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Welcome to my website, where my main focus is responding to a devotional book I am reading called, "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young. Her writing has inspired me to respond back to Jesus using the writing in this wonderful book.

My hope is that my posts will encourage you to do the same thing; respond to the Holy Spirit from a fallen and broken heart, so that you might know Him as He wants to be known.

I look forward now every morning to our time together, always waiting for me with arms wide open, a smile on His face, and ready to walk step by step with me throughout each day.

 

"Jesus Calling" is a devotional filled with uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year. After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her. It was awkward at first, but gradually her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue. She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but journaling helped her grow closer to God.

Sarah Young

 

My journey may have been a lot like yours. I can remember very good times both in growing up and as an adult. But I can also remember the sharp pain of words spoken against me at times, sometimes in fun. But as a young boy, I did not have the resources or understanding that would question what was said, but trusted and believed in those who love me without knowing they would also hurt me. For some people, these moments came with physical abusive pain as well. My heart goes out to you.

The problem wasn't just these actions, words and neglect in my past, but that I embraced these same behaviours and patterns into my life; which would also prove to destroy my own family...

However, Jesus has a way of breaking through the mess in our lives; bringing calm. It is my hope that in responding to Jesus Calling, you too will find healing and hope so amazing that no one moment can escape the endless glory and splendor of the Person of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit Who Lives within us, and God the Father; The Trinity who will never let us go.

I am also including some of my personal thoughts as I go through my journey with the King. It will never be my intention to advise anyone who wishes to find answers. It has been through advice givers that enabled me to depend on them and not on the infinite knowledge and perfect Love and Power of the Holy Spirit. I am here only to lay my heart open and bear before you, in hope that you will see Jesus. Through my weakness He becomes strong.

The patterns instilled in me were carried out with every good intention, but they have only brought destruction. I am only a man just like those who have gone before me - with very limited knowledge. If I where to offer advise, it would only be to turn your eyes upward and look into the precious face of Jesus! He is always happy to see me, and I enjoy our time every day along life's pathways.

 

 

 

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  • Thank you Bob for your comments. It's been an eye opening thing for me as I learned to let go of trying to wear my righteousness on my sleeve for others to see - all they seen was lies and hypocrisy. Now, the only thing I do is share my heart for what it really is, the good and the bad, and people find time to listen and share their hearts openly. May God bless you too on your journey!

    Steve

    Posted by Steve Nyhof, 25/04/2011 7:49am (7 years ago)

  • Thanks Steve for your witness. I particularly enjoyed the "Just As I Am" video. On August 31, 1957, at Madison Square Garden, the choir lead by Cliff Barrows sang that hymn as I made my way from the "nosebleed seats" to the floor to confess my faith in Jesus. It still brings tears to my eyes, especially on this Easter Sunday, to think that Jesus died for me, and that He rose again to secure my place in heaven. God bless you in your journey!

    Bob

    Posted by Bob Frohlich, 24/04/2011 6:06pm (7 years ago)

  • Thank you Krod for sharing. Reading between the lines of what you shared, is where I am at also. I also have learned somethings about my father's childhood and my anger turned into sadness - which brings healing to my heart.

    Posted by Steve Nyhof, 07/03/2011 10:42am (7 years ago)

  • I too had a tough childhood. I went to a psychologist many years ago and he said your dad did the best he could with what he had. I use to have a lot of resentment towards my dad but after I asked about his childhood I understood. He lost his dad at a young age and he could do nothing right in his mom's eyes. How a child can get so wounded by a parents words. I guess the sins of the father do transend many generations. I once was challenged to write down all the bad things about my father. Then I was also challenged to write my own bad sides. The lists were almost identical. How humbling...I was holding all this resentment for my father but I am my father to my kids. Swallow that. God has brought me a long way on the forgiveness road. My dad didn't "mean" to do those things, someone wrote the script in his head to act the way he did. He was just dealing with the pain he had within him. Understanding is a huge step to forgiveness. Don't judge others I am learning until you put yourself in their shoes.

    Posted by Krod, 02/03/2011 8:14pm (7 years ago)

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