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Should I Assume? ~ Keep Praying for Prodigals

Should I AssumeShould I assume all is OK,
When I never hear from your lips
That you long for God’s word
And that His presence, you miss?

Should I stop worrying
That you are teetering on the edge,
When the world means more
Than following Christ instead?

Should I just leave you alone
And stop longing for your return,
Since you seem happy far from home
And seem content to stay lukewarm?

The truth is that I will never give up
Or stop praying because, you see,
Heaven and hell are both real
And last for an eternity.

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“It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment
Hebrews 9:27

“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
1 Peter 4:7

Like me, do you have a prodigal who has wandered far from home?  Are you unsure about the certainty of their salvation?  No matter what the circumstances look like, purpose in your heart never to give up.  Instead, keep praying and believing for their return to Christ. 

God loves His prodigals.  He never gives up on them.

© Sue Nash/2014

For more of my poems, see Poetry Corner

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Yearning for Spring to Hurry

My clematis blooms from spring to early summer

My Clematis blooms from spring to early summer

Dreadful, dreary,
  Winter weary.
Yearning, wishing
Spring would hurry!

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I agree with Solomon; seriously ready for winter to pass!

“For lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of singing has come”
Song of Songs 2:11, 12

I'm handling the cold about as well as my cactus that accidentally got left outside this winter

I’m handling the cold about as well as my cactus that was accidentally left outside this winter

© Sue Nash 2014

The Bill Nye – Ken Ham Debate ~ My Take On Their Views About Science

Photo courtesy of Answers in Genesis website

Photo courtesy of Answers in Genesis website

I hope that you were all able to watch the debate Tuesday night.  It was both lively and insightful.  More than anything, it confirmed what I had already heard about Bill Nye, that he is unabashedly convinced of an evolutionary origin of life.

Although I don’t share his views, I do applaud Mr. Nye’s willingness to take part.  As to the winner, I suppose it all depends.

To those of us certain that life began by our Creator, we know that Ken Ham did exceptionally well at defending that position.  Since creation was a supernatural event, it is humanly impossible for anyone to prove, but Mr. Ham made excellent points about how the fingerprints of creation are everywhere.  I get a good mental picture of Christ standing up after Mr. Ham’s presentation and applauding him. 

To those siding with a Darwinian mindset, you are likely as pleased about how Mr. Nye performed.  He outlined the typical, naturalistic talking points very well.  I doubt God was pleased, though, with Mr. Nye’s repeated assaults as to the veracity of His written word.

Below is a short summary of my take on both of the orators’ viewpoints on science.

According to Bill Nye, science is the joy of finding “extraordinary” discoveries, such as those that he asserts conclusively proves natural selection.  To him, science is an end all; it is preeminent.  Yet, if science is but a means to help us figure out how we fit into the universe, of what value is life lived on earth other than self-discovery?  Is not science, in this sense, nothing more than temporal experiences or arbitrary conclusions?

Science can never answer the deep-seated longing we have for knowing why we exist.  It offers no hope for eternity. 

According to Ken Ham, science is the joy of making discoveries about all of God’s creation, such as those he asserts are clearly visible in our world, and of how we fit into His plan.  To him, God alone offers the reasons for both how and why we exist; He is preeminent.  In this sense, science validates itself as a meaningful pursuit.

Only God can answer the deep-seated longing we have about why we exist.  He offers the only hope for eternity.

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” Romans 1:10

Blessings as you seek, and may your quest lead you to God.  The evidences for His existence are clearly visible.

Sue Nash/2014

Winter Scenes ~ Snowy Landscapes

A little creek bed draining into a small lake near my home.

A little creek bed that drains into a small lake near my home

I took many photos on our snow days this past week.  Thought I would share some landscapes today, then feature others later.

Same creek ~ vertical angle which shows the reflections better

Same creek ~ vertical angle, which shows the reflections better

Some of you live in areas that get tons of snow, but this is about as much as we get here in Mississippi!

A pond at a park in town

A pond at a local park

I might add Scripture to one or more of these later.  If I do, which one of these do you like the best?

This one was a little underexposed, but is probably my favorite of the landscapes

This one was a little underexposed, but is probably my favorite of the landscapes

“He directs the snow to fall on the earth
and tells the rain to pour down.”
Job 37:6
NLT

Sue Nash/2014

Friday Feature ~ Rhonda K. Holland

Feature FridayIllustrations about the truths from God’s word can come from almost anything, even inanimate objects.  As shown in her latest book, Pots, Pans and Prophecies, my featured author does just that.  She explains how just like ordinary cooking utensils do not dictate the process, but are instead the containers for producing delicious meals, we must likewise yield our lives as vessels, in order for God to fulfill His wondrous purposes through us.

Today’s featured author, speaker, and longtime friend of mine is,

 Rhonda K. Holland
*Rhonda’s books and DVD studies are available for purchase by clicking the links.

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Pots, Pans and Prophecies is the third of Rhonda’s books in the Kindle the Power series.  Using her engaging writing style, Rhonda takes participants on a journey with Mary, the mother of Jesus.  In it, she shows how Mary’s life precisely modeled that of a yielded vessel of honor for God’s use, and how He chose for her for this marvelous calling because she was clean, accessible, willing, and able to take the heat

However, Mary’s call was not without problems.  Like her, after receiving a promise from God, we may face delays or difficulties.  These hard ingredients can bring discouragement, causing us to lose sight of the revelation.  As sour or bitter ingredients are often necessary components of tasty meals, though, life’s hardships are many times needful lessons God uses to grow our trust in Him.  Just like for Mary, He wants us to continue believing, as we wait in anticipation of the promise fulfilled. 

Written as studies, Rhonda travels extensively in order to present her books as seminars and minister to groups about each one.  However, they are also great when studied alone or along with her DVD’s.

I studied her recent book alone, but included my mom when reading another,
Coins, Covenant and Character, which is a study about restoration based on the woman with the lost coin.  Rhonda’s insights from the Lord in this book are remarkable.  She describes, then shows how He wants our own lost coins restored to strengthen our covenant walk with Him.

u1.1389809126.coins-cover-front-ONLYI have not yet read her first release, Giants, Grapes and Grasshoppers, but am looking forward to doing so.  From the description on the website, this study, on facing our personal giants by abiding in the shadow of the Most High God, is sure to further equip us for spiritual warfare.

 Rhonda is not only a wonderful author, speaker and minister, she is also a delightful person and friend.  Although we attend different denominations, we are like-minded in our passion for Christ, and for seeing a mighty move of the Holy Spirit in these troubled times in which we live. 

Whether from reading her earlier books or her newest, Pots, Pans and Prophecies, Rhonda is sure to alliterate her messages straight to your heart, through her encouraging insights and life-changing messages of truth.  

Sue Nash/2014

*Images and information given used with permission from Rhonda K. Holland

 

Light My Way

Light My WayRecite to me your worries
I have the answer for each one.
You may not understand your problems,
But for each the victory’s been won.

Share with Me your sorrows.
Don’t hesitate to pour them out.
You may not see a way through the night,
But there’s light ahead, never doubt.

You light a lamp for me. The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness.
Psalm 18:28 NLT

Sue Nash/2014

For other poems, see Poetry CornerLight My Way Poetry

Quietly Waiting for the Salvation of the Lord

Fence with rain“Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not Thy law.”
Ps 119:136

To start the New Year, our pastor called us to a fast.  The emphasis is on revival.

My heart cries for our nation and the darkness that has increasingly ensued.  My soul weeps for the hardened hearts of lost loved ones.  They need revival.

However, God has reminded me during the fast that I need revival, too.  Rather than focus only on the desperate condition of others, He asks that I remember from whence I came.  Apart from Christ’s shed blood for me, I am a wretched sinner. 

God also wants me to remember that He is no respecter of persons.  What He has done for one, He’ll surely do for another.  Doing so brings me renewed hope for my nation and those I love.  Because of Him, I will keep on crying out for revival in my life and others.  I will press on in believing that God is able.

I will both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of The Lord.

“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
Lamentations 3:22-26

Sue Nash/2014