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Please be sure to SCROLL DOWN the whole GOOD NEWS DAILY to see my little letter, 4 different devotionals, and my ministry update & prayer request. BE BLESSED & BE ENCOURAGED! Love, lara

TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA

Dear friend,

It’s 4:28 am, and though I haven’t gotten enough sleep yet especially given how exhausted I’ve been now having been on the road for Jesus for the past two years, and though I will likely go back to sleep after writing a bit and most importantly spending some time with the Lord reading His Word and seeking and hearing from Him, I’ve already heard from the Lord something He has made ultra clear He wants me to do today. I wrote it down so I won’t forget. Why would I share this with you? Because it’s something we ALL must do. Yes, it’s a must. The question is, are we doing it?

When I seek the Lord in the morning, before I begin my day, He often gives me instructions for that day. Today’s so far was this. To die entirely to self. Entirely. That means today I am not to live for me. I am to live for Jesus. I am not to live to please me. I am to live to please Jesus. I am not to base my words and actions on what I want and what will bring me happiness and pleasure. I am to speak and live in a way pleasing and honoring and bringing joy to my Father in heaven. This doesn’t mean there won’t be joy and pleasure in this day, and that the Lord wants me to not enjoy the life He’s given me. But it does mean my focus, my orientation, my desire, must not be about me, me, me. I must live for Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. Even when that means denying what my flesh screams out in the way of, “But I want this! I want that!”

One of the most powerful scriptures I have learned to live by is 2 Corinthians 5:15. Instead of giving you the scripture like I usually do, I’m going to ask you to please look it up in your own Bible or online at Biblegateway.com or Biblehub.com or wherever you may go to read the Bible online.

When you find the scripture, you will find what I’m writing you this little letter about. About how our mission in life when we have given our lives over to the Lord Jesus Christ is to live for Jesus. What does this mean in terms of our flesh? We must die to self. We must say no to anything and everything we desire that the Lord doesn’t desire for us. That goes against His will. And do what?

Live for Jesus!

What a joyless life, right? Wrong! The joy is found in Jesus, in being in His forever fellowship through faith in Him and a life devoted to Him. And the joy found in knowing we are living to please and honor God almighty through Christ.

With love from this little servant of His,

lara

TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION

My Crazy Life 

“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

Sometimes people think I’m crazy. Know why? It’s not because years ago I stayed on a psychiatric ward as a result of an eating disorder and the fact there was no eating disorders unit in that particular nearby hospital. Nor is it because for years I visited counselors, therapists, psychiatrists, and psychologists because I was broken and beyond human help and hope for decades before the Lord saved me and I became His. It’s because of this.

I live totally for Jesus. To the point I will go where I don’t want to go, do what I don’t want to do, say what I don’t want to say, give up what I don’t want to give up, leave when I don’t want to leave, stay when I don’t want to stay, make a sacrifice when I don’t want to make a sacrifice, and deny myself something or someone I desperately want in my life.

Right now, I’m in a hotel room with my beloved special needs doggies waiting on instructions for heading northward back to New York City for more streets ministry there. I’d give just about anything to head in a different direction, to be with loved ones, to go somewhere comfortable and easy, to kick up my feet and relax, to have a bunch of people take the burdens of my ministry on their shoulders, to be somewhere really affordable, to be able to live the life I would choose for myself.

But there’s one thing I wouldn’t give up to have a life of comfort and ease. I wouldn’t give up the Lord Jesus Christ and my life loving and serving Him and living to worship and honor God now and forever.

So call me crazy. But I’d rather give up the pleasures of this life to be as close to Jesus as possible on this earth and to be in His glorious presence forevermore. I’d rather when I stand before the Lord one day as we all will do and have to give an account of our lives know that I will be able to say I did my best on this earth to live and breathe to love and praise and give glory to God and to help as many people as He sees fit to find and forever follow Him.

I may be crazy in the world’s eyes, but I’m willing to be called crazy if that’s part of the price I pay for doing what the Lord calls us all to do.

To die to self and live for Him.

I wasn’t always this way. I have believed in the Lord for a long time. But over time, I came to see how much I was a Christian on the outside in my church attendance and Bible reading – but not in the inside and not in my focus and direction and motives and desires and life’s purpose and goals and decisions and words and actions.

Call me crazy, but now I’m finally living the life I believe He intends for us all. To be willing to forsake all for Him.

Please, friend, ask yourself this. Are your truly, in your heart, and in your actions, sold out to the Lord Jesus Christ? Are you dying to self as you learn to live for Him?

May it be so! For there is no greater reward and pleasure forevermore than to intimately know and follow and forever be with Jesus Christ who is Lord for eternity! AMEN!

TODAY’S 365 BLESSINGS

365 BLESSINGS is a devotional book the Lord has led me to publish piece by piece even as I’m writing it rather than waiting until it’s in print to share it. Please join me & be blessed as I write my latest book…!

Blessing #40

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”” John 14:21

One thing for certain about God’s blessings is they keep coming and coming – and coming. They are not just seemingly endless, are they? They are endless! After all, God is everlasting! So then is His goodness and greatness and all that He is and does and all with which He blesses us! Look at these two verses with me, friend. What do you see? Those who keeps the Lord’s commands love Him. Conversely, those who love the Lord keep His commands. Then what? We who obey Him receive God the Father’s love and Jesus the Son of God’s love. And? Really, there’s more? More than what’s already so amazing? Yes! Then Jesus will manifest Himself to us. How? The Spirit of Christ lives in and through those who follow Him! Utterly breathtaking, isn’t it? And as if that’s not enough, consider this. Jesus manifests Himself to us in that His Spirit lives inside us, AND Jesus will manifest Himself to those of us whose lives are committed to Him FACE TO FACE FOREVER. The greatest manifestation ever – the Lord presenting Himself to us in His full glorious magnificence – will NEVER come to an end! Isn’t it something how prone we are to focus on our physical blessings when the greatest blessing of all is Christ Himself in whose presence we will live FOREVER! Glory, glory, glory to the Lord! AMEN!

TODAY’S THE CROSS DEVOTIONAL

The Song is True!“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-29

“Jesus loves me!” I essentially exclaimed one day to my now ex-husband years ago. I was delighted! I was excited! I was elated! I was shocked! I was so thankful! So surprised!

“Of course He does,” my then husband said as though how could I not have seen it before? Not known it before? Not realized it before?

“That’s what the song says,” he basically said. “”Jesus loves me, this I know,”” he said to the best of my recollection as he referred me to the well-known children’s song.

He assumed I had grown up singing – or hearing – that song like so many children do. But I hadn’t! I grew up in a reformed Jewish family that didn’t believe in God at all let alone believe the truth that Jesus Christ is Lord who died on the cross and was raised from the dead to pay our sin penalty so all who repent and believe in Him as Lord, truly devoting their lives to God and His ways, are forgiven and given an everlasting relationship with the Lord.

Oh sure, I had heard the song since I had received Christ as Lord. But the truth of the matter is it took me a long, long time after believing in Jesus to really come to know the truth about God’s love for me – and for us all. I just couldn’t comprehend God’s love.

And the truth of the matter is, as much as I know and believe and receive God’s love for me today, I still can’t comprehend the heights and depths and breadth of His love for us all.

What does this mean? There is always more of God’s love through faith in Christ to be received. To be enjoyed. To be experienced. To understand. To cry out for. To be given. To rest in. And to return to Him. And to share with others.

Are you experiencing and enjoying intimacy with Jesus day by day? Are you receiving God’s love and coming to know it more and more?

What must we do to receive His love? Turn from our sins, believe in Jesus as Lord, live according to God’s ways, and to know His love more and more, more and more deeply, more and more wonderfully, we must devote ourselves daily to spending alone time with Him, to reading the Bible, to living by the Bible, to seeking Him, praying to Him, listening to Him as His Spirit speaks to our hearts in line with His Word, praising and worshiping Him, following Him, and rejoicing in Him and His love for us and ours for Him, hallelujah, AMEN!

TODAY’S SERVING JESUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE

The Service of Giving “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Cor. 9:6-7

One day a woman came hurrying up to me as I walked away from her and her friends in a big parking lot where I had stood with my wheelchair dogs talking to them. She wanted to give me some money to donate toward paralyzed dog Miss Mercy’s new wheelchair. Just minutes later, one of her friends came hurrying up to me as I continued to walk back to my hotel with her own contribution to Miss Mercy’s wheelchair. Time and again, people have excitedly pulled money out of their wallets and pocketbooks to donate for the ministry’s dogs. Change. Dollar bills. Bigger bills. Whatever they felt led to give, they gave. For the dogs.

We can serve God with our hearts. We can serve God with our words. We can serve God with our actions. We can serve God with the money with which He has blessed us. The question is, where and how do we give?

For the most part, I have seen much more excitement and devotion in giving when it comes to the ministry’s dogs than when it comes to the ministry’s mission to help people to find and forever follow the Lord Jesus Christ including to write, publish, and distribute Gospel tracts and devotionals around the United States and around the world via the Internet.

This message isn’t about my ministry, friend, though most assuredly ongoing giving is needed and appreciated beyond measure. This message is about giving to the Lord’s work however, wherever, and whenever the Lord desires. This message isn’t about the cause of special needs doggies that surely do benefit from people’s donations. It’s about the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Are we giving of our hearts, our love, our time, our care, our compassion, our kindness, our gifts, and our financial blessings to the cause of proclaiming and sharing and showing Christ to a world in dire need of Him? Is Christ our highest desire in our giving?

The Lord will show us where and how and to whom and to what and when to give. Our job is to listen – and do. According to His will. All for His glory. AMEN!

LATEST MINISTRY UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST

Resting and relaxing come very hard to me. In all honesty, ever since I talked about being sexually abused as a child and a great tragedy involving a group of people I dearly love resulted, I am not sure I have ever fully relaxed and rested since. And that was decades ago! Something that big and that traumatic and that life-changing can result in such an unrest.

Now add to that I’m on the road for Jesus full-time with 5 special needs doggies doing my streets ministry work and writing and publishing Gospel tracts, devotionals, and books with a tremendous amount of challenge and stress along the way.

I would be thankful beyond measure if you’re led to pray for me and this ministry and the special needs doggies and all the lives God reaches through my ministry work, if you would please pray for my health, rest, and well-being.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for Jesus!

in His awesome love,

lara

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