"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness..." 2 Corinthians 12:9b

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."
Proverbs 31:30

Monday, October 29, 2012

Times of Trial

“Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees. But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed. Should not your piety be your confidence and
your blameless ways your hope?” Job 4:4-6
 
           There was no doubt. I felt a new lump beneath the scar where two lumps had been removed four years before. Needless to say, it was discouraging and scary.
           Job is the earliest written book in the Bible, and we find in him a man who suffered more in one day than many of us suffer in a life-time. God called Job “his servant,” a man who was “blameless and upright.” He feared God and refrained from evil. Yet Job’s blamelessness did not disqualify him from great suffering and testing.
           No one is without trial. The type varies from person to person, because God deals with each of us individually. Only He knows what will best make us into the blameless and upright servants He desires. Don’t compare yourself to someone else.
           More often than not, Job’s friends are incorrect theologically. However, they do point out common thinking which coincides with what people often say to us.
           I used to do my best to downplay my own chronic health problems. However, it is difficult to lend strength and support to others if they see your life being free of problems. We relate best to those we can identify with the most. I have had far more opportunities to encourage those who are struggling since I became willing to share my own difficulties.
           Just as Job had his questions for God, I wonder why my health is often a problem. I know those who work hard and serve God faithfully, yet are always in financial difficulties. Some have problems in the areas of their marriages or their children. We all suffer. God is interested in what we do with it.
           Where do your hope and confidence lie? Do you think your own goodness should exempt you from suffering as Eliphaz says in this verse? Or, do you accept what God allows with an attitude of prayer and humility, seeking what He wants to teach you through the circumstance you face?
           Face each day with expectant hope that God is working in you to grow you into someone He can call upright and blameless, a faithful servant. Place your confidence in Christ alone, and choose to look at your situation as being for your benefit and God’s glory.
© Copyright 2012 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and www.normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Exciting Changes!

           We are excited by the growth of the 2MefromHim Ministries website. We passed 6,000 visitors this week, and  average 250 visitors per week. As a result of the growth not only in the United States, but in Russia, Europe, Asia, the UK, Africa, and South America, we have added a new feature.
          We now have a gospel presentation on the website with a link to Global Media Outreach where there are links to over 100 website on the Christian faith. We also share a link to Faith Comes by Hearing, a ministry which offers free audio Bibles, downloadable to your computer in 674 different languages.
          It is our prayer that many will come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior through this and other websites, so that the message of Christ is spread around the world.

Blessings in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Norma

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Fragrance of Life

“For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.”
2 Corinthians 2:15, 16a
“She can’t stand to be at your house. She hates coming here.”
             The words hurt, but I was pleased that our home, and being around us could be enough to make someone feel God’s presence. We pray to be so in tune with the Lord that our presence and our home glorify God. What was sad was that those we hoped to minister to rejected the opportunity to choose salvation.
               I spent many, many hours witnessing, talking, explaining, even had them in church with us for a time, and now the definitive truth, they had chosen to reject salvation. It hurts to know that a terrible judgment awaits them, and I pray for them on this dangerous pathway.
              To reject Christ is to align yourself with the enemy, and choose eternal separation from God and certain judgment. The writer of Hebrews says, “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” I don’t want that for my loved ones. God doesn’t want it for anyone. He does not choose that any should perish, but He will allow us to make our decision, and once made, condemnation has already taken place.
              Who have you chosen to align yourself with, the God of heaven and earth, or the enemy, Satan, the god of this world?
               As Christians, we are to be light to a dark world, showing forth the glory of the living God. It should be felt in the atmosphere of our homes, the way we run our business, how we treat others, and in the way we choose to live every aspect of our lives.
               Choose to spend enough time in God’s presence that people know there is something different about you which they desire for themselves. Let His light, and His life, flow from you to everyone you meet. Be the aroma Christ everywhere you go, that others might know the joy of His salvation.

 
© Copyright 2012 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and www.normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Just Ask

“When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in
this condition for a long time, he asked him,
‘Do you want to get well?’” John 5:6
              “I think I need to go to the doctor.” For my grandmother to admit that meant she really needed help. Going to the doctor was reserved for when you had done all you knew to do. You waited for things to get better on their own, seeking medical help only if you couldn’t stand it anymore. She had fallen when she went to the mailbox and hurt her leg. It was swollen, painful, and broken, and she had walked on it for two days.
               Born in 1886 and brought to New Mexico by wagon in about 1888, my grandmother was used to hardship. Her father and older brother were murdered in the corral one morning. Another brother lived the rest of his life with a bullet lodged close to his spine.
               She had eight children, survived the Great Depression, and had two sons in the military during WWII. When my grandfather became unable to work, they left the community where they spent most of her lives and moved to the city. She worked hard, possessed little, and didn’t complain, even when she was almost blind. Her faith in God was not something she talked about much, but I know it was there.
            John tells of a man who lay as an invalid for thirty-eight years. It seems odd that Jesus would ask if he wanted to get well, but He did. The man said he had no one to help him into the pool of Bethesda, noted for its healing waters. Jesus’ reply was not what you would expect. He simply told the man to get up, pick up his bed, and walk.
             We have to be willing to admit our helplessness. We must be willing to let Jesus touch and heal us, and then act in faith, obeying what He says. No matter what your problem, Jesus can and will heal you, but first you must admit you are powerless. Unlike this man, it may not be exactly the healing you would expect, but He will heal in the way He knows you need it the most.
              Assess your condition, physical, emotional, or spiritual. Recognize you can’t fix things yourself. Admit you need His help, and reach out to Jesus today. He is waiting, and willing to lift you out of your helplessness.

 
© Copyright 2012 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and www.normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Rise to Live

“…For a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.”
John 5:28b-29
             Standing at the grave of a loved one causes you to examine the strength of your faith in the God who has promised hope and eternal life. Even more difficult is contemplating the fate of loved ones who fail to accept the gift of eternal life offered by Jesus. Hope springs up in the heart when you have the peace of knowing someone knew the Lord. When someone refuses every opportunity, we can only hope that sometime God spoke to their heart and they believed without our knowledge. We must trust that in heaven all will be right.
              I know the sharp contrast of standing next to the grave of those who accepted Christ as their Savior as opposed to the sadness when they have refused Him. I know the urgency of prayer for the living, who turn their backs time and again.
              We live in uncertain times. The world is full of evil and unrest. Terrorists, criminals, accidents, illness, are all on the rise. When you wake in the morning, you can never be certain what the day will bring. Each day is gift from God to be lived to the fullest; in thanks for His gracious protection and provision, as well as in glorifying His name by the way we live our lives.
              Unsaved loved ones should be a constant burden on our hearts, but along with that must come a trust that God is merciful, just, and will make everything right in the end. I am conscious of the separation from loved ones who reject the Savior I live my life to represent. My heart breaks to think of them being condemned. We are separated in how we view the world and in our priorities. Our interests war with one another. When they won’t listen to my words, I must pray my life will be an open Bible speaking to their souls.
              Make your rising prayer a plea for God to use you throughout your day, as a light of hope, a testimony of action if not words. Look forward in hope, living each day in the power of His promises, a blessed child of God, at peace with Him and in His service, knowing you are safe for all eternity—that the grave holds no power over you.

 
© Copyright 2012 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and www.normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Comfort in Sorrow

“Then he led me back to the bank of the river… There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there… Fishermen will stand along the shore… there will be places for spreading nets…”
Ezekiel 48:6b, 9b, 10a
 
             “Mom, I think Grandpa went straight from fishing on that river in Farmington to fishing on that river in heaven.” The words of my young son, spoken only moments after hearing of the death of my father, brought a smile to my face in the midst of unspeakable devastation, shock, and grief. The insight of children is often a blessing, and of course I encouraged the idea as it came from his heart and brought comfort to us all.
               My father went to be with the Lord seventeen years ago, yet it seems like yesterday in many ways. Still, the pain can be as sharp as it was in those first few moments. He was struck by lightning while fly fishing, gone in an instant that still seems unreal.
               What was and is very real is the comfort of God, often coming in unexpected ways, but always just when needed, ever faithful and full of His grace. Sometime later, my sister called to see if I had read our Bible study lesson for the week. I had not, but went to do it and was overcome by the words of scripture, speaking of the River of Life, spoken of in Ezekiel and in Revelation 21, the river which flows from God’s throne in the millennial kingdom.
              I don’t know exactly what it will be like in that wonderful new heaven and new earth God is preparing for us. The scriptures speak of a place where nothing is lacking, where pain and parting will never occur again, a place where the light comes not from the sun, but from God and Jesus Christ.
              Whatever is going on in your life right now, you can be assured that God’s word speaks to your need. Whether you approach your time of trial with the faith of a child, or the maturity of a long-time believer, there are words of comfort and of healing in scripture.
               Open God’s word today. No matter what you are seeking, you will find the answers there. He offers hope for the future and peace for the present. We are safe in His hands, for He is faithful.

 
© Copyright 2012 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and www.normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.