With, For & In (Me!)

Hello all! Depending upon what part of the world you live in there is really not any telling what your weather was like today. The US had temps ranging from -1 to 78! Today, I heard a newscaster say that Houston is the only place where in the same week (or even the same day) one can get frostbite and sunburn! The weather is definitely one thing that is not controlled by man!

The last few weeks I have been meditating on three things that I heard some months ago in a sermon from Ed Young of Second Baptist Church in Houston. I cannot recall what the sermon was about, but the below stayed with me, and the verses have really comforted me and allowed me joy in the last few weeks.

 God is with me

Hebrews 13:5   For He Himself has said,I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

God is for me

Romans 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

God is in me

1 John 4:4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

It just doesn’t get any better than that. Be open to all that God has for you!

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Father, when all else fails, it is quite comforting to know that you are always consistent. You are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. You are indeed faithful. You are WITH me; you are FOR me; you are  IN me. Thank you for all that you are to me, and all that I am in you! In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Submitted via email distribution January 28, 2014.

Celebration of Death & Life

Whew, this New Year [2014] is off with a bang! Hoping and praying all is well with you and yours.

These past few days have been quite thought provoking for me. This past weekend, I traveled to LA to prepare for my mom’s 80th bday party in just a mere few weeks. Quite unexpectedly, I found myself also preparing for my mom’s only sister’s funeral, who died in her sleep early Saturday morning. Aunt Ola was 82.

It was quite a juxtaposition – delivering birthday invitations, viewing the facility, and selecting a pretty pink and white coffin (with embroidered pink flowers and pink chiffon) on the same day. But, hey that’s life. Death & Life are indeed celebratory. With life we celebrate daily, but really we take life for granted. We take purpose for granted. We take what God has graciously given us – for granted. With death, we celebrate all the time that a person had and what was performed in that time. In life, we truly don’t think of death unless we see it nearing, either in ourselves or in someone struggling with health issues or it slaps us in the face quite unexpectedly.   Continue reading →