Tuesday, December 27, 2016
A stoic Greek philosopher, Epictetus, who was born in A.D. 55 as the early church was spreading, wrote: " while the emperor may give peace from war on land and sea, he is unable to give peace from passion, grief, and envy; he cannot give peace of heart, for which men yearn far more than even outward peace" How true is that today. The birth of the Saviour, the Light of the world, made it possible for mankind to have true peace in the heart. Will we, like the Shepherds of old, and the godly of that day joyfully spread the good news of the Prince of Peace?
John 1:14 says And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
wow soak that verse in. The word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Doesn't that just give you goose bumps It just reminds me of how much I should be willing to give up for my Savior not only because of how much he loves me but also because of how much he sacrificed for me so that I one day may live with him in Glory.
Oh how well we know the story of Jesus' birth, but do we just read it and go on with our lives and not allow it to change the way we live and interact with people. To think this tiny baby that Mary held in her arms had left the splendor of Heaven, but not only that He left His Father to come to this earth and be born of a virgin, proclaim His Father's name through his teaching and miracles, And then to die on the cross for the sins of the world.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Work has been a bit slow recently, but I do believe after the holidays it will pick back up again which will be nice! I love to be busy and even the dog business is a bit slow since we haven't had puppies in over a year! Matilda is at the breeder this week so hopefully in two months she will have a litter of puppies! I am so excited to help raise a litter again (yes, it does become a disease after awhile).
My best friend Dorothy is over in Thailand right now and she will be coming home in January I am sooooo excited to spend some quality time together again. We haven't seen each other in over 4 months. We served at Mountain View together and I think this is the longest we haven't been together since we met. Happy reunions await :).
Some of the girls from work and I went to Lancaster Bible College's Christmas program on Friday. Wow that was so amazing to listen to the orchestra and the people singing!! We as a group had a fantastic time as well! We went to Tori and Jalisa's house for supper beforehand and then to Taco Bell afterwards and had a jolly time!!
Thursday, November 10, 2016
No, I don't have it all together and I probably never will on this earth, but with God's help I can power through whatever life throws my way. Especially because there are two things I am sure of
1)God will never send me a trial that with His help I can't have victory
2) He promised to never leave me or forsake me. He is always here ready to enable me.
I have also experienced the power of God in my life. The many times that I have called and pleaded for his help he has come through in some amazing ways.
I'm going to be a bit vulnerable in this post so please bear with me. Growing up I had many insecurities and as a protection for myself I had built many many walls, in an effort to protect myself and to control the circumstances around me. Because as long as I didn't allow people to get close and care about me they could never hurt me. And that even included God, because he was Authority and he required respect that I did not feel he was worthy of.
It wasn't until by the grace of God that I realized that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he placed me in the situations that he did for a reason. And that is simply to bring him honor and Glory through my life, I had to choose to follow him no matter the path that he chose to take me down. Because ultimately he has my best in mind.
It was not until I realized that is because he loves me that he wants to refine me and make me a better person to serve him. Because it is through those trials and hard times that we realize who we really are in our carnal selves . And that we are not truly complete without Jesus in our lives. He knew the path that I had to go down in order to bring me to him and Draw Me Closer to his side because without some of those trials that I went through I don't know where I would be today.
Zechariah 13:9 KJV
And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.
Yes, I can now honestly say that I am so grateful for all the things that I have experienced on this Earth. There have been times of heavy trials , many tears, and heartache. But you know one thing that has been a steady constant even when I chose not to serve him, is my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He has been there every step of the way. Showing me a little ways that he loves me and that he would always take care of me no matter what. And all that time is drawing me a little closer to himself.
When I totally surrendered my life to him that is when he started to break down those walls. And teach me to love as he loves. Yes, we will get hurt in this life people will take advantage of our kindness , generosity, and love. But God calls us to love them anyways just as his son loved us enough to die on the cross so that we could have an abundant life in him. No, loving isn't always easy sometimes we feel that the person absolutely does not deserve it. And no, sometimes they don't deserve it neither do we deserve what Jesus did for us on the cross.
Romans 5:8 tells us
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
It doesn't say that while we were perfect he died for us. It says when we were yet sinners ,when we were at our weakest moment needing him the most. It was when I was the most unlovable that he gave his life so that I could live a full life in him.
As it took time and years to build those walls, it also takes time and years to break them down. It is a work in progress but I am grateful to say that it is so encouraging to look back and see that I am not the same woman I was 2 years ago. Not On My Own Strength but it is because of the grace of God that I am who I am.
1 Corinthians 15:10 KJV
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Please understand that I am definitely not completely there ,to the place that I am able to love with abandon, or even to completely surrender every area of my life all the time. But God is working in my life and I'm a work in progress. I just wanted to share a bit of my story that maybe someone can glean a bit of Hope for their own story.
May God Bless you as you make the journey of life through His grace and strength. Because it is only through Him we can be truly whole. Until Next Time ~ Rose Mary
Warning: this may be a 2 part post.
Monday, October 31, 2016
There are so many different types of bondage ,but I do believe the worst type is the bondage of sin. Many people do not realize this bondage and how much it truly weighs them down until they are loosed from it, or at least that is how it was for me. I did not realize the pain ,agony, and anxiety I was putting myself through by not surrendering my life and will to my Heavenly Father who knows so much better how my life should go.
Oh the freedom of surrender. No, I am not going to tell you every step of the way is easy to the path of surrender, but oh dear friend it is SO worth it. At the time it may feel as if you are giving up everything and gaining nothing but oh my there is a peace and joy you receive that the world can't give and the world can't take it away!!
Surrender is a process and it is very different for every person. For me it was learning to desire what God desired for my life instead of just bulldozing ahead and doing what pleased me and what I could get from this old world than what I could give to it to make it a better place. But oh how your perspective and desires change when you totally give your life to the one who can give you total and complete freedom, oh that may sound scary now but once the process is done you will be so grateful you went through with it.
Some people see the Christian life as a type of bondage because we have so many "rules and regulations" But it is a freedom inside the will of our Father. Yes, he gives us guidelines to go by, but that is because he desires a relationship with those he created. We were created for the sole purpose of giving God honor and glory and for companionship for him. And he also extends his mercy and grace to all those who believe.
If you only would stop and ponder for a moment of all that Jesus gave for me, for you so that we can obtain this freedom in HIM. He came down from Heaven this wonderful place where worshiping God is your only focus, to come to this earth to die a very cruel painful death. All that we someday can live with Him in GLORY.
If you ever want to read the crucifixion story I recommend reading it in every gospel because it gives a very rounded complete picture of what he did for us!
Matthew chapter 26,27,28
Luke 22,23,24 (Luke I think is the most detailed account)
May the Lord Bless you this week! Until Next Time,
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Christy's parents dropped the children off with me Sunday night. My job was to A. keep them alive and B. make sure they were dressed fed and ready to be where they needed to go at the proper times :). All went as planned and amazingly well (her children are basically perfect angles). I also worked while they were at school so that made me even more busy but that was ok. I had so much fun hanging out with them for three days! We even got the chance to have a photo shoot together!
Sunday, September 25, 2016
But there is one person who can always be trusted no matter what. He has never broken his promise and has never left anyone behind. And that is Jesus. The person that cared so much for each and every one of us that he left behind all the splendor of Heaven to rescue us from our sin by dying on the cross so that we one day can live in glory with Him. I think someone who is willing to give everything on my behalf is worthy of my faith and trust!
I am not saying this trust comes easy, because yes, sometimes it seems that God has no idea what he is doing in your life and that he is giving you the trial just to see how you will respond. But trust me that's not how God works. He has a divine plan and purpose for everything he brings your way! He knows exactly what we can handle and how much. He will never give us something that with His strength we can't get through.
I think that little phrase is something we often forget though, the whole "With His Strength". We can't do it on our own and God knows that, that is why He is there ready, able, and willing to help us. He also knows that without the trials we would never become the refined, broken, humble people that He can use to better His kingdom. God can't use a proud, selfish person to accomplish his will in their lives because if you are proud and selfish you probably think you can do life on your own without His help.
There are so many times in my life that I am so thankful that I had God to lean on. And can't imagine how people go through life without trusting in God. He has been a very faithful companion and has given me the strength, grace, and courage to go through every day. It is because of my trust in him that I can have the peace and joy inside even when things are going haywire around me.
No this trust in Him obviously does not give us a free no pain ticket in life it just gives us the guarantee that we will have the grace of God to get through all that comes our way! I love the quote "God didn't promise days without pain, sun without rain, but he did promise strength for the day and light for the way" that is so true! He is always there whenever you need him and even when life is good he is there all the time!!!
God Bless you as you go through this week!
"God is good all the time, and all the time God is good"
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
I flew out Monday. Then Tuesday we went shopping at some of the local thrift stores (yes I overbought so not everything fit in my suitcase), Wednesday we went to the top of Mount Erie and got to see the "top" of the world (ok maybe not the top, but it was an amazing view) and we then went to the beach by the Deception Pass Bridge and even went across the bridge (such gorgeous scenery they have to enjoy on the West Coast), Thursday we went across on the ferry to Port Townsend and spent the day there on the beach and by the lighthouse and touring the town and all the little shops they have along there (if you ever get that way stop at the spice store they have on the main st it is so cute and the people are SO friendly) and we went to the beach close to her house to watch the sunset (ahhhhhh the perfect end to a perfect day), And then Friday Lisa took me to Costco because I wanted to see what it was like and then we went to this amazing bookstore that had like 10,000 books (not kidding, but they are overpriced) and then we went home and hung out for the rest of the day! Needless to say the trip was amazing and we had so much fun together and she is an amazing tour guide!
Now for some pictures..... (In advance I am not going to apologize for all the sunset pictures because they were all so beautiful I couldn't decide on only a few)
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Tuesday Ruth Ann and I went spur-of-the-moment pool shopping and ended up getting a pass to the pool! We went swimming then came home and had grilled bbq chicken! We had so much fun! On Wed we went to Lititz and toured the pretzel factory and went out to eat. Then we went out for ice cream and went swimming again, then it was soon time for them to leave already :( I honestly think it easier being the one leaving than being the one left behind.
Kelsey was supposed to have puppies over the fourth of July and she went a week late so we decided to take her to the vet and they told us that she had a false pregnancy. Basically they got bred when they were in heat it didn't take, but their body tells them that they are pregnant when they are not and they produce milk and everything. I pitied her so badly, but Lord Willing they will be getting bred in October!!
Dorothy, my bestest friend and I have been hanging out a lot lately because she is leaving for Thailand soon and so we are trying to cram in lots of time together. I am going to miss her like crazy. So the last time we were together she wanted to get a taste of Thai food, so we went to this random restaurant in Reading and their food was actually half decently good :) We then went to visit her tiny little nephew in the NICU I had seen pictures of him but they did not do it justice of how tiny he was. We then went to the Reading Pagoda and toured that and the woods around it to find the slab of concrete with the compass (that was wrong by the way)!! We have so much fun when we are together!