Life is hard. But God is good.

Life is hard. But God is good.

Those words are from a song that was popular a few years ago.

More lyrics, from another song, are:

God is too wise to be mistaken

God is too good to be unkind

So when you don’t understand, when you don’t see His plan,

When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.

 

I believe this with all my heart. I trust you Lord, in all things.

But when the Enemy attacks my family

I want to cry, scream,

Tell you how to fix it.

Order you to fix it NOW.

Ask you to put a hedge of protection around my family

Beg you to save them,

to call them to you,

For their salvation

Heal their broken hearts

Heal my broken heart

 

Scripture tells me not to fear.

Mark 4:40:  “…Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Isaiah 41:10:  “So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

I believe that God can be trusted. I believe that he knows how I feel, what I need, and when I need it.

I recite scripture and “I believe” statements when I am overwhelmed. Sometimes it sounds hollow. Sometimes it feels not-quite-untrue, but not-quite-true, either. Then I remember that the First Lie recorded in the Bible is in Genesis 3. The serpent began questioning God’s words.

“Did God really say…?” (Genesis 3:1)

A couple of verses later the serpent accuses God of holding out on them. “You will not die. God knows that if you eat the fruit from that tree, you will learn about good and evil and you will be like God!” (Genesis 3:4b-5)

So when I question God’s goodness or His faithfulness I am falling for the original LIE.

In John 8:44 Jesus clearly tells us who the devil is: “He was a murderer from the beginning and was against the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he shows what he is really like, because he is a liar and the father of lies.”

Psalm 61:2: “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I”

So I will trust in you.

Isaiah 26:3: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, (stayed on Thee -KJV) because they trust in you.”

Philippians 4:6&7:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

So when my Adult kids are facing hard times and broken hearts,

When my grandchildren are hurting

When my husband is facing difficult business issues

I will bring these problems to you, Lord. I will believe that you are faithful and true. You can be trusted.

Like the father in Mark 9:24, I pray: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

 

  1. Life is Hard, but God is good. Pam Thum and Frankie Toh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYOkitoMESo

2. God is too wise.  Babbie Mason. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWk8DRwDYDc

Light and Momentary Troubles

2 Cor. 4.17

2 Corinthians 4:16-17 …For our light affliction, which is but for a moment…

 

I have read this portion of scripture more times than I can count.

 

I brush off past hard times because they are in my rear view mirror. I made it through. I no longer feel the pressure, pain, and sorrow that I felt during those times. The times of hopelessness and depression have been overcome. And I have skimmed over these words, patting myself on my spiritual back as I remembered the times when my faith was tested by the troubles of life. Verse 17 calls these times “light affliction,” “light and momentary troubles,” and “little troubles (which are really so transitory)”

 

In verse 17, Paul writes about the “weight of glory.” I have read these words to mean the responsibility of carrying God’s Glory to people.  I believed it was my job to tell people how to “get through it” and that they “could make it.” It was a weight on my shoulders. My understanding of the 17th verse has been wrong. Today I discovered what the term “Weight of Glory” actually means.

 

Jesus promised his followers, “I go to prepare a place for you.” in John 14:1-3. 

 

Peter wrote at the beginning of his second epistle, “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord…He has given us his very great and precious promises…”

 

Picture a scale to measure weights. On one side, you place all the troubles and sorrows you have in your life; everything that caused or is currently causing you worries or pain. The dish of the scale hits the table as all your hurts, problems and sorrows fill it up. It looks hopeless.

 

Now, remember God’s promises. Think of His goodness and His loving kindness. What does your future hold as a Child of God? Peace, rest, intellectual pleasure, eternal life, and health, love, perfection, joy, the beauty of God’s creation like we never could imagine. You will have an authentic, close relationship with God Himself, and other people, with understanding. There is so much more. Place these in the other dish.

 

That dish on the other side of the scale has lifted all your sorrows.  

This is the weight of Glory. God’s Glory lifts up all our sorrows, all our pains.

 

Trust God. He is Faithful and True.

Philippians 2:13, ESV: “for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

 

2 Corinthians 4:16-17 King James translation

 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

 

2 Corinthians 4:16-17 New International

Version (NIV)

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

 

2 Corinthians 4:16-17 J. B. Phillips New Testament

The outward man does indeed suffer wear and tear, but every day the inward man receives fresh strength. These little troubles (which are really so transitory) are winning for us a permanent, glorious and solid reward out of all proportion to our pain

Leaning In

It is Christmas time! Be Merry!

 Not everyone is merry at this time of year. Not everyone has reasons to celebrate.

This year has not been an easy one for many people in my life.

Family members have died

Marriages have ended

Relationships are broken

Friends moved away

Family misunderstandings separate people

Illness

Job loss

Unpaid bills

There are many things to add to the list

In the words of the Christmas Hymn, “There is no peace on Earth I said”

We recently adopted an older dog and named him Cody. He is a funny dog, filled with exuberance.

Because of Cody’s deafness and cataracts, he often runs into glass doors, stumbles up the stairs, and knocks into furniture as he hurries along.  Cody gets through his day by following our other dog’s signals and by watching us. We have nicknamed him, “Cody Underfoot,” because he is so often at my side.

Many times during the day, he will come to lean into me. Leaning against my leg gives him comfort and confidence. When Cody isn’t sure, he comes to me for assurance.

This morning, as I prayed for the people in my life who are facing difficult issues,
Cody came by to lean into my leg.  I realized that this is what I do in my walk with God. When I am broken or lost, I have learned to lean into my Heavenly Father.

I love old hymns.

One that fits this trust I have in my Heavenly Father is

LEANING ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS

“What a fellowship, what a joy divine,

Leaning on the everlasting arms;

What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,

Leaning on the everlasting arms.”

Refrain:          

“Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;

Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.”

“O how sweet to walk, In this pilgrim way,

Leaning on the everlasting arms;

O how bright the path grows from day to day,

Leaning on the everlasting arms.”

Refrain

“What have I to dread, what have I to fear,

Leaning on the everlasting arms;

I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,

Leaning on the everlasting arms.”

Refrain

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

This is not ‘Pie in the sky”, “Everything is Beautiful” thinking.

It is admitting that life is hard, and there are times when you wonder if you can keep going. Some days you want to pull the covers over your head and hide.

Leaning into God means to trust in His goodness. Trust in His faithfulness. When you practice this, you will find that God is real. God shows up. God loves you. Continue reading

LESSONS FROM A DOG

roverWe recently moved our RV to a different park.

On our first night at this park we took our two dogs for their late-night walk. Rover is our elderly gentleman. He is a 13-year-old retired farm dog. He is disabled from an encounter with a coyote several years ago. At our previous campground, Rover knew the grounds very well because we were there for several weeks. He knew his shortcuts across empty campsites and how to get home to the RV.

Whenever we walk the dogs at night, they have flashing red lights attached to their harnesses so we can follow their movements in the dark. We also use flashlights with strong beams to light our path.

During this first night time walk at our new location Rover was so confused. He kept wanting to cross through campsites. He wanted to go to lights in the distance. He was looking for something familiar. He didn’t stay in the illumination of the flashlight beam because he was looking for the way home. Because he did not stay in the light he tripped over rough places and fell a couple of times.

I became aware of God, talking to my heart.

“My daughter, take the lesson of old Rover.”

I thought through what Rover was doing…

-He was living up to his name

-He was following old habits that didn’t work in a new situation

-He tried to cut across unknown territory to reach where he wanted to be

-He was wandering outside the illumination of the flashlight

-He was walking in the dark on uneven ground

-He did a face plant on that uneven ground, and fell into a hole at another place

-When all his efforts had failed, he wanted to turn around to go back in the direction from which he came.

The scriptures I have memorized came to my mind.

Isaiah 43:2 – “But now, this is what the LORD says… ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.’

Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart;”

I have too easily followed what others expect of me. I made life choices by who others told me I was. But God knows me and I was made for His purpose.

  • Rover needed to be redirected when he tried to go in the wrong direction. When his choice didn’t work, he became frustrated. He wanted to quit and go back to where he started. He looked to find the familiar.

Isaiah 30:21 – “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying “This is the way; walk in it.”

Jeremiah 6:16 – “…ask where the good way is and walk in it, and you will find rest for your soul”

  • Rover walked out of the light, trying to find his own way. He stumbled and fell into trouble in the dark.

Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path.”

  • God’s Word shines a light on the place we are right now. His light can keep you from falling into a pit.

1 John 1:5 – “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”

  • When Rover was completely confused and disoriented, he wanted to turn back in the direction from which he came. Finally, I reigned him in by shortening his leash and keeping the flashlight beam directly in front of him so he could see his way. When Rover walked alongside me, he was confident in my presence. He trusted me. He did not stumble or fall. He leaned against my leg when he was off balance.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Psalm 139:5 – “You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand on me.”

Psalm 139:23 – “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”

  • I have been reminded that my choosing my own way and doing my own thing is not the wisest choice. Doing what seems right at the time is not right if it does not agree with God’s directions.

I would like to say that this is my final lesson on this subject. It probably isn’t. I am thankful for God’s faithfulness and patience.

Psalm 103:8 – “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”

Philippians 1:6 – “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

 

Friends, it always pays to follow God, to listen to His, to know His scriptures. You just might be surprised how true He proves to be. You will find your way home.

TRADITION!

This was written in December 2017, with an addition in April 2018

This weekend we continued an important tradition in our family.

When I stayed with my grandmother I felt special and so blessed to have her to myself. I remember a couple of times Grandma would drive her old DeSoto with the push button shift  into the small town where she lived and take me to coffee at a local Swedish restaurant.  It was not a big fancy place, just a local coffee shop with a friendly welcome to all who came. I remember the waitress treating my grandmother with respect and kindness. My visits to my grandmother’s home were precious to me because she loved me and made me feel precious.

My grandmother was older when I was born, but in her youth she traveled. My grandmother saw places and things that broadened her horizons. My own mother had the same desire to broaden horizons. Maybe her mother instilled this into all her children.

My mother took great pleasure in taking her grandchildren on adventures. My daughter and son were blessed to live in the area and so they benefited by having adventures with Grandma. We have often joked that we could write a book!

My mother purchased season passes to the community swimming pool near her home. She bought bicycles at the Police Auction so that my kids had bikes to ride to the pool.

Mom and I made many excursions into the City to take the kids to the zoos, the museums, the Art Institute, and so much more. During several Christmas seasons my mother bought tickets for The Nutcracker Suite for my children. And the day after Thanksgiving was an annual train ride into the City to see the store windows and have lunch in the Walnut Room.

We even went on Road Trips, just the four of us. Wonderful memories were made.

My mother made her trips to see her out of state grandchildren as memorable as possible. And when they came to her home she stepped up her game to widen their horizons while she had time with them.

My Dad enjoyed sharing many things with their grandchildren as well. Grandfathers share different experiences than grandmothers do, but they are equally important.

My husband and I have enjoyed sharing adventures with our grandchildren. We have taken them to places near and far to share experiences. Most of our group outings include antique tractors and outdoor fun.  We are blessed with four boys and a girl.

I have taken the two older boys to the City several times. We even were able to make one trip into the City with my mother while she could still take part. Shopping, Sightseeing, Museums, Zoos, and more. As the younger two boys are growing we are looking for ways to seek adventure with them.

Our granddaughter and I have enjoyed many plays and musicals in local theaters around our area. We are blessed to have a generous family member who shares her tickets to Broadway in Chicago productions. Last year we were given tickets to “Aladdin” and this year we were blessed with tickets to “Wicked”.

My granddaughter and I spent two days in the City for our special weekend. We had the tickets to see the musical, and we planned to stay overnight at a nice hotel. Usually, my trips to the City included either driving or taking the train to Union Station. Then we either walked or caught a cab to our location.

This time I took the time to learn about the bus routes around the City. I called the hotel and spoke to the Concierge; I talked to my friend who lives in the City, I checked the internet. This Suburban grandmother was going to jump into public transportation with both feet!  Now, that may not seem like a big deal to you, but it was a very big deal to me because I felt so responsible for my granddaughter. And the funny thing is that by the end of our City Adventure my girl was showing responsibility for me!

It is so important to me to be sure my grandchildren know how precious they are to me. I want to show them as much of Life and Joy in the world as I can. I want to show them how to give and share. I want them to know how blessed they are and then to share their blessings with others.

Addition: In March 2018 we were blessed with a visit from our daughter and second grandson who live in Nebraska. We spent a day with the farm cousins in my mother’s hometown. We saw our remaining aunt and as many cousins as possible. We told stories, laughed a lot, and made new memories. On another day we took our granddaughter along and spent the day in the City to visit the Art Institute. I look forward to more days in the City this summer, with the younger grandsons as well.

This brings me back to my original thought:  TRADITION!

It is our Family Tradition to love, and share, and give.

It is our Family Tradition to look for the Adventure and GO FOR IT!

It is our Family Tradition to build into other people, lift them up.

Make a place better than it was when you found it!

Family Silouette

What legacy are you building in your family?

What Traditions are you handing down?

Righteousness Through Faith

My small group has been doing a Bible study on the Five Solas of the Reformation. When I’m doing the lessons I am often struck by God’s lessons are brought through the entire Bible, Old Testament to the New.  This week’s lesson is on Faith Alone.    Faith is credited to us as RIGHTEOUSNESS

The Greek words for righteousness and for justification are from the same root word.

Righteousness- (Dikaisune) means “The way things ought to be”

Justification – (Dikaio) means “The activity of declaring something to be right.”

As I was reading this, the thought of the Holy of Holies, or the Most Holy Place, in the Tabernacle in the time of Moses and in Solomon’s Temple came to mind.

The Most Holy Place was a perfect cube.  (Exodus 26 and 1 Kings 6:20)

Cube  Mathematically, the equation for this structure is a³.

The Trinity is a cube. Father, Son, Holy Spirit.  It is perfection and unity.

When we come to faith in Christ we are declared Righteous.

Genesis 15:6 “Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness”

Romans 1:17 “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed – a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

2 Peter 3:13 “But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.”

The Bible teaches us that we a “declared righteous” by God because of our faith in Jesus Christ for our salvation.

KJV translation, Romans 3:24-26:

  1. Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
  2. Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
  3. To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Propitiation is a legal term. It means to make right, to balance. Think of balancing financial accounts. There is a debt owed and the act of paying it off is the propitiation.

The depth of this pierced my heart. I owed a debt I could not pay and Jesus covered the debt for me. I was given the free gift of stepping into Righteousness! I can enter the Most Holy Place and be in the Presence of God!

There is a song I learned a long time ago…

He paid a debt He did not owe
I owed a debt I could not pay
I needed someone to wash my sins away
And now I sing a brand new song
Amazing Grace
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay

My debt He paid upon the cross
He cleansed my soul from all its dross
I tho’t that no one could all my sins erase
But now I sing a brand new song
Amazing Grace
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay

O such great pain my Lord endured
When He my sinful soul secured
I should have died there but Jesus took my place
So now I sing a brand new song
Amazing Grace
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay

He didn’t give to me a loan
He gave Himself now He’s my own
He’s gone to Heaven to make for me a place
And now I sing a brand new song
Amazing Grace
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay

© 1977 Ellis J. Crum, Publisher (Admin. by Sacred Selections R.E. Winsett LLC)

It you haven’t heard the song; here is a link to a YouTube performance…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgwXpcx2Mb0

There were so many corny videos with this song. When we were singing it around campfires and in Sunday school we did sing it kind of corny. I chose a nicer one.

My final thought on this subject is from Revelation 21:15-16

  1. The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls.
  2. The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long.

Since God made sure that John wrote this down, I believe it is our assurance that we are “in Christ” and fully justified and righteous before God.

We will be living in the Most Holy Place in the universe for all eternity!

Thank you, Lord!

Dear Ones,

Finding old letters written by parents and grandparents connect you to them in ways that fill you up. The handwriting reminds you of that special person, remembering the times you saw that handwriting on a shopping list or a quick note written to remind you of something. The paper that was used to write on was actually chosen by that special person. It was chosen, and held by them. If you are lucky you may even catch the scent of their cologne.  The message written was not a ‘flash thought’, but was a consideration, a thought that may have been mulled over before placing the pen to paper.  It was written to an important person in your parent or grandparent’s life. And it was kept by the recipient as a treasured memory, giving you the precious prize of finding it and understanding the writer in a way you may never have known.

The letters written by a son or daughter who emigrated to The New World, or a parent who fought in a war. To read the news of a birth or death, of a life change, written by the hand of someone to whom this news was so personal.

How poor our grandchildren will be for not having these blessings.

Today it is fast communication by email or text. You can even send a photo or quick note by Snap Chat and set it so it will disappear, never to be seen again – unless someone thought to do a quick screen capture.

Parents and Grandparents, please write letters and cards to your children.   I know one mother who has kept a journal for her boys so that they will have a record of their lives and how the family was affected during times of joy and hardship.

I am so blessed to have papers, cards, letters and such that were written by my parents and grandparents. It connects me to them in ways a text or email never will. My grandmother started each letter with the words, “Dear Ones”. Each time I see those words I return to the memory of the love and smiles of my grandmother. It is a priceless treasure.

Give your children and grandchildren the love and knowledge of who you are. Write about your life. Write about what you do with them. Write about your hopes and dreams for yourself, past and future. Write about your hopes and dreams for them. Fill paper with words of affirmation. Your children and grandchildren will be the richer for your gift.

Writing Hand.1.

Happy New Year! We love you! See you next year!

Happy New Year! We love you! See you next year!

These are a few of the ways we greet our family and loved ones at the beginning of each New Year. This morning as I lay awake in our bed I reflected on the changes in the ways we connect with people.

When I was quite young our family had a black phone that sat on the kitchen counter.  To make a call you lifted the handset and dialed O for Operator. If it was a local call, you told the Operator the 4 digit number you wanted to call. If you wanted a Long Distance number you gave the Operator the name anfirst phoned state of the town you were calling, and then the number of the person you wanted. Long Distance calls were expensive and were used for important news, like a birth or death in the family. Other news was sent in a letter.

New Year’s greetings were done in person, with hugs and kisses.

When I was in junior high school I began celebrating the New Year with overnights at friends’ homes. In high school we had Lock Ins with our youth group leaders at church.  These years I began calling my mom and dad at the stroke of midnight to wish them a Happy New Year and tell them I loved them. For more than 50 years I called my parents at midnight on the New Year. It became such a tradition that when they were older my daughter and son began calling my parents’ home and ours at midnight. My dad always loved to say, “See you next year!” When we called.

Phones changed through the years, with Wall phones, Princess Phones, Slimlines, Cordless, Blackberries, and Cell phones.  The first cell phones looked more like walkie-talkies than the Cell phones we know today. Today we have Smart Phones that seem smarter than we are.

Smart Phone

This year, for New Year 2018, our daughter and son greeted us as they always do, however the messages were delivered by text.

From Gretchen : Happy New Year- I’m so glad I have you in my life.

See you next year  oxoxo

From Matt: Happy New Year’s all love you guys!

Me:  Dad & I send love for 2018. He’s asleep.

As the song goes, “The times, they are a-changin’”

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I am the Vine

I attended a conference for women at a Christian university a while back. One of the speakers told of a trip she took to a vineyard, to learn about how grapes grow and wine is made. She talked about the beauty of walking through rows and rows of grapevines, the sunshine and beauty of the day.

Then she shared something that will stay with me all my life.

She found a dying leaf on a grapevine. A leaf that was wrinkled and barely holding on to the vine. And yet, it was firmly grasped by a vine that had grown around it. The vine surrounded and supported the leaf so it could not fall.

The words to John 15:1-5 and John 10:28-30 came to her mind. “I am the vine…” and “no one will snatch them out of my hand”

She realized that this leaf, supported by the vine itself, was a perfect picture of our relationship with God. When we become stressed, tired, exhausted by life and ready to quit He holds us. It is not our strength that holds on to God in hard times. It is HIS STRENGTH that holds on to us.

Think of that poem about Footprints in the Sand. It’s the same idea.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the World that He gave his Only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish…”

I shared this story with my grandson, and requested a pencil drawing to illustrate this idea.

This Christmas I received his gift of a drawing which presents this idea beautifully. I will have it framed and displayed in my office.

Thanks, Ben!

John 15.1-5

Helen’s Gloves

Many years ago my friend, Helen, was called to go to the Philippines as a missionary.

As I wondered what I could give to her, to bring her encouragement and support while she served, this idea came to me.

WORK GLOVES!

Helen was going to work for the Lord.

Work Gloves are flat and lightweight, so they would not take up much needed space in Helen’s luggage.HELEN'S GLOVES

These were not to be ordinary work gloves. I found the white cotton work gloves at the local garden supply store. Using scarlet thread, to remind her that the blood of Christ (Isaiah 1:18) redeemed her; I embroidered scripture references on them.

RIGHT HAND, sewn on back of the fingers:

  • Index finger, pointing One Way to God: John 14:6 “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father but through me.”
  • Middle finger, held up with Index finger like a Peace sign: Philippians 4:6+7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; and the PEACE OF GOD, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
  • Ring finger- 2 Timothy 1:12 “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.”
  • Little finger- So weak and not much use for working. But: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
  • Right Thumb – Thumbs Up! 2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”

Right Hand knuckles. Across the knuckles like a fist. Philippians 3:14 “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Right Hand Palm: John 10:29  “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”

LEFT HAND: Romans Road

  • Index finger: Romans 3:10 “There is none righteous, no, not one.”
  • Middle finger: Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
  • Ring finger: Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  • Little finger: Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
  • Left Thumb: Romans 10:13 “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

Left Hand Palm: Isaiah 49:16 “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…”

Helen went home to be with the LORD several years ago.  I miss knowing she is here, and look forward to seeing her again in Heaven.