Friday, May 27, 2011

Celebrate Memorial Day

I hope and pray you take time in your busy weekend to thank a soldier., he is willing to lay down his life daily for you and I, to keep us a free Nation, may we always remember them and thank God for them that are willing to go in our place to serve our Country.
Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the American military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.

The Story Of the poppy!
The story of how the Poppy became an international symbol of remembrance.
The association of the red poppy — the Flanders Poppy — with battlefield deaths as a natural symbol of resurrection and remembrance derives from the fact that the poppy was the first plant to grow in the churned up soil of soldiers' graves in the area of Flanders during the First World War.

It was verses by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian Medical Officer, which began the intriguing process by which the Flanders Poppy became immortalised worldwide as the symbol of remembrance:

In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

General John A. Logan

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

2 Chronilcles 2:14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

I hope you all have a safe and blessed day, remember any free gift comes with a price.

Hugs and Blessings my friends, Barbara

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wonderful Wednesday

It is another beautiful day in my neighborhood, sun shining breezy and warm, going to a high of 91 today.

Tonight is church and spending time with my dear brothers and sisters in christ. It is the high light of my week.

We had many good visits yesterday, none ask Christ to save them, some said they would come to church and some said they were not interested, you know most are pretty receptive in the area we are going into now, and that helps, but I cannot help but wonder are they serious or just plain liars, that is strong but true, they tell us face to face they will come visit the church, then never come, something amiss there.

Any how today is today, yesterday is gone, and tomorrow is not promised, but we have today, let us do all we can for today, and lift the name of Jesus high and shine his light bright. Hope you have a great day, and good service this evening.

Hebrews 10:25 "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

1John 3:14 "We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death."

Y'all have a very blessed day, and give some one a smile, they may not have one of their own. Lots of hugs too...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Study of Nahum

We are going to start here in Jonah, although most of our lesson will be out of the book of Nahum.

May we go to the Lord in prayer before starting, My dear Lord, and Heavenly Father,
I praise you in all areas as to how you can burden a heart and have your truths come rolling out of the mouth, I want to be a blessing to you my Lord, and may I follow your leading in preparing this lesson. Lord bless each one who reads this, and touch each heart and draw them close to you, open the eyes of those who are blinded, and open the hearts of those you need to speak to.. I love you Father, and give you all the praise and glory, I am nothing on my own, and would never claim your glory as my own. Thank you Father, and in faith believing you will touch hearts, and prepare them for you, In Jesus name amen..

Jonah 4:5-11 Jonah went out of the city, yet remained near at hand, as if he expected and desired its overthrow. Those who have fretful, uneasy spirits, often make troubles for themselves, that they may still have something to complain of. See how tender God is of his people in their afflictions, even though they are foolish and froward. A thing small in itself, yet coming seasonably, may be a valuable blessing. A gourd in the right place may do us more service than a cedar. The least creatures may be great plagues, or great comforts, as God is pleased to make them. Persons of strong passions are apt to be cast down with any trifle that crosses them, or to be lifted up with a trifle that pleases them. See what our creature-comforts are, and what we may expect them to be; they are withering things. A small worm at the root destroys a large gourd: our gourds wither, and we know not what is the cause. Perhaps creature-comforts are continued to us, but are made bitter; the creature is continued, but the comfort is gone. God prepared a wind to make Jonah feel the want of the gourd. It is just that those who love to complain, should never be left without something to complain of. When afflicting Providences take away relations, possessions, and enjoyments, we must not be angry at God. What should especially silence discontent, is, that when our gourd is gone, our God is not gone. Sin and death are very dreadful, yet Jonah, in his heat, makes light of both. One soul is of more value than the whole world; surely then one soul is of more value than many gourds: we should have more concern for our own and others’ precious souls, than for the riches and enjoyments of this world. It is a great encouragement to hope we shall find mercy with the Lord, that he is ready to show mercy. And murmurers shall be made to understand, that how willing soever they are to keep the Divine grace to themselves and those of their own way, theft is one Lord over all, who is rich in mercy to all that call upon him.
Do we wonder at the forbearance of God towards his perverse servant?
Let us study our own hearts and ways; let us not forget our own ingratitude and obstinacy; and let us be astonished at Gods patience towards us.

Part two in a few day from now, have a very Blessed Monday,