meditations of the heart

Jules —  May 27, 2005

James has changed the name of his business. His slogan is We top them all. It’s a clever one for a countertop company, huh! Please pray for him as it is difficult at times not to feel discouraged. Thought I’d share this scripture with you that we are meditating on. Hopefully it will encourage you, as well. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of the godly ones. Proverbs 2:7-8

Speaking of prayer, maybe this will encourage you, too.

With all that goes on around Me, and all that I do in the earth and in heaven, I bow My ear low and listen. What you have to say, My Beloved, is important to Me. I stop to listen, yes, to you. I cherish your words of innocent trust, even when you have not seen Me. I AM impacted to hear your words of courage even when you do not hear My voice. I AM deeply moved when in spite of all that you have gone through in your testings, schooling and persecutions, you have chosen to stay faithful and committed in believing in My goodness and My Papa’s heart for you, My dear child. Yes, I stop and listen, for your faith has touched Me more than you possibly know. It is your gift to Me, as you lean on Me for your sustenance, strength and support. How MUCH I love you, dear one, how very, very much. Thank you.

Mal 3:16 NLT
Then those who feared the LORD spoke with each other, and the LORD listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and loved to think about him.

Ps 139:6 NLT
LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my every thought when far away. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD. You both precede and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to know!

Jules

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20 responses to meditations of the heart

  1. Thank you so much for this post.

    It is so encouraging to me.

    I love you!

  2. You know, I’ve told my guys we want to be a business of Integrity so that God will provide a shield of protection for us.

  3. That slogan is really clever. I like it and it should catch the eye of anyone looking to have cabinets made.
    You two are on top also. Hang in there, you’ll be fine, or I’ll just have to have a talk to the one above. I’ve argued with him before, I did’nt get anywhere, but he listened till I worked my troubles out.

  4. Thanks Aunt Tootsie!! You’re tops, too!!

    Here’s one for ya hon:

    Blessed is James who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.

    But James’ delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

    James is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.

    Whatever James does prospers.

    Psalms 1: 1-3

  5. YA!!!!!!!!GOOOOT IT. I ALWAYS BELIEVED IN GOD, I WAS RAISED THAT WAY. BUT, SOMETIMES YOU WANDER. WELL, THE LORD SAYS HE WILL TAKE CARE OF THE WIDOW’S, AND HE DID, STARTING WITH THAT EVENING AT THE HOSPITAL WITH TOMMY, THE DOCTOR KEEP SAYING THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD DO. I JUST SAT THERE AND SAID “JESUS” OVER AND OVER, AND LOW AND BEHOLD, HE SPOKE, THE LIGHT WAS SO BRIGHT BUT DID NOT HURT MY EYES, AND I LOOKED INTO THE RAYS AND HE SAID ” ITS OK, HES WITH ME”, I WATCHED THE LIGHT TILL IT SLOWLY WENT OUT AND I WAS NEVER SO MUCH AT PEACE IN MY LIFE AS AT THAT TIME, I WAS WRAPPED IN LOVE. I THEN TOLD THE DOCTORS THEY COULD STOP, JESUS WAS TAKING CARE OF HIM. sO NO ONE ABSOLUTELY NO ONE WILL EVER MAKE ME NOT BELIEVE. HE WILL HELP, JUST ASK, AND BELIEVE.

  6. I hadn’t heard that story!! Thank you for sharing it!!! That’s awesome!

  7. Wow, Marlis, what an awesome memory! That brought tears to my eyes.

    Don’t you just love how our Father breaks through our difficult moments and makes himself so real that we cannot doubt or explain away Him or His great love for us!

  8. I am still praying for you guys and the business. You will be fine! You will be blessed!

  9. To know them and the depth of their relationship, to think of that time being flooded with peace is a true miracle.

    Thanks, Karen!!!

  10. Yes Karen, it’s very comforting to know the Lord is there. Isaw the light one other time when he spoke to me and then three times he sent one of his angels. I heard them talk only. It’s usually hard to talk about these situations because most people look at you like you’ve lost your mind. That’s ok, I’m the one blessed and loved in those situation’s, and when I most needed him.

  11. That’s awesome, Marlis.

    People looked at Jesus like he was crazy too. That’s pretty good company for us to keep.

  12. Thank you sweety, now you have me in tears.

  13. God is an awsome God!!!! I am thankful for all the times He has worked things out for me. I haven’t had the experience of lights, but one time I was pouting about something and God spoke to me and I jumped. Wish I could remember the words, but it was something father-like, scolding me. He wispered, not a shout. Most of the time he answers in (a-ha) moments.

    James, I believe if you are seeking His wisdom, you will prosper. Rich does not always mean a lot of money. To me, you and Julie are rich.

  14. We have had a lot of moments where we have had to stop and say “Was that odd or was that God?” I love those times he is so obvious. Chris coded when he was 10 yrs old, he has very vivid memorys of heaven. Everytime something worse comes on in the news, he always says “Bring it on, I want to go back to Jesus.” He has no fears of death, he remembers being angry that he was sent back. I had him write his memories down for the kids’ baby books. Just in case he looses his mind later!hehe

  15. Hi Trish, You know I think back and when I realized something was wrong with Tommy, I had 911 on the line, I did get him on the floor finally, I knew he was gone but with phone in hand ran across to the neighbors door and they were home. They are Doctors, they started cpr and then the ambulance came and took over, well Tommys color came back, he raised his head and said “Marlis, tell them to let me go”, he laid his head down and turned stark white again. I’ve
    always looked back and thought he had seen the LORD and heaven. There are still questions, but I’m not afraid either because I believe. I’m getting to an area I don’t understand but love. Silly is’nt it?

  16. Wow–I’ve got chills… but the good chills that come from gaining insights into the other world that is to come for each of us someday. Helps me keep an eternal focus, rather than focusing on the daily things that distract me. Thank you for sharing about Tommy, Marlis.

  17. I absolutely for sure know that there is a world beyond, simply because I have been around death alot with my work. The ominous sign is the sick person starts seeing and talking to others at the end of the bed that aren’t really there. Usually dead family members. Chris said he immediately met his dead grandfather and he was with him the entire time, he was answering all his questions.

  18. Trish, are you still working in the ICU? Do you get moved around when you transfer?

  19. I’VE ONLY TOLD TWO PEOPLE ABOUT THIS EXPERIENCE UNTIL NOW. ON OUR WAY TO TENN. LARRY AND I PASSED A TRANSPORT TRUCK. I USUALLY DON’T LOOK AT THE TRUCKERS FACES BUT THIS TIME I DID. I WAS SO SHOCKED……I LOOKED UNTIL I COULDN’T SEE HIM, I SAID TO MYSELF THAT’S TOMMY! HE LOOKED BACK AT ME WITH SAD EYES, I INSTANTLY STARTED CRYING. I CRY EVERY TIME I THINK ABOUT IT. NOW I’VE TOLD EVERYONE BUT I DON’T FEEL ANY BETTER.

  20. Wow, mom. I am sorry you have to carry that around with you. That’s tough.

    Maybe Aunt Marlis’ comment above will bring you some comfort.