Monday, May 22, 2017

Jehovah Shalom - The Lord Our Peace

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
Romans 5:1-2 NLT

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Prayer for Our Leaders

  1. Pray that they would realize their personal sinfulness and their daily need for cleansing of their sin by Jesus Christ.

  2. Pray that they would recognize their personal inadequacy to fulfill their tasks and they would depend upon God for knowledge, wisdom, and the courage to do what is right.

  3. Pray that they would reject all counsel that violates spiritual principles, trusting God to prove them right.

  4. Pray that they would resist those who would pressure them to violate their conscience.

  5. Pray that they would reverse the trends of socialism and humanism in this nation, both of which deify man rather than God.

  6. Pray that they would be ready to sacrifice their personal ambitions and political careers for the sake of this nation, if yielding them would be in the best interest of their country.

  7. Pray that they would rely upon prayer and the Word of God as the source of their daily strength, wisdom, and courage.

  8. Pray that they would restore dignity, honor, trustworthiness and righteousness to the office they hold.

  9. Pray that they would remember to be good examples in their conduct to the fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters of this nation.

  10. Pray that they would be reminded daily that they are accountable to Almighty God for the decisions they make.  (Written by Pastor Charles Stanley, Atlanta, GA)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Greater Is He

Peace does not come from being indifferent to what is going on in the world, or being so selfish that I don't care about the hurting people around us.. Peace comes from being confident that God loves me, and clinging to the truth that, "greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4). 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Amazing Love

“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



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mother's Hands

Hands that pulled up anklet socks
and buckled leather shoes.
That rolled my hair in pin-curls
for Sunday morning do's.
Homemade cakes they baked and iced
for family and friends.
They hung out clothes upon the line
secured with wooden pins.
Mother's hands were full of love;
gentle was her touch.
Her hands were busy dawn 'til dark
because she loved so much.

By Karen, in memory of Mother, Peggy Williams

Your love has given me much joy and comfort...
your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God's people.
Philemon 1:7

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fragrance Favorites



 Yardley Soap Ad:
"The soap that’s kept women in hot water for 200 years—
and they’ve loved every minute."

Now that my granddaughters are teens, I was thinking about the fragrances I loved when I was their age. I usually got perfumed soaps, lotions, and dusting powder for presents from my grandmothers.

I also loved White Shoulders, Blue Grass by Elizabeth Arden, and Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps.

Do you have a favorite fragrance?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

God's Sunrise


Through the heartfelt mercies of our God,
God's Sunrise will break in upon us,
shining on those in the darkness,
those sitting in the shadow of death,
then showing us the way, one foot at a time,
down the path of peace.

Luke 1:78-79 Message

Monday, May 8, 2017

While We Pray

God's angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray.
Open your mouth and taste,
open your eyes and see— how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.
Psalm 34:7-8

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunny Sunday

The smell of wild roses and honeysuckle were in the air today.
One of my neighbors gave me a daily devotion book by Kay Arthur.
I loved this verse today:
We have this treasure in earthen vessels.
so that the surpassing greatness of the power
will be of God and not from ourselves.
2 Corinthians 4:7

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Brook

The brook after all the rain this week.
This is how it usually looks!

It seemed like a good day to re-post my poem that was inspired by this little brook.

I stand on the footbridge 
Listening to the gurgling brook
Rippling over rocks, then
Disappearing around the bend.
Not knowing where it began 
Or where it ends
Or all the gaps
It fills along its way
Sometimes a trickle
Sometimes overflowing.

People see our hearts,
God's grace flowing through us
In dry times and storms
When we get it right
And even when we mess everything up, 
Amazing!
How our Father turns things for good.
We'll never know all the lives we'll touch
Because of His river of life.

Karen Rice


Friday, May 5, 2017

I Am His and He Is Mine

Heaven above is softer blue;
Earth around is sweeter green;
Something lives in every hue
Christless eyes have never seen!
Birds with gladder songs overflow,
Flowers with deeper beauties shine,
Since I know as now I know,
I am His and He is mine.
George Wade Robinson

 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 
When Christ, who is your life, appears,
 then you also will appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3:2-4

When I gave my life to Jesus, as a child, I remember I was baptized in autumn, and I noticed the beautiful colors of the maple trees as if I had never seen them before. When I got home, I looked into the mirror on our bedroom dresser, and thought to myself: I am a brand new person in Christ. He has been faithful through all these years.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Still, Still With Thee

Still, still with Thee, when purple morning breaketh,
When the bird waketh, and the shadows flee;
Fairer than morning, lovelier than daylight,
Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with Thee.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

An author, crusader against slavery, and mother of six, 
Harriet Stowe woke at 4:30 each morning to 
"see the coming of the dawn, hear the singing of the birds,
and to enjoy the overshadowing presence of God."

She was inspired to write the hymn
Still, Still With Thee
while reading Psalm 139
How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God...
When I awake, I am still with Thee!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Simple Blessings

Let your servants see what you're best at,
The ways you rule and bless your children,
And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God,
rest on us, confirming the work that we do.
Oh, yes, affirm the work that we do.
Psalm 90:16-17 Message

As I look back over the years, there are special memories that bring me joy. They are not major events like awards or winning the sweepstakes... Just simple things like sitting on the glider on the screened porch with my sister during a summer rain shower, of Daddy whistling as he shined our shoes for Sunday school, of the sounds and smells of mother cooking supper, or of getting a sweet card in the mail.

I believe God wants me to live as if one of those memories is going to happen today. Maybe my simple act of kindness might become a special memory for someone else.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Lamplighter

Many years ago, before the electric light bulb was widely used, the cities used to hire lamplighters to go about the streets at dusk and light the gas lamps. This is the chorus of a song about The Old Lamplighter that Mother used to sing:

He made the night a little brighter
Wherever he would go
The old lamplighter
Of long, long ago

I remember how inky black the night was when the electricity was out all over town during a storm, and you couldn't see moon or stars for the heavy cloud cover. 

In the Psalms, David must have been remembering how God brought him through storms and dark times when he wrote this verse:


For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness.
Psalm 18:28

Remembering in prayer the storm victims of this past weekend.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

It Is No Secret


                                         There is no night for in His light
You never walk alone.
Always feel at home,
Wherever you may roam.

There is no power can conquer you
While God is on your side.
Take Him at His promise,
Don't run away and hide.

It is no secret what God can do.
What He's done for others, He'll do for you.
With arms wide open, He'll pardon you.
It is no secret what God can do.
Stuart Hamblen

Friday, April 28, 2017

Bird Watching at the Pond

I walked to a nearby pond, and discovered several killdeer nesting in the grass. They would scold me and even pretend to be wounded and flounder around to distract me from their eggs..

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Out of Sight

Oh, what joy
for those whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sins are put out of sight.
Romans 4:7 NLT

Because of the Lord's great love
we are not consumed.
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning
great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23


When I was in college, my professor gave us elementary education students this advice:
Every year you will have that one child who has behavior issues and can really push your buttons if you let him or her. So, when you and the child have have a rough day, take him aside just before the dismissal bell rings, and assure him that all is forgiven, and that you will start over fresh the next morning. 

I am so glad my Heavenly Father allows me to start fresh every morning!.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Holocaust Remembrance

As Israel observed Holocaust Remembrance this week, I was reminded of the story of Corrie and Betsey ten Boom hiding Jews in Holland in WWII.

When Corrie and Betsey were sent to Ravensbruck Concentration camp, and felt they could not bear the suffering around them, they prayed, "Will You carry this too, Lord Jesus?"

The Lord made it possible for them to have prayer and Bible studies with the women in their barracks. Corrie remembered, "The blacker the night around us grew, the brighter and truer and more beautiful burned the Word of God."

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
In all these things, we are more than conquerors 
through Him that loved us. 
Romans 8:35, 39




Monday, April 24, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

You Can Make It!

"If I could just be like someone else... if I could be in their family... if I could have what they have... if I could do what they are doing, all would be different and all would be well.   No, precious one. That is a ruse.  I am the One who has made you like you are, and placed you where you are.  Yes I know the circumstances you face are a challenge.  One day you will look back and thank Me.  Right now you can't  see it from your perspective.  You don't think you can make it.  Yes you can.  Yes you will.  I am here moving you to victory."
Beverly Robinson "What The Lord Is Saying Today," September 8, 2011. 

Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 
Romans 8:17-18 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Don't Come Unraveled

Grandmother would embarrass me when I was a kid. If I was wearing a new dress she had made for me, I could count on her turning up the hem of my dress to show one of her lady friends her neat hand-stitched hem, sometimes even in church!.

Grandmother compared sewing for me - to sewing for a broomstick. (I no longer resemble a broomstick in any way!) So she thought that the bolder the print, and the fuller the skirt, the better I looked. She took pride in telling how many yards of material she had used, and calling attention to her even stitches "so it would not ravel".

Only years later did I appreciate the countless hours Grandmother spent hemming those yards of material. I thought about the loving care and hours of prayer my family prayed for me when I read this quote: "A day hemmed in with prayer is less likely to unravel."

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Resting Place

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace 
Whose mind is stayed on Thee 
When the shadows come and darkness falls 
He giveth inward peace 
O He is the only perfect resting place 
He giveth perfect peace 
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace 
Whose mind is stayed on Thee. 
Vivian Kretz

Praying for all of you, that you will have peaceful sleep.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sunshine or Rain

One spring day I set out to run some errands when I spied a menacing cloud in the west. I decided to stop at the grocery, thinking I could hurry fast and beat the storm. Just as I was paying the cashier, I heard rain pounding the metal roof and looked out to see torrents blowing sideways. I made it to the car, drove home, and unloaded the groceries. Drenched to my skin, I sat down to catch my breath, when brilliant sunshine burst through the window.

Jesus never said we would dodge every storm. There will be sudden downpours, but He promises to be with us, in us, and for us, all the way.

“So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. 
  His going forth is as certain as the dawn; 
    And He will come to us like the rain, 
     Like the spring rain watering the earth.”
Hosea 6:3

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

More Precious Than Earthly Wealth

There is no need to fear when times of trouble come, even though surrounded by enemies! They trust in their wealth and boast about how rich they are, yet not one of them, though rich as kings, can ransom his own brother from the penalty of sin! For God’s forgiveness does not come that way. For a soul is far too precious to be ransomed by mere earthly wealth. There is not enough of it in all the earth to buy eternal life for just one soul, to keep it out of hell. Psalm 49:5-9 

What shall it profit a man, 
if he shall gain the whole world, 
and lose his own soul? 
Mark 8:36


Monday, April 17, 2017

If I am afraid

If I am afraid to speak the truth lest I lose affection, 
or lest the one concerned should say
"You do not understand",
or because I fear to lose my reputation for kindness, or
if I put my own good name before the other's highest good,
then I know nothing of Calvary love.
Amy Carmichael

I have been listening to Elisabeth Elliot on youtube, and she quoted this poem by that had influenced her life. I have been guilty of backing down when I should have stood my ground, or nodding in agreement when I should have argued my case. So this poem really spoke to me.

Friday, April 14, 2017

He Arose!

My favorite hymn for Resurrection Sunday!

Up from the grave He arose
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes.
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah Christ arose!
Robert Lowry

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

1890's

My grandmother Estelle was born in 1894. If she were here she would be 123 on April 25.
She remembered the first time she saw an airplane fly over their community, and how the "old folks" were scared to get into an automobile when they were the newest thing.
A little trivia about the 1890's:
Boll weevils destroyed the South's cotton crop.
Ellis Island opened.
Thomas Edison invented silent motion pictures.
The first bottled Coca Cola was sold.
Bayer invented aspirin tablets.
Other items patented in this era were pinking shears and zippers, which Grandmother certain put to good use!



Monday, April 10, 2017

Hidden in My Heart

As I get older, I find that I forget words and names, and misplace things, but one thing I hope I never lose are the Bible verses, stories, and hymns I learned as a child.

Daddy would sit in his chair by the picture window on Saturday evenings, and we would read the Sunday School lesson. He would help me memorize a Bible verse each week. I remember standing in front of him, gazing out at the setting sun, saying verses.

My brother, sister and I learned the 23rd Psalm from the time we were small.  I am thankful to be one of His sheep. May I always listen for His voice.

The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
Forever.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Elisabeth Elliot Quotes

The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.
The will of God is never exactly what you expect it to be.
 It may seem to be much worse, 
but in the end it’s going to be a lot better and a lot bigger.
Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.
God has promised to supply all our needs.
 What we don’t have now, we don’t need now.
Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.

If you believe in a God who controls the big things, 
you have to believe in a God who controls the little things.
Elisabeth Elliot
I got to hear Elisabeth Elliot in person years ago. I have always admired her and her husband, Jim Elliot, missionaries to Ecuador in 1956.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Sunday Best

Sunday morning in 1954 meant scratchy crinolines and frilly socks for me, and shiny leather shoes and a studly bow tie for my big brother. It is funny the things that I distinctly remember from so long ago.

At Easter, my Mother bought me a see-thru plastic purse with hairbrush set and pretend cosmetics inside.

Do you have a favorite gift or item you remember from childhood?
















Blowing Bubbles


Kids just seem to come into this world knowing that rain puddles are for stomping, steps are for leaping off of, bath water is for splashing on the floor, and a straw in milk is for blowing bubbles.

As I got older, I stopped blowing bubbles in the milk, but the Bible says I never have to stop bubbling over with joy.

May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing - bubbling over with hope. Romans 15:13 Amplified

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sunrise Sunset

 From where the sun rises to where it sets,
    You inspire shouts of joy.
Psalm 65:8a NLT 

Monday, April 3, 2017

My first year of teaching school

My first year of teaching school was 1972 in rural north Georgia. The new wing was still under construction when classes started and I had to compete with the sound of hammers and the shouts of workmen. I taught first grade and we had a lot of "nature lessons" outside for those first few weeks!

The school was surrounded by cornfields parching in the late August heat. The sky was filled with the sound of cawing crows.

Many of the children in county were from low-income transient families and there was no preschool or kindergarten. They needed to learn all the basics that kids today know before beginning school. We had no library, art, or music classes, and the teacher sat at the table with the children during lunch and played played ball with them at recess. That was a lot of togetherness!

I can still remember the names of some of the kids (who are now over 50 years old). One boy's mother told me one thing her son remembers about first grade is that we always said the blessing together before lunch. And I remember that our principal began every faculty meeting with a heartfelt prayer for God's blessing and guidance. As a young teacher, I sure needed it!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Beautiful Day

I went for a drive Sunday afternoon, and it seemed every bush, tree, and flower was in full bloom.
I know many are getting snow north of us, and there are storms in the south. Praying everyone is safe.

They sang a hymn and went out

Our ladies Bible study group observed the Lord's Supper this week. We were reading about Jesus and His disciples at Passover the evening just before He was betrayed. Matthew 26:30 tells us that after they had eaten the bread and drank the wine, they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.

I wondered what they might have sung. I read that Passover tradition was to sing from the Psalms, closing with Psalm 118.

I thought of Jesus singing these words, knowing that suffering and death on the cross were only hours ahead
.
The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes,
The Lord has done it this very day;
let us rejoice today and be glad.
Psalm 118:22-24 NIV


Friday, March 31, 2017

Too Hard

I once taught a little guy in reading and math groups, who often spent the first two minutes of any test moaning, "This is to-oo-oo ha-a-ard!!" When he finally got started, he usually scored 100%.

Sometimes when I am going through a "test", I sit down to pray, but instead, find myself whining to the Lord: "This problem is impossible!"

Does God ever answer: "Ooops, I never saw this coming!"

He is all-knowing God, and our loving Father A friend of mine likes to say, "All of our trials are OPEN BOOK TESTS!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

He Lives

The eyes of Yahweh roam throughout the earth
to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His.
2 Chronicles 16:9a 

He lives! He Lives!
Christ Jesus lives today.
He walks with me
And talks with me
Along life's narrow way.
He lives! He lives!
Salvation to impart.
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Good Shepherd

Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my heart is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer.
Psalm 94:19

Peace, Peace wonderful peace
Coming down from the Father above
Sweep over my spirit
Forever I pray
In fathomless billows of love
Warren Cornell


   

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Next Generation

I will teach you hidden lessons from our past—
stories we have heard and known,
stories our ancestors handed down to us.
We will not hide these truths from our children;
we will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the Lord,
about his power and his mighty wonders.
So each generation should set its hope anew on God,
not forgetting his glorious miracles,
and obeying his commands.
Psalm 78:3,7
Now my granddaughter is memorizing verses and  reading Bible stories to me!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Hosanna

The blind and the lame came to Jesus in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were shouting in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these children are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies You have prepared praise for Yourself’?”
Matthew 21:14-16 NASB

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In God's Hands

When to God's throne of grace I flee
I find the promise true
The mighty arms upholding me
Will bear my burdens too.
William J. Kirkpatrick




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Daddy's Testimony

My Dad gave his life to Jesus when he was a teenager, and he loved the Lord, and lived a life that honored God. When he was about 16, his older sister, Mildred, who was about to be married, got sick and died unexpectedly at home.

I have Daddy's Bible, where he wrote in the margin of Luke 16, that this is the passage that convicted him of his own sin, and his need to repent and receive forgiveness through Jesus. He realized then, that each person has to come to Jesus personally, and that, if we put it off until we are 'older', we have no guarantee of tomorrow.

“There was a certain rich man,” Jesus said, “who was splendidly clothed and lived each day in mirth and luxury. One day Lazarus, a diseased beggar, was laid at his door. As he lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores. Finally the beggar died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham in the place of the righteous dead. The rich man also died and was buried, and his soul went into hell. There, in torment, he saw Lazarus in the far distance with Abraham.
“‘Father Abraham,’ he shouted, ‘have some pity! Send Lazarus over here if only to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in these flames.’
“But Abraham said to him, ‘Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing. So now he is here being comforted and you are in anguish. And besides, there is a great chasm separating us, and anyone wanting to come to you from here is stopped at its edge; and no one over there can cross to us.’
“Then the rich man said, ‘O Father Abraham, then please send him to my father’s home— for I have five brothers—to warn them about this place of torment lest they come here when they die.’
“But Abraham said, ‘The Scriptures have warned them again and again. Your brothers can read them any time they want to.’
“The rich man replied, ‘No, Father Abraham, they won’t bother to read them. But if someone is sent to them from the dead, then they will turn from their sins.’
“But Abraham said, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen even though someone rises from the dead.’”
Luke 16:19-31


Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy First Day of...


Ducks quack
Geese are back
Chicks cheep
Frogs leap
Birdies sing
Yay, it's spring

Cameron and I took this photo 2 years ago in KC.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

God Provides

Remember the former things of old,for I am God, and there is no other.  I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand,  and I will do all My good pleasure,”
Isaiah 46:9-10

As I was reading in Genesis 22 this morning, I was amazed again at Abraham's words to his son Isaac:

"God will provide for Himself the Lamb."

About a thousand years later Mount Moriah would be the site for the temple that Solomon built, and about a thousand years after that it was the place where the Lord Jesus Christ would be crucified, becoming God's provision to cleanse us from sin, and clothe us with His righteousness.

Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.” Gen. 22:14


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