Are you still remembering the SACRIFICE…

Now that the 2015 Memorial Day observance is completed, are you still remembering the heroes who sacrificed their lives so that our
nation would remain free? Or, did you pack away those patriotic memories and feelings so you can easily access them again on July 4th?

Are you still remembering the SACRIFICE…
…of the Heroic Soldiers?

Total commitment is what President Abraham Lincoln had in mind when he spoke these words during the dedication of the Soldiers’
National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1863:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers
brought forth on this continent,
a new nation,
conceived in liberty,
and dedicated to the proposition
that all men are created equal.”

President Lincoln helped the audience be cognizant of the heroes’
sacrifice as they remembered the past, recognized the present
situation, and looked to the future. They were reminded of the
reasons for breaking ties with England and signing the Declaration of Independence that established the new nation, under God, upon the concept of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The President explained that the “great civil war” was being fought to test the country’s ability to endure.

Lincoln reminded them of the unfinished work of the nation and
admonished the living to dedicate themselves to continue the work so that this “nation, under God” would endure and not “perish from the earth.”

Are you still remembering the SACRIFICE…
…of our Merciful Savior?

Just as President Lincoln’s address prompted his audience to remember the past, recognize the present situation, and look to the future, we as Christ-followers must do the same.

Before we became Christ-followers we were sinful people at odds with holy God—we were spiritually dead!

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.      -Jesus of Nazareth (John 15:13)

This is, of course, is referring to Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross when sinless Jesus Christ stepped in and did what we could not do. Now, Christ-followers are redeemed, free to live as His children, new creations being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit as we rest in the finished work of Christ. And, we have the glorious assurance of eternal life with Christ!

So, what must we remember about SACRIFICE?

The unfinished work of our nation will not be completed by America’s military.

“…We are resolved to stand firm against those who would
destroy the freedoms we cherish…”
  
– President Ronald Reagan

Each one of us must also sacrifice as we fight the subtle war that threatens our nation, the spiritual, economic, and political battles we face daily to maintain the often taken for granted freedoms we now enjoy.

Thankfully, the work of our redemption in Christ Jesus is finished! However, we must remain cognizant the Ultimate Sacrifice—Jesus Christ—Who gave His life so that in Him we would have freedom that brings eternal life, and freedom to walk in the newness of life through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith,
act like men, be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13

As our grateful response for this sacrifice, Christ-followers present themselves as living sacrifices to God (Romans 12:1), giving Him 100% of themselves as they serve Him.

May you be strengthened with all power,
according to his glorious might,
for all endurance and patience with joy.
Colossians 1:11

*All Scripture passages are from the New King James Version of the Bible.

Woman in the Middle

I am a woman in the middle, are you? By now some of you are likely scratching your head trying to figure out what I mean. I am a woman in the middle of Spiritual Mothering relationships. I have numerous women who serve as Spiritual Mothers to me, and at the same time I serve as Spiritual Mother to several women. See Titus 2:1-5.

As Mother’s Day approaches, I am once again reminded of how blessed and honored I am to have had such a wonderful mom. She was loving, generous, kind, spunky and loved to laugh. And most importantly she was a Spiritual Mother not only to me, but also to countless women on several continents.

I have also been blessed throughout my life to have many precious women Christ-followers who have been Spiritual Mothers to me at various times. These women have modeled for me how to look through the lens of Scripture to determine what God’s Word says about how we view people, relationships, issues, circumstances and events.

A Spiritual Mother is a mature female Christ-follower who disciples a younger woman. In other words, a Spiritual Mother is a female Christ-follower who is obedient to follow Christ’s command in Matthew 28:18-20, The Great Commission. Through the years I have come to understand this to mean that through His position of authority, Jesus gave a command to all Christ-followers that he empowers us, through the Holy Spirit, to accomplish. He said to make disciple-makers as we go about doing the things He has called us to do in the places He has called us to do them.

Begin now being Spiritual Mothers to and making disciple-makers of the girls, teenagers, young women, women, and golden-aged women the Lord brings into your life. And, please make every effort to seek out women who will serve as Spiritual Mothers to you.

If you need help knowing how to become a Spiritual Mother, both Susan Hunt and Martha Peace have excellent resources on the subject.

Welcome to my blog!

Through the lens of Scripture comes from my understanding as a Christ-follower that the Bible is our FINAL authority on every issue. God’s opinion found in the Bible outweighs our own opinion.

2 Timothy 3:16-17: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. *

As Christ-followers we are faced with situations that tempt us to trust our own desires and follow our emotions. If we understand that God’s opinion is what matters, then obeying His Word becomes our desire.

Psalm 119:11: Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

We will be looking through the lens of Scripture to determine what God’s Word says about how we view people, relationships, issues, circumstances and events. In order to do that, we must read, study, meditate upon and memorize God’s Word.

2 Timothy 2:15:  Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Psalm 119:15-16: I will meditate on Your precepts And regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word.

I look forward to sharing with all of you!

*All Scripture passages are from the New King James Version.