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God Help! But Don’t Ask Me to Live by The Bible

I’m amazed at how many people call on God for help in the time of need and trouble but don’t really want a personal relationship with him. They like to know that God is there if they need him, but don’t really want him to be a part of their everyday life.

Some of these same people will openly reject God by denying the Bible, they will not say that is what they are doing, but that is exactly what they are doing. Any time you say something is right that the Bible has clearly said is sin you are rejecting God and his word. You can’t have your cake and eat it too mentality.

It’s so sad to see how satan has deceived people to believe as long as they call on God occasionally, they are okay. God wants a relationship with his creation, not just us crying out God Help! but don’t ask me to live by the Bible.

Some will say the Bible is no longer relevant; it’s old fashion and just not keeping up with the times. Yet, when they get in trouble or have a need it is strange how relevant God and his word become to them.

Then there are others who want to pick and choose. They like the promises of God, but don’t care for the instructions that are opposite of what they want to do.

How would you feel if the only time you heard from someone was when they needed your help. How would it feel to find that that person had been saying your words are not true and not important?

I’m not trying to say we should not call on God, we should. In Matthew 7: 7, 8 Jesus instructs us to ask him

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

When mankind decides they don’t need God or they only want God when it’s convenient for them.  It’s a recipe for destruction.

Matthew 7: 13, 14  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

God loves his creation so of course he wants the best for us. God wants to have a personal relationship with us every day!

Donna Snapp

Waiting for the Morning to Come

March 29, 2014

Five months ago today my mom went to be with Jesus and four months ago my sister Jo Ann joined her. The weeping hasn’t stopped. There have been times when a certain memory has caused tears to come into my eyes.

I try very hard when I’m around people to hold back the tears. I know that people are busy and have problems of their own. I also know from firsthand experience how awkward it can be to comfort a grieving person. The attempt to say just the right thing is difficult.

Now that I’m on the other side, I understand that the spoken word isn’t always necessary. There are times when a hug, email or a card can make all the difference.

Oh how I long for the morning to come. David wrote in Psalm 30:5 …….weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. David wasn’t clear on how long the night would last.

To endure means you bear or survive a hardship. This word explains exactly what I’m doing. I’m surviving with the hope that JOY cometh in the morning!

Donna Snapp

Now What?

I write this blog hoping it will be of some help to those who are going or have gone through deep grief.

Many of you know what it feels like to wake up one day and you are the only one left in your household. For those who have not experienced this feeling I ask you to use your imagination.

Imagine that everyone in your household has died, except you. Hopefully you have people around you for support and comfort.

The time will come though when the outpour of support will lessen or come to an end. Then you realize that this is real, it’s not a dream.

Now what? You have many things you must deal with. Should you move or not move. If you own your home the question of whether you should sell or not sell. In some cases that decision may be made for you based upon your financial situation. Remember, you not only lost everyone in your household, but you lost their financial support as well.

Now what? Many people are telling you not to make any major decisions for at least a year. You say to yourself, that’s okay, I’m finding it hard enough to decide what to cook for dinner or even if I will eat dinner.

Now what? There are many things that you once shared with other family members that you must learn to take care of yourself. You are learning or trying to learn how to shop and cook for just one person. The duties such as cleaning, repairs and maintenance are on your shoulders.

I don’t have to imagine the above scenario; I’m living it every day. Yes, things have changed and I can’t say I know the answer to the question “Now What?”

I remember many times Jo Ann mentioned the song they had sung at her eighth grade graduation.  Below is that song:

You’ll Never Walk Alone
by Rodgers & Hammerstein

When you walk through a storm
Keep your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark.

At the end of the storm is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark.

Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart

And you’ll never walk alone. You’ll never walk alone. 

 

My faith in God has helped me understand that tomorrow isn’t promised to me and that He is always with me. He is not just watching as I travel on this road of life but he is walking with me. In some cases he is carrying me.

……I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

So that we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 13:5-6 

I’m posing the question, “Now What?” to God and I must trust His answer.

Donna Snapp

When the Tears Flow

I had a doctor’s appointment this week for a checkup. When I walked into the office the tears began to flow. This was the doctor’s office that Jo Ann and I had taken Mom to in the past. Sitting in that office brought back to my mind all of those memories.

Memories are good, they can bring joy, but they can also cause the tears to flow.

My doctor, who is a Christian and understands the tears of grief, sat with me and gave me words of comfort. Not just the clinical words, but words that were from her heart.

There hasn’t been a day that has gone by since Mom and Jo went to be with Jesus that the tears haven’t flowed. Some days they flow less than others, but they still flow.

This morning as the tears were coming down I was reminded of an old song I had sung in church years ago.

           Tears are a Language God Understands

Often you’ve wondered why tears come into your eyes
and burdens seem to be much more than you can stand.
But God is standing near; He sees your falling tears.
Tears are a language God understands.

God sees the tears of a broken-hearted soul.
He sees your tears and hears them when they fall.
God weeps along with man and takes him by the hand
Tears are a language God understands

When grief has left you low, it causes tears to flow.
When things have not turned out the way that you had planned
But God won’t forget you, His promises are true.
Tears are a language God understands.

We can let the tears flow because God is listening and He understands.

Donna Snapp

The Road of Grief

I’ve walked this road before, but this time it’s more difficult to walk. 

The road of grief is a very hard road to travel. Many have or will walk the road of grief sometime in their life.

The meaning of the word grief: keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret.

For many of you that have followed Jo Ann’s blog you know that for many years Jo and I took care of our mother. Mom had several strokes in her lifetime which paralyzed the left side of her body taking away her ability to walk.

The last six months of Mom’s life she was confined to her bed unable to do anything for herself. We fed her, bathed her and took care of all her needs. Jo Ann and I were very thankful that we were able to do this for Mom.

Mom went to be with Jesus Oct. 29, 2013. It was a sorrowful time that was mixed with the joy of knowing Mom was in heaven able to walk, run and was healed of the damage the strokes had caused.

We were grieving her death, which is normal even when you know someone is with Jesus. We missed hearing her laughter and seeing her beautiful blue eyes. Still grieving the loss of Mom the unthinkable happened. On November 29, 2013 exactly 30 days from the day Mom went to be with Jesus Jo Ann joined Mom in heaven.

Returning home after running a few errands I walked into the house and found Jo Ann on the floor next to the dining table. She was already blue and not breathing. My efforts to revive her were useless. Through tears and shock I called 911.

I can’t fully explain the shock I was feeling. The 911 dispatcher had me go and sit on the front porch to wait for the ambulance. When I stood to get the attention of the ambulance driver I felt like I was going to fall to the ground. It seemed as if all the strength had gone out of my body. By the grace of God I was able to stand and directed the ambulance driver to the house.

The paramedics could do nothing to help Jo Ann she was already with Jesus. The sheriff who had arrived at the same time as the ambulance called the coroner.

I called my Pastor, who with his wife and daughter came quickly to my house. I called my family in Indiana and California. My neighbors came over as soon as they saw the ambulance at the house.

The next few days were busy with making the necessary arrangements.

The funeral being over we each had to go back to our everyday lives, each one of us walking our road of grief.

Grief comes in waves. I think I’m doing okay and then it hits me. The tears begin to flow and the pain is so intense. I cry out to God, soon I feel his warm embrace.

I’m learning the road of grief is a long road with a lot of unexpected twist and turns. On this road I have felt disbelief, discouragement, anger, uncertainty and many other emotions. I have even been jealous that Mom and JoAnn are in heaven having a great time and I’m here feeling all this sadness.

One of my neighbors said to me “God will not give you all his grace at one time, but he will give it to you as you need it”. How true this statement has been to me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

May God comfort and help everyone that is walking the Road of Grief.

Donna Snapp

Happy New Year

Hi everyone,

I know Jo Ann would have wished everyone a Happy New Year. I’m not a writer like she was, so I will keep it simple.

I wish y’all a very blessed and happy 2014. I hope for a better 2014 for everyone.

I know God has a reason for everything that happens in life. That being said, it doesn’t mean that life will be without trouble. Since the time Adam and Eve made the decision not to obey God mankind has had trouble in life. God sent his only son Jesus to give mankind a better way. When we believe on Jesus, confess our sins and turn away from sin God forgives us and we have the hope of eternal life with Him one day. 

We have hope in 2014 through Jesus Christ!

Happy New Year,

Donna Snapp

 

Jo Ann Loved Christmas

Hi everyone,

Jo Ann loved Christmas. I remember as a child Jo Ann always tried to make Christmas a special time for all of us.

On Christmas Eve after everyone went to bed she would get up and put some special gifts under the tree so we would be surprised the next morning.

She loved to decorate the house inside and out. Spending several hours making sure everything was just right.

Of course the main reason she loved Christmas was because it’s Jesus’s birthday!  Jo Ann would make a cake or purchase a cake then write the words Happy Birthday Jesus on the cake.

So remember to celebrate His birthday in a special way!

As you can imagine my family and I are missing Mom and Jo Ann this year, but we never want to forget to thank God for sending his Son.

Give your loved ones an extra hug this year. You never know when God may call them home.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Donna Snapp

My Dear Sister Jo Ann Snapp Went To Be With Jesus on November 29, 2013

Jo's pic 92513Jo Ann Snapp, 65, went to be with Jesus on Nov. 29 after suffering a massive heart attack at her home. Six years ago Jo Ann moved back to Arkansas from Ojai, Calif., and made her home in Mountain View.

Jo Ann was the second of nine children born to Margaret E. (Rains) Snapp and Molon B. Snapp, both deceased. Jo Ann, along with sisters Norma Jean and Carolyn Mae, was born in Arkansas. In the fifties, her family moved to Michigan City, Ind., where Connie Sue, Barnet Molon, Don Wayne, Donna Lee, Debra Lynn (deceased) and Tammy Lynn were born. She moved to California in the seventies. She was a beloved Auntie to eleven nieces and nephews, and Great Auntie to twenty-two great nieces and nephews.

Jo Ann had a long career in retail and logistics. In retirement she became an author of fiction publishing 11 books. She was working on a twelfth book at the time of her death. Jo Ann’s love of writing started at the age of nine when she wrote her first long story. She used her gift of writing to teach others about the Lord, whom she loved with all her heart. She dedicated her life to serving Jesus and her adult life to caring for others.

Jo Ann became the first in her family to earn a college degree after dedicating herself to taking one class a semester for nine years while working full-time. She earned an Associates of Science degree in Business from Ventura College in 1993.

As a memorial, please tell Jesus you love Him every morning and at night and if you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, please seek Him out. As Jo Ann’s Momma always said, it sure is peaceful to know where you’re going when you draw your last breath.

Please keep me and my family in your prayers. We miss Jo Ann greatly, but we know we will see her again in Heaven.

I will continue to maintain Jo Ann’s website.

I have lost a precious sister, Heaven has gained a precious jewel.

Donna Snapp

To Say I’m Grateful

I’ve not felt much like writing the last few weeks since the loss of my dear mother. I start to write an update on my blog but end up waiting.

I am grateful that my mother is no longer a prisoner to her bed.

I am grateful that I know without a doubt, from her own last words and the vision she saw before leaving us, that she is with Jesus, her best buddy and dearest friend.

I am grateful that she gave us her blessing for a long, active life with no problems, and I know she was sincerely sure that will be the case.

I am grateful that God kept her at peace and in no pain on her journey from this life to heaven.

I am grateful to know that I will see her again in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, to be with her again. I miss her so very much, but would not want her to return from where she is now, where she is able to jump up and down after years of living in a body that didn’t work and she is praising God in person, face to face with her precious, sweet Jesus.

I am grateful that I know heaven is real.

My Mom is Walking with Jesus

Just a quick note to let everyone know my Momma went to be with Jesus early Tuesday morning. She went peaceably, praising God she was ready. We are sad, we will miss her very much but we are rejoicing that she is no longer in the bed or wheelchair but in the presence of her Lord and Savior. As she says, He was her best buddy throughout all the years.