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Clean as Pure Snow

When I was a young teenager I got the brilliant idea to bleach a pair of Levi’s. I filled the bottom of the bathtub with bleach and soaked my jeans. Everything was going great until I took the bleach soaked jeans out of the tub and carried them, dripping, down the hall, then all the way down the stairs to the laundry room. Our house had forest green carpet, so I left a path of bright white dots with each drip. I had no idea any of this transpired because I was focused on my project.

My mom noticed and she was not happy, at all. I was shocked and felt awful. I tried quickly wiping up the spots, but it was too late. The carpet was stained. We tried everything to get the spots back to their glorious 1980’s forest green, even a dark green marker. Nothing worked. The spots were less noticeable, but they remained until we sold the house, and the new owners replaced the carpet. 

Sin leaves a stain that cannot be removed with our own efforts. No matter how hard we try, our sin remains. Our good deeds will not take our sins away. We can’t clean them, but we sure try. Maybe if we are good, and do as many nice things as possible, then no one will notice our stains. There is no magic cleaner, or good deed to remove the stain of sin. There is only one way for sin to be removed. Only one can remove our sins. His name is Jesus.

“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.”

Isaiah 1:18, NIV

The scarlet described in Isaiah is a bright red color. This vibrant red was created from the eggs of a small insect found on oak leaves in the Mediterranean. Fabric would be dipped in this red color twice to ensure it was set. No washing or cleaning could remove the scarlet that was deeply embedded in the cloth. Much like our sin, our human efforts cannot remove what’s been set in our heart. 

Only Jesus can make us clean as pure white snow. He can remove the stain of sin in our hearts. White represents purity and innocence. It’s clean, unblemished. Have you ever stood outside as fresh snow falls? It’s bright and untouched. The snow makes everything new again. As the snow comes down it covers the dirt and muck. All you see is glowing white. 

The crimson of our sin is not just covered, it’s removed. Once we have repented and believe in Jesus, we are like wool that has never been dyed. Our sins can seem like they are part of us forever. They don’t have to be. That bright scarlet is gone when Jesus makes us new like pure wool. The sin stain is permanently removed. 

There is not a single person on this planet, nor has there ever been, who has not sinned. Every one of us has sinned.

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23, NIV 

There’s good news! Jesus already paid our sin debt in full. The stain is removed for those who are in Christ.

“but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”  1 John 1:7, NASB 

There is no sin too big that Jesus cannot remove. He can make you clean and new like pure snow. Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Today would be a great day to change that. He is waiting for you with open arms.

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,  Acts 3:19, NIV 

Love you all, 

Meghan 

 

Father God,

Thank you for Jesus, and the sacrifice He made on the cross for all of us. Thank you for the newness you give us when we belong to you. Thank you for taking away the stain of our sins and making us pure in your sight because of your son, Jesus. Thank you for your perfect love and freedom that you give. Draw people to Jesus today. May many come to know Him as their Savior. We thank you and praise you God.

Amen 

 

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Reference:

https://biblehub.com/commentaries/barnes/isaiah/1.htm

Faith, God

God’s Hands

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Those teeny weeny chubby baby feet belong to my youngest son. He was 2 months old when that picture was taken. That’s my hand. I have average size hands to give you some idea of how small his newborn feet were. Now that he’s a teenager, there is no way I could squeeze just one of his feet in my hand. Maybe half of one of his feet.

When I look at my hands I see tools. I do a lot with them. I chop, stir, and whisk all sorts of things in the kitchen. My hands clean, grab, fold, and write. My hands hold and grasp. My hands open in worship and are clasped in prayer. The human body is a miracle and God gave us incredible abilities with just our hands alone. But my hands are limited.

God’s hands are big and powerful. They hold you and me, and the entire world in them. But that’s not all. God holds the planets, stars, moon, and every bit of space dust in His hands. God made it all.

For the Lord is the great God,
    the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
    and the mountain peaks belong to him.
 The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.  Psalm 95:3-5, NIV

My own hand laid the foundations of the earth,
    and my right hand spread out the heavens;
when I summon them,
    they all stand up together.  Isaiah 48:13, NIV

God holds us in His mighty hands. We are so tiny in His omnipotent hands. The hands that made every person, plant, and animal are holding us. They are giant hands. Bigger than we can imagine or comprehend.

God’s hand protects.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10, NIV 

God’s hand guide us.

Even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.  Psalm 139:10, NIV 

God’s hand gives favor.

The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.  Acts 11:21, NIV 

We are secure in God’s hands.

My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than allno one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:29, NIV 

God is always working, even though it may appear like nothing is happening. We can get so focused on the problem that we take our eyes off of God. When answers take too long, when problems seem never ending, or impossible, we too easily forget who is in control. God is holding us, sustaining us, protecting us, and guiding us.

God is a loving, perfect, Heavenly Father. No problem is too big for God, or too small.

 

What are you facing today that seems impossible?

What have you been holding on to that you need to place in His hands?

God can take care of things that we can’t. He is God and we are not. Give all your worries and fears over to God. Trust Him, praise Him, and thank Him. God is able.

 

Let’s all do a sing-along. An oldie but a goodie.

Sing it with me……

He’s got the whole world in His hands

He’s got the whole world in His hands

He’s got the whole world in His hands

He’s got the whole world in His hands

 

Love you all,

Meghan

 

If you need prayer go to my contact page.

Faith, God, Uncategorized

He Named the Stars

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According to NASA, our sun is one of about 200 billion stars in our galaxy.¹ That’s more than any of us can see with our eyes. I am overwhelmed by the few stars I can see at night. The most stars I’ve seen at once was at the Grand Canyon. I wish I could have captured that beautiful view. It’s forever in my memory, until I lose my memory. Hahaha!

We can never reach any of the stars, besides our sun. Proxima Centauri, our closest star, is approximately 4.24 light years away. A light year is 5.88 trillion miles.² Yeah, we’re never going to get up close to a single star. And we are not supposed to. Each star is exactly where it is meant to be, far, far, away.

God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. Genesis 1:16, NIV 

There is no doubt in my mind that there is a God when I look at the night sky. But when I think about the fact that God named the stars, my mind is officially blown. Only God, who made billions of stars, also named them. 

He determines the number of the stars

and calls them each by name. Psalm 147:4, NIV 

 

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:

    Who created all these?

He who brings out the starry host one by one

    and calls forth each of them by name.

Because of his great power and mighty strength,

    not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26, NIV

God made and named each and every star. Not one star is missing or out of place. 

God is in the details of the universe and the details of our lives. 

Do you feel like He has forgotten about you? Do you ever wonder if He sees you and what you’re going through? Does God really care about me? Yes, God really cares about every heartache, trial, and pain you experience.

God made every single part of the universe and He made you. He knows everything about you. He even numbered the hairs on your head. He doesn’t just count how many individual hairs you’ve got. God numbered your hair. Reach up and touch a piece of hair on your head. Maybe that’s number 1000 or 50. Who knows? God does. 

And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:30, NIV 

God has intimate knowledge of us. He is not a far-off, too busy for us, God. The God who made us also deeply loves us, and deeply cares about our needs and sorrows. He is in the details. 

Whatever you are going through today, or tomorrow, He cares. God cares so much that He wants you to trust Him, to talk to Him, and give Him all your concerns. He will take care of you. It may not be your way, or your time, but He will provide. 

As for God, his way is perfect:

    The Lord’s word is flawless;

    He shields all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30, NIV

The God who named the stars, and numbered your hair, loves you. Trust Him. Cry out to Him. Praise Him, and thank Him. Spend some time with Him. He loves hearing from you.

 

Love you all,

Meghan 

 

¹ https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/other-solar-systems/en/

² https://www.britannica.com/story/how-do-we-know-how-far-away-the-stars-are

 

Do you want to know how to photograph the night sky? Read this informative article from Pixpa filled with great tips. 

https://www.pixpa.com/blog/guide-to-astrophotography

 

Faith, Obedience

100 Things for My 100th Post!

 

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My 100th post! I cannot believe I’ve posted that much. A lot has happened in my two years of blogging. I want to start by saying “thank you!” to each and every one of you. Thank you to each of my followers. Thank you for your support. It means everything to me.

Thank you to every person who has liked and commented on any of my posts. Your feedback is a huge blessing to me. Thank you to anyone who has dropped in and read a post. Thank you!

Here are a few fun facts about my blog.

There have been 71,057 words written on my 99 posts.

I have recieved 1200 likes and 939 comments.

People from 86 countries have visited my site. Places like Sri Lanka, Botswana, Cameroon, Macedonia, Pakistan, and Israel, to name just a few.

I started this blog because I wrote a kids book, Joey Flynn’s Extraordinary Tale. The link is on my home page. I didn’t know what I was doing, or what exactly I was supposed to blog about. I stepped out in faith, trusting that God would equip me, and He did.

I have learned a lot, written a lot, met all kinds of great people, and gotten stronger in my faith in the process. My goal is still the same, “to encourage kids and adults“. I say kids because of my book, and future kids books. I always write from the perspective of my faith and share the truth about the Bible, and Jesus to the best of my ability.

Every post has been prayed over, studied, researched, and written with care to bless you.

Here is my first blog ever Unqualified

Thank you for coming along on this blogging journey with me. I pray that you have been encouraged in some small way by my writing. I am so grateful for you! I’m just getting warmed up. I’ve got lots more to write about.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Love you all,

Meghan

 

For fun, I’ve put together a list of 100 random things about me. They are in no particular order. Enjoy!

  1. I’m addicted to coffee.
  2. I love Cobb salad.
  3. My dream job is to be a pastry chef.
  4. My other dream job is to be a farmer.
  5. I don’t drink soda very often.
  6. The first thing I do in the morning is grab my Bible.
  7. I make coffee before I do anything else. (Refer to #1)
  8. Bible, coffee, and prayer start my day.
  9. I love being outside.
  10. I’m obsessed with the sky.
  11. I’m always looking at clouds.
  12. I’m also obsessed with the night sky.
  13. I love the moon.
  14. I see God everywhere in nature.
  15. I love to laugh.
  16. I find so many things funny.
  17. Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts.
  18. I dream of going to Israel.
  19. I also dream of going to Italy.
  20. My childhood dream was to be a fashion designer.
  21. I was always drawing as a kid.
  22. Baby animals make me smile.
  23. Birds are incredible.
  24. Rainy days make me want to bake, read books, and watch movies.
  25. I love architecture.
  26. I love old churches and cathedrals.
  27. I love the old Spanish Missions.
  28. The beach is one of my happy places.
  29. I’m happiest barefoot.
  30. I have naturally curly hair.
  31. I usually straighten my hair.
  32. I would cry as a little girl when my mom combed my thick, tangled hair.
  33. I hate large bugs.
  34. I screamed the first time I saw a huge cockroach in Texas. (They are BIG here)
  35. I Love being on the water. Ocean, lake, stream, pool; it doesn’t matter.
  36. I swim often in our swimming pool.
  37. My favorite season is summer.
  38. Impressionism, naturalism, and realism are my favorite styles of paintings.
  39. I don’t like clutter.
  40. I love post-it notes and use them a lot.
  41. Hurting, broken people are my people.
  42. I wanted to be Wonder Woman as a child.
  43. I hate horror movies.
  44. I enjoy Indie movies. (good ones)
  45. I love documentaries.
  46. Biographies and history are my favorite types of books.
  47. I don’t enjoy novels. 
  48. A pet peeve I’ve got is back massages during church. It’s creepy and distracting.
  49. I’m a teensy bit claustrophobic.
  50. I love antiques.
  51. I love a bargain.
  52. I love to dance.
  53. I love the smell of fresh cut grass.
  54. Peanut butter M&M’s are the best ones.
  55. My favorite ice cream is peanut butter chocolate from Baskin Robbins.
  56. Lilacs and hydrangeas are two of my favorite flowers.
  57. I do not like public speaking.
  58. I love hiking trails.
  59. Working in my garden is therapy for me.
  60. I am a task-oriented person.
  61. I teach a cooking class to middle school and high school age kids.
  62. I’m about to start my 17th year of homeschool. 
  63. I love to cook.
  64. I love to try new recipes and force my family to eat them.
  65. Italian food is my all time favorite.
  66. I don’t like to fold and put away laundry.
  67. My favorite movie candy is Junior Mints.
  68. I love sweet tea.
  69. My favorite preacher is Charles Spurgeon. 
  70. I greatly admire Joan of Arc.
  71. One of my favorite colors is teal.
  72. Elijah and Moses are two of my favorite Bible people.
  73. I keep most cards I’ve been given.
  74. I love Christmas.
  75. I go overboard with Christmas decorations.
  76. I love big coffee mugs. (refer to #1)
  77. I love getting a pile of cookbooks from the library and getting inspired.
  78. I love getting a pile of history, art, and gardening books from the library.
  79. I love to watch America’s Test Kitchen.
  80. I love to watch The Great British Bake Off.
  81. I love to take pictures of pretty much everything.
  82. Most of the pictures on my blog are mine.
  83. I plan on writing a second book.
  84. I may even write a third book.
  85. I never dreamed of being a writer.
  86. I love to encourage people.
  87. I sing loudly and badly in my car.
  88. I love to travel.
  89. I love exploring new places.
  90. I love 80’s music.
  91. Worship music is my jam.
  92. I love hanging out with my husband and sons.
  93. My husband and sons make me laugh and fill me up.
  94. I am blessed with incredible Godly women whom I call friends.
  95. I never met a stranger.
  96. I keep my circle of people small.
  97. I have 4 siblings.
  98. My little sis is one of my people.
  99. I love to entertain and plan parties.
  100. I love to put gifts together for others.

 

 

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Jesus Christ's Return, The Early Church

Maranatha

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“O Lord, Come”

 

The word maranatha has been around in Christian circles for centuries. Some even use it for their businesses, and church names. I had never given the word maranatha much thought until I saw the footnote in my Bible last year. How I overlooked it all these years is beyond me. Once I understood the meaning and significance it was an encouragement, and I hope it will be to you as well.

In Aramaic the word marana tha translates to “our Lord comes” or is “coming”. Maranatha occurs only once in the Bible.¹

If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!”   1 Corinthians 16:22, NKJV 

Strong words for those who don’t love Jesus. The word accursed is translated from the Greek word anathema. This was the third level of three levels of discipline for the ancient Jews. Anathema meant that the Jew being disciplined was no longer counted as a Jew and would never be reconciled to the synagogue.²

After this dire warning about your soul being cursed for not loving Jesus, Paul ends with maranatha.

Paul used an Aramaic word, maranatha, in a letter to a Greek church. He was sending a message of hope to the early church. Maranatha was an encouragement to fellow Christians enduring terrible persecution under Roman rule. It reminded them that Jesus Christ was coming back for them.

The early Christians were severely persecuted by the Romans since they refused to declare Ceasar was god. This meant death for the Christian. Maranatha became a common greeting of that day. The Lord will return and their suffering will end. The early church expected Jesus to return at any moment and we should too.

Jesus Christ is coming back for His church.

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:3, NIV 

Early Christians took loving Jesus and His imminent return very serious. They laid everything down, even their lives to love, serve, and follow Jesus. There was an excitement about the return of Christ.

The 18th Century evangelist George Whitfield attests to his “Maranatha Mindset” writing:

“Let that cry, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh,” (Matthew 25:6) be continually sounding in your ears, and begin now to live as though you were assured that this night you were to go forth to meet Him. (And all God’s people cry “Amen!”)³

Whatever you are facing today, Jesus sees you and is with you. Your suffering will end. I say “Maranatha” to you. Jesus will right every wrong. We will be with Him in heaven for all of eternity. So hold on friend. Keep trusting. Keep believing. This world is not our home.

As Christians, may we live with excitement and great anticipation of the return of Lord Jesus. Maranatha!

Love you all,

Meghan

 

 

  1. https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/maranatha/
  2. https://enduringword.com/bible-commentary/1-corinthians-16/
  3. https://www.preceptaustin.org/maranatha