Wednesday, November 30, 2011

FINAL LTL Videocast - Your Identity in Christ

Dear Friends,

Who are you? Where we find our identity is so important because we behave in line with what we believe about who we are. As a child of God, you have an identity in Christ that will transform you the more you understand and live in the reality of it!

2 Cor. 5:17 tells us, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."

I invite you to join me as we look at this important issue in our final videocast. Then may we all go and live in our identity in Christ!

This will be our final videocast for now. We pray that the videocasts have been a blessing to you as you continue to seek Jesus! You can watch any of them again anytime on the videocast site ( You can also stay posted for more encouragement on the blog - (!

May the Lord bless you as you continue to seek Him with all of your heart! He is so wonderful!

Because of Who He is,

Amy Vest

Trust in the Lord

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

Thursday, November 24, 2011

So much to thank Jesus for!

With Thanksgiving, I have been thinking in a special way of the things we have to be grateful for... and there is SO MUCH we have to be thankful for in Jesus!

Psalm 136 has been a special passage - Here are a few excerpts:

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who alone does great wonders,
for his steadfast love endures forever...
It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
and rescued us from our foes,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
he who gives food to all flesh,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of heaven,
for his steadfast love endures forever."

This verse from the hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness" sums up how I feel:

"Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!"

May you be blessed as you thank Jesus for all that He is and all that He has done!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

LTL Videocast #9 - Living for Eternity - Part 2

We have this short moment in time to invest our lives in knowing Jesus and making Him known. Charles Spurgeon said, “Time is short. Eternity is long. It is only reasonable that this short life be lived in the light of eternity.“ Join Amy as we consider this together, discuss what it can look like in our lives, and are encouraged to look to the Lord for how to live our lives for what counts for eternity!

This video is the second part of the “Living for Eternity” videocast. You are welcome to watch this part alone, but if you have not seen Part 1, we encourage you to watch it as well!

Matthew 6:19‑21, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Jesus loves you!

Recently I had the privilege of being in the wedding of a dear friend and sister. During the outdoor pictures, I looked at the ground and saw a HEART-SHAPED leaf on the ground! I had to share it with you. Jesus is always wanting to remind us of His love for us and to draw us ever closer to Him as a result!

Jeremiah 31:3, "I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn you."

May you be so richly blessed as you press closer to Him, live in the reality of His love, and love Him in return!

A few more testimonies...

Here are a few more testimonies from young women who took part in the Summer Pursuit. We pray that you will continue to be encouraged that pursuing the Lord is worth all of your attention, time, and effort! He is "a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:6

"Participating in the Summer Pursuit was a great way to focus on what is most important – God!" ~ Karen, Iowa

"I learned a lot during this challenge." ~ Rose, Minnesota

"These 3 months have given me a fullness in my walk with Jesus – a priceless treasure that has been so very special and will continue to be." ~ Amelia, Oregon

"When I decided to take the Summer Pursuit challenge, I was excited to see what the Lord would teach me this summer. It has been a wonderful, yet somewhat challenging, pursuit for me. Even though I usually spend time with Jesus every day, sometimes it can be difficult not to just read a short portion of Scripture, pray a short prayer and then jump into the day’s to-do list. The challenge was a blessing in making sure I got in at least 15 min. of time with the Lord. It has helped me think more about studying and how to apply it to my life, not only reading it… This pursuit helped me to pursue Jesus more and to focus on Him, even when there are full days. He has done so much for us and what a special joy we have to spend time with Him." ~ Elizabeth

“The Lord has in so many ways given me so much through doing the Summer Pursuit and, ultimately, I think I grew closer to Him this summer than I would have without. The 15 min. a day and 1 verse a week habit is one I hope and pray will stick with me for the rest of my life – because the greatest challenge I have ever had is from my Jesus Who says that those who diligently seek Him will find Him. And what can I say to that?!" ~ Anonymous

His love is better than life

"Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You."
~ Psalm 63:3