But I Could Catch the Biggest Bull Frogs

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Thank you, Lord, for Mom and Dad,
My angelic grandma I loved so.
Abundant sustenance all my life,
Safe environments in which to grow.

I respected my brothers and sisters,
Though we fought like cats and dogs.
We played and wrestled and got dirty
…I could catch the biggest bull frogs.

You gave me a sound body and mind;
I learned well to read and write.
Mostly I behaved quite proper;
A few wrongs but tried to do right.

Summer time we got rounded up
One year for that Bible school;
Met this gentle young man, Jesus,
Who taught me the Golden Rule.

He’s led me down life’s pathway,
Soothed my heart and hell-bound soul.
Cleaned me up one side and another;
Dug me out of that dark, deep hole.

The loving heart you gave me, Lord,
I used for lost sisters and brothers
That forgiving spirit was harder to bear;
But you said we should love one another.

Oh, the wisdom in that there Bible,
The tools for us to use in our lives.
I’m finding new ones most every day,
‘especially joys from just being alive.

A thankful heart and loving spirit
Is my offering, Lord, back to you.
Reflecting a happier way of life,
And a heart that’s tried and so true.

O God my God!

 

Psalm 107–Give Thanks unto the Lord 

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“Oh, that mankind would praise the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men!”

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Even though. . .

We rebelled against the words of God… We were bound in affliction and sins… We despised the counsel of the Most High… We hated all manner of His sustenance… We drew near to the gates of death… We were at our wits end… We were brought low through affliction, oppression and sorrow…

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Despite  all this. . .

His mercy endures forever.

He redeemed us from the enemy.

He delivered us from hunger, thirst, and despair.

He leads us in the right path.

He satisfies the longing soul.

He fills the hungry soul with goodness.

He brings us out of darkness.

He brought us from the shadow of death.

He broke our chains asunder.

He sent his word and healed us.

He calms the angry seas and storms.

He keeps affliction away.

He watches over us like a shepherd.

 

Whoever is wise and will see these things,

They shall understand the loving kindness of the Lord!
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The Twins: Snitty and Snatty

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Proverb 31:26 “She opens her mouth with wisdom; her tongue is the law of kindness.”

Good morning and be comforted in the knowledge that God loves you and watches over you.  The weather here has blessed us with a brief deluge of an Illinois morning shower. Near 80° already today, a pleasant day for working at fall chores outdoors perhaps?  We’re plucking tomatoes off the vines and cutting gorgeous roses from our climbers out back.  Don’t have the heart to tell them both that their time to shine is almost past.  Oh well, they will sense it soon, as surely as my body definitely recognizes its advance towards the 70+ year mark.

The proverb today came to mind when I was overtaken with a craving to refund a “snitty” for a “snatty.”  Do you ever catch that modus operandi making for a hasty leap onto your pages of life before you’ve even given it a thought?  Only a listening ear for that all too familiar whisper of God will rescue you from a nasty fall from grace.

“Wisely choose your words,” it exhorts us.   Yes, Father, I shall.  However, I need a few seconds, rather, minutes to spit these despicable expressions down the drain that you see hanging from my lower lip.   I thought I had flushed those years ago.  Really.  Sorry.

“Speak kindly words that are sufficient for the time and place.”   Yes, Father, I hear you.  Kindly is a choice word:  Friendly, caring, gentle, compassionate, and more.  Nice.  All are well-spoken and fit for a king, or a child of the king.  Hey, that’s me!  I am His child.  Amen.

I suddenly realized that kindly is how I want to be treated, and by returning snatty with a kindness . . . well, that takes away the sting, the pain, the chance of misunderstanding, and the further lowering of respect for that person about to receive my snitty in return.    That’s how my Father expects me to live.

I’m surely glad my Father whispers to me!  He loves me, this I know . . .  for the Bible tells me so.

An afternoon and evening of kindly phrases and praises to you all.  Shalom

O teach me, Lord, that I my teach

The precious things Thou dost impart

And wing my words that they may reach

The hidden depths of many a heart.

~~Frances R. Havergal, 1872

 

A Mystery Revealed

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Repeatedly it’s been said, “It was the best and worst of times,”

Discordantly, wisdom and absurdity sang redundant rhymes.

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A tale of two cities, a contrast stark, between heaven and earth,

Perhaps one day may give way to a cataclysmic rebirth.

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It’s true today as it was back in the eighteen hundred years,

Light and Darkness administrate, while Hope balances Fears.

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Technological sprawl litters homes and clutters one’s workplace,

As ghastly suicides and boredom slither at a haunting pace.

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Paradoxically, religious avow their creeds, yet God teeters on His throne.

Deviant sexuality lusts ecstatically, while AIDS and STDs gnaw bones.

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Is human dignity recoverable, and standards of right and wrong?

Have we forgotten who we are…and to Whom we truly belong?

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Dogmatic agnosticism imprisons, and spirit and mind decay;

Wandering tediously, life’s passage echoes, “We’ve forgotten the way!”

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Long ago Truth was manifested, bearing witness of a place to stand;

A mystery revealed, heaven reached down a mighty helping hand.

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The true Light shone in the darkness, and the darkness knew it not.

How great that light!

How great the cost!

Christ’s death our souls has bought!

A Blind Horse

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Proverbs 2

“My sons, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments, then listen to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding it. If you cry after discernment and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek it as silver and search for it like treasures… then you shall understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

For the Lord gives wisdom; out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. He lays up sound wisdom for the righteous; he is a shield to them that walk uprightly. He keeps the paths of judgment and preserves the way of his saints.

Then you will understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yes, every good path. When wisdom enters into your heart, knowledge is pleasant to your soul. Discretion shall preserve you; understanding shall keep you.

It shall deliver you from the evil man: from the man that speaks perverse things, leaves the paths of righteousness to walk in the ways of darkness, rejoices to do evil and delight in the perversity of the wicked, makes crooked and devious your ways.

Wisdom will deliver you from the immoral person, even the stranger who flatters you with words; who forsakes the guidance of youth and forgets the covenant of God. That house is sinking down to death.

None that live immorally will ever be the same again. You must walk in the way of good men and keep the paths of righteous, for the upright shall dwell in the land; the blameless shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.”

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Shalom, my friends: The Lord is our Shepherd, we shall not want…ever. He has given us wisdom to live righteously, if we will only listen and follow; that’s the key. We can listen but not follow; we can follow but not listen. Either way, we fail miserably.

Have you ever tried to carry on a conversation with someone who is watching television or listening to the radio or a musical recording? Impossible! If you’re patient, you may get a “huh?” response or “Wait; this is the best part.” But you’ll never get their full attention as long as their eyes and ears are tuned to alternatives.

Daily we are telling God, “Huh?” to His words of wisdom, or “Wait,” because we are too busy with more pleasurable things. We have 24 hours, one day at a time. Days fly by like snowflakes in midwinter. “Well, we always have tomorrow.” No, we will not always have tomorrow. Our days are numbered; our time is limited. Listen! Watch! Why? Your television shows are unlimited but not eternal; your music and video games are unlimited but not eternal; your “APPS” on your cell phones, IPods, Readers, video games, etc., all boast of the limitless of their offerings to you.

Buy now! Play now! Watch now! Listen now!

Do you ever wonder why they all play up the word, “NOW?” Perhaps it is because even they acknowledge that time is fleeting and will be gone one day! They want you to spend your short lifetime listening to their worthless babble and watching their decadent pictures.

Will you reach your goal of eternal life in heaven with God and our Lord Jesus by feasting on these? No!

There’s an old joke that will help illustrate this point:

A rancher raced toward home after learning his house was burning down. His horse ran so fast and long, the critter’s heart gave out and died before they reached the house. The rancher was distraught til he saw a horse trader’s cabin up ahead. Running over to the horse trader, he told him he needed a good horse fast, as his ranch was on fire. The trader showed him three horses he would sell and boasted the attributes of each one. The first one was a good horse but bucked if ridden too far. The second horse was a fair horse but would pull up lame if ridden too fast. The third horse was of excellent stock but didn’t “look’a so good.” The rancher, excited now, bought the third horse, thinking it was the best bet to get him home the quickest. “All right,” the trader said, “but remember, I told you he don’t look’a so good.” Barely listening to the end of the deal, the rancher hopped on the horse and took off like he was fired out of a cannon. All went well til the first turn in the road. Whump! The horse ran right into a big tree, knocked the rancher into the dust and keeled over and died. The horse trader came riding up and, as he dusted off the crumpled rancher, said, “I told you that that horse no look’a so good!”

Let’s not buy a blind horse, folks. Read God’s word and listen to his voice. We’ll not only get to heaven, we won’t have a fire to put out when we get there.

Shalom

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

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© Jeanne E Webster – All rights reserved

 

Proverbs 2

“My sons, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments, then listen to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding it. If you cry after discernment and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek it as silver and search for it like treasures… then you shall understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

For the Lord gives wisdom; out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. He lays up sound wisdom for the righteous; he is a shield to them that walk uprightly. He keeps the paths of judgment and preserves the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yes, every good path.
When wisdom enters into your heart, knowledge is pleasant to your soul. Discretion shall preserve you; understanding shall keep you. It shall deliver you from the evil man: from the man that speaks perverse things, leaves the paths of righteousness to walk in the ways of darkness, rejoices to do evil and delight in the perversity of the wicked, makes crooked and devious your ways.

Wisdom will deliver you from the immoral person, even the stranger who flatters you with words; who forsakes the guidance of youth and forgets the covenant of God. That house is sinking down to death.

None that live immorally will ever be the same again. You must walk in the way of good men and keep the paths of righteous, for the upright shall dwell in the land; the blameless shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.”

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My friends:

The Lord is our Shepherd, we shall not want…ever. He has given us wisdom to live righteously, if we will only listen and follow; that’s the key. We can listen but not follow; we can follow but not listen. Either way, we fail miserably.

Have you ever tried to carry on a conversation with someone who is watching television or listening to the radio or a musical recording? Impossible! If you’re patient, you may get a “huh?” response or “Wait; this is the best part.” But you’ll never get their full attention as long as their eyes and ears are tuned to alternatives.

Daily we are telling God, “Huh?” to His words of wisdom, or “Wait,” because we are too busy with more pleasurable things. We have 24 hours, one day at a time. Days fly by like snowflakes in midwinter. “Well, we always have tomorrow.” No, we will not always have tomorrow. Our days are numbered; our time is limited.

Listen! Watch!

Why?

Your television shows are unlimited but not eternal; your music and video games are unlimited but not eternal; your “APPS” on your cell phones, I Pods, Readers, video games, etc., all boast of the limitless of their offerings to you. Buy now! Play now! Watch now! Listen now! Do you ever wonder why they all play up the word, “NOW?” Perhaps it is because even they acknowledge that time is fleeting and will be gone one day! They want you to spend your short lifetime listening to their worthless babble and watching their decadent pictures.

Will you reach your goal of eternal life in heaven with God and our Lord Jesus by feasting on these?

No!

There’s an old joke that will help illustrate this point:

A rancher raced toward home after learning his house was burning down. His horse ran so fast and long, the critter’s heart gave out and died before they reached the house.

The rancher was distraught til he saw a horse trader’s cabin up ahead. Running over to the horse trader, he told him he needed a good horse fast, as his ranch was on fire.

The trader showed him three horses he would sell and boasted the attributes of each one. The first one was a good horse but bucked if ridden too far. The second horse was a fair horse but would pull up lame if ridden too fast. The third horse was of excellent stock but didn’t “look’a so good.”

The rancher, excited now, bought the third horse, thinking it was the best bet to get him home the quickest. “All right,” the trader said, “but remember I told you he don’t look’a so good.”

Barely listening to the end of the deal, the rancher hopped on the horse and took off like he was fired out of a cannon. All went well til the first turn in the road. Whump! The horse ran right into a big tree, knocked the rancher into the dust and keeled over and died.

The horse trader came riding up and, as he dusted off the crumpled rancher, said, “I told you that that horse no look’a so good!”

Let’s not buy a blind horse, folks. Read God’s word and listen to his voice. We’ll not only get to heaven, we won’t have a fire to put out when we get there.

Shalom

Heavenly Lullabies

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Heavenly Lullabies

 

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“Happy New Year!” is on its way; it’s knocking at the door.  Are we ready with some tried-and-true resolutions to spruce up the old BODY?   Weight loss, new job, quit smoking, kick the drugs and booze habit, smile more at the world, spend more time with the family, lean harder on the budget, sock more money away each month . . .these objectives will certainly tidy up our persona for a better year ahead. 

What about our spiritual features?  Are they on extended vacation from the divine practices and nourishment our sacred nature requires?   Hopefully not. The world distracts our focus away from godly nutrition, pleading instead to the louder more sensual intonations of our carnal nature.  Instead of developing a deeper faith in our Creator, we find ourselves tossed about, clinging to life on a slippery slope and being slapped by one fear after another.

Everywhere we look there is turmoil, anxiety, fear, tension, and dread.  What are we to do? Is this what life is all about?  To put it succinctly, NO!

Life is relying on the Lord for strength and sustenance in the physical body AND in the spiritual body. 

Jesus warns us to quit worrying about things that hinder our walk in the spirit. As Christians, we have precious encouragement, “Don’t worry about what tomorrow will bring you, for it will take care of itself.” (Matt. 6:34)

What’s He saying here? Do not worry or become over-anxious.  Ok, but why does He say this when all about us are fearful distractions? Are we looking in all the wrong places for help?

He adds:  Matt. 6:33: Don’t worry about what you will eat, what you will drink, or if you will be clothed.  Non-believers worry about those things!   “Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness…and all your needs will be provided to you.”

In summation, Jesus tells us that God is still in charge of our lives; He knows our every need. “For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of these things.” (Matt. 6:32b)

What assurance! What RE-assurance! Our heavenly Father knows. Think about it. God is the creator of all things, even us, and planned the world’s itinerary from its beginning onward. And here we are, worrying about what’s going to happen tomorrow. “O ye of little faith!” (Matt. 6:30)

Phil. 4:6-7 “May I be anxious for nothing, and in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, may I make my needs known to You; and I know that Your peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard my heart and mind through Jesus Christ.  Amen.”

 

May the melodious wisdom of our Father saturate and strengthen our hearts and minds as we feast on His bountiful promises.  Let us relearn the heart songs of His Word as heavenly lullabies that trickle into our inner realm, releasing our fears and weaknesses. 

Joy to the world; the Lord has come!  Be refreshed!  Be renewed!  . . . by His peace and joy. 

Alleluia and Amen!