Tears and Triumph

Tears and Triumph

“Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey-riding on a donkey’s colt.’ ”   

Matthew 21:5

Tears

On that day…..the day we call Palm Sunday…..the Lord Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on a small donkey. As the ecstatic crowd welcomed Him thinking He was the one who would free them from  their suffering under a cruel and harsh rule, He wept.

“As He approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day

what would bring you peace-but now it is hidden from your eyes.’”    Luke 19:41-42

 

The Greek word for weep is  ἔκλαυσεν…meaning to weep aloud, expressing uncontainable, audible grief (“audible weeping”). He was sobbing; those around Him could have heard Him but the crowds were cheering.

Our Lord shed tears of grief and sorrow as He rode the small donkey into Jerusalem that day.

Triumph

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and makes war. ” Revelation 19:11

“On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written:

King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” Revelation 19: 16

 

Yes, Jesus Christ is coming again and in complete victory and triumph. He will not be shedding tears. As the King of Glory, He will be riding a white horse….not a small donkey. He will establish His everlasting kingdom.

Wishing you a blessed Palm Sunday with praise to Him.

‘Til He shouts!

 

 

 

I first wrote and published this blog in 2015. The message is the same; it will never change, and will never grow old.

Show Me The Way

 

My New Year’s Resolution for March

Psalm 143:8

 

What are my first thoughts when I awaken each morning? Are they positive…..negative……hopeful…..fuzzy…..? Usually they are random, different each morning than the day before. Often my first thoughts are about what must be done that day….or of commitments I have made. At times I would like to start all over, sleep a little bit longer, then see if I can come up with lovely thoughts, thoughts that encourage me. Right here I’ll admit that many mornings my first thought is about my first cup of tea and maybe a croissant with marmalade.

Must my thoughts be so unpredictable, I ask myself?

I would like to awaken each morning with thoughts of my Lord Jesus Christ’s unfailing love. Wouldn’t you?

I have put my trust in Him, so I pray as did the Psalmist….“Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul”.

‘Til He Shouts!

Grace For February and Beyond

My New Year resolution for February is about grace; where does it come from, how do I live it out in my life, can I be like Him who is full of grace and truth; how does imputed grace affect others in my life?

“Grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen”.

___2 Peter 3:18

A brief Google search showed that the word grace appears 206 times in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Grace is used in many different ways in the Bible. But the one I want to focus on this month involves how I serve Him and relate to others……what is in my heart.

Romans 12:6 teaches me that my Lord has given me grace. I have not earned it. It is a gift that enables me to be effective in my life as I serve Him. Since it is a gift that I have by my faith in Him, I want to use it, live it and show it.

The verse I selected for February tells me right away how to begin to grow in grace; I must have knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There it is! The more I know about our Lord, the more I love Him. To know Him I must read His Word….over and over, and daily if possible. I have heard we eventually begin to act and think like the person we associate with the most. I find Him and associate with Him in His Word and my worship. I want to be like Him…as much as He will allow.

I won’t focus on everything grace is and means but how I can use it this month and beyond; all for His glory and to bless those around me.

‘Til He Shouts!

 

Just Forget It…….

When I began to write this blog I realized the Holy Scriptures do not need any help; they are intensely straight forward; sharper than a two edged sword and fully capable of accomplishing exactly what our Heavenly Father intends. However, I can’t resist adding a few words from experience.

First Corinthians 13 is a powerful chapter clearly stating our Lord’s standard for what we call love. As in everything He does, they are high…but not unattainable. By the power of His indwelling Spirit, we can grow in Him, coming closer every day to His standards. Thank you, Lord.

This new year I’m continuing my “New Year’s Resolution for the Month” series.  I submit for January only the last part of this powerful verse:

“Love keeps no record of wrongs”.

WOW! I told you the Holy Scriptures are direct, didn’t I?

I think it is appropriate to title this blog, Just Forget It. Since the Lord God has forgotten our sins, then certainly He will help us forget them and forgive ourselves and others. Now I can make room in my mind and heart for joyful things; the world is full of them. Take your pick.

‘Til He Shouts!

Adele’s Excellent Christmas Shopping Advice

 

….Just stay home!

Yeah, actually those three words are my best advice about Christmas shopping. Trust me, I know these things! After sixty-six years of marriage and the age that implies, I have tested all methods of Christmas shopping. Of course, that was before online shopping, which I love. Back to the subject. I published this blog a few times before but this morning I realized I was beginning to have the same thoughts about Christmas shopping and suddenly remembered my own Excellent Advice. So here it is again.

I love numbers. After my husband served 6 years in military service; after 5 years of his undergraduate studies; after many years of his graduate studies; after 3 children, (all this time with zero discretionary funds), I finally began to notice a singular truth about my shopping: If I went out of the house I would spend money! That’s it! It was as simple as that! To resist the urge to shop, I would make a cup of coffee, grab a cookie, and wait for the urge to pass….and it would pass. Yay! Just think how much money I saved today, I would think. Perhaps the thought of taking three little children along with my shopping trip had something to do with deciding to “…just stay home.” Maybe.

Fast forward to today with the convenience of online shopping at my fingertips. Remember I said that I love it. Well, I’ve learned something about that, too; If I fill out all the necessary information in the Shopping Cart…i.e. the mailing address, credit card number, on and on, I’ll probably make a mistake and have to delete the whole thing. I’m usually so aggravated and bored by that time, I go find something else more fun to do. Yay! Just think how much money I saved today.

Recently while shopping online at a fancy store website, I came to the final bottom line stating the cost, it was really low….yes LOW! I thought how can that be? I just ordered some expensive items, jackets, sweaters, etc. I pondered this for a while and decided to start over by going back to the homepage of the store. Oh! I see it now….in big bold letters it read “EVERYTHING 70% OFF TODAY.” That answered my question and confirmed my growing suspicion that I am the world’s worst shopper. Yes, I started over and bought all the same things I wanted as before. Oops! I didn’t save any money that day.

You might also find it helpful to know that if you are traveling with all your children and you are on a tight budget……don’t stop the car……ever! It will cost you money if you do. I’ve tested that theory before, in fact, we’ve lived it. However, I’ll admit it is a little difficult if you are trying to get to Lubbock, Texas from Houston, Texas in one day. At last count it is almost 600 miles.

Friends, that is the extent of my shopping advice gleaned through hard-earned experience and a lot of fun. Get a cup of coffee and a cookie….and wait.

Merry Christmas, one and all. With praises to Our Lord Jesus Christ as we celebrate His birthday.

‘Til He Shouts!

 

 

Note: I first published this a few years back, but truth is truth and always valuable….just like really good advice.

My New Year’s Resolution for December

 

 

We have come to the most blessed month of the year, December…the month in which our Lord Jesus Christ’s birth is observed. Regardless of all the commercialism surrounding us at this time of year, the Lord’s coming is still remembered and honored in many places and in many ways. Glory!

The very thought that the glorious Second Person of The Trinity made a decision to take on human form and come into the realm of mankind is almost beyond comprehension. But it happened……and we celebrate. It happened and mankind beheld His glory, as best they could. When Daniel, the great prophet, saw an angel, he fell to the ground completely stunned, dazed and helpless. Try to imagine by comparison; what will it be like when we see our Lord Jesus Christ in ALL His glory. I think we will be able to witness that only because we will be in our resurrected bodies, not our old human bodies.

Nevertheless, John and the other Apostles saw our Lord’s glory in their day.

“The word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the

One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

John 1:14

This has long been my favorite Christmas scripture. It will be my last, monthly New Year’s resolution to observe. I will post it next to my computer and consider it daily.

‘Til He Shouts!

Finish Your Food, Adele!


Probably the most frequent phrase I heard in my childhood was “Finish your food, Adele”. I had next to no appetite, except for tiny amounts of chocolate, peanut butter, waffles….that sort of thing. Nevertheless, I was more active and lively than my brother and sister combined and showed no signs of malnutrition; however, I was very, very skinny. I grew out of that particular problem and am totally grateful for and enjoy the food our Lord provides. He is ever-faithful.

During our early years of marriage, money was scarce. It wasn’t unusual to find a note on the bananas, “Hands off. These are for your lunch bags”, or in the refrigerator a note on little plastic dishes, “Nope! Stay away. This is for supper.” They soon learned to ask first.

Through the years our finances became less strained, but I never lost my appreciation and gratitude for our Lord’s generous supply for all our needs. I rarely fail to thank Him out loud for all the food we carry into the house after a visit to the grocery store. I’m truly grateful and know He is the One and Only provider.

“Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted.

He did the same with the fish.” 

___John 6:11

I remember how touched I was when I first comprehended that verse. The Lord and creator of the universe, (Colossians 1:15-16) was giving thanks to His Father for their food at that amazing picnic. What a rich blessing to know that grace and humility are natural characteristics of our Lord Jesus Christ and He never changes. He is so worthy of our praise, and gratitude. If He feels the need to give thanks for His food, I will thank Him for my food, before I eat, wherever I am….at a picnic for 5000, standing by a food truck, enjoying afternoon tea and a cookie, or waiting in line at McDonalds. I even thank the Lord for providing fast-food restaurants, with inexpensive food. It comforts me to know someone short on money can still buy lunch.

This Thanksgiving, I’m thanking Him more than ever. He has blessed us so far above our hopes. I’m grateful and praise Him for who He is, for what He has done, and for all He has in store for us.

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

___Ephesians 3:20-21

‘Til He Shouts!