Latest GOOD NEWS DAILY – June 3

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Monday, June 3, 2019
TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA

Dear friend,

A dear friend when we pray together sometimes thanks the Lord for His mercy which is new every day. Have you ever considered this? That His mercy goes on forever?I don’t know about you, but I need mercy every breath I take. I fall so very far short of the glory of God, and I am thankful beyond description for His mercy for me.

We aren’t just in need of Christ’s mercy, friend. We are in need of pouring it out upon others. But do we?

I want to encourage you to be seriously sorry when you sin against God, to ever seek the Lord’s mercy, to receive it, to be thankful for it, AND TO BE MERCIFUL TO OTHERS!

May the Lord’s mercy be ever flowing in and through our hearts and lives!

Here is a verse for you and I to consider AND TO TAKE TO HEART AND INTO ACTION:

“Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.” Mt. 5:7

Love in Jesus’ name,

lara

TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION

Fresh & Free
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

“I feel fresh and free,” I thought delightedly as I lay back on my pillow for less than a minute before sitting back up as I knew I had a message to write.

Why fresh and free? In the past 24 hours, I had been desperately seeking the Lord about something He had placed on my heart. I had cried out to Him, prayed with a friend, sought Him, gone to His Word, waited to hear from Him, then heard His answer.

The Lord showed me something I had been doing for years that greatly displeased Him and that was holding me back from living in the fullness of His will for me in life and ministry.

As soon as I repented, I felt fresh and free!

Do you need to seek the Lord’s forgiveness for any sins? Please do! Be fresh and free in Christ!

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 #51

“I will remember the works of the Lord;
Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.
I will also meditate on all Your work,
And talk of Your deeds.” Psalm 77:11-12

Three blessings jam-packed into two verses tucked lovingly into Psalm 77. REMEMBER. MEDITATE. TALK. How are they blessings? Forever wouldn’t be enough to thank the Lord for His awesomeness, His wonder, His majesty, His goodness, His glory, His salvation, and on and on! We could never love and thank the Lord enough for who He is, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do. But throughout our lifetime, we have the opportunity to REMEMBER all of His wondrous goodness and works through the years, to MEDITATE on Him and His Word and His greatness and works, and to TALK to others about Him and His splendor and glory and His testimony in our lives! REMEMBERING GOD, MEDITATING ON GOD, AND TALKING ABOUT GOD! Three fabulous ways to enjoy the graciousness, mercy, and wonderfulness of God almighty in Christ!

TODAY’S THE CROSS DEVOTIONAL

My Paralyzed Dog’s Closeness to Me 

“And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Col. 1:18

My paralyzed dog Mr. Simeon loves to be close to me. Not just a little but a whole lot. So much so, in fact, the enormous bed he shares with the other three special needs ministry dogs has to be shoved up right against my bed.

But even that’s not always enough. If he looks up at me, and he’s oftentimes staring at me when he’s not snoozing, he makes it clear with his big beautiful brown eyes and his strong vocal chords that are almost talking, not to mention the restless movement of his front paws, that he wants to be even closer to me than he already is. He can’t move more than a few inches on his own, so sometimes I get down on the floor with him and move him closer to me on his bed.

One time, I was in a hotel and came back to my hotel room only to find out he had dragged himself off the big shared dog bed and started dragging himself to the hotel room door as though he had wanted to chase after me. Of course, being paralyzed, he didn’t get very far. But still, he tried.

His eyes. His voice. His physical location. Everything, it seems, is focused on being close to me. As close as he can be.

What if you and I would be that way with the Lord, friend? What if He truly were our highest priority? What if above all else, our eyes, our hearts, our talking, and our physical position, what if everything about our hearts and lives more than anything else were focused on wanting to be near to Jesus? To be closer and closer to Him?

Should it not be this way? Should Jesus not be our greatest desire? Our highest aim? Our most prominent need? Our deepest hunger? Our most obvious thirst? Should Jesus not be our number one? Our above all else?

Oh, but we spend so much of our lives drawing close and closer to that which and whom our flesh craves! To satisfy our fleshly desires! But what if we made a conscious effort to make the Lord our number one priority in life? What if more than anything and anyone we desire to draw close and closer to, we make Him the one?

Oh, may we draw closer to Jesus. And may He draw closer to us. And may intimacy with Christ be not just important to us. But may Jesus be most important of all! Jesus, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, sovereign God, Father who will reign forevermore!

TODAY’S SERVING JESUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE

Serving Jesus from a Hospital Bed

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Just minutes after a dear friend contacted me to let me know a prayer need as she lay in a hospital bed due to complications from her latest round of chemotherapy, I received a call from my ex-husband who was sitting in an emergency room waiting room having trouble breathing. Both of them were in extreme straits.

Know what happened? My dear friend who was struggling greatly in one hospital right as she lay on her hospital bed prayed for my ex-husband. She loves the Lord Jesus Christ to no end, and in her mind serving Jesus doesn’t stop based on challenging circumstances. So she served Jesus from a hospital bed. Praying for someone else in a different hospital!

There are endless ways to serve Jesus in our everyday lives no matter our circumstances. The starting place is to love Him and desire to serve Him. Then we need to be on the lookout for opportunities to do just that. With willing and thankful hearts. Willing to love and serve the Lord. Thankful to be given the privilege to do so.

No matter your circumstances, no matter where you are, no matter who you are, no matter what, love Jesus. Serve Jesus. Be thankful for the blessing of serving the one who died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead so all who turn from their sins, believing in Him as Lord, turning their lives over to God and His ways, are promised forever with Jesus, AMEN!

LATEST MINISTRY UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST

My beloved sister in Christ, friend, and co-laborer Kim has laid down her life for me and this ministry, laboring constantly despite a very busy personal and family schedule to pray for me, encourage me, and minister to me continually and to print, cut, fold, staple, and ship thousands upon thousands of Gospel tracts and devotionals I write that go out to prisons, homeless shelters, rescue missions, onto the streets, to street preachers, individuals, and to people and places and groups around the country.

No matter how much I have cried out to the Lord to send physical help to Kim and to send financial help to this ministry which is operating on a tiny budget despite enormous growth, my cries have not been answered as of yet.

Please pray, pray, pray as the Lord so leads you!

Thank you!

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