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MAGGIE MAY – THE REST OF THE STORY

Maggie May – The Rest Of The Story is a follow-up post about a 10 year old little dachshund that is having to be rehomed.  Please read on.

Good morning all.  Last week I posted TWO SENIORS – MAGGIE MAY AND LIESEL BETH.  You can click the link and read that post.  I had hoped to follow-up that post with a Part 2 and have it post by today, however, I will not be able to wrap up the story about Miss Maggie May until tomorrow.  Read on.

I plan on posting the wrap up story about Miss Maggie by Wednesday or Thursday.  I know it will be an emotional time tomorrow.  I will be picking the little one up and taking her to a Cheryl of Dusty Puddles Dachshund Rescue organization.  I will be meeting Cheryl in Abilene, Texas tomorrow.  Then Maggie will travel on to Lubbock and then her final destination will be Hereford, Texas.  This is in the Panhandle of Texas.  She will have an adventure for sure.

I believe that God loves each and every creature He has created and I located a few scriptures about that love and our responsibility to the animals of this world.  Here is an excerpt from the original post ” TWO SENIORS – MAGGIE MAY AND LIESEL BETH. ”

Here are just a few scriptures I looked up from a website called Knowing Jesus. The website is a wealth of information about many things but these are scriptures are concerning the animals of the earth and how God feels about them and how He says that we ought to treat them.

Proverbs 12:10

A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, but even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.

Proverbs 27:23

Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds;

Job 12:7

“But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; and the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.

Matthew 10:29

“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.

Psalm 50:10-11

“For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills. “I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is Mine.

Matthew 6:26-30

“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

Please come back and read “Maggie May – The Final Rest Of The Story” later this week.

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TWO SENIORS – MAGGIE MAY & LIESEL BETH

Two Seniors, Maggie May and Liesel Beth.  They are two mini Dachshunds that have touched my life in a huge way. With the happenings of this past week, I have to write about them. I want to add a disclaimer here, at the beginning, so whoever is reading this does not misconstrue anything I am going to say about the owner of Maggie. I do not believe the owner has mistreated, neglected or abused this baby girl in any way. The owner is simply at a crossroads in her life and has to make a very difficult decision. This post does point out and make reference to people in this world that do mistreat, neglect and abuse God’s creatures and/or creation, which I believe is wrong in many ways. God loves His creation, whether it is His humankind, animals or the earth and all that is in it. He created all things and it was good.

Genesis 1:31

31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

So, with that preface, I will continue down a little bit of memory lane with Liesel Beth and then on to Maggie May’s story. I will tell you now that this post is different than any I have written before and probably will again. So, I hope you read with an open heart and mind and hear my heart.

Sometimes, when I don’t really know what to write about for my blog, I sit at my computer ready to type and wait for God to tell me what He wants me to share with you. Tonight I can’t seem to sit still or hold my mind still enough to listen for His voice. I finally sit and listen. God speaks and I hear in my heart… “What has happened that is near and dear to your heart this past week?” The first thing that pops into my head is the text I got from a lady that was the previous owner of my little Liesel that I lost December 1, 2015 to Lymphoma.

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Liesel Beth

Liesel, for those of you that don’t know, was my little Red Dapple Dachshund that I rescued 2 ½ years ago. She wasn’t in an “abusive” situation as most people would think, however, neglect is abuse. She came to me not knowing how to play, show love or accept love. It took her about a year before she began to open up and really blossom. She had learned to love life. She got to sleep on the “big bed” instead of her kennel. She got to run and play out in the back yard during the day instead of being in her kennel 10-12 hours a day with a Labrador. She was able to go in the car and enjoy the ride from her car seat instead of being placed in a soft-sided kennel for transport. Anyway, you get the idea. She had been thought of as only a dog and not a member of the family. She became a member of our family almost immediately. She was skinny and so shy, yet had that red head personality. A little firecracker. So, her birthday was declared July 4th. Being a rescue we didn’t really know when her birthday was but we knew about how many years she was… so I declared July 4th as her birthday. She fit it quite well, too!

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Liesel and Zuckie

She was 7 when I got her and 9 ½ when I lost her. Only 2 ½ years with her and yet she brightened our lives so much. She was the funniest little thing. A mini Dachshund weighing only about 10 pounds when we got her. She gained more weight and then some. She was, after all, a senior and you know, weight just doesn’t come off as easily, right? Being a senior never really slowed her down until close to the end. I love to hear a story that my father tells about Liesel. One time he walked out into the back yard and Liesel and Zuckie (my standard dachshund) were out there barking their head off.   An unfortunate squirrel had found himself caught inside the fence that surrounded dad’s garden and there were two barking dogs on the outside of the fence just dying to get in or get the squirrel out. The squirrel would run back and forth and never outrun the barking. Then, dad said that it was almost like slow motion, the squirrel decided to take a flying leap to the fence (about 6 feet from the back of the garden fence). He said that the poor squirrel could not have timed it worse, being that Liesel was waiting for that fatal jump and Liesel was as fast as could be, when she wanted to be. Liesel jumped up in the air at the same time that the squirrel did and grabbed him in the middle. Squirrel jumpingDad said she hit the ground and shook the poor squirrel so hard it broke his neck and killed him instantly, I suppose. She laid it down and looked over at my dad as if to say, “See, I still have it in me.” Dad said Zuckie had just sat down and watched the drama unfold. It was entirely too much effort for him to enter into the kill. So, he watched. Dad said it was so hilarious that he laughed at that crazy little girl and then took her prize and threw it away. Now the bird feeders were a little safer … there was one less squirrel in the neighborhood. She was a clown sometimes, that’s for sure.

When the diagnoses came back as lymphoma, it was a sad day. We had all grown so close to her and her to us that I couldn’t imagine being without her now. She was a happy, go-lucky girl until the last week when breathing became so labored that it was difficult to even walk across the room without getting winded. The cancer had probably spread into her lungs, doc said – the most compassionate Veterinarian I have ever known – Dr. Kirk Weicht. He is a good friend and the best animal doc I have ever known. Little Liesel lasted only 1 month after diagnosis and we miss her terribly.

Now, fast forward to 3 days ago. The previous owner of my baby girl, Liesel, texted me and said she had a friend that needed to re-home her 10 year old dachshund and was I ready for another. I answered her “No, I can’t right now, but I will help find her a home.” I would so love to take in little Maggie May, but I just can’t right now. I will have another rescue girl one day, just not right now.

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Maggie May

The owner of the little girl texted me in a little while and gave me some details. This lady had just had a baby (seven days old) and this little Maggie girl was a mini Dachshund that she has had since she was six weeks old! Maggie had begun barking incessantly and having bathroom issues in the house. The husband was apparently more irritated with this situation than she because she told me that he had trouble responding in a good way to this apparent new behavior of this senior baby. So, I gathered all the information and pictures I could get from the Mrs. and began the process of finding Miss Maggie May a new forever home (I added the May … Maggie May. It just fit and sounded right).

The next day, I got busy posting pictures and information about Maggie on Facebook. You see, if you don’t know, I work on Facebook, along with many others, to help place babies that have been left at shelters or abandoned or just found as a stray. Many have been abused and in need of special medical attention, love and care. Others are ones that have just dumped by their owners. Discarded as a piece of trash, not thinking or caring about the feelings, yes I said feelings, of the baby they just spent 1, 5 or 10 years with. Then there are the really irritating ones that dump the senior at the shelter to go home with a puppy or kitten. That is the epitome of selfishness, as far as we “rescuers” are concerned.

We work very hard and strong to find homes for the homeless babies all across America and sometimes beyond. The ones that don’t have a voice of their own, we are their voice. So… with that said, I will step down off of my “Rescue Soap Box” and get on with this post.SOAP BOX

Like I said, I got busy and posted information about Maggie. Almost immediately she had some attention. I had a couple of individuals and one Dachshund rescue group that wanted her. When I contacted the owner about the fast response, she began crawfishing on me. Now, that term is one you may not know. Then, if you are from Texas or Louisiana or somewhere like that, you may know what that means. It means she started backing up and changing her mind about rehoming Maggie. She said she had been doing some reading and talking to a vet about her latest behavior. She said they were going to try to make a go of it. She told me that she had also bought some essential oils and a thunder vest for her and apparently she was barking less. However, she did potty in the bed, lying next to her, the night before. She told me that she read that they will do that when they are stressed and her hubby stresses Maggie out most, she said. However, they were going to try the patient thing and see what happens.

So, everyone that was interested in taking this baby into their life was put on hold for now. Until the emotional, new mom could make her decision to let her 10 year old Dachshund baby go, that she has had since she was six weeks old. I know this is a very hard decision. My heart is very heavy for the lady. However, one has to, or should, keep in mind, that when you get a dog or cat – or any animal for that matter – they are not “just a dog” or “just a cat” or “just a pet”. They should be thought of as part of the family. They have feelings and emotions just like we do. God was their creator too! He put things inside the animals of the world just like He did with you and me.

I know this post is quite different than any other I have done in the past or probably will do in the future. The happenings of this past week were just a reminder of my baby girl Liesel and how special she had become in a short time. Also, how many senior babies I see on Facebook that are discarded and forgotten. NOT that this owner was doing that with Maggie. Not at all! It just brings up all the ones that I have seen in the last four years since I have been on Facebook and involved in rescue.

God loves His creation. Whether it is the majestic mountains that reach for the sky or the beautiful meadows full of wild flowers. Even the tiny rabbit that hops around in that green meadow, or the fish in the ocean or the birds of the air. All things great and small are our Father’s and He made it all good.

This old world, with its enormous amount of humans walking around on it, is groaning. Groaning for the return of God’s Son, Jesus. Many people on this planet have just plain abandoned any compassion or kindness for others or any living thing. One day, when all is said and done, they will have to answer to my Father, who is in Heaven. God will require an account be given for our actions… good and bad.

Romans 14:10-13

10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written:

As I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”

12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.

Here are just a few scriptures I looked up from a website called Knowing Jesus. The website is a wealth of information about many things but these are scriptures are concerning the animals of the earth and how God feels about them and how He says that we ought to treat them.

Proverbs 12:10

A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, but even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.

Proverbs 27:23

Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds;

Job 12:7

“But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; and the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.

Matthew 10:29

“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.

Psalm 50:10-11

“For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills. “I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is Mine.

Matthew 6:26-30

“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

As I said this post is a bit different. I want it mostly to help make you aware that there are folks that just plain don’t give a darn. That is, give a darn about another living creature, human or animal, or the world for that matter. God loves all of His creation. He put us – humans – in charge of the animals of this world and the world itself, to take care of it. Not to abuse, neglect or destroy any part of the world or the living things in it. I personally cannot comprehend the mind of some people that have mistreated or hurt another living thing, human or animal. I worked with a lady one time that told me that Michael Vick didn’t know any better than what he did because that is how he was raised. She said “Leah, he was raised around dog fighting. That is just what they did.” For those of you that don’t know… Michael Vick had a dog fighting ring at his mansion and claimed he didn’t really know what was going on. RUBBISH! Michael Vick made a choice, as others do, to hurt, maim or kill a living creature that God created – or have someone else do it while you watch or benefit from the proceeds. That is wrong and no one can convince me that any human being doesn’t know that. If they live in this world, they know that hurting, maiming or killing another living creature (human or animal) is wrong.

Oooops… I got up on that Soap Box again,… well, to get along with the “rest of the story” will have to wait for the next post. I have heard from Maggie May’s owner and she is ready to make the hard decision to let her go and rehome her. I have alerted the Dachshund Rescue group and they are ready whenever. I will follow-up with Part 2 when it is all over with. It will be a new and exciting road for Miss Maggie May and I will be there with her to make sure she is well taken care of the rest of her life.

Thanks for reading this post and any other that you may have. I love to write and have been on a hiatus for a long time. I posted one last Monday and this one is on Monday again. I hope to get back to writing more often but I will write when prompted by God. He places things on my heart to share and this one was a surprise to me.   I did not sit down and intend to write about the abuse that goes on in the world of dogs, cats and otherwise. As I typed, words just began to flow out of my fingers and I felt compelled to continue to share about the shelter animals that have no voice. You see, I believe that God’s heart breaks for the animals “left behind” just as it does for the humans that have the same demise. He hurts when we hurt because He loves us so much! After all, He calls us His beloved!

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GOD MOVES

Have you ever seen how God Moves in your life?  I have recently and I have to share again!

It has been a very long time since I wrote anything for my blog. As much as I miss writing, I just have not felt led to write anything. In the back of my mind and heart there is a burning desire to get back to writing regularly. I think … maybe at least one a week. I remember when I was writing every day. God would actually give me topics either every day or I worked off of a list that I had made from Him speaking to my heart over many days. It was an exciting time. However, I was not working in a job that required so much of my brain and energy. It was a very good “growing” time for me. The more I wrote, the more I learned and in turn grew closer to God and wanted to write more and more.large

It actually all began when I was reading one of the daily devotionals that I get every morning and then I began commenting on it and began to share it with one and then three, then eight and more ladies. When it was all said and done, I had 75 ladies on my email list that I would forward the emails (daily devos) that I had added a paragraph or so worth of comments about it. I usually commented on how the devotional touched or spoke to my heart and soul. I had a few ladies that would reply back to my email with very uplifting and encouraging comments. It kept me going for quite a while. I even solicited for others to join my little group if they would like. I approached three Sunday School ladies from church and asked them. I got 3 different answers from them. It was quite funny. One said she already did enough devotionals and just couldn’t join another. I told her that it was not a problem at all and I totally understood… and I did. The next one said “Yes, that sounds good, but you have to know… I don’t check my email very often.” Again, I answered … that it was not a problem at all and I totally understood… and I did. The third one said “Yes, I would love to be on your emailing list.” So 2 out of 3 isn’t bad, huh?

I was quite happy doing just what I was doing… forwarding the emails after I commented on them, to my growing list of ladies. Then one Sunday, one of my Sunday School teachers asked me something that I had not thought of. She asked me if I had ever thought about going out on myGOD IS YOUR REFUGE own and writing a devotional instead of using another devotional to launch off of. I told her no, I hadn’t thought of that at all. I was quite happy doing what I was doing. However, I felt that “tug” on my heart that had become pretty familiar. I knew this conversation was NOT just “coincidence”. You see… I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe God crosses the paths of people on purpose. For a specific purpose and that purpose is usually something that will give you the opportunity to grow in your spiritual walk and bring glory to Him. I believe God Moves like that.

So, I prayed about it, talked to my family about it, talked to my pastor about it and I came to the conclusion that yes, it was time. Each person I visited with about it gave me good ideas and advice. I began to research and find out about blogging. I was off 3-4 days in a row and on April 14, 2014 God and I sat down at my computer and began to build my blogsite. I actually felt His guiding me in the entire process.  I checked into hosting fees from GoDaddy and they were something I thought I could afford. Then when I checked to see if the domain name was available, I was shocked to find out that it was. I should have known that it was waiting just for me. I believe God Moves like that.

The reason I wanted GoDaddy to host it, or someone to host it, is because by doing that I could have an “owned” domain name instead of using just the free WordPress site. My email is leah@abidinginthevine.net instead of leah@wordpress.abidinginthevine.net or something like that. I wanted it to reflect only the name of the site.GOD MOVES FOR THOSE WHO WAIT

How I chose the name … well, I have thought about this scripture for a long time and years ago, I had the privilege to be in a recording studio and I recorded 3 tracks. It was an experience of a lifetime. The brochures I created, at that time, to market myself to places to sing were reflective of this scripture:

John 15:5 – I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. NKJV

So I was finally going to be able to use my idea on a website/blogsite. I was pretty excited!

By the way, I will add that it was about 6 months down the road, after I got my blogsite up and running, the 1st lady from my Sunday School that I had asked about joining my email list for devotionals … she approached me one Sunday morning in Sunday School and asked me for my blogsite address. She’s been hooked ever since… lol.  So, finally, three out of three. I was pretty excited and I believe God Moves like that! I now have several ladies that read my blog from my Sunday School class. That is so cool to me!

I love how God Moves. It always amazes me to see all the pieces fall into place when I allow God to work, that is when I step back and allow Him to work in my life instead of me trying to “fix” things. I don’t know why it amazes me… I know that is how God Moves.  The older I get, the more I learn this and actually try not to “fix” it myself.  I wish I could just finally learn it. However, every time I have had to learn this lesson over and over, I grow. I grow in God and His Spirit and I like that! A lot! I believe that is how God Moves in my life.

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I started writing this post on Wednesday of last week (March 2, 2016) and there have been so many things that have happened to add to this post. One very BIG one is such an obvious example of how God Moves I just have to share it!TRUST

Along with a list of great things I have begun, I started driving for Uber a few weeks ago. I try to stay close to home and that means usually around Grapevine, Texas and the D/FW Airport. Sometimes the calls get me a little out from there but usually I do not drive into Dallas because I pick up a rider usually right close to where I drop off a rider. Well, this particular night (Friday, March 5th) I had a call to go to the Gaylord Texan Resort which is in Grapevine. I picked up a very nice, young couple and they wanted to go to the Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas. They were interested in Chip Foose who is a guy that does a lot of “Overhaulin’” of vehicles in dire straits. He was supposed to be making a show there the next day, I think. I feel certain most or at least some of you have heard of him. Anyway, I digress…

I dropped them off and went off line so I would not get another call because I had to make a pit stop of my own. As I was coming out of McDonald’s with an order of fries (I just can’t resist them!) I got another call from Uber for a rider just a few miles away from where I was, down Forest Ave. I thought I was off line and not able to receive calls, but oh well… So, I accepted the call and headed that direction. When I arrived at the destination that the GPS told me, there was NO RIDER and no Comet Cleaners, where he said he was. I texted the rider and asked him about his location. He said he was almost to Hiway 75… Central Expressway! Oh My Goodness!!! I was just at Marsh Lane! The GPS was way off! He was about 8 miles further… so, I finally found him and took him a ways down Central Expressway to his humble abode. Then before I got out of the driveway, I got another call for another rider. Man! Another call and I am on the EAST SIDE OF DALLAS AT THIS POINT! CENTRALThe time is 6:00 pm and I have never liked being on the East side or West side or any side of Dallas at 6:00 pm! If there are any readers out there that know what I mean, raise your hands!

While I am driving down Central Expressway with all the “TRAFFIC” I began to settle back and talk to God. I realized – finally – that this had to be a God thing! If I found myself that far from home, in that location, at that time of the night, there had to be a reason! THERE WAS! Read on.

The next rider was a very pretty and sweet young lady. She seemed a little distressed as she looked up at me with her big, kind eyes and said “Thank you.” as I closed the door after she got settled. As soon as we were on our way… to Downtown Dallas… she got on the phone and called what apparently was a very good girlfriend of hers. The first thing out of her mouth was … “Well, we just got out of marriage counseling.” Then she said “No, it was horrible!” Well, I won’t go into the entire conversation, but I will tell you that this young lady was distressed and God placed her right in my path. As she unveiled many things in that conversation that I was a little uncomfortable hearing… she spared no words or feelings. She laid it all out there as if I was not there or at least like there was one of those Plexiglas windows between her and me. But there was not and she didn’t really seem to care. She was just bent on telling her girlfriend the sordid details and … well, anyway. She was in need of a good prayer time and understanding and someone that could relate to her dilemma. As we pulled into the very upscale, downtown apartment building garage, she hung up the phone and very boldly, I spoke up. I told her how I could relate to her overheard story. I asked her if I could pray with her, because listening to her conversation, I picked up that she was a Christian and did pray and believe how I believed, at least somewhat. She almost cried! She said “Really!? YES, of course!” We began talking and I told her a little of my story and she asked if we could pray. I said yes, we held hands and prayed. She was not nervous or uncomfortable. This was a 30-year-old young lady that had only been married a short time and found herself married to someone she didn’t really know like she thought she did. They both needed help with various things but she was distressed and needed to hear from God. I had to get going and so did she. She was headed out of town to her girlfriend’s house and it was getting later and later. So we got out of my vehicle and as I am helping her out of the back, she said … “I prayed for God to send me an Angel and He sent me you!” I PRAYED FOR AN ANGELWe hugged and said our good byes. She got my card with my contact info. I may never hear from her again, but I know she heard from God that night! I just love it when I recognize how God Moves because sometimes, I am afraid I miss those priceless moments in time that should get my attention and make me Praise His Holy Name!

God Moves in your life, too! You have to just listen for that still, small voice and hear Him speaking to your heart. Sometimes, His voice comes through another person too. If you be still and just listen and know that He is God, He will speak to your heart. Let God Move in your life and allow Him to use you or allow someone else to be used by Him to bless you.

Well, I tell you one thing! I was thanking Him for that Close THANK YOU LORDEncounter of the Third Kind (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit)! (Excuse the little play on words there… if anyone has ever seen or heard of the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” you will understand that. If not, just keep reading and … never mind.) I praised Him and thanked Him for allowing me to experience that unforgettable night and His love for that young lady. I was pretty much in awe the entire trip home.

Well, this has been quite a long post after such a long time of not writing. I just had to share this with you all! I hope to be back on a regular writing basis now. I love sharing how God Moves in my life with you. I do hope it blesses you in some way. God Moves in your life too! Do you recognize Him? Do you thank Him for using you or being blessed by someone that He uses?  Write me and let me know how God has used you or how you have been blessed by someone He has used.

God loves you so much! After all, He calls you His beloved!

The Song/Video – God Moves
Sovereign Grace Music

Here is the music to this beautiful song!

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BEAUTY FOR ASHES

Do you believe that when God takes something away from your life that He replaces it with something better?   In other words, as a song sings… “Beauty for Ashes”?   Well, I never really thought about it very much until lately. And, let me say “better” is a relative term. Better to some may not be better to others. Let me explain a little.

When I was traveling – in my last job – I used to have a backpack that I had all kinds of “stuff” in.  On my next to last trip, part of that “stuff”  was my $35 pair of sunglasses that I had had for three years. I purchased them when I got my new glasses. I loved them and they fit over my glasses and they didn’t have a scratch on them. I kept them perfect for three years, and that is saying A LOT! Not one scratch! I remember where I had them. I had put them (in their case) in one of the pockets on the side of my backpack. They must have worked their way out of the pocket. So… I didn’t have sunglasses. I was VERY sad! Not to mention I HATE throwing away money. I have always worn sunglasses too! My eyes have always been very sensitive to light.

Anyway, on my last trip, I was in Chino Hills, California with a pair of sunglasses that I had purchased at Walmart. Nice but not quite like my other ones. Not as expensive either. Nonetheless, as I was about to leave a parking lot where I had been shopping for food for the week I was there, I looked in the middle of the road and there was something laying there. As I got closer I could see it was a glasses case. I was so afraid the car coming was going to run over it before I could get to it. You see… I always find things to pick up along the way. My mom and dad have even called me a “trash picker” because I find things all the time along the side of the road to bring home. Very nice things that people just toss out for whatever reason.   I guess it’s better than finding another dog and bringing it home… although that almost happened a couple of times… ok, back to my story. I parked quickly and ran to the street where the glasses case was laying. I picked them up and found a pretty nice glasses case and the corner had been chewed by some sharp little puppy teeth – awwww… the person that lost this had a puppy…then I opened it up and neatly wrapped in a glasses cleaner cloth was a VERY NICE pair of Ray Bans. They were prescription sunglasses and WAY TO STRONG for my eyes. However, the frames are very nice. I took them to my eye doctor when I had my appointment and asked the lady at the glasses counter about them. She said they were fairly new and cost around $250. So… when I get new glasses I just may use them for my new frames … I am not sure…selly

Then, if you want to hear another story about having something taken away (or losing it) and something better provided it will be about my job situation. You know I had the last job only 64 days… I loved it. However, it was beginning to wear on my neck and back with all the traveling. I was doing OK though. Then after 64 days they let me go for a stupid reason… I have NEVER been let go from a job in all my life… and I am not a young whipper snapper… lol. Anyway, they let me go and I was totally devastated and depressed for several days!  I could not understand why God took this job away from me… or better phrased… why He allowed it to happen.  I don’t believe He “took it away” … Anyway, If you know me you know that I don’t get depressed. I am a very positive person and usually always upbeat and think the best of most situations. This was different. I just knew this had been the right job for me. I guess they thought different.  Bygones…

I survived and after a few days began to carry on. I began to put more resumes out and I mean more! I applied for unemployment and got it. So I was on my way. In a month and two days I received an email from a Training Manager for a computer learning center here in the area. We made a time for an interview. My phone interview was on a Friday evening at 5:45 pm and lasted an hour and forty five minutes. I have never had an interview of any kind that lasted that long. When we first started though, our conversation was about dogs, so I knew it was going to go well. LOL…

During the interview she asked if I would be interested in doing a “Test Teach” for them next week sometime. This is where I would be giving a presentation for them so they could see my style of training, etc. So we agreed and she made a statement in closing but I wasn’t sure what she said … so I said… “I apologize, you broke up, could you repeat?” I was shocked with her statement and very pleased at the same time. She repeated it and she said… “I think you would be a great fit for our team.” I was just about to soar through the ceiling… but I graciously thanked her for her time and told her I looked forward to next week and the Test Teach. Then… I hung up the phone and felt elated …Beauty_for_Ashes_Graphic I was so excited. I haven’t felt that excited in a LONG time. To shorten the story, I did my test teach on the following Wednesday and by Friday at 6 pm I heard back from the Training Manager. She said she wanted to call me before the weekend and offer me the job if I wanted it. OH MAN OH MAN!!! I of course said “YES!!” You see, this is a Training job … only Training. Training software which is what I am good at. Microsoft Suite software. They pay for my Microsoft Certifications and that is A BIG DEAL to me. Very little travel and mostly around the Metroplex area. Very little overnight travel. Oh my goodness… I start on June 1st.

So… yes, I believe God sometimes allows “things” to be removed from your life for various reasons but He knows what is best for each and every one of us. He sees the BIG picture. We only see a little right now. The Word of God says this about what God gives…

Isaiah 61:3 New International Version (NIV)

  “…and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.”

Beauty for ashes, strength for fear, gladness for mourning and peace for despair. This Video below is an old song sung by Crystal Lewis and Ron Kenoly but it is such a good song for this scripture. The words are a bit different but the meaning is the same. God gives us what we need … all we have to do is to have faith and trust His heart. He will never lead us wrong. We may not understand the circumstances sometimes, but He always has our best in His heart.

The Video – Beauty For Ashes – Crystal Lewis and Ron Kenoly

Now did God place those sunglasses there… well, I doubt He made the other person lose them so I could find them… but all things happen for a reason. If you love the Lord… all things work together for good. His Word tells us so.

Romans 8:28

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

The job… yes, I believe God planned for this new job to be mine. I heard in my heart last year, while I was sitting in the call center… wondering when … OH WHEN… I could get out of the call center and into a job that suited me and my abilities better. I was praying and just pouring my heart out to God that day. I remember it like it was yesterday. I heard in my spirit… “Leah, you will be out of here and in a new job by June of next year.” Folks, that “next year” is 2015! This year! I start my new job on June 1st! So… I believe He planned it for me. I don’t understand all of the particulars but I know it’s for me and from Him. The other job was just a “passing thing” I guess. Also, it might have been meant for someone other than me – I mean my time at my last job may have been for someone else to gain something from that instead of me. I believe those things can happen. I believe my time at the call center was for mostly someone else or more than one someone else. I grew a lot there too, and I believe God worked through me to touch others there. So… just because you are in a particular place doesn’t mean you are there only for you. It might be, and more than likely, is for someone else also.  And, more than likely, it is not forever.

So, with all that said, I will close for now and pray that you find your “place” that He has for you as well. I know many are searching and hurting out there. I know some are in bad situations whether it be a job or relationship or geographical location. I get it! I have been right where you are, more than likely. Keep trusting that the Lord will provide a way for you.

I just thought of this and have to share it… When I was at a church down in South East Texas, we had a concert that was fantastic. A particular narration during the concert was done by the Worship Pastor. His voice was so compelling and spoke volumes to me and to many others at the time. I want to share those words with you now. I just feel led to share his words. They will touch your heart, I am certain of it.

“Holy is the Lord our God. Almighty, Omnipotent Majesty. The Most High God. This same God that fashioned the universe and called the world into being, knows you by name. He has ordained this time in your life. This very minute. This exact second. The Father is concerned with all that concerns you. He knows your heart. He knows your struggles. He has seen you in the times of incredible victory and He has been there in the times when you have been overwhelmingly defeated. Calling you by name… crying out to you to cast your cares upon Him. He calls out to you now with a still small voice. Come to me… all who are tired and weary with cares. Find rest in my arms. Come home.”

Wherever you are… He has you there for a reason. He loves you so very much! After all, He calls you His beloved!

The Song – He Knows My Name – Paul Baloche

The Video – He Knows My Name – Paul Baloche

https://youtu.be/uu9K5kzKPcQ

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THE GOOD SHEPHERD AND HIS FLOCK (Part 4)

In yesterday’s post (click here to go to it) I talked about the “mark” of a Christian and how Jesus started that “mark” with His “Everlasting Stain” of the blood He shed on the Cross for our sins. Also, I mentioned how we, as Christians, rely on The Good Shepherd to provide for our needs and how we should be content and satisfied. And lastly, I talked about the Christian that wants the “best of both worlds”… the carnal world and the life of a Christian and how God deals with them sometimes.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am following the 23rd Psalm and also referring to a book I read “A Shepherd Looks at the 23rd Psalm”. The book was a wonderful book as the author, W. Phillip Keller, talks about his days as a shepherd and how sheep and humans are so much alike. It explains, in detail, the life of the shepherd (a good shepherd) and how that relates to Jesus Christ being The Good Shepherd. It is a very good book and one that I think anyone would enjoy reading. You can order it from one of the Amazon icons down on the lower left had side of this page. It helped me understand how much work it is for a shepherd in caring for his flock and how much the shepherd must love the sheep of his flock to do it all. In comparing that to what Jesus does for each of us, I can see how much Jesus loves us to have done what He did to save us.

In today’s post I wiimages 2ll look at how we as Christians need certain things in place to feel safe and flourish in our lives and our walk with The Lord. Let’s look at the same pertaining to the sheep also.

This 4th part is based on the next part of the 23rd Psalm – “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.” Sheep need 4 things in place to feel safe enough to lie down and rest.

1)     Free from fear

2)     Free from friction among the other sheep

3)     Free from the pests such as flies and parasites

4)     Free from hunger

I understand now, since reading the book, sheep just simply will not rest unless these 4 things are in place. They are very timid creatures and the slightest thing can cause them to run away and a whole herd can stampede if feel threatened in the slightest way. The book talks about how the presence of the shepherd in the field with the sheep is such a calming thing. The sheep become accustomed to the Shepherd’s presence and feel that safety when he is there with them.

This is a lot like humans. Sometimes we can be so afraid of the slightest bit of change or something out of the ordinary. We get into a routine and get a littlesafe_in_his_presence-297520 unsettled when that routine is broken up. We tend to fear change and like things to stay the same, nice and quiet. I know that the presence of God in my life is simply a calming factor for sure! Just coming into the presence of God Almighty is such an awesome feeling – whether it is in a church service or driving down the street. Since God is Spirit, He is everywhere and we can be in His presence anytime, anyplace! We just have to recognize that He is there and acknowledge His presence to feel that peace.

Sheep are social creatures, as well. If there is any dissension among the other sheep, they simply cannot lie down and rest. They have to have all their problems worked out before they can rest. Some folks are like this. I personally like to have my problems worked out with a friend before I can really rest. I don’t like dissension of any kind. I upset a girlfriend one time and she was not shy about telling me. I really knew the moment I did it that I shouldn’t have done it! She told me to give her a few days before I called or texted her again. It about killed me! I wanted it worked out RIGHT THEN! She, however, needed some time. I granted her time, or accepted her request for time and we did eventually get it worked out after a few days. I slept so good that night. All was well once again in Leah’s world.

The pests and parasites can be deadly to sheep. There is a parasite that can burrow up inside the nose into the brain and drive the sheep mad. That doesn’t sound very pleasant for sure! There are also things in our lives that are the little pesky things that are just not quite right and they peck away at us day in and day out. They are the pests and parasites. Other parasites can be the stuff that the world throws at us… if we are not careful it can get inside our brain and cause our spirits havoc! That is why daily communication – through prayer and The Word – with The Good Shepherd is vital.soaking

Lastly is hunger. I understand now that sheep simply will not lie down if they feel hungry or feel like they have to find food. No one likes to go to bed hungry. I have known someone in my past that had experienced that more than once or twice in their childhood. It wasn’t a pleasant memory at all. They told me they remembered that they would try to sneak into the kitchen at night and grab a bite out of the refrigerator before they got caught. It must have been a harrowing feeling. I cannot really imagine that feeling because I have been so blessed in my years. I have always had at least a can of mixed veggies and bread and butter (when I was single and living alone). That was something I liked and that was the least I have ever had, but I survived and that was only temporary! I never felt uncared for or the pangs of hunger, really.

In all of these scenarios, the solution to each and every probimageslem is the shepherd – whether it be the actual shepherd of actual sheep or The Good Shepherd of the flock of us as Christians. Or better said, the shepherd has the ability to address and resolve each of these problems – if he so chooses.

In my experience and my walk with the Lord, I have come to know that my needs will always be met. Whether it is the fear of something in this world, problems with friends or family, pests or parasites of this world or hunger. God will provide for His loved ones and has always provided. My father has said in the past, many times, “God would not have brought us this far to let us go.” With that comment, I will say that God has brought me a long distance in my lifetime. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He will never let me go! He promises in His Word.  I can say without reservation … The Lord Is My Shepherd and I shall not want.

John 10:27-29 – “27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” 184999_540372432645030_1018910340_nAnd…

Deuteronomy 31:6Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

And… there are so many more scriptures that remind us of God’s promises. Click this link to see 79 different scriptures that promise He will never leave us or forsake us.

I will end this post here with the thought that God will take care of you. He cares about every detail of our lives. Even the smallest thing. Really! I have experienced it and am amazed every time it happens! A wonderful old hymn comes to mind … “God Will Take Care of You”. The link beloimagesw is a You Tube Video with lyrics and beautiful scenery. Take the time to watch and listen.

I challenge you today to reach out to The Good Shepherd. He is waiting to hear from you. He loves you so much! After all, He calls you His beloved.

The Video– God Will Take Care of You – Antrim Mennonite Choir

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