Friday, August 19, 2016

Joy

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.
Ephesians 3:17, 18

Oh the deep love of God has not bottom and it is for eternity.  No matter how far we may roam from Him that love still abides for us.  When we have reached that point in our life where we having nothing and no one to turn to but God, He will be standing there with arms wide open to welcome you back as you surrender to His plan for your life.

Father God thank you for always being there for me.  There are times I know that I was the one that moved from you as I thought the plans I had were much better for my life.  Father God thank you for Your forgiveness when I ignore that still small inner voice telling met to stop, pray, and listen to what You have to say to me.  Father God help me to always walk in the Sonshine by setting an example wherever I am.  Amen

Joy Unspeakable
by Barney E. Warren, 1900

I have found His grace is all complete,
He supplieth every need;
While I sit and learn at Jesus' feet,
I am free, yes, free indeed.

It is joy unspeakable and full of glory,
Full of glory, full of glory,
It is joy unspeakable and full of glory,
Oh, the half has never yet been told.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

She's On Her Way...


I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream.
Isaiah 66:12

This morning our sweet granddaughter began a new chapter in her life as she headed out with her Mom and Dad on their way to Utah State University.  Where has the time gone as it seems like only yesterday that her Mom and Dad held her for the first time.  Over the years she has bloomed into a remarkable young lady.  She sets goals for herself, works hard and pushes herself to attain those goals.  Awbrey you have this and you are going to do accomplish so many marvelous things as you trust in your Heavenly Father.  Lean into His strength, His guidance as you walk the path He has set before you.  We will miss you but Papa and I are already talking about a road trip to Utah. 
Love you Toodlebug....

Father God I ask for a special blessing on our sweet granddaughter as she begins this chapter of her life.  Father God let Your sweet spirit surround her with a protective hedge and let everyone she meets see Your Son, Jesus Christ, living in her.  Father God I ask that you bless them with travel mercy today as they drive to Utah and this next week be an adventure for them.  Father God let Your peace fall on Marianne and Stephen as they prepare to leave their baby girl and return home.  Father God thank you for the blessing of finances that enables Awbrey to attend this college as she strives to attain the goals she has set.  Thank you Father God for Your grace and mercy that are new to us each morning.  Amen

Like A River Glorious
by Frances R. Havergal, 1876

Like a river glorious, is God's perfect peace,
Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth, fuller every day,
Perfect, yet it growth, deeper all the way.

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Happy Birthday Z


Happy Birthday Z...

May your day be filled with love, joy, peace, laughter and sunshine as you celebrate you.

Love,
Gary & Shirley

Happy Birthday Awbrey

Happy, Happy Birthday to our amazing granddaughter.  Today you are 19 and preparing to start a new phase of your life at Utah State University.   You make us proud with all that you have done and all that you are going to do.  Your trust and faith in God will keep you strong as you strive toward the goals you have set with God leading you.

Love you sweet girl,
Mimi & Papa

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy...

"With everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you," says the Lord your Redeemer.
Isaiah 54:8

August started off with a busy week.  My sweetie and I have been working very hard in our yards, planting flowers, watering to keep the grass green and trying to figure out how we want to do the flower beds.  Next spring we hope to install an irrigation system, which will make watering easier, and a split rail fence around the front yard.  We also need to have a tree removed and a stump removed where a tree was cut down by the previous owners.  It seems like there is always something to do outside and the heat does not help.

My sweetie is still doing physical therapy from the shoulder surgery and is getting more movement every day.  He still gets frustrated that he can't do some of the things that need to be done around here by himself so we do them together.  We keep each other laughing a lot, especially when I try to start the lawn mower.  I mowed the back yard last week and that was a job as we do have a lot of grass and some of it has to go.  So my sweetie kept my water bottle full for me and made sure I was taking breaks and not over doing it.  He takes such good care of me and our Heavenly Father takes care of us both.

Father God thank you for blessing my life with a wonderful helpmate.  I know that sometimes we get on each others nerves because we each want to do it our way.  Father God thank you for loving us so much, for putting up with our little disagreements for it is then we look to you for guidance and  you get us back on track.  Amen

O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
by George Matheson, 1882

O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Roses...


For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
2 Corinthians 2:15

I'm reading a really good book Southern Fried Sushi by Jennifer Rogers Spinola.  This except jumped out at me and I thought I would share with you.

"But it's my roses that speak to me at home when I'm alone with my thoughts.  Why?  Because they carry thorns.  Reminders of this fallen world, our sin - my sin - and how it hurts.  How thorns pierced Jesus' forehead and nails pieced His flesh for me.  When I was still His enemy.  And yet when the blooms come, they carry scents of heaven.
A perfect picture of our sin and God's mercy.  Beauty and pain, all woven together - just like my life.  Oh, what an amazing work God has done in this cold little heart of mine!"

So the next time you prick yourself with a rose thorn or inhale the fragrance, stop for a moment and thank our Heavenly Father for sending us His Son to take away all our sins.

The Fragrance of Christ
By David Haas

Lord, may our prayer rise like incense in your sight.
May this place be filled with the fragrance of Christ.

I will thank you, Lord, with all of my heart.
You have heard the words of my mouth.
In the presence of the angels, I will bless you.
I will adore before your holy temple.

I will thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness and love,
beyond all my hopes and dreams.
On the day that I called, you answered;

you gave life to the strength of my soul.

All who live on earth shall give you thanks
when they hear the words of your voice,

and all shall sing of your ways:
"How great is the glory of God!"




Thursday, July 21, 2016

Blessings...

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10

Today has been a full and busy day.  I went into work an hour early this morning as my sweetie had cataract surgery this afternoon at 12:30.  So I worked from 9;30 to 11:30, came home to pick up my sweetie and headed back to Salmon Creek for his surgery at Pacific Eye Institute.

When they took him back for surgery they asked if I would like to watch.  My answer was an immediate no as I might have it someday and I really did not want to know how they cut something off your eyeball.  So while he was in surgery I had a cup of coffee and sat there working on a scarf I'm knitting.

Surgery lasted just about a hour and we were then headed home.  On the way home my sweetie shared with me how the doctor had asked him if he minded if he prayed before they began.  Of course my sweetie said he thought that would be great.  So they prayed together asking for God's guidance and for the surgery to be successful.  I  don't know about you but I find it really comforting when a doctor asks if they can pray with me before they begin a procedure.  I believe that God has blessed them with a gift and they are using their knowledge for the betterment of others.

Father God thank you for men and women that are not afraid to pray.  Thank you that they are using the knowledge you have blessed them with to improve the quality of life to those they come in contact with.  Father God than you for blessing my life and my sweetie's life with caring physicians that lean on you for guidance in their lives.  Father God help me to be a blessing to those I come in contact with.  Amen

Make Me a Blessing
by Ira Bishop Wilson, 1924

Out in the highways and byways of life,
many are weary and sad;
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife
making the sorrowing glad.
Make me a blessing,
Out of my life, May Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O savior I pray,
I pray Thee, my Savior,
Make me a blessing to someone today.