Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life

Jesus said,

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father, except through me. John 14:6

We may find many ways to come to the cross, but there is only one way to the Father.  We must come face to face with Jesus, and accept Him as the ONLY bridge to the Father.

Take a friend or family member to church this Sunday.

I know there are official Sundays to share your church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who are close to you, but this Sunday, Easter Sunday, is one of those once or twice a year days when most people show up to church.  

The question is, will it save them?  

We always ask this when we look around our Easter or Christmas Sunday services.  Many pastors will preach the message of salvation this Sunday, and the truth is, that many people will show up that do not need to be saved.  They already are.  

In fact, they may need to hear the message:

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:30)  

Some may not attend church because of their job, or because they harbor bad feelings towards church members in general. Or, if they have special needs children, or aging people, who may be unable to attend at all.  

For those who still don't know Jesus and who live stuck in a lifestyle that is against the receiving of God's grace, well, then they do need to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.  But, it isn't the sermon, of course, that will save them, but the moving of the Holy Spirit and the love of Jesus Christ.

NO ONE can come to Father God, except through the belief that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, born of a virgin, lived, was crucified and resurrected from the dead.  

It does not matter how we end up at the cross, but what we do when we get there.

Prayers for all of the unsaved to be touched by the Lord's sacrifice for us.

The Lord's blessings to you this week~Kim

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Inside the Chicken Coop

We have 5 chickens, whom I lovingly refer to as Henies.  Meet Sally Mae, Suzy Q, Gwen, Hoss-Girl, and Lulu.  They lay eggs for us and others we pass them on to.  Plus, sometimes they teach us little life lessons, just by acting like hens.;-)

When we bought our baby chicks home from the feed store, they were chicks, of course, which was a whole new learning experience.  We learned about building a chicken coop and what to feed them.  Now, of course, my son wants more baby chicks to raise....but I digress...

When the birds became large enough to put outside in their coop and pen, I began to notice that two of the hens were smaller than the others. We weren't fussing over them quite as much as we did when they were babies and in a box.  I thought that was curious, since they had been growing at the same rate as the other birds, until this time.

Upon further observation, I watched the hens one day, circling around their feed and I noticed that the larger hens pushed out the smaller hens.  I realized then, of course, that my two smaller hens simply were not getting enough to eat.

So, the next day, when I took out the feed, I took the feed container, placed it in the coop, and once the larger hens were eating, I closed the door.  Then, I placed a second container out for the two smaller hens, who ate voraciously, and fed them this way every day.

It wasn't long before the smaller hens were as large as the others.  All they needed was some extra food, and they became as strong as the others.

We can learn something from this.

Those of us who do not live in third world countries have plenty, and even more than enough. We throw out and waste tons of food, not even the homeless in our developed nations all get fed.   Yet, there are many who are malnourished and underfed in third world countries, who simply need food and water and shelter.

Could you imagine what would happen if we fed them?

Jesus took the time, and fed the 5,000.  He gave them a miracle that they could sink their teeth into.  You know?

Ministries like Gospel for Asia do just that.  They feed thousands, if not more, and many of them are children.  Sara's Covenant Homes also needs your support.  They not only need to feed, clothe and house many children, but also must provide medical care to many who are also special needs, and literally arrive at their doorstep. Many times they are simply abandoned.

It will only take a few minutes of your time.

God WILL bless you for taking time to feed the impoverished.

He needs you to be His hands and feet.

Won't you choose just one to help?

The Lord's blessings to you~Kim

Monday, April 7, 2014

Filmmaker debuts video to help family find a cure for 4-year-old with rare disorder

Filmmaker debuts video to help family find a cure for 4-year-old with rare disorder: Three weeks ago, a Canadian film maker met 4-year-old Eliza O'Neil.

This little girl, Eliza, could lose her life before her teen years, if her parents cannot raise the money by June to give her a treatment. It is a treatment to cure her.  It is a treatment to keep her from dying a slow death, losing her speech, her mobility, and dying by the time she is a teenager.  They are raising money for her treatment.

She looks completely normal now.  She is beautiful and happy.  Yet, unknown to her, death looms around the corner.

Sometimes, life just isn't fair.

Sometimes we find out there are complete injustices in this world that only God can help us with.  Why would God, the Creator, the Almighty, allow such a thing?

All I can say is look at the people of God throughout history.

Their lives were not textbook.  They did not have the princess dream.  But, in the end, things worked out.   A man born blind, was healed by Jesus, for the glory of God (john 9:1-3).  A young girl was raised from the dead by Jesus.  Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus, after having been dead for several days.  Many others during the time of Jesus were born sick, lame, and epileptic, only to be healed.

Why can we not have that kind of Biblical healing now?

It does happen sometimes, and in rare cases.  We hear more and more of people, adults and children, dying and going to heaven, only to come back.  They are those who were touched by God in a real and tangible way, sent back to bring Light and truth.

But, can we increase it?  YES WE CAN!

We must have faith.

No matter what the enemy throws our way, we must hold up the shield of faith, believing that God wants what is best for us.  It may not be the happy fairy tale life, of no problems, but it can be a life of God's victory over the enemy's attacks.

In heaven there will be no sorrow.  On earth, we may have sorrow, but we can walk in the Kingdom of God, with the helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace, laying down our burdens and using faith as our shield, and the Word of God as our sword of the Spirit.  We may not experience heaven on earth, but we can find rest in the will of God, through spiritual warfare.

Can you be the hands and feet of Jesus?

Please pray for this little girl's healing, even donating money for her treatment.  He laid his life down for our healing.   Perhaps today is the day that you will have faith for someone else's child, and she will be healed. They have only two months left to raise the necessary funding for her treatment.  Can you help?  What does Jesus need from you?

Stand firm, therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.  As shoes for your feet put on the gospel of peace.  With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.  Ephesians 6:14-17

Blessings to you and yours~Kim

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Are Autistic Children Bratty?

From the normal point of view, our children just get their way.

People smirk at you.

Some chastise your child for being non-compliant.

A few even remark that you need to get better control of your child.

They even wonder if you are abusing your child because they act this way...

In their the outside, normal world, your child is bratty to them.

Bad parenting is not the cause of autism.

For those people who still think they can control it, autism is a genetic condition, and frequently mixed with food allergies.

God created these and all children the way that they are.  He knit them in the womb.

Sure, we can change our autistic children's diet, medicate them, or even use applied behavior analysis, but in the end,

You cannot take the special out of special needs.

God made it that way.  Why?  We can only ask the Creator.

Will God heal them?

Yes, of course.

But in

His Way

and in

His Time.

We must have hope.

In Jesus.

Are autistic children bratty?  Certainly not.  Did the Lord bring us challenges with these children?  Well, yes. Challenges that He called us to shoulder, yoked with Him and His love.

April is National Autism Awareness month, won't you join in and share the love?

Blessings to you and yours~Kim

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Who Can Make a Rainbow?

Special needs can be lonely.

The typical world doesn't always realize this.  Some of them attempt to include our children, and even us, but always the truth of life in Special Needs Land overwhelms a matter.  We may even venture from the house with high hopes of normalcy, only to realize the error of our ways, and return to the safety of our walls.

When the reality of our family's isolation hit me as a mom, and the need of my son to interact on some level, I began to search out pen pals for him.  My special needs son obsessively set to work each week, collecting cards, placing stickers in them, writing his name and then sending them.  He has grown in this practice, making cards for many others, and receiving them in return.

What amazes me is the ability of the hearts of two boys to cross the continent, never having laid eyes on each other, to discern what the other likes.  They send each other cards, and sometimes, toys, or other trinkets.  It is a "place" where special needs need not be lonely, and they learn their purpose in life simply by learning how to love others in their own special way.

It is the same with any special needs get-together or convention.

It starts with God first.

I am struck over and over again, that we all have to find our purpose in life, because God did create us specifically for a purpose.  EVEN OUR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN HAVE A PURPOSE, CREATED BY GOD.  Each of us can make a rainbow of love, being the hands and feet of Jesus.

Love can appear in the sharing of toys.

Love comes with bear hugs.

Love comes in a happy smile.

Blessings come in words from a pure heart.

Your special needs child has a purpose too!

What the world considers imperfections, Jesus makes an opportunity to shine through.  The rainbows we all make in the name of Jesus will bring love down from heaven to shine down on those who need it.

Has your child found his or her purpose in Christ?

What makes them shine?

What bridges the love of Jesus to those who know them, or don't know them?

How can they serve others?

There is a place in the Kingdom of God for our special children too.

Blessings to you and yours~Kim

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Faith and The Carrot Seed

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Faith is....

A little boy planted a carrot seed.

His mother said, "I'm afraid it won't come up."

His father said, "I'm afraid it won't come up."

And his big brother said, "It won't come up."

Every day the little boy pulled up the weeds around the seed and sprinkled the ground with water.

But nothing came up.

And nothing came up.

Everyone kept saying it wouldn't come up.

But he still pulled up the weeds around it every day and sprinkled the ground with water. 

And then, one day,

A carrot came up.

Just as the little boy had known it would.

~Written and published by Ruth Krauss

What are you having faith for today?
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