Showing posts from October, 2017

The Secret place...

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalms 91:1-2 Cloudy day yesterday, took this photo about mid-day when the sun is at its highest... a thought came...a cloudy sky does not keep the sun from shining. We all know that behind the clouds the sun is still shining, the clouds may hinder our view of the sun but the sun remains the same. Though cloudy days may change our outlook, the sun just keeps right on shining. Our view may change but the sun does not. You may be in a situation right now where your view, your outlook on life seems hopeless; seems there is no way out and things will never get better. Psalms 91 speaks of being in a "secret place" with God, where you can abide under His shadow and be protected. That "secret place" just may be when your life is so full of clouds a

Happy Birthday Honey!

In a few days it will be my husband's birthday, Romans 13, verse 7 says that we should give to those that we owe whether it be taxes, respect and even honor. I honor him not because I believe he would want me to, (I can hear him saying "Roni please don't do that!") because he knew my penchant for adding dramatic effects to any story I was telling)  :-)  ; but I honor his memory for me... Sometimes we do have the tendency to make monumental heroes out of our loved ones that have passed, probably because we want to memorialize all their good attributes, when in actuality their perfections as well as their imperfections made them who they were and we still loved them so very much.My husband was not perfect and he would be the first to tell you that; he was a man that grew up in a segregated South and lost both parents by the time he was in his early teens; and yet he and his siblings made it through the hard times to become individuals respected in their professions. 

He IS on our side!

A new day! Another opportunity to live, breathe, and make a positive mark on this earth! What a Blessing!  If the Lord had not been on my side, working in my life, protecting, directing, defending, forgiving, chastising, etc. etc. me, where would I be? I may not have had armies of enemies chasing after to kill me like the Israelites did in Psalms 124, but there were times when my circumstances felt like it would have been easier if it was the seemed that way to me a t the time anyway. But God's faithfulness has always brought me through! Surgeries (including brain), deaths, disappointments, betrayals, hurts, rejections, when I look back I can see His Hands carrying me. Even when I may have felt that He was not there, I can see now how He actually was. Someone once said that when you are taking a test in school the teacher/instructor does not walk around talking to you, but sits or stand quietly in the room watching over you, never leaving the room. In our l

The Truth will set you free

Saw a young man in a parking lot the other day, using the foulest language you ever heard talking on his phone with his pants hanging down to his knees, ALL of his white underwear was showing. I didn't know what was more offensive, his language or his exposed derrière. While some may say "Well that's the style and you know how these young people are.", my spirit was grieved, so grieved until I turned to him and said "Come ON man...come ON now." He knew what I meant because he gave me eye contact and pulled up his pants. He kept them up until he entered the store and saw a young girl that he flirted with and then dropped his pants again to impress her (which she was... as she giggled and videoed him with her phone as he walked away). Unfortunately we have gotten so used to seeing this kind of display we think nothing of it. We see bad behavior in our youth and we make excuses, we see even bad habits in small children and we ignore it as if it will go away.

Be still...

"Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act..." Psalms 37 There is something about listening and watching the rain that draws me to wait and listen for God's voice in my heart. Amazing how He already knows what's in our hearts, but there is something special about being quiet and letting it all just pour out to Him and in turn waiting to "hear His response... I have been in the book of Psalms for over 15 years, ever since my husband's passing. The comfort, peace and joy the Psalms have given me is so encouraging. It is not the only book that I read but the Psalms are my "go to" just about everyday.  When I came across this verse this morning, it confirmed to me that as much as I want to see things happen in my time, sometimes we need to just BE STILL and wait for God to act in HIS time. Yes, there are times when we must step out in faith and just do it! But in our hearts we know when it is time to jus

A Work In Progress

"...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6 Apostle Paul wrote this to the Philippians but I believe it for myself as well. I am a work in progress. Though the transition from my old sin nature to the new birth in Christ through the acceptance of the sacrifice He made on Calvary for my sins, happened many years ago, I am still a work in progress and I thank God for His mercy  and patience.  I was so reminded of that several days ago when I walked in on a not so nice conversation that someone was having about me. They were embarrassed and so was I to have caught them in the "act". Everyday my full intention is to have a good one, but we know that does not always happen and after hearing those remarks, my day was beginning to go down hill. It is funny how quickly we can sometimes switch from jolly good nature to "I'm gonna get you for that!" Sca