Tuesday, May 31, 2011

THIS DAY'S . . .

This Day's Thought

Over the triple doorways of Milan Cathedral are three inscriptions spanning the magnificent arches. Above one is carved a wreath of roses, with the words, "All that pleases is but for a moment." Over the second is a cross, with the words, "All that troubles is but for a moment." Underneath the great central entrance to the main aisle is inscribed: "That only is important which is eternal."

Inscription, Milan Cathedral



This Day's Verse

He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.


1 John 2:10
The King James Version





On this given day, I wish to share some additional favorite general thoughts, found over the years, that might be of interest. Hope you enjoy!

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. -Charles Dickens

Amateurs work until they get it right. Professionals work until they can't get it wrong. -Unknown

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand, instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your account on your thumb-nail. -Henry David Thoreau

Make a list of twenty-five things you want to experience before you die. Carry it in your wallet or purse and refer to it often. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money. -Pablo Picasso

If I miss one day of practice, I notice it. If I miss two days, the critics notice it. If I miss three days, the audience notices it. -Ignacy Paderewski

In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires. -Benjamin Franklin

You only have to do a very few things right in life so long as you don't do too many things wrong. -Warren Buffett

There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent. -Michel de Montaigne

I made a fortune getting out too soon. -J. P. Morgan

Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success. -Henry Ford

MINUTE MEDITATION

This was ironic to read, since I am a convert, and I can attest to it!






Holy People

All my life I had known good Christians: nice, solid, dependable people. But in the Catholic Church, I started meeting people who were not just "good"; they were holy.

— from Atheist to Catholic

HEARTLIGHT


VERSE:

Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

~Hebrews 13:7
     
THOUGHT:
What makes a great Christian leader? The Holy Spirit emphasizes three things in this passage: 1) they teach others the word of God; 2) they live as great examples for others; and 3) they have observable faith. God puts each of us in positions of influence with our children, our friends, our work acquaintances, and our neighbors. What kind of spiritual leadership are we showing them?

PRAYER:
God of all grace and Father of all compassion, please help me to be a better Christian leader to the people you have put in my sphere of influence. Empower me to have a life worth imitating. In
Jesus' name I ask this. Amen.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

MINUTE MEDITIONS

Hello everyone! I'm having a little mini-vacation at the lake with my bestie, but I shant forget about you!  Bringing you spiritual and insightful nourishment still pulls me to the computer! Everyone have a very blessed Memorial Day, and don't forget to pray for our fallen soldiers and your beloved ones who have gone to their rest. 

God bless you,
Abbey

~*~


Love Brings Joy


God brings us into wondrous union with the divine Self. We experience God's love and come to realize that the important thing in prayer is not to think much, but to love much.

— from Meet the Saints

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

OUR HOLY MOTHER'S MESSAGE IN MEDJUGORJE

Today, May 25, 2011, Our Lady gave the following message to the visionary Marija during the apparition:
"Dear children! My prayer today is for all of you who seek the grace of conversion. You knock on the door of my heart, but without hope and prayer, in sin, and without the Sacrament of Reconciliation with God. Leave sin and decide, little children, for holiness. Only in this way can I help you, hear your prayers and seek intercession before the Most High. Thank you for having responded to my  call.
I want to thank the anonymous comment that I received after I posted "Ivan is in Medjugorje", and I have thus removed that post.  I did find it a little odd and should have been more discerning.  Oddly, I have received two versions of this Marian apparition for different sources.  I choose to remain with what is published from Mirjana through Queen of Peace Productions.  Thank you again!

PEACE, LOVE & JOY,
Abbey

THIS DAY'S . . .


This Day's Thought

The Christian who is truly spiritual revels as much in his ignorance of God as in his knowledge of him.

John Blanchard



This Day's Verse

The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet.

Nahum 1:3
The New International Version



This Day's Smile

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.

Orson Welles

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

THIS DAY'S . . .

This Day's Thought

God's Word is an enemy for depression, an escape from temptation, the promise of the future, as well as a guide, hope and inspiration for now and always.

Al and Brenda Taylor



This Day's Verse

The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.

Psalm 93:1-2
The King James Version

~*~
Keep going; there's more inspiration below!

MINUTE MEDITATION






Kingdom of Heaven

Jesus walked among people who were diseased, smelly and sweaty and assured them that, even in poverty, mourning or persecution, they were "blessed"—the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

— from Every Day Catholic

Monday, May 23, 2011

HOW WONDERFUL!

My number of visitors in one day has peaked at an unbelievable number! Thank you all who come and read!

Share the love,
Abbey

OUR SOURCE OF COMFORT

I had written a distant relative in Texas, Doug, regarding my depression and the discussion of my having a "gift from God" to "guide" those who are near death into letting go and going on to the other side.  Every time this happens with me, I feel the power of the Holy Spirit, that's all I know to say about it.  Is it a "gift from God"?  I don't know.  Coincidence? I don't know.  I just know what I feel, that I am led with urgency to the bedside and I know what I have to do and I know that I will be "the one" who will be there with the dying as they leave this world.  Perhaps the depression was my reaction to helping this particular person, my half-sister, and knowing what a sad life she had lived.  It was heartbreaking.  And I pray that she will be in Heaven with all our departed family rejoicing when I leave this world.

I've digressed a bit, but wanted to give you the scriptures sent to me by Doug as comfort, and they did, indeed, comfort me.  I ask for your prayers for Doug and his family.  What he wrote, and I won't publish, was a litany of misfortune that made me realize that someone I know actually had a heavier load than I do.  Here are the scriptures:



Your Gift, is taken from 2 Corinthians 1: 2-7.  

You have gone through some terrible things in your life, yet have been a comfort to others in their time of need. I’m sure that God knows what He’s doing when troubles come our way, but sometimes it is so hard to understand.

 2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 6But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; 7and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.


Continue reading below because there are more posts for today!

WATERMELONS & EGGS FOR CANCER

You will LOVE this!! I received this from my grandson, Bailey.

WATERMELON AND EGGS FOR
CANCER

You'll love the watermelons,
But you'll be blown away by the eggs!













These egg shells
were cut with a high intensity precision Laser Beam. This gives a very good idea of what can be achieved with a Laser Beam. This gives you an idea what laser surgery performed on one's eye is all about. Is it any wonder how one's vision can be improved in just a few moments? Science is sometimes wonderful, and it's still on the frontier of gaining new knowledge. Incredible what can be done with an eggshell and a laser beam.






I hope for the cure of cancer

MINUTE MEDITATION




Learn to Discern

Once we've made the choice to get out of our comfort zones and be instruments of faith and justice, God takes over. We must learn to discern—to listen in prayer to the Spirit's instructions.

— from Every Day Catholic

Sunday, May 22, 2011

BRENDA HOLT DAVIS

My her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed,
through the Mercy of God, Rest In Peace.


DAVIS, BRENDA HOLT, 53, of Hayden, passed away May 20, 2011. She was preceded in death by her father, Claude A. Holt and brother, James "Buddy" French Holt. She is survived by her loving husband, Ricky A. Davis, Jr.; mother, Ila E. Holt; daughter, Amanda Holt Dickinson; brother, David A. Holt; stepchildren, Robin (Jonathan) Brohm, Tiffany (Josh) Simpson, and David (Amber) Davis. She was a proud and loving Grammee to Kylee Dickinson, Aydan Brohm, and Charlize Simpson. She is also survived by sisters, Linda Holt, Nina (Lee) Gunnin, and Charmagne (Alvin) Sturgis. Memorial will be held on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 1pm at Trinity Baptist Church, County Rd. 45, Nectar, AL. Bro. Bobby Davis officiating. Graveside services to follow at Union Grove Cemetery in Hayden. The family would like to say a special thanks to Brenda's employer Dyer Industries and to her caregivers at New Beacon Hospice.




My heart is broken.  I will love you forever, sweet sister,
and I pray that I will be with you and our precious brother
when I leave this world.


The Difference . . .

The Difference Between Jesus, Chicken Little, And The Boy Who Cried Wolf

By Eric Elder
The Ranch
Today is May 22nd, and as CBSNews.com said late last night, “If you’re reading this, the world didn’t end.” But even while this secular news organization was scoffing at those who thought the end of the world was going to come on May 21st, CBS News also seemed to affirm the biblical teaching of Jesus, perhaps without even knowing it, by ending their article by saying, “The Bible is pretty clear on this: Matthew 24:36 says, ‘No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.’ ”
You see, there’s a difference between Jesus, Chicken Little, and the Boy Who Cried Wolf, a difference even the media picks up on.
In the classic story of Chicken Little, or Henny Penny as some call it, an acorn falls on Chicken Little’s head, leading him (or her, depending on the version of the story) to mistakenly believe that the world was coming to an end. “The sky is falling!” he cries and tells everyone he meets as he heads out to warn the king. Along the way, Chicken Little garners both supporters and detractors, some of whom are convinced by his cries, and others of whom simply scoff and laugh him off. In the end, the sky doesn’t fall and the world doesn’t end, at least not the way Chicken Little had expected it would.
But there’s a different outcome in the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. In this classic fable, a young shepherd frequently runs to his local village crying, “Wolf!” And time after time, the townspeople respond by running to his aid, only to discover that they boy was mistaken. There was no wolf. But this story ends differently than the story of Chicken Little. A day finally comes when the wolf does show up, and the world does end, at least for the young shepherd and his flock. Unfortunately, no one came to his aid--not because there was no wolf, but because he had cried “Wolf!” so many times before that the people no longer believed him when the wolf finally did come.
A few weeks ago, my daughter and I had a conversation with a couple of people across the street from the White House in Washington D.C. I was visiting there with my family, on our way to pick up another daughter from college in Virginia. The park where we were standing was filled with people laughing, talking, reading, and playing frisbee when through the crowd came a group of people with bull horns and signs saying that the end of the world was coming on May 21st. Hardly anyone even looked at them. The people in the park had become so jaded by people’s predictions of doom and gloom--and I’m sure that that there have been many such predictions on the lawn behind the White House for various reasons--that even when a group announced the end of the world with bull horns, no one even seemed to give it a second thought. They went on laughing, talking, reading, and playing frisbee.
I have to admit I was a bit jaded myself, even though I believe, too, that the world will indeed come to an end someday, just not necessarily on May 21st. So I warned my daughter, who wanted to talk to the people with the bull horns, that if she did start talking to them, it could turn into a very long conversation. And to be honest, I had more sites I wanted to see and museums I wanted to visit before the end of the day, let alone the end of the world! But my heart went out to these people, for even though they might be wrong about the day and the time, I agreed with them that the end will eventually come.
We ended up having a good conversation. They were kind, gracious, and truly cared about the people they were preaching to. Even if they were wrong about the date, I know I’ve been wrong about some of the things I’ve felt I’ve heard from God, too. But the truth is, some day someone’s going to get it right--as long as someone keeps predicting every day from now until the eventual end!
It’s like a woman who keeps telling her daughter to “Give grandpa one last kiss, because his health is failing and today might be the last day of his life.” After 20 years, the woman was finally right: there did come a day when it was the grandpa’s last. And if the truth were told, even though both grandpa and granddaughter may have tired of hearing these dire predictions for so many years, neither probably regretted having given each other so many of those “last” kisses.
As I looked around the park across from the White House that day, God helped me through my own cynicism. It was a reminder to me to give Him yet another kiss, to be thankful for who He is and for all He’s done for me in the days that He’s given me so far on this earth.
It was also a reminder to me of the words of Jesus when He talked about what the last day on earth will look like. He said:
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:26-27).
If I were to go by that description, any day could be the last day, including today. And unlike Chicken Little or the Boy Who Cried Wolf, Jesus proved by His life, death, and resurrection that He was telling the truth, to the point that even when the secular media decries those who predict the day and the hour of the end, they still acknowledge that such a day could eventually come.
And if the truth were told, neither you, nor I, nor God Himself will probably regret a few more “last” kisses, even if you give them to Him every day, starting today, and for many years to come.
Let’s pray…
Father, thank You for sending Jesus to warn us about the coming of the end, so that we can live each day with an awareness that it might be our last. Lord, help to sharpen our minds, quicken our hearts, and embolden our faith to do all that You call us to do, and to love You with everything we’ve got for every day we have left. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

THIS DAY'S . . .


This Day's Thought

When God would make a pearl, He allows a grain of sand to hurt the oyster. When God would make a saint, He buries a sorrow in the life.

~George E. Failing



This Day's Verse

Blessed is the man who reveres God, but the man who doesn't care is headed for serious trouble.

~Proverbs 28:14
The Living Bible



This Day's Smile

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

~Charles Dickens

Friday, May 20, 2011

BRENDA, MY SISTER

I spent several hours last night with Brenda, praying, talking to and helping her to let go of this world. She passed away very peacefully at 12:35 a.m. with her husband, Rick, his mother and I at her bedside.

Thank you all for the prayers and thoughts. Brenda's mouth slowly turned into a little smile following her passing, a great relief to her family. She is now free of the demons that troubled her for so many years. Thanks be to God!

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace forever, Amen.
"I love you, precious angel, and I will love you forever and never forget you. Please pray for us until we meet again."


Thursday, May 19, 2011

THIS IS ALL I KNOW TO SAY

This may be difficult to follow, but if I ever get it on paper in some kind of sensible order, I promise to share with you.  I've always said that my life story would make a good read, and how I was brought home to Jesus was the best part!

As I've said in earlier posts, my half-sister, Brenda, is in the dying process. She is younger than me and was raised with my natural mother and her husband, along with another boy born by them, and my only brother. They were not raised like me and my sister. We were adopted by my natural mother's brother, my Uncle Bob, and his wife, Betty, MY MOTHER AND DADDY! They were raised in Hayden on a farm by a brutal man who was abusive, and i witnessed him beating my brother with a belt as my brother, Buddy, cowered like a scared animal under an end table. (yes, it was a very messed up family, but God saved me and my sister when He made a place for us with Uncle Bob (my sweet Daddy) and Aunt Betty (my best friend).

In 1985, Buddy and his wife were sharing a home with Brenda and her ex-con husband. The house was owned by the brutal man (whom I call "the devil incarnate) and my natural mother. Long story short, Brenda's husband shot and killed my brother at age 29. Brenda, high on drugs, fled the scene with the gun and threw it into a pond on her way back to the Hayden farm. When she got there, she walked in and sat down to watch t.v. as normal. How she thought she would not be implicated I can only attribute to the drugs she was on. Of course, the man is incarcerated still. Brenda had a little girl from her first marriage, Amanda. Jeanne (my natural mother) told her she was taking her child because Brenda had taken hers. She threatened to file charges as an accomplice to my brother's murder if Brenda did not give up the child.  So she gave Amanda to Jeanne, who is not fit to be a mother.

For 26 years, Brenda has been an alcoholic, living with memories that were demonic, her self-imposed guilt over Buddy's death and the loss of her only child destroying her life. She drank, she drank A LOT, but she was a kind and loving girl. We saw one another in our growing-up years infrequently and we loved to play together. My Daddy didn't like us being around them because it meant trouble.  As a child, I didn't understand.


Brenda and me last Friday.
I cannot believe she is years younger than me.
But she had her nails freshly done and her
Alabama Crimson Tide blanket on her bed.
She was happy and said, "I'm gonna get better."
She was fibbing and I knew it, but I didn't let on.

Brenda is a kind and meek person. She had a stroke last November. I visited her at St. Vincent's twice and she could talk and they even got her out of bed to walk. It was miraculous because she had three brain bleeds and coded twice on the way to the hospital. I thought she would be okay once rehabilitated. She went to Lakeshore Rehab for a while and then home.

But, Brenda gave up. She WANTS to die. I had no idea b/c my Mother had her stroke December 15th and I was consumed with her and my Daddy until I returned home the end of February. It was by accident that I found out she was doing poorly. Her husband, Rick, ran into my brother-in-law, who is a nurse for Alacare, and told him she was not doing well and was not expected to live. I went to see her last Friday. She was lucid and I did most of the talking. I held her hand which was cold as ice, and I just loved on her. I wanted her to know how much I love her. When I asked her to talk a while, she looked at me with those sunken, old eyes and said, "I ...HAVE ... NOTHING." It was astonishing and eerie. She pulled her arms up around me as I embraced her before I left, kissing and kissing again, telling her I loved her, because I knew I would never see her in my lifetime again. And she said she loved me, too.

Rick tried to feed her, but she refused more than a bite and also refused anything to drink. Again, she wants to die.

She has lingered with morphine since Monday. Her kidneys shut down two days ago. Her BP is 40/20 but her heartbeat is strong. This is certainly taking a toll on Rick, who is a Godly man and director of the Sunday School classes at his church. I thought she would be gone, and as I saw the caller I.D. this morning with her name on it, I figured Rick was calling to let me know that she had passed. Instead, he says she is hanging on.

I can't go there again. I made my peace with her and forgave her. I have been praying for God's mercy all week. He will take her when it is His time to take her. She needs all the prayers I can muster for her. Please pray for sweet Brenda and also her husband, Rick, and her family in Hayden.  I love her, and my heart hurts. I baked two batches of chocolate chip cookies and am now pondering what next. I have to keep my mind busy.

It has been a very long and very sad story that I have been trying to write for years. I start and I stop, but I want it put down, this crazy world that I have lived in, the familial relationships, the impact on me and my choices growing up and as an adult, and including the fact that I was molested by my real father as a two-year-old.

The below was sent to me at this difficult time. God sure has His ways and they are always for the good of those who follow Him.

PEACE BE WITH YOU,
ABBEY

cid:1.2510663201@web33303.mail.mud.yahoo.com


Have a wonderful day! :)
 
To: YOU
Date: TODAY
From: GOD
Subject: YOURSELF
Reference: LIFE
God has seen you struggling, God says it's over. A blessing is coming your way.

I pray it is true.
A. ♥

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

THIS DAY'S . . .


This Day's Thought

In this life, the Lord allows His saints to enjoy many sweet blessings, but none are more precious than those which occur deep in the valleys of disappointment, pain and heartache, where He without fail draws near.

~George S. Lauderdale



This Day's Verse

Jesus replied, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."

~John 6:35
The New Living Translation



This Day's Smile

A day without prayer is a boast against God.

~Owen Carr

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

MINUTE MEDITATION AND MY SISTER, BRENDA KAY






Heaven Awaits Us

We're all wanderers—they are, and you are, just as I am—and we all want to go home, even when we don't know there's a home waiting for us.

— from Dion the Wanderer Talks Truth

~*~


My Dearest Brenda Kay - Heaven Awaits You

My sister is still hanging on. Her vitals are low (50/30) with low oxygen level, and her kidneys have shut down. Her husband put the phone to her ear so I could say good-bye to her. I told her, "Precious Angel, when you see Jesus, it is okay go to Him. It's okay to leave, darling. We all want you to go where you will be happy and free of your pain. When Jesus comes, take His hand and walk with Him. I will never forget you and I will love you with all my heart til the day that I die."

I learned that she wants to be buried next to my brother. It is so bittersweet, and such a precious thing that she requested. There's a history about that, but it's just that - history. Maybe another time and place, the irony of this will be revealed, but I am not ready and this is not the time. Just suffice to say that it has been a tragedy for many, many years, and Brenda needs, and I believe with all my heart, his forgiveness. I pray that he will be there to greet her, along with my grandmother, my aunt and all who called Brenda their "favorite".

She is a half-sister, but she relished in the knowledge that she had two sisters, her having been raised around boys. She was a sweet girl who has been tormented and beaten by herself for many years. I pray that she finds Jesus, and then my brother, Buddy, so that she can be truly released from the bonds in which she tied herself.

I am so appreciative of all your prayers. Please don't stop praying for us all. I believe I will lose a sister today, and then there will only be the two of us left.

Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the
strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Monday, May 16, 2011

DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER

Heavenly Father, I praise and worship you because you are God. I am honored to be your servant and I take my stand today against the devil and his schemes against me, my family and my ministry. Father, as I take up each piece of the armor, please secure it in place on me.

I take up the shield of faith and extend it over myself. It extinguishes all the fiery darts of the evil one.

I put on the helmet of salvation, which protects my mind from the enemy's attacks. I have the mind of Christ.

I put on the breastplate of righteousness, which covers my body with the righteousness of God. In Christ, every foothold of evil has been washed away and I am clothed in righteousness!

I gird my loins with the belt of truth. Your word, O God, is truth. Father, sanctify me according to your word and remind me through the Holy Spirit of the truth that destroys the lies of sin.

I shod my feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. I have peace with God through the blood of Jesus. I have favor with God and with man. I walk in my inheritance as an adopted child of God and have authority over evil in Jesus' name.

I will use the Sword of the Spirit by speaking the Word of God as it applies to whatever situation I may face today. Father, please remind me of your Word via the Holy Spirit.

I will continue to pray in the Spirit throughout the day, and intercede for all Christians as the Holy Spirit prompts me. I believe that the Holy Spirit is interceding on my behalf according to my prayers.

Thank you, Father, for the whole armor of God. Please surround me with your hedge of protection as I move forward on the spiritual battlefield today. I praise and worship you now and forever. In Jesus name. Amen.

~Sister Care

PRAYERS FOR MY HALF-SISTER

Dear Ones,

My half-sister, Brenda, needs your prayers.  As I write, she is dying as a result of a stroke she suffered last late November.  Brenda could have probably recovered, but for reasons that I will explain further, I believe she wants to die.  There have been demons in her head, feelings of regret and self-blame, that have haunted her for over 25 years.  The man she married as a young girl is the man who shot and killed my only brother.  As a young and naive girl, she helped to try and cover up the culprit by tossing the gun in a pond on the side of the road.  Of course, all came out that very night, and in fact, I even had my own hard feelings against her until I came to know Jesus Christ and forgave her small role in this tragedy.  I believe her subsequent years of alcoholism were a result of her never being able to forgive herself.  That night has haunted poor, sweet Brenda for many years. 

Brenda has always been a meek and very kind person.  The circumstances of her raising were not something she could have helped.  She was a victim of circumstances, as was my sister and me.  Where my sister and I escaped, there was no escape for Brenda.

Brenda, as of last evening, was in the dying process, and I do not expect her to linger long, I pray for her to go quickly and mercifully.  I also pray for forgiveness and that my brother meet her when she makes that final transition of soul leaving body.

I am very sad for her husband, Rick.  He is a kind, Christian man who is disabled due to a boiler blowing up in his face on the job many years ago.  But he worships Brenda and he is taking care of her himself and will be with her until the end.  After that, he will need a lot of prayers and support.  He has a good, established church family where he is the Sunday School Director. 

Brenda was never a religious individual, per se. She didn't attend church, but she told me that she prays.

The photographs that I am going to post are stunning because Brenda is four years younger than me, but she looks 80.  I asked Rick to take these photographs of me and Brenda together when I visited her one last time this past Friday. I somehow knew it would be the last time I would see her, even though she said "I'm gonna get better." She was being kind again, reassuring me, all the while know that she was dying and wished it would hurry on up.

Brenda needs all the prayers that she can get. Her soul is tormented and I am in great fear that the evil one is lurking to grab her if prayers are not strong enough for her.  Thank you in advance for praying for my Sister.



My sweet Brenda, you are such a love,
your life was tormented and there was nothing anyone could do;
you had to live with your demons, and you refused to talke about them,
but I pray for your now,
for forgiveness from our Loving Father for your transgressions,
for a safe journey to the light when you leave us,
for Jesus to meet you and Buddy, too,
to tell you how wonderful a place it is, and
how very happy you will be.
I have always missed growing up near you,
I'm sure we would have shared lots of sister days,
playing with dolls, or in our case as tomboys,
climbing trees and getting ourselves quite dirty,
sharing secrets and laughter.
You were always so kind to me, you expressed
your love for me so freely, and I expressed mine for you.
We take life for granted and I never imagined this would
be your demise, although I worried about you so much.
I will love you forever, and I will not forget your bravery,
for you are one of the bravest women I've ever known.
You punished yourself and suffered in silence,
in spite of my efforts to get you to talk about it.
And so you said last Friday,
"There is nothing, there is nothing."
So go, my sweet Brenda, go to Jesus
and soar for all eternity in the Paradise
of which He spoke.  Please pray for me, too, when
you get there, because I will be praying for you,
talking to you and being happy that you have,
at last, been released from the terrible torment
that your memories have encaged you.

I love you with all my heart,
Sister

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Eric Elders Tips for Sharing Faith on the Internet

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5 Tips For Sharing Your Faith On The Internet
By Eric Elder
The Ranch
 

Today we’re celebrating, “Internet Evangelism Day,” which is simply a day to remind you to use this great tool known as the Internet to share your faith with others.  The Internet was made specifically for delivering messages, and we as Christians have one of the greatest messages to deliver...our hope and faith in Jesus Christ!  
 
So today, I’d like to give you 5 tips for how you can use the Internet to share your faith with others in a way that’s both natural and effective.  Having shared my faith full-time over the Internet for the past 16 years, I’m still amazed at what God can do with our smallest of efforts.  For today’s tips, I’m going to highlight some recent examples from my oldest two daughters, because they’re both extremely natural and effective at how they share their faith!  (I’ll save some excellent examples from my other kids for another day!)
 
1)  Be open.  One of the best ways to share your faith is to simply be open with others about what God is doing in your life.  You don’t have to share just the “big deal” things, but the little, everyday deals, too, as you see God working in your life.  Here’s a simple post from my 20-year old daughter’s Facebook page a few days ago:  
 
“If you ever want to meet people in an airport, just walk around with a guitar in hand. ;) Haha! Love it! :D  Another thing, never doubt God’s faithfulness and provision! He is able to do abundantly more then we can even ask or imagine, He is so good!”
 
She shared a simple thought from her day, along with a quote from the Bible, and even though she didn’t quote the chapter and verse (Ephesians 3:20), she shared a truth about God and a word of encouragement for her friends.
 
2)  Be honest.  You don’t always have to share just the positive things that are going on in your life.  It’s OK to share the hard things, too.  But as you share, remember to point people back to God and to the Bible, the Source from which you draw your hope.  Here’s a post from the same daughter’s page a few days before, when she had to leave her friends at the end of the school year:
 
“Hardest night ever.  :‘(  I never want to have to say goodbye again.  Why does it have to hurt so much to leave everyone you love?  Tonight I am holding on to the promise that no matter where I go God is always with me and that gives me hope.  Psalm 33:20-22.”
 
She didn’t shy away from the fact that it was a hard day, but she continued to look to God herself, which has a natural tendency to encourage others to do the same.
 
3) Be yourself.  If God is part of your life, then share that part with others.  Here’s the beginning of a post that my daughter sent out recently on her own blog, along with a picture of a young woman facing into a forest in front of her:  
 
“This is kinda how I feel right now. On the brink of stepping into the woods of something so much bigger then me. Its dark and scary, threatening to overwhelm me and make me forget that my heavenly Father is right next to me walking me through it every step of the way.”
 
The blog post continues for several more paragraphs, describing her feelings, and how God has spoken into those feelings.  It’s a terrific way to share what it looks like to walk with God every day.  (You can read the rest of her post at:  http://sapphiraadi.tumblr.com/ ).
 
Don’t underestimate what God can do with posts like this!  I began writing a weekly devotional several years ago, sending it to family and friends and inviting others to subscribe, too.  Now, after combining my list with a friend’s, we’re sending those messages out to over 35,000 people each week, including you!  I’ve used a similar method over the years, simply sharing what God has been doing in my life and how those things relate to Scriptures that I’ve read.  
 
4) Ask questions.  As you share your life and your faith with others, invite them into the conversation.  My 16-year-old daughter was filling out an application for a summer program that asked her a thoughtful question, so she asked it to her friends.  Here’s the question:  
 
“What character in the Bible, other than Jesus, do you enjoy or are challenged by the most? And why?”  
 
After getting dozens of replies, she discovered that the question intrigued many other people as well.  Their responses became part of their collective conversation about God, faith, and their own personal thoughts on many biblical stories.
 
5) Share Scriptures.  There are so many quotes posted on the Internet.  One of my favorite is this one:  “What makes Facebook so great is the fact that you can make up absolutely random quotes and then attribute them to famous people.” – Albert Einstein  (Of course, Albert Einstein was long gone before Facebook started).  
 
But the truth is, with so many quotes out there, it’s a natural place to share the most quoted book in the world, the Bible...and so many of the truths in the Bible are so practical and helpful, people appreciate the advice.  My 16-year old daughter recently posted this quote from the Apostle Paul:
 
“The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:5-7
 
She simply quoted a verse that spoke to her that day, and from the comments that she got back, it spoke to others as well.   There’s great wisdom in the Bible, and God loves it when we share His words with others, for then He can speak directly to their hearts.
 
These are just a few ideas about sharing your faith on the Internet.  I haven’t even touched on tips for YouTube, Twitter and dozens of other great technologies.  I’d love to hear yours!  You can post them on my Facebook page at the links below!  But most of all, I just wanted to encourage you to be real with your friends.  Let them see your faith in action, and let them know what God is doing in your life.  As Jesus said:
 
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house” (Matthew 5:14-15).
 
Let’s pray...
 
Father, thank You for this great tool called the Internet that we can use to share about you with so many people, so quickly, all over the earth.  I pray that we would make the best possible use of it today, bringing hope to those we know, and even though we may 

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A Parent's Role 

It is your job to keep loving your child, no matter what. It is your child's job to keep seeking, no matter what. When one person changes, the change impacts everyone in the family. 

— from Parenting Your Adult Child

Saturday, May 14, 2011

LIFE IS WORTHWHILE IF YOU . . .

Life is worthwhile if you. . .

 First, life is worthwhile if you LEARN. What you don't know WILL hurt you. You have to have learning to exist, let alone succeed. Life is worthwhile if you learn from your own experiences, negative and positive. We learn to do it right by first sometimes doing it wrong. We call that a positive negative. We also learn from other people's experiences, both positive and negative. I've always said it is too bad failures don't give seminars. We don't want to pay them so they don't tour around giving seminars. But the information would be very valuable – how someone who had it all, messed it up. Learning from other people's experiences and mistakes.
We learn by what we see - pay attention. By what we hear – be a good listener. Now I do suggest being a selective listener, don't just let anybody dump into your mental factory. We learn from what we read. Learn from every source. Learn from lectures, learn from songs, learn from sermons, learn from conversations with people who care. Keep learning.
Life is worthwhile if you TRY. You can't just learn; you now have to try something to see if you can do it. Try to make a difference, try to make some progress, try to learn a new skill, try to learn a new sport. Life is worthwhile if you try. It doesn't mean you can do everything but there are a lot of things you can do, if you just try. Try your best. Give it every effort. Why not go all out?
Life is worthwhile if you STAY. You have to stay from spring until harvest. If you have signed up for the day or for the game or for the project - see it through. Sometimes calamity comes and then it is worth wrapping it up. And that's the end, but just don't end in the middle. Maybe on the next project you pass, but on this one, if you signed up, see it through.
Life is worthwhile if you CARE. If you care at all you will get some results, if you care enough you can get incredible results. Care enough to make a difference. Care enough to turn somebody around. Care enough to start a new enterprise. Care enough to change it all. Care enough to be the highest producer. Care enough to set some records. Care enough to win.
Four powerful little words: learn, try, stay and care. What difference can you make in your life today by putting these four words to work?
By Jim Rohn   Por20do20sol20do20em20Los20Roques