Our church celebrated Independence Day yesterday and honored the veterans. A 90 year old veteran of WWII spoke briefly of boys trying to join up while still in high school because they loved America and wanted to defend our freedom. He reminded me of my Dad who fought in France and Germany.
It was the Fourth of July, and the nursery school teacher was trying to tell her class about patriotism. "We live in a great country," she said. "One of the things we are celebrating today is that we are all free."
One little boy marched up to her with his hands on his hips and said, "I not free. I four!"
It's funny how I forget things, and then something triggers a memory and a scene comes flooding back. I was listening to a woman talk about the joy of the Lord being her strength. She said, "When we begin to just enjoy His presence, we become more aware of His love flowing over us."
I suddenly remembered that my youngest, Caleb, would look at me and chuckle when he wanted to breastfeed. He would lie in my arms, snug and secure, and look into my eyes. Soon he would start grinning and milk would flow out the corners of his mouth and all over us!
My doctor had told me I would not be able to breastfeed Caleb because of some surgery I'd had, and Caleb's doctor said he could not breastfeed because of Down syndrome....but God made a way! I was able to nurse him until he could sit alone at age 23 months.
God has reserved for his children the priceless gift of eternal life; it is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And God, in his mighty power, will make sure that you get there safely to receive it because you are trusting him. It will be yours in that coming last day for all to see.So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though the going is rough for a while down here. 1 Peter 1:4-6
When I awoke with the bright sun shining through the curtains one morning, I burst out in song, "There is sunshine in my soul today." Then I couldn't remember the rest of thewords to this old hymn and had tofinish with "da da dum dum", hoping the angels were laughing with me, not AT me!
It kept bugging me so I googled the lyrics.
I had to smile at the words to the second verse:
There is sunshine in my soul today, More glorious and bright Than glows in any earthly sky, For Jesus is my light.
There is music in my soul today, A carol to my King; And Jesus, listening, can hear The song I cannot sing.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26
I have enjoyed walking in the local gardens since the weather has been so nice. Today I found this lovely spot with dozens of hydrangeas and rose bushes. The wind was sighing in the pines and I could hear church chimes in the distance.
This is a new addition to the cemetery where my son is buried. Etched into the stone wall nearby is the comforting verse from Revelation: I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Do but stand still in the hour of trial,
and you will see the help of God,
if you trust in Him,
But there is so often a forsaking
the ways of the Lord
in the hour of trial,
and thus the food of faith,
the means whereby
our faith may be increased,
is lost. George Mueller
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9 NIV I saw a goose yesterday with 13 goslings trailing behind her, and I have a robin on my window ledge sitting on a nest with four blue eggs. I am always amazed at the patience of these Mommas.