A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief.  – Psalm 31:9

God has shown mercy to us more times than we can count or probably recall.  I wonder if there are times He is merciful to us and we don’t acknowledge it.  Regardless of what’s going on in our lives, we need to remember that God is good.  Life is not always going to go smoothly.  We will be distressed and feel weak with sorrow from time to time.  Grief over the passing of loved ones is a very real part of life, but we must not place blame on God for what we feel.  ❤

I don’t know a person who has “arrived” to the point where they separate their trials and temptations with how they’re feeling; however, I do know some pretty wonderful Christians who know how to feel what they feel without losing their grasp on their faith in God through His Son, Christ Jesus.  They see their circumstances – and they see their God.  Instead of telling God how big their circumstances are, they tell their circumstances how BIG their GOD is!  Ah-ha!!!  Now see…  that’s the kind of Christian I wanna be.  ❤thankful-still

Yes there will be some rough waters – but God’s grace and mercy in your life are there to help you through them.  Ask God to adjust your sails and set you on the right course.  I’ve never sailed, yet I’m using this analogy…  interesting.  I’ve heard some folks say you have to adjust your own sails – no – ask the Father to do it.  He’s more than happy to help you with that.  Lean and depend on His wisdom and His power because – hey – He knows the future.  Do you know the future?  I don’t.  ❤

We are blessed with God’s precious grace and mercy as we travel through life.  It’s not always smooth sailing (again with the sailing) – but I’ll tell you – the ANCHOR HOLDS.  I love that song and that truth.  ❤

I have journeyed

Through the long dark night

Out on the open sea

By faith alone

Sight unknown and yet his eyes were watching me

CHORUS

The anchor holds

Though the ship is battered the anchor holds

Though the sails are torn

I have fallen on my knees

As I faced the raging seas

The anchor holds

In spite of the storm

I’ve had visions

I’ve had dreams

I’ve even held them in my hand but I never knew

They would slip right through

Like they were only grains of sand

CHORUS

I have been young but I am older now

And there has been beauty these eyes have seen but it was in the night

Through the storms of my life Oh that’s where God proved his love to me

Christ will never lie – He will never play tricks on us – He is dependable and He wants only the best for us…  that much I know for sure.  He alone is worthy of our praise.  Praise His name!  ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATTHEW 10:28 ON 10/28

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Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  – Matthew 10:28

Several friends and acquaintances of mine have recently been diagnosed with terminal illness.  I feel such sadness and heaviness in my heart for them – but I never know the right words to say.  I think back to the time when my dad had terminal pancreatic cancer.  He was dying and we all knew it.  I tried to remember what it was like to be on the other side of the situation – as a family member.  I don’t remember a lot of what people said – but I remember more of what people did.  It was the same thing when my mom passed.  People shared of themselves – they shared light and love when I was a mess.share-light-love

Everyone was kind and encouraging to me – but a few people actually DID things and I remember that.  When my daddy died, a sweet lady in our church not only sent flowers, she included a little ceramic pumpkin for me to keep after the flowers died.  I let her know I thought that was real nice of her.  When my mama passed, even though there were not that many people coming to our house, our pastoral family went above and beyond the call of duty to provide sandwich stuff!  Oh my we did not go hungry!  I remember my sister-in-law and brother-in-law washing dishes and thinking that was so kind of them.

If our loved one knows the Lord, we know they are going to be alright.  We know that they are going to Heaven where everything is just right.  The soul does not die – but lives on – but the family that is left…  well, they are left here to figure out how to begin a new “normal”.   I always ask God how I can help them do that.  I ask God, “What can I DO for them?”

When families suffer loss and are at their lowest, isn’t that when Christian folk can shine the light of Christ in their lives in a very real sense?  Words are fine, but actions are better and make more of an impact on their lives.  After a loss, everything is fuzzy when you’re trying to listen to kind words.  Most of the talk just flies over your head.  You hear what people are saying, but you’re just so grief-stricken, you can’t process what’s being said.

So – how do you avoid hell and make Heaven your eternal home?   Open the closet door where you keep the secrets and sins.  It’s not easy to show God what is inside your closet.  Think about this though – He already knows about it, so…  who do you really think you’re foolin’?  We are so human – but the good news is…  He is so GOD!  If you ask God, through His Son, Christ Jesus, to forgive you of your sins – He is faithful and just to do it.  Trust Him for the rest of your days – and for the time when this life is over.

whats-in-your-closetI pray that you know the Lord as your personal Savior.  This life is brief and these bodies are so very frail and fragile, aren’t they?  I also believe we are living in the last days (I see some of you rolling your eyes) – yeah, I know I’ve said it before – but I’m going to say it again.  Be ready, for you know not the hour.  Did you know that Jesus doesn’t even know?  He’s waiting for the Father to tell Him when to come get us outa here!  It would be selfish for me to say I hope it’s soon because many are not ready – and He doesn’t want any to perish in hell.  He wants everyone to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and ask Him into their hearts and lives.  THEN – only then will the peace of God wash over you and your life will never be the same.  The peace of God surpasses all understanding.  I hope and pray you know HIS peace in your life.  🙂

LUKE 7:13 ON 7/13

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When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”  – Luke 7:13

I love the writings of Dr. Luke!  He observes and writes about the awesome and tender moments between Jesus and women.  The compassion that our LORD extends to us goes beyond any other, and there are times when I need to read these accounts and be reminded that there is a friend who sticks  closer than a brother.  He loves me above anything that I can ask or think.  He knows me better than anyone.  He comforts my aching soul and encourages me with the words, “Don’t cry.”

I wish Jesus could come and sit beside me and hold my hand – I mean really hold my hand, you know?  But we heard him say He would not leave us alone, didn’t we?  Before He ascended to heaven, we heard Him say He would leave His Holy Spirit with us.  It is His Holy Spirit that tells us that it’s going to be okay – and we need to stay strong until the end.

Can you imagine the grief of this mother?  Her only son was being carried out – dead.  She feels so hopeless and can’t believe this is happening to her again.  Dr. Luke said that she is already a widow – so she has gone through the funeral for her husband.

The good doctor tells us that there is a sizeable crowd from the city weeping with her.  We’re thankful for neighbors and friends when we suffer loss, aren’t we?  They were there to support her, and she’s so glad because she apparently has no other family left.

Then there’s verse 13 – When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.”

The story doesn’t end there…  Jesus was not finished yet.

And He (Jesus) came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt.  And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!”

This mother got her son back.  She was no longer alone, but better still, she and the large crowd witnessed first-hand the miracle that Jesus performed.  He went about doing good to glorify His Father in heaven.

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So hear God’s Holy Spirit speak to your spirit today…  don’t cry.  God has every situation under control.  We’re broken today – but one day in heaven, we will be whole and together.  🙂

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.  – 1 Corinthians 1:3-4

O spread the tidings ’round

Wherever man is found;

The Comforter has come.

Comfort:  to cause (someone) to feel less worried, upset, frightened.

Our Father in heaven is compassionate toward us when we are facing sorrow and pain.  He is awake when everyone else is sleeping.  He hears every prayer we pray and wraps His loving arms around us.  He speaks peace to our spirit and lets us know it’s going to be okay.

 True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.  – Dave Tyson Gentry

God knows our pain and He understands when we don’t even know how to formulate a prayer in our mind.  He knows how hopeless we feel and provides indescribable comfort every day.  We are not alone in our troubles, struggles or deep-seated pain.

 Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.  – Emily Kimbrough

We pray for each other.  We laugh together and cry together as God’s Holy Spirit helps us all.  It means so much to know that a Christian friend is praying for me.  May we support one another in prayer, knowing that God’s Holy Spirit will sustain us with warmth and protection.

Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
– Author Unknown

God’s precious Holy Spirit is An Added Gift!

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No matter how much sorrow and pain touches our lives, we know that comfort from God’s Holy Spirit will see us through until we reach heaven’s shore.  Of course, once we cross over, we will never cry.  There will only be love, joy and peace.  In God’s heaven, perfection will prevail.  🙂

 

IRON SHARPENS IRON… FRIENDSHIP

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Even 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.  – Psalm 23:4

My heart is heavy today.  I’m praying for two very good friends, both facing serious health issues.  One is in surgery right now fighting to stay alive.  Please pray with me for these two wonderful people.  They are both Christians, and that is the one thing that makes this easier than it would be otherwise.

Precious Lord,

It’s with a heavy heart I come to You.  You are Almighty Creator God; holy and full of grace and love.  I have such great grief for two friends today and one may be leaving me.  I know everyone has to die sometime, Lord, but I thank You Father, that because of Jesus, You know my pain and sorrow intimately.  Jesus knows the way through this dark shadow of death and for that I thank You.  Please guide the hands of the surgeons today and if it be Your will let my friend survive and thrive from this day on.  If not, hold her in Your precious arms and see her safely home to spend eternity with You.  Guard my heart and mind and let me find peace no matter what happens.  I thank You for the cross and for the resurrection of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I confess that You are Lord of all and the gate-keeper to eternal life.  Grant me peace in my heart, mind and spirit right now as I wait for news.  I ask all of this in Christ’s precious name, Amen.

There are folks who I am honored to call friends.  I feel so blessed in my life to have talked and laughed and yes, cried a few times with them.  To know that they are facing such horrific health issues with a grace and courage that I’m not sure I’d have – well, it humbles me.  They hang on to the hand of Jesus with faith firmly intact, unwavering and unafraid.

KNEEL

I appreciate those who join me in prayer today.  Prayer really does change things.  Thanks!  🙂

 

I WILL MISS YOU…

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I want to add my small voice to the millions who are in shock and mourning the loss of Robin Williams. He brought laughter and joy to so many, including me.

He didn’t know me, but I felt as though I knew him. After all, I never missed an episode of “Mork & Mindy”.

It seemed as though Mork from Ork was the kind of alien you could just walk up to and hug like a great big teddy bear!

His career was fantastic and he surprised me when he began playing more dramatic roles. I was blown away by “What Dreams May Come”.

You know, the “expert” bloggers tell us that a blog post that is less than 300 words is not much of a post. I beg to disagree with that assessment. Sometimes a subject needs to be talked about less and felt more. This is one of those times.

I’ve enjoyed watching the many tributes on facebook. There will be more posted as time passes. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

I will miss my friend. I know you will too. ❤

I STILL BELIEVE AS I GRIEVE

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For many months after my daddy’s funeral I had difficulty going straight to sleep once my head hit the pillow. I was plagued with racing thoughts and the weight of the world seemed to be on my shoulders. I wrote this intending to literally hand God every piece of baggage I felt obligated to carry myself. From the moment I “let go” of the worries and cares, sweet sleep returned.

I’ve slept well since with very few incidents of insomnia and no more racing thoughts when my head hits the pillow! God can take your heavy load and assure you good rest at night too. Just hand it all over to Him. He’s big enough to carry it!

There is sweet peace where once I had panic. God’s love took the place of my loneliness. When I asked God to make it all better, He really did! So, I will occasionally post this little poem with my last “good night” message on my POEMS AND PRAYERS FOR MY SAVIOR facebook page.

I hope you will take the time to visit my page from time to time. Don’t forget to LIKE it. Thank you!

The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  – Philippians 4:5b-7

Now sleep is sweet and welcome instead of something to be dreaded and fought. The peace of God, which transcends all understanding… sounds really good to me! And look what it does. I will guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. Wow! Bring it on!

Oh – today is my daddy’s birthday. He would be 89 years old. Happy Birthday in heaven, daddy!