Archive | May 2014

Requesting your prayers

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My blogging friends and family,  I ask today for prayer for a dear family in my church, as well as our church family.  Very unexpectedly, one of the men in our church, Paul Kuck, went home to be with the Lord after a severe work related accident.  Paul leaves behind his wife Sherri and 3 beautiful young daughters.  Paul was very active in our church, in several capacities.  He was a wonderful man who dearly loved the Lord and loved his family. He was a good friend to many and was loved very much by all. Though we are rejoicing in the knowledge that Paul is with the Lord, our hearts are breaking for his dear sweet family.  He will be very much missed.  A friend and I both had an identical thought yesterday of a memory of Paul playing his guitar and singing with Sherri and the girls at church and what a blessing it always was.   That is just one of many memories he leaves with us.

It is so hard to know just what to say at a time like this.  We question why these things happen, all the while knowing that God truly has a reason for it that we may never know.  His plan for all of us and His timing is always perfect. Someday, when we are called home to be with the Lord ourselves, perhaps we will learn the answers.  In the meantime, we just need to put our trust in the Lord.  “The Lord is near the broken hearted” (Psalm.34:18).

As I thought about the words to share today, I prayed for the Lord’s guidance.  Almost immediately he sent an answer to that prayer!  Two answers actually!  The first was the following post from a dear young friend at church who posted these words and accompanied them with the words to a beautiful hymn!  She has allowed me to share her post in this blog.  (Thank you Missy!)

“Beautiful Hymn, such words that speak right to the soul in the midst of a difficult tragedy. God is more than good, always.”

This hymn is based on Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God which leads me to the second answer to the same prayer. That verse has been on my mind for several weeks but I was not sure why.   I have a prayer card on my desk with the verse on it!  I hadn’t really looked at it today until I prayed and saw the hymn, but then my eyes were drawn right to it!  Love the way the Lord works in our lives! 
 
Please keep this family in your prayers, dear friends, as they grieve over their loss of their husband and father.  Your prayers are appreciated! 
 

“The God of all comfort” comforts us in all our troubles “so that we can comfort others in any trouble” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Sunny morning on the patio with God

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Life begins each morning …

Each morning is the open door to a new world –

new vistas, new aims new tryings

author, Leigh Mitchell Hodges

Today, Friday, was a beautifully sunny, breezy and cool day here in Wisconsin. I spent an enjoyably lazy morning on my patio, spending time with the Lord, reading His word and in some devotionals, all the while enjoying a light breakfast  and my morning coffee.  I was also enjoying the fruits of yesterday’s labors — beautiful new flowers and herbs on my patio along with my table and some relaxing chairs (see pictures above).  I’m already for summer enjoyment and look forward to spending much time relaxing out there.

Psalm 59:16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

Morning is such a wonderful time to spend in prayer and devotions.  There is something great about starting out the day with the Lord that just sets the tone for the rest of the day.  I admit I don’t do this every day, but I am working on doing a better job at putting Him first in my life and starting out each and every day with Him.

Song of Solomon 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, …

I love being surrounded by God’s beautiful creations even if it is just on my tiny patio.  The beauty of the flowers, the mixture of scents of blooming flowers, herbs like basil, lemon thyme (mmm!)and chocolate mint, (yes really!), and the sounds of the birds singing just brighten my day and put a smile on my face.  Praise God for all his creations!  If you zoom in on the photo below, you can get a better look at the chocolate mint. Any ideas on how I can use it as it grows?  I was intrigued by it but haven’t checked on its uses yet.   That should be fun!

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I’ve also placed a few flags in some of the pots in honor and remembrance of those who we remember on this Memorial Day weekend; those brave men and women who have fought for our freedom in many wars throughout the years (should I say centuries?) and have now gone on to eternity.  God bless each and every one of them.  May they rest in peace!

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This has been a rather rambling group of rambling thoughts.  Some days are like that, aren’t they?  Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend friends and family, and thank God for all the beauty around us and for those who we remember who fought for the freedoms we have in this country.   Be safe!  Love to all!

There is an End!

I found this to be very encouraging! How easy it is for us to think our problems will never end no matter what they may be. As Vincent says in this piece, whatever has a beginning has an end. Have faith that God will put an end to whatever the problems are. Have faith!

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For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.” – Proverbs 23:18 (KJV)

Oh how I particularly like this scripture, especially the King James Version. The same way every product released and sold in the market has an expiry date, or a shelf life; a day or time when it’s no longer considered effective, or functional, God is saying to somebody today; There is going to be an end to that shame, that reproach, that challenge you’re facing . It doesn’t matter how long you’ve had that trouble, whatever has a beginning has an end. Maybe you’ve been sick for a while, you’ve done all things medically right, but that sickness won’t go, and it’s threatening your peace, your family, your finances, but God says, I am going to put an end to it. Or maybe you have a family member who has become a…

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Armed Forces Day

Thank you to all current and past members of our armed forces! You are loved and appreciated!

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TODAY, BEING ANOTHER PART OF MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH, IS CALLED ARMED FORCES DAY.

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THE FIRST ARMED FORCES DAY WAS CELEBRATED 29 MAY 1950 (one month before the start of the Korean War).  ARMED FORCES WEEK BEGINS ON THE 2ND SATURDAY OF MAY AND ENDS THRU THE 3RD SATURDAY.  Due to their unique schedules, the NATIONAL GUARD & THE RESERVE units may celebrate this at any time during the month.

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PRESIDENT DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER, 1953 –  “Today let us, as Americans, honor the American fighting man.  For it is he – the soldier, the sailor, the Airman, the Marine – who has fought to preserve freedom.”

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If you do NOT normally fly your flag everyday, make this day one that you do!  Even a small one sitting in your window shows your heartfelt…

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