Monday, July 29, 2013

Where is My Treasure, My Heart?

The Church of the Most Holy Trinity ~ Augusta, Georgia

A story caught my eye on the internet today regarding a new study which found that “the majority of millionaires don’t consider themselves rich.”  Research also shows that “wealth is relative, especially in a world that is trying to keep up with the Jones’s.”  If you'd like to read more, you can find the article here:

Well, while there is certainly nothing wrong with having wealth and lots of it, the harm lies in becoming consumed in seeking the things of this world rather than the things of God--in pursuing self-serving and selfish gains rather than God’s will for our lives.  I believe it’s good to ask ourselves a few questions.

When is enough, enough?

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  Matthew 6:21 (See Matt.6:19-24)

To shine the spotlight on our “treasure”, we might ask ourselves--
 Where do I spend most of my time, money, and energy? 
What is most on my mind and in my conversations? 
There you will find your treasure.
The following is an excerpt from my devotional, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea, which seems suitable for this mediation.

Jesus’ parable of the rich man is a parable for our times.  This man had so many possessions that he built bigger barns to hold them all—just like we buy bigger homes and put the extra in storage.  Self-satisfied, he said to himself,  Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry (Luke12:19).  The parable continues.  But God said to him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?  God calls the man a fool.  This is a warning to us not to lose sight of the condition of our souls while we seek the things of this world. 

Some people, in their eagerness to get rich, have wandered away from the faith and caused themselves a lot of pain (1 Tim. 6:10).  How do we guard ourselves and resist the temptation to become preoccupied with things?  Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome, Do not be conformed to this world, but continually be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may be able to determine what God’s will is—what is proper, pleasing, and perfect (Rom.12:2).

My Prayer:  Dear Father God, renew my mind so that I may understand Your will and purpose for my work and my possessions.  Help me to lay up treasures in heaven and to concern myself with my soul’s estate. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Backyard garden ~ Collage of Life
Thank you for visiting Write Moments with God.  I hope you will excuse me for failing to put up as many devotions as usual.  The summer season has been full of family related activities and out of town trips.  Thanks for your continued support.  I appreciate you so much.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Saying Grace ~ Come Boldly before the Throne of Grace

My grandchildren Cammie and Marcus bringing a birthday cake.

My grandson Marcus loves to say “Grace” before a meal.  Whether he’s at home, or at my house with a crowd of fifteen, he’s ready to lead.  We all hold  hands and bow our heads.
“God is great, God is good, Let us thank Him for our food, By His hands we are fed; Give us Lord our daily bread.” Amen.
He takes this very seriously—his attitude one of reverence.  We all take note.
And what is grace?  Surely more than a little prayer before a meal. 
The grace of God is a free gift, unmerited favor, and it comes to us by the Lord Jesus Christ.
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  John 1:14
And the greatest act of God’s grace is salvation.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8
Abraham Lincoln said, “Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”
I know I'm not self-sufficient.  God forbid that I ever be too proud to pray, even a little child's prayer.  It is by His all sufficient grace that we live.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4: 16

Gardenias from my garden.
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Living God is Among Us and He's Lord of All the Earth

My daughter's knock-out roses in November, 2012.

I intended to write a meditation for you like I normally do—in 500 words or less—on the topic of our living God.  You might like to refer to Joshua 3:10-11 to see in context those wonderful declarations that I used for the title.  (I’ve linked it for you.)

But here’s the thing, my many words didn’t add a thing to the heart of the meditation. 

The fact is, life is more like an encounter in a lions’ den than a stroll down a primrose path, and we need to equip ourselves with a holy faith in the Lord of all the earth to make this journey victorious.

So here’s the bottom line.  It’s the question that the king called to Daniel when Daniel was still in the lion’s den.

O Daniel, servant of the living God, is your God, whom you serve continually, able to deliver you from the lions?  Daniel 6:20b (KJ2000)

Let’s ask ourselves that question.  Take out the name Daniel and fill in your own.

How we answer makes all the difference in how we live our lives.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.  Ephesians 3: 20-21 (NIV)

Photo courtesy of Eileen DeCamp

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Monday, July 15, 2013

One Little Word Precious and Powerful ~ Plus the winner of my new devotional God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea

Little girl running into her father's arms ~  Google image

The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous run into it, and is safe. Proverbs 18: 10.
A friend advised me the other day to speak the name of Jesus in times of need and to use the name of Jesus as the most powerful one word prayer.  Her suggestion led me to search the Scriptures and meditate on them.  I recalled the many hymns that extol His wonderful name and I searched through my hymnal to read them.  I’ve linked a couple of them for you.

His Name is Wonderful
There is No Name So Sweet on Earth 

There is power in that Name to dispel the darkness.  We can sing about it.  Demons were cast out in His name. (See Mark3:38).

Martin Luther, in his hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is our God”,  said in referring to the prince of darkness, “one little word shall fell him,” and that is the name above every name.  (See Philippians 2:9-11)

The Name of the Lord signifies all that He is—His righteousness, integrity, mercy, grace, and loving-kindness.  We can run to Him when we feel any need, any danger, and be sheltered from the trials of life and safe from the attacks of the enemy.   In it is power to dispel the darkness.

We pray for His angels to protect us.  The Name of Jesus is even more powerful.

Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  Hebrews 1:4

 “For there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

So, I encourage you as the lyrics of the song suggests -- take the precious name of Jesus with you.  And don’t hesitate to speak His name in times of need.

Thank you all for visiting Write Moments with God.  If you would like, please consider leaving a comment below.

Congratulations to Betty Heath who was chosen by random drawing to receive a copy of my new devotional, God, Me, and Sweet Ice Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments.  I pray you will be blessed.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Rose Chandler Johnson, featured author ~ Plus monthly book giveaway

Lavender iced tea, lavender and roses ~ Eileen DeCamp
sent me this lovely photo to celebrate my book's release

And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 1 John 1:4

It is my pleasure today to write to you about my new devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea, which was just released from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.  It is my first book, so I wanted to take advantage of this monthly feature of Write Moments with God to showcase it.  I’m very pleased to be giving away a copy or two to one of you.  More about that at the end of the post.

The Lord is faithful.  Our timing and God’s time aren’t always the same, but we know God’s time is perfect.  And He hears our prayers.  Recently I stumbled across an old journal with an entry from 1979.  In a written prayer, I said to the Lord I wanted to write a book that was relevant and encouraging and that would point others to the heart of God.  I believe that the Lord put that desire in my heart, and that He has brought it to pass.  God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a realization of that desire.  To me, that is exciting. 
The devotionals arrive!

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is compiled of 52 one page meditations, followed by suggested Scriptures for additional reading, questions for reflection and journaling, a prayer, a “sweet tea moment of the day”, and a prayer focus. 

Elizabeth Musser, award winning Christian writer and author of The Swan House, says “Use it as a wonderful way to start the day off right—with God’s Word and friendly counsel from a woman whose soul knows.”

Ann Tatlock, two-time Christy award winner and author of Sweet Mercy, says it’s a “wonderful mix of spiritual insights and practical applications”.

In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced tea.  Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday moments.  This is a deeply personal collection of devotions designed to help readers experience new mercies every day.

I feel confident that if you enjoy Write Moments with God, you will love God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea:  Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments.

Click over to Amazon, if you'd like to have a look inside the book, and read the first devotional.
This week we are launching this devotional into the world.  I need your help.  Please tell your family and friends about it.  Thank you so much for visiting today.
Being confident of this very things, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

Now, let me tell you how you can win your own copy of God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea.  I'm making it an easy click, click.
1.  Please "LIKE" my Facebook author page.
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3. Leave a comment below and include your email address so that I can contact you if you are a winner.
Take these easy steps no later than Saturday, July 13th at 11:00.  The winner will be announced on Monday, July 15th.  If up to 20 readers participate, I will give away 2 copies.  Thanks again.  And thank you for blessing me by participating.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Birthday USA! Let's Celebrate our Liberty in Christ!

Our flag proudly waves in front of our house.

Today is the Fourth of July.  Independent Day.  Happy Birthday USA!  I smell barbeques already cooking in the neighborhood.  Family and friends will gather to celebrate our wonderful nation.

I am grateful to God who by His grace made me a citizen of this great country.  My father and his brothers served our country in the military; my twin sons, Justin and Jonathan, serve our country in the Army; Cory, my daughter-in-law, serves in the Air National Guard.  Need I say more about how very proud and patriotic I am.

I know I am blessed to be an American.  But spiritually, it makes no difference where I hold my which zip code I live, on which piece of earth I've staked my claim. 

God is God of the whole world. 

Our liberty as believers is all about Jesus Christ and the victory He won on the cross at Calvary.

        Jesus said, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed," John 8:36.

Paul preached the message of the good news of Jesus Christ.

"Now the Lord is that Spirit:  and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty," 2 Corinthians 3:17.

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage," Galatians 5:1.

If we cooperate with God, Jesus Christ can free us from any entanglement.  When Christ is our Master, there is no need to be in bondage.  I can live in the freedom that is mine because of Him. Life's burdens need not be heavy, because He has already carried them all to the cross.

So today, in addition to celebrating the liberty I have as an American, I want to celebrate the glorious liberty that is mine as a child of God.  With my focus on Jesus Christ my Savior, I am free to be all He created me to be.  Free to be who He intended me to be from the foundation of the world.  That's really something to celebrate!

My wonderful sons Jonathan and Justin
Jonathan and his beautiful wife Cory
I hope you will celebrate the liberty that is yours today because of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Today is the perfect day to honor as well those who serve our country in the military.  We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.  May you celebrate with your loved ones and enjoy a happy and safe 4th of July.  Don't forget to say a prayer for our military, their families, and our nation.

Thank you for visiting Write Moments with God.  I appreciate you so much.  

Monday, July 1, 2013

I Am Satisfied with Jesus

On my cozy deck see my Mother-in-law's tongue plant which was taken from a cutting
of my Aunt Francis' plant.  She passed away in 1985. I consider my plant an heirloom.
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.  Psalm 34:15

On Friday, Doc Savage came out for the routine maintenance on my heating and air unit.  It reminded me to share this story which I first told you in November.  I hope you enjoy it.

I want to share this story about a kindness the Lord did for me many years ago when I was a recently divorced, struggling single parent.  I needed to make a big purchase.  The heating and air conditioning system for the house had broken beyond repair and I had to purchase a new system.  I had no money and no credit (because I had been a stay at home mom). 

I don't remember how I heard about Doc Savage Heating and Air, but I remember the journey in search of the business. This was before Map quest or gadgets guided the way. It seemed so far away from my home, located in south Augusta, on the other side of town, in unfamiliar neighborhoods.  I felt vulnerable and unsure of myself.
I had prayed for fair treatment, and that the owner would sell me a unit without a down payment, with monthly payments same as cash.  I was unused to making business deals, and I knew the best I could do would be modest monthly payments.  I asked God for His favor. 

While I was driving the twelve miles to the business, an uncommon old hymn that I hadn't heard for years came into my mind.  I sang it over and over with all my heart.  Here are the words.  (I'd like to know if you are familiar with this song.)
Satisfied with Jesus by B.B. McKinney
 I am satisfied with Jesus,
He has done so much for me:
He has suffered to redeem me,
He has died to set me free.

I am satisfied, I am satisfied,
I am satisfied with Jesus,
But the question comes to me,
As I think of Calvary,
Is my Master satisfied with me?

He is with me in my trials,
Best of friends of all is He;
I can always count on Jesus,
Can He always count on me?
I am satisfied, I am satisfied,
I am satisfied with Jesus,
But the question comes to me,
As I think of Calvary,
Is my Master satisfied with me?

I remember driving down the dirt road to the little rustic building.  I entered the quiet shop and introduced myself to the only person I saw.  The receptionist said she would tell Mr. Doc Savage that I was there.  As I stepped aside from the window, I noticed a framed picture on the wall.  It was a page torn from an old hymnal.  The name of the hymn--"I am satisfied".  The very song I sang on the way to the shop.

Along with my astonishment, joy arose in my heart.  Gone were my doubts and fears, and perfect peace and confidence filled my heart.  I did purchase a unit (I've bought a second unit from them and still do business with them.)  The owner kindly gave me monthly payments, same as cash, as if it were the most natural thing for him to do.

God knew this man.  Apparently, we all knew the same song.  And of course, our God knew I'd see that song on the wall of his shop.  God had directed my path, even though I hadn't realized it at the time, and He gave me special confirmation with a song that He was looking out for me.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.  Proverbs 3: 5-6
I am so thankful that He watches out for me, and He cares about the things that concern me.  The everyday moments of my life.  Yes, I am satisfied with Jesus.  I pray He is satisfied with me.

Thank you for visiting Write Moments with God.  I appreciate you and pray that you are blessed by the meditations and stories you will find here.  Please feel free to add your thoughts below.  May God direct all your paths wherever you go.

My devotional journal God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments is available on Amazon.  I've added the picture of the devotional on the sidebar and you can click it to read more about it on Amazon. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about book give-aways and prizes for the big launch next week.  I think you are going to love it.