Eternal Life

On May 16, 2017,  a beloved friend passed into eternity. We miss her. A lot.

Yet we know she is with the Lord.

How can we be so certain?
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13).

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal live (John 3:16).

A Place of Blessing

Afraid of an approaching army, Jehoshaphat prayed, “We are powerless . . . we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (2 Chronicles 20:12).

The Lord responded through the prophet Zechariah, “Do not be afraid. The battle is not yours but God’s. Stand firm, hold your position and see the salvation of God” (from 2 Chronicles 20:15-17).

Jehoshaphat appointed singers to lead his army singing, “Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever” (2 Chronicles 20:21). They defeated the enemy and called the place the Valley of Beracah.

Prayer and praise turned a battleground into a place of blessing.

Our Generous God

Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him; 
I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him 
and show him my salvation. 
(Psalm 91:14-16, bold mine to highlight what God does)

We do so little. God does so much.

 

Held by the Lord

Our first grandson* (I love him so!) was born a preemie. At first, we could not hold him. “Being held is stressful,” the nurses said.

So we watched him and we prayed, continually asking the Lord to hold him.

The next morning I noticed a book in a restroom. I picked it up and it fell open to this: “People were bringing little children to Jesus . . . and he took them in his arms, put his hands on them, and blessed them” (from Mark 10:13-16).

It seemed to me the Lord was saying, “You don’t have to keep asking. I heard you the first time. Holding too-small babies is what I do. It’s who I am.”

My tear-filled pleas became prayers of thanksgiving: “Thank you, Lord, for holding baby boy!”

*Baby boy, born to our middle daughter, is now 6+ weeks old. He’s home and doing well.