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Blessings to all who visit here!

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 29, 2014

JUST AS I AM WITHOUT ONE PLEA

Have you ever heard someone say, “I can’t go to church; I’m so bad the ceiling would probably fall on me!”? Or maybe it wasn’t that dramatic…maybe your acquaintance is trying to make changes in their life so when they go back to church, they will fit in? Have you ever felt that you had messed up once again and that surely God was tired of forgiving the same sin over and over? I heard someone say that, if you say sorry, it means you’ll never do that thing again, and if you do, you’ve failed…is that how you feel about your failures?

Of course, in an ideal world, the above statement would be true, but we don’t live in a sin-free world, and we do repeat our mistakes. We can try all we want, but without the help of the Lord, we will keep falling down. “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27 KJV). If we approach the throne of grace with a contrite heart, we are forgiven, just as we are!

God is able to take the worst of us, like the thief on the cross, and wipe clean the record of all our sin; Jesus presents Himself in our place so God only sees perfection instead of our filthy rags. “…for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”. (1 SAMUEL 16:7b KJV).

My <3 song is a well-known hymn used in the Billy Graham Crusades as the altar call:

“Just as I am—without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee—
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am—and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot—
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am—though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without—
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am—Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe—
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.”

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:38 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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