Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Crucifixion (based on Pastor Steve's Sermon and Luke 23:32-43)

As I was writing notes during the sermon it started to come out in a form of a poem.  I thought I would share it with you, just to encourage you. :-)

The Crucifixion (based on Pastor Steve's Sermon and Luke 23:32-43)

There on the cross
Where my Saviour bled and died
On Calvary
He gave up His life
For You and I.

Even in utter pain and agony
He practiced what He preached
And spoke blessings upon the people
Instead of cursing

Not a single angry word
Did He utter
Nor an angry look
Did He give
But rather spoke Father Please Forgive

He took the Father's Wrath upon Himself
That was meant to be poured out onto me
And instead gave me His wonderful love, grace and mercy.

He promised that if I repented of my sins,
Put my faith and trust in Him
And really believed
That I would receive life and have life eternally

Thank God that He chose me
And has taken the chains of sin off me
And set me free!!

Thank you God that like the other man that was on the cross you remembered me. :)

Praise Ye Praise Ye!
Oh God I thank you
and Praise Ye!
Hallelujah My God Reigns
For Forever and Ever
My God Will Reign!

by: Michelle Miano

Thursday, May 31, 2012

While Waiting for Prince Charming Keep Your Eyes on the Lord

God works in mysterious ways sometimes.  Sometimes He puts it on our hearts to write something down and then we forget about it until we discover that paper again.  That's what He did with me tonight.  He reminded me of some things regarding waiting on Him with areas in my life.  I had written a poem on a scrap piece of paper I don't know how long ago.  These past couple of days I've been going through my room and cleaning and found this scrap of paper and I decided to transfer the poems from all the scraps of paper into one notebook to make things cleaner.  Needless to say the poem was what I needed to hear.  Funny how God works isn't it.  I checked to see if I had made a post on this blog before with the poem in it and I realized I hadn't.  I don't know why I hadn't but maybe just maybe someone else needs to read this just like I did.  Well I hope ladies it encourages you and reminds you to keep your eyes on the Lord while you're waiting for prince charming. :-)

Keep Your Eyes on the Lord
by Michelle Miano

A yearning grows
Deep down in my soul
For a dream to come true
For prince charming to be not just a mere fantasy
But to become reality
But the right one hasn't come for me
And so instead of being in despair
I'll start saying a little prayer for him each night

I must wait patiently
Which can be hard for a hopeless romantic like me to do.
So I turn to the Word to see what it says for me to do while I wait...

God says keep your eyes on Him
Surrender it all to the Lord
Work heartily for Him
Devote yourselves to Him
And in Him you will find all the love, peace and patience you are looking for...

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Whatever You Want

Whatever you want Lord
To use me for
Please do
Do it all for your glory

May I bring you honor and praise
Forever and ever
For all of my days

Please use me Lord
I want to be used by you
I'll do anything
That you ask me to do
Just please show me
What it is supposed to be

Help me minister and bless other families
And show them Gods love
Like I have been shown
An agape love
An unconditional one

Father above
Please show me
Whatever you need
And whatever you want
That I will be.
For your honor, praise and glory.

Whatever You Want

by Michelle Miano

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Praying for You

Praying for the day
When you my friend will be saved
Eternity may just be a breath away
There's not a moment to waste
Nor a minute to wait

Come to terms with reality
And see how such a sinner you have been
In the light of God's law
Lying, Stealing, Blasphemy, Lusting
Your hearts deceitfully wicked
No one is good not one

That is why Jesus, God's Son
Had to come
To die on the cross
For Us!!!

But rejoice for death did not conquer
Jesus was raised on the the third day
And Praise God He's Alive Today!

by Michelle Miano

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spending Time With The Father Above

Everything I love
Can never compare
To the gracious God who hears my prayers

Why is it that I
Don't care enough
To spend time
With the One who
Is ALWAYS there for me
I bemoan the days that are so lonely
But I finally realize it doesn't have to be
Because God is the only friend that I really need.

If I only spent time daily with
My Father Above....

by Michelle Miano

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Genesis 4

The first murder is recorded- Cain kills his brother Abel (v.8)

Sin overpowered Cain even though God said you must rule over it. (v.7)

Am I my brother's keeper?- Cain lied to God. (v.9)

Even though he lied, God still knew what had happened. You can't hide anything from God. (v.10)

The first time people began to call upon the name of the Lord was during the time of Enosh, Seth's son. (v.26)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Proverbs 31:30 continued and Genesis 3

So I decided to look into Proverbs 31:30 some more and the John MacArthur commentary says "True holiness and virtue command permanent respect and affection, for more than charm and beauty of face and form" cf 1 Tim 2:9-10 and 1 Peter 3:!6. In reference a gentle and quiet spirit is beauty that never decays. Gentle is actually meek or humble and quiet is the character of her action and reaction to her husband and life in general.

Yesterday I was wondering about Genesis 2 and about verse 24 about the man leaving mother and father and clinging to his wife and my question about the wife holding fast to the husband. I did further research by talking to my dad and he told me the emphasis is placed on the man but that it is implied for the woman as well. In Jewish culture then the husband and the wife usually lived with the wife's family.

I read Genesis 3 as well.

The first time that a man became afraid was Adam after he ate the fruit that he wasn't supposed to eat (v.10). Just think if he hadn't eaten the fruit how much different would be now. I can only imagine....

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Proverbs 31:30 and Genesis 2

I'm sure you're wondering what this verse in Proverbs and Genesis 2 have in connection with each other. Well they don't.

Proverbs 31:30 has been the verse that has been on my mind today. It says "Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." A couple of my coworkers have talked to me how I would probably look my age and prettier/beautiful if I changed my hairstyle and wore a little bit of makeup. I wonder how true that is but then I think of this verse and I'm thinking it shouldn't matter what my outside appearance looks like rather the inside is what counts. I pray that God would show me what is okay to do.

Read Genesis 2 today.

A question I have is: Does the garden of Eden still exist to this day and if so where? I think it would be neat to see it. The other thing it mentioned was in verse 24 it says a man shall leave his mother and father and hold fast to his wife but we don't see the woman leaving her mother and father and holding fast to her husband. I wonder why that is?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Genesis 1

In Genesis 1 the verse that stood out to me the most was verse 27.

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."

We were created in God's image. What a wonderful gift that we are given. To look like God. That we were made in His image, we should truly try to be like Christ, in thought, word, and deed.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Faith- Hebrews 11:1 and Hebrews 11:6

Hebrews 11:1 says "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
Hebrews 11:6 says "And without faith it is impossible to please Him for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him."

This is what a believers faith should be like. We have never seen God yet we believe that there is one. Yet some days I have to admit I have wondered if God is real and what if we are wrong. But I know that is Satan trying to mess with my mind and trying to make me doubt my salvation. Trusting in an invisible God may sound crazy to some but I know He is real because of what I've seen Him do in my life and in others as well. His hand of protection has been with me throughout my life. Why should I doubt? That is foolish. My God is an awesome God and He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Him as stated in John 14:6. Do you need any other passage of Scripture to make this any clearer? I certainly don't. Take that Satan! No one not even you can snatch me from God's hand.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

God Is In Control- Jeremiah 10:23

Jeremiah 10:23 says "I know O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps."

Oh that we as believers would listen to God's Word more often. I struggle with this. Learning to trust God more that He will direct my steps. God is sovereign. He is in control. I am not the driver of the car. He is. I am only a passenger who feels like she has no clue where the two of us are going/heading to. I hate that feeling of not knowing. Some days I just feel utterly lost. I'm sure you have felt that way before too. Just have to lean on Christ and rely on Him that He knows the way/the road when we don't. We need to have peace in our hearts about that.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Humility- John 8:54

John 8:54 says- Jesus answered "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me of whom you say He is our God."

As I was reading my Bible today this verse in John stood out to me. This verse shows Christ being humble. He says He will not glorify himself rather that His Father will glorify him. Not only does it show him being humble but it is an example for us to follow. We should not look for praise from others. But rather we should be giving all the praise and glory to God thanking Him for everything.

Learning to be humble will be hard if we try to do it in our strength. In fact we can't do it in our own strength. We can't do anything without Christ. We by nature are very proud people. We think in our mind we are right in whatever we say. Our opinion can be the only right opinion. Everyone who thinks otherwise is always wrong. We in turn are the ones who are wrong. There are a few exceptions when it comes to this that being Christ is the only way to heaven and other moral issues. In those cases we are right because we have the Word of God to back us up and Word of God is the truth. I think what I struggle with most is trying to remain humble even though I know I am right. But my pride and knowing I'm right wants to snap back and prove to the other person how I am in fact right event though they in turn insist that they are.

My question is for my friends who are Christians as well would be what would you do in that type of situation? How would you confront someone who is a sister or brother in the faith who says something is okay to do even when they know it's the wrong thing to do and they know they are wrong but when you try to talk to them about it gets angered easily?

My prayer for us all today is that we would learn how to become more humble like Christ and ask God to remove the pride in our life that so easily entangles us to the sin of anger.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Project 366

Hi Friends,

I know it has been a while since I wrote on this blog. My friend Amber challenged me to do a 366 day project. So I have decided that I will do a daily post on this blog. It will be related to whatever I read in the Bible for that day and/or what I learned and gleaned from that passage(s). This will be a way for me to hold myself accountable for reading the Bible every day like I wanted to since the beginning of this year. I hope it is an encouragement to you. I look forward to sharing with you what I learn. If at any time you think I have taken a verse out of context or something like that or if you have anything to add or want to answer a question I posted please let me know in the comments section. I have only been a Christian for 11 years so I have a lot to learn still and room to grow in my faith like you all. :-) I hope you will join me in my journey through the Bible.