I wish you could have seen me as a little girl scrambling around for paper and pens time and again as I simply could not contain all the words I was compelled to write. I loved, loved, loved to write. Little did I know anything about the Lord, or that He had given me a gift, that I would face decades of brokenness, that He would save me from my sins and give me an everlasting relationship with Him through repentance and believing in Him and in His death and resurrection and devoting my life to Him, and that He would one day use that writing in the form of Gospel tracts, devotionals, lara love’s Good News Magazine, Good News Daily by email, and many books to help people around the world to believe in and forever faithfully follow Him! Only the Lord could have done all this – in and through me!
Literally decades later now, I find myself scrambling for paper and pens, rushing to my computer, over and again, marking up Bible after Bible with wonderfully happy colored highlighters and pens, jotting down notes to the point I can’t keep up with them all, writing, writing, writing, and loads of publishing, all as part of my life’s calling for Jesus, all for the glory of Christ, yes!
Some of you read my recent prayer request, and please be assured the Lord has been mightily answering my prayers and those who have prayed and continue to pray for me. By His love, grace, and mercy, I am closer to Him than I have ever been now, I am more excited than ever before about my writing and streets, hotel, and beach ministry, I am astounded by how much He has and continues to change and grow me, and I am physically feeling over the past several days so very much better than I have in a long time.
I am so incredibly excited to share with you today the first message in the brand new book I have started writing. I’ll keep you in suspense about the title for now as I usually wait for the Lord to lead me in publishing my books before I share titles. But I won’t keep you in suspense about this. I am doing a light edit on my recently finished book and by God’s grace alone beginning another book to be written Lord wiling simultaneously with the one I will begin sharing with you today. This second book will as far as I sense from the Lord as of yet not be published online as I write it but will be made available down the road in print form. Everything in my life, however, is always subject to change as I do my very best to seek and follow the Lord and His will and timing for all to which He calls me. I am wide open to correction and re-routing and re-directing by the Lord!
Can you “hear” my excitement? I’m so excited, in fact, about loving and serving the Lord that I’m off to the beach for a while with paralyzed ministry dog Miss Mercy to get some rest, fresh air, and stay away from my computer so I can get a much needed break in the midst of it all.
Please be encouraged – and challenged – reading today’s message below!
P.S. I am now back from the beach! What a beautiful day! And so much for my big “break”. I am so blessed to say I had a number of opportunities as Miss Mercy scooted up in her wheelchair to person after person on the beach to talk to people about Jesus and give out Gospel tracts and add people to my Good News Daily email list. Praise, praise, praise the Lord!
love & blessings,
This turning, this repentance, is so clearly and challengingly summed up as a commitment to deny self, take up our crosses, and follow after Jesus. To seek Him. With more fire, more gusto, more dedication, more commitment, more devotion than imaginable. Whereby the way we sought what is merely temporary on this earth is nothing compared with the way we learn and yearn to seek – and faithfully follow – Jesus.
“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
I have an exceeding love for, devotion to, passion, and fervor for my beloved Jesus. I am totally sold out to Him. I live and breathe to love and worship and glorify God. I wasn’t always this way. For years, I was anything but. But the Lord didn’t leave me as I was. He has led me to a place of being wholly His and not wanting it to be any other way. I can’t get enough of the Lord and His Word and telling the world about Him. I am ever seeking the Lord to “lay hold of” more of Him, more being loved by Him, more loving Him, more serving Him, more knowing Him, more intimacy with Him, more of all He is, becoming more like Him, being more transformed by Him, drawing closer and closer to Him and Him to me, and pouring out His love onto the world around me as I strive to help others to experience and enjoy the same. To be totally His. Now. And forever.
This world will one day be gone. Jesus is forever. God’s children will be with Him forevermore. So let us seek Him day by day, moment by moment, running after Him, chasing after Him, hungering and thirsting for Him, longing for ever more of Him, pursuing Him, seeking Him without ceasing, and adoring, revering, honoring, praising worshiping, and glorifying Him all along the way.
Please read in the verses below how the apostle Paul seeks after Jesus to “lay hold of” that for which Jesus desires to “lay hold of” him. This, friend, is the great prize. The great reward. The greatest prize, and reward, in the universe. Jesus the Christ and intimate forever fellowship with Him! Seek the Lord Jesus Christ, my friend, with every ounce of your heart and strength. This moment. Moment by moment. And forever and ever, AMEN!
“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:7-14