More Questions Than Answers. . .

I have more questions tonight than answers. . . I wish I was wiser, but I am not.  . . . So I will trust in Jesus.  Follow him the best I can and it won’t be perfect.  I know that we were born with a life. . . how do we shape it to what we want it to be?  We praise God in the good times while on the mountain.  We praise God in the bad times standing in the valley.  We praise Him in the morning, at noon, and at night . . knowing He will get us through all obstacles, all sorrows of life.  He will NEVER leave us alone!

 

Psalm 25:20 ”O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.”

 

Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is!”

 

Matthew 11:28  “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 light.”

 

Trust in God. . . He will NEVER leave us alone!

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Evil is Evil. . . How Can We Change?

Patricia Lorenz’s prayer this morning: “Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your only child to teach us how to get along in this world and that good things come with a price.”

 

Have we learned that? The sad news of the Florida school shooting is heartbreaking.  We Americans are better than this.  How do we stop these shooting from happening again? I know the gun issue will be debated again.  My thinking is that evil is evil!

 

Evil is evil!  We have to do a better job of teaching acceptance, empathy, love, and respect of ourselves and everyone else in this world.  Our country has had guns forever. . . and no mass killings. Dad had a rifle that I rarely saw.  Rich, family members, friends have guns.  But they also have a love and respect for others.  Evil is evil!

 

We have to do a better job of helping students that are lost. . . feeling unloved and worthless.  We have to be able to guide them in a direction of work or training so they can see they too have worth.

 

This is not a gun issue, it is a people issue (in my opinion). . . and we have to do better.  Each of us have a duty to help. . . to mentor, to pray for our country. . . how and what to I pray?

 

Psalm 55:17  Evening and morning, and at noon, I will pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

 

55:22  Cast thy burdens upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.

 

Be strong and courageous!  We will go on in hope with  much work to do to help our youth.  . . each of us in our own communities can make a change.  We can be a positive force!

 

My Grandpa. . . A Great Farmer

Shirley Thacker, author of . .  A Red Chevy in Heaven?

Nothing is better than for a writer, but to know that someone has taken his/her story and been inspired to write one. One second grade class begged the sub to let them write on paper instead of going to the computer lab. . . One little gal brought her story to me.. . .
“My grandpa was born in 1928. He was a great farmer. He loved all kinds of animals. One time when he was a kid, he saw a cow that had two heads. . . Isn’t that crazy?
Mrs. Thacker swung on a rope in his barn. She would go down there and swing on the rope from the mow. (Okay who ratted me out?)
My mom has a funny memory, he was up in the attic and my mom looked up and his feet were hanging out of the ceiling!
I loved that John Deere hat that he wore. My mammaw still has it. Me and my cousin were so sad when he died. I woke up one morning and my dad said, “Addie, Poppy died.” I was crying already before he finished. He had sun cancer and he survived. But he had a little more cancer when he died.”

Isn’t that a great story? Now there is a writer. . . from the heart! That always inspires me!.

His Eye Is On The Sparrow . . . I Knew He Watches Me—Have Faith

Hebrews 10:23-24 “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering: (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.”

 

Our world seems in such a downward spiral.  We all could be at the bottom of a dark pit of despair.  But I have faith of a mustard seed.  I just need to look for joy each day!  I look for sunshine in the eyes and hearts of the little ones.  They daily lift my spirits.  I need to look for the positives — helping others when I can.

 

If we all did that, every community would be better.   If every community did that, every state would be better!  It could be the next “ice bucket challenge”.  Do good, look for joy praising God. . . .you don’t even need to boast about it! God will know.

 

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

 

Why should I feel discouraged,

Why should the shadows come,

Why should my heart belonely,

And long for heaven and home.

When Jesus is my portion

My constant friend is He.

 

His eye is always on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me;

I sing because I’m happy,

I sing because I’m free.

For His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me.

 

Let not your heart be troubled,

His tender word I hear

And resting in His goodness,

I lose my doubts and fears,

Tho by the path He leadeth

But one step I may see;

His eye is on the sparrow

And I know He watches me.

 

Whenever I am tempted,

Whenever the clouds arise,

When songs give place to sighing,

When hope within me dies,

I draw closer to Him,

From care He sets me free:

 

His eye is on the sparrow

And I know He watches me.

 

I sing because I’m happy,

I sing because I’m free.

For His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me.

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

How much of our lives is spent waiting . . . in lines, to get somewhere, for appointments, for something to happen. . . waiting, waiting, waiting.  Stephanie Thompson’s prayer:   Lord, let me remember that I’m not just waiting, I’m waiting to hear from you.”

 

Psalm 150  . . . “Praise ye the Lord–Praise. God”

Psalm 147:5-6  “Great is our Lord, and of great power; his understanding is infinite.”  The Lord, lifteth up the meek; he casteth the wicked to the ground.”

Psalm 27:14 “ Wait upon the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart; wait I say on the Lord.”

 

So when we wait . . . we can think on these things, with joy in our hearts, being thankful for all that we have instead of irritated with the circumstances of life. . . “Praise ye the Lord–Praise God.”

Desiderata. . . Wise Instruction for Life!

New Year’s Day seems a good time to post a poem that Rich loved. Pretty good instruction for the year, for life.

 

Desiderata

 

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace

there may be in silence . .

 

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.  Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.  Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit.

 

If you compare yourself with others, you may become bitter or vain. For always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.  Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.  Keep interest in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. . . exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.  But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. . .

 

Be yourself.  Especially do not feign affection.  Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. . . Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.  Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.  But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.  Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

 

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.  You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.  Therefore, be at peace with God.

 

And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.  With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Let Me Walk With Thee

I am weak, but Thou art strong;

Jesus keep me from all wrong;

I’ll be satisfied as long as I walk, let me walk close to thee.

 

Thru this world of toil and snares,

If I falter, Lord who cares?

Who with me my burdens shares?

None but Thee, dear Lord, none but thee.

 

When my feeble life is o’er,

Time for me will be no more.

Guide me gently, safely o’er

to the kingdom shore, to thy shore.

 

Just a closer walk with Thee,

Grant it Jesus is my plea.

Daily walking close to Thee,

Let it be, dear Lord, Let it be.”

 

Sometimes we worry about the past. . . Rich would say, “Honey, we did the best we could. It is gone.”  or  . . . we worry about tomorrow. . . the WHAT IFS.  But it isn’t here yet, and we can waste a lot of time worrying about what may never be!

 

So here we are. . . today, the present!  God gives us our days.  Be thankful.  I need to be present in today.  Make it the best I can. Use the time wisely. . . giving God the praise!

 

“Daily walking close to Thee. . . .Let it be dear Lord, let it be!

 

Blessings in your 2018!