|Mason and Peyton Wilson...now does that say springtime and Joy or what!|
"Pray about all, but concentrate on a few things until those are accomplished. I am watching over you. Strength for your daily, hourly task is provided."How did they know that I don't focus well! But then the NEXT day I also read in My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers...and some may say that we don't hear things in so many ways...sometimes things we aren't all that hip on hearing...so anyway it says...
Needless to say...my taxes have been being used as an excuse not to get other things done! So now I have this one out of the way and so...time to get busy. I have some writing I want to do. On my heart right now is a special book..."tell me...ABOUT MY DADDY". I am hoping to get stories from others to include in it. But it is one I want to work on and am excited to get going on it! So if you have any stories...I would love to have them. Stories of laughter, stories of love, stories of anything that would be something for a little girl to know more about her daddy."If in a prayer meeting God has shown you something to do, don't say--'I'll do it'; 'do it! Take yourself by the scruff of the neck and shake off your incarnate laziness."
"For they are transplanted into the Lord's own garden, and are under His personal care. Even in old age they will still produce fruit and be vital and green. This honors the Lord, and exhibits His faithful care. He is my shelter. There is nothing but goodness in Him!"But what I take from this is "producing fruit and being vital and green in old age"...maybe I am feeling a little old! But perhaps the feeling of vital and green appeals to me so much this time of year! I think there are things that I need to be doing and so I think of getting myself by the scruff of the neck and getting to it! So I have this need that there are things I need to do and yes some things I want to do...and I have been reminded all too well that we really do not know how much time we have! Another thing I came across this morning was from an older writing but it was James 4:14:
"How do you know what is going to happen tomorrow? For the length of your lives is as uncertain as the morning fog--now you see it , soon it is gone."So I am not trying to focus on so many WHY's? That can take up a lot of time...time I may or may not have...so instead I am trying to figure out more important things...NO not why do I have to figure taxes!! Again that's a WHY...I know it is a glitch in my make up! I have been told by some that I ask way too many questions!!!
|P-Pa and Firecracker...off to take care of the goats...but the song later makes me think of their hands...|
I am your Guide. Strength and help will come to you; just trust Me wholly.Fear not. I am evermore ready to hear than you to ask. Walk in My ways, and know that help will come.Man's need is God's chance to help. I love to help and save. Man's need is God's golden opportunity for him of letting his faith find expression. That expression of faith is all that God needs to manifest His Power. Faith is the Key that unlocks the storehouse of God's resources.My faithful servants, you long for perfection and see your bitter failures. I see faithfulness, and as a mother takes the soiled, imperfect work of her child and invests it with perfection because of the sweet love, so I take your poor faithfulness and crown it with perfection.
"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that weAnd I write...Let my faith find expression. Help me to find my faith! So I go to "My Utmost" devotional and it talks of "We have to keep letting go and slowly and surely the great full life of God will invade us in every part." But it has a scripture from Romans vi.9-11. I love how he references using Roman numerals...those of you that are after the Roman numeral age...that is vi=6. But it says:
ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." Ephesians 3:20
"Death hath no more dominion over Him...in that He liveth, He liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God."
"We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as His children, including the new bodies He has promised us--bodies that will never be sick again and will never die."I don't know about you but today the way I am feeling I think can I get an AMEN on that one!! I just keep searching for the Why's? The What should I? Anything that will give me answers...and I seem to find MORE MORE...Right above this says in Romans 8:18-21:
"Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will give us later. For all creation is waiting patiently and hopefully for that future day when God will resurrect His children. For on that day thorns and thistles, sin, death, and decay--the things that overcame the world against its will at God's command--will all disappear, and the world around us will share in the glorious freedom from sin which God's children enjoy."I have such a visual with that...perhaps being in an area that is now filled with thistles that these winds keep blowing...and that one alone gives me hope for a new day not even considering the thistles, sin, death, and decay part! And I breathe in these words and cling to them in hope. But as always there is MORE for me so I read on to the part that is underlined. And this one speaks to me as it has so many times before and I am sure it will speak to many others! Romans 8:26-28:
"And in the same way--by our faith--the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems in our praying. For we don't even know what we should pray for, nor how to pray as we should; but the Holy Spirit prays for us with such feeling that it cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows of course, what the Spirit is saying as he pleads for us in harmony with God's own will. And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into His plans."And you know me...of course I question as I see GOOD. I wonder how can good happen but it doesn't say that all that happens is good...but I still struggle with this and so read on...but while I am writing this I put on music as I sometimes do and of course like so many times there is a song that so touches my heart. I have put a link to this song...but the words just touch me so in this song "Your Hands" sung by JJ Heller:
"No, for the Scriptures tell us that for His sake we must be ready to face death at every moment of the day--we are like sheep awaiting slaughter; but despite all this, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us enough to die for us. For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels won't, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God's love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are--high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean--nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when He died for us."
"And so I am giving a new commandment to you now--love each other just as much as I love you. Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples."And so I keep reading and there underlined as well is 14:6:
"Jesus told him, 'I am the Way--yes and the Truth and the Life. No one gets to the Father except by means of Me."And then again underlined is 14:18:
"No I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm--I will come to you."And this one I think of my Dad and how he always seemed to be one to care for widows and orphans...and I have a sadness because my daughter and granddaughter are without a husband and a daddy. But I seem to keep reading as though there is more for me. I try to take comfort that it says I WILL NOT ABANDON YOU!!! And this begins the tie into the BROTHERHOOD...because God and Jay worked on building a brotherhood of men that would stand in for him and I have some pictures that I will include but know that there are so many more that are standing there as well. At the funeral there is a picture I cherish of Izzy walking hand in hand with Grandad and P-Pa and they are each holding a hand letting her walk...but if she chooses to be lifted they each lift her up and this seemed to say so much to me that I know both these men will be there for Jay's girls!
"When you obey me you are living in my love, just as I obey my Father and live in His love. I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your cup of joy will overflow!"And I think about how it is hard to have JOY right now...but it is no longer underlined but I read on and 15:12 says:
"I demand that you love each other as much as I love you."And so I keep reading and copying to my journal as though an urgency that I want to know more and there is 15:13...
"And here is how to measure it--"So I continue writing as though this is all new and I do not read ahead until I come to this and I stop in my tracks and yes....have a few tears. Because I am wondering HOW DO YOU MEASURE? And right there it finishes:
"the greatest love is shown when a person lays down his life for his friends;"And though this makes you think of Christ...I also feel that it is talking of Jay as well...that in choosing the career he chose, there are many a time that these individuals are willing to put their life on the line for others...sometimes for ones they have never met! So this is even more where the "brotherhood" connects and I pick up where I started writing prior...
|A happier time...Heather and Jay had taken Izzy "trick or treating" and I seen the "brotherhood" as we spent quite a bit of time at each house just "STS" :)...but Chief Yowell was on duty and took time to come and talk to a little "Tigger". Something he continues to do...Another treasured memory...|
This one I had to put both pics because the one says I'll take care of you and you take care of me...but the other says ya we'll give you a smile but we're playing here. Love that Tyler Yowell too!
|Okay I still smile thinking about these two! A so much younger looking Jay but good times with good friends!|