If You Are Willing


“let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead–by this name this man stands here before you in good health. “He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone.
“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

ACTS 4:10-12

And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said,
“Lord if you are willing, You can make me clean.”
Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, I am willing; be cleansed.”
And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Matthew 8:2,3

Dr. Thompson in his famous work, “The Land and the Book,” speaks of lepers in the East and says, “The hair falls from the head and eyebrows; the nails loosen, decay and drop off; joint after joint of the fingers and toes shrink up and slowly fall away. The gums are absorbed, and the teeth disappear. The nose, the eyes, the tongue and the palate are slowly consumed.” The disease turns a man into a mass of loathsomeness. Leprosy is nothing better than a horrible and lingering death.”

The man had as much poison in him as one poor body could contain; and yet he believed that Jesus of Nazareth could make him clean. If you are full of sin, if your propensities and habits have become untamable, I pray the Holy Spirit to give you the faith enough to believe that the Son of God can forgive you and renew you. Jesus can turn your death into life, your corruption into beauty.

Faith must be fixed on Jesus alone, for there is “no other name given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Jesus is God’s ultimatum of salvation: the unique hope of guilty men and women both as to pardon and as to renewal.

Yet, there are some that even love their leprosy – men and women who do not wish to be saved from doing evil. They would like to go to heaven, but they must have their drunken frolics, their fornications and adulteries, their greed and worldly lusts. They would like to be saved but not from the sin that is the cause of it.

None of us can imagine that this leper meant that the Lord Jesus could make him comfortable in remaining a leper. Some came to fancy that Jesus came to let us go on in our sins with a quiet conscience. His salvation is cleansing from sin, and if we love sin, we are not saved from it.

We cannot have justification without sanctification. There must be a radical change, a change of heart, or else we are not saved. Just as this leper needed a thorough physical change, so do you need an entire renewal of your spiritual nature so as to become a new creature in Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is the Living God who can be moved to compassion for those who are forlorn and lost, full of evil and self-condemned, those who are leprous with sin. Not you who are self-righteous! You yield Him no space to display His miraculous force. You who are whole have no need of a physician (Matthew 9:12).

Be hopeful then, those laden with guilt and conscious of their depravity, you furnish the empty vessels into which His grace maybe poured, the sick souls upon whom He may display His matchless power to bless and to save. This leper shall be a picture – I hope a mirror – in whom you will see yourself. May God grant you the faith to fall on your knees, and cry to Him, “Lord if you are willing, You can make me clean.”

(Excerpted from “The Lord and the Leper” by Charles Haddon Spurgeon)

IF YOU ARE WILLING
24” X 36” ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
LYNDEUTSCH2008
ORIGINAL PAINTING AVAILABLE FOR SALE
PRICE: US1200
email: lyndeutsch@gmail.com

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TEEN


I have a painting of my daughter, Vanya, when she was 17 years old. I wanted to share something about teens in this site and I couldn’t think of anybody else to source such but from a friend and parenting expert.

I loved my daughter so much, yet I struggled a lot when she was at this stage, very often searching for somebody who can help me in dealing with teens.

By God’s grace, a lot of prayer, and continuing to express unconditional love, Vanya has grown to be a real wonderful, confident, and loving beautiful woman.

“And now Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in Thee.” Psalm 39:7

TEEN
24″ x 36″ oil on canvas
Lyn Deutsch 2008
Original painting is available for sale.
Price: US$1500

Today, I am very privileged and more than grateful to feature an exclusive article “Raising Teens~ From a Teenager’s Perspective” written with great insight, wisdom and sensitivity by a professional on parenting – Denny Hagel.

I wished I had this connection at that time. You are blessed to be reading this and to have access to Deny Hagel’s articles and books which I consider sine qua non to parents and grandparents and for all of us who are dealing with growing children, and even to you – young boys and girls approaching this somehow exciting yet turbulent life stage.

“Denny Hagel is a child advocate and parenting coach, devoting over 25 years to the success and well being of all children. She is the published author of over 60 articles on parenting, many of which have attracted international attention in over 23 countries.

Denny was blessed with forward thinking parents who raised her with an understanding of her value as an individual, her innate power to choose by way of her thoughts, ideas, opinions and beliefs, thus, instilling in her a strong sense of personal responsibility for what happens in our lives.

She is the founder of Awakened Parenting LLC, a company dedicated to helping parents release parenting paradigms of the past and consciously choose to raise their children to approach life with a positive mindset and strong sense of self. It is Denny’s passion to combine what she learned through her formal education in early childhood education and psychology and what her parents instilled in her and pass this on to all parents.

Denny has created the discussion group “Awakened Parenting Discussion Forum” on Face Book which now has over 600 members. She does on line coaching with parents and teachers who consult her on a regular basis. Denny collaborates with counselors, authors, coaches and others working in the parent coaching field. Denny Hagel is the author of “The Missing Secret To Parenting”, “The C.P.R. Program for Parents & Teens: Conflict Prevention/Resolution Formula”, “Mini-Me Syndrome” and two free e-booklets “Parenting Using the Law of Attraction” and “Becoming an Awakened Parent”.”

 


Raising Teens~ From a Teenager’s Perspective
by Denny Hagel

http://missingsecrettoparenting.com/

How often do you hear yourself saying “I just don’t understand!”? If you are like millions of other parents raising teenagers you are probably nodding in agreement and at the same time realizing you say and feel this way more often than you wish…

Let’s face it, if there was a fail-safe “how to book” on raising teens we would all sleep a whole lot better! Sadly there isn’t. However, as parents, there are things we can do to help our children weather the emotional transitioning storm of the teen years with as little turbulence as possible.

In previous posts I talked about stopping the cycle of destructive actions and reactions in order to restore a connection with your teen based on mutual respect, trust and cooperation. I have also pointed out that you are the most important person in your child’s life and as such are in a position to lead your teen off of the roller coaster ride that rules your relationship. In order to do that it is important to have an understanding of what is happening subconsciously inside your child’s mind…in other words what is behind the emotional outbursts, the irrational reactions, and the attitude that has the ability to cut straight through your heart.

Your children come into this world dependent upon you for their physical survival. In addition you are their source of information, stability, comfort, security and safety. Out of this dependence and love they have developed, they feel an enormous bond. As they travel through their growing up years, they run toward that bond for everything, whether negative or positive, you are the one they want and need.

Remember back when they took their first step…while their little legs were taking the first forward motion steps their eyes were focused on you. Or when they took off riding a two-wheeled bicycle for the first time…and sang out in such enthusiasm, “Watch me!” How about the first time they got a tiny cut or bruise and the only thing that would make it better was for you to kiss away the hurt? Whether it is to share a joyous triumph or a sad mishap, the bond they have with you is their lifeline.

Children are aware as they experience the developmental stages that they are learning. And they are always anxious to show you their accomplishments. It starts with holding their own bottle and never stops…they are dependent yet their goal is to become independent.

Little by little they learn from you, by what you teach them, directly and indirectly another piece of the puzzle that will one day be the picture of their complete and total independence. When they reach their teen years they are experiencing the final stage of becoming their own person, apart from you. At its best this is a confusing and often scary time for them. Nature is pulling them in a direction away from all they have known, all that has given them their security and safety.

What is critical for parents to remember is that this is not of their choosing, it is the design of the Universe, of Nature and they are participants whether they want to be or not. The teen years are a time of transitioning from childhood to becoming a young adult.

Teenagers are testing their wings…
much like a baby bird ready to leave the nest.

They feel like they are ready to fly on their own…but they aren’t sure.
They want to test their wings…but they are afraid.
They feel a great deal of determination and confidence…sometimes.
They want to fly alone but they know that if they don’t succeed, they could crash…so they want you nearby.
They are sure they know all they need to know…yet they feel a sense of fear of the unknown.
They feel invincible…yet they know they need you.
They don’t want to need you…but they do.
They instinctively feel their time has come to fly…as if a force greater than them is drawing them to release their dependence on you.
They want to fly.
The most important thing you can do for your child as they find their way to “who they are”, independent of you, is to understand that they are doing this for them and not to you. Regardless of their actions or attitude (and most often without awareness) what they need most from you is to know that no matter what, you are their source of unconditional love…

I have written The C.P.R. Program for Parents & Teens to provide you with the necessary skills and tools to create and enhance your relationship with your pre-teen and teen. For more information please visit the links below:

http://missingsecrettoparenting.com/

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HE LEADETH ME


“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
-Isaiah 41:10

HE LEADETH ME
By Joseph H. Gilmore and William B. Bradbury
Painting by Lyn Deutsch 2008
16″ x 16″ Coffee, acrylics, mixed media
Original Painting is sold.

In 1993, I was a newborn Christian, when we moved to Baguio City. God led us to Guiding Light Christian Ministries pastored by a very anointed man of God and one of the best preachers I know, Pastor Robbie Casas.

The church was recruiting members to join the choir. To feel part of this new church, I volunteered. Most remarks goes like this, “I think they ran out of members who can sing, so they got you…” LOL!

So I practiced with the choir, and I practiced alone in the house, and this song became my lullaby for my then 3-year-old daughter, Vanya.

As I came to be familiar with the tune and the wonderful words of this hymn, it moved my soul and spirit and has always brought me to a state of worship and praise for my God, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

When we have Jesus in our hearts, even if by nature we are not inclined to be singers, God puts a melody that rises up in our voice to sing with joy and adoration for the One who is worthy.

Up to this time, this hymn is my daughter’s favorite and have asked me time and again to sing with her. These are times I thank God for, hymns that bind me and my family to worship God.

“Lord I would clasp Thy hand in mine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine,
Content whatever lot I see.
Since ’tis my God that leadeth Me!”

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For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. -Psalm 48:1

HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW


Yea, the sparrow hath found her a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even thine altars, O Jehovah of hosts, My King, and my God.

Psalm 84:3

Lyrics and Musical score by Civilla D. Martin and Charles H. Gabriel

HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW
16″ X 16″ COFFEE, ACRYLICS, MIXED MEDIA
Lyn Deutsch 2008
Original Painting is sold.

There was a time when the kids were young, I was washing the dishes, and my kitchen was empty – no rice, no vegetables, no fish, no bread – nothing. My kids will be coming home from school, hungry and I have nothing to serve. My heart ached as I think ahead.

But then there was this chicken that was knocking with its beak on the window near the sink – reminding me that even the birds He feed how much more us! Jesus did not die for the birds, He died for you and me!

Somehow from my innermost being, I seem to hear a soft melody of this song, “His Eye is on the Sparrow”. It made me smile through tears, and I started to sing and praise and thank God! The kids came, I still didn’t have anything…

The boys asked me, “Mama are you not cooking?” I said, “No, God knows I really could not cook and besides there’s nothing to cook. Why don’t we pray and thank God that we are safe and together and we have a home?”

We just finished praying when there came a knock at the door. It was our landlady. “Lyn, my mother-in-law invited us for dinner but the maid already cooked all these, if you don’t mind, can I give them to you?” Need I say more?

“The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time” (Psalm 145:14-16).

“Cast all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.” (1Peter 5:7) Jesus never fails!

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GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS


Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)


GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS
16″ X 16″ COFFEE, ACRYLICS, MIXED MEDIA
Lyn Deutsch 2008
Original painting is sold.
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Great Is Thy Faithfulness By Thomas O. Chisholm and William M. Runyan

This hymn always moves my heart and soul and bring tears of joy! Oh Jesus, my God and Savior You are faithful! Not one want of the soul, not one need of the body and not one longing of the spirit that You cannot supply! How I wish that you my reader, would taste and see that He is good and join those whose hearts beat and sing of His faithfulness!

HOW GREAT THOU ART


‘Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You,’
Jeremiah 32:17

HOW GREAT THOU ART
16″ X 16″ COFFEE, ACRYLICS, MIXED MEDIA
LYNDEUTSCH2008
ORIGINAL PAINTING IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE
email: lyndeutsch@gmail.com

I SURRENDER ALL


I SURRENDER ALL
By Judson W. Van DeVenter and Winfield S. Weeden

I SURRENDER ALL
16′ x 16″ coffee, acrylics, mixed media
Lyn Deutsch 2008
Original painting is sold.