Changing Seasons

“To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven:”   Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

It’s hard to believe that just a few days ago it was so warm we had the windows open to cool down the house.  Tonight I’m sitting here in my flannel sweats and feeling winter fast approaching.

I’m not a real fan of winter and cold weather.  Oh, the little girl in me enjoys a nice snowfall around Christmas, but other than that, I’m not sure I would be upset if winters were milder.  Chances of that happening are slim since I live in Michigan, but a girl can always hope!

The older I get, the more difficult it is for me to deal with changes.  I’m anticipating some major changes soon in my place of employment.  They aren’t bad changes, but nonetheless, they will require adjustments – and sometimes that can be tough.

I firmly believe change comes into our lives for a reason.  God knows that we humans need things stirred up every now and then to keep our minds sharp and our hearts open.  Without changes, I’m afraid we would become boring, predictable people who never reach out to those around us – and that’s not what God intends for His children.  He expects his children to be participators.

So, I’ll pull my winter coat, scarf, woolen hat, gloves, and boots from the back of the closet and prepare to trudge through the coming winter months.

And I’ll remember that if we didn’t have to survive winter’s cold months, perhaps we wouldn’t look forward with such joyous expectation to the coming spring

God’s blessings on you!

 

“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:”   Ecclesiastes 3:11

Marriage and commitments….

A strange and wonderful thing happened one day when my husband and I were sitting in the waiting room at his doctor’s office.

We were sitting there next to each other (and had been for about a half an hour) in the uncomfortable chairs in the busy waiting room, talking back and forth to each other about a multitude of things going on in our lives, laughing and teasing each other as we are apt to do.

A lady (I would guess she was perhaps in her early seventies) came from across the room and said she was so sorry to interrupt us, but wanted to say how refreshing it was to see how we interacted with each other and how attentive we were to the other person.  She said that in today’s world you don’t see that very often.  We thanked her, feeling rather surprised by her statement, and looked at each other in awe as she went back to see the doctor.

It’s sad, but she’s right.  Marriage has become a convenience for young people anymore.  They don’t marry for love and they don’t marry their best friend – that special someone with whom they want to spend the rest of their life.  That is why my husband and I got married, and that is why we are still married.  He is truly my best friend and there isn’t anything we can’t talk about with each other.

I appreciate what Paul wrote to the Ephesians in Chapter 5 – verses 22 through 33:

“Wives, submit yourselves until your own husbands, as unto the Lord….Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it…So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies.  He that loveth his wife, loveth himself.”

My prayer is that young people of today take those words to heart and return to the belief that marriage is a sacred covenant between husband, wife, and God – a commitment that should not be taken lightly.  And I would encourage young people to pray for and with your future mate about your decisions, your children, and your lives.  You should become a team when you marry – friends forever.

God bless!

Positive things….

I like positive words – words that build up and encourage.  You know, words like faith, truth, love, honesty, integrity, care, help, happiness, purity, joy…well you get my drift.

Maybe that’s why this scripture in the book of Philippians has always been one of my favorites:

“Finally, brethren, 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.”

My Bible has notes in ever available spot in the book of Philippians.  A great many of the pages in my Bible look that way because I take notes during sermons and write down thoughts that come to me when I’m reading scripture.  However, these words that Paul shares in his letters to the folks of Philippi have always touched my heart in a special way.  Paul encourages them to keep doing God’s word, to remain humble and steadfast, and to keep their eyes on Christ and not on man.  He reminds them not to worry, but to pray – then turn everything over to God to handle.

Do you want to know what I find the most amazing thing about these words of encouragement he wrote?  These letters were written by Paul when he was sitting in prison, awaiting his execution; yet he was lifting up those around him, reminding them to be at peace with each other, and to rejoice in the Lord’s salvation.

During these difficult days we face – when peace and tranquility seem so very far away – we all need to be reminded of Paul’s words – and to think on good things!

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” – Philippians 4:13

Steps of history….

I’ve marched up the local post office steps hundreds of times. Not once did I pause to reflect on the men who built the steps or the other generations of folk who have also walked up them. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I think we all tend to be guilty of going through our days, unaware and unobservant of the significance of where we are. It’s difficult not to in the busy-ness of our lives.

For many years I’ve worked a 9-5 job in the downtown area of the small Michigan town I call home. My parents met in this community, and my grandparents married here and raised their children in this area. My great-grandparents were among those who settled this land ‘way out west’ during the early 1800s. I am blessed to be surrounded by so much of my family’s history; however, I never thought about it very much until I recently became involved with an on-line history group. This group shares tidbits of times gone by and old photos of the area. The anecdotes and photographs shared on the site make me more aware of the sacrifices our ancestors made. These men and women came to an untamed wilderness and toiled and struggled to create a new life here.

My writer’s mind wants to take these details and photos and turn them into stories. I actually enjoy doing the research for my writing projects. Sometimes I get so involved in the research, I’m sidetracked by all the information I find. However, I’ve never related to the history so personally until I understood that I now walk where my great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents walked before me – up those post office steps! I tread those concrete steps every day (I even fell down them once and broke a finger!), but never thought about the other individuals that have walked that very spot for a century and a half – until recently. I understand now that all those folks that came before me mattered – they have all made a difference in my life, if only by building steps.

The same thing holds true for Bible stories. The men and women of the Bible shared the journey of their faith in the words of the Old and New Testaments. From these writings, we learn one simple fact. God loves us and has a purpose for our lives. He doesn’t call the most sophisticated or the richest, but uses men more along the lines of Moses, David, Jonah, Nehemiah, John, and Peter. These spiritual men failed God many times. They battled God’s will for their lives, but in the end they did what He asked of them. Looking at them from the outside, we may think they weren’t the best men for the job – but they were the men God chose to do the job!

Everything we do in our lives also matters. The people we come in contact with on a daily basis, the text messages, phone calls, and emails we send – they all matter. We may never know how what we do or say may impact another person.

So what is the work God has chosen for each one of us? Are we busy doing His will, or are we ignoring the call? He has done so much for us. Don’t we at least owe Him our obedience?

“And 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.” – Colossians 3:17

Welcome to my new blog!

Welcome to my new blog!

This blogging stuff is all new to me, so please be patient while I learn the ropes.  The plan is to use this blog to share my thoughts, and to let my readers know a little about me – particularly why I write Christian fiction.

Writing stories has always been a part of my family.  My mother was a writer.  No, she was never published, but that didn’t stop her.  Whenever she had spare time, she wrote short stories.  Sadly, being a wife and mother, and having a household to run, didn’t leave much time for her to write.

Mom went home to be with the Lord many years ago.  After her death I found her stories and compiled them into a booklet for her grandchildren.  There are many precious memories for me in those pages.  Reading through them I can still see her tapping away on her old manual typewriter, spinning her tales.  She told me she had to write – the stories were in her head and she had to get them out.  I didn’t understand then, but I do now.

Growing up, I too had the urge to tell stories and she encouraged me.  Mom also wanted to make sure I knew the meanings of the words I was using.  If I asked her what a word meant, she always gave me her standard answer, “Go get the dictionary and look it up.”  Because of that I learned about words and where they came from and their meanings.

Mom was a Christian, and her Bible was habitually read and she practiced her faith daily.  She shared that faith with my sisters and me.  I firmly believe the passion I now have – that inescapable ‘urge’ to write Christian fiction – is because of that faith.  Even if no one reads my words, I still believe I’m supposed to write them.

Sometime back I created a Mission Statement.  “My goal is to write stories that entertain but more importantly, educate readers about Jesus Christ and His love for them.  If one soul comes to Christ as a result of something I have written, I will have done what I’m supposed to do.  Let all glory go to the Creator of all, God the Father.”

So, until God tells me to stop writing, I will continue to tell His story.

Until next time – God bless you!

Ruth Kyser