Happy Birthday!!

A BIG Happy Birthday to Anna!! Traveling this week has allowed for several celebrations including ice cream and the birthday song serenaded by a Bob Evans waiter…

as well as a surprise birthday cookie with some of their second cousins…

We thank the Lord for a good visit with our families. We’re on the road again – heading back to NC. Prayers for safety would be greatly appreciated!

Good Morning!

Good Morning from WV! Mom just told me she’s reading about Daniel this morning – one of her favorite Bible characters.

She wanted to know where I was reading this morning – I’m in the book of Esther right now. Where did you read or where will you be reading today?

I’m so very thankful I have this memory of my mother. Will your children remember you as a mother who loved her Bible?

God Remembers

“Remember me, O my God, for good.”  Nehemiah 13:31

We have all been guilty of forgetting the good deeds of others. And, to our great shame, so often we forget all that God has done for us…even though Psalm 103:2 exhorts us to “forget not all his benefits”. 

This morning, in spite of my forgetfulness, how very thankful I am that God remembers!

“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” Hebrews 6:10  

God’s Mercies

“Morning by morning new mercies I see” ~ Thomas O. Chisholm

Last evening, I went to bed reflecting on the mercies of God and thanking Him that His mercies are new every morning. God is not just a God of second chances…or should I say opportunities. I think that is a better word.

This morning, the Lord allowed me to read the following:

“But after they had rest, they did evil again before thee: therefore leftest thou them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had the dominion over them: yet when they returned, and cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and many times didst thou deliver them according to thy mercies;” Nehemiah 9:28 

The last phrase – “many times didst thou deliver them according to thy mercies” – is what stood out to me. Oh my, how very thankful for the MANY times the Lord has delivered me from a mess I have caused. If we were all honest, we would have to admit that many of the troubles we find ourselves in are actually the consequences of our own doing. We have no right to complain to God but rather cry out for mercy. A few verses later, I was reminded of this truth:

“Howbeit thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly:” Nehemiah 9:33 

God is a just God. He always, ALWAYS does right. No, not all trials that come our way are His chastening hand upon  us…but when they are, the best thing for us to do is own up to it and say,

“Lord, You are just in all that is brought upon me. You have done right. I have done wrong.”

When we are finally able to say that from a repentant heart, we are now in the right position to ask for mercy…once again.

This morning, aren’t you thankful for the MANY times God has shown His mercy to you?

“Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.” Psalm 69:16

I Choose Jesus

The following song has been on my mind the last few days – I thought I would share the lyrics on here this morning.

I Choose Jesus

Some say life is just a series of decisions…
We make choices, we live and learn…
Now I’m standing at a crossroad, and I must choose which way to turn…
Down one road lies all the world can offer, all it’s power, its wealth, and fame…
Down the other is just a Man, with nail scars in His hands…
But there is mercy in His eyes… There is power in His Name…

I choose Jesus… I choose Jesus…
without a solitary doubt, I choose Jesus…
Not for miracles, but for loving me…
Not for Bethlehem, but for Calvary…
Not for a day but for eternity… I choose Jesus…

All my life I sailed the sea of reason, I was captain of my soul… there was no leading of my Savior, I tried to do it on my own…
Then I heard Him speak the language of compassion, words of healing
for broken lives…
When they nailed him to a tree,
His love included me…
Now He is calling me to follow Him and leave the past behind…

I choose Jesus… I choose Jesus…
without a solitary doubt, I choose Jesus…
Not for miracles, but for loving me…
Not for Bethlehem, but for Calvary…
Not for a day but for eternity… I choose Jesus…

(Luke Garrett)