Joanne Lowe Inspirationals

 

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BE PREPARED

“Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.”

Luke 12: 40

King James Version

Last night I had shut my computer down at 10:30 because I was going to bed. Then I remembered that I needed to send an email to someone. I turned my computer back on, but it would not go past the Welcome Screen. I couldn’t even get on the Desktop to do a System Restore. I tried shutting the computer off and turning it back on four times, but it didn’t help. So, I had to do a complete System Recovery and make sure all the Windows Updates were installed before I went to bed.

Some friends had made some graphics for me which I had originally backed up on my backup CD. However, that CD was scratched and not working properly so I threw it away, fully intending to back the graphics up on another CD. I kept putting it off, however, so I lost all my graphics last night. Thankfully, my friends can resend the graphics to me.

One day, Jesus is going to come back for us. We will not be able to correct any mistakes we have made. We won’t be able to ask for forgiveness for our sins. It will be too late. There will never be another chance to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us.

Have you asked the Christ of Calvary into your heart? If not, I urge you to do it now as you read this because you may not have another hour to live. Have you told Jesus you love Him today? Have you surrendered your life fully to Him, or are you still holding on to some areas of your life that you don’t want to give up?

Joanne Lowe

April 22, 2006


HE CAME TO US

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2: 11

King James Version

Jesus comes to us countless times. He came to us first as a new born Baby. He comes to us today, Easter Sunday, as a risen Christ and Saviour of the world. He comes to us and waits for us to open our heart’s door to Him so that He may come in and save us for all Eternity. He comes to us every day of our lives in the things He does for us. He comes to us in our families, loved ones, and friends that He gives to us.

Most important, He came to us when we were in the filth and stench of our sinful lives and lifted us out of the garbage heap of our lives. He plants His Love, Mercy, Grace, and Compassion in our hearts and gives a new heart. Because He lives, we can face tomorrow!

He comes to us in the lonely hours of the long night and whispers in our ears “I Love you”. He comes to us as we sit beside the bed of a dying loved one. He is there when we have to say goodbye to a loved one. He puts His Loving Arms around us and holds us up when our knees and legs grow weak with sorrow.

Yes, Jesus, the Saviour of the world comes to us over and over again. He did not have to be born. God did not make Him leave Home and throw Him out of Heaven. He made the choice, just as He made the choice to hang on that cruel Cross of Calvary for our sins. There is no One like Jesus! There is no One who Loves like Jesus! Do you love Him today? Is He your personal Saviour? If so, what are you doing to prove that you love Him?

Joanne Lowe

April 16, 2006



HIS OUTSTRECHED ARMS

“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.”

Luke 23: 33

King James Version

When I go to bed, the first thing I do is stretch. Then, I lay on my back while reliving the day with Jesus and we have a nice conversation. When I am ready to go to sleep, I have a favorite position. I turn on my left side, pull the pillow down farther under my ear, cross my arms and burrow into the bed until I am in my comfortable position.

Jesus couldn’t do that as He hung on that cruel Cross. He couldn’t move His Arms or Body to get in a comfortable position. Even if He could have, there was no place of comfort on that Cross, especially in His Heart. Everyone had rejected Him and walked away; all the ones who had claimed to be His friends.

We are celebrating His victorious rising from the dead today, but sad to say, we still keep His Precious Arms outstretched every day. We keep Him hanging on that horrible Cross by our rotten attitudes, our unforgiving ways, and the cruel words we say to each other.

Even today, He sometimes doesn’t have a place of comfort in our hearts because they are so full of bitterness and anger. On this Victorious Day, let’s forget about ourselves and think of Him. Allow the risen Christ to take away the things in your heart that hurt Him so that He can rest in comfort.

Joanne Lowe

April 16, 2006


THE PRESENCE OF GOD

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

1 Thessalonians 5: 16–18

King James Version

Someone sent me an email yesterday thanking me for all the time I spend in prayer for these writings. I do spend a lot of time in prayer, but I don’t have my eyes closed all the time and it is not a formal prayer. I stay in the presence of God as much as possible. I don’t watch anything on television unless it makes me think of Jesus. I don’t listen to any music unless it lifts up the Name of Jesus. I don’t go anywhere unless Jesus would be comfortable going there.

Prayer is a conversation with God. It is not something to be written down and then read word for word. Prayers should come from our hearts. I have seen people reading a prayer word for word. That is a speech, not a prayer. When we pray, it is two people conversing. We should talk and then be quiet and let Him talk. If we talk all the time instead of listening, we will never know what He wants us to do.

You may think that you don’t have time to pray. You can pray while washing dishes, doing laundry, doing yard work, or anything else. Prayer is an attitude of the heart. Our attitudes when we pray should be humble and thankful that we have the privilege to talk to God.

Why is it that we will spend hours watching television or any other activity, but can’t take two hours a day for Jesus? What is more important to us, spending time with Jesus or doing worldly things?

Joanne Lowe

April 17, 2006


SINS OF OMISSION

“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”

Galatians 6: 2, 3

King James Version

I just received an email from a very dear and precious friend of mine. She told me that she is discouraged and my heart is sad because she is sad. Jesus tells us to bear one another’s burdens. Only Jesus can lift the burden, but we can be there for each other. We can pray for one another and encourage one another.

Jesus understands how it feels to need someone there for us. When He was in the Garden, He asked His friends to pray for Him, but they fell asleep. Those friends were not true friends, and they certainly didn’t love Jesus or they could never have fallen asleep knowing that He was hurting.

We focus a lot on sins of commission, but fail to realize that when we commit sins of omission, they stink in the nostrils of God just like the other sins. All of us need to lose our “Holier than thou” attitudes, and this includes me. Many times when I hear of somebody killing someone, I get very upset. However, when I say cruel and discouraging words to someone, I am killing that person in his or her heart. Sin is sin, and we need to stop pretending that we are better than someone else.

If you know of someone who is hurting, and all of us do know someone like that, reach out and hug that person with the Love of Jesus. Take that person to Jesus and ask Him to Comfort him or her as only He can. Let’s be there for one another as Jesus has commanded us to be.

Joanne Lowe

April 17, 2006


THE RACE OF LIFE

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12: 1, 2

King James Version

We are in a race in this life and satan and the world are our weights. Many times we take our focus off of Jesus and put it on our problems, circumstances, and material possessions. We will never win the race unless we keep our eyes on Jesus.

Sometimes it requires us giving up things and even giving up old friends that go places and say things that a Christian shouldn’t endorse. Jesus has commanded us to love one another. The greatest thing in this life is love and Jesus proved His Love for us when He died on the Cross of Calvary. The Love of Jesus is the answer to every situation and every heartache.

All of us need encouragement to stay in the race because sometimes there is a tunnel of despair, discouragement, and frustration. The athletes running in a race can’t have someone holding them up while they are running, but we can hold each other up in the race of life by prayer, encouragement, and hugs.

Let’s become encouragers to one another so that we can run the race with enthusiasm and joy. The race is long, but Jesus is our Victor and He will carry us through until one day we meet Him in Heaven.

Joanne Lowe

April 18, 2006


THE TEARS FLOWED

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”

Matthew 23: 37

King James Version

This weekend I received over two hundred emails from people who were hurting. I was still singing praises to Jesus, rejoicing and was happy, but there was a sadness in my heart because of all the people who were hurting.

As I was talking to Jesus this morning about all the hurting people, this verse came to my heart. I believe as Jesus said this, He said it with a Heart full of sadness and His voice was choked up and He could barely get it out. This verse came from the depths of our Saviour’s Heart. He says this to us today in the same manner with a Heart full of sadness because we are hurting.

Knowing Jesus like I do, I am sure that there were many, many times when He wept in private to His Father. I don’t know all the geographical places in the Bible, or all the historical events in the Bible, but I do know the Heart of Jesus. I know His Heart is tender and loving and He cares when we are hurting.

We are told in the Bible that our tears are kept in a bottle. I don’t think a bottle could hold all the tears that our Blessed Saviour has shed over us. What Love He has for us! He is waiting with outstretched Arms for us to come to Him. He wants to kiss away our tears of frustration, disappointment, and hurt. Run into the waiting Arms of Jesus and you will feel a Peace that only He can give.

Joanne Lowe

April 18, 2006