Monday, January 2, 2017
Happy New Year! It's a blank new page. What are you going to do with it? God has been working me over about my independence. I struggle with "I" gotta do this and "I" can do this. Yet~ God really wants "I" to step aside and let HIM. He wants me to lay down my independence and totally depend upon HIM. To stop trying to fix things and lay them at His feet. He wants me to stop running in my own strength and rest in Him. He wants me to stop being fearful and trust Him to handle life's challenges.
Every season in life has new challenges and unanswered questions. When the kids were little I was concerned where to send them to school and how to keep them safe from the evils of this world. When they grew I worried about their salvation and how to reach their heart for Jesus. Then I worried how they would make a living and who they would marry. I am only as happy as my saddest child. Yet~ they have the same God that I have and they can find the answers they need in Him just as their momma has learned to do. I pray that they will learn to depend on Him for everything in life.
I tell God often it would help me so much if He would just write out His plan for me to follow. He
is God and His ways are best. He left His Holy Spirit to dwell in me, to lead me and guide me. He promises to walk and talk with me. He promises to never leave me or forsake me. He has all the power in the world.
My New Year's Focus is to take my eyes off the problem, off the storms of life, off the people, off the circumstances~ OFF the waves and ON JESUS!
John 14:6 Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.
Happy New Year ~ may we all learn to take our focus off the problem and on Jesus. He can be trusted.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
YUM~I love fudge! When Christmas comes I have visions of fudge dancing in my head. Nothing speaks to me like Christmas fudge and an iced cold glass of milk. It is really easy to make. The secret is making sure you boil it to soft ball stage.
You know it is at soft ball stage when you drop a little of the boiling goodness in a cup of cold water and you can form a soft little ball out of it with your hands. It is at the soft ball stage.
Friday, December 9, 2016
One Christmas Eve in 1932, Robert McGimsey attended a midnight church service in New York City and then headed back to his one-room apartment. As he returned that night to his home, he passed the open doors of taverns where people were shouting, swearing and loudly singing. Many people were so drunk they had passed out on the sidewalk in the front of the lively establishments.
"What a strange way to celebrate the birth of the most perfect Person who ever lived on this earth," McGimsey thought. "We seem to have missed the whole significance of His life."
That night McGimsey wrote his thoughts on the back of an envelope. History tells us his words were used to write the beginnings of the popular spirituals. These words should ring out in our hearts this very Christmas season.
Sweet little Jesus Boy,
They made You be born in a manger.
Sweet little Holy Child, didn’t know who You was.
Didn’t know You’d come to save us, Lord,
To take our sins away.
Our eyes was blind, we couldn’t see,
We didn’t know who You was.-Robert McGimsey
Wow~ what a great apology written to the Saviour of the world who came as sweet baby Jesus but left this world as the King of Kings. This Christmas season is upon us and it seems to have rolled around all too quickly. Once again we have the opportunity to look at the birth of the Saviour and stand in amazement of the great love and sacrifice of our Lord. May we not get so caught up in the celebration that we forget the One we celebrate.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Cast of Characters~
2 pounds almond bark
1 bag of milk chocolate chips ~ (or which flavor you prefer)
1 Jar of salted roasted peanuts
Place all into a crock pot. Set on low. Watch closely. Set a timer and stir every 15 minutes until melted. Mine took 45 minutes but all pots are different and it will scorch easily. Drop by the teaspoons onto wax paper until firm. Place in an airtight container. Enjoy!
This morning I read a little history about one of the greatest Christian composers~ George Handel. When he was 56 years old he had come to the end of his career. He had mountains of debts and he was washed up. He feared that he would spend his final days in a debtor's prison. He was down and out. His health was poor and he was in a cloud of depression over his state of affairs. History does tell us that he was a man of faith and clung to his prayers for it truly was all he had left.
Charles Jennens was an old friend and he decided to ask George to conduct an orchestra for a charity event. It is said that George jumped at the chance not to resurrect his career but to get out of London to avoid his bill collectors.
Jennens idea for the oratorio was to reduce the greatest stories of both the Old and New Testaments through the life of Christ and put them to music.
Handel spent 24 days writing what would become the famous Handel's Messiah. He once said, " I think I saw all of Heaven before me and the great God himself." That is just like our God to take a man at his lowest and use him in such a mighty way. He promises when we are weak ~ He is strong.
It is amazing to me that God allowed a man to go through a valley experience in order to mold him and make him into His image to be used in a mighty way. That piece of music has been used greatly throughout all of these years. It has been used to raise millions for those who have been down and out just like George .
Many times we see it in the Bible. Look at Moses. God put him in the wilderness of life to mold him and make him in order to use him. I can look at my own life and see how God allowed circumstances to break me so that I had need of my Saviour and He could work in my life. If you are in a season of hard times ~allow God to mold and make you so that He may use you to accomplish His will for your life. It is in the valleys that we grow the most and remember that God never wastes pain.