3 February 2019

How Often Do You Eat?

How often do you read the Bible? Every day? Once a week? Once a month? Never?
When I say reading your Bible, I mean reading it for the purpose of learning from it, not just as a tradition or something you have to do.
On Christmas day we were at my parents. We had a delicious big lunch and we all ate a lot. But guess what? In spite of a big lunch, we still ate dinner! We didn't stop eating because of all the food we had already eaten. Why do we eat over and over again, every day, week after week?
We definitely don't need all that we eat, but we do need to eat every day. Even a big meal won't keep us full for a week.
Thinking about it, I was convicted. The Bible is compared to food. And yet, I am guilty of neglecting it. I'm guilty of thinking that my physical food is more important than my spiritual food.

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby. 1 Peter 2:2

But he (Jesus) answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.  Matthew 4:4

What about you? How important is your Bible to you?
If you want to be a strong Christian, don't starve yourself!

29 January 2019

He Loved Yet He Lingered

written by my sister, Ruth Lauridsen

“Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus,…Therefore his sisters sent unto him saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God,… When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was…Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead…Then … Jesus came…Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.”     —John 11

As we look at this story, we see two ladies who are friends of Jesus. Their brother was sick. We see that Jesus has been told that Lazarus is sick, But we also see that Jesus stayed where He was until it “was too late” and Lazarus was dead.
It seemed like Jesus didn’t care up until now, What? He was supposed to be Lazarus’ friend, How come He didn’t come and heal Lazarus straight away? It didn’t seem fair, it seemed like Jesus had let them down. But if we take a closer look, we see that Jesus had already said “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.”
Jesus did arrive on the scene and yes, He did care about Mary and Martha. He wept with them, and amazingly He brought Lazarus back to life. Isn’t that an example to us? We pray to God concerning something and He never turns up. “Why God?” “I thought you cared” “This sickness isn’t going away” “This relationship isn’t getting any better” “I still haven’t got a job” “I still haven’t gotten married, LORD”  
But don’t fret, dear friend. Hope on, pray on, when you pray but all seems the same with no change. Wait patiently for Him. Keep your heart soft. Let Him act in His own time and let Him be glorified. Remember Jesus does hear His own when they call and He will act in His Own time.

 Right On Time
They sent for Jesus, “Your friend’s about to die”
But tarried He still on behind, so they laid Lazarus in the tomb and they said their last Good bye. Then coming down the road was Jesus right on time.

Just hold on my Child because He’s not too far away, and He knows your need before you pray. So when your feet are weary from the mountain you have climbed, Look ahead here comes Jesus right on time!

I’ve struggled  through life’s desert. They were so hot and dry till they seemed all hope was gone and I would die. And I wondered where was He? Is He still a friend of mine. But coming down the road was Jesus right on time.
           (I'm not sure who the songwriter is)

God's Time
 God’s time is never wrong,
 Never too fast nor too slow;
 The planets move to its steady pace
 As the centuries come and go,

Let us set our clocks by Gods,
And order our lives by His ways,
And nothing can come and nothing can go
Too soon or too late in our day.
    —Annie Johnson Flint—

14 October 2018

Too Hard

Do you ever feel like something is too hard for you?
Something you know you are supposed to do, and yet you think you just can't do it?
Maybe it's forgiving someone who has badly hurt you.
Maybe it's respecting and honoring your parents when you feel that they are wrong.
Maybe it's being a kind and patient sister to difficult siblings.
Or maybe it's something different like starting a new job,
using your talents for God, or helping with a ministry.
Or maybe it's just surviving through a difficult time.
God called Moses to take the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses was completely overwhelmed and felt he couldn't possibly do it. If you read Exodus 3 and 4, you will read all the objections Moses had.
But you know, it's good to feel like you can't do something!
It's not good to complain and say, "I can't do it."
But it's good to know that you are not strong enough to do it and that you need God's help.
Whatever God wants you to do, with His help you can do it.
So what will you do when you know you should do something and yet you feel completely inadequate or that you can't do it?
Will you say, "I can't do that. I'm not good enough."
Or will you pray to God to help you and depend on His strength and help?
Feeling inadequate is not a reason to not do something. But it's a very good reason to depend on God!
If life was never too hard for you, you would never learn to depend on God and experience His help.

21 September 2018

The LORD Knoweth

(Guest post by my sister, Ruth Lauridsen)

    I KNOW thy works and thy labour and thy patience. Rev 3:2a
    But he KNOWETH the way that I take. Job 23.10

    For he KNOWETH the secrets of the heart, Psalm 44:21

     The Lord KNOWETH the thoughts of man. Psalm 94:11a

    For he KNOWETH our frame: he remembereth that we are dust. Psalm 103:14

     The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and KNOWETH them that trust in him. Nahum 1:7

  …for your Father KNOWETH what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Matthew 6:8

   The LORD KNOWETH them that are his. 2 Tim 2:19b

  Are you down and thinking that God doesn’t see you or care for you?
  Keep in mind that God KNOWS all about you, and He knows everything that is going on in your life at present! Cast all your care upon Him, He truly cares for you!

20 August 2018

Dare to Be a Daniel

(Lessons from Daniel)
Read Daniel chapter 1
"But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself." Daniel 1:8
Daniel and his three friends found themselves in a place where their faith and obedience to God were put to the test. Would they stand up for what was right and risk getting in trouble or would they go along with everyone else?
Could they say no to what was wrong?
At some point in your life you will also be put to the test. You will have to choose like Daniel whether you will go along with the crowd or obey God. It might be at school, at a job, when you leave home, at university or even just at home with your family. You don't have to go far to feel the pressure to be like everyone else.
If you have grown up in a Christian family, you are very blessed! But that will not save you. You need to have your own faith and commitment to God that Daniel had. You need to purpose in your heart that you will be true to God and say no to what's wrong no matter what the consequences are.
God honored Daniel for what He did. God blessed him and his friends. You don't lose by obeying God. That doesn't mean that everything will always be easy. Hard times will come. But there is nothing better than being on God's side.
It is not easy to be different. It takes courage. But Daniel is proof that it is possible. He is also proof that God honors those who honor Him.