Heavenly Flares

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Thank you for the memories,
The joys and wonders of life,
The blessing of divine glories…
What peace abundantly rife!

You birthed me as a baby girl,
Swaddled up in my mother’s arms;
Tenderly kissed my golden curls
As I snuggled in her charms.

Thanks for all my family and friends,
Thanks for pretty flowers and weeds.
Sunshine and rain brought amends
As You sought to establish Your seeds.

Oh God, my sins no longer sting
They’re hung on the cross of Jesus.
He entered into my life to bring
A life so much more prestigious.

Your truth appeased my doubting heart;
I was healed by Your living waters.
Eternal life You did impart
To my spirit and many others.

I peered inside my very soul;
Faithfully, You are present there.
See that loving spirit glow…
A sweet heavenly flare!

Have I Told You Lately . . .?

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Thank you for:

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Family and friends with caring hearts

Home and pets that welcome me there

Life in America and precious freedom

Knowledge and common sense all around

Financial means and fuzzy hugs

Tender relationships and heart touches

Warm clothes and a healing body

All these I hold dear, Lord.

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Thank you…..but . . .

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Have I told you lately that I love you?

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Lord Jesus, my Savior and King,

I LOVE YOU!

 

Calling All Grammas

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Slender stature about 5 foot-four
Smiles flashing love to every child
Twinkle in eyes probing each heart
Hands nursing many a child’s hurt
Arms protecting little ones from harm
Vibrant aprons holding treats to eat
Making the finest filled cookies about
Doting time for grandchildren at play
Nurturing interest in outdoor fun
Finding those lucky 4-leaf clovers
Picking lilacs and planting those pansies
Joyfully sharing antique doll collection
Letting grandchildren help with chores
Always dressed prim proper and clean
Truly loved her family and they knew it–
Thank you Lord for such a rich treasure
God’s angel in disguise and homeward bound
Far too early–I still lament her passing.

gramma and my mother and uncle.

Between Heaven and Hell . . . There’s a Cross

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Between Heaven and Hell . . . There’s a Cross

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The cost of following Jesus has a steep price tag, particularly in family relationships.

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!”

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We pay a steep price for our fellowship with Jesus. 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

 

People Need . . .

23RD PSALM

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PEOPLE NEED  . . .

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Gone are the worthy grades in school

The family get-togethers at the pool

The drugs keep telling him he’s cool

…doesn’t realize he’s playing the fool.

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She’s waiting tables and turning tricks

Mind’s cloudy…and nothing clicks

Known on the street as one cute chick

…doesn’t realize she’s getting sick.

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 Preaching sermons Sunday morns and night

Those Bible verses he can easily recite

A jug of booze he’s hidden out of sight

…struggling to step back into the Light.

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People everywhere battling each day

Trying to get back up some way

Keeping those demons somehow at bay

Oh, Lord, bring peace into their souls today.

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Lord, we all need your peace in our souls today.

A Little R & R

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Resolutions, everyone?  How about a revelation then?  I’m not a great resolutionist of idle thought, but give me revelation of a gap within my relationship with God, I’ll report for duty every time.  This New Year I have resolved to intensify my closeness to God.   My spirit tells me I need to; my heart rejoices with the thought.

Where do I begin this trek?  I think I’ll start with my prayer time. I’ve rather become a mite flippant, a little fiddling instead of a lot of communicating.  With a bit of introspection, we could all draw closer to God, don’t you think?

A favorite hymn that always causes me to ponder with wonder:

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I Know Whom I Have Believed

~Daniel W. Whittle 1840-1901

I know not why God’s wondrous grace

To me he hath made known,

Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love

Redeemed me for his own.

 

Refrain:

But I know whom I have believed,

And am persuaded that he is able

To keep that which I’ve committed

Unto Him against that day.

Refrain:

I know not how this saving faith

To me He did impart,

Nor how believing in His Word

Wrought peace within my heart.

Refrain:

I know not how the Spirit moves,

Convincing us of sin,

Revealing Jesus through the Word

Creating faith in Him.

Refrain:

I know not when my Lord may come,

At night or noonday fair,

Nor if I walk the vale with Him,

Or meet Him in the air.

Refrain:

BUT I KNOW WHOM I HAVE BELIEVED,

AND AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE

TO KEEP THAT WHICH I’VE COMMITTED

UNTO HIM AGAINST THAT DAY.

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Happy New Year, my friends in Christ.

Shalom,

Jeanne & family

Jeanne & Walter

 

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Annie & Jo

Forgetting the Past

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Dear Dad:

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Where’ve you been all my life?

A funny face in a photograph.

Where were you during my strife,

Or when I needed to laugh?

I guess life goes on the same;

You went your way, not mine.

You did leave me your name,

With that I’ve done just fine.

Good to see you once again

After all those twenty years.

Don’t care where you’ve been;

You’ve wiped away my tears.

Let’s get on with our “today.”

Reconcile our hearts and souls.

Put aside all those yesterdays,

Let God finally make us whole.

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Love…

your daughter

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PS:  Fathers are so important to the lives of their daughters.