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Making a Difference in People’s Lives

Happy Birthday to Chrissie, my daughter!

Misspelled words
Chrissie and Ivy

This past Sunday morning I was able to hear Pastor Jim Kilgore, ¬†Life Church in Houston, teach on making a difference in people’s lives. Pastor Jim commissioned my daughter and son-in-law as missionaries in that service to the field God has called them to. Am I proud? Yes. Proud of my daughter, the miracle baby God gave my husband and me. Proud of my son-in-law that God gave to my daughter. I’m proud of the parents that they are, and I’m so in love with their beautiful baby girls (my Grand-Joys). But even more, I’m proud of the awesome Sovereign God I serve.

You know what I love about Chrissie? She loves God and loves His Word. I like to talk to people who like to talk about God’s goodness. Chrissie is one of those people. We enjoy talking about His miracles, direction, and purpose.

About those little girls God gave to Chrissie and Elvin, let me tell you a little funny. You know how babies speak certain sounds, their baby talk? I have been on a mission. One of the baby’s sounds is “Guh.” So, when she and I talk, I tell her to say, “Guh-Gr-ummy!” I told her mommy that she’s going to say, “Grummy” first. The first part of that story, though, is how the term “Grummy” came into the family. When Chrissie’s oldest daughter tried to say “Grandmommy,” it would come out “Grummy.” She had already learned what to call all the other grandparents. ¬†Finally, I had a name – Grummy, and I’m sticking to it.

God gave me joy when He gave me Chrissie. In fact, about a year before she was born (I had prayed and prayed for a baby for years), God spoke to me one day and said, “Your joy is coming in January.”

“God, is that you?” I asked. I knew I didn’t just think those words. Sure enough, January arrived and I found out that I was going to have a baby. On the following October 6, my Joy was born.

You’ll read a lot about joy in this blog. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit, and the joy of the Lord is my strength! One of my joys is reading to my granddaughters, making sure they have books to read and learn from. Often, I think of Lois and Eunice in the Bible, Timothy’s mother and grandmother. Timothy was what he was because they prayed for him. Grandparents can truly make a difference in the lives of their grandchildren.

Grandmothers with their granddaughters
My Two Little Grand Joys

You and I can make a difference wherever we go. What is your purpose? Find a place to do what God wants you to do.

Sunday Thoughts

Bible Reading
Bible Scripture Thoughts

Days go by better when begun by meditation from the Holy Bible. It’s so easy to get distracted by the least thing after getting up in the mornings. When I woke up this morning, I read some in my Blogging for Dummies book. Then I went on a typical morning tour, something like this agenda:

  • Feed the cats.
  • Take a peek at the garden. Watered yesterday evening, so no watering is necessary for now.
  • Where are the 4 kittens? Go find them. Oh! They found a new hiding place – inside the back hole of the other washing machine (that only needs a part to work just fine) on the Back 40 .
  • Fixing cereal because I don’t want to cook this morning, I head for the computer to blog. Oh, yes! There’s the vertigo exercise paper on the table. I need to do that. Ignoring the paper, I walk on, saying to myself, “Distractions!”
  • Sitting down to eat my cereal while getting online, I check my email.
  • Thank you, Jesus! Amen, amen, AMEN! (I truly meant this.) This is a comment my little 2-1/2 year-old that calls me Grummy (her version for Grandmommy) said when she received a gift from her mommy. So, now my husband and I are always repeating the phrase when God does something awesome or we’re excited about a particular turn of events. This morning’s event was that I opened my email to see a message from the website I publish articles on. One of the articles hit a couple of snags and was rejected twice. The email message congratulated me on its approval. YES!
  • Finally, I logged on to this new blog I’ve begun, Grummy’s Adventures, at the encouragement of my daughter, Chrissie. Since today is Sunday, I want to devote a blog post sharing a couple of Bible verses that have been coming to my attention the last couple of days.

This morning’s agenda shared above is how I get distracted every day. I have good intentions of doing EVERYTHING I need to do every day. Then I get interrupted. You know how that goes. It might take five minutes or an hour, but it delays your plan and puts you behind schedule. Incidentally, delays are not always a bad thing. There have been numerous stories told about people being saved from disaster by being delayed for some reason. So the next time you are frustrated because of delays, just take a moment to say, “Thank you, Jesus.” Don’t fret over it.

Okay, the moment for those verses has arrived. I made it through the distractions. Two nights ago, I picked up my Bible and turned the pages, wondering where I should read when I came across a piece of paper. A long time ago I was praying one day, and I wrote down words that flashed through my mind out of nowhere. In my experiences through the years, when words suddenly appear across my mind like that, it’s God talking to me. I’ll share some of those experiences in later blog posts. They’re incredible. They are reminders of how God knows me, hears me when I pray, knows exactly what I need.

The page from two nights ago includes these words: You’ve still got joy. As long as you’ve got God, you’ve got joy. Everything’s going to be OK. Habakkuk 3:18-19.

I turned to Habakkuk 3:18-19. Guess what it says.
“(18)Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.(19)The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.” (KJV)

Do you know what a hind animal is? It’s a red female deer at least three years of age or older. This deer is known to live in the mountains and moves swiftly. Rocks and rough terrain don’t deter the swift-moving hind.

Just before I started writing this post, on the Christian radio station I’m listening to, the host quoted a verse from the New Testament, Philippians 4:4: “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”

It was like the radio host knew I had struggled yesterday to blog about what God has been nudging me about, rejoicing in him at all times. He mentioned that when Paul wrote that verse, he was in prison.

Whatever in life makes you feel like you’re in a prison, you’re hell on earth, I hope you will let these words written by Paul encourage you.

You see, I have had vertigo since March. At times, I feel like the room is turning fast around me in circles. I’ve had to use a cane a lot because when the vertigo episodes happen, I cannot walk straight. I have to hold on to something so I don’t fall down. I didn’t drive for about two months. Now the triggers that cause my vertigo still happen, but they trigger bad headaches, milder dizzy spells not as bad as the episodes, irritability, etc. Triggers like loud, high-pitched sounds, voices and music can set off the annoying effects.

This vertigo journey has presented things out of my control that can easily frustrate me. Friday I had one of those out-of-control situations due to my vertigo journey. Just the night before was when I read those verses in Habakkuk. I prayed yesterday and told God that I don’t want to, I cannot, worry. My friends, Doris and Karen, both prayed for me.

Throughout this journey, I have turned the situation over to God. I knew from the beginning that he knew why it was happening, and I have trusted him – still do.

One last thing before I say, “Good Day,” I want to take this moment to give honor to my parents, Rev. B. H. McCoy, now 90 years old, and my precious mother, Myrl, who left this life in 2008. Today is their anniversary, June 7. They were married in 1943. One month later, Daddy went off to war. Thanks to them and their love and dedication to God, I still trust God and love him with all my heart, mind, soul and strength.

Good Day!