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I Can Only Imagine

Yesterday I learned that my sweet friend is on hospice. My heart is breaking knowing what her loved ones are going through. My heart is breaking knowing what her passing will mean to me . . . yup, completely selfish on my part.

One thing I do know about this sweet friend is that she loves Jesus with all her heart. Her love of Him fills her heart so much that it has literally spilled out into countless lives. All you have to do is read her Facebook page to see just the tip of the ice burg of who she’s touched and the lives she’s impacted.

I know because she loves Jesus she is looking forward to seeing Him soon. I know she’s probably filled with sadness as we all visit her to say good-bye. I hate this part of life. I hate this part of the cancer support group she and I have led. The parting brings sweet sorrow to my heart. On one hand it brings great sadness. On the other I know it’ll only be time before we one day join her in eternity. I know her suffering here on earth will be over as she enters into eternity free of the burden of cancer. For that I am filled with joy for her.

I chose this song because it is a beautiful representation of how we, as Christians, feel about heaven and what we can imagine it to be. My friend will soon be seeing it as it really is.

Thank you MercyMe for this beautiful song.

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Affliction

Good morning Stillness readers.

I came across a few verses I wanted to share with you this morning. So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

I don’t know what you are going through this morning but I wanted to encourage you to not lose sight of the fact that whatever we are experiencing now is only momentary. I’m struggling right now to come up with the right words of encouragement. I guess I don’t want to make light of what you may be going through like I know how it feels. I may not know nor have I ever experienced your situation.

I do know that the Lord will never leave you as you suffer. He suffered for you when He died on the cross. He knows your pain, your situation, your feelings of helplessness, sadness and fear. Cling to Him during this time and don’t ever let go.

Krista Jones – 9-21-17


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“Bears our Burdens”

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burdens.” Psalm 68:19

Are you heavy burdened today? I want to encourage you and let you know that the Lord God is right by your side ready to help bear your burden for you. Jesus told us to come to Him, Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

If you are weighted down by a heavy burden I pray that you will immediately turn to the Lord and allow Him to bear it for you.

Krista Jones – 9.18.17


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Investing In & Supporting One Another

This morning I want us to read through a few passages of how the people in the early church supported each other. I think these passages are a great reminder of how we need to be loving, caring and supporting each other. It is also a great reminder of how important it is to worship together. The early church got together regularly. In doing so they were constantly growing and learning about their faith but they also began to invest in each other.

I don’t know what this will look like for each of us or how the Lord directs you to support others. I pray that these passages will open all of our eyes to the needs of the communities we live in as well as those who are within our own congregations.

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47

“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.” Acts 4:32-35

Krista Jones – 8.6.17


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Love Your Neighbors

This past weekend my family and I were in Portland, OR. We rented a house near the location of the event we were attending. This neighborhood is close to the city as well as close to a lower class neighborhood. The street our house was on and a few blocks either way is one that is filled with homes that are being renovated. You know within a few years this part of the area will be transformed into a more middle class to upper class neighborhood.

My parents and I decided to take a walk and do some exploring. It was fun to look at all these beautiful old craftsman style homes as we walked from one block to another. The further away we got from our block the more I noticed things started to change. The streets started to become littered with trash, I did see someone use the church steps as a restroom and a drug deal. We’d walked so far that we didn’t realize we’d made the transition from one neighborhood to another.

As I directed my 73-year-old parents back to our house I started to look at the environment I was in. There seemed to be a lot of hurt in the eyes of many I passed but I didn’t take the time to love on anyone as we wandered back to the neighborhood our house was in. It wasn’t until I read this passage that I was reminded of what we need to be doing for our neighbors.

We need to love our neighbors. Love them even if they don’t live in the most desirable neighborhood. Love them when they are living out of their car and using whatever they can as a restroom. Love them when they feel the need to fill the void they feel with drugs that give them a temporary fix. Love them when they annoy you. Love them when they hurt you. Love them when you’d rather not.

Why? Because Jesus loves them. Because if you Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind that your heart would also be open to loving those around you.

“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” Matthew 22:37-39

Krista Jones – 9-12-17


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Forgive & Forget

This morning we will be reading a portion of scripture that will remind us of the importance of forgiving and forgetting. I know this is hard for some of us. Hard because the hurt lingers. But what I’ve learned, or I should say still learning, is that when we cling to past hurts we allow unforgiveness to seep into our hearts. Once this happens it can turn to bitterness and resentment. This, my friends, will only bring more pain into our lives.

I’ll let God’s Word speak for itself. Read Matthew 18:21-35.

Krista Jones – 5.26.17


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Never Stop Crying Out

I love it when I come across little things I need to remember about Jesus when I’m going through my bible reading. In Luke 18:35-43 we read the story of a blind man’s encounter with the Lord.

Back in these days I’m sure there weren’t many services to help those who were handicapped or seriously ill. People in the blind man’s condition were often banished from the cities and left alongside the road to beg for survival.

One day the blind man heard a commotion and inquired of those close by what was going on. Once he heard it was Jesus who was walking by he began to cry out to Him. I’m sure he had heard rumors about Jesus and His healing power and knew that if He was able to get the Lord’s attention that he could be healed.

He must have cried out several times because people around him told him to be quiet. The blind man refused and kept on crying out to Jesus until he got His attention. The story ends with Jesus healing this man, “Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God” (verse 43).

There are two things I want to remember from today’s passage. The first is that we should NEVER give up crying out to the Lord. The second is to remember what He has done for us by giving thanks to and praising Him.

Krista Jones – 7-6-17