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Monday, August 27, 2018

When all is said and done....


                  ....More is said than done.

It's true isn't it? Words are cheap. We make resolutions that don't survive the week. Some claim to live by the Ten Commandments or by the Golden Rule. How do we do?

The first commandment demands that we love God with all our heart, mind, and soul. Has there been one month of your life when you did? One week? One day?

The second command requires that we love our neighbor as ourselves. If you're in a group photo, whose face do you look for first? If, heading home, you hear a fire truck racing into your area, do you think, "I hope it's not my neighbor's"?

Isn't it amazing that men still see themselves as basically good? In spite of world wars, concentration camps, Viet Nam, sixty-six million Russians exterminated, the slaughter under Mao-just in this century! Mankind's history is written in blood and tears: "The hearts of the sons of men are full of evil" (Ecclesiastes 9:3).

Man, as God made him, was good, but he rebelled against his Creator. At our root we are corrupt. 
It's no good cleaning up bad apples; the tree needs new life grafted in to produce better fruit.

We view ourselves as good if we compare ourselves with one another instead of measuring our lives by God's standard: "All have sinned."

Sometimes we clean ourselves up on the outside, but what about our thoughts and motives? You may hide your sin from others, even convince yourself that you're not so bad. But one day you will stand before this holy God.

But there is a way for you to be reconciled to God: "The wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23) Will you agree with Him about your sin and receive Him as your personal Saviour?

A "Justaminute" tract
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The Piano.... touching short film animation

"The Piano"
Short Film Animation by Aidan Gibbons.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The tree of life

The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 2:8-9 

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
Revelation 22:12-15

In the beginning of the Word of God there is the tree of life, on earth. At the end of the Word of God, there is the tree of life, this time in heaven.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

In heavenly love abiding

This January, I saw the first two lines of this hymn engraved on a tombstone in Newton Abbot, Devon, England. I had first discovered the hymn a few years ago, but had forgotten about it. Cemeteries are serious places, my maternal Grandpa is buried in this certain cemetery. I am looking forward to meeting him for the first time when I reach Heaven! Most of all, I cannot wait for the moment I will see my Saviour's face for the first time. I do not deserve to even look into His eyes or be in His presence, yet He loves me and fights and intercedes daily for me. He walked on this earth, and knows what we experience. His grace is sufficient for me. He has put my sin away as far as the east is from the west, He chooses to not remember it. He paid the terrible price for my sin, so I can go free. He gives me peace and joy. 

Do you know my Lord Jesus Christ? If you do not know Him as your Saviour and Lord, please change your "relationship status" as soon as possible. Man is like a breath, or like the grass that is here today and withers tomorrow. You could be in eternity 24 hours from now. Where is your eternal home? Will you be forever with Christ, or forever separated from Christ? 

In heav’nly love abiding,
No change my heart shall fear;
And safe is such confiding,
For nothing changes here.
The storm may roar without me,
My heart may low be laid,
But God is round about me,
And can I be dismayed?
Wherever He may guide me,
No want shall turn me back;
My Shepherd is beside me,
And nothing can I lack.
His wisdom ever waketh,
His sight is never dim;
He knows the way He taketh,
And I will walk with Him.
Green pastures are before me,
Which yet I have not seen;
Bright skies will soon be o’er me,
Where darkest clouds have been.
My hope I cannot measure,
My path to life is free;
My Savior has my treasure,
And He will walk with me.
Hymn author: Anna Letitia Waring. (1850)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Song: Land of the Living by Roo Panes

I first heard this beautiful song on January 1, 2018. It is called "Land of the Living" and is written by Roo (Andrew) Panes.

You can hear the song here:

I looked up the verse where it mentions "land of the living".... it is from Psalms 27.

I would have lost heart, unless I believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 
Psalm 27:13 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Comfort and consolation

Beautiful words.....

honor Him
good hope
every word
every work 

But these words are meaningless without the precious Person behind them, Jesus Christ. This world may try to offer comfort, but it does not last or prove itself to be established. The Lord's comfort and consolation is everlasting for those who believe in His work at Calvary. 

At the end of the day, we each say and do what we desire. Are our desires in line with God's word, or are they things we want to do? At first glance, what this verse in Isaiah says seems impossible, you mean, even my words cannot be my own? But we each have a custom yoke that Jesus Christ gives us. I remember hearing that carpenters in the Middle East would fit each yoke to the specific animal. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. 

"And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the Lord;" 
Isaiah 58:13b-14

"Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work."
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Christmas in England (Part 2)

Boats on Brixham Harbor. 
(photo credit: Sarah)

(photo credit: Sarah) 

                                 Brixham, England.
(photo credit: Sarah) 

(photo credit: Sarah ) 

One day, we walked around Brixham harbor. It was chilly and windy. The seagulls provided a nice soundtrack. After our walk, we sat down at the lovely Old Market House and had coffee and juice.

      (photo credit: Elizabeth)

      I am not drinking caffeine right now, so I ordered juice. I like how they named the brand J2O.

"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden." 
  Matthew 5:14 (NKJV) 

Back at Grandma's cozy house.

Unique tile design

 Rain drops on Grandma's kitchen window.

“It shall come to pass in that day
That I will answer,” says the Lord;
“I will answer the heavens,
And they shall answer the earth.


The earth shall answer
With grain,
With new wine,
And with oil;
They shall answer Jezreel.

Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth,
And I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy;
Then I will say to those who were not My people,
‘You are My people!’
And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’”

Hosea 2:21-23 

Christmas day was clear in the morning, but in the late afternoon it poured with rain. We had a wonderful time with our relatives at Bovey Castle having a special five course lunch that my Uncle arranged. We left the warmth of a crackling fire inside the castle and ran in the rain to the cars. 

I had just read these verses in Hosea on December 24. Instead of being ungrateful for the rain and the inconvenience of getting wet, the Lord reminded me of this verse. When the Lord answers us it is always a blessing. Even if He does not answer the way we would like. 
I am still learning this!  

I hope you all had special times and made memories with your families over Christmas time.

Christmas in England (Part 1)

Some of my family were able to go to England for Christmas this year. It was a new experience being there in the winter, because usually we visit in the summer or springtime. We had a good trip there and were able to see some of Mum's childhood school-friends and spend time with our Grandma, cousins, uncle and aunt.

         Views from the plane on the 9 hour flight from Houston, TX to Heathrow, England.

                             (photo credit for these two pictures: Sarah)

     In Grandma's livingroom
(all other photos credit: Elizabeth) 

 How is there green grass in December? I guess because of all the rain. In Oklahoma we had dry,  brown grass.

Flowers still blooming in December!  At my Uncle's home in the countryside.

Christmas lights in Devon, England.

   Rainbow after a shower of rain.

       Yours truly.

Grandma's front garden.

         Dartmoor National Park. We saw some snow there, a rare occurrence in the south of England.

 I saw this after a nice walk in Grandma's neighborhood.

   Feather resting on red berries.

It was about the same temperature as in Oklahoma this time of year, except for the rain.

Grandma with some of her grandchildren. (Missing in the picture are two of my sisters and another niece)

Friday, November 24, 2017

A walk on Thanksgiving Day 2017

 November Sunsets

           A tree in our back garden. It always turns this beautiful red in the autumn.

My sisters have been feeding this kitten that was abandoned by its mother. Every three hours it needs to be fed.

I took these next pictures on a walk around the neighborhood.

Redbud leaf 

           A plane in the sky above a beautiful Thanksgiving sunset. I wonder where they are going?

A sliver of a moon