Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What Is The Truth?

In this present day and time, we are exposed to a diverse number of opinions on many issues, and those who are passionate about their stance on a matter feel that they are correct in what they believe. But which side of an issue is right? What is the truth? Who has the absolute truth on a matter?

When our Savior stood before Pilate, he asked the Lord Jesus, “What is truth?” Little did he know it, Pilate was looking at Truth face to face.

Shortly before the Lord went to the cross, as He spent those final intimate hours with his disciples, He left no doubt about the essence of truth when He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.” John 14:6

My sisters, isn’t it good to know that we have a Savior, One who is Faithful and True, that no matter what we face in life, we can go to Him and trust that He will speak truth to our hearts about any situation.

We can all get discouraged on life’s journey, since trials come from many different sources such as conflicts in marriages, wayward children, strained family relationships, broken friendships, interactions with “unsaintly” church members, and other things like these.

When these situations seem to get the best of us, the best place to turn is not a self-help book, is not the latest issue of a popular magazine, and is not advice from a popular talk show host. The media and our culture have their own opinions about what is right and what is wrong, and what is good and what is evil.

But what does the Truth say?

All the more as we see our society moving away from “absolute truths”, and saying , “what is truth for you, may not be truth for me” and those in the culture calling “good evil and evil good”, may we remember that there is One who embodies all things good, honorable, pure, holy, and true. My sisters, let us hold on to the fact that our Lord will always give us the truth; the Scriptures say that He cannot lie…..that is not in His divine nature!

If we want to know how to be a better woman, which includes being a better wife (some of us a better pastor’s wife), a better mom, a better daughter, a better friend, a better sister, and so on, let us look to the Truth; let us look to Jesus who is the Author and Perfecter of our faith.

Now that’s the truth, and nothing but the truth!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring Break Conclusion.....


This is our son, her sister's little girl and our daughter-in-law.

As I mentioned earlier this week...........sometimes it is okay to STOP everything else and enjoy the moment.  This has been a wonderful Spring Break, even though the weather as not been perfect.

I got to spend the first part of the week with the grand-babies and got to conclude the week by visiting with out son and daughter-in-law in Gallatin.  They are both in school:  he is with the Corp. of Engineer Hydro Training p\Program and she is working on her Masters in Education............so we don't get to spend near enough time with them.  We would not trade the year they lived with us for anything.......and are so proud of them for following God's lead and their hearts.

We live in such a busy world that it is so easy to get caught up in "stuff" and not take time for the "important things."  Remember.....GOD FIRST, Family Second, Church third, and everything else afterwards.  

I hope you have had as blessed of a week as I have.  Good bye and I will see you in five weeks.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Cleaning

In the middle of my Spring Break, I did take out a day for some "Spring Cleaning".  I went through drawers and cleaned out my closet.  Whewww......how does a person accumulate so much?  I have to be IN THE MOOD and when I am......watch out.  I accumulated a huge black garbage bag of clothes to take to Good Will or We Care.  I decided....if they have not been worn, even if I liked them....chunk them.

Doesn't it feel great after you "clean out"?  I love to pull open my three drawers and look in my closet.  What a feeling of accomplishment.

I got to thinking in the middle of it all.....wouldn't it be nice if it was as easy to "clean out our spiritual baggage?"  You know what I mean...............those people that drag you down. Those "Debbie Downers".  Those people you have devoted many hours, days or months to just to finally realize you can't help a person if they do not want to be helped.

Being the pastor's wife, you can not always totally "clean house".......but you can commit to not letting them take control of your life.

I am going to make an attempt to pull myself away from "negative" people and things that pull me down.  In this crazy world that we live in, we need to surround ourselves with people and things that lift us up.

May we always be the "lifter" and not the "downer"!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring Break

I teach school and we are on Spring Break this week.  If I appear pre-occupied.....it is because I AM.
Cooking breakfast with Mimi.

Stroll in the new Easter wagon.

Painting Fun.

Messy Painting Fun.

Feeding Ducks

And Craft-time.

Sometimes it okay to stop out from our BUSY schedules and BUSY lives and just enjoy the simple things.  I pray that you too will stop and enjoy life.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Satan is REAL

Satan is REAL.  Don't EVER let your guard down.  He knows your weaknesses and that is where he will attack.

I look around me and there are soooo many hurting people.  Most of the hurt has been because Christians have let their guards down. 

Marriages are in trouble.....homes are falling apart......children are disowning their parents....parents are disowning their children.

Many times I get too comfortable in my "present state" and can't imagine HOW any of this could happen. 
  • How can spouses stray? 
  • How can couples give up on their marriages? 
  • How can children and parents break ties? 
THEN....while praying for a family going through one of these situations, it just hit me.... It is ONLY by God's Grace that I am not wearing "those shoes." 
  • I am human. 
  • My husband is human.
  • My family is human. 
It could happen to us...................if we let our guards down and allow Satan to work.  That is EVEN MORE of a reason of why we need to PRAY, STUDY GOD'S WORD and keep an OPEN COMMUNICATION with our loved ones..  Do not allow Satan ANY room to work.

Please join me in praying for all of the hurting folks around.................and join me in praying that we ALL guard ourselves so that we may never wear "those shoes".

Monday, April 6, 2015

Late Easter

Happy LATE Easter!!!  I trust that you had a wonderful day, celebrating the resurrection of our Lord.  For many, your days began early with the Sunrise Service....and concluded with an late afternoon nap.  Smile.

We had a wonderful day......my little preschoolers looked soooo cute in their Easter outfits.  The singing was wonderful, children's message was great and sermon was awesome.  We concluded the service with the Lord's Supper.

Our son and daughter-in-law drove from Nashville and we got to see them for just a little bit before they left to go to her Grandmothers.  When we got home, our daughter, son-in-law and grandbabies were at our house.  We eat WAY too much.......hid Easter Eggs, played and played, watched a Veggie Tale Easter Movie and took a nap.  Whewwww......fun day!

I think that Easter is my favorite holiday!  It makes me stop and realize how blessed I am and how blessed we are.

As my preschoolers said, "Today is a HAPPY day because Jesus is ALIVE!"