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There is One King!

I was driving to work the other day and was listening to worship music from my phone. I love this one from CityAlight – Ancient of Days, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPpGphzScjA.

I thought, Oh my goodness! People talk about a one-world government and it already exists! This song made me so thankful that I serve and worship this King of Kings. It’s not a political government, but a spiritual government. I hold to it by the moral compass and guide book called the Bible. There I find instructions on how to live my life, not for myself, but to bring glory to this King I serve and worship.

I have been following this King since I was 10 years old – that’s 55 years. I have to tell you, He has never let me down. Everything that has happened in my life, whether hard or easy, through sickness and health, disappointment and joy, has worked for my good and God’s glory.

This is my Thanksgiving gift, my Christmas present for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords – Jesus Christ.

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FAITH

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FAMILY

Family … a subject familiar to most.  Some love their families, some hate their families, some could care less about their families.  There are those who take their family members for granted and think they will always be there to call upon when something is needed that no one else would do for them except . . . FAMILY.

I used to think my family had it all together.  We have 3 sons and their growing up years were pretty normal; the normal amount of disobedience, sports, trouble in school, success in school, girlfriends, and the list could go on.  They all married young and all three are in the military.  All three have children so we have seven grandchildren.  I truly thought everything was right, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.

We raised our sons to love God, to go to church (we took them, we did not send them).  We were actively involved in their school events and extracurricular activities.  In their younger years we coached Little League, taught Sunday School and loved watching them in whatever sport they were playing.

Now divorce has entered our family.  Two of our sons have chosen this path and it is a heartbreaking time in the life of a family because in a divorce the family is fractured.  It is not only the splitting couple who suffer from this disease, but their children suffer emotional setbacks that may take years to heal.  Relationships are divided…our daughters-in-law were like daughters to us.  When the boys were on deployment it was the girls who kept us informed, visited, or we visited them.  They sent cards and gifts and called to keep us attached to their family and to our sons.  The divorces removed this relationship – eight people no longer play a part in our daily lives; 2 sons, 2 daughters-in-law and 4 of our 7 grandchildren.  Our two sons quickly remarried and made it clear that they want nothing to do with us.  I miss my sons, the ex-daughters-in-law and my grandchildren.

The only thing that keeps me grounded is God’s Word.  I am continually reminded that these things happen in life and I am not to be discouraged – John 16:33 in the words of Christ says, “I have told you these things, so that in  me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  And so my focus must be on God’s Word, on His peace and not on my family’s failures or successes whatever they may be.  I will rejoice when they rejoice and I will weep when they weep.  I love my family and God’s Word has something to say about that too…”Love one another.”

We pray for our sons – all 3 of them – oh did I mention that while all of this family division ensued our third son, wife and 3 children deployed to another country taking them out of the family circle for a time.  Interesting, I thought, that all of this happened at the same time AND my husband began a 2nd shift job.  After 42 years of marriage we no longer have dinner together, not connected like we were, and I find myself at home, quiet, blogging, or working on a Bible study, watching a  movie or playing a search-n-find game on my iPad.  BUT life goes on.  I’m adjusting to my quiet time, knitting more, actively involved in a women’s prison ministry and finding joy in life and my full-time job.   The 3rd son is about to move back into the country – HURRAH!  We get to visit over Christmas – DOUBLE HURRAH!  FAMILY, up close and personal, not just FaceTime is what I am looking forward to.

The moral of the story?  Don’t take your family for granted – LOVE ONE ANOTHER EVERY DAY!

UPDATE:  WOW does God answer prayer!  Those two sons have remarried the most lovely women and we are thankful.  We communicate with one another and enjoy the company of one another.  The son who had moved to Japan, then CA, now lives just 4 hours away from us and we visit often.  Our middle son’s new wife has 3 children so we now have 3 new grandchildren and are blessed to be able to visit them too.  Our oldest son, though he lives Waaaayyyy up north, we have a sweet relationship with his wife and him.  God is good!

We pray for and still communicate with our ex-daughers-in-law.  My prayer is for all of our family to forgive past hurts.  In the Bible Jesus’ words are clear to us… “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”  Matthew 6:14.

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Seen Any Good Movies Lately?

I don’t know if I’m over-sensitive or just old-fashioned; probably a bit of both.  I’ve stopped watching regular television because I am offended and tired of the advertisements.  I know money must be made and it’s done by selling advertising, but fortunately I have a choice so I’ve made it.  In place of TV I’m watching videos.  Thankfully I have a closet full that will keep me entertained for some time to come.  Tonight I watched a wonderful old movie titled “A Man Called Peter.”  It’s the story of the life of Peter Marshall, a Scottish preacher.   Here is one of my favorite scenes as Peter Marshall preaches on what Heaven will be like – James 4:14.  Watch that scene on YouTube here .   

Rev. Marshall is addressing a military group and gives this message instead of one he had previously planned.  It is a message that needs repeating today.

That is just one of the scenes of the movie that I like, but my most favorite is when Catherine Marshall accompanies Rev. Marshall and two other young people to a youth rally.  The crowd is not attentive to Christian values, and they poke fun at Rev. Marshall’s attempts to tell them about Jesus.  The other two young people who were supposed to speak were so intimidated by the crowd that they refused to speak.  Not Catherine!  She gets up and gives the most wonderful speech to those people.  She completely turns the mood of the crowd around so Rev. Marshall can then carry on with the meeting.  I think this is was endeared him to Catherine because the love story between the two of them is sweet and wonderfully encouraging following that meeting.  Here is an interview of their son Peter Jon and an earlier interview with Catherine herself.

I was so happy to find the transcript of Catherine Marshall’s Speech.  This too is one that young women need to hear today.

Peter Marshall (May 27, 1902 – January 26, 1949) was a Scots-American preacher, pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC and twice appointed as Chaplain of the United States Senate.

Watching the movie and listening to Catherine Marshall’s speech made me want to write a blog and tell others about it too.  Not just the movie, but the thought behind it… that God is sovereign – one who has supreme power and authority – and He is to be honored, glorified and worshiped.

 

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PRAISE THE LORD!

I’ve been giving much thought to the times in which we live. And it occurred to me that since “the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever,” as the Westminster Confession states, then possibly we, us God followers and Christians, have severely missed the boat; much like the population of the earth when Noah built the ark and only eight people survived. Several passages in the Bible teach the importance of living in order to reflect the glory of God.

Here are a few (All are NKJV):

  • Isaiah 43:7 Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
  • Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
  • 1 Corinthians 6:20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
  • 1 Corinthians 10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  • 2 Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
  • 1 Peter 2:12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
  • 1 Peter 4:16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.

Somehow we’ve gotten off the mark and strayed from that “chief end of man.” If it is to “glorify God and enjoy Him forever” then it must be that we are to start there – glorifying God. We are not to worry about the concerns of life, the opinions of other people, the latest craze on social media, TV or the news… we are to concern ourselves with the manner in which we truly “glorify God.”

So today is my first day of doing exactly that. I shall “glorify God.” Here is my first attempt:

  1. I will stop concerning myself with the fact that 2 of my 3 sons want nothing to do with me and I will glorify God that one still does !
  2. I will stop saying that I have “lost family members” and glorify God that all are still living!
  3. I will stop complaining that I don’t get to see much of my husband and glorify God that I have a husband who loves me.

Will you “glorify God” with me?

Four Color Praise

I made these, they are for your use (same image just different colors):

PRAISE 2 PRAISE 4 PRAISE 3 PRAISE 1

 

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Still AMAZED at God’s Blessings!

Tonight as I write I am thankful for so many things. Our recent trip to our hometown in West Branch, Michigan was an amazing blessing.

The time spent with family and friends at the memorial service for my father-in-law, Rick Zettel, was special in many ways.

  • Our great-niece Cydney wowed us all with her sweet angelic voice as she led us in Amazing Grace
  • Two of our Navy career sons, Paul and Philip, gave patriotic meaning to the Veteran’s service in honor of Dad’s Naval service.
  • My family was especially supportive to me personally as they attended my book signing at the West Branch Public Library.
  • My sweet Sister, Vicky, had a cook-out with all the trimmings and invited cousins I had not seen in years.Another special treat was picking up two of our grandchildren, Jake and Paige, in Indiana on the way. We had a great time showing them our hometown. Even though they had already spent quite a bit of time there during the time they lived in Gaylord, MI, they humored us and I know they had a good time.
  • In addition to all of that we were lovingly cared for at my very best friend Terry Barnhart at the “Barnhart B & B” – thank you dear friends! We look forward to our next visit to that porch swing and wonderful conversation. We always seem to pick up where we left off – the sign of true friendship.
  • I came home overwhelmed with the love and support of my family and blessed by God’s goodness in my life.

    Other things we did . . .

  • Church at Ogemaw Hills Free Methodist Church – great worship and the Word in addition to seeing many familiar faces.
  • A wonderful meal with Zettel family at G’s Pizzaria

For a complete Picture Tour Click HERE.

 

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A Family Line . . .

My New Year’s Resolution continues – this week, part of my reading has carried me through the New Testament book of Luke. I dare you to read chapter 3 verses 23-38 and pronounce, if you can, every name in the family line of Jesus. The men in the family line are named with prominent people you might recognize if you are familiar with Scripture . . . names like Joseph, Joshua, Levi, David, Jesse, Boaz, Judah, Jacob, Isaac and Abraham, along with Noah and Adam, just to name a few. And those are the ones that are easy to pronounce.

As I thought about my family line, naming the men as in the book of Luke, since I have 5 sisters and 1 brother, naming the men would go like this . . .

Caleb is the son of James, James is the son of Jim, Jim was the son of Clarence, and that’s about as far as I can go. Yet this section of Scripture lists 77 “son-of” instances! People today researching their genealogy find it quite a job going from county offices to libraries, to on-line resources, etc., in order to draw a family tree with all the branches connected.

Yet here, in the Bible, we find the family line of Jesus traced all the way back to Adam, who was the son-of God. AMAZING! Another reason to love God’s Word – it is complete, it is truth. Yes it is! Every word – here’s why I know this . . . well, the Bible says so and I believe that, but my mother said it was true too. I can still remember a song she used to sing . . .

I believe the Bible, oh it is divine, Heaven’s golden sunlight in its pages shine

It lights my way to glory (Heaven) and I’m surely going through

I believe the Bible for I know it’s true.

 Reading on . . .

PS – let me know if you meet my challenge to read those names!

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The Resolution Continues . . .

Numbers with borders

As I continue the journey through my “read-the-Bible-in-a-year” plan I am currently passing through the Book of Numbers.

The name of the Book is appropriate as it is a book of a census of the Israelite people. Today, reading through chapters 4 and 5, I was impressed with the way God assigned duties for each of these clans or tribes and the thousands of people who were included to carry out their assignments.

The LORD told Moses and Aaron to select people 30-50 years of age. This impressed me too because God chose people who were young enough to do the tasks and mature enough to know the importance of those areas in which they would be required to serve. Yet, they were not so old that they would be infirm or unable to carry out the duties assigned.

Now, don’t be offended if you are under 30 or over 50 – because God has a purpose for each one of us no matter our age. But today, this reading through Numbers has helped me in two ways:

  1. It helped me realize that the seasons of life come and go
  2. And that I am to enjoy each one as it comes and wave a fond farewell when it has to go

There is nothing more rewarding than knowing when to do a job and when to step away; than knowing when it is your place to help and when it time to bow out. It makes one miserable to know you belong somewhere you are not or to stay somewhere you are no longer needed.

So, thanks to God for the Old Testament book of Numbers – Reading on!

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How’s that New Year’s Resolution Going?

Read it in a Year

God’s Word

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  I do.  This year I decided to read through the Bible in a year.  In December our church made a One Year Bible Reading Plan available to us.  The Reading Plan gives Scripture references and there are only a few chapters for each daily assignment . . . a couple of chapters in the Old Testament, then the New Testament and then some verses from Psalms and Proverbs.  I’ve tried to do this before and have always given up when I get to the Book of Leviticus.  Well, I am currently in that book and only have 3 chapters left before moving on to the next book, Numbers, so I’m still on track!  I love God’s Word and am learning even more about this wonderful guidebook for living.  To make my reading even more interesting I’m reading from this wonderful version called The Holy Bible Illustrated in Calligraphy by Timothy R. Botts and Tyndale House Publishers.  The calligraphy is beautiful and adds to the text keeping my interest.  I’m determined to make it – I’ll share a favorite verse now and then through the year:

Oh God, we give glory to you all day long and constantly praise Your name.

Psalm 44:8

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Whatever . . .

A few years ago there was a popular saying, possibly it was among the young, but it seemed to catch on and everyone was saying . . . WHATEVER!  I’ve decided to give the word a new turn.  Scripture uses this word quite succinctly from Philippians 4:8.  I hope you will enjoy this new turn and say the word, in the future, with hope and anticipation in your heart.  Simply click on the “WHATEVER” link to read more.

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