Letting Off Steam

“Keep your temper – no one else wants it” ~ John Goetsch

Reading the above quote this morning reminded me of an incident just last evening. While cleaning up from the evening meal at our Bible conference, a few of us ladies were attempting to lift the large foil pans of chicken pie out of the foil pans of steaming hot water. However, every time we were able to get ahold of a corner of the pan of chicken pie and lift it up, we would have to quickly release it – the steam coming from the hot water underneath was burning our fingers.

That incident was followed by a message last night on “The Darkness of Anger”. Here’s a simple thought this morning:

Every time we lose our temper and “let off steam”, our temper isn’t actually lost at all. Those around us can tell us exactly where it is for they have been burned by it. When we allow anger to build up inside us until we finally explode, we may feel better after the fact – but we often leave our loved ones and friends hurting in the process.

Br. Chad Bailey gave a very good word of advice last night. Instead of allowing anger to build up inside us, learn to deal with it – within 24 hours. Before the steam has a chance to build up, release it. Just let it go.

“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26,27 

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conqu’rors we are!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

(Helen H. Lemmel)

Exciting News!

This lil buddy has some exciting news to share! GRANDbaby #11 is on the way!!

Now, I know Branson doesn’t look too happy right here but Nanna thinks he’s just worried about his new role. Being a big brother is a big responsibility, right?  😉

We’re so excited for Joshua and Ashley…and big brother too!  Prayers for a safe and healthy pregnancy would be greatly appreciated!

Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord

Teach me Thy way, O Lord, teach me Thy way!
Thy guiding grace afford, teach me Thy way!
Help me to walk aright, more by faith, less by sight;
Lead me with heav’nly light, teach me Thy way!

When I am sad at heart, teach me Thy way!
When earthly joys depart, teach me Thy way!
In hours of loneliness, in times of dire distress,
In failure or success, teach me Thy way!

When doubts and fears arise, teach me Thy way!
When storms o’erspread the skies, teach me Thy way!
Shine through the cloud and rain, through sorrow, toil and pain;
Make Thou my pathway plain, teach me Thy way!

Long as my life shall last, teach me Thy way!
Where’er my lot be cast, teach me Thy way!
Until the race is run, until the journey’s done,
Until the crown is won, teach me Thy way!

(Benjamin M. Ramsey)

“I Will Not Be Negligent”

We are well into the spring season and you know what that means – baby chicks and ducks! Here’s Anna introducing Rowdy to one of the baby ducks.

I really hate to report to you that our little flock from last year didn’t quite make it…not at all.  Even with our efforts of having a new, more secure coop built, we lost all of them – apparently to a rather large predator. Because of this, we knew we had to strengthen the fencing. The existing chicken wire just did not do its job.

We bought a much stronger welded wire at Tractor Supply to put on the outside of the coop.

In preparation for when the chicks are big enough to move outside, we went ahead and constructed a divider – just in case there’s strife in the coop. 😉

Finally, we added chicken wire to the above frame as well as the top of the coop…for added protection from the scores of hawks that hovered around last year.

We sure are hoping the above efforts will help protect our little feathered friends this year.

After last year’s experience, if we were to place this year’s baby chicks and ducks in the very same coop – without first reinforcing it – it would be an act of negligence on our part. Why would we do that?

This morning, the girls and I spent some time talking about the following passage:

“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.” II Peter 1:12-15

In short, Peter is telling the believers that he will not neglect to remind them of the spiritual truths that they have already been taught. As long as he is alive, Peter’s desire is to continually bring to their remembrance Biblical doctrines necessary for their steadfastness as Christians. Peter said, “I will not be negligent…” – in other words, for Peter to fail to consistently remind them would be an act of negligence on his part.

As a mother, that stirs my heart! I certainly don’t want to be guilty of negligence in the lives of my children…my grandchildren…as well as others that the Lord may allow me to influence. When I fail to faithfully pass on Bible truths to those whom the Lord has entrusted to me, I am being negligent. When the Lord nudges my heart to teach a truth to my girls and I have fallen into the mindset of…

“I’ve already told them – they know it”

or

“Pastor preached on that two months ago – I don’t need to say it again”

or

“They’re learning it in Sunday School – no sense in repeating it”

I am being negligent.

Repetition is like adding welded wire to an existing coop. Repetition is like stapling chicken wire to the top of a coop. Repetition strengthens truths that have already been taught. Repetition helps prevent predators from swooping down or breaking in and snatching away truths from young minds.

Ahhhh – as mothers, may we not allow discouragement or weariness cause us to faint. May we not allow apathy blind us of our God-given responsibility. By God’s grace may we, like Peter, say

“I WILL NOT BE NEGLIGENT”

“Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;” II Peter 1:13