1. Heather said,

    August 16, 2011 at 2:25 am

    One of my favorite hymns…and your marble illustration gives an interesting perspective.

    The Lord’s sovereignty is so clearly relayed in the Romans 8 passage, isn’t it? It can be such comfort to be able to rest in the fact that the Lord is doing the work of calling, justifying, conforming etc.

    • August 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm


      It really is comforting.

      I am thinking about you and that new baby that will be here before too long. I am praying that the Lord comforts you in new ways each day! 🙂

  2. Debbie said,

    August 16, 2011 at 7:15 am

    My family loved Aggravation! I would play it with my mom, dad and next older brother. 🙂 Such memories! And I wondered where you were going with it . . .
    God bless you, wonderful woman of the word, for sharing His word on us having a place, a part to play, under His control, by His design, in His own time. I love thinking about us being living stones. 🙂
    love you!

    • August 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      I almost deleted this post. I can be a perfectionist. 🙂 I was just a little bit sloppy bringing it all together. Then I thought about how as long as the message in it was true it would be okay to keep it. I am glad it brought back happy memories for you.


      • Debbie said,

        August 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm

        I didn’t find it sloppy at all! I love how you brought it together, about those marbles rolling around and going where they weren’t suppose to be. And how it could all get snatched up and taken away too! Wonderful analogy! And you gave me a special gift in your reply . . .as long as the message in it is true, it’s okay to keep. Thank you so much for that wisdom. How often do I cringe when I go to post? Often! Nearly every day!
        God bless you, wonderful woman of the Word, and the wisdom He gives you to share with us!

  3. Ann said,

    August 17, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Thank you, Theresa

    This hymn has been playing in my head since I first read your post. Thank you for sharing it.

    “when the time is right we are all reminded that we do not belong to ourselves, but to someone else who has the authority and power to do what He wishes.”
    I remember my rolling days… thank God that He brings stability and definition and thank you for such a wonderful illustration!

    Blessings much,

    • August 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      I am glad you liked it. I love the old hymns . Many of them are filled with great theology.


  4. bendedspoon said,

    August 20, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I love how you demonstrated reality with that game. I hope we have that game board in here and take the opportunity to teach valuable lessons to my kiddos and have fun as well!

    A slight movement may cause a slight shift but we may never know the extent of change it will create but God knows. We are the details, He is the whole 🙂

    • August 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      “We are the details, He is the whole.”…Did you come up with that or is it another of your favorite quotes by someone else? I loved that! It was very profound. 🙂

      I am so glad that God knows everything and has promised to care for us.


      • bendedspoon said,

        August 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm

        Theresa, it just popped in my mind while reading your wonderful post — marbles are small (details); whole (homonyn of hole). God actually shoot it in my mind — we had fun for countless times 😉

  5. Linda said,

    August 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Almost deleted it? I’m sure glad you didn’t…

    I wonder if the marbles get wiser and more patient over time. I don’t even try to win the game anymore, because competing with other marbles,.. those who have more experience and drive, are probably going to win…. but to what end?

    I love that God chose me and made my the way I am. Loving wife, good dog-mom to Niles, the one who cuddles and comforts my little family during a storm.

    I once was a rollling marble on a board game, but now I’m found!

    Hugs… : )

  6. August 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm


    I’m glad He chose you and made you the way He did, too…which is perfect and wonderful (Psalm 139)…especially your Spirit or inner man. 🙂

    He took us out of the game of “aggravation”, and put us in the game of new “life”. 😉


    • Linda said,

      August 28, 2011 at 2:41 am

      Hey… just jumping in with another comment regarding a question you asked me awhile back.

      Advice for school: Don’t be too hard on yourself, and don’t have expectations that are unreasonable for you or anyone else.

      Thought you might need to hear that about now.

      You are awesome! Remember that… Hugs, : )

  7. Pastor Glenn said,

    August 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Great illustration. Remember it’s not the marbles that win, but the Player who moves them. To Him be all the glory!

    • August 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you Pastor Glenn. To God be the glory! He works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure. 🙂


  8. JD said,

    August 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    . . .love that hymn . . my wife and I memorized it when we were first married.

    • August 24, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      It truly is a beautiful hymn. There are so many hymns that I love. It would be rally hard for me to pick my favorite. 🙂

  9. Ann said,

    August 25, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Hi Theresa

    Here’s something you may find helpful 😉


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    • August 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      Thank you so much Ann! That was so thoughtful. Those are great tips. 🙂


  10. September 4, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Reblogged this on Moore to Ponder and commented:

    1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV

    I find it interesting that there are some things that are always right or wrong. But there are other things that are right on one occasion yet wrong on another occasion, because they have to do with timing.

  11. September 5, 2012 at 2:17 am

    And as i tasted of your table of spiritual delights my heart was made full by the treasure laid before me. And though i could easily become a glutton…it was sure mean’t to eat small morsels in tender moments where their power would find a home in my spirit bringing great joy and happiness ….you are a wonderful blessing. Thanks dear sister!

    • September 5, 2012 at 2:33 am

      Thank you so much!I am so glad they blessed you.

      Blessings in Christ,

  12. Debbie said,

    September 5, 2012 at 6:27 am

    I loved getting to re-read this. Your posts are so full and timely and timeless! This was a great season for me to be reminded not to be aggravated or frustrated about the little stuff. . .He has a bigger game going on. God bless you, our wonderful woman of the Word! love and prayers for you and yours!

  13. jelillie said,

    September 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    This is such a beautiful hymn…one I have not sung in a while. Perhaps it is time to revisit it with our congregation!

    • September 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      I love the old hymns. They are almost always a source of sound theology, and because they are songs they can be memorized very quickly. 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting!


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