Archive | December 2013

Mary Ann’s Song

An amazing thing happened to my sister Mary Ann……..

Mary Ann has had a difficult life.  She was married at 15 years of age to a man several years older.  He was on the rebound from a broken engagement, his mother wanted him to marry that girl and because of that she did not like my sister.  In fact, she barely tolerated her.  The marriage has never been good, but Mary Ann has remained faithful to her husband for over 50 years now.  It has not been easy.

Two weeks she began to have pain in her left shoulder and down her arm, she went to her chiropractor for an adjustment, but that it not help.  By Sunday night the pain was excruciating and she asked her husband to take her to the hospital.  The doctor ordered a battery of tests on her heart, all of which came back negative, her heart was fine.  He prescribed strong pain medicine and sent her home.

In a few days, she was again in so much pain she could not stand it, so she went to her family doctor. He gave her a different medicine and scheduled an MRI.  Several people told her how awful it was to have an MRI and she was frightened.  Her experience was quite the opposite.

When she got there the nurses made her very comfortable.  They put padding down for her to lay on, gave her a warm washcloth for her eyes and gave her headphones so she could listen to Christian music while the test was being done.  But, that was not the best part.  As she lay there listening to the music she began to talk with the Lord.  She told me of the conversation that she had with Him and it was indeed most encouraging.

She told me that the Lord held her in His arms and talked to her about her life and her family.  He assured her that everything would be fine, she was not to be anxious or worried about the cost of everything, that He would take care of it.  He told her that He would see to it that her family would all be saved.  He spoke of His love for her and she expressed her love for Him.  He assured her that everything would be alright.  I do not recall all of what she told me about the conversation, but when she had finished, she said to me, “Joyah, this applies to you too.  He loves us and wants us to trust Him, no matter what we see around us.  Everything is going to be alright.”  

It is also quite amazing the effect that this ailment has had upon her husband and one of her sons.  It seems that they are somehow softer and more open to hearing the truth.  She has had numerous conversations with her son in which she has shared many things about the Lord. 

It is so easy for our flesh to get excited and worried by the negative things that we see and hear around us.  Our senses are so reactionary.  Thank God for the Holy Spirit who brings peace and a calm assurance to our hearts when the world seems gets crazy and we want it all to just be normal again.

We must remember we are strangers and pilgrims here on earth, this is not our final home.  We have a home in Heaven prepared for us by the Lord Jesus.  Those of us who are alive and remain at His coming will join Him in the air as the scripture says.  Others of us will go the way of the physical body, our spirit ascending to Heaven at the death of the body.  In any case, as Paul says, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

Praise God!  He is good to those who love Him.  His sheep hear His voice, they know the voice of the Good Shepherd.  How thankful I am that my sister knows His voice, it brought her such comfort to spend that time with Him.    It was a time which could have been awful for her, but it turned out to be the opposite, it was a blessing.  She has such peace now and calm assurance, she knows that all is well.

How is it with you friend?  Do you know His voice?  You can.  You can come to him just as you are.  No matter what you have done or where you have been, His love will receive you, wash you and give you a clean, new heart.  You can have a brand new start.  I can’t promise you a life without problems, but I can promise you the Lord will be with you through them.  Won’t you come to Him today?

God bless you,

Joyah

 

 

 

Christmas 2013/New Year 2014

Christmas this year was very different than others we have had because several family members were not with us. Change is difficult, especially as you get older. Our eldest son and his family spent the Christmas holiday in the area, part of the time with us and part of the time with her family. They will return home Monday. last night we celebrated family Christmas with my husband’s side.

It is always hard to be separated from those you love. When they are here there are a lot of hugs and a great deal of filling up my eyes with the sight of them, especially the grand-children because you know that when you see them the next time they will have grown taller and the older ones changed in other ways as well.

As a committed Christian being with others that are not can be difficult, because you know that the Lord could bring such comfort in the midst of the trial, trouble and turmoil. In the past, when I was not secure in who I am and whose I am, it was much more difficult, sometimes more than I could handle. I thank God that now I know that I can bring them to Him and He will do everything that He can to win them to trust in Him for everything.

My husband and I have a routine each night before we go to sleep. We read from the devotional by Sarah Young called, “God Calling” and we pray for family. Last night when I prayed, the thought of family struggling with life, not knowing the love that our Father in Heaven has, the concern and care that He exercises everyday, the plans that He has for us that are so good, all overwhelmed me and brought tears.

I see this morning, as I sit with Him and listen, the chasm between the secular and the spiritual. The worldly strive to fill that void with many things, none of which satisfy because each human being was created by God, for God and only He will fit that place and bring satisfaction at last.

Of course, being a Christian is not to say that you are in Utopia here. Jesus said, “In this world you have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” This overcoming victory does not fall upon you, nor is it easily accessed, though it is hidden in plain sight for the one who will ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, knock and keep on knocking. You must earnestly desire it with faith and corresponding action and then it will be opened to you.

The New Year fast approaches and with it much change. Since the l980’s time has moved rapidly. In my opinion, there is not a whole lot of time left on the earth clock, God knows and has it in His own hands so I don’t need to concern myself with it, my part is to be ready to pass from Earth to my home in Heaven. This preparation I make every day by spending time with Jesus, my Lord and Savior.

As you read this, know that my prayer for you and your loved ones is that you too will be ready, whether you go the way of the world, death of the body and then Heaven, or stay around and be ready when Jesus returns to wind things up, know that you are loved by God and by me.

Blessings from Father God for you and yours in 2014
From
Joyah