Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sing For Joy


For you, O Lord, have made me glad by Your work; at the works of Your hands I sing for joy. 
Psalm 92:4

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
by Henry Alford, 1844

Come, ye thankful people, come,
raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in,
ere the winter storms begin.
God our make doth provide
for our wants to be supplied;
Come to God's own temple, come,
raise the song of harvest home.


Friday, November 21, 2014

The Wonder

You kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10

When we stop and take the time to really take in the splendor of a sunset we see God's glory in the magnificent colors placed in the clouds.  He is letting us know that He is there, that He loves us,  and will never forsake us.  

So when we get that upsetting phone call, email, postcard, letter or whatever satan may throw our way, stop for a moment and thank God for His infinite grace and mercy as He puts things back in their proper prospective.

The Wonder Of It All
by George Beverly Shea, 1957

There's the wonder of sunset at evening,
The wonder as sunrise I see;
But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul
Is the wonder that God loves me.

O, the wonder of it all!  The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me,
O, the wonder of it all!  The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God love me.



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy Anniversary Gary




Over the years, our relationship has grown stronger and more steadfast.  We have learned to accept both the good things and the bad.  We have grown closer together.

On our anniversary, I look forward to being with you forever.
Happy Anniversary!

Love,
Me

Forty-two years ago today my sweetie and I said "I Do" and our lives together began.  Through the years we found that being married did not mean that you wake up in love every day.  We had our difficulties as any married couple does.  We have learned through the years that when we keep Christ at the center of our marriage we will make it through whatever comes our way.  When those tough times come you get to fall in love all over again. 

Here are a few photos of us through the years...



























Monday, November 3, 2014

Fall

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8

We absolutely love living here in the PNW and are enjoy the four seasons.  Fall has definitely arrived in our area as the leaves are turning and there is a definite chill in the air.  I love to be in the outdoors taking in all the brilliant colors and the smells of fall.  Just think all this beauty was created by our God for us to enjoy and care for.  It is a gift from Him to us.  But He has given us a greater gift and that is the gift of salvation through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ.  Jesus gave His life willingly for me.  Our worship leader made this statement yesterday and it was something I had never thought about.  Oh I knew that I was on His mind but when she stated "it was my face he saw" gave me a different insight for it was by grace I am saved.  Just as I know the trees will be green again I know that God will get me through each day and that someday I will be with Him.

Saved By Grace
by
Fanny Crosby, 1891

Some day the silver cord will break,
And I no more as now shall sing;
But oh, the when I shall wake
Within the palace of the King!

And I shall see Him face to face,
And tell the story -- Saved by grace;
And I shall see Him face to face,
And tell the story -- Saved by grace.



Sunday, November 2, 2014

Garden of Prayer

They came to a place named Gethsemane, and He said to His disciples, Sit here while I pray.
Mark 14:32

As we come into God's presence making our requests known to Him how often do we sit and wait for Him to speak to us?  As we come into His presence reading and studying His word how often do we sit and wait for Him to speak to us?  Is it all about what we want as His word tells us to ask and we shall receive.  Unfortunately we think that all we need to do is read His word, ask and receive.  In the day to day lives we lead in this hurry up world we forget that we should also spend some quiet time with God waiting on Him.  He tells us in His word to be "Be still and know that I am God."  Psalm 46:10a. 

So tomorrow as you spend time with God sit a while longer and listen as He whispers softly in your ear. He may just give you the answer that you have been waiting to hear.

The Beautiful Garden of Prayer
by Eleanor Allen Schroll, 1920

There's a garden where Jesus is waiting,
There;s a place that is wondrously fair,
For it glows with the light of His presence,
'tis the beautiful garden of prayer.

There's a garden where Jesus is waiting,
And He bids you to come, meet Him there;
Just to bow and receive a new blessing
In the beautiful garden of prayer.

Happy Anniversary Jeff & Merle

Happy Anniversary to you
Happy Anniversary to you
Happy Anniversary Jeff & Merle
Happy Anniversary to you

Today is your "14th" anniversary!!!  
Our wish for you is a day filled with love, joy, peace, laughter and sunshine 
as you two celebrate your love for each other and your lives together.

Love,
Gary & Shirley


Friday, October 31, 2014

Rainbows

“Can you fathom the mysteries of God?
    Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do?
    They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know?
Their measure is longer than the earth
    and wider than the sea.
Job 11:7-9

Whenever I see a rainbow in the sky I am reminded of God's promise to each of us.  There are so many things that are a mystery in this world but to me the rainbow is not one of them.  It is a promise, a covenant, that God gave to each of us.  It tells me that no matter what trial comes my way, He will be right there with me, fighting the battle and carrying me each step of the way.  We serve an awesome God!

Take The World, But Give Me Jesus
by Fanny Crosby, 1879

Take the world, but give me Jesus,
All its joys are but a name;
But His love abideth ever,
Through eternal years the same.

Oh, the height and depth of mercy!
Oh, the length and breadth of love!
Oh, the fullness of redemption,
Pledge of endless life above!