Another year has begun…2018

pexels-photo-775779.jpegFebruary is almost upon us.  January will soon be in the past.  Did you set goals or New Year Resolutions?  And how are you doing?  Me…well, it started off with a basketful of good intentions… Some I’ve kept, some sporadic, some I’m working on…and others I’ve discarded as unimportant.  I’m ok with the Bible Reading and our 30-days of Prayer our church is participating in. ( FORWARD is this years 30-days of Prayer theme.) I’ve started the decluttering but haven’t got into the garage yet. That’ll come in the Spring.

2018 is a year of CHANGE.  Oh it’s just a gut feeling in more ways than I can explain, some I know for sure, others just a fleeting thought.  I am looking forward to one big change coming toward the middle to end of this year…more on that later as it looms closer and plans are being finalized.

God has given me peace about some of the upcoming changes.  I’m hopeful they are for the best for all involved.

Be anxious for nothing…God is in control.  He knows the deepest part of our heart.  Nothing can be hidden from him…our emotions, our hurts, our pain, our desires, our intentions and he knows if there’s something there that needs removing!  He gives us opportunity and plenty of warnings from his Word, whether spoken (preaching/teaching) or directly from his Word.  It’s up to choice if we heed the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Jeremiah 17:9-10   The heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked.  Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives.  I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve. (NLT)

God Bless us all in 2018~

 

 

 

Life is a Vapor

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It’s been almost 2-years since I’ve posted on this blog!

Life has taken me down a different road for about three years.  My Mother went to her heavenly home 3-years ago this coming July 1, 2017.  My Dad came to live with us and was not happy leaving Missouri, but he didn’t have a choice.  He could not take care of himself and his dementia was getting worse.  He was almost totally blind and couldn’t hear.  But his stubbornness came with him.  He was 24/7 care for us.  He did accept going to a PACE program for a few hours a day 3-4 days a week.  This gave Bud (my husband) some relief from caregiving.  He completely took over the physical care of my Dad without complaining. (I work M-F 8:45a – 5:00p to keep the home fires burning.)

 GOD has a way of working things out before you even anticipate them.

Bud retired from Erlanger Hospital in April of 2009 (not by choice, they had a big lay-off and since he was only there for 10-years and paid more for his experience, he was included in the lay-off).  While we struggled financially, little did we know that this would come as an advantage to us a few years later.  This made it possible for Bud to be here for my Dad.  Otherwise, he would have to go into a nursing home.  We did not want that and neither did he.

We had some rough times with his dementia but we survived them.   He had a heart attack that wasn’t diagnosed for several hours.  At first, everyone thought it was his gallbladder and were getting ready to schedule gallbladder surgery.  Then his labs came back!!  Heart Attack!  He stayed 4-days in the hospital and then was moved to Hospice care.  One of us was with him 24 hours a day.  He was never left alone. Everyone was so kind to us at both places.  I have no complaints.   Dad left this world  Sunday, February 5, 2017 1:15am.  He would have been 92 on the 25th of July this year.

It still seems unreal that both my parents are gone.  They were always there!  I still look in the rearview mirror expecting to see Dad’s face.   I still have their phone number on my phone.  It took me a long time before I didn’t think about calling my Mom.  I really didn’t have time to grieve my Mother’s death while taking care of Dad.  Now I grieve for both. Grief strikes at the strangest times.

I know this is a SEASON of Life, but one I don’t think we’re ever ready for.  When we’re young and raising our own children with our own commitments and responsibilities we don’t even let it enter our minds that LIFE is really just a vapor.

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Missing them!

Monday’s Muse…

January 14, 2013 –

We are well on our way into the NEW YEAR!  I was looking at the calendar and counting the days until Spring!  Perhaps that was because I had read we (Southeastern Tennessee) were in for some COLD weather in the mid-teens, atypical for our area.Copy of Newspaper1020

While perusing the calendar it made me think about how swiftly life passes by!  Sometimes it seems like yesterday that my three little towheaded boys were seeing how much mischief they could get into before getting caught!  They had great imaginations!  This was back-in-the-days before all the video games, Wii, Xbox, movies, and all the miscellaneous electronics.  My boys played outside and improvised with whatever was available…they built things, rebuilt their bikes, painted their bikes, made ramps, tree houses, tunnels in the ground, played in the dirt, and on and on.  They came in at the end of the day with freckled, sunburned faces, with sweat-rings and dirty smudges.  I never knew what I’d find in their jeans pockets!

During the long days of summer they were outside from early morning to dusk or later!  I don’t think they were ever “bored”, really. 

Now I look at them and they are grown men who have ventured out into the world.  When I’m around them it still amazes me, that these handsome MEN are my cute little boys!

Copy of spiral-clock“Life goes on, Bud”.  These were Dad Childers last words to Bud knowing he would probably not see his son again.  Three short words filled with so much truth!  I think we need to muse about life occasionally, if nothing else, just to remind ourselves how precious it is and not to be taken for granted.  Life does go on…  

Just musing about many things today.  Thankful for STRENGTH to make it through whatever the day may hold and enough JOY to enjoy the wonder of each new day!  Waking with anticipation of the day ahead, and in wonder and awe of God’s love, compassion, mercy, grace, deliverance, and Power! Words are not enough to describe the emotions of awe and wonder of God.  I’m so blessed to have HIS Spirit living inside me…I am a living temple of God!

Blessed beyond measure,

Pam

 

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.”)

Falling Out of Summer (& Notebook Reflections)

I blinked in the darkness, turned and glanced at the clock. 5:33 AM… my usual waking time even though it was a holiday! Argh!!! I didn’t move for fear of waking the doggies who were snoring in unison with their favorite person. Lying there quietly, contemplating whether to go back to sleep and after an unsuccessful attempt, I aborted that plan and gently scooted out of my memory foam cocoon and stumbled down the dark hallway to the coffee pot! I truly love the aroma of freshly brewed coffee! It makes me a happy person!

Timothy S & Rain Pix 9-6-2011 012Once in the kitchen out of hearing distance of the constant whirr of the window a/c unit (our heat pump/ac unit isn’t working) I could hear the RAIN! Yes, the RAIN! Blessed Rain!

I realize for some it’s already caused terrible flooding and by the end of the day may cause flash flooding here…but for now, it’s just a steady rain. I actually went out back and stood in the acid sweetTimothy S & Rain Pix 9-6-2011 013 falling rain (don’t worry, the neighbors couldn’t see me and NO, I DID NOT Let imageBud take a picture of me “singing in the rain”).

Can you feel the seasonal change in the air? I can!

I had BIG plans for today and they’ve all WASHED away! So, on to Plan BWait, did I make a Plan B? Let’s see…nope, don’t think I did!!

My new revised plancatch up on my Summer Challenge Bible reading, laundry, wash my hair, and clean up the mess from Bud’s cooking (he fixed a delicious breakfast this morning) . He thinks he cleans up, but…his idea of clean is different than mine!?? No other explanation needed. I love him anyway.

 

We are Falling out of summer!

LABOR DAY is the

unofficial end of SUMMER!


 

Notebook Reflections

 

 

Oops…I am behind in my Summer Challenge Bible reading! With my recent surgery and some other tasks that had to be done… I fell behind! But I am catching up quickly and enjoying THE WORD and missing it when I don’t get to have my quiet time in the early morning hours! I’m almost back to my normal routine!

While reading this past week, a particular phrase caught my attention in both Matthew and Mark…

Matthew 24:4-9

Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pangs, with more to come.” Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. (emphasis is mine)

The phrase: But all this is only the first of the birth pangs, with more to come”, is the phrase that captivated my attention.

Then in Mark 13:8(b) I read it again!

The Amplified Bible reads: This is but the beginning of the intolerable anguish and suffering [only the first of the birth pangs].”

This phrase tumbled over and over in my mind… “only the first birth pangs” … “more to come”. In my notes I wrote… the beginning of sorrows.

What we are hearing, reading, and seeing are mild as to what is to come:

Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.

We are looking at history in the making…and we are part of it!

Mark 13:33be on guard! Stay Alert! (and pray) Mark 13:36don’t be found sleeping…WATCH for HIM!

Matthew 14:37 (b)

“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

I believe we are truly in the throes of the “last days” with more to come. I am not predicting a date for His return, but I am saying that we need to stay alert and be on guard. The temptations of this world are creeping into places that were once sacred territory and becoming “acceptable” by ALL generations. I’ve written on “change” in previous posts, but I’m not talking about generational change.

How easily we drift away. Are we losing our way? Have we reset our moral compass to different coordinates? Have we rewritten the map to please others? I’m not trying to be a “negative spirit”. However, I am trying to keep myself on the right road…the less traveled narrow road… not the broad smooth easily traveled road. My road has rivers to wade, rocky hills to climb, and valleys to trudge through. I’m traveling this road with the one who calls me friend!

And through all the above, there is a place of peace and quiet solitude that gives me strength to continue on the way. I have always believed that this life is only a journey in a foreign land and one day I will cross the border into my eternal home…Yes, there is more to come! This feeling deep within my heart becomes even more pronounced as the years pass by. It’s the feeling one gets when anticipating an exciting trip in the near future.

Please, don’t misunderstand me…I am not a negative person…I enjoy my life here as much as this world allows me…within the boundaries I have set for myself. Do you “set boundaries” for yourself?

I’m increasingly amazed at how easy it is to “let up” or “let go” and how acceptable certain things have become. What was once “sin” is no longer considered sinful. Have we redefined sin? I’m not referring to personal convictions and I won’t even go there. Although I do, as you, have my personal opinions of the changes I see occurring.

Even when Peter tried to blend into the crowd and warm his hands at the edge of the fire (Jesus’ Trial & Crucifixion)…he couldn’t hide. He was recognized as being “one of them”. We may pretend that we don’t know Him, but the world knows who we are! And once you’ve been associated with “Him”… you will never be accepted in the same way by the world again.

Believe me, if we are filled with the Spirit and living a Holy life…we will be recognized. We will not find peace in going back to the “old way” of life. It will always be there to remind us! We will carry that mark in our hearts forever! It will either be our resurrection or our doom!

My desire is to be “recognizable” as having been with Jesus! I want to be “one of them”… and be found with oil in my lamp along with extra oil in reserve…not just skimping by and hoping I have enough when the time comes. Are you recognizable?

Be Watchful,

Be On Guard,

Be Alert,

Pray,

and

Not Found Sleeping,

WATCH FOR HIM!

These are words of warning to us. We must heed these warnings!

In Him we have peace in whatever circumstance we find ourselves in. They can kill the body but not the soul.

I want to be found faithful to the end,

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