Christmas and the Volkswagen

This is a memory of a time with my cousin Marilyn who has gone on to be with Lord. This memory always makes me smile when I think about it. Marilyn and I spent a lot of time together when my mom, dad, and I would go to Louisiana to visit family during the Christmas season. Christmas was and is my favorite time of year.  I enjoyed this time of year because it was about, Jesus, family, friends, and love.

This particular Christmas always makes me laugh. Marilyn and I were like sisters, especially after the death of my sister Deborah. Marilyn was about 4 years older than me, but we both thought we were in charge. Sometimes we would argue with one another, but ultimately we would still end up spending all of our time together acting silly, laughing, and having fun. We’d stay up late at night and would reminisce about the good old days.

On Christmas morning, we got up early and were excited about the day ahead. We decided not to get dressed yet since we were going to just run out drop off the gifts and come right back, so we put on robes over our pajama’s and with rollers still in our hair and scarves on our head and slippers on our feet, we gathered all the gifts we had for everyone and piled everything in the blue Volkswagen and proceeded to go my grandmother’s or as we would say up to my grandmother’s house which was about five to ten minutes from where my cousin lived (my grandmother aka mama lived on what they called Upper Third near the levee, that’s why we would say were going up to the house). My grandmother’s home was the meeting place when everyone came home to Louisiana for Christmas or any time of the year for that matter.

So we’re in the car bouncing down the road in the blue VW and now it begins to slow down; Marilyn is able to pull the car over to a safe spot and boom, it just totally stops. She tries to start it again, but it won’t start. I’m looking at are her and she’s looking at me, like what we are going to do. So, we are out here on the side of the road with rollers in our hair, pj’s, robes, and slippers, looking like God knows what trying to figure out what to do (lol), and of course there are no cell phones (still lol). Marilyn ends up walking to a phone booth (yes phone booth) and calls one of our cousins to come to the rescue. We leave her car on the side of the road later to be towed away, and we pile into my other cousins car with all the gifts and we continue to mama’s house, laughing all the way and of course totally embarrassed.

Each Christmas when I would return and spend time with Marilyn and the rest of the family, the story of the blue Volkswagen debacle and our pajama wardrobe was always a point of laughter.

The moral of the story is never leave home in your sleepwear because you never know what might happen. But on a serious note, the real moral of the story is to love your family and friends and make good sweet memories while you have them with you because you never know when they won’t be there anymore. Although Marilyn is gone, she will forever be in my heart and in my memories. May you rest in peace Marilyn we love you.

The picture below is ofMarilyn and my uncle Jerry in March of 2007. She went home to be with the Lord in September of 2011.

“A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

Proverbs 17:22 (Amplified)

Grace is Powerful

I know that I wrote about grace several post ago, but doing what I usually do (listen to gospel music while driving home from work), I heard this version being sang by T.D. Jakes and the Potter’s House Choir. Listening to Pastor Jakes powerful and dramatic voice makes you really see and feel the grace of God.

I found the song on “You Tube” Published on May 21, 2012 by elderharris3. Elder Harris said: A Revisionary of Bishop T.D. Jakes and the Potter House Choir “Grace”, a homemade video project. A home production with wonderful scenery to go with music.

I hope you enjoy  the song as much as I did.  If it wasn’t for God’s grace where would you be.

 

Thank you Lord for grace.

Image: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

 

 

A.W. Tozer was a renowned Christian author, preacher, and pastor who loved the Lord. Tozer wrote over 40 books. Two of his books, The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy, emphasize the need for a deeper relationship with God.

  • “To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men.”
  •  “Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.”
  • “No man should desire to be happy who is not at the same time holy. He should spend his efforts in seeking to know and do the will of God, leaving to Christ the matter of how happy he should be.”
  •  “God may allow His servant to succeed when He has disciplined him to a point where he does not need to succeed to be happy. The man who is elated by success and is cast down by failure is still a carnal man. At best his fruit will have a worm in it.”
  •  “You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love and obey Him.”

 

 

Simply Quotes

Today I just wanted to post a few quotes written by Saint Augustine. According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Augustine of Hippo was a Latin philosopher and theologian from Roman Africa and was generally considered as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all times. His writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity. Here are just a few of his awesome quotes.

  • “God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.”
  •  “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”
  • “Christ is not valued at all unless He is valued above all.”
  • “It is human to err, but it is devilish to remain willfully in error.”
  • “Where I found truth, there found I my God, who is the truth itself.”
  • “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”
  •  “Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.”
  •  “He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.”

 

 

Higher Ground

The view from the window of an airplane is always an amazing sight. When looking out at the fluffy cotton-like clouds you realize just how high up you are. You feel like you could just reach out and touch those clouds. A few years ago, when flying to visit family in Louisiana, I was staring out of the window of the airplane and I couldn’t help but think about a gospel song the choir used to sing when I was growing up. The song is entitled “I’m Pressing On” and the first verse of the song says, “I’m pressing on the upward way, New heights I’m gaining every day; Still praying as I onward bound, “Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.” We are sometimes onward bound through hospital bills, joblessness, illness, marriage problems, and the list could go on and on. We sometimes want to go higher on our jobs, in our relationships, with our family and friends, and in other areas of life, but do we really want to go higher with the Lord?

Going higher with the Lord does requires some active participation from us. What kind of participation am I talking about? Reading and studying God’s word and having a consistent prayer life are ways to actively participate in moving up higher with the Lord. Reading and studying our bible means God speaks to us and when we pray we talk to God. Praise, gratitude, and worship are also ways to go higher in the Lord. When we speak God’s praises He will bless us, guard us, keep us, and lift us up to higher ground.

Psalm 34:1(Amplified) “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

In 1989 the Mississippi Mass Choir recorded “I’m Pressing On” with Rev James Moore as the lead singer.  Listen and be blessed.

No More Pictures

A fellow blogger friend gave me some very good information today. She gave me a link to another blog that talked about use of pictures from sources like google images or bing images. I found out from the post that it is a no-no to use those photos. This link is to a blog post by romance author Roni Loren.  Bloggers Beware You Can Get Sued Using Pics.

So, needless to say, I have gone through all of my blog posts and removed any pictures that were used from google or bing images. I definitely do not want to be sued for copyright infringement. The post will give good information and links to sites where you can get free pictures or sites where you can pay for pictures. You can also take your own photos and use them in your blog. Bloggers please click the link and read the post for your own education and safety.

Happy blogging everyone!

“Not Forgotten”

God promised us as believers He would never leave us. He is with us always, even to the end of the age. Whenever we are experiencing doubt and interruption of our peace, we need not worry because He is there with us; we are not alone.

Joshua 1:9 (Amplified) “Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

We have an advocate and a defender, He sees all and knows all. We should never fear that God has forgotten about us because He is all-knowing and all-powerful.

There is a song that Israel Houghton sings entitled “I Am Not Forgotten”. Always know that you are not forgotten.

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