Veterans Day Parade!

The girls and I were able to enjoy our little town’s Veterans Day parade this morning.

Yes, it was a little bit chilly  but I was thankful for the opportunity to show our gratitude to our local veterans.

I sure am grateful to all who have served our country – including my daddy. (He’s in the back row in this picture, second from left.)

To all of our veterans, THANK YOU for your selfless sacrifice to our country! We appreciate your service!

When God Says “Shhhh”

“And he charged them that they should tell no man…” Mark 7:36 

The title of this post reflects some thoughts that were going through my mind yesterday. Specifically, those times when I have felt like I would absolutely burst if I didn’t talk to someone. My heart was heavy, my thoughts were overflowing, the words were right on the tip of my tongue and the evidence was written all over my face.

But, the Holy Spirit said “Shhh”.

I was reminded of yesterday’s thoughts again this morning as I read the devotional from Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening. The topic was on God being our refuge…our dwelling place…our home…and the following portion went right along with yesterday’s musings:

“At home, also, we let our hearts loose; we are not afraid of being misunderstood, nor of our words being misconstrued. So when we are with God we can commune freely with him, laying open all our hidden desires; for if the “secret of the Lord is with them that fear him,” the secrets of them that fear him ought to be, and must be, with their Lord.”

Please don’t misunderstand me. There are many times that we should indeed share our burdens as well as bear the burdens of others. The Bible says,

“Bear ye one another’s burdens” Galatians 6:2 as well as “in the multitude of counsellers there is safety” Proverbs 11:14

But, there will be times in our lives when we may FEEL as if we MUST talk to someone…and the Lord whispers in our ear,

“Shhh – don’t say a word. You’ll regret it. I know all about it. Let’s keep this between you and Me.”

(My friend, I must say this – if you don’t have a personal relationship with the Lord then the above will be very foreign to you. Before you can have that kind of close communion with God, you must first acknowledge that you are a sinner in need of a Saviour. It is our sin (before salvation and yes, after being saved) that prevents us from having close fellowship with the Lord. “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2)

I think that women in particular feel the need to confide in someone they can “touch”. I can say that because I am a woman. 🙂  I am reminded of Mary’s response to all that was happening in her life – “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19 

Oh, the freedom we have in holding nothing back and simply pouring our hearts out to the Lord! When communing with God, I often find myself saying something like,

“Lord, I may as well say it – You know my heart anyway. I can’t hide it.”

Friend, if you are saved, you have a refuge to which you can run day or night. Won’t you run to Him today?

“Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. ” Psalm 62:8

Below is this morning’s devotional to which I was referring. I trust it will be a blessing to someone today!

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“The eternal God is thy refuge” Deuteronomy 33:27

The word refuge may be translated “mansion,” or “abiding- place,” which gives the thought that God is our abode, our home. There is a fulness and sweetness in the metaphor, for dear to our hearts is our home, although it be the humblest cottage, or the scantiest garret; and dearer far is our blessed God, in whom we live, and move, and have our being. It is at home that we feel safe: we shut the world out and dwell in quiet security. So when we are with our God we “fear no evil.” He is our shelter and retreat, our abiding refuge. At home, we take our rest; it is there we find repose after the fatigue and toil of the day. And so our hearts find rest in God, when, wearied with life’s conflict, we turn to him, and our soul dwells at ease. At home, also, we let our hearts loose; we are not afraid of being misunderstood, nor of our words being misconstrued. So when we are with God we can commune freely with him, laying open all our hidden desires; for if the “secret of the Lord is with them that fear him,” the secrets of them that fear him ought to be, and must be, with their Lord. Home, too, is the place of our truest and purest happiness: and it is in God that our hearts find their deepest delight. We have joy in him which far surpasses all other joy. It is also for home that we work and labour. The thought of it gives strength to bear the daily burden, and quickens the fingers to perform the task; and in this sense we may also say that God is our home. Love to him strengthens us. We think of him in the person of his dear Son; and a glimpse of the suffering face of the Redeemer constrains us to labour in his cause. We feel that we must work, for we have brethren yet to be saved, and we have our Father’s heart to make glad by bringing home his wandering sons; we would fill with holy mirth the sacred family among whom we dwell. Happy are those who have thus the God of Jacob for their refuge!

(from Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening – November 10)

FAITH

“And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.” II Kings 3:16,17 

Reading the above verses this morning was once again a good reminder – although we may not SEE evidence of God working does not mean He is not working!  Faith just keeps on believing.  AMEN!!

“For we walk by faith, not by sight”  II Corinthians 5:7 

Is Anything Too Hard For God?

This morning’s devotional from Streams in the Desert was a blessing to me! I hope it will encourage someone else as well!

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Is any thing too hard for the LORD? Genesis 18:14

Here is God’s loving challenge to you and to me today. He wants us to think of the deepest, highest, worthiest desire and longing of our hearts, something which perhaps was our desire for ourselves or for someone dear to us, yet which has been so long unfulfilled that we have looked upon it as only a lost desire, that which might have been but now cannot be, and so have given up hope of seeing it fulfilled in this life.

That thing, if it is in line with what we know to be His expressed will (as a son to Abraham and Sarah was), God intends to do for us, even if we know that it is of such utter impossibility that we only laugh at the absurdity of anyone’s supposing it could ever now come to pass. That thing God intends to do for us, if we will let Him.

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Not when we believe in Him enough to go forward and do His will, and let Him do the impossible for us. Even Abraham and Sarah could have blocked God’s plan if they had continued to disbelieve.

The only thing too hard for Jehovah is deliberate, continued disbelief in His love and power, and our final rejection of His plans for us. Nothing is too hard for Jehovah to do for them that trust Him
–Messages for the Morning Watch

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Is anything too hard for God?
Who’s got a problem beyond His power to solve?
Are there situations He’s not the Master of?
Is anything too hard for God?

(Marcia Henry, Niles Borop)

 

ALL Things

With GOD, all things are possible…not just some things but ALL things. This seems to be the theme God has for me this week as I have been reminded of this truth several times via different sources.

I enjoy wearing this t-shirt but, most of all, I am THANKFUL that what is stated on my shirt is indeed true – with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26  Amen!

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37 

Honey In The Rock

O my brother, do you know the Savior,
Who is wondrous, kind, and true?
He’s the Rock of your salvation!
There’s honey in the Rock for you.

Oh, there’s honey in the Rock, my brother;
There’s honey in the Rock for you;
Leave your sins for the blood to cover;
There’s honey in the Rock for you.

Have you tasted that the Lord is gracious?
Do you walk in the way that’s new?
Have you drunk from the living fountain?
There’s honey in the Rock for you.

Do you pray unto God the Father,
“What wilt Thou have me to do?”
Never fear, He will surely answer,
There’s honey in the Rock for you.

Then go out through the streets and byways,
Preach the Word to the many or few;
Say to every fallen brother,
There’s honey in the Rock for you.

(Frederick A. Graves)