Blood Types

Blood types; love your neighbor, Jesus loves us; A heart for Jesus; We are all the same inside

My blood type is O negative. This type of blood is rare and is also considered the universal donor. Any other blood type can accept O negative for transfusions. Unfortunately, I can only receive 0 negative blood if I needed a transfusion. A total of 35 human blood group systems are now recognized by the International Society of Blood Transfusion.

Matthew 26:28 “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

The same blood types span across all nationalities and ethnicities. God made all of us the same. We share blood types, along with the number of muscles, tendons, and bones in our bodies. When God looks down on His creation, He does not see us the way we see each other. God sees each one of us as His children. Human hearts created divisions based on factors like size, skin color or mental abilities. Discrimination is not a Godly trait.

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Ephesians 1:7 “He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”

God loves people based on the condition of their hearts, not the color of their skin. The love of God sent Jesus to shed His blood for each one of us. As Romans 8:39 reminds us, nothing will separate any us from the love of God. Our man-made division goes against God’s command to love one another as found in John 13:34. In a world full of malice, we must stand up for others and be the difference that changes the world.

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Romans 8:39 “No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, help us to see our neighbors through your eyes. Teach us to love everyone as you love us. Heal our world from all forms of discrimination and hatred. Forgive us when we judge others. Thank you for your grace and forgiveness when we fall short. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

100% of the proceeds from sales of my book, Turning Mountains Into Molehills, go to help the orphans at Orphan Relief Effort, Inc

The Narrow Roadway

Road less traveled; back roads; country roads; Matthew 7:14; Road to Jesus;

My husband Bill and I enjoy driving to places when we travel on vacation. If at all possible, we love to take the scenic routes to our destination. We avoid freeways and all the traffic and hassle that go with them. We take our time and often stop to look at the scenery or pop into quaint little shops. I find it very relaxing to bypass the busyness of the major thoroughfares. It also permits me to arrive at the journey’s end in a state of peace and tranquility.

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Following country roads can also present some challenges. Sometimes we get stuck behind a slow-moving tractor on a small two-lane highway with nowhere to pass. Occasionally, country roads appear less maintained as compared to their city counterparts. Also, breakdowns in the middle of nowhere add the additional problem of finding help when no one is around. Nonetheless, we still prefer the less traveled routes.

Matthew 7:14 (NIV) “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

These getaways remind me of our walk in faith. We can travel with the world down the wide, well-worn roadway. It is the easy way with many conveniences to make our journey more pleasant. However, in the end, this road usually leads nowhere other than to death and destruction. Alternatively, we can travel the quieter, narrow path that leads us to Christ. It may not be the easy way, but it leads us to eternal life in Christ. I think Robert Frost captured my thoughts so well in his poem called “The Road Not Taken.”

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the other for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Which path will you choose this day?

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

100% of the proceeds from sales of my book, Turning Mountains Into Molehills, go to help the orphans at Orphan Relief Effort, Inc

The Beatitudes – Peacemaker and Persecuted

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I find it very interesting to look at these two Beatitudes together in one blog; blessed are the peacemakers and the persecuted. They seem at opposite ends of the world. The word peace feels calming and beautiful. Jesus gives us His peace in John 14:27 ” Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.” We all dream of world peace, a time when everyone lives together in harmony. God even calls us to peacefulness in the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5:22. We all crave peace, and God calls us to be peaceful creatures, I think it remains elusive for most of us in today’s society. Sin has stolen our peace.

Blessed are the Peacemakers; Matthew 5:9; Peacemakers; Beatitudes; Blessed; Children of God

Peace must first come from within our souls. To be at peace, we must love and forgive others the same way Jesus loved and forgave. We must try to live out each of the other Beatitudes by being poor in Spirit, mournful, meekness, hunger for righteousness, merciful and pure of heart. Make such choices will give us internal peace and then we can offer that peace to those around us. Some will want such peace, but others will reject it to try to gain the world. Those who obtain peace and share it with others will be called the children of God.

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Even if we define our lives around the Beatitudes, life will not always be rosy. As long as sin exists in the world, believers in Christ will face persecution. Men have reviled Christians since time began and it continues to this day. Churches get burned down; prison time awaits many believers and martyrdom still happen. And the Bible tells us that persecution will continue to increase.

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In the face of unimaginable trails, we must not lose sight of loving and forgiving others as Christ did. In Matthew, God reminds us to rejoice and be glad when we suffer for the Gospel’s sake. But, is that something I could do? I pray for God’s peace to fill my heart if I ever face such circumstances. But I also pray never to suffer persecution. Luke 12:12 assures us “for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” God will be with us in the trial. The kingdom of Heaven awaits all those who suffer for Christ’s sake.

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“Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:11-12).

As we wrap up this look at the Beatitudes, I pray for each of us to take them to heart and put them into practice. May the peace of God be with you today and always. May He give you the strength to face your daily challenges and may He bring each of us into life eternal with Him.

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

100% of the proceeds from sales of my book, Turning Mountains Into Molehills, go to help the orphans at Orphan Relief Effort, Inc