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Christmas Day 2017, my High School ,and still best friend, came to my house to exchange gifts.
Some backstory on my friend’s family is that every family gathering of theirs was filled with anger and decade old grudges. Some of her relatives had even been disowned for rather small matters
While my friend was there, I noticed that she had begun tearing-up because she had never seen a family so happy to be together. I’d never before seen or heard of her crying in the two and half years I’d known her. It was amazing to know that, through me, my sister-like best friend now had family absent of judging and disownment.
When I was a young girl, we would go to our Mamaw and Papaws. We would act out the Christmas story, before we opened presents.
My Mother entered a Nursing Home in Waco the week before she died. She wished to celebrate Christmas so my wife and I went out and got a prelit Christmas Tree for her and her neighboring roommate. The children’s choir from 7th and James Baptist Church came to sing carols. She lost consciousness during the children’s choir and went to meet the Lord the next day. We left the tree for her roommate’s enjoyment.
I remember my little girl and little boy, ready for Christmas and all excited, coming home from school with their pictures of Santa and the little gift they got. Me being a single mom, made it sweet and I thanked God that I did have a little extra so I can put presents under the tree. Their smiles are priceless and they just warm my heart. Thank God.
My favorite was the Christmas I got engaged. My family knew but I had no idea. He waited until we had opened all the gifts. I was so stunned I didn’t say anything so he had to ask again.
My favorite Christmas memory is making cinnamon rolls with my mom. Every year, since I was five years old, my mom and I have spent a day baking our family recipe of cinnamon rolls. The cinnamon rolls are special because the recipe is from my grandmother, who passed the recipe to my mother, who passed the recipe to me. Each year, the day of baking cinnamon rolls becomes my new favorite memory. Merry Christmas!
My favorite Christmas memory was when I was 5 years old. My brother Clint and I was told to stay in the hallway that Christmas morning. At the end of the hallway wall a full length mirror. I remember my brother having me look in the mirror and say “Happy Birthday Jesus!”
My brother passed away 20 years ago this year, due to a work related accident. It’s the little moment that can make a great memory. That memory can stay with you, your lifetime. I love and miss my brother very much.
About 4 years ago my family and I decided to get out first real Christmas tree and we were so excited! We picked out the perfect tree and got it tied down to our car and we were ready to go. As we headed home part of the tree was inside the car and we started to hear nothing but screaming in the back! Turns out there was a giant spider in some of the branches of the tree and it freaked everyone out. I remember everyone started screaming until we pulled over and jumped out the car. The spider disappeared and no one wanted to get back in the car! Until this day we have no idea where the spider went, but it’s a memory we love to laugh about and share every Christmas when we put up our tree!
On Nov 28, 1995, we lost our Dad after a dreadful battle with cancer. He was a faithful Christian, a man of prayer, a loving father that loved the Lord. Words could not express the sadness our family felt facing the Christmas season without him. It was during this time that my older sister, Ann, who suffered with kidney disease, was waiting for a kidney transplant. Even as my Dad was suffering and fighting his own battle, he continually prayed for Ann and reassured her that God had the perfect plan. I am convinced that as soon as my Dad entered into his heavenly home he must have had a heart to heart talk with the Lord. On Christmas Eve, Dec 24, 1995, my sister received the best gift.
My Favorite Christmas memory is the Christmas of 2011. My daughter was born 8 weeks early, and had to stay in the NICU for a few weeks. She was released with no health problems on Christmas eve, First time her big sister got to see her. Best Christmas ever!
This past Christmas I will always remember the face of my son in law as I was unwrapping my last gift. He was grinning from ear to ear and his eyes were bright and shining. I received a back massager that I wanted, because I always used theirs. Best gift ever. Then later I was teasing him about rearranging the ornaments on the tree, he was a perfectionist. Not even a month later he passed away unexpectedly so I will always cherish that day with his happy face.
While l love being the mom to 6, and have favorite Christmas memories with my children, my favorite memory goes back to my childhood. My family moved to Austin when I was 8 and at that time Austin was the size of BCS is now. That’s so hard to believe! Every Christmas my father would take me, and my three younger brothers, to the 155 foot tall Zilker Christmas tree. While holding one ankle and one wrist, he would spin me around while I looked up at the spinning lights. He would put me down, and I would walk like I was drunk. We all laughed as he took turns spinning my brothers too. As a child of God, it’s that simple, innocent fun, that I miss most; for me and my kids.
About 21 years ago I was a single mom of a beautiful little boy. Being a single mom I struggled financially and was under a lot of stress with work and raising a child on my own. My mother helped as much as she could, but she was battling colon cancer and was in and out of the hospital. She was always the rock in the family and held us all together like glue. This particular Christmas she was in the hospital at MD Anderson. Over the phone she walked me through making my very first Christmas dinner for the entire family. I was wakened early Christmas morning by a phone call from my mom. She had arranged to have gifts bought for my son. I remember just crying because she made it happen!
My favorite memory is a Christmas Eve when I was about 6 years old. My dad was working the 2-10 shift that day. When he got home, Santa Claus had already stopped at our house. I got a baby doll that you could feed and change its diaper. I was excited and couldn’t wait to take care of my baby! The first thing I wanted to do was feed my baby! Before I fed my baby, I made my dad taste the food! So there he was, still in uniform, bent down, tasting the food that I was going to feed my baby! Thirty three years later and I still remember this! I even have a picture of me feeding my dad! This is a memory that I will never forget!
We would pile up as many would fit in my mom’s expedition and drive through the lights at Belora park and sing Christmas songs so loud while drinking hot cocoa. It made my heart so happy.
While dating my (now) husband, he surprised me for Christmas several weeks early with a miniature dachshund puppy. I am very hard to surprise, and he had recorded the video of my reaction. I screamed, jumped up and down and even cried. It was one of the biggest Christmas surprises I have ever received, and I will always treasure the memory.
Every year when my PawPaw was alive, he would buy each of us a gift just from him in addition to the gifts my grandmother bought. His, though, almost always came from the dollar store and we all looked forward to seeing what they would be. One year, when I was in jr. high, he got us all candles. They were the kind with a picture of a saint. Well, mine was a picture of a man with leprosy, barely clothed, with sores all over his body. It cracked me and everyone else up! I carried that candle with me to college and everywhere I moved until a decade or so ago because it reminded me of one of the greatest men ever, my PawPaw!
My favorite Christmas memory had to be about two years ago when my family was at my parents house and we were opening presents and my kids and niece and nephews noticed how quiet it was. Then we realized that my parents dog Tres ( named after the number three in Spanish) had gotten out. So we had to stop everything and go looking for him. And after reviving a phone call about where he was, we found him about a street away in a neighbors backyard. The moment was not lost on one of us, from the oldest to the youngest. We treasure our time together, slowing down, laughing, and celebrating the fact that we can all gather to celebrate Jesus’ Birthday-even with the dog!!
My favorite Christmas memory has to be the time my parents surprised us with a trip to New York City! All 7 members of my family were stuffed into one tiny New York apartment, but it is still one of my fondest Christmas memories.
My favorite Christmas memory was in 1999. My mother had cervical cancer and we knew she would pass on soon. We decided to make this her happiest Christmas. We had a lot of love and food. We took her around to see all the Christmas lights. We were so blessed to have that time with her. I’m forever grateful to the Lord for giving us that time. She died a month and a half later.
My favorite Christmas memory was when I was 15. All my family was in town this year and we were all around the piano on Christmas eve singing all kinds of songs as my grandpa played. We then went to bed and woke up and enjoyed Christmas all under the same roof. We also jumped into a big pile of ripped up wrapping paper. Lets just say could not stop laughing those two days.
I’d always had bad Christmases. My parents were divorced, my mom kind of wasn’t there some of those years and my dad wasn’t really talking back in past years.
But, at the age of 22 God blessed me with a son and a year later a daughter. Now, my son being a toddler and my daughter almost a toddler also… this past Christmas, I got what I’ve always wanted (A family). I am blessed and will spend Christmas with happiness and gratefulness! I’m thankful God gave me 2 beautiful, amazing kids. Also for my boyfriend and 2 step kids that came in the picture. I’m just so grateful for everything that God has done for me.
One Christmas in particular stands out as a funny memory. My dad and grandad spent many nights in the back room of our house behind closed doors. Almost as soon as they both came home from work they raced to get to that room. I knew at this age that “Santa” must be working on us a playhouse or a gigantic doll house of some sort. The two men in my life were working long hours preparing for Christmas morning for 3 little girls. The big reveal of what Santa diligently worked on for my little sisters and I finally arrived. And what to my wondering eyes would appear an electric train mounted on plywood, with Dad and Grandad grinning from ear to ear!
About five years ago we went to our favorite restaurant and had planned on Skyping with our daughter Adrianna as she was many miles away serving in the Army. While everyone was ordering I looked up and standing there was my daughter in her uniform! What a blessing and surprise as well.
My favorite Christmas memory is from 2007–My husband and I got married 3 days before Christmas. Our wedding was surrounded with all the Christmas things (Christmas trees, poinsettias, lights, ornaments) but most importantly we had family and friends who rearranged their schedules to make sure they were in attendance! For our Wedding favors, I decorated 300 ornaments, many of which still hang on Christmas trees from those in attendance. I love when someone sends me a picture or writes and tells me they just hung the ornament!
My favorite Christmas memory was our first Christmas with our grandkids. They were old enough to really enjoy it and we were able to share the real meaning off Christmas with them. It’s not all about gifts it’s the joy of giving.
It was Christmas of 1980. I was pregnant with my first baby. My dad was very sick He had cancer. He made my mom bring him to see me. I was supposed to stay in bed because I tried to go into labor early. I couldn’t go to him so he came to me. It was so special that was the last time I got to see him before he passed away in January He passed 8 hours after my son was born. He waited to make sure we were ok. I sure do miss him.
One year, my daughter and I made all of our Christmas ornaments with a Spirograph!
In 2000, Christmas pictures with my miracle baby – we were told I would never conceive or carry a baby. She slept through the whole thing- we tried everything to wake her up but those 1st Christmas pictures of her sound asleep and so peaceful are such a treasure now that she’s in college.
In 2011 was my first Christmas in Bryan TX. All that I remember is that my brother got a DS and I said, “I want a DS too”. And every gift I got, I thought, “Is this a DS?” But instead of a DS, I got makeup.
My favorite Christmas memory would have to be from my childhood over 30 years ago and my cousin and I, every Christmas, would play in our outdoor nativity set that was in our front yard. We would pretend that we were part of the nativity scene and be very still as cars drove by. I can remember the warmth inside of the nativity scene from the bright, hot light that was hanging on top of the nativity and all of the hay that my dad put in there to make it look as realistic as possible. Such wonderful memories of a warm & cozy Christmas, time spent with family and taking part in a live nativity.
Growing up in an un-wealthy family of ten was always hard especially on Christmas. There was one Christmas, in particular, we received a blue Santa. When they pulled up to our home and brought all kinds of boxes of food and toys I felt like I was the happiest girl in the world!! even though I couldn’t figure out why Santa was blue Santa…. my mom later explained. giving is something I encourage everyone to do!! God is Great!!!!
We had just had the roughest year, financially, that we had ever had as a family, and we had two teenage daughters in our home. They attended a teen girls Bible study class, and every girl was supposed to fill out a form to receive a gift at the Christmas party. Our girls opted out of asking for a gift, because, they said, they didn’t really need as much as the other girls! I remember praying that the Lord would somehow provide them with gifts. As it turned out, a couple of the other girls didn’t want what they had received, and were about to throw their gifts away. My girls rescued those gifts and were very happy with them. The Lord provided even when they didn’t ask for anything!
My family and I are from South Africa where Christmas happens to be during the summer. When I was little we would spend the Christmas break at my grandparents house that was located on the beach in Brenton, South Africa. The days would be spent on the beach playing in the rock pools and the evenings spent with all the extended family. I can still remember the smell of the air and that feeling of being complete bliss.
My favorite Christmas memory is a few years ago our whole family went to Branson for the holidays.. it was the first time everyone was together! We drove together and went to the house which was gorgeous! My brother Jason made chocolate gravy every morning. We went on the polar express train ride and it was just awesome us sitting in a car alone just our family singing and making memories! Little did we know that the following April my brother Jason would pass away and we would hold on to those memories even more tightly. I’ll never forget that trip as long as I live 🙂
Decorating the tree with my parents and brother, making and decorating Christmas cookies with my mom, attending midnight mass at church, and seeing the smile on my grandma’s face because she would get to see all of her family on Christmas.
My favorite Christmas memory was the first year I got to celebrate with my newborn son. It was a Christmas I’ll never forget.
My favorite Christmas memory was when I was younger and my mom would open up all the windows to let the crisp air in while she cleaned the house. I can still smell her cleaning agents and vanilla candles. At night my brother, sister and I were allowed to open one gift. It was always an educational one but it was the excitement of ripping open a gift that made it worth it. On Christmas our presents were sorted with our names in sharpie. Even the dog had gifts.
I miss those days
I remember all my boys opening presents and all the families getting together and celebrating the day Jesus was born.
The Holidays are a wonderful time of year! But they can be very difficult when you’ve lost a loved one. Gary Roe, Chaplain at Hospice Brazos Valley, chatted with Brian & Ann about how to help cope with loss during Thanksgiving.
The day was November 26th, 2014… it was the day before Thanksgiving. I was compiling a list of things for which to be thankful. 2014 was the year my then-husband had decided life would be better with someone else, my father passed away and I lost a job I’d had for 22 years. Yeah, rough year! But I had found an article that I took as a personal challenge: Letting Go of a Relationship with Gratitude. It’s about learning to focus on the positive aspects of an ending relationship, whether a friendship, job… mine being my marriage. It also encourages you to look into the learning experiences (whether good or bad) that came from the relationship. The article encourages you to have a Gratitude Journal.
As I thought back on that year and started my Gratitude Journal, the items came slowly at first. I found myself praying a LOT and using the last of the tissues in the box! My thoughts went to things my friends and my kids said and did for me and began to realize there were many things for which to be thankful. Hard year? YES! However, through all of it, I had learned so many things about my Savior and experienced, intimately, His overwhelming love and grace. How could I not be thankful?! I may not be thankful FOR everything that happened, but I was certainly thankful IN all those things! I also became thankful for the wonderful things that had happened during my marriage… kids, vacations, friendships and memories.
Sometime in the last 5 years I’ve misplaced that journal. I moved 5 times and put almost 50,000 miles on my Jeep! That journal might be hiding in a box somewhere. Honestly, it doesn’t bother me that it may have gotten thrown away somewhere along the way. God had used that one article to show me what 1 Thessalonians 5:18 truly means and those truths won’t leave my grateful mind anytime soon!! I really should start a new Gratitude Journal though. This one will highlight the amazing things I’ve learned about how God redeems the ugly things that can happen!
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Hi Peace Family, it’s Ann from the Peace 107 Morning Show. I recently read an article by Gina Smith that truly lifted my heart. My kids are all adults now, but I still have doubts about how I did as a parent. I KNOW that most of these worries are just the enemy attempting to mess with me. But even at this stage of being a parent, I needed to read this!!!
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Hi Peace family, this is Ann from the Peace 107 Morning Show. Are you feeling achy, irritable, emotional, tired?! I read an article recently that said it’s probably not our bodies that are tired, but our souls. It was written from a secular stance but had some very spiritual truths in it. Some remedies suggested for alleviating the tiredness were to avoid negative thoughts and negative self-talk. I am SO guilty of talking negatively to myself!!
Another remedy for the tired soul… REST!!
In John chapters 14 and 15, Jesus encourages His disciples and us. He talks about us being in Him and He is in the Father. I’d say we’re in a safe place to rest and be revived.
Reading the article reminded me about a list of MANY things that are true of us in Christ. It took me a bit of searching through all the places I save links and articles… but I found it!! It’s a list that will help you and me to avoid the negative, emphasize the positive AND bring some rest. I included the link… in case you have places you “safely store” links you want to be able to access later.
Being reminded of truth will help chase away those negative thoughts!
So, find a comfy chair, bring your glass of iced tea and enjoy your mini-vacation…
This beautiful fur-baby became famous this week when his “mom” posted a picture of Trump the Longhorn enjoying some Blue Bell Ice Cream! Unlike a certain person who put some ice cream back in the store freezer after sampling, Trump’s creamy treat was paid for before he sampled it and gave his lip-smacking approval!
Brian and Ann from the Peace 107 Morning Show, had the opportunity to talk with Kristy Walker, Trump the Longhorn’s mom. Take a listen to what she had to say about Trump being a social media celebrity:
The friends we make when we’re young never stop being friends even when life takes them far away. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and am still friends with so many from the early years of school through high school. One such family was the Conrow family. The 3 oldest kids were all fairly close to my age and we went to school, church and Sunday School together. When their little brother came along, it felt like having a baby brother.
I reconnected with these friends almost 15 years ago. After about 3 decades of “separation” we took up as if we had never parted! Then in 2015 I moved to El Paso to live with and help care for their mother who had Alzheimer’s. The arrangement was orchestrated by God to not only take care of Sandra, but me as well. I was at a point in my life that I needed the connection with these friends to help heal ME! This was the year after my husband had left me, my father had passed, I’d developed some health issues and then was without a job. Being able to spend time with a family that had been an important part of my upbringing… it was truly as if God had turned the clock back and was remaking my future!
Sandra LOVED her family… nothing brought a smile to her face like family!!
I lived with Sandra for almost 2 and half years and went back to school to get some healthcare certifications. I so enjoyed my time with her. We had many great days… wandering around Home Depot looking for something, but not quite sure what it was… taking trips to her favorite plant nursery and stuffing my little Jeep full of plants and items she needed for her many rose bushes. Sandra loved her kids, grandkids and greatgrandkids, fiercely! As she started slipping further into Alzheimer’s, we did have hard days too. Those were almost always because she was very independent and very stubborn. Being stubborn isn’t always bad! I hope some of her stubbornness rubbed off on me during my time there. Her stubbornness carried her through MANY things in life. The confusion Alzheimer’s brought her made it impossible for her to be as independent as she was accustomed. I feel privileged to have been able to spend so much time with Sandra and help keep her healthy, safe and in her home as long as possible!
Sandra lovingly coaxed roses to bloom in the desert
Sandra recently developed some more serious health issues and within a couple weeks God said “Come HOME my child”. One of her daughters kept singing to her that morning… I Can Only Imagine. We can only imagine what it was like for her open her eyes in Heaven… welcomed in by her Savior, with a clear mind and healthy body… able to sing with a voice strong and clear. The first thing she did may truly have been to sing one of her favorite songs, “How Great Thou Art”!
Peace Family you have been a huge part of my journey with cancer and I wanted to share with you the good news…As of January 28th, 2019 I am now 5 years cancer free! Here’s a picture of my doctor, Kathleen Schmeler and I at my check up a week ago.
I began working for Bryan Broadcasting in 2013 and three months later was diagnosed with cancer. I was shocked and had the unenviable task of telling my bosses that news. I also had to ask for time off for treatment. In all my career I have never asked for time off the first year I work a new job. It’s not done in radio. One of my strengths is being dependable, showing up on time and working hard. This went against everything in me. I was scared.
The news was met with support and an assurance they would hold my job and wait for me to get better. They would be there with me. It was amazing. I also was only 90 minutes from one of the most renowned cancer centers in the world: MD Anderson in Houston. My doctor fast-tracked me there and 25 days later I went under the knife to removed a 2 cm tumor. Then the hard part started. Radiation for 6 weeks M-F with a chemo called Cisplatin every Monday to enhance the radiation. Boy did it. By the 4th week I had second degree burns and was begging for mercy.
No mercy was given. Doctors explained that radiation was cumulative and since I had sensitive skin it would be something I would just have to endure. That was the price to try to make it 5 years without a recurrence. That is a difficult place to be in. I worked years to learn to be present in the moment and not live in the past or future, and now I was asked to reverse that. It pushed me to my limits and drove me into the arms of Jesus. There were some days I was so weak I used a wheelchair. There were times that my prayer was just the word Jesus…it was all I could get out in my suffering.
You never know how you will react to a challenge like cancer but I realized something profound. God is God and he is good even if I had cancer. My faith was solid. I did not ask why or feel sorry for myself. He was my only source of help. If there was any immaturity in me it was burned away during radiation. I realized that I might not be okay and that was okay. I had lived an amazing life and a gratefulness entered me like I had never known.
I had tests every 3 months for 4 years and then every six months. Now, it’s once a year. To be honest I did not think I would make it to the 5 year mark. There is still no guarantee it will not come back at any time. I try now to live fully each day. And my family and lifelong friends say I have a peace and calmness about me that wasn’t there before. I guess facing death will do that to you. And your priorities get checked really fast.
So, in closing, I am here!! I can’t tell you the joy that brings me. Thank you for your prayers and kindness during this time. It’s been an honor to be with you every day on Peace 107 and be a part of your life. My purpose in life is to encourage others in Jesus name. And I will stay and do that as long as God allows me to.
A while back, I was chatting with an unmarried friend about the demise of my first marriage and he commented, “I don’t know how ANYbody can get married! How can you really know someone enough to marry them? It’s just too risky!”
Those words tumbled around in my head for days. I came to the conclusion that he is partially correct. I completely understand why he feels that way. He said it out of his observations of married friends and family members. No marriage is perfect and it sure isn’t easy!! Marriage probably is the riskiest thing you can ever do in life. Riskier than mountain climbing or skydiving. If you don’t make the right choices… you could lose your life!
BUT… in the risk and the danger is so much good, so much growth… so much that will NOT happen without that risk.
When “marriage experts” say that to be successful, a marriage takes 2 people giving 100%… I think that’s low-balling it. You have to give more than you have! Yeah, I know, it makes me sound math-challenged… oh yeah, I am… but a successful marriage takes two people giving much more than 100% each.
Since “math” says more than 100% is impossible, that extra effort, time, energy, passion, wisdom… etc. needs to miraculously come from somewhere… or someONE. Yes, marriage can be successful without the intentional dependence on Jesus. BUT… without Him, you don’t have access to the strength needed to give more than 100%.
Now, back to the risk and value in marrying someone…
Yes, you are risking everything when you give beyond 100% to another fallible human being. I think that’s what God wants from us, however. No, He doesn’t want you miserable! He wants us to LOVE. 1 Corinthians 13, the “Love Chapter“, isn’t only for married people, it’s for everyone. The beginning of verse 8 sums up what true love really is and does… “Love never fails…” Other things may be tried in an attempt to help or fix, but LOVE NEVER FAILS!
Love never fails. But humans do.
And even when humanness causes the failure of a marriage, all is not lost! The effort, time, energy… EVERYthing you put into your marriage is worth it. The most obvious gifts from marriage would be kids! But there is much more that is gained! The lessons learned while loving have great value!
What I’ve said so far is simply my “ever-so-humble-opinion”. It is an opinion that’s been educated by a lifetime of experiences that I’ve let Jesus use to teach me. And He will continue to teach me through things that HAVE happened and WILL happen.
A few observations from my experience…
Nothing is wasted!! Nothing, not a bloomin’ thing! I gained a lot during my marriage that I would not have if I’d not been married. My kids and grandkids are the best things that came from it! Also, I learned an incredible amount during my 30 years of marriage. Here’s an abbreviated list of things I learned:
There is a multitude of other lessons that have been learned… including some about helping children understand about raising animals for food and several regarding the need for steel-toed boots when cutting firewood… I just chose a few and will leave the rest to your imagination.
The knowledge and (semi)wisdom I’ve gained makes the risks well worth it!
Do I have regrets? For sure!! But I try to let Jesus take those and redeem them like everything else. I look back and have to say that if anything was different back then, I might not be where I am right now. And I really like where I am, doing what I’m doing… and LOVE where God is leading me… not that I know exactly where that is and how it will look… BUT I am LOVING the adventure!!
The spring of 2015 I had the opportunity to take a long, much needed road trip. Just me, my Jeep and Jesus! Along the way I visited friends and family. Early in April, I left my Aunt Bobbie’s house well rested and lighthearted. It was such a delightful and fun time with her and some of our extended family!! As I headed up into the mountains northwest of Phoenix, I was surrounded by sights I didn’t get to see in Wisconsin… mountains, palm trees, cactus, Joshua Trees and, occasionally, flowers trying to exist in the desert. The road was winding and rolling between the mountains. (Now, if you know me, I LOVE THAT… winding, rolling… up and down, back and forth… sigh).
I had the CD player cranked. I must have had the silliest grin on my face!! I was laughing, and singing, and gasping at the sights, crying, and laughing some more. I was thanking Jesus and telling Him, out loud (LOUDLY), what an awesome creator He is! I blurted out, giggling; “Oh God! I feel like a little kid!!!” I heard my Heavenly Dad’s voice say… “Yes… I am melting away the years.”
And, like He often orchestrates, this song was next on the CD…
“From the ruins, from the ashes; beauty will rise. From the wreckage, from the darkness; glory will shine” – JG
Isaiah 1:18 …Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow…
God knows I learn better with pictures. Do visuals help you learn His truths? A few years ago He gave me this visual…
I had experienced a couple of really hard days and was in need of one of those pictures! Tired, I crawled into bed, turned on my favorite worship mix and closed my eyes.
I saw Jesus sitting on a bench. I didn’t see His upper body or His feet… just His lap. He was wearing His pure white robe, the same robe I always picture Him in. I smiled and sat down next to Him. All that was in my view was His lap and my lap next to each other.
I was admiring His white robe and I looked at mine and it was white too. I squinted a little, tilted my head and, of course, I had to argue that point. I started to imagine smudges on my robe. I even said to Jesus, “After all we both know I’m not perfect…” and He stopped me. A question hung in the air. Again I tried to say, “Well, you have to admit… (I was thinking about my sins)” and He stopped me again… with the same question… with a smile to His voice, “Oh really?” I gasped! My eyes popped open as I realized what He was trying to tell me! That’s what He did on the cross… and He did it completely… I’m forgiven! I’m clean!
I closed my eyes again and looked back at our laps… they were still next to each other. I smiled as I felt His arm around me. My robe is as pure white as Jesus’ robe.
That’s what “It is finished” meant!! How cool is that?! How white is that?!