11 For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future
and a hope. 12 Then you will call
on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear [your voice] and I will listen to you. ~Jeremiah 29:11-12
I see fear in our Nation, but God says in I John 4:18, “18 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect
(complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the
expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment]
is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of
you live in God’s love? (I John 4:7-8).
My husband and I are 89 and
87. We are prime targets for
Coronavirus! But we live in God’s love and according to Jeremiah 29, He has
plans for us, not to harm us but for peace.
He will provide our safety IF we live in His love. It is sad to say some folks do not understand
God’s love. They do not have trust in
their hearts, and they do not live trust with others. Perhaps they have hardened their hearts as it
says in Isaiah 58:11. In this verse (“drought” means your heart has been harden
by the things that have come upon you). We are to live God’s agape love with each
other regardless of what has happened in our life.
As a Nation, we have to open up
this country for work and so important for worship. If I must remind you the First Amendment of
our Constitution, “Congress shall make no
law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise
thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of
people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of
grievances.” The Bible says in Romans13:1-2 tells us to obey the government God has set up. If the Governors are so
strict regarding the Coronavirus to prevent worshiping together, they are
acting in power or fear or both. Rather
than obeying those who want to prevent us for worshiping together, we always
obey the laws of God first.
We have a part; God has a
part. God’s part is Jeramiah 29 (promises
to Israel in Babylon and it is our
promise today), our part is to obey the rules of our government….wear a
mask; wash your hands often; do not touch your face, mouth, or eyes; and social
distancing. And any other rules to safe
guard our person. The horror to me is to
cause someone else to have Coronavirus.
“Many times, we have no control
over the circumstances and events in life but our refusal to speak doubt and
fear will keep our hearts more inclined to what God can do rather than what we
When we face challenging times, we
are not to speak defeating words but to be obedient to God in all things. Our words can speak life or speak death.
God created and owns all things (IChronicles 29:11-12). He is in control! He has a part to our living, protection, and
to grow righteousness. We have a part (Colossians3:23-24) to be faithful, reading God’s Word for directions to all
challenges of life and obeying His precepts (a general rule intended to
regulate behavior or thought). Be always
in prayer for God’s direction, pray for each other, pray for those who are
arrogate and do not use common sense.
28 “Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her
husband also, and he
praises her: 29 “Many daughters have done well, but you excel them
all.” Proverbs 31:10-31
It will be Mother’s Day this
coming weekend, May 10, 2020. The Bible tells us to honor our father and
mother that it may go well with you (Ephesians 6:1-3). Mothers are irreplaceable….good, bad or
indifferent . . . . They are irreplaceable. I know my Mother is to me. She was my friend, soulmate, and confidant. She was my Mother.
She exemplified my Heavenly
Father’s forgiveness. She would fight a
circle saw for me when I was right and when I was in the wrong, she let me know
in uncertain terms. We did not always
get along through the years, but we loved each other through it all. When the chips were down, she stood in
defense of me and carried my banner.
Mother was a lady with great
dignity often showing her stoic English bearing and her physical stature of the
Dutch. She often called herself the
Dutch woman. Meaning she was short and
stout. To me she was beautiful.
My first memory of Mother was when I was about
two. We were in church and I was
standing in the pew beside her….her arm was around me, and she was singing to
the roof tops. Mother was a presence of
warmth and security. It seems she was
Most of all I remember her hands. She had exceptionally large hands as soft as
velvet. When I was a little girl her
hand covered my back as she rubbed Grandma Freeman’s miracle cure for
congestion, sore throats, and what “ails you.”
She worked constantly for the comfort of her
family. She literally loved and patted
cooking on to the table for us. Her
hands cleaned, washed our clothes in black wash pots in the back yard, yet
those big hands made the delicate embroidery, tucking, and smocking on the
beautiful clothes I wore. She always
sang or hummed while she worked. She
worked outside the home and I remember waking in the dark of the night, she at
her peddle sewing machine making my beautiful clothes.
Mother was very mischievous and such a
tease! She laughed freely and brought
great joy to our family.
She cast over me an influence which has lasted
all my life. The good effects of her early training I can never lose. If it had
not been for her appreciation and her faith in me at a critical time in my
life, I would have never met life’s trials with the trust and faith that I
survive in my Lord Jesus.
I realize in my now ancient years, I had a
beautiful, secure with no fear and tender childhood that lives in me
today. The greatest gift my Mother and
Daddy gave me was their love for each other….they adored each other, and it
permeated my brother and me.
After her 98th Birthday, she told me
she was tired and was ready to go home.
A week before she breathed her last, she went to sleep…peaceably and
quietly. In the early morning hours of
September 15, 2004 as I held her hand she slipped away. I have never been as sure of anything in life
as she slipped from my hand; Jesus took my Mother’s hand and led her into His
Glory. My Mother was truly a Proverbs 31
We honor our Mothers this Sunday, May 10,
2020. They are God’s gift to us
all. Pray for your Mother.