Monday, June 26, 2017

The Sustainer of Life

Good Monday morning to each of you.
I am jubilant this fine morning. What am I so jubilant about? Thank you for asking because I was just about to burst at the seams for wanting to tell somebody about it! I am jubilant in my assurance that the Lord yet holds all life in His hands. I am jubilant because I am His child and I know that He loves me and sustains me.
     You know that I have been going to the hospital visiting my brother, right? Well, he had his surgery, accepted his new life situation and seems determined to work with the rehab crew in learning to walk again. He greets me with a smile when I enter his room now. Gone is the morose individual that he was becoming. How did this come about, you might ask. It is no mystery at all. God did it.
     The words in the song below convey our sentiments when the Lord does something of great magnitude in our lives, don't they?  So, the next time that you walk down the corridors of a hospital, or visit the sick anywhere, think about the fact that there is Someone else there that you cannot see. And that Someone is Jesus. The Bible says,  "All sickness is not unto death." (John 11:4 KJV)Such is the case for anyone who is very sick and then they get well.
God did it
Yes, He did
Oh yes He did
I can't thank Him enough
Can't serve Him enough
Can't lift Him too high for men to see... 
In all of life's trials, sickness, etc. learn to lean on Jesus. And when He brings you through, tell somebody. Someone may be needing to hear a word of encouragement that can only come from you.

Doing What I Can, While I Can Because I Care,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones
   

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Habits Displayed

Good morning.
Be blessed in your worship and praise today and bless others by your participation.

The Coat I Wear


The coat that you see me wear
Is one that my Lord fashioned
And I wear it with pride and
Displays colors with passion.


The coat that you see me wear
Is one that my Lord made
It tells you something about my life
And the price, for me, He paid.

Romans 9:21–23
  

For Thought 
1.     Define fashioned and passion in this poem's context.
2.     Expand upon the given scripture with reference to this point.



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DEO Volente
(GOD Willing)

Help me to live so that
Through my daily service
The world can, through me, see YOU
And see that the tales of
YOUR lovingkindness are true.

For I am willing to be YOUR pawn
As I travel this road of life
To ease some weary traveler’s load
And to give them rest, encouragement
And a brief respite from strife.

Isaiah 50:4






For Thought 
1.     Tie the given scripture in with the title.

2.     Names other scriptures that would fit, as well.

Quip for this month
Habits displayed, tell the world where your values are laid.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

On My Way

Good morning, precious one. Yep, you are precious because you are loved by the Lord to such an extent that He sent His Son to die for you, loved to such an extent that He had the Bible written for you. And He has folk like me to take that love and give a portion of it back to you in the form of encouraging words.
     I wanted to talk to you about, "On my way." I have been going to the hospital for the past several days because I have a brother who is ailing. He has come through the surgery physically in pretty good condition; however, it has taken its told on him, psychologically.  I am on my way back to the hospital to see him, again.
     But you know what? I am on my way whether I ever take another step out of my home again. I am on my way even if I never eat another bite or utter another word. The Bible says, "It is once appointed unto man to die and after this the judgment." Each day that I live, I am being ushered closer and closer to my appointment with the great meeting of time and eternity. Yes, I am on my way to a better place, but I have to work hard to assure that I will hear the Lord say, "Well done, thy good and faithful servant." For me, that will be enough. I will look back on my journey and say, "Farewell." Farewell to heartaches, disruptive circumstance and whathaveyou. Every day will be a joyful day and we, who have prepared ourselves, will enjoy the blessed joys that He has prepared for us.
     Hallelujah! I will keep "Doing all that I can while I can," because I can say with a smile on my face, "I am on my way."

Doing What I Can, While I Can Because I Care,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones

Blog P. S. - And you know what I do as I am walking through the corridors of the hospital on my way to my brother's room, I give an encouraging smile or word to people that I meet. And if I should happen to engage someone in conversation in the elevator, I try to leave a word of encouragement, comfort or cheer with them, too. Ever working, folks, because I am on my way to my reward prepared by my Lord.


   

Friday, June 23, 2017

Don't Fret

"Master, the tempest is raging and the billows are tossing high. The sky is o'er shadowed with blackness. Oh, no shelter or help is nigh. Carest Thou not that we perish? How can, how can Thou lie asleep?"
Good morning, child of the King. The words of the song above reflect how we often behave when we have a storm whose duration lasts past what we consider to be an appropriate time span for a storm to last.  Don't be worried about the storm that is raging in your life right now. Storm season will be over after a while. Just remember that you have an anchor, Who is the Solid Rock. Look at the words of the song below that was written by Ruth Caye Jones:

In times like these, you need a Savior
In times like these, you need an anchor
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.
You just keep praying for your faith to be strengthed with each day; remember that the grass is still growing green, and step on my child, step on! Take it from a battle-scarred soldier, God will take care of you. It is my prayer that peace be still in your life.

Doing What I Can, While I Can Because I Care,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones

Often storms are like political posturing - a public show of military or political power that is intended to worry an opponent: Opposition groups fear violence, after weeks of military muscle-flexing from the government. Physically strong and powerful. (as) Tough as old boots idiom. Almighty is how our adversaries would have us think of them. That is not true. This is the way that our adversaries actually are in the grand scheme of this world. Almighty


 And this is the way that our Father is, Almighty!


Remember that our God can take in impossible and make it so!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Through It All...

Good morning to each of you.
     If you have been living for any length of time then you know what it means to speak from the depths of despair or moan in deep pathos as sorrow walks through your soul. You know what it is to look for the light and not be able to discern anything but darkness. You know what it is to look out at the world through tear-drenched eyes. You know what it is to lift your eyes to the sky and say, "Father."
     That is what I felt upon the death of my mother. So, two years after her passing, I was battle hardened enough that my older brother's passing from a coma into final rest was something that I could take without too much pain, for I knew that the pain that he suffered before he slipped into the coma was at last, no more.
     Yesterday, I went to the hospital and saw my last sibling sob like a baby. I did not want to watch the loss of independence and the brokenness that he displayed, he who had always been so proud and matter of fact about life. It seemed that he held strong until I walked into the room. Of course, I said soothing words and tried to focus on positive aftermaths for him, but I want you to know that it was tremendously difficult. But that old robot that is within me came to my aid and I was able to offer words of reassurance and comfort to him, that same old robot that came to my aid back in 2002 after I found my mother's earthly remains when I went to check on her as I did each day.
     Now, I have to go back today visit my sibling once again and be robotic enough so that I don't shed tears as he might because of a drastic change in his mobility. I told you all of this so that you can somewhat realize what is being played out in my life right now. But you know what? Through it all, I have learned to trust in God and in His infinite love. That is the message that I am going to try to convey to my sibling this morning, yes the message of faith in God. All it takes is mustard seed faith.
     Sometimes that is all we have at a given moment, but you know what, that is all we need.  By the persuasive gift of encouragement that the Lord has given to me, I hope by the glory of God, to leave my sibling with a renewed sense of faith/purpose and hope, hope in rehab through the providence of God, the Father of us all and a renewed dose of faith that the Lord will carry him through it all. All it takes is a mustard seed amount.
     You know that is a powerful thought combination, Faith in God- A mustard seed amount will carry you to ultimately and you will be singing, "Through It All" during the journey. That thought will carry you through whatever valleys, mountains and storms that you have to walk through or endure. Be blessed and remember to BYDWP!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

If the Lord or Don't Feel Like the Lone Ranger

Recently, I did a two-day devotional centered around the old adage that says, "If the Lord brought you to it, He can bring you through it." Then I did the next day's devotional centered around the word, "ultimately." Basically, what those two messages combined meant is that because you are God's child, He knows everything that happens to you and what you are about. The adage mentioned above is an apt one for those times in our lives when heavy loads are thrust upon us unexpectedly.
     This means that when the unexpected comes upon us don't feel like the "Lone Ranger."  We ought not to despair to the point that we fall to pieces. It means that there will be times in our lives that we can barely see the sunshine and times that we will feel overwhelmed. There is no need for me to repeat those two lessons for you today since the lessons themselves are relatively new entries to my blog. But I mentioned all of that to give you consolation and encouragement, should you need it.
     You know that I recently went to a retreat and spent much of my time on the road trying to take care of an ailing sibling. Well, said sibling has had major surgery and I am left with the task of helping him heal and become reconciled. Whew! That is a tough one, but not one that I have to walk through alone. But you know, I realized a long time ago that I am never walking alone. I realized that no matter what comes upon me, I have a Father, Who can handle anything that is thrown my way.
     Sometimes, though, we have an issue with letting go. Not me! I have learned that there are some problems that will beat you and your faith to a pulp if you try to handle them alone. I have one such problem right now. But, I have already talked with my Father in this morning's prayer time and I have given it over to Him. His shoulders do not get stooped and tired from the cares of this life.
     Some problems are so tough that they need, "Godstuff" done to them and I have one such as this now. But, I will step on in Jesus' name and I will deal with said problem as best I can for I know that the God of creation holds my hand.
     Do you have a problem of this type? If you do, give it to the Lord. He, Who can move mountains and calm the sea, can take care of any problems that plague you and me.

Doing What I Can, While I Can Because I Care,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones

Blog P. S. - Don't ever feel like the lone ranger. If you have a tough problem that you feel is not fair because of the weight that it puts on your shoulders, readjust your load and keep prayerfully moving on. You will find that the steps, though they cause you to stagger at first, will get easier to make with the passage of time. And one day, you will look back and think these words:

"How did I make it all these years
How did I make it this far
Through the deep valleys 
And over the hills
I know it had to be God.

How did I make it through the storm
How did I make it through the rain
Through the deep valleys and over the hills
It's so easy to explain
It was God's grace..." 
                                (song by Luther Barnes)






Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Yesterday

Today is one of those days that I simply want and need to say, "Thank You" to my Lord. You know that He loves it when we acknowledge Him and I am sure that you stand with me when I say to all of the world, "We love the God of creation for Who He is, has been and evermore will be."

Thank You for my yesterday
For every moment of joy
That you sent my way

Thank You for the smile that
Graced my face because of
People's response to the words
That only You gave me to say.

Thank You, my loving Father
For giving me yesterday 
To carry me with confidence 
As I go on my way.

I am Yours, and evermore will be.

I hope that this tribute to our God has strummed the chords of music, harmony, and peace within your soul. Just knowing that I am His is all I need to propel me through...I am His is all I can say.

Doing What I Can, While I Can Because I Care,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones

Bless you, my blog readers, and I hope that these words fulfill some need for you.