My Heart 2 Yours

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Month: March 2017

He leads Us, all of Us!

Last night I had trouble sleeping. A hymn kept going through my head. As I lay there I was singing, in my head, “He Leadeth me, He Leadeth me, By His own hands He leadeth me, a faithful follower I would be for by His hand He leadeth me.

Proverbs 16:9 says “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”

I kept thinking of the decision we made, as a family, to come to the Pacific Northwest. Looking back I can see clearly the hand of God leading us.
In the spring of 1975 we knew that Howdy would be retiring from the United States Marine Corps after 22 years of service. We had several choices to make as to where we would move next and settle down. Howdy had talked to John and Ann Gimenez of Rock Church in Norfolk, Virginia and they wanted us to settle there. We knew that Joe Roe wanted us down in Gulfport, Mississippi. Then there was Hawaii. We were very involved with Grace Bible Church on Oahu. We had even bought a house in Kaneohe, Hawaii. We could also stay in the Quantico area and live near Manassas, Virginia. We were attending Community Baptist Church and the pastor Aubry Sanders wanted us to stay and help him. Once while visiting Howdy’s parents in Triadelphia, West Virginia, we attended their church, Roney’s Point Presbyterian Church. Howdy was asked by one of the members if he might come back there and lead them. It was not an official letter of intent but a friendly, “Howdy, I’ve heard you preach and we need you here.” Then way out in left field was Portland, Oregon.

We sat at that dining room table all 5 of us, Howdy, our three sons, Tus, Mark, Chris and me. Howdy had his yellow legal pad with all of our choices written in columns. He went over the different choices we had. All three of our sons shared how they did not want to go back to Hawaii, to many problems with the schools, not back to Virginia Beach, been there, did that. Not Mississippi, to many bugs and to hot. Not here near Quantico. Then they all said,” Portland, Oregon, why don’t we go there.” We had never been to Portland let alone the Pacific Northwest. We had met Dick Iverson of Bible Temple when he was in Hawaii. We knew they had Portland Bible College and Howdy could go on the G.I. Bill.
So Portland it would be. I wrote to Sylva “Mom” Iverson and asked for a catalog to the college. In a few short days we received the catalog with all the paperwork that was needed for his enrollment. As Howdy read the PBC catalog he began to weep, it was then that I knew it was the Lord and we had made the right choice. The registrar had begun the process for all to go smoothly. The rest is history.

Psalms 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and he delights in his way.”

I think back as to how the Lord has ordered our steps, how He has led us all the way. Howdy and I both came from West Virginia. He had entered the Marines, did duty overseas in Okinawa and Japan. We married, had our sons and now we were embarking on a new adventure. Off to a new city, new state, new church, new friends and new schooling.
The Lord had and still does order our steps. I don’t like to think of what my life would be like if we had gone to another place. No, this was the place the Lord meant for us to be. I am so happy and at peace knowing that my life and times are directed by the Lord.

Psalm 32:7 “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
More later…

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Oh to have the courage of the little old lady.

Awhile back, October 2016 to be exact, I wrote about letting our light shine. Today I want to share what happened to that “light” today. I had the honor of sitting beside the bedside of a 92 years  young close friend. She had just had emergency surgery and had no fear, she knew if it was her time to join Jesus she would,  if not, well she still had something the Lord wanted her to do.

As we chatted about her surgery she really wanted to tell me about several of the nurses and staff member that she had talked to. As her doctor removed her “ng” tube (nasal/gastric) my friend began praising God and thanking Jesus. The doctor said my friend was the best patient  she’d  had and would love to have 100 more like her.

As I listened to my sweet 92 years  young friend,  she  became more animated, more alive, and excited. She related how The Lord led her to share about her love for Jesus and how he had blessed her. Oh, yes, she has gone through the pain of the death of a son, her husbands death and leaving her home and moving to a new state and new city. Yes, she has had pain of many surgeries  but she stresses the blessings that have been hers.
She has only been in the hospital for 5 days and yet she has touched so many lives. As I sat there another nurse came in and my friend held her hand and told her she would pray for her. The nurse had tears in her eyes and thanked my friend.
So what does this have to do with that “little light of mine?” Well now, I wish I was  more like my friend. She said, “Georgia, I’m this old and I no longer fear what people think of me, I no longer hold my tongue, I’m closer to the Lord now and my heart hurts so much for these others who are hurting.” She continued, “I want to share the love of Jesus, how he sent the comforter, the Holy Spirit to guide and love us all.”
I sat there thinking, wow, this lady is so anointed right now. The Lord is using her now to minister to others. I told her what I was thinking and she only said, “I want to share the love of Jesus.”
Here is a 92 year old woman and I, her friend at 77 does not have the same gumption as this little old lady. Oh, Lord that you would anoint me and give me that excitement and the courage, yes, courage to share “what the Lord has done for me.”
More later.

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