Habits

It takes a HABIT to BREAK a HABIT !

As I read this short sentence, I realized how much truth was packed into those words.  I know it’s TRUTH because I’ve experienced it!  We often struggle with making changes in our life.  The Closer you walk with God... 2013

If we do not fill the void left from eliminating a particular habit or routine from our life we revert back to the “old habit” or routine.  It’s too easy to fall back into the familiar even if we know it’s not beneficial to our growth.

It’s the same in our spiritual  lives…we cannot let the spaces in our heart and mind be filled with the “old”.  So, we endeavor to fill it with the New Way of life.  Some have a difficult battle with leaving the old behind and forging ahead with the New!  We don’t want to leave the familiar behind even if it’s bad for us!  Oftentimes, we take comfort in the familiar…it’s easy, we know what to expect from the old familiar habits and routines. 

Once we’ve fallen back into our old ways we often become disappointed in ourselves and may even feel worthless, helpless, and hopeless or despondent.

That’s a TRICK of the adversary!  Don’t let him fool you into believing his lies that you are incapable of changing!  God’s WORD tells us otherwise.  It also tells us that it can be a struggle to endure, maintain, and STAND FIRM!  WE CAN DO IT!

My heart breaks when I see believers falling back into the adversaries lap.  I’ve seen lives become so ensnared and tangled that one sometimes wonders if they will make it back.  I know, that I know…God is merciful, full of grace, and compassion.  He does understand and He wants to give you hope, worth, and purpose. 

God will not leave you…you leave God!  He waits with open arms and eyes filled with desire to see you run into His forgiving arms of love.  He came to earth…gave his only son, for who?  YOU! and me!

Don’t GIVE UP!  Give GOD the adoration, praise, and glory of your heart, mind, and soul!  He will give you all the strength you will need to fight the warfare of this world.  Preparation is the key!  

Put on the armor…prepare for the battle,

Pam

(I’m not sure why I have blogged this…but it was in my heart to write.)

Dead Leaves

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Amazing, looking out the bedroom window I view the landscape that has changed so drastically in just two to three weeks. From the filtering greens to the bright oranges, reds, and russets to this! Wow!

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It came so swiftly the dull barren look. While there are a few lingering leaves waiting for the wind that will rip them from the branch, they hold tightly waiting for that final moment before their swirling decent to the ground below.

The brilliant hues of Autumn have succumbed to the grays of Winter. As my eyes examined the landscape of my own grounds, I noticed the damage the storms did this year to our trees of which we have many. There were broken branches everywhere (the March tornado came less than a quarter of a mile from us) and a couple of our huge trees are down. Thankfully, they were further down the hill and not close to the house!

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As my mind wandered in thought, it became evident to me that the season in our own lives are very important. I know we often think of the Seasons of our Life as related to the progression of age, but my mind didn’t go in that direction. 2-Fall & Buds Axes,Misc 044

 

 

Instead, I was reeling with the aspect of Winter’s bareness as a time of introspectiveness and also a time to really see what we look like and where we’ve been the past few months.

Viewing the damages on the trees, I could now see where broken 2-Fall & Buds Axes,Misc 040branches had left huge jagged edges and often had struck other trees on the way to their destination. I saw huge scars on some trees and some with their tops totally twisted off starkly silhouetted against the crisp blue sky.

I began thinking of how our lives are similar to the seasons. We have the Springtime when with great joy we watch the planted seeds grow and then  eventually we grow the pretty leaves that cover all our blemishes, scars, and even our brokenness. We sway to the Spring breeze and flaunt our beautiful colors, knowing no one can see inside because we are covered by the green leaves and flowering blooms.

But then the winds bring change… another Season begins.

The colors begin to diminish in brightness and the leaves gently detach readying for the wind of change that will expose the branches and the underlying truth of what we really look like and who we really are beneath the covering!

As I viewed our damaged trees, I realized there are some that really needed to be cut down as the damage was so great that eventually the possibility that it could fall and cause harm to the surrounding trees.

In the human perspective, when we observe the damage, the bruises, the scars, the broken branches,that the storms have swept through our lives, we don’t have to be cut down. We can trim the jagged edges of the broken branches. We can topthe tree to eliminate the mangled twisted mess.

We do this by examining our inward self! It’s so hard to look inward.  It takes real courage and desire.  Winter is the time to take a good long inward look without all the covering and flowery blossoms covering our imperfections. It’s only when we go to our Prayer Closet that we can re-dress ourselves for the Winter ahead. Only when we truly do an honest inward examination of our heart, mind, and soul will we obtain the strength to stand still, straight and tall, and see the salvation of the LORD.He is the only one that can mend the storms damages and see us through the Winters of our lives.

He patiently waits for us. He is willing. He desires for us to overcome. He has offered us strength to overcome and endure to the end.

Are we so busy, so preoccupied that we don’t have the time to examine ourselves? Time alone with God is necessary!

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.    (Psalm 51:10-12)

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  (Psalm 139:23-24)

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

I desire to remain intact with the vine to endure the Winter and gain strength for the coming Spring planting…”and then comes the Harvest.”  I must prepare.

 

”A calamity that makes you turn to God is better for you than a blessing which takes you away from God.”(from a friends FB)

Blessings of the season,

Pam

Morning Songs of the Heart

 

The last few mornings I have been awakened with a song(s)…this is not a regular occurrence for me. 

This morning it was with the following and the particular phrases of the song that woke me up are in bold print.  I’ve not heard this song sung in many months.

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1.  I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
    And it told Thy love to me;
   
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
    And be closer drawn to Thee.

  • Refrain:
    Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
    To the cross where Thou hast died;
    Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
    To Thy precious, bleeding side.

2.  Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
     By the pow’r of grace divine;
    
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
     And my will be lost in Thine.

3.  Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
     That before Thy throne I spend,
    
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
     I commune as friend with friend!

4.  There are depths of love that I cannot know
     Till I cross the narrow sea;
     There are heights of joy that I may not reach
     Till I rest in peace with Thee.

I totally understand the call to prayer and I’m so thankful God still keeps me sensitive and alert to heed this call.  I know there are many times I’ve missed it (and knew it later)!  Did He tell me what to pray for…Not always, but whether it’s for myself or someone else, it doesn’t matter…it’s the communication with Him that is important.

Out of curiosity I googled Frances J. Crosby and here is a list of songs written by her.   Note the word in bold lettering after each song.  Clicking on each song title will take you directly to the lyrics. 

clip_image002All the Way My Savior Leads Me | Frances J. Crosby, 1875

Faith

All the way my Savior leads me, / What have I to ask beside? …

clip_image002[1]Blessed Assurance | Frances J. Crosby, 1873

Assurance

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! / Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! …

clip_image002[2]Close to Thee | Frances J. Crosby, 1874

Devotion

Thou my everlasting portion, / More than friend or life to me, …

clip_image002[3]Draw Me Nearer (Crosby) | Frances J. Crosby, 1875

Supplication

I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, / And it told Thy love to me; …

clip_image002[4]Give Me Jesus | Frances J. Crosby, 1879

Jesus/Savior

Take the world, but give me Jesus, / All its joys are but a name; …

clip_image002[5]He Hideth My Soul | Frances J. Crosby, 1890

Refuge

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, / A wonderful Savior to me; …

clip_image002[6]Jesus Is Tenderly Calling | Frances J. Crosby, 1883

Invitation

Jesus is tenderly calling you home / Calling today, calling today, …

clip_image002[7]My Savior First of All | Frances J. Crosby, 1894

Jesus/Savior

When my lifework is ended, and I cross the swelling tide, / When the bright and glorious morning I shall see; …

clip_image002[8]Near the Cross | Frances J. Crosby, 1869

Refuge

Jesus, keep me near the cross, / There a precious fountain— …

clip_image002[9]Never Give Up | Frances J. Crosby, 1903

Exhortation

Never be sad or desponding, / If thou hast faith to believe; …

clip_image002[10]No Cross for Me? | Frances J. Crosby, 1910

Consecration

No cross for me, O blessed Lord and Savior? / No cross for me, when Thou Thine own didst bear, …

clip_image002[11]Only a Step | Frances J. Crosby, 1873

Invitation

Only a step to Jesus! / Then why not take it now? …

clip_image002[12]Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior | Frances J. Crosby, 1868

Supplication

Pass me not, O gentle Savior, / Hear my humble cry; …

clip_image002[13]Praise Him! Praise Him! | Frances J. Crosby, 1869

Praise

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! / Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim! …

clip_image002[14]Rescue the Perishing | Frances J. Crosby, 1869

Missionary

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, / Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; …

clip_image003Safe in the Arms of Jesus | Frances J. Crosby, 1868

Refuge

Safe in the arms of Jesus, / Safe on His gentle breast; …

clip_image003[1]Saved by Grace | Frances J. Crosby, 1891

Anticipation

Some day the silver cord will break, / And I no more as now shall sing; …

clip_image003[2]Savior, More than Life to Me | Frances J. Crosby, 1875

Supplication

Savior, more than life to me, / I am clinging, clinging, close to Thee; …

clip_image003[3]Sing On | Frances J. Crosby, 1885

Praise

Sing on, ye joyful pilgrims, / Nor think the moments long; …

clip_image003[4]Steadily Marching On | Frances J. Crosby

Loyalty

Praise ye the Lord, joyfully sound hosanna, / Praise the Lord with glad acclaim; …

clip_image003[5]Tell Me the Story of Jesus | Frances J. Crosby, 1880

Gospel

Tell me the story of Jesus, / Write on my heart every word; …

clip_image003[6]Though Your Sins Be as Scarlet | Frances J. Crosby, 1887

Invitation

“Though your sins be as scarlet, / They shall be as white as snow; …

clip_image003[7]’Tis the Blessed Hour of Prayer | Frances J. Crosby, 1880

Prayer

‘Tis the blessed hour of prayer, when our hearts lowly bend, / And we gather to Jesus, our Savior and friend; …

clip_image003[8]To God Be the Glory (Crosby) | Frances J. Crosby, 1875

Praise

To God be the glory, great things He hath done, / So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, …

clip_image003[9]To the Work | Frances J. Crosby, 1869

Work

To the work! To the work! We are servants of God; / Let us follow the path that our Master has trod; …

clip_image003[10]Tread Softly | Frances J. Crosby

Worship

Be silent, be silent, / A whisper is heard, …

clip_image003[11]Unsearchable Riches | Frances J. Crosby, 1882

Encouragement

Oh, the unsearchable riches of Christ, / Wealth that can never be told! …

clip_image003[12]Victory Through Grace | Frances J. Crosby, 1890

Victory

Conquering now and still to conquer, rideth a King in His might; / Leading the host of all the faithful into the midst of the fight; …

clip_image002[15]Watch and Pray | Frances J. Crosby, 1885

Watchfulness

Watch and pray that when the Master cometh, / If at morning, noon, or night, …

clip_image002[16]We’ll Work Till Jesus Calls | Frances J. Crosby

Work

We are marching on with shield and banner bright, / We will work for God and battle for the right, …

clip_image002[17]Will Jesus Find Us Watching? | Frances J. Crosby, 1876

Watchfulness

When Jesus comes to reward His servants, / Whether it be noon or night, …

***(You can go to this website for the lyrics: http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/_/Crosby_Frances_J/?sortby=author )

 I have been overwhelmed with His presence this morning.  My heart is full of His love, mercy and longsuffering toward us and our world.  Time marches on and soon will be no more!

In His Presence there’s fullness of JOY,

PamCreat in me a Clean Heart

Pruning Promotes GROWTH

 

On my way home from work today, I noticed in one area the Crepe imageMyrtles had been pruned so harshly that one would not believe in a Spring/Summer resurrection! They looked like they were dead and had been pruned to just a couple feet from the base and there were NO leaves to be seen anywhere on their naked limbs.

It made me ponder about the pruning God does in our lives. Sometimes we feel that the pruning is harsh and to the quick! Leaving nothing for display… we are pruned back to the basic trunk with only a few bare limbs reaching out for His Mercy!

Perhaps, He does this because we need to realize that we are still just sinners saved by His grace and mercy! I also know that growth cannot be promoted without the pruning. Some of the prettiest Crepe Myrtles that I see mid-summer are those that were pruned the harshest. They also seem to grow taller than those not pruned at all.

The Crepe Myrtles that aren’t pruned spread out without any sense of direction. They are just spreading bushes without any height.

We can be pruned by criticism from others (if we don’t get bitter). We can be pruned when we think the Pastor is preaching directly to us (if we’re thinking that, then it probably is for us). We can be pruned by reading His Word (and applying it to our own life and not everyone else’s). We can be pruned by circumstances and situations that occur in our lives.

imageThe GROWTH comes with how we handle the pruning! If we grumble, whimper, whine or back-off from His presence…then our growth is stunted. But if we let our weeping limbs reach out  and embrace the pruning…then watch out… you’re getting ready to experience a GROWTH spurt!

Pruning is painful, but if it’s done by the Master Gardener, then be patient and see the beauty that will spring forth in due season!

  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.”     John 15:1-3

            Note: The Greek for he prunes also means he cleans.

Blessings through the pruning,

Pam

F.R.E.E.D.O.M

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I sit here today and everyday with the freedom to ponder and write my thoughts on FREEDOM, a Constitutional freedom of speech I deeply appreciate!  I am thankful for my country and at the present time the freedom of choice (in most things).  However, I do realize that’s a privilege that could evaporate as quickly as my breath on a winter day!  I do not take this freedom for granted.  I consider each day a blessing!

 

Independence Day…July 4, 2012

Today my thoughts have meandered all over the pages of freedom, choice, privilege, rights, beliefs, The Constitution, Nation-National, World, God, Country, and most of all… I am so thankful for the freedom to choose!

No matter where I live in this world…I am FREE!  Why?

Because:

1. I am a CHILD of GOD

My country of birth or residence is not a prerequisite to being called a CHILD of GOD.

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7 KJV

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Romans 8:14

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of GodAnd if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ… Romans 8:16 – 17

2. God’s Word reminds me:

So if the SON sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36 NIV

But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Galatians 3:22 NIV {emphasis is mine}

My true freedom is obtained through Jesus Christ.  Salvation frees us from the hold this world has …  one day and soon, this earthly gravity will no longer have the power to hold us down… we will soar to the freedom of eternal life with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

I choose FREEDOM through JESUS CHRIST!

That is TRUE FREEDOM!

 

Enjoy your freedom and count your blessings,

Pam

(Heartwhispers)

Too Much Trouble…

 

 

Gods Way vs My Way Street Sign

Too much trouble…

Too much trouble to share my testimony and tell my neighbor, friend, or loved one of how good God is and has been to me.

Too much trouble to get myself and my children ready for Sunday School and church (It’s so much easier to let them keep on playing outside, until they become teenagers and want to stay away from home and church).

Too much trouble to take time to care for or just listen to a hurting loved one, friend, co-worker, or customer.

Too much trouble to clean the church, or mow the church yard, or weed the flower bed and trim the hedges & shrubs (Isn’t that in the Pastor’s job description?).

Too much trouble to support the ministry with prayer and finances (They can work just like me, and still have time to pray for me personally, study and prepare to teach and preach what my soul needs to be saved).

Too much trouble to teach a Sunday School class of rowdy teens, or rambunctious little ones about how much Jesus loves them (I don’t have time for the consistency, patience or study required).

Too much trouble to participate in praise and worship during the church service (God knows all things, right? So, he knows how much I love him!).

Too much trouble to bring my Bible to church with me (it’s cumbersome, and just something else for me to carry, I’ve got a heavy load as it is).

Too much trouble to have a quiet time and read The WORD (I just don’t have time to be consistently, daily reading the Bible, I have other pressing priorities).

Too much trouble to attend prayer meetings (I was always late or forgot anyway, so why bother at all, I pray at home!).

Too much trouble to give financially (Tithe and offering…in this economy who can afford to give both, besides I give offerings to the church because my pastor doesn’t need financial support).

Too much trouble to…

To take the time to reflect on the future…I’m too busy living in the present.

So, on THAT DAY (whenever it is for me or you) don’t be surprised when the LORD says…

It’s TOO MUCH TROUBLE TO OPEN THE GATE, BESIDES… DO I KNOW YOU?

At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, “Come, for everything is now ready.” But they all alike began to make excuses.

Luke 14:17-18

It was just too much trouble…

 

(I was awakened at 4:30 am with the above phrase repeating over and over in my head. I had to get up and write. I pray you do not think it harsh. Blunt, yes, but not harsh. I write this in love and concern for our souls. I want to hear Him say…”Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”)

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!

TEA Time ~ and the Sufferings of JOB

This is my favorite HOT tea.  Green Tea with just a drop of honey and a weeGreen Tea 7-30-2011 006 bit of cream.  There are times I crave it!  So refreshing and energizing while at the same time relaxing.

Combine the tea with my favorite cup… blissful! I purchase it at our local Natural Food store (GreenLife).  I have discovered if I want it quickly I can brew it in the coffeepot (Just make sure the pot is scrubbed clean from prior use!) otherwise, the taste can be strangely unpleasant! 

So, while reading and catching up with the SUMMER CHALLENGE… reading the BIBLE in 90-days… I am drinking my Green Yerba Mate’ Tea and enjoying the morning!  I woke up very early this morning and while I had intended to sleep-in… my body was “through” with sleeping!  I gave in! Smile 

Bud has gone to the garden to see if we can gather any remaining produce… we didn’t harvest much this year…too hot and too dry!  What we did get was delicious though!  We are now waiting to catch the figs as they ripen before the wild critters do.  We would like to make some fig jam or preserves this year.  The fig tree is acting kind of strange too  Sad smile…so we may not get much from it either.

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Open Bible-mine 2011 001 Notebook Reflections

 

I wasn’t able to read as much as I wanted to today (yet).  But I did read 12 chapters this morning and plan to read more later this evening.

 

In last weeks readings…I penned these thoughts from Job:

After God gave his ok for Job to be tested, I noted the different Messengers that came to Job in succession. 

First Messenger: your oxen were plowing with the donkeys feeding beside them, when the Sabeans raided us.  They stole all the animals and killed all the farmhands.  I am the only one who escaped to tell you.  And while he was yet speaking…

Second Messenger: The fire of God has fallen from heaven and burned up your sheep and all the shepherds.  I am the only one who escaped to tell you.  While he was still speaking…

Third Messenger: Three bands of Chaldean raiders have stolen your camels and killed your servants.  I am the only one who escaped to tell you.  While he was still speaking…

Fourth Messenger:  Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother’s home.  Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the wilderness and hit the house on all sides.  The house collapsed, and all your children are dead.  I am the only one who escaped to tell you.

Job STOOD UP and tore his robe in grief!  Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to WORSHIP.

He said:

I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave.

The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it way.

PRAISE THE NAME OF THE LORD!

In all this, Job did not sin by blaming God.

Can you imagine what Job was thinking? … “What have I done to deserve this?”… “Why was I born?”… “I wish I had died at birth!”… 

If all that happened one after the other to you, could you STAND UP and then WORSHIP GOD??? 

suffering_Job-705x500I simply cannot fathom the depths of his grief…he lost everything, children, houses, livestock, servants, and then to top it off he was covered in boils from head to foot.  Have you ever had ONE boil? Painful malady!!  but from head to toe! So not only was he in mental, emotional anguish, but he also was physically in pain…  and he had these wonderful friends who accused him of hidden sin… (slander is unpleasant).

And we want to give up when_______________?!  I’ve never had anything like the testing of Job… Yes, I’ve gone through some very trying times of trials and testing… emotional and physical and will go through more I’m sure, especially as THE DAY approaches of His Second Coming… but in perspective of Job’s losses mine do not compare!

In Job 9:33-35 he speaks of I wish

If only there were a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together.  The mediator could make God stop beating me, and I would no longer live in terror of his punishment.  Then I could speak to him without fear, but I cannot do that in my own strength.

I am so very thankful for our mediator, Jesus Christ and while I reverence Him, I am not fearful for I am a recipient of His compassion and love.  I can have direct contact with Him and talk to Him anytime I desire.

Grace, Mercy, Love is a wonderful gift given to us through His sacrifice!

GOD TRUSTED JOB…can He Trust us?

Blessings…take time to talk to Him … He loves to see our adoration expressed in Praise and Worship.

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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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Seconds from Eternity…

 

April has been a crazy & wild month, especially in the imageheartland and the south!  Homes and belongings flung through the air… lives lost, family members missing…despair, distress, and lack of finances for restoration.  So many are experiencing the above.  In all my 60-years I have never observed the catastrophes that are occurring seemingly on a regular basis in our world.  I realize the media helps to spread the news of disasters that we might never have heard about years ago, and they seem to be increasing in intensity.

Growing up in California I experienced the ferocity of the Santa Anna winds, some flooding, and wild fires, but I had never heard of a tornado in CALIFORNIA.  Earthquakes, YES, but never a tornado! Now…it seems no place is exempt!

My own parents live in Joplin, Missouri and lived only 7-blocks from the path of destruction. Mom called me while I was on my way home from church Sunday evening and said, “We’re okay, didn’t want you to be worrying.”  Now, I hadn’t heard any news yet and my first words were “You are OK from WHAT?”.  As soon as I arrived home I got online and discovered the tragedy that had struck Joplin earlier that evening.  How close I came to losing my parents!

Having just recently been through “the tornado” in our area on April 27th… I have listened to people’s stories and seen the distress on their faces (I work for a major insurance company).  Some seem to portray “no hope”… while others have the attitude, “God spared my life and I’ll just do the best I can to rebuild and move on with my life.” 

As a Believer I realize that our possessions are blessings given to us temporarily!  While I would hate to lose what we’ve worked a life-time to enjoy…I sincerely hope that I would not “give up” on God or Life if they were removed from me. 

I believe “Natural” disasters are often caused by our misuse of Earth’s provisions.  However, I believe they also influence us spiritually and God is observing how we handle them.  God is not judging the world…yet!

Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 

Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.

Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also.   (Matthew 6:10-21 TLB)

I don’t think God is demanding everyone to rid themselves of all their earthly possessions and wander this earth aimlessly.  But I do believe He wants us to be aware that what we consider necessities may not be! 

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.

After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.

So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.   (1 Timothy 6:6-8 TLB)

These tragic storms have brought back the reality of what is most important in “life”, our loved ones, family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors are what should be!  

Possessions can be replaced, people cannot! 

All the recent catastrophes brought to mind just how quickly our lives can be changed forever!  One can leave the house in the morning and never return.  We may lie down at night and take our last breath on this earth.  Life is just a wisp that evaporates in the wind.

How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow?  Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.  (James 4:14 TLB)

Life is precious and should not be taken for granted!  It’s so easy to get into the everydayness of living and forget the very ONE who gave us the “breath of life”. 

I have deep sorrow for those who have lost loved ones and possessions and cannot begin to imagine what they are going through when a loved one is still missing!  My prayers are with them daily…

We have a HOPE that is eternal and not bound to this earth’s gravity… HE is coming back.  I want to run this race with patience and endurance to the very end.  I may not be “caught away” when He comes back for His Bride… my time may come before that…I want to be “Ready” whenever my time on this earth ends…found faithful until my last breath is breathedCopy of Heart Symbol 2008.

 

 

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