T.G.I.F. (Easter version - to be read on Good Friday)
"T.G.I.F.," under normal circumstances, means "Thank God, it's Friday!" - we smile, relax and look forward to a much-needed weekend break. Well, today is Friday, but it is no "normal" Friday - it is Good Friday, the day we commemorate our Lord's death on the Cross. Let us acknowledge THIS day--with holy awareness and heart-felt thanksgiving...
So what do we say TODAY? "It's Friday...and He's faithful! It's Friday...and He's forgiving! It's Friday...and He's my Friend!" All because of the Cross; all because on that momentous day in history when He defeated sin, death and hell forevermore. Our Lord came face to face with His foe--and ours. He has "bruised the serpent's head" and He's become our conquering King! We can shout for all our todays and all of our tomorrows, wherever we are and . . .
T.G.I.F. (Easter version - to be read on Good Friday)
March is now gone and April is here..
I hope April is full of 15º below normal weather...
March had a few too many above normal days for me..
On the second we had another severe weather system come through.. this one was worse than the one two weeks ago and killed many folks.. many youngsters at a school perished in a tornado .. Many tornados and many lost lives.. That was a nerve wracking couple of hours.. That is a long story in itself but I will refrain from telling it.. The Lord saw fit to keep us safe...the strom split and one half went north and the other went south and left us only minor stroms here..
Then a few days later there was a glass shattered into a million pieces on the kitchen carpet..
as well as we thought is was cleaned up the little one stepped on a sliver and ended up needing surgery ..poor little pumpkin..
We threw all of that set of glasses away..
There were very heavy and very pretty but very dangerours..
I should have thrown them out the first time one broke.
I was standing bare foot at the kitchen table and dropped one and it shattered into a million pieces around me and I could not step anywhere without having to step into shattered glass..
Fortunately Stephen was here and swept me a path out..
I will not be buying glasses again until I know they are safe when they break...
if they do not make such glass articles then I will have to do without glass as I will not have such a danger around the children..
A sweet neighbor and Sister in the Lord passed away on the 11th...
After the memorial I was sitting watching tv and Andrew came in ..
The hot dog I was trying to eat had ketcup on it and I could not pick it up with one hand..
Andrew came over and very sweetly held the plate for me so I could grasp the hot dog..
Not that he never does anything sweet but when you are looking at the death of a friend or loved one then the desire to show a little more kindness to those you love who are with you is very strong.
I keep thinking about the Scripture...
Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
I am disturbed that so many times we have to be reminded of that..Why?
Because we in our human nature are selfish and self centered and we have to be reminded to "be ye kind one to another.."
Praise God we have His word to keep in our hearts and minds...
Psa 119:11 Thy word have I laid up in my heart, That I might not sin against thee.
I got to take the girls to the park today for Michelle's girl scout meeting.
It was a very cold day..as usual it was 15 degrees below normal..
it is either 10º to 15º below or above..we have had no normal temps..
It was nice to spend some quiet time with Jennifer as we waited on Michells to be finished with her meeting there.
On the way home from the park I noticed the dogwood trees were in bloom and it was so beautiful to see them.
They are one of my favorite spring sights here.
Then I was out feeding the bunnies and tripped on a baling string and did a body slam into the ground..
that is not fun for a fat old lady..
Of course I tried to break the fall and of course I jammed my wrist and could not use it for a couple of days..
Then I woke up two days later and something must have popped into place and I could use it again..a bit sore still but at least I could use it now..cool!
It is a year ago that Little Kiara was burned and now you could never tell it..Praise God for such a perfect healing...
It has been a full month ..
I even had a bacon lettuce and tomato with my sweet daughter-in-law.. that was nice..
I love all of my family so very much and pray for them that they know the Lord in everthing they do...
Yes It has been a full month .
A month when the presence of the Lord has been so wonderful...
Every day He keeps us and comforts us and leads us and knowing He is there makes all the difference...
I rejoice in His love for us.
It has been a very emotional month...
A lot of things happened starting with the Death of our Dad.
He had been so very ill since about Thanksgiving and the last time I talked with him he told me he was in much pain..
It was heartbreaking to me..
Our Dad was so much loved ...
I did not have to be around him to feel the love I had for him or the love he had for all of his family..
It is just there..and always will be..
My heart broke for my sisters as they were able to see him quite often and were physically much closer..
I was not able to be a comfort to them and that is sad..
But the Lord is well able to meet our hearts when no one else can.
They are very much on my heart...
On the 13th We had a storm go through and take out a tree outside and the Lord kept the tree from falling on Heather or I as we sat at our desks..
It was a miracle the way it fell against the other tree just right to catch it..
We had a scary couple of hours as they worked to get the tree cut down before the next storm came through..
Praise God no one was hurt..
We have not had to many storms like that go through here..
Usually it is just when hurricanes come through..
I thought we were going to loose the roof the wind was so strong..
We also had an anniversary a couple of days later..
My Dad is always on my mind at that time because of the really funny memories of how Andrew asked Pops if it was ok to marry me..
I have spent the last month going through old pictures and remembering ..
It has been a very nostalgic month...
Happy and sad all in one...
It is not often I get online so I do not make posts but about once a month..
How good it is to have to Lord to lean on...
Today is Valentine's Day. Many will be hurrying to get their special someone a valentine, flowers, or some other gift, to express their love to them. I am sure the stores will be flooded, right up until they close. Florists will probably do their best business of the year today. And the candy companies are going to flourish! Many husbands like mine will be taking their spouses out for dinner as well. I never expect anything for Valentine's Day, and love surprises!
There are many out there that feel left out, when it comes to Valentine's Day. There are those that are single, divorced, or widowed, that don't have a special someone to bring them flowers or a card, or take them out to dinner. They get depressed and blue. The church may have a Valentine's Day meal or celebration, and that, too, makes them feel that much more an ?outsider?. It's hard to face the day alone.
If you are one of those with nobody to ?call your own?, remember Jesus. He's a God of love. He wants to be yours - to love you with passion, to . . .
I have a friend whose son has a form of autism. It’s a rather
mystifying condition that presents with many different kinds of
symptoms. One of the traits this boy has is called the “blank face
syndrome.” For some reason his brain does not recognize the details in
faces. Even faces that should be familiar appear blank to him. You can
imagine the difficulties that arise as a result.
I thought about that as I contemplated the ending of 2006 and the beginning of 2007. The year ahead is a little like a blank face to me. Because we are launching into a year of so much change, with two daughters leaving home and third being married, a move to a different community and different ministry, a book coming out and opportunities for speaking and teaching opening up, I find myself trying to see what that will all look like. How will we cope with the empty nest? What strategies will be effective in . . .
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