I named my blog LILY VALLEY because the lily of the valley is so delicate and fragile, yet it grows in difficult places. Does it seem to you also that God reveals Himself more vividly in the midst of difficulties...or is it simply at times like that when I stop to really look and listen for Him?
Grandmother had a dressing table in her bedroom with a big oval mirror. On each side were drawers filled with clip-on earrings, beads, and pretty pastel scarves. She even let me play with her lipstick and rouge. Grandmother's house was a little girl's dream come true when it came to playing dress-up. I would look in that mirror and dream of being a beauty contestant riding on a float in the annual parade. (still waiting...LOL)
As I get older, I look at beauty with different eyes. I think of one lady in the nursing home whose mind was keen, but could not move her arms or legs, yet her smile brightened the day of every nurse, visitor, and resident who stopped by her bed. She possessed the kind of beauty that never fades.
Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,
so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.
And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us:
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding. He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:28-29
I am praying for those who are imprisoned for their faith in Jesus. I was reading 2 Timothy, Paul's last letter, where he writes that even though he is in prison and facing execution, the Word of God is not in chains. I pray that the Lord will encourage the hearts of men and women like Saeed Abedini.
When I was growing up in Georgia, as the weather got warmer, my sister and I often sat on the screened porch playing while Mother cooked supper. It smelled so good!
Mother was an excellent cook and she made everything the old fashioned way. I can picture her cracking open the shell of a coconut, grating it, mixing the batter by hand, and working all afternoon to surprise Daddy with a fresh coconut cake. Sometimes we'd peel potatoes for her pan fries, help string beans, shell fresh peas, or cut corn off the cob.
The Apostle Paul prayed: "That you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,
always thanking the Father.
He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
Where our Savior reigns in love.
Not shuffling along with head bowed low
Worried 'bout things that come and go.
Your life is safely tucked inside
The heart of Christ, where you abide.
When He is revealed, our coming King,
We'll be like Him!
To this we cling. -Karen Rice 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. Colossians 3:2-4
1967: THE REFECTORY at Georgia State University. We sold prepackaged sandwiches, snacks and drinks to the students at what was then a commuter college in downtown Atlanta near the Capitol.
My job was to pry off the soft drink bottles' metal lids and hand them to our customers. One day, I opened a Dr Pepper by mistake, and so I set the metal lid back on and put it back in the cooler. The next customer ordered a Dr. Pepper. Before I could remove the lid, he grabbed it and said, "I'm late for music class. I'll take it with me." He then shoved the bottle upside down in his pants pocket and ran.
He could have won the prize for the angriest customer of the year. Yes, it was my fault that his shiny leather penny loafers were full of the "friendly pepper upper"!
Later, I arrived early for choir rehearsal in the auditorium of the school of music, and there was that customer, up on stage singing a German aria. He had the richest baritone voice I'd ever heard. We got into a conversation that revealed that he and his wife were looking for a church and our church was looking for a minister of music. Soon Harlan and Sharon became a beloved part of our church family.
God truly can work all things together for good - even the stickiest messes!
Mother memorized Bible verses and chapters as a child. She could still quote them perfectly even after her memory began to fail, and she would sing all the verses to many hymns.
I still use Daddy's Bible, and it warms my heart to come across a passage he underlined, or an answer to prayer written in the margin.
What a precious Christian heritage we have in America. Missionary friends tell us how dear the gift of a Bible is to some of the refugees in the camps in the Middle East. Many are responding to the message of salvation.
“‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise”
Angels listen as I sing my thanks."
Psalm 138:1 Message
A song of Your faithfulness
A song of Your grace
And of Your loving kindness
To the glory of Your name
With everything that's in me, Lord
Listen to me say
I want to sing a song for You,
I want to sing a song.
I watched the documentary "MONUMENTAL" again today. It affected me even more deeply than when it first came out. Kirk Cameron speaks with historians to get the truth of the founding of our nation, and how the younger generation is not being taught this truth in public schools today.
He takes us to visit the National Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth, Massachusetts. I had never heard of this monument which commemorates the Mayflower Pilgrims, even though it is said to be the world's largest solid granite monument.
You can read about it HERE
Dodge Ball, Flies and Grounders, Red Rover, Hide-and-Seek, Freeze Tag.
As kids, living in a small town, we usually had a gang of neighbors playing in our shady yard. As you can imagine, we had serious differences of opinion about how to play the games and who the winner was!
"We're not playing with you any more!" We heard more than once, but usually before our friends made it to their front door, we had worked things out, and soon we were playing again. If only it were that easy to reconcile when we get to be adults! We end up paying lawyers to mediate our differences.
Thank God that He is in the business of reconciliation! He sent His Son, Jesus, to be the Mediator between man and God.
God's purpose is that all men should be saved and come to realize the truth. And that is, that there is only one God, and only one intermediary between God and men, Jesus Christ the man. He gave himself as a ransom for us all, an act of redemption which happened once, but which stands for all times as a witness to what he is. 1 Timothy 2:4-6 J. B Phillips New Testament