In an instant!

Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.   James 4:14

 

I learned today that the Pastor’s nephew passed away very unexpectedly yesterday. He was almost 10 years younger than me and I have known the family most of my life and I am filled with sorrow for them as they go through such a shocking loss of a family member. The parents are dealing with something horrible to deal with, the loss of a child. I cannot even begin to imagine, nor do I want to imagine losing a child. Even the thought of the possibility hurts terribly. His wife and children, his sisters and brothers. The rest of the family mourning a loss on Easter Sunday. My deepest sympathies go out to his family and my most heartfelt prayers go to God that they seek comfort in Christ for He is the only one that can truly give the comfort that they need.

While the family mourns the loss of this man on earth, they are also rejoicing because they know he is now living with Christ and I know that helps give them comfort and cause to rejoice for him.

The thought of how suddenly something can happen and we or someone we know will pass away with no chance to prepare. This tragedy shows us that we must always be ready to meet God. In an instant we are of the earth and without warning can be standing awaiting judgement for our lives.

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.  Matthew 24:44

No one knows when his time will come to an end on Earth and not being ready every moment risks losing life eternal with God and Jesus but instead spending eternity in Hell. Instead of rejoicing with our Heavenly Father those not ready will instead be tortured until the end of time.

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.  Luke 21:36

Thankfully, this man was saved and served God faithfully and is even now enjoying the rewards God has for Him.

Those who do not know Christ need to seriously reevaluate their lives and go to Him and beg forgiveness of their sins. Confess their sins to Jesus and believe in Him as the Son of God and they can know they are ready for their time to face eternal judgement.

While we can be facing God in an instant and if not serving Him before death, face eternal suffering and pain; we can also, in an instant, know the deliverance from sin and death by reaching out to Christ for salvation.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9

If you are not living the life you should, not living in a manner that is pleasing to God or a life that helps you live maximally for Jesus then you need to seek Him and ask Him to show you how to live a life of the type that glorifies Jesus. He will lead your walk if you let Him. He will put you on the path He plans for you if you give God control.

I have, at many times, not lived a life pleasing to Christ. I have lived a life that even while serving Him I still was not able to serve Him as He wishes me to serve God. I am asking Him for His hand in my life and heart that He help me have the heart and mind of Jesus and that He guide my steps to get onto the path so I can be where He wants me to be the best servant possibly be for Him.

 

For this man’s family, my most heartfelt condolences and I remind them of what they know, despite the pain they feel, there is greater cause for rejoicing as he now sits on High with the Lord. But, also that as they mourn, Christ will comfort them.

Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.         Matthew 5:4

 

Heavenly Father, I praise Your Holy Name and thank You for the sacrifice Jesus made that we may all, one day, experience Your Glory if we are saved. I thank You for my deliverance and salvation through Christ’s death and His defeat of death when He was resurrected.

I pray for comfort for this man’s family, that You wrap Your loving arms around them and calm the hurt they feel in their hearts. Help them rejoice in their loved one’s salvation and that he now is rejoicing in Heaven. Be their Rock and Fortress as they deal with the loss. Fill their hearts with love, joy and peace.

Lord, I pray also that anyone who is not saved come to know you. That any who know You but are not walking in the path You wish for them would see clearly what You plan. For those with no apparent way out of whatever difficult situation they are in, that You unlock and open doors to make it simple for them to follow Your lead. I pray Lord, that You work in me that I know better the heart and mind of Christ and be a light for Him in this dark world that I may reflect His Glory.

In Jesus Name.

Amen.

 

Thank you all for you time today. I hope all are blessed, and are able to be a blessing to others as well.

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God is a TAKER!

The last few years and especially the last year has brought a lot of changes in my life. I have had some good things and some bad things happen. I have lost loved ones which, while a part of life, is always difficult. I have had things happen I never expected. But as I was dealing with these things and feeling lost and alone I started talking with God and He answered my prayers.

As I reflect on all He has done for me I realize that even though I always thought He was a giver but I was SO WRONG! God is a taker! God took so much from me that it is hard to imagine. He took pain of loss. He took bitterness. He took anger. He took sorrow and grief. He took my sins. Oh, there are times that I feel sad about losses and that I get upset and angry about things but those things are very infrequent and the sadness over losses is less. There are times I think about my parents and others I have lost and I miss them. But, I am better about thinking about the happier moments.

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Yes, God took and took and took. But, He gave too. He gave me peace, joy, comfort, and most importantly He gave me forgiveness and salvation. He took all the things I had earned and gave me more than I deserved. What an AMAZING GOD!!!

Lord, I thank You for taking so much from me. Taking all the things I needed out of my life and leaving room for the good things You offer. I praise Your name and ask in the name of Jesus that You continue to take from me, that You continue to work on me and help me become the servant Christ wants me to be for His glory. I ask that You draw loved ones closer to You, take from them all the things You took from me and teach us all the truths You want us to know.

Amen

 

Thank You all for taking a moment to read my blog. I hope something I wrote was a blessing to someone and that you can all find a way to be a blessing to someone else today as well.

 

 

He WILL Help!

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Some days are a struggle. Everyone has such days, struggling with jobs, lack of jobs, lack of money, decisions, marriages, family issues, problems with cars and houses. Something is always going to happen that causes stress, worry, fear, indecision, health, loss of loved ones. The list is endless. Today was one of those days for me. A couple things going on, one is trying to make the final decision about the job offer I have mentioned previously. Its a great job for a lot of reasons, but there are reasons to consider not taking it. I will have to say that I have struggled a lot with the decision. I have spent a lot of time in prayer and seeking God’s guidance. The decision will have to be made soon and every time I think I know what I should do, something makes me question whichever choice I am thinking I should take. I was at a convenience store and overheard a lady talking about her Grammy being in hospice and not sure how long she would last and what all was going on with that. Well, for one thing, that is what I called my grandmother and I thought about her. Then, I thought about my parents, sitting with them as their lives were slipping away. It sort of opened old wounds. I needed a word from God to remind me that He would help me through all the things with which I am dealing. So, I looked at King James Bible online and this was the verse of the day. And, it was just what I needed to hear. Regardless of the hardships, sorrows and pains of life He will help me. So many amazing promises, promises that He KEEPS! What a glorious God we serve.

Lord, I praise You and thank You for giving me the words I needed to hear. I am constantly in awe of all You are and how you work in my life. I thank You for the sacrifice of Your Son so my sins would be forgiven. I ask in the name of Jesus that You help me make the right choice, about the job, about everything and that You help me keep Christ first in my life. I pray for this woman and her family as they deal with a difficult circumstance, please be with them and give them comfort. I also pray that You continue to draw me and my loved ones to You that we all know the salvation You hold out for us. Show us all the true paths in our lives You have planned for us and any that are on the wrong path help them find the true path and show them the way to Your light.

Amen

 

I truly appreciate those who read my blog and I hope that I manage to help someone get a blessing. Please, be sure to try to be a blessing to someone else today.

 

 

 

The auction is almost over.

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The online auction is ending today and people are supposed to pick the items that they purchased Saturday. I got a message from the auctioneer saying he has had some people requesting to pick up items from the estate auction Sunday, a day later than initially planned. That wasn’t an issue for me and I let him know it was fine. We exchanged a few texts and then it sort of hit me that my parents things would be gone. I had a multitude of emotions sort of hit me but the biggest things were relief to finally get that part over and a sadness that the physical items that they had collected and accumulated over the years would no longer be there which caused some sadness. In some regards it will be like losing them all over again, definitely mixture of bitter and sweet. Of course, there were some things that held more sentimental value for me, so those things I kept, little things that bring back memories of certain holidays, special events, vacations and some things just reminders of day to day life. Some of my father’s knives and sharpening equipment, tools of his trade. He was a meat cutter for almost his entire life and holding the steel that he used brings back more memories than I can begin to list. A few of my mother’s instruments, books, knickknacks do the same with her. So, those were things that were far too precious to let go. Those are some of the things I kept. But, they are only items, the memories, those are the real treasures.

Saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy, but while they are alive, one always assumes they will see them again. But, the final good bye is hard. But, regardless of seeing the things go, even though the items are going to be gone the memories will last forever. Sometimes more in the forefront of my mind and other times less so but I will forever and always have them with me in my heart.

After this weekend, rather than going to a house that is filled with their things, I will be going to an empty structure. Then, time to try and decide the best way to deal with the house. Fix it and sell it? Sell it as is? Deal with it another way? Lots of further decisions to be made.

Through all of this I have had some very emotional times. Obviously some sadness, but the happy thoughts tied to some of the items, the joy in finding things I remember from early childhood as well as later in life. Then, sadness again as reality of the losses hits again. But, through the ups, the downs, the happy and the sad Christ has been there with me. He undoubtedly made sure that I came across some of the things that brought happy thoughts when I was feeling down. He was with me giving comfort during the challenging times. Some periods of loneliness when those I thought cared for me, and would be there to support and help me, failed to do so. Times when many loved ones would inquire, but not help with what was a pretty overwhelming task. Essentially being abandoned by those who had promised to always be there.

Yet, no matter how I was treated by those I expected more support from, God never failed me. He was there, ALWAYS. There were Bibles, some my mother’s, some my grandmother’s, grandfather’s and a few, I don’t know whose they were or how there got there. I would always take a moment when I found one of the Bibles, hold them, flip through the pages and find passages my mother or grandmother had underlined, highlighted or some other way annotated that obviously carried special meaning for them and many, many times the verses I stumbled on had a message that I needed at that particular moment; messages of comfort, peace, joy, reassurance, mercy, grace, forgiveness and many other types of messages that spoke to me and where what I needed to hear at that time. There were some very dark times emotionally, hurt from losing them, anger and hurt by those who I never expected to do so abandoned me, bitterness about that, and a variety of other things, very dark times indeed. Feeling overwhelmed, betrayed, abandoned, alone and during those dark times is when God reached out to me and reminded me that regardless of what I had done wrong, He had never left me. He was always there, waiting patiently until I called to Him.

I don’t write these things about feeling so hurt, angry, bitter, and sad during that time looking for sympathy or to try to cause guilt in others. No, I write about it to glorify my Heavenly Father that was there, my comforter, my peace giver, my salvation. I write to say that despite all the despair I felt, He was ready to take all those negative feelings from me and carry them for me. Praise the Lord for His mercy and grace!

3 Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

 

Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.   Psalms 119:76

 

Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.  Isaiah 49:13

 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.     Psalms 23:4

 

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30

 

This next verse means a lot, it was one that was marked in my grandmother’s and my mother’s Bibles. It is a message that we ALL need to hear at one time or another. I would say that all of John chapter 14 is a great message. But, there are so many great messages of comfort, peace and hope in the Bible.

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

John 14:16-18

 

Yes, despite my failures, my hurting, my anger and bitterness, Christ never left me. He was there, waiting for me to let Him comfort me. What an awesome God we serve.

 

Lord, I praise You and glorify Your Holy Name. I thank You for the comfort and peace that You give me and how You mercifully forgave me my sins. I thank Jesus for the sacrifice and suffering He endured to redeem me. I thank You for taking the burdens I was carrying and replacing them with Your peace and joy. I thank You for giving me the ability to forgive those who treated me wrong. I ask that You give those I have wronged over the years the ability to forgive me as well. I pray in the name of Jesus that You continue to work in my life, to help me better learn how to seek You and know You and the heart of Christ. That You give me the ability to reach others and be a proper vessel for You. Please draw all loved ones to You that they know the peace, comfort, joy and forgiveness that awaits them. Teach us all Your will and way that we follow You as You wish us to follow.

Amen

 

Thanks so much for Your time today. I hope all have a blessed weekend and have a chance to be a blessing to someone else.

 

 

Its almost auction time!

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I have mentioned that I have been trying to get my parents estate squared away and preparing for an estate auction. After a VERY long time it is finally almost time for that to happen. The auctioneer was here taking photographs and is now getting the descriptions for the photos written and everything finished up for the online auction. It has been a long process, at times emotionally difficult and I have had days that I was trying to work here and just felt totally overwhelmed. Praise the Lord that He helped me through those hard times and I finally got that done. I am now in a holding pattern of sorts as I can’t do any work to the house with the items in the way and other than yard work there isn’t a lot I can really get accomplished. While waiting for the auction to start and then eventually be completed I guess I am sort of reflecting. When the house is empty and their things are gone, it will be a different place. All the things, whether they have a significant monetary value did have memories attached with them. Different rooms bring one memory or another. Some marvelous, some just memories, some painful and most a combination of bitter and sweet. So many special times here with so many loved ones and in a way, those times cannot be taken away but also knowing they are not to be again brings a sting. But, that sting is tempered by the knowledge that my parents are with Christ, waiting for the rest of us to join them when the Lord decides our time on Earth is done.

I would take just a moment to remind those who still have their parents to be sure to love them and make sure they KNOW that you love them. Spend as much time as possible with them as once they are gone, that won’t be an option. Thank the Lord daily for them, whether still living or not, as they are, or were, a tremendous blessing and cannot be replaced.

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.    Exodus 20:12

 

Lord,

I praise Your Holy Name and thank You for the parents I had and for the lessons they taught me about being a good and God fearing man. I may have faultered at times, but I have been redeemed by Christ and am now the man they had always hoped. I thank You for my salvation, for the sacrifice that Christ made to provide me with the redemption I never earned but was given. I pray that You help me be half the parent they were for me. I pray that as You brought me back to You, that You do the same for my children and other loved ones. Show us all what we need to do so we may serve You as You have planned for us to serve and show us all Your plan for us that we may correct our errors and follow the path You have set for us. I pray in Jesus Name that we all become the Christians that You wish for us to be in life.

Amen

 

Thank you all for your time today. I pray that Christ bless you all and that you are able to be a blessing to someone else as well.

Market fluctuations.

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My son in law got what he said was a really hot tip on a stock. New company with some new technology that could be a great investment. He can use his 401k for that as well through his employer and he did that, buying some of the stock, quite a bit actually, when it was at a much lower price. It has gone up to 5 or 6 times what he paid for it. So, he was obviously elated. THEN, like many stocks, there was a down turn, and the price decreased. Well, the stocks he has are worth more than he paid for them, so he is still doing well with it but he was upset, well, maybe discouraged would be a better word. He had thought about selling when it was a little higher than it is now and didn’t. We talked about how the stock market has ups and downs and that trying to play the buy, sell, buy, sell game is quite risky and that whatever investments he makes should be considered long term and that he shouldn’t try to do the day trading unless he wanted to risk losing all his retirement savings. I told him that he shouldn’t waver back and forth on the stock. If he truly believed that the company was going to do well with their products, to stay the course. At this time it appears it was good advise as the value returned to its prior level and I believe is even a little higher now.

But, the conversation made me think how some people, including Christians, want to take the risks that go with jumping from one position or another, looking for a profit of sorts. Christians sometimes will leave one church and go to another if there are any kind of difficulties in the church, maybe unexpected expenses due to things like the furnace or air conditioner suddenly needing replaced, maybe there are issues between some members of the church and the leadership. Many types of struggles occur in a church or relationship, and jumping from one to another, taking the good that one has and trying to switch to another the person thinks is on the rise and will switch to that church, etc but, once hardship rolls around, they will begin looking for another to move to where they won’t have to put in as much effort to get from the church, etc. Well, all investments whether financial, personal or spiritual carry a risk and none are 100% guaranteed, except for the investments in Christ. THOSE never lose value but will only gain. The dividends will be eternal.

 

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. James 1:6

 

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalms 27:14

 

But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

 

There will be ups and downs in life, that is a truth of human existence. What is a more important truth is that the ups will be better and the lows less difficult with Christ. He will protect us in those low times, when hardships come our way. He will protect us from harm, He will take our heavy burdens and give us rest when life requires we deal with things we think too difficult. When times are good, He gives us more cause to rejoice. And, I would say that even in the low times, with Christ, we always have good reason to rejoice.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.       Matthew 5:12

 

4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: [and] again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord [is] at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

 

Lord, I rejoice in You and all You do for me. You are there when I have successes in life and when life is more difficult and I am in the low places. You never waver, You are faithful and true and never fail me. Lord, In Jesus name I pray that You give me, give us all the faith and courage to stay the course, to not waver, to not try to move on when things are a little tougher, when the profit is not as easy, but to stand fast in our believes and our commitment, to you and one another. Help us realize that You will help us through those difficult times and help us through the challenging times. Help me, help us all, rejoice in You, not just regardless of the bad, but because of the bad because that is where you help us build character, increase our faith and strength in Christ. Draw us all closer to You that we know Your plans, will and way and that there will be struggles that You will see us through.

Amen

 

I hope all have a wonderful and blessed day. And, that you be a blessing to someone else as well. Thank you for stopping by today.

 

 

The Loss

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One of my cousins quite recently lost her husband very unexpectedly due to a heart attack. I don’t know all the details, but I do know that she is hurting from the loss and of course, when I heard about it I felt very bad for her and her immediate family and it brings to mind various losses I have dealt with over the years. Each person we lose, whether to death or change in circumstances brings about sadness and mourning. Each time, due to the relationship the pain is different. Then, one considers not only the current loss and the void that is left immediately, but what about the loss of potential, of the future, of the expectations one had for the rest of their life and the impact of the loss on that? There is no doubt that each loss is painful, each loss is devastating in it’s own way, leaving one feeling not only the loss, but lost as well, as they try to adapt to the change in their life. We all have and will face losses of other in our lives. Most will lose many times in our lives, such is inevitable.

I have dealt with losses, parents, family, friends; sometimes to death, other times to changes life brings about which at times have been due to my actions and at other times, due to the actions of others. I have at one point or another dealt with each loss differently. Some I have dealt with in far more graceful manners than I would have ever expected myself capable of doing so. Some, well, some I have dealt with far less gracefully. Sometimes feeling sorry for myself, sometimes feeling angry, sometimes not really feeling anything at all, just numb but when that has happened eventually feelings come out and it seem that those times it is even more difficult to deal with than had I done what I should have and gone to Christ for comfort, peace and giving Him the pain I was feeling rather than trying to cope with things on my own. He is SO MUCH MORE capable of helping me through those trying times than I am able to on my own.

Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

 

He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Psalms 147:3

 

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  1 Thessalonians 4:14

 

 

He will heal our broken hearts. Christ will be there to give us peace and comfort.

 

Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.   Isaiah  26:3

 

We serve an AMAZING GOD! He will give comfort and peace.

 

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.    Philippians 4:6-7

 

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

 

Yes, we will all suffer loss, that is a fact of human existence but a fact of Christian existence is that we will not suffer the losses alone. No matter what other family members and friends do to try to comfort us, they cannot give the peace and comfort that Christ can give us.

 

Lord, I praise Your holy name. Thank You for the blessings You give me. I pray in Jesus Name that You be with my cousin and the rest of her family during this difficult time. I pray for your loving arms to be wrapped around them to comfort them and give them peace. Replace their sorrows with Your joy. Not only them, but all others that are suffering loss I ask that You comfort. Those who do not know You, draw to You that they may know the peace, comfort and salvation You have for them.

Amen

 

Thank you all for your time. Please, remember that no matter how dark things look, God is there for you. Look to Him and He will bless you. When He does, please, be a blessing to someone else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday Mother!

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I mentioned that June is a trying month for me. Loss of my father and other things, one of which is my Mother’s birthday, just 5 days after mine. Just thinking about her, happy thoughts, sad thoughts, times I upset her and times I made her proud. Also thoughts of due to her wishes, she was Mother. Not mom, mommy, ma, or whatever other name, MOTHER! I didn’t understand the rationale, I still don’t, but I was raised to respect my parents, partly from church and partly from knowing failure to respect would mean a paddling. My mother definitely believed in spanking and despite what so many seem to say nowadays, I don’t feel I was abused, I didn’t abuse my kids, I like to think all in all that I came out pretty good. Of course, that’s due to God and my parents.

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Exodus 20:12

 

I praise God and thank Him for many things. Two of the most valuable after Him and my salvation are my parents. They raised me right. Even though at times I didn’t do right. I thank God for a praying Mother and Father who held onto their believes and concerns for me. And never stopped believing that God would take care of me and bring me back to Him. Her prayer were not wasted. I thank God everyday that she had to love and dedication to not give up.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

 

Lord, I praise You for all Your majesty and Grace. I thank You for the many gifts You give me, my salvation through the death and resurrection of Christ, Your continued work in my life and teaching me so much, and my mother and father without whom I would not have grown up knowing You at all. I pray in Jesus Name that I have been able to teach my children the valuable things that my parents taught me and that You help me know teach them what they need to know. I ask that You continue to help me have the love of Christ and that You help me know and serve You better. I pray for my loved ones that they be drawn to You and learn Your will and Your way for them. Help me better understand Your plan for my life and help me be sensitive to Your guidance.

Amen

 

I hope all have a blessed day. Remember Your mothers and take time to call or visit often. It will bless you and her both.

 

 

 

Some days are tough.

14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

John 14:14-18

 

Well, even though it is my birthday, some other memories bring pain and sorrow. Memories about losses. Others that were once happy, that now are a cause of hurt. While reflecting on such things I realize that there are so very few truly honorable, loyal, and kind people in comparison to those that say and do what they think will serve them best. Their loyalty extends only as far as the benefits they receive and seem to have no remorse for breaking promises. Others, have no hesitation to twist the truth or blatantly lie for personal benefit and have no regard for the damage their actions cause.

I mentioned that my dad passed minutes after my birthday a few years ago and, while he had his faults, no one but Christ was perfect, he was a good man. He was a bit gruff at times, but he never lied to me, broke a promise (without extremely good cause, and then made up for it) tried to use or manipulate me. He was without a doubt, one of the most honorable men I have ever known and I try to be that kind of man. Oh, I fail at times in one way or another, but I still try and when I fail, I try harder.

But regardless of human weaknesses that cause people to do hurtful things to others, to physically or emotionally abandon them, Jesus won’t, He will be here for me, for whoever needs Him. He is forever and always there, and never changing, not making different decisions that are opposite of their words and promises. Praise God for the gift and sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.

 

5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Hebrews 13:5-8

 

Yes, some days are tough, because, well, sometimes they are, but sometimes particular dates have the memories attached to them that can bring pain. Yet, no matter how much pain, hurt and sorrow I may feel, Christ is with me and comforts me. He gives me peace that passes all understanding. Praise His Holy Name!

4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:4-8

 

So, regardless of the difficulties, sorrows and pain, I will rejoice in the Lord. He is so much more worthy of praise than I am worthy of Him.

 

My Heavenly Father, I praise and rejoice in You. I thank You for the blessings, the lessons, the mercy you give me. I so appreciate the sacrifice Jesus made for my redemption. I ask in Jesus name that You be with me today and comfort me, give me peace and joy, remove any hurt I may feel, do that for others as well for I know there are many who are hurting far worse than I. I ask that You continue Your work in me and help me have the heart and mind of Christ, that I forgive without hesitation, that I love all with the love of Jesus. I pray You draw all my loved ones closer to You and those not saved, bring them to Christ. I ask that You show us all Your will and Your way in our lives. I pray for forgiveness for any sins I have committed and thank You for the mercy You show in forgiving them. I praise You Lord.

Amen

 

I appreciate the time you took to read this. Please share if you feel someone would benefit. Otherwise, have a blessed day. And, as always, I ask that you try to be a blessing ot another too.

The work continues

digging

 

Well, In the morning, I have a dentist appointment, and if anyone read or remembers the post about dentists, you will recall I am terrified of going to the dentist. It is just a cleaning and check up, but that still causes a lot of stress for me. After I get done there, I am heading back to the home town to try to finish up things to prepare for the estate sale to settle my parents’ estate, likely spending most of the week, if not all of it, up there. Although I have mostly finished digging through all the boxes there is still a few things to sort out, it has been trying to say the least. SO very many memories in that house, some are good, some are great, some happy, some sad.  Many of the items have memories attached as well. The different knick knacks my mom loved to have around, the musical instruments that she played, her records, CDs, cassette tapes and the seasonal decorations. She liked to decorate for holidays but none more than Christmas, some older decorations that we had when I was very young, some she bought later, little dancing Santas, strings and strings of lights, some in shapes of holly, some like reindeer, santa, or spelling out Peace, Joy, Christmas and other words. She always loved decorating for Christmas more than any other holiday. I see the various decorations and remember them hanging on the walls, doors, tree or set up outside and hear the Christmas music playing in my mind and for a while, I am right back at that time in life, things are sweet. But, then reality hits that and the bitter comes. I choose to focus on the sweet though.

I have mentioned before how bitter sweet it always is when I work up there. Thinking about the happy times, missing them and wondering about my future. Getting this close to having the sale is somewhat relieving, but somewhat disconcerting as the things will be gone and I will be that much closer to having the house ready to sell as well. That will be the last of the things from their estate that I will sell. I have some of their things I kept for memories, etc. But, the big ties to those physical reminders will be gone. The memories I will always have, but for some reason, it feels like selling the things will let them slip away easier. Even though I know that the material things are not the memories and I will always have the memories.

I thank God daily for the parents He gave me and glad for the time I had with them. I thank Him for helping me deal with all the estate issues and look forward, somewhat anxiously, to completing the tasks. I also know that they are rejoicing with Christ this very moment and I look forward to joining them in the future.

Through the emotionally difficult times, even when I wasn’t serving Him, Christ was there with me, comforting me, helping me get through the loss and all that has followed, but it surely has become much easier walking with Him. Praise Him for His faithfulness and joy He gives.

 

15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

John 14:15-18

 

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26

 

Lord,

I praise You and worship You. Thank You for my parents and the comfort You have given me since they left to be with Christ. I ask for Your continued help during the preparation for the estate sale and ask that You help make that go smoothly when it is underway and after that is completed I  pray in Jesus name that You guide me and show me Your way ahead for me. Make me sensitive to Your will for me. Please work in my heart and the hearts and minds of loved ones to draw us all to You so we may follow You.

Amen

 

I hope all have a great day and remember to Praise Him and thank God for all your blessings, and bless others as you can.