Monday, September 28, 2009

Jesus is Always There

We never know what a day may hold. Seems for us it has been death and funerals.
We got back home and in a couple days my husband just collapsed in the dining room.
Had to call 911 and they took him to the ER. It turned out that he was de-hydrated and exhausted. A lot of it was caused from stress. He has always worked in the yard and stayed outside a lot. That is what he had been doing. Thank the Lord, he is okay. Well, at least he found out he had the heart of a 20 yr. old. Can you believe that? He vows and declares since that is what they told him ~ he can go right back out. That's where he is now.
Not me! I'm recuperating from the scare he gave me!
Our grandaughter calls and tells us her Mother-in-law passed away in the night. So I guess we have one more funeral to go to.
We never know what a day may bring forth but I'm so glad for Someone to bring all all cares to and know that He will do what is best in our life.
We can't foresee the turning of the tide When problems beset us and tears are cried. Sometimes life deals from the bottom of the deck Filling us with worry and leaving us a wreck. The enemy seeks to devour and destroy, Using deceptions to eliminate our joy. While walking through the valley, our heads hung low, The mountain top seems so high, our footsteps slow. How many times have we traveled this road To battle the frustrations of troubles bestowed? Yet when we come to our darkest hour God demonstrates His infinite power. It doesn't matter how bad things might seem, He always comes through, our faith to redeem. God will not fail us in our times of pain. He'll never forsake us, by our side He'll remain. So when we find ourselves at a total loss Or when the valley seems too wide to cross, Just remember you're in His love and care, Look over your shoulder, He's always there!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Home At Last

Just to let you know that Silas' sister is Home At Last. She left this world with a wonderful testimony. The doctors, nurses etc. could not explain what was keeping her alive but the Lord knew. She was a blessing to everyone that saw her jolly spirit. She knew she did not have long to live, but yet you would have never known it. She was so witty. The day before she passed away ~ the nurse came in to check on Joanna. Jo opened her eyes and the nurse ask her what her name was. Joanna knew what they were doing so her reply was so serious "Susan B. Anthony." The nurse look at her and Jo smiled and told her what her name was. She was truly a saint and is now rejoicing in heaven with the love ones that have gone on. Kind of makes a person have a hankering for heaven. What will it be when we get over yonder? Hopefully we can get some much needed rest and start back into a normal life. Last November was when Mother started going down and she lasted until July 9th. On the 12th of July Joanna was put in the hospital. So we have kept our suitcase packed. I'm ready to get back into my usual house work and talking to some of you again. I've tried to keep up on KJV but not on my personal post.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Praising The Lord

Hi everyone, We just got back from Little Rock, Ark. last night. A week ago we got a call saying that Joanna, Silas' sister, was very low. We rush to get there and found her jolly as she could be. We don't know what the Lord is doing, but there is a season for everything. A time to live and a time to die. A time to laugh and a time to cry. I supposse we have done all of this last week. On Wednesday the doctor said if anyone wanted to see her alive they needed to get on the way. If they just wanted to be at the funeral it would be 2-3 days. The next morning Joanna was laughing and talking again. I have never seen anyone so anxious to go to heaven. She told us to pray all we wanted but don't pray her back. Silas and I, his sister, Lois and Joanna had good season's of prayer where tears of joy flowed and we just fellowshipped with the Lord. Those times were so sweet. With death so near ~ we actually never felt much sadness because she kept us boosted. She in a hospise facility in Little Rock. This is her third hospital since July 12, I think. One day has run into another. Joanna has had part in planning her funeral. Her pastor and his wife and 3 girls would come and sing to see what she wanted. One special to her was "THAT SOUNDS LIKE HOME TO ME." The whole youth group came last Sunday and the whole facility , workers and all went in the hall so they could hear. They were really impressed. Joanna testified to everyone of us about how good it is to have everything clear between her and the Lord. I mean ~ she is ready to go right now. We don't know why she is lingering but some of the family there is not saved and she keeps praying, "Lord, I don't want my kids to go to hell." Now when we pray ~ we just all pray out loud. I can promise you when prayer is finally over, you feel like packing your bag so you can go with her. We are keeping check two or three times a day and will have to be going back. The only thing I dread is the 7 hour drive. We have just learn to pray for the Lord to have His way with Joanna. Until next time I will say ~ just keep us in your prayers. I don't know when we will have to go back but ~ so you may not hear for awhile.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Consequences of Sin

The Consequences of Sin By Charles Eickenberg Found in the July 1919 issue of "The Christian Workers Magazine." "But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out." Numbers 32:23 The speaker produced a stick with a lot of nails driven into it and said that it was meant to represent a life full of sin. Each nail represented a sin, and there were so many nails that not very much of the stick was to be seen. This illustration was suggested to the speaker by the story of the boy who was so accustomed to telling lies that his father, wishing to call his attention to the great number of lies which he was in the habit of telling, told him to drive a nail into a post every time he told a lie. The boy did this and soon found that the post was full of nails. When he saw how the post looked it made him feel very badly. He had no idea that he had been telling so many lies. He came to his father and sorrowfully confessed his condition, and said that he wished to do better. Then his father told him that every time in the future when he told the truth, instead of telling a lie, he should pull out one of the nails. This the boy did, and soon returned to his father with the good news that the nails were all out again. "But," said he, "the holes are all left." His father told him that that was part of the price he had to pay for the sins he had committed. The nails were then pulled out of the stick which the speaker had brought, and the holes were shown to the boys and girls who were present. The following lessons were then drawn from this story by the speaker: No matter how sorry we may feel for the wrong we have done, and no matter how much we may try to do better and make it right, there are certain consequences that a bad life will leave behind it. If a man has been a thief, and makes up his mind that he will stop stealing in the future, and does really begin to live an holiest life, yet he will never be able to forget that he was once a thief. Many of the things which he did when he was a thief will come up before him at times and make him feel ashamed of himself. Many people who were injured by his wrongdoing may be suffering even then on account of his sin, and if he is really sorry for his past life it will make him feel very badly at times. A boy was standing in front of a school house, during recess, when another boy threw something at him. It struck him in the eye and the boy who was struck lost the sight of that eye. That boy has lost the use of one of his eyes through the carelessness of the other boy, and thus has been injured for life. The boy who threw the stone may have been very sorry for what he did but that will never restore the eye to the boy who lost it. Even if the author of the accident should be able to offer the other boy millions of dollars that would not restore the eye. Even the great Apostle Paul reproaches himself for the life he lived before he became a Christian, when he remembered how he held the clothes of those who stoned Stephen, the first Christian martyr. He says in I Corinthians 15:9: "For I am the least of the apostles that am not worthy to be called an apostle became I persecuted the church of God." Again in Acts 26: 9 he says: "I verily thought with myself that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth which thing I also did in Jerusalem; and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests, and when they were put to death gave my voice against them, and I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them I persecuted them even unto strange cities." Paul could not forget the things he did against God's people although he had repented of them and became a sincere Christian himself. Do you think that the Apostle Peter could ever forget that he had denied his Lord and Master with oaths and curses and said that he never knew Him? The memory of that act never left him as long as he lived. They say that when Peter was condemned to be crucified he asked to be crucified with his head down because he did not consider himself worthy to die as Jesus did, because he had denied Him. We see from this that while we, may have our sins forgiven, yet what we have done, cannot be erased from our memories. It is a great deal better not to do the wrong than to do it even though we may be forgiven for it, because while we may be able to pull all the nails out of the post of our wicked lives, all the holes will be left.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Please Pray

We got the news yesterday that Silas' sister, Joanna, was being sent to a Hospice Hospital. She will no longer be receiving blood. She has to have 2 pints of blood about every three days. Along with that she was getting plasma. Without the blood ~ her days are short. Maybe through next week, but probably not. I think we will be heading back to Little Rock Arkansas, where she is. This is very hard on the whole family. She made the decision because she is basically staying alive by the blood and plasma. She has two children and three grand children and her husband who has been so faithful to be by Joanna's side since July 12. We ask that you would pray for all of us as we go through this ordeal again. We know God makes no mistakes.