Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Letters

Hidden in my heart was his presence...that of my earthly father.

As I grew up I often wondered if he thought upon me. Around that same age of 10 with my heart broken over the failed marriage plans of my mother; I decided to write my grandmother and just ask for my father's address!

"Dear Daddy... I think about you all the time and asked Grandma to give me your address. I know that you must be very busy with the war. I pray for the soldiers.

I am ten years old now and love school. We had a school election to learn about voting and I ran for Vice President! I made posters and gave a speech too! My best friend won though. But, that is okay. We still like each other.

I have a cat, she is black and white. Do you like cats?

I hope you like this letter and write back.

I love you daddy."

Weeks passed and I wondered if I would ever get an answer.


I received a letter addressed on military stationary.

My daddy...a soldier..

I was proud of him, even if I didn't spend time with him.

The letter was short. He told me about serving in Viet Nam. He also sent a patch of his unit and a photo of himself.

I cherished the photo...

How pleased he was to hear I did well in school and asked about my sister and mother. He also told me if I needed anything that my uncle would always know where to find him.

He signed it... with love, dad.

I belonged to him...he is mine and I am his!

(He soon retired after I received this letter...and I never heard another word)

Disappointments were innumerable as I grew up. It seemed that promises were so futile and my longing for that security of a father...farther and farther off.

Time passed on and the activities of life took hold..yet that void was ever present.


TODAY....I thank the Lord GOD as my Heavenly Father for his unfailing promises! I rejoice in the security of eternal life...PROMISED in his word.

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
John 10:28-29

Dear reader..you can never be unfathered! Whether in earthly means or Spiritual!
A man father's a child who is his until he passes this life. A child born of man cannot be unborn! Just as the new birth in Christ! You cannot become unborn to God!

A man can deny his children...but that seed within is a being that lives forever! Nor can that seed of GOD within the receiving heart of salvation...ever be plucked from the hand of God the Father, it lives also forever!

You have a promise from the God of all creation...

In whom (Jesus Christ) ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: In whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.
Ephesians 1:13

a promise in His letter to you...his WORD!

THIS IS THE DAY...I rejoice in the promises of my HEAVENLY FATHER! I find comfort and rest in the security of his great love and truth.

I can...trust him.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Childhood Dreams

Growing up as a child...dreams fill your mind. You "dream" ...a cherished desire.

Mine was to know my father. My parents divorced when I was just four years old. Young enough to remember a few "moments" that connect you to a person in your life.

Have you ever thought upon the impact you have on some one's life...just a few moments can be a lifetime memory.

I remember my "daddy" cooking in the kitchen. Of all things to remember! Flipping pancakes...perhaps because as a young child this talent impressed me. I can imagine now, the glee from a four year old; as I think upon my grandchildren and how exciting it is for them when I make shaped pancakes. I've made flowers, horses and even accidentally a Triceratops Dinosaur! That brought in a lot of wows! I'm sure my grandsons will always remember "Nana's Tricertop!" and how glad that makes me. To know that just a moment of my time...will stay with them always.

My life as a child held one dream...to be my father's Princess.

This was a great void in my life...could it ever be?

I remember as a child always admiring my friends home life and their Dad. I watched with a longing of being held as they were. A longing to belong to someone securely.

My mother tried her best. She worked hard to raise two daughters alone. She didn't remarry until I left home. Though not without years of searching for "Mr. Right". And of course along with that came heartache for her...but for me as well.

One "Mr. Right"...asked me... at age 10

"Would you like me to be your daddy?"

What a question to ask..ME!

We made preparations of getting dresses for the wedding..and then...he just didn't call anymore. It was cruel and a get back at my mom for saying "no" years earlier.

My trust in men began to wane...as did my dream of ever being some one's Princess.

My parents decided at their divorce not to have visitation and cause distresses in our lives. It was best to go their separate ways. He was in the military and of course this meant orders all over the world. There would be no letters, no calls. Nothing.

His dear mother however, sent birthday cards to my sister and I each year and a sweet Aunt kept in touch with my mother. Maybe this was also a way of keeping up with our childhood and giving my father reports. Genuine love seem to flow in their cards and letters.

My mother had old photos of my father and I would sometimes sit and look over them. Imagining what he was like. He was so handsome and I couldn't understand why they were apart. In some of the photos of myself, I clung to a doll in my arms...

"Did my father give me this doll..just for his little Princess?"

As a child I held onto so many thoughts that would connect me to my father.

Hidden in my heart was his presence.

Today... I think upon the WORD OF GOD and find such comfort in knowing my HEAVENLY FATHER! What secure love and joy I have in Him. If only as a child I had known his great love and the promises and hope found in his ways.

I John 4:18a -19 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment...
We love him, because he first loved us.

I pray that any of you reading this story...will take the time with your children and read to them the Scriptures and lead them to the LORD. Lead them in the paths of hope and assurance. Train them in the way they should go..

II Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known, the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

To manifest HIS great love for even a child and the wonders of His presence. I'm reminded of Pam at Good News From A Far Country and her daughter's sweet letter to God when their lives were spared in a horrible situation. She knew God the Father had protected them. It was His will at that time. She found a comfort in her young age beyond her parents. GOD.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Drawing from the well of Hope...

Here begins another journey of a wonderful work of God.

If you have read my other blog...Watering Wells Of Hope..you will know that my desire is to encourage my readers in trusting the work of God with patience.

Trusting in His perfect will.

I pray that you will draw a cup of refreshing here at This is the day!

I have for a long time prayed for the right timing of this touching story of God's merciful kindness, long suffering and promises fulfilled.

One of the greatest witnesses we can have to others of our Great Saviour; is our own testimony of salvation and the work he does in our lives.

I am so thankful for the Word Of God that illuminated my understanding to my need of Salvation found in the LORD Jesus Christ. It was in His Word that I found the peace and joy of a forgiving God and eternal life.

I John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

v/8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

A yielded life...surrendered to God...finds the fulfilling purposes God desires to perform.

Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

This is a story about a deep void in life...struggles...hope...and God's intervention.

The deep void is found in two lives. Mine and my dad.

This is a story about my Earthly father...and my Heavenly Father.

Please join me in this journey...and may it bring Glory to the LORD Jesus Christ.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


I am very careful of the music I listen to and as with my books...I go on reliable recommendations.

I recently purchased a CD with a song that has truly gripped my heart. I have found myself having learnt this very quickly..and how glad I am; for it is the SONG of MY heart and I sing it now over and over in Praise to my LORD.

The title:
Because Of Who You Are

Here is the main chorus that is so heart gripping

I love you LORD...I Love you LORD
For all the things you've done..
The victories that you've won..
But most of all...I love you LORD

Because of.... WHO YOU ARE...

I'm sure with you there are songs that you sing during the day..all by yourself! This is one that rejoices my heart..because it is not sung to man or for man..but to the LORD himself! expressing just LOVE to him!

The LORD has indeed done so much for me...and so many victories HE has won in my life. He has accomplished things that were HIS will not mine... HE has accomplished in my life what I'd never been able to do had it not been for HIM!

Oh how I love the LORD...for WHO HE IS...

I John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

THIS IS THE DAY...I rejoice in the mercies of a loving GOD who sent his only begotten SON for you and me. God gave us the greatest of His love...and His SON gave us the greatest of His love....Himself.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

I John 4:9-10 In this was manifested the love of GOD toward us, because that God sent his only Son into the world, that we might live through him.

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tis' Only One Life....

A familiar phrase...

Tis' only one life, twill soon be past....Only whats done for Christ will last.

My friend Bryn Riplinger sings this as a song on her CD. I love the words and the reminder of how short our life really is and that there is so much to accomplish for the LORD.

Tis' only one life..twill soon be past..and only what's done for Christ..will ever last. The things we do today..so soon will pass away. So give your all to Jesus Christ...for he gave his all for you...

Tis' only one life...twill soon be past.

James 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

As my friend Donna passed away and our dear sweet blogger Colleen...we are reminded of the short time we have. Donna was young...just 45 years of age. Children still needing her care.

God desired to bring her HOME. God's will was done. Man could not retain her life.

People ask..WHY? Children in need of a mother?

God knows best. He knows the depths of the heart and how to reach down and touch man's heart. Perhaps, as I encouraged her...God will use this to save all her children and bring them home to her safely in the arms of Jesus. Perhaps..another soul on the verge of decision...chose Christ at this vital time..realizing their own life's time span also could be short.

As we passed by the family at the graveside...I told her husband about Colleen.

"..the LORD chose to take two precious saints home just days apart!"

He smiled. He knows God's ways are the best ways and he is at peace.

I look forward to hearing of the many blessings that come from God's desire in all this. I know, one of her son's is back in church. Isn't that what she was praying for?

As I thought upon these two women's lives... I couldn't help but think on the phrase and song..Tis only one life...twill soon be past...only what's done for Christ will last.

It's a good time to take inventory of your life and what you truly value in each day.

Does each day?

Have time in prayer for lost souls? For Missionaries on the field?

Kind words of encouragement to those around you?

Faithfulness in reading God's Word...His love letter to you!

Hold a thankful heart for all God has done for you? his provisions and his mercies!

A forgiving heart? Has someone offended you? Did they really intend to? Can you forgive and forget and have a clean heart towards them?

Give way to say..."I'm sorry"..."I was the one in the wrong"

Dear friends...

take time today to ponder these thoughts and let them stay within your heart daily...

live each day as if it were your last...have no regrets! and let those you leave remember the love and life you lived for Jesus Christ.


THIS IS THE DAY.... I thank the LORD that he spared my life in a car accident over 30 years ago...it was then, I trusted HIM as my personal Saviour! It was then that I saw the reality of life and death...for myself. I could have....died in my sins. Praise GOD for that faithful witness who showed me the Scriptures of truth!

One important DAY...that made all the difference!

Tis' only one life... I will live for Christ!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Giveaway At Songs From My Journey

Hop over to Songs From My Journey and find the great giveaway from Deb! I would love to win her wonderful devotional book...and her music cd. Lovely songs.

you can go to the right of my side bar and link to Deb's site...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Precious in God's Eyes

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
Psalm 116:15

The past few months my heart has been full with thoughts and prayers for my friend Donna...and another woman with cancer named Colleen.

Colleen has also gone to be with the LORD...Saturday. Donna...Monday.

I found Colleen's blog...homeschoolblogger.com/prayerbasket on Scraps of Glory's site. Colleen shares her journey of faith as she faces each day knowing she is going home to be with the LORD. I was so touched by her courage and her words of hope and faith. I've prayed fervently for her.

It is so wonderful to know that as you read of some one's faith in the LORD that that common bond of Christ brings them close to your heart as if you know them. For, yea..we know Christ!

How amazing it is...to know that one day... I will see Colleen and she will know me!

My heart is so very full as I think upon two women having been chosen to go home to Heaven, just days apart of one another! Two families showing the Grace of God in a very difficult time for them. Showing forth the praises of God in his good work in these two lives...oh what a witness!

The soberness it will bring to so many that take each day for granted. And then, those whose hearts will surely be touched in ways they've never known.

Her funeral is tomorrow morning. Donna's the same time...only Monday.

If you go to Scraps of Glory you can read a wonderful excerpt from Pilgrim's Progress in her post on Colleen's death.

And now...we recall the comforting scriptures. Our Faithful God gives us o'er and o'er. His promises never fail...and his mercies are new everyday.

But I would not have you to be ignorant brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

I Thessalonians 4:13-18

This is the day... I find comfort in my God...the God of all hope, mercy and loving kindness. His promises that give us peace and his blessed Word that gives us the understanding of His ways.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Praise God we can know!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Journey Home

My dear sweet friend Donna has gone to be with the LORD. She passed away in peace with her family surrounding her.

This lovely young woman will be remembered for her kind heart, gentle spirit and faithfulness. During this journey home to be with the LORD, she has shown amazing courage and strength of faith.

Her family has also been a shining example of the peace that faith in our LORD Jesus Christ brings to us at times of great need. Oh that all might know his saving grace and his sufficient grace in these times of our lives. Reality is so real...and as you watch or know of a Christian passing from this life to the next; it is evident of his presence in their lives.

I will write more tomorrow.

Please pray for her family at this time as they make preparations and also as they must travel a great distance to bring her back to their hometown. They have been in Arizona for treatments the past few months.

Thank you to all who have prayed. God bless you with the strength to trust the LORD at all times.

This is the day....I thank my God for his blessed peace and assurance that HEAVEN is ours...we wait for that blessed day when we see him face to face.

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.