Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Way Of Love

I Corinthians 13
Love never give up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

This is the "love" chapter in the Bible and one of my favorites because I need to be reminded....

My friend, Jack Alexander, used to live by these words: It's more important to engrave your name in the hearts of others than any other tribute this world can offer.

This is a picture of my young niece Mackenzie holding a shell that she found when we were swimming together in the ocean.  It looked like the letter L was carved on the shell.

Friday, April 26, 2013

~Making Decisions With Prayer~

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established. 

written May 2, 2011:
My husband and I pray together daily and separately about any and all decisions in our life. Some are big decisions and some are not very significant but that is how I know God's will for my own life. Usually God brings us ultimately to the same decision and really how often does any married couple agree on anything? 

That is how I know it is God working in both our lives and the key to those decisions is prayer. Rarely does my husband decide differently than I do. If that should happen, I will usually follow his decision because I believe God can make a wrong decision right. These are the moments that I have to trust God no matter how I may feel. Easy to say but not always easy to do.
Usually my husband and I will not make a final decision on something of significance until we are both in agreement. It may take a few weeks but if we continue to pray we can see how God blends our hearts together in the same direction. We have managed to do this for several years now and find that no decision has been left unanswered by our Heavenly Father.
We both know how difficult it is to agree on what color to paint a room or something as simple as what to watch on tv. So when God works on our hearts to come to the same conclusion we know without a doubt that it can only be God!

Few things in life transform your character like making a commitment to pray together!

A picture of St. Andrews in Tangier Morocco taken by my 
father in the late 1950's or early 1960's.

Friday, April 19, 2013

"Simple Things!"

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I Thessalonians 5:23

God is constantly ministering to our spirit in some way. A touch, a sentence, a scene, a flower, an animal, a person, a sunrise, a sunset, the ocean, a lake, a stream, a sweet memory and the list goes on. There are so many ways that God lifts our spirits and fills us with joy each day. Look for His touch in the small and simpler things of life!

One of the most amazing revelations of God comes when we learn that it is in the commonplace things that the Deity of Jesus Christ is realized. ~Oswald Chambers

Take time to notice how God is speaking to you today and see if it guides your day differently! The scriptures describe that God speaks in a still small voice which I believe can be drowned out in the clutter of our every day lives. Where will God reveal himself to us today? 

Traveling on the road at Ponte Vedra beach in March 2013.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Not Giving Up Yet!

Galatians 6:9 tells us not to get tired of doing what is good. Because at the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up!

The beginning of this year was a difficult one for me personally. I felt like the gates of hell were opening up to swallow me whole. I asked everyone I knew to pray for me because I was afraid for my heart, soul and mind. Those prayers gave me strength to just keep pressing forward with the things that God had for me to do. I trusted that God was doing something in my life because Satan was so hard at work to destroy me.

This past Easter was one of the best that I have ever celebrated. I was involved in getting together our Easter Egg Hunt and breakfast for the church. All the volunteers at our church took care of everything that needed to be done and it was fun. The turn out was better than we had planned and 14 people were saved. Two of those people saved were visiting family members.

What a sweet and wonderful day! Two people who I love and adore will be sharing eternity in heaven with me some day.....Praise God! 

This picture was taken Easter Sunday of me with my cousin David Dunn visiting from Tennessee!