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


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