Live Life To Its Fullest

This past weekend I attended a funeral service for my friend’s father. The service started off with a video collection of photos from throughout the years. There were so many pictures and wonderful memories to look back at. Later, each sibling shared about their dad. They shared memories of camping trips, being disciplined, how handy their dad was and how he loved to work. His daughter shared about the last time she spoke to her dad, how he comforted her and told her how much he loved her. I thought to myself, those were great last words.

The youngest daughter read a sweet poem for her dad titled “God called you home”. It was very touching and heartfelt. This made me think how none of us know when God is going to call us home. We could be here for many years to come. Or we could be called home this very day.

James 4:14 says, “whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

The older we get the more we realize how quickly life goes by, and how life is just a vapor. No one is promised tomorrow, that is why we should be living life to its fullest.

What is living life to its fullest? Well, it’s not what many may think. It’s not living for selfish pleasures or possessions. There is definitely no lasting satisfaction in that life and it often only leads to frustration. Living life to its fullest is found in living to please the Lord. When you have a relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you’re living for eternity. You now have a great opportunity to store up treasures in heaven that no one can take away and you won’t leave behind.

Matthew 6:19-20 says, “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.”

At the end of the service, I loved how the pastor reminded and encouraged everyone saying, “As Christians this is not the end, just the beginning.” Remember our life on earth is just a vapor, so live life to its fullest by living for Jesus.

Jeanine B.

Fear Not

The unknown has always been a difficult thing for me; you can say I have a fear of it. As a Christian this is something that the Lord has been working on in my life. It hasn’t been easy but His Word gives me promises that I need to hold on to and by faith I can trust in the Lord. Being fearful can keep us from doing the things of God, and it brings us into bondage.

Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

So when I become fearful of the things of the unknown I have a Father that I can cry out to who will come to my rescue and comfort me, and strengthen me. He enables me not to fear the unknown, but to trust in Him with all my heart.

Psalm 27:1-3 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident.

So the Lord is our light, salvation and strength. We don’t have to fear or be afraid of things that we don’t understand because God’s presence provides the inner resources to overcome fear in difficult experiences.

God’s Word gives us reasons not to fear.

  • You are His creation Isaiah 44:2 – Thus says the Lord who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you: ‘Fear not, O Jacob My servant; and you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
  • You are loved 1John 4:9 – In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
  • You are more valuable than the sparrows Luke 12:7- But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than the sparrows.

We have seen that we are His creation, we are loved by God because He sent Jesus to die for our sins; we are more valuable than the sparrows. We have these promises from God. There are many more these are just a few from His Word. So in order to hold on to these promises we need to commit ourselves to God in utter dependence upon Him. No longer holding on to our feelings and fears but by faith knowing that God is in control and we don’t have to be afraid.

Cherie C.

We Are Not Alone

Recently I have been reading about my friend’s granddaughter on Facebook. Her granddaughter is a two and half year old toddler who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer since the beginning of the year. Through her mother’s various Facebook posts I have read how the family has relied on Jesus Christ throughout their daughter’s illness. With each post she always brings the reader back to Jesus Christ. The family testifies on how they are dependent on the Lord through prayer, worship, praise and faith.  So much so that one day a local TV Station did a story on the little girl and her family. The entire State of Texas saw and heard her parents praising the Father and how they rely on Jesus Christ for everything.

Several times her mother has written how her daughter speaks about the Father “Mommy, Jesus was sleeping with me last night,” or while she is pain “Mommy, God loves us and God is not a meanie.” As I read her posts, I am reminded that the Father is always there, never abandoning us through difficult times. He promised “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” (Heb. 13:5) – we are not alone it’s a promise.

Elsa D.

A Woman of Virtue

VIRTUE: 1. moral excellence; goodness; righteousness. 2. conformity of one’s life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; uprightness; rectitude. 3. chastity

I was saddened and grieved by a call that I recently received from someone questioning another individual’s character. It reminded me that as believers it’s vital that we keep ourselves in check at all times. People are watching, hearing and most importantly the Lord is in every conversation and action that we take. We are called to be above reproach in every area of our lives. As His daughters we are called to a higher standard. It can be easy at times to become complacent and let our guard down. We are warned though to, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour”. 1 Peter 5:8.

There can be a tendency to think, “Well everyone is doing this or that and they are okay”. Reminder to self: they are not the standard, God is! We can lose sight of what really matters if we are not abiding in Him constantly. We cannot allow our secular media, coworkers our culture to define what our standard should be. The Word must always be the standard by which we live by. There is so much inconsistency in our culture, trends are forever changing. But the word of God remains the same; yesterday, today and tomorrow. My prayer for me and you sisters is that we would be so focused on Him that the ways of the world would not entice us or be appealing to our senses. May we hold fast and guard what He has entrusted to us. Because He is coming soon and His reward is with Him. Revelation 22:12

-Rose H.