Wednesday, March 17, 2010
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.
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.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
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!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
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.
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.
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.
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!