I woke up on Monday morning to a beautiful scene. As I pulled open my drapes and looked outside, I saw that it had snowed just a little. It looked like God had put a white frosting on each evergreen branch. Now, I live in the woods where there are lots of evergreen trees and know that when it snows, which isn’t very often in our part of the country, the branches are heavy with snow. Some of them fall, broken from their weight. It is still beautiful, but not like this time. The branches looked delicate and not turned down at all!
When I went into the kitchen, I looked out the window which had trees that had dropped it’s leaves in the fall, and God had frosted each bare branch, with white frosting, all the way around. The trees never looked so beautiful! I wish everybody could have had the opportunity I had on Monday morning.
And then I thought, “I must look like that to God, because He says in the Bible that when we repent if our sins and turn to Him, our sins, which were dark, became white as snow,” So, we have God’s white frosting all over us!
We can all have that you know. All it takes is to know that Jesus died for your sins, turn away from them and follow His leading, and your sins, which are dark, will take your sins and make them white as snow. Isn’t that a good idea?
I watched as a boy was riding his bicycle near my home. My neighbor had put up a wooden hill so the kids could learn to ride their bikes up the hill and jump off to the other side.This boy started off fast, but when he got near the hill he slammed on his brakes. He tried this several times but never made a successful jump!
My thoughts went many years later to another 12-year-old boy. He lived with his mother, Mary, and his earthly father, Joseph. He also had brothers and sisters and they played together with the other kids in their neighborhood. One day the family and many other families living in their town went to worship at the Temple in Jerusalem, The boy, whose name was Jesus, did not want to play with the other kids but wanted to be alone. He watched as people brought their animals to be slaughtered and burned at the altar for their sins. He also went into where the scribes and teachers were and talked with them.
The scribes and teachers were very surprised that Jesus answered every question put to him and they talked for quite awhile. Meantime, his parents were worried about him and it was time to go home. They found him there with all the scribes and teachers and when they asked him he said, “Don’t you know I must be here in my Father’s house?” He did go home with his family and the Bible tells us he was helpful and obedient to his parents.
Isn’t it strange that story is the only one telling about his childhood? I believe he knew that day at the temple, what he would have to do. Before that, he was just a little boy playing games with the neighborhood kids. Now, he would wait until his Father told him to enter his ministry. And, that he would die for all the people’s sins, in place of all the animals he had watched slaughtered at the temple. That story was the only one needed to be included in the Bible. Anyhow, I am glad that story was written, aren’t you?
I am having loads of trouble with my dog lately. My dog, Sonny, has arthritis in his back legs and he can’t walk very well. He is nearly deaf and can’t see very well either. He has trouble finding his way back from where he started out. that indicates to me that he has a form of Alzheimer’s disease. But I love him.
He used to sleep on my bed with me and I didn’t mind that a bit. Now he still wants to somehow get up on my bed to sleep but he can’t make it. I, at age 91,I can’t pick him up either. He isn’t a big dog but he does weigh 32 pounds! I guess that’s on me feeding him too much, but I think it’s because he can’t move around like he did. I bought a cage and am trying to train him to use it, at least at night, but he would rather cry and whine on the floor beside my bed. And he has to go outside at least twice every night.
You can easily see that I don’t get enough sleep! But I love him. Love is on our minds in February because of Valentine’s Day. If you watch even a little television you will find you not only love candy and flowers, which is something you give to someone you love, but you should consider everything from cars to ladies underwear.
Let me tell you what the Bible says in 1 John chapter4(NIV)” Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” We must love our neighbor, our Church family, our real family members and God. Of course, we love that special one as well. In another verse, Jesus said we are to love our enemies and pray for them. In today’s world, there are so many enemies, so many really bad people, it’s hard to do that.
I still love my dog and I wonder how I can get a little more sleep. Do you have any ideas?
A week ago Sunday, I slipped on the driveway but didn’t fall. We have all heard stories about older people and their falls. This time, however, I only slipped and I was quite proud of the fact I didn’t fall. I found out one fact though. You can hurt yourself slipping just as much as if you had fallen. I have been having back and leg problems ever since.
I am reminded of the hymn “It Is No Secret”, by Stuart Hamblen in which are the words: “Someone slipped and fell, was that someone you?” That started Gramma thinking! We can both slip and fall in our spiritual lives as easy as on the driveway!
We slip when we decide not to attend church today, or if we dont read God’s word as we should or if we don’t pray except in an emergency. The devil sure likes it when we slip around that way. And he likes it even better when we fall into sin. I don’t believe that criminal sitting in jail started out being bad. He was that curly headed baby lying in his crib and later, running off to the school bus, waving “Bye Mom and Dad!” No, he slipped by following the wrong crowd one day. That led to his fall.
There is plenty of things in this old world today that makes us decide, “Once won’t hurt!” But that’s slipping and slipping leads to falling. Let’s all try to keep from slipping, shall we?
I was reading in Matthew, the 8th chapter (asv) this morning and something jumped out at me. I believe Jesus told many of his healings to us because we can’t see Him. He is always with us, but we can’t see a man walking along the road or actually talking to us from a mountain top. The centurion saw Him with a lot of other people walking along the road, but He came up to him and said, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home. He is suffering and in great pain.”
There were many people following him, but He still stopped and listened to the man and He said He would come to his home and heal him.The man said he wasn’t worthy enough for Jesus to come to his home, but if he gave the word, his servant would be healed. Jesus told him to go on home, his servant was healed and at that very hour.
Now we pray, and we pray for someone to be healed.or for better finances,or for our country and many other things and we don’t see Jesus standing there beside us. However, Jesus said the centurion had great faith and He went on, saying, “Many shall come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.” That’s us! if we have faith like that of the centurion. He believed the words of Jesus and we can pray and know that our prayers will be answered. Some will be answered quickly, others we have to wait for and still others He will say no.
If we are praying for something we must have faith. What’s the use of praying if we don’t believe Jesus will answer us? We must know that Jesus cares for all of us, even those who don’t care about Him. He died for the whole world, but only those who love Him back and have faith can really belong to Him.
Faith is something you believe. If you sit down on a chair, you believe it will hold you, and if you put something in your mouth, you believe you won’t die from it and even if you get in to drive your car, you have faith enough to believe you will get to your destination safely. Have faith that Jesus cares for you and will answer your prayers.
Have you broken your resolutions yet? It’s only the 2nd of January as I write this, so I imagine you are up to date. Statistics tell us they are usually broken by the end of January. I figure that statistics or poles can’t possibly be right because I haven’t been called on either, have you? I think the best resolution you can make is the one you make shortly after you wake up in the morning: I will be a better person today than I was yesterday.
Many of us buy a Bible. Statistics tell us the Bible has been to biggest seller of books in the world for many years. Even though I don’t believe in statistics, I know folks do buy the Bible, however many of us do not read it. They put it in the shelf or on the coffee table and there it sits. Why? they must know the Bible is God’s letter to all people and that includes you. It isn’t hard to understand either if you just remember the Old Testament was written many years ago and often tells us that a Savior would one day be born and He would die a terrible death. The people living in Old Testament days believed He would be a king and not the humble servant we read about in the New Testament.
Jesus was born in a cave and placed in a manger. You know that, but to follow his life all the way through until his awful death and his wonderful resurrection is really exciting, much better than the books of today! So why not make this resolution: I will begin to read the Bible, not that I’ll do it every day, because you might miss it once in awhile but I will read the Bible. And, if you like early history, you will enjoy the Old Testament too. In it you will learn many truths and promises that God wants you to find.
I pray you will find what God wants you to find when you read His wonderful words written just for you.
They tell us (and I don’t know who “they” are) that every word, song, or anything else you can think of goes up into the clouds! There must be a lot of junk flying around up in the clouds. The Bible tells us especially in Proverbs and James that our tongues are like fire, but we control the words. Proverbs says words satisfies the mind as much as fruit does the stomach. (The Bible in today’s language) The Bible also tells us that words kill. They are either poison or fruit. You choose.
Have you noticed the good feeling you get when you know you’ve helped someone just by talking to them? You can tell by the smile on their faces. I’ll bet you smiled all the way home!
Why don’t we do this more often. Most of the time we seem to open our mouths and let our tongues say whatever they want to say. What if we took a little time to think, Will this be poison or will it be fruit?
Lately, we have been treated, and I do say TREATED to hearing “Merry Christmas” from everyone, those friends we know and those we don’t. It sounds more beautiful probably because we kinda sounded like we were slipping our tongues over rough stones when we felt obliged to say, “Happy Holidays”. I know some of the sales people glared at me when I said “Merry Christmas”.
So, let’s be merry this Christmas season and not only say, “Merry Christmas”, but think before you say any of those words that are poison. Oh, come on now, I know I say those poison words too. Let’s all try to tell our tongues to change the bad words to good ones, at least some of the time. If more of us did that, we would see fluffy, white clouds up there, instead of those dark, gloomy ones. Or, does he who tells us that all our words go into the clouds just couldn’t think of a better place to store stuff?