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I am confident that women of all ages, both teens and older women, need friendly encouragement and inspiration to help them not only survive but thrive in today’s world! If you are looking for an abundant life filled with joy, peace, love, and contentment, this exciting life as a Christian woman is awaiting you!
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My prayer is that this website will be more about Jesus than it is about me, for He is where we can find real hope. Let’s discover more of Jesus together in these end times! May you and I together live with the focus of our lives to be to see Christ increase in us and for us to decrease. The Christian life is about thinking about Number One, that is about Christ, not us! John the Baptizer said, “He must increase, but I must decrease (John 3:30).
His desire, as well as mine, is for us to “trim our lamps” in preparation for the return of the Bridegroom (Matthew 25:1-13), so that we will be ready when Jesus comes to take His Bride, the Church, away! Please see more on this subject in an upcoming post: “Parable of the Ten Virgins”!
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Today, I thought about the extra clothes I don’t wear anymore and really need to give away. The Holy Spirit and I agreed, “Don’t worry, God will bless you if you give them away.”
God continued to speak to me as a children’s radio story convicted me of not sharing with the needy in other countries more. It showed the stark comparison of how poor other people are in far-away lands and how rich we are in America, yet unaware of it. Travelling to a third-world country would humble and embarrass us for all that we have. Let’s take a hard look at what we have, what little most of the world has, and what we could give away!
First John 2:6, posted on our white board, caught my eye, reminding me that Jesus gave freely to the poor by healing, preaching, and dying for them: “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.”
I half-trusted God to say more to my stubborn heart, if He really was speaking! I got out my Bible and currently-used study guide. The whole lesson was all about the same subject, the rich and the poor!
James 1:9-11 said, “The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.” *
My possessions won’t matter after I die. I need to make a difference here by helping the poor and giving away what I don’t need. My life will fade away, if I just “go about my business” and enjoy my riches, not sharing my things and the Good News of Jesus with the materially poor and spiritually lost.
Deuteronomy 15:11 stresses the importance of giving to the poor: “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be open-handed toward your brother and toward the poor and needy in your land.” Proverbs 17:5 agrees: “He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;* whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.” Prov. 19:17 says, “He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD,* and He will reward him for what he has done.” Prov. 31:8-9 – “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” I believe those who cannot speak for themselves include the unborn!
Luke 12:15-21 tells the parable of the rich man who built a bigger barn to store all his crops and goods, so he could “eat, drink, and be merry.” God required his life from him that night, because he stored up treasure for himself and was not rich toward God. Let’s make sure that we’re not guilty of this too!
Finally, God spoke to me in Matthew 5:3 – “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” I believe that the “poor in spirit” are those who are spiritually and physically dependent on God for all they own. They are not proud, self-sufficient hoarders, but are thankful and are open-handed to the poor and needy, just as Jesus is (with nail-scarred hands) to us. May you and I be poor in spirit!
*Underlining in Bible verses added for emphasis.