Thursday, July 29, 2010
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?"
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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.
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...
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...
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
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
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.