Hey there boys and girls of all ages and abilities!
We are sliding in on the last day of the month for our August Access-Life three in three but if you’ve been through storms like we have here in Florida you’ll love the message that God is our only true refuge.
Plus, you get to hear about our upcoming North Texas Expo trip where it is so hot that the chickens are laying omelets there (bonus joke for free thanks to Rachel Nicholson). :-) Hope you enjoy the video and have a God blessed week!
Hey there boys and girls of all ages and abilities! As a special treat, Miss Hannah in Tennessee is going to bring you the July Access-Life 3 and 3. :-)
As usual we will have a very funny joke, relevant Bible verse and an update on ministry happenings but in this episod, you’ll also get to see a little bit more of Hannah’s heart as she shares about her experience at this year’s East Tennessee Expo.
Hope you all enjoy it and God bless everyone today in a special way. :-)
What better way to honor those who have given their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have in America than by a respectful tribute, Access-Life “three in three” Memorial Day video for May. We hope you are blessed by this video and enjoy the day with a gratefulness towards those who have made it possible for us to live in freedom… Including Jesus. :-)
What are you thinking? Good, hopeful and wholesome things hopefully. :) That’s where God want’s our minds to be as 2 Peter 3:1 says…as well as many other verses, too.
You see what we think about and dwell on effects our words, actions and even emotions. So check out what our Access-Life “three in three” has to say about our thinking and fix your eyes on Jesus which will help you walk on the waves of life!
You can also search “wholesome” on our lifelink.blog site for more thoughts and verses on these things. :)
Hey there boy and girls of all ages and abilities! Access-Life ministry intern Hannah Spradling bringing the March 3 in 3! We have lots of great ministry happenings in the next few weeks with the Central Florida Spring Fling tomorrow and Belize April 12th-17th.
Please pray for all the ministry events going on and everyone involved. We hope if March has brought anyone winds that April showers wash those away just like Jesus’ blood washed away our sins! Have a blessed day!
Now Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
In my quiet times this week, I’ve been thinking about faith a lot. What is faith? Do I actually have any? It got me thinking about a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” I replayed these words in my head over and over. And then I suddenly began to think about the verse that I emphasized from Hebrews chapter eleven.
I have a hard time trusting God when answers don’t appear in obvious ways. I like to brace myself for whatever lies ahead and that is obviously difficult to do when I am unaware of what is coming around the proverbial corner. My fear of the unknown becomes the loudest voice in my head. Because of this fear, I often would prefer to stay on the step that is known rather than continue to progress and journey with Christ. It feels safer to live that way.
Even though I know it feels safer to stay on a metaphorical stair that I am comfortable with, I also have to trust God in the midst of fear. Having faith, to me at least, doesn’t mean that fear is non-existent, it means clinging to Christ while I am afraid of the unknown. I don’t minimize the fact that I am afraid, but instead, I take a step while scared and unsure. That is what faith looks like to me.
So, as I continue growing and developing, I want to be someone who takes a step while I am afraid and unsure. And may that step be rooted in a trust in the reality that Christ will always take care of me.
Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing: ‘May the LORD bless you and PROTECT you. May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you. May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace.’ Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in my name, I myself will bless them.” Numbers 6: 22-27
These verses are absolutely beautiful. It’s a beautiful blessing from God to the people that God has cared for over a long period of time. You can hear the genuine love overflowing from God’s heart. And think that these words reflect God’s heart for us today as well. Protect, smile, gracious, favor, and peace. These attributes are so wonderful.
As I have been thinking through these verses, I thought about how God doesn’t just have attributes, God is what God has. God doesn’t just give love, God is love. The same is true for the attributes mentioned in Numbers chapter six. God is our Protector. God delights. God is our Provider. God is the embodiment of Peace that surpasses all understanding. These aren’t just things that God has, this is who God is.
When looking at my own life and my interactions with God, I need to stop asking for attributes. I don’t just need protection, grace, or favor. I need Jesus. Christ has to be my first and foremost desire. Yes, of course, it’s not bad to desire protection, grace, favor, or peace, but those things can’t be more important than the Source of those attributes. But, more often than not, I get too focused on God giving the things that I think I need rather than God’s presence. This is ultimately a reflection of my lack of trust in who God is. I am afraid of getting hurt, so it’s easier to ask for things instead of relationships.
As I continue to walk with Jesus, I want my prayers and my desires to be centered around God, not just what God can give me. I don’t just need protection, a divine smile, grace, favor, and peace. I need Christ.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Access-Life! We really wanted to spread some LOVE today so what better way than to do the February 3 in 3 about God’s LOVE with some LOVELY jokes and ministry news done by our LOVING intern, Hannah Spradling. So checkout the video, enjoy the day and even laugh a little. #Godislove