NOT Alone

NOT Alone

When I first moved to The Villages in late 2016, it was the first time in my life I ever lived alone.  I soon visited our Chapel, but only attended a few times before my cancer returned.  Following surgery and various treatments, I experienced horrendous after effects and multiple hospitalizations, and was homebound nearly 2 years – home alone in my new home where I knew almost no one.

God had already put me through prior periods of “training” with a brain tumor, prior cancer, and the heartbreak of divorce.  I KNEW he was faithful then and that he would be faithful again.  You may be feeling lonely during these extended months of pandemic isolation, and you too can recall how God has sustained you in the past.  Psalm 77:11-13, I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord; yea, I will remember thy wonders of old.  I will meditate on all thy work, and muse on thy mighty deeds.  Thy way, O God, is holy.  What god is great like our God?

Focus on God is a deliberate, conscious CHOICE.  It’s okay to get on the Pity Pot, but NOT to stay on it!  Our two choices are to 1)  remain tearful and fearful, thus adding to our problems by dwelling on them; or 2) trust the Lord.  As the words of the old hymn say, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.  Choose to abandon the negativity.  2 Cor 10:5, …take every thought captive

A wondrous part of being a Christian is being part of the Body of Christ,  The family of God for me includes two congregations I belonged to before moving here.  When I needed prayer and support, the Chapel Prayer Team was there for me even though I did not yet know them.  All three of these church families upheld me in prayer.  We truly are NOT alone.  Even Moses needed Aaron and Hur to hold him up (Ex 17).

God has specifically placed each one of us in our particular homes.  This time of continuing social restrictions is the perfect time to show our neighbors that they are not alone–someone cares!  This past year is the first time I’ve ever made daily walks a habit, an easy thing to do with all the extra time and living in this beautiful locale brimming with God’s creation.  As I leave my front door each day, I pray that God will make me a blessing to someone, lead me to someone who needs a smile or encouragement, that he’ll guide my steps. Often I do pass others for such “divine appointments” just as you may do.  Pray for boldness to speak his truth and be prepared to give account of the hope that is within … (1 Pet 4:5). We must use our words to give hope and give God glory.  We KNOW God is faithful.

NOT Alone © March 2021 by Bonnie Barthel. All Rights Reserved.

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I am so happy to have a guest author for this post, Bonnie Barthel. I have known Bonnie for several years and she has a wonderful walk with our Lord despite many setbacks in life. She challenges us to be faithful to Him no matter what the circumstances.

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Riding in the Wheelbarrow

Riding in the Wheelbarrow

By – Charles B. Mayes

I am reminded of the preacher’s old illustration about an expert tightrope walker who was at Niagara Falls.  The rope was already stretched between his side and other side.  He said that he was going to cross the Falls on the tightrope pushing a wheelbarrow.  The crowd was amazed at his statement.

Then he asked the group, “How many believe that I can walk across this tightrope pushing this wheelbarrow all the way to the other side?”  Most of the people raised their hands.

Then he continued by asking, “Who will ride in the wheelbarrow with me pushing it to the other side?”

No one raised their hands.  One version of the story has one person saying “I will ride in it.”  Then the person did ride.  Another version has the person riding in the wheelbarrow, losing faith, and then the tightrope walker carried him to the other side.

What about us?  We have put our trust in our Lord Jesus Christ to take us where He wants.  We have not only thought about getting in the wheelbarrow of faith, but we are now riding in it.

During these hard times, do we keep trusting Him as we ride?  It is not an easy ride.  It is a treacherous ride.  It is a ride where we don’t know our future.

But Who is taking the wheelbarrow across this harmful area?  It is our Master.  He not only keeps us on the swaying rope, but gently calms us all the way to the other side.

Riding in the Wheelbarrow © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

“He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” [Holy Bible – Psalm 112:7 (NIV)]

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Am I Still in the Game?

                                                              

Am I Still in the Game?

Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 16:11

Am I still in the game?
It raced across my mind,
With my Coach
Am I still aligned?

When temptations come daily,
And sometimes I give in.
I didn’t plan to,
But I did it again.

But then I remember
Whose team I’m on.
The other side already defeated,
And mine victoriously won.

Through my Coach, Jesus,
This win I’ll keep.
I still am in the game.
The end line over I leap.

                                                                                 — Charles B. Mayes

Am I Still In The Game? © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Are you still in the game?  It’s not easy following Christ, but the rewards are bountiful.

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Plan It / Planéalo

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Plan It

I Kings 19:12

We plan it and we do it.
We think it works that way,
But sometimes
Our best planned plans just go astray.

Occasionally we see things coming,
But many times not.
There are so many life surprises.
They may leave us distraught.

But one thing’s always certain –
The Lord’s with us now and all the time.
He cares and keeps special watch on us
Just to make sure that we are fine.

So as we continue through our lives,
We must trust the Lord’s will
To gently guide us,
As we listen to His small voice still.

— Charles B. Mayes

Plan It © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

One sure thing is that there will be uncertainly in our lives.  This is when we need to continue to trust our Lord Jesus Christ.  He was and is our Rescuer and Leader.  As Leader, He not only goes before us, but also walks beside us.

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Planéalo

1 Reyes 19:12

Lo planeamos, y lo hacemos.
Creemos que de esa manera funciona,
pero a veces, en la ejecución,
nuestros mejores planes se desmoronan.

En ocasiones vemos las cosas venir,
pero muchas veces no podemos prever:
la vida viene con tantas sorpresas
que nos pueden al fin ensombrecer.

Pero una cosa sí será siempre segura:
el Señor está con nosotros constantemente;
nos cuida manteniendo especial vigilia
para nuestro bienestar hacerlo permanente.

Así que mientras continuamos nuestras vidas,
confiemos en el Señor sobre nuestras almas
para que así nos vaya guiando amorosamente
mientras escuchamos su susurro bajo calma.

— Charles B. Mayes

Planéalo © 2019 por Charles B. Mayes. Todos los derechos reservados.

Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

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Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

 

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Reflecting

 

 

 

 

 

Reflecting

Reflecting in your mind.
Reflecting back through time.
Turn the Bible pages,
You will see
Encouraging stories from history.

Baby Moses floating in the reeds.
Sister Miriam taking heed.
Pharaoh’s daughter,
A surprise –
Asking Moses’ own mother, who raised him wise.

David playing on his harp
Watching his sheep – day and dark.
Keeping the flock
From harm to start.
Beautiful songs from his heart.

The Zarephath widow wondering what she should do.
She and her son almost through.
Elijah made a promise.
It came true.
Enough flour and oil, more than made do.

Ruth and Boaz, what a pair.
Kindness to her with grain to spare.
Marrying Ruth.
Delight in the air.
Oh, the precious love they did share.

On Easter morning from the grave He rose.
Happy were the women, and the men He chose.
Glory to our God,
Singing, praising, shouting –
Joy in the highest, beyond all doubting.

The Gentiles were glad to hear the news
When Paul and Barnabas by God were used.
Light to the nations,
Salvation came
To the ends of the Earth in Jesus’ name.

Reflecting in your mind.
Reflecting back through time.
Turn the Bible pages,
You will see
Encouraging stories from history.

— Charles B. Mayes

Reflecting © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

There are many uplifting stories in the Bible.  So, take time to reflect in your mind by reading and reviewing them.  It will be a blessing to you!

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Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

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