Yesterday Craig and I followed a trail that led to a difficult climb. It was difficult and uphill! But we made it! Had I known ahead of time, I would have definitely turned back! I’m glad God doesn’t give us the trail map of our life beforehand! I thought of this when I read my psalm this morning.
O God, we have heard with our ears,
Here is a dilemma of life. God had done great things in history. For other people. God is giving the writer of the psalm, however, like sheep to be eaten. What do we do in times like that? When God seemingly doesn't hear? Paul quotes this passage in a great outcry of faith in Romans!
Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
Conquering through faith! We are not separated from the love of God in Christ Jesus!
Pilgrim in Pilgrim's Progress got to the hill difficulty and said this:
"The hill, though high, I covet to ascend,
Here are some pictures of our climb yesterday. What a fun day! What a good reminder of what you do when you get to the difficult hill, climb it!
Today is our anniversary!!!! 39 years. What? It seems like yesterday! We are on a little get away to celebrate our lives together. Yesterday we listened to our wedding as we traveled. It is so precious to listen to our young voices making promises to each other. What a blessing to review God’s faithfulness to us through the years. He has led us every step of the way! Today’s psalm!
Send out your light and your truth;
to your holy hill
to your dwelling
to the altar of God
to God my exceeding joy.
I will praise you!
God, my God!
I love the progression there. The psalmist is being led to God’s hill, God’s dwelling, God’s altar and to God Himself!!! Wonderful! Who wouldn’t praise Him? I’m thankful that God leads His dear children along! He leads us right to Himself! Hallelujah!
In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,
God leads His dear children along.
As a deer pants for flowing streams,
Psalm 42 is the struggle of the believer. Up and down. Back and Forth. Day and Night.
Tears. No wait… His steadfast love in the day and at night His song.
I love this psalm and can’t help but sing one of Mumsy’s songs as I read it…
Oft times the day seems long, our trials hard to bear,
This is what I’m remembering about Mumsy today. She loved hymns and she loved singing hymns. Some of the most precious times we had together were singing hymns. I'm so glad Craig took this picture. It's precious to me. I can see her singing!
For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
I can’t get over my psalms this week! WOW! God is so personal. The visual that gets me today is in verse 3. The Lord Himself is the one who cares for the one who cares for the helpless. Did you follow that? If you are a caregiver to the helpless, when your time of trouble comes the Lord will be your nurse. I find that so comforting. I don’t have children to care for me, but I have the Lord!
This week we not only remember Mumsy, but celebrate our anniversary! 39 years of marriage! I think one of the most precious things to me is that early on in caring for Mumsy, Craig said we would do this as a team. All of our life we work together in ministry and this would be no different. I’m so thankful for the man God has given me! Sometimes I’m overwhelmed with God’s goodness! So of course today's picture has to relate to that thought. I wish I could find a picture of Craig giving mom breakfast. In the last years of Mumsy’s life Craig would make her breakfast so I could read my Bible a little longer before beginning my day with her. She always had bacon and eggs. One day Michelle, our hospice friend who gave Mumsy a shower, asked, “Who makes the best breakfast, Craig or Nancy?” With enthusiasm she answered, “Craig!” Ha! That is a good memory!
Here Craig is wheeling Mumsy around at JJ’s wedding. We didn’t think she’d make it to the wedding, but she did! Good memories!
I waited patiently for the LORD;
David’s sweet testimony is that after a long time waiting for the Lord, God delivered him and gave him a song of praise! What a milestone in David’s life, and as a result, David calls everyone to put their trust in the Lord!
This is perfect for me in Mumsy week! After Mumsy died, I thought I’d never be happy again. Grieving has been one of the hardest experiences in my life! Before she died, I thought I would grieve, get it over with and get on with life. I was wrong. I have had to wait patiently for the Lord to take me on this journey. I have to cling to him daily and he has proven so faithful and close. David’s words are my testimony too! He brought me up, He set my feet upon a Rock, He put a new song in my mouth, A song of praise to God. He has filled my heart with joy! How I praise Him!
Let’s see… what should I remember about Mumsy today? She loved her family! She prayed everyday for us.
"LORD, make me to know my end
What a beautiful reminder to read on the week of my mom’s home going 2 years ago. It’s good to realize that life is short and determine to live it full out for God. Are you living your life for God or for yourself? Am I? Today is a good day to begin again for God!
So teach us to number our days,
I think I’ll feature pictures of Mumsy everyday this week to remember her.
This picture makes me smile. Mumsy had her hair done every Friday as long as I can remember. Karen made her beautiful! No matter what was happening in life, including my dad dying in the hospital, Mumsy didn't miss the day. When Mumsy couldn't get out anymore, Karen came to the house to do her hairs! After Mumsy died, the funeral director was ready for Karen to come do her hair one last time... on what day? Yes, Friday! Oh, this makes me smile. Thank you, Karen for your special impact in our lives!
Oh, I just remembered I caught the two of them singing one day. Here's the video! I love, love, love it!
Hey! Soon and very soon we are gonna see the King!
Today is Mumsy’s bday. I wish she were here to hold her hand. I found this picture recently of me holding Mumsy’s hand. It’s a sweet memory! In her last years she relied on me to hold her up. She counted on my strength. I saw her crash to the ground a few times when I couldn't get to her in time, and that was horrible. I delighted in holding her hand.
This morning, with those thoughts on my mind, I read psalm 37and this jumped off the pages at me.
The steps of a man are established by the LORD,
Isn’t that beyond wonderful? The Lord holds your hand, if you are a believer! He establishes your steps. He delights in you and He picks you up when you fall.
I find this so sweet and delightful! It makes me smile. What an amazing God we have!
Your lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
Oh how I love this!
A W Pink says:
What a word is this!
Malicious witnesses rise up; they ask me of things that I do not know.
I love reading my Bible in order. I never have to wonder, where should I read today? I read the next chapter.
What jumped out at me in Psalm 35 was David’s description of grief. His soul was bereft. He was bowed down in mourning. He uses the word “bowed” twice to describe grief so heavy he couldn’t hold up his head. As he prayed his head was bowed on his chest. His grief was as one who laments his mother!
Why do I find this so encouraging? I’ve known what it is to be bowed down in grief over my mother. I love that David describes grief as normal behavior. His soul lost something very precious that affected his body.
However, the context of David’s grief is not over his mother. His grief is over friends whom he loved, for which he laid down his life, who turned against him. He had grieved for them when they were in trouble as one who laments for his mother! Wow! That’s a friend. But they became his accusers. Accusing him of things he didn’t know. Good Grief!
This got me thinking about the Lord Jesus. He came to His own and those who were His own did not receive Him! Talk about grief! Listen to this:
In the days of His flesh,
Jesus was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. He knew what it was to be falsely accused. It didn’t stop Him from setting His face as flint to do the will of God. To go to the cross to die for people who rejected Him.
I’m so thankful for a love like that! What a Savior! Today, if you grieve, look at Him! He has a way of changing mourning into dancing!
“Man of Sorrows,” what a name
Today my reading took me to Psalm 34. This is Mumsy's psalm. She loved it. She quoted it. She lived it. How appropriate as her birthday approaches in four days.
Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech,
It's been two years this month that Mumsy went to her eternal home. As the years go by this is what I want to remember! She blessed the Lord at all times! Oh man I can't wait to see her again and smooch all over her face!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!