Archive for December, 2007

An Empty Cup

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." Psalm 23 KJV

There is a song by Richard Blanshard "Fill My Cup, Lord". The words are so beautiful and so appropriate for us "Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up, Lord! Come and quench this thirsting of my soul; Bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more. Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!" If ever we needed our cups filled, it is today.

We are living in a world filled with hatred and violence. Instead of being encouraged, we are being discouraged. It is absolutely crucial that we become encouragers to one another on a daily basis. Our enemy, satan, is working overtime to discourage us. Yesterday, I had to run to Jesus all day because of the poisonous arrows of discouragement that satan was shooting into my heart.

Jesus will be faithful to encourage us but we must lift our cups up to Him so that He can fill them.

Father, In the precious name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, we lift our cups up to You. We ask that You would please quench the thirsting of our souls; that You would please encourage and inspire us. Would You please remove all the hurt from our hearts that we have because of people saying unkind and criticizing words to us. Please don’t let us hurt our families, our loved ones and friends by the things we say to them and the things that we do to them. May our families see the difference that Jesus has made in our hearts and our lives and want the same joy and happiness in their own hearts and lives. Thank You for all You do for us and thank You for sending Your Son to die for us so that we may have our sins forgiven and be saved. Amen.

Joanne Lowe

Is He in Your Heart?

Friday, December 28th, 2007

"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 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 4:10-16 KJV

Did you know that we need to be on the alert every minute because satan is very tricky and he will attack us even in the most sacred moments? People have told me that satan attacked them even while they were sitting in church listening to their pastor preach the sermon. Two days ago, on Christmas Eve, as I looked around my home at the beautiful Christmas decorations that my family and friends had given me, all of a sudden without any warning at all, I started feeling very discouraged and sad.

Nothing had happened to make me sad. The attack seemed to come from out of the blue and I couldn’t understand why I was starting to feel discouraged and sad because I was very happy. In fact, I am happier now than I have ever been in my life. The reason why I am so happy now is because I dedicated my life to Jesus in full time service on January 24, 2005.

If Jesus should tarry His return and God doesn’t call me home, next month on January 24, 2008 I will have the privilege of serving Jesus in full time service for three years. That may not seem like very long to some people who have been serving Him for years, but to me, a lady who had crawled under a hospital bed in a mental hospital over twenty five years ago because I was afraid to live and afraid to die and was afraid of everyone and everything, it is a miracle of unconditional love, grace, mercy and compassion from the heart of my precious Saviour. Is it any wonder that I love Him so much and say, and will continue to say it for as long as Jesus gives me breath, "There is no one like Jesus? No one loves us like Jesus loves us."

Suddenly, as if I had been in a long dark tunnel for a long time and finally saw a ray of light, I realized what was happening; why I was starting to feel discouraged and sad when I looked around my home at the beautiful Christmas decorations. It was because nobody was coming to spend Christmas with me and I was going to be alone on Christmas Day.

It was also an attack from satan to discourage me from making my Christmas Eve audio recording to send to all of my dear friends on my mailing list. I decided that I would not make the recording because nobody would care if I sent it or not. However, satan didn’t win and he will never win because greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world" (1 John 4:4).

Not only is satan a liar; he is also a deceiver. There is absolutely nothing that satan can do to us that Jesus can’t conquer. Jesus is more than enough for every crisis, every problem, every heartache and every situation if we will only trust Him.

As soon as I understood what was happening, that satan was using the decorations to remind me that I was going to be alone on Christmas Day, I started laughing. I informed satan that Christmas is not the decorations that are in my home; that the joy of Christmas is Jesus who lives in my heart.

I told satan that he was not going to discourage me and I immediately took all the Christmas decorations down. The only thing I didn’t put away was the manger scene. The minute I finished putting the decorations away, I felt an overwhelming peace and joy once more flood my heart.

I put the ham in the oven to bake and put the sweet potato’s on to cook. I opened the can of cranberry sauce and put it in a bowl. At eight o’clock on Christmas Eve, I had my Christmas dinner. I will have several more meals from this dinner because it was a half ham.

We don’t have to wait for Christmas or a special occasion to celebrate because if we have accepted Jesus as our personal Saviour, He lives in our hearts. He is with us morning, noon, and night and He will never leave us, not even for a minute.

Not only is Jesus our loving, merciful, forgiving and compassionate Saviour; He is also a trusted companion and friend. He stays with us when everyone else leaves us and He is never too busy to listen when we need to talk.

O dear friends, every day of our lives should be Christmas for us if we claim to be Christians. If Jesus lives in our hearts, we have the joy of the Christ Child every day of our lives. The Bible tells us that God sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. The definition for propitiation in Webster’s Dictionary is "something that propitiates; specifically : an atoning sacrifice."

Jesus went to the cross of Calvary and there allowed Himself to be tortured, beaten, abused, ridiculed, mocked, spat upon, cursed and crucified for us. He endured all of that agony and horror for you and for me so that we can have our sins forgiven and live with Him for all eternity.

Does Jesus live in your heart or are just giving Him lip service? Does He have control of your heart and your life? Have you surrendered your life to Him in full time service? You can serve Him full time right in your own home. Again, is Jesus living in your heart? If not, I urge you; I plead with you to give your heart and life to Him right now, right this minute before it is too late!

Joanne Lowe

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Mark 16:15 NLT
And then he told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned." NLT

I think it is the desire of every Christian person to work within a "Christian" environment. How often have you wished you could have a job (albeit with your same salary) at your local church, at the local Christian school, at a Christian bookstore, at a Christian camp? The desire of Christians to be together is inbred into us at our salvation, the desire of "family," the desire to be with ones who are like-minded in the things of the Lord.

But the fact is, the highest calling of the Christian is very likely the calling to be "in the world, not of it." The Lord Jesus has commanded us to "Go into all the world." And while He tells us to "preach" the gospel, it doesn’t mean that we all are preachers. The fact is, the preaching that is done when we "go into the world" is more often done with our lives than with our mouths, more often done with our deeds than with our words.

When I was growing up, chalk artist evangelists and preachers were very popular. These were people who had the ability to draw pictures related to their sermons on large canvases or sheets of paper. As they talked and quoted scripture, the pictures would come alive under their fingertips. The importance of chalk sermons isn’t the medium, but the fact that these pastors understood the importance of the visual (what we see) as compared to the auditory (what we hear). Often what we see far outweighs, in our hearts and minds, what we hear.

"Your actions speak loud than your words."

The Lord Jesus needs His Church to refuse to cloister itself, but to permeate the world with the gospel through our lives. Paul taught, in Philippians:

"You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of crooked and perverse people. Let your lives shine brightly before them." (2:15b-16 NLT).

The Lord Jesus taught us (also) that we are the salt of the world (Matthew 5:16). But think about salt. By itself, it is bitter and distasteful. Added into food, it permeates everything it touches and changes it through it’s very nature. If we, as salt, cloister ourselves away, then we become useless and should be thrown out.

It may be that we are working a job that is difficult, where being a Christian is hard. But that may be the very situation where God needs us to the most: in politics, in public school teaching, in the military, in the retail industry, wherever it’s difficult to easily shine as a light for Christ . . . that’s where Christians are needed the most! We need to stand firm in this invisible calling to ministry and to remember that we are there first to serve the Lord and His purposes. Like an underground army, we are the army of the Lord, spreading the gospel in covert and overt ways as He makes possible.

Copyright 2008 by Robin L. O’Hare. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission. Permission to reproduce will be given by author by contacting servinggodalone @ All copies must be reproduced in their entirety and distributed without cost.

His Amazing Grace

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

"And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the water of life freely." Revelation 21:6 KJV

Have you ever heard the song with these words "I’m getting nothing for Christmas? Mommy and Daddy are mad. I’m getting nothing for Christmas cause I ain’t been nothing but bad"? Christmas has nothing to do with us being good or bad because we could never be good enough to deserve the gift of the Christ Child.

Christmas is about the amazing grace of Jesus. What an insult to our Saviour and His amazing grace and His unconditional love to say that we aren’t getting anything because we have been bad. There is nothing that we can do to deserve His mercy, His grace and His unconditional love. It is because Jesus loves us so much that we have the privilege to drink from His well of living water.

In the first place, our parents can’t go the store and buy what our hearts need even if they had all the money in the world. The gift of the Christ Child was given to us freely from our loving Heavenly Father. The unconditional love, mercy and grace from the hearts of God and Jesus can’t be bought. They are freely given to us from their compassionate hearts.

If you’re thirsty for love, acceptance and peace, run into the waiting arms of Jesus. He is waiting with His arms outstretched and a heart full of forgiveness and compassion. You don’t have to go through this life by yourself. Jesus will walk with you every step of the way. Thank God for the gift of the Christ Child and for the water of life that is given to us so freely.

Joanne Lowe

He Has Come

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Isaiah 9:1-7
The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation
And increased its joy;
They rejoice before You
According to the joy of harvest,
As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

For You have broken the yoke of his burden
And the staff of his shoulder,
The rod of his oppressor,
As in the day of Midian.
For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle,
And garments rolled in blood,
Will be used for burning and fuel of fire.

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah 9:6-7, “For unto us . . .”, is a familiar passage for the days of Advent. Many pastors choose it during the Christmas season to either read or upon which to base their sermons. “For unto us a child is given, unto us a son is born.” It—seemingly—so fits with the pastoral scene of the Nativity.

But, in some ways, this passage is more about Easter than Christmas, more about freedom than gifts, more about salvation. Period.

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.”

Who walks in darkness, dwells in death except an unredeemed sinner? Who needs the light—the Light of salvation—desperately? Those who need the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. This passage is hailed as one of the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. When the Jews were looking for a Messiah, they weren’t looking for a babe in a manger; they weren’t looking for a baby at all, but rather for a warrior-king who would free them from the slavery of the oppressive governments that had conquered them. “For you have broken . . . the rod of his oppressor.” War, servitude, subjugation would be over. Israel would be free.

What the Jews didn’t grasp, didn’t realize is that this life in itself is oppression. There is a sense of slavery to the very sin that permeates the earth that crushes each and every one of us. Paul writes: “. . . the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption . . .” (Romans 8:21b, NKJ). Simply living here, in this life, is a kind of slavery, a slavery to sin.

Paul talks about this slavery . . . to the earth, to sin:
“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:15-24 NKJ)

As Christians, we feel this slavery down to the very cells in our body. Our hormones, our lusts, our very sin nature fight against our desire to please God and to do His will. We know that it’s only through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to trust Him and to do His will.

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.”

The wonderful truth is that Jesus, the Lord Jesus Whom we love and trust, is the One Who has become our judge, our jury, our King! It is to Him we owe allegiance, Him that we serve. And He, through His great sacrifice, has already paid the price of our sin. The miracle of Christmas isn’t about Bethlehem, as tender and wonderful as it is, but rather is about Calvary and what Father God planned and accomplished that Easter week long ago. The miracle of Christmas is about a baby who became a man, but more than a man. Who because our Savior, Who died and rose again to pay the price for our sins.

It’s easy and fun to celebrate all the aspects of Christmas. But what looms as a shadow over every nativity is a cross, for without the cross, the nativity has no value, makes no sense.

As we celebrate Christmas this year, as we look, even today, toward the next weeks where the decorations are packed away, where homes are cleaned of the accumulated clutter, let’s also look toward the spring where the celebration of Easter rises. Let’s not see Christmas as an end unto itself, but rather the beginning of the time when we rejoice because our Lord is truly risen indeed!

Copyright 2007 by Robin L. O’Hare. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission. Permission to reproduce will be given by author by contacting servinggodalone @ All copies must be reproduced in their entirety and distributed without cost.

“Fall on your knees” with Camel Fleas

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

“Fall on your knees”
With camel fleas
Sniff odoriferous breeze
Of nearby cattle

Kneel upon the hay
A donkey brays
Murky morning haze
Soon does settle,

The blood and sweat of birth
Spilled upon the earth
Underscores the dearth
Of dainties in this setting

A baby’s hungry cries
And mother’s soft replies
Distract the sighs
From father’s fears besetting.

Foretold was this place
This point in time and space
Great expectations soar
And salutations pour

But father senses Father
And now his fears increase
In meekness does he murmur
Words of feeling least.

From this humble entrance
We’re told that Life evolved
A Seed that sold for pittance was buried in a vault
But scripture also tells us
The Seed was ne’er destroyed
And even now encircles earth seeking fertile soil

So all my dusty dealings
Can prove a gravid morn
Though blood drenched, destitute, smelling,
With woeful deeds untelling
My soul can be the dwelling
In which this Child, again, is born.

— Roadrunner
Copyright 2007, all rights reserved

False Smiles – Just Praise Him

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3 KJV

I think all of us have had a time in our lives when it was difficult to smile, that is to give a genuine smile that came from our hearts. Then there are times when we smile but the smiles don’t come from our hearts. We plaster the smiles on our faces automatically because we don’t want people to know that we are hurting because they might not understand how we are feeling or worse, they might not even care and they might criticize, condemn and judge us.

We wear false smiles because when we share our hearts with someone, it is very risky and makes us very vulnerable. I remember when I accepted Jesus as my personal Saviour twenty seven years ago. I knew that a Christian should smile so when I got dressed in the morning, I made myself smile even if I didn’t feel like it. I was hurting inside but I had a false smile on my face.

Someone told me that I should put on praise music when I started to feel discouraged. I tried that, but it didn’t work. I have found out that it is very dangerous to wait until I am feeling discouraged to start praising Jesus. It just gives satan a chance to attack me and try to discourage me. We take our children to the doctor to get shots to prevent them from getting measles and mumps. We don’t wait until they have the diseases to take them to get the shots. It is very important that we don’t wait until we are discouraged to start praising Jesus.

If we will keep our eyes on Him, praise Him and constantly try with His help to make Him happy, we won’t have time to get discouraged. Listening to praise music is wonderful, however listening is not enough, we need to be praising Jesus from our hearts and with our mouths. We should be praising Him and saying to Him "Worthy are You, Jesus. Thank You, Jesus, for all You do for us. Oh, how I love You, Jesus." These expressions of praise that come from our hearts will bring joy to the heart of our precious Saviour.

Just knowing that our dear Heavenly Father and our precious Saviour loves us unconditionally should be enough to put joy and happiness in our hearts and make us smile a genuine smile. Don’t wait until you are discouraged to praise Him, just praise Him all the time. Start praising Jesus the minute you open your eyes in the morning and keep praising Him until you go to bed.

Praising Jesus not only keeps discouragement away; it also makes Him happy. If you don’t feel like praising Him, praise Him anyway. I’m sure that He didn’t feel like going to the cross and being abused but He did it anyway because He loves us so much. Do you love Him enough to praise Him even when you don’t feel like it?

Joanne Lowe

Fresh Annointing of Determination

Friday, December 21st, 2007

"And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing." Isaiah 10:27 KJV

There are times when we need a fresh anointing of unconditional love, understanding, mercy, grace and compassion from our precious Saviour and our dear Heavenly Father. Sometimes due to difficult circumstances, crises, heartaches and problems that we encounter in our daily lives we become discouraged and feel like giving up. It is then that we need Jesus to put His arms of unconditional love and understanding around us and give us a fresh anointing of encouragement and determination.

Have you ever felt that you were in bondage to someone or to something? There are people who are in bondage to drugs, alcohol, sex and other things that hurt Jesus and bring disgrace to His name. It is not a very good feeling to be in bondage to someone or to something. If we haven’t surrendered our lives, our time and everything that we have to Jesus, then we are still in bondage to satan. There is no middle ground. We are either serving Jesus or we are serving satan. It is only as we give our lives, our time and all that we have to Jesus that the yoke is destroyed and broken.

I remember how terrible I felt before I gave Jesus my life and all of my time. Oh, I had given Him my heart on August 14, 1980 and asked Him to forgive me and be my personal Saviour but I never surrendered my will, my time and my entire life to Him until January 24, 2005. Since I dedicated my life to Him in full time service, I have a peace, a joy and a happiness that I never had before. It is a peace that the world can’t give me and the world can’t take it from me.

I have received several emails over the last two years from people who have told me that they were discouraged and felt like giving up and letting someone else serve Jesus in their place. I think if we are honest with ourselves, many of us have felt the same way because of being criticized, ridiculed and judged. When we are constantly criticized, it begins to weaken our determination to keep serving Jesus.

We need to remember that Jesus also was criticized, ridiculed and judged but He never gave up. The tragedy of it is that He is still being criticized, ridiculed and judged today by many people. Thank God that He never gave up when He was here on earth and that He went to the old rugged cross for you and for me. There He shed His blood for our sins so that we may be forgiven and live with Him for all eternity in Heaven. There is no greater love than the love of our dear Heavenly Father and our precious Saviour.

If today, you feel that you can’t give another smile or take another step, ask Jesus to give you a fresh anointing of His compassion, understanding and unconditional love. He will be faithful to comfort and encourage you and to give you a renewed determination to serve Him no matter how many obstacles you encounter. He will softly whisper in your ear "I love you and I will never leave you" as He gently leans over and kisses the tears from your eyes. What a precious Saviour; what a precious friend, this Jesus of Nazareth!

Joanne Lowe

A Well of Happiness and Joy

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

"The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:11-14 KJV

Have you ever turned on the faucet in the kitchen sink to get a drink of water because you were thirsty? I’m sure most of us have gone to the sink to get a drink of water. There have been times when the water that came out of the faucet in my kitchen sink was cloudy and dirty. There was one time when the water coming out of my faucet stayed cloudy and dirty for almost a week. A couple of times I didn’t have any water at all because they were working on something and had shut my water off.

Oh dear people, the water that comes out of the well of our precious, compassionate, caring and loving Saviour is never cloudy and dirty and is never shut off. It is always pure and clean. Our well of happiness and joy is His blood which He shed for us on the cross of Calvary.

Because of this well of water, His cleansing and atoning blood, we can be cleansed and have our sins forgiven and have everlasting life if we will but humble ourselves and admit that we are sinners. If we will ask Jesus to forgive us and come into our hearts to be our personal Saviour we will live with Him for all eternity.

Without the blood of Jesus applied to our hearts for the forgiveness of our sins, we will never know real happiness and real joy. The world entices us with its flashing lights and tells us that if we have big homes, big cars and a lot of money we will have happiness. These things are very appealing and can bring happiness for a little while. However, the happiness will fade away eventually because of having to have our homes and cars repaired and there goes our money.

The world tells us that we can find relief from our pain in drugs, sex and alcohol. Again, these things are only a temporary escape from our problems and pain. When the effects of the alcohol and drugs wear off, the pain and problems are still there. We will never have real happiness and real joy until we give our hearts and lives to Jesus, the Saviour of the world. He paid a very expensive price for our happiness and joy, His very life’s blood which He shed for us on the cruel cross of Calvary.

Do you have this well of happiness and joy in your heart? Has there ever been a time when you humbled yourself and admitted that you are a sinner? Have you asked Jesus to forgive you and come into your heart to be your personal Saviour? If not, I urge you; I plead with you to do it now. Tomorrow may be too late; even another hour may be too late. Please don’t put off saying yes to Jesus. Give your heart and life to Jesus right this minute and you will have a joy and happiness that you have never known.

Joanne Lowe

Those Precious Little Children

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

"And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them." Mark 10:13-16 KJV

Yesterday I was hungry for a fish dinner so I decided to treat myself. I went to Captain D’s to have a fish dinner as I love their fish dinners. While I was eating, a family with four little children came in and sat at the table next to me. I not only saw the love they showed to each other, but I could actually feel the love that the family had for one another. The parents were smiling and laughing while talking to their children and to each other. As I looked at those precious little children sitting there, I got a big lump in my throat and tears in my eyes and my heart melted.

I called the mother over to my table and asked her if she would allow me to give her children a Christmas present. She said that she would. I gave her a dollar to give to each of the children. The children are four years old, five years old, eight years old and eight months. I watched as she went back to her table with tears in her eyes and a smile on her face. She sat down, looked at her husband and he gave her a hug. She gave the children the presents that I had given her to give to them. The joy on those precious little children’s faces is the best Christmas present that I could ever have.

The children looked at me and smiled and said over and over "Thank you for the Christmas gift". Even the baby smiled as though she knew what was happening. I told the mother to be sure the baby didn’t try to eat the dollar. The mother smiled and said that the baby wanted to eat everything she could reach. Oh how I thank God for the privilege of meeting this dear family and feeling the love that they had for each other which was so evident on their faces and in their conversation.

Just as the parents rejoiced to see their children happy so our Heavenly Father rejoices when He sees His beloved Son happy. Every time that we do something kind for Jesus it makes our Heavenly Father happy. When we are not kind to Jesus, it makes our dear Heavenly Father very sad.

How God’s heart must have hurt and been broken when His beloved Son was crucified on that old rugged cross for you and for me. I am sure that He had tears in His heart because He couldn’t even look at His Son as He hung there for us. Jesus had taken our sins on Himself and God is a Holy God and can’t look on sin so He had to turn away from His beloved Son.

Are you making our Heavenly Father happy or are you making Him sad? You may be saved, born again through the atoning and redeeming blood of Jesus, but have you surrendered everything you have to Jesus and dedicated your life in service to Him? You may not be called to go as a missionary to another country, but even in your home you can be a missionary and extend the unconditional love of Jesus to your spouse and children. Does your family know that you love Jesus? You can tell them you love Jesus but if you are not kind and loving to your family they will not believe you. What kind of missionary are you being for Jesus in your home?

Joanne Lowe