Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sun-Day Thoughts

Sunshine reigned the day with warmth and a nice walk to/from church (parking lot)  and later in the afternoon. Sunglasses were needed for the drive across town to Subway for our dinner out. But I left mine at home since I thought it wouldn't be bright enough to need them. At 6:30 p.m. it's still bright out. Not when we came home as we sat at talked for awhile since I came up with questions for Phil and he responded with ..."let's think about this."     Interesting conversation instead of just eating then leaving.  These lovely daffodils reign in my flower bed. But then bugs of some sort and the wind are trying to destroy the ones below. Why? I do not know. 

Just yesterday I went to a memorial service in a town just a few miles away from us. Myrna was a beautiful lady in many aspects who will always remain in my heart. She was a former co-worker at the hardware store where I work. She taught me the ins and outs of cashier work when I first started. She died a week ago Friday. A few years ago her son died, with injuries sustained when he was in Afghanistan.  The priest read a prayer that Myrna had written. It inspired me to hear it. I remember the part where "God has work for me to do. Each day I will work. I am a link in the chain." (or something to that effect.) Maybe I can get a copy of the entire prayer eventually from her husband, one of these days. The stained glass windows were so pretty. I sat on the other side of the room and saw this one and another one up at the top with Jesus praying. I didn't get a photo of that one since it was too far away. Maybe I'll go back another day and use my camera to take a photo of it. 

We attend  Israel class at church when we aren't teaching is informative. We were happy to listen to our friends talk about their trip to Israel before the lesson. They just returned this past week. Saw some photos. The sea shell is from Capernaum. It's hard to get the lighting right for the shell....tan in various shades. Not sure what I'm going to do with it but wanted one since our friends picked them up for all of us in the two classes. This class is based on the Focus on the Family video with 
We've seen all of the videos from the beginning and some newer ones. 
Amazing what we learn about the Bible from this series.
All of us were given a KIND fruit and nut bar. It came with a story, told by Diane, one of the leaders of the study. She and Danny were on the trip as well. She always gives a KIND bar to people that she tips, along with the money. She gave these out on the trip as well. While she was on the plane come home, which was a 14 hour flight, she didn't sleep a wink. She and Danny walked up to the front of the plane to talk to a woman that they'd spoken to earlier that day, possibly in the airport. Diane gave the lady a KIND bar and the lady began to cry. Diane was taken aback and wasn't sure what to do next. Nobody had ever cried when she'd given them the bar. Low and behold, the lady's brother is the owner of KIND company. She came back to visit with them near when Diane and the group were sitting and told them the story. It's too long of detail but interesting when you befriend someone you meet on a trip. KINDness counts everywhere!

A scripture passage that I read in class since Diane asked me to:

"If it had not been the Lord who was on our side," 
Let Israel now say--
"If is had not been the Lord who was on our side,
When men rose up against us,
Then they would have swallowed us alive,
When their wrath was kindled against us,
Then the waters would have overwhelmed us,
The stream would have gone over our soul;
Then the swollen waters
Would have gone over our soul."

Blessed be the Lord,
Who has not given us as prey to their teeth.
Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers;
The snare is broken, and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord, 
Who made heaven and earth. 
Psalm 124

When we are overwhelmed by life's circumstances that sometimes hit us by surprise we have a place to go for help. Our help and hope is in the Lord. Many times we're not delivered from the hard times but He makes a way for us to go through it. We become stronger if we just hold on and believe. As a community of friends and believers in Jesus, we can help one another by praying and giving support in various ways. Community support equals Kindness.

I want to welcome a couple new followers to my blog and thank all of you that read my blog, all over the world. God bless you and have a great week!


Betsy said...

This is such a wonderful post Becky. We had beautiful sunshine yesterday too, and after church and lunch with some friends, we drove up to the lake for the first time since last fall. The lake is still completely frozen over and the road going up to our trailer is covered in snow yet. It wasn't so deep that I wasn't able to walk up there though. And I sat in my beloved trailer for about half an hour and just looked at the mountains. The peace I feel in my soul there, when there's no one around, is wonderful. I love the story of the KIND bars. Your friend must be a very special person. And thank you for sharing the scripture with us. This winter has been a trial and a tribulation for me. I know it's been nothing compared to what some face, but it has been difficult. The Lord has gotten me through it. And I'm also married to the most wonderful man in the world. He has been an absolute blessing to me. I hope you have a wonderful week my friend.
Blessings, Betsy

Linda W. said...

Pretty daffodils! Ours are blooming too.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

So sorry to hear of your friend, Becky. It's always so difficult to say goodbye. So sad that she lost her son, too, in service to our country. We are forever indebted. The service looked lovely with the beautiful stained glass shining from above. With faith we can endure all things. I hope that you get some comfort from these lovely days of spring. Sending hugs and blessings xo Karen

Mereknits said...

I am so sorry about the loss of your friend Becky. She sounds like a wonderful person. I love the story about the KIND bar, how wonderful.