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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.”
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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.”
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Being Organized, is it a need or a desire?

Here I am at the beginning of a new year. In my wildest dreams I never thought I’d see the year 2017. Wow! So here we are, starting a brand new year. Before I go any further I want to tell you that my hubby Howdy spent 22 years in the Marine Corps as an administrator. He then was the Principal of our Christian school for 13 years. As a Principle he administrated the school, the staff, children, families and the entire curriculum. I guess having been married to the man for 40 years it, being administrative, sort of rubs off on you.
I’ve organized my art work, my crafts, the bills to be paid, bills paid and the kitchen cabinets.  Most of my home is organized. You can put your signature on my end tables but it is neat, my dust is neat.
I’ve been reflecting on this past year of 2016 and all that happened. As I said in my Christmas newsletter, I had high highs and low lows. Like everyone else, I’d like to have smooth sailing but life is not like a smooth lake. Life is more like an ocean with high waves and deep troughs. It helps me to be organized. I feel like I’m more in control if I’m organized. Yes, I like my “ducks in a row.” A friend once told me that a clean desk is the sign of a sick mind. I said, no it is a sign that the owner of the desk has just swept everything into the top drawer. We all have a “top drawer.”
I have to ask the Lord daily to help me know what He wants me to do today. I can get bogged down in the day to day stuff. I need to major on what He wants me to do. I really need to be more in His Word. I want to desire to read His Word more. I need to cultivate that desire. Being organized is one thing but to “do”  what He wants me to do  is another.
So dear friend, I need prayer, yes, I’m asking for prayer. I want to have more of a desire to be in God’s Word, to be consistent, each day. Just a few scriptures a day for it to become a habit. It has been said that to make a muscle strong, you need to use it to the max, every day. Well, I want to read the Word of God each and every day to make me strong.
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Can’t take it back!

Years and years ago Howdy and I would have a discussion. Well, it was a heated discussion, ok, it was an argument. It was not a knock down, drag out type of argument. It was a “war of words.” Howdy would always win, he was so good with words. I usually ended up crying, running from the room, going into the kitchen and slamming a kitchen cabinet door Did my pride want to win, was I willing to keep silent. No, not me, I had to have my say and by darn, he needed to listen to me, now that is pride.

Words would be thrown into the air, landing we knew not where. Words hurt, they stung, they wounded and they cut to the core of our being.  Once they were out of our mouths, we were sorry, but, we could not bring them back. We could not grab them out of the air and re-eat them. Most times all we could say was, “I’m sorry, please forgive me.” Oh, yes there was forgiveness but the words still hurt and sometimes they wounded to the marrow of bone. We say we forgive but we don’t forget. Well, I’m saying that maybe we should think before we speak. During this entire  election season  I have myself said things that I wished I’d not said. Oh, Lord help me to think before I speak.

Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

And then James 3: 9 & 10  “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.”

I’m sorry, I’m just as guilty as the next man or woman. I want to give  encouragement to  men and women.  I want to be one who builds people up not tear them down. Do I tear them down to make myself more important or do I lift them up to encourage them to do better. I want to say, “you are loved, your the best one, you stand tall because the Lord uses you to bless others, your made in the image and likeness of God therefore you are a blessed child. I want to say, ” you did a good job, you did that so well, I can learn from you, oh, how can I help you to help others.”

The tongue is such a small part of such a larger body, but it can do such harm. Lord help us all to stop and think before we throw out words that will hurt others. We have two eyes to see more, two ears to listen more but one mouth to say less. God grant us the wisdom to know when to keep quiet.

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This little light!

As a little girl I remember singing “this little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.” I think almost every little kid that went to Sunday school or vacation bible school sang that song.  As an adult I can still sing it with more meaning. Yes, it is a child’s song but it is still applicable to every adult today.

Isaiah 60:1  This scripture says: “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”

Matthew 5:16  “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. ”

I was greatly honored to attend the “home going” service  for a young man last week.  Joel Kaylor  was the son of the Kaylor family, missionaries to Japan.  Joel’s parents,  Leo and Phyllis,  met in Japan, married and have four sons and two daughters. It was their youngest son, Joel that died and stepped into eternity . Most of the family were in Japan but flew into Portland, Oregon to honor their son and brother. Joel was in his early 40’s, married to a lovely girl and they  have  3 children. He was also pastor of a church in Osaka, Japan. Yes, the whole family, in one way or another are pastors or supporting pastors.

As I sat in the church, watching the family, the friends and then the slides put together to honor Joel, I was so touched. My heart was overwhelmed by the faithfulness of this family. Their faithfulness to follow the leading of the Lord to go to a foreign country to minister to its people.  It really started with grandparents and great grandparents years ago.

Sitting in the church listening to stories of Joel, it was heart warming. He was a balanced young man, he laughed, pulled pranks on friends, loved his family but most of all, his  love for the  Lord Jesus. His was a wonderful life lived to the fullest. He had so much energy, so much love for others, so much, oh, so much.

Then I began to question, why Lord, why take Joel, he’s so young, he is so needed in Japan, he is so vital, so full of life. His young family still need his guidance and wisdom.  But then I remember that with my whole heart, I believe that God is in control, He is in charge. Howdy used to say, “God is driving the bus, he is in charge, we are just along for the ride.”

Joel let his light shine in just the 44 short years that he was here on earth.  He did not try to hide it under a bushel basket or a rock. No, he let his light shine. He stepped out of his comfort zone and proclaimed the Lordship and the loving kindness  of Jesus.

Now I’m not saying that we all have to stand up on that rock and preach. No, all we have to do is let our light shine. At the store, talking to a teller at the bank, at the gas station, where ever you find yourself. There are so many times a day that we have the opportunity to mention the loving kindness of the Lord to people. It is amazing how the Lord will bring us to someone who really needs that good word. That loving kindness to minister to their hurts. We can tell them about the love of Christ by not preaching to them but by sharing a kindness. Think of all the places you have been in in the past week. How many times could you have showed kindness? No preaching, but showing love.

Something to think about.   Is your light shining today?

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