Transitions (Part 9…While the Dew is Still on the Roses)

Scripture References;

O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.  Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.  You hem me in—behind and before;  you have laid your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.  Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths,  you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to  me are your thoughts, O God!  How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you. Psalm 139:1-18 NIV

I wrote this yesterday:
“Don’t you just love those mornings when the house is quiet and the coffee turns out just right, and you cuddle up and visit? And then I took a walk around the yard. I love this time of year. The mock orange shrubs are blooming, the hostas are already getting big and had little water droplets from the rain on them, and the rose buds are showing color and will be opening in a day or two…
…The tiger lilies are already 3 feet tall, the honeysuckle has been trimmed so it looks like a a beautiful green cloud at the base of my sweet gum tree. The thing that I am most excited about is the hydrangea shrubs. The  blue ones are already making flower heads. They are about the size of quarters: last week they were dime sized.  My hubby just poured me a refill of coffee, and the kitchen smells like sausage. Don’t you wish you were here?!    :-)”
Then I wrote this a few hours later:
“I took two PC tests today, got a 90% and a 95%; That finished up my computer literacy (It didn’t include WORD and EXCEL; that comes later)!  Now I am on a Job Readiness Skills part of the program that takes 10-15 hours to complete. So far it’s been all about…Resume Writing! Isn’t that funny?   ( I wrote an entry earlier where I had mentioned that I was working on a resume. It was in a series titled “Transitions”) I still have a way to go. Each time you do a set of skills you get a certificate. I am working toward an Employability Certificate. Then I will work on my Clerical Certificate, and the possibly a Banking Certificate after that.
We have had some new things that have come up that might affect my plans some, though.  My husband is planning on going back to college this fall!”
I will have to write more about that later.   We really don’t know what the future holds; neither the near or distant future, but the Lord has consistently cared for us so far, and the Bible teaches us that He will continue, that He is faithful. This makes me glad!  🙂
Below is a hymn that is on my mind.

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

          • Refrain
            Many things about tomorrow,
            I don’t seem to understand;
            But I know Who holds tomorrow,
            And I know Who holds my hand.
      • I don’t know about tomorrow,
        I just live from day to day.
        I don’t borrow from it’s sunshine,
        For it’s skies may turn to gray.
        I don’t worry o’er the future,
        For I know what Jesus said,
        And today I’ll walk beside Him,
        For He knows what is ahead

      • . Ev’ry step is getting brighter,
        As the golden stairs I climb;
        Ev’ry burden’s getting lighter;
        Ev’ry cloud is silver lined.
        There the sun is always shining,
        There no tear will dim the eyes,
        At the ending of the rainbow,
        Where the mountains touch the sky.

        I don’t know about tomorrow,
        It may bring me poverty;
        But the One Who feeds the sparrow,
        Is the One Who stands by me.
        And the path that be my portion,
        May be through the flame or flood,
        But His presence goes before me,
        And I’m covered with His blood.

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The Breath of Life (Part 1…Born of the Spirit)

Scripture references;

The Empty Tomb

1 On  the first day of the week  Mary Magdalene  came to the tomb  early, while it was still dark. She saw that the stone  had been removed  from the tomb. 2 So she ran to Simon Peter  and to the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put Him!”

3 At that, Peter and the other disciple went out, heading for the tomb. 4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and got to the tomb first. 5 Stooping down, he saw the linen cloths  lying there, yet he did not go in. 6 Then, following him, Simon Peter came also. He entered the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying there. 7 The wrapping  that had been on His head was not lying with the linen cloths  but was folded up in a separate place by itself. 8 The other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, then entered the tomb, saw, and believed. 9 For they still did not understand the Scripture  that He must rise  from the dead.  10 Then the disciples went home again.

Mary Magdalene Sees the Risen Lord

11 But  Mary stood outside facing the tomb,  crying. As she was crying, she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 She saw two angels  in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet, where Jesus’ body  had been lying. 13 They said to her, ” Woman, why are you crying?”

“Because they’ve taken away my Lord,”  she told them, “and I don’t know where they’ve put Him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not know it was Jesus.

15 “Woman,” Jesus said to her, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Supposing He was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you’ve removed Him, tell me where you’ve put Him, and I will take Him away.”

16 Jesus said, “Mary.”

Turning around, she said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” —which means “Teacher.”

17 “Don’t cling to Me,” Jesus told her, “for I have not yet ascended  to the Father.  But go to My brothers  and tell them that I am ascending to My Father  and your Father—to My God  and your God.”

18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!”  And she told them what He had said to her.

The Disciples Commissioned

19 In the evening of that first day of the week,  the disciples were [gathered together] with the doors locked because of their fear of the Jews. Then Jesus came, stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!”

20 Having said this, He showed them His hands and His side.  So the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me,  I also send you.” 22 After saying this, He breathed on them  and said,  “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain [the sins of] any, they are retained.”

Thomas Sees and Believes

24 But one of the Twelve, Thomas  (called “Twin”), was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “If I don’t see the mark of the nails in His hands, put my finger into the mark of the nails,  and put my hand into His side,  I will never believe!”

26 After eight days His disciples were indoors again, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace to you!”

27 Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and observe My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Don’t be an unbeliever, but a believer.”

28 Thomas responded to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Jesus said, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Those who believe without seeing  are blessed.”

The Purpose of This Gospel

30 Jesus performed many other signs  in the presence of His disciples that are not written  in this book.  31 But these are written so that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah,  the Son  of God,  and by believing you may have life in His name.   John 20 HCSB 

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.  John 3:5-8 KJV

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.  Genesis 2:7  KJV

And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:  John 20:22  KJV

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4 KJV

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  2 Timothy3:16-17 NIV

And don’t get drunk  with wine,  which [leads to] reckless actions, but be filled with the Spirit:  Ephesians 5:18 HCSB

There is so much to be gleaned from the above passages of scripture.  I might write about some thoughts I have on that subject sometime in the near future.  I wrote a song many years ago.  Below are both the words and a link, so you can hear it if you like.

Breathe Your Breath Upon Me

Song #5  Breathe your Breath Upon Me (Genesis 2:7, John 20:22, Ephesians 5:18)

Breathe your breath upon me Lord.
Fill me with the Holy Ghost.*
Write your words upon my heart.
Write them so they will stay.
Breathe your breath upon me Lord.

I stand before your presence Lord,
An empty vessel waiting on you.
Fill me with your goodness.
Lord, teach me your ways.
Breathe your breath upon me Lord.

(Bridge or chorus)

Sometimes I have to think of how God sent you into the world.
Although You took on human form, You were in deed our God.
Our sins were laid upon You, and You carried them away,
And when You rose the victory was won!

So Breathe your breath upon me Lord.
Fill me with the Holy Ghost.*
Write your words upon my heart.
Write them so they will stay.
Breathe your breath upon me Lord…
Breathe your breath upon me Lord…
Jesus, breathe your breath upon me Lord!

*This phrase is not only  about the filling of the Holy Spirit that occurs at the time of regeneration. It is also about the control of the Holy Spirit exerted over the believer as he yields. This song is my attempt to convey the beautiful  and empowering experience of the Spirit filled life.

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Transitions (Part 8…A Time to Learn Something New)

Scripture references;

It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.  Lamentations 3:22-26 KJV

I know that all God does will last forever; there is no adding to it or taking from it. God works so that people will be in awe of Him. Whatever is, has already been, and whatever will be, already is. God repeats what has passed.   Ecclesiastes 3:14-15 HCSB

Well, I guess it is time for another update.  In an earlier entry I told you all about my father-in-law passing away, and how my husband had missed a lot of work since the first of January because of the trips we had to make during that sad time. He sprained his ankle about 2 weeks ago, and has not been able to work due to that, as well. On the bright side, my husband’s cousin from Kentucky heard us sing at the funeral and asked us if we would be willing to sing and play at a fish fry. The amount we are being paid for that one night is the same as what my husband would earn for three weeks at his regular job.

The new guard that my daughter got from her TMJ specialist is helping a lot.  I am so thankful to see her experiencing relief from that awful pain. She will continue to go for monthly adjustments for awhile, and hopefully will reach a point where she will only have to wear it at night.

I made my first resume, and this week my son revised it for me while he was down here on his spring break. I then went to a “Wage Center” in our town, and took my first set of tests to see how much basic knowledge I had.  Although I do have a high school diploma, it has been over 20 years since I graduated. I made the highest possible scores in all the categories! I knew all those years of home schooling the kids would benefit me, and not just the kids. I believe the next step is learning to do WORD and EXCEL. The classes at “The Wage Center” are free, and you go at your own pace. I am hoping to actually become computer literate and learn office skills so I can get a job as a dental assistant or a receptionist. I am hoping that if I work really hard and apply myself I might have a job by June. That is the month when we will experience our first cut in our monthly income.

Well, I guess that is all for now.  I am thinking about a hymn that has the most encouraging words. We have a faithful and loving Savior.  Here is the hymn below. Some of the words in the third verse are also found in 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.”…Did you catch those two wonderful words?…Whose righteousness?  The Lord’s righteousness! Not ours. Be glad!

How Firm a Foundation

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

In every condition, in sickness, in health;
In poverty’s vale, or abounding in wealth;
At home and abroad, on the land, on the sea,
As thy days may demand, shall thy strength ever be.

Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

Even down to old age all My people shall prove
My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs they shall still in My bosom be borne.

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.

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Transitions (Part 4…A Time to Mourn)

Scripture references;

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 KJV

It has been an eventful week.  My father-in-law passed away yesterday, after a long hard battle with cancer.  We are still down at their home.  The funeral is Sunday.

The Lord has blessed us in so many ways, but I’m a little tired, so will write more later.

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please click on “Very Important Words” on the left margin of this page and make sure.

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