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Where Were You?

26 Mar

Looking out the office window, I saw her headed in our direction.  Her over-sized yard sale clothes, tasseled white hair, and gift of gab.  It spread panic throughout the workplace.  Our real estate office is located in a new housing development’s clubhouse so off and on all day there seems to be  a revolving door of satisfied (or not) clients aka tenants.  Heralding her arrival brought a response of “Tell her I am not here.”  Taking a deep preparing breath, as I heard the front foyer door open, I greeted her.  “Hi Millie, what can I do for you?”  “Is Gail here today?” she asked.  Not wanting to lie, I replied, “She is, but working on a very important timeline project and can’t be disturbed.  What can I help you with?”  Could see her countenance change.  “Just wanted to see if Gail liked the gift that was dropped off for her new grand baby.”  She informed me.  Answering for Gail, I replied, “Yes, those booties were so cute; please tell your daughter thanks.”  Millie mumbled some other things, but missed what she said as I buried head in paper work.  She stood there for a few more moments, then turned around and shuffled her 80 plus years feet out the door.  Had a couple of twinges of guilt but at the end of the day my heart was no worse for the wear.

Later that night these words kept popping in my head.  “Where were you?”  At first, I thought what a funny thing to think.  Once again, “Where were you?”  When a third time, it repeated itself, “Where were you?  I stopped and realized the Lord was trying to get my attention.

“Okay, Lord you have my attention please ask me again”

“Where were you when I was hungry?”  Was His first query.

“You know Lord ever winter we contribute to the can food drive at church.  When the local supermarket has a food drive, you can count on us.  It rained this year so we passed on the downtown communities’ efforts.

“Hmmmm oh really.   Where were you when I was naked?”  He continued.

“Lord you saw me go though my closet and give away stuff I no longer want, wear, or is out of style to the local charity.  When I packed a Mission’s Christmas box, I made sure I put in some clothing items.  My schedule was so busy just didn’t have time to purchase a new jacket for a school coat drive.”

Again, the Lord said, “Really?  Where were you when I was in prison?”

“My husband and I always give to the Angel Tree at Christmas for children whose parents (s) are incarcerated.  We pray for families that are in involved with illicit actions.  Our cousin was arrested for drugs; we didn’t mean to forget him

The Lord concluded, “If you did this to the least of me you did it to me” He just stood there.  Then today flashed before my eyes; Millie.  She was ‘hungry’ for fellowship just a bit of someone’s time.  She was stripped ‘bare‘ of self-esteem.  Vulnerable to her surroundings.  No friendship love, to cover wounds.  She wore the ‘chains‘ of old age on her feet.  Unable to do the things she used to do.  Matched by ‘handcuffs‘ at the end of life.  Wore the headgear of an invisible old woman.

As I bowed my head, my heart starting breaking.  Very easy to contribute to organized charities.  They take really nothing out of your time.  Will not stop doing those, but there is more.  Wish I could say the Lord smiled and patted me on the head, but cannot.  This He did do, he exposed my heart and me, which was priceless.

I want Jesus my Lord to know where I am at, at all times.  This time it will be at Millie’s front door.

Matthew  25:31-40

31“But when the Son of Mand comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32All the nationse will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,f you were doing it to me!

 

 
 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

11 Feb

Glue, a cereal box, construction paper, and scissors bring back fond memories of one of the most fun school holidays; Valentine’s Day. Remember when you carefully went through a box of Valentines so that you would not give the wrong one to the wrong person? How excited you were when going through your box and you came across that one Valentine from that one special person. It did not matter what it really said you knew it was just custom made for you. Some things do not change, I still love being someone’s Valentine, and when someone takes the time out of their lives to focus on me with words of love, I am so hooked.

Psalms is filled with King David’s celebration of his love for God. Imagine how God’s heart must have glowed when he listened to what was said regarding Him. David says in Ps.3:3 ‘…..but thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.’ Ps. 28:7 ‘The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.’ In this particular venue notice that David never says ‘thank you Lord’, he is not thanking the Lord for answered prayers, he is making non-passive sentences, by saying “Lord you are”. This got me  thinking how many times do I tell the Lord how much I love him, not just in thanks to answered prayers, but just because, afraid I do not like the answer. The Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13.22). David revered God and was not afraid to proclaim it. This year for Valentine’s Day I think, I will make a document app on my phone and every time God takes my breath away I am going to record it. Be interesting to see all the various post in a year’s time. Won’t you please join me and start your own journal of praises to the Almighty God, the author, and finisher of our faith? Let us be women after God’s own heart. May your Valentine’s Day be filled with joy. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Check out the youtube link below……..

Ps. 139

 

Nearly Will I Seek Thee…….

04 Jan

Happy New Year!

Don’t you just love New Year’s Resolutions, I know I do.  As the countdown ball started to fall in 2011 there I am with my typical resolutions; to be healthy, wealthy, and wise, but last year was different.  One more thing was added to that list, to read the whole Bible in one year.  It became the most valuable resolution I ever made.

Like many other baby-boomers, was raised on Bible stories and passed them to the next generation.  At numerous times have read the Bible from front to back, but was not until our Pastor challenged the congregation to a daily Bible reading program that this goal was added to my resolutions.  Just between you and me regarding last year’s resolution I  haven’t  kept myself as  healthy as I could (translation  just dusted off my weights while eating Christmas goodies), my wealth is still in progress and on being wise, hmmmm  still trying to remember what I came into the room to do. I don’t really seem like a person you can trust with resolutions, huh?  Thank goodness, God supports us because regarding the daily Bible reading, proud to say I did it!  Purchased the One Year Bible, left it out on the counter top, so each day I would look to see the time line, and then using my Smartphone I used an audio app that read the daily scriptures.  This year just found the One Year Bible on face book and on-line:  http://www.oneyearbibleonline.com/.   You guessed it, reading the One Year Bible is back on the resolution list for 2012.

One of my inspirations for last year is found in Ps. 63:1:

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is ….  Ps.63:1 KJV

Do not know if King David made New Year resolutions but this, I do know David showed his love and dedication for God through his priorities.  Time must have been as valuable then as it is now.  Why else would he say, “early will I seek you”?   Here is a man who ruled as king over a nation, he could do pretty much what he wanted and when, yet he gets up early?  Couldn’t help thinking maybe it was his way of tithing the first 10 percent of the day to God, or was his schedule such a busy one that this was the only peaceful quiet time of the day?  Tend to think it may have been a little of both.  David was willing to sacrifice the first fruits of his time and schedule to spend it with living God.

Passing my Pastor’s baton, here is my challenge to you.  Consider revamping your schedule and start getting up 20 minutes early each day.  Make it a daily ritual.  After a time in prayer join with the other 59% of Americans, and read your Bible.  This is where technology can become a powerful tool.  There are so many apps and resources available.  If you are not into tech just use your knees, calendar, and the Holy Bible.  Together let us make this year read ‘early will I seek you’  Ps. 63:1.  Not a year of ‘nearly will I seek you’……

Meet with you tomorrow morning in prayer.  Happy New Year, may God bless you richly.

 

Merry Christmas

19 Dec
Isaiah 60

Isaiah 60

Let me introduce myself, I am what they coined in the mid century, as a baby-boomer. Been married twice as long as I was not. We have two fabulous grown children with families of their own. Three of the most fantastic grandchildren and last but not least an old rescue mutt named ‘Bailey’. My husband and I were both born and raised in the great Pacific Northwest where we both still reside. We were in the ministry for over 13 years, employed for many years in a Christian school, and as the church secretary along with my husband who had serve on the board of church. Currently own my own business.
Been very fortunate to have known Thelma off and on over the years. That is why I feel so very honored that she would ask me to contribute on her blog site. She has such a great ministry for helping others to reach their potential in God. My hope is that I can complement her blogs.
Growing-up I always saw life outside the box and even though it landed me often in hot water as a child, as an adult it has been a gift that has been a blessing. It is my goal that in some small way my future blogs will sometimes amuse, help and hopefully help you look on the other side of the coin.