I am Daryls wife, Joyce. I know that Daryl has posted here for a long time and that many of you have encouraged him. Yesterday he heard his name called in Heaven and left our earthly home for his Heavenly home. He was the love of my life and we were married for 48 wonderful years. He was truly a man after Gods own heart. We, his family, will miss him more than words can express. Please hold us up in your prayers as we walk this long, difficult road. May God hold each of you in the palm of His hand till we meet at Jesus’ feet.
But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call to Him. (Psalms 4:3 NKJV)
God is faithful to those who strive toward Godliness….sometimes, even when we are not so faithful. He loves us and finds ways to bless us! We can all learn a lot from a God like ours, the one and only true God.
Prayer- Lord, let me be faithful to appreciate you and your special treatment of us. Praise your Holy Name!
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16 KJV)
I am comforted in the presence of God. No matter what happens, I feel secure there!
Perhaps Billy Graham said it best:
God Loves You!
Never question God’s great love, for it is as unchangeable a part of God as is His holiness. Were it not for the love of God, none of us would ever have a chance in the future life. But God is love! And His love for us is everlasting.
The promises of God’s love and forgiveness are as real, as sure, as positive, as human words can make them. But, like describing the ocean, its total beauty cannot be understood until it is actually seen. It is the same with God’s love. Until you actually possess true peace with God, no one can describe its wonders to you.
Yes, almighty God, I have felt the consolation of Your love!
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; (Ecclesiastes 3:7 KJV)
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; (Ecclesiastes 3:6 KJV)
When God designed our lives, He did not make us unbeatable…He set up a time to win, but also a time to lose! In this way, we learn that we do not always get our own way. We have a time to get and a time to lose. Life would not work well if there was no time to lose, and we went on winning (or getting) all the time. It is important in those times of loss to remember that your plight is ordained by God. We should be patient with loss, for He allows it, I.e. It is part of His plan! We please our Father not by just winning, but by our acceptance of all of His plan. I accept loss (a time to lose) as much as winning, and I have plans to embrace His plan, no matter where it takes me. Thanks be to our Heavenly Father for His perfect plan!
Prayer: Lord, help me to be thankful for all the elements of your plan! May I be willing to embrace your will at all times!
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; (Ecclesiastes 3:5 KJV)
A time to gather stones together. I have a friend who works in the trades. He is a licensed plumber. Some time ago, we prayed that his business would increase. Since that time, there were times when he had so much business, he could hardly keep up.
We would joke about all the business, “should I pray that business slow down?” He would say, when I remember you taking my phone off the hook and praying that God ring that phone with business to support my family, I cannot ask God to stop ringing the phone. There is a time to gather stones and a time to cast them away…
Last night, my friend was not home. I received a call, “do you know someone who can replace my water heater?” —It wasn’t enough to call my friend to feed God’s people, now I am getting calls too! …a time to gather stones together! God is good to me and my friends…whether I be casting stones forth or gathering them up. Praise be to God, my Heavenly Father!
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; (Ecclesiastes 3:4 KJV)
It is certainly true that I am now into a different season. Anyone who ever witnessed me trying to dance (in my younger life) would attest that it certainly was not a time for that! I had the weeping, laughing and mourning down pat. I especially had the laughing part perfected. But dancing? There never seemed enough time for that.
Although there were different types of dancing, I did not participate in any. I was far too awkward for social dancing. Modern dance? I just didn’t get it. There were forms of dance that I could not even find a name for much less participate. It was not “time” for that.
But the new season that I am in allows for yet another type of dancing…the expressions from deep inside of me that bring me to profound rejoicing! This is not a celebration of legs only, or any other body parts exclusively or specifically. It is rather a body and soul celebration that surpasses all bodily dance in joyous participation. It is a party of soul and God’s presence that brings about true joy, real Godly presence, and spiritual renewal.
The season has passed for my physical dance manifestations, such as they were. However, in this time of God’s “seasons” it is as if my Saviour has spoken to me in a personal way…”Daryl, it is time. Would you like to dance?”
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; (Ecclesiastes 3:3 KJV)
I am encouraged by the fact that God has allowed for a time to heal: I surely need it. In this season of life, I am believing God to do the right right thing by me. That’s known as “grace” and it may not allow for complete physical healing!
Will I be a loving, obedient, child of God when I do not get my own way? I want to! That is part of the “…time to build up!” Suffering builds character and shows us where we can improve!
I am thankful to God in all things, in all seasons….Praise be unto Him!
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
God appoints the seasons and appointed the time when each of us was born. He also has appointed our time of death. He likens this to planting and plucking up. (Ecc3:2-kjv)
Every living thing seems to seek prolongment for its existence. Even when going to a new season, it seeks to maximize. God has set seasons for good cause and we work better in each season, when we adapt appropriately to the tasks and challenges within God’s plan.
It would be foolish to argue with God about our times. He has set seasons within those times for our benefit, to help us progress through life. I am not one to plant in the winter or look to harvest in the spring. Things do not work properly “out of season.” It is best to follow God’s plan.
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