He’s Here!


Scripture for the day:  Luke 12:22-26 “Then Jesus said to His disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.  Consider the ravens:  They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.  And how much more valuable you are than birds!  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?'”

Sometimes I take a little trip into the future.  I don’t know why I go there because it is a very scary place.  I am tormented by questions, and I don’t find any peace or comfort.  Here are a few examples of what I find in the future.  What if my cancer comes back?  What if something happens to my husband and I am left alone?  How are we going to take care of our house and acreage as we age?  And so it goes, on and on and on until I realize I can’t go there alone.  I need Jesus, and I left Him back in today.

So back I go to the present.  I feel a peace surround me.  My joy returns.  I feel safe, happy and alive.  Jesus is here with me, and I’m OK.  He knows my future, and He isn’t afraid.  And I won’t be either if I simply wait and go with Him.

So, here I am.  The birds are singing, the sun is shining, my husband is sitting close by, and we are both healthy and happy.  Best of all, my Jesus is here willing to listen, to speak to me.  I am truly blessed.

Song for the day:   “Your Grace Still Amazes Me” by Phillips, Craig and Dean

“Your grace still amazes me, your love is still a mystery, each day I fall on my knees ’cause Your grace still amazes me.”

Glory


Scripture for the day: Proverbs 31:28 “Her children rise up and call her blessed …”

  Ex 20:12 “Honor your father and mother …”

     Deut 5:16 “Honor your father and your mother …”

I am thinking of my 97-year-old mother-in-law today.  She is in a nursing home, and it is very sad to visit her.  She is almost blind, deaf and confined to a recliner.  She still knows us, and she is always glad to see us.  Conversing is hard because her short-term memory is gone.  Our “conversations” are circular, with her asking the same questions over and over.  But she smiles at us.  She is glad to see us even if she won’t remember that we were there.

Lillie loves the Lord.  She read her Bible faithfully until her eyesight became so bad she couldn’t see the words.  She even used a magnifying glass to read scripture for as long as she could.  I imagine she knows some scripture by heart, and I pray it comforts her.  In this age that is so youth-oriented, it is nice to pause and honor an elder.

I pray God’s special blessing on Lillie today.  May she have peace that passes understanding and may the blessed assurance that she belongs to Him comfort her.  Being with her is such a blessing, and I thank God for the gift she is to our family.

Song for the day:  “O That Will Be Glory”

My prayer for Lillie today is that she is resting in all that God has promised her.  When the aches and pains of this life seem too much, I pray that she will remember Glory!

 

Be Still


Scripture for the day:  Ps 46:10  “Be still, and know that I am God . . .”

Be still.  Hard to do in our hustle, bustle world, but I find it so important.  I need that quiet time in my day to simply “be”, to put all my cares and responsibilities aside and just sit quietly.

It is during those times that I talk to my Father and, more importantly, He talks to me.  No cell phone.  No TV.  No chatter.  Just the ticking of the clock on the wall and my rhythmic breathing.

I find genuine peace in those quiet moments, and I find renewal and strength from Him.  I know that He is God!  Sometimes it is just a feeling of communion, of being one with Him, with no words needed or wanted.  In that moment, I give up self and just feel His sufficiency and grace.

It is so beautiful to simply be in the moment with Him!

Song for the day:  “Wonderful Jesus!”

“There is never a day so dreary, There is never a night so long, But the soul that is trusting Jesus will somewhere find a song.”  My heart is singing because He lives, He loves me, He bore my sins on the cross.  It is a wonderful day in Him!

 

How Majestic


Scripture for the day:  Ps 8:9  “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!”

Ps 8 talks about all the works of the Lord’s hands and the fact that he has given us dominion over all of it.  I can barely take care of myself on any given day.  How awesome that He would consider me worthy and put me in charge of anything.

The key is to do everything through His power.  So I humbly thank Him for loving me and trusting me but I do everything to His honor and glory.  If the moon and stars, oceans and rivers, mountains and plains are insignificant in His sight, how amazing it is that He sees me, knows me, loves me, trusts me.

For that, I humbly give Him everything I am and everything I hope to be.

Song for the day:  “How Majestic is Your Name” by Michael W. Smith

 http://www.myspace.com/michaelwsmith/music/songs/how-majestic-is-your-name-album-version-28419148

Just listened to this on YouTube.  Made my whole day smile!

 

My Refuge


Scripture for the day:  Ps 91:2  “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him I will trust.”

I am astounded that God knows me, cares for me, protects me, loves me!  I am so insignificant in the scheme of things.  Why should He care?

Well, let’s see.  He gave His son to die on a cross for me.  No one else has done that for me . . . ever.  He shows His amazing love in everyday provision in my life.  He takes care of the little things, things I don’t even know to pray about!  I can go to Him in prayer 24/7.  I don’t have to leave a message or pray back later.  He protects me day and night.  I have nothing to fear.

I am so blessed!  I am a child of the King and in Him I will trust.

Song for the day:  “Grace” by Laura Story

I love this song!  It talks about God’s daily sufficient grace, His love and His patience.  One line says “The price that I could never pay was paid at Calvary.  So, instead of trying to repay You, I’m learning to simply obey You by giving up my life to You for all that You’ve given me.”  That is my prayer today: that I will remember the price that was paid for me and simply surrender all to Him.

 

 

Moving Day


Scripture for the day:  Matthew 6:19-21  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

It’s impossible to turn on the TV or read the newspaper without finding out about another burglary, home invasion, etc.  Sometimes it is just material things that are taken, but more often than not the homeowner was beaten or even killed, all because someone wants our “stuff”.

I enjoy my comfortable home, and I appreciate all the “stuff” that makes it mine.  Most of what I value belonged to my grandmother, my mother, a favorite aunt.  It is the memory of them that is precious.  The trinket is just a reminder of the relationship.  However, if it was all taken from me, I would be OK.

I am more concerned about my heavenly home.  I am trying to live my life so that building materials are being accumulated in my name.  I want a mansion in glory!  I am looking forward to all that is mine to claim in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Song for the day:  “O That Will Be Glory”

Moving into that heavenly home, being able to see Jesus’ face, no more fears or doubts . . . that will be glory.  That is the treasure I am counting on and that is where my heart is.

 

Thomas


Scripture for the day:  John 20:26-29  “And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them.  Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!”  Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your finger here, and put it into My side.  Do not be unbelieving, but believing.  And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”  Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed.  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

I have been a Thomas.  I have questioned Jesus, doubted Him, left Him.  My father was killed in a car accident when I was 23.  I was so mad at God!  I questioned Him, doubted Him and walked away when He didn’t answer me.  Right then!  I wouldn’t wait.  I just left. Biggest mistake of my life, but I came back, crawled back, actually, humbled and defeated.

He was waiting for me, arms outstretched, welcoming me home.  I have never doubted again.  He is my Lord and my God.  Without Him, I am nothing.  I have never seen the scars but I believe.  I love Him, praise Him, honor Him, worship Him.  His scars saved me, and I am so thankful!

Song for the day:  “Nail Scarred Hand”

I am so grateful for that nail-scarred hand to lead me, guide me, comfort me.  May I never forget the price that was paid for me on the cross and may my life reflect the nail-scarred hand I hold.

 

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