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I SWEAR!!

October 21, 2016 — Leave a comment

I SWEAR I didn’t do it!  We’ve all been guilty of saying those words, haven’t we?

“Again, you have heart that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’  But I tell you, Do not swear at all; either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.  And do not swear by your head for you cannot make even one hair white or black,.  Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:37)

Turn to Jesus! ~Debra

The life of the old violin from the time of creation was passed from owner to owner, experiencing the wear and tear of life with each owner.  No one could see the value until it was touched by the Master’s hand.           

I sometimes feel like this old violin…don’t you?  Old, dusty, of no use to anyone, then I remember the Lord’s promise to me!

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

I can always be useful to my deliverer!  (Matthew 25:34-36) ~Deb

The Touch of the Master’s Hand

Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
thought it scarcely worth his while to waste much time on the old violin, but held it up with a smile; “What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried, “Who’ll start the bidding for me?” “A dollar, a dollar”; then two!” “Only two? Two dollars, and who’ll make it three? Three dollars, once; three dollars twice; going for three..” But no, from the room, far back, a
gray-haired man came forward and picked up the bow; Then, wiping the dust from the old violin, and tightening the loose strings, he played a melody pure and sweet as caroling angel sings.

The music ceased, and the auctioneer, with a voice that was quiet and low, said; “What am I bid for the old violin?” And he held it up with the bow. A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two? Two thousand! And who’ll make it three? Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice, and going and gone,” said he. The people cheered, but some of them cried, “We do not quite understnad what changed its worth.” Swift came the reply: “The touch of a master’s hand.”

And many a man with life out of tune, and battered and scarred with sin, Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd, much like the old violin, A”mess of pottage,” a glass of wine; a game – and he travels on. “He is going” once, and “going twice, He’s going and almost gone.” But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd never can quite understand the worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought by the touch of the Master’s hand.

Myra ‘Brooks’ Welch


 

 

 

 

 

 

Escape Route

February 24, 2015 — Leave a comment

I’ve been staying in a lot of hotel rooms lately.  One of the first things I do when I arrive is to find the closest exit on thatexit floor.  Then I figure out a way to know where the exit is if I’m unable to see.

For instance, the last room I was in had 5 alcoves for other rooms between mine and the exit.  So, if I had to be crawling on my hands and knees, I would count 5 other rooms, cross over to the other side of the hall and the stairwell would be there.

I was prepared. I knew my escape route from that particular room in that particular hotel.  However, when I travel again, I’ll have to find my way of escape – again.  

Sometimes life comes at us hard and throws us for a loop.  We are just rolling along not expecting any bumps in the road and suddenly we’re blindsided.  We are not at all prepared!

temptation“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NASB)

Know in advance that temptation will come. Know in advance that you do have a promise. When you are tempted to sin, look for your way of escape. God Himself has provided it. Gwen~

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I Do… or Do I ???

February 7, 2013 — Leave a comment

551008_10151959920090147_1162823511_nToday is my Anniversary!  I’ve been married to the love of my life for 37 years.  Wow, time flies when you’re having fun.

Greg and I married when he was 19 and I had just turned 18.  We learned a great deal about each other that first year.  Not all of it good!

However, we were taught that you tuff it out! We had made a promise not only to one another but to God.

“Will you have this woman/man to be your wedded wife/husband?  Will you love and comfort her/him, honor and keep her/him, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her/him as long as you both shall live?”  th (3)

That doesn’t mean we are to stay in an abusive situation but it doesn’t mean to run at the first sign of trouble either!

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” Ephesians 5:22

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” Ephesians 5:25

th (5)As I think back over the years…there are times when I don’t know how Greg put up with me but I’m sure glad he did!

“And be kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

motor-150x1501Happy Anniversary My Love! ~Debra

“Love suffers long, and is kind; love does not envy; love does not promote itself, is not puffed up, does not behave badly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails” 1Corinthians 13:4-8

 

A Fishing Story

July 1, 2012 — Leave a comment

A father and son left early on a Saturday morning to spend the day fishing.  They fished all day and caught nothing.  All day… and nothing!

When they returned home tired from their long day, each wrote down the events of the day.

The father wrote:  Went fishing with my son today.  Didn’t catch anything.  A whole day wasted.

The son wrote:  Went fishing with my dad.  We didn’t catch anything.  Best day of my life.

Isn’t it  funny how two people doing the same thing can have a  such different perspective? Time spent with a loved one can never be time wasted.

When is the last time you sat with your child and read a book?  Went to your parents and sat and talked about the events of the day.  Spent some time with your brother and or sister…or both!  Met up with an old friend.  Life is too short…take time and spend it with the ones you love!  Maybe a few you don’t…make amends. 

We have no promise of tomorrow, Love Heart, do it today!!  (1 Peter 1:24-25, NIV, John 10:28, NIV)~Deb