Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sharing the Love

There was a was a young girl who dreamed about places she could go and things she could do. She was a pretty girl, she had long red hair which she liked to wear in pigtails and bright green eyes. Her skin was ivory white with the slightest bit of rose blushed on her cheeks. Her name was Emma Rose. She felt like she had an empty space right where her heart should be. She wondered why she felt this was. Her life was pretty good. She had a mom and a dad who loved her, an older brother and a younger sister. Her brother was a star on the football field everyone loved him and he was smart too. Soon he would be leaving to go to college just outside of town. Her sister was still a baby really she was only two years old and made Emma laugh when she giggled for no reason at all. Everyone is happy but me Emma thought often. When I get older I will be able to do things and go places and make things and that will help me fill this empty spot she thought.
Emma saw a sign at her school it said a missionary was coming to her school all the way from China where she lived with the Chinese people and taught them about God. Wow Emma thought that would be really interesting. She wanted to learn all she could about China so she could go some day too.
The day of the missionary talk she was so excited she could not stop smiling. Just the thought of going to a foreign land made Emma smile. When she got to the auditorum she made sure she was sitting right in the front row, so she did not miss a thing. The speaker was introduced and Emma found herself smiling again she was so excited she felt a tickle in her stomach as she waited. The speaker was a young lady in her 20s. She said her name was Isabella. Emma thought she was the prettiest lady she had ever seen. She was about as tall as Emma's mom; she had long dark brown hair so dark it was almost black. Her eyes were brown like chocolate, her skin was darker than Emma's it almost looked like tan to her. She waited intently as Isabella began to talk. Isabella showed pictures of the places where she had been in China and talked about showing the people the love of God. Isabella talked about the son of God and how he died for sins of all. Emma had never heard about this before. Isabella said everyone had sinned. But what is sin Emma thought to her self and how did Isabella know Emma had done this if Emma did not know herself. Isabella explained that sin was something you do when you know its wrong like stealing from the store, or fighting with your brothers and sisters, talking back to your parents. Isabella said everyone deserved to die for the sins they had commited but God loved us so much he sent his son Jesus to save us. As Emma listened to Isabella talk she felt something stirring deep inside her heart. Isabella said all you had to do was tell Jesus that you were sorry for your sins and ask him to forgive you and he would. Isabella said after letting Jesus forgive your sins you couls ask Jesus to come live in your heart; and he would! Then Isabella told everyone to close their eyes and pray a prayer with her if you wanted Jesus in your heart. The stirring in Emma's heart grew stronger so she did as Isabella said. Emma prayed and asked Jesus to forgive her sins and come into her heart. Emma knew she would never forget that day. She felt like the empty spot had been filled!
That was 20 years ago and Emma was now a young woman herself. She smiled as she remembered that day at school and the missionary who came to her school. She knew that was a day that had changed her life forever; her empty spot was filled. She thought about her life since that day and the places she had gone to tell people about God's son Jesus. But today was extra special because today Emma was walking down the halls of the very same school she went to when she was a child. Emma was the speaker today, and she would tell the children about God's great love and how she had been blessed to share his love with people in China just like Isabella did 20 years ago.

Monday, October 5, 2009

I wonder where

I wonder where I should go
I wonder what I should do
I wonder how I should know
I wonder when I should go
I wonder when will I know
I wonder as I wonder and all my questions are
answered one by one by my precious saviour
and His Holy Spirit as the guide me through my life
so I should never wonder where to go
or what to do
He leads me and I follow and that is where I should go

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Do Dogs go to Heaven

I wondered after hearing a dear old dog had to be put to eternal sleep."Are there animals in heaven?" I wondered about this for a while as I drifted off to sleep and into a wonderful dream. I dreamt I was walking the streets of Heaven with my Saviour Jesus at my side. The streets were paved with gold as I had heard they would be. On each side line of beautiful trees filled with bright and beautiful colors like I had never seen before. Beneath the trees were flowers of every color I could have ever imagined. They were so pretty they took my breath away. I asked my Lord the question I had wondered about 'Are there animals in heaven?" "My dear beloved daughter," He replied "Every beautiful and amazing thing you have ever seen is only better here in heaven. Let me show you." He took my hand and we were then in a field of the greenest of green grass thick, lush and perfectly mowed. In the field I saw the dog I had as a child. She was a beagle, her name was Pebbles. She ran to me like i had only been away from her for a few hours. She was young and vibrant and ready to play. I sat on the grass and cuddled with my long lost friend, she licked my face just like she used to do when I was a kid. As we humans often do I was distracted from my Lord for a moment and He said. "Heaven is the home to all my beloved creatures. It is the Garden of Eden. It is better than you could imagine." I stood up as my Lord reached out His hand to me and said "Come we have much more to see and many old friends to meet." Next we were in another field this one lined with trees of gold and red and orange. Leaves stayed in the trees and never fell to the ground but the colors only changed. All the sudden I heard a cat "Meeeooow!" It sounded like our cat Stinky whom my husband and I had for 16 years before he died. I looked down and he was walking around my legs rubbing my pants. "O my goodness!" I exclaimed as I picked him up to love on him. He was soft as he had ever been. He started to play with my hair like he did when he was a kitten. My heart was so over joyed. I looked at my Lord and thanked Him for loving me so much that He had done all this for me. He reached out His arms and embraced me and said "My dear child I love you and I died for you!" I woke up with tears of joy on my face and in awe of my amazing, wonderful, awesome saviour.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A day at the Beach

The sound of the waves breaking up on the shore. The wind is blowing and I can smell the saltiness in the air. The sand is hot as I step down off the pier. I am at the beach. The sun is shining bright ion the sky I can feel the heat of its rays on my skin as I begin to put on my sunscreen ah it feels so nice. I sit in my chair, put on my sun glasses and pick up my book. This is definitely the way to relax. I start to read my book and I hear giggles up in front of me. As I look I see three small children burring a man in the sand. The children one girl little, blond, about three years old, The boys look to be five to eight years old, both with sandy blond hair the older ones a little darker. "Just stay still dad" the older by says as he dumps a bucket of sand on the man. Their mom, I assume, standing close to them with a video camera in her hands laughing as she films. Off to the right from the corner of my eye I see a few seagulls fly in to get a snack being thrown into the air from a blanket filled with children. A woman in a chair close to the blanket states" Do not give the birds all the food!"
I get up to walk to the water, it is hot out here today. As I get closer the sand is moist beneath my feet, it feels good to walk on. The water rushes up in waves over my feet. The water is warm not at all a shock to my body. I walk deeper into the water as the waves rush in and splash against me. It is a refreshing relief from the heat of the day. I walk until I am deep enough to get me wet and then head out of the water. I thought enters my head.."I think I will go for a walk" as I walk out of the water and along the shore just close enough so the water comes in as a rush over my feet. I walk along the shore and my head fills with praises to the God who made the sea and the shore. I sing prasies to His name and enjoy the day that He has made for me.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Answered Prayers

Sitting on the front porch rocking chair I watch a squirrel run up a tree in my yard. The dog lays lazily in the drive way keeping guard on the street in front of the house. Neighbor's across the street are having a cookout and the smells of hamburgers and hot dogs linger across the street. Sounds of birds chiping fill the air. The sun is bright and the sky is bright blue and clear, not a cloud in the sky. A thought enters my mind about my youth. Avivid memory as if it were happening right now. I can see the moon shine in the window at the top of the attic stairs. I remember talking to God and not knowing if He was even there. I remember crying and asking Him if I would ever have a family again. I rememer the pain and anguish of a sad little girl who has just found out her daddy is moving away. As my mind comes back to my porch I praise the God I prayed to as a devastated young girl. I thought my world was falling apart and for a long time it did. But the Lord is great and awesome! He answers prayers now and He did then. I just did not know it yet. Thirty-seven years later I realize the answered prayers. Because of this I Praise the Lord whom I prayed to that night so long ago. He knew the answers would come and I would have a wonderful family of my own and also have my extened family all together one big family. Thank you Lord

How do they know

Sitting on the front porch rocking chair I watch a squirrel as it scurries up a tree. How do they know they have to how to provide for colder winter months?
How can they reason what they are supposed to do?
A small spider on the railing of the porch spins a web to call his home?
The web is so artistic no artist can make one better.
How do they know how to make their homes so beautiful and perfect.
Day is creeping away and I can see the sun slipping down for its night s rest like a big bright ball in the sky with its colors of pinks and blues.
How does it know when to come up and when to go down?
Darkness comes to the world around me with a million stars up in the sky.
How do they know when to shine.
The sun comes in in the morning with a splendor of colors so bright no artist can paint it better.
How does it know when to come up?
The birds chirp their mourning song as they fly from the next to feed their young.
How do the know where to fly?
An amazing world opens up to us each day with wonders we can not began to fathom.
How do they know what to do?
They know because our precious Lord has conducted the orchestra of life all around us from day to night and back to day?
How do we know there is a God?
Just look around you.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The little girl

She sits on the steps of the attic wondering if there is a God why is this happening. Yesterday everything seemed OK. Yesterday life was filled with fun and friends. Today my world is broken and sad. The light from the moon shines in the window at the top of the stairs as she sits and listens to the sounds of mom crying and her sisters sleeping. How could God let this happen? She prays "If you are there God, can you please fix my family?" She starts to cry as she talks to the God she has heard of but is not sure of. "Where did my dad go? Why did he leave? What are we going to do? Will we ever be a family again?" Mom must have fallen asleep she thinks because she no longer hears her crying. So the little girl walks up the few steps from where she was sitting to the attic room she shares with her sisters and gets into her bed.

Before she knows it morning is here. It is a brand new day maybe it was just a dream and dad is down stairs reading the paper and eating breakfast as always before he goes off to work. She jumps from her bed to run down the stairs. Dad is not there; mom is crying again. She realizes it was not a dream. Daddy has left and is moving out.
He is supposed to come by today to get his stuff. Maybe she can make him stay. She thinks of things to say to him as she gets ready for school.
School is a distraction from all that is happening at home. She immerses herself in her work and her friends telling no one what is happening at home. They would not understand. They all live at home with their moms and their dads. Their lives are perfect at their homes, hers is falling apart. Every once in a while a thought of home creeps into her head and she thinks of what she could do to fix it. Then distracts herself again with school and friends.
School is over. She walks home with her sisters as always, but today is different as they turn down they alley to their home dad's car is there. She is so excited to see him until she realizes he is bringing boxes of his stuff out of the house. Her younger sisters help him carry boxes not even realizing what is happening. But she knows, he is moving out. Dad smiles when he sees her and reaches out to her. She runs to his embrace and dwells in the smells that is her dad. "Daddy, I love you! Please do not go." she says as she is caught up in his arms. "I have to go honey,"he says"but I will come to get you on the weekend and you can come to my new apartment for the day."
She starts to cry and holds on as hard as she can. Dad breaks from the embrace saying he still has some stuff to get from the house. The little girl retreats to the steps beside the house and watches as her beloved daddy packs up his car to move to his apartment all the time wondering how could God let this happen.