Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Jehovah Shalom - Jesus is our Peace

In a Bible that I gave to Daddy in 1969, he wrote:

When hard times come
Remember past experiences
when God brought you through.
Jesus knows all about your storms.
He sees all the circumstances.
Jesus will meet you in the middle of your storm.

He quoted these two verses:

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:14

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

I know that many people in Texas, Mexico, Oklahoma and other places are suffering from flooding and tornado damage. We cannot always see the storms ahead, and even our best plans are sometimes to no avail. But God sees and He is there ahead of us.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Precious Memory

Live the next year 
as if it was going to contain 
the best memories of your life.

My sister, Mildred, once encouraged me that even if we are called on to do something hard, something we could never do apart from the grace of God, we will look back and see little nuggets and gems along the path that we would have missed if we hadn't followed our heart.

A year ago, I was in a small church, and one of our members was a young wife and mother who was dying with cancer. It was very hard for me to keep going, because it reminded me of my son's death.
We finally moved the worship service to her home because she looked forward to it so much. My son led the worship, and when we were singing, she would smile in spite of her pain.

It happened that she passed away last May while we were there for Sunday morning worship. It wasn't until  later that I realized that all of the group who kept coming throughout Esther's illness, had lost close relatives themselves.

When I think back on my time in Kansas City, I think that the love and sweet fellowship of that small group was the most precious memory.

Friday, May 22, 2015

God Delights to Show Mercy

My granddaughters are memorizing Bible verses. The youngest know several short verses. The oldest memorizes whole chapters, and the middle one learned this one last week:

Who is a God like you,
    who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
    of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
    but delight to show mercy.
You will again have compassion on us;
    you will tread our sins underfoot
    and hurl all our iniquities
 into the depths of the sea.
You will be faithful to Jacob,
    and show love to Abraham,
as you pledged on oath to our ancestors
    in days long ago.
Micah 7:18-20

Saturday, May 16, 2015

I Will Joy in the God of My Salvation

Run the race. Learn how to lean into Jesus. Let him hold you close until you can hear the rhythm of His heartbeat. Then you will know when to rest, when to run, and when to release.
Heidi Baker

Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off 
from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Habakkuk 3:17-18

I am praying for so many around the world who are affected by tragedies. There is an elderly man in my Sunday School class who quotes this passage often. God has brought him through so many trials, but he says that it was in the trials that he learned to lean on Jesus.