Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pride has captured them





























Legalism:
We must always be so careful not have any sins.  

PRIDE will capture us.  

This has been an interesting meme; 
Pride thrives on the decay of other sins
—i.e. the less of other sins you have, the more pride you have.




Monday, September 11, 2017

I don't understand it

I actually don't know why I find such comfort in so many Peanut's comics. It must be my nostalgia or just the connection I have had my whole life with Charles Shultz's ways of communicating simple concepts through his work. I am just thankful for them.  

Lately this fallen world has overwhelmed me.  The curse, although conquered by Jesus sacrifice, will be a shadow over us here as the groaning of the creation continues until His return.  Death, of course, has been in the forefront of my thoughts.  It has been the suffering and death of a precious pet, to the suffering and death of a precious, treasured, elderly Christian brother, and now a precious elderly Christian sister.

We as Believers know that this world is not our home. Those of us who trust Jesus as our Savior with our whole being, already are citizens of Heaven. 

Philippians 3:20
"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself."  

Until Jesus second coming and the culmination of all His works on our behalf, this is where we are.  We live in this world as it groans.  We cry out to God for His comfort and His strength and He mercifully showers us with His wisdom, and helps us to continue even in our sorrows.

Mostly, I can say the LORD "shields" us somehow from the brunt of our constant pain so we can continue to live "even through tears."  We find His joy, we choose to reach out, choose to smile, choose to love others in many ways while we glorify His name.  

Praises to Him for His great mercies! 

Sometimes, though, I am so overwhelmed by all my own agonies. I find myself thinking and sometimes saying to my Beloved, 

"I don't understand it"

How can we understand when all we've know is thrown away?  When all reason is thrown away?  When all we have had in our grasp has been taken from us?

This world is not our home.  

These things which we do not understand, these things which we have observed to become utter chaos, and these things which should never have happened, we can choose to give them to the LORD even if we can never "understand it".  

There can be a great comfort in giving our unexplainable sufferings to Him if we choose to allow this pain to be "held lightly" by ourselves.

*What I mean by "Held Lightly":  I say this not flippantly, but because I know that some agonies will always be deep inside of us. We are human and suffer human losses.  We can not pretend that these losses have not happened, this would be unhealthy.  We can "hold them lightly" as we allow the LORD to comfort us.  He understands our great sorrows and takes them somehow- even if we still feel the sting of the pain- somehow He shields the brunt of it all so we can go on and "do next things" for Him.

If you live in the chaos which others have made, or perhaps you have such agonies in your life that you seemingly can not function well, you can know that our great Almighty God knows your struggles. He is the One and Only God.  He made heaven and earth and all that is in it.

Jesus came to conquer sin as our one and only sacrifice, and He did so at the cross. At His Resurrection He conquered death.  Now we wait for the LORD who has His plans made for when Jesus will return His second time.  This second time Jesus will completely destroy the enemy, and take us to be in the presence of the LORD.  No more pain, no more sufferings.

The LORD allows us to know these things in His Word. We can find great comfort in knowing that He is still in charge no matter what comes.  

Sisters in Christ---Rest in Him knowing that when you are His child you are safe as can be no matter where you are in your pain and sufferings.  He is with you, holding you, comforting you, encouraging you to trust Him more and more with every aspect of your lives.

Habakuk 3:16-19
"I heard and my inward parts trembled,
At the sound my lips quivered.
Decay enters my bones,
And in my place I tremble.
Because I must wait quietly for the day of distress,
For the people to arise who will invade us.

Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.

The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places."


All mothers work



"Any mother could perform the jobs 
of several air traffic controllers with ease."

--Lis Alther
*

Sunday, September 10, 2017

3 A. M. thinking








Philippians 4:6-7
"Be anxious for nothing, 
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving 
let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, 
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:8
"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, 
whatever is honorable, 
whatever is right, 
whatever is pure, 
whatever is lovely, 
whatever is of good repute, 
if there is any excellence 
and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."

Proverbs 3:5-6
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart

And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He will make your paths straight."


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Life is a mist

You cannot do a kindness too soon 
-for you never know how soon it will be too late.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

James 4:14
"you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. 
What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little
while and then vanishes."


Friday, September 8, 2017

Be like Bill

I like Bill :o)

Be like Bill.  

Acts 17:11-12
"Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character 
than those in Thessalonica, 
for they received the message with great eagerness 
and examined the Scriptures every day to see 
if what Paul said was true.
As a result, many of them believed, 
as did also a number of prominent Greek women 
and many Greek men."


A Mother's heart is always for her children







































"Love...had a strange way of multiplying.  

Doubling. 

Trebling itself, 

so that, as each child arrived, 

there was always more than enough to go around."

-Rosamunde Pilcher

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Grief waits in ambush

like a rogue current
washing out of nowhere
grief lurks in the
background veiled by
the comfort of friends
the company of loved ones
and the vision of Life Beyond
where every sorrow is
left behind and Mom is
breathing pure joy
surrounded by her cohort
of loved ones, found,
all crowned with
the welcome love their
Master
and healing that lasts forever
their worship salted with
laughter
exulting in resolution of
sufferings, cripplings, and
losses.
but I am still here waiting
for the ultimate
sweet reunion
and that empty space
she once filled with such grace
is where grief lies
waiting in ambush

L. Boese 


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Always watching







































Psalm 34:11
"Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord."

Some one is always watching, especially children. 

We must be aware and choose to be good examples to them.  This gives us great impetus to cry out to God for help in conquering our sins so we do not pass our sins on to others by our bad example. 

I remember the day when I noticed my own child rolling her eyes at her father.  I am ashamed to say that she had learned this sin of disrespect from me.  I was mortified that she had learned this, but mostly, at my own sin which was "reflected" in her.  

I chose to speak with her about it, pointing out how this was unkind, disrespectful, and sinful. I also shared with her that I had made this mistake which was a sin, and that she had learned it from me.

Thankfully, I began the process of unlearning my faults, and rarely sin this way any longer.

Praise the LORD!

Deuteronomy 6:6-9
"These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."




Thursday, August 24, 2017

A mother's affection









































"There shall never be another quite so tender, 
quite so kind as the patient little mother, 
nowhere on this earth you'll find her affection duplicated..."

--Paul C. Brownlow


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Repairing the chips of life

I have spoken here before of my precious mother, now with the LORD these twenty-one years.

Today was the day I finally set aside to repair the chips on her Cabbage Rose dishes. 20 years of chips which I made on them! As it turns out there were not as many chips as I had thought.  Those certain plates now sit out drying on the counter.

How special those dishes are to me - not because of a certain monetary value - but because I remember my mother saving up for them.  I was a young teen and one day she said that she was planning our trip to go to the city to the big department store and purchase her dishes.  This was when she told me what they looked like and how long she had loved that pattern and saved for them.  What a wonderful shopping trip that was! 

These special plates are my treasure which I share with whomever comes to eat with us.




My year has been full of sadnesses which have brought up other sad memories.  This life is full of loss. The LORD holds onto me tightly for which I humbly praise Him.  Each day I can continue to "do next things" all because of His love and strength, His comfort and His joy. 

Throughout this year each sadness brought me to my knees and then all through the days leaning on Him, knowing He upholds me even when I feel like I can't do it.  I have been upfront and personal with these agonies, some of which are completely unfair and unrighteous towards me.  These have brought out feelings of anger and bitterness which has been hiding deeply inside of me.

I have known this anger and bitterness is there, but I rarely think of it until it springs out like a spider for its prey. YUCK!

So I have been being busy dealing with "repairing the chips of my life" in me.  It has been difficult and tough, but I know what bitterness literally looks like in a person and I do not want it even in my inner person.  This will be an ongoing thing, of coarse, this working on not being angry and bitter because I am only human.  The LORD is the One who gives me the strength and energy to conquer these issues for which I am so very thankful.

1 Peter 1:3-9
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
who according to His great mercy has caused us 
to be born again to a living hope 
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 
to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled 
and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 
who are protected by the power of God through faith 
for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, 
if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 
so that the proof of your faith, 
being more precious than gold which is perishable, 
even though tested by fire, 
may be found to result in praise and glory and honor 
at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 
and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, 
and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him,
you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 
obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls."

Praising the LORD with you!



Monday, July 17, 2017

Wise Words

"By swallowing evil words unsaid,
           no one has ever harmed his stomach."

                                                                                     ~Winston Churchill

Ephesians 4:29-32
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling, and slander, along with every form of malice.

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."


Saturday, July 15, 2017

The LORD is all of my Strength!








Psalm 28:7
'The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him."



Thursday, July 13, 2017

At Mother's knee

























"Love...had a strange way of multiplying.  Doubling. 
Trebling itself, so that, as each child arrived, 
there was always more than enough to go around."

-Rosamunde Pilcher


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Special Language

Kindness

by Eva Alice

O, the power of kindness!
So gentle, loving, meek,
It is indeed a language
Even the dumb can speak;
The deaf can understand it,
It sheds a shining ray;
Then let us strive to make it
Our guide from day to day.
*

Romans 12:
"Let love be without hypocrisy.

Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good
.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; 
give preference to one another in honor; 
not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 
contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality."
*


Monday, July 10, 2017

God's beautiful Creation


The LORD's creation is something which can turn our heads when we are faced with such difficulties in this life.

This picture is not my own and it is of a bird which I do not think is from North America, but it is so beautiful.  

This will be a very hot and humid week for us here in the mid-west, and so I have decided to post this beautiful part of His creation in it's cool and frosty pose.

*Keep your focus on the LORD.*

Colossians 3:1-4

"Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, 
keep seeking the things above, 
where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 

Set your mind on the things above, 
not on the things that are on earth.

For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 

When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, 
then you also will be revealed with Him in glory."
*

Give the Glory to  God!
*



Saturday, July 8, 2017

The whole creation groans: Longing for His second coming

Romans 8:18-25

"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 
For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 
that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 
And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. 
For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 
But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it."

Monday, June 26, 2017

Danger signs and Red Flags









thanks to Hagar the Horrible

Ephesians 5:22-24
"Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 
For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, 
He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, 
so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything."

Proverbs 25:24
"It is better to live in a corner of the roof
than in a house shared with a contentious woman."


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Many-Faceted Mothers




"Mothers are strange creatures. It's true.

Even when their kids are grown and grey or bald or both
they worry about their underwear. 
And socks. And summer colds.
They worry when the roads are icy. 
Or when there's an epidemic.

They worry about childish weaknesses long outgrown.
They are stunned to find their children so precocious.  

They feel the same astonishment when 
their sons are appointed Chairman of the Board 
as when they won the sack race. 

They are flabbergasted and delighted 
when their little daughters become headteachers.  

They need to keep in touch.  

They phone at inconvenient moments.  

They smile bright crocodile smiles at friends 
of whom they don't approve.  

They refuse to grow old peacefully.

--Pam Brown 
*


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Manipulation and Control devastates

"Once you have convinced a fellow-creature of the rightness of a cause, he takes his own direction and lives his own life.  

It is quite likely that even if you change your mind, he will not change his.  

Yet you remain at least partly responsible for what he does.  

Those who write where many read, and speak where many listen, had best be careful what they say.  

Someone is bound to take them seriously, and it really is not good pretending that you didn’t know this."

Peter Hitchens (former atheist now a Christian), The Rage Against God, pg.21
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Colossians 2:8 
“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, 
according to the tradition of men, 
according to the elementary principles of the world, 
rather than according to Christ.”



Thankful for regular guy fathers

by Don Wimmer and Pat Brady


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Drawers Jammed with Treasures






































"A mother is the lady 
with drawers jammed with finger paintings, 
letters, handmade greeting cards, 
lopsided Easter Bunnies, clay cats, 
certificates and medals - 
and who could not be persuaded 
to part with one of them."

--Pam Brown


Monday, June 19, 2017

A parent's desire for their child is for them to choose rightly


















Zits by Scott and Borgman


Proverbs 1:8-9
"Hear, my son, your father’s instruction 
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching; 
Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head 
and ornaments about your neck."


Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Power of the Cross

“Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

This, the pow’r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev’ry bitter thought,
Ev’ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

This, the pow’r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Now the daylight flees;
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
”Finished!” the vict’ry cry.

This, the pow’r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the pow’r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.”

-by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend