Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Blogging Break

I'll be taking a break for awhile. Many friends need prayer at this time and my heart is with them. Please pray especially for Donna who is facing the most crucial and aggressive stages of cancer right now. She still has 4 children at home and her family needs prayer as well during this most difficult time.

Thank you for visiting.

O That Will Be GLORY....


THIS IS THE DAY...I rejoice in God's care

... over my dear sweet friend (daughter in the LORD) Pam at Good News From A Far Country blog. You must go read if you haven't already, the safety of her family this day in Jerusalem!!

Proverbs 21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.

When I think of this verse I can picture the horse that is prepared for battle...his armour covering him securely and his lean muscles prepare him for speed and strength. And yet he is vulnerable as all. I recall reading recently about a race horse falling just after winning the race. An injury caused the horse to be put down right there on the spot. A WINNER...gone in a moment. Man could not retain his life.

There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit: neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war...
Ecclesiastes 8:8


How oft has GOD graciously watched over you? I don't think I'd finish ever telling of the times I can remember God watching over me, my family and my friends.

My own salvation testimony...the night I trusted Christ as my Saviour...I knew after being in a car accident: I could have died in my sins!! I knew that night...my life was not my own!

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body,and in your spirit which are God's. I Corinthians 6:20

And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. I Corinthians 6:11


Even before this notable night...I can recall in my youth many times God intervened and gave safety.

As I prayed for Pam this morning and her safety. I also thought upon other's whom I know and am praying for fervently, for their peace in time of severe trials in health. I thought upon this song... these old hymns that speak so clearly of the hope and joy before us. It brings me great comfort as I think upon my Christian friends who are or will soon be with the Lord.

When all my labors and trials are o'er
And I am safe on that beautiful shore
Just to be near the dear Lord I adore
Will thru the ages be glory for me...

O that will be....glory for me... Glory for me...Glory for me..

When by his grace I shall look on His face...That will be glory..be glory for me!


When by the gift of his infinite grace
I am accorded in heaven a place
Just to be there and to look on his face
Will thru the ages be glory for me...

O that will be....glory for me... Glory for me...Glory for me..

When by his grace I shall look on His face...That will be glory..be glory for me!


Friends will be there I have loved long ago
Joy like a river around me will flow
Yet, just a smile from Savior I know
Will thru the ages be glory for me...


O that will be....glory for me... Glory for me...Glory for me..

When by his grace I shall look on His face...That will be glory..be glory for me!

Charles H. Gabriel 1856-1932


For now though...I'll have my cup of tea and sing this song below, in Praise to God for his care in keeping my friend here for now, so I can glean from her sweet testimony of faith.

Brethren we have met to worship ... And adore the Lord our God.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Quirkies


This is the day...I'm glad that I am what I am..by the Grace of GOD!

with all our quirkiness...we are unique individuals made by GOD!

Here is my list...

1. I am as Deby at Apples Of GOLD... I look at the end of a book before reading the beginning! Don't you just love to know a HAPPY ENDING...like our BIBLE..what a Happy ending for the Saved! AMEN!

2. I also skim through magazines...back to front. I still can't figure this one out..because some photos in order go together!

3. I also like recommended reading so I don't waste my time...I really only read my Bible unless another book is highly recommended.

4. The back of my hair has to look as nice as the front...I can't stand to sit behind someone with tangles in the back of their hair!

5. EDIT: I like my counters clean when/while I'm cooking! I go nuts when I am at somebody's house and the kitchen EXPLODES for one meal! I like to sit down and have only the dishes left to clean up!

6. If you visit...it would be nice if you liked my Dog too...it's sad when some people come by and immediately SHOW they don't like dogs without giving MY dog a chance to prove he is different!!

7. I'm a gift giving person..not to win friends...I just have this passion for putting a smile on some one's face with a little "thoughtful" surprise. It gives me great pleasure to just show kindness. I know how it touches my heart when people are thoughtful to me. (Thank you Deby at Apples of GOLD...and Pam at Good News!)

I almost put more! oh, boy...

Let me know some of yours too!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Home Sweet Home part II


Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it... Psalm 127:1 a

I hope you enjoy the blessings that make my house a HOME.

As I said in my previous post, I have lived here..one day at a time. In the course of life we gather precious memories and even items of remembrance that take us back to a special time...moment...or person. These are some I'd like to share with you.

I pray that GOD would be glorified in these remembrances...for he is surely the author of them. Without God in my life...I wouldn't appreciate the little things in life nor would I attribute the little things with the thankful heart that I have in regards to them. I cherish even more the people GOD has brought into my life over the years that are associated with these memorable items.


If you have read my story of Hope's Journey in Switzerland, you will know that I had to sell almost all my belongings to go where we felt led of the LORD. We journeyed to a foreign land with a few foot locker trunks, 5 suitcases and 4 children with twins on the way.

When the time came to leave Switzerland...we again had to part with most of our belongings. Choosing a few...the most memorable.

I'd like to say that I love to be creative...however, for me..there are limitations. I believe we can have a comfortable and beautiful home without going in debt and without being so caught up in the worlds view of what is "in".

I have known Christians that get so into decorating that they have let the "world" dictate what they want and NEED..but it isn't really a NEED..just a lust taken in by the world. Watch yourselves ladies! Use wisdom in your spending on the temporal things of life. Ask your self if it is time for doing a new project or if the expense is worth it...consider the Missionaries on the field...consider those around you with needs. I hate to mention this..but how about....the needs of your own family before the desire to paint that room...AGAIN...another color!!

Sometimes a simple rearrangement of furniture..even to another room can refresh your eyes of contentment! We are naturally prone to wanting something "new" or "different". I like what my Pastor says in preaching on this subject..."have you tried the NEW NEW NEW TIDE...how many ways can TIDE or any other laundry soap become new!! It's SOAP! But, this is what gets people's attention..something NEW.

And you wonder..okay how 'bout the NEW LIFE in CHRIST! and once it's been paid that is it! no more debt! Praise the LORD! That NEW in my life is the best ever! and forever! wow..no rust...no moths..no corruption! and then the NEW NEW will be a new body in Heaven!

and with this thought...

Know that The LORD Jesus Christ is the greatest treasure of our heart, not things.

I hope you enjoy this mini tour...

This photo is my guest/granddaughter/sewing room! The bed was my youngest daughter's and holds many happy "bouncy" memories of my grand daughter's visits. The plaque above the bed was given to me by my sister. There are several photos of my grandchildren and children scattered about the room and a tiny crystal vase that belonged to my grandmother. This is the room with the blue hutch my husband gave me (see in post about Unselfish Love). The framed picture is a lovely saying about a MOM being my friend from one of my daughters. I have a beautiful wreath above the window that my mother made for me.


The living room photo on my other post shows a painting above the fireplace..this was done by my eldest son at age 17! He was showing me what he had learned in a watercolor class on a tablet..I immediately fell in love with this..not only for the beauty but having watched him paint this in a matter of moments before my eyes. We had this framed while he was in USMC boot camp and surprised him on his return home. He couldn't believe HE had done this. I treasure this "gift" and the talent given by God to my son. He also did the illustration on my watering wells story of the pilgrim with his burden.

This small shelf in my entry area holds houses of Charleston South Carolina given to me as gifts (we have visited there as well) and the photo is of Charleston's Battery along the waterfront. The wreath is of sweet grass handmade, unique to the area. And..the figurine is a resemblance of my sweet dog Heidi that died last year. My mom gave me this years ago and I am so glad now that she did. Heidi was a very sweet pet. Her tag hangs on the figurine. Everyone that came to our home...was greeted by Heidi and all loved her.






This is our cozy reading spot. The lovely cover on the back of our chair came from Pam at Good News....I love this "touch" to my otherwise bland chair! And Pam is with me always in this spot! My books on the shelf are my favorites...Phillip Keller's A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23...a journal..Quilting stories...and I have a personal story journal Pam gave me that tells all about ME! It is the neatest gift and I enjoy it so much...recalling my childhood favorites and so forth up to now! I also collect "mini" books for fun....and some are cute photos of kittens and dogs. My Grandchildren have spent countless hours with me in this chair reading books together.

This is my dining area... The shelf holds various Blue and White things. The lovely large plate I found at a flea market with my mom; the memory of carrying this on the airplane is always a reminder of my step dad helping me wrap it so it could make the trip! and a pretty stained glass "window" hanging was handmade for my mother and then passed on to me. I would have never dreamed that I would one day be able to have a "custom made" dining table! My husband wanted to get us a nice dining table made in Canada..we chose the chairs and the color of the wood table top and the blue color overall! Very unique. He then surprised me while I was away on a trip with the beautiful rug underneath and the walls painted a warm soft color.

My cart in the corner ..holds my Wedgewood tea set my husband wanted to purchase for me as a token of all the "teas" I have done for my church. My ceramic set on the cart and on my counter...was given to me piece by piece and the ones I did purchase I found for amazingly low prices. Just a cheery set I liked and not compelled by the world that this is the "IN" look.



The kitchen is such a blessing in size! I think maybe about 4 people could work in this kitchen! In fact when I had the reunion ..we did have 4 of us scattered at different ends cooking or serving! The little picture on the wall..my son also did on the spur...he was drawing this cute cow and I watched and said...add a little fence..now some flowers..now a Swiss cow bell..and then I said THANK YOU for the birthday present..can you now sign it to mom! I love it! The decor bottles..gifts from a sweet friend. And the pottery jar from Amish country of Ohio on a trip as a family.

Yes, the bathroom too! The watercolor is of the town in California where I grew up...and sand in the jar from the beach I played in as a child... the little seashell my granddaughter collected for me on a trip to the beach together...and the Sea Otter is also a reminder of my hometown growing up. We also visited the aquarium in Chicago and brought home a reminder of this special trip with some very dear friends. I have a white framed Scripture on another wall



Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

There is at least one if not more Scripture verses on the walls or on tables of each room in my home.

And lastly another loving gift from my husband,...my HOPE chest.



My husband and I had picked one out for one of our daughters for a graduation gift from nursing college.

On the day we "surprised" my daughter...we were all oohing and awing at hers in her bedroom, when my husband said...well go look at YOURS!

My family had replaced my yard sale chest with scratches for the new one. They placed the lamp and other nic nacs I had on top so I didn't even notice when I came in that I had a lovely new chest with beautiful painted heart on the front. He also had both my daughter and I gold plaques made on the inside of the lid.
The Quilt is one I made for my husband...the Quilt rack was a recent birthday gift! and the lovely green walls in our room, my husband also surprised me with one day. My favorite color!


I hope you enjoyed the tour for the reason of blessings bestowed many years later in life...patiently waiting on the LORD. I am very thankful and give it to the LORD each day..as his.

THIS IS THE DAY...I rejoice in a home filled with peace, contentment and joy in the LORD.

As the hymn A CHRISTIAN HOME says:

O give us homes where Christ is Lord and Master,
The Bible read, the precious hymns still sung.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Home Sweet Home


I recently read Deby's post on contentment of the home, at Apples Of Gold...

It reminded me of how blessed I felt at the time we moved into our present home. Almost ten years ago!

I honestly did not think I would be in this lovely home this long. People may find this statement strange..but as pilgrims and sojourners in this land...we should always be available to go where the LORD directs...at any given time.

I remember a young woman in my church saying

..."How does it feel to be spoiled?"..

I was taken back by the comment, and then replied...

"Spoiled?... no, I am very thankful and realize that I could live here only a short time and my husband be called to the mission field. Right now, I'm enjoying an answer to prayer and a blessing"

I have lived here one day at a time..and now TEN YEARS have passed. And still how thankful I am....THIS IS THE DAY..I rejoice in the blessings of this comfortable home and PEACE that dwells within because of my Saviour Jesus Christ.

At the time we thought upon moving, we went to check on qualifying for a loan...my husband was skeptic...he didn't think we'd get enough to move from our current home..but, the LORD had other plans. We not only qualified, but more than we anticipated and so we were told by the loan officer...

"GO have fun..find a nice home!"

Our present home at that time was filled with so many memories...I actually felt sad at the thought. Though small...only 1,100 sq. ft. with 5 grown children, a dog, a cat and two adults. The kitchen was so small I always planned to make a sign above the door that said

.."OCCUPANCY only one and a half people"

We have always been resourceful and my husband built nice white bunk beds for our girls with a trundle. Fortunately this house had one bedroom with access to the main bathroom by a door from their room...perfect for GIRLS! The boys room was on the other side with easy access to the main bath. The living and dining area was open so it gave more roominess. We were happy, content and making "memories"!

I remember the day we put wallpaper up in the girls room. It was so sweet...tiny flowers with a border of Victorian cottages lining the top of the room. Amazing how much bigger the room looked and the ceiling higher with the border! They loved it!

The boys room...well..BOYS! Airplane posters were allowed...and then under my youngest son's bunk he had to have USMC "stuff"...so we let him use his "under the bunk" spot for his own space! He eventually became that Marine he always dreamed of!

And eventually most of the kids left this house..one by one.

The two eldest girls got married...the boys joined the military and our youngest daughter..she did come with the new house!!

Now where is this new house?

We toured around neighborhoods and saw three that we liked..and one that we dreamed to have...my husband said

.."it'll be a miracle if we got THAT one"...

and, we did! It was of the LORD because the seller/builder had this for sale for a year and no buyers..brand new! He was going to increase the price too! but said that we could put a contract on it with the stipulation that if another buyer comes in he will sell it to them for the higher price. Okay...we'll leave it in the LORD's hands.

I believe God puts you exactly where he wants you when you yield to Him and let him lead.

During this time working with our Realtor(s) and builder, we had many opportunities to witness...we had to work with two Realtors in selling one home and purchasing another at the same time!...and that would have to work out also! all...timing!

A young couple was interested in our home for sale and just so happened to be ready when we were to close on our new home. We had a closing date set...Feb. 28th, 2000

My Realtor contacted me to say that there was some hang ups with paper work and that we might have to change the closing date...I told her just leave it for Feb. 28...if it is the LORD's will...then the paper work will come in at the right time.

She was a very nice young woman...religious..but not saved.

When the paper work was completed she called to confirm the closing date..

February 28th! I told her... "just as we prayed"

In the years we have lived here, God has opened many doors of witness with our neighbors. We keep Gospel tracts in the side table by the front door for unexpected visitors!

The beginning...mission field!

The LORD blessed us with a house 1800 sq. feet! Our youngest daughter left within the first year. But, our joys are filled when we have the opportunity to have house guest and plenty of room.


Our first year, we had a family renunion with 14 people! We'd never made it in our other house. Then there was a missionary family... brother to our dear Pam of Good News From A Far Country/blog... We had the honor of having his family stay in our home while he presented his mission work to Africa at our church.

THIS IS THE DAY...I rejoice in being able to have this home to share with others and magnify the LORD in his wonderous care and blessings.

As the verse on my entry wall declares:

...as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15b

(my next post we'll tour the house)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

GO TELL THE UNTOLD

This is the day...I rejoice in the blessings of watching a young man I've known from his youth...be ordained as a

Missionary to Puerto Rico.

His verse for the field.

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

A song that is befitting: Go Tell the Untold Millions

Go in the power the Lord will provide you,

Led by the Spirit each day,

You cannot fail on the mission He sends you

Go then, no longer delay.

God tell the untold millions...Over the whole world wide;

God tell the untold millions...Tell of the crucified.



This young man...had the opportunity to finish college and go on in business...but he has chosen...willfully... to serve God on the mission field.

He struggled for a few years with knowing God's will for his life. He has always been faithful working in the local church and even started his own Spanish ministry... He looks back now, and yes...sees the preparations for the work he has been given and called to do. He is now...ready.

Tears filled my eyes as I beheld a young man who use to play with my boys growing up. Now...a Preacher of the Gospel. What joy it brings to my heart and such a wonderful confirmation of the good work God is doing in the lives of our young people.

This is also the day....I rejoice in hearing that my eldest son...gave his testimony at his church this same Sunday. His Pastor asked if he could give testimony on being brought up in a Christian home. My daughter in law...said it touched her heart so much to hear his boldness and his thankfulness to God for the mercies and graces shown in his life from his youth to now.

My son...and his best friend both shared on the same day the good work of God in their lives.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ...

Friday, July 4, 2008

HOME OF THE BRAVE




The 4th of July...Independence Day

It is much more than a day of fireworks, picnics, red, white and blue...

It is a day to celebrate

Land of the free and home of the brave!

Today as I thought about this significant day, I looked around my home and wanted to share how thankful I am for our freedom, our country...but also our Heroes and most of all our Great God of Heaven.

I have a room dedicated to our American freedom..an "Americana" room. Over the years I have collected various things to make the room what it is...

There's the "Americana" doll my sister handmade that I also attached pins of importance. Unit pins from both my sons in their service to Iraq. The photo on the wall is of my dad in the Army...he is holding the American Flag.

I have a framed flag painting on the wall...metal star curtain holders...stacking Patriotic boxes filled with my son's books they read in their youth. A flag light switch cover...flag clock...and so forth. This is also my guest room. I think they just might understand my heart for Heroes of our country.

And then there is the framed copy of a certificate given upon my father's death stating the appreciation of the American people for his service to his country. Signed..by President George Bush Sr. I love it!

This photo of the flag in the cupboard...is my dad's flag...the one draped on his casket for his military honors funeral, folded neatly and presented to me on that day.


My eldest son was presented this medal below by the National Guard upon his safe return from Iraq. He also earned the combat badge for heavy firefighting he encountered with insurgents.



I looked over a book we just bought called "American HEROES" by Oliver North. What a fantastic book. There are sections dedicated to those who gave their lives and received the Medal of Honor and those who received the Silver Star and the Navy Cross. The stories brought tears to my eyes and filled my heart with such awe of the gallantry of these Heroes. The other book Military Medal of Honor are stories of living recipients. Moving stories of the BRAVE.



The book also tells stories of GOD in the midst. AMEN. Other HEROES who didn't receive medals ..but a crown awaiting ..I'm sure, in Glory. One young woman a specialist in the area of the Arabic language was very valuable to the war effort...everyone wanted her to pursue a military career, but as the book stated..there was ONE problem...
She chose against pursuing a career in the government agencies because of her faith in Christ. He gave her a passion for another work..HIS. She met Iraqi women who had no hope...and it grieved her heart that she could not fully express to them the hope and freedom she had in Jesus Christ. She chose another "mission" to bring freedom of a different kind to the Arabic-speaking people.

One Sergeant mentions that a high-school guidance counselor asked..Why a young man with his "potential" would join the Army. "Someone with potential"...as if selfless service, even to the point of giving ones life was somehow beneath one's potential.

He said it made him wonder...if the same thing would be said of the man Christ Jesus...

John 14:13 KJV (this is in the book! KJV!)
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.


The greatest freedom of all is in knowing the LORD Jesus as your personal saviour. To know the free pardon of sin and the blessings of eternal life...the joys of today that are found in His blessed book..the KJV Bible.

II Samuel 22:29-33
For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
For by thee I have run through a troop: and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.


II Samuel 22 verse 30... For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.

These same words found in Psalm 18:29 I sent in a letter to my son while he was in Iraq.

I thank those who gave their lives so that I could know freedom and live in peace. It touched our home when my son lost a buddy and a company commander in the war and yet my son came home safely. I don't take for granted these precious lives.

I wish I could express it as the free Iraqi woman did at President Bush's 2005 State of the Union Address...she turned and hugged the mother of a fallen Marine.

So I chose to dedicate a room in my home to this remembrance. Freedom.

I also dedicate my entire home to the LORD Jesus...here you will find Scripture all through my house.

This is the day...I rejoice in knowing the freedom of this land...and the glorious freedom found in my Lord Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Unconditional LOVE


Well here is unconditional love...my dog... GUS.


He is the sweetest dog...albeit my other dog Heidi was hard to surpass. She passed away last January. But, Gus has made a name for himself and I can't help but find a blessing in his "furry" life he lives.

We had a hard time deciding on a name for him. He should have been called "Shadow" as he is definitely that! MY shadow. I can't go anywhere that he is not right behind me or next to me.

Well, then there was his bark...and we contemplated... "BOB THE BARKER"... You'll catch on in a moment!

and lets see... I had a list who knows how long...but GUS just stuck and sounded like a nice masculine name... for a Puppy! He was only 5 weeks old when our son delivered him to us in a plastic laundry basket!

I'll never forget one night trying to train this little black ball of fur out in the backyard in the dark! Ever try keeping an eye on something black in the night!

I panicked and said...oh, no..Gus where are you? and then I looked down and there was two tiny eyes in the moonlight peering up at me! whew...was I relieved.

I don't know if I should tell you this or not..but he does ..yes..talk!

He does a good job of ... MOM! and this is not bragging...I have "witnesses!"

Some days without my children or grandchildren around (which is every day now that they are all moved away) I can get pretty...well... sad.

Missing the lively activity and playful glees of happiness.

Gus....he may be a dog...but whatta dog!

God's creation...and what a joy that GOD created such creatures to befriend us or is it the other way around? I just know that Gus and I are friends and his little ways sure can bring smiles and laughter. That bit of sadness...disappears when we go out to throw the ball or he tries to sneak up on a squirrel.

His love is unconditional...I think. A cookie now and then does help I suppose. But, all in all...he's a pretty friendly beast!

Proverbs 12:10a A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast...

This is the day...I am just thankful for small blessings we have in pets. I know many of you have them and could say the same. They are a good responsibility for kids to learn compassion at a young age in caring for others..yes even a dog or cat. It teaches them the need of others...and it can also teach them discipline...walking or feeding their pets.

I remember one of my daughters wanting a "pet" all her own...a friend gave her a rabbit! She loved cuddling her "bunny" and taking care of it. It was hers...to love and it loved her back....unconditionally.

Oh that we could love like this...that we could love the souls of men without reservation as the LORD Jesus did...SINNERS.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

We are so quick aren't we to judge people by their looks or behaviour. So many testimonies of those who might not have been given a Gospel tract...are the very ones receptive and seeking.

Forgetting what manner we were ...

I Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you:
but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.


I'm always so glad when I've given that tract, when I could have had conditional love...and chosen who I thought was worthy...instead of unconditional in giving them hope.

What joys we have in Christ...and how much more we can view the blessings of life with the creation around us that speak of His unconditional love.

As the song of my sweet friend Bryn Riplinger sings..

Have the flowers ever failed to bloom...
Has the sun ceased to shine at noon...
Is there a Sparrow that's fallen down..
Without my hearing the sound...

My child if I care for these..
I'll surely care for thee...


Matthew 10:31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.