This week I had to put on my superwoman cape and rescue my husband who was stranded on the 2nd floor roof of our house. Now, you should know I don’t climb ladders and I hate heights! My husband, Alan, who does climb ladders and doesn’t seem to be afraid of heights, since he painted houses years ago, had set up two ladders to retrieve the two limbs on our upper roof. The first ladder took him to the flat roof on the porch, and the Continue reading
This month I accepted a challenge to read through Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts three times in September. The purpose was to “see the forest” instead of the individual trees. One of the things I saw when the Lord showed me the whole gospel picture was how Jesus truly led his people like a Middle-Eastern shepherd.
Shepherds in the Middle East, unlike American shepherds, lead their sheep. Their sheep follow the call of the shepherd as he goes before them, rather than the western way of driving the sheep. This method of leading puts the shepherd at the vulnerable point. He is the one Continue reading
There are mighty comma wars in our house. My husband Alan and I are constantly discussing the proper use of commas. I like to use them to help us pause and take a breath during my writings. I’m not sure how he wants to use them, but I know he likes a lot of them as everything I write comes back with a multitude of commas added to it. (If you have a problem with my use of commas talk to Alan, I just bow to his authority!)
Did you know that Old Testament Hebrew had no punctuation in it? There is nary a comma in the text. Continue reading
I had a fun weekend clothes shopping with my 5-year-old granddaughter and her mother. Evelyn (my granddaughter) loved picking out clothes to try on. This is the second time we did this, although her mother and I have been shopping together for Evelyn since she was born. The first time Evelyn and I shopped we were looking for beautiful church dresses for Christmas time. She’d twirl and twirl like a dancing princess in the dressing room as she tried on each dress. This time we were outfitting her for the summer so each short set she’d put on she hopped around in to see if they’d work for summer play! Funny Evelyn!
Today, as I was thinking about this fun day with three generations I realized that this had become a family tradition and I wondered how far back in the generations this helping to clothe the youngest generation started. I knew I was carrying on my Mom’s tradition of taking her grandchildren and their mothers’ shopping for kid’s clothes a couple of times a year, where she would pay for all the outfits we chose. I remembered how special those times were and how helpful they were to a young family’s budget.
As I thought back to my childhood I tried to remember Continue reading
There are times in our lives when the Lord makes visible His work in our lives. We have been doing some much needed home renovations that required the taking down of some walls and taking up some of the floors making what was invisible visible. In the process of preparation for a new floor in the utility room we decided to check the plumbing in the crawl space before putting in the new floor. This was an area that I had prayed and worried about for years since I knew these were very old pipes and difficult to get to. Now, with the floor open, the invisible pipes revealed that, although they looked good, one touch crumbled them. The Lord had protected us all these years and now had given us the wisdom and finances to fix something that we hadn’t had access to before. As with all renovation projects, one thing led to another. I had the idea to change out the old shower in the adjoining bathroom before that floor was also completed. In removing the shower the once invisible studs were revealed and the wall felt warm to the touch. On further investigation we found that our main furnace had scorched several studs and could have caught our house on fire. Also, the chimney was not working correctly, which was allowing carbon dioxide to escape back into our home. Our drafty front room, that we had hoped to tighten up this summer, had saved us from the escaping gas. I saw this as the invisible protective hand of God revealing His great love and protection for us.
Ps. 91:14 says:
‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord,
‘I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he
acknowledges my name.’
I love hearing stories of where the Lord rescues His people. Continue reading
I was put in time out several days ago by Evelyn my grand-daughter. We were pretending she was the Mommy and I was the daughter. I played a trick on her by empting my food dish and putting the food in various other dishes when her back was turned, then telling her I was all done eating. She was very surprised and then she said that I needed to go to time out. She walked me to a chair in another room and left me there to contemplate my disobedience. After I said I was sorry she let me out for a little time, but later she put me back in time out to finish my time there!
As I was driving home I began to question if God had something He wanted to tell me through this experience. God began to reveal to me the times He has put me in time out. Continue reading
June 19 we went to Franklin to babysit for our grandkids as Scott was performing a wedding an hour away from his home. We got the call around 10 PM that he and his wife Christine had been in a bad accident on Interstate 79 coming home. Scott had seen a group of 5-7 deer headed by a huge buck sitting and standing in the road…a divided highway in a dark country area. He was traveling at 65 and was basically alone on the highway when to miss the deer he put on the brakes hard and moved to the right…which then put him in a tail spin hitting the guard rail on the back, then the front, then the back again until he landed cross ways in the center of the highway with his door facing ongoing traffic…a semi was coming toward his door, and he could not start the car…he turned to Christine and said, “Are you ready for this?” thinking that they would be killed or terribly injured…the air bags had not deployed..and he couldn’t get out of the car…cars were flying to the left and right of him…then the next thing he knew he was out of the car with another guy trying to push the car to the side…everyone putting on dome lights and blinkers trying to slow other cars down in this very dark area….before they were done, there appeared 4 men who helped wrestle what was left of the car onto the shoulder. Scott called to tell us what had happened and that miraculously they were all right but the car was totaled. At that moment God spoke to me and said, “Remember I told you that you have been busy about my business, so I am busy about yours.” I knew then that God had sent angels to protect the kids from harm, and to push the car out of the way. Praise the Lord!
We had not taken medication or pj’s etc. as we wanted to come home that evening. (Scott’s family lives 2 hours away from us.) By the time the kids got a ride home and we got back home it was 4 AM, but we were praising the Lord the whole way for his mercy to us. Just being with those two adorable grandkids made us so thankful that they were spared the loss of their parents. Join us in praising God for saving their lives and sending them help from angels we will never know the name of. Praising God, love, Char.