Are you a winner?

Are you a winner? By Rebecca Maloney
I’ve heard so much news about our newest local celebrity- the George family who won the lottery.
I am happy for them. Mrs. George drove my daughters transfer school bus for four years. I find blessings in hard working people getting the chance of a lifetime through something like this. I do not buy lottery tickets. I get teased endlessly about this choice I have made.
Occasionally my husband will plead that I get his ticket bought which happened this last drawing. Even I got caught up in the ‘what if’ it was MY ticket!! Funny how instantly it became MY ticket and no longer my husbands.
We have had those ‘if’ we had won conversations all week long. It is fun to dream and listen to the dreams of Mike and Adriane.
Then reality burst through into our lives with a very sick Caedin all day Thursday and thru the night. Who sweetly shared this stomach bug with me. I have been laid flat all of my Saturday. The to do list is getting bigger not smaller and so forth.
As I sit here today I realize I am a winner! God loved me and you enough to send his only Son to save us. We do not have a ‘what if’ future! We are saved and KNOW we will have eternity in heaven. That counts more than anything in this world. To know and love our Savior as my personal friend who patiently helps me grow and learn more about Him in every way.
I stand and declare we are all winners! We are brothers and sisters in God’s family. Whatever we have or do not have in this world we have eternity to look forward to today, tomorrow and forever.
Thank you God for loving us enough to save us!!

Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder

“And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” Genesis 28:12
When I was in elementary school there was one class everyone loved. Once a week we went to the auditorium for music. First what was special about this class was that we got to leave the classroom. Second was the young teacher didn’t make us do anything but sing, sing, sing. Those were happy times climbing up on stage at school. I have thought about the class from time to time through the years when I hear a song we sang there. One of those times happened this past week. I received a prayer request from a man named Jacob in Ireland. He asked that I spend some time meditating and praying asking God what He had for his life. He was searching for direction. When I get a request like that I do pray and I am very careful that I do hear from God before I respond. As I was praying the words to a song not only found their way into my head, but also began to come from my lips. The song was an old spiritual we once sang in music class. We are climbing Jacob’s ladder…Every rung goes higher higher…Sinner, won’t you love my Jesus? If you love Him you must serve Him. Rise and shine and give God glory, Soldiers of the Cross. What is amazing about this is that only forty years ago we could not only say the name of Jesus in public school, but also sing about Him! Today we are called to go higher. Our goal must be to get sinners to love Christ. If we love Him we must serve Him. We must rise up and give God glory. If we want generations who follow after us to be able to sing about and proclaim the name of Jesus, we must be soldiers climbing, bolding proclaiming, and baring His cross daily. Angels will be with us as we go.

Hurry Up!

Hurry Up! By Rebecca Maloney

Why do we put our Minister and God on a timeline? Why is it so important to race out of church? Why do we come in 10 minutes late? What if God showed up in our lives 10 minutes late? What if he closed Heaven’s Gates at 11:30 AM?
My family and I were attending church many years ago and my husband was always persnickety about his parking. He would carefully, oh so carefully park with the back of the car facing the sidewalk. He said it was so he didn’t hit anyone trying to back out- but the truth was told one Sunday when we had a visiting missionary.
This gentleman got up and said you can tell a lot about a congregation just by the way they park. There are the servants who arrive early and park far away from the front door. There are the ones who pull in just seconds before singing starts because they do not want to be volunteered for anything. Then there are the ones who back into their space. They are the ones who race out before the last song finishes and get out of the place FAST! Oh My! My husband got red faced with embarrassment and never backed into his spot again.
We sing the song “We Need Thee Every Hour”, yet do we live those words? So many times putting a time limit on the message brought to us by the inspiration of God through a man walking with God I feel is shameful. God deserves everything we have. It belongs to Him!! Including Sunday Morning, afternoon and evening. Stop running a time check on the message. The message is being preached for me and you to grow closer to God through.