Friday, October 24, 2014

The Heart of a Wellston Tiger:Instructions

Something happened the other day that made my mind wander back to my band years.  I loved those years and thinking back I realize what a great band director that I had.  I am not saying that he was perfect.  Far from it but he knew music and he also knew God.  I went to church with his family, for many years, and they were all great musicians.

I was a part of the first band ever at Wellston School.  I remember that the band members were instructed with patience and then more patience.  The band must have sounded awful that first year.  I remember the band director smiled and gave much encouragement.  I am not saying that the band students never got in trouble. I did.  I got in trouble for talking too much and I also got in trouble for laughing through my clarinet at our first concert.  I was never humiliated in front of others though.  When it came to learning to play I was instructed with kindness and I am sure much, much patience and than some more patience.

The longer that I was in band the more I loved it.  There was one thing that I did get nervous about and that was playing for a grade.  I would get sweaty palms and a dry mouth but I always got an A.  I sometimes did forget to tap my foot and even though I thought I could keep the time I would be instructed to keep that foot tapping.  Those instructions kept me playing and keeping the beat all through my band years.  It was a privilege to be part of the first Wellston band.

I have another instructor that keeps me in line.   He instructs me with a patience that is far beyond the patience of my band director.  He instructs me to treat others with patience, respect and love.  He instructs me to be humble and to keep going even when I can't keep the notes of my life in tune.  He encourages and gives me strength.  He is the light in my soul.  He has changed the beat of my life!  He is the music that is always perfect!

Would you live to know this instructor? 


John 3:16New King James Version (NKJV)

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.


Romans 3:24New King James Version (NKJV)

24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Journey Continues:ONE of the best updates EVER!!

For the first time today since the diagnosis of cancer Richard and I heard some words and read some words on a report about last weeks pet scan that reported No evidence to suggest local recurrence or distant disease at the current time.  Can I hear a GIANT AMEN!!!

It did show the fluid that was surrounding his lungs and a small gallstone.  Today they went in and extracted about one and a half pints of fluid.  That is the total together from both lungs.  The Dr. that extracted the fluid said it looked good though it is being sent to lab to be tested.

We were almost home when I heard the song that I heard every time that I got in the car when I been told that Richard was probably going to die.  Thanks for all the prayers that have went up and will still go up on our behalf!


You Never Let Go lyrics
by Matt Redman
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I'm caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won't turn back
I know you are near

And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?

(Chorus:)
Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

And I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
We'll live to know You here on the earth

(Chorus)

Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Guess What?

I am going to show you some pictures of some plants and flowers and guess what?  I have actually kept them alive for three weeks!  That is a record except for ivy plants and one plant that had pretty pink blossoms that only blossomed once or twice a year.  Other than that I have failed miserably with the rest of the species of plants on this earth.

Every morning as I have watered them I have felt a joy that the plants are not only still alive but are actually growing and those with flowers are keeping their blossoms.  Two of the plants have lost their flowers but they are coming back.   I have to faithfully water or the plants will dry up.

The flourishing plants are like me and my Christian life.  If I water myself daily by Bible reading and prayers I stay in bloom.  If I fail to do this I start to wither and turn brown.  I need to keep watering daily to be the flower that God wants me to be.  I have to faithfully water or my soul will dry up.

Are you thirsty?


James 4:5New Living Translation (NLT)
Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him.

                                                        









Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ring, Ring


                                        

Ring, Ring, answer the phone?  Now that there is caller id and voice mail I don't always dash to get the phone.  I think sometimes it just depends on who is on the other end.  How does one decide whether to answer the phone or not?  

I have watched my daughter with her phone and can usually tell by the expression on her face whether she is going to answer the call or not.  If it is certain people her face will light up and her voice is happy as she answers.  Other calls get blah looks and no answers.  She is talking or or sending text so much that sometimes I think the only way to get her attention is to call her.

I wonder if God thinks that about me?  Does He get frustrated by my not answering His call?  Does He wonder what He needs to do to gain my attention?  Can He tell by the look on my face whether I want or am willing to take His call?  Sometimes I have to push away the pull of the world to answer His call. Sometimes I have to push away the pull of friends and family to answer.  Sometimes I have push away the noise to answer His call.  

How many times have I given Him the blah look or no answer?

Ring, Ring, will I answer?  What about you?

Isaiah 50:2New Living Translation (NLT)

Why was no one there when I came?
    Why didn’t anyone answer when I called?
Is it because I have no power to rescue?
    No, that is not the reason!
For I can speak to the sea and make it dry up!
    I can turn rivers into deserts covered with dying fish.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Stepping out on Faith

Do you know how hard it is to step out on faith when it involves money?  I can tell you that it is hard!  I kept hearing God tell me to write, write and write some more but I haven't listened very well.  You know there are bills to pay, clothes and food to be bought.  I kept telling Him that I need the money coming in from my job.  He kept telling me that I will take care of you!  I didn't listen very well and than several things happened that lead me to the decision that I would leave my job(though will do phone calls from home).  I guess I am so hard headed that sometimes I have to be hit over the head to step out on Faith.

I do know that God will provide and guide me as I write.  Please pray that I will leave the worry behind and that I will crank those books out every week or two.  I finally have the house fairly organized though I do have a junk room.  I think I will go through it a little at a time until it is gone.  That seems to be what I do with the junk in my soul.  I get rid of it a little bit at a time.  If my soul junk had been gone it might not have been so hard to step out on faith.


Matthew 17:20New Living Translation (NLT)

20 “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.[a]


 Matthew 6:30New Living Translation (NLT)
30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Giving the scraps

The other day, I was dicing up some chicken that I had cooked to go in a casserole.  Samson, the dog, was begging at my feet.  Every once in a while I would throw him a scrap and he would pounce on it.  Now I only gave him the parts that had too much fat or looked a little over cooked or just didn't look right.  I saved the best chicken for the casserole.  Samson didn't care though, as he looked at me with adoring eyes, waiting for the next piece of scraps to fall upon him.

I was throwing another scrap down to the dog when I realized how I do this same thing to God.  I throw Him my scraps.  I go about my busy life making it busier and many times I don't do what I should.  God can see right through me as I toss him the scraps and leftovers of my life.  I need to pounce on always giving my best.  

What if God had not given the best?  Where would I be?

Where would you be?


John 1:17New Living Translation (NLT)
Numbers 18:29New Living Translation (NLT)
1 Corinthians 10:33New Living Translation (NLT)
17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.


29 Be sure to give to the Lord the best portions of the gifts given to you.


33 I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved.

Monday, July 21, 2014

I Use To

The last two weeks, our preacher has talked about being a prodigal son or daughter.   One of the scripture passages that he used was Luke 15:11-32.  I bet many of you know exactly what that scripture is.  It is about the son that wanted his share of the money.  He didn't want to wait until the appropriate time.  He wanted it right then and his father gave it to him.  That passage also talks of how eventually the prodigal son ended up feeding and eating with the pigs.  It was at that point that he started thinking, and this is a paraphrase of the scripture and of what our preacher said, what have I done, I am living with pigs, I am hungry and I have nothing.  I used to be able to sit at a table and feast with my family.  I used to live in comfort and never went hungry.  I should go back and apologize and see if I can become a servant at my father's house.

Than the preacher talked about us, the church members.  How many of us used to do something but not anymore.  We used to sit at the table and partake with our Lord but not anymore.  We used to fellowship with Him but not anymore.  We used to sow for Him but not anymore.  Then he said, so if we used to do but we don't anymore and we aren't doing more than we used to do that makes us a prodigal.

This made me think if I had any I used to dos.  This also made me think about shoulda, coulda, wouldas and how many of those are hanging around dragging back into the kingdom of being a prodigal.  I am not saying that the used tos, shoulda, coulda, wouldas put me where I shouldn't be, I put myself there.  So how do I drag myself away from the pig pen.  I have to be willing to be a servant and apologize to my Savior.  I have to let go of the I used to and the shoulda, coulda, wouldas and keep my ears open for the instructions of my Lord.

What about you?  What did you used to do?


Luke 15:14-24New Living Translation (NLT)

14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.
17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’
20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.[a]
22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’