Friday, March 30, 2018
We sang this praise song this past Sunday as a part of our Palm Sunday worship. I love the chorus. It is my desire that God will complete the actions in the verse for myself and for all who follow Him.
The Potter's Hand
Beautiful Lord, Wonderful Saviour
I know for sure, all of my days are held in your hands, crafted
into your perfect plan
You gently call me into your presence guiding me by Your Holy Spirit
Teach me, dear Lord, to live all of my life through Your eyes
I'm captured by Your holy calling
Set me apart, I know you're drawing me to yourself
Lead me, Lord, I pray
Take me, Mould me, use me, fill me
I give my life to the Potter's hand
Call me, guide me, lead me, walk beside me
I give my life to the Potter's hand
you gently call me into your presence guidin me by your holy spirit
teach me, dear Lord, to live through your eyes
I'm captured by you holy calling
set me apart, I know you're drawing me to yourself
lead me, Lord, I pray
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Lately, I haven’t been journaling on a regular basis (I know, shame on me.) I did decide after reading another RJD person about her activities to at least open my most recent journal book and see what I could find that might be of interest to patricipate in this reunion.
Journal Entry Dated 2/16-17-2017
I received a phone call from my dear friend Martha. She was uncharacteristically upset. Her sister-in-law, Wilma, was unexpectantly taken to a nursing home on Tuesday night. Martha was visiting her at the facility. As she left, she ran into her brother and one of their daughters.
Her brother was going to see his doctor. He was severely dehydrated. His daughter was told he’d have to drink 64 ounces of water to get hydrated. That day he was going to the ER for a related circumstance.
Martha asked me to pray over the phone for her and her kin. We prayed and then we talked for a bit. I told her, “I wish I could say everything was going to be all right, but, I can’t. She understood what I meant. At our age we know things can “go south” quickly. We both know our lives are in God’s hands.
When she went to see Wilma, she read today’s devotion from Jesus Calling. It was perfect for where Wilma was. She also took a book by my friend Jeanette Levellie and read some of the stories to her. (Martha said she took Jeanette. The way she said it made me laugh.)
I e-mailed Jeanette and shared with her about Martha “taking Jeanette with her.” I also shared with her that Wilma enjoyed the stories .Jeanette thanked me for passing the story on to her. She told me she had become discouraged about her writing. I felt I had been used by God.
Present day Things
Both Hubby and I were down with the Influenza A. I had to go to the ER with him one Sunday in February. They admitted him due to another issue that was going on. I realized the next day that I might have caught it also. After getting into our doctor on the next day (Tuesday,) I had to go to the hospital to bring Hubby home. He walked out of the hospital and I got to ride in a wheelchair.
I was down for about 3 ½ weeks. I did not writing. I did no research on my new book. I did no investigating of where I could try to do book signings for my published book. I am still in a quandary what to do with promoting it. I really need some people to pray about this for me.
I am just getting back to wanting to write again. I have several letters of encouragement to write and I have three more to write. I hope to review two books I have read. These are written by authors I personally know. I also am awaiting a book to come from a publishing company that I will be reading and reviewing.
Monday, March 26, 2018
Again, Jesus spoke, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NRSV)
In our lives, due to our humanity, we, as well as others, have times of experiencing darkness. Uncertain times can bring times of fear. Financial difficulties, health crises, unemployment and marital problems all have caused people to begin to doubt themselves.
Some of these issues can cause people to sink into depression. However, there are remedies to looking at things cheerily while others might have a bleak attitude. I just got off the phone from talking to my Sunday school teacher’s wife. She works in our church office. We go to talking about the weather. She told me our pastor came in today wearing his snowman tie and then went into the kitchen and found his snowman mug for his coffee. His answer to all this is, “You just have to embrace the weather.”
When one is faced with seemingly insurmountable issues in his or her life, we can turn them over to Jesus and let Him smooth out the problems.
I remember in some old movies when a family was facing hard financial times their neighbors would have a ‘rent party.’ At a church we were in, the congregation would hold a ‘pound party’ where the people would each bring a pound of some food item and give the items to the new preacher or do one for pastor appreciation month. Some places call it ‘pounding the preacher.’
Once, when I was a child, we went up to see my great-uncle while my dad was laid-off from his job. As we were getting ready to leave, here came Uncle Charlie carrying an armload of fresh vegetables for us. I didn’t understand why he did this until I was older. He wanted to help us out.
When I was in college, a fraternity house caught fire. That fire was a total loss of the house and all its contents. All the women in my residence hall started donating things-blankets, pillows shampoo, toothpaste, soap, anything that they thought could help those displaced men.
Sometimes, we get to extend Jesus’ light to others. A get-well card, a condolence card, a phone call, or a cheery note just to tell a person we are praying for them will take away the feelings of gloom and sadness. We have times where someone needs to hear a special compliment from us. That thought might lighten their load and brighten their day.
Jesus calls Himself the light of the world because His Father sent Him to cast light into our world and to lead us out of the dark places into which it can lead us.
Praise the LORD for the light Jesus brings to us.
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