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Grandma's Apron
Posted On 08/29/2019 11:34:56


Grandma's Apron


I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears…

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.

After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men-folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

REMEMBER:

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.

Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I never caught anything from an apron…But Love. (Author Unknown)


Easy Reference For Emergencies
Posted On 08/19/2019 21:36:43
Easy reference for Emergencies


When in sorrow............................call John 14
When men fail you........................call Psalm 27
When you have sinned.....................call Psalm 51
When you worry....................call Matthew 6:19-34
When you are in danger...................call Psalm 91
When God seems far away.................call Psalm 139
When your faith needs stirring.........call Hebrews 11
When you are lonely and fearful..........call Psalm 23
When you grow bitter and critical.call I Corinthians 13
When you feel down and out....... ...call Romans 8:31
When you want peace and rest.....call Matthew 11:25-30
When the world seems bigger than God.....call Psalm 90
When you want Christian assurance...call Romans 8:1-30
When you leave home for labor or travel..call Psalm 121
When your prayers grow narrow or selfish.call Psalm 67
When you want courage for a task.........call Joshua 1
When you think of investments and returns..call Mark 10
If you are depressed........... .........call Psalm 27
If your pocketbook is empty...............call Psalm 37
If you are losing confidence in people....call I Corinthians 13
If people seem unkind........ ...........call John 15
If discouraged about your work..........call Psalm 126
If self pride/greatness takes hold.......call Psalm 19
If you want to be fruitful..............call John 15
For understanding of Christianity...call II Corinthians 5:15-19
For a great invention/opportunity.......call Isaiah 55
For how to get along with fellow men.....call Romans 12
For Paul's secret to happiness..call Colossians 3:12-17

ALTERNATE NUMBERS:

For dealing with fear.................call Psalm 34:7
For security..........................call Psalm 121:3
For assurance...........................call Mark8:35


My Never To Do List
Posted On 08/19/2019 21:32:56

My Never To Do List

Never again will I confess "I can't" ... "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

Never again will I confess lack ... "My God shall supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

Never again will I confess fear ... "For God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7

Never again will I confess doubt and lack of faith ... "God has allotted to every man a measure of faith. If I have faith as a mustard seed, nothing shall be impossible to me." Romans 12:3 and Matthew 17:20

Never again will I confess weakness ... "The Lord is the strength of my life. The people who know their God will display strength and take action." Psalm 27:1 and Daniel 11:32

Never again will I confess defeat ... "But thanks be to God, who always leads me in His triumph in Christ." 2 Corinthians 2:14

Never again will I confess ignorance ... "I am in Christ Jesus, who became to me wisdom from God." 1 Corinthians 1:30

Never again will I confess sickness ... "By His wounds I am healed. He Himself took away my infirmities, and carried away my diseases." Isaiah 53:5 and Matthew 8:17

Never again will I confess worry ... "I cast all my cares on Him, because He cares for me." 1 Peter 5:7

Never again will I confess bondage ... "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

Never again will I confess condemnation ... "There is therefore now no condemnation because I am in Christ Jesus." Romans 8:1

Never again will I confess discontent ... "I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." Philippians 4:11

Never again will I confess unworthiness ... "He made Him who knew no sin, to be sin on my behalf, that I might become the righteousness of God in Him." 2 Corinthians 5:21

Never again will I confess confusion ... "For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. I have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that I might know the things freely given to me by God." 1 Corinthians 14:33 and 1 Corinthians 2:12

Never again will I confess persecution ... "If God be for me, who can be against me?" Romans 8:31 Never again will I confess sin over my life ... "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed my transgressions from me." Psalm 103:12
Never again will I confess insecurity ... "When I lie down, I will not be afraid. My sleep will be sweet. For the Lord will be my confidence, and will keep my foot from being caught." Proverbs 3:24,26

Never again will I confess failure ... "But in all these things, I am a conqueror through Him who loved me." Romans 8:37

Never again will I confess frustration ... "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you." Isaiah 26:3

Never again will I confess fear of the future ... "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." Jeremiah 29:11


You say ........ God says
Posted On 06/10/2017 20:43:37


You say: "It's impossible"
God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)

You say: "I'm too tired"
God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: "Nobody really loves me"
God says: I love you (John 3:16 & John 13:34)

You say: "I can't go on"
God says: My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalms 91:15)

You say: "I can't figure things out"
God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: "I can't do it"
God says: You can do all things (Philippians 4:13)

You say: "I can't forgive myself"
God says: I FORGIVE YOU (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: "I can't manage"
God says: I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)

You say: "I'm afraid"
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)

You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)

You say: "I'm not smart enough"
God says: I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: "I feel all alone"
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)


Come As You Are. No Jacket Required
Posted On 06/10/2017 20:37:28



Come As You Are. No Jacket Required
Come As You Are. No Jacket Required *I shook my head in disbelief. This
couldn't be the right place. After all, I couldn't possibly be welcome
here. I had been given an invitation several times, by several different
people, and had finally decided to see what this place was all about.

But, this just couldn't be the right place. Quickly, I glanced down at the
invitation that clutched in my hand. I scanned past the words, "Come as you
are. No jacket required," and found the location.

Yes, I was at the right place. I peered through the window again and saw a
room of people whose faces seemed to glow with joy. All were neatly
dressed, adorned in fine garments and appeared strangely clean as they
dined at this exquisite restaurant.

Ashamed, I looked down at my own tattered and torn clothing, covered in
stains. I was dirty, in fact, filthy.

A foul smell seemed to consume me and I couldn't shake the grime that clung
to my body. As I turned around to leave, the words from the invitation
seemed to leap out at me, "Come as you are. No jacket required."

I decided to give it a shot. Mustering up every bit of courage I could
find, I opened the door to this restaurant and walked up to a man standing
behind a podium.

"Your name, sir?" he asked me with a smile.

"Daniel F. Renken," I mumbled without looking up. I thrust my hands deep
into my pockets, hoping to conceal their stains.

He didn't seem to notice the filth that I was covered in and he
continued, "Very
good, sir. A table is reserved in your name. Would you like to be seated?"

I couldn't believe what I heard! A grin broke out on my face and I said, "Yes,
of course!"

He lead me to a table and, sure enough, there was a placard with my name
written on it in a deep, dark red.

As I browsed over a menu, I saw many delightful items listed.

There were things like, "peace, " "joy," "blessings, " "confidence, "
"assurance, " "hope," "love," "faith, " and "mercy. "

I realized that this was no ordinary restaurant! I flipped the menu back to
the front in order to see where I was at. "God' s Grace," was the name of
this place!

The man returned and said, "I recommend the 'Special of the Day.' With it,
you are entitled to heaping portions of everything on this menu."

You've got to be kidding! I thought to myself. You mean, I can have ALL of
this!

"What is the 'Special of the Day,'" I asked with excitement ringing in my
voice.

"Salvation, " was his reply.

"I' ll take it," I practically cried out.

Then, as quickly as I made that statement, the joy left my body. A sick,
painful ache jerked through my stomach and tears filled my eyes.

Between my sobs I said, "Mister, look at me. I'm dirty and nasty. I'm
unclean and unworthy of such things. I'd love to have all of this, but, I
Just can't afford it."

Undaunted, the man smiled again. "Sir, your check has already been taken
care of by that Gentleman over there," he said pointing to the front of the
room. "His Name is Jesus."

Turning, I saw a Man whose very presence seemed to light the room. He was
almost too much to look at. I found myself walking towards Him and in
shaking voice I whispered, "Sir, I'll wash the dishes or sweep the floors
or take out the trash. I'll do anything I can do to repay you for all of
this."

He opened His arms and said with a smile, "Son, all of this is yours if you
just come unto Me. Ask Me to clean you up and I will. Ask Me to take away
the stains and it is done. Ask Me to allow you to feast at My table and you
will eat. Remember, the table is reserved in your name. All you must do is
accept this gift that I offer you."

Astonished, I fell at His feet and said, "Please, Jesus. Please clean up my
life. Please change me and seat me at Your table and give me this new
life."

Immediately, I heard the words, "It is finished."

I looked down and white robes adorned my squeaky clean body. Something
strange and wonderful had happened. I felt new, like a weight had been
lifted, and I found myself seated at His table.

"The 'Special of the Day' has been served," the Lord said to me. "Salvation
is yours."

We sat and talked for a great while and I so enjoyed the time that I spent
with Him. He told me, me of all people, that He would like me to come back
as often as I liked for another helping from God's Grace. He made it clear
that He wanted me to spend as much time with Him as possible.

As it drew near time for me to go back outside into the "real world," He
whispered to me softly, "And Daniel, I am with you always." And then, He
said something to me that I will never forget. He said, "My child, Do you
see these empty tables throughout this room?"

"Yes, Lord. I see them. What do they mean?" I replied.

"These are reserved tables, but the individuals whose names are on each
placards have not accepted their invitations to dine. Would you be so kind
as to hand out these invitations to those who have not joined us yet?"
Jesus asked.

"Of course," I said with excitement as I picked up the invitations.

"Go ye therefore into all nations," He said as I turned to leave.

I walked into God's Grace dirty and hungry. Stained in sin. My
righteousness as filthy rags. And Jesus cleaned me up. I walked out a brand
new man... robed in white, His righteousness. And so, I'll keep my promise
to my Lord. I'll go.

I'll spread the Word.

I'll share the Gospel . . .

I'll hand out the invitations.

And I'll start with you.

"Have you been to God's Grace? There's a table reserved in your name, and
here's your invitation . . .

Come as you are. No jacket required."

- Author Unknown

Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that
not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should
boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.


Have Faith
Posted On 06/10/2017 20:17:26

 

 

There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target.


Getting a little discouraged, he headed back to dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma' s pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head, and killed it. He was shocked and grieved. In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to see his sister watching. Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.


After lunch the next day Grandma said, "Sally, let's wash the dishes." But Sally said, "Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen." Then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?" So Johnny did the dishes.


Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, "I' m sorry but I need Sally to help make supper."
Sally just smiled and said, "Well that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help. She whispered again, "Remember the duck?" So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.


After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's he finally couldn't stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed the he had killed the duck.


Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug, and said, "Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing. But because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you."


Thought for the day and everyday there after: Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done and the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, debt, fear, hatred, anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, etc.) whatever it is, you need to know that Jesus Christ was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing, He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you.


The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He forgets.


When Trouble Comes What Will You Do
Posted On 06/10/2017 20:08:46


 

 

 

When Trouble Comes What Will You Do


The truth is, no matter how strong of a Christian you are, no matter how
solid your prayer life, how deep your love runs for Christ, you will indeed
face troubles. Psalm 34:19 says "many are the afflictions of the
righteous... "

The strength of your Christian walk doesn't come in your living life
problem-free, it comes in you perfecting your response to those problems
when they come. When trouble comes a-knocking, there are three ways for you
to respond: *fight, flee* or *fence-straddle* .

1. *Fight*- This is by far the best and most effective response. In
fighting, you choose to face that problem head-on. You instinctively pull
out your spiritual weapons: *prayer, fasting, praise* and *worship*. You
respond by faith, knowing that Christ has already given you the victory
over every problem you will ever face. When you fight, you know that the
battle is already won, but there's much for you to gain by going through
the process - your faith will become stronger, your trust deeper, your
relationship with Him will be closer, your ability to overcome by His blood
will become more evident. When you choose to fight, you show the One who
*Died* for you that you *believe* in Him and trust Him to care for you, to
protect you. This response allows the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and direct
you through the trouble because your spiritual weapons put you in direct
contact with God. Yes, "many are the afflictions of the righteous," but the
good news is that "the Lord delivers him out of them all." Ps 34:19. When
you fight, you stand firm on the promises of God. This is the response that
leads to your victory - guaranteed.

2. *Flee* - This is the response the enemy prefers. When you flee, you
cower and denounce the power of God that lives on the inside of you. This
response allows the enemy to succeed in his mission to steal, kill and
destroy your life. (John 10:10). In this instance, your life will become
full of "issues" that eventually overwhelm you-consume your thoughts, your
conversations, your life. Your troubles will overcome you because you have
given them all the power. In fleeing, you never address trouble full-on.
Instead of exercising the power of God, consulting with the Holy Spirit for
direction, putting on the whole armor of God, you shrink and allow the
enemy, the world, or even your self to reign in your life. You become the
victim and flee from the truth of who you really are in Christ. This
response is the most detrimental to your survival.

3. *Fence-straddle* - This response is most common. When you choose this
response you operate in a combination of the other two. You may initially
pray and stand on the Word of God, but when you don't see an immediate
solution to the problem, you flee. When God doesn't "show up" in time, or
when the results aren't what you expect them to be, you surrender to the
enemy and shrink. So in other words, you have one foot on the Solid Rock
and the other foot in the enemy's camp. You pray, but in your heart you
doubt. You may praise and worship, but in the back of your mind, you're
trying to figure out what *you* need to do to rectify the situation. The
Lord spoke harshly against those who were lukewarm in Revelations 3:16
saying, "...because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will
vomit you out of my Mouth." Fence-straddling connotes distrust. You're
afraid to trust that God's got you covered, but you know better than to
trust anything that comes out of enemy camp, so then you straddle. This is
a very futile situation in which to put yourself; it leaves you on very
shaky ground.

God has commanded on numerous occasion "fear not." He has consistently
affirmed His dedication and commitment to providing for and protecting you.
When trouble comes your way, trust Him. He's proven Himself time and time
again! You already have the victory through Christ Jesus - no matter what
the circumstances look like. When your next "situation&quo t; arises, what will
you do? Will you *fight, flee* or *fence-straddle* ?

Have a wonderful day and remember when trouble comes He's there right
beside you to help see you through it all. Have a blessed day.



Who Am I?
Posted On 06/10/2017 15:46:59
Who Am I ?

Only a short while ago the Lord's friends gathered around to hear Him speak of great and wonderful things. The things of God, eternal things. We hung on every word, savoring it, digesting it. Now, they are gone and I alone remain, sitting at His feet. Like a delicate fragrance, the sound of His voice seems to linger in the air. I breath in the essence of His presence and sigh. It's good that I should be here; I want to stay forever. For a moment He shuffles in His seat and I fear that my Lord is going to leave. My heart sinks until I realize He is leaning forward and reaching out His hands to me. All at once the child in me comes alive as Jesus lifts me to His lap and cradles me in His arms.


Tears of joy fill my eyes and overflow, cascading down my cheeks. I weep softly and bury my face in the folds of His robe as His strong arms close around me. Who am I that the Lord should hold me so tenderly? Did He hear my anguished cry for more of Him? Had He peered into the depths of my heart and dug through the sin and deeply rooted pride and greed and actually found some good buried there? Is there any good in me? I am still so slow to learn, so quick to fall. My reasoning weaves a maze through my mind as I try to comprehend.


As Jesus draws me closer to Himself, a thread of gold enters the woven maze in my mind and I understand. Jesus holds me not because of my goodness, but His; not because of my love for Him, but rather, because of His great love for me. My thoughts become a blur, struggling to grasp what is unimaginable for the human mind. He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than I think or imagine. My Lord and my God loves me. I savor this delicious morsel of truth as He gently cradles me in His strong arms like a dear beloved child, and holds me close to His chest.


A favorite Scripture from Isaiah comes to mind: "You are mine, you are precious in my sight and I love you." I ponder this, these words meant for me as well. As I listened to the Savior's heartbeat, He also was listening to mine. What I couldn't put into words He heard from the cry of my heart. My desire for Him. My love for Him. My longing to be with Him. And the heartbreaking sorrow I felt for ever having done anything that put a distance between my beloved Jesus and I. For a moment He stops rocking me and I can feel His warm breath on my forehead. He tenderly says, child, look at me. I am reluctant to look up because I know that my eyes will meet His. What I have longed for, now suddenly fills me with dread. I fear what He will see in the face of this unworthy child.


His fingers are beneath my chin and He raises my head until my eyes meet His. What I see is more beautiful than words can express. In His eyes there is an ocean of love, deeper, wider, and higher than all the world can contain. His eyes are the color of mercy. For a moment I feel as if I am little more than an ant at the foot of the cross, just beginning to comprehend His love and sacrifice. The King of all the universe is gazing into my eyes and communicating His love to me. Jesus hand is warm against my face. He cups my cheek and wipes away my tears with His thumb. God's thumb, wiping away my tears. He holds my face firmly for a moment and looks deep into my eyes as if to say, this is important, listen to Me. His eyes seem to plead with me as He speaks. He wants me to understand and believe it. As His eyes fill with tears, He says, "This is why I did it; so I could hold you and love you for eternity."


Strength and Courage
Posted On 06/10/2017 12:20:07




Strength and Courage

It takes strength to be certain,
It takes courage to have doubts.

It takes strength to fit in,
It takes courage to stand out.

It takes strength to share a friend's pain,
It takes courage to feel your own pain.

It takes strength to hide your own pain,
It takes courage to show it and deal with it.

It takes strength to stand guard,
It takes courage to let down your guard.

It takes strength to conquer,
It takes courage to surrender.

It takes strength to endure abuses,
It takes courage to stop them.

It takes strength to stand alone,
It takes courage to lean on a friend.

It takes strength to love,
It takes courage to be loved.

It takes strength to survive,
It takes courage to live.

May you find strength and courage
in everything you do,
And may your life be filled with
Friendship and Love!

- Author Unknown





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