Saturday, May 31, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Never so Great

No nation is so great that it cannot be completely destroyed after forsaking the Lord. Take warning and humble yourselves! From Jeremiah

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Before I was Born

Before I was born, the Lord knew me and had a plan for my life. Even now, He knows my unborn baby and has plans for this life too. From Jeremiah 1

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Isaiah

Some things I see in Isaiah over and over: God is righteous and just, but He is also approachable and ready to forgive and rescue in love.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Garment of Gladness

Jesus was sent to give beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of gladness for the spirit of heaviness... that the Lord might be glorified! From Isaiah 61:3

Friday, May 23, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Wounded

I love finding Jesus in the Old Testament. "...wounded for our transgressions...with his stripes are we healed..." From Isaiah 53

PhotoFix Friday: Marjorie Moore with Her Children

My paternal grandmother, Marjorie Gayle Muckey Moore, with her children on the California beach.
This photo is one of my favorites of my Grandma Moore. It is only a silhouette, but it captures some of the glory of God's creation and the love of a mother for her children. She is in heaven now, but I imagine her looking down on her children in much the same way we see her here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Strength

A timely word. Our God gives strength to those who have none. Wait upon the Lord. From Isaiah 40:29-31

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Stop Running

We can't fix our sin problem by outrunning judgment. Yet, the Lord is waiting to save us in rest and quietness. Stop running. From Isaiah 30

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Seemingly Distant

When God seems distant, remember the wonderful things He did in the past. He IS still working in your life. From Psalm 77

Friday, May 16, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Strong Rock

Some days, all you can do is quote.

"Be thou my strong rock, whereunto I may always resort: thou hast given commandment to save me: for thou art my rock, and my fortress." Psalm 71:3

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Old Testament Musings: God's Power

God's power and intelligence is immense; we cannot fully understand Him. Be careful how you speak of Him and stay humble. From Job 42:2-3

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Job's Perseverance

Even when things were at their worst, Job refused to give up the righteous life. Don't let ugly circumstances make you ugly too! Job 27

Monday, May 12, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Job

Show compassion when bad things happen to others. It does not mean they did something wrong or somehow deserve what happened. Be love. From the book of Job.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Job's Wife

Job lost everything - except his wife. He still had her because she only added to his misery. Don't let Satan use you as a tool.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Mordecai

Considering Mordecai. Faithfulness may not seem to be rewarded at first, but hold on. God's timing is best. From Esther.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Esther

Esther showed modesty and strength when she could have been overtaken by shame or pride. She knew to ask for help and relied on prayer. From the Book of Esther.

PhotoFix Friday: Mary Ann Muckey with Sons Henry and Clark

My 4th Great Grandmother Mary Ann (Kelley) Muckey with her youngest two of eleven children: William Henry and Clark.
Read Mary's Obituary HERE.
Read Clark's Obituary HERE.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Great Mercy

"Great mercy." That is what the Lord gives when we humble ourselves and call out to Him. He is our deliverer. From Nehemiah 9.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Nehemiah

I wonder how many people only gossiped about the broken down walls in Jerusalem. Nehemiah chose to do something about it. From the book of Nehemiah.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Ezra

Ezra chose to ask God - not the king - for help and safety. Will our words of trust and faith match our actions? From Ezra 8:22-23

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Ahaz

In a time of self-help books and how-to articles, be sure you aren't borrowing the "help" of the ungodly. Simplify. Trust God. From 2 Chronicles 28:23

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Uzziah

Uzziah was upright before God. He was a good king, and the Lord prospered him. But pride took over, and it ruined him. Beware! From 2 Chronicles 26:16

Friday, May 02, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Asa

Asa understood the power of God. He prayed, "Help us, O Lord our God: for we rest on thee." Put away fruitless worry and rest. From 2 Chronicles 14:11

PhotoFix Friday: Thomas Allen "Al" Gray

My grandfather, Thomas Allen "Al" Gray
Read a few of my memories of Grandpa and see more pictures HERE.

PhotoFix Friday: Harold and Joan Rose

Zachary's grandparents, Harold and Joan (Pappan) Rose
Today marks the 17th anniversary of Grandpa Harold's death. I find it interesting that my husband and I, although more than a thousand miles apart at the time, were going through similar experiences at the same time. At the age of eight, we both lost our maternal grandfathers in the span of seven days. Our families were grieving at the same time. We both loved our grandpas very much, and we look forward to seeing them again in Heaven!

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Old Testament Musings: Jehoshaphat

Jehoshaphat led the nation in a "Day of Prayer." God heard and answered mightily, "Fear you not... the battle is not yours, but God's." Are we really praying as a nation? See what this looks like in 2 Chronicles 20.

Old Testament Musings: Rehoboam

Rehoboam succumbed to peer pressure and took the shoddy advice of his peers. Find wise counselors and truly listen. Stand strong!  From 2 Chronicles 10

Call the Midwife -- the Book by Jennifer Worth

A non-religious girl in her early 20's thinks she is in the wrong place when she shows up for her first day at a new job and finds she is to live and work in a convent.  A trained nurse and midwife, Jenny Lee almost leaves but instead decides to stay and work with the nuns and other nurses. She encounters filth, poverty, and sin -- squalor almost unimaginable -- in her work with the families of London's East End of the 1950's. Call the Midwife is not a pretty book.  The themes are often dark, the descriptions grotesque, and the endings not always happy.

There were many sweet moments as well; the joy found in a newborn baby shines above the less than ideal living situations. Mothers and fathers glow with love, and, in one family, the 24th and 25th babies are as anticipated, welcomed, and treasured as a 1st or 2nd child.

At first, Jenny thinks the nuns are a joke and their faith laughable.  However, their decades of selfless service and ongoing, quiet love of God impress the young nurse, and she undergoes a change of heart.  She is filled with respect and deep love. The last scene of Call the Midwife touched me the most. 

In it, Jenny is talking with a senile nun in her 90's -- who even in her old age had delivered babies in bomb shelters, crypts, and actual bomb sites during the World Wars. Born to a life of privilege, Sister Monica Joan shunned wealth and comfort to serve among the poor and dirty of London's dockland slums. Jenny asks the old women what caused her to do it, "Was it love of people?"

"Of course not," she snapped sharply. "How can you love ignorant, brutish people whom you don't even know? Can anyone love filth and squalor? Or lice and rats? Who can love aching weariness, and carry on working, in spite of it? One cannot love these things. One can only love God, and through his grace come to love his people."

She later continued:

"Find out for yourself -- we all have to in the end. No one can give you faith; it is a gift from God alone. Seek and ye shall find. Read the Gospels. There is no other way. [...] Go with God."

Jenny Lee did indeed begin to read the Gospels that night. What a witness!

It is in God we find the strength to do what we could never do on our own. An old woman with a failing mind was still making an impact for the Kingdom of God from her sick bed. A lifetime of service behind her, Sister Monica Joan's simple words of direction to the source of truth was just what a seeking young woman needed at that moment.

My strong desire is to live in a way that causes others to ask, "Why?"

I would love to share the gift of God's grace and tell them to "Read the Gospels and go with God!"