Thursday, October 22, 2020

My Jesus I Love Thee

On most days since the pandemic and the stay-at-home order was in effect, our pastor has called the congregants with a "daily lesson." Today's lesson was on loving God. As I listened, I had this song come into my mind. It gives me comfort. I hope it brings that same feeling, whatever you may be going through. This hymn was written by William Ralph Featherstone in 1864. He was possibly 16 years old at the time. 




Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Praise the LORD (part two)

 

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For God alone my soul waits in silence;

From him comes my salvation.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,

My fortress: I shall not be greatly shaken.”

Psalm 62:1-2 (ESV)

 

These are the words of David.

 

“For God alone”

 

David had a special relationship with God. Yes, we know David was human. He sought forgiveness from the LORD.

 

Only God, through Jesus, forgives us of our sins, we should await His guidance for our lives. Like David, we should seek forgiveness from God and then from others.

 

“my soul waits in silence”

 

David sought out the LORD patiently, quietly, expectantly waiting for the guidance he needed.

 

We should learn to wait for God. He sometimes speaks in whispers; therefore, we should learn to be silent before Him.

 

“He alone is my rock and salvation”

 

Only God is David’s strength and He is the only one who saved David from his sins.

 

God gives us the strength to go on when we are ‘down’ physically, emotionally, and mentally.

 

“my fortress”

 

God was David’s stronghold against Saul and against his own sons.

 

God is the strong front when we face difficult, even traumatic times.

 

“I shall not be shaken”

 

David realized that God would uphold him as he faced those who opposed him.

 

When we rely on God and wait for His guidance and leading, we, like David, will be able to stand firm for what we believe.   


This spoke to me this afternoon. Next Tuesday afternoon, I have an appointment to see a specialist at a hospital in Indy. I can feel God's presence and the prayers of all those who are praying for me. Our son, Roger came home Saturday afternoon and stayed until Sunday afternoon. Please pray for us. God is in control.


Saturday, October 10, 2020

Praise God for His Word

 

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One of the many things we can praise God for is His Word-the Bible.

 

His word gives us strength we are down and direction when we are faced with issues that affect our lives.

Deuteronomy 30:19 “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life”

 

The above passage guided me through an exceedingly difficult period of my life.

 

Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as     the Lord forgave you.”

 

As I was studying a Sunday school lesson, I read those words. I had to reread them several times. They convicted me. I try to live by these words currently, so many years later.

 

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

 

As a teenager, I first heard this passage in a Laity Day sermon at church. As a teen, I really did not understand what the person meant. As I matured, I learned that the words are true. “Seek First.” Should be our motto as well as our goal in life. 

 

Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

 

I have learned that all we must do is ask God and He will listen. We can seek His guidance and He will lead us to where He wants us.

 

All scriptures in this post are from the New International Version.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Praise the LORD

 

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Let everything that has breath praise the LORD

Psalm 150:5(NIV)

 

The psalmist says is succinctly. However, sometimes we feel that we have nothing to praise God for. We have myriad things to praise Him for. Here is a list of a few of those things.                

 

Did you sleep well last night?

We should thank God when we do. We should thank Him when we happen to be awake late at night or early in the morning. He may want us to pray at those times.

 

Did you wake up this morning?

You can praise God for his gift of another day.

 

Did you have breakfast this morning?

You can praise God for the food He provided.

 

Did your car have enough gasoline to get you to your destination?

You can praise God for giving you the funds to have fuel to allow you to get to your job or to the store or to your meeting.

 

Did you have a recent visit/ phone call from a family member?

We all have been through a tough year and must praise God for those times when we can see our family members.

 

Are you and your family members in reasonably good health? We must praise God for this considering what we see and hear about in our world.

 

Did a friend pray for/with you recently? We should all give praise to our God for that friend and her caring enough for us to pray.

 

Prayer: Father God: We praise You for who You are-our Father, our Savior, our Friend.

We give praise for all you have given us and have done for us. In Jesus’ Name, I  pray. Amen.

Friday, October 2, 2020

September Reflections

 

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 Late August

           

            We had a special church service at the end of August. Our pastor and his wife were on vacation. The leader of our praise band led the service. We had a singspiration.

           

Around Home

 

We had two of our four stand fans conk-out permanently on us. We believe one got struck by lightning. We also have two window air conditioners. We still had some warm days in September.

 

Kids and Youth Fall Kickoff

           

  Our Children’s Ministries Director asked me to register those children and youth who attend the Fall Kickoff. This reminded me of kick-off carnivals of yesteryear at another church.

 

My Bad Habit to Correct

 

During this time of COVID, I have become a slug with news-junkie tendencies. I am trying to break these bad habits. With our son, Roger, coming home for Jim’s birthday, I wanted to get some things done.

           

A Loss of a Friend

 The third week of September, I was taught a lesson I hope to never forget. On Monday, my best friend Martha called me with some upsetting news. One of our friends who had been declared cancer-free had learned that her cancer had returned.  Feeling bad for our friend, I called Martha back and asked, ”What can I do to help her?” We decided to put together a list of snack foods, word search books, hand sanitizers, a tube of hand cream, a stuffed toy, and an encouragement card. 

 

On Thursday afternoon, we visited with her. We were there for about an hour. I had shared some books with Martha who passed them on to her. Martha had put the latest one we had read in the bucket with all the items we had taken to her. She returned several to me.  When we left, I accidentally dropped one of the books out of the bag. She walked out to Martha’s car and handed me the book.

 

On Friday, she was scheduled for a procedure before her usual treatment. I received a phone call from Martha. I could tell she had been crying. Our friend had a heart attack and had died. We heard later that our friend had one pain and was gone.

 

The lesson we learned: we are to always obey the Holy Spirit when He speaks to us. We are thankful we did, and we got to see her. However, we know we will see her again.     

 

Having Our Son Visit

 

It was nice to have Roger, our son, with us to help celebrate his dad’s birthday. I did not get all done, I wanted to for the visit, let us say, our house was “semi-presentable.” We all knew how long it had been since we had been together. We were glad we could be together. As for my cleaning project, I intend to build on it as I ready our home for the upcoming holidays.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Book Review: Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable By Dr. William H. Marty

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Dr. William Marty has created remarkably interesting Bible studies on the parables of Jesus and includes two from the Old Testament. These studies will cause those who study these cryptic stories to ponder questions that we usually do not consider about the ramifications of the effect of these stories upon those that heard them and even those who read them today.

 After Dr. Marty introduces each parable, he includes reflections and some optional reflections that explore different scriptures that highlight the lessons Jesus taught to His disciples. Those reflections following the Old Testament parables lead to sections of the Old Testament that enhance the stories. 

 After each of the reflections, Dr. Marty challenges those who study the parable with a memory verse.

 I would recommend this book to anyone who leads Bible studies and for those who prefer to do personal Bible studies.

 I started my reading of this book by answering the reflection questions as I finished each of the studies at the beginning of the book. Because of my studying this book, I learned a lot about myself and my outlook on life. 

 I received this book free from Bethany House Publishing. All they asked of me is that I give an unbiased review.

 This book is available at Amazon.com Here

Monday, September 28, 2020

Praise God for His Love

 

 

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Praise the LORD, O my soul;

All my inmost being, praise his

Holy name.

Praise the LORD, O my soul

And forget not all his benefits—

Who forgives all your sins

And heals all your diseases,

Who redeems your life from the pit

And crowns you with love and

Compassion,

Who satisfies your desires

With good things

So that your youth is renewed

Like the eagle’s.

Psalm 103: 1-5 (NIV)

 

King David penned these words. He instructs his heart to praise God. He further tells himself to give laud to God’s holy name.

Those who love God know that His name is special and not to be used irreverently.

 

Those who follow God are to remember that he forgives our sins and heals us from diseases. Sometimes we must adjust our lifestyle or use medication to control certain disorders that we may experience.

 

God also gets us out of bad places that we may happen to find ourselves. When He rescues us from evil ways, He engulfs us with ardor and understanding.

 

God fulfills our desires with good things in such a way that that He energizes us.

 

<I> The Lord is compassionate and gracious,

Slow to anger, abounding in love.

He will not always accuse,

Nor will he harbor his anger

forever;

He does not treat us as our sins

Deserve

Or repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are from

The earth,

So great is his love for those who fear him;

As far as the east is from the west

So far has he removed our

transgressions from us.

Psalm 103:8-12

 

 When we suffer, God suffers with us. He treats us with love and kindness. God is long-suffering with us when we slip and fall from the path we walk with Jesus.

 

God does not always point a finger at us when we mess up. When we realize our sin and seek His forgiveness, He forgives us instantly.

 

God does not look down an say, “When she was a small child, she broke that thing her mother held dear.” He forgives and loves us because we belong to Him.

My Jesus I Love Thee

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