Monthly Archives: April 2016

One Bumpy Road!!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Happy Monday Blog, my Friends!

Hope your weekend was blessed in ways only He can—He performs miracles, you know!

As Mother’s Day approaches each year, without fail, I reflect on the wonderful memories of my sweet Mother and I cherish them deeply. As the sixth child of nine children, I had a pretty good view up & down the sibling ladder. The first born was thirteen years older than the last born. To say my Mother had her hands full…well, let’s just say she had her hands full. Early on, we were taught to look after each other and “no kid should ever be left behind”!

I have only two children and looking back on my own mothering with just two kids, frankly, I honestly don’t know how my Mother made it out alive, with nine—By the Grace of God, no doubt! Mother was devoted to the Lord and come Sunday morning, she and her children could be found sitting on the second or third pew in church. She worked second shift in a textile mill (thirty-five years) six days a week, but on Sunday morning, rain or shine, she and her children were in church.

Along my own personal bumpy road to the Lord for my own good sake, I had my doubts…oh, not about Him, just me, of course; because I am a sinner and I’ve done things that shock even me, as I look back on some of the bumps in that road I traveled. Then as time moved on and Life happened, I realized how much God loved me, added to the love and teachings of the awesome example set by my incredible Mother, I was saved…literally. The love of God and my Mother saved me and today I fully embrace what my gift of Life means to me and how I choose to live my Gift.

“If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here.”                      —2 Corinthians 5:17  

So as this Mother’s Day gets closer and you find yourself lost in your own thoughts of your  dear Mother and who knows, maybe she too traveled One Bumpy Road at times, try to hold onto to the tender feelings and how much she meant to you in even the smallest things she did for you and how much she loved you—And if you’re blessed enough to still have your Mother on this Mother’s Day, do something to make her smile…I’m sure it wouldn’t take much more than a big kiss, a sweet hug and a little of your time.

“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” —Proverbs 31:26-27

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong doing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. ”  — 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

 God bless our Mothers.

God is Good! God is Great!! ALWAYS.

Love,

Margaret

The First Commandment:

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.  —Exodus 20:12

Our First Gift

Monday, April 18, 2016

It’s Monday Blog time, All…Welcome!!

Have you ever thought of your first gift…I mean your first gift? Well, out of the blue recently, it became clear to me that my first real gift came from GOD. That precious gift was a baby boy, wrapped in swaddling cloths and laid in a manger. He would become known to all the world as Jesus Christ, the Savior of all mankind.

So GOD gave me and all of us, actually, our first gift – Didn’t He?

If there had been a gift card attached, it would have probably read just like this:

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”   – John 3:16  

Thank you, God – for the most incredible gift of my life – literally…my Life!!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great! Always!!

Let’s all take some private time this week to think about what Our First Gift truly means to us…as for me, Jesus is the awesomest, yes, awesomest gift in the whole wide world!

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.”   – 2 Corinthians 9:15

AMEN🙏

I love you,

❤️Margaret

Jesus said, “I am the door, if anyone enters by Me, he will be saved”.

– John 10:9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is It Just Me?

April 11, 2016

Happy Monday Blog, Everyone!!

So what was your weekend like?

Well, whatever you did, I hope you enjoyed it and felt joyful about where you were, what you did and who you shared it with. If you were alone, then I hope you shared some of that private time with Jesus.

Some days I have to stop and look for some roses just to slow myself down. As much as I enjoy my alone time, I find I have very little of it these days. Is it just me, or do you wrestle with this also? I know oh too well how all the stuuuuuf can get in my way…so much that it takes away from my spiritual time. My spiritual time is when I go to Jesus on my knees and ask Him to nurture my soul, as I am in an earthly rut! It’s also the time I thank Him for all my wonderful gifts He continues to bestow upon me, and then immediately I ask for more. Of course He knows me so well…and still, He loves me so much! He knows us all by name—He knows everything!!

If we’re going to be faithful to Him though and honor Him, we need to embrace that fact and walk our faith, love and respect for Him. When I think about it for a even a moment, I always come to the same realization and invariably I feel ashamed. Ashamed that I find myself replacing my wonderful spiritual time with Him with all my stuuuuuf…and frankly, most of that stuff can wait! My Heavenly Father should NEVER have to wait on me! So what must He think? What can He think? Of course I know He knows my heart, but that’s just the excuse I embrace when I feel that shame of me not respecting Him…”well, Lord, You know my heart”…That just doesn’t get it! He took the horrifying time to die on the Cross for me…and I’m too busy for Him?

Is it just me? Either way, how about this week, let’s all look deep into our busy lives and what we have on our To DO lists, barring the unknown, and be honest with ourselves…let’s see where we can show our love, respect and gratitude by making time for Him, our Savior —to sit down in our private place, alone with Him to visit, talk and listen. Amen!

“The Lord gives victory to those who are humble.” —Psalm 149.4

God is GOOD! God is GREAT! Always!!

I love you, my dears!

Margaret

Question: Where are our battles fought?

Answer:  On our knees.

 

 

 

The Second Time Around

Monday, April 4, 2016

Happy Day Everyone and welcome to my Monday Blog!

I have so much on my heart today…where shall I start? Oh I know, I’ll start with YOU guys!! I just love telling people what to do!

OK, so I’ve been planning to go see this movie, “God’s Not Dead 2″ as soon as it was released and I kept bugging myself not to put it off, which I’m prone to do, once a movie is released. This time, though, I kept my promise to myself and Dan and I went yesterday afternoon as planned. Well, we had barely gotten into the first five minutes of the story and I knew I was supposed to see that film—not to mention the fact that they had me at the title!!

I’m thrilled to tell you that this movie is for everyone…no really, everyone…Believers, non-Believers and everything in-between , if there is such a category. As for me, I’m a Believer, however, the story-line is for planet Earth…the entire human race!

This movie will cause you to think about the past, the present and the future even though it speaks to the here and now, and its’ target is … Y O U!!

With love and excitement in my heart, I urge you to do yourself a gigantic favor and GO SEE THIS MOVIE!! I plan to see it again…yep, and the second time around is going to be even better!! I can feel it!

Speaking of the second time around, here’s another one for you and it comes in the form of a letter I received recently:

February 29, 2016

Dear Margaret,

Good Monday Morning to you. I just have to write you first thing this morning to tell you how much I enjoyed your book the second time around. I read it two years ago and I thought it was a very good book and I was impressed with your writing. But when I read it the second time, it was like I had never read it before. I think because we talked about it and I realized it was your story it had a whole different meaning for me. I don’t usually read a book over again, but something told me I should read yours again. I finished it last Saturday. I was home by myself and when I got to the well and the digging, the pair trees and your memories of that tree, and your mother however, it really got to me. I actually had an emotional breakdown and I cried out loud sitting on my sofa. There were several parts that were emotional for me, but the end did it. I have no idea why it got to me at that time.

I guess in my quiet time, I could go back in time in my own life. I seem to miss my parents more today than when they died. 

Your book is much more than just a book. It is a witness for our Lord and it should touch everyone who reads it. We know that God works in our lives every day but when it is so in your face, it’s overwhelming.  Please let us know about your book signing in Roswell. I want to come and buy a book to lend to my friends to read.

I know God puts people in our lives for a reason and I’m so glad He put you in ours.

Love,

MLW

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See…this, among other reasons is why God led me to write “That Melvin Bray” —He knew exactly what He was doing! I admit though, there were times during that four years of  reliving the heart-break and horror of those formulative years, had He not been right there with me, this book didn’t have a chance!!

If God has a job for you, it doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop! You either get bitter or ya get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to YOU! God gives us our own free will and He’s always  right there beside us. All we have to do is acknowledge Him and ask for His help. He loves it when we do that!!

My prayer for us all this week, is that we’ll go to Him in prayer…to say “Thank you, Father,” or “Help me, Father”—keeping your heart and mind open and grateful.

GOD is Good! GOD is Great. Always!!

I love you,

Margaret