Riding With The Lord
In Two Up, Riding With The Lord, Barbara Ann Derksen creatively illustrates the importance of what it means to be God’s adopted child… Accepted, Secure, Significant, and Free… through faith in God’s one and only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will discover the privileges of being a child of God, your strength as a believer, and the power given to you by God’s Holy Spirit as you spent time in His Word through these daily readings. (book size 4.25 x 7, perfect bound paper back, 192 pages)
It is a pleasure for me to endorse Barbara Ann Derksen’s new devotional book! As her pastor for the past 10 years, I have enjoyed watching Barbara grow in the Word of God along with her husband Henry/H.C. Together they have developed a genuine passion for sharing Christ with others, and the Lord has opened many doors of fruitful ministry for them both. Barbara’s writing has helped many folks understand what it means to trust in Jesus Christ in a personal way. She has a strong grasp of her true identity as a daughter of God and in this book she creatively illustrates these important truths for others to grow in their spiritual journeys alongside of her. My prayer is that each reader will gain new insight into what it means to be God’s adopted child… accepted, secure, significant, and free… through faith in God’s one and only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. To Him be glory forever! – Rev. Doug Corlew Senior Pastor, Summit Evangelical Free Church, Alta Iowa
This devotional book is very inspiring and full of spiritual messages. You will be very blessed by Barb’s writings, God has given Barb a heart for writing and has blessed her work. I believe you too will be blessed by this book and I know you will enjoy reading it. – Roger Wilson, National Evangelist, Christian Motorcyclist Association
Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
Accepted as God’s Child
Jenny looked at her birth certificate. For some reason, her father’s name was not on it. She decided to ask her mother about it.
For three days, Jenny’s mom avoided the conversation but then one morning, she sat down at the kitchen table just as Jenny was about to leave for work. “Your father and I were never married. He was just a date, someone I hardly knew. He got drunk and… I never saw him again.” Jenny’s mom hung her head. A lone tear trickled down her cheek. “Nine months later you were born.”
Jenny’s insides felt as if she were on the downward ride on a rollercoaster. She searched her mother’s face looking for some sign that she’d heard wrong but her mom’s expression said it all. My mom was raped, Women who are raped today, are pressured to abort their babies.
Before Jenny could say anything, her mother stood. She wrapped her arms around her only daughter and said, “You were a gift to me from God Himself. I have loved you since the moment I saw you. When I met your father, he fell in love with the two of us. When we married, he adopted you right away.”
Being adopted, for Jenny, meant she had a family. She had a father who loved her and two younger brothers who teased relentlessly but were fun to be around anyway. The fact that her father had adopted her as a baby never made her relationship with him any different than the one he had with her brothers. Jenny was taken care of as if she had been born to her dad.
If you have asked Jesus to be the center of your life, you have the privilege of being adopted by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You have a Father who loves you, who cares about your deepest desires and who always has time to listen when you talk to Him. You can call Him “ABBA” just as if He were your very own daddy.
Hold your head up this day. No matter what your circumstances are, you have a Father who loves you. Under difficult circumstances, or when you are challenged to step out of your comfort zone, He walks beside you and gives you the power to overcome whatever tries to defeat you or mess you up.
If you have never asked Jesus to be the center of your life, you have the opportunity to receive Him now. Pray this simple prayer acknowledging your need for a Savior, and your need for a Father who will love you unconditionally.
Father God, thank you for loving me. I am so sorry I have acted independently from you. Please come into my life and make me your child. Adopt me into your family, Lord. Amen.
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