Wherein I desire to pass along to my children and grandchildren some of the wonders, lessons, paths, delights, difficulties, helps, ideas, and wisdom of life as God continues to teach me. I love you all so much and hope that I can help you to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Stick-Together Families by Edgar Guest

The Stick-Together Families

The stick-together families are happier by far
Than the brothers and the sisters who take separate highways are.
The gladdest people living are the wholesome folks who make
A circle at the fireside that no power but death can break.
And the finest of conventions ever held beneath the sun
Are the little family gatherings when the busy day is done.

There are rich folk, there are poor folk, who imagine they are wise,
And they're very quick to shatter all the little family ties.
Each goes searching after pleasure in his own selected way,
Each with strangers likes to wander, and with strangers likes to play.
But it's bitterness they harvest, and it's empty joy they find,
For the children that are wisest are the stick-together kind.

There are some who seem to fancy that for gladness they must roam,
That for smiles that are the brightest they must wander far from home.
That the strange friend is the true friend, and they travel far astray
they waste their lives in striving for a joy that's far away,
But the gladdest sort of people, when the busy day is done,
Are the brothers and the sisters who together share their fun.

It's the stick-together family that wins the joys of earth,
That hears the sweetest music and that finds the finest mirth;
It's the old home roof that shelters all the charm that life can give;
There you find the gladdest play-ground, there the happiest spot to live.
And, O weary, wandering brother, if contentment you would win,
Come you back unto the fireside and be comrade with your kin.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Accepting God's Love

If I cannot accept God's love, 
I cannot love Him in return, 
and I cannot obey Him.
Self-discipline will never make us feel 
righteous or clean;
accepting God's love will.

The ability to accept God's unconditional grace and ferocious love is all the fuel we need to obey Him in return.

Accepting God's kindness and free love is something the devil does not want us to do. 
If we hear, in our inner ear, a voice saying we are failures, we are losers, we will never amount to anything, this is the voice of Satan trying to convince the bride that the groom does not love her.

This is not the voice of God. God woos us with kindness, he changes our character with the passion of His love.

~ Don Miller in "Blue Like Jazz"~

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know - Ephesians 1

When you're feeling like nobody loves you, or everybody is against you, this list from Ephesians 1 can be an encouragement:

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

...blessed me with every spiritual blessing.
...chose me to be holy and blameless.
...adopted me for His pleasure.
...accepted me in the Beloved.
...redeemed me and forgave me.
...abounded in grace to me.
...made known to me the mystery of His will.
...promised to gather me in Him in Heaven.
...gave me an inheritance.
...sealed me with the Holy Spirit of promise.
...made me alive.
...loved me with a great love.
...saved me by grace.
...raised me to sit in heavely places with Jesus.
...will show me the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness.
...brought me near by the blood of Christ.
...is my peace between law and grace.
...gives me access to the Father.
...made me a member of God's household.

And now you know why Ephesians 1 is one of my favorite chapters of the Bible. 
May it bless you, too.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ten Ways to Love

Ten Ways to Love
1. Listen without interrupting. (Proverbs 18)
2. Speak without accusing. (James 1:19)
3. Give without sparing. (Proverbs 21:26)
4. Pray without ceasing. (Colossians 1:9)
5. Answer without arguing. (Proverbs 17:1)
6. Share without pretending. (Ephesians 4:15)
7. Enjoy without complaint. (Philippians 2:14)
8. Trust without wavering. (I Corinthians 13:7)
9. Forgive without punishing. (Colossians 3:13)
10. Promise without forgetting. (Proverbs 13:12)

I just ran across this which I'd copied and printed a long time ago. Unfortunately, I have no source for this so can't give credit where credit is due, but here it is, worth meditation and action.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

When the Going is Tough

Fear not for I am with you;

be not dismayed for I am your God;

I will strengthen you,

I will help you,

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
(Isaiah 41:10)

The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way;

though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,

for the Lord upholds his hand.
(Psalm 37:23-24)

Monday, October 19, 2015

On Being Afflicted

You have dealt well with Your servant,
O Lord, according to Your word.
Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
For I believe Your commandments.

Before I was afflicted I went astray,
But now I keep Your word.
You are good, and do good;
Teach me your statutes.

The proud have forged a lie against me,
But I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart.
Their heart is as fat as grease,
But I delight in Your law.

It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
The law of your mouth is better to me 
Than thousands of coins of gold and silver.

I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right,
And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, 
According to your word to Your servant.

Let Your tender mercies come to me,
that I may live;
For Your law is my delight.

Psalm 119:65-72, 75-77