One of my Favorite Days (& Notebook Reflections)

3-August Misc 2011 003I love Saturday mornings rain or shine!  But I do like the sun filtering in through my shaded windows.  It’s so pleasant to be “home” and not “have to be” somewhere else.  Time to enjoy my home and my reading corner in my study/office without time constraints!  Perfect!  I’m surprised the doggies Dog face are not napping in my chair!  I usually have to shoo them out of it before I can sit down.  It’s a favorite of theirs too! 

The chair in the photo is one my Dad gave me and it is just the right size for me and my room.  Not too big and not too little, but just right.  I have intentions of reupholstering it in a fabric.

Yes, I have double stacked books on all my bookshelves!  And YES, I know that is not good for the shelves.  I don’t have enough space for all of my books.  I plan to remedy that in time by getting rid of my large desk and putting in more shelves.  I have a compact corner desk & hutch unit in ebony/espresso that is still (after two years) in the box in the garage waiting for assembly!  I’ll probably put all my medical books in the guest/library room downstairs (when that’s sorted through).  We have BIG plans…now just to get them completed or even started! Turtle slow but steady…that’s our motto!

Saturday is also a “catch-up” day for me.  Things I’ve not had time to do during the week become Saturday’s To Do List.  I try not to do any shopping or errands on Saturdays.  It’s a day I devote to just “living” at home!  There are often things scheduled on Saturdays but they do not usually take up the entire day. 

This Saturday I am attempting to catch up on bill paying, laundry, and getting ready for my scheduled surgery this coming Tuesday the 16th.   Yes, another one!  I’m just a wee bit nervous about this one as it could be more extensive than the other’s have been.  I trust God and know that He knows what is best for me.  I am tired of surgeries…but I’ll take them over the alternative.  I am not a fan of “being put under”… I do not like not knowing what is going on around me or what they are doing to me.  Confused smile 

It’s almost time to start gathering wood for our woodstove. 12-05-2009 030 Bud and John will be splitting wood within the next month.  We need to get our woodpile restocked! They downed some trees this past Spring and the wood should be ready to cut and split.  With our AC/Heat pump not working we will really depend on the wood heat in a couple months.  Thankful for the window A/C unit that is allowing me to sleep comfortably at night! 


imageNotebook Reflections

 

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I am truly enjoying the 2011 Summer Bible Reading Challenge.  I got just a little behind when the grandkids were here, but I’m on target now!  It seems that every time I pick up my Bible and start reading…something always “catches” my attention.  I am so aware that we are nearing His Second Coming that every WORD seems to stand out on the page!  I’ve never been so HUNGRY and THIRSTY for His Word as I’ve been the last few months.  I have always read, studied, and tried my best to live by The Word…but somehow during the last couple months it has become extremely precious to me! 

Perhaps when I observe those who’ve left the truth…it makes me so thankful that I still believe and have not become desensitized to The imageWORD.   Oh yes, there is so much that I still do not understand, but His Word is revealed and made plain to those who seek to understand with their whole heart, mind, and soul.  It takes the ALL of oneself presented to God to become enlightened by the anointing of His presence in our lives.

Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth!  Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.  With all my heart I will praise you, O LORD my God.  I will give glory to your name forever, for your love for me is very great.      (Psalm 86:11-13a)

I do not want to be like those in Psalm 78:35 – 37

Then they remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their redeemer.  But all they gave him was lip service; they lied to him with their tongues.  Their hearts were not loyal to him.  They did not keep his covenant. (emphasis is mine)

Ecclesiastes reminds us of the brevity of life! and that possessions are of no value…we won’t be taking them with us when we leave this earthly vessel behind.  As birthdays pass me by I am more and more aware of what is truly important in life.  There is a peace that comes in knowing GOD is in control.  If I’ve given Him my ALL… I can rest in the HOPE of resurrection and His Coming back for those who have made themselves ready! 

Are we ready Church?  Are we truly ready? Are we calling Him to “come quickly”?  In an hour when you think not…

READY or NOT…Here I COME!

Saturday Musing – Elisha’s Response

Whew…hOt, HaZy, LAzY Days of SUMMERSun  Too hot and humid today to be outside, well…especially for us “older” folk!

So, I’ve been INSIDE enjoying my chair and new reading lamp (the better to see with) and catching up on the SUMMER CHALLENGE Bible Reading. 

I’ve become immersed in the History of the Israelites, their Judges, Kings, and all their UPS and Downs!  I find myself thinking about what I’ve read even during the day (and at work)…in quite a different way than I ever have before.  I’ve even researched History timelines, etc. I’ve found some excellent ones online that are easy to read and understand. 

I’ve been jotting notes as I read and will probably pursue them further in my blog at a later date.  Right now I am just absorbing the WORD and relating what I’m reading to Today’s World and MY WORLD!  When comparing the attitudes of the people of that day and what is transpiring currently…my conclusion is: The human race hasn’t changed much through the years. We think we have progressed beyond some of the historical barbaric ways, attitudes, jealousies, deceitfulness, troublemakers,… but have we?  Human nature is still the same!

Just like the Israelites did…we want the best of both worlds… even though our “heart”Red heart knows what the end result will be! 

In reviewing some of my jottings…I noted where Elijah had placed the mantel on Elisha’s shoulders… Elisha ran after him and requested time to go home first to kiss his mother and father good bye. Elijah granted Elisha this opportunity.  Elisha then slaughtered his “Oxen” and roasted them on the fire using the wood from the plow…Giving the meat to the townspeople to eat! He did not anticipate returning to his old way of life.  He left nothing to come back to.  Those oxen were his wealth and livelihood.

In reading this, I realized that Elisha gave up his most precious possessionHe gave his all…left all that he had and carried the responsibility that Elijah had placed on his shoulders! 

My heart was overwhelmed with the emotion and immediate acceptance of Elisha’s response to Elijah.  I had to stop and ponder within myself… would I be that responsive? Then as Elijah was getting ready to leave this world…Elijah asked Elisha, “Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away?” and Elisha responded with  “Please let me inherit a double portion of your spirit and become your successor.” 

Just a brief “thought” from my notes and will probably write more later.

Have a peace-filled, restful, and blessed Sunday!

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Missed Church Today

I’ve the dreaded flu…temp has ranged from 99.8 to 101.7…. I’m tired of it already.  Came home with it Friday after work and been down ever since.  While resting I did listen to POA’s Sunday Morning Service online and I listed to an audio message by Rodney Shaw at:  http://www.newlifeupc.org/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/shaw-establishing-priorities.mp3      This is a Men’s meeting… but there’s application for women to… priorities.

Listen to it and “think” about what he’s really saying.  It’s an audio, not a dvd… so, you really have to listen and not just be entertained.

This WORLD is NOT MY HOME…

This World is Not My Home…I’m just a passing through…

Remember that old song? I remember singing that song all through my childhood and young adult life. It’s been awhile since I’ve heard it. It was brought to mind recently.

Let me preface this post by saying, “I am proud to be an American”, and I enjoy living in the United States of America with all the privileges that includes. I was born here, grew up here, and I’m still here! I enjoy living here.

BUT… THIS WORLD (USA included) is NOT MY HOME!

This country was birthed on the HOPE of religious freedom. And while this freedom may have been interpreted beyond our forefathers intent – none the less, it is a freedom many other countries do not allow.

However, I do believe that the “Christians” freedoms will be slowly and subtly removed. While we are required to be tolerant of stated Biblical sins, we are not recipients of that same tolerance by “others”. I believe this is only going to escalate as time marches on.

The recently elected President is by the “people’s choice”. There is a generational change taking place. Our world as we have known it is soon passing. We don’t know what changes await us. I do not FEAR these changes. I personally know the one who is in ultimate control.

My concern is not in whom our country VOTED in as President, but my concern is if WE, the CHURCH, are ready and how WE the CHURCH will handle this change.

I am concerned for our YOUTH—Church and World. We must not let down our standards, give up teaching our doctrine, or compromise our beliefs in any way.

We must not lose our HOPE of a better place, greater than this world that’s being prepared for us (and I’m not talking about a mansion filled with “possessions”).

This change is going to precipitate the “sifting” of the Church like never before. We will be tried, tested, and persecuted. We will learn where our true priority lies. We will learn what is MOST important to us. I pray it’s not our homes, cars, clothes, and all the extra trappings this World throws at us as necessities.

I do believe there is coming soon, a time when we won’t give those “things” a second thought or glance. The TRUE BELIEVER will have risen above the materialist greed this World offers.

We will find that simply gathering together in small or large groups for prayer, praise, and worship of the MOST HIGH will provide our JOY and will be our greatest priority.

Oh yes, I know… We are in this world (but not of it). I have to go to work to pay bills and feed my face and buy gas for my car… but these are only for my earthly, fleshly existence.

As one grows older and sees the changes taking place and reviews the changes that have already taken place in their own life span… then you begin to realize, this is truly HISTORY in the MAKING and you begin to contemplate what the future has in store.

That’s when PRAYER becomes the only solace for the heart. We travail for our children, grandchildren, family, church family, and the lost of this world. Only true intercessory prayer is going to SAVE the LOST of this generation. The “pull” of this world is both subtle and strong at the same time. PRAY for OUR CHILDREN, they are and will face a World we’ve never known.

I leave you with these scriptures:

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 & 17-18

8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

John 15:19
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

John 17:14
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

John 16:33
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

1 John 5:4
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

1 John 2:15
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

John 9:5
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

(This was written in the wee hours of election morning.  I didn’t have time to post online before leaving for work.)

Complete Trust

Complete Trust

 

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

 

How many times have we read, memorized, and quoted the above verse of scripture to ourselves and others? Numerous times, I’m sure!

 

Whenever we face a problem or circumstance that is beyond our reasoning ability or maybe one we just don’t want to deal with…. we grab the above scripture as consolation, as we should.

 

But have you ever thought that maybe these problems and seemingly insurmountable circumstances come our way to give us the opportunity to put our TRUST in God and God alone. 

 

As long as WE can figure it out, we don’t trust anyone but ourselves. I think there are times that God has to remind us… HE put us on this earth, HE can take us out of it too! 

 

If you have an independent type personality… this can be difficult! We like to think we can figure out the answer to every situation that comes our way. But there comes that particular circumstance when “WE are not in control” at all.

 

Yes, of course, we are given brains for a reason….to reason! But our dependence is on our Savior Jesus, not in our own abilities. After all, who gave us this wonderful brain in the first place? 

 

Yes, we are to help ourselves… we are to show active not just passive interest in our circumstance or situation. But there is a place we come to, when “IT” is beyond our control and we have to “GIVE UP” and give the control completely to God. When we partially “hang on”… the problem or circumstance is never solved or resolved. It becomes a hindrance and we never gain VICTORY over IT.

 

God gave us the Holy Ghost…why? To lead and guide us in everything we do. He wants our complete TRUST and to trust Him above all else. Our reasoning abilities are not infallible, but God is!

 

So, next time… when you think God isn’t hearing your prayer, or you just can’t go another step or down a seemingly rocky path… LOOK UP… He’s there, just waiting for your heartfelt cry… “I can’t do it alone God, HELP me!” When we fall on our face before the one who created us and knows our limitations… then we will see the answer as if it were written directly on our hearts and minds.

 

Oh, for complete trust in the one who loves us beyond measure!

 

The old song came to mind as I was writing this:

 

Trust and obey,

for there’s no other way,

to be happy in Jesus,

but to trust and obey.

 

True contentment and joy in Jesus

is a product of complete trust!

 

 

 


 

My prayer:

O compassionate God, creator of mankind, make me what I ought to be, help me to be more like thee, bid me come up higher, ‘till thy face I see.  Oh, Lord, make me what I ought to be. In Jesus’ Name.

 

Originally published for:  Heart2Heart Women’s Ministries © 2004 – 2007  (Heart for Truth Ministries) Pamla K Childers.    All rights reserved.

Where’s Your Harp?

Where’s Your Harp?

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“On the willow trees in the midst of [Babylon] we hung our harps.” Psalm 137:2 

This phrase caught my attention last night during Bible Study and I quickly jotted brief notes to come back to later.“We hung our harps on the willow tree.” Psalm 137 was written in remembrance of when the Israelites were in Babylonian captivity. This chapter looks back on the bitterness of the captivity. They were in a foreign country under duress, not because they chose to be there. We can surmise that whenever they had free time, maybe on their Sabbath that they gathered by the rivers of Babylon to pray and sing to their God. While doing this memories would come back and the tears would flow. They still remembered ZION. To them Zion was the spiritual center of the whole earth. Looking into the rivers of Babylon they saw their reflection…weeping and faces full of anguish. “My eyes overflow with rivers of water for the destruction of my people.” (Lamentations 3:48) Sometimes their captors asked them to sing one of the Hebrew songs…you know, to rub the salt into their wounds even more… ” Sing us one of those happy songs that you used to sing in your homeland.” How could they? They were in a foreign land, not by choice…and they were asked to sing a “happy” song! They wouldn’t sing for them. These were heathen people and it would be like forgetting all about Jerusalem. Impossible to sing a song of Joy.

Let me get to the point of my thought: “Have you ever lost your joy?” It’s so hard to sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land. Are you in the middle of a foreign land right now? Does God seem far away? Are you forgetting the Songs of Zion? Have you lost contact with the MUSIC MAKER?

It’s interesting to note that people who do not share our beliefs will watch us to see how we handle certain situations. If they see us in a “valley” they want to see us sing…they taunt us to sing. Sometimes…they have the right to ask us to sing…don’t you think so? If God’s people can’t sing in their misery, who can? But the key is knowing the Music Maker…he has to provide the strength to sing that song and even provide the song. We must renew our strength daily in the LORD.

Isaiah knew that…read Isa. 40:31. He promised we’d not grow weary; we wouldn’t faint by the wayside. If God is truly the source of our JOY, then the closer our relationship with Him, the more we will be able to sing songs of JOY in any situation we are going through. Read Psalm 9:9… “stronghold in times of trouble.” It’s easy to hang our harps up on the willow tree of discouragement! It takes faith to take our harps back down and look to God for a NEW SONG of JOY. Is you heart filled with hopelessness? Have you hung your harp up? Is your harp hung up on the Willow Tree (bitter/guilt tree)?

Remember God has forgiven you…Pick that harp back up and SING! Sing a new song. We are children of the KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS. SING a song of JOY!

Where is your Harp? Just hanging around in a tree swaying in the breeze…    Are you playing a new song on your harp?

For Further Study: Read Psalm 137  

copyright August 2005 P K Childers