Friday, July 31, 2009
I am a sinner, first. And, I was concerned about being too honest in writing of my experiences. I even had a long talk with my daughter, not wanting her to be blindsided when she read this quasi-autobiography. Rather, I tell my story with all humility, leading the reader to where I returned to my FAITH. Gosh, I'm so excited about it and I even wrote three paragraphs this afternoon before everyone came crashing in and interrupted me. But, I have time, at least I hope that I do. God willing and the creek don't rise, it will become my reality, my dream come true.
I've been with my family at Panama City. It's been so refreshing - no clocks, no timetables, no set plans, everyone "doing their thing" without interference. It's been cathartic and I head home tomorrow feeling rejuvenated, full of fuel, and with a whole lot of purpose. Sweet Lord, life is so wonderful and I love YOU for all the blessings You have given to me, without strings, but with LOVE.
Peace be with you,
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
There is a moment in every man’s life when he has to make ready for a departure, and at last the moment comes for him to leave his earthly home, and to give an account of his labor. May every one of us then be able to say: I have not darkened immortal souls with suspicion or fear, I have been frank, loyal and trustful; I have looked those who did not share my ideals straight in the eyes and treated them with brotherly affection, in order not to impede the carrying out of God’s great purpose, in his good time- a purpose which must bring about the fulfillment of the divine teaching and command of Jesus, “that we may all be one.”
~Pope John XXIII
"Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not reckon his sin.”
~Romans 4:7-8, The Revised Standard Version
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Let us rejoice and be glad,
Those who seek the instruction of God's wisdom and who trust in God for their life's blessings and values will find joyful prosperity. While this philosophy doesn't play well in the world of commercials, this understanding is the key to a blessed and prosperous life!
Wise and Eternal God, open my mind to your wisdom and my heart to your gracious presence. I trust my future with you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Friday, July 10, 2009
I wanted to comment on today's WISDOM, below. It reminds me of a lot of people I know or have met who pray, yet they remain in anguish over their troubles, bad health, financial affairs or relationships. If one truly BELIEVES in Him, then once his/her troubles are given to God through prayer, living in FAITH means that one no longer worries because you know in your heart that the Lord is going to take care of you. If you pray to Him, yet still worry, are you then truly Faith-filled? Think about that as you read today's Heartlight. Not to lessen today's verse, which is also profound. Being happy in one's station in life IS Godly.
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Paul tells Timothy that one of life's greatest treasures is to find contentment in godliness (1 Tim. 6:6). With this treasure, our physical circumstances become far less important to us than the character we display in those circumstances. Our bottom line is less important than loving God from the bottom of our hearts. Those who are wealthy and show godliness, a very difficult challenge according to Jesus, are those who have demonstrated that they are content to be godly and will be that kind of person with or without wealth. Those who are poor and are godly have demonstrated the same ability. So the bottom line is not how rich are we in money, bu thow rich are we in grace!
Steadfast and faithful Father, still my restless and sometimes covetous heart and help me find my contentment in your presence and character in my life. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
~Hebrews 11:6, King James Version
Thursday, July 09, 2009
GEOGRAPHY OF A WOMAN
Between 18 and 22, a woman is like Africa : half discovered, half wild, fertile and naturally beautiful.
Between 23 and 30, a woman is like Europe : well developed and open to trade, especially for someone of real value.
Between 31 and 35, a woman is like Spain : very hot, relaxed, and convinced of her own beauty.
Between 36 and 40, a woman is like Greece : gently aging but still a warm and desirable place to visit.
Between 41 and 50, a woman is like Great Britain : with a glorious and all conquering past.
Between 51 and 60, a woman is like Israel : has been through war, doesn't make the same mistakes twice, takes care of business.
Between 61 and 70, a woman is like Canada : self-preserving, but open to meeting new people.
After 70, she becomes Tibet : wildly beautiful, with a mysterious past and the wisdom of the ages, an adventurous spirit and a thirst for spiritual knowledge.
Between 1 and 90, a man is like Iran , ruled by nuts.
Trust in the Lord for ever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
~Isaiah 26:4, The Revised Standard Version
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
What would happen if we valued our spouses? What would happen if we publicly valued a faithful wife more than a voluptuous starlet? What would happen if character was valued more than money? I believe it would transform our culture, enhance our marriages, and produce stronger and better adjusted children. I know God would be pleased!
Thank you, Holy Father, for the great women of faith I meet in Scripture. Thank you for the godly women I've met in your Kingdom. Please use me to show that I value godly women in my life, especially those who are wives of virtue and godly character. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Matthew 6:6, King James Version
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
THE LORD'S TEST
I woke up this morning and knew that today,
The sun would not be shining
and the clouds would be gray.
As I stepped outside,
Rain fell upon my head..
My car wouldn't start
so I walked to school instead.
I forgot all of my assignments
I failed all of my tests.
I dropped my head in disgust
and asked the Lord for one request.
'Lord, why is it that
things won't go my way?'
He gently replied,
'Dear child it is because
you didn't thank me yesterday.
I woke you up and enabled
you to see the sun again.
I gave you shelter,
protected your family, and even let
you make a new friend..
I blessed you far
greater than I ever had before.
But you were too busy
to thank me once more.
You didn't feel sick
because I maintained your health.
You had money in your pocket
because I maintained your wealth.
You had shoes on you feet
and clothes to wear, too.
You had plenty of food to eat,
and what did you do?
You ignored me and went
about your tasks.
But when you wanted something
you never hesitated to ask.
I was there when you needed me
and that wasn't too long ago.
But when things started going your way,
it was me you did not know.
As if that weren't enough,
I provided our favorite luxuries..
This was something I didn't have
to do-they weren't even necessities.
And when it was time to get on your
knees and show your gratitude,
You decided that after such a
fulfilling day, you weren't in the mood.
So I decided to
give you just a little test.
To show you how it would feel
to stop being blessed.'
I began to realize what
the Lord was saying.
And when I got home, I fell
to my knees and started praying.
He said, 'My child, you have
learned and you know I do forgive.
But remember to remember this day
as long as you shall live.
I love filling your life with joy,
and your pain I'll alleviate it.
But just a simple thank you
would show how much you