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:
December 5, 2013
WHEN HE COMETH
Do you have children or grandchildren that you brag about? Some parents are so proud that they have to show their co-workers and friends every new picture they get or tell them about each milestone the child reaches…first steps, words, tooth, etc. Did you know that that is the same kind of love God felt for Adam and Eve when He created them?
God loves us even more than we can imagine loving our little ones! Jeremiah wrote: “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jeremiah 31:3 KJV). An everlasting love! Even when we marry, our wedding vows have a limit, “until death do us part!”
Jesus is looking forward to the day when He can gather us home to be forever with Him. “And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels;…” (Malachi 3:17 b KJV). Each one of us is more precious than diamonds or gold; He calls us His jewels. And like gold or jewels, there is a process that we must go through, called life, to cut out the imperfections and shape us into His original vision of perfection.
Do you know it takes over 85,000lbs pressure per square inch for coal to be changed into a priceless gem? The same is true for all the colorful stones we place value on: emeralds, rubies, amethyst, etc. In nearly every case it takes either pressure or heat or both to produce these beautiful gems. We too must go through the fires of trials and the pressures of life before we receive out state of perfection in the resurrection.
My <3 song this morning is a simple children’s song I recall from my childhood:
“When He cometh, when He cometh
To make up His jewels,
All His jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.
Like the stars of the morning,
His brightness adorning,
They shall shine in their beauty,
Bright gems for His crown.
He will gather, He will gather
The gems for His kingdom;
All the pure ones, all the bright ones,
His loved and His own.
Little children, little children,
Who love their Redeemer,
Are the jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.”
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”. (1 Peter 1:7 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 ><>