Well, if any of you read my last poem, WORN BUT DETERMINED, you probably were able to figure out that I was concerned I may be losing my job of 13 years.  And on October 31st I did.  That is the bad news.  However, the good news (at least to me) is that I will momentarily have some free time to devote to finishing ‘Part 2’ of my testimony.

I would truly appreciate your prayers for wisdom and guidance as I pray and search for another job.  My heart’s desire is to get a job writing from a Christian perspective, but I know the chances of that happening are rather small.  However, I serve a Mighty God, and if it is His will for me to write, then somehow He will bring the opportunity for me to do so in a miraculous way.  And He may even use one of you.  So if any of you know of a Christian blog, magazine, paper, company, etc., that is looking for a Christian writer, I would truly appreciate it if you would be willing to send the link to my blog for them to consider me as a possibility.  I know there are many other poets and writers who are much better than I am, but I may be just the one they are looking for.  (I can pray, hope, and dream, right?)

For those of us who are in Christ, we have the assurance that God is in control and will provide for us and bring us a job in His timing, and in His own unique way, and that He will ‘work all things together for our good.’  And we can rest in His peace and sense His grace and strength even in the midst of the turmoil and heartache we are presently going through.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”  (Romans 8:28)

“Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you.”  (Philippians 4:4-9)

“But He said to me,  “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  (2 Corinthians 12:9,10)

For those of you who have lost a job and may consider yourself very religious, but do not know Jesus Christ personally, by realizing you are a sinner — as we all are — and have not come to the point of placing your complete trust only in the sufficiency of His atoning work on the cross when He died in your place, taking upon Himself the wrath that God intended for you and for me because of our sins, I pray you will find yourself a Bible and allow God to open your eyes to the amazing truth of the gospel that is found in the verses below, among many others I could post here. 

God’s Word, starting from the very first book of Genesis, reveals the sinfulness and depravity of man, and the complete inability he has to save himself, and reveals the plan of redemption that He chose to save us.  Here are just a few of the many verses in His Word that reveals the gospel to us, as well as verses of encouragement for all of you who are true followers of Christ:

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.  And so He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.  The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.  You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.  But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.  And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you.  Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation–but it is not to the flesh–to live according to it.  For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.  For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”  (Romans 8:1-14)

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”         (Romans 5:8)

“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”  (1 John 4:9,10)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.  Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”  (John 3:16-21)

While you are waiting for me to finish ‘Part 2’ of my testimony, (and writing and posting the poem, ‘WOE TO THE SHEPHERDS’ that I mentioned at the end of my last post) here are some very good videos for you  to watch comparing Catholicism to God’s Word, the Bible:

Thank you very much for stopping by, and thank you very much for taking the time to read my posts and poems.  God bless you.