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Photo of the Month | February 2021

A valentine from King David to Jehovah God:

“I love you LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Psalm 18:1-2

This month we claim God’s love over us; our nation, those in authority over us, those who protect and serve us, and our enemies. The meaning of love is often debated but seldom practiced between humans.

LORD, we aspire to love You like David. Make us strong in your wisdom. May we thirst after Your Word and cling to Jesus – the Horn of our Salvation. Create in us a new heart for You now and forever. We remember the kindness of our Savior, who submitted to the most insulting filth that man could heap upon Him. Forgive our arrogance, Father, in the most Holy and Righteous Name of our King and Refuge, Jesus. All glory and thankfulness to You for Your love toward us. Amen.

May Jehovah bless, protect, and heal each and every one of you this month. May love abound in your hearts toward God and each other;

And thank you for following Importantstuff.Live.

Freedom of Choice

With all that is changing in our nation it’s important to realize that God’s plan has always been for humans to have freedom of choice whether to follow Him or not. No matter what happens in the world, we may choose whether to stand on our faith in Jesus to get through.

I’m okay with that. His way is the only way that works in every circumstance. He does not extend freedom to choose and then take that freedom away. His will is the one constant in the universe. Just as Jesus freely chose to suffer and die on a cross in order to pay our sin debt, we may accept His gift of eternal life or not. PRAISE GOD! WHAT A SAVIOR!! He never asks us to live by a different set of rules than He does.

“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” ~ John 10:17-18

So Jesus redeems us by choice – not because He has to. It is an act of love. I encourage you to exercise your God-given freedom of choice and believe in Jesus today. Step into the Light of the World and be changed forever.

God bless you all, and thank you for following Importantstuff.Live!

“Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

John 8:36

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Expectations | New Year 2020

My expectations for 2019 didn’t pan out.  Oh, for sure it was a good year as far as the usual subjects of weather, health, relationships, and personal growth …

But the most important event I was looking for did not happen.  Jesus did not come.

Most of you all are busy enjoying New Year activities today and I get that.  So I decided to keep this as brief as possible.  Mom and I are relaxing too.  We were up late watching fireworks displays on TV from around the world last night.  It was very entertaining and downright spectacular.

Then quite unexpectedly Mom said, “Wouldn’t it be great if the world celebrated the birth of Jesus at Christmas with as much enthusiasm?”

My heart just skipped a beat and those familiar Holy Spirit tinglings shot through me.

“Yes, Mom,” to her spontaneous remark.

We sort of lost interest in the TV soon after that and called it a night.

So here is my expectation – my hope – for 2020:

  1. I am praying that Jesus comes this year – PRAISE GOD!!
  2. I am trusting God for the promised GREAT AWAKENING in 2020 – THANK YOU, LORD!!
  3. All the usual good health, joy and peace this new year for my family, friends, fellow believers in Christ, and you readers of course!
  4. A national repentance and turning back to Jehovah God Almighty.
  5. In JESUS Name, MARANATHA 2020! MARANATHA 2020!
  6. And may there be THE BIGGEST FIREWORKS SHOWS WORLDWIDE AT THE SECOND COMING OF OUR LORD – or next Christmas, whichever comes first. Selah.

Share your expectations for 2020 in the comments.  I would love to read them!

THANK YOU for following Importantstuff.Live previously and in 2020.  Your encouragement fills my heart with true joy.  My love to All and God’s blessings and prosperity for you and yours in 2020.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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Today’s Nugget | Mary’s Song

Mary’s Song

46Mary responded,

“Oh, how my soul praises the

Lord.

47   How my spirit rejoices in

                God my Savior!

48   For he took notice of his lowly

                servant girl,

        and from now on all

                generations will call me

                blessed.

49   For the Mighty One is holy,

          and he has done great things

                for me.

50   He shows mercy from

                generation to generation

        to all who fear him.

51   His mighty arm has done

                tremendous things!

         He has scattered the proud

                and haughty ones.

52   He has brought down princes

                from their thrones

         and exalted the humble.

53   He has filled the hungry with

                good things

         and sent the rich away with

                empty hands.

54   He has helped his servant Israel

         and remembered to be

                merciful.

55   For he made his promise to

                our ancestors,

         to Abraham and his children

                forever.”

   56Mary stayed with Elizabeth

about three months and then

went back to her own home.

~ Luke 1: 46-56 NLT

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She Did What She Could

How can one person see the bigger picture while another is oblivious to the obvious?  At a time when there was a plot to kill Jesus, a woman close to Yeshua sensed trouble and took action.  Realizing that she could do nothing to prevent Yeshua’s death, she did what she could a couple of days prior to Passover:

And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as He (Jesus) sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask, and poured it on His head. ~ Mark 14:3 NKJV

The diners were shocked and criticized the woman, accusing her of wasting a commodity that was worth a year’s wages.  At the very least, they indicated it should have been sold and given to the poor.

But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” ~ Mark 14:6-9 NKJV (Emphasis added)

Satan is not “oblivious to the obvious”.  He immediately jumped on the opportunity of Judas’s dismay over the woman’s “waste”.  We know from that point on how the story takes its twisted path to Calvary’s cross.

10Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them. 11And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. So he sought how he might conveniently betray Him. ~ Mark 14:10-11 NKJV

But what just happened at dinner?  While Judas Iscariot was busy plotting the betrayal of the Messiah and the other disciples were enjoying a meal with Jesus, a woman follower sees the bigger picture and brought a most treasured possession to dinner.  She anointed Yeshua’s body right then and there, in case it would prove to be impossible later; believing that Jesus is the Lamb of God, soon to be sacrificed for our sins; Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

She did what she could – and today,

“what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”

If you enjoy reading about special people in history, you may like a previous post titled, What can you do?

And what is spikenard anyway? 

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