Daily Verse

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from you commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:9-11

Why do we try to conform God to our will? Live in His word and know true joy.

"Make me to know your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old."
Psalm 25:4-6

God reveals the truth of our time and all time to us through Scripture.

"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the tstimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple: the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."
Psalm 19:7-10

All the laws in all the books in all the libraries of the world are but a footnote to the law of God.

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

To know and understand God comes not through our intellect, but through the wisdom given to us by the grace of God.

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart."
Proverbs 3:1-3

Don't measure success by society's standards. Use Christ as your measuring stick.

"The the LORD answered Job our of the whirlwind and said: 'Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding, Who determined its measurements - surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? Or who laid its cornerstond...?'"
Job 38:1, 4-6

When we measure God by our limited standards, we attempt to measure the elephant by weighing one strand of its hair.

"Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you so lon, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father?'"
John 14:8-9

Christ is God made flesh. If you want to know God, you must draw closer to Jesus.








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Friday, August 08, 2008

7 years...

Well, I am not even sure what I want to say with this post. Today is a day that I look at very sad, and yet extremely happy! My dear Grandma Ada Norgaard left us 7 years ago, but she was able to go to an eternity in heaven. As a selfish granddaughter that didn't learn nearly enough from Grandma Ada while she was with us, I would have loved to have her around so much longer. But as a Christian I know that her pain and suffering ended on August 8th 2001 when she went to her home in heaven which she was able to have through her faith and acceptance in our Lord Jesus Christ.
I wanted to share a story about Grandma Ada from one of my very last conversations with her. In 2001 I had graduated from high school and was preparing to go to Hyles Anderson College in the fall. There was also this guy I had met that spring, I believe his name was Jason. In August of 2001 Jason and I were "JUST FRIENDS" to everyone, we both knew that we would be married sooner rather than later, but I do not believe we had told anyone this. Well, I believe it was somewhere around August 5th or so that Grandma Ada brought him up while we were talking in her hospital room. She had met Jason in April of that year and I am not sure that she had seem him much since then, but she started taking about Jason. All of a sudden in her sweet thoughtful way she just said, "well since you are going to marry him, how about getting him here with the pastor and marrying him so I be around to see it." I still think about that...Grandma & Grandpa Norgaard had so much to do with who I am today because they prayed for me. Now I know that I am blessed because we always lived so close to them and were able to spend so much time with them, but in spending that much time with them my Grandparents knew what I needed most...and that was Jesus Christ! I still do not know how Grandma got the idea that I was going to marry Jason, I didn't tell her. But I also know that in the 5 1/2 years Grandpa Don was with us after Grandma he told me many times that Grandma would have been so proud to call Jason her grandson.
In the few days between this conversation with Grandma and her home going, her and I didn't talk about Jason much more...there was always people around. But I did spend a good amount of time at her bedside. I remember the morning of the 8th when Mom and Dad called and told Zach and I that we should come to the hospital quickly. We got in the car and drove as fast, legally, as we could to get there. I was able to go to Grandmas bedside on her left and Grandpa was on her right. I was holding her hand and silently praying and thanking God for such wonderful, godly, grandparents. Shortly after 9 (I am not sure how much) in the morning Grandmas hand lost its warmness...and I being a selfish person still on this earth have missed her something terribly ever since.
This story may not mean very much to many of you, but since this is my blog I felt that I needed to publish it. But as I bring this to you I want you to remember something, DO NOT TAKE SPECIAL PEOPLE FOR GRANTED! I miss my Grandparents, I wish I could have learned more from them.
PS~ on a side note...if anyone can tell me who it is peaking out from behind Grandma Ada holding me I would love to know. I looked at the other FAMOUS family pictures from that day and the hair color and style doesn't really seem to match anyone in the family.


Aaron APC said...

it might be one of Vanyse's friends... There were a few of them that she brought to visit the farm, but I can't remember their names right now.

oh, "Jenny" was one name - but I don't know whether that's her or not.