I normally would never ask for money on this blog, for anyone or anything, however, I feel I need to make this request.
On January 19 of this year, the husband (Brandon) of a daughter (Emily) of a very good friend of ours was hit on a motorcycle by a drunk driver while he was stopped at a stop sign. We have known Emily and her parents since she was just a little child, over 20 years ago. They have been married for a little over 3 years and have an eight month old little boy. They are very active in their church and community.
Brandon was just a few weeks from graduating fire fighter school, his dream job.
In the accident, Brandon had to have part of one leg amputated. In addition to that, he has many internal injuries to the spleen, kidneys, vertebrae, and more. He is still in the hospital, stable, but going through a lot of surgeries.
The Columbia Fire Department, in South Carolina, has set up a fund raiser to raise funds to help meet the hospital expenses, and living expenses, since Brandon is unable to work.
Please pray for them and if possible can you help support them financially with anything you can. In this fund raiser, Emily and Brandon will receive 100% of the money that comes in. Neither the fire department or any one else will receive any of this money. Below is the link to support.
Thank you for your support in prayers and finances.
I want to thank everyone who has chosen to follow my blog or stopped by to see it and read a post. I want to thank everyone who has liked a post or made a comment on a post. It amazes me the number of people from all over the world who read my blog!
Several years ago God had laid it upon my heart to start this little blog. I stand amazed before God as to how much it has grown since then!
This past year has been the best year for stats so far. It had:
For the views and visitors, this was more than four times the previous year!
These stats are all because of you! Without you, there would be no reason to post anything.
There have been days it has been challenging to keep it going, but when I see the number of people viewing it, the likes and the comments, it is encouraging to keep going. I give thanks to God for all the lives it has touched.
I have also enjoyed reading many of your posts that you have written. Everyone who likes a post of mine or makes a comment, I will look at their post. God is using many of you to reach this world for Jesus.
Know that everyday I am praying for every person who reads this blog. I pray that it will encourage many to get into God’s word more. I pray that God will touch their lives and meet the needs of each one. I pray that God will reveal Himself to each person in new ways and draw each one closer to Him. I pray that God will make each person more like Jesus. I pray that each person will be walking in the will of God and working to enlarge His kingdom here on this earth. I pray that everyone will know the Lord Jesus Christ as his/her own personal Lord and Savior.
Again, thank you for reading! May God bless you richly in all ways this new year!
But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. Hosea 12:6
Jacob was the man whose family God chose to become His nation of people. In the beginning of Jacob’s time, he fought with an angel to get God’s blessings. He had to wait for God to provide those blessings. It took many years and a lot of struggles, but his children did receive the blessing and favor of God, they became a nation who followed God.
Over time the nation chose to walk away from God. Hosea is now calling them to return to God and follow His ways. Just like Jacob, they are told to wait for God.
Waiting is something that most people do not really like to do. People want what they want, and they want it right now. In fact, they want it ten minutes ago, now is too late. No matter how fast a computer is, people want it faster. No matter how fast the service is at a restaurant, some want it faster. People are impatient.
Believers have this same problem with God, they get very impatient. They stop and pray for a moment for something to happen or the favor of God in some situation, and expect their prayer to be answer in their way, right away. When God does not answer it in their way, right away, many think that God does not love them or did not hear them, or is against them. At that point, many choose to walk away from God and stop following His ways.
Following and believing in Jesus means that you will wait upon God for everything. You will trust that God has heard your prayers and will answer in His time and in His way.
As you are waiting on God to provide His answer to your prayer, you must maintain your love for God and for others. You must also stand true to His word and maintain the truth in this world.
Satan and this world will strive to get you to believe that God will not answer you, but it is not the truth. Wait on God and He will answer. He will not only answer you, but He will give you the best answer possible to your situation.
Are you trusting and waiting on God?
I pray today that you will know God hears your prayers; that God will give you the patience to wait for His answer; that you will ignore the lies of this world about God; and that you stay faithful to God as you wait for Him.
“Do not make any incense with this formula for yourselves; consider it holy to the LORD.” Exodus 30:37
God had Moses make a very specific type of incense. This incense was to be used before God at the altar. There were to be very specific types of ingredients in it and it was to be considered holy. No one was to make that incense for themselves.
In the Old Testament incense was burned before the altar to give God a pleasant smell. It was to cover the bad odor of sin in the lives of the people.
When Jesus came, the door to the altar was opened so that any person, at any time can go before God directly. There was no more prescription on how to make an incense to burn before God.
Even though no perfume is to be burnt before God today, there is a perfume that arises before God. It is the prayers of every believer. The prayers of believers is described as a sweet aroma that God smells. It brings Him great honor and glory when His people pray to Him.
Think about how great it is when someone you love takes the time to talk with you. It feels great. If they never talk with you, you may wonder if they really love you or not.
The same thing goes for God. He wants His people to talk with Him. When you spend time in prayer, which is just talking to God, it makes Him feel great. It is a wonderful smell to Him.
Too often, people spend their time making perfume for themselves or for others. They spend their time pleasing other people or trying to look good in themselves. This is the incense made for themselves that God does not want made.
Who are you making incense for?
Is it for yourself or others? Or is it for God?
Take time to talk with God. It will send up an incense that will fill Him with joy and pleasure.
I pray today that you will spend time talking with God throughout your day; that you will not focus your time on others or just yourself, but on God; that your life will be a pleasing aroma to God; and that you will bring the sweet aroma of Jesus to this lost and dying world.