Remembering Jenny…a broken vessel of joy

Today, I remember Jenny. ( I often remember Jenny because God used her to ‘show me’ that His grace is sufficient!’NO, even more than that, God used Jenny to help restore ‘joy’ in my life!

I must record a moment in time, because God wants me to remember the very last song we sang…

First, the ‘we’- Jenny and myself (and my friend Gail and a man from Jenny’s church). Second, ‘the moment’ – Jenny, the friend God gave me to help lift my ‘pity-ful’ thoughts out of the ash heap to soar in a sky of blue. Yes, the friend who suffered so many great losses, even the loss and ability to feel or move any muscle below her neck for close to 6 years. Yes – Jenny was paralyzed within a 24 hour period from some unknown ‘virus’ at the age of 35, completely from the neck down, along with a respirator to help her to breathe for an unheard of 6 years! Jenny was a living miracle!

(Take a moment and imagine losing the feeling and ability to move anything below your neck for even one day, let alone almost 6 years!) Anyway, back to the moment- God knew – but we didn’t- that this moment in time was to be our last day to talk and sing. This moment after being in the hospital almost 3months, separated from her home and her beloved 3 daughters and her  husband because the ‘home health care benefits expired’- this young 40 year old woman beamed with joy when I pulled out my ‘baby Taylor’ to play the hymn, “My Jesus, I Love Thee.”

This was no performance to be remembered for perfection, but this was a moment of precious and purest of praises. None of us knew this would be the last song. But God did. And unless I write this down today and record this moment, it might be forgotten, but God wants me to remember…

He wants me to remember so I can be reminded forever that He is in control. He is the Great Conductor. God knew that about 15 hours later, Jenny would suffer lack of oxygen and go into a coma for a short time, before going on home to Him. God’s the only One who knew, but we can know the song…we can know the song that she had on her mind, because we sang it together on that day, and God was with us because He inhabits pure praise:

“My Jesus I love Thee; I know Thou art mine. for Thee all the follies of sin I resign. My gracious Redeemer, My Savior art Thou. If ever I loved Thee, My Jesus, ’tis now. (William R. Featherston)

To think that the ‘Great Conductor’ had Jenny and I reading together the  few visits before in the Song of Songs, the Song of Solomon where we both discovered just how great His love is for us.

No words can describe how rich and personal and remarkable our times together with God and His Song of Songs were! We sang the words, “I know Thou art mine” in a most deep and rich way. Like two school girls that had been ‘kissed’ by Jesus:
“Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold you are fair! You have dove’s eyes…” (Song of Sol. 1:15). “

I will never forget, Jenny struggling to speak after I read those words.  She said, “Jenny ! My name means ‘FAIR ONE!’
God brought us together to hear Him speak so gently, so intimately:  “The voice of my beloved! Behold He comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills…behold He stands behind our wall; He is looking through the windows, Gazing through the lattice. My beloved spoke to me: “Rise up, my love,my fair one, And come away. For lo,

the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. the flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come…” (Song of Sol 2:8-10).

God spoke so clearly.He speaks so tenderly and timely, He IS a very present help in times of trouble!  Speaking directly to His ‘fair one’ His Jenny and even me! She was no longer in a hospital bed, her Prince had called her by  her name!

So, back to that last visit and the song : We sang on that monumental day: “I love Thee, Because Thou hast first loved me, And purchased my pardon On Calvary’s tree. I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow, If ever I loved Thee, My Jesus, tis now.”

Jenny and I, through our previous times together were touched by the Lord, and to even sing about the thorns on our last song together, Oh how He knows about our thorn!

“Like a lily among thorns, So is my love among the daughters.” (Song of Sol 2:1).

And here on our last time together, and with friends we sang words giving thanks:  “I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow,...” and we meant every word as we sang, “If ever I loved Thee, My Jesus,tis now.”

These were not just words, they were spirit and we were worshiping our Lord in Spirit and in Truth and He was with us on that monumental day. He inhabited that amazing praise on that particular moment and He enveloped us all in His love, especially my dear Jenny!

All glorious! This moment tucked away in the ugliest hospital room ever, with circumstances dimmer than the darkest grey- was all Glorious- because the Lord was with us- and especially my dear Jenny!

The next two verses are so amazing, in that of all the hymns, this is the one that God chose for me to bring on that precious day! God is in control:

“I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death. And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath; And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow, “If ever I loved Thee, My Jesus ’tis now.” Only God knew that the last breaths were approaching.

But this brings me the greatest of comfort, that God chose this song, because I will always wonder, “Lord, was Jenny hearing this song in her coma? So much mystery that only You know, Lord.”

But here are the words of the last verse we sang, so amazing, beyond glorious -truly God’s on the Throne: “In mansions of glory And endless delight, I’ll ever adore Thee In heaven so bright. I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow, “If ever I loved Thee, My Jesus, ’tis now.”

I’m thankful that God had me bring my guitar that day, I’m thankful for the song He chose. TO think that He was willing to wear that crown of thorns so we could wear a ‘glittering crown on our brows’! And when we get there, we will lay those crowns down at the feet of Him who loves us so.

So, if God has you go ‘outside the box’ and grab that hymn book, psalm, or even to grab that guitar ,to bring to someone whose been broken,  you might just witness, as I did that day, a monumental moment that you will  record in the journal of your heart forever.

God brought healing to all of us on that day! Especially for my dear Jenny!

‘In His presence is fullness of joy’ the Bible teaches! No matter what happened in the past or is going to transpire in the future-God has a plan, and it’s something we can hold on to!

Lord, I miss Jenny so much. But I thank You that she is whole and alive forevermore. Soon and very soon we will be together again. Thank You for her life. Thank You for Yours! “If ever I loved Thee, My Jesus, ’tis now.”

I have the wrong title on this ‘book’ (I suppose I could write a book about all God did for us in bringing us together for a short time…). This story should be called: God’s Amazing  Love!

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The clay, the Potter, today…

Clay in its natural form is common and has no great value. However in the hands of the potter, a lump of clay can be made into a beautiful and useful vessel.

“Be still my soul! the Lord is on thy side; Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;          Leave to thy God to order and provide;    In every change He faithful will remain. (Be Still My Soul, Katherina A. von Schlegel, 1752).

“Be still my soul thy best, thy heavenly Friend through thorny ways leads to a joyful end…”

Sometimes, God just doesn’t make sense, but it is said that His ways are NOT our ways! Perhaps we do best to remember, we are but ‘lumps’ of clay.

Jeremiah 18:1-6, Amplified: 

18:1-6, The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will make you hear My words.”Then I went down to the potter’s house, and saw that he was working at the wheel.But the vessel that he was making from clay was spoiled by the potter’s hand; so he made it over, reworking it and making it into another pot that seemed good to him.

Then the word of theLord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” says the Lord. “Look carefully, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.

“Be still my soul! thy God doth undertake To guide the future as He has the past.         Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake; All now mysterious shall be bright at last…”

Psalm 62:5-12, NIV: 5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God[a];
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.

“Be Still my soul, thy best Thy heavenly friend, through thorny ways, leads to a joyful end…”

Psalms 62:6 For God alone my soul waits in silence and quietly submits to Him,
For my hope is from Him.

He only is my rock and my salvation;
My fortress and my defense, I will not be shaken or discouraged.
On God my salvation and my glory rest;
He is my rock of [unyielding] strength, my refuge is in God.
Trust [confidently] in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him.
God is a refuge for us. Selah.

“Be still my soul, the waves and wind still know the Voice who Ruled them, when He dwelt below…”

Men of low degree are only a breath (emptiness), and men of [high] rank are a lie (delusion).
In the balances they go up [because they have no measurable weight or value];
They are together lighter than a breath.
10 Do not trust in oppression,
And do not vainly hope in robbery;
If riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

11 God has spoken once,Twice I have heard this:

That power belongs to God.

12 Also to You, O Lord, belong lovingkindness and compassion,
For You compensate every man according to [the value of] his work.

TODAY, I am speaking to myself today in Psalms and hymns…but remembering as well that God is holy, and God is just:

Jeremiah 18:6-10, Amplified: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” says the Lord. “Look carefully, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel. At one moment I might [suddenly] speak concerning a nation or kingdom, that I will uproot and break down and destroy; if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will [a]relent and reverse My decision concerning the devastation that I intended to do. Or at another time I might [suddenly] speak about a nation or kingdom that I will build up or establish; 10 and if they do evil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will reverse My decision concerning the good with which I had promised to bless them.

Be still my soul! the hour is hastening on When we shall be forever with the Lord. When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,           Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.

Be still my soul, when change and tears are past, All safe and blessed we shall meet at last. “

Praying today Lord, “Our Father in heaven , hallowed be Your name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,… ”

Please let these words not be said of us Lord when You look at our individual hearts, we weep today for our nation…The words written in Jeremiah 18:15-17:

‘Yet My people have forgotten Me;
They burn incense to worthless gods,
They have stumbled from their ways
From the ancient roads,
To walk in pathways,
Not on a highway,
16 
Making their land a desolation and a horror,
A thing to be hissed at perpetually;
Everyone who passes by will be astounded
And shake his head [in scorn].

17 …I will show them My back and not My face
In the day of their disaster [says the Lord].’”

…forgive us our trespasses and we forgive those who trespass against us…for Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory FOREVER, amen. ” (The Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6).

 

 

“Think on these things…a Psalm, a hymn, and God’s word!

We are in the storm already. Each breath we take, each step we make however, is seen by our Father who is in heaven. for us who choose to believe this day. He is ‘A Shelter in the Time of Storm’.

A hymn written by Vernon J. Charlesworth sometime in the 1880, has power to change worry to calm. Oh the power of the hymn, the power of the Psalms, the power of God’s Word:

Psalm 32:7, “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.” Psalms 32:7.

A Shelter in the Time of storm: “The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide, A shelter in the time of storm; Secure whatever ill betide, A shelter in the time of storm.”

“O Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A weary land, a weary land; O Jesus is a Rock in a weary land; A Shelter in the time of storm.”

“A shade by day, defense by night, A shelter in the time of storm; No fears alarm, no foes affright, A shelter in the time of storm.

“The raging storms may round us beat, A shelter in the time of storm; We’ll never leave our safe retreat, A shelter in the time of storm.”

“O Rock divine, O Refuge dear, A shelter in the time of storm; Be Thou our helper ever near, A shelter in the time of storm. O Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A weary land, a weary land; O Jesus is a Rock in a weary land; A shelter in the time of storm!”(Vernon J. Charlesworth)

It doesn’t matter all the ‘conflict’ going on beside, when we have the Name that is higher than all Names by our side. If fear overtakes us in the midst of the storm,  we call on Jesus! Even though we may walk in the valley of the shadow of death we will fear no evil, because ‘in Him’ we reside!  He is a Shelter in the Time of storm, and  – in Him – we hide!

Think on these things, think on these things: “Finally, my brothers, 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.” (Philipians 3:1)

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:4).

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.(Philippians 4:6,7).

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true,…

whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -… 

if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things… and the god of peace will be with you.” (Phillipians 4:8,9).

He is a ‘Shelter in the time of storm!’

Wait on Him, He is Faithful and true. Wait on the Lord, He is jealous for you, and me TOO!

How Great thou Art…

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After 37 very frustrating (in my opinion) chapters in the book of Job,( after Job has suffered loss of all except his life and his hope in God), God FINALLY comes on the scene in chapter 38: ‘Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you will answer Me.” “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?…Have you commanded the morning since your days began…?
So this makes me think of the famous hymn, How Great thou Art. Maybe that is what I am to be singing all this day before any relief from the trials at hand in my life. Perhaps the hymn this day will feed my soul with the strength I need to continue a life of faith, for this…

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just a bush, and a flame-and a miracle

So many lessons in just one little story! Worship God, walk carefully!

by tonirypkema

Reading again that very familiar story, in Ex. 3, I must share it with you:
“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.”
Let’s see, Moses is in the back side of the desert.
Do you know what that feels like? Maybe not physically, but emotionally, yes. And even spiritually, you might feel ‘dried up’, or even financially, parched. This is where Moses was. “But he came to Horeb, the mountain of God.”

This makes me think of the Psalm 121, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills – From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made the heaven and earth.”

Yes, I hear the Lord say so much in this verse, “But he came to Horeb, the mountain of God.” I hear Him say, “Be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5.

And that is exactly what we can see as the story continues:
Exodus 3:2, “And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, but the bush was not consumed.”

Is Moses feeling as if he is ‘put on a shelf’? Is he discouraged because there is nothing going on here in the back side of the desert – but all of a sudden “the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush, but the bush was not consumed.”

This brings to mind so many scriptures that God has given me in the past, scriptures that God perhaps wants you and me to have settled deep withing our hearts,
“For it is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure, (which is Jesus, which is the fire burning), in earthen vessels, ( or our own broken lives, or measly little bushes!), that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” 2 Cor. 4:6,7.

And to think that the bush was not consumed. Doesn’t that make you think of Paul’s writings in 2 Corinthians 4:8-10?,
“We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed – always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”

Just an old dried out bush in the back side of the desert, shining ever so bright with the Angel of the LORD appearing in the form of fire – and the bush was not consumed!

And this is my favorite part:
“Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”Exodus 3:3.

I have recently learned that the word ‘worship’ in the Greek comes from a word meaning, ‘to turn toward and kiss.'(proskuneo).
Could God possibly be showing you and me today, in this most familiar story, that while Moses was for years in the back side of the desert, seemingly ‘put on a shelf’, that the LORD was with him,and has a plan.
Just like Jeremiah 29:11,
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.”
And not only that – but Moses chose to turn aside and…and to let us all know his desire, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”

Yes! It is today, that God has shown me through this simple story so many of the truths He wants me to hold on to. Don’t you see it?
The bush does not burn! Why?
Because Lamentations 3:22-23 tells us why,
“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.”

I believe Moses worshiped the Lord.
Oh, how we need to worship Him.

“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. for He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
and the sheep of His hand.” Ps. 95:6,7.

So the story continues, ex. 3:4,“So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” and he said, “Here I am.”

God speaks to us in these stories, specifically.We have become witnesses ourselves, and in Is. 43:10. God speaks, “You are My witnesses,” says the LORD, and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He…I, even I am the LORD.”

And God speaks to Moses in Ex. 3:5, “Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

All I know is that when I am bare footed, I have to walk real carefully!
Today I will worship God for His steadfast love and walk carefully.

BREAKING NEWS: He who sits in the heavens…is laughing!

The nations are raging, (Psalm 2), the people are planning a ‘vain thing!’ (Psalm 2). The kings of the earth and the rulers of the land set themselves together and take counsel together – against the LORD and against His Anointed. (Psalm 2).

We must remember who the LORD is? Have you never heard Him speak? He speaks ‘out of the whirlwind’ (Job 38) – is that where you are in this present moment? He speaks ‘out of the whirlwind’ when you don’t know which way is up, when you have no footing for your feet,  this is where He speaks! “The LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

“Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” (Job 38:1,2).

“WHERE WERE YOU?...(Job 2:4, emphasis, mine!), “Where were you – when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined the measurements? Surely you know!” (Job 38:5).

What are the thoughts of many a ‘learned’ man? “Isn’t this the ‘Information Age’? Can’t ‘Science’ answer the hard questions? “Surely ‘we’ KNOW better than to seek an OLD Book! How can you believe such things! That’s just a ‘religious Book!”  “This is the ‘PROGRESSIVE AGE!” The opinions of man are endless! But God’s word speaks, the One who laid the foundations of the earth, (whether you believe it or not), He WARNS:

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 16:25).

“The kings of the earth and the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords form us.” ( Psalm 2:2,3, New King James).

“He who sits in the heavens shall laugh: The LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath…”(Ps.2:5).

Can you imagine this? The LORD ‘shall speak to them in His wrath’…

“AND distress them in His deep displeasure…” (Psalm 2:5).  

(Can we imagine what this will look like?) Perhaps we look NOW what side we are on!

Just like in Job, when God spoke ‘in the whirlwind’, the ‘counselors’ had nothing to say! The very loud noises that are messing up the air waves these days, might just be made to ‘be still:” “BE STILL and know that I am the LORD…”(Ex.6:7).

IF GOD is God and His word is Truth, (as it is told to be), God SPEAKS – Amplified: “He speaks to them in His deep anger, and troubles (terrifies and confounds) them in His displeasure and fury, saying,  Yet I have anointed [installed and placed]  My King [firmly] on My holy hill of Zion. ” (Psalm 2:5,6).

“I will declare the decree of the Lord; He said to Me, You are My Son; this day [I declare] I have begotten You. [Hebrews 1:5;3:5,6; IIPeter 1:17,18]. “Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Your possession.” Psalm 2: 7,8).

You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them in pieces like potter’s ware. [Rev. 12:5; 19:15].”

This is the word of the LORD! The ‘fear of ‘this’ LORD is the ‘beginning of wisdom!'(Proverbs teaches us!)

The LORD speaks more: “Now therefore, O you kings, act wisely; be instructed and warned, O you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with reverent awe and worshipful fear; rejoice and be in high spirits, with trembling [lest you displease Him]. (Psalm 2:10,11).

(What is sad, is many of the ‘kings’ do not ‘believe’ God’s word…but there will be a day when they DO!, the Bible tells me so).

…there is more: ” Kiss the Son [pay homage to Him in purity] lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, for soon shall His wrath be kindled. ” (Ps. 2:12).

Just in case there is ANY confusion, the Son of God is Jesus Christ.

” O blessed-happy, fortunate and to be envied – are all those who seek refuge and put their trust in Him!” (Ps. 2:12).

I think perhaps it would be wise to be on the ‘blessed and happy and fortunate’ side of God’s laughter! What about you?

 

“Don’t speak of the news, speak of the hymns.”

Today, TODAY- we must ‘think on these things…’

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We are to ‘think on these things:’ “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just,…whatever things are of good report!” (Exclamation point, mine. Philippians 4:8).Please children of God, we have to keep our eyes on God and remind each other these things, especially TODAY! God suggests, “Speak to one another in psalms and hymns”- there’s a time for news and there’s a time for psalms and hymns!

“This is my Father’s world; He shines in all that’s fair; In the rustling grass I hear Him pass, He speaks to me everywhere. This is my Father’s world; I rest me in the thought Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; His hand the wonders wrought.” (This is My Father’s World, Maltbie Babcock).

We need to stay ‘safe’, not only physically,children of the Lord, both young and older, but spiritually and mentally as well! God knows what…

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“I will sing a new song to You, O God;” (Psalm 144:9)

“Please pray! This thing is going on!” “Please pray!” “Please pray!” So today…

God put on my heart, “I give you a new song, to sing back to Me, to remind you I AM, and I AM able to do exceedingly abundantly ABOVE all that you ask of Me…”

“Make melody in your heart, with words I have already written, that you might be strengthened in your inner man to know, that though mankind has been bitten, there is a ‘ bronze serpent that has been lifted on a pole’, and NO, this is NOT SCIENCE – but to look on Him, you will be made WHOLE!” ( Oh, if I could just put sound on this melody God gave me -but in casting on Him the prayers,  He turned the water into wine, by speaking His word and giving melody divine!)

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? From the foundations of the earth, have you not known? Have you not heard? ”

“It is He who sits above the heavens! The Creator God, He rules the earth! Have you not known? Have you not heard – the Everlasting God never faints or is weary – He gives power…to the weak. He gives them strength.”

“They that wait on the LORD – shall renew their strength! They shall mount up with eagle’s wings – they shall run and not be weary – they shall walk…and not faint!”

“And as you journey along the ‘thorny paths’ of this earth, speak My Psalms…you shall walk, and not faint:”

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills-From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.”

“The LORD is your keeper;”

“The LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.”

“The LORD shall preserve you from ALL evil; He shall preserve your soul.”

“The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth and FOREVERMORE.” (Psalm 121, emphasis mine!)

(end with song and melody): “They that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength…”

this should be called, “It’s not all bad news!

Today, I am speaking plain and hard.
For those who have heard news like: “You have cancer.” or “You need a kidney transplant.” or, “You need a new liver or you die.” or…Oh, my, I will not even type more words…but you, yourself- most likely have your own words of great loss, and pain- and have asked the tough and hard question, “Why!”
And quite honestly there is no comfort that human flesh can bring. Quite honestly, any words that I might say, bring about a ‘sting’. Except, perhaps, the words, “Just do the next thing!”
It’s just not always good news. And we may never know ‘why.’ But, we have the choice- to read what we will, to believe what we will, to do as we choose – you see, ‘in the beginning’ yes, if you are believing, ‘God created…’ all that makes YOU.
And there is no ‘love’ – without truth. There is ‘NO LOVE’ in a lie. Yet, we cling to the things that tickle our ears, yet, they actually ‘steal, kill and destroy’ and we don’t even notice what’s died!
We can turn the page, or click the remote – but God is God, He IS ABOVE -Above all things, whether we believe it or not- and He loves us MOST! He gave us CHOICE – so that we might choose from our heart to turn to our Creator and say, “Thank You! I acknowledge Your LOVE!”
“But how can a God of love cause all this pain?”
“Let us not forget the beginning again!” ” In the beginning, the fruit of the trees ALL, except the one… Thus, the fall…
He didn’t create us to be robots! He didn’t wire us to ‘HAVE TO’ love Him. NO! He gave us the choice to acknowledge His care, to see His provision, in everything that’s there! “The Lord is my Shepherd…” He’s a personal God, if we don’t call Him ‘MINE’ He waits…
…and He sometimes ‘MAKES us to lie DOWN…’ when it wasn’t part of our plan –
But He opens our eyes and we see…’He makes us lie down on pastures of green’ and ‘His grace taught our hearts to fear’ and what was blind now is seeing that HIS HAND… has a hold of me, even here.
So what might not be ‘good news’ in the beginning actually becomes ‘Good News’ in the end – because God our Father in heaven, has provided His Son and His grace, and all the bad and even the ugly, He somehow has dimmed, because He lifted my head and He touched my brokenness brought on by sin. Not with ‘itchy’ coverings sewn by myself, but by covering me with the blood of the Lamb and giving me peace and forgiveness of great wealth!
He made it all work together, ‘all’ work together, for good. The waves still go crashing, but He…
He’s got His Hand guiding my course, and He says, “You are Mine! and I praise Him and thank Him and melt in His Hand and say, “Dear Jesus, I love you! I am completely Yours!”

It’s not all good news…But God!

Today, I am speaking plain and hard.

For those who have heard news like: “You have cancer.” or “You need a kidney transplant.” or, “You need a new liver or you die.” or…Oh, my, I will not even type more words…but you, yourself- most likely have your own words of great loss, and pain- and have asked the tough and hard question, “Why!”

And quite honestly there is no comfort that human flesh can bring. Quite honestly, any words that I might say, bring about a ‘sting’. Except, perhaps, the words, “Just do the next thing!”

It’s just not always good news. And we may never know ‘why.’ But, we have the choice- to read what we will, to believe what we will, to do as we choose – you see, ‘in the beginning’ yes, if you are believing, ‘God created…’ all that makes YOU.

And there is no ‘love’ – without truth. There is ‘NO LOVE’ in a lie. Yet, we cling to the things that tickle our ears, yet, they actually ‘steal, kill and destroy’ and we don’t even notice what’s died!

We can turn the page, or click the remote – but God is God, He IS ABOVE -Above all things, whether we believe it or not- and He loves us MOST! He gave us CHOICE – so that we might choose from our heart to turn to our Creator and say, “Thank You! I acknowledge Your LOVE!”

“But how can a God of love cause all this pain?”

“Let us not forget the beginning again!” ” In the beginning, the fruit of the trees ALL, except the one… Thus, the fall…

He didn’t create us to be robots! He didn’t wire us to ‘HAVE TO’ love Him. NO! He gave us the choice to acknowledge His care, to see His provision, in everything that’s there! “The Lord is my Shepherd…” He’s a personal God, if we don’t call Him ‘MINE’ He waits…

…and He sometimes ‘MAKES us to lie DOWN…’ when it wasn’t part of our plan –

But He opens our eyes and we see…’He makes us lie down on pastures of green’ and ‘His grace taught our hearts to fear’ and what was blind now is seeing that HIS HAND… has a hold of me, even here.

So what might not be ‘good news’ in the beginning actually becomes ‘Good News’ in the end – because God our Father in heaven, has provided His Son and His grace, and all the bad and even the ugly, He somehow has dimmed, because He lifted my head and He touched my brokenness brought on by sin. Not with ‘itchy’ coverings sewn by myself, but by covering me with the blood of the Lamb and giving me peace and forgiveness of great wealth!

He made it all work together, ‘all’ work together, for good. The waves still go crashing, but He…

He’s got His Hand guiding my course, and He says, “You are Mine!  and I praise Him and thank Him and melt in His Hand and say, “Dear Jesus, I love you! I am completely Yours!”