Friday, January 15, 2010

God's gifts

The other night I lay in bedding thinking and I began to were people saved before Christ? The bible tells us He is the only way to Heaven.In John 3:16 we learn, " For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life" If we believe, where will this eternal life take place? Heaven. Reading on in John 14:6 Jesus tells us, "I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." So how do we go to heaven, believe in Christ and that He died for our sins on the cross.

What did people do before his death? Thankfully a wonderful women from church has given me a Beth Moore bible study (Thanks, Melissa!) and today God answered my question fully and completely: Burnt Offerings. I have never really understood the purpose of burnt offerings until today. God asked the Israelites to bring a male animal without defect, in other words a perfect male, to sacrifice fully for their sins. He didn't ask for the runt or the sickly but the perfect animal. Who does that remind you of? It reminds me of the precious Lamb of God, His son. Before Christ people made atonement for their sins through sacrificial offerings, until the day God sent His perfect and sinless son, who He would use as a sacrifice for our sins.
Before Christ you had to have faith in your offerings and atonement for sin, believing that following God's request for payment of sin would allow you to be saved. The day Christ gave His life, (thus sacrificing himself as the perfect male lamb), we can be saved by believing in Him. The following is an excerpt from "A Women's Heart, God's Dwelling Place", written by Beth Moore in 2007:

"Ancient Hebrew history records that the moment the last ash fell, the priest blew the trumpets in celebration, shouting, It is Finished!" Meaning the sacrifice for the sin. The passage goes on to say, "When He had received the drink, Jesus said, It is Finished. With that, He bowed his head and gave up His spirit" (John 19:30).

I am still baffled at how He could give up his perfect son for me. Not just for me but for everyone in this world. Not just Americans, or people living in Israel. Everyone, the millions of people walking this earth. Not only that He can tell you how many strands of hair are on my head, He stores each of my tear drops in bottle in heaven. WOW! I encourage each of you to get a bible study and get started learning, God will fill your cup with knowledge and continue to teach you throughout your days on earth. Until next time, may God bless your life.....Susan

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year

My message today is simple, come to the Lord with Thanksgiving of heart. As we begin a new year we should take a moment to look back on 2009 and all the wonderful things God has provided us and taught us! We serve an awesome God who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Can we say that about ourselves? Do you really know how your actions affect yourself and others? Before the new year begins on Friday, take time to journal about this past year and all that has come from above. Give God all the glory and all the honor and the thanks. Start the new year with an attitude of Thanksgiving!

Monday, December 21, 2009


The importance of tithe:

Phillipians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. It does not say some things, a few things, the easy things or things I want to do. The scripture tells us all things are done through the strength Christ gives us. I was asked to share scripture and pray before our tithe and offering this past Sunday. After a week of ponder and prayer God kept reminding me of something my friend shared with me recently. She me said she wanted to be obedient and tithe but just could not afford too. I asked God to tell me what I could share with her because in all actuality she can’t afford not to tithe. He reminded me of the scripture I discussed above. I shared the scripture with her and challenged her to write her tithe check immediately after her payroll check was deposited into her account. She told me she would and later shared that she had prepared herself to be in the negative when balancing her check book after paying bills. She was so surprised to see that not only did she still have money left; she had enough to buy gas and groceries until her next pay check. She kept saying, “Susan this just isn’t possible” and I reminded her that all things are possible with Christ! If we are obedient, in what He asks us to do, He will provide for all of our needs.

Let us pray….Thank you Lord for this day and all that you have provided. I lift up my friends, family and fellow church members to you today. I also ask that guide my path towards those in need of your love and salvation. As Christmas comes upon us let us all remember the birth of Jesus Christ and the salvation His life has provided. Thank you for the sun that has shown today and provided a warm peace in my heart. Until we meet again, thank you for the life you have offered to me and I pray that I do not fail you. Amen

Friday, October 23, 2009

My Testimony

Before February of 2009 I was lost and did not even know it. Had you asked me if I was going to heaven I would have said yes. Continuing on I would have also told you that I knew Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins. You see growing up I went to Paul’s Chapel United Church of Christ (this is where a Methodist and Presbyterian church split and came together to form the United Church of Christ). As a child I went to Sunday school and even completed confirmation in the sixth grade at which time I dedicated my life to the church. Having been baptized as a baby I knew I was on the right track to going to heaven.
After moving away from North Carolina and my home church in 1995, I never started going to another church here in Georgia. I keep saying, I don’t have to be in church, I live right. I don’t talk back to my mother, I obey her rules, I don’t drink, cuss, smoke or do drugs and I am still a virgin. I continued on this way until I meet my now husband, Gerald. When he and I got married I told him I wanted us to find a church to belong to and raise our family. A couple Sunday’s a month we would say we were going to church somewhere, but ended up sleeping in.
In 2007 or 8 my husband meet a man named Roy Combs. He would always talk about how good a person Roy was and how Roy wanted us to come visit his church. Gerald and I both keep saying we would and we even went out to eat with some church members one night at Southern Smoke BBQ and I attended at Tupperware party that his wife Nan had. Still at this point we had not gotten up on Sunday and made it to Church. Thankful, Roy never gave up and most importantly never pressed Gerald.
I wasn’t sure at the time, but one Sunday morning at the end of January we decided to go visit Cedar Grove Baptist church. We left so excited because everyone was friendly and we heard the message. We both admitted later that we felt like the pastor was speaking only to us. We went back the next Sunday and again I sat there thinking this man is talking to me as if I am the only person in this church. After this service we knew we would keep coming, we were excited and really enjoying the people. That night we came for Sunday service and that Wednesday we came for the evening service.
The next Sunday we were running late (which has now become a habit) so we didn’t get to sit with Nan and Roy. We sat towards the back. I remember singing the first song, greeting everyone and then hearing “Jesus, lover of my soul”. At that very moment a rush of heat spread throughout my body and tears filled my eyes. I thought, ok, what is wrong with me. The song ended and church started and I can honestly say I didn’t here the first word the Pastor spoke on that day. All these thoughts were racing through my head and I found my self thinking about all the things that I was allowing affect me. I was angry at the situation my mother was in, I was angry for my loss of childhood; I was angry that I was in such credit card debt and had nothing to show for it. I hated the house we lived in because every where I looked I saw my mother before her stroke. I was so bitter and determined to be in control of my life and the events that took place. I could not stop crying, I was begging God to leave me alone, just let me be. But Praise the Lord, He didn’t. I could hear him whispering, give it to me, give it to me Susan; you don’t have to carry it.
The service had ended and that song started again. I thought to myself, please anything but that. I remember when Reggie gave the invitation I bowed my head and prayed and cried some more. The song was ending and Reggie asked them to play one more verse because he could feel God moving. Right then I felt a touch on my back, I remember standing and the next thing I knew I was being hugged by Nan, my husbands hand was on my back and he was knelt praying next to me. I felt like I had lost 100lbs and could not stop crying for the life of me. Reggie prayed with me and I gave my life fully and completely to the Lord Jesus Christ.
As I look back on that now I am so thankful that God was patient with me for 28 years as I walked this earth thinking I was headed to heaven to see my dad again one day. Boy was I wrong, and it is my hope to never forget where I came from and the difference in my life today. When problems or conflicts arise in my life and I try to worry about them, I find myself praying and filled with joy because I know God is in control. I don’t have to solve other people’s problems or fix something for my brother every time he gets in a bind, now I pray for him and the problem and leave it alone. In the beginning I would be surprised at how quick things worked themselves out but I am slowly learning that they always would have in the past and will in the future as long as I hand it over to Him.
For those who have known me for a long time, they have said that they can see the difference in me, the peace I have. My attitude about life, others, my family, my home; all of these things have changed. I know there will still be problems, bumps in the road along the path that God has laid out for me, but that’s just it…..It is the path He laid out and He already knows how He is going to get me up that hill, over the fallen tree or around the boulder. What an awesome feeling to carry with you. And I promise you will sleep at night like you have never slept before!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Little Things

As I continue to study in a Women's Bible study entitled Women of Faith: Contagious Joy I am learning not to allow others to take my joy away. It goes back to the old adage "kill them with kindness". Our joys comes from the Father and the only way to lose that is if we allow Satan to take it. Satan may come in the form of a problem that arises, death, people or even places, however God will never give us something that He cannot handle. He is our rock, our shield and the one who provides joy in the darkest of time. Coming to work each day I smile when I look over and see a baby calf snuggled up to her mother, or the same goat out of the fence every afternoon on the way home. The hustle and bustle of everyday life often has us forgetting the little things God has given us, like the wind, the sunshine, a random flower growing in a field of weeds. When I see these things I take a minute and thank God for everything......even the ants on my porch at home. They are all GIFTS from our Father.Today (and any today for that matter)..........when you feel your joy leaving say aloud the verse written below. GOD is so good!!!! Let us not allow Satan to win.Psalm 5:11 "But let all who take refuge in you rejoice: let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you."May God lead, guide and direct you always! My prayers are with you......Susan

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Hello and Welcome to my blog spot. I have changed the name so that it will be shorter and easier to remember! Thanks for stopping by, it is my prayer that someone will connect with what I have to say when I blog. Susan