In Church…Or, in the Lord

In Church…Or, in the Lord

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4 KJV)

I am by NO means an expert in this area, but I am clearly seeing a difference between raising a family “in church” as opposed to raising them “in the Lord.” Now, don’t get me wrong…Raising children in the Lord requires a disciplined church life, but when the disciplined church life becomes the “focal point” rather than the Love, Grace, and Mercy of God things can get quickly out of balance and the results are not always what we had hoped for…

I recently read a story about a pastor who confessed to a close friend regarding his prodigal adult daughter that he had faithfully raised his daughter in church, but had failed to raise her in the Lord…Wow! Instead of blaming the church or other church leaders for his daughter’s behavior and decision to leave the church, he accepted full responsibility and discerned where things had gone array…Obviously, he had allowed rules, regulations, duties, and unreal expectations to exceed the “light yoke” of the Lord’s Love and Compassion…Sadly, I have witness this type of thing happen in several, pastor’s families as well as other committed church goers. Where both duty and expectation exceeded Grace and Mercy.

When our three daughters were in public high school, they were very involved in activities. Our twins were members of the band’s color-guard and rifle team and our youngest daughter was a cheerleader. Even though my husband was a pastor of a local church, he and I made sure that we were in attendance every Friday night for their ballgames. My husband always said, “Well they support me on Sundays, so I’m going to support them in what they do.” I loved his attitude back then even though he was greatly criticized by many “legalistic” pastors in our area who thought attending ballgames was simply “beneath” them and their children’s spiritual walk…I even watched as one of our daughters’ closest friend had to quit the color-guard when her pastor preached that young ladies had no business wearing short uniforms. Her family not wanting to rebel against their pastor’s teachings insisted that she quit the team…

People can get caught up in man-made rules, regulations, and duties and forget that GOD has a purpose and plan for everyone’s individual lives when we make HIM our final authority. Believe me when I say that our daughters were not perfect growing up and we faced a few trying times along the way, but I can graciously and thankfully say that they never left God and today now in their late 30’s they are still committed to God, church, and raising their own children in His ways…

Children need to witness and experience Grace and Mercy along the way…Too many rules can make God seem distant, cold, and uncaring…Our own children need just as much time to grow, mature, and develop in Christ as the next person…It’s hard I know to find balance…It take lots of faith to forsake man-made rules, rituals, and routines…But, thankfully the Disciples did just that when they abandoned the teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees to experience the marvelous works of Christ!

Oh, how our children need to be brought up not only in church but in the Love of the LORD! Amen…

Remember, God Loves You
Lin T Rollins, Author

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There Should Be a Cost

There Should Be a Cost

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:24 KJV)

I had an amazing revelation tonight while studying about being a “follower of Jesus Christ.” Being a true follower of Christ will “cost” you something in your life, and usually the “cost” will be ongoing; not just a one-time ordeal…Truly “following” Jesus can cost you personal time, finances, certain freedoms, friendships, family ties, set-backs, judgments, and even Peace with others who do not value or understand your commitments. I know…I can truly testify that “following Jesus” has cost me certain things in this life…

1. Personal Time: Following Jesus costs a person “personal time.” No longer are you the CEO of your daily schedule. Your time belongs to God to be used as He directs. This is NOT popular since most people feel that after working all day or night, depending upon your work schedule, driving in traffic both to and from work, taking care of practical daily eating needs, personal hygiene, and countless numbers of household chores and errands, what “time” is left for God? This is why the Bible talks about “slotfullness.” A truly “slothful” (unorganized, undisciplined, even lazy) person cannot be a true “follower of Jesus.” Why not? Because they simply don’t know how to “discipline” themselves to SURRENDER and ALLOW God to organize their daily schedule of events. Believe me, having raised three daughters while working a fulltime job, attending college, and carrying out the duties and responsibilities of being a Pastor’s wife, pianist, and Sunday school teacher, my life would have run amuck had GOD not been my “time-keeper.” Yet, God did not send down “angels” to do all the work load, I had to be “willing” to surrender a lot of things that my “flesh” would have lavished in; if given opportunity…Many times, I had to also be the “bad guy” in the family not allowing my children to lavish in their fun and more pleasurable times…I’m pretty sure they’ll tell you that my role as a mother resembled a Marine drill Sargent at times, but I can truly say that as adults they know how to work!! So, “following Jesus” costs you Personal Time…

2. Finances: Following Jesus costs personal “finances.” Laying aside for a moment the teachings of the Bible regarding tithes and offerings, let’s just talk about money for gasoline to drive back and forth to church and other church-related functions. Added clothing for special events. The purchase of Bibles and other religious books and materials. Paper, tablets, or notebooks for prayer journals. Cards and postage to mail a variety of cards to those in need…All contributing to the “cost” of truly “following Jesus” in addition to tithes and offerings.

3. Certain Freedoms: Face it; when you are a true “follower of Jesus” you simply can’t behave like or “do” what everyone else is doing! You are called to a “higher” standard. A higher sense of value and moral character…Your life is no longer your own. It’s been purchased by the “Shed Blood of Jesus Christ.” You represent His kingdom and HIS values and standards…That will “cost” you something, indeed! People will “watch” your life more closely and inspect your outgoing and incomings…Everything you say or do will reflect upon your personal relationship with Christ…from the way you present yourself in dress to the way you clean out or don’t clean out your garage! People notice…And, in reality they are supposed to notice!” That is your “purpose in Christ” to live differently than the world; or why else have two different types of people; lost or saved?!

4. Friendships: We ALL want to be liked and have friends. Friends enrich our lives. We enjoy being liked and being a part of a group of friends…Until, our friends decide that our “dedication” and “commitment” to Christ infringes upon “their” lives and freedoms! They, perhaps, don’t want “what we’ve got!” So, either one or two things will happen…Your friendship and association will eventually decline or one of you will eventually follow the other…either towards Christ; or away from Christ…Compromise is never a pretty thing in the lives of those who “follow Christ.” It will “cost” you something.

5. Family Ties: This one is tough. I remember having to explain to my grandmother that I simply could NOT attend family gatherings anymore on Sundays after my husband started in the ministry. Since Sundays were the only time the majority of the family could gather in one place at the same time, I had to miss out on those family gatherings. At first, my family didn’t fully understand it. And, I’m sure that my name was brought up a time or two at those gatherings for not being able to attend, but after years of seeing my family in “service” on Sundays, they accepted and “valued” our commitment. Now, thirty-five years later, I would say that my grandmother’s family and I are as close, if not closer, than ever…Even though my grandmother has gone on to be with the Lord…Following Christ will “cost” you something.

6. Set-backs: Whew! I could be on this topic all night. I have seen my share of “set-backs.” As a young pastor’s wife, before I entered into the teaching profession, I worked as a secretary for one of the doctors in our town. I truly enjoyed my duties and time spent there, but I was eventually “asked” to resign my position because I simply did not “fit in” with the other staff. Why? Because I guarded my testimony and relationship with the Lord and did not wish to compromise on certain invitations to “party” with the girls after hours. I was heart-broken when I was asked to voluntarily “leave.” I thought my world had ended in many ways and I wasn’t sure what we were going to do financially. But, GOD came on the scene and opened doors that only HE could have opened. I was offered a job with the school system that would eventually lead to my returning to college for my teaching degree in middle school education…Thank God for that “set back” in life that was a catalyst in disguise! Following Jesus will “cost” you something!

7. Judgements and Peace: Following Christ will cause you to be “judged” and at “odds” with many of the people and family members that you share your life with. You say, “But, I thought “Christians” were peaceable people.” Yes, we are to live our lives at “peace” as much as possible, but not to the tune of “compromising” “Thus saith the Lord.” It’s scary to “put it all on the line” for Christ…I mean you are not guaranteed a pleasant earthly outcome…Chances are you will “suffer” from your sacrifices. But, it’s your choice to truly “follow” Christ or follow him from a distance…

Sadly, too many people who say they are Christians choose to “follow Christ at a distance.” Which is actually NOT following HIM at all…The price for our Salvation cost Christ everything…And, HE was willing and obedient to pay the price…If you are “following” Christ and NOT paying a price, then you may be following Him from a distance; which is, like I stated earlier, NOT following HIM at all…Like my husband used to say, “Being a Christian is NOT a walk in the park, it’s a journey on the battlefield.” But, let us not forget that our reward for any and all costs that we pay here on Earth cannot compare to what Christ Jesus has in store for his “followers” when we gather on the other side! Oh, the JOY of Following Christ…There Should be a Cost…Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!

When God Seemingly Doesn’t Answer…

When God Seemingly Doesn’t Answer…Or, He answers in a Different Way\

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways” Isaiah 55:8

If you truly have a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, and have served Him for any reasonable amount of time you have to admit that there have been times when you have had to deal with feelings of unwanted “frustrations” because of ongoing circumstances, situations, issues, or concerns arising from areas within your life that you have prayed and prayed about with either no answer from God, no changes, or no relief in sight…Be honest…After all, one can never really and truly Grow in the Lord without complete and total honesty. I’m not saying that you have to go around “confessing” or “admitting” your frustrations to everyone you see, but you do need to “admit” and “confess” them to God…

But, you say…”Oh, no…I can’t tell God that I am upset or frustrated because HE has not answered my prayer the way that I want.” Why not? HE already knows it!! Believe me, I have had some mighty deep and personal prayers with God down through the years…I mean pouring out my every emotion, thought, concern, wish, and perspective…You say, “Oh, I’d never do that. God is Holy.” Yes, HE is…And, he knows that I’m NOT! ALL of man’s righteousness are as “filthy rags” in the sight of God…So, why try to hide who we are and how we feel from God…After all, HE alreadys know it. When you have a “best friend” you usually share with him or her your feelings about things. Let me encourage you that you have no great Friend that Christ Jesus!

I settled this matter a long time ago…One day during deep closet prayer I explained to GOD that my feelings of frustration and anger seemed to be justified as far as I could tell…Even the Bible states, “Be ye angry and sin not.” God knows that we experience at times a battery of different emotions. So, who better to tell your anger to than our Heavenly Father in personal, closet prayer. I mean when you want an increase in salary on your job your don’t present your case to the guy sitting next to you who can’t do a thing for you. You seek out the hierarchy of the place and set in to go step-by-step until you reach the top; the person in charge! Well, that’s how it is with closet Prayer…I go to the TOP! And, when I am in the presence of the ONE at the TOP who has ALL POWER to either change my circumstances or change me then I can leave my case at HIS feet!!! But, just suppose the person at the top won’t listen to your plea? Just suppose you keep marching to his office every day making an appointment to present your case and each time you get sent right back on your way…He (or she) simply will NOT hear you out…What happens? You get angry…You get upset…You get mad…You feel you are not being treated fairly…You want to quit; and sometimes you do…

Well, isn’t that how you feel when you petition God time and time again with a prayer need that seemingly is getting “pushed to the side” and unnoticed! You start feeling frustrated…You may even get upset and mad…You feel that God is not treating you fairly; after all HE did promise that HE would never leave nor forsake you…So, what’s up? In your mind and heart…you want to quit… You might even say something like, “I’ve had enough. I’m packing up my tool box and I’m going home.” Face it, we’ve all been there…And, God knows it…But, God is desparately wanting to teach and show us that HE is God no matter our circumstances or the length of time between asking for prayer requests and receiveing an answer. In other words, God is not our Santa Claus…He’s GOD! Higher and far more superior than we can ever think or imagine.

So, what happens after years and years of dealing with life’s frustrations? One or two things…You quit on God…Lots and lots of people do quit on God each day and each year…I would really hate to see the stats on such a thing…Or, you decide that God’s Ways are NOT your ways…And His thoughts are not your thoughts…HE’S GOD and HE can rule the universe or call the shots how HE wills…Not an easy thing to surrender to when your feet are kicking and your mouth is screaming! But, I have learned to take “comfort” that GOD does not rush to move at my demand, temper-tanturms, or earthly perspectives on how “I” see things…This is sometimes how our Faith is built…We learn that HE’s in charge and we really don’t have to “worry” about it the way we think we do…I may not “like” waiting on God, but there’s really not too much I can do about it…HE’s the Boss! And, I do mean the absolute, real, unchallenged BOSS who loves His servants also known as His children.

Do you want to know how I learned this? Through various storms and trials that God sent into our lives that did not work out the way we had wanted, hoped for, or prayed for….Doors that shut and NO ONE could open them, and GOD wouldn’t open them! It’s hard to learn that life is not all about “me,” “myself,” and “I” nor about “we,” “us,” or “ours.” It’s about God and them…All the “thems” that we know nothing about…But, God does! He SEES and KNOWS the Bigger Picture!

To be perfectly honest, sometimes (which is most times) I can’t explain what God is doing, why HE is doing it, or How HE is doing it…I just know (Believe!) that HE is…And, I believe God counted it unto Abraham as “righteousness” because he Believed!! I can take Comfort in Knowing that God is God!

Go ahead; talk to God in prayer…Tell him your feelings; your perspective; your will; your wishes; your wants; your desires, Your feelings, and your likes and dislikes. He already knows them, but HE is waiting for you to “surrender” them to HIM to see if you really and truly want HIS will in the matter or you just “talk” like you do…As the old saying goes, “talk is cheap!” And, believe me, God knows cheap talk! God knows when we are upset, frustrated, and angry because HE isn’t moving on the scene the way “we” think He should… Yet; He understands our turmoil over such things…Remember, HE IS GOD! I take comfort crying before God and sharing with Him my emotions…I know HE is listening to me even if HE chooses not to answer my prayer need in the fashion I desire…God is always a Just God…By faith I have learned that HE has a better plan…HE knows what I stand in need of and how it fits into the full picture; the total picture of my life…I can assure you that after you have cried out your heart, mind, feelings, and emotions before GOD HE will bring Comfort as NO one can…I can then say with the Apostle Paul, “I Find His Grace is Sufficient For Me.”

Let’s end in prayer: “Thank you Sweet Jesus that you love and understand the weak frame of your children and our human hearts and limited minds…We Praise you because you are not a god, but you are the GOD; the everlasting, all-knowing, all present GOD…Hallelujah…God thank you for those times when we can not take one-day-at-a-time but rather only one-second; one breath at a time to get through our circumstances…During such times, we can Trust You…You are ever Faithful…You will never leave nor forsake your own even when we do not and cannot understand THY ways…And, though our physical eyes cannot see…By Faith, we can crown you King of Kings and Lord of Lords over our lives until we meet face to face on that great eternal day in Heaven on high…Until then, please accept our “surrendered” weaknesses as proof of our faith, love, and belief in You…

Remember, God Loves You…Even in the darker times When God Seemingly Doesn’t Answer….
Lin T Rollins, Author

Hold to the Rock of Ages…

Hold to the Rock of Ages…

Storms of life and trials that endure for years, some even for decades, can rob us at times of our inward strength, abilities, and energies. The enemy, God’s enemy, begins to believe that he is winning over our “will,” and even God’s will for our life, and that we will eventually become a “quitter” on God. But, God’s children are not “quitters.”

Perhaps, at one point you were strong in the Lord, obedient, determined, dedicated, and totally dependent upon His leading in your life…For years and years you faithfully served God and others in His loving protection, promises, and provisions…But, suddenly, the unseen protective Hands of God seemed to vanish from you life and the enemies’ thunder, lightnings, and clouds were all you could see. At first, you thought the violent storm would eventually pass over; but it didn’t. Instead of passing by, it stopped right over you and stayed much longer than you ever anticipated or prepared yourself for. In the midst of the ongoing storm you tried to find your wits and sense of it all, but they seemed lost in the swelling tides of the storm. After a while, your senses began to dull and you didn’t know how to behave or handle the plethora of emotions that were bombarding your heart and mind practically daily; minute by minute. Somedays you were able to find solace in Prayer and Scripture readings, but then the next day everything is filled with added turmoil and uncertainities…To say the least, the enemy has you on the run…And, it appears to be a “run for your life,” except for one thing…The more you run the more you run into obstacles that hurt and harm you…You know that you need to stand still but standing still in such a strong storm goes against every grain in your mind and body.

The natural voices within tell you to run…It’s the old, “fight or flight” sydrome…By running I mean, “fix it,” “do something,” or, “make it go away.” Even though you know the verse, “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord,” all too well you still feel the need to “do something,” because if you don’t the storm will overtake your life and “all” will be lost. So, you are in a quandary and nothing in life makes sense to you anymore. And, believe me I know, that when you are experiencing such a long, long lasting storm many of your friends and family will tend to depart…After all, it’s your storm; not their’s…Thankfully, you do experience short, brief periods of “sunshine” when the thunder and lightnings cease momentarily, but when they return they return with a vengence…One minute you are up and the next second you are down being tossed under the raging waters’ currents…No one, and I mean NO ONE, seems willing to throw you a “life- line” of rescue. Most of the people you know are just standing on the sidelines of life shaking their heads in disbelief as they watch you try to balance the strong and ever stronger waves pounding upon the seashore of your battled-life…They don’t want to “see it.” They don’t want to “hear it.” So, they look the other way…To them, it’s just too taxing to watch you endure…

Sadly, those once closest to you start to lose faith in “your faith” and start believing that you are all “washed up.” To them, you are a wreck; a train wreck; a crash; a plane crash…They may even accuse you of being a “nut case.” It appears that All the works and efforts of your past have been destroyed layer by layer…You feel spiritually exhausted, naked, ravished, and ashamed.

Why me, Lord? Why me? You ask yourself over and over…But, wait…Why NOT me? Who am I not to endure such heartaches and trials? Why should I be any different than any other human being on planet Earth who also endures personal trials and defeats at various times within their lives? What team player wins 100% of the time? Who hasn’t thrown a few foul balls in their time or struck out? Who among us is Perfect, let him cast the first stone? Even my own Savior was persecuted, stripped of his garments, and nailed to a Cross…What world do I think I live? Do I wish to live where “all” is happy, happy, happy 24/7? That world does not exist; well, not YET anyway. But, it will one day for those of us who are alive in Christ Jesus! For we will be where He is and we will ALL be happy, happy, happy 24/7…But, until then….we must learn to endure…to carry our own Cross…to know that we know that we know that God is on our side…

With God on our side, and in our hearts, we are more than a conqueror through Him… We can say with full assurance, “I will survive…I will endure…I will see the SONSHINE again upon my life…I will learn to know both defeat and victory as it is appointed unto man to know…Until then, Glory, Glory, and More Glory unto the God who gives and takes away…Praise be unto His Holy Name!”

After the storm passes, and, yes, my friend, it will one day pass…we will rebuild upon the Blessed Rock of Ages…we will cut our losses and we will rebuild…We will survive the many hurricanes, the tsunami, the tornadoes, the floods, and the raging seas with all of its fury to one day stand stronger and taller upon our Foundation of Faith (God’s Faith) not built upon sand, but upon the everlasting, Blessed Rock of Ages! Until then, my heart will go on singing…until then I will Praise His Name…until then I will HOLD TO THE Blessed ROCK OF AGES…Until Then I Will Go to the Rock of Ages! Amen…

Remember, Even in the Storm, God Still Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

Time to Smell the Roses…

Time to Smell the Roses

Question: Which do you spend most of your time smelling? Roses? Or, the disgusting odors of life?”

Face it…Life happens, and when it does it can bring about some of the most disgusting odors a person can imagine. I have come to the conclusion that many people have been sadly “conditioned” to spend most of their days and nights smelling the disgusting odors of life rather than the nicer, more pleasant aromas of life. There’s a really good point I want to make in this blog but it might get a little stinky along the way! Hold your nose if you must, but I believe it will be worth the effort!

God designed man and beast alike to digest and eliminate those things that enter into the body; both liquids and solids. However, the discarded waste can carry with it intolerable, lingering and disgusting odors. No one actually prefers to stay around disgusting, lingering, stinking odors, but unfortunately they tend to occur or happen each and every day of our lives…either of our own makings, or of someone else’s. I think you get the picture.

Life as we know it can become a metaphor to such occurrences…Sometimes, life just stinks…we can’t help it…it just happens…The sad thing is that life, at times, can stink so much, and what seems like for so long, that we become accustomed to the odor and we just start living in it…Other people can smell it, but we have become so immune to its disgusting smell that it becomes a part of who we are. The odor settles on our clothes and into our garments…Everywhere we go the intolerable odor goes with us…People begin to notice it…They back off…They shy away…They eventually stop coming around…We are eventually left alone and really don’t understand why. Because, we simply do not notice or recognize the odor any longer that surrounds us. It has become a part of our life; who we are…How truly sad when this happens.

Life’s odors come in a variety of shapes and sizes…Misery; defeat; anger; depression; bitterness; unforgiveness; hate; malice; resentment; jealousies, unreal expectations, perfection, disappointments; set-backs; sickness and diseases; losses; financial disasters; divorce; miscarriages; wayward children; estranged relationships; unexpected change of directions within our lives; or days when it simply rains on our planned picnics or parades…Life, as we know it, can stink…Life happens.

But, don’t forget…God designed mankind to get “rid” of those things that enter “into” our lives; even those things that can and often do bring harm into our lives. Face it, if we don’t get rid of the digested liquids and solid foods that we ingest into our mouths, we will eventually, and very quickly at times, die…The same is true when “life’s odors” linger in our lives…they can make us very sick, toxic, and eventually die…Depression, and all of its ugly “cousins,” is one of life’s odors that can poison our minds and bodies to the point of death. Oh, the awful and terrible odor of depression, anxiety, fears, concerns, and worries…

What are we to do? The answer is quite simple, but it does take “effort” on our part…We learn to use God’s AIR FRESHENERS to rid our lives of the lingering odors that have occurred; some from our own makings and some from others. Just like the many fragrances we can purchase at the store to spruce up our homes, God has provided different fragrances as well to spruce up our lives…The fragrances of “Gratefulness,” “Forgiveness,” “Understanding,” “Kindness,” “Respect and Honor,” “Love,” “Joy,” and “Peace that Passes All Understanding” (One of my favorite aromas!) are available to us…God’s Word is filled with fragrances that can and will eliminate those old nasty odors of life that spoil our days and nights and keep us from “smelling the roses” of life!

It’s your choice…You can continue living in the lingering odors of “life” as it happens or grab a can of God’s Air Freshener and Spray, Spray, Spray until the odors are all gone…Just remember one very important point…As long as we live in this life we will encounter odors of all sorts and natures, but it’s our choice if we wish to hang around those toxic odors too long or spray them away with God’s unique and patented design Holy Air Fresheners manufactured and shipped to us straight from Heaven’s Door!!!

There’s a huge market today that uses “aroma therapy” to reduce all kinds of stresses and promote relaxation…As the Bible teaches, “There’s nothing new under the sun.” (Ecc. 3)…God has known from the beginning of time that toxic odors can and will foul up our lives and turn them into sewage drains…No one wants to live next to a sewage drain! The Old Testament is filled with examples of God’s people offering sacrifices of, “Sweet smelling Savors,” unto God…I don’t know about you, but I have some de-odorizing to do in my own life…It’s time to get rid of the toxic odors and fill my life with God’s Holy Air Fresheners…Yes; It’s Time to Smell the Roses!

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

What is Prayer…

What is Prayer…

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16 KJV)

Simply put, Prayer is Talking to God…Prayer is Seeking God’s will…Prayer is Petitioning God…Prayer is Praising God…Prayer is Worshipping God…Prayer is Thanking God…Prayer is uniting yourself unto God with your whole soul, mind, and body…Prayer is the effective tool that unleashes God’s Power on Earth…Prayer is Protection…Prayer is Peace…Prayer is an act of Faith; and without Faith it is impossible to please God…Prayer is Joy…Prayer is Strength…Prayer is Love; for when we Love God we Pray unto Him…Prayer is Receiving God’s Love into our hearts; for when we Pray we accept God’s Love…Prayer is the ability to Overcome…Prayer is Healing…Prayer is Restoration…Prayer is Accepting God’s Will…Prayer is the Key to a Christian’s Life…

The Christian Life should be embedded in continuous, open Prayer before God…Prayer aligns the sinner with the Righteousness of God. Prayer aligns the Saint to the Will of God. Prayer, fervent prayer (fervent meaning extremely passionate) gets the sinner to God and God to the sinner. Oh, how we need more Prayer in our lives; in our world…The Bible is filled with Prayers of the Saints and for those seeking Salvation of God…We see miracles performed as the result of effective praying…Elijah “prayed earnestly that it might not rain; and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And, he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.” (James 5:17-18). What a demonstration of fervent, effective Prayer!

If any goal should be set before us, it should be the goal of reaching towards, possessing, and maintaining a fervent, effective prayer life…If we want to see “things” changed within our lives and within the lives of our loved ones it will take the fervent, effective prayers of a righteous man…And, man cannot be righteous outside of seeking God’s will for their lives…Oh, the JOY of Prayer! Just to know that we are communicating with the very God of Creation through His Son, Jesus Christ…The very ONE who rides upon the winds of time and the waves of life; Jesus the One and Only…Oh, yes, how Prayer can bring about passion to our hearts and lives…Sweet Hour of Prayer; Sweet Hour of Prayer…How we all need to steal away in Sweet Hour of Prayer…Amen.

May your prayer life forever be enriched with God’s presence and assurance as you seek His will in faithful communication unto Him…Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

Today’s blog is rather short and simple compared to the others, but I hope you might enjoy it. Thank you for stopping by.

Traditionally, the Dog Days of Summer fall between early July to the end of August; or early September according to some legends. Lazy, long hot days tend to bring out the worse in us at times. That’s one reason why July is such a popular vacation month…We have the need to seek out water, breeze, fun, excitement, shade, and cooler temps. Just, “Get away from it all!”

Some find their needs met at the beach while others find solace in the cooler mountain regions. Whatever your pleasure, summer seems to demand rest, relaxation, and fun! Our time to play in the sun! But, let us remember that there is another Son that we can go to find solace, rest, and joy…to “get away from it all,” and that is God’s Son, Jesus.

Thankfully, we don’t have to wait for vacation time to seek the joys of the Lord. They can be ours all year long. As the Psalmist prayed, “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4). We can experience the “beauty of the Lord” within our hearts 24/7; all year long! Our lives can be His temple; His dwelling place…Oh, how grateful I am that I can call on Jesus anytime and anywhere, and He will meet me there…I can find Him in the mountains, at the beach, in the backyard, and in the privacy of my own heart…He is my dwelling place. So, as we enjoy the Dog Days of Summer soaking in the rays of sunshine, fun, and laughter don’t let us forget to be thankful that “the beauty of the Lord” is always within us; only a prayer away…no matter the season…Amen…

Remember God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author