Friday, December 28, 2012

Roman's Road to Salvation


After my last post, I wanted to make sure that everyone who reads my blog knows for sure that they will be going to heaven.   No hoping!   Make your reservation today and learn how to tell your friends and family how to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

  KNOW THAT YOU KNOW THAT YOU KNOW!!!

I decided to google the Romans Road to Salvation to assist you in making that decision to follow Christ and make him Lord of your life. 
Credit for the information was found at the following: 
http://www.gotquestions.org/Romans-road-salvation.html


What is the Romans Road to salvation?



The Romans Road to salvation is a way of explaining the good news of salvation using verses from the Book of Romans. It is a simple yet powerful method of explaining why we need salvation, how God provided salvation, how we can receive salvation, and what are the results of salvation.

The first verse on the Romans Road to salvation is Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." We have all sinned. We have all done things that are displeasing to God. There is no one who is innocent. Romans 3:10-18 gives a detailed picture of what sin looks like in our lives. The second Scripture on the Romans Road to salvation, Romans 6:23, teaches us about the consequences of sin - "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." The punishment that we have earned for our sins is death. Not just physical death, but eternal death!

The third verse on the Romans Road to salvation picks up where Romans 6:23 left off, "but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 5:8 declares, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Jesus Christ died for us! Jesus' death paid for the price of our sins. Jesus' resurrection proves that God accepted Jesus' death as the payment for our sins.

The fourth stop on the Romans Road to salvation is Romans 10:9, "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Because of Jesus' death on our behalf, all we have to do is believe in Him, trusting His death as the payment for our sins - and we will be saved! Romans 10:13says it again, "for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and rescue us from eternal death. Salvation, the forgiveness of sins, is available to anyone who will trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

The final aspect of the Romans Road to salvation is the results of salvation. Romans 5:1 has this wonderful message, "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Through Jesus Christ we can have a relationship of peace with God. Romans 8:1 teaches us, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Because of Jesus' death on our behalf, we will never be condemned for our sins. Finally, we have this precious promise of God from Romans 8:38-39, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Would you like to follow the Romans Road to salvation? If so, here is a simple prayer you can pray to God. Saying this prayer is a way to declare to God that you are relying on Jesus Christ for your salvation. The words themselves will not save you. Only faith in Jesus Christ can provide salvation! "God, I know that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. With your help, I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness - the gift of eternal life! Amen!"

Have you made a decision for Christ because of what you have learned through the Romans Road to salvation?

It is so simple, just remember the ABC's:
Accept
Believe
Confess

Now you need to get in a Bible believing church and talk to the Pastor, Sunday School Teacher, Deacon or another Believer and let them know that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and choose to follow him.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Year's Resolution ~~ GIVE UP!

As I was reading through my facebook timeline, I ran across the best New Year's Resolution EVER!   Following is Jackie Bater's post via Annabeth Willis and I hope and pray that this will be your only resolution for 2013 and beyond.



"My suggestion for a New Year's resolution, should you be thinking about making one, is this:  RESOLVE TO GIVE UP!

Give up worrying, for it accomplishes nothing.

Give up all the feelings of resentment or anger you may have harbored over the last year.

Give up trying to prove to yourself that you are so strong and so smart and so capable that you don't need the Lord.

Give up waiting for everything in your life to be like you want it to be before you decide to be happy.

Give up wanting more and bigger and better and be thankful for what you've got.

Give up grumbling, complaining and whining and put some praise on those lips God gave you.

Give up being too proud to be the first one to say "I'm sorry."

Give up.

Give up hoping you will go to heaven.....get down on your knees and make it a sure thing.

Give Up!"

Copied from Jackie Bater's Facebook page via Annabeth Willis.
Jackie is a cancer survivor and her husband is battling cancer.  Pray for them both.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Day After Christmas 2012 Thoughts

Christmas is a special time of year because the 25th is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus!   

As I sit here and think back over 2012, I realize that things have happened, words have been said and thoughts have occurred, but regardless of these things (good and bad), I am truly blessed and extremely grateful for the many blessings from the Lord.   At the time I didn't really consider them blessings but have come to the realization that all things are from the Lord.   It is not how I act but react to each situation.   

I've had so many thoughts as to what God has planned for me in 2013 and the following scripture keeps coming to mind.   I will trust the following verse:


As we approach 2013, I will not make any resolutions, but I will use the following song to lead me thru the new year!

I Am Resolved

I am resolved no longer to linger,
Charmed by the world's delight;
Things that are higher, things that are nobler,
These have allured my sight.

I am resolved to go to the Saviour,
Leaving my sin and strife;
He is the true One, He is the just One,
He hath the words of life.

I am resolved to follow the Saviour,
Faithful and true each day;
Heed what He sayeth, do what He willeth, He is the living way.

I am resolved to enter the Kingdom,
Leaving the paths of sin;
Friends may oppose me, foes may beset me,
Still will I enter in.

Chorus:
I will hasten to Him,
Hasten so glad and free;
Jesus, Greatest, Highest,
I will come to Thee.

Until we meet again, May God Bless You!
"C"

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I Pledge Allegiance



I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.


“I pledge allegiance” (I promise to be true)


“to the flag” (to the symbol of our country)


“of the United States of America” (each state that has joined to make our country)


“and to the Republic” (a republic is a country where the people choose others to make laws for them -- the government is “of, by and for” the people)


“for which it stands,” (the flag means the country)


“one nation” (a single country)


“under God,” (the people believe in a supreme being)


“indivisible,” (the country cannot be split into parts)


“with Liberty and Justice” (with freedom and fairness)


“for all.” (for each person in the country...you and me!)


The pledge says you are promising to be true to the United States of America!

The Call

The awaited news came on June 26th that Sam has been accepted into the Air Force and will be reporting for duty on October 2, 2012.

There are mixed emotions, but I am so proud of the young man that he has become.   With all that has happened in his life, he has decided to put them all behind him and to make a good life for himself.  The experiences he has already gone thru has made him who he is today and has allowed him to make a decision about his future.  

He signed up for six years and will be headed to basic training in San Antonio, TX.   He will be training for the Military Police and hopefully make his way into the Special Task Force.  I know that he will be able to accomplish whatever he puts his mind to.   He bragged that he would be able to retire at 41 and still have time to fulfill his other lifetime dreams.

His father and I support him with his decision and promise to continue to lift him up in our prayers.   We covet prayers for him also from our friends and family.

May he use this opportunity as a mission field like he did a few years back when he went to Tokyo, Japan on a mission trip.

God Bless my son and our country.

"C"

Friday, May 25, 2012

I'm back!

Hello friends and neighbors from the blogging world.

Sorry I've not posted lately, but my life has been a little of a whirlwind.  I've not stopped blogging but took a temporary leave to work on relationships and life.

First let me start by saying that I am so blessed to have been married to my husband, Joel, for 11 years on May 26, 2012.    In those 11 years, there have been ups and downs, good and bad, but overall a wonderful ride.     I never dreamed that our lives could be as wonderful as they are right now at this moment. 

Last year when you read my blog, I was reuniting with one of my nephews and his family after not seeing each other for almost 24 years.  We've met a couple times and kept in contact on a regular basis.  I've not been able to meet his brother in person but thanks to facebook and cell phones (texting), we've been in contact and do plan on meeting up in 2012.  We love those Rangers so a game would be a great place to reunite as long as they aren't playing the NY Yankees....LOL. 

After other circumstances in our lives, too include lies and jealousy, I've been able to re-connect with two of my nieces that live in Jasper.   Even though we haven't communicated in several years, it did not take long for that bond to be developed and relationships are blooming like wildflowers.  Nicole is 34 years of age and married to a wonderful guy, Troy Carpenter.  They have two children, Grayson 7 years old and Alivia 2 years old, and they are absolutely adorable.  Nicole's sister, Kayla, who will be 24 on June 6th, is a breath of fresh air to be around.   She is one precious niece and I can't imagine life without  her.   She makes me realize that life is simple and to embrace it and trust God with the rest.  Grayson and Alivia love Kayla and I don't blame them. 

Now for the next upcoming reunions, I have contacted my baby sister, Amy, and we will be reunited on June 1st and 2nd at the Canton Trade Days along with her husband, Eldon and their daughter and my third niece, Camille.   Nicole, Kayla, Alivia and I will be traveling up their for a sister/cousins/girls weekend.  We are so excited.

The next reunion will be for two sisters, all nephews and nieces along with their families to get together for an annual get-to-gether.  

I just thank God for second chances to let us be family and make great memories.  

The one thing that makes me kinda sad is that my father, Jimmy Dean, missed out on many opportunities to be the grandfather to some of the most adorable children on the face of this earth.   He was and would have been very proud of every one of you.    He was a wonderful father!

For those of my family who choose to not want to be a part of this great reunion, I'm very sad for you, because you don't know what you are missing.   Jealousy is a terrible thing and know that if by chance you get to read my blog, or some of your friends tell you about it, we are all praying that God will help you with this terrible illness and that is what jealousy is.........AN ILLNESS.

But to end on a very positive note, just get ready for pics and memories on this blog, because Sweet Adventures are being made.

UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN, MAY GOD BLESS YOU.
"C"

Monday, March 12, 2012

Blueberry Muffins via www.yourcupofcake.com

I'm back.  Since January I've been trying to get my Cholesterol and Triglycerides back within the normal range and Thank You Jesus, my current bloodwork came back in the normal ranges.  I've spent the last couple of weeks celebrating and not eating the best but I'm back on track again, grilling chicken and steaming my veggies.  My husband and I even made a 35 mile trip to workout on a Saturday at World Gym in Beaumont, TX. 

I did want to bake something that was ALL good.  While searching on pinterest, http://www.pinterest.com/,  my newest addiction, I ran across a great blueberry muffin and wanted to share with you.  Hope you enjoy as much as I did.  The website linked to the muffins is my newest love:  http://www.yourcupofcake.com/.  I know you will enjoy this website as much as I have.    I'm sharing directly from her blog so she gets the full credit for this post.  Thanks for allowing me to share and give you a plug, Lizzy Mae!  Now head her to her blog and find you something sweet and tasty.
Beautiful Blueberry Muffins
                           Muffins:
                           2 cups flour
                           ½ cup sugar
                           3 tsp baking powder
                           ½ tsp salt
                           1 egg, well beaten
                           2/3 cup milk
                           1/3 cup oil
                           1 cup fresh or ¾ cup frozen blueberries
                           ½ tsp flour for blueberries
                                                    Streusel Topping:
                                                    ¼ cup sugar or brown sugar (I used white)
                                                    1 Tbsp butter softened
                                                    ½ tsp cinnamon
This was a picture of my blueberry muffin taken from my Ipod Touch.  Doesn't look beautiful but very tasty.  I think I'm needing a new "fancy" camera.   Hint Hint!

Directions: 
1.    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.   Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
3.   In a separate bowl, mix egg, milk and oil (using a fork works well).
4.   Pour egg mixture into dry ingredients and mix just until combined. 
5.   Mix blueberries with ½ tsp flour and then gently fold into the batter.
6.   Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.
7.   Prepare streusel: mix dry ingredients and then cut butter into mixture until it turns into crumbs. 
8.   Sprinkle over muffins.
9.   Bake for 20-25 minutes or until tops spring back.  

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

Well today being a New Year, I know you all have made a resolution to diet, eat better, get in shape, etc.   That is the #1 resolution that people make and usually have abandoned that resolution by the 2nd week of January.  Well, I am one of those that have made resolutions in the past but have decided I wanted more of my life. 

My #1 resolution for 2012 is:

 "Isaiah 43:18 [NIV]: Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past."

I can not think of a better resolution.   I also have decided that I want to read thru the Bible in a year.  This can be a challenge but I kow that I can do it.   What better book to read for me spiritually and physically.

Yes I have joined the local Fitness Zone, but this comes after I received a phone call from my doctor's office stating that I needed to get my Triglycerides and Cholesterol in order.  They had increased alot and that is not a good sign.  So Tuesday, January 2nd will be the first day of the rest of my healthy life.  

On this first day of the New Year, Joel and I got to worship at our home church, FBC Warren.   Bro. Troy did an outstanding job delivering the morning message.  The title of the message was "Crossing Over into a New Year" - Joshua 3:1-17.  To do this we must:

Be Flexible
Be Focused
Be Faithful
Be Futuristic
Be Fearless

With this in mind, I believe that 2012 will be a very sucessful year in everything that we put our heart and mind to.

May God Bless You in 2012 and may I be a Blessing!

"C"