Monthly Archives: April 2013

Shining Moments

One great mistake I’ve made again and again in life is to worry.

Yes, from the time I was very young my heart would become

troubled and upset

about many things.

Although I grew physically and

entered my teens and young adult years.

I’d still worry and

at times become overcome with fears and doubts.

Drained of joy in the moment

I’d hope things would work out.

And they tended to.

Not that it was always smooth sailing.

No, no one’s life is like that

but the dreaded things I’d fear would never happen.

The sun would rise on the next day

and life somehow continued.

But

worry, fear, a troubled heart

didn’t fit with my growing faith in the Lord.

No, and that troubled me.

I knew His Word said that He is Faithful.

Yes, I knew by heart so many of those verses

telling us to not fear

telling me that my way of coping with life was wrong.

It wasn’t until I was older that I began to learn the secret-

the secret that would change my life

and open the way for me to do things

I never would have considered before.

Rather than worry

He whispered to me ‘to nestle’.

Yes, nestle down deep in His Love

and there I discovered peace.

There I found One Who held me no matter how dark the night

or furious the storm.

Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.

Jesus.

As I learned to rest in the Love of Jesus

I found a peace

that is beyond my ability to describe but available to all.

As I walked that long ramp to board the plane forRussia

many years ago

my mind thought of all the possible reasons the adoption might fail

or I might not ever make it back home.

But I was held by the One Who understood and knew all my doubts and fears.

Yes, He knew my very weakness and still called me to follow Him.

I sensed His Hand outstretched

to me,

trembling with all my fears

and I knew His Love and strong keeping.

S,o I went forth

even slept on the plane

and in a few days came home holding my precious daughter.

Safe?

Yes, I was safer in Russia than anywhere else.

The safest Place is always in Him.

Every day we face numerous unexpected disasters.

Boston Marathon,Texas,

earthquakes, tornadoes, storms, financial upsets, illness

but the words of Jesus speak truth today.

Yes, we are surrounded by troubles and trials

but the answer to it all is in learning to rest in Jesus.

Don’t wrestle, just nestle.

Good words, don’t you think?

Lastly,

hold onto these words throughout this day

Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust Me.  

(John 14:1 The Message)

Rest in Him.

 

Shining Moments

Another soldier has gone home.

George Beverly Shea.

Many years ago I heard him sing.

   I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold

     and as a young girl of fifteen my soul whispered quietly,

“Yes.”

It was at a Billy Graham Crusade inNew York City.

Although I was surrounded on all sides with thousands of people

I was gripped by the words of this song.

I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause

Life had already taught me that the praise of man would quickly pass

but that only knowing Him mattered. 

I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause

In a way that is difficult to explain but so clear to me

I knew that this was my heart’s desire.

George Beverly Shea sang on filling the stadium that night with song.

Tears filled my eyes as the call of serving Jesus rang forth.

I’d rather have Jesus than anything

  this world affords today.

Yes, I answered. Yes, Jesus.

Nothing else matters.

It was a moment I will never forget.

The years came and went.

I often sat down at the piano and played that song

and others that Shea had written and sang so well.

The Wonder of it All.

Heart wide opened to Jesus.

Rich baritone voice, faithful servant of the Lord.

And  I can still hear him singing How Great Thou Art

  from the depths of his being.

He knew the grace of God in his life.

He longed for others to know Him too.

Well, today as I weep remembering the impact of his life on mine and many others

I also rejoice.

Simply marveling at so many faithful servants of the Lord

who are rejoicing at this very moment in heaven.

My mom is probably clapping her hands and singing along

while the party continues. Shining moments.

Thank you, God, for blessing us with his life for so many years.

May we all be true to His dear Name.  

 

 

Shining Moments

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year,”

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote.

Words that challenge. Words of hope.

But I wonder

do I live like I really believe this?

Every day……..

days that are filled with challenge and struggle.

days that demand that we dig down deep and draw upon resources beyond our own.

The BEST day…

Hm, my heart wanders to days at the beach

when I walk and leave footprints in the wet sand.

Days when the wind plays with my hair and the sun surrounds me with warmth.

Now that’s what I call the best of days, I muse.

But is there more to life than my own comfort and pleasure?

Is there more to be considered when I think about the best day of the year?

And then like moving pages on a book

I remember those cherished words

 Trust in the Lord with all your heart (Proverbs 3:5,6)

words in my Bible that I have wet with tears.

Words that led me to peace and purpose and passion in life.

    Lean not on your own understanding

I think back on times when I thought it was all over.

The end.

Nothingness.

But the Lord revealed to me that it was only a bend in the road.

Shining moments all over.

He led me further along

where I could look back and

catch the glimpse of a rainbow.

And what had seemed the worst of times

opened up to the best of days

as I trusted Him and kept on walking.

In all your ways acknowledge Him

  The winds whispers it

All of nature proclaims it.

That He is Lord

and that His Love is forever.

Placing my little hand in His Mighty One

I realize again and again that the best of days is in walking with Him.

Sometimes understanding maybe a little

But more often than not simply trusting Him

to somehow show me His Purpose and Plan

and to lead me Home.

And He will direct your paths.

Words of promise that we can depend upon.

Yes, that’s how every day becomes that best day of the year.

As we walk with Him

surrendered to His Will

a Way opens up.

A path of peace that shines with the light of His Promise.

So when there are difficult seasons

days of struggle and pain

He draws us even closer to Himself and whispers words of peace and hope.

Looking back

those times when I’ve sensed the Father’s Presence

are the golden ones that sparkle with Hope

and pulsate with Life.

How about you?

Write it on your heart

that today

wherever you are

whatever you’re doing

today is the best day of the year.

I still can hear the words of the radio speaker of old as he signed off each day,

“Walk with the King, my friends.”

Oh yes,

let’s walk with the King

and receive from His gracious Hand

the best of days.