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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Church

     What is a church?  Even though there are people who do more work in the church than others, I  believe the church is a body of believers working together with God as the Head.  In Ephesians 1:22-23 we find:  "And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,  which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way."
     When I think of the church I have such fond memories of the small country church I attended when I was growing up.  Although most of the people I knew are no longer there, I remember this church as the basis for my salvation, and I love to sing the song we so often sang.        

Church in the Wildwood  
There's a church in the valley by the wildwood
No lovelier place in the dale
No spot is so dear to my childhood
As the little brown church in the vale

Chorus (Oh, come, come, come, come) Come to the church by the wildwood
Oh, come to the church in the dale
No spot is so dear to my childhood
As the little brown church in the dale


My poetry lyrics are as follows:               
There's a  church
beneath a shady birch;
A spot so dear, answering a worldly cry.
Oh, come to the church, sharing Jesus and why.
 Come and drink to your soul;
Find the Word to keep you whole.
Come, come! Sip the flavor;
Fill your cup with the love of the Savior.
Hear the call from your nearby church;
The place leading, guiding toward life's search;
A people committed, loving, caring, giving;
A people praying; forgiving.
Find peaceful rest in God's own place
Where, outside, waits a vulture in watchful space;
Inside sits, a sinner fallen from lofty ways
Seeking joy to follow his days.
Come and drink to your soul;
Find the Word to keep you whole.
Come, come! Sip the flavor;
Fill your cup with the love of the Savior.
Oh, come to the true and peaceful church;
Calming, rousing from a falling lurch;
Find it sowing seeds to sprout;
Beneath its shelter, sharing what life's about.
Oh, come to a lovely place;
Dwell in His grace.
Find the heart, with busy people,
Building a mission steeple.
A people - God's own,
Telling of His love, beginning to end, forever-shown. 
Oh, come, come, come to the melody sounds of the calling church,
Giving rest underneath its shady birch. 
                                                Mary Crisp Jameson

Thursday, August 18, 2016

School is Back

     School is now in full force!  Teachers are busy. Really, really busy!  They are trying to get their classrooms in order, attending meetings, preparing schedules, calling parents, and working more hours than the majority of people realize, all for the sake of teaching other people's children.
     Since my daughter is a dedicated teacher, I see what goes into the school year, and I do not take their careers lightly; however, you will find below a few comical excerpts from two books I co-authored which can be found as an ebook on the Amazon Kindle site.  Just click the link provided:

Book- A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Morgue  (true humorous short stories)

    In the days when many of the rural school board members did not even have a high school education, a particular board member, who did not have any appreciation for the finer aspects of the teaching of grammar and punctuation, came to school one day and wrote upon the chalk board, "The board member thinks the teacher is a fool."  As he completed his writing, the teacher took the piece of chalk, stepped to the board, and corrected the sentence with a couple of commas, resulting in the following: "The board member, thinks the teacher, is a fool."
Here's another:

     In the mountains of northern Arkansas or Southern Missouri sometime around the turn of the last century a man applied for a teaching position in the rural school.  The school board asked, "How do you teach geography?  Do you teach that the earth is round or flat?"  The teacher responded, "I am prepared to teach it either way."  He got the job. 

    Then here is another from my So? Whatever! 365 Laughs and Devotionals with Foreword by Mike Huckabee:

     A third grader was giving a demonstration speech at school using items from home. Realizing they had left the items needed for the speech at home, the mom rushed back to get the stuff.  The apple, the orange, and the raisins were gone.  "Oh," said the dad, "I had that stuff for breakfast."  Reporting back with an explanation and apology, the teacher said, "Gee, that's first. 'My dad ate my
homework.' "

     Family members are full of surprises, but it is good to establish a pattern that can be recognized in daily life.  Parents should want their children to expect prayer at meal times, recognize when the alarm goes off in the morning that time will be spent in Bible study and prayer time with God.  Getting up on Sunday and going to church should not be a question.  When the Christmas tree is put out, the family will talk about the birth of Jesus, and when Easter comes, they will talk about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Children should be given family traditions revolving around their love for Jesus; knowing the Holy Spirit leads, intercedes for them, and guides them throughout their lives.  There is a saying that is good, "A family that prays together stays together."

1 Timothy 3:4  "He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect."

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Devotional for the day

The following is the August 18th devotional from the book, So? Whatever! 365 Laughs and Devotionals,  which was written by myself, Mary Crisp and co-author Charles Jones.  The book's Foreword is by Mike Huckabee.  The ebook Kindle addition can be found on Amazon.  Just click on the following link:

August 18
     A preacher went to heaven and noticed a cab driver had been awarded a higher place.
      "I don't understand," he complained to God.  "I devoted my entire life to my congregation." 
     God replied, "I reward results.  Was your congregation attuned to you whenever you gave a sermon?" 
     "Well," the minister had to admit, "some in the congregation fell asleep from time to time." 
     "Exactly," said God, "and when people rode in this man's taxi, they not only stayed awake, they even prayed."

Do not be misled.  When we die, Christians won't be left with an earthly body.  "The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.  So will it be with the resurrection of the dead.  The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable."  We are weak in the body, but believers in Christ will be raised in power.  Therefore, stand firm, giving yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because your labor will not be in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52  "Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed -- in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed."  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Adore Him

     I often find myself complaining about so many little things until I begin to admire all that surrounds me in "A Friendly Shade".  It is then I stop and think my Lord for all the wonderful blessings He has bestowed upon me, and I feel ashamed for my doubts, fears, and complaints.  God has indeed been so gracious and showed me so much love, not just for my current blessings, but for His amazing deed and willingness to die on the cross for a complainer and sinner like me. 
     So often I fail to give Him praise and adore Him.  As I remembered the song "O come, let us adore him," I decided to write my own praise to glorify His name.

Adore Him
Glory and honor belong to Him;
God first, foremost, my daily hymn.
Let me adore Him with song;
My Keeper the whole day long. 
Let me adore Him with thanksgiving;
The One for whom I'm living.
He reigns!
Fills the land, the fields, the plains.
The sea is His; He who formed dry land,
Then stamped it with His mighty hand.
Glory and honor belong to Him;
He who wipes my tears till sorrow grows dim.
My Rock, my strength;
Peace that comes at length.
Come! Let us adore Him;
For the cross; the blood shed from limb to limb.
Adore the One from whom love shines,
His life, the Trinty that binds.
Glory and honor is His alone;
A Savior, my sins to atone.
Oh, come! Let us Adore Him
Till joy fills us to the rim and our eyes grow dim. 
                                                       Mary Crisp Jameson
Psalm 95:1 "O come, let us sing unto the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our
Psalm 96:1 "O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth."
Psalm 97:1  "The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof." 
Psalm 98:1 "O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvelous things: his right
   hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory."


Friday, July 29, 2016

Make America Great by Using National Motto

    I believe that making "America Great Again" by staying true to our national motto is important.
    In the current presidential campaign, Donald Trump wants to make "America Great Again."  On the other hand, Hillary Clinton, in her speech, stated, "Our country's motto is e pluribus unum; out of many, we are one.  Will we stay true to our motto?" 
     I didn't think much about Clinton's interpretation of the motto until I listened to the American Family radio station, and heard what is really the adopted and true current national motto.  After hearing the comments,  I researched it further and found that e pluribus unum  (out of many, one)  was included in the Great Seal of United States when it was adopted in 1782; however, in 1956 the United States Congress passed an act adopting "In God We Trust" as the official national motto.
     I would like Hillary Clinton to know that I would love for our country to stay true to our motto, "In God We Trust."  I am also sure that her false statement of the current motto was refreshing to the atheists who have tried for years to remove any reference to God from our country.   
     I do hope and pray that our wonderful United States of America can be made great again, but this will never happen if we do not put God first, embrace Him, His values and instructions.  
2 Chronicles 7:14   "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

Thursday, July 28, 2016

New Day Dawning

     I decided to start my day in A Friendly Shade reading Philippians 4:8 since I had a night in which I had not slept well.  Sadly the lack of sleep leaves most of us expecting a bad day, but our days do not have to be that way.  I believe our attitudes control our day.  
     "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
      If I apply Philippians 4:8 and think on lovely and good things, have good thoughts, apply just behavior, and praise others, or in other words, keep a positive attitude while letting God direct my course, my days can all be good ones, because I am looking for and being joyful. 
     To sum it up, here is my rhyme.

New Day Dawning 
Woke up this morning
groaning and yawning.
Another day was dawning.
I had not slept well,
my eyelids fell.
What would the day foretell?
Surely, not dreary or grey.
Joy abounded, just needed to pray;
Let God direct my way.
"Lord!" I shout your name out,
Please, remove my doubt.
Rid negative thoughts whirling about.
This is the day the Lord hath made!
Every step before me laid.
Lead me! guide me! I earnestly prayed.
Be my shield
should I enter the battlefield.
To you alone, my spirit yield.
Hope and joy to usher in,
 with God! With Him!
Till the day does end. 
                                       Mary Crisp Jameson

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Prayer of Jabez

     How many of us want to be blessed?  I know that I do, and I also know that only the One true God can grant these blessings.
     Bruce Wilkinson wrote a small, powerful book on "Breaking through to the blessed life",  The Prayer of Jabez.    This book changed my life. 
     The simple prayer of Jabez is found in 1 Chronicles 4:10.  Jabez is mentioned in only a few verses and, for years, was completely missed by me because he is in the midst of the who begot whom.  It seemed that Jabez was more honourable than his brothers and he prayed, "Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!  And God granted him that which he requested."
    Wilkinson broke this prayer into 4 sections:

1.  A request to be blessed personally

2.  A request to have his territory enlarged for God

3.  A request to be kept away from evil

4.  A request to not cause pain toward others

     I know that my prayer life needs to be about being thankful to God and about others, but Wilkinson's book cleared the path for me to stop feeling guilty for requesting blessings for myself .  God wants to bless and He wants us to tell him our desires. 
     I had a hard time with the second request about asking God to enlarge my territory.  I was afraid of what God might ask me to do, but I finally took that step.  I did not know what to expect and did not even recognize it at first.  After I retired I kept having to do this or that for someone else.  There were errands to run, financial planning to do for them, and concern on my mind.  At first I thought, "What is going on? When will this stop?"  Then it hit me!  Wow!  God had enlarged my territory with something I could manage and do.  It was time to stop complaining about the extra hours out of the day and enjoy the moments. 
     Request three speaks for itself.  We all need to attempt to stay free of temptation or anyone or anything that will lead us away from the blessings God has in store for us.
     I believe request four comes through love.  If we show love toward all men, we will watch our tongue (what we speak), and we will watch our actions (what we do), so that we will not create hurtfulness or harm toward others. 
      For those who have not read The Prayer of Jabez, please take a few hours out of your day and let it revolutionize your life.  It is packed with powerful thoughts that will enrich your life.