Monday, December 19, 2011

Isn't the Love of Jesus Something Wonderful!


http://youtu.be/UZv3jzOTE70

Hymn John w. Peterson 1921

There will never be a sweeter story...story of the Saviour's love divine.
Love that bro't Him from the realms of glory
Just to save a sinful soul like mine.


Isn't the love of Jesus something wonderful, wonderful, wonderful,
O' isn't the love of Jesus something wonderful! Wonderful it is to me
.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mar was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Matthew 1:18

And she shall bring forth a son and thou shalt call his name JESUS for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21


And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. Mark 10:27

And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the LORD. St. Luke 1:46

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

Boundless as the universe around me, Reaching to the farthest soul away
Saving, keeping love it was that found me
That is why my heart can truly say...

Isn't the love of Jesus something wonderful, wonderful, wonderful
O' isn't the love of Jesus something wonderful! Wonderful it is to me.


For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17

Love beyond our human comprehending, Love of God in Christ- how can it be!
This will be my theme and never ending, Great redeeming love of Calvary.


Isn't the love of Jesus something wonderful, wonderful, wonderful
O' isn't the love of Jesus something wonderful! Wonderful it is to me.

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,
Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
As thou hast given him power over all flesh that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. John 17:1-4

For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. John 17:8

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

But God commendeth his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Isn't the love of Jesus something wonderful, wonderful, wonderful
O' isn't the love of Jesus something wonderful! Wonderful it is to me.


And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we my know him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. I John 5:20

He came....He died...He did his Father's work...he rose again!


No longer a babe in a manger............But sent to set men free!
No longer a babe in a manger...........but a risen Saviour is HE!
No longer a babe in a namger..........My Lord and God and King!
           Isn't the LOVE of Jesus....such a wonderful thing!

Another song to share...

May God bless you in the New Year!
Hope

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving Blessings


Thanking the Lord for our sweet twin grandsons were able to visit this past weekend.
We had such a wonderful Thanksgiving with my eldest son and daughter in law making the entire Thanksgiving dinner by themselves...with a double portion of helpers!!

My husband had to work the day prior, so we traveled Thanksgiving day, arriving a couple hours before dinner. Everything was made and perfectly done! My son's first TURKEY! (well he might say he already had two!!) The twins are little characters...jabbering away and holding up hands for at "taste"...such a fun Thanksgiving with them.

We have so much to be THANKFUL for...as ALWAYS. God's mercies sure and sweet. I love THANKSGIVING and the thankful reminders all through the day of how BLESSED we truly are...and much more so for knowing the LORD JESUS CHRIST as our personal Saviour.

Thank you Lord, for saving my soul, Thanking you Lord, for making me whole,
Thank you Lord, for giving to me Thy great salvation so rich and free.

Seth Sykes 1892-195-

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

THIS IS THE DAY...thankfulness fills my heart!
HOPE

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Memories


THANKSGIVING...a time of recalling with others...THANKFULNESS.

I bought this little Indian decoration when my first grandson Austin, celebrated his FIRST Thanksgiving. He is now 14 years old.

I am so thankful to see my grandchildren now desire spiritual things in their lives, by choice. THANKFUL as well, for the many blessings they can now fully understand have come from the hand of GOD.

Thinking on past THANKSGIVINGS...it is a reminder of how many we have shared and EACH YEAR so full of testimonies of God's grace.

MEMORIES OF GOD'S FAITHFULNESS

It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23


Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father!
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not:
As Thou has been
Thou forever wilt be.

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness,
Lord unto me!

John Peterson 1921


Have a blessed THANKSGIVING full of Praises to GOD!!

HOPE

Thursday, November 3, 2011

To Whom Shall We Go...a shared post


This post write up is excellent. I'd like to share it with you today if you will.

http://ofhispasture.blogspot.com/2011/11/to-whom-shall-we-go.html


I myself have suffered loss. You can read more about this on my watering wells of hope blog
under the title STEPHEN. You can also click on labels if you like for specific helps.

GOD is our only help in time of such great need. He alone is the ONE who knows it all. The suffering, the heartache, the pain...and the lack of understanding by others. No one knows us like our maker...the GOD of ALl creation.

Please read this Psalm. I read this so often in my fiery trial of faith...and found such comfort. I italicized the verse that meant so much to me.

Psalm 139:1-18
O LORD, though hast searched me, and known me.
Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand hold me.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
Yes, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness
and the light are both alike to thee.
For thou has possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works;
and that my soul knoweth right well.
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in
the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members
were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O GOD!
how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with thee.


Sometimes words are not enough from others...nor from our own lips.
Praise GOD he knows the heart! He knows the depths of despair and he knows our desires. Let them be right before HIM and let HIM have his perfect will in your lives.

I can assure you..Romans 8:28 is always true to those who know the LORD Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. Who know the trust that comes by pure FAITH in his work.

I pray THIS IS THE DAY..you are encouraged to seek HIM..for whom shall you go?

HOPE

Friday, October 28, 2011

Heart For The Saviour


Heart For The Saviour

is a NEW BLOG written by a wonderful lady...Connie.

When I read the verse of Scripture above...I think of her life and her walk with the LORD.

Her previous blog: Connie's Thoughts ... was some how deleted.

Please, stop by and visit this precious lady of Faith.  (click the blog name under the picture)

She has a wonderful testimony and her words are most encouraging. She has many years of WISDOM she shares and stories of life that provoke much thought.

If you do not know Connie...visit and find many blessings!

Have a lovely day!!
HOPE

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Trusting In the Lord



The LORD is good...

...every need he knows of.

a strong hold in the day of trouble...

...he is with us.

And he knoweth them that trust in him.

Our prayers were made...to the one who can answer.

HE DID.

As my family prepared to move overseas...so many needs arose so quickly.

We PRAYED...it was answered!

But then, the need changed..suddenly.

We PRAYED...it was answered!

One AGAIN..it abruptly changed!

We PRAYED...it was answered!!

Three times within a two day period our NEEDS changed and GOD answered them immediately. What JOY it brought and confidence of HIS WILL...

AT THIS TIME.

Some prayers need much patience..as GOD works in other areas..perhaps other lives.

This time...he chose to answer immediately! How thankful we were to be able to share this with so many. The encouragement it brought to my daughter, as she traveled  alone with four children to a foreign country.

The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. Nahum 1:7

So often, I have counseled others to wait on the LORD. TRUST.

We must tell ourselves this, as well!!!

How often do you give advice...scripture to others and fret yourself over the very fear they had!!

It is a good reminder to remember...your own words of encouragement.

Oh, so often, I have seen the Lord work in lives over TIME...myself included.

Some prayers...need TIME ..for the answer to come.

To TEACH us to TRUST. To TEACH us patience. To TEACH us not to want.

Does not Psalm 23 say...

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.


In the front of my Bible I have written at the top of a page:

My Memorials of God's Faithfulness.

MY.

The page is full....he has answered so many prayers.

TRUSTING THE LORD...

Are you? Can you? Will you?

He has so much prepared for you..so many blessings!

Don't miss them!!

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart,
all ye that hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24


Trust today..and pray.
HOPE

Monday, October 10, 2011

God Be With You Til We Meet Again


A song sung at every GOOD BYE I know of...for Christians!

The writer obviously wanted to have joy in knowing that GOD was going with those departing our fellowship...and that by FAITH, we KNOW, we SHALL see one another again..here or in the air!

What PEACE and COMFORT it is to be SAVED and know the LORD JESUS CHRIST as one's personal SAVIOUR! I wouldn't trade my place with anyone! To REST in the LORD and HIS PROMISES..is the greatest life there is.

My daughter and her children left the other day...farewell..FARE YE WELL!!

So many PRAYERS ANSWERED...one prayer answered..the NEED changed and IMMEDIATELY it was ANSWERED..but then once again..the NEED changed and AGAIN..the prayer was answered.

GOD KNEW...the need. What joy and comfort it gave me..as a MOM to see MY GOD so quickly intervene in the needs of my child. It gave her confidence in her journey. The unknowns can be so scary...so unsettling. But, with GOD..our comfort lies in RESTING IN HIM.

How loving he is to give us glimpses of his care...whether it be an immediate answer to prayer...or a timely call...or timely hug..ALL TIMELY.

So with this post...let me share this song:

God be with you will we meet again..
By HIS councils guide, uphold you
With His sheep securely fold you

God be with you till we meet again
'Neath His wings protecting hide you
Daily manna still provide you
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again
When life's perils thick confound you
Put His arms around you..
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again
Keep love's banner floating o'er you
Smite death's threat'ning waves before you
God be with you till we meet again.

Chorus:
God be with you will we meet again..Till we meet again
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


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


I love you ...my family..God Be With You!
Mom and Nana
Hope

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Heartaches...but soul rejoicings!


My heartaches to see my sweet family leaving me...another tour of duty...another place of service...for the USA and OUR LORD JESUS!

This precious family of mine has been so blessed of the LORD..my soul REJOICES..this is the day!

I thank HIM for several QUICK needful answers to prayer and will share those this coming week. So many blessings and lessons learned. GOD IS GOOD to us..so undeserving...amongst millions. He takes notice of us.

He takes notice of YOU!!!

II Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises...

God bless
HOPE

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Seasons of Life


They begin in your childhood...memories.

Happy Times.

These times for me...were with my grandparents. Each year my sister and I would visit them. Sometimes both of us...or separate for our own special visit.


I'm the one in the photo with my grandfather wearing a King hat. I don't recall why...but, that's what Grandparents do for their little g'kids... just go along with the kids and be one too!

I loved this place called "Fairyland". It still exist and so nice to know it has not changed much. The dragon that greeted us is different...and a few other attractions, but, overall the same wonderful childhood place to explore and learn.

We entered through the "Old Woman's Shoe"... and onto the dragon to pull his tongue and hear his greeting. We climbed on the back and tried to walk the length from tail to head.


We would place a key given at the entrance in little boxes to play a story and song that went with the theme of the display. The schoolhouse played "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and the little lamb was there to pet...or "The Three Pigs" and three live little pigs.





Willie the Whale's staircase led to a big walled aquarium at the bottom of the stairs. I had a plastic Willie the Whale bank...sure wish I had it now!



I loved eating the PINK POPCORN...taste just like a popcorn ball only colored and square. I always looked forward to that treat. It only taste good then. Every feel that way? It's the place or people with you that even makes a flavor just more enjoyable.

Sometimes when I'm outside...the smell of the air brings me back to these times with my grandparents..AMAZING..how time comes back ...for a moment.

A SEASON...passed...childhood.

What did I learn from this experience in my life?

As I look back now...it was a time of security with people I could trust and knew they loved me. I had no fears...at THAT moment. I'm sure that is why we sometimes keep those "moments" and recall them often. We loved that time in our life.

A reminder...of how in our hearts, that is what we truly desire in life.

Peace, security and love.

Moments and seasons...that speak to our hearts.

What did I learn...then, I remember how thankful to be. My mom was a single mother working to raise two girls. My grandparents made up for some of the "times" she couldn't afford. They gave me happy moments to remember.

Do you give people in your life HAPPY MOMENTS to remember?

Think of each time you are with family or friends and what you left them with in those moments together.

I have a little saying whenever I am doing something special or new with someone..I tell them.."we're making memories"!!!

I did that this weekend on a short visit out of state to see dear friends in Christ... and today, here at home with another Sister in Christ...going to lunch in a quaint little eatery "THE COTTAGE" and after lunch sharing a yummy dessert and strolling through some local shops in a nearby town. Just peaceful, secure and yes with love..both loving the LORD and having the blessedness of his Fellowship with us.

As a child..in that Season, the innocence of being with my grandparents gave me a warm secure memory to keep in my heart.

Today...the memory of the fellowship with a dear Christian friend...THIS DAY ..THIS SEASON...gave me a warm, secure blessing of more to come.

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


THIS IS THE DAY...I thank the LORD for the moments in our Seasons of life that stay in our hearts and bring joy.

Blessings
HOPE

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Comforts, Hope, Strength




So many "moments" in our journey of life that bring us to the humble state of knowing without HIM...our LORD GOD...we are helpless and nothing.

How grateful I am for the many times...ALL...that God My Saviour...has come to fellowship with me and shown himself faithful, true and loving.

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. Isaiah 40:28

His only condition...

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

Know therfore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations... Deuteronomy 7:9

Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.
He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen. Deuteronomy 10:20-21

Whatever your lot...whatever is in your heart this day...Give it to the LORD!

and...let him be thy comfort, hope and strength.

He is mine.

Seasons of our life....that seem unbearable...REST in HIM.

Blessings and courage to you THIS IS THE DAY...

HOPE

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hurricane SEASON


My blog title is rather unique..as I had planned to write on SEASONS of LIFE prior to this post! So timely..as this SPECIFIC SEASON is upon us..literally!

Are the Ominous Clouds billowing upon your heart this day?


I find this verse always such a comfort. I use to repeat it often to myself and my children over the years; as we watched the weather SEASON for HURRICANES. They seem to encompass all your thoughts. You plan your ESCAPE...your SUPPLIES...your cherished possessions (some are your KIDS! ;)


It certainly is a time of TRUST. Of COMPLETE trust in our GOD and the design of HIS WILL for us..for mankind. We can't possibly know his plan or reasons. In HIS time, however, he does reveal so much to us. He helps US grow in this TRUST. I have.

Many years of fear...anxiety...prayers and feeling totally helpless. GOOD.
It MADE me look unto the hills..from whence cometh MY HELP.. MY HELP IS IN THE LORD!!

Barb at Barb's Bacon Bits (why Bacon bits? ) I need to ask her..I missed something here!) Her post on TRUST is very good.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Keep in Remembrance



I recently saw this on another blog and it brought tears to my eyes...as it should! Such a great price for us!! For our Country!! For our Freedom!!
(please turn off music at bottom of blog site to hear music with video)

How oft people go about their daily lives not touched by this in their lives. People unaware of the great need of prayer and remembrance. To realize the sacrifice made and how to live with it from then on.

THIS IS THE DAY....not only should we remember these....and the recent sacrifice of the Navy Seals who died...for us....our country...our freedom.

But also for the LORD JESUS CHRIST...HE is the ultimate SACRIFICE for us..for our country...for our freedom. FROM SIN. THANK THE LORD..he has set me free from the penalty of sin....the scars of sin...the end result of sin.

I thank my LORD...that he gave us HIS LIFE so that we might live from here on with the promise of ETERNAL LIFE.

I wonder as people watch this...and see the sorrow and the grief...

if they have thought upon what the LORD JESUS did for ALL..

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting live. John 3:16


Do tears fall upon your cheeks? Are you touched by the Hymns that sing of the LORD.

"Man of Sorrows!" what a name For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim! Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude, In my place condemned He stood-
Sealed my pardon with His blood: Hallelujah, what a Savior!


Philip P. Bliss 1838-1876


and...

this song...the first Christian Hymn I learned and love...
also causes me to think upon our U.S. soldiers...they can march to this tune in their hearts and know that the GOD of heaven is with them and his purpose for their lives in his hand. ALL our lives are in his hand. My heart aches for the sorrowful loss of these families. ( I could have, could be one day also one of them) ALL my sons and sons in law have and are serving in the Armed Forces FOR OUR FREEDOM. My own two sons have been in near death experiences..and have lost friends. My sons have been encouraged with the Hymns of FATIH at these perilous and sorrowful times in their lives.

This song is to our Soldiers also...and to us...

On-ward Christian soldiers, Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus Going on before!
Christ, the royal Master, Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle See His banner go!

On-ward Christian soldier, Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus Going on before!


THIS IS THE DAY...Remember Sacrifices made for YOU!

THANK YOU my LORD JESUS CHRIST!!!

THANK YOU... my ARMED FORCES OF AMERICA!!!

HOPE

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

THIRTY SEVEN YEARS ago today...


THIS IS THE DAY....I married a WONDERFUL man.

The young man who shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ on our first date!

The one who led me to the LORD!

How WONDERFUL it is to be married to the one who not only led you to the LORD...but loved you enough to marry you also!

I wasn't looking...But, the LORD knew the perfect day! We dated for a year before getting engaged. During that time, he discipled me faithfully in the WORD OF GOD.

I was 19 (so young) and he was 22.

Our wedding day was a dream to me. I remember when I arrived at the church...there was nothing set up. No flowers at all..and I had ordered flowers with streaming ribbon down the aisles. Oh, no...it's not going to happen. SIGH. (little did I know that Florist have a perfect system of "set up" and timing). I was so sure they forgot...

When the time came...I walked out to meet my Grandfather who was escorting me down the aisle...my eyes beheld the BEAUTY of my DREAM WEDDING! It was as beautiful as I had hoped...and there at the altar, awaited my other DREAM!

For this cause shall man leave his father and his mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. Ephesians 5:31

Little did we know that day...the journey ahead. Such simple faith and love at the time. God had plans.

Our family began to grow with children...six of them. Over the course of years several different dogs... cats...hamsters...one rabbit....a guinea pig...and fish.

A couple adventures to the E.R., dentist(braces for one), NO broken bones (ever) I know a miracle!!...One hospital night with baby and fever.... Chickenpox... KIDS part of life.


My husband was always faithful, to lead our family in the ways of the LORD. Nightly devotions and prayers time. Our children would shed tears along with us over lost souls...those who were ill..and those who had needs greater than ours.

He would read stories to the children and make up things as he went along.."DAD..it doesn't say THAT!...Does it?" He would slip in one of their names and we'd all laugh.

Singing PRAISES to God around the piano or guitar as my daughters played for us.

The SPIRITUAL times as a family...are the most cherished.

Their high school graduations were special. Their accomplishments continued...two Marines...a multi-tasker mom of four and full of talent....a nurse/mom/Pastor's wife...another loving mom new) and dedicated worker with the Police Dept...and one with the LORD.

The military sent us across country where we raised our children and became active in our church. My husband attending the Bible Institute...and eventually becoming the Assistant Pastor of our church.

Another DREAM of mine fulfilled was being a TEACHER in our Christian School. I had always wanted to be a teacher...but marriage and the military changed my plans..but GOD had HIS!

NOW...thirty seven years later...we have almost 15 grandchildren (another on the way in January). (not all pictured here)




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

My husband took the Wednesday services tonight and preached on A GOOD MARRIAGE. I was so touched as he told of his love for me and GOD's hand in bringing us together and keeping us together. Both of us, have always desired the LORD's will in our lives.

In the midst of trials, sorrows ...the LORD has never failed us. His promises sure.

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:4-5

THIS IS THE DAY...I thank the LORD for my blessed marriage...the center of it being the LORD JESUS CHRIST and for the faithfulness of my husband and friend.

HOPE

Monday, August 1, 2011

Comments are special like you!


I thought I would take this time..THIS IS THE DAY...

to say THANK YOU to my followers who COMMENT. I'm sure with all of you that "follow" it isn't always easy to find the time to comment even though a post may be interesting...teaching something...or just plain fun to look at. I've visited some amazing QUILT sites..almost embarrassed TO comment.
(I quilt..but not like they do!!!) So, Humbly I comment.


So, how 'bout you? Is there a reason you do not comment...yet follow. Are you a continual follower or just pop in once in a while. Even those times are nice to know you visited.

I've gone to my "follower" list to visit you...to see who you are? It would be nice to actually meet some of you that follow...with a comment!! I'd love to hear from you.

What do you think of my blog post?

Is there anything...I can post to help you...encourage you. I'd love to do that. I'd love to hear your REJOICING in the day too!

Each day is filled with the goodness of the LORD...and if you can share some in your comments..it would be wonderful to rejoice in WITH YOU!

I hope you enjoy my flowers to you...ALL.

I'm quite humbled to have the followers that I do. Whenever, I think I'm wasting my time...Someone..write the very words I needed that day. COMMENTS help as much a blog post!!

I hope to visit you...leave a HAPPY comment...and rejoice in my "FRIENDS".

THANK YOU..
HOPE...who this day rejoices in the wonderful ENCOURAGEMENT we can be to others.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Seeds of time...becoming fruitful

wikpedia image


THIS IS THE DAY Seeds of faithfulness...yield fruit.

My Pastor shared with us last night during our weekly prayer meeting; of a young man who called him to say THANK YOU. A young man he hadn't seen in YEARS.

More than 13 years ago, my Pastor was asked to debate another Pastor about some Bible Doctrines. The other Pastor would quote the "man" he followed and his own interpretations...while my Pastor always used KJV Scripture. During this time this same young man...was in the meeting listening. A follower of his dad's religion.

He spoke with my Pastor about the troubled heart he has had ever since that meeting! Though he stayed in this religion many more years, even to the point of becoming a Pastor himself...admitted that the day of the debate, he was IMPRESSED by the fact that my Pastor used nothing but Scripture to prove these doctrines of truth in the GOD of the King James Bible.

He testified that he came out of his DECEPTION! and believes the BIBLE with all his heart.

Over TIME...after this seed was planted...it began to bud and blossom as the photo shows in the perfect illustrations found in creation..by our GOD.

During this time of watering...another Pastor spoke only the Scriptures to prove GOD. He too mentioned the importance of SCRIPTURE with SCRIPTURE!!

This young man, as he preached...became convicted each time as SCRIPTURE he had begun to read... comparing Scripture with Scripture.... bore truth in his heart against the very words he was preaching and in his deceptive religion. He could no longer believe this false religion.

Many years....but fruitful in it's time.

God knows...how encouraging....as we wait on the LORD...and LET HIM...bring forth the fruit of righteousness and a heart seeking TRUTH.

THIS DAY...once again...in Gods faithfulness...I am...ENCOURAGED
to be faithful...to wait on the LORD...and see the GOODNESS OF THE LORD!

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalm 34:8

I pray this day...you also are encouraged!!

THIS IS THE DAY...LET US REJOICE...AND BE GLAD IN IT!!!

HOPE

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Favorite Furry Friend...

This is my GUS.



He is the most obedient pet and so much fun!

He has his own Fan club believe it or not!! Whatta DOG!

Many admirers...He's just that way. To know him...is to love him

One character...



His eyes speak volumes...


as does the cocking of the head!! So funny.

"Can you say that again...please?"

He can catch a ball in mid air and flip around as he does it! I guess he thinks he is "Circus Dog" ??


I don't know about other Schnauzers...we did have one...a sweetie..but GUS..well he is just... One of a kind!!!

He does not let me out of his sight...what a protector and buddy.

I don't dare mention C....A....T....S use to be my favorite pet...

If you say the S word...Squirrel...he runs soooo fast it's a blurr!

One day last week...not having my glasses on yet (early let out for dog) He was just jumping to go out...
oh you saw an S...okay
...but upon letting him RUN...I noticed the grey blurr was a poor grey tiger Kitty!!! I was yelling..
RUN KITTY...RUN KITTY
...he made up the fence as one HUGE FUR BALL..whew. Relief. He looked like he hit an electrical wire!!!

Gus is adventurous so I know there will be more post about him in the future.

What kind of pet do you have?

THIS IS THE DAY...I appreciate God's sweet creations, that bless us in numerous ways. Gus has helped me in many a lonely moment. He's just there.

Blessings...
HOPE

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

God of Our Fathers....July 4th


On Independence Day...July 4th.

THIS IS THE DAY...

We all who are patriotic and love our America, joined in festivities, celebrating FREEDOM...Bravery...safety of our loved soldiers home...thankfulness...and the HISTORY of our country that has made it great...FOUNDED by men of FAITH and HOPE and THE BIBLE.

How oft have our FOUNDING FATHERS quoted scripture in their applications and desires of God's intercession and wisdom in putting forth the CONSTITUTION of our AMERICA...

...and the FOUNDING FATHERS of our FAITH.

Men who followed God's commands and HIS will over theirs..men who stood strong on the leadership of Godliness.

In church Sunday we sang this hymn.

God Of Our Fathers

God of our fathers, whose almighty hand,
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
Of shining worlds in splendor thru the skies,
Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise.

Thy love divine hath led us in the past,
In this free land by Thee our lot is cast;
Be Thou our ruler, guardian, guide, and stay
Thy word our law, Thy paths our chosen way.

From war's alarms, from deadly pestilence,
Be Thy strong arm our ever-sure defense;
Thy true religion in our hearts increase,
Thy bounteous good-ness nourish us in peace.

Daniel C. Roberts 1841-1907 George W. Warren 1828-1902

These words as we sang...brought joy to my heart; knowing I have trusted in this same GOD of Faith. I have watched his hand of mercies, not only in the our history of America, but in my own life.

I love the music to this hymn also. Our orchestra has played this with the trumpets sounding prior to the words sung..and so majestic and powerful.

If you have never heard this hymn...search it out. It will bless you!!

Keep the DEPENDENCE of AMERICA on GOD!

...and we can be that nation we have always been!!

IN GOD WE TRUST

Blessings to you!
HOPE

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Blessings of the LORD




Just as the above scripture states...Blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

In the midst of trials....can you say this? Many moments in tears, I have called upon the LORD and tasted his goodness. Yes, even times like this.

My husband and I have often sang this song for a special at church:

In times like these you need a Saviour, In times like these you need an anchor.

Be very sure...be very sure...Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.

This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He's the One, This Rock is Jesus, The Only One!
Be very sure, be very sure...Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.

In times like these you need the BIBLE...In times like these, O be not idle,
Be very sure, be very sure...Your anchor holds, and grips the Solid Rock.



So many times when we have sung this...I've thanked the LORD GOD ...HE is MY ANCHOR!
Nothing can pull me away from HIM...Nothing can separate me from the Love of GOD...He is always with me... I AM VERY SURE.

For several years now; I've had a heavy burden on my heart. One that many know...Mother's for sure.

Missing their children.

Seems that they grow up in a moment of time...and you recall so many days with them..so many moments. How could it pass so quickly!! You look at a photo and see that very day..as if it was now...but it isn't...is it?

and the tears flow.

God knows All this...and he knows the depth of love we have for those we miss.

I have truly...tasted the goodness of the LORD...in blessing me with a wonderful family. My children...you know; I've posted many times my thoughts upon this. God has watched over them in their absence...just as he watches over others.

and...this is where I have found another TASTE of HIS GOODNESS....

Children of others...God has placed in my pilgrim journey here on earth, serving Him.

One young woman who's blessed Mother died a couple years ago..God has put in my path...a wonderful friendship and bond we have made together. She is a precious Christian...reminds me so much...YES, of my own. She wants her new baby boy, to call me Nana. Tears of Joy!

Another young woman, who is so dedicated to God's service and labours with her family...corresponds with me in a friendship that has blossomed into cherished times of fellowship around God's work and Word...she wrote me recently..and said "I don't know what I'd do without you" ...Tears of Joy!

and yet another precious young woman...her mother deserted her as a child...we met about seven years ago when she came to my church. I took her under wing, since she was new in town...and that became a bond...like a Mother and Daughter. In fact, she calls me..her "Mother in the LORD"....She has sought my council many times and I was so touched to be able to fill a void in her life...(did she fill one for me as well?) Yes, often...

Sometimes, as we wait patiently on the LORD in the midst of our trials...the journey for us is in preparation. God chose to bring these young women into my life for a purpose...for all of us. How wonderful, to know that GOD cares for those voids in our lives that bring so much heartache.

We never stop loving or wanting our loved ones with us...

Everyday...I think upon each of my children. Their faces etched upon my heart. Their voices...always ready to hear.

But in each of their individual lives...they too must journey and let God use them.

Be not idle, the song says...walk daily with the LORD. Seek HIS WILL and let him have his perfect way with your life. You never know what he might NEED you to do for HIM!

Maybe YOU need to be a faithful FRIEND...or perhaps a CARING person who calls to check on those who need that moment... maybe you need to be that SISTER to do things with...or a DAUGHTER to a lonely Mother!! Maybe some small ones need a Grandmother figure...

They say Grandparents are one of the most important figures in a child's upbringing!!!

We will never take their place....but we can be a blessing in time of great need. A comfort in distress and a compassionate companion.

Ask the LORD...how he can use your LIFE...for others.

and...TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD....

Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

This is the day....I'm thankful for GOD's work in my heart.

HOPE

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Flag Day


This is the day, amongst many that I reflect on the good that GOD has given us in this land of ours called AMERICA.

The RED, WHITE and BLUE....significant colors.

I remember being told in my youth:

RED is the blood shed for our freedom.

WHITE
for the purity of faith in our land...built upon by our forefathers
for us to keep!!

BLUE for justice and freedom.




This flag was given to my eldest son upon his return home from serving in Iraq with the National Guard.

Normally a flag encased like this has been given upon the death of a miltary service member...but for this occasion..Happily, it was rewarded service!!

Each time I look upon this flag...I recall the near death experiences my son encountered and the friends he did lose in the war. I'm reminded of my own father and his flag given to me upon his death. Faithful, courageous men ...valiant for a cause and willing to go where needed.

GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!!!

My son in law recently returned to his homeland of AMERICA...from war. He too was courageous: earning medals for exceptional and merited service.

How thankful I am to know these men...my youngest son, my "other" son in law...ALL served or presetly serving our AMERICA...THE RED, WHITE and BLUE.
Men who could have and would have shed their blood for our freedom. Men of faith, who love the LORD GOD and want purity in our land and who want justice done and freedom to prevail.

THE AMERICAN FLAG...means a great deal to me. I cherish it's representation of what men and women have fought for down through the ages of time...and they still do!

We have soo much to be thankful for...to thank GOD he has blessed this land as he has...may we not forget to thank him, to glorify him and to be a people obedient to his will.

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


A promisee of God...we can count on it...we can expect it...because
Hebrews 10:23.... he is faithful that promised!!!

Blessings to you this day...
HOPE