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Harvest Moon

 

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"It is the Harvest Moon! On gilded vanes 

And roofs of villages, on woodland crests

And their aerial neighborhoods of nests deserted, on the curtained window-panes of rooms where children sleep, on country lanes

And harvest-fields, its mystic splendor rests."

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Create the Change

 

We must create the change in our own hearts to see the change we desire in the world. Lest we think that we are doing well and the problem is not ours, look again. Create the Jesus habit of "hugs." Embrace all that is good and Holy. Diligently work towards creating patterns of Holy, from the time we wake up willing until we ask God for sweet rest in the evening.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Change Will Come Through God’s People.
Change Will Only Come When We Humble Ourselves and Pray.
Change Will Come When We Seek His Face.
Change Will Come When We Repent
 
 
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“Search ME, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting” Psalm 139:23-24
 
 

Name

 

As I was reading my baby book, I came upon something that my mother wrote:

 

Chrissa's name

 

Notice the last three lines. I've never read this page in my baby book before. We named our daughter Chrissa...she is my real "Chrisas" baby (born at Thanksgiving time). Isn't this just the coolest connection to her name, and I thought we were so original with it? God knew her name! Today, He revealed this sweet connection.

 


60

 

I am 66 years old. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was 6 years old. On June 20, 1965, I was baptized and would have been ten years old, almost 11. I'm not sure why the wait, but I guess I did not want to do the whole deep water in a box thing, but I'll never know, and it doesn't really matter.

Several years back, I got the sweetest gift, but I did not understand its date. It is really funny now that I think back to what my expression must have been; total confusion! The gift was a ring from my blog's 'fresh find,' stamped with my Baptism date. In my mind, I simply could not figure out what happened in 1965. My husband had gifted me the ring, and I felt so bad that I did not understand, and our kids were looking at me like...well? It really is one of the most special gifts that I cherish. In my testimony, I know in my heart that I was saved when I was six. This is THE day! It is important that I DID make it public finally because this is not something that I would ever do without the help and encouragement of my Savior. but I do want others to know my Jesus.

This evening, when I was looking for my Baptism card, I sat and looked through my baby book. 

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I found some interesting things that I've never really paid attention to...

 

 

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Remember sweet Dr. Dorothy Long?

 

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My infant menu!

 

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Awe, George Mahon congratulated my parents on my birth with a tear-off printed autograph! ;)

 

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I got my first Tetanus shot in 1963, and I still need them today! LOL

 


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Mrs. Ellis was my teacher in 1962, and here is my school shot record.

 


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This is my Baptism Certificate.

 


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I don't think I have ever sat and read what my mother had to say about me at an early age. But, she told me when I asked if there was anything that stood out to her about raising me that might seem different than other children, she said I did not like to be held. So, as I matured, this characteristic came through.

I learned, too, from the baby book that the scar on my left cheek came from falling onto the bed rail of my brother's bed. Whatcha wanna bet that he pushed me off? I'm sure I deserved it. But, no, seriously, it would have been my accident. I was always having little injuries from my play.

 


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This is the wonderful ring gift with my Baptism date, the date I began to visually show the world that Jesus is mine and I am His.

For sixty years, I have had a relationship with my Living Lord. This is all I need.

 


First Nature

 

Amen, Amen, Amen

           Lord Bless You

           Keep You

           His Face Shine Upon You

           Be Gracious

           Generation To Generation

           Turn His Face To You

           Give You Peace

           He Is With you

           Morning

           Evening

           For You

           Amen

 

Do you know how many stars there are? It is said that there are over 300 billion in our galaxy alone, and God named every star! How much more important we are, He calls us HIS children. Therefore, he deserves to be highly exalted!

God loves us, fills us, and expects us to pour out service to a troubled world. Whoever God places in our path is a little piece of God's vast creation that we are to recognize as worthy of our time. How/what we will pour into and unto others should be sacrificial service. We must actively listen to the Holy Spirit with every beat and grace breath that God provides us.

We do things because the Lord calls on us as Believers. Whatever the call, it must bring us into ministry song. Some are called for this and some for that, but we are all called.

In the story found in Luke 10:38-42, the Mary, Martha & Jesus story, Martha and Mary are both called into the presence of Jesus. Remember, we each play a different role in the story. Martha was distracted by the evil one instead of staying focused on what she was called to do. Both are important in teaching; both love Jesus. We must serve as we are called, and the love that is infused will be good. When we find ourselves serving with self, we lose the Great Foundation of our service structure. Is our purpose right? Maybe we are the growing plant or maybe we are the board or even the shadow, all are a part of the picture.

 

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Anyone can be called to follow Christ. Anyone can serve but to serve as Christ is to allow the Holy Spirit to take the lead without hesitation room for self to enter in. Be a 'First Nature' follower where without hesitation we see other's needs as more important than our own.

 

 


Phases

 

When we look at the moon and its phases, it reminds me of the hope that comes through our brokenness. There are phases of grief that come full circle for each of us. We all handle our overcoming differently. Let's allow each other grace. It is ours to give through the One who Is and Is to come. The one who created the seasons, the phases, the cycle of life, and the growth found in growing through our sufferings.

 

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“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

 


Impact

 

What kind of impact do we have on others' lives? Is our impact seeded with Holy? Do we stand apart from the world to be the hands and feet of Jesus?  As I sat quietly in the balcony seating of First Baptist Plainview, waiting for the most amazing worship experience remembering Wayland baseball coach, Tommy McMillan, I saw this picture. 

 

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We were not "hang out" good friends with the McMillans, but Clinton and Tommy sure could talk baseball. We have known the McMillan family for most of our lives, and the legacy of the McMillan family is one of living their ministry song with a deep and abiding faith. 

As I looked at these young people, I praised God that they came to Wayland and had strong coaches of faith, Tommy being one of them. He made an impact on every life that God placed into his. This is what I will remember; his Holy and humble walk with Jesus here.

Rest your arm, Coach. Your passion has been exemplary.