As the Winds Blow

Wednesday, February 11, 2009   4:05 a.m.

Dear Diary,

It is raining today and we are suppose to have 50 mile an hour winds. The Lord can control us with the weather. All weather and all nature obeys God. He uses the weather for judgment. He uses the weather for blessing. He uses the weather for directing His children. I truly believe that God will send a snowstorm to direct one of His children. As the winds blow God leads. Isaiah 60:8 says, “Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?” This verse is talking about Israel returning to their homeland. Some are returning as a cloud being pushed by the winds of adversity. Others are returning as a dove who flies home for homesickness. Either way, as the winds blow God leads His children home.

Thought for Today: It reminds me of this song:

“In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet, God leads His dear children along. When the waters cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet. God leads His children along. Some through the waters, some through the flood. Some through the fire, but all through the blood. Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song, In the night season and all the day long.” (George A. Young, published 1903).

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Live Forever

Monday, February 9, 2009   4:05 a.m.

Dear Diary,

We all want to live forever, but that is not God’s plan. God’s allotment plan is to have his children home with him. He lovingly chooses the way for each one of us to come home. Our responsibility is to be His witnesses during the time given us here on earth. The funny thing is, we all will live forever. We are eternal beings. When this life ends we continue living, whether in heaven or hell. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” (John 11:25). So, do you want to live forever? You will! But only you can decide where that “forever” will be. Jesus wants us to live with Him, but first you must accept His gift of Salvation; for only then shall you live forever.

Thought for Today: Jesus says, “…I go to prepare a place for you…that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:4).

Under the Red Star

Sunday, January 4, 2018

Dear Diary,

“Unfortunately, in time of war, we have the experience that people with whom you have lived for many years as friend with friend will turn hostile toward you and regard you as their enemy, not because they hate you, but just because nation against nation is in an uproar.” (P.12). This is a quote from my father’s book, Under the Red Star by Mark Houseman. Under the Red Star is the true-life story of Marzelius Hausmann known as Mark Houseman, who was born in Russia during the Russian Revolution of 1917. It tells of the sorrows and hardships he and his family endured while being exiled to Siberia, and how he was orphaned at the age of 13. Under the Red Star follows Marzelius Hausmann’s daring escape from Communism and reveals God’s guiding hand in helping him became an evangelist of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have had the privilege of reprinting my father’s book Under the Red Star. If you are interested in reading the reprinted, unabridged edition, it is available on Amazon.com. Type in my publishing company, Rabboni Book Publishing Company and it, as well as my other books, will be available.

The Bird Feeder

Tuesday, February 3, 2009  Noon

Dear Diary,

Marvin fed the birds this morning. It is nice to see them again. I quit feeding them because I was sick and it was zero degrees out; so they stopped coming. But they are back and such a delight to watch. We have two or three Cardinal families, two Blue Jay families, plus Black-eyed Juncos. They are gray with white bellies. Then, of course, there is the usual mix of sparrows. Matthew 6:34 says, “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.” God feeds His birds and He feeds us. There is not one sparrow that falls to the ground but that our heavenly Father knows. And there is not one concern that happens to us but that our heavenly Father knows. As I watch the birds flutter around the bird feeder, I can’t help but know that God watches me.

Thought for Today: “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me” (Song by Civilla D. Martin, 1905).

The Street Light

Friday, December 12, 2008  4:30 a.m.

Dear Diary,

Today is very cold with a heavy frost. That means all the school buses are covered with frost. But one thing the Lord had done for me is that He has provided a light. Right above where I park my school bus is a street light. The heat from that light keeps my windshield and mirrors frost free. As Jonah thanked God for the gourd, I thank God for the street light. This street light above my windshield is a constant reminder that God ever leads with a light. Jesus is the light of the world. It may not be a bright light that leads us; it may be a star, but He ever leads us on. He is our beacon, our lamp, our lighthouse; He always gives enough light to lead us home. So often we look for a bright light to lighten our path, but it may just be a street light to lead us each step of the way.

Thought for Today: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

A Trilogy

Thursday, December 4, 2008  4:45 p.m.

Dear diary,

A shepherd stands on the green hills of Scotland and calls his sheep with his distinctive trill that the sheep know and will follow. As this shepherd’s trill carries much father than words, calling his sheep to the fold, so does the Lord call His sheep to the fold. Psalm 22, 23 and 24 are Messianic Psalms. They form a Trilogy.

Psalm 22 is the Good Shepherd who gives His life for his sheep. It is a Psalm of the crucifixion of Christ. It correlates with John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep.”

Psalm 23 is the beloved Psalm: “The Lord is my shepherd.” It depicts the Great Shepherd who cares for the sheep. It correlates with Hebrews 13:20, “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the everlasting covenant.”

Psalm 24 is the Chief Shepherd who appears as King of glory and will reward His sheep. It correlates with I Peter 5:4, “And when the chief shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory, that fadeth not away.” I’m so glad I’m one of His sheep.

Thought for Today: “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” (Jude 1:24-25).

A Fish in a Fishbowl

Friday, September 26, 2008  6:30 p.m.

Dear Diary,

As I sit here watching my fish in the fishbowl I think of what a small world he knows and lives in. All he knows is a small circle of water to swim around in and what he sees through the glass. He knows nothing of all that is going on around him; such as, birds singing in the garden, squirrels scampering up the trees, butterflies fluttering from flower to flower. There is a whole world just outside of his glass that he knows nothing of. I guess we, too, are like a fish in a fishbowl. We have no idea of all the vast world around us. Nothing to mention all the creatures in the grass and under the grass; nor, all the creatures in the sea and under the sea. All we know is our small little world we live in as a fish in a fishbowl. Then I also realized that this little fish’s life is in my hands to care for and protect. I feed him daily and I change his water. Just as our lives are in God’s hands to feed us and clothe us and protect us. And as I watch my little fish in his fishbowl swimming around and around, God watches me.

Thought for Today: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (I Corinthian 13:12).

Life is Hard!

Wednesday, September 10,2008  4:50 a.m.

Dear Diary,

Life is hard; yet, I, like many others, have it easy. None of us today have it as hard as people in the olden days, such as in Bible times. They had to kill the fatted calf just to eat; walk to the field, pick, grind and bake their own bread. We just have to drive to the grocery store and put what we want in our cart. When I read about all the trials Jacob had, I am reminded of how hard life could be. Genesis 31:38-41 tells  us of all the hardships Jacob had to endure. He worked 20 years without pay. His wages was cattle which was changed 10 times. He fought frost and drought and wolves. This was 20 years of struggle and strive.  Yes, life is hard, but we have it easy. We are all uses to instant gratification with i-phones, and the internet. We really know nothing of hard times. Yet, really, what does it matter? In the end of a life time all that really matters is that we loved and obeyed God and lived godly.

Thought for Today: “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Matthew 6:34).

It’s Just Me

Wednesday, September 3, 2008   5:00 a.m.

Dear Diary,

A lady called me about one of our rentals. I told her that I had a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, with new hardwood floors and it was real nice. Then I asked, “Would you like to see it?” She answered, “No, that’s too much. It’s just me.” Those words, “It’s just me” had such a lonely twang to them. I visualized a little old lady sitting at the dinner table praying alone, watching TV alone, going to bed alone. It sounded so sad. But someday we shall all stand alone before God. It will be either at the Judgment Seat of Christ or at the Great White Throne. No one will be standing with us. It will be “just us.” For the saved, II Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” Hopefully we will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ and not the Great White Throne of the unsaved. But all of us will have to say, “It’s just me, Lord, no one else, just me.”

Thought for Today: The Judgment Seat of Christ is “the judgment of the believers works, not sins…these have been atoned for, and are ‘remembered no more forever’ but every work must come into judgement” (C. I. Scofield notes, p. 1233).

A Pang!

Friday, August 15, 2008  4:35 a.m.

Dear Diary,

Elisabeth Elliot wrote, “Without darkness and pain, we will not be transformed into the image of Christ. His was the way of pain” (Gateway to Joy Newsletter). None of us want pain. We all want comfort and bliss. But even Christ had to suffer pain. If there was a way to save souls without pain and suffering, don’t you think the Father would have found it for His Son? But no; Christ had to suffer and die. Two disciples on the road to Emmaus were walking and talking together with Jesus, but they did not recognize Him. They told Him of all the pain and suffering Jesus had to endure. Jesus answered, “…fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and enter into his glory.” (Luke 24:25-26). The only path for forgiveness of sin is through the pain of Christ’s shed blood. We are bought with a price, and that price was Christ’s own blood. Amy Carmichael asked the question, “Is there no way of learning how to help another but by the way of suffering? The answer was, No!…Wouldest thou win souls without a pang?” (His Thoughts said…His Father said, p. 25).