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Light Of The World, John 8:12

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I’m always a bit sad when Christmas Season is over and the lights start going out in our neighborhood. The holiday lights add so much bright cheer and color to the darkness of winter. I wish that we had a holiday in January called “Sparkle Day” where we’d decorate our houses and shirts with sparkling, glowing snowflakes. The fake kind, not the real kind. Thank goodness we haven’t had any snow in the SE Seattle area yet this winter: Because of our very hilly terrain, it can be very frightening to drive on icy streets.

Jesus said,

“I am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of Life.”–John 8:12

Often people think of Jesus as lighting up the world by showing us the proper path to walk, how to live: delivering us from the consequences of sin as we turn our lives about and start living in ways that are beneficial.

But, I also believe and have discovered that…

The Spirit of Jesus Christ, also known as the Holy Spirit, lights up the souls of believers. He lifts the darkness of depression and gloom in our spirits and adds lightness to our souls. God promises to inhabit the praises of His people. When you believe in Christ and feel gloomy or the world gets you down, just start singing praises to God. Or pull out a Bible and start reciting the Psalms back to Him. You will feel an actual lift in your spirit as joy begins to dissipate the soggy wet rag of sadness.

When Apostle Peter stepped out of the boat in the middle of a stormy lake to join Jesus, he was able to walk on the water as long as He kept His eyes on the Lord. When he started looking at the angry, threatening waves, he began to sink.

Where we focus our attention really affects our attitude. Also, I believe that praising God chases away evil, as the devil cannot tolerate hearing God praised, desiring all praise and attention and devotion for himself.

Keep your eyes on Jesus this year and He will help keep you in good spirits, whatever 2019 may bring.

May 2019 bring blessing and and many more good days than bad, health and friendship and love.

Happy New Year!

Love from Dawn and Buddy

PS> I am referring to non-medical depression or melancholy.

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Without a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit is not present to dissipate the darkness in your soul. Please consider accepting Jesus into your heart by faith and letting His Spirit lead and guide your life. It’ll be the best New Year’s gift you could give yourself. The God of the Bible is real and lives and is knocking on the door of your heart, waiting for you to give Him permission to enter in (Revelation 3:20). The atheists are wrong and deceived.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him…”–Jesus

 

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Jesus, The Story Teller, Matthew 13:3

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We all have stories to tell about our lives, some more exciting and adventurous than others, but we all have a hi-story. Buddy does too. He suffered abuse by the husband of his very ill owner till a kind Silky terrier breeder rescued him and fostered him till he found his forever home. His story demonstrates that some suffering does end and some lives have a happy ending.

I applied to an advertising art program at an art school some years ago but was rejected by the school’s President. She said I wouldn’t do well in the program because I “was a story teller”. Personally, I think a lot of ads are telling “stories” but I respected her opinion as she had a lot of experience that I didn’t have.

Each new year I realize that I have only so many more years on this earth and ask myself if my goals and how I spend my time is really what God wants me to pursue. I love to draw cartoons and write stories. A bit of depression settles in as I ask myself, “Is my strong desire to tell stories really helpful in furthering God’s kingdom and my purpose on earth?”

And then I remind myself that Jesus told stories, stories that impacted His listeners and the lives of millions for nearly 2000 years. These stories continue to endure, be examined, shared and transform lives.

“And He spoke many things to them in parables,…”–Jesus, Matthew 13:3

So many times I’ve read or heard someone say, “That book” or “That movie” changed my life. Because art often bypasses our intellectual gate keeper and touches our hearts.

King David repented of his hardness of heart, after his murder of Uriah to hide his adulterous relationship with Uriah’s wife Bathsheba, when Nathan the prophet spoke a parable to him that touched his shepherd’s soul (2 Samuel 12:1-14). He responded to the prophet’s rebuke after the parable revealed the severity of his sin and hypocrisy.

So I can take heart that, perhaps, I too, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, write stories that will touch people’s hearts and promote introspection, and with God’s grace, encourage positive change. That maybe my particular personality bent has a purpose and place in God’s kingdom after all.

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I can honestly say that I wish I’d come to the Lord 10 years sooner. I gave my heart to Christ at age 28 after calling up a volunteer working the phones for a Billy Graham crusade which was televised locally. The reason I wouldn’t want to come before my college years is so that I will never forget what it feels like, the emptiness and loneliness that filled my life, before I came into a personal relationship with the Lord. You too can find peace in a relationship with Him. It is possible. He is not a myth: Jesus is real.

If you’d like to enter into a relationship with our Heavenly Father, please pray the below or something similar in your own heartfelt words: Lord, I’d like to know you but my sin has separated me from You as You are a most holy God. I accept that Jesus, as God in the Flesh, took the punishment for my sins. Please forgive me and grant that the Holy Spirit would enter into my heart. May the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, lead me into all righteousness and truth. Open my heart to love you. Amen.

 

Happy New Year! Unexpected Blessing, Luke 2:8-11

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Buddy is a rescue dog from Silky Terrier Rescue. I’ll always be thankful to his foster mom for rescuing him from an abusive situation and bringing him into my life. Barb acted unselfishly as she is a Silky Terrier breeder yet she is willing to care for and place dogs that will not bring her an income.

Buddy was formerly in a bad situation where he was being kicked and mistreated. Suddenly, one day he was lifted out of that situation to dwell in a loving home where he is spoiled and much loved.

At Christmastime we celebrate the story of Jesus Christ’s birth, but it is a wondrous story that can bring joy to our new year, also.

Some shepherds “were staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock at night.” (Luke 2:8) To them, it was another typical night doing the same boring job they’d likely done for years. They were just another of the Nameless Unimportant doing the job that had to be done to keep their society functioning properly. The shepherds had no clue that life would suddenly change, something miraculous would occur that evening.

“And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'” –Luke 2:9-11

You might be looking ahead to this year and thinking, “Another year. Probably be just like last year and the year before. Same old boring job, same old boring me. Probably be another typical year.”

I’ve been trying to encourage myself today. Seems I’ve been ill a long time, my artistic dreams have not taken wing, and life plods along like I’m a draft horse with its neck stuck in a collar treading the same old ruts on the same old path. But I have to remind myself that “nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).

But some day this year Jesus may suddenly appear and your ernest prayers will finally be answered, your failing dreams may finally come true, your long held desires will be fulfilled. Just like Buddy, who had no clue that his miserable situation wouldn’t be permanent, we may suddenly find ourselves lifted out of the situation that is plaguing us.

“The Lord’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning…”–Lamentations 3:22

This night or tomorrow morning or some other day this year could finally be the day that your prayers are answered, your dreams come true.

Buddy’s life changed suddenly for the better. Yours, and mine, can too. Don’t lose hope. We serve an omnipotent and compassionate God.

Have a very happy and blessed 2018.

Love from Dawn and Buddy

PS. I did go to Taiwan last year which was an unexpected blessing and opportunity to serve God.

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The best blessing a person could have is a relationship with the eternal and living God through His Son Jesus Christ. When you admit that you are a sinner and can never meet God’s righteous standards in your own power and strength, and that Jesus died for your sins, taking the punishment you deserve, to make you right with our Holy God, you become born-again. The Holy Spirit comes to inhabit you and transform your inner being. I invite you to take the first step to a lifetime of adventure and eternal life.

Please pray: Lord Father, I acknowledge that I can never meet your perfect and holy standards. I declare that Jesus died as punishment for my sins because He loves me and so do You. That God took on human flesh, dwelt amongst us and then died on the Cross and was resurrected bodily on the 3rd day. I ask you to forgive my sin and grant me the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me. Thank you for your kindness. In Jesus’ name, Amen

I was born-again March 7th, 1989 and I’ve never regretted the decision. Which is why I invite you to join our worldwide and eternal fellowship as a fellow Christian.