A Thousand Tears

I have cried a thousand tears
Seems I’ve lived a thousand years

I have survived a thousand fears
That ended in a thousand tears

As the end of life nears
and I remember my lost peers

All my thoughts keep switching gears
as a thousand my mind clears

The Lord my God eternity steers
as the end of life nears

I know a thousand more tears
I will shed my last years

But my death holds no fears
for heaven’s promise my soul endears!

Teresa Marie  9/16/11

For my parents

 

When We Believe

It is when we believe
that miracles do come true
for those that we conceive
our Lord will surely do

Even though our hope be frail
it’s much too hard to kill
when to us He did avail
all faith to do His will

 And when to Him we pray
in the moment of our cisis
He hears the words we say
for we are lambs of His

When its in faith not fate
 we have chosen to believe
the Shepherd does relate
what alone we can’t achieve 

For out of love He gives
the desire of our heart
when we see He lives
in us from the start.

Teresa Marie  7/9/11

An Ordinary Man

The true hero is
just an ordinary man
who takes what life gives
doing the best he can

And who finds the strength
although he may seem weak
to go the extra length
required among God‘s meek

That he then might persevere
when the way gets rough
and keeps his goal clear
that our Shepherd is enough

Who helps him to endure
despite what he has felt
in a life that’s unsure
and the cards it’s dealt

For in spite of the obstacles
that most would overwhelm
There is a God of miracles
in this world’s evil realm

He takes his cards of hardship
with those of grief and pain
and gives them to the Kingship
where loss is turned to gain!

Teresa Marie  6/21/11

In dedication to Christopher Reeves,
a man of stength and character who perservered

I Am Not Ashamed

At the end of this page it tells you how to 
score 100. Enjoy the pictures as you scroll down.

Paintings of Christ

 

 

I’m not ashamed
He is the only one that can save this country and 
they want him removed from the government.

Our great nation will not stand if we delete HIM 
from all aspects of our government as the atheists 
want. 

Jesus Test

This is an easy test, you score 100 or zero.  It’s your choice. 
If you aren’t ashamed to do this, please follow the directions. 
Jesus said, ‘if you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you 
before my Father.’

This is the simplest test.  If you Love God, and are not ashamed of all 
the marvelous things he has done for you.  Send this to friends & family. 
A prayer for you 

GOD OUR FATHER,  WALK THROUGH MY HOUSE AND TAKE AWAY ALL MY WORRIES AND ILLNESSES; AND PLEASE WATCH OVER AND HEAL MY FAMILY IN JESUS ‘ NAME.. AMEN

You guessed it, I received this in an e-mail from my mother first and then from my daughter also!  Thought it only right that I share it with you too!  Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us!

In Christ Jesus,
Teresa Marie

The Purpose

The purpose of life is not
in what’s remembered or forgot

But that we must all live
to take less than we give

To shed the Light and love
of the Lord our God above

That each and every day
we show others the Way

To live a life of purpose
the Father in heaven may bless.

Teresa Marie  5/9/11

Which Kind Of Person Are You?

“The optimist says, ‘My cup runneth over, what a blessing.’  The pessimist says, ‘My cup runneth over, what a mess.'” – Unknown

What is it that you say
at the end of your day?
In the moments of your trial
do you walk that extra mile,
With a smile on your face
and thank God for His grace?

Or does your head hang low
as you frown wherever you go?
Of your trials do you grumble
feeling no need to be humble,
While all this life you hate
without question or debate?

Then maybe it’s in your attitude
you need to show some gratitude,
To the One who created you
He loves you through and through!
You would see a great change
if your outlook you’d rearrange,

To know only what is good
and then if you just would,
It’s a cup half-full you’d see
that’s been set in front of thee,
To be filled to the brim
if you open yourself to Him,

Then life you’ll cherish and love
while singing praise to God above.
Not seeing the overflow a mess
but rather how God did bless,
The trial that you were in
and you will say “I win!”

Teresa Marie  3/21/11

My Sunday Thoughts – Under His Wings

I said that I would tell you the story of Peggy’s miracle today but I’m sorry to say that I just can’t do it.  I am in too much pain and too disoriented.  I have said before that, at times like this, I hold on to the promises of Psalm 91.  I received an e-mail today that I am going to re-post here for you.  It it from an organization that I have heard great things about and highly respect.  They quoted the following from another organization that is equally inpressive.  I pray that you will benefit from this as much as I.

The Top 20 Passages In The Bible
Number 5: Psalm 91 – God’s Protection

By Eric Elder
www.theranch.org
 

There’s a difference between “believing in God” and “believing God.”  You can believe in God yet still keep Him at a distance.  But when you believe God–when you take Him at His Word and put what He says into practice in your life–you enter into a relationship with Him, a relationship that is up close and personal;  a relationship where every step you take is wise and purposeful because you’re keeping in step with Him.
 
Psalm 91 describes one of the great benefits of this kind of close relationship with God:  you enter into His divine protection.  Here are some of the things God will do for you when you dwell “in the shelter of the Most High”:
 
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
   will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress,
   my God, in whom I trust.’
For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
   and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions,
   and under His wings you will find refuge;
   His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
   nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
   nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
   ten thousand at your right hand,
   but it will not come near you”
       (Psalm 91:1-7).
 
Moses, who many Jewish scholars believe authored this Psalm, saw his share of trouble.  He saw plagues of locusts and plagues of death, threats of famine and threats on his life.  But Moses also saw God’s divine hand of deliverance.  
 
When the angel of death passed through the streets of Egypt, thousands fell, but Moses and his people were saved.  Not only did they believe in God but they also believed God.  They did what He told them to do, putting the blood of a lamb on the doorframes of their homes so the angel of death would “pass over” and spare the lives of those inside (see Exodus 12).  
 
Jesus is our passover lamb, and when you put your faith in Him–staying close to Him and holding on tight–then He’s able to take you under His protective wings.  It’s hard for God to protect you, though, if you keep running back and forth to Him, coming to Him only after disaster strikes.  He wants you to be in a close relationship with Him at all times, dwelling with Him, living with Him, taking up residence in His protective refuge.  When you do, listen to a few more of the ways you’ll be blessed:
 
“Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place–
   the Most High, who is my refuge–
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
    no plague come near your tent.
For He will command His angels concerning you
   to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
   lest you strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder;
   the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
Because he holds fast to Me in love, I will deliver him;
   I will protect him, because he knows My Name.
When he calls to Me, I will answer him;
   I will be with him in trouble;
   I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
   and show him My salvation”
(Psalm 91:9-10, 14-16).
 
It’s good to believe in God, but it’s even better to believe God, drawing near to Him and dwelling in His shelter.  How do you do that?  By calling out to Him when you wake up each morning.  By reading His Word and listening to His Spirit so you can hear back from Him.  By holding on tight to Him throughout the day and taking care to do what He says, stepping where He says to step (and not stepping where He says not to step!).  And when the day is done, be sure to say goodnight again, entrusting Him to hold you tight throughout the night.
 
God loves you and wants to protect you, shield you, and deliver you.  Just be sure to stay under His wings.
 
Let’s pray…
 
Father, thank You for loving us and offering us Your strong hand of protection.  Help us to come closer and closer to You so that we can see what Moses saw, and experience Your deliverance first-hand. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
 
Isn’t this a beautiful way to look at this Psalm!
Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us!
May you rest under His wings today and every day,
Teresa Marie
P.S. Look for Peggy’s miracle story tomorrow

My Wednesday Thoughts – The Presence of God at Death

I’m going to tell you a couple of stories today but first I must say this:
I forgot to discuss the first one with my husband last night before I told you and the second is a story that my best friend Peggy told me years ago.  So they will be told via my faulty memory banks.  The details may not be exactly correct but the crux of it is what matters.

When I say “the presence of God at death”, I am speaking of His presence in the sense of Jesus, angels, and deceased loved ones.  To me it all is the same, not saying that angels are the same as God and Jesus but they are His agents and so are deceased loved ones that are sent as His messengers.  You’ll see what I mean in a minute.

Mark was married a few times before we met.  His second wife, Dina, had 2 daughters.  When the younest was 8 years old, they found out that she had an inoperable brain tumor.  She was sent home to spend her last days there under the care of Hospice.  Mark spent most of his time with her when he wasn’t at work.  It was heartbreaking for him and Dina both.  My husband loved her as his own in the same manner that he loves my children. 

When my daughter was 7, this is what he told her when she asked him if he loved her, “Yes, I do.  You know why?  I love you because I love your mother so much and you are a part of her, so I love you too!”  See why I cherish him so very deeply?

Anyway, I don’t remember her name.  I should but regrettably don’t so we will call her Jenny.  She wasn’t afraid of dying at the tender young age she was and the reason was this, she knew where she was going.  How did she know?  Jenny had been told by the angel who visited her regularly at the side of her bed.  He comforted and soothed her, he gave her a gift that was transferred to my husband in the time of his grief.  God was present while this precious little girl’s life was slipping away from this place and His angel was ready to carry her over into the next!

The Ultimate Sacrifice – Part III

 What I have been attempting to convey here is the human side of Jesus.  I want us to try to see what it must have been like for Him.  I pray that I will give you some food for thought from a whole new perspective, and do it in an orderly fashion.  Here goes…

When the soldiers take Jesus to stand before the Sanhedrin, He is already beat up.  In His humanity I would think He’d be verging on despair after having requested to “have this cup removed” and being told no.  I sure would have felt abandoned, despondent and a bit scared – especially when I knew what was coming.  And then they proceed to accuse Him of all kinds of sin and blasphemy, the Son of God, the One Perfect Man.  Jesus did not react, didn’t defend Himself against their lies.  He stood silently before everyone, a criminal in their eyes, while He was again punched, slapped and spit on.

 It just blows my mind!  I know that I keep saying that but it’s true.  I would have wanted to call down a shower of fire and brimstone on them and then said, “What were you saying about Me?”  I mean seriously, come on!  He didn’t have any problems displaying His anger with the money changers on the steps of the Temple, so we know that He did get angry.  It would take super-human strength to hold back from hitting them with a couple lightning bolts.

 But He could not do anything that would have swayed from the Father’s will.  He had to take it all for our sins, our guilt and suffer our punishment!  Blessed be Your Name, Jesus!!  I am so very grateful that He did it for me and all of you.

 And if that wasn’t bad enough, He was paraded around Jerusalem from Pontius Pilate to Herod to Pilate again in chains.  How do you chain God?  Only if He allows you too, and He did.  The whole entire time being mocked, ridiculed, spat on some more and beaten.  My Lord, my Lord how did You do it?!

Then Pilate, a Gentile, what about him?  He was doing everything he could to not get involved in this Jewish power struggle that was going on.  So you have the Sanhedrin demanding punishment against Christ for “breaking Jewish law”, the law His Father laid out, and on the other side is your wife telling you not to do anything to Him because this is a holy man!  Then he thinks he has the solution by sending them to Herod but he sends them away saying that Jesus is just some crazy man not a criminal.  I’ll bet Pilate wanted to just disappear when he saw them back in his jurisdiction.  And the whole time all this is going on you have to keep in mind that Ceaser had told him if there was one more uprising in Jerusalem it was his head that was going to roll.  Wow talk about stress!

Now Jesus is standing before him in worse condition than He was before and he wants to appease everybody involved in one felled swoop, so he tells the Jews that he will have Him punished.  That’s it!  I feel certain that Pilate probably thought that would be the end of it and he would be rid of the whole mess after that.  But we know that wasn’t what happened.

Now let’s consider all of this that was going on and the whole time God’s Son, God Himself, who was there at the creation of the world and us is taking it all in silence.  He could have called out an army of angels to come down and wipe every one of them off the face of the earth!  But He didn’t, why?  Because of us who deserved no such thing; us filthy, sin ridden, condemned human beings.  How great is His love for us!  I am so very humbled.  Already up to this point, what an enormous sacrifice this was – the Ultimate Sacrifice.  Think about it.  Until tomorrow….

Thank Your Father for giving us Your Son, thank You Jesus for Your love of us, thank You Holy Spirit for giving Him Your comfort, thank you angels in heaven for weeping at this tragedy of events!  I weep also.

May you see our Lord clearly and what He sacrificed for us,
Teresa Marie

The Ultimate Sacrifice Part II

Did you ever wonder how Jesus could do it, being God and human but only using His mortal capabilities?  No wonder the Father had to send angels to minister to Him!  How frustrating it had to be, I am presuming that He felt everything we feel because of His mortal nature.

So let’s begin with his final days.  He rides into Jerusalem on a donkey.  He is being welcomed, cheered and adored – as what would be fitting for His true Kingship.  It must have been bitter/sweet knowing that their adulation was only momentary and they would turn on Him shortly.  The disciples thought they were on cloud nine I’ll bet.  Little did they know that experience would soon turn to betrayal and abandonment, except for John.  God bless John, the faithful disciple who was there until the bitter end!

Jesus then has the disciple prepare for the last meal that they will share together, ever.  They fellowship as they eat.  I can’t imagine what was going through both Jesus’ and Judas’ minds.  It must have been torment for each in opposite ways.  Think about it, your eating the last meal you will ever have with your friends and all the while knowing that one of them will be stabbing you in the back as soon as your done.  Then He drops the bombshell and  tells them of the betrayal.  I think it’s odd that they asked, “Who?  Is it I?”  That is odd to me.  Did they have so little confidence in their love and loyalty that they had to ask?  Well, obviously they knew themselves pretty well.  He tells Judas to go do what he had to.

Now Peter, good old Peter is vowing his undying love.  I would have wanted to smack him.  The sorrow that Jesus would have had to have felt when he tells him, basically, “No Peter, you won’t stick with Me and you definitely won’t die for Me.  In a short while you are going to be cowering away from the crowds and saying that you don’t even know Me!”  Wow, that blows me away.  After we have eaten, it’s time to go pray. 

In His humanity, Jesus is suffering greatly.  He knows exactly what is coming.  He tells His Father, “Hey Dad, I’ve decided that I really don’t want to have to do this!  Please don’t make Me.  Please there’s surely got to be another way to get them saved!”  And the Father comes back with, “No, Son, this is the only way that it can be accomplished.  If you don’t finish what you’ve started, they shall remain steeped in their sins and condemned.”  Oh the anguish, the brokenness and the resignation must have come down on Him like boulder when He said, “Alright Dad, I guess I’ll have to do what You want.  I said that I would.”  And God says back, “Good.  Don’t worry Son, it will only hurt for a minute and then it will all be over with,” just like we tell our kids when they have a boo-boo or get a shot,  “I’ll send You some angels to soothe and strengthen You.  I love You, Son.”  And all the while the disciples that You took with You are already letting You down, including Peter.

And then here they come to arrest You.  Where did Peter’s boldness come from here when he had none later?  Odd isn’t it.  He cuts off the ear of a soldier and Jesus turns around and heals him while telling you to put your sword down.  Then they take You, the Son of God Almighty, in chains and beat You every step of the way.  Cursing You, spitting on You, taunting You and You can’t do a thing in Your defense!  My Lord in heaven, how did You ever do it?!  One word out of His mouth and they would have been toasted!  They would have had a one way ticket straight to hell on the express train.  Wow, wow, wow!  It just boggles the imagination.  Our minds are just too finite to grasp the whole picture, but take a shot! 

I said that I would do this in two parts but obviously, if don’t stop here for today, this will be way too long.  I haven’t even got Him to court yet.  I hope you are enjoying reading this portrayal of events.  I pray that I’ve given you some serious food for thought.  We will continue here tomorrow…

Always remember that Jesus died for us because He LOVES us!

Go with God,
Teresa Marie