As Plain as Black and White

black sandals

Before I had gone to the Lyfe Women’s Conference several weeks ago, I had purchased some new sandals.  About a week after I had returned home, I was looking for them and couldn’t find them after three or more searches in every place I could think of.  I sent a message to see if any white sandals were turned into the lost and found at the college.  Several days later I was pulling a pair of older black sandals from a drawer under my bed and that’s when all I could do was laugh.  Underneath my old black sandals was my new pair of BLACK sandals!  For whatever reason, I was thinking I had purchased white sandals, when in reality I had actually purchased black ones!  They were here all the time!

Aren’t we often forgetful about things even in our Christian walk?  We forget so easily.  We may be looking for answers, but we are looking in all the wrong places and perhaps for the wrong  thing.  We may even cry out to others for help; but we forget the answers may be right in front of us all the time; in particular–in our own Bible and our cry needs to be to God alone.  Nothing is hidden from Him and He will direct us to where we need to be, at the time we need to be there; or He will show us what we need to do.

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Ps.119:105

Don’t forget to look in the right place for your answers.  They are as plain as black and white! And just keep trusting the One who does have all the right answers.   He’s right here all the time!

Little Rose Buds

I have been enjoying working in my flower beds this year.  I usually wait until after a rain to do the weeding.  It makes it so much easier to pull them out.  My miniature roses have recently caught my heart.  Tiny buds starting to open up have reminded me of my family.

The Lord blessed Autry and I with 3 wonderful children.  Watching them grow from tiny buds to what they have become today, along with their spouses, has made me love them more.  10 grandchildren tug on my heart every day as they are maturing.  5 great grand children (and 2 more on the way), are those tiny buds that need nurturing to become all that God will want them to be.

As Christians, we all start out as little buds in the Lord.  But He is our Gardener: pruning,  weeding, and nurturing as only He can do; all the while growing us into the image of His Son – the Perfect Rose!  

No matter what age our children are, let’s keep praying for them. May they see Christ in us.  We need to be leaving them a legacy of faithfulness and of our trust in the Lord and letting them know that nothing is more important than loving and serving our wonderful God and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Let’s keep our families strong in the Lord.  Satan is trying to do everything he can today to destroy our families.  Don’t let him get a foothold of any sort.

Let’s all just keep growing, allowing God to do all He wants with our lives until that day He calls us home and we, too, will become a perfect rose!

“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

“Being confident of this very thing, that He which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”  Phil.1:6

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Jesus Never Fails

Faithful is He that calleth you

Two days ago, (June 30) marked what would have been our 56th anniversary.  As I was in a reminiscing mood, I turned to a special verse of ours in the Bible –

“Faithful is He who calls you, who also will do it.”  I Thess. 5:24

This verse became our life verse; our ministry verse.

Through our years of marriage and our years in the ministry, God never failed us.  He was always faithful.  When we didn’t know which direction to turn He was always there to show us the way.  He led, He provided, He blessed in so many ways. I also know God has been faithful in directing me at this time in my life and to what I should be doing.  Jesus NEVER fails.  As Autry would have said, “And that you can take to the bank!”

So may I encourage you today to remember God’s faithfulness to you over the past years.  And as He has been faithful to you, know He is faithful to you now, and know that He will be faithful to you in the future.

Whatever you are facing today, KNOW that:

JESUS WILL NOT  FAIL YOU!

 

 

 

The Rose

my yellow rose

A rose – to me there is no prettier flower.  My single yellow rose bloomed and blessed my heart just this past week.  A yellow rose is a symbol of friendship and also of love.

In the Book of The Song of Solomon 2:1, although spoken by Solomon’s bride, the words have become famous descriptions of Christ:

“I am the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valleys.”

A few verses later it says:

“He brought me to the banqueting  house, And his banner over me  is love.”

So my yellow rose reminds me that Jesus is not only our friend, but he loves us – His church, the bride of Christ (of which we are a part if we have trusted Him as Savior and Lord).

“His banner” – His protective banner of love is over us and one day He will take us to His banqueting table in heaven.

There is nothing greater than the love of God and knowing that “I am His and He is mine.”

Loved with everlasting love,

Led by grace that love to  know:

Spirit, breathing from above,

Thou hast taught me it is so!

In a love which cannot cease,

I am  His and He is mine.

(Wade Robinson)

The rose  – what a beautiful picture of Christ!

 

 

The Harvest will Come

God gives the increase

I was later than usual getting my vegetable garden planted this year.  My brother, Mel, got it tilled for me and I then laid out my plan of attack for planting and got it done before the rain came.

I’m always reminded of the verses:

“Who then is Paul and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.  So then neither he who plant is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.”  I Cor. 3:5-7

As for my garden, I may have planted it, but God definitely waters it and brings the increase (the harvest) for which I am always grateful.

Spiritually, we are either planters or those who water.  God uses us for His purpose and He will bring the increase in His time.  We just need to remain faithful.  We know that God will be faithful in producing what He wants through us.

It’s exciting anticipating the harvest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crisis Faith

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I can’t stop thinking about the LYFE Women’s Conference and the lives that were touched through that ministry.  The letters stand for “Living Your Faith Everyday.”  I have to ask myself, “Do I (we) do that?” or is my (your) faith what I call a “crisis faith?”  Sometimes I’m afraid we’re guilty of living our life on our own when things are perhaps not throwing us a punch and we seem to think we can handle things our  own.  But then that BIG STORM hits us and we quickly cry out to God in faith and ask for His help.

Remember Jonah?  He ran from God and ended up in the belly of a great fish.  Crisis – big time!  Listen to what he said in chapter 2, verse 7.

“When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord and my prayer came in to You; into Your holy temple.”

Is that what we do – run from God, but then when that “great fish” (whatever it might be) swallows us up – our crisis faith shows up and we cry out to God for His help?

Don’t wait until your heart faints before you act in faith; let it be a daily, moment by moment practice.   God is there for us in EVERY situation – big or small.

Live Your Faith Everyday!

 

 

God’s Mercy

Psalm 106 1

There are such treasures in the Book of Psalms.  I have been reading chapter by chapter, writing down descriptions of God – His characteristics and His dealing with mankind.  In chapter 106 the psalmist writes a confession of Israel’s unfaithfulness.

He admits they have sinned. vs. 6

They didn’t understand all of God’s wonders in Egypt. vs. 7

They didn’t remember the multitude of His mercies. vs. 7

They provoked Him at the Red Sea. vs.7

But the psalmist wrote:

“Nevertheless God saved them for His name’s sake, that He might make                          His mighty power to  be known.” vs. 8

It also says:

Many times He delivered them; but they provoked Him.. vs. 43

Nevertheless, He heard their cry. vs. 44

He remembered them.vs. 45

Isn’t that so like our great God?  We mess up time and time again  and even blatantly ignore or turn our backs on Him; YET He is always there with arms outstretched waiting to shower  us with His mercy and forgiveness for His name’s sake.

The psalmist began the chapter with:

“Praise the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endures forever.” vs. 1

Shouldn’t we also praise and thank the Lord everyday because even when we “mess up” His mercy endures forever?

 

 

 

 

 

A Great Day to Remember

Memorial Day Marine sculpture

Missing my Marine husband, Autry, today; as he used to say, “Once a Marine, always a Marine!  I’m grateful for the time he spent in the service and for all those who have served in the various armed forces; many of whom have given their lives in service for our country.  We know freedom is not free as we have seen signs stating this posted in various places.

We  also know freedom from sin is not free.  Not that it costs us anything, but it cost the Lord Jesus Christ His  life as He died on the cross for us.   He paid the price for  our salvation so we wouldn’t have to.  It’s  free gift.  I hope you have received it.

“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that  Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures  and  that He was buried,  and that  He rose again the third day according  to the Scriptures.”  I Cor. 15:3,4

It’s a great day to remember the fallen and a great day to remember what Jesus has done for us.

Always More to Learn

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I guess my farm girl genes surfaced once again.  Thanks to Bill and Denny and their instruction on how to start, run, and actually mow with my Cub Cadet, I was finally able to mow my lawn.  Here was an instance of “slow is better.”  Slow meant more control and a better job done.  I knew I couldn’t hurry this learning process or getting the feel of how to maneuver those two metal steering bars.  I loved the final results and I had fun on my “new toy.”

Some of you may be like me.  I have, for the most part, found it hard to ask for help.  But there are time when we need to do just that.

Also, “slow” has hardly ever been my favorite way  of doing things.  Yet,this, too, may be a necessary way to approach a problem or learn something new.  It’s also God’s way of growing us.  He doesn’t expect us to reach spiritual maturity “overnight.”  it’s actually a  lifetime procedure.  There’s always more to  learn.  He often  uses other Christians to help and teach us.  Be willing to accept their help.

“Being confident of this very thing,  that He who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil. 1:6

 This often just takes a slow steady pace.  Don’t get discouraged.

Those Seeds

dandelions

My yard is sprinkled with yellow!  Perhaps some would say it actually looks pretty – but not really.  It’s full of dandelions. Yet, a little girl could be very happy here as she picks a bouquet for her mother.  Another could joy in cutting the greens before the blossoms come for a healthy side dish (not for me!).

From year to year those “pretty weeds” multiply as they turn to a fluffy seeded ball carried by the wind; only to produce more yellow! As I consider this, I wonder what kind of seeds are being carried by the winds in my own life to those around me.  Are they seeds of love, goodness, kindness, encouragement, or just the opposite?

I never know how far God may take my seeds, but I want them to have a positive impact.  I need the Lord’s help every day for this to happen and best thing I can do is to be in His word every day and to walk in the Spirit.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law.”  Gal. 5:22,23

We can do what we can to spread good seed, but then we have to leave the results up to God.

“So then neither is he that plants anything, neither is he that waters, but God that gives the increase.”  I Cor. 3:7