We knew it was coming because death comes to us all, but the blow and the loss is what has left my heart staggering and also lifted up to the Lord in thanks today. A dear church member, friend and “almost-family member,” Hope Carter, went home to heaven this week, leaving a great void, and my heart lifted in grateful praise for a life well lived.
Hope’s kind son and daughter, knowing my love for their mother, gave me a couple treasures belonging to their mom – her bread bowl and a bread pan. These two items Continue reading “Lessons From a Bread Bowl”
Newly fallen snow is a lovely reminder to me of January 1st.
Everything is fresh.
No footprints have been stomped out before us yet.
All is still with only fresh paths before us.
Each day we trod forward, one day at a time, and make our way through the year until we come to December 31. It’s a blessing to turn around and look over our shoulder and see the path that the Lord has cleared for us and just exactly where He’s brought us.
I’m not really one to make resolutions, but I do love to look behind me and see what needs improvement and then look before me with a prayer that the Lord will help me make necessary changes by His grace.
Here are some things I’m considering that might inspire you as you step into the snowbank of 2020.
What hindered my spiritual growth last year? What moved it forward?
What did God teach me last year?
What did I see God do in answer to my prayers last year?
To whom did I give my life the most? Does this need to change?
What activities did I participate in that I need to repeat this year? Which activities should I consider removing from my schedule?
What did I read least year?
Did I spend too much time on social media, television or videos (You Tube, Netflix)? Do I need to set limits for myself?
What creative outlets did I enjoy?
Did I get enough exercise? What could help motivate me to do more?
What area of my life brought the most joy? The most frustration?
These would be some great questions to pray about and later to ask your spouse or a close friend. Some good discussion and accountability could follow!
Enjoy the snow (the fresh New Year) before you. It has some wonderful opportunities to witness what God can and will do through you!
Refresh the way you approach the new year.
Happy New Year Friends!
It was several years ago that we had a delightful surprise of old friends stopping in to see us! These dear folks – John and Becky, were saved under my husband’s ministry years ago in Indiana. People that trust the Lord during the time you’re at a church become so special; they are your spiritual children. It’s always refreshing to see them or hear from them and learn that they are still walking with the Lord and being faithful to Him.
After I walked in and found them sitting in our church, we had our squeals and hugs, of course, then the service started. As we sang and worshiped together I thought about how surprised they would have been if we hadn’t been at church! They just assumed that since it was Sunday night we would be at church! I’m glad they found us there. I’m glad we were doing what we were supposed to be doing!
Later as I considered that thought I wondered, “If someone came looking for me early in the morning would they automatically assume I’d be in my quiet place? Would they find me at the computer checking Facebook instead? Would I be at prayer meeting on Wednesday night or would I be home instead because I was tired from a busy day and this is the only night I have to rest?”
More importantly, would the Lord find me doing the things I ought to be doing? We don’t do the things I mentioned for men’s approval, but because we love our God.
Many “good” Christians attend church two out of every five Sundays. Church is sort of optional and we’re missing the blessing of the church and it’s having a terrible effect upon our culture. The church was meant to be God’s place of encouragement for His people where you heard the Word of God and where you were strengthened in the things of the Lord. ~ David Jeremiah
Where will you be found when someone comes looking for you? We all need rest, but there is always time to do the right thing. I’m certainly not always faithful, but my friends’ surprise visit was a good reminder that where we find ourselves is a good indication of our priorities. We are also preaching a message to those that are watching our lives – unsaved neighbors and our children. May others always find us faithfully living for our Savior!
Friends, may I just ask if you are faithful to your local church? What is your priority? Your family? Why not bring them with you to church? Show them your priority is God’s house. Why not give them an appetite for preaching, teaching and the fellowship of God’s people? Is your priority your leisure activities? Remind yourself of the One that gave you that to enjoy!
Make the church an integral part of your life.
You need the church.
The church needs you!
Be found in your church this week! Even tonight!
I’ll never forget one problem we had with our kitchen sink that I thought would drive me nuts! The faucet leaked, and though the water was turned off, one drop after another made its way downward into the sink.
**Plink**Plink**Plink**Plink. All day.
All night. **Plink **Plink**Plink.
The wonderful man in my house went to Lowe’s and bought a washer for the spigot and fixed the irritant. Hallelujah!
Do you ever hear irritating words pouring out your mouth as I do? Proverbs 19:13 says that the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping. Yes, just like the **Plink**Plink****Plink in my kitchen sink, the frustrations that cause me to be contentious make me that irritating.
What a blessing to remember that Christ died for all those irritants and Christ died for my contentious spirit and ugly words! The second verse to The Power of the Cross says:
Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev’ry bitter thought,
Ev’ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.
Wow. Every ugly thought I’ve had caused the Lord to have to die. Every wicked word passed over my lips He paid for! My sin was fixed by a different kind of “washer!” It was taken care of by the Blood of the Lamb of God!
This, the pow’r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.
Thank the Lord for the power of the cross. It paid for my contentious spirit and sinful words. I’m undeserving. He is wonderful!
We can live guilt-free, victorious lives because of the power of the cross!
The theme for my fall is “Retreat!” I will have participated in five of them by the time Thanksgiving arrives, and I love it!! I’ll be on the giving end of each of these retreats, but I’ve had the blessing of being on the receiving end MANY times! I know that to attend a retreat: Continue reading “Three Ways To Make the Most of a Retreat”
I’m really embarrassed to say this, but the picture above was me one day this week! Yes, my shirt was inside out…and I discovered it just after returning home from a time out with my husband. We’d been to
If it wasn’t bad enough that I’d been that many places wearing my shirt the wrong side Continue reading “Inside Out Family”
This past week I had two conversations that stuck in my mind and heart. One was when dear lady told me that after holding many responsibilities with titles, she was now “Just a housewife.” The other woman told me she was a part-time housewife and wished it was full-time.
Every woman probably has her own definition of what a housewife does and how she Continue reading ““Just a Housewife””