Friday, February 27, 2009

Praising God

Psalm 84

1 How lovely is Your tabernacle,
O LORD of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, even faints
For the courts of the LORD;
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
And the swallow a nest for herself,
Where she may lay her young—
Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts,
My King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
They will still be praising You. Selah

5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
They make it a spring;
The rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
Each one appears before God in Zion.

8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
9 O God, behold our shield,
And look upon the face of Your anointed.

10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The LORD will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.

12 O LORD of hosts,
Blessed is the man who trusts in You!

Weeks have flown by and so much has kept me from typing and sharing with on-line friends. I hardly know which doors have opened and which doors have closed. It's a funny things about doors, most of the time you can't tell if they are "in" doors or "out" doors. Sometimes what we think is an "out" door to new venture is really just an "in" door inviting us to take another look within. No matter, each passage of life gives us opportunites to accept God's gifts to us and His plan for our lives.

One door:

I've just returned from Macon Medcial where my brother has been the last two weeks. I sat in the CVICU last night to represent our family just in case a family member was needed. The coffee I drank this more must have been super high test as I can't seem to wind down so I'm using this time to catch up on emails and snail mail.

Billy is doing much better but still has a long way to go. The doctors tell us he probably will be in ICU several more weeks. He and our entire family ask for your prayers as he continues to heal from this torn esophagus and aspiration abscess to his right lung.

Another door:

Hope all your days have been good ones and the ones that have not been so good you have felt the arms of God surrounding you.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Why I stopped

From Psalm 78

5 For He established a testimony in Jacob,
And appointed a law in Israel,
Which He commanded our fathers,
That they should make them known to their children;
6 That the generation to come might know them,
The children who would be born,
That they may arise and declare them to their children,
7 That they may set their hope in God,
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments;


~ Every time I went, they asked me for money.

~ The people with whom I had to sit by didn't seem very friendly.

~ The seats were too hard and not comfortable at all.

~ The coach never came to call on me.

~ The referee made a decision with which I could not agree.

~ I was sitting with some hypocrites -- they came only to see what others were wearing.

~ Some games went into overtime, and I was late getting home.

~ The band played some numbers that I had never heard before.

~ The games are scheduled when I want to do other things.

~ My parents took me to too many games when I was growing up.

~ Since I read a book on sports, I feel that I know more than the coaches anyhow.

~ I don't want to take my children, because I want them to choose for themselves what sport they like best.
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Future tree hugger

From Psalm 78

1 Give ear, O my people, to my law;
Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings of old,
3 Which we have heard and known,
And our fathers have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children,
Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD,
And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.

What happens to us when we lose our way or get distracted, overwhelmed, tired, discouraged, or any of those other human malady’s that can plague us? As Christians we know where to turn for strength. Those that do not know Him struggle with self helps or other forms of human type intervention. There is no need to struggle. It's in the early morning that my day is set before me. With no other distractions I talk with God. When I don't, I feel a plague coming on. *smile* It's an easy fix. God is always there waiting to give all of us what we need.

Praying this morning that our day will be filled with the goodness of God and His love will shine through our spirits with each action we take.

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