Love Remains

Easter weekend quickly approaches and some will be focused on the cross, and some on the chocolate bunnies.  I will be focused on Jesus and my new year with Him.  In case you don’t understand, I believe my new year to be Easter Sunday not January 1.  I do celebrate the changing of the yearly number, but it is more important to me to celebrate the changing of my soul each year.

We go through so much in a year.  Joys, sorrows, struggles, miracles; you name it, we humans experience it.  So I like to think of Good Friday as the day Jesus takes my past year to the middle of hell and leaves all the bad stuff there.  My brat ways, my control freak persona, my self-centered absorption, unkind words thought and said, and anything else along those lines.  Then Jesus brings back the better side of me, especially my heart.  And on Easter Sunday, I start a new Christian year!

HE IS RISEN INDEED!

Humans die, kingdom don’t last, fads fade away, countries rise and fall because nothing stays the same.  We are all evolving.  The one who has never changed and will never change is Jesus.  Love remains!

This year why not start a new year with me?  No resolutions or fad diets required.  Just the love of Jesus Christ in your life to share with others!

Love Remains by the Scott Family is the perfect video to explain how I feel.  Like I have said before, if I could sing, I would sing for you.  But I want to protect your ears!

I pray this music blesses you the way it blessed my heart!

 

Real Courage According to Atticus Finch

One of my favorite books and movies of all time is the movie “To Kill A Mockingbird.”  The main character Atticus Finch is a gentle man with firm beliefs and he lives his life according to those beliefs. It has been said the man who played Atticus in the movie, Gregory Peck had those similar qualities.

My own admiration of Atticus comes from a concrete pillar lodged deep inside of me.  One that stands firm in my own beliefs and causes me to stand up for what I think is right, even if it is an unpopular stance to take. Which over my life has, at times, caused me great heart ache and pain.

In “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Atticus states what the concept of real courage should be.

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.  It’s when you know you are licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.  You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

Anyone, even a child, can pick up a gun and shoot it.

But few, can stand firm in the muck and mire of this world, knowing their cause is lost and still pursue it to the end.  Somewhere along the way, we quit, move on to the next eye-catching  escapade of the moment.  Why do diets fail and New Year’s Resolutions stay unresolved?  Lack of courage to see it through to the end.

Jesus knew He was licked from the start but, He knew that in the end, we all would win.  Jesus knew the horror He would suffer at the cross and yet He continued to the end. Jesus knows a love so great for us that it is never-ending.  And there is nothing we can do or say along the road of life which will change Jesus, even until our very end.

Another part about Atticus’s courage is seeing.  One must demonstrate this courage in all they do, for people to understand the depth of such courage.  Jesus was the same with His actions speak louder than words.  And never believe this was a mushy courage, this was a courage stronger than titanium.  Nothing whitewashed but firmly, purposefully stated and done.

Truly,  Jesus and Atticus knew a courage beyond the mere human’s definition of courage.

And that is where we must find our own courage.  Not just courage to stand during the tough times, but courage to live our beliefs and lives through Jesus Christ every day, in every way!

The more we rely on Jesus for our courage, the more change we will see within our selves and our lives.  And the less stench of this world will ooze from our pores. So, if you are in need of courage, cry out to Jesus.

Simply say, “Jesus help me!”

And then tell Him what you need.  Start reading the bible.  The book of John is a great start and wait for Jesus to show you how to obtain your courage.  Remember everything is done in God’s timing.  He will show you when it is time for you to know.

“Be on your guard, stand firm in your faith; be courageous, be strong.”                                      1 Corinthians 16:13.

With Jesus, it is so easy to do!

 

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

 

My Thanksgiving Gift

Our 21-year-old son started having chest pains on Saturday, and it took until Tuesday evening for him to decide he might need to see the doctor.  I wanted to take him to the cardiologist, but he felt the family doctor was all he needed. While he was thinking reflux, I was thinking about the small opening they found last year between the upper chambers of his heart.

I, reluctantly, gave in to the family doctor because he is 21 and should be able to make his own decisions.  Even though the mother in me, felt like “just do what I say.”  Wednesday morning we called and had an appointment by 2 that afternoon.

As he described his symptoms to the Physician Assistant, she decided an EKG would not hurt.  The nurse came in and ran the EKG, and then ran it again.  She abruptly walked out and I could hear her and the Physician Assistant discussing the test, and then the Physician Assistant was on the phone with his Cardiologist.

The EKG showed pericarditis, or fluid around the heart, and that something was going on.

His vitals were stable so she opted for me to drive him to the hospital instead of an ambulance.  Great call, an ambulance would have added to my anxiety and I am not sure he would have ridden in it.  So off we go, where they were waiting on us  in the Emergency Room.

As they were settling him in the emergency room, they began with their questions and another EKG.  I picked up my phone and texted my dearest friend (whom I consider the best prayer warrior, I have every known) and our daughter (his older sister).

When they took him for a chest o-ray, I informed my daughter I felt like my dad was with us.  I explained on the back of an old truck, we were stuck behind in traffic, there was a sticker. He asked me what it said because he could not make out the words.

Spaniel, King Charles.

Before my father died he pestered me about getting our grandson a King Charles Spaniel. The next sign was that they put us in room 13.  My father was born on January 13, Friday the 13th to be exact.  So every Friday the 13th, I would call and wish him a happy birthday, did not matter the month.  We would have a great laugh and loving conversation.

My daughter said it was God letting me know He loved me.  Yes, God has always been there in my life and once again He was saying, “I am here,” “call on Me.”

I called!

It was decided our son had to stay and endure a night of blood tests, blood cultures, sonogram, and questions.  As one test after another was done, we were told they came out fine. The next morning his Cardiologist informed us, he did have the inflammation but he had not had a heart attack. You see the first tests, showed a possible heart attack.  The next set showed nothing was wrong, but inflammation.

God is good!

We left the hospital Wednesday afternoon and gave into our exhaustion when we arrived home.  Thankful does not begin to explain how I feel.  I believe God took a situation which could have had a devastating outcome and turned it around. Why He did it, we may not know until Glory.  What I do know in the very depth of my heart, is that God knows and understands things we could never know or understand.  And that is good enough for me!

While we were going through this trial, one of my favorite Sidewalk Prophet’s song kept playing over and over in my head…He Loves Me Anyway.  Almost as if God was assuring me, He loves me and has it all under control. Because that song describes me…”I am the nail in his wrist, but He loves me anyway.  I am Judas’ kiss, but He loves me anyway.”

I want to say that I am no more special than you are to God.  He loves you the same way and all He wants is for you to call out to Him…lean on Him…curl up in His loving arms and rely on Him for everything!

My Thanksgiving gift this year was from God.  He let me know that He loves me and my family.  And He is still the one in control of my son’s destiny!

I am thankful for so many things in my life; family, friends, the life I live.  But more importantly, I am thankful for God.  My alpha and omega, my loving Father, my Savior. For without Him, I am nothing; but with Him, I am everything He sees me to be in this life!

 

God Bless You!

God Bless America!