I am creating a very brief blog post today due to personal reasons and personal obligations. I hope this song reminds you of the time and place you chose Jesus as your Savior. If you have a moment, leave a response and share when you decided to follow Christ.
I made this life changing choice during a youth retreat around age 16. I believe it was the month of June. After several teachers in church and in school as well as parents and a few friends, I made this decision for myself. As a preacher’s kid, I grew up in a Christian home. Knowing about God, The Bible, and Jesus were as common as breathing in my family. 🙂 This was and is a blessing! But, choosing to make Jesus my own friend and savior was something my parents taught us is something that everyone must decide on their own at some point in life.
Even being over 5o years old now, this is still the greatest choice and the greatest joy in my life. What about you?
One of the best things about my summer was having time to read a few new books. I am happy to say, I was glad to be a part of Teresa Tysinger’s street team for her upcoming book, Suddenly Forever. It is funny though, because I normally don’t choose clean romances to be a part of my TBA pile (To be Read). But, when it comes to Teresa’s books, I really can’t help myself in reading them!
Teresa’s book deals with hope in the midst of dark grief and pain among the lives of the characters who reside in Laurel Cove, N.C. It is a beautiful place to come home to, even if you are just reading about this peaceful place. The three characters, who are neighbors in Laurel Cove, make unlikely friends as they each harbor secret suffering that only by living on the lake will they find the inner peace they all three so long for.
The novel offers readers three individuals; a best selling author, a widow, and a Pulitzer prize winning photojournalist, whose stories are about to collide in ways that you will find out when you read the book!
Suddenly Forever is due out October 6th but, you can pre order the book at the link provided here. Don’t miss this compelling story.
Learning and searching one’s genealogy can be fun as well as extremely time consuming. It takes a lot of reading, researching, and even some writing to fully gain the understanding of the history of one’s family name. My own family name, “Buie”, has it’s deep roots in the country of Scotland on an island called, Jura. According to many records from various sources on genealogy, those in my family’s history called, Buie, made an impact on the world in which they lived. Like so many other family’s, they were believers in Christ, they fought for truths and values they believed in, and they held jobs from doctors, chaplains, fisherman, soldiers, farmers, and many other types of careers. The family motto of the Buies (when they lived in clans of Scotland) sums up all that really matters in this world. You can find those words in the phrase listed below the photo of my family’s crest; “O seek heavenly things.” What a great name that has eternal, spiritual meaning. I am proud to be from the family of Buie.
The Bible tells us, in Proverbs 22:1, that a “good name is rather to be chosen than great riches and loving favor than silver or gold.” I am reminded of God’s words and the importance He places on our actions, character, our words, and how we treat others. When I get distracted by all this world offers us, I often can moan of my lack of financial success or my lack of prestige. This type of thought takes me far away from what God says truly matters. Then, I end up more stressed than I need to be. Living my life encompassing all that my family name means gives me a purpose for my daily life.
Having God as a spiritual father means my family name (spiritually speaking) has strength, power, hope, grace and love for myself and for others. It is a wonderful thing to be part of God’s family. Being a child of God puts me into a larger group of believers who, like the book of Hebrews 12:1 says, is a “great cloud of witnesses.” These heroes of faith serve as encouragers for our own race of life on this earth. These believers are our family that one day we will see again, if we believe in Christ’s death and resurrection. What a blessing to have a name that includes a loving, encouraging family. It’s great to know and to feel that I am loved by such a wonderful family. Also, this spiritual family gives me tremendous purpose for living as well.
What about you, friend? What is in your family’s name? Are you living like a child of God? If so then, praise God. If not, why not? What kind of legacy does your family’s name have for you? What purpose does your family’s name provide for your life?
*(P.S. The Buie family crest/motto was painted and created by my brother David Buie. It was a gift to my parents many years ago. This hangs in my parents home today.)
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