Monday, March 19, 2012

I'm Smiling....

I am sitting here this morning, smiling.  Yes, smiling!  Thinking about those short little bowed legs and toes that turn in when he walks.  Just makes me smile out loud....   :)   The little fingers and thumb wrapped around my finger as we walked on the sidewalk.  Chatting quietly and then excitedly as a motorcycle goes by.  My heart is smiling now...   if that is possible...  sure feels like it.

His squealing laughter, and funny noises....  his chatter...  that face, and those brilliant blue eyes.  His hugs and kisses and waves good bye....  

His running across the living room to find Grampa sitting in his chair, and climbing up to sit on his Grampa's lap to play with whatever Grampa has in his pockets.

That precious little face when he spots me in the kitchen, and then the word "cracker?" is said as clearly as can be.   Oh yes, I am the "cracker" Grammie....   :)  and of course there is one for each hand.

What a joy it is to be a Grammie!  

Thursday, March 15, 2012


John 16:33  "....  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world."  NIV
                   "....  In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties.  But take heart!  I've conquered the world."  MESS
                   "....  In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."  NAS
                   "....  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."  NKJV

Take heart!  Take courage!  Be of good cheer!    These are really hard to do sometimes.  I don't know about you, but when my world seems to come crashing down around me, it is pretty difficult to be cheerful or courageous.   So, I decided to investigate and find out what it really means.

take heart
Be confident, be brave, as in Take heart, we may still win this game . This idiom uses heart  in the sense of "courage." 
good cheer
cheerful spirits; courage: to be of good cheer.
Ah ha!  I see a pattern here..  and each thing I read and go to mentions the word "courage".  Well, being courageous can still be hard.  Especially if you are trying to do it on your own.  But, we don't have to do it on our own.  
The last part of the verse is the key.  Jesus has overcome, He has conquered.  And we can too, with His help.  There will be troubles, we will experience difficulties, there will be tribulation....  but it doesn't have to overcome us....  Jesus has experienced it all....  and He overcame and conquered.  And He promised to never leave us or forsake us, so He is there to help us overcome and conquer.  Phew!!!  Am I glad that I don't have to do it all alone.  
Philippians 4:13  "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." 


Wednesday, March 14, 2012


John 14:27  "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful."

This verse was given to me years ago by a dear friend when preparing to go for a biopsy, and it has been a verse that I turn to every time things get difficult or troubling.  I guess you could say this verse is my security blanket.  It brings me comfort when hurt, softness when afraid and security when I feel alone.

But, it is not the verse that really brings me the comfort, softness and security.  It is Jesus that holds me close.  Jesus gives me peace in the midst of the storms of life.  The verse is just a reminder of who Jesus is, and what He will do for me.  He is my Comforter, my Savior, my Messiah.  He is all I need -- nothing else.

So today I am leaning on Jesus.  Not because I am hurt, or afraid or alone, but for His peace in direction and decisions.

Father God, thank You for giving me the faith to trust You in all situations.  You have been faithful to me through the years, You are all I need..... nothing else.  Amen.