Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians, 4. 8

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The perfect wardrobe

For years I led a Women's Bible Study...lately I have been thinking about some of the things I shared....I needed to hear them again. What kind of clothes are in your closet?

Women are so concerned about what they are going to wear. God's wardrobe is the most beautiful. Look at what the Word says about what we are to "put on".

Colossians 3:12-17 ( KJV)

12Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

13Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

14And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

15And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

17And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sentimental Journey

Uncle Earl...early 1950's. My cousin, Lynne (center) then....now she is Dr. Lynne Lohmeier, PHD...Aunt Louise ( my mom's twin sister) and my cousin, Todd.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Just in case...

My cousin, Lynne, called last night to tell me her father died in his sleep this week. My Uncle Earl...a Veternarian, a gentle man. I had very little contact with him in the past 30 years. He was married to my mom's identical twin for 25 years. They divorced when my cousin was in Jr. High, I think. The last time we spoke was following Hurricane Katrina..I was desperately trying to get information about Lynne. She lives in Gautier, Mississippi - an area devastated by the storm...anyway....as a child I remember this...
... loving the smell of pipe tobacco when I visited my cousins. Their house always smelled of homemade bread and pipe tobacco. I wish I had more memories...my mother had 3 sisters...all of my Uncles are now gone...Uncle Bob...Uncle Ben and now Uncle Earl. Three very different men. All were fathers...I tried to comfort Lynne when we spoke.
Losing a father is hard to describe....it can be like losing a safety net. I know when my father was alive, there was a certain comfort in knowing that he was there....just in case.....just in case I really goofed something up....just in case I needed advice that only a father can give....just in case I needed the wisdom that comes with age...just in case...when you lose your father...it helps to have the love of our Heavenly Father...a love that never ends...a Father who is always there...just in case.