What’s a BFF? by Lynn Mosher

What’s a BFF? by Lynn Mosher

The other day, I read something in one of my devotionals that made me stop and think. That’s what a good devotional is supposed to do, right?

Because of what I read, I asked myself…

What is a BFF?

Because of today’s method of rapid communication, text messages have taken over and now have their own set of abbreviations. BFF means best friend forever.

Therefore, I asked myself…

If I have a BFF, do I always expect that friend to be doing things for me?

…or…

Do I take time to do things for this friend? How do I treat this BFF?

Here’s a list of things that I asked myself. It is, by no means, complete.

Do I…

  • keep in touch with her/him?
  • watch her/his kids when needed?
  • offer comfort when grief attacks?
  • share from my heart with her/him?
  • try to bring healing to a scarred past?
  • see that I speak or act out the Word?
  • give food or clothes in time of need?
  • give her/him little surprises occasionally?
  • listen when she/he is misunderstood by others?
  • stand shoulder to shoulder through all the trials?
  • take her/him to an appointment if she/he needs a ride?
  • seek to bring peace to her/him from the stings of the world’s arrows?
  • tell her/him that I love her/him, that I would lay down my life for her/him?
  • speak lovingly to her/him to bring understanding of those who love her/him not?
  • pray for my BFF?

    So, if I ask myself, who my BFF is, what would be my answer?

My spouse? My female/male friend? My mother or father? My siblings?

What happens if I ask myself the above questions and reference them to my relationship to Jesus? Does He show up on my list? Is He at the top of the list?

So, this is what the devotional did for my thinking: If the old saying is true…to have a friend, you must be a friend…and if Jesus is my BFF, then how do I treat Him?

Do I…

  • keep in touch with Him?
  • offer to help His children?
  • speak or act out the Word?
  • share from my heart with Him?
  • carry on a conversation in prayer with Him?
  • give comfort to Him for the hurts of those who love Him not?
  • tell Him that I love Him, that I would lay down my life for Him?

Four of the people in Jesus’ life that I would consider His BFFs were Mary (sister of Martha and Lazarus), Martha, Lazarus, and the disciple John. Would we treat Jesus as Mary and John did?

Do we lean upon our Best Friend’s breast as John the beloved did, just to be near Him, or sit at His feet as Mary did, just to serve Him in worship by pouring out our thanks and our tears as fragrant oil upon His body?

So, who is your BFF?

May Jesus be your…Best Friend Forever!

Lynn MosherBio:

At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website http://lynnmosher.com

In Search of Bethlehem’s Babe

In Search of Bethlehem’s Babe

As darkness swallows up the day, the black-velvet expanse of night displays a bazillion, shimmering constellations.

Shepherds gather around a flickering fire to dispel the evening’s chill, the flames casting a warm glow across their faces, while others keep guard from the watchtower.

Peace and quiet surround them, except for the soothing crackle of the fire.

Their flocks lie still, serene.

The night’s shroud abruptly parts, revealing the radiance of an angel of the Lord. The shepherds fall on their faces, trembling.

The angel assures this cluster of caretakers, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12 NIV)

Heaven then severs the night sky to display more of its glory, unfolding a host of angels, as their voices ring out, “Glory to God in the highest. On earth, peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14 NKJV)

Rising to their feet, the shepherds agree, “Come on! Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (Luke 2:15 TLB)

One unusual star emblazons the eastern sky; one divinely-appointed beam of light illuminates the way to this heralded wonder.

Weaving their way through those rushing to find a place to stay, those having been summoned here to register for taxation, the shepherds follow the beam of light, seeking the site of this new Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths.

From a chorus of angelic voices to the clamor of the street, a multitude of sounds reaches their ears: the bleating of sheep, the braying of donkeys, the lowing of cattle. Suddenly, the cries of a newborn resonate above all the rest.

Finding their way inside a stable, the shepherds find the Babe of Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a hayed trough.

The shepherds encounter the Savior of the world. What they sought, they found.

Oh, to know the wonder of that holy night. To follow the Light, to find the Babe of Bethlehem.

Lord, take me to those fields filled with Your glory. Draw back the black curtain of my night and spill out the glory of Your heaven.

Lead me to that humble manger that I may learn to make my heart a humble manger-place for You. Reveal my life’s emptiness and fill it with the same joy of heaven that filled that night’s air. Guide me always by the Light of Your Life.

Give me willing knees to crouch before You in lowly reverence and awe. Give me listening ears to hear the rush of angels’ wings, to hear their glorious hallelujahs and the holiness of their worship.

Oh, that my heart would always be filled with the glory and wonder of that precious night.

Have you encountered the Babe of Bethlehem? Have you sought and found the Savior of the world? I pray your heart will be filled with Bethlehem wonder and glorious worship this Christmas.

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, lynnmosher.com

Persecuted?

Persecuted?

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’
sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matt. 5:10 NKJV

With all the persecution of Christians going on around the world, it makes me think: would I be brave enough in the face of death?

The Living Bible states the above verse this way, “Happy are those who are persecuted because they are good, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”

Happy? Happy? How happy are we when we try to live righteous, upstanding lives and someone harasses us for it? What puny vapors compared to the persecution others suffer around the world.

But scripture says you’ll be happy. You’ll be blessed. You’ll be rewarded. That’s what the Word says, “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are My followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.” (Matt. 5:10-12 NLT)

Jesus told the disciples, “Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave isn’t greater than his master!’ So since they persecuted Me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to Me, they would listen to you! The people of the world will persecute you because you belong to Me, for they don’t know God who sent Me.” (John 15:20-21 TLB)

Does scripture say that persecution will end? No. We cannot escape it, as Paul said, “Yes, and those who decide to please Christ Jesus by living godly lives will suffer at the hands of those who hate Him.” (2 Tim. 3:12 TLB)

Rarely was Paul not persecuted. He continued to live with it shadowing his life. He wrote the Philippian church, “For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for Him. We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.” (Phil. 1:29-30 NLT)

And remember that when they persecute you, they persecute Jesus.

Paul, the worst of all persecutors of Christians, tried desperately to destroy the church. One day, on the Damascus Road, he encountered a blinding light as the Lord surrounded him, and said, “‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, Whom you are persecuting.’” (Acts 9:4-5 NKJV)

In persecuting the Christians, Paul had persecuted the Lord Himself.

When persecution comes, remember what Peter said…

“Usually no one will hurt you for wanting to do good. But even if they should, you are to be envied, for God will reward you for it. Quietly trust yourself to Christ your Lord, and if anybody asks why you believe as you do, be ready to tell him, and do it in a gentle and respectful way. Do what is right; then if men speak against you, calling you evil names, they will become ashamed of themselves for falsely accusing you when you have only done what is good. Remember, if God wants you to suffer, it is better to suffer for doing good than for doing wrong!” (1 Peter 3:13-17 TLB)

What did Paul tell the Roman Christians? “If someone mistreats you because you are a Christian, don’t curse him; pray that God will bless him.” (Rom. 12:14 TLB)

And the reward? The Kingdom of Heaven is yours!

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2

Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, lynnmosher.com

Do You Believe Me?

Do You Believe Me?

“Son of David, have mercy on us!”

Right on Jesus’ heels as He enters a home, two blind men cry out…

“Son of David, have mercy on us!”

“Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
Jesus asks. (Matt. 9:28 NLKV)

“Yes, Lord!”

“According to your faith will it be done to you.”
(Matt. 9:29 NIV)

When your heart shatters in agony from loss or grief, and My Word says I will comfort you…

“Do you believe I can do it?”
(Matt. 9:28 Phillips)

When illness strikes you or a loved one and you don’t know where to turn…

“Do you believe that I can do this?”
(God’s Word Translation)

When your child runs away from home or becomes addicted to drugs and you need peace…

“Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
(NIV)

When the breadwinner of your household loses his or her job, putting your home in jeopardy, and you struggle needing Me to fix it…

“Do you have faith that I can do this?”
(NLV)

When your spouse walks out on you and the kids and you ask Me for help…

“Do you really believe I can do this?”
(Msg)

When you experience a trial or tragedy and My Word says I will be with you…

“Do you believe that I have the power to do this?”
(Complete Jewish Bible)

What kind of healing do you need? Emotional? Physical? Mental? Financial? Relational? Spiritual?

“It will happen for you just as you have believed.”
(CEB)

“Do you really believe I can do this?”
(Msg)

Do you say, “Yes, Lord”?

Then, you will find what you believe in.

 

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2

Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, lynnmosher.com

What’s in Your Eye?

What’s in Your Eye?

“Keep me as the apple of Your eye.”
Psalm 17:8a NKJV

David, in praying to the Lord, asked to be kept as the apple of His eye. What do those words mean?

According to the Hebrew definition, keep means to hedge about as with thorns, guard, to protect, attend to, observe, or give heed.

Apple used here actually comes from two other words. The first one means the little man of the eye, or the tiny reflection of one’s self in someone else’s eyes. As they watch you, focusing their attention on you.

The second word means a daughter, (used in the same wide sense as other terms of relationship, literally and figuratively as Strong’s Concordance says), as a personification, also descendants, towns, and villages. “Basically, this noun represents one’s immediate physical male or female offspring.” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words)

David was asking God to guard and protect him as that tiny person, as a descendant, reflected in His eyes by keeping His focus on David.

When I go to a wedding, I love to focus on the groom’s face. Just to see his expression change from one of nervous disaster to one of pure delight as he watches his beautiful bride glide down the aisle. A glint appears in his eyes. He never takes them off his beloved. And if you were to look very closely into his eyes, you would see that the glint is her reflection.

If you could look closely into the eyes of your Beloved Lord, you would see that glint of yourself, your reflection. Because He focuses on you. His object of great devotion. Guarding you. Protecting you, as with a crown of thorns.

David wrote, “Behold, the Lord’s eye is upon those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe], who wait for Him and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness.” (Ps. 33:18 Amp)

And the Lord desires that He be that glint, that focus, that reflection in our eyes.
The author of Hebrews tells us that “We must keep our eyes on Jesus.” (Heb. 12:2 CEV) The Amplified says, “Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus.”

Vine’s says looking means “to look away from one thing so as to see another,” to consider attentively.

It means to fix your gaze on your Beloved.

When you were a kid, or even as an adult, did you play the game of stare, where you stared at an object for one minute and then looked away? What did you see?

Your eyes projected the focused image onto the second object as a reflection.

That’s what God the Father wants us to do with Jesus,
to look so intently at Him that everything else that comes into view has the reflection of Jesus on it. Therefore, as Paul told the Corinthians, “We don’t focus on the things that can be seen but on the things that can’t be seen. The things that can be seen don’t last, but the things that can’t be seen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:18 CEB)

We focus on Jesus, the Unseen. With a single eye focus.
As Jesus said, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Matt. 6:22 KJV)

So, are you looking away from distractions? What’s in your eye?

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, lynnmosher.com