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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

There Is a Fountain

There Is a Fountain

There is a fountain filled with blood,
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins,
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains:
Lose all their guilty stains,
Lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in His day;
And there may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away:
Wash all my sins away,
Wash all my sins away;
And there may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away.

Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood
Shall never lose its pow’r,
Till all the ransomed church of God
Be saved to sin no more:
Be saved to sin no more,
Be saved to sin no more;
Till all the ransomed church of God
Be saved to sin no more.

E’er since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die:
And shall be till I die,
And shall be till I die;
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.

When this poor, lisping, stamm’ring tongue
Lies silent in the grave,
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save:
I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save,
I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save;
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save.

The Cleansing Wave

Oh, now I see the cleansing wave!
The fountain deep and wide;
Jesus, my Lord, mighty to save,
Points to His wounded side.

The cleansing stream I see, I see!
I plunge, and, oh, it cleanseth me!
Oh, praise the Lord, it cleanseth me!
It cleanseth me, yes, cleanseth me.

I see the new creation rise,
I hear the speaking blood;
It speaks, polluted nature dies,
Sinks ’neath the cleansing flood.

I rise to walk in Heav’n’s own light,
Above the world and sin,
With heart made pure and garments white,
And Christ enthroned within.

Amazing grace! ’tis Heav’n below
To feel the blood applied,
And Jesus, only Jesus know,
My Jesus crucified.

Lots of church song books have removed the hymns that talk about the blood of Christ.  Beloved, if it were not for the shed blood of Christ, none of us could be saved.  Hebrews 9:22 says, "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission."  Chapters 9 and 10 of Hebrews talks about the animal sacrifices that were made to God, which pictured the sacrifice of a coming Savior.  Yet, those sacrifices could not remove sin.  That's why the priests had to keep making the sacrifices.  But, Christ's sacrifice removes sin when we trust Him as our Lord and Savior!  He only had to die once!  He doesn't keep coming back and dying on the cross.  Once for all!  
Oh!  Be thankful for the blood!  The blood of Christ!  And, by the way,  when John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.".... the word "world" is not talking about individuals/people.  The Greek word is cosmos which does not translate into MEN or WOMEN. The important part of that verse is the "whosoever."  Whosoever will may come!  Revelation 22:17 says, "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."

That being said, Jesus did NOT die for EVERYONE!   In Matthew 26:28 and Mark 14:24, Jesus said His blood was shed for MANY, not EVERYONE!  Everyone is invited to come, yes!  But, no one will without God doing something first to change their heart so they will come.  And that's a whole-nother story that I don't want to get into tonight!

Tim got up around 7:30, ate breakfast and went back to bed.  It was 10:00 before we got, I kid you not!  We got dressed and went to the two local Goodwills.  He still didn't want any lunch, but had a granola bar and I had him drink an Ensure.  We went over to the church office and worked on the big desk calendar.  When we went back to the house, I fixed myself something to eat while he snoozed in his recliner.  Around 3:00 I took my shower.  While I was in there, Tim brought the trash cans to the house from the road.  That was a workout for him!  When I got out of the shower, I found he had gone to bed!  

When he got up around 5, he got dressed for church.  He still did not want anything to eat.  Finally, at 5:45 he picked up his iPad and said he was going on over to the church.  I told him he still had an hour and 45 minutes before church started at 7:30.  He looked at the clock like he was confused about the time.  Anyway, he finally sat back down in the recliner and snoozed some more.  He woke up at 6:25 and asked if anyone was in the church parking lot yet.  I told him it was still an hour before church time.  Finally, at 6:55 I told him I was going to fix him some Gatorade to take to church and we left the house at 7:05.  He read over the missionary letter and the prayer list.

When it came time to pray, he told Mark to begin and that he would close.  But, after Mark prayed, he didn't.  Instead he told Bobby to lead another song and he sat down.  It worries me because I am with him all the time and can tell he has been more confused again lately.  I feel certain there is more cancer invading his brain.  I am not looking forward to the results of the brain MRI on July 12th.  But, I will just keep trusting the Lord to have His perfect will and way in our lives, knowing He makes no mistakes!

Please pray that the oncologist on Friday will be prepared to order a CT scan of Tim's chest, abdomen and pelvic area.  I don't want to have to demand a CT scan be done!  Prepare the heart of the doctor, O Lord, to order the CT scan!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It is Well With My Soul

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

No matter what happens in this life, I know it is well with my soul!  How about you?  Do you know where you will go when you die?  There's only 2 places.....heaven or hell!

It was absolutely beautiful today!  Lower temperature and humidity!  Perfect!  But, Tim is always cold anymore, to he needed his hoodie to sit in the shade of the carport! 

The mushroom is a bit more curled under today.

It was a beautiful day!
Some of Tim's uncontrollable, left-handed motor control skills.  He said, "Oh, look!  It almost looks like a smiley face!"  To which I replied, "No excuse, Mr. I-can't-eat-very-much-real-food-but-I-can-eat-tons-of-sweets!"  :D

Still trying to capture a good chimney swift picture.

They remind me of bats!

The bluebirds were doing what the chimney swifts do.....catching bugs in the air.  I have never seen them do this before!  Normally, they swoop down to the ground to eat and then fly back to the wire.

 Well, it took a while, but the blackbird finally found the peanuts!  It wasn't so easy for him to get to them, however!

I love this picture!

At last!  Got one!

Mommy and baby chipping sparrow.  You can barely see the baby in the grass behind momma.

All brown-headed cowbirds
 They sling the seed everywhere!

The hawk swooped back into the maple tree tonight, causing the birds to flee!  I barely caught him flying away.  Watch quickly above the fellowship hall after I say, "right there it was," and you will see him flying off.  You may have to watch a couple of times to see him.

And that wraps it up for today!

Monday, June 26, 2017

God's Blessings

"As we bow our heads each day over warm meals and under dry roofs, we must never forget that God’s gracious provision relates very little to our jobs, our homes, and investments.  He can provide for us anywhere and at any time.  But life in our good land is only good in relation to our relationship with God."  Wayne Stiles

I should be devoted to my Savior God, if for no other reason than because He loves me!  He shows His love for me every day by taking care of my needs.....and sometimes even my wants!  But, I find too often that I'm not as devoted as I should be because I get in the way.  My devotion more than not is to myself, not God.

I read today's devotion from Kay Arthur's "Lord, I Give You This Day."  And in reading it, there were some questions to ask of myself to show what standard I am devoted to:
Who sets the standards of my day?
Who determines what is right? moral? correct? socially acceptable? just? fair? how I should dress, think act, behave?
My standard should be God's as found in His Word.
What do I admire?
What do I want to imitate?
What is my dream? my desire?
Do I come closer to the world's standard or to God's?

Paul told the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 11:3, "...I fear, lest by any means, as the Serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ."

I don't want my mind to be corrupted by the things of the world.  It is one of the reasons I don't watch much TV.  Even the commercials are corrupt!  But, I have to be careful of the internet, too!  This world system belongs to the Serpent and I must be very careful because he is roaming the earth and "seeking whom he may devour" by any means he can, as we are told in 1 Peter 5:8.

And this from Spurgeon's "Morning and Evening" for tonight:
"O Christian, the vows of God are upon you.  You are God's priest:  act as such.  You are God's king:  reign over your lusts.  You are God's chosen:  do not associate with Belial.  Heaven is your portion:  live like a heavenly spirit, so shall you prove that you have true faith in Jesus, for there cannot be faith in the heart unless there be holiness in the life."

O God!  Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me!  Help me not to be conformed to this world, but transform my mind so I will follow your good and perfect will for my life!

Tim has not felt great today.  Just very tired and fatigued.  He was running a slight fever this evening.  The naps he takes doesn't seem to do him any good.  I'm going to ask the doctor this Friday about taking vitamins.

We went to Walmart to make the deposit and find a big, flat pad of calendars for his desk.  Until his health improves, the phone just isn't working for him very well for keeping up with appointments, etc.  So, if you text him, or call and don't get a response, don't take it personally.

We did spend a little time outdoors tonight after supper.  But, he just wasn't feeling great and ended up going back in the house.  I stayed out to capture some pictures.  I had to refill all of the bird feeders again tonight.  I also loaded up one of the suet cages with peanuts for the blackbirds and moved it away from the other feeders.  I moved the other suet cage practically inside the tree, hoping the blackbirds will not find it!

Supposed to be lilstening to a podcast!  :D

The mushroom began to turn under today and (even though you can't tell it here) began to turn brown.
Peanuts to lure the blackbirds away from the feeders.

Enjoying fresh seeds!

Mr. owl is just to the right of the suet cage, barely visible.

The blackbirds eating seeds off of the ground.......right underneath the peanuts they never did see.

It was such a beautiful day today.  Lower temps and lower humidity!

You can see a chimney swift bird just to the left of the tree, about center of the picture.

I am determined to capture a close-up of a chimney swift one of these days!

Last, but certainly not least, we got a card from a woman that we graduated high school with.  Sheree included the sweetest note in the card.  She also included some restaurant cards for "a day when you need a break."  Just such a blessing.  But the greatest thing and the most appreciated and cherished thing is knowing she is praying for us!

The prayers of God's people around the globe are soooo appreciated!  And I know they will all be answered!  Thank You, Lord, for special Christian friends, some we have never even met, yet because of our being Brothers and Sisters in Christ, known or not, we love them and appreciate them!  Oh what a meeting in heaven someday!

Gloryland is not so far away,
And we’ll reach it some glad day;
Heaven’s home is now my final goal,
There to live while ages roll.

What a happy day will be,
What a glorious Jubilee;
And all of heaven will be there,
What a meeting in the air.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Early to Bed.....

Early to bed, early to rise, makes one healthy, wealthy and wise!  Do you remember your mom or dad saying that to you?  Our kids, when they were growing up, went to bed when it was still daylight out.....and the neighbor kids were still playing out.  We had a hectic schedule with Tim driving the kids from Addyston Baptist Church to a Christian School, so they were all up early to get ready!  That didn't change when Tim stopped driving the bus, he was then taking the kids to another Christian school where he worked.  They complained more than once about their lot in life!  :D

Funny thing, at least one of those kids puts their kids in bed even earlier than she had to go to bed as a kid!  :D  I thought of this when Tim went to bed at 8:45 tonight.  As I walked out of the room, he was saying, "What am I doing going to bed at 8:45?  It's still light out!  And, the kids are still out playing!"  We both laughed at the memory!  And, I'm thinking it didn't hurt our kids any at all!

Tim's belly was feeling better today!  And, no fever!  Thank You, Lord!  He got up around 7, ate a bowl of cereal and then came back to bed until I got up around 8:30.  While I was showering, he got dressed and went on over to the church.

I put a big chicken breast in my 3-crock cooker last night with some left over spaghetti sauce I had in the fridge.  Then, today before heading to church, I used another of the 3 crocks to cook some frozen little ears of corn.  Then after church all I had to do was cook a pack of ramen noodles for the chicken.  I added cheese to mine!  It was very good.  Tim only ate about 1/3 of his.  He didn't want to put too much on his stomach, so I saved it for him to eat at some other time.

He went right to bed after lunch and slept until about 3:45.  He had some strawberry shortcake when he got up.  Then he got dressed for the evening services and was back over at the church by 4:45!  Then after church tonight he ate some fruit.  At least he ate something!

I worked on the new church sign since it was nice and cool outside tonight.  Then I cleaned up the kitchen and loaded the dishwasher.  So that job is done!  I despise doing dishes!  But, I'm thankful for dirty dishes because it means we got to eat!  Thank You, Lord!

Well, I didn't take many pictures today, but here are the ones I did take.

Went from a golf ball with a cone head to an umbrealla.

Starlings in the neighbor's yard

Something startled them

But they came right back

Reminds me of the Alfred Hitchcock movie, "The Birds."

Pretty clouds

Beautiful sunset

Well, I haven't done much today, but I think I'm ready for bed!  Night!