Isn't that so amazing! God loves us right where we are.
Regardless of what you've been through, what your past make look like, how cheap or used you may feel, and no matter what ugly and deep sins has been committed God still loves you. There is nothing too great you have done that He will not forgive. God is saying daughter, "I love you just the way you are, come onto me and I will give you a clean and fresh start. I will make you brand-new from the inside out!"
We don't have to change for Him to love us. He loves us so much the way we are that He doesn't want us to stay that way. It is after we give our lives to Him that He begins the change in us to make us more like himself. In Him we become a brand-new person and a new creation. The brand-new person does not come first and then God loves. No, God loves us first. 1 John 4:19( KJV) "We love him, because he first loved us."
Romans 5:8 (KJV) "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
In the book of John we read the beautiful story of the woman caught in adultery and of Jesus forgiveness. Her accusers, the scribes and pharisees, wanted her stoned as was the custom then. But Jesus simply said," Go, and sin no more."
John 8:1-11 (KJV) 1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
You can also read another amazing story of Jesus's love and forgiveness to a woman in Luke 7:36-50.
What a loving God we have. Enjoy and soak in these verses on His love for you.
Ephesians 2:4-5 (KJV)4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
John 3:16 (KJV)16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Zephaniah 3:17 ( NIV)The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.
John 5:13 (KJV)13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.
Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
1 John 4:16 (KJV)16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
1 John 3:1 (KJV)3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
1 John 4:8 (KJV)8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Galatians 2:20 (KJV) 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV)3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
Psalm 86:15 (KJV)15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
Psalm 136:26 (KJV)26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Deuteronomy 7:9 (KJV)9 Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV)6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Dear friend, I may not know what you have been through, but I know that I serve a loving and merciful God and that He will forgive all your sins and make you make a brand-new person. Just cry unto Him confessing your sins and acknowledging your need for him and He will give you new life! This is your moment. He is waiting for you.
In Him, Mae
P.S. Be comforted with these verses knowing there is nothing that can separate you from God's love.
Romans 8:37 ( NIV ) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I have had many people ask me how I manage with our 7 children ( one more due in April, 2019), homeschooling them, keeping up the house, feeding my large crew, and even still manage to have time for writing. So I have decided to write a post here to let you know how I do it.
It is no magic, no quick recipe, and no special super mothering either. I get the feeling sometimes that people think I must have to be this super mother with a ton of patience and that I have it all together.
Well here is a few quick confessions. I am no super mom. I quite often lose my patience. And I certainly don’t have it all together. My house is usually very loud and noisy. I go through all the children’s names until I get to the one I want. The children are not always perfectly behaved. And the floors are not always swept. But I do manage. And I am not going insane or pulling out my hair either!
I have compiled here some things that I do that help me to manage!
How we home-school
Though I have always been very committed to homeschooling my children it has never been an area of mine I really excel in. I’ve known there are super moms who have it all together, have various grades and ages all going at the same time, and everyone is learning what they should. Well, it doesn’t go so smoothly at my house.
This is what is working this school year for us though. Sam is doing 8th grade and works on his own up in his room. Nathan, 18, who graduated last year from our home-school correct Sam’s quizzes and tests.
Nathan is also helping Ben in grade 2 with his school. Both Ben and Anna who is in grade 3, need one on one help for nearly all their school work. And I know there are super homeschooling moms who seem to manage just fine with 2 students needing her full-time help. But I confess I don’t know how I could ever do it without my son’s help. I feel like I would go crazy for sure.
Sarah in grade 6 works on her own with me correcting most of her lessons. I work with Anna and when she is on a break I get a break, but if I was helping Ben as well I would have to alternate working with them and wouldn’t get a break till school day was done! I guess I would get a lunch break but that is it.
Thankfully this is working for us for now. Glad that my oldest son has put off getting a job for this winter.
How housecleaning gets done
The children are assigned the dishes so I am not responsible for any dishes. They are my dish washer! I do almost all the cooking but I do include their help a lot. I get my oldest son and the girls to do or at least help with the baking. The children set the table and clean up after meals. I oversee all this though.
Besides these task mentioned above, I have the children do 3 at least other chores each. More if I needed it, but that usually gets it, for the day to day work anyway.
Weekly cleaning is done on Fridays and generally, there is more chores to do, but again when each of the children does 3 each that about covers my whole list. Fridays is when the mopping is done, the toilets, and bathroom cleaned.
How I find time to write
My writing is squeezed in here and there in any free minute I get. Here are a few things that give me time to write. I don’t watch T.V., and only about one movie a week. I don’t have a lot of people I call. I only spend about 30 minutes a day on face book which is the only social media I am on. I check email periodically throughout the day on my phone which I feel is less time to consume for me than getting on my laptop.
What I do to make a simpler and more manageable life
Actually, this is a list of things we don’t do that makes life simpler and more manageable for me. This is how I am able to stay sane with a big busy family and not running the roads to this and that.
But God is the one keeps me going. I couldn’t do it without Him! He’s my driving force, my director and guide. He gets me going and keeps me going! And He gives me the reason and purpose for my life and mothering!
So really when it comes down to it how I manage with my busy family of 7 is spelled in out in one word, GOD.
May you too rely on Him for your every day in everything! He is sufficient!
In Him, Mae
This has really been on my mind lately; individuals who have a half hearted walk with God or lukewarm Christians.
A lukewarm Christian is someone who claims to be a believer in Jesus but does not appear to be committed to Christ, attends church occasionally, rarely reads the Bible, and dabbles in the sinful things of the world. They may have made the confession as stated in Romans 10:9-10, but that is as far as it has gone. God does not affect their day to day life, and they appear to be Christian in name only.
It is very sad to see so many Christians living that way especially if they honestly believe they are true heaven-bound Christians. We can see what God thinks of this in the verses in Revelation.
Revelation 3:14-22 ESV
“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation. “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. …
Signs that of a lukewarm Christian.
~ You rarely read the Bible
~ The people around you do not know you are a Christian
~ Your facebook friends don’t know you are a Christian
~ God is not a part of the decisions you make
~ The plans you make for your life is not based on if it is His will or not
~ God does not affect the choices you make, places you go, the clothes you wear, movies you watch, or books you read
~ God is not the very center of your life
~ God is not a regular part of your conversations
~ You are not daily instructing and guiding your children in the things and ways of God
Those of us who claim to be Christian need to be living in accordance to the teachings of the scriptures. We should continually be seeking God, and be visually growing closer and stronger in the Lord. As the years go by there needs to be obvious growth in our Spiritual life. And for a true Christian there really should be no separation of our spiritual life and the rest of our life. But that is our life. That is who we are. That is our identity. We in Christ and Christ in us.
God is to be the Lord of our lives, the very guide and director of our lives. His Word is the guideline on how we are to live our lives. He is our sole purpose and reason for living.
And when we truly love God with our whole heart and being we will want to please Him in every area of our lives. We become a new creature in Christ, and we put off the old man of who we were before we became a Christian. And we love God more than the things of this world.
1 John 2:15-17 (KJV)15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.
Colossians 3: 1- 10 King James Version (KJV)1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
May each one of us who say we are of Christ live up to the name. And may we truly love God with a wholehearted devotion making Him the very center of our lives. Remembering that it is not only the confession we make, but the life we live.
~ Christianity is a lifestyle not a name.
In Him, Mae
P.S. I would love to be an encouragement and support to you in your walk with the Lord. That is what I am here for and what my whole web-site and blog centers on. So don't hesitate to contact me if you need someone to chat with or lift you up in prayer.
One night this summer when I was awake thinking and praying about things. This thought came to me, God can’t use what we don’t give Him. Now that may seem odd when we know God owns the Universe all that is in it. But He relies on us, His people, to give and offer up to Him ourselves and what we have for His use.
At the moment I had that thought I also immediately thought of the story of the little boy with lunch of 5 loaves and 2 fishes. God owned everything in this world and anything could have been at His disposal to feed these 5 thousand men plus women and children, but instead, He depended upon a little boy and his little lunch. This required that the boy put himself out and to offer his lunch for Jesus to use. The boy must have wondered what Jesus would ever do with that meager amount of food for so many hungry people but he wanted to do what he could to help and gave it to Jesus just the same. Then Jesus gave thanks for the food, and the disciples began to pass out the fish and loaves to the crowd of 5 thousand. Not only was the whole crowd fed, but there were also 12 baskets of left overs!
The story of the 5 loaves and 2 fish from the gospel of John.
John 6:5-13 New Living Translation (NLT)
5 Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, "Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?" 6 He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.7 Philip replied, "Even if we worked for months, we wouldn't have enough money to feed them!"8 Then Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up. 9 "There's a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?"10 "Tell everyone to sit down," Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. 12 After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, "Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted." 13 So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.
What a beautiful miracle that only God does!
But notice that miracle required the act and obedience of one boy to give his lunch.
Are we offering what we have, no matter how small or meager it may appear, for God to use?
I know this concept may seem strange when we know everything belongs to God already. But that is the way God does His work. He works through willing, obedient, and faithful people. People that are willing to lay themselves down for His service, who are willing to give of their time, talents, money, etc. But it requires our giving. If we don’t give it God can’t use it.
And if He can’t use us He will use someone else because His work will be accomplished - with or with out us! He will use someone else who is more willing and they will receive the blessing that comes with doing God’s service, not us.
I don’t mean just giving what comes easily to us, but also what comes hard. What takes us out of our little comfort zone. What stretches us beyond the limits we have set for ourselves. What takes us to places we would rather not go or do things we would rather not do.
Are we willing to do this? Are we saying, “Lord I am your willing vessel for your use in whatever or wherever you want me to go or do. I am all yours, you can use me Lord. And I know you will equip me for you will call me to do.”
Or have we put up a wall and said, “I can do this and this Lord, but I won’t do this.” Or, “I will give this and this, but I won’t and just can't give that Lord.” We do that, and we are limiting what God can do through us.
If we don’t give it God can’t use it!
In Him, Mae
I am a wife to my wonderful husband, Paul, of 21 years. Mommy to 9 blessings, ages 21 to 2 years. Our 2nd oldest son, at age 14, has gone on to be with the Lord on April 19th, 2017. I share about that new road we are on here on my blog.
My first 7 years of blogging.
Great inspirational reading!
"I believe a greater intimacy with God leads us to an inner peace, unquenchable joy, & an ever-lasting hope regardless of what we go through in life." Mae