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We can learn from the wise

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you 'til it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer,never give up then,for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." Harriet Beecher Stowe

Are you a Martha or a Mary?

I will begin my entry with a verse from Luke 10:41-42.It says this: "The Lord said to her,My dear Martha,you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about.Mary has discovered it,and it will not be taken away from her."Are you Mary,sitting at the feet of Jesus learning,or are you a Martha doing all you can do,and trying to get all the details in life right? If I am honest,I have to say I want the heart of Mary,but get caught up in the details of life,and end up being Martha in this world. Here Mary was letting go of all the STUFF,and spending time with Jesus,and Martha is in the kitchen and running through the house trying to get all the things done.I think she thought she would make Him proud of her if she completed all she thought she had to do.How do we get so mixed up in this world? I want to sit at the feet of my Savior,and learn all I can about Him,but I struggle so much with trying so hard to make all things perfect,a…

Wandering in the desert

Do you ever feel like your wandering in the desert like an Israelite? I do,sometimes on a daily basis. The Israelites were blessed by God so many times,and would follow Him,then turn away,and wander trying to find their own way.God was leading them,He was loving them,but still they kept turning away on their own.I don't want to walk in the desert any longer.I feel like I have been there long enough trying to find my way through all the pain,and hurt of this world. We are just like the Israelites.They see Gods blessings and know He is there,then for some reason they turn away and try to make their own way.It never worked for them,so why is it so hard for us to grasp this? As mothers,and as women we are nurturing,we are fixers,we see things and we think we know how they should be done.We see the wrongs and want to make it right.That isn't our job.That job belongs to God,and only Him.If we are loving Him with all our hearts,His love will shine through us,and He and He alone will …

Sticks and Stones

Remember the saying"sticks and stones may break my bones,but words will never hurt me",well that is just simply untrue.Words cut deep down into our soul.A bruise quickly heals over time,but words cut way too deep and are not forgotten so easily.In scripture it tells of fools speaking without thought.It tells of people who are quick tempered,and it tells of how we should speak only things that bring praise and honor to God.In Proverbs 15:1 it says,"A soft answer turns away wrath,but a harsh word stirs up anger."If we go on down and read verse 2 it says,"The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly,but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness." We should think before we speak.If we simply do not have something nice to say to someone,or words to lift them up,we should just completly close our mouths. Words are a gift from the Lord.With our words we can share the gospel,we can lift a spirit,we can calm a hurting person,we can use our words wisely.If we do …

Windows

There is a saying that our eyes are the windows of a persons soul. Have you ever just gone window shopping? We go and look into the windows,and see things that make us stir.Things that grab our attention,or make us take a second look.Have you seen the movies where some lost soul is peering into the window of a family having a wonderful time at Christmas? When something happens outside at my mothers retirement complex,all the people go to their windows looking to see what has happened. We clean our windows so we can see clearly all that is outside. There is somethings intriguing about looking in others windows.We watch to see how others are living,we watch to see what is on sale,we observe the neighbors through our windows. It is so interesting to look at others,and at the things that make us dream.It is much easier to look out the windows of our soul,than to peer inside ourselves.It is much easier to take a glimpse of someone,and see how we may do things different.It is much easier to…

Priceless

Sometimes in life we are blessed with special moments that we wish we could capture for ever,some are on video,some in pictures,but the best are just close in our heart,and kept as memories forever. I think of all the little things my children did.Bringing me dandilions,little flowers from the yard,bringing me ragweed to put in a vase that I was severly allergic to.The times when they are sleeping with such peace on their faces, when they eat icecream,and it ends up all over them,when they color you that beautiful picture,that you have to ask,"What is this?" When you hear them pray for the first time all on their own. When they start to crawl,and move all over. When they lose that first tooth,and get that first haircut.When you first hear the words,I love you mommy. When they stand for each other,and cry when a brother or sister are hurting. There are so many priceless moments with our children that only last for a blink of an eye,and then they are grown.How did it happen so…

Allowing God to create through us

This morning a friend gave me a piece of information from a story that blessed my heart. As parents,friends,family,the special people in our lives come in,we sometimes feel that all we have done or said gets overlooked,even unnoticed by those we love and are trying to reach. We often think no one hears us or even cares to listen to our advice. Maybe the love we have given is not received. We tend to ask,"Where are you God?"We sometimes think that all we are doing is for what? But as my friend showed me,God is working behind the scenes,and putting together a beautiful creation that is in progress. It often takes awhile for this to be seen. All the things we do may go unnoticed by others,but the Lord sees all we do,and He knows our hearts.He is creating,and using us for His construction team. We have to keep in mind that although many things are unseen,they are still there,and are at work in the hearts of others. Our efforts to share love, to raise our children in Godly standa…

One of the hardest things in life is to let go

One of the hardest things in life is to let go of the ones we love,or something very dear to our hearts. Our hearts were made to love and to cherish ones we have passing in our path. God brings so much beauty to our lives.The thing is,it is His to give,and His to take. Sometimes letting go of a person,or a situation is the hardest things we do,but letting go and giving everything to the Lord,gives us a peace that we do not fully understand,but it is a sweet peace,that can only come from Him. Many times we may want to pick it up again,and do so if the Lord is telling us to do that,but if not,we need to let it go and trust in the Lord that all will be accomplished for His glory. He never said our lives would be without pain and hurt.Some just choose never to love,or let anyone in because they are afraid of hurt.What a sad way to live,and miss out on all the special things God has in store for us. Letting go,and trusting is not always easy.We know what should be,and how it should be,or s…

Hope

If we do not have hope,then what really do we have? Nothing. Hope in Christ,and knowing He is in control of all things, is reasurring to me. It is comforting to know that we can have hope in Christ. If I had to wake tomorrow without Christ in my life, I'm not sure I would want to go on in this world. He gives us our paths, He sets His purpose infront of us. All we have to do is follow.We can follow in hope. He has our best interests at heart,He doesn't want us to hurt,He wants us to grow. Jeremiah 29:11.We can close our eyes at night,and know that God has His hand in everything.Nothing goes past Him, without His knowledge. We must open our hearts, and our hands,and give all to Him, and trust Him with our lives. I couldn't live without hope. Some put their hope in others, some put their hope in money or the stock market. Some put their hope in gaining fame, others put their hope in themselves,thinking all their gifts are because of themselves. We put our hope in a new presi…

Romans 5:8

"But god demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."Just think how much God loves us, to die for sinners, for those so undeserving. His love covers all, His blood was our sacrifice, Him on the cross, dieing, was for us, so that we might have life.Jesus gave all He had to give to the people of this world, the people He loves. He was willing to follow God through to the end, which is really a beginning for us. We can see His love everyday around us. In the eyes of a child, the birth of a baby, the loving words of a friend,the tender touch of our husbands hand, the giving of others, the love pouring out of our Father is all around us. From the simple to the hardest trial in our lives, God is there with us to shine through. Why? There is only one simple answer. Love. Uncondisional love, freely given, and for all if they will only accept His love.

Romans 12:1-2

" I beseech you therefore, bretheren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Let us stand out, let others see the change in us. Let us move by the spirit as He molds us and changes us for His glory. We can resist temptation, and the things of this world by renewing our minds, and allowing Christ to mold us. We need to think upon things that are pure,and pleasing to God, letting all the worldly desires go. I want this kind of walk with my Savior. I desire to know Him more,and to learn from His ways, not the worlds. Let us remember to look away from temptation, and look toward God for strength to renew our minds for His glory.

Spring

Spring is such a beautiful time of year. All things are coming back to life.We can hear the frogs chirpping, the robin's are out in wonder, the rabbits are all in the yard, the deer are becoming mothers.The trees are budding,and beginning to bloom. The tulips,and daffodils are all ready to show their glory at Easter. The grass is green again,and the smell of fresh cut grass grabs your nose. The rain showers that come, are comforting, for we know it is giving life to Gods creation. It is a time to see rainbows, beautiful sunsets,and taking breaks out on the decks of friends with laughter. The whole view is changing. Butterflies, dragonflies, and bumblebees, are fluttering, and buzzing around. Its time to go to the zoo again, take a trip to the park with a great book in hand. It is a time of new beginnings, when all of Gods glory is sprouting new. You can open the windows and feel the fresh air. Hanging the sheets,and towels out once again to smell fresh and new. Yes, spring is beau…

Why do we do the things we do?

I found a verse this morning from 1 Corinthians 10:31a.It says"Therefore, whether you eat or drink,or whatever you do,do all for the glory of the God." I had to ask myself this question of whether I do that or not. Do I at times do things for selfish reasons? Do I do everything with wanting to bring glory and honor to God? In our lives it is so easy to get bogged down with so many things we forget why we are doing them in the first place. That is our purpose on earth,to bring glory and honor to God. So why do we seem to be moving away from that? We tend to put people on a pedistal, and raise them up.We tend to look at others,and see their talents, and want ours to shine also. Why do we want them to shine? Is it for God or is it for us? I taught my children when they were small, whether they were doing the dishes, taking out the trash, cleaning their rooms, or doing homework. Do all things as though we are doing them for Christ,and take ourselves and our gain out of the pictu…

Psalm 121:1-8

"I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my strength come from? My help comes from the Lord,the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber, indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you-the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm-He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." We need never to be afraid, nor should we question where our daily needs will come from. Whenever we feel lost,or alone. When things seem to be rough, when we cannot know what is to come, all we have to do is look to our Lord, for He, and He alone will give us all we need, and will give us the strength to get through that valley. Our circumstances change daily, but the Lord is always the same, never changing, but wanting to be our tower of refuge, and …

Am I giving God My All?

Today while at home in my christian shirt and p.j pants, someone comes to the door. I see them pull in the drive, and start getting out. Two women and a little girl, probably in kindergarden or so. I think to myself, okay, I know who they are,and what they are doing. They came to the door with their books in hand, and I knew just by looking at them, what they were here for. They were Jehovah Witness' , they were here to share their faith with me. It was a family, a grandmother, mother, and daughter. They were dressed so nicely,and spoke with such love and care. The little one read a scripture to me, and shared that God loved me. She was a beautiful little girl, with her bible open, ready to share with me. I shared my faith with them, sharing in my christian shirt, I told them I am a christian, I believe that Jesus is my Savior, He came and died for my sins, and was coming again. I said, we have hurt, sickness,and war because of the sin in the world. I shared that I loved the Lord,…

Vows

As we fall in love with our best friend.On that day when they ask for our hand,and we say yes, we wait for that day that we stand before Christ to take those precious vows of marriage together. We take those vows,look into each others eyes,and promise to cherish, to love and to honor. We pray for that day,and for the rest of our lives, that we will be strong in our faith, letting nothing get in our of our love. We remind ourselves of that three strands of love tied together forever. In those strands, in the middle,is that strand of the Lord. We build our lives on a Godly foundation, living for Him,not ourselves. We promise to totally knock ourselves out for the other, promising never to keep score, and too be holy with one another. We look deep into one anothers eyes, saying the words, meaning the words, and praying for God to lead us. We hold hands with one another, promising to never take for granit the other, promising to always love one another. We share this moment in time before…

Butterflies

I have always loved butterflies and drangonflies. The intricate beauty,the delicate wings, the magistic flight. The butterfly and dragonfly both go through a metamorphosis. The butterfly goes through four changes,and the dragonfly goes through three. I was always just amazed at their beauty. My children always caught them when they were young,looked at their beauty,and let them go. I used to swim alot at a friends house,and the dragonflies would land on my tummy,and I would just sit and watch them.They have a peacefulness,a quietness about them.They seem to flutter all around with such joy. When you learn of the changes that take place within them,and knowing they first were little fuzzy catapillers, makes me look at my walk with Christ. As we start out on our walk,we too look like those fuzzy catapillers, just traveling along,trying to find our way. Then once we come to know Christ,He starts changing us. we move from looking for our way, to Him leading us,and we start our own metamor…

The book

As a person who loves to read, I go to the book stores alot. I search for the authors names, I see what is new on the shelves. Many times we look at a cover and it looks inviting,but once we start to read, we find out its not at all what it seemed to be. Sometimes we look on the back cover to read what the book is about, but even then it still is not what it seemed to be. I have gotten books that I picked up because the cover looked good, it looked fresh,and inviting. I have made that mistake many times, judging the book by the cover. Sometimes I even get a book, take it home,and start reading the first chapter,if it doesnt captivate me soon, I put it down and pick up another. That too, is a mistake. Sometimes it takes more than that first chapter to let us see the full picture of what is happening. Many times we do not see it until we get in the middle of the book. As we get to the end,things start picking up,and we finally see the truth of the matter. I have picked up books, and tho…

The plow

My husband tilled up our garden spot just a few days ago. I know this was hard for him,for he has a very bad shoulder, that needs surgery. I know it was painful for him to plow the garden. It is that time of year when the soil needs plowed, needs fertilizer, and much to begin to plant. We have to plow up the dirt first before we plant the seed. We have to bring in fertilizer before the seeds are in. We have to prepare the soil, the ground for all that we will plant. Some plant big gardens, some small, just enough for their family. We plant the seed, make sure it has lots of sunlight, water,and the plants need air. They need room to grow. We have to make sure the seed is spread apart, and it is deep down in the soil. It has to take root to grow properly. A garden is so beautiful, it is so full, and with all the different colors it makes it more so. You have to make sure you use the right tools, and tend to it everyday, picking out all the weeds, making sure they will not choke the plan…

Jesus loves me

Sometimes we get lost in who likes me, why are they mad at me, what did I do wrong, am I doing enough for others, can I do things different? There are so many questions we ask ourselves. So many times we are disappointed in ourselves,and others. We seem to just want peace and joy, love and forgiveness. We tend to look for these qualities in people,and in ourselves. These are wonderful qualities to have,but none of us can do 100% all the time, and none of us are perfect. We lose friends, family,and sometimes we lose ourselves in all the pain,hurt,and junk around us. One thing I do know, no matter what, Jesus loves me. He is there for me, He will never leave me, nor forsake me. He loves me just how I am,and doesn't expect me to change, He will do that work in me. He knows I'm not perfect, He knows I try my best,when for others it is not enough. He knows my darkest and deepest thoughts. He is the one person who I can truelly count on. I cannot put my faith in people I love, I can…

The finished Project

Last night my friend and I finished our redoing of our bathroom at church. We also finished cleaning out our decorating room, where we keep all of our things. It took awhile to complete. It took hard work and sweat. It took standing back and looking at things more than once.Its funny,when we finished decorating the bathroom,we turned the light off,and closed the door,so others would be surprised when they entered.But we stood there and opened the door,flicked on the light at least four or five times,just to see it for ourselves. The change that had taken place. The new look. Last week, even a little girl came in the bathroom,when it wasn't completed yet,and said ,"wow,what happend in here?" It was great, that even a little girl noticed the change before it was done. We even stood in awe of our new cleaned out closet. We just stood and looked at the progress that was made. We were proud,but humbled that we were able to do this work. This is like our lives also. The bathro…

The Windows of my Friend

Do you know anyone who loves to clean? Well, I do. Yes, I have a friend who loves to clean. I think she would clean all day if she could. I think it gives her a peace inside to clean, and she just enjoys it so. She loves to clean windows the best. She has the cleanest windows of anyone I have ever known in my life. You can't even see a smudge anywhere.You can see so clearly that you could just mistake yourself,and walk right on through one. My windows get dirty very easily, and no, I do not like to clean my windows, although it is time. Windows can get so dirty you can't see through clearly. Sometimes you just can't see at all. Something could be right in front of you,and you still couldn't see it. You try to clear away the dirt,by wiping it away,but it just doesnt come off so easily. Our eyes are like this. When we get something in them in hurts, we want it out. Our vision blurs,and we cant see straight. Things that should be clear are not visible at all. Its like bei…

My Encouraging Friend.......

I am blessed to have a friend in my life who encourages me in everyway possible. She has words of wisdom when I am confused. She keeps me going with laughter. She gives the perfect gifts, and sends the perfect cards. She is so beautiful,and doesn't see the beauty herself,but others do. She is amazing. She is strong,and very talented. She lifts me up with her encouragement. She gives me strength when I am weak, and she is the little sister I never had. She knows how much I love her, but I'm not sure if she really knows how much I admire her. She is pure, she is truthful in a kind way,she is the one who will tell ya, those shoes are ugly,but lift you up at the same time,and know just what to say. When I am having one of those not so good days, and everything seems to pile on. I can write her,and she will take the time to write back, but send my letter back, and underline,and fill in with her words of wisdom. She is a wonderful momma to her beautiful kids. She makes time for the …

Too Busy

Often I hear people say,even me, that we are just too busy. "I can't help you with that,I have too much going on." "I wish things would slow down for me." "Things are so crazy right now,maybe later I can do that." Are we really that busy? Do we really have so much to do, we can't make time for more?I hear some say,even me,"I didn't read my bible today,or do my Sunday school lesson, just couldn't find the time." When I really sit down and think of all the things I do. I know I do alot, I do stay busy, and I do get tired,but the thing is, we get busy with what we want to be busy with. We do the things that we want to do,and we find the time to do them. When a favorite show is on,or friends are going out to dinner,do we really say no? If someone gave you free tickets to your favorite band,would you say,no, I don't have time,but thanks anyway.No,I would make time to go. So, my question is,are we making time for Christ? Are we giv…

The friend with the quiet answer

I have this amazing friend,who is not only beautiful,but wise in Gods word,and is the friend of mercy He has given to me to turn to in times of trouble. On a night a few years ago, I was in such a dark place, such a place I didn't want to be in. It was a place where at times I felt alone,and as though I was losing everything dear to me. It was a place that I found myselft on my back deck, crying my eyes out, not sure of what to do. It was a beautiful night, I remember it so well. The stars were out in form. As I looked up, I remember calling out to God,and asking Him do you hear me? Where are you? Do you see that I cannot go on any further? It was at a place where I didn't think I could take another step. I knew things were coming I did not want to face, nor did I want to realize. Life was taking a detour, on a road I didn't know,and didn't want to travel. As I sat on my back deck, I had my phone in my hand, and I dialed the only number that I could at the time.It was …

My Church Family

My church family is very special to me. They have truely become my family in every sence of the word. I have many close friends, who are like sisters to me. I have known many for years, and some have just started to become a part of my life. I did not grow up in church. So for me, church is my favorite place to be, for between the pews sits my family. We have grown together, we have cried together, we have laughed together. Our pastor gathers us, and our Lord leads us. I have the family I never grew up with. I have grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles,sisters and brothers. We do not always see eye to eye, but what family does? We have learned that if it doesn't have anything to do with eternity,then we should let it go. It is humbling to see people go the altar, kneel and pray. We do not leave them there alone. It is an comforting feeling to feel someone place their hands upon you and pray over you. We are a hugging church. Growing up our family did not hug. I never remember my…

When

When your trying with all your heart to reach someone,and there is no response,do you keep trying, or do you give it God, and wait for them to come to you,and then you open your arms wide and receive them? Its hard to keep trying, to keep putting yourself out there, when in return, are you really making a difference? Love is not always easy. Love hurts sometimes, love brings anger, but with love comes forgiveness. We are to show the same grace and mercy to others that Christ showed to us. How many times do we keep trying, keep forgiving? seventy times seven. I wouldn't want someone to give up on me, but sometimes we have done what we can do,and we have to open open our hands to Christ and trust Him with those we love. He can reach them,He can touch them, He can turn them around and bring them back to Him. He will leave and go after that one sheep who has lost its way,and bring it back safely. As moms, we tend to hold on too tight, at least I did. We want to protect, and only God c…

A Test of Faith

I have been reading this wonderful book from Karen Ball called "A Test of Faith." It has been the most amazing, eye opening book for me. It could have been written about my life, a time when my faith was tested. Do you go through those times as I do? As parents we want to be the best we can be, we strive to do right, we want the best for our children. But in that time that I was striving to do my best, to do what I thought God wanted me to do, I let my own desires get in the way. Sometimes as parents we think we know best because we have been there and we have gone through all those things,so we want to talk to our children,and lead them in the right direction. Sometimes, I just needed to be quiet, and listen. I think I could have learned. God teaches us in many ways, and I learned from my children also. In being a parent and striving to be the best, that can get in our way. We don't always have to be the best, we don't always have to win, and we don't always hav…

Matthew 7:24-25

"Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse, because it is built on rock."

Spring Cleaning

There is just something special about having your windows open,letting the warm breeze in,watching the curtains flow with the air. The smell of fresh cut grass, the country smell of the woods around you. You have all your cleaning supplies out,and you think, oh my,where do start? What room would be easier? Maybe,I could even put it off for tomorrow, and just enjoy the breeze and maybe just read a good book. You begin in the living room, where everyone gathers for fun, and chit-chat,this is the easy room to start in,then you can move on.It always seems we leave the bathroom for last.No one wants to clean it very much. I have been cleaning all over my home for two days now, with the radio on christian music,lifting me up,while I do dirty work. It seems to help make it easier,and it makes the time go by.I will even pray and sing along,think about Christ and what He has done for me. Spring cleaning is kind of like having a revival at home in your heart. We are cleaning out all the junk, m…

The lessons we learn

In life we seem to have those really great days when everything is beautiful,those mountain tops that we sing praise to our God. We also have those days that pop out of nowhere that shake everything in us, those valleys we go through that we're just not sure if they are ever going to end. Where ever we are, on the mountain tops or down in those valleys God is always with us. He never leaves us behind, He never forgets us, He always knows our innermost thoughts, and our deepest secrets.I have learned on those mountains, but I think I learn the most through the storms in life, the valleys that seem never ending. Its those times we feel alone and we call upon Jesus. When we realize He is all we have, He is all we need. My Savior lives, is always there for me, and He's always gonna be. He is my strength when things seem to get so hard and I feel as though I cannot go on. He picks me up with His whispers of love, His touch of forgiveness, and His everlasting love. He never fails me…

The Deer Stand

I love each time of year when hunting season comes. It is a time for me to spend time with my husband, and a time to spend outdoors with God. I love being in the woods. The smell of the trees, you can hear the birds chirping,and the squirrels are all in the leaves,making you think a deer is coming upon you.You can hear the woodpeckers knocking on the trees close by and the air is cool, your in so many layers of clothes you can hardly move, you have your drink next to you,mine ofcourse is soda, and my husbands is coffee. I love the smell as he pours it, but just do not like the taste. We can sit quietly for hours and just listen to Gods creation, and be in wonder of it all, sometimes we will just sit and talk quietly or laugh at something funny that is only between us.This time with my husband is so special. He has taught me everything I need to know about shooting. The deerstand has been a great place for me and my husband to share and to grow. Just to be together is wonderful. Someti…

Home sick

As I grow older, I feel homesick for home with my mom and dad. Sometimes I can just have a dream or a memory, a smell, or a feeling deep inside. I can look back in time and see our house. See the decorations my mom so delicately created, I can see my dad laying on the couch after a hard days work, waiting on dinner. I am in my room, dancing, or playing teacher with all my stuffed animals as my students. Its funny, with my home and family I am content. I am so very happy. But there is something about home,when you don't feel well, or you just had a bad day, maybe its the holidays and you can picture in your mind how things were when you were a kid like me. I climbed trees, and played outside until dark catching frogs in the cool night air. We used to get a jar and catch fireflies, and see how many we could put in one jar. Its funny, as you get older, it isn't so much the big things you remember, its all the little moments of time you wish you could have back for just a moment. …

The Dance with my Dad

I was daddys little girl growing up. I grew to look just like him,with his hair,and eyes that change from blue to green,depending on how I feel. He was an amazing man, who gave me safety, gave his love,and taught me many things,especially in his last days. As a child, we would play, and he would give his time even after a hard days work.My dad worked in a factory,and was a foreman,that he was proud of. When I was young my daddy taught me how to dance to country music. His favorite singer was Loretta Lynn. I remember standing on his toes and him leading me in a dance. He taught me how to fish, he loved spending time on the lake,river,or pond fishing.After he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, he never kept another fish again. He would catch the biggest fish I have ever seen, and let all of them go. He taught me how to respect my mom, he showed her affection in front of me,and I knew how much he loved her. As I grew into a teenager, I was not the greatest kid. I gave my mom and da…

Fisherman

Matthew 4:19 says"Then He said to them,Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." What are you fishers of? Are we working towards things for ourselves, to see what we can get? Our we just taking our time,and not really paying attention to anything around us? Maybe we are fishing for others, for popularity, for wealth, for happiness, for great stature with others? These disciples dropped everything and followed Christ? What are you willing to drop? Are we even willing to follow with all our heart, or do we just want to ride the fence? We cannot have it both ways. We either follow Him with everything we have,or we follow ourselves and everything we want. What a great thing to be, fishermen of men. To walk with Jesus, and talk with Him, give all, and reach out to everyone we see. Not just those we like, not just the pretty ones, not just the cool ones, the ones who can get us something,but reach out to all. Can you see how unhappy people are as they are driving in their ca…

Proverbs 3:5-6

"Trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." So many times we tend to try to figure things out on our own. We think we got it all under control, and just when we think we got it, its gone. We tend to look at life through our eyes, the worlds view, but we should be looking with the Lords eyes, and through His word. We are to hide it in our hearts, walk in His ways, and acknowledge Him. Its just all about Him, not us, not me. If it doesnt have to do with eternity,let it go and let God take care if it. We cannot understand everything, we cannot even trust our own "feelings" feelings change day to day, minute by minute. If we can gain Gods wisdom and understanding in much, we are well on our way. He will show us at different times along this road we travel. We cannot learn all in one day, it takes a lifetime of growing in Christ, to really know Him. We have to be ab…

Walking in a dark place

In this dark world we live in, do you find it easy to walk and find your way? Sometimes it is so hard. We try and try to do what is right, but sometimes the evil in this world seems to get us down. Have you ever just been standing somewhere and felt the evil? I have, I believe we all have. So how do we live in this dark world? We put the light in it. We cannot let the evils of this world get us down,step on us, and try to crush us. Its not always about fixing it, nor is it about winning,its about being the light upon a hill. We cannot change others, but we can show them the way through our example. The next time you enter a dark room, do not be afraid. You can do it, you can conquer anything with Christ on your side. Let Him live in us, and be the witness to the lost. Put on your armor, and face those giants, your never alone, He is in step with you all the way. So make sure your heart is full of joy, fill your mind with Gods word, and you have everything you need.

Love is sacrifice and giving

I have written of my husband before, and no he isn't like Raymand. He is very special, and I am blessed to have him. He is always giving, and I really don't know if I give him as much attention as he deserves. I always have other things to do, during the day, and at night. My husband is out of work right now. He has been for almost eight months. He is such a hard worker, and really liked his job,although he worked at night. He took care of his family, and took pride in that. He not only is out of work, and will never be able to go back to his job,since the company has merged with another, but he is in much pain with a shoulder injury,and is now suffering from vertigo. It has not been an easy road for him. I feel so very proud of him,to get up everyday and go and search for work,that is very humbling for a man to do. No one knows what that feels like unless you have been there. Our family has gone through so much in the last four to five years, but the amazing thing is,is that …

fingerprints

Like snowflakes,and animal prints, our fingerprints are one of a kind. They are unique, they are special, and different in their own way. They are beautiful. They all tell a story. Where have your fingerprints been? Have you made a mark on this earth in a special way, or do you keep your gloves on, wash your hands of things and not really pay that much attention to what is around you? God gave us such beautiful gifts to share, we cannot share those unless we place our fingerprints all over the land, and touch those around us.

The Outcast

Years ago people who had leprosy were outcasts. They had to leave their families,and their towns.They felt all alone,carrying the pain with them,with no one to reach out and help, or take a stand.Praise God we do not have leprosy now,but what is a shame,is that we still have outcasts. They are those who serve God, have loving hearts,stand for the right things, and are just themselves,but the thing is, they don't and refuse to fit into a click. They refuse to conform to others ways just to have them like them.They are those who want to grow with the Lord, want to grow in so many ways,and share their faith and friendship with others,but are not allowed to. Why? Because they choose to be different and not conform. It not popularity they are after, its not the cool crowd, its not even being accepted by everyone. Its just plan having respect for you. Having the love and respect that you yourself would want. How do we treat others? Do we make fun,talk about them behind their backs, and …