Shirley's Soliloquies #595


04/03/2016


He Is Coming Again

Easter! What a wonderful day!

Many people’s thoughts were on Jesus,

on His resurrection, and promise of coming again.

However,

several days before Easter, I heard it said that

Jesus would return to earth on Easter day.


Well, the day has come and gone,

and it is now several days after,

but He didn’t come.


(Matthew 24:36 states that no one knows the date or hour.)


Others then say, ‘Where is the promise of His coming?’

2 Peter 3:4


But Peter replied,

Do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord

one day is as a thousand years,

and a thousand years as one day.


The Lord is not slack concerning His promise,

as some count slackness,

but is longsuffering toward us,

not willing that any should perish

but that all should come to repentance.”

2 Peter 3:8-9


So the important thing is to be ready:

It is appointed for men to die once,

but after this the judgment,

So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.

To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time,

apart from sin, for salvation.”

Hebrews 9:27





Shirley's Soliloquies #594
Shirley's Soliloquies #594


03/27/2016


What About Those Others?


It is really wonderful to know that,


The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

and His ears are open to their prayers.”

1 Peter 3:12


But what about those who do evil?

What about the ones who keep breaking

the laws of the Lord?


Sometimes it seems that so many people

are not only taking the name of the Lord in vain,

but also are breaking many of the 10 commandments.

They are going opposite of the Lord’s laws and wishes.

Some wonder how the Lord can ignore all the evil?


But is He? Oh no! He is watching!

All through the Bible,

those who disobey His laws are warned!

His eyes are also on the evildoers.

For example:


Do not fret because of evildoers.

Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.


For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,

and wither as the green herb.”

Psalm37:1-2


Instead, those who believe are instructed:


Trust in the LORD, and do good…

Delight yourself also in the LORD…

Commit your way to the LORD,

Trust also in Him….”

Psalm37:3-5





Shirley's Soliloquies #593


03/20/2016


March Winds Blow

Oh yes, those March winds are definitely blowing!

In fact, while at the Gulf the other day,

my daughter and I saw the para-sailing.


It must be an unusual experience

to be able to seemingly float over the water

and watch all that is going on far below.

It would be very quiet and peaceful up there.


It makes me wonder what it would be like in heaven

to be so far detached from the world where we live.


Just because we cannot see God,

it doesn’t mean that He is a God

Who is totally unconcerned with all

that is happening here on earth.


No!

The Bible tells me that God is very much aware

of everything that is happening here,

especially to those who are trusting in Him!


For the eyes of the LORD

run to and fro

throughout the whole earth,

to show Himself strong

on behalf of those

whose heart is loyal to Him.”

2 Chronicles 16:9


For the eyes of the LORD

are on the righteous,

and His ears are open

to their prayers.”

2 Peter 3:12





Shirley's Soliloquies #592


03/13/2016


He is My Life


Many years ago, I heard Dallas Holmes sing a song

that made a huge impression on my mind.

Its lyrics have stayed with me through the years,

and I can’t help but start singing it also.


Without Him I can do nothing

Without Him I’d surely fail,

Without Him life would be worthless,

Like a ship without a sail.

Jesus, Oh Jesus,

Do you know Him today

Please don’t turn Him away

Oh Jesus, my Jesus

Without Him how lost I would be!”


This is especially true these days since my husband

is no longer with me since he is now at home with the Lord.

This has left a vast hole in me that can be filled with nothing

except for my personal life with the Lord here on this earth.


While Jesus was on earth, he said,


I am the way,

The truth,

And the life.

John 14:6


Yes, He is my life.

Life would be worthless without Him.

There would be no reason for living without Him.


With Him,

I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.”

Philippians 2:14




Shirley's Soliloquies #591


03/06/2016


How Awesome is my God!

As I was sitting in my sunroom, the sun disappeared

and my peace seemed to have gone with it.

Instead tears came as I thought of my husband.


How long had it been since those tears had come so suddenly ?

I don’t remember, but I had to go into my bedroom;

I picked up my little harp and began playing

How great Thou Art!”


As soon as my mind focused on the greatness of the Lord,

a wonderful peace overwhelmed me, and I felt His nearness!

I meditated upon the words,


O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder

consider all the worlds Thy hands have made.

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,

Thy power throughout the universe displayed.


Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee.

How great Thou art, how great Thou art.”


The words of the Psalmist echo my thoughts:


Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!

Sing out the honor of His name;

Make His praise glorious.

Say to God,

How awesome are Your works!

Through the greatness of Your power

Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.

All the earth shall worship You

And sing praises to You.

They shall sing praises to Your name.

Come and see the works of God;

He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.”

Psalm 66:1-5





Shirley's Soliloquies #590


02/14/2016


Mighty Waves! Mightier Master!

Wow! It was really amazing on the beach yesterday!

The waves sounded furious, as if angry with the world!


I tried to brace myself against the strong wind

as I felt compelled to watch the ‘mighty’ waves.


They were thrashing around as far as I could see.

I watched as they made their way onto the shore,

the sound was deafening as they crashed against it!


What an amazing experience it must have been

for the disciples of Jesus to be in a storm like that!

I can imagine their fear as they were tossed around

in the midst of the mighty storm!

The Bible records it:


Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples.

Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake,

with waves breaking into the boat.


But Jesus was sleeping.

The disciples went and woke him up, shouting,

Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

Jesus responded,

Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!”


Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves,

and suddenly there was a great calm.

The disciples were amazed.

Who is this man?” they asked.

Even the winds and waves obey him”

Matthew 8:23-27


Yes, the winds and waves were mighty,

but the Master was mightier!





Shirley's Soliloquies #589




02/07/
2016


Our Awesome God!

Oh the beauties of God’s creation…

As I entered into this picture that my daughter took,

my mind seemed to identify with the bird

praising the LORD for His wondrous creation:


The vastness of the ocean,

the constant motion of the waves,

the amazing sky,

the awesome sunset,

the reflection of it on the water,

everything that is under the water….

My heart cried out --


O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

Your glory is higher than the heavens….

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers –

The moon and the stars you set in place –

what are mere mortals that you should think of them?

Psalm 8:1, 3-4




 Shirley's Soliloquies #588


01/31/2016


Lessons from Little Ones


I am intrigued over God’s little creatures.


For example….

in spite of the constant drizzle of rain this morning,

the birds still continue to flit and fly around,

probably searching for their next meal.

Bad weather does not faze them at all,

because they have a job to do,

and they do it.


I remember when I was a young child,

the sidewalks had cracks in them,

and often I would watch the tiny ants

scurrying all around.


If they would see any crumb,

they would eagerly carry it back.

They never stopped or rested,

but were busy constantly.


My mom used to say,

Idle hands are the devil’s tools!”

And a very wise man once counseled,


Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.

Learn from their ways and be wise!

Though they have no prince or governor

or ruler to make them work,

they labor hard all summer,

gathering food for the winter.

Proverbs 6:6-8


Yes! It is possible to learn from God’s little ones.





Shirley's Soliloquies #587


01/24/2016


A Lesson To Be Learned


Myriads of birds are flitting from tree to tree,

then suddenly they sit and rest a while.

But before long, they are off again

to the next branch or tree.


Meanwhile Teddy Cat patiently sits

atop his exercise post:

Watching, waiting,

for what…one never knows.


Suddenly he pounces,

lands on the windowsill,

and slips off to the floor,

a drop of 5 feet!


Surprised, but not discouraged.

He climbs back on his tall post

and continues to watch and wait

for the next round of activity.


There’s a lesson to be learned here,

I’m sure:

Discouraged, never.

his duty is to persevere.


Yes, a definite lesson to be learned:

The Bible advises:


And let us not be weary in well doing”

for in due season we shall reap,

if we faint not.”

Galatians 6:9





Shirley's Soliloquies #586

01/17/2016


The Lord, My Help




Sometimes it seems as though life becomes overwhelming,

for so many things seem to weigh upon my mind.


For example, soon after we arrived here,

I noticed that the floor seemed to be sagging.

My son and daughter traced it to the washing machine.

It must have been leaking for quite some time

in order to do that much damage.


We called a contractor who is scheduled to do repairs.

However that means that we will need to find somewhere else to stay;

the repairs would affect the kitchen, bedroom, bath, and laundry.


This reminded me of a time when a mission asked my husband

to take a three month leave of absence from the church.

They needed someone who was fluent in the Italian language

and who also had a strong biblical and historical background

in order to check out some problems in various locations.


When we returned, the man who had served as Interim pastor,

exclaimed, 'We had so many problems arise while you were away!’

My husband smiled and replied, 'That's why you were there!'


Now these many years later, I am experiencing

similar feelings as that Interim pastor did.

I realize that my husband was able to foresee

possible challenges before they would arise,

and would have them solved before they became obstacles.


However, I am very thankful for my children

who have helped me through all these challenges.

Also I remember that my Heavenly Father is ready to comfort:


Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden

And I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28






Shirley's Soliloquies #585


12/30/2016


At Home with the Lord


It was two weeks ago that my husband left this life

and went “home” to be with the Lord.

He had been suffering, not only with aortic valve stenosis,

but also with cancer rapidly spreading through his body.

So when he left us, I looked up at the Hospice nurse,

and said, “He’s with the Lord now.”


Then I thought about him joining in the celebrations

that must have been going on in heaven.


While Christians here were celebrating the birth of Jesus,

in heaven, the celebrations would have been so much greater.

And he was privileged to enter into all of it!


They knew the significance of God sending His only begotten Son

to this earth, to live as a man, to suffer, and finally to die

for the sole purpose of taking away the sins of the world!


What a tremendous choir of people he would be joining

All praising God for His “unspeakable gift!”

Oh the music! He would have loved it!


Many times my tears keep flowing, selfishly I miss him.

But knowing all the beauties (which he appreciated),

And the heavenly music (good music was important to him),

And being with Jesus, was MUCH better for him…

how could I wish him back?


Instead, I must remember God’s Word,

and continue to live my life in accordance with His will.


But thanks be to God,

which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren,

be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,

forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 15:57-58





Shirley's Soliloquies #584
Shirley's Soliloquies #584

12/13/2015


God's Word Goes Forth



All flesh is as grass

and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.

The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth way;

But the word of the LORD endureth forever.”

1 Peter 1:24-25


This verse made me think of my husband,

whom I had met at Bible College 62 years ago.


Henry was born and raised in a poor section of England

experiencing the Blitz (bombings), as a child during WWII.

As a teenager, he made a name for himself in pool and billiards.


However the Lord got his attention when he was 17:

He had an accident which placed him in a hospital

that was staffed by Christian doctors and nurses.

There he found the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior,

and felt the need to study His Word so he could be effectively used.

He met a Christian American soldier who urged him to apply for

Bible training at the same place where he was going in the USA.

And that’s where we met and became attracted to each other.

We both loved the Lord and desired to serve Him,

so we committed our lives in marriage and full-time service.

When it was no longer possible to serve in full-time ministry,

Henry began writing in earnest, more than twenty books

while still filling pulpits and speaking whenever called.


In fact, he insisted on doing what he loved most and spoke to a dear

congregation in Mobile, Alabama.  This happened just days before

he went to be with the Lordat almost 84 years of age.


Henry’s “flower” did fade,

but his ministry continues.

Indeed:


People are like grass;

Their beauty is like a flower in the field.

The grass withers and the flower fades.

But the word of the Lord remains forever.” (NLT)





Shirley's Soliloquies #583
Shirley's Soliloquies #583

11/29/2015


God’s Word Continues to Go Forth

All flesh is as grass

And all the glory of man as the flower of grass.

The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away;

But the word of the LORD endureth for ever.”

1 Peter 1:24-25


The nature of the “flesh” made me think of my husband,

whom I met at Bible College 62 years ago.

We found that we both had the same burning desire to serve the Lord,

though our cultures were radically different!


He was born and raised in England during WWII;

I was raised in a godly Christian home in Holland, Michigan, USA.

He had come to know the Lord when he was 17

and had led a life completely opposite from mine.

But our unifying feature was that we both loved the Lord Jesus Christ

and had given our lives to serve Him.


When active service was no longer possible, he began a writing ministry;

writing more than twenty books…yet all the while

he continues to fill pulpits and speak whenever doors open.

Throughout the years, we have heard from people whose lives

have been touched by our testimony and ministry.


He now is in the care of Hospice,

but still he is writing and speaking when possible.


We have both experienced God’s marvelous peace

and appreciate all the prayers that are being offered.


We are thankful that he can still be sharing God’s Word,

whether to someone in a chance meeting,

or in a more formal situation.


Though he isn’t physically capable of doing much public speaking,

his written ministry is still being spread throughout the world,

and thus God’s Word endures and continues to go forth.





Shirley's Soliloquies #582 Shirley's Soliloquies #582


11/08/2015


Our Lives are His

Many have been concerned about my husband’s health.

He had been having increasingly more difficulty breathing,

so we took him to the Emergency Room Monday evening.

They did many tests, and also relieved fluid from his chest,

then sent him to the University Hospital in Cleveland.

There they intended to do surgery,

opening the aortic valve which had severe stenosis.


But while doing more testing, other complications became evident.

These ended in a liver biopsy showing several masses

which had their origin in other parts of the body.


So, after countless tests, now he has been diagnosed.

It is an untreatable form of cancer that had started in the bile duct.

This precluded him from any surgery on the aortic valve.

Putting a long story short, the prognosis is that

nothing can be done, for either the heart or the cancer.


But does that stop my valiant husband?

No, instead he is eager to get back to the south where,

as the Lord wills, he hopes to continue to write, teach, and preach.


But praise the Lord! We had a magnificent sunrise this morning

that seemed to confirm in my soul that God still has His hand on our lives.


He is totally aware of our challenges and He does all things right.

So, once again, we commit our lives completely to Him.


The eyes of the LORD watch over those who do right,

And his ears are open to their prayers.” 1 Peter 3:12




Shirley's Soliloquies #581


10/18/2015


Unity Among Believers


How many Scriptures run through my mind

when I think of the disunity among some believers.


It is not only amongst many churches today,

but the apostle Paul had to address it already

when he wrote to Euodia and Syntyche.

He encouraged them to settle their disagreement.

Instead he said they should be full of joy in the Lord

and let everyone see they were considerate in all they did.

(Philippians 4)


Through his ministry, he urged believers to strive for unity.

He wrote:


I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters,

by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ,

to live in harmony with each other.

Let there be no divisions in the church.

Rather, be of one mind,

united in thought and purpose.”

1 Corinthians 1:10


Make allowance for each other’s faults,

and forgive anyone who offends you.

Remember, the Lord forgave you,

so you must forgive others.

Above all, clothe yourselves with love,

which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.”

Colossians 3:13-15


The wisdom of the Psalmist encourages my heart:


How wonderful and pleasant it is

when brothers live together in harmony!

There the LORD has pronounced his blessing.”

Psalm 133:1-2




Shirley's Soliloquies #580
Shirley's Soliloquies #580


10/11/2015


Wonderful Water!


I’m told that it is very important to drink water!

Medical people, dieticians, and friends agree that

our bodies are made up of a large percentage of liquid.

So it follows that as we use it up, we should replenish it.


Down through the centuries, people knew that they needed water:

The children of Israel thirsted as they were going through the desert.

God used Moses to strike a rock to cause water to flow for them.


When Jesus stopped at a well, a woman drew water for Him.

He used the opportunity to share with her that

He could give her living water, and she would never thirst again!

(John 4:10, 13-14)


Today, people have many choices for getting enough liquid.

Unfortunately some liquids are not good for the health:

Some are mostly sugars, while others have too much alcohol.


The Bible warns about the overuse of alcohol.

Proverbs 20:1 states something that is seen on the news daily:


Wine produces mockers;

alcohol leads to brawls.

Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.”


Ephesians 5:19 encourages an alternate:


Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess,

But be filled with the Holy Spirit.”


While trying to quench my thirst, I need to remember that living water!


On the last day, the climax of the festival,

Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds,

Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!

Anyone who believes in me may come and drink!

For the Scriptures declare,

Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”

John 7:37-38






Shirley's Soliloquies #579
Shirley's Soliloquies #579


09/27/2015


Where Can I Go?

Sometimes ‘things’ get so hectic,

especially when I’m looking for something

but have no idea where it could be!

It seems that moving is a bit more difficult now

than it was twenty years ago!


An old song has been on my mind a lot lately:


Where could I go, oh where could I go?

Seeking a refuge for my soul.

Living below in this old sinful world,

Where could I go but to the Lord!


Life here is grand with friends I love so well

Comfort I get from God’s own word

But when my soul needs manna from above

Where could I go but to the Lord?’

Sherrill, Billy/Sutton, Glenn


Many Bible heroes also knew their dependence was on God:


Solomon, who was acclaimed to be the wisest man, penned:

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.”

Ecclesiastes 12:1


The apostle John proclaimed (1 John 1:1):

We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning,

Whom we have heard and seen…He is the Word of life.”


The apostle Paul also stressed:

Just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord,

You must continue to follow him.

Let your roots grow down into him,

And let your lives be built on him.

Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught,

And you will overflow with thankfulness.”

Colossians 2:6-7


So where could I go?

Nowhere else but to our Lord Jesus Christ!





  Shirley's Soliloquies #578


09/13/2015


Towards My Final Home

As the miles clicked on and on,

while the fields and cities whizzed past,

I realized it was all ending a blessed chapter

that I’d enjoyed in my life.


I’d said good-bye to my family and friends,

and was beginning what would probably be

the sun-set years of my life. (Psalm 90).

As all of this ran through my mind,

I was reminded of the old-time song

popularized by Stuart Hamblen,

This World is Not My Home.”


This world is not my home,

I’m just a-passing through.

My treasures are laid up

Somewhere beyond the blue.


The angels beckon me

from heaven’s open door

And I can’t feel at home

In this world anymore.”


How true those words are to me today.

Life here on earth is fleetingly short.

It flies by seemingly with lightning speed,

and the prospect of eternity (forever and ever)

becomes increasingly real.


So it would be well for me to remember

to live my life constantly with this in view.


It reminded me of the Scriptures,

recorded in James, chapter four:


For what is your life? It is even a vapor

Here one minute and gone the next.’







Shirley's Soliloquies #577


09/06/2015


Stressful, Yet Peaceful

As I am packing up and sorting through clothes,

dishes, kitchen items, and about everything in what

has been our home for the past nineteen years,

I am having to decide what will be needed

in our next place of residence,

and what should be discarded.

Sometimes these have been

very difficult decisions.


But through these past weeks,

and especially this past week,

a song that was written in the late 1800’s

has been uppermost in my mind and been my prayer:


“I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord;

No tender voice like thine can peace afford.

I need thee every hour, in joy or pain;

Come quickly and abide, or life is vain.

I need thee every hour; teach me thy will;

And thy rich promises in me fulfill.

I need thee every hour, most Holy One;

O make me thine indeed, thou blessed Son.

I need thee, O I need thee;

Every hour I need thee;

O bless me now, my Savior,

I come to thee.”

Annie S. Hawks


I know that no matter what the situation might be,

my life is in the hands of my Savior, and He directs my path.

And He also gives me His comforting peace.

 I often think of Paul’s formula for this peace:


Be anxious for nothing;

But in everything by prayer and supplication

with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding

shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7





Shirley's Soliloquies #576
Shirley's Soliloquies #576


08/30/2015


Sin – a Leaven?


Do you not know that

a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

Cleanse out the old leaven

that you may be a new lump.”

1 Corinthians 5:6-7


I remember my mother making bread.

She put yeast (leaven) into the dough

and it began to ‘rise’ – causing it to double in size!

That is a good leaven, but there is also the bad:


For example: If I would have a bushel of apples

and there would be one bad one among them,

the bad would spread to the other apples.


Another example: I have been quite troubled

with a smell that is in our basement,

it seemed like it might have been mold or mildew.

So I needed to identify where the smell originated

in order for it to be eliminated.


Sadly, when I was near my husband’s bookcases,

the smell was quite strong.

So I asked him if he would mind if

our neighbor would help me put them in the garage

where we could clean them, ready for our move.

As our neighbor was carrying them upstairs,

I noticed that the backs of them

seemed as if they had a greenish tint on them.

Thankfully the backs were cardboard painted like wood,

so we can simply tear them off and discard them.


Interestingly, while my daughter was visiting a while ago,

she had thoroughly cleaned the bookcases suspecting mold.

Needless to say, in spite of her efforts, it had still existed.


There is no other way to rid ourselves of a ‘leaven’

that is called sin, except by the cleansing power of

the blood of Jesus, God’s Son, (for it) cleanses us from all sin.”

1 John 1:7





Shirley's Soliloquies #575
Shirley's Soliloquies #575


08/23/2015



"My Ways, Your Ways"


Our friends and neighbors, and even our realtor,

seem puzzled that our condo has not yet been sold

since we have had so very many showings.


But I keep thinking

that our move and sale of our home

are all in the Lord’s hands,

and His ways are not our ways.


But of this one thing I am sure…

His timing is Perfect,

and so I trust Him!


Through the years the following passages

have been a comfort to me,

and have proven to be so true:


For My thoughts are not your thoughts.

neither are your ways my ways,

declares the Lord.


For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55:8-9


Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.”

Proverbs 3:5-6


Commit your way to the LORD;

Trust also in Him, and He will bring it to pass.”

Psalm 37:5


And so for this reason, I feel completely comfortable

knowing that His way is always the best way!





Shirley's Soliloquies #574
Shirley's Soliloquies #574


08/16/2015


Creation


The astounding thought of the creation of the world

has jarred my mind as I thought

of the wonder of it all!


Interestingly, as my husband was going through his files,

he found some poetry that I had written years ago.

One particularly, caught his attention,

so he gave it to me.


It goes as follows:


Creation


In the beginning

God created heav’n and earth;

It was very good!


First, third, fourth, fifth days

God made things in heav’n and earth

He said it was “good.”


Man shouldn’t be alone

He took a rib from Adam

From it fashioned Eve


Eve was twice refined

She wasn’t taken from the dust

But from flesh and bone


Eve was twice refined

She was not shaped like the rest

But “fashioned!” No less!


God saw all He made

Including Eve, and He said,

It is “VERY” good!



The first 31 verses in Genesis, chapter one,

record God’s amazing work!

How can I help but praise Him!




Shirley's Soliloquies #573


08/09/2015

Making All Things New

What a mess!


Our drive way was almost blocked

because of the trucks and equipment of the men

working on the condo near us.


They were tearing off parts of our neighbor’s condo

and also much of the trim.

Then they replaced and painted the whole thing.

It really was a mess for quite a few days.


The next day, as I drove down a side street of the city,

I noticed heavy equipment blocking one lane.

The workmen were breaking up the street,

then clearing the rubble away,

and finally resurfacing it.

After the work was done,

it really looked nice.


My daughter told me that she is tearing out old cabinets,

and she is grateful she did, because she said it was filthy.

Our new home had been empty for a few years

before we had purchased it.


How true that sometimes it does take

work before things begin to improve.


Just as roses have thorns,

trials often come before the calm.

So it can be in life.


The Bible states:


Therefore if any man be in Christ,

he is a new creature:

old things are passed away:

behold, all things are become new.”

2 Corinthians 5:17


God will one day make all things new (Revelation 21:5).





 
Shirley's Soliloquies #572


07/26/2015

A Precious Treasure Chest

As I was dusting my dresser,

I moved my tiny treasure chest

(only about 1½ inches by 1 inch),

And was prompted to look inside.


I saw some tiny colored pieces of glass,

and a 2000 Sacagawea golden dollar coin.

What a delightful surprise!


Interestingly, our pastor has been sharing

some thoughts about our “treasure chest”

that is found in the book of Colossians.

What a blessing this has been to me!


So when I looked inside my tiny treasure chest

and found those forgotten items,

my mind went back to the book of Colossians.


I mused how easy it is to simply skip over

precious treasures without giving them a thought.


That’s the way it seems to be with the book of Colossians,

for I noticed anew two special treasures that stood out to me:


Believers have the gift of Life

and also the gift of Forgiveness!


You were dead because of your sins

and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away.

Then God made you alive with Christ,

for He forgave all our sins.


He canceled the record of the charges against us

and took it away by nailing it to the cross.”

Colossians 2:13-14


What a treasure it is to have not only the gift of eternal life,

but also to have the debt of my sins cancelled.

This precious gift comes through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23),

and it comes through His death on the cross.






Shirley's Soliloquies #571

Shirley's Soliloquies #571Shirley's Soliloquies #571


07/19/2015

Ears to Hear

Honor the LORD, you heavenly beings;

Honor the LORD for His glory and strength.

Honor the LORD for the glory of His name.

Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

The voice of the LORD echoes above the sea.

The God of glory thunders.

The LORD thunders over the mighty sea.

The voice of the LORD is powerful;

The voice of the LORD is majestic.

The voice of the LORD splits the mighty cedars;

The LORD shatters the cedars of Lebanon.

He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf;

He makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox.

The voice of the LORD strikes with bolts of lightning.

The voice of the LORD makes the barren wilderness quake;

The LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the LORD twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare,

In His temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”

The LORD rules over the floodwaters.

The LORD reigns as king forever.

The LORD gives his people strength.

The LORD blesses them with peace.”

Psalm 29:1-11


As I was reading Psalm 29

my heart quickened within me.

I thought of recent news reporting

devastation all over the land:

Mighty winds uprooting huge trees;

Torrential rainfall causing flooding;

Fires spreading through forests;

Earthquakes occurring in new locations;

Rip-tides becoming common occurrences;

Sharks attacking humans, and the list goes on.


I can’t help but wonder if the Lord is trying to tell us something.

May we have ears to hear, and a will to listen and obey His Word.





Shirley's Soliloquies #570
Shirley's Soliloquies #570



07/12/2015

God’s Perfect Peace

Oh! What an instant relief!


I must have been feeling a bit jittery this morning,

because my tiny sample jar of makeup slipped from my hand

landing and rolling on my off-white carpet!


I tried to lift it up carefully, but it only made it worse.

So I checked with my daughter about how best to clean it up.


However, she and our neighbor had been carrying bookcases, books,

plus many other things up from downstairs.

(We are getting ready for a garage sale).


I felt so useless, making more work instead of helping.

The jitters became worse, and I felt myself well up with tears.

I knew I had to sit in my favorite chair and rest in my Savior.

Immediately He gave His peace and I relaxed in Him!


Immediately my jitters vanished and peace reigned

as I sat and gave heartfelt thanks to Him!


On my mirror I have attached these wonderful verses of peace:


You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You,

because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3


Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you.” John 14:27


These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.” John 16:33


Now the God of peace be with you all.” Romans 15:33


For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14:33


But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace….” Galatians 5:22


and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,

will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7


Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way.

The Lord be with you all.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16



Shirley's Soliloquies #569

Shirley's Soliloquies #569


07/05/2015

So Many Changes!

There seems to be so many changes these days!


A tornado rips through a community,

tearing off roofs of buildings and demolishing others.


Floods come and completely reroute rivers,

even covering many houses and lands.


These things affect and change lives

resulting in relocation or rebuilding.


Now even the laws of the land are changing:

laws that were followed

since the beginning of recorded time.

Laws that were given by God

and written in His Word, the Bible,

are now forgotten and even despised.


I am thankful that though the sands of time

might be shifting the deep-rooted beliefs

of many people and even authorities of the land,

there is One Who never changes.


I am thankful that my faith stands on the Word of God

and on my Savior…


Jesus Christ…the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Hebrews 13:8


You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth,

and the heavens are the work of Your hands.

They will perish, but You remain.


And they will all grow old like a garment;

like a cloak You will fold them up,

and they will be changed.

But You are the same,

and Your years will not fail.”

Hebrews 1:10-12





Shirley's Soliloquies #568

Shirley's Soliloquies #568


06/28/2015

A Need for Patience

What a wonderful assurance it is to know that

the Lord knows the end from the beginning,

and everything in-between.

Because for me,

this is a time of unsettling preoccupation.


Our condo in Michigan is for sale.

Real estate agents are showing it

every day to people unknown to me.

Meanwhile, our daughter in Ohio is pursuing leads

with a view to finding something suitable for us

so that we can move nearer to her and her family.


As I dust and sweep and straighten up our home every day,

I can’t help but think…‘Oh, I’ll be so glad to have this over.’


Many times I have been reminded of the need for patience!

The Bible mentions the importance and blessings of patience.


The Psalmist rejoiced as he remembered…


I waited patiently for the LORD to help me,

And he turned to me and heard my cry.

He lifted me out of the pit of despair…

He set my feet on solid ground

And steadied me as I walked along.

He has given me a new song to sing,

A hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see what he has done and be amazed.

They will put their trust in the LORD,

Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD.

Psalm 40:1-4


So as I rejoice in what the LORD is doing,

I will remember Romans 12:12:


Be patient in trouble,

And keep on praying.

Romans 12:12




Shirley's Soliloquies #567


06/21/2015

How Can I Know God More?

How can I know God more?

As I continue to read the Bible, the more I realize

that it is important to sincerely trust or have faith in Him.

Hebrews 11:1 states that “without faith it is impossible to please God.”

So if I really trust Him, I will obey what He says in His Word.


God revealed Himself by sending His Son to earth,

so we could know Him through His Son.

And the way to know more about Jesus

is to read more about Him.


In the Gospels, Jesus said,

He who has seen Me has seen the Father. (John 14:9)

My Father and I are one. (John 10:30)”


The apostle Peter wrote (1 Peter 1:21):


Through Christ you have come to trust in God.

And you have placed your faith and hope in God

because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.”


The apostle John wrote (1 John 1:5-7):


This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you:

God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.

So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God

but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.

But if we are living in the light,

then we have fellowship with each other,

and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.”


The apostle Paul (the apostle to the Gentiles) wrote (2 Timothy 1:12):


I know the one in whom I trust,

And I am sure that he is able to guard

what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.”


Might I always seek to know more about God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

and might I always seek to serve Him and obey Him.





Shirley's Soliloquies #566
Shirley's Soliloquies #566



06/14/2015

The Leading of the LORD!

The past two weeks have left

an indelible impression upon me!


Now I wonder how my husband and I could

ever begin to express our appreciation

for all the many expressions of love

that were showered upon us?

(We had celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary)


A verse in the Bible comes to mind.


For God is not unjust to forget

your work and labor of love

which you have shown

toward His name,

in that you have ministered

to the saints, and do minister.”

Hebrews 6:10 (NKJV)


So we are back in Michigan again

with many heartwarming memories,

thanking the LORD for all our family and friends!


What lies ahead for us?

We do not know.

But we do know Who holds the future,

and He directs our paths.


61 years ago,

Henry gave me an engagement ring

In which he had engraved

Psalm 37:4-5:


Delight thyself also in the LORD;

and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Commit thy way unto the LORD;

Trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”


Thank you, Lord, for your continued leading in our lives!