Archive for September, 2011








My Grandpa Hull was a Baptist preacher, and I was fortunate enough to sit in his congregations several times….at least that I remember. He died at the age of 65, November 1963. This year I turned 65, and recently found this Bible (that was given to me by my Grandma Hull), and had renewed interest in this wonderful Bible. Grandpa Hull was a worker of God’s word up until he died. It got me thinking when I brought this down from the attic….what I have I done that will count for eternity? What a legacy he left….without really knowing it. This Bible reveals so much about him.








You can see that he took apart his Bible so that he could insert his notes within the words of God…they were his notes.















These are notes he wrote regarding what he gleaned from Psalm 39:4.  Ah, this then is his answer to me, these 48 years later…..about what I can do that will count for eternity. One thing he wrote that struck me in the heart: “Our waking hours must be faith hours…..and if we don’t leave a trail behind us, who can follow?” Oh my, Grandpa! Thank you for reminding me that being a Grandma now, has great rewards! The trail I can leave behind can include drops of faith, leaves of prayer for my grandchildren. What a legacy that will be one day. I pray it will.

He took this Bible, I would imagine, whenever he would travel to fill in for another pastor. I love the typewriter he used. He typed just his beginning thoughts….but never finished them as all he needed was just the beginning of his thoughts. With these beginning thoughts, he could complete teaching what God had taught him.

“Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am” ~Psalm 39:4


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Why do I doubt?…

Today, my heart is submerged in His loving-kindness. I am at a loss for words to describe His character. Can I really absorb the fact that He is my Jehovah-Rapha, the Lord my healer…….that He is my Jehovah-Shalom, the Lord my peace? Can I really fathom that He has already answered me in the day of my distress? That He gives me richly all things to enjoy?  That He enjoys giving songs in the night for me to hear? That He has given me great joy today. He is my merciful God.

Why, then, why do I doubt Him?

Because I think on a human level and cannot understand His loving and compassionate ways. I want to learn more Who He is, about His ways and then I can start to see Him as my Jehovah-Go’el, the Lord my Redeemer!

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As I found this scripture this morning….it became to me a glimpse of Who He is….

‘Yet even now,” declares the LORD,
“Return to Me with all your heart,
And with fasting, weeping and mourning;
And rend your heart and not your garments.”
Now return to the LORD your God,
For He is gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness
And relenting of evil.
Who knows whether He will not turn and relent
And leave a blessing behind Him,
Even a grain offering and a drink offering
For the LORD your God? ”   ~Joel 2: 12-14

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Slippery Elm is a large tree, 50 to 65 feet high that is one to four feet thick. The bark is reddish-brown with the bark deeply furrowed in a strait perpendicular manner that is very rough. The part that is used medicinally is the innermost layer that is next to the wood that is white with a fibrous texture.

This is probably my favorite herb…so healing and one of the safest too. Slippery elm bark is good for the digestive system…… neutralizing acidity, protecting and coating the mucous membranes along the GI tract.  It also buffers damaged, inflamed, and irritated wall linings of the stomach and intestinal tract. Slippery elm bark has a lot of life sustaining nutrients.  I’ve heard that it can help the following symptoms: indigestion, nausea, cramps, ulcers, colitis, gastritis and kidney problems.  And one thing I learned as a bonus….it helps keep you very regular!

If you have stomach problems, excessive flatulence, or intestinal problems, Slippery Elm is a godsend. Needless to say, I love Slippery Elm and have found it to be a great, healing herb.

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