Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mission Field




God's creation is so wonderful. I look at this stunning photo and the reflection that emphasizes the majesty of God's creation...and the serene peace. Each time I see a mountain, I am reminded of HIS greatness.

Psalm 36:6a Thy righteousness is like the great mountains...

God created us...and when I trusted Christ as my personal Saviour at the young age of 19...I realized then, truly; my life is not my own. He created me for a purpose in life and as I've yielded to HIM in my Christian walk; I have found those purposes fulfilled over and over again.

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

And so now...as 2010 approaches the NEW YEAR brings with it a new journey for me. A "mission field" of sorts..or so as I view it to be and with all prayer that it will bring forth fruit that we all desire in our walks of life serving the LORD. Some are called to special fields of service and some for a particular time.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer yesterday. This is the pathology report from my ultra-sound core needle biopsy. I have IDCa ..Invasive Ductal Carcinoma A or I'm assuming stage 1. I have a 8 mm tumor that has invaded the surrounding tissue though I do not know yet to what extent. I will have to have a lymph node test to see if it has advanced into my lymph system. I know that there are many more test to come. I see a Breast Cancer Specialist this coming Monday to discuss my condition and treatments to follow.

If you would pray with me in this regard...that I will be able to fulfill this "mission field's" service as God desires. That with every open door to speak of HIS grace that listeners will take to heart the truth being shared. That I would have courage when faced with difficulties and wisdom to understand certain situations and how to show my God's true presence in my life.

God also chose at this time in my life to bring a dear Christian woman into my path, my friend whom I've shared with you..Kelly Johnson in Okinawa. Isn't it a work already that GOD chose this time for both of us to have Cancer. Miles apart, yet close in spirit and heart...we are walking together in this journey and we both...

............believe to see the goodness of the LORD...............................

I will post off and on about my journey in the midst of other devotional thoughts as I have done here on THIS IS THE DAY...

May God bless you in the New Year!

HOPE

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

New Year Prayer

New Covent Garden Flower Market Gears Up For Valentines Day

Dear friends..please continue to pray for Kelly Johnson (missionary in Okinawa). Her mastectomy went well and she now is in the battle. She is armed with the Lord's graces and care. Her blog can be found on my sidebar with the PINK Tea with Friends photo.

Please also keep me in your prayers as I await my own pathology report for Breast Cancer. I had a breast biopsy done yesterday. Monday Dec. 21.

THIS IS THE DAY....the LORD continues to be our confidence and strength in time of need. He is ever present.

May God bless you with a NEW YEAR filled with HIS good work in your lives.

HOPE

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Life's Images



My husband and I visited this lovely town in Indiana several years ago. We passed this GENTLEMAN several times while going back and forth to our destination...

when I finally noticed...
HEY...that's a STATUE!!

I laughed when I realized all this time I thought he was just an elderly man sitting there reading the newspaper! I had to go back and take pictures and look this over!!



I have pondered the thoughts about my devotion and could have said...

Who are you fooling?

But, the LORD laid on my heart another thought...
What STATUE do you REPRESENT?

STATUE; a representation, form of likeness, cause to STAND!

My thoughts lately have been on our usefulness...maybe even perhaps while just standing still. Waiting on the LORD. I began to ask the LORD...what am I doing to make a difference? I'm not mothering little children any more? My grandchildren live a far off...and with some health issues I can't be as active as I once was.

WHAT CAN I DO?


...and then a still small voice spoke...

BE FAITHFUL....BE AN EXAMPLE...STAND STRONG ON THE TRUTH...STAND STILL IN YOUR PLACE...



I liked this statue...showing the SMILE on this elderly man's face while sitting reading the news. Perhaps, he read something good that he agreed with... or perhaps he was smiling at something he had more WISDOM in and knew better than to believe all one reads in the papers!

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. Proverbs 3:13 kjv 1611

The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. Proverbs 16:31 kjv 1611



Are you a woman of the world?...too busy on the cell phone and laptop to make a Spiritual difference in any ones life! Always on the go! Gotta be here and gotta be there! Appointments...calls... busy..busy with SELF.

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.
St. Matthew 6:19-21 kjv 1611




...and then there is the Father who takes time to show love to his children...here, patiently teaching his little one to ride a bike.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 kjv 1611

Like...using this experience as an object lesson?



...and here is Grandma. Doing her usual grocery shopping..standing firm on her convictions and yet has a heart of gold (some goodies in the bags for the grand kids?)

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. Proverbs 31:25 kjv 1611



This statue... reminds me of a man in our church. Our song leader, choir director, orchestra director and dad, student and husband.

He stands in his place...week after week. Yet, the image of what he represents is ever present. As are all the rest here that I've shown.

I can think of so many people that have influenced my life...by just standing still in their place...doing what they should be doing for the LORD...and mostly STANDING for the TRUTH by the good example of continued faith.

These thoughts encouraged me greatly as I thought upon my own life.

Sometimes...standing still is the right place...standing FIRM.

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith... II Corinthians 16:13a kjv 1611

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Proverbs 27:17 kjv 1611
One of my favorite verses.

I pray this encourages anyone who might be downhearted on your usefulness as a Christian. FAITHFULNESS in this day speaks volumes of your strength in what you believe. Make a difference, by standing strong...standing still in your place!

HOPE~

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Now is the accepted TIME...




As I read my devotions this morning I noted TIME. A young friend recently commented on her blog about the passing of time going too quickly. Yea, and she is younger than me! I too, have said lately to my husband...

"Where is the TIME going!"

It seemed but yesterday that I had a house full of children...now just the two of us. It truly seems to me as if I awoke one day and they were all grown and on their own. I view photos around my home and many a time become overwhelmed with missing them and I so remember the moments the very photo was taken...just YESTERDAY? Wasn't it??

Remember how short my time is:...Psalm 89:47a kjv 1611

My husband and I have spoken much about this subject of TIME; as we approach yet another new year and another birthday to come...aging.

How deceitful youth is...thinking there is plenty of time and going about as if their youth will last forever. Oh dear one in youth...think not that it will catch up with you!? Yes, indeed it shall.

Ecclesiastes is a sobering book of the Bible. Speaking of life, time and consequences.

To every think there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die.... Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a kjv 1611


How often are we surprised at a young persons death...why? Because we forget...the soberness of life itself and reality.

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 kjv 1611

TIME is of the essence...critical.

So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12


I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. Proverbs 4:11

How thankful I am to know the LORD Jesus Christ as my Saviour...to know that the TIMES of my life are sure in HIM. I have known Him and have been taught by Him and truly His WORD has led me in the right paths.

Though TIME passes quickly by...we can still grasp the moment, Praise Him with Thanksgiving and know that the accepted time is here... The day of Salvation.

The accepted time is TODAY.

Blessed his he that readeth and they that hear the words of the prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. Revelation 1:3

(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) II Corinthians 6:2 kjv 1611

Friend..do you know the LORD Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour? You can TODAY.

I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD: and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found.... Psalm 32:5-6a kjv 1611



Call upon him while there is TIME....and call upon him while he is near....

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near...
Isaiah 55:6a kjv 1611

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

My Heart is Fixed




My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise...
Psalm 57:7a kjv 1611


Fixed: firm, permanently placed, steadily directed.

Stedfast: fixed in direction, firm in purpose, unwavering, firmly fixed

Settle: to fix, to place in a desired state, to calm, to secure, to conclude.

Stablish: to establish, fix unalterably, to bring a firm basis, to prove, to show valid and true.

I just finished reading the Book of Esther...what a glorious book in the Bible. I love this true account of deliverance and righteousness prevailing!! If you have never or have not for a long time read Esther; I encourage you to read it in entire at one sitting. You will be encouraged, blessed and FIXED in your heart toward God.

I love my Bible...I love that I don't need Scholars to interpret or a priest..I can read on my own...and use even a simple dictionary. These few words I've listed, interpret just fine what God's Word says..perfectly. There was no need to change one WORD in my King James Bible for me to understand what Fixed means..or how to praise God! Read the book of Esther!

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. Psalm 112:7-8 kjv 1611

Notice how this coincides with the Book of Esther...and the word here..ESTABLISHED...and FIXED.

The dictionary words perfectly fit the meaning and the truths.

Esther shows the majesty of God's care...that truth prevails!

Oh the wonderful demeanor of Esther. Her respect and humility.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exhalt you in due time:
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Be sober, be vigilant: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
I Peter 5:6-10 kjv 1611


Stedfast...Stablish...Settle.

Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
I Corinthians 15:58 kjv 1611


Like the photo of the old Oak Tree...settled over the years of time...tested and established. Planted and rooted deep...FIXED.

The Oak is known for it's great strength,hardness and is a common symbol of strength and endurance.

My eternity rest on the Lord Jesus Christ...my strength, my stronghold, my shield and deliverer. In HIM, my heart is fixed.

THIS IS THE DAY...I pray you are fixed upon the solid faith found only in the LORD Jesus Christ and that your faith is established upon HIS WORD of TRUTH.

HOPE~

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Creature



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. Philippians 1:6 kjv

CONFIDENT: full of assurance, having no uncertainty, trustful, believing

The great joys of a christian is that NEW life in Christ! Born again...brand new.

A WHOLE NEW LOOK!

The significant mark of a born again Christian is a CHANGE!

As if life started all over again! A new walk, new talk...

This is to be a total make-over!

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. II Corinthians 5:17 kjv


What great CONFIDENCE indeed...to know that GOD is faithful as promised and he performs that good work in us when we trust him...HIM ALONE...as our LORD and SAVIOUR. The work begins that moment!

I found it quite interesting as I read about the Caterpillar (before he becomes a NEW creature!)....the caterpillar is considered a pest in agriculture. They have bad vision as well.

Sounds much like the sinful creatures we WERE before salvation...blinded and a pest to our own lives! Destructive.

And then...the change comes by simple faith of trust..as the definition of CONFIDENCE states...trustful. Believing the truth of the WORD of GOD.

I loved reading about the MONARCH butterfly... the name alone says something:

MONARCH: a hereditary sovereign-right, holds a dominate position.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. I Peter 1:3-4


The monarch butterfly feeds on MILK-weed...how noteworthy, that the WORD OF GOD is called MILK.

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.
I Peter 2:2 kjv


Amazing how fit everything is...even for me.

I was raised in Pacific Grove, California in my youth...and participated in our yearly parade as a "butterfly kid" for the celebration of the MONARCH butterflies coming to the coast in October each year. I recall watching films about the CHANGE of the caterpillar to this glorious "Monarch" butterfly.

What a wonderful example God has left us in his creation of the very thing he does in life with that of a sinner who comes to him in sincere faith, repenting and desiring to live a NEW LIFE IN CHRIST by salvation in his SON.

If you have read my story at Watering Wells of Hope...you will remember me writing about the glorious mountain...Mont Blanc in Switzerland.

MONT BLANC... is called the MONARCH of the mountains! How touching for me and how God places so many things in our lives to illustrate...

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... Philippians 1:6 kjv

THIS IS THE DAY...rejoice in the continued work of Christ in your life and let him have HIS way with thee...Let others SEE the change.

Blessings..
HOPE~

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Were Sheep Astray....



For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. I Peter 1:25

It is finished...it is SEALED.

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant... Hebrews 13:20

What JOY...to KNOW that our salvation is everlastingly SEALED in the LORD Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:13 says..In whom 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...

II Corinthians 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.


I remember when I was first saved and my husband (not then) continued to share with me the Scriptures. The very foundation of TRUTH. The Cornerstone of our faith...the WORD OF GOD. This is where faith is built up in strength. As in the book of First John..the KNOW book. I was so heart struck as I read the Scriptures for the first times. The true Scriptures. The confidence and assurance that came as I read. It testified of itself by His Holy Spirit within a true believer. There was no question in my mind or heart that this was TRUE.

And then to read of the SEALED promise. SAVED...it is finished. Confession of my sinful life was forgiven...FINISHED. The WORD that I could read and learn from...was FINISHED. NO more adding or taking away..it was finished, complete, SEALED.

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:18-19


Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

No wonder Christians REJOICE...no wonder a new Christian leaps for JOY. What greater gift of life than to have Eternal Life and to know that it is for ever...sealed and yours.

Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
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.


HOPE~

Monday, August 31, 2009

It's Amazing!



The beauty of God's creation...is amazing...showing love by it's very presence.

There is a song that my daughters use to sing while at home. One of my favorite and most heart touching songs.

The Man in the middle.

...the chorus went something like this:

I love that man in the middle...

Because I know, he first loved me....


The song was about three crosses...and the Man in the middle...Jesus Christ, dying for the two thieves on each side. One on the left and one on the right.

It always amazes me that only one chose to believe. Only one chose to see with his heart..the full love of GOD right in his midst.

I remember a message a brother in Christ preached one time titled..

So close...and yet so far.

How sad and grievous this is to my heart, when I think upon the souls of man that reject or take so lightly this great love wherewith Christ loved us...to die for us, to stand in our stead.

This song also has a message that has always gripped my heart:

It's Amazing!

Not of works which we have done,

but by God' redeeming Love..

It's the blood of Jesus Christ that sets me free...

And the blood of bulls won't do...

For one sacrifice tis' true...

It's the blood of Jesus Christ that makes a new ...

It's amazing what Christ can do for a sinner...

It's amazing the blood of Christ can set you free...

But more amazing....is God provided Salvation...

and included a guilty soul....like me.


My eldest daughter shared with me today about a young man on the verge of salvation!!

He couldn't fathom why men hate Jesus Christ, when he died on the cross for them!!

Amazing...yes...that he died for guilty souls...

Amazing...that some of these souls...reject the very foundation of LOVE.

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

John 15:13 KJV 1611


I love that man in the middle...because I know, he first loved me.

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
I John 4:10 KJV 1611


THIS IS THE DAY....I thank the LORD...I did SEE with my heart...this great AMAZING LOVE!

HOPE~

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

It is Finished.

And such WERE some of you. Indeed.

WERE..... Done, finished, complete.

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar,

he said, It is finished:

and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.


The sacrifice was made. Nothing more could be added to it. Finished.

One of the malefactors looked upon Jesus and said...

And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.

And he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

And Jesus said unto him,

Verily I say unto thee,

Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Luke 23:41-43 KJV 1611



This thief...did not get baptised, nor did he take communion, he did not have time to do "good" works to keep himself forgiven.

He repented...He believed...and He called upon the Lord.


He was WASHED


He was SANCTIFIED


He was JUSTIFIED


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.

Praise God, we do not have to try and keep ourselves saved. We live and do good as we continue on for the TESTIMONY of this wonderful GRACE.

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saves us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
That being justified by grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.


I rejoice to know that I have complete confidence in the WORD OF GOD found in the King James Version 1611. I rejoice to know that no verses are left out!! No verses are missing choice words.

It is a finished book of the LORD...it is a finished book of LOVE...it is a finished book of Life.

Pretty amazing that in the death of our Lord Jesus...LIFE began.

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.

I John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

And such were some of you...

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. II Corinthians 5:17 KJV 1611

Praise the LORD...that our salvation is complete. Thank the LORD, we never have to fear...did "I" do enough. NO, HE did it all...IT IS FINISHED.

THIS IS THE DAY...I thank the LORD Jesus for dying on the cross for MY sins. For the FINISHED work at Calvary..and for the LIFE that comes from this finished work of love.

Why I live the Christian LIFE:

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

Thursday, August 13, 2009

..and such were some of you


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
KJV 1611

What wonderful words come from the Bible. This is one of my favorite verses. Truly, it is to all those who have found this true. By salvation in the shed blood of The Lord Jesus Christ.

WASHED: to remove dirt, stains; to purify, cleanse

SANCTIFIED: to make holy, purify

JUSTIFIED: to declare innocent, declare free, to prove right

Just....if...I'd

Covered by the free pardon of sin by the grace of our Lord Jesus. Just as if "I"... had paid my price of sin. But, Yea...HE DID IT for me.

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remissions of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Romans 3:24-26
KJV 1611

What wonderful, glorious words of truth and comfort!

SUCH...were...some of you!

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Titus 3:5-7
KJV 1611

THIS IS THE DAY....I thank the LORD my God...

I was lost...but am found...was blind, but now I see!!


I know the path to follow...I see the light of the world...is Jesus.

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
Hebrews 2:9 KJV 1611

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Small Privilege



I had the honor of making these place cards for our church Mission Board.
I taught myself basic calligraphy many years ago...



...not knowing the value it would be to others one day.

THIS IS THE DAY...I'm so thankful, God can use a small portion of my life for HIS service...to help even in the smallest way...A PRIVILEGE

The privilege of helping, as our mission director asked my assistance. The privilege of writing each precious Missionaries name and thinking of their work and labour of love for Christ and the souls of mankind.


Perhaps you know some of these Missionaries? GODLY men of faith...Bible Believers...What a PRIVILEGE to know them all. We have many more we support...these are just a few as we are redoing our mission board display. We have frames all along the side and back of our church with each missionary's picture and a place to post their monthly newsletters. These cards I've done, are for a long side our map that points out where each missionary's field is located. I believe when I last counted..we support over 30 plus missionaries! We support several to Papua New Guinea, Europe and Africa. Worldwide....I'm so glad I belong to a mission minded church...

as the great HYMNS say:

Go Tell the Untold Millions.....Over the whole world wide

READY to go...ready to stay, Ready my place to fill;
Ready for service lowly or great, Ready to do His will.

From Greenland's icy mountains, From India's corral strand...
From many an ancient river, From many a palmy plain
They call us to deliver Their land from error's chain

So send I you to leave your life's ambition,
To die to dear desire, self-will resign,
To labor long and love where men revile you-
So send I you to lose your life for Mine.


Have you a willing heart to serve? Even in the smallest way...
Typing up newsletters!! Helping stuff envelopes for missionaries on furlough...sending missionaries letters or cards of encouragement...

There is so much WE also can do....with them....for God's work.

As Paul commends in:

Romans Chpt.16:1-4
I COMMEND unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.
Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:
Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also the churches of the Gentiles.


God bless our missionaries with the courage, strength and help they need, daily, to accomplish the work they desire, for the lost souls of mankind...for Christ.

HOPE~

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sweet "Tweets" of Life




THIS IS THE DAY....I'm thanking the LORD for the "sweet" creation he's made for us to enjoy!!

This little chickadee family and friends come to visit often, now that I finally found what seeds the squirrels will not eat up before the birds...or destroy my bird feeders! I like squirrels too...at a distance!!


I have owned so many bird feeders it isn't funny...but, now with these seeds that the squirrels don't like...I have wonderful daily visits now from my little sweet friends.



As I've stood out in my yard..yes, chirping...they try to get as close as they can...to peek! I love it!


And then there are the flock of geese that flew into my neighbors yard! I could only get close enough to these two scurrying along!


I've never been a bird fan to keep them in cages...enjoying them outdoors is much more entertaining as you watch them freely come and go and sing to their hearts content!

Song of Solomon 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land...

Monday, July 13, 2009

No Strings Attached!



I Corinthians 13:4-5 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly,seeketh not her own ,is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil.


Are you a mop-head Christian? By this, I mean, are there strings attached to the things you do for other people?

Sadly...How oft, over the years, I have met professing Christians like this. Do you a kind deed...but EXPECT something in return.

I don't mind at all requiting a good deed..and certainly giving of thanks is the right thing always to do...this IS the will of GOD concerning you!

I Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

There are some members in churches who also have this attitude when it comes to the "church" as a whole.

"I attend here...and you owe me"


What happened to YOU being a part of the church also!?

Sure the church is to be full of charity and compassion...but not to be taken advantage of.... for your own gain.

We are to be servants with charitable hearts in service to the LORD!

Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

It hurts the church when only a small handful of members do the WORK of the church. It happens in every church. A few faithful. A few hard workers.

Few: a special limited number

This should not be so.

My husband discipled me in the LORD and how thankful I am. He has such a good heart and desire to serve the LORD. He's always stressed...

Nothing should be done for self glory...self promotion...self..self..self.

All should be done to the GLORY OF GOD!!

Take the extra mile...

Matthew 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.


He is so gracious in his response to this. Do things without expecting any thing in return...and be pleasantly surprised and blessed when others in turn do the same for you!

It has always proven true.

You will always be blessed in the long run..with the joy of serving the LORD with a pure heart and motive! FOR HIM!

Don't be discouraged dear Christian....it takes the good work of the LORD in our hearts to be obedient to HIS WILL. Do your part, be a testimony to others and serve the LORD with gladness.


To know His will...is to seek his ways..in HIS BOOK.

NO STRINGS ATTACHED....Do the work of the LORD with joy and a true charitable heart and the blessings will come down from heaven!

THIS IS THE DAY...I am so thankful for all the kindness and charity that has been shown to me by so many loving Saints of the LORD.

HOPE~

Thursday, July 2, 2009

In the beginning...




The letter "T" is quite significant in the very beginning of the Bible...The King James Bible

As I continue with my thoughts on the book "In Awe of Thy Word"..again with permission from the author G.A. Riplinger. I want to share with you some gleanings from this marvelous book that reveals the true majesty of the King James Bible.

My heart literally aches when I think of the many versions out there that take away from this most glorious book that GOD has preserved without error. Truly GOD is who he says he is!!

Would we dare question GOD in His perfection? Do we question WHY He made the human eye as he did...and suggest maybe HE could have done it this way?! Oh my!!

HIS WORD (not man's) is our life... HE is the sustainer of LIFE... because he is LIFE!

In the beginning was the WORD, and the Word was with God, and the WORD was God.
John 1:1


It is so amazing to read of the perfection in His Word! I can't emphasis enough...how important it is to search out this matter diligently. I can only speak from experience...of reading first hand the evidence and also knowing beforehand by the testimony of The WORD itself to my own spirit, that it is in it's purest form; with no corrections needed.

(imagine as I hope to do one day...write a book...and someone ELSE tell the readers..no, she meant this or that.) Hello.. it's MY testimony!!!

God does exhort in His Word..to STUDY it...SEARCH it...

Now lets just glean a little .... LETTERS in the King James Bible

(from G. A. Riplinger's book...In Awe of Thy Word)



The letter Tt

The meanings of the letters and sounds are taught in their first usage in Genesis.

The letter "t" is a picture of a pointer stick. The first usage of the letter "t" in Genesis is the pointer word "the"

"t" means "from there to here"

(from the bottom point to the top point or vice versa)

This definition is given in the second usage of the letter "t" in the word "t here" in Gen. 1:3

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

"I am the....Truth (John 14:6)

The "t" is a picture of the "I am" crossing earth's horizon-line. Jesus Christ bridged the gap, "from hell to heaven" when "The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree" (Acts 5:30) The "t" with its trunk and two branches, pictures the vertical "tree" of the knowledge of good and evil, the tree of life and the cross of Calvary. (Gen. 2:9). The t points to heaven.

*my note here...the #5 in the KJV is very significant in number...5 will be either referring to death or grace or both. Read my story at Watering Wells Of Hope and you will find how very very true this number is in our own lives!!!

Genesis 2 and 3 continue pointing with "toward," "this," "these," "they," "thou," and "them." Single stick pronouns, such as "thy," "thou," "thine," and "thee," are singular.
Objects move "from there to here" with a "touch" and are "taken." "(T)horns" and "thistles" point out and touch you.

Words go "from here to there" as they are "told."

"Time" moves "from one point to another" and "from now to then" with "til," "thence" and "then."

Linear Bible objects include the "tower", "table", "tablet," "tares,"....

Communication is from a "teacher" to each person.

To leave the straight path of "truth" is to "transgress" from "here to who-knows-where."

This book is available at www.avpublications.com

I sincerely hope that this post will be of help to many in confusion or in question of Which Bible is God's HOLY WORD.

If you were a NEW Christian and walked into a Christian Book Store and asked for A BIBLE...do you realize how many versions are out there!?

"How about this one...or this one..or that one...CONFUSION!"

A new Christian should be able to walk into a "Christian" book store and ask for a Bible and the worker say...Oh YES... and hand them ONE VERSION PERFECT IN ITS ENTIRE...

and GOD said....

Psalm 12:7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

THIS IS THE DAY....I humbly thank the LORD for HIS precious WORD...for revealing Himself in such a personal way... That we may know HIM.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Understanding the Bible




But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. I Corinthians 2:14


DISCERNED: to distinguish (comprehend) mentally...recognize as distinct or different.

We are talking about "studying" the Bible.

It is indeed a "different" book. It is a book of LIFE...HOPE...PEACE...ASSURANCE!!

God has chosen the Bible.. His Word...to reach man in his lost state. However, once a person has trusted Christ as his personal Saviour: the Spirit of God dwells within to give one understanding of the Scriptures.

The Bible says to SEARCH the Scriptures. In this search we find salvation...and also the "walk" that the LORD God desires with us.

Psalm 119 has many verses that exhort us in this walk...

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Psalm 119:18

For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Psalm 119:89


7 Keys to Understanding your Bible

Please note that the "KEYS" are taken from the book In Awe Of Thy Word...but some of the verses or notes are of this author.

1. KEY FEAR GOD
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Proverbs 1:7
(In Awe of Thy Word)

Fear can be healthy. For a child to fear the edge of the cliff is healthy for his safety sake: he has a reverence for the cliff. And, so with the fear of the LORD, we understand his power, wrath and judgments. He is all knowing. No sin is hid from his eyes. We come with reverent fear.

2. KEY Believe the Bible is the very word of God:
Through faith we understand... Hebrews 11:3 (In Awe of Thy Word)

Do you believe it is GOD's WORD!!
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

I John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. Psalm 119:160


Man takes so lightly his Bible reading...and yet, he will scour multitudes of books for answers...from medical questions to any subject available! Yet the soul and spirit is eternal and the most neglected!

Can you imagine going to the doctor, he gives you an RX for your condition and YOU decide you don't need it. YOU don't believe what he says to be true. You have no trust in his judgment.

You must have confidence in the Word of God. The infallible truths and promises of God Almighty. Can he not write a book? He SPOKE the world into existence!!!

BELIEVE God's Word to be true!!

3. KEY PRAY
In 1538 the Bishop of London felt that study without prayer was like lungs without air- no life. (In Awe of Thy Word)


Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. Psalm 119:76

Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works. Psalm 119:26

Pray...asking God for guidance, understanding and assurance.

4. KEY BE MEEK
(In Awe of Thy Word)

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.

Meek: humble, patient, kind

5. KEY OBEY

...We are not to 'correct' it....
(In Awe of Thy Word)


as the song says...

OBEDIENCE is the very best way to show that you believe..

doing exactly as the LORD commands..doing it happily..

Action is the key do it immediately...on the narrow way..

OBEDIENCE is the very best way to show that you believe.

O...B...E...D...ience... OBEDIENCE is the very best way to show that you BELIEVE!


6. KEY READ AGAIN

many have read this little story:

A mother sent her daughter with a basket to the river to fetch water. The daughter complained because she did not understand the task, since the weak and leaky vessel retained so little. The mother told the teen, 'Yet, indeed, but the vessel is getting quite clean.'
(In Awe of Thy Word)

Isaiah 34:16a Seek ye out the book of the LORD, and read:

I Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

7. KEY MEDITATE on MEMORIZED SCRIPTURE
(In Awe of Thy Word)


Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Psalm 119:16 I will delight myself in thy statues: I will not forget thy word.

I can still recall some of the very first Bible verses I memorized. One being...

Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

My husband led me to the LORD. It was the first time I had ever had anyone open a BIBLE and show me the truth of the Scriptures. I remember to this day...the "awe" of finding all the promises of GOD contained in this blessed book. It was my husband who taught me in my youth as a babe in Christ...even these same 7 keys. They are vital to a Christian's spiritual growth and understanding the will of the LORD.

The King James Bible is the most precious treasure you will ever own. It is mine.

THIS IS THE DAY....I thank my LORD for his faithfulness in preserving HIS WORD without error....for me to behold and grasp within my reach...to KNOW HIM...and rest in his perfect peace.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

In Times Like These....



Before I post on the Seven Keys to Understanding the Bible...

I want to post these songs that have a wonderful message and challenge.

In Times Like These

In times like these we need the Bible, In times like these O be not idle;
Be very sure, be very sure Your anchor holds and grips the solid rock!
This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He's the One; This Rock is Jesus, The only One!
Be very sure, be very sure, Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!


Surely TODAY, this message is evident! People need a solid foundation, they need to know that there is a place of quiet rest, of peace and comfort. It is found in the LORD Jesus Christ and His Word.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see?
There's light for a look at the Saviour, And life more abundant and free!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.


When you read the BIBLE...you SEE the LORD JESUS!

The WORD OF GOD testifies who He is...

John 5:39 Search the scriptures: for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

And Can It Be That I Should Gain?

And can it be that I should gain An int'rest in the Saviour's blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?

Amazing love! How can it be...
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be That thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

He left his Father's throne above, So free, so infinite His grace!
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adams' helpless race.

Amazing love! How can it be...
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be That thou, my God, shouldst die for me?



It is truly amazing, when we comprehend the great love wherewith he loved us!

He died for us and loves us...knowing what kind of people we are.

Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart

Thy Word is a lamp to my feet, A light to my path alway,
To guide and to save me from sin And show me the heavenly way.

Thy Word have I hid in my heat, That I might not sin against Thee; That I might not sin, that I might not sin, Thy Word have I hid in my heart.

Forever O Lord, is Thy Word established and fixed on high;
Thy faithfulness unto all men Abideth forever nigh

Thy Word have I hid in my heat, That I might not sin against Thee; That I might not sin, that I might not sin, Thy Word have I hid in my heart.

God's Word should be seen as a precious gift that we desire to read and obey, because of His love and wonderful ways towards us!

For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Psalm 119:89

Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. Psalm 119:160

THIS IS THE DAY....my heart is ever so humbled, knowing I have the very Words of God in my midst. May I never take them lightly nor his great love for me.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Stand in Awe!



I am currently reading this marvelous book by Gail Riplinger. I highly recommend this book to anyone who questions the value and authority of the blessed King James 1611 Bible.

This book is absolutely amazing.

I have cried in reading some of the pages of this book as she so clearly exemplifies the precise accuracy of every jot and tittle! My heart is overwhelmed by the very fact that all the years I have been saved, a born again Christian; God's Word has been very evident in my life. It is indeed...in every essence our necessary food!

Every LETTER (alphabet) has a distinct meaning...WORDS appropriately placed in order to give the correct meaning of a passage. God is NOT the author of confusion.

The title is perfect. I stand in awe at the magnitude of God's grace in giving us HIS PRECIOUS WORD...giving us HIMSELF... at Calvary...THE WORD incarnate.

I am humbled in reading this...as I am my Bible itself. To know that GOD shows himself openly to man and lets him make his own choice to believe or not. All the evidence is available as the Book of Romans states in verses 19-20...

Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the Creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.


St. John 1:1 ... In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

God spoke the world, life into existence. HE SPOKE and it became. The WORD OF GOD is not to be taken lightly.

Think of the ebbing and flowing of the tides, the waxing and waning of the moon, the repeated order of days etc. The intricate design of the human body....the human eye!

If you grasp this beyond science...you SEE with your heart!

If I can just give you a glimpse into a bit of what I've read to cause you to seek out the BOOK of the LORD and READ...I'd have great joy of heart.

I would surely THIS DAY...REJOICE.

Mrs. Riplinger explains the built in dictionary found in the KJV Bible...amazing!

Oh and to then to know that God cares so much for you that he counts the very hairs of your head!

Luke 12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered, Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

...and would he not count every pen stroke...one jot or one tittle of HIS WORD!

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Matthew 5:18

Every word of God is pure... Proverbs 30:5

Psalm 119 continually exhorts the reader of THY WORD.

As I've mentioned before....we trust Christ as our Saviour and then question HIS WORD!

I will give you in the next post the 7 Keys to understanding your Bible.

With permission from the author...I'll share some of these points in her book.

THIS IS THE DAY...I rejoice in knowing whom I have believed in!

HOPE~

You can check on this book at www.avpublications.com

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Token of Love


ROSES



I received this lovely bouquet for Mother's Day from my daughter Ruth. They arrived in bud form on Saturday,



By Sunday morning of Mother's Day; I found a wonderful surprise of Roses in bloom.

The scent was heavenly...each time I walked past them...

I stopped and smelled the roses!




None of my children were able to be with me this Mother's Day; and I have to admit....it was quite lonely without them, amongst all the other mother's and their families.

To my surprise as Adult Sunday School ended and the smaller children bounced in...followed by one of the Sunday School Teachers... I was handed this lovely Mother's Day treat.


I wanted to cry. This lady is always so thoughtful and this truly touched my heart. At such a time...she knew...as she did last year...that my heart ached for my children. Last year, she and her mother Betty, gave me a sweet card.

( read about Betty at my "A Creative Heart" blog post...A Special Luncheon 2008)

Even though all the Mother's at church that day received a lovely carnation corsage...this was the most meaningful.

Maybe she'll never know the depth of her thoughtfulness...but, it made me feel like I had "celebrated" Mother's Day after all...I felt with this small token of Love, not only her care for me...but it brought back those moments when my children were small and would have handed me these precious gifts.

How thankful I am for the people in my life who touch each day with kindness...

One moment...can make such a difference. One moment...can bring unexpected Joy.

One moment...if you stop and smell the Roses... can fill your heart with LOVE.




Proverbs 17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: withersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

THIS IS THE DAY...I think from now on...when I stop to smell the roses...I'll remember the loving bouquet sent from my daughter and the kindness of a sister in Christ.
Hope~

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Stepping Stones of Life



Our walk with the LORD.

It is quite noteworthy for this devotion to use this photo as I pondered how to use this in a post. I did a devotion one summer at our church and wondered if I still had the notes. I prayed last night, if the LORD wanted me to post this... I would find it. I did, in an unlikely place...they literally fell into my hands when I opened a notebook not even pertaining to devotions.

With this, I pray that my words here are written as the LORD desires.

Each morning I go outside to enjoy the fresh air and hear the birds chirp, talk with the LORD and view these ever present "stepping stones".

My lovely daughter Aubrey, made these with her children to give me one Mother's Day. It it one of the most touching gifts I have ever received. Seeing the imprints of a hand, or the little keep-sakes they chose themselves to embed in the stepping stone for their "Nana" is precious to my heart.

Only a grandmother could appreciate of course! A plastic snake...a Lego...a bumblebee button.



When my grandchildren were here recently, the girls placed their hands over the imprints on their stepping stones...they had grown! The girls giggled...and the boys remembered making these and laughed at putting a plastic dinosaur in one!

They had forgotten their "thoughts" at the time of choosing these items. A choice, they made...years ago.

Have you forgotten a choice perhaps you made years ago, also?

To walk with the LORD...daily...step by step.


Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy GOD?

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

My summer devotion was on Growing Up...In the LORD.

Steps of growth as we walk in His ways.

Ask yourself as a Believer in Christ...where you are in your steps of growth? Are you growing healthy in the LORD?

I Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

Babes:
they need pats on the back (comfort)...fed constantly...clothed

These are attributes of a new Christian's needs as well...as it states...As newborn babes. The WORD of God as necessary food for proper growth...and clothed with humility. Of course every baby needs that little pat on the back for comfort...perhaps you know a new christian who needs encouraged in the right choices they are making.

Little Children:
Imitate others....need discipline...instruction...innocent and unaware of dangers... a hand in hand for comfort-secure.....learn to walk...one step at a time!

Oh how oft they need correction...and warnings of danger... the impressions/influences made by others that are so vital to their choices and that hand in theirs that makes them secure and safe.

Are you at this stage of growth...do you seem to need a lot of correction! or instruction on warnings about the world, the flesh and the devil! How 'bout being impressed by the wrong people...or the right..think about the choice and it's consequences. Again..perhaps their is a young Christian needing a friend's hand to let them know they have a true friend in Christ. Children stumble when they first start walking!


Grown Children:
Full of energy that needs to be properly channeled...selfish, envious of others, finding "self"...their value.

As a growing christian you need to find your value to the ministry...what can you do to channel your energy for the LORD. Think on things...of good report. Don't be self centered...envious. God has a purpose for your life and a talent all your own. Too many times we find people wanting someone Else's talent and they haven't realized that God has given them ...their very own!! Pray and ask the LORD to show you what you can do...maybe you are the person who has the time to PRAY when others are so busy...maybe you just need to be a helper! I sure needed them for my ladies luncheon! What a blessing these people were and their willing hearts. A blessing. Your talent..can be being a BLESSING to others! AMEN!

I Corinthians 12:4/18 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.


Young adults:
learn personal responsibility...learn to love with charity...work...and develop virtues (choosing right).

Now is the time to take the full weight of your choices in life. Are you truly surrendered to God? Are you willing now to do the work of an follower of Christ? To labour in the field of souls? Can you now make sober minded decision about what you believe? Do you have your own convictions? and understand why you have them!

Mothers/Fathers;
Birth "newborns"...feed others...nurture.

At this stage of life...after you've grown in knowledge of the LORD and His Word..you should be bringing forth fruit. Spiritual children...leading others to Christ...then feeding them what you have learned and nurturing them along as they "grow" up in the LORD.

AGED:
Full of faith and strength of character...sober minded...realistic-relying not on dreams but the promises of God....see the Heavenly future.

As an aged Christian, you should set the example of longevity of faith...of strength in trials...testimony of God's promises fulfilled...and your peace of Heaven's home.

I recall some comments that my grandchildren have made over the years..

One in hearing the account of Adam and Eve's beginnings...told their dad about the morning devotion at dinner that night.

Eve came from Adam's WALLET!


My daughter had used the illustration of putting her hand in her side pocket to show the children how Eve came from Adam's side...exactly where daddy keeps his wallet!

So innocent...and yet...are you?...as a wife in submission to her husband or a husband to the LORD. How easily our flesh can misunderstand our place!

Then my granddaughter had taken a bath a bit too long..and said

"Now I have Grandma skin!"...


Does it bother you to age....GRACE abounds with aged..of faith!

One of my own children upon receiving his hamburger with the buns separated...proclaimed..

"They forgot my lid!"


Have you forgotten a vital part of growing in the LORD...is your walk complete?

Oh and most of all this one...

When my little granddaughter has not seen her dad for quite a while..she asked her mom..

"Mommy, can I have a picture of daddy? I forgot what he looks like!"


Oh dear Christian...never take your eyes off the LORD! Remember to see HIM in His WORD daily...stay on the stepping stones he has laid and walk thereon!




II Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen


This is the day...I thank the LORD for my salvation and the many faithful Christians in my life who have helped me in my walk...step by step..year after year. I have now walked with the LORD for 36 years, and as "Pilgrim"...keeping my eyes on that light!
Hope~

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Grandchildren...My Joy and Delight



Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
Psalm 127:3


Children's children are the crown of old men...
Proverbs 17:6a



THIS IS THE DAY... I thank the LORD for GRANDCHILDREN

...and the great joy they bring to my life. I have ten grandchildren (one with the LORD)...and really I'm, I guess quite young for that many!! As a mother of five of my own...it's inevitable that you will one day have a bumper crop of G'kids around! I love every moment of their hugs and funny things they do and say.

They all...every one of my grandchildren...live a good distance away. The visits are very very special and cherished. The memories linger in my thoughts and in my dreams. It's so hard to say ...good bye...and wait for the next visit.

I love looking over the photos of our fun during this recent visit...since they are now a military family and will be traveling the world wide! I see many trips for my husband and I in the future. My other daughter came to visit also with her two boys...she is moving also with the military...

here's a sampling of a few of the G'kids fun time.

Remember the darling little GIRL who loves spiders...well, this is her little sister's collection of BUGS and SNAKES!!

I bought "Beebers"...her very own BUG Carrier. She was HAPPY!


She could put her stretchy snake inside and pretend he was real...




The rest...well, they have to wait their turn!



Then...there is big sis who is very very BRAVE!! you know..Spider Girl!



She caught a cricket once and kindly named him "Crickey".

The boys do their share too...like even pretending to have a frog ..foaming at the mouth..GROSS!



Dish soap... bubbles!!

AND...real...SHARK'S TEETH...



They enjoyed scouring the waters edge for their treasures.

and as the photo up top shows...they run for the fun!
What delight it brings to my heart as I hear the glee's of happiness and excitement of another adventure!

It was surely a refreshing time....the innocence of youth.

May we continually pray for the next generation and God's graces upon their lives.

Blessings to you..
HOPE

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

...comfort one another with these words..



He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
Isaiah 40:11



I love this verse...and I love this carving my mother gave me. I have it sitting on my fireplace mantle. It is a constant reminder of the above verse.

Our LORD is so caring, so long suffering and full of mercy. His ways as I've mentioned before are so perfect..that we cannot fathom it's work in entirety.

My dear sweet sister in Christ, passed on to the LORD early Saturday morning. She was only 51 years of age. Sobering as we think of each day we take for granted. Make the most of each day..for the LORD!!

She was diagnosed with a rare cancer just a month ago...and so quickly spread. I know that many will not understand why..but for me, I see God's mercy upon her. She has had a very grievous trial the past two years of her life and quite frankly..even the things I've endured..THIS...would be most difficult. I see God's mercy in relieving her of living this the rest of her life here on earth. I know that her family will miss her so terribly..but they have the comfort that this post speaks of...God's will and HIS comfort found in his promises, in his faithfulness and his WORD.

I thank the LORD so much for my King James Bible! What a TREASURE! the book of TRUTH right in my very hands! So many verses that testify of it's accuracy of it's strength in the believers life and the fruit it has and continues to have through the ages of time.

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.

I Thessalonians 4:13-14

Comfort one another with these words. I Thessalonians 4:18


THIS IS THE DAY... my sister in Christ is with the LORD, she loves.

Please pray for her family.

God bless you all with this same comfort.

HOPE

Monday, April 6, 2009



If you want to be distressed..
LOOK WITHIN
If you want to be defeated...
LOOK BACK
If you want to be distracted..
LOOK AROUND
If you want to be dismayed...

LOOK BEFORE
If you want to be DELIVERED
LOOK TO CHRIST!


Many years ago I wrote this on the front page of my Bible as a reminder to not let these things hinder my walk with the LORD. I could write so much about each of these listed..but I think it best for you dear reader to think upon these yourself and let the LORD speak to your heart.

As I began to read once again a wonderful book....Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret... I was blessed with these words on the first page...

Bear not a single care thyself,
One is too much for thee;
The work is Mine, and Mine alone;
Thy work- to rest in ME.

-Selected


As a born again believer...I have the choice to trust. Have I not already trusted Christ for my very souls eternity! and can I not trust him for each days care?

Oh, dear one...think upon these phrases...ponder them in your heart and have faith.

Enough that God my Father knows:-
Nothing this faith can dim.
He gives the very best to those
Who leave the choice to Him.

-selected


We thank Thee, Lord, for pilgrim days
When desert springs were dry,
When first we knew what depths of need
Thy love could satisfy.

-selected


Oh how I have found this true in my life...
the desert spring when dry...
HIS love indeed did satisfy!

The SEASONS of our life...

EACH must be seen as the time for which it is purposed.

The deliverance is there...if we just...

LOOK TO CHRIST.