Do you really know HIM?

As we hear on the news today about the devastation that different parts of the world are
experiencing.(earthquake in Japan, tsunami in Hawaii, aftershocks, etc…), my heart aches for those that do not really know Jesus. The hope and peace that comes from knowing Him…I just couldn’t imagine trying to get through these trying times without Him!

The Bible tells us in John 3:16~ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. It is just that simple! Why do we make it seem so hard?? He loves us and wants a relationship with us, but He gives us the choice…It is a free gift! Romans 6:23~ For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 🙂 That makes me smile!! See, I know I am no where near perfect..but God wants ME and he loves me for me. You know what? He loves you too…there is nothing that can keep Jesus from loving You! Sure, we can definitely grieve Him, but He will ALWAYS love and forgive us. If we really know Jesus we will want to make Him happy…not grieve Him.

1 John 1:8-10 (NKJV)~
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

If you know Jesus, then great! This is still for you though… We have a job to do…it is our responsibility as authentic believers who profess Jesus as our Lord and Savior, to spread His love and truth! 1 John 2:3-6 ~ Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him”, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk just as He walked.

Does this mean if you aren’t “perfect” that you aren’t really saved? Of course not! If we were perfect, we wouldn’t even need Jesus.

If you don’t really know Jesus, it is not too late! Take that step, you won’t regret it! Talk to Jesus, talk to someone who knows more than you, a friend, a pastor…but please don’t think you aren’t good enough. Jesus wants you just as you are…He can work miracles!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping in to read my blog! I am learning as I go, letting God take the lead.
It is a daily effort to have a relationship with anyone..yes, even with God! God Bless you all!

Until Next Time!

Heather Dawkins 🙂

Love..a part of the fruit of the Spirit.

As I venture into waters that are unchartered for me…I want to encourage you to do the same. If you feel God has been nudging you to do something to further His kingdom then just take that 1st step! To be a part of leading a bible study has been such a blessing to me! I don’t love speaking in front of people… I never felt like I was “smart enough” about the bible. You know what though….I discovered that it wasn’t about ME to begin with!!! It is all about Jesus and what the Holy Spirit wants to reveal. I pray every time before I speak or share that only what God wants me to say will be said. Trust me when I tell you…the good Lord can definitely shut your mouth. 🙂 I was all prepared for a study and for some reason (the Holy Spirit) I couldn’t think what to say …and I even had my notes in front of me! Needless to say, it all worked out.

While I am a lot more comfortable with this blog thing…it is still a little unnerving to me. The reason being: I want to only speak/write what God wants me to speak/write…not what “Heather” wants to speak or write about. With that being said, I am going to begin this journey with God leading the way. I invite you to come along with me.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such there is no law.

I would like to begin with taking each aspect of the fruit of the Spirit and discussing them and what the Bible says about them. I will begin with LOVE and as God leads me I will share about the others.


When referring to LOVE …That would mean to love like Jesus loves…not like we want to love. As human beings we tend to love selfishly. We also tend to hold back our love, or show what we call ” love” when we can get something out of it. Sure there are times when we love like Jesus…but the fact is that Jesus loves the same ALL of the time! He never changes!
Hebrews 13:8 ~ Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
John 15:12 ~ This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you.
Yep I am going there…He said to love your enemies!!
Matthew 5:44 ~ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.

Man that sound like a lot of requirements huh??? Why is it so hard sometimes??? Why do we think we deserve God’s love and mercy any more than somebody else?? Let’s not forget what it says in. Matthew 6:14~ For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do NOT forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. So….looks like LOVE and FORGIVENESS go hand in hand…don’t ya think??

Another one of my favorite passages that sums up Love and Forgiveness…
Colossians 3:12-15 (NKJV) ~
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you must also do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

So….we should love like Jesus and forgive like Jesus…we may not always feel like the other person deserves it, but the fact is that if you are a child of God, you were given the gifts of mercy, love and forgiveness from Jesus Christ..even though you didn’t deserve those gifts either. It’s real easy to say you love or forgive someone, but your actions will prove it! Let’s not just be hearers of God’s word…let’s be doers! (James 1:22-24)

Until Next Time!
Heather Dawkins 🙂

The start of something new!

Well Hello! Just as the title hints…this blogging thing is ” something new” for me. I really feel God calling me to step out of my comfort zone in so many areas of my life! While this can be a bit is also really exciting to me! 🙂

About 7 weeks ago, I answered God’s call to help lead a bible study at my church. about scared! I did what a lot of people do…I
said ” Who are you talking to? Are you talking to ME God?” See…I forgot that God doesn’t call the equipped..He equips the called.I am just a stay at home Momma..with no college education…but God can use Anyone…you just have to be willing to take the first step!

My hope and my prayer is that you will only see Jesus in these blogs that I share…hang in there with me…I am learning as I go. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Philippians 4:13 ~ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 🙂