Life Strikes Again…

Stress…Strain…Tension…Pressure…Worry…Heaviness…

That’s 2015 so far. Oh there have been moments, maybe a few hours, or even a day or two that were relatively stress-free, but then it starts all over again! I’ve read on other ministers/pastor’s wives blogs and sites and know that personally,  and my household are not the only ones going through this type of “attack”.

It’s not always our first inclination to “place it in God’s hands”. Worry -Todays Troubles & Peace

There are some of us who attempt to deal with a circumstance or situation first thinking we can handle it! God knowing all along that we will eventually come to him for guidance, but only after we’ve struggled with IT and come to the realization we can’t solve it our way! So, He patiently waits.

Then there are some things that occur and we realize from the beginning…we are not in control and cannot change or avoid the circumstance. We are not the Omnipotent One! We throw up our hands and submit…saying, “Here IT is God, it’s all yours.” Why do we do that? Because we’re made of flesh and blood…pure humanity in its rawest form. We do this over and over…

The only thing that saves us from complete self-destruction is being filled with His Spirit and knowing He is the comforter of our soul. We fall back on the one who loved us enough to give his life on the cross for us.

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm. (Psalm 37:8 NKJV)

Oh how true the above scripture is! Fretting causes great harm physically, mentally, and with our relationships. Even our spiritual relationship with God suffers because of worry and fretting.

Matthew 6:25-34 NKJV

[ Do Not Worry ] “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? …

You are my SAFE PLACEHow often have we read the above verses?  Many, many times, yet we still fret and worry.

I am trying…to remember this during my stressful moments.

EVEN if remnants of the yesterdays are still hovering like swirling black clouds getting ready to drop their cargo by the bucketful.  Each day is a NEW DAY,  a NEW Beginning,

The chorus we often sing :

I am Blessed, I am Blessed, every day that I live I am Blessed, when I wake up in the morning, when I lay my head to rest, I am Blessed, I am Blessed.

How true that chorus is…no matter what comes our way, what fiery darts are thrown, we have the shield of our salvation that protects us.

Our strength to face the unknown of each day comes from our personal relationship with our beloved, our comforter, our provider, our precious Saviour. The Unknowns will come, but I KNOW the ONE who KNOWS all and holds my future in His hands.

His Name is Jesus,

 Pam  (Heartwhispers)

Just a Dream…or?

I was awakened during the early morning hours by a dream…ever been there?  It wasn’t  a nightmare.  I didn’t wake up afraid but the dream was as vivid as if I were still dreaming.  Lying there I began to roll the footage through my mind again.  I won’t go into all the detail of the dream, but it reminded me of a dream I had several years ago.

Tclip_image002[4]he dream I had about 6-7 years ago was of my husband and I during one of our walks around Harrison Bay and as the day moved toward dusk, I began to see serpents along the trail…some would strike out and almost reach us, some would slither across the path in front and behind us, but never touching us.  At the time of my dream I wasn’t under any great pressures of life that I was aware of.  But our Awesome, Holy, and never failing God was warning me of a “strike” of satan in the future.  The old serpent struck, and attempted to strike out at my husband’s ministry.  Unsuccessfully, but hurting babes in the Lord who didn’t understand why someone would do that.  God prevailed!

Early this morning I had a similar dream, while not as dramatic as there was only ONE poisonous serpent involved.  I woke up realizing that the serpent was coiled and not in a striking position, but ready!  In my dream, I gently removed myself from the strike zone.  Another warning LORD?  I believe so!

1 Peter 5:8 reminds us:    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Observing through many years of walking in the truth…I have seen the LORD begin to move and then the old serpent sticks his ugly head with beady eyes into the mix.  It doesn’t take much for him to strike…an unkind word, a mistaken interpretation of words or actions, offenses though small build into bitterness…the old serpent knows how to do it!  When people began to seek a closer walk with God and desire to be revived, refreshed and have kindled the fire…the old serpent can’t resist…he slithers in and around…seeking the weakest and attempting to devour and destroy.  A pastor soon sees who has and is maturing and growing.

We must be very careful with our words, conversation and actions.  This is a testing time.

Ecclesiastes 10:11 tells us:  Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

Psalm 140:3  tells us:  They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah.

We must, I must be very careful to intercede prayerfully and not be a hindrance to His Will keeping the desire for More of HIM and less of me!  Time is brief…our lifespan is God-given!  We don’t know the hour or the day our journey in this world will end.  I certainly don’t want to be a stumbling block or have strayed from the path called straight.

My HOPE for the future is to be with my Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.  He is the one I want to please and that He will “know” who I am and say “well done, thou good and faithful servant”.

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.   (Matthew 25:21)

~ Prayerfully submitted,

Pam

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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.)

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.

Draw Me Nearer  (Frances J Crosby – 1875)_1-Fanny J Crosby

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

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.”)

2012 – Alive or Zombie…

 

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A New Beginning, another opportunity to make the known necessary changes in my life. Could this be my last chance? We are not privilege to that information. God alone holds our life in His hands.

My responsibility is to change the things in my life that need changing. He won’t do that for me…there has to be ACTION on my part. He wants to see my intentions become more than mere words or thoughts. Active consistency…a determined effort and desire to make those life changes, he will honor. He desires our response to Biblical commands of living, not end of year resolutions written down (usually the same ones year after year), but a real response to His Word and our knowledge of what we know to do! Honestly now, we do know!

What’s the old quote: It takes 21-days to develop a habit…and so, conversely it takes 21-days to break one too!

The soon ending of a year of my life always puts me in a contemplative mood. My thoughts move through idealistic dreams and goals…to the pattern of real life and on to the attempt of combining the two into something feasible and realistic. We will never accomplish anything if we stay in the unreal world of idealism! Hiding our heads in the sand does not diminish or make the real world disappear!

REAL LIFE is an everyday challenge!

Ever feel like a Zombie? And no, I’ve never seen the movie, nor do I know much about the Zombie groupies/phase. But I have seen the photos of the lifeless Walking dead with the blank stare, just going through the perfunctory motions of life. How boring…to be emotionless and without feeling, numb to life!

Have you ever looked deeply into someone’s eyes and saw NO LIFE there, blank eyes, no sparkle, no interest in their surroundings… robotic body movements? Speaking in general phrases…no depth of thoughts or emotion…just there…body is there…but mind/spirit is disengaged!

What causes this to happen? Tragedy, complicated life situations, loss of HOPE, loss of trust, unfulfilled desires…?

I think loss of HOPE and TRUST are the biggest issues causing zombie living. Next, is the inability to follow through with intentional living. Consistency of intentional living…it’s so easy to fall back into old habits…consistency is the key…and when that is not accomplished then the hopelessness of never changing becomes a weighted albatross. The feeling that change can’t be accomplished becomes the norm and hope disappears into the black cloud of zombie-ism!

I recently read an article about Zombie Bees!

imageThe parasitic fly lays eggs in a bee’s abdomen. Several days later, the parasitized bee bumbles out of the hives often at night on a solo mission to nowhere. These bees often fly toward light and wind up unable to control their own bodies. After a bee dies, as many as 13 fly larvae crawl out from the bee’s neck. The bees’ behavior seems similar to that of ants that are parasitized and then decapitated from within by other fly larvae from the Apocephalus genus.image

“When we observed the bees for some time the ones that were alive we found that they walked in circles, often with no sense of direction,” Andrew Core, a graduate student who works with Hafernik and a co-author on the new paper, said in a prepared statement, describing them as behaving “something like a zombie.” (Read about other parasites that turn their hosts into zombies in the article “Zombie Creatures.”)

It made me think about the parasitic influences we are bombarded with daily and how they can become buried deep within causing us to lose our sense of direction …walking in circles, directionless, becoming Zombie-like instead of Christ-like!  Floundering off-track influenced by worldly parasites. The adversarial parasite uses us as a host, laying the larvae of joylessness, bitterness, prayerlessness, a what’s-the-use attitude, incubated in our very being until the larvae is ready to spew forth its sinful dialogue! Leaving us drained of life, debilitated, a Zombie, a shell of what we once were. The adversary knows exactly what he is doing!

I refrain from continuing the Zombie thought, (I have more notes on the subject) but I refrain because I KNOW  THE ONE who says WE CAN BE OVERCOMERS.  ALL HOPE is NOT lost!

This is not one of my typical NEW YEAR greetings… I truly am happy to be ALIVE and entering the year 2012!  I feel this is going to be a crucial year for The Church body…we need to be ready, not lacking in our prayer, fasting, absorbing the WORD (our nourishment), drinking in the LIVING WATER!  We need to be on guard, watchful and walking on the straight path.  Staying ALERT and keeping our directions in hand!

There will be OVERCOMERS…those who have endured!  Many Overcomer’s have left us this past year.  Those who led us in the path called straight!  Will we continue to follow?!  I plan to keep on keeping on…how about you!  I’m not promised my next breath…but I am promised a home in glory if I endure to the end.

LORD JESUS, Come Quickly!

Many Blessings in 2012,

Pam (Heartwhispers)

 

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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