Gwen loved to recite little ‘diddies’ as she called them. One of her favorites she attributed to Aline Manget (as quoted in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution).
“Someone gave me a smile today. I tried my best to give it away, to everyone I chanced to meet as I was walking down the street. But everyone that I could see would give my smile right back to me. When I got home, besides one smile I had enough to reach a mile.”
In going through my mom’s writings I came upon a complete surprise … something my father wrote. I never knew he wrote out any of his thoughts. Dad would have been 91 on August 5th. He wrote this in May, a couple of months shy of his 52nd birthday.
Scribbled on the back of an offering envelope was written:
“I’ve washed my robe and made it white in the precious blood of our Lord. I’ve carried my load and made it light with the strength of my precious Lord. The way is clear our Lord is near, repent and be saved today. You’re only to hear our Lord has led the way. So wash your robe and make it white in the Precious blood of the Lord.”
Sunday night, 5/22/71 … by Harry Belle Isle
He’s no longer here on earth so I cannot ask him exactly what he meant. I can only surmise my interpretation. But, knowing my dad, I think he was saying that it is all there for us, we just need to respond. It is our action of acceptance that the Lord needs. He’s waiting.
Attitude can make or break you.
We either get bitter or better.
God teaches us in every situation.
We can always afford LOVE.
Money can buy a mighty fine dog, but it takes LOVE to make it wag it’s tail.
Who am I at this point in time? I’m ____________________ (insert name)
- God’s word says I’m fearfully and wonderfully made
- Royal blood flows through my veins
- I’m a child of the King
- I will be eternally with Him
- As long as I’m ‘green’ I will grow
- When I quit growing I will start rotting
What I have learned:
- God is in Control
- There are no surprises to Him
- He makes no mistakes
- He has the answer
- He cares
People ask me if I am alone in my big house? I’d be alone in a little house. Actually I’m not alone, I have my Heavenly Father with me. You see, I have a FULL house – God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are here
- Jesus loves me with an everlasting love. To Him I will never be old. Psalm 39:5 says my age is nothing to Him.
- Some people have something money can’t buy – POVERTY in that they have NO SALVATION.
- God teaches me in every situation. CALM and PEACE in the midst of the storm.
- I’m not looking forward to the sunset, but to the SONrise. It’s great to be alive and as a Christian I am always alive.
Valentine’s Day, 1996
We all love hospitality. It is so pleasant to enter a home and feel welcomed. You know these people have an open and giving heart. Hospitality is an important Christian trait. 1 Timothy 3:2 tells us that even the Elders in the church are to be hospitable. The secret of hospitality is love. Perhaps we do not celebrate enough or grandly enough.
God gave us emotions and they make life more enjoyable and richer. We can always celebrate our personal relationship with God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, both individually and as the Trinity, three in one with praise because of our love for Them. By showing our love to others we are praising Them. We are just practicing for Heaven by loving them and praising them.
God loves us and He tests our Faith to strengthen us and increase our faith for the future. He refines us and purifies us and allows things or people to come along and be our “Heavenly sandpaper”. This is how we mature in Christ. It is for our good and we learn to trust Him more.
Psalm 138:7 “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me.”
As Christians we are to be good stewards and seek the mind and will of Christ in matters of stewardship of all that He gives us. We are always on assignment. We all encounter family problems. Jacob in the Bible deceived his father Isaac and received the blessing of Esau. Yet God made a saint out of Jacob. God can turn anyone around. In each of our families there is someone who we want desperately for God to turn them around. Jacob lied and he failed to trust God. When he turned to God he was cleansed and found the path that glorified God. Do we know someone like Jacob? For a child of God, there is always a future.
Psalm 100:3 3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
One of life’s greatest needs is to feel loved. Mark Twain once wrote, “Always do right. It will gratify some and astonish the rest.” There are greater reasons for doing right, not just because we want to be loved, but because we love God. Joseph is a good example. When he resisted the advances of Potiphar’s wife, he set himself on the road to the throne of Egypt. Had he given in he would have set himself to the road to ruin. Oh how we need to do right. Love God and love what is right. There is always more at stake then we know.