Sunday, June 6, 2010

What would you do for JESUS ?

What would you do for your Savior? Would you risk your life? Would you give it all away? Would you leave it all and follow him to a cross? Some of the people in the Bible had to decide what they would do for JESUS. They had to make a choice to follow or turn away. We have the same choice today. Will we go anywhere, anytime, and do anything to proclaim HIS Name? I am so sure that I want to live my life for HIM. I have not just accepted HIM as my Savior, but i have decided I want to live every moment glorifing the name of JESUS CHRIST.
I have read about people who are risking their lives just so that others can hear the name of JESUS. We here in America have no idea what the rest of the world endures every day. We are so comfortable and the biggest sacrifice we make in any given week is to give up a little time to either go to church or pray and do a devotional. We sacrifice a small portion of our money and we think that is all that is required of us. What if it cost you more to be a Christian? What would you be willing to give up? How much of your life really belongs to JESUS? Just a small portion?
Love the LORD your GOD with ALL your heart, with ALL your mind, and with ALL your strength. He does not just want a tenth of you HE wants your ALL! I read a statement this week that has really got me thinking. "What is JESUS worth to you?" We don't always put alot of value on something that cost us nothing. Persucuted Christians around the world know about sacrifice and they choose JESUS even though it will cost them their jobs, their families, their freedom, and even their lives. JESUS is so worth it ALL, but it doesn't cost us anything to follow HIM. If it did how many would still be a Christian. I have heard of a mother in Iran whose 3 yr old child was taken from her because she became a christian. The judge told her if she would renounce JESUS she could take her child and go home. She stood in the courtroom looking across the room at her daughter and with tears she cried she could never forsake her Savior. What a hard choice. I am so grateful that we don't have to live in a place where you are persucuted for the name of JESUS, but i am sad too, because we have so much more, but are not willing to do more with it.
When much is given much is required. We have more than enough when we have JESUS. HE does not bless us just so we can be blessed, HE blesses us so that we can bless others. We need to do more to proclaim HIS fame and to make HIS name known. So ask yourself now....What would you do for JESUS?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

When Hope is just a word

when you feel broken and there is no end in sight

when youv'e tried your best but nothings ever right

when the problems seem bigger than you can comprehend

and the darkness surrounds you and the walls are closing in

when the weight of the world is more than you can bare

and the trials you're facing just don't seem fair

when the best you can do is just to pretend

when you feel like your alone, no one to call your friend

when HOPE is just a word, not something real to you

when all HOPE is lost and there is nothing left to do

when you have hit rock bottom, and you're feeling low

then it's time to turn to JESUS, and it's time to let go

let go of all the pain that your heart can no longer bare

let go of all the disappointments, and the fact that life's not fair

let go of all the anger thats welled up deep inside

let go of all the bitterness you fought so hard to hide

let GOD be GOD and realize that he can heal your pain

his abilities are endless and his love will never change

he is so much bigger than the problems we face each day

and the good news is; he's just a prayer away

so just drop to your knees and give up stress and doubt

allow your father in heaven to show you what life's about

HOPE can be more than just a simple little word you hear

it can be your way of life ,and it can cast away all fear

it can put you back on track and give you a fresh start

it can fill you with peace and joy and mend your broken heart

HOPE can't be lost if you hold on with all your might

and trust that JESUS CHRIST can make every wrong thing right

by deborah pinnell

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Nothing Left to Say!!

nothing left to say
i have nothing left to say, no words come to mind
i am empty now Father, i leave it all behind.
no prayer list to lift up, no urgent request
i come to you only to ask for your rest.
let your fountain of peace wash over my soul
refresh my spirit LORD, come make me whole.
renew my mind so i can focus on what's right
draw me into your presence, wrap me up in your light.
carrying the weight of the world had worn me down
until i remembered ,your'e the one with the crown.
So speak to me FATHER i long for your voice.
i bow down before you, my heart cries "REJOICE"
for you have been good, so faithful and true!
JESUS you are my KING... it's all about YOU!
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, you alone deserve to be praised!
I am speechless, awed by your GLORY! yes, i am so amazed!

by deborah pinnell

Isaiah 50:4
The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.

I long each day to hear you LORD, to be taught by you.
Your Words breathe life into my spirit. I truly am amazed by you !LORD

Monday, April 5, 2010

I am so grateful to GOD!

GOD of all creation come cover me in Grace.
Send down your sweet mercy, you are my hiding place..
Seeking, ever seeking, for more and more of you.
Longing, ever longing, ‘ till I am made brand new.
Clean out this heart dear Father, empty my very soul.
Then come and fill the vacancy, you can make me whole.
I am nothing without you Lord, an empty shell at best.
But when you are present with me, my soul finds it’s rest.
Peace oh sweet, sweet Peace that no one understands.
Safely resting, secure forever; in the palm of your great hands.
Without you I am nothing special, a broken, wounded mess.
But in your word I find I’m someone you have chose to bless.
With the wisdom and the knowledge only you can provide.
I can be encouraged daily, as I walk right by your side.
Your light shines down before me to guide my path each day.
You are the truth, you are my life, you are the only way!
JESUS, my lord and savior there is no one but you!
I will praise your name now and forever, what more could I do?
By Deborah Pinnell

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Today is Easter

Today is a day of celebrating and time for reflection. We must look back to the cross. Everything hinges on the fact that JESUS did indeed die on a cross and He did indeed rise up from the grave. Without his sacrifice we would be condemned. I am so grateful that my debt has been paid in full. There is nothing I must do, He did it all for me. We are called to take up our cross and follow him, which means we are to die to ourselves and live to declare HIS glory. I love my Savior and I will live my life in HIM and HE in me.

you paid the price
You paid the died for me.
You took my place on calvary.
My sins were yours, my debt you paid.
Now i'm redeemed, now i am saved.
I owe you my life, each hour, each day.
I owe much more than i can repay.
You are my hope, you are my all in all.
I only desire LORD to answer your call.
To do your will and tell of your gift to me.
How you sacrificed yourself, so i could be free.
You gave me something i could never deserve.
For me a place in heaven you have reserved.
And one day I'll be there falling at your feet.
I long for that day when at least we will meet.
So i can thank you JESUS for the greatest gift ever known
And spend eternity praising you, when i am finally home.
By Deborah Pinnell

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Grace is Great!

By the grace of GOD I am who I am. I was saved by His grace. I rely daily on His grace and I am in Awe of His grace. JESUS died to take my sins away. Does that just boggle your mind to think that He left His majesty behind to take on the form of a human and to live as a poor person. He who had it all gave it all up for me.
I can not even imagine that He would leave heaven for earth just for me, much less that He would suffer and die for me. It is GRACE. Grace is something you don't earn or even deserve, but it is a gift that we recieve when we believe in JESUS. A full pardon for all of our sins. He paid for them at Calvary. We are covered by his blood shed on that Good Friday. I wrote this poem for my speach about Grace, but it is really all about Easter. I hope you soak in the message that JESUS paid the price for you and that He loves you more than anything. Take the gift! You will never regret it!

Dear Jesus your Grace is more than just amazing to me.
Your blood was shed so sinners could finally be set free.
On the cross at Calvary you perfected GOD’s great plan.
To rid the world of the curse of death brought on by one man.
You came to bring Salvation for those who would believe it.
And you gave the gift of eternal life to any who will receive it.
By your sacrifice we live, by your wounds we all are healed.
Because you came, because you died, our destiny is sealed.
You could have called ten thousand angels to rush down to your aid,
But You chose to stay and suffer, for our debt had to be paid.
Sin has to be punished, or GOD would not be just and true.
So instead of getting what we deserved, He placed our sin on you.
It wounds my soul to think about you dying, nailed there to a tree.
I know I don’t deserve you LORD, why choose a wretch like me?
But then you gently remind me of that sweet, amazing Grace.
The gift I could never have earned and a debt I can never replace.
For GOD so loved each one of us that he sent you as our Savior.
Now we can rest, safe in your arms, for we have found your Favor.
By Deborah Pinnell

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kill 'em with kindness

I chatted with a little buddy of mine today. He is 10 yrs old and was having a bad day because of a teacher. I gave him what I think is some of the best advise you could ever get. I told him to Kill her will kindness. Be extra nice. The meaner she gets the nicer you have to be. Jesus says it will be like pouring coals over their head. Which I translate to mean it will blow their mind. You can't get in trouble for being extra nice and it is what Jesus himself says to do, so you know it is the right thing.
We are told to bless those who curse you. So that one person in your life that you most can't tolerate to be around is due a blessing. You just have to try it yourself to see how they all get this confused look on their face, they wonder why were you just nice to me? I just cussed you out and you blessed me??? It will change them sometimes which is even more fun to see. Other times they will keep their sour attitude, but you did not give them what they really wanted which was to make you mad too. Misery loves company.
JESUS went as far as to tell us to love our enemies. Those who would destroy us need our love to turn their hate into love. Love is more powerful than a sword. It cuts straight to the heart. This one is a little harder than just blessing and being nice to mean people. It takes a Holy Spirit move in your life to love those who despise you and persecute you. You can't pretend to love someone, it will show. You really must want what is best for the very person who wants to hurt you.
I prayed and asked GOD for help because I did not like hating anyone and someone was so hateful to me that they just brought out the worst in me. I asked Him to make me love her....and He did. Love truly does conquer all. It will turn your worst enemy into your best friend if you let it.
So remember the next time someone deserves punishment for their rudeness or their bad attitude. Be kind, show them mercy, Forgive others as you have been forgiven. Let it go and give them what they don't deserve. Show them JESUS. If he makes your heart his home then their is no room left for anger and bitterness.

Love for Enemies
27"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that. 34And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners,' expecting to be repaid in full. 35But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My first Blog

I am so very excited to be blogging. I haven't a clue really what I am getting into, but i am excited anyway. Today is my day off. Thanks ot my wonderful husband of 20 years. Stephen is filling in for me so that I can take one day a week to dedicate to writing. I have had an Awakening back in Jan. and I am ready to do what GOD has been calling me to do for years.
I have loved to write for most of my life. I mostly write poetry, but i have a novel and a autobiography to complete one day too.
I have also stepped out and began to speak about all GOD is doing in my life. I surrendered my life to GOD at PASSION2010 in Jan. I was a volunteer on the touch team. It was an amazing experience. I felt his presence during those 4 days. I wrote on my facebook status that I had gotten so close to GOD that I thought I would glow for months! I stretched my hands high to the sky and declared to the LORD that "I surrender my all to you..No matter the cost!" in that very moment I pictured losing my Husband, my children, my home, my very life. It was like a flash of every unthinkable outcome to my commitment came rushing into my mind. It was if GOD was showing me what it could cost to follow him. I immediately with tears flowing and a great moaning in my soul repeated those 4 words....."no matter the cost".
I am fully surrendered to His will for my life and I am certain that He is exactly who His word says He is. The "I AM that I AM" "IS who HE IS". I know Him because i know his Love and I have experienced His Grace. I have felt his Spirit within me and I am not the same. I was lost but now I am found. It has been 18yrs since I first declared my need for a Savior and confessed my sins before the Church, I decided to live for Him back then and now I am ready to die to myself, take up my cross and follow him with all that I am. My life is going to be an open book for all the world to see with JESUS CHRIST recieving all the Glory for my Story!
I am who I am because of Him. My story will unfold in bits and pieces here as I blog, I have lived a life that has been full of tragedy, heartache, and suffering. Because of His great love I have not just become a survior, I am a conqueor, an overcomer, and a reciever of Grace and Mercy. It amazes me constantly that I am loved and chosen by am Almighty GOD to be a messenger of HIS perfection. He is Perfect! No other word can descibe Him to me better than PERFECT! Today I pray that anyone who reads this will know that there is a perfect Father in Heaven who has a perfect love for you and his desire is to show you all that HE IS and all that you can be through Him!

"He is the Rock; His deeds are Perfect. Everything He does is just and fair. He is a faithful GOD who does no wrong; how just and upright He is!" Deut 32:4 NLT