Greetings one and all y'all!!! God Bless every one of y'all as we go into the month of July and as we celebrate "Independence Day". What does that day mean to you personally? I hope, where ever you are, and what ever country you happen to live in, that those words, alone, mean something to you. Here in the great country of the United States of America, those two words mean an awful lot. There was much blood shed and loss of life to gain our independence from another great country. We should never forget that our freedom was purchased at a GREAT price!!!! I pray that as we go into this holiday weekend, that each and every one of us will take the time to pause and thank God for the blessings that He has bestowed upon this great country!
I made a couple of cards recently for some friends that have been recovering from surgery. I hope the cards will be an encouragement and uplifting for both of them.
As I leave y'all today, I would love to share another scripture with you.
Isaiah 41:13 says, "For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I am the One who helps you."
Have you ever thought about holding hands with God? Maybe you don't, but He does. God wants to hold our hand with His "right" hand. There is all power, all strength, all favor, all glory in the Father's right hand. God is the One who helps you! God is the One who says to you, "Fear not!"
Recently a sister in Christ asked me where God was at in my early life. All I could say at the time was, "I don't know". She asked me if I would like to know. I said, "I really don't know if I want to know." On the way home from our visit, I asked God where He was. This is the response I got that evening while in the kitchen, cleaning up a bit, and in the blink of an eye, the answer was, ""God spoke to me thru the Holy Spirit and said, "When your hands were clenched, as if making a fist, you weren't; I was with you, holding your hands!!!""
Picture, if you will, someones hands in a closed manner. Anyone seeing those hands would assume they had made fists, and getting ready to fight. Ok, now picture those same hands holding hands with God. There's no fight in those hands at all. Just the hands of God holding my hands. To think that God loves me enough to hold my hands is more than my feeble mind can comprehend. Thank you God, for loving me and being my El Rohi, "the God of Strength who sees me".
God has held my hands my whole life and I praise Him for that! I'll bet that God has held your hands too. There's only two people that I want to hold hands with and that is my husband and God. Just knowing that God has held my hands in the past, it does not matter what the future brings, because I know He'll hold my hands through it.
I hope and pray that you have a right relationship with Father God, through the blood of Jesus Christ. If not, then maybe this is the time or the weekend for you to have an "Independence Day" from sin. Knowing that your "freedom" from sin was bought and paid for with the blood of Christ. Christ died for one and all, only once. One death was sufficient saving grace for me, and everyone before me, and everyone after me. One death paid the penalty for "all" sin. But, you don't automatically have the ransom just because you belong to the human race. You have to acknowledge the sin in your life, repent, and ask Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of your life. He will! He wants to hold your hand! Jesus wants to be your, "Fear Not"! Let Him, you won't be disappointed. Happy Independence Day!!!!
Ladybug, I hope you are staying cool! Praying for the days ahead! I love you bunches and look forward to time with you soon. Sweetpea loves you!
Where ever you are, what ever country you live in, I pray for all to have a happy and blessed weekend ahead. God loves y'all and so do I! hugs, Patty