I saw this picture on the news today and read this article. It brought tears to my eyes. What a brave child and officer. There was something beautiful in the midst of chaos. This Bible verse came to mind. Matthew 18:3 "And he said ' Truly I tell you , unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.'" Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child the same is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven." Mattthew 18:5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me."
I have been saddened and a bit fearful because of the chaos in our country. The things going on in Ferguson remind me of a war torn country. Not what I want to see in my own country. I would love to see more people take steps to create peace in our country and the world. I have been at a loss as what to do. I felt compelled to write this article.
There is good in the world. There are good people everywhere. I have witnessed officers praying with paramedics and firefighters. I remember standing in awe at the sight, observing rather than participating and I know that those are the kind of people that want peace. I have no doubt that there are people in Ferguson and other war torn areas that also want peace. I am reminded of these verses in the Bible, Mark 10:15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." and Luke 18:17 Truly, I tell you , anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
It is true in these days that I am reminded of Ephesians 6:10-20
"Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against powers, against he rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the eveil day and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the prepatation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching there unto with all perseverance and supplicaiton for all saints; And for me that utterance For which I am an ambaassador in bonds; that there in I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak."
I recognize that there are people who do wrong, whether it be a civilian or an officer. I pray that people will turn from wickedness and help to contribute to peace in our towns, our country, our world.
I also recognize that there are beautiful people with Hearts of a child. This gives me hope. Or rather, Jesus gives me hope and I find beauty everywhere because of it. The child and officer in the picture are a perfect example of beauty in the midst of chaos. Yet, I cry for those torn with hatred and those around them.
I have been married for over four years. I still feel like a newlywed except that I am more comfortable and maybe even happier. I have been blessed. We should be closing on our house very soon and hope to move to our farm before Christmas. I hope to have a greenhouse business selling flowers and vegetable plants by Spring. I also hope to have some chickens and goats. We are having a wonderful time building our agriculture building that we hope to convert to a house. I have even helped by cutting lumber for perlins and gurts, lingo I've learned from my sweet husband who is building most of it himself. However; family have been making time to help. For that, we are grateful.
Although we want to farm, there is more of the world we want to see. We will travel at every opportunity. I have applied for three writing positions. The positions have to do with romance and food or travel. I love romance and food and travel. I would appreciate any prayers to help me in my quest. My dear husband Jason (Tiny) will get to reap the benefits of any of my creations. Think romantic meals and romantic travel. Oh, it could be fun!
Oh, I forgot, dear hubby already enjoys my romantic creations. But if I get at least one of these positions I hope to do a bit more romantic travel, plus it would enable me to pay for assistance to care for my son who had a brain injury playing football. He really likes his assisted care apartment. Medicaid won't pay for it. I hope we can somehow.
Thinking about my son. He has had a rough time. I hope I make enough to pay for him to stay where he is now. He has made friends and the people seem to care about him. He is happy. I like that. I just pray that God guides us in what we need to do. Thank-you for any prayers sent for us.
Thinking about my grandma, it is her birthday and she is in hospice care. I call her to talk, but she has a difficult time hearing me. I love my grandma, she taught me about Jesus. One day we decided we would be Jesus Freaks together, which simply means we love Jesus. I sent her a card which she read to me yesterday. My sweet husband let me visit her a few months ago. I can't visit as often as I would like, as we live quite far away. It is amazing how time passes.
I remember being a small child, enjoying my grandmas singing, going to garage sales and church and listening to her stories. I'm so glad she has been a part of my life. Now, I am a grandma of a 3 year old boy and a 4 month old girl.
My grandson loves to say prayers at mealtime. He says AMEN! The other day when I was babysitting, it was time to give a bottle to my granddaugher. My sweet grandson came running over and said,"Say a prayer! He then took her hand and held mine, Then he said" AMEN sister!" He is such a sweet child. Both my grandchildren are sweet. I love them very much. I hope they have good memories of the time I will spend with them as I have beautiful memories of my grandmas.
I'm writing this in hope that more people will pray for my friend Liese who has cancer. She has been my friend since highschool. Please pray for her. Pray that the cancer will leave. That she will be made healthy. Thank-you for those of you who do indeed pray. I believe in the power of prayer.
There is so much for which I am grateful. I have two wonderful children God blessed me to raise. They both accepted Jesus in their hearts. One of my sons has married to a lovely young woman and I have a beautiful grandbaby. I also have the love of a really good man. I really am very happy.
I must admit though, that I have had moments when I didn't feel beautiful or happy. God somehow has always intervened. I can think of many different times when God has intervened. But somehow the time my husband gently put his had upon my cheek and looked into my eyes and said,"Oh, Tammy, I wish you could see yourself as I see you." that sticks in my mind because it occurred to me that it was God speaking through him.
I guess what I want is to leave you with this thought, just think... God made you, the way you are... and he thinks you are beautiful...and God loves you. I am happiest when I remember that.
It will soon be Christmas. The celebration of Jesus birthday. I am glad. It is a great time to spend with family.
I've found myself reading Proverbs today. My Bible says that the purpose of Proverbs is to know wisdom and instruction; to perceive words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice and judgment, and equity; To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels; To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise and their dark sayings.
I recommend reading Proverbs.
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas! Enjoy this time. Take time from shopping to remember the real meaning of Christmas...The birth of our Saviour. Jesus Christ is Lord!
Christ is Love. I wish all of my friends and family the joy of his love.
This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it! -- From a Bible verse
I am listening to Itunes Acapella Christian music this morning. It is beautiful! I am already rejoicing for so many reasons. I've had the oppourtunity to talk to friends that I've known since childhood. I even had lunch with a very good friend yesterday. It was nice to catch up. My grandma arrives on Sunday. I"m so happy! I get to see my son, who I miss so very much! I'll get to hold my grandbaby and talk with my son's wife and get to know her even better, she is a sweetheart.
And of course, I am so grateful for my husband and his love.
I watched "The Passion" yesterday. It made me think. Jesus died for me. What am I doing for him? I pray that God will guide me in my daily walk. I am human. No better than anyone else. But, I know God's love. I am so grateful to God for what he has done for me.
I so desperately want to share this love from God. To know Jesus is to know such joy that only someone that knows Jesus can understand. When I am reminded of God's love my heart is so filled with love and I want to share this joy I feel.
A good friend talked to me this week about another friend that is battling cancer. She mentioned that God has a purpose for everything. I just said " I suppose so." But, you know, I may not understand why things happen. I really don't. But somehow, I do believe that God has a hand in everything good and I do believe that he uses the things we do not understand to bring us closer to him. I may not be happy with everything that happens. The timing may not be what I choose. But God's timing is right. It is good. If it brings us close to him and everlasting life in Heaven, then we begin to understand why, why things happen. I wish that pain and illness was not part of this world. But, I can say this: All who accept Jesus as their Saviour will know eternal life and will oneday be in Heaven where there is no illness, no sadness.
I've experienced sadness in my own life. Questioned "Why?" I did not understand. But now, I realize that what I have experienced in my own life brought me closer to God and even has made me appreciate the little and big things of today that I may not have appreciated. For those of you who don't know. My son had a traumatic brain injury playing football 5 years ago. He was in a coma for 5 days. Had a ten percent chance of living. Many people prayed for him. Five days into his coma, I was praying at his side. He woke up! He woke up and said, "Mom, I was with God."
I was grateful that my son awoke. Yet, I questioned God. "Why, Why my son?" I didn't understand why my son had to go through such pain. Why my son had to have seizures and didn't in my small opinion have the life he deserved. He couldn't walk at first. He didn't make sense. By the grace of God he has gotten better. I am grateful to God for that.
"What I have come to realize is that my son has a beautiful life. It may not be the life I imagined for him He is not the arenautical engineer he once thought about becoming. But he has witnessed to many, many people. I've had people come to me and say that they thought he came back to witness to them and save them. That is profound! An Army recruiter told me his story and shared that Thomas had witnessed to him. My son has his own trials. It has been a difficult time. But I realize that God uses each and every one of his children in different and special ways to Glorify him. I can only hope that I do my part.
So, as I listen to this beautiful Christian Acapella chorus on Itunes, I will Rejoice in this day that the Lord has made and be glad in it!
Note: I have two beautiful boys. Thomas, who had the brain injury, and shares his story and is friend to many. Daniel, who is a wonderful daddy to my new grandbaby, he already makes it a priority to spend time with his young family. His wife shared a beautiful picture of him reading to his infant son. I am a proud mama!
I'm feeling blessed this evening and can hardly contain myself! My son Thomas has been seizure free for quite some time and started a job today! I get to visit my son Daniel, his wife and my new grandson very soon! And, my grandma is coming to visit. On top of that I'm really enjoying life with my sweet husband. Life is good.
Sometimes I think God allows us to go through trials so that we can really appreciate the blessings. I've been through trials, but I realize God had a reason for everything. I may not know why, but I just thank God for where I am at now. I could think about the trials and sadness in my life or I could think about the blessings. Today, I'm thinking about the blessings.
Thank-you God for all that is good in my life. Thank-you for all the beautiful people in my life. I am grateful to have my experiences. Thank-you for giving me someone I can talk to about everything, my dear husband Jason . Thank-you for my friends and family. Thank-you for letting me see the good. Please help me always see the good whatever my circumstances. Thank-you for allowing me to be with people I love dear God. I am so grateful. Tammy