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.


Annette said...

I'm glad your home...but I'm sorry your brother is so sick, I've seen many miracles performed in the hospital and its all because someone has opened the right door at the right time, and as for that coffee...well the nurses make a pot and drink a few cups from it and their it sits and cooks, and then there's that door =) I love what you said about feeling Gods arms around us...I need to feel those arms, we need to feel our father's hugs, I know I do, more so on some days than others. What a great scripture as well....

Just Joni said...

My thoughts and prayers are always with you but especially right now. I hope your brother will be on the road to recovery soon.

Hugs to you dear friend ~

kimberly said...

so sorry for not visiting sooner, phyllis....hoping your brother is doing better...will keep your family in prayers....
love your last sentence.....such an amazing thing to feel God's arms around all things.
hoping spring has sprung there in georgia...?....and your days are good.

pfranklin said...

Thank you so much sweet friends.

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