A Man Named Bob


Today I am thankful that I have had the privilege of meeting and getting to know ‘Bob’. Bob is a 67 yr old widower, we has had back surgery, 2 knee replacements and lives in an Assisted Living Center in a small, remote community. Bob is one of the most outgoing, giving men. Although faced with many challenges in his life, Bob volunteers every other weekend at a local museum, voluntarily preaches to a small congregation at little country church every Sunday and Wednesday (although he is not an ordained minister), and actively participates in the activities at the Assisted Living Center.

This morning I attended a Bible Study that Bob was leading on the 4th chapter of Acts. As he read the chapter, discussing each verse, his passion, knowledge and love of Jesus rang in the emotion of his words as he shared with us one of his favorite chapter of scripture. Not one note. His entire lesson was from his heart as he shared Luke’s words and the personal insights that God had laid on his own heart.

Bob, a humble, simple man who loves Jesus with all his heart and soul; a man who has found joy and peace in the challenges of his life; a man whose greatest desire is to serve Jesus and share the gospel in both word and deed — made an impression on my life today as he challenged me to be BOLD in my faith, to speak out in BOLDNESS and to share with others — Thanks to Bob, I will never ‘simply read’ Acts 4 and especially verse 12, again. Each time I read and study this scripture in the future I will remember Jesus’ servant, Bob, the sacrifice of the disciples and the gift of salvation offered only through Jesus.

Acts 4:12 “Salvation is found in no one else (but Jesus), for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Thank you Lord for crossing my path with Bob’s. May you bless Bob and may he continue to serve you all his days and may I serve you, too, with the passion and love exemplified so clearly by this simple man named Bob.

 

The Moments of Life are Sweet


This morning I wrote about time and how God cares about each moment of our day. He has our times in His hands and will organize the moments of our days when we let Him do so.

Now as evening draws nigh, I reflect on some of the moments of this day.

  • A nice, long phone call and visit with ‘my brother’. Oh how I have missed him. It was so good to hear his voice, his laugh and to wish him a Happy Birthday.
  • A lovely spring morning walk with a cool breeze brought a friendly conversation with a neighbor that I had not met before. A delightful woman named Joanie.
  • A dreaded doctor visit with another neighbor brings remarkable news. The moment she shared with me that the biopsies confirmed that the doctors were wrong was a priceless moment spent with a squeal of thanksgiving to My Lord. There are NO SIGNS OF MELANOMA in her bones!!! Although there are abnormalities and more tests are needed, there is no melanoma. Praise the Lord!! The doctors were shocked by this fact. They were so sure her melanoma had spread that they had given her only a year to live. But God knows better!
  • Moments shared in celebration and thanksgiving over Chinese food and a good visit with this neighbor.
  • A prayer of thanksgiving and continued healing prayed out loud while hugging the neck of this neighbor who is not a Christian. Yet she quietly sat there listening as I prayed out loud. May seeds of Christ be sown in her life.
  • And now my sweet Shih Tzu is sound asleep in my lap as I type.

The moments of life are sweet and priceless when I place my moments in God’s hands.

Psalms 37 Speaks Out


Psalm 37:3-9 (NKJV)

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fretit only causes harm.

For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the Lord,
They shall inherit the earth.

(Bold added for emphasis of the verses referenced below)

The book of Psalms is one of my favorite books of the Old Testament. It is power packed with emotion and with words of wisdom. King David’s ups and downs of life speak to my heart and I often find great understanding and affirmation in the God’s words in the Psalms.

Psalms 37 is no exception to the sharing of powerful messages that are meaningful today in my life and I reference these often —

  • The words “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your (my) heart.”  speak  –  Be happy, the LORD is near; enjoy Him as you go through your days. Jesus cares about the desires of our hearts – He knows them, each and everyone. (Lord give our your desires in our hearts.) He not only knows our heart, our feelings, our will and our thoughts — He will respond and fulfill those desires when we serve Him for He loves those who serve Him with an unconditional love. PRAISE THE LORD!
  • The words “Rest in the LORD… Do not fret…Cease from anger and forsake wrath…Do not fret–it only causes harm” speak — These verses simply and clearly speak “SNAP OUT OF IT” when I read them. When I am angry I turn here to this words and I can hear Jesus saying — “Marilyn, why are you wasting time being anger or fretting don’t you know that I have everything under control. SNAP OUT OF IT my child and wait on me to handle the issue for I know what needs to be done. Give me your concerns. Rest in me”  PRAISE THE LORD!
  • The words “But those who wait on the LORD”  re-enforces the rest of the passage. God knows our every need. He will fulfill our every need — not necessarily our wants — in His Time and in His Way. PRAISE THE LORD!

May your day be filled with the blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ as you walk with Him today.

Wayward Sheep


“All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, everyone, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

Isaiah 53:6

It has been many years since I have thought of this verse.

This morning I choose to use my favorite Bible in my devotional time. This particular Bible is a Women’s Study Bible that I came to know Jesus intimately during my loneliness and struggles during my ‘single again ‘ years. Jesus has been in my heart since age 9 but He didn’t fill my total being until I was 49. The Mighty Jesus used this particular Bible to bring this wayward child home.

Some mornings I do a more formal devotional. Other mornings I ask The Lord just to hive me a word, to just speak to me and I will open my Bible where I feel He is leading me. This morning it was Isaiah 53.

This is one of the very first verses I memorized as a young girl. I was in GA – Girls Auxiliary in our church and this was the verse that was the theme verse for all GA groups. It has been years since I thought of this verse.

As I read it this morning over and over God spoke —

– oh how many times have I strayed from The Lord since I was that 9 yr old girl! Too many to count! Yet every time He has found me and brought me home to His sweet pasture! Praise The Lord!!!!

– how fan anyone miss the prophecy in this verse? I did for many years. Isaiah the great prophet spoke of our LORD 700-740 years before His birth!!!!

-Jesus bore my sins so that I have the privilege and honor to be His sheep enjoying His beautiful, lush pasture.

Thank you LORD for ALWAYS finding me and for bringing me home each time I wander off and THANK YOU for choosing me and dying for me.

This wandering sheep is so blessed.
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May you have an awesome day walking with Jesus.

Be Joyful


Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 THESSALONIANS 5 : 16 –18

I truly needed to read, to hear, this message from Jesus this morning. As I read these words this morning in my devotional time, this particular translation of this verse spoke loudly and clearly to the needs of my spirit.  The words were direct from the Lord responding to my tearful prayers of last evening.

The transition of semi -retiring, taking on new ministries, spending more time with my husband, adjusting to being my ‘Nanny’s’ age, trying to help a widow neighbor who is probably dying from melonoma cancer has been a challenging and difficult time. My JOY has been lost along the way and last night I was praying for God’s arms of comfort, His peace as only He can give and the return of His JOY in my soul – or I really should say, my awareness of His JOY in my soul.

I have read this verse many times in the NKJV and it has been a favorite yet this morning, Jesus said through the words of the great apostle Paul – “Be joyful ” “giving thanks in all circumstances” just as if we were sitting side by side as He responded to my tearful cries with His arms around me giving my comfort.

This morning the JOY returns. I hear the sounds of birds singing outside my window as the sun rises on this Monday, my loving husband as he comes into my study to kiss me ‘good morning’ and our sweet Goldie (5 yr old Shin Tzu) sits at my feet. JOY indeed comes in the morning.

Have a blessed day walking with our Lord.

Right Priorities


Right priorities and good time management demand an awareness that today is the only time with which we ever have to work. The past is irretrievably gone, and the future is only a possibility.

                                                         Dorothy Kelley Patterson

The Lord Rejoices with Singing


Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV

The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet  you  with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Thoughts –

The MAJESTIC GOD of the universe rejoices over me! Wow! How awesome is that? What have I done to deserve such love? In the universe, I am less than a grain of sand, yet God loves me. He has saved me. He loves me and He quiets me. I rejoice in His love and sing praises to Him.

Thank you Lord for this day. Help me to spend each second seeking to give you my all in return for your sacrificial love for me.

Challenge –

If you do not know The Lord, know that He loves you. Seek him and you will find Him. I pray for you today, that you too will feel God’s love and know that He rejoices over you when you come to him in faith in his son Jesus. Regardless of the path you have walked, He is waiting for you to come to him and to rejoice in singing over you.

Amen!
Praise God

I Will Never Be Alone


I rejoice in my Lord this morning. He always speaks to me with the words I need to hear when I spent quiet tome with him and meditate on his Word.

I read several verses this morning but the one that spoke so clearly to me was from Joshua 1:5 —

“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave or forsake you.”

I needed those words today.