Moments with Marge

How big is our “trust” pattern for life!

It is difficult at times to have the faith needed to move ahead when you feel there is a mountain straight ahead of you. How do we cope?  How do we “let go” so that we are not in control but God is!!

He is faithful at all times.  Never late. Never early.  Never demanding His way, though we “should” know that His way is the perfect way for us.  Letting go of our ways is very difficult particularly when we have to travel at the speed of “Faith”.  At times that feels like we are in a deep, thick fog and we cannot see the yellow strip along the side of our traveling way.

At times we need to have things that we can touch…things that make us feel good…we know God is there but is He really working in our lives…does He really know what I need and when I need it. Silence spends a lot of time with us particularly when things are not going right in our lives.  We are faced with separation..divorce..children going astray..health patterns on the frontlines.  When will it all stop. Does God REALLY, REALLY care about puny me..you..all of us!!!

Aren’t these the things that Satan runs through our minds and gets us off tract from where God has led and is leading us?  We need to “feel” that we have some amount of solidity around us.  A foundation.  Something stable.  And Satan is there to give it to you isn’t he!  But God is asking us to step out in the silent, sight-unseen, fog-stricken weather of our life and “trust”.  Isn’t that asking too much!!! 

 We find so much of the life lived by Moses, Abraham and others like them  in a shroud.  We are not able to see all they went through.  I believe perhaps that if we could see all their ins and outs we would get caught up in that instead of the Lord and what He had asked/demanded/deemed necessary to strengthen each person that He was working with.

Just think for a moment about Abraham.  After so many childless years God gave them Isaac and then for God to ask him to sacrifice him.  I cannot begin to know how Abraham felt.  Did Sarah know about it?  Did he talk with her?  He had to show that he was troubled.  Didn’t she see that and comment on it?  If so how did he reply to her?

But standing afar off and seeing it all unfold on paper, I can see how God was testing Abraham to see how much he was actually trusting God.  Was it in word only or in deed.  Abraham came through alright.  He knew that God had brought him this far and even though he was asking the ultimate from him, still he believed that in the end, however that might be, that Isaac would be taken care of by the One who had given him to them.  

Think for a moment about Mary. A young woman, ready to marry but not necessarily read to be told she will have a Son.  How was her pregnancy? Giving birth.  In a stable.  Her husband as the one to help her deliver.  How clean were things?  What was the clean up like?  Where was the fresh, hot water? What about fresh, clean clothing for both Mary and Joseph.  A shroud covers it all as God has been the One to create, to give, to supply all of the “need” of the moment without any question from the two of them…………that is, that we are informed of in the Word.

Question.  Do we have this kind of faith?  If not, why.  If not, how can we grow our faith. God is a big God.  He has made everything, stars, planets, moon, sun, earth, created all peoples. Knows us all by name and every  cotton-picking thing about each of us.

Let me leave you with one of the most dynamic verses in the Old Testament.  It is found in 2 Chron. 20:17.  You might want to memorize it.

“Do not be afraid – – Do not be discouraged – – Go out to face tomorrow and the Lord will be with you.”

Ah….yes….there is the answer to it all.  God does not, can not lie.  He will never leave us nor forsake us.  We can take that to the bank and count on the deposit.  He is sufficient, particularly when we cannot see in front of us. He IS sufficient in and of Himself.  

Thank You Father.  Thank You!!

 

Til next time.

Marge

Thankful for ………………….

I am thankful for so much in my life.  I am thankful for my family.  I am thankful for problems and tensions of life.  I am thankful for where I am in life.  I am thankful above and beyond all and everything ~~~~ for my Salvation.

My Salvation assures me of Eternity Life with my Heavenly Father.  Life is not easy. It was never meant to be “easy”, but it was meant to be lived in a way that our spiritual lives would exemplify our Lord.  The harder our life-strings pull at us the more our spiritual living lifts us up and gives us the strength, the courage, the will-power to lean on Him for every single need in our lives.

P2C is a wonderful avenue of helping others who are faced with hopelessness and life without much meaning, to find what they are looking for through the Lord Jesus Christ who came as a Baby over two thousand years ago to live, to die, to rise again, and someday to return for those who are faithful to their calling.

“Thanks be to God for His unspeakable Gift” 

We do not have to be well known for our earthly efforts.  We simply need to be on “good terms” so as to speak with our Heavenly Father.  He already knows our greatest need.  Each and every one of them.  Below is a list of helpful prayers that you might find helpful.  Some times we don’t know how to pray or what to pray and so we don’t pray.  This can be a beacon of light for your times of talking to God.  Thees and Thous and Thines are not necessary.  God wants to hear from us right where we are, doing what we are doing and thinking what we are thinking.  In those kind of times, we need Him more than ever and for His Will to become our Will.

Here they are.  I pray they will be a beacon of light and hope and leading for you in the days and the year to come.

PRAYERS YOU CAN PRAY!

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20 COMMENTS

Like in any relationship, it can be a little hard at first to know what to say. Praying is no different! It might start off a bit rocky, but the more you talk to God, the more natural it will feel. Pretty soon praying will become a regular part of your life.No matter what situation you’re in, God wants to hear from you. He wants to lead and guide you, give you wisdom, provide for you, and protect you. Though He doesn’t always answer in the way we would like, He does always answer.

Here are a few prayers for when you’re at a loss for words. So go ahead, and start the conversation!

When you want to commit your life to God for the first time:

Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for me. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Amen.

When you want Him to be the center of your life:

Dear Jesus, I want you in the center of my life and I commit, through your power, to serve and obey you anytime, anywhere, at any cost, to do anything. Amen.

If you just prayed one of these prayers, we’d love for you to talk to us.

When you renew your commitment to God:

Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit. For it is Your business, not mine. You will know every shade of my suffering; You will care for me with Your perfect Fatherhood. (George MacDonald)

When you first wake up:

Dear Lord, I give You my hands to do Your work, my feet to go Your way, my eyes to see as You see, my tongue to speak Your words, my mind that You may think in me, my spirit that You may pray in me. Above all, I give You my heart so that You may love through me. Amen.

When you are scared:

Father God, I am feeling fearful today. Life seems uncertain and out of control. I know that the Bible says, “Perfect love casts out fear.” You alone are perfect love; would You please remove this fear I feel and replace it with confidence in You? I trust that You will take care of me — moment by moment, day by day. In Jesus’ name, amen.

When you want to be in God’s will:

Lord Jesus, keep me in Your will. Don’t let me go mad by poking about outside it. (Corrie Ten Boom)

When you need wisdom and direction:

Father God, there are so many decisions to make, and I don’t know what to do. You said if we lack wisdom, all we need to do ask. So I humbly ask that You would pour wisdom into my mind today, and may the right choices be clear as I discern Your will. Thank You!

When you are sick:

Father, I am feeling lousy today. I ache all over and feel very weak. You said that Your grace is sufficient for me. Please strengthen me and give me joy, no matter how I feel physically. Amen

For your children and/or grandchildren:

Lord, I am so glad that You know each of our children and grandchildren by name. I forget about that, sometimes. Thank You for sending Your angels to surround each one of them and for protecting them today. Father, please turn their minds and hearts toward You. Help them to want to please You in everything they think, say, and do. Thank You!

When you are moving:

Lord, I have such mixed feelings about moving. There are so many memories here in this house, but I know it’s time to go. Thank You that despite all the changes going on in my life right now, You never change. You are and always will be a constant in my life. Help me to remember that when I am packing and unpacking. Amen.

When you want to be reflecting Christ:

Lord, make my life a window for Your light to shine through, and a mirror to reflect Your love to all I meet. Amen.

When you’re in conflict:

Dear God, when Your son Jesus died and rose from the dead, He broke down walls of hostility. Father, You know the conflict I am having right now. I don’t know how to resolve it. Thank You that You are my Savior. Please save and restore this relationship. Amen

For others:

Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give Your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend Your sick ones, O Lord Christ. Rest Your weary ones. Bless Your dying ones. Soothe Your suffering ones. Pity Your afflicted ones. Shield Your joyous ones. And all for Your love’s sake. Amen. (Prayed by Father Timothy Kavanagh)

For thanksgiving:

For health and strength and daily food, we praise Your name, O God. Amen.

When you need more faith:

Teach me to treat all that comes to me with peace of soul and with firm conviction that Your will govern all. Amen. (Prayed by Elisabeth Elliot)

When your marriage seems to be falling apart:

Dear God, our marriage is really shaky right now. I really don’t want it to break-up. Show me ways I could show (name) I love and care for her/him. You are merciful. Please show Your mercy by helping us love each other more. Thank You! Amen.

For protection:

Father God, I need Your protection. My family needs protection. Help me to love and respect You more. Amen.

For being an instrument for God:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. (Prayed by St. Francis of Assisi)


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In His care and leading with Thanksgiving in my heart.
Marge

Ah! Thank you, “unseen” Friends~~~~

I have friends I have never met physically, but mentally they are there because we have emailed back and forth through the tumultuous months/years until our lives have leveled out a bit.

Today was the call from one of those dear ones who read my book and because it was a “skinny” book she grabbed it and read it through “several” times and she began to “know” me.  (Heaven help her). lol

But today, the day before Thanksgiving I received a couple of calls from gals that I have never met but “know them well” via the computer life.  Thank you gals.

I do plead with all of you still out there searching for a life once again without that lover of yours. You are living that life right now. Don’t try to make a life, or hurry another “kind” of life along. You want what God wants for you.  And it may very well be that even this long after your loss, you are not ready for what a “new” life might bring.

Yes. I have had the opportunity for remarriage, It was a person I knew/know very well. One thing is certain ~~ you have to be sure that the love that you once had that was so real, so full, so rich, so without question, and so strong that NO ONE could destroy it, is in storage with a padlock locked and the key thrown deeply into the ocean, before you can begin all over again.  Otherwise, you will hurt that “second time around” bit. Even when my maintenance man comes around and after he leaves I look at his work and say, “Loren wouldn’t have done it that way”.  You see how terrible it would be for me to be remarried!!!!

I have freedom that is known only to a person that is satisfied in being unmarried. Oh.  Of course.  There are lonely times but you can’t stuff another person into that hole and make everything super great. When you have had a deep satisfaction in your life and had it for years, the places where you are single are there/felt/but they do not destroy you.  They are there just to remind you of what you once had and now in that place you have the memories.  Believe me, that is a most satisfying dish of life to have.

M.J., I hope this has helped you a little bit.  For the others of you out there, just remember (because I know the ones I am writing to at this moment) being a Christian sets you up on solid ground because the One who made you also knew right then where/what/when/how you were going to live/do things and the results thereof.  If He so decides for you to marry, it will happen because with Him at the helm of your life, you have the best of the best to lead/guide/direct in every moment of your life.

Every holiday season that comes my way I get one year further away from the love of my life, but one layer closer to knowing more aggressively and more surely in my life, what I had when I had it and it gives to me a great deal of calmness within and peace that does pass all understanding.  And until it has literally come your way, the “understanding” can’t be there.

Not too many moons ago I was talking with a younger one in the family and she made the comment, that she “understood both sides”.  No way.  Only had knowledge.  Did not have personal experience. Did not have, could not have, “understanding.”

Understanding comes through the living in the past that has brought you to the present.  There are two things in all of life that make up “us”:  knowledge and experience.    Knowledge is wonderful but experience, if I had to choose between the two, would be my choice.  Because with “knowledge” you can only have a passing idea of what understanding is but with experience, you feel it deep in your heart and soul and then…….then……………………you know.  That is where “experience” has entered your deepest living – and your deepest longings.

As I am writing this I am remembering the study on Heb. 11:1 that we did together.  Always I have heard it is a definition of Faith.  But it is not.  It is a description of Faith.  Big difference.  The same is true with knowledge and experience.

You can cut your hand badly – requiring stitches.  One may see it happen and feel sorry for you.  But YOU are the only one to actually “feel” what happened and the pain of it.  You felt it.  You had the experience of it. They saw it.  They had knowledge of it.

You are doing fine.  Hope I was able to answer a couple of your questions.Of course.  You have lonely times.  Those are your valleys.  You also have mountain tops. The deeper the valley the higher the mountain.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving week and the launch pad to Christmas!!!!!

Marge

How Life Seems at times….

There are so many moments in my days – – in my times – – that I wish I could move the components of my life around and place them just as I would “like” for them to be.  It will never happen.  Can’t.  That is not the way life is put together. But life, itself, does the moving around – – the changing – – the reversals – – the stalemates – – the stagnant times – – and together it all makes up what we call “life”.

I look around at my little apartment and feel so very comfortable.  So quiet.  So peaceful. It is everything that I could want — need — dream of,  I have looked at it more than once and asked myself, “what would you like to yet see in your home”?  “Nothing” comes back to me as the answer.  And so I look again, realizing that I am now 83 and not much life is left.  And I am pleased. Pleased for where I am living. Pleased with  my lifestyle.  Pleased for Od.  Pleased for my church.  Pleased that God through His Son, Jesus, allowed an avenue for me so that I could be saved for all of eternity through faith in Him and Him alone. Oh, yes.  I come along side Paul as he says “Jesus Christ came to save sinners of whom I am chief”.  I understand that statement very well. You should too.

You may think, “well, I haven’t done what she has done”.  No, perhaps you haven’t.  But you are equally as needful of His forgiveness as I.  His Word says, “All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God. God does not rate sin.  Sin is simply sin in His sight.  Sins of omission and commission are equal in every way.  Sins of pride.  Sins of lack of standing up for what the Bible believes. Sins of your thought patterns.  It is the same total as where I have been/done/survived,  But forgiveness is forever in our  vision and ours for the taking. We were given the dish of the sins of Adam.  They are ours to carry forever.  Buttttttttttt.  God provided a way for us to rise above the sins of Adam and it is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and what He did for us at Calvary that is our saving power for all eternity.

I was up very early this morning due to the back.  Was out in a car yesterday with bucket seats and it took it’s toll.  But scripture came to mind.

“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Lean on unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.”

“When I consider the heavens. The moon. The stars.  What is man that thou art mindful of him and the son of man that Thou visiteth him.”

“I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not for evil.  Plans to give you a hope and a future.”

Total satisfaction comes from the Lord.  He has all of the answers.  Nothing is too difficult for Him.  And nothing is too difficult for us to accept.  Child-like faith is all that it takes.  No weeks of classes.  No huge exams to pass and maybe fail.  Nothing.  Nothing at all is too difficult for Him.  What a mighty God I serve.  What a mighty God “we” serve.

May 2019 be your greatest, your strongest, your most secure time of your life.  Not due to any thing YOU might have/do, but to everything that God can/will/always do in your life and mine through our “FAITH” in Him and Him alone.

Mega blessings as you enter Thanksgiving Week, 2018.

“Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me.  Bless His holy name.”

Marge H.

Pride is so wonderful……

…..at first, that is.  Pride can put us up on a pedestal and we have for a split second in time the feeling of  “better than thou”, or “more righteous than thou”, but in reality the balloon will bust somewhere along the way and we find out that we have lost so much by being sooooo prideful and a bit more calloused becomes effective in our hearts and what we have truly lost can never be recouped.

I want to share a daily devotional with you from P2C.    It is Thanksgiving season.  One can not be very thankful with an attitude of unforgiveness in the heart.

 

NOVEMBERSERMON ON THE MOUNT 
 
MAKING AMENDS NOVEMBER 16 2018, WRITTEN BY MELISSA TALBOT Listen to this devotional
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”MATTHEW 5:23-24
“Why should I have to apologize? I didn’t do anything wrong. She started it!”It’s hard when someone we love maliciously attacks us for no apparent reason or says things to hurt our feelings and damper our self-esteem. Yet, as humans, we have the propensity to hurt one another.What we do with that assault means the difference between peace and resentment. We can let what was said slide and try to put it out of our minds, which rarely works, or we can ensure that our hearts don’t become bitter or ill-spirited by initiating forgiveness.Today’s verse makes it clear that God takes forgiveness seriously. So much that He won’t entertain anything else we have to say until we repair the iniquity that has taken place between ourselves and others. Making amends is never easy, but it’s necessary. After all, God forgives us for a multitude of things each day. If His goal for us, and ours, is to become Christlike, it stands to reason that exercising mercy should be high on our priority list.While I can’t say I enjoy being wronged, I can place my heart in a position to forgive. It may not feel warm and fuzzy at the time, but I know that the things my Father has forgiven me for don’t compare to exonerating a friend or loved one.Forgiveness frees both us and the offender. It makes our hearts light again so that we can continue to love one another as God has loved us. Do you need to forgive someone?Father God, there are times when I’m not so forgiving because of being wronged. Even when I feel I shouldn’t have to enter the room of forgiveness, please call my heart there so that I may pause and prepare to let go of the offense. Purify my heart, such that I would not hesitate to forgive or ask for forgiveness, no matter what or who it is. It’s in Jesus’ holy name I pray, amen.Go Deeper — Take some time today, while meditating on the above verse, to consider those whom you haven’t forgiven or from whom you have not asked for forgiveness. Extend amnesty today.”Why should I have to apologize? I didn’t do anything wrong. She started it!”Subscribe to Daily Devotionals, receive prayer or share your thoughts with us!

I pray that at this Thanksgiving season, you too will find room in your heart for forgiveness – the one being hurt the most is you, not the other person.

The Bible is full of forgiveness. Peter asked Jesus how many times should we forgive?   7×7?  Jesus replied matter of factly.  No.  Forgive 70×7.  He did not elaborate on it.  Simply answered the question and went on to his next subject. 

Personally.  In my own life – I have people I have asked forgiveness from and they said, “my apology was not good enough for them”.  This is a heart that is hard and crusty and only the Lord can crack.  In the meantime, if you are one who needs to ask forgiveness, do it.  It does not matter whether they accept or not.  You have done what you know is right and then “you” can move on.  This Thanksgiving season it would be so blest for each if forgiveness could be given and received.  Why don’t you try it?  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

With a Thankful Heart this Thanksgiving, 2018.  It will never come my way again. 

Marge H.

 

From a Thanksgiving devotional that Loren taught so many years ago. *My Thanksgiving gift to you.

ONE CUP OF CONTENTMENT.

Contentment is very rare.  Neither the rich nor the poor are content.  Thanksgiving is rare as well.  A contented person recognizes that God knows best.  Whether God has chosen to give him much or little, it is the right amount from a wise and loving Father.  Such contentment must be learned.

TEN TABLESPOONS OF THOUGHTFULNESS.

Thinking of God’s many blessings will lead to thanksgiving.  So times of meditation are needed: short ones at mealtimes, longer ones on rising and retiring and regular ones in the Lord’s house.  If you think, you’ll thank.

SIX TEASPOONS OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE.

Only when we recognize that we have no claim to anything at all, will we be grateful for whatever God gives us. Those who presume that they deserve much do not give thanks but give vent to bitterness, envy, jealousy, and greed.  These consume and destroy, but thanksgiving brings joy and enrichment of character and courage for the days ahead.

“For who makes you different from anyone else?  What do you have that you did not receive?  And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not”    1 Cor. 4:7.

ALL IN A NEW HEART.

All of these ingredients are related.  A thoughtful person will be contented.  A contented person has faith in God’s wisdom.  A wise man knows both how small and how great he is.  And these graces will be developed best when Jesus rules the heart, turning it from greed and envy to service and thanksgiving.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since, as members of one body, you were called to peace, and be thankful” Col. 3:15.

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving week.

Marge

The last picture to come~~~~Ready for the holidays!

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One of my favorites of my little buddy sleeping.  He is so warm and cuddly when he gets up of a morning.

It is chilly here today and only in the lower 60’s. The holiday season is here in more than one way.

And……..here is how our home looks tonight.