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Easter: Take Time to Remember What it is all About.

April 16th, 2017 Comments off


It is time to contemplate the horrific crucifixion, and the glorious resurrection; three
days that would change the world forever.

It is sobering to think of the death of our Lord.  If he had remained in that grave, if it had been the end, then we would have no hope of an eternal life.  But he lived.

More than 500 people saw him at one time.  The disciples saw him, and talked with the resurrected Jesus. Because they had no doubt, they lived the rest of their lives devoted to him and all but John died a martyr’s death, refusing to deny him.  

Join me in prayer: Almighty God, our Father, it is hard for us to comprehend how it is possible for a man to be all man and all God, but we believe Jesus was that person.  God incarnate. We believe he was resurrected from the grave and lived, returning to you as he said he would.  We believe his Holy Spirit resides within us when we accept him as our Lord.  We bow our hearts to him with love, Amen

Easter

April 9th, 2017 Comments off

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Easter makes all the difference in the world.

Without hesitation I say it is the most important day in the history of mankind.

What does it mean to you?

Cindy and Joni

March 3rd, 2017 Comments off


Photo on 2017-03-03 at 09.36I got a wonderful surprise yesterday when I received in the mail this lovely book from Cindy Bratcher.  Thank you again for your thoughtfulness.

After reading the posts I have made since November, I’m sure Cindy is aware that I have been in need of more insight and guidance to accept what I can not change.

The book is titled ‘Prayers for Woman’s Soul Meditations and Prayers to Renew your Soul’. I  will be happy to add this to my devotions.

The 205 pages are filled with Psalms and other scriptures from the Bible.  They are familiar and always worthy to be read and reread.  They indeed do lift one’s soul and redirect your attention to the One who is in charge of us all.  The book also includes quotes from others, as this from Joni Eareckson Tada:

“Lord, I need to confess that I haven’t always trusted in you with all my heart.  Forgive me for leaning on my own understanding when the road gets rough.  I acknowledge today that I am not promised an easy path, just a straight one, if I trust entirely in you.  Lord with every pothole, rut, or barrier I may come across, help me to remember to lean on you.”

Thank you Cindy and thank you Joni Eareckson Tada.  If you don’t know about Joni, google her, it will be worth your time.

There is a season . . .

February 17th, 2017 Comments off

Photo-on-2012-12-15-at-22.19-2-150x150“For everything there is a season,

And a time for every matter under heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;

A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is

planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; A

time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time

to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to throw away

stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, And a

time to refrain from embracing; A time to seek, and a time to lose; A

time to keep, and a time to throw away; A time to tear, and a time to

sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a

time to hate, A time for war, and a time for peace.”– Ecclesiastes

Heirlooms

December 26th, 2016 Comments off
  • Songwriters: Brown Bannister, Robert Burk Farrell, Amy Lee Grant

Up in the attic, down on my knees
Lifetimes of boxes, timeless to me
Letters and photographs, yellowed with years
Some bringing laughter, some bringing tears

Time never changes the memories, the faces
Of loved ones who bring to me
All that I come from and all that I live for
And all that I’m going to be
My precious family is more than an heirloom to me

Wisemen and shepherds down on their knees
Bringing their treasures to lay at His feet
Who was this wonder, baby yet King?
Living and dying, He gave life to me

Time never changes the memory, the moment
His love first pierced through me
Telling all that I come from and all that I live for
And all that I’m going to be
My precious Savior is more than an heirloom to me

My precious Jesus
Is more than an heirloom to me

Seeking A Refuge

December 22nd, 2016 Comments off

According to the story  . . . A Nativity Scene was erected in a church yard. During the night this fellow was looking for a place to sleep, and chose to snuggle in with the baby Jesus.  (Maybe, since he was a Shepherd, he was just keeping watch.)

The story illustrates, on a spiritual level,  that most of us from time to time seek a refuge from the pressures of this life, a place of comfort and rest. What better place than near to our Lord?  As the old song goes . . . 

“There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God, a place where sin can not molest, near to the heart of God.  Oh Jesus, blest Redeemer, sent from the  heart of God, hold us who wait before thee near to the heart of God.”

As you go through the stress of this wonderful time of year, don’t forget to draw closer to the One represented in that manger of straw.

Photo: John Gagnon’s Pet Resort

The Shepherds

December 20th, 2016 Comments off

New International Version Luke 2: 8-20

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

9 An angel of the Lord appeared to

them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

The Magi

December 19th, 2016 Comments off

The New Revised Standard Version of Matthew 2:1-12  describes the visit of the Magi:

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”

When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.

They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'”

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”

When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was.

When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage.

Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another path.

A Reminder for After Thanksgiving I must remember this every day!

November 25th, 2016 Comments off

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Phil. 4:6-7

let the Son shine on a cloudy day!

October 30th, 2016 Comments off

 It is an overcast day in Los Angeles and you know we don’t like that too much. We are used to the sun shining brightly and it is almost an offense when  The sun chooses to stay hidden from us. It would be nice if it intends to bring us rain which we need desperately, but who knows? Well we know who really knows, but aside from our Lord and Savior, who knows what’s going on this crazy world? 

 I’m getting dressed to go where the  Son  is shining brightly and that is my church. I don’t go out of obligation or as a ritual but I go because I love being with people who share the same beliefs as I do,  and the opportunity to worship together. It is after all one of the founding principles of our country that would have such a privilege. 

 So whether the sun in the sky is shining brightly where you are today or if it is overcast as it is here, let the Son of God shine brightly in your heart and let’s make this world a better place through him. Love to all, the schoolmarm, Mary 

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