Taking Note of the Cross

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How many crosses do you see around you?  Do you take note when you see a cross?  What do you think of when you see the cross?  Do you see so many that you don’t even think about it?   Or do they stand out to you and draw your attention?

For me, they draw my attention and I am mesmerized by them.

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The symbol of the cross for me, is amazing and so powerful.  It is literally life changing!  What took place on the cross was just life changing.  What Christ accomplished on the cross was overwhelming and so remarkable.   The love that was shown was incomprehensible.    And so when I see a cross, I remember what was done and I am awestruck that someone would do such a thing for me, and sacrifice so much for me. It humbles me, knowing I did not deserve such a miracle.

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When you think about it, there are so many different words to describe the cross.   First, there are the horrible words.  Death. Pain. Suffering. Anguish. Torture. Humiliation. Brutality. Sacrifice.

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But isn’t it wonderful, that God uses ALL things for His good and for HIS GLORY?   He makes all things new. And we now have beautiful words to describe the cross.  Forgiveness. Love. Peace. Hope. Redemption. Eternity. LIFE!!!

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I LOVE seeing the different crosses around my state and I LOVE photographing them.   I love seeing them at churches, or just in random places.  In a field or in someone’s yard or garden.  They show up everywhere around me.  And when I see them, I take note of them.  I soak them in.

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes they will simply be two pieces of wood, nailed together.  Just that. That simple.  Plain. Worn.   But yet, it still has meaning and purpose.

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And other times, they are different. Someone has designed it.  Someone has formed it. They have  added to it, and stained it, and painted it, and brought it new life.  Brought beauty to it.  Made it new!   And it still has meaning!  It still has purpose!

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I love to see how people create and design.   We are all formed in the image of God and we are made to be like Him.   And He is a creator!   He is the creator of our universe.  He creates.   And I love to see people create.   I love to see what people can create out of two pieces of wood, or two pieces of metal.  The same symbol, but yet, in soooo many different, and beautiful designs.

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The cross has a different meaning for everyone.  What does it mean for you?

When you see it, do you see death, or do you see life?  One is not better that the other.  Both have significance, and great meaning.  Both were vitally important to our lives and to our purpose.   We needed the death to occur so we could have forgiveness.  Redemption.  And new life!   Let His death humble you.   Be grateful and thank Him for it.

And then let His Life and Resurrection bring you JOY!   See the beauty in the cross!   And thank Him again for LIFE!  For the hope and purpose He brings to you and your life!

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The cross has a different meaning for everyone.  For me, the cross is EVERYTHING!

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Follow me on FaceBook, to see the many photos of crosses that I have taken in a series I call “Crosses Across Colorado.”

I have many more yet to come.  Click Below ~

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My crosses are also posted in a slideshow on my website.   Join me there as well!

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As you travel around your state, take note.  Or better yet, take a picture!  Share it with me on FaceBook!  I’d love to see the crosses that you come across where you live and feature them on my site!

Have a Blessed Easter!    Focus on the Cross!  And always Cling to Jesus!

 

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Spiritual Exercise

Are you bombarded with posts, and commercials, and magazines, and blogs, and news reports, and tips, and trends and anything and everything exercise?

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed, but mostly guilty when I see these posts.  It’s not that I don’t know that I need to do these things or that I don’t know that they are good for me or that I don’t know that they are beneficial.  It’s just that I also know they are not enjoyable and sometimes they also cause pain in return.   It requires thinking and motivation and effort on my part.   Now don’t get me wrong, I do my part on getting on the treadmill, and I bowl with my family and try to stay active.  But by no means am I a health nut.  Heck, I don’t even have a gym membership.   But when it comes to spiritual exercise, now that’s a different story!

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Just like our physical body, our spiritual side also needs to be exercised.   And just as physical exercise strengthens us and has benefits, so does spiritual exercise!   The good thing about spiritual exercise though, is that there is no pain after!   So really there is no downside!

In my Cling to Jesus Club, we are exercising our faith regularly.   Here are some of the exercises we are implementing –

1 – Knowing you are Loved by God

2 – Praying for others

3 – Reading scripture

4 – Implementing worship

5 – Learning to be content and thankful

6 – Knowing how powerful God is

All of these things when you do regularly will help strengthen you and keep your mind focused on Christ.   Because truly, it through Him that we are made strong.  But sometimes we waver.   And that is why it is important to keep exercising our faith!   So that when you do waver, you can fall back on the things you know and remind yourself of His strength, and how He will make you strong and keep you going!

Many more exercises are still to come.  You are welcome to join in and follow along on my website or via FaceBook.

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Take Up Your Armor Pt 2

We finished up our Armor of God study in my Cling to Jesus Club!   If you took part, I want to thank you for your dedication.

There was so much to learn and my hope is that you are now equipped  with all of the pieces of Armor that you need to make you a GREAT Prayer Warrior.  Since that was our goal.

After we completed the Shoes of Peace, we moved right along to the Shield of Faith –

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Every soldier needs a shield to protect him from the enemy.  In Roman times, the enemy would use arrows and swords when they would attack.  They would sometimes even shoot flaming arrows to set their dwelling places on fire.   In the same way, the enemy shoots spiritual arrows at us in an effort to pierce our hearts with discouragement and make us fearful, anxious or uncertain.   All with the intentions of incapacitating us.  The shield we have against these arrows is our FAITH – and it is a powerful protection!   Back in Genesis, God told Abraham, “Do not be afraid, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Gen 15:1  Our FAITH grows stronger when we read the Bible and we pray.  God is Faithful.   The Lord God is a sun and a shield’ the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  Psalm 84:11  FAITH dissolves fear and makes us Courageous!  Jesus said “Do not be afraid; only believe.”  Mark 5:36  and “All things are possible to those who believe.”  Mark 9:23

Our FAITH must grow strong enough to believe for the impossible because we believe in the God of the impossible, and with Him, all things are possible!  Even if our FAITH is shaky sometimes, His faithfulness never is!

Our shield is something that we must “take up”.  It requires action.   Faith doesn’t just happen.  It takes an effort to believe.   When you let your guard or your shield down and stop believing that God is in control, that is when the enemy can pierce you with his fiery arrows.   You must KEEP BELIEVING!  Keep TRUSTING!  And Keep the FAITH!   Hold fast to the Word of God and your FAITH will be made STRONG.

 

Next was the Helmet of Salvation

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The helmet protects a soldier’s head.  Our spiritual helmet protects our head as well. It protects us from the lies of the enemy!  The enemy wants you to think you are worthless, rejected, weak, bad, unimportant, hopeless and unlovable.  He wants you blinded to everything that Jesus did for you!

But when you put on the Helmet of Salvation, you are transformed through the renewing of your MIND!  And you can see yourself as God sees you!  As someone worth dying for.  God sees you as chosen and accepted.  You are strong and good!  You are important and you are LOVED!  You are adopted by the King of the Universe and that makes you royalty!  Put on your helmet of salvation every day to remind yourself that you are protected from the enemy and the lies that he tells you!  Remind yourself that you are LOVED by God and you have the right to wear it as a royal crown!

 

And finally, the Sword of the Spirit.

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From the time Jesus was born, Satan was trying to kill Him.  Remember when King Herod ordered all of the babies to be killed and Mary and Joseph had to flee the city?  Thirty years later, Satan came after Jesus again, and Jesus’ weapon against him was God’s Word.   No spiritual battle can be won without God’s Word.  It is often called a double edged sword.  It can be used as an offensive and a defensive weapon.

The Bible is alive and has power!  It will protect you from attacks of the enemy.  Every day, speak the Word, Pray the Word and Live the Word!  Let it live in you so that it becomes a part of your Armor!

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Once we finished all of our pieces of Armor – We celebrated!  We celebrated with music!    Check out this fun catchy video to help you remember the pieces of your Armor!

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Now that we completed our Armor of God, it’s time to move on to the Story of Easter!  That’s what’s coming up next in our Cling to Jesus Club!

 

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Take Up Your Armor

In my Cling to Jesus Club on FaceBook, we have been studying the Armor of God, and I have been truly blessed by the things that I have learned.

The Symbols of the armor can encourage and help us to see things of God in a whole new way.

Take for instance, the Belt of Truth –

The enemy will use lies to confuse you and fill you with anxiety and fear.  He will completely mess up your thinking and weaken you if you start to believe his lies.  Every day you must combat his lies with God’s truth.  The truth that God loves us.  That He is our protector.  That you can do all things by His strength.

We should Gird our waist with His TRUTH.  Just like a weight lifter supports his back and his waist, we need to support our spiritual core.   Surround yourself with TRUTH and don’t allow anything other than TRUTH to enter in.  Pray that you will not be deceived.   Live in God’s TRUTH.  Live by God’s Word!  His word will protect you by strengthening your core being!

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And the Breastplate of Righteousness –

We need to protect our heart with righteousness in the same way a soldier protects his heart with a bullet proof vest.  We need to make a decision every day to live a righteous life.   The only way to live a righteous life, is with God’s help and the help of the holy spirit.  When you live your life in a righteous manner, your life is covered and your heart is protected.   The breastplate of righteousness is the righteousness of Jesus inside of you!  Strive to  Live a life of righteousness!

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Shoe your feet with the Gospel of Peace!

Every soldier learns to protect their feet.  They have special shoes or boots, like cleats, to stand strong against the enemy and keep from slipping.

We too, need to have the foundation we walk on solid and protected.

Having peace with God and peace in God is the unshakable foundation from which we can defend ourselves and stay strong!

The enemy wants to steal our peace and keep us stirred up, anxious, fearful, upset, and always waiting for something bad to happen.  But God has peace and offers healing for any bad memories or bad things that have happened.   A peace that passes all understanding!   Jesus made it possible to have this peace.  The kind that carries us, stabilizes us, grounds us and keeps us from slipping.  This enables you to stand strong and walk forward against the enemy and take back the territory that he has stolen from you!

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These are the first 3 pieces of the armor that we have studied, and I am grateful for what I have learned. It helps me with my daily walk with Christ and it helps me to remember that He is with me through every challenge that I face and He never leaves my side.

We go into battle every single day, and it is important for us to be equipped, protected and prepared, so we can be ready to face any battle that comes our way.

Be blessed today, and put on your Armor!   God is with you!

 

 

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Putting on the Full Armor of God

I don’t know about you, but I find myself in a different battles almost every single day!  If it’s not a battle at home, then it’s a battle at work.   There are battles on the road, and on social media.  Everywhere you turn, there seems to be a battle.

I need to remind myself that there are tools that God has given me to take on these battles every time they come my way!
For we know that our battles are not only physical, but are spiritual. We are in a constant fight against the evil one.  Ephesians 6:10-20 tells us

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There is so much for us to learn based off of these passages.

I’d like to invite you to Join my Club.  My Cling to Jesus Club on Facebook.  We are about to endeavor on a study based on this passage.  If you are like me, and find yourself facing different battles in your life, then you are welcome to join me!
Click here to JOIN THE CLUB and join us as we Cling to Jesus in 2017’!

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“Happy New Year”

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An end of a year and the beginning of a new. It’s a time when people reflect and start to make resolutions. I have never been big on resolutions. Mainly because there is so much to get done with every year, they start to feel overwhelming. But, there is one thing I can resolve to do for 2017′ and that is to PRAY more every day.. Praying for others, and helping people learn to Cling to Jesus, is something I feel very strongly about.  In our busy busy world and with so much chaos and distractions around us, having a place to focus on God, put your thoughts down on paper (or computer) and pray on a continual basis is vitally important.   I have created such a place on FaceBook.  It is a Group called the “Cling to Jesus Club”.  A place for prayer, encouragement, and uplifting devotionals.

You are welcome to join me here.  We are starting our year off right by starting it with prayer. For God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, and He will be with us always, if we only learn to Cling to Him, and call on Him daily. 

My prayer this year is to endure all things with God by my side.  To never lose sight of Him and to Cling to Him in my times of need.

Blessings to you all in 2017′!

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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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Happy New Year!

Skipping Thanksgiving?

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I was saddened this week to talk with someone who told me they were skipping Thanksgiving this year.  Mainly because he lost his mother this year and the family has all moved in different directions.  I see also how so many people have already put up their Christmas decorations already and it feels like maybe a lot of people are doing the same thing…..skipping Thanksgiving?

I have had a hard year too.  I have had separation, rejection, loss of a job, financial struggles had friends  pass away and even suffered a great loss of someone close to my family who died by suicide.  But my heart is still Thankful.  And as silly as it sounds, my heart is thankful for a DAY in which we can be thankful.  A day to observe and to feast, and be joyful and to thank our God for what He has done.   And if my year was hard, then that is one more thing to be thankful for.   Thankful that He brought me through those hard times and is keeping me going.

He is a GOOD and WONDERFUL GOD and we should THANK Him.

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Dear Lord,

You are a wonderful God!  You have brought me through so much this year and I don’t even know where to begin to thank you.  I could not have endured all that I have this past year without YOU.   YOU held me up when I crumbled.  YOU lifted my head when I had no strength.   YOU got me out of bed when I lost the desire to get up.   YOU helped me press on and move forward when I felt I had nothing to look forward to.   YOU held my family together when everything around us was falling apart.  YOU kept my mind sane when I thought I might lose control.  YOU gave me comfort when I was hurting.  YOU gave me promises that kept me going.  YOU gave me your WORD to bring me encouragement.  YOU gave me songs in my heart to bring me peace.   YOU gave me friends and family to help me through.  YOU accepted me when others rejected me.  YOU never left me.  YOU loved me when I needed YOU.  YOU forgave me when I didn’t deserve it.  YOU listened to me when I had no one else.

Thank you FATHER.  THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU.