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  1. 02_Feb_A Rainbow Moment_1

    Has there ever been a time in your life when God has sent to you a token of His promise?

    A little reminder of His concern for you personally?

    Perhaps you have been left wondering if that with which you are presently occupied is really what God wants you to do. Perhaps you are floundering in uncertainty and you need a little confirmation to restore  your faltering faith.

    The following few thoughts might be just the very encouragement you're in need of right now.

    I remember a time like that a while ago. I was about half way through editing songs for my second CD, but I felt like I was walking a very lonely path. Now, don't get me wrong, I loved what I was doing and I was in no doubt that what was being created would ultimately be used by God to bless all who heard the songs being crafted.

    But I was going through a bit of a hard time and I was starting to feel isolated and forgotten.

    I sat in a spare room upstairs one cold grey miserable February morning to have my alone time alone with God. I had just read something of particular interest and paused to think a while on the lovely words, when I heard an unusual noise coming from outside.

    "Was that a bird singing?

    No, surely not!

    This wasn't the time of the year for birdsong!"

    It had snowed a few days earlier and it was one of those days when the snow was melting very slowly and everything was very grey, very wet, and very cold!

    But I could hear a lonely bird singing!

    I opened the window to confirm I wasn't just 'hearing things', and sure enough just a stone's throw away in the tree just opposite me a blackbird was singing softly and beautifully.

    I leaned out of the window and the chill caused my breath to rise in billows of steam but it was worth getting cold just to drink in those moments of absolute beauty while they lasted.

    Mr blackbird sang sweetly for a few minutes and then flew off never to be heard again until the spring time.

    I was quite possibly the only one around to hear, because everyone else from home and in the neighbourhood was either at school or at work. I felt very privileged.

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    I felt as if God had sent a rainbow moment to me when He sent a bird to sing in my earshot at a time when the singing of birds is not usually heard.

    He brought to me comfort and joy in the midst of troubled times and then I knew that I was on the right track after all.

    Incidentally, featured on the CD I was working on, just so happens to be a song about the singing birds which I was planning to work on sometime ahead, and although this is not the reason why the song is there, it gives me great pleasure whenever I remember it is there for someone else to listen to.

    I would like to share with you the incredible story behind the creating of this particular song, however, I think that I will keep that for another day. Perhaps I can use this as a subject matter for a video at 'Amanda's Corner on YouTube later on in the year :-)

    But believe it or not - the very same thing happened to me a little while ago! It was New Year's day, and unusually the home was very quiet.  I would have been preparing to entertain for this special day if it were not for the fact that my husband was very unwell with a chest infection and severe asthma and was spending the day sleeping as he had done the day before. So the home was quiet and I was in a deep reflective mood which had been with me since the day before. I had been wondering about God's plans for 2018 and preparing myself to take yet another giant step of faith - alone, if necessary. And that's when I heard it again!

    Was I hearing things?

    No, I definitely heard it - a lonely bird singing in the large fir tree right outside our apartment window.

    Once again I found myself opening the window to appreciate his beautiful singing :) I listened and listened for good ten minutes until the bird sang no longer. I swallowed a huge lump in my throat and got all teared up. What did all this mean?

    It appears to me to be something of significance
    and by no means a coincidence ...

    that on both occasions I happened to be reflecting on something I knew to be what God wanted me to do accompanied with an overwhelming feeling of loneliness and isolation, and the dreaded doubt that caused me to question what am I doing and the reason why.

    Now, in the Bible as recorded in the book of Genesis, God sent a flood to judge the human race because of sin for which they revelled in rather than repent of. Noah, his wife, three sons and their wives were the only members of the human race to survive because they sheltered in the Ark as God commanded them to do.

    And after the flood started to dissipate and a new life was about to begin, God gave to Noah and his family a token in the form of a beautiful rainbow. Whenever they saw a rainbow they would remember God's provision, His care, His shelter and His promises to them of His everlasting care. 

    "I do set my bow in the cloud,
    and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
    And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth,
    that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
    And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you
    and every living creature of all flesh ..."
    Genesis 9: 13-15

    God promised them that He would never again flood the whole earth to judge the human race again. When they saw the rainbow they would remember His promise. Today we are privileged to still see the beautiful rainbow in the cloud during a time of rain if the sun should be exposed to shine its rays through the rain fall.

    Today, we have the Word of God and all His promises contained therein, and if we desire to spend our lives walking with Him and pleasing Him, then we certainly need to allow His Word to dwell in us richly. (See Colossians 3: 16.)

    But every now and then He gives to His people a token. It might be just something small and personal as a sweet reminder of His loving care and interest in every detail of our lives.

    For some it may be the words of a song or hymn. For others it might be a certain scene or sound, and for others it could be a certain fragrance that evokes all sorts of memories of the never failing care and promises of God. It might simply be a hand on the shoulder, the love of a child or a simple word of encouragement.

     Just a little personal token from the heart of God to verify His promise.

    Well, the race and the goal has already been set before me, as I am sure yours is set before you. The question is: do we know what it is we must be doing, and do we know the reason why?

    Whatever God has entrusted you with, treasure it with all of your heart, and invest it wisely. In due course the Lord will come and before we know it, and He'll be on the lookout for the fruit of our labours.

    But please be warned - you can be sure that once you have set your heart to walk with God and serve Him you will be met with opposition, which can lead to personal questionings and the feelings of doubt. But remember, if it is Him you are seeking to honour and obey, He will give to you what it takes to remind you of His tender love and care to you personally.

    Those rainbow moments will serve as reminders of His promises that He will always be with you no matter what!

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    "Therefore, my beloved brethren,
    be ye stedfast, unmoveable,
    always abounding in the work of the Lord,
    forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
    1 Corinthians 15: 58

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  2. "Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool,
    which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

    In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk,
    of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
    For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water:
    whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in
    was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

    And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
    When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case,
    he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

    The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled,
    to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
    Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
    And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked ..."
    John 5: 2-9

    This is perhaps an unusual account to think about at the beginning of a brand New Year but I have good reason to refer to it at a time like this.

    Last November marked 38 years since by the grace of God I was saved and began my heaven bound journey. Life has taken a few unexpected turns along the way, where there have been prolonged periods of suffering and fiery trials to endure. But I can confidently testify that through them all I have learned that God is able in ALL circumstances -

    • He is able to save all that come to God through Christ, (Hebrews 7: 25.)
    • He is able to keep our souls safe in His loving care, (2Timothy 1: 12.)
    • He is able to keep us from falling, (Jude 1: 24.)
    • He is able to provide for all our needs according to His riches in Christ, (Philippians 4: 19.)
    • He is able to comfort us in our trials and deliver us from temptation, (Hebrews 2: 18.)
    • And He is also able to do far greater than what our hearts could even imagine or ask for, (Ephesians 3: 20.)

    What do you do with the precious metals that emerge from the furnace or with the jewels that survive the blast of the hammer? Are these things not to be displayed for all to see and admire?

    When God permits a person to go through a crucible experience,
    it is with a view of making them better, and not bitter!

    Therefore if the result is better, then something very precious has been acquired and must be handled with great care - not to be hidden but displayed for all to see and benefit from.

    The result of my personal crucible experiences is the outpouring of treasures gained from the depths so that others can benefit and be encouraged via this website with its varied content and via some of the many wonderful resources provided freely for our use.

    Facebook  ~  YouTube

    Some years ago I struggled for a long while concerning the publication of my music and songs but eventually it all happened after I was prepared to finally trust in the Lord every step of the way. As a result two albums have been created and published which are blessing dear people worldwide :)

    But for a long while now there has been another personal struggle going on. And this has been to take the work the Lord has given me to do one step further from music and songs to ... videos!

    Like the man at the pool waiting for someone to help him reach the pool for healing, I feel that I have been looking in the wrong direction at the many circumstances that appear to hinder my progress. One by one pressures arise which distract and fog my view of what I am hoping to accomplish.

    Because of some sort of superstition the paralysed man thought the pool was the place where he ought to be but the Lord had other plans for him. The answer to his problems was not to be found at the pool and the reason why he had to wait so long to be healed did not lie in the fact that there was no one to help. The answer to his problems was to be found in the command of the Lord alone: "Rise, take up your bed, and walk." And that was it! No fuss. No drama. No more excuses. The Lord was in effect saying to the man:

    'What are you waiting for? - Just get up ... Just do it!'

    01_Jan_Just Do It_1

    Perhaps for these past thirty eight years I have been making a few excuses of my own, but I know from past experience that: 'I have no resources', 'I am not qualified', and 'I am afraid', 'I have no time', are not viable reasons for not doing what He has told me to do.

    At this present moment I could offer to you a whole long list of reasons why I don't feel ready to do what I have been preparing several years for but time is marching on and after 38 years of waiting I hear the promptings of the Lord saying to my heart: "Just do it, and I will take care of everything".

    And so in the will of the Lord I will endeavour to add to my little collection of as yet unpublished videos a few more in readiness to publish in time for Rest a While's Anniversary at the end of April. They will consist of song videos showcasing a few songs already known from my two albums and some songs never heard before, as well as music, and inspirational thoughts. All with the intention to encourage God's people in these gloomy days and also to interest other people in the wonders of the Lord and Saviour who is able to save precious souls from a lost eternity.

    Well, this is all in His hands and we will see what will be the result of all this waiting.

    But how about you?

    Is there a burden on your heart to do something in your life of lasting and eternal value? It is never too late you know! You may be feeling that life has passed you by and now the best of your years are behind you - but it is not too late.

    Dear friend and follower of the Lord, don't be afraid to say a little word of encouragement to a fellow Christian. This is something that the Lord values very highly indeed. Don't be afraid to say a good word about the Lord to someone who needs to hear the good news Gospel message. Don't be afraid to give out a little leaflet containing the Word of God to someone who needs it so badly. Don't be afraid to open your door to your neighbours, your home might be the only place where they will encounter the goodness of the living God. A simple compassionate act may all that is needed. Just do it!

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    Dear friend who is still in need of God's full and free Salvation - what are you waiting for? Don't make up excuses in an attempt to justify why you haven't trusted in Him yet. He came into this world just for you as an individual to demonstrate His love for you personally. There on the cross all that time ago He had you in mind and suffered in your place because of the sin that is separating you from the unspeakable wonders that God has in store for you. Don't be afraid to trust in Him ... Just do it ... you will be eternally glad you did. Believe me - I know!!!

    "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
    old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
    2 Corinthians 5: 17

    So here we are on the threshold of a brand New Year and what is in store for each of us we do not know. But I trust that as a result of reading this you will be challenged in your heart to get some alone time with God and do some honest soul searching in His presence. Ask Him for the help and wisdom you need in order to live a life that is of eternal value to Him, which will in turn guarantee a full and satisfying way of life for you. Don't let a moment more of wasted time slip away forever ... Just do it!

     

    May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy

    01_2018 

    filled with all of the wonderment that comes to those who walk closely with the Lord.

    ~~~~~

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  3. Here we are once again, at the end of yet another year! My, how time flies! Where did those months go since we were all busy getting ready for the Christmas season last year?

    Well, one thing is for certain, we are that much closer to the promised coming of our beloved Lord Jesus than we've ever been, and all the things going on all around us indicate that His coming is imminent! One soon day will be our last day here before all those who have trusted in the Saviour whom God sent into the world to deliver us from the eternal consequences of our sin will hear the call for home!

    What a day that will be. Oh, to be with Him at last!

    Oh, to be with the One

    "Whom having not seen, [we] love;
    in whom, though now [we] see him not, yet believing,
    [we] rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory."
    1 Peter 1: 8

    It has been one of those years it seems when life has no real purpose without the Lord in it. I see the lives of the people around me, some of them are Christian, and yet without my beloved Lord Jesus in the centre life is so dull and meaningless. What a difference happens when He comes into the lives of the unsaved folks with His saving grace. What a difference happens in the lives of believers when the Lord comes in with the knowledge of His presence.

    John chapter 20 has a few remarkable accounts that captured my interest; for when Jesus came into the lives of a few distraught people their sorrow, fears and doubt disappeared

    b_When Jesus Came

    I think of Mary of Madeleine's sorrow. She had seen the Lord suffer, and there was so little she could do, and now He was dead and buried! The least she could do would be to anoint His body! Her heart was laid low as she visited the tomb of her beloved Lord only to find that the stone was rolled away and the body was gone! Sorrow upon sorrow filled her anguished soul. But her sorrow instantly disappeared at the sound of the Lord gently calling her name.

    What a difference for Mary; for sorrow turned into joy - when Jesus came!

    A few of the Lord's disciples were gathered together behind closed doors for fear of the Jews. What must have been going through their fearful minds just three days after their beloved Lord was crucified. What were they to do now? How could they ever go back to the life they left behind to follow Him? They left all to walk with Him and now He was gone! ... Or was He? Suddenly there He appeared before them. Closed doors wouldn't keep Him away from those He loved. So when the Lord came to them in resurrected glory we read: "Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord." (verse 20.)

    Their fear dissolved away the moment - when Jesus came!

    Thomas was one of the twelve and he just so happened to miss the first visit of the Lord to His disciples. Instantly doubt filled his thoughts as the others told him of their encounter with the resurrected Lord. However, in all His grace, tenderness, and understanding, the Lord came again! This time addressing the needs of Thomas and dispelling the doubt that engrained itself into His heart.

    Just one look at the forever living Lord Jesus and all the doubt dissolved away!

    Just think of the difference that the coming of the Lord Jesus brought into our lives the day when we understood that we were the guilty sinners for whom Christ died. The day when God put His life into us was the day we became secure in Him forever! Nothing will ever be the same again since the day - when Jesus came and turned the darkness into His glorious light, and turned our vain existence into the potential of living for His honour and pleasure.

    O, may we always have hearts that adore this beloved One who is the very joy and delight to His Father. Let us always remember that the babe in the manger became the Christ on the Cross and one day soon is going to be the One who calles each of His people by name away and out from this sad old world into the joy and beauty of His presence. Of course this ties in well with the opening of this blog concerning how life changed for people - when Jesus came. But now we as Gods people are looking for the glorious appearing of our beloved Lord Jesus.

     What joy will then fill our hearts the moment - when Jesus comes.

     It's not long now you know - it could be ......

     Perhaps Today

     

    I would now like to take the opportunity to wish all visitors a very happy Christmas and that you may either know and rejoice in the promised presence of the Lord in your lives or at last discover your great need of Him, and what He has done in order to provide for you the remedy. In all accounts Christ is the answer.

    "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift."
    2 Corithians 9: 15

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    When Jesus Came

    Well, would you know, when the world in darkness lay;
    Waiting for the day of hope to come.
    So long the wait, as the moments turned to years
    Underlining fears that God was done -
    Done with reaching out to mankind who refused to let Him in -
    Suddenly the dark skies turn to day.

    And from the heavens - a messenger proclaiming,
    And all their tears of sorrow turned to tears of joy,
    To hear that God, a Saviour He had sent to them.
    Joy came to the world the day - when Jesus came!

    Well, would you know, that the Best there's ever been
    Lived here in this scene so long ago.
    And where He walked folks would never be the same.
    A touch from heaven came from Him to show
    Just how God can fill their hearts with joy, turn doubt to true belief.
    Giving broken lives a brand new start.

    And there He was - God's answer to their troubles,
    All their tears of sorrow turned to tears of joy,
    A faithful Shepherd, great Physician, Saviour, Friend.
    Joy came to their lives the day - when Jesus came!

    Well, would you know, on a cross and lifted high,
    Left alone to die in agony!
    But in that hour, when the day time turned to night,
    In the dark and out of sight, the victory -
    Was won by He who bravely did what others could not do,
    So we could have the life He freely gives.

    And Jesus lives within the ones who trust Him,
    All their tears of sorrow turned to tears of joy.
    True is His promise - they will never be all alone.
    Joy came to their lives the day - when Jesus came.

    And blessed is the hope of all His people,
    When all our tears of sorrow will turn to tears of joy.
    The day we'll hear His voice from heaven call our name.
    Joy will fill our hearts the day - when Jesus comes.

    A Song for Christmas 2017
    by A le B

    Another one for Amanda's Corner @ YouTube
    sometime in the not too distant future in the will of the Lord :)

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  4. I received an email from a friend overseas some time ago, and among the things that were expressed was a particular phrase that somewhat appealed to me.

    Although written in a completely different context, my mind began to form all sorts of ideas around what I thought to be a rather beautiful phrase ... "While Others Wonder".

    The following thoughts are designed to bring a little bit of hope, cheer and affirmation to the weary hearted Christian who may be feeling a little underappreciated or doubting your particular pathway at the moment owing to overwhelming circumstances.

    This time of the year we can often feel a little overwhelmed and distracted when we have set our paths in a particular direction and all has to come to a temporary halt for the more pressing things to do with the Christmas season!

    But take a little time out and let us take a look for a little while at the Saviour who lived out His wonderful life in full view of all around Him. There weren't many people who appreciated who He really was or the reason why He had come, but for those who did, a sweet assurance rested in their souls in an often hostile environment  - this can be your wonderful portion also.

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     b_While Others Wonder 1

    In John chapter 2, we read that the Lord Jesus was invited to a wedding in the city of Cana. But a dilemma had occurred when the all important wine had run out which would have been a social embarrassment in the culture of that day.

    But this was to open up the way for the Lord Jesus to perform His very first miracle during His short life here on earth. This was a 'quiet' miracle, nothing showy, and was only observed among a few servants and His close followers. Clay water pots were to be filled with water drawn from the well at His command, and then cups of water were to be drawn and presented to the govourner, who when tasting found that the water was no longer water - but wine!

    And it wasn't just nice wine but the very best wine!

    While everyone else wondered where wine of such good quality came from, the servants knew! What a privilege to have been one of those servants or among the closer people who observed what the Lord did that day.

    As a result of observing what the Lord did that day the Bible tells us that His "disciples believed on him." (:11)

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    Later on in John chapter 6, up in a mountain and after a long day listening to the preaching of the Lord Jesus there were thousands of people in need of sustenance but so little of it around. However there was the small provisions of a young lad who had in his possession five loaves and two small fish. These small provisions were gladly offered to the Lord who somehow managed to feed a multitude of hungry people with them until everyone was full and there was plenty to spare.

    While others wondered where all that food came from, the disciples knew - and there was a nameless lad who knew as well. What an honour it must have been for this relatively unknown person to be the one whose meagre provisions were used in such a miraculous way.

    As a result there were among the crowd that day certain people who would have liked to set Him up as King, but He withdrew Himself to be alone with God. He knew that the same crowd sometime in the future would be baying for His crucifixion.

    God will in His good time set up the Lord Jesus as King - He doesn't need mankind to help Him to do this.

    However we who are followers of the Lord Jesus and seek to serve Him faithfully sometimes find ourselves in situations where something happens that cannot otherwise be explained other than to say: "this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes." Mark 12: 11. Perhaps we didn't have the natural strength to carry something out, perhaps we didn't really have the resources to pay for a few basic things, perhaps we found ourselves in hostile circumstances, and out of the blue relief came and gave to us all that we needed when we were in dire straights.

    Ever been there? I certainly have!

    In Luke chapter 4, we read that the Lord stood to read a portion of the book of Isaiah, and this is what He read:

    "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor;
    he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,
    and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
    To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."
    Luke 4: 18-19

    And when He had finished He handed back the scroll from which He had been reading and sat down. Everyone was watching Him to see what would happen next. He then spoke:

    "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."
    (:21)

    This statement caused quite a stir because He was inferring that He was the One sent by God to answer all their needs, which indeed He was!

    While they all wondered at the gracious words that He spoke they also couldn't understand how This Man who they knew to be the so called son of Joseph could claim to be the promised Messiah!

    But while they all wondered, there were some who knew who He really was. Who were these people? Perhaps there would only have been a handful of them. Folks like Nicodemus, who came to Jesus in the night to have time alone with Him. Then there was John the Apostle who was close enough to the Lord to hear His very heartbeat at times. Then there was Mary of Bethany who sat at His feet and heard His Word.

    What do these people have in common? Did they not have an intimate relationship with the Lord Himself? Did they not do whatever was necessary to be alone with Him, and close to Him?

     b_While Others Wonder 3

    This is the wonderful secret to knowing things about Him: 'whom to know is life eternal'; essential things that help with everyday life and give hope for a bright future in the midst of what can at times be a very lonely walk.

    And while others wonder where is the source of our life - we who follow the Lord Jesus know fully well! He is the only One who can give true joy and peace we need so badly in the midst grief and turmoil. He is the only One who can sustain us our sole with provisions this world knows nothing of. And He is the only One who is the answer to all our needs whether they be they small or great - He satisfies our longing souls ... with Himself!

    Oh, may we hold Him close to our heart and never let Him go, while at the same time knowing that He is holding us securely in His hands which are safe in the Father's hands as well ..... Doubly secure!

     b_When Others Wonder 4

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  5.  b_Secret Love

    We're just back from the UK spending a week with our beautiful grandchildren - Oh, and their lovely parents of course :-)

    We took the two older children with us to the shopping centre and left their Mum to potter around at home while the two little ones would get a power nap at some time. While we were walking through the corridors of the shopping centre I had each of the older ones holding my hands - one on the right and the other on the left.

    I had an idea, as I remembered something I did when my own children were young. I got down to their level and showed them something. I gently squeezed their hands a couple of times and asked them to do it back. "Now," I said to them, "I'm going to tell you what that means." They both stood looking at me in anticipation of what they were about to hear from Granny. "It's a secret," I told them. "this is something special between people who love each other." As I squeezed their hands again, I told them, "this means 'I love you' without saying it with words. Now we can say 'I love you' to each other without anyone else knowing. Isn't that fun?"

    Consequently we spent the rest of the time when walking together squeezing hands and having a giggle about it. I told Caleb, the oldest, "When you get home, do that to Mummy, she'll understand exactly what you are saying to her because I used to do this for Mummy and Uncle Matt when they were little ones just like you." And he did just that - as soon as he got home he went straight to my daughter and squeezed her hand, she looked at him, then at me and smiled. Caleb was really pleased with himself!

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    The living God with whom I am acquainted has a love for the people who live in this world that is beyond measure. The Bible tells us that this is no secret. His love is demonstrated and fully displayed in the lifting up of His beloved Son on the cross.

    "God commendeth his love toward us,
    in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
    Romans 5: 8

    Rather like the thought of displaying goods in a shop window to attract passersby to come in and make a purchase, God displayed His love in a way that cannot be ignored. How could anyone in their right mind turn away from such a display of immeasurable love and say: "that means nothing to me!" But sadly most people do!

    “Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by?
    behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto My sorrow.”
    Lamentations 1:2

    "And where is the heart so hardened, and who is so vile as he,
    Who beholdeth the Saviour suffer, and saith “it is nothing to me.”

    The sin within the hearts of such individuals that despises such love is the very sin that caused the beloved Saviour to go all the way to the cross and die as the sinner's substitute.

    Because our sin was so great it needed love and mercy to match it, and that was found in the demonstration of His love there outside the city wall of Jerusalem two thousand years ago.

    Rejected, ridiculed and the spectacle of cruel mockers - He pleaded for them for the Father's forgiveness. Despised, disposed of and left to die - He gave Himself willingly and shouldered our great burden. Battered, bleeding and crowned with thorns - but dying with dignity like only He could do.

    All this and so much more for the guilty hell bound sinner! What love, what grace, what mercy! There lifted up for all to see.

    "... I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden ...
    for this thing was not done in a corner."
    Acts 26: 2

    God's love is not a secret thing as such; for He is not willing that anyone should perish. He has no pleasure in anyone who refuses His great love because it has cost Him so much to enable us to have a good relationship with Him and have a home in heaven to look forward to. We in our sinful human state are totally inadequate to do this for ourselves. That's why He has done all the work and has made it as easy as possible to know about this so YOU wouldn't miss out.

    The choice is yours, and the choice is mine. What therefore will you do with such love? Will you take it or leave it and pass on by?

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    Now the love of God is not a secret so all who are willing can come into the benefit of it. But there is something rather precious to be known and experienced that only those who are prepared to come away from the din of the world to draw near to Him can know.

    "The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant."
    Psalm 25: 14

    He has many treasures to bestow upon those who draw near to Him.

    Perfect peace - is to be freely bestowed on those who have Him in the forefront of their minds and thoughts.

    "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
     whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."

    Isaiah 26: 3

    Abundant life - the possession of all those who know from where to draw resources of the finest sort.

    "I am come that they might have life,
    and that they might have it more abundantly."
    John 10: 10

    Sound mind - the clarity and resolution of the one who walks by faith in the One who we know never changes and never fails.

    "God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
    but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
    2 Timothy 1: 7

    Hope - the certainty that the promises of God are true and trustworthy, and the joyful reality that we will hear His voice that will call us away out of this world to be with Him forever.

    "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
    In my Father's house are many mansions:
    if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again,
    and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
    John 14: 1-3

    "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing
    of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ"
    Titus 2: 13

    Serenity - the depth of quietness of the soul that none can disturb found only through knowing Him - intimately.

    "I know whom I have believed,
    and am persuaded that he is able to keep that
    which I have committed unto him against that day."
    2 Timothy 1: 2

    "Great peace have they which love thy law:
    and nothing shall offend them."
    Psalm 119: 165

    Put it this way, all who trust in the Lord and all that He has done on the behalf of the guilty sinners like you and me get much more than a 'fire escape' that is for sure.

    The blessings He is waiting to bestow on those who are prepared to lay aside the world and all its trinkets find in Him a treasure store of innumerable blessings that cannot be compared with the earth's finest prizes.

    "O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him."
    Psalm 34: 8

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    Related Link: "This Much" from "A Whisper in the Wind"

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