Aug. 12th…..

August 12th was always a special day for my husband and me.  It was his dear folks anniversary.  Every year I would call the flower shop close to them — Muellers – and place an order with Larry for a bouquet for them.  They had an opening between their kitchen and living room and the bouquet always sat there.  It would fill the opening.  I remember a couple of times they were on a cruise, and when they got to their room the bouquet was there waiting for them.  What fun!  What memories!!

Are you making memories?  I hope so.  They can be all kinds – – all subjects – some good and some bad.  Even the bad ones can bring a smile later – it can be because of the silliness of them or the seriousness of them or simply something that you just wanted to do with no real reasoning behind it all.

Well – today is another one of those “remembering days” in life.  It is always hopeful to have one of them every little while because life is better with them than without them. Hope you take the time or should I say……..”make” the time.

Still in His Hands

Marge

August 12th.

It is SUNDAY!  Yes!  I remember Those!!!!

It was a time of being in the Lord’s house all day, it seemed. Sunday would be the day of culmination of all the study of music, the rehearsals, the planning for future Sundays with special emphasis. As strange as it may sound, I knew I would some day have  Sundays whereby nothing would have a bottom to it…..nothing would seem right…..it all would feel like Mickey Mouse.  Some day.  How quickly “some day” came.  And “some day” doesn’t seem to leave – it can’t.  It is time and it keeps on marching along with no specialness to it.

Od has decided his day needs some attention and so he has stayed close to my side, mostly sleeping.  I have spent my afternoon reading quotes of every kind from Charles Spurgeon.  What a mighty man he was, though he had only 58 years on this earth, yet those 58 years gave us several thousand sermons and thousands of quotes .  Here are a few I singled out.

“You may think you can live fine without Christ, but you cannot afford to die without Him.”

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

“Surrender to what is…Let go of what was…Have faith in what will be.”

“The devil doesn’t come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns.  He comes as everything you’ve ever wished for.”

These are all so true A..N…D… written in the 1800’s.

Let’s fast forward to another outstanding preacher – – this time one who was born in 1931, four years before I was and died in 2005….Dr. Adrian Rogers.

“It is better to be divided by truth than be united in error.  It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals than falsehood that comforts and then kills.”

“If Satan can’t make you bad, he will make you busy.”

I LOVE THIS NEXT ONE.  THINK ABOUT IT.

“You are free to choose.  You are not free not to choose.  No choice is a choice.  You are free to choose but you are not free to choose the consequences of that choice.”

These two men have certainly lifted my spirits this Sunday afternoon. Perhaps yours, as well.

In His Hands!

Marge

 

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Saturday!  It has been a very long day!!

The sun is setting in the west and I can almost say that day is done. I landed upon the perfect Psalm a while ago.  Psa. 92:12-15.

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  13) Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.  14) They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing, 15) To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”

Oh!  What else could I ask for.  More than that, what else do I need but the One who knows all about me and loves me in ways that are even unknown to me.

I clicked upon Charles Spurgeon a bit earlier and it seemed that God gave that message on my laptop simply to reinforce what He is and does for me.  I want you to have it to bless your heart too.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon

August 11

Waiting, Not Running

Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. (Psalm 62:1)

Blessed posture! Waiting truly and only upon the Lord. Be this our condition all this day and every day. Waiting His leisure, waiting in His service, waiting in joyful expectation, waiting in prayer, and content. When the very soul thus waits, it is in the best and truest condition of a creature before his Creator, a servant before his Master, a child before his Father. We allow no dictation to God, nor complaining of Him; we will permit no petulance and no distrust. At the same time, we practice no running before the cloud and no seeking to others for aid: neither of these would be waiting upon God. God, and God alone, is the expectation of our hearts.

Blessed assurance! From Him salvation is coming; it is on the road. It will come from Him and from no one else. He shall have all the glory of it, for He alone can and will perform it. And He will perform it most surely in His own time and manner. He will save from doubt, and suffering, and slander, and distress. Though we see no sign of it as yet, we are satisfied to bide the Lord’s will, for we have no suspicion of His love and faithfulness. He will make sure work of it before long, and we will praise Him at once for the coming mercy.

What else do I need to say!  What do I need to want!  What do I lack!  Absolutely NOTHING!!

May Jesus Christ be praised in my life!  And yours too!!

In His Hands….

Marge

 

 

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Let’s return to the Word!!

We have been doing a study on Faith and it might be well to return to it for a bit and do a bit of review and leave some “footprints” of what is especially important to remember.

Faith.  This is a big subject.  Hebrews 11:1 is not a definition of Faith. It is a description.

Definition:  The action or power of making definite and clear.

Description:  An account that presents a picture.

Hope.  What is that?  It is the absolute assurance based on the Word of God.

 

Let’s back up and look at three words, that are used sometimes all in one place. Take a look at Psalm 32.  Also Psa. 51. David uses them again – all three.

Iniquity.  More deeply rooted.  Pre meditated.  Continued without repentance.

Sin.  Missed the mark.  Failed to do something that I knew was right to do.

Transgression. When crossed the line intentionally or unintentionally disobey.

Romans 3:23 tells us that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  Do you relate? You should.  We all should.  Everyday.  I know I have lots of things that I know I should have done or I should have said, but I didn’t.

We also transgress everyday as well.  What happens when you know you should tell someone the truth but you don’t because you don’t want to ruffle feathers.   “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matt. 5:9) No place are we told to “keep” the peace but we are told to be peacemakers.  So every day we transgress.

I’ll close with this.  I think Dr. Rogers hit the nail squarely on the head.  “Repentance and faith are the two feet that keep us walking.  Put down the foot of repentance.  Then put down the foot of faith.  As I repent of my sins, repentance is God’s way of revealing myself to me.  Faith is God’s way of revealing Jesus to me.”

If we do not have repentance on our prayer agenda at the close of the day, there is something wrong with us.  Because God’s Word “says” all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  We can be “specific” at the close of the day with God because He already knows where we each have fallen short for that day.

It is a comfort to me at the close of my day to be able to be specific with the Lord and repent (not in generality but specifically) on issues and at that point through Faith, God reveals Jesus and the comfort of His healing drops of blood upon my acknowledgments for that day.  Thank you Lord, again and again. God shows me through  myself seeing the need in my life for repentance then as I acknowledge that, what I see of myself fades and Jesus is revealed to me and the blessedness of the load being lifted off of me transpires.

Until next time.

Marge

 

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It’s Friday Evening…..

WOW!!  My week’s washing is finished and put away.  Od got his bed aired out, his 8 blankets were washed and folded (for now), his winter parka was washed = his stroller was cleaned up, I purchased online two Hallmark Christmas DVD’s, The Wishing Tree and the Christmas Cantata.  Oh hummmmmmmmmmm!

Oh!  I forgot to tell you it is 99 degrees outside and 6:30pm and it is August 10th. But I sure wish it was the holiday season.  I always love it – even when times were difficult = still….the holiday season was a sweet time.

As to Od’s blankets – he bought two blankets and I cut them into 4ths so wherever he goes there is a blanket waiting for his little frame.  Isn’t that S-W-E-E-T!!! I thot you would think so!!

Tonight is watch a Christmas movie night. Popcorn and all. Oh. Except for the snow. Not yet. 😦

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Tomorrow will be a glorious Day!!

Ah~~~~YES!!!  August 10th will be Martha Meisner’s 102nd Birthday.  I would love to grab a cup of coffee and a pecan tart (or 2, or 3, or 4 of them) and sit down with her and listen to her talk about “other years”.

What a long life!  What a wonderfully long life!!  And all the memories…and all the blizzards and all those knit socks, mittens and mask caps!!!  I can only imagine.

More wonderfully though, would be to hear her tell of how God blest her family all through those years.  And THAT….He did!!

I thank Him for memories so that when we are old and find ourselves alone we can meander back through memory lane and…………remember.  Thank You Father for all you have given us.

Lord, Bless Martha on Friday.  Give her Your strength and Your continued care which has no limits.  I thank You for the life that You gave to her and Fred and their children and the home that was cemented with Your flavoring of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. And then the gift – – was all wrapped up with a beautiful bow that read, “I will never ever, ever leave you nor forsake you.”  WOW!!  Lord!  You have thought of everything, and we as a Christian Family, praise You and thank You for everything!!

Amen and Amen!!

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An addendum…….

I was just this afternoon speaking to someone who had read my post re the first part of my life.  The friend was saying now that I was much older I would not have problems with areas of my life as I once did. I want to address this because I believe there are problems galore and in everyone’s life, we find each one different in what they can handle and what shoots them over the edge so as to speak.  I have such an item in my life and it will always be here with me.

When I was about 6 to 7 years old (I remember age as I associate it with the house I lived in at the time) one of the disciplines of Mrs. Brown was to put warm water in a granite pan, set it on a chair and pull me by the hair on the crown of head, over to the water and then push my face into the pan so that my ears, nose, eyes and mouth were covered with water and she would keep the “push” on my head so I could not get away. When I could take it no longer, my little feet would go up and down as fast as I could to make her let me go.

What has this got to do with today?  At 83.  Everything.  I have not been to an eye doctor now in about 4 years.  The last time I was there, it took two assistants to handle me when the Dr. was either putting drops in my eyes or looking at them with a strong light.  I panic when any one does any thing to my eyes.  In the shower, I never turn my face up to the water and let it run over my face. NEVER.  I can wash my hair and let the water flow over my head and down but not the other way around. (My head is turned downward so the water does not hit my eyes as it would if I turned my face upward).

Depending upon the person – – depending upon the cause – – depending upon what you have been through and when and how – – makes all the difference in the world as to what a person can take at any given moment.  Don’t be too quick to say, “Oh you can rise above that because you do not know that for a fact – – – ever.

A lot of us have been through so much and we need to be very careful as to how we “think” we know, what we “think” we know.

Until another time then~~~~

Marge H.