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Sabbath

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. — Exodus 31:12-14a

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

My Father’s House

And He said to them, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s  house?” — Luke 2:49

Here is your reason to be in church. Are you a Christian (follower of Jesus Christ)? Jesus “had to be in” His “Father’s house”. Follow Him to His (and your) Father’s house.

Praise and worship Him today!!!

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

The Park

What a beautiful, out of the ordinary, winter day in the Midwest. Opportunity afforded me the blessing to take my grandson to the park for some exercise, fresh springtime air, and to be truthful keep him occupied and wear him out for the rest of the day. (It’s rough on this old body caring and especially playing with these youngins). And to let you know, he wore grandma out. He won.

But the real reason for this post is to tell you that God gives us opportunities to serve Him and tell the world about Him. As I was watching my grandson play, a nice young gentleman, there with his 2 year-old son, started up a conversation. I found out he was new in the area and he was wearing a big ole cross on his chest.

Going to pause here for a moment to rewind to Sunday at church. We, as a church, have been challenged to ask someone to church. Statistics show that a large percentage of people would attend church if they were asked to come. I also have been inspired by a fellow sister in the Lord to witness more. I have been praying asking the Lord to open my eyes, teach me, show me how to witness. He has also placed a very heavy, I mean very heavy, burden on my heart for those who are traveling the wide road to destruction. But back to my story. . .

New in the area, big cross on his chest. . . I say, “I see you are wearing a cross. Does it have any special significance to you?” He told me that when he died he would be with the One who died on the cross. Hallelujah!!! And since he was new in town I asked if he had found a church. He had. That’s great.

As I was driving home and thinking over what had happened and thanking God for opening my eyes to the opportunity I was reminded that I had also directed, invited, a woman and her family to my church when she was asking me if I knew of a church in the area. This was while I was at work. God makes opportunities for us. Those opportunities are there everyday, we just don’t see them because our focus is not on Christ.

Ask God to open your eyes to and heart for the lost of this world. Billions are headed to Hell. God has called us to share the Good News.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

 

Edified And Multiplied

Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied. — Acts 9:31 (KJV)

This verse so intrigued me that I kept reading it over and over again. Looked it up in other versions and here it is in the KJV. A time of peace for the churches had come. Saul was no longer pursuing Christians. They were being built up, encouraged, moving forward in the work of the Lord. 

In that edification they were walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit. In this the church was multiplied. Makes me wonder if the church is walking in encouragement today — seeking the Lord in reverent fear and in the comfort and trust of the Holy Spirit. Is it possible to see the church multiply today?

How is your walk?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

But My Eyes Are Open

Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus. — Acts 9:8

How many times have you been led by the hand to church on a Sunday morning (for some Saturday night)? I know as a child I was led by the hand of my mother. For years I was led as a blind person, my eyes open but seeing nothing.

How many are sitting in churches this morning, being led by family members, friends, routine, tradition or duty and though their eyes are open, they see nothing? This breaks my heart.

Are you praying for the congregation that you sit with, that the eyes of their hearts will be open? That the message of Jesus Christ would be proclaimed from the pulpit in truth? And have you examined the eyes of your heart to see if you are seeing 20/20?

The church needs reviving and it begins with the individual. I hope you see the Light clearly and pray for healing from the blindness that is invading our churches.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Worship and Praise

“All the earth will worship You, And will sing praises to You; They will sing praises to Your name.” Selah. — Psalm 66:4

Do you ever think on Sunday morning, as you are worshiping the Lord in hymns, about others gathered together worshiping the Lord God?

I imagine all the churches of the world gathered in one accord giving praises to Almighty God. I know with time zones that this image is not reality but I so look forward to that day when it will be reality — all nations bowed in worship to the Sovereign One.

I wonder what God sees on Sunday mornings as the sun moves from east to west and people are getting ready to go to a gathering place for worship. Does He see a continual 24 hour worship? Is He pleased by what He sees and hears on His Sabbath day? Does He see an eagerness amongst His people to bring offerings of praise and worship to His house? I wonder.

How will your worship be different and will it be pleasing to the Lord today? Draw near to Him and give yourself in worship today.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Love One Another

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” — John 13:35

Does love draw you? The love of God for His creation draws us to Him through the love of Jesus Christ. Love for our families draws us to the desire to spend time with them every chance we get. Love of a friend draws us to spend time with them.

On Sunday morning, does the love for “one another” draw you to church? Do you desire to be with others believers? Sunday morning to me is a chance to show love to other believers (just ask my family how many hugs I give out on Sunday morning) by gathering with them, rejoicing in the Lord with them, sharing their burdens in prayer with and for them, encouraging them and sharing life with them. If I can’t share love at church on Sunday mornings than chances are I am not sharing love during the week.

I often times envision that churches are so full on Sunday morning that parking overflows into the street and people in the neighborhood are so curious that they come inside to check it out. When they do they find the love of God because they see the love we have for one another.

Are you gathering with the saints? I hope so. God bless your Sunday worship and fellowship.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon