Hidden Treasures

Lionel & Closhell at the Teacher's Gala

Nineteen years ago I met the love of my life when I met my wife. However, I didn’t realize it at first because my view of what I thought I wanted in a woman was shrouded in worldliness. It is amazing how our so-called perception of what is good and perfect is so flawed when compared to Godly standards.

Well, I’m ashamed to say that it took almost 3 years before I could see the woman God was trying to bless my life with. My worldly view of a woman was superficial, impractical and less than righteous. Funny thing is, I was a wearing the Christian banner through it all.

At times we are so caught up in a world that has been defined by what we’ve learned apart from Christ, that it becomes fused with what we feel is right thinking. The book of 2 Timothy 3:16 offers insight into the word of God and how it should be used for practical living.

I’ve learned over the years how to filter out the spam of life by applying the word of God as stated in 2 Timothy 3:16…“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.’ It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”

After spending 3 years in the wilderness trying to find my way, the Lord opened my eyes to a treasure that was in plain sight for years. I became a man on a mission when it became clear to me at least that I was about to lose the woman God was trying to give me. I can only sum up my urgency by referring to Matthew 13:44.

What treasures has God laid before you today in which the standards of this world have concealed it from your sight? Is it a laundry list of our expectations? Or perhaps it is the fragments of broken dreams and promises that blind us. Whatever it may be, allow God to open your eyes and heart to the wonderful possibilities he has in store for your life.

** If anyone would like a special prayer request (Ephesians 6:18) please feel free to email me at sneedtx@verizon.net (your privacy will be respected and honored); I would love to pray for you. I also ask that you think of others whom you can share this message with as well.



2 thoughts on “Hidden Treasures

  1. Dear Lionel – your wife must be a treasure indeed! I love your heart for God and things of God and your desire to share them with all of us – thank you for sharing! You liked and followed my blog – thank you so much! – so I stopped by yours – so glad I did! I will look forward to reading more of you as I follow you. Blessings my friend!


    • Melinda, Thank you for your kind words. I feel so lucky to have an awesome wife whom I love dearly. I’ve found my new passion in life which is to share the word of God with the hopes that it may impact the lives of millions as His words have impacted my life. May God continue to keep and bless you. – Lionel


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