Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
A few short weeks ago, our precious granddaughter was born. She is blessed to have a big sister that is 2 1/2 years old. A parent is never quite sure how a new sibling will be received by the older child. It was abundantly clear, even at the hospital, that Piper was very excited about her baby sister. She told a nurse, “I have a baby sister. I love her!”
Piper was eager to lead her aunt to their hospital room. As we got off the elevator she led the way! My daughter and I slowed up as we approached a large group of nurses that were gathered in the hallway for a shift change meeting. Piper, on the other hand, confidently walked briskly through the group. The nurses laughed and said she would make a great nurse someday. Piper didn’t seem to notice the obstacle in her path, because she was on a mission to get to her new sister’s room.
As I replayed this scene in my mind, I kept thinking about her determination and boldness to get to the room. The visual made me think of Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
How amazing to think that God our Father, “The King of kings,” wants to meet with you and me! Not only are we invited into His Throne Room, but He tells us to come “confidently” or “boldly.”
Just like my granddaughter’s boldness, I picture a child of the King charging into The Throne Room, believing his or her heavenly Father looks forward to talking with them. \
Today, what is your confidence level in bringing your needs to The Lord?
Have you believed a lie from the enemy, telling you that you don’t deserve to call on The Lord based on what you have done, your sinful past?
Maybe you have chosen to believe the lie that God doesn’t answer prayer because He hasn’t answered your request yet, or the answer you were hoping for is not the one you received?
In Luke 18:1b we are encouraged to, “always pray and not give up.” Jeremiah 33:3a reminds us to, “Call to Me and I will answer you.” As you read and meditate on these verses, listen to His still, small voice speak to your heart. The Lord desires to meet you where you are, and guide you into His loving arms.
He wants to give us mercy and grace to help us through whatever is going on in our lives. His grace is everything!
It is His grace that brought us to Himself.
Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
And it is His grace that touches everyday of our lives.
“Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another. (John 1:16)
May we trust in His unfailing love!
“Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.” (Psalm 36:5)
Lord I Run To You
Lord I run to You,
No one else will do
Lord in troubled time
I will run straight to You
Though my heart and flesh may fail
You’re my ever-present help
My tower of strength
My portion evermore
My precious husband, Bill, and I have been planted in Fort Myers, Florida for almost 35 years. As a newly married couple, God most graciously had placed people in both of our jobs to share Christ with us. Its hard to believe it has been almost 34 years since we asked Jesus into our hearts! Bill and I have been blessed with four children, 3 daughters, then a son. These blessings came quickly, all within 6 years!! During these years I'm so thankful I was able to be part of women's ministry classes at our church, helping me to grow in my walk with Him. Then came the day when I was asked that question that stretched me way outside of my comfort zone...will you teach a class? Its hard to believe that I have now been teaching more than 20 years. Bill and I love to travel, most of the time going to visit our 9 grandchildren, oh ya, and their parents! I also love reading, walking and hanging out with some very special young moms in Beloved that bless my socks off!
Julie is a Kansas girl who resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She's been married to her husband Sean for 23 years and they share two boys ages 21 & 17. She enjoys baking and biking, but her absolute favorite thing is snow skiing which is a little difficult to do in a sandy 80 degree land.
She became a follower of Christ at age 10. She loves studying and teaching God's Word. She has a passion for encouraging moms to love and follow Jesus.
Beth grew up in a loving home; however, in her early 20s she faced a very lonely time. During that time, she cried out to God and asked “If You are real, please show yourself to me!” God met her where she was and she trusted in the Lord Jesus at that time. Her life verse and desire is “no matter what happens, to conduct herself in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Beth now resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Larry. The Lord has blessed them by blending their family of five children. They currently have eight grandchildren and are hoping that there will be more grandchildren in the future.
Donna accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of nine and has been amazed at God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout her life. She has been blessed to have had many mentors through each season of life, who have shown her what trusting God looks like. Donna and her husband, Bryan, have five children, one son-in-law, one soon to be daughter-in-law, and one wonderful grandson. Donna and Bryan have recently moved back to their home state of Arkansas after livingin southeast Alabama the past 23 years. Donna enjoys spending time with her family, laughing with friends (usually over coffee), going for long walks with her husband, and reading a good book (which may also be accompanied by a cup of coffee).
Sarah is a true Florida Cracker. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. At the age of 6, Sarah accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hasn't looked back since. Hebrews 13:8 is one of her favorite verses, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Eating delicious desserts, spending time with her family and friends, and teaching people about Jesus are a few of the things she enjoys to do in her spare time.
Sarah has been married to her best friend and husband, Brandon, for 7 years. They have been blessed with one beautiful, determined son, Asher, who keeps them on their toes. Sarah and her family live in the Tampa area. They love exploring their community together, family hugs, and eating pizza whenever possible.
Katie Flint just recently moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband, Ryan and two children, Collins and Madden. At the age of 5, Katie accepted Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life, after attending Vacation Bible School. Through each phase of her life, God has shown her that He alone is trustworthy. The verse that has been her life source is Psalm 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God.”
She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys exercising and baking. She has been married to her husband Ryan for almost 9 years, who is her high school sweetheart. They enjoy trying new restaurants, family trips to the beach, and relaxing at home.
Marsha grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. In 2006, after finishing college, she moved to sunny SW Florida where she met her, now husband, Shawn. Together they enjoy spending family time with their two fun-loving toddler boys Zachariah and Kairos.
Marsha enjoys living an active lifestyle, which is helpful, considering that her favorite hobby is baking.
Though she attended church as a child, Marsha was not saved until adulthood when her eyes were finally opened to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Since being saved, God has placed a loving burden on her heart to share the truth about God’s healing grace with those who may feel like forgiveness is not possible for them.