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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

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


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.

God’s Will is Always the Best

Have you ever begged and pleaded to God for something that you wanted, knowing it HAD to be God’s will and you did not receive the answer you expected? Our human perspectives can cloud our prayers on many occasions. The Word covers these types of prayers.
We have not because we don’t ask, but there is another sentence to that admonition. We have not because we ask amiss. That part tells me there is a caveat to what God will answer.
God knows our hearts and even beyond what we can see or comprehend, He knows when we are asking in His will or outside of His will. How do we decide then what to ask God?
We ask the Father what we will in the name of Jesus. He says ask anything in Jesus’ name and it shall be given to us that our Joy may be full.
Jesus asked what He wanted of the Father. He asked of the Father that “this cup”  be taken from Him. Then He prayed what we should all pray after asking of God and that is, nevertheless, not what I will but what You will or in another text said, nevertheless not My will but Thy will be done.

Jesus was the Son of God. He knew why He had come, yet, living in the flesh, He had come to love and care for the people He was to die for. His cry and His prayer went deeper than not wanting to leave His disciples.

Jesus knew that He would have to take on the sins of the world, He who knew no sin, and in doing that He knew God would have to turn away from Him. He had never been disconnected from the God head and that was what grieved Jesus. That was what He prayed would not happen.

God tells us to pray for our needs and beyond because He says ask anything. The part that carries the most weight is that we are to ask in Jesus’ name. That means according to His Word and His will.
Just as with Jesus, God’s will is not always the easy way. God will give us Joy unspeakable and full of glory. That is not happiness or sadness that comes and goes in this life. Joy is eternal and when we know Jesus as our Lord and Savior, it will be that Joy that endures. God’s will is always the best answer we can receive.

Big Thank You to Sisters

I would like to take time on this blog to give a big thank you to my sister who recently took it upon herself to become my public relations person.

She’s already my cover maker and accounting person, for which I am so grateful, because right now it is virtually a non-paying position. By the records she has set in place, you would think I was a top rank author!! Everything so professional and precise.

She just finished my new website on WordPress. I am a technologically illiterate person, so I’ve no idea how she did it, but take a look at it. I think it is great. She gave me a page just for blogs, one for my books and one for introducing me to the world. She, of course, being a perfectionist says it needs more work and keeps searching for better ways.

I thank God she is my sister sibling and my sister in the Lord and that she is using her God-given talent in this way. She also says, give praise to God, since her field is accounting and she has no training in web tech.

I have to give credit where it is due. I know she trusts God, but I also know how very intelligent she is and computer skills come naturally to her. Yes, it is hit and miss learning but she keeps at it until she gets what she wants.

Me? I don’t have a clue where to start except for writing. I’m so afraid of bombing the computer files, I freeze up. Sis says, you can always delete and start over!! Her analytical mind.

Just thought I would share one of my blessings.

To Help a Friend

I have an author friend in England who has done some very good devotional books. She has asked if I could get the word out about her new book. How to pray is the topic. I have done some critique work with the author and find the book inspiring.
From the author, Marion Stroud: (author of dozens of devotional books)
“My new book ‘It’s Just You and Me Lord’ will be in Sam’s Club, in time for Mother’s Day. If I was in the US, I’d know what to do in order to make people aware that it can be bought from there. But from here I’m definitely working in the dark! I should imagine that hundreds of thousands know about Sam’s Club who would never do anything about going to a Christian bookstore or do direct order from Discovery House. And I long for the book to get to those for whom prayer is a mystery.”

If you need help in knowing how to pray and like a good devotional book, please check out Sam’s Club for Marion Stroud’s,  “It’s Just You and Me Lord.”  I hope you will find the book encouraging.

Weapons of Mass Destruction are Where?

I normally don’t get into politics but the news the other night piqued my interest. Bush was put out of the White House (very much so) by his ‘weapons of mass destruction’ claim from a surveillance shot. Then a new shot showed the weapons gone.

Is it just me or isn’t it strange that Saddam’s neighbor, Iran, suddenly ended up with a complete, highly tech facility for nuclear processes in a very short amount of time AND now, his other neighbor, Syria has massive stock piles of chemical weapons in cities along the border (which Asaid has threatened to use on his own people…Does that sound like Saddam?

All that stuff intelligence said was there may very well have been moved to Saddam’s bordering neighbors——–. Could it be?

I do know I was reading in Isaiah about future prophecies of the area and it struck me strange that the Assyria in the Bible became Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. The area I was reading said that the new leader of Egypt would go to help resolve the Israel conflict (Israel was not to accept the help, God was to deal with it) and that the Egyptian leader would have to go home without solving anything to face an uprising in his own country. Sounds all too familiar.

Just thought I would share.

It’s a New Year to Praise the Lord

The other day we were talking about the 2000 panic and I can hardly believe that has been thirteen years ago.

It reminds me of many things in our lives, some of which cause such distress leading up to an incident or event and then it becomes the past and we wonder how we got through it but we did.

I try to use the Y2K event when thinking about people who seem to have no hope that there is a better tomorrow. People who may decide what they are facing will never change, will never get better, would do well to count the times in their lives that seemed to be overwhelming for them to get through and how many of those events are now in the past and they did get through.

Many times I think back to school and the anxiety of completing a project or taking a test or having to meet new people. At the time I could see no solution, no good outcome but looking back, after decades, at all the things I came out of on the other side, I see how trivial those times were in the scheme of eternity.

I look at the growing rate of suicides and I mourn and I pray that those in depression would listen to the voice of God. That there will be a time when they will be able to take charge of their circumstances. They will be in control but they need to realize that there is a light on the other side of what they are facing now, and God has a plan for each person if they will listen.

The Word says to Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. The more we commune with God the more we can realize that our desires should be unto Him. That’s where the peace, the contentment, the joy and the bubbling up of Praise for our heavenly Father begins.

The more we follow after God’s plan, the more we praise Him for His everyday goodness, the closer we become a part of Him, the more we will realize this world is not our home, we are just passing through. If we know Christ as our Saviour, our confidant, our friend the more we will realize we have an exciting eternity when we are called home…on God’s schedule, not ours.

So while I’m here I will serve Him and praise Him gladly and look forward with joy, as Paul did, to the time when I finish my course and I receive what God has prepared for those that love Him, those redeemed by Christ Jesus.

I Spoke to Soon

On my last blog I said I would try to release my new Norma Jean’s Mystery, Body in the Barrel, by Christmas. I’ve been doing some editing on the draft and have decided it needs more work but I am hoping for January 15th.

I sometimes get impatient and try to rush things but I always want to put out only the best work so I am drawing back some on this one. It will be the fifth in the series so I want it to be good.

Unfortunately, I am like that in other parts of my life, impatient I mean. I want the best results in my witness for Christ but many times try to take a short cut rather than patiently wait upon the Lord.

You know how you sometimes want to just grab someone by the collar that you’ve witness to over and over and say, “Why can’t you see how much God loves you?” But that kind of defeats the purpose doesn’t it?

I am determined to be more patient in my work and in my dealing with those who are in darkness of sin and need to be drawn to the light of Jesus. I many times have to go back to the gospels and see how patient Jesus was with the lost. His most stern words were not to the people in darkness who had never heard, but to the religious leaders who walked with fake piety. What did he call them?
Whited sepulchers full of dead men’s bones? Clean on the outside but corrupt on the inside.

Chastisement from God is not a bad thing for His children. The Bible says it shows that He is our loving father, we are truly His child. I pray always for the chastisement of God as His child when I need to be taught by the Truth. I don’t want to go on without His light to show me the pathway to take when I get impatient and try to take short-cuts. Thank God for discipline.