Tuesday, December 14, 2010

He Is So Precious to Me



It has been ONE YEAR since my Breast Cancer diagnosis...I AM...a one year Survivor.

My doctors appointment with my Breast Cancer surgeon this past Monday...
shows all is well!!

The collage above are some of the memories of this past year. Sweet gifts given, lovely handmade cards, flowers, a soft teddy bear, a gorgeous handmade quilt, an antique teacup owned by a Breast Cancer person, the Willow figurine given by the ladies of my church...all to show support...to help me in my journey...love with tender hearts of compassion. Gifts that I will always cherish.

Some of the photos show my treatment book given to me by my surgeon, the radiation machine, the butterfly sticker I had to wear. Reminders....that it was REAL.

This HYMN... He Is So Precious to Me...gives my praise.

So precious is Jesus, my Saviour, my King,
His praise all the day long with rapture I sing;
To Him in my weakness for strength I can cling,
For He is so precious to me.

For He is so precious to me,
For He is so precious to me;
'Tis heaven be-low my Redeemer to know,
For He is so precious to me.

I stand on the mountain of blessing at last,
No cloud in the heavens a shadow to cast;
His smile is upon me, the valley is past,
For He is so precious to me.

Charles H. Gabriel, 1856-1932
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Psalm 57:1-2

Be merciful unto me, O God,
be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee;
yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge,
until these calamities be overpast.
I will cry unto God most high;
unto God that performeth all things for me.



THANK YOU for your prayers...your sweet, supportive comments.
THIS IS THE DAY...God bless you!
Love,
HOPE

Monday, November 8, 2010

Don't Miss The Journey For The Destination!



I will be embarking on a new journey with a destination....to please the LORD....to fulfill a purpose he has laid upon my heart at this time...and to reach the end with his blessings...and to HIS Praise and Glory.

I will be on a blogging break for some time...and truthfully, do not know if I will be back to blogging. However...my heart always has the desire to share the blessings of GOD and to encourage others with HIS WORD. THUS...I may be compelled from time to time to write a post here. If you would like to continue to be a follower? I would be honored. I hope to keep up with some of you from time to time, as I know your heart as well...desires the same.

TO ENCOURAGE... and...PRAISE THE LORD!

Thank you for the many times you have done this for me.

God bless every endeavor to reach others for the LORD JESUS and to thank and Praise HIM for all his goodness.

THIS IS THE DAY..I REJOICE in ALL the LORD JESUS CHRIST has done for me.

Blessings..
HOPE

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Day by Day


Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear,
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best-
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He whose name is Counsellor and Pow'r
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
"As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure",
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation,
So to trust Thy promises O Lord,
That I lose not faith's sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy word.
Help me Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E'er to take, as from a father's hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting
Till I reach the promised land.

Linda Sandell Berg 1832-1903

This Hymn is very well known...but I wonder how this applies to you PERSONALLY.

For me...as I even wrote out each verse this morning ...touched me...VERY personally. The words penned by these authors surely were moved to write words that would apply to so many other saints of God.

Worldly music...to me...seems so impersonal...perhaps more Generic.

By Worldly, I mean; lets say Entertaining.

Definition: Entertain: to hold attention...to admit into the mind (NOTE-not heart!)

GENERIC
: like our medicines...NOT the REAL thing! I for one have had an allergic reaction to Generic meds! I didn't HELP my need!

Definition: Generic: NOT protected.

This Hymn...has the protection of God's promises! Found in HIS WORD!

For all the promises of God in him, are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. II Corinthians 1:20

Notice even one of the verses in this Hymn says:

The protection of his child and treasure Is a charge that on Himself He laid; "As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure," This the pledge to me He made.

A pledge...a PROMISE.

Help me then in every tribulation So to trust Thy promises, O Lord....

Trust those promises. TRUST: definition: Confidence...surety...committed.

And so this morning this Hymn applies to me..PERSONALLY.

Day by Day... I rely on God, on His promises, on His mercies...to get me through my own "personal" trials. With a special mercy for each hour.

..faiths sweet consolation...Offered within Thy Holy Word.

It is here that I find my (sweet) consolation..THE WORD OF GOD. My TREASURE.

HIS WORDS to me..personally.




Genesis 1:5a And God called the light Day...

The first DAY...bore LIGHT.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

I must needs...keep HIS WORD in my heart each DAY...Day by Day.

The trial of this day for me...missing my children and grand children.

A great void in my life...yet, never far from my heart.

God HIMSELF..fills this void as none other can...by the mercies of each hour.

By his loving promises found in HIS WORD.

Truly..Day by Day...Til I reach the promised land.

May God strengthen you this day in your hour of trial..

This is the day...rejoice! God's promises are yours!

HOPE by the way..photo collage is of my g'children!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Happy the Home When God Is There



Hap-py the home when God is there, And love fills ev-'ry breast,
When one their wish and one their prayer And one their heave'nly rest.

Hap-py the home where Je-sus' name Is sweet to ev-'ry ear
When children ear-ly list His fame And par-ents hold Him dear.

Hap-py the home where prayer is heard And praise is want to rise,
Where par-ents love the sa-cred Word And all its wis-dom prize.

Lord, let us in our homes a-gree This bless-ed peace to gain,
U-nite our hearts in love to thee And love to all will reign.

Henry Ware, the younger, 1794-1843
John B. Dykes, 1823-1876


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


Built within from the heart...
a heart of faith that trust God...

Built within from the heart...
in obedience to HIS WORD...

Built within from the heart...
in a daily walk according to HIS will...

Built within from the heart...
with thanksgiving and praise...

Built within...of LOVE for CHRIST
and the witness of HIS GRACE.

Then HAPPY the HOME
when GOD... IS THERE.

Hope 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Brethren, We Have Met to Worship


On our trip up north to visit our daughter; we also had the wonderful privilege of attending her church...and not only that, her dad was asked to take one of the Sunday services. What a wonderful open door to share in the fellowship of God's work in another town...another likeminded church...another labour of Grace!

My daughter and her dad sang a special together..."IT IS FINISHED"

Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant. Psalm 135:3

The Pastor of her church...excellent PREACHING...reminded us of HOME. What joy when the brethren dwell together in unity...Preaching the same Truth's of the BLESSED KING JAMES BIBLE!

BEHOLD, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down the skirts of his garments:
As the dew of Hermon and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. Psalm 133


I'm amazed how visiting different churches around the country..you always seem to find one or two people that resembles one dear to your heart..back HOME!

We felt so welcomed...and so a part of their FELLOWSHIP!

Then on our way home as previously mentioned in my last post...the wonderful FELLOWSHIP of dear Christians in their home...might as well have been church; as we shared testimonies of GOD's GRACE and just WORSHIPPED the LORD in praising HIS work in our lives.

Brethren, We have Met to Worship

Brethren we have met to worship And adore the Lord our God
Will you pray with all your power, While we try to preach the Word?
All is vain unless the Spirit Of the Holy One comes down
Brethren pray and holy manna Will be showered all around.

George Atkins, 19th Century

And..it surely was sweet manna as we listened to my daughter's Pastor Preach THE WORD...as we listened to brethren sing special songs on their hearts and share testimonies.

How thankful and full of joy was my heart..when my young grand daughter raised her little hand and told how THANKFUL she was to God for bringing her Nana and Papa safely to visit! Then the following Sunday before my husband preached..my eldest grandson testified of the ENCOURAGEMENT we were to him during our visit. PRAISE GOD!

Then my heart wanted to sing as we parted...

God Be with You

God be with you till we meet again..By His counsels guide uphold you
With his sheep securely fold you
God be with you till we meet again

Till we meet...till we meet
Till we meet at Jesus feet
Till we meet...till we meet
God be with you till we meet again.

Jeremiah E. Rankin, 1828-1904

There is a hymn to fit EVERY area of our lives...to sing praises to GOD ...to reflect on HIS goodness...to sing of his mercies...it goes on and on...

and to these dear Brethren...our friends...

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.
Philippians 1:3


HOPE

Friday, October 1, 2010

Hymn and Devotional Series...Showers of Blessings



As I go through this series...I want to either reflect upon a devotional thought or something that has happened in regards to the Hymn chosen.

I just returned from a trip to upstate New York to visit my eldest daughter and her four children...MY beautiful, fun,loving GRAND CHILDREN! The entire visit was Showered with Blessings!! With this thought...I'd like to share some of the moments and the Hymn.

There Shall Be Showers of Blessing...note the Hymn title...there SHALL!!!

not might be..could be...SHALL BE!!! What a promise!!

There shall be showers of blessing
This is the promise of Love,
There shall be seasons refreshing
Sent from the Saviour above.

Showers of blessing, Showers of blessing we need
Mercy drops round us are falling, But for the showers we plead.


Daniel W. Whittle, 1840-1901 James McGranahan, 1840-1907

As an empty nester, my heart continually longs for the hugs and love of my children and grandchildren. The VOID at times seems unbearable...but GOD my Saviour has continually lifted my heart with rejoicing as I walk with him. Such comfort comes when I have put my trust in HIM and realized MY LIFE is NOT...my own. Therefore, whatever STATE I am in...I MUST be content; and live ONE day at a time. I have found that in yielding my heart in this manner...I can...and do...make it through those Seasons of loneliness.

As the song says...There SHALL be seasons refreshing...Sent from the Father above.

Showers of blessings we NEED... God knows them ALL! PRAISE HIS NAME!

I was surprised when I left them...the PEACE that came instead of a heavy heart..as I anticipated I'd have...But, peace comes at SUCH A TIME!!

Oh, the Showers of Blessing we enjoyed during our visit!

Fellowship with Saints at my daughter's TWO churches! TWO because of the weather where she lives...one is closer in time of SNOW and the other where she use to live and couldn't leave them! BLESSINGS of answered prayer in God's care, while her husband is serving in Afghanistan. TWO churches watching over her family.

How THANKFUL I am. Showers of Blessings!!

I will post more about our trip with Hymns...

But, I also wanted to share how this song came to mind also as we traveled the roads home. A long 18 hour trip. Raining the entire time. My son living in North Carolina called us in concern over the weather; warning us that the entire East Coast was expecting Thunderstorms and high winds. (Tropical conditions). If you know me...I do NOT like driving in storms...let alone at night; which is when we would be arriving to the North Carolina border. FUN.

I bowed my head in prayer...and gave my day to the LORD. I decided then and there..that I was NOT going to worry...I WAS GOING TO TRUST THE LORD!!! Whatever YOUR WILL LORD...let it be.

That morning in my devotional reading...Proverbs of the day...

Proverbs 27:1 Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

As we began to approach some heavier weather and a vehicle accident...bringing us to a complete stop...sitting there for quite some time. I had hoped to meet up with a dear friend on the way home, but text her that due to time and weather; we wouldn't be able, as I didn't want them driving out in the HORRIBLE weather. She called back and said, she and her family INSISTED we stop in AND stay overnight! Since we were sitting there and had no where to go...My husband said..WE SHOULD.

We just so happened...to be at HER exit! and able to drive a back road to her home...have a wonderful meal together...SHOWERED WITH BLESSINGS...of GODLY fellowship, a soft bed and her dad made us breakfast before departing...at 7:30 in the MORNING. LOVE of BRETHREN!!!

and...we drove home in the LIGHT of the day and SUNSHINE all the way home!!!

The next two days...ALL the areas we had traveled were under flooding conditions and strong winds...

Truly, we do not know what a day brings forth...

some..full of wonderful SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS!!!

PRAISE THE LORD...he truly cares for even the smallest matters in our lives!

I pray this was an encouragement to you...in trusting the LORD...a little more...EACH DAY.

HOPE

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Hymn and Devotion Series


Lately the Hymns seem to speak to my heart more deeply than ever and my thoughts continue with the words...the messages.

And so, I've decided to do a series of Devotional thoughts with a Hymn to go with it. I hope it will be a blessing to you and lift your heart in song and praise...for THIS IS THE DAY...let us REJOICE and be GLAD in it!!

Praise Ye the LORD, the Almighty.

Praise ye the LORD, who o'er all things so wondrously reigneth
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen How thy desires e'er have been
Granted in what He ordaineth.


The Almighty. He the LORD GOD...sustainer of life...My help in time of need...my provider...merciful.

Imagine, Israel in the wilderness 40 Years..and yet the scriptures tell us...that their shoes did not wear out!

And I have led you forty years in this wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot. Deuteronomy 29:5

He led them...

And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way;
and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light; to go by day and night:
He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people. Exodus 13:21-22


Oh how much He has done for....me!!

This now reminds me of another Hymn...

I Sing the Mighty Power of God

I sing the mighty pow'r of God that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained The sun to rule the day,
The moon shines full at His command, And all the stars obey.


I am in awe whenever I am near the ocean and see the vastness of this water that remains in its course...the rivers, streams. The mountains in their majesty...and yes, the Sun to rule the day..giving us light in our days..and the moon to shine at night.

I always liked the spiritual illustration of the Total Eclipse...

the WORLD coming between the SUN and MOON causing near total darkness...

Never let the WORLD come between you and your walk in the LIGHT of the LORD!

Keep that LIGHT of LIFE...walk in the Light of the LORD.

Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. Psalm 89:15

The next total Lunar Eclipse is dated for December 21, 2010

I remember the last Eclipse I watched...it was scary watching it slowly move and eventually darken the moonlit night. It was sobering to think of so many SOULS lost in the darkness of this world.


Also noteworthy is that a FULL MOON/Brightest light of night... precedes an eclipse!

How refreshing it was, when the moon began to once again peek more and more giving back it's FULL LIGHT.

The wonders of God's creation is so inspiring to behold. To think upon the detail, care and perfection!! All for ...you and me....

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. I Peter 5:7

THIS IS THE DAY.... Praise Ye the LORD, the Almighty...I Sing the Mighty Power Of God...

HOPE

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Rejoicing!



THIS IS THE DAY...I rejoice in the salvation of one of our teenagers at church! I've been praying for this young lady for a long time..but even more so recently.

How wonderful it is to not only hear of an open profession of FAITH in taking Jesus Christ as one's personal saviour...but also to see a young person in spite of peer pressure...in spite of perhaps self "worldly" goals...choosing to WALK with the LORD!


I've known her since she was a toddler and being raised by Godly parents; I've had every hope that the testimony of God's Word manifest daily would reach her heart at a young age!


Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. St. Luke 15:10

I am rejoicing......Imagine!!! ANGELS!


...and each and EVERY... ONE...soul...turning to GOD...brings REJOICING.

I can hear the Hallelujah chorus being sung right now and echoing through out all Heaven.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!


For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9


A WONDERFUL GIFT...of love! Free to whosoever will!!!

Open the gift! Receive it and Rejoice!

BORN AGAIN...once born you cannot become unborn!! YOU BELONG TO HIM!

NOW I BELONG TO JESUS

Jesus my Lord will love me forever, From Him no power of evil can sever...
He gave his life to ransom my soul...

Now I belong to Him!

Now I belong to Jesus, Jesus belongs to me

Not for the years of time alone, But for eternity!!


I love the words to this song...

Not for the years of time alone (not just now! with the blessings too!)

But for ALL ETERNITY!!!

Rejoice with me...THIS IS THE DAY!!!

Hope

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Health Awareness!


I've been dealing with a lot of health issues this year and wanted to share some important information with my readers. In hopes that it might relieve you of some stress and anxiety in trying to determine your health needs.

So oft we put off going to the doctor thinking...."OH, IT's JUST MY AGE"!!

I've learned otherwise!!!

For information on BREAST CANCER you can visit HERE ...my post tell of my journey with Breast Cancer that began last December with God's gracious care and intervention.

As then in God's intervention...I also have found out I have Hypothyroidism.

This is an ANSWER to prayer!! sounds strange doesn't it??

THIS IS THE DAY...I thank the LORD for HIS intervention.

I've suffered from fatigue for YEARS...never finding the exact cause...and then finally just leaving it to my AGE and the Radiation treatments I finished this past April.

But, with it's lingering affects...I became desperate for ANSWERS!!

Frustrated at not having the energy on some days to do ANYTHING! This is NOT me!!!

I prayed and prayed...(God knows the timing..for whatever purpose..we WAIT on HIM!)

On one particular day...I began to have more swelling in my feet than usual (from my Blood Pressure) and my eyes were puffy (chalked it up to my allergies)...but I also began having NUMBNESS in my arms, hands and legs.

ALSO a WARNING...DO NOT LET YOUR RX run out on a weekend!! and especially a HOLIDAY weekend..which I did. Over the fourth of July I absentmindedly let my RX run out and of all times...needed the doctors okay to refill...

Okay..I've gone without my BP meds a couple days before...but not FIVE! By the fifth day...and hoping that my RX was available...I began to have marked swelling in my feet and as I was shopping that day felt unusually BLAU...let alone have a major hot flash. ALARM...I decided to go check my blood pressure in the pharmacy section of the store.

173/? I can't even remember...I just remember seeing 173 and OH MY!

I headed straight for my doctors office..and thankfully was seen within the hour with no appointment made! UNUSUAL!!!

My doctor accessed my problems...refilled my RX, did a EKG and X-ray to rule out any heart problems..she also had me do some blood work.

I did not request a THYROID check...but thank the LORD ...SHE DID!

VOILA...my problem...THYROID. She immediately started me on a low dose Synthroid, until we know my proper dosage. I will be checked again in a month to evaluate the dosage I need to keep a proper balance of the Thyroid Hormone in my body.

The Thyroid regulates all the functions in your body!

Liken your body to a automobile needing gas and oil...to start the engine to keep the fuel line going so that all the other parts do their job!

The Hormones work to tell each part what to do.

The Thyroid has hormones called T4 and T3 these work together to regulate your system.

The TSH is the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone that signals cells to release more Thyroid hormone into the bloodstream. Certain cells in the body convert to T4 or T3.

(read more about this at the link I've provided)

When I looked up the symptoms..I was amazed ..I had them ALL!!

I have requested test for my Thyroid for years (my mom and sister take Thyroid meds) and nothing ever showed up. The report on this site also states this very thing happening to people. This is why it is so important to watch for the symptoms and have blood work.

I did some research online and found an excellent site with the link here..
www.ehealthmd.com

The American Thyroid Association RECOMMENDATION for women 35 yrs. and older: Get a Thyroid blood test every 5 years. Most women more so after 50.

Even children and infants can be affected with Thyroid problems. I wonder now how many children are suffering from this and the parents are unaware of the problem and thinking their child is lazy!!

Some of the symptoms are as follows;

Tiredness
Inability to tolerate COLD
Weight gain of 5-10 pounds (unexplained) and not losing while trying!
Drowsiness-though slept all night
Muscle Aches
Constipation

LATTER symptoms:
Dry, flaky skin
Hair loss
Difficulty thinking
Numbness of arms, legs
Puffy face-eyes

There is a greater chance of THYROID problems in people with Diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

NOTE: I am wondering now if my Hormone Therapy I had been on for 25 years was not masking my Thyroid deficiency. Upon my Breast Cancer diagnosis..I stopped my HRT. Thus, over time revealing a HORMONE deficiency..the THYROID hormone!

I truly pray this is a help to someone. I know had I realized the extent of the symptoms associated with the Thyroid, I might have sough help sooner.

Blessings to all..
HOPE

Thursday, July 29, 2010

..was Blind..but now I SEE!




The song "AMAZING GRACE" has been prevalent in my thoughts lately...by events of Praise...by the very song itself...something in the news...or even another blogs devotional.

I read in the news the other day about a little girl just 7 years of age singing this and as I watched the clip of the audience...many were moved very emotionally as you could see it in their eyes and tears.

In their midst this little girl sang...

Amazing grace-how sweet the sound- That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost but now am found, Was blind but now I see.


Is she singing this from her heart as A SAVED person? Do the people listening realize the MESSAGE and TESTIMONY of these words sung?

I began to think upon the many many people who sing or have sung this song...and the testimony of their lives that revile it!!!

I recall as a teenager ...to my shame...lying to my Mother. After I was caught, I was so miserable...I had lost her trust...COMPLETELY. I regretted this so much and even to this day.

THIS was a time that I felt a wretch!

Oh!! EVERY ONE does little white lies!

REALLY? and it's right? Common place!

(why is it called WHITE?)

Do we take our wretchedness so lightly?

I LIED! I connived and planned it! and hurt the one I loved!

As the years passed...I eventually gained her trust again.

But ONE DAY I read the BIBLE the WORD OF GOD for the first time with a humble heart.... and I SAW the wretch I truly had been..(one of many times) I knew in my HEART, I had so offended my own precious Mother...and GOD.

I repented and got SAVED...

I WAS blind...but NOW I SEE!

Sin is so deceiving...and time does not take it away..only that AMAZING GRACE!

It was and is that AMAZING GRACE...and how sweet is that song...that testifies of the true believer of GOD's WORD.

That Amazing Grace is found in the pages of HIS book...in the HEART of every true believer.

Ephesians2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.


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

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

HOW CAN IT BE???

How can it be? How can it be?
That God should love a soul like me, how can it be?

As at the cross I humbly bow And gaze upon Thy thorn-crowned brow
And view the precious bleeding form By cruel nails so bruised and torn
Knowing Thy suffering was for me, In grief I cry... "How can it be?"

How can it be? How can it be? Was ever grace so full and free!
From heights of bliss to depths of woe In loving kindness Thou dids't go
From sin and shame to rescue me...O love Divine, "How can it be?"

AMAZING GRACE!!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

CHERISH THE MOMENTS....REJOICING



This little guy..is ALL BOY...as you can see by the black dots on his arm..no it's NOT giant measles..he got a pen and decided to color. How many of us know BOYS that have done this..TYPICAL.

The bag on his arm.. holds all his little Hot Wheel cars. He MUST have these at ALL times. So cute..he even sleeps with them by his side! Now is that a BOY or what CARS/BOYS!!

I babysat this little guy just a few weeks ago (his brother had to have a minor surgery) so I watched this one and his little "older" sister. I had soo much FUN with them.

Their mom told me they liked cereal for breakfast..."oh, okay"...

THEN..I remembered...the ONE time I don't have Cheerios..ONLY FIBER ONE! YIKES...

Noooo..we can't have this...

Hey kids..you like pancakes! VOILA...

so I made this little guy a TRUCK pancake and he was so HAPPY he smiled for the photo.

We played...

OF COURSE!!! CARS!

and we read MY favorite book..THE FARMER ROCKS HIS FARM...only "I" embellish it with a little TUNE in my rocking recliner and we chant along...

"Rocky Rock..the Farmer rocks his doggy... and when the doggy goes to sleep...
the Farmer rocks his pig...Rocky Rock..the Farmer rocks his pig!"


Finally at the end the mouse goes to sleep and the Farmer..but the mouse sneaks off and who knows where!

Well...now this cute little guy...is HOME today..

after a very near tragic weekend.

We are REJOICING in the merciful kindness of our GOD!!

Little BOYS as I mentioned are quite adventurous even at a young age. This little guy nearly drowned this past weekend! His mom did CPR until EMS revived him on the spot..however, he had to be transported to a children's hospital for observation.

A very scary....heart wrenching time....a time certainly in need of PEACE...

Thankfully, he was only under the water a few minutes..but minutes count!

He was in the hospital 3 days and THIS IS THE DAY..he came home...PERFECT!

No problems...no after affects...just a SMILING FACE...holding HIS CARS!

When I went to visit him the other day in the hospital...he was sleeping...

so I sang our little Farmer tune a few minutes and put one of the cars I had brought in his hand..eyes still closed...he clutched the car tight!

I brought a few cars for him, just in case in the hurry of that day..he didn't have them along. I prayed he would wake up and SMILE at the nice surprise.

SMILE he did...and that night HAD to have his blankie by his face..AND his CARS lined up next to him on the bed..HE WAS HAPPY!

The hospital said that they have so many close calls ALL summer long and some do not make it....

Along with this post...I'd like to add this link for CPR information VERY IMPORTANT! Please take the time to visit and learn these life saving steps. This CAN and does happen to us all... We as Christians are not exempt from these things..but, we can be prepared (as this mother was!) Imagine the comfort she found in knowing at a critical time SHE was able to respond. THE MOMENTS mattered...
www.learncpr.org

I Peter 1:7 says..
That the trial of your faith being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ...


His mom shared with me how she had in her thoughts for some time...the what if's of LIFE and how she would deal with them. Would she trust GOD..would she be bitter...HOW would SHE react.

In LIFE...we face so many different situations...some very tragic...some very stressful...ARE YOU PREPARED?

OUR GOD...gives PEACE AT SUCH A TIME...

As she prayed for GOD's will...

Peace to trust in GOD's care and the outcome...she was ready and able to trust GOD.

She had not only been prepared physically by the CPR training..but prepared in her spirit by her walk with the LORD...knowing HIM personally as her SAVIOUR.

How thankful we are at this time to...CHERISH THE MOMENTS REJOICING...

HOPE

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Come, Christians, Join to Sing





Come Christians, join to sing- Al-le-lu-ia! A - men!
Loud praise to Christ our King- Al-le-lu-ia! A - men!
Let all, with heart and voice- Be-fore His throne re-joice!;
Praise is His gracious choice: Al-le-lu-ia! A - men!


I rejoice this day...with a song of praise on my heart for the many answers to prayer that have been so needful. Some very critical!


I thank and praise the LORD!!

for a mother AND baby at delivery who both developed complications, making a critical ICU situation...Both are home and well!!

for safety in traveling during severe weather...

for my own CANCER free check up!

my list can go on and on....

The song above is such a wonderful song of PRAISE...Join me will you!?

Sing a song of PRAISE today!

*photography by blog owner*

Saturday, July 3, 2010

GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!



HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! PRAISE GOD FOR FREEDOM!

This is a Patriotic wall hanging I made for my son when he went to Iraq as a young Marine..a few years back. He actually rode into Baghdad the day of the war on terrorism. I KNOW what it is like to have your SONS go into battle. How THANKFUL I am/was that I have the LORD JESUS CHRIST to hear my prayers..to strengthen them and my family as we waited day in and day out for their return HOME...as we still do today.



HOME to AMERICA the LAND OF THE FREE!!

I just came back from decorating at my church for a dinner tomorrow..I was excited to hang the RED, WHITE and BLUE...as I thought about my freedom as a CHRISTIAN to worship and meet on SUNDAY and to hear the songs of Praise to God and songs of Liberty not only in the land but in Christ! Liberty and freedom from sins grip!

When I sent this to my youngest son...he hung it above his "rack". A reminder of the support back home!

I am so THANKFUL for the Lord's gracious care upon my loved ones. Two of my sons and sons in law have served on the FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM. I know as a mother what it is like to have them leave home and face the enemy.

One of my son's in law is home on R & R at this time...I know the relief for my daughter and grandchildren these few weeks will be for ALL of them. I can imagine how that HUG felt.

Yes, I've been there. I know.

I'm happy to have THIS FLAG in my home...it is not one presented at military funerals (though I do have one..my Father's)...but this one presented to my eldest son who served in the National Guard-taking him to Iraq. To commend his unit. I love the admonition of a SOLDIER. AMEN

(Both my sons have also served as U.S. Marines and U.S. Army soldiers)



So often I think of the BATTLES we face as CHRISTIANS...the warfare is similar..but what ARMOUR we have in CHRIST! Not only the shield of faith, the sword of the spirit but the PRAYERS of the saints and God's Will in each life. What great PEACE..it gives to all of us who trust in HIM.

Let us remember:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14

Isn't it something that America chose an EAGLE as a national symbol..

He (God) shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust; his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Psalm 92:4

God bless our troops and their families...
God bless all those who put their trust in the LORD!

Thank you LORD...for ALL you have done for me.

HOPE

Monday, June 21, 2010



...my heart is full as I think upon the loss my dear sweet daughter in law has experienced this past week. Her father was tragically killed..suddenly..without warning. I cannot imagine the ache in her heart..and yet she showed herself strong while I was with her.

As the above verse states...the LORD Jesus...HE IS OUR STRONG HOLD.

I think upon the many trials in my own life where I needed that strong hold...and He was indeed mine as well, as I put my trust in HIM.

My son too...how thankful I am...that HE showed himself strong..for her. At such a needful time of comfort..her own husband, strong in faith.

We don't always understand what happens...but GOD is perfect as are HIS ways.

As I looked at my two precious twin grandsons just three weeks old..how timely that GOD allowed my son and daughter in law to be BLESSED in such a sweet way and to have this comfort of love in the midst of trial.




GOD knows...she brought them into the world with her Father nearby to share in a memory she will always cherish. Photos she can share with her children.


The LORD is good...he gives GRACE and Strength in time of need.

As we continue on in our days...of prayer and courage...

May the LORD Jesus be Glorified and HIS manifold Graces revealed.

(thank you so very much to all of you who have left comforting words and prayer)

THIS IS THE DAY...I thank the LORD Jesus for HIS WORD..HIS COMFORT..HIS GRACE.

HOPE

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Prayers Needed

Please be in prayer for my daughter in law...she lost her father to a tragedy this past weekend. I am with her and my son helping with the twin babies...

I will post again when I am able..

THANK YOU!!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

GIVING PRAISE



PSALM 111

PRAISE ye the LORD.
I will praise the LORD with my whole heart,
in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
The works of the LORD are great,
sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
His work is honourable and glorious:
and his righteousness endureth for ever.
He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered:
the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
He hath given meat unto them that fear him:
he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
He hath shewed his people the power of his works,
that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
The works of his hands are verity and judgment;
all his commandments are sure.
They stand fast for ever and ever,
and are done in truth and uprightness.
He sent redemption unto his people:
he hath commanded his covenant for ever:
holy and reverend is his name.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:
a good understanding have all they that do his commandments:
his praise endureth for ever.

kjv 1611
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Since my beginning days as a Born Again Christian..I have had continual Praises to my GOD. He is so worthy.

He has done so much for me!! Truly HIS WORD is TRUE...HIS PROMISES fail not...

How often do you actually say?
..PRAISE GOD...PRAISE THE LORD!

It is not a Charismatic outcry...but one of the heart full of rejoicing and thanksgiving!

Do you recognize those many moments...that deserve this EXCLAMATION!

So oft in the world we YELL out...

GO FOR IT!...ATTA BOY!...ATTA GIRL!...WHOOO HOOO!


How much more the bold PRAISE to GOD for his wonderous works in our lives!

Make known HIS GREATNESS...say aloud...

PRAISE THE LORD!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

THIS IS THE DAY...THREE NEW Grandchildren!


YES..these are TWINS. Nolan Patrick and Asher Nathaniel born May 27, 2010


THIS IS THE DAY...We have been extremely blessed! THREE healthy grand babies born to our family. Both mommies are doing wonderful!


and Brady Charles born May 27, 2010




They were born on different sides of the USA...but the TIME..
Twins 12:15 Eastern
Brady 12:31 Pacific

so on their Birth Certificates it will read as if they were born 16 minutes apart..but today it was actually 3 hours! But nonetheless..the SAME DAY!

Lord willing...one day they will CELEBRATE a Birthday TOGETHER!

In honor of my little grand babies..I give them my favorite verse on children.

And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD;
and great shall be the peace of thy children.
Isaiah 54:13


Thank you LORD for the BLESSINGS of THIS DAY! We will REJOICE and be GLAD in it!
HOPE

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Woman Of Strength


A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape...
A woman of STRENGTH...KNEELS IN PRAYER...to keep her soul in shape.

A strong woman thinks herself fearless..
A woman of STRENGTH...KNOWS COURAGE... in the midst of fear.

A strong woman won't let anyone get the best of HER!
A woman of STRENGTH...GIVES THE BEST...of herself to everyone.

A strong woman walks proudly...
A woman of STRENGTH...WALKS IN GOD's WAYS.

A strong woman wears the look of confidence...
A woman of STRENGTH.... WEARS GRACE.


A woman of STRENGTH...is a virtuous woman.

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

Monday, May 3, 2010

...a small reward...


My husband and I have had a nursing home ministry for well over eight years now; visiting every Monday with a song service and preaching. It's "church" for many of them.

Today was one of those days that brought a small reward that makes the heart full.

We watch our elderly congregants from week to week and year to year come and go...either by moving to another facility or by death. It is hard to loose one of our dear sweet friends. Most of them...say they are SAVED! Due to their elderly years...I suspect...many are of the OLD PATHS!

(NOT old fashioned..but of the RIGHT WAYS of GOD!)

They KNOW whom they have believed in!!

It is always such a joy to watch them nod their heads in agreement to my husband's preaching. Several, afterwards while shaking hands comment on the blessing of hearing it straight! AMEN.

Don't think these elderly in nursing homes don't know what is going on..THEY DO!

Many times when you think they are not paying attention...suddenly they all giggle at something my husband says that is funny....or if he reflects on the foolishness of our youth..they all remark with ~sighs~ of complete understanding.

...and then there are days when some are not okay, they seem so distant and failing.

One lady whom I will call "Lily" gave us a sweet small reward today.

Often this lady is lethargic and many times falls asleep...whether there is singing or preaching. Not long ago, I was afraid her time was near; she seemed to be getting much more lethargic.

I wanted to call her Lily for as I looked up information on a Water Lily I found that this plant...very pretty white against the green pad (it's leaves) goes dormant. Just like my Ms. Lily...she must have gone dormant for a while...lethargic and sleeping...but TODAY...much to our surprise and pleasure..she began toe tapping to the music!

We were singing several hymns when I noticed her right foot keeping perfect time! Her eyes were closed as she drew in each word and musical note. Just as a flower soaks up the dew of the morn...or the water from beneath it's leaves as the Water Lily. She was being refreshed...alive!

After our service...I approached her and said..."I saw you tapping your foot to the song!"...with her sweet eyes looking upward and a bright smile...she responded..

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING TODAY!!!


What joy it brought to my heart to know that TODAY made such a difference in her life...her moment of peaceful pleasure in the songs of faith and preaching of God's Word.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the LORD. Colossians 3:16

A small reward...worth every week...and year we have come to visit...HER!

THIS IS THE DAY....we remind ourselves...IT WILL BE WORTH IT ALL WHEN WE SEE JESUS!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

What is holding you up?




As I waited in traffic one day, I decided to take these photos of bridge construction (I being on the other bridge next to it!) It reminded me so much of the strength needed to hold up in these last days...the strength needed to face difficulties in life.

I beheld the massive structure being built..step by step...day after day. A tedious and meticulous job! Imagine if just ONE mistake were made!!

Many people fear crossing bridges..probably thinking of this very fact. Man is only human is he not? Even in his strive for perfection..it is still possible for error. So what do you do? TRUST GOD!

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God...
Isaiah 41:10a


As I think upon this marvelous verse..my heart is comforted.

FOR I AM THY GOD...

The greatest words....Our Creator!..HE is OUR GOD!

HE is the one who holds me up...

..... thy right hand hath holden me up... Psalm 18:35

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Look at the many things in this structure needed to hold it up!

Solidness..CONCRETE. Girders...stakes... and who knows how many small unknowns that make up it's strengths.

Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statues continually. Psalm 119:117)

Some commandments of GOD may seem small and insignificant to you...but each is very important in the structure of your Christian walk.

I love to read Psalm 119. What a wonderful chapter on daily living and obedience that brings forth structure..strength and security!

Also keeping His presence daily in your thoughts and walk of life.

Reading your Bible daily..gives strength. It reminds of us God's work in mankind..in our own lives..HE speaks to us through it!

Praying daily...strengthens our hearts by faith as we seek HIS WILL and not our own..and find understanding in HIS WAYS..and except them. No is also a positive answer with GOD!

Fellowship with other believers...strengthens the unity of faith and knowledge of GOD with our praises of answered prayer...provision in time of need...and like mindedness of service to HIM who first loved us!

Ever notice the "bouncy" feeling when crossing over a bridge? A bit scary isn't it?

How about the insecurities you feel in your life...think how scary it is...when you don't look to GOD but to yourself. The answer to holding up..is found in Jesus Christ.

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, A wonderful Savior to me
He holdeth me up and I shall not be moved, He giveth me strength as my day.

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
That shadows a dry, thirsty land;
He hideth my life in the depths of His love,
And covers me there with His hand,
And covers me there with His hand.


Franny J. Crosby 1820-19-15


THIS IS THE DAY...I rejoice in knowing my greatest strength is found in the LORD Jesus Christ...come what may...HE HOLDETH ME UP!

HOPE

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Blessed Day


THIS IS THE DAY...I was BLESSED with the wonderful fellowship of very sweet ladies....one being my very BESTEST of friends, SUE. She is a Missionary to Papua New Guinea; home on furlough. Her daughter Missy, whom I blogged about recently invited us all to a very quaint ADORABLE Tea Parlor in a neighboring town. Along with us were two other young women from my church and also a couple of "little" darlings who had never been to TEA before.

WHAT FUN!

I captured the most precious photos of the little ones "DRESSING UP" for tea. The Tea Parlor had a dresser filled with hats, necklaces, scarves and gloves.



It was so cute to watch how much they enjoyed being FEMININE! A LADY!




They giggled and posed very graciously for me...being the LADIES that they wanted to be...for the time any way!!


I loved seeing these two "Girlfriends" have such fun together since Missy's daughter will be leaving one day for the mission field with her parents. THIS DAY..for them..made memories!! One day, they will look over the photos with precious thoughts of a Special Day.

The lunch was WONDERFUL. A full TEA. I love Peach tea so that was my choice..however, before leaving home I purchased a nice lime green tea tin of Rooibus Berries and Cream TEA...YUMMY! I so enjoy a nice flavored tea. I need to watch my caffeine and since this is caffeine free...all the more to enjoy! The place was so enjoyable with it's whimsical decor.

The fun of visiting Tea Houses is the different decor used by each individual owner. This owner chose the Spring colors of pinks, and greens...whilst I have been to others that are of a Victorian Era and warm settings. Both very charming.



This photo is my favorite...just TWO BEST FRIENDS....like me and Sue. I can imagine this being us when we were little...we've been friends for over 35 years...raised our children together, taken vacations together...cried together..prayed together. "BEST FRIENDS"



Iron sharpeneth iron;so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17

THIS IS THE DAY...we sharpened the countenance of one another, with the joys of Christian Friendship and the sweet testimonies of faith shared by each.

HOPE

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

What makes LIFE worth living...


This is the title of the book I am re-reading by W. Phillip Keller. He also wrote A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 (my favorite book). I enjoy Keller's books because he is so focused on the Lord's presence in every day life.

I like to think that way myself..taking one day at a time...as I purposed for this blog title THIS IS THE DAY...

I was so blessed in reading today..and I have to confess..I jumped to the end for some reason and what joy it brought to my heart THIS DAY!!

The chapter title is Stillness, Solitude, Serenity.

He speaks of his own character as a child growing up and then the Lord's good work in his life. He goes on to express that it's that personal...very personal walk with the LORD Jesus that gives one a reason for living!

To learn of HIM and KNOW HIM!!

God is no longer a distant Deity or some other person...He personally knows ME and I know HIM. He imparts to me faith, love, hope and inner convictions.

I don't hear of Him from a third party...


I John chapter 5 is the KNOW book of the Bible. AMEN!! What a wonderful book to constantly read ...what assurance and comfort!

Our time in GOD's WORD is vital to knowing HIM and HIS ways.

and what Stillness, Solitude and Serenity it does indeed bring to us who believe HE is who He says HE is.

A bond is formed like no other...confidence in the GOD of all creation...a loyal love for HIM, as HE loves us...Oh the sure mercies of GOD. Forgiveness..complete is found only in HIM.

As Keller writes: His love imparted to me by HIS SPIRIT enables me to go out and live for HIM and to quietly carry out his good cheer...

He is mine! I am His! Herein is hope!


This is not mystic....it is TRUTH manifest by God's work in peoples lives who have trusted Him as their Saviour! He opens our eyes of understanding that we might truly know HIM.

I love I John 5:13....

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


What makes life worth living? Knowing God in a personal way and sharing it with others who have no hope!!

It is GOD alone that gives true Stillness (as we rest in His will..Be Still and know that I am GOD)...Solitude (a quiet personal walk with Him) and Serenity (that perfect trust that brings peace...at such a time!)

Do you know the LORD Jesus as your personal Saviour?

There are two reasons you are living....

One..the LORD desires to reach your heart and save you from your sins and give you the HOPE of Eternal LIFE..

Two...He desires to use your LIFE for a good purpose as you submit to him and walk in his ways. He desires to bless you...and others through you!

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

What makes LIFE worth living....the goodness of the LORD.

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

HOPE

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A Cottage...A Mansion...A Home



The path that leads to life and happiness is found...ONLY in the LORD Jesus Christ.

....I am the way the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.
John 16:6


The door that opens wide to Heaven...is found ONLY in the LORD Jesus Christ.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him and sup with him, and he with me.

Revelation 3:20

Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me.

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also.
John 14:1-3



They say "The road to a friends house is never tooo long"...

Imagine this friend..THE LORD JESUS CHRIST...and the house HEAVEN...the road..simply the BIBLE...HIS WORD!

ONLY BELIEVE...grasp the TRUTHs of GOD's HOLY WORD...and you too can have a HOME in Heaven.

How far and how tedious a task would it be to follow the road to your friends house?

Are they worth the time, the joy they can bring to your heart by one visit!

I pray my home is like this...worth the distance and time.

I DO live a good distance from my friends!!!

I love the above photo a friend sent me...I'd like to think of my home as a cottage of HOPE for others when they visit. That they would find a refuge of comfort...peace...and the LORD's presence within.

But imagine the glories of Heaven's HOME and the simple path it takes...by faith, to trust God as HE is...to believe HIS words...no distance or time can hinder your opportunity...

TODAY is the accepted TIME..TODAY!

(For he saith, I have heard of 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


A cottage of HOPE...A Mansion in GLORY...A HOME in HEAVEN!

Trust in the LORD Jesus today for the forgiveness of your sins and let HIM give you a new life...a new home...and a Heavenly HOME!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Treasures of the SNOW



God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend. For he saith to the snow, Be thou upon the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.
He sealth up the hands of every man; that all men may know his work.
JOB 37:5-7



A treasure to us who have not had snowfall in over 13 YEARS! what a blessing it was a week ago to find snow flakes trickling down under the streetlights of our neighborhood.

Amazing the excitement that ensues! Though some up NORTH have had enough...we had only just begun! It was near 7:30 as it began and by 10 p.m. neighborhood kids were outside PLAYING in the SNOW! ( I eyed a few adults ...myself included!)

What is it about SNOW that makes people...even up North if you will admit it...

THAT FIRST SNOW FALL...brings a refreshment to the air..and a BEAUTY all it's own.

The pure whiteness of it all...purity...cleaness...brightness.

Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? JOB 38:22a

I learned from a message our Pastor preached soon after the snowfall...that Snow actually purifies the air..as a filter. Tons of bacteria are cleansed from the air to the ground. Snow kills germs of Malaria for one.

This recent snowfall...hit 49 states in the USA! How gracious GOD is...to cleanse the Earth in this place...USA..for us.

Snow also has sounds that are in harmony like musical notes and the snow can be measured by these means.

Amazing that snow...can stop a train in its tracks...and yet...little children build a snowman for their pleasure.

All in it's season...all for a purpose...all for creation.



Even my dog, Gus...had his pleasure of the Treasures of the SNOW!

He ran about happily spaying up flurries of his own snow makings! The COLD didn't bother him a bit. It was shear pleasure!

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and...of course the only KID around was my eldest son visiting..so he took upon himself the building of our snowman! small in stature but great in representation!



The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament his handywork.
Psalm 19:1

Come now, and let us reason together, said the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18


Hope

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Rest for the Soul...




I love this photo of an open BIBLE. If you have ever grasped the depth of this book...you know what a blessed TREASURE you have in your hand.

My Bible

Though the cover is worn,
and the pages are torn,
and though places bear traces of tears.
Yet more precious than gold,
is this Book worn and old,
that can shatter and scatter my fears.

When I prayerfully look,
in this precious old Book,
many treasures and pleasures I see;
many tokens of love,
from the Father above;
Who is nearest and dearest to me.

This old Book is a guide,
'tis a friend by my side;
it will lighten and brighten my way.
And with each promise I find,
it soothes and gladdens my mind,
as I read it and head it today.

To this Book will I cling,
of it's worth will I sing;
Though great losses and crosses be mine.
For I cannot despair,
though surrounded by care,

While possessing this blessing divine.
Annon.

I remember in my youth thinking the NEW testament was the OLD updated! Little did I know that this book was COMPLETE in it's entire and that the OLD and the NEW walked together hand in hand. Compliment one another, confirm truths, manifest God's holiness and divine hand upon man's life.

When I think of the verse that says..

Thus saith the LORD, stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls....
Jeremiah 6:16a


I wonder? how many today...how many young people especially? Understand or even know THIS BOOK...the BOOK OF LIFE...the BOOK OF HOPE...THE BOOK OF ETERNITY!

THE BOOK OF TODAY! ...it is the most current book of the day!

It applies to all mankind at any time in history! But how many think of this as an outdated book.

Imagine neglecting to read the book that can give REST to your SOUL!

Man reads books of all kinds...seeking perhaps help on how to do this or that, maybe some advice on issues...like health. I myself have been researching Breast Cancer ...

But, I find in all the books conflicting words...some agree...some don't.

One thing I find...is that in this BLESSED King James Bible...

I find ALL TRUTH and I find that all the pieces are fitly joined together and AGREE!

and...I do indeed find REST for my soul!

Today, as I did my devotions the verse in Jeremiah came to my heart and I also noticed in reading it...the last part.

...But, they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16b

Imagine!! not wanting REST for your soul, promised by the LORD!

I then read this passage in Acts (the NEW testament)

Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
Acts. 13:46


....but seeing ye put it from you.... CHOICE

...and judge yourselves.............. CHOICE

Old Testament Jeremiah 7:23 But this thing commanded I them saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.

New Testament II John 1-6 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;

For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

I rejoice greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.


The only reason this book is OLD...is because it has lasted down the ages...still relevant today....and as precious as ever to those who read it and head it.

I wonder? How many realize..that this is the book of the LIVING..it is alive and speaks....to the HEART of man...if he will only receive it.

Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: Psalm 199:90

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

Monday, February 8, 2010

Friends, Compassion and Encouragement



Three Words that can mean so much.....

Friends, Compassion and Encouragement

Especially at this time in my life...a Breast Cancer Journey.

I have truly been overwhelmed with the loving kindness of many friends.

I've received calls and cards from people I've not talked to in quite some time...

that's okay...I was on their HEART and they let me know!

Some friends have reached out by hugs of compassion.

Oh what a wonder a HUG can do!

Friends, Compassion and Encouragement


Gifts....handmade...sent with LOVE....for a cause

The photo is a handmade gift sent to me by a friend..

whom I've never met in person.

JOY...and as with her name she spreads much JOY.

I was so touched when my husband came in from the mailbox and handed me a little parcel.

FOR ME?
...I saw the return address...From JOY!

She handmade the sweet PINK cloth...added a warm scented sandalwood soap!

and this lovely handmade Leaf butterfly pin!



As I looked over her gifts I could see her heart reaching out...Pink obviously for my Breast Cancer Journey...and perhaps the Butterfly pin as a reminder of the comfort once given on another journey of faith.

THANK YOU JOY Your thoughtfulness...is a treasure in my heart.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.... Proverbs 17:22a

THIS IS THE DAY....I'm reminded of the many Special people..GOD has put in my path.

HOPE

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

My Cancer Journey



Along with THIS IS THE DAY...
I will be posting from time to time on my other blog
Watering Wells Of Hope...My Cancer Journey...

The link is found on the Pink Rose on the side bar.

I hope that you will again find cups of refreshing as I share with you the many blessings the LORD has and will continue to do as I walk with him in faith..and trust HIS perfect hand upon my life.

For those of you new to my blog Watering Wells of Hope...It began with a testimony of a fiery trial in my life that the LORD used for a purpose...to HIS praise and glory and to the saving of a precious soul.

Please join me there for another JOURNEY OF HOPE.

I will continue to post here at THIS IS THE DAY...for uplifting words and devotional thoughts that I pray will bless you.

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


Thank you to all who visit!

HOPE

Monday, January 25, 2010

Thanking you all for your prayers



I want to thank all who have prayed for me and sent loving comments and encouraging words. I appreciate very much the kindness that has been shown to me in so many numerous ways. My children and church family...my blogging friends...my friends from afar and above all...

I thank the LORD Jesus Christ for his Grace given to me this note worthy day, January 25th.

This is the anniversary of my son Stephen's death at age 9 months in 1983.(read at Watering Wells of Hope) It was at this time God showed Grace upon Grace. He chose to take Stephen to Heaven...and a friend "Kathryn" chose to be born again! His purpose was fulfilled. A precious soul was the reason.

The chorus below is to a recent song written especially for me, by Deborah Bolack. This would have been my song in 1983...and has become my song for 2010.

Though I can't see beyond today,
I walk the path of ahead by faith.
His watering wells of hope are mine;
He gives me peace at such a time.


One part of the song says:

As I look back on paths I've travelled,
I see God' hand upon my life.
He has brought me through dark valleys;
His word my guiding light.
I don't need to know the reason
God's brought me to this place.
I'm just called to be a witness
To his glory and his grace.



Grace was shown to me this day....my lymph nodes for cancer...came back NEGATIVE! My tumor removed showed CLEAR MARGINS! I'm on my way to recovery!

God also chose to use another very special person in my life for this trial of faith. My dear friend Kelly Anne Johnson, who herself is battling cancer. If it had not been for her, I might not have gone to have my mammogram at the time I did. The timing was essential for my growing cancer to be caught. For her...there is one reason we already know of for her trial. She helped me. She's been such a source of inspiration and encouragement as I faced each day that lie ahead..and all while she herself...takes one day at a time...allowing the LORD's will be done in her own life.

With Cancer.

We never know just exactly HOW God chooses to use us...but the thought of saving a precious soul...or the thought of helping another sister in Christ prepare for her trial...and perhaps by your own trial...lift another.

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Proverbs 27:17


Thank you to my friend, Kelly Anne. You mean so much to me precious friend. Oh what a friend we have in Jesus...and what friends...are come BY HIM. Thank you LORD. It was your hand that brought us together in this journey.

We are all created for a purpose...and each purpose...at a time appointed.

When, Where, How... we let him... The LORD of Glory...have our life.

Dear Friends..

Let HIM have HIS way with thee....all will be well...all will be worth it all!!


Praise ye the LORD, Praise the LORD, O my soul.
While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being... Psalm 146:1-2


God bless..
HOPE

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Wonderful Birthday SURPRISE!



Today began very special with a lovely bouquet from my husband, for my 55th Birthday.

Then a loving package arrived from my daughter and g'children in New York. The cards from the children are precious treasures!!



Each gift was carefully wrapped in PINK with the cutest pink, lime green and daisy ribbon. The children picked out a nice silver pin for my church jacket...it looks like GUS my Schnauzer! The package was filled with all sorts of wonderful gifts. Some I'll blog on later next week.

I thought today would be a quiet birthday and maybe a few phone calls...was I ever SURPRISED...when...

two of my closest friend's and FAMILY...rang the bell at dinner time with loads of boxes of sorted Pizza's and an Ice Cream Cake...and gifts galore! with both families that consisted of an additional 13 people with my husband and I.

"The Party Began"


I was overwhelmed with the thoughtfulness and kindness of my friends. We ate, opened gifts and played Apples to Apples Bible Version...and believe it or not..I won! A fun not so competitive game. I liked that. We laughed and I wanted to cry several times..for the joy they brought to me this night.

The sweet fellowship.

It isn't expressed with words...

Since my surgery, I hadn't been back to church due to dizziness and some nausea. So tonight, they also brought in a huge basket loaded with gifts...from the ladies of my church. (sorry for the fuzzy photo)Yes. that is me, finally in a pic...with my faithful little pal GUS The Schnauzer.





The gifts were each wrapped with sweet flowers attached and many homemade cards. All the cards expressed love and concern with prayers.




I love scrap booking cards...some are so gorgeous...some so cute..and all made by talented people.


Here are some of the gifts..I thought you would enjoy seeing...




This teapot is just toooo CUTE!



Isn't this little dove...just so SWEET.



And if you have never seen these made...they are wonderful. Coasters hand made with tiles and scrap booking stamps!



There was sixteen different packages to open. Each gift has meant so much to me...touched my heart with such caring friends...

AT SUCH A TIME...

and one in particular gift was this lovely "Forget Me Not" tea cup and saucer.





The lady who gave me this; is the boss of one of our young women. She has visited out church a couple of times and we spoke briefly...and I have done business with them at their shop ..just once, but we chatted and I invited her last year to our Ladies Luncheon. Business kept her from being able to attend. A very nice person.

The card read:
This is very old, it was my grandmothers. Love, Diana.


When she heard that I had Breast Cancer and the ladies making up a birthday basket for me, she wanted to have a part in it. She said that her grandmother and mother had died of Breast Cancer. She wanted to give ME.....a part of her LIFE! I'm so overwhelmed with this sweet thoughtful gift that must have meant sooo much to her!!

She wanted to reach out...and let me know...she cared. and I know.

Gifts are nice to receive...but more than all is that gift of the heart that is shown by the sacrifice of others. My friends who took the time to make this day special for me...and the acquaintance that sought to show her concern and care in such a personal way.

The world is filled with loving hearts....how blessed I am to be one that knows so many.

THIS IS THE DAY
... my heart is overwhelmed....humbled....so thankful.

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in they presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalm 16:11


HOPE