Monday, September 30, 2013

Treasure

If you have surrendered your life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, you are His treasure. He has hand-selected you to be a jewel that reflects His light.

It is true that diamonds are formed in deep places under tremendous pressure. But do not fear as you are chiseled and molded into Christ's likeness.

As the jewelry store ad says, "You have a Friend in the diamond business!"

Our bodies are made of clay, yet we have the treasure of the Good News in them. This shows that the superior power of this treasure belongs to God and doesn’t come from us. 2 Cor. 4:7 God's Word

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Gorgeous Day

These are some of the scenes around the Missouri - Kansas area near Kansas City.
I am thankful for a beautiful day today.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Daddy and the Wheelbarrow

I remember Fall days long ago. Daddy would work hard in the yard all morning on Saturdays and of course, we kids were a BIG help. We would pick up twigs and rake leaves and put them in a wheelbarrow and take them to the brush heap at the back of the lot. Then we would beg him to take turns putting us in the wheelbarrow and pushing us back up the steep hill. Tired and sweaty as he was, I remember his chuckle as he would run up the hill with one of his children bouncing in the wheelbarrow.

We planted tomato plants in the rich soil where we had put all the decaying leaves from seasons past. There were more than enough tomatoes, plenty for canning, and enough to give away.

I see a picture of Father God in this story. Every day He carries us and He does it with great delight. Our Father makes something beautiful even out of the brush heap of our mistakes and wrong turns. When God has brought us through a time of grief, a trial, or a failure, then He uses us to encourage someone else. What was a compost heap, becomes a beautiful garden.

"He makes all things beautiful in His time."
Ecclesiastes 3:11

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Infinite God


“An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.” A.W. Tozer

His love has no limits,
 His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Gritty Humor for the Southerners


Grits is (are?) a favorite breakfast in the South. I am originally from Georgia, and when I first visited "up north", I could not find grits in the grocery stores or restaurants.

Once, when I went back to Georgia for a visit, I was in a restaurant and overheard the waitress ask the man in the next booth, "Ya'll want grits with your eggs?"

The puzzled man hesitated, "How many gritz-es do I get?"

Another time, Cameron thought it would be funny to order McGrits at a "Yankee" McDonald's.

Last time I could find grits, it was in a small round canister at Wal-Mart. I took my grits out of the cart to set in on the belt, and the bottom of the canister fell out - along with 100,000 grits!

The young cashier glared at me and asked, "You actually EAT this stuff?"

Every chance I get!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Stranger Danger?

The Reservation at Cherokee, North Carolina, was a nice day trip from Atlanta when Carl and Kathren were small. Our kids were all eyes in the souvenir shop that afternoon, until a Native American, dressed as a warrior approached them to say hello.

My daughter burst into tears and clung to my leg. The young man knelt down and pulled out his wallet and showed her school photos of his own children. He kept talking calmly to her, assuring her that he was not scary, that he was a daddy just like her own daddy. They soon parted ways, with her smiling and waving.

I sometimes get a little homesick since I moved one month ago. Then I meet people from all over the US and the world here and think about how strange everything must seem to them. This week I made a friend from Nigeria, one from Sri Lanka, one from Korea, and yes, even from Louisville and Indianapolis! But as we met for lunch and prayer, we had so much in common because we all love the Lord.

Monday, September 23, 2013

I will come and bow down
At Your feet, Lord Jesus.
In Your presence
Is fulness of joy.
There is nothing
There is no one
Who compares with You.
I take pleasure in
Worshiping You Lord.
Martin J. Nystrom

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Gift of Giving

Our parents gave in many ways, and God provided for them in many ways. I think one blessing of tithing and giving is that they were content with what they had. They did not feel the need to go into debt for luxuries. 

Daddy's advice to me when I began to earn a paycheck was, "If you don't have enough extra money to pay cash for something and still pay your bills, leave it in the store and walk away!"

Now, as a grandmother, I wish I could give more to the grandchildren. Looking back, though, I realize that it is not the gift items that I remember. Instead, it is the fun times that our family spent together - setting the table, eating supper together in the kitchen, and singing harmony with Mother while we washed dishes.

Lord, 
I pray for the gifts of giving and contentment.

God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians. 4:7 Amplified

Friday, September 20, 2013

GOD OF MERCY AND TRUTH

All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth 
unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
Psalm 25:10

This is the gate that leads to my son's backyard. 
I pray for each of my children 
that God will direct their paths and 
daily remind them 
of His truth, His guidance, and His mercy.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Good Work


I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns.
Philippians 1:6 NLT

I'm in a wonderful Bible study group where there is a young woman with many questions about walking with the Lord. I told her, "I'm so proud of you for coming to Bible study and wanting to follow Jesus at a young age."

Although I am the oldest person in the group, I'm thankful that I will continue to be reshaped and remolded as long as I live...until that day when Jesus Christ returns.


Gorgeous Weekend

Well, it sure cooled off after the rain last night. Suddenly it's sweater weather!

I pray for all the people affected by the flooding in Colorado and for those who cannot get in touch with their loved ones there.

My son treated me to a visit to the beautiful gardens in Overland Park, KS, on Saturday. Even this late in the season the flowers were lovely.

Here are some of the pictures.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Feeling At Home


Heavenly Father,

We all arrive at your doorstep
sooner or later,
loaded with guilt,
Our sins too much for us—
but you get rid of them once and for all.

Blessed are the chosen!
Blessed the guest
at home in your place!
We expect our fill of good things
in your house, your heavenly manse.

Psalm 65:2-4 Message

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Southeastern Fair

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In autumn, the Southeastern Fair was a big event in Georgia back in the 1950's. 

My great-grandfather, "Papa", really looked forward to the livestock show every year, 
even after he was too old to do much around the farm anymore.

Daddy was driving and I was sitting in the front between him and Papa. We arrived just as the sun was going  down, and the lights of Lakewood Fairgrounds were flickering on.

I was excited about using my own money I'd saved to pay my way into fair, go on the rides, and buy treats. I had run errands to the store for some elderly neighbors, and Papa had given me some silver dollars throughout the year to save for the fair. Suddenly, it occurred to me that I had left my money at home. When I realized that I could not pay to get in the gate, I began to cry, thinking that I would have to sit in the car alone.

Papa put his arm around my shoulders and whispered, "Don't worry. Do you see this secret pocket inside my vest? I will just put you in my pocket!"

Of course, he paid my way into the fair, and he watched as my brother and I rode the Greyhound roller coaster. We even got to see Rin Tin Tin perform!

All these years later, many times I still find myself in a mess of my own making. Yet when I cry to Him, God's Word assures me that He will protect me in a high tower or a rocky fortress, but I like to picture myself tucked into God's vest pocket, near His heart.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Whatever you do...

Whatever you do, DON'T
Follow the advice or plans of people who do not honor Jehovah God or the Holy Bible,
or stand idly by, following in the footsteps of evil,
or ridicule what is holy.

DO
Read the Bible,
Think about God's Word day and night.
Obey it.
Bless our leaders and pray for them.

Then...
Your life will be productive.
You'll be in the will of God for the long haul,
no matter what happens.
Things will work out for the advancement of God's kingdom,
And God will receive all the glory.
(Inspired by Psalm 1.)

Father God, I pray that the citizens and the leaders of the United States will not listen to ungodly advice, but will honor You as the One True God. I pray that the USA will stand with Israel in turbulent times, not against her. I pray Americans repent of their wrongdoing, read Your Word to find out what YOU say about what is right and what is wrong, and turn back to YOU and be a Christian nation more than ever before. IN JESUS' NAME. Amen

Praise the Name of Jesus

This is the view from my front porch. I enjoy sitting out here early in the morning for my quiet time. I am beginning to see prayer in a different way - that it changes me as I pray the Word and remember the promises of God and the covenant names of God.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower. 
The righteous run into it and they are safe. 
Proverbs 18:10 NASB

PRAISE HIS NAME!




Monday, September 9, 2013

Day of Prayer 9/11/13

This Wednesday, September 11, has been declared as a Day of Prayer for our nation and for personal repentance before God.

We also remember those who lost their lives on 9/11/01 and their families, as well as those brave men and women who responded to the tragedy.

If you have never read the children's book The Little Chapel That Stood, you can hear the author, A.B. Curtis, read her book on You Tube. It is an amazing true story about the courage of brave Americans in the face of a terror attack. She gives some great background information at the beginning. To hear the story only, skip to the half-way point.



Sunday, September 8, 2013

In the Lord Alone

In the Lord, the Lord alone,
 are life and health and peace
His mercies and His loving kindness never cease

Missing the Grandkids


I am enjoying my new home here in KC, but I do miss the grandkids so much. They keep in touch by email and cell phone. The little one is in preschool this year. She wanted me to know that she got to be the "main monkey" in her class for a day. (That is what we used to call  teacher's helper.)

I had to send her this pic of the monkey that stands beside the highway near us inviting people to the fireworks store.  (Mildred, do I recall my brother-in-law having some pants just like these =)


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Trust and Obey

God, teach me lessons for living
so I can stay the course.
Give me insight so I can do what you tell me—
my whole life one long, obedient response.
Psalm 119:33 Message

I think the older I get, the more I realize that life is about the little things. Doing some small thing for others that will never make headlines or even be acknowledged. Sometimes, I think God is whispering to me, do this, or do that, and I argue, "Oh, what does it matter", or "Somebody else will do it."

Like last night - I went to a fellowship dinner and I noticed there was a puddle of water spilled in the tile hallway. There was that small voice that said, "You wipe it up." This time I listened.

The next person that entered the door was a man who is totally blind walking with his cane.

Made me think about how the Lord has put it in so many people's hearts to show kindness to me!

Lord, 
Help me to trust Your voice and obey.

I've had this song on my mind lately:

Friday, September 6, 2013

Just Ducky

When I visited the park earlier this week, I enjoyed watching the faces of the children watching the ducks!
There were artists with their easels beside the lake, and familes picnicking in the shade. A beautiful day.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Like Eden


Just As I finished the post about the rose garden, I began to listen to Justin Rizzo singing in the Prayer Room online.
These were the words he was singing to the Lord. May this be my prayer also.

Let my heart be like Eden inside
Set apart as a pure and spotless bride
Let my heart be like Eden inside
A place where You can dwell in me
A garden enclosed
And set apart for you, My Lord.


Union Station KC

We were amazed at all the exhibits at Union Station in Kansas City. There was a Pirate Exhibit and a model train exhibit that exceeded any I've ever seen. Cameron said, "I would have LOVED all this when I was five!"

Here is the fountain out in front of Union Station.

Here is the interior that greeted us as we entered.


This is the exterior. Notice the" pirate" climbing up the rope!


And here is the life-size pirate ship out front.


AHOY, MATEYS!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Day Outing

My son treated me to a tour of downtown Kansas City today. It was a beautiful day, slightly cooler. We saw some of the famous fountains, but there was no place to park to get pictures of some of them. One of the many beautiful sites was the Jacob L. Loose Memorial Garden.  Here is just a sample of what we saw.


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