The Day

Do not live for today, live for The Day.

That is a one sentence summary of today’s (Sunday) message given by my Pastor at Satsuma First Baptist this morning. I am still digesting probably the most powerful, most affective, effective for me message I have heard since my salvation. Even though I knew as I was listening that my Pastor was doing a superb job delivering his monologue, yet my focus was not on the great job he was doing but on the holy, awesome GOD he was talking about. Ive heard it said when a good preacher finishes you leave the sanctuary saying that was a good message; but when a great preacher finishes you leave saying what an Awesome God!

I have a great preacher/pastor! And I have the Awesome God!

The Day.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the LORD Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air, and so we shall always be with the LORD. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

And I dare say if these words do not comfort you, you best be finding out why you are not comforted by them.

So that’s The Day.

Then what?

This what!

2 Corinthians 5: (New International Version, ©2011)10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.  11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.

And, in my opinion, what is the worst thing a Christian can do? Fail to allow the Holy Spirit through us by prayer, love, word and deed to persuade others that The Day is coming and they must prepare for that Day.

1 Corinthians 3 (New King James Version)10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

I think I am more keenly aware today than ever that when The Day comes I do not want to be saved ‘yet so as through fire’. When that glorious time comes to lay crowns at the Beautiful Feet of JESUS, I want some to give HIM!!!!

Words are too little, LORD, to say how grateful I am for what You have done this day for me toward The Day. Thank You. And now as this day is closing and these thoughts are nearly prepared for posting, I thank You for allowing me to write them and share them. I pray, HOLY SPIRIT, that You will use this to minister to every person who comes here to read and pray. Thank You for tending our IDOK Troops and our Praying For These in JESUS Name.  Amen and amen.

Until Then + + +,

Greetings on Saturday

A word from Melinda regarding her sister, Betty.

Hello, everyone!  Betty had an eventful day yesterday and a busy night.  She was Doppler-ed and ultra-sounded from head to toe, just missed the echocardiogram!  Saw all of her doctors…She started with the stress test yesterday morning and then had all her ultrasounds, didn’t get to eat until mid-afternoon.  They do not know where the blood is being lost and are doing tests to search.  Kidneys are working from 40 to 50%.  She did not have a heart attack but is going in and out of rhythm.  She is scheduled for a heart cath on Monday, don’t know time yet.  She had two units of blood yesterday.  Started late and was nearly finished with first unit when her IV blew and they had to restart in the other arm.  After the blood, each time, she had an one-half Lasix dose in her IV.  After both the blood and Lasix, she had the big bag of fluids.  I came home around midnight and she was just finishing her first unit of blood.  Needless to say, she and Mike (her son who spent the night) did not get much rest last night.  She told me this morning that they were going to let her rest this weekend to have more strength for her cath.  She is also getting IV iron once a day.  Hopefully, she will not have to have more blood this weekend but we are in “wait and see”  or “test and wait” mode! She is in pretty good spirits and that helps.
Please pray for her and for her doctors to have the skill and wisdom to heal her.  Pray for strength to get through the cath and for the answer to the blood loss.  And thanks for all the prayers you have already prayed on her behalf.  How much they help!  Love and prayers help more than most people realize.  And I am grateful for every one, as is Betty and family.
Also, please remember Tommy and Raye.  She has had to go back to the nursing home and is not doing very well.  Tommy is just barely getting around; he is not able to walk or move well at all, but is at nursing home with Raye every possible minute.  They need our prayers, too.  Thank you, God, for listening and answering our prayers.
Thanks for all your concerns and replies. 
Love to all,
And a personal request from me for my daughter, Andria. She’s the one I call Little Girl. She is really sick, has been to the doctor this morning and is none the better. I covet your prayers for her.
Thank you,

Keepsake Memories

As I sit to write for our Friday time together what I am purposing to write may not come across as one of the most spiritual post I have offered here.

I’ve been doing a little sorting and discarding in my office today. And as blessings would have it I came across a book entitled Keepsake Memories – most of it is blank. Blank not because there have been no keepsake memories to record but because the book was swallowed up like files on a desktop – out of sight, out of mind.

Allow me to share with you a memory from it’s much too few pages.

It is dated June 22, 2003. No doubt other things have happened that are worthy to be written in this book. Such as the formation of the IDOK Ministry which I don’t remember just the day it came to be as it just kinda grew to be sometime in April, May and June of this year. And there have been sweet times with my babies. Yesterday was one of those days with Jeffrey and Joshua. What a delightful time. We woke up, had some breakfast and I told Jeffrey I needed one hour to study and then I would devote time to them. I set the alarm clock for one hour, gave it to Jeffrey and told him he was keeper of the clock. He and Joshua played so quietly and wondrously did not interrupt. When the hour was up, Jeffrey came to me with the clock. We dressed and went out for a walk. We played on the bluff, we went down to the water. Joshua did so well with the many, many steps down to the pier area. We played ball, even chucked pine cones to see who could throw the farthest. We watched as the green ones sank out of sight in the bay. It’s a beautiful park and lended so well to our imaginary adventure. Jeffrey was Captain of our scouting expedition and guided us so well back to the USS Mamaw (that would be our second floor condo apartment).  Oh, LORD, I am so blessed. Thank You. The three of us paused to pray on the bluff to say thank you to JESUS.

And one more.

It’s dated March 6, 2004.Isabel, Joshua and Jeffrey were here. Andria and Tim were helping Rosalie. Aside from running over the bathtub and soaking the carpet, the most memorable event was Isabel. What a delightful toddler she is! I found her perched ever so correctly in my chair with my glasses seated squarely on her nose and her hands poised over the key board. She was ready for work. Oh what a sight!

Why am I sharing this with you? I don’t know. It just seems right. It seems right to encourage myself and to encourage you to record your memories while you can. While they happen and while you remember.

I think I’ll not allow this little book to be swallowed up again. Jeffrey is 16 now but surely there will be noteworthy memories to record when he visits. Surely Josh has witty and cheek wetting things to say to me in days to come. And for sure Isabel will give me belly laughs that I will need to read again and again when I’m — I was going to say 64 but that’s not so far away. 🙂 You do catch my intent though I’m sure.

Perhaps this post fits well with my continuing on-line study regarding legacy – leaving a godly legacy. Could Keepsake Memories serve as a means of legacy? I think so.

So are you inspired to record those witty, belly laughing, cheek wetting moments? I hope so.

Today I am convinced it’s important. Important for me and important for those I leave behind.

Ephesians 5: (New International Version, ©2010) 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

I suppose as relates to this post I’m saying the days are evil because they pass so quickly.

ABBA, not sure what You will do with this post when it reaches their screens but this I know I am grateful for Keepsake Memories to remind me how blessed I am; how good You are; how good You have been and without a doubt will continue to be to me — to all Your children. Thank You. Thank You. And in this moment I pray for our IDOKs that we will indeed redeem the time, for Your glory and for the good of those we love. I pray now too for our Praying for These. Thank You that Mileigh is home. Thank You for Cooper’s safe delivery on January 20. And in all our pending matters, we trust You. You are faithful. You are wise. And we declare we are safe trusting You with all these. IDOK Troops too. Thank You again for this ministry, grow it as You will. And HOLY SPIRIT above all things I think bring us to revival for JESUS Name sake. Amen and amen.

Until Then + + +,

Day 27

Another day of Fascinating Facts of the Faith.

Originally, the first line of this great hymn was “Crown Him with crowns of gold,” which proved to be quite popular in the United States. With the gold rush still fresh in singers’ minds, this must have seemed particularly appropriate.

Matthew Bridges, an Anglican, wrote his version at the age of fifty-eight, shortly after converting to Catholicism. He named it, “The Song of the Scraphs.” More than twenty years later, Godfrey Thring wrote six additional verses and added them to those of Bridges, making twelve verses in all. Each celebrated a different aspect of Christ’s kingship, providing a musical teaching of His person and ministry. Since that time, both their names appear with the song in hymnals, even though they most likely never met.

Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne.
Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.
Crown Him the Lord of life, who triumphed over the grave,
And rose victorious in the strife for those He came to save.
His glories now we sing, who died, and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.
Crown Him the Lord of lords, who over all doth reign,
Who once on earth, the incarnate Word, for ransomed sinners slain,
Now lives in realms of light, where saints with angels sing
Their song before Him day and night, their God, Redeemer, King.
Praise for its simplicity and singability, the melody for “Crown Him with Many Crowns” is entitled “Diademata.”
His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. Revelation 19:12
Songs of the Faith
Crown Him with Many Crowns”
Words by Matthew Bridges (1852) and Godfrey Thring (1874)
Music by George J. Elvey (1868)
ABBA, thank You for songs of faith; thank You for inspiring men and women to write them, lyrics and music. I pray You will use this post today to bless Your people in JESUS Name. Amen and amen.
Until Then + + +,