On Friday, David Jeremiah shared a story his teacher used to tell in one of his college classes. There was a little boy who was sailing his little boat and it got out of reach. He was pretty sad when a man came along and asked why he was crying. Then he told the boy he would be glad to help him. He picked up some rocks and began to throw the rocks one at a time, at the little boat and when the little boy questioned him about throwing rocks at his boat the man told him to just wait and watch. The man keep throwing the rocks just beyond the boat and gradually the ripples that the rocks made in the water began to push the boat closer and closer to shore. When the little boy joyfully retrieved his little sail boat the man reminded the little boy that sometimes it looks like God is throwing rocks at you, when he really is just trying to get you back home. Sometimes God needs to send rocks our way to get us closer to him.
The News, FaceBook, Twitter and basic conversations are focused on caustic dissension and problems. Worldliness has taken the place of Godliness. It is immensely important that we as Christians began again to adorn ourselves with the doctrine of our God and Saviour. (Titus 2:10 (KJV) “Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.” (def.not stealing).
Being lovely and beautiful in our daily habits and temper, has been far too much overlooked. People in the world rightly complain that people who claim Christ are often worse than those who make no claims to Christianity.
Sound Doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life. It is actually harmful. It is considered unreal and hollow and causes contempt. Satan knows well the power of true holiness and the injury which true attention to it can do to his kingdom. We are therefore pleasing satan when we choose the world rather than the leading of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps all the evil around us will stir a desire in us to search the Scriptures, pray more and become more diligent in trying to find out what “the mind of the Spirit” is.
Galatians 2:20 (KJV) “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
I am sure you have heard the line, “I can’t do anything without my coffee?” What about my filling of the Holy Spirit. Look at the Sermon on the Mount. Mat. 5….this afternoon or look at the later Epistles of Paul. to see what the Christian’s priorities should be. With the emphasis on prayer we need to keep in mind Psalm 37:4 “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
Can we truly expect an answer to prayer without the prerequisite of “Delighting in Him” more important than what big event is coming up in our lives, where we are going on vacation, or our next “cup of coffee”, Help us, Lord!
“The chief danger that confronts
the coming century will be
religion without the Holy Ghost,
Christianity without Christ,
forgiveness without repentance,
salvation without regeneration,
politics without God,
heaven without hell.”
― William Booth the founder of the Salvation Army 1829-1912.
November 10, 2015
I posted this in my Face Book Study Group today of Cynthia Heald’s book, “Intamacy with God – In the Psalms Chapter 6.
This chapter is about how responsive God is and that is such a blessing in which we all benefit.
I would like to respond to pg. 44 The God Who Answers.
Question 1: We can certainly depend on that… 34: 4-6 “I cried to the Lord in may suffering and he heard me and set me free.”
Question 2: 107:7 Safety, v.8, rebelled, yet HE rescued, v. 9, Satisfies ,showers compassion, v.13, Gracious in all he does.
Question 3: What about our response? There is a condition, necessary for God’s response to us.
Question 4: Is God unresponsive? Read Ps. 88 slowly again?
This is what I want to comment on.
When we call out to Christ for help we must ask and expect Him to hear and respond, Yes!
But we also must admit our wrongdoing and be ready to do what He asks.
Have we examined our own heart? Are we willing to change?
I see people on the news responding by demonstrating instead of Praying or living themselves obedient Christian lives.
In that regard, I often think of all the controversy that is going on in our world today. We Christians need to cry out for His response, Yes. I believe that our response needs to be after we have prayed and confessed our own short comings.
Bible reading in the schools — are we reading God’s Word Daily ourselves and are our children being taught the principles of the 10 commandments. (often I hear a response of sinful revenge and condemnation of others rather than teaching children to pray for the bully, or pray for the teacher, president or leader who is teaching lies.)
I am sorry to say this and indeed I pray a lot about this, but In our churches i overhear an attitude of complaining and whining about our Christian mistreatment instead of concern for the lost all around us.
Prayer in school— how much time are we Christians praying at home. Make a list.
Criticism of businesses who do not use the words Merry Christmas or play Christian music – – how much Christian music do we play in our homes. Do you regularly listen to Christian Radio or TV.
For many years I have been bothered about the words “Merry” Christmas and began saying Have a Blessed Christmas. I never said anything to anyone before about it because I feel this is not important. Personally feel that there is far to much “merry” making and not enough Worship of Christ on the season to commemorate His birth. But, we don’t need to labor that point.
WE NEED TO GIVE THE GOSPEL.
Yet, still I do not want to make THIS an issue to the public, because until one truly knows Christ and starts reading His Word and serving Him obediently, according to the Scriptures this is not the message they need to hear.
Governments and schools who omit the “10 Commandments”, “in God we trust”, and “under God”, are not the problem.
The problem is “We Christians” are holding the lost to a standard they will not understand until they repent and receive Christ and, Yes, grow in HIM.
Bottom Line…… this is just for you ladies who know Christ and are demonstrating a desire to study HIS WORD and honor Him with every moment of every day.
We, who know Christ, need to be spending our time and energy, on giving out the GOSPEL, instead of promoting causes, or seeing how many things we “Like” or don’t like on FB or in this world around us.
I am so convicted about this, personally…. Perhaps our next Bible Study should consist of ways to win souls for Christ.
Never before has church attendance been lower and churches are dying around us for lack of winning other to Christ and for lack of discipling our own children.
Please excuse my long message and Yes, I am speaking to each of us ladies that we will get busy and give out the most positive information available to us. That is the Word of God and His Love for the Lost.
I want to Challenge each of you this next year of 2016 to began using your social media to give the Gospel in Response to God’s Sacrificial love for us.
What is the Gospel? Please read Matthew 28:16-20 and read Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and begin to plan for 2016.
Read those passages several times…. then do this.
- Set your signature in your email and letters you write and send in snail mail with a Scripture truth about the Gospel.
- Pray and Ask the Lord to show you what to do on Social Media to spread the Gospel.
- Get some gospel tracts to put into you correspondence, bills, thank you notes. ( yes, give them to Christians too and suggest that they give them to someone who needs Christ.).
- Make list of people you witness to, date, response, etc. and record growth… and be sure to disciple them.
- Make a little by line that will help people remember you and that you love Christ.(….example…. Mine was….Singing His Praise! and now I changed it to Still Singing His Praise in My Heart. since I am not able to sing out loud).
Thank you ladies for reading and prayerfully accepting this challenge as your response to GOD.
Still Singing His Praise in my Heart
Jane A Pierpont
This is what I often think to myself when times come when I become discouraged and disheartened.
Paul wrote: in Phil. 3 NIV
Please take the time to read this carefully.
No Confidence in the Flesh
3 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence.
If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal,persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to knowChrist—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Following Paul’s Example
15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame.Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
I think of Paul giving himself a “firm spiritual kick” and that really helps me to do the same.
The Lord is faithful and He will help you to stand true to Him.
It is most important that when you are going through a trial or heartache that we Pray.
Yes, even a short prayer….. like “HELP ME, LORD” and then get up off your humble knees spiritually speaking, since I can not kneel well. Then get busy and start doing right as you Sing His Praise in Your Heart and set about to do anything you can to take your mind in the direction of serving him.
- do dishes
- mow the lawn
- clean the closet
- make a phone call to a shut in
- send a card to someone who needs to be encouraged and share how you get encouragement
- go for a brisk walk or jog – hard on the knees. 🙁
- ask your parent (youths) if there is something you can do to help them (after they get over the shock) get busy and do it with a spring in your steps and JOY in your heart and even better do something your parents or spouse has already asked you to do and let it be a surprise.
Remember that the way to REAL JOY is
Come on maybe that is your real problem. SELF!
10 For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!
Are you going through trials of many kinds….
James 1:2-4 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3. knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Let me leave with you an encouraging word from Amy Carmichael’s words….
Hast Thou No Scar
by Amy Carmichael
Hast thou no scar?
No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand?
I hear thee sung as mighty in the land,
I hear them hail thy bright ascendant star,
Hast thou no scar?
Hast thou no wound?
Yet, I was wounded by the archers, spent.
Leaned me against the tree to die, and rent
By ravening beasts that compassed me, I swooned:
Hast thou no wound?
No wound? No scar?
Yet as the Master shall the servant be,
And pierced are the feet that follow Me;
But thine are whole. Can he have followed far
Who has no wound nor scar?
Philippians 1:29, “For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”
2 Timothy 3:12, “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
II Corinthians 12:9-10 “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me…. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Introduction: I can not think of a greater honor than to be able to speak to deacon wives. What a high calling this truly is.
This is not about climbing the social ladder of the church….not an elected office. This is about being a servant/slave in service with your life mate as his helpmate and supporting your husbands roll as servant.
“I Timothy 3:11 Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.”
The first qualification of course is that she is a Born again Christian and the one and only wife of a deacon. God has not called to “special service” those who have never answered the gospel call to service!
Have any of you ladies read any of Diana Davis books for Deacon Wives??? Such as… Fresh Ideas for Women’s Ministry
When I speak to ladies I always like to recommend reading materials for them that will help them in their ministry for Christ.
Just to give you a little idea about Diana – She is a deacon’s daughter and a Pastor’s wife, women’s speaker, writer, columnist, and has been the pastor’s wife to anywhere from 2 – 100 deacon wives in the life of their ministry together.
Let me begin with a quote from her book entitled, DEACON WIVES. Published by LifeWay.
(and I quote) #1 Smile
A joyful heart makes a face cheerful…” Proverbs 15:13a
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (HCSB)
This story is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. I spent time each week discipling Janet, a new Christian. She had asked about the role of deacons, and she quipped, “Oh, I’ve figured out how to spot which ones are the deacon wives.” Curiously, I took the bait. “How?” “They’re the ones with the scowls on their faces!” My heart sank. As I sat there, picturing the deacon wives that she had met, I realized that their faces did hold a permanent frown! Janet didn’t know their kind hearts and loving ways. She merely saw their outward appearance. The next time I was with them, I related that sad story, and challenged them to smile.
Scripture challenges us to “Be joyful always” I Thessalonians 5:16.
As a deacon wife, set the pace for joy at your church. Does your countenance convey joy? Does your family and church know that you have joy? Do you do God’s work with joy? Do your words reflect joy?
Speak positive words. It was a weekly phenomenon. After Sunday morning worship, I’d stand beside my pastor/husband, and we’d greet worshippers as they departed the service. One person would say, “Pastor, we need to turn that air conditioning down. It was sweltering in there today.” The very next person in line would comment, “I nearly froze to death in there!” Many complaints have little to do with eternity. Is it really worth launching a campaign to argue about carpet color or the arrangement of furniture? Don’t be the constant complainer.
A constant complainer reflects poorly on her God. She deters friends. She hurts her witness and her integrity. If you’ve developed a habit of complaining at home or at church, change that habit! John put it succinctly:“Stop complaining among yourselves.” John 6:43.
Christians have something to smile about. The God of our universe has written our names on his hand. (Isaiah 49:16). He cares intimately for us. He knows every detail about us, right down to the number of hairs on our head. (Luke 12:7). He’s promised us a life “more abundant!” John 10:10. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. So smile.” (END OF QUOTE)
I know first hand that smiling is not always easy…. As you can see…. I use a cane and sometimes a wheel chair….
A few years ago, I winced in pain and often when I got up from a chair or bent over and I would even groan out loud.
One of my young grandsons said, “Grandma, you scare me when you do that.” Since that time I have prayed much that God would give me victory over whining and complaining and even showing pain on my face. I have to admit at times – not very successfully.
I realized if this bothered a child perhaps this also would affect others around me in the church ministry. I prayed and asked the Lord to forgive me and help me to show the JOY that I have in serving Him in such a way that it would be contagious to others.
For over sixty years I have enjoyed that honor of “Singing His Praise”, and I have loved the ministry of music but in the past few years singing has become painful for me too and this truly has been the hardest thing for me to give up.
But, I praise the Lord that little by little He is helping me to say that I am “Still Singing HIs Praise in My Heart”. He has not changed. His love for me has not changed. The song for Him is still inside of me. Often I still start to sing around the house but have to stop after a line or two.
Can you say that you have JOY in your heart and does it show on your face….. Pray about this. This leads me to my second point. Really this is your most important ministry.
# 2 Prayer
I have learned that praying about everything is the most important thing we ladies can do for the honor and glory of the Lord in the church – PRAY.
Now I am not just talking about you personal prayer time and Bible reading what we would call our personal devotions. That should go without saying. We of all people should be having our own personal quiet time with the Lord.
But I find in ministry while serving in the church Sunday School classes, services, at funerals, weddings, picnics. RIGHT – every function of the Lord’s work needs people praying.
I have had people say to me I didn’t get to talk with you today because (fill in the blank) you were playing the piano, you were talking to those new people….or you were busy. Right – doing the Lord’s work.
We need to be above that…. Call your pastor or his wife, write them and note….. But pray for and with them as they minister. Ultimately you too will be doing ministry with an understanding heart.
How to pray for the Lord’s work in HIS ministry..
Pastor & His wife (filling of the spirit, wisdom & strength), Deacons & wives, Church Officers(clerk, treasurer, Music leaders, cleaners, decorators, tech. Support people, etc.) when things aren’t going the way that you think they should – PRAY
Winning the lost to Christ, Evangelism by each Christian in the church by name and their daily witness and life for Christ – PRAY
During the service when you see or hear a young mother struggling with her baby or young child, if something goes wrong causes a distraction in the service that could be distracting, for the pastor, the soloist or musicians, for those running the sound system. What a privilege we have to have immediate access to the Heavenly Father. He is able to solve those problems in a moment – PRAY
For our young people in the worship service, for an attentive heart and the Holy Spirits work in their lives. – PRAY
For our college and career age for direction and obedience to HIS will. -PRAY
For parents whose lives are filled with activities, their jobs and children’s lives that they will be able to accept God’s will for them. –PRAY
For those sitting around you as you participate with JOY in the service. -PRAY
Just think of the power of PRAYER scattered all around in the various ministries in God’s church.
What a privilege to be a part of that heritage
#3 I would encourage all of you to memorize I Cor. 13….
Smile and Pray & Hide God’s Word in your heart.
Listen to this paraphrase from The Living Bible
1 Corinthians 13 Living Bible (TLB)
13:1 If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn’t love others, I would only be making noise.
2 If I had the gift of prophecy and knew all about what is going to happen in the future, knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would it do? Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be worth nothing at all without love.
3 If I gave everything I have to poor people, and if I were burned alive for preaching the Gospel but didn’t love others, it would be of no value whatever.
4 Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud,
5 never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong.
6 It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out.
7 If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.
8 All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever. Someday prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge—these gifts will disappear.
9 Now we know so little, even with our special gifts, and the preaching of those most gifted is still so poor.
10 But when we have been made perfect and complete, then the need for these inadequate special gifts will come to an end, and they will disappear.
11 It’s like this: when I was a child I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I became a man my thoughts grew far beyond those of my childhood, and now I have put away the childish things.
12 In the same way, we can see and understand only a little about God now, as if we were peering at his reflection in a poor mirror; but someday we are going to see him in his completeness, face-to-face. Now all that I know is hazy and blurred, but then I will see everything clearly, just as clearly as God sees into my heart right now.
13 There are three things that remain—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
Living Bible (TLB)
Don’t count sheep …. be one.. follow the Shepherd. What do you do when you wake in the night…? A good question might be …Lord what would you have me to do..? Prayer? … have a prayer list ready…(my sweet hubby has his list memorized)… Read the Scriptures so,that He can speak to you. Have on hand some good devotional books that will encourage and strengthen your faith. …suggestions…Nancy Demoss’s The Quiet Place available at ReviveOurHearts.com Our Daily Bread.com , (Last quarter they had a free offer for a nice devotional book of which I took advantage)…. Streams in the Dessert, by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman…(there are several)… Oswald Chamber’s, My Utmost for His Highest…. Truly, ladies, we are without excuse. There is so much available to us….we can even listen to the Word of God. i have the Bible on CD. And I love to listen as I read because Of my visual difficulties I have difficulty, keep my mind on my reading and the audio is a great heal to keep me focused. Another book That is helpful to me is Prayers That Avail Much by Germaine Copeland….mostly Scriptures…
Monday morning, March 22, 2010, Jennifer, (our youngest son, Nathan’s wife) called to inform us that her mother and dad, Bruce and Dawn Giehl, were coming from Ohio and she wanted to invite us to come for the evening meal.
Ken was on the road and I suggested that Nathan give him a call to see if that would work with his schedule and then Ken called me and said that we could, if it could be worked out with the management to cover for us at Friendship Village while we were away. We are the “Alert” phone workers.
I was expecting the manager to be back around 2:00 PM. I gave the manager a few calls on her cell phone hoping that maybe we could get away a little earlier, but I was unable to reach her.
The mail usually comes between 12:30 and 1:15 PM, about the time that Ken usually gets home from driving. While I was waiting I went out and got the mail and there was a sweet “Thank You” note from Jennifer’s mom and dad, which said….
“Sometimes God brings special people into our lives and gives them a home in our hearts. You’re one of those people and you’re celebrated with love and thanks to God today.” and they added a note…. We are so thankful God brought your family into our family.
Dawn and I have established the habit for over a year now to pray together for our children whenever we happen to see one another on chats and it usually works out two or tree times a week at least. It has been such a blessing to see those prayers answered.
When the manager got back in the office at 2:00 PM she returned my call and I asked her if she could stand in for us and she assured me that we could go and wished us and nice time.
We set out immediately for the hour and a half drive from Litchfield, MI to Kalamazoo and safely arrived at Nathan and Jennifer’s home where the boys and men were outside on the blacktop drive playing basket ball.
When we arrived we were warmly greeted and hugged. Then we all went into the house together to greet the rest of the family including Giehl’s black and white Cocker Spaniel dog, Patches.
As we gathered around the table for the meal our son Nathan made the statement,”let’s pray”….but while we were finishing our conversation and joining hand with on another, Little one year old Nathaniel Bruce got a little impatient and with his head bowed and peeking around the table, started mumbling to himself little prayerful words that sounded like “Thank. Thank.” After we all chuckled a little his father began his prayer of thanks for the meal and fellowship.
It did not take long to figure our where Little Nathaniel learned the word “thanks” nor the idea of prayer before he ate.
Matthew 21:16 (King James Version)
And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
After the meal and clearing the table we all adjourned to the living room where every one sat around the room and chairs were pulled into the living room from the dining area to accommodate the size of our crowd.
The little people of course were playing on the floor and were in an out some with there toys and we also had the honor of seeing Patches do some tricks for us.
We had such sweet fellowship with our dear family and as it drew close to the time for us to leave little Nathaniel went over to one of the large vacant dining room chairs and with much struggle, climbed up until he was on his knees, then finally got turned around and sat down and got his little legs to hang over the edge.
As his grandmother, I was watching him closely as everyone in the room was conversing. I was afraid that he might fall off the chair, but then I began to realize that he was purposely getting set, just like every one else and though he can’t talk was making little sounds and looking around at everyone and making little gestures with his hand and smiling happily at every one.
At that moment I realized that Little Nathaniel Bruce in his prayer at the dinner table and his little conversation on the chair with all of us looking on had preached his first sermon to all of us.
That sermon was … “I love to do what you love to do….”
It was obvious, all of a sudden to everyone there that he was copying the rest of us.
It caused me to think…..
What if we had been arguing or swearing….
What if we had been drinking… smoking…. overeating…. You fill in the blanks to what is really important to you.__________
I know I certainly have had to do that myself lately.
What is really important to me and what are my descendants going to copy.
Lord, help us to be the example that we should be and be more like YOU, that we may nudge our dear ones closer to you.
Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Today I finally ventured out to take a walk very casually since my toe nail removal and then two weeks later I walked into a chair and got a hairline fracture of one the small bones above my fourth toe.
I keep telling myself that I am going to start walking. Not a hard fast walk, just a chance to get out and enjoy the beautiful our-of-doors.
Several trees are in bloom now, There are forsythia blossoms on both sides of the entry to our little village and a few flowers are popping there heads out. It was a blessing to be able to breath in the fresh air.
There is a nice little playground over by the Riverside apartments, and I decided to take the sidewalk to that and walked out on the basketball court over to the edge of the woods. The birds were singing joyfully and I could see the water standing in the woods (probably the source of the mosquitos who torture us when we try to sit out in the swing in the evening).
I returned home after about forty-five minutes and sat down to do some bookwork and our granddaughter, Hillary, called and asked if she and sister Lois could bring some dresses to alter for a wedding for which they will be bridesmaids on the 16th of May.
They said they would pay me, but having them come with Hillary’s two little boys, Riley and Wyatt, Lois and her friend Ben was pay enough for me. As matter of fact I should pay them for the enjoyment that I would receive.
Just before they arrive I received a call on our alert phone and one of the residents needed an ambulance, so a hurriedly contacted “911” and gave them directions, then hurriedly grabbed my let-in key and went to direct. By the time I was finished and on the way back to our apartment, Hillary drove into the parking lot.
After fitting the girls and marking the hem it was about time for lunch so I quickly made up some chicken salad and we had lunch together.
Our apartment was pretty small so I had offered Lois my old cedar chest, which our son-in-law is going to refinish for her. I had it standing on end in the corner in our bedroom.
I was happy when Ben took opportunity to flex his muscles as he picked it up and once he was outside raised it over his head and took it out to the van.
After they left I checked my email and followed a link to our son, Ken’s, site
http:/wwwkenpierpont,com and read a beautiful mother’s day greeting which he wrote to me in 2005 and posted today.
Then this evening our son Nathan contacted me through chats for a video chat and I was able to see and chat with all of them.
Today we also heard from each of the other children by email.
My children and grandies are bringing me more JOY than I could have ever imagined and as I have said many times when the children ask what I want or need for a special day I truthfully had to say and will repeat again at this Mother’s day season. “My greatest JOY is for them to serve God and be in the very center of His will every day”.
They always interpreted that as “Be Good”.
I pray for all of them every day and though I would love to have them all closer geographically, I am thankful that they are close to God and faithful to HIM. This is my JOY.
Some might interpret being in the center of HIS will, as being a preacher or a missionary or in full-time Christian ministry, but I mean being close to God everyday… There is no such thing as a “part time child of God”. It must be all or nothing.
Lord, Make me an Instrument of love, peace, and joy and an example to all my children and grandchildren.
On Mother’s day I sang “To Be Like Jesus”, praying that I could encourage mother’s to live in such a way that their children would see Jesus in their daily lives and then the children too would have a desire to honor HIM in their own lives.
So God created man in HIS own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
TO BE LIKE JESUS
Dick and Melody Tuney
A LITTLE GIRL IS BEGGING FOR AFFECTION
A LITTLE BOY NEEDS A HAND TO HOLD
AND OH, HOW HE LOVES THOSE LITTLE CHILDREN;
HOW HE LONGS TO BE A FRIEND
TO YOUNG AND OLD.
HIS TENDER SPIRIT WELCOMES ALL WHO SEEK HIM;
HIS GIVING HEART ASKS NOTHING IN RETURN.
AND I HAVE FOUND HIS PROMISES FAITHFUL;
I SEEK TO LIVE MY LIFE THAT I MAY LEARN
TO BE LIKE JESUS,
TO BE LIKE JESUS,
TO BE THE ONE I WAS CREATED TO BE
TO BE LIKE JESUS, TO BE LIKE JESUS,
MAY ALL WHO SEE MY HEART
FIND HIM IN ME.
WHEN I RECEIVED HIS SALVATION;
HIS HEAV’NLY LOVE FILLED MY EARTHLY SOUL,
AND I BECAME A NEW CREATION
MY BROKENNESS HE MADE COMPLETELY WHOLE
AND THRO’ THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD
I’VE BEEN COMMISSIONED.
TO BE A LIGHT THAT SHINES
FOR HIM ALONE
SURROUND BY HIS INFINITE MERCY,
MAY MY LIFE ALWAYS BE KNOWN.
TO BE LIKE JESUS, TO BE LIKE JESUS,
TO BE THE ONE
I WAS CREATED TO BE
TO BE LIKE JESUS,
TO BE LIKE JESUS,
MY ONLY EARTHLY GOAL FULFILL
WHEN I’M CENTERED IN HIS WILL
MAY ALL WHO SEE MY LIFE
FIND HIM IN ME