Saturday, July 28, 2007

Whew! Busy week!

But a good week! We had our " Save the Planet" Crusade with Jamey Ragle! He is sooooooo good! If you're reading this ( I feel like I'm talking to myself here all the time) and you ever have the opportunity to hear this man take it! He is so blessed by God with the ability to communicate to others the truths of God's Word! Especially the youth. And can do it quite comically, too. We had a three night crusade and I was wishing it could have gone on all week( even as tired as I was).

Then yesterday my mom calls and says my dad seems to be getting worse. He has battled heart disease for more than 20 yrs. now and is going downhill pretty quickly the past few months. He had the new pacemaker/defibrilator put in in March and it has been a downhill battle ever since. But he did want some fish yesterday and his appetite seems to still be pretty good. Husband and I went by the fish and steak house and got plates for him, my mom and the two of us. He seemed to really enjoy his. Then I took my mom to the drugstore for refills on their meds and she needed to do grocery shopping as well, so we did that, too. Husband stayed with my dad. We'll be going back over this afternoon to check on them and do a few more things for them. We've got to figure out how to rearrange their living room furniture so my mom can order a hospital bed for him. It will help her that she won't have to be pulling on him to help him get in and out of bed.

We've been getting lots of peas from the garden. I've put 78 bags in the freezer. That will be more than enough for us. Took some to 2 of our ladies in the church. There are some that need picking this morning, but husband is gone with our youngest son to pick up a dog and I have far too much to do inside the house today. We've offered them to some of the neighbors, but they don't want to pick them, so I guess they'll just dry up. Nah.....husband will most likely get out there when he gets back and pick them to give to someone.


Isaiah 41:10~ Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Lord's Day!

I love Sundays and being able to gather with other believers in God's House! My pastor husband brought a wonderful message this morning entitled " Is Your All on the Altar?" . His scripture reading was from Romans 12:1 - " I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."

Do we even consider that God holds our very breath in His hands? What kinds of sacrifices are we willing to make to see the Kingdom of God move forward?

As my dh preached this morning....God wants our 'firstfruits' not our 'leftovers'. He wants first place in our lives. He must come before husband, wife, children, mother, father, brother, sisters....serving Him must come before attending that family reunion, or Sunday dinner at Grandma's. When revival efforts are going on in your church, He must come before that tv program you would like to stay home and watch. When it comes time to go back for the Sunday night services, forget that skiing trip you had planned!

We have 6 days a week....more than 300 days a year that we can do the things we enjoy. There are 144 hours in a week. Surely we can sacrifice 5 or 6 of those to attend the Sunday morning, evening and mid week services in the church of our choice. Surely we can sacrifice 30 minutes or an hour a day for personal Bible study and prayer. Surely out of the 24,365 hours we have in a year we can take a few minutes here and there to speak to someone about their eternal destiny.

He took a beating and sacrificed His own life so that we might have a way to spend eternity with Him one day. We can't work for our salvation, but when we become a child of the King, we can surely let Him know how much we love Him by serving Him faithfully!

Remember ....He gave the very best thing He had....his own precious that you might escape the horrors of hell. Give Him the best of yourself! When you fail to serve Him with all your heart, soul, and mind, you break His heart.

A pastor gets discouraged when every message God gives him seems to fall on deaf ears. You expect your pastor to be faithful in the calling God has placed on his life. You have a calling on yours as well. Step up and place your all on the altar. Be all that He calls you to be! He loves you so much!!

God bless you as you serve him!