Patty Jo

I'm a silly person and love a good chuckle! I believe I am a bit on the ditsy side but who's keeping score?! ha On a more serious note: I love the Lord with all my heart, mind and soul! And my husband and children (family) are the most important things in my life! Hope I can be a blessing to those of you willing to torture yourselves and read this blog! LOL

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Life is so precious

When I can get some time to meditate and think about life without all the hussle I am reminded of just how thankful we should be for even a moment with our loved ones.  Even when we feel everything is crashing around us and the children seem to be on every nerve.  You just never know when your time will be cut short.

I met a new friend recently.  I won't share any details that might reveal their identity.  But we have had te cance to start to get to know one another and chat about our kids.  She has a precious son and younger daughter.  In our conversation we talked about the kids and their returning to school and so forth.  As the conversation developed she shared with me that her son has Bone Cancer.  I immediately wanted to cry.  He does his best to keep as active as possible so it would be real difficult to know.  She said he had been fighting it for 5 yrs.  It's a fatal cancer.  Not a good prognosis.  Neuroblastoma to be exact.  He is on special treatments.  Originally they didn't expect him to make it more than 6 months.  He is a fighter!  Bless his heart! 

Sitting there watching our children my mind took off thinking about the little things we take for granted. How I let small things get under my skin and when I allow myself to be too tired to go out of my way to make them feel extra special!  I just wanted to run to him and my children and give them the longest, biggest hug and never let go.  I hope from this day forward I can make it my goal everyday to hug them a little more and a little longer.  Make memories we'll never forget!

I will be praying for my new friend and her family.  I pray we all will look at each other with a little more compassion and love.  We never know what someone may be going through.

God has a plan for each of us.  His love is greater than any other!  I'd like to share that below:

I am asking you the most important question of life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?
God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.”

In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today. How?

First, my friend, you must realize you are a sinner. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. “For the wages [payment] of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.

“ . . . it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. “ . . . He hath made Him [Jesus, Who knew no sin] to be sin for us . . . that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Jesus had to shed His blood and die. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev. 17:11). “ . . . without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon]” (Hebrews 9:22).

“ . . . God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie.

My friend, “God . . . commandeth all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.

In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: “ . . . ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved . . . .’ ”

Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior.

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved.

Surely, you realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer.

In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Just pray: “Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive Him as my Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen.”

Just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it!

God’s simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.

You say, “Surely, it cannot be that simple.” Yes, that simple! It is scriptural. It is God’s plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today.

If His plan is not perfectly clear, read this tract over and over, without laying it down, until you understand it. Your soul is worth more than all the world.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).

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  1. I popped over from Kelly's at A Plain Path. Found this post while I was touring your blog and thought that you should know that this is so well written and to the point. I am glad to be able to answer yes, but it sure would leave no room for wondering if my answer was no. Well done.

  2. I thank you so kindly for your sweet comment. I did share the scripture notations from the website listed at the end of the post. Just wanted to be sure I give credit where it is due! :) Thank you for coming over the take a look! Always nice to meet new people! And Praise God you are saved! :)