It is the greatest blessing to have fond memories of our friends and loved
ones that bring back emotions that brighten up our day. Many people can
attest to the fact that time really does fly by and before we know it, we
who were just children yesterday are now adults going towards middle-age
and soon old age. It is for this reason that we should never take for
granted the special time that we have with our grandparents, parents,
siblings, cousins and friends. We are to enjoy the time that we have with
each other showing our love and care for one another as God has intended
from the beginning of Creation. Be encouraged to slow down and enjoy this
day to its fullest with those who mean so much to you. (Nehemiah 8:10)
I hope this message ministers to your heart to spend time with those whom
you love making memories that will last a lifetime.
I marvel at the way God knows when to send a special gift of encouragement
our way at just the right time! It might be in a dream, a lost letter, a
memory, something found that we'd forgotten about, something in His Word,
or during a devotional that really speaks to us.
My grandmother was from a town in the thumb area of Michigan. Summer after
summer, I enjoyed staying with my grandparents as a young child. I was from
the city and loved the small town they lived in. People knew everyone,
their kids, their pets, their ancestors.
The bond with them continued to grow as I grew and they got older. Grandma
was always using her hands for something exciting. She would make little
sandwiches and we'd have tea parties, plant flowers and carefully tend
them. She'd knit afghans for her grandchildren as well as make beautiful
quilts for each one.
I remember the small thimble she would use while doing her needle work.
Placing her thimble on her finger she'd remark, “I wouldn't want to sew
A few years ago, when Grandma left this earth for her new residence in
heaven, I bid farewell to a loving Grandmother. How quickly our lives can
change. We had tea together a couple of months earlier, on her 91st birthday.
I missed her very much, but I noticed it most on my birthday, because there
was no card from Grandma. She'd never forgotten my birthday!
On one particular birthday, when I was feeling a little low and a lot
older, something happened to make me feel like she was sharing that special
day with me.
I was arranging some colorful pillows that she had made, and suddenly I
felt something inside one pillow, it was small and hard. I moved the object
to a seam that I carefully opened, and to my delight out came a tiny silver
How happy I was to find something that had been a part of her. Not
realizing it had fallen off her finger, I pictured her sewing it in that
little pillow that I just “happened” to fluff, to place on my bedspread
that day. I carefully laid the thimble along side the others I've collected
over the years, where I could continue to see the gift God chose to reveal
What a precious memory of a very special lady who somehow, I knew, was
laughing in delight at sewing her thimble inside my pillow.
I heated the tea kettle and made some tea, using my best china, as Grandma
always did, and enjoyed my tea and Grandma's thimble. What a wonderful
birthday that was!
By Diane Dean White
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:10-14 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love;
in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in
spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation;
continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints;
given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11-13 “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify
one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know
them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish
you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be
at peace among yourselves.”
Psalm 34:1-4 “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall
continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the
humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and
let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and
delivered me from all my fears.”
1 John 4:7-11 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not
knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God
toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that
we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that
He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved,
if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: I WILL NOT WORRY
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem95.htm
Today’s Selected Testimony: HOW GOD USED CANCER TO BLESS ME
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony145.htm
In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry