A SUMMER OF PSALMS

God’s secret agents, His angels…  I’m interested in knowing more about them, although the Bible really doesn’t mention them often.  It seems that when they are mentioned, their appearance is almost frightening, which makes me wonder why the image of angels that man makes is always either a beautiful woman or a cute little cherub.  No way am I complaining.  I have collected angels for years – from Jim Shore to Precious Moments.  I have quite a collection of angel figurines, etc…  I think the more angels I have around me, the better protected I’ll be.  No, I don’t really believe that – but it sounds good, doesn’t it?  I think I need to get a new angel now!

It comforts my spirit to know that the Lord sends His angels to protect me.  Sometimes I can tell without a doubt that I was spared from something awful, like a near miss when I’m driving.  I always pray before I drive my car – anyone else do that?  I know God hears those prayers and sends me help!

One day I was late getting to work.  It seemed I was hitting every red light along the way, and then I had to stop for a train!  Well, that’s just all I needed!  There was no way I was going to clock in on time.  I couldn’t understand why everything was working against me when I was in such a hurry and racing against the clock.  The answer was soon revealed to me.

As I was finally able to get past the railroad track, I saw a horrible accident at the next intersection that involved at least four cars and a large truck.  I believe that being delayed by that train kept me safe.  Now, why those others were in the accident, I don’t know.  I wouldn’t hazard a guess about that.  I did send some prayers for everyone involved, that’s for sure!

God loves and cares for us so much!  In this life we will face trials and temptations, but through everything, isn’t it wonderful that our Lord hears our prayers and inhabits our praise?  Then we get Heavenly helpers in the bargain!  I talk to my angels – do you ever do that?  No, I’m not weird – but I do believe they are surrounding me, so…  sometimes I talk to them!  

I like this video – be patient because it takes him a while to get started – but it’s really good!

My Father’s angels all protect me…  everywhere!  They’re all around me, above me, beneath me, beside me!  Have you read Billy Graham’s book about angels?  I highly recommend it!

We can trust our Heavenly Father to take good care of us every day of our lives!  Have you thanked God for sending you angels lately?  I’m so glad they are with me.  🙂

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.  – 1 Corinthians 3:7

I’m the first to admit that winter is not my favorite season.  Some of my friends think it’s the bees knees, but no – not me.  I’m simply tickled to see spring peeking around the corner, although here in Kansas we had a remarkably mild winter.  I’m not complaining! 

There’s nothing like that first time in the garden in spring!  Gardening just makes one feel so close to nature and more alive somehow, doesn’t it?  This portion of Scripture is not talking about literal gardening though – it’s talking about spiritual gardening.

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Who’s doing the planting?  All of us, as God’s children, need to be scattering “seed” – that is, sharing our faith, at every given opportunity.  It seems when I hear the word WITNESSING, my knees begin to buckle – but if I’m told to share my faith – that’s really more natural and makes me more comfortable.  Just tell your story – that’s about it.  I was blind – but now I see.  That is scattering seed.  It’s not complicated – but so often we make it so.

Once seed is planted…  who waters them?  Well, God sends the right people along to do that.  It could be any of us, really.  Again, watering seed is like sowing it – you just keep sharing your faith and be there to answer questions, read Scripture, and pray with folks.  Sometimes you share and get a door slammed in your face.  That’s okay because you did what you’re supposed to do.  If someone’s not ready, you’ve still planted a seed.  I might add, this is a big reason we should do our best to avoid being a stumbling block to those who are still on the fence.  We have to be so careful – we don’t want anything we say or do to be the reason someone does not come to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus.  I don’t have to remind you what God said about those who are stumbling blocks, do I?  No – that’s for another blog post.grow

Do we make the seeds grow?  NO WAY!  I can’t save anyone – this blog can’t save anyone.  Belief on the Lord Jesus Christ…  that can save everyone!!!  I pray it does.  How different our interactions with one another would be if we were all more kind, gracious, and sweet.  It would be so beautiful if every seed would flourish.  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.  – Joshua 23:14

The beliefs we hold dear are kept in our hearts.  We know that God will keep His word and His promises are true. ❤

Joshua’s dying words encourages us to not only listen to the teachings of God, but to know without a doubt that what He says, He will do.  Will it be in our time?  No, it will most assuredly not – it will be in God’s good time.  Most of us want to hurry God along, don’t we?  We say, “Hurry up, LORD!”  But in hindsight, which is always much more clear, we say, “Ah, now I understand why God did what He did when He did it!” 

I think with maturity comes a better understanding of God’s timing in all things.  The more of these “ah-ha” moments we have in life, the greater our understanding becomes.  Every one of these times is tucked away in our heart – for future reference.  We eventually come to believe that in the past, God brought us through – so therefore, He will not fail me now!  ❤

Joshua knew that nothing would make people see how miserable they are, so much, as to see how happy they might have been.  Those who don’t know the Lord are truly without hope in this world.  ❤

How awesome it is that the saved have the privilege to watch and pray, to trust with all our hearts in God’s faithfulness, His power, and His amazing love.  We plead His promises and follow His commandments – knowing that if we should fail (and we will), His lovingkindness and forgiveness are at the ready.  He doesn’t want us to fail on purpose, but He knows just how human we are.  We pray against temptation always and that’s how we can be happy in our hearts – in life and in the afterlife.  ❤

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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There are horrible portions of history that make us cringe.  Try as we may, we can’t just go back and re-write it.  The holocaust is probably the worst time of all.  We ask God why these things had to happen.  This all took place nearly 20 years before I was born, but I know it happened.  My father was in the Navy during WWII and of course, we studied about it in history class.  I wonder if it’s even taught in classrooms today.  Is this just one more part of our history that we try to sweep under the proverbial rug?

I don’t believe we will know the answers to any of our questions that begin with the word WHY until we reach heaven – and frankly, by then it won’t matter why – am I right???

GOD WILL NOT BE SHAKEN

As I watched the GOP debate last night, a few thoughts came to mind.  I know that God’s timing is perfect and I know that this is HIS plan playing out.  I also know that He will see His children through everything that the future holds.  Now, that doesn’t mean that I won’t have opinions and it doesn’t mean that I won’t vote – I most certainly do and I surely will.

America is not immune from repeating history.  We must be well-educated about the past to avoid future pitfalls.  You know, many times my parents would talk to me about something and relay their own experiences – and follow the story with the statement, “I just don’t want you to make the same mistake.”  It was their attempt to keep me safe and save me from hurt and disappointment and failure.

We must pray about who our next leader will be.  Let’s pray that God’s will be done and vote accordingly.

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If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  – 2 Chronicles 7:14

I want to encourage all of us to humbly pray and seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways.  Then America will receive the blessings of forgiveness and healing of our land.  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.  I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is Mine.  – Psalm 50:10-11

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You’ll never guess how many ways God has made me smile, even while I wait in so much discomfort.  He’s also answered so many prayers along the way – and I’m convinced once again that He even cares about the small stuff!

We are reminded of God’s love and care continually.  Sadly, we are often wrapped up in the business of living and don’t recognize His hand in things.  It’s not that I have anything special, but I am not as busy as most folks, so I notice His hand.

I seriously had a very personal problem that needed an immediate solution – and wondered how God would work it out for me.  I didn’t doubt that He’d make a way, because praise His name – He has always made a way – but today – right in the nick of time – He fixed my problem.  Is it okay for me to say I just love it when that happens???

This is my God.  Everything that creeps around in the forest, moves in the field and flies in the air is His.  I’m very happy to say – I am His too.  I belong to the King of kings and He takes such good care of me.

Thank You, Lord, for the way You watch over me.  I’m so grateful for Your timing.  You are never too early, but You are never ever too late!  I know if I keep leaning on Your strong arm, everything will be okay.  I thank You for caring about the little things as much as the big things.

On this Memorial Day, I thank God for being God.  I thank God for America and for freedom to practice my faith.  I’m also thankful for the men and women who fight for my freedom.  All gave some – but some gave all.  We won’t forget.  🙂

 

I STILL BELIEVE AS I GRIEVE

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My life in 9 minutes.  It’s much richer and deeper than it appears here.  LOL!!!  I have an advantage over you – I have the actual memories that go along with the photographs!  You are just seeing pictures that you can’t relate to – except maybe the hair styles or wild fashion statements we made at times in the 1970’s.  Life really IS a vapor…

There is a cloud of witnesses with me.  I’m glad, but sometimes I wish they were here to help me out with stuff.  I mean, I don’t think they would be a lot of help, but just having them here telling me it’s gonna be okay would be nice.

I have missed my family a lot this week.  It’s been the most technologically challenging week since I started the two facebook pages and the group.  It feels as though I have been smacked from all sides.  Most recently it appeared that You Tube had banned me, which I thought was odd and frankly – rash.  No warning or explanation – all of my You Tube posts were a square black – that’s all.

But this morning everything returned to normal on You Tube- so it must have been an issue with my computer – I don’t know.  That’s the problem – I don’t know.  Most people have someone they can turn to, but I feel like a Lone Ranger in Blog Land.  A million thoughts went through my mind – did I break a rule?

Did someone report me to You Tube for posting something I should not have (which, by the way, there is a setting that would not allow me to embed your video if you don’t want me to snag it).  It’s under Advanced Settings.  There’s a box that is checked by default – it says embed.  If you uncheck that box, I can’t snag your video for my blog.  If that box is not unchecked, I’m going to assume you don’t mind if I share it – but I will leave a question on your comments – something like “May I share this on my blog?”  Why?  Because I’m trying to be a nice, good person.  I want others to ask before using my slide shows, so…  I ask before snagging someone’s video.  It’s a Golden Rule philosophy.

I have not been able to post any of my own, original designs on my pages in facebook for a few weeks.  That has not changed – every time I try to post, I get an error message.  Thank God for the other administrators because they have happily taken up the slack for me and oh how I appreciate it!

Last night I hit the proverbial brick wall.  I was crying and got on my knees and cried out to God.  I asked for His guidance and He reminded me that everything, good and bad, happens for a reason and in His time, not mine.

Suddenly I didn’t feel so alone anymore.  The anxious, nervous, tense feeling left and was replaced with a calm reassurance that yes, these things are happening, but God has a plan.  It may be that one of the other administrators needs to be needed – and I sure do understand that feeling.  I don’t know the reason and I don’t have to know that.  I just have to know that it’s ok because God has this!  Wink!  😉

NATIONAL TELL A JOKE DAY

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Today is NATIONAL TELL A JOKE DAY!!!  Here are a few of my favorites.

A friend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is to shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside.  The Pastor said to him, “You need to join the Army of the Lord!”  My friend replied, “I’m already in the Army of the Lord.” Pastor questioned, “How come I don’t see you except at Christmas and Easter?”   He whispered back, “I’m in the secret service.”

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Remember church bulletins?  I think they have become a thing of the past since now everything is on the screen at the front of the sanctuary.  I used to enjoy perusing the bulletin for typos and bloopers!  I was an editor so it was an occupational hazard.

Here are a few bloopers I found particularly interesting…  hmm.

1) Next Sunday a special collection will be taken to defray the cost of the new carpet. All those wishing to do something on the carpet will come forward and do so.
2) The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They can be seen in the church basement Saturday.
3) Thursday night–Potluck supper. Prayer and medication to follow.
4) The Lutheran men’s group will meet at 6 p.m. Steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread and dessert will be served for a nominal feel.
5) A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.
6) 8 new choir robes are currently needed, due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
7) The senior choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir.
8) At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice.
9) The preacher will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing, “Break Forth With Joy.”
10) Today… Christian Youth Fellowship Sexuality Course, 8 p.m. Please park in the rear parking lot for this activity.
11) During the absence of our pastor, we enjoyed the rare privilege of hearing a good sermon when A.B. Doe supplied our pulpit.
12) The Rev. Adams spoke briefly, much to the delight of his audience.
13) The church is glad to have with us today as our guest minister the Rev. Shirley Green who has Mrs. Green with him. After the service we request that all remain in the sanctuary for the Hanging of the Greens.

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One Sunday a pastor told his congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns.

After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in offering. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he’d like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate.

And there sat our Rosie all the way in the back shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns.

Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three most handsome men in the building and said, “I’ll take him and him and him!”

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I know – that was a “groaner”.  I prefer to call it “An oldie but a goodie.”  Wink!  😉