Learning to Cherish My Family

There has been something that most married couples do every morning that you take for granted that I haven’t been able to do since over a year ago. I was thinking this morning about how I had taken it for granted the first years of my marriage.
Due to the situation we find ourselves in it has been different for us.
I think of others who have had it much harder than I. Different reasons like sickness or long term illness of a husband maybe deployment overseas where the wife cannot follow her husband or the husband his wife to that particular destination.
This morning these thoughts came to mind as I was washing dishes and listening to Focus on the Family’s podcasts. Tiltled “Loving the story of your marriage” parts 1 and 2. In which they talk about cherishing each other and making time for everyone in your family. Remembering also a movie that I had watched last night. I had seen it before but it spoke to my heart again about cherishing your family today. Not taking anything for granted.
The name of the movie was, “The Heart of Christmas”.
It’s based on a true story about a little boy who had leukaemia.
Through different life altering events that have happened to family and friends has caused me the realize how fragile life is and things can change in a moment.
Hope that this finds you having a good day that you’ll be able to look back on and think about how you did cherish the time that you shared with your family.

Looking for the Grace

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Remembering 9/11

I was standing at the front counter at the place of business I worked. When a man walks in and comes to the front counter to order his breakfast. He says: “A plane has hit the world trade center”. I didn’t know what to think. I thought, Is this for real? I conveyed the news to those who prepared the food and some of them came and asked the man about it.
We’ll sadly it was for real. It really did happen.
Someone brought a tv to the place of business so we could see the news of what what was going on. That was before we had cell phones with which we could watch videos on.
The rest of the day was different. That night we went to the church to pray.
It was a sad day for our country and it was a sad day for me as well. It was the one other time when I didn’t get to celebrate my anniversary. I had been married on that date 2 years earlier. So you see I will always remember that the planes struck the world trade center. But let’s not forget the other 2 planes that were crashed that day. The one at the Pentagon and flight ’93 where 40 people kept the plane from crashing into a building. I believe that building was going to be the White House.
Lots of lives were changed that day. People lost loved ones in the crashed planes and the towers that plummeted to the ground not long after they had been hit.
People who were in the trade towers or pentagon that were burned badly had the physical and mental scars that were a painful reminder of than terrible event.
In remembering all this today the only thing that changed for me that day is that I have the memory of it happening on my special day. But for many others it changed how they lived their everyday lives. Not having someone that they love be beside them when they sleep at night or watching a child play a game or a child who can’t go see their grandparents.
This happened without any warning.

It also makes me think about how much we take for granted in life. How things can change in a moment.

Looking for the Grace

Enclosed is a video from that day.

We Have Hope

That ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1 Thess. 4:13b,14

This morning our pastor preached a message based on 1 Thess. 4: 13-18.

As I was listening to him preach. I was remembering this passed week being in the kitchen at my house and remembering a song that the words were about what Jesus did for us when he died on the cross. He opened up a way for us to have eternal life in Heaven with him. He conquered death.

A day or 2 before I had seen something about a friend of my family in need of prayer. He was in the Intensive Care Unit. The morning I had this song on my mind, that afternoon I heard that he had passed away that same morning. I think that the Lord put this song on my mind to encourage my heart before I needed to be encouraged.

Later that afternoon I heard that a sweet lady I had the privilege of knowing during my early adult years was losing her battle with cancer. Just learned yesterday that she also went to be with our Lord in Heaven.

Remembering all this and listening to what he was sharing in his message made me want to share with others the song that had been encouraging to me and that we have hope of seeing our loved ones again in Heaven.

That last verse of 1 Thess. 4 says: Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Hope what I shared with you brings you comfort.

Looking For The Grace

Enclosed is that song

Glowing Promises

A while back I wrote about God’s promises. But I saw something this morning that brought something about God’s promises to my mind.
A picture of a rainbow.
The rainbow was so bright the colors were very defined. A response that I received about that rainbow was that it was almost glowing.
The rainbow was first seen by Noah and his family after the flood. It was a sign of a promise to them from God. That God would never destroy the earth again with water. That promise is still extended to us today.
There is something else that is given to us that has promises that we can count on. The Bible, God’s Holy Word.
When I saw that quote about the rainbow amost glowing. I thought that God’s promises are a glowing light that we can see in the dark that can help us take the next step in our daily lives. They give us hope, and encourage us to go on when things are hard. I’m reminded of that verse Psalm 119:105. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Here are a few promises that have come to mind:

I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5

With God working in us, God can do much more than we can ask or imagine. Ephesians 3:20

Hope that this is an encouragement to you in your life.

Looking for the Grace

Picture was given to me to share with my thoughts today.

Mercies Are New Every Morning

The title of the picture being “New Day” brought some thoughts to mind.
Just like the sun comes up every morning God’s mercies are new every morning. That can be found in God’s Word.

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22,23

This picture was taken by my dad you can see more of photos like this on his facebook page. His name is Don Crosswhite the name of his page is on the photo.

Realizing that God knows our needs before we have them

This past Sunday I had the privilege of attending our churches service that was celelebrating our country’s birthday. That is celebrated on July 4th.
After the service as I was talking with a sweet friend of mine who is a missionary, She shared with me about a special need that the Lord had provided for her church.
Here is what she put in her news letter that she sent to me later:

I never cease to marvel how the Lord delights to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think. In my last prayer letter I mentioned that Living Faith was in need of “new” hymnals if anyone knew of a church that would be willing to donate or sell their old ones. Unbeknownst to me, God began working more than five years ago to answer this request. A couple from a church in Virginia purchased new hymnals for their church. It just so happened that they purchased more hymnals than their church would end up needing, and so dozens of these hymnals were still sitting unopened in their original shipping boxes at the church. The couples daughter saw my request and passed it on to her parents who orchestrated the details of having those hymnals donated to Living Faith! The Lord provided not just hymnals, but NEW hymnals, and what’s more, they are the EXACT hymnal that Living Faith was looking to replace! What a gracious God we serve!

As she was sharing this with me these thoughts came to my mind.
That God knew when the people had ordered their new hymnals five years before that the remaining ones in the boxes would be just the right amount needed for her church and the very one they would want to have.
In the study of Bible numerics the number 5 stands for Grace.
God used the sharing of her blessing to speak to my heart. That God not only will supply our needs but he will give us the grace we need to sustain us through our times of need.
After I returned home and getting ready for the rest of the afternoon. I had part of a song come to mind the phrase that stood out to me was: Then I remember I’m a child of the King.
God always provides for his children. Hope that this has been an encouragement to you as much as it was for me.
Looking for the Grace

Link to newsletter mentioned in blog is: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/64d07e579a36fe7a0f8abc330/files/aa6405f1-b386-47b3-8139-e853668d308a/June_Prayer_Update_2018.01.pdf?utm_source=Philippines+Prayer+Update&utm_campaign=54d384125e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_06_23_10_59&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5beae37b4f-54d384125e-146014477