Monday, July 4, 2011

"If you make the Most High your harm will befall you..."

" disaster will come near your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." Psalm 91: 9-12

I was looking at a crystal pitcher that Mama gave me --one of the last gifts she picked out. Mama grew blind from the strokes and her diabetes and so she could not see the beauty she loved. She loved flowers, wonderful china and crystal, fabrics, and anything colorful. When she shopped, she bought according to the beauty, not whether it matched what she already had or not. Incredibly, everything just went together. We used to say, "But Mama where will you put that?" when she bought another antique something and she would always say, "I will find a place!" and she always did.

The last two years or so of her life, I used to drop John off at church and go sit with Mama for the church time and let Daddy be gone that period of time, and she and I had a time of just us together. We would reminisce, and one day, I went all over the dining room and living room and she told me where each dish or lamp or piece of crystal had come from..either bought or from an inheritance. We girls were so blessed that our parents and Grandma loved to collect these beautiful dishes, or lovely antiques.

When she and Daddy died, it was amazing how many things were in three's so we were able to choose and no one felt left out. But no matter what we inherited, the special pieces are the ones she picked out for each of us!

Today is the Fourth of July, a special day to our country and our memories, for God's safety and for His keeping us in His care. I pray for His angels to lift us up...

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