Little Feet, Big Blessings

Psalm 139: 13-16 13For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Dear Friends in Christ,

Two weeks ago God blessed our family with another little baby girl. We are all so thankful that she was full term and that her mother is doing well after a bit of a scare the day after delivery.

Aren’t babies grand? I know how thrilled I was with each birth day of my granddaughters. They mean the world to me.

I had a good mother and I have some fond memories of her. She took very good care of me. She taught me all the fundamentals of dressing, table manners, how to act in public and how to respect my elders. She had my best interest at heart. My daddy however was a very different personality. He expected me to act like a lady, but he extended his expectations of me. He taught me how to have compassion for others and how to build friendships. He taught me what I had to accept, opposed to it or not. He taught me what I did not have to put up with and how to stand my ground. Right was right and wrong was wrong and treating people the way God expected me to treat them was always the best way.

When I was ten years old, it was my turn to go to the farmers market to pick out the Christmas tree. Daddy and I went together. He stepped back and let me get the one I wanted. He picked out a little tree top tree about three feet tall and bought it. I was so excited about my choice I didn’t ask any questions about the little tree. When we got home, all of my siblings hated my tree. They said it was the worst tree ever. I was so upset. I cried and cried. I loved the tree. They kept pointing out its false and soon I was wishing I had not chosen it to bring home.

Meanwhile, daddy had a plan. He was gathering tiny Chrisrtmas ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree top. He called me into the room with him and said he wanted me to help him decorate the very small tree. We did and it was lovely. Next door was an older lady, Mrs. Rhodes. She lived alone and her children did not live close by and seldom visited her. Daddy told me to take the tiny tree over to her. He said that when I saw the joy it brought her, I would no longer be upset about the tree I had chosen and I would see its beauty once again.

I loved Mrs. Rhodes. I would visit her regularly and we would drink a coke together and walk along in her flower garden that took up her entire back yard and talk. I don’t remember one conversation we had, but I must have enjoyed them because I kept going back to visit. Her home was grand to me. It had a foyer that was opened up with dark hardwood flooring and a huge winding staircase off to the left. The hand rails were massive and made of the most beautiful wood. I always wanted to go upstairs to see what was up there, but never asked if I could, as that would be bad manners. I still sometimes wonder what it looked like up there. There was a large living room just to the right of the front door. Straight ahead was the kitchen. It was wide and narrow. Everything was always tidy and very clean. To the right of the kitchen was a screened door that lead to a porch. The only thing I remember being on the porch was a refrigerator. It stayed filled with Coke-A-Colas in the glass bottles. I still remember Mrs. Rhodes washing the bottle before she would open it to give to me. She was my friend.

I put on my coat and got the tiny tree and walked up the sidewalk and to Mrs. Rhodes front door. I knocked on the door and when she opened it I said “Merry Christmas” and she smiled the biggest smile I had ever seen. She thanked me and hugged me. She was so happy. My heart was so full. I think that was the first time I felt the effects of doing for others. It was marvelous. I headed homed home grinning from ear to ear.

Daddy knew I would be gone for a while as I always spent a good while with Mrs. Rhodes. I was so happy when I got home. Then I saw my tree in the living room. Daddy had made my siblings put the lights on the tree so I could see it lite up when I got home. They all apologized to me and told me the tree was not that bad and the decorations would make it beautiful. (Daddy had apparently had a talk with them.) Daddy was right. When I saw my tree all lit up, it was definitely the most gorgeous tree I had ever seen. My heart was already so happy. Nothing could change that. This is probably my most favorite childhood story although I had many happy memories with my daddy.

I hope you have good childhood memories. They by far outweigh the bad ones. The spankings, the chores, the quarrels. Good friends can be family too, but you will never have this kind of closeness with them. You will never have the bond of that of family, however it can be a very strong bond. It is so important to build that relationship with our children. God made them. He did not give them to us. He loaned them to us and expects us to raise them well and in His influence. That’s what my daddy did.

Now to sound like a total hypocrite. I have been and I am currently estranged from some family members. It breaks my heart, but remember how I said my daddy taught me what to allow and not allow in my life. Well there were things I could not allow. Do I wish things had not gone in that direction? You bet I do. Through it all, I never stopped loving anyone. I just had to make choices and I know they were the right ones. Do I know those relatives still love me? I sure do. They also had their reasons to let our separation continue. God will work it out. He always does. I don’t have closed doors. I have always left them ajar ready to reconcile. They will stay that way forever. They will stay that way because “They are family”.

Here’s to all the little babies in the world. Let love and peace surround them. Let God build his hedge of protection around them.

Dear Father,

God I thank you for family. I thank you for memories. I give you all the glory for a childhood that I loved while growing up. I pray for the children of today and the children of the future. I pray they will have good lives and grow up knowing you.

Please forgive me of my sins and have mercy on my soul.

In Christ Jesus,

AMEN

God loves you and so do I. Please join me in praying for all issues that are attacking us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

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Sue Whaley – Huntsville, AL

What is Your Heart’s Desire?

Hello Friends in Christ,

Let’s think about some of the miracles of God’s making and things that just simply could not take place without his hand leading the way.

I bet you have heard this before, but I still like to think about it often. It really makes me think. “How cool is it that the same God that created the mountains, oceans and galaxies also knew that the world would need you so he created you for the world?” Author unknown. I get goose bumps when I think about God’s first thoughts of creating me. What was he thinking and what was my purpose to be? No one has ever loved me that much, no one could.

Have you ever had a creative project that you were so proud to claim as your own? I have and I would one day love to share it with the public. The biggest difference in my creation and God’s creation is that I cannot breath life into mine. God breathed life into me, helped me grow. He trained my body to respond to my brain and he etched my heart into a compassionate organ that not only gave me life, but also gave me love. He made all of us teachers and we all learn along life’s way. We have individual talents and purposes.

I would have never thought I would be writing a blog that could potentially reach a sizable amount of followers. Whereas I don’t have any problem opening my heart up to others, I have to be very careful that what I write is in God’s will. I have to make sure it is truthful and not misunderstood. I can never misrepresent God’s word so I have to do my homework. I am finding this blog to be a real joy and blessing.

What is your talent? Why did God give it to you? How can it be represented? How can others benefit from it? I think these questions are legitimate. What would be the reason to work diligently at something that has no value?

Let’s look at teaching for an example of valuable worth. Teachers are a large part of the foundation of our country. They continue to help the world grow, not only through the classroom, but by their students then sharing their knowledge. There are teachers in every field of life. What about technology? I’m sure you know where I am going with this. Someone had to teach and someone had to learn. The past thirty years of computer technology has been incredible. Where does this all fit into God’s word for us?

I have to say there is no disputing that God knows my heart. He heard my prayers and he is answering them. He knew I wanted to learn his word and share his word. That being said, God also knew where I had been and the effects of my history on my self esteem. He knew if I was overwhelmed I would shut down. This is why God gave me this blog. I know it is going to grow and eventually attract many people. Do I know how or when? NO, I do not. I have stepped out on faith. I am being obedient. I am pushing forward. I am fulfilling a promise I made to God. I promised I would write it and so I am. I have no idea what to expect next.

If there is something you want to do and you need help, God is the best consultant there is. If you need to find a way to build and strengthen your relationship with God ask him to help you. God is showing me and he will show you too.

It’s never too late to learn something and remember, God is never late with his plans for us. God is always on time. If it is important to you to move forward then pray about it. God doesn’t want to hold you back.o9 He wants you to be blessed. None of us want the exact same things in life as the next person that is why we all teach things differently and we all learn differently. The important thing is to stay in God’s word. You haven’t missed out. You just need to be ready to say yes to God when he is ready to change your direction. I said yes and I couldn’t be happier. God’s presence is with me all the time now. When Satan attacks I show him God and the control he has over my life.

Spend some time thinking about what you want out of life. Then think about the fundamentals of those things and where they can lead you. How many directions can you go? Not once did I say, God I want to write a blog. Not once.

God’s word tells it all.

Proverbs 16:1-3 1To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue. 2All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD. 3Commit to the LORD, what ever you do, an your plans will be succeeded.

Dear Father,

Thank you Lord for this opportunity to serve you. Please continue to teach me and let wisdom come my way. Please touch the lives of all who are seeking a better life. Increase their time spent with you so their relationship with you will grow and strengthen.

Please forgive me of my sins.

I pray these thing is Jesus Name,

AMEN

God loves you and so do I. Please join me in praying for all issues that are attacking us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

Please come back to this site next week. Please let me hear from you and invite your family and friends to read and pray along with us.

Sue Whaley – Huntsville AL

Personal Messages

Your Thought for the Week…Are you guilty of sending personal messages to your internet friends yet never sending up a personal message through prayer to your Father in Heaven? Did you pray this week? A lot, a little bit? Not at all? I need to pick it up. God loves hearing from me. I will do better this week.

Hello to my Friends in Christ,

Another week has past and God has taken excellent care of me. My oldest granddaughter has started sending me personal messages via Messenger. They absolutely thrill me to the bone. Sometimes she will share something that has happened in her life or send me a funny emoji. Other times it’s just a “HI”. I love ALL of them. First of all it let’s me know she is thinking about me. In addition to that she wants me to know something that is important to her. Did you get that? SHE WANTS ME TO KNOW. Oh what a joy that is. I text back and we always end on a positive note. She is an absolute precious soul and I have the honor of being her Potsie. Yes, Potsie. That is what all of my granddaughters call me. Maybe someday I will share why. (Teaser)

Thinking about my love for this I was reminded that God wants us to communicate with him. He loves when we speak to him as our friend. God likes to talk to us also. Remember when he spoke to Moses? He would speak to him just like a true friend.

Religious leaders had him in front of them but they didn’t know who he was. They certainly would have wanted to talk to him if they had of realized he was standing within their reach. (ref: John 2)

I have posted 2 Chronicles 7:14 a few time since I started this blog. I think it motivates me to behave, to pray and to encourage others to do the same. We need to humble ourselves, seek his face, and turn from our wicked ways. Then he will hear us and forgive us. We must do this as individuals and as a nation. God will hear us. He will heal our land.

Think about this. He will heal our land!! I know I want our land healed. I want people to praise God. To show their love by serving him, praising him and thanking him.

Before Jesus Christ, God spoke to us through prophets. Now he speaks to us through Jesus Christ. That is so comforting. JESUS CHRIST WANTS TO TALK TO ME. I am honored every time he sends me a message. A personal message. My heart is so pleased and my mind is so at ease. When a message comes from God and you are a believer, it is such a joy to hear from him. God speaks to us through his word. If your heart is in God he will speak to you with every word you read. I’m always amazed how he will point me in the direction that shows me the scripture that is related to the answer I am seeking. It’s not often that you will flip the Bible open and find the word that is meant to answer you. God says to seek his word.

If we really understand that God wants us to talk to him, shouldn’t we look for ways to communicate with him throughout the day? Reading God’s word and praying to God is all we need to build a relationship with him. Isn’t anything worth having worth working for? It’s never too late to start.

Would you love to hear God’s voice? You can. (John 1:1-2) God’s words come to us through his son, Jesus Christ.

Jesus says, John 15:14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

John 15:15 “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

God listens to us and whispers to us as we go day by day. In times of trouble he draws nearer to us and his voice is clear and strong to hear. He will show you the way!

If you have never had a close relationship with God or had one and can’t seem to find your way back to him, maybe you could do what I did. I just felt like God wasn’t hearing anything I said. The truth was, he heard me, but I had to work for his trust. I started reading a devotional every morning. I was often amazed how it would reflect on what I was currently going through in my life. I think you will find by reading a page or two everyday your heart will be hungry for more.

If you do not yet know Jesus as your Lord and Savior you can ask him into your heart. Pray to God. When you know that he is, tell him you believe. Ask him to come into your heart. Ask him to forgive you of your sins and tell him you will turn from sin and trust in him. Tell him you believe he died for your sins and that on the following third day he arose from the grave and ascended into Heaven to be with his Father. He will know you are confessing your sins and your love for him and your salvation will be guaranteed. Oh what a glorious day.

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation” Ephesians 1:13

The word gospel means “good news”. The gospel is the “good news” about salvation. Salvation is about being saved.

John 3:16-18 16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Dear Father,

I truly come to you now praying for you to touch the heart of those that never understood what comes after salvation. For those that have fallen and distance has made its way between the two of you. And for those that are now believing and want the salvation that you offer. Let them know how important prayer is to build a relationship with you. Each prayer strengthens the subjects we discuss with you. Each prayer generates an answer to that prayer.

God please, use this blog to help strengthen someone’s relationship to you.

Lord, I love you. I pray you will forgive me of my sins. I thank you for your Mercy and Grace.

I pray all of these things Lord in Your Sweet and Holy Name.

AMEN

God loves you and so do I. Please join me in praying for all issues that are attacking us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

Please come back to this site next week. Please let me hear from you and invite your family and friends to read and pray along with us.

Sue Whaley- Huntsville AL

Do We Really Consider God in Our Decision Making?

When was the last time you held something close to your heart? Something that relied on a decision made by you. Something that would make a difference in your life. Maybe make a difference in you family’s life? How did you handle it? Did you wring your hands and worry about making the right decision? Did you let your emotions rule your decision? Did you take your friend’s advice into consideration? Did you discuss it with your spouse? Or did you not worry at all and just make a rash decision?

Um-hum… Did you consider taking it to God? Did you consider leaving it in God’s hands? Did you consider being quiet and listening to God speak to you?

God is our father. He is our very best friend. To the widow he is our husband. Don’t you think it stands to reason that he would be the one with the best solution to any and all of your decision making?

Today’s blog is a simple reminder of where our best interest lie. Who holds our interest close. I’m not giving examples. We just need to consult God in all that we do.

Here why:

1 Chronicles 10:13 Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance.

Habakkuk 2:19 Woe to him who says to wood, “Come to life!” Or to lifeless stone, “wake up!” Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver; there is no breath in it.”

Isaiah 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.:

Isaiah 58:11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

John 16-13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own, he will speak only on what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

Leviticus 19:31 Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.

Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.

Proverbs 1:5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you an teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Psalm 37:23-24 23The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; 4though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.

Proverbs 3:5-6 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Psalm 25: 4-5 4Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. 5Guide me in your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Dear Father in Heaven,

Father I come to you today, humble and satisfied, convinced and assured that you are the one truth in my life. That you are not just willing to lead me in all that I do, but that you want to lead me. You want me to have a Godly path in front of me leading me to know the diffenence in being lead in truth and being deceived. I come to you knowing you are my father, my father’s father, and that you love me. I come to you knowing that you are my husband, ready to defend me and that you are my best friend and that your intentions for my life are only the best intentions.

How could I possibly come to you knowing all of this and yet lack faith? I cannot Lord. Therefore, please know that I want you to lead me, to guide me, to talk to me, to push me from one side to the other. I want to hear your voice behind me.

I may have to step out in faith in search of your plan. That will be okay, because your word tells me you are here to guide me. How could I possibly dispute that Lord? How could I possibly think I had the right answers for myself or my family Lord without considering coming to you first. Your word is clear and plain spoken so I cannot misunderstand.

I am coming to you now, Lord, asking for your guidance in all that I do. Asking that I not forget the abundance of scripture that tells me, you are the way, the truth and the life. Fill my heart with love and desire to stay close to you in all that I do.

Please forgive me of my sins.

I Christ Name I pray,

AMEN



God loves you and so do I. Please join me in praying for all issues that are attacking us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

Please come back to this site next week. Please let me hear from you and invite your family and friends to read and pray along with us. As God’s children, we can make a difference through prayer.

Sue Whaley – Huntsville, AL



Speaking on Sin

Dear Father,

Please lead me in every word I write. I am not a Bible Scholar. I am a Christian trying to be obedient to you and how you want me to serve you. Please let me write only what you would have me write and please let it be received by every individual in the way it is most pleasing to you. Please forgive me of my sins.

I genuinely pray this in your Sweet and Holy Name,

AMEN

Hello Friends in Christ,

Oh boy have I ever sinned. I thank and praise God that I cannot remember all of my sins. I also thank and praise him that eventually I did learn from them and understand the heartbreak it brings to God.

Of course I still sin. I will never stop sinning. None of us will, but I have become more aware of the sins I am about to let into my life and into the lives of those that will negatively affected by them, therefore, giving me a moment to think and consider my actions. Yes, I know that can be considered to be my conscience. To me it is more than that. At some point we have to turn loose of the “conscience” and realize I am making this decision. I am responsible for this decision. I will prosper or suffer from this decision. The conscience will remain with us to give us waring, but it will never prosper or suffer.

I’m sure you have seen the illustration of someone in the decision making process with an Angel on one shoulder and Satan on the other. Each one trying to persuade the person to think like they do. The Angel talking to them about how it would be wrong to do whatever they are considering while the devil is trying to convince them there really is no harm in what they are considering and then or course, throws in some temptation to sweeten the deal.

I think the illustration is very good. Is it enough though? Why is the big picture never revealed? Why is it Just good vs evil? What if the angel went further in the talk about how God will bless them if they choose to obey Christ. What if they could visualize some of the blessings? What if they knew without a doubt they would be blessed and knew how they would be blessed? Do you think they might then choose Christ over Satan? On the other hand (or shoulder) there is Satan. He is painting a picture of such wonder it makes it very hard to resist. I believe it is because God is counting on us to have faith in him. Remember how I mentioned earlier how I had learned from my sin? Is the angel testing our desire to follow Christ and to have faith without proof? Isn’t living our lives proof enough? We have sinned before. We have lived or are still living the consequences of our sin and yet here we are faced with more temptation and more decisions. Shouldn’t the decision be clear? Should we really have to weigh the good from the bad? Don’t we already know that there is no substitute for following Christ? Sounds easy doesn’t it? The more we practice it, the easier it will get. Less time will be spent on decision making and more time will be spent recognizing God’s glory. More time will be spent thanking God instead of asking for forgiveness. More time will be spent enjoying God’s blessings instead of trying to dig ourselves out of the hole we have dug.

Think about this blessing:

Proverbs 2:10-12 10For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 11Discreation will protect you, and understanding will guard you. 12Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse,

You should not be surprised. I am once again trying to convince you to repent of your sins and turn away from your evil ways so God can and will work in our favor and in the favor of our country. Here is another big picture. Not only are we pleasing God when we say goodbye to Satan on our shoulder, we are increasing the possibilities of God saving our country from itself.

2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Dear Father in Heaven,

You are my Father. I pray to you knowing you are listening to my prayer. Knowing that you love me and knowing I will forever be your daughter.

I ask you Lord to please make me (us) aware of our sins before we act on them so we will truly consider the consequences. Most of all, let us think of guarding your heart against our sins. We do not want to break your heart. There is not one sin worth one tear shed by you, our Lord and Savior.

Please protect us from Satan’s deception. Wake us up at the sights and sounds of Satan at work and let us rebuke him immediately and forthcoming.

Let your word penetrate the hearts of all souls. Save us from ourselves and save our country from all the evil that is present and all the evil that is working its way into our country.

I love you Lord. I truly love you. I thank you for all you have done in my life. I thank you for laying this blog on my heart and I thank you that I never once had Satan on my shoulder in making the decision to be obedient to this plan you had in my life.

Please forgive me of my sins.

I pray these things in Your Sweet and Holy Name,

AMEN

God loves you and so do I. Please join me in praying for all issues that are attacking us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

Please come back to this site next week. Please let me hear from you and invite your family and friends to read and pray along with us. As God’s children, we can make a difference through prayer.

Sue Whaley – Huntsville, AL

Do Little White Lies Hurt Anything?

A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish. Proverbs 19:9

Hello Everyone,

Let’s take this week to concentrate on the effects of lying. It seems to me that if we need to repent from any sin that lying would be the logical place to start. Blessing flow from God all the time. Just think how awesome life could be if we would obey him. Sin comes in all forms. Where do they start. I believe they begin with lies. Maybe not a lie you have told someone, but with a lie that you have told yourself. Maybe a lie Satan has told you. Do we believe our own lies? I think so. At least just after the onset of a lie. I think after we have lied to ourselves about anything, we begin to at the very least try to justify it. Sometimes we might say to ourselves that it is crazy to think that lie is the truth. Then we dismiss it as though it never happened. Never taking responsibility for it. Never tying to repair the damage it may cause or the damage it has already caused.

What about the little white lie? How harmful could those be? “I only told it to make her feel better.” “I told her that to pick up her spirits.” “I wanted her to feel like she fit in.” Humm… Isn’t that God’s job? Doesn’t he want her to come to him to feel better, to have her spirits lifted and to help her to fit in. Then what if he doesn’t want her to feel better just yet? What if he doesn’t want her spirits lifted at this time? What if he has a better group of friends for her instead?

There really is not a good reason to lie. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember what you said. The truth is always easy to remember.

What do lies lead to? Do they lead to other lies that will reinforce the initial lie? Of course they do. About four lies into it, you can no longer remember the original lie. What exactly are you defending? They may start out with “good intentions”, but good cannot come from sin. If your personality is that of the peace maker, then make peace. You will never say, “I was only trying to help” when you know help does not begin with deception. What about when the time comes that you decide you need to ask to be forgiven for all of those “little white lies?” Do you honestly think you will remember all of them? We can always ask God to reveal our sins to us so we can ask for forgiveness. Those little white lies add up quickly though.

Telling these lies of smallness only make it easier to tell the larger lies. Have you ever noticed that the more you lie, the easier it becomes to lie? Oh yeah, it does. Take it from someone who used to lie a lot. Once you get trapped in a lie, well that is the beginning of the end. You no longer can have a relationship with the one(s) that the lie was about or the one(s) that were affected by your lies. You start burning bridges. You tell yourself that it doesn’t matter. Oh, but it does matter. It matters more now than ever, because you know that YOUR lies were the cause of the burning bridges.

Now your reputation is catching up with you. People no longer believe anything you say. Why should they? Loneliness is your only friend. You try to make friends that don’t know your past. Then you lie to them and the cycle continues. The only way out is to confess your sins of lying to God. Apologize to the ones you have wronged and STOP LYING.

Now, I ask you. Where does the “Little White Lie” have a positive influence? Everything starts out small because it wants to grow. We have to stop it. We have to be trustworthy in order to benefit the ones we love and the ones at a distance. We have to stop lying so as we reach out to others we reach out with a genuine desire to be the best we can be for the ones that need us. We have to stop lying if we are going to set the examples we want others to follow. We have to repent and ask God to forgive us and change us. Let’s start now.

Dear Father,

Lord, I have sinned. I have lied so many times I cannot remember even the reason for my lies. I continue to lie. I lie to make others feel better. I now understand that is not my job. I can make people feel better without lying to them. I can find the good in people and recognize it and watch that grow. I lie to impress others. I don’t have to impress anyone but you, Lord. I lie because I am hurt about what someone said about me and I have to lash out with lies about them. Revenge is yours Lord. Pick one God or pick them all. It doesn’t matter. A lie is a lie and there is no good reason for me to lie. Please forgive me Lord and deliver me from this sinful habit of mine. I may not lie often, but relying on a lie for conversation, or thinking my lie will impress someone or lying with malice in my heart is not pleasing to you. I ask you to please help me to overcome this sin. I give you all the credit and glory for answering my prayers. I know you are the one Living God and I Praise You. Please let me continually feel your presence in my life as a reminder of where I have been and where I desire to be.

I pray these things in your Sweet and Holy Name,

AMEN

If you prayed this prayer, God is very proud of you. He has listened to you and is working in your favor. Don’t give up on yourself. Remember, there is no such thing as a little white lie. There are only lies.

Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. John 17:17

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. Exodus 20:17

God’s work is done in the truth. Ours should also be done in the truth as we are to grow in his likeness.

God loves you and so do I. Please join me in praying for all issues that are attacking us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

Please come back to this site next week. I am sorry I did not post yesterday. My week was so full and I wanted to give God the recognition he deserves so I felt it necessary to delay this post one day. Please let me hear from you and invite your family and friends to read and pray along with us.

Sue Whaley – Huntsville, AL

The Shock of My Life

Dear Friends,

I hope you all had a great weekend. I enjoyed teaching my 3rd grade Sunday School class and our worship service at church yesterday. If you aren’t currently attending a church, I can tell you this, you are missing out on some of the best days of your life.

I am still continuing my story from two weeks ago. I don’t really understand why I am sharing so much of my life. Maybe because in part God is helping me get my feet wet on creating a blog. ” Write what you know” has always been the way to start it seems, so I suppose that is what I am doing. At any rate, I am doing what God has laid on my heart. I hope each one of you will see His hand in my work.

Now, three years have passed and my ten year old second grader is diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. I don’t feel comfortable sharing the details about this, but I can tell you this…my son is brave and definitely not a quitter or a complainer. God has had His hand on him every day since and has pulled him through a lot of pain and suffering. I thank God for that.

Ok, moving on, in April of 2000 my husband went to a conference at the University of Alabama and was gone a couple of days. After being home a few days he brought my attention to some scaly skin in and around his sideburns. It kept getting worse and spreading. Then there were spots on his back and chest. Before we knew it he was covered in scales. He went to the dermatologist and found out he had a virus that in the “old days” was call “Red Man’s Disease”, but now had the complicated name of “Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris”. It was so uncomfortable and itchy that he could not work. His skin was literally falling off his body, one flake at a time, but in massive quantity. While he laid in bed freezing the skin on the bottom of his feet and the palms of his hands thickened so badly they cracked open and bled. It hurt him to walk and it was difficult for him to even hold his eating utensils.

One morning, weeks later, he had had enough of staying home. He forced himself to dress and he put tennis shoes on to wear to work. I went to work a couple of hours later than him and would take our son to school. That particular morning I started out the front door and down the four steps leading out of the house when my left foot slipped. I tried to catch myself with my right leg and the results were horrendous. I twisted my right knee. It popped so loudly and down I went. I yelled for help, and my son came, but I was in so much pain and couldn’t use either leg to help me move. My left ankle was sprained and I had no idea what had happened to my right knee, but I knew it couldn’t be good.

Using my elbows, I managed to drag myself from the outside steps onto the living room floor. My son called his dad to come home. He could not help me. It hurt him to put any weight on his feet and his hands couldn’t grasp me to pull me up. So…we called our volunteer fire department. Two firemen men came to my rescue. They picked me up and sat me down on one of my kitchen ladder back chairs. They carried me that way to the car. I worked for a Chiropractor so that was where we headed. I thought I could get x-rays taken. By this time, I was so swollen x-rays would not show anything. About a week later a friend drove me to Birmingham to a sports orthopedist. He said I was still too swollen and sent me home to ice my knee for a couple of more weeks. Meanwhile, my husband is back in the bed with chills and feeling rotten. This virus usually took five months to run it’s course. It was in the third month.

Thank God for friends and church members bringing meals every day and being so faithful to run to the store for things we needed. Our son was sixteen now and the youth minister came to get him to take his drivers test. We needed him to be able to drive.

Now to find out what is wrong with my knee! X-rays and MRIs showed what the doctor referred to ask a “freak break”, (of course), I thought. It seemed that a chunk of bone had broken off and that the ACL ligament was attached to that chunk. This caused the ACL ligament to fly out. Now it’s time to schedule surgery.

This part is still fuzzy in my mind, but I remember my friend taking me to the hospital. I have no idea if I spent the night or came home immediately. Anyway, all is well at this point. I’m on crutches, using ice to reduce swelling and going to physical therapy.

Four days into this, a deacon from our church picks my husband up to go back to the doctor. He had packed his suitcase in hopes of being admitted into the hospital so he could get some relief. He kissed us good-bye and off they went.

I was a steady smoker. God had been dealing with me for about four years to stop. I tried to a few times, but was never successful at it. This morning God had really been present in my mind and heart and every time I would light a cigarette he would make me feel guilty and aware of every puff I took. Finally, I said, “Look God, You know I have tried to stop smoking and you know I can’t, so if you want me to stop then you do something about it.” I had never spoken to God that way before or since. Then I decided to get a bath.

Bathing was the most difficult thing for me to do, but it had to be done. I had to wrap my leg and put a stool in the tub so I could sit down . Stepping into the tub was quiet difficult too. I had only been in the tub a few minutes and I heard the phone ring. Then my son knocks on the bathroom door. “Mom, it’s the hospital in Birmingham. They said they need to speak to you right away.” I covered myself with the shower curtain and he brought the phone to me. “Mrs. Whaley, This is _____ a registered nurse at Birmingham East Hospital. Your husband has been brought into our emergency room and we need you to come here as soon as possible.” ” What’s wrong,” I asked “Well, I’m not sure, but your husband has had some sort of brain injury.” she replied. “A stroke?” I asked. “Just please come to the hospital as quickly as you can”, she repeated. I sat in the tub while I called a friend to ask her to drive me and my son to Birmingham. It was about a ninety minute drive. She was there in about an hour and we were on our way. My son was in the front seat and I was in the back seat with my leg extended. We were all trying to have small talk, but I knew I was not going to get promising news from the doctors.

Upon arrival, I took a couple of puffs of a cigarette and put it out at the door. The deacon met us at the door. Everything was so solemn. A few minutes later I was met by his doctor. It was a female doctor. I’m not even sure what kind of doctor she was. As some of the staff were getting me a wheelchair to sit in she began to tell us that my husband had suffered a severe stroke. It seemed he had had a stroke of the right side of his brain, one on the left side of his brain and one in the brain stem. The shock of my life. I asked to see him and went into the room on my crutches. He could hear me. Every time I spoke to him, he would extend his arms and legs as far as he could as if to say, “I’m sorry.” There was a male nurse in the room with him and he asked me if I wanted to take his suitcase. Then he told me he had only packed clean underwear and his Bible. I’m not sure what happened then. The next thing I remember was sitting in the wheelchair outside his room and telling my son that his daddy was not going to make it out of this.

Next, I remember being outside. Still sitting in the wheelchair. I had to call my thirty-five year old stepson and tell him the news. He as a very sick man with OCD and an alcoholic. He was at his mother’s house with his mother and stepfather. His mother answered the phone. I told her the tragic news and asked her to pass it on to my stepson. A few minutes later I asked my son to go inside and bring me my purse. I needed a cigarette. His back was propped against the outside wall and fell to his knees. His daddy was dying and his mother wanted a cigarette. I looked straight at him and said, “Nevermind son. I will never smoke another one.” In that instant, God delivered from my addiction to cigarettes. I cannot explain it.

We waited through the night and next day for friends and family to come and say their good-byes. Then at 8:00 p.m. my husbands life support was removed. I sat by the bed unable to even stand so I could hug him. I asked how long it would be before he passed and was told that if he was already gone and only the machines were keeping his body functioning that he would be gone within twenty minutes or he could hang on for a day or two. At exactly twenty minutes, my husband was gone, this was July 18, 2000. They said the stroke was unrelated to the virus.

I suppose the funeral and burial was a usual one. I remember all of the intersections being blocked for the funeral procession by police and firemen. It was about a thirteen mile stretch. Flags hung at half staff at City Hall where he was employed and a wreath hung on their front door.

Many things were a wash out to me while other things were vivid. I remember going to Walmart and watching people walking around as if nothing had happened. I wanted to scream, “Don’t you know my husband is dead?!!!!”

I remember thinking I had killed my husband by talking to God the way I did that morning. Of course, I know I did not. God did use that time to help me to stop smoking though. And believe me, I felt his power.

If you have ever lost a spouse, you know the pain. You know how I feel at this moment. What is left to say?

Well I can tell you this. God carried me through every step I took. I thank him for that.

Dear God,

Thank you Lord for watching out for us in times of loss. The sorrow is so great. The pain is so real. The days and weeks and months that follow without memory of any given day. The years that we just mutter through in anguish and total heartbreak. The loneliness, the heartbreak, the heartbreak. oh Lord, the heartbreak. Had it not been for you our minds and bodies would have never survive.

We love you Lord. We praise you and give you thanks for your steadfast faithfulness.

We ask you Lord, to please bring others to your side Lord. How horrible it would be to lose a loved one and never have the reassurance of your Love, Compassion and Strength. Lord, even worse than not having you in hard times, is not having you when our time comes to leave this world. Please God, convict hearts to be with you. Rebuke Satan from interfering in their lives. Let them hear and believe that you are Lord or Lord and King of Kings. Let them believe that you died on the cross to save them from their sins. Let them repent from their sins and accept you as their Lord and Savior.

Thank you Lord for the opportunity to write this blog. Please use it to help someone Lord. Even if it is only one person. Please let these words be of help to someone.

I pray all of these things in Your Sweet and Holy Name,

AMEN

God loves you and so do I. Please join me in praying for all issues that are attacking us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I hope you will return for more next week and pray for me as I try to deliver God’s message to you. Please feel free to contact me, comment on the blog or click on the like button.

Sue Whaley-Huntsville, AL