Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Heart of a Wellston Tiger:Precious Memories


Many of you know, if you have read my blog posts, that I grew up in a small town, Wellston, Oklahoma.  I loved that town and the people, well most of them.  I have so many good memories and thought that I had better start writing about them before my mind is completely gone.

I grew up on a farm, off of 177, and I remember that when my older brothers got on that bus, to head to school, I wanted to go with them. What was I thinking? Why on earth would I want to go with brothers that were so mean to me?  They loved to throw persimmons at me and make my life crazy.

One of those early memories was at church in Warwick, Oklahoma.  It was a small town with a gas station, a small school house and the church.  That church was planted there by a church in Chandler, Oklahoma, the country seat of Lincoln County.  It was the first church that I remember.  It was the beginning of a life long relationship with my God.  It was at that church where the Word begin to be planted in my heart.

My God is still with me, He will never leave me nor forsake me. He has walked with me through the good and the bad times.  I have many precious memories of His help, His compassion and most of all His love.  

I would like to become like David, who was a man after God's heart! 

Acts 13:22 (NKJV)

22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David[the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

August 30th, Remembering

20 years ago today was the day that I married Richard.  Our plans were that we would work, work and work some more.  We looked forward to when the children would be grown because we had plans to spend time traveling.  He also wanted to spend more time in China.  He had been there and loved the culture and of course the food.

Most of the time on this day he would try to surprise me in some way by taking me out to eat or a present of a necklace or ring. Oh and always chocolate.  He knew me well.  After he was diagnosed with cancer we spent lots of time talking and looking to the future.  The future was after cancer.

There was a point in time though when he started talking to me about what he wanted me to do after he was gone.  I did not want to listen but had to.  He made me listen.  We talked about many things.  He talked about how he would miss seeing Sarah graduate and Brianna's ballgames.  He talked about how he would miss the boys achievements.  He treated my boys as if they were his.  He often said how blessed he was with them in his life.

20 years ago today though was a crazy day full of family, friends and a wedding.  It is a day I will always remember!

There is also a day that I can not forget.  It is the day that Jesus died on the cross for me.  Without that I would be doomed!   The good news is that Jesus rose again.  Jesus did this for me and for you.  You may have many fun vacations but don't forget that you need to secure  your last vacation.

Where will you go when you die?

Do you know?

John 14:1-4

 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Saturday, August 26, 2017

What is your everything??

 Samson is my handicapped dog.  He does not know he is handicapped though.  He still eats and he still wants to be petted.  He still can get to the food faster than the other two dogs.

What he does not understand is that as he is running around trying to beat the other dogs, he is rubbing his back underside raw.  He can not feel the pain that he should be feel.  He is just doing what dogs do.

  Do people run around trying to beat other people?  I believe that yes most people want to win.  They want the food or the prize or the money or the best everything.  They want to be the first.

I think that Samson probably needs to slow down when his food or his prize is given.  He can gulp it down in seconds.  I wish that he would or could slow down, I believe it is a dog's nature to eat fast or faster!

I think that sometimes I forget about what the true prize it.  As a human I am just trying to get to the prize fast, whatever that I perceive the prize might be.  I think that I am probably more handicapped than Samson.  I let people and circumstances dictate how I react or what I do.

The only thing  that I should be doing is what Samson is doing.  He is looking to me for his food, his bedding and love.  He gives the love back freely and will try to protect me if he feels that I am threatened.

 I should be running to my Savior, just like my Samson runs to me.  I need to forget about being first.  I need to slow down and savor the minutes with my Savior.   I need to remember that He is the prize!

Jesus is everything!

Do you feel the pain?

What is your everything?

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.  2 Peter 3:18

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

That commercial

Have you seen the commercial where there is this guy that is talking to women.  He is talking about how he can help with their bodies.  In this short commercial he lets woman know that he can help them get their bodies to where it should be.

The problem that I have with this commercial is the guy talking is very rotund.   In other words he might could use some help also.  Of course in the commercial there is proof of his work.  There are many lovely women with their before and after pictures.  There were no pictures of his before and after.  He did not have an after.

This commercial made me think about Heaven and people like this man.  This man is on the outside looking in.  He is talking the talk to get those women to change their bodies but apparently he does not need to change.  How many people talk the talk but do not see the need to change?  The guy in the commercial wants to sell his service but he is not willing to change.

Jesus is the only commercial that you need.  He paid the price for you when He died and rose again.  His work starts with your heart.  Have you changed?

Will you have an after?

John 3:16 (NIV)

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What if you died today

I don't know why I started thinking about that statement today?  I was on the way home from taking my grandchild to school and it just popped into my head.  Maybe someone needs to read this today and if so this is for you!

Do you know what will happen to you when you die?  If not you can be certain that one thing.  You will either go to heaven or you won't!  I can tell you without a shadow of doubt that when I die I am headed to heaven.  The reason that I can be so sure of that is that I have accepted Jesus as my Savior.

Jesus died and rose again on the cross for you and for me!  He paved the way for you to get into heaven.  All that you have to do is:

Admit that you are a sinner and repent
Believe that Jesus Is God's son and and accept His gift of forgiveness
Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord

Romans 3:23New King James Version (NKJV)

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 5:8New King James Version (NKJV)

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:9New King James Version (NKJV)

9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:10New King James Version (NKJV)

10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Yesterday was one of those days!


Yesterday after I took my granddaughter to school, I headed to the grocery store.  I got almost everything on my list though I did forget the chocolate.   That is probably what started my day going in the wrong direction.

I got home and put up the groceries and then just sat down for one minute.  My intention was to clean like a mad woman and get everything cleaned, washed and shiny.  It didn't happen.  The next thing I knew I was waking up from an hour and a half nap.

I decided that if I worked really fast I could get everything done.  Nope that didn't work either.  I was moving really slow.  I did get a few chores done but then I started thinking about what I would cook for supper.  I was thinking dressing with chicken on top of it with swiss cheese.

I walked to the cabinet where the cook books and recipe cards are and took the books out.  I looked through them but couldn't find the recipe.  I reached back into the cabinet to get the box of hand written recipe cards.  When I did this, I not only knocked the box out but  also a glass candler holder.  The glass shattered everywhere.  The shards went all over the counter and stove. I got the big pieces off then I grabbed a wet paper towel to get the small pieces. Just when I thought I had it cleaned up I dropped the paper towel with the sharp pieces of glass shards.  Now the glass shards were all over the floor.  I was standing there with bare feet.

I reached over and grabbed the broom and dustpan then very carefully swept and mopped that area of the floor.  I was sweeping again just to make sure and I kept seeing something red and thought what on earth is that red stuff.  Yes it was blood.  My blood.  I had felt a prick but didn't see anything but there was a little piece of class stuck on the bottom of my right foot.  I took care of my foot and went back to cleaning up the floor.  Then I saw red again.  I looked at the bottom of my foot, the band aid was holding.  Then I saw blood on my big toe on the other foot.  I got that taken care of and then I put my shoes on to finish the job.

I don't know why I didn't just put my shoes on.  It would have only taken a second and then my feet would have been safe from the shards of glass that fell to the floor.  The pain and blood I had yesterday was just a tiny inconvenience in the scheme of the day.  I was still breathing.  I was alive but if I had put my shoes on my feet would have been protected. The more I thought about that just that one act would have saved me from the cuts on my feet.

It  also made me think about the pain, the blood and the death of my Savior.  My Savior not only died on the cross, he rose again.  My feet of sin were with Him on that cross.  Everyone's sin was on the cross with Him.  The good news is that His death and resurrection gave all a path that can lead straight to Him. His one act could save you!  Leave the shards of your sin at His feet!

John 3:16-17New 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.17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Interrupted Speeding


Two days ago I was heading to Guthrie to see my mom.  I was heading down Highway 51 and then would turn onto Highway 74 and then turn on Highway 33 to get there.  As I was heading down Highway 51 the traffic in front of me slowed down and in my opinion was going way to slow.  I always like to get where I am going in the least amount of time without getting a ticket.

I couldn't really see what the slow down was because of a big truck in front of me.  I tried to get around several times but there was always traffic coming at me.  That's when as I was looking around the vehicles in front of me I saw a deer bounding across the highway.  I immediately thought if the traffic hadn't slowed me down I probable would have been in that spot where the deer crossed.  I was very thankful for the interrupted speeding.

The traffic stayed really slow but I didn't mind.  I finally could see that there was a giant something on the back of a truck in front of the line of traffic.  I have no idea what it was but it was big enough that the traffic coming at it had to pull off the road.

 It is amazing what you might see when you are not so worried about making record time to get to where you are going.  I saw some beautiful houses and landscaping.  I saw two deer in a field off of Highway 74 that looked like they were racing.  I saw impatient people that went around me only to have to slow down.

I was thankful for the interruption.  I saw so much more on this slow trip than I have seen in a long time.  I believe God wants me to slow down not just to see the beauty around me that I had been missing but to slow down and notice others around me.  I speed through life without noticing the people that might need help and the people that might need encouragement or the people that might need to hear my story.  Sometimes I need to hear the people that might need to tell me their story and I need to slow down to see the people that might need to hear about my Jesus! Sometimes I need to be still, look, wait and listen.

Do you need an interruption?

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Isaiah 40:31

31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.