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I’ve decided to add something new to my home page. I usually place a devotional on Facebook every morning, and thought it might be good to share those daily messages with my friends that visit my website. At some point in the future, I will adding the link to Facebook and Twitter, but this is a work in progress. I hope this message touches your heart. Feel free to share it with those you know who might also benefit:

September 1, 2014

NEARER, STILL NEARER

Did anyone miss my devotional yesterday? Did you even notice that I hadn’t posted one? I wonder at times if anybody even reads these aside from my mother and the occasional friend. But I don’t write these thoughts to be noticed or praised; I write them because I feel impressed by the Holy Spirit to take my morning song, that God places on my heart when I awaken in the morning, and write a message to uplift the readers, however few they may be! In the writing and searching for verses, I find that I grow spiritually, as well as (hopefully) blessing others.

Spiritual growth is what each of us should desire. The moment we settle for our current state, we stop spending time with the Lord, we start feeling happy with whatever knowledge we’ve gained up to that point. Too often, we just don’t want to disturb the status quo with possible revision of the way we look at our relationship with the Savior. But one of the statements, used in the Bible, about various prophets and about Jesus was that they, “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” (Luke 2:52 KJV). Even Jesus had to grow in His relationship with the Father.

Accepting Jesus as your Savior, and asking Him into your heart, is only the first step in building your relationship. That is called consecration, where you turn your life over to Him. But the longer part of the process, called sanctification, is where you study and learn more about the Savior, how He lived His perfect life while walking this earth, and asking Him to help you to follow His example. “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11 NKJV).

Following Jesus’ example will only serve to draw us closer to Him; as we grow in faith, we see our relationship with Him strengthen, and isn’t that the ultimate goal of the Christian walk? Isaiah spoke of the phenomenon where when we draw close to the Lord, we have an unconscious communication with Him as we go through our daily activities: “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,”. Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21 NKJV).

My <3 song today is all about our need to grow closer to the Lord:

“Nearer, still nearer, close to Thy heart,
Draw me, my Savior—so precious Thou art!
Fold me, oh, fold me close to Thy breast.
Shelter me safe in that Haven of Rest;
Shelter me safe in that Haven of Rest.

Nearer, still nearer, nothing I bring,
Naught as an offering to Jesus, my king;
Only my sinful, now contrite heart.
Grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart.
Grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart.

Nearer, still nearer, Lord, to be Thine!
Sin, with its follies, I gladly resign,
All of its pleasures, pomp and its pride,
Give me but Jesus, my Lord, crucified.
Give me but Jesus, my Lord, crucified.

Nearer, still nearer, while life shall last.
Till safe in glory my anchor is cast;
Through endless ages ever to be
Nearer, my Savior, still nearer to Thee;
Nearer, my Savior, still nearer to Thee!”

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to thee…” (James 4:8 KJV). Have a blessed day!

ABOUT MY WRITING:

My first two books are available on amazon.com in either paperback, hardback, or ebook formats. they are the first two books in my group called “Journeys of Faith”. Take a look on my books page for “Through the Waters” and “Across the Wilderness”. “Out of the Valley” is coming along nicely. I am hoping to get it to the publisher within the next month or 6 weeks.

Meanwhile, look for several ebooks,not part of the “Journeys of Faith”. One is a compilation of my daughter’s poems, two are related to the grieving process: 1) a personal tribute to my daughter called, “Only in My Dreams”, and 2) an overview of the various ways we grieve other losses in our lives, named “White Crosses Line the Highways of Our Lives”. As they are released through Kindle Direct Publishing, links will be placed on this website.

With the holiday season approaching us, don’t let’s forget the less fortunate among us. Take time to search for somebody in need. Donate time feeding the homeless. Find new, innovative ways to reach out in your community. Most of all, don’t forget the commission in James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Feel free to use the emails on this website to contact
me regarding scheduling a book-signing and/or talk to a reading
group, church group or just a gathering of friends. I am
always open to new experiences and meeting new people.

<>< Jeanne F. Brooks ><>

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