Recently I spoke about taking care of my mother-in-law in my home and also shared her passing. What I want to talk about today has to do with when she was staying with me. One night when we were talking about God and Jesus I realized how much of the Bible I really had inside of me. She asked questions that caused me to spew at the mouth about stories in the Bible. She told me she didn’t know the Bible like I did. I thought that was sad considering she was 86 years old. I thought about this because at the end of her life, about the last 2 years, she was blind in one eye and couldn’t see well out of the other and she couldn’t hear well either. I felt God telling me to read the Bible and learn what I can WHILE I can. I don’t want to get to the end of my life and not have His Word engraved on my heart, so I can turn to it when I need it, even if I can’t see or if I didn’t have a way of reading it. I have not forgotten this experience.
Now recently I began reading a book called How To Study The Bible by Dwight L. Moody. He is emphasizing as Christians how much we need the Bible. We need to be reading it to be more effective in our lives. I have read several times the scripture Matthew 24:35, 35 Heaven and earth [as now known] will pass away, but My words will not pass away. God spoke to me about this in my sleep last night. He has revealed something, a message that I thought was awesome!
We know the Bible states that everything in this world will pass away and we have always heard the phrase, “You can’t take it with you”, right? Well, since God’s Word will never pass away that is the one thing that you CAN take with you! So all the studying and insight you get is not a waste when you pass on. Sometimes it feels like doing Bible study is useless but its the only investment in your life that’s going to literally last for eternity! Not only do you benefit from it in your life now but it’s going to benefit you in the future and for all eternity!
The Bible has answers to everything and is alive and changing. It’s the only book that changes every time you read it. Because every time you read it you are in different circumstances than before and you have more life experience, so you can never stop learning from it. The best news is that it’s not like learning in school, when you pass, that knowledge is gone. This Bible, God’s Word will live forever, go on forever , stand forever. I for one want to take it with me! It’s a precious thing and I was so happy when I realized it’s the one thing we take with us and it’s the one thing we can count on.
I spoke about my mother-in-law recently and I have an update. She passed August 8,2017. This is one reason I haven’t written. I wrote a tribute to her and spoke it at her funeral and wanted to share it on my blog for safe keeping. This way I can read it and it won’t be lost. I hope you enjoy it. It was inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Virginia Gibson was my mother-in-law. I knew her for 30 years. I wanted to say a little bit about who she was as a person. I admired her goodness. Her desire to do good and be good. She didn’t see life any other way. She told me once that her whole life she didn’t understand why anyone would want to be bad. She was drawn to the Light even when she was a child. She told me how she loved going to revival with her mom. I like to imagine her right now with her family in the biggest revival she has ever see and heard. She is experiencing the full love of Christ right now. I have had tastes of His love already and I know for sure she is full of joy beyond what we can imagine. She wanted her children to love one another, to help one another. She told me when I was taking care of her, how much she loves her children. Every night she thanked God for each of you, imagining your heads on your pillow. I found myself the past few nights that she has been gone, taking up her prayer. I have prayed for each one of you just as she did. I know you are broken and sad but we have each other. Your mom and dad lives in each one of you. We can continue their legacy with our own families. Take what they have taught us and pass it on. This is paying it forward. Give! Give yourself away. Give your time away. Give whatever you have for whoever needs it in that moment. Let’s make them proud! Don’t let all their hard work building a family be all for naught. Get up, run your race well, the way we saw them do. Love well. She expressed to me her hope for us all to be saved and go to heaven. She wants us all to be together again.
I remember a time long ago when I wanted to get up at Christmas and tell each one of you what you mean to me. I didn’t do it out of fear of talking. Just as I am afraid now, but God has given me strength to do this. I just want to say I love you all and there’s no place like home!
Psalm 5 has a lot to do with prayer and how we should be walking with God. Like I have said before prayer is most effective in the morning before you start the day. This way you have the rest of the day to watch and wait to hear God’s voice. But before we pray we need to acknowledge God for who He is and give Him reverence and worship. Remember the only way we are able to enter into the house of God is through His Son, Jesus. Be thankful for His love and mercy. Our prayers should be passionate and never taken for granted that we can communicate with God. We need to ask for God to lead us and guide us into His righteousness and make the way of the path plain to see. We don’t receive unless we ask.
There are some guidelines we should follow that lead to being and living right. We shouldn’t boast or practice evil. Be trustworthy, truthful and not let any deceit come from our tongues. We should resist evil and not seek revenge. Live, speak and be the Truth! Continue to be in right standing with God and experience His favor and blessing. Remember our ways lead to destruction. We should be in high spirits singing and shouting for joy because we belong to God!
Father, I come to You in reverence and in awe of who You are. I acknowledge that You exist and You are over all creation including me. I am thankful that through the blood of Jesus I can come into Your house and dwell with the Almighty! Show me your path of righteousness today and every day in every circumstance and choice that presents itself to me. I am overjoyed that I belong to You. I’m passionate about You and love You. Thank you for Your blessings and favor on my life. Help me continue to live right before Your eyes. I want to walk in Your ways, not my own because they lead me into destruction. Help me remember Your ways. Thank you for Your Holy Spirit living in me, leading and guiding me. I invite You to be my life. I am Your vessel, make Your glory shine through me in all I do, Amen.