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.