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~