Our Broken Faith……….

Even with the Disciples being with Jesus for three whole years…… still……they could not handle the real Faith factor in their lives.  It was just so much more than they could somehow have soak into their brains.

Through the years I have sat in Conferences and as I see those notes taken so long ago, I realize that Faith is Faith…..Nothing becomes out of date.  Faith is still Faith and nothing and no one can sway it.

How do I grow in Faith?  Jesus scolded Peter for doubting. Remember when Jesus walked on the water to get to the boat?  The disciples were terrified at first.  Jesus told them that it was he. Then Peter said “If it is you, command me to come to You on the water.” Jesus did. As He caught Peter, he said, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matt. 14:31)  What on earth is wrong with you Peter!!!!!!  IF it is You !!!!!!! OF COURSE…. IT IS YOU!!

Remember the hallmark of a Christian is that it is by faith that we live.  The key to dynamic Christian living is FAITH.

Three Ingredients

Knowledge. ” Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” (Rom. 10:17)

Affirmation.  Sees the unseen God and says: I BELIEVE YOU!

Conviction. God’s love and power are released in my life when my reliance upon Him is put into motion.

UNBEATABLE COMBINATION:  GOD AND ME!!!!!

Live as if all depends on me and trust as if all depends on God.

God will do what I can’t do, while I do what He won’t do.

PURPOSE of growing in Faith

To love the Lord with all my heart, and with all my soul and with ALL of my mind.” (Matt. 22:37)

Faith is ……….

putting all your eggs in God’s basket and counting your blessings….BEFORE…. they are hatched.

My thots:  Faith is not understandable.  Faith is mine only when I am sold out to Jesus Christ.  I can not have any questions in my mind when Faith begins its astronomical work.  This is very hard, difficult, trying and immovable.  Faith is Faith and NOTHING and NO ONE can change it or hinder it once the sold-out proposition is in full swing.  Butttttttttttttttt….  how often is it ever in FULL SWING in your life?

Growingly Learning.

Marge

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Luck/Coincidence or Faith/Trust..which is it for you!!

The world sees things through the eyes of luck or coincidence.  The Christian sees things through the eyes of faith or/and trust.

Many greeting cards have the word luck in their greeting.  I make sure I never purchase one  of those because there is no “luck” involved in the Christian life.  None at all.

When we have a hard time hit and it remains for a long period of time and even blows up into a bigger situation than what first was seen, we have a choice.  We can stand our ground with the foundation of Faith or we can slip and slide around and be wishy-washy and find ourselves hanging onto nothing.

With Faith comes Trust.  When you are in the dark and can’t find the Lord in the mess that you find yourself in, you reach out in Faith and Trust. You keep on trusting until once again you begin to see ever so dimly what you can only see when faith is at the helm of your life.

Jumping around, finding something that makes you “feel” good is Satan’s greatest tool, and you are on very dangerous ground.  It will be here today and gone tomorrow.  That is a figure of speech.  Some times the “today” and the “tomorrow” of that statement stretches out into years and before you know it,  your life has been led for years by Satan and not by God. Living by feelings is not a part of God’s economy. You will find it no where in the Word.

Feelings is Satan’s quick-fix for you and believe me, if he can get you attached to it, he knows he has your number.

Through the next little while, we are going to look at Faith and get a good glimpse of Faith as was seen by so many both in the OT and the NT.  We will look at how to obtain Faith and how to keep it alive and well in our lives.  If you are not a Christian, I feel sorry for you.  This study will have no workings within you because you are not a Christian.

Sometimes we find friends who are a Christian by association only.  And that really means nothing except it all sounds good to them as they progress alongside Satan.

If you are not a Christian, you are looking elsewhere, trying to find something that fulfills your life and even with that you have the nerve to say God is leading when it is Satan leading you right over the clift with the pigs. (Remember the demons that ask Jesus to allow them to enter the pigs and go over the clift?) (Matt. 8:28-34)

So Christian Friend, we will learn how to delve more deeply into Faith living.  And non-Christian Friends, if you want to come along for the ride you are welcome.  May your life be changed.  Only God can change it, but He is very willing.  He wants none to perish, and that includes you.

In His Hands.

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WELL~~~~~~~~ Hello, to YOU!!

How quickly you have found me.  I forgot!!  I did not change my domain, so I am easily found.  Welcome.

I do have to tell you this, though. My posting will be different than before.  I feel that after all of these years I have either helped or not.  To drag on for a long, extended period of time is unfair, and really where is our growth pattern if we continually lean on or keep the security blanket of something from another time.

If you need further help, I would suggest going to your Christian Bookstore and look through the Grief Section for books written by gals who are in the early stages of their loss and perhaps follow them for a while.  I will not be zeroing in on my loss of Loren, if at all.  I do not mean to be unkind but I simply have moved on in a healthy way and I intend to stay on that path because I am in the Lord’s will and I will not turn away from it.

Blessings on you all.  If you want to stay with me with regards to furthering your understand and love for your Lord then you are at the right place, but with regard to our loss (great as it was) I believe we are at a crosspoint and time to move on.

Blessings to each of you out there.

Marge H

Can we change minds???

No.  We cannot but the Lord can and does as He sees fit.  Today on FB a question was asked.  “If you could change somebody’s mind about one topic what would it be? Without any hesitation at all, I said,  “The Lord!”.

Another person asked me, “Why would you do that?”  My reply was, “Eternity is a very long time to burn with no reprieve.”  They laughed and said, “You don’t believe that stuff do you?  What if you are wrong?”  Good question(s).  Then I said “What if I am right?”  They started to answer and I said, “Don’t bother.  You don’t have a leg to stand on.”

Scripture speaks volumes. We find in Matt. 7:13,14 the following.

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  14) Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (NKJV),

Spoken for….by my Lord!

Marge

The ” trip”

Some one asked, “how did we get to Banff?”  My husband planned our honeymoon.  We got on the Canadian Pacific Railway Train – – – BEAUTIFUL – – – at 10pm Valentine’s night and we traveled all night and all the next day and arrived in Banff late evening on the 15th.  The nights were very cold and that slowed the trains down and we arrived about 5 hours late.  Loren had a car waiting for us when the train arrived.

We had the most beautiful time.  Loren loved trains. (No. He never asked me where I wanted to go or how.)  Why should I care!!!  I was with him.  And together any where was perfect.  I had never seen real mountains up close if you want to say it that way.  lol

The train was fabulous.  Table d’Hote  Table cloths. Waiters in uniforms with towel over their arm pouring our coffee via a silver coffee pot.  Filets of Fresh Fish with lemon Wedges, or Griddle Cakes with Sausages, Maple syrup, or should I go on???????  didn’t think so!  But as we rode along and enjoyed our breakfast we had a glass top car to enjoy from.  And none of the breakfasts were even $3.00 each.  THAT WAS over 50 years ago!!!!!! After breakfast and freshening up we went to an observation car  and enjoyed the sights and me – – – – the mountains.

We arrived in Banff after dark and Loren had a huge surprise for me the next morning.  When we awoke, he walked me over to the window and told me to shut my eyes and he would tell me when to open them.  I heard a drape opening.  Then he told me to open my eyes and what I saw next I shall never forget.  He had booked our room at the Banff Timberline Hotel – – – – – – – – – at the foot of Cascade Mountain.  And when he opened the drape, we were at the foot of this HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE mountain.  And deer were outside our room’s window.  They were even outside the window of our table where we had our breakfast.  I SHALL NEVER FORGET THAT MOMENT IN TIME. (And yes.  I have receipts and pictures of Banff – never to be forgotten.)

Fast forward to 2005. Loren had a window of time and we took a 5,000 mile sentimental journey. Tempe, AZ –Oceanside, CA – up the coastline to Anacortes, spent the night at Anacortes Inn and took the Ferry over to Sidney, BC for the weekend.

Loren had led a golfer to the Lord. Mike was going to become a golf pro but instead he became a pastor.  On this weekend we were invited to the church – they knew Loren was coming.  As we entered the sanctuary, the congregation all stood to their feet and applauded Loren.  So many told him, “Thank you for our pastor”.  Loren and I knew it was not he.  The Lord would have used another person had Loren not been in the Lord’s will.  We took the return Ferry on Monday morning – on through the beautiful British Columbia country to Banff where we spent the night of June 19th. On June 20, 2005, on our way out of Banff at the entrance to Banff,  I took a picture of Loren  with Cascade Mountain in the background.

Fast forward to 2008. Exactly three years later to the day, he went Home to be with his Lord.

Til next time.

In the arms of my Savior.  Marge

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.  This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the people but it is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”  (2 Cor. 9:11,12)

Hello!

I had no idea that I would return to posting.  Thought those days were over. Well, we are going to begin anew and afresh. Used to be Moments with Marge…..now you will find my posts on “Me…..to you!”

I notice over 30 people came onto this site looking for my 2/14 post.   It was done differently this time as I thought I would not be posting again.

Due to the followers I had at one point I will bring that post over so you may read it if you so choose.  It was a very comforting and pleasant February 14th. A rainy day in our area. I liked that too.  But now…..it is a new time and a new day………..but the same love.

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Another February 14th!  Another anniversary with the memory of our love vivid in my mind.  Where did the years go!!!! I constantly ask myself that question.  The years raced by but the memories refuse to budge.
I remember the cards we would get for each other through the years.  So special!!  Some times through these years without him, I have purchased a card – – written in it – – sealed it, even put a stamp on it and put it in a file that has his name on it………………………. and shut the drawer.
He is not here, and yet, in so many ways, he will always be with me. Several times these past couple of years with the cracks/crevices deepening, things are brought to mind as to how to do things.  I remember another time when he said to me, “darling, nothing will ever come between us”.  Even death, it seems has only brought him closer in a very different way and yet, now more than ever that statement that he made years and years ago has solidified and become more solid than ever I could have thought, or expected in life.
Every anniversary day, I go out for a steak dinner (at noon). As I watch the people come in, usually it is a bit older crowd than would be found in the evening time.  For me, it is easier for me to get around in daylight.  Besides….the Transportation here at LS takes me wherever I want to go on this date each year.  Nice group of guys!!!
Today I reach out to Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her Sonnet #43, as I do almost every anniversary. The yearnings of my life always turn and focus on how she wrote of her love for her husband.  She lived only a short time (1806 – 1861) but her writings are here to stay.  I share the portion so special to my heart. (It is in Public Domain)
My Beloved ……..
“How Do I Love Thee.  Let me count the ways.  I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach when feeling out of sight for the ends of being and ideal grace…..I love thee to the level of every day’s most quiet need, by sun and candle light……I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life and if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.”
Loren and I had thirty years in retirement.  Can you imagine THAT????? We celebrated our 41st anniversary, just a short four months and a week before he went Home.  Today, it would have been our 52nd. Where on earth have the years gone!!!!!!  Why …. so quickly!!
Yes,  Loren!  I love thee! …..even now……4,051 days and 96,360 hours after your death…….Oh!  I know.  There will never again be the warmth of the touch of you as I turn over at night and “know” you are there……..but………I will always love thee!!
There you have it – hope your Friday is a great day today!!!!
In His “grasp”
Marge