Saturday, March 29, 2014

Reflections4Life: "What Are You Thinking?"

Reflections4Life  March 30th, 2014

“What Are You Thinking?”
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
Scripture Contemplation: Psalm 34:13; Proverbs 23:7; Romans 12:1-2; James 1…
We have all heard that our words are powerful. We know that God created the universe with words. We understand the impact that words can have on a person’s life; especially those that are bullied, nearing death, facing certain tragedy.
But how many of us understand that there is a connection to what we are thinking and what resides in our hearts, to the words that we speak each and every day. Words that we say to others. Words we speak concerning ourselves.
I declare and decree that this week’s Reflections is a continued source of encouragement and inspiration for your heart, mind, and soul. May the words that come forth from your lips be not only aligned with your heart, but with the heart of God, where your thoughts have been renewed.
There is a connection between what we are thinking of ourselves and others or a situation to the words we allow to pass through our lips. The human mind processes many thoughts throughout the day; many we are not even consciously aware of. Our mouths often betray what lies within our heart. Without any thought, we can blurt out things that are hurtful, harmful, and devastating.
What are we thinking?  When certain conversations and words come through our mouths, are we really aware of our thoughts? Many are not because they have gone into shutdown mode where their thoughts are concerned. They are in escape mode. And more often than not, our words will betray what we have not had the courage to confront; especially in a hostile or threatening situation where one may feel cornered, abused, scared, or frustrated.
There are times when we may lash out in anger and say things that we did not mean to say. Then there are times when our tongues will betray what we have hidden in our hearts. There will always come a time when whatever we have buried so deep, will no longer be able to stay buried; especially when we are in a relationship with God.
An intimate relationship with the Father will bring introspect. It will cause us to look within and confront some things about ourselves that we may have been avoiding for a very long time. Continued intimacy with God brings healing and deliverance. And part of that process is often taking a look at what we think and feel; what we think of ourselves and others, and the why of it.
Have you ever been around a person that continually speaks negatively about others? They have absolutely nothing nice to say concerning anyone. They seem miserable. Their mouths have caused negative feelings throughout the space; changing the very atmosphere. You may ask yourself: what is that person thinking? What could be going through their mind; what is in their hearts to have them be so foul or negative?
I often thought that. There were times when I have said something and wished I could take it back. I asked myself what I was thinking. And I was reminded by the Father that I must guard my tongue. And in guarding my tongue, I must take reign over my thoughts. To actually stop and think before I speak. To, be certain renew my mind with the Word, and to respond and not react.
We all have a story. We are all on the journey that will greet us with different experiences. We may not understand another person’s journey or why they do and say the things they say. However, we can get to the root of the things we are saying and thinking of ourselves that do not line up with what God has spoken to us.
Sometimes our mouths betray us and will reveal more than what we may want another person to know. There comes a time in our lives when we can no longer hide what is inside of us. We no longer can pretend or push down our emotions and thoughts, because there is just too much. And in order for God to pour into us what we need, and what He desires for us, we must empty out our cups.
However, this in no way gives us license to have a brash tongue that cuts and causes people to bleed; piercing their hearts and souls; causing damage as never before. We have a responsibility to ourselves, to God, to those we love and interact with to not only guard our tongue, but to check our thoughts, and be open to the truth about ourselves.
No one really likes to admit their faults, flaws, and fears. For too long, many of us have buried things so deep that there is no more room at the Inn! It is time to release it unto God before we release it upon others in a very hurtful and damaging ways.
I always believed that hurt people hurt people, and that anger is a symptom of some kind of hurt, and a person is more likely than not, lashing out because of something that hurt them, and things that they may not want to face.
To be truly free, there must be a confession. To open our hearts to the Father, we must be willing to face the pain of buried memories, and thoughts that we may have been suppressing. To be able to guard our tongues; we must be willing to allow the Father to guard our hearts as He takes on a journey of self-discovery; wherein we will have to decide if we have the faith and courage to face our past, our shortcomings, our fears, and uncertainties. To be willing to change how we think and believe about self.
I decree that the spirit of peace and prosperity will find permanent rest in your lives. There is power in our tongues. The power to speak life and death to a situation. The power to change lives; our own lives, and to reveal where our thoughts lie and what is being etched in our hearts. Allow God reign over your thoughts as you renew them daily. Allow Holy Spirit to be your mind regulator and your tongue tamer. There is nothing more precious than speaking and believing what God speaks and believes of you. Let the mind of Christ dwell within. You are Blessed. Now go…and Be a Blessing!

©2014. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Do You Really Want To Know The Truth?

Reflections4Life  March 23rd, 2014
“Do You Really Want To Know The Truth?”
“Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.” Psalm 51:6 (NKJV)
Scripture Contemplation: Joshua 24:14; 1Samuel 12:24; Psalm 15:2; Psalm 25:10; John 14:6…
How many times have you asked the Father what to do? How many times have you prayed to God, seeking which way to go, or what you might have done wrong so you could correct it? I have, quite a few times. But it was only when I have been honest with myself and searched my heart that I truly heard the Father, and understood what to do next. If you are not first willing to look within yourself, then you must ask: Do you really want to know the truth? The truth can be quite painful but at the same time liberating if you truly are ready to move forward, and receive all that God has ordained for your life.
I declare and decree that this week’s Reflections will be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration for your heart, mind, and soul. Allow God to illuminate your heart with the truth. Don’t be afraid to search your heart and find out what is there. Allow the truth to free you, and set you on the path to your God ordained life.
What is it about the truth that scares some people? It is true: the truth can be painful. But it is also healing and liberating. I have always maintained that I would rather know the truth and be hurt than to be told a lie and find out later. The lie would be far more hurtful, to me. I believe that when you are told the truth; though it may hurt, you at least know what it is you are dealing with. You can build on that and make the proper decisions. With a lie; one has to continue to lie just to cover up that one lie. Then when the truth is revealed (and it always is), there is so much room for pain and damage that you may never be able to recover the relationship.
During my life’s journey, I have come to understand that many, including myself at one time, do not really want to know the truth. Why? Because the truth can be painful. Because it causes one to have to take responsibility. Perhaps it may reveal that we are the one that is holding up our blessing. And, we may be fearful to uncover all that we have been suppressing in our lives: past hurts, old wounds, abuse, and etcetera.
I openly admit that at one time, I was the master at hiding the truth from myself. I hid it so well that I did not even know who I was anymore. I had lost my own identity and was living my life to please others. Living the life that I thought would make others happy. The truth is—my past is filled with hurtful things that I just wanted to forget; pain that I wanted to stay buried. And if I were to face the truth about why I was not happy in my present, and why I felt stagnated, then I was going to have searched myself, and hear my truth which I wasn’t sure I really wanted to know.
Here’s what I know for certain: Whatever you do not confront will continue to show up in your life in different ways until you decide to deal with it once and for all. It will show up in your relationships, your career, your sleep, and your daily habits. It will be like an annoying itch that you cannot reach until you finally find a way to scratch it.
If we sincerely want to live the life that God has ordained for us, then we must walk in truth. In order to fully embrace what God has for us, our hearts must be prepared to handle all that goodness and awesomeness. But when we have things hidden in our hearts; truths that we do not want to confront; then we hinder the move of God in our lives. We stop ourselves from living our best life possible.
To thy own self-be true. Many of us hate to be lied to. I say many and not all; because there are some that want to be lied to. It enables them to continue to live their own lie. But I digress. Many of us hate to be lied to, but we will lie to ourselves. We will hide from our own truths, and do all that we can to avoid searching our hearts and bringing up and out those things that have hindered our lives from moving forward.
The sad truth is, too many of us have become comfortable in dysfunction. We have become comfortable in living an unfulfilled life; a stagnated life. Oh, we say we want more. We will profess that we want to go further. We say that we desire all that God has for us. Yet the truth of the matter is; we are afraid. We are afraid to step out of our comfort zone. We have become tied to our excuses and too familiar with our fears.
It’s time, beloved. It’s time to face our truths. It’s time to confront our pasts. It’s time to search and know our hearts. It’s time to know the truth, so we can be liberated, strengthened, healed, and delivered. What we refuse to confront will only keep showing up until we are forced to face it.
Allow God into those hidden places. The places that you have feared to tread for fear of uncovering the truth. Let the truth set you free. Let God become your truth. You are not alone in this journey. And your journey doesn’t have to only consist of pain, heartache, and disappointments. No. Your journey can be filled with joy—even in the midst of pain. Laughter—even in the midst of sorrow. Hope—in the midst of despair. God is your anchor. He will not lead you to a place to abandon you. He desires to wash away your shame and to give you beauty for your ashes if you will take the step to know and face your truths.
I decree that the spirit of peace and prosperity has found permanent rest in your lives. Know the truth; it will set you free. Face your past. Confront your fears. With God with you, you cannot lose. Yes. It may be painful, but Christ will be the balm that soothes your wounds and brings healing to your heart. Trust Him. He’s never lost a case! It’s time to live your best and most authentic life now. God loves you. And His love washes away all the hurt, pain, lies, and sin. You might not believe this, but it’s the truth: You are Blessed! Now go….and Be a Blessing!

©2014. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Reflections4Life: "In Times of Pain and Heartache"

Reflections4Life  March 16, 2014

“In Times of Pain and Heartache”
“He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power.” Isaiah 40:29 (NASB)
Scripture Contemplation; Psalm 121; Isaiah 40; Jeremiah 17; Zechariah 4; Ephesians 4; 6; Philippians 4:13…
It is so easy to let go and stop believing then it is to hold on and keep believing; standing in faith; trusting God to do just what He said. Oh, how I am there this very day. At the crossroads of holding on and letting go. Yet, my relationship with the Father just won’t allow me to let go. Even through this time of pain and heartache, I will continue to hold on, because I know God has me.

I declare and decree that this week’s Reflections will be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration for your heart, mind, and soul. Though the times before you may be difficult and painful, and at times heart-wrenching; I implore you to look to the hills which cometh your faith; for your strength comes from the Lord.

This is what I know for certain: I am alive, breathing, and walking only by the grace and mercy of the Lord. There is a war going on between my flesh, emotions, and my spirit. There is a battle between my intellect and my faith. There are times when I can’t say who is winning because my heart just aches so much that my throat tightens from squeezing back the tears that want to continually flow. Yet, I still reach forward to God, even though I can admit that I am angry with God.

Yes. I said it. I am angry with God. Surely He could have stepped in! Surely He could have done something! Surely He could have prevented certain things! Surely He could have heard my prayers and answered! Surely He could have said something instead of being silent! And I could go on and on, because my flesh will always cry out this way, while my spirit says: All things are working out for my good. I will not grow weary in well doing. I will see the righteousness of God in my life.

I cannot be anything but transparent before you today, beloveds. When I say the pain and heartache that I am experiencing at this moment is deep; it is. It is so excruciating that it feels like someone has a vice-grip on my heart and is squeezing it. The enemy is taunting, while my spirit is yelling: GOD CANNOT LIE!!!

Have you been here beloved? Are you here now beloved? Are you in much pain and heartache that you do not know how or if you are going to make it? The last thing you want is a bunch of scriptures quoted to you. The last thing you want to hear is that God is working it out. All you know is that you want the pain to stop. You want God to answer your prayers…NOW!

This is the point where we need the scriptures more than ever. This is the point when we must remember the promises of God. This is the time when we must be totally honest with ourselves and the Lord. Trust me; God can handle it! Tell God you are hurting. Tell the Father you are angry at Him. Tell God about your disappointments. And after you have done all of that; after you have cried and felt sorry for yourself; open your mouth and begin to give God the praise. Open your mouth and begin to speak the scriptures, the promises of God, to your situation and your circumstances.

Yes! It is difficult. It is hard to do these things when the pain is so raw and present. Yet, this is what we must do to hold on. This is what we must do by faith. We cannot trust our feelings, beloved. We cannot go by what things appear to be. We cannot allow the present sufferings keep us from walking in faith and calling upon the Lord. Why? Because the moment we give in to the pain and heartache is the moment the enemy wins. It is the moment we lose.

We must determine in our hearts to go forward and to hang on no matter what we are going through. Yes, it is hard. Because it is during these times that we are in our emotions. We are like an open wound and exposed to the elements. But Jesus is the salve that covers us. And trust me; the flesh will fight continually against your spirit. The enemy will continue to whisper his lies. But we must determine to hold on.

It is easy to let go and to go back to the world’s way. You just let go. It is much harder to hold on because the flesh continually wants to wallow in the pain instead of remembering the promise. My goodness, it hurts so badly! Some days I just cry and cry, and my heart aches so badly. And I just want it to be over. I just want God to do what He said and bring His promises to pass right now!

I confessed my anger to the Lord. I let out all that is in my heart. I bring it the throne and lay it at the altar. Then, though my flesh does not want to, I remember His promises and I give Him the praise. I speak the scriptures. And I make God my strength. Yes. It still hurts, but I know that if I give up; if I let go now; things will only get worse, and the devil wins. And I refuse to give the victory to the enemy when he has already been defeated.

There is a fine line between moving forward in faith, and falling into self-pity. If we concentrate only upon the pain and heartache; making a shrine to it daily, then we are limiting God from moving forward on our behalf. There must come a time when we ask ourselves if we are going to believe God or not? If we are going to trust Him where we cannot trace Him? If we are going to walk by faith and not by sight? And, if we truly believe that God will deliver the righteous out every affliction! I am holding on. Determined that this pain and heartache will not last.

I decree that the spirit of peace and of prosperity has found permanent rest in your lives. Though what you may be experiencing right now is painful. You may not be able to see the road before you; continue to trust God to bring you through. Let your faith lead you where your flesh is reluctant to go. We walk by faith, not by sight. God is doing just what He said; even if it doesn’t look like it. Your faith will determine how soon this, too, shall pass. Let the power of God fill you and strengthen you. Walk in His strength as you hold on to faith. You are Blessed. Now go…and Be a Blessing!

©2014. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

It Doesn't Make Any Sense

Reflections4Life March 9, 2014
It Doesn't Make Any Sense”
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6
Scripture Contemplation: Job 34; Psalm 128; Proverbs 16; Jeremiah 29:11; 1 Corinthians 2:8-10; Hebrews 4:12...
I don't know. It doesn't make any sense. How could this happen? Why do these things keep happening? Is God even there? Is He even listening to me? Is this journey in vain? Is there even any purpose to holding on and having faith? What is going on!? I trusted and believed, and still!
Those are just a few of the things that crossed my mind and my lips this past week after yet another devastating blow happened in my life. Have you been there? Are you there now? How are you faring in your faith? There are many things that will happen in our life that will not make any sense at all. Yet, the Father wants us to hold on. To maintain our faith. Seems like a lot to ask for; especially when you have been holding on for so long.
I declare and decree that this week's Reflections will be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration for your heart, mind, and soul. As it is very easy to give up and let go, I ask that you would do the harder thing: hold on. Do not let go of the promises of God; regardless of what it looks like or how long you have been waiting; keep holding on. It takes a lot more to keep holding on. But if you continue to trust God, He will see you through.
I cannot even begin to tell you the heartache, the disappointment, the confusion that I experienced this past week. It was so heart-wrenching and emotionally debilitating. Even when you know you have done all that you could do; you have believed, trusted God, had faith; you still find yourself asking God why because it just doesn't make any sense.
My mind could not comprehend any reason for what took place. It didn't make any sense to me whatsoever. Yet, in the stillness of my heart, I can hear God say: I got you. However, I could hear a “but” on my part. But why God? But how God? Why did you let this happen? Wasn't my faith strong enough? Didn't I believe? So why? It doesn't make any sense. Please help me to understand.
We are going to experience things in this lifetime that we are just not going to understand. It will not make any sense to us at all, and God will ask us to have faith; to keep believing Him and trusting that He is working all things out. The Father understands clearly what He is asking of us, and how hard it may be when it just doesn't make any sense to us.
The Father also understands that many of us will falter in our faith. We will waver in our belief in Him and what He has spoken concerning our lives. Yet, He still admonishes us to hold on, have faith, and keep believing. But how? How do we keep believing and holding on when it seems as though we have waited so long for the manifestations of the promises? When, we have held onto faith and believed, as everything around us has launched a full-scale attack upon us? How can God possibly expect us to keep believing when it doesn't make any sense?
Because God knows what He has declared and decreed over our lives. He knows that if we continue to trust Him where we cannot trace Him; if we continue to have faith in the midst of adversity; if we continue to praise Him in the midst of heartache; if we continue to believe in spite of the hurt and disappointments; we will receive the full manifestations of what we have been waiting and pray for.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
I know how hard it can get sometimes. I know how devastating it can be to have waited so long, and be disappointed to the point that you want to just give up; give up on life, give up on faith; give up on God. I implore you to not give up. To keep holding on and exercising your faith.
Many times we look at the clock and we get overwhelmed by the time as we see it ticking past, and as we grow older. Our focus is no longer on what God has spoken and decreed in our lives, but it is focused on the time that is passing and how long we have waited.
God is always on time. And whatever He has promised it shall come to pass if we continue to believe and have faith, and do not let go or grow weary in our waiting. Yes; easier said than done. But just as any other muscle in our body, our faith is a muscle that needs to be worked out daily. It needs to be exercised on a daily basis, so that it may become strong and immovable.
The Father works in seasons. He is outside of time. And whatever God has spoken concerning your life, it will come to pass in dues season. Our focus must not be on time but on God. It must remain on the Father and not the circumstances. I am most certain Job felt the same; that he was doing everything right in his life; pleasing to God. Even he learned some things about his life. Yet God still blessed him double for what was taken.
I look at the Hebrew boys in the furnace. They were stolen from their homes. Stripped of their names and culture. But they held onto their faith. They believed God. Trusted God even as they were being thrown into the fire. Their faith remained so strong, that they understood that even death would still bring them the ultimate pleasure of being in the presence of God.
Consider Daniel. It would have been far easier to bow, but he refused to change or compromise his faith in God. It didn't make any sense; he'd represented God. Stayed true to his faith and worship, and his reward was to be thrown into the lion's den? He believed. Had faith in God to do just what He said.
How many of us can say the same? Especially in the times when things just don't make any sense? Will you remain faithful? Will you continue to believe and trust God? Will you keep the faith, and recognize that you have already won and that God will not make you ashamed?
Isaiah 61:7 “Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion, they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land, they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.”
I implore you to hold on. Even when it doesn't make any sense. Even when what you are experiencing seems counterproductive to the faith you have been exercising. Trust God. No matter what it looks like. Keep believing and speaking the word of God. We are declared the winners, regardless of what it may appear to be right now.
I decree that the spirit of peace and of prosperity has found permanent rest in your lives. Though it may not make any sense the things you are faced with; have faith in God to see you through. Believe that God has a plan and purpose for your life and that even these setbacks and disappointments are all a part of making you ready for the manifestations of His blessings in your life. Have faith. You are Blessed. Now go...and Be a Blessing!

©2014. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Reflections4Life: "Crossroads"

Reflections4Life March 2nd, 2014
Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
Scripture Contemplation:Proverbs 10:29; Obadiah 1:13-15; Matthew 6; Matthew 7; Revelation 3...
At times in the journey of our lives, we will come to a crossroads. And at these crossroads in life, we are going to have to make a decision—a decision that will not only impact our own lives, but those we love and associate with; those we may minister to; those we may have a responsibility to, and it will have a definite impact on our relationship with God.
There are various times or seasons in our lives when these crossroads appear; when these life changing moments occur. And it is in these seasons that we make a decision that will affect the rest of our lives. It will determine the direction in which our life's journey will continue. Are you at a crossroads today? Have you sought the Father and His wisdom? A crossroad is nothing we should ever take lightly, but always be prayerful about.
I declare and decree that this week's Reflections will be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration to your heart, mind, and soul. As you stand at the crossroads of your life, may you be wise in your decision in which way to go. Lean not to your own understanding, but trust in the Lord to direct your path.
What is a crossroad? A simple definition is an intersection of two or more roads. What is a crossroad in life? It is a point that you come to in life when you may not be certain of which is the right path to take. It is a moment when you come to a point in your walk, your life, your career, etcetera. You are hit with the proverbial fork in the road. And you have to decide, which path is going to bring you to the life that you desire. Which path is going to lead you to where you need to be.
There are two things about crossroads. One is that you may not be able to see down the line of its path. You cannot tell exactly which road is going to lead you to the desired life because at the start of the crossroads everything looks the same. Each path seems good or the right choice. And often times you do not know until you choose the path if you've chosen the right path for yourself.
The second thing is that there are crossroads that you know which is the right path to go. You know what you need to do. But often, the path that you should go is not the easiest path to take. It is narrow. At times it can seem restricted, lonely, and unpopular. While the other path seems to get you where you want to go sooner and with merriment. But the thing about that particular wide path of ease; you cannot see the hidden pitfalls and traps. You cannot see all the detours, detractors and the heartache and pain; because in the beginning, everything feels good and right. And what most who choose this path do not realize is, it's a dead end with a circle that goes round and round, and the only way out is destruction and death.
Are you at a crossroads today? Which crossroads are you at? The one where you are not sure? Is the crossroad where you are certain of the path to take but are having trouble making the right choice?
We've all been there. We've been at the fork in the road where we are not certain which path is going to lead us to where we desire to be in life. This is where we must allow our faith to lead us. Where we trust God where we cannot trace Him.
It's not an easy task. Mostly because we do not want to make a mistake and choose the wrong path. But, here's the wonderful thing: we can trust God to lead us. We can walk confidently in faith and trust that whichever path we take, God will be with us and guide us. And that, whatever road we take, as long as we stay connected to our Father, and lean not to our own understanding, we will be exactly where we need to be.
Or, are you that person that knows which road to take, but are having a difficult time in making the right decision? Many have been there as well. You know what road you should go. But it is not appealing to your flesh right now. You know what decision would be right, but there is a battle going on between your spirit man and the flesh.
You may even be running away from what you know is right. Trying to escape the responsibilities of this life. But be certain of this: whatever path you take, you are not the only one affected by your choice. Those you love are affected. Those God has assigned you to. Everything in your life will be affected by your choice between right and wrong. So, when you know which is the right road to take, and you choose the other; you do so with the understanding that, yes, the choice is yours, you are free to make it—but there will be consequences, and not just for you.
Life is going to be filled with many choices. We will stand at many crossroads. And we may not always choose the right path. Yet, God is faithful to bring us to where we need to be. To get us back on the right path. However, when we come to the crossroads in life, all we have to do is stand still and listen to the Father's instructions. Follow what He tells us. Be confident and have faith.
Sometimes we have to make a split second decision; unable to give long thought to what we should do. It can be a life and death situation. Have faith in the Father that you will make the right choice. Believe in yourself. For God has placed in us everything that we need to make it in this life and to make the tough decisions that come with this life.
The choices we make today will not only affect our lives and those in it. But it will have an impact for generations to come. We are all connected. Life connects us and the choices we make. If you are not sure which path to take when your standing at the crossroads, ask the Father and search your heart. Then take a leap of faith. If you're at the crossroads, and you know what is right, but maybe feeling fearful; let it go, and understand that, yes, the choice is always yours to make. But obedience to the Father will always trump sacrifice. And that the choice you make today, have sure enough consequences for not only you but others also.
I decree that the spirit of peace and of prosperity have found permanent rest in your lives. Life is a journey with crossroads. We may not always be certain of the path to take. But when you walk by faith, you know that God will never lead you astray. Do not be afraid to do what is right. Do not be afraid of a daunting task, when God said He's already declared you the winner. It's just your turn to pick up the cross. Remember: Jesus was at a crossroads in the garden of Gethsemane. He chose. And because of Him, we are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Our sins were forgiven. And eternal life gained. You are Blessed. Now go...and Be a Blessing!

©2014. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.