Monday, December 10, 2018

Advent 2018

I've been away from the old blog for 6 months. Life as a caretaker is mundane in many ways, trying, stress-inducing, time-consuming, and joyful when you see a spark of your care recipient's real personality. For one brief moment, Alzheimer's is gone.

As we prepare for Christmas, am I preparing my heart to receive more of Him? Is Advent a season of expectancy for me or another season of the mundane? Life circumstances should not colour my relationship with the Lord. However, at times I let them. At times I think would like to  __________. Fill in the blank. A vacation, a new job, to visit with friends in person.

If you celebrate Advent, I pray it is a season of expectancy. Come Thou long expected Jesus.

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Praise



Merriam-Webster's definition of Praise - to glorify (a god or saint) by the attributions of perfections

I look at my life and think what or Whom do I glorify? Is it always the Lord or an idol? Sadly, at times it is an idol. In my case the solution after repentance is praise.  Dedicated time in praise to God not asking Him for anything, not thinking about my to-do list, praise and praise alone. 

A verse which really speaks to me in this area is because it is the desire of my heart:

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Two more verses concerning praise I love:

Hebrews 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

Revelation 4:8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:
“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”

(NKJV)

Ladies, join me in praising His Holy Name. 

O Gracious Father, You are holy and worthy of praise. You alone are God, the Father of Jesus our Savior and King. You are mighty, You are love, You are merciful, You are the Ancient of Days and so much more. Glory and honour are Yours Yaweh, the Great I Am. We praise You in the mighty name of Jesus.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Alzheimer's is Ghastly

I spent much of April trying (at times successfully others unsuccessfully) to meet the increased needs of a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer's 16 years ago. I met some days head-on, others only because of a sense of duty. There is no reasoning with the person, time/days of the week has no meaning for someone that far along in the disease, hard to plan ahead because each day presents its own challenges. There is no constant...

But wait,  there is a constant, our Savior. We find His promises in Scripture. He tells us (Matthew 28:20) He is with us always, even to the end of the age:

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Hebrews 13:8 clearly states Jesus does not change: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

The world changes by the second, our life circumstances may seem to change like shifting sand or on the other hand like nothing will ever get better. 

We need to make sure our foundation is anchored in Christ and not the things of the world. As hard as it is some days to see light at the end of the tunnel, the light is there. Hang on tight because no one or nothing can snatch you from our Heavenly Father's hand.

If you have doubts, write out John 10:28-30, carry it around with you on an index card, say it out loud like you mean it, memorize it:

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.  I and My Father are one.”

You may feel like no one understands your situation, the fatigue, the grief, but our Lord does. Don't be afraid to talk to someone whether your pastor or a counselor, there may be a support group available to you, and when you least fee like it, find the time and press into the Word and prayer. Ask your friends to pray with you and for you. 

Jesus loves you and He is with you every step of the way.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Palm Sunday 2018

Hard to believe Palm Sunday is tomorrow. Jesus' triumphal entry, the crowds waving palm branches shouting:

“Hosanna!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
The King of Israel!”


The crowd knew he came in the name of the Lord, they knew he was the King of Israel, but most did not know he was the Messiah, the Holy One of Israel. 

My heart's desire is to know Him even more day by day, especially as we enter Holy Week. I do not want to take for granted what He did for me, for us, for everyone who has lived, is living, and will live. 

If you are far off from God there is no better time than the present to come near to Him again. He is waiting for you to clasp His hand. 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Option for a Re-ride

Yesterday at Rodeo Houston, a cowboy's horse fell and he was offered the option for a re-ride. His score was 81 which was not enough to advance to the semi-finals so he chose to ride again. 

When we are contrite and confess our sin to God, we turn away from it, we get a "re-ride". 

I John 1:8-10 reminds of us this:

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

Start today with a clean slate, take your re-ride and confess to God what you need to confess.