I just received this in email from a ole friend. A simple yet profound song with a message that all shall hear.
“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”
Who is my best friend?
Who brings out the best in me?
- Jesus has transformed me and is transforming me each day.
- Jesus has loved and loves me with an unconditional love and has given me His love and compassion for others.
- Jesus is always there when I need someone
- 24/7, rain, snow, sleet or shine
- Anywhere, everywhere, any time
- Jesus always listens and hears my heart behind my words or tears.
- Jesus always gives me love, grace, mercy, strength, comfort, hope and peace – whatever I need at the time.
- And most of all Jesus never judges me instead Jesus died for me on The Cross; He covered my sins with His Blood and I appear righteous before Holy God The Father.
- Jesus will raise me from the grave one day just as He arose from the tomb 1983 years ago.
- Jesus has promised me an eternity in Heaven!
I sing the words of this hymn this morning as I think of my best friend, Jesus.
What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
O, what needless paid we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged,
Take it to the Lord in prayer:
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrow share?
Jesus knows our every weakness,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour, still our refuge;
Take it to the Lord in prayer:
Do they friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee;
Thou wilt find a solace there.
Written 3/25/2013, Marilyn Hoeth
If the President or the Pope were to come to our city today, they would probably arrive by private jet and would travel in a motorcade of limousines filled with Secret Service agents or body guards. There would be much pageantry and splendor with their arrival. Depending on the occasion, a red carpet might be rolled out before them to signify their importance. By contrast, 1979 years ago today, there was a humble, yet memorable arrival of Jesus in the City of Jerusalem.
During his short life Jesus would travel to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, many times to visit his friends Mary, Martha and Lazarus.Bethanywas an easy two-mile walk to Jerusalem where Jesus ministered on several occasions. This time, however, His entry into Jerusalem would be different. This time Jesus knew that he would be entering Jerusalem as a culmination of his earthly work, the offer of the kingdom, and he knew he would be starting the last week of his earthly life. This entry would be a memorable entry.
As Jesus neared Bethphage, he sent two of his disciples to a nearby village where he told them they would find a donkey and a donkey colt on which no one had sat. They were to loose the colt and when asked they were to tell the owner that the Lord was in need of it so that the owner would immediately send the colt to Jesus. The disciples placed their cloths on the back of the colt giving Jesus a place to sit as he road the colt on this momentous occasion.
Jesus, fulfilled Zachariah’s prophesy in Zachariah 9:9, “Behold your King is coming to you, lowly and sitting on a donkey, a colt the foul of a donkey”, as he road this young donkey colt into Jerusalem those many years ago. There was to be no royal steed for Jesus, as he entered Jerusalem. There was no royal red carpet. Instead there were branches from Palm trees laid on the road and Palm tree branches waved in his honor. Jesus, The Messiah, The King of Kings, The Lord of Lords, in his humble state as he proudly sat in simple elegance on the back of a lowly donkey colt must have appeared more royal, more elegant, and more ceremonial to his followers than if he had been on a mighty steed and in flowing, elaborate robes.
Although, Jesus rode a lowly donkey those many years ago, he will one day ride a royal white horse befitting a King when he enters to establish His Kingdom. What a glorious entrance that will be!
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Revelations 19:11-16 (NIV)
Heavenly Lord, may we remember your Son Jesus with a renewed sense of awe and reverence this week. Help us to have sensitive spirits this week as we recall the price Jesus paid for our sins and the cruelty he endured on our behalf as he died on The Cross. May our JOY be full as we recall Jesus’ resurrection during Easter Season. Help us to be so spiritually full that we must share The Good News of Christ’s resurrection with others who do not know him as their Savior. And may we be filled with hope as we look forward to the day when Jesus will ride on a white horse.
In Jesus’ name,
Written 2007, originally posted 3/31/2012.
Many people who think they’re kingdom citizens will someday be shocked to discover they aren’t. In Matthew 7:21 Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.” Some people think highly of the kingdom but never receive the King. They call Jesus “Lord” but don’t do His will. Lip service won’t do. You must receive the King and His kingdom (John 1:12).
You must also value the kingdom. In Matthew 13:44 Jesus says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure.” In verses 45-46 He compares it to a pearl that was so valuable, a merchant sold all he had to purchase it. That’s the value of the kingdom. It’s worth any sacrifice you have to make.
Finally, you must continually pursue the kingdom. In Matthew 6:33 Jesus says, “Seek…
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Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Proverbs 16 : 3 – KJV
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The smell of coffee brewing in the early morning…
Bacon frying in the skillet…
A clean freshness in the air after a spring time shower…
The lingering fragrance of cologne as a loved one says good-bye for the day…
These sweet aromas, and many others, fill us with a peace and a sense of all is right in the in the world.
As we walk in love of God and love of others, we also leave a sweet aroma in their midst.
A simple smile…
A visit or phone call instead of email…
A kind act…
A helping hand…
A listening ear…
A caring heart…
Will those you come in contact with, pause after you walk away and bask in the sweet aroma that you left behind?
Will you be a sweet-smelling aroma in the life of each person you encounter today?
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling aroma. Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV
Marilyn Hoeth, 3/20/2013
This morning I wrote about time and how God cares about each moment of our day. He has our times in His hands and will organize the moments of our days when we let Him do so.
Now as evening draws nigh, I reflect on some of the moments of this day.
- A nice, long phone call and visit with ‘my brother’. Oh how I have missed him. It was so good to hear his voice, his laugh and to wish him a Happy Birthday.
- A lovely spring morning walk with a cool breeze brought a friendly conversation with a neighbor that I had not met before. A delightful woman named Joanie.
- A dreaded doctor visit with another neighbor brings remarkable news. The moment she shared with me that the biopsies confirmed that the doctors were wrong was a priceless moment spent with a squeal of thanksgiving to My Lord. There are NO SIGNS OF MELANOMA in her bones!!! Although there are abnormalities and more tests are needed, there is no melanoma. Praise the Lord!! The doctors were shocked by this fact. They were so sure her melanoma had spread that they had given her only a year to live. But God knows better!
- Moments shared in celebration and thanksgiving over Chinese food and a good visit with this neighbor.
- A prayer of thanksgiving and continued healing prayed out loud while hugging the neck of this neighbor who is not a Christian. Yet she quietly sat there listening as I prayed out loud. May seeds of Christ be sown in her life.
- And now my sweet Shih Tzu is sound asleep in my lap as I type.
The moments of life are sweet and priceless when I place my moments in God’s hands.