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A Grandmommy’s Thoughts About Sincere Faith

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“When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” (2 Timothy 1:5, KJV)

This post was started on Sunday, the day I like to talk about what I’ve been reading from the Bible. It’s also the day I love to use the vase photo.

The vase is special to me because it belonged to my mother. She passed from this life in 2008. I think of her all the time, her faith in God, and gifts God had given her. Like the time I called her and she said, “I was sitting here by the phone, waiting for you to call. I’ve been praying for you, and God said it’s going to be OK.” Like the time she calmly put me at ease when I (at sixteen) ran, panicking, into the house after I had pulled the car into the garage, scraping the right side as I did. Like the time she begged me to go with her to my grandmother’s in East Texas instead of riding with my dad and brother in the pickup, towing a car to Center (the pickup and car were totaled that day – and God spared our lives).

God had shown my mother something was going to happen that day of the accident. If it had not been for my brother feeling impressed to hold tight to my leg that day, I would not have lived. Yes, the vase is special. It reminds me of Mother’s faith.

Today I noticed things that I had never noticed when reading I Chronicles Ch. 4. I wondered how did I miss these things in the past. The prayer of Jabez is familiar to many of us, but today I saw it like never ever before. First, the chapter starts out with Ashhur, his two wives and descendants. Then all of a sudden, there’s Jabez who cried to God, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. WOW! God granted his request!

I needed to read that today. I had spent the morning searching for an important paper that I had to have today. I couldn’t find it anywhere!! For years when I haven’t been able to find something that I need desperately or right away, I’ve asked God to show me where it is. Every time, he has shown me or told me where to look. I had prayed, looked, prayed this morning….and finally was so overwhelmed that I stopped looking, stopped asking and got the One Year Bible out and started reading I Chronicles Ch. 4. Forgetting about the document, I kept reading and noticed particularly these things:

1) the short names that are actually easy to pronounce 

2) Ziph and Ziphah – this made me laugh because I thought why would you name two of your kids almost the same name. Then I said them aloud: “Ziph” “Ziph – ah”. They surely couldn’t have nicknamed Ziphah, or the two would have come running.

3) There were craftsmen, potters, linen workers, leaders.

4) Verse 22: “These records are from ancient times.” – and we think of I Chronicles 4 as ancient times.

5) The leaders’ families increased greatly. They found rich, good pasture, and the land was spacious, peaceful and quiet.

Jabez had faith in God, the God of the universe, the God who controls the universe. There is a verse I like in the Bible that says, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive (Matthew 21:22, KJV). Jabez believed and received.

When I read the prayer of Jabez today, I thought about how I want God to bless me and enlarge my territory. What is your territory that you want God to enlarge? You may not know how to enlarge it, but God is bigger than this universe, bigger than your thoughts, bigger than your money, bigger than your credit bigger than your insufficiencies.

Timothy had sincere faith, but his Grandmother Lois first had it, then his mother Eunice. What can a grandmommy like me do to pass down her faith to her grandchildren? Let them see you practice it. Tell all the stories you can remember when you prayed and the prayer was answered. Tell your parents’ and grandparents’ stories of their prayers that were answered. Pray with your grandchildren about their prayers, believing with them. Always share praise reports like Jabez did.

Want to know the rest of the story about the document? After I read in I Chronicles, I walked into the living/dining room and without even thinking, I picked up a stack of magazines on the corner of a table. Between the magazines, hidden, was a folder with the important paper I had been looking for.

I Chronicles 4 brought new meaning to me today.

Ask God to bless you and enlarge your territory. There’s a catch, though. Believe it, ask it in Jesus’ name.

 

PS. This evening I did Face Time with my daughter, son-in-law, and my two sweet granddaughters.  “GRUMMY!” the oldest said. 

“WHAT?”

“Be right back…be right back, K?”

“OK.”

Coming into my view again, pulling something red with her, she held up Clifford so I could see. I told Clifford to give her a hug and sugars. He did. 

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!