"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." John 3:16-17 (NIV)
I have been asked about why I began writing my weekly messages. Actually, it was at the request of my husband. Four years ago, the Lord laid on his heart to begin a blog to share His Word with all who would find it. After considering it for awhile, he was obedient. Each day several verses are shared and for Sundays and special days like Christmas Eve, he writes a message of his own. Near the end of the first year of the blog, he asked me if I would contribute a message for the middle of the week.
For five years, before we moved to Georgia, we had partnered in a ministry in a retirement facility for those who were able to live independently. During the Sunday services, we praised through music and song, my husband preached and I brought a word of encouragement. Those dear ones so touched our lives that it was heart-wrenching to have to leave them. During those years, we formed fast friendships, listened to life stories, sat with them when they were ill and performed several funeral services.
No matter what I have done in my life, I have tried to be faithful in sharing God's love with those around me. Eventually, He placed me in Christian schools where I had the opportunity to minister to children and their families. So, when I was asked to write these messages, I saw it as a way to continue sharing hope, love and encouragement and prayed that whoever needed to see the messages would find them.
Jesus told us to "go into all the world and share the Gospel". It isn't to be treasured secretly in our own hearts, but to be shouted from the rooftops. Our lives are short and our time to spread His story is limited. Every moment matters for eternity. Life is hard and people are suffering. They need to hear the Good News about forgiveness and salvation. They need to know that if they will only repent and believe in Him, they will live with Him forever.
In the four years that we have been posting, our blog has been read by people all over the world. Russian, the Ukraine, Sweden, Israel, various countries in Africa, Japan, and China are just some of the places that it has been seen. This has been our way to reach out to the world. We may never know how it has affected these dear people, but God knows and we trust Him to use our tiny little offering to change lives for His glory.
My messages are brief each week, but it is a way for me, someone who is pretty much home-bound, to be able to share God's love with others. There is always a way and if we ask the Father to show us that way, He will be faithful and do just that.
My love and prayers are with all who are reading this and I pray that hearts are touched and that thoughts are directed toward Jesus and His great grace. God bless.