Never Changing

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The blue steamer trunk held our entire life belongings. My parents sold off anything that would not fit into the container. Soon, my family would jet off to a new life in another country. We prepared to immigrate from Ireland to Canada. My parents were leaving everything they knew and loved behind to seek a new life. At the airport, my grandmother gave my mother a small gift to take to our new home. She gave her a little, framed picture with a Bible verse scrolled across the top. The verse was Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”

I don’t remember much about that day at the airport because I was so young. But, mom told me the story of it often. The picture hung prominently in every house. The print moved with us the next twelve times across two countries and five states. No matter what changed in our surroundings, the verse in the picture always reminded us that Jesus did not change. Jesus stayed with us no matter where we traveled.

2 Timothy 2:13 “If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.”

The years flew by. My dad died, and a year later, my mom joined him in their heavenly home. As we sorted through all their worldly belongings, I came across the picture once again. We sold or donated most of my parent’s belongings, but I kept the picture. It now hangs in my home to remind me that no matter what changes, Jesus never does.

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Revelations 22:13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

The gold frame chipped, and the picture faded during the years, but the words remain as powerful as ever. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is steadfast in His love and mercy towards us. This Bible verse should encourage each of us to persevere because God stands by us each day of our lives.

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Yesterday

Throughout the Bible, we see God. We see Him love and protect His people. In Ezekiel 48:35, God is called YAHWEH-SHAMMAH, which means God is here. God provides for His faithful followers and even dies on the Cross to save them and us today. He was there in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. He used Moses to rescue His people from Egypt. Jesus walked and talked with His disciples. And, He gave us the Holy Spirit to remain with them after He rose again. He was with them always.

Today

That same God in the Bible is with us today in all our circumstances. He dwells within our hearts, making our bodies His temple. He gives us His promise that we will be with Him in Heaven for all eternity. His love and mercy uphold us daily as we face the world. He will never leave us or forsake us.

Tomorrow

Our heavenly Father is already present in our tomorrows. He promises to give us a future in Jeremiah 29:11. As long as we continue to believe in Him, Christ will continue to walk by our sides. We find this promise in Hebrews 13:5, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” God holds all our tomorrows in His hands, so we do not have to worry or fear the future.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. You can count on Him always. I have seen His faithfulness with my own eyes. When I forget, the old picture hanging on my wall.

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.”

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25 thoughts on “Never Changing

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen and thanks

  1. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Yvonne, what a beautiful story! I loved hearing how the framed scripture was passed from your grandmother to your mother to you. And how many places it has traveled along the way! It is a most fitting reminder of Jesus’ steadfast love. Thank you for the scripture details that remind us of exactly how the LORD is the same yesterday, today and forever. May we rest in Him always.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Melissa. It holds a lot of meaning for me, spiritually and as part of my ancestry. I can’t imagine moving so far with only the items that fit in one trunk. My parents were brave.

      1. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
        Melissa McLaughlin

        So brave. I would treasure it too!

      2. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
        Yvonne

        Thanks Marcie

    2. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Melissa. It is a treasure

  2. I love this story, Yvonne. The verse inscribed makes it that much more awesome. How special that the picture not only traveled with your family across so many places, but also now hangs in your home. So glad you shared a photo of it. Do you have plans to pass it down to other generations?

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Karen. I do hope to pass it on to one of my girls but I am not sure it will mean as much. Each time we moved, the picture was put up quickly and made the new place feel like home. My kids have not moved as much as I did so won’t understand the comfort it brought me.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      I pray the Lord provides you His eternal hope. God bless

  3. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    nancyehead

    What a wonderful seed of comfort your mother planted. And now it bears fruit in your life and becomes a seed in us. Wonderful.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Nancy. It is a very special reminder

  4. So beautiful! I love those precious family memories. And I love how our God never changes! I don’t think we understand the full weight of how wonderful that is. My prayer is I will not take that characteristic of His for granted!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen Emily. It is very easy to forget and take him for granted

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  6. YAHWEH-SHAMMAH… I wasn’t aware of this name for God and I love him. My life has not been the most stable; it’s comforting to know that the God I serve is immovable. Thank you for this reminder!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen Candice. God’s faithfulness is unmatched and available to all.

  7. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    This is really encouraging. It’s something we know. But yet, having these promises stated again today is very needful and a precious reminder. Your grandmother was a wise woman to send that framed picture and verse with your mother. Relocation is incredibly disoriented, and it’s easy to forget that what was true back there is equally true here. Jesus never changes, no matter where we go. Yesterday, today, and forever, he remains steadfastly the same. Praise God for it! Thank you for today’s message, Yvonne!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      You are welcome Melinda. Moving is difficult and that picture help remind us daily. Now, as I age and experience health issues it still reminds me that He is still with me. God bless

  8. Wendy L. Macdonald – Comox Valley – Living for Jesus, loving Him, and listening for His voice bring me great joy. I'm an inspirational writer, blogger, and podcaster who also loves to photograph creation. ~ My faith is not shallow because I've been rescued from the deep. ~ Blessings ~ Wendy ❀ http://www.wendylmacdonald.com
    Wendy L. Macdonald

    Amen to: Jesus is steadfast in His love and mercy towards us.
    Blessings ~ Wendy Mac

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thank you Wendy. His mercy endures forever. What an amazing concept. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thank you and God bless

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