Come Closer…CLOSER- Come Closer

Ever have a friend that you haven’t seen in years but when you do see them it is like you were never apart? There is a strong bond between close friends that cannot be explained in words.comecloser

There is even greater news. News that we often take for granted or are too busy in our lives doing stuff; ignoring the Greatest Relationship ever available to man. We have the opportunity to know the LORD and spend time in the most awesome relationship we can ever have. Have you ever pondered on the truth that we can say “good morning” to the Creator of…the morning? We can say thank you to the One Who “knew us from before the foundations of the world!” We have the privilege of knowing His plan for humanity in the Holy Bible. His WORD is powerful and life changing to every person who reads it yet it is a personal, living WORD of GOD that can cut to the core of one individual heart with life changing truth. The Living Word of GOD will move one to weep as His Love often will reach out and touch you unlike any other book in the world. His Word is gives us Prevailing HOPE in the midst of man’s futile attempt to fix the entire world’s problems –that we ourselves created. It is laughable that those who are leaders think they are going to fix the world when they don’t have the power to breathe their next breath without the LORD Who is the giver of Life.

Do you know Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior which gives you the privilege of being a child of GOD? If you don’t; now is the time. You can go to where there is someone usually available to chat with you,  answer your questions, and videos that go into more detail of what making Jesus as LORD and Savior  means.

God knows who you are, He loves you, and He wants you to know and love Him.

How do you we do that?

First admit that, like everyone else, you are a sinner. Being sinners means that we are imperfect and do wrong; we fall short of God’s perfect standard. It also means we are separated from Him and deserve His judgment since HE is our creator and sustainer of life.

But He loves us! God sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. He died for your sins. He was punished so you don’t have to be. Not only that; death did not defeat Him. After three days, Jesus rose from the dead, alive again!

The only way to find forgiveness from God and to begin a relationship with Him is to trust in Jesus’ sacrifice for us and repent—turn from our sins. We urge you to take this step of faith today. To do that, simply talk to God—this is called praying—and tell Him you believe in His Son. It is as simple as a short, heart felt prayer like this:

“Dear Lord Jesus,

I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead.  I trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior. Guide my life and help me to do your will. In your name, amen.”

Then what? Then you are a child of God and you begin the best journey of your life. It is an exciting journey to know God as your Father. He loves you and knows you – His desire is for us to know Him and we do that on a daily basis by studying His Word, talking to Him-praying and serving Him by being His Ambassador to a world in great need of Hope.

If you have a best friend you know how much you love spending time with him or her. It is no different with spending time with the LORD ONLY HE IS GOD to be respected yet He loves interacting with His children just as a good Father does. Relationships take work whether it is a husband/wife or child and parent relationship or friend to friend. It is the same with the LORD only He gives us His WORD and the Holy Spirit who lives within every believer to guide and help us- when we ask and seek to know the Truth.

The most cherished relationship I have is with the LORD. He is with me 24/7 and I pour my heart out to Him, my hurts, my joys, my tears, my fears and He understands me! I don’t have to spend thousands of dollars for man’s advice- I have the best counsel available in the Word of GOD. So do you.

I totally believe God has a sense of humor—if you heard me sing you would agree. Good relationships are built on trust, respect, love, and loyalty, laughing together, crying together and walking through the hard stuff of life as well as enjoying each others company just because they are  in one’s presence, no words needed.

That is like my relationship with the LORD. He is not a respecter of persons; whosoever calls upon the Name of the LORD shall be saved. YOU CAN KNOW HIM. He already knows YOU.

Every promise of covenant made by God, and angel of the Lord, or Jesus himself begins with: “if you do __________, then I will __________.”

James 4:8

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.



When Hope is Beyond Reach

What does one do when h/she no longer sees the light at the end of the tunnel? Is there a burial ground for broken hearts? What do we do when life is shattered by words, stabbed by mistrust, and shot by consuming jealousy and manipulation; until a punch in the face dealt the final blow? What does one do when all that is left is a heart that is bleeding to death?

There are times in life when hope is nowhere in sight. These are the desperate times. Sometimes life brings us to a crossroad.  It is a cross road of making changes we do not want to make. Yet to stay in the same place life would be a mere existence.

Being a child of God doesn’t exempt us from real issues. Along time ago I made the decision to be real with God-He knows me better than I know me- anyway. Even if all I can do is weep before Him; He understands my tears. I can trust Him with my emotions. He is big enough to handle my fears, my broken dreams, and even the truth that I have moments when hope is beyond my reach. I found out God has a much greater reach. He has never failed to reach down with His Presence and love me through the times of writhing pain whether it is physical, emotional or spiritual.Support

The Word of God has many examples of hurting people who were open and honest about the pain in their lives. Jeremiah asks God, Why is my pain unceasing, and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will you be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail?” (Jer 15: 18)

The greatest thing that changes when I voice my struggles and heartaches to the LORD is me. If only we knew how Great is our LORD and how much He longs for a us to have a relationship with Him, He would be the first One we run to when we are in pain of any kind and He would also be the One we give our deepest thanks to for being our loving Father. If we don’t give continual thanks to God, why should He continue to listen to our pleas? (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Jeremiah learns from trusting God with all his emotions as he writes in Jer. 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.” (note that he not only trusts in the Lord; Jeremiah wrote TRUST IS THE LORD.)

Life can hurt us so bad that we lose hope. Sometimes hope is just behind the veil—we can’t see it. Like Jesus Who said He would never leave us or nor forsake us- we often don’t feel His Presence but He is with us. When we voice our deepest pain to the LORD it changes us. Will we still go through pain in this life? I don’t know how to avoid it while we are on earth. But with the LORD we will go through it.  Hope is often behind a veil we create when we bury our pain deep within our hearts. We need to deal with it by giving it to the One who is well able to help us. As we trust God and share our pain with Him (remember He already knows but longs for a relationship with you and me) our hearts will be filled with His Prevailing Hope. He is the One who loves you. He is the One who can  heal and restore your heart with His love, joy and peace that passes understanding. He will guide you through the deepest raging river of pain and help you find the pathway to safety and place of peace. He is the Only One who can do that. He loves You.

God’s grace is sufficient for all the human race;

God’s grace is sufficient for who are in this place.

God’s grace is sufficient for each of use to see’

God’s grace is sufficient for me, yes even me. -jStark