Sunday, April 1, 2018

The Cross Not The End Only The Beginning Praise The Lord and a poem






As I praise and give thanks for the sacrifice of Christ on the cross I realize that this is the beginning of not just our gift of love and eternal life, but  also the begininng of an abundant life in Christ. It is the gift of love, peace, comfort in all things we face in life. It is being adopted into the family of God joint heirs with Jesus.  We have forgiveness and an advocate or intercessor through Christ. Our hope is in and through Christ and Christ willingly went to the cross so that we could have all this. HE LOVES US and all we have to do is believe and accept his gift.

We have a friend in whom we can trust and believe and not be afraid. We have peace and understanding through Christ.



 John 14:27 KJV










We have blessed assurance and faith that in our acceptance of Christ that God has us and we are in his perfect plan. We might not understand everything but we can know it will  be alright.


The one thing we know that God is always in control and that we can trust Him no matter what. He holds our hand and guides us through if we turn to him.







Just like the lighthouse pictured here God is our light to guide us in good times and the storms of life. His light always shines bright and as long as we keep our eyes on the light we will not stray or get lost. I see the lighthouse and I remember that though storms in life come along God is with us lighting our way all we have to do is rely on Him. A verse I like says to not be afraid or discouraged in fact it is a command and one I think of when storms come my way.
Joshua 1:9  NIV "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”


Here is a poem I wrote awhile back I will share again with you. I hope it will lift you up


My Life’s Light

I will trust you where ever you lead me
I will trust you in both the calm and stormy seas
I will follow the path you set before me
I will lean on your love and hope you give me freely
For you are the light that guides my path along my way
You are my guide through each and every day
Like the captain on the sea I will look to the light
Always keeping that beam in my sight.
For you my Lord, are my light
On whom I will keep my sight

By Deb Forbes July 2009
copyright 2009

God is our Light and here is my verse to memorize this week

John 8:12 KJV  "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

All of this is because of Christ going to the cross to die for us so that we can live. So the cross was not the end but the beginning for all of us who believe. Thank you Jesus.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Easter Poem and My Thoughts The Veil Is Torn repost





That Fateful Day

The cross was just a cross on that day
The nails, so ordinary could have been used in other ways.
But they became an important part of so much more,
When they were used, that day, to crucify our Lord.

In the garden where Christ prayed.
The soldiers came and took him after he had been betrayed.
Pilot asked the crowd what should be done with Christ live or die!
The crowd they cried crucify, crucify.
Then Christ, his clothes from him were stripped
And with the cat of nine tails his skin was ripped.
The whip it tore his flesh and from these stripes he bled
Then a crown of thorns was thrust on his head.
He was made to carry that cross to Golgotha hill
Where his blood for us he did spill.
Those nails were pounded through his feet and hands
Then the cross was dropped in the ground and the thump could be heard by all where they did stand.
But Christ, his resolve, never waivered while he hung there.
He never asked the angels to get him down, the torture for us he did bear.
He suffered the pain, knowing for all of us this was done
From his birth he came to die for us because he was the chosen one.
Chosen to save us from our sins, so we, who deserved to die, could live.
He gladly suffered all he did and went to the cross that day, his life he did freely give.


So remember that day and all the Lord’s suffering and pain
Remember it was done so our eternal life we could gain.
Ask forgiveness today and Give your heart to the Lord.
And when your work is done and life is no more,
The Lord will take you to heaven with him to live for evermore.


 By Deb Forbes
Copyright 2008




I have all week been thinking and reading about Christ's crucifixion and the one thing that has really stuck in my mind is the veil being torn. That isn't making light of the sacrifice Jesus made for us to take away our sins, suffering death so that we didn't have to.  It is just that it is another wonderful amazing gift that was given to us when Jesus died on the cross.

Matt. 27: 45-54 NIV


45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[c] lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[d]
47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”
48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and[e] went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”




The veil was up in front of the Holy of Most Holy in the temple the place that kept the ark of the covenant and it would be God's Most Holy Dwelling place. The veil or curtain would separate the people from God and only the priests could take the sacrifices to God for the people. 


Ex. 26: 31-34 KJV
31 And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made:
32 And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, upon the four sockets of silver.
33 And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.
34 And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place.


When Christ died on the cross his sacrifice for us tore this veil or curtain from top to bottom and made it so that we would now through Christ not only have forgiveness for our sins, but the old sacrifices were no longer necessary, Christ was that sacrifice and now we have access to God through Christ Jesus. Christ was the sacrifice for our sins, he became or intercessor to God, he gave his life so we might live. Hallelujah Praise God. He took our sins and punishment, He who didn't deserve to die, died so that we can live. The veil was torn a symbol that the only sacrifice needed for atonement for our sins had been made. All we have to do is accept this gift of forgiveness and atonement and love from God who sent his Son for us. 


1 Peter 2: 24  NIV 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”


1 Tim. 2:5 NIV For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,


When you take time today and this weekend to reflect on Christ and His crucifixion think about how he came knowing he would die for us. He chose to be the sacrifice, taking our punishment and death because he loved us that much. Think also about the veil being torn from top to bottom opening up to the Holy of Most Holy places and think how that not only proved that Jesus was the Son of God but also made through Him a way for us to God. Happy Easter and Good Friday to everyone.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Walking for 8 years

Then

Now







Sept 28, 2017 marks 8 years of being out of my wheelchair and walking. I praise God everyday for what he has done for me. I am very thankful and never want to forget to acknowledge and thank God for what He has done. Once again I want to share my post from that day I started to walk again.

I was blessed that God trusted me enough to use me in the way He did when I was in the wheelchair and blessed me more when He told me to walk and has given me back my ability to walk and do what I can for Him.

My prayer is that God will continue to use me and that I can be the vessel His light can shine through.



Sept. 28, 2009 Mike and I went to Shawnee Mission Park to go on one of our walk and rolls. Mike was at the back of the van getting my wheel chair out and once again the Holy Spirit prompted me and said one word which was walk and I walked down to the back of the van and said to Mike I'm going to walk and took off. I walked only about 100 yards that day but for someone in a wheelchair for all those years that was a big step. I walked by myself down the path and back up the hill to the street that the van was parked on. When I reached the top of the hill I raised my hands, like Sylvester Stallone did in Rocky, and shouted yes, yes, yes thank you Lord. I then walked back to the van. This is a picture of that first walk. 
I had never in all those years of being sick and in the wheelchair asked God to heal me or let me walk again so I was surprised when I was prompted to walk. If I had not listened to that prompting though and then followed that one word WALK I would of missed out on a healing and blessing. It would have been easy for me to ignore that prompting or think that it couldn't be done because I can't walk I am in a wheelchair, but I followed the prompt and God blessed me for my obedience. My muscles in my legs were there at that moment I took my first step which is all God after 9 years of my neuromuscular disease and my wheelchair. The next walk a couple of days later was for 1/4 of a mile, then the next a mile and soon I was able to go hiking off the paved trail for over a mile. 
Each day brings new firsts and I continue to Walk with God both spiritually and physically.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Veil Is Torn My Thoughts and Poem on Easter





That Fateful Day

The cross was just a cross on that day
The nails, so ordinary could have been used in other ways.
But they became an important part of so much more,
When they were used, that day, to crucify our Lord.

In the garden where Christ prayed.
The soldiers came and took him after he had been betrayed.
Pilot asked the crowd what should be done with Christ live or die!
The crowd they cried crucify, crucify.
Then Christ, his clothes from him were stripped
And with the cat of nine tails his skin was ripped.
The whip it tore his flesh and from these stripes he bled
Then a crown of thorns was thrust on his head.
He was made to carry that cross to Golgotha hill
Where his blood for us he did spill.
Those nails were pounded through his feet and hands
Then the cross was dropped in the ground and the thump could be heard by all where they did stand.
But Christ, his resolve, never waivered while he hung there.
He never asked the angels to get him down, the torture for us he did bear.
He suffered the pain, knowing for all of us this was done
From his birth he came to die for us because he was the chosen one.
Chosen to save us from our sins, so we, who deserved to die, could live.
He gladly suffered all he did and went to the cross that day, his life he did freely give.


So remember that day and all the Lord’s suffering and pain
Remember it was done so our eternal life we could gain.
Ask forgiveness today and Give your heart to the Lord.
And when your work is done and life is no more,
The Lord will take you to heaven with him to live for evermore.


 By Deb Forbes
Copyright 2008




I have all week been thinking and reading about Christ's crucifixion and the one thing that has really stuck in my mind is the veil being torn. That isn't making light of the sacrifice Jesus made for us to take away our sins, suffering death so that we didn't have to.  It is just that it is another wonderful amazing gift that was given to us when Jesus died on the cross.

Matt. 27: 45-54 NIV


45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[c] lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[d]
47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”
48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and[e] went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”




The veil was up in front of the Holy of Most Holy in the temple the place that kept the ark of the covenant and it would be God's Most Holy Dwelling place. The veil or curtain would separate the people from God and only the priests could take the sacrifices to God for the people. 


Ex. 26: 31-34 KJV
31 And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made:
32 And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, upon the four sockets of silver.
33 And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.
34 And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place.


When Christ died on the cross his sacrifice for us tore this veil or curtain from top to bottom and made it so that we would now through Christ not only have forgiveness for our sins, but the old sacrifices were no longer necessary, Christ was that sacrifice and now we have access to God through Christ Jesus. Christ was the sacrifice for our sins, he became or intercessor to God, he gave his life so we might live. Hallelujah Praise God. He took our sins and punishment, He who didn't deserve to die, died so that we can live. The veil was torn a symbol that the only sacrifice needed for atonement for our sins had been made. All we have to do is accept this gift of forgiveness and atonement and love from God who sent his Son for us. 


1 Peter 2: 24  NIV 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”


1 Tim. 2:5 NIV For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,


When you take time today and this weekend to reflect on Christ and His crucifixion think about how he came knowing he would die for us. He chose to be the sacrifice, taking our punishment and death because he loved us that much. Think also about the veil being torn from top to bottom opening up to the Holy of Most Holy places and think how that not only proved that Jesus was the Son of God but also made through Him a way for us to God. Happy Easter and Good Friday to everyone.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Our Journey To See History and Drive Historic RT 66





Up before sunrise headed out at 4:50 am for our Journey to See History. Look at the beautiful sunrise that we watched as the sun came up while we drove east.

Yesterday we finished driving the Historic RT 66 through Missouri. We went from St Clair MO to St James MO all the way on historic RT 66. We found some interesting sites along the way. We have now driven all of MO and KS on RT 66 so next we will start in OK.





Pictures in ST Clair MO on RT 66.


                                           Old bus stop at St Clair MO on rt 66 now a shop



                     Driving west on RT 66 you see the sign for Meramec Cavern as well as a little                                                  further along the barn with the cave advertisement on it.

                                                             

                                                            RT 66 Stanton MO

                                      Jesse James Was Museum along RT 66 in Stanton MO

                                   
                             
                                     Old Motel now abandoned along RT 66 in Stanton MO

                                                        Stanton MO along RT 66

                                                     Old resteraunt on RT 66 in Stanton MO

                  Old Wagon Wheel Motel along RT 66 in Cuba MO still in operation today

                                     Old Wagon Wheel Motel along RT 66 in Cuba MO
                                       Old Wagon Wheel Motel along RT 66 in Cuba MO
                                        Old Wagon Wheel Motel along RT 66 in Cuba MO
                                      Old Wagon Wheel Motel along RT 66 in Cuba MO

                                                     Shelly's RT 66 cafe Cuba MO 

                                   Old filling station now The Fourway restaurant Cuba MO RT66


                                    World's largest rocking chair Fanning MO along historic RT66

                      We decided to go see the old courthouses and the new one in Rolla MO 
                               1857 Dillon House and 1st Phelps County Courthouse Rolla MO.


                          Old Courthouse now Phelps County Historical Museum Rolla MO




On our way to St Clair we came across the town of Washington MO. It is a very interesting place with all the old brick buildings and river front park. We will be going back sometime soon to explore the shops and walk the main street. Here are some of the pictures we took as we drove through the town.

           Headed down to the river at Washington MO building straight ahead is and antique shop

                                                Part of downtown Washington MO


          River front park at Washington MO it was beautiful and peaceful. Lewis and Clark stopped                                                                                 here


                                  Looking back at city from the river park at Washington MO


                                                   Old train depot at Washington MO


                                                         Old homes of Washington MO

So many unique  shops to explore and to walk down the main street will be fun when we go back. Think a picnic at the river front park will be a good idea too.

We always like to make a big circle instead of going back the way we went so when we got to St James MO we jumped on I 44 and headed west to get to exit 1 and take it to KS where we could get on US 69 and head north. We saw a lot of pretty country by going the back roads, which is what we like to do is where you can see the beautiful and unusual sights so that is why we get off the interstate when we can. We went a total of 644 miles left home at 4:50 am and back home at 6:30 pm

We have always wanted to drive historic RT 66 but since at this time we can not drive it all at once we are breaking it up and driving what we can. Oklahoma Historic RT 66 here we come next time we feel nostalgic we shall drive and see what you have to offer us on our Journey To See History.




Saturday, March 18, 2017

Our Journey To See History Over The Last Few Months

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It has been awhile since I have posted anything but that is going to change. I had debated on shutting this blog down since I hadn't kept up with it lately and just didn't think it was of interest to anyone but me. Then I listened to rootstech livestream and they talked about the importance of  a journal and leaving the written word for our family to have, so I decided if for no other reason I will try to keep this blog going. It will be a journal of our trips, my thoughts and what is going on. I will still write a few devotions also along the way and maybe even share some of my poems from my booklet I have copyrighted and sent to the Library of Congress. We will see, but I sure would like to know if anyone is following along with me here on this blog. Just leave a comment or something so I know you are there.

My husband Mike and I have been doing what I like to call Journey's To See History and Find Ancestors. We have been traveling on Historic RT 66 in Missouri, Kansas and a small part of Oklahoma. Traveling the back roads and finding ghost towns along are journey has been interesting. We have found places we never new existed and yet wish we had found them sooner. It has been so much fun to go along to see things in the surrounding area going for a day or two. We have visited places our ancestors lived as well as did cemetery sleuthing of their final resting places. We have taken pictures of old buildings, some in places that our ancestors lived and would have seen when they were live, as well as courthouses, parks and the road we are traveling on. It has been a wonderful journey but it isn't done yet. We try to at least once a month if not once a week go on our journey to see history or find ancestors and their stomping grounds. I hope you enjoy traveling with us through pictures and comments and if you have any suggestions of places to see leave a comment.

I am sharing some of our earlier trips in pictures here today and will try to once a week share what we have been seeing.

Today is some of our first journeys when we went on. In July 2016 we went to Baxter Springs KS and drove the RT 66 through there. We went to the museum also which if you ever get a chance to do it is a wonderful museum, probably one of the best little museums I have been too.


We drove RT 66 from Baxter Springs KS to Miami OK.



This is an old RT 66 filling station that is now a RT 66 Museum
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 Fort Blair Baxter Spring KS Where the Baxter Springs Massacre happened Oct 6, 1863
 National Cemetery Plot # 2 in Baxter Springs KS
 A few of the many displays at the Baxter Springs KS Museum


Downtown Baxter Springs KS
Downtown Miami OK and RT 66 Sign over road
I will continue to catch you up on our Journey's To See History in the next few days.