Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sunday's Thought

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Easier said than done, however, incredibly true.  Doing so, will lead to a fulfilled and happy life.  This doesn't mean you will not have pain and suffering- you might or you might not- who knows.  Only God does.  His Presence though, makes up for it all.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day - Saluting Our Soldiers!

Memorial Day- A day to remember those who've lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Military.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Garden Perspectives: Strawflower

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A favorite annual of mine is the Strawflower.  In my Photography Blog, "Garden Perspectives," I will share several images of this annual.

Typically, I grow the yellow species, but it is available in red and white too.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday's Words

"Blue in the Garden"
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"The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; he shall preserve thy soul."
- Psalm 121:7

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Garden Perspectives: Gerber Perspective

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The Gerber Daisy is one of my favorite annuals to plant each spring.  Every year, I am tempted to purchase several as soon as they are available, however, I've learned that's a mistake.

When planting annuals, it's best to wait until the frost date for your area passes or be prepared to cover the plants if a "frost watch" or "frost warning" is forecast.  The few times I didn't do this, I was very disappointed in the flowers performance during the rest of the season.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday's Thought

My mother passed away a few years ago- I have many wonderful memories of great times with her.

When I got to thinking about what to write this year, I remembered all of the many mothers of our church who "helped" raise my brother and I as the other teenagers in the church.  These ladies kept us out of trouble, in check, loved us, taught us about God and made quite a profound effect on our lives.

So, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the great ladies of our church who had such an impact in my life-  And to you as well.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunday's Thoughts

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It Will Be Worth It All-

I was a church organist for the Church of the Nazarene for many years of my life. I think I started at the age of 12 and continued into my 30's. I played for Worship Services, a few concerts here and there, weddings and funerals. I dreamed, and it was my hearts desire, to play the organ at the annual Nazarene Campmeeting, which never came about. Often, when at my grandmother's house, I'd play the organ for their services too. I had the blessing of playing the organ for all of my
grandparents funerals too.

I loved playing the organ. The majesty and power of the instrument made the Worship Service so much more meaningful for me. I enjoyed using the different settings of the Hammond organ to either emphasize of enhance a verse or chorus in hymn.

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While I have had many wonderful experiences as an organist, one of them brings back memories of my childhood.

The pianist and I worked hard on a hymn titled, "When We See Christ," by Esther Kerr Rusthoi, (1909-1962). The pianist played by reading the music, while I played by ear. I could read enough music for the treble clef to get myself in trouble, but the bass clef was mostly chords.

So, when the pianist wanted to emphasize part of the chorus, I knew it was going to be an interesting adventure for both of us. While the verse was played at regular tempo, the first few words of the chorus were slowed considerably. About midway through the chorus, we did it again.

Here are the words to the hymn-

"When We See Christ"

Verse:
Oft times the day seems long, our trials hard to bear,
We're tempted to complain, to murmur and despair;
But Christ will soon appear to catch His Bride away,
All tears forever over in God's eternal day.

Refrain:
It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life's trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One gliimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

Verse:
Sometimes the sky looks dark with not a ray of light,
We're tossed and driven on , no human help in sight;
But there is one in heav'n who knows our deepest care,
Let Jesus solve your problem - just go to Him in pray'r.

Refrain:
It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life's trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One gliimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

Verse:
Life's day will soon be o'er, all storms forever past,
We'll cross the great divide, to glory, safe at last;
We'll share the joys of heav'n - a harp, a home, a crown,
The tempter will be banished, we'll lay our burden down.

Refrain:
It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life's trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One gliimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

by Esther Kerr Rusthoi, (1909-1962)

During the playing of this hymn for the offertory, an elderly lady, stood to her feet, cried, and shouted. She waved her hanky and shouted again. It startled me at first because I hadn't seen this at my church. Shouting was always something done at campmeeting- or, at least so I thought.

Anyway, after we finished, she said a few words and the service went on. I never did really understand why she did that. I wondered if it was for show or something of that nature.

No, it wasn't.  It was the joy in her heart, given to her by Christ and the thrill of knowing that Christ was there for her is why she shouted and cried. 

After being a Christian for many years and going through many life events, I've learned that "It Will be Worth It All When We See Christ!" All of this life's trials will be worth it all!  And, I am thankful for a God who is with me during life's trials!

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