Saturday, May 24, 2014


For weeks now, I've been tossing the term, 'ACCEPT THE ACCESS' around in my mind... Well, the 'A' which now precedes that phrase is, ASSESS!! So, my 'catchy' title would've, could've, should've beenASSESS, ACCEPT ACCESS! So, just WHAT do I mean? Since I live in the world of education, the term 'assess' is prevalent, as it is in medicine, engineering, finances,and so many more fields.. Basically, we are taught to 'think it out' before we act! After taking a close look, a decision is made in light of the FACTS discovered.. Well, ... I'm painfully aware of how many people don't do this with the Gospel!! What could be any more wonderful than being told we don't ever need to be 'good enough' to earn God's favor, and eternal security! In JOHN 14:16-18, we learn how, as believers in Jesus, we know JESUS said, "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever- The Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day, you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me, and I am in you."  How many blessings can we count?

It's too bad that people's pride keeps them from admitting they are simply 'wretches' apart from His grace and mercy! Thus, they don't accept access to the LORD ALMIGHTY HIMSELF.. who, by the way, calls us 'FRIEND!!' I've been gathering LOTS of 'materials' for this message, but I will leave it very basic since I intend to post it very soon... Will we, or won't we ASSESS, THEN ACCEPT the ACCESS!? Most of us who read this have already done so, but just in case this meets with the eyes/soul of one who is not HIS yet, I urge you to welcome Him as personal Lord and Savior... Your FOREVER FRIEND!                                            BTW.. I am grateful to have been present last Saturday when a lady finished her assessment, then accepted the access!! 

Saturday, May 10, 2014


In ABUNDAWONDERFUL, I shared plenty about the ABUNDANT aspect of being the LORD's but, I can hardly believe I 'SPACED' 'writing about the WONDERFUL part of that composite adjective! This is because the Lord's personal 'theme' He's been sharing with me this year is, THE WONDER OF HIM!!  I am surrounded by a collection of papers I've recorded/highlighted evidences of the  'WOW'  factor.. So, here are just a couple?, for the sake of brevity.
The first is a new song to me.. CREATION SINGS THE FATHER'S SONG by The Keith and Kristin Getty. I learned this at a recent retreat and was truly 'sold' on the lyrics of especially the 2nd verse.. "Creation gazed upon His face; The ageless One in time's embrace unveiled the Father's plan of reconciling God and man. A second Adam walked the Earth, whose blameless life  would break the curse.. whose death would set us FREE to live with Him eternally." These lyrics, coupled with I PETER 2:24,He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds we were healed," have deeply impacted, and caused me to say 'Wow!' currently!

The other 'WOW'(for now!),is how my Bible Study Fellowship teaching leader 'wrapped up' a recent lecture pertaining to Christ's last days on Earth.. She simply said something to the effect of, "May you be caught, or kept, in SPEECHLESS WONDER as you are in AWE of your salvation because of His completed work." Her use of 'speechless wonder,' elicited a response of great thrill from within me!! Needless to say, many of us do live in AWE of who He is, and what He does.. and SO MUCH MORE!! We are TRULY BLESSED TO BE HIS! Well, that's all for now, dear readers!! Because He Loves us So Much! Sheila     Oh, an F.Y.I.- Our son's initials are A.W.D. on purpose because we truly wanted him, as well as us, to be AWeD by our LORD!