A Friend…

How small the world has become.

A friend in the Netherlands has a friend in the Chandler, AZ area with whom I am connecting with this writing.  Evie is in the stage of disconnecting from a husband whom she loved dearly as his life was taken in an accident while on his bike some time back.

Others are still reeling from this particular jolt in their lives.  It hits hard and resonates seemingly for ever and ever.

My husband, Evie, has been with the Lord a little over a decade now. (6/20/08) It seems like only yesterday in so many ways.  The tears that would flood my very being have subsided now and the warmth of a quiet smile remembers any number of things that took place in our lives together.  It has not hit you this way yet but it will, Evie.  Give it time.  Remember that God has a tear bottle with your name on it so make use of it.

Grief is a part of healing that God has given to us.  When grief has done its work, it moves out of residence in our lives and healing comes in, looks around, and begins to do the process of healing.  Unfortunately that can take your whole lifetime.  You will never ever be the same.  But you will be through with grieving and the healing process will be such that you can smile again and you can lift your eyes up and say, “thank you Lord for seeing me through this chapter of living.”

I hope you can find a copy of my book.  I no longer have any copies of my own to send.  It was in Ebook form too. Try Amazon and see if they might still have copies.  The book is not about what and how I did so many horrible things.  It is about what and how God took care of me when I was not in control within or without myself.

Remember we are not God’s robots.  He gave us a free will.  THAT has caused us problems. If He would simply pull our strings as He wants, it would be easier for us but not at all how He intended us to be.  He wants our love, our dedication, our will to be in accord with our love and giving completely ourselves to His will for and in our lives.

A verse that kept my balance was Isa. 33:6.  “And He shall be the stability of your times”.  Memorize it and keep it with you in your mind.  You may feel totally out of control but remember, “He shall be your stability”.  His stability is not your stability.  His is out of this world!!

A life verse of mine is Isa 46:4.  “I will take care of you all of your life.  Yes.  Even when your hair is white with age.  I made you.  I will take care of you.  I will carry you along and be your Savior”.  We cannot ask for anything more than that.  Believe me, when family and friends turn their backs on us, it really makes no difference because you will have what is superior to all that you might have on the earth and your needs will be totally met.  (I did not say your “wants”.)  Of course, God is not a Scrooge but our needs are vital to our growth and continuation of living.

Another verse that helped me so much was Isa. 54:5.  “For your Maker is your husband.  The Lord Almighty is His name. The Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer.  He is called the God of all the earth.”

There is no way that we will get lost in the muddle of the tsunami that has hit when we have our Heavenly Father at the helm.  If you feel lost.  If you feel like you have no desire to go on.  If you feel like giving up – – who cares.  I have been there.  I have made it through that terrible maze and though I will never be the same, I can realize now something that I could never realize while I was living a marvelous life with my husband. That is……………God IS sufficient to meet the need of my life at every moment because He created me, He knows what materials He put into me.  He knows what makes me tick.  He knows that though I am a sinner, saved by grace, I am also able to go to the foot of that Cross and drop to my knees and simply lift my hands and arms up and as the sweet, sweet drops of Jesus’ blood falls on me, there is His kind of healing taking place within me and I cannot explain it. I just know it is happening.  You will too, Evie, somewhere, somehow, someway, maybe days, weeks, months, or even years from now but NEVER……NEVER……NEVER will you be alone without the Lord.  NEVER.  He is all you need to get through what you are going through.

Remember God gives us memories so that we can have roses in the December of our lives.  You will begin to remember those “roses” somewhere along the way.

I remember well the moment in time that Loren took his last breath.  I could feel him being transported into the presence of his Lord and saying to myself, “There he goes”, all the while the angels in heaven were rejoicing and saying (yelling)  “HERE HE COMES!!!!!” Then for me to know, as a Christian, that Loren had just met eye to eye with His Savior on heaven’s beach.  I can only imagine!  I can only imagine!

How in the world can we put an ocean into a teacup.

Bless you Evie.  And bless each of you reading my Blog at this moment.  Be blest.  Know that your Lord is absolutely sufficient to meet your needs because He was there even before “needs” were created.  He will never ever fail you.

In His Hands and On His Road.

Marge

So blest

I am so blest today!  So rich in memories and life as it once was!

I marvel at Facebook.  Everyday I see more names of people that we knew years and years ago.  We left Winnipeg in August of 1978.  Talk about being ancient. THAT …… is ANCIENT time!!  That was THIRTY years ago.

You know the people of Winnipeg were absolutely wonderful in every way.  Oh. Of course.  Not everyone agreed on everything in the church.  May I remind you that if they had, some one would not have been necessary!!  Good differences can produce an enormous amount of growth in a person.

I remember so well the Sunday evenings after church.  Three or four couples would be in a host home for coffee or tea and pie or dainties.  Boy!!  Did those women ever know how to cook! It was just the thing to do on Sunday nights.  How I still miss those precious times.

I learned just this week that the organist during the time I was the pianist passed away some time back.  It left a lump in my throat and a hollow spot in my stomach.  I remember one noon during the holiday season, one year, when I had five ladies over for a Christmas luncheon and she was there.  But now, every lady that was sitting at my dining room table is Home with our Lord.  Every one!

Oh the snow that we would have!!!  Sometimes on Hallowe’en it would snow and we would never see the ground again until May.  It was so, so, so cold and so, so, so beautiful because of the cold.  The snow never looked dirty because it never got warm enough to melt until springtime. I do remember though we had a long, long icicle from a drain pipe down to the ground and it would actually begin to drip a bit when it was in the minus teens, because that was warm for the temperatures.  WOW. I will never forget.

I have a lot of Canadian people reading my Blog.  All of you.  Please know you will always be in my heart some time or other during each season, I remember the music – each director we had and the difference they made in my life.  I remember the Cantatas we did each Christmas.  I remember the SS programs.  What fun!!  I remember the Music Committee meetings and then keeping the schedule up and current each week of the month. Some times we were changing people around to fit schedules but it always was a blessing when they sang or played or spoke.

Vic Delamont was at the piano one afternoon and as he played he used a form of an arpeggio that I loved but didn’t know how to do it.  He taught me. I use it ALL the time and have for all these years.  It is a double arpeggio as you are going up.

Well.  Be blest.  My email address is mrhlrh214@gmail.com and my cell number is 623-512-8683.  I live at LifeStream Senior Complete Living in Youngtown, AZ  My address is 11315 W. Peoria Ave.  Apt. A8, Youngtown, AZ 85363

Always know my door is always open and you are so very welcome at all times.  Not long ago Wilma Forster visited me one afternoon.  God blesses me so richly with friends.

In His Hands and On His Road

Marge

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Do you….

Do you remember this?

“Normal Day.  Let me be aware of the treasure you are.  Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.  Let me hold you while I may, for it will not always be so.  One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, bury my face in the pillow or stretch myself taut or raise my hands to the sky, and want more than anything your return.”

Yes.  I remember this.  I first read it in a Woman’s Day magazine back in the late 60’s.  I used it in my book as well in 2012.  It is by Mary Jean Irion and it is called, “Let Me Hold You While I May”.

Are you tired tonight?  Don’t want to fix that dinner or make small talk or even encourage someone else in your family who has had a rough day, probably worse than you have??????  I have been there.  Done that.  Would give anything for one more dinner to prepare.  My husband loved carrot salad.  Lemon Jello, finely grated carrots, drained crushed pineapple.  Maybe a raisin or two if they were soft.  And a lit candle and a centerpiece.  Yes. It was a time in my life.  Yes.  There were many “normal days” in our lives.  Some day you will be where I am. No turning back.  Make the most of everything – life has no dress rehearsals.  It is a one time through and you are finished. Don’t strangle it.  Don’t hurry it.  It will be gone forever – – all too soon. Learn to say no, even to what you believe is so worthy.  Nothing can touch the worthiness of your spouse. Don’t push it all aside for something that is good when the very best awaits right in front of your eyes.

God bless you tonight.

Marge

Before I quit….

Before I quit writing for the week I want to touch base with you once more and ask you – plead with you- – beg you to go to Love Worth Finding      lwf.org

Pull up Bible Studies and find “How To Repair Your Broken Faith”.  Print it out.  It will be 9 pgs., double-sided.  Be sure you don’t try to work it on the computer – you can’t make it all happen if that instrument is being used.

This is such an important Bible Study and Dr. Rogers is super great.  He uses nothing but the Bible – no extra books with numbered statements and lines for you to fill in.  This is wonderful – we use the Bible ONLY for the answers and he tells where and once we find the spot then we fill in words.  Strictly scripture.  You will never ever, ever, ever learn as much as you do with this kind of method because of that simple fact:  the Bible ONLY is used.  Please.  Just once. Print this and do the study.  It should take several days if you are delving deeply into meanings and the Faith issue.

Let me give you some of the high points for myself.  I have been on it all week and still not finished.

Faith is the mark of the Christian.  It is what we are known for.

There is no greater evil than unbelief.  He explains this.

Four times the Bible says, “the just shall live by faith.”

Faith above all things, pleases God.  If you please God, it doesn’t matter whom you displease, and if you displease God it doesn’t matter whom you please.

Regarding the Tower of Babel.  The people wanted a name for themselves.  In Gen. 11, the people were so taken up with what THEY were going to do.  God was not mentioned. No one remembers them today.  With God, His “I Will” stands revered through all the centuries.

Then I like it as Dr. Rogers goes deeper into the Word  It becomes richer. “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”  Faith does not rest on a road map but in a relationship with God.

Then he goes on to bring us back to What Faith is.  Believing the Word of God is the root of Faith. Acting on the Word of God IS the Faith.  Think about this for a moment.

He said once before there is a concept to grasp.  Memorize it, I suggest.

Believing the Word of God is mental. Faith is actual.

The difference between belief and faith is that faith is belief with legs on it.

Belief is knowing the Word of God.  

Faith is knowing the God of that Word.

He tells us that Dr. Warren Wiersbe has said, “Faith is not believing in spite of evidence – that’s superstition.  Faith is obeying God’s Word in spite of circumstances or consequences.”

We do not live by explanations, we live by promises.

I will leave you at this point.  I am only half way through the Study. Much more to go.  This is my second time and I am reaping magnificent riches for my soul.  You will too.

Digging deeper into the Gold Mine!

Marge

Pets….

PET!  What about them!!!

I am so sorry!  Quite some time ago someone ask me to comment on pets and will they be in heaven.  I just found the note to myself and I apologize for not responding.  I hope you are still a follower. If I have missed any one else who emailed a question, please follow through one more time – I promise I will do better this time around.

I am using the Ryrie Study Bible along with the footnotes to clarify further.  Also emphasis in verses is mine.

I do know that if you are an avid fisherman, you may have a problem later on.  In Revelation 21:1 we read, “Then I saw (John is speaking here) a new heaven  and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away and there is no longer any sea.”  In the Ryrie Study Bible, he says “No more sea because climatic and human conditions will be completely different.”

On to our pets now.  Here is what I find.  Eccel. 3:19,20 reads, “For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same.  As one dies, so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity.  All go to the same place.  All came from the dust and all return to the dust.”

Solomon does continue in verse 21, “Who knows that the breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth?”

Going to the Ryrie footnotes.  “Though both man and beast will suffer a common fate and return to dust, man will face God in judgment. Therefore, he should serve God faithfully in this life, enjoying what God gives him”.

Let’s look at something from the New Testament and see what Jesus said, in John 11:25, 26:  “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in Me, will live even if he dies.  And everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die….’ ” (at this point I would have to say, my little Od does not have the capacity to believe as man does or should)

Back in Isa. 11:6-8. we read: “And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together, and a little boy will lead them.  Also the cow and the bear will graze, their young will lie down together;  and the lion will eat straw like the ox.  The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.”  These are stirring images of what Heaven will be like and it DOES suggest animals living beautifully in peaceful existence.

Randy Alcorn in his writings on Rom. 8:18-22 says that it may speak to the topic.  “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  For the anxious longing of the creation waits, eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope.”

Picking up again from Ryrie footnotes on Rom. 8:18-22: “A statement of the Christian hope as it affects the individual (vs. 18) and the entire creation (vv. 19-25)”.

C. S. Lewis writes, “It seems to me possible that certain animals may have immortality not in themselves but in the immortality of their master”.

The Bible drips with the blood of Jesus from Gen. 1:1 to the last word of Revelation.  Believing in Him and what He did and what He still has to do when the time is right, deals with man and man alone.  Jesus died for man.  It is the responsibility of man to deal personally with where he or she wants to spend eternity.  Deal with it!! Then move on.

Dr. Graham was right when he once was asked if his dog would be in heaven or not. His reply most satisfying to me:  “God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.”

God can do anything – anything at all!   “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.  Amen.”  Eph. 3:20,21.

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Marge and Od, too

 

 

 

 

 

WOW! Different days …..

Plans had been made previously to take my beloved g’daughter and her husband out for dinner before the little “tag along” arrives.  They had just arrived Monday evening to pick me up when the down burst came.  I thought it would be postponed but no – – you know these young ones – nothing phases them……………yet.  So we went. When we got home some of the transformers to the east of our long white fence had blown and thus……. no electricity for part of the South campus.

Getting all of the assisted living people out and over to other places along with their meds and everything else they needed was quite a task.  Some remained in their rooms and did not leave the campus.  But I chose to go off campus.  All insulin was lost ($4,000 worth but the Co replaced it for free).

How times have changed.  Used to be, when we were without electricity you sat tight until it was on again.  HOWEVER…………….it did not come on until late Wednesday afternoon.  So my two “kids” got their phones and thumbed through all the places around that had what I wanted/needed and before you knew it I was packed up and little ole Od and I spent some time at Comfort Suites just south of the Stadium in Westgate, and Lia had all my refrigerated items packed up to take to her place. Not a bit of electricity or a phone book was needed as it was once upon a time.  It is a new day and a new way.

Oh!  How I remember our times at least once a month and sometimes twice a month to spend a night out up in Scottsdale or Paradise Valley.  But you know those times were good and wonderful but I am not there any more and it did not hold for me what it once held. Oh!  I was very grateful for the place and the time there and the food was good but it was a “need” not an enjoyment as it once was with my husband.

Od and I are settling in once again to home as we know it and it is nice to be home with the thought once again being – – times have changed and it is good.  Od is by my side and my coffee on the table beside me – what more could I want on a Thursday morning in Youngstown, AZ., in July of 2018!!

In His Care as always.

Marge

How He………….

Yes, my friend!  How the Lord supplies….how the Lord leads….how the Lord uplifts….how the Lord sustains…how the Lord get’s His Truth out….how the Lord is above, beyond, over, under, through…….HOW THE LORD!!!!!!!

 

I have been getting a lot of ribbing re my posts.  Today I was looking online and happened on to Gabriel Web Designs.  And this is what the Lord had me to read!!!!

“Post the truth, whether they leave you, unfriend you, or block you!!!  We are here to feed the sheep – – not the goats!”

So be it!!!!

In His Hands – – and continuing onward……for His Sheep.

Marge H.