Pure as New-fallen Snow?

 

 

New-fallen snow reminds me

Of when I was a lad,

And when the well was getting low

It used to worry Dad.

But Grandma said, “Now don’t you fret,

We’ll melt and strain the snow—

It’s good enough for washing clothes

And taking baths, you know.”

I thought that Gram was silly

‘Cause the way it looked to me,

That fluffy, white new-fallen snow

Was clean as it could be.

So Grandma had me fill a pail

And set it on the stove;

As we watched it heat she said,

“You’ll see, the dirt will show.”

I watched it melt and shook my head.

It sure did puzzle me—

How there could be one speck of dirt

Was more than I could see

And then she slowly poured it

Through a cloth so clean and white,

And when I saw the dirt it left,

I knew that she was right.

And Grandma said, “It’s like that

As you go through life, my son;

You’ll maybe think you’ve covered up

The little wrongs you’ve done.

But don’t forget, though you have fooled

The folks next door to you,

That God looks right into your heart

And sees the bad you do.”

How I recall Grandmother’s words

Each time I watch it snow;

No matter how we hide the truth,

There’s always One who’ll know…

 

I Can Only Imagine

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I can only imagine what it will be like
When I walk by Your side
I can only imagine what my eyes will see
When Your face is before me
I can only imagine
Yeah

Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for You Jesus?
Or in awe of You be still?

Will I stand in Your presence
Or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing, Hallelujah?
Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine
I can only imagine

I can only imagine when that day comes
And I find myself standing in the sun
I can only imagine when all I will do
Is forever, forever worship You
I can only imagine, yeah
I can only imagine

Writer: Bart Marshall Millard
Copyright: Lyrics © MUSIC SERVICES, INC.
“Let your thoughts wander and give them full rein to the Holy Spirit’s power within you.  What amazing words Bart Marshall Millard has gifted us with!  Amen”

 

Ain’t We Got Fun!

Wittiest Headlines of 1999

And the Beat Goes On…

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  1. Include Your Children When Baking Cookies
  2. Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
  3.  Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
  4.  Plane Too Close to Ground, Crash Probe Told
  5.  Miners Refuse to Work After Death
  6.  Stolen Painting Found by Tree
  7.  Two Sisters Reunited After 18 Years in Checkout Counter
  8.  War Dims Hope for Peace
  9.  If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last a While
  10.  Man Struck by Lightning Faces Battery Charge
  11.  Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
  12.  Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
  13.  Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

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It appears that news never changes.  The printed word continues to confuse rather than educate.  Better yet, perhaps the printed word is merely humor for the day?!  Smile…have a nice day.

 

Between Heaven and Hell There’s a Cross

 

 

© Jeanne E Webster.  All rights reserved

 

Luke 12:51-53 “Do you think that I have come to bring peace on earth? I tell you, No, rather division. From now on there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

A daughter accepts Christ as her Savior and her life changes. She begins to exhibit characteristics of a Christian, and her family is taken aback. Soon they are estranged and the costs begin to mount up for the girl. She suffers hateful accusations meant to prompt a change in her faithfulness to Christ.

“Well, hello Miss Goody Two shoes!”

“Who do you think you are?”

“You’re not fun anymore.”

“We’re not good enough for you anymore?”

“You’ve stopped swearing.”

“Gee, you’re as phony as a two-dollar bill.”

“You’re not my daughter anymore!”

“Don’t cram that “Jesus stuff” down our throats.”

“You’re not welcome here till you change back to your old self.”

“You can go to hell for all we care!”

.Our Lord warned us that we would be scorned, hated and abused, but our reward is heavenly.

Luke 9: 26 “If any man will follow me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily. Whoever will save his life shall lose it, but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, will save it. What’s your reward if you gain the whole world and lose your soul?”

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I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;

I’d rather be His than have riches untold;

I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands;

I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand

 

Refrain:

Than to be the king of a vast domain

And be held in sin’s dread sway;

I’d rather have Jesus than anything

This world affords today.

 

I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;

I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;

I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame;

I’d rather be true to His holy name.

 

He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;

He’s sweeter than honey from out the comb;

He’s all that my hungering spirit needs;

I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead.

~Rhea F. Miller, 1922

 

Change is a’coming!

 

© Jeanne E Webster

Happy New Year! A new year is certain to bring forth change, in everything and within all of us. So I thought of writing a post about new creatures.

The newest things on this earth are babies. We even have a contest to award the parents of the baby born closest to the yearly changeover, the New Year’s baby! Sometimes folks have tried to hurry their unborn entry along or delay the birth to match the new time, all to maintain control over circumstances.

We all can look back and remember the scenario of checking out the fingers and toes of our newly born beautiful babies. The digits are counted audibly, first the fingers than the toes. A big sigh of relief is breathed as the babe is given the thumbs up signal. All is well.

2 Cor. 5: Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away and all things become new.

Eph. 4:24-32 and that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness…

God has a way of checking out his reborns, ones born of Christ. He looks for signs of change within our spirits. All corruptness or deceitful lusts must leave, as we daily walk with our Lord. A new man will be constantly renewed in the spirit of the mind. Speaking truth replaces lying; sinful anger is replaced by righteous indignation; theft is replaced by honest work; foul language is replace by gracious speech; resentment and wrath give way to kindness and forgiveness.

The old man has gone—Christ has come!

Year-end Levity

You might have a hard time avoiding reminders of the Almighty these days.  Billboards bearing “Messages from God” have appeared in over 40 states. To wrap up the year here’s some levity for you…  for the stressed at heart:

 

Let’s meet at my house Sunday before the game.

Loved the wedding; invite me to the marriage.

Will the road you’re on get you to my place?

That “love thy neighbor” thing   .   .   . I meant it.

Do you have any idea where you’re going?

Need a marriage counselor?  I’m available.

Follow me!

Keep using my name in vain, I’ll make rush hour longer.

I don’t question your existence.

What part of “thou shalt not” don’t you understand?

I love you…I love you…I love you!

We need to talk.

Don’t make me come down there!

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!

 

 

© Jeanne E Webster

 

Another Senior Moment!

© Jeanne E Webster. All rights reserved and observed.

There she was, smiling at me with a squashed-cockroach grin.

Amid the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, I found myself browsing a department store’s offerings early one morning. Sale items were piled here and there on shelves and hangers, tempting buyers to unleash their monies and take them home. In a hurry, I hoped to snap up a few last minute gifts before returning home ahead of the rush hour traffic. I admit I was in a tizzy that day and probably should have stayed home.

She didn’t say a word, just stood there staring right through me as if I were a ghost. My thoughts rambled into a frantic search for a name. Who was this woman?!

Search….search….search. Nothing solid…a few pauses, hesitations to process. No, that isn’t it…no, not her. Running out of data….
She looks so familiar! But I can’t pull out a name. WHO IS SHE?!

Knowing I had only seconds before this woman would call my bluff, I shuffled my feet to change position, trying to shoulder her out of direct vision. I caught a quick glimpse of movement and shuddered. My bluff was over! I slowly pivoted my body full force towards her, ready to face a tongue lashing.

Before I could utter a word, the woman chuckled out loud, “Oh my! That’s me!” (I hadn’t noticed the mirrored wall at all!)

Oh well, another senior moment.
Have a nice day!