Sunday, September 12, 2021

Happy Grandparents Day!

 

Being a grandparent means you can be as silly you want to be.

Grandparents. Everybody's got 'em, but I think they are not as appreciated as they should be.

I was blessed to meet all four of my grandparents, but I didn't know my mother's parents well. They lived three states away from us, so visits were rare. 

My paternal grandparents lived much closer to us and we saw them about once a month. They were farmers and it was always fun visiting the farm, feeding the baby lambs, climbing trees, and exploring their rambling old house. They were both from solid German stock and weren't demonstrative people. I don't remember either ever telling me they loved me or even hugging me, but I knew they loved me. They showed it by wanting to spend time with me, by taking an interest in my activities. 

It wasn't until I was in college that I really started to appreciate them. By then, though, I was too busy with my life to spend too much time with them. I always thought that there would be time "later". Of course, that wasn't true and I regret missing out on that time with them.

In God's infinite wisdom, he has enabled me to spend time with many wise and interesting people through the years and so I've been able to gain some of the knowledge that my grandparents would have imparted to me (if I'd just asked!). I'm thankful for those opportunities!

If your grandparents are still around, make a point of spending some time with them. Ask them about their life. They will appreciate it and so will you!

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One of the most powerful handclasps is that of a new grandbaby around the finger of a grandfather. – Joy Hargrove



Sunday, April 4, 2021

Yes He Can!

 

Yes He did so Yes He can!

Did he move every mountain?
Did he part every sea?
Yes He did so yes He can
Did he defeat the darkness? Did he deliver me?
Yes he did so yes he can
Yes he did so yes he can
"Yes He Can" by Cain

Sometimes, I have doubts about this whole God thing. I have been a Christian for over 50 years and I still don't fully trust Him. I still question and second-guess and wonder.

I wonder sometimes if Jesus was really raised from the dead. Did the disciples have an emergency meeting after the crucifixion and come up with this wild story to somehow salvage a public relations disaster? Chuck Colson puts those doubts to rest with this quote, "I know the resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How? Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Every one was beaten, tortured, stoned and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it weren't true. Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world-and they couldn't keep a lie for three weeks. You're telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years? Absolutely impossible." OK. That makes sense. It's a good - no, great argument for believing what's in the Bible.

I don't trust that He really has my back. The Bible says that God is always with us, that His plans are meant to prosper us, not hurt us, and that he always works everything together for good. But I've had some pretty rough times in my life and I haven't necessarily found that things turned out all sunshine and roses. 

The other day, though, I heard Anne Graham Lotz say "His promises are a prophesy." When I heard that, I sort of paraphrased it in my mind by saying "His promises are a predictor of what will happen." But then I realized that they are more than predictions, they are assurances. 

For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

We can trust that He has our backs and that all things work together for good. We may not see it, but, by faith, we know that it's happening.

And, when I'm honest with myself, I admit that I've known when He was helping me. I've seen good things come out of bad situations. So, sometimes we don't even need faith to know that He's in control.

As the song goes, "Sometimes those voices try to tell me I'm forgotten, and I've fallen too far from his hands; But I know what kind of God he is And I'm trusting in His promises. I'm believing and I'm singing Yes he can."

He has and so I know He can. He can and so I know He will. 

For we live by believing and not by seeing. 1 Corinthians 5:7

You were designed by be heard by God. Don't believe the lie that He's not listening when you speak.

In God's hands, nothing you go through gets wasted.

But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:6