Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 (NIV)

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Holy Object of My Affection

Dearest Loved Ones,

God is just TOO much. I wish I could explain to you in a way that would go directly to your heart and in your understanding, then you would seek HIM with your all.  Because HE is just so cool that it makes me giggle way down deep inside.  It's a secret that He's given.

My paternal grandmother passed away about 3 years ago.  When she passed away, she willed her Bible to my cousin.  To be honest, I was jealous.  I wanted her Bible.  I normally could care less for objects or "things" that people own.  But, this was her Holy Book.  Sort of like Moses' staff or Elijah's cloak.  This is the book that she touched and that she read and underlined and was filled with joy and sometimes tears.  This was the object that she used to remain in close relationship with God.

It's as if I possessed her Bible, then I could have the same closeness.  I could gain that same wisdom and see it with her eyes.

Now, get this.  This cousin who received her Bible passed away yesterday.  He is the first of my generation in our family to pass.  Actually, he's been the first to pass on that side of the family since my grandmother passed away.  Now, I SEE.   It was God's purpose that he had my grandmother's Bible.  It was her wish that my cousin would grow closer to HIM.   There just wasn't much time.

My grandmother even made a comment before she passed that my cousin "needed it."  Believe me, he is not the only one in our family that needed it and still don't know it.

I am reading the Bible chronologically right now.  Here is one of the verses from last night's reading:

Surely the Lord God does nothing,
Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. Amos 3:7

Then here is the Bible verse from this morning:

No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.”

10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.  1 Corinthians 2:7-10

Here is a verse from our Bible Study:

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  James 1:5

So, now you know where you find wisdom.  It isn't from things, it is from HIM, THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE object of my affection.  He isn't a thing, HE is a who.  HE is GOD, the LORD ALMIGHTY.  May your soul be open to His words.

God Bless!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

First Day of School 2012

The big boys got on the bus today for the first day of school.

I love the first day of school, but it also brings about some sadness, also.

This morning after the boys got on the bus, Faith started crying.  I guess she was sad to see them go, too.   It was cute.

Thank you Lord for all the many blessings.

Saturday, August 11, 2012


Yesterday, I was washing a fragile bell that we had received as a wedding present 14 years ago.  It slipped out of my hand and hit another glass jar. The side of the bell was chipped in several places.  I am not one to keep a lot of nick knacks ESPECIALLY broken ones, so I threw it away.

It got me thinking about the fragility of humans.

There is physical pain and there is emotional pain.  Sometimes mental pain.  Sometimes all together, sometimes separate.  Sometimes just so overwhelming.

A few days ago one of my brothers called and we were speaking about how emotional pain can last a lifetime. 

I visit a blog by Kate Krull about her and her family's journey with her  6 year-old daughter fighting cancer.  There is pain there, but there is also gratitude and blessings.  On her blog, she had a Link party. 

So many of the blogs that I have read are about the pain of losing a child.  There are also blogs where people don't know Jesus.  These  blogs have more pain than many of the one's who have lost a child. 

How I pray that those people can find the Joy that Jesus has to offer.

This is what Solomon (the wisest man who ever lived) has to say, “Meaningless! Meaningless!”
 says the Teacher.“Utterly meaningless!  Everything is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 1:2

Without the savior everything is meaningless, or as it says in another translation "vanity".   

People are fragile and that is why we need Jesus.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. Zechariah 4:6

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

He has so many good promises for us.  We have to repent. If we aren't turning from our sins, then we aren't HIS. Time doesn't heal wounds. Jesus does. Maybe not on this earth, maybe not in your lifetime, but in HIS time and for HIS glory.

The Lord loves us, but we have to allow ourselves to be broken before HIM.  He doesn't throw us away.  He is waiting for us to come to HIM.  No one or no thing can take the place of HIM.  He is the healing balm to our heart, our soul, and our being.

Until next time, my prayers are for the broken hearted.  For those who have lost.  For those who are lost.  In JESUS Name, Amen

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, 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.  Romans12:1-2

I get so excited when I see Bible verses over and over again. This is the verse of the day. It was not only on my "you version" Bible, but it was also the verse for my daily devotional. God is awesome. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012


As I've said before, I LOVE rainbows.  Yesterday, we were celebrating Shawn's grandmother's birthday.  There was a double rainbow.  One directly on top of the other. It lasted a good 10-15 minutes.  I am filled with so much HOPE when I see a rainbow.

Maybe you won't see a rainbow today, but I pray that you can be filled with HOPE anyway.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1