Friday, October 26, 2012

Live Forever

I went to a funeral today.  The woman who passed away was someone I knew throughout my childhood, a dear friend of my mom's.  She was the type of person who radiated light and love; always positive, always trusting.  The marriage she shared with her husband of almost thirty years was one that would make you sigh and go, "Awww."  She battled breast cancer for over two years before it got the best of her.  Anyone who knew her says she faced her circumstances with faith and optimism.  So, not only was today a day to mourn her loss; it was also a day to celebrate her homecoming to be with her savior Jesus Christ.

The gravity of death hits me every time I attend a funeral; I suddenly recall how finite and brief our time is here on earth.  It is but the blink of an eye to God.  It has my mind reeling tonight, feeling the urgency of salvation.  On another note, I was recently blessed with the opportunity to attend a NEEDTOBREATHE concert with my aunt and Drew Holcomb opened for them.  I can't shake one of his songs tonight as I contemplate the human condition of life, death, and meaning.  I urge to you check out this music video from Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors for "Live Forever."

It suddenly feels extremely urgent to me to convert anyone and everyone I've ever known who's never known the love and mercy of Christ.  Of course, I know this isn't possible.  With me, anyway.  However, I know someone who makes things happen.  So I will continue to pray that God will grant me the words to say and the courage to say them - to show people the love and the way of Christ.  I pray that all of my loved ones and many, many more will come to see eternity, sitting at the throne of Jesus.  May the Lord put it in your heart tonight to seek Him; I assure you that if you do, you will most certainly find Him.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Mustard Seed

I need to take a moment to brag about the power of the holy spirit.  I assure you, this is no rant tooting my own horn or singing my own praises.  It's only through the grace of God that these things are even possible.

A couple of months ago, I was told about a man and wife who were clinging to their marriage, desperate to keep it alive but failing miserably.  They had been struggling for quite some time, and it was apparently the beginning of the end.  As soon as I heard these things, I began praying incessantly, night after night.
"Lord, help this couple in need.
Help them to set aside their pride and forgive past hurts.
Help them to love, serve, honor and respect one another.
Help them to lower their walls and 
to remember why they fell in love in the first place.
Strengthen and heal them.
Help them to see each other in a new and refreshing light.
Let nothing and no one come between or separate them."

I heard nothing about them for quite some time.  Then, out of the blue, I was told that, surprisingly, they were succeeding at making amends.  In summary of the husband's words, I was told, "I don't know, for some reason, we've just been doing really well."  I couldn't help but smile from ear to ear, for in that moment, the holy spirit led me to believe that my prayers were answered.  

Prayer changes things.  Matthew 7:7 states:  "Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you."  The Lord wants to give us the greatest desires of our hearts in accordance with His will, if only we ask him for it.  Matthew 21:22:  "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."  If you have faith only as small as a mustard seed, you can move mountains. You need only ask.