How many more times will I get to watch the kids play outside? I love listening to them enjoy life.
“8, 9, 10, ready or not, here I come.”
Ready or not—am I ready, can we ever know if we are ready, because I’m definitely coming.
“Quick, run for home.”
“I’m in, I made it, I’m safe.”
Home. I’m making a final run for home. Yes, I guess that’s what I’m doing, but will I make it in safe? Where will home be for me?
All in free. IN free. In FREE. Am I in free?
That’s what Grandma’s bible says, this verse, that her bible falls open to, says eternal life is “a free gift.” *God is giving me a free gift. If only it were as simple as that. As easy as the game the kids are playing outside. The doctor’s tell me I might have as much as a few weeks left to live, but this verse says I can have eternal life.
Grandma always said it was her job to tell me to “revere the Lord your God … you, your children, and your grandchildren – all your lives, to prolong your days.”
Will this prolong my days? A free gift. For me. Why? What is this other verse reference that’s penciled in here?
Duet 6:6-7 These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind, and you must teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down, and as you get up.
Yes, Grandma was always talking about Jesus, always singing songs about Him. I wish I had listened more, I just don’t understand this. I’ll just read the verses before, maybe it’ll help.
Duet 6:5-6 You must love the Lord your God with your whole mind, your whole being, and all your strength. These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind,
Love the Lord. Believe in Him; love Him, that’s a lot to ask. Here’s another note from Grandma.
Jeremiah 15:16 As your words came to me I drank them in, and they filled my heart with joy and happiness because I belong to you.
Oh, Grandma, I feel as if you are right here, talking to me. I’ve been hiding from your Jesus for so long, and now it’s time to seek Him. I want to be filled with joy. I want to belong to Him.
Here’s another note. Grandma, I’m so glad you wrote in your bible. If only I had been willing to listen when you were here beside me.
Jer 31:33b “I will put my law within them and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be my people.
I can be one of His people. I can have his law in my heart. “Oh Lord, please, I want to be able to leave my family in peace, please make me one of your own.”
This next reference says it all, I need to share this with my family. I need to tell them we’re not alone anymore.
Psalms 40:1-4 I relied completely on the Lord, and he turned toward me and heard my cry for help. He lifted me out of the watery pit, out of the slimy mud. He placed my feet on a rock and gave me secure footing. He gave me reason to sing a new song, praising our God. May many see what God has done, so that they might swear allegiance to him and trust in the Lord! How blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord and does not seek help from the proud or from liars!
Oh, yes, I can sing a new song, too! I can trust in Him. I don’t know if He can heal my broken body, but I know He has healed my soul. The emptiness is gone. Thank you Grandma, now I understand why you whispered “Trust Him” just before you breathed your last.
*Eph 2:8-9 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast.
All verses are taken from the NET Bible. http://net.bible.org/home.php
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