Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Life Is Fragile

Life is fragile ~ these were the words of my
dear husband one morning
as we sat talking about life ~ life as
it now is after loosing  my dad.
"When you're young you know life is fragile,
you just don't know how fragile it really is
until you get older to appreciate it."

For some time now I have been pondering life,
but since my dad was called home to be with 
the Lord, my thoughts have run deep.
I shared from Ecclesiastes 3
in my last post
"To everything there is a season,
and each season (or time of life) will soon pass.
There really is a time limit
on everything in this life,
and time belongs to God.


I am reminded of Ephesians 5:15-17
"See that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools,
but as wise, redeeming the time,
because the days are evil.
Wherefore, be ye not unwise, but understanding
what the will of the Lord is."

God has numbered each person's days.
"So teach us to number our days,
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."
(Psalm 90:12)
~ You may want to read verses 7 through 12 of Psalm 90 ~
Events can take place in our lives
which can cause us to seriously reflect on our life.
God's Word teaches us to take inventory regarding
how we are spending our days.
There's no going back.
Because our lifetimes are limited,
we should view each day as a precious gift
to be lived wisely and according to the will of God.
Time on this earth is short,
and as God's people we are to invest
our days so they will count for eternity
and to the glory of God.

"Lord make me to know my end,
and what is the measure of my days,
that I may know how frail I am.
Indeed You have made my days as handbreadths,
and my age is as nothing before You;
Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor."
(Psalm 39:4&5)
I researched  "handbreadths" and it is
the measure from the thumb to the little finger.
WOW! How descriptive in showing us how short
our lives really are!


James 4:14 is so clear ~
For what is your life?
We do not know what will happen tomorrow.
We are as a vapor that appears for a little while
and then vanishes away.
We have no certainty of tomorrow.
"As for man, his days are like grass;
as a flower of the field,
so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it,
and it is gone."
(Psalm 103:15&16)
Life is fragile ~ the Psalmist David in Psalm 39
knew how frail he was.
One day we're "flourishing" and the next we're "gone"

Are we living our lives redeeming the time
and understanding what the will of the Lord is?
Are we making every moment count for God?
Is there sweetness on our lips as we speak to others,
for they could be our last words spoken?
"Lord make me to know my end."
If we only knew what the next moment held for us in our lives,
would we do things differently?
I'm sure we could all say we would.
Oh Lord, help us to live as if this moment was our last,
and all to Your glory ~ Because there is no going back.

On the night before my dad's open heart surgery
all things were as usual.
Dad went and prepared himself for bed,
except, this night he wasn't feeling well.
He was weak and slow moving, quite tired
by the time his head reached his pillow.
I stood at his bedside and spoke words of comfort trying to encourage him
and reassuring him that due to his heart condition
that was likely why he was so tired.
Mom was next to use the bathroom, and then myself.
Their bathroom was off their bedroom
in their cute and cozy little winter getaway
where I stayed when visiting.
After getting ready for bed myself ~ I walked
through their bedroom, stopped and said my
good-night words of love ~ gave good-night kisses and hugs,
then turned out the lights believing my dad
was going to be a "new man"
with a new heart after his successful surgery the following day.

James tells us that we "know not what shall be on the morrow."
I'm thankful mom and dad didn't go to bed that evening
without my good-night love for them.
But had I known what the future held,
and that my dad would not wake up from the surgery,
would I have said more? Would I have taken extra time with him?
God doesn't allow us a glimpse into the future ~
But He does command us to live our lives
to His glory.
"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink,
or whatsoever ye do,
do all to the glory of God."
(1Corinthians 10:31)
Therefore ~ make every moment count for all eternity.

"But our God is in the heavens;
he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased."
We praise Your Holy Name,
Precious Heavenly Father.
Teach us to number our days
and grant us understanding of what
Your will is for our lives
so that we may bring honor and glory to Your name.
We know that life is short, therefore,
may our hearts be tender to this life You have blessed us with
and those around us.

~ Debbie ~ 

I'm joining the party with Stephanie at
Roses of Inspiration

Monday, June 1, 2015

In His Time

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
"To every thing there is a season,
 and a time to every purpose under the heaven." (verse 1)
 "A time to be born, and a time to die." (verse 2a)
"A time to weep, and a time to laugh,
and a time to dance." (verse 3)

Listed in these 15 verses of Ecclesiastes
God has a plan for all people.
He provides cycles of life,
and timing is important.
All the experiences listed in Ecclesiastes chapter 3
are appropriate at certain times,
and the secret of peace with God
is to discover, accept, and appreciate
God's perfect timing.
He is intimately involved
in every beginning and ending.

Each season (or time of life) will soon pass.
Time cannot be stored, stopped, or slowed.
Because there is a time limit
to everything in this life,
each experience is a gift that we have been entrusted
with and should not be wasted.
The time we have is our gift from God,
so we must be mindful that,
whatever this moment, it too shall pass.
For every birth, there will be a death;
whenever someone is crying,
someone else is celebrating;
and in each season of life,
whatever purpose God intends
is the purpose we must live
with a life that glorifies our God.

"He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:
also he hath set the world in their heart,
so that no man can find out the work
that God maketh from the beginning 
to the end." (verse 11)


God knows the end as well as the beginning.
Since He knows the outcome,
He can see how each piece of our lives
fits into His plan perfectly.
 Our place is to trust completely 
in the sovereignty of our Great God.

On the day God called my dad home,
I had to remind myself of this very chapter.
To every thing there is a season,
and the season of my precious dad's
life had come to an end.
I wasn't ready to let go and say good-bye,
but God's ways are not our ways.
There really is a time limit on every thing
in this life, and time belongs to God.
The memories of my life with my dad
will remain with me, for-ever tucked away in my heart.
Thank you Jesus, for the gift of life and memories.
I will for-ever love and remember you, Dad. 
Missing you!

Let my prayer come before Thee, O Lord.
Thank you for the eternal life
my dad has in You, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thank you for the gift of time
that was spent with my dear dad.
Thank you for his love that was showered
on the lives he touched.
Heal our broken and saddened hearts,
as only You can do.
May we be ever mindful that every moment
of every day will soon pass.
Therefore, cause us to make every moment count for Your glory.

God Reigns!
~ Debbie ~

I'm joining the party with Stephanie at
Roses of Inspiration 
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