Tuesday, February 24, 2015

YOU ARE A MASTERPIECE!

Years ago, a friend gave me a DaySpring perpetual calendar inspired by the motion picture, Letters to God.  It sits on my desk, and every morning I look forward to reading the message of hope and encouragement for the day ahead.

Today's words are words I've been giving a lot of thought to lately.  I'd like to share them with you.  May they bless you and brighten your day as they have mine.

"FEBRUARY 24
Dear one,
      When I created you, I did not make any mistakes.  I fashioned you just the way you are in order to fulfill my perfect plan.  You are a masterpiece!
                              - God"

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

YOU'RE BOTH WINNERS!

Since only two of you actually entered the giveaway, I declare you both winners.
Please e-mail me (sksteinde at yahoo dot com) your mailing address and choice of book, and I'll get it right out to you.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

AN ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY

"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the man who trusts in Him!"
(Psalm 34:8)

Today I celebrated the sixth anniversary of this blog by taking a trip down memory lane.  I was trying to recapture the feelings that had motivated me to start it in the first place.  In the process, an ebbing flame was fanned back to life.

So here it is, the post that started it all--WHY THIS BLOG.

Good news is for sharing, not for keeping to one's self, and my heart is full of things I would like to share about God's goodness, how He has worked in my life, and most of all, His great love for you and me.

At first I wanted to call this blog Streams of Living Water, and even had a great graphic picked out. I wanted to jump right in and share some things I've been learning that have brought the Scriptures alive in a way I'd never experienced before, but it seems the Lord had different plans, and if I've learned anything on this journey through life, it's been that even when His way is not my way, it always turns out to be the best way.

The streams of living water may be where the action takes place, but before we can jump in, we need to be transformed, and that all starts at the foot of the cross when you lay your burdens down.

At the foot of the cross there is mercy and grace. There is forgiveness, healing, and deliverance. This is the place where the slate gets wiped clean and you can have a fresh start. All you have to do is believe it, and receive it.

Thank you so much for stopping by. May you be richly blessed, encouraged, and filled with hope as you stay and visit for a while.

And now for the giveaway:  You have a choice of either of the two books on my sidebar--Sincerely Wrong: An Improbable Journey, or It Is Written.

Sincerely Wrong is a memoire of the search for roots, purpose, and significance that led me to embrace New Age and occult doctrines, and of the improbable journey that led me from the occult to Christianity at a time when I was convinced I had all the answers and was no longer seeking.

It Is Written, is an invaluable resource that can help point you to passages you don't know where to find when you need them the most.  Crucial Scriptures are topically organized according to everyday issues, so as to provide immediate guidance and support in the midst of whatever situation you may be facing.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment and an e-mail so I can contact you if you are the winner.  The drawing will end at Noon (EST) on Wednesday, February 18th, and the winner will be selected by Random Integer.

WHEN YOUR HAIR IS WHITE WITH AGE...

"...I have created you and cared for you since you
were born.  I will be your God through all your
lifetime, yes, even when your hair is white with 
age.  I made you and I will care for you.  I will 
carry you along and be your Savior."
(Isaiah 46:3b-4, TLB)

Ever since I found this verse it has been a great comfort to me.  It reminds me that the God who created me loves me just the way I am (Romans 8:38-39).  He does not get impatient or angry with me when my mind can't process things as quickly as it once did, and He never misconstrues the things I say, because He knows the thoughts and intents of my heart (1 Samuel 16:7).  However the world may look upon me at this stage of my life, I am still the apple of His eye, and never too old to crawl into His lap for comfort (Matthew 11:28). When I start indulging in "what ifs" and become fearful of facing the future alone, He reminds me that He is always there with me, caring for me and carrying me along (Psalm 139:3-6).  It makes me want to fall on my knees and thank Him for all that He is, and all that He has done.