I was going to share with you some pumpkin recipes that I’ve created over the years including stews, soups, side dishes, oatmeal, cookies, and bars. However, my heart has been weighing heavy. I really felt the need to share something else with you … Jesus loves you.
No, really, he does.
The stories are true. Jesus walked this earth and humbly lived his life to teach us how to live our own. He died on a cross and three days later rose again to give us, you and me, the hope of a life everlasting. Along the way, disciples, prophets, and missionaries have paved the way to show us, you and me, just how real our God is even today that we may continue living for God, shining our light, that others may come to believe in Him as we wait upon the return of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
You know, when I think on this world and everything that is in it, it’s depressing. It brings me down, brings me sorrow. There is so much suffering. Goodness, when I shared this post on anxiety, it brought me to tears to see so many people living their lives in fear, daily. Praise God, I am finally overcoming my own anxiety (a post I will share soon), but friends it’s so much more. I’ve been seeing so many people un-content, seeking for more, seeking for a purpose and then I’ve seen self righteousness, bickering among believers, gossip, and chatter … noise. I turn to facebook and see a stream filled with every ailment you may have and a cure to go along side it. I’ve seen ebola, murder, suicide, and death.
In the midst of all of this noise, I want to whisper to you … Jesus loves you.
Right now, I can hear the rugged sound of my rooster crowing outside in the crisp autumn air. Leaves in brilliant colors of yellow, red, and orange are starting to blanket the earth, a sure reminder that the seasons are moving as He planned. I can hear my child gently breathing, in and out, while tucked (oh so warmly) in his bed and I feel Him … Jesus is here.
Life is difficult and as we get older, it seems more so. I certainly don’t want to carry a cross that Jesus has already carried for me. So I pray for you, that each one of you finds the true and living God. That you come to fall into the warm embrace of our Jesus. That you surrender your will for His. He’s waiting for you … pray.
For those of you new to this Jesus thing or are searching for peace, turn to your Bible. I’d encourage you to start with the gospel. Read about what Jesus did and what he said. Start with the book of Luke and pair it with a good bible study like this one. Find out who this Jesus really is. Then, move onto Acts and find out who this Paul guy is (one of my hero’s!). A man that loved Jesus so much, that he spent his life dedicated to telling people that, yes, Jesus loves you.
When you start your day in prayer and dive into his word, you’ll notice that your days flow much different. You won’t feel alone. In the contrary, you’ll feel connected as you walk with the Lord and find strength and power in Him to overcome your day.
You’ll then start to hunger for God and thirst for his word. It’s truly amazing.
This morning, I just want to let you know that I am praying for each and every one of you today. Wherever your struggle may be, know that He loves you. That He died for you. Really, meditate on that. If your struggling today, take a walk in His creation, step out of the noise, the chatter of social media and the television. Choose joy and live your life today because tomorrow is not guaranteed.
I love you all,