About a year ago, grandson, Travis, called from college to ask what my favorite Bible verse is. That caught me completely off guard. He had just been home for the holidays. I get points in here and there from time to time trying not to sound like I am preaching [somehow it sounds that way, though] and don't know if they are getting through or not and out of the blue, he asks what my favorite verse is. It was a nice surprise, though, so evidently something has taken hold.
The first verse that popped into my head was:
"He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Psalms 91:4 "
because I have the faith that I am always under God's protection.
Then-"What's another verse, Mamaw?"
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen Heb 11:1"
I gave him several other verses that night even though I don't commit verses to memory well and don't want to misquote anything. Before we hung up he asked that I send him verses daily. There have been many days that he did not get verses for one reason or another and I hear about it when they don't get sent. Of course, there is a whole lot more included with the verse[s]. Whatever is on my mind or comes to mind as I am writing. Most days I study as soon as I get up, my day goes so much better and then share with Trav so it is done before he gets up.
I decided this morning to share today's Word for Trav in my Alabaster Box. He always asks what I am going to do today and he says he reads before he leaves his room in the morning. [yes, we live in the same house but the Word for the day is still sent to his phone-I have to try to keep up with the times]
----so here is----
Good morning, Bud. They say if March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb. I haven't paid much attention to the weather so I don't know if it is coming in like a lion or not. It doesn't make any difference, I can't do anything about the weather, God didn't give me the magic wand to change anything.
There is a news article on tv right now about a high school basketball coach who made a movie 10 years ago and has lost his job because of it. He is evidently a good coach because the parents are standing behind him. The movie was not pornographic but a little off color and someone sent it to his bosses. I think this is one of those things I have been trying to tell you-we have to watch everything we do. What may be fun and seemingly harmless can be used against us down the road. Employers are checking Facebook and other networks on potential hires. This is what kills me about the stuff some of mine are posting-not just the harm they are doing to themselves now but in the future. They are setting themselves up for a future of nothingness. I have hope in God for them but I don't think they have any hope or don't care about anything. It looks like they would be sick of the examples they have lived with instead of following in their path. I don't understand not wanting to do the best you can.
About something I can do, I will be working in the sewing room today after I finish the things I worked on yesterday if they don't take longer than I expect and everything usually takes 3 or 4 times longer than I think. I am working on a fairly new process for me and I want the quilt blocks to be exactly as I envision so I may have to make several test blocks. I have a fabric I bought several years ago that has been waiting on the perfect project for it and I think I have found it. I've gone through all mine and Mary's fabrics and still need several others to complete it so [such a tragedy!!], I have to go fabric shopping on Monday. I have been keeping myself out of fabric shops and using what is already on hand, and that is a lot, I admit, but this quilt needs things that I don't have.
So that is today. Donna will be out tonight or tomorrow. We have the appointment tomorrow at noon, remember. Jeff went over to Erica's this morning. If I was going to have to go over, I was going on to a quilt show in Lebanon that starts today and then swing back to get the boys from school at 3:30 but I am glad he went. I have work to do and want to keep at it and besides it took over $70 to fill my tank the other day and I am going over there on Monday-have to make every trip count as you well know. You are very smart to be driving your car as much as possible even when you have that great, big beautiful truck.
Since the Granny's Prayer Journal that I have been using for the last few months is full, I got one this morning I had used over 10 years ago to kind of see what I had written and to maybe use it for a few days until I get another one. This poem was in it that I had written on 9/13/03:
When my last race here on earth is run,
When I've tried my best and God lets me go on home,
I hope I'll hear these words from His own Blessed Son,
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant, well done".
When I've passed through those gates of pearl, worries all forgotten,
Before being welcomed into Heaven by each and every loved one,
I want to hear first from the Crown of my Salvation-
tell me, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, well done".
E'en when they lead me to the door of my heavenly mansion,
And I get to see God's glory, oh, I can't even imagine,
For reward enough will be to hear The Author of Creation
Say "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, well done".
On the next page of the journal I had these verses:
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, 9 From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about Psalms 17:8-9
For thus saith the Lord of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. Zech 2:8
Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease Lam 2:18
He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. Deut 32:10
----------Always try to please God, don't do anything that causes Him to grieve, you are the apple of His eye-He loves you. -------------
It is easier to stay the apple of His eye if we do the following-keep His commandments and His law as the apple of our eye:
My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. 2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. 3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. 4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: 5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
Love you lots,
The Queen Mamaw
[yes-I certainly sign as "The Queen"!! sometimes people don't listen to an ordinary, gray headed grandma]
Here is my gorgeous Travis. See that toothy grin-yep, it works, he's rotten.