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.
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!
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV)
A Change of Seasons
I have been active in ways some others merely dream of
Seasons which may be long and arduous!
Changes are evident, and I enter therein.
I am officially in a change of seasons…
I came from a season where God was making known his will…
And I worked tirelessly to find His Will and do it. I became an instrument of
His grace—doing everything in my power to share His message…for a season.
Now I find myself in a “change of seasons.”
I cannot accomplish the same feats as before…
Disability has limited my efforts, but I am not forsaken
By the God of my youth…he has accommodated me!
I am now receiving His grace in a different way.
Where I used to be the messenger, I am now the receiver.
I used to work tirelessly to serve, now my strength wanes…
But He upholds my strength and fortifies me. I was
Strong, now I am dependent upon Him and His Grace.
I have truly changed…the season has changed…I am still useful to Him!
I John 4:7-8 (KJV)
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In the First General Epistle of John, we are told of the nature of love and challenged to love some who might seem to you to be “unlovable.” If we don’t have love, John asserts, we do not have God in us! This is why I have a hard time accepting the so-called Christian-based hate groups. I am confident that John would agree, if you “hate” or persecute those who worship differently than you, you do not know God! If you go out of your way to make it difficult for others, you do not know God! Love is not like that, hatred is.
We need to reexamine our motives in all areas of our life, to see if it is love-based or some other agenda. Compare the scriptures to see if your brand of “love” shows God shining out from the center.
I am writing this blog after suffering several medical setbacks, and I feel like I am approaching my former condition. I intend to resume regular blogging soon. Therefore, all comments, pro or con will be appreciated. Please feel free to open up…
Thank you and special thanks to our Father.
In the fifth chapter of the General Epistle of James, we are encouraged to be patient. -James 5:7-8
Let us persevere together!
Revelation 2:17- He will give us a white stone with a new name!
In his classic poem, Robert Frost states that the woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I (Frost) have promises to keep……and miles to go before I sleep…
While one can appreciate the sentiment, we truly have little to say about our travels. We cannot always choose our pattern, due to circumstances beyond our control. I have found that the destination and frequency is up to a different planner! I do not know where God is taking me next, but I am unable to choose. I have learned to trust Him and His leadership.
I marvel how His decisions seem to turn out better than my own. Glory to God!