Sunday, May 31, 2009

Try to Forget!

While reading Hebrews for my morning devo the other day, this verse hit me again, but in a new way. Hebrews 8:12, "For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more."

How great is that! But think on this. God said he would not only forgive but said He would remember our sins no more! I remember all the bad stuff I'd like to forget. All right, wrap your minds around this:

Think of something that you would rather forget, whether it's a sin, attitude, event, or even a person. Now--go, try to forget it! Try once more. What you can't? Neither can I. (I usually forget the things I need to remember.) But God, can do it whenever He choses. The Greek context of "remember" is a one time action, a completed finished act. So when our gracious, merciful God says He won't remember, it is GONE, erased, removed, hit the delete permanently key--never even in His mind.

So how does Satan get to us? By bringing them back up. Don't listen to his lies. Once we confess to God, He forgets and we have no shame before Him. I feel God leaves us with these memories as a "tutor" to remind us of incoming spiritual danger, for our finite minds couldn't forget and at the same time retain the lesson learned. I'm in awe of a God who forgets my bad "stuff."

No Shame, No Blame,

Thank You, Lord

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

"And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may be well with you and that you may go in and possess the good land which the LORD swore to give your fathers, by driving out all your enemies from before you, as the LORD has spoken. Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments." Deuteronomy 6:18-19, 7:9

On this Memorial Day, let us remember all those who stood in our behalf to preserve our liberty, land and beliefs. Without them our land would not be blessed with the freedoms we hold dear. We must place high honor and priority on justice and righteousness. May God bless and keep our country as we follow Him.

From one who is thankful.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Armed Forces Day


"My tattered old Webster's defines hero as a 'legendary figure....endowed with great strength and illustrious warrior...a person possessing great courage.' There's another important characteristic of heroes: they place themselves at risk for the benefit of others."
Oliver North
American Heroes in the Fight against Radical Islam

On this day I want to salute all those who have served and continue to risk all for their country, fellow citizens and family. Below are pictures of my grandfather, father, father-in-law and son who all served. God bless them all.

John F. Hall, Sr.

John F. Hall, Jr.

Charles H. Evans, Jr.

David M. Evans

US Marine Base, Camp Pendleton

Crossing the Tigris River - Iraq 2003


Iraq 2003

Welcome home David!

That's Shelly, my daughter.

My place of work at the time, Bay Tree Rehab and Nursing, welcoming David home. Many retired servicemen and women were glad to see him.

Blessings on all who serve and their families who wait.


Monday, May 4, 2009

Caden had to like music . His Mom sang a solo in church the day before he was delivered.
(check out his video at the bottom of the page.)
God made music. Even before the birth of man, birds sang, water rippled, wind whistled, leaves rustled, and God said that it was good.

Amazing how music can move lift and inspire. What is it that God built in our souls that responds to musical sounds? What a wonderful blessing He gave to us.

Caden is only six months, but he loves music. His big sister, Katriel, sings beautifully too.

Of course this posting is just an excuse to show off my grandkids.

(Click on Picture to enlarge)