A New Beginning

DSC_3622It is never to late in life for a new beginning.  Age or health problems out of my way!  When the Lord calls you He will equip you no matter where you are in life.  As many of you know, I have stage 4 advanced cancer.  It began in my kidney, and caused a loss of that kidney.  Then it metastasized to my lympnodes, and on to the lungs.  The nodules in my lungs have progressed from three to seven and my last progression was to the bones.  I have cancer in my right hip and left femur.  Then add on the fact that I am 74 and guess what, The Lord will use you no matter what state you are in.  I know this, I am alive and feel very blessed because the Lord is carrying me.  He carrys us all and the least we can do is help Him carry the big load of getting His word out to His people.

I have felt a calling to people with Cancer since the beginning of my journey with this disease.  I have, passed out my photos with scripture verses, to every one at the cancer center that I go to.  Even the staff has become accustomed to my bookmarks as I laminate them.  I also make something as a gift to every one with the scripture card.  I am assured thru their enthusiasm that they love my little ministry.  It helps me as well, to keep my mind on these good things and not the cancer that I fight.   Recently I started feeling another tug on my heart and it was for the women that I see on a regular basis.  They are my friends and in most cases on first name bases.  With this tug I ask the Lord what can I do for Him because I just want to serve Him until he takes me home.  He answered my question with, have a tea for those women with cancer.  It has begun.  Small beginnings should never be forsaken.

I had my first Tea on the second Wednesday of April.  I wanted it to be special, not clinical.  I went to a hospital and got a room to have the tea.  My precious family came right to my side.  My sweet husband said he would support this new ministry financially.  My daughters, and granddaughters were at my side to help me carry what I needed to the hospital.  I took all of my 25 teacups and saucers.  Three teapots, I made little cupcakes with flowers on top.  Two different tea sandwiches, My daughter inlaw made some yummy pinwheels.  I had cookies and a big bowl of beautiful assorted grapes.   Lace table cloths, fancy serving dishes, A huge floral from my again sweet husband.  It looked beautiful there in the other wise bland conference room.  No one came!  The beautiful thing was there were my kids, and grandkids and they all caught the vision.  I did the tea just like the room was full.  We had tea and I gave my mini message.  My family was touched.  They said this was just a practice tea.  You cant quit.  They all committed to help me go forward.  I had handed out 150 invitations with gift and had posters up at the cancer center.  So it could have been devastating to me, but its not over.  My second one will be in June.    I say all of this to say with everything that is in you no matter where you are in life.  Do something for Him.

I love all of you, and I am sorry that this is my first writing of 2018.  I had some Chemo changes and not feeling too good I quit writing, but Im back up and going again here on WordPress.

Born Again 2

Yesterday we looked at being born again from a butterflies perspective.  Today we will look at being born again from the perspective of being born as man.  It is so important to understand the full meaning of this statement in John.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, you must be born again.  John 3:7  This statement has been scoffed  at by many who made fun of those Born Agains.  Clearly they have no understanding of what this means.  When a lot of the demeaning talk of Born Agains began is when Jimmy Carter while running for President said he was a Born Again Christian.   It brought this term from the Bible to light.  Jimmy might not go down as a great president, but he was not ashamed to say that He was Born Again.  This is what it means, and how we become Born Again;

I say unto thee, except a man be Born of water and the spirit, He cannot enter the kingdom of God.  John 3:5    Being born of water is when we are born from our mothers womb.  We are encased in water in the womb, the water breaks and we are born.  That is the first birth.   We grow as a man and the time comes when we must be born of the spirit.  It’s different for everyone but we all must be born of the spirit to be able to enter the kingdom of God.   Entering the Kingdom of God is life changing.  We do become a new creature, like the butterfly.   We might look the same but on the inside we are brand new.  Old things are passed away and we are new creations.  We began a new journey, one that is walking with the Lord.  We have given our life to Him, and will live eternally with Him.  When we do come to the Lord and give our life to Him he forgives us of our sins those are all the old things. We are now born of the Spirit.  We start out on our journey with the Lord  brand new.  Don’t miss it, being Born Again is very real, and important in every life.   Lets all become butterflies and be set free from our old life.

Marvel Not

Born Again?

Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a butterfly migration?  I have had this blessing in my life twice and I will say it is the sweetest magical moment. I live in Colorado and we are in the middle of a butterfly migration right now.  If I step out into my back yard butterflies will circle my head and even touch my face.  I can see two or three on a flower at the same time.  Feeling very blessed!  A precious gift from the Lord! These in my back yard are Painted Ladies.  I have always loved these creatures and love using their life cycle to explain being born again.  These Beauties will lay an egg, that egg will hatch a caterpillar, and that caterpillar will crawl around on its belly for a while living a very lowly life.  It than spins a cocoon around itself.  Time passes and than one day that caterpillar begins to move in that cocoon and wiggle Born of the Spiritits way out.  It is surprised to find out that it has wings and can now fly.  Instead of a sometimes thorny worm it has become a beautiful butterfly that can fly around the flowers and is free. Not relegated to a life of crawling, but now enjoying flight.  Much like us before we know the Lord we are like that caterpillar, life confined to crawling around verses when we come to know the Lord. We can now spread our wings and fly with the Lord.  I’m a butterfly,I was born again, are you?

Forty Eight Years

48 yearsForty eight years is a long time but the roses I  received from my  husband Jerry are a beautiful visual aide of those years.  It seems almost impossible when I look at the roses, a gift that exceeded any bouquet ever.  Impossible that 48 years have passed as Jerry and I have journeyed together.  We have had wonderful magical times,  deeply spiritual times, and many fun times.  Of course we have been through hard times as well.  Those are the times that strengthen us and I always say give us the credentials to help others having the same or similar hard times.  All of this to say, it has been wonderful and there are no words to describe how much I love this man.

The Tongue

The tongueWhat does this mean, you might say.  The epistle of James says many things about the tongue.  It is a dangerous member of our body.  If we cannot control it, it  defiles our whole body.  We have seen how the tongue works with gossip.  It can cause such hurt for the subject and a lot of hurt for the gossiper as well.  The tongue is also used for many other ugly things.  Verbally abusing someone, and using that tongue to bring someone down.  Have you ever stop to think that your tongue is a fire from Hell.  Not a godly thing for sure if you let the devil use your tongue.  I have noticed for a long time now that cursing has become a right of passage for our young people.  Sitting in a parking lot at the grocery store as school lets out is frightening to hear the way that boys and girls throw vulgar language around as they walk by.  It hurts my heart to hear it.  I can’t say I am innocent, I at one point in life did some cursing myself.  I never said the word I consider the most vulgar and disrespectful of all words and that is the F word.  I was raised that the f word was never to be said around a lady, and a lady would never say that word.  Now, everyone says that word.  That really hurts my heart.  My dad would not allow that word to be said around his wife and family.  Once while in a restaurant a man was shouting that word and was very near our family having dinner.  My dad calmly got up and went to the man and told him he couldn’t talk like that in front of his wife and children.  The man pushed back and told my dad he could talk however he wanted and my dad knocked him out of his chair and calmly came back and we finished dinner.  That is the way it used to be.  We have gone away from clean speaking and are embracing evil speak.  Titus 3:2 Speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle shewing all meekness unto all men.  Ephesians 4:31  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger, and clamour and evil speaking, be put away from you. 1 Peter 2:1 Laying aside all malice,  and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies and all  evil  speaking’s  10  For he that will love  life,  and see good  days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. 1Peter 1:15 But as He which hath called you is holy, so be lye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, be ye holy; for I am holy.  Lets pray that conviction will come to those who relish evil speak.  For their own Good.

Old Paths

Gold Beach and Brookings 099Throughout history, Gods people have started out following the Lord and then as time went on they have lost their zeal and strayed into a more watered down way of following the Lord.  Some as in the case of Moses strayed completely away.  I think we can see changes now, in the church as a whole.  Not all of course but in general a different path than the Lord first set us on. We see changes in the people, in the morals, and more with all the different Gods people are serving.  Frankly It is a scary time we are living in.   There are basic requirements on the old path that we need to adhere to.  Israel had walked off the path and the Lord spoke through Moses and said “What does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord our  God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your  heart and with  all  of your  soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good.”  Deuteronomy 10:12-13

  That is the old path, the good path, the one that will bring us rest for  our  souls.

The Love Of God

When we become a Christian, nothing can separate us from the Love of God.  Security like none  other!  So often we go through life seeking Love in all  the wrong places.  So hungry for love that we go to every height and depth to find it.  In that search the greatest love of all is overlooked.  In finding a life in Christ our life can truly come together.  We can, experience the Love of God, it is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  There is nothing like living in that love and walking with our Lord.  He will lead us to the best love in this life, love that won’t hurt us or leave us unexpectedly.  I had many years of looking for Love apart from Christ and it was a different life.  Yes those were good years as I became a woman and followed my life’s path.  But ultimately we are all looking for that forever love in a mate.  I had not found that until I began to walk with the Lord and He led me to the man I now have been with for 48 years.  Walking with the Lord completes us.  The security of Gods Love is beyond comprehension and assures us of the best life.Nothing can seperate Us