NEW YEAR 2010!
I with our beautiful grandchildren Beaux,
Isabella, and Elizabeth.
son, Luke, received a job promotion and has
moved to Florida with his wife, Angela, and
their girls. God has a plan and purpose for each
person He has created, and we do thank God that
they are following His plan for their lives.
However, we sure do miss them--especially our
precious granddaughters, Isabella and
Appreciate your continued
prayers for Gary as he receives medical
over, soon I'll be putting away the decorations,
but daily I want to remember the message of
Christmas : GOD'S AMAZING LOVE. John
VIDEO LINK: May you be blessed by
this video (posted on YouTube). I'm signing an
A-Z ASL Story of John 3:16 that I
the truth of God's amazing love touch you and
change your life forever.
A-Z ASL Story/Song follows the American Sign
Language alphabet hand shapes starting with A
and going all the way through to Z.
Our son, Rex, has set us up on
Facebook. He will be adding a link from our
website to our Facebook page, but for now you
can go to your Facebook page, type a search for
"Deaf Ministries Worldwide" to find our page.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Here we are starting, yet,
another year, another decade, 2010! I can't believe it,
can you? Life just keeps going by so fast. I do love
starting a new year. It's like starting life with a brand
new clean sheet of paper. As I was enjoying that thought
this song came to my mind, "We Fall Down" by Chris
Tomlin. The first line reads, "We fall down, we lay our
crowns at the feet of Jesus." But I changed the word "we"
"I fall down, I lay
my crown at the feet of Jesus."
What does that mean?
I went to Biblegateway.com
and did a word search for the word "crown". Following are
just some of the many verses in the Bible where the word
"crown" is used (NIV):
- Psalm 149:4,
"For the LORD takes
delight in His people; He crowns
the humble with salvation."
10:6, "Blessings crown the
head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the
mouth of the wicked."
- Proverbs 12:4,
"A wife of noble
character is her husband's crown."
- Isaiah 35:10,
"...and the ransomed
of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with
singing; everlasting joy will crown
- 1 Corinthians 9:25,
"Everyone who competes
in the games goes into strict training. They do it to
get a crown that will not last; but we do it to
get a crown that will last
- 2 Timothy 4:8,
"Now there is in store
for me the crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge,
will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but
also to all who have longed for His
- James 1:12,
"Blessed is the man
who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood
the test, he will receive the crown of
life that God has promised to those who love
- 1 Peter
5:4, "And when the
Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the
crown of glory that will never fade
- Revelation 4:10,
elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne,
and worship Him who lives for ever and ever. They lay
their crowns before the throne."
- Revelation 19:11-13,
"I saw heaven standing
open and there before me was a white horse, whose
rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He
judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire,
and on His head are many
crowns. He has a name
written on Him that no one knows but He himself. He is
dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His Name is the
Word of God."
- Will we literally
wear a crown and lay it before the throne of
- Will Jesus
literally be wearing many crowns?
- Or are
these--word pictures--that have another
- You can do your
own research and decide. And that leads me back to the
beginning of my letter to you.
As I sing and sign,
"I fall down, I lay my crown
at the feet of Jesus" I
imagine myself, right now, standing before Jesus. Then I
bow down, low to the ground. I take the crown off my head
and lay it at the feet of my precious Lord. What does
this mean? This is a powerful word picture to me. A word
picture of total surrender. For me to sing those words is
for me to say, "Jesus, I surrender all of me to You. I
lay down my desires, my wants, my will, my life, my
future; because, my life belongs to You. You bought and
paid for me with Your life and death. I am not my
You've seen on tv and in
newspapers pictures of leaders, kings wearing a real
crown. We know the person wearing the crown is the one in
control. In a very real way, you and I are the "king" of
our lives. God gives us free will. We do have a choice.
Either we will rule and reign in our little world, or we
will surrender to the King of kings. From my experience
the King of the universe, that would be my Creator, does
a lot better job of ruling and reigning in my life than I
do. See Jeremiah 29:11!
In 2010, join me in living
the surrendered life as "We
fall down, we lay our crowns at the feet of
Jesus" with the help of
Almighty God. I don't only want this for my life, but oh
how much I want this for my children too. Good News--I
don't have to hope that it happens--I can pray that it
happens. I can pray that Rex and his wife, Lanie, that
Luke and his wife, Angela, surrendar all to Jesus daily
and live to serve Him and others. And I thank God that I
am actually witnessing that taking place in their lives,
after all, precious parent according to James 5:16b, "The prayer of a righteous person (MOM an
DAD) is powerful and effective."
Let's start out the new year
right praying for our children (family and friends)
daily. Below is the Parents' Scripture Prayer
Calendar*--a tool that I trust will be of help as you
pray for your children this year.
May 2010 be the year you and
I surrender all to Him--we do it--one minute at a
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* Scripture Prayer Calendar
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