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Let The Children Come

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19:14

As Jesus said above, let the children come. I believe He also meant for them to be born…and so does the Brown family.

Watch this inspiring video about their incredible daughter, Pearl, and her daily challenges to beat the ‘odds’ the doctors gave her before birth.

Also, visit the family website at Pearl Joy Brown to follow their journey of faith in their baby girl and in Jesus!

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Unplanned Pregnancy?

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you don’t need to be alone. Birthmothers Ministries offers  unconditional support and help using a specially-trained volunteer, known as a Friend, who will walk with you and provide personal help for whatever challenges you face for as long as you need or choose.

 

 

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No matter how big or how small, we are all children of God!

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! 1 John 3:1

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Hard Hearts And Stiff Necks

There are two things I see in scripture that cause us problems- hard hearts and stiff necks.
Hard hearts describe people who are insensitive to God’s voice and untouched by his work in their lives. They simply don’t see or sense him, his voice, or his conviction.

Stiff necks describe people who are, even knowing what God wants from them, unwilling to change directions, unwilling to repent. They have set their course and will not “turn their necks,” change their minds or direction.

I’m thinking about this because I’m reading a passage, studying a portion of scripture where I see the disciples witnessing some of the most amazing miracles of all history and seems untouched, unaffected by them. They had hardened their hearts. They had become insensitive to God’s amazing work in their midst.
I wonder….I wonder how hard my heart is. I wonder what God is doing in my life, around me, speaking to me and I simply don’t hear it, sense it, feel his presence. This is a dangerous place to be because we don’t realize that a hardness has developed in our lives and our relationship with God. I wonder if my stiff neck, my unwillingness to change my course is made worse by my hard heart?

These are my challenges. These are your challenges. I pray that my heart will be soft to God, sensitive to his touch, responsive to his voice. I pray that I will not be so stubborn that I can’t change, can’t turn my neck to God’s directions in my life. I’m thinking about this because 12 men who lived for three years in the very presence of God on earth struggled with it. I know I do to.

Lord, soften my heart, massage my stiff neck. Help me to respond quickly, to hear well your voice and respond to your leading in my life.

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Challenges

There are days when the challenges and pitfalls of life sneak up on us. It’s easy to fall if you’re not watching the road ahead.

The Christian life is described as a walk because there are element of walking that are part of it. There is the decision to go somewhere other than where you are. That’s step 1.

Then you have to begin and that involves direction. Which way do I go? How do I get there? That’s step 2.

And then there is the awareness that the path, any path, has uneven places, hard places, and may be difficult to traverse, so we have to watch where we are going. That’s step 3.

There are challenges along the way. An unexpected dip in the road can cause us to fall if we aren’t watching where we’re going. The Christian walk was never promised to be easy, but it is never boring. All along the way are other people walking towards the same goal. Following the same path.

Knowing you’re not alone is a great encouragement. It also helps to have others ahead of us who will let us know where the pitfalls are so we can be ready.

Challenges? There’s nothing more challenging that walking with God. It will demand everything you have, everything you are and it will take the rest of your life to get there, but there is no journey so exciting as the journey of walking with God.

Finding my way

It’s often hard for me to see God’s work in my life. I’m living moment by moment and I can’t see what he is doing in my moments. The light that shows me what God is doing sometimes comes much later. Most of the time I only get a glimpse, a stream of light through the clouds, a smile from heaven as it were. Finding my way is the challenge of life. How to navigate the road ahead when I only see a little bit in front of me.

I remember, years ago, while driving late at night in my 1937 Plymouth Road King that I accidentally hit the light switch and turned off the lights. What a panic! Going down the road in pitch blackness at 60 miles per hour. I quickly fumbled for the lights and the fear that overwhelmed me from the experience took hours to wane. It’s that feeling we often live with…the feeling of living in the dark. How to find the way? How to know what God is doing. It’s often a matter of trust when we see nothing at all.

Finding my way….I’m still working on it. But what I know is that God has promised to lead me, to help me, just as a guide would lead a blind man, holding my hand and leading me around the things I can’t even see. Paul wrote these words in Philippians, “My God will supply all your needs in Christ Jesus…” My greatest need is a guide to show me the way. I’m so glad he is that tender hand leading me along…even when I can’t see the way to go.