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The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.  Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready.  As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.  “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.”

“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied.

“Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged… it’s how I arrange my mind.

I already decided to love it … “It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up.  I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.

Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away … just for this time in my life.

Old age is like a bank account … you withdraw from what you’ve put in.
 

So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories. Thank you for your part in filling my memory bank.
I am still depositing.

Remember the six simple rules to be happy:

1. Put the Lord first in your life and be ready for His return.
2. Free your heart from hatred.
3. Free your mind from worries.
4. Live simply.
5. Give more.
6. Expect less.

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In the midst of a heartbreaking trial, God clearly gave me the verse from Psalm 46: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). As I meditated on this verse, I saw that “be still” could be translated “cease striving” or “let go, relax.”

I had been doing everything I knew to do, everything I could do, in order to fix this painful situation – and then came the Word of God: “Be still, Kay… cease striving… know that I am God.”

God’s Word was clear. I couldn’t fix it, and I needed to stop trying. I had wept. I had prayed. I had tried to make things right. I had searched my heart, rehearsed all my failings, and experienced the grief of them all. Yet nothing had worked. The situation hadn’t changed; the incredible pain had not gone away.

Now it was clear. If I were to walk in faith, if I were to live by faith, I had to cease striving. I was to shut my mouth and quit trying to teach, to instruct, to straighten out, and I was to know God. He sits as sovereign on His throne; He hasn’t moved. And I hadn’t seen “the rest of the story.” My part in this situation was simply “to be” rather than “to do.”

O my friend, God has taught me so much. I stand in awe as I have seen God do the most incredible things – things I had longed for but couldn’t dream of – and I know that He, and He alone, has done them.

He has done them apart from my planning, my orchestrating, my manipulating. My part was simply to allow the unconditional love of God to flow through me.

As I walked in obedience to Psalm 46:10, I began to see God move. It was so unexpected and it came in a way only our Sovereign Father could have designed. When it happened, all I could do was weep. It was the most precious of gifts, and I knew it had come straight from my Father’s throne of mercy.

I had ceased striving. I had let go and relaxed. And He had shown Himself to be God! The sweetness of that one incident of divine intervention was a precious salve for my pain – the pain which had become a welcomed friend, for without it I would not have seen how very clearly He is God.

Whatever happens, I do know that I am to continue to rest, to relax and to remember that He is God. I am to walk by faith and remember that I am not God, that I cannot fix the situation. My responsibility is simply to trust and obey and to be what He wants me to be. I am to embrace truth and to live by it. I can’t live by my emotions, by dwelling upon my past, by focusing on my inadequacies, my weaknesses, my failures, or my impotence, and I can’t trust in anything of my own flesh or strength. I am not to fear whatever the future holds, for the future is God’s.

I am to live by every word which proceeds out of the mouth of God whether or not my reasoning or emotions agree. Truth, the truth of God’s Word, is to be the plumb line by which I evaluate every situation, every decision, every response, every feeling.

Our Savior is God, and He sits as the Son of Man at the right hand of God – above every power of the evil one, above every name in heaven and on earth. He is God, your Savior and your High Priest, who lives to make intercession for you – you as an individual.

He loves you with an everlasting love. He will never leave you nor forsake you, even when you fail to be and to do what is less than perfect. He is absolutely committed to you and in His time and in His way, He is going to perfect, to complete, everything which concerns you.

So… be still… and know… that He is God.

Jesus is coming…to reign on earth as King of kings, Lord of lords, and that’s the rest of the story which the book of Revelation so vividly paints. Ask Him now to reign in your life as King of kings, Lord of lords, as God, and rest, knowing that He will complete the rest of the story. And as Psalm 23 says, when you look back, you will see that goodness and mercy have followed you all the days of your life (Psalms 23:6).

Rest, my friend, rest in Him.

Kay Arthur

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Baby Gifts

It’s been years since I’ve made any type of baby gift. I’ve always loved to, but the babies in my life are few and far between now days. But recently, I had a chance to enjoy making a few things for my daughter’s sister-in-law’s  baby girl soon to be born. 

A cute Flower Bib….a pattern I found on etsy.com So easy to make and very cute!

These are sooo cute…another pattern I found on etsy. However, when you cut out the right and left foot, make sure you turn them the right way! I think they look like they are both the right foot! But Jim said it doesn’t matter when a baby wears them!

This cute cute rabbit was a little challenging…the back of the head was hard to do. I think the next one I make will be easier! Again, this pattern was on etsy.

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