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I’ve Got My Salvation, Even In My Dreams

August 2nd, 2010 by under Living in Grace. No Comments.

I didn’t attend church camp this year, but it’s time for my yearly blog entry.

The other night I had a dream.  I guess you could probably call it a nightmare.

My husband, youngest son and I were in a bedroom, sitting on a couch.

We were being held hostage.

I don’t know why.

There was a man with a pistol.  He held the gun to my forehead, right between my eyes.

In my dream I told myself, “Don’t be afraid.  If he kills me, I’m going to heaven because my I’ve got my salvation and I can never lose it.

I was very scared due to the situation, but I willed myself to be calm.

It helped a lot to know that I know where I’m going when I die.

Then I woke up.

And I realized I’ve got this grace message into the core of my being.  After growing up in the superstitious Pentecostal religion, that’s saying a lot.

Thank you Jesus for the work you did on the cross to save me from my sins and guarantee my salvation.


Prayer in the Grace Life

August 15th, 2009 by under Living in Grace, Prayer. No Comments.

Our pastor often says, one of the first things to go when you learn about grace is your prayer life. He says that before you know about grace, your prayers tended to be rote memorization repeated night after night when you manage to remember to fall to your knees before you fall into bed and might sound something like this:

God please forgive me for thinking badly of my coworker  today. God please forgive me for muttering curse words while driving to work.  Please forgive me for jaywalking. Please forgive me for being rude to the teller at the bank.  Please bless my mother, my sisters, my brother and their children; please bless my father and his family; please bless my boss and her family.

And so on.

A lot of us are taught to say prayers before we go to bed at night, kneeling before the Lord and asking forgiveness for our sins, and also to pray for all our loved ones.

What we learn from Paul is to pray without ceasing (without ceasing – all the time – not just before you go to sleep at night):

1 Thessalonians 5:17  Pray without ceasing.

And he does tell us to pray one for another.

In writing to the saints in Ephesas:

Eph 1:16  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

The saints at Colossus:

Col 1:9  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

To the church of the Thessalonians:

2 Thessalonians 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

Paul asks for prayer from the Thessolonicans:

1 Thessalonians 5:25 Brethren, pray for us.

2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

So even though our prayer life might “go” we are supposed to pray as grace believers. There are a few little changes though. First of all, we don’t have to ask for forgiveness of our sins (in effect keep a “short list”) because we are already forgiven for all our sins before we ever commit them. It is repetitious and redundant to ask God to forgive us of our sins, when he has already forgiven us through the work his Son did at Calvary. Next, we don’t need to limit our pray time to while we are on our knees, or in a pray closet.

Praying becomes our way of communicating with our heavenly Father.  Letting him know what’s going on in your life, letting him know all about everything. The other component to prayer is reading your King James Version bible, but I’ll go more into that on another post.

Praying for you always without ceasing,


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Paul Is My Apostle’s New Home

August 7th, 2009 by under Living in Grace. 2 Comments.

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I’ve blogged here. I have learned a lot in the last year. I only wish I’d shared it here.

I have been suffering from intense fatigue which has gotten increasingly worse in 2009. I believe that my thyroid is not functioning properly, but so far I have not been able to work up the energy to find a doctor who will take me seriously and treat my symptoms.  My last blood test came back “normal” to which my primary care physician suggested that I was depressed. He offered a precription for anti-depressants which I refused.  I do not suffer from depression to the degree that I need medication (which often makes things worse).  I believe everyone suffers from depression on occasion, which is pretty much normal and par for the course since after all we do live in a sin-cursed world. Even our Apostle Paul suffered from depression.

When your thyroid is not functioning properly, your adrenals can often be at the root of the problem. Of course there’s no way the problem is that I’m working 32 hours a week at a very stressful job, which involves a 100 mile a day commute, have a disabled child to care for, and am working an additional 20+ hours a week doing the accounting and PR to help grow my husband’s business. No wonder my house isn’t fit for company. Thankfully the Mister’s business is doing well, and we hope one day that I can quit my job and work with him full time.

I used to be able to take one day each weekend off to just kick back and totally relax. This hasn’t been the case for many months. Things got much worse in March, when I was attempting to get our income taxes completed and was also experiencing a big learning curve for getting sales tax completed for my husband’s business.

I have had a difficult time attending church for several months as my energy level has been very, very low.  I have to be very careful to not get myself stressed out, or it saps my energy even more.  There is no way I can quit my job at this time, so I have to protect myself from stress as much as possible. It’s really hard to explain to people the degree of tiredness I experience, even my own husband doesn’t understand. It was such a revelation to me to read Adrenal Fatigue and discover that the way I was feeling wasn’t my imagination.  Every single stressful thing that happens is a drain on the adrenals. I used to be able to bounce back, but now it takes days, instead of minutes. Literally. I used to be able to get by with napping for two hours one day on the weekend, now I’m finding that I come in from milking at 5am, I’m so exhausted that I have to lay down again and sleep five hours. It really takes a lot of time out of the day to have to sleep so often.

One thing I try to keep in mind is, “Thank God I have my salvation.”

Thank God I don’t have to worry about performing and doing and working earning those brownie points so that I’ll be able to get into heaven.  If we were commanded to do “works” to get into heaven, I’d be devastated as I just don’t have the energy to do anything more than the bare minimum.

Rom 11:6  And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

Thank God I finally understand how to read the Bible – rightly divided – so that His precious word to us makes sense.

Saved by Grace,


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Fellowship With The Saints

August 24th, 2008 by under Living in Grace. 1 Comment.

When I was a younger person, I never looked forward to going to church. When I became an adult, I stopped going to church shortly after my first child was born, and never set foot into a church for more than 20 years.

But when I started learning about grace, and found a church to attend that taught the grace message, I found that I wanted to spend time with other people who understood the Bible rightly divided. It’s wonderful to be around your brothers and sisters in the body of Christ who care about you, want to know what’s going on in your life, and want to both comfort and edify you. Paul says:

(1 Thessalonians 5:11) Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

From Strong’s Greek Dictionary:
Comfort: to call near, that is, invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation): – beseech, call for, (be of good) comfort, desire, (give) exhort (-ation), intreat, pray.

Edify: to be a house builder, that is, construct or (figuratively) confirm: – (be in) build (-er, -ing, up), edify, embolden.

In Christ,

Are you saved? Would you like to know where you will spend eternity? I invite you to visit Do You Know Where You Will Spend Eternity? from Florida Grace Bible Berean Church. Please notify me if this link breaks!


Back From Camp

August 13th, 2008 by under Living in Grace. No Comments.

My youngest son and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend church camp this year. We had a great time visiting with the other saints.

It is a comfort and a joy to be amongst grace believers. Folks who really get it, folks who rightly divide the Word of truth and know how God is working in this dispensation of grace.

I’ve invited some that we met at camp to visit my grace blog, so now I need to get busy and keep my commitment to share as I learn.

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In Christ,


Are you saved? Would you like to know where you will spend eternity? I invite you to visit Do You Know Where You Will Spend Eternity? from Florida Grace Bible Berean Church. Please notify me if this link breaks!


Why Worry When People Don’t Like Me?

April 28th, 2008 by under Living in Grace. 1 Comment.

All my life, I’ve been very worried when people don’t like me. I believe it stems from my childhood, because my mother loved me very much, but clashed terribly with my sister who was born when I was 22 months old. My mom never seemed to like my sister very much and was sometimes very mean to her. It scared me. I always wondered when I would be next. My mother did turn her wrath toward me on several occasions, but I tried my hardest to be the best little girl I could be, so that she would never be mad at me. In my mother’s defense, she tells me she cried many tears and prayed many times over the discord she felt toward my sister, and went to many churches asking for prayer to get over her problem.

My mom became involved in the Pentecostal religion when I was five years old. Here my fears were magnified because now I not only had to do my best to be perfect and please my mother, but appease the wrathful God we served. It seemed no matter how good I was, I always had to be worried about going to hell. I could never do enough, it seemed to keep from going to hell. I asked forgiveness and remember asking Jesus into my heart dozens, if not hundreds of times as a child because every sermon seemed to be about how we were sinners and going to hell.

When I had children, I had to force myself to start getting over this concern, and accept the fact that not everyone was going to like me because even though I was expert at camouflaging myself for whomever I happened to be with at the moment, it was not possible to expect my children to have that talent. But not only that, I didn’t want my children to become like me. Scared to death if I couldn’t do everything everyone expected me to, they might cease to like me. Did you ever try to do everything everyone wanted you to? It’s impossible. Trust me, I’ve tried. You can only please some of the people some of the time.

I still struggle with this problem. I was having a problem with it last night, and I was laying in bed thinking to myself about this concern I have, about people not liking me, is not in line with what I’m learning from the Bible.

Here’s one verse I found which tells if I’m operating in the flesh then I can’t please God. And which further makes me think why am I so worried about pleasing man, when I should be striving to please God?

Romans 8:8 KJVR So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Paul tells us to please our neighbor for our neighbor’s edification:

Romans 15:2 KJVR Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

The definition from Strong’s for please is “to be agreeable”. So, get along with your neighbor. I don’t believe that means bend over backwards and do everything you can to make your neighbor like you. Trust me, being a dispensationalist you are going to find a lot of people don’t like you. It makes so much sense, it is such GOOD NEWS, yet people cannot grasp it.

What does edification mean? “The equipping of believers with sound doctrine so that they experience genuine spiritual growth, which results in doctrinal unity, personal integrity and corporate harmony.”

Most importantly, Jesus died on the cross for me, hundreds of years ago, to save me from my sins before I was even born. God sent his son to do that work. That says to me that God loved me that much, to send his son to die. God loved me that much, and I wasn’t even born.

Paul tells us in Ephesians:

Ephesians 1:3 KJV Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

What does it matter if ANYONE likes me? I am already blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places. Why would I need anything else?

Paul also tells us we are complete in Colossians:

Colossians 2:10 KJV And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

We are already “complete”. From Strong’s reference: From G4134; to make replete, that is, (literally) to cram (a net), level up (a hollow), or (figuratively) to furnish (or imbue, diffuse, influence), satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task), verify (or coincide with a prediction), etc.: – accomplish, X after, (be) complete, end, expire, fill (up), fulfil, (be, make) full (come), fully preach, perfect, supply.

We are finished, we are perfect. That extends to other areas of my life, like the size of my body. Society might tell me I’m not perfect, but you know what? God says I am complete in him. I’m perfect just the way I am. Why waste my energy and thoughts on worrying about such mundane things like this? We will have a new body

We live in a sin cursed world – we can’t expect to be happy every moment. We can only do like Paul says and learn to be content in whatever state we are in. If someone doesn’t like me, I can’t let that get me down, and put me into a depression. I am perfect and complete in the Lord, and depression is not part of being complete and perfect.

Philippians 4:11 KJV Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Oh, and remember up above where I was talking about doing everything I could to please a wrathful God in order to not go to hell? When I learned about rightly dividing the word of truth, I learned that the Bible is all for us, but not all to us. My salvation is not dependent on pleasing or appeasing God. The God of the Old Testament had a covenant with the Israelites and he doled out punishments for disobedience and sin, and he rewarded them for good behavior.

That’s not the role God is working in today. We aren’t the Israelites. We are living in the age of grace. God sent his son to die on the cross for our sins. All we have to do is believe that we are sinners, that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, that he was buried and rose from the dead in three days. That is it. No works. We don’t have to be baptized, we don’t have to pay tithes, we don’t have to go to church three times a week, we don’t have to do anything, but believe. It’s that simple.

In Him,

Are you saved? Would you like to know where you will spend eternity? I invite you to visit Do You Know Where You Will Spend Eternity? from Florida Grace Bible Berean Church. Please notify me if this link breaks!


Ephesians 4:32

April 16th, 2008 by under Living in Grace. No Comments.

This is the first scripture verse I’ve memorized as a Grace believer.

Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

There is a person in my life that I don’t have to deal with often, but do not like at all.

I pray as I mature in my Christian walk with the Lord that I will be able to follow this scripture verse and deal with that person as the doctrine directs me.

The preceding scripture verse is also very good:

Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

Give Him the glory!

Are you saved? Would you like to know where you will spend eternity? I invite you to visit Do You Know Where You Will Spend Eternity? from Florida Grace Bible Berean Church. Please notify me if this link breaks!