The Journey Continues

Count it All Joy

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As many of you know from previous writings, I am on the Journey of my life.  If it were not for the Lord this Journey would have ended a long time ago.  I have stage 4 advanced metastic cancer.  I am terminal in the sense that the cancer I have is incurable.  I know I am only terminal, when it is time for the Lord to take me home.  A little refresher, I started with kidney cancer-(renal cancer).  My kidney was removed and I was cancer free for two years.  On the two year cat scan there were tumors in my lungs.  Two in each lung and my lymph nodes were also filled with cancer in that area.  There were dark days at first when I got the news.  Fear is such a strong force against us.  I knew this and asked the Lord to take that darkness from  me. He is faithful, and the sun began to shine again in my life and my journey. When I came out of the dark place it was like a new beginning, full of hope, joy and an appreciation of the Lords care.   I went through two Chemo treatments, the first for 9 months and the second for 10 months.  The first one was very hard, and I was very sick but the Lord was with  me every step of the way.  Then the second was an easier one praise the Lord .  All of them have been every other Tuesday.  With cat scans every  three months.   I am involved with a new community of people,  all have cancer, or care for those who do.  It’s crazy to say, but I feel strongly that I am right where the Lord wants me to be.  I have an excitement each day when I wake up.  I feel like there is so much the Lord would have me do in my new position in life.  I just want to be faithful to serve Him even more than ever before….Are you serving our  precious Lord with fervency?  Listen for His still small voice, I am sure He has something for you to do. Something that possibly only  you alone can do.  Don’t miss the chance!!!  Count it all joy when you have different kinds of temptations.  Temptations to give in to fear and live below the life the Lord has for You.  I now count cancer Joy and I am letting the Lord work thru me where I am now, as my journey continues. 

Lessons From A Bird

I am a bird lover, or should I say a creature lover.  I feel so honored when a bird decides to make their nest in our yard.  I think the birds like it too because they frequent our yard every year.  This was last years brood in a pine tree in our back yard.  Two baby morning doves almost ready to leave the nest.  I had the blessing of watching them leave.  Sad, but sweet, they went together.  This year we were blessed with our 3rd family of Robins on our front porch.  It was so great to see them again.  Have to believe it is the same mated pair.  My husband is ill as many of you know and is pretty much house bound, but from his chair in our office he could watch the preparations and the birth of the baby birds.  This year there were four.  They all flew the nest successfully except for one little bird.  That baby cried and cried when everyone left, and I grieved over it, helpless to do anything.  Two days passed and the baby still sat alone. Three days, and still there.  I began to worry it was going to starve to death.  Day four he stepped to the edge of the brick and flapped his wings and in the process almost fell off.  The nest is on the top row of bricks, about ten feet high.  He caught his balance and got back in the nest.  Day five came and I went to the window as soon as I got up to see if the babe was gone.  To my dismay he was still there.  Right by the front door, so they were quite used to out coming and going.  Early Friday evening I was looking out the window with my husband, and there came Mom.  She went on many trips and filled that little tummy up.  By nightfall our baby bird peacefully slept.  Day six, I raced to the window when I got up, and the baby had flown away.  What I learned from this was we are all progressing on our own time frame.  We can’t look at someone and think they should be doing this or that for the Lord.  I think its possible for any of us to jump out of the Lords nest prematurely and really make a mess of things.  We need to be fed and grow before our time to go out and serve the Lord.  There might be something special to be learned for the task at hand.   I have seen many in my years serving the Lord that try to jump ahead of the Lord, and they fall flat.  If that baby would have gone before today, he would have been a sad splat on our porch.  That Mom had to feed him and build him up to conquer his fear so He could fly.  Sometimes  we expect too much too soon, we need to be fed by the Word and the Lord.  When we are ready, we will fly! It is all in the Lords time.

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True Vine

wine country doneThis beautiful vineyard is in the Napa Valley, and such a wonderful visual aid for the vine and the branches.  Jesus is the vine and we are the branches.  He goes on to say, “He that abideth in me, an I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; or without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5.  The vine and the branches look the same., you cannot tell where the vine ends and the branch starts.  When I saw that I thought it was odd, it all looks the same.  But as I took a closer look, I could see the True Vine, intertwined with the branches. We should be so immersed in Him that we look the same, no separation.  Without the vine, the branch has no life. I can’t imagine life without Him.  Jesus also calls us His friends. “Greater Love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” John 15:13-14.  Not only is He our Lord, and the vine but He also wants to be our friend.  He wants to share everything with us. If we will follow Him ; “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what His Lord doeth; but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” John 15: 15.  Jesus wants to share the good and the bad with you.  He wants to laugh with you, and talk with you just as your friends do, He wants to nourish you and grow you as the vine..and share His Kingdom with you.  He wants to call you friend. What an honor!

Sunsets

saveOh how I love sunsets!  They are such a gift from the Lord at the close of a beautiful day.  I can’t even count how many sunset photo’s that I have.  I have been known to stop everything at sunset and run to the nearest spot to see it.  In the Hawaiian islands one side of the island gets the sunset, and the other side gets the sunrise.  I always make sure that we stay on the sunset side.  Then I get my poor husband up at 4:00am so we can drive to the other side of the island for sunrise.  “From the rising of the sun til the going down of the same, the  Lords name is to be praised.”  Psalm 113:3  Sometimes we have to race to that perfect spot and we are almost late, so I jump out of the car and start running until I get to that perfect spot.  I love the Lord and the beauty he has given us.  Thank you Lord!  My dear husbands mother knew of my delight of the sunset, and shared with me her wonderful thought about it.  Words that I will never forget.  “The sky is a lady, and the Lord dresses her in a new evening gown every night.” By Ellen Snelling

Judgement Is Coming

We know that the swallows come back every year to Capistrano.  There are songs written about this event. The Sandhill Cranes come every year to Kearny, Nebraska.  So many things in nature are faithful to their beginnings.  I think of the salmon.  Every year they go back to where they were born to lay eggs, and then die.    How faithful are we as a people.  As Christians, we know  that judgement is coming.  But the world in general is unaware as they slide further into sinful evil lifestyles.  The world right now is a scary place.  We are seeing things right now that assures me as a Christian that Judgement is coming.  I must be as busy as I can be to spread the Word and teach people the way of the Lord.  I do that now from my place here at home as I have serious stage 4 cancer, but I will never stop doing what I can do right where I am. I am praying for the Lord to heal me so I can do more. Look around you and consider how the world looks, and morals look, and crime looks.  Start running to the Lord today.

Righteous Judge

There is only one judge, one lawgiver, and one King.  In this day of constant comments, and judgements on who will be our next President of these United States.  There is only one, who will decide, ultimately it is all about  His plan.  Vote, yes we must.  Support your choice, yes you should, but remember who the judge is.  We get upset about the electoral vote system and how unfair it seems, and the bound and unbound delegates.  The righteous Judge will make the choice.  It doesn’t always seem like the right choice, but we have to remember God has a plan and we are his people but he is the judge.  We will know more about it when we get to Heaven.  I have quite a few political questions and I am sure you do to.  The important thing to remember is no matter who becomes President, the Lord is our King.  That should make us all feel calm and peaceful about this process.  Always remember, those of you who know the Lord.  He will save us!!!Our Judge