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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Dry…Thirsty…Drink the Living Water

“If you’re DRY then you probably need to CRY.”

I woke early Monday morning this past week with these words vividly printed on my mind and I was reading and re-reading them over and over again. My mind became full of words, phrases, and Scripture that needed to be compiled into some sense of order to satisfy my heart.

Lord i'm emptyTheir heart cried to the Lord.
    O wall of the daughter of Zion,
let tears stream down like a torrent
    day and night!
Give yourself no rest,
    your eyes no respite!

(Lamentations 2:18 ESV)

So here goes my feeble attempt to make sense of what I felt was the “nudging” of the Holy Ghost.

Psalm 18:6 tells us: In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

I understand that all the cries or cried in the Bible does not always mean tears…but it does mean a desperate crying from the heart.

I searched for scriptures that had the word cry, cries, cried, tears and weep or weeping. It’s worth your while to take the time to look them up in a concordance and just read through them.

Everyone has their own manner of prayer… many do not cry tears, but still cry before God. I personally am a crier with tears. When I feel His presence, it is so awesome to me that after all these years, I still cannot stop the flow of tears. I have also discovered, that I do not cry about everything that occurs in my life. I attribute my tears as a gift from God. Tears refresh my soul. I can read His Word and as His Spirit flows through the Words I’m reading and connects with my spirit I become so full that my tears flow freely. I hope and pray I never lose the tears or the awe and reverence of God and His Word.

Now back to dryness. As I write, please understand that I have had times of dryness, so I speak from the experience. Did I leave God during those times? NO, I persevered through them. Did I need a large church or conference to remedy my dryness? NO, I continued to worship, yes, I said worship even though He felt so far away. Why? Because I knew that He wasn’t far away, but was calling me closer to Him. However, when the opportunity presented itself in a conference or large church, I did and do take full advantage of the praise time. But those services are not what will provide the day-to-day connection with God. It’s not the size of the church congregation that causes true worship.  It comes from our hearts!

May I say that a dry spell could be a time of testing? God wants to see how we are going to handle it. Will we walk away or trudge on through the barren desert searching for the Water? We have the choice of letting our spirit dry up and become dehydrated or seeking the Living Water that will refresh our souls.

Physical dehydration is horrible and can be painful. Dehydration often affects the internal organs. One can even have hallucinations. Dehydration that is not reversed in time  can quickly  bring DEATH.

Spiritual dehydration is also a painful malady and can cause the inner man to wither away. Just like physical dehydration is generally a slow subtle process until the body starts to break down and becomes weak, Spiritual dehydration occurs the same way…slow and subtle. The lack of hearing the Word causes the dehydration process to begin and we fail to turn our praise into true worship. Worship comes from knowing and connecting to the one we worship.  The adversary sees our lack of response to the Spirit and goes immediately to work to keep us from drinking the living water.

So, once we’ve diagnosed that dehydration is or has occurred what do we do to remedy it? Physically we must re-hydrate ourselves…we must drink water and restore the fluids in our body. If serious enough, we may even require Intravenous intervention. I’ve experienced this physical dehydration a couple of times in my life that required the IV’s. It’s not a pleasant experience. You do not feel like yourself, you think strange thoughts (hallucinations) and your body begins to shut down (very harmful to the kidneys). It also affects our appearance.

What is the Spiritual remedy? First, we must admit that we were responsible for the dehydration. It was our choice not to drink water and keep our body hydrated. Second, we must drink in the living water that will restore our soul and replenish the spiritual nutrients to our inner spiritual man. Third, it may require us to be more diligent and consistent in daily seeking His presence in repentance and worship. Fourth, we must realize it takes our effort to lift the cup of living water to our lips and drink that is what God is looking for. He will provide living water to those who are thirsty.

Personally, I have been a part of large congregations and small. I have found that neither one, large or small made me any drier than the other. Yes, I enjoyed praising and worshipping with music. Yes, I enjoyed being in a large group feeling the Spirit sweep over. But I have more often than not reaped the most when I forgot those around me and only concentrated on worshipping my God. Just me and God.

My private times, my quiet times with my God, have been the sustaining factor in my walk with God these past 54-years. I can always count on Him to be there. I may not always feel His presence, but I know He’s there!This is my desire

Usually, when I submit myself totally to praising and worshipping Him, forgetting about myself and my supposed needs is when I find Him to be the closest.  I can reach out and touch Him as He passes by.

I can almost hear Him whisper,

“My daughter, this is how it should be”.

 

He will draw near if we seek Him!  That’s a promise.

 

Whispers from my heart,

Pam

 

 

Change is in the Air…

Whoa…it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged and not because I’m  empty of words…but simply for lack of time.  There’s a lot going on in my life currently and many changes in the near future, so I cherish every moment of quiet time I can flee away to.

We are welcoming my parents, who will both be 88-years old this coming July, once again into our home.   After 3-years we will again share our home with them.  Our lives and routine will again be restructured to fulfill a need.  While they do still ambulate well, they are both getting feeble.  Mom tires quickly, and Dad has slowed down considerably.  Also, the house in Missouri that they currently live in is needed for the owner’s daughter and family. 

Although Hubby/Pastor has retired from his secular job at the hospital, I still work full-time and will for a few more years as my health permits and the job is there for me.   Because I’m working, a lot of the responsibility will fall on dear hubby’s shoulders.

So today, Saturday, we are busy rearranging our home to accommodate my parents.  First, we are working on their room, removing the exercise equipment, and bringing in the other bed.  I purchased new sheets for their beds yesterday during my lunch break and would like new bedspreads.  We have removed carpets in places to prevent falls, etc. 

Bud has been busy getting the stair rails painted and back up…a job we had  procrastinated doing!   They do look nice…kind of a black antique-y finish. 

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One project out of the way…now on to the next.  I think we are moving the beds around and clearing out the closet in what will be their room.  I’ve still got the kitchen to reorganize.  We need to finish painting the kitchen too, but probably won’t get that done before they get here.

Here’s a photo of what will be the family photo wall above the sofa.  I’ve yet to insert our photos.  The silhouettes are of our three sons.

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I also have a photo wall to put back up in the hallway.  The photos will all be in black frames.  I have the frames, just another one of those things I’ve not had time to get back to.

Well, my break is over and now back to work!

Happy Saturday,

Pam

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

 

Too Much Trouble…

 

 

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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! 


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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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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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Just a thinking…

Good Saturday Morning…

Today is a “Partly Sunny” and cooler!  I have “energy” this morning and need to finish or at least work on some uncompleted projects (including sorting, reorganizing, and just general cleaning).  It’s amazing how just two people can clutter-up a house!

195647_1202009081_1804734_n[1]Graduation is coming up Friday, May 20th and we only have one graduate this year, Miss Amanda Watts.  I can’t believe how quickly time flies by.  Seems like just yesterday, she was this little 8-year old, skipping and running around… now, a young lady, soon to be 18! 

Praying she will follow God and praying for His guidance and direction.  So much potential… to be used for His Glory!

I have always kept a photo of our teens taped to my computer… and this was my reminder to pray for them.  Sometimes feeling a  special need to pray for one more than the others.  I pray for my own children the same way, even though they are grown men now and have families of their own. 

The past few weeks have been difficult ones for me in many ways…StorenGo Pics 109 lots of stress… and without going into detail… have been in much prayer. I trust God and know that His will and way will be the best for me!  Circumstances and situations occur and we wonder “Why?”, not knowing the outcome can be despair for some… I cannot fathom being without God in my life.  The unknown… always lurking… can be very terrifying if we let it.  I have found that usually, tomorrow or the next, is a brighter day!  Trusting God and my attitude is the key to increasing Faith!  It’s so hard to be submissive, when we want to take control and do it our way!  His ways are not our ways… we trust Him even during the darkest days and rejoice always!

sower_1890-400We will keep sowing The WORD of TRUTH and preparing for the HARVEST.

NIGHT comes before DAY… and I KNOW that GOD has plans for me, my husband, our family, and our church family in Dayton, TN. 

We have fought battles: devious & slanderous spirits, pressures of the world pulling our children away, financial pressure with the economy, but this ONE thing I KNOW… I KNOW that GOD has a church in Dayton, TN that believes the TRUTH of HIS WORD and though we fight the “prince of this world”… we have a GOD who will PREVAIL

WE KNOW the ending!  We may not know all that will occur before the end or in what order, but we KNOW who will win in the end! 

I love HIS WORD… I crave HIS PRESENCE… I desire HIS WILL always! "His love and mercy “endureth forever”.

Blessings and have a GREAT weekend and coming week!

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