7/18/20 – What in the World is Going On?

Hi!  Welcome to my blog!  Please feel free to go back and read my previous blogs. My blogs tend to follow an interrelated path and reading them will be helpful in catching you up on my thought processes.  

Welcome back to those of you that have been here before.

Today, in light of what is going on in our country and our world, I would like to give clarification to my purpose for being compelled by the Holy Spirit to start this blog.  If you read my bio then you know I am a retired teacher.  I became a teacher because of my great passion of sharing knowledge and teaching the skill set necessary to obtaining knowledge – lifelong skills I believe are critical to living life to its fullest and are relatable to all pursuits of true knowledge. 

In truth, we are living in perilous times.  We are experiencing such anxiety that I believe we can get a sense of how people in war torn countries fear for their very existence to the extent that food, shelter, and clothing become less important concerns.  In peaceful times, we rank food, shelter, and clothing up at the top of our list of security concerns. Besides religious freedom, many people have come to the United States of America just to have that security.  Now, it seems as though these security concerns and even our freedom could be in jeopardy. But there is life changing news.  God is in control!

He is in control to the smallest detail, telling us not to be concerned about what we shall eat or what we shall wear. (Matthew 6:31)   In verse 33, He tells us to seek the Kingdom of Heaven first and all these things will be given to us while we are busy seeking Him.  We don’t need to fear or worry because the most powerful Being in existence is in control. Amen!  He will uphold us with His righteous hand (Isaiah 41:10) and guard our hearts and minds. (Philippians 4:7)

I have created this blog to share the knowledge I have gleaned from God’s Word concerning our future on this planet and His plan set forth to save us – if we are willing to abide in Jesus as He desires to abide in us.  A plan that is given freely to each and every one of us. (Titus 2:11)  I believe the Holy Scriptures have much to say about the times in which we live and God is eager to share that knowledge with us, His children. 

I do want to note that His plan of salvation is not for a privileged few, but is for every man, woman, and child; past, present, and future. Everyone, living and dead, are all His children even if some may choose to reject His claim as our Creator and will not accept His gracious inheritance.  

Thanks for joining me and I hope to see you again. Please, subscribe, share your thoughts, questions,  and prayer requests.  If I can’t answer your questions I will do some research. Please remember to be kind and polite in you responses and I will be glad to chat with you.

God bless and may the Light of Jesus dispel any darkness around about you! (Psalms 18:28)

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7/15/20 – The Savior is Waiting

Hi!  If it’s your first time here, welcome!  To others, glad to see you back!

Many of you will remember the song associated with this blog. “The Savior is waiting to enter your heart, why don’t you let Him come in…” (Ralph Carmichael)  It has such a beautiful message of hope and promise. If you haven’t heard it, I recommend going to YouTube and listening to the words. Just like Jesus’ character, I find that the music has a gentle sense of wooing and the words hold such promise.

Jesus stands knocking at the door of our hearts waiting for us to let Him come in. He will not come in by force, but waits for an invite, so that He can fulfill all the blessings and promises that come with an abiding relationship with Him (Revelation 3:20) – especially eternal life.  Jesus wants to be invited in so that he can abide in us and we in Him. We become His family, His brothers and sisters through the process of abiding in each other (John 8:31).  For me, this has become the core essence of my relationship with Jesus. I count on sharing, with Him, first thing in the morning, throughout the day, during worship and Bible study, and bedtime.  He abides in me and protects even in my dreams.

Having an abiding relationship with Jesus means I don’t fear current events, I don’t have despair, and I’m not discouraged. Without Jesus, I would be bombarded with all these emotions and much more.  He is our Savior first and foremost, but He is also our Advocate, Redeemer, and Friend. Talk about BFFs – Jesus literally is our best friend forever when we invite Him in to dwell in our hearts. 

In today’s climate of chaos, disputes, and unrest, many of us are searching for a light at the end of a very dark tunnel. It is natural to worry about what the future holds.  But we have options. Because I have found my light in Jesus, I would like to share the chorus to “The Savior is Waiting.”  “Time after time He has waited before, and now He is waiting again to see if you’re willing to open the door. Oh won’t you let Him come in.”

Thanks for spending some time with me.  I would like to pray for you and hope to see you again soon.  Feel free to subscribe, comment, ask questions, leave prayer requests, and share with others. 

In these trying times may the grace of God shine upon you and give you peace! (Numbers 6:25)

Ron Mascarenhas

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7/12/20 – Footprints in the Sand

Hi and welcome to my blog. In the past few weeks, I have felt inspired and convicted to start a blog so that I may share, with you, my wonderful journey with Jesus and how I believe it has positively impacted my life in today’s current climate. 

But for my first blog, I would like to start with my testimony.  Since I was a little girl, I have known of God and believed Him to be our Creator (Genesis 14:19) and Savior (2 Timothy 1:9).  I understood that the Bible was His message to us, yet had little personal interaction with it. My sister and I walked a mile each week to attend church because we enjoyed the activities.  We especially enjoyed outings, singing, and going to church camp each summer. 

In my teens, I took Bible studies and as I look back, I believe this is where my true commitment began.  I began attending Christian schools and raised my children to know God and His truth (John 4:24).  I have always considered myself a person of faith and trust in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  But as I look back again, I see that I didn’t faithfully walk In that Truth.  I have memories of spending disportionate amounts of time in the world.  My life was not as Christ centered as I believed it to be at the time I was living it.

In recent months, my walk with Jesus has been revived, revitalized, renewed – having a profound impact on my thinking, emotions, and purpose in life. It has renewed my energy and my goals in life. My relationships have changed to becoming more loving and nurturing. In short, Jesus in me, has made me a much better person.  I have a truer understanding of what it means to walk and abide in Jesus (John 15:4).  I now understand that I am on a journey with our Savior, that it is a process, an action verb. To abide in Jesus means more than believing or having a knowledge of Him. It requires action on my part – surrendering to what the Holy Spirit asks of me.  And of course, I want to follow His lead because of the great joy and love He has brought into my heart through our fellowship.

I hope you found comfort in my testimony.  Feel free to subscribe, comment, ask questions, leave prayer requests, and share my blog with others. Please come back and visit again soon.

Bye for now and may God richly bless you (Romans 10:12)!

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