Have you missed me for a few days? That's what I thought, probably not. At any rate, I am back again from what I term "The Valley of Lyme", a much visited place for me the last ten years. The warning signs were there last week as the flu-like body aches and migraines and "foggy" head syndrome began to capture my attention. It's hard to explain and not even my intention to do so although I find some comfort online at the testimonies of other "Lymies" who know exactly what I'm trying to say.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Yesterday, I enjoyed one of my favorite things, spending time with my grandchildren. Alicia, who just turned ten, is delighting these days in hearing her MaMa tell stories from her past. They range anywhere from serious ones like Grandanny's deep-sea adventure- he finding the captain when the storm was fierce (faith-building, teachable moment)- to "roll on the floor" ones like her 10 year old MaMa kicking a teasing boy named Max and missing her intended target and hitting the chair and breaking her little toe. The picture of her grandmother wearing flip-flops to school in the winter thoroughly amused Alicia.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Yesterday afternoon, I saw my son, Mark, drive up and around to the shop and not knowing how long he would be here, I slid on my shoes (both a match, Jeff- read his blog today), and headed in that direction to give him a hug. When I opened the basement door, there were two dreaded lizards (they give me the "willys"?) and I must give them the "willys(?)" too because they always scoot, much too my delight, at an unbelievable pace in the opposite direction from me. But, on this particular day, they are staring toward the corner where the grill stands and they seem to be glued to the concrete. I think to myself why are they not scurrying away? Are they hungry and waiting to see if steaks or hotdogs are about to sizzle on the grill? And then I see the reason why they are stationary- they know they are about to be the meal because in the corner of the patio, lies a coiled up SNAKE!!!!!!
Friday, July 16, 2010
Another O.T. favorite name of God of mine is Jehovah Sabaoth, LORD of Hosts or LORD of armies. Several times, I have mentioned the Scriptural fact that we are soldiers called to stand fast against spiritual hosts of enemies and wickedness. Ephesians 6 is clear that the rulers of darkness have their hosts, their armies on an all-out assault against God and everything that is good. Now, that sounds like bad news and would make us quake if we also didn't know that we serve Jehovah Sabaoth, the LORD of armies Who fights and actually, already has achieved our victory. We, alone, are no match for satan and his assaults but shout Hallelujah... go ahead, I am waiting....... that he is no match for Jehovah Sabaoth!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Every year since moving to Dawsonville in 2001, we have celebrated our grandchildren's birthdays at the "farm", as they call it. I once remarked to someone that if four acres and a beagle named JoJo constitutes a farm, then we have one. And lest I forget Dan's hard work and God's blessing on it, we have a garden with yummy vegetables. We have a joint party during the first week of July, Landon's birthday being toward the end of June, and Alicia's being the first week of July. We invite family and friends and have thoroughly enjoyed the festivities but this year, because of low energy and the kids' stating their desires of ChuckECheese for the little one and a friend sleepover for our growing up girl, I, happily, and Grandanny, reluctantly, decided not to do the normal July get-together.
Monday, July 12, 2010
For the last week, I have been reading and meditating on two of my favorite Psalms, two that John MacArthur remarks were probably originally one, and those being chapters 42 and 43. In my Bible, they are entitled Longing for God and Hoping In God. I suggest that we believers love the Psalms because we so relate, don't we? In this specific one that I have read time and time again, I realize that as the writer is honest and human, so can I be and so am I.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
1 Peter 2:19-21 says "For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but, if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps." Recently, I heard someone say that they had inquired of a pastor what his heart was being prepared to speak to God's people...