Monday, June 24, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
I was reminded of this just last night and God prompted me to share this with you. My mother has recently gone through full knee replacement. She has done wonderful and to God be all the glory for her healing and amazingly fast recovery! Yesterday, while I was staying with her, I noticed her incision looked a little red and questioned her. Later when her physical therapist arrived, she too was concerned about the possibility of infection. When I spoke to my dad last evening, he explained that he was going to take my mom to her regular physician's walk in clinic this morning. I asked him if he could do it alone and he said they would be fine. Two minutes later the phone rang and he asked if I could go with them and use my car for it is much lower to the ground than theirs and easier for my mom to get into. I told him that would be fine and hung up. Well, as you can imagine, my ten year old was not too happy about this change in our plans for the day. This was supposed to have been our first day to just sleep late and hang out in our pajamas all morning and then get some lunch just the two of us. I understood how she felt and explained why it was important for us to help her grandparents in this way. BUT, at the same time, it prompted me to remember that feeling of plans always changing.
I also WARN you! Don't stop making plans. I know I did for a while when my husband was very sick and I alienated myself from many of my dear friends, which was not good for me. Keep making plans but explain your situation ahead of time and what may happen. Then pray for God to ease the disappointment when and if it comes due to a "change in plans."
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
John 15:7 “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
When you immerse yourself in the Word of God on a daily basis, you will find that the Word becomes a part of your thoughts and begins to direct your steps throughout the day. I quickly remind people that they do not have to memorize scriptures to have God’s Word within them. At the same time, I will admit that it can come in handy to have the ability to quote scriptures in a time of need or to someone you are witnessing to or praying with. The more you read the Bible, do personal devotions, participate in Bible studies, and worship with fellow Christians, the more Jesus’ words abide in you!
Recently, I had a very unusual week. It started off with a text from my husband on Monday morning letting me know that his father had been taken to the ER with chest pains. Upon arrival to the ER we were told that my father-in-law was having a heart attack. My husband and I quickly found a place in the waiting room to sit and pray. We began to claim his healing in the name of Jesus. After arriving at Wake Med Heart Center in Raleigh, we were told they were able to open the artery that was blocked and save his life. While my father-in-law was still in Cardiac ICU on Wednesday, my husband and I came home for my mother’s knee replacement surgery, which was already scheduled! That morning my husband and I prayed once again thanking God for my mother’s healing and pain control in advance. My mother’s surgery was very successful and her pain was minimal!
A week later, both my father-in-law and my mother are home recuperating. Each day last week I felt the constant presence and comfort of the Holy Spirit. All the things I claimed in prayer have now been seen in the physical. Because Jesus’ words abide in me all the things that I asked of Him in prayer were done! Don’t view prayer and study of the Bible as something difficult. Instead, understand it can be an easy yet amazingly powerful experience. The more you know about Jesus, the more you will see Jesus work in your life!
Sunday, June 2, 2013
It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name,
O Most High,
In December when Taylor approached us and said that she wanted to take piano lessons and also wanted a keyboard, we were a little doubtful about how all this would turn out. She was very excited and we never doubted Mrs. Darden’s ability, but we worried that she would lose interest and give up. Well, week after week, she continued to love her lessons with Mrs. Darden and continued to practice at home. Sure, we had to remind her from time to time, but she never argued. That told us a lot. She was not only enjoying what she was learning but also taking pride in her musical ability. She began to ask us how we thought she sounded or what we thought about the last song she played.
Music has become a part of Taylor’s life. She now tells people that she plays the piano which is awesome. She is proud of being a pianist and loves to tell people about her piano teacher Mrs. Darden. This wonderful woman of God did more during her lessons than just teach piano, she taught children to love and take pride in playing the piano. She gave them a tool they can use to worship the Lord! She gave them something that no one can ever take away from them. She also instilled a confidence inside that they can do something very special that many others cannot do.
Just when we thought we were signing Taylor up just for piano lessons, we saw that we signed her up so that God could use Mrs. Darden to touch her life. We thank her for loving her, encouraging her, laughing with her, and showing God’s love each Monday, while she was just taking piano lessons.