knows us better than anyone, having lovingly designed us and all, and He will judge our motivations first and foremost and actions second. It is impertinent we keep a clean house of our mind and heart. This journey is first of the mind. We must think and feel God and Truth and Light and keep feeding on these healthy things. This journey may be hard and arduous but if we use the right tools of God’s Word, prayer, humility, self-control, it will seem shorter, easier, more peaceful and joyful. ❤