It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, February 26, 2007


Reflection on Reading for Today - 2/26/07

Leviticus 19:1-2

The LORD said to Moses,
“Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:
Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.

I am the Lord…you are to be like me…do not steal, lie, speak falsely, swear…

I am the Lord…you are to be like me…do not defraud, withhold wages, curse the deaf or cause the blind to stumble.

I am the Lord…you are to be like me…judge justly, do not slander, defend your neighbor’s life.

I am the Lord…you are to be like me…bear no hatred for another, take no revenge, cherish no grudge.

We are made in the likeness of God. And the fruit of our holiness is seen in how we treat our fellow humans. We are to give food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked and welcome the stranger, care for those who are ill and visit those imprisoned.

We can do this by:

Praising someone who is hungry for encouragement or thanking someone who is hungry for appreciation

Talking to someone who is thirsty for companionship or contacting someone who is thirsty for some sign of friendship

Restoring assurance to someone who has been stripped of their self-confidence or clothing someone in truth who has been stripped of his/her good name because of malicious gossip.

Lightening the sickness of doubt and worry with a cheerful, supportive attitude and being patient with one who is depressed

Setting free someone imprisoned by nerves with a calm demeanor and releasing a homebound person from the prison of loneliness through your friendship

God is showing us that he himself is a Father who treats all his children the same way. We are to show honor because that is what he does, and he is “the Lord.” He does for us exactly what he commanded the Israelites to do for each other. He forgives us. He extends his life and love to us. He still offers us the joy of heaven on earth

Lent is the perfect season of the year for solitude and self-reflection. As we spiritually journey into the desert, Lent is a time to reexamine our boundary lines and get realigned, set in right relationship with God and the world around us.

My prayer today is that I may see the things I need to change so that with God's help I can live always in His light

'On Ya' - ma

Friday, February 23, 2007

A Lenten Reflection

Give up complaining----focus on gratitude.
Give up pessimism----become an optimist.
Give up harsh judgments----think kindly thoughts.
Give up worry----trust Divine Providence.
Give up discouragement----be full of hope.
Give up bitterness----turn to forgiveness.
Give up hatred----return good for evil.
Give up negativism----be positive.
Give up anger----be more patient.
Give up pettiness----become mature.
Give up gloom----enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
Give up jealousy----pray for trust.
Give up gossiping----control your tongue.
Give up sin----turn to virtue.
Give up giving up----hang in there!

Father in heaven,
the light of your truth bestows sight
to the darkness of sinful eyes
May this season of repentance
bring us the blessing of your forgiveness
and the gift of your light.


'On Ya' - ma

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


Delay not let your conversion to the Lord,

put it not off from day to day

Sirach 5:8

A day doesn’t seem like much time until you realize how much can happen in a day

Each day in the United States:

11,000 people get bitten by a dog

13,000 people get married

20,000 people write the President

87,000 people wreck their car

180,000 people move to a new home

From a book by Tom Parker

You wake up in the morning and lo!

You purse is magically filled with 24 hours,

Of the manufactured tissue of your life

It is yours

It is the most precious of possessions

Arnold Bennet

Each day is a wonderful gift !

'On Ya' - ma

Monday, February 19, 2007

My Study Notes, Chapters 20&21 TO LIVE IS CHRIST

My Study Notes Chapter 20 and 21 TO LIVE IS CHRIST

Acts 17: 1-34

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true

Acts 17: 11

We now see Paul and Silas in Thessalonica a 100 mile journey from Phillippi. The Holy Spirit was leading them to where they should go, but we also hear Paul exclaim ‘It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known., so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. (Romans 15:20)

God used both the leadership of the Holy Spirit and Paul’s desire.

He would usually preach in the synagogues using the same methods each time.

Paul would prove that Jesus was the Christ using the Old Testament Scriptures.

As a result of his methods some Jews and many Greeks believed.

After being rescued from prison in Thessalonica he went on about 50 more miles to Berea. The Bereans possessed excellent qualities that provide good standards for believers of today.

They were willing to receive the message. They accepted the offer to hear Paul teach and the fruit was bountiful

They were ready to receive what he had to tell them

They cross-examined the message with Scriptures.. Just as we all need to study the Scriptures for ourselves.

They were eager to believe but wise to check the validity of Paul’s teaching.

A great awakening of faith resulted.

For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I found an alter with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown, I am going to proclaim to you.

Acts 17:23

Paul was doing well in Berea until the trouble makers from Thessalonica came and he found himself moving on. This time he went to Athens. In Acts 17: 16 we see that Paul reacted strongly to the idols he saw there. In Athens the audience was totally different.

He found an object lesson there that he used to share the Gospel with them. Using the alter of THE UNKNOWN GOD, he taught them about the God they didn’t know.

They listened until Paul got to the Ressurection then they scoffed at him.

Athens was thought to be the center of learning, she was full of philosophers and free thinkers.

Acts 17:17 tells us ‘ he reasoned in the synagogue with Jews and God fearing Greeks as well as in the marketplace day by day.’

Acts 17:34 tells us that few became believers in Athens. He never mentions a church starting there.

He was not persecuted there, he simply left. (Acts 18:1) They didn’t persecute him because they were just to cold to care. This is a perfect example of people believing that ‘anything goes’ .

Persecution and indifference are drastic contrasts yet both were a cause of trouble for Paul and still are problems in the world today. I’ll be praying for those persecuted because of their faith and also for those that live with indifference in their hearts .

God is so awesome ! He chooses to work through ordinary people in extraordinary ways. Our study of God’s Word can help us develop a passion and perseverance that can enable us to be a part of that extraordinary too !

‘On Ya’ - ma

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


As I sit here waiting for the snow to stop so I can get out and start clearing the driveway, I'm remembering snow storms of the past.

I can remember trudging off to school and wishing I didn't have to wear the ugly boots I had on. I can remember the warm feeling of coming home and shedding the layers of clothing and smelling the good soup my Mom had cooking to warm us all up.

I remember my 16th birthday party. We had a huge snowstorm and everyone's cars were covered. Some parents were not to happy to be going out that night I'm sure.

After I married and had children I can remember watching out the window on a snowy day for my kindergartener to arrive home. He had walked with a friend and they took their good old time coming home. The school was just a few blocks away and I shouldn't have worried, but I did. What a relief it was to see him come around the corner.

I loved snow days when all the babes were all at home. I knew that they were safe and warm and nothing could harm them.

Now, they all live in their own homes and some have their own children to take care of. That's the way it is supposed to be. But I often call to check on them, just to be reassured that all is well.

Sometimes the circumstances in their lives are like the Winter Storms we've had and there is nothing much I can do to help save pray alot. I've learned to stop worrying, but I'll never stop caring.

Today, I'll make the most of what will be and tomorrow will take care of itself.

Happy Valentines Day to you all !

'On Ya' - ma

Friday, February 09, 2007

World Marriage Day-Sunday, February 11th, 2007

Then the Lord God made the man fall into a deep sleep, and while he was sleeping, he took out one of the man's ribs and closed up the flesh. He formed a woman out of the rib and brought her to him...That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united with his wife and they become one.

Genesis 2:21-22,24

Woman was not taken from man's head to be ruled by him,

nor from his feet to be trampled upon,

but from his side to walk beside him,

from under his arm to be protected by him

and from near to his heart to be loved by him.

from a meditation by Gordon Higham

The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

Theodore Hesburg

This was in one of my daily dovotionals and I thought it was worth sharing. I was blessed by being married to a wonderful man for 27 years before he died in 1992. And am thankful to have some wonderful memories.

I'll be praying for all married couples and asking for God's blessings for them.

'On Ya' - ma

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

My Study Notes Chapter 18&19 TO LIVE IS CHRIST

My Study Notes Chapters 18&19 TO LIVE IS CHRIST

Acts 16:4-40

When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Trouas.

Acts 16:7-8

As they traveled further from home new challenges awaited Paul, Timothy and Silas. When we surrender our lives to God we find the challenges to learn and grow become greater.

We did not see a great light as Paul did, but somewhere along our journey we met Christ and our lives took a turn and we sojourn on the road He has placed before us.

Paul and his company were not allowed to preach in Asia, but somewhere on this significant journey Luke joined them. Luke has been identified as being from Antioch and we are told in Col.4:15 he was a friend and a doctorl

The redirection God shows the disciples as they tried to enter Asia , tells us that even the best of peoples plans are not always God’ s plan. God exercises His right to redirect His children through leadership of the Spirit.

The Spirit does not lead us to follow natural instincts.

It is far more.

God has placed His Spirit in each person that has received Christ. The Holy Spirit always leads even though we don’t often recognize it.

We must study God’s word and be open to a change in plans

We should pray for direction and ask God to teach us His ways

We can make plans but hold them loosely just in case God has other plans

A sense of peace will virtually always accompany God’s will just as a lack of peace often means we have mistakenly taken a wrong path.

Growing in God’s will we will learn prefer peace over personal preferences.

More than any other disciple God choose Paul to teach about the activity of the Holy Spirit.

Paul and his band of Missionaries were directed in a vision to go to Phillipi where he found no synagogue so he preached at a gathering place outside the city.

There he met Lydia. She was a city girl, a saleswoman and a homeowner. Yet she also found the balance between professional and spiritual life. She worshipped God and gathered with other believers. She opened her home and made herself available to God.

Through this business woman God opened the doors of Europe to the Gospel.

In the short time Paul and his band of missionaries were in Philippi they spent time in a castle and in a prison. Paul and Silas were dragged before the magistrates because of their Jewish heritage while Timothy and Luke remained free because they were thought of as Gentiles.

God uses His servants and their experiences in different ways. He always has a specific purpose in the way He uses each one of us.

Even though we may think of ourselves as small and insignificant, God works through us for the good of his plan. I pray that we can be open to hear the Holy Spirit that is each one of us.

Speak Lord, your servant is listening.

As I’ve fallen behind in my studies, I’ll be trying to do 2 chapters at a time for now.

‘On Ya’ - ma

Sunday, February 04, 2007


I said a Valentine prayer for you
and asked the Lord above
to fill your heart and bless your soul
With the precious gift of love.

I asked Him for sincere love
The kind that's meant to stay
Just like the generous love
You give to those you touch each day.

I prayed for love from family
And from every cherished friend
Then I asked the Lord to give you
His love that knows no end.

~ Author Unknown by me ~

'ON YA' - MA