Not For Applause…





This quote reminds me so of my Grandparent’s. How I miss them so. Today is one of those days that I wish I could spend time with them just…one more day.

What a legacy they had. How many lives they touched. How many lost, hopeless lives were changed because through them the love of Jesus Christ was shown. I sit here and think of how many stories, how many times, I have heard , “I came to know Christ through your Grandfather’s sermon .” God’s protective hand held them in the palm of his hands while they had their earthly walk.

This week, was one of the first weeks that I have really been able to sit down and really read my Grandfather’s Bible and all of its notes and cards with sermon notes on it. I always cried before. This week, I flipped through the pages and just laid my hands on many of the pages knowing his hands, his powerfully prayers, his tears were all on these pages for decades. Of course, one of the first index cards that I my eyes saw was something of such meaning to me this week. Perfect timing and it was some great points for our small group study that we are having in our home. Just had to look up and say, thank you.

This Bible I hold  is worn thin. The things of significance that he recorded has such meaning to me today. I cherish this and it is truly one of my prized possessions. I said if only this Bible could talk, what stories it  could tell of lives it saw changed. But, then I think, isn’t this what the word of God is all about. It is a record of history and stories. It is a love letter, laws of guidance, language of love from the glorious Lord to his children. Oh, the stories it tells if we would simply be still and know that He is God. Be still in his presence and listen to the sound of his voice.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. I really feel like both of  my G-parent’s  are surrounding me in my great cloud of witnesses. They are saying, ” My girl, we believe in you. Sis, we love you. Stay Strong, look to HIM.”  Their voices are in my head. I hear their words so clearly.

This morning I am so  inspired by the godly examples these saints set during their lives. They are the real deal saints  whose past lives of faith encouraged others to live that way, too.  My two precious Grandparent’s  have gone before us, each bearing witness to the life of faith we now live. How, I long to live up to the legacy that their name carries.  How I long to run this race and finish the course and know I have done my best. May, I praise his name . Even in this race when I stumble, When I have fallen on my face, that I pick up the torch with a tenacious spirit and continue the path before me. May I see it clear for the Lord’s word  is a lamp unto my feet and a light into my path.

Good Morning Lord,

Thank you for another day. Thank you for another chance to be a difference maker for you. Father, search my heart and know me well. See if there be any ways in me that keep me from following you. My heart has deceived me many times before and I have so often walked in my own desires, Strip away all of my selfishness and clothe me with more of YOU. Teach me not only to say the words but truly understand the meaning of Less of me and more of You in all that I do. Teach me and give me wisdom to really understand the concept of not being offended. Your wisdom, your ways in all that we do.

Thank you for giving me such an example of what a follower of you was really all about. You shined through them and the light is still shining in us long after they have been gone. Grandma has been walking with you six months in Heaven. I wish I could see all the rewards that they both received from you. Whoever, was in line behind them, well they simply had to wait a long time because of all the times  ” Well Done’s ”   that was happening.  Thank you Father for all your blessings. Thank you for surrounding me with Godly, faithful prayer warriors and friends in this journey that I am on. You are so faithful and I give you all the praise. Create in me a new heart and give me a steadfast spirit. Your plan, Your ways, What part do I play in your plan? I humbly come before you and ask, show me the way.

How, I praise your name ~


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