LARA’S LATEST UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST

Dear friend,

I woke up this morning so excited it was absolutely incredible and wonderful. Am I going on vacation? No. Haven’t had a real one in years. Won the lottery? Nope. Don’t even have a regular salary. Getting married? Single on purpose for Jesus. Leaving this freezing cold northern climate where the Lord currently has me for my ministry work? Not as of yet anyway. Have a wonderful social life with a great weekend to look forward to? No real social entertainment life as I’m available 24-7 for the Lord and ministry. Great weekend plans? None other than to love and follow Jesus and tell the world about Him.

Why so excited? I’m so madly and passionately and head over heels in love with the Lord Jesus Christ and so over-the-top elated to be loving and serving and worshiping the Lord day in and day out that I have no words to describe how thankful I am! Oh, and how I love, love, love to help people find and follow Him!

Please keep praying as the Lord continues to grow me and my ministry and expand its reach ALL FOR THE GLORY OF CHRIST!

love & blessings,

lara

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TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA

Dear friend,

I have been writing and editing for decades. I actually started writing passionately, desperately, hungrily, and devotedly as a little girl, but I didn’t believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and my gift of writing the Lord gave me wasn’t dedicated to Him.

As much as I’ve learned about editing through the years when it comes to my writing as well as my speaking, no human expertise, no human grammar books, nothing human at all comes close to the editing of Christ.

We need to submit our whole hearts and lives to Jesus – our written and spoken words included. When what we write or speak is not pleasing to the Lord, we need to change it so it is.

I encourage you to surrender ALL to the Lord – your words included. Strive to honor the Lord in ALL areas of your life – words included.

love & blessings,

lara

“The mouth of the righteous is a well of life,…” Proverbs 10:11

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION

YOU’RE SO NEEDY

“You’re so needy,” my first husband complained years ago.

I don’t blame him. I was. Always needing love, attention, validation, acceptance, encouragement, company, help, support, on and on. I wasn’t a committed Christ follower back then, so I turned to my husband continually with my neediness. I wore him out!

Now I bring my neediness to Jesus, and oh how He gloriously lovingly mercifully patiently kindly tenderly gently strongly wonderfully fabulously fantastically meets my needs!

I’m glad I’m a needy person because the more I bring my neediness to the Lord, the closer I draw to Him and Him to me.

Feeling needy? Come before the Lord Jesus Christ! Draw near to the Lord! May He draw near to you!

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT

THIS IS A DISTRACTION

“This is a distraction,” the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart one day.

What was a distraction? You don’t need to know. But I want you to know this. THE LORD was making plain and clear I needed to turn away from the distraction and do what HE wanted me to do. NOT what I wanted to do.

Is there something or someone distracting you? Do you sense the Lord calling you to turn away and turn to Him and what He has for you to do?

Then turn!

TODAY’S 365 BLESSINGS

365 BLESSINGS is a devotional book I wrote that is available in print by contacting me at 843-338-2219 or via lara@GoodNews.love.  

Blessing #227

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8

Did the Lord Jesus Christ die for us when we got our acts together and stopped sinning? When we became perfect? When we became good enough which in all honesty we can never be on this earth? When we found a way to measure up to God which is impossible? When we did enough good deeds which also is not possible? When we turned away from our wickedness and became totally pure without a single fault – ever?

No! He died for us WHILE WE WERE SINNERS. While we were still living a lifestyle of sin! Can you even begin to comprehend the enormity of the Lord Jesus Christ dying on the cross and being raised from the dead knowing what our lives would look like from start to finish – every sin included? How can we comprehend the magnitude of this let alone ever be thankful enough to the Lord for the blessing of His death and resurrection WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS with our backs turned to the Lord and our flesh indulging in any and every sin imaginable to satisfy our ever-lusting flesh? This blessing is truly beyond beautiful and amazing. Let us reflect on just what He did for us! Oh, let us be thankful! Thank you, dear Lord. Oh, thank you!

TODAY’S THE CROSS DEVOTIONAL

WHO IS YOUR BEST FRIEND?

“…Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away!” Son of Solomon 2:13

My best friend is Jesus. Who is yours? First and foremost, He is my Lord, Father, King, Savior, master, healer, redeemer, etc. But I do not simply know the Lord from a far away distance. I know Him up close and personal. Intimately. Personally. He is my heart. He is my first love. He is my greatest passion. My highest priority. My beloved truest companion. My very best friend.

The Lord is to be loved, honored, adored, revered, respected, served, obeyed, bowed down to, etc. He is first and foremost Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Savior of the world. But He is also to be intimately, lovingly, and tenderly experienced and enjoyed. We were created for personal relationship with Him, and this fellowship we can only have when we turn from ours sins, believe He is Lord and Son of God and died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, committing our lives wholly to Him.

Is Jesus Christ your Lord? Savior? Your very best friend?

Turn, turn, turn to the Lord! And may He be your all and all, now and forevermore! AMEN!

TODAY’S SERVING JESUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE

The Man Who Lit Up

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”” John 8:12

I was standing in a little grassy area with handicapped streets ministry doggies Abigail and Gracie when I began speaking to a man standing on the sidewalk nearby doing his non profit work. I mentioned Jesus and he absolutely lit up. Within moments, we were throwing scriptures back and forth at each other. The more verses, the more joy. Brother and sister in the Lord.

Two strangers in his big old world. But siblings in Christ who will spend forever together with Jesus. Oh, how joyful we were with our hearts and mouths pointed to Jesus for those few minutes. Soon a few young people showed up to join him in his volunteer work. I gave them Gospel tracts, and all three signed up to receive my Good News Daily devotionals by email.

Then off we went in our respective lives. I wish you could have seen how that man lit up once I spoke of Jesus. Shouldn’t be surprised, of course. Jesus is the light of the whole world. Savior of the world. The only way to everlasting life. King of Kings, Lord of Lords, almighty God. When we think about Him, and talk about Him, and read the Bible, and share Him with others, and, most of all, follow after Him, how can we not be lit up? Oh, bless the Lord. Father of lights, God is. The light, the light, do you know the light of Jesus?

Don’t hold the light of Christ to yourself, my friend. Long ago, I saw the Olympic torch which was carried from place to place around America. The light was spread all around. The most important way we can serve the Lord in our everyday lives is to share the Gospel message with others, to proclaim Christ to the world, to help people to find and follow Him, and as we do so to spread the love, light, hope, mercy, joy and grace of Jesus with the world!

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