Monday, August 20, 2012

Servant Living

I have a new tab on my blog .... "Servant Living" - not something new in the world of Christian living but something I have decided I need to focus on.  I am hoping it will help me keep the little life things tied neatly into the big life thing.

I have actually been working on this for a while and just did not even realize it.  It began when I started eliminating preservatives from our diet.  I feel quite sure we haven't completely eliminated preservatives - but we have certainly tried.  I can remember several years ago choosing not to eat foods with MSG - and then it was Kerry's rule of not allowing diet drinks in our home - and now I have tried to watch preservatives.  That caused me to start making my own cream of soups and trying to add more produce and vegetables to our meals.  I know I haven't been perfect - but I know it has made a positive difference for our family.

I looked at the "Dirty Dozen" of fruits & vegetables that should only be eaten from organic gardens. Here's the link: The Dirty Dozen. I joined a co-op to buy organic produce - I started buying beef from a farmer in Lubbock - Holy Cow Beef - and now I have a way to buy safe for the environment home care (cleaning & my health) products for my  home.  Perhaps the best part of Holy Cow Beef and the home care products is that they can be delivered to my door step.

Perhaps I am making progress toward using my time to best manage what God has given me.  I know my health is better for choosing better for me foods and products - and my money is better spent when I purposefully shop and plan.

Be sure to visit my "Servant Living" page.....

Steward – a servant designated to manage the affairs of his master – God has blessed us each with gifts He chose for us to manage for His glory.  We are to set priorities for the most efficient use of his gifts and to faithfully fulfill his responsibilities for the Master’s good.

It is football time!
It is also Baby Shower Brunch days too - love our decanters that my sister in law and I have!

Kerry's brother is going to be a Grandfather!  Wow!  This was the center piece for the Brunch - the wooden plaque that the lion is holding says A day with Grandchildren.... Priceless - I know LynDee & Kevin are beyond excited.

Always, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Message I Did Not Expect

They said you understood once you met her.  I don't think I had ever met her but I left knowing I would have enjoyed knowing her.  She was a member of the various volunteer service organizations in and around Palo Pinto County and was once a member of the emergency services for the county.  And once again to hear of someone outliving their lives  was comforting.  Her oldest son and his family have been our friends forever.  I can remember when their little girl was born - right after our Son one.

A graveside service on Sunday morning was most unusual to me. I went thinking I would be missing church and instead I attended church - just at a different place with a different group of family but I did not miss church at all.

The cousin spoke of the correlation between all of us, Rose Mary, and God.  He spoke of Love.  We sang I'll Fly Away and Amazing Grace and the SO from the county gave the last call.

Love ... (from The Message - I Corinthians 13)
never gives up - to me this means we never think that a person is not worth our prayers and our time
cares more for others than for self - to me this means that I consider others before I consider myself - that I consider situations from their viewpoint and not mine.  I know for me this doesn't always come naturally but when I do practice this my life is peaceful
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies.  

I am not so sure why I am amazed - I really should not be.  Of course her cousin would speak of Love. When the picture all comes together the message is always the same - Love.  When we as believers truly become about Love - it changes us - it changes everything - it makes a difference and we will never be the same.

One of my most favorite songs that we sing at our church is Faithful Love.

The lyrics capture my thoughts completely....

And I'll never be the same for I've seen faithful Love face to face and Jesus is His name.

It doesn't matter what crosses our path - when we know that we have seen faithful Love - we are never the same.

When we see Love - when we  know Love - when we are about Love....

We are never the same.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.


Faithful Love

Faithful Love  (select the link to hear the song...)

Faithful love flowing down from the thorn-covered crown,
Makes me whole, saves my soul,
Washes whiter than snow.
Faithful love calms each fear, reaches down, dries each tear;
Holds my hand when I can’t stand on my own.

Faithful love from above
Came to earth to show the Father’s love.
And I’ll never be the same,
For I’ve seen faithful love face to face,
And Jesus is His name.

Faithful love is a friend just when hope seems to end,
Welcome face, sweet embrace,
Tender touch filled with grace.
Faithful love, endless power, living flame, Spirit’s fire;
Burning bright in the night, guiding my way.
(repeat chorus)