Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Real “Gift” Giver

Most of us get really  excited when we think we are going to receive a gift.  Maybe a birthday present? A Christmas present?  A gift from friend, just because.

Gifts come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. Gifts also bring out a lot of different emotions in us. Sometimes we display emotions of excitement.  Just what we wanted!  Sometimes we cry!  Overcome with emotion!!  Sometimes we have this blank expression. Really? You gotta be kidding here?!  Sometimes we walk away with our gift, just down right disappointed.

Do you ever take a gift home and just put it away in the closet and forget about it?  Months later you come across it and it seems more important and useful?  You wonder why you haven’t been using it and enjoying it?

 How do you think it would make the person that gave you the gift feel if they knew you just set their gift aside? I am sure they would be hurt. Considering there was probably much time and thought put into selecting the perfect gift.

Scripture tell us that everyone has been given spiritual gifts, from God, in order to build up His church.

So many times I have heard people say that they are not sure what their spiritual gifts are. I have said this myself.  As I have matured in my walk with the Lord my spiritual gifts have become more evident to me.  I have been seeking HIS way in using them for HIS glory!!!

I am sad to say, that just like the gifts from a friend, sometimes I have laid  HIS GIFTS on the shelf, also. How this must break His heart?

In His word, scripture tells us that He knew us when we were formed in the womb. We were wonderfully made by Him. For Him. So, I am sure that the gifts that He blessed us with were planned from the beginning of conception. How awesome to think about this. How intricate we are designed with such craftsmanship from the master designer.

I have been working on this post off and on for a week.  Picking it up!!  Putting it down!!  As I have shared with you before,  this blogging thing is all about Him. I want to say what He leads me to say. So, I feel like the struggle that I have had this week  is that I haven’t been willing to share what He has ask me to concerning His gifts to us. He revealed this (trying to do it on my own) to me through an email that I received from a friend this morning.  Thank you friend!!!  For your honesty with God!!

So,  this is where I am  going to leave this post today and my next posting will be the continue of what God is asking me to share………………………………………… HIS GIFTS to me.

God’s Blessings

Hey, everyone !

 I am sorry that I haven’t posted anything this week. I am trying to get some tasks completed in Aaron’s(my youngest son) bedroom this week. Packing up things!  Getting rid of some things!!  Hopefully, we will get his room painted. It really needs a little TLC.  He may be a little disappointed when he sees his room. No more Jacksonville Jaguar decor. No sports posters on the wall. 

It’s okay, everyone!  After all he is twenty-six. Ha!!

Aaron is moving back home in two weeks. He is currently living in Florida, where he went to Law school. He has decided to move back home and take the Tennessee Bar exam in February.  I think he is a little homesick and has come to realize that the saying, “there is no place like home”  is really true.

I am excited that he is coming home, but I have to admit it will be an adjustment for me and my husband. I have been praying about this. I have a real peace about it at this time.

I am very proud of all that Aaron has accomplished. He is very persistent in pursuing what he wants to do. I really admire this quality in him.

There are days  when I  may be discouraged by life’s circumstances and do not fully understand all that is going on in my life. But when I turn my focus to the Lord and get my priorities in check I know that I am truly blessed.

Sometimes I allow my heart to lose focus of the really important things in life. I get to busy living life. My desires sometime become more focused on material instead of eternal.  Receiving instead of giving.  Missing all of lives little  BIG blessings.

My sons, Christopher and Aaron, are two of my greatest blessings.  So many times I have taken  them for granted. They have brought so much joy to my life. I am proud of both of them. I am proud of all that they have accomplished in their lives.

But more than anything I am proud and blessed to know of their love and passion for serving their Lord and Savior. My prayer for them is that their focus will always be more about following  Him. That they will set their standards on Him. Not worrying about what the  world says they should be or do.

Several months ago when I was praying for my sons, God spoke these words to me “pray for your sons eternal not their material. Trust me with the rest.”  Sometimes I get off track with this and the Lord has to whisper in my ear and remind me to trust Him.

I would like to encourage you that when you pray for your children or loved ones, please pray for their eternal provisions, instead of their material. Trusting God for the rest.

I LOVE YOU CHRISTOPHER AND AARON! !!  THANKING GOD FOR YOU!!!   WAITING PATIENTLY TO SEE WHERE  HE LANDS YOU!!!!!!

HEART VERSES

Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Psalm 128:2
You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.

Psalm 127:3
Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.
 

Homecoming Stirs my Heart

I walked by the cake sitting on the table. The writing on the cake caught my attention. Homecoming -46th Anniversary.

Forty six years. Had it really been that long?  How time flies.

The cake was for a homecoming dinner at the church that my dad started forty-six years ago ( I was only eight years old then). My family was planning on attending the service the next day.

I was not prepared for this day. You see, for the first time in forty-six years, my dad was not there.

As soon has I set down in the pew, I knew it wasn’t going to be good. Tears started running down my face. I could see and feel my dad all over that place. I wanted to get up and leave. I didn’t know where all this was coming from.

I started thinking back over the years. How many people had come and gone through this church? How many people had already gone home to be with the Lord?

I saw my dad sitting on the front pew, lifting his hand to praise his Lord and Savior. He was standing at the piano singing “Farther along we will understand why”.  Standing behind the pulpit with his bible in his hand proclaiming the good news to his congregation. This was really hard. Memories of my dad were everywhere.

When we went to the fellowship hall for lunch I thought it would be better. Wrong!!  All of the memories of my dad from the previous year at homecoming came flooding back. Last year he was in a wheelchair. His last time attending church.

Today just looking at coffee and banana pudding brought tears. Coffee was one of his favorite things  Banana pudding was one of favorite desserts.

Later, has we were driving home, I was talking to my husband about how emotional this day had been. I have had such a  peace about my dad going home to be with the Lord. I go to my moms two and three times a week. And have not been this consumed with the memories of my dad as I was today.

 But the more I have thought about it, the more it makes sense. This church was my dad. He loved this church and the Lord more than anything. 

One Wednesday, when he was sick I went to visit him and we were talking about different things in his life. He shared with me that after he came to know the Lord, he asked the Lord to allow Him to do two things. One thing was he wanted was to be a truck driver. The other thing he wanted was to preach God’s word. God allowed him to do both.

My dad is an example of a life that was changed by God.

He was born in 1929. He was reborn in 1959. When he gave his life to Christ.

Before he gave his life to Christ, he drank a lot and ran around all of the time. A man who never spent much time with his wife and six kids. My mother tells the story that her family begged her to leave him. That he would never amount to anything.

But God had a different plan. God got a hold of his heart and changed his life forever. I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like if my dad had continued on the other path.

People who knew my dad before he gave his life to the Lord, will tell you, that God truly changed him.  God did what no one else could do.

I share this story about my dad today to encourage anyone who may read this post.  No matter where you are, or what you are dealing with, God is bigger than your struggle. He is bigger than you addiction. He is a God of miracles. He can change your life and your path.

God is patiently waiting and longing for you to turn to Him. He will meet you where you are.

At the end of this post I  am sharing one of my dad’s favorite songs.  Many days when my dad was so sick he didn’t know his family members. I would set beside his bed and I would ask him who was his best friend that would never leave him. He would whisper “Jesus”.  It always gave me great comfort to know that when he didn’t know who his family was, he knew that Jesus was with him.  Just a reminder that—- He will never leave us nor forsake us. No matter what is going on in our lives. WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS!!!!

HEART VERSES

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Deuteronomy 31:8
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
 
 

From My Heart

Today I would like to share  a few scripture verses that are special to me. They are verses that I have highlighted or marked in my Bible at different times in  my life. Verses that God has spoken to me when I need to be encouraged, lifted up or simply directed in a certain direction in my life.  They are verses of scripture that have sometimes instructed me to wait, others have told me to move forward. Others have very simply reminded me of how much my Savior loves me, how He cares me for me and protects me. 

My hope is that you might enjoy these verses and maybe they will become some of your favorite verses of scripture, also.

As you read these verses today, I pray that they may bring encouragement and strength to your heart.  I pray that you will allow them to wash over you, comfort you and speak to your heart. May you be reminded of how much He loves you.

 

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

In the margin  of my Bible I have written— Wow, what a beautiful picture.  When I send cards and emails I sign off on them in reference to this verse. A beautiful reminder of who is “holding” me .

 

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all our ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Just a reminder to me  that when things are going a little crazy in my world and I don’t fully understand, I can trust Him and allow Him to make things right. In His way and His time.

 

Philippians 4:12
.I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

This is a verse that I come to when I let my desires for more material things get out of whack. I remind myself that He is more than enough for me. He is the one who can fill all of the emptiness in my heart.  He is more than plenty!!!

 

Zephaniah 3:17
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

I love this verse. I came across this scripture for the first time this year. I have shared it so many times with my christian sisters. It is so beautiful. This verse has shown up everywhere in my life this past few months. It makes my heart giggle and dance.  Listen to what this verse says. He will  take great delight in you– He will quiet you with His love–He will rejoice over you with singing.  WOW!! In the margin of my Bible I have written— The rewards of obedience.

 

Psalm 139:14
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Wow!  This is a BIGGY for me. I have to recall it very often. For so many years I have struggled with self-worth. For too long I listened to the lies of Satan telling me that I was not good enough or smart enough.  That I couldn’t do this or that. The lies go on and on. But this verse proves Satan wrong.  Praise the Lord I no longer listen to his lies. I am fearfully and wonderfully made by my Creator.  His spirit lives within me. Thank you Lord.

As I have been writing this post my heart has been racing. It has felt so good to turn through my Bible and be able to recall all that God has spoken to me through His word in different circumstances of my life.

Abba, Father, I praise you because I am wonderfully made!!  How beautiful is the picture of you holding me in your hands. Thank you Father that you promise to quiet my spirit with your love. Thank you  for the assurance that I have in my heart that you are always with me. Thank you for your word.  You alone are Holy!  There is no one like you. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.