Friday, July 2, 2010

As We Wait

“Oh, Lord you have searched me and you know me.

You hem me in- behind and before;

you have laid your hand upon me.” Psalm 139:1;5

In years past, waiting has been hard for me. About the time I think I have learned patience, I find myself in a situation that tells me I am still human.

When I find myself in the hurry up and wait mode, I feel frustrated. When I feel this emotion, I react to issues and events because I find myself under stress. I can make myself sick from dwelling on the problems at hand.

I know better than to get myself upset. But I have to remember my humanity. During these times, I can be very high strung. Add to the mix one husband who can be more high strung than I and we have the makings of a disaster.

I found myself reading a book, called “My Heart Remembers” by Kim Vogel Sawyer. Throughout the story the scripture, Psalm 139:1;5 came into focus in the lives of three people, two sisters and a brother, separated in childhood.

Their story simply stated tells of the oldest child, a girl, looking for her younger brother and baby sister for 17 years.

The story ends happily. Along the way all three have made commitment to the Lord. God leads them to the same town in Missouri. The baby sister meets a young man and his family and works for them in their store. The brother takes a job as a sheepherder in a ranch near the town. The older sister has spent the majority of her life traveling the nation as a photographer’s apprentice and then a photographer. She is searching for her siblings all the while.

Now, the fifth verse speaks to me. The Lord God surrounds us with His love (hems us in). He has His hand on us. He knows when we face difficulties in this life. Our redeemer keeps us strong. He draws us close to Himself.

As a human being, I forget these aspects of God’s watch care over me. As a child of God, I am very thankful for His presence, His precious, loving, presence.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Help Me Celebrate!

July is my blogoversary month, my second one. I didn’t celebrate my first year. So I am celebrating my second by giving away a basket of writing supplies, and what writer can have too many supplies :)?

I enjoy writing my blog. I enjoy reading those I follow. I wanted to celebrate my blog’s birthday with my blogging friends.. Enter the drawing by midnight July 4th.

If you leave your e-mail address in the following form

Name(at)internet service(dot)com/net, I will enter your name in the drawing.

Remember no e-mail address means no entry.

If you remind me that you follow my blog, I will enter your name a second time.

If you sign up to follow my blog, I will enter your name a second time.

If you follow my blog from Facebook, I will enter your name a second time.

If you tell others about my giveaway on your blog, I will enter your name a third time.

Here is a listing of what the blessed winner will receive, as of June 24th; the winner will hear from me in the next day or two. 

1, package of colored paper clips small 2. package of colored paper clips large

3. two flag highlighters,

4. wite out exact liner,

5. five note pads,

6. three small tablets,

7.,8 two memo books for pocket or purse.

9. package of sticky notes

10. package of small binder clips.

11. one book, entitled “Communicate to Change Lives” by James N. Watkins.

All these writing supplies are contained in a rectangular Amish small lunch basket with leather carrying straps.

This giveaway is limited to residents of the United States and is void where prohibited. No fee was required to enter this drawing. The winner is responsible for their eligibility. All items were purchased by the holder of the drawing.

Monday, June 28, 2010

On Being Strong

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:25 (NIV)

Very recently, a daughter of a close friend told me that I was a strong spouse. I thanked her for her observation.

I began thinking about what makes a person strong in faith. Can it be something we ask God to do for us? Or is it like patience? We have been told if we pray for patience, God allows us to experience events in our lives that cause us to develop it.

In our human lives we have times when we have to realize how weak and helpless we are. Day to day, we make choices that causes us to either experience times of trial and tribulation or bypass a lot of extra grief in the process of life.

Sometimes we have to deal with the hardships of this life. We have the option of looking at the particulars through the eyes of man or of God. We learn of God by studying His Word, by prayer and reading devotional thoughts and meditating on what we learn.

Certain people learn from experiences that come into their lives. Others hear of their neighbor’s plights and take to heart the hard lessons that inevitably follow.

I have stated before that if we don’t learn what God intends for us to learn; we WILL get the chance to repeat the lesson until we do learn it over and over and, if need be, over yet again.

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