Saturday, August 17, 2019

HOW MANY TIMES
“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” 
Matthew 18:21, 22
King James Version
Someone who was talking to a friend said “She did it again.  She promised she would never do it again.  How many times is she going to keep doing it?  She said she was sorry and asked me to forgive her and I did but she did it again the next day.”
I think if we will listen with our heart, we will hear our Heavenly Father say to us “You asked Me to forgive you and you told Me that you wouldn’t do it again but you keep doing it.”  It is so easy to point the finger of guilt at someone, isn’t it?   It’s a lot harder for us to admit we need forgiveness.
One of my pastors said in a sermon “If you will make sure your own heart is in right standing with God, you won’t have the time to judge and criticize others”.  The pastor was so right because I have found that it is a full time job to make sure there is nothing in my heart that hurts God and breaks His heart.  I receive emails from people who tell me how wonderful it is that I write devotions and I appreciate those emails because all of us need to be encouraged.
However, like you do, there are times when I hurt God and break His heart.  Don’t look to me, to your pastor or to your Sunday school teacher, keep your eyes on Jesus because He is perfect and He will never hurt you.  I know from personal experience that Jesus really cares about us and He never leaves us, not even for a minute.
A husband and wife were taking a trip and while driving down the highway the wife said to her husband “We don’t sit next to each other like we used to do”.  Her husband who was driving replied “I haven’t moved”.  If you feel like Jesus has left you, He hasn’t.  He is still here.  It is you that has left Him.  I don’t think we have grasped in our heart that it hurts Jesus when we don’t spend time with Him.  If our schedules are so busy that we don’t have the time to talk to Jesus, we are too busy and we need to rearrange our schedules.
My Mother used to say to me “I told you not to do that again and you told me you weren’t going to do it again but you did”.  It is a good thing that our Heavenly Father loves us unconditionally and is a compassionate forgiving Father.  May God help us to forgive others as He forgives us.
You might think why should I forgive that person?  She didn’t ask me to forgive her.  Jesus showed us how we should forgive others.  We should forgive from our heart.  While still hanging on the cross with the blood flowing down His body, He asked His Father to forgive us.
“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots” (Luke 23:33,34).
Heavenly Father, I’m sorry for the times when I have hurt You because I allowed unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment and hatred to remain in my heart.  Thank You for loving me and forgiving me.  I love You so much, Heavenly Father.  Thank You that You will never hit us, yell at us, and tell us we’re no good.  In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.
Joanne Lowe
August 17, 2019

Friday, August 16, 2019


OUR BURDENS

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Hebrews 13:5
King James Version

Ralph Carmichael wrote a beautiful hymn about our precious Saviour  “Reach Out To Jesus”.  I love these words.  “Is your burden heavy as you bear it all alone?  Does the road you travel, harbor dangers yet unknown?  Are you growing weary in the struggle of it all?  Jesus will help you when on his name you call.”

There are times when we go through dark valleys and we don’t have to if we will only ask Jesus to help us.  Jesus really loves us and He cares when we are discouraged and going through dark valleys and He wants to help us.  Jesus said  “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Heavenly Father, I pray for all who are discouraged, please comfort and encourage them as You have done for me so many times.  I love You so much and I appreciate all You have done for me.  Thank You for adopting me into Your family and for the privilege You have given me to serve Jesus.

Joanne Lowe
August 16, 2019

Thursday, August 15, 2019


DID THEY TELL HER

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”

John 14:1-4
King James Version

I watched the Homecoming Celebration for Dottie Rambo on the internet yesterday.  I have watched it several times in the past and as I heard all the loving and wonderful things they said about her the thought came to me did they tell her?  Did they tell Dottie how much they loved her and what she meant to them while she was alive?  We can’t tell people how much we love them after they die.

I think that we are sometimes like the man who said “I don’t have to tell my wife I love her.  I married her so she should know I love her”.  I am so glad that Jesus isn’t like that man who said his wife should know he loves her because he married her.  Jesus tells us every day that He loves us as He reassures us that He loves us.  Evangelist Charles Weigle wrote one of my very favorite hymns “NO ONE EVER CARED FOR ME LIKE JESUS”.     

“Every day He comes to me with new assurance, More and more I understand His words of love; But I'll never know just why He came to save me, Till some day I see His blessed face above. No one ever cared for me like Jesus; There's no other friend so kind as He; No one else could take the sin and darkness from me - O how much He cared for me!”

I’m so glad the words in this hymn are true because if Jesus didn’t tell me every day that He loves me, I would go to bed and stay there.  However, we do know why Jesus came to save us.  The Bible tells us why He came to save us.  We read in the Bible.  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

If anyone ever asks you who Jesus is, tell them “Jesus is love, unconditional love”.  Not only does Jesus give love, He is love.  Do you realize what a privilege it is to be loved by the Saviour of the world?  I think sometimes we treat Him like He is a puppet.  We put Him on a shelf and only take Him down when we need something.  How we must hurt Him and break His heart at times.

It is not enough to tell our spouse, our children and our loved ones that we love them one time.  It is very important that we tell them often that we love them and then prove that we love them by our actions.  Words don’t mean anything unless they are backed up by our actions.  Do your family and friends know you love them?  How often do you tell them?  May God help us to be kind and loving to our family, to our loved ones and to all we meet.

Joanne Lowe
August 15, 2019

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

ARE WE A BLESSING

“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.”

2 Corinthians 5:20
King James Version

Harper G. Smyth wrote one of my favorite hymns “Make Me A Channel of Blessing”.  “Make me a channel of blessing today, Make me a channel of blessing, I pray; My life possessing, my service blessing, Make me a channel of blessing today.”  Are we a blessing to others?  Do others know we love Jesus by our words and by our actions?

There are many people who are hurting and they need to know that someone loves them.  May God help us to be a channel of blessing to our family, our friends and to everyone we see.  We don’t know what is going on in someone’s life, what dark valleys they are going through.  All we know is what they tell us.

I don’t know about you but it is very hard for me to share with people when I am hurting.  I’m not sure why, maybe because I’m afraid people won’t understand or they will think what I am going through isn’t that important.  Jesus sees what is in our heart and He understands and He cares when we are hurting.  Jesus is a Friend beyond compare.  I have many precious friends and I have a best friend that God gave me but they are human and they can’t see into my heart.  They only know what I share with them.  Jesus always understands and He always cares when I am hurting.

We need to be encouragers to one another.  Are you encouraging people by your words and by your actions or are you discouraging them?  We read in the Bible.  “They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.    So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved” (Isaiah 41:6,7).

Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me and for adopting me into Your family.  I pray that You will help me to be an encourager to everyone I see.  Thank You for Your Son Who is the greatest Encourager of all.  Jesus, I love You with all my heart and I long for the day when I will see You face to face.  In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.

Joanne Lowe

August 14, 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

HE STILL LOVES US

“And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.  And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.   And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.  And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!  I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.  And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.  And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.  But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.”

Luke 15:11-24
King James Version

What a beautiful illustration of the unconditional love our Heavenly Father has for us!  No matter how many times we fail Him and hurt Him, our loving and compassionate Heavenly Father still loves us.  William J. Kirkpatrick wrote one of my favorite hymns “Lord, I'm Coming Home”  “I've wasted many precious years, Now I'm coming home; I now repent with bitter tears, Lord, I'm coming home.”

If you have wasted many precious years and wandered away from God, He still loves you and is waiting with His arms open wide for you to come back to Him.  He won’t hit you, scold you or tell you that you’re no good like some dads do; He will hug you and rejoice because you have come back to Him.  He loves you so much He gave His beloved Son to die on the cross for your sins.  Please don’t wait another minute.  Run into His open arms and let Him comfort you.  He really cares about you.

Heavenly Father, You are a tender compassionate loving Father.  Thank You for loving us even when we hurt You.  I pray for all who are lonely, discouraged and broken hearted.  Please comfort them as You have done for me so many times.  I pray for every pastor who is preaching the good news of our risen Saviour.  Please let them know how much You love them and appreciate their service.  In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.

Joanne Lowe

August 13, 2019

Monday, August 12, 2019


TELL JESUS

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28
King James Version

Pastor Elisha A. Hoffman wrote one of my favorite hymns “I Must Tell Jesus”  I love the words in this wonderful hymn.  “I must tell Jesus all of my troubles, He is a kind, compassionate Friend; If I but ask Him, He will deliver, Make of my troubles quickly an end. I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! I cannot bear my burdens alone; I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! Jesus can help me, Jesus alone."

I have the greatest Pastor in the world.  How thankful I am that God allows me to have Pastor Davis as my Pastor.  I also have many wonderful friends and I have a best friend who I love very much and would die for but my Pastor and my friends can’t see into my heart.  They only know what I tell them but Jesus knows what is in my heart and He cares when I am hurting and He cares when you are hurting.

So many times we try to do things without asking Jesus to help us and then we wonder why we can’t do them.  Jesus told us why we can’t do them by ourselves.  We read in the Bible.  “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).  If we would only ask Jesus to help us, we wouldn’t have as many problems.  There was a television program that I used to watch “Father Knows Best”.  Our precious Saviour knows what is best for us if we will only trust Him and listen to what He tells us.

There were times when I disobeyed my Mother that she said to me “It doesn’t matter what I say, you’re going to do what you want to do”.  She said that to me many times and I think if we will listen with our heart we will hear Jesus say to us “It doesn’t matter what I say, you’re going to do what you want to do”.  It is time that we start trusting Jesus more than we do because when we don’t trust Him, it hurts Him and breaks His heart.

When is the last time you told Jesus that you love Him?  Jesus has feelings too and He wants us to tell Him we love Him.  If Jesus didn’t tell me every day that He loves me, it would break my heart.  Do you love Jesus?  If you do love Him, what are you doing to prove to Him that you love Him?

Joanne Lowe
August 12, 2019

Sunday, August 11, 2019

OUR HAVEN

“He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.  Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.”

Psalms 107:29, 30
King James Version


Henry L. Gilmour wrote the beautiful hymn “The Haven of Rest”.  “My soul in sad exile was out on life’s sea, So burdened with sin and distressed, Till I heard a sweet voice, saying, Make Me your choice; And I entered the Haven of Rest!  I’ve anchored my soul in the Haven of Rest, I’ll sail the wide seas no more; The tempest may sweep over wild, stormy, deep, In Jesus I’m safe evermore.”


Webster’s Dictionary gives this definition for haven “a place of safety”.  Jesus is our Haven, a place of safety and rest.  When satan attacks us with lies and all other things to discourage us from serving Jesus, we need to remember that Jesus knows how it feels to be tempted by satan.  


We read in the Bible.  “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).  We have a compassionate Saviour Who loves us and He loves us unconditionally.  If you feel like you can’t take another step or give another smile, tell Jesus.  He will pick you up in His loving arms and will carry you through all the dark valleys in your life and will set you once again on the  mountain top of happiness.

Yes, our precious Saviour understands when we are hurting and discouraged.  He knows how it feels to be discouraged and He cares when we are going through dark valleys.  John W. Peterson wrote the beautiful and inspiring hymn “NO ONE UNDERSTANDS LIKE JESUS”.  I’m so glad the words in this hymn are true.  “No one understands like Jesus; Ev'ry woe He sees and feels; Tenderly He whispers comfort, And the broken heart He heals.”

Our family, our loved ones and our friends can’t heal our broken heart as much as they want to do so.  Only Jesus can heal a broken heart.  What a Saviour!  What a Friend, this Jesus of Nazareth!  Please join me in praising the One Who loves you so much He died for you and suffered pain and anguish that you and I will never know.  O how I love Jesus and one day I will have the privilege of seeing Him face to face.

Joanne Lowe
August 11, 2019

Saturday, August 10, 2019

EVERYTHING

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Matthew 28:18-20
King James Version

Mary D. James wrote one of my favorite hymns “All for Jesus”.  I love these words.  “All for Jesus, all for Jesus! All my being’s ransomed powers: All my thoughts and words and doings, All my days and all my hours.”  Yes, every thing that we do or say should be for Jesus.  The heart’s desire of every Christian should be to make Jesus happy.  Are you making Jesus happy? 

Evangelist Judson W. Van DeVenter wrote the beautiful hymn “I Surrender All”  “All to Jesus, I surrender; All to Him I freely give; I will ever love and trust Him, In His presence daily live.”  Have we surrendered all to Jesus or are we still allowing resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred, jealousy and envy to remain in our heart?

If we would only realize that when we have resentment, unforgiveness, jealousy, hatred and envy in our heart, it hurts Jesus and breaks His heart, I believe we would forgive those who have hurt us.  The ones we are so angry with and don’t forgive are ones who Jesus died for just as He died for us.  May God help us to be like Jesus and forgive as He forgives us.

Someone said “She doesn’t deserve to be forgiven for what she did”.  I submit to you on the authority of the Word of God that none of us deserve to be forgiven.  We read in the Bible.  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  It is only because Jesus died for our sins on the cross that any of us can be forgiven.  How dare we ask God to forgive us if we refuse to forgive the ones who have hurt us.

Heavenly Father, I pray You will speak to those who refuse to forgive and melt their hardened heart.  Help us to remember that without the blood of Jesus applied to our heart for the forgiveness of our sins, all of us would be on our way to hell.  Thank You for loving us so much You gave Your beloved Son to die for our sins.  In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.
Joanne Lowe

August 10, 2019

Friday, August 9, 2019


HIS NAME

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Philippians 2:5-11
King James Version

Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote one of my very favorite hymns “There’s Something About That Name”.  I love these words in this beautiful inspiring and heart touching hymn.  “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus; there's just something about that name. Master, Savior, Jesus, like the fragrance after the rain; Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, let all Heaven and earth proclaim Kings and kingdoms will all pass away, But there's something about that name. Kings and kingdoms will all pass away, But there's something about that name.”

I submit to you on the authority of the Word of God that there is no other name except Jesus that can fill our heart with joy and happiness and one happy day we will see our precious Saviour face to face when He comes back for us.  What a wonderful day of rejoicing and happiness that will be when we see the One Who loves us so much He died for us.

One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord and He will finally get the praise that He deserves.  What a beautiful scene that is going to be when people bow their knee and admit that Jesus is Lord.  If ever someone deserves to be praised and adored, it is Jesus, the “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS’.  Please join me in praising the One Who loves us so much He willingly walked that long lonely road to Calvary and allowed them to crucify Him for your sins and for my sins. 

If you ever think no one loves you, remember the cross that Jesus died on for your sins because He loves you so much.  No one loves us like Jesus loves us and nobody ever will.  There is nothing you could ever do that would make Jesus stop loving you.  He loved you yesterday.  He loves you today and He will love you tomorrow.  You are very precious to Jesus.  He rejoices with you when you are happy and He weeps with you when you are sad.  He sits beside our bed and holds our hand when the night seems so long and tells us that He loves us.  What a Friend!  What a Saviour, this Jesus of Nazareth!  O how I love Jesus and one day I am going to have the privilege of seeing Him face to face.

Joanne Lowe
August 9, 2019

Thursday, August 8, 2019


BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16
King James Version

My best friend is having surgery today.  When I was praying for her I said “Heavenly Father, I love her and I don’t want her to hurt.  I wish I could have the pain instead of her.”  God spoke to my heart and said “That is why I gave My Son to die on the cross for your sins because I love you and that is why He stayed on the cross when He could have come down because He loves you so much.

I have said this many times and will keep saying it until God calls me home.  Nobody loves us like Jesus loves us and nobody ever will.  Yes, our Heavenly Father and Jesus love us and they have proved how much They love us.  What a privilege it is to be loved by Them and to be part of the family of God.

If you are discouraged and lonely and feel like giving up and going to bed and staying there, tell Jesus.  He will pick you up and carry you through all the dark valleys in your life and will set you once again on the mountain top of happiness.  Jesus cares when you are hurting.  What a Saviour!  What a Friend, this Jesus of Nazareth!  All hail, King Jesus!  Worthy is the Lamb of God!  He is the “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS”. 

Joanne Lowe
August 8, 2019

Wednesday, August 7, 2019


EVERY SIN

“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

Luke 23:33, 34
King James Version

Ethel Taylor wrote the hymn “Calvary Covers It All”.  “The stripes that He bore and the thorns that He wore Told His mercy and love ever more And my heart bowed in shame as I called on His name, And Calvary covers it all. Calvary covers it all, My past with its sin and stain; My guilt and despair Jesus took on Him there, And Calvary covers it all.”

One of the most hateful things that satan does is  lie to us and tell us that Jesus doesn’t love us and that He hasn’t forgiven us for what we did in the past and that He never will forgive us for our sins.  Don’t listen to satan because he is a liar.  We read in the Bible.  “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44).

Heavenly Father, thank You for giving Your beloved Son to die on the cross for our sins.  I pray for every person who has not invited Jesus into their heart.  May today be the day they open the door of their heart and let Him come in to be their personal Saviour.  I love You, Heavenly Father, and I appreciate all You have done for me.  In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.

Joanne Lowe
August 7, 2019

Tuesday, August 6, 2019


OUR HEART

“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7
King James Version

My best friend gave me a picture of herself.  She is a beautiful lady to look at, but far more important she has a beautiful heart.  She has a heart that is filled with love for Jesus, for her family and for her friends.  This is what impresses God, what is in our heart.  We worry so much about our outward appearance and I am guilty of doing this, but God is looking at what is in our heart.

I am so glad that when I was saved, Jesus gave me a new heart because I was a very hateful person.  My heart before I was saved was filled with hatred, resentment, criticism and all other things that hurt God and break His heart.  We read in the Bible.  “And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:” (Ezekiel 11:19).

Rev. Rufus McDaniel wrote a hymn that describes me since Jesus saved me “Since Jesus Came into My Heart”.  “What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought Since Jesus came into my heart! I have light in my soul for which long I had sought, Since Jesus came into my heart!  Since Jesus came into my heart, Since Jesus came into my heart, Floods of joy o’er my soul Like the sea billows roll, Since Jesus came into my heart.”

There are no words to describe how much I love Jesus and how grateful I am to Him for dying on the cross for my sins so I could be saved and go to Heaven when I die.  James Rowe wrote another hymn that I love “Love Lifted Me”.  I love the words in this inspiring hymn.  “Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help Love lifted me! Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help Love lifted me!”

We can give our family and friends big and expensive gifts but if we don’t give them love, none of the gifts mean anything.  It is very important that we not only tell people we love them but also thank them for what they have done for us.  Several years ago, I called a friend to thank her for what she had done for me.  Her son answered the telephone and said “Mom died three months ago”.  It broke my heart.  I had waited too long to thank her.

A pastor who was preaching about love and thanking people said “My uncle raised me and I loved him very much and was grateful to him for all he did for me.  I decided to call him and thank him for raising me and loving me.  However, I waited too long to tell him.  The day that I decided to call him, I found out that he had died the day before.”

Please don’t wait!  Tell your family and your loved ones how much you love them and appreciate them but more important than this, tell Jesus you love and appreciate Him.  When is the last time you said “Jesus, I love You”?  Jesus has feelings too.  He knows our heart but He wants us to tell Him that we love Him.  Do you love Him?  If so, what are you doing to prove to Him that you love Him?

Joanne Lowe
August 6, 2019

Monday, August 5, 2019




BELLS OF HAPPINESS

“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”

Luke 15:10
King James Version

Rev. W. O. Cushing wrote a beautiful hymn about the angels rejoicing when someone accepts Jesus as personal Saviour.  “Ring the Bells of Heaven”.  I love these words.   “Ring the bells of Heaven! Spread the feast today!  Angels, swell the glad triumphant strain! Tell the joyful tidings, bear it far away! For a precious soul is born again.”  What happiness, what excitement and what joy there is in Heaven when someone is saved.

The biggest and most expensive birthday party we can have is nothing compared to the birthday party the angels have when someone is saved.  Have the angels had a birthday party for you?  Has there ever been a time in your life when you admitted you were a sinner, repented of your sins, asked God to forgive you and invited Jesus into your heart to be your personal Saviour?

If not, I urge you to do it now before it is too late.  One day it will be too late for you to invite Jesus into your heart.  Jesus loves you so much He died for your sins on the cross.  He endured pain and agony that you and I will never know and He had never sinned, not one time.  He died on the cross for you because He loves you.  Your family and friends can’t do it for you as much as they want to because salvation is personal between Jesus and you.

You may be saved but does Jesus have first place in your heart and in your life?  Are you serving Him?  You might think there is nothing you can do for Jesus.  There is always something we can do to make Jesus happy. You can hug for Jesus.  If you don’t feel comfortable hugging people, hug them with your loving words and your loving actions.  To serve Jesus, you will have to shut off the television and get out of your comfort zone.

Heavenly Father, I pray for every man, for every woman, for every boy and for every girl that has not invited Jesus into his or her heart.  May today be the day they invite Jesus into their heart.   Thank You for my salvation and for adopting me into Your family and for the privilege You have given me to serve Your Son.  In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.

Joanne Lowe
August 5, 2019

Sunday, August 4, 2019




ALMOST

“King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.  Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”

Acts 26:27, 28
King James Version

I believe that this is one of the saddest verses in the Bible.  King Agrippa told Paul that he was almost persuaded to be a Christian.  I wonder how many people are almost persuaded to be a Christian but never invite Jesus into their heart to be their personal Saviour.  I think there are some people who aren’t saved because they don’t see or hear the difference Jesus can make in their heart and life.

It is so important that we let others see and hear Jesus in our words and in our actions so they will want Him as their Saviour.  We read in the Bible “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).  If we want our children to accept Jesus as their personal Saviour, they need to see and hear the difference Jesus has made in our heart and life.

What about you?  Do your children and grandchildren see and hear the difference Jesus has made in your heart and life?  We can’t fool children.  They can tell if we are really saved or if we’re just putting on a show.  How sad and tragic it will be if our children aren’t saved because we didn’t show them by our actions that Jesus made a difference in our heart and in our life.

Heavenly Father, I pray for every man, for every woman, for every boy and every girl who has not invited Jesus into their heart.  May this be the day they confess their sins and invite Him into their heart.  I am so glad that on August 14, 1980, I admitted that I was a sinner, asked You to forgive me and invited Jesus into my heart to be my personal Saviour.  Thank You for adopting me into Your family and for giving me the privilege of serving Jesus.  I love You so much, Heavenly Father and I appreciate all You have done for me.  In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.

Joanne Lowe
August 4, 2019

Saturday, August 3, 2019


WE CAN’T HIDE

“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”

Proverbs 15:3
King James Version

A man who was mean to his wife and children and beat them when he was drunk said “What I do in my own house is my business”.  That is not a true statement because everything we do is God’s business and we can’t hide from Him even if we close the door.  If we aren’t doing something wrong, we wouldn’t have any reason to hide from God.  I think that we sometimes forget that God knows everything.  He sees everything we do and He hears everything we say.

We read in the Bible.  “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?  If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.  If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.  Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee” (Proverbs 139:7-12).

Just as we can’t hide from God no matter where we go, we also can’t hide our thoughts or what is in our heart from Him.  God sees everything.  He hears everything and He knows everything.  If we have allowed unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred, jealousy, resentment and all other things that hurt God and break His heart to remain in our heart, He sees them and it hurts Him and breaks His heart.  I wonder how many times we hurt Him and break His heart because we refuse to forgive people who have hurt us.

If God can forgive us for what we did to His Son and Jesus can forgive us while still hanging on the cross with the blood flowing down His body, how dare you and I allow hatred, resentment and unforgiveness to remain in our heart?  If ever someone had a right to hate and not forgive, it is Jesus but He loves us so much that He asked God to forgive us.  What kind of love is this?  It is a compassionate and an unconditional love that comes from the heart of our precious Saviour.

We read in the Bible.  “And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots” (Luke 23:33, 34).  Think about it, Jesus didn’t have to forgive us and He didn’t have to walk that long lonely road to Calvary and allow them to crucify Him for our sins.  Yes, He didn’t have to forgive us and He didn’t have to stay on the cross but He stayed on the cross because He loves us unconditionally.

Ray Overholt wrote the hymn “Ten Thousand Angels”.  “They bound the hands of Jesus in the garden where He prayed; They led Him thro' the streets in shame. They spat upon the Savior so pure and free from sin; They said, "Crucify Him; He's to blame. He could have called ten thousand angels To destroy the world and set Him free. He could have called ten thousand angels, But He died alone, for you and me.”  The next time someone hurts you and you refuse to forgive him or her and allow resentment and hatred to remain in your heart, remember Jesus forgave you for your sins. 

Jesus was beaten beyond recognition, spat on, cursed, mocked and suffered pain and agony that you and I will never know and He still forgave you for your sins so how can you refuse to forgive the ones who have hurt you?  How we must hurt our precious Saviour and break His heart many times because we refuse to forgive the ones who have hurt us.  It is time we stop hating people and start loving unconditionally as Jesus has commanded us to love others.

We read in the Bible “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:34, 35).  If Jesus comes back for us today, are you ready to meet Him or will you have to hang your head in shame because you haven’t forgiven the ones who have hurt you?

Joanne Lowe
August 3, 2019

Friday, August 2, 2019

BECAUSE

“And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

Matthew 28:5, 6
King James Version

Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote one of my favorite hymns “BECAUSE HE LIVES”.  I’m so glad the words in this beautiful hymn are true.  “Because He lives I can face tomorrow Because He lives all fear is gone Because I know He holds the future And life is worth the living Just because He lives.”

It doesn’t matter how many times satan attacks us, Jesus is alive and we can face tomorrow.  Life is worth the living because Jesus is alive.  If I hadn’t invited Jesus into my heart to be my personal Saviour, there would be no reason to live because without Jesus, we aren’t living, we just exist.

Someone said “People are always watching Christians to see if they are really Christians”.  How sad it is that some people claim to be a Christian but their actions and words are not like Christians should be.  Many years ago one of my pastors said in a sermon “This man sang in the choir, and he taught Sunday school and everyone thought how wonderful he was but this same man went home and beat his wife”.  How that must have hurt Jesus and broke His heart.

One of the most heartbreaking things I have ever read is about a teenage boy.  He said to his parents “You teach Sunday school, you sing in the choir and you go to church every time the door is open but when you come home you criticize the pastor and the sermon.  If that is what being a Christian is, I don’t want any part of it”.

What are people thinking and saying about you and your life?  Peter Scholtes wrote a hymn that should make every Christian search his or her heart “They will know we are Christians”.  “We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord And we pray that our unity will one day be restored And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love Yes they'll know we are Christians by our love.” 

Do the words in this hymn describe you and your life?  Are your actions and life making Jesus happy or are they making Him sad?  May God help us to be kind and loving to one another.  If Jesus comes back for us today, are you ready to meet Him?  You may be saved but what about your heart?  When God looks in your heart, does He see things that hurt Him?  If we have allowed unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred, resentment and anger to remain in our heart, we are not ready to meet Jesus. 

How sad it would be if we have to hang our heads in shame when Jesus comes for us because we are hurting Him by not forgiving the ones who have hurt us.  Jesus forgave you and He forgave me while hanging on the cross with the blood flowing down His body.  If Jesus can forgive us for crucifying Him, how dare you and I allow unforgiveness to remain in our heart.  How we must hurt Jesus at times and break His heart.

Joanne Lowe
August 2, 2019

Thursday, August 1, 2019

EMOTIONAL WHEELCHAIRS

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

1 Peter 5:8, 9
King James Version

When we see people with a broken leg, we know they are unable to walk to the doctor so we put them in a wheelchair and take them to the doctor.  It is the same when we see people with a broken heart.  They are unable to cry out to Jesus for help so we need to put them in an emotional wheelchair and take them to Jesus, the great Physician.

Rev. William Hunter wrote the hymn “The Great Physician”.  I love these words in this beautiful hymn. “The Great Physician now is near, The sympathizing Jesus; He speaks the drooping heart to cheer, Oh, hear the voice of Jesus! Sweetest note in seraph song; Sweetest name on mortal tongue; Sweetest carol ever sung: Jesus, blessed Jesus!”

Pastor William C. Martin wrote one of my favorite hymns “The Name of Jesus Is So Sweet”.  “I love the name of Him whose heart Knows all my griefs, and bears a part; Who bids all anxious fears depart -I love the name of Jesus.  “Jesus,” O how sweet the name! “Jesus,” ev'ry day the same; “Jesus,” let all saints proclaim Its worthy praise forever.”

If you know someone who is hurting emotionally and has a broken heart, put him or her in an emotional wheelchair and take them to Jesus.  Doctors can set broken bones and do surgery but only Jesus can heal a broken heart.  Jesus knows how it feels to be discouraged and feel all alone. So He understands when we have a broken heart.

Heavenly Father, I pray for all who are hurting emotionally.  Please comfort and encourage them as You have done for me so many times.  I pray for every pastor who is preaching the good news of our risen Saviour.  Please comfort and encourage them.  Thank You so much for the privilege You have given me to have Pastor Davis as my Pastor.  I love You, Heavenly Father and I appreciate all You have done for me.  In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.

Joanne Lowe
August 1, 2019