Sunday, April 21, 2024

The Lord


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We sang this last Sunday at church last Sunday. The congregation liked it so well that the praise band director chose to include it in today's service. 

This was our Prayer hymn. It really set the mood for intense prayer.

This was the closing hymn for both the first and second services.

Just wanted to share these beautiful hymns with all of you.  

We had a frost warning overnight here and where our son, Roger, lives. big change from the first of the week.

Friday, April 19, 2024

Wait, Renew, Mount


But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31(NKJV)

Lately, I have been plagued with a circumstance in my life. When I realized the issue was going to bring harm to me, I prayed and kept on praying. The circumstance does not seem to bother me at this moment.

Should it creep back into my life, I know I can ask for the Lord to guide me through the particulars and bring me through to solid ground. I believe I have been able to surmount the issue.

God has helped me through this. I am thankful He did. I will always be thankful to Him for his help and his protection.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Renew a Right Spirit


Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit in within me. Cast me not from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:10 (ESV)

Prayer of David

The prophet Nathan had confronted David about his sin with Bathsheba. David recognized that what he had done was sinful in God’s eyes.

David knew he had to repent. He had sinned against God and done evil. My question today is this: When we sin how long does it take us to realize our error?

Monday, Jim and I went looking for kitchen chairs. Our first stop was at a thrift shop, and they didn’t have any “at this time.” We then went to Walmart. I had to do a lot of walking to find someone to help us and then to find the area we wanted. They didn’t have anything but folding chairs. As we were leaving, my upper left leg began to tighten up on me. I wasn’t sure of what was going on. I asked Jim to bring the car up near the entrance. He did.

He decided we’d go get something to eat at a buffet restaurant. I told him, I would wait in the car. I had to tell him how much my leg hurt. I actually got profane about it.

I immediately felt I had sinned.

At the buffet, he dropped me off at the door and went and parked the car. He helped me get my food. He went and got the car and met me at the front door when we left.

Prayer: Dear Father God; Please forgive us when we sin. Guide our paths and our words as we face difficult issues in our lives. Help us to stand for you as we face certain unusual events in our walk through this life. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

'Til the Storm Passed By



This is a hymn that came to my mind this week. I became acquainted with it back in 1978. It has helped me through some difficult times. I just wanted to share this with you. 

Our son is coming home for a delayed visit. I have to get a few things done before he arrives.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

March Reflections

A Slow Month

My computer issue did not get resolved until I purchased a new one. Then I had trouble getting my printer to work. In the process of trying to resolve the printer issue, I shut it down completely. Roger told me he would look at the printer when he came home. (I was able to contact my ink supplier and get that problem resolved.)

Postponed Plans

Roger was going to come home St. Patrick's Day weekend but was too worn out to do it. We said it would be okay with us if he came Palm Sunday weekend.(I had a birthday during the week in between.) Jim has been dealing with a cold and another health issue. So we decided Roger didn’t need to be exposed to those germs. We aimed for Easter weekend. Then, I started feeling bad.

Pastor Rick

Pastor Rick was released from the intense therapy hospital on March 22nd. Cheryl took a couple of pictures and texted them to some of us. He looked happy to be home. I didn’t get to church on Palm Sunday and Easter. I heard that Pastor was at first service on both Sundays.

Desires, Goals, and Plans 

As time goes by, I have some desires that I would like to be able to accomplish. In order to do these things, I have to set goals. Then, I have to make plans to see those goals met and those desires become real. Please pray about this for me.

This See-Saw Weather

I will be very happy to see an end to this chilly weather. When the temperature is not in the 30s and 40s, it is up in the 60-70 range, for a day or two. No wonder so many people are sick.

An Interesting Day

My driver’s license expired on my birthday. A few weeks earlier, I received a postcard from the B.M.V. The card reminded me of the fact of the expiration. It also told me to bring paperwork verifying my identity.

(I had already done this six years ago. I happened to keep the paperwork in my desk drawer.) I thought I needed to update the documents showing my mailing address.

I drove to the town just north of us to go to that B. M. V. I found out it was closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I was there on a Tuesday.

I had to drive back to our city and then across town to get to the shopping center on the south side of town. When it was my turn to be waited on, I asked about the need for my paperwork. The young lady said, “You already have the star on your license, you didn’t need to bring the paperwork.” I also found out that the branch I went to first shares its staff with the branch in the next county. Yes, it was an interesting day.

Two Phone Calls

On Tuesday of Holy Week, I answered our home phone. It was our great-nephew. He told me that his dad had suffered a stroke the day before. He also said his dad was not going to make it. About three and a half hours later, he called back and told me that his dad had passed on about an hour and a half before.

Between the two phone calls I contacted some prayer-warrior friends. I also prayed that our nephew would not suffer. As his son told me, our nephew turned over to go to sleep and passed on.

Jim was asleep when the second call came. After I told him, most of that day, Jim told me memories about when they were kids; they were fond memories.

This may sound boring but that was my life during the month of March.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Blessed People


Christ our Pilot, Sallman 

                                       Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust

and does not respect the proud nor such as turn aside to lies.

                                                                                                       Psalm 40:4 (NKJV)

Words of David

From time to time, we experience difficult things in our lives-sudden serious illness in our families, loss of employment, death of a loved one,- events that we have to face even though they seem to be hard to understand.

David tells us that the person who trusts God is blessed. He further defines one who trusts as one who chooses not to respect those who think too highly of themselves, or one who comes across as being a ‘know it all’.

Also, one who trusts in God will refrain from listening to those who repeatedly abandon the truth for lies.

When we follow the Lord, we have all of His blessings for us and His power keeping us safe. Then we are truly blessed.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Trusting God Yields Happiness


He who heeds the Word wisely will find good; and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he. Proverbs 16:20 (NKJV)

Words of Solomon

I found a form of this verse in a gift book that I ran across in my living room. The book is entitled “Growing Through Prayer”.

I am certain that each of us has experienced not heeding God’s Word in the way we should.

When we choose to think that we know a better way to do something than God we do not heed His Word. We find ourselves in a fix, and it may be a while before we can say that we are out of trouble.

However, when we heed God’s Word and His leading, we find ourselves more relaxed and

possibly even have a pleasant outlook about things.

When we give our worries and concerns over to God and trust Him for the outcome, Solomon tells us we achieve happiness when we trust in the Lord.

This sounds so simple. There are times when I have wandered away from trusting Him and have taken on some issue that either is to big for me to handle or should not really concern me. That’s when I find myself getting unhappy and, yes, possibly depressed.

Prayer: Father God, please forgive me for those times I have not trusted You. I am sorry for rushing into things that are too big for me to handle, especially those things that only You can remedy. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen

The Lord

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