We just drove from Michigan to California in the last week. I feel so blessed to be able to enjoy God’s marvelous masterpiece which we call Earth. As we rode through Colorado, Utah and Nevada, I listened to my brother explain the various theories for how these mountains came to be. My main thought: How can anyone believe there is no God? Everywhere I look, I see beauty that surpasses anything a human mind could think up. If we were any closer to the sun, we would get burned up. If we were further away, it would be too cold for life to exist. Yes, God created everything perfectly.
Yet many claim He doesn’t exist. I often wonder if they really believe that or if they just feel a need to convince themselves (and/or others) of that myth for some reason. I have a friend who has claimed to be an atheist yet can quote the Bible better than I can at times.
Only a fool says there is no God. Our very lives point to the fact that, indeed, there is a God. He is the creator and ruler of this universe. He is the One who gives life and takes it away. He is the One who loved us so much that He sent His Son to die a cruel death so that one day, we will not only know that He exists but we will see that He exists. Those who deny His existence now will have to acknowledge it then. What a sad day that will be for those people.
Believing in God may be an act of faith but it is much easier for me to believe that He exists than to believe that He doesn’t. I’ve no doubt I will see Him one day and, when I do, I pray that He will be able to look at me with eyes of love and call me His good and faithful servant. May I radiate with His peace, love and joy so that no one will be able to truly think that there is no God.
It’s a beautiful Sunday morning here in Colorado. It’s hard to believe my friends back east will be getting out of church soon while here they are just going to church. Time zones are interesting.
The last couple days, God has brought Proverbs 3:5-6 to mind: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” I am trying to do that lately. It’s easy to let the pace of life move faster than I can keep up with it but my days do not go well that way. I want my whole life to be focused on Him, doing nothing but following Him because He knows the road I should take. On that road is peace and safety and joy in serving Him wholeheartedly. Lord, help me to be faithful.
As you begin another week, take time today to evaluate your life and ask God if you are still doing what He desires you to do. In the scheme of things, life is really short. We can’t afford to waste one second of this life God has given us. The song is true when it says, “all to Him I owe.” He deserves all we have to give and more. Let’s be faithful to give Him our all. He is worthy!
This has been quite the year. Hectic doesn’t quite do it justice but it’s the closest word I can think of to describe what this year has been like. This has been the primary reason I have not posted more lately. Even now, I’m looking at the calendar wondering where the first half of this year has gone. I’m not sure but I’m very aware that it is gone forever, never to be recovered. I can only look forward to the rest of the year and hope I make the most of each day as it comes because, before I know it, it too will be in the past and I will be a much older individual.
I hope you all are having a great year so far. I’m looking ahead to Christmas already but I realize a lot will happen between now and then. The biggest news for me lately is that my brother and his wife and myself have started a new ministry. I’m sure I’ll explain more about that once our website is up and running so stay tuned. I don’t like change so I get a little scared if I think about it too much but I feel like God is leading and I have no doubt that He who began this work in us will complete it.
Have a blessed evening and don’t stop holding to the Unchanging Hand.
“Time is filled with swift transition. Naught of earth unmoved can stand. Build your hopes on things eternal. Hold to God’s unchanging hand.”
This year has been one of swift transition for me. Like a lot of people, I don’t like change but I’ve learned that it is inevitable from time to time and that it is these transitions that cause us to become the people God desires us to be. As we trust Him and submit to His will whether or not we understand it, He is faithful to complete the work that He began in us.
I’m so grateful that He does that. I may not appreciate the transition when it occurs but, with hindsight, I know that it was for my good and His glory. May I never stop holding to God’s unchanging hand.
I learned this afternoon that Harold Gilley passed away. I’m still in a bit of shock as I didn’t know he was sick.
I first heard Mr. Gilley in the mid-1990s when he was with Palmetto State Quartet. I’d not paid much attention to bass singers at that time as I preferred tenors but he instantly became a favorite and I thought if he stayed with PSQ long enough, he’d win some fan awards. He was only with them a couple years and then I lost track of him.
In 2003, he joined Danny Funderburk and Mercy’s Way. I was thrilled that one of my favorite tenors and my favorite bass was going to be singing together. I attended the National Quartet Convention that year and had the blessing of meeting Mr. Gilley for the first time.
It was six years before I heard Harold’s name and saw him again at the National Quartet Convention. As he would come to my mind I would pray for him so I was very sad to hear of his death today.
It reminded me again how short life is and how important it is to shine God’s light everywhere we go because we never know when the next breath will be our last.
I’ve been reading Psalm 40. Truly a word fitly spoken in this season of my life. I love how God is faithful to bring the right Scriptures to mind when I need them.
Lately God has been encouraging my heart. My desire is to draw closer to Him than ever before. That’s why I’ve not posted much lately. I’m in a time of transition which keeps me very busy. I may not know what the future holds but I know who holds the future and, for that, I am very grateful.
Keep me in your prayers if you would. God has blessed me these past 40 years and I’m looking forward to seeing how He chooses to use me the rest of my life. Praying I’ll be faithful until I hear His words: “Well done, My good and faithful servant.” What a day, glorious day that will be!
Since my last post, I’ve turned a year older, traveled a lot more miles, and been very conscious of how much God’s hand is on me. That knowledge has made me even more grateful. I’m aware anew that God has a plan for my life. I may have lived over half my life at this point but He is still not done with me. Then again, He never will be until the day He calls me Home.
Life can be very stressful but I’m resting in the knowledge that my Father loves me. No matter what happens, He will never leave me. All I have to do is look to Him. I am so grateful to be His daughter. I look forward to seeing what the next several years of my life brings.
The sun is shining and the weather is warmer, indicating that Spring may finally be here. As I write this, I have a cold–the first that I can remember in a long time. I’m grateful that I can open the window and let cool air in. I just don’t feel like doing anything.
I turn a year older next week and I am looking forward to that. It’s interesting looking back at the various seasons of life. Some memories bring tears, some bring laughter but, through it all, God has been faithful. He has faithfully kept me safe and never left me no matter how dark it seemed at times. If there’s anything I have learned through the years, it is that God always keeps His promises. He who has begun a good work in me will complete it. I am so thankful for that.
If you are going through a hard time, reach out to Jesus. I have no doubt that He is also reaching out to you.
In many states, it seems people are still waiting for spring to arrive. I’m learning, however, to rejoice in every sunny day and, if the temperature is above 50, that is something to really be thankful for! I’m ready for winter to be over but to everything there is a season. Interestingly, across the country, some states are having flooding while some have drought. I wonder how God chooses where to send rain and where to withhold it.
Yesterday, we grabbed some food at Walmart and headed to a park to eat. Apparently most people aren’t doing that in 50-degree weather as we were the only ones there but I loved it: looking around at the luscious grass and the old trees which are still bare but are starting to get some buds.
It’s easy to complain about the weather but I know in no time at all, I will see trees full of leaves, grass that desperately needs mowed, swarms of mosquitoes, and I’ll wonder what happened.
Life is a lot like that. Full of ups and downs, sunshine and rain, fullness and barrenness. It goes so fast that I wonder where the time goes. What have I accomplished with my almost 40 years of life? When my life is over, will my Heavenly Father see that I occupied until He called me Home or will He point out all the times I’ve complained instead? I pray the former. No matter what happens, I have a Father who loves me. He controls every season in the earth and every season in my life. I would not be where I am today if not for Him. May I keep pressing on full of love and faith.
I I can’t believe it’s been 10 days since I’ve made a post. Sometimes life moves too quickly that it’s hard to keep up with it. As I write this the trees are still bare but the sun is shining making it a beautiful day. I look forward to hearing what God desires to speak to me. Seems I’ve been too busy to stop and listen lately but that’s too busy. I need to remedy that and plan to do so.
News of bombings and explosions make me more grateful for God’s hand of protection on my family and me. God, help me to never take that for granted. May i live each day as if it were my last. One day it will be.
I pray you find yourself rejoicing and truly worshipping God with every fibre of your being today. He is so worthy and deserving of our all.