Monday, November 30, 2009

Nov. 30, 2009 ... we're almost at the end of another year. Not sure where time goes, perhaps we'll find out when we reach heaven.

I've not been writing much on the blog, but I do check on everyone. I've gone through another 'spell' of being very fatigued, no energy and not much desire to do much of anything other than what I have to and that is lacking.

I find myself wondering why I go these times and I also wonder if I've been a contributor to the extent of them. I think the Lord has shown me that the answer is 'yes'. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. My thoughts haven't been where they should be and my body pays the price. It's so easy to get caught up in what someone is doing and forgetting that I'm not supposed to meddle in affairs that don't concern me.

My hands need to be clean, so do my thoughts. I need to think on good things, Godly things and let the cares of this world go. That's easier said than done, but I have no reason not to work on it.

Well, enough for now. I need to get back to cleaning this office. And I have a picture to hang. My Fred painted our bathroom well over a month ago and I've yet to put anything on the walls. Simply no desire to do so till now.

Bye for now Ladies. Blessings to you all.
Please pray for these little ones:

Carson, born an 8-month preemie, has been hospitalized with a collasped lung. He's the son of my nephew's friend.

Timmy, 3 yrs old. Recently had the flu and seemed to be improving. He's developed an infection in the bones of his feet and must be treated for that. He's the son of my niece's friend.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pumpkin Cheese Cake & Chocolate Pie are all ready for tomorrow. My Fred has the turkey baked already, so there's less work for tomorrow. I'll do candied sweet potatoes and he will do angel eggs, stuffing & corn tomorrow. Remember he's the cook ... I do the baking and it works out well.

May your Thanksgiving be blessed in every sense of the to you all.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Be mindful ... those words came to me during quiet time with the Lord this morning. But what do they mean?
After sitting quietly and looking up verses in the Bible what I got from this was that...

#1. I'm to be mindful (remember) all that God has done for us

#2. Be mindful (remember) all that He has promised to do

#3. Be mindful (remember) that He keeps His word and He is completely trustworthy

#4. Be mindful (remember) that He does all for our good and in accordance with His Father's will

It takes some work on my part to do this. It takes an act of my will to remember all that God has done; all He has promised to do; that He keeps His word and is completely trustworthy and finally, that He does all for our good and in accordance with His Father's will.

I must do this! I must be mindful and remember! Pressures from the world creep in and would leave us battered and low were it not for remembering Who redeemed us ...Who cares for us ... Who guides our steps and directs our paths according to His Word ... Who cradles us in the palm of His hand ... Who cares for us in ways we cannot fathom ... Who loves us with a love that we cannot duplicate in this world ...

Yes, I must do this and I must be mindful this day. I must also pray without ceasing...those words came to me yesterday morning and I cling to them as I cling to Him, the One to Whom I direct my prayers. I recently read that when it comes to prayer, 'children ask, adults talk' .... I want to be a child in this respect. I want to ask and trust and know that my Father hears and cares and will answer in such a way that all glory will be His.

May each one reading this be mindful this day .... may you also pray without ceasing and may you come into a deeper relationship with the One Who purchased your salvation.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Prayer need...

Another prayer request. Please pray for our son David. We thought he was improving after having bronchitis but learned this evening that he has pneumonia. He won't be able to work and that's going to be difficult for them financially. He's on a new job and is still on a probationary period. If you would ask God to give him favor with his employers I would deeply appreciate it.

Shawn & his daughters are getting better, thank the Lord.

Also, let's pray for Kelly and her family. All three of her children are sick.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Prayer need....

First, this praise report from Trish tonight:

"Praise report on my sister Pam. She finished Radiation a few months ago just had another Mammogram and the Dr. says there is NO cancer. Her prognosis is excellent!
Praise the Lord for his faithfulness."

Second, please pray for my Mom's friend Amon. He & his wife were in a car accident earlier today and his wife has died. Amon is a precious friend who would do just about anything to help anyone.

Thank you.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Please pray for these needs:

Bob Balint - He's just learned he has a cancerous tumor in his stomach. Surgery will most likely involve the removal of about half his stomach.

Barb Byrd - Having dibilitating migraine headaches due to fibromyalgia

Danita - A lady who was admitted to the hospital Wed., Nov. 4 with suspected cancer

Friday, November 6, 2009

I've been reading in the book of Matthew again this week, especially our Lord's Sermon on the Mount. It has repeatedly spoken to my heart about how I'm to be living as a follower of the One who has known me from before the world existed.

Think about that ... He has known us from before time, as we know it, began. He chose us to be His, long before we could say yes to His call. And He put within us the desire to say 'yes'. All glory is His.

How blessed we are if we know Christ as Savior and Lord. How do we properly thank Him? For me the answer is to walk as closely as I can to Him each day. To keep clean hands and a pure heart. To remember what He's teaching me in His Word by re-reading it; writing it down and reminding myself of it often through-out the day.

I'm not to meddle in things that don't concern me ... they sap my strength and dim the light He has put within me. I'm to keep my mind stayed on Him because when I do, He will keep me in perfect peace, because I trust in Him. I'm to present my body a living sacrifice which is my reasonable act of worship. I'm to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. I'm to cast down vain imaginations and every thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. I'm not to be conformed to this world.

Too often I get too busy and yet I must make time to remember and remind myself of all these things and more of what is in God's precious Word. He is the keeper of my soul and I need to remember that truth when things get difficult.

May the Lord bless each of you who read this. May needs be met and desires of the heart granted. May we learn together that He is our greatest need and that with Him we can face all our tomorrow's.

Blessings to each of you.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

If Jesus Came to Your House

If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two
If He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you'd do

Oh, I know you'd give your nicest room to such an honored Guest
And all the food you'd serve to Him would be the very best,

And you'd keep assuring Him you're glad to have Him there-
That serving Him in your home is joy beyond compare

But when you saw Him coming would you meet Him at the door
With arms outstretched in welcome to your Heavenly Visitor?

Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in
Or hide some magazines and put the Bibles where they'd been?

Would you turn off the radio and hope He hadn't heard
And wish you hadn't uttered that last, loud, hasty word?

Would you hide your worldly music And put some hymn books out?
Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?

And I wonder - if the Saviour spent a day or two with you,
Would you go right on doing the things you always do?

Would you keep right on saying the things you always say?
Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?

Would your family conversation keep up it's usual pace,
And would you find it hard each meal to say a table grace?

Would you sing the words you sing and read the books you read
And let Him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?

Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you'd planned to go?
Or would you maybe change your plans for just a day or so?

Would you be glad to have Him meet your very closest friends,
Or would you hope they'd stay away until His visit ends?

Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on,
Or would you sigh with great relief when He at last was gone?

It might be interesting to know the things that you would do
If Jesus Christ in person came to spend some time with you.

Author Unknown

Monday, November 2, 2009

Here is Love
by William Rees (1802-1883)

Here is love, vast as the ocean,
Loving kindness as the flood,
When the Prince of Life, our Ransom,
Shed for us His precious blood.
Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten,
Throughout Heav’n’s eternal days.

On the mount of crucifixion,
Fountains opened deep and wide;
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
Flowed a vast and gracious tide.
Grace and love, like mighty rivers,
Poured incessant from above,
And Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Time is slipping quickly through our fingers. We are closer than ever to the return of Jesus Christ. Why does this truth not fill me with anticipation and joy? As His child it should, don't you think?

The truth is I don't know that I'm ready for His return. I've failed in so many areas and would like just a little more time to correct some things.

In my journal this morning I wrote this:
I am burdened that I've not shared Christ with my neighbors. I am concerned that I need to be more about my Father's business, not mine, in whatever time we have left to do so. The return of Jesus is closer than ever before and I need to be aware of that in all that I do.

Help me Lord to rightly understand Your Word. Help me to be a doer of that Word at all costs. Help me to closely follow You each minute of my life.

Let me not be caught up in things that will not last for eternity and help me to lay up treasures in heaven. I need to guard my heart and my mind and I so need to redeem the time You've given me.

I need to be praying as never before. Help me to throw off the cloak of comfort that my flesh has grown accustomed to, then to pick up my cross and follow You.

"Keep clean hands" ... those words came to me this morning. What do they mean for me? Clean hands represent righteous actions. What I sense You saying is "don't meddle in issues that don't concern me and what God has for my life".

Job 17:9 "Yet the righteous will hold to his way, and he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger". This is what You're saying to me Lord - thank You!

Application: Getting involved in too many things weakens me, uses precious energy that is best used in doing what I am supposed to be doing for the glory of God. It also dims the light that I am in Christ. I can't physically do as I did 40 years ago, it's foolish to think I can. So I must evaluate each day's needs and with clean hands, do what I do for the glory of God, using the strength He gives for that day. I must lay aside the temporary in exchange for the eternal.

Dear Ones, let us be about our Father's business. Let us lay aside every weight that isn't necessary for us to bear and run with patience the race that He has set before us. Let us not grow weary in doing good. Let us pray for one another and love our neighbors as ourselves. Let us be Salt and Light to our next door neighbors and our families.

Blessings to you all this Sabbath.