For My 71st Birthday

I praise You because of the wonderful way you created me.

Everything you do is marvelous!

Of this I have no doubt.

Psalm 139:14 (CEV)

1

Thank you God that You are the creator of the universe

that You are the creator of me

and designed me exactly to Your specifications.

Thank You for bringing me into this world

and giving me life

a spirit

a soul

and a body.

2

Thank You for making me in Your image

personally forming me with the same care and precision You used in creating the universe

exactly to your specifications

gifted physically and spiritually just as it pleased You

for Your glory.

3

Thank You for my parents

who were designed specifically by You

to be the ones who cared for me

trained me

and taught me about life

and You.

4

Thank you for my strengths and weaknesses

that I can enjoy

and develop

without pride or false modesty.

5

Everything I am

is from You

and kept by You

surely You have been good to me.

6

I stand in awe of You.

A Funny Memory Happened In Church Today

This morning we sang an old familiar song that we haven’t sung for a long time.

We were invited to stand, and as soon as we began the chorus, my mind went back to my parents living room ~ when I was a preschooler ~ and my aunts and some other relatives stood in a large doorway singing this song.

1 (971)Bringing in the Sheaves

Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness, Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve; Waiting for the harvest, and the time of reaping, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

  • Refrain: Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves; Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

This is where the memory happened, and I must have been smiling, because my Aunt Julia – who was just behind me – tapped me on the shoulder. When I turned around and saw her smile, I knew the same memory had come  to her.

That day, back in the living room, I sang loudly, “We shall come with Joycie bringing in the sheaves.”

I had an Aunt Joyce who I called Joycie at the time – and in my young mind I thought we were singing about someone called Joycie. 🙂

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Today ~ as we kept singing ~ I had trouble concentrating on the real words because of the funny memory.

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1 (437)Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows, Fearing neither clouds nor winter’s chilling breeze; By and by the harvest, and the labor ended, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

  • Refrain: Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves; Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

Going forth with weeping, sowing for the Master, Though the loss sustained our spirit often grieves; When our weeping’s over, He will bid us welcome, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

  • Refrain: Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves; Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

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Our sermon was on the parable of the sower:

  1. Be faithful as a sower of the Word
  2. Realize that your heart is the soil.
  3. Is your heart receptive or hardened to the Word?

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1 (158)Memory ~ what a wonderful treasure.