Me….to you!

THIS is eternal. All else……..worldly.

When I read this, this morning I thought how special it is that he would think of Helen Keller.  One of his remarks is that “A handicap is a compliment from God.”  Think about that ladies. Character.

So important for you and for me to concentrate on what matters in God’s eyes and not what matters in order to get attention from men as you pass by. The butt and the bust – – not important in God’s eyes. May we give our most for our Lord where eternity lies.  Marge

Proverbs 31:10-31
Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised (31:30).
Beauty Of Character
   Recently I had one of the most unusual experiences in my life. Some of the men in my church asked Mr. Yousuf Karsh to come to Dallas to make a portrait photograph of me for my thirty-fifth anniversary as pastor of First Baptist Church. Mr. Karsh is by far the most famous portrait photographer in the world. He has spent time with all of the great notables of the world. A large book, Faces of Destiny, contains his photographs of Albert Einstein, Albert Schweitzer, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and many presidents of the United States. He was born in Armenia, Turkey, and his studio is located in New York City.
   As I visited with Mr. Karsh, I asked him who, out of all the great men and women of the earth he had photographed, would he select as the greatest of all? I thought he would have replied, “Winston Churchill.” If you were a great scientist, you might think he would say, “Albert Einstein.” But he said to me, “Out of all the people with whom I ever worked in photography, far and above the greatest to me was Helen Keller.”
   I said, “Helen Keller?”
   He replied, “Yes, Helen Keller.” She was blind and deaf. The only way to reach her was through the sensitivity of the fingers on her hands.
   I asked, “Why Helen Keller?”
   He replied, “One cannot describe the beauty of her character and the gentleness of her spirit.” I haven’t gotten over that yet. He’s comparing that woman to Winston Churchill, to Albert Einstein, to Dwight Eisenhower, to the greatest men and women in the world. A handicap is a compliment from God!
   “Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.” –Yousuf Karsh

So happy..so relieved..so looking forward to..

I have a new surgeon and will be meeting with his office on April 16th.  Yes.  You heard correctly!!  So happy/so relieved/so looking forward to…………..that date and the beginning for a new knee.

I have been dragging my tail because though the surgeon which had been chosen is tops, I had a lot of reservations.  Mostly due to the fact that it never seemed to bother him that I would be coming home,  being “alone”. His care is that I get away from germs.  Hogwash!!  Everything that was done previously for me after surgery he says is no longer being done.  Dr. Dungy and my new surgeon work the same way and some how things keep going on and on…….and on like the Energizer Bunny.

I had written Dr. Dungy in Chandler and talked with him regarding my dilemma of being too far away for him to do this knee.  He called me and the ball began to roll.  He referred me to a Surgeon out here who practices as he does.  I just made that first appointment a bit ago and when the surgery is over they will have the transportation and all planned for my stay for rehabilitation.  (Medicare approves up to 21 days, though I needed only 5-7 days last time)  The Dr. says he never sends one of his patients home when they live alone. He is also a 5 star Doctor. Actually there are a lot of them.  Every General MD has their favorite who “is the best”, but there are many of them out today, for which I am grateful.

The pain is excruciating, and has been for quite a while now.  No longer using the cane except when I go to the store where there are carts.  The rollator is so much help.  It makes me look like I am having no problems at all.  But …… NOT QUITE THE WAY IT IS.  I will make it though because I have this new development in the works.

Thank you Lord for this additional relief.

Some how, I have been able through these years to be guided more down-to-earthly and I believe full well God gives the direction.  Well.  Of course what does the verse/motto that I have for the concert say?  And He shall direct your path.

Again,trust/lean/acknowledge……….and He shall.

Some of you out there don’t seem to think you need guidance or Someone to help. Believe me, the Lord is the mighty Friend/Helper/Leader/Guide/Change-of-Directioner.  Take Him at His word – – give Him a chance in your life.  You will not go wrong.

On His Path and on His Course…..Marge

Today…was the last day of winter, 2019.

I am presently setting at twelve days until the concert.  I have worked hard. At 83 the 32nd notes come at a more difficult pace than they once did.  The reason for that is the fingers are not disciplined as they once were – they are now old – they are painful – the muscles either do not work or work at a more difficult pace than they once did. Controlling their speed – – – – controlling what is no longer controllable most of the time can seem at all the other times to be a major weakness in their steadiness .

But I have the Lord. I have had one verse as my motto through all of these preparations.  Here it is.

“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart.  Lean not unto your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.”

Nothing very blistering about that verse except for me I know exactly what it means. And so with all the notes that these ten fingers have played in the past little while, There is a joy that comes to a Christian that does not depend upon circumstance. I have learned to “trust”, “lean” and “acknowledge”.  As I have done that……as I have done my part…..when I want to please Him and Him alone………..“HE SHALL” !!!!

Will I make every note?  I can’t tell you that.  But if I miss some, I know the Lord has let them miss for a purpose – I may never know that purpose but I do know that I have trusted, leaned and acknowledged Him throughout and without a doubt whatever happens – – whatever takes place……….He shall bring me through as He sees fit.  That is all I could ever ask for or want.

Standing on the promises of God my Savior!   Marge

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Always good for each of us to take note.

The end of another week….

How fast time is flying!  Never am I twiddling my thumbs. I was going back over the past week’s devotionals in Our Daily Bread.  Wondering what would I take from them this week to use in the forth-coming week.

At the close of each reading is “The Thought for the night”.  Some times a question to ponder or a statement or a prayer.  I would read the scripture and Loren the devotional and then he would read the final thought at the end. I can hear him so clearly as if it happened only moments ago but in reality…..so many years ago.

In one of my previous posts, I shared a bit re the British engineer Edward Nairn giving us forever the eraser.  The scripture for that evening was, “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.”  Isa. 44:22

The prayer, “Lord, sweep away my old sins, erasing my past for new life in You.  Help me understand the reality of Your forgiveness and live in it”.

Another devotional  reminds us of priorities.  Jordan Bohannan intentionally missed the free throw that would have broken a 25-year-old school record.  Reason?  1993, Chris Street had made 34 free throws in a row, he lost his life in a car crash.  Bohannon chose to honor Street’s memory by not breaking his record.  The scripture for that evening was, “In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Phil. 2:3-4.

The prayer, “Father, guide my heart today.  Rearrange my priorities so that I value the needs of others as well as my own.”

One last one.

Most German church leaders gave in to Hitler.  Theologian and pastor Martin Niemoller was not among them.  He wasn’t able to resist fear because he possessed a superman personality. In earlier years he had held anti-Semitic views, but repented and God’s grace restored him and gave to him the ability to speak and live out the truth.  The scripture for the night, “Be strong and courageous..Do not be afraid or terrified.” Deut. 31:6,8.

The thought for the night, “Living unafraid doesn’t mean that we don’t feel fear but that we don’t obey it.”

We are reminded weekly, even daily that the Lord will never ever leave us or forsake us. He never planned for us to go it alone – He would always be there for us and with us. We need nothing else and no one else. But faith.  That word – – Faith – – brings our beliefs, our visions, our living outside of the box at times into focus because we know “who” Faith is. Mountains can really be moved.  Lord.  Make it happen in our lives today – – 2019.  Make it happen Lord!!!!!

Enjoy and be blest.  Marge

 

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Just spending time…….quietly.

How often do you do just that!  Spend time quietly.  I was reading from Our Daily Bread yesterday and felt the weights of life lift and be swept away.  I want to share the devotional with you.  It was written by Patricia Rayon and entitled,  “Swept Away”.

“When he invented the pencil eraser, British engineer Edward Naime was reaching instead for a piece of bread.  Crusts of bread were used then, in 1770, to erase marks on paper.  Picking up a piece of latex rubber by mistake, Nairn found it erased his error leaving rubberized “crumbs” easily swept away by hand.

“With us too the worst errors of our lives can be swept away. It’s the Lord – – the Bread of Life – – who cleans them with His own life, promising never to remember our sins. “I even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake,” says Isaiah 4:25, “and remembers your sins no more.”

“This can seem to be a remarkable fix and not deserved.  For many, it’s hard to believe our past sins can be swept away by God “like the morning mist.”  Does God, who knows everything, forget them so easily?

“That’s exactly what God does when we accept Jesus as our Savior.  Choosing to forgive our sins and to “remember them no more”, our heavenly Father frees us to move forward.  No longer dragged down by past wrongs, we’re free of debris and cleaned up to serve, now and forever.

“Yes, consequences may remain.  But God sweeps sin itself away, inviting us to return to Him for our clean new life.  There’s no better way to be swept away.”

Patricia then asks this question?  “What things from your past do you have trouble forgetting?  Ask God to help you take Him at His word.”

Her prayer for the evening was, “Lord, sweep away my old sins, erasing my past for new life in You. Help me understand the reality of Your forgiveness and live in it joyfully.”

The scripture reading for this date is Isa. 43:25; 44:21-23, with Isa. 44:22 being the one zeroed in on,”  I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.”   End of devotional.

We do have to remember though that we are always and forever free to make choices. We are NEVER, EVER free to choose the consequences of those choices.  We can blame others as much as we wish but always there are consequences to our choices.

But the consequences don’t have to bury us either.  We can rise above and move forward when Jesus is at the helm of our lives. Our Heavenly Father guides us as we let go and let Him lead.

During these weeks of preparation for the concert later this month, I have had one motto in mind along the way.  “Trust..Lean..Acknowledge……..Those three words equal…HE SHALL.”  It is that simple.  Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Lean not unto your own understanding.  In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.”  When I have done my part, He will do the rest.  The same is true for you, too, my friend.

In His hands and on His road.  Marge

 

 

How True………

Ah, yes.  People want what they can feel – what they can see – – the Bible is none of that. It is EVERYTHING by FAITH.   The lost person is never one with FAITH.  The lost person is the one who runs from the Bible, what it teaches and into the arms of Satan and his “well wishing” for them.  God never pats us on the back – – NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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