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River Rocks
November 6, 2016, 7:36 am
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What do you do when life seems dark?  When everything that happens seems to happen with the intent to break your spirit, to drown you in the circumstances of life?

We all go through times in our lives when life gets intense… almost overwhelming to the point we almost feel like we’re drowning.

Recently, I came across some excellent advice— well, really not advice — but an example of what one person does to remind herself of the goodness of God in her life.   When we’re in the dark times of our lives sometimes it’s hard to see the light.

She used the early history of Israel as her example.  If you know anything about Israel’s early history, you know there were a few time that God guided their path through waters that, for those who look at the circumstances only, looked impossible to cross.  Yet God did the impossible for them…. He opened a way through the waters.   Then after they crossed through the midst of waters (on dry ground I might add), He instructed His leaders to tell the people to take rocks from the water ways… for Moses, they were “sea rocks”, for Joshua, they were “river Rocks”.

Then they were to take those rocks and build a monument at the side of the sea or river they had just come through.  Those River Rocks set into a monument were there for the people to look back and be reminded, “God provided for us.”

Their prophet Isaiah reminded them that God had redeemed them and called them by name and that He had promised, “when thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee and through the rivers, shall not over flow thee…”

So it is for those of us who have accepted God’s redemption in our lives.    He promises to be with us.   He also wants us to have our own “River Rocks”.   Those are the times we can look back, even in the midst of present trying circumstances, and say, “God provided before, He will provide again.”

God’s provision each time may look different for each circumstance we face has it’s own value, it’s own lesson, it’s own individual need.

Some of my “River Rocks” are:

God’s intervention that kept me from disappearing at a young age.

God’s provision of a life mate at the right time in my life.

God’s provision of an extra job to pay for supplies for our Type I diabetic daughter.

God’s provision of the $1000 deductible needed to pay for our daughter’s first cataract surgery.

God’s provision of friends who encourage even when they have no idea the waters I’m passing through.

I could go on but you get the idea.   The darkness in our life is meant by the enemy of our soul to overwhelm and drown us in despair… yet God says, “remember the River Rocks.”

Until Next time, love God, love others and “remember… your own River Rocks.”

 



More than We can Bear
September 18, 2016, 4:13 am
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It’s been said that God will never give us more than we can bear.   I think I’ve even said that a few times myself.  However, I’m not sure this an entirely accurate statement for it implies that we must rely on ourselves to “get through”.

Think about this.   The Christian life is to be one of growing and learning and sometimes that growing and learning must take place through pain (as it often does in our physical lives).   One of the goals in the Christian life is to learn to trust the Lord more and more…. daily.     My question then is, “how can we learn to trust the Lord more and more if we can always bear the burdens of our lives?….if we always “get through by ourselves”.

The apostle Peter in his first letter encouraged us with these words: “casting all your care upon Him for He careth for you.”  King David in Psalm 55:22  encouraged us to “cast thy burden upon the Lord and he shall sustain thee:”

You see, we live in a world that tells us we shouldn’t feel any pain, we shouldn’t admit to any burdens in our lives but let’s be honest.    Life happens.  Things happen sometimes in rapid succession (or at least seemingly so).  So when things are more than we can bear, we have the opportunity to go to Jesus to help us bear those things we cannot alone… some would call this weakness and, indeed, they would be correct.   The apostle Paul, in writing to the Corinthians spoke of a burden he was given to bear… one that when he asked the Lord to remove it, the Lord told him, no… “for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

When we have burdens we cannot carry on our own without feeling weighed down, drowning or overwhelmed, we have a choice.   We can keep on trying to carry our own burdens or we can trust the Lord with our burdens.   Jesus told us to “come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy ladened (burdened) and I will give you rest.”

With everything in our life, the choice is ours.   The question is: will we stubbornly keep trying to “face the music” on our own… or will we humble ourselves and go to the Lord and ask for His help.?

Until next time, love God, love others and choose to “cast your burden upon the Lord”



A surreal end of the week
January 11, 2014, 7:54 pm
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It’s been a surreal end of my week.   As I was leaving with my husband for a couples’ retreat this weekend, I received a phone call from one of my sisters stating they had gotten the biopsy reports back on my dad and the news was not good.   He has melanoma all through his body and they’ve given him four months to live.

It’s never easy to get a phone call like that.   As you grow older you understand that at some point in time, all things being equal, your parents will die before you do.   I can’t really explain it but I believe the Lord had been preparing me to receive the phone call.   I don’t know if you’re ever fully prepared to hear the words that let you know their time is here or imminent but God has given me great peace.    That does not mean I don’t hurt at the thought of losing my father.   It doesn’t mean I won’t grieve when he’s gone.    It means, I know the God of all comfort Who will sustain me and my family through this time of loss.

For some reason God has given us time to prepare for my father’s Homegoing.   Perhaps He knows we need time to release him to His eternal care.   My father was one who took care of his family.   There were six of us kids.   I don’t remember one of us going without a meal or clothes to wear.   We didn’t always have extras  but we had a father’s love as shown in his provision for us.   I am grateful for that as well as for all that he was able to teach me during his time with us.

I am comforted to know that while I cannot be near my father at this time, he is in the hands of my loving Heavenly Father who cares so much more for him than I do and my Heavenly Father always does what is best.    My heart may ache at the imminent homegoing  of my earthly father but I have hope.    I know I will see him again one day.

For my siblings and other family members who may read this, please know I love each one of  you and pray that God will give the peace and comfort that only He can give during this time.

Until next time, love God and love others He’s put in your life as we never know when God’s call will come for them to leave us.



The next progression
September 16, 2013, 3:10 pm
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Logan County OEM is stating the waters are beginning to recede, however, the local power company states it’s substations have been compromised and the likelihood of Sterling and Logan County losing power is eminent.

I just talked with a coworker who lives in Sterling and she said they’ve been told they will lose power soon. When power is lost it’s anybody’s guess as to how soon it can be restored to this area.

OEM is stating their best estimate as to when waters will recede enough to begin repairs is 7-10 days.  The pictures below tell a disheartening story.

river valley east of Sterling, West of Iliff

The river valley east of Sterling and West of Iliff.

Industrial section of sterling

Industrial section of town just north of the river

Though at this point, what we’re facing in this part of Colorado does not seem to be as extensive as that along the Front Range, the damage is still heartbreaking…   For one thing we are grateful…. there have been no reports in this area of loss of human life and many people are coming together to help neighbors who need to hightail it to higher ground with personal possessions and animals.

Until next time, remember though this may break our hearts,  God is good and He holds us in His hands….

 



The preciousness of life…
January 1, 2010, 6:50 pm
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When I was a young girl, there was a popular saying in my church group.  Only one life will soon be past… only what’s done for Christ will last.

Yesterday, DD and I went to the funeral of a young man whose life, for many was cut short.   I don’t know if that’s true.   There was indication at the funeral that the young man might have know Jesus Christ as his Saviour.  If that is true, then I have to believe though his life was short by our estimation, he’d accomplished the purpose for which God had sent him here.

As the funeral progressed, I saw parents everywhere draw their young people into their arms.   We all felt that life was a gift to us.   Our life and the life of our young people is precious.  God said so.    

I was grateful to hear the minister say that God did not cause Kyle’s death.  He did not cause the accident… to say He did only helps us with our problem of needing to place blame… somewhere… anywhere… when one so young suddenly leaves this life to enter the next. 

Why does God call some home earlier than others, I won’t know that until I can ask God Himself. 

Needless to say, it’s been a busy week as well as an emotionally tiring one.   So, for now, I’ll say, love God, love others and hold those most precious to you, close.  Remember, life is never guaranteed… ours or theirs.   Each day is a gift for which we must be grateful to God.



Every Mother’s Nightmare…
December 24, 2009, 4:21 pm
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Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.  James 4:14.

The reality of this verse came crashing down on us today.   The fact that our life is so short yet we don’t know how short it will be…Though we all have an appointment with death, today we were made keenly aware of how short life can be.  

Today, we grieve with the family of one of DD’s classmates.  This young man was  apparently driving last night in blizzard conditions on a highway known for severe travel conditions.    

What we think we know right now is that he apparently rolled his car twice and was ejected from it.  Though they tried to save his life in surgery, his appointment with death came all to soon for any of us.   

As a mother, I grieve for his mother.  This young man was not quite 17.  I don’t know his eternal destination which makes it all the harder to grieve.    In the natural course  of things, children are supposed to be bury their parents, never parents to bury their children.   It is a difficult thing for a parent to have to bury a child. 

If you read this and have a personal relationship with the Lord, please pray for this family.   There are no human words that can bring comfort at a time like this.  I do not know if this family personally knows the God of all comfort but I know He is the only one who can bring them healing comfort at this time.   Our thoughts and prayers are with this family.

Until next time, love God, love others, drive safely this Christmas season, your family needs you.