Friday, February 5, 2010

My friend--

Today I went to my friend's funeral- a friend for over 50 years. Those are hard things to do; but she is now free from all her struggles with life- she had many many physical problems, and now she if free from them all. She is 'at home with her Lord'; and rejoicing with Him! I am thankful to have had her and her family as 'OUR' friends!! So it was a celebrations, too.

I am reading a very good book- "The Grand Weaver" by Ravi Zacharias....and while reading there was a very nice thing about Psalm 23...It was a new way of looking at it for me....and so now I will write it in here.

The Lord is my Shepherd............that's relationship!
I shall not be in want........that's supply!
He makes me to lie down in green pastures...........that's rest!
He leads me beside still waters.............that's refreshment!
He restores my soul..........that's healing!
He guides me in the paths of righteousness..........that's guidance!
For His name's sake.............that's purpose!
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death......that's testing!
I will fear no evil...that's protection!
For You are with me................that's faithfulness!
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me..........that's discipline!
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.....that's hope!
You anoint my head with oil...........that's consecration!
My cup overflows...............that's abundance!
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.............that's blessing!
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord...............that's security!
FOREVER...........................that's eternity!
Author of Elaborated Material-(Unknown)
I hope many of you can find comfort in this, too, and I hope and pray that many who read this may have that assurance of going to heaven, when their life is done.
Love, Auntie Ed

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas 2009-

Christmas!! What a wonderful time of the think Jesus Christ was willing to come down, to come as a babe, to be the Savior of all who would accept Him. I am so thankful that He is my Savior, and I belong to Him. As it says in the Heildelberg Catechism,, Q:"What is your only comfort in life and in death?"
A: " That I am not my own, but belong, in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ."
What a wonderful comfort that is, to know that He is "God with Us"; all the time, if only we would remember that during the 'bad times'.
The picture at the left is a wall hanging that my daughter Barb made for me, out of the ties of my husband. Notice the cross, and the dove at the top. Thank you, Barb! I have it hanging in my apartment. What a great memory for me.
Christmas can be a difficult time when you have lost a loved one, but then we must remember that our loved one is with Jesus and someday we will meet Jesus, and all those we have loved who have gone on before us.
But, Christmas is also a joyful time...when we remember the gift God has given to us, and then we can give gifts to those we love, and those who don't have much. There is much joy in giving....
I am thankful that God is in control of the world, of my life, my children's lives, and grandchildren & great-grands...
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil; plans for a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Thank you Lord Jesus, for this great gift of salvation, and that you have a plan for all of us.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day 2009

Today we remember all the soldier's in all the war's that have been fought to keep our country free and safe. We also take time to remember those that 'have gone on before us'.......and think about what part they played in our lives. I am thankful for a Christian Mom and Dad, who taught us more by example, than by a lot of do' and don'ts. I am also thankful for my Mom and Dad-in-law, who loved me like a daughter, and also taught my husband by their lifestyle. My own Mom died when she was only 60, and My Mom-in-law took me as her own daughter. The whole family did.

I am very thankful that the Lord gave me a Christian man for a husband. I couldn't have had a better man...he loved me dearly, and I love(d) him dearly too. He went to his Heavenly home 18 months ago, and I am happy for him. He had so many health problems; now he is free from all of that! But, I miss him very much.....So I remember all those who have 'gone on before' today also.

Now is a good time to think about keeping our men, that are fighting, in our prayers too; also for our country and all those who are without work now...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Living by Faith

The beautiful thing about this adventure called faith is that we can count on Him to never lead us astray. .................................."Charles Swindoll"

This is a beautiful quote- one that we should always remember. Sometimes that is hard to do when you have lost a loved.......not really lost, but has gone on to their heavenly home. But it feels lost to the one left behind. The house is quieter, the 'power' to the TV is in MY hand, no one to bake for except me; and lets face it - I don't need it!! Meals are quiet, devotions are done alone; but then I have to say "Lord, lift me up and help me stand; by faith on Heavens table-land." These are words from an old hymn, and are a comfort. Went to the funeral of my daughter's mother-in-law today, and it brings back memories again. Of course, the memories are always there, but sometimes they are tucked away and that is good. But the memories are soooo good-they keep you going.
Spring has finally arrived, and with a lot of sunshine and warmth- it is Wonderful!! The days are longer, and I must start walking to get in shape to go to Colorado with my son and his wife and two of his daughters. I look forward to spending that time with them, and seeing God's handiwork! I have never been to Colorado and I am looking forward to that, too. A new adventure for me-

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Thinking about my younger days

Well-I should be in bed now, but as I was doing some thinking about my life at home with my Mom and Dad, I thought "How different things are nowaday". All the neighborhood kids could stay out to play after supper until the street lights came on. My girl-friend and I could walk anywhere without being afraid of being snatched up by some screwy person. She and I walked to downtown Grand Rapids and didn't even have thoughts of being scared. Our Mom's gave us each some money, and we would go to the dimestore, either Kresge's or Woolworth's and we each bought a purse. Of course we had to have some of those chocolate cream drops. Then we would go back. home. I have a picture of the 2 of us with our new purses, but will have to find it in order to show you.


But- I will tell you that I walked to Grand Rapids Christian High with 3 other girls. When we got to Franklin Street we would hitch-hike. A man in a convertibile would give us a ride to Christian High. He told us his name was John Paul Jones. Well, we all laughed at that-thought he was kidding. SO>>>>>>>>>>one day I come home from school and there was a police man at our house, what???? I was rather afraid-not knowing what he was at our house for. This man was known for picking up girls, and had a record of some sort (we weren't told what-but I'm sure all the parents were told)-SO- that was rather scary and also it was the end of our hitch-hiking, and we continued walking the rest of the way to school.

The Lord must have been watching over us, because nothing ever happened-and I am thankful for that.

Friday, May 1, 2009

more reminiscing

Today I was sorting though some things in my sewing machine drawers, and this old,yellowed pice of paper came to my eyes- I picked it up carefully, and found it was a poem my Mom (Grandma Casemier) had cut out....she and I liked to save poems....and I guess this one ended up in the drawer instead of the I will share itwith you...
"I plant my watermelons on Good Friday," she said,
"And my peas three days after the full moon.
Iwill have bucketsfullof peas by June,
And wagonloads of melons when July's sun is red.
There is a time to plant she said.
There is a time to plant good habits and ideals
In children's minds. Don't go beyond their spring
Or there will be no fruitful blossoming.
Watch for the hour when reason's first light steals,
and then plant high ideals.
(by Anne Campbell)
I think of my children , my grand-children and great-grand-children and hope they will always have high ideals planted in them by their Dad's and Mom's. I have seen some very good 'shoots' in them already. But they just grow up too fast!

Monday, April 6, 2009

An afternoon of reading

Today I spent the afternoon reading /finishing the book I was reading. It was a good read-"Home Another Way" by Christa Parish. It was about a young woman who had a lot of anger in
her lfe....she had led a hard and fast life, and had isolated herself from the love any person would try to give her. She said she hated her father- for reasons which she thought had happened (not abuse).....Her father dies, and leaves her some things. There was a box that he had stored a lot of things in, and they were things of her childhood that he had saved during the time that he had not seen her, about 16 years. One of the things in there was a piece of paper- with white handprints on blue paper. They were her hand-prints from when she was about 4 years old. Under the hand-prints was a poem, and I would encourage parents to save the things their children make because it is so precious to read some of them when you (parents) get older..
Here is the poem:
Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I am so small
And always leave my fingerprints
On furniture and walls.
But every day I'm growing
I'll be grown some day
And all those tiny handprints
Will surely fade away.
So here's a little handprint
Just so you can recall
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small.
So all you Mom's and Dad's get those little handprints on a piece of paper, or whatever, and save them for the day you want to think about those years that went by too fast!