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Monday, April 27, 2015

Tell Me a True Story Week of 04/27/15


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BOLDNESS (From my Book Rescue the Stories Book One)
 
As a young child, I was extremely shy, and in school if the teacher called on me to recite, my heart would pound and my face would turn a crimson red.  I would suffer the flush flowing to my cheeks, and tears rushing to my eyes, and my body was almost frozen not allowing my mouth to speak.  Fear has it’s torment !!

My teacher was wise, and she decided that to help me out of my shell, she would give me some responsibility.  One day, she led me into the children’s library that was next to our first grade room, and showed me how to place the books on the shelf in their order by author.  She told me that I was now in charge of the library.  I suppose that began my love for books and the printed word.  Also my being an in-charge person!

One day, my teacher decided to divide the class into three reading groups.  As she called the names for group one, I was not included.  Group two was called and I heard my name. 
 
I was stunned.  Although it was not the actual case, I perceived group two and three to mean, inferior and less important than group one, and I was not happy.

The teacher was speaking, “Group one will please come with me into the Library, and the others will stay and study their lesson.”  Group one stood and began to follow the teacher.  I also stood and tagged along with the others. 
 
The teacher noticed immediately and gently told me, “Hazel, you are in group two.” 
 
I boldly spoke up and said firmly, “I am number one.”  The teacher, hid a smile, and said, “alright, I will include you in group one.”

That incident of being bold did NOT cure me of my shyness, or embarrassment when I was called on, but I was emotionally rewarded for having stood up for what I believed at the time.

Do you ever break out in a cold sweat, your heart pounds like a drum, and the palms of your hands are wet with fear?   I must insert here, “Join the Club.”

Most of us suffer with times of hesitancy to step forward when there is a need to make a stand.  Many of our fears are imaginary and we fanaticize what might happen if we act.

Joyce Meyer has a saying that has meant a lot to me, and it is: “DO it AFRAID.” 

The next good piece of advice is to listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. 

If the Lord is telling you, to speak up, shut up, go forward, get out, stay there - - be quick to listen, and if it lines up with the Word of God, and you have peace about it, then obey.

Boldness comes with practice, and each time you listen and obey, you will gain confidence.   The Holy Spirit is our helper, and He gives strength to the weak, and might and power to those who will make the effort to ask Him for it, and believe it is for you.

Be Bold, be confident, and know that God will open doors for you, simply be courageous enough to enter each door, and you will be amazed what God will do through you.

Proverbs 28:1  The wicked flee when no man pursues: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Tell Me a True Story Week 04/20/15



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This Story is from my Book "Rescue the Stories Book One" 

I looked around the bleak Exeter railroad station, as my mother placed a box full of kitchen utensils, and an ironing board at the window for shipping to our new home in Oakland. 

The first five years of my life, my dad had not enjoyed a permanent job.   

My Uncle Clarence had encouraged Dad to come to Oakland for a job interview at the Southern Pacific Railroad where he worked.  What anticipation for a new life we hoped to experience when Dad was hired as a switchman for the railroad! 

If Dad needed extra money (which was often) he had the opportunity to work on the extra board, which required 8 hours work and 8 hours off, in a revolving schedule.  Mother would place a sign on the door that read “Day Sleeper, Do Not Disturb.”  This was to discourage the door to door salespersons that frequented our neighborhood. 

One day I decided to play “Sales Lady,” and not yet being able to read, I rang the doorbell repeatedly.  Finally the door opened and it was my dad who gruffly growled, “What do you want?”  Hesitatingly I blurted out, “I was just playing sales lady.” 

Realizing what I had probably woke him up, I was frightened!  I began to sob profusely with huge tears rolling down my face. 

His heart melted!   He opened wide the door, took me in his arms assuring me that all was forgiven, and suggested that I play quiet games when he was asleep.  Needless to say, I did not ring the door bell anymore or play sales lady after that episode. 

Isn’t it strange how we can learn some lessons in life more easily than others?  Often without actually getting hurt.  Shocked, maybe, and even brought to tears, but soon the lesson is over and we automatically resume our daily duties.

Not every thing I have learned through the years has been effortless and trouble-free.  However, the lessons learned through mistakes are most difficult.  Not always can our mistakes simply disappear and go away.  The fruit of many mistakes will follow us through our entire life. 

So what am I saying?  Learn quickly what to avoid and what not to repeat.   Place your faith in Jesus and follow Him.  The Holy Spirit is the perfect teacher and guide to show us the best course for our life.   

If you have made mistakes, understand that all is not lost.  Your route may now be different than you at first anticipated, but even that pathway can be a glorious itinerary with Jesus as your leader.  God does not run out of plans, take plan B, or C or even Z. 
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Monday, April 13, 2015

True Story Week of April 13, 2015


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Dr Jesus Makes House Calls

I am thankful for Dr. Jesus. The Bible tells us that Jesus went about, doing good, and healing all who were sick and oppressed of the Devil. 

Jesus even made a house call at Peter’s home, and healed Peter’s Mother-in-law who was sick with a fever.  Then she was able to get up and prepare a nice meal for her guests.

It seems these days that there is a lot of virus and illness going around.
 
Understand this is not the only reason, but one factor that might continue to cause a person to be sick is unsettled arguments. Also bitterness, resentment, and holding grudges are detrimental to your health!

When I was a little girl, my brother, sister, and I would get into arguments, and our mother would insist that we say, “I’m sorry,” and apologize to each other.
Then mother would require the other person to say, “I forgive you.” 

Oh how I hated that, because sometimes I was so angry that I did not want to apologize or forgive.

But you know, after doing something many times it becomes easier on the next occasion.

The Bible tells us, Not to let the sun go down on our wrath, and it is a good idea to get things out of the way quickly, and not allow them to fester.
 
So if you sense sickness coming your way, examine your attitudes, and get anything that is old business out of the way.  Then rejoice, sing and praise the lord, for cheerfulness is like medicine from the Lord.

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.
 
Just a little after thought -
Let me share a little secret to keep a happy marriage. It is for us ladies to learn at times to simply Shut our mouths. You may laugh at that, but it is true.
Being quiet when you want to reply angrily is difficult; I can certainly tell you that! But in the long run it will keep peace in your home!
 
The Bible speaks in the book of Proverbs thusly: It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
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Monday, April 6, 2015

True Story Week of April 06, 2015



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Beautiful Quilts from Left over Scraps
A True Story from my book, "Rescue the Stories Book ONE"

Very carefully we cut into 6 inch squares some of the left over material from dresses my mother had made for my sister and me as we grew up.  These were leftover, bits and pieces, good-for-nothing – just waste.  Could there be a decent use for these unsightly odd looking snippets?

Mother had a new purpose, and it was to use the scraps of yardage and potentially sew the squares together into a pretty combination for a quilt top. The throw away scraps had a renewed purpose. They would amount to something lovely and good after all !!

Once all the square pieces were sewed in place, then each strip was then sewed to the previous length until the whole was large enough for a quilt. Mother would purchase a contrasting piece of flannel yardage for the back of the quilt. Inside she would place an old blanket or a flannel sheet.  The quilt was now ready to tie.

My dad had made a set of wooden frames for Mother so she could stretch the quilt. Arming ourselves with large needles and crochet thread, we were ready to begin the tying process.

At each corner of the small squares we pulled the needle through and tied a double knot. Also we placed a tie in the center of each square. When we had completed as far as we could reach, we rolled the frame and secured it fast with clamps.

With us all working together, in no time at all the quilt was tied. Now it was ready to tuck the edges inside and use a blanket stitch (similar to a button hole stitch) around the entire quilt. If the quilt ever got dirty, it was securely made so a gentle wash would not harm the back or the insides.

Quilt making is almost a lost art, but it could be something that would renew the families love of working together on a project. If you do not sew your own clothing, there are usually remnants sold at the yardage store for only a small amount of money. Think about this wonderful project that you and your children would enjoy helping to create.

In life, you may often feel that you are a piece of scrap, left over, wasted, and good for nothing.  But I have good news. You are not a throw away!  God is able to take your life and renew it into something beautiful and into a fantastic work of art.

First you must submit yourself into God’s hands. The needle God uses may hurt as He ties you all back together, but soon you will understand it was all for your good, and you will be pleased and satisfied with the end result.
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Monday, March 30, 2015

True Story Blog Party Week 03/30/15


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Chasing the Wind
 
Have you even watched amazed as a dog will chase his own tail? 

It reminded me of a stair stepper, getting our exercise but never actually going anywhere. 

Wind is different; it does travel and often has some exciting consequences.

Many years ago, we lived in Oklahoma two different times, and often there were tornado warnings. 
 
We were careful to heed the warnings but there were many foolish persons who would chase the Tornado in their cars as they tried to take pictures. 

Most were thrill seekers, and a few were seriously hurt with their foolishness.

Our neighbor told us that just prior to our first move to Oklahoma; a twister had traveled across our back yard, and took down a tree house that the former occupants had built for his children.  The tornado continued down the street removing the roof from one of the homes close by.

As soon as we were settled, we decided to make Sheridan Assembly in Tulsa, our church home.  One Wednesday evening, several members were giving testimonies about the recent tornado.

At that meeting, I remember one lady saying, “It looked like that tornado was heading for our place, so I went out in my yard and shouted to it, ‘Stop and do not come nigh my dwelling,’ and it lifted and went in the other direction.” 

A gentleman spoke up and said, “If Jesus could speak to a fig tree to dry up, then might we also speak to a tornado that is approaching us and tell it to dry up?” 

Jesus did say that we could speak to our mountain and tell it to be cast it into the sea, and perhaps our mountain could be a tornado or anything else that is bothering us.

Some would think this to be weird or strange to act like this, but Jesus did many out of the ordinary things that puzzled others.

Might we not be guilty of chasing the wind and getting no where, but maybe we should learn to shout and speak with a voice of authority to our wind.

Have you been chasing the wind?  Perhaps it is time to speak to it instead of chasing. 

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Monday, March 23, 2015

True Story Blog Party 03/23/2013


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English Bull Dog
HUNGRY?
 
Saving money especially when grocery shopping, is a priority with me.  About once a week I stop at our local Thrift Market to scope out what is interesting and a good buy.

While shopping there, one must watch the pull dates; lest you end up with something that will later need to be tossed.
 
The other day, I visited the Thrift Market, and viewed a good brand of canned dog food. 

It was plastic wrapped in small cases of 12 cans each and the price was $4.00 per case or three cases for $10.00.  If you can do the math, that is approximately 33 cents a can or less.
 
The pull date was a few days past, but the cans still looked salvageable and I placed six cartons of 12 in my basket to make my three dogs very happy.

Then I needed to go to a popular Grocery store for a few other items, also at a bargain. 

As I left the parking lot, a woman walking with a small bull dog, crossed my path.  I stopped to let her pass.

I could see she was carrying a cardboard sign, and she was headed for the grass where often people sit hoping for money. 
 
I noted her sign which said, “Homeless and in Need.”  

Now, I don’t usually give out money as some will do, but my heart went out to that small dog. 

Exiting my van, I opened the back and started to pull away the plastic and remove one can of dog food, but instead the Lord said, give her the entire carton of 12 cans, which I did.
 

She seemed happy to receive the cans of Turkey with brown rice with a convenient pull top lid.   

Her dog also knew there was something in that can for her, because that tail began to wiggle violently. 

The woman proceeded to open the can and use the lid to feed her puppy.
 

Honesty, that can of dog food looked good enough for human consumption, and it is a safe bet that some of it might end up that way. 

I am reminded of the prodigal son, who was so hungry that he ate from the pig slop that he was paid to feed the pigs. 

Fortunately he came to his senses and decided to return home to his father where there was a bountiful supply!
 

So many today are eating Religious Slop that they are finding here and there instead of going direct to the Father and reading from His Book – The Bible.   

Opinions are everywhere but they will not satisfy the hunger that is in aching hearts. 

Only God’s Word, full of Holy truth will fill that need.   

The Good news is that Jesus is the Answer to all of our needs, and he is the Bread of Life to satisfy hunger, and he is the Living water that quenches our thirst.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Tell Me a True Story Week of 03/16/15



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We Were Disappointed - But there was a Reason

 
Disappointments are Often for a Good Reason
 

Our Pastor asked my husband to teach a Sunday morning class on “Discovering Who You Are in Christ.”  The Pastor requested an outline prior to allowing my husband to teach his lessons. 

My husband and I had attended some classes held by Dr. Charles Solomon, where he taught on the “Exchanged Life.”  Dr. Solomon illustrated with diagrams that we were first “IN Adam,” and needed to be translated into the Kingdom of God’s Dear Son, and to become a new creature, “IN Christ.”

My husband had decided to present the Old man with his emotional feelings of rejection first, and lead up to the New Man who is “Accepted in the Beloved.”  The Pastor was not sure he liked this approach and made it very clear to my husband that he felt this was a negative view. 

My husband told me God revealed to him, that something else was going on, and it was time for us to back out, and allow the Pastor to teach the class the way he wanted to by using some materials that we did not adhere to.  When the Holy Spirit speaks, it is time to move on.

We ended up paying a visit to the Pastor at his home and telling him that next Sunday would be our last Sunday.

We parted friends, and the Pastor told us that the door swings both ways, and we were always welcomed back.

Later we heard that the church closed down because of some sort of scandal. 

Praise God, we were not a part of it, and the Lord protected us, because we listened to the inward witness.

Ephesians 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Ephesians 5:8  For you were sometimes darkness, but now you are light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
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