June 27, 2013
The car door closed.
The sound of thumping quickened
And I looked up to see a little ray of sunshine
Running in my direction!
I smiled and saw the tiny face light up
And in an instant small arms spread
And I was swallowed up in them
As love surrounded me
And snuggled in close!
Jesus’ love is just like this!
By Martha L Shaw – © 6-27-2013
June 25, 2013
Again you speak to my heart what I need at the moment I need it! Must share!
June 25, 2013
Jesus keeps speaking to me today and its all about His love and plan! The timing couldn’t be better as the news just this minute spoke of increasing numbers of folks living on the streets. Scary when you are without income. Trying to lay aside my worries. He has a plan and He clearly drew me to read this post right now. Thanks for posting it.
June 25, 2013
“and the sheep got out their date books, scheduled a time to get together, and then at the appointed time sat at the round table and discussed how to interpret what they’d heard before voting on which action to take . . . ” Was that it?
NO! It wasn’t. The sheep knew His voice. They didn’t stop and think about it, they didn’t sleep on it, nor did they call the lead sheep to get permission to act on what He instructed them to do. They followed Him.
This is huge. There are several reasons I’m thinking of this just now. My life has been “nuts” in some stressful ways for what seems a long time now . . . close to five years. I can see HUGE LIFE CHANGING BLESSINGS which I truly believe only came to me because of the HUGE SCARY “HELP ME JESUS” stuff that is also in the picture and not entirely resolved.
That being said, I truly do feel His presence, His love, and when I’m focused on Him I know He is leading me and has a plan. People close to me sometimes seem to think their plan is the one. They do not agree remotely on what their plan is. They don’t think this sheep is listening too well. They often seem pointedly urging me to change paths and disregard His instruction.
Well, I’m not living in a palace, surrounded by gold, or any of that. But, thus far, I have not been tossed on the street begging for a crust of bread. I still believe, when I’m not scared and cranky, that He has a plan and that it’s gonna happen and that He loves me and has something more than I could desire or pray for in store. So, I shall pray, get scared, and pray some more . . . and follow Him.
When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
June 24, 2013
Today was the first day of our church VBS and I was eager to participate yet apprehensive about starting the day since the challenges in my life seem large and the solution hasn’t been revealed yet. Will I be able to . . . oh, what about my . . . but I got up, did my morning routine and set off. “I hope I can . . . ”
I didn’t see anyone when I got out of the car on this cloudy day. I went about doing the things I needed to do. We all have much to do in the minutes before 100 or so children excited arrived. As I continued along, I saw a sweet little girl who lives far away but comes to visit family around here periodically and she has always touched my heart. As soon as we spied each other, she came rushing close and gave me a big hug. Clouds? What clouds?
The first day of VBS went well, and the bumps along the way were smoothed. Later, one of the slightly older children, an eager “helper” was with some older kids who were also helping. I stood behind the church pew where she sat with the other kids and suddenly she stood up and leaned over the pew and gave me such a loving hug. I’m so glad she’s not “too old” to hug!
As we, the adults leading the VBS met to discuss the morning’s events , we were asked for any Jesus moments anyone wished to share from the children in the classes. One teacher spoke up that she’d been talking about prayer and said “well, shall we pray?” One wee one quickly spoke up saying “I will!” and led the prayer aloud in her classroom.” Wow! Jesus hugged lots of us today!
Another teacher spoke up next. She mentioned a little girl, a cancer patient, in her class. She’s very young, has no hair, and clearly is going through some very scary and rather “grown up” things despite her tender age. She became sad during class at one point and began to cry and ask for her Mama. A student in the class, little boy I believe we were told, got right up and got her a doll to hug. Other children also drew close to this sweet little girl with such big scary challenges, and they were quick to comfort her in their own ways. Wow, Jesus was busy today!
Thinking about my swollen and sore foot and some other challenges in my life which I’m living with, I’m recalling the Jesus moments from this morning and thinking of His love . . . His healing and amazing love.