My Love Story {Today is a Good Friday}

This pic was taken after I prayed to accept Jesus in my life.  

Today, as I reflect I still remember that special day I gave my life to my Lord Jesus.  

I had the blessing of having my husband Ruben lead me to Christ.  At the time, he was my boyfriend and we had only dated for six months.  You see, it was all part of the plan.  God’s plan.  The Lord works like that.  He knows us better than we know ourselves.  

On a quiet spring afternoon, Ruben drove me to this little church.  We walked inside.   No one was there.  Since Ruben was part of the staff, he had a key.  So we had the church all to ourselves.  I thought we were going there to eat lunch and play drums.  

But God! 

Little did I know, I was minutes away from making the greatest decision of my life!  

We sat together on a pew.  Ruben began to explain the plan of salvation to me and had me read verses in the Bible.  He told me that Jesus came to forgive me of all my sin.  

I knew this was serious.  I felt the atmosphere change.  Tears flooded my eyes.  My heart felt like it would explode.  There was a battle brewing up inside of me.  

Then, I got down on my knees with Ruben and prayed.  

For the first time, I knew the answer for my life was Jesus.  I wanted Him.  

I asked him to forgive me and told Him I wanted to serve Him all of my life.  

It was simple and beautiful.  

At that moment, I felt clean.  I knew I was different.  

All of the pain of my past was healed and the shame of my sin was gone.  

I can’t believe it has been 20 years already?  Time sure goes by fast.  

Even now, as I write this, tears come to my eyes.  Tears of thankfulness.  Tears of joy.  

I’m so thankful to Ruben, my husband who was obedient to the Lord.  He shared the gospel with me and that is truly special.   That is true love.  

I can say that serving God and living for Jesus is the Only way and the Best way.  

Without Him, I am nothing!  He has delivered me from fear, curses, and death.  
He has given me love, joy, peace . . . Life and life more abundantly.  Freedom! 

This is my story, my Love story.  

I encourage you to remember your love story!  The Love story between you and your Savior.  Talk about it.  Tell your children.  Tell others.  When we are in love, we want to share it.  Don’t we?  Share His love.  He loves you my friend!  

Fall in love with your First love again. 

Blessings and Shalom, 

My Love Story:  A Poem to Honor My Lord
On a Good Friday 20 years ago, a young woman gave her life to Jesus.  

She was 18 years old.  

Her guilt and shame was washed away.  

She was forgiven and made whole that special day.  

A new journey for her life she was embarking.  

She was no longer on the road to death and destruction but on the road of life.  

Life and life abundantly.  

She became a child of God.  A woman of faith.  God’s Beauty.  

It was a day the angels partied in heaven because her name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  

It seems profound that all of this could have happened in one moment.  

A moment of surrender. 

A moment of giving up her desires and dreams 

For the One she had been searching for all of her life. 

Nothing else could pay the bill.  No one else could satisfy. 

No, that day, she was overwhelmed by the love of her Savior.  

And for the first time, she knew the truth.  

It would be a growing journey of faith, trials and perseverence.  

Only God knew. 

With arms wide open she fell into the arms of her loving Father. 

Walking by faith and trusting His every step as He led her along the way. 

20 years later,

I am that woman.  

I am no longer young. 

Through it all, I have trusted. 

I have seen the true love of a redeeming and forgiving Father. 

Through the years, I have seen 

the power of prayer

the power of love 

and the power in the blood 

Of the Passover lamb.  

A tender sacrifice, yet so profound.  

He gave His life so I may be found. 

With one trace,  He reached down and gave me peace and loving grace. 

Where would I be, if that day I would have not chosen Him?

Where would I be without the life I have in Him?

Surely, He has saved me.  

To God be the glory, for the things He has done.  

Now it’s your turn.

Today could be your Good Friday? 

Surrender if you haven’t already.  Jesus died to set you free from sin.  

He has the power through his blood to forgive. 

He is calling you back to Him.  

Ask forgiveness for your sin and call upon the Name of the Lord to be saved. 

This is your story.  This is your song. 

Praising your Savior all the day long. 

Is There Room For Jesus? A Christmas Message

Today, I remember a compelling message given by one of our Pastors we served under in ministry years ago.  It touched me then and still convicts me even years later.  I share it with you as a reminder that Jesus is the reason for the season.  

He still comes in to a crowded world.  It was crowded then, but it’s more crowded now.  We live such busy, cluttering lives and they are even more so than at the birth of the Messiah.  We come home loaded with bundles of gifts of love for others, but we get impatient and blow our horns at the cars ahead of us. Hardly anytime left enough to buy a tree, and we frantically wrap the last of the packages just moments before we are to tear them open and rush off to somewhere else and back again.
Here we are during the Christmas season again.  Hoping to hear the angels singing.  Needing a star to follow, really wanting to kneel at a manger. We mean to adore Him with Mary and we do believe with Joseph. We want to worship with the shepherds.  Our hearts long to rejoice with the wise men, but somehow there’s not any time.
And it’s in such a world that the angels come again and again to sing these life giving words,
“Yeshua Jesus is born!”.

Just as those words came and changed a barn filled with cows, straw and bush rind.  A hillside dotted with sheep and shepherds into a cathedral.  A sky filled with stars with a message from our Father.
So they come, to you.
They as old as eternity.  As fresh as the morning, simple as a baby, as majestic as a psalm and as warm as a mother’s arms.  And as mighty as God himself.  Yeshua Jesus is born.  Yeshua Jesus is born.

-Pastor Ron Treadway (Pastor T)

Will you make room for Him today?  Will you make room for Jesus in your life?

O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord.

From our Little Pink Casa to your Casa, 

May you be blessed with the peace (shalom) of Adonai and the love of His son Jesus Yeshua, the Savior of the World. 

Blessings and Shalom, 

Is There Room For Jesus? is a post from Rosenda @ Little Pink Casa

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An Encouraging Word for the Busy Woman

Every time I log on to pinterest, I am overwhelmed and over stimulated!
Can you relate?  Don’t get me wrong.  I absolutely like Pinterest and enjoy it.  It’s a great way for my creative juices to start flowing when I need a boost.  However,  I’ve noticed that many of the pins I see are about ideas and ways to grab my attention on doing.  Doing lots of things and keeping me very busy.  I see so many graphics staring at me.  They are calling out for my attention to repin or click on them to explore the website from which they came.  Before I know it, another hour has gone by spent on Pinterest.   How can pinning be so involved?  What am I really focusing on?  Where are my priorities?

Our lives can be a lot like Pinterest.  We have so many areas of our lives calling out for our attention.  So many boards to be pinned, but not enough time.  We are busy doing, but are we doing the right thing? 

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As Moms, we can get very busy doing like our friend Martha.
The Bible tells us in Luke 10:38-42 when Jesus came over to visit, Mary sat at His feet and listened to Him for a long time.  Mean while, Martha was so busy cooking and cleaning.  There was so much to do!  Sound familiar?  

The longer Mary listened to Jesus, the angrier Martha got.  She finally got so fed up and asked Jesus to tell her sister Mary to help her.  However, Jesus told Martha she shouldn’t be upset, because Mary was doing what she was suppose to be doing.  Listening and Worshipping at His feet.

Now, Martha was the total opposite of her sister Mary. 

  • Martha cared about the cares of this world.  I’m sure Mary did too, however, Mary cared more about her Caregiver.  
  • Martha cared about schedules and making sure everything was just right.  I’m sure Mary did too, however, Mary put the Lord first.  
  • Martha depended on her hands to get things done.  Mary focused on the Lord with her heart and gave it fully.  

Martha was probably admired by many women at that time.  She knew how to run a household and keep it going in tip top shape.  Right?  However, the difference between the two ladies was that Mary decided that she cared more about being with her Master.  Martha cared more about her duties.  She was distracted.  

Ouch!  Does that strike a nerve?

I love this illustration for us women.  We can be so great at this and that.  There’s nothing wrong with being a lovely homemaker and enjoying it.  God created us to be creative and hard workers.  Yes, we should have order in our home.  Yet, when our doing takes us away from our time with the Lord, then it is a problem.  

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Be like Mary, A Worshipper
Then, the Lord calls us and asks sweetly, “Will you be a Mary?”.
Being like Mary is simple.  It’s child-like.  It is full of grace and surrender.  
We don’t have to perform or work for anything.  We just rest, in our Lord and listen.  

How long before we bow down at our Master’s feet?  How long before we cast away all the cares of this world to pay attention to our Care Giver?   The Lord deserves all of our worship, first and foremost.  He is not too busy for us.  Thank God.  

  • Stop.  Focus on Him.  When you focus on the Lord, all distractions are removed.  
  • Worship at His feet, Be with the Lord Jesus and give Him first priority.

It is so good for us to be in His presence, where we are made strong.  That’s where we belong ladies.  We are in His protection and love.  Deep love. 

The good news is that we can be a Mary right now.  We can change directions at any time and decide that nothing or no one is more important than our time spent with Jesus.

Ask Him to help you today and give you the strength to put down other things that are taking your attention and time away from Him.  Ask forgiveness for putting other idols before Him.  

Then, just bask in His presence and worship our Mighty Master.  It’s time to fall deeply in love again.  Just be at His feet.  

He is crazy about you sister!  All that house work can wait.  You have His permission.

It’s so good to be a worshipper, isn’t it?!  Yes it is. 

Blessings and Shalom,

How are some ways you are like a Mary or Martha?  How do you take time for the Lord? Please feel free to share your heart and comment.  

Interested in more posts about worship?  Check out my post It’s Time to Worship!

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